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Welcome to our super-fast, search-able and sortable Developer Tracker for Bioware's Star Wars The Old Republic. It is a collection of posts made by the developers and other Bioware employes on the official SWTOR forums. There is an existing feature on the official forums, but we didn't like its functionality, so we improved upon it.

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 Antonia Phillips Public Test Server [Feedback] Group Finder 1339448580
So, some of you may have seen my posts in the forums and might have been wondering, “Who is this person?” Well, here it is! My name is Antonia “Toni” Phillips; I’m an industry veteran who has been working on SWTOR for the last two years, most recently with the Group Finder team.

A solid Group Finder system is very important to us and we have been keeping a close eye on the forums and your feedback. We are evaluating all of the feedback from the PTS and I wanted to take a moment to respond to the most popular topics we’ve seen.

Thanks for all the responses and keep it coming!



Shuttling to Starting Location:
One of the issues most commonly noted is that you are not returned to your original location when you end/exit a Flashpoint or Operation.

This is not a bug; let me explain that a little bit better!

In the game today, without the Group Finder, when you exit a Flashpoint or Operation you are NOT shuttled back to your original location - you're taken to the entrance.

Although this is currently how the Flashpoint and Operation exit technology functions, we understand the importance of modifying this functionality, especially for the Group Finder. We already have a plan to provide this as soon as possible. The moment we know what update this can be included with, we will let you know!



Tiers of Flashpoints:
What is the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 Flashpoints, you ask? Difficulty! Tier 2 Flashpoints are more difficult than Tier 1 and we felt that it wouldn’t be a good experience to place undergeared players into groups where they couldn’t meaningfully perform their assigned role. To support this, Tier 2 Flashpoints will be disabled by default and must be actively enabled through the Group Finder filters. Although there is only a single selection (Lost Island) for Tier 2 right now, there will be more in the future.

In addition, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Flashpoints share the same Group Finder daily reward mission. As we gather feedback when this feature goes live we will be making changes to the reward structure as needed.



Gear Score:
While we may never implement a “Gear Score” system, we understand the need to correctly match players with appropriate content. We also understand the need to match groups with a high chance for success. We are currently evaluating several ideas to improve this.


Ignore lists and Group Finder:
Quick Tip: if you place a player on your ignore list you will never be matched in a Group Finder group with that player. Although we have a loading screen tip already implemented for this option, we realize that we will need to more clearly communicate this.


Advanced Classes and Roles:
The roles that you are allowed to queue for in Group Finder are based on your Advanced Class and not your skill point allocation. For example, if you are a Jedi Sage you can queue for both Damage and Healing. We know that this option launches in advance of multi-speccing. However, once you launch Group Finder you can limit yourself to a specific role if you so choose.


Queuing Order:
Group Finder attempts to place you into a group by evaluating potential group matches in a specific order. This order is matched to the in-game order displayed in the Group Finder window. For example, at level 50, Group Finder will first check if you can form a valid Operation, and if not, it will then check Hard Mode Flashpoints, and so on. The specifics:
  • At level 50 this will be in the following order: Story Mode Operations, Hard Mode Flashpoints Tier 1, Hard Mode Flashpoints Tier 2, Flashpoints, Planetary Destinations
  • Under level 50 this will be in the following order: Flashpoints, Planetary Destinations


Planetary Destinations:
You want more content controls for Planetary Destinations and so do we! We know that planetary destinations are an area of improvement for Group Finder in future releases, and we're looking at more options, like adding directly selectable Heroic Missions and world bosses.


As we form our plan for future improvements, one of the pieces we need the most is your feedback. We are in the process of evaluating potential designs for player-set group size and specific mission queuing, among many others.

What do you want to see?
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339441980
Hi folks, as promised, we have investigated this issue after seeing how a large number of people didn't have their characters copied (based on the amount of posts in this thread), we decided to go back and manually re-enter those accounts again. Many of you that signed up on Friday should now see your characters copied over.

There was an error involved in one of the manual processes in character copying and we have since rectified this. We apologize for any misunderstanding.

Please enjoy playing on the Public Test Server!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Official Q&A Thread for June 15th Blog Post 1339439280
Thanks for posting your questions, everyone! Watch this Friday for our new Q&A blog!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Q&A Blog Discussion: June 8th, 2012 1339429860
I'd like to talk a little more about how we select questions for the Q&A and what its goals are. The intent of the Community Q&A is for us to answer some specific game-related questions from the community - especially those about how something works or why we chose to make something work in a particular way. Sometimes, we can answer questions about upcoming content (when we have the information), and sometimes we'll address concerns or questions about upcoming changes (such as class changes in an update or other changes that are of interest to the community).

However, we don't use it to answer questions based on the popularity of the question - for big things that we know are very important to the community (like upcoming character transfers), we'll use standalone blogs or similar methods as soon as we have information to share instead of waiting to put it in a Q&A. We are always very aware of what the important issues are in the community, and we're dedicated to addressing those as soon as we're able, but the Community Q&A is not the venue we'll generally use to address that kind of topic. We also may not be able to answer some questions about upcoming content if we have no new details or information to share.

Thanks to everyone for your continuing participation in the Community Q&A!
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 Allison Berryman Public Test Server tionese/columni/rakata/warmaster set bonuses 1339428180
Quote:
Originally Posted by beatonthis
whats the point of having adaptive social gear if we cant take our set bonuses from the end game sets and put them into them? i know campaign and WH are linked to the armouring mod so why not just copy that for all the rest?
Campaign and War Hero are both newer sets of gear. The armoring mods of the older sets don't carry the set bonus with them, but Campaign, War Hero, and new sets going forward will.
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 Allison Berryman Public Test Server Guardian/Juggernaut Feedback: Single Saber Mastery 1339427760
Quote: Originally Posted by BigRedJedi
This is just the tip of the iceberg on feedback, and I encourage everyone that is contributing to the PTS Feedback to be as specific as possible in addressing concerns, rather than the all-too-common "The sky is falling" and "ZOMG Nerfs!" threads that do little except capably demonstrate that we silly humans are terrified of change.
Thank you very much for being constructive and specific. This kind of feedback, which isn't alarmist and is thought-out and detailed, is exactly the kind of feedback we hope to see more of on the PTS. Having specific details about what players like or don't like helps us provide good feedback!
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 Amber Green Public Test Server Stucking in the Air 1339415580
Hello there! Thanks for taking the time to be detailed in describing this issue. We would appreciate additional details about this, please.

First, will you please confirm if this is something that is consistently happening to you, or was it only in this one instance? Additionally, does this happen with any specific abilities?

Thanks for testing! o/''\o
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 Eric Campbell General Discussion [Server Status] Server Unavailable: Public Test Server 1339298040
We are currently investigating issues that have caused the Public Test server to go down. No current ETA, we will update you as soon as we know more. Thank you for your patience!

Update [11:20pm CDT] - Server is back up and ready for play! Thanks for your patience!
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 Allison Berryman Public Test Server [Feedback] Group Finder 1339220160
Thanks for all the Group Finder feedback, everyone! We're working diligently to gather your bug reports and feedback. In regards to role icons being incorrect - we have fixes for this and several other Group Finder UI issues coming soon. Keep your reports and feedback coming!
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339192680
Quote:
Originally Posted by sovrad
if this is preview of how server transfers are going to work in 4 days, may the old and the new gods bless you because you are gonna have one really bad day on 6/12.
I like you because you're a Game of Thrones fan.

While I can certainly appreciate your skepticism, understand that these are two very different processes. We all want to make sure that character transfers work 100% of the time, but as it is a new system, of course there may be some things to work out once it goes live. Rest assured that many eyes will be monitoring to make sure that the process goes well.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339192320
Allison relayed that character copies were done for today and that players who filled out their surveys incorrectly, may not have copied over. One of the most common reasons why a copy fails is a mistake somewhere on the survey, but of course, other factors may be a cause. In fact, on the PTS blog we state:

We cannot guarantee that every character will copy to the PTS successfully, however we can assure you that characters on Live servers will not be affected in any way should the tool fail. If you notice that you filled out the survey but your character did not copy, please fill out the survey again.

We know you are all excited to play, but please also allow for constructive discourse.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339189560
Quote:
Originally Posted by Seront
Allison, @SWTOR tweeted only 40 minutes ago that transfers are still ongoing:

" We're still copying. Check back later tonight if you haven't been copied over yet! -KF"

Are they really finished for the day or not?
They are finished for the day - the copy process for today's batch has been completed.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339189440
Quote:
Originally Posted by Niorlan
I checked the information I put in very carefully when I filled out the survey last (which was before the deadline), and still my character isn't copied over. I do think the system does need to be re-evaluated, because it does not seem to work as confidently as you might believe if so many of us still do not have characters copied over despite putting in the right information.
There could be additional reasons for a character copy to fail (which we'll investigate) that are unknown, but one reason we could identify was not filling out the survey correctly. For any that failed for other reasons, we still may not be able to copy those characters, but we'll investigate the causes.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339187160
We have completed the batch of copies - players who filled out the survey since the last copy should now be copied to the PTS. We did have some instances where the information was not filled out correctly, and unfortunately those characters could not be copied. Thanks to everyone for your interest in helping us test 1.3 - we're looking forward to your feedback and bug reports!
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 Alyson Bridge General Discussion Scheduled Maintenance: June 12th, 2012 1339182000

Edit: We have extended the planned window to 7am CDT.

Hello everyone, we wanted to let you know that we will be performing scheduled maintenance for four hours on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 from 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8 AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST) until 7AM CDT (5AM PDT/8AM EDT/1PM BST/2PM CEST/10PM AEST). All game servers and SWTOR.com will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to take no more than five hours, but could be extended.

This weekly maintenance is done in order to make general improvements and to check performance of the game so that we can continue to provide a consistent, quality experience. Quite often (but not always) after a maintenance period there will be a patch to download. After the maintenance, please login via the launcher to download the latest patch. If your launcher was open during the maintenance, you must close and reopen it for a fresh login.

Scheduled Maintenance

Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Time: 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8 AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST) until 7AM CDT (5AM PDT/8AM EDT/1PM BST/2PM CEST/10PM AEST)

All game servers and SWTOR.com will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to take no more than five hours.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain service for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339172280
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaywinnit
What if we filled it out correctly originally, and still haven't been copied over, are those copies still taking place as well?
As we mentioned earlier in the thread, if you were not copied, filling out the survey again and ensuring it was correct would include you in today's batch.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Official Q&A Thread for June 15th Blog Post 1339171500
Hello and welcome to the official Q&A thread for questions to be answered for the June 15th, 2012 Q&A blog post.

As a reminder, we’ll be starting up a weekly Q&A blog series in which we will select questions from the community and post answers to them every Friday. We’ll have the next set of answers next week on June 15th, 2012, but before that, we need your questions!

Please use this thread to ask your question (one per community member, so make it count!). On Monday at 2PM CDT (8PM BST/9PM CEST/5AM AEST), we will close this thread, select the questions, and get answers to them for Friday’s blog post.

In order to increase the chances of having your specific question answered and to help us keep the thread manageable, here are some guidelines on asking questions:
  1. Keep your question relatively short. Background details are welcome, but don’t go overboard.
  2. Please actually ask a question. We want to hear constructive feedback elsewhere in the Forums.
  3. Use common sense – we cannot answer everything, especially on far-reaching content.
  4. This should go without saying, but be respectful.
  5. Limit yourself to one question in this thread, please. You can always ask another question next week!
  6. And finally, as a reminder, this is not a discussion thread. Do not comment about what somebody else has posted.

As development plans are always subject to change, questions about future features will often get vague answers which can be repetitive and sometimes annoying. With that in mind, the development team is more interested in questions about current in-game features or systems, or questions about why development decisions were made. You’re still welcome to ask questions about future features and we’ll continue to answer them where appropriate – just expect the occasional ‘soon.’

Any other posts apart from questions in the thread will be removed.

