Review of Quest Runs, January 14th to 17th

My questing activity last week was pretty lite.  On Monday, I joined up with our Fantasy Grounds PNP group and we continued our questing through the Pathfinder campaign.  We had a lot of dialogue that night so I didn’t get a chance to do much in DDO.  Although I did log in with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation) and I had him inscribe one of the new spells, Iceberg.

I didn’t get a chance to log back into DDO until Thursday.  I logged back in with Rimuldar and continued on my quest to get the most favor I can with my characters.  For some odd reason he still needed the Phiarlan Carnival quest chain on elite.  So I quickly took him through A Small Problem, Partycrashers, and The Snitch on heroic elite.  I didn’t have enough time to work my way through Under the Big Top so I will have to work on that next time.

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Rimuldar heading into A Small Problem.

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Rimuldar taking care of The Snitch.

Thanks for reading everybody and I hope others had a more productive week than I did.  Happy hunting everybody!!

A Name for a Waterfall

When one of the little flavor things I find while adventuring through the wide array of areas in DDO is coming across the various landmarks and locations and learning their names.  An example of what I’m talking about occurs when we enter the quest A Small Problem.  This particular adventure actually occurs in a location called Mammoth Valley.  Within Mammoth Valley, there are a few landmarks including the Rocky Valley and Slithering Pass.  The last time I was in the quest with Erdrique (Level 25 Rogue/Legendary Dreadnaught) I took note of a pretty dramatic landmark and wondered about it.  The landmark I’m talking about is the impressive waterfall that creates the mountain spring where you collect the blessed water to give to Brawnpits.

I then wondered what a good name would be for this particular natural landmark.  This particular waterfall is split at the top of its formation by one of the many ledges in the Mammoth Valley and drops quite a distance to the mountain spring pool below which appears to be home to some water elementals.  We can’t really see the river that forms the waterfall and we don’t know much about the source of the river either.  The water appears to be pretty pristine, at least from what we can tell.  I’m also not sure if anybody has put down a claim as to discovering this waterfall or has attempted to document it.  We know that somebody did come out to Mammoth Valley at some point to explore it because of few of its landmarks have specific names.  I guess they didn’t feel the waterfall was worthy of being named but I beg to differ with that thought.  It is a large and key landmark for the area.

Erdrique wondering about the waterfall in the Mammoth Valley.

Well, since Brawnpits seems to have inherited this area as his chosen home, I’m thinking the waterfall can be named Brawnpits’ Falls.  Another thought could be to name the waterfall after the creature we encounter in the area, in particular how they all seem to be quite “restless.”  Perhaps the Restless Falls would be a better indicator of the area and those that use the water from the waterfall and its corresponding pool.  I like Brawnpits’ Falls better, myself :).  What do you thing?

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the Mammoth Valley!!

Working Through Some Quests, Quest Runs January 22nd to January 24th

This past weekend was composed of a few interesting runs.  I kicked the weekend off by taking Tuhnn (Level 16 Bladeforged) into the Sands of Menechtarun.  While exploring the desert, Tuhnn gathered another five gnolls and 25 undead slayers.  He also encountered The Thirsty One.  I didn’t get a chance to log in during the afternoon, I had a little minor emergency and had to go to Best Buy to get some new charger cords for a FitBit Charge HR.  My wife had bought me the FitBit for Christmas and I have been kind of addicted to it since and I somehow lost the charge cable for it.  In any case, we took opportunity to go out and eat as well which meant I had to miss my afternoon run.  However, I did get back on that night.  Now typically I run Erdrique (Level 25 Rogue/Legendary Dreadnaught) on the weekend but some of the Crypt Crawlers wanted to run through the Heroic Ruins of Gianthold.  They were running level 14 to 16 characters so I brought Tuhnn back on instead of Erdrique.  We then headed out into the Gianthold slayer area.  Tuhnn gathered eight Stormfist slayers on his way to the Crucible.  We (being Helldemons, Blackvale, and myself) ventured through the Crucible on elite.  Tuhnn had a few problems, as he suffered some unfortunate deaths at the hands of the gnolls.  However, we did get through it and received quite a bit of experience.  Helldemons had to call it a night while Blackvale and I continued into the Prison of the Planes.  On my way through the Stormeye encampment, I collected 30 slayers and also picked up the explorer points for the Beast and the Brothers, Fields of Immolation, Gate of Shavarath, Crystal Spin Peak, and the entrance to the Prison of the Planes.  While in the Prison of the Planes, Tuhnn wound up getting killed in the Marut room, the Lamannia Room, and the Risia Room.  LOL, it was a little rough :).  But we did complete it.  After that run, Blackvale logged out and I switched characters to Erdrique.  I then took Erdrique into the quest A Small Problem on epic hard.  Erdrique had no issues making his way though Mammoth Valley.  I even collected a champion quest (had to have been from the onyx panther killing a named, I believe from a fire elemental).  I collected 56 Fragments of the Twelve from the end chest and 13 Commendations of Valor.  I then called it a night.

