Conqueror Of Rishi

My guild usually goes for large yield planets and we’re almost always in fourth or fifth place every week. We’re a casual guild so we’ve never really tried to make the number one spot. The very first time we won a planet was almost by accident. A few weeks ago there was a time when dozens of planets were up for grabs and there were five large yield planets to choose from and a lot of the other large guilds had spread out between four of the planets, so we chose Taris. There were only three other guilds vying for Taris and we won by a large margin of points without even trying.

Last week, we briefly switched to medium yield because Leadership decided they wanted to try conquering Rishi since our guild stronghold is there. The first three days we trailed behind The Courageous by a lot until our Guild leader sent a letter encouraging everyone to help participate in conquering Rishi and even offered prizes to the top five who racked up the most points. That brought out a lot of team spirit and the guild enthusiastically began closing the cap between us and The Courageous until we overtook them and went on to win by a large majority and won the title, Conqueror of Rishi. Sadly, our victory will be short lived since Rishi is on the conquest planets list again this week, but it’s nice having our name associated with the planet while it lasts.

This week we have shifted our focus back to large yield and are trying to conquer Dantooine. The Guild leader again sent out a letter of encouragement, saying last week was a lot of fun and we should try to keep the momentum going. So far we are in second place behind The Sanctuary, which is a hardcore conquest guild. Usually, The Sanctuary wins their planets without too much competition, so I imagine they’re sweating, trying to stay in first place. Every time they manage to pull ahead by 20 million points, we quickly close the gap. I have no idea if we’ll be able to beat The Sanctuary. We’ve never been a hardcore conquest yield guild before so we’re not nearly as organized as they are, but we still have until Tuesday to attempt to overtake them. Even if we don’t win, it’s been fun trying to and our guild team spirit is higher than it’s ever been.

–Chash Larol

To Enter Spy Games, Make A U-Turn

*Spoilers for Inflection Point*

I’ve taken two characters through Jedi Under Siege, a Sith and Jedi respectively. When the time came to choose, both of them stuck to their designated factions so everything was pretty straight forward. Since I’ve been playing my bounty hunter as someone with a morally ambiguous conscience, I had her side with the Republic when Lana Baniko asked who she would support.

My BH is by no means loyal to the Republic now. She was never very loyal to the Empire either; preferring to do things her way and let her slightly skewed conscience dictate her actions. At this moment in time, she has sided with the Republic because she gets a bad feeling every time she’s around Empress Acina and knows that woman is going to do something terrible if she’s allowed too much power. The Republic is a means to an end to ensure that the Sith don’t gain a foothold in the galaxy again because above all else, my BH hates Force users with a passion. She thinks most of them cause nothing but trouble. Only Lana Baniko and a few others have gained her trust and respect.

After choosing to side with the Republic, the next step was going to Nar Shaddaa to talk to Jonas Balkar where he informed the BH that she would be working undercover to undermine the Empire, while pretending to remain loyal.

I found this intriguing since both my Jedi and Sith never had to play spy games after rejoining their faction (for obvious reasons). It’s going to be weird watching my BH act as a spy for the Republic, considering how she’s blunt and not very good at subterfuge. It will be interesting to see how this play’s out once I make it to Ossus and how this new development will further my BH’s story.

I imagine it will be similar to what my Sith did during Jedi Under Siege except with a few subtle differences since the BH is supposed to be a spy now. Maybe when nobodies looking she’ll do a few things to sabotage the mission in favor of the Republic. Either way, it’s kind of cool that Bioware allows you to work against your faction now. I always thought it was odd that they gave you the option to defect in all the class stories, but the very next mission put you right back where you started as if you never defected. It certainly took them awhile.

–Chash Larol

Blog Name Change

Just letting everyone know that I’ve gone ahead and changed the name of my blog like I talked about here. I was thinking about calling it The Bounty Monitor, but Shintar pointed out someday I may want to change my focus from that of a bounty hunter. While I can’t see myself ever abandoning my BH as my main, she did raise a good point.

The truth is I like the dark side stories in SWTOR better. I know I’m weird that way. I’ve always liked villains in movies and TV shows. It doesn’t take much skill for an actor to be a hero. All heroes are the same and when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Villains on the other hand take great skill to get just right. If they come across as too cheesy than you can’t take them seriously, but those that inspire awe and fear are the great ones. Some examples of my favorite villains are Scorpius from Farscape, Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, Rumpelstiltskin from Once Upon A time, and Sauron from Lord of the Rings. If it weren’t for the villains there would be no need for heroes to rise up and defeat them.

