The Bounty Hunter is one of those classes that went through much iteration of changes since first introduction almost two years ago. Although the look and core functionality remains the same, we saw the class have its resource mechanic change, it gained an additional role in one of its Advanced Classes, etc. Therefore, I looked forward to playing a Bounty Hunter at BioWare's Fan Site Summit to see how far the class has come. If you wish to not have the Bounty Hunter class story spoiled, do not hit the story pages.
The twentieth issue of Threat of Peace catches Lord Angral aboard his battle cruiser. After receiving a tip from his criminal partner, Angral turns back to Korriban to confront the traitorous Lord Baras. At the same time, Jedi Master Orgus Din surprises the Bounty Hunter Braden in a Nar Shaddaa cantina and demands to know who was responsible for the attack on Coruscant.
The Star Wars: The Old Republic Cantina can be found on the 3rd level near the tabletop gaming rooms; it will be open all three (3) days.
Saturday, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Main Theatre (4th Level) - Star Wars: The Old Republic live demonstration - BioWare and LucasArts will present the first-ever live public demo of The Old Republic in the United States. Make sure to get in line early because there will be exclusives galore for attendees only.
Sunday, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Main Theatre (4th Level) - Star Wars: The Old Republic live demonstration - BioWare and LucasArts present their second live public demo of The Old Republic at PAX. Make sure to get in line early because there will be exclusives galore for attendees only.
Definitely swing by the Cantina and say hi. We should have a few things going on at the Cantina and I'll update this thread (and post) more with that when I get there (in case anything has changed).
Feel free to use this thread to discuss what you've seen at the Penny Arcade Expo or any questions you have (pertaining to our presence at PAX).
Now to copy a few shows over to my iPhone to watch during my flight...
As you know the people that are going to have a fun weekend at PAX are going to the Star Wars Cantina at PAX as well as meeting at an unspecified bar in Seattle. Since they are going to have fun in a place such as that I will now start discussion of Cantinas and Cantina accessories. I will also tell my hopes and dreams for the utilization of these space taverns in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
First off, I am not speaking Spanish, I am speaking Star Wars. (Cantina is Espanol for bar/tavern) We first got to experience a cantina in Episode IV. Fun fact: that scene was redone by Lucas before release of the film to make the film seem more realistic. Think of a cantina as being a bar much like today, where people go to drink and do other nasty things in public. Crime also tends to go to the less desirable cantinas and these bars can be found in almost any settled area. Droids can work at cantinas, but most follow the policy of "We don't serve their kind here. Your droids, they'll have to leave." Gambling was commonplace at cantinas as well as on stage entertainment. (lower quality cantinas would have virtual entertainers) Pazaak, Sabacc, and racing were the preferred forms of gambling while dancing and music were top forms of entertainment.
Now that you know what goes on here lets see how it can be put in game. First of all bars are a popular place to RP. (Everyone from WoW RP knows about Silvermoon) Apart from RP we could have Pazaak and Swoop races. Along with minigames we could possibly receive missions at these gathering places, as smugglers and bounty hunters often come across employment that is less than legal. Lets just hope they let me keep my HK-54 (HK-47 is too rare to be a companion so an upgraded clone would make me just as happy) companion with me when I enter these dens of slime and villainy.
Now that we have covered cantinas let me know what you want in them while we wait for PAX news to trickle in.
Kotaku was able to take some pictures of the booth in almost entirety for those that are not able to attend GamesCom. Pretty interesting booth I must say. The booth definitely looks like a cantina or at the least a night club at Disney World.
Sorry about posting so late. Trying to make sure a few things are in order before I fly overseas.
Currently, tomorrow's update looks to be a Fan Friday and Threat of Peace #13. Looking at the calendar of updates we hope to bring to all of you (I saw hope because sometimes things can change), this Friday will be the lightest day we'll have for a little while, at least.
Next week is pretty exciting; just the Developer Walkthrough video alone will be an eye catcher. We are looking to release that next Friday (on the website, demos will be going on every day at the convention) so if you happen to want to take a break for this Friday, definitely come back next week.
After that, we do have some reveals coming up. As I said before, the craziness of the convention season is almost over (for now, at least). Starting with GamesCom and going through PAX and beyond, we have some great things planned for everyone.
Again, thank all of you for the patience you've shown. We understand that there has been a little bit of a lull since the beginning of June (since after E3) but, starting next week, that is over. And no, we're not going back to the way things were just before E3... the cadence will pick up some. We're not going from a steady walk straight into a sprint but we'll be working up to a good jog at least.
A few of you have brought up the "screenshot of the week" idea. This is something we will look at doing (in the future) but our original updates were that way; spread over time instead of using the "bundled" approach we use now. There were actually a lot of complaints about us doing that so we changed to the new way which, overall, has been much better received. We are also about quality over quantity and, without going into details, every asset you see gets seen by a variety of people here.
For those of you who are attending GamesCom, definitely come by the TOR Cantina and said hi (and come see the live demo, too). I should be there most of the time (it is the Community Cantina, after all).