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Grintogg / Feb 10, 2012
Last night we managed to create a fully ranged ops team for the first time due to people being away for family commitments etc. Gotta love Sorc and sniper DPS!!

I decided that with the new tactics we had discussed and a fully ranged setup we would be best going to Karagga's Palace to try and get some progress kills.

We killed Bonethrasher in 2 or 3 pulls and moved on to the bounty hunting team - after working out why the tanks were taking such massive damage spikes we moved on to the 3rd boss who really is a bit of a joke as long as you know when he will drop agro and can time cool downs correctly.

So 3 new bosses and 3 easy kills - well done to everyone involved, and welcome to our 3 new members who help ed make the kills possible. We are now up to 7/10 hard modes down, and i think we really should consider doing EV on Nightmare mode next week.

Grintogg / Jan 13, 2012
Monday night we killed Soa pretty quickly after learning the fight well the night before. After dealing with the looting bug relating to ending the fight in a mind trap we finally managed to get everyone their loot.

On Tuesday after the reset we re-cleared the entire EV instance to enable us to do Hardmode on Wednesday night. We had a crappy bug on Soa that meant we could not get any loot because we were stuck in combat and couldn't rez the people lemming jumping to the bottom of his room - a very crappy design from Bioware that will hopefully be addresses soon - there is no reason not to extend the speeder flight down there or at least add a lift after the boss is killed.

Anyway on Wednesday night we carried on fighting bugs to try and get the first boss in EV down on hard mode - due to numerous bugs with the defence towers before the boss and having to reset the instance and reform the group constantly we managed to get one good try on the boss in 1hr with a 30% attempt with a dps dead for the entire fight.

We are going to give up because fighting all the bugs is really painful, however we opted to carry on after a vote and thankfully the boss started to behave as intended and we were allowed to get stuck in properly. After hitting enrage a few times with 5 or 6% hp left and a few respec's and other minor changes we managed to finally squeeze out the extra dps required to get the boss down.

He dropped Tier 3 gloves, an really nice schematic for a cunning dps ear piece and some other Columni level drops. Sadly Bantora ninja'd most of the loot by accident after we all passed and he looted the boss with auto loot all on!! DOH!

We managed to get a few good tries in for Gharj, but after hitting some new bugs we had to reset the instance and couldn't be bothered to re-clear all the trash so we called it a night - we'll be back before long to clear through to Soa!

Good work everyone and keep up the hard work - hopefully we will have more recruits and people leveled so we can hit 16man real soon.
Grintogg / Jan 09, 2012
Hi Everyone,

Last a small crack team of O o O's finest combat operatives (plus Upayidance) set out to make some progress in the SWTOR end game.

We started out with BoneThrasher, however it appears that either the encounter was bugged or he is un-tankable, with a pretty tight enrage timer for the gear we are wearing. We decided to come back there once the tanks have respec'd as DPS so we can just burn through the HP because the raid damage output is very manageable and this fight will be a joke once we have some gear on everyone.

We moved on to the Eternity vault - the entrance via escape pods is a really nice touch. We landed in an Ice field and promptly got our arses handed to us by two laser towers until we realised they were CC and tauntable! Once the towers were down the first boss died pretty quickly afterwards - anyone who has WoW raiding experience will find the normal modes in EV fairly simple.

The second boss killed us more by bugs than anything else, however the new Magmadar in new Molton Core was soon dead and we moved on to EV's own version of the Karazhan chess event - more of an inconvenience than a boss, but the pillars gave us loot so no-one complained.

Next up was a really interesting boss where everyone gets a mob to defeat in 1 on 1 combat - even the healers. Its a cool idea and it was soon dead once we realised some people needed their own group because of a stupid group heal problem.

With the contest boss down we were finally onto the last boss, who was a fun challenge and felt like a proper end game boss. We had a few amusing wipes with the floor disappearing under our feet and other such amusing bugs, like the boss staying immune and unabl to break the shield int he final phase (under 25% hp left!) We had to call the raid off though because it was time for me to go to bed, and we will be back to defeat Soa and Bonethrasher and probably a load of world bosses tonight.

All round we got some great loot and schematics - well everyone else did - the instance decided i wasn't allowed any new epics last night!! lol

All in all a fun and easy raiding experience for the guild leaving us a lot to look forward to with hard and nightmare modes. As well as more bosses being added to the Hutt palace in the next patch this or next week!.

To everyone who didn't get to come - keep on leveling and i look forward to raiding with you all in the not to distant future!
Grintogg / Jan 04, 2012
Hi Everyone,

Congratulations to Condemned for being the first to level 50 (by miles) - I doubt he is human because he can't have slept much, and i believe his alt is already in the high 30's - so it proves that the force is strong in him!!

