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Guide: How to Run SWTOR on OS X Using Wine

How to run Star Wars: The Old Republic on OS X using Wine. (Works with release 4.7.1) – here is a fan tutorial that some of you may find useful. There will be some knowledge of programming necessary for those who want to make use of this hack. This is a very detailed description of exactly how to do it, step by step. A Reddit user by the name of AgentRG has done a huge favor to people on OS X using Wine who want to play SWTOR. If you don’t use Wine, then feel free to skip over this post or pass it along to a friend who does. He explains the project here: “As we are all well aware, gaming on a Mac machine is very limited currently, and Apple isn’t planning on addressing this in the foreseeable future. Currently OS X users are provided with three possible solutions when…

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SWTOR Flashpoints 101

Are you wondering how Flashpoints work? Are you new to them or have you tried out a few but you are still not sure you know just what you’re doing? This is the perfect time to check out a great tutorial that tells you all you need to know about SWTOR flashpoints. First, they are not heroics but they will be a bit more difficult than your typical mobs. It might require some strategy or moves that you don’t know if you’re new to that Flashpoint, or to flashpoints in general. This is where a great guide can help you fill that learning curve and understand better how to succeed. Here’s a guide from SWTOR_VEGA that covers all the basics for you. He talks about interrupts, crowd control (CC), line of sight (LoS), as well as focusing a target. He also gives some additional tips and tricks that are very helpful. Here’s…

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The Academy -“How to Take Great Screenshots and Videos”

It’s time for another episode of The Academy and Swtorista covers a great topic this time: How to Take Great Screenshots and Videos. Gamers love visuals. You can also see that from all the videos and pics we share here on the site and on our Facebook page. If you want to learn more about how to take screenshots and video from the game, how to share them, and even how to edit them to make them look better then this video is the one for you. It’s under five minutes long and as usual, she does a great job of laying it all out for you so you can easily give it a try for yourself. If you really want to learn how to take awesome screenshots, you should also read her screenshot guide. There are so many great places within the game to take pictures, find awesome backgrounds for…

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The Academy: How Does the Chat System Work?

“How does SWTOR chat work? Chat channels, group, operations chat and lots of tips and tricks to make chat more enjoyable.” Here in the latest episode of The Academy, we can learn more about how the chat system works in SWTOR. We’ve talked at length before at how awesome The Academy videos are for new players and even as refreshers for existing and veteran players. Here’s a great one that goes over all the chat system functions for you. How do whispers work? How can you reply to a whisper? How do you change the channel you are typing in? What chat options are available to you? There’s more to it than just how to talk to people, or which chats you see. It also talks about ignoring other players, how ignore works, and more. It’s important to note that if you ignore someone, you won’t get grouped up with…

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The Academy, Ep 12 – “How Do Conquests Work?

So you want to know how conquests work? The latest episode of The Academy has got you covered! Created by SWTORISTA on request of the viewers, we have Episode 12: How Do Conquests Work?  If you’re new to the game or have a friend or family member who has just started playing, this is an invaluable tool to helping you understand all the ins and outs of SWTOR. As we have already said before when covering these episodes of The Academy, they’re great for new players but even existing players who know this info can find them entertaining. They’re really well done and entertaining. They might also provide you with a refresher if it’s been awhile since you were a new player. Even if you don’t personally find them helpful, you need to know these videos exist. You can share them to other new players or just help support Swtorista…

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The Academy Ep 10 & 11 -“Gearing and Stat Optimization in 4.0”

Gearing and stats can be a confusing concept to a new player. This is just one more great benefit to follow The Academy series from swtorista. In the latest episodes, 10 and 11, she talks to us about these specific points. These are great episodes that delve more deeply into important aspects of enjoying SWTOR. If you know someone who is new to the game, or thinking of picking up SWTOR, we highly recommend you point them in the direction of the Academy. Even if you’ve been playing for a long time, you might still appreciate these videos so go ahead and give them a watch/listen.  Here’s what these two episodes are all about. Gearing up your character can be one of the most daunting tasks in the game. The first half of this episode talks about how to mod your gear, and the second half talks about stat optimization…

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A New Kind of SWTOR Datacron Guide

Do you love Star Wars and SWTOR lore like we do? If you’re all about the story, then you will like this new kind of SWTOR datacron guide. Vulkk of Vulkk.com has taken the time to make something pretty cool. This is like the motherload of all datacron guides. It’s a datacron guide that goes above and beyond and gives you a little something more. In his own TLDR he says, “This is my SWTOR Datacron Guide collection WITH Story voiceover of each codex entry.” That really sums it up. He found a new approach to the same content that’s been done before and presented it in a different way. It can be useful for new players as well as more seasoned vets. This would also be interesting to Star Wars fans in general, even those who might not play SWTOR. There are more than 43 videos corresponding to the datacron guide…

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The Academy, Ep 4 – “Which Class Should I Play?”

