OotiniCast Episode 300

After covering a little news, including Game Update 5.1.1 and EA’s quarterly report, we dive into our “ask us anything”, fielding a range of questions provided by our listeners.

1. Introduction

Chill’s new alt is Nightcrawler-themed Chillcrawler:

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Synwulf! Thanks to 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

  • Game Update 5.1.1 was deployed on Tuesday.
  • It was clarified that CXP and XP have a 3.5 multiplier applied to all rewards, which will continue until Game Update 5.2 arrives in late March or early April.
  • While the same multiplier was intended to be applied to Requisition rewarded from GSF, it’s currently only doubled; this will be changed to the intended 3.5 multiplier in Game Update 5.1.2.
  • BioWare is investigating a way of disabling the effect of the multiplier on regular pre-70 XP for those who don’t want to level too quickly.
  • There are more changes to the rewards from Galactic Command coming in Game Update 5.1.2.
  • Following last week’s earnings call, Electronic Arts have submitted their quarterly report (10-Q).

4. Force Feedback

Thanks to Ironweakness for this awesome image for episode 300!

Jessie of the Passionately Casual podcast encountered the following promo for a silent movie in Melbourne, Australia:

5. Sarlacc Digest

It’s our first ever “ask us anything” to celebrate reaching Episode 300. Thanks to Ajay, LiebeAroha, Pallais, Darth Auro, Liberti, Neek, Dekion, Johnny (Born to eat bacon), Marcus, Blay, EZesquire and Coles for their questions!

6. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge) 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 299

A few things happening in SWTOR this week, including another exploit that was very quickly dealt with, some followup from last week’s livestream, and requesting players apply to join the Closed PTS for Game Update 5.2. We also discuss Electronic Arts quarterly earnings call, in which SWTOR got no mention at all, but did announce a new BioWare IP!

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Keeg!

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

  • The SWTOR servers were abruptly taken down to deal with a new exploit. Action will be taken against those who abused the exploit. BioWare is considering offering a reward or some other incentive for players to report exploits rather than use them.
  • The new Operation coming in Game Update 5.2 will have both 8-man and 16-man modes.
  • Weeky missions may be introduced, to supplement the existing dailies.
  • The faction choice players must make in the new Game Update 5.2 story arc will not impact Companions already in your Alliance.
  • Further changes to Galactic Command are coming in Game Update 5.1.1 (next week) and Game Update 5.1.2 (late February). More about that in next week’s show.
  • Instructions are available for how to apply for access to the Closed PTS for Game Update 5.2.
  • Electronic Arts had their Q3 2017 earnings conference call this week (press release, slides [PDF}, transcript [PDF]).
  • We use Google Trends as a proxy for SWTOR’s popularity to determine if KotFE’s success was due to the expansion itself, or the halo effect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, now that we also have KotET’s release in the timeline.

4. Force Feedback

Blay believes that he has identified who the title of Episode 8 is referring to:

“Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.”

Jason says that the mobile game Galaxy of Heroes is now just teasing us, given its non-canon-establishing position:

5. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Fyonha (@GamrGrlNextDoor) and Andrew (@SWTOREconomics, swtoreconomics.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 298

Plenty of SWTOR news this week! Game Update 5.1: Defend the Throne is here. Then in this week’s livestream, Game Update 5.2: The War for Iokath was revealed which culminates in a new Operation.

1. Introduction

You can find Blay’s awesome Imperial heroics spreadsheet here.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Hegh-Qih! Thanks to Kyzla for entering.

Here is Hegh-Qih’s outfit for Vette crafted with Armormech:

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

  • Cheap server transfers (intra-region is 90 CC, between EU and US is 150 CC) will continue for the foreseeable future, with at least a week’s warning when (if?) their original prices are restored.
  • Game Update 5.1: Defend the Throne was deployed on Tuesday.
  • Patch 5.1a was deployed on Thursday afternoon to add the five new Uprisings to the Group Finder.
  • Command Tokens for previously obtained Command Crates are granted to a given character when they log in.
  • The change to Bolster in Warzones (from item rating 250 to 232) was made to ensure that the Bolstered level wasn’t higher than the best gear in the game (currently item rating 242).
  • BioWare held “A Look Ahead Livestream” on Thursday afternoon, with a follow-up post summarising what was discussed, which included the announcement of Game Update 5.2: The War for Iokath which includes a story arc culminating in a daily area, and the first boss (Tyth) of a five-boss Operation. The class companions Quinn (Sith Warrior) and Elara (Trooper) will return as part of the story arc.
  • It has been officially confirmed that Carrie Fisher will not reprise her role as Princess or General Leia Organa as a digital puppet.

