Day 5. Kids were tired so I was able to start WoW at about 7EST. That had a queue of ~2400. I just left it open and played some SWTOR in the meantime. I think it was about 10pm when I could finally log in. From the garrison to any other flight point gave me an error that the instance could not be loaded. It also told me that the world server had crashed. Quit that pretty quick. Good news is that I have 5 more days of game time, so yay? We’ll see tonight but from what I can tell, there are still a few dozen servers that are in the red.
I had mentioned that I cleaned out my bags and re-focused on making some credits right? Well, the previous night’s purge gave me about 500K in sales. I collected my crew skills, assigned new ones, posted on the GTN and then moved on.
To a Jedi Knight of all things. I’ve heard that a Knight and Smuggler are somewhat on par in terms of story quality and I have an odd dislike for the Smuggler (due to the IA), so knight I went. Funny story actually, as I had played a knight in the beta, so there were quite a few spots that were a sort of déjà vu feeling. I had tried to do a few of the Tython quests in addition to the class ones. I completed 1 of them total, due to the way the items and drops were spread out – which I remember as being a grind issue back in beta.
See, while leveling my other characters, I tend to pick up the nearby quests. Incidental completion means free credits, exp and sometimes gear. If a quest was above 75% complete, then I’d take the time. If it wasn’t, then I’d drop it. This was if it was even in line with where I was going. So assuming the quest was in the path, I’d say about 50% or so could be completed. Makeb was more like 100% but that’s an odd one. That I only did 1 on Tython was odd.
So I leave Tython at 11 and completed Coruscant by 20. I was leveling at a crazy pace and it was hard to keep a trainer nearby to stay on track. Eh. I also wasn’t paying a ton of attention and forgot to get my advanced class after Tython and only did it at 20. You forget about the playstyle differences between the classes. I opted for a DPS only knight (sentinel), who from what I hear is the highest DPS class in the game. We’ll see how that runs out.
Story-wise there’s not much to report. The decisions given strongly push you to light side. The dark side choices aren’t evil per-se, just a strong push for an emotional response. Feelings lead to the dark side I guess. I do find it funny to be called “the strongest jedi ever met” and I’m only level 10. I’m fighting apprentices and masters like it’s a big deal. From a story perspective, I get that line of thinking. The level is an MMO mechanic, so that a level 10 sith master is technically weaker than a level 54 frog, but lore-wise it’s the opposite.
Story closing Tython and Coruscant is 2 folks who turned dark (or were always) and I hunted them down. I’m the jedi police. Balmorra is next I think. I took slicing to get some cash while levelling. The speed of progress meant that I was too low level to pick up boxes in the sewer portion (there are like, 50 friggin’ lock boxes there) but I’m good now for the next planet. Companions are ho-hum, with a droid and a jedi padawan at my side, neither of which has much of a character to speak of. I hear the story gets a lot stronger later on, in particular when you get Scourge at the tail end. Looking forward to that.
What’s neat is that when my night was over, I logged into my Dromund Kass (Empire) stronghold with my jedi. I think it’s a smart thing to have a single house for all alts. Quite a few games support this today, or at least access from an alt to a main’s house. SWTOR isn’t super alt friendly, but with legacy perks, collectible gear and strongholds being shared, it’s a solid step.