Friday, December 30, 2011

Targeter's MMO Year in Review

Lock and load, agents!  A different type of post today ... a look back at what happened over the past year in my own personal MMO sphere.  It was the best of times, the worst (the absolute worst) of times, but I think it wrapped up nicely.  2011 was an odd year filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, incredible highs and rock-bottom lows.  I'll attempt to sum up the happenings in quarters for your amusement.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Your Thirty-First Assignment: Milestones - Part 2

That be one wicked lookin' speeder, hee?

Yes, citizen, yes it is.  An Aratech Scythe, purchased on Quesh.

It be fast and whatnot, hee?

Fast, but not the fastest.  That comes later.

Lock and load, agents!  Another milestone down.  On December 28th, at 2:30am, with 4 days, 7 hours, and 18 minutes played so far, my Imperial Agent (Sniper) Targeter hit 40.  And oh, how good it felt.  Like Christmas elves tickling my balls with the dander of an ancient, mythical beast made of lollipops and noob tears.

Ok, so that may be exaggerating a bit, but damn did it feel nice.  Until I had to pay 210,000 credits for Speeder Piloting 2.  Yeesh.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Your Thirtieth Assignment: Of Slicing and Classes

Well now, Mr. Lockbox, what do you have inside you?

Lock and load, agents!  Today I'm going to speak about something dear to my heart: Slicing.  Slicing is like printing money.  Lockboxes, especially those on higher-level worlds without much competition are veritable treasure troves of free credits, a bounteous outpouring of chits that can turn into magical things like speeders, training, or slave girl outfits.

In short, I love slicing.

Your Twenty-ninth Assignment: Sniper Rotations

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me.
-Rifleman's Creed
Lock and load, agents!  Targeter is currently sitting at level 38 and has just arrived on the planet Quesh.  It was a backwater paradise, since turned into a poisoned planet by the Hutts.  It's also home to most of the galaxy's adrenal production and under Republic control, so this ought to get interesting ...

So far, the Agent has not disappointed me story-wise.  It's engaging, epic, and most of all ... very non-Forcey.  By non-Forcey I mean that the Agent has little truck with Sith Lords and Jedi.  In fact, my Chiss can barely hide his contempt around such individuals (with the exception being Darth Lachris ... oh you naughty little Sith).  Oh, where was I?  Yes, the Force and all its inanity.  The Force won't save the Empire partially because Force-wielders, in my Agent's mind, are the corruption eating away at its base.  Time will tell if my Agent will have a chance to set things right ...

But you've not come here to read about Targeter's exploits, have you?  No, you saw the post title and thought, hmmm, Sniper rotations eh!  Let me see what this jackanape is about!  Mind, this is at level 38, so don't get your knickers in a twist if I'm missing something.  Also, this is just my own personal rotation; modify at will and report the results in the comments!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Snap Shot: Mumble Tip

Just a Snap Shot for right now ... do you have Mumble?  If so, you may find it distracting when someone is talking during your storylines.  Well, now there's a solution!  Simply set a Deafen Self toggle.  Here's how.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Your Twenty-Eighth Assignment: Christmas List

Agent, this is Control.  Come in, Agent.

I'm here Control.  Just working my wish list.

Your what?  Agent, it's time to get to work.

Lock and load, ye merry agents!  Since it's the holiday season (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus) I figured I'd get in the spirit by compiling a wish list for Darth Claus of what I'd like to see in the upcoming year for The Old Republic!  Let's dive in!

Snap Shot: Loggin' In

Just a Snap Shot for now ... having problems logging into TOR?

You probably didn't set your account subscription.  Bioware is requiring you not only to activate your product code but also to activate your subscription.  This means entering a credit card number, a PayPal account number, or a game time code.  You can go to the main site and head to the My Account page.  There, you'll need to activate your product code (which you probably already have) and set up your subscription. Both of these steps are needed to activate.  There is a short queue to get in, so keep trying.

Best of luck!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Your Twenty-seventh Assignment: Milestones - Part 1

Keeper, the threat has been neutralized.

Time for a mission overview, Cipher Nine.  Report to my office immediately.

Lock and load!  Fulguralis over at Killing 'em Slowly has been making his way through the game and posting his thoughts on the Shadow.  I recommend going to check out his progression.  He also pointed me towards a great blog by The Stoppable Force that includes a stat primer for all the classes.  For some of you it may be old hat, but more information is always good.

Today, we're going to talk about milestone achievements: when they happen, what you need to be prepared for, and how much it's going to cost you.  This is the first part of a multi-part series.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Your Twenty-sixth Assignment: Contact

Contact!  Enemy contact!  Watcher Two, get me Control!

Hang on, Agent.  Patching you through ...

Get me some damn reinforcements, Control!  My position is being overrun!  Advise!