4. Force Feedback

Our old friend SWTOR Miner believes that the first boss of the new Operation bears a striking resemblance to a Horde Trooper from Masters of the Universe:

In one of our earliest episodes recorded on YouTube, Liebearoha caught Chill midway through his vocal warm-up exercises:

Ajay confirmed that we get over 1000 CXP for completing a KotFE or KotET chapter in Master Mode.

5. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge) and Illeva (@IllevaGamingtwitch.tv/illeva).

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 297

This week we go deep into the details of the Galactic Command gearing changes coming on Tuesday in Game Update 5.1!

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ajay! Thanks to Pandorren and Teadra for entering.

You can find Ajay’s spreadsheet 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

4. Force Feedback

To find out more about StreamingHawke’s rebranding, you can check out his Twitch channel, contact him via email using streaminghawke@yahoo.com, on Twitter via @StreamingHawke or on Facebook.

Our guest Liebearoha’s walker seems to be able to walk through solid metal!

To address Darklighter’s query about whether Galaxy of Heroes makes HK-47 and other Old Republic characters canon, it seems Pablo Hidalgo of the Star Wars story group has already answered this fairly definitively ([1], [2]).

5. Outro

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

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 296

We discuss the concept of Belsavis and its in-game representation, and an interview that Charles Boyd did with GamesBeat. Then we catch up on a couple of week’s worth of listener feedback!

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Teadra! Thanks to Bware2 and Rutunest 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 concept art of Belsavis is, in Teo’s opinion, far cooler than the in-game realisation!

4. Force Feedback

Dekion passed on that the NYCantina16 code still works! Log into your account on swtor.com, and go here to redeem the code.

Billy B clearly has significant nerd cred:

Johnny (Born to eat bacon!) has a most unwelcome visitor to his Stronghold:

The 20th anniversary of the 501st Legion will be celebrated in Orlando at the 501st Legion Bash.

Ajay believes there may be a bit of a balance problem with Mercs and Commandos…

CapsSlapshot (Slan) refers those interested in Operations to check out Hayete’s guides, available on his site or his YouTube channel. He’s willing to ask questions via hayetejc@gmail.com.

Dekion referred us to this Reddit post that asked at what point in SWTOR’s past would you like to return to if you could?

5. Outro

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

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 295

We’re back with our first show of 2017! We discuss this week’s Producer’s Livestream, and a couple of interviews that Ben Irving gave for SWTOR’s 5th anniversary.

1. Introduction

Chill’s Z0-OM ended up in a most unusual position!

If you have questions for our upcoming interview with Kimi, please send them to ootinicast@gmail.com.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Soontire! Thanks to Min-emok, Andy (Groo), Todd, Knite and Blay 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. The Academy

The academy returns! Swtorista gives us some ideas on what to do at level 70.

5. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Alex (@MixUpPixels, geek-podcast.com) and Andrew (@SWTOREconomics, swtoreconomics.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 294

On this week’s end-of-year show, we discuss Carrie Fisher’s passing and how it was commemorated by many SWTOR players.  We also recall what was added to the game in 2016, and express some wishes for what could be added in 2017. Happy New Year!

1. Introduction

When visiting his parents, Chill rediscovered some old friends from his childhood:

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Flesh/El Gato of the Jedi Covenant server! Thanks to Blay, Stuart, Illeva, Eric and Johnny 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

  • Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, passed away on 27 December. Many hundreds of SWTOR players have been paying their respects by visiting Castle Organa on Alderaan, as can be seen in this fan-made tribute.
  • Groopur of our own Ootini Knights was one of those who participated:

  • Among several ideas of how BioWare could celebrate her memory is this petition requested that an Alderaan Stronghold be added.
  • It seems that the “Myserious Empire of Zakuul” was only listed in the Polish version of the Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.