With that being said, please ask away!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Q&A Blog Discussion: June 8th, 2012 1339171500
Hey everyone,

Please discuss this week's Community Q&A blog in this thread!
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 Will Wallace Public Test Server 1.3 Character specific legacy perks 1339167900
Quote: Originally Posted by Iwipe
Anyone know if the legacy perks for earlier speeder training grant you the speeder training as well?
The speeder perks grant the ability automatically when you purchase them, no trainer necessary.

As for costs and benefits, I appreciate the constructive and comprehensive feedback. I'm re-evaluating the numbers and seeing what can change (for example, I'm dropping costs on the companion affection perks and boosting the modifiers). Prices and benefits are not set in stone at this point, so thanks for helping test and evaluate them!
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 A Peckenpaugh Public Test Server Faction Mirror Images Corrections 1339166700
This is one of those cases where something that used to work has just stopped working. We'll figure out why and get the fix in. Thanks for pointing this out!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Practical PTS changes 1339166400
We do use the PTS to uncover issues and to gather player feedback and telemetry, and what is on the PTS today will be updated several times before Game Update 1.3 goes live as we implement more fixes and changes. Each time we update the PTS, we'll post patch notes so you can see what we changed. We appreciate everyone checking out the new features on the PTS and posting their bug reports and feedback!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339162260
We'll be running the batch through today, so if you have filled out everything correctly, you should see your character on PTS before the day is over!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339160280
Just a reminder - you have about an hour to get the survey filled out to be included in today's character copy. If you previously filled out the survey but didn't get copied, please fill out the survey again and make sure you have entered all your information correctly!
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339110120
Quote:
Originally Posted by smithre
Joveth, I think some people are concerned around the timeframe that a linked origin server and destination server will have to ensure that all members of a guild can transfer using the free process. Maybe if you could clarify that piece, it would help matters. For example, with a guild of 300, if say ServerA -> ServerB transfers were only open for 2 weeks, then it is possible that some members of the guild may miss out on the window due to schedules, etc. However, if the process between ServerA -> ServerB is available for months, then I think the concern is relatively unfounded.
Hey smithre, thank you for your post. I actually did address this in an earlier post:

"Additionally, players need not worry about rushing to transfer as free character transfers between selected servers will remain available for as long as it is needed to help balance server populations naturally. Rest assured that if we ever decide to stop this free character transfer service, players will be given plenty of advanced notice."
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339107780
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kindara
Read everythign they said if the destination gets full the destination will be changed. If you don't get transfered at the EXACT same time as your guild mates you will NOT be on the server with them. Read the above post it pretty much says it.

You can get F'd over by this move.
This is simply not correct. From my previous post:

"In order to ensure an optimal playing experience for every server, we’ll be offering direct transfers from one origin server to a pre-selected destination server. This means that the destination server will already be selected for the origin server. As mentioned in our blog post, all server types and languages will be respected. You will not find your PvE characters transferred to a PvP server, or vice versa.

Therefore, all guild members on the origin server will be eligible to transfer to the same destination server, ensuring that the guild has the opportunity to stay together.
...
Please note that we will not be dividing the population of an origin server onto multiple destination servers for this free character transfer process.
"

With this information, you can see that you do not need to transfer at the same exact time.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339106880
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ramladon
The only question/suggestion that I have Is why doesn't the guild bank move with the guild leader when they transfer? GM has unlimited access anyway, so if they wanted to ninja it they could anyway. I don't understand the reasoning behind needing to put a ticket in for the guild bank.

Also do we need to move all items out of the guild bank before the move and the ticket will only revive the slots the guild has purchased or will the ticket move all items and money from one guild bank to the new server?
There will be a full FAQ published on Tuesday to answer most of your questions, but I wanted to go ahead and answer these two.

1. Due to a variety of factors (including the naming and re-naming process after transferring characters), this was deemed to be the most efficient method in assuring that Guilds retain their Guild Banks on the new server.

2. Yes, you will have to:
  • Remove all items & credits from the Guild Bank.
  • Disband the Guild.
  • Transfer to the new server and reform the Guild.
  • Contact Customer Service to re-establish the Guild Bank and Guild Bank tabs.

Hopefully that answers your question.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Public Test Server Character Copy Service Deadline 6/8 1339104480
Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that the character copy service for PTS will remain available until 10am CDT tomorrow, June 8th, 2012.

Please be aware that this will be the last batch of character copies to PTS for a while, so be sure to sign up if you want your characters copied to PTS!
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 Joveth Gonzalez Public Test Server Character Copy Service Deadline 6/8 1339104240
Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that the character copy service for PTS will remain available until 10am CDT tomorrow, June 8th, 2012.

Please be aware that this will be the last batch of character copies to PTS for a while, so be sure to sign up if you want your characters copied to PTS!
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 Antonia Phillips Public Test Server LFG Tool 1339102080
Quote: Originally Posted by Kolavere
This does not appear to be working consistently. Some people seem to be able to get replacements for members who leave or are kicked, but others are not.

Some form of feedback about where you stand in the queue would also be nice, as I currently can't tell if it's just taking my healer an hour to find a group because there's a specific role missing or I'm bugged.
Thanks for the feedback!

We are actively investigating the issues that are being reported with backfilling group members. The more details that anyone who encounters these issues can provide, the better!

One of the areas we want to improve upon in future releases of Group Finder is the messaging surrounding your state and queue position.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339097820
Quote: Originally Posted by joeypesci
My question is, can all of my 8 characters that are on one server move or only one of them?
If your server becomes eligible for free character transfers, you'll be able to move all your characters from that server onto the destination server.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion cost of transfers 1339096860
On Tuesday (the 12th), we'll be starting the free character transfer service - if your server becomes eligible for transfer, you'll be able to move all your characters to the selected destination server free of charge.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Predict Chaos 1st week of Server Transfers 1339096620
We do have more information about character transfers coming, and we'll post a detailed FAQ that will answer many specific questions. As for being concerned about not being able to transfer to the same server as your son during free transfers, you don't have anything to worry about. Each server that becomes eligible for transfers will have just one destination server, and you'll be able to move all your characters from your origin server to that destination server. We'll announce these servers at the start of the program and then will add more as the program continues (and you'll be able to see all the information on www.swtor.com/transfer starting on the 12th), and we'll make sure to let everyone know what servers are available and when.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339094820
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tiberus
I signed up the 1st day the article was posted and didnt get copied. I have since signed up again and still not copied?
If you haven't been copied, you should try filling the survey out again before the end of the day today. If it is filled out correctly, you'll be copied as part of tomorrow's batch!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion copy char to testserver... 1339093740

Update: We are extending the cut off time until 10AM CDT tomorrow, June 8th. This will be the last batch of character copies for a while, so be sure to sign up!

I have some more information for those of you interested in getting your character copied over to PTS. If you haven't, make sure to fill out the survey in the news article by midnight CDT tonight (6/7). We'll be doing another batch of copies on Friday, but you must have your survey filled out by the end of the day today. We'll continue to copy more characters periodically and will let you know as we do!
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339082940
Quote: Originally Posted by Rogoo
Joveth, what is the plan for RP servers ?

Will we be allowed transfers from RP-PvP to PvP servers ?
Hi Rogoo,

As mentioned in the blog post, we will be maintaining server types. So it will be RP-PvP to RP-PvP.
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 David Hunt Public Test Server Artifice RE bugged? 1339082760
There are a few bugs that were introduced in the latest build, which is the first build that went to PTS, that impact getting the correct (or any) augment slot component from Reverse Engineering. These bugs will be corrected in upcoming PTS builds before the system goes live.

The basic rule is that if an item can be worn and crit crafted to receive an augment slot, then when you RE it you should get augment slot components.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339047060
Quote: Originally Posted by Alxandria
I have a question:
How will we be affected (if any) if say we are on an origin server, but have no desire to move, either because we like small servers, or we just don't want to deal with the xfer process?
You are not required to move when transfers become available; it's your choice if you'd like to stay on your server.
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 Amber Green Public Test Server PTS Available 1339046400
The Public Test Server is now available and ready for testing. Thanks for your patience! o/''\o
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 Antonia Phillips Public Test Server Problems with the LFG Tool 1339020180
Quote: Originally Posted by ZudetGambeous

1. Devona should not be in the same tier as EV/KP.

2. No Gear check?
1. We agree and Denova will not be available through Group Finder when we go live.
2. Thanks for the suggestion! We are already planning for enhancements to Group Finder in future releases, and this is definitely one that we will evaluate.
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 Allison Berryman Public Test Server The new TAB targetting system is HORRIBLE 1339016580
Quote:
Originally Posted by celldoom
I updated the OP with the example pic. Its abit extreme but should be clear enough
Thanks for elaborating! Specific feedback like this is really helpful
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 Antonia Phillips Public Test Server LFG Tool 1339016280
Quote: Originally Posted by Vkpower
I would like to know if there will be an option to use the LFG tool with a premade group? It will be nice if we can get the benefits of the LFG dailies with some friends that you can coordinate better
Yes, you can queue for Group Finder with pre-made groups. However, only the Group Leader can queue your group as a whole.
  • Once you are a part of a pre-made group, you will not be able to queue individually until you leave the group.
  • If you are queued as a group and you are not the Group Leader, the Group Finder will display the content that the Group Leader queued you for.
You can queue with a full group that is valid for the content. For example, for a Flashpoint, you'll need to have characters to fill the tank and healer roles.

If your Group is not valid when the Group Leader attempts to queue, it will display a message and give you the opportunity to change roles for the group.

You can also queue with a partial group. When you queue with a partial group in Group Finder and you are matched with other players for content you will be formed into a new group.
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 Allison Berryman Public Test Server The new TAB targetting system is HORRIBLE 1339015080
Can you provide us with some specifics about what you don't like? The more details you can provide about what you don't like with the system on PTS, the better we can relay concrete feedback. Just saying you don't like something is not as helpful as providing examples of what is causing you frustration.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339014360
Quote:
Originally Posted by Valtrise
Am i mistaken are are you saying that the server transfer ratio is one to one where no other origin server will transfer to the destination sever or another origin server?
To quote directly from the blog:

Quote:
In some cases, a large number of origin servers will be eligible to move to a single destination server. In others, very few origin servers will be transferring to existing high population destination servers.
So, in some cases, multiple origin servers will be assigned the same destination server. The end goal is to have destination servers with higher populations, and that may require sourcing from several origin servers.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339012620
Quote: Originally Posted by Sulvan
From what the dev has posted i think that they are going to let us transfer off any server and go to any light server i think.
This is not correct. We'll be providing a list of origin servers and destination servers. Each origin server will have one destination server, and players can elect to transfer their characters from the origin server to the destination. Our goal is to have destination servers with a much higher active player population, so we'll be monitoring the process and adding new origin and destination pairs as necessary to reach that goal.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339012440
Quote:
Originally Posted by bawker
The metrics have been there to study for a while . . .since we have no choice of where we're going to go, BioWare obviously has at least some idea of what pairs are where.
We haven't finalized the initial list of origin and destination servers. We know everyone is eager to see them, and we will provide them when we're able - we don't want to provide a list and then have to change it.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339012140
Quote: Originally Posted by bawker
When do we get to pick where we want to transfer, Allison?

How much will it inevitably cost?
Right now, we're just talking about the free character transfers - like it mentions in the blog, more options may become available in the future, but that's all we've said as of now.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339011900
Quote: Originally Posted by islander
OK, I see one big, big problem. Let me quote the article:

"We're sure many of you are interested to learn which servers are eligible for outgoing transfers and which servers are eligible to receive transfers. However, because the process will be gradual, we cannot provide that information in advance. Depending on the number of characters transferred, the destination and origin servers eligible for transfer may be altered during the process. We don't want to promise a destination in case it may change."

What I interpret this to mean, is there's no guarantee my guildmates will end up transfered to the same server as me (I'm the GM of a guild on Kinrath Spider)

I'd love to get clarification on this
It looks like this line is causing a little bit of confusion. Hopefully I can help clear that up! What we're saying here is that we're unable to provide the origins and destinations in advance because those lists may change internally as we watch the response to transfers. We'll be monitoring populations and how many players are transferring, which will inform our decisions about further origin and destination servers. We won't be changing the destination on you once it's announced, we just don't want to announce a pair too early.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339011180
Quote:
Originally Posted by skepticck
So if i understand this correctly, each origin server can only transfer to ONE pre-selected destination server, so you can't really select where you want to transfer, the destination server is already pre-selected depending on your origin server.

