Happy new year and welcome to the new Ravalation.
Looking back, there isn't all that much to say about the past year. 2013 was the year in which my real life crashed. Suddenly, the adventures of Rav in the virtual world didn't seem all that important anymore. 2014 was a year of careful recovery. I thought about blogging about these things, but never managed to do so. I wasn't ready for it. And maybe this blog isn't the right spot to do so.
2015 is going to be better. There is a bit more space for things in my life besides health and studying and I'm carefully making new plans, one of which is moving abroad for a semester. I think I should be able to write regularly on Ravalation again as well. After all, it's one of the things that I've always really enjoyed doing.
I switched back from gunslinger Y-u'no to my former main character Ravanel on Rep side. But this time I went DPS and only healed when one of our other Asylum healers was absent. I learned to play Telekenetics and Balance well and have been enjoying both specs a lot. However much time I've spent playing Y-u'no, sage still feels a lot more intuitive to me and I figured it out a lot quicker, simply because it's the class I've played since I started playing Star Wars.
2) The year of many Imp guilds
Life on Imp side was hectic to say the least. As I wrote earlier, our guild Obviously left the game for the Elder Scrolls Online. It felt like a shame to let our only Nightmare mode geared characters rot, so we joined PCG Mint Imperials, where we subbed for the main raid team now and then. They didn't have a team in need of two people, though, so we left for Move Along, a guild that had a half raid team in need of a leader. Conrad took up the job and we formed a strong new raid team over the course of several months, eventually ending up back in PCG due to guild drama in MA. Although our Imp adventures were somewhat nomadic, I'm quite happy with the team and place we eventually ended up.
3) The year of leveling buddies
My good friend Marinka finally gave up on LotRO and started playing Star Wars. I've been showing her around and we've been having adventures on our scoundrel and commando together. We've also started doing the heroics of each planet for the Galactic Hero title, having loads of fun with CCing and threading carefully while
wiping undermanning them.
4) The year of many Ravs: an army of Ravs
My PvP buddies in Asylum came up with a new tactic: "to confuse and conquer". They all made a new sage character with the exact same look as my sage Ravanel. Soon all four Revenal, Ravenal, Ravanal (of which it didn't take long for a guildie to come up with the nickname Rav-anal) and yours truly Ravanel were online, all with guild member note "Rav". Of course this didn't just confuse in PvP. When Marinka logged in, she thought I had somehow managed to break the game and be online with four characters at the same time.
If you want to roll your own Rav: the means are above. It helps in PvP. Apparently.
Wait, that's not entirely it...
There, much better.
5) The year in which we ceased to be hobos: strongholds
And probably the year in which I earned and spent the most money ever too. But hey, at least I managed to get my whole Tatooine village unlocked and decorated!
If you are curious about my characters you can check out the renewed fancy Rav's Army page (also available as a link on the tab bar).
Plans for Ravalation
Ravalation still is Ravalation, but you might've stumbled over some orokeets during recent visits. I thought it'd be strange to keep Ravanel from LotRO as an avatar while I'm not actively playing that game anymore. From now on, Ravalation will be a SWTOR blog primarily. I will also stop using game tags such as SWTOR and LOTRO in my post titles, as the focus will be on Star Wars all the time (and I've always thought it looks ugly). Hopefully the blog looks Star Warsy enough to make it recognizable as such without the title tags. Finally, I'll address my boyfriend as Conrad from now on (no more Tiger stuff), since that's how he's known to everyone in-game anyway,
See you around in 2015!