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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OotiniCast Episode 256

Very little news this week, though there were the temporarily free character transfers, the various consequences of the gameplay focus feature affecting former PvP areas, and more.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, B’Mal Suj! Thanks to Ol’ Sarge, Doc Naturalist, Greg and Shiny 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

You can find Xam Xam’s Odessan Proving Ground guide here.

Knite and his co-host have started a PvP-focussed podcast called Have a nice daycast!

5. The Academy

This week, Swtorista will tell us all about Planetary Conquests.

6. Force Feedback

BroBroNelly asked about the introduction of world drops in Game Update 4.4.

FarSear referred us to these awesome Star Wars socks.

We’ll be covering the quality of life features in Croue’s guide in subsequent shows.

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Charlie (@Kranitoko, youtube.com/KranitokoGames), 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 255

Lots happening this week with the April Producer Livestream, the release of Game Update 4.3: Visions in the Dark and the Eternal Championship on the PTS.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Globjommies! Thanks to Shiny and the Drunken Darkside Podcast for entering.

Globjommies’ tip was about the Roccat Power Grid app for Android.

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

Swtorista has created an awesome summary of all the available Flashpoints.

The Unholy Ootini Parade of Strongholds, a multi-guild event, is happening this Saturday!

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista will tell us about stats and how to itemise your gear.

6. Force Feedback

Kranitoko’s latest pack opening video is now available!

Jeff Nyman’s blog is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to know more about how games are tested, including SWTOR.

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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OotiniCast Episode 254

In the news we discuss Cartel Coin-gate, the new BioWare secret IP and elements of the Old Republic era being made canon. We then brief you on what’s coming next week in Game Update 4.3.

1. Introduction

Alex provided this screenshot of the Batman and Robin easter egg in a cantina on Zakuul:

Batman and Robin in SWTOR

Chill has upgraded Chillsmile’s Joker look:

Chill - updated look

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Lecto Sama! Thanks to Chad, Galen, CMHN, Lukas, Larry and Dekion for entering.

Galen suggested TeamViewer to remotely access your PC via your mobile phone or tablet, though Jagged Fel suggested Splashtop is more responsive.

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

  • Since last August, the Cartel Coin monthly stipend was being sent to subscribers every 33 days, rather than every 30, meaning they were being delivered later and later each month. This will be remedied during maintenance on Tuesday 5 April for Game Update 4.3. While no one should have lost any Cartel Coins as a result of this issue, if you believe you have, please contact Customer Support.
  • The new secret IP being developed by BioWare was revealed on a t-shirt being worn by Alistair McNally while walking the floor at GDC 2016, though it seems no one noticed.
  • The Path of a Lightsaber video shows Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber passing through several hands to finally be present at the closing scene in The Force Awakens.
  • Executive Producer of Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni, deliberately included Malachor, a planet from the Old Republic era. It’s possible he may later introduce Revan in a holocron.

4. Community

The Deck Officers in our Ootini Knights and Rage guilds have been busy! We now have @OotiniGuilds as the single point for all guild news and a guild website at Enjin.

5. The Academy

Swtorista will tell us all about gear, how to get it, how it works, and how to make it better!

6. Force Feedback

From JP Sinclair, he sent us this animated GIF which shows how Maz gets Anakin/Luke’s lightsaber in The Force Awakens. Also, this expresses very well how he feels in warzones.

The “Princess Leia meets Darth Vader” image that FarSear provided. He knows it’s meant to be Kylo Ren and Rey:

Princess Leia meets Darth Vader

Shamar of our own Ootini Knights sent this rather clever example of Star Wars humour:

Shamar - Star Wars Humour

7. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss all that’s coming in Game Update 4.3, arriving on Tuesday 5 March.

8. Outro

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

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 253

In the news this week we cover the PTS going down, and then coming up with the Eternal Championship, albeit temporarily! We also have a press release and trailer for Chapter 12: Visions of the Dark. The topic of our discussion is some ideas provided by Knite about how to make Operations more interesting and thus last longer for raiders.

1. Introduction

You can see Chill’s Twitch highlight stream from the Prom here. There’s also this video created by the Unholy Alliance guild.

He referred to the following screenshots:

Chill pic (4)Chill pic (3)Chill pic (2)Chill pic (1)Chill pic (5)

Here are the dueling brackets used during the Prom to choose the Prom Champion, in which Chill made it to the final duel!Dueling brackets

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ezra! Thanks to Dekion 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 our latest Ootini Patrons: Tom R and Kell!

