Guild information: the server with the most dense PA population at the moment is Jedi Covenant. There are no official PA guilds here, but I am an officer in the active Republic guild <Dominus Nihil> and will invite if asked.
The PA guilds at launch were on Shadowlands, <Rigorous Scholarship> for Republic, <Remarkable Circumference> for Imperial, however these guilds are mostly inactive. Ask in thread for specifics on an invite.
For either Jedi Covenant or Shadowlands server, type /cjoin PennyArcade to chat with other PA folks (not available to free to play, sadly)
Jedi Knight, Republic/Sith Warrior, Imperial: Sentinel/Marauder: Melee DPS, Medium Armor.
Jedi Knight, Republic/Sith Warrior, Imperial: Guardian/Juggernaut: Tank or Melee DPS, Heavy Armor.
Jedi Consular, Republic/Sith Inquisitor, Imperial: Sage/Sorcerer: Ranged DPS, Healer, Light Armor.
Jedi Consular, Republic/Sith Inquisitor, Imperial: Shadow/Assassin: Melee DPS, Tank, Light Armor.
Smuggler, Republic/Imperial Agent, Imperial: Scoundrel/Operative: Melee DPS, Healer, Medium Armor.
Smuggler, Republic/Imperial Agent, Imperial: Gunslinger/Sniper: Ranged DPS, Medium Armor.
Trooper, Republic/Bounty Hunter, Imperial: Commando/Mercenary: Ranged DPS, Healer, Heavy Armor.
b]Trooper, Republic/Bounty Hunter, Imperial[/b]: Vanguard/Powertech: Melee DPS, Tank, Heavy Armor
Many convenience features have been added to the game recently, notably:
- All taxis now automatically unlock when you first land on a planet
- Quick travel points no longer need to be clicked, they unlock when you come near them
- Armor vendors from 1 - 65 have been redesigned to be more useful, so Cybertech crafting is no longer required to help keep a leveling toon in the correct gear.
- Skills no longer cost credits
- Outfit designer permits you to keep outfit designs as skins, regardless of what mismatched/ugly armor you might be wearing. Though if you like your gear's look, you can make that the default or create an outfit for it.
Update: With 5.0, and anti-convenience
feature was added for endgame: endgame gearing is now based on "Command Level", which is a level grind you start after you get to the current max level of 70. Each Command level you get provides you with a random box of loot, in which may be contained a piece of set bonus raiding gear.
- Levels 2-90 provide story mode level gear, which is 230.
- Levels 91-180 provide veteran mode level gear which is 234/236.
- Levels 181-300 provide master level gear which is 240/242.
The not all XP applies to Command level. For example if you just go to a planet and start killing low level mobs you aren't going to be leveling your Command level. If you kill only gold mobs you will earn 2 command XP per mob. Instead the game at this point encourages you to run group content. Dulfy has a full rundown of CXP and how to get it here
. Content that will get you CXP is:
- Weekly Heroics and bonus missions
- Planetary missions
- Galactic Starfighter
- Daily area missions
- DvL bosses
Note that because of the randomization of gear, you could get every storymode piece you need within 20 levels, or (like me for example) you could be at level 28 and have only one 230 set bonus piece. Crafting 228 gear or buying crafted gear at that level is recommended.
Also of note is that operation bosses drop schematics for things like hilts and barrels, mods and enhancements, making at least some of the gearing a bit easier if you have a full set of crafting alts. It's especially helpful if you can do veteran mode since the schematics that drop from those bosses are 234 level.
An unexpected good change they did was removing pvp gear from the game, which makes pvp a lot more skill based and therefore fun. PVP is also a somewhat fast method of leveling cxp, but of course it's dependent on your preferences. What I normally do is set myself in the PVP queue and then do the heroics, taking the queue as it pops.
One suggested method for gearing faster is having multiple alts of the same class. For example, Guardian is my main, but I have two juggernauts and two other guardians. I could do my daily pvp on my main, then switch between all my guardian and jugg alts until I'd done the daily on all of them. That could be enough to get me one command loot bag per each character, increasing my odds of at least getting one needed set bonus piece. This technique could be considered a bit much though.