As you can see by the attached Image I finally managed to hit 20. No silly, that was not from the chest. I’ve only seen named items twice and you bet no one could roll on them. So I immediately changed the alignment to true neutral, previously lawful good. I always do lawful good (unless it’s a bard or rogue). It’s just a habit. A practical one mind you since so many weapons you need are good and most low end toons don’t have enough UMD to overcome it early on.
Sure, I could just suffer the neg level but that would be to lower the standard on everything the toon is good at and for 500 TP you can change the alignment as you see fit. This is after doing a final 5 runs, 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday (with that toon). I tell you; the 2 on Saturday were awful. Partly because too few (that knew it well) did the side stuff and there was no control of the moving pieces once the main battle started. Partly because the voice kept saying ‘stop moving’ which is counter productive in you’re in a mark of death cloud. In fact after playing this game since 2009 I can figure out when to stop moving or not without someone telling me over and over how to play.
That was REALLY annoying.
The group on Sunday was much better. Calm leader – simple instructions over voice – like Abbot is up, quells, beholders etc and much better at doing the side stuff. The main battle was over fairly quickly with only one bump in one of them where the random chaos started to tilt things into a third of the group *dinging* in a short period of time. In contrast to the first group some runs were even ‘deathless’. I ended up doing another 2 runs on my Pally since the group was so good; never hesitate in taking advantage of a good thing. He’s now 8 away from 20th and I’m still debating with myself what I want for my first item.