Archive for April, 2012

Arv vs. Adoe

April 30, 2012

Looks like someone has been working hard.

Stop slacking, Badoe!

To celebrate, Arv bought himself a new horse.

Yes I’m jealous. But what else is new, right? Arv has always had the best toys.

Screenshot Thursday: Pretty Quinn

April 26, 2012

SOMEONE complained about not getting a post yesterday, so I was going to remedy that with a rambling post of fluff today. Alas, work has reared its ugly head and commenced to lay siege to my free time, so I give you a screenshot instead. Deal with it.

Normal Quinn is boring and Infected Quinn was just … meh. So I figured I’d get him pretty hair to better match up with Arelin’s fantastic style. Yes, I KNOW I should have removed his helm first. Hindsight, right?

Ok, back to work. >.<

Fun With Force Push

April 24, 2012

So … the Rakghoul Outbreak has been contained. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s sad to see it end, yet at the same time, I’m looking forward to getting back to my regular questing. I accomplished pretty much everything I wanted to do with it. Van, Arelin, and Roz all got both the Crimson and Pale Raklings. I bought an extra Pale Rakling that I tried to give to Arv but his pet collecting apparently hasn’t followed him to ToR, so I mailed it to Kroy. Van killed all three world bosses, completing the event codex and earning the title.

Van and Arelin both got the full set of Containment Officer armor. Roz got the gloves and boots, which were actually nice upgrades for him once he slapped some mods in them. Arelin’s outfit is in his cargo hold … it requires Social I to use. Yes, he *still* has no social points. I know, fayle right? Van could use his, but since he’s too lazy to mod it all, he stuck it on Dr. Lokin.

Oh. Crap! I might actually have to gear that bitch up if they want me to go dps. /facepalm

The last thing I bought was one of the level 31 color crystals. Since Arelin is already 36, I stuck it in Roz’s bank. Plus, I figured if I’m going to be stuck using an obnoxious neon green over black saber, I might as well double the cornea burn and use it on the double bladed one.

So, now that that’s out of the way, I can get back to my questing. Arelin headed out to Taris, and since the zone is level 32-36 and he was halfway through level 35 already, I skipped the regular stuff and just worked on his class quests. Burek posted a really sweet video guide to using Force Push yesterday. So that was fresh on my mind. Now, I have a pretty regular rotation that I use. Force Push is in it, but it’s buried pretty deep and typically only gets used on elites because everything else dies before I get to it, except for random occasions when I use it as an interrupt. I learned some pretty cool things from the video, but there are other things to keep in mind when using it in PvE. Here are a couple:

#1) Knocking your enemies off a ledge to their deaths in PvP? Good.
Knocking your enemies off a ledge to their deaths in PvE? Also good, but keep in mind, you might want to loot that body, ya?

#2) Knocking your enemies onto a ledge that is ABOVE you. Not so good.
I didn’t even realize this was possible, but apparently, it is. This can be bad when the enemy is ranged, like this assault droid here.

He could shoot me without interruption. I could Force Charge, Force Scream, and even Force Choke him (still not sure how one is able to choke a droid, especially one without a throat) but could not use any of my melee abilities. And no, I didn’t have Saber Throw yet .. I got that AFTER I finished this questline and dinged 36. /sigh Hooray for DoTs.

Ok, I’m off to learn how to dps as an operative. I use the pointy end of the vibroknife, right?

Roz of the Desert

April 23, 2012

So, you know how I said on Friday that Roz was parked until the event is over because I’ve seen enough of Tatooine? And I was going to get Kroy off of Korriban instead? Well, that part was done on Saturday. Here he is on the Fleet checking out his shiny new offhand saber.

Sexy! But I got as far as picking up the bind point at the Wall on Dromund Kaas yesterday and … just wasn’t feeling it. I guess it’s too soon for a fourth trip through DK. I logged him out right in the middle of the jungle and popped over to Kerick. CtA was up so I figured what the heck. Yeah. What was I thinking. End Time, fortunately on the final boss. Good DK tank, two ele shaman, and a warrior. Wait back that up a second. TWO shaman ya? And neither one knew how to hit the $@%@ hourglass or hit heroism. High point of the encounter was when the tank called for lust. I laughed and said heroism and we got it. But seriously … I don’t like to sound like an elitist jerk, but this late in the xpac people should know how to play their toons. I collected my goodie bag (complete with a dragonhawk pet that I had JUST purchased on the neutral AH on Friday night, go figure) and got out of Dodge.

