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Deathmvp
12.13.2011 , 08:38 AM | #1
I did not make this list but I copyed it and sent it to my brother from the old forms so I though I would repost it. it was not the whole thing but alot of it. If you know who posted it let me know so I can give them credit for it.

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GENERAL

The in-game currency is called Credits. The symbol for this currency is:
The level cap is 50
You choose your specialization at level 10. e.g. Jedi Knight can become a Guardian or Sentinel.
Note that once you pick your spec you can not change it later on at all. Though you can respec the talents of the skill set at any time for credits.
Mounts are obtained at level 25 for a total price of 48'000 credits. (40k for the license and 8k for the vehicle) note: if you have Digital Deluxe Edition or the Collectors you are given a mount for free so its only 40k total.)
You obtain your ship when you finish your class quests, usually around level 16
Log off or spend time in a cantina to obtain rested experience. Rested exp increases the amount of exp you get for killing enemies for a certain amount depending on how long you have spent in the cantina
As you progress through the game you will unlock a number of titles. To select a title go to the character panel 'C' select the arrow beside your name and a drop down list will open of all available titles.
The name of your current location will be displayed on the top left corner of the screen, followed by the number of people also in the same location. E.G. Tython 147 means you are on planet Tython and there is a total of 147 players there.
You can see your latency by hovering your mouse over the four signal bars below your minimap (located on the bottom right of the screen).
You can see your current FPS (frames per second) by pressing [CTRL+SHIFT+F] at the same time
To split a stack of items (say you have 20 crystals) simply hold [SHIFT+LEFTCLICK] then drag the cursor into an inventory space. Enter the amount you want and it will then place the split stack into an empty inventory space.
To link an item in the chat simply [SHIFT+LEFTCLICK] it
Some items in the world can be modified. Modifying is simply upgrading your item so it performs better or looks different. You don't need a General Enhancement Station to perform this you can simply [CTRL+Right Click] the item to begin modifying. Drop the modification into its designated slot and click 'apply' for the modification to take effect.
When you receive an item which is modifiable there will already be some modifications in it
You can also remove modifications from current weapons, simply drag and drop them back into your inventory
Flashpoints are the equivalent of "instances" for most people. Composed of a team of 4 players or less.
Operations are the equivalent of "raids" for most people. Composed of a team of either 8 or 16 players. Difficulty varies accordingly.
Republic

Smuggler - Ord Mantell
Gunslinger - Dual Wield - Long Range DPS
Scoundrel - Blaster - Ranged DPS or Healing
Trooper - Ord Mantell
Commando - Blaster Cannon - Long Ranged DPS or Healing
Vanguard - Blaster Rifle - Ranged DPS or Tank
Jedi Knight - Tython
Guardian - Single Lightsaber - Melee DPS or Tank
Sentinel - Dual Lightsaber - Melee DPS
Jedi Consular - Tython
Sage - Single Lightsaber - Ranged DPS or Heal
Shadow - Staff Saber - Melee/Range DPS or Tank
Empire

Bounty Hunter - Hutta
Mercenary - Dual Blasters - Ranged DPS or Healing
Powertech - Single Blaster - Melee/Ranged DPS or Tank
Imperial Agent - Hutta
Operative - Blaster Rifle - Ranged DPS or Healing
Sniper - Sniper Rifle - Long Ranged DPS
Sith Warrior - Korriban
Juggernaut - Single Lightsaber - Melee DPS or Tank
Marauder - Dual Lightsaber - Melee DPS
Sith Inquisitor - Korriban
Assassin - Staff Saber - Melee DPS or Tank
Sorcerer - Single Lightsaber - Ranged DPS or Heal



THE USER INTERFACE (UI)

