The Reputation System

Posted earlier was a post on the new reputation system. You can read more about it there–I’m just going to talk about it for a bit.

One of the odd things with the reputation system is that the reputation is earned by items you get from quests–rather than just the conversations or quest completion itself. Similarly, some of it is quite restrictive (like the space armada reputation only being tied to Hard Mode Space Missions).

I’m guessing part of this is they probably can’t add it for quests people have completed and at this point, most people have completed all the quests so those who still had the quests to go would have a bit more of an advantage.

Regardless of that, the weekly cap still seems really odd and the idea of constantly repeating the same few quests for reputation is a bit weird in itself. I mean, I guess more quests in Voss can’t really be repeated, but as for the others, that seems a bit odd.

On the bright side, since everything pools together and you can’t lose reputation, this does mean that there’s no worries of having characters on both sides or a dark side character ruining things. The legacy titles are pretty neat, although, I wish they showed along with your own legacy title. And I’m really curious as to what the items will be.

I am a bit worried about the recurring event ones though… hope I can max that out before it goes away.

Cave is Solved

So, the Amulet does drop from Dreadtooth, on 10 Stacks, which I believe is the max. I don’t know if the amulet is a 100% drop, but I sure hope so XD Supposedly you may be able to get it from 9 too–but he must be Nightmareish for it to drop.

Going into the cave on 16-man HM and wearing the mask while using the amulet causes a boss called the “Dreadful Entity” to spawn.

I believe you get the title “Dread Slayer” upon defeating it.

But yes, a big congrats to Carnage Gaming! Sadly, the amulet has a 24 hour cooldown so you only get one attempt a day….though, currently, if traded (it can be traded for up to 2 hours like raid gear), it resets the timer so that’s probably going to be fixed eventually. You can also watch their stream here while they try ๐Ÿ™‚

(and people thought I was crazy. HA.)

Edt: You do get the codex and title “Dread Slayer”. He also drops a Dreadful Orb.


So, I’ve noticed a lot of new sign ups recently… and this may partially be due to cave-related things. Thus, I will take a moment to go over some things :3

I am a girl, I love the color pink, and I pretty much only play healers. My favorite two things in games are collecting things and exploring. I am also quite fond of puzzles.

Thus, 90% of this blog will be about pets, collecting other stuff, lore, exploration, and puzzles. The rest will be me ranting about repetition, credits/money, and raiding :3

This is not a traditional SWTOR blog. I don’t write about things just to let people know unless it’s because I’m personally excited about it. More often than not, I’ll put in my own commentary or thoughts.

The original purpose of this blog was to keep track of things for my own sake, but then people started finding it somehow and it’s gotten some attention for pets and puzzle solving.

Onto the cave matters, it’s still a huge mystery. I know an Orb was mentioned recently (not actually ingame, but in the data) which has spouted a lot of new theories. And with Dreadtooth going down on 5 stacks, it seems 7 stacks may need to be what we’ve been waiting to see. Of course, unless it’s a 100% drop in the first place, it doesn’t mean much. …really, I’ll just be sad I won’t get to test it out whenever someone finally gets those items ๐Ÿ™ I’ve been keeping track of theories, but haven’t put the orb up yet as I want to look into that more first. I don’t remember seeing it when the Amulet was first added and if it was an item added later, it may actually be for later content.

Regardless, with Makeb coming in Spring and the 5 level increasement, I’m sure Dreadtooth will be down then, if not sooner. At the very least, it’s always nice to try and work together for the sake of puzzle solving :3

Game Update 1.7

Well, it’s coming up and it looks like having multiple characters for it may be important. (You can read about it here and here) The Ilum event is happening still it seems. I…really hope you won’t get instant flagged in the area, but I know we probably will and it will mostly be PVP centered as that was kind of what they were hoping to do.

So I guess I should be prepared to be killed repeatedly by all those hardcore PVPers ๐Ÿ™ Regardless, I will do my best to finish the event as always. Hopefully I can find some people willing to do it with me (and my boyfriend better get up early >_>).

Now, I’m just going to quote the bit about reputation systems for a second:

The Galactic Reputation system lets you earn Reputation points by completing missions for factions such as the Gree or the Voss, or for military divisions within the Republic and the Empire. This new system advances characters through six ranks of increasing prestige: โ€œOutsiderโ€, “Newcomer”, “Friend”, “Hero”, “Champion”, and “Legend”. Galactic Reputation is also tied to a characterโ€™s Legacy, so Reputation points and ranks are shared across all the characters within the same Legacy!

