Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR’s 12x XP leveling guide and Ziost’s finale

Happy Revenge of the Fifth! Because this column comes out on Tuesday, I’m a wee bit behind on wishing you a happy Star Wars day, but that said, some very important things happened yesterday. Not only was there exciting news in the Star Wars theatrical universe, but Star Wars: The Old Republic started its 12x XP and opened up the rest of Ziost.

I’d like to cover those two areas today. First, I want to give you a guide on how to prepare yourself properly for 12x XP so that you get the most out of it. Believe it or not, if you do 12x XP “wrong,” it can kill some of the fun. And I’d also like to talk about the second part of Ziost. If you saw my livestream yesterday, then you saw the spoiler, but I will try not to spoil anything that hasn’t already been spoiled by the Shadow of Revan expansion.

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Gaining the 12x XP bonus

The idea behind 12x XP is that you can level up a character to max level just by doing the class story quests. As any SWTOR fan will tell you, the best parts of the game are the class story quests. Of course, there will be a huge debate over which class story is the best, but that’s an argument for another time.

Right now, I’d like to talk to you about how to make the most of your 12x XP bonus. And that starts by getting the XP bonus in the first place. You do have to be a subscriber to get the XP bonus. Here’s a little-known hint for those looking to get back into the game: If you were a subscriber and haven’t subbed for 90 days or more, you can follow my refer-a-friend link and play as a subscriber for seven days. This will give you the 12x XP bonus. You also gain a free server transfer if your server happens to not have the population you like. (My server is The Ebon Hawk if you’re wondering.) I don’t want to turn this into a big ad for my refer-a-friend because that’s not what this is about, but I should mention that if you don’t have an account, you can click the link and gain other rewards outlined on the refer-a-friend page. Everybody wins!

216 is the magic number

hsb-mop-12x-greeIf you’ve never run through the planetary missions, I do recommend that you turn off the 12x XP for that character. Once you leave the starter world, you’ll end up on the Republic or Imperial Fleet. There in Combat section of the main space station sits a Gree (a squid-like creature) vendor that will sell you a White Acute Module. This will temporarily turn off 12x XP so that you are not grossly overleveled for the planet when you get there.

If you are willing to just do the story quests, then you need to prepare yourself ahead of time so that 12x XP doesn’t become overwhelming. In order for it to work the best, you should already have a character above level 50 or one with a good chunk of basic commendations. These can be earned via heroic instances or a random drop from an elite mob. The magic number of basic comms that you need for the leveling process is 216.

Hopefully, you have enough reputation to gain a set of legacy-bound gear from a reputation vendor from Section X, The Gree Event, or some other place with a rep vendor — there are many of them. If you don’t, then I recommend that you buy the cheapest orange (adaptive) gear from the Galactic Trade Market or from the Cartel Market. In fact, I’d recommend getting four sets. This can be done by unlocking it in the Collection UI or simply buying four sets from the GTN or reputation vendor.

Modify your armor

Now that you have four empty sets of armor, it’s time to put modifications in. In the Supplies area of the fleet, about 24 vendors stand behind different counters. They are labeled by level, and they are either armor or modification vendors. There are only four vendors that we are concerned with: levels 17, 29, 37, and 45 modification vendors. You might want to wait to buy from the level 49 vendor if you are unfamiliar with the class because the last boss can be tricky.

No matter your eventual role, I recommend that you level up as a DPS class. Mobs will die faster and your healing companion or tanking companion will do well enough to keep you alive as needed. Taking that advice that means that the item modifications that you need will center around two stats: your main stat, which varies based on your class, and power. Pick the armoring and mod from the modification vendor that has the most of your main stat. Warriors and Knights pick strength, Inquisitors and Consulars pick willpower, Agents and Smugglers pick cunning, and Troopers and Bounty Hunters pick aim. The lower level enhancements will probably not have the power stat on them, but when you see an enhancement with power on it, then buy that. Endurance, which is your health stat, will likely be on each of the modifications, but in the overall scheme of leveling, your health pools isn’t the most important.

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Grand total

Each piece of armor takes one armoring, one modification, and one enhancement. If you add those to the modifications and enhancements of your main and offhand weapons and then add the armoring, hilt, or barrel that you need for the weapons, you have 27 different modifications. Each modification costs 2 basic comms each, which means each set of armor plus weapons will cost 54 basic comms. And since you will need to replace your armor only about once every 10 levels starting at 17 and ending at 50, you will need a total of four sets, costing a total of 216 basic comms — the magic number.

