Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic 5/13/12

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!

And nothing says Mother’s Day like Star Wars! (Hee!)

Imperial Spy space mission. I was surviving just fine but not the shuttle I needed to protect. Must have more missiles!

Alderaan spaceport on the Imperial Side.

The Thull Palace. In its glory before it gets pummeled. Something you don’t see as a Republic member.

Gorgeous flooring!

No holocron up there like on the Republic side of things. Not that we ever figured out how to get up there.

Thull House Leader. 

Alderaan’s version of a Dalek? 😛

Love those mountains!

I was way excited by this! We get to see the Killiks up close on the Imperial side.

Killik eggs.

Working Killik

Nice to be able to take a pic of more than the dead bodies and up close!

The diplomat on the left has been assimilated by the hive mind. His eyes are all black, no white showing at all.
On the Republic side, we’re finishing up our time on Quesh.

We were so sure there’d be a holocron down here somewhere, but no.

Our new destination is Hoth! Yes, the ice planet. 

More cool aliens to photograph!

The Republic base on Hoth

This taumtaum had a nice face to it. He was quite cute!

The icy bleakness that is Hoth.

None hostile creatures but weird looking as all get out. Creepy…!
I did manage one Minecraft pic, so throwing it out there for fun. Heh heh.

Hubby got his side tower done.
Have an awesome Sunday!

Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic 5/6/12

Let’s see what weird stuff I took virtual pics of this week.

On the Republic side we have Quesh:

Imperial outpost.

Super big robot. We were not expecting him!

I swear safety is not a concern in the Galaxy. All these open conduits. hee!

Quesh has such a unique look. Beautiful in it’s putrid/poisonous state

Giant drill. Hubby felt it was important I take a pic of it. Like I need encouragement! Heh

Look at those mined cliffs!

Bad things have happened here.

Another drill, but a better view of the blade at work.

Such funky plants here.

Rather imposing, no?

Remnants of a better time. Once I noticed one, I saw them everywhere. Sad really. 

Factory complex.

Loved the Trandoshan and his outfit. (Trevor, just for you!)

Look at that sky! It’s almost on fire.

Beasties of Quesh

Cool texture for this elevator shaft.

Giant, nasty bomb. 

Now to Imperial Tatooine:

Krayt Dragon skull and bones.

Nothing compared to its ancestors.

Giant swamp rats. Ugh

Found this lady giving private dance lessons to a gentleman in a corner.

Bad attitude for sure.

First time I’ve seen a ship with personal markings. Liked it!

Mandalorean in full armor.

New hat piece for my companion. Ugliest thing EVER!

He smashes with his fists. But not anymore.

A typical scene of the Empire keeping peace in the universe.

Never noticed this cool statue before. Also note the trees we’ve imported as Tatooine doesn’t have these. Makes it 10 degrees cooler just seeing them there. 😛

I believe this is either for an ATM machine or gambling kiosks. Found them once I went farther into the station. These were by the main entrance.

Has a feel of Japan’s Sons of the Sun to it, doesn’t it? 

Imperial Fleet

The Light Side vendor area is almost like a temple. Hmm.

The Dark Side area even more so! lol

More space mission shots. Can’t get rid of the UI, fight, and take pics at the same time though. lol.

This place makes you wish for Dramamine super fast. 😛

No Minecraft this week, sorry! 

Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic and Minecraft 4/29/12

Might be slim pickings this time around. Life got in the way last week.

For SWTOR it’s all Imperial Spy POV today so all you get is Tatooine shots.

Some nasties that popped up out of the sands if you went to look at a dead body in the sand. (You can see him way in the back – the bait.) Escaped mutations perhaps?

A sea of sand. And always the evil balloon! 😛

A Sand People oasis. One which they stole from the Empire. Guess who’s here to take it back? 😛

Sand People decor.

Ah the double suns! You don’t see them much. 

My new pet Taumtaum! A reward for the 1.2 update for players who’ve stuck out the game. He’s so cute!

