SWTOR: Greetings, meatbag!

Our pre-run routine consists of bad dancing, fireworks, holograms, and Jawas.  It pumps us up.

Our pre-run routine consists of bad dancing, fireworks, holograms, and Jawas. It pumps us up.

I was really looking forward to last night’s outing in Star Wars: The Old Republic, as our guild was scheduled to wrap up the acquisition of HK-51 for those of us who had yet to grab him.  We’d all hunted down the first five parts, but the remaining two — tucked away inside instances — remained on our to-do list.

So let me set the scene.  I’ve had this horrible head cold that’s left me feeling like my noggin is denser than a black hole and my body achier than an 80-year-old with arthritis.  To make matters worse, the cold had jumped to my 9-month-old son, so he was extremely cranky and terribly awake when it came time to run these flashpoints.  But darn it, I wasn’t going to miss out on this!

That’s how I ended up mumbling groggily into Teamspeak while holding a sniffling, miserable child (who really did just want to be held).  That’s when I became glad that I had a Naga mouse, because I had to move and heal with just one hand.  And it worked pretty well, I think.  The instances weren’t that tough, although the Foundry kept glitching on us during the HK boss fight.

I think it helped that SWTOR doesn’t exactly go overboard in giving healers tools.  I mean, my Operative — who is full heal-specced at the moment — has a whopping total of four heals (main chunky heal, free semi-chunky heal when tactical advantage is up, HoT that can be stacked x2, and group HoT).  It feels really streamlined and basic when compared to, say, my Cleric in RIFT.  I mean, you want to talk about HoTs?  My Warden spec has a good dozen or so heals.

Anyway, the runs went well, my son went to sleep in my arms, and HK-51 was gotten by all.  Big thanks go out to guild members who already had the droid companion and yet went on runs anyway to help out each other.  As a bonus, I dinged level 51.  All in all, a good night, and now I have a new favorite companion.

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