The Grand Aquisition Race. It Has Begun!

>> Wednesday, August 15, 2012

For a short time only, The Chevin Conglomerate is offering great riches to anyone who brings them rare and unique items. Scattered across all parts of the galaxy, these items must be retrieved before the Chevin return to their home in the furthest reaches of the Outer Rim! Be cautious as some within both the Republic and Imperial governments wonder if there is something more sinister driving the Chevin and their quest to acquire these goods…

So this marks the second world event for SW:TOR! Just like with the Rakghoul event, there is much fun and loot to be had. Head to Nar Shadda Lower Promenade. Next to the Hutt statue, you will see this hologram that will get you started. You don't need to go to the fleet or anything at this point, you can start right away in Nar Shaddaa.

Now this time around, there are some pretty nice items you can pick up from this event.

If you take a minute to look at these, you can see we get some pretty nice looking bowcasters! I've always been a huge bowcaster fan so I think these are great.

These are each 40 Tokens of Enrichment
Light Bowcaster
Automatic Bowcaster
Precision Bowcaster

And these cost 60 Token of Enrichment
Kashyyk's Legacy
Hypersonic Shredder
Assassin's Touch

Now you can purchase a companion pet for 250 Tokens of Enrichment.

And the customizable gear that will give you that cool Tuskin Raider look for a total of  140 Tokens of Enrichment.

Ans for those that love the speeder path speeder model, you can get your very own speeder of that same model for a mere 120 Tokens of Enrichment. 
Although I think its seen better days. lol.

Pop on over to for some good walkthrough information for the missions involved. This should prove to be yet another sign that SW:TO can continue to bring good and entertaining content to the players and on a rather regular basis. Catch you out there in the race!

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Some of what you can expect with F2P.

>> Thursday, August 2, 2012

So we have been given a little bit more information about what the limitations will be for F2P players that want to play SWTOR.

Story Content
Players can play their full class stories from levels 1 to 50.

Character Creation Choices
Some character creation options, such as species, are limited to subscribers.

Free-to-Play members will have limited weekly access to Warzones.

Free-to-Play members will have limited weekly access to Flashpoints.

Space Missions
Free-to-Play members will have a weekly cap on Space Missions.

Only subscription members can access Operations.

Travel Features
Subscription members have access to all travel functionality, making getting around the world easier.

Game Login
Subscription members will always be in login queues ahead of free players.

Galactic Trade Network
Subscription members can post up to 50 auctions for sale. (free player limitations not known yet)

Although I do agree with most of this as being a good idea, I don't agree with operations for paying players only. Operations should be available to ANY player....for a price. Make a key, much like the old WoW burning crusade heroic keys. Purchase 1 key at the F2P launch that will give you access to all of the past operations and from that point on, a purchasable key for every operation that comes out after that. I also think that those of us that might have stopped playing for awhile but have had very active subscriptions in the past, and are getting the coins for those past months, should be able to buy the key for those past operations for a VERY discounted price (coin price) as a "thank you for coming back" sort of thing.

If nothing else, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out and what will really be in the game once November gets here and the F2P launches.
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MMORPG speaks with BioWare’s Jeff Hickman and Matthew Bromberg about SWTOR going F2P.

>> Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Recently, William Murphy over at MMORPG had a chance to talk with BioWare’s Jeff Hickman and Matthew Bromberg about SWTOR going F2P here in November. It does give us a good amount of information about what we can begin to expect with this new business model that Activision is going with for Star Wars. And Although there will be more details and some changes between now and November, I'm sure that what we get will be a good combination of F2P and P2P to bring more people to play the game. Going with a 2 tier system for the game is risky in any situation, but lets all hope for the best.

Here is the full interview with BioWare’s Jeff Hickman and Matthew Bromberg .
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Star Wars: The Old Republic goes free-to-play in November!

So, I'll admit that I have mixed emotions about this. First, I do think that it will bring in more players to the game since many people don't play mmos because of the monthly fee. But at the same time.....It's didn't even freakin last a year before going F2P! Here is what we know as of right now...