So, back on ToR. You know what? I feel like playing Roz. So what if he’s heading for Tatooine. I mean, it’s not like I don’t *like* the place. So I got there and as I’m going around town doing the introductory questline, picking up barrels of whatever … I hear the telltale humming sound of a datacron. It’s very faint and probably not even noticeable if you don’t know what it is. But now that I’ve heard them and found a few, I am always on the lookout. So I spot it on a roof across the street from the market area, on the building the bank is in. And I run circles around town trying to figure out how to get up there.

So close yet so far. As I was standing here on this rock ledge, a sorcerer came along and asked whether I was looking for something. I nodded over yonder at the datacron and he said he thought he knew how to get it. So I followed HIM in circles until he decided to google it. It turns out I had been on the right track. At one point I had actually been standing looking at the thing you have to jump on to start off the obstacle course of nightmares. This thing right here.

Then you run across that thing onto the other roof and down to another roof and across a wall and over a thing sticking out of the wall until you are standing on this ledge looking at this lovely narrow set of girders that you have to jump on.

Yeah. I fell so many times there that my Pale Rakling gave up trying to follow me and wedged himself into the wall and stayed there until I later dismissed and resummoned him. Eventually though I finally made it past that part and onto the walkway that leads to another pair of tricky jumps onto pipes. You can see them in the background on that last screenshot … the circular thing sticking out of the wall and the pipe just to the left of it. I never did make those. My new buddy Vandel eventually did though, and had some fun using Force Pull to grip me to him. Well, I guess I *am* using the Flyboy title. Heh. The rest of the jumps after that were cake, and we soon arrived at our goal. And had a dance party, naturally.

So I collected my +3 cunning (lol), Vandel logged off, and I went about finishing my quests. I finished up the first round of quests just outside of Mos Ila, and got to the part where Andronikos Revel joins me as a guest prior to becoming a full-on member of my crew. I checked him out. No, that doesn’t mean I took his clothes off! (although the thought is tempting) Hmm … double blaster sniper like Vette and Temple. So we can go in as double dps and I can flail around and hope to survive. I was already doing that with Khem. Especially the flailing part. Neither dps spec had really taken hold for me. So I figured, now that I have Andy, I can go respec and pretend to be an awesomesauce light-armor tank like Zevaris. So I flew back to the fleet and respecced as tank. And got infected and blew up, of course.

Back to Tat, Andy in tow … we have a Jawa shaman to kill. That one single quest was enough to sell me on it. We’d come out of fights with me at nearly full health and not a single scratch on my blaster boy. I felt indestructible, invincible, like I could take on anything, including …


What?? Don’t look at me like that. I know, I KNOW … I’ve been killing those things in dailies on two toons a day since *last* Monday. But … he’s 26, he has his Custom-Built Speeder (thanks Hotsoup!), he knows where all the ship parts are thanks to Van and Arelin and most importantly for the one tucked away in the middle of a heroic area … he can stealth. I felt so confident in the new spec that I even jumped down in that cave with the elites in it and collected the willpower datacron from the ledge over the Sand People daily area. And no, I didn’t stealth past a single thing in there … each and every one fell to my double-bladed saber and Andy’s blasters.

I blew up literally 3 seconds after I took that screenshot.

So, that cleared up some of the indecision on what to spend the rest of my DNA on. Obviously, Van and Arelin can’t let the third string alt have both rakghoul pets when they each only have one. So that’s 120 DNA spoken for, leaving me with another 40ish plus however many I get tonight between the three toons. Thus, the final question comes down to whether I get a Pale Rakling for Kroy, or I buy a color crystal. And if I do, do I get one for Arelin, who’s already 35, or do I get one for Roz to stick in his bank until he’s 31? (He hit 27 turning in the daily at the mission box to end the night.) Ugh, fine, so maybe it didn’t clear up anything at all. =P