If you want to gear your companion similarly, then obviously, double the number. However, if you get Treek and play a Trooper or Bounty Hunter, she can just get your hand-me-down gear.

Now, you are ready to go do your class quests. Fly! Be free! But most of all have fun.

A surprise ending for Ziost

Lastly, I want to talk about the latest part of Ziost that was added yesterday. Although my hopes were extremely high for the planet, my expectations were low. I didn’t expect anything monumental or game-changing considering that it was just an update and not an expansion. In the end, we gained another daily area and a new operations boss. In a couple of weeks, I’ll have a guide about the cost versus payout for the daily area, but the most important part for me had nothing to do with the actual quest mechanics.

For the first time in a long time, I was extremely surprised at the direction of the storyline. Without giving away the actual story, let’s compare what happened in the story to another BioWare story: Knights of the Old Republic. The biggest reveal and ah-ha moment in that game was that your character was Revan. However, there was a moment well before that it was revealed that you were Revan that had a pretty big impact on me: Malak bombarding Taris. It was shocking and gave me the feels. Although the Ziost storyline was different, it did evoke those same emotions. So I give a point to BioWare writer Charles Boyd for that one.

If you’re looking for the full spoiler version, I suggest you play it yourself or watch my Twitch VOD playthrough of the whole Ziost story that I recorded last night.

Every other week, Larry Everett jumps into his T-16 back home, rides through the hypergates of BioWare‘s Star Wars: The Old Republic, and posts his adventures in the Hyperspace Beacon. Drop him a holocom on Twitter @Shaddoe or send him a transmission at larry@massivelyop.com. Now strap yourself in, kid — we gotta make the jump to hyperspace!
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I’d just to make one correction, unless my math is wrong.
You said there were 27 modifications needed, but there are 7 pieces of armor, one mainhand and one offhand. Times 3 that would be 27, but the belt and bracers only have two slots for modifications, and that brings us to 9*3-2=25. At 2 comms a piece, it is 50 comms every time you slot your items. Doing this 4 times gets you a magic number of 200. Not too shabby.
Thanks for the article, it helps me a lot, I just wanted to point out that part.

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Dalishal

Hi I have watched some stuff of yours on twitch and podcasts. Good stuff.
just started playing SWTOR seriously about a month and a half ago. I was introduced to and guided along by a friend who plays. I should mention this is my first mmo. When left on my own, I have not maximised my time and resources appropriately I think. Unfortunately my friend and I live indifferent time zones so this happens a bit. And I committed the cardinal sin of not turning off 12xp. :/
First and probably main character is a lvl 50 Sage Healer. Any advice on what to do now? Im in a guild, and just starting on group tactics traing. Guildies slowly coming back to the game so no real group activities yet. And friend introduced me to the lvl 50 basic gear vender with the ugly armor…

Shirvington
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DanielBeamish  If you are a subscriber, you are getting 12x exp and either 8 or 12 comms per class mission. The comms aren’t a quest reward until midway through Drommand Kaas, though, as you’ve probably seen.

Mansemat
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JakeDunnegan Mansemat I’ve only been playing one character right now. Good news though. Even though I had a mandatory name change I was able to use the same name. Go figure. I’m hoping the rest of my characters are as lucky. 

So I’ve been playing my Sith Juggernaut and I’ve been using just green drops up till now and running around with Malvai Quinn since he heals. I haven’t been having any problems except for some rather bad lag and have been thoroughly enjoying the story which is what originally got me hooked on the game. Although now I’m stuck. I’m on a specific mission that is making me use Jaesa Williams so I’ve lost my heals from Quinn and this particular mission is rather hard as I’m supposed to be attacking with an entire army going after some Rebel General. I had to choose which of my companions did what in the mission but Quinn was never an option. So I can’t even get passed the regular mobs on my way to my mission because there are too many of them. Groups in the area consist of two standard mobs, a dual saber weilding Jedi, and an elite battle droid of some type. Do you think I should break down and use some of my commendations to get some better gear at this point to see if I can get past this area?

JakeDunnegan
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Mansemat JakeDunnegan Since I was subscriber since launch, I was able to keep all my names, even one as common as “Agile” – which, considering I was subjected to at least two server moves that I know of, that’s pretty impressive. We even kept our guild name through the first one, and lost it on the second. ;) 

My wife, on the other hand, who was never as much of a fan as I was, didn’t keep her account active and lost her family/legacy name, as well as several of her character names on the second server move. 