Announcing a Free-to-Play Option
I want to reach out today to share my thoughts on our recent announcement to expand our game to offer a Free-To-Play option this fall. I’d like to give you some insights into why we made this decision, how it benefits you and how enthusiastic our team is about this new direction.
Since launch, our team has spent a lot of time trying to find new ways to be able to bring the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ experience to as many potential players as possible. We quickly became aware that our subscription only model was a major barrier for a lot people who wanted to become part of The Old Republic universe. In fact, many players who have left the game said they would happily come back if they could play without the commitment of a monthly fee.
We feel that flexibility and choice in playing our game is important for all current and future players. For that reason, we began the exploration of expanding the game to include a Free-to-Play option.
Starting this Fall, there will be two ways to enjoy the game. First, you can continue as a subscriber, which gives you unlimited access to all game features and future Game Updates at no additional charge. Second, you have the option to play free to Level 50, with game play restrictions that limit game options and access to certain game content. Our goal is to ensure that our current players continue to receive the AAA content they are used to and enjoy the new rewards. To that end, I am proud to say that we have a lot of great new content coming your way, and that it will be coming more frequently. We have a great lineup in development including: a new Operation, Terror From Beyond, a new heroic mission series on the planet of Belsavis; a set of level 50 space combat missions for those looking for the ultimate challenge mode; introduction of a dangerous new Companion to accompany you; and for our PvP fans, a new warzone, Ancient Hypergate!
Starting today, you’ll be earning rewards as part of our new rewards program, making your current subscription more valuable than ever. Current and lapsed subscribers will earn 150 Cartel Coins for every paid month prior to today (July 31, 2012) and then 200 Cartel points from August 1st until the Free-to-Play option launches. For those who purchased the Collector’s Edition, we have an additional bonus reward of 1000 Cartel Coins for you. With Cartel Coins you can purchase convenience items, boosts, visually unique gear, collectibles, and more. The new Cartel Market gives you the option to add to your game play experience with items that fit your play style and allow you to customize your character.
Our team is extremely excited about this new plan. We are working hard and having a lot of fun preparing new content and items for the game. We believe that this is the right direction for our game – more choices, more options and more ways to customize your play experience to suit your play-style. We want to be able to keep our fans excited, engaged and having fun every time you login. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, suggestions and feedback.
Thanks for your support over the last seven months. We have the best fans in the business!
May the Force be With You.
Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer – Star Wars™: The Old Republic™

So for those of us that started playing at launch, we will be getting some goodies to play with when it does go f2p. I'll keep this updated as we get more details as to what, if any, limitations there will be on the free version of the game and what bonus you might get for a pay account.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic - Is level 15 really high enough?

That is the question I keep asking myself over and over. At level 15, you are just barely getting in to your characters storyline. In my opinion, that's not really enough to really get a good feel for what the game really has to offer. You are just barely getting past selecting your advanced class spec.

I think that level20 or 25 would be better at getting more people to buy the full version account, and here's why I think that...

  •  By level 25 you are now getting deeper in to your characters storyline to the point of wanting to know what is next for that character. Much like watching a suspense movie and 1/2 way through, you have to decide if you wanna watch the rest of the movie.
  •  At level 25, the game gets a bigger boost to it's fun factor because you don't have to walk everywhere anymore, you get your first speeder. Anyone that has ever played an mmo in the past can tell you that it really changes the game when it doesn't take forever to walk somewhere.
  • By level 20 and 25, you not only have your ship, but you have unlocked some of the space missions. This is yet another aspect of the game you really don't get a good chance to check out in the current level 15 limit.
  • By level 20 and 25, if you enjoy PvP, you get a big boost to the enjoyment of the warzones. You can get your first PvP set at level 20 and by level 25, you have some nice abilities to match your PvP gear to allow for a good deal more fun.

Now, I do understand that there are people that do not care about character storyline or plots. But by level 25, you have given those players enough of a taste of EVERY aspect of the game (warzones, speeders, more planets to quest on via personal starship, PvP gear, ect.) to really get them hook to the point of getting a full subscription to the game.

Remember, this is just my opinion. Although I do always welcome comments about my posts, whether they are pro or con my point, but please remember that this is not fact when commenting.  Until my next post....Game On!

UPDATE: This just released by Activision...

STAR WARS®: The Old Republic™ will move to a more accessible two-tiered pricing
model in November. Players can chose between a $14.99 premium monthly
subscription and a free-to-play model with some restrictions on content and advanced
features. Players will be able to purchase upgrades with in-game currency.
So this does somewhat prove my point, although I am among though that are saddened by the fact that it didn't even last a year before it went free-to-play.
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