Monday Musings: Lonely Hearts Club

Double XP meant double the fun this weekend as I got both my Smuggler and Jedi Counselor to level 60.

  • This is now eight level 60 characters, one of each class for the Empire and the Republic.
  • I have a Powertech, and Inquisitor at level 55, but outside of Crew Skills, there’s no real need for me to level them up.
  • I guess BioWare figures a lot of the playerbase are single and available since they released double XP on Valentines weekend?
  • As if double XP wasn’t enough to keep us occupied, they also brought back Bounty week.
  • They must really think we’re lonely.
  • I enjoyed the double XP, although it’s not as good at 12x XP.
  • If it were up to me I would replace double XP weekends  with 12x XP weekends.
  • If it had been a 12x XP weekend I  would have leveled characters below level 55. Double XP was not enough incentive for me to do that.
  • I’d also like to see them add a GSI bolster to all the planets like they did on Makeb.
  • One of the things I hate about leveling lower toons is that you have to keep them geared or you’ll get your butt handed to you.
  • Whenever there’s accelerated XP gains, your gear becomes obsolete faster. It’d be nice not to have to fuss with that as you level.
  • Let’s face it, with two level cap increases the original game is no more. This is not unique to SWTOR. WoW suffered a similar fate.
  • Players need a means to get to level 60 quickly, and have fun doing it.
  • 12x XP and planetary bolsters are the way to go.
  • Now that I have eight level 60s, I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of these characters.
  • I’ve taken a very casual approach to the game this time around. I’ve only set foot in an Operation once, and haven’t run any hard mode flashpoints yet.
  • I know why I haven’t done the Ops. I don’t have time in my schedule to commit to it.
  • I’m not sure why I haven’t done the flashpoints though. Part of it is I’ve heard they’re hard, and the other part is I play DPS and don’t like the long queue waits.
  • I assume the queues are still long for DPS. I can’t say for sure since I haven’t queued for anything yet.
  • I really would like to start collecting elite comms and getting the 192 gear though. Maybe this week I’ll give the HM FPs a go.
  • Since I’m not running Ops or FPs, I’ve been mostly running Yavin IV dailies and working on crew skills.
  • I’ve got all the crafting professions to 500 except Cybertech.
  • I’ve got all the missions up to 500 except for Investigation.
  • I have all of the gathering skills to 500 as well.
  • I’m not very balanced with my Crew Skills though. I have too much redundancy with gathering, and not enough coverage with the mission skills.
  • I’d like to drop some gathering for mission skills so I can better my chances of getting grade 11 artifacts.
  • It’s funny, I never realized how ridiculously over powered that slot machine was until I started crafting items that used grade 11 artifacts.
  • How the slot machine ever made it to the live game in that state is beyond me.
  • I’ve been playing the GTN a lot more this expansion.
  • I sold a few steady items in Rise of the Hutt Cartel, but now I’m branching out.
  • When you don’t run Ops and FPs, you have a lot of time to craft and sell stuff.
  • I currently have more credits than I need, but less credits than I want.
  • My goal is to have 100 million credits on hand.
  • There’s no reason to have 100 million credits, other than to tell people you have 100 millions credits.
  • I hope to be able to tell you that one day.
  • As of a few hours ago I was more than half way to that goal with 53.6 million credits in hand, but then I bought stuff.
  • Specifically I bought Satele Shan’s armor set for my Jedi Counselor.
  • You can get the belt, gloves and pants for almost nothing.
  • The chest and the boots on the other hand…
  • It was 2,800,000 for the chest and 4,500,000 for the boots.
  • I’m feeling a little better about the purchase today. When I checked the GTN this morning there was one chest selling for over 5 million, and no boots for sale.
  • Those are pretty sweet boots though, and those alone might make this worth adding to my account collection.
  • You can add Satele’s armor to the list of uncreative outfits I’ve acquired for my characters. Smuggler – Interstellar Privateer. Jedi – Humble Heroes (i.e., the Luke Skywalker RotJ outfit). Bounty Hunter – Shae Vizla. Sith Warrior – Reaver’s (i.e., Darth Marr like). Sith Inquisitor – Thana Vesh. Anyway, you get the idea.
  • I have made 2 million in sales since buying the set. Like I said when you don’t run FPs or Ops you have a lot of time to craft and sell stuff.
  • I’m now leveraging Biochem, Slicing, Armortech and Synthweaving to craft and sell stuff.
  • I need to take a break from crafting to finish the Revan story on my Smugger and Jedi Counselor.
  • I haven’t gotten to their personal story lines yet, and I can’t wait for that.
  • That’s the one thing that makes repeating the Revan story worthwhile.
  • I’ll have more to say on the Revan story, but I like the Empire’s version better.
  • I really like Darth Marr, and I felt the Republic treated him like crap.
  • Overall I thought the Republic was far more distrusting of the Empire.
  • Satele Shan, who is Marr’s  counterpart was treated with much more respect in the Empire’s version of the story.
  • I liked the Revan story better than the Makeb story, but I thought the Makeb story was done better.
  • Without giving too much away, Makeb was two parallel stories surrounding the same circumstances.
  • Revan is just one story with a version for the Empire and the Republic.
  • It’s up to you to decide which version of the events really happened. There’s no way for both to have occurred.
  • I’m choosing to believe the Empire’s version, because I liked it better.
  • I though the ending of the Revan fight was told better on the Empire’s side than it was on the Republic’s.
  • I didn’t think I had and Imperial bias, but perhaps I do.
  • I know there have been other stories where the Republic and Empire have the same story. The recent Dread Masters storyline comes to mind. Still I prefer the way they did Makeb and wish they would do that for these major stories.
  • I get that it would suck if only one faction got to face off against Revan. Having two different Hutt villains worked, but two different Revans? Actually…
  • I also don’t care for these the enemy of my enemy is my friend stories. It’s okay once in a while, but I much prefer it when the Republic and Empire are fighting one another. We need to get back to more of that.
  • Given how Revan ended, we may have to wait a little bit until that happens, but I’m hopeful they’ll be back to mortal enemies before too long.
  • Well that’s the end of this story for now.

May the Force Be With You!


    1. Drat! Despite Deanna’s abilities being almost Force like, I prefer to be correct with the class names.

      I knew I should have just said Shadow.

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