OotiniCast Episode 24

This week, Agi and Oni join your hosts Chill and Teo to go over the latest news, including our own experience with the Rakghoul Outbreak. We also discuss the new gear added in Game Update 1.2 and how to get it.

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel
3. Trivia question

This week’s challenge: The following real things had real implications for Star Wars design. What Star Wars people, places, or things were based at least in part on these items? 5 of 6 correct will be enough for an entry.

  • An outboard motor
  • Einstein’s face
  • A radar dish
  • A spray bottle
  • A hamburger with an olive next to it
  • NASA’s crawler-transporters which were used to bring the space shuttle to its launch pad

If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize (this week not limited to characters on the Space Slug server), please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com.

4. The Holofeed
  • On Thursday night, we had unexpected downtime to deploy patch 1.2.0c. Patch 1.2.1 was deployed during Tuesday’s regular maintenance.
  • The free transfers to the Oceanic servers have begun! Teo’s had already been processed by the Wednesday morning (Australian time) following maintenance. All went perfectly, with his legacy level and unlocks from Space Slug being successfully transferred to Dalborra.
  • Daniel Erickson has been busy: in another interview published by NowGamer, he mentioned how awesome the next iteration of the space game would be, without giving any details. He was extremely forthcoming on all kinds of subjects in an interview with Zach on Mos Eisley Radio.
  • We discuss the community Q&A published on 20 April.
  • As of patch 1.2.1, there remains a bug with slicing missions, where the lock boxes returned have less credits than they should. Best stick to the Sliced Tech Parts missions until it’s fixed!
  • Some melee classes (particularly Sith Marauders and Jedi Sentinels) may be doing too much damage to the training dummies, due to them currently being unable to “dodge or deflect attacks”; a fix is in the works to make them a little less dumb!
  • Georg Zoeller explains why the TTK (time to kill) in PvP as of Game Update 1.2 appears to be significantly lower that it was previously. It boils down to the Expertise stat mattering a lot more than it did, some buffs from Legacy unlocks adding more than BioWare expected, and stacking debuffs from multiple players on a single target being a little too effective.
5. Force Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @thehatfield, @shotgun_burger, @MuskokaJ, @wrxlvr, @D_Willoughby, @killacayne and @PaulDemars.
6. The Sarlacc Digest

We discuss itemisation in Game Update 1.2, based on a post by Georg Zoeller. Some of the key points:

  • The stats on the original tier of gear—Tionese (126), Columni (136) and Rakata (140)—remain unchanged. While the armoring mod on these items can now be removed, the set bonus (if present) is associated with the item shell, not the armoring mod.
  • You can now get Columni from all bosses (except the last) in the new Lost Island Flashpoint; its last boss drops Rakata.
  • Rakata items can also be obtained from bosses in the new operation, Explosive Conflict in story mode.
  • There are two new sets of PvE gear in the next tier: Campaign and Black Hole.
  • Campaign items share the same set bonus as the original tier, but this bonus is carried on the armoring mod, and thus may be transferred to any orange item. Note that these armoring modes are “bind-to-slot”, and so can only be inserted into a like item (e.g., an armoring mode from Campaign gloves can only be placed in an orange gloves).
  • Campaign items are obtained (via tokens) from the operation Explosive Conflict in hard mode and the new world boss on Belsavis.
  • Black Hole items have a different stat distribution to Campaign gear, and no set bonus. They items can be purchased via Black Hole Commendations. They also drop from bosses in Explosive Conflict on all modes.
  • For PvP, a new entry-level set of blue items, purchasable with credits, has been added for level 50s wanting to get into PvP. Due to the increased value of Expertise in PvP, this set may be more effective than Columni in warzones.
  • The existing Battlemaster gear no longer has a valor rating requirement, and may be purchased via Warzone Commendations.
  • War Hero is the new tier of PvP gear. It has no valor rating requirement, and is purchased via Ranked Warzone Commendations, which may only be obtained at the moment by exchanging Warzone Commendations (at a 3:1 ratio).
  • In Game Update 1.3, a crafter-friendly way will be providedto allow an augment slot to be added to an orange item that doesn’t already have one. Currently, an augment slot is only present if the orange item was crit-crafted.
  • No higher level augments will be added in Game Update 1.2 (and probably 1.3) beyond the current highest, which have an effective level of 49.
  • There is a known bug that prevents crafted orange items from being reverse engineered.
  • Hopefully Game Update 1.3 will bring social gear that will adapt its armour type to that of the character’s Advanced Class, rather than being only light armour as it is now.
7. Outro

