Monthly Archives: June 2010

I’m on the guard

I finally ran a succesful Shroud after we failed one. The failed one got us to part 4 where the devil decided that we healed to good and slapped us (both healers) with a meteorstorm. Naturally our instinct was to heal ourselves quickly as he managed to slap us down to 10 percentish worth of HP and that lead to a cascade of people dying. I tried to keep us up by wasting potions which I shouldn’t had because we gave up shortly thereafter.

The second run was pretty straightforward and it took me to the finish line and another completion. I managed to pull 200 or so renown in the first failed and something like 1200 in the next. Quite honestly; part 4 chest always skunks me on mats and I rather get those over renown.

I tier 3rd my helmet and I now have deathblock and living guard on it. That gives me a lot of guard effects on the best of days (and one more if I cleanse the helmet). First I have the 10% or so to proc fireshield cold damage on my bracers. It’s always useful. I ran the vale afterwards to check how often things procs and that one goes off like clockwork. My second guard is on my dragontouched and it’s the magma guard. It’s a fairly low proc but it’s somewhat useful as it hits a critter with 3 or so ticks of ~70 fire damage. And now living guard. Although it doesn’t proc that often it’s nice to see some critters fail the save and die a horrible orange skull death.

I also have earthgrab on my cloak. It’s always useful but since I’m using my helmet more often then not, it’s something I’ll have to wait using at the same time until the helmet is cleansed. Then there’s the torc, which is not a guard effect, but it’s something that’s triggered by critters hitting you and provide a decent amount of SP.

Which brings me to my next GS project; I’m fairly sure I want another SP cloak, but one that provides a different tier 1 effect other than wiz VI. And one that mixes 2 elements for something like radiance II or concordant. I don’t know if I have time doing it before I hit 40 completions but it’s not really something I’m in a rush to get. For now I’m just glad I got the helmet done but a little miffed that I can’t post anything to the AH and that tons of good money is lost in the mail system. Maybe rusty had the final laugh before I killed it in the snitch quest; he got lose from the wand and went on a rampage and ate one of those mail boxes.

That or poor quality control.

Another thing I noticed

Another annoying thing; people putting up LFMs for guild invites. I get it, everyone wants good people to get the cool airships, but it’s obnoxious to wade through the bogus LFMs looking for real groups while suffer the hordes of guilds. There are other ways to advertise for it. I really don’t think this is the best way.

I wonder what was fixed?

I really wonder what they fixed in the game; the social interface is still screwed up and the items are not attached to the stuff that was never sold in the AH. It’s a bunch of them – I’m glad that the scroll of shadow sword sold before this mess because if I would’ve lost that one I would’ve been pretty mad.

Sure – 100k plat worth of stuff sitting in my inbox waiting to be picked up is a bummer and it’s a problem that might never be fixed but I can live with it if it works like it should going forward.

I just ran the top hat quest and eventhough I didn’t pull anything it was a interesting gauntlet through a bunch of instances of being jumped by different critters. And a few surprised thrown in for fun. The final boss is kind of cool where she manage to charm everyone to attack you. I’d like that top hat and I do believe it’s a named item that drops. I’d say that the whole set of quests are pretty interesting and well worth the experience. I take it (at level 5) over Necro 1.

The Snitch

I like the Snitch. I played it again this morning and it have a lot of small little qualities. There’s 2 possible mini bosses; one nasty spider and a Troglodyte and you have several encounters on the way with the rogue and his wand.

The environment changes from underground to above ground in many cool ways with what appears to be old sewage tunnels and the tightly packed roof tops, alleys and splendid court yard. I will look forward to playing this quest at appropriate level.

I’ve also noticed a kind of beam me up sound when teleporting…like zooming in and out. And the awesome healing Aura that the new cleric prestige class added. Time for some FvS prestige love.

Tactically I still use TWF on these lower quests, but it’s quite useless in higher end quests and I really don’t find myself useful in TOR anymore. I couldn’t hold a candle to fighters before and now I’m about 30-40% less effective. That’s a pretty steep hill to climb.

I’m pretty much at a dead end when it comes to fighting prowess; I could remove some feats to make it stronger but that means making up divine worse. And that won’t work for me.

It’s going to be interesting to see how challenging this will be to my TWF Kensei fighter that I’m working on; it was pretty okay before and now I think it’s going to be a little bit more difficult, but that’s alright as long as I have a fear idea of how I can tweak the level by level build to remain strong.