I don’t blame them, though, for giving priority to people who are paying customers. I remember when WoW sent me emails saying that if I didn’t log in, I’d lose my name, and I didn’t bother.. most of my names were pretty crappy anyway, since that was a mob scene in trying to get your “typical” name, even back when it launched in 2004.

JakeDunnegan
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DanielBeamish

You get 12 times experience on class missions, not 12 times commendations ;). You should be seeing your XP show a different color, which indicates you’re getting the 12x bonus for class missions. All the side missions give the same experience as before. The commendations simply help you level up faster as you’ll die less and kill things faster from having very good gear.

You’ll probably be fine in any case, even with green gear, if you don’t have the spare commendations as Larry mentions in the 6th paragraph above – he also mentions turning off the 12x XP if you’ve never done the side quests, which, I agree, you’ll miss a lot of the actual game if you don’t do them at least once on each side. There’s plenty of time to level up characters on the 12xp bonus (it’s going to be here till approximately Thanksgiving) to still get the chance to thoroughly enjoy all the voiced over quests in the game.

But, even if you don’t do that, he mentions getting a character to 50 – which, also a good thing as that will give you points in your legacy which will also give you a highier presence stat and make your companions very powerful. Leveling becomes a total breeze on your second character, practically no matter what you do. ;)

DanielBeamish
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DanielBeamish

Hello, just got back to SWTOR. I am curious on the comms things. I know they rolled basic and planetary into one, but im not seeing the 12 per class story? I just started an Agent and am on D. Kaas now. Maybe you dont see them on the first planet class missions?

Mansemat
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Mansemat

JakeDunnegan  It’s not that big of a deal now that I’ve had the opportunity to laugh about it after bringing up the “first world problems” thing that reminded me of Weird Al. It was just aggravating at the time.  :)

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

Mansemat ;) In all fairness, the game did launch in late 2011. ;) Probably had 4 years of development.. they hadn’t quite thought up @Name handles yet :)

Mansemat
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Mansemat

So I reinstalled and log in without doing the subscriber thing just yet by following the referral and it says I have “preferred” status. Preferred to what exactly? Wouldn’t the subscriber be the preferred status since they have the more preferable perks of the two? I should probably just go ahead and use the referral. 

So, I haven’t played since right before the game went F2P and apparently there’s been a server merge and now every single one of my characters requires a name change. Coming up with names is the hardest part for me and it can take me as much time coming up with a name as I spend in some really involving character creators.  I really really don’t feel like dealing with this right now. It’s 2015. Why haven’t developers learned from other games that you don’t have to have unique character names so people can use whatever name they want? Third world problems I tells ya!

Kaloth
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Cyberlight Kaloth My bad! My sardar (sarcasm radar) hasn’t been as accurate as usual lately.

Shirvington
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Larry, normally I enjoy your SWTOR columns, but for a surprisingly simple 12xp leveling guide, you got it a bit “wrong.”

12xp won’t get a character to “max” level. The bonus ends at 55, regardless what content you are currently doing. The “idea” behind the exp bonus is to get more characters to SoR content. You still have to do SoR content at normal experience rates to get to 60.

You don’t need comms from a higher level toon to deck out sets of legacy gear. By the second planet, you are getting 12 comms every other class mission. Because BW lowered the costs of mods recently, you’ll have more than enough comms to gear out yourself and your favorite companion every other planet, which is more than sufficient.

You shouldn’t even have to purchase any moddable gear at all. New characters get a set of 4 complete legacy gear shells from the Galactic Starfighter expansion. I wasn’t subbed or playing at the time and I still get the shells on new characters, so I assume all characters do. Use those sets for your toons and your companions. The added benefit of those sets is that you can overlay an appearance on them with the outfit designer and subsequently swap the legacy gear for any toons that use the same main stat, cross faction or otherwise.

That being said, there is no reason to purchase level 49 or even 47 gear. At level 47, players should head to Makeb and start questing there with the GSI bolster. Subs get RotHC for free now, correct? The exp and gear is just better. You will get from 47 to 55 on Makeb with quests to spare. Even if a player is simply trying to experience the class quests, they should get to 51 or so and return to the vanilla game to finish the class story. It will be much easier.

