Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Special Assignment: Awesomesauce

Why do you do it, cypher?

What do you mean, Kaliyo?

This.  All of it.  Why do you fight to save the Empire?

You wouldn't understand, Kaliyo.  You never will.

Lock and load, agents!  Today we're not going to talk about strategies or high-level concepts or story arcs.  Today is a celebration.  A celebration ... of us.  Because we fucking rule.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Your Thirty-eighth Assignment: Cold and Dead

This place feels empty, cypher.

I know, Kaliyo.  Like no one's lived here in a long time.

No, like no one's ever lived here.

Guns out, Kaliyo.  Let's stay alert.

Lock and load, agents!  Usually, I gush and gush about how great TOR is.  And let's face it, I may be a complete fanboy but BioWare has done some fantastic things with this MMO.  They introduced companions, they introduced a different style of crafting, they brought personal story into an MMO, they were the first fully voiced MMO, they have made operations and flashpoints feel like real stories and not just loot pinatas, and the list goes on and on.  But for all that, they still need to do a little work and I'm not talking about squashing bugs.

Their world is dead.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

First Kill!

I know it's not much, but for our casual little band, getting our first Operations kill was a big deal for us!  Annihilator proved to be a tad of a tough cookie (though the turrets before the droid were more vexing) but we pulled him down anyways.  Next week, on to Gharj!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Missing Persons Report: TARGETER

Where in the hell have you been, cypher?

Miss me, Kaliyo?

Miss you?  No.  Want to kill you?  Yes.

Well, there's a long story, and if you'd put down that blaster, I'll tell you ...

Lock and load, agents!

... what?  Was I missing for that long?

Hmmm, apparently so.  Many bloggers have used the old 'life happened' statement, but in my situation it's definitely applicable.  To be honest, work got in the way.  Lots of work.  My workload at the office has tripled in the past 6 months and these past two weeks it finally caught up with me.  So, in the ever-present struggle of family life, work, and gaming, gaming has been losing.  Badly.

The last time I logged onto TOR was Saturday, and that was to complete a pug run of Eternity Vault and Karagga's Palace.  Holy shit.  It was fun.  Not like, "oh wow, loot pinata!" fun, but it reminded me so much of the awe and wonder I had when I first stepped foot into Ulduar.  Eternity Vault is, without a doubt, the finest example of raid design I've seen since the desecrated halls of Yogg'Saron.  The encounters are tough but not unreasonably challenging.  The fights are simple, yet complex.  Much of it is a gear check.  After running EV I have no fears about the endgame raiding of TOR.  Karagga's Palace is much less fun and more workman-like.  It's the ICC to EV's Ulduar.  Still a good raid, but Soa and company at the Vault have definitely stolen the cake.  Probably for nefarious purposes.  Many thanks to the guys from the guild Empire on Shien (US-RP East) for letting me tag along on the run.  They definitely made it easy for me (since I was massively under-geared) and explained all the fights so I could take notes.  Copious amounts of notes.

The great population decline of 2012 still isn't apparent on my server.  Shien is rocking and rolling.  The Imperial Fleet generally holds about 120 people on any given night.  World populations rung between 50-100, depending on which world you are on and how high level that world is.  Corellia is still lightly populated (usually around 20 people) but I can understand why ... I'd rather have my gonads removed by rusted spoons than go to Corellia again.

I've started the daily treadmill, but I don't honestly know how long I'll stay on it.  I'd rather get upgrades from flashpoints or raiding, but I understand the game.  Dailies will be required to get the stat boosts I need ... yes, dreaded dailies, yes I will do you.  I s'pose.

More importantly, for the first time since level 30, my agent Targeter has had a major wardrobe update.  He's replaced his cool hat with a cooler hat (raid drop) and his cool leatheris jacket chest piece with some horrible, ungodly collection of spare Mortal Kombat costume parts (Columni chest).  Really, my agent looks like Scorpion or Sektor or whoever the hell those stupid cyborg fighters were.  Good god.  Gimme back my trench coat.  Horrid.  Good news: I got a new gun out of the Battle of Ilum that looks pretty swanky, so that's cool.

That's about all that's been happening in the S&V-verse.  We're planning a raid this Sunday, so I'll make sure to post about that.  Maybe I'll even post some strats and whatnot.  WHO KNOWS!

Fly safe, shoot straight, raid great!  For the glory of the Empire!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


"Good evening, this is Sarbo Oxley of the Galactic Trade News.  This just in, sentients!  The markets are looking up as the Empire and Republic post their quarterly revenue and job creation numbers.  The Sith Emperor said, and I quote, 'Not only will we crush the Republic on the battlefield, but in the supermarket at well!'  The housing market has boomed as over 1.7 million new inhabitants swarmed to both Coruscant and Dromund Kaas and the starship building sector say a 600% increase in sales.  Not to be deterred, sales of weapons have been buoyed by new border skirmishes.  The markets are looking up all across the board.  Jedi Master Satele Shan released a statement today, saying, 'There is no emotion, there is profit!'  We'll just have to see if this new market can Force its way forward, ha ha ha.

Now over to Thruster Torq at the sports desk.  Looks like the Frogdogs took another beating ..."


Warning: the following post contains boring financial numbers and analysis.  You have been warned!

Today was a big day, folks.  Electronic Arts had their quarterly financial call; in this call they laid out their financial results for investors as well as spun this new forward to the next quarter, and what stockholders can expect in the next three months.  As you can imagine, one of the most hotly anticipated bits of news was the financial health of The Old Republic.  EA bet a lot of money on this property (upwards of $150 million if reports are to be believed) and their stockholders were (understandably) very nervous about its performance.

They needn't have worried.