Aesthetically Pleasing SWTOR Update

In the patch this week for SWTOR, 1.2, a very exciting option was added. At least for me. Armour color scheme unification! Basically it lets you unify the colors of your armor pieces to that of your chest piece. It also lets you toggle the visibility of your helmet (which is good because mine’s ugly and I really like the hairstyle I picked for Cith). Here’s a nice little before and after pick of Cithryth getting her clothes unified.

It’s also nice because you can uncheck certain pieces of armor if you don’t want them unified. Handy if you think the un-unified color looks better with the outfit. SWTOR is still a long way off from LOTRO’s oufitting system, but even little advances like this are good. And I certainly remember back in the day when LOTRO didn’t have any cosmetic system. Dark days, those. But now look at them! Maybe SWTOR will take a hint from LOTRO and see how much people love playing with cosmetic outfits. And certainly there’s a precedent in Star Wars lore for pretty outfits, look at Padme Amidalla for crying out loud!

Anyway. Another exciting addition in 1.2 is interface editing. Here’s what the editor looks like:

The color codedness is very helpful, as is the ability to specifically select certain kinds of UI elements (like vitals, quickbars, etc) to specifically look at. You can save the interface you create and use it on other characters and even upload it somewhere so people can try out your interface. It’s much cleaner than LOTRO’s method of this, which requires chat commands to save and load UI layouts. The graphical interface approach is much cleaner and easier to understand in my opinion. Also, yay target of target is available!

Here’s my interface at the moment. You can compare it to the screen I posted in my last entry with the default UI layout.

Last night I played quite a bit with Nav and two of our friends. We did a couple of the 4 person Heroics in Balmorra and it was quite fun. We’re all around lvl 20/21 now and I’m moving on to Nar Shadaa. We also finally started our guild, Muppet Labs. It’s Muppet Labs because that is the name of all the servers/groups that Nav and his workmates own.

Yesterday I also spent quite a bit of time on Warzones. I love them! When I had tried them earlier, all I got was Hutt Ball which for me is not very fun. But I never got Hutt Ball once yesterday. Did a lot of Novare Coast, Alderaan and Voidstar. All fun. They remind me of the Warhammer Online PvP Scenarios, which behaved in pretty much the same way. You queue up, go about your business, then when it’s ready you get a notification.

It took me a bit of getting use to using sniper in PvP. At first I thought maybe this class wasn’t too good at PvP, but then I thought that couldn’t be true so I just tried out different tactics til I got better. Now I’m pretty good. Well, at least I can hold my own anyway.

I’ve also added a page at the top of this blog that has the portraits of all my SWTOR characters. Right now, Cithryth is lvl 21, City is lvl 5, Citi’lai is lvl 4, Herefara is lvl 1 and Sriracha is lvl 1. They’ll all get leveled up one day!