Am i right about this or am i understanding it wrong ?
This is correct for the free character transfer service.
4557173
 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339010520
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keypek
This is a good thing definitely. Only problem I foresee is that a guild of people who want to stay together happens to be on one of the origin servers. They allow us to move to a destination server for a day... two days... a week... whatever their timeframe is. But then that opportunity is limited in time and/or the destination server changes suddenly without warning and we still have half of our guild trying to transfer off the origin server or we have a couple integral members on vacation for the week and completely miss being able to transfer. Suddenly we either have to choose to keep the whole guild on a suddenly dead server or screw over a chunk of our guild members and leave without warning to them.

Like I said this transfer is definitely a very good thing and happy it is sooner then later. But not having some sort of guild transfer function could be problematic.
Many guild leaders have contacted us with their concerns about coordinating their guild members in preparation for the free character transfer service and I wanted to take some time to explain how this process will work.

In order to ensure an optimal playing experience for every server, we’ll be offering direct transfers from one origin server to a pre-selected destination server. This means that the destination server will already be selected for the origin server. As mentioned in our blog post, all server types and languages will be respected. You will not find your PvE characters transferred to a PvP server, or vice versa.

Therefore, all guild members on the origin server will be eligible to transfer to the same destination server, ensuring that the guild has the opportunity to stay together.

As we mentioned in our blog, the character transfer service will be made available gradually, starting with a small number of origin servers and adding more until all servers eligible for transfer are available in the service. We know everyone is excited for the opportunity to transfer their characters, but it is critical that we do this gradually to ensure both a smooth transfer as well as a great player experience on the destination servers.

Eligible servers will be listed as they become available for transfers at www.swtor.com/transfer, which will go live on Tuesday. This is to prevent potential server load issues.

Please note that we will not be dividing the population of an origin server onto multiple destination servers for this free character transfer process.

Additionally, players need not worry about rushing to transfer as free character transfers between selected servers will remain available for as long as it is needed to help balance server populations naturally. Rest assured that if we ever decide to stop this free character transfer service, players will be given plenty of advanced notice.

We hope that this clarifies any confusion.
4557046
 David Hunt Public Test Server Matrix Datacron not updated 1339009140
I believe it's in the next PTS build.
4556747
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339008240
Quote:
Originally Posted by Karabal
That's fantastic news. My only concern is that I will be moving from one dead server to another.
This is exactly the situation we're working to avoid by limiting transfers. To quote the blog:

Quote:
Remember, the goal here is to push almost every destination server to an active population that's higher.
Our overall goal is that destination servers will have a higher active population than origin servers that are able to transfer to them.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1339006080
Everyone, please keep the thread on-topic. If you have a comment or questions about the character transfer announcement, please post them here, but please avoid posting about other topics so that we can clearly see feedback and questions.
4556109
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server PTS Available 1339001160
1:15PM CDT: The PTS server is now available and ready for testing! Thanks for your patience.

12:46PM CDT: The PTS is currently unavailable. We are investigating and will provide updates in this thread. Thank you for testing!
4554975
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server [Q] Progress on PTS 1339000320
The poster above is correct - progress made on the PTS is not mirrored on or transferred to any live server.
4554751
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server [bug] Lost augument slots 1338995400
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rogean
How many of us spent time, credits, tons of resources attempting to reverse engineer black hole equipment, then getting the mats to craft them enough for crit augment slots.. and now it is entirely wasted?
This is why we have 1.3 on the PTS - in order to help us recognize issues like this and correct them before the update goes live. We appreciate all the reports and will be working on fixes for this and other issues reported on PTS!
4553829
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server Old PTR Titles 1338995340
Yes, you should still be able to receive the titles for reaching level 10 and completing Chapter 1 on the PTS with a new character!
4553809
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server [bug] Lost augument slots 1338994860
Thanks for the clarification and for testing!
4553732
 Alyson Bridge General Discussion Adaptive Social Gear in Action! 1338994800
With the inclusion of Adaptive Gear in Game Update 1.3: Allies, you and your friends will be able to wear any social item in the game, and add augments to let you use it in the most perilous battles. See some of the different social items that you’ll be able to wear in any Flashpoint or Operation in this video.

Watch Now
4553723
 Alyson Bridge General Discussion Game Update 1.3: Allies is on Public Test Server! 1338994800
Game Update 1.3: Allies is on the horizon and promises to bring a number of welcomed systems to Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. With this latest game update, players will be able to join each other to take on the most challenging content in the game through the new Group Finder tool. The Group Finder tool will allow players to search for groups based on the type of content they’re looking to play, as well as their group’s needs in combat.

Read More
4553724
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server [bug] Lost augument slots 1338994620
To be clear: your augments haven't disappeared, they were just unattached from your gear and placed into your inventory on PTS?
4553682
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server Character copies? 1338993480
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diegles
I havn't seen this "survey" you guys keep talking about, and I am wondering if I can fill it out still, now that 1.3 is on the PTS?
You can still sign up to be copied - you can find the information in this news article.

If you filled out the survey before Monday, your character should be copied. If your character isn't copied, please fill out the survey again and make sure that all the information is correct. We'll continue to copy characters over periodically, so you'll need to check back to see if your copy has completed.
4553472
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server issue logging in 1338993300
Quote: Originally Posted by Reshals
Im in.. but my character hasn't been copied yet so its a little bitter sweet... Guess I'll start grinding and pray that my transfer shows up sometime this week.
It's possible that you'll need to complete the survey again (in case there was an error). If you fill it out again, you'll need to wait for the copy process to complete, so you'll want to check in daily.
4553434
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server issue logging in 1338992820
Looks like several of you beat me to it, but players are now able to log into the PTS. Get in there and test!
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 Allison Berryman Public Test Server issue logging in 1338992460
Quote: Originally Posted by Reshals
I wonder if Allison lost a bet to be the one to Moderate the PTS forum today... LOL
Well, the Community Representatives are doing most of the actual moderating, but I'm here to help provide whatever information I can and answer questions that I'm able to. I like the PTS forum - getting to see player feedback on the new changes (once we get you all in and testing) is exciting for us!
4553256
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server issue logging in 1338992040
Everyone, we are aware that you're still receiving errors and cannot log into the PTS. As soon as we have a resolution, we'll make sure to post about it.
4553152
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server Arsenal changes. 1338991620
Hey Reshals - it looks like there was, indeed, a typo! The correct line (once we update it) will read:

"...there is a 50% chance per point to vent 8 Heat every 6 seconds."

Good catch!
4553057
 Amber Green Public Test Server PTS Game Update 1.3 Patch Notes 1338990900
The following issues are present in the most recent version of Game Update 1.3 on the Public Test Server. We are working to correct them as soon as possible. Thank you for helping us test the new game content!


Public Test Server - High-Priority Known Issues
UPDATED: 6/8


General
  • Some conversation options are not displaying in French and German.
  • Players are currently unable to harvest any resource nodes without a Companion Character summoned.
  • When Anti-Aliasing is set to “High,” intractable objects will not display as “glowing.”

Flashpoints and Operations
  • For the Directive 7 Flashpoint, Bulwark is currently being greedier than intended and is only dropping credits and crafting crystals.

Group Finder
  • Group Finder will not allow players to select or queue for content that is already listed in their Mission Log.
    Workaround: Players must complete or abandon any Flashpoint or Operation missions that are currently in the Mission Log and then refresh the user interface (CTRL+U twice) to have the grayed out content display as available.
  • In a rare occasion, the Group Finder lockout timer (displayed as an icon) will stop displaying in the Group Finder window. The lockout is still active on the player, and it will reset 15 minutes after accepting a Group Finder invite.
  • When in a Group Finder group, Role Icons on the group and operation frames are not properly reflecting the assigned role of that player character. The tooltips when mousing over the Role Icons are correct.
  • Players are not currently informed when being placed into a Group Finder group that is in progress, rather than beginning a new objective. Players can toggle the option to join "In Progress" groups via the destination filter for each content category.
  • In rare instances, players who are queued using Group Finder may form a group that contains no other players.
    Workaround: Players must either exit their instance and wait the lockout timer to clear (about 15 minutes) or wait for the Group Finder Acceptance Window to time out (2 minutes).

UI
  • Shift+Click does not currently link items in the chat window.
  • Players are not currently able to split stacks of items in the inventory window, because clearing the value will fill as "NaN" and not allow further entry.

Items
  • Certain items that once contained augment slots are not currently modifiable due to the slots being unavailable.
4552928
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server Arsenal changes. 1338990600
Thanks for pointing that out! We'll take a look and update with the correct values!
4552861
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server Ranked WZ 1338990480
Hey testcan - we do appreciate that everyone is eager to give feedback on the changes, but we encourage testers to spend some time trying out the changes before providing feedback. We also encourage you to provide detailed, constructive feedback on issues that are important to you. Posts with little information about why players dislike the change are not as helpful to us as posts from people who have tried out changes and provide their thoughtful feedback. Thank you for understanding!
4552838
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server Arsenal changes. 1338989880
Hey Areaz - if you haven't yet, you should check out the 1.3 class changes blog from Austin Peckenpaugh we just posted. It discusses some of the class changes that are coming in more detail and may answer some of the questions you have!
4552721
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server issue logging in 1338989640
Make sure to watch the Dev Tracker for more updates - if the thread starts moving fast it may be easy to lose replies with more information. We're continuing to look into this!
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 Allison Berryman Public Test Server issue logging in 1338988980
Thanks for the reports, everyone - we're investigating your reports and will get you in as soon as we can.
4552585
 Allison Berryman Public Test Server Maraudeur vs Sentinel 1338988920
Sometimes issues affect one class's abilities (or tooltips, in one of the cases here) but not the other's, and this may be what you're seeing here. Nevertheless, we'll take a look and ensure that nothing that should have been in both was missed.
4552565
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338988680
Quote:
Originally Posted by EvilMcDoom
still can't get on the server,
Thanks for the reports, we're looking into it. We'll get you into PTS as soon as we can!
4552530
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338988560
You can read the 1.3 Patch Notes now, too! Please keep in mind that the patch notes are NOT final, and that there will very likely be changes, additions, and potentially removals before the update reaches live servers. The Public Test Server forum is open, too, so keep that in mind once you've had a chance to test the new features and want to provide your feedback or post any issues you encountered. Thank you for testing!
4552506
 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1338988320
A compilation of questions and answers from the Community Team on this topic can be found below:

General



www.swtor.com/transfer, which will go live on Tuesday. This is to prevent potential server load issues.

Please note that we will not be dividing the population of an origin server onto multiple destination servers for this free character transfer process.

Additionally, players need not worry about rushing to transfer as free character transfers between selected servers will remain available for as long as it is needed to help balance server populations naturally. Rest assured that if we ever decide to stop this free character transfer service, players will be given plenty of advanced notice.

We hope that this clarifies any confusion.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ramladon
The only question/suggestion that I have Is why doesn't the guild bank move with the guild leader when they transfer? GM has unlimited access anyway, so if they wanted to ninja it they could anyway. I don't understand the reasoning behind needing to put a ticket in for the guild bank.

Also do we need to move all items out of the guild bank before the move and the ticket will only revive the slots the guild has purchased or will the ticket move all items and money from one guild bank to the new server?
Quote: Originally Posted by JovethGonzalez
There will be a full FAQ published on Tuesday to answer most of your questions, but I wanted to go ahead and answer these two.

1. Due to a variety of factors (including the naming and re-naming process after transferring characters), this was deemed to be the most efficient method in assuring that Guilds retain their Guild Banks on the new server.

2. Yes, you will have to:
  • Remove all items & credits from the Guild Bank.
  • Disband the Guild.
  • Transfer to the new server and reform the Guild.
  • Contact Customer Service to re-establish the Guild Bank and Guild Bank tabs.

