May 2015 archive

Corellian Run Radio Ep 145 w/ Nick Avola is Out!

Hello everyone! Episode 145 of my podcast Corellian Run Radio is out! In this episode, Jason and I talk briefly about some SWTOR news, and then we interview the new Assistant Community Coordinator at BioWare Austin, Nick Avola!

This is the first interview he’s done on any SWTOR podcasts, so if you’d like to get to know him a little better and hear why you haven’t seen him much on the forums, you should definitely listen!

I embedded the video here on this post, but you can also download the episode on iTunes or your preferred podcast app!


How I Feel About SWTOR PvP

Yesterday, while waiting for Dreadtooth to respawn, one of my guildies challenged me to a duel! He beat me the first time, but I destroyed him the second time. He was in full PvP gear, and I was in my 192/198 PvE gear! He had also left the operation group temporarily, so we wouldn’t see each other in stealth.

He said, “You should really get PvP gear; you would be so good.” Or something like that. I need to pay more attention to conversations with guildies because they are all super funny and clever people.

I said, “I don’t like PvP.”

I said it. I hate warzones and arenas and random strangers beating on me, telling me I’m a noob or that I suck, or the opposite team trash talking. It’s unnecessary stress dealing with unfriendly, high-strung players, and for someone that plays games to relax, not the thing for me. Actually, it doesn’t even really matter what game the PvP is in; I just prefer PvE. I enjoy PvE, having fun conversations, working together with my guildies to defeat bosses, and practicing my priority rotation and positioning until it’s good enough to clear a fight.

However, that’s not the complete truth. I do like dueling with my friends. I like easygoing 1v1s. I like doing it for fun, not because I care about a ranking or how many goals my team gets in Huttball.

Honestly, at this point I don’t think PvP in SWTOR is a high priority for BioWare. While I feel bad for my PvP playing friends and have tried to help and spotlight the issue with PvP in the game, in the end, I simply enjoy flashpoints and operations and experiencing new stories when they are released. I think this is what BioWare is putting their time, money, and effort toward, and as someone that plays a few nights a week with a great guild (my operations team is 4/10 on the latest hard modes), I’m happy with the game.

(Note: BioWare Austin, if you’re reading, please still continue to work on GSF!)

Rolling on SWTOR Decorations

Yavin 4 Stronghold

Last night, my ops team and I did a fun run-through of Temple of Sacrifice 8-man story mode! We were missing one of our regular tanks and a healer, so we had some substitutes. Otherwise we would’ve been working on hard mode Colossal Monolith or Torque.

When we beat Revan, a decoration dropped! We all rolled on it, and I tied for the highest number with one of my tanks. Our ops/co-guild leader told us to roll again, and this is what happened:

*I roll a lower number than the tank.*

Tank: Yes! I got it!

[I’m sure he said something much more clever than that, because he normally does.]

Me: I don’t care; it’s not like I would’ve used it anyway.

I still haven’t decorated any of my strongholds. I own three, one on Dromund Kaas, Coruscant, and Nar Shadaa. Pretty sure I didn’t spend credits on the Tatooine one. Maybe I’ll decorate when the Yavin 4 one comes out. Maybe. Maybe my guild leader will just do it so we get more conquest points LOL!

I’m not sure why I dislike decorating my stronghold or have little desire to do it. I love decorating in The Sims and my home in real life, and I think I’m actually pretty good at it. Oh well.

Useful SWTOR Websites

I’ve been asked a few times in the past couple weeks about where to find more information about Star Wars: The Old Republic other than their official website and forums, and so I thought it would be helpful to post about some useful SWTOR websites!

SWTOR Network

SWTORNetwork is absolutely my favorite one! It’s run by Olib, and it’s a great resource to find links to various SWTOR community content, such as fansites, blogs, podcasts, videos, tools, and more! If there’s something you’re interested in that I haven’t mention here, you’ll likely find it under his list of links and resources.