Tuhnn exploring the desert.

Tuhnn making his way through the Gianthold.

Tuhnn checking out what fell from a barrel in the Crucible.

Preparing the Warden in the Prison of the Planes.

Erdrique making his way through A Small Problem on epic hard.

On Saturday, I logged on with Erdrique and I was joined by Hellorcish and Lunarhaze.  We then headed off into the Tide Turns on epic hard.  We had no problems making our way through the quest.  After that, we headed out to the Red Fens and made our way through The Last Stand and Fathom the Depths, on epic hard as well.  In Fathom the Depths, we also took out the cube guardian.  After we made it through those two quests Hellorcish and Lunarhaze both called it a night but I continued into the Claw of Vulkoor on epic hard.  I wasn’t skilled enough to pacify the guardian scorpions so I didn’t complete that optional but I did leave the treasure alone in the giant’s graveyard.  After that I called it a night.

Erdrique making his way down to deal with a Blood Tide pirate in the Tide Turns.

Erdrique and the Crawlers defeating the sahaugin in the Last Stand.

Making our way through Fathom the Depths.

Erdrique battling a fire giant in the Claw of Vulkoor.

Sunday night, I logged on with Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) and I took him into Tharashk Arena on epic normal.  I had a great time with him in there.  The spells Dancing ball, Otto’s Irresistible Dance, and Greater Shout quite effectively.  I also had a blast using the epic destiny ability Reign.  Overall, it was a very fun run.  However, it was the only run I was able to complete that night.

Larrs battling his way through the Tharashk Arena.

So, my weekend was primarily split heroic Gianthold runs and epic questing.  Not a bad weekend at all!!  I hope everybody else had a great weekend too and I hope your week is just as great if not better!!  Happy hunting in Gianthold!!

 

Epic Style Weekend, Quest Runs January 8th to January 10th

Well, with Erdrique (Level 25 Rogue/Primal Avatar) now done with all of his quests on heroic elite, it is time to start working on some epic quests.  Kind of hard to believe that I have done very few quests on epic and I’m level 25.  The only epic quests I have completed up to this point was Impossible Demands, Unquiet Graves, and some House Cannith Challenges.  With this particular weekend, it is time to move forward into the epic quests.  I think my primary plan will be to complete them on epic normal and then on epic hard.  If I have no issues trying them on epic hard then I will try epic elite.  Going to start with the Eberron quests and then make my way over back to Eveningstar.  However, before I make that trek, I started out the weekend by taking Containment (Level 7 Cleric) and Cannock (Level 8 Druid) back into Tangleroot Gorge for some morning slayer runs.  Containment is nearly done with these slayers so he will be moving over to Three Barrel Cove soon.  And, as you can tell, I was dual boxing once again with Containment from my Premium account and Cannock on my VIP account.  In the afternoon, I took Erdrique out into the Sands of Menechtarun.  Even though Erdrique is well over level for this area, I still enjoy running around out here.  I still want to take the time to max out each explorer area.  I believe I will have to modify a few things to accomplish this, but we’ll see.  Friday night, I logged back on with Erdrique and after working on some maintenance tasks, I grouped up with Hellsbain and Lunarhaze and we completed A Small Problem, Partycrashers, The Snitch, and Under the Big Top on epic normal.  We didn’t encounter any problems and we were able to hit the optional fights in Partycrashers that allowed us to watch the NPC get killed when all of his “plans” were thwarted.  We called it a night after those runs.

