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 184 — 1 Comment

  1. Do you think BW has considered mass opening the floodgates for this particular gear? The genie appears to be out of the bottle on this one, and their tech limitations seem to imply an inability or unwillingness to be hard nosed on it. Right now, Bioware seems to be coming from a position of limited options with bad downsides in most potential actions.

    Do you think BW would put patterns and crafting materials for the items on the commendator vendors – perhaps for Elite and ultimate commendations? After reading some tweets and listening to previous podcasts, it seems like the commendation items are rather lackluster. It would help with leveling the playing field without having to retroactively remove items (and devote extra resources to filtering the data and making potentially costly judgement calls) and give a use for commendations.

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