30/12/2020

Dancing the Conquest Dance

I'm not nearly as invested in Conquest as I was about a year ago, but as mentioned earlier this month it's still a major driving force in the way I play. I guess I like the feeling of being rewarded for being organised - some people get their kicks out of killing people in PvP; I get excited when by handing in the PvP daily mission on Coruscant instead of the fleet I also complete the Conquest objective for Coruscant missions and juuust manage to push a character over the finish line for her weekly personal target that way.

That said, ever since the addition of those silly new objectives earlier in the year, I have to confess that some of my habits have become slightly bizarre. For example there are those objectives that give three or four times the number of points you need to hit your personal target. Those always feel so weird and wasteful to me, because it's not as if you get anything for the excess... but I always figure the numbers probably make more sense for players who don't also have the maxed-out stronghold bonus.

Still, the point remains that completing that one objective and doing literally nothing else is already enough to hit your Conquest target, making it feel like a bit of a waste to get it on a character that is already partially done anyway. So if I notice that I'm approaching completion of such an objective, I may find myself frantically relogging to a lesser-played alt just to have them do the one thing to get credit, achieve their personal target and log off again.

What's particularly funny is that because gaining points is so easy nowadays, there can be unexpected pitfalls even in that simple act. For example the other day I noticed that I was on four out of five for "gain five levels", which promised an instant 35k points towards the personal target of 50k. So I logged a lowbie with the intent to just quickly level her up once, but the things I did to gain XP pretty much got her to her personal target before she even had a chance to level up, which made me switch characters yet again to find a new "victim".

However, the oddest/most awkward things are undoubtedly the objectives to complete five crew skill missions and the one to gain an influence level with a companion - the latter more so than the former, since it gives 16k+ points, while the former only causes a small bump. As I wrote earlier in the year, ever since Onslaught introduced the materials inventory, I run crew skill missions a lot of the time purely to raise my companions' influence level, and I habitually queue up a full set before logging off. However, this now also means that I have to be careful which character I log first on any given day, as they could end up completing one or both objectives the moment I log in (if I sent companions on crew skill missions the last time I played them) - and of course I want those Conquest points to go to a character that will actually benefit from them too.

So I not only have to keep track of my different alts' progress towards their personal Conquest targets (the guild list is helpful for that, but not so much when it comes to making decisions before even logging in), but also which alts have missions running and companions close to gaining a level. I'd really need a spreadsheet to track the latter accurately, but while I love me a good spreadsheet I ultimately don't care that much about optimising this particular habit to the nth degree... just enough to be slightly bothered when I mess it up (and to write about it here obviously).

I wonder if that's just me...

8 comments :

  1. I am in this post and I don't like it :)


    > frantically relogging to a lesser-played alt just to have them do the one thing

    yes

    > careful which character I log first on any given day

    yes

    > personal target before she even had a chance to level up

    only once or twice, I swear!

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    1. Haha, I feel comforted knowing that it's not just me! ^^

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  2. I'm totally with you. Conquest has now fueled my OCD even further! I'm hooked!

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  3. And here i am... doing Story-Stuff with a new Mando-Playthrough... ALL qwests... all bonus-series... everything. And at the end of the week i get mail from my guildlead. because i pushed our imp-guild over the big conquest goal. more or less alone. with one toon.

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  4. So very much this. I especially always get annoyed when activity finder and unranked victorious objectives don't sync up.

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  5. Well, I use a spreadsheet... here...
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sODpH-5vPPEpaIO8bg-mqZ_RPr3bsKtFHTPZhlXLbqM/edit?usp=sharing

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    1. I approve of your spreadsheeting! I actually have a spreadsheet too, mainly to track quest progress across all my alts, but also renown ranks and more. I wouldn't really want to add Conquest on top of that though...

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    2. TBH this is basically someoen else's; I wanted to get more cq topics in it so it'd help me not go too far with cq while not needing to, but I haven't had the time so far... I ended up just writing the names, guilds and points in my Conqueror of Galaxy quest...

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