OotiniCast Episode 161

Redna interviews Aridan the Cyberelf, a long-time cosplayer who is probably best known to the SWTOR community for his portrayal of Darth Revan.

Darth Revan

Darth Revan unmasked

Aridan can be found on Twitter (@TheRealCyberelf), Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr.

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.

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OotiniCast Episode 160

Game Update 2.9: Galactic Strongholds is here! We cover its deployment, along with the Community Cantina held in Cologne, Germany. In our discussion, Bill is back with more wealth creation tips as players rush to decorate their Strongholds.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Neekish! Thanks to Jace, @RevengeForsaken, ElionD, Nepthen and Dracko for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win an M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Congratulations to the SWTOR Escape Pod Cast on their one year anniversary!

BenB (@Ben_B55) will be at the Community Cantina being held in Seattle on Sunday 31 August. He will be live-tweeting from there, and hopes to livestream. You can find out more, and how to send him questions to ask the BioWare representatives, in this Reddit post.

You can answer the Ootini Templars call to arms on our forums. For Ootini!

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @Kranitoko, @OlibGaming, Tiffany (@aurora1916), Julien (@julien_macy), @JoostHoedemaeck, Jeremy (@darksplat), @GregCarter78, Chong (@EmpireDivider), @Prottal, @Darklighter159, @Jacerish, Morriah and (@RosieBear77).

Kranitoko has published his latest Hypercrate opening video. Each time he does one of these videos he gives away three packs; watch the video for details.

See Zombie Chong here!

We recommend Olib’s Legacy Unlocks: Cartel Coins vs Credits guide.

6. Sarlacc Digest

Bill discusses how the market is faring now that Game Update 2.9 is here. You can find his daily posts with GSH-related prices in this forum thread.

7. Outro

Thanks to Bill (@BillLentz) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

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 159

Topics this week include Game Update 2.10 being deployed onto the PTS and the Ranked PvP Season 2 rewards.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Manciferous! Thanks to Daekar, Hru, Mariachi, Carnz and Socordia for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win an M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • The following infographic shows how to add pets and companions (and apparently other personal decorations that can’t be donated via the guild bank, such as Flashpoint and Operation achievement rewards) to the guild’s decoration collection.

2014-08-09 14_13_01-How to add a mount or pet to your guild decoration set

  • Following up from last week’s show, Bill has created an investing guide for making credits when Galactic Stronghold goes live next week on 19 August.
  • Game Update 2.10, which is planned to be deployed on 9 September (three weeks after Game Update 2.9) was added to the PTS late this week.
  • Game Update 2.10 includes a number of class changes, especially for Sages and Sorcerers, as elaborated on by David Demaree (Class Designer). BioWare is requesting that players post their combat parses in this thread after testing the changes on the PTS.
  • In conjunction with Gamescom this week, BioWare released a new trailer for Galactic Strongholds (also on YouTube).
  • At Gamescom it was revealed that BioWare Austin is working on a completely new game called Shadow Realms, which will attempt to replicate the tabletop RPG experience online.
  • The rewards for Ranked PvP Season 2 have been announced. Longtime friend of the show Laurie M (@Lawilc01) created this image in response:

Ranked PvP Season 2 rewards reaction

  • In response to the reactions expressed on the official forums, BioWare explained that the Ranked PvP rewards were designed to be unique, and associated with Galactic Strongholds due to them coinciding with its release along with the end of season 2. They were responding to the players’ desire not to have reskins of existing mounts or armor. In subsequent seasons, they will continue to monitor the thread started early in Season 2 that asked for reward suggestions, with Seasons 3, 4 and 5 already being planned based on player ideas. They also recognise that Ranked PvP is not in a good place right now, and that steps are being taken to address the known issues.
Ranked PvP Season 2 (group)

Ranked PvP Season 2 (group)

Ranked PvP Season 2 (solo)

Ranked PvP Season 2 (solo)

4. Community

While SWTOR Reforged is no more, at least for now, Star Wars: Beyond the Stars has risen to take its place! You can follow them on Twitter using @StarWarsBeyond, and subscribe on iTunes or via RSS.

Old Republic Radio, an old favourite, is back once more after a year-long hiatus (@OldRepRadio, RSS feed, iTunes).

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Sabo, GasGuy, Chong (@EmpireDivider), Socordia, Greg (@GregCarter78), @Scotthomas and @Jayconnell.