Containment taking on Silkweave in Tangleroot Gorge.

Erdrique now focusing his hunting in the Sands of Menechtarun.

Making our way through A Small Problem.

Fighting the illusions in Partycrashers.

Fighting off the enemies in the Snitch.

The Crawlers taking some time to visit the circus.

On Saturday, after some more maintenance, I completed a number of House Cannith Challenges on my quest to finish my upgrades to the Spare Hand and Ring of the Stalker.  In that regard I ran Extraplanar Palace: The Dragon’s Hoard twice, Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal, and the Extraplanar Palace: Buying Time.  I also started on the Sentinels of Stormreach chain on epic normal by completing Bargain of Blood.  I didn’t have any issues with these quests and I called it a night.

Coming across Salteshka in the Dragon’s Hoard.

Fighting the marilith in the Dragon’s Hoard.

Working our way through the Lava Caves.

Erdrique making his way down to intercept the rhaksasha in Buying Time.

Erdrique starting the Sentinels of Stormreach chain by making his way through Bargain of Blood.

The close out the weekend on Sunday, I logged on with Erdrique during the day but only was able to complete some maintenance tasks.  I didn’t get a chance to run anything during the afternoon :(.  That night, I logged on with Containment and Cannock once again.  I then took them into the first part of Shan-to-Kor, The Coven Jaw Scourage: Blockade.  Both Containment and Cannock both need Shan-to-Kor on elite so it was worth while to dual box them through this quest.  I was only able to do this quest in the chain so hopefully I will be able to complete the rest of the quest chain next time.

Cannock leading the way to the start of Shan-to-Kor for Containment.

Overall, the weekend wasn’t bad.  I was primarily dominated by getting in some epic questing, which will probably dominate my weekend quest runs until I get Erdrique through his epic reincarnation and into his next heroic true reincarnation.  Which is perfectly fine because it will allow me to get into some of those quests I haven’t seen yet, hopefully :).  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Hitting up Some New Quests, Questing August 7th to August 9th

This past weekend was quite interesting, primarily because some of the Crypt Crawlers took on the new quests in Update 27: Trials of the Archons.  However, before those quests were tackled, I kicked off the weekend by taking Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) into the High Road for some Friday morning slayers prior to work.  After I got home from work, I took Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) into the Restless Isles.  Hammy is getting really close to finishing that area.  Later that night, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 16 Rogue) and I took him through a run of the Red Fens and then into the Cannith Challenge Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.  After I collected some challenge ingredients, I then headed out to the Lordsmarch Plaza to complete the quest Eyes of Stone.  After I battled with Hesstess and her small legion of the Droaam forces, I then headed out of the Lordsmarch Plaza and went back to House Cannith and completed a second run through Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.  After that second run, I called it a night.

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Wapoyei swallowed up in battle in the High Road.

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Hamllin taking on Than Hap in the Restless Isles.

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Erdrique hitting up the Red Fens.

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Erdrique battling the minions of Dr. Rushmore in Picture Portals.

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Erdrique fighting Hesstess in Eyses of Stone.

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Quite an explosion in Picture Portals.

Now Saturday was the most interesting night for my questing.  I had recommended for the Crawlers to run the new quests from the Trials of the Archons pack.  I had on Erdrique and I was joined by Hellbanisher and Khamels.  After we took care of the standard chit chatting, catching up, and completing the “daily” character maintenance we made our way to Amrath.  I have to admit, it has been a very long time since I have been on that floating rock above the plane of battle, Shavarath.  We picked up the storyarc and then the first quest, The Archon’s Trial and made our way to the anchor of Amrath.  We had some interesting times as we made our way through the quest but after getting a little bit of a beating we wound making our way through the quest on elite.  I should also point out that we were doing this on heroic elite.  After making our way through The Archon’s Trial, we then moved over to Demon Assault.  I found Demon Assault to be a little more interesting than just a sit down and beat down of spawning mobs after spawning mobs.  It was different from the other assault type quests in that you ran to one portal to another as you were looking for your objective.  We did pretty well in here until the very end where we had some interesting issues appear, primarily with dungeon alert and it became quite a challenge to loot our end chest even after the end boss was killed.  We then tackled the last quest in the heroic story arc, The Devil’s Details.  I found this quest particularly interesting and I found it quite amusing to encounter/see Mailicia at the ed of the quest.  The main problem we had in this quest was centered around the powerful abishai, which were pretty brutal on elite.  Overall, these quests are quite interesting and different.  I will definitely have to run them so far to get a better feel for them.