Though this guide wasn’t specific about getting to 60 or just finishing the class quests, I’d imagine most people would want to keep their toons for max level content and future content, so getting to 60 still matters. I’m surprised you’d overcomplicate something as simple as just doing the class quests.

JakeDunnegan
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Techbot Alpha Wildstar is “WoW” in space from everything I’ve seen. I don’t know how SWTOR  is a WoW clone – outside of the fact that it has skill trees (which they’ve changed dramatically), the “holy trinity” with class roles and a slightly cartoonish look. 
Having said all that, the same could be said of darn near every MMO out there, and WoW, in fact, got those ideas from other MMOs and Pen and Paper games before that. 
I have heard others talk about a grind – and, if you don’t like quests, then it certainly can feel like it. To me, a grind is doing the same monotonous task over and over again. To me, a grind is like – say, Everquest 1 – where the quests, despite the name, seemed few and far between and you basically just went out and killed monsters, often times the same five or ten monsters, for hours on end. There was no variation in the tasks or the story or anything. AION was similar to that.

But SWTOR? ESO? Not so much. The quests, if you read and follow along, are varied and interesting (at least to max level – I make no excuses for any game’s end game at this point…)
As far as tanking goes – SWTOR tanks (and again, ESOs, oddly enough, though I’m not playing it right now) – both make tanks VERY effective and their DPS is fantastic. I have played all the classes (but not all the subclasses) in SWTOR to max, and my wife was a main raiding tank, and she typically played healers in every other game, But she would SNARL at me if I ever suggested taking over her role. ;)
As for the “glowy bamboo stick” thing – that may depend on your PC, it sounds like, as well as if you’re playing zoomed out a lot or not. Plus, some of the saber wielding classes definitely have a lot more “moves” than others, and on top of that – it depends on how much you use the skills that utilize the cooler moves. 

Having played Sith and Republic, DPS, “caster” and tank with the saber wielding, in my opinion, the Jedi Shadow and the Jedi knight have some seriously cool moves that really make you feel like a saber wielder. The knight, especially, since you have the leaping ability (and two different skills that use it), as well as a kick that comes up quite often, and a spin move.. man, it makes me want to go finish leveling that guy right now. ;)

Techbot Alpha
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I really wanted to like SWTOR, and this x12 might well have tempted me back in…if I had a PC that wasn’t at ‘zombie’ stage and I had the income to spend on a sub.
The problem for me was that SWTOR felt very much like a WoW clone. And I don’t use that term often, as over-saturation and use have taken away some of the points of it. Combat is a direct copy. Level grind with pointless missions outside of the class story? Yup. The voice acting and cinematics and whatnot are good, but…eh. I think the airy-fairy combat feel doesn’t help. I don’t FEEL like I’m hitting people with a lightsaber, more like a glowy bamboo stick. 
Also, whoever approved of the WoW-like ‘tank’ classes in games like this, where you get stunned and knocked back and have only marginally more health than a DPS with NONE of the damage? Yeah, you can go to hell and tell the devil that this ex-City of Heroes player sent you. That was the ONLY game I’ve played where tanking actually felt fun….

Cyberlight
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Kaloth  Twas said in jest, my friend. :)

Kaloth
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Kaloth

Cyberlight Really?
Here’s another spoiler for you: Darth Vader is Luke’s dad!
Seriously, the game has been out for almost 12 years. If you haven’t played it by now, you’ve got no right to run around with your hands in the air yelling ‘spoilers!’.

shigsy
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Shaddoe shigsy Yep sure enough when I logged in today I’m now getting the 12x XP. :)  I was led to believe there was no visual indicator for the XP boost, however I’ve since learnt that the gold border and ‘xp’ tag at the end of the XP bar shows it – as pictured here -comment image
Anyway, all good and thanks Larry for the referral link :)

Shaddoe
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Shaddoe

shigsy I’m not sure what’s causing this. Maybe it’s a bug. You aren’t the only one who has said this. I referred the other person to @musco on Twitter. The refer-a-friend page says clearly:
“Previous Subscribers enjoy seven days of subscription level access with unlimited access to missions and features up to Level 50.”
So hopefully it’s just a bug.

