This week is all about the planet Makeb, the centerpiece of the Rise of the Hutt Cartel. We discuss our own experiences with the content on the closed PTS, along with the wealth of material released about the expansion.
2. Trivia Question
From the several entrants who identified the half-size Darth Vader Bronze Statue for $US18,000 as the most expensive Star Wars merchanise currently available, the randomly chosen winner was Thornwald!
3. The Holofeed
- Patch 1.7.2b was deployed late last week, just before the second double XP weekend commenced, to remove bolstering from the Western Ice Shelf of Ilum.
- Game Update 1.7.3 was deployed on Tuesday during normal maintenance, which included a few updates to the Cartel Market.
- The solution to the dwindling population on the APAC (Asia/Pacific) servers has been chosen by BioWare: the three APAC servers will be merged with US west coast servers:
- Mastar Dar’Nala (PvP) merging with The Bastion (PvP)
- Gav Daragon (RP-PvE) merging with Begeren Colony (RP-PvE)
- Dalborra (PvE) merging with The Harbinger (PvE)
- Eric Musco, Community Manager, provided some insight into how they reached this decision. Prior to the merger, players will be able to manually transfer their characters to any US west coast server. If you believe that the better solution would be to merge the APAC servers into a single server still located in Australia, then signing this petition may help.
- Austin Peckenpaugh (Class Designer) made it clear that the current state of class balance that will be deployed in Game Update 2.0 isn’t the end; further balancing will continue over time.
Ham Sammich (@HamSammich) had the idea for us to provide a place for listeners to provide an update on their progress in the same, highlighting achievements, goals met, or just cool stuff that happened to them. We would publish this material in our show notes, and occasionally draw attention to particularly noteworthy items as time permitted. To kick things off, Ham provided the following:
This week I just really tried to focus on leveling my Sith Assassin before the expansion is released. I ran the Foundry a couple times with PUGs and got to level 45. I’m still working on rotation a lot; overload seems to make Warmaster’s Blade only half extend, so I went ahead and submitted a ticket. Outside of that I reached Legend status with the Contraband Resale Corporation and purchased the ever elusive Aratech Eclipse for 4 certificates and 100k credits. That’s about sums it up; see you in space!
If you’re interested in participating, just send a paragraph or two to email@example.com.
5. Force Feedback
We discuss tweets from @madmar_sith (be sure to follow him back to join the #swtorfamily!), @rbleamon (Ray Leamon), @Damaging_Rogue (Les), @JediKrackr, @ThePiousPunk, @terencemyers, @GregCarter78, @ForceChuckle and @AlexDGeslin, along with emails from Howard (who we thank for his most generous donation!) and Baffle.
Here is the JK/BH spotted by Ham Sammich:
6. Sarlacc Digest
This week has seen a flood of information released from various news and fan sites about Makeb, the new planet being added with the Rise of the Hutt Cartel digital expansion, adding to the material BioWare had already produced.
While we mainly talked about our own impressions, we did cover some of the material included in these articles. But if you want to know it all, here are all of our sources:
- Developer Update: Overview of the Planet Makeb (BioWare)
- Developer Blog: The Art of Makeb (BioWare)
- Making of Rise of the Hutt Cartel Part 1: Creating Makeb Video (BioWare, also on YouTube)
- Making of Rise of the Hutt Cartel Part 2: Conflict on Makeb (BioWare, also on YouTube)
- SWTOR Rise of the Hutt Cartel Interview with Bioware developer Brian Audette (Dulfy)
- Assassin Developer Interview (Mad Sith Assassin)
- New Details On The Old Republic’s Rise Of The Hutt Cartel (Game Informer)
- Developer Q&A: Featuring Bruce Maclean (Darth Hater)
- Rise of the Hutt Cartel Preview (SWTOR Hub)
- Massively’s hands-on with SWTOR expansion Rise of the Hutt Cartel (Massively)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Previews: The Hutt Cartel is Rising (MMORPG)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion to launch April 14 (CNET)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic’s first expansion is BioWare’s hope to win back lapsed players (Polygon)
- SWTOR: Bruce Maclean Interview (ZAM)
- Exclusive SWTOR RotHC BioWare Interview (The Unknown Regions Brewing Company)
- Rise of the Hutt Cartel Commentary (IGN video)
Hyp has also captured some images from our time on Makeb, when he and I were questing together. First we have Pearlneck, his Scoundrel healer, with a rather spectacular background:
Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.
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