-- Updated 07th Dec --
If you're like me, you're new to Jedi. You've maybe worked a year to get here, you've heard how tough it is, you've read how to grind but when the bounty hunters are on you staying alive over 3 weeks is near impossible when you're mission's up. I've been hunted by 3 BHs, survived one encounter and lost two.
-- Food --
a) Incap Recovery Food. I've gotten hold of 226 Cavellian Creams they'll mean you never hit the ground.
b) Synthsteak. If I'm on the terms I steak all the time when travelling.
c) Citros Snowcake for the accuracy
d) KD and Dizzy Defence Food
e) PSGs could be useful for travelling between a doc/cantina and the starport - you're too low to really fight with a saber. They may also still be disposable due to server boundaries, restarts and their plague of other issues. Not sure if they work properly yet.
I'm suprised by how much food I can manage, at the end of a buff session there's little point filling your stomach, I consider the incap, synth food essential to moving around when being hunted.
-- WarCry --
I've found the warcry useful for one important function - healing. If I'm out of my depth I'll warcry and use their delay to get some heals in, as opposed to quite often taking as much damage as I just healed with the delays.
-- Checking for other Players while Grinding --
Ctrl+M certainly helps, and I am experimenting with the expanding of my radar which has been suggested to give you more warning, the initial tests indicate a definite improvement.
-- Ctrl + P --
I scan constantly for BHs when grinding, am yet to be killed while actually grinding, I set myself visibile on ctrl+p search for a moment to get the name of my location and then cross-reference any BHs. If I see a BH moving towards another player, I usually ask if they're Jedi as if they are a BH is coming there way. I've made a lot of friends saving lives this way. You'd be suprised how many BHs show up this way.
-- Depot --
Work out where your main thoroughfare is, I know where my usual buffers are so I set-up a supply depot that I maintain with my alt so I never have to risk being shot-down at the bazaar again. It's a 1000m dash to the StarPort and then you're away.
-- Graphics --
Despite having a high-end computer (3.06 GHZ/1 Gig Ram) lag and load can still be a risk. I've ripped all my graphics down to a tolerable level in the launchpad. I rarely lag with it set-up that way, everyone looks like they belong in an aphex twin film clip but not even coronet bogs my computer down. Having it up briefly has cost me my life.
-- PSGS --
Stat shifting has been fixed but they need to be re-equipped at server boundaries.
-- Roaming V Missions --
Roaming means you don't return to pick-up missions where a BH may wait for you. It also makes your movement extremely unpredictable. Kill a bit here, kill a bit there. The xp is usually good but the money isn't - that's the trade off.
-- Macros --
I've found people will sometimes deliberately drive past me or even come and stop to watch while I saber. I've seen other Padawans do this. I usually try to unequip but have found using a macro to switch from my saber to flamethrower helps a lot and means I can contend with anything that I may be engaged with.
I use two macros to hide my Jedi nature:
conceal - a /ui action toolbarSlot to change to my flame
conceal2 - a /ui action toolBarSlot to change to my urban clothes or armour
A third emergency macro
BH - to take foods, equip, rgd defence injection, equip PSG, and burst run
Stand Macro is useful not just in pvp enounters but also when hunting, bolle bol stompers sometimes KD and Dizzy.
/ui action toolbarSlot
The pause means I can use /dump to drop it.
-- Making Yourself a Target --
I never wear robes in public or even my tag, as a lot of people complain about Jedi numbers, I figured it would make them more likely to kill you. I can't say whether or not this holds true, within 2 days of being on the terminals I've been hunted both times.
-- A little on Grinding --
If keeping low visibility has proved hard, due to random events or whatever, I have been considering taking the saber 1hd and crafting lines over the usual double saber, and maybe working to heal all self 1. This at least gives, an improved saber, a little healing and a pvp orientated saber line. I don't know if anyone else has looked at a survival route of grind.
These are the methods I've learned from eating dirt twice to bounty hunters, the xp loss at higher levels is harsh but it's easier to kill creatures with higher xp and to work with a broader set of support powers. At a low level 650 xp is about the best you can get per kill, and kills are that much riskier.
Feel free to add survival ideas, try to be constructive, although I realise someone will have to say:
"If you don't want to die, don't play your jedi" - so I save'd'em saying it and we're talking about survival in the face of death here.
Message Edited by TheNymon on 11-30-2004 11:50 PM
Message Edited by TheNymon on 12-07-2004 01:04 PM
Message Edited by TheNymon on 12-07-2004 06:30 PM