One thing I was excited about when Patch 1.2 hit was being able to work on customizing my UI. While I had obviously gotten completely used to the default UI, I really wanted more open screen space. The first thing I did, before moving anything around, was to use the “Global Scale” option to make the entire thing smaller. I settled at .8 because I gained a lot of extra area but I could still clearly read all text and see the icons for each of my icon buttons easily. Once I got the overall scale where I wanted it I just started moving things around. Some elements did get scaled individually once I got them in the position I wanted them.
This first screenshot shows how it looks when in an 8 man Operation. You might notice that the action bars are just a tiny bit out of alignment. The two main bars in the center are fine, but the re-arranged one on the left is a tad too low and the one on the right is a tad too high. I promise you, I have fixed that since this screenshot was taken. It was driving me crazy. The other thing to point out is that my companion frame is what you see in the upper left corner but since I’m in an Ops group, he’s obviously dismissed.
Finally, I want to talk about the fact that I have 2 chat boxes, one on the bottom left and one on the bottom right. People are always curious about this. Basically, the one on the left is set to only show the Guild channel, anything related to Ops or Party, when a guildie logs in (so I can say hi) and when someone whispers me. The chat box on the right only shows what is not shown in the left. The reason for this is not because I want to read general chat with no distractions, but because I want to be able to read guild, ops & party chat with no distractions but I still want to be able to see what loot I just picked up or when a boss goes into a frenzy, etc. This is actually pretty similar to how my WoW interface is setup.
Here’s what the interface editor looks like to achieve the screenshot above:
And here’s an alternate version I created in case I ever get in a 16 man Operation. The only difference is moving the lower right chat box up to the upper right and expanding the Operations frame out to the right to show 16 instead of 8.
… and I finally got a chance to get in there and check this beast out for myself. I had stayed away from SWTOR related stuff after the NDA was recently lifted because I wanted to experience it all firsthand and be a total noob. I can assure you, I was a TOTAL noob. I couldn’t even join my friends in a Flashpoint on Sunday evening because I couldn’t figure out how to get there. I had passed by the instance once, just couldn’t get back to it. The force is apparently not strong with this one. But aside from that, beta was a total blast. I love, love, love this game. I am planning on making my main a Jedi Consular when the game launches for real, so I decided (thanks to some words of wisdom from a friend) to play a Sith Inquisitor during the beta. They’re basically the same role, but now I haven’t spoiled any story lines or anything for my new character. It will all be new and exciting.
I had big plans to write big posts about what I experienced during beta, but the more I leveled up, the more I realized I don’t want to spoil too much for anyone else. So I’ve decided not to post any specific details. I realize I’m flattering myself by pretending more than 4 people will even read this post, but just in case one of those 4 doesn’t want to know too many details, I have decided to keep it pretty generic.
And so I present a copy of the notepad notes I jotted down during game play:
- Love the fact that quests are given by cut scenes with voice actors. I pay more attention, stopped reading quest text in WoW, but listen to every word here.
- Repair is a little weird, it’s a separate tab on a vendor and you have to choose each individual item you want to repair. **edit – found the “repair all” button at bottom of window.
- Unlike the RIFT beta, I am not comparing every little thing to WoW. I’m not worried about what is happening in WoW while playing.
- I do miss the whole hearthstone type thing. I really have no idea where I need to be for resting experience. What is considered my home base? Oh wait, that must be what quick travel is. Too bad I blew my cooldown by just clicking on it to see what it does.
- I do like that items which are used during the quest are on a separate tab in your inventory and not just mixed in with the rest of your random loot.
- My pc is handling it awesomely well. I’ve got my graphics settings turned all the way up and no issues. Woot.
- I don’t know if I missed the explanation somewhere, or if they just didn’t bother explaining it, but I found the ship that transports you up to the Imperial Fleet and from there you can go to another planet. I just don’t know if I’m supposed to go somewhere else now or wait til a quest tells me to.
That was all VERY riveting, yes? Later this week I’ll up the excitement around here even more as I post some generic screenshots I took during the opening video which everyone has already seen as one of the trailers. YOU’RE WELCOME!