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DanielSteed
04.29.2019 , 09:52 AM | #1 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Hello everyone!

In one of my earlier posts I mentioned an idea that I had about a web content roadmap. Initially I had the idea to break it down month by month, but as I started to build it, I realized that really wasn’t viable. Instead, I have come it with a living format that will serve as a stickied forum post here.

Below I will list every idea that I have for articles between now and the release of ‘Onslaught’. I’ll have these broken down by topic and once I start the process of writing them, I will bump them up to the “Work in Progress” section. Then once they get published, I’ll come back to this post and link the articles.

Published:

Work in Progress:
  • A Day In The Life Of Sorcerers And Sages - A new style of article that will help showcase the synergy that Set Bonuses and Tacticals create. Each article will look at two Advanced Class mirrors and provide examples for each of their Disciplines. First one will be about Sorcerers and Sages.
  • A Day In The Life Of Assassins And Shadows - Same as the above, but for Assassins and Shadows instead.
  • Ranked PvP Season 11 - Rating breakdown, rewards, and more about the upcoming end of Ranked PvP Season 11.

Upcoming article topics:

Planets - With the two new planets, Onderon and Mek-sha, we would like to set the scene with a lore-based article for both. There could also be a backstory blog on Corellia or Dxun. We’re still tentative on how much to reveal about the bosses in the new Flashpoint and Operation as the last thing we want to do is spoil the fun of experiencing these firsthand. Another idea that I have is to do a behind-the-scenes look to show the making of both Onderon and Mek-sha, which could take on several different forms.

Nautolans - With Nautolans we would like to cover the history of the species for people that are more unfamiliar with their backstory and possibly a behind the scenes look at the building of them.

Classes - The changes to advanced classes with their new abilities, how these marry into the new itemization, and the overall philosophy of these changes are all things that I would like to cover. Tentatively the idea that I have on the table is something akin to a “Day in the life of ____” to paint a broad picture of how these pieces interact to provide an impactful level of gameplay.

“Spoils of War” - Our overall philosophy, a breakdown of Tactical items, set bonuses, and all the ways to get loot with ‘Onslaught’ are some of the topics that I plan to tackle. Whether this gets broken down into multiple articles, takes the form similar to the “Under the Hood” article, or another avenue is still being decided.

Story - ‘Onslaught’ will have a few key figures in the story and to set the scene there will be several highlight stories featuring these characters. These won’t touch the story in ‘Onslaught’, but will be more on their backstory or history. Also, as we get closer to the release of ‘Onslaught’ we would like to do a blog that will be of a similar style to the “State of the Galaxy” article before the release of Game Update 5.10 ‘Jedi Under Siege’.

Now as a disclaimer, none of these ideas are 100% set in stone as things can change in the next few months. For example, once I start writing an article, we could decide it would be better suited combining it with something else, or maybe splitting it into several different articles. I very well could come up with new ideas as well. I am also open to suggestions on topics or formats for certain articles. Over my time here we’ve written deep-dives, interviews, lore heavy blogs and more. Would you like to see another deep-dive? More interviews? If so, with who? For example, for “The Making of Onderon” article would you like another sit-down with Charles, or maybe someone from the art team? Let me know your thoughts!
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GrimTheGlutt
04.29.2019 , 10:05 AM | #2
Thanks Daniel look forward to reading some of this stuff.

I tell you what would be excellent a similar format for bug fixes...

A formal consolidated list covering:
Known bugs, being worked on, Forget it never to be fixed, etc

Thats would be most welcome.

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UlaVii
04.29.2019 , 10:20 AM | #3
Can you please tell us a release date for 5.10.3 so we know when to expect Dantooine? Thank you

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LadyAdmiral
04.29.2019 , 10:21 AM | #4
Super keen on the Nautolans and making-of content!
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Hudlar
04.29.2019 , 10:34 AM | #5
Looking forward to all the posts!

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SteveTheCynic
04.29.2019 , 11:15 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by GrimTheGlutt View Post
Thanks Daniel look forward to reading some of this stuff.

I tell you what would be excellent a similar format for bug fixes...

A formal consolidated list covering:
Known bugs, being worked on, Forget it never to be fixed, etc

Thats would be most welcome.
Gotta say that I agree 100% with this, maybe even up to around 473.25% on the bug list part.
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04.29.2019 , 11:27 AM | #7
I am a roleplayer at heart so I would like to hear more about the stories and the lore surrounding certain planets. Interviews with the people who do the story based are more my cup of tea and would be interesting to me.
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FlameYOL
04.29.2019 , 11:48 AM | #8
Thanks for keeping us posted, Dan. Very interesting stuff and I'm looking forward the lore posts regarding onderon and dxun, as well as the new planet.

Quote: Originally Posted by casirabit View Post
I am a roleplayer at heart so I would like to hear more about the stories and the lore surrounding certain planets. Interviews with the people who do the story based are more my cup of tea and would be interesting to me.
Same, I would love for Charles and the writers to talk about their inspirations and just the general creative process.
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Jdast
04.29.2019 , 01:43 PM | #9
This is a great idea. If I may be so bold (when am I not)...

I think it is strongly in everyone's interest -- including BW's -- for you to discuss both the Advanced Class Abilities and the Spoils of War categories sooner rather than later. Let's stipulate that I have several obvious and notable Hutt-like strengths. One of them, however, is not programming and coding. Reliable sources tell me, though, it takes a while to
do.

If you want meaningful feedback on gearing and abilities and time to consider that feedback in a meaningful way such that you could actually incorporate it into 6.0, then you will need time.

My hope is that we don't go down the path of 5.0 to 5.6, where it took months of '"feedback" for BW to get it right -- a point essentially acknowledged by Eric and Charles in various podcasts. My profound fear is that when you do post the changes, particularly for Spoils of War, those changes will be locked in. I understand fully that opinions on the changes will vary, but having zero feedback on those changes before implementation is a mistake.

Dasty

P.S. Please give my feedback priority as it will invariably be the best. <<sips martini>>

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XhrisShan
04.29.2019 , 03:56 PM | #10
More lore-building articles would definitely be appreciated!
May I just say, if it's not already finalised (I don't know how it is on PTS), can you not lock the Dantooine dailies behind story content? Or otherwise, at least make a future daily area that isn't? So far, the unlocked ones are
  • The Black Hole
  • Section X
  • CZ-198
  • Rishi (kind of, but they're really spread out)
and the locked ones are
  • Makeb
  • Oricon
  • Yavin
  • Ziost
  • Iokath
  • Ossus
Granted, most of these are understandable because they're part of the main plot, but I'd like to do a variety of daily planets without locking myself out of story, or playing through it on the hundredth toon for another 20+ hours.

You could make it a small, quick one (like CZ-198) on Manaan, about grabbing a bunch of kolto, which is a plausible scenario regardless of the character's progress in the story. It would also give you an excuse to open up that dead end on the Manaan map AND make it a place to go other than to do 1 story mission (seriously, Quesh is more of a planet than Manaan is).