Preparing For Star Wars The Old Republic
Star Wars The Old Republic is coming. We first heard mention of this game 3 years ago and have been waiting with bated breath since. I know I have spent hours scouring the internet for the smallest tidbit of information. BioWare has done a great done keeping out interest and excitement raising these last few months.
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Make sure you have the correct launcher. With each beta weekend you had to download a different client. If you downloaded after November 25, you should have the correct one. Here is a link to the SWTOR.com forums post that will explain if you have the correct launcher or you need to download it.
I use a wireless mouse with rechargeable batteries. (I’m nerdy AND green.) I have two sets charging plus the one in my mouse. Make sure you have backups for your keyboard, mouse and headsets. You don’t want to do any late night searching for batteries or runs to the gas station on the corner at 2AM.
VoIP is a Voice over Internet Protocol it uses the internet like a telephone. Many guilds use these to communicate faster then typing in a fast paced situation like an instance or a raid. It is also a social asset to get to know the people you will be playing with. You do have to download a program, it is usually free. Find out which your guild is using and download it. It takes less then 5 minutes to download & your guild mates can give you the information to sign into your guilds personal server. Some popular VoIPs are: Ventrilo, Mumble, Raidcall, Skype and Teamspeak.
Have a pizza delivered or make one while downloading. There are bound to be patches and updates even if you have downloaded the client already. If you are drinking alcohol be sure to drink plenty of water. Water will help the sleepy hangover feeling tomorrow. Here are some suggestions for clean non-crumby food to eat while gaming. Fruit whether it is fresh or dried is a super mess-free snack Grapes, raisins, apples, apricots, blueberries, pineapple and bananas. Be careful with chips, crackers and cookies, though delicious the particles can end up inside your keyboard and that can be trouble. Jelly Belly jelly beans are by far my favorite candy; I will definitely have a bag of them nearby for my launch party. What snacks are on your launch day list?
Some people take personal time off work for release days of their favorite MMOs. I know I have done it and would do it again. Personal time is just that, it can be used for anything. Teenagers can secure their personal time just as easily too. You know what your responsibilities are and it is up to you to do them before you sit down to play. Besides, getting called out by Mom to take the trash out while grouped with friends is embarrassing and swings the door wide open for banter at your expense.