I am typically not the sort to make new year’s resolutions, let alone publish them. But having recently had the chance to submit a line or two about new year’s resolutions for Bad Feeling Podcast, I got to thinking seriously about what I would actually like to achieve this year as a SWTOR player/streamer/blogger/podcaster. Like Chuck I have typically been more easy-going, playing whatever I have wanted to play at the time, and I haven’t pushed to accomplish anything specific. The result has been as expected: A lack-luster performance with not much to show for it. A good recent example is the Dark vs. Light event which I didn’t take all that seriously. I missed out on achieving the Eternal Level with the consequence of missing out on unlocking the Master Ranos companion. So this year I figured I’d engage my Star Wars fandom a little more proactively, and what follows is my list of personal expectations for 2017.
Complete The Smuggler Origin Story
I am including this item in the list only because it was on my to-do list for 2017, but I am actually happy to report that I was able to complete the Smuggler origin story last week, finally unlocking my Legendary Player flair. Until recently I had managed to complete all but the Smuggler and Bounty Hunter class stories (some classes I played through the origin story more than once, so I am not beating myself up about taking 5 years to complete all eight origin stories), but the Dark vs. Light event gave me some incentive to make some movement -and I completed the Bounty Hunter class story.
I learned along the way that the origin story is extremely dry for me at this point (which is distinctively uncharacteristic for me as I played KOTOR through maybe 16 times), so I decided to cheat and simply transfer over a Smuggler with whom I had stalled out on The Bastion before transferring my Legacy to the Harbinger. I left her in the middle of a confrontation with Rogun the Butcher on Voss, so it took me no time to dust her off, reassign her utility points, clean out her cargo space, and play through the last two planets. I had heard there was a pretty epic twist at the end of the Smuggler story and I experienced it as expected, but it was comparitively anti-climactic after having played through the excellent plot twists of KotFE and KotET. But c’est la vie. I got it done. /flairon
More Group Content
I must have raided casually only twice at best with Unholy Alliance’s WOG group during all of the 4.0 content cycle. Like everyone else I had been depressed at the lack of new raid content, so I engaged the game elsewhere and avoided getting drafted into any formal raid progression teams. However, I have missed cooperative group play, and the introduction of Uprisings has started to pique my interest again. As a result I’d like to keep a closer eye on the Unholy Alliance calendar and would like to assess how I might be able to engage group content with my guild a little more proactively this year.
Gear Up My Legacy Crafting
Active crafting and market play has always been a kind of understood long-term to-do for me, but I have never pushed a set of characters to their maximum crafting levels as quickly as possible after a new expansion, spending the rest of the content cycle sending companions on missions and then crafting with the returns. I have noticed how dry the supply of mid-grade item modifications has been even though the demand is still present (everyone assumes blue heroic-content gear rewards are the only way people are gearing up while leveling these days which apparently isn’t the whole story), so there is definitely an opportunity to craft and make money.
Tighter Class Focus
I hate RNG as much as everyone else. I can’t even begin to fathom the hours of grinding and the difficulty involved in min-maxing a set of raid gear in 5.0, and it boggles my mind why BioWare would have chosen to return to a gearing system everyone was happy to see the back of in the early days. Fortunately the ability to earn higher-tier gear is now open to everyone outside of operations content. Still, the cons outweigh the pros. (I’ll save the discussion for another post). Suffice it to say for now that it serves everyone looking to actively engage end-game play in SWTOR to focus on no more than three classes -and even that is stretching it.
For 5.0, my plan is to generally concentrate my effort on building Tassera, my DPS Marauder, Secorovin, my Powertech tank, and Serach, my Sorcerer healer, in the hope that I will have something available for every role I might want to play when it comes to group content. I have a gunslinger and an assassin waiting in the wings that I would love to work on, but I don’t see how I’ll ever have the bandwidth to accomplish anything meaningful with them so long as the RNG grind is in place. Honestly, I don’t expect to make much progress even with focusing on my core three classes, but I am okay with loosely defining my game-focus on my core three for now. I am desperately hoping BioWare will make some changes soon.
