OotiniCast Episode 187

Lots of news from the Community Cantina that was held at PAX South last week! Then in our discussion, we go through some community opinions on what BioWare should do in response to “that” exploit.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ricky! Thanks to Josh, Bulaklak, Sukai, Chong and Dephine for entering.

Chong believes that having one of these in your Stronghold:

Chong - Brain

… will fund your addiction to this:

Chong - Slot machine

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-R3 droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

Star Wars: The Old Republic also contributed to the segment with the expansion “Shadow of Revan” attracting many more people into the game with this epic new storyline. Star Wars fans remain deeply engaged in the Old Republic universe, and we’re more excited to see how that will build as we get closer to the launch of the Star Wars movie this December.

  • A Community Cantina was held at PAX South on Friday evening. Larry Everett was in attendance, and wrote up his impressions. There is also Dulfy’s summary which includes the flashdrive assets. You can watch the Q&A here. There was also a reading of Bruce Maclean’s next Producer’s Letter, due to be published in a couple of weeks, which you can read below:

Hi everyone,

For many, the start of the year is a time for setting goals and planning for the future. This is something we’ve been focusing on here at BioWare Austin. 2014 was an amazing year for the team. We delivered two expansions, an overhaul to the class system, and regular story updates through flashpoints. I’m proud of the what the team has accomplished, and we not have been able to do it without your support. Thank you.

I’m excited about what we have in store for you in 2015. Some of you might remember before launch, we talked about the four pillars of RPGs: combat, progression, exploration, and story. SWTOR is an MMO, but it’s also a BioWare game. Three years ago we set out to deliver a product that delivered the best of two worlds: the immersive story experience of a single player RPG and the vast array of systems and social connections from an online multiplayer game. Since launch we mainly focused on the latter, adding galactic stronghold, achievements, legacy perks, reputation tracks, and galactic starfighter. But with the success of the Shadow of Revan expansion, we think it’s time to return to our roots and what truly makes our game unique: story.

Shadow of Revan was just the beginning. In 2015, we are committed to bring you more character driven adventures in the Old Republic universe. You’re going to see a unified story with themes that unite our eight classes. Everyone is a veteran from the galactic civil war with a complicated past and uncertain future. You’ll see a greater emphasis on your character’s personal story and on the choices that you make. I don’t want to say too much more since we’re in the midst of development, but what we have planned really gets back to the Star Wars fantasy at the heart of our game.

Our plan is to deliver two major updates with this new story direction later this year. One in the summer and other by the end of the year. “But what’s happening in the meantime?” you might ask. Below is a list of what you can expect in the first half of the year. As always, please keep in mind that all of this is subject to change. We reserve the right to adjust our plans if we feel it is necessary.

On February 10th, we’ll have game update 3.1 which includes the following things:

1. Hardmode flashpoint Blood Hunt.
2. Hardmode flashpoint Battle of Rishi.
3. As well as the start of PvP season four.

For April 28th, which is our current tentative date for game update 3.2, we have a new system called the outfit designer. Stay tuned for a blog of this awesome new feature coming soon!

A new story arc on the planet Ziost. This story arc takes us to the Imperial homeworld of Ziost, where we answer many of the questions posed by the cliffhanger at the end of Shadow of Revan.

It also have the end of PvP season four and the start of season five.

Beyond that, we would like to, this year, do a new stronghold. In addition to that also add a new playable race: the Togruta. I kind of let the cat out of the bag on this one last year that the New York cantina, but now it’s in writing or on the interwebs via my voice.

This still more to be revealed for SWTOR this year. This is just the start. When we are further along in development, we’ll release more information that dives into the nitty gritty details of these new features.

I want to thank you, our galactic heroes, for continuing to support us. It’s your feedback and enthusiasm that makes SWTOR a better game and drives us to be better. All of our hard work is for you. May the Force be with you

Bruce Maclean

4. Community

Thanks to Squirr’al for this most generous donation!

The Reddit user Dentface has been unearthing concept art for SWTOR. So far, he’s found the work of Clint G. Young, Nick Hiatt, Ryan Dening and Zach Hall.

The new site huttspawn.com is looking for some help.