Here is GasGuy’s serendipitous moment where he reached Legacy Level 50 at the same time he got to level 55 on his first Jedi Knight:

Double Achievment Gasguy

6. Outro

Thanks to Kranitoko (@KranitokoYouTube) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

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 158

More details emerge about what’s coming in Game Update 2.9 with both guild flagships and planetary conquests being added to the PTS. In our discussion, Bill returns with plenty of advice on preparing to make a fortune in credits once 2.9 is live.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, AmonRe (Commander of the Thirteenth Legion on The Ebon Hawk server)! Thanks to Chinn’ook, Brian, Caligari, Mariarchi and Socordia for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win an M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • The PTS has been updated to add guild flagships and planetary conquests. Jack Woods and Eric Musco appeared on a livestream to talk through how it all works.
  • Dulfy has compiled a guide with deck plans for both the Imperial and Republic flagships, and how much each room costs to unlock.
  • While Ranked PvP Season 2 rewards have yet to be announced, they have been mailed to players on the PTS. Dulfy has summarised what each tier appears to contain.
  • The Rakghoul Resurgence event is once again live, this time on Tatootine. See this guide for all the details.
  • BioWare have published Lana Beniko’s Journal on Darth Arkous, providing some bridging backstory between chapters 1 and 2 of the Forged Alliances story arc, leading into the “Depths of Manaan” tactical flashpoint.
  • The next Community Cantina will be next Friday (15 August) in Cologne, Germany in conjunction with GamesCom.

4. Community

Old Republic Radio is returning very soon! Please follow @oldrepradio on Twitter to find out more.

Congratulations to Gabbeey, who won Dracko’s lottery. His initiative raised 7.9 million credits towards our guild flagship. Thanks to all who participated!

This post on the SWTOR subreddit about Madmar’s @swtorfamily is worthy of an upvote.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Kevin Striker, @NepthenORD, Mariarchi, K’hor Darg, Hru, Christopher, @Tonyoct90, @hadrian9, @O_JohnnyBravo_O and @OlibGaming.

Here are the aliens that Hru encountered in the casino on Nar Shaddaa (click to see the full-sized image):

who dat alien

Teo identifies them (from left to right) as Nikto, Klatooinian, Snivvian, Aqualish and Ishi Tib.

6. Sarlacc Digest

With Game Update 2.9 nearly here, it’s definitely time to be preparing to capitalise on the huge additions to crafting that it brings. Returning guest Bill Lentz, whose financial genius would put the most successful Hutt to shame, is back to let us know all about it. He also has some thoughts on the value (or lack thereof) of legacy storage.

7. Outro

Thanks to Bill (@BillLentz) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

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 157

Teo interviews Swtorista, owner/creator of swtorista.com and swtorstrongholds.com.

Swtorista main character

Swtorista is an active user on the SWTOR subreddit. You can find the Tatooine Stronghold walkthrough video she mentioned on her YouTube channel, which now also includes walkthroughs of the Nar Shaddaa and Dromund Kaas Strongholds.

She is also the guild master for the SWTOR division of the Remnants of Hope gaming community, on both factions of Jung Ma (US East RP-PvP server). You can see their recruitment video 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.

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OotiniCast Episode 156

Now that Game Update 2.9 is on the PTS, we discuss our own experiences with Galactic Strongholds and take a spoiler-free look at the new Tactical Flashpoint on Manaan. In our discussion, Marshall Carr talks about the Community Cantina he attended that was held last week in San Diego.

1. Introduction

It’s rumoured that R3dn4 may have hacked into Gaddock Teeg’s Unnamed SWTOR Podcast! Listen here to see if it’s true.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Nepthen (of the Old Republic Dads guild on The Shadowlands)! Thanks to Carnz and Dekion for entering.

If you’d rather not do the puzzle maze on the way to Gate Command Draxus in Dread Fortress the Dulfy way, Carnz suggests an easier route for the tricksy smugglers among us:

At the first 4 crystals have all 4 people click the same crystal on the left hand side. You don’t have to click 4 different crystals at this first set. When the gate opens the rest of the operation group take that left hand path only and clear the mobs as they go. Now if you are a 16 man operation then you have heaps of players to get to the Gate Commanders room (you only need 4 people to clear the 4 crystals in his room). In 8 man it might pay to Extricate the person channeling the middle crystal gate so you have at least 4 with you when you get to the inner chamber. When you get there click on the 4 different crystals and all gates will open then the 4 people that channeled in the first room can all go left as well to meet up for the boss fight.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win an M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Kuze’s Jawa Joyride is on hiatus until after Game Update 2.9; he hopes to resume on Tuesday 19 August. Let the decoration hunt begin!

