Archive for February 2012

MMORPG Info Logo Sponsored Video: Lifeguard!

Lifeguard is a new docudrama premiering on Thursday, Feb 23 on the Weather Channel.

Lifeguards work outside and are at the mercy of weather conditions. Even good weather can create difficult conditions as the beaches become crowded with swimmers and surfers. It’s certainly never “just another day at the beach.” That is what made the Weather Channel decide to premiere a special series to highlight the experiences of these brave life-savers.

Lifeguard! is an original reality show filmed on the Southern California beaches stretching from Malibu to San Diego. This is a real-life Baywatch showcasing the most beautiful coastline in the country.

This unscripted series features the real challenges that So Cal lifeguards face on a daily basis, including rip-currents, cliff divers, bombs on a boat and even a Great White Shark. The trailer on the Lifeguard website includes the dramatic true story of a 17-year-old who was trapped under 6 feet of sand after his tunnel collapsed.

The website also includes the biographies of the featured lifeguards for each episode, whose credentials are a lot more impressive than just a suntan.

You can see the full Episode Guide for a taster of what is to come. This original reality show premiering next week looks like a winner.


MMORPG Info Logo Basic Guide for Star Wars: The Old Republic

The first ten levels of SWTOR are pretty straightforward. Take all the quests and do as many of them as are convenient (you can skip the group quest). Everything is linear, simply get to level ten and get off the newbie planet.

At this point, things become a bit more complex. Firstly, you have to make a choice about what advanced class to take. You can’t change your mind, so best to have known what you wanted to do at level 1. The warriors can’t heal and the healers can’t tank but both get a DPS option and for the most part the DPS classes can do a bit of either tanking or healing.

You’ll have your first companion by now. That will be your only combat companion for about 20 levels, so tune your abilities towards their functionality. Bear in mind that NPC healers don’t use power: their heals are on cool downs so they are not good emergency healers. You need to plan your fights well if you’re relying on an NPC healer.

If you can afford it (or if you can borrow from higher level friends), then buy lots of cheap 200 credit gifts for your companion. Try to get 12,000 credits and boost the affection to 4,000 but in any case, do aim to get them to 2,000 affection at a cost of about 4,000 cr. It is more important to do this than to develop a crafting skill because it enhances the value of all subsequent companion faction gain. The rank 2 gifts are three times more expensive but give only twice as much faction (and that only after they are at 2,000 affection). You get the next companion at about level 30 when 12,000 credits is not a big deal.

The starting companions and their preferred gifts are as follows: [More…]