Our Ootini Knights guildmate and occasional guest Turg (@TheTurg) is starting his own Ootini-branded podcast focusing on PvP. Initially they will be focusing on a different Advanced Class each week, starting with the Guardian. Vote in this poll for the next Advanced Class that they will cover.

5. Force Feedback

Galvanized/Deathhammer is experiencing a very strange bug with his companion Guss Tuno:

Galvanized - Guss (small)

Tennya found this NPC in a hard to get to location in the Cartel Bazaar:

Star Wars The Old Republic-sniper NPC

Turg has observed that the Scoundrel DPS bracers appear to be missing their texture:

Turg - Missing Scoundrel bracer texture

6. Sarlacc Digest

We go through some opinions from our listeners on how BioWare should handle the recent Ravagers exploit. Thanks to Haelyn, thvbh, Ameel, Pallais, Giantgina and Exadon for their contributions.

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) and Kranitoko (@Kranitoko, youtube.com/KranitokoGames, twitch.tv/kranitoko).

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 186

Our favourite industrialist Bill joins us this week to discuss the economic impact of the slot machine and its subsequent nerf, along with the other news and Werit’s Q&A.

1. Introduction

If you’ve had any experience with Dolby Axon, a new player in the space dominated by Mumble, Ventrilo and TeamSpeak, please let us know!

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Dakit of the Defenders of the Republic guild on The Harbinger! Thanks to ndbbm and Flox for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-R3 droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • Eric Musco (Community Manager) confirmed that the Contraband Slot Machine, as deployed by Game Update 3.0.2, was working as intended, and that using it was most definitely not an exploit.
  • When Game Update 3.0.2a was deployed on Wednesday morning, Eric gave us a preliminary warning about the incoming nerf to the Contraband Slot Machine.
  • The PTS with Game Update 3.1 has been closed, ahead of the deployment of Game Update 3.1.1 on the PTS. Before it was closed, a second update was made including changes for the tanking Disciplines for Assassins (Darkness) and Jedi Shadows (Kinetic Combat). The update also changed Improved Mounting from a character perk to be Legacy-wide.
  • Game Update 3.1 will also include the fix for the Dark Project MK-1 schematic that reverted in Game Update 3.0 to requiring Sythetic Energy Matrix rather than Self-Perpetuating Power Cell.
  • Alex Modny provided a look ahead for Ranked PvP: Season 4 will begin with Game Update 3.1, and will last three months. Season 5 will follow immediately from Season 4 without a pre-season. From Season 5, the lowest of the three tiers of rewards will have a minimum rating requirement, meaning that simply having participated will not be enough to earn that tier’s rewards.
  • Werit of Werit’s Blog collected ten questions from the community via the SWTOR sub-Reddit, and received some answers from BioWare, which he also posted on Reddit.
  • Hillary Nicole is leaving BioWare. She joined the team around the end of June 2014, and Wednesday 21 January was her last day. The new contact for guilds is Tait Watson, and for fan sites it’s Courtney Woods.

4. Community

Damon Homer nominated us for the People’s Choice award in the 10th Annual Podcast Awards. If you’d like to nominate us too (or any other podcasts you enjoy!), you have until 2 February.

If you’re after a lighthearted gaming podcast from a guy who does lots of funny voices, check out Boomy (@BoomysDarkside) on The Boomy Show!

Last week’s Ootini Rage was provided by JD (@GaddockTeeg) of the Unnamed SWTOR Podcast. This week’s is from @Freedious.

5. Force Feedback

Jay Connell recommends the iOS free SWTOR Holonet app for browsing the official forums on the go.

Aaree obtained a Contraband Slot Machine (back when they were a thing) for our Ootini Rage guild flagship, the Star Crawler:

Star Crawler slots

The following was posted by You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob) on Twitter:

You had one job - need to use the force

6. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) and Bill (@BillLentz).

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 185

Game Update 3.0.2 is here with lots of quality of life fixes. And slot machines!

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Mikhael! Thanks to Sechari, Nati, Scott, Dephine, Ameel, x2oh6 and Sevek/Khymarr for entering.