Actual plant life on Tatooine!
Now for Minecraft!
Road creation through the jungle and also switching biomes.

Yes, the crazy world took me from steamy jungle to winter wonderland. Then I hit a desert! Temp whiplash anyone?

While I’ve been on the other side building roads, hubby and Perelay have been super busy.

Some of the floor lights flick on and off in a pattern. Dang!

Hubby’s homemade waterfall and pool. Looking good!
Hope you all have an awesome week!

Virtual Tourist 4/22/12 – Star Wars The Old Republic and Minecraft

Let’s see what trouble I’ve been in the gaming world this past week, shall we? 😛 (New planet so the bombardment will be heavy! Hee!)

Last few pics of our Republic toons on Balmorra.

Imperial base we ran across. Intimidating isn’t it?

Lots of bug flumes spewing green gas.

Close up of a bug flume. Seems more than just bug town have been infected now.

Finally tried to get some pics while in space. Not EASY! I am fighting for my life here. No time to do proper tourism. All space missions are timed. Fun too.

Hubby’s smuggler got sent back to Tatooine for a personal mission. I joined him when he ran into some issues.

Loved how the sun was glinting off the sand crawler.

Dune sea. We also went back to the spot with the datacron we’d found before but could not reach. Still didn’t find a way (but wait till you get farther down! Bwahahahaha)

Tried to take more space combat pics. 

Love the sun on this one.

We then traveled on to Quesh. Found the officers companion interesting.

Isn’t that gorgeous?!

Quesh is a poisoned and polluted planet. Very dark atmosphere literally and figuratively.

Some local Quesh plants.

Yet even here there are things of beauty.

Freshly killed frog thing.

Nasty hunter thing.

Now for my Imperial Spy – she’s on Tatooine.

Cool panel array.

Destruction R Us.

Imperial base inside a cliff side.

Ah, home sweet home! Or as my companion said – A piece of Nar Shaddaa.

This poor soul had been taken over by a nano machine infestation guided by a malicious intelligence. He glowed and had weird red vapor. If you click for the larger image, you should be able to see it. 

Ah, Sith guards. So very intimidating.

A field of debris from a crashed spaceship. 

A pissed off sand people mount. Shot him on accident. 🙁 

Thought this was a cool approach to the hideaway. 

Bwaha bwaha bwahahahaha! Was finally able to find the way over to this datacron! (It shone red when I saw it with my Jedi but white for my spy.) Had to sneak through a high level zone of Sand People and worse past a super nasty one at the final edge, but climbed some rocks to get by.

Finally! After staring off and on at this thing I find my way to you! Aim +3 X-620 Y -25 Z 479. Bwahahahahaha!

Tried to catch the cool graphics that appear when you hit the buttons for a pickup. Hee!
Only a couple of shots for Minecraft this week. Didn’t get to play as long as usual.
Tunnel through the jungle. Easier than doing a road up top.

Road construction into a second tunnel. Vegetation is really thick in the jungle biodome. Dang!

Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic and Minecraft 4/15/12


Let’s start with Balmorra and the Republic.

Imperial stronghold area.

Ah, this Sith I’d met before. She was the woman placed in charge of putting Balmorra under heel when I first came here as an Imperial Spy. I’d left things wrapped up quite nicely. Then here comes my Jedi Consular and she’s brought the Sith woman to ruin. Was fun seeing the storylines connect like this.

The Empire’s super weapon. Makes most normal weaponry malfunction.

Yes, I know, “what? another picture of Balmora’s skies?” What can I say, it fascinates me.

Some special Imperial flyers we got to destroy. 

Mid destruction pics. Heh heh.

A really lovely set of waterfalls.

YES! Another Holo/Datacron! Woot! 

View as we struggled for an hour to figure out how to get to it! (We went the hard way. Sigh. Quite easy once we really figured it out.

Aha! Found you!

X -771 Y 2050 Z139 Willpower +4 Booyah!
Now for Tatooine with my spy.

Some super cool lit mushrooms in a cave.

