Shaven Wookiee Cantina Episode 27: Restrictions
This week the crew sit down and talk about the new restrictions from the Free to play module and manage to stick completely to the show notes. Fullback would like everyone to know he cried, but they were manly tears. Manly manly tears.
Exc. Producer: Xander Hayes
CoHost Sith Overlord: Roland
Audio Engineer: Tank
Content Manager: Fullback
WIE’s Logo by Michel Achard
The Shaven Wookiees Cantina
Show Notes : #27
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity —Gilda Radner
Galactic RIM Electronics :
Introducing the E-Pad 9
The Epad 9 is the latest from the scientists on Dromund Kaas.
Stand Alone or connected with 6 other devices. You can stay in touch anywhere. The Empire is always there.
Bar tabs for guests and some panel members feet sponsored by
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Free to Play is on the Way, but is it truly Free?
Subscription vs. Free-to-Play Features
I mean have you seen the List of Restrictions NOW…
Okay so I knew that free to play would come with some limits to how you play the game, but DAMN ! I mean this is like going on a crash diet. While you will still be able to see all the storyline content, making you way through it as a F2P player will be different from subs.
Okay to name a few that gets me the most upset : 1 Crew skills, You can only have ONE per Free Character. 2. You are Limited to only 3 Races Human, Zabrak , or Cyborg (basically humans with metal bits) so really just 2 races. 3. Equipping items : If you happen to PAY FOR A RAID and you get a purple item, YOU CANNOT USE IT unless you get a license using Cartel coins or Bison Bucks or whatever the frakkin currency is. There is more I could rant on about but This list will have to do for now.
So basically I can log in and maybe play semi crippled, and I lose all my stuff from my previous subscription. Wow I feel like I’m Playing Champions F2P again.
Okay we may have to restrict races, but these three would probably make the transition less jarring. especially the angry looking one.
When Player Wishes go too Far :
Fans are fans , and make no mistake about it MMO players are still Fans. Almost Fanatical followers of a title will want what they want and are not usually very receptive of changes that they didn’t ask for. We see this playing out all the time in that what a title was during its release tends to look a lot different when it’s a year old, or in the case of SWTOR less than a year old.
That begs the question, at what point does the artistic vision of a game creator and the developers have to capitulate to the constant jibes and cries of discontent from players, all demanded a “personalized” gaming experience for their hard earned 14.95 a month? Case in point : the departure of Muzyka and Zeschuck from Bioware. In an interview following his retirement Greg Zeschuck had this to say
“You have to love games and you put your heart into them to create them. To have the fans creating petitions against the work is pretty hard to take, especially when you’ve spent the last few years crunching overtime to try and ship a game. It can be hard to shut off the overwhelming negativity the internet spews forth, especially when it has your name or the name of your company in it.”
Titles that have Succumb to over Nerfing, Customer coddling, and the Perception of Failure by producers
- EVE-ONLINE : For several years the game was heavily focused on PVP and giving that aspect of the game all the “benefits” and little “risk”. Even Rewarding behavior that their more active members enjoyed like theft and player griefing. The atmosphere was so pervasive that it led to an incident where one of those same PVP players advocated a campaign of harassment so intense that the hope would be the real life suicide of the target of his ire.
- Star Trek Online : Mostly a mish-mosh of east/west cultural incompatibilities and game styles that has turned a fun game into an over monetized grind fest, that takes all the best items and gear away from the general public and locks them in virtual boxes that need real world currency obtained keys to open them, or the rewards are at the end of some ridiculously long mission chain that could take over 200 real life hours to gain.
- SWTOR – So much potential during release, but fell short when it came to communication, and fell on its sword to please fans that were used to a WoW experience and demanded it in the SWTOR universe. the Capitulation on one thing led to more one-sided compromises that led to more discontent and the aforementioned petitions.
R2D2 Kidnapped @ New York Comic Con – NYPD Troopers “We cannot find the Droid you are looking for”
In a Brazen act of .. well.. Brazen theft. Someone has made off with this magnificent piece of pop culture memorabilia. I think it’s Jawas.
UK toymaker Dudebox, was giving away an ultra rare R2D2 model that was made from a mold created in 1977 by Robert Beecham. It was supposed to go to one Lucky winner, but it seems someone had other ideas. At around 1830 (local time) the little droid that could do anything was stolen from booth #2915. The contest has been suspended until the model is recovered , Returned or a replacement has been re-cast. We at the Shaven Wookiee cantina echo the wishes of the entire sci-fi community by repeating Dude Box’s request to bring this incident to a close. It is behavior like this that diminishes the genre and those of us that partake in it.
“If you can please spread the word of the stolen R2D2 across Twitter and Facebook we would really appreciate it. Also if you see him for offer, sale or trade at the Con or at any other convention you might attend please do inform us or the NYPD. If we recover him we will of course complete the contest to select one lucky winner who will receive him.
If you use Twitter please head to @hellodudebox and RT the tweet about the stolen R2 unit. We would be so happy to get him back!
The DUDEBOX team”
If you can help, please do the right thing! “
Mrs. Vader gets punched in the face. —huh?
Darth vader seen searching rebel bases for his wife’s attacker
Apparently Lord Vader’s saber has been extended in places it should not have been. Ikbal Hare, 35 of Walsall England was arrested for assault, after he took a swing at a man named Darth Vader ( Mark Nokes , changed his name years ago for a charity event and his wife decided to do the same). Mr. Hare tells police that he was upset that his wife was apparently involved in an extramarital affair with the Dark Lord of the Sith.
During the commotion is seems that Mrs. Nokes , err.. I mean Mrs. Vader, attempted to intervene in the ruckus and took the poorly timed moment to come between the punch and her husbands face, and took the blow herself.
Hare was captured two days later at a “Girlfriend’s” home and was subsequently arrested and charged with assault and given 18 months probation and anger management.
Germany Star Wars Flash Mob : PHILHARMONIC STYLE!
Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. — Robert McKee
We are all travelers on this world of ours, we exchange moments and memories made together and then for many of us we move on , never to be seen or heard from in each others lives again. It is comforting that in our travels we come across stories that so resonate with us, that we are able to be connected in our collective joy. in Cologne Germany a recent flash mob, brought smiles and looks of happy confusion to people as they played the theme song from Star Wars. During the video, one can see the smiling faces of people of all colors, ages and genders, smiling like happy children given a lolli unexpectedly.
Trying to get a Latte’ and you get an OBOE in your ear…Silly Germans….
Well…Looks like Star Wars attracts the Cuties….Hola Frauleins…
German FLash mob of Star warshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sTHXIzHPyqE#!