IntPiPoMo: The Stable, Part One

For the first time, I am choosing to participate in the blogging event known as International Picture Posting Month, generously organized by Chestnut of Gamer Girl Confessions. I’d like to say this decision is motivated by an upswell of community spirit, but in truth it’s mostly because I heard there were prizes.

You may accuse me of many things, but you can’t say I’m not honest.

Posting 50 new screenshots in a month is not much of a challenge for me. My picture folder on my computer has over 10,000 files, and the large marjority of those are video game screenshots.

Still, my usual posting schedule might not have allowed me to reach the goal, so I figured a special picture post or two might help. Ever the virtual narcissist, I immediately thought of posting some portraits of my many MMO characters… and then it occurred to me I have so many alts across so many games I could probably hit the 50 goal just by posting one of each. Let’s find out, and as always, remember to click the images to see them full size.

And so, without further ado, I present you… ALTS! ON! PARADE!

1: Human rogue, World of Warcraft

My human rogue in World of Warcraft2: Blood Elf warlock, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf warlock in World of Warcraft3: Night Elf monk, World of Warcraft

My Night Elf monk in World of Warcraft4: Human paladin, World of Warcraft

My human paladin in World of Warcraft5: Blood Elf mage, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf mage in World of Warcraft6: Blood Elf demon hunter, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf demon hunter in World of Warcraft7: Orc shaman, World of Warcraft

My Orc shaman in World of Warcraft8: Dwarf warrior, World of Warcraft

My Dwarf warrior in World of Warcraft9: Worgen druid, World of Warcraft

My Worgen druid in World of Warcraft10: Tauren death knight, World of Warcraft

My Tauren death knight in World of Warcraft11: Nightborne hunter, World of Warcraft

My Nightborne hunter in World of Warcraft12: Blood Elf priest, World of Warcraft

My priest claims Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire in World of Warcraft 13: Chiss agent, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Chiss Imperial agent in Star Wars: The Old Republic14: Mirialan consular, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Mirialan Jedi consular in Star Wars: The Old Republic15: Sith Pureblood warrior, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith warrior in Star Wars: The Old Republic16: Sith Pureblood inquisitor, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith inquisitor in Star Wars: The Old Republic17: Sith Pureblood smuggler, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith Pureblood smuggler in Star Wars: The Old Republic18: Cyborg bounty hunter, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Cyborg bounty hunter in Star Wars: The Old Republic19: Miraluka knight, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Miraluka Jedi knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic20: Zabrak trooper, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Zabrak trooper in Star Wars: The Old Republic21: Dragon #1, The Secret World

My Dragon in The Secret World22: Templar, The Secret World

My Templar in The Secret World23: Illuminati, The Secret World

My Illuminati in The Secret World24: Dragon #2, The Secret World

My Dragon alt in The Secret World25: Dragon #3, The Secret World

My third Dragon character in The Secret WorldTo prevent this post becoming too bloated, I think I’ll stop there and bring you the rest later…

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SWTOR: Thus Always to Traitors

After the disappointment of the last patch, I went into The Nathema Conspiracy with pretty low expectations. Thankfully, that allowed me to come away actually feeling pretty pleased, even though the story has its flaws.

A grim statue in the Nathema Conspiracy flashpoint in Star Wars: The Old RepublicThe main problem is that the two big plot reveals/changes to come out of this are really easy to see coming (especially since one is spoiled by the rewards in the quest log) and feel like cop-outs.

But I will grant the writers’ choices aren’t entirely without merit. I went into the flashpoint full of fire and fury, but this turned out to be one of the only times in my entire history with the game I’ve genuinely regretted a dark side choice. I think that shows that the story had some real emotional weight to it.

As for the other Big News, it definitely feels, again, like a cop-out, but I can’t say I have a better idea for how to progress the story. They had kind of painted themselves into a corner. It reminds me of the ending to Dragon Soul, actually. Not an amazing ending, but perhaps the best they could have managed.

And those issues aside, Nathema Conspiracy felt like a much stronger patch than A Traitor Among the Chiss or Crisis on Umbara. It’s still a bit shallower than I’d like, but there’s definitely more and better story content here than in the earlier patches. Despite some rather thin development leading up to now, it did feel like a very epic and intense conclusion to this particular arc.

I was especially impressed by how much the graphical fidelity of this game continues to improve. There’s some beautiful lighting effects in the new environments.

The Nathema Conspiracy flashpoint in Star Wars: The Old RepublicI did enjoy the twist around Zildrog’s true identity, as well. That was one thing I didn’t see coming, but in retrospect, it makes perfect sense.

In terms of mechanics, it’s a standard SWTOR flashpoint. It’s too long, there’s way too much trash, and the bosses are HP sponges. But at least it’s not half as bad as Copero was.

In the end I think my favourite part of the patch may have been the quiet character moments with Lana at the end. I was definitely not expecting this to be a major patch as far as romance content goes, but I’m not complaining.

Honestly, at this point, I think Lana is the main thing that’s keeping me playing SWTOR. I don’t love the setting, and I’ve never much liked the gameplay, but as long as Lana’s there, I will be too. I’ve really come to enjoy her character.

I am having pangs of regret now that Vector’s back, though. I’m not sure I’ll ever have the courage to do his Alliance Alert. I don’t think I have it in me to break his heart like that.

Poor, poor Vector.