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Cover For Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company Revealed

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in books, Star Wars: Battlefront | 0 comments

On November 3, 2015, Del Rey will publish Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed, a novel inspired by the highly-anticipated video game Star Wars: Battlefront. This action-packed adventure follows a squad of soldiers caught in the trenches of the ultimate galactic war between good and evil. Here now is the exclusive reveal of the book’s cover as well as a special patch designed for the members of Twilight Company....

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Versus Series | Revan vs Galen Marek: Video

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Revan, video | 0 comments

  The Balance of the Force. Who is the true master of the light and dark? That is a very good question for Star Wars fans everywhere and this versus video attempts to answer that, complete with some background on each character and a timeline of events of progression. This Versus video, just over 30 minutes runtime, explains the background of Revan and Marek, including how they came into power, how they changed over time and other life and background info. It’s a good recap too for those who might not remember (or just don’t know) the full stories of each. As we’ve said before about these versus videos, this is just one person’s interpretation of the outcome of the matchup.   It’s quite common that we see fans squabble over this and honestly, it’s part of the fun for me. Seeing how different fans interpret the potential faceoff and who they think will win is fun for me. So if you have not seen it yet, here’s the video and you can see for yourself what happens and if you agree with the...

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Star Wars Battlefront Classes in LEGO Form

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in lego star wars, Star Wars: Battlefront | 0 comments

Okay, regular readers know what a big LEGO fan I am. There are few things I love more than LEGO Star Wars so I found this pretty cool and had to share it with you. You can see from the images below that another fan created some Star Wars Battlefront classes out of minifigs. They’re pretty spot on with what the real classes would look like and the builder had a fine eye for detail when it comes to getting these right. battle front classes Here we have seven images that depict the Star Wars Battlefront classes. There’s the Clone Trooper, Heavy Trooper, Sharpshooter, Engineer, Clone Commander, and Jet Trooper. The Jet Trooper’s gun isn’t exactly spot on since it should be a little bit wider but we think he did awesome with what he had to work with. You could probably also do Rebels and Stormtroopers if you wanted and had all the parts and mini figurines to work it out. You might have to get creative with certain parts or even print some out and use paper construction to add pieces (this is a little trick my kids like to do) but it could definitely work. What figures would you like to see from Star Wars LEGO. If LEGO did an official Battlefront set, would you buy it? If you’re a combined Star Wars and LEGO fan like me, do you use your sets solely for display or do you play with them too? Are you more into the building process or the completed look once...

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SWTOR Livestream Companion Wrap-up

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in companions, Fallen Empire | 0 comments

Have any questions on companions in Star Wars: Knights of the fallen empire? Ask them now, on the official forums, and BioWare will answer: August Livestream Wrap-up | 08.27.2015, 02:30 PM Quote: Originally Posted by Excise Good stream. Question #1: Without naming specific companions (we’ll use Companion Bob), did I understand the stream correctly and that the below is a possibility: Companion Bob was a classic Companion. In KotFE, Companion Bob does not return story-wise. Despite that, I can still summon Companion Bob for adventuring purposes. Is the above understanding correct? Question #2: Will any new companions have conversation quests? Question #3: Will any old companions have new conversation quests? Question #1 – That understanding is correct. Question #2/3 – Are you specifically talking like “in your cantina or on your ship” type conversations? Or just dialog directly with that Companion? August Livestream Wrap-up | 08.27.2015, 02:31 PM Quote: Originally Posted by -Sullster- Question: Does the existing character affection we have carry over to KotFE or give a higher starting point of influence if/when we try to get them back? Yup, the existing affection you have will carry over into Fallen Empire August Livestream Wrap-up | 08.27.2015, 02:37 PM Quote: Originally Posted by MillionsKNives Now that gear for companions is for aesthetics only, is it possible that we can get the old green starter gear back for them somehow? I know I have a few companions that came with gear that really fit their character, but because it was green it has since been vendored. Some of these it’s especially hard to find appropriate gear for. For example, Lord Scourge. It’s really not possible to recreate his original look because any gear that looks like that is restricted to the Imp side. This is a great question/suggestion. I will pass it on to the team. Quote: Originally Posted by Aricus I would just like to know the impact of the presence stat on companions. Will it be changed and/or will it be similar to what it is now? This is a good question, let me talk with the dev team and I will get back to you on this. August Livestream Wrap-up | 08.27.2015, 02:48 PM Quote: Originally Posted by cach-x Chances these get a reply are close to non-existant, but what the hell, I’ll ask anyway. 1. Will be able to meet and/or recruit companions that don’t belong in our class? (for example, if I play the demo with my agent, will I still see T7?) yes or no will suffice. 2. What affects the companions effectiveness in battle? Only our level? what about Presence stat? what about affection? 3. Will any and all changes to the companion system also be applied to the 1-60 leveling experience?(multiple roles in combat, or whatever changes you introduce to crafting) 4. Since some companions are not customizable via armor, I am correct to assume that the customization slot will still be there? 5. What will happen to earpieces and Implants on companions? Should I remove them before starting KOTFE? Yes. Level and Presence. What Presence does is increase damage, healing output, and total health of your Companions. Yup! Yup again. The plan right now is they will be mailed to you when they come off your Companion in...

