The AIE Podcast #291 – Game-wide Seppaku as You Go

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mewkow: To boldly go, into ESO
    Tetsemi: Follow the breadcrumbs to Azeroth
    Mkallah: No rest for the Scions
    Mewkow: We have Captain Cybyl’s STO update
    Tetsemi: And so much news, that we had to do a Host Show

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode 291 of the the podcast celebrating the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mkallah: To my left is Mewkow: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Tetsemi: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests us who are here to talk to us about AIE in our gaming lives. Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be digging into our gaming lives. shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Keep an eye on AIE Discord, the forums, and the main page for information regarding the February events in all the games that AIE is involved in. Rumor has it, the WoW team is cooking up something special for the February event based on an idea that Ralff had and the the SWTOR team has run in the past. Curious? So are we, can’t wait to find out more as we get closer to the event.

Also, one of our AIE SWTOR members has a podcast called Working Class Nerds, check it out at

Imperium Ludi
Some brave AIE souls are checking out ESO again. Check out the #eso channel in the AIE Discord for anyone interested in joining them.

The guild is named Alea Iacta Est Cartis and is available for all AIE members to join.

On the Crowfall side of news, game is getting more finished and we’ll surely have an open beta (currently still a kickstarter beta, and the kickstarter campaign is closed) this summer with release sometime this year.
Still a lot of work but basic issues like animation cancellations and powers are fixed and are fluid now.
More classes and races are in

Patch 7.3.5 – Patch Notes –
A lot of content shipped with this patch but isn’t available for play yet. If you have killed the last raid boss in Antorus on any difficulty, the character that killed him will get a new breadcrumb quest leading to Orgrimmar and the new quest line leading up to the next expansion, Battle For Azeroth. As of right now, you do need to kill the last boss in Antorus on each character you want to get the new content available to them, it is not account wide. No word if it will become account wide later in the patch cycle.

For all you altoholics, the new zone scaling is in for all content zones as well as a nerf to XP gained both through heirloom gear and quest/mob XP rewards, so as they say in Pandaria “Slow Down!” and enjoy the leveling content.

Holiday Dungeons are also now available to all characters starting at level 20 (same level as the new Allied races start at, coincidence? I think not) and the rewards will scale with character level.

And, as of right now, all Dungeons reward personal loot, which means if you want a piece for transmog, you have to run it on a class capable of obtaining it from the loot table. Expect the prices of BoE greens to skyrocket.

Captain Cybyl’s Star Trek Online News Summary for week ending 01/20/2018:
1. STO’s 8th Anniversary celebration is now upon us with new story arcs, featured episodes, Q’s party patrol, Omega particles, an anniversary T6 Interceptor starship giveaway, new and wondrous rewards and daily free prizes. Ship stats and details are up on the STO website.
2. The new featured episode to start the story arc, ‘Scylla and Charybdis’, features Captain LeForge, Captain Kuumaarke and General Martok fighting the final, epic battle against the genocidal Tzenkethi. See the STO website for the exciting details.
3. With the launch of the 8th anniversary, a new backstory, ’They Came From Below’, has been posted on the STO website. This must-read story is one novel answer to the age-old question: Why does God Need a Starship?’.
4. From January 15th to January 23rd, random daily, one-time-only, free prizes will be available in-game. So far 10000 refined dilithium, Phoenix lockboxes and a classic starship have been awarded. Don’t hesitate! Check the website and get in-game for the next drop.
5. A new Discovery Lockbox has been added to the game honouring the new series Star Trek: Discovery! Federation and Klingon players have a chance to win Discovery-featured epic starships! Concurrently, the Lobi store shall be selling Discovery secondary ships.
6. Speaking of new lockboxes: Lockbox keys on the C-Store are now on sale for a 15% discount. Sale is from January 16th through the 26th.
7. Star Trek Online is partnering with Loot Crate to bring you STO goodies throughout 2018! Every two months, a new Star Trek Mission Crate, loaded with Star Trek keepsakes, will be released. Additionally, each of these boxes will include unlock codes for STO in-game items like Starships, Bridge Officers, gear and exclusive emotes! The website tells all!
8. Finally, don’t forget: All the Fleet’s Star Bases are always seeking contributions of materiel and personnel. And once again, please check out news, backstories, patch notes, forums and other goodies at the Star Trek Online website
Until next time, Captain Cybyl says, ‘Live Long and Prosper’!

Thanks to the Warrior of Light’s heroic deeds and Raubahn’s long-awaited return, Ala Mhigo continues its steady march towards recovery. Yet there is no rest for the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, for the winds of trouble are blowing from the Far East, where an unexpected spark threatens to set the kindling of chaos ablaze. Can Doma survive the brewing firestorm to welcome the light of the new day?

Patch 4.2 Hype Video
New mounts, new beast tribe to quest in. A new submarine for the FC to build.