Thanks to Agi (@Agitarsi) and Oni (@Freakin_Ninja) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

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OotiniCast Episode 23

This week, Chill and Teo and joined by Agi, Oni and (gatecrashing) Hyp to discuss the latest news in the aftermath of Game Update 1.2’s release, including the Rakghoul Outbreak live event!

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel
3. Trivia question

This week’s challenge: Storm troopers in Star Wars are left-handed. We know this because they all sign their mortgage checks with their left hands. Just kidding! They hold their guns left-handed. The lore explanation is that they are all cloned from the same person. Let’s not bicker and argue about all the issues that raises. After all, there is also a non-lore explanation. What is it?

If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize (this week not limited to characters on the Space Slug server), please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com.

4. The Holofeed
  • Patch 1.2.0b was deployed during Tuesday’s maintenance.
  • SWTOR.com has a new look!
  • The free character transfers promised for late April commence on 24 April. If you’re eligible, you’ll need to specify which characters you want moved before then. More information can be found in the FAQ.
  • James Ohlen told Darth Hater that server mergers, as a solution to helping populate low-pop servers, were off the table during an interview at PAX East. However, Daniel Erickson subsequently told NowGamer that they were very much an option, though character transfers would be used first to help balance server populations.
  • In this week’s poll, James Ohlen wants to know what players would like the Group Finder (definitely coming in Game Update 1.3, though it will be limited to finding players on the same server) to handle first.
  • The Rakghoul Outbreak live event is keeping players busy this week, though it concludes on 24 April. Head to Tatooine before it’s gone!
  • Daniel Erickson let players know that some short-term changes to warzones would be patched very shortly.
5. Force Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @weihanthekidsun (Weihan Sun), @wrxlvr (Arron Thornton), @toliman (Joli), @Nethwench (Neth), @sterlinglee38 (Sterling), @ChewUI_SWTOR, @D_Willoughby (DeWayne Willoughby) and @Freakin_Ninja (Oni).
6. Outro

Thanks to Agi (@Agitarsi), Oni (@Freakin_Ninja) and Hyp (@Hypknotoad) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

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OotiniCast Episode 22

Chill and Teo are joined by Hyp and Agi to discuss Game Update 1.2 which, while certainly fantastic, has had its accompanying trials and tribulations.

1. Introduction

Teo’s initial foray into UI redesign. Note that he’s got his ship droid with him because the rest of his companions are on slicing missions!

2. Question to the panel
3. Trivia question

This week’s challenge: Tatooine is rightly a famous planet, not because of its location, which is always described as backwater and off the main space lanes.  It is famous because it is the homeworld of Anakin and Luke Skywalker.  It appears in most of the six Star Wars movies.  However, it is never seen in one movie, and never named in one movie.  Which one or two movies?

If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize offered on Republic-side Space Slug, please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com.