4. Force Feedback

Thanks to our latest Ootini Patron, Ulldu!

Marcus has a most generous and perceptive wife, as his Christmas gifts show:

Bacon-born Johnny also dressed most appropriately when seeing Rogue One:

You can get your own Ootini Rage or Ootini Knights shirt in our store.

Illeva referenced this article discussing how Grand Moff Tarkin was portrayed in Rogue One.

5. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Charlie (@Kranitoko, YouTube channel), Illeva (@IllevaGamingtwitch.tv/illeva) 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 293

We discuss our spoiler-free impressions of Rogue One, then cover what little SWTOR news there is, including the game’s 5 year anniversary.

1. Introduction

Chill provided the following screenshots of his Dark V mercenary, Chillyquinn:

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Jase! Thanks to Char Ell and Stuart for entering.

You can find Char Ell’s guide to gaining companion influence in Black Talon and The Esseles 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

  • After Game Update 5.1 is deployed on 24 January, the lass boss of an operation is guaranteed to drop an unassembled gear piece for a specific slot, with the bosses leading up to the last boss having an increasing chance of dropping an unassembled gear piece for a random slot.
  • The discipline your character has determines what type (tank, DPS or healer) of gear you will receive.
  • The top 96 players of the various Advanced Classes will be finalised by Game Update 5.1 as BioWare eliminates those players from the running who were cheating.
  • Last Tuesday 20 December was SWTOR’s 5 year anniversary.
  • Dulfy has an excellent guide to the 5th anniversary and Life Day events.

4. Force Feedback

Dekion let us know that our guildmate Fyonha has finally getting her “full set of doctorate set bonus gear”. Congratulations Fy!

Jake knows how to dress appropriately when seeing Rogue One. You can purchase your own shirt in our store here.

Our guildmate LiebeAroha is continuing to vanish on a regular basis:

Hawke recommends these videos showing the SWTOR story from the Jedi Knight’s perspective:

Johnny (he who is born to eat bacon) is very happy with this array of snowball targets in his stronghold:

Speaking of which, here’s a companion that was made to be a target:

5. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge) 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 292

This week we discuss what’s in Game Update 5.0.1 and Patch 5.0.1a, before diving into the improvements planned in Game Update 5.1 to gearing through Galactic Command, which was the main topic of the Holiday Producer Livestream.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ducky! Thanks to Ben, Joseph Brown, Dekion and Teadra for entering.

You can see the preferences that Ducky mentioned in their tip 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

4. Force Feedback

Cristina referred us to this Reddit article about the ongoing voice actors strike.

5. Outro

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

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 291

Our adventures in KotET continue, and the CXP grind begins! We discuss the latest news, this week’s producer livestream, and finish up with a discussion on whether the CXP boost makes SWTOR pay to win.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, LiebeAroha! Thanks to Lecto, Teadra and Niraga 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

  • Alex reports that starter planet weapons are now bind-to-legacy.
  • The meta-achievements (for achieving each of the six tiers) from the pre-KotET DvL event will be restored.
  • There remain several known issues introduced with Game Update 5.0.
  • It has been confirmed that the number of characters able to be sent out on crew skill missions is now eight.
  • Patch 5.0a was deployed on Tuesday.
  • IronWeakness imagines this is how most MMO studios farm out the work for balancing stats and XP gains, etc:

4. Community

If you have questions for our upcoming interview with Kimi, please send them to ootinicast@gmail.com.

5. Force Feedback

Charlie (Kranitoko) produced a SWTOR Life Day parody song: the TWELVE DAYS OF LIFE DAY!

Blachloch (Blay) made an homage to pre-KotET Empire-side combat animations in this video.

Todd reports that Strike Force Tauntaun has the headless character glitch!

It seems the bug that causes our characters to disappear is still out there, as encountered by LiebeAroha:

6. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Kuze (@kuze_roh, YouTube) and Illeva (@IllevaGamingtwitch.tv/illeva).

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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