With that being said, I do enjoy the light side class stories and I have two light side alts in particular that I play often along side my BH and there will be times when I want to talk about my Jedi Knight and Trooper, so after thinking about it, I’ve decided to rename my blog, The Old Republic Era. It’s simple, to the point, and doesn’t cater to either light or dark side. Instead it embraces the game as a whole.

Hopefully, the name change doesn’t inconvenience anyone too much and as promised before I won’t be changing the name of this blog again unless I get slapped with a copyright. I did look it up and couldn’t find anything about the name of the Old Republic era being copyrighted.

–Chash Larol

New Conquest System

Over a month ago, SWTOR made the announcement they were going to be changing how conquest worked. They said they would be increasing the number of missions and would have separate lists depending on the level of the character so that conquest wasn’t mostly endgame content anymore. I was curious to see how they would make the changes so as soon as the update finished installing I logged into my bounty hunter and immediately made over 7,ooo points! I didn’t even do anything!

All I did was accept the conquest rewards from last week and the materials I’d sent my comps to get before logging off the day before. Admittedly, that many points may have had something to do with the double xp event, but they did seem to add an awful lot of strange missions to the list.

There was a reward for having my companion sell junk! Seriously, I received conquest points for selling junk? They also added taking a taxi, gaining a level, giving companions gifts, assigning a utility point, and so on. It was very strange to say the least. I’m really not sure what to think about some of the stuff they added. I still can’t believe I was actually given points for selling junk. I really don’t know how to react to that one in particular.

I do like how they revamped the UI for objectives. What now pops up when you achieve your objectives is far more eye catching than the previous look. All though truthfully it was a little annoying after awhile having that thing pop up every few minutes because I was constantly achieving a goal without realizing it was even one, *coughsellingjunkcough*.

I have no idea if they intend to keep the conquest as is or tweak it later on. I honestly think we can do without some of the things like taking a taxi or selling junk. At least it provided some laughter. My guild mates and I got a kick out of some of the objectives, especially selling junk. I’m sorry. I just can’t seem to let that one go. I am completely and utterly flabbergasted by it.

–Chash Larol

Double XP Event

SWTOR usually has a double xp week around May 4th every year. This time they’re doing things differently and having a four week long xp event that starts April 21 and ends on May 19th.

I’m not sure what to think about a month long double experience points event. It would help my level 75 characters with boosting their renown levels. My bounty hunter has the highest renown and she’s only at level 28, which is pretty low when the highest renown level you can get is 999.

It would also help me get through the Jedi Consular faster. For some reason I am not getting into the story at all. Every time I try to play the consular my mind wanders. My brother tells me that the story gets better in the second chapter when the consular deals with the children of the Emperor, but it’s a matter of me powering through the first chapter.

After that though, I’m going to have to be careful about leveling anyone else up too fast. My trooper is currently at level 37 and I’m trying to keep her at a low level while I work on gaining my companions affection to fifty. I’ve also recently started a second play through of both the Jedi Knight and Imperial Agent. While I don’t have any specific plans for them, it will be a little annoying if they reach level 75 before the end of their respective class stories. Yet I don’t want to abandon them for an entire month until the xp event is over either. Guess I’ll see how it goes the next four weeks.

–Chash Larol

What’s In A Name?

When I created my bounty hunter, Wackocryhavoc it was an experiment to see how I liked having a name like that. Spending time on the fleet can be an interesting experience watching all the amusing names pass by. I didn’t want something silly like Barbie Doll, Kitty Mania, or Iwonthealyou, but I definitely wanted something along those lines. It was a fun exercise and I’ve enjoyed the various responses to my name. However, it has made it difficult to immerse myself into the character with a name like that floating over my head. I keep thinking who would name their child, Wackocryhavoc? What kind of cruel parents were they?

Which is why I’ve decided to buy a character rename token to change my name. At first I thought maybe I should roll another bounty hunter with a real name, except I don’t really want to do that because I’ve invested a lot of time and money into this character and would rather not abandon her as my main. Since Wackocryhavoc will no longer exist, I’ll also be changing my moniker on this blog and on twitter accordingly. My BH’s new name is going to be Chash Larol.

In case anyone’s wondering, no that is not my real name. It is; however, my Star Wars name. George Lucas came up with this neat idea on how to come up with names while he was writing the movie scripts.

  • You take the first three letters of your first name
  • The first two letters of your last name
  • The first two letters of your mother’s maiden name
  • And the first three letters of the city you were born in

Putting all that together spells out my Star Wars name as Chash Larol. It’s a name that my BH can live with as long as SWTOR exists and quite frankly it’s a better name to be known as my online persona over WackoCryHavoc.

