Monthly Archives: May 2012

Baby steps

Watching my wife play the half orc I put together for her is kind of frustrating and funny at the same time. It’s like watching drunk people dance. She’s all over the place. Hitting thin air most of the time. It takes patience to shepherd her through the content and most of the time I just let her flail until it’s all dead. Unless of course someone is killing me while she’s fully engaged in the DDO version of ‘air guitar’.

She’s always complaining about moving with the keyboard – and I understand. But I also know that like with me, it’ll be so for her. Eventually the whole finger dexterity will take over and he’ll be moving like a pro. And the worst she’ll ever be worried about is to ‘get strong’ and swing. Playing a good melee isn’t exactly the height of sophistication.

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Almost 14

Hitting 13 was a matter of doing some challenges and going back and doing Von 3 on normal – netting a chunkload of XP. Then I did the first Droaam chain on hard pushing a rank or so and finally ran Wiz King on hard with a group (twice) and added more chunks of XP. All in all I’m a hair close from hitting 14 and I’m think of soloing wiz king on normal for a quick finish and getting even closer to cap. I like the 25% XP bonus since it have allowed me to run some stuff on hard and not beat myself up over the fact that I’m losing my elite streak. It’s still a trunk load of XP. Then it’s the second Droaam serious and Gianthold and hopefully I’ll hit 15 in no time. Then it’s Vale and whatever else needed to take me all the way home. I hope to do it by the end of the week so I can spend some time in the Beta.

I still need to upgrade all my level 16 challenge items so I can put them on at level 14. That’ll be a faceslap and a half.

Closing in on mother of all Motu

So I’ve played the Beta and enjoyed it. Hoping for a new build to drop today or tomorrow so I can see if I can’t get my FvS a little bit further on the way or my fighter to kick more butt. Because butt kicking is definately part of the fighter Epic Destiny (ED) – just called something else. And with one epic feat down when it hit 21 and another to pick if it ever hit 24 before Motu drops, it’ll be cool.

But I’ve also played live – it’s hard to miss the 25% XP opportunity and 40% mat weekend. I managed to hit a couple of levels with my TRing sorc already and things are coming together just fine.

Like being able to now make (craft) +6 stat items. In this case a Con +6 ring – level 9 with Masterful and a level 9 Char +6 helmet. Both giving my Sorc a okay number of HP and a impressive 1912 SP. It helps to have the archmagic ioun stone and that Char helmet. And I spent some tough time grinding out the level 12 challenge boots, cloak and tunic and lowered the level by fully upgrade them to level 10. It’s nice to be at level 12 with some major fireworks on your side and almost the entire acid enhancement line with crit chance and crit damage. So that means (almost) 18% chance to crit. Soon at least.

And with 12 comes the second Pre – so now I have two spells I can boost with metas that will do a impressive about of damage and the ability to make critters take more acid damage.

Now the reason why I decided to TR my sorc is of course to have him ready to level when Motu drops. My idea is to have elite streak going into Epic levels and be ready to group with a bunch of people come launch. I will hopefully have all my gear setup at that time but with only 30 days left I don’t know. It’s really not an issue anyways. But it helps.

You’ll definately like the changes that’s coming (and some might not like it – you know – all new things have people love/hate them) but you will definately be excited how your level 20 can go to the next level of awesome with EDs and regular 21-25 levels and 2 new epic feats.

Beta thoughts

First off – first rule of Beta club – don’t talk about Beta club. So I can’t put down a big slab of meaty info here. At best I can confirm that there are EPIC destinies – what exactly they do I can’t tell you. Except that 2 of them are not completed and there are still some issues with the others. Plus the fact that they’re not turned on as far as I know.

Also – it’s close to impossible to judge how the new quote format is going to shape up with Epic now being sloth through Elite (I meant casual of course) since it’s not yet done. As of today everything seems to be ‘normal’ and I assume next patch will fix that somewhat. Especially since only Epic quests gives good XP for level 21-25 and right now most of them don’t give any (and to reiterate – right now only ‘normal’ works and it’s not ‘normal’ epic).

Now since I can’t tell you about any changes (are there any? I don’t know – can’t talk about it) I’d like to add a somewhat vague blog post about what underdark will add.

We know that underdark itself is a journey from the webgate through the interconnected paths in the web, through underdark cavern (a portion of it anyways) to Eveningstar. And that once in Eveningstar you can take a bunch of quests and then venture into the Knights Forest. And there you can run into a random set of critters – more random in placement and such than in any other wilderness. A new system of sort. I can tell you that you have level 21-25 and that you can unlock epic destinies for all classes (eventually) and switch them around using a fatespinner. Twists of faiths allow you to use other destinies while unlock another OR I guess do some part of one destiny and continue into another. Or something like that.

Are these epic enough? Yes – they are – BUT it won’t suite everyone. Take artificer. It CAN benefit from several but they won’t really be that perfect for that class. Which is true with any of them. However with the origin classes they at least get a much better fit with their specific destiny than a class like Artificer (but I think they said that eventually all classes will have their destiny).

And the benefits are plenty, making all classes pretty darn good. In fact it’s fully possible for say a Artificer to use the Mage destiny and get lots out of it. Or maybe even the ranger and get some – although when you read the ranger you have to be very careful since some of the stuff seems to be specific for a ranger with a bow.

That would of course be true if a barbarian decided to venture into a sorc destiny – he might find something interesting but most of it will be a pure miss.

I am excited however. Seeing some of the new items in the game. But also having played some quests and milled through the destinies. I do want to find out the difference between Epic normal and Epic elite since right now Epic didn’t work as intended.
Normal ‘should’ be able to be soloed (casual as well) while hard and I assume Elite will be for a good group.

And whenever that is added and I can actually talk about it I will report back in greater detail.