4. The Holofeed
  • Game Update 1.2 – Legacy (patch 1.2.0) was deployed on Thursday night, requiring 8 hours of downtime.
  • It had actually been accidentally made available for download in a 15 minute window the day before; anyone who tried to login during that time had their game installation corrupted, requiring a full reinstall. All those affected will be granted 3 free days of gametime.
  • It was followed by patch 1.2.0a on Friday night, needing another 4 hours of downtime.
  • Unfortunately, this didn’t go so well: many things had reverted to their pre-1.2 state. The servers were then taken down an hour or so later for repairs, coming back up 6.5 hours later. As compensation, all players will get a free day of gametime.
  • BioWare announces that to celebrate the release of Game Update 1.2, everyone will get a Tauntaun Ram. In addition, anyone with at least one level 50 and/or have achieved legacy level 6 will get a month of free game time, and anyone who has cancelled their subscription can come back for 7 days for free!
  • We discuss the community Q&A published on 6 April.
  • FORCE Junkies provides a most helpful pair of infographics to interpret the somewhat obscure icons used to identify the various classes and ACs.
  • Hyp refers us to the Kickstarter project Plastic Galaxy: A Documentary About Star Wars Toys.
5. Force Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @Rrubb (Rub), @weihanthekidsun (Weihan Sun), @Praemorior (Henri Huittinen), @bytorsnowdog (Snowy), @thehatfield (Hatfield), @Rippthedeceiver (Ripp), @sterlinglee38 (Sterling), @wingthequick (Wingy), @PaulDemars (Paul Demars) and @Lexx_Sylveste (Sylv).
  • Here’s the Rebel Bass (sic) that Hatfield found:

  • BenC tells us that cybertech is extremely viable at the moment, particularly when selling earpieces with and without an augment slot. He’s making some serious credits!
  • Jedidiah refers us to Ask Mr Robot’s database of items to help sort out what’s new in Game Update 1.2.
  • We discuss Eric’s idea for providing some community-driven direction for players to help fill out currently under-populated servers.
6. Outro

Thanks to Agi (@Agitarsi) and Hyp (@Hypknotoad) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

Thanks for listening. We hope you continue to enjoy your time in Star Wars: The Old Republic!

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OotiniCast Episode 21

Chill and Teo are joined once again by Hyp and Oni to discuss the news, again focusing on Game Update 1.2 which is drawing ever closer. We also look in depth at what the Guild Bank will offer, and discuss some of its limitations.

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel
3. Trivia question
  • This week’s challenge: We’ve already mentioned in a previous trivia question that Return of the Jedi’s shooting title was “Blue Harvest” and why. But another fact about Jedi’s title was that it was originally going to be “Revenge of the Jedi.” But the producers changed the name for two reasons. One was that revenge didn’t feel very “Jedi-like.” What is the other, Star Trek-related reason for the name change?
  • If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize offered on Republic-side Space Slug, please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com
4. The Holofeed
5. Force Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @bytorsnowdog (Snowy), @OriginalBioZed (BioZed), @shotgun_burger, @Jimothyk and @Rippthedeceiver.
  • Hatfield emails in to let us know how he’s going with his Jedi Shadow.
  • Snowy has compiled a list of the top 5 features he’d like to see added to the game, and sent them to us to discuss!
6. The Sarlacc Digest

We give an overview of the guild bank that is available in Game Update 1.2, based on our own experiences on the PTS, Larry Everett’s Hyperspace Beacon: Breaking the bank and Dulfy’s Guild Bank and Vehicle Achievements in 1.2.

7. Outro

Thanks to Oni (@Freakin_Ninja) and Hyp (@Hypknotoad) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

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OotiniCast Episode 20

Chill and Teo are joined by Hyp and Oni to discuss the news, focusing on the upcoming Game Update 1.2 and our time on the PTS. We also talk through our first SWTOR raiding experiences as a guild.