It does pose a problem about the name of this blog though. When I first created this blog I used the first name that popped in my head because I wasn’t even entirely sure that it would last long enough to get any readers. Creating a blog about gaming was also an experiment of sorts and I had no idea if I would like it. Having an outlet to talk about one of my favorite subjects turned out to be a lot more fun than I anticipated and I want to keep going as long as I can. But someday down the road someone is going to scratch their head and wonder why Cry Havoc’s Ramblings? Never realizing that at one point I had a character with a similar name unless they dig up my older posts.

Over the past couple of days I’ve racked my brain for an alternative title and came up with The Bounty Monitor as a good name for a blog. I was all set to get to work changing the name and link when I realized what it would be like for my followers waking up in the morning, fixing themselves a cup of coffee, and then going through their blogroll; only to notice a new blog on the list that they don’t even remember following.

So, I’m asking you all for your opinion. Should I leave the blog as Cry Havoc’s Ramblings or change it to The Bounty Monitor? I can promise that I will never change my moniker or the blog name again. Comment below to let me know what you all think.

–Chash Larol

Strongholds

I currently have three strongholds, Nar Shaddaa, Rishi, and Tatooine. Originally, I had a Dromund Kaas stronghold, but I hated the chat there so much that I’d usually turn it off. Which made it kind of boring since I didn’t have anything to do while I was in there browsing the gtn. Eventually, I got rid of it.

For awhile I went without a stronghold until the decorations collected from missions began to pile up and reckoned it was long overdue to buy another one. Around that time my bounty hunter had become my main and I wanted a home that would be perfect for her line of work. Nar Shaddaa’s shady atmosphere seemed like the ideal place.

It took me awhile to open up the Nar Shaddaa stronghold. I had spent a good chunk of my credits just buying it, so I waited awhile to accumulate more before opening up every room. The majority of the rooms are now decorated, though there are two rooms and the balcony that are still mostly empty. I’ve been waiting until I can either afford certain decorations or until someone comes down on the prices before finishing up the last of the rooms.

I really love my setup, it took me awhile to come up with the arrangements and the perfectionist in me wasn’t satisfied until everything was just right. I tried to take screenshots as best I could. The rooms in the Nar Shaddaa stronghold are kind of awkward, so I’m afraid I didn’t get the entirety of most of them.

This is the entrance. I made it look like a little storage area, thinking that when my toon comes home, she drops spare parts and the like right there.

The gtn, vendors, etc. right next to the entrance. Makes things easier when I just want to grab something and go.

The hallway in between the rooms. I only took one screenshot of it. The hallway is filled with trophies of the bounty hunter’s adventures around the galaxy. Sorry about the terrible lighting. For some reason everything was coming out too bright.

The bedroom. In order to show the bed I wasn’t able to fit my favorite decoration in here. On the other side of the wall is a collection of Mandalorian blades that I found in a cartel pack.

I like to think of this room as my map room.My buddy Torian spends a lot of time here mapping out the best routes to our bounties.

Even a bounty hunter needs some rest and relaxation from the stresses of life. This is the library and meditation room. In the far corner, Mako can barely be made out. She spends a lot of time here going through the archives and hacking into the Nar Shaddaa security.

This is my office/bounty storage area. I haven’t finished it yet. I’m going to buy a bounty monitor, holding cell, maybe a personnel bounty hunter or two, and a few bounty trophies to put in here before it’s complete.

Truth is I had absolutely no idea want to do with this room so I threw in a few things. If I get any better ideas I may change it.

Both hallways leading to the downstairs area are filled with pictures and pets that I’ve collected. I have a small obsession with getting as many pets as I can.

A small section that’s a spill over of the cantina area that lead’s out to the balcony.

My security room. As you can see I have a Gemini that’s hard at work keeping the place safe and the riffraff out.

I’m not done with this room, but it’s going be a club room for dancing once I’m finished.

This is all I have on the balcony right now. I actually found this on the gtn for a steal not too long ago. Someday there will be casino tables, performers, and so on here. I didn’t bother taking screenshots of the other two rooms because they aren’t decorated yet.

I haven’t really gotten around to decorating my Rishi and Tatooine strongholds yet because I can only focus on one at a time. Rishi is my more immediate concern right now over Tatooine. When I bought it I had no idea that it was going to be so huge. It’s a lot bigger than one person ever needs, so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it right now. I’d get rid of it except I really like the beach. Maybe I’ll make some sort of resort out of it once I’m done with Nar Shaddaa. Someday, I would like to buy an Alderaan stronghold. All the screenshots I’ve seen of the place look really good, especially that beautiful stained glass window.

I’m not sure what the limit is on strongholds. I should probably find out how many can be owned on one server.

–WackoCryHavoc