Well, not only did this week contain a number of questing adventures in DDO but also a hurricane!! Hurricane Arthur tried his best to disrupt my questing activity but luckily he didn’t do too good of job at it, but he did mess me up a little bit.
The questing activities started out on Monday morning, but not in DDO. Monday, the DDO servers were down due to an all system maintenance at Turbine. So, I booted up Neverwinter Nights II and took Ragnar (Level 5 Spirit Shaman) further into the city of Highcliff as he learned more about the lizardfolk who have blockaded the city. By the time I got back home from work though, DDO game servers were back up. This allowed me to log on with Hamllin (Level 9 Fighter) and he took on the first quest of the Sentinels of Stormreach: Bargain of Blood. Hamllin had little problems going through the quest, however his hireling cleric had some issues with the spinning blade traps but I eventually got her through them. Later that night I logged on with Stoorage (Level 10 Fighter) and I took him into Three Barrel Cove to take the Brood of Flame and then I took him into Smuggler’s Rest and helped a fellow guildie with the Crystal Cove. I logged out after a little roaming around on the island.
On Tuesday, my day started with taking Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Exalted Angel) into the High Road. After fighting the Yuan-ti warring party, I logged out and headed to work. Later that afternoon I logged on with Erdrique (Level 14 Druid) but I only worked on some maintenance (auctions, mail, etc.). Tuesday night, I logged back on with Wapoyei and due to some long load times and disconnects I last more than half of my questing time that night but I still started an Haywire Foundry on Epic Normal with him. Although I didn’t finish the quest, ran out of time and needed to head to bed, I did still wind up getting 10 k experience just from optionals. After that, I headed to bed.
On Wednesday, I was scheduled to log on with Kanndar (Level 11 Paladin) in the morning for my slayer run. Kanndar is working on his Searing Heights slayers and I took him through that zone for a little while prior to heading to work. After I came back home from work, I logged on with Hamllin who took the second quest of the Sentinel Series, The Black Loch and had some fun with the pirate zombies. I called it a night after that run for date night.
Thursday was an interesting day. Hurricane Arthur was approaching the North Carolina coast and I knew that it would impact coastal North Carolina later in the night. I went ahead and logged in with Harrgon (Level 9 Favored Soul) and took him into Tangleroot Gorge explorer area, which he is nearly done with. I went to work after that run and watched/prepared for Hurricane Arthur. I stayed at work for the entire time period, even though I had expected on being dismissed earlier, but Arthur’s movement had slowed so I had a full day at the office. When I got home I logged on with Erdrique and entered the Sands of Menectharun and completed the quest Purge the Fallen Shrine, and that was when the first set of rain bands starting to make its way in. The storm was still making its way to the coast when I logged in later that night with Berann (Level 7 Barbarian). I had fully expected to lose power but I wanted to get as much questing in as I could before that. Berann is still working on his Harbor and Market quests so I completed Smuggler’s Warehouse, Recovering the Lost Tome, Stealthy Repossession, Miller’s Debt, and Missing in Action. It was around 11:30 pm or so and the rain was coming down pretty well by then and I learned that the eye of Hurricane Arthur and made landfall close to Cape Lookout, NC which was to the east of me. This meant that my house was on the western side of the storm which had the weaker winds, a good thing. Since I still had power, I logged out with Berann and on with Wapoyei and tried to Haywire’s Foundry once again. Although I never did lose power, thankfully!!, my power did flicker a few times and the last time it flickered it was enough to restart my computer as I was taking Wapoyei through Haywire’s Foundry. And believe it or not, I got disconnected right where I left off earlier. So I got my computer booted back up and decided to call it a night.
So the week had a nice set of runs overall and Hurricane Arthur, luckily, was pretty tame to my house and neighborhood, although other areas around the Outer Banks got hit pretty hard. I hope everybody else had a strong week’s worth of questing and those of you impacted by the storm I hope stayed safe and are doing well. Thanks for readying everybody and happy hunting!!