I do not have much experience with Reputation Systems, but if I recall correctly, you can do stuff for everyone, but sometimes it’ll lower reputation with other sections? Since it is legacy-based, I’m guessing you could, theoretically, get all 4 up to Legend as long as you focus on certain ones per character (IE: Voss + Republic with one while Gree + Empire on another)… if I understand it correctly. …I’ll just do my best ๐Ÿ™

Anyway, it sounds like there will at least be armor sets and weapons through the event vendor which should make people happy. I know there was mention of a mount in a data dump a while back that may be gotten through this. And there’s a lot of pets currently MIA so we shall see.

I do hope the Gray Secant is an instance. Last thing we need is people fighting with eachother to kill the guy in the center x__x

Quick Highlight:

Look for opportunities to join this recurring event throughout the rest of the year. More details to come!

So yay for offering people lots of chances. I do wonder if it will just be for this year though.

Anyway, if things are still going as planned, this will probably happen at the end of January at the earliest @-@ Which is like 2 weeks.

Just random Cartel Market chatter

The first items should start appearing on the GTN around 10PM or so tonight.

The Diplomat’s Meditation Chair has already begun lowering which isn’t too surprising. I expect the new one to actually go for more as I think people will prefer the Blue coloring (I personally prefer the original). I’d actually be able to afford one now, but I’d rather save every bit I can for the 7 pets I still need.

It doesn’t help that the 7 pets I need are all the ones that will probably sell for the most.

We have the Blue-Speckled Gizka. Gizkas are usually pretty popular and only the green (which, while still cute, I do think the other two in the trio look nicer) didn’t sell for too much.

I do think the Womp Weasels and the Larva will sell for the least. They…kind of terrify me ._. I’ll find them cute in their own way soon. I’m sure I will. Once I stop feeling like they may eat me.

The Model Starfighters are what I expect to go for the most for 3 reasons:
1. They are the rarest
2. You’re playing Star Wars. Ships that can follow you around while doing random tricks = appeals to a lot of people.
3. You can apparently have a Starfighter and another Pet out at the same time.

The Monkey-lizard will probably go for a good amoutn to, but mostly be all over.

Everything else will vary a lot, though, out of the random stuff, I think Emote: Backflip and the Holo-Shrub disguise will go for the most.

And supposedly there is a third mount ๐Ÿ™ but I can’t find any information on it.

Another Dreadtooth down!

Thanks to Telanis, I got invited along and got him down at 4 stacks! ๐Ÿ˜€ It took a few tries (I think we could’ve gotten it in 2 if it wasn’t for some of the glitches we had), but we did it! And I got a new codex: CORRUPTED.

Now, after speaking to Netto, he said he didn’t get any new codex with 2 but got Corrupted with 3. So, I believe Normal is 1-2 Stacks, Corrupted is 3-4 stacks, 5-6 Stacks is Frenzied, and 7 Stacks is Nightmareish. He can’t have more than 7 stacks so… I know this was kind of debated on, but I feel it’s a bit more confirmed now.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the 7 stack is also where the amulet may drop, if it does drop from him.

SO MUCH SPECULATION T~T I do wonder if a team of 24 right now could get Dreadtooth down on 7 stacks or if they have been planning for that level increase this entire time…

Developer Blog, Guilds, KP, and Jokes

Lots to talk about in this entry! Some good, some bad… I’ll once again probably not talk in order.

Did a random KP story mode with Prongs and Tourch. It…didn’t go as well as it could have, but it wasn’t horrible. I ended up doing some of the puzzle by myself while occasionally throwing down heals and a battle resurrection @-@ But we got through it and the helmet dropped! And Tourch was nice and gave it to me ๐Ÿ˜€ So now I have it. I also got 2 new schematics <3 I'm also now only 30 Black Hole Commendations away from being able to get my other implant @-@ Moving on, there is a new developer’s blog! It talks about some of Makeb’s upcoming stuff so as usual, thinks I am excited about :3

Weโ€™ve got new Operations, new Flashpoints, new difficulty modes, new PvP areas, and of course, the entire Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel (which is targeted at our high level players).

Which would be more exciting if I didn’t still have so much to do ๐Ÿ˜€ I would say I probably dislike the new difficulty modes thing the most as I really hate how the difficulty modes work to begin with. I already hate doing a flashpoint/operation more than once, do I really need to do it on different difficulties too? X__x Although, it probably just means NM TfB.

