Day 26: Do You Have a Guild?

Pshhhhhhh, do I have a guild? Only the best guild evar.
We are “semi-hardcore guild with a focus on operation progression and all forms of challenging content. Our operation raid days are currently Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, but we will expand as is convenient for our members. We run flashpoints and warzone groups throughout the week, and run Tinkerbull around naked in our guild bungalow on a nightly basis. We’re not big on roleplay, but if you’re a fluent Wookie we won’t count that against you. We don’t always drink beer, but when we do we drink Dos Equis.” 

Our leadership is described as a “depraved yet benevolent oligarchy” containing such positions as:

Leader- CEO of NeverShutsUp
Leader- CFO of Pedantic Worsmithing Inc.
Officer- Department of Growling and Theorycrafting
Officer- Department of Igloo Maintenance
Officer- Department of Bah Humbug 

Occasionally, when we get really stressed in a raid, the ops leader will pull out his acoustic guitar and play us something over vent for a few minutes.
Nothing blows off steam like dancing on the GL’s corpse between pulls.
I have heard more potato-based puns these last few months than I thought could ever be uttered.
The guild leader has an obsession with getting classic rock songs stuck in my head.
If you mess up no one will let you live it down.
Ever.
But even you’ll be laughing.
And, most importantly, we are possessed of a lovely bunch of coconuts.


Day 25: Are You Dark Side or Light Side?
Neutral.
Bames’jond aka Soran had a definite personality from the start and I made decisions accordingly, if the dark side choice benefited the mission or the Empire that was the choice that was made, same with light side. As an example, he had no real ill will towards some of the SIS agents, so when Chance was injured there was no advantage in helping or hurting him and Soran ended up saving him, but when it came to the final mission Wheel and Saber would have been a liability if left alive. So they weren’t. Playing like this ended up pretty even, with some light side leaning.
My Juggernaut Sivious was completely Dark, with maybe 700 light side point by lvl 49, while my Mercenary is committed to the Light side, I also have a Light side Marauder and a Dark side Powertech, so I’m getting a taste of both. Corous was an intersting experiment, I started playing him and he had no personality, then just when I thought he’d be a blank slate forever he suddenly grows a one at lvl 30 and I go from deep into Dark II all the way to Light I, so that’s been interesting, I foresee a lot of lowbie FP runs to get my alignment up in the future… Not that it really matters, people kept telling me you needed to be alignment V by 50 for gear, but orange gear doesn’t care what your alignment is, so peh.
So, basically, being an evil bastard is fun, but sometimes your character is just a goody two-shoes and you have no say in it.

Day 25: Are You Dark Side or Light Side?

Neutral.

Bames’jond aka Soran had a definite personality from the start and I made decisions accordingly, if the dark side choice benefited the mission or the Empire that was the choice that was made, same with light side. As an example, he had no real ill will towards some of the SIS agents, so when Chance was injured there was no advantage in helping or hurting him and Soran ended up saving him, but when it came to the final mission Wheel and Saber would have been a liability if left alive. So they weren’t. Playing like this ended up pretty even, with some light side leaning.

My Juggernaut Sivious was completely Dark, with maybe 700 light side point by lvl 49, while my Mercenary is committed to the Light side, I also have a Light side Marauder and a Dark side Powertech, so I’m getting a taste of both. Corous was an intersting experiment, I started playing him and he had no personality, then just when I thought he’d be a blank slate forever he suddenly grows a one at lvl 30 and I go from deep into Dark II all the way to Light I, so that’s been interesting, I foresee a lot of lowbie FP runs to get my alignment up in the future… Not that it really matters, people kept telling me you needed to be alignment V by 50 for gear, but orange gear doesn’t care what your alignment is, so peh.

So, basically, being an evil bastard is fun, but sometimes your character is just a goody two-shoes and you have no say in it.

Day 24: Your Favorite Operation

I have to say I like Explosive Conflict the best.

I think part of it is the challenge it presents to the healers, the first two bosses there really is no helping each other, there’s no safety net of cross-group healing. Toth and Zorn you can run across if you really need to, but there’s always the chance of your tank getting stomped by beserk while you’re over there. Probably my least favorite fight and the one we have the most weekly regression on, DPS suicide is common, but when your ranged DPS are somehow getting melee debuffs there’s not much you can do except demand CONSTANT VIGILANCE.