The UI can't be altered much at this moment in time. Whether its to keep the game looking professional or to stop people leaking horribly customised UI's to the public putting people off from playing.
To change the max distance you can zoom out, head into options (esc), then into preferences and then use the slider to increase or decrease the amount.
You can create new chat tabs or edit current ones by right clicking on the general tab or any other new tabs.
You can modify the opacity of the chat window background in options and under preferences
You can drag the chat panel to a desired location by left clicking and holding on the general tab and then dragging
You can access all the emotes and commands from the top left corner of the chat panel
To minimize the chat panel, simply click the arrow located in the far upper left corner of the chat panel
You can zoom the mini map in and out by placing your cursor over the map and using the mouse wheel
QUESTING & LEVELING

You can enable auto loot in preferences in the game menu, simply right click to take everything instantly
You can enable area loot in preferences in the game menu, when you loot you will take everything from the target and all around it
NPC's that have 3 orange lines above their head in the form of a triangle means they have a quest for you.
NPC's that have 3 grey lines above their head in the form of a triangle means they have a quest for you but it isn't available to you yet due to your level or progress with other quests.
NPC's that have three orange lines above their head in the form of a triangle and a glowing green centre means the quest is completed, talk to them for a reward.
Make sure to make use of your out of combat heal every time you finish a tough fight, this will help you progress faster
Use the map 'M' to see where objectives are located in the world and work out the fastest route to get there, or the most scenic. Whatever floats your boat!
Hover over objectives on the map to see a more detailed description and sometimes the area you need to be in to find the enemy.
When you come to a new town or location always visit the taxi service to unlock it for future travel and visit the binding plinth to enable fast travel to that location.
Class Trainers are visible by the orange arrow they have above their heads, if there is a green star underneath it means there are new skills to train
Once you reach level 10 and do the quest which will place you in your desired branch, new tabs will unlock on the bottom of the skill trainers window. For example a Jedi Consular who has picked Sage will have a Consular tab which gives abilities to both the sage and shadow but you will also have a tab called Sage with more unique spells the Shadow cant obtain and vice versa. I managed to go through 6 levels before realising this.
Make sure to REPAIR every time you go to a vendor, there is a button once you open up a trade window to 'repair all' in the bottom left corner. This will keep you progressing smoothly
Keep fully stocked on MedPacks, it is easy to get overwhelmed on this game and you never know when you will need that extra boost of HP to win a fight.
When you obtain your first companion, its always best to send them in first on difficult fights as you can simply pick them back up once the fight has finished
You can move your companion out of harms way of special enemy AoE attacks by setting them as passive and moving away from the target. This is done in the companion window and can help against really tough foes!
Kill the weakest first! If you are about to jump into a fight with one elite and four minions, then try to CC (crowd control, hold, stun, snare etc) the Elite and dispatch the minions as quickly as you can before the Elite has time to attack
Make use of your terrain! You can Force push enemies off cliffs and they will die on hitting the ground
Often on your way to a certain area there might be enemies on the way, although attacking these enemies isn't needed you can often trigger a bonus quest to kill 5 or so for more exp.
Try to complete bonus quests whenever you get the chance, it usually doesn't take long and the reward is great
Keep an eye out for Lore Objects throughout the world. Simply interact with them to gain a new piece of lore and some tasty experience as well!
When you complete a quest that gives you an item as a reward but your inventory is full, you wont receive the item right away. Simply sell some goods then look at the quest tracker on the upper right corner of the screen. You will see something along the lines of '1 quest completed' click it, then claim your reward!
Sometimes when you are on a quest you will be given a device or an object to use. To find mission items, open your inventory (I/B) and swap tabs to Mission Items. Here you will find all the quest items you pick up in your journey.
Mission Items will be removed upon completion of the quest, or quest chain.
Heroic Areas - Are areas on the map with powerful enemies. Often quests take you to them and a teammate is needed to help progress through. Though soloing is possible.
LOOTING

