peal's heals – a swtor blog

operation: redundancy
March 16, 2012, 4:42 pm
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Haven’t really raided all week, which has led me to some other interesting endeavors in SWTOR.

1. Made another sorcerer to level alongside Lux’s new sniper. Mistakes I will not be making this time around: being nice, going light side.

2. Made another operative on a new server so in theory I can PvP with some people I went to high school with (I say in theory because of my love-hate relationship with PvP). I actually made two new operatives. The first I named Peal, then I realized that Peal is totally not an operative name. Quake was already taken, as was Tremor. Bah. BUT: the second time around this time has been so much easier than the first. I know what to expect and I understand abilities. In fact, I’m counting levels till I get some of them. Operatives aren’t really awkward, it just seems that way.

3. Leveling diplomacy is kinda fun if you read the missions. The difference between dark side options (this lady wants out of her arranged marriage! have Khem Val “convince” her to do it for the good of the Empire!) and light side options (this party could get out of control! Have Xalek show up to keep the good times rolling!)

Because apparently, Xalek is a party animal?


mandatory conversations: boarding party
March 1, 2012, 4:56 pm
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For some odd reason, Boarding Party tends to be our FP of choice. It was one of the first I learned how to do and I dare say that for the past two or three weeks I’ve ran it nearly every day.

This may or may not be a spoiler. One of the NPCs is really, really annoying. You don’t get to speak to her until the end. And when you do, this is an option:

But it’s not really an option, is it? Because all the other “options” to talk aren’t near as exciting as this one. It’s mandatory; in my groups this is the answer you pick.

Another thought on BP:

A handful of trash pulls can be skipped. And I just spent several minutes trying to explain what I meant but without screenshots it’s kind of a pain. So I’ll have to jump back into boarding party and take pictures for another post on skippable trash. In BP and in Foundry.

Are there FPs you find yourself going back to when you need to grind? Are there lines you just love so much you have to say them every time?

catch me if you can: sorcerer kiting rehash
January 11, 2012, 12:00 am
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I’m going to do my best to avoid spoilers, here. But I have to be honest, for fighting a lot of the big bad guys in my Inquisitor class missions I ended up kiting. I’m sure I’ll still get pwned the first time I try PvP, but one thing at a time.

1. Can not stress this enough: know the world around you. There may or may not be catwalks specifically designed for you to Overload people off of. IE, you hit the button and the “congrats you killed this dude” cutscene is loading before the body hits the ground. The developers have given us a world to play in, and I mean the word play in the most traditional (and enjoyable) sense. Play in the whole world. We’re supposed to.

While I’m annoyed that line of sight is so finicky out in the world when I’m trying to hit that droid behind the thing, it’s sure handy when you’re on the receiving end. Pillars and corners and nooks and ramps! My new title should be Peal The Pillar-Humper. Forcewalking is so passe.

2. Interrupting: socially acceptable once you’re Sith. Most elites have one or two abilities you wanna interrupt. We have three ways to frustrate the big bad dudes: Jolt, Overload, and Electrocute. I’ve found that if the big bad dude tries to heal, that healing should be interrupted first. But occasionally they’ll have an attack that just hurts too much if they can finish casting.

Even with three interrupts there may not be full coverage. But I’ve found leading with Jolt and using Electrocute second (long cooldown, using it early in the fight to squeeze in a second or third use) will make sure Jolt is up for the third. And the fourth? Overload. Once you get a feel for the timing of the big bad dude’s cooldowns, you’ll know when to either let him get close to you or when to run in.

That is, if you’re not using Overload to throw people off stairs and around corners. Some planning may be in order. Overload can be finicky as an interrupt. If you cast it too late the big bad dude will finish the cast before he goes flying and sometimes he won’t get interrupted.

3. Kiting: It’s not just for healers who can’t nuke. Sometimes you just need a second to let that hot heal you back up, an ability to come off cooldown, or the Static Barrier debuff to wear off. You don’t need to kite the whole fight to make use of the breathing space afforded by making the environment your slave. You can kite/use LoS at the pull to avoid the patrol (though keep your minion in check). Or kite to get enough Force to finish the mob off. Or duck behind a corner to get all the mobs into one neat little pack so you can Force Storm them to pieces.

Am I the only one who gets a kick out of the way weak targets writhe while caught in my wrath? This Light Side thing is a ruse.

link to Hawtness: Questionable Morality
December 30, 2011, 12:00 am
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Hawtpants of the Old Republic takes on role-playing and morality choices in TOR. Quotey goodness:

The Asshole Rule

  • “Thou Shalt Not Suffer An Asshole To Live.” -Me

If you try to kill me, if you kill or try to kill my friends, or maybe just kidnap them, or betray me or mah friends, I will exterminate you IN THE FACE.  I could get a gazillion dark points and the -100 of SHAME and I’d still do it.

If I go really far to the dark side, that just means there are way too many assholes in the galaxy.

The other day I was questing in Alderaan (light spoilers) and I was tasked with bringing in a shock-collared noble to some more important guy. What really got me excited was when I had the opportunity to shock the d-bag (okay, so maybe he wasn’t really a d-bag, perhaps my pent-up frustration at some of the absurd light-side choices has finally gotten out of control), I could shock him without dark side points!

So I shocked him. With glee.

Then I got the chance to do it again!

I think the most telling part of this event was not that I did it when I could get away with it. When Lux got home from work, I nearly knocked him over with excitement. “I got to use a shock collar today! Twice!”

I suppose that makes me a terrible min-maxer, since I’m constantly measuring potential point gain with every button.

Which means, yes, I freed the ingrate Sith weakling who got himself captured because his daddy begged me to, even though he made fun of me the entire time. I should have earned dark side points for freeing him, since I made the galaxy put up with his bull longer than we had to. And yes, I tried to save the Mandalorian techs in the airlock (and secretly breathed a sigh of relief when another team member pushed ‘open airlock’ button for me).

But there are some times where it’s highly enjoyable to role-play the Light side:

  • Swift mercy. You’re still going to kill everyone, but you’ll do it quickly.
  • Preservation of knowledge and culture. Admit it, that mural never did anything to you and there’s no reason to put a light saber through it. Bonus that Khem Val will love you for this.
  • Lying for the greater good. “Why yes, Lieutenant, your son fought bravely and died with honor instead of crapping his pants at the beginning of the instance like the coward he was.”

But when there are no light side or dark side points to be earned, I tend to be a jerk. After all, puny humans tend to expect it. And I’ve gotten used to how lovely Peal’s Twi’lek voice sounds when she says “Murder and mayhem await.”

There will be no survivors... Even though I'm light side.