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Do You Save Your Game Boxes?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in SWTOR | 0 comments

A player posted this on Imgur and got me thinking about something:   Do you still have your original SWTOR case? I very clearly remember the countdown for the game. Some of you will know already that we spent years here writing about SWTOR even before the launch so it was a very exciting time to finally have the game coming out. Looking back on that game box image makes me think of those early days and the anticipation, combined with our excitement to finally be playing the game. It also brings up some thoughts about game boxes in general. The topic of SWTOR game cases/boxes reminds me of a conversation I was having with a good friend recently. We were reminiscing on how we always saved our video game boxes back in the day. I had Collector’s Editions of everything I played when it was offered and I often kept the boxes on a shelf in my office along with the items that came with it. You would often get an in-game item along with a figurine, cards or posters, or some other real life items that showed you had purchased the CE. And it was cool! Sure, you had to pay more but you got something awesome with it and you could prove what a true fan you were. Hardcore collectors might have years’ worth of cases, boxes, and memorabilia of their favorite games. You could easily create an awesome “gamer cave” room full of your favorite stuff. I now have over 300 games on my Steam account and I do admit that I love the ease with which we can get games these days. I also like that digital downloads are cheaper, there are often awesome sales and I can buy complete editions or series’ without much hassle or cost. That said, I still often miss the old-school appeal of boxes, especially Collector’s Editions, and having the feel of something tangible in your hands. I still have some of my old collector’s boxes but not nearly what I would have if this trend was still as popular and digital downloads had not taken over the industry. So what about you? Still have your SWTOR box? Do you collect game cases and boxes or other...

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Changes to the Cartel Market — Tuesday Aug 25 – Sep 1 2015

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Cartel Market | 0 comments

  Here are the weekly cartel market items on sale for the week of Tuesday Aug 25 – Sep 1 2015. All items take from reddit.   New Items Price Helpful links ZAKUUL PERSONAL DROPSHIP 1500 Information from TOR FASHION Items No Longer Available Helpful links MASTER’S SHADOW PACK HYPERCRATE: MASTER’S SHADOW PACKS Price Change Old Price New Price Percent Change Normal Price Helpful links REPUBLIC ESSENTIALS BUNDLE 225 500 +122% 500 Information from TOR FASHION ARMORED WOODLAND VARACTYL 1200 2400 +100% 2400 Information from TOR FASHION IMPERIAL ESSENTIALS BUNDLE 225 500 +122% 500 Information from TOR FASHION UNDERWORLD ESSENTIALS BUNDLE 700 350 –50% 525 Information from TOR FASHION APPEARANCE OPTION: DREADLOCKS 100 60 –40% 100 Information from TOR FASHION APPEARANCE OPTION: POMPADOUR 100 60 –40% 100 Information from TOR FASHION M8-M0 ASTROMECH DROID 140 Information from TOR...