Complete My Dromund Kaas Stronghold
To date I have completed only the Nar Shaddaa stronghold and that has been functional enough for me, though I have been collecting decorations and would like to invest some time in setting up a second stronghold, most likely on Dromund Kaas. I love the rain on the windows and the coziness of being indoors during a storm, so it appeals to me to place a Life Day fireplace decoration in the main chamber together with a copiously shampoo’d wampa rug and a high-backed chair, wherever I can find one. I’ll call it “The Emperor’s Retreat”.
Spring Clean My Cargo Holds
I am notoriously type A when it comes to my environment, at least the parts of it that are under my care and control, and I have been eyeing my cargo holds disapprovingly for some time now. Honestly it is high time I unlocked the two remaining tabs legacy-wide and threw away all the armor shells I should just be downloading from collections when I need them. I have also been keeping a good number of Cartel Market items for resale and would benefit from finding a centralized place to store it -or from selling them. There’s a thought!
BioWare has a proclivity for running flavor-of-the-month-style methods of game play that eventually end up getting neglected and falling into disrepair. SWTOR is rife with fragments of abandoned ideas that (frankly) should just be removed from the game entirely: The family relationships UI pane, Section X, and Galactic Starfighter to name a few (though I would much rather see them breathe some life into GSF than remove it). The game is scattered with husks of abandoned BioWare playthings and the old Reputation system is no exception. Fortunately, unlike Section X, most of the Reputation system is still playable, and I have been slowly maxing my standing with the various powers that be. This year I would like to complete the long-outstanding Bounty Broker Association, though the Gree and the GSI are not far behind.
More Star Wars Reading
The new Star Wars canon is growing at break-neck pace as new books are published, filling in the gaps around the movies. I have to confess I have fallen shamefully behind the new material and would like to read Catalyst, Ahsoka, and many more of the plethora of new canon books that have been published.
Stream More Consistently
My stream regulars, as gracious as they have been, will attest to my notoriously flaky stream scheduling the last few months. Real life challenges have often left me with a less-than-dependable presence online, and I’d like to continue my commitment to building the Sechari brand and enjoying the company of good friends and fellow SWTOR and Star Wars fans on Twitch. I’ve long since abandoned the idea of streaming to huge audiences -but I’ve come to appreciate something more meaningful: The idea of being an active public figure in the SWTOR community, enjoying being a part of a geeky subculture I have truly come to love. Along those lines, I want to try to stream at least twice a week on a set schedule, with other impromptu streams as I have time, availability and energy.
Make Better Use Of My Online Media
I am pleased that I have already been blogging a lot more lately and have some decent momentum going into 2017. As I complete this article I have a review of Star Wars: Rogue One on the way, and I am gathering thoughts about RNG that I will share if I find I have enough to form a critical mass. I’d like to continue using my Sechari Facebook page and maintaining my presence on Twitter, only using graphics and screenshots to add a form of professional consistency to my online presence.
Attend Star Wars Celebration 2017
The last item on my list is far from a promise, but I’d like to attend Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this year if I can make it. I expect BioWare will try to have a cantina (who knows?!) at the event, and I would like to meet some of BioWare’s public faces and other members of the SWTOR community.
So there you have it, the list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2017. Not sure if I’ve set the bar too high, but I suppose I’m going to find out one way or another. With the sad passing of Carrie Fisher just yesterday, I am reminded that it’s the people that matter -and it’s the people that make the Star Wars fandom an epic tale of which we all get to be a part. Happy 2017, my friends! May the Force serve you well!
Tags: Ahsoka Bad Feeling Podcast Bounty Broker Association Cargo Hold Catalyst Chuck Crafting Dromund Kaas Dromund Kaas Stronghold Group Content Legendary Player Master Ranos Operations Smuggler Star Wars Celebration Unholy Alliance Uprisings WOG