A Slow Weekend, Quest Runs January 4th to 6th

Well, my past weekend’s worth of runs was relatively light.  I actually fell asleep early on Friday night (January 4th) and therefore I didn’t log in.  However, I did log in on Saturday night.  I grouped up with Dirtyrice (I was dual boxing Erdrique (Level 23) and Sttollen (Level 22) and we headed to The Twelve to take on the Lord of Stone on elite (making it a level 19 quest).  After that we headed off to the Sands of Menechtarun to do a quick run of Zawabi’s Revenge on Heroic Elite.  I knew I wouldn’t get any experience from it but I wanted to get the favor.  However, when we got there Dirtyrice realized he wasn’t flagged so I had tried it myself.  That didn’t go over too well.  Lailat wound up knocking me down and basically carved me up for her dinner.  So, after that miserable run, we headed back out to The Twelve and knocked out the quest, Acute Delirium on elite (making that a level 19 quest).  We are now good to go to take on the Lord of Eyes, which we will probably due this weekend.  We called it a night after that.

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Erdrique making his way through the Lord of Stone.

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Facing off against the Queen.

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Working through the denizens of Acute Delirium.

On Sunday, I didn’t get a chance to log on.  That was because my wife and I went out to the movies to see Aquaman.   By the time we got back and after I caught up on some chores around the house it was time to go to bed (stupid work, lol).

I hope everybody else had a great weekend’s worth of runs.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

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A Full Weekend of Questing, Quest Runs October 16th to October 18th

It was a fun full weekend of questing this past weekend.  I actually started the weekend by playing Ragnar (Level 7 Spirit Shaman) in Neverwinter Nights II instead of doing my typical morning slayer run in DDO on Friday morning.  I find Neverwinter Nights II to be a fun distraction to DDO and so far I have my game time sessions for it slotted in with my slayer runs prior to work.  However, with my recent move for more and more dual boxing, I’m wondering if I could figure out a way to play Neverwinter Nights II every once in awhile while playing DDO.  I’m going to have to work on that and see how effective I can make it.  In either case, I continue with Ragnar on Friday morning as he cleared out the gangs in the back alley of Neverwinter and now has received another quest.  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) into the Sands of Menechtarun for some more slayers.  Hamllin is inching his way through the scorrow and undead and making a decent enough progress on his gnolls.  On Friday night, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 21 Rogue/Fury of the Wild) and I did a circuit through the Red Fens slayers and then got together with Hellbanisher.  Together we started the Reign of Madness quest chain and completed Acute Delirium and Sane Asylum.  After Sane Asylum, Hellbanisher called it a night but I continued on and completed Lord of Stone and Lord of Eye to get the quest chain completed.  After which I called it a night.

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Hamllin enjoying the night life in the Sands of Menechtarun.

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Erdrique clearing out the Red Fens.

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Erdrique and Hellbanisher making their way through Acute Delirium.

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Erdrique trying to catch up to Hellbanisher in Sane Ayslum.

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Erdrique making his way through the Lord of Stone.

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Erdrique waiting for the cannon to fire in Lord of Eyes.

On Saturday, I took the opportunity to log on with Erdrique during the daytime between chores and yard work and I took him back out into the Red Fens and finally completed that slayer area!!  Now Erdrique needs to move to the Restless Isles and Ataraxia’s Haven, both of which shouldn’t take him very long.  The Restless Isles will be nice because it will allow Erdrique to wrack up a number of ogre slayers in his monster manual.  Besides hitting up and completing the Red Fens, I was able to knock out some challenges as well.  I completed three runs through the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage and one run through Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.  However, that was all of the questing I was able to get done on Saturday, as it was my weekend date night with my beautiful wife.

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Erdrique enjoying the sites in the Red Fens.

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Erdrique getting ready to encounter a spectral dragon.

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Erdrique up close with Temptia in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.

Sunday, I again was able to run a challenge with Erdrique during the day and I took him through Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals once again and then I took him through a run of the Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal.  Later on Sunday night, I logged on with Tuhnn (Level 15 Bladeforged) and I took him out into the Sands of Menechtarun and headed off into the quest, Raid the Vulkoorim.  As I was completing that quest, Khamellock logged in and joined up with me and we then headed out to the quest Maraud the Mines and then over to Chains of Flame to get those quest knocked out on elite.  After the long run through Chains of Flame, I called it a night.