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel
3. Trivia question
  • This week’s challenge: The Millennium Falcon has a history of association with gambling. After all, the current owner, Han Solo, won it in a game of sabacc from its previous owner, Lando Calrissian, that famous “card player, gambler, scoundrel.” And you might not be surprised to learn that Lando also had himself won the Falcon in an earlier game of sabacc. But not only that, the Millennium Falcon has on board a piece of gambling equipment. The question is: what gambling equipment, and where is it seen? (No, I’m not talking about the chess board.) Hint: you can definitely see it in “A New Hope,” and I’m not sure if you can see it anywhere else.
  • If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize offered on Republic-side Space Slug, please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com
4. The Holofeed
  • No new patch was deployed to the live servers this week. While there is a 5 hour maintenance this coming Tuesday, this will not be the deployment of Game Update 1.2.
  • However, plenty of patches were made to Game Update 1.2 on the PTS! You can always find the latest PTS patch notes here.
  • William Wallace, Senior Game Designer, goes into lots of detail about the new legacy system with his developer blog, Your Legacy Begins.
  • We discuss the community Q&A published on 23 March.
  • Stephen Reid gave a couple of hints (1, 2) about the dynamic events that will be appearing sometime after Game Update 1.2 goes live.
  • SWTOR now has an official podcast, hosted by Brooks Guthrie and Eric Musco.
5. Force Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @bryterside (Bryter), @JDawson268 (Beardsley), @thehatfield (Hatfield), @bytorsnowdog (Snowy), @shotgun_burger (who else?) and @sterlinglee38 (Sterling).
  • Ben Murray, who plays Monk (a Mercenary on The Harbinger server), emailed in about there being nothing useful to do with Warzone Commendations while leveling up solely through PvP; you quickly run out of things to buy, especially if you’re in orange moddable gear. He suggests that one possibility would be to make mods purchasable with those commendations, rather than having to spend credits to buy them from crafters.
6. The Sarlacc Digest

Our topic is our first experience raiding in SWTOR as a guild. We’ve raided twice since our last show; the first time was Saturday 24 March, where we cleared 4/5 in normal/story mode Eterity Vault, and had a few goes at Soa. We raided again on Wednesday 28 March, this time clearing EV, and then taking down the first boss in Karagga’s Palace.

The raid team consisted of a Vanguard tank, Jedi Sage and Command healers, three DPS Commandos and two DPS Scoundrels. Not the most diverse group!

Overall, it was great experience, comparable with anything we’ve seen in WoW. We’re looking forward to getting back in there next week, to continue gearing up to hopefully start tackling the hard modes before too much longer.

7. Outro

Thanks to Oni (@Freakin_Ninja) and Hyp (@Hypknotoad) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

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OotiniCast Episode 19

This week is all about the detail in Game Update 1.2, which is now being tested on the PTS! Oni and Agi join your hosts Chill and Teo to discuss the changes that are coming.

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel
3. Trivia question
  • This week’s challenge: Being stealthy on the Death Star is a good thing if you’re part of the Rebel Alliance. But in “A New Hope,” there was one Imperial who walked around silently on the Death Star, despite apparently wearing boots. Which Imperial, and why?
  • If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize offered on Republic-side Space Slug, please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com
4. The Holofeed
  • Patch 1.1.5c was deployed during Tuesday’s maintenance.
  • An unexpected patch 1.1.5d turned up on Friday morning. This was during early evening Friday night for Australia, with Stephen Reid posting about why this was necessary.
  • For the second weekend in a row, anyone who has never tried SWTOR may try the game for 4 days (22-26 March).
  • We discuss the community Q&A published on 16 March.
  • Georg Zoeller, Principal Lead Combat Designer, gives us a detailed overview of crew skills in Game Update 1.2 in the latest developer blog.
5. The Sarlacc Digest
6. Force Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @sterlinglee38 (Sterling), @anditwasgood, @wingthequick, @new5thpants (D.A.Leary), @CarlosAlejandre, @Lexx_Sylveste (Sylv), @shotgun_burger, @bytorsnowdog (Snowy) and @rippthedeceiver (Ripp).
  • @tinokwow refers us to this YouTube video about lightsaber techniques. Most educational!
7. Outro

Thanks to Oni (@Freakin_Ninja) and Agi (@Agitarsi) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

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OotiniCast Episode 18

Chill and Teo are joined by Rub and Hyp to discuss the news, focusing on the clarifications provided for the imminent Game Update 1.2; we also talk about some interesting issues and questions raised in listener email.

