Mar 012012
 

HoloNet Links #35

SWTOR testing anyone?

Bioware makes a couple of announcements about needing experienced players and guilds for testing of new 1.2 patch content. First we have the post by Joveth Gonzalez asking for experienced guilds to help with the testing. This is a huge announcement which in my opinion demonstrates Bioware is listening to the community and hearing guilds that want to be a part of testing the higher level content before it goes live.

More game testing info and plenty of SWTOR links after the Jump…

 

The next announcement or call-out might be a better term was also from Joveth Gonzalez. Bioware is looking for skilled SWTOR gamers in the Austin area to also help test the new content that will start rolling out in patch 1.2. If you are interested and live in the Austin area fill out this survey.

Again Bioware is reaching out to the SWTOR player base, all be it in the Austin area, for assistance in the testing process. This is another way Bioware wants to include and get immediate feedback from the very people playing the game. I commend Bioware for both these call-outs to the community. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comment section.

 

Drew Karpyshyn’s new book title and date for release revealed in Massively article

Just two weeks after Drew Karpyshyn announces his retirement from Bioware and video games, we find out he is still working on things dealing with the Old Republic. This includes the new book, “Tilted Annihilation” which was announced yesterday and will be on shelves around November 13th. According to an article by Masively, the new book will be centered around agent for the Republic Theron Shan and companion Teff’ith. I’m happy to hear that there will be another novel by Drew dealing with this time period in the Star Wars Universe. Personally, his idea of retirement is different than mine, but thanks Drew for giving us fans another book to look forward to next Fall. For more about his new book announcement, head over to Massively’s article for additional details.

 

Asia and Pacific launch for SWTOR

Huge welcome to all our fellow gamers in Asia and the Pacific to this little game called SWTOR. This long overdue launch has already begun as many of us on this side of the globe were sleeping. If you need more information on the launch in this part of the World or are curious about how character transfers work for those wanting to bring their character to freshly opened Pacific servers, check out this blog and FAQ.

Welcome SWTOR gamers in the Pacific & Asia!

Dev notes

  • Amber Green posts the patch notes for 1.1.5

AmberGreen Public Test Server -> Patch Notes – 1.1.5

Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ – 1.1.5 Patch Notes

UPDATED 2/28

Flashpoints and Operations

Operations

Eternity Vault

  • An issue that could cause buttons to stop responding during the Ancient Pylons encounter has been fixed.

Karagga’s Palace

  • Completing Karagga’s Palace in Nightmare Mode within two hours now correctly grants the title “The Unyielding.”

PvP

General

  • Players can now build credit towards the Battle for Ilum daily and weekly missions by playing Warzones.

Warzones

General

  • Healers in Warzones now receive kill credit when a healed player kills an enemy.
  • Players affected by a Damage Over Time ability are no longer interrupted when interacting with objectives.
  • Battlemaster and Champion Commendations are now available on the PvP Vendor for Warzone and Mercenary Commendations. Champion Gear Bags are still available.
  • Valor gained from Warzones has been increased.
  • Medals are now worth 500 Valor and 10 Commendations. Players only earn Valor and Commendations for the first 4 medals earned each match.
  • Increased the Warzone AFK timeout from 60 seconds to 90 seconds.

Alderaan Civil War

  • The speeder bikes that transport players back to the battle now have a three-second activation time to increase the likelihood that an organized attacking team can successfully take the side turrets.

UI

General

  • Codex entry popups now display correctly for level 50 players when they are unlocked.

Miscellaneous Bug Fixes

  • An issue that could cause players in guilds to be occasionally kicked from Groups and Operations Groups shortly after joining them has been corrected.

I’m sure that many of us got this patch and already have downloaded. However, one piece of the notes really caught my eye that I missed when it was first released. In Warzones now, Healers will receive kill credit when a player they are healer kills a member of the opposing team. I think this is a great thing or healers to finally get a pat on the back and even credit for performing their role in Warzones. What do you think of the new rule for healers? Let us know in the comment section below or tell us something you saw in the patch notes you think is a good or even a bad idea. We want to hear from you 🙂

  • The thread posting by Joveth Gonzalez asking for guilds to help test 1.2 content

JovethGonzalez Public Test Server -> Looking for High Level Guilds for Game Update 1.2 Testing

Hello everyone! We are very excited to announce that Game Update 1.2 will be hitting our Public Test Server soon.
As you know, Game Update 1.2 is packed with new content, including a new Flashpoint, Operation, and Warzone. To that end, we’re looking for some end-game guilds to test this new content and to provide feedback before the update goes out to our live servers.

While we don’t have the technology for mass character transfers yet, we do have a manual process to copy characters from our Live servers to our Public Test Server that we will be offering for Guilds that are accepted for testing.
If you and your Guild would like to help us out in testing Game Update 1.2 content, please check out the details in this blog post.

Spaces are limited, so we can’t guarantee that your Guild will be accepted for testing. Please get your emails in as soon as you can. We are looking to begin the copying process soon. Accepted Guilds will be notified via email, at which point more information will be given.
Thanks in advance!

This is the entire post by Joveth Gonzalez that was mentioned in the beginning of this article. Be sure if you are a guild leader or a member of an experienced guild to get your email submitted soon. There will be limited space for this testing. Don’t let this opportunity slip by because no email was sent. Go send one now…and then come right back to catch more news and links here at Corellian Run Radio!

 
Star Wars Community News & Events

  • Corellian Run Radio’s Weekly Nav Coordinates

Be sure to catch the new Writer’s Roundtable on the latest podcast linked below. We all got the chance to meet Sam. He is one of the new writers joining the staff here at CRR. I am looking forward to his new weekly article on PVP – coming soon! All of the rest of your favorite Corellian Run Radio articles are listed below for convenience, if you happened to have missed one. Please be sure to let the writers and podcasters know what you think by leaving a comment in their articles.

02/24 CRR HoloScan: David Bass of Bioware by Carla

02/27 Episode 49: February Writer’s Roundtable – podcast

02/27 Guild Checkpoint – Republic Mercy Corps & Imperial Mercenary Corps by Jason Taylor

02/28 My Two Credits: DPS by Maer

02/29 Force Lore: The Black Talon by Daniel Sperelli

 

SWTOR music video

I found another great music video using SWTOR in-game footage. This one uses some of the Smuggler class story cut scenes, and set the music of Bon Jovi’s hit “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Not only does the in-game footage fit the “cowboy” story in the song, but the use of scenes from Tatooine gives it that real old west feel. You be the judge and let us know what you think. Please take some time and let the video creator ksaddi know by leaving a comment on his Youtube channel also.

 
That is all for this week’s HoloNet Links. Please leave us your thoughts, ideas or suggestions in the comment section below.

Do you have a favorite SWTOR fan fiction author or site you would like to see highlighted? Have you come across some interesting SWTOR links you would like to share with the community? If so please send them to us here at Corellian Run Radio and it might just get highlighted in future articles. You can email me at corellianrun@gmail.com, or you can leave link suggestions in the comments below, or in the Facebook group. See you all next week!

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