Training cost is a thing of the past in SWToR

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in bioware, News, SWTOR | 0 comments

Bioware’s community manager Eric Musco, posted a very interesting thread at the official forums today relating to training costs. Musco, responding to a number of fan threads requesting the removal of training costs from the game, decided to take action and bring forward the suggestion to developers for consideration. After discussing the matter internally, they decided to remove training costs all together! So,when you login next week you won’t be required to pay any credits for your training! Eric’s complete post follows below: Hey folks, Let’s talk a bit about training costs for your characters abilities. One thing has become clear from the player feedback in not only this thread, but since launch: players do not like training costs. It is a situation where every level you will see your hard earned credits go to a holographic Hutt doctor in order to make yourself a bit stronger. We have been talking about this topic internally for quite some time and when you add player feedback to the mix one thing becomes clear… We should make training costs a thing of the past. Since launch, you have spent millions of credits training skills across your characters. As of our maintenance next week all ability training costs will be completely removed from the game, forever! What does this mean for you? This means that starting next week, instead of spending your credits on training skills, you can now spend them on literally, anything else you want. Note that this only affects ability training, you will still need to spend credits to training schematics for Crew Skills, etc. Thank you again for your feedback....

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Star Wars TV: A tribute to Ralph McQuarrie

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in News, star wars, star wars news | 0 comments

Ralph McQuarrie is a name that doesn’t need any introduction to any Star Wars (SW) fans. He was the concept artist responsible for designing beloved characters of the franchise, such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C3-PO and R2D2. In addition, he designed a lot of Star Wars concept paintings like the arrival of R2D2 and C3PO on Tatooine. Aside from Star Wars, McQuarrie has worked on E.T, Close Encounters of the 3rd kind, Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future and Star Trek IV. To celebrate his contributions to Star Wars, the official SW website has posted an extremely interesting 40 minute tribute on Ralph McQuarrie’s that’s definitely worth of your attention.

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Game Update 3.0: Shadow of Revan Early Access

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in bioware, News, SWTOR | 0 comments

The day we were waiting is finally here! “Shadow of Revan” is now available for download for anyone who purchased the expansion before November 2, 2014. The rest will have to wait until December 9 to get full access to Bioware’s latest expansion.   Some highlights: All levels can now reach Level 60 New locations added – Yavin IV and Rishi Two new level 56-60 flashpoints Two new level 60 operations Dromund Kaas and Coruscant Strongholds can now be purchased for 3 credits! New class system (disciplines) Players can now send 6 Companions on Crafting Missions at level 56 (up from 5). …and much, much more! I have to admit that the list of changes is quite extensive and it does seem that Bioware took community’s feedback to heart. A lot of the features listed on their post are things that prominent members of the community have being asking for quite some time. One last thing to mention is that Patch 3.0 is 2.5 GB so if you plan on playing tomorrow, start downloading...

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And now something different… Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in video | 0 comments

  I admit that the short movie below doesn’t have to do anything with Star Wars or The Old Republic. It does show however a future where the ability to travel from planet and planet is the norm just like Star Wars. After all, nothing tells that today’s science fiction isn’t going to be tomorrow’s reality. The short film, depicts a less sci-fi and more realistic future and uses Carl Sagan‘s voice to narrate its content. If you got about four minutes to spare, it’s certainly worth a look. You can also find a shot-by-shot description of the movie under this link as well as a link to the creator’s website right here.  ...

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TOR Radio : A galaxy of podcasts

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in News, podcast, SWTOR | 0 comments

TOR Radio is back with the latest and greatest SWToR podcasts from across the community. With the imminent release of Patch 3.0 a lot of podcasts are focusing on upcoming changes and various community news. It’s certainly encouraging to see new SWToR community podcasts launching like “HOPE cast” and “Beyond the Stars” listed below.   1. Bad feeling podcast – Episode 42 (Released: Nov.24,2014) : Even though the crew of the podcast took of this week due to Thanksgiving but still managed to publish a “best of” podcast.   2. Star Wars Beyond the Stars – Episode 12 (Released: Nov.15,2014) : This week the show hit a little snag in our editing process so the show is coming out pretty late in the week. “Beyond the stars” discussed quite a few interesting things in this week’s off topic rants.   3. Corellian Run Radio – Special Episode (Released: Nov.24,2014) : Join Jason and Heather as they share their experiences in SWTOR. This episode we are joined by fellow SWTOR Community member SWTORista. She and Heather both were in attendance at the EA Press Event 2014 for Shadow of Revan. Besides learning how the event went, we also have the Q&A recorded in its entirety. Sit back and enjoy this special episode!   4. Enmity Podcast – Episode 49 (Released: Nov.24, 2014) : Join the host of the podcast as they discuss this week’s Live Stream Highlights, Community News and how to Train a New Tank   5. Heal to Full Podcast (Released: Nov.28, 2014): Picking a 3.0 healing class. The 3.0 patch is speeding to release and we all have to get comfortable with the idea that nerfs and class re-balances are coming. The host has some thoughts on how you can decide which healing class can be your new main and what we can do to fight the nerf bat.   6. HOPE cast – Episode 3 (Released Nov.24, 2014) : BioWare, Tell Me a Story. Join Vyrigan, Scya, and Acies in this [NO Spoiler] episode where we discuss class story leveling and some of our likes and dislikes. Plus, Vyrigan tries to stop making disciples and start learning more about the new Disciplines system. And at the Coruscant Courier Service, numbers are down, prompting a visit from the Corporate Office.   7. OotiniCast – Episode 177 (Released Nov.28, 2014) : In the news this week the show focuses on EA’s Shadow of Revan press event and the Knight/Marauder and Guardian/Juggernaut dev blogs and livestream. Then in their discussion, the topic is getting ready for Game Update 3.0, with early access starting next week!   8. TOROCast – Episode 221 (Released: Nov.27, 2014): On this week’s show, Road sacrifices himself to Dragon Age, but Mae and Miner are here to pick up the slack! In this episode, we ask, “What bugs would YOU like to see fixed?” and Mae’s “This week on Reddit” leaves Road very impressed. Things get Bi-Furious.   9. SWToR Escape Pod Cast – Episode 66 (Released : Nov.27, 2014): This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-66 just scratch the surface on the details of some of the class changes we will see next week in 3.0. They cover Merc, Madness Sorc, Sorc/Sage Healing and touch on Assassin and PT/Vanguard. They also cover news for the week from SWTOR in general and from their guild, Alea Iacta Est.   10. Old Republic Radio – Episode 88 (Released: Nov.25, 2014): The crew discuss the latest live stream, taking a break from conquests, and more information about commendations with 3.0. It’s an episode about Sentinels and Guardians… there may be a few tangents.  ...

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