Welcome back, fellow SWTOR fans, to another epic episode of the TORWars Podcast! This week’s show is full of news, opinions, and all the latest info for fans of Star Wars: The Old Republic (and for Star Wars in general) for the week of December 17th, 2013. Without further ado, let’s jump right on into the show!
If you happen to be listening to the show when it first goes live (on Tuesday morning), you’ll recognized that the servers have been down for maintenance. This four-hour maintenance is called Update 2.5.1, and it’s a whopper. Update 2.5.1 serves no less than four individual purposes.
First, Update 2.5.1 is a generalized bug-fixing patch:
On December 17th, all game servers will be unavailable as we perform scheduled maintenance. Game Update 2.5.1 will be implemented during this downtime. Details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday December 17th, 2013
Duration: 4 hours
Time: 3AM PST (11AM GMT) – 7AM PST (3PM GMT)
Thank you for your patience as we maintain service for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™.
Second, Update 2.5.1 introduces the SWTOR Second Anniversary Rewards:
On December 17th, SWTOR will be celebrating its two year anniversary! BioWare is celebrating by giving everyone “SWTOR Second Anniversary Rewards“, which includes 25 faction based fireworks, as well as custom paint jobs for the scout starfighter.
Third, Update 2.5.1 introduces a new Life Day event:
NEW EVENT COMING SOON: LIFE DAY EVENT
(DECEMBER 17, 2013 – JANUARY 1, 2014: BEGINS AND ENDS
AT 2AM PST/10AM GMT) LEVEL: Levels 10 – 55
MISSION: Celebrate Life Day with two weeks of snowball fights! Every snowball you throw during the Life Day Event has a chance to award you with a Snow-Covered Parcel. Collect and exchange your Snow-Covered Parcels for festive rewards at the “Master of Ceremonies” located in the Galactic Trade Market sector in the Imperial and Republic fleets. Snowball Bombs and Fireworks can be purchased for credits from the Master of Ceremonies. Watch out for those snowballs!
- Mount: Sleigh I
- Mount: Cyan Sphere (requires Snow Parcels from Life Day Event and Gray Helix Components from the Gree Event)
- Achievements:Fireworks: Life Day Tree
- Jolly Parcel Peddler (Legacy Title: Life Day Celebrant)
- Merry Life Day To All!
- To All A Good Night! (Legacy Title: A Special Snowflake)
- Life Day Snowball Bomb
Fourth, Update 2.5.1 brings back the Relics of the Gree event:
RETURNING SOON: RELICS OF THE GREE EVENT
(DECEMBER 17, 2013 – JANUARY 1, 2014: BEGINS AND ENDS AT 2AM PST/10AM GMT)
LEVEL: Levels 50 – 55
MISSION: Explore Ilum’s contested area in the Western Ice Shelf to uncover the mysterious purpose of the Gray Secant, an enormous ancient Gree starship. Get ready to face a powerful opponent that awaits you at the center of this ancient vessel. Visit the in-game News Terminal located on Carrick Station or Vaiken Spacedock to get started on your adventure!
- NEWLY ADDED: Gree Digitization Cube (Gree-themed rest-and-recharge item)
- NEWLY ADDED: Cyan Sphere (requires Snow Parcels from Life Day Event and Gray Helix Components from the Gree Event)
- Reputation with the Gree Enclave
- Armor: White, Red, Blue Scalene Armor
- Weapons: Gray Helix Weapons, Gray Helix Lightsaber
- In-game pets: L1-L Defender, L1-L Scout, Miniature Gray Secant
- Mounts: Blue Sphere and Red Sphere Transport Enclosure Vehicles
- …and more!
New Feature – The SWTOR Whine of the Week:
First up, we got this comment from The Grand Nagus, a listener of the show/reader of the site:
Hey folks, long time listener, first time commenting. Ive enjoyed the show for some time, but not so much lately because it seems like half of the show is just whining about other people whining. I get that you love the game and dont like to read complaints, but listening to you complain about other people complaining isnt very fun. So please, discuss the news and share your opinions on the game, but please dont do so much whining about other people whining. Its just lame :p
Nagus, we’d like to point out that you have now whined about our whining about other people whining about SWTOR. This worries us. If, for example, another listener should gripe about your griping about our griping about other people griping about SWTOR, it might cause a rip in the space time continuum, and the universe might be destroyed. In an effort to avoid this cataclysm, we’re implementing a new feature: the SWTOR Whine of the Week. In the Whine of the Week, we’ll highlight someone’s whining, complaining, or other griping, and we’ll also highlight the developers’ response(s) to the aforementioned bitchin’. We’re hoping this will be as funny as it sounded over 11 glasses of wine (Get it? Get it? We came up with this idea about whining while drinking wine!) when we thought it up last night.
Anyway, on to this week’s whine:
Rileysoph posted the following on the message boards:
A few weeks ago life day stuff from last year were selling on the GTN for millions because they were SUPER RARE and UNOBTAINABLE and the people who had them could show everyone that they were there, that they were in the game since that time, that they participated in the event.
And now you’ve brought back the exact same stuff from last year? Complete and utter laziness. There is no excuse. Bioware had a full year to come up with something new for it. I’m sorry but this game has just turned into a cash grab. I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring back that stupid pumpkin chamber and that womp rat thing.
Eric Musco responded by saying:
We chose to bring back the Life Day items this year for a few reasons. Last year when we had the Life Day items, the Cartel Market was fairly new and so at the time, not a lot of people may have realized that these types of items can be limited. Also, we had not yet launched the Collections UI, which is especially helpful for items such as limited event items.
However, with that being said… It is our intention that after this run we will embargo the Life Day items and that they will not be returning again. Like all things, that is subject to change but currently our plan is that after this year these Life Day items will go into retirement!
Video of the Week: Devs Playing Galactic Starfighter!
This video was brought to us by Eric Musco and Mike Villalobos, who played some Galactic Starfighter live on TwichTV. The video from this live play is now embedded below. It’s good stuff, because it shares the developers’ perspective on the game, and of course, gives out some gameplay tips as they do so. They also answer player questions as they play! It’s in two parts, so watch and enjoy!
This is a bit of meta discussion, but we thought that since we were so heavy on SWTOR news this week, you guys might enjoy this. Our discussion topic sprang from something we mentioned on last week’s show. We talked about how TORWars is hiring a new writer, and I thought you guys might be interested in hearing a bit from us on what that entails. So our topic today is Writing Professionally for a Fan Site.
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