Wandering through Ilum, waiting for a warzone to pop while desperately hoping for a rogue armament to spawn in Central, TG and I noticed how few Empire players are ever visible in Ilum. The few that you see are in a group of four or stealthing around putting the jump on stray Republic players. So, we made a pair of baby Operatives to put the stabbity to the Republic. This has come with a whole slew of new quests since we hadn’t experienced the story on the Empire side yet.
In addition to all the new content, we figured out that we just don’t need social points. For anything. Companion affection, on the other hand, is a commodity that we have extensive need for. Better crew skill work? More story dialogue from our companions? I’m just begging for those things.
Unfortunately, grouping the whole way to max level really precludes us from getting as much companion affection as we otherwise could. That’s why some of poor Zayn’s companions don’t like her nearly as much as they could (even though I’ve diligently shoved “thoughtful” gift after gift at them). But since she and her Trooper pal have finished all the story available to them, there’s no more farming companion affection through conversation choices available to them.
Which brings me back to the new alts that TG and I made the other day. While working on the starter quests of Balmorra (Empire side), it occurred to us that there was so little benefit to social points that it might be in our best interest to talk to all the quest givers as if we weren’t even grouped. What does it matter if we miss out on rolling against each other for dialogue choices? It just makes me jealous and irritated when I lose anyway. Our new Operatives are essentially farming Kaliyo’s love and adoration.
If one of us catches a conversation option that awards affection, the other escapes out and starts over. It’s a very clinical style of play, but it’s working for us. I’m not sure how it’ll play out if we switch to using different companions though. At least experiencing all this new content has been a blast, and we are just smitten with this Imperial Agent story line.