OotiniCast Episode 266

Another light news week, so we have Sechari on to talk about his content locustry article, focusing on why progression is so important to an MMO.

1. Introduction

You can find out more about the ExtraLife event that Sechari is participating in here.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, La Chimba! Thanks to Nev for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Thanks to Joliet Jerry for his iTunes review!

Last week’s Ootini Rage was Johnny’s entry into our Share the Rage competition. This week, voice actor Cristina supplies the rage.

5. The Academy

This week in the Academy, Swtorista will tell us about playing as a Preferred player.

6. Force Feedback

Sechari linked us to the Jungian Personality Distribution comparing global averages with those of Reddit users.

You discuss the straw poll asking whether the only reason you’re playing SWTOR is that it’s the only Star Wars MMO.

Alex watches Chill stream in style!

Alex watching Chill stream

Charlie was most impressed by this re-imagining of Jabba and Leia together on Tatooine.

Leia and Jabba reimagined

7. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss Sechari’s article Content Locustry: A Second Look at MMO Content Consumption.

8. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Blay (@Blachloch) and Sechari (@iamsechari, twitch.tv/sechari).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 265

No SWTOR news, so our guests bring the content! Charlie talks about E3, after we discuss EA’s Star Wars games video; Daniel tells us about his research survey for SWTOR players, and Cristina tells us why #PerformanceMatters.

1. Introduction

Here are Charlie’s two t-shirt designs:

KranitokoShirt

StranderShirt

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Andarank of the Galaxy Knights guild on The Harbinger! Thanks to Kal for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Daniel provided the following summary of his upcoming dissertation project which involves players of SWTOR, titled “Personality, Motivation and Online Gaming”:

This study should be going live during the month of June, and consists of 3 online surveys linked together in which SWTOR players can give information about how they play the game, common decision making processes, activities they enjoy, and then linking these things to their actual MBTI Personality type. I have been playing SWTOR since launch, and really hope the player community can help me make this project a success in a relatively short amount of time. Also, we can settle the score once and for all whether “story, story, story” is preferred over the MMO bits (since I am not a part of Bioware)! The survey will tentatively go live in mid-July. Follow me on Twitter for updates on the project and the opportunity to participate: @Infinite0utcome.

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista explains the basics of playing as free-to-play, preferred or subscribed.

6. Force Feedback

Sukai referred us to this article from Super Data Research, which showed SWTOR as the third ranked pay-to-play MMO in April 2016.

7. Sarlacc Digest

Cristina tells us why #PerformanceMatters. Who can find out what video game voice actors want here. As Cristina mentioned, the union has requested that a US regulatory body investigate the vocal safety of voice actors in the game industry.

8. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Charlie (@Kranitoko, youtube.com/KranitokoGames), Daniel (@Infinite0utcome) and Cristina (@CristiPetrarca, cristinapetrarca.com).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 264

In the news we cover the June Producer Livestream. We then discuss what lessons can be learned from SWTOR’s KotFE Season 1, and applied to the upcoming Season 2.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Andrew! Thanks to TrigPt for entering.

Teo mentioned the EA help page for SWTOR character transfers.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Andrew (SWTOR Economics) will be publishing a series of articles about how SWTOR crafting can be improved.

There’s a new ops group starting in our own Ootini Knights guild on The Harbinger! Join the Ootini Valorous Knights on Friday evenings.

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista tells us how to customise our user interface and the other elements that show up on our screen.

6. Force Feedback

Greg’s a hoarder too, just like Teo!

Greg the hoarder

7. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss what lessons can be learned from SWTOR’s KotFE Season 1, and applied to the upcoming Season 2. Galactic Elite talks over some of his ideas. Teo references this article about playing alone together, and mentioned Castern’s comment on Reddit.

8. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Sir Salisbury (@tougakun), Galactic Elite (@galactic_elite) and Pallais (@wowpiper).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 263

Game Update 4.5: Mandalore’s Revenge is here! We cover what’s in the update, along with the controversial announcement of the Eternal Championship speedrun winners. Then in our discussion, we discuss SWTOR’s popularity over time, in conjunction with its apparent financial success according to EA’s annual report.

1. Introduction

Ivilon mentioned the chat channel RevanitewalkerWB (/cjoin RevanitewalkerWB) on The Harbinger.

