SWTOR Decorations: New Slot Machine

The 1 credit limited time purchase for the slot machine decoration from the Binary Star reputation vendor has gone live in today’s patch. I figured I’d take a quick shot of it and post for those of you who are decorations-mad like I am.

swtor slot machine decoration

Okay, I’m not quite “mad,” as I’ve seen people who must have one of everything in the game. But I still enjoy unique and new decorations and now I have a Hutt’s-worth of these little animated floor decorations.

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SWTOR Decorations Tip: How to Claim Your Class Mission Circular Signs

A guild member clued us in to this tip from the forums, and I’m sharing it with a screen shot to make it easier to find. This may be changed in the future to automatically unlock, but for now you can manually claim the various circular sign decorations for any class whose chapter 3 missions you’ve completed.


Open your Legacy window (Y), then look for Achievements –> General –> Click on Chapter 3. Select any classes whose Chapter 3 missions are complete and you will see the rewards for those missions in the lower right. Right click on the Item Reward icon and you will see a yellow system message confirming the addition of the sign to your decorations. You can right click up to 50 times for each class sign, if you feel so inclined.

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Your Online Character’s Theme Song

This is a fun topic that was started on my SWTOR guild’s forums recently. Darth Vader had his Imperial March when he shows up on the screen. So, what would your favorite character’s “dramatic entrance” music be? Like most fun questions, this one is hard because I can’t pick just one favorite character or memorable moment to put to song.

My WoW mages always got stuck wearing dresses. Same with the Jedi Consular and Sith Inquisitors in SWTOR. So of course, Aerosmith’s Dude Looks Like a Lady had to be on the list.

For my Imperial Agent, Genesis’s Land Of Confusion is a great fit, but it ties with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Or maybe Simon & Garfunkle’s Sound of Silence. :)

For my Jedi Knight, there just is no substitute for the Force Theme from the original movies; however… Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight also has to be on the list.

If you’ve played the Bounty Hunter, then you know that Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar works quite well.

And the Smuggler, well, she’s complicated. But I do love Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory. And my male Smuggler’s is Eagles’ Desperado because he’s a bit more edgy.

And because every character needs a song with awesome guitar riffs, my Sith Warrior’s song is Van Halen’s Mean Street.

So, what are some good theme songs for your favorite characters?

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Most Posts and Views in a Month (and that ain’t half bad)

blaugust_2014_survivorWell, today is the last day of August, and thus the last day of that blogging phenomenon, Blaugust. I’m very impressed that 29 bloggers made it all the way past the finish line. Well done! (Edit: Here is the wrap up post with links to all the participants. There are some really great posts in these, I just wish I’d had the time to read them all.)

I didn’t officially sign up to compete. I knew that I wasn’t going to make the every day posting, mainly due to being out of town a few weekends in August and being too lazy to front load scheduled posts. Despite that, I did commit to posting more frequently, and I met that goal. I actually managed 14 days in a row of posts, and I’m pretty proud of that accomplishment.

Hats off to Belghast for his mad experiment. I read a lot of great blogs this month.

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Nar Shaddaa Smuggler Haven

I finally got my Nar Shaddaa stronghold to 100% decoration status. I am not fully happy with it, there are a lot of trophies on the walls and many decorations I still want, but I can swap those out at my leisure now. Here is a quick set of screen shots of the various main areas.

Functional entry hall with all the convenience items grouped together:NSentry

Hallway with doors to the smaller rooms I’ve made into bedrooms, med bays, barracks. This has Voss Ka couches, and a holo terminal:NSHall1

Bedroom with galaxy console, nicer bed, and Selkath chairs:NSbedroom

Med bay with small kolto barrels and medical bed:NSmedbay

Barracks room with bunk beds:NSbarracks

Lounge area off the main hall with Guss hanging near the basic bar and the bartender (who does nothing and doesn’t sell drinks… not sure he is worth the cartel market certificate):NSlounge1

Boring lower hall, made slightly more awesome by the carbonite “bounty” and Tatooine info board:NSlowerhall

Party room! This one is worth two views since it is my favorite room in the whole place. The Jedi Fountain is nice and soothing. The serving droid is also not worth the cartel certificate IMO:NSlounge2