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Making our way into the Trials of the Archons.

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The Crawlers taking on the demons in Demon Assault.

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Preparing to deal with the red abishai in The Devil’s Details.

Sunday, I logged on with Stoorage (Level 12 Fighter) and had originally planned on moving through some quests in Three Barrel Cove until I realized I completed all of the quests in Three Barrel Cove on elite already.  So instead I headed off to House Phiarlan and started the Carnival Series, which I still needed to do.  Before I headed off into the first quest, I was joined by Twotoe and we hopped into A Small Problem on elite.  I was glad that Twotoe was able to group up because that saved me from having to run these on normal, hard, and elite because Stoorage is on my Premium account cannot open up quests on initial run through on elite quite yet.  After we blasted our way through the quest, we then advanced to Partycrashers and we made our way through that quest at a nice clip as well, although I did skewered in the spike trap room with the air jet.  However, that was our only problem as Two and I had no issues taking out the rest of the Maleficient Cabal.  We both called it a night after that, so I’m halfway done with the Carnival Series now :).

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Stoorage and Twotoe making their way through Mammoth Valley.

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Stoorage peering down below in the Illusionarium.

So the highlights of this past weekend was the runs through new quests.  I found them challenging and quite fun.  I definitely need to run these some more.  I hope everybody else had a good weekend as well.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Lighter Weekend Than Planned, Quest Runs April 17th to April 19th

Although I had some fun and interesting runs this past weekend, my overall questing activity was less than I had originally planned.  This was primarily because I went out of town to visit my parents who were vacationing a couple hours away from me on Friday night.  Since they live in Florida, I couldn’t pass up the chance to meet them for dinner and spend some time with them .  I had originally planned on knocking out the Phiarlan Carnival Series by the time the weekend was over but instead only got through Partycrashers.

So speaking of questing over the weekend, I kicked off the weekend by taking Crawlller (Level 6 Ranger) out into the forest of Tangleroot Gorge.  Crawlller is still making his way through that slayer zone slowly but steadily.  I wound up cutting my work day short, which allowed me to log in with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) who I have diligently working hard on catching up with his slayers by tackling the Red Fens.  Shortly after that is when my wife and I headed out to go to dinner with my parents.  When I got back home late on Friday night, I did log on with Erdrique (Level 7 Rogue) who I took into Rest for the Restless on elite, which was my last level 4 quest to complete and then for a circuit in the Lava Caves: Circles of Power.  After I completed the run through the Lava Caves I then headed out to House P to start the Carnival chain.  I then headed out to Mammoth Valley and took on the tieflings to find Brawnpits as I completed A Small Problem on elite.  It was getting pretty late at that point so I called it a night.

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Crawlller exploring Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin making his way through the Red Fens.

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Erdrique works through the Vault of the Restless.

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Erdrique working to get the crystals collected in the Lava Caves.

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Erdrique looking for Brawnpits in Mammoth Valley.

On Saturday, I took some advantage of the time I had during the day because my wife had to work.  So I took Erdrique out into Tangleroot Gorge on three different occasions to burn up a minor slayer pot.  Erdrique has now hit his 750 slayer mark out there and is currently working on his 1,500 slayer.  He also still needs at least two more rare encounters before he maxes the area out.  Later that night, I noticed that I only needed about 10,000 experience to force me to level to 7.  Since the next quest I was getting ready to do was Partycrashers, I decided it best to go ahead and level up.  I then headed back to House P and had a very interesting time in Partycrashers.  Although I didn’t have a bluff item on, I was still able to get my bluff high enough (with the use of heroism, eagle’s splendor, and the Voice of the Master) to trick the poison master and captain into the library where I took them out (separately of course).  I took out the captain first that way his little troop of brainwashed guards help me to deal with the poison master.  I then went upstairs and took out the tiefling band up there and enjoyed the conversation at the last “fight” when I saw the primary mastermind tiefling get all depressed that all of his troops and plans were foiled.  I really like it when I complete that quest without an end fight .  After I took out Partycrashers, I then worked on upgrading my Ring of the Stalker.  I logged on with Lorrikk (Level 12 Monk) and took him into Kobold Island: The Disruptor and made two circuits through there to get the necessary necromantic charms I needed.  I then called it a night.