Ladies and gentlemen, lock and load.  It's here.

Last week's early access went off without a hitch for most (more on that later), but today marks the official public release of the game.  Expect queues and prepare accordingly.  Our home server of Shien (US RP-East) is already jam packed.  How jam packed you ask?  At 7:00am this morning, I had a 10 minute queue.  Whaaa??

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Lock and load, T-Day is upon us!

Just a quick note for those of you who are getting in/waiting to get in!

You don't have to wait for the email; start your client and patch up if you need to.  As soon as the 'Play' button goes active, you're good to go!  If you haven't gotten in yet, there is still one more wave of emails to go (per Stephen Reid @Rockjaw).  I expect another four waves of emailing invites tomorrow, so there's always hope.  Also, I'm hearing reports of server queues already ... I imagine that the PVP and PVE servers are filling quickly.  Our RP server should be ok, but if anyone notices a queue, make sure to report it here in the comments.

Lastly, have fun playing today!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Your Twenty-fifth Assignment: The Final Countdown

Destination confirmed, Agent.  We're headed for Nar Shadaa.

Thank you, Kaliyo.  Since we're locked in why don't we adjourn to the stateroom to go over some ... mission details.

Lock and load, agents.  The time is nigh.  A scant 36 hours remains until SWTOR's Early Access launch and we need to be prepared.  Now this will primarily be an Agent-focused (Sniper specifically) site, but this doesn't mean that we won't be talking about other classes.  In fact, let's do a quick run-down of the other Advanced Classes, talents to look for, and some gearing help.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Your Twenty-fourth Assignment: GRRRWARRARAR!

Lock and load, dammit.  No funny little anecdotes, no clever quips.  Just a searing, primal, anguished roar from deep in my chest today.  But Targeter, you say, what could possibly make you so angry?!?

I'll tell you, agent.  I'm a creature of habit.  OCD, if you will.  When I make plans, I tend to stick to those plans.  I abhor change.  So, changing the Early Access dates throws a huge ol' monkey wrench into my carefully laid-out pre-SWTOR ritual I had all planned!  DON'T YOU SEE?!

So, in case you're wondering what in the hell I'm talking about, check this out.  Pay attention to the second sentence.  Yeah, they moved it up two days.  No, it's not an error.  Stephen Reid's Twitter (@Rockjaw) confirms this.  But Targeter, that means more time for you to play, you say, flummoxed at this turn of events.

NO.  I do get more time and that's the problem.  You have to understand where I come from; I like all my little things in their little places and all my ducks in a row.  The morning of the 14th, I was going to attend my child's Christmas pageant.  Afterwards, I would have mosied over to the store and stocked up on all my essentials for the weekend; Pepsi Max, pork rinds, Reese's pieces, and perhaps some snack cheese.  Then I would have returned home and wiled away the rest of the day in the province of Skyrim, conserving my strength for the gaming marathon that was to come.  It would have been perfect.

But now, my plans are destroyed.  Early access starts on Tuesday, December 13th, not Thursday, December 15th.  I am ruined.  Granted, this is probably good news for almost every other gamer out there who planned on spending any time at all saving the galaxy.  But who cares 'bout them!?  I have to run out and grab all these supplies this weekend!  My marathon plans are sundered!

Doesn't Bioware know what it's doing to me?!

Fly safe, shoot straight.  I need a drink.

Also, I guess congratulations are in order for all of you who don't go into OCD meltdown over an even earlier access time than we anticipated.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Your Twenty-third Assignment: Sniper Breakdown

Cipher Nine, this is Watcher Two.  Time to target: 2 minutes.  The target is located inside the bunker, in the command room.  Do be careful.  Your training has been expensive.

Touching, Watcher Two.  I'll be back by tea time.

Lock and load, agents.  It's go time.

Today we're talking talents for agents.  Specifically, sniper agents.  Check this build out here, provided by the Darth Hater talent calculator (and made by mauler5858).  This is representative of the premiere sniper build for PVE.  We're maximizing our output and stat buffs to turn us into long distance DPS machines.  We'll break down each tier.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Your Twenty-second Assignment: The Precipice

Keeper, this is Targeter.  I am at the rendezvous point.  The enemy is here.  Preparing for assault.  This is the endgame.

Lock and load, agents.  This is it.

We're entering the final beta test weekend and what we'll be seeing will be the full retail client.  This is, frankly, a very scary time.  I've waited for this game since I first heard inklings of it in 2007, I've patiently slogged through years of lackluster updates, I've watched videos about walls and maps.  I've been oh so loyal.  Bioware will reward us all very soon.

So here at the precipice, as I ready myself to plunge once more into the beta breach, why do I feel a slight tremor of dread?  Why does my stomach knot up?  Why do I secretly cringe when I hit the play button?