We told you about this upcoming episode of The Academy and it’s a good one, especially for new players (the intended audience). This one is all about what class you should play. So if you’re new to the game, or know someone who is, this is a great video to watch before picking your class. The real bottom line is that every class is unique and good in its own way, so there really are no right and wrong choices. However, the class you choose when you’re just starting out may affect how you appreciate the game and if you want to stick with it long term. Different people have different player styles. What works for one person may not work for another.  If you try one class and you’re just not feeling it, it’s easy to just make a new character. We agree with Swtorista that you should try…

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The Academy Ep 3 Tells Us How Hardmode Flashpoints and Operations Work

Swtorista has a new episode of The Academy out for your viewing. This is the third video in the series that is a part of her being a guest on Ootinicast’s weekly podcast. It’s all about roles and ops and will cover all the basics you need to know about doing these group events in SWTOR. It’s simple and straightforward and it contains all the basics you need to know. In the interest of keeping it short, she doesn’t go fully into details of everything but it’s definitely a great foundation. “I want to do a hardmode flashpoint or operation. How do they work?” The Academy is a series focused on the basics of SWTOR. If you want to listen to more, tune in to Ootinicast’s latest episodes. She says the next video will be about class and which one you should play. And next they will be recording one…

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SWTOR GUIDE – Marauder Annihilation and Sentinel Watchman (Patch 3.2.1)

Greetings, Ladies and Gentlemen This is the 3rd Guide for Sith Marauder Annihilation and Jedi Sentinel Watchman Disciplines I make in a never-ending struggle to always cover the latest changes with my favourite class. We all know Patch 3.2.1 can easily be called “The Broken Marauder and Sentinel”, but in every evil and sadness, there’s goodness and positivity! In this over 35 minutes long video I have shared everything I could think of. This doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be added or maybe even corrected in the future if test results show better approach. I have structured it in 3 major parts:  – Overview of the Changes to the Advanced Class in Game Update 3.2.1 – Gearing and Stat Priority, Skill Priorities (rotation is a bad word :P) – Personal Opinion, Analysis, Suggestions, Tips and Tricks It is the longest video guide I have ever produced. Even though some of the basics…

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SWTOR 3.1 Flashpoint GUIDE: COMMANDER MOKAN – HM Battle of Rishi Bonus Boss

This is Vulkk’s Video Guide on the Bonus Boss in Battel of Rishi Hard Mode Flashpoint. In this relatively short fight we have quite a few mechanics, which are all simple, yet very deadly if not performed 100% correctly. Commander Mokan is one of the best boss encounters inside a Flashpoint Bioware have designed since the first and original version of Lost Island in early 2012. If  you have different tactics or suggestions for players, who have not yet done this, share them in the comments below. The boss is not something unseen, but is a fresh and interesting encounter compared to all the other tank and spank opponents. It can be done in many different class combinations and is one of the few very well designed and balanced fights. It may not have an awesome 100% loot drop, but is worth doing just for the achievement and the good feeling…

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SWTOR: Complete KEYBINDING Guide and UI Tips

  Keyboard keybinding is very personal and every player should edit and adjust their abilities to their own taste. With that said, in the linked video Vulkk shows us his personal bindings for both keyboard and mouse as well as various tips, tricks and reasons why certain skills should be located in certain spots and what is the logic behind each and every bound ability. The video examples the Jedi Sentinel keybinds, but the guide is made to be valid for all advanced classes. The ideal system is when all keybinds are the same or very similar for all of our alts, which makes remembering key press combinations a lot easier and saves us time.

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SWToR Community delivers once more; Sniper’s PVE guide!

It’s always great to see certain members of the SWToR community coming forward and sharing their knowledge of the game. The latest example is, SWToR forum member “DieGhostDie” who posted a very interesting PVE Marksmanship guide for the Imperial Sniper. He is currently part of the 8-man progression group in the Intrepid guild of the Harbinger server and he decided to share his experience and expertise with the rest of the community. Even though he admits the guide is work in progress, his work starts with the basics, and expands to key abilities and rotations among other things.