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Erdrique having fun tripping the Mother of the Nest in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

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Erdrique clearing the path for the kobolds in the Lava Caves.

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Tuhnn making his way through the quest Raid the Vulkoorim.

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Tuhnn battling the commander on his way to Maraud the Mines.

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Tuhnn ranging a Firebrand gnoll in a hut in Maraud the Mines.

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Tuhnn taking on the Firebrand gnolls in Chains of Flame.

So the weekend was quite productive, even with having Saturday night as a date night.  Erdrique made a nice dent in getting the ingredients he needs to upgrade his Ring of the Stalker to tier 2 on its epic version.  Hopefully I can get that done through the week.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Interesting Questing this Week, October 27th to October 30th

This week I had a number of interesting quest runs.  My questing started with the typical Monday morning slayer run with Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Exalted Angel) who is currently working through the High Road Wildnerness area.  Later that afternoon, I took Hamllin (Level 12 Fighter) out into the Red Fens to continue that story arc.  He took on the quest, Fathom the Depths on elite and some fun toying around the sahaugin.  During Monday night, I logged on with Larrs (Level 20 Bard/Fatesinger) and figured out that charm monster can work pretty well in Acute Delirium on Hard.

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Wapoyei fighting the wood woad in the High Road.

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Larrs causing all kinds of disarray in Acute Delirium.

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Hamllin looking at the large red tree in the Red Fens.

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Hamllin taking on Slomnuc in Fathoms of the Depths.

Monday was followed up with a morning slayer run through the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) with Sludgge (Level 20 Rogue/Shadowdancer).  Sludgge is slowly, and I mean slowly, making his way through this area.  I have three level 20 or higher characters working through that version of Gianthold at the moment, primarily to keep testing out there abilities because I don’t play them consistently, although I do play them regularly.  I didn’t log back into the game until Tuesday night (skipped my “midday session”) when I brought on Harrgon (Level 10 Favored Soul) and tackled some slayers in Tangleroot Gorge, after which I headed to Three Barrel Cove.  I then knocked out the Troglodyte’s Get and Old Grey Garl on elite.  Then I went off to run the Cannith Challenge, Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door and completed that at level 10 after I knocked down the succubus mistress.

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Sludgge explores the Ruins of Gianthold.

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Harrgon taking on the forces of the hobgoblins in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Harrgon checking out the sights in Three Barrel Cove.

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Harrgon having some fun with some gargoyles.

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Harrgon fighting the blackbones in Old Grey Garl.

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Harrgon looking for a boss in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

Wednesday’s questing started with Erdrique (Level 6 Monk) who I took into Tangleroot Gorge for some morning slayer runs.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin and continued into the Red Fens and completed the quest the Claw of Vulkoor.  That was the extent of the questing on Wednesday though as I spent the rest of the night with my beautiful wife for our weekly date night :).

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Erdrique fighting his way through the Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin getting ready to challenge Kar Xyr in the Red Fens.

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Hamllin helping out the Raveneye in the Claw of Vulkoor.

Thursday morning I was scheduled to do my morning slayer run with Kolll (Level 21 Ranger/Shiradi Champion).  I always enjoy those runs because Kolll is currently working his way through the King’s Forest which is just a great and vast landscape area.  Thursday afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique and continued with some slayers out in Tangleroot Gorge.  I then moved off to the Necropolis to start Necro I chain and start with the Tomb of the Crimson Heart.  I didn’t have much problem knocking it out on elite and actually found all of the hidden runes without without having to double back, which was nice.  Later that night, I logged on with Suppply (Level 9 Paladin) and took him through the rest of the Sharn Syndicate series on normal.  Since Suppply is a character from my premium account, I could only open the series on normal until I complete it at least once.  So I got little experience out of it but now he can open the series on hard.  I then got a free challenge token and took him into Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.  Unfortunately, he moves pretty slowly right now, and I just missed completing the quest as I didn’t make it through the hallways fast enough, not to mention I was having a difficult time getting crests to drop for me from the breakables and enemies.

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Kolll hunting down the drow forces in the King’s Forest.