The Ootini Templars are looking for more players to join them to do older content for achievements and (always) fun on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:30pm AEST.

The Ootini Knights/Rage lottery is on again! Please see Dracko’s thread here for details.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Mikhael (@hadrian9), Nathaniel Starr, Tex McShootemUp, Jason Rennier, Madmar (@Swtorfamily), @GhostMirror, Ahsh (@Ahsh_13), Aaron (@arn2911), @NepthenORD, Chef Andro (@Andubious), @Jayconnell, @AkaanDarasuum, @DaveO_NewWaveO and Morriah (@RosieBear77).

Last week’s Tip of the Week winner Tex McShootemUp obtained this speeder from his winning Club Vertica Nightlife Pack:

Tex - mount from pack

6. Sarlacc Digest

Marshall Carr attended the Community Cantina held in San Diego on Friday 25 July in conjunction with Comic-Con. He describes his experiences there, including the Q&A. You can find the contents of the flash drive given to all attendees here.

San Diego - DK SH

Field Correspondent Osa was once again in attendance too, and wrote up this article for us.

7. Outro

Thanks to Marshall Carr (@DarthPops) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

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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Correspondent report: Community Cantina in San Diego 2014

(Editor’s note: Last year, Osa (now of The Bastion, who also plays Snakeboot in our own Ootini Knights guild) attended the Community Cantina held in San Diego, and wrote up his experiences for us. He was there again this year, attending the Community Cantina held on Friday 25 July, and has once again provided a detailed report of the event. Thank you Osa!)

What a difference a year makes for SWTOR. This time last year players were basking in the fairly recent launch of Game Update 2.0 and Rise of the Hutt Cartel. The final iteration of the initial level 55 operations were in full swing, with Nightmare Modes of Terror from Beyond and Scum & Villainy available. With only limited information available about 4-man Warzone Arenas, server transfers allowed for a golden age of ranked 8v8s as teams gathered on PvP servers. The super secret space project was being whispered about with all the hope of an open space paradise reminiscent of the Jump to Lightspeed expansion in Star Wars Galaxies.

This Community Cantina had a feel of “what next”… and unfortunately no major reveal for the second expansion was on the cards, or the flash drive. Eric Musco handled the mic with ease, fielding questions for Bruce Maclean, Courtney Woods and Tait Watson. Instead of the “fix the bolster” rallying cry of last year, this time it was “give us cross server queues”. I’m sure Eric must have been asked that in every conversation he had while mingling with fans. The short answer is that they know about the demand, and understand the necessity for providing a healthy population for both Ranked PvP and PvE. If cross-server queues are implemented, they would be for Operations, Flashpoints and Warzones.

San Diego - DK SH

With player housing hitting the PTS the day of the event, the crowd’s anticipation was palpable with no real negativity to the promise of decorating to your heart’s content, though the guild ship price tag of 50 million credits was shocking to some. With the guild conquest side of Game Update 2.9 still to be unveiled it’s hard to judge the excitement levels for that side of the patch.

I got to have quite a few questions with Eric before and after the Q&A. With the implementation of hooks and players having the ability to edit their Strongholds’ environments, I asked whether it ever be possible to have user-generated content. Eric’s reply was one of the few things he could give a definitive “never” to. So SWTOR will never have a tactical Flashpoint similar to KDY but with the variety of whatever the playerbase could design.

About the second story expansion this year, I asked if it was a paid expansion like Rise of the Hutt Cartel, and whether we would have a pre-order window for perks. Eric was not able to answer the question but did reiterate that the expansion would be extremely similar to Rise of the Hutt Cartel. So I would say that it is highly likely.

Legacy storage and the pros and cons for BoP (bind-on-pickup) items being able to be transferred was a question asked at the Q&A. Apparently it’s still being debated within BioWare.

As a master craftsman myself, I asked if we could legacy craft, as in send a companion of an alt who knows Slicing or Biochem on a mission and have the material or crafted item show up in legacy storage. Eric said there are no plans for that at the launch of Game Update 2.9, but that it was a great idea for a perk. Hopefully legacy crafting could be implemented with less effort than the fabled smart phone app that could run crafting missions out-of-game.

More love for the Collector’s Edition vendor on the Fleets was requested; it’s likely they will get a decoration or two added to the vendor, much like dyes were added back in Game Update 2.1.

Story teaser that includes spoilers for the conclusion of the Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior class stories

San Diego - Bombshell decoration

On a personal note, I just wanted to say that OotiniCast is awesome, and it has been a blast being able to PvP with Redna on The Bastion a few time. I got burned out and took over a two month break at the start of the year, but OotiniCast and a server transfer to The Bastion have helped me reclaim the excitement of how good an MMO SWTOR really is.