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel
3. Trivia question
  • This week’s challenge: Lucas’s “American Graffiti” is basically how we ended up with Harrison Ford in Star Wars. We also got something else from “American Graffiti,” specifically from the second dialogue of the second reel. What else did Star Wars get from American Graffiti?
  • If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize offered on Republic-side Space Slug, please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com
4. The Holofeed
5. Sarlacc Digest Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @thehatfield (Hatfield), @shotgun_burger (ShotgunBurger), @OriginalBioZed (BioZed), @bryterside (Bryter), @toliman (Joli), @Lexx_Sylveste (Sylv), @Vallant1985 (Val), @bytorsnowdog (Snowy), @MIZM764 (Mitchell Hill) and @ForceChuckle.
  • If you are interested in general gaming, we recommend that you subscribe to the OGL Cast on iTunes, the podcast hosted by the Oz Gamer’s League (including BioZed and ShotgunBurger).
  • JD let us know that the datacron location guide from RepublicTrooper.com that he recommended previously wasn’t working out too well; he advises that it be used with caution.
  • Jed emailed us to ask when is an explit really an exploit? An inconclusive discussion failing to resolve this question ensued.
  • Evan from Boston (Orlin on our Space Slug server) emailed to ask about differences in playing the mirror classes between the factions. He also was wondering that if it were possible, who (or what) would we like to have as a new companion?
  • Snowy has been experimenting with hybrid specs on his Jedi Sage. He wonders whether we’ve been doing the same on our characters.
  • Alex Young emails to propose dishwashing as an addition way to keep our companions out of trouble, asks how to use shields and torpedoes in space missions, and hopes that they’ll be a vendor for those who manage to maintain a neutral light/dark side alignment.
6. Outro

Thanks to Rub (@Rrubb) and Hyp (@Hypknotoad) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

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OotiniCast Episode 17

Chill and Teo are once again joined by Hyp and Oni to discuss the avalanche of information unleashed at the Guild Summit about Game Update 1.2.

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel
  • Hyp’s Scoundrel is at least wearing clothes now, but you’ll have to decide whether it’s an improvement…

3. Trivia question
  • This week’s challenge: Some Star Wars math: How long does Obi-Wan consider a generation to be? To answer, you’ll have to know both your “New Hope” trivia, plus some information available on SWTOR.com. Answers within 5 years will be considered correct.
  • If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize offered on Republic-side Space Slug, please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com
4. The Holofeed
  • Patch 1.1.5 was deployed during Tuesday’s maintenance.
  • The following colour crystals are being sold from the vendor added in patch 1.1.5, located in the GTN quadrant of the fleet, in the alcove next to the light side vendor:
    • +41 expertise (green, blue, cyan, red): 125K
    • +41 crit, power, endurance (cyan): 125K
    • +41 crit, power, endurance, expertise (purple): 250K
    • +31 crit, power, endurance, expertise (white): 1M
    • +41 crit, power, endurance, expertise (white): 2.5M
  • The Friends of Star Wars: The Old Republic promotion was launched on 6 March, which allows you to offer up to three friends a 7 day free trial of SWTOR.
  • We discuss the community Q&A published on 2 March.
  • Damion Schubert answered many questions during a Facebook Q&A.
  • There are no plans for a 64 bit SWTOR client.
  • Electronic Arts reveals that SWTOR retains 1.7M active subscriptions now; this matches the number reported in their earnings call a few weeks ago, when a large proportion of those being counted were in the first free month of game time. Now the free month has elapsed for most, but the number of subscriptions remains stable. Good news for SWTOR!
5. Force Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @OriginalBioZed (BioZed), @PaulKearnan (ShotgunBurger), @Vallant1985 (Val), @Tinockwow (Tinock), @MesecLegacy (Zosimah), @Wingthequick (Wingy) and @toliman (Joli).
  • Due to all the Game Update 1.2 content, we’ll be going over the emails we received next week, in episode 18.
6. The Sarlacc Digest
  • We discuss Game Update 1.2 “Legacy”, many details of which were revealed during the Guild Summit, held earlier this week. The features we cover include:
    • New warzone: Novare Coast. Same-faction, like Huttball.
    • New operation: Explosive Conflict.
    • New Flashpoint: The Lost Island (sequel to Kaon under Siege, more Rakghouls!).
    • Expanded legacy system:
      • family tree
      • legacy unlocks (class buffs, species)
    • When character transfers become available in late April, the legacy level goes with the character being transferred, unless the player already has a legacy on the destination server which is higher (in which case the higher legacy level is retained.
    • UI customization
    • Improved character textures (probably means that high resolution textures are now available outside cut-scenes)
    • Appearance customization (head, hands, belt, legs, feet, bracers have a “match colour to chest” option)
    • Mission tracker usables (lets you click the item via your mission tracker, rather than having to find the item in your inventory’s “Mission Items” tab)
    • Warzone rankings, which are individual rather than team based; as with non-ranked warzones, you can queue solo or as a party
    • New items (tier 2, where the Tienese/Columni/Rakata make up tier 1)
    • Learnable tier 2 crafting items
    • New Corellia dailies
    • New minipets
    • Guild banks
    • New speeders, cybertech vehicles no longer BoP
    • The cost of speeder piloting will go down across all tiers (90%, 100%, 110%)
    • The cost of all 110% speeders will go up
    • Those speeders which had their price reduced in patch 1.1.5 will no longer be purchasable in Game Update 1.2
    • Craftable augments (craftable by synthweaving, armstech, armormech; mats from slicing)
    • Crit-craft orange gear (to give augment slots)
    • Increased chance of researching schematics
    • Reverse engineering random drops
    • Retractable tier 2 mods
    • Ship droids gain affection
    • They’re adding a vocal restraining bolt for our ship droids, to keep ’em quiet. Thank the Maker!
    • New roleplay emotes
    • Stackable companion gifts
    • Companion gift cooldown (currently 30 seconds) removed
    • More craftable colour crystals
    • Sprint (140%) at level 1 rather than level 14
    • Crafting mats from Ops may no longer be BoP, and become tradeable
    • Phasing out reusable BioChem items over time
    • They are indeed giving up on Ilum for now; a better open world PvP experience coming sometime down the track.
    • Group finder in 1.3 (not 1.2) for Flashpoints and missions.
    • As discussed in episode 16, a very detailed combat log, only parseable out-of-game will be available; this will only show what happens to your character, no others in your party or raid
7. Outro