Overall, weโ€™re aiming to introduce a more diverse array of activities โ€“ more stuff to do with your Companion, more challenges to tackle with groups, and more reasons for guilds to recruit. Weโ€™ll also be improving our itemization, introducing new incentives to revisit existing areas, and a lot of other exciting things that will be revealed as we move through the upcoming year.

I just hope it’s not big groups. Those are always a pain to get together *STARES AT EMPTY DREADTOOTH RESEARCH* ๐Ÿ˜ I don’t really understand itemization much, but I’m always up for new quests and more lore objects and things.

I think you will see (fairly soon) the answer to this question in the game itself – something big is coming to the Western Ice Shelf, but itโ€™s quite a departure from what was there before.

This makes me think the possible World Event on Ilum is still happening and still planned for sometime this month.

You should expect to see this come within the first part of this year. It will provide free character copies to PTS at any time (with possible restrictions dependent upon our testing needs at any given time).

Yay ๐Ÿ˜€

I want to reveal today that we are adding SGR with some NPCs on Makeb and do intend on pursuing more SGR options in the future.

^This should also make many people happy.

But yes, regardless, I am quite excited for upcoming things! Just… wish it was on better terms.

As a lot of people know, I am once again guildless. Mar-gon left so my leaving shouldn’t be a surprise. In general, certain things just made us quite upset. No matter how mad you are at someone or how much you may dislike someone, that’s just…never a reason. Ever ๐Ÿ™ And… giving me ultimatums isn’t nice either ._.

Overall, I’m pretty down about it and I just…wish guilds weren’t so important sometimes. Not to mention it makes things iffy, even with friends. There’s several people I can think of, who even if I’ve run into them and things have been fine, I’m just too shy to contact and then it eventually just doesn’t happen. There is no talking. I miss a lot of people due to that and it makes me sad that list is going to grow.

Finally, I’m a serious person. I get my feelings hurt easily, especially more so on days when I’m not feeling well or already in a bit of a down mood. I can’t tell when people are being sarcastic–I’m really dense with that. And if I say stop and you continue, it’s not funny. It never was funny. You’re just being a jerk.

And yet I end up feeling bad for not getting the joke. And when it comes down to it, I really really shouldn’t.

But that seems to be the trend. Because I’m naive and shy and serious, I should feel bad for not finding a joke funny or sticking to my morals, or being too shy to say something, or not wanting to have nightmares all night. And that really isn’t true…the person who should feel bad is the one who can’t respect how another person feels and has to make them feel like crud for existing.

That’s what is really sad.

Limit of Abilities

I’ve seen this once on the forum and mentioned a few times to me on here about users having their amount of mounts and pets cut off. The number seems to vary as to where, but more or less, when they try to learn a new pet or mount, the learning happens and the item/pet disappears, but the respective item/pet does not actually appear in the abilities tab.

Essentially, you have just lost the item you used. Customer Service is usually able to give the item back to you if this happens, but this doesn’t fix the problem long-term as all you can do is hold the item until this is fixed.

I have yet to have this problem and currently have 40 Pets and 59 Mounts (The Mounts total is including Rocket Boots). However, with some theories over this being a combined total of the 2, I wondered…what if it’s a combination of all abilities? I’ve found Sages have less abilities than a lot of other classes, which made setting up my bars from them much easier than with my Agent.

So, firstly, a survey:

Sage: 18
Consular: 23
General: 8
Legacy: 14 (All Social, All Valor, All Priority Transport Passes, Mail Droid, Repair Droid, Legacy Lightning Storm, Legacy Project)
Vehicles: 59
Pets: 40
Total: 162.

To compare on non-vanity abilities, my level 41 Operative:
Imperial Agent: 28
Operative: 20

As you can see, not only more in the original class–but the advancement as well.

Not to mention, if you have a Companion out, you also have a bonus 20 Abilities added on which would bring my Sage’s total to 182.

Regardless, I don’t see anything missing. So, if anyone feels like helping, please vote on the poll and leave a comment saying:
1. If this has happened to you before
2. How many abilities you have in each section.

Maybe we can at least figure something out ๐Ÿ™ And hopefully it can be fixed soon!

Stalking Developer Tracker for Makeb Details :D

So if you usually do not check out the Dev Tracker, I’d recommend doing so ๐Ÿ˜›

Lately, there’s been lots of interesting tidbits about Makeb and things to come like more on the story of it.