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Erdrique taking in the view of Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique destroying a Mark of Shadow in the Illusionarium. 

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Lorrikk working on Erd’s behalf in Kobold Island: The Disruptor.

On Sunday, I continued to work on upgrading Erdrique’s Ring of the Stalker.  I wanted to upgrade it to Tier 2 which requires me to have jaded scorpions which come out of the challenge Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal.  This time I decided to run it with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter).  I tried it twice, once by myself (with a hireling) and once again with Helltwister (with two hirelings) and unfortunately failed both times.  I’m going to have to do a little more playing around in here to go the flow of this challenge (or I just do a different challenge to swap the ingredients).  Later that night, it was time to do something different so I logged on with Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Divine Crusader).  I was joined by Friedrice and we hit up the Spinner of Shadows and Beyond the Rift on Epic Hard.  Wapoyei actually got killed once in each quest and I’m not entirely sure by what but we did make it through each quest.  I also wound up gaining enough experience to cap out Exalted Angel and now moved over to Divine Crusader.

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Hamllin trying to find the Colossal Crystal.

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Hamllin and Helltwister working in the Lava Caves to find a Colossal Crystal.

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Wapoyei and Friedrice fighting a Raksasha in Spinnser of Shadows.

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Wapoyei and Friedrice exploring the Rift.

Definitely an interesting week.  My goal for right now is to run a number of various characters to get Erdrique enough of the Cannith Crafting ingredients to upgrade his Ring of the Stalker and his Spare Hands.  We’ll see how that progresses throughout the week.  I hope everybody else had a fun weekend as well and I wish everybody an even funner week!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

A Weekend of Quest Runs, October 31 to November 2

This weekend, my questing actually started with some questing in Neverwinter Nights II.  For my morning slayer run, I took Ragnar (Level 5 Spirit Shaman) further into the city of Neverwinter and learned a little more about the storyline in the Opening Campaign.  However, later that afternoon I logged into DDO with Hamllin (Level 10 Fighter) and took him into the Red Fens.  While in there, I took him into the final quest out there, Into the Deep.  I went in on elite and everything started out very well as I made me way through the first temple perfectly fine but in the second temple I got distracted and before I knew it my hireling had died and then I followed quickly behind it.  Thats what I get I guess for chatting with my guildies through guild chat while they were in the Crystal Cove, lol.  I will just have to take it on again next week.  On Friday night, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 6 Monk) and was soon joined up with Mohog and we tackled the quests Freshen the Air, Proof is in the Poison, Tomb of the Burning Heart, and Tomb of the Sanguine Heart.  We started these after I spent a good amount of time doing some crafting in the Cannith Crafting Hall.  The quests went smoothly and I was pleased as I put all of them up in the LFM panel and a got a few hits, even though we weren’t receiving the bravery bonus.  Overall it was a nice night.

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Ragnar learning about the next part in his journey.

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Hamllin scouting out Gorger in the Red Fens.

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Hamllin taking on the sahuagin base.

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Erdrique and Mohog looking to clean up the troglodytes.

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Erdrique and Mohog looking Masmataz. 

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Erdrique and Mohog looking for the Vessels.

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Erdrique taking a party through the Burning Heart.

