About David

David Holloway has been involved with gaming since the early 1970′s and with virtual worlds since heavy use of a MOO in 1993 – he even admits to having owned a Vic 20 and used it heavily to play cassette-based roleplaying games. As far as Star Wars goes, he still owns his original set of Star Wars figures and can vouch for the fact that a 1978 Stormtrooper can be blown to bits by shooting it with a slug gun from a distance. He’s also played Star Wars games as far back as the Super Nintendo console and to this day is devastated by the accidental erasure of all his progress on Lego Star Wars on the Wii.



Flash Point 84: Playing Barbies and Killing Stuff

flashpoint-podcastWe’re really pleased to have Hillary Nicole from SWTOR’s community team on for a chat, plus we cover a lot of ground on SWTOR, WoW, Dr Who and a great lore update from ODS-1 on The Hutts.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Hillary Nicole Interview, Galactic Strongholds reaction, Gamescom Community Cantina flash drive contents (link)

Others: WoW expansion cinematic and launch (link), Elder Scrolls Online launches loyalty program (link), Star Citizen update

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: The Hutts

2. General Gaming News
- Back next episode!

3. Pop Culture

TV: Dr Who new series, The Left Overs (link)

4. Tech Roundup
- Microsoft takes aim at streaming game lag (link), Steam might be getting into movies and TV (link)

- Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1′s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

Please review or rate the podcast on iTunes if you can – it makes a huge difference!

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SWTOR 2.9: Galactic Strongholds – Full Patch Notes

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Game Update 2.9: Galactic Strongholds Early Access

Highlights

Galactic Strongholds Early Access! Subscribers can now purchase a Galactic Stronghold on Nar Shaddaa, Tatooine, Dromund Kaas, and Coruscant by visiting the Stronghold Directory on the Fleet or on the Stronghold’s planet.

Guild Flagships now available! Guilds can now purchase a Flagship and use it to compete with other guilds and conquer the galaxy! Visit the Flagship Directory on the Fleet for more information.

Battle for control with Conquest! Conquest events are now available in the Mission Log! Each week a new Conquest event will become active with new objectives. Complete your personal point target to earn special rewards – or if you’re in a guild with a Flagship, invade a planet and compete with other guilds for planetary domination. Special perks are available to those who conquer a planet by placing at the top of the Guild Leaderboard at the end of the event.

New Flashpoint: Depths of Manaan! Continue the Forged Alliances storyline with a new Level 55 Tactical Flashpoint set on the water-covered planet of Manaan.

Ranked Arena Season 2 has come to a conclusion! Congratulations to all the reward winners! In preparation for Season 3, Ranked stats have been reset and the Leaderboard for Season 2 has been archived.

General

  • The GSI Satellite Support Service is now in open beta testing on Makeb. Once registered with the GSI support satellites, GSI will track your every move and provide you with the following support services:
    • Gear is now bolstered to a 156 rating while on Makeb, increasing all stats!
    • When combat is detected, a Medical Probe will be deployed to administer long-lasting, refreshing Kolto, healing you for 2% every 3 seconds while you remain in combat.
    • There is now a 250% boost to exploration Experience while on Makeb.
  • Pets now occasionally make noises.
  • Victorious Battler Headgear now has voice modulation.
  • The Czerka Executive Speeder now tilts appropriately when turning.
  • The World Map window now blocks right-click interactions like other windows.
  • Oricon’s Galaxy Map appearance now accurately reflects that the moon is actively on fire.

Cartel Market

  • The first Stronghold Packs for Shipment Five – The Builder’s Stronghold Pack and The Gatekeeper’s Stronghold Pack – are now available in the Cartel Market!
  • Shipment Five Reputation – Binary Star Realty – available now!
  • Decorations and Decoration Bundles are now available for purchase!
  • Corrected the Rarity Icons of several Cartel Market items.