Firebrand and Stormcaller the most you can hope for is that when your bloodied tank swaps to the group with less damage the healer over there sends you a full tank, and possibly having the shields drop in such a way that the lightning dropping tank can be in range of both healers. Also, DPS, I know you said you weren’t targeting the shield generator, but seeing as we’re being bombarded by rockets right now I’m going to say that’s not true. All in all it’s a pretty simple fight as long as tanks know what they’re doing and Stormcaller’s group doesn’t kick it.

The minefield used to be a game of luck, now that we have more DPS it doesn’t matter if we get 4 or 5 defusal kits, but before if it wasn’t 4 we hit turret enrage and dead no matter what. It’s definitely more dependent on DPs than the previous two bosses which feel more heal/tank heavy, we didn’t have too much trouble not hitting enrage until it came to the mines. The boss within the minefield boss is pretty tame with a little intense healing spot towards the end, especially with the spawning turrets, but we generally end energy starved but alive if we get past the minefield in the first place.

Kephess is the one that really challenges everyone, like a last boss should, I can’t think of a phase where there’s a lull in healing, or where the tanks and DPS don’t have to be on their toes fulfilling whatever duty was dished out to them by the Opslead, dodging AoEs, kiting, burning, and occasionally running like bitches. It was frustrating at first, watching the MT’s health go from full to half with every single hit by the mack truck known as Kephess while being targeted by the walker and watching your own health dwindle, but not being able to stop healing the tank until the boss jumped. Buuuut, now that we’ve taken chance out of the equation and have it down to a science I like the fight for all it’s many phases and ginormous healing numbers.

Day 23: How Many Characters Do You Have?

Thhhirteen? Bames’jond(Operative), Sivious(Jugg), Corous(Assassin), Sajaiya(Merc), Brek(Trooper), Caritas(Marauder), Dia’niolan(Gunslinger), Sebron(Sage), Tila(Trooper), Illya’kuryakin(Sniper), Chora(PT), Soran(Agent), Sio(Inquisitor).

Bames is my 50, Sivious is lvl 49.8, Corous 38, and Sajaiya is 26; the rest are somewhere between 1 and 18, because most were made on a whim or a burst of character inspiration and I don’t have it in me to delete them, but also don’t have time to play them. Not pictured, Chora, Soran, and Sio, but Soran and Sio are really just re-rolls of Bames and Corous for an RP server because their characters needed to liiiive! Tila and Dia probably have deletion in their future because I don’t have characters for them and they were really only made to play with a friend who is no longer speaking to me. So, meh.

I have an alt problem, but admitting it is the first step, right?

Day 22: When Did You Start Playing?

Technically November 25, for three days straight with Brother. We got the weekend before that, too, but if I’m not confusing my dates, I was in Hawaii. No TOR in Hawaii, only mongoose.

I think I started playing two days after launch; I ordered the CE because that’s how I do, and had to drive to a Best Buy 30 minutes from my house to get it. Mostly because I only ordered it after I tested it and was cutting it a bit close on the CE pre-ordering, I wasn’t sure I wanted it, but now Malgus and I are very happy together.

Day 21: Favorite Class Role

So, I heard you like living, I think I can help with that.

It started in WoW; I can honestly say that until Hellfire Peninsula I had no idea what a dungeon was, other than it involved quest I couldn’t do alone, so I was a boomkin. Then someone recommended I go tree to find groups easier, I had no idea what I was doing and still DPS’d occasionally until the mid-60s when I started really getting into healing.

Then I made a priest, and was going to be dungeoning from the start, she was going to be shadow, no ifs ands or buts… Then I got a whisper, “Can you heal?” … Well, I suppose I can spec holy for this dungeon… Couldn’t hurt. I’ll switch back after. Ohmygodpriesthealingiscool. So now I have one Disc spec and one Holy, Disc for questing mostly, but I switch them on a whim in dungeons depending on what style I feel like going for or the group I get. My beloved shammy was Resto from the start, and yeah I have an Elemental questing/skin farming spec, but I’ve never done a single dungeon DPS on him. Nowadays on my druid I don’t even have a questing DPS spec, I have Raid Heals and PvP Heals.

When Brother convinced me to try LOTRO I immediately zeroed in on the mini, killing and healing with the power of song? Sign me up. I’ve even rolled healers in single player games, so when TOR beta came around I was a healy Sorc to Brother’s Powertech tank from the get-go, of course once I played to lvl 12 as an IA in the beta that was the first thing I rolled come launch and I stayed Medicine the whole time.

I love healing, I think it’s fun, reactive, engaging, and I’m good at it. Nothing makes me happier than getting complimented on my healing, mostly because people barely notice you unless you’re bad. So any love for the heals is appreciated.