Giant dead thing in the same cave. Poor thing.

Sand People cloth with much needed information on a lost corporation site. (Yeah, some one I already had fun with with my Jedi. Can’t wait to see how this one goes a different direction. Heh)
Back to Balmorra.

The big Legacy 1.2 update happened this week. First thing we found, synchronous dancing with your companion. Yay! (Hey, it’s important!) 
Approach to Bug Town, where the Republic is holed up. 

Hah! Synchronous dancing with my spy. Hee! (What?)
Blacksun and Perelay have done a bunch of work. This is their place from a distance.

Interior of the open area.

The netherbrick is looking pretty cool.

Ah! My road! My first road since we’ve had to start over. Nothing like seeing the sucker glow in the night.

Magic room.

Finally found the second village. Spent the night safely indoors at the church. The zombies who’ve been banging on the door just caught fire in the growing sunlight. Yes!

Long tunnel in the nether and here’s one of the denizens. Bad hygiene for sure. 😛

Nether plant. For some potions? J had a nice little patch growing. He lives so far away from everyone else, they built a shortcut through the Nether to get to him. Dang!

J’s bridge to his watermelon and pumpkin fields.

J’s front.

View of J’s place from the bridge.

Inside J’s place. Swanky!

Heard there were multiple sandstone styles so did a little experiment while waiting for night to pass. Top are ‘hieroglyph’ sandstone (not impressed – thought it would be more hieroglyphy). Bottom has 2 regular sandstone and a smoother sandstone.  

The jungle by village 2. Building a road through there is proving challenging. Whee!
Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!

Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic, MInecraft and ? 4/8/12

Have more virtual tourist pics and a surprise. 🙂

First Balmorra on the Republic side

A mission gone very wrong for my compatriot Blacksun.

Balmorra is just so cool looking.
Imperial side of Tatooine.

Some Sith training.

A local beastie. Don’t remember seeing him on the Republic side.

The vistas on Tatooine are just awesome.
Back to Balmorra.

Men and their toys. 😛

Double the Shuttle Double the Fun?

I want to drive this tank!

All those nifty places to crawl through. We were sure we’d see a holocron here but no.

Cool logo!

These missiles are scary looking.

Weapons factory. Cool place.

Pilot training pods for the Empire.

Love the 3D holograms!

You have to admit, warning signs are warning signs in any language. 😛
Tatooine again.

Snorkle dude!

We had a major crash on the Minecraft server. There was a void that wouldn’t go away and then started filling up with more and more creepers and zombies. It overloaded the thing. Happened when I wasn’t home, which meant hubby didn’t take any PICTURES~! Nooooo!  The humanity! We’re having to start from scratch again. The hunt for a new home begins. Wahhhhhh!

Did get one cool pic of the new area though.

If you click for the larger picture, you’ll see like 17 or more squids! All in one spot. I’ve never seen so many at once.

**Online University graphic removed by request*

See you next time!

Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic and Minecraft 4/1/12

Good morning/afternoon/evening! Welcome back!

Close up of my Jedi (couldn’t remember if I’d shared it before) Tarrah

And finally a close up of my Imperial Spy Larana. I find them both terribly beautiful, each in their own way. No?
On Balmorra with the Jedi.
Super cool moving 3D hologram of a weapons driod. If you click for the bigger version you can see labels that pop up around it describing systems and whatnot. So cool!

Some super deep elevator shafts at the Droid Factory.

The huge assembly line was way cool.

And what is a giant factory without giant energy couplings!

We were down here twice, second time we found this! Bwahahahaha! (Dang it! I misplaced the coordinates! To get to it though, you have to go to the floor with the assembly line. This one is at the super deep elevator shaft. Behind one of the conveyor belts, there’s a recess. You blink, you’ll miss it, hubby did. Hee! Had to call him back over.)

Floating dead guy. Heh heh. And he kept swinging his light stick like he was practicing baseball. 

A closeup of the datacron.
Now onto Tatooine with the spy.

