Rants tag

Rants, ruminations, and rambling remarks from my mad, muddled, meandering mind.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ARPil Badge

Another busy week, with me taking a class at work and my daughter preparing to move back home from the college dorm tomorrow (I helped her move a bunch of crap today). So I haven't had a chance to feature the ARPil badge that Pizza Maid and Ravanel Griffon prepared for those of us that participated in PM's 30 Days project. I only got about halfway through the the questions, but I feel like I got a decent mix of superficial and deeper ones out of the way.
I've said it before, but while I have been enjoying my return stint in SWTOR—now going on more than a year—I don't feel as much attachment to my characters as I have with other MMOs. There's just less opportunity to develop a unique story when I am running through BioWare's. I think of SWTOR as a slightly more interactive movie. I mean I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I am not attached to Captain America or Iron Man either. Not the way I am to Samantha Hawthorn or Rowanblaze. This ARPil helped me think a little bit more about Morrenia and her background and motivations, but I still feel like she is more BioWare's character than my own.
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Friday, April 29, 2016

DAW2016: BioWare

Considering how I myself have promoted Developer Appreciation Week in the past, I find myself ashamed at my own poor showing this year. Then again, I feel pretty detached from the bloggin community in general. Unlike folks like Belghast, I been almost exclusively playing a single game for over a year now. So while I may still have fond memories of games like World of Warcraft, Star Trek Online, Rift, and The Secret World, I don't have much new to say about the companies behinds them. Although I certainly appreciate the efforts of the folks working on those titles.
Which brings us to SWTOR and BioWare. Looking back through my own DAW posts, I realized that I never really singled out the Austin-based division of EA for their contribution to my MMO gaming pleasure. I thought I had talked about the writers more recently, but it was not in connection with DAW. The single reference I found to the "storytellers" was way back in 2012, only a few months after SWTOR launched.
Perhaps needless to say, the storytellers and everyone else involved with SWTOR have kicked it into high gear with the recent Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion. The cinematography and story are top notch, though I have criticisms I will save for another day.
Maybe because I myself have relaxed and have adjusted my expectations (and by that I do not mean "lowered my standards"), the game is much more enjoyable than the frustrating spring and summer of 2012. Also, while I may dabble from time to time in other games, SWTOR is enough to scratch my itch. Scooter loves playing it, and I love playing with her.

And so, many thanks to the BioWare team for SWTOR and all the games you have worked on and continue to develop.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ARPil Day of Favorites!

[OOC] This was more of an exercise in Wookiepedia research than anything, since I had never thought of any favorites for Morrenia (or any other character). And many of the items are my own favorites, transposed to Morrenia. Feel free to guess which ones.

[IC] Before we begin, I must include an erratum regarding a previous question. I was reminded (with a quick zap of force lightning) that, when asked about surrogate family, I forgot to mention someone near and dear to me: Glember, who always has my back in a fight. She was with me on Korriban even before Vette. We helped each other make it through the trials and then had many more adventures together. She'll always be my favorite. Anyway, on to the others.

Favorite color: Maroon

Favorite outfit: The battle robe you see in the holo image to the right.

Favorite song: Run Kessel Run

Favorite flower: Rominaria

Favorite time of year: Autumn; crisp mornings, brilliant foliage

Favorite holiday: Naboo's Festival of Glad Arrival

Favorite comfort food: Shaak Pot Roast

Favorite hot drink: Caf

Favorite ice cream flavor: Juna Berry

Favorite vice: Lieutenant Pierce

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Monday, April 25, 2016

From the Adventures of Darth Soffe and the Blueberry Kid

With the initial story completion for my Consular, Baldrvar, and Scooter's Jedi Knight, Vireena (one more notch in the Legendary belt), it is time to move back over to the Imperial side. I have completed all my imperial class stories, and only need Trooper, so I created a new agent to accompany Scooter and her last Imp, the Sith Warrior Soffe Sunfleur.
Soffe is a Zabrak, mostly Dark, but not completely. After a series of misadventures on Korriban and Dromund Kaas (let's just say, people died), Soffe is rewarded with a sweet starship and an assignment to track down a mysterious Jedi padawan with a unique ability that might bring down Darth Butterball's entire spy network.

We interrupt this introduction with a reminder that the 7th(!) annual Developer Appreciation Week has started. As gamers, we are passionate about our pastime. Another group is so passionate about games that they became part of the industry that develops them for our entertainment. Though much of the time our passion spills over into criticism; members of the blogging community have set aside this week to show our appreciation for all the efforts of the development teams responsible for our favorite games. If you have a blog of your own, I encourage you to write a post or more this week, thanking the developers of your favorite games for all their hard work.
Cipher Agent Arándano is a member of the Chiss Ascendancy, on an exchange program with Imperial Intelligence. his first assignment is a mission to guarantee the supply of refined shvash gas produced by Nem'ro the Hutt on Nal Hutta. Along the way, he poaches anarchist liquidator Kaliyo Djannis from Nem'ro's gang. Following the destruction of the Imperial dreadnought Dominator by the Eagle terrorist network, the newly designated Cipher agent is issued a luxury yacht starship in order to have more autonomy in tracking down their cultish leader. Like many of his kind, Arándano is reserved and diplomatic in his interactions with non-Chiss. When push comes to shove, however; you don't want to be on the wrong end of this agent's HK-55 model sniper rifle.

I haven't worked out Arándano's full Chiss name yet, because I don't want him to be a member of one of the major Chiss Ruling Houses of the Rebellion/New Republic Era, partly because it seems silly that the same families would be in power for three to four millennia. But I'd prefer to have some anchor in SW lore. His name is Castilian Spanish for "blueberry." Soffe's name was inspired by Sofia the First, a Disney Channel animated series that is a favorite of our granddaughter.  Just last night, Scooter and I finished our tour of Dromund Kaas and received our ships just before heading off to bed. More to come.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

ARPil: Trust Issues

Is there anyone in your extended family with whom you are particularly close? Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, etc. Do you have anyone whom you consider practically a blood relative?
At one time, my parents lived close to family, in Theed. I played with my cousins, attended family gathering, what have you. However, I doubt of us were close with our parents, or their parents for that matter. Then, since the day I was selected for Sith training, I haven't seen any of my family for years. Others I might consider a blood relative? I am very loyal to the faithful members of my crew. Jaesa is like the dark child I never had. And Vette is a like a sister, though we are on different social strata. My closest surrogate sister, though, is Glember, who always has my back in a fight. She was with me on Korriban even before Vette. We helped each other make it through the trials and then have had many more adventures together.
Whom do you trust?
It is difficult to trust anyone. A member of my aforementioned crew betrayed me to my former master, Baras, and have not forgiven, nor forgotten. I considered my other crew members to be loyal in their various roles; however, I have been unable to locate any of them since my time in carbon-freeze. If Lana Beniko could find me, why weren't any of them with her? Surely they should been far easier to locate. . .
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