Shaddoe
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JakeDunnegan Shaddoe Unfortunately, I had to make a choice. I did the link because I didn’t want to give too much copy to the refer-a-friend thing. That’s why I was  little more vocal in the comments. I’m sorry for any perceived misrepresentation. Clearly my intention was not to make cartel coins off of this. In fact, I’m surprised that I got any to be honest. (I blame Bree for saying it was a cool thing to do in the comments :-D )

JakeDunnegan
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Shaddoe JakeDunnegan Argh! Classic case of my cool reply getting deleted by an errant type-press. 
I think the reason it just struck me the wrong way is that you all do hold yourself to a higher standard, and I’ve really come to respect and appreciate that. Typically, a disclosure is right there in the article instead of a link away. (And considering most people who will likely use the free-week link will know little of how the system operates.) 
You all do a great job here, and trust me, I wouldn’t begrudge any of you a little extra bonus on the side. But, keeping it all above board, even when the possible monetary or even non-monetary rewards are trivial or unwanted is really what separates you from the “other guys”. 
Keep up the great work, Larry – seriously, the SWTOR articles are some of my favorite on the site!

Shaddoe
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JakeDunnegan The disclosure is on the refer-a-friend page. And the point is certainly not to get me Cartel Coins — which I said was not the point — and I did in the comments explains what’s happening here. The idea is to give everyone a chance to experience 12x XP. If I do end up getting a lot of Cartel Coins, I’ll do a giveaway or something.
To be honest, I couldn’t care less about Cartel Coins. The Market doesn’t really give me anything that I’m interested in. Full disclosure: I’ve received 6 subs from refer-a-friend from this. So do look for a giveaway on one of my livestreams. (I stream on Wednesday and Sunday evenings when I do raids.) Watch my Twitter for the exact times.

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

Dude. Love ya, Larry, (as I was one of those few people  – post-AOL-debacle – that starting sending you a few dollars monthly via Patreon) but the refer-a-friend thing in your article was really kind of d******-ey. I can’t even finish reading it after that. :(
Just really feels like you’re taking advantage of your position on the site to personally benefit yourself. Particularly since you don’t do a full-disclosure and mention that you will get coins to use in the Cash Shop every month for when they subscribe and that you get additional and unique mounts for having mulitple friends sign up with your link.

wild_abyss
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wild_abyss

Blegh, I see what you mean about comms now. I played for a bit last night and despite getting 12 comms per story mission, I still didn’t have enough to outfit me and Treek. Oh, well, we survived.

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

Needed spoiler alert about the KOTOR bit.

sdyaris
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sdyaris

direpath sdyaris Did not know that.  Just tried with the wife and I so we each got our first bonus.

shigsy
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shigsy

Oddly I’m getting 12 basic commendations per class quest but not the XP!

CastagereShaikura
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CastagereShaikura

Totally for players with to many alts only. A bad idea for a new player to do this. Because you will miss out on alot if you do. Its for sub.only players too. The worse part is you get to end game and are bored to death. Players are always rushing to end game then start complaining they are bored.

shigsy
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shigsy

Are you sure you get the 12x XP on the 7 day sub from refer-a-friend?  I’ve just used Larry’s link and it says I’m subscribed in game but my Class quests are giving me the same amount of XP as same level non-class quests (approx 6000xp for a level 21 quest).  Or am I missing something?

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

hugmonster The agent story is predictable. But I find all the class stories to be entertaining in their own way.

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

I am so glad the XP gain is back. It totally feeds my altaholism.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

216 is the numerical value of Gevurah, the fifth sephirot in the kabbalistic tree of life, and the sum of the letters in God’s 72 hidden names. You need 216 basic comms in SWTOR? Coincedence? More like Zionist conspiracy!

Sum0ne
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hugmonster  Agent story is overhyped and mediocre at best.  Jedi Knight or Sith Warrior is better, imo

direpath
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Shaddoe Lawilc01  Trust me, you will be rolling in cartel coins shortly. I think it was a good call, but its always going to rub some people the wrong way. My opinion, if folks don’t like it, they can write their own blog/column/website to drive people to their link.

direpath
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sdyaris  I’m not sure what you mean by “available”. There is no limit or lifespan to your referral link. It is constant and can be used infinitely as long as the user meets the requirements of having not been a subscriber for 90 days.

direpath
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CraigWilde1  Yeah limiting it that way sucks. We were going to run the op boss but when we realized we had to have everyone through the Ziost quests, we no longer had a full group. I have only finished Yavin on two characters, the third I have yet to bother.

I totally loved the finale and subsequent dailies. I hope there is more on this story yet to come without waiting for a whole other patch.

