Sith Holocron

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  1. 16 minutes ago, Fair Strides said:

    Haha, thanks! I still have no idea where you came up with this image, but it's fucking beautiful. Hell, can I borrow it as the cover photo on FB?

    Sure you can grab it. 

    For background on this picture, It's one of the rooms in my Nar Shaddaa stronghold in SWTOR.  Since I have been regularly farming on Ossus, I have accumulated all of the (currently available) crystals a long time ago. That's why all eleven shades of the crystals are here.  I think of it as a meditation room. 

    A bench is so much more civilized than having sit down on the floor. (It doesn't mess up your robes!)

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  2. Just a few moments ago, I posted a long quote from Quanon that he left on my previous blog.  It's useful but without the picture links (that are now broken), it's not nearly as useful as it could be.  I have reached out to Quanon to see if he could provide either the pictures (or recreate them) or do the "more noob friendly tutorial" that once indicated he might be willing to do.

    Feel free to work on your concept until Quanon responds, @Thor110.  And if you want to see the quote in it's current state that I referred to, see this blog and scroll down until you see Quanon's entry.

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  3. 32 minutes ago, Neville said:

    and I have not posted that picture in a while.

    Are you sure about that? Leaving aside your Status Updates . . .

    Character Portraits thread - posted once (here)

    Mod Finishing thread - posted twice (here and here)

    [WIP]Recruit Sarna thread - posted twice (here and here)

     

    8 minutes ago, Malkior said:

    @Sith Holocron 

    Is there a way to crop replies? I've always just hit the Quote button multiple times, and deleted the extra text, but that is sort of an esoteric thing to give a new person grief about.

    New person?  He's been here since 2015. 

    And by crop, I mean do indeed mean deleting the unnecessary text. 

    And he is replying in my Blog.

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  4. 1 hour ago, Neville said:

    When I stated SithSpecter modified the helmet, note that the helmet model I have has a chinstrap. I messaged SithSpecter because a lot of communication was on Instant Messenger, which the site no longer has. I am checking Private Messages.

    Why check your Private Messages when you can ask @Sithspecterhere.  In public.  Hey @Sithspecter, can he use your mod?

    As long I have you here: Neville, isn't it high time to finally stop using this picture?

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    We get it - you love the picture.  One posting of it per thread is more than enough though. 

    Speaking of threads, one WIP thread for Sarna related things is more than enough for the Works In Progress section.  You have two at the moment.  (Before I retired, it was three.)  If you actually want folks to help you, don't divide your effort over multiple threads.  Ask an administrator to merge them for you.

    Lastly, only quote something if you're going to reply to the questions.  Crop out what you're not going to reply to.  That's just simple common sense.

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  5. Update as of 17 APR 2021.  Information mirrored from Vulkk's page on the matter.

     

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    SWTOR terminates its Player Referral program on April 27th

    BioWare’s Keith Kanneg announced the end for the Refer a Friend program in SWTOR. By the end of April (27th) this program will be terminated and some of its benefits and rewards will be moved or added to other parts of the game going forward!

    Keith Kanneg, the SWTOR Game Director, posted a lengthy message on the official forums to announce the end of the popular Refer a Friend program in Star Wars the Old Republic.

    What is the Refer a Friend Program

    This programs allows players to share a unique URL with their friends, followers or random people. When someone clicked on this URL, they would be considered referred to SWTOR by the referrer (the person, whose link they clicked).

    “The program is meant to incentivize sharing your link with friends, encouraging them to join you in our galaxy far, far away, and granting meaningful rewards to both of you. This helps you (and the community) by increasing the number of players to play with, and it also introduces people who’ve never played SWTOR to one of the biggest Star Wars experiences in an online game.” – said Keith.

    The link granted the player a limited seven-day subscription-like experience in SWTOR. For seven days many of the limitations and locks would be lifted and F2P and Prefered players would be able to enjoy the content SWTOR has to offer on a level that is close to “Subscriber” or as EA likes to call it now “Premium player”. Close, but not quite.

     

    The Refer a Friend program doesn’t actually give you access to story content that is gated behind a subscription. That was the biggest drawback many didn’t expect to face after the initial sign up.

    The Refer a Friend program will end on April 27th, Keith stated in his announcement:

    “On April 27th we will begin sun-setting our current Refer-a-Friend (RAF) program. Starting on that day, you will no longer be able to refer new players into the program via your RAF link–however any current referrals will remain in place.”

    Why is BioWare ending the Refer a Friend program in SWTOR

    The program’s main goal for BioWare and EA from business point of view was to attract new players to check out their product and eventually pay a Subscription for a month or more.

    They used the player base to help them advertise this program by allowing them (us) to share our unique links. There are quite a lot of nice incentives for players to share their links and try to make their friends also try the game.

    The program has been online for so many years, I had to check out the first referred players on my own link to remember when it launched – August 2013, or around that time.

    The program never met the studio’s expectations, though: “RAF is not quite meeting that goal.” – Keith said. That was all he said.

    I have my own thoughts to share, though. The majority of players who used it were not new, but rather old returning ones, who only wanted to play the game for a little while with fewer restrictions. And most of the new players, who joined through the program, probably did not last long or did not subscribe at all after that first week.

