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Becoming a Preferred Player in SWTOR

Dianah in her Preferred player handcuffs

Dianah in her Preferred player handcuffs

A while ago I wrote on the blog about how I had become disenchanted with Star Wars: The Old Republic. I was no longer logging in and playing like I used to. I knew, eventually, that my account would go into the Preferred status, because I removed my payment information from my account before my subscription ran out to prevent it from auto-renewing. However, even though I knew it was coming, I was a bit shocked when I did finally log in, because my guild needed a fill-in for an operations group, and I was available.

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Corellian Run Radio Episode #161: Have a Nice Day!

  
This week on Corellian Run Radio, Jason, Mox, and I talk about our experiences playing SWTOR Knights of the Fallen Empire Chapters 10 and 11, and I talk about what it’s like becoming a Preferred (non-subscription) player. We also meet Knite and Sin from the Have a Nice Day, a primarily PvP guild that is working on releasing their own SWTOR podcast called Have a Nice Daycast!

Download the podcast on iTunes or listen from the Corellian Run website here!

Black Desert Online Beta

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I recently had the opportunity to play Black Desert Online in their second closed beta session for their upcoming Western release. Thank you Joe of Gadgets & Khajiits for providing me with a code! I hadn’t been interested in the game prior to trying it. In fact, my first impression of the game was negative. From what I had seen and heard about the game before I even played, I thought that the “boob jiggle” animation, gender locked classes, and revealing female outfits perpetuated sexism and objectified women. However, I tried the game, and I liked it a lot! None of that other stuff mattered anymore. Do not judge a book by its cover! Here’s what I thought about Black Desert Online after trying it out.

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How to be a Better Guild Member

Woke up at 4am to be in this pic of us winning a conquest.

Woke up at 4am to be in this pic of us winning a conquest.

I’ve been in the same guild in Star Wars: The Old Republic for over 2 years now, and I’m very happy to be with them! I’ve mentioned my guild, Despair on the Harbinger, a few times on the blog before, but today I was inspired by a tweet by @ArtMusicTech, who said:

I have a few tips on what I consciously do in my guild to encourage fun and success in the guild!

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Taking Down Torque HM

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Earlier this week, my SWTOR operations group finally defeated 8-man hard-mode Torque! We had been working on the boss for a while now, and I’m proud of the achievement! Our group makeup isn’t always the same as sometimes people can’t attend raid, but here are the classes we brought when we beat Torque:

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My Boyfriend Unsubbed from SWTOR

"You're my enemy now. Go." Just kidding.

“You’re my enemy now. Go.” Just kidding!

I’ve mentioned my boyfriend a few times here on the blog, and I would consider him a hardcore SWTOR player. He has definitely played more than me! He has played all of the class stories, has all 16 advanced classes at current max level, ran in NiM progression operation groups, unlocked and maxed out many (all?) GSF ships, and has played a ton of Ranked, unranked, and open world PvP. On top of that, he has an incredible number of achievements and maxed out reputations.

He is going to unsubscribe from the game, and it’s okay. SWTOR is a great game, whether one is subbed or not. Personally, I will stay subbed to the game for a long time, but I respect his decision, and I don’t disagree with his opinions either. (Or perhaps we agree to disagree!)

There are many reasons why a player would unsubscribe, and there is nothing wrong with it. At some point, some people are done playing a game—maybe forever, maybe playing only casually, maybe only when there is a new game update. Here are some of the reasons he has stated on why SWTOR is not worth the subscription fee to him anymore:

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Upcoming Corellian Run Radio In-Game Event w/ Radio Free

 
Tomorrow night, my podcast Corellian Run Radio will be participating in an in-game event with Radio Free on the Ebon Hawk server! I wrote about the party I attended with them a few weeks ago, if you’d like to read a little bit about what they are all about. We will be recording interviews with the different DJs, which will also be broadcasted live over their station on radio-free.org.

The party starts tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th at around 5:00pm Pacific on the Lower Promenade of Nar Shadaa in front of the Gold Hutt statue! My character name on Ebon Hawk is Heather’pls, so hopefully I will see you there!

Disagreements Amongst SWTOR Players

SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire will be out on October 27th, 2015.

SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire will be out on October 27th, 2015.

The past few days of SWTOR news have brought out a lot of varying opinions and arguments amongst players. What’s more important? Who is right? PvP, story, RP, etc. People want to be right in their opinions, and sometimes this unfortunately leads to trash talking other players and undermining others for what they like.

I think the new changes look interesting and fun. When the new expansion, Knights of the Fallen Empire, comes out in October, it doesn’t really matter how I’m playing if I’m having fun with it. In the meantime, it’s only June, and there’s a lot of time in between to be patient, get more information, and possibly provide constructive criticism to the game developers, if it’s not too late.

Zakuul Skyscraper City View Concept

Zakuul Skyscraper City View Concept

When I go to community cantinas, it is very exciting to meet different people, regardless of how they play the game. I may ask what server they play on and what class, but I’ve never encountered or seen people that argue amongst themselves about their opinions of what should happen or be put into the game in person. It’s just fun.

Obviously, I know I’ve poked fun at people at cantinas asking inconsequential questions (Ex: “Will I get so-and-so color lightsaber?”) but it’s nothing like what you see on the internet. On the internet people are ruthless, calling each other bad names, saying nasty things, all because someone disagrees with something about a game they both like.

I have not really encountered any confrontational remarks (this week) about the new content, but I hope people will take into consideration what other people think, and not simply jump down their throats because they don’t like what they say. You can have friends with varying opinions, and that’s okay. I respect players that like different things in the game, even if it is not what I like or care about.

For example, my boyfriend also plays SWTOR, but we definitely have different opinions. He thinks the game is moving towards a single player RPG and less of an MMO and that it may not be good for the future of the game. Like I’ve stated before, I think it’s still going to be a fun game no matter what. I’m not going to argue to death with him about it! I’m not going to break up or say horrible, mean things to him because he cares about different parts of the game than me.

Vaylin under attack

Vaylin under attack

I think people should put into perspective the things they say and do on the internet. I know it’s much easier to be mean to others because of a sense of anonymity (or whatever the reason is people troll) but in real life if a friend, or even a stranger, had a differing opinion about a game, we’d likely be more excited they simply play the same game. We should all be friendlier to other players in the same game, because it’s a huge thing we have in common.

On that note, if you’d like to try out the game or subscribe again, please use my SWTOR referral link!

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