Thanks to Oni (@Freakin_Ninja) and Hyp (@Hypknotoad) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

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OotiniCast Episode 16

Hyp and Oni once again join Chill and Teo to discuss this week’s news, including the imminent patch 1.1.5, the upcoming Game Update 1.2 and the latest community Q&A.

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel
3. Trivia question
  • This week’s challenge: Beyond both being in Lucas-produced movies, how are the characters of Chewbacca and Indiana Jones connected?
  • If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize offered on Republic-side Space Slug, please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com
4. The Holofeed
5. Sarlacc Digest Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @ben_b55 (Ben), @OriginalBioZed (Dale), @Paulk2225 (ShotgunBurger), @HalfMet, @Rippthedeceiver (Ripp), @StiffishCracker, @Wingthequick (Wingy) and @Aprillian.
  • We recommend listening to the OZG Cast, the official podcast of the Oz Gaming League, covering general gaming topics.
  • Snowy points out that there are Mission Support Vendors on Belsavis, not just Ilum, who sell mods, earpieces and implants for Daily Commendations.
  • Fellow Robes on Head member Fizz emails us with some great ideas on how to improve the game, including the fantastic notion of making our ship droid into a combat dummy!
  • Our fellow raider Sylv emails in to tell us about his SWTOR performance issues, and to ask how a social gamer who likes to hang with his friends can do that while still enjoying SWTOR’s story.
7. Outro

Thanks to Oni (@Freakin_Ninja) and Hyp (@Hypknotoad) for joining us this week.

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. We are a proud member of the TOR Syndicate! Subscribe to us on iTunes, and watch for us in your Bind on Equip feed.

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OotiniCast Episode 15

This week Chill and Teo are once again joined by Oni and Hyp, to discuss the news, the community Q&A, and to talk about what there is to do at level 50.

1. Introduction
2. Question to the panel

Here we see Hyp’s Scoundrel in all his massive glory. He has acquired the disturbing habit of surreptiously stripping down prior to entering a cut-scene when grouped with Teo. It is hard to convey just how much of a shock this was the first time it happened.