We also have Exile and Kirin at level 50 with a few more to follow including Nemus, Frutte, Ninazupants and myself in the next few days hopefully.

And that can mean only one thing - Its time to start farming gear and hitting the end game. It appears that pvp gear is extremely viable for a lot of classes for end game, and with the excellent modding system you can always adjust the gear to suit your pve stat requirements better.

I would like to get some heroic farming groups running this weekend. I have the whole weekend set aside for Star Wars and intend to see as many heroic bosses and maybe even some raid bosses if possible.

So as per usual with new raid content - get out there and watch some youtube videos and read as much as you can - i would also suggest you spend some time over at sithwarrior.com (SWTOR equivalent of elitistjerks) and start to learn about your class in a little more depth.

Enjoy the final push of leveling everyone, and hopefully we can all start enjoying the end game together real soon.

Grintogg
Grintogg / Dec 16, 2011
After a long wait in the queue to get on the server (twice) totalling 2 hours i finally got online and enjoyed whipping through the opening quests on Hutta with Judgemental and Madcat. It went very quickly because i could space bar through the dialogue having done it all before on beta.

I made it to the Imperial fleet around 02L30hrs this morning and met up with Kirin and Ninazu to form <O o O>. The guild has very few features at the moment other than guild chat and MOTD - but there will be a bank etc added very soon.

If you would like an invite to the guild then /w Grintogg, Madcat, Ninazu or Kirin for an invite when we are online.

Sadly I'm off to work, but after that minor inconvenience i will be online all weekend to help out and advise where needed - try and help each other out and co-ordinate your crafting as much as possible. I believe we are still lacking somone with Armstech and Armourer at this time if anyone is unsure on what to take.

See you all later :)
Grintogg / Dec 14, 2011
We are rolling on Legions of Lettow - I don't have an invite yet an i'm not likely to have one for a few days, but we will get the guild up and running as soon as we can.

I hope everyone with early access is enjoying themselves - I just don't want to hear about it right now because I may /wrists!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DFT1Jwf4j0&feature=youtu.be

This cheered me up a little - especially the last few seconds!
Grintogg / Dec 13, 2011
http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=256

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Ahto City
Basilisk Droid
Bloodworthy
Chuundar
Hex Droid
Legions of Lettow
Niman
Scepter of Ragnos
The Ravager
Tomb of Freedon Nadd

I vote Legions of Lettow - it abbreviates LoL - that's gotta be a good enough reason!

Anyone else got any suggestions? If there are no objections or decent comments then that is where we are heading!

Now time to keep wishing for that golden ticket to turn up, because the servers are now up and running!

Fingers Crossed
Grintogg / Dec 12, 2011
Hi Everyone,

I'm sure most of you will have received the email telling you that pre-order early access now starts on the 13th which is great news! The bad news is that the access is going to be staggered by the day, so unless you pre-ordered your game in the summer you are unlikely to have access on the 13th. The rest of us will be getting on some time before the 20th.

This is going to make forming the guild slightly complicated because we will have to wait until I’m in and have 5,000 credits and level 10 before i can create the guild. However as long as we all end up on the same server I can’t see there being too many problems.

I have provisionally picked the server: ' Hand Maidens of Atris' as a server to begin with - the only reason is that was our beta testing server, and i cannot remember the names of any of the other EU PVP servers. They have confirmed that we will be launching on the same server names as we were on with Beta.

Also the guild name I have picked is provisional - we may well go for a new name for SWTOR - I'm not sure to be honest!

I've gathered a lot of the old OoO crew back together and hopefully through MSN, Steam chat, Facebook and this site we can all co-ordinate to be together when it comes to launch and resurrect <OoO>'s good name in a new and exciting MMO with plenty of new content for us to get our teeth stuck into - and more importantly - no magical Pandas!

I've started to post some useful information on the forums relating to crafting etc - it would be good to ensure we have all bases covered when it comes to crafting - we will have to be fairly co-ordinated at first because i believe SWTOR is going live without a guild bank so we will have to communicate our material needs etc in guild chat or through the forums.

I hope everyone is just as excited as I am - make sure you have Mumble installed in advance because this is our new voice communications server - we dropped Vent because of quality issues and too many random WoW players had the details of the Vent server and were taking advantage of it.

And remember:

Peace is a lie, there is only Passion
through Passion I gain Strength
through Strength I gain Power
through Power I gain Victory
through Victory my Chains are Broken
The Force shall free me.