No matter what aspect of SWTOR (or any other game for that matter) you enjoy, waiting in queue is something we all have to experience. Sometimes you’re lucky and only in player purgatory for a few seconds (though, I’m always hesitant about the insta-pop for Regs warzones). Other times you’re stuck in limbo for the better part of an hour. I’m not even sure what the longest I’ve sat in queue for was. Probably twenty minutes. After that I move on to something new or sit in a different queue. Oh the horror…
But fear not. Even those with a short attention span like me (that of a 5-year old) can be entertained while their TaunTaun drops steaming loads on fleet. Eww you say? Obviously you’ve never seen the poop walk a horse does. At Disneyland. On Main Street USA. Let me steer this back on topic...Since being in queue is just a part of the MMO Life, we all have our ways to cope. Here’s my favorite things to do while I sit in queue.
1. Talk! If you know me at all, and most of you do, I’m a chatterbox. My nickname in Middle School, given to me by teachers no less, was Gabby. Sitting around is a great time to spark of conversation with friends, guild mates, or even random people in General chat. I love diving in to that chaos and seeing where it takes me. I also take the opportunity to flirt pretty shamelessly with whoever is game. Everyone likes a harmless flirt. I think it makes them smile. Then again, I did get called boy crazy by my Orchestra teacher in Middle School because I kissed all the boys on the bus during a field trip...
2. Probably my personal favorite, and least mentally intensive, is to play Hopscotch on fleet. On most days you can find me on foot, or mounted, jumping from black space to black space in the PvP terminal. If you get really good you can always make it in the smaller triangle of the area. If you get REALLY good you can change directions at each end without stopping. I like when I see other people doing the exact same thing and we start hopping together. Kindred spirits...
3. Another test of nimbleness I’m fond of is using the railings on fleet as a balance beam. On one side is safety, the other is a fall to your death and the walk of shame back from the cargo holds. I should add on that pulling people over said railings is also a fun pass time. I think they fixed it somehow so it’s harder to accomplish, but that doesn’t stop me from trying!
4. Sometimes, I use the downtime to be productive in game. There is a whole list of things that I should be doing on a daily basis that just get pushed aside to the lowest depths of boredom. You may say, “Like dailies Mae?” Well, no. I can’t deal with those load screens. I’d miss pops. So instead I’ll stay on fleet and organize my cargo hold. 5 tabs of MMO hoarding take some time to get thru, trust me. It’s also a great time to blow all those Comms you have capped. Usually that process involves me circling fleet 3-4 times in the most inefficient process ever. For some reason I just automatically move clockwise on fleet. On foot. I don’t even remember to mount most of the time. And I never have any augments on me, so I have to go to the GTN. And then I have to go to the Augment station (LEGACY UNLOCK PLEASE?!?!) and do that. 3-4 laps easy.
5. Out of game I’ll take the opportunity to accomplish some things as well. Queues are prime Cat interaction time. I can run around my room with my cat chasing me. Her favorite toy is a black shoelace, which is random I know. She doesn’t even like the expensive, pink, feathery flamingo one. After she’s all tuckered out, I’ll brush her as she lounges on my keyboard. If you ever get a random all letter message from me, look below for the culprit.
6. Putting laundry away. A necessity of life. The bane of my existence. Maybe I shouldn’t change 3 times a day.
7. Watch TV shows or movies. Trashy reality ones are my favorite for this. I have a penchant for anything involving drunk housewives and spoiled rich kids. Lately I’ve been watching Made In Chelsea, which is like the British version of The Hills. Never heard of either? You’re a better person than me.
8. Lastly, it’s a great time to catch up on my reading. There are some great blogs out there about SWTOR and you should check them out. Here’s what I’m reading now, but I’d love some more suggestions!
Pretty Little Sith
So, what do you guys do to banish the boredom demons? Maybe you can give me something new to pass the time in Solo Ranked queues!