Guide to Wildstar’s Housing

June 27, 2014 5 comments

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Normally I write things about Wildstar for Wildstar Radio, but I feel this blog has been neglected. So, while I write PvP articles for them, I’ll write guides here for other things.

Wildstar’s housing system is the best housing system I have ever seen. It is not only deep and varied in what it can do, but it was literally built into the game from the ground up. Everything in the game relates to housing in some way or another; it is not an afterthought.

Wildstar’s housing basically consists of a plot of land floating in the sky. It is instanced, which at first seems closed off, but it really isn’t. There is an in-depth neighboring system that allows you to visit friends on their housing plot and have visitors to yours! Because of the instancing, there can be a much higher decor limit, allowing players to get really creative with their decor.

This guide will cover how to get a house, how to customize it, how to use the Housing UI, how to tweak your decor just right, how to deal with the neighbors, and what addons are useful to a housing aficionado. There’s a table of contents with links after the jump.

LAST UPDATED: 7/16/14

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Making Credits Fast in SWTOR

April 15, 2014 6 comments

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Well, today is Tax Day in the United States, so I figured what better way is there to celebrate the government taking our money than to tell everyone on the internet how I make money in SWTOR. Now that I don’t play SWTOR anymore hardcore (even though I am tempted to go back for Season 2 Ranked PvP), I feel like it is safe to risk killing the market that I used to use to make money in SWTOR. People may hate me for this. Some of you, those of you who aren’t in the know, will love me.

I will say that I am not the first to figure this method out, nor am I the only one using it. It is a very popular method of making money in any game. You see, I don’t sell crafted items, and I don’t sell gathered materials. I sell intermediate materials. Read more…

SWTOR Season 1: Things they did right and wrong

February 22, 2014 3 comments

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Well, season 1 is coming to a close soon (April 8th), and when it does, it will grant rewards to tiers of players on the leaderboards! I want to look back at the season and talk about what is good and bad about it, no holds barred. Here we go! Read more…

A Study In Bioware

February 3, 2014 2 comments

Yes, yes, I wrote a deep post last week. This week, I am going back to light and fluffy. I thought I would let y’all know what I have been playing!

Believe it or not, I haven’t played much SWTOR recently. I have been slowly easing myself out. I am eagerly looking forward to Wildstar’s arrival, and I have been doing a lot of Beta testing as a part of the Wildstar Radio crew. I am fully aware of the many ways Wildstar will be innovating in the PvP areas of MMO gaming, while SWTOR is staggeringly bad at anticipating the needs of PvPers. But that is a rant for another time. Let’s talk about what I have been doing, shall we? Read more…

Approximations

January 29, 2014 Comments off

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Today, I have a Christianity/quantum mechanics post for y’all. I know, weird combo. I won’t go into gory details of what I am studying, don’t worry. I will make a point to be pretty general for people not familiar with anything past high-school physics. I know not all of my followers are Christians, but those that are might be interested. I welcome comments from all of my followers though, Christian or not.

This all started when I was sitting in my time-dependent quantum dynamics class, and something the professor said hit me in a weird way.

He said (truthfully) that everything I had learned previously in quantum mechanics classes (of which I have had four in graduate school so far) was completely wrong in most instances. It was all done time-independently, which of course means that it is an approximation, as it doesn’t take an expert in quantum mechanics to realize that we need to take into account how things change with time eventually. Everything I had learned was correct only in a limited sense, in a particular application. If I am looking at a snapshot of reality where time is removed from consideration, then the quantum mechanics I had learned will work. Otherwise, which is most cases, I need a different, more advanced, and more general theory.

What is fascinating to me is where I have been before now, and how much of what I have learned is actually an approximation. An approximation is a way of limiting some very difficult aspect of a concept to make it more accessible or more applicable to a certain situation. Rounding numbers is an example of an approximation that we deal with every day. It would be impractical to pay exactly $21.639175 for a $19.99 item with Texas’ 8.25% sales tax. So we approximate.

What influence has this had on my studies of science? Read more…

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