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Interesting Darth Revan Costume: A Review

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Cosplay, Revan, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Here is a great video review about Darth Revan armor and how you can get it for yourself. The roughly 30-minute video has an excellent intro depicting the Revan costume, info about custom-made armor, and pretty much everything you need to know to do this for yourself. If you’re a cosplayer, a Revan fan or want to get an awesome gift for a Revan fan in your life, this is a video you want to take some time to see. If you’ve purchased (or plan to purchase) this costume for yourself, don’t skip through the video. It contains some very, very helpful information and tips that will save you a lot of time and hassle when your costume arrives. He also tells where he got his lightsabers from so watch the full video if you want to know how to get the complete look. Note: Pants and boots do not come with the costume. He explains what he’s wearing and why. You can get your own to fit your costume comfortably. He also gives some really great tips (like wearing an undershirt to prevent discomfort from the costume). You will see as you watch the video that there are several layers to the Revan costume, so he goes through it step by step and tells you exactly how to put it on correctly. As commenters will confirm, you could spend hours trying to figure out how to assemble and wear this costume, if not for his video review and instructions. What do you think? Do you have a Revan costume of your own? Would you consider buying this one based on this review? Did you find the review helpful to you in choosing a Revan costume and especially in knowing how to put it on...

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The New Star Wars Canon, Explained

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in star wars | 0 comments

When Disney took over LucasFilm and decided to make another Star Wars movie, all of the Expanded Universe works became “un-canon.” They would no longer be recognized in the official Star Wars universe. OuterPlaces has released an infographic that puts all of the canon works in an easy-to-read image. Check it out here, or view the original on OuterPlaces: With all of the books and comics between the Battle of Endor and The Force Awakens, it looks like we’re going to get a very clear picture of what happened after the destruction of the second Death Star before the new movie comes out. It’s also cool to see the two new Star Wars games coming out this year on the infographic as well, suggesting that we might actually learn more about the universe in those games. If you want to get up-to-speed on the Star Wars universe, you’re going to have a lot of reading to do this...

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Jar Jar Binks Inspired by Goofy, According to George Lucas

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in star wars, star wars news | 0 comments

Jar Jar Binks just might be one of the most hated Star Wars characters ever. Honestly, I’m not sure why. I really didn’t think he was that bad. Unlike many who seem to have been annoyed greatly by the character, I found him a bit charming. (I know, I know… don’t shoot me.) When George Lucas was making Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999), he famously said, “Jar Jar’s the key to all this, if we get Jar Jar working. ‘Cause he’s a funnier character than we’ve ever had in the movies.” That really didn’t work out so well for him since Binks ended up becoming one of the most hated movie characters ever. That doesn’t seem to sway Lucas very much, as he still loves Jar Jar At the recent Disney D3 Expo, Lucas explained how he feels about Binks, why he loves the character and how he was inspired by Goofy. “I can’t even begin to tell you how much of an influence Disney has had on me,” Lucas said. “I will say one secret that nobody knows; not many people realize that Goofy was the inspiration for Jar Jar Binks,” Lucas said. “I know that you will look at him differently now. It’s pretty obvious, actually, but, um, I love Goofy and I love Jar Jar.” A lot of people are probably shaking their heads in disbelief or disagreement but it’s still nice to hear from Lucas how he feels and why he isn’t swayed by the fact that so many people really hate Jar Jar. So what do you think? Love Jar Jar? Hate him? Did this explanation from Lucas change how you view Jar Jar?...