On Saturday, I logged on with Erdrique and took him into Tangleroot Gorge and completed the next two quests in the Assault on Splinterskull chain: Yarkuch’s Warplans and Whisperdoom’s Spawn.  After that, I took Erdrique to House Phiarlan and ran the quest Rest for the Restless.  Once Rest for the Restless was completed, I headed back out to the Necropolis and completed the quest Tomb of the Immortal Heart  which was the last flagging quest I needed to flag for the The Bloody Crypt.  I then went to House Kundarak and tackled the quest The Lair of Summoning.  After battling the end fire elemental I headed back to House Phiarlan and started the Carnival Series with A Small Problem.  I then ended the night with a run through the Cannith Challenge-Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.  So Saturday night was an extremely efficient night for me as I took Erdrique thought that series of quests.

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Erdrique hunting some black widows in the Gorge.

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Erdrique looking for Yarkuch’s War plans.

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Time to look for Whisperdoom’s eggs.

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Erdrique taking on the Vault of the Restless.

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Erdrique exploring the Tomb of the Immortal Heart.

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Erdrique looks for Brawnpits in the Mammoth Valley.

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Erdrique notices the eerie painting in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

On Sunday, I logged on with Kolll (Level 21 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) and was joined by Rameses. We decided to take on the Blood Tide Pirates and went into Storm the Beaches on Epic Normal.  After battling the destructive the ballistae, we made our way into the fortress and took out the dimensional anchor and the orc boss.  This particular run was much easier than our first attempt previous in the week, however we did get blown up once or twice.  After we completed Storm the Beaches, we then headed to the House Deneith Tower and entered the quest The Tide Turns on epic normal as well.  We had a fun time taking out Captain Tew and “Ratty.”  After that run, we called it a night.

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Kolll and Rameses having some fun in Storm the Beaches.

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Kolll and Rameses are looking for Captain Tew.

So it was a nice weekend in terms of hitting some quests up with Erdrique.  However, I didn’t get anymore runs through the Crystal Cove.  I guess I will have to finish up those runs sometime in the future.  In any case, it was a fun weekend :).  I hope everybody else had a great weekend and happy hunting!!

A Good Week of Questing, August 4 to August 7

Last week, was another fun week of questing in the realm of DDO :)!!  However, the week’s questing activities didn’t begin with any adventures inside DDO, but instead within Neverwinter Nights II (Original Campaign) as I took my Aasmir Spirit Shaman (Ragnar Level 8) into the quests and adventures surrounding Highcliff early Monday morning.  I was playing NWN II instead of DDO because DDO had some downtime due to Update 22 Patch 3 being released.  So after I took Ragnar out into the surrounding wilds of Highcliff, I headed out to work.  When I returned from work, for a midday run prior to dinner, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 15 Druid) and took him into the quest Diplomatic Impunity on elite.  I actually ran into one rough spot while running through the quest as I somehow lost track of my cleric hireling but besides that the quest went well.  Later that night, I was scheduled to play Erdrique again but prior to that I logged on with Stoorage (Level 10 Fighter) who I as supposed to run that morning but due to the downtime I couldn’t.  So I took Stoorage through Three Barrel Cove and completed that explorer area with him.  After completing that, I re-log on with Erdrique and took him through one of my more favorite quests, A Relic of the Sovereign Past.  Since it was Monday night, I was also multitasking with my digital PNP group through Skype and Maptool, so I took my time through the Black Anvil Mines and by the time I completed it, it was time for bed.

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Ragnar investigating Shoudra’s farm outside of High Cliff.

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Erdrique noticing the fence line in Diplomatic Impunity.

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Stoorage locating some hidden treasure in Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique exploring the quest A Relic of the Sovereign Past.

On Tuesday, my slayer run was through Tangleroot Gorge with Hamllin (Level 10 Fighter).  I have to laugh when I compare Hamllin’s and Erdrique’s questing paths, as they are both Heroic True Reincarnated players, but Erdrique is much more thorough in getting his slayers completed and closure to his level but then again Hamllin has only undergone one reincarnation and doesn’t need as much experience.  In either case, Hamllin is still working on Tangleroot Gorge and after beating up on some hobgoblins for a little while I head out to work.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin once again and took him through The Prisoner on elite.  The quest went very smoothly, although the quori stalkers did make Hamllin helpless more than once by draining his petty charisma, lol.  For Tuesday night I was scheduled to take Lorrikk (Level 11 Monk) into The Tide Turns to complete the Sentinels of Stormreach Story Chain which I completed easily.  After that run, I logged out for the night.

