knights of the fallen empire

An expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The Stream Team: Playing through Profit and Plunder in SWTOR’s KOTFE

With chapter XII of SWTOR’s Knights of the Fallen Empire wrapped up, Massively OP’s Larry and MJ are moving on to chapter XIII, Profit and Plunder. With a title like that, MJ is expecting a little cash and maybe a lot of commotion. Of course, commotion is all but assured after the last transmission with Kaliyo and Aric Jorgan; chances are only one of those two will survive. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to watch how that little confrontation will play out and vote on the Chiss Agent’s reaction to it all.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

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The Stream Team: Exploring the end of SWTOR’s KOTFE Chapter XII

After her tiff with Valkorion, Massively OP’s MJ awoke in an unfamiliar place free of that uppity ghost’s influence. Thanks goodness! But where is she? Larry sure isn’t going to tell. There’s only one way to find out: Her Chiss Agent is ready to explore the rest of KOTFE’s Chapter XII. Luckily, MJ lives to explore! She loves discovering new things, including discovering what choices you — the audience — will make in the story. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to decide the next steps of the story in this latest installment of Choose My Alignment.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Charging ahead into Chapter XII of SWTOR’s KOTFE

Having celebrated the conclusion of SWTOR’s Chapter XII on the dance floor, Massively OP’s Larry and MJ move on to Chapter XIII: Visions in the Dark. That doesn’t sound ominous at all, does it? Of course, it is fitting since MJ is in the dark as to what choices her Chiss Agent will make until the audience votes on them! Will the resistance grow, or run into resistance? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to continue the Choose My Alignment adventures in Knights of the Fallen Empire.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Diving into SWTOR’s new Manaan stronghold

SWTOR just introduced a new stronghold, and this one will help Massively OP’s Larry and MJ cool off a bit in the summer heat. Well, it could if it were real! Manaan, the home of the Selith, is a water planet, and the duo will be diving in to show it off. After that, they’ll return to their Choose My Alignment adventures in KOTFE. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to decide the Chiss Agent’s fate as the war against Arkann continues.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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Star Wars: The Old Republic’s 5.3 is live today with Sisters of Carnage, class updates, and new housing

Star Wars: The Old Republic’s 5.3 patch is rolling out today, bringing with it the new underwater Manaan Stronghold home, the Sisters of Carnage raid bosses, and Lana and Koth companion visual appearance customizations. Already have too many homes? No biggie; now you can have a total of six of ’em, so you can squeeze in the Manaan Retreat too.

Pretty much every class has received a balancing pass this round too, as teased rather ominously over the past month.

Plus? “Tanno Vik has been convinced to put clothes on and will no longer appear naked in Knights of the Fallen Empire cutscenes.” So there’s that.

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The Stream Team: Continuing to Chapter XI in SWTOR’s Knights of the Fallen Empire

After recruiting Firebrand to help in the resistance, Massively OP’s Larry and MJ are heading back to base to begin the next chapter of SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire, which just happens to be Chapter XI. Will there be more recruits, or is it time to start sticking it to the Fallen Empire? Will the audience choose to blow more things up? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as the KOTFE Choose My Alignment story continues.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Charging into KOTFE’s Chapter IX in SWTOR

Massively OP’s Larry and MJ wrapped up KOTFE’s Chapter VIII and are charging right into Chapter IX as their Choose My Alignment adventure continues in SWTOR. First up: Meet with some of the new alliance members that will be helping to take down the Eternal Throne. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to make any of those important decisions that come along. As a bonus, thanks to a donation by Sray, the duo will be giving away one SWTOR digital starter pack so someone new can also dive in and start checking out the Knights of the Fallen Empire for themselves.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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The Stream Team: The end of act one in SWTOR’s KOTFE

Massively OP’s Larry and MJ have reached a major culminating part of the story in the SWTOR Choose My Alignment adventure — the end of Knights of the Fallen Empire’s first act. The duo are on the way to talk to the Scion of Zakuul, Heska. How will things unfold? That all depends on you, the viewer! Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to direct the choices during this act one conclusion.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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Battle Bards Episode 96: SWTOR expansions

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

With those words, you know you’re in for a rollicking good adventure — and some impressive and spellbinding music to match! On today’s episode, the Battle Bards return to Star Wars: The Old Republic to look at the music of the recent expansions. Has the Force been with this MMO’s soundtrack? I’ve got a bad good feeling about this!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 96: SWTOR expansions (or download it) now:

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The Stream Team: An audience with SWTOR’s Lady of Sorrows

Strike up the band! She’s been elusive, but the Lady of Sorrows has found Massively OP’s MJ and Larry and now the duo have been granted an audience with her in SWTOR. They’re off to see if they can get her to join in their cause of dethroning the current evil emperor. How well will the negotiations go? That will depend on what choices the audience votes for. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to cast your alignment votes (and decide whom the Chiss Agent has to flirt with today!).

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Looking for SWTOR’s Lady of Sorrows

Senya went off to do some “work,” leaving Massively OP’s MJ and Larry to skulk about SWTOR’s Old World of Zakuul to learn more about the planet as well as search for the Lady of Sorrows. What information will they dig up on the surveillance feeds? What more can MJ’s Agent learn about the Emperor as he continues his attempts to goad her into using his dark powers? Many questions depend on the choices you, the viewer, make. We call this Choose My Alignment for a reason! Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to have your chance at swaying the vote as MJ and Larry walk deeper into the dangerous underbelly of Zakuul.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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The Stream Team: Senya’s secret is out in SWTOR

Massively OP’s MJ has made it through the trials, and now SWTOR’s Scions of Zakuul have agreed to help her and Larry as they work against Arcann. MJ also learned a secret about Senya. What will MJ’s Chiss do about this revelation? That all depends on which way the Choose my alignment votes go. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to sway the vote as Larry and MJ move forward with their plans to dethrone Arcann.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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Hyperspace Beacon: Why I’m taking a break from Star Wars: The Old Republic

I’ve been considering writing this for awhile now, but I’ve not been sure how to broach the subject. I’ve not been playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. That’s not to say that I haven’t been logging in or that I’ve not been paying attention to the community and the development of the game. But when I do log in, it’s to roleplay with my guild or GM one of the campaigns my guild has cooked up. I’ve not run operations, I’ve barely run Uprisings, and I’ve been done with PvP for over a year now. Usually, the developers have some event or story content that would bring me back or keep me sucked in, but not this time.

I know it doesn’t mean that I will never be back to SWTOR; it just means that the gameplay itself — in its current state — is no longer interesting to me. It also doesn’t mean that I will not log into the game. In fact, I will probably log in regularly because my roleplay guild is extremely active and healthy. And although I could probably unsub and play the just fine, I think that I will stay subscribed because the subscription isn’t expensive, and I do like the perks. But I’m certainly not going to support the overzealous cash shop.

I’ve been covering this game for about six years, so it’s probably important that I discuss the details behind my stepping away for a bit and what’s been the final nail in the coffin.

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