SWTOR and Star Wars Gaming news http://www.swtorstrategies.com Star Wars Gaming News | SWTOR Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:45:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Thank You Dark Horse Comics http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/09/thank-you-dark-horse-comics.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/09/thank-you-dark-horse-comics.html#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:43:25 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12980 Dark Horse Comics starwars


We love Star Wars and we love comics. As fans, it can be difficult to picture a world without Star Wars and quite frankly, why would we want to? But such a time did exist and we have one name to thank for helping end that dark era in Star Wars history: Dark Horse

EUCantina.net brings us some interesting news about Dark Horse Comics this week:

This week marks the final scheduled release in the Expanded Universe, or as it has been rebranded, Legends time line.  Dark Horse comics has the unique privilege of closing it out with the final issue in the Legacy series.

For those who don’t know, Dark Horse has been putting out Star Wars stories since 1991. It was Dark Horse comics that helped rekindle the Star Wars fandom after a dark period in the 80s when they stopped making Star Wars action figures and Marvel stopped making the comics.

Again, EUCantina explains why this is so significant:

It wasn’t until 1991 that a spark of life began to return to the galaxy far far away.  Timothy Zahn published Heir to the Empire in June.  In December, Dark Horse followed with the first issue of Dark Empire.  Fans had the beginnings of the modern EU, stories continuing the adventures of our heroes after Return of the Jedi.  Dark Horse continued to publish Star Wars comics on a regular basis for over the next 20 years.

And so we see, Dark Horse has contributed immensely to the joy of the fandom, contributing in their own way to the ongoing saga of Star Wars as we know it today. While Star Wars is entering a new chapter in the saga, we will never forget the huge role that Dark Horse has played. We want to thank them, as EUCantina has, for keeping Star Wars alive. Thank you Dark Horse- May the Force be with you!

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Bioware SWToR Cantina Tour flash drive contents http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/09/bioware-swtor-cantina-tour-flash-drive-contents.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/09/bioware-swtor-cantina-tour-flash-drive-contents.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:44:26 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12946 As promised in the report-out article from Bioware’s cantina tour below you will find the contents of the flash drive distributed to all fans who attended the event.

Pax Prime 2014 Scoop



Rakata Prime Flashpoint screenshots












Upcoming Cartel Market items








Wallpapers included in the flashdrive



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Bioware’s SWToR Cantina Tour Report-out (Seattle, Grand Hyatt Hotel, August 31,2014) http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/09/biowares-swtor-cantina-tour-report-out-seattle-grand-hyatt-hotel-august-312014.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/09/biowares-swtor-cantina-tour-report-out-seattle-grand-hyatt-hotel-august-312014.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:43:26 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12928 SWToRStrategies.com had the opportunity to attend Bioware’s SWToR Cantina Tour at Seattle’s Grand Hyatt hotel yesterday (Aug.31,2014) and bring you the latest information from the meeting.


SWToR community manager Eric Musco addressing the crowd at the beginning of the event

The event was well-organized with free food and drinks, that certainly contributed to the already-relaxed atmosphere for the (about)100 fans who attended it. SWToR’s community manager, Eric Musco, made the introductions and highlighted the importance of Cantina Tours to Bioware as a vehicle for them to receive feedback on the game.

The Q&A session offered some interesting information about the upcoming Bioware updates.

In detail:

  • Next expansion is set to be released by the end of the year. A date wasn’t provided.
  • Bioware is aware of the conquest system challenges that benefit large multi-member guilds. The team is actively looking into alternatives that would benefit smaller guilds that don’t necessarily have the numbers. There is no timeline for the enhancements to the system.
  • A button for deploying a random mount from your character’s collection is in work.
  • Bioware hasn’t considered a (web-based) global guild leaderboard but it was a feature that was requested by some Cantina tour attendees.
  • The team is aware of the Harbinger server issues and is working on rectifying them.


The session also included a trivia question session where Bioware representatives asked random SWToR questions from the audience and gave out prizes to the winners. Prizes included SWToR t-shirts, Star Wars Lego sets, while the grand prize was the book of Sith holocron. It’s worth mentioning that the grand prize was won by a participant who traveled all the way from Australia to attend the tour. Fans also attended from Europe and Asia.

Following the Q&A session, developers and community coordinators had the chance to talk to fans in smaller group settings. We managed to talk to Eric Musco, community coordinator Courtney Woods and lead producer Cory Butler. Some of the highlights of our discussion included:

  • Guild spotlight featured articles are in work but the team hasn’t made a firm decision on the path forward.
  • Raising the guild member cap to over 500 members is something that has been discussed over the last couple of months at Bioware. At the same time, server performance concerns prevent that from happening  soon until an viable solution is identified.
  • Bioware is always seeking out SWToR fansites and wants to interact with them as an alternate way of getting feedback.


Last but not least, the team distributed codes for an in-game M8-3R astromech droid and the famous USB drives revealing upcoming content releases. The USB drive contents are covered separately under this post.

Overall, the Cantina Tour was well-organized, well-attended and above all fun! Bioware representatives spent a lot time with fans, answered questions, while actively seeking feedback. If you never attended a Cantina tour and you play SWToR, check out the schedule posted at swtor.com for upcoming events- it’s definitely worth a trip.



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Star Wars: Battlefront 3 Rumors http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/star-wars-battlefront-3-rumors.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/star-wars-battlefront-3-rumors.html#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:15:01 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12913 star wars battle front

As you may already know, there are many rumors going around about the release of Star Wars Battlefront 3 and everyone wants to be the first to release some exciting news about the game. We try to bring you the news as we find it confirmed but sometimes it’s also fun to mull over the rumors. Sometimes speculation becomes fact when the game is released. Even when it doesn’t, it can be fun to imagine while we wait for official news. So here are some things we know about Battlefront 3.

