Wrong Legacy Name but SWTOR CS Gets it Right

After transferring my characters to their new server, I chose a new Legacy name like everyone else. When I clicked ok, the confirmation box popped up. Everything looked the same as what I typed, so I clicked ok again.

My new Legacy name was set! …Except it wasn’t exactly what I’d typed.

Legacy names do NOT keep the same case as what you type, they are converted to being one word with only the first letter capitalized. For example, if you wanted MarioBrothers as your Legacy, it would end up as Mariobrothers. However, a bug in the confirmation box does not show this transformation! This was awful, as I’d chosen a new Legacy name which was the last name of a character I’d had for several years in another game and having it look wrong solely to an error that was not of my making was very disheartening. If the confirmation box had shown what the name would actually become I’d have chosen something else!

With much trepidation, I wrote in to CS asking for a change due to this bug.

I was very nervous waiting for the result of my ticket, as my previous request to change my character’s name based on it inadvertently being a celebrity’s name had been denied. It wasn’t a big enough celebrity I guess, despite that several people had asked if I’d named my character after the person.

After a few days I got the reply: they had reset my Legacy as a one-time exception due to the server transfers.

Thank you Bioware.

PS: I’ve put in a bug report about the confirmation box and hope to see it fixed soon. For something that will become permanent and is so extremely personal, for it to have no warning that it will be different than what you type in is inexcusable. They should really have a link to a FAQ on “How to choose your Legacy name” from the Legacy panel, which explains what format is allowed, in addition to the confirmation box being fixed to show the true result.

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Crit Craftings 1.2 (SWTOR)

This lovely guide to companion crafting is my reference for everything. However I wanted to know just the best crits, so I made a list of just that.

Critical Crafting Skills:

  • Artifice: None.
  • Synthweaving: Jedi Knight, Sith Warrior & Exploration Droid Sensor (+5)
  • Armstech: Smuggler (+5) & Hunter Droid Sensor (+2)
  • Armormech: Trooper (+5)
  • Cybertech: Engineering Droid Sensor (+5)
  • Biochem: Jedi Knight (+5)

Critical Gathering Skills:

  • Archeology: Sith Inquisitor (+5)
  • Scavenging: Trooper (+5)
  • Bioanalysis: Smuggler, Sith Warrior, & Bounty Hunter (+2)
  • Treasure Hunting: Sith Warrior (+5) & Scout Droid Sensor (+2)
  • Investigation: Smuggler & Sith Warrior (+2)
  • Underworld Trading: Sith Inquisitor, Imperial Agent & Security Droid Sensor (+2)
  • Diplomacy: Imperial Agent (+5) & Medical Droid Sensor (+2)
  • Slicing: Jedi Knight, Sith Inquisitor, & Imperial Agent (+2)

Per Class Gathering Crits:

  • Agent: Diplomacy (+5), Underworld Trading & Slicing (+2)
  • Bounty Hunter: Bioanalysis & Treasure Hunting (+2)
  • Consular: Diplomacy (+2)
  • Inquisitor: Archeology (+5), Underworld Trading & Slicing (+2)
  • Knight: Slicing (+2)
  • Smuggler: Bioanalysis & Investigation (+2)
  • Trooper: Scavenging (+5), Diplomacy (+2)
  • Warrior: Treasure Hunting (+5), Bioanalysis & Investigation (+2)
  • Droid:
    • Medical Droid Sensor: +2 Diplomacy Critical
    • Scout Droid Sensor: +2 Treasure Hunting Critical
    • Security Droid Sensor: +2 Underworld Trading Critical

The droid looks pretty cool, and makes it possible for some classes to have better optimization in crafting.

Hope others find this little list handy too!

Feedback on 1.2 pvp sent to CS just now (SWTOR)

FEEDBACK: My guildie got me a time card because he didn’t want to play his healer alone without my tank. Again, please take another look at what made healing FUN in this game and balance it across all healing classes, in addition to making healing an equally viable way to advance your character as tanking or dps.

Sage/Sorc used to have a rhythm to the rotation that made it meditative and fun. The recent changes of 1.2 removed that rhythm. The changes to cast time made them less effective in pvp where a nerf to output would have made more sense.

Thank you for the hard work and effort you put into this game. Please remember that the points of difference from SWTOR to other games in pvp are:

1. Less bracketed PVP from 1-49 allowing more guild/friend togetherness
2. Longer time-to-kill
3. Healing was actually fun!

Would love to see the game go back to those principles.

Cheers,
Lei

In addition, of course the rewards from warzones being somewhat equal made it possible for the losing side to be capable of gearing up and taking on the winning side, without severe server imbalances in power. People simply have more fun when the fight is more equal – as that makes for a more engaging, skillful fight.

SWTOR Horrible Customer Service AGAIN

My enquiry as to when I’d receive the 30 days game time as my sub expires, well, tomorrow, and the email I received stated that I’d receive it sometime before the 25th, was simply closed without any response, not even a form letter. This is my response to that.

Ok seriously, I’m a founder, I’ve given a ton of suggestions, feedback, bug reports, I’ve encouraged people to buy the game. I’ve founded a guild and a fansite, and even though I’ve unsubbed I’ve continued to give valuable feedback and help others in the game and out.