Hyp asks us to compare the loading screen for Belsavis with that used in World of Warcraft’s Razorfen Downs instance. He claims a striking similarity, and in examining the images closely, he may have a point!

3. Trivia question
  • This week’s challenge: In wars, areas can be strategic because they are important in terms of their location or in terms of their resources. For what strategic reason are the Republic and the Empire fighting over Ilum?
  • If you are interested in being entered in the random drawing for an in-game prize offered on Republic-side Space Slug, please send your answer to ootinicast@gmail.com
4. The Holofeed
  • Patch 1.1.4 was deployed during Wednesday’s maintenance, and patch 1.1.5 has just appeared on the PTS.
  • We discuss the community Q&A published on 17 Feb.
  • More information about Game Update 1.2, coming in March:
    • Apparent confirmation that we’ll be able to remove armoring mods from purple gear
    • Differences in timing of abilities between classes will be evened out with modified animations
    • Additional schematic drops for Artifice (and hopefully the other crafting professions!).
    • Legacy name change is coming (eventually).
    • In the case where both sides in the Void Star warzone are tied, the winnder is determined randomly for now, with a more sophisticated mechanism being implemented for Game Update 1.2.
5. Force Feedback
  • We discuss tweets from @IzaacTheOrc, @bytorsnowdog (Snowy), @Vallant1985 (Val), @CG5wan (Nick Swanson), @toliman (Joli), @JohnBarlak, @Rrubb (Rub), @Rippthedeceiver, @PallySayce, @Paulk2225 (ShotgunBurger), @StiffishCracker and @thehatfield.
  • @IzaacTheOrc pointed us to J!NX (purveyors of fine WoW shirts) have expanded their range to include SWTOR merchandise. Looks good!
  • @IzaacTheOrc also referred us to a list of useful SWTOR tips, which we’ll go over next week, adding our own to the mix.
  • Joli’s is managing a thread on the official forums that collates a long list of suggested GTN improvements. Why not add your own?
  • You can try out the beta version of Ask Mr. Robot’s SWTOR gear tool here.
6. The Sarlacc Digest
  • What do I do at level 50?
    • Finish your class story if you haven’t already; this will provide two breadcrumb quests that will send you to Ilum and Belsavis.
    • Each of those quests starts a chain that will unlock a number of daily quests.
    • There are 5 solo daily quests on Ilum, each awarding 1 Daily Commendation and 10762 credits. Doing them all takes 25-30 minutes.
    • There is also a heroic 2+ on Ilum, the reward for which is 3 Daily Commendations, and Enhancement 22 and ~16K credits.
    • There are 8 solo daily quests on Belsavis, each awarding 1 Daily Commendation and 7175 credits. Doing them all takes 45-60 minutes.
    • There is a heroic 2+ and two heroic 4s on Belsavis, which each award 3 Daily Commendations, a Mod 22 and ~16K credits.
    • The two Mission Support Vendors on Ilum will sell you:
      • Armoring 23, Barrell 23 and Hilt 23 mods for 8 Daily Commendations each
      • Rakata earpieces and implants for 120 Daily Commendations each
    • The level 50 gear comes in three tiers:
      • Tionese/Xenotech/Energized (rating 126)
      • Columi/Exotech (rating 136)
      • Rakata (rating 140)
    • Each class has a Tioese, Columi and Rakata vendor in the Supplies quadran of the fleet.
    • There is a daily quest to complete one hard mode Flashpoint.
    • The weekly quests include:
      • Complete all four level 50 Flashpoints on normal (Directive 7, The Battle of Ilum, The False Emperor, Kaon Under Siege)
      • Complete any three hard mode Flashpoints
    • The following hard mode Flashpoints are available:
      • The Esseles
      • Taral V
      • Maelstrom Prison
      • Directive 7
      • The Battle of Ilum
      • The False Emperor
      • Kaon Under Siege
7. Outro

Thanks to Oni (@Freakin_Ninja) and Hyp (@Hypknotoad) for joining us this week.

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