On Talent Trees:

We know you’re all very interested to hear about how the new level cap is going to affect your class, and I wanted to share a little information about the upcoming changes with you. As part of the new content, every skill tree will be expanding and you can expect significant updates. Players will earn a new skill point with each level, and new skills will be available in each skill tree. Additionally, a new active ability will be introduced for each Advanced Class. We’ll have more details about many aspects of Rise of the Hutt Cartel as we approach launch, so keep your eyes on the website and dev tracker!

Part of me is excited and part of me not so much ๐Ÿ˜› I wonder what the skill will be… and then I’d have to make room on my bars and yeah @-@ Just lots to do. Though, if I could add points to my existing skills (in case the new one sucks, I see no need for it, or just have some to spare), I’d probably just put another point in Preservation. Other possibilities (though, unlikely) are Egress (although, I’d only see this helpful in PVP), Jedi Resistance, and maybe some of the Force Lift quickness…. I guess we’ll just have to see though. Although, I’m mostly worried about how to organize my bars. And I feel like I may need to save my tree just in case.

For people worried about gear:

! While we can’t address every concern raised in this thread right now, we can reassure you that the gear you’ve obtained in our current endgame will continue to be relevant after the expansion is released, and it will provide a great bootstrap into the higher-level content offered by Rise of the Hutt Cartel. You won’t be replacing your Dread Guard gear with gear you pick up as you level, and thanks to improvements in the way item power is calculated, we won’t be handing out any entry-level gear at the new level cap.

To be honest, I’m more wondering how things may scale, if they scale at all. Will HM Flash Points and current Operations still be 50? Honestly, I’d prefer it that way (and it’d probably be more fair to people who haven’t hit 50 yet), but I’m sure a lot of people will complain about that… still, it’d make Vanity Item questing less torturous. Stupid drop rates.

On what Makeb has to offer:

To give you all a better idea of Makeb’s scope, it’s a planet of equal size to our larger planets and it contains a variety of areas โ€“ sprawling mesas, underground caverns, garden estates, and more. It introduces faction-specific storylines, new Heroic missions and bosses, repeatable mission series, and new Datacrons! The 5 new levels will occupy players for a fair amount of time, and there’s plenty of content to get you there (including a lot of stuff tucked away for the explorers out there). Keep in mind that this announcement is just the start โ€“ as we approach Makeb’s launch, you’ll see more details about the content coming with Rise of the Hutt Cartel!

OMGNEWDATACRONSYAY. DATACRONS ๐Ÿ˜€ DATACRONS. YAY FOR MORE DATACRONS. Oh and story and stuff :3 and probably new codexes~ And Garden Estates sound pretty. Especially if I can have one.

Regardless, if I wasn’t excited before, I am even more so now <3 Just hope more information (and a specific date) comes out soon. I WILL BE UP IMMEDIATELY THAT MORNING TO GET IN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ๐Ÿ˜€ SO EXCITED OMG.

Cartel Item notice

I’ve gotten a few mails and comments about this so I’d just like to point out that this is where you can find my Cartel Market trading list. As for getting there without a direct link, you should actually see it when hovering over the Contact Me Page!

The reason I’m bringing this up is I feel bad when people comment or ask about something that either:
A. Was never going to be for trade
B. Is no longer available anyway.

I listed everything I received–even stuff I planned to keep so…

Speaking of Cartel stuff, I’m guessing (again, it’s a guess! They may not update again for another week or 2, but they did say next week in the Q&A) they will be updating tomorrow. I will admit, as much as I hate the packs and stuff, a little part of me is excited. But I do love opening things, especially during the Holiday season ๐Ÿ˜€ (Christmas = my favorite holiday!)

And one of my special favoritest (totally a word, shut up) things about December besides snow and Christmas music and the lights and all the other wonderful things about this season because omgyay T~T is the Advent Calendar! I love those things ๐Ÿ˜€ (and they keep me going to Neopets every year)

I wonder what it’d be like if SWTOR did an Advent Calendar. A quest a day for December! …now I wish they did @-@ Even if it’d be hectic like the World Events!

Wriggles agrees:

(and yes, I know, no real life holiday stuff…but why can’t Life Day have Advent Calendars? :P)

Edit: Darn! Only one new thing…but I guess that mean the rest of it will be next week along with the fireworks.