First, EA has the sole rights to development of all Star Wars games but they have brought in some subsidiaries like DICE, Bioware and Visceral Games to help them develop the popular, upcoming title.  We know that the game is currently in production and that FrostBite 3 is being used. The game is expected to release around summer of 2015 to consoles.

We also know that it is supposed to be a standalone title and not a sequel in the series. This means they have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to what they do in the game. Recent rumors tell us the game will contain actual movie footage as they try to make it a close-to-life experience. Other rumors say that we will be able to man vehicles like spaceships from the Star Wars universe.

That’s really all we know about it right now since they are keeping the detail sunder wraps but we hope to get some more solid info about gameplay soon.

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Check Out Cool Items from Gatekeeper’s Pack – Videos http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/check-out-cool-items-from-gatekeepers-pack-videos.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/check-out-cool-items-from-gatekeepers-pack-videos.html#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:46:17 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12904 Cartel Market

Are you curious about what’s in Gatekeeper’s Stronghold Packs? You would not be alone, as many SWTOR fans want to know what cool stuff they can get from these packs. Here is a compilation of videos from Dulfy herself showing us some of the cool stuff you can get if you are willing to dig through the cards (the drop rates, as usual, are not super great).


    • Walkhar Auspiece (new model with a neat animation)


    • Tobus Cruiser (new model)



    • Blaster pistol


    • Blaster Rifle



    • Sniper rifle



    • Grand Statue of the Emperor (centerpiece):



    • Statue of the Spearman (centerpiece):



    • Regen/emotes:


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Galactic Strongholds – Gathering vs Crafting Prices Spreadsheet http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/galactic-strongholds-gathering-vs-crafting-prices-spreadsheet.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/galactic-strongholds-gathering-vs-crafting-prices-spreadsheet.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:03:17 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12905 GSH-gathering-and-crafting-prices-spreadsheet-720x405

Are you curious what it will cost for gathering and crafting supplies for Galactic Strongholds? You are not alone and as usual, a member of the community has looked for a way to create a tool to help with this. The Gathering vs Crafting Prices Spreadsheet was created with data from just one server at one point in time so it is of course, subject to change, but it gives you a good baseline idea. In time, if it’s worked on a bit more, it could be a very good tool. You can also take the spreadsheet as is and then update it for your server and your own needs so you always have an up to date tool to help you reference costs.

The spreadsheet lists the server of the GTN prices being marked, the date and time and detailed info about the item and how much it costs. There is also a section for notes which includes things like “low supply”. You can use the notes section for whatever you need to help you keep track of certain items.

From the creator:

Hi all,

Don’t know how useful anyone will find this, but I created a spreadsheet in Google Docs to highlight the costs of materials and crafting items used in GSH.

Obvious uses are highlighting what you should gather, what you should craft and what you should buy off GTN.

Here is a link to my post explaining the spreadsheet: http://www.someonewhotried.com/game-guides/gsh-gathering-crafting-prices-spreadsheet/

And here is a link to the sheet itself:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kCftje3vbVYeE0DJuuQ527EYkWNEPgmEZ8yNM6iGGw8/edit?usp=sharing

All my prices are for the Red Eclipse, but on my site I’ve written instructions in case you want to update it yourself. If you do, it would be great if you could share it too.

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Patch Notes – 8/29/2014 – 2.9c Patch Notes http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/patch-notes-8292014-2-9c-patch-notes.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/patch-notes-8292014-2-9c-patch-notes.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:07:25 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12915 BYnazKG


BioWare is adding a new patch today, that will fix the Conquest Flashpoints exploit, tha tsome players are using. Flashpoint Conquest Objectives are intended to be one-time only, not infinitely repeatable. The only Flashpoint Objectives that can be repeated are the Group Finder ones – and those can only be done when you have the Daily Mission for the Group Finder available.

Below are the patch notes:


  • Flashpoint Conquest Objectives are now non-repeatable as intended.
  • The Galactic Starfighter Invasion Bonus for Ilum now applies properly.

I really don’t understand the point of this. PvP/GSF grinders are doing stuff and getting points all day long. This week we’re not getting easy points for the five-minute heroics AND they’re taking the Esseles/BT runs away? Might as well rename it “PvP conquest”.

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TOR TV: Opening 24x Gatekeeper’s Stronghold Packs http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/tor-tv-opening-24x-gatekeepers-stronghold-packs.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/tor-tv-opening-24x-gatekeepers-stronghold-packs.html#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:29:38 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12902 Opening 24x Gatekeeper's Stronghold Packs

The first in a series of Galactic Stronghold cartel packs have arrived… with more items AND they’re even cheaper than they used to be. With decorations now included in these packs, can Charlie find something worth keeping?

We love these videos and articles where people open their packs for us and show us what they get. It’s a lot of fun getting caught up in the opening, hoping they will find something rare or at very least, some cool and useful stuff so the purchase is not unfounded.

In addition to being fun to watch (although he’s slow), there is also a chance to win some packs for yourself so check it out and find out how. The verdict from this and prior experiences? Don’t open packs if you are looking for something specific unless you are planning to open 50+ of them.

So we have the opening of 24 new Gatekeeper’s Stronghold packs. Check it out for yourself:


Video from KranitokoGames

Thanks to Ian for helping make the intro.

This was recorded on The Red Eclipse server.

Theme: “Rise of the Old Republic” – Remixed by Plasma3Music

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