Djredd continues the Ootini Events fun into March, this time on the Empire side! To find out more, see his post on our forums.

Our competition is ongoing to record your own take on our “Ootini Rage” (which we use at the end of every show) as an MP3, and send it to ootinicast@gmail.com. We will use them on future shows, and the best will win 1050 Cartel Coins, with the runners-up getting 450 Cartel Coins each.

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista tells us about pet collecting. Gotta get ’em all!

5. Force Feedback

JP provides a couple more examples of Star Wars humour:

JP Star Wars humour 1 JP Star Wars humour 2

6. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss Knite’s ideas for making Operations more interesting and thus have more longevity for raiders.

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!

Our theme song is “Doomsday” by Jean-Paul Zoghbi.

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OotiniCast Episode 252

In what has proven to be a quiet news week, we discuss some follow-up to last week’s March Producer Livestream, Charles Boyd’s first Inside the Story video and his visit to LA to supervise the recording of new voiceover. We then stray into general Star Wars news, including a letter from Alec Guinness.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ynroh’keeg of our own Ootini Rage! Thanks to Will 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 our latest Ootini Patron: Justin C!

You can see some pre-alpha gameplay footage from Apeiron, the remake of Knights of the Old Republic using Unreal Engine 4. You can keep up to date on the team’s progress via their Twitter account.

We discuss Sechari’s article Bad Motivators and the Rise of Player-Generated Group Content.

Djredd continues the Ootini Events fun into March, this time on the Empire side! To find out more, see his post on our forums.

Here are the details of the Ootini/Unholy Alliance Pubside Prom:

When: Saturday March 19 6pm PST
Where: Bowcaster (WM Guild Capital Ship)
What: Dancing, Dueling (like we could stop you), and a fashion show starring you and your fabulous date!
Who: You and your date–companion, guildmate or friend, or come stag!
Why: Guild mixers are a great way to meet your guildmates and have a laugh. We will have games and prizes and play your prom favorites on the Teamspeak Music bot!

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista tells us about crafting, focusing on those crew skills that make things.

6. Force Feedback

OotiniCast Episode 0: Ootini-inception is now available for all to see!

Toli received this from Jessie of Passionately Casual:

Toli - Healers be like

Turg recommended this video that contains “all” the easter eggs and references in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

If you (for whatever reason) want your Imperial Agent to romance both Kaliyo and Raina simultaneously, this thread will tell you how to do it.

Kal got himself the Loyalty to the Bounty Hunter achievement… on his smuggler!

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The esteemed Master Liu sent us the following examples of Star Wars visual humour. The understand the first cartoon, you’ll need to have seen this US advertisement.

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Speaking of Star Wars humour, JP found this:

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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 251

Game Update 4.2: Disavowed is here! We talk (spoiler-free) about our experiences with Chapter 11. We also cover the March Producer Livestream, where we find out more about all that’s coming in Game Update 4.3 and Chapter 12.

1. Introduction

Charlie (Kraniko) has published another pack-opening video in which he opens a Hypercrate of the Disavowed Cartel Packs.

If you use Twitter, follow Dan’s @SWTORTracker (now powered by OotiniCast!) to get the latest posts from the devtracker.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Mark! Thanks to Vas’rod, Blay, Brian and Hansel 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 our latest Ootini Patrons: KDbecause and Sean K!

DreamingGeisha (@metalgeisha) is the creator of the SWTOR story progression 1-60 infographic.

Djredd continues the Ootini Events fun into March, this time on the Empire side! To find out more, see his post on our forums.

We have a new competition! Record your own take on our “Ootini Rage” (which we use at the end of every show) as an MP3, and send it to ootinicast@gmail.com. We will use them on future shows, and the best will win 1050 Cartel Coins, with the runners-up getting 450 Cartel Coins each.

5. The Academy

This week on The Academy, Swtorista will give us the rundown on combat mechanics.

6. Force Feedback

Here’s Dekion’s calculations on SWTOR’s value for money:

Dekion - is it worth it

7. 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 250

Game Update 4.3 is on the PTS, bringing The Odessan Proving Ground, an 8v8 warzone, and the Rishi Cove Arena. There’s also the new Gameplay Focus Area feature which removes the need for separate PvE and PvP servers. Lots to talk about this week as we get into the details!