Hopefully that answers your question.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Conversation roll? 1338988320
Quote:
Originally Posted by monkgryphon
Is there an update on this issue? Going to get a small hotfix, a workaround, whatever?
We are working on a fix for this issue and will deploy it in an upcoming patch. Thanks again to everyone who reported it!
4552468
 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338988320
Game Update 1.3 is now on PTS!
4552472
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338987120
Quote:
Originally Posted by Antissa
So to get this thread back on track.

Anyone got any idea when the PTS server will be up?
We haven't mentioned an exact time, but it won't be too long now!
4552324
 Courtney Woods General Discussion The Weekly Forum Thread Round-Up: June 5th, 2012 1338936240
Hello everyone,

Discuss this week's Forum Thread Round-Up blog and nominate interesting discussions for next week in this thread!

As the blog mentions, the Discussion Round-Up blog is meant to highlight interesting, productive discussions and not the most talked about forum threads.
4548482
 Courtney Woods General Discussion Class changes and balance in Game Update 1.3 1338933660
Senior Designer Austin Peckenpaugh lets us in on details around class changes and balance in Game Update 1.3.

Quote:
I think it’s important to first communicate that not all class changes are meant to address balance. In fact, I try and treat usability, quality of life, and balance all as equal parts of good class design. To that end, when class changes come to a server near you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your class was “too good” or “too bad” prior to the patch. In fact, it’s just as likely that these changes are meant to address kinks or even pains in your day-to-day play, ability functionality, and rotations.

Read More
4548191
 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338933420
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxumus
Any chance of new titles being added for testing 1.3 like they had with 1.2. Me and some others thought it was a nice touch to the testing.
You'll find out soon enough!
4548143
 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338932760
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mookind
I think they have made a specific point to not give custy service help for the copying of to the PTS servers

It would be nice to know how I log on to this server tho..............Or at least where I check
As mentioned in my original post, check this blog for information on setting up PTS and this blog on how to transfer a character. We hope to see you there!
4548042
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338932400
Quote: Originally Posted by Archdragon
Will servers be up according to US time or EU time or random yet to be decided tomorrow time? ^^

Just curious of aprox time frame on when tomorrow it will be up so one can be prepared!
We don't have an approximate time when we'll bring up the PTS right now - I know it's suspenseful, but the wait is almost over!
4547992
 Courtney Woods General Discussion Character Transfer, Server Populations and You 1338931920
In a previous Community Q&A we talked about character transfers, and announced that they were coming in early summer. Character transfers are a complex process, but we're almost ready to go. Starting next week on June 12th, 2012, we’re allowing character transfers to occur between selected servers in order to provide a better gameplay experience for our players by ensuring population balance across the service.

Read More
4547928
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338931740
Quote:
Originally Posted by dotan
Any word on what/who's charcter are getting copyed over?
If you followed the steps in the survey (linked in this news article) correctly, your character should be copied over. You'll know if your character was copied when you are able to log into the PTS when it is updated with 1.3 and open for logins.
4547904
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338930600
Quote:
Originally Posted by syntxerr
Oh dear, give us those patch notes finally, I'm too excited!
It won't be long now! Make sure you set aside some time to read them tomorrow, there are quite a few!
4547752
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338930180
Quote: Originally Posted by Sultan
When will the 1.3 patch notes be posted?
They'll be available when the server opens up to players. We'll post them in the PTS forum. Remember: the PTS notes are not final and are subject to changes and removals! We'll also open the PTS forums back up, but please keep in mind that we only want feedback and bug reports related to the 1.3 changes posted in the PTS forums
4547691
 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Game Update 1.3 is on PTS! 1338929820

Update 6/6: It's live on PTS!

Game Update 1.3 is coming to our Public Test Server Tomorrow and we want you to be prepared! You may now download and update to the latest version of the Public Test Server.

Check out this blog for more information on how to set up for testing on PTS and this blog for how to sign up for character copying.

We’ll see you on PTS tomorrow!
4547643
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Conversation roll? 1338921900
Thanks for the reports - we'll take a look at this!
4546634
 Allison Berryman General Discussion New Content vs Current Content STILL BUGGED 1338902640
Hi Enlanzer -

We do release frequent patches in addition to our Game Updates to address issues that players are experiencing with content already in the game. You can read all of our previous patch notes here: http://www.swtor.com/patchnotes. You'll also see even more fixes for issues in Flashpoints and Operations in the upcoming Game Update 1.3. Remember, if you encounter a bug, the best thing you can do is report it using the in-game Customer Service tool - this ensures that your report will be reviewed and added to the system if it isn't already there!
4543950
 Allison Berryman General Discussion The ONE thing you could do to make me a 50% happier customer. 1338901980
Quote:
Originally Posted by Philosomanic
Would you mind explaining why you don't put issues like this on the list?
There are a couple reasons something may not be on the known issues list. One of the biggest factors we base the known issues list on is visibility - how many players are actively reporting it, how many threads or posts we see here and on other sites, etc. If we didn't see lots of very visible reports, it's possible that it simply wasn't considered for the public list. Another factor can be whether or not we still need reports on the issue (as someone guessed above) - if we're having trouble reproducing it or need more information, placing it on the known issues list can discourage people from reporting it because they see that we know about it already (even if we were to note we want more reports, the general impact is that we'll get less reports). Sometimes items are on the list because they are high-priority issues that are easily visible.

We appreciate you providing your feedback on this issue and the known issues list. We'll be working to improve the list, and though we won't ever list every issue we're aware of on it (it wouldn't be practical for players reading the list for us to include, say, minor art bugs like a visible seam or slightly misplaced rock), we're going to keep improving listings to include more bugs like the one you've reported here.
4543854
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Freedom of Information Act request: The Mega Server 1338874320
Hey everyone - we know you're very eager to hear more about this, but we don't have any new information right now. As always, we're working to get information about character transfer and other important topics to you as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your patience in the meantime! As soon as we have more info, you'll see it!
4534867
 Allison Berryman General Discussion The ONE thing you could do to make me a 50% happier customer. 1338844200
dev tracker for informational posts like this one (or our weekly dev tracker roundup on the blog if you prefer!).
4537357
 Allison Berryman General Discussion The ONE thing you could do to make me a 50% happier customer. 1338842340
Hey Philosomanic!

First off - while we do try to track high-priority known issues on the known issues list, not everything will end up there, though it doesn't mean we're not working on it! We often choose items for the known issues based on the volume of reports and complaints we're seeing, but they aren't the only things we're fixing.

I just asked the devs, and you'll be pleased to know that a fix for the slow effect you described is in the works! We have lots of fixes on the way, and we'll look into your other report as well - there may already be a fix in the works for it, too.
4536936
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Joveth & Community reps, time to share the info now, now is the time 1338841380
We are really glad everyone is so excited about the information you're getting from E3! For your questions, this would be a great time to post in the Q&A thread for this week (and, of course, we'll answer what we can in threads). We have just revealed quite a bit of upcoming content, but please remember that we may not be able to go into fine detail about everything right away. Keep your eyes peeled as E3 continues for more details - you're sure to see some new articles and answers!
4536714
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Why doesnt bioware update site! 1338840120
We will be posting news to the site, so expect a recap of the news on the main page before too long!
4536431
 Allison Berryman General Discussion The new content looks awesome 1338839400
We're glad to see the excitement! We have a lot of awesome stuff in store for everyone
4536241
 Courtney Woods General Discussion Preview Exciting New Reveals from E3! 1338837360
Take a look at some of the exciting new content that will be coming to Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ in the coming months, including new Space Combat missions, a new Operation, a brand new planet, called Makeb for you and your friends to explore, and more!

Watch Now
4535711
 Allison Berryman General Discussion "Free Trial Members can not Chat" 1338834300
In our Weekend Pass Free Trials and our Friend Trials, the players on the trial can't use General, Trade, or PvP chat, but they can use group chat, guild chat, whisper (and replies), and /say. If your friend is unable to use the channels they should be (as listed in the FAQ here: http://www.swtor.com/info/faq/game#q400150), please let us know!
4535308
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Will 1.3 bring new lower graphics options? 1338825780
Quote: Originally Posted by Lethemback
Allison, does that include general engine optimization for all settings? You mention improvements and optimizations for lower-spec machines, but we know that there's general performance issues that affect everyone. Can we expect improvements on that coming in 1.3 too?

Cheers.
In general, large updates include some performance optimizations for the game, and that includes 1.3. Now, not every player is going to see a huge leap in performance, but we are always working on improving it across the spectrum.
4534216
 Allison Berryman General Discussion Will 1.3 bring new lower graphics options? 1338817860
We're always working on improving the performance of the game, and we do have more improvements for players on lower-spec machines coming in 1.3. This may not include new, lower settings, but optimizations should help many players using those machines.
4533346
 Eric Musco Customer Service The login service is currently unavailable. Please visit our forums... 1338652260
This issue should now be resolved!

Thank you again for your patience while we worked to fix this. If this issue persists for any of you, please post in this thread so we can monitor it.
4522453
 Eric Musco Customer Service The login service is currently unavailable. Please visit our forums... 1338648540
Hey everyone,

Just wanted to stop in and let you know that we are aware of the issue and investigating. I will post any updates in this thread as I have them.

Thanks in advance for your patience!

4522060
 Amber Green Flashpoints, Operations, and Heroic Missions Cademimu still bugged? 1338640740
Hi folks. We are currently working on a fix for Companion Characters who are defeated upon entering this Flashpoint. Thanks for your reports about this! o/''\o
4521334
 David Hunt Crew Skills Anyone know what this weapon is and if it can be crafted as an orange 1338589440
Hello,

I believe the exact configuration you are looking for can only be found as a CC weapon called
Iresso's Superior Rifle
You can find an upgraded version of that weapon in the
S-311 Fusion Saboteur
4518184
 Alyson Bridge General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338587040
jams and let out our "I sit in this chair for a good portion of the day" energy. And Ari from the Marketing team made a surprise visit to do the worm -- he was a little late to the party, but it worked to our advantage because we weren't dancing and could watch him flail around on the carpet.

Let’s do another one next Friday (6/8) at 5PM CDT. It feels so good move around when my brain starts frying near the end of the day.

Also, thumbs up to you creating a video showing us your in-game dance moves. Do it!
4517979
 Allison Berryman General Discussion One Month, followed by closure. 1338583620
Because the PTS is not a "normal" server, it will experience downtime that our other live servers do not experience. The main goal for the PTS is to provide players the ability to assist us in testing upcoming Game Update content, but it is not guaranteed to have the same server uptime or updates as the other servers. Though you can play on PTS (and we encourage you to help test whenever new content is deployed), you will experience more interruptions if you choose to make it a permanent home - its real purpose is for testing, not for permanent play. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope this gives you some more information about the PTS.
4517632
 Courtney Woods General Discussion Official Q&A Thread for June 8th, 2012 Q&A Blog Post 1338577500
Hello and welcome to the official Q&A thread for questions to be answered for the June 8th, 2012 Q&A blog post.

As a reminder, we’ll be starting up a weekly Q&A blog series in which we will select ten questions from the community and post answers to them every Friday. We’ll have the next set of answers next week on June 8th, 2012, but before that, we need your questions!

Please use this thread to ask your question (one per community member, so make it count!). On Monday at 2PM CDT (8PM BST/9PM CEST/5AM AEST), we will close this thread, select ten questions, and get answers to them for Friday’s blog post.

In order to increase the chances of having your specific question answered and to help us keep the thread manageable, here are some guidelines on asking questions:
  1. Keep your question relatively short. Background details are welcome, but don’t go overboard.
  2. Please actually ask a question. We want to hear constructive feedback elsewhere in the Forums.
  3. Use common sense – we cannot answer everything, especially on far-reaching content.
  4. This should go without saying, but be respectful.
  5. Limit yourself to one question in this thread, please. You can always ask another question next week!
  6. And finally, as a reminder, this is not a discussion thread. Do not comment about what somebody else has posted.

