Tuesday, March 27, 2012

TORWars Think Tank – Tank Stats

Monday, my latest article on TORWars went up. In this post I talk about the secondary tank stats and analyze some of the latest theory craft out there. The theory crafters have it a little tougher in SWTOR because until Patch 1.2 there isn’t a combat log to test some of the theory against.

I’m also having to interpret other people’s posts and experience as my own progress has been slow. This has been a deliberate choice on my part to spend less time in game and more time working on various writing projects.

Think Tank: Tank Stats, Survival, and DPS

Hello again, TORWarriors, and welcome to this week’s Think Tank. This week, I’m thinking about tanking stats. Last week, we examined the combat system. Now that we have that understanding….

I have also been keeping tabs on the information flowing out of the MoP beta. I’m not surprised to see many people express regret over the 12 month subscription they bought, however; I am surprised how enticing some of the new stuff, especially the Paladin stuff is. Blizzard certainly aims to make the rest of 2012 interesting.

Monday, March 19, 2012

TORWars: Think Tank – The Combat System

I’ve got a new article up on TorWars talking about how the combat system works in Star Wars the Old Republic. It’s fundamentally different from the system we used in World of Warcraft.
Greetings TORWarrriors, and welcome to this week’s Think Tank! This week, I’m thinking about the combat system. While on the screen we see the flash of lightsabers, and the smoke of mortars, and the tenor rumble of explosions, what is going on behind the scenes and on the servers is an array of number crunching to figure just what happened. Understanding this obfuscated arithmetic is key to  how our toons tank, and to how we can best gear them ….

Thursday, March 15, 2012

How Blizzard Could Get Me to Resub

I’m am really enjoying Star Wars: The Old Republic. It was like BioWare sat me down and asked me what I’d like to see in an MMO, and then made it. Of course it’s not a perfect game, no game is, but I can see myself playing SWTOR for a very long time.

But from time to time, I get a feeling that I chalk up mainly to nostalgia to visit my old haunts in Azeroth.

You see this guy:
Crazy as it sounds, I miss him sometimes.

When I heard about the free faction/server change Blizzard was offering that was almost enough. I have always wanted to turn Honorshammer back into a Dwarf, but I knew I was leaving for SWTOR so it didn’t make much sense to fork over the money to do it. But subbing for one month just to get Honors back to ruggedly handsome dwarf he was always meant to be doesn’t make much sense.

But that got me thinking. The biggest problem is that I can’t afford two subscriptions, and my heart fully belongs in a galaxy far, far away. But I would love to be able on some nights to log into Honorshammer, take the gyrocopter for a spin, throw my Avengers Shield (Paladins still have Avenger’s Shield, right?) do a daily or two, and just enjoy the world.

What I’d love to see is for Blizzard to offer a WoW Lite subscription for $5/month for former players. I’d need the free server/faction transfer, too. Sorry, I’m high maintenance. Blizzard would have to put some restrictions on the account so that there current players wouldn’t cancel just to get the lower price. Some restrictions could be limiting it to only one heroic per day, only a dozen or so auctions, etc.

If only 1,000 people feel like I do, that’s still an extra $5,000 per month for Blizzard, and the numbers just scale up from there. Another bonus is that Blizzard could announce increasing subscriptions or at the very least not losing subscriptions.

Let’s make this happen!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Calling in from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

I never like it when bloggers apologize or try to explain gaps in their blogging so I’m not going to go into that, but I will tell what I’ve been up to.

I started playing Star Wars: The Old Republic the first day of Early Access. I was all in on this game from the get go and I pre-ordered 4 hours after it went on sale. I rolled my Jedi Knight, Atceth, on the Grand Master Zym (PVE East) server. Atceth is currently Level 45 on Belsavis.

The game has been everything I had hoped it would be. The moment I truly fell in love with this game was around Level 25 or so on Tattooine. I told a friend of mine:  I’m fighting the Sand People, on Tattooine, with a lightsaber, to John Williams music.

Yeah, I was hooked.


The Jedi Knight story has been excellent, with each chapter ending being incredibly epic. The companions are fantastic and are up to the level of companions in previous BioWare games. I normally run around with Kira. She’s my favorite companion, my romance interest, and puts out mad DPS.

Which is good because I made Atceth a Guardian which is a Tank/DPS class, and made him a tank. The Guardian Tank is in many ways similar to a WoW Warrior, only with a lightsaber. I leap into combat and either the mobs dying or I am. Tanks and Healers level a bit easier in SWTOR since you always have your companion. You get to tank or heal even in ‘solo’ quests.

Of course, there’s group stuff, too, and I’ve tanked every flashpoint (instance or dungeon) so far.

Speaking of tanking (check out that segue), my blogging efforts have been channeled into a weekly column for a site called TorWARs. I write a column there called Think Tank which, shockingly, is about tanking in SWTOR. When my new column goes up, I’ll make a post here. Here’s my latest Think Tank, One Tank or Two where I talk about the number of tanks required in end game Operations (raids) in SWTOR.

And if you’d like to join me in my adventures in a galaxy far, far away, BioWare is making SWTOR free to play this weekend. Here’s the announcement from the official site:
Now for a limited time, you will be able to live out your very own Star Wars™ saga with thousands of other players for free! With theStar Wars: The Old Republic Weekend Pass Free Trial, individuals who don’t already have a previously-active Star Wars: The Old Republic account will be allowed to see a portion of what the game has to offer, free of charge, with no payment method required, for up to four days!
The Weekend Pass Free Trial opens Thursday, March 15th, 12:01AM CT / 5:01AM GMT and ends on Monday, March 19th at 2:00AM CT / 7:00AM GMT. To learn more, visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/weekendpass and come back on March 15th to create your account, download the game, and begin your free trial! Have questions? Visit the Weekend Pass FAQ.
You have any questions about SWTOR? What would you like to know?