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!

Round 2 of Update 6 Outfit Creations!

I was able to log into Bullroarer today and get a look around the new areas. Stangard (the Rohirrim village) is awesome! It is so epic. You can actually go inside all of the extraneous houses that otherwise have no purpose really. Just for atmosphere I guess. And it’s brilliant. You can even go up into all the watchtowers. It’s everything I would have ever dreamed of it being. My only criticism really is the music. It’s just the skirmish theme rehashed. Oh well. I guess I’ll just mute it and play the music from the movies, which had awesome music for Rohan.

Anyway, my point is, my outfits for Cithryth matched right in with the various soldiers and spear-men walking around the village. I also got a feel for Thinglad, the area connected to Lothlorien. It’s basically a corrupted kind of Lorien. It definitely helped with my outfits for Sriracha. And hear they are…















Gearing Up for Update 6 – Forth Eorlingas!

Today Turbine released some screenshots, lore snipets and video of the seven new zones we will be getting in Update 6. This includes lots of Rohirrim camps and even… a Rohirrim village!! This is moment I’ve been waiting for since I started the game. I absolutely love Rohan and everything about it. That’s why Cithryth is from Rohan (and Herefara too). I love the lore and just the whole idea of Rohan.

So I’m pretty excited to start heading there.

The videos and screenshots inspired me to make two outfits for each of my high level characters (Cithryth, Herefara, Sriracha). Since they are two Rohirrim women and a Lothlorien elf, it makes pretty good sense given where these new zones are.

So here are my outfits I’ve made for Cithryth in anticipation of the new update!