As development plans are always subject to change, questions about future features will often get vague answers which can be repetitive and sometimes annoying. With that in mind, the development team is more interested in questions about current in-game features or systems, or questions about why development decisions were made. You’re still welcome to ask questions about future features and we’ll continue to answer them where appropriate – just expect the occasional ‘soon.’

Any other posts apart from questions in the thread will be removed.

With that being said, please ask away!
4516985
 Courtney Woods General Discussion Community Q&A: June 1st, 2012 1338577260
Hey everyone,

Please discuss this week's Community Q&A blog in this thread!
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Scheduled Maintenance: June 5th, 2012 1338576960
Hello everyone, we wanted to let you know that we will be performing scheduled maintenance for four hours on Tuesday, June 5th , 2012 from 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8 AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST) until 6AM CDT (4AM PDT/7AM EDT/12PM BST/1PM CEST/9PM AEST). All game servers will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to take no more than four hours, but could be extended.

This weekly maintenance is done in order to make general improvements and to check performance of the game so that we can continue to provide a consistent, quality experience. Quite often (but not always) after a maintenance period there will be a patch to download. After the maintenance, please login via the launcher to download the latest patch. If your launcher was open during the maintenance, you must close and reopen it for a fresh login.

Scheduled Maintenance

Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Time: 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8 AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST) until 6AM CDT (4AM PDT/7AM EDT/12PM BST/1PM CEST/9PM AEST).

All game servers will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to take no more than four hours.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain service for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion When is 1.3 coming out 1338563640
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Originally Posted by Ansalem
yeah but that post was from 5/25 so technically a week has already passed...shouldn't it be in the next 'couple' of weeks now?
Good try! We know everyone wants to hear more solid dates, and I promise that we'll share them as soon as we can!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Dear Community Team, a humble opinion 1338563460
First of all, thanks for being constructive with your post - we appreciate it when people express something that can be frustrating while being nice. I hope this will shed a little light on why you see so much "soon" sometimes:

We like to give out solid dates when we have them, no doubt about that. However, we also want you to know about things we're working on - sometimes before they have a solid date.

We do try to balance: the community wants to know what's going on, what's on the table, and what's coming for the game. We also want you to know that information, but in game development, deadlines and dates shift very often as a result of the multitude of variables that are part of the process (one example is having serious bugs come up in testing that require time to address). This means that we sometimes need to be vague about when a feature or change is coming.

We don't want to give dates and then constantly adjust them because that creates confusion and plenty of frustration, but we do want you to know what we're working on. This often leads to us having to be vague in order to provide information, but we're always working toward the goal of delivering a date to you for anything that's coming up. We know that the vagueness can be frustrating, but silence can be, too, and we want to give you information! We'll keep working to get dates whenever we can, but I can't promise you won't see another "soon" when we talk about future plans.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338562140
Quote: Originally Posted by Agarwaenn
Someone said this sounds great? This is bad news my friend. They have not even finished INITIAL development on this. They still have testing, and bug fixing to go..... Means server transfers will not go live for many, many weeks yet. :-( (This system should have been worked on in BETA, not months after launch)
I'm not sure why you think that, as I wrote "We’ve just about finished up on the development side of things..." meaning that we're about to engage in testing.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Does Bioware Favor Empire 1338561720
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Originally Posted by Caspian_Rho
Then in that case I noticed a bug.... faction imbalance, not sure if you guys know, Imp channeled abilities going off before the 'mirrored' Republic ones. Looking at the quotes and the way you (BW) portray Rebels and Imps, to say 'we don't favour' is like Vader saying I don't like black..
We have already released several fixes for abilities that weren't precisely mirrored, and have more coming (such as an upcoming change for Project to bring it in line with Shock)! As I mentioned, please make sure you report any of these you notice with the in-game tool. Keep in mind that bugs are never intentional, and we actively work to address them!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Does Bioware Favor Empire 1338560880
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Originally Posted by Lurchy
Unfortunately, it is this dissecting of any and everything that is said by BW guys no matter how innocuously it is meant that is restricting them from just being able to openly involve themselves in direct discussion with the player base. Pretty difficult to get involved in a conversation when you have a few thousand people all poised to twist and turn every word you say to support their many and various tinfoil hat theories.
We're always prepared for that to happen, but we don't want to let it stop us from participating where we can. Of course, we don't favor a faction (but if you notice a bug that might cause an imbalance, please do report it using the in-game tool!), and our Social Media Representative was just having some fun with the response.
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 Allison Berryman Flashpoints, Operations, and Heroic Missions mox parser malware 1338560640
Quote: Originally Posted by icfnpwiked
Just FYI my main account was suspended for a week because this is considered 3rd party by bioware.
It is not our policy to take action against accounts for using DPS parsers. If your account was actioned in error, we strongly encourage you to contact Customer Service for investigation.

As a general public service announcement to everyone: you should always be cautious about what you install on your machine!
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338560580
Quote:
Originally Posted by robjossa
great to see bw start caring about the community and getting involved... u guys seem to have really stepped to the plate so once again great job
Thanks! Much appreciated.

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Originally Posted by robjossa
although i'm getting lonely on my sever really hope the transfers some out soon gets kinda boring staying on the fleet trying to get a q. but once u guys do that ill be very happy with the game
I know you are all eager for information regarding character transfers and I just wanted to let you all know that this is definitely a studio wide priority. We’ve just about finished up on the development side of things, but in order to ensure a high quality service, the system needs to undergo extensive testing. The testing cycle, as some of you may know, is variable and highly dependent on a number of things. With that being said, as soon as this process is complete and we are confident in the quality of the service, you can expect to hear more detailed information.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion When is 1.3 coming out 1338560400
We haven't announced a date for 1.3 to go live yet, but it will be coming to the Public Test Server in the next few weeks. Check out this article in the Test Center for more info about testing 1.3. We're glad to see the excitement for 1.3!
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338560160
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Originally Posted by Mirdthestrill
I'm one of the people who is immensely enjoying this game (sadly in the minority...) and it's great to see the Team (capitalized or not?) taking an even more active role in the game! Hope it goes well and productively for you.

Random Emoticon Story just for you!

> > > > > > (Insert munching noises)

P.S. What spec do you play, Courtney?
I'm all about Marksmanship
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338530220
Quote: Originally Posted by SithEBM
Allison Berryman, could you join The Fatman and PvP with us Imps?
I'm flattered, but my characters must remain secret, so I'm afraid you'll never know the answer!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338529800
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Originally Posted by Elfindreams
Oh I understand the length of time to fix/priorities/etc. My problem is that bugs that are practically identical to ones listed on the thread go unannounced on the thread. For specific example there is a mention in the thread right now of a quest that if you do the last step in a quest the bonus mission goes away. I reported a similar bug where in a specific quest the last bonus boss and the computer to activate to finish the quest are equally easy to get to and in the same instance. If you kill the boss then activate the computer you complete the bonus and the quest, you activate the computer and then kill the boss... no bonus. I reported that a month ago. Still not in the known issues list.

If one is visible enough to make the list, shouldn't the other? It just seems that what makes the list is arbitrary and insufficient to keep people from tripping over (and having to report) bugs that you already know about, which wastes our time, supports time and r&d time.
It's likely that the bug you're talking about is already known as well, but it may not be in the known issues list if we needed more reports about it or if it was a less visible mission. Please do report it with the in-game CS tool, though!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338529260
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Originally Posted by Elfindreams
As an example, a majority of the quest bugs and such that get logged don't ever make it into the known issues list on the forums. It seems the only way something gets on the known issues list is if someone posted something in the forums (not via bug report) and it spawned a multi-page threadnaught. Or if you were lucky enough to catch the eye of particular devs/etc.
You're right in that the known issues list on the forums isn't a comprehensive list of all the in-game issues. The goal of that list is primarily to make sure highly-visible issues that impact many players are listed. That doesn't mean that other reports go into a black hole, and we do encourage you to use in-game Customer Service to report bugs. This way, they'll be put into the system for sure. Once a bug is entered (and once it's checked to see if it has already been entered), the time to fix it varies, since we have to prioritize bug fixes based on resources for each specific fix. On the forums, we do try to post when we (on the community team) have passed an issue along, but the in-game CS portal is the best way to report individual bugs.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338529140
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Originally Posted by LarryRow
Can't you post links to these exclusive interviews? The press site still gets hits; we still have to go there to get the info. Otherwise, users just copy paste it into a forum post and the site gets less hits.
This is something that we started doing recently. Essentially, once a thread about exclusive content gets posted by a player, we'll do our best to sticky it in General Discussion to make sure that the news is seen.

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Originally Posted by LarryRow
Shouldn't that be, "through Character Transfers, Game Update 1.3, and beyond" or is that not an ordered list?
This wasn't ordered in any way.

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Originally Posted by LarryRow
Finally, I like your idea about matching community team members to specific game elements and their respective developers. I look forward to seeing more activity in the forums from you guys in the future. Forward!
Thanks! We're definitely excited about this.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338527820
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Originally Posted by Lurchy
A question I do have is:- Once the population consolidation issue has been resolved and the game has settled down to <insert number here> amount of Servers, will each of those servers finally get its OWN forum so that the players can actually start making a community?
Specific server forums is something we will very likely revisit in the future. No promises, but we definitely hear feedback regarding them.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338527700
Everyone - we're happy to answer questions you have about the community team, our plans for communication, the forums, and topics related to this blog, but please understand that we can't necessarily field any question about the game right now in this thread. Like Joveth posted earlier, we do know that character transfer is very important to you all, but we don't have new information at the moment. If you do have questions about the game, I'd recommend posting them in our upcoming Q&A blog thread.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338527220
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Originally Posted by psi_overtake
Are the forums the best way to communicate our feedback, or are other methods better for dissemination?
The forums are a great way to provide feedback (cue me as a broken record: as long as it is constructive and specific). Many of us on the team are always monitoring the forums and reading threads in all the subforums. Additionally, the Community Representatives send us their own reports that detail feedback and important issues. Unfortunately, sometimes we can't always respond to an issue immediately, especially if we have incomplete information or need further investigation, but we are always reading and passing feedback along (and, of course, always working to bring the community answers and details when we're able to share them).
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338526980
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Originally Posted by Drudenfusz
Does Chris Collins not play SWTOR or why does the article tells us what everyone is playing except for him?
Oh he does, but at the time of writing, I think he had left the office (they're in Ireland). I'll be sure to ask him when he gets back in and update accordingly.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338526800
Quote: Originally Posted by Jinxblog
I have an interesting question for you guys.

We get asked a lot "What do you (the players) want? What features, Ops, etc do would you like to see in the future of this game?"

Well, what does the Community Team of SW:TOR want? What does the future community look like to you guys? Are there any new features you would like to see in-game or on the forums that would help out immensely with your jobs?
That's a very good question and the truth is that we're aiming for a future in which we have a closer collaboration between you folks, us (the community team), and the development team. I believe that with the new specialty initiative (the one I mention in the blog post), we'll be getting closer to that. Once the infrastructure is set up, the goal is to be more agile in responding to questions and concerns (from the community team POV). As for the game? Well, we're players too so we all have different opinions on this. I love exploring in our game, so I'd personally love to see new planets down the line.
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 Eric Campbell General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338525840
Quote: Originally Posted by Tentou
Sure you don't mean Sorcerer?
Nope.

The Sorcerer may have *more* lightning than I do, but there's no way I'm giving up my double-bladed saber. It also doesn't mean I don't use Shock, Force Lightning, or Electrocute every chance I get.

\m/ 0.0 \m/
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 Eric Campbell General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338506220
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Originally Posted by Mudmink
I like this thread. It's nice to get to know our Community Team!

And /highfive to Eric! Sith Inquisitor all the way
Thanks! All my friends know there was no way I would have chosen anything else as my main, haha.