1. Introduction

Here’s the very special achievement earned by Jessie and Blachloch when surviving a particularly onerous PUG’d Flashpoint:

StickingWithIt

Chill provided this screenshot to show what an uncompletable, bugged mission looked like:

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Chill and Jessie have been nominated for awards in the Star Wars Podcast Awards. Go here to find out more.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Knite! Thanks to Garin, B’Mal Suj, Vanaheimr, BornToEatBacon and Iggnacio 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

  • Those who somehow missed (or never received) the Valentine’s Day reward emails should have been sent a second copy.
  • Game Update 4.3 is now on the PTS, though there are some known issues.
  • Players are warned to NOT use their insta-60 tokens on the PTS, as this will cause the token to be consumed (and effectively wasted, as the characters on the PTS will be wiped once this round of testing is completed).
  • No class balance changes are planned for Game Update 4.
  • The warzone queue on the PTS will only serve up the Odessan Proving Ground and the Rishi Cove Arena.
  • The mechanics of the Odessan Proving Ground, which are based on the “King of the Hill” style, were explained in detail.
  • While some of the changes in Game Update 4.3 may suggest that megaservers are coming, Eric Musco (Community Manager) has explicitly stated that this is not the case.

4. Community

Thanks to our latest Ootini Patrons: Todd P, Mason R and Tinkywinky!

You can find the details of STI’s Charity Dueling Tournament 2016 here.

Djredd continues the Ootini Events fun into March, this time on the Empire side! To find out more, see his post on our forums.

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista tells us about legacy unlocks: what they are, how they work, and what are the best value for your hard-earned credits and/or Cartel Coins.

6. Force Feedback

Alex of The GeeK Podcast has brought his Trooper to join our own Ootini Knights on The Harbinger, celebrating his arrival with Jawas!

Alex - Celebrate with Jawas

Congratulations also to Alex for winning the race to the Makeb Datacron in the Ootini Cron event:

Alex - Winner of the Ootini Cron

Chinn’ook suggests we take a look at the Star Wars Humble Bundle II. Teo heartily endorses this!

If you ever need to move SWTOR to a new computer, our guide could help.

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Dekion (@therealDekion) and Jessie (@UnholyAlliances, UnholyAlliance.org, Passionately Casual podcast).

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 249

We cover the news, and discuss some great tips on how to be the best raider (operationer?) you can be!

1. Introduction

Jeremy’s post on the official forums lists his ideas for things to improve in SWTOR.

If you’re interested in joining Jeremy’s raid team (Australian east coast evenings), contact Jurrasto on The Harbinger (Empire), send him a PM on their guild site or apply to join.

Here is Teo’s Eternal Empire Recon Walker, a rare drop from the Exarch in all the Star Fortresses:

Teor - Recon walker

Chill pushed his stream from our Ootini Race onto YouTube.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Garin! Thanks to Java Doggy, Gilront, Jessa’k, Drnaturalist, Kahz and Iggnacio for entering.

The mount manager mentioned by Swtorista can be found here.

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

  • There was server-only maintenance on Tuesday, with no announced change to the game.
  • As predicted by Andrew in last week’s show, BioWare are under-promising and hoping to over-deliver: there is the possibility that the boss-turning issue in some Operations and Flashpoints will be fixed in Game Update 4.2 (early March), rather than the previously announced Game Update 4.3 (early April).
  • If you haven’t received your Valentine’s gift from BioWare (code for 1050 CC and a friend referral code to trial Chapter 1 with an insta-60), check your email again, especially your spam folder!
  • While the Producer Livestreams with Ben Irving and Eric Musco will continue, the story livestreams will not; instead, there will be story vlogs posted to YouTube.
  • Team Negative1 has restored the original theatrical release from 1977 of Star Wars (not yet identified as episode 4 or named “A New Hope”).
  • Apeiron is a reboot of KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic), being built from the ground up using the Unreal Engine 3.

4. Community

All the details about the remaining Ootini Event that Djredd has organised for February can be found in his forum post.

5. The Academy

This week Swtorista explains all about companions in SWTOR.

6. Force Feedback

The various desktop backgrounds referred to us by Dekion can be found here.

There are various guides about HK-55’s gift preferences, including from Dulfy and Jedipedia. In summary, he loves Military Gear!

Vas’Rod sent in this preview of the new Darth Revan Black Series 6″ action figure:

Darth Revan action figure

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Jeremy (@Darksplat) 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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