As 2012 comes to a close and we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Star Wars: The Old Republic, we thought it'd be interesting to take a look back at the articles Darth Hater has published over the past year and see which ones were the most popular. Browsing the articles that have had the most views of 2012 gives an interesting snapshot of how the year went for SWTOR and Darth Hater. Patch notes during major updates (and long downtimes) account for several of the top viewed articles, so those were excluded from the list. Hit the jump for the list in full.
I’m glad they finally released a follow up to the Rakghoul Outbreak World Event. The first event served as a nice distraction from the usual grind, especially since it came out before the Group Finder and Ranked Warzones. Of course, technically it was just another daily grind, but there were some nice rewards such as the Rakling Pets, the Companion Customization, and the Black-Green Color Crystals. The Grand Acquisition Race is the second World Event to hit The Old Republic, and I figured it’d be nice to go through the event and record my thoughts day by day, seeing whether or not I found it worthwhile.
Please note that this guide will be continually updated as more information emerges and becomes ready for publication. Images will be added as they are available. If you see something we missed, feel free to chime in and add your thoughts in the comments section. If we use something you mention, we'll give you credit in the post.
UPDATE (8/17/12 3:00am EST): The time-lock on quest "Another Lead" has been lifted and players can now pursue acquisition of the Plasma-Sealed Jar.
UPDATE (8/16/12 11:40am EST): The Grand Acquisitions Race will draw to a close on Tuesday, August 21st, so get your missions done now if you're after a sweet bowcaster or Sand People costume:
The Chevin Conglomerate has decreed that you will have until next Tuesday (August 21st) at 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8 AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST) to finish up the Grand Acquisitions Race. They've also decreed that the Shady Dealer will remain for an additional week after the race ends, citing "feedback" as the primary reason.
UPDATE (8/16/12 3:00am EST): The time-lock on quest "A New Lead" has been lifted and players can now pursue acquisition of the Black-and-Orange Sphere.
UPDATE (8/15/12 3:41pm EST): Allison Berryman confirms that the Sand People Bloodguard vanity outfit associated with the event (as well as the Containment Officer outfit from the previous Rakghoul event), currently restricted as Bind on Pickup, will be changed to Bind on Legacy in the future:
I asked Systems Designer David Hunt why the Sand People Bloodguard outfit is currently bind on pickup instead of bind on Legacy, and he let me know that it will be changed to bind on Legacy in the future - this will also affect the Imperial and Republic Containment Officer outfits from the Rakghoul event.
UPDATE (8/15/12 3:00am EST): The time-lock on quest "A Lead" has been lifted and players can now pursue acquisition of the Akar Kesh Meditation Mask (thanks DJThomas07).
UPDATE (8/14/12 1:30pm EST): Joveth Gonzalez weighs in with a tip concerning resetting bonus missions associated with the Grand Acquisitions Race:
Hi there! If you ever get frustrated and delete a bonus mission during the Grand Acquisitions Race's main mission, the easiest way to get it back is to reset the main mission for this event. You'll still retain all of your previous items and you will only lose the progress that you've made towards the current item that you're pursuing. Hope that helps!
The Grand Acquisitions Race is on! With this kind of World Event, it is important for us to share information as it comes in. To assist in this, we’re creating a work in progress guide that will document our progression through the event. A detailed recounting of the new quest line along with screenshots is contained after the jump. Video and further information is coming soon but for now, hit the jump to find out more.
Moments ago, BioWare teased the new World Event, The Grand Acquisition Race with video of the transmition players will see.
So what do we know? From the video we can tell that a group called the Chevin Conglomerate is organizing an event called “The Grand Acquisition Race” in the hopes of “providing personal enrichment opportunities” for players. Their main goal appears to be to acquiring specific items that are spread throughout the galaxy. The event is likely started on Nar Shadaa’s Promenade, but the Chevin Representative mentions that the rewards are “for individuals capable of interstellar travel. Others need not apply”, making it probable that you’ll be flying to multiple planets to complete this event, unlike the Rakghoul Outbreak event that only took place on Tatooine. From the news report, it’s clear that their activities are not approved of by the Imperials.
The Chevin are an alien race in the Star Wars galaxy that is essentially a giant criminal organization. They’re interested in acquiring wealth and power through subterfuge and intrigue, and are a culture that heavily relies on slave labour. Not much is known about the Chevin during the times of The Old Republic, although they do survive and become supporters of the Galactic Empire during the Imperial Era.
In the meantime, if you wish to see the leaked quests and item details from the 1.3 patch that reference the event, head over to our recent article on the subject. While the event is not live yet, we'll be sure to let you know when it starts with a detailed guide soon.