    Over the years the program became a way for the (in-game) rich players to offer large amounts of credits or other goodies to people, who use their links. This could be BioWare’s biggest reason to end the program.

    This problem continued to grow thanks especially to the ongoing and never-ending destruction the Cartel Market caused to the in-game economy with a large influx of expensive new shinies coming from the Store directly available for credits on the GTN.

    The amount of “free Cartel Coins” earned through this program using means outside of the actual SWTOR gameplay, was not to BioWare’s taste, I am sure of that. With the new Galactic Season system coming up, everyone will be able to earn “free Cartel Coins” through gameplay.

    What happens to the benefits and rewards this program grants

    The Refer a Friend program offers benefits to both sides – the preferring person and the referred player.

    “[…] one of the benefits RAF gave brand-new players was free access to Character Titles and the “Unify Color” feature on armor sets.”

    What’s happening to these with the ending of the program later this month?

    Both of these will become available for free to all players with Game Update 6.3. These unlocks are already disabled from purchase in-game already. It would be unfair for BioWare to continue selling them in the Cartel Market since they made this announcement. Fair and good decision!

    The Refer a Friend program offered other things. Valuable things. Examples are the very nice mount that helps new and low level players get a free boost in transportation.

    SWTOR-Refer-a-Friend-rewards-Kurtob-Alli

    The Kurtob Alliance Speeder was the first thing referring players earned for sharing their links. This thing was absolutely amazing back in the day – sturdy, fast and cool-looking mount that will not break and explode after two rifle shots coming from the ever-so-ambushing-you Tusken Raiders.

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    The little droid pets that you earned for referring more players through your unique link, were nice, but nothing special. They were actually all the same model droid in different color schemes and unique names.

    Will something else replace this program

    No. There are no plans for the moment for something else to come take the empty space this program is about to leave in the SWTOR community.

    We want to really take the time to assess what the old system did right, did wrong, and what will make the most sense to achieve the goals of a RAF program in today’s game” – Keith explained.

    You can still visit the official Refer a Friend page on swtor.com and check out the full details of this program while it’s available. If you like, you can also read Keith’s full message here.

    You still have some time to use a link. Make your friend or favorite content creator happy by clicking on their own link before April 27th 2021. (Ed: Mine will be listed below.)

    What is special about April 27th

    This is a Tuesday. Tuesdays are popular days in the MMO developing world (and gaming dev world in general) for releasing patches. We have SWTOR 6.3 coming up and this date fits perfectly.

    There is no official announcement from BioWare yet on the release date for 6.3. It is highly likely, though, that they are targeting April 27th for several other reasons. The studio usually takes about two weeks after a PTS cycle to release the previously tested product – in this case SWTOR 6.3 PTS closed down earlier this week – on Monday with the following statement :

    Where something ends, another begins! SWTOR 6.3 brings the new Galactic Seasons system, which will allow you to earn Cartel Coins for free and, in a way, will replace to some extend the Cartel Coins you may have been earning through the Refer a Friend program.

    Another big big feature in 6.3 will be the brand new Flashpoint on Dantooine, featuring Darth Malgus! The story continues!

     

     

    And that about covers it folks!  If you want to use my link before the 27th, here's the link.


  6. 10 hours ago, Neville said:

    I asked in 2015. I found basic tutorials, but more detailed tutorials sometimes required are not available through links.

    Well, it seems like Qui-Gon is helping you.  As he pointed out, this isn't the most active modding community at the moment so much of what you'll accomplish will be both self taught and mostly done on your own.  Try following his advice and review those tutorials and see how far you can get with those.  When you reach a wall, then ask questions when they crop up. Take it one step at a time.

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    I did not get support when I tried to use modified TSF armor because of porting rules.

    When did you ask about this originally?  Porting between TSL and KOTOR (and vice versa) has been allowed on this site since 2018.  If you need to know the minutia, read JCarter426's blog on this specific subject.

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    I need help.

    You really need to look into those tutorials that @Qui-Gon Glennhas kindly pointed you towards.

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  8. 4 hours ago, LDR said:

    Check PMs.

    Thanks for that, LDR.

    Let me state that I was not planning on making such a mod. This post wasn't made to put out feelers to gauge interest.  I just think that someone is eventually going to make a mod using this technology.  It may or may not be for KOTOR but it seems inevitable that a mod using a deepfake is going to happen.  With this in mind, it seems prudent to calmly discuss the matter before something like this shows up on our doorstep.

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  9. Just now, Revan (sith lord) said:

    Where did you get them?

    Which items?  One must be specific!  (Mostly ebay)

    The tables are dejarik tables from vintage Millennium Falcons. The electronic R2-D2 I think I got from a Toys 'R' Us long ago. (If you press the button, it lights up and makes R2 noises.) The Twi'lek is an Aayla Secura figure with a vintage Bib Fortuna cloak.  (Too big for the figure.)  The trees and Christmas lights are from a store in Maryland that closed down when I was stationed there long ago.

    Just now, Revan (sith lord) said:

    I think the lot be a nice addition to my house.

    Not for sale.  LOL