Here’s what Swtorista pulled out of her Hypercrate of Revenge Packs:

Swtorista - pack contents

Chill’s Snipers look is mostly the same as last week:

Chill - sniper (week 2)

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Dekarch! Thanks to Billyokar and Teadra for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Xam Xam’s articles that were mentioned:

Teadra is recruiting for his raid team:

Despair is recruiting members for a weekend raid team. We currently raid on Saturday and Sunday Nights from 6PM Pacific Time (8 PM Central and 9 PM Eastern). We typically raid for about 2 and a half hours a night. Right now our focus is on clearing the priority HM of the week and any other HM’s we feel might be fun to jump into on that raid night. We are not a hardcore progressive raid team. We get together to have fun with each other and to challenge ourselves in a fun way. I do not care about a person’s gear when they join my team. Any gear issues can easily be replaced. The only thing I care about is that the individual has a good attitude, can get along well with the core group, doesn’t mind wiping (alot), is willing to have a good time and has at least a basic understanding of their class and rotation. We are currently recruiting for a full time ranged DPS and a tank and/or healer that is willing to substitute on an as needed basis. People joining must be able to get onto our mumble chat and realize that this is a mature, adult raid team that engages in adult humor while raiding together. If anyone is interested they can contact Teadra Jethari or Lilene Moiral in game either via mail or hit me up if you see me online.

This week’s entry for our Share the Rage competition is from Dave.

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista will tell us all about decorating our Strongholds!

6. Force Feedback

7. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss the apparent popularity of SWTOR over time, and then examine its apparent success according to EA’s annual report, based upon Andrew’s analysis. During the discussion, we reference two Google Trends graphs, the first showing SWTOR searches from the game’s launch in December 2011 to now; the second showing the last year.

8. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Swtorista (@swtorista, swtorista.com, swtorstrongholds.com), Andrew (@SWTOREconomics, swtoreconomics.com) and Ivilon (@percomposer, stephenridley.com).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 262

Very little news this week, though we do have Game Update 4.5 and Chapter 14 coming next week. Our first-time guest Christina gives us some insight into the life of a working voice actor.

1. Introduction

Here is Chill’s new sniper:

Chill - New sniper

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Sapfire!

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Thanks to our latest Ootini Patron: Sunken!

Our Share the Rage competition continues. Last week’s Ootini Rage was by Joseph Brown. This week’s is by Jerane (aka ThisManThisMonster) and his son.

If you want to learn Aurebesh, the Star Wars writing system, check out our Aurebesh Trainer.

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista will tell us everything we need to know about acquiring, expanding and decorating our Galactic Strongholds.

6. Force Feedback

Dekion found this summary infographic mapping class roles to gear sets:

Gear Breakdown by Class and Roles

You can find out more in our PvE and PvP 2-, 4- and 6-piece set bonuses for all classes article.

This awesome example of player-generated prospective content came up: a Manaan Stronghold, modelled in loving detail.

Who else puts the Bill in Billionaire?

Bill in billionaire

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Alex (@MixUpPixels, geek-podcast.com) and Cristina (@CristiPetrarca, cristinapetrarca.com).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 261

A fair bit of news this week, including the temporary return of cheap character transfers, upcoming class changes, and what Eric Musco talked about during his marathon livestream. Then our discussion is on the topic of the Hate Police, those players who take it upon themselves to attack anyone critical of SWTOR.

1. Introduction

Swtorista mentioned this screenshot of her team getting very close to taking down Revan:

Swtorista - Revan

She also provided this screenshot of her guild’s awesomely decorated guild flagship:

Swtorista - Flagship

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Mors’ira! Thanks to Bouhun and Synwulf for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • This was a five hour server-side only maintenance on Tuesday.
  • The Eternal Championship finished on 17 May, rather than 20 May as originally advertised.
  • Intra-region (US to US or EU to EU) character transfers will be reduced from their current price of 1000 CC back to 90 CC from Thursday 26 May through to Sunday 5 June. Inter-region (between EU and US) will not be discounted, remaining at 1500 CC.
  • The first Community Cantina of 2016 will be on Saturday 16 July in London, in conjunction with Star Wars Celebration.
  • Class changes will be introduced in Game Update 4.5, affecting primarily healing and Madness DPS Sorcs/Sages and Powertechs/Vanguards.
  • Eric Musco’s marathon livestream lasted for over 15 hours on Saturday 14 May.

4. Community

Thanks to BigDo6 for his kind review!

