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Well, that's how you used to have to do it months ago....

I know. That's what caused my frustration, I got it once before, like 2 years ago on my old Powertech tank.

 

Ok, enough old characters, time to introduce a few of the new ones. Say "Hello" to Rodriquez the Gunslinger on Harbinger

 

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"Wut? No Nuka Cola???... *sigh* Diet Somthing it is then"

 

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"... Bar Keeper, one of my Rishas has abandoned me, need to restore my double vision...

 

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Quite a few more coming over the rest of the week.

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I know, I said it was time for new toons, not old ones. Plans... never bother with them wink.png

 

Nothing "special" about this guy, just a bit of nostalgia. When I started playing, it was when f2p was brand new. I actually blame this very thread (earlier incarnation of it) for luring me into trying the game in the first place.

 

You could create 2 characters and chose between 3 races, human, cyborg and zabrak. I liked the game enough to get the RotHC expansion pre-order the day after and became a preferred status player for a few weeks. The first two characters, which i still have were a human (my current "main" guy) powertech tank and the archetypical trooper guy, complete with cyborg implants. The fellow below was my third attempt at creating a toon and of course had to be the third available race.

 

Being a bit of a conservative Sith, his only concession to the cartel market gear is his lightsaber, which is from the old space pirates pack. Everything else, right down to his red saber crystal is crafted or looted. Of countless alts, he's one of two who got named by the random name generator (the other being a chiss sniper)

 

 

Prowling a dead world, hunting for glory, credits and monolith kills...

 

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Yelling to Vitiate: "Oh, oh, I see, running away then. You yellow bastard! Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off!"

 

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*Sigh*... sometimes I'm really tired of Bioware lying to your face. Not talking about them using the "classes should have skills important to their role sooner" excuse to remove skill trees (and then announcing that one of the single most important tank skills, the gap closer wont be available until level 61), but their latest stunt with the graphics changes being marketed as an "improvement". Sure, low end machines may experience better frame rates, but lowering the overall gfx fidelity is not an improvement.

 

Reduced number of frames for background animations, creating a rather noticeable "slideshow" effect, from anything more than 30 meter away. Level of detail that is now way too low. Texture and object pop ins now happening waaaay too late. Heck, I wiped to a trash mob yesterday because I got butchered by "something(s)", which didn't appear until five seconds after I was dead (and you can't target them either until they are done popping in). Whats the point of having high and ultra high settings if the game completely ignores the settings. Never had performance problems before. Still don't have that, but now the quality just went down the drain.

 

Anyway, todays character, Female chiss agent A'zz'ure from the Harbinger. Specialist in all things toxic and venomous (Lethality Operative)

 

It actually started out as an idea where I just wanted to use those boots. Love the little dagger and pistol tucked away in them

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No, Kaliyo is not about to keel over from sunstroke, it's a weird fish eye perspective happening when things gets close to the side of the camera lens.

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Is that from a dev stream or did you get in on a closed beta???

 

Just so weird seeing "mastery" instead of Aim, Cunning etc. :)

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Realised I have a stack of cartel coins built up from my subscription... But then I'm thinking there's no point in spending them yet. Wait until the big update/expansion and see how things change first.

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Is that from a dev stream or did you get in on a closed beta???

 

Just so weird seeing "mastery" instead of Aim, Cunning etc. :)

 

there were a few video events previewing... and dulfy has relative comprehensive coverage if you don't wanna watch.  the mastery thing is not the most odd neither. 

 

http://dulfy.net/2015/09/30/swtor-knights-of-fallen-empire-livestream-coverage/

 

some folks dislike dulfy, but we got no complaints 'bout the news drops.

 

HA! Good Fun!

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Is that from a dev stream or did you get in on a closed beta???

 

Just so weird seeing "mastery" instead of Aim, Cunning etc. :)

 

It's from the link that Gromnir posted

 

There is a good video that shows the changes but skip to about 53 minutes if you don't want spoilers

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*Sigh*... sometimes I'm really tired of Bioware lying to your face. Not talking about them using the "classes should have skills important to their role sooner" excuse to remove skill trees (and then announcing that one of the single most important tank skills, the gap closer wont be available until level 61), but their latest stunt with the graphics changes being marketed as an "improvement". Sure, low end machines may experience better frame rates, but lowering the overall gfx fidelity is not an improvement.

 

Reduced number of frames for background animations, creating a rather noticeable "slideshow" effect, from anything more than 30 meter away. Level of detail that is now way too low. Texture and object pop ins now happening waaaay too late. Heck, I wiped to a trash mob yesterday because I got butchered by "something(s)", which didn't appear until five seconds after I was dead (and you can't target them either until they are done popping in). Whats the point of having high and ultra high settings if the game completely ignores the settings. Never had performance problems before. Still don't have that, but now the quality just went down the drain.

So judging from the previous pair of screenshots, they've also made performance enhancements by rendering the game in monochrome?

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Is that from a dev stream or did you get in on a closed beta???

 

Just so weird seeing "mastery" instead of Aim, Cunning etc. :)

 

there were a few video events previewing... and dulfy has relative comprehensive coverage if you don't wanna watch.  the mastery thing is not the most odd neither. 

 

http://dulfy.net/2015/09/30/swtor-knights-of-fallen-empire-livestream-coverage/

 

some folks dislike dulfy, but we got no complaints 'bout the news drops.

 

HA! Good Fun!

