Tuesday, October 8, 2013

TorParse Client update!

Hey everyone!

A quick introduction is in order, I'm BigBlockhead, and together with Hayward who you have been hearing from the past month we are the current operators of TorParse. I've been hard at work this past while getting ready for a major update to the desktop client of TorParse, and I'm here today to give you all some information regarding this update!

Here are some of the new features being added:
An enrage timer: I'm setting up an enrage timer for each boss in every operation. Flashpoint bosses I'll be adding on a backfill basis, but I'm starting with operation bosses. Keep in mind that due to the nature of how SWTOR tells the combat log when combat starts, that is to say on occasion a combat log will recognize combat has begun a second or two after the boss was engaged, especially with healers and dps who hold back a couple of seconds, this enrage timer might be off by a couple of seconds. With this enrage timer will come a sound notification that will alert the group leader when it is being approached (default is 10 seconds). This notification time is customizable up to 30 seconds.

Death notification: This feature is also for group leaders. When someone in the operation group dies, the group leader will receive (currently) the last 5 seconds of that person's parsed log. In this way, the leader will be able to at a glance see what killed that member, with the intent to aid group's in refining strategies.

Detailed damage breakdown: This change will affect the solo tab of TorParse. Currently when you view the damage taken tab, you see how much total damage each target did. This is going to change. In the future, you will be able to see a breakdown of damage from each target. In this way, you will be able to see how much damage came from various attacks. As a tank myself, I find knowing what attacks hit me for more damage to be more informative then just knowing what enemy hits harder.

Miscellaneous performance upgrades: Thanks to feedback (mainly from my personal guinea pigs, I mean, my operation team) I've tweaked the client here and there to improve stability and speedup various processess here and there.

I've got other ideas for new features and upgrades, but I'm going to hold them in reserve for now, mostly because I want to make sure I can actually deliver on them before I preview them!

With that in mind, I always value your feedback. There are lots of ways of getting ahold of me. Posting in the forums found on our website is a great way, as is getting on our new TS server and sitting down to talk to me. Also, for all you players on Jedi Covenant, send a tell to BigBlockhead (yes that's really me) or if you don't see him online, look up any member of Tranquility and if I'm on another toon, they will be more then glad to get ahold of me!

Finally, a shameless plug for Tranquility, as my guild leader (no, I'm just an officer, not the GM) is pestering me non stop to throw this up somewhere. <Tranquility>, an LGBT friendly guild and the owners of TORParse, are recruiting! 3 total ops groups (2 on 16-man new op HM progression), PVP, TS server, website, guild bank, xp bonuses, and weekly alt-leveling.


Official TORParse TeamSpeak Server Launched!

Hey all,

I'm pleased to announce that we have partnered with Tranquility Guild of Jedi Covenant to provide a 100 slot TeamSpeak user open to all TORParse users!

Whether you want to raid with your guild, pvp in a social setting, or just chat it up and meet new people, everyone is more than welcome on the server.

Currently the server is managed and moderated exclusively by members of the guild Tranquility, however we are looking for people who are interested in helping to moderate the general purpose TORParse channels. If you think you're qualified, please e-mail me at ian@torparse.com with your application to become a Server Operator, highlighting any previous experience managing TeamSpeak servers and other social groups. Only detailed and well-written applications will be considered - a simple sentence or two won't cut it.

If your guild/group is interested in having a permanent channel on the server, feel free to send me an e-mail and we can set something up. We look forward to chatting with you!

Server Information:
Hostname/Address: ts.torparse.com


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Facebook, Twitter, and Website Updates

Hey everyone,

I'm pleased to announce the launch of our new TORParse Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as some new additions to the website.

You'll notice we are now listing the most recent blog posts on the TORParse index page in an effort to better keep you up to date with the latest news from the developers. The plan is to use Twitter to keep you updated with the little things we're working on in an informal setting, while the larger and more detailed updates will continue to be posted on the blog, site index, and Facebook.

We've added a small set of social media icons to the upper right of the site so you can easily switch between them (let us know if they are displaying incorrectly, they are still in an experimental stage).

Lastly, we've added several new categories to the TORParse Forums specifically for Theorycrafting. If you would like to discuss the best-in-slot gear for your advanced class, optimal rotations, and so on, then head on over to our Theorycrafting forums and start a new topic!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2.4 Patch Updates

*Update 1* We have finished coding in boss IDs for the 16-man story mode operation "The Dread Fortress."


Hi all,

We're currently working on coding in all the new boss IDs for the two new operations that were released in the 2.4 patch, as well as for the two Czerka flashpoints from the previous patch.

At this time we are looking for combat logs from people who have completed both 8-man and 16-man Hard Mode operations "The Dread Fortress" and "The Dread Palace." If you or your guild has done so, we ask that you please e-mail your combat log to ian@torparse.com so that we can code the boss IDs from those fights into the database.

- The TORParse Team