Then you have the utter and complete GALL to simply close my enquiry without even any response as to when I will be receiving the 30 days game time?

Wow. I was planning on keeping an eye on the game’s patch notes and possibly returning but now? What complete draconian bullshit.

You need to learn how to treat customers like they’re valued. Badly.

I expect it to be closed without a response as well just to keep their reputation as the worst customer service of any game company.

This, on top of the gameplay mechanics changes they brought in for 1.2 completely undermines any confidence I had in the company.

Bye bye Bioware.

Updated: No reply as of next morning. At least not closed without even a form letter. Are they waiting until the sub expires before replying where I can’t see it? Is my sub up today or 30 days from tomorrow? I guess time will tell, because Bioware isn’t telling yet.

I know their CS must be swamped right now, but they changed the rules after I received the letter and I’m simply asking for clarification.

My guildies want me to continue. I would like to take a break for a week or two (after getting the rest of the containment social set tomorrow) and hope that there are fixes for the glaring issues of 1.2: Less TTK in warzones, healing being a less viable path to character advancement than anything else, threat problems in tanking on top of the problems tanks already had in actually rounding up mobs.

Patch notes today state that rewards for losing warzones have been adjusted and that people will receive rewards from at least one medal. This helps the situation. I’d like to reward fixes but some communication would go a long way to restoring my confidence.

UPDATE:

Finally a reply. Yes my sub will start again on the 25th, and they apologized for the delay in response time.

Thank you.

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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Rakghoul Plague Event Guide (SWTOR)

Multiple systems have been infected, citizens are advised to quarantine themselves. Complete travel ban on going to Tattooine (which means, ALL PLAYER CHARACTERS GO TO TATTOOINE!) according to official news sources.

Breaking News! In addition to the daily quests there’s more! Check Dulfy’s guide for gaining the “Tracking the Origin” quest on Empire, Republic may have something similar although details are not yet confirmed. Republic version “Origins of the Outbreak” is here by @r2d2arm.

Best map for the quests above is by Exhaust Port. The reward is a Crimson Rakling.

The daily quests are [AREA] quests, so go to the following coordinates on Tattooine to pick them up. Vendor is north of the crash site up on the dune.

  1. [AREA] Wreck of the Stardream
  2. [AREA] Outbreak

Republic

Go northeast of Thorazon to get the dailies in area 1.
Vendor is at: -892, -1925
Area 2 is at Largona, with another daily.

Empire

Go north of Zaroshe to get the dailies in area 1.
Vendor is at:
Area 2 is at Ridge-something.

Dailies for Outfit

The quest chain that rewards the orange moddable Republic or Empire Containment Officer (Social I) outfit starts by picking up an item from the first [AREA] quest. Each new quest takes a day to open up for you, so if you haven’t done the prior day’s quest you’ll be unable to see or pick up the new one. April 19th is the last day to pick up Blood Sample and get the entire outfit by doing the next one each day!

  1. Blood Sample – 50 LS or DS points plus boots or 1 DNA – picked up from Area 1
  2. Passenger List – gloves – picked up from Area 1
  3. Hybrid Strain – legs – picked up from Area 2
  4. Pure Virus Sample – helm – picked up from Area 1
  5. Newly Infected – chest or belt (need to do it twice to get both) – picked up from Area 2

REWARDs from Vendor in Exchange for Rakghoul DNA

  • Black/Green colour crystals, for levels 31 and 50, various stat choices. 75 and 83 event currency respectively. Waiting confirmation if it’s a different green from the Razer exclusive, but probably.
  • Pale Rakling” – A mini Rakghoul pet. 60 event currency.
  • Infected Companion” box with a random companion customization. 20 event currency.

PRO TIPS:

  • From @Asros:
    If you have the infection at the feverish stage, and you die, you will infect others and get 5 DNA samples!
  • From @SwtorSpy:
    Full list of codex entries for the event
  • From general chat:
    Once you pick up the “Origin” quest you no longer need the buff and don’t have to worry about running out of time to scan all the crashed ship bits.

Gonna prettify all this with pictures and maps later. For now, get grinding!

Updated guide with quest arc from Dulfy, new daily rewards, and corrected prices.

My Questions for Community Q&A (SWTOR)

My post for this week’s community Q&A: http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=3794597#post3794597

1. When are server mergers/transfers going to be available and how will Legacy affect that? Would you consider making Legacy unlocks on an account-wide basis but the name must be gained on each server by at least one character?

I know a lot of people who want to reroll to join us but who are stuck with 40+ Legacy on another server they can’t just give up. They shouldn’t have to give it up.

2. Now that you’ve had a look at mirror class parity is there any consideration going to be given to healing class parity?

As it stands, Trooper/BH healing is by far subpar to the other two healer types due to lack of hots, the ammo problem for Trooper specifically, and lack of survivability/utility in PVP compared to the other healer types. It’s slightly subpar in PVE due to the ammo problems, as well.

3. What happened to dual spec?

I need to be a healer for my guild in FP/Ops but as healing now stands need to be DPS to gain character advancement in pvp. 90% of my time is in pvp is solely making Sages and Scoundrels look even better through 5% kolto bomb boost and not getting votes or medals because Trooper healing is so easily shut down.

4. Will we have Purple and Violet Twi’lek on unlocking Twi’lek race? đŸ˜‰