You can enable auto loot in preferences in the game menu, simply right click to take everything instantly
You can enable area loot in preferences in the game menu, when you loot you will take everything from the target and all around it
Defeated enemies with a yellow vertical beam protruding from them have loot which contributes to your quest or commendations
Defeated enemies with a light blue vertical beam protruding from them have common loot (white items and credits)
Defeated enemies with a green vertical beam protruding from them have uncommon loot
Defeated enemies with a dark blue vertical beam protruding from them have rare loot
Defeated enemies with a purple vertical beam protruding from them have epic loot
Defeated enemies with an orange vertical beam protruding from them have legendary loot
Grey Items are junk and should be sold to a vendor for cash
White Items generally have a use whether it's a crafting material or an equipable item
Green Items are uncommon items, rarer than white items and have better stats
Blue Items are rarer than green items and have better stats
Purple Items are epic items and have higher stats than blue
Orange Items are legendary items, the highest rarity in game
Items increase in the following order: Grey -> White -> Green -> Blue -> Purple -> Orange
When a monster drops an uncommon item and you are in a group, everyone will be eligible to 'roll' for the item. Rolling is completely random and whoever rolls the highest, wins the item.
There are four loot options for when such an event occurs, need, greed, reverse engineer or pass.
Need - You should only click need if you can use the item which is up for grabs. Whether that means you can equip it or use it for crafting.
Greed - You should click greed if the only reason for wanting the item is to sell it or to reverse engineer it.
Pass - Clicking pass in the loot panel will drop you out of the roll. Meaning you won't have a chance of getting the item. Many people do this because they don't want to fill up their inventory with things they don't need. Or they are just being kind.
Reverse Engineer - If a player in the group has the required crafting skill for the item and a high enough skill level, there is an option to reverse engineer the item. If this player wins the roll the item will then be destroyed and the winner will receive crafting materials. (see crew skills - reverse engineering for more info)
Abusing this system (needing everything) will often get you kicked from groups and a bad reputation will follow. When you do 'need' everything you will be branded a ninja and many people will avoid playing with you.
Some items (green and above) will bind to you upon equipping them (BoE). Once this item is equipped it can't be sold or traded to another player. It can still be sold to a vendor or reverse engineered however.
Some items will be bound to you as you pick them up (BoP). Meaning you can't trade them to anyone else in the group, so make sure you use need or greed carefully! These items can also be sold to a vendor or reverse engineered.
GROUPING

To talk to your group type /p
The maximum number of people you can have in a single group is 4 players (including yourself, so 3 players and you)
When you are invited to a group you will be asked whether you would like to join the same instance as the person who invited you. Click yes otherwise you won't be able to see your teammate. If their instance is full they will be asked to join your instance instead.
To leave a group, right click your character portrait, select group and click 'Leave Group'
To add a player that you can see to the group, simply select them and click on the purple plus (+) icon above their character portrait.
To add a player that you can't see to the group, simply type /invite Goshee (replace Goshee with the name of whoever you are inviting)
To promote someone as the new Group Leader simply right click their nameplate and select 'Make Group Leader'
To remove someone from the group, right click the persons nameplate you want removing and select 'Kick From Group'
Grouping with players can award you with special 'Social Points'. Social Points are rewarded when you win a conversation roll against other players in your group who are part of the same conversation.
Social Points are also awarded when you complete group content or view a private instance as a spectator
You also gain half the amount of social points when you lose the roll.
Winning a social roll against another player in your team means you will talk to the contact and whatever you chose to say will be said.
Rolls are completely RNG (random number generated)
Social Points can be spent at special 'Social Vendors' for goodies!
You can pick up defeated group members at anytime, provided you are out of combat. Simply run over to them and right click.
If a teammate is in a different instance than you, when they talk it will display which they are in on the chat panel beside their name. Alternatively you can look at the map 'M' and in the bottom right corner will display your area. Use the drop down menu to locate friends, guild and group members. To change simply click which one you want to join.
Swapping instances incurs a 30 minute delay before you can use it again.
Flashpoints - (instances) Every Flashpoint takes a group of Imperial or Republic players through its own self-contained adventure, culminating in one of several outcomes based on player choices. You won’t have to miss out on any of the story, though – Flashpoints exist in specially instanced parts of the galaxy and can be repeated as often as you’d like. Flashpoints feature enemies that require skill and cooperation to defeat, and are much more challenging than single-player missions, but they offer valuable loot and rewards. Gather up your allies and get ready for explosive multiplayer action in Flashpoints!
Operations - (raids) are large-scale multi-group missions where you will join your Republic or Imperial allies to confront the most dangerous threats in the galaxy. Each story-driven Operation is available to both factions and is designed to challenge groups of either eight or sixteen players to use their skills, wits, and teamwork to ensure that they successfully complete the mission while still being accessible to newcomers to the genre.
THE STORY