A new day (some spoilers)

I finally got in after 12, spending my lunch figuring out one single quest and got some weird thing happen to me when I clicked on a email of something someone had bought from me in the AH. I say something because it had some kind of weird script error. I didn’t try to get any of the items I sold since there seems to be a bug going around.

Tried partycrashers and liked it. It’s a fairly straight forward quest; Someone hires you to get her in because she need to warn someone about potential assassins. Of course, you can’t get in because you’re not on the quest list so you have to go through this illusionist exhibit.  Only thing is that in order to continue from each room you have to find a rune and destroy it. When you try the exhibit fights back. Most annoying is a room where the rune multiplies and all these wind jets keep pushing you into spikes and stuff. The first time I did it I found the rune right away and continued, the second time it was the last of a dozen or so (maybe 10?). When you get through it you end up in the ballroom and there’s several things you can do there. Look around and you’ll find a couple of disguised theiflings that you can lure to other rooms if your bluff is high enough. The more of those you handle before you invite the guest and talk to the big shot, the more XP you seem to get.

I didn’t pull any named stuff but apart from that stupid rune room I thought it was interesting.

Then I did the giant one – it’s kind of fun. You end up stealing this loot from a couple of giants at first (you don’t have too). Turns out it’s the main giants nephews. Oups, I’m glad they don’t have a morale system because I had to lie about who did it. It’s a fairly interesting  run back and forth thing in some lush forest milieu.

The third I tried was the one with capturing the rouge and I liked that the most. Very nice area, with some simple puzzle solving, jumping, diving and running on roof tops and a couple of mini bosses thrown in for good measure. I didn’t pull anything special but I sure had fun. I can see how painful one of them is going to be in Epic; that rune duplicate room with all the traps. If you can’t disable them you’re going to be in for a world of hurt.

I noticed that the only new hireling class seems to be bards, the FvS seems to be pulled. When I tried it on Lammania it crashed so that might be why.

I also noticed a lot of artifacts in the new quest, especially partycrashers. A lot of glitching banners and shadows (blinking in and out).   I also noticed a invisible half wall under water in the rogue quest. Inside a tube it kinds of stops you from moving if you go low, move up a little and you can go forward.

But beside small stuff like that it seems that some other things are a little more bugged. Like the ascension chamber and the guild renown system.

Next time

I drop pretty much everything in the AH. Low chance to sell stuff for 24 hours and good stuff for 48, although it’s unlikely most of it will actually sell. I don’t discount much; I add a little over base price of the item but not a lot. I figure that no one can find a similar priced item for less and I won’t double or triple items with base price (not mats and stuff; that’s based on demand but I’m always a lot less than what you find them on the AH).

I recently bought 2 Large Devil Scales. Well 3 if I count when I tier third my Mineral II rapier. 2 for my helmet since I’m trying to get as much done before I TR.

It’s always ‘nice’ to pile up 7ook plat and then suddenly find myself under 100k again (nice in a ironic sad way of course). But money is there to be spent; you can’t turn into a Avatar or diety and take your riches with you.

So I figure I’ll put it to good use.

With the release of 5 and the +20 XP until July 5th I think I’m going to give it a go to level up some of my alts to that magic 10+ level.

Titanic struggle

Sometimes I do stupid things; strike that – I do stupid things because I like to find out if I can.

Like killing the warforged titan in Amrath, you know the one close to Tower of Despair. I don’t know if it’s a glitch or if it suppose to go loco, but it does. Twice now. The first time I toyed with the idea to kill it but it reset and I was pretty mauled so I gave up. This time I didn’t. I supplied a couple of screen shot. 30k worth of damage to my stuff but no permanent damage so that’s good. It took me about 4000 SP, including 3 Major store pots. The difficulty in trying to kiting it (apart from falling on my @ss every time) is that the terrain makes it hard for the titan to properly move around. So it ended up going all the way to the devil shrine and snap back, ‘healing’ itself (it was 1/3 down) so I had to start all over again.

It felt kind of like a letdown to be honest. It doesn’t drop a chest. It’s kind of like killing one of those officers in Amrath that’s red but they’re only better than the regular critters and they’re not rare encounters.

I wouldn’t have picked a fight had I known that since it’s not worth the damage to your stuff and the time it takes to kill it.

But I did it; another stupid thing I did to see if I could do it.

 

I added some screenshots of the titan killing to my gallery.