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Hamllin admiring his work in the Gorge.

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Hamllin fighting some Tharahk Hounds in The Prisoner.

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Lorrikk staring down the Crimson Moon.

For Wednesday, my questing started out with some slayer runs through Three Barrel Cove with Suppply (Level 8 Paladin).  For my midday run, I logged on with Hamllin and got some help from Twotoe as we headed into The Gateway to Khyber and The Jungle of Khyber, better known as VON 3.  We ran into some difficulties in the beholder area and with the named beholder.  We didn’t have any other real issues until we faced the Marut itself, where we were both hampered by some lag issues at the same time we were getting sonic punched.  Needless to say, those two things didn’t match so we didn’t get a chance to complete the quest (especially since I didn’t have time to reenter the quest).  However, the Marut has been put on our hitlist!!  After that run, I called it a night and spent the rest of the night with my wife for our weekly date night :).

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Suppply noting the eerie moon in Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin making his way through the Gateway to Khyber to get to the Jungle of Khyber.

On Thursday, I was scheduled to log in with Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Exalted Angel) so I brought him on and took him into the High Road.  I took him around the area and was a little disappointed as I made my way to the Winter Werewolf rare encounter at the camp where he seems to only spawn at night.  So I waited as long as I could but I eventually had to logout to head to work so I didn’t encounter him :(.  For my midday run, I logged on with Erdrique and took him into the quest Frame Work.  Erdrique had a fun time taking on the plethora of minotaurs and had little difficulty completing the quest.  That night, I logged on with Garrrin (Level 21 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) and took him into the quest, A Small Problem on epic normal.  Garrrin didn’t have any issues with the quest but it was apparent to  me that I need to upgrade some of his gear. 

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Wapoyei fighting in the High Road.

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Erdrique looking out at the minotaur fortress.

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Garrrin taking on the enemies in the Mammoth Valley.

So, that was my week in review basically.  I had a pretty successful week’s worth of questing and quite a diversity of run.  The weekend has also started out quite nicely and I hoping it ends just as strongly.  Hopefully all of you have had a fun week as well!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!   

Getting Some Questing Done, June 2nd to June 5th

So the string of rather unusual weeks continued for me when it come to doing some of my questing in DDO.  This week, I had two meetings that were out of town on Tuesday and Thursday, which prevented me from doing what I call my “afternoon” runs.  These runs are done shortly after I get home and usually involve a single quest or two with one of my true reincarnated characters.  The rest of the week though went as scheduled.  I plan on trying to “catch up” on those missed runs this weekend, we’ll see how that pans out.

Well the questing this week began with a typical Monday morning slayer run with Kolll (Level 21 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) who took a stroll through the King’s Forest.  I haven’t explored the entire King’s Forest with any character yet but each one of my character’s who ventures in there gets further and further into it.  I really enjoy exploring this wonderfully crafted landscape!!  After taking Kolll through the forest for about 20 minutes or so I logged out and headed off to work.  That afternoon, I logged back on with Hamllin (Level 9 Fighter) and took him into one of the most hated quests (at least based on principle), Purge the Heretics.  Hamllin is still working on cleaning up his Level 6 quests and now this one is out of the way.  After the run, I logged out to make dinner.  I logged back on with a character on my Premium Account, Crawlller (Level 5 Ranger).  Crawlller is still working on his Harbor Quests and needed Recovering the Lost Tome on normal, hard, and elite.  So I knocked that out while also playing my Monday night digital pen and paper game.  After the elite run, I logged out for the night.

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Kolll exploring the King’s Forest.

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Hammy in the Hidden Chapel.

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Crawlller exploring the library.

Tuesday started out with me logging on with Suppply (Level 8 Paladin) who I took into Three Barrel Cove.  I was originally scheduled to play Suppply last week during the downtime so I moved him to this week.  I took Suppply up to Captain Dustdyn’s area and then through the kobold area and past the quest The Scondrel’s Run to Vitia’s (the spider) lair before I had to log and head out to work.  I didn’t log back in until later that night when I took Larrs (Level 20 Bard/Fatesinger) into A Small Problem on Epic Normal, after I upgraded some of gear, and was pleasantly surprised at his performance 🙂.  After that run I had to call it a night.