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Originally Posted by erei
Just a question, there is 2people in your staff without AC (Eric Campbell as inquisitor and Eric Musco as trooper). Does that mean they play both AC, they are still trooper/inq at lvl 50 (quite the challenge IMO), or they are still on the first planet ?
Another one, do you guys play the server we use, and are "undercover" inside some guild, not saying they are part of the staff, but enjoying the game the same way we do (like Eve online staff), or do they have a special guild (like GW staff) ?
Easy answer from me - Sith Assassin. Throwing lightning at everything in my path and raining mass destruction down on my enemies is far too much fun. As for my guild? They have no idea who I am. ^_^
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338503760
Quote: Originally Posted by Oddzball
Joveth is a very odd name by the way.

That your real name?
Yes it is
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338502800
Quote: Originally Posted by KeithGap

Can I make a suggestion that you throw some pics of folks up somewhere on the site? It does tend to make people feel more human when you can see what they look like.
Oh we will. Everyone is going to have a detailed profile published in the upcoming weeks and you'll be able to see what we all look like.
I'm not gonna lie: we're quite the lookers.
At least that's what our moms tell us.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338502560
Quote: Originally Posted by Oddzball
So if any of you want to answer, I have a question, not specifically SWTOR related, but, what games are you playing BESIDES SWTOR. I notice Allison said she was a gamer, what's she playing, or Joveth? etc etc.

I really think this is great either way that we might be getting more interaction from you folks. Heck I cant remember the last time any of you really had a conversation with us on the forums since beta except for Joveth..
When we start publishing more detailed profiles for each community team member, we'll talk about the games that we love. We're all pretty much gamers here on the team, but you may (or not) be surprised at how diverse our tastes are
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion The Weekly Forum Thread Round-Up: May 30th, 2012 1338501420
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Originally Posted by RiP_AzaZeL
Why is it that all the important threads about issues with the game (mainly server population) get closed almost instantly. and the ones that really dont matter at all like "creating the silliest class you can" and other non sense get promoted.

Does BW really think they are fooling us by trying to paint the picture that everything is fine and dandy. Its not all rainbows and butterflies. there's serious issues here that dont get any attention. how come none of the real threads get put on here?

i'm sure my post wont get an answer, infact it'll probably get deleted but whatever. it is what it is. Real issues still being ignored and BW still trying to foolishly cover up by showing the few players that are concerned with ridiculous things like additional companions or how hilts look.
This is because that is not the purpose of this blog post, as mentioned at the beginning of this thread. There is no ulterior motive: we just want to highlight some fun, interesting threads from the community.

We are aware of the various issues and concerns from the community and we are doing our best to make sure that your voices get heard.

Going forward, please try to remain on topic in this thread.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Problem with login server? 1338498120
Hey everyone - these issues should be resolved. If you continue experiencing them, please let us know!
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 Amber Green General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338497880
Quote: Originally Posted by jibboo
One thing that I'd like to see if the Community Managers could assist with is getting a response to the current sound issues ...

Since 1.2, we have been monitoring the threads about sound issues carefully. However, the problem is not isolated to one or even a few individual bugs. Rather, there have been multiple (sometimes overlapping) problems - some with similar symptoms. Thus far, we’ve been able to address several of the prominent issues like the “jet engine” and other loud noise on the fleet (1.2.0c, 1.2.1 ) and sounds stacking when getting multiple PvP medals (1.2.2), and we haven’t stopped working on fixes for other issues that you’re seeing, such as sound that “crackles” or losing sound gradually and/or randomly.

Your reports surrounding issues are always helpful when they’re ongoing and/or complex (and when they’re not!), so please don’t hesitate to add information and details to existing threads if you are seeing problems. Thanks for all of the details and information you’ve already given! o/’’\o
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338497640
Quote: Originally Posted by Jaavik


Now here's my question. How forthcoming are you allowed to be with the community? Are you able to acknowledge problems and/or mistakes or are you forced to not denounce the company in any way? I'm trying to word this carefully, because if i don't, it kinda answers itself if you don't answer at all..hehe. I guess what I'm asking is are you here to represent Bioware or to represent us?
Hopefully this will answer the question: one of our biggest priorities has always been to be advocates for the community and their concerns to the developers directly. A great deal of what we do involves communicating the community's feedback. On the other side, we always work to bring information to the community, and that can mean everything from blogs about new features to communicating information when we have unexpected issues or extended maintenance. Like I've mentioned, we can't always share information right away, but it's always our goal to get information to the players about things that are important to you.
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 Amber Green General Discussion Problem with login server? 1338494700
Hello everyone. Thank you for the reports. We are currently investigating the issues some players are seeing with logins.
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 Alyson Bridge General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338494160
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Originally Posted by Lord_Karsk
Very nice, and grats to Eric Musco. You came along way from hosting the Torocast podcast.
And you sure know how to talk fast,and you understand gaming on a high lvl.

But i wish you all the best(even thou you give me warnings and infractions)
BTW get Allison to dance on the next E3 again,she knows how to party hoaa
It's all about the baby Tauntaun 5-second dance party. We should all have a Tauntaun dance-off at 5PM CDT today. Get out of our chairs, turn up the volume for 5-seconds and move like we mean it! Who's with me?
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338493980
here.

Actually let me see who has the bandwidth to get started on this project from our team...

...also rainbow jebus?
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338493620
community blog and news section (which does have a 1.3 overview link, though it isn't as detailed as patch notes) for content similar to what you're requesting, but it would certainly be worth looking into a more static "coming soon" page.

Regarding the patch notes: we do know they are of great interest to our players, but we typically release them alongside updates on the PTS and live servers. Previously, weekly updates were available on PTS (so players on live servers would get the notes "early"), but we are now using PTS only for larger game updates. We plan to continue releasing notes alongside updates (the 1.3 notes will be available when 1.3 is available on PTS), but won't likely release notes earlier than that - they change frequently up until release, and releasing them early would make them prone to inaccuracies. We also work to provide blogs alongside changes to features to help explain, from the developer's point of view, why those changes were made, and we'll continue doing that as well!
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 Eric Musco General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338493440
Quote:
Originally Posted by erei
Just a question, there is 2people in your staff without AC (Eric Campbell as inquisitor and Eric Musco as trooper). Does that mean they play both AC, they are still trooper/inq at lvl 50 (quite the challenge IMO), or they are still on the first planet ?

For me at least that just meant I am currently playing my way through the game on my Trooper (which is a Commando, btw). I also have a level 50 Juggernaut and Operative, I think that is what you were going for in your question! Speaking of…

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jinxblog
Do you guys participate in player Ops? I ask because Vent is usually required and who knows, perhaps my raid is coordinating and talking with a BW employee xD

As an avid player of Operations in SWTOR I can tell you that I definitely participate on the Live servers in player ops and with that, the players have no idea that I am a BioWare employee. So I could be in your raid and you would never know! Unless you recognize my voice… I would just recommend you accuse everyone in your raid of being me, just to be safe.

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 Alyson Bridge General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338493320
Quote:
Originally Posted by BenjaminminU
Nice to see the team introduce themselves, kind of offended that we have no jedi knights or bounty hunters though :/ those are my mains
I play Bounty Hunter also... mostly because I like catching people on fire and using my jet pack.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338492840
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mumit
It feels like there's been more communication in this thread today than there has been in the last two weeks. Can we expect a level of communication like this going forward, or will it be reverting back to the level of communication we usually have seen where it's limited to mostly server outages?

Is there a community representative independent of the PVP or PVE representative who's goal is to explain the reasoning behind class changes, or is that mostly going to remain limited to developer posts after class changes have already been pushed to live servers?
I'm very glad that you brought this up. As a reminder, we on the community team work with the development team, but we're not developers. With that being said, our philosophy has always been that it's best to have them explain any changes or new features that they've been working on.

To that end, we have several blogs that are currently either being written or in the process of being approved for posting regarding upcoming changes in Game Update 1.3, and yes, class changes is one of those blog posts.

I know you all hate this word, but expect the first of these blog posts to coincide with Game Update 1.3's deployment onto PTS... very soon.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338492120
Quote: Originally Posted by OmySpy
I was excited to see the original update post today, but I feel so uplifted seeing the DevTracker full of new posts!

I think a lot of people are disheartened without some connection to the game-makers; if we don't hear any news, we have no idea what's going on. "Maybe everything is going according to plan, or maybe everyone on the team got fired ( ) including the person who updates the website and we'll never know!" Being able to talk to you guys about problems or things we enjoy about the game is really nice for the community, and I hope we hear from you often!
We definitely want to participate with you all and keep you as updated as possible. As a really avid gamer myself, I know what it's like to have to wait for information and to be frustrated when there isn't anything new, but unfortunately sometimes we're just not able to give more details until everything is 100% ready. We do know that reminding people about the information we HAVE given is important, so do be on the lookout for posts from us that direct people to the information we've already posted, as well as other posts and blogs! Thanks for your feedback
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 Eric Musco General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338488460
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord_Karsk
Very nice, and grats to Eric Musco. You came along way from hosting the Torocast podcast.
And you sure know how to talk fast,and you understand gaming on a high lvl.

Thank you for the kind words. I assure you that in my new role, the speed at which I speak will remain speedily intact!

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Originally Posted by QuickBunnie
Will the community changes affect your events that are being planned? Since fans would need to buy tickets ahead of time, it would be nice to get a quick update if there were any changes.

Specifically, it was implied by David Bass and Stephen Reid that they were going to try to make the SW:TOR event at Star Wars: Celebration VI the 'big' event for the trade show season. Is this still the goal of the community team? Is it still an official SWTOR event?

Thanks for your update.

The events that were in David’s capable hands definitely still remain! You can look forward to seeing SWTOR at both San Diego Comic-con and Star Wars Celebration later this year. If I may steal your words, it is definitely the goal of the Community team that Star Wars: Celebration VI will be the ‘big’ event for the trade show season!
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338487980
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Originally Posted by mikphobos
great to see they introduce... but how good, reliable and what experience they have?

because so far it was the community manager Joveth Gonzalez , who was fast to point its finger and name a customer (fan as they call us) of lie and make up something on the fatman while they have some world pvp issue withs a GM, and they even say actions was gonna be taken again him. one hour later he come back with a apology saying he was wrong..

actions like that show he is very green for this job still.....
so im worry about if this team is actually good news, or its just gonna be more problems.....
It's certainly understandable to be cautious of any new changes, but I wanted to let you know that I've worked several years as a Community Manager prior to BioWare, but that's not why I wanted to respond to this.

I've already explained what happened this past weekend and apologized personally to the original player affected. Our CS team also quickly called every single person affected and apologized for what had happened.

Mistakes happen and lessons were definitely learned, and we're going to be more thorough in everything that we do. Since all parties involved have no further issues with each other, I'm going to officially ask that we move beyond this. I'm going to, and I hope that you can as well. There is no reason to discuss this further.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338487320
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnSkylar
Do you think that some of these folks you've mentioned, with all the characters they play, would be interested in planning some live social events with players? That would be awesome.
Yes. The logistics of all of that would have to be mapped out first (approvals, possible legal issues, etc), but it's definitely something that we want to investigate for the future.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338483240
Quote:
Originally Posted by MarshalVaako
Hello

Just popping in to say not everyone in the community is full of bile. There are those who not only love SWTOR but still have faith in Bioware and the future of the game.

Thank you for the introductions and I look forward to seeing how this will aid in future development.


Cheers
Thanks for the positive post. Our community has a ton of awesome, passionate members who are here discussing the game, posting guides, and sharing information and experiences. We also have players who have concerns, and we DO want to see those concerns expressed (so long as they're posted civilly and constructively). Constructive, specific feedback is essential in helping us pass information to the developers.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338483060
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lurchy
Kick that slacker Chris up the bum and get him to introduce his crew to us EU types
He just did! The French team and the German team!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lurchy
It would be nice to see you guys actively joining in the forum discussions also (although I know that can be damned tricky as people love to twist and deliberately misread even the most carefully worded posts).
That's what we're aiming to do
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338482940
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keymod
Will you mostly be using twitter or the forums for communication
We always want to make sure information reaches players on outlets that are convenient for them, and that means we'll continue to use a variety of outlets to get information out there, BUT we do want to make sure news and important information is represented on all our official outlets - that means the forums, our blog, and our social media pages. We'll continue blogs like our Q&A, which takes questions directly from the forums, and we'll always work to get information to you here.

