SWTOR Trophy Art for PVP-How to Claim Your Decorations

Some of the new wall decor is already in the game. The art labeled trophy art for each of the PVP matches is set to pick up. If you haven’t done much PVP over the years you may not have the required achievement. If you have then you will need to pick it up the same way you claim the class signs.

The achievement you need is the last one in the “Kills” section of each PVP match type, all the way at the bottom of the list. If you select the last of those achievements you will see an icon for the art piece. Right click that icon to have one added to your available décor. You can have 50 of each one should you be inclined to click that much.

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My Crazy November

This year my blogging friends helped convince me to give National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) a try. Having already written over 50,000 words earlier this year, I felt confident in joining up to write the sequel to my first book. After a morning of stutters and feeling like my fingers and brain were not in the same room with each other, I’m feeling a bit less confident. My first book pretty much flew onto the pages. This one, which requires that I remember names and settings from the previous book, keep characterizations consistent, and remember what the heck I named my characters is going to be a lot more challenging!

NaNoWriMo 2014 participant badge

Enter the Dragon:

Dragon Age: Inquisition, which went gold on all platforms this week (yay BioWare!), releases mid-November. I have my pre-order queued up and ready to go, my excitement level has been fed by the hype train, and I really can’t wait to launch my past decisions using the Dragon Age Keep into a new game. Without a doubt, this game will be the biggest challenge, and most likely reason why I won’t hit 50,000 words, to my novel writing goal. I’m okay with that. I’ve accepted it. I’m not going to let it keep me from writing for the first part of the month.

As if That Wasn’t Enough:

November is SciFiMonth. I heard about it from some other bloggers and authors who will be reading all things science fiction this month! Check The BiblioSanctum for reviews and more. For more information, you can visit Oh,The Books SciFiMonth post, and follow the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth on Twitter. I plan to start reading Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, with The Warrior’s Apprentice. I have been meaning to read those and this is a good reason to start. Oh, did I mention that the book I’m writing for NaNoWriMo is a SciFi novel? Well, there we go, appropriate to the month. Of course, when my pre-order of ML Brennan’s Tainted Blood arrives, I won’t be able to resist the temptation to hop into Urban Fantasy land for a little while.

I may not sleep much this month…

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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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