Dulfy has a ton of great guides on her website! You can find guides about the different classes, boss fights, Cartel Market contents, and more. When I was a new player, the end-gaming gearing and Inquisitor datacron guides were my favorite! I don’t use it as much as I used to, but if I’m ever stuck on a mission (the other day I couldn’t find one of the mission objectives on Ziost), I can quickly Google and I know it will be on

TOR Community


TOR Community is run by Hayward, and it offers a lot of great tools (thanks SWTOR Miner for the cool stuff!) for players, such as Achievement Trackers, Disciplines Calculator, Character Creator, and even a Guild Manager. They are building their database for all of SWTOR’s information daily. It also has a lot of guides and videos as well!

SWTOR Conquest


The other day someone asked how she could find active guilds on Jedi Covenant. I thought about it for a second, and then I realized SWTOR Conquest lists the top ten guilds on each planet on every server! I figured this was a great list of guilds that were running content, and a lot of times the lists change out with different guilds every week. However, the main draw of this particular website (run by John) is to check on the conquest rankings for your server/planet without having to log into game, great for a guild leader on vacation!

SWTOR Reddit

SWTOR Reddit

Once in a blue moon, I’ll go to the SWTOR Reddit! This is another place where you can find people linking to their SWTOR content and also discussion about the game.


My guild uses StarParse to measure DPS, utilize the timers, and more. It’s pretty easy to use for me since I just go in to check my DPS during an operation , but it definitely has a lot of other features!


Parsely has combat log leaderboards with deep analysis! I haven’t really used it myself, but for those that like to analyze and compare, it’s pretty useful.

What are your favorite SWTOR websites and tools? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @Heather_PLS!

Saving Money with Cartwheel at Target


I know it typically isn’t something I normally write about, but since moving into my house, I’ve gotten so excited about using the Cartwheel app for shopping at Target! I simply wanted to share what I learned with the app. So far my move into the new house is going very well, and I will write a blog post as soon as I have everything set up how I’d like for pictures! (I still need a few area rugs and bar stools before I think the house is ready for photographs!)

I’ve recently had to shop more than usual at Target for household supplies and various other things, and while I knew about the Cartwheel app, I never really took the time to use it. The app basically has a bunch of Target coupons on your phone that you can use without having to cut or remember to bring coupons in your purse when you go shopping. Additionally, you can scan items at the store to see if there is a coupon for it. If there is not, it suggests a similar item, usually of a different brand.

All these offers that you choose on your phone get added to your “mobile coupon.” The only thing I don’t like is that it limits you to adding 11 coupons at a time! I need a lot of different items for my house, so I maxed out on the coupons for this upcoming trip. However, for a normal trip to Target, I probably won’t need so many items and they probably won’t all have coupons. When you check out, you simply show the cashier your mobile coupon barcode to scan on your phone, and the savings are applied immediately.

Another cool feature on the app is collecting badges! It’s like collecting achievements in a video game. You can get achievements for saving certain amounts of money and scanning product barcodes! One badge I haven’t figured out how to obtain is “Star Collector” one, which has something to do with “Collections” on the app. Not sure what I’m supposed to do there.

The whole point in using Cartwheel is to save more money on items I need to purchase! I also have a Target REDcard (debit), which saves me another 5% at checkout on top of the savings from coupons, and this withdraws directly from my bank account (not a credit card, though they have that option also). 5% doesn’t sound like much, but over time it definitely adds up and is worth the tiny effort.

Disclaimer: Target has not asked me to write this post, and I am not receiving any compensation from them. I just really like Target!

Quick SWTOR 3.2 Rise of the Emperor Review

Hello everyone! Thank you for your patience while I move into my new house! It’s been a couple weeks of unpacking, cleaning, decorating, more cleaning, and taking care of my new dog, but I am definitely playing SWTOR when I can! I haven’t even been to the gym in the past few weeks, which makes me a little sad, but I’ve been doing some Blogilates at-home workouts!

This past week I tried out SWTOR’s latest game update, 3.2 Rise of the Emperor! I don’t want to give away any spoilers for those that have not played it yet, so I’ll be a bit vague. The patch was released for players in two parts. I enjoyed the missions, because I thought they were more problem-solving and “puzzle-y,” but it would’ve been nice if the mobs were at least a little more challenging for me. I didn’t experience any bugs, but I know quite a few people had, especially with the speeder mission—which I thought was super cool and fun!

