Flashpoints: Building An Awareness Toolkit

A few weeks ago, I read an interesting comment over my morning cup of mocha that said something to the effect of ‘storytelling doesn’t give you endgame skills’. I have long since forgotten the original post but the comment sparked a train of thought that had me recall my own introduction to raiding and “endgame skills”. My first experience learning to strafe and moving out of bad stuff was out of the blue. This was at level cap, when I was also trying to wrap my head around the fact that I had what seemed like a zillion healths to keep track of.

I’ve always thought that having such skills introduced during the levelling process would’ve been much more ideal than having them all upon the players at level cap. And this is how it seems to be done in The Old Republic. I thought to myself – “Well, guess what does give players endgame skills – flashpoints!” Interestingly enough, I found that the flashpoints throughout the level range make for some pretty good teachers of endgame skills!

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A New Ride and … New Wallpapers

The New Ride

While facing the bad guys in Maelstrom Prison, we got really lucky and saw Grand Moff  Kilran drop the Longspur Scout.

My two buddies, knowing the mount collector I am, let me have it *sniff*!

It’s a really cool looking hoverbike with fun purple lights at the dashboard

New Wallpapers

I began keeping a visual journey of my travels to different planets since I often find the scenery simple breathtaking. I liked some of them so much I decided to use them as a desktop backgrounds and figured hey…why not share these with everyone? So I’ve started a new section of Wallpapers! They’re currently organised by planets and I plan to update it whenever my travels take me new places. If you’re looking for something out of the galactic landscape for your desktop, I encourage you to check it out!

As a quick reminder: These images are captured in Star Wars: The Old Republic and are copyright to BioWare and Lucasarts. These are meant for personal use only! Enjoy!

First Impressions of Jedi Consular Healing

Time to heal! I intended to write this post when I was about halfway to level cap. (That was about 13 levels ago now…ha!) I wanted to have a fresh take on what healing is shaping up to be while leveling and not just what it is at the endgame. So these thoughts are more about the big picture rather than the details of what each healing spell does. I already have a future write up in mind for the juicy details of abilities, procs and other mechanics for healing as a Consular.

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Snapshots of Balmorra

The second arc of my Consular story took me to the planet of Balmorra. In stark difference to Tatooine and Alderaan, Balmorra was very much at war and it was there everywhere. You couldn’t miss it – and often it felt like it was reflected not just in its inhabitants but in the land itself. One of the most beautiful sights in Balmorra I shall remember are the blood skies that encompass the planet.

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Snapshots of Tatooine

Story is not the only thing I’m enjoying in The Old Republic. My adventures have begun to take me to various worlds throughout the galaxy and the views are often breathtaking. I’ve seen an immense amount of detail and beauty in the world we’re immersed in,  so I decided to keep a visual journal of my travels. Most recently, my missions took me to the desert planet of Tatooine and its harsh climate and barren nature, this unforgiving world had some fantastic landscapes to offer.

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