To skip through dialogue simply hit the space bar
Most of the time 1 means light side, 2 is neutral and 3 is dark side. However you should always pay attention just in case it swaps around.
Subtitles can be added to all chat dialogue in the options window under preferences
When you are in a party you can choose to either talk to a contact separately or with the rest of your group. To talk with your group a member must right click the contact and wait until all party members have also right clicked the contact. Green ticks will be shown by the portraits of those who have accepted. Once all have accepted or you are tired of waiting hit start conversation.
If a group mate is far away from the contact but you are near your group mate will be given the option to use the holocom to talk to the contact. Though remember, this requires at least one of you talking face to face.
Throughout the story, once in a while you will be only given two options to choose from. A lightside choice and a dark side choice. If you can't tell which is which, you can hover over each option and a small icon will display in the centre.
Choosing between Dark Side and Light Side options will increase your Light and Dark rating in the form of points. You can view your current alignment in the character window 'C'
You can go up and down the meter SIMULTANEOUSLY so you aren't forced to stay with one alignment for your character. Meaning if you are primarily a Light Side character and gain Dark Side points, these points aren't taken from your Light Side score, rather they just add to your Dark Side score.
Each alignment has ranks. You start neutral and the amount of points required to get to rank 1 of the Light Side is 1'000. Rank 1 of the Dark Side is -1'000.
The amount of points between each rank interval remains consistent for both sides. Meaning it isn't any easier to pick one over the other.
Some equip-able items in game require you to be at a certain rank within the Dark or Light Side. For example a red crystal for your light saber is forbidden to rank 1 or above in the Light Side.

TRADE
The channel for Trade is /3
To link an item in the chat simply [SHIFT+LEFTCLICK] it
To split a stack of items (say you have 20 crystals) simply hold [SHIFT+LEFTCLICK] then drag the cursor into an inventory space. Enter the amount you want and it will then place the split stack into an empty inventory space.
Trading with players can be done only when the player you want to trade with is in range.
To trade with a player simply select the player you want to trade with and right click his player portrait and select Trade.
The player will then receive a message asking whether he would like to open trade with you, once he accepts you can trade items (provided they aren't soulbound) and credits.
AUCTION HOUSE
The Auction House is the place you go to place bids or sell items with people across the galaxy.
As a buyer you can either place a bid or buy it out. If you choose to place a bid you must enter your buying price (which must be higher than the previous) and select submit.
Placing a bid does not guarantee you will receive the item as another player can out bid you. If you are out bid you are refunded your money through the mail and you can choose to place another if you wish.
Bids last for a set duration defined by the seller. Once the period ends, the person with the highest bid receives the item through the mail system.
The buyer can cancel the bid at any time, the highest bidder will then be refunded.
You can only buy-out a bid if the seller has allowed you to do so. The buy-out price is a set price determined by the seller.
Once you buy-out the item for sale, all (if any) bids are cancelled and you receive the item through the mail system.
A seller can place a buy-out option and auction it off at the same time, they can also do each separately.
Always check the price and quantity of the item before buying something to make sure you aren't getting ripped off.
Auction Houses only work with players who are on the same faction as you. So Empire players can't sell to Republic players UNLESS you visit an independant/neutral trade hub which caters for both.
These neutral trade hubs can be found on Nar Shadaa
STATS

