Monday, September 1, 2014

Show Your Stronghold Giveaway



To celebrate the release of the Galactic Strongholds expansion, I am holding a giveaway.  Let's get to the important part first, the prizes.

5,500 Cartel Coins.  The grand prize, a 5,500 Cartel Coin code from Amazon!  You can have a chance of winning this by submitting a video of your stronghold.

Tauntaun Fawn Pet.  I have 10 Tauntaun Fawn pet codes to giveaway courtesy of BioWare.  You can enter the drawing for these by just helping spread the word.

When:  The drawings will happen on September 21st at 9am EST.

So Werit, how do I win one of these?  Good question!  I've included a How-To video below. On the right side of the page is the Sites with Benefits widget.  Click on it and login.  Now you can do missions which award points.  You can spend those points on lottery tickets.  Do as many as you would like, that's all there is to it.

Submit a Video.  Have a stronghold you want to show off?  Make a video and submit it through the widget.  The video must contain 'Sites with Benefits' somewhere in the description.  This lets me know it is yours.

Each video will be reviewed, so you will not get the points for it immediately.  I will get to it ASAP, so check back for your points.   Videos which are especially short will be rejected.  I'm pretty open though, so just put a little effort into them :)

Not sure how to make a video?  Check out this link:

http://www.wikihow.com/Record-Movies-of-PC-Games-Using-Fraps

Feel free to ask any questions in a comment





Want to use Sites with Benefits?  Drop me a line and I'll get you all setup :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Episode 6: Manaan

In this weeks episode of Werit at War, we take a look at the Depths of Manaan Flashpoint.  It is the latest, at the time of this writing, entry into the Forged Alliances story arc.  I also talk about Forged Alliances, so there will be some minor spoilers.  It's starting to get pretty interesting, can't wait for Part 3 coming September 9th!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dead and Dismantled

BioWare is nothing if not good storytellers.  I think I said that right.  Anyway, they once again proved it with their latest blog content.  The story involves, indirectly, Jakarro and C2-D4.  These are characters which appear in the Forged Alliances story arc (Part 2).  They are quite entertaining so far.  No real spoilers to follow, just a good story.

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“Your ambush failed.”

The droid’s voice almost sent Kern out of his seat. He’d been lost in thought, hadn’t heard it come in. One more lapse he could blame on getting old. Make that two more, if the thing was telling the truth. It got impatient for an answer and continued: “Four dead, seventeen injured. Jakarro and C2-D4 escaped.”

Kern didn’t look at the droid, didn’t need to. The face never changed, “eyes” never moved. Just flickered. Adjusted, focused, analyzed. Infuriating. He reached for a bottle on the desk instead, topped off his drink, took a long swallow. “You didn’t even try to help my people out, did you?”

“You said my price was too high.”

He’d laughed when he’d heard the bid. What kind of droid expects to get paid at all, let alone a small fortune? Pour, swallow, grimace. “Your price was too high.”

“You’ve just lost twenty-one staff. Plenty of wages to reallocate.”

Blasted thing was a financial planner, now? Kern shook his head. “How much do you think I paid those people? I’d have to drop forty of ‘em to hit your fee.”

“If today’s unpleasantness should prove anything, it’s that you get what you pay for.”

Kern growled, thought about reaching for the blaster he kept holstered beneath the desk drawer. Something else crossed his mind; his hand went back to the bottle instead. “How about that crate of spice I paid for?” The bait to lure Jakarro and D4 hadn’t been cheap.

Droid eyes flickered, adjusted slightly. Thinking. Processing. “The illicit cargo you ordered was delivered on time.”

“What? How?”

“The Wookiee bludgeoned your ‘buyer’ to death with it.”

Kern tried not to picture it. Depu had been a good man, they’d been on this hunt together for years. “And Jakarro just left it there?”

“As the contract specified. A consummate professional, clearly.”

Did this thing actually admire the Wookiee, or was it just programmed to be irritating? “He’s a blasted animal. What about the droid? He do any of the dirty work?”

“Not this time. He’s down to just the head, now.”

Kern laughed and set his glass down, a bit harder than intended. He’d probably had too much, but his other hand was already pouring more, so it seemed rude to refuse. “You know how long I’ve been after that pair? When I started, the only thing—“ swallow, grunt, “—the only thing that droid was missing was his conscience.”

Glowing eyes flickered again. Always thinking. Always annoying. “Droids don’t have consciences. We do what we’re made to do.”

Kern’s hand found a way to point his glass accusingly. “You’d know better than me.” He celebrated his wit with another swallow.

More flickering. More thinking. “Why pursue these individuals for so long?”

“You have their rap sheet.” Kern had witnessed eight of the documented twenty-seven—scratch that, thirty-one—killings, probably more than fifty of the two hundred and sixteen assaults. More vandalism, theft, and contraband smuggling than he could remember. And no telling what else they’d done that never made the record. “You have any idea how long a Wookiee can live?”

“Wookiee lifespans have been documented to reach—“

“Shut up.” The droid actually did; a victory worthy of another swallow. “Hundreds of years. Hundreds. If I don’t take him down, he’ll still be thieving and smuggling and killing when my grandkids die of old age.”

“Moral obligation? Quite a hindrance, for a bounty hunter.”

Kern laughed. He reached for the bottle again, but only managed to knock it off the opposite end of the desk. It struck the droid’s shin, bounced away, and spun into the corner. The glowing eyes didn’t move. “The great BH-7X!” Kern’s arms found a suitably dramatic pose. “I’m supposed to pay you a fortune to partner up, and you can’t even dodge a bottle?”