 

 

Level-Sync should be optional and I don't understand why it isn't. *pout*

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I'm not someone who usually cares about achievements but I think I might go power through them before level scaling goes in

am glad we ignore achievements, 'cause with the elimination/restructuring o' most/all dailies, a considerable number o' achievement opportunities is simple gonna disappear on october 20.  

 

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I think the last two achievements that I pursued actively were the "Jump the Rockshark" and whatsitsname killing 500 kolto barrels in the Manaan flashpoint. The former simply because i found the idea funny and the latter because of the title, which I've plans for ("All Natural"). I would have loved the Grave Robber title too for a scoundrel (finding the appropriate relics while having the "ghost buffs" from the ghosts on Yavin), but I read that it's rather buggy and you are likely to go through all the steps without getting the title.

 

Read up on the dulfy page on the 4.0 changes. A mixed bag, but looking forward to datacrons becoming legacy wide and that retro actively no less. Time to find the last 3 Rakata power cubes on Belsavis so I can get a complete collection (found 1 on my very first play through of the game and put in my storage bay, not figuring out what it was for until 2 years later).

 

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So judging from the previous pair of screenshots, they've also made performance enhancements by rendering the game in monochrome?

Nope. It was a previous gfx "upgrade" from a while ago. According to the patch notes, they added those filters to emphasize the ambience of planets. Think Photoshop correction layers :)

 

Everything got a bit of bloom, Tattooine got extra bright, everything on Hoth turns blue and the screenshots with my Sith Warrior uses some kind of "Ash cloud" overlay to make everything appear dark and sooty. I think some people have posted fixes to ini files, so you can remove those effects and the rendering underneath those layers are relatively normal.

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Since I'd already completed about 5 of the class storylines when they put in achievements, I never really got into them.  Unless I restarted all those classes again, I wouldn't really have access to a bunch of them, so generally ignored them for the most part.

 

Also, I still haven't done any operations yet... Ah well.

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Bonus question (sine I'm too lazy to read through the entire lore), is Darth Marr related to Visas Marr? I'm sure he could be a Miralukka under that helmet. Or in the case of a half-Miralukka, maybe wear a patch over one eye tongue.png ....

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It was ridiculous that they couldn't make the achievements retroactive.

 

 

Well to be fair, some of them were. It's just that there are that whole batch of "killed x person on this planet", "faced x number of opponents with this companion", and such like.

Things like the various planetary lore, and points that had tagged in your Codex Lore could be retroactive, but until the achievements were set up, I can't imagine there was anything keeping track of all the other things.

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Bonus question (sine I'm too lazy to read through the entire lore), is Darth Marr related to Visas Marr? I'm sure he could be a Miralukka under that helmet. Or in the case of a half-Miralukka, maybe wear a patch over one eye tongue.png ....

 

I don't believe there's been anything confirming it either way.

 

I would however point out that the name that follows Darth isn't normally a family name, it's more some form of title. Anakin becoming Vader, Palpatine was Sidious. Darth Thanaton had some other name before he became a Darth....  Like how the Sith Inquisitor is granted the title Darth Occulus or what have you at the end of their storyline.

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CM stuff isn't such a big deal to me, never bought any packs, but...

 

Rarity Changes for Pack Items

Currently, we use the terms ‘Rare’, ‘Super Rare’, and ‘Ultra Rare’. Moving forward with Knights of the Fallen Empire, these rarities will be changed to ‘Bronze’, ‘Silver’, and ‘Gold’. We are hoping that this will help address any confusion over what rarity level any specific item is.

Why the change? Currently, all items found in a pack are presented with either a Silver or Gold Cartel Market emblem. In the case of our Super Rare and Ultra Rare items, there was no visual distinction on the item itself to indicate the difference in rarity, which was understandably confusing. By moving to Bronze, Silver, and Gold, we are streamlining not only how we talk about Cartel items, but how we present them within the inventory system as well.
Some of you may recall that we have three different Cartel Market emblems on the items in your inventory, and they are – you guessed it, Bronze, Silver, and Gold! By making this update to our rarities, we are hoping to more accurately communicate item rarities across the board. Bronze quality items will now be associated with a Bronze Cartel Market emblem, Silver quality with a Silver emblem, and Gold quality with a Gold emblem.

We are touching almost every item in the Cartel Market to make sure their rarity actually matches the player popularity. This means that it is not a simple Rare = Bronze. Rare might be Silver if it was more popular than we originally anticipated.


src: http://www.swtor.com/info/news/blog/20151001

 

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Bonus question (sine I'm too lazy to read through the entire lore), is Darth Marr related to Visas Marr? I'm sure he could be a Miralukka under that helmet. Or in the case of a half-Miralukka, maybe wear a patch over one eye tongue.png ....

 

I don't believe there's been anything confirming it either way.

 

I would however point out that the name that follows Darth isn't normally a family name, it's more some form of title. Anakin becoming Vader, Palpatine was Sidious. Darth Thanaton had some other name before he became a Darth....  Like how the Sith Inquisitor is granted the title Darth Occulus or what have you at the end of their storyline.

 

 

The Sith Inquisitor gains one of three possible Darth Titles - Nox, Occlus or Imperius. For being dark, neutral or light side respectively. :)

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I got 100% achievement completion for 3 planets and I'm already over it. A few decorations and titles that I'll never use is not worth this soul crushing *3rd worst thing I can think of*

 

I'll just try to finish Trooper and Smuggler stories

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