A - Aim
C - Cunning
E - Endurance
P - Presence
S - Strength
W - Willpower
Aim - Affects bonus ranged damage and bonus ranged crit
Cunning - Affects bonus tech damage and bonus tech crit
Endurance - Affects bonus health and health regeneration
Presence - Affects bonus healing, extra companion health and extra companion damage
Strength - Affects bonus melee damage and bonus melee crit
Willpower - Affects bonus force damage and bonus force crit
Armor - Affects Kinetic and Energy damage reduction

SLASH COMMANDS


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GENERAL

/s - Say - Talks on local, this is to talk to players who are near your proximity
/p - Party/Group - This is to talk to players in your group, no one outside your group can read.
/g - Guild - Only members of your guild can see this text
/y - Yell - Send a message to players in the area
/e - Send an emote to nearby players (see a list of available emotes below)
/t - Tell - /t Goshee Hello would send a private message to me saying "Hello"
/1 - General - General chat means anyone in the same region can hear you
/2 - PvP - Send a Message to the PvP chat channel
/3 - Trade - Trade chat is for discussing buying/selling and auctions.
/t - Tell - /t Goshee Hello would send a private message to me saying "Hello"
/afk - AFK - Set yourself as away from keyboard with an additional message too
/dnd - DND - Do not Disturb, people trying to contact you will get a message that you don't wish to be disturbed
/invite - Group Invitation - /invite Goshee would invite me to your group
/kick - Kick Member - /kick Goshee would kick me from your group
/who - Who - Shows a list of all players in the region and gives you search options

CHANNELS

/create [channelname] [password]- Create an Channel and an optional password
/cjoin [channelname] [password] - Join an already made channel also including a password if needed
/cleave [channelname] [password] - Leave a custom channel also including a password if needed
/lock [channelname] - Allow only invited players to join the channel
/unlock [channelname] - Allow all players to join the custom channel
/cinvite [channelname] [player] - Invite someone to the custom channel
/password [channelname] [password] - Set a password for the channel
/password [channelname] - Clear a password from a channel
/ckick [channelname] [player] - Kick a player from the channel
/ban [channelname] [player] - Ban a player from the channel
/unban [channelname] [player] - Unban a player from a channel
/mod [channelname] [player] - Give a player the moderator status in the channel
/unmod [channelname] [player] - Remove mod status from a player
/mute [channelname] [player] - Remove the ability to send messages on the channel
/unmute [channelname] [player] - Grant the ability to send messages on the channel
/moderate [channelname] - Set the custom channel to only let moderators speak
/unmoderate [channelname]- Set the custom channel to let anyone speak
/channellist - List all custom channels you are on
/list [channelname] - List the players on the custom channel


ACTION

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/Belch
/Blink
/Blow a Kiss
/Bonk
/Burp
/Cheer
/Club Dance
/Cough
/Cringe
/Drink
/Duck
/Eat
/Flag Down
/Flap
/Flex
/Golf Clap
/Kiss
/Kneel
/Look
/Meditate
/Observe
/Overthere
/Raise Hand
/Salute
/Scratch
/Sleep
/Talk
/Tap
/Threaten
/wOOt

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Bendele
12.13.2011 , 08:47 AM | #2
Great post, very helpful thanks!

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MetheusPer
12.13.2011 , 01:20 PM | #3
I think orange being legendary has changed.

http://www.swtor.com/blog/some-clari...-modifications

"Since other games have used orange to signify truly rare and epic gear, let me clarify that orange in Star Wars: The Old Republic has nothing to do with 'epic' gear. (And for those curious, our version of 'epic' is a very deep purple, bordering on a rich blue). The orange we use is actually the old bronze color we developed a long time ago when our color coding was based on metals (bronze, silver, gold, platinum, etc)."