I talk to people all the time who think it’s just the most boring thing in the world, but I assume that’s just because they’re crazy people. Then again, maybe they just don’t have the right stuff, for one, all healers have to be at least a little bit of a vindictive bitch, that’s just how it is. DPS standing in fire and yelling at you when they die? Bad!tank trying to get you kicked for not keeping their squishy ass alive? Oh, I’m sorry, did your health get to 5% that time? Didn’t mean to make you nervous. Please, tell me again how you would be doing my job.

Luckily Guild runs minimize the Idiot Factor, though I do still get a little bitchy when people tell me what abilities I should use. When we start wiping you can start correcting my technique, mkay? The last piece of advice I got was trying to make my healing less reactive… Great, if I wanted monotonous rotations I’d be DPSing, but right now they don’t need heals, so I’m not going to heal them. That’s how I do; I react to damage, it’s never the same, and if I just had to sit there and press the same button for three people for five minutes maybe I’d think healing was as boring as you seem to.

Long post feels long, but I feel like I should say something about the other two roles. DPSing I can’t stand. Honestly, people tell me it’s the most fun and I  got some enjoyment out of a fire mage last year, but that didn’t last long, it’s basically the thrill of watching your numbers go up… then sitting there and casting the same spells in the same order over and over and over to try to beat that dick rogue. Tanking, however, I like. I like it a lot, I just have no faith in myself no matter how many random compliments I get. It’s like the opposite of healing, no matter who puts me down I never think I can’t heal, I’ll admit when I’m having a bad night, or I mess up, but I’m not a bad healer. I always feel like a bad tank until told otherwise. It has the same sort of reactiveness as healing to a lesser extent, most of the time it’s routine and rotation, this boss does this, these mobs do this, but then- Dammit DPS pulled, time to put my plate mail thinkin’ cap on and save some asses, or maybe that pat is coming faster than it did last time, time for some creative pulling. People actually listen to you most of the time, too, which is a big switch from healers, who are mostly ignored in their assessments unless running with a nice tank/raid leader who understand how other class roles work.

Day 20: Do You Listen to Music While Playing?

I said I’d finish this, and I’m failing. NO LONGER.

When I played WoW I was constantly listening to music, if conversations with Friend didn’t involve quoting the lyrics to whatever song either of us were listening to it meant we were raiding. My first playthrough of SWTOR, though, I hardly listened to music at all; I didn’t want to keep pausing it to listen to quests and watch cutscenes, but leveling with my skip-happy brother means that’s not a concern unless it’s a class quest.

So lately the answer would be yes, and slashing things to bits while an angry sounding German man growls at me makes my adventures 1000% more epic. I’ve been abusing Youtube’s replay button, adding everything under the sun to Google Play, and I just remembered Pandora was a thing, which means obsessively making new stations.

I think I’ve made twelve stations in the last five hours.

I’m spending more time finding music to listen to while playing than I am spending time playing.

Day 19: Name/Type of Server

I have characters on three servers, but I only play on one, because I’m a failure like that. Honestly, though, I don’t play everyday and when I do I want to be with Brother and/or my guild running stuff or leveling alts. If I played more often like I used to on WoW or when I had more time to myself I’d be willing to venture out into the vast unknown of Other Servers… But I don’t, so I stay holed up on my little familiar patch of TOR.

Hyperspace Cannon is the PvE server I call home; I’ve never really thought about it, but there’s a lot of talk in guild about “if we were on a halfway decent server.” I suppose there’s not a lot in the way of raiding guild competition and they seem to have the utmost scorn for PvP guilds on our server, so… I dunno, I’m not picky so I think everything’s fabalus, and I love everyone, and FREE HUGS YAAAAY.

Except for when the entire server is off playing Diablo III.

My Opsleader/co-healer and I were talking gear and he recommended that half my set be PvE modded PvP gear (for the sexy HoT bonus) and it’s hard to PvP if you’re all faffing about elsewhere.

The nerve of some people.

P.S. Now I’m paranoid people from my server will see me on the interwebs and I’ll have to be mortified and/or extremely mortified.

Day 18: Legacy Name

Sort of a shout out to my Chiss whose name was Vess’ora’nuruodo aka Soran. I know, Nuruodo, such a unique choice. Chiss names are hard. Shut up.

I could’ve sworn I read somewhere that Chiss serving in the CEDF took that name for the duration of their service, but I could be remembering that wrong…

Dead wrong.