The big news on the Star Wars The Old Republic front is that I've now taken part in my first two Operations (raids). The first was Karagga's Palace Hard Mode, which was really a matter of in-at-the-deep-end as I had no real end-game gear yet. My great guild were happy to carry me through, and we only wiped once, which was on Karagga himself. Still after a little perseverance he went down and we were victorious.
I had a great time and managed not to hold things up too much, though I did have a little trouble with the puzzle at the Heavy Fabricator for a while. There's nothing like trying to solve a co-ordinated three-person puzzle whilst avoiding proximity droids and taking down a boss mob at the same time!
|Bonecrusher, meet floor.|
I hold my hands up and admit I did break CC a couple of times (hey, I'm still learnin' here!) and I also made a huge error by running round a corner into a full group of raid mobs before we were ready. Oops! Luckily I'm in a great guild, and rather than throwing hissy fits and being annoyed with me they decided to handle it by laughing at me and taking the piss. Thanks guys! ;)
|Karagga - a Hutt in a silly hat, in a giant robot killing machine|
I managed to get some great upgrades to my equipment, and now have three Columi pieces, as well as a couple of Rakata mods for my gear. The only problem now is I have no cash after spending 150,000 credits stripping out armour mods! Time to do some more dailies and build up my bank again...
I made a short video of a few of the fights, which you can check out below.
I've also spent a little time playing around with Legend of Grimrock, a relatively new budget game from Almost Human Games. It's a great dungeon explorer, not so much in the mold of Dungeon Master (which was a favourite of mine on my old Atari ST and was responsible for several missed lectures whilst I was at University) as an updated carbon copy of it.
|Quick, kill it with fire! Then collect the pieces to eat later...|
The graphics are great, it runs as smooth as butter, and the gameplay is decidedly old-school. I'm playing it in the old-school manner by turning off the auto-mapping and using some good old fashioned graph paper, just like I did when playing Dungeon Master 20 years ago. It's a brilliant updating of a classic game, and has the same addictive nature (my first 30 minute try turned into a four hour epic that left me bleary-eyed at work the next day). If you were ever a fan of old-school dungeon explorers you have to check it out.
Finally, the other thing I've been busy working on is a complete redesign of this site, with a new theme and features. I'm hoping to have it up in the next week or so.