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SWTOR and Windows 10

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in SWTOR | 0 comments

  Most of us know that the new Windows 10 upgrade is now available and many are anxious to see what it’s like and if it has any problems. Recently, Vulkk from Vulkk.com installed Windows 10 and upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro. Here are the steps he took and why. Step 1: The first part of the upgrade is downloading the ISO and upgrade from inside Windows. He chose to keep all of his preferences, settings, and programs he already had installed. Windows registers each PC by their ID when they either purchase a new computer or download a new version of Windows. So, if you change too much hardware the copy of Windows 10 will become obsolete and you will then lost the product key for the same PC and then you will have to install the 7/8 version again and upgrade. After he downloaded the new version, his LAN card did not work. He had to go to Intel’s website and download the latest driver. Step 2: Next, you have to format the main drive or the partition and install it fresh. In his scenario, he had the OCZ Vertex 4 120 GB and he upgraded 30GB free after he upgraded to Windows 10 and then he had 100GB free. After having 2 years’ worth of upgrades on his system, it left its mark. It clogged the computer up and filled it with many odd files and leftovers from old Windows updates and they kept installing every time the system asked him to. A brand new installation of Windows 10 is around 20GB total. After the install he had no problems with any of the modules or hardware. The only tiny issue was with the Nvidia experience. For an unknown reason it kept telling him that he had the latest Driver but it was not showing up on his Control Panel. Step 3: Install all of the software again. He did not have any problems with the many programs and tools he uses. Windows 10 brings the newly redesigned start menu and he did not need to reinstall it again. SWTOR is performing exactly the way it was before. There may be a small improvement but this is probably because of the clean installation, rather than the new OS. He has the same high FPS and the usual FPS drops and has issues in the same spots. The game itself is not any better or worse since the upgrade. Overall, he says he is happy with the new Windows 10 and would do it all again. Via Vulkk [image...

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Runtime Revealed by J.J. Abrams

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Star Wars: Episode VII | 0 comments

If you’ve been following the updates and news for the new Star Wars film, you might already know that a runtime has been released. During Disney’s D23 Expo, director J.J. Abrams revealed the runtime for Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 2 hours and 4 minutes. That also happens to be the same runtime as the franchise’s most beloved film, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Of course, the movie is still being edited so this runtime could change before the movie is actually set to release in the theater, December 2015. By movie standards, that’s a little long but certainly not unbearably or unusually long. Here’s how the runtime of The Force Awakens compares to the other films: Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace Runtime: 136 min Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones Runtime: 142 min Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith Runtime: 140 min Star Wars IV: A New Hope Runtime: 121 min Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back Runtime: 124 min Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi” Runtime: 134 min So there we have it; the latest in updates and news from Abrams about the much anticipated film. Are you super excited to see it yet or trying to avoid the hype until it’s at least closer to the actual release? Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in theaters on December 18, just in time for a holiday event. Families will be on winter break, many will be celebrating Christmas and it’s a wonderful time of year for making the kinds of memories that last a lifetime. That is what we expect (and hope) the new Star Wars film to...

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Tips for Getting the Most from 12x Experience Bonus

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in leveling | 0 comments

  The clock is ticking for the new SWTOR expansion and as we get closer to the actual release, gamers are getting ready in a variety of ways. The subscriber perk that gives you 12x XP is also winding down and if you want to get the most of it before it ends on October 19th, here are some tips. Prepare in advance. It sounds like a no-brainer but the more things you can get ready in advance, the faster you will be able to level your characters and take full advantage of this XP boost while it lasts. Get some major/minor xp boosts. Be sure you are getting standard boosts and not the ones designed specifically for FP, exploration, class quests, etc.) You can use these to add even more XP boost. Regular boosts WILL stack with the 12x. Get a stronghold (if you don’t have one already). Legacy storage, no cooldown on Fleet Pass and return to ship and other benefits make leveling even faster. Transfer some spending credits to each character. Every character you plan to level up with the 12x bonus will need a bit of spending cash. Join a guild (if you’re not already part). You can add 5-10% XP boost that is stackable with the 12x boost if you are part of a guild. Set aside legacy gear. If can spring for it, you should be able to build up several sets of Legacy Gear along the way which can be very helpful. Unlock legacy travel improvements. This is yet another way for your characters to get where they need faster and will help you level up more quickly. Level efficiently. Do cluster quests when they are available, use QT and Starship QT to save time, give yourself enough bag space to not have to run back all the time, etc. Use rocket boost increases. What additional tips would you add for getting the most from the 12x XP...