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OotiniCast Episode 155

In the news, we talk about Game Update 2.8.2, the Manaan lore article along with confirmation that part 2 of Forged Alliances will take place there, and Friday’s Galactic Strongholds livestream. The discussion this week is Chill talking through his experience of spending a day visiting the BioWare Austin studio.

1. Introduction

You can see Teo being interviewed by Jacob (@deltiasgaming) on YouTube.

Having met the inestimable Simon (@RPGbeatsRL) in real life, Teo can only reiterate his recommendation that you follow him on Twitter, and subscribe to his awesome general gaming Flash Point podcast that he co-hosts with David (@theOceanicGamer).

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Tex McShootEmUp! Thanks to Swtorista and Mariarchi for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win an M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • Game Update 2.8.2 was deployed during maintenance on Tuesday.
  • The Gree event is back for a week, concluding next Tuesday (29 July). In the week prior to Game Update 2.9 (12-19 August), Bounty Contract Week will be on. That leaves a two week gap in which the hints are getting heavier than ever that the Rakghoul Plague will once again resurface.
  • There is currently a bug that causes the character selection screen to display the last played character from a different perspective, with the camera further back providing a full-body view and plenty of the background. Given that a number of players have expressed their preference for this alternative view, the developers may consider making it a permanent change.
  • Electronic Arts announced their Q1 FY15 results in their quarterly earnings call.
  • A blog post was published detailing what happened to Manaan since the events of KOTOR, leading up to the present day in SWTOR. We recommend the latest episode of Flash Point to hear ODS-1 present additional information about Manaan.
  • Charles Boyd gives a summary of SWTOR’s story content in 2014, including confirmation that part 2 of the three-part Forged Alliances story arc will take place on Manaan, and will occur in Game Update 2.9. The conclusion of Forged Alliances will set the stage for the next “major story” expansion.
  • Eric Musco (Community Manager) clarified that the limit of four player Galactic Strongholds is entirely due to not knowing the effect of having more than four Strongholds per player once they are made available. Given there are only four being released with Game Update 2.9, the limit is thus effectively meaningless, though may be enforced if performance issues are found with five or more Strongholds once they are added.
  • In Friday’s live stream, Chill decorates the Kaas City Apartment on Dromund Kaas. He is joined by Jack Woods (Producer) and Eric Musco. The archived Twitch stream is available (part 1 and part 2).

4. Community

The third episode of the Galactic Gamers Coalition podcast is now available.

Congratulations to JD (@GTeeg) for 52 episodes of the Unnamed SWTOR Podcast!

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Jared (@SkipJerk), Chaz Lobo (@Strongshocker), Morriah, Justin, Moff Chong (@EmpireDivider), Mikhael Lombard (@hadrian9), Capo Nerd (@CapoMarmaglia) and Zodiac Netherstorm (@ZNetherstorm).

Please consider adding your vote to the SWTOR sub-reddit poll on which chat channel should be associated with our player Galactic Strongholds.

Capo Nerd of the Italian SWTOR community referred us to this SWTOR machinima video. Check out his channel for more!

Moff Chong was at the same end-of-beta dance party mentioned by Hillary in episode 154.

Chong - beta dance party

Darklighter wishes he could own this awesome life-sized Darth Malgus statue located near his place of employment:

Darklighter - Malgus 1

6. Sarlacc Digest

Chill talks us through his visit to BioWare’s Austin Studio. You can hear his interview with all four members of the Community Team in episode 154.

The gallery below shows photos taken by Chill as he toured the studio. Please note that the images are quite large, and may take some time to load.

7. Outro

Thanks to Spencer (@Da_Dirty_Spoons) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

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 154

During his visit to BioWare Austin, Chill interviews the SWTOR Community Team, talking to Eric Musco (Community Manager), Hillary Nicole (Community Coordinator), Tait Watson (Community Production Coordinator) and Courtney Woods (Lead Community Coordinator).

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You can see Chill decorating the Kaas City Apartment on the archived Twitch livestream (part 1, part 2) that he did with Jack Woods and Eric Musco while he was there. Chill talks more about his visit in OotiniCast Episode 155.

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.

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OotiniCast Episode 153

Redna interviews Double-bubbles of The Bastion, currently the top-ranked Sage, with his Sorcerer Double-bubble in second place, on the PvP Ranked Season 2 leaderboard for Sage/Sorcerer.

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.

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