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Suppply climbing high in the Cove.

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Larrs looking for the rock spirits in A Small Problem.

On Wednesday I was scheduled to take Kanndar (Level 11 Paladin) out into the Searing Heights to take on the forces of the Sulatar Drow and the Bloodtide Pirates.  I had fun taking them down but was only in their for about 10 minutes or so before I headed off to work.  Later that afternoon, I logged back on with Hamllin who I took into Devil’s Assault and had some fun beating up on a bunch of tieflings and trogs.  After the Devil’s Assault run, I logged out to take care of dinner and to spend some time with my wife on our date night :).

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Kanndar looking out over Searing Heights.

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Hamllin taking on the hordes in Devil’s Assault.

Thursday I was scheduled to log on with Harrgon (Level 9 Favored Soul) for my morning slayer run and for nightly run.  That morning I took Harrgon into Tangleroot Gorge where he still needs one last rare encounter and a number of slayers (currently working on the 750 slayer mark).  Later that night, I logged him and took him into Partycrashers on elite and some fun thwarting some more tieflings!!

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Harrgon taking on the wilds of Tangleroot Gorge.

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Harrgon beating on a Mark of Shadow in the Illusionarium.

So even with my missing my afternoon runs on Tuesday and Thursday, I still had a nice set of runs from low level questing in the Harbor to Epic question in the House Phairlan Carnival series.  Now time to look forward to nice weekend!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

So Maybe I’m a Little Too Hard on My Some of My Characters..

The other day I mentioned how I feel more comfortable playing some of my characters over others.  In particular, I mentioned how underpowered I feel with Sludgge (Level 20 Rogue/Shadowdancer) and Larrs (Level 20 Bard/Fatesinger), primarily because I felt that their gear was tremendously underwhelming for their levels.  Well, earlier this week I logged on with Larrs and did some gear swapping.  I hit up the auction house and bought a few things including Nightsinger Mantle cloak (hard version), a charisma +6 ring, and a deadly helmet with a green augment slot.  The cloak also had a yellow augment slot so I went ahead and bought a deathblock and heavy fort augment from the DDO Store.  The gear swapping allowed me to also equip the Guardian Gauntlets from the Wheloon Prison Series and the Skirmisher Belt. 

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Larrs looking for earth elementals.

Now granted, this isn’t the most powerful set up by far but it was much better than what I had.  I now have a speed item, a deadly item, +30 hit point item, and some decent stat items.  Well, with his new gear rearrangements, I took Larrs into the quest A Small Problem on Epic Normal.  And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at his performance .

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Larrs setting his enemies to dancing.

I didn’t have any other help with me besides my regular summoned hirelings (Onyx panther, Owlbear, and level 20 cleric hireling).  I was still a little worried about his damage output, however Larrs has at his disposal other aspects that my other characters do not, decent crowd control.  As I entered the quest, I decided to use Irresistible Dance on ally the casters and clerics to keep them from causing me any problems.   Larrs also happens to be a Spellsinger, so he was never short on his spell points.  I was quite impressed how well this works.  When I got to the earth elementals, I also used Irresistible Dance on them to keep them from causing too many issues.  I also had used it against the hearth spirits (fire elementals) to great effect. 

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Setting the hearth spirits to dancing .

In the end, the use of Larrs spells and songs, along with his new gear footprint, proved out to work well.  In the end fight, while protecting Brawnpits, I was also able to charm/mass suggest a few of the spawning tieflings which also helped quite a bit.  I then realized that when I completed the quest that I never even used two of Larrs more powerful abilities: Fascinate and Enthrallment.  I never used either one, I still had plenty of songs to use.  Even neglecting these abilities I still completed the quest with surprisingly little difficulty.

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Larrs protecting Brawnpits in the last fight.

Talk about being pleasantly surprised!!   I guess I need to rethink Larrs and start trying to do some more of his quests on Epic Hard as well.  We’ll see .  Well, thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!