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SWTOR Tips for Small Guilds Doing Conquests

The Conquest system within SWTOR is a pretty good one in many ways. It’s also a good way to get back into some of that older content and see it all again (or for the first time). However, if you have a small guild, you may have found that it’s just not as easy to do the conquests. Some players feel like guilds with smaller numbers don’t have a chance to compete for the Top 10. Well, here are a couple of things to know. First, even if you don’t make it in the top 10, doing these conquests is a great way to build guild unity. Secondly, depending on your server, you might have more of a chance than you think at moving up the ranks if you just get a good solid group of people together to commit. So with that in mind, if you want to try…

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GSH Master Artisan Guide Compendium

If you’d like to know more about SWTOR crafting, we have a fantastic guide for you. From Lowku, we have a 3-part guide on 2.9 Galactic Strongholds crafting, as well as some basics in crafting in general. As we have mentioned here, 2.9 is bringing a lot of (hopefully good) changes to crafting. Some items that were once considered useful junk will now be highly sought after. Gathering lists, items and other crafting supplies now might be a good idea if you plan to do any 2.9 crafting. He tells us a little of what you can expect in these guides: “To help myself prepare, I’ve compiled my old gathering list, my credit guide, and all the new crafting information for the Fabrication Kits traded for decorations and War Supplies. What’s left is an absolutely massive amount of information that I had to break up into different parts just to get it…

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SWTOR Galactic Starfighter: Engine Components Comparisons Guide

Understanding the different engine components will help you understand your ship’s engines better. The more you know about the engines, the better you can prepare for battle because you know what your ship is capable of doing. This guide is designed to give you a basic idea of what each of the Galactic Starfighter Ships engines are capable of, to help you decide which ones suit your gaming style the best. It focuses on the default engine components. Engine Maneuvers               Engines have different abilities that determine which maneuvers they’re capable of performing. In this section, you’ll learn which maneuvers each ship has and what it does along with the upgrade options for each one. The Rycer & Starguard, the Sting & Flashfire, the Ocula & Skybolt and the Gladiator & Enforcer all have Koiogran Turn as the default maneuver. This maneuver allows you to make a vertical 180-degree turn,…

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SWTOR Galactic Starfighter Ships Companion Guide

Companions play an important role in Star Wars: The Old Republic and they do make the game more enjoyable. This guide focuses on the default companions assigned specifically to fill the crew positions for the Galactic Starfighter ships. Each faction will start out with a set of four default companions that are exclusive to the ships but you’re not limited to only using these. The assigned positions for the default companions and their names are below: Don’t forget to check out constantly growing list of guides for Star Wars: The old republic Empire Offense- MZ-12 Tactical- Salana Rok Engineering- Aven Geth Defense- Writch Hurley Republic Offense- B-3G9 Tactical- Kendra Novar Engineering- Ashy Defense- Oro Wogawa After choosing your starfighter ship, you’ll pick out your crew. You’ll start by choosing your co-pilot from one of the four default companions listed above for your faction. After choosing your co-pilot, you can fill each…

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SWTOR Galactic Starfighter New Player Guide

This guide explains the basic information needed to choose and fly a Galactic Starfighter ship. After reading, you should have a general idea of what to expect before you play, so you can learn to use the controls a little faster and easier. Even if you’ve been playing for awhile, you may still find some of the information useful. We’ll start with a quick overview of the ships so you’ll have an idea of which one you would like to try first. Galactic Starfighter Ships The Scout, Strike Fighter, Gunships and Bombers are the four classes of ships available. You’ll find three ships listed under each class except for the gunships and you’ll start the game with two ships unlocked. As you play and earn Fleet Requisitions, you can unlock the remaining ships or you can buy them with Cartel Coins. You can view the components of any unlocked ship…

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SWTOR Galactic Starfighter Components Comparisons Weapons Guide

The components are what separate the Starfighter from other types of ships. Each one of the ships will have five major components and four minor ones. Major components are responsible for providing the ships with their weapons and they determine how the ships perform during active combat. The minor components allow passive boosts that affect different statistic depending on which weapons the ship is equipped with. Each one of the Starfighter ships will have one default component in each one of the slot category. The type of ship will determine what type of components can be used and how many different options can be unlocked. All components have between three and five upgrade tiers from which you can purchase upgrades with requisition. You can earn requisition when you take part in and complete battles. This comparisons guide compares the weapons components. The shields, engines and sensors will be covered at…

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