First Impressions of TERA Trial

So after seeing their marketing video I never wanted to play TERA. It seemed aimed squarely at attracting elitist bullies and trash talking pvp nerds, with no focus on building community.

Entering TERA via Pegasus

Enter TERA with me

My guildies say the game itself is quite different, with people helping each other in general chat and an actual sense of teamwork. So I decided to give it a shot.

Unfortunately, being unable to talk on a trial account did not allow me to find out if my biggest reason to NOT get the game was valid or not. TERA needs to implement a “friend code” version of the trial which doesn’t have so many limitations.

After the cut, will go into more depth about my responses, pros, cons, and conclusion – decision to buy or not! May be a bit NSFW depending on your workplace. You’ve been warned!
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Why I won’t be playing GW2

Mentioned this a few times on twitter already but I figured I’d put up a better explanation than 140 characters will allow.

The short of it is that my intellectual property was ripped off and I refuse to give them money because of it.

I don’t care if you believe me, in fact I expect to be heckled and trolled for saying this since in my experience men who abuse people (especially women) tend to stick together and cover for each other, and well, this is the internet. Despite that this has happened to many people in this and various other creative industries, people will pretend that it can’t possibly have happened, or try to tear down my character with various troll attack attempts. Hey, even my own friends refused to believe me at first, joking that I must be psychic and have unconsciously ripped off GW2 over a decade before GW2 was even thought up! Because a well-respected company wouldn’t possibly act like this right?

So, to offset the inevitable trolling, have any of your ideas ever been ripped off by someone, a boss, a coworker, a friend? How did you deal with it?

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Level 14 PvP Weapons (SWTOR)

EDIT AS OF GAME UPDATE 1.2: These now cost 900 warzone commendations each and are completely out of reach to any at-level player – to the point that I wonder why they’re still in the game. It’s better to grind out Dromund Kaas commendations and buy your moddable weapon from the vendor at the spaceport or on the fleet.

This has some decent stats for the level if you can’t afford a good cybertech or if, like me, you prefer to pvp up to Sprint then go get your ship. It costs 580 commendations for the level 14 weapon, which is a ridiculous price since it’s the same price for later weapons. Also ridiculous is that the classes which need to buy two of the same weapon don’t get a discount.

If you prefer to use your first orange moddable weapon you can rip out the mods from the pvp weapons and put it in yours. You can also equip your companion with these weapons, or at least the mods from them. Be sure to check what weapon your companion uses and what stats they need. Don’t be like me and hunt for a blaster pistol that has cunning on it on Empire side. Ooops.

Empire

Agent Operative – P-301 Assault Disruptor (Blaster Rifle)
Agent Sniper
– V-311 Rotary Sniper (Sniper Rifle)
Bounty Hunter Mercenary – Haywire Hunter’s Blaster (x2)
Bounty Hunter Powertech
– Haywire Hunter’s Blaster
Sith Assassin
– Dark Zealot’s Double-Bladed Lightsaber
Sith Sorceror – Prospective Sith’s Lightsaber
Sith Warrior – Blade Savant’s Lightsaber

Republic

Jedi Sage – Forceweaver’s Lightsaber
Jedi Shadow – Jedi Promulgator’s Lightstaff
Jedi Guardian – Saber Initiate’s Lightsaber
Jedi Sentinel
– Saber Initiate’s Lightsaber (x2)
Trooper Commando
– Turrethead Assault Cannon
Trooper Vanguard – H206 Renegade Blaster Pistol
Smuggler Gunslinger – Privateer’s Pistol (x2)
Smuggler Scoundrel
– Privateer’s Pistol

That oughta make them easier to find in the looooooong list – at least until the costs are fixed. I mean, they are going to fix that, right?

Mapping my Razer Naga for Rift

Thought it might be interesting to others to see the problem-solving I did when mapping my Razer Naga for Rift.

At first I just used it on the number setting, but after a bit I realized I wanted a more comprehensive mapping that would work generally across all 4 classes and across the different roles I play within those classes.

So I set it to use numpad instead, and immediately came across the shift+numpad5 problem. No idea why the thing doesn’t come with a warning that shift+numpad5 simply does not exist in Windows. It would have saved me hours of google. Seriously, HOURS. Solution to that problem further on in this guide.

Decision #1:

I like using my left hand to maneuver, and the razer thumbpad for actions.

Decision #2:

Using plain, shift, control, and rarely alt, I built visible hotbars in rift accordingly. So I have four bars onscreen that correspond to 4×12 thumb keys. The top bar (alt) I don’t use many actions, so mostly just keep it as a visual reminder of cooldowns. Some actions overlap so that I always know where certain actions are – my heals, shields, and potions for example, are in the same place across multiple characters.

Decision #3:

At first I mapped my most common actions to 1,2,3 etc but then I realized I wasn’t using the full power and flexibility of the razer and remapped according to how easy it is for me to access certain buttons.

Fig 1. Lei's Framework

The first three buttons on the naga correspond to Utility/Emergency. They’re the easiest buttons for me to hit and to find on the naga. It took a bit to retrain from 1,2,3 to 4,5,6 for my Single Target buttons. 7,8,9 are for Multi Target, and 10,11,12 are for more Utility, plus the big cooldown abilities the Rift devs love to throw in those soul trees.

As you can see from that graphic, the framework will easily transfer to different classes and roles, while maintaining some standard of similarity so I always know where certain types of abilities are on my mouse.

Decision #4:

Decided to remap the keyboard along with mapping the naga. NOT doing a graphic for that one, it’s pretty messed up.

1-9 on the keyboard are bound to the hotbars just so that I can be lazy in some fights. Only reason. 0 is battlerez, easy to remember. – is to drink, because it gets tired hunting for that on a side bar somewhere. = lets me mount up. It means I always have to use the mouse for the 10-12 abilities but I’m fine with that.

Movement keys are RDFG instead of WASD, a BIG departure from tradition. However, that frees my baby finger to hit 5 extra keys easily. Q and W are mapped to two different kinds of targeting, A resets the hotbar to bar 1 in case I got fatfingered, and S is available once I figure out what to put there. Z is my vent key, pretty easy to hold down if I’m yakking away.

In addition, I can access a couple of keys quickly with my index finger – H selects my focus target, Y is an emergency heal.

Fixing the Shift+Numpad5 Problem:

Since I’m using the numpad setting, in order to get around the windows idiocy of shift+numpad5 not existing at all to assign anything to, I had to rig Autohotkey along with Rift in order to use my razer’s 5 button. For that I use [ and ] on the keyboard and juryrigged the code. In addition I set numpad5 in the razer utility to use ] instead of numpad5. I’m not gonna be using square or curly brackets to converse in a game, so I think I’m safe.

Fig 2. Razer Settings

Code:

IfWinExist Rift
{
WinActivate

; Hotkey to fix shift+numpad5 problem in razer naga by assigning it to ] and } and assigning ctr+] below

^]::[

; RP Commands

::btw::by the way
::omw::on my way
::brb::be right back

}

Hopefully that’ll save someone else 4 hours on google trying to figure it out.

Conclusion:

I love my razer! All set… now I just need to l2p! 😀