Here are Dephine’s tips for saving time in the Battle of Rishi Tactical Flashpoint:

  1. Avoiding mobs outside:
    1. Right at the beginning, jump off the bridge on the left.  Sweep a big loop around the first set of mobs  on the dock by taking a long-cut through the water.
    2. After you destroy all the containers, jump off the far side of the bridge on the left, right before the first boss. You can bypass that entire group there.
    3. Before you go inside the final building (after you decide which ships to shoot at), go way around to the right and in through the door. You will have to fight the 4 mobs right before you click on the door before the final boss, but not the ones outside.
  2. Avoiding mobs inside:
    1. You MUST have a stealther for this. If you do, have all non-stealth toons wait outside each of the 3 bunkers you have to go in to click glowing panels. Two make it “easy mode,” but it can be done with one. A single stealther can click enter, click each panel, and then exit without getting aggro. Some of them require you to go ‘behind’ the panel and click it from there. Not sure if you Sentinels can do this with your new-fangled short duration stealth.

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

3. Holofeed

  • Game Update 3.0.2 was deployed during regular maintenance on Tuesday morning.
  • It includes the new Tree: Commemorative Meat Tree deco, available for 1 credit (up to 50 per legacy) from the Rishi reputation vendor Azarea Balawii on Rishi. Kuze provided the following screenshot:

swtor-commemorative-meat-tree-decoration

  • If you want to find out more about the ancient threat that could arise on Yavin 4, see Dulfy’s guide.
  • Eric Musco has confirmed that the exploit in The Ravagers has been fixed in Game Update 3.0.2, and has outlined the process of dealing with those who took “undue advantage” of it. This poll started in the SWTOR sub-Reddit gives a view on how many players in that community utilised the exploit.
  • Eric Musco gave a detailed overview of the performance issues that players have been experiencing since Game Update 3.0 went live, and indicated how the development team is addressing them.
  • All players who have purchased the Shadow of Revan digital expansion will receive the welcome message in their in-game mail, with the Rishi Idol deco attached. Note that you can now have 10 Rishi Idols per legacy, rather than just 1.
  • The Acolyte’s Shadow Pack is now available for purchase. You can watch Kranitoko’s usual hypercrate opening video here (and we recommend you subscribe to his Kranitoko Games channel).
  • You may notice that the icons of items in your Legacy Storage have lost their border colour. This is a bug, though resetting your UI (via CTRL-U, CTRL-U) will temporarily fix the issue.
  • BioWare is seeking more information from players who experiencing login queues when the population is showing as Standard (rather than Heavy).
  • While there was no Bounty Contract Week in January, it is intended to return in February.
  • The Gree Event, scaled up to level 60, will return towards the end of February or in March. As of Game Update 3.1, the Cyan Sphere vehicle will be made available on the Gree event vendor, and will be purchasable with either Grey Helix components, or a mixture of Grey Helix components and Snow-covered Parcels from the Life Day event.
  • Game Update 3.1 is on the PTS. It includes class balancing, starting with Defence Guardians and Immortal Juggernauts. After we recorded, a second update was made, that changed the Improved Mounting perk to be legacy-wide rather than per character for the same cost (2 million credits requiring Legacy level 8, or 400 Cartel Coins).

4. Community

5. Force Feedback

Here is how the Wampa Rug deco that Ham Sammich obtained looks on our Ootini Knights flagship, the Vis Fidelis:

Ham - Wampa Rug

6. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4), Kuze (@kuze_roh, YouTube) and Turg (@TheTurg).

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 184

Along with our usual news coverage, we discuss BioWare’s announced stance (and our opinions) on “that” exploit, which has become far too widespread in recent weeks.

1. Introduction

Redna was curious as to just how this character managed to get into this apparently unreachable location…

Red - how to get up there

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Yxl! Thanks to Johnny Bravo, Tistrel, Thaanatos, Shintar and Dephine for entering.

You can download the latest version of Dephine’s tank stat calculator spreadsheet here. This version had some additions provided by our guildmate Sukai. Dephine encourages anyone who’s willing to make their own improvements. If you’d like to share them with the community, please email your updated version to us!