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wild_abyss  As a sub you get 7 days additional access for free, plus several unlocks, the only one of which is useful for a subscriber being inventory module. Despite that I would still say to do it because. 1. Its free for you to do. 2. It hooks someone else up with a mount and pets if you use it and cartel coins if you sub.

I keep mine in my SWTOR forum sig and all I do is post in new player help and occasionally guild recruitment for my server. I have gotten upwards of 35 subs using my link. I will occasionally talk about RaF in a post if it is relevant, but I never post directly about it.

It really is a sweet system. We encourage guildies who return to use someones link because why not get some free stuff and hook someone else up at the same time?

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I’m thinking of returning to the game for the 12x xp. I haven’t played since the rise of the hutt cartel. Any good guides to ease back into things? Or a guide on what’s changed and what to do to get the most out of the story? Thanks.

CraigWilde1
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The Ziost finale was a surprise and I’m curious as to what happens next. However, I’m getting worried all ‘story’ content will be gated to a single player experience in future, which somewhat undermines the fact it’s an MMO. I’m about to finish Makeb with my Imperial Sniper and she’s duoed her entire way there with a Sith Assassin (both characters being role played as people who want to make the Empire better). I’ve already played 3 characters through Rishi, Yaven 4 and now Zoist and playing each story mission twice isn’t going to be as much fun.
I really hope Bioware will make story stuff ‘group’ missions rather then ‘solo’, but I have little faith in them to do so.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

I’m glad you announced the 12x XP Boost, Larry.  I was kinda surprised that it hadn’t come up yet.

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Dove back into playing this yesterday while home sick. I didn’t finish the Warrior or Inquisitor storylines during the last 12x, so my Jugg and Sorc are having some fun. Also worked some on my Bounty Hunter on Rishii. Finally got him to his Class quest but haven’t finished yet.
One thing to note, you get a few hundred basic comms just by doing the Forged Alliances storyline before you start Rishii. It’s very worth doing.

DarthVexos
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DarthVexos

I’m glad I could facilitate your point!

mattaui
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mattaui

Great article, just getting back into the swing of things myself. I’ve got one 60 (Trooper), one at 37 (Jedi Knight) and the rest are low 20s, so now I know what it’s going to take to gear everyone up properly.

Shaddoe
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Shaddoe

DarthVexos See what I mean? :-D

Shaddoe
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Shaddoe

Lawilc01 True, but that was no guarantee. :-D I don’t expect to get much out of it, personally, anyway. And if I do end up getting a bunch, I’ll start doing giveaways or something.

DarthVexos
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DarthVexos

False. The agent story is okay at best. The best story is the Sith Warrior.

Lawilc01
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Lawilc01

Could’ve allowed/encouraged people to post theirs in the comments and directed people there, and it would have accomplished the same thing. It’s your article so obviously your prerogative, but..yeah.

hugmonster
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hugmonster

No Larry, there’s no debate. The Agent story is the best.

sdyaris
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sdyaris

If anyone needs the 7 days it looks like my account has some available.

Budukahn
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Budukahn

I was holding off on saying anything in the prior Ziost comments because, well, cliffhanger.  Now that I’ve seen it however I can confidently say that the only colossal monolith I’m feeling is this patch and the general attitude of EA/Bioware that they don’t feel they even have to *try* to develop new and compelling content for the game.  The story had some nice ideas, but playing through it on my gunslinger felt like it was full of gaping holes – like how the heck my Republic guys could even get onto supposedly one of the most important planets on the Empire unopposed. Maybe I missed it.
The big screw up though was the cliff hanger thing.  Sorry but coming back a week later to see all of two minutes of cinematic was an incredible disappointment.  Without going into spoilers though the problem was that the Ziost story was short, full of holes and completely failed to make me feel invested in it, such that when the big bad happens, I was really kinda meh.  
Now, 5 months after an enjoyable, but content light expansion the new stuff really feels hopelessly meagre and it’s only too plain why they decided to go the 12x XP route – because the new daily zone just doesn’t offer anything compelling for the next few months.
The problem for me is, I quite like the game, despite the complaints.  But it’s hard to give a damn when the people apparently calling the shots over at Bioware don’t seem to either. I’d been meaning to take advantage of 12x to complete my character roster with a Commando and a Shadow but I really have to ask myself, if this is the standard I can expect going forward, what’s the point?

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