Jawas doing what Jawas do best.
Starting Imperial town with their trusty Imperial robot guards keeping the streets safe from Republic interlopers. 😛

Took my close up pic from this one. Totally a coincidence the sidekick ended up the same race. lol. I got more bling.

Mos Ila Cantina.

Love the look of the gate area.

Interesting hallway of the medcenter

Love those houses.
Back on Balmorra we logged in to a surprise.

That’s a player dancing up there. No idea how he got there. But he was having a good time. lol.

Surprise datacron! In Bugtown there’s a locked chest on the middle of a split bridge. Found the key with the Junk Dealer vendor across the lake by the shuttle. Cost 5,000 credits but I decided to risk it and we were so glad I did. Since we were grouped, it allowed him to get it as well. Awesome!

Loved that Balmorra sky!

Hard to reach vantage point, but what a view!

Jealously guarded power coupling?

Dude was not doing very well holding in his lunch. Bleah!

Impressive bot, no?
Tatooine again! I was busy. lol.

Destroyed land cargo ship, still fresh.

Some nice Sand People art!
Now to Minecraft.
The guys have been busy! I finally got back to road building.

There’s a Skelleton riding a spider in here. The graphics got weird and riding was done in more than one way. o.O

The kids have changed the wall around the village. I think this looks way cool!

A friend of their has figured out how to make the blocks for a huge circle and it making a round high rise. Looking pretty cool! Haven’t checked out the obelisk nearby yet. Once I get a road over there though…
Wow, I didn’t take pics of my place. AGAIN! Argh! lol. Finally got all the stone replaced with the mossy stone brick. Looks so good!
That’s it for this week. Enjoy! 

Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic and Minecraft 3/25/12

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

On the Imperial Side….Nar Shaddaa

Ah the Imperials really do have such cool intimidating stations.

Safety always seems to be a problem. They always have all these open energy beams. People could get ideas, don’t you know.

I don’t remember if I’d run across this when I was here as a Jedi. But I loved how much this resembles the set ups in the red light districts in medieval Japan. Window shopping was quite the business.

Yes, more lovely carpeting!

A truly intimidating manufacturing area. Had been sealed for a 1,000 years but was going the whole time keeping anyone attempting to come in out. 

Yeah, some peeps didn’t make it.

This machine supposedly does EVERYTHING! The secret hidden by a Sith

A yes, the corpses of men and machines who’d previously tried to gain egress. Look at those guns! 


Do love that neon! Hee!

Vast! Vast!

He looks mean, doesn’t he?


Dead nasty.

My robotic disguise. This was fun. 

These lamps were just cool. 

NPCs busy at work. 

 An Ithorian! How rare!

Had to go back to Dromund Kaas to report. Must say I never did quite tell her Darkness that the man I brought back was dead.

I’m a little worried about this guy. Oozing darkness while meditating cannot be a good thing.

I NEVER get tired of looking at my Imp Spy ship! NEVER! Oooo! (Really need to remember to take pics during space combat. Argh!)

As I’d guessed, my spy has now been sent to Tatooine. I finally for my speeder! Woot! 

Now to the Republic side…still at Balmorra.

Nice droid weapon cannon. Back away slowly.

Republic scientist hard at work! 
Minecraft! And back to the original graphics as there was a major update and the texture pack peeps aren’t caught up.
This is my place! I’d spotted the location I wanted not long after the new world had been created, but hadn’t been able to find it again.

Naturally gutted (meaning it was created this way by the system) I’ve now totally encased it in glass for my own nefarious purposes. Like sleeping! Hah!

View down to the nice small lake beside the property from the highest point of my new home.

Creepers and spiders saying howdy.

From the inside. Found some bricks with moss that are PERFECT for this. Replaced the stone here with that and it looks marvelous! Of course I forgot to take a picture. Sigh. Can’t wait to see the look of it once the texture pack is updated! Squee!

Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic and Minecraft 3/18/12

Let’s see how much virtual trouble I got into this week. 😛

Still on Balmorra on the Republic side at Bug Town.