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

3. Holofeed

  • BioWare have confirmed that Game Update 3.0.2 should be deployed at the end of the Third Anniversary event on Tuesday 13 January 2015. It will include adding level 55 Hard Mode and Tactical Flashpoints ot the Group Finder for level 60 players, granting the achievement for defeating the Torch in the Blood Hunt Tactical Flashpoint, the change of the Ranked PvP Season 3 title of “The Furious” to “Fairly Furious”, and fixing the Healing Challenge in the Dread Master Raptus encounter in Nightmare Mode Dread Palace. The issue with the Force Quake animation will not be fixed in 3.0.2.
  • The ongoing issues with ability delay and lag are being investigated, and more information will be provided by the end of this week. It seems that the UI enhancements introduced in Game Update 3.0 may be a major contributing factor in some cases.
  • There is currently a bug that boosts a player’s Power and Endurance if they have ship parts (from the original on-rails space game) equipped on their character. This is not considered an exploit.

4. Community

Geldarian found an easter egg in a mail message sent to his character, which he described in this post. He encourages other players to share any easter eggs they’ve encountered in the game.

The latest addition from SWTOR Tools is a site (swtorcartel.com) that lists all the current Cartel Market prices, along with a Twitter account (@swtorcartel) which posts price changes shortly after they happen in the game.

5. Force Feedback

Madmar (creator of #swtorfamily) encountered a rare issue where his game client preferences were completely reset:

Madmar - everything is reset

Turg is not impressed by the unimposing Yavin Temple Chandelier from Temple of Sacrifice when placed on our guild flagship:

Turg - Yavin Temple Chandelier

6. Sarlacc Digest

There is an exploit at large which has become widely known in the community. Eric Musco (Community Manager) posted on the official forums that (a) BioWare knows about the exploit and (b) anyone utilising the exploit can expect to be penalised, up to and including a permanent suspension of their account.

We discuss the situation arising as a result of the exploit and BioWare’s response to it.

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) and Turg (@TheTurg).

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 183

We discuss whether SWTOR is Star Wars canon, and then share our predictions, hopes and dreams, and those of the community, about what 2015 will bring to the game.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Holmes/Mf-doom of the Jedi Covenant server!

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

3. Holofeed

  • The Twelve Days of SWTOR concluded on 29 December 2014.
  • While this week’s Conquest may reference a Rakghoul outbreak on Corellia, it’s not back this week.
  • In an interview with GameFront, Jeff Hickman (Executive Producer) and Bruce Maclean (Senior Producer) talk about the status of SWTOR in the new Star Wars canon.

4. Community

Forum user DorjeeVajra has created an open source collection of spreadsheets gathered from the community. He encourages us all to use and contribute as we see fit!

5. Force Feedback

Thanks to @UnholyAlliances for the kind mention she gave in her post pointing out positive members of the SWTOR community.

Dark spotted an NPC with a familiar name on the Imperial Fleet:

Dark - Gen Vizla

6. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss our predictions, hopes and dreams for SWTOR in 2015.

Thanks to Rachel (see her 2015 wish list), Mechadius, Pixelkaffe, Justin Sanudo, Freedious, XKing, FerrousTerran, Slade Evans, Revenge Forsaken, Nick, Ahsh, Tim Stratton, Joseph Brown, JB (Johnny Bravo), Haelen, Aaree, Megan, Kara Jade, Darklighter, Chong and Greg for their contributions!

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4), Turg (@TheTurg) and Kranitoko (@Kranitoko, youtube.com/KranitokoGames).

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 182

SWTOR’s third anniversary is here! We discuss our own impressions and the highs and lows of 2014. A mostly great year, though we believe the best is yet to come!

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Mariarchi!

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

3. Holofeed

  • Rishi and Yavin 4 will be added as guild flagship destinations at some point in the future.
  • The next Community Cantina will be held inside the PAX South convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday 23 January 2015.
  • Eric Musco (Community Manager) has started a thread asking where everyone was three years ago on 20 December 2013 when the servers went live with SWTOR’s launch. Charles Boyd, Tait Watson, HIllary Nicole and Courtney Woods shared their memories, along with many players.
  • There’s also a Facebook album for the third anniversary, in which BioWare developers share their most memorable moments.

4. Community

For those interested in healing, we highly recommend the discussion between Louis (@HealingSwtor, healingswtor.com) and Mae (@Maebeebuzz) on episode 224 of TOROCast.