Galactic Strongholds

  • Galactic Strongholds on Nar Shaddaa, Tatooine, Dromund Kaas and Coruscant are now available to Subscribers.
  • Strongholds can be purchased by going to the Stronghold Directory on either Fleet or on the respective Stronghold planet.
  • An introductory Mission that grants a set of starter Decorations is offered by the Stronghold Commissioner, who can be found on either Fleet or on either Capital planet.
  • Mounts, pets, and companions can be placed as decorations in your Stronghold.
  • Guildmasters can purchase a Guild Headquarters at any Stronghold Directory. This purchase requires a Guild Bank with enough credits.
  • Decoration items can now be donated to your guild through the Guild Bank interface (this will consume the decoration unlock). Decorations that cannot be physically donated may be purchased for your guild through the decoration collection window (you will not lose the decoration).
  • Guildmasters can now purchase a Guild Flagship by visiting the Flagship Directory on the Fleet.
  • Flagship room expansions can be unlocked with a combination of credits and Framework items:
    • Frameworks come in three varieties: Engineering, Command, and Logistical.
    • They can be obtained either by crafting and exchanging Dark Projects at the Flagship Commissioner, by earning the guild reward in a Conquest Event, or by defeating enemy Sith and Jedi Commanders on planets across the galaxy.
  • Conquest events are now accessible in the Mission Log!
    • You can view the current Conquest event in the Conquest tab of the Mission Log.
    • Each week a new event will appear with a new set of objectives and contested planets. You can participate and earn rewards even if you aren’t in a guild.
    • If you are in a guild with a Flagship, your Guildmaster can choose to invade one of the contested planets and compete on the guild leaderboard! The top guild on each leaderboard will take control of the planet at the end of the event. Guild members who meet their point contribution target and place on the leaderboard will earn special guild-exclusive rewards. You will control the planet until your guild conquers another, or until another guild conquers it when it next becomes contested.
    • Conquering planets will earn your guild special privileges. Your guild will be advertised in a banner on the planet, your guild members will be displayed as ‘Conquerors’, your Flagship Orbital Support will have its effect doubled, and you will have access to special equipment, including the Commander Walker mount!
  • New Schematics are available on all Crew Skill trainers, under the “Strongholds & Conquests” category.
    • Industrial Prefabs can be crafted by Armormechs, Armstechs, and Cybertechs.
    • Synthetic Prefabs can be crafted by Artificers, Biochems, Synthweavers.
    • Universal Prefabs and their material components can be crafted by any crafting profession.
    • Prefabs are divided into three tiers: MK-1, MK-2, and MK-3. These schematics may be trained at skill levels 150, 300, and 450 respectively.
    • War Supplies are a new type of crafted item used to earn points in Conquest events. They may be exchanged for special decorations, Conquest equipment, and Flagship items. Each type of War Supplies may be crafted by the professions that specialize in the associated materials. All crafting professions may train the Invasion Force and Dark Project schematics.
  • Prefabs may be exchanged at the Fabricator Droids in the Strongholds & Crew Skills quadrant of either Fleet for a wide variety of Decorations.
  • Decorations now drop from every Flashpoint and Operation.
  • Many Flashpoint and Operation Achievements now provide special Trophy Decorations that can be placed on the walls of your Stronghold. You can view them in the Achievement Reward Window. These Decorations will be automatically unlocked when the Achievement is earned. You can also right-click the item icon to unlock it once the Achievement is earned.
  • Decorations may be purchased for Warzone Commendations and Fleet Commendations at the Starfighter & PvP Decorations Vendor on either Fleet.
  • Jawa scrap materials can now be obtained by earning Conquest rewards.

Flashpoints + Operations

  • Nefra, Who Bars The Way has a new “Frustrated Howl” ability, and now deals damage to all players participating in her Dread Fortress encounter if she reaches 80% health and is unable to reach a target.
  • The Achievement “Defeating Colonel Vorgath” is now properly granted when defeating him in 8-Player Story Mode Explosive Conflict.

Missions + NPCs

  • The density of enemies on Makeb has been reduced.
  • The Jedi Knight Mission “Doomsday” has had its difficulty reduced.
  • The Jedi Consular Mission “Chaos and Harmony” has had its difficulty reduced.
  • The Trooper Mission “The Battle of Corellia” has had its difficulty reduced.
  • Corrected the items that the Jawa Scrap Vendors have available, and they no longer sell unused Materials.
  • Group scaling has been removed from the following Missions, and the difficulty of the boss encounter no longer scales based on the number of players in the group:
    • Stealing Thunder (Imperial)
    • Revenge of the Archon (Imperial)
    • Hitting the Hutts (Republic)
    • Taking on Toborro (Republic)

Warzones

  • It is no longer possible to escape behind the series of pipes in the Tatooine Canyon Arena.

Warlords of Draenor Cinematic and Launch Date

Warlords_of_Draenor_Unleashed__Watch_the_Live_Stream_Now__-_World_of_Warcraft 2A big day today in World of Warcraft land, with a live stream provided by Blizzard to launch the Warlords of Draenor cinematic and to announce the launch date of the expansion, which has been set down for the 13th November 2014 - two days after Blizzcon.

There’d been some rumblings that an earlier than expected launch date would be announced, but it’s turned out to be a standard late year expansion launch. The livestream did a decent tour of the new zones:

And then unveiled the Lord of War lore mini-series and finished up with the cinematic:

Over to you: what did you think?

Location Of The Sacred Mount Lore Object

Here’s the location of the Unity At A Price lore object, which is required for the Rumbles of Thunder achievement.

First, you need to go to the Isle of Thunder, and get to the large building in the middle of The Diremoor, which is located here:

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The lore object is in the outer ring of the building. Go up the steps. turn and walk around the outer ring until you see it sitting right here:

 

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Location Of Unity At A Price Lore Object

Here’s the location of the Unity At A Price lore object, which is required for the Rumbles of Thunder achievement.

