It’s no secret that SWTOR is in a holding pattern for now until the release of Knights of the Fallen Empire (KotFE) on October 27. As Bioware has no new content planned until 4.0 goes live, many in the player community have been getting bored with the current staleness. Being the solution-oriented guy I am, I thought it might be worth putting some thought into what to do in the meanwhile. So here are five ideas on how to use the current down-time constructively:
Take A Break From SWTOR
Yes, I realize the irony in this option, but think of it this way: When 4.0 comes out, the entire player community (including thousands of returning players) will be heavily enthralled in SWTOR again, investing endless hours leveling up and experiencing the new content. So in the meanwhile while things are stale, why not take a break? Enjoy another game for a bit. Go out with some friends. Get some tasks complished on your to do list. Get some exercise. You have permission not to play SWTOR! There shouldn’t be a stigma regarding taking a break when things are stale anyway.
I can’t tell you enough how important it is to be a healthy, well-balanced human being. And it’s no secret that us gamers have built up quite a reputation of addiction and over-investment -sometimes deservedly so. So since we will soon be investing time and money heavily again, why not build up the counterbalance of out-of-game time now? After all, there is nothing unhealthy about not playing, even if you’re a subscriber. And I can tell you from experience that it is not worth sacrificing your health and balance as a human being to squeeze every drop of value out of a $15-a-month subscriber fee.
Besides, if you’re bored and are not getting a charge out of the game right now, won’t investing time just create burnout anyway? So consider the healthy option!
Prepare For The Release
Every time there has been a level cap increase in SWTOR, there have been new tiers of gear. Since 4.0 will give us 5 new levels, it is reasonable to assume that there will be new tiers of both PVP and PVE gear. So instead of waiting around, why not save up commendations? Grind up and max out your stores of warzone commendations and elite/ultimate commendations so that you can get a running start on new tiers of gear once the expansion hits.
Bioware’s model for commendations in previous expansions has been to redesign the commendation structure and roll over existing commendation counts at a conversion rate. The higher-tiered commendations have always had the better ratios at conversion, so it makes sense to stockpile as many of the higher-tiered commendations as possible.
Also, with expansions come new cartel packs, new gear sets and new decorations that are pertinent to the new content, so the GTN will soon be flooded with new decorations, gear, resources, etc. If you’re like me and are never far from being broke and destitute in game, why not stockpile cash to get a jump on some of the items when they become available?
In short, use the time constructively and get set up so that you can hit the ground running in 4.0.
Socialize And Take It Easy
One of the most beautiful facets of MMO gaming is a crowning feature that distinguishes it from the many FPS and RPG games out there: The social aspect. While other games types are integrating cooperative and competitive gameplay more and more, they will always be content-driven (i.e. the player is required to engage the game content in order to engage other players). This is not so with MMO’s! We can quite literally hang out on fleet all night doing nothing and still have a great time trolling, socializing, or ignoring it all and hanging out with friends in guild or voice chat.
There is no requirement in SWTOR that you have to do anything anyway, so don’t feel the pressure. Sit back, relax, make friends, and have a good time.
Take On Content While You Still Can
I am not going to profess to know much about what aspects of the game are going to be cycled out (not to mention what achievements), but I know it is going to happen. (I highly recommend listening to podcasts that deal heavily with this sort of thing like Ootinicast. Chill, Teo and their guests deal with coming changes all the time -and all of the discussions are archived -so go listen so that you will be well aware of what is coming down the pipe). And if you care at all about not being able to unlock certain achievements that will no longer be available, now is the time!
For that matter, now is the time to take on all of the aspects of the game you might have had on hold for a while. My quest log is always full of loose ends. Why not tie them up now? Pick up those datacrons you might have been missing. Unlock those legacy perks on your characters you have needed for a while. Max out your companions’ affection before it turns to influence and you find yourself dealing with a whole new companion-points system. Take on that set of dailies you haven’t tried in a while.
Try a Different Aspect of the Game
If you’re bored to tears running through your usual repertoir of in-game activities, why not try something new? Try Starfighter or PVP or platforming for datacrons -whatever it is you don’t usually do. Run a new or old set of dailies. Engage in some conquest content or run some bounty contracts if bounty week is live.
The fact is, boredom is a choice, so choose differently!