Relaxing in the game room, I like my game tables:NSFavoriteRoom

Balcony with merchant stall and the Huge generator, it is really big, requires the centerpiece slot, which hides my skyline view:NSbalcony1

Solarium with tool stations, Czerka desk, Gree light columns:NSSolarium

Starship dock with Phantom (the Agent’s class ship):NSShipdock


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SWTOR Strongholds: Do Your Research (or suffer like me…)

I have no one to blame but myself, but I figured I’d share a little warning for those who hit my blog by searching. Do…not…bother spending the 5 Dark Projects and 5 MK-3 Universal Prefab kits to buy a class ship unless you have fully unlocked Nar Shaddaa or Tatooine. You have been warned…

The only Starship hook types available are in those two strongholds. It costs a LOT of credits or Cartel Coins to get to the areas where you can place your ships. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the really nice landing pad on the Coruscant or Dromund Kaas balconies will work, because those are too small. Yep, and Centerpiece hook types are too small. Just spend the 500 fleet commendations to buy a decoration type that only takes up a Floor Large hook to place and be done with it.

This is not the ship I wanted to put here.

This is not the ship I wanted to put here.

As usual, Dulfy.net has great information on unlock costs for various strongholds. My smuggler started out with over 6 million credits before 2.9 came out. Now she can’t afford to unlock her “Solarium” so she can place the sexy X-70B Phantom Agent ship I bought, intending to put on Coruscant because it is an Imperial ship… The cascading credits costs to get to the room that leads to the Solarium, which costs an additional 2,250,000 million credits to unlock, or 2,200 cartel coins, has made me weep. I’m down to 632,726 credits and 723 coins, so that is not going to happen for a while.

I know we are supposed to have goals and this is supposed to motivate us to make money, and run quests/FPs/Ops that drop mats and these new decorations, but being poor really bites. Patience can be a PITA, especially when a little research would have prevented me from having this itch I can’t scratch yet.

[Edit] P.S. I sold a bunch of mats and consolidated credits so I could  finally fully unlock Nar Shaddaa. So now I have the Phantom placed outside my stronghold. I really wanted it in Republic space (more of a feel of a captured “trophy” that way, but ahh well), but someplace is better than wasted.


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My Smuggler’s Happy Place

NarShadaaSHToday saw the release of early access for Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Galactic Strongholds expansion. I have been playing around with it all day. It is pretty intuitive to get started placing objects, although it doesn’t seem quite as intuitive to get your initial stronghold going.

A few things I learned:

  1. Carbonite people on my walls makes me happy! (buy them in the cartel bazaar for 1 completed bounty contract each with Hero standing with BBA, there are 3 types)
  2. Images of Ops bosses I’ve killed hanging on my walls makes me happy!
  3. Legacy storage and crafting from said storage makes me very happy!
  4. 3 Legacy cargo tabs may not be enough for all the mats I need for making the kits that are used to buy nice things like personal cargo hold.
  5. Go to the crafting and strongholds section of the fleet to pick up a starter quest. When you complete that quest you’ll get a bunch of decoration items, including the legacy storage unlock item.
  6. If you had a sub by the deadline, click on the Nar Shaddaa terminal on the fleet in the strongholds area to buy your free stronghold. Both factions can visit this stronghold for free (it is 1000 credits to be smuggled cross faction, no cinematic, not worth it). Put your nice unlocks in Nar Shaddaa (or Tattooine if you are really rich).
  7. It takes 3 universal MK2 prefab kits to buy a personal cargo hold item to place in a stronghold, or buy the pricey 1024 cartel coin bundle from the cartel market that has one, plus GTN Kiosks.
  8. Training the schematics for the new strongholds kits is very expensive. Buy some on the GTN while people are being stupid and undercutting each other. They are selling for way less than the training + mats costs on my server, at least during this initial frenzy.
  9. I didn’t stock nearly enough mats to make all of the prefab kits I want to make.
  10. Having a guild ship or stronghold will make it easier to access things like consolidated GTN kiosks, various types of cargo bays, vendors, etc., so save some kits or unlock items to place with your guild.
  11. Having new things to play around with makes me happy! Have fun decorating.
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