Friday, 18 April 2014

SWTOR: Bears in space

The laptop is back! Looking back it took two months to get the repairs done. And even that wasn't exactly how it happened, because we ended up not getting the original laptop back but a new version with better specs. Annoying that it took this long, but on the other hand it was worth the time and money because this means we can use it for a few years longer before having to replace it.

Guild troubles

Unfortunately, we found upon our return to Star Wars that both our Republic and Imperial guilds had become inactive, due to a combination of us not being able to attend and the release of the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). The situation was especially severe in our Imp guild, with almost all officers, members and guild leader having left off to ESO without any plans for Star Wars. A real shame, because we had a solid team of good players doing progression raids and our characters are ready for the new nightmare modes. For the moment we've joined a larger guild called PC Mint Imperials, so hopefully we're able to get raiding there.

On Rep side activity luckily seems to have returned, and we have some raids planned again. I'm really happy about this, because Tiger and I have played and raided with these people for years in Lord of the Rings Online. It has been great raiding with Asylum in Star Wars now LotRO has a far more casual character and lacks proper endgame.

Drawing bears

I also had amazing fun designing a new website for our Rep guild. I've given up on getting better at drawing on the Bamboo tablet for now, because it dawned on me that improvement will mostly have to do with getting to know tricks and buttons within Photoshop, something that I simply lack the energy for. Instead, I've found great fun in illustrating blog posts and now designing our guild website. I feel this simple back-to-basic style has its own charm. And by just doing it a lot, I might even learn a few things and, in time, improve a bit.

For our guild's banner, I was inspired by whoever decided our URL should include "bears in space" and our guild's mascot Norman. Taking these quite literally, the result was a rather silly retro-looking website including some bad humour. I was anxious to hear the reaction of my guildies, but luckily they have been exclusively positive so far! I'm happy with any feedback, though, so if you want you can check our website out over here.


  1. Looks like the TESO bleed really hit you guys. How are you doing Ravie? Still drawing bears in space? :P Just checking since you haven't posted anything lately.

    1. Hey, really sweet of you to inform about my wellbeing. <3

      I wasn't really affected by "the TESO bleed" all that much apart from our Imp raid team. I think most people were a bit done with all the raiding. After all we were still doing the same raids only now on Nightmare mode instead of Hard Mode. Things do feel a bit grindy at some point...

      Anyway, things are going a bit better and I'll be returning to blogging very soon (tomorrow morning, to be precise). It's been too long! :)

  2. *cough* is it just me? Or was this post 4-1/2 months ago? Doesn't anybody blog anymore? :P

  3. Anybody home? Hey you!

    I want to start a new "Field Guide to Avatars: avatars in their natural habitat". I feel like it'd be a lot richer if it included avatars from many geographic ranges (virtual worlds) rather than just the one continent I happen to know best.

    But just doing SL avatars already feels entirely daunting! To do WoW or Minecraft or LOTRO or Terra etc... IDK... maybe I'm overthinking it...

    Anyway, I'm super excited about this idea! But confused about the scope? Should the first "book" in the series be on one world? Should I try to cover other worlds myself, perhaps with light overviews? Telling a Minecraft Avatar from a WoW Avatar shouldn't be too hard! Should I try to enlist regional experts to contribute content or offer guided field tours to collect data?


    I'm confused!

    Any thought / suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    And... How's it going??

    1. I'm sorry for my late response. I don't know if you're still working on your Field Guide to Avatars, but if so I do have a few ideas. And of course I'd be happy to help out on any SWTOR or other world's avatars.



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