5. Force Feedback

GasGuy has updated his Codex Tracking Spreadsheet with entries that were fixed by BioWare, and al the new entries on Rishi and Yavin 4. You can always find his latest version of the spreadsheet on our right sidebar.

Chong revels in the seemingly endless supply of slicing nodes on Yavin 4. They’re everywhere!

Chong - slicing nodesKal discovers that even the dead will provide Snow-Covered Parcels if plied with snowballs:

Kal - parcels from the dead

6. Sarlacc Digest

We take a look back at 2014, discussing the highs and lows, reminicing about the year gone by.

Thanks to Terg, Ferrous Terran, Spencer, Geldarion, Aaree, Laurie M, Freedious, Nepthen of Old Republic Radio and Road of TOROCast for their contributions!

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) and Kuze (@kuze_roh, YouTube).

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 181 (Theorycrafting roundtable)

In our first theorycrafting roundtable, KeyboardNinja and Oofalong discuss the changes wrought by Game Update 3.0, and provide plenty of nuanced advice to help players min/max their characters.

Oofalong was interviewed in episode 141. He can be found on Reddit and the official forums. He has also authored the SWTOR Mechanics Basics series on Dulfy’s site, and has updated his relic analysis for Game Update 3.0.

KeyboardNinja was interview in episode 145. You can contact him on the official forums, either by replying to him in threads he’s participating in, or by sending him a private message. His Ideal Tank Stat Distribution post has been updated for Game Update 3.0 (due to a mishap on the official forums, the Roles forum containing KeyboardNinja’s Ideal Tank Stat Distribution post was deleted; while they’re trying to restore it, he’s temporarily reposted here). He has also authored a guide for Ruffian Scoundrels and Lethality Operatives.

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.

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OotiniCast Episode 180

In the news, we cover Game Update 3.0.1, the return of the Life Day event, and what we reckon is better than cross-server queues. Then we discuss Ilmarinen’s statistical analysis of the results from the first three seasons of arena-based Ranked PvP.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Jerrold (Sentinel and Vanguard of the Valhalla guild on Jedi Covenant)! Thanks to Holmes/Mf-doom, Frettz, Chong, Thraxis and Mariachi for entering.

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

3. Holofeed

  • Game Update 3.0.1 was deployed during regular maintenance on Tuesday morning. It includes some changes to help alleviate performance issues experienced by players, with further problems still being investigated. The Rishi achievements that were lost on logout have been fixed, but will have to be earned one more time.
  • The Life Day event is back, running from 16 December to 6 January 2015. This guide on the official forums will tell you all you need to know about farming the Overheated Life Day Droids.
  • The Gree event did not return as anticipated, due to problems with scaling the event up to level 60. It is being worked on, and so will return eventually.
  • The 12 Days of SWTOR Cartel Market sale begins on Thursday 18 December, and concludes on Monday 29 December. It features the sale of embargoed Cartel Market packs, with a different pack available each day.
  • See this post for details about the Third Anniversary Rewards. There is also a Facebook album with memorable moments from the game’s developers.
  • While it was suggested prior to the release of Game Update 3.0, we will not get more Accuracy percentage per point from the Accuracy stat.
  • The tank stance for all three tanking Advanced Classes is reducing their damage dealt by 20%, rather than the intended 10%.
  • It seems that Game Update 3.0.2 will be deployed at the end of the Third Anniversary event on Tuesday 13 January 2015. It will include adding level 55 Hard Mode and Tactical Flashpoints ot the Group Finder for level 60 players, granting the achievement for defeating the Torch in the Blood Hunt Tactical Flashpoint, and the change of the Ranked PvP Season 3 title of “The Furious” to “Fairly Furious”.
  • BioWare has given us some very revealing hints about how they intended to solve the queuing issues for both PvE and PvP. Teo’s assessment is that we are getting megaservers!
  • While the final details have yet to be confirmed, Eric Musco (Community Manager) has announced as much as he currently knows about the Community Cantina that will be held at PAX South.

4. Community

5. Force Feedback

Grigori (who plays Outbreak, a Jedi Guardian on The Tomb of Freedon Nadd server) provided this video about realm-versus-realm combat in Warhammer Online.