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Erdrique doing some slayers and hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique fights his way through the Tomb of the Crimson Heart.

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Suppply taking care of the launderers.

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Suppply working to free the Binder family in Bookbinder Rescue.

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Suppply in the bank after hours in the Stormreaver Fresco.

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Suppply preparing to payback Zircon in Repossession.

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Suppply looking to finally take care of the Syndicate.

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Suppply checking out the art in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

So the quest runs for the week of Halloween were definitely fun and interesting, especially the runs through Acute Delirium and Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion:Behind the Door.  I’m hoping the weekend will be the same!!  I hope everybody has a happy and safe Halloween!!  Thank you for reading and happy hunting!!

An Interesting Time in Acute Delirium

Sometimes when I’m running a difficult quest I will have one of those “ah hah” moments and last night running Acute Delirium I actually experienced this.  Now Monday nights I usually play in my digital PNP group, where we get together via Skype and use a third party program called Maptool to play a table top version of D&D.  However, I also am always logged into DDO at the same time, usually doing some questing during the downtime that is common in D&D.  However, with that said my attention is usually divided, which can sometimes be problematic on Mondays.  So this “ah hah” moment was even more unique for me.

Well, last night I was scheduled to play my Level 20 Bard/Fatesinger, Larrs.  Larrs still needs a large number of heroic quests, I don’t even think he has gained 1,750 favor yet.  So I wanted to start one of the heroic quest strings but I wanted to get a little more than just some favor, so I had planned on running the quests in the Reign of Madness quest arc.  The first quest in this particular chain is considered to be one of the more difficult quests, Acute Delirium.   All of the quests in the Reign of Madness story arc are level17 on normal.  Because I knew of the issues with Acute Delirium and because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to give the quest my complete attention, I decided to head into the quest on hard.

Now the quest is located in Sleeping Spell Inn in the Tower of the Twelve enclave.  This the same quest entrance for the quest Delirium, although the quest giver for Acute Delirium is Rorry Malcanus, who is located in the open air tavern just across from the Inn.  Now one of the more frustration aspects of this particular quest is the building of an airship with the Inn’s beds and bookcases.  The reason why you need an airship is to chase a super large beholder into Xoriat who has swallowed a mimic that contains Belashyrra’s staff, which is what Rorry lost to begin with.  The beds and bookcases are enchanted and will travel from their current locations all way across the Inn where they get assembled together.  However, they will get attacked as they are making their path to the other side of the Inn and it protecting them that gets to be an issue.  This is primarily because you have to deal with flesh renders, ice beholders, and evil eyes and they continuously spawn.

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Larrs starting the quest, Acute Delirium.

Well after about 15 to 20 minutes of divided attention, I was only able to get two beds to end of the Inn.  I had summoned with me a cleric hireling, my onyx panther, and my level 17 owlbear.  I didn’t have any problems taking the mobs out but they didn’t have any problem beating up on the furniture either.  Well, just as I was starting to send another bed down the path, I finally noticed something on my spells in hotbars, and of course this happened just after I finished a turn in my digital PNP game so I was actually to put forth more attention to the quest in DDO.  I had charm monsters and mass charm monster loaded.  Dang, wouldn’t it be easier if I had some of these mobs charmed so that they fight each other and so that the respawns stop?  Shortly later, I had a group of flesh renders and evil eyes under by charms and even a few frost beholders.

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Larrs using the charmed monsters to his advantage.

The ability to charm these baddies made this part of the quest a ton easier.  I was able to start off a bunch of the beds and get them to the end of the inn with little difficulty.  The bookcases went even more smoothly.  Why I didn’t think of this when I first entered I have no idea.  But in short order I had the makeshift airship built and was heading after the primary beholder.  I had never really thought about charming these monsters before, relying more on brute strength to protect the beds and bookcases.  I guess that is just more my style.  In any case, using the charm spells helped immensely and save me quite a bit of time during this part of the quest.

The second half of the quest, the charms didn’t help nearly as much, but defeating the beholder line wasn’t that hard and then finishing the quest was relatively symbol.  In any case, it was an interesting experience and now I’m wondering what kind of success I can have on elite.  Maybe I will try it again the next time I’m scheduled to play with Larrs.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy questing!!