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista will tell us about The Chat System: how to filter out what you don’t want to hear, and how to hear more about the things you like by joining channels.

6. Force Feedback

GasGuy has once again updated his most excellent Codex Tracking spreadsheet.

7. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss the Hate Police, those players who attack anyone critical of the game. Thanks to Mae (@Maebeebuzz), Rachel (@Rach_Games), Laurie (@Lawilc01), Nepthen (@NepthenORD) and Sechari (@iamsechari) for their contributions to the discussion.

8. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge) and Swtorista (@swtorista, swtorista.com, swtorstrongholds.com).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 260

Not much news, though we do cover the ongoing May the Fourth competitions, the hint that cheap server transfers may soon briefly return, the latest EA earnings call, and more. Then we discuss some hard-to-get or relatively unknown achievements that the completionists among you need to know about!

1. Introduction

WSplit was the tool mentioned by Djredd for measuring the time taken to do the Eternal Championship.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Shiny! Thanks to Ajay, Lecto-Sama and Darkcinn for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Positivo’s entry into our Share the Rage competition is featured at the end of this week’s show.

5. The Academy

Swtorista tells us about reputations: what they are, how to get them and why.

6. Force Feedback

You can see the results of Teo’s Twitter poll here.

B’Mal Suj recommends the web comic Imperial Entanglements, particularly this one.

He’s also managed to replicate the Masters of the Universe!

Masters of the Universe (4)

Masters of the Universe (1)

Masters of the Universe (2)

Masters of the Universe (3)

7. Sarlacc Digest

Djredd and Dekion tell us about hard-to-get, rare and relatively unknown achievements.

8. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Dekion (@therealDekion) and Djredd (@damonhomer).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 259

To celebrate May the Fourth, this show was performed in-character. We promise not to do it again! We discuss the release of Update 4.4: Profit and Plunder, the Eternal Championship, the May Producer Livestream, and much more.

1. Introduction

Darth Chill went to extraordinary lengths to get into character!

You can see Sith Lord Kranitoko’s latest Cartel Pack opening video here, and if you watch this video you may win a prize.

2. Holofeed

3. The Academy

This week we discuss various codes of conduct, including the Bounty Hunters’ Creed, the Sith Code, and the Jedi Code.

4. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss the Eternal Championship, the new gladiatorial combat arena in the Platform 6 Cantina located in the seedy underbelly of Zakuul.

5. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Charlie (@Kranitoko, youtube.com/KranitokoGames) and Swtorista (@swtorista, swtorista.com, swtorstrongholds.com).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 258

Quite a bit happening in the lead up to Game Update 4.4 next Tuesday, especially the news about SWTOR’s jam-packed month of May to celebrate Star Wars Day!

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Kirkadoodle! Thanks to Dak, Synwulf, Javadoggy Starbucks and ElionD for entering.

As mentioned in ElionD’s tip, you can see SWTOR server status here, which includes the server load and the now defunct label of each server.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Our Leaderboards page has been updated to show the latest data for Ranked PvP Season 7.

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista tells us all about roleplaying in SWTOR.

Fy mentioned the YouTube channel of Kristopher “Yagu” Shafer who streams his roleplay.

6. Force Feedback

Chill found the following most helpful poster for one’s bathroom:

Stay on target

JP Sinclair sent us this SWTOR take on a key scene from Empire Strikes Back:

Vader invites you to a group

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Dekion (@therealDekion) and Fyonha (@GamrGrlNextDoor).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 257

From famine to feast when it comes to SWTOR news this week! We talk about cheap character transfers coming to an end, the latest exploit, the upcoming Chapter 13: Profit and Plunder, the new Weapon Tuning feature, Ben Irving’s open letter to the SWTOR community, and more.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Dekarch! Thanks to Dracko for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Thanks to Yudonza (Guild Master of Sith Praxium on the Begeren Colony server) and JonathonSt for their 5 star iTunes reviews!

5. The Academy

This week, Swtorista tells us how to level a new character quickly.

6. Force Feedback

Mykre sent us this suggested HK-55 subscriber reward for GSF (originally appearing on Reddit):

HK-55 GSF sub reward

Styrka asked which VPN service would reduce his ping from Qatar. He’s tried WTFast; we suggested he also try Battleping and Smoothping, though Teo personally uses IPVanish.

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge) and Swtorista (@swtorista, swtorista.com).

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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