The bugs main spawning spot. It was eerie, especially with the ooze coming down all the time.

That’s the queen guarding her kiddies. 

Back here, there’s a datacron behind the dude below. We figured there must be a back way to get to it, but got distracted and forgot to look once we got outside before going off world. 🙁

This dude looked super duper nasty, so we left him alone.

My Imp spy on Nad Shaddaa. I found these posters rather interesting. 

One of the less reputable areas. Still a ton of neon.

Camp site for a set of baddies inside. Loved the carpet!

Some weird scientific thingie. The floating doohikies looked like giant hemoglobin.

The Flame in all his alien glory.

Couldn’t remember ever taking a pic of these plants when I was here before, so here you go. 😛

I liked the overall feel of the set up here. They really came up with some truly interesting flooring.

Some NPCs looking way too serious.

Floating cantina.

Some more cool carpteting.

This central hub on the cantina floor just looked dangerous. Lightning bolts shooting all over the place. lol

Imperial advertising. I guess you can’t get away from car sales no matter what side you’re on. Hee!
Now for Minecraft

View while I was road building.

My wooden bridge across a lake. You can see one of the safe houses in the background. (I build those so peeps can have someplace safe to stop at when it’s night time. Not safe out there at night! Eek!

Creeper bidding his time while I am snug inside the safe house.

With the new Misa texture pack the village golems look way cool!

Some nasty spiders waiting to assault me as I try to get somewhere safe in time.

Finally got the moon shot over the kid’s castle. heh heh.

One of the skelly models for the texture pack. I really like the skeletal Robin Hood one. Hee! Oh and you can see my gravel road.

Sun rising from the top of the safe house. You can see the wooden bridge going off into the distance. 

Kids came up with their version of Japanese Torii gates for their place.

Daughter did creation mode and built herself a Stargate. Got the effect inside from water. Nice!

Yes, torches are a must have to live in Minecraft.

Hubby’s cathedral. He’s slowly replacing the stone with brick. The floor is made of obsidian which is super cool in this texture pack.

Waiting for daylight to go out and do more roads. Wheee!

Virtual Tourist – Star Wars The Old Republic and Minecraft 3/11/12

Semi chaotic last few days, so let’s see what I can dig up for this week.

We’ll do Minecraft first (mostly because my brain is goo and I’m having a hard time remembering where te swtor folder is. Waaaahhhh!)

Cool wall from Drew made of sandstone and wooden steps. Now that steps will go in more than one direction, it really does open the possibilities!

Cow from the mushroom biodome. Yes, those are mushrooms growing on its back. Creepy, no?

Seems you can color a sheep’s wool while it is on the sheep and the sheep will always grow that color wool from then on. The kids have all sorts of colors going on.

And there are kittys now too! Seemingly will help keep creepers away. But they meow constantly. (Really weird having cats meowing at me from both the headset/speakers and around me in RL.

I find this so weird when it happens. 

Orange tabby!

My siamese! In the wild they look like cheetahs, but when you feed them fish and they love you, they randomly turn into a house cat variety. The cheetahs seem quite plentiful in the jungle biodomes.

The son-in-law found a realistic texture pack called Misa’s. Love what it does to the torches. From here on down it’s all this texture pack. As you can see the Siamese looks more like a real cat now.

No idea what that used to be or is now! lol

The sun is back to being round and the tree leaves are more prominent.

Love the look on the wooden doors!

Sun at sunset. Look at that corona.

The rising moon. You can see my road running off into the distance. Heh heh.
Ah, here are the few Star Wars pics I made. (John felt bad during the day, then I got sick last night so didn’t get to play but a few minutes. Waaaah! Weird weekend.)
Not 100% sure, but I believe that is the Balmorra space station. Weirdly enough, now that my spy finally left Balmorra and got sent to Nar Shaddaa, the opposite has happened to my Jedi! lol.

I do so love these 3D maps.

The poorest parts of Nar Shaddaa. Only got a peek.

That’s it for this week! Enjoy!