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President of Lucasfilm talks Han Solo Movie

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in star wars | 0 comments

Are you worried about the upcoming Han Solo spinoff that is planned as a standalone film? Many fans are concerned that they will ruin one of the best characters from Star Wars ever. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked a great deal about the spinoff (still untitled) and what we can expect. It’s written by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and scheduled for release May 25, 2018. So we have quite awhile to wait for it but that doesn’t stop people from being interested in it. A big question from the start is in regards to the timeline. How old will Solo be in this film? “He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s,” Kennedy said to the magazine. “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.” That does make sense and we’ll have to wait awhile to know who is playing the role but Kennedy did offer some other info and insight into the upcoming film and what we can all expect. There’s got to be a reason for [the stand-alone film] to be. And obviously the thing that Star Wars has always done so well is it doesn’t spend a lot of time [explaining] the stories that have come before. We don’t want to do that either. We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered. This news alone is enough to calm most fans. I think the key here is that we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo’s life that gives you some idea of who he is and why he is the character we have all known to love. Kennedy goes on to really squelch those fears with this comment. This is what we really want to see from a movie about the character. This is spot on! Then she also tells us about the humor we can expect in the final film. You’re going to see Solo wit and adventure. You can imagine, given who we’ve chosen to come in and direct, it should be very entertaining and funny. Han Solo is the character inside Star Wars that everybody knows has a wit and sense of humor. So that’s what this should...

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SWTOR Basics: The DOs and DONTs for Beginners

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in swtor guides | 0 comments

A SWTOR Basics Guide, dedicated to Beginners, who just start their adventures in the game’s vast world. Leveling tips to make your experience smoother and easier. The video explains the most basic and primal things one should be concerned when starting their very first character and Playthrough in the massive SWTOR universe. The suggestions and ideas are global and most of them apply to both F2P and subscribers. There’s a little for everybody – PvE, PvP, exploring, crafting, gearing and more. Read the Blog Post about this video. It was published a few days earlier, giving you insights and some sneak-peaks into the script (adapted for a blog post, of course). First few minutes are for Class and Story choice and Crew Skills, after that we continue with the swtor basics of gearing, outfitting, GTN profits and in the end there is a little bit about colour crystals and PvP. If you are ever curious about the work process for these videos goes from start to finish, check out this Playlist. It contains 4 videos explaining all the steps for creating another of Vulkk’s tutorial videos, the SWTOR Basics – Gearing, Basic Comms, Vendors....

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DICE sheds light into EA’s (and BioWare’s) PR and Marketing Practices

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Star Wars: Battlefront | 0 comments

EA’s/Dice’s new Star Wars: Battlefront game is currently in a similar situation PR-wise and marketing wise as EA’s/BioWare’s Knights of the Fallen Empire. There isn’t much information about either game from official sources except for a few bits of information here and there. For KOTFE, it’s the story aspect and for Battlefront it’s the authenticity of the graphics. Both of the games are just a few months away from their release. KOTFE is expected at the end of October and Battlefront is expected in the middle of November. After the exciting event of D23, where the only new information about Battlefront was the nine different game modes, DICE said that the following articles explained their marketing principal and explained to the community why there was not much information. This is likely the same for BioWare. Game developers are not typically very secretive when it comes to general game development information within and outside of the company. However, the PR and marketing will prevent developers from talking about certain game information for the following reasons: The first impression of a feature is the one impression that people will keep. This has to be timed right when you do reveal a feature. People usually forget about a new game/expansion if all of the information is released too early and you want to keep gamers interest. Anything that a PR person says is looked at as a promised by the general population. Even the stuff that is released from people outside of the company is taken as a promise. The public doesn’t know how to develop games in a developing company, even if they know how to create games their selves. Open development studios are exactly open, they always choose what to show players and when. Via Reddit  ...

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