I thought the first part ended abruptly. The last “boss” was so easy, I remember exclaiming in much stronger words to my guildies over Mumble, “What the heck is this?!” Then I remembered there was a second part of the story!


I was a little surprised at what happened in the cinematic on the second part! You’ll have to play for yourself to see, but I liked it. I also thought the missions in the second part were fun, and similar along the lines to first part in that you had to look for things, ride the speeder, and complete an easy Macrobinocular mission. However, when I completed all the missions, there was no indicator of anything else happening on Ziost besides defeating the world boss and the instanced boss (the Monolith). I haven’t had a chance to try these bosses yet, but I’m hoping the story will seem a bit more completed to me by then.

Have you played 3.2 Rise of the Emperor yet? What did you think? Where do you think the story is going? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @Heather_PLS!

Meet My New Dog Daisy!


I’ve been so busy lately moving into my new house, but I wanted to write a post about my new dog, Daisy!

She’s a 1.5 year old Boston Terrier who I found with a local Boston Terrier rescue! I had to complete an application and a supplemental questionnaire, and then I met Daisy at her foster home! The rescue organization thought I was great for Daisy, and she definitely liked me also! She came home with me last Tuesday.


My New Home Office Plus Computer Specs!

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The other night I finally cleaned up my home office area (I had a large box of books on my desk), and it looks fantastic! I’ve had this desk in storage for a few years, so I’m excited that I get to use it again. Before moving, my desk didn’t fit in my bedroom, but now that I have a lot more rooms, I have a separate room for my office. I plan on doing a bit more to it still, such as adding some posters, artwork, and bookshelves, and a side table.

My computer tower is on the left side of the desk. It’s very tall and heavy, and aesthetically I prefer it on the ground and out of sight. Additionally, it gives me more room to go behind and mess with any cables if I need to.

My computer specs haven’t changed since I wrote this post about installing my first SSD, but here they are again!

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz
RAM: 16 GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB
Other Hard Drives: 2 x 500GB
Monitor: ASUS VE258 1920 x 1080

I also have a 1200 watt power supply and a water cooler.

I’m pretty satisfied with gaming on just one monitor, but it would be useful to have another monitor so that I could look at other windows while I’m in-game without having to tab out or play in windowed mode.


Other accessories that I have are a Logitech C525 webcam, wireless Logitech (non-gaming) keyboard, Logitech (non-gaming) mouse, Blue Snowball for recording and voice communication, a pink Razer Kraken Pro headset, and some Bose speakers. I need to figure out how to make the microphone on my headset work better, because I’d rather use that than the Snowball for gaming. Also, apparently I’m a big Logitech fan hehe!

I purchased the awesome Tetris lamp when I attended PAX East last year! I also have a few little toys of various fandoms. I have Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), a Skyrim Nord, and Chewbacca (Star Wars)!

I’ve gotten a few questions already on social media regarding the desk chair, since it isn’t a typical one. It is pretty comfortable to me, even after gaming for a few hours. In comparison to the desk chair that I’ve been using, which was cheap and is falling apart, my current chair is wonderful!

Do you have any poster or artwork suggestions? What would you like to see behind me on video? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @Heather_PLS!

Farewell Zorz!

I had the pleasure of meeting a few members of the SWTOR guild <Zorz> a few weekends ago at the latest SWTOR community cantina at Star Wars Celebration. I’ve also interacted with a few of them on Twitter, and I can absolutely say that they are extremely nice, fun, and talented people.

I recently heard today that they are quitting the game and liquidating their guild assets because they are going to play other games. I have no issue with this at all. It’s their choice, and I agree that trying new and different games is absolutely reasonable if you have completed all of the content you enjoy in a game. There are so many other great games to play out there, so why not try as many as you can?

Unfortunately, I’ve read many negative things today about this guild, and that made me unhappy. I find that people sound harsh, envious, and angry in regards to them leaving. They are not sitting around and complaining about the game; they are choosing to make themselves happy by playing something else. I am not seeing any “crying” from them, though I respect their wishes that Nightmare content be released sooner rather than later for the newest operations.

I support their decision to leave. Their decisions don’t have to be the same as mine for me to respect them, as I still enjoy playing SWTOR and I am not nearly at their progression level! Good luck Zorz and happy gaming!