Kal strongly suggests we watch this Star Wars parody of the movie Frozen.

6. Sarlacc Digest

Ilmarinen, a statistician, has applied his skills to analyse the data retrieved by Yusi of the Red Eclipse server for the first three seasons of arena-based Ranked PvP. You can also see Yusi’s own presentation of the data here.

Yusi also has a site with PvP records for Red Eclipse, and a mirror site for the Tomb of Freedon Nadd server.

You can also find our own visual presentation of the data on our Leaderboards page.

7. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) and Pez (@MyVery0wnFlag).

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 179

Our adventures in the Shadow of Revan continue!

1. Introduction

Chill turned his favourite warzone experience from last week into a YouTube video.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Lachimba of The Harbinger! Thanks to Caranome for entering.

Caranome recommended this explanation of how reverse engineering works for the new tier of crafting introduced in Game Update 3.0.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win an M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • With the seven days of early access concluded, the Shadow of Revan digital expansion is now available to all players! A launch trailer (also on YouTube) was released, along with Andrew Horwitz’s welcome.
  • Patch 3.0.0a was deployed on Tuesday, which included the removal of ability costs from the game. No refunds for players who spent credits on abilities during early access will be provided.
  • Patch 3.0.0b was deployed on Wednesday morning.
  • Galactic Starfighter (GSF) has been unintentionally impacted by the changes to abilities introduced in Game Update 3.0. These issues are intended to be fixed in Game Update 3.0.1.
  • An apparent increase in difficulty of strong (“silver”) mobs is being investigated.
  • The customer service options available have been updated in this post on the official forums.
  • To celebrate the third anniversary of SWTOR’s release, a vendor gwill be offering special decorations for a limited time from Tuesday 16 December until Monday 12 January 2015.

4. Community

Kuze walked us through his guide to obtaining the new datacrons on Rishi.

This picture of Ootini Rage’s new ride, The Star Crawler, was taken by @ForceChuckle:

Forcechuckle - Star Crawler

5. Force Feedback

6. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) and Kuze (@kuze_roh, YouTube).

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 178

Game Update 3.0 and early access to the Shadow of Revan expansion are here! We talk about how we’re finding it so far. There’s also a brief discussion about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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1. Introduction

Details about Charlie’s competition can be found in the first episode of his Sith Warrior playthrough of the Shadow of Revan expansion.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Caranome! Thanks to Jegger for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win an M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • Game Update 3.0 was deployed on Tuesday during a five hour maintenance, with a few known issues noted.
  • Andrew Horwitz (Associate Producer) welcomed us to the early access week for the Shadow of Revan expansion.
  • The solo mode for the four Forged Alliances Tactical Flashpoints, and the two new Flashpoints on Rishi, is only accessible once as part of the story mission chain. More information about their reasoning and how to remedy issues preventing access to solo mode can be found here.
  • Eric Musco explains why you may find yourself having to pay again to retrain abilities that you’d apparently already trained.
  • Along with Bounty Contract Week returning on Tuesday 9 December, it seems that the Life Day event will be starting on Tuesday 16 December, and that the Gree event is “not too far away”.
  • Developer blogs were published for Gunslingers/Snipers and Scoundrels/Operatives, and David Demaree and Eric Musco did their fourth and last livestream to cover this set of Advanced Classes.
  • With the third anniversary of the game looming, BioWare has published another infographic with some mind-blowing stats about SWTOR!
  • The new Star Wars movie coming 18 December next year now has a teaser trailer! You can find plenty of analysis of it out there, along with some crazy extrapolations based on the new “Crusader sword” style of lightsaber.

4. Community

You can find Kuze’s summary on how to obtain the new main stat datacrons in Game Update 3.0 here.

A few prominent contributors to the SWTOR community have banded together to create torcommunity.com, a hub for all kinds of information, guides and discussion about the game.

Ferrous Terran (@FerrousTerran) has created a Facebook group for our guild. All are welcome!

5. Force Feedback

LethalXBacon tells us that SWTOR has made it into the Guinness Book of Records (the Gamer’s Edition, at least):

LethalXBacon - Guinness world record

6. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) and Kranitoko (@Kranitoko, youtube.com/KranitokoGames).

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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