“Apparently, neither can you.”

“I don’t think it’s a crime to have a drink or two in my office!” Kern’s slurred words mixed with a chuckle. He tried to finish his drink, realized that his theatricality had flung the contents of his glass across the wall, and laughed even harder.

“No, that isn’t a crime.” Kern didn’t see the droid’s arm move. He only saw the flash of light, and found himself suddenly staring at the ceiling.

Strange. His ears were ringing, and he smelled something cooking. “Funding the purchase and transport of glitterstim spice is certainly frowned on, though. The reward for your capture and recorded statement of guilt should at least recoup my travel costs for this wasted venture.”

Glowing eyes came into view, loomed over him. The ringing noise faded, replaced by the sound of a carbonite pump rumbling into action somewhere in the droid’s innards. Limbs refused to move.

“I’m glad we could do business together after all, Kern.”



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Imitation

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?  As you may or may not know, Sites with Benefits uses an optional Twitch IRC bot to reward points as people watch the stream.  One of Sites with benefits users asked for the ability to have viewers request and play songs in exchange for points.

Nightbot, the most popular (I think) Twitch bot already has this functionality.  So I did some reading and learned enough to guess how they did it.  Basically, they use a website to play the youtube videos in the background.  Since Sites with Benefits is web-based, I did the same.

Viewers can now queue up songs through the Twitch bot.  They are sent to a special server page which the streamer has open.  The page automatically plays the youtube videos in the background and voila, song requests are in.   It was a fun project, even if it only took me a few hours to implement.

As always, if you want to use Sites with Benefits drop me a line and I'll get you all setup.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Manaan and the Future

SWTOR is currently in the middle of a new story arc, Forged Alliances.  It is mostly being played out in Tactical Flashpoints with some conversations around them.  So far, three new Flashpoints have been introduced:  Assault on Tython, Korriban Incursion, and Depths of Manaan.  They also added a small new area for Manaan which is really nice to walk around.

I've worked my way through all of them, which is a feat for me since I mostly play solo.  The group finder has worked like a champ and involved very little waiting.  Depths of Manaan triggered immediately after I pressed the button.  Despite how cool it has been working, I'd still like some solo content.  I'll deal though.

I won't go into the story, as you should experience it for yourself.  The Manaan Flashpoint itself was really well done.  The setting was great, it wasn't too long, the fights were cool, and the story was interesting.  You also get to meet an awesome Wookie.  It'll be the subject of this weeks video too.

The third part of the story is due out in early September, with another new Flashpoint.  I think that will then lead into the expansion which is due out this year!  There is plenty going on with SWTOR.  I'll be posting about my unreasonable hopes and dreams about the expansion soon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Episode 5: 2.9 Arrives

It's Friday, that means it is time for another video!  That makes 5 weeks in a row, so far so good.  SWTOR's Galactic Strongholds expansion has arrived.  In this video, we quickly decorate my house, open a few Cartel Packs, and talk about the new Conquest system.  Give it a watch, I try to keep these things short.  This one was tough though, lots to talk about!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I HAVE BANTHA

On my third Gatekeeper Cartel Pack, I got a Canyon Bantha!




Bantha > Rancor.  I'm a bit too happy about this.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Operation Good Fortune

***BEGIN ENCRYPTED TRANSMISSION***
***CIPHER LEVEL GAMMA 3***

TO: Havoc Squad Cmdr
LOCATION: Unknown
SUBJECT: Operation Good Fortune

Major,  I am ordering Havoc Squad to immediately depart for Nar Shaddaa in Hutt Space.  Upon arrival, report to Ambassador Averdon, I believe you have dealt with him before.  He will fill you in on the specifics of your mission.  What I can tell you is that Nar Shaddaa will be your squads home for the foreseeable future.  The Republic has made a deal with the Hutts which will allow us to set up a base of operations on the moon.

From this stronghold, we will be in position to strike the Imperials and other enemies of the Republic.  I am also assigning you a detachment of Republic Guardsmen to assist with security of the base, they will be awaiting your arrival on Nar Shaddaa.

One last thing Major,  this base is not exactly a secret.  I wouldn't be surprised if Imperial Intelligence knew about it before I did.  So be on your guard.

***END ENCRYPTED TRANSMISSION***

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Look

I've been wearing the same armor in SWTOR for a while now.  Thanks to their modular system, you can keep the look you like pretty much forever.  I was wearing Tionese and Columi gear, which I thought looked pretty good.  I figured it was time for a bit of a change.  So I switched out a couple of pieces, changed my base color from green to red, and got myself a new assault cannon.




Gear customization is on of the more underrated aspects of SWTOR.  I really like that you can move set bonuses in between gear as it really opens up the possibilities.  I'm mostly using Obroan PvP modules to gear up.  While it won't get me into any Hard Mode Operations, it should do just fine in Story Mode, and PvP.  

I also decided to change up my spec.  I mostly played a Medic Commando, but I was in the mood to do some damage.  So I changed my skill tree to Gunnery.  I'm still sporting my Medic gear though, as I just don't have it in me to try and get two sets of gear.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Strongholds Video

I told myself that I would not go on the PTS.  I would wait for the patch to go live, and then check out Strongholds.  Needless to say, those plans were short-lived.  I just could not resist the allure of new stuff to play around with.  So I spent a little time checking out the Nar Shaddaa Stronghold.  Of course, I made a video about it.