This doesn't mean that there won't ever be exclusive info on press sites, but we will always work to make sure that players can get important game information and news, no matter where you choose to look.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338482340
Listen folks, If you're going to be incredibly rude and break any of our forum rules, you're going to have a bad time. [insert meme image]

We're going to respond to things that we can actually respond to.

Outside of interviews that have been given, any of our news articles and our weekly Q&As, I honestly do not have any new information as of right now other than what I just posted. When we do have new information we'll share it with you.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338481800
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pargon
Oh hi there! Watch your step. The footing in this place can be tricky, it seems.
I know Kung Fu.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338481740
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alaskangeek
Ok, so if this community team is really here to listen and do something for the community...listen up!

We really need transfers!
Put 1.3 on hold and have the whole dev team just work on that.

I plan to be here until the end, but even I'm wondering why I should continue to pay $15/month for a single player RPG?

"It's coming" "We are working hard on it" does not give the community hope...deadlines do.

Of course the response will be "we'll tell you when we can tell you." In the mean time, the un-sub counter keeps rising cause the community has nothing to look forward to, except, "checks in the mail! No really it is!"
We're very aware that this is the top issue facing the community right now and rest assured that the teams are working on launching this when it is ready. It's definitely one of our priorities, but we want to make sure that it is fully functional and ready before it goes live. This is why you're going to be seeing a lot of "soon"s and "we're working on it".

In sum: we are listening and character transfers are our priority.

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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338481080
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jinxblog
Clearly, you are missing the point. Community managers, as the name implies, manage the community. They are the liaisons between us, the players, and the development team. If we want a speeder bike that hold 8 people (a personal dream of mine), we tell them and they bug the dev for us. If the dev team wants to know what playable species we want the most, they tell the community team and they ask us. They are the bridge between the worlds. I don't expect them to know when new stuff is coming out because that is not the role they play.
I was a little worried that you were going to start calling the community team your own personal speeder bike.
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338480600
Quote:
Originally Posted by Helistin
Nice to hear from you and thanks for introducing the people behind the keyboards. Go Courtney & snipers
Let's show them how Imperial Intelligence handles things! Pa-Chow!
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338480600
Quote:
Originally Posted by BossJawa
So again what benefits do you bring, spin team I guess?
We've outlined all of this in the blog post itself.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338480300
Quote: Originally Posted by Adderdin
Great... but we dont care who you are and what your roles in bioware are.

If you have no information regarding the future of this game, the patch notes, a short list of "things that are going live within next 30 days" or "things that will be going live within next 60 days", the entire introduction is exactly as this post - worthless.
You're definitely entitled to your own opinion, and obviously game updates are incredibly important to all of us, but please note that we are the community team and not the development team. This blog post was meant to address the community team and new changes. We'll have more information for you regarding the game itself when we are able to share.
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 Amber Green General Discussion Companion still doesn't have a head 1338478500
Quote:
Originally Posted by JeramieCrowe
This is not the time to lose one's head on this issue.
We agree and would like to apologize for any confusion here! We've pulled the patch note with regards to headless companions, and we are working to ensure a fix with the next patch. Thanks for your reports! o/''\o
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Community Team General Update: May 31st, 2012 1338476400
Hello everyone,

Please discuss the Community Team General Update Blog in this thread.
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 Allison Berryman Flashpoints, Operations, and Heroic Missions Commendation chest after Firebrand + Stormcaller 1338475740
Everyone, thanks for the reports! We've begun investigating this! I don't have any further information right now, but we're aware of these reports and are looking into it.
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion The Weekly Forum Thread Round-Up: May 30th, 2012 1338410700
Hey everyone,

Discuss this week's Forum Thread Round-Up blog and nominate interesting discussions for next week in this thread!

As the blog mentions, the Discussion Round-Up blog is meant to highlight interesting, productive discussions and not the most talked about forum threads.
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 Amber Green PvP PvP weekly now gives... 1338409980
Hello everyone! This change was made to PvP mission rewards, and the following was added to the 1.2.5 Patch Notes:
  • Level 50 PvP missions now grant 100 Warzone Commendations for daily missions and 300 Warzone Commendations for weekly missions.

We apologize for any confusion.
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 Amber Green General Discussion Server Now Available: Ice Breaker 1338407340
The Ice Breaker server is now up and available. Thanks for your understanding!
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 Amber Green General Discussion Server Now Available: Ice Breaker 1338405480
We are continuing to work to bring this server up as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your patience.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Why Do I have to visit Twitter to get TOR info ? 1338403260
Hey everyone - we do use several methods to get information out there, and social media is one of those methods. However, for anything that is critical to the service (maintenance announcements and updates, etc) and for our blogs and Q&As (which often contain new information that is of interest to the community), we use multiple methods - forum posts, tweets, and Facebook posts. For instance, we put a message in our launcher, a post on our forums, and information on Twitter earlier today when we experienced issues with some of the servers after maintenance. Anytime we're sharing something important and new, you will definitely see it here and on the site, as well as on other outlets that may be more convenient for some of our community. We encourage you to check our community blog and developer tracker frequently for news and information!
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 Amber Green General Discussion Patch 1.2.5: I know I'm probably the only one that... 1338402240
Hello everyone. The changes made with the patch note in this OP apply to the keybindings for music (ctrl+M) and ambient sound (ctrl+A) only. The toggle for overall sound (ctrl+S) was left untouched. Sorry for any confusion, and we have clarified the patch note as well to read:
  • Players can no longer assign keybindings to toggle off music (ctrl+M) and ambient sounds (ctrl+A) . These can still be adjusted using the sliders in the Preferences Window and all sound can still be toggled using ctrl+S.

Thanks for your understanding! o/''\o
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 Amber Green General Discussion Server Now Available: Ice Breaker 1338401400
*Update 3:50PM CDT (1:50PM PDT/4:50PM EDT/9:50PM BST/10:50PM CEST/6:50AM AEST): The server is now available for play! Thanks for your understanding!*



Update 3:15PM CDT (1:15PM PDT/4:15PM EDT/9:15PM BST/10:15PM CEST/6:15AM AEST): We are continuing to work to bring this server up as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your patience.

We are currently investigating issues that have caused the Ice Breaker server to become unavailable. There is not currently an estimation for when the server will be up, but we will update this thread with new information as soon as it becomes available.

To check the status of your server, please visit the Server Status page.
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 Amber Green General Discussion Servers in the European Region Now Available 1338396000
All game servers are now available. Thank you for your patience!
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 Amber Green General Discussion Servers in the European Region Now Available 1338394080
A small number of European servers (listed above) are currently still undergoing maintenance. We will update this thread with new information as soon as it becomes available. To check the status of your server, please visit the Server Status Page.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion And once again, Europe gets screwed over Maintainance times 1338389820
Quote:
Originally Posted by Costello
Can you at least tell us why these servers are still down and not others?

Can you tell us why when it seems painfully obvious to everyone that individual servers can be brought down for maintenance that we don't have staggered maintenance times for different time zones. So that instead of having the servers down at 4pm they can be brought down at 4am when there are about 50 people in total playing.
Because of the way our servers are structured across the various datacenters, it is possible for technical issues to affect some servers but not others. This doesn't mean that we're able to take only some servers down to deploy updates to the game as a whole – the way the game and updating it for all players works right now requires us to bring all the servers down when we make updates to the game. Right now, we are working as quickly as we can to make your servers available for play, and we'll get more information for you as soon as we can.
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 Amber Green General Discussion Servers in the European Region Now Available 1338389700
We are still investigating issues preventing maintenance from being completed on a small number of European servers. We appreciate your understanding while we work to bring these servers back up.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Swtor.com not working with google chrome 1338388680
Hey, thanks for reporting this issue. We noticed it earlier today, and it should be working correctly now. Clear your cache and reload if you're using Chrome, and let us know if you continue to experience problems!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion And once again, Europe gets screwed over Maintainance times 1338388620
Thanks again for your patience, everyone. We're working to get more information regarding when the affected servers will be back online. As soon as we have more information (including an estimate as to when we'll bring them back up), we'll let you know right away. We apologize again for the inconvenience.
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 Amber Green General Discussion Servers in the European Region Now Available 1338386520
The European servers listed above are still unavailable. At this time we do not have an estimate for the end of the maintenance. We'll continue to post updates an information in this thread as they become available. Thank you for your patience!
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion incompetence with extended notification 1338384480
Thanks for your patience, everyone. We know that it's frustrating if your server is affected by maintenance extensions, but we'll work to keep you updated as quickly as we can when we get new information. We encourage everyone to watch this post (or just follow us on Twitter if that's more convenient for you). Thanks for posting your feedback, but we're going to close this thread and ask that you please watch for our updates on maintenance.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion And once again, Europe gets screwed over Maintainance times 1338384240
Hey everyone - we're working on bringing these servers back up as quickly as we can and apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience in the meantime, and please make sure to check the maintenance thread for updates as soon as they become available - we'll update with any further information we get: http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=465008
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion 8am BST should mean 8am BST, not before! 1338383940
Part of our procedure is to make sure we broadcast messages on each server to inform players 15 minutes in advance when the servers are coming down for maintenance. We do this just to ensure everyone gets a warning, and it isn't often that we do bring the servers down any earlier than stated in our maintenance blogs and launcher messages. We definitely don't want to interrupt anyone's play any more than we have to! If you didn't get a warning on your server, I'd definitely like to know so that we can make sure nothing went wrong!

Just as a reminder to everyone: We ask that you please respect others on the forums. We want you to post your opinion and let us know what you think, but there's no need to bash anyone because they have a different opinion. Please try to be civil when responding to each other, even if you disagree.
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 Amber Green General Discussion Servers in the European Region Now Available 1338383580
We appreciate your patience as we continue maintenance on the European servers listed above. To check the status of your server, please visit the Server Status Page.
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 Allison Berryman General Discussion Coming in 24 hours......... 1338324360
Hey everyone - we haven't announced a timeframe this specific for more information on this topic yet. We'll have more information for you as soon as we can share it and we appreciate your patience. Because there isn't any new information, we're going to close this thread, but we do encourage you to continue discussion in one of our threads about this topic (like this one: http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=441119). Thanks!
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 Joveth Gonzalez PvP STS World PVP - Hoth - Accounts threatened by GM 1338073080
Hi everyone, I just wanted to start off by apologizing to the people that brought this issue to our attention. Our investigation teams looked very carefully through logs to see if any of the reported chat had occurred but for reasons that are currently unknown, it did not appear in the initial investigation. After verification from the teams, I came on here with the information that I had at the time. However, since then, a separate internal investigation has found evidence that this did, in fact, occur and the CS agent involved will be dealt with accordingly.

Again, I apologize to anyone affected. To those players impacted by this issue, you will be receiving personal calls from our Customer Service team shortly to review the situation and receive a personal apology.

Please enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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 Eric Musco General Discussion Scheduled Server Restart: <Tomb of Freedon Nadd> and <The Fatman> 1338072900
Later tonight and early tomorrow morning we will be having a brief server restart on two of our servers to address issues that some players may be experiencing with Warzones and server disconnects. The servers affected and the time of their restart is as follows:

Tomb of Freedon Nadd: 8PM CDT, Saturday May 26th
Fatman: 2AM CDT, Sunday May 27th

Thank you for your patience.
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 Joveth Gonzalez PvP STS World PVP - Hoth - Accounts threatened by GM 1338056100
It appears that other players claiming to be from the same guild were posting and reporting similar screenshots. We have since thoroughly investigated every player from the screenshots and have found nothing in the logs that supports their claims. As a reminder, CS agents will never contact you through general chat, unless it is during a Free Weekend Pass Trial and they are assisting new players on starter planets. Thank you for your time.
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 Joveth Gonzalez PvP STS World PVP - Hoth - Accounts threatened by GM 1338042660
Our internal fraud team has confirmed that this is fake and we are closing this thread. Kiroshei has been actioned against accordingly. As per our forum rules, fake reports of this kind will not be tolerated.
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Official Q&A Thread for June 1st, 2012 Q&A Blog Post 1337976720
Hello and welcome to the official Q&A thread for questions to be answered for the June 1st, 2012 Q&A blog post.