First, you need to go to the Isle of Thunder, and get to the Hall of the Grand Imperion, which is located here:

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Once you’re in the Hall of the Grand Imperion, you stay on the ground level. The lore object is on the rear wall from the entrance, so you’ll need to clear a couple of the Shan’ze Soulrippers to get to it. Here’s the picture of the Unity At A Price lore object:

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Flash Point 83: Anti-Feasible Tea Ladies

flashpoint-podcastAfter a 3-week break we’ve got a backlog of stuff to talk about, and hopefully you think we’ve covered some decent ground this episode.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: PvP Season 2 Rewards (link), 2.9 hits the PTS (link), 2.9 PTS Patch Notes (link), unlocking Guild Flagships (link), upcoming Cantina in Cologne to coincide with Gamescom.

Others: Elite Dangerous (link to official site and a great gameplay link). Destiny Beta a success (link and here’s the cool Halo infographic)

2. General Gaming News
- New BioWare game, Spark (link), new TV Tuner accessory for Xbox One, Oculus Rift and the screen door effect.

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Strain (link), Star Wars Rebels (link)

Books: American Gods (link)

Films: Deadpool test footage (link)

4. Tech Roundup
-  Twitch comes down hard on copyright with its audio recognition system (link)

- Shout outs for our latest iTunes reviewers: FortranDragon and JayConnell and a welcome back to Old Republic Radio.

- Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1′s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

Please review or rate the podcast on iTunes if you can – it makes a huge difference!

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Fish Tales Achievement: Location of Watersmithing Lore Object

Here’s the location of the Watersmithing Lore Object which you need for the Fish Tales achievement.

Map location in the Jade Forest (at Moonwater Retreat):

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And here’s what the Watersmithing Lore Object looks like:

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Location of Thunder King Lore Object

Here’s the location of the Thunder King Lore Object, which is part of The Dark Heart of the Mogu achievement.

The map of the location within the Vale of Eternal Blossoms in Pandaria:

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And then what the lore object itself looks like:

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Location of Lost Dynasty Lore Object

Here’s the location of the Lost Dynasty Lore Object, which is part of The Dark Heart of the Mogu achievement.

 

The location on the map in Karasarang Wilds:

 

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And here’s the Lost Dynasty Object itself:

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Enjoy!

Flash Point 82: The Dead Air Tribute Edition

flashpoint-podcastEpisode 82 sees us allegedly get into the groove of our revamped format. We cover quite a bit of ground on a bunch of topics from Firefall to Weird Al Yankovic.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Live stream tour of strongholds (link), Legacy Storage and BOP items (link), David’s subscription close call (and a tangent to the infamous Comcast call)

Others: Firefall out of beta and into early access (link)

Interlude: Your Lore Is Stuck In My Canon: Manaan

2. General Gaming News
-  Destiny beta has started (link), Zombie U sucks the big one, Watchdogs and Mario Kart 8 biggest June sellers (link), PS4 outselling Xbox One (link)

3. Pop Culture

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy

Comics: Captain America costume to be worn by Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Thor is now a woman (link).

Music: Weird Al Yankovic’s 8 vids in 8 days (link).

4. Tech Roundup
- Microsoft lays off 18000 staff (link)
- 3D Metal printing (link)

- Shout outs for our latest iTunes reviewers: Jason, SiHuWa and Benjamin McJannett.

- Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1′s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

Please review or rate the podcast on iTunes if you can – it makes a huge difference!

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Star Wars Force For Change: Get Involved!

We’ve talked about it a couple of times on our podcast, but I wanted to do a quick post to remind our enormous and dedicated readers that there’s a great Star Wars related fundraiser going on that could get you a walk on role in Star Wars Episode VII.

Here’s where to find out more - but trust me this is a great thing to get involved with.

Please consider donating some dollars, and hell you might fluke the big kahuna of an appearance in the movie! Plus, you get some pretty spiffy weekly badges to recognise your efforts. Here’s a couple I’ve received:

 

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What’s not to like?

 

Flash Point 81: More Arse In Your Gravy

flashpoint-podcastThis episode sees us unveil the new show format… which isn’t a lot different to the old format but we do have some new audio tags and some more formalised segments. So that’s something right?

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: new Community Coordinator, video of Tatooine homestead (link), developer update on Strongholds (link), Double XP weekend, Bounty Contract Week going live on 8th July, Club Vertica Nightlife pack (link).

The Secret World: TSW’s second anniversary (link)

Others: World of Tanks launches on mobile devices (iOS and Android), getting thrashed in Hearthstone.

2. General Gaming News
- Are the PC Master Race the Next-Gen consoles’ bitches? (link)
- Xbox Cloud – more than just arse gravy?
- Mario Kart 8

3. Pop Culture

TV: Orange is The New Black, Dominion, Game of Thrones Exhibition in Sydney

Film: Harrison Ford injures himself on the set of Star Wars Episode VII (link)

4. Tech Roundup
- Leap Motion v 2.0 (link)
- Google i/o roundup and Google Cardboard (link)

- Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account, Kris’s Twitter account and ODS-1′s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

Please review or rate the podcast on iTunes if you can – it makes a huge difference!

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