Patch 5.7 – Patch Notes will be available on Monday, Jan 21st, here –

Preview of the patch was posted on Jan 9th including
Game Update 5.7 – Legacy of the Creators
Release date: January 23rd
New Operation Boss: Scyva – Available in Story and Veteran Mode
Returning Companions! (these Missions will be Class-specific)
Risha & Corso (Smuggler)
Andronikos (Sith Inquisitor)
New Cartel Market Pack
Various bug fixes / updates
Although we will save the specifics for the Roadmap, beyond 5.7 you can expect additional Companions returning, a new Flashpoint, and more! Thanks everyone, we are looking forward to an exciting 2018.

Mandatory Fun Night Schedule – Jan 23rd Imperial will go visit Scum and Villainy and on the 30th it will be Temple of Sacrifice.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 227: Alderaan Places
This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-227 start the story and talk about iconic planet of Alderaan while Max battles some RL Rakghoul Plague. We also cover the 5.7 news from SWTOR.

Big bad (?) war coming to our corner of the galaxy… unless it’s a wet fuse until more interesting things happen somewhere else. Who knows, but things are shacking up and ships are dying fast
Still waiting for news from player representatives that went to Iceland for the annual meeting with CCP

CapStable FR ( is still running strong, for our French speaking members.

Upwell 2.0 Structure Changes coming on February 13th!
As we mentioned at EVE Vegas, the core of the Upwell Structures 2.0 design consists of four major pillars:
“Full power” and “low power” modes for structures
A new vulnerability and reinforcement system
A major structure combat overhaul
Moon mining in Wormhole space and some Highsec systems
In addition to the four pillars, this release will also include a significant set of other smaller changes to Upwell Structures and their associated mechanics.

Items for the guild house? Flax… so much Flaxseed :sob:
If you are in the guild, pop over to the Guild Hall and talk to Esa the Frugal [Guild Treasurer]. He will list items needed for the currently available incomplete upgrades.
They are also likely closing in on the end of the current living world episode window of being current.

25% XP Boost until tomorrow (Jan 22) at 3 am
Buried Treasure Event 2/15/2018 – 2/20/2018
Yule Festival Encore 2/22/2018 – 3/5/2018
(Thanks to Maellung on Discord for pointing out these dates)
25% off select storage on the LOTRO store until January 25th
Also until January 25th, the coupon code REGEN gets you one free regeneration food
Tangentially related, Arv on AIE Discord has pointed out that The Fellowship of the Ring is currently available on Netflix.

WoW: Got my 11th Class (Demon Hunter) through the class order hall and mount quests and working on the 12th and final class (Monk) who is currently 105 and working through the beginning of Azsuna. He’s an inscriptionist, so it was either Azsuna or Stormheim.

WoW Raiding: Have 6/11 Normal mode mobs on farm and working on Fel Tjorborn for progression. Got him to 50% on our best attempt and just need some more time to get used to the add rotation.
SWTOR: Got my Sith Marauder through the final part of KoET and working on getting my Gunslinger and Bounty Hunter through KotFE. Also, hopefully this Saturday afternoon, Mkallah and I will be starting new Republic characters and doing about an hour a week on the story content.
Mewkow: My other team has managed to not only defeat Argus for the first time on normal, but has repeated the feat a second time. As a result, I was able to get the breadcrumb quest for Silithis and check out the sword. I had actually go to check out the sword before the patch after we first downed Argus, and was able to wander around on the hilt guards for a bit. Curiously, the sword was a lot more visible pre-patch as I was able to see it from the Caverns of Time, but after the patch I had to be a lot closer, almost to the zone itself. I have also been poking around more in-depth at the professions, intending to start a sort of arch of Altitis episodes shortly. Today’s will be focused on the leveling process post 7.3.5 though.
The ESO bug has bitten me as well, and I have been exploring the many classes and races over there, letting my altitis run freely. The are many good quest lines in ESO, and in the wavelength of character choice, it is curious as to what the many decisions in ESO will result in down the line.
I also noticed several guildies have been trying a game called Doki Doki Literature Club.
At this point, I think the spoiler statute of limitations is over. It’s definitely firmly in the category of horror, hidden under an anime dating sim. I approached it with the thinking cap of a game developer though, because they do some interesting things with the game development wise that really create quite the atmosphere.
OWL has been interesting.

Not as much gaming as I would like, of course, when it comes to the pen and paper, but we did find ourselves back in the Mines of Phandelver Monday night, which was good since our Monday night group (that includes Tet, Dankinia, and Elcarth) spent a month on hiatus due to the holidays (and the Noob Cruise and our shady bard getting married). Our Wednesday Roll20 game is back on board (in a group that includes Arra, Enn, and Cassia) and we just added a new player, Tony the beer guy from the tadpool. We had a great night riding Gryphons and battling Manticores. Also, a fireball works just fine in air. And those maticores hit like HELL! And, our Friday D&D was cancelled (our DM works full time and just started a new semester), so a few of us did a prelude to our upcoming Mage campaign, which is exciting since I get to play a character that I created 20+ years ago but never used.

And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank us for joining us.

If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at and our Discord server for chat at . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website !

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…
Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind
Altitis – @TheMewKow

Next time, we’ll be talking to well, we will tell you once we get someone scheduled. Beef said somehthing about it being a “holiday”, but we plan on recording. So until then, AIE…
– This is Mewkow
– This is Tetsemi
– This is Mkallah
And this has been… The AIE Podcast.