Suggestion Box: Getting a Friend on Board

With all the news and debate this week about subscriber numbers, it’s a good time to get some feedback on how people tend to tell their friends about the game and maybe even convince them to jump in and have a go.

Have you successfully convinced a skeptical friend to give SWTOR a try? If so, post away in comments on what you did!

Suggestion Box: 1.3 must-haves

Now that Patch 1.2 has dropped and we’re all happily checking out new content and features, it’s time to focus on what’s next. And what better way than asking you what you think should be coming up in the next big update.

Whether it’s something you thought should have been in 1.2, a feature that you know is on the developer’s roadmap, or something totally out of left field, we want to hear about it.

Post away in comments so we can keep the merciless fan-driven demand for features in SWTOR going!

Suggestion Box: SWTOR Easter Eggs!

For a lot of us it’s time for a four-day weekend, likely to be filled with the odd few minutes of SWTOR. If you can drag yourself away from eating chocolate and/or playing the game, we’d love to hear about your ‘easter eggs’. Not the round chocolate variety but those unexpected little gameplay treasures you’ve stumbled across in SWTOR.

It might be a glitch, a Star Wars in-joke or a particularly striking piece of scenery: what easter eggs have you found in-game that have made you smile?

Suggestion Box: 1.2 Class Changes

It’s time for our weekly issue of contention. As always, we love it when you jump in and make some passionate points. This week, let’s talk about the imminent 1.2 update.

More specifically, the class changes: have any of the class changes made you more or less likely to get immersed in that class? Whether it’s your primary toon or a neglected alt – do the upcoming changes impact how you perceive that class in-game?

Fire away!

Suggestion Box: Game Update 1.2 Drop Date?

It’s hump day +2 so it must be time for an instalment of Suggestion Box. This week it’s all about the much-anticipated 1.2 update for SWTOR. It’s going to contain a bog-load of new stuff, not least of which is the legacy system.

That’s all set in concrete, but one thing we don’t know is when 1.2 will drop, so let’s start guessing.
When do you think 1.2 will hit?

Suggestion Box: Refer an Imaginary Friend

Ahh, the weekend. Even if you work on weekends, it has that more relaxed vibe usually, so it suits this week’s Suggestion Box topic: referring friends.

In case you hadn’t heard, SWTOR now has a refer-a-friend feature, allowing up to three of your friends to try out SWTOR for seven days for free.

So: ignoring totally your actual friends, who would you invite out of anyone worldwide to try the game out? Assume that whoever you invite will accept and play for the seven days. Be as creative / cynical / harsh as your weekend vibe allows 😉

I’ve chosen:

My boss: in the hope I’ll then be paid to play SWTOR as a business exercise

George Lucas: who wouldn’t want to thrash him in PvP or a duel?

Julian Assange: he’d so be rolling an Agent or Smuggler.

So let’s hear yours!

Oh – and we’d love it if you could fill out our reader survey – there’s a t-shirt prize on offer 😉

Suggestion Box: One Bug Fix

It’s been arguably the biggest week ever for local SWTOR players, what with local servers and a (relatively low key) local launch. So I thought we might take a break from that area and look at the game more widely.

Here’s the question: if you could control what the next thing BioWare fixed in the game, what would it be? It might be content, an add-on or a bug that drives you mad. Spill your guts in the comments!

Suggestion Box: Seasonal Events in SWTOR

If you’re in Australia you’re likely to hear nothing but debates over the leadership of the Government. So you can either run for parliament yourself or join the more interesting debate right here.

The question this week is on seasonal or one-off in-game events. BioWare haven’t ruled out having such events, so why not suggest your own event that you’d like to see in SWTOR.

I personally would like to see Cushion Appreciation Week. Imagine an arena PvP event with a couple of hundred C2-N2s battling it out – you know it makes sense.

Over to you!

Suggestion Box: Oceanic launch event

In what’s been a week of locally-focussed SWTOR love, I thought it’d be worth indulging in some hypothetical fun.

Let’s say BioWare decided to have a public launch event in Australia and New Zealand. What would be a truly local SWTOR launch that’d make the rest of the world sit up and take notice? I personally think a SWTOR B&S ball would have kicked arse, but I’m sure you can be more creative than that.

Jump in and maybe EA might take notice!

Suggestion Box: is patch 1.1.2 an improvement?

The weekend’s well and truly on the way, so time to drag out the soapbox for another session.

This week it’s your turn to give bouquets or brickbats to SWTOR patch 1.1.2, which went live late Tuesday night. Are you finding it’s made your gameplay experience better? Aside from the Ilum issues remaining, is there anything that’s still a major gripe for you that the patch didn’t fix?

Post away in comments and get it off your chest!

Suggestion Box: Oceanic server names

Another weekend, another issue to chew over. Actually, this week there’s two. The first one is a direct call for your input: in a week’s time we’ll be chatting with BioWare’s Stephen Reid and we want YOUR questions to ask him. So head over here and post your questions in the format described in the post!

For discussion right here, right now, is a little bit of speculation about Oceanic servers. In particular, what names would you like to see them have?

Feel free to suggest either a more ‘official’, lore-friendly option or go all out and suggest some humorous / catchy / funky ones. For what it’s worth I’m thinking DragonFinn for a name – as both Australia and New Zealand claim ownership over both Dragon and the Finns 😉

Fire away!

Suggestion Box: Douchebaggery

Over on the SWTOR Gamers of Oceania Facebook page, David K. asked the question on whether people had noticed a migration of what can be loosely termed as ‘WoW Douchebaggery’ – incivility toward lower level players, slagging gear etc etc. I haven’t seen a lot of it myself on my server, but I’ve certainly had other people mention it.

So over to you: if you’ve played WoW or another MMO, how’s the social scene in SWTOR appearing to you so far? Is there just the odd idiot, a wider culture of poor behaviour or have you found it a bed of roses?

Also, anyone wanting to start lobbying for Douchebaggery to be included in the Oxford dictionary should feel free!