As a reminder, we’ll be starting up a weekly Q&A blog series in which we will select ten questions from the community and post answers to them every Friday. We’ll have the next set of answers next week on June 1st, 2012, but before that, we need your questions!

Please use this thread to ask your question (one per community member, so make it count!). On Monday at 2PM CDT (8PM BST/9PM CEST/5AM AEST), we will close this thread, select ten questions, and get answers to them for Friday’s blog post. Please note that this is a day earlier than our standard Tuesday deadline.

In order to increase the chances of having your specific question answered and to help us keep the thread manageable, here are some guidelines on asking questions:
  1. Keep your question relatively short. Background details are welcome, but don’t go overboard.
  2. Please actually ask a question. We want to hear constructive feedback elsewhere in the Forums.
  3. Use common sense – we cannot answer everything, especially on far-reaching content.
  4. This should go without saying, but be respectful.
  5. Limit yourself to one question in this thread, please. You can always ask another question next week!
  6. And finally, as a reminder, this is not a discussion thread. Do not comment about what somebody else has posted.

As development plans are always subject to change, questions about future features will often get vague answers which can be repetitive and sometimes annoying. With that in mind, the development team is more interested in questions about current in-game features or systems, or questions about why development decisions were made. You’re still welcome to ask questions about future features and we’ll continue to answer them where appropriate – just expect the occasional ‘soon.’

Any other posts apart from questions in the thread will be removed.

With that being said, please ask away!
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Community Q&A: May 25th, 2012 – Special Edition: Game Update 1.3 1337976300
Hey everyone,

Please discuss this week's Community Q&A blog in this thread!
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Servers in the European Region Now Available 1337975220
**UPDATE 12:40PM CDT (10:40AM PDT/1:40PM EDT/6:40PM BST/7:40PM CEST/3:40AM AEST, May 31st): All game servers are now available. Thank you for your patience!**

UPDATE 12PM CDT (10AM PDT/1PM EDT/6PM BST/7PM CEST/3AM AEST, May 31st): A small number of European servers (listed below) are currently still undergoing maintenance. We will update this thread with new information as soon as it becomes available. To check the status of your server, please visit the Server Status Page.

UPDATE 11AM CDT (9AM PDT/12PM EDT/5PM BST/6PM CEST/2AM AEST, May 31st): We are still investigating issues preventing maintenance from being completed on a small number of European servers. We appreciate your understanding while we work to bring these servers back up.


UPDATE 10AM CDT (8AM PDT/11AM EDT/4PM BST/5PM CEST/1AM AEST, May 31st): The European servers listed above are still unavailable. At this time, we do not have an estimate for the end of the maintenance. We'll continue to post updates and information in this thread as they become available. To check the status of your server, please visit the Server Status Page. Thank you for your patience!**



Hello everyone, we wanted to let you know that we will be performing scheduled maintenance for four hours on Wednesday, May 30th , 2012 from 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8 AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST) until 6AM CDT (4AM PDT/7AM EDT/12PM BST/1PM CEST/9PM AEST). All game servers and SWTOR.com will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to take no more than four hours, but could be extended.

This weekly maintenance is done in order to make general improvements and to check performance of the game so that we can continue to provide a consistent, quality experience. Quite often (but not always) after a maintenance period there will be a patch to download. After the maintenance, please login via the launcher to download the latest patch. If your launcher was open during the maintenance, you must close and reopen it for a fresh login.
Scheduled Maintenance

Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Time: 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8 AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST) until 6AM CDT (4AM PDT/7AM EDT/12PM BST/1PM CEST/9PM AEST).

All game servers and SWTOR.com will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to take no more than four hours.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain service for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™.
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion The Weekly Forum Thread Round-Up: May 25th, 2012 1337958360
Hey everyone,

Discuss this week's Forum Thread Round-Up blog and nominate interesting discussions for next week in this thread!

As the blog mentions, the Discussion Round-Up blog is meant to highlight interesting, productive discussions and not the most talked about forum threads.
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion New Star Wars: The Old Republic Novel Cover Revealed! 1337894940
Revealed at last year’s New York Comic-Con and scheduled to be released in November 2012, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation marks New York Times bestselling author (and Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ writer) Drew Karpyshyn’s second novel set in the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO universe.

Drew’s previous novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan, focused on the eponymous character’s continuing storyline beyond the original Knights of the Old Republic video game and leading into Star Wars: The Old Republic.


Read More
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 David Hunt Crew Skills Slicing Lock box Missions - Still not right or broke again? 1337890320
Quote: Originally Posted by ThiborF
And my understanding is that companion affection may alter the % chance I get for receiving a prototype (blue) case vs. premium (green) but does not affect the credit amounts found inside.
Yes. Affection alters your chance to crit. It has no impact on the result of the crit, either in item composition or credits in the boxes. Crits are the primary source of blue boxes.

Quote: Originally Posted by ThiborF
"Yes, it is intended that slicing lock box missions be a risk and you won't necessarily get back the mission cost"
OR
"No, it's no intended that you should lose money by running those and we'll look into it."
Slicing does not guarantee profitability in a microcosm. Any giving slicing streak can result in a credit loss or a credit gain. There's substantial randomness in the results of the mission and the results of the box. Each box has a +/- 30% variance on credit payout. That means the top end payout is nearly 2x (85% specifically) higher than the bottom payout.

Total profitability is also not just based solely on the box. The expected profits include a baseline crit result and composition of the results from those, some of which fluctuate in value depending on the market. Those profits are ratio'd between raw credits and trade-able goods.


Quote: Originally Posted by AreQ
I feel like its better from the bug time, but worse than pre-bug and post bug. :/
Heres a timeline:

-good - (bug) terrible - (repaired) good - (now) not good but not terrible either. Verry low income.
Unless you are going quite a ways back on the timeline, there should only be two values:

A (before the bug) --> B (during the bug) --> A (after the bug fix)
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Scheduled Maintenance Next Week is on May 30th, 2012 1337805120
Hi everyone,

We wanted to inform you all that due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 28th, 2012, we will be moving next week’s scheduled maintenance to Wednesday, May 30th, 2012.

More details will be posted in Friday’s Maintenance blog.

Thank you.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion A Message from the Community Team 1337789940
Hi everyone,

I’ll start off by calling out the elephant in the room: yes, there was some restructuring here at the studio recently and we had to bid farewell to some of our colleagues and yes, we are all deeply saddened by this.

Their work and dedication to SWTOR will not be forgotten.

Here on the community team, we’ve had a bit of time to process this and we’re beginning to look towards the future of SWTOR’s community and what it means for you and for our team.

In the upcoming weeks, we’re going to be making a few changes and working on new initiatives in order to enhance our relationship with you, the fans, and with our developers. We’ll also be reintroducing the team so that you can get to know us a bit more.

As Greg Zeschuk mentioned in his forum post, we still have plenty of new, exciting content and features for the game, and we’re going to need your continued involvement and feedback.

Rest assured that the community team is still here, still listening: whether it’s here in our forums, on our official twitter account, one of the many fan sites, or the SWTOR subreddit.

Thank you all for your continuing support.
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 Courtney Woods General Discussion Coming Soon to STAR WARS: The Old Republic 1337702040
Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Game Director James Ohlen highlights some of the new content coming up in Game Update 1.3 and beyond, including a fully-featured Group Finder, a Character Transfer System, several new Legacy Perks that allow you to customize your experience, and more!

Watch Now
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 Greg Zeschuk General Discussion Studio Update 1337699040
Hey folks, since you’re reading this you may likely have heard that we’ve done some restructuring here on the SWTOR team. Sadly, we are bidding farewell to some talented, passionate and exceptionally hard-working people who helped make SWTOR a reality. Impacting people’s lives this way is always very hard, but we’re ensuring the affected people are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.

Looking back at launch, we all came together and did something historic. We executed one of the largest, most successful and stable launches of any MMO yet in industry history. That is not an easy feat for any development team or company and we are humbled and honored by our fan community’s strong support both at launch and beyond.

Looking forward, the studio remains vibrant and passionate about our many upcoming initiatives for Star Wars: The Old Republic. We still have a very substantial development team working on supporting and growing the game, and we feel we are in a strong position, with your continued involvement and feedback, to continue to build Star Wars: The Old Republic as one of the most compelling and successful online experiences in the world today. There are many strong initiatives planned for cool new content and new features that we’re excited to tell you about in the upcoming weeks and months.

Rest assured that we remain dedicated to delivering a high quality service in SWTOR to you, our fans, and we will continue to support and grow Star Wars: The Old Republic over the weeks, months and years to come.

Thanks,
Greg and Ray
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 David Hunt Crew Skills @David Hunt: rethink 50k augment costs in 1.3 1337629620
Thanks very much for the feedback.

A small confession - I started responding to the augment questions in the other thread a week before I actually finished the post. During that time, we were still discussing and testing augment costs. I can't say what they'll be when Game Update 1.3 goes live, but it will be something less than 50K.
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 Joveth Gonzalez General Discussion Game Update 1.3 preview now on ign 1337619420
Hey folks, IGN has the exclusive news and video for now (which is why you didn't see this here on our site), but you'll see all of it on our site soon. For now, please go ahead and use this as the official discussion for this news.

Thanks!
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 Eric Musco General Discussion Server unerreichbar: Murakami Orchid 1337483400
Wir untersuchen gerade Probleme die verursacht haben, dass der Server „Murakami Orchid" nicht erreichbar ist. Wir können euch leider derzeit noch keine neue Zeit für die Vollendung der Wartungsarbeiten nennen. Wir werden diesen Thread aktualisieren, sobald wir neue Informationen haben.
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 David Hunt Crew Skills Please allow artifice to make augment kits 1337404380
For Game Update 1.3, augment kit creation is limited to the classes that can currently make augments. This is necessary for the introduction of the system; it allows us to distribute the components at a steady rate, because each augmentable item you RE results in a portion of the augment slot. The items created by the other crew skills don't fit in with this progression as cleanly - if we decide to allow Artifice or Cybertech to acquire the kits through their commonly created items, under our current systems they would produce kits substantially faster than the other skills. It is safer to open augment kits to a limited set of crew skills.

Augment tables are an important part of the plan for crafting and items in general, and we're committed to continually integrating re-evaluating the feature and integrating it into future. Our intent is to provide a system that utilizes crafting to give all gear the same statistical potential while we monitor economic data and gather player feedback to determine what other changes or additions to make. Adding augment kits to additional crew skills is on the list of possibilities, but it is by no means guaranteed. We're working on other updates to how some of the systems work - both internally and externally - that may improve the viability of including augment kits in other skills without creating a substantial imbalance. Along with the economic data and feedback, that will determine whether augment kits expand to other crew skills.

Long term, we have economic plans that involve continually refreshing crew skills with new content. Since we are early in those stages, every time we make an update it will make the most recently changed crew skills seem superior. If we included major additions for every crew skill each update at our current pace, it would likely create a result that is incomplete and devalues the system as a whole. As each crew skill gets a wider range of viable items/services, the impact of an individual addition should decrease, and we'll see a smoother cadence between the crew skills.
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 David Hunt Crew Skills Augment slot on all gear 1.3 1337376360
Quote: Originally Posted by Felioats
When you say "expected power level," what type of content are you talking about?
New endgame tier content. I can't give you exact specifics as it's not defined yet. However, it's probably safe to say that by the time you're one or two sets past Campaign and we release a new set, the content for the new set will expect your Campaign +1/+2 gear to be augmented.

Quote: Originally Posted by MorgothPl
That brings other question - any lev 400 armstech thing will do? FOr example, will the reverse engineering of barrel 22, give same mats, as for example RE the "elegant assault cannon" lev 50 moddable orange?
Anything that could crit craft and get an augment. So you can't get the component from a stim or a mod.
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