Nearly Hitting a Jack Pot!!

Awhile back, Erdrique rolled pretty high on a gold roll (a 98) and he picked up an interesting reward.

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Erdrique getting a couple nice prizes..

As a reward I picked up my first Mirror of Glamering.  He also picked up a Sovereign I Experience Elixir and a nice little bit of experience.  Not bad at all… 🙂

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

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Enjoying the Warchanter

My primary character, Erdrique, is slowly making his way through the path to heroic completionist.  As such he has completed paladin, fighter, ranger, cleric, druid, monk, and rogue lives.  Although he will finally end his “career” as a paladin (my favorite class) he still has a long way go.  Currently, Erdrique is making his way through a bard life with a primary focus on the Warchanter prestige enhancement line.  Erdrique is currently level 16 (with level 17 “banked) and as such he picked up the majority of abilities in the Warchanter line.

One of the reasons why I decided to take Erdrique down the Warchanter path was because I felt it fit my play style more than the Spellsinger or Swashbuckler.  Another reason is that I also have another bard who is primarily focused on the Spellsinger path.  But, overall, I tend to favor more melee oriented characters.  I even tend to wade into the melee action a little more than I should with my casting characters.  With that said, the Warchanter tree just seemed to have a number of unique abilities that seemed fun to use in traditional melee combat.

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Erdrique prepping for battle in the Tomb of the Astrologer.

These abilities primarily include those that add ice damage to your attacks (Iced Edges, The Frozen Fury, Northwind, and Spinning Ice).  These particular abilities give your character a fun little twist by allowing to freeze some enemies in their tracks giving your melee character to add a little bit of crowd control as well as some extra damage.  However, the real power of the bard is the ability for it to add a number of buffs to themselves and their party members by using their spells and songs.  The Warchanter tree continues to augment this ability with abilities such as Song Heroism, Skaldic Rage, Fighting Spirit, Boast, and a number of others.  These abilities all give some small bonus to various abilities allowing your character to be more effective in combat (and in many cases adding some of these to your party members as well).  So far, I have found these to couple my play style quite well.

We’ll see how I feel once I get Erdrique into the epic levels.  Of course the epic destiny Erdrique left off on isn’t the best for a Warchanter bard but hopefully it won’t take me too long to move out of it and into a destiny that is more complimentary.  In any case, I have found the Warchanter bard to be a fun class to play.  It tends to augment my playing style quite well.  If you haven’t tried to play a Warchanter bard and you like to be a melee combatant, I would recommend giving it a try.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!

 

The Joy of Spinning Ice

I’m continuing with Erdrique’s first bard life and I’m having fun making my way through the War Chanter Tree.  Back in January I talked about the various enhancements that War Chanters get with respect to doing ice damage to their enemies.  That post was a general description of the various enhancements that add cold damage to your attacks.  In this post I want to focus more specifically on Spinning Ice.  Spinning Ice is a just a fun little attack.  It is basically a specialized cleave attack that not only does additional cold damage but also has the ability to do some fun and creative crowd control by having a save that monsters must pass or be in frozen in their tracks.  This freezing effect even occurs on undead enemies as well as other frozen/cold/ice based monsters (I believe this is also the case with Northwind and The Frozen Fury).  Nothing is more fun to see than a ice flenser get frozen in its tracks :).

So far, I have found Spinning Ice to be a great complimentary attack to cleave and great cleave.  I typically try to use Spinning Ice first because it is a longer cool down time than either cleave or great cleave.  When I wade into a large group of enemies, I’ll hit Spinning Ice, Cleave, and then Great Cleve.  I then focus on those enemies that aren’t frozen and continue to attack them with my other melee attacks, included The Frozen Fury.

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Erdrique using Spinning Ice in Under New Ravishment (Night Revels).

The save on Spinning Ice is based on your bard level and charisma modifier as well as any stunning modifiers that you might have.  So far, I have found this to be fairly effective.  In a group of enemies with about 5 or 6 attackers, I generally will freeze two to three of them in a single attack.  So not only am I doing damage to them, but I also stop the incoming damage coming from them as well.  At least for a few seconds.  Enemies will stay frozen based on your bard level (half the amount of time of your bard level) although I do believe there are some other saving throws that enemies can make to break free.

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Having fun with Spinning Ice in Diplomatic Impunity.

All in all, it is a very fun attack.  Erdrique is currently level 16 and is doing quite well with it.  It is really great to find a cold based enemy and watch them freeze :).

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Knocking Out Some More Slayer Areas

One of things that I like to try to do with my questing schedule it to make sure I get some time to complete explorer zones. I usually try to do some explorer area runs right after I get home from work during the typical work week and on Monday nights when I’m also playing digital PNP with some friends (since my attention can be diverted from DDO on those nights for quite a bit of time).  Recently, I completed a few of these areas.

Erdrique (Level 13 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 14 Rogue), while dual boxing, completed Sorrowdusk Isle.  It took me forever to finally come across Vermilo during this go round but he eventually sprang forward.

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Erdrique and Sttollen finally find Vermilo to finish up Sorrowdusk Isle.

Cannock (Level 9 Druid) completed Tangleroot Gorge, which was ironic because he completed Three Barrel Cove prior to Tangleroot Gorge, primarily because he was also dual boxing with my other account and the majority of my characters on that account happened to need Three Barrel Cove.  Therefore, Cannock saw more time in that area.  But he eventually completed Tangleroot.

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Cannock finally finishes Tangleroot Gorge.

To end things out Containment (Level 9 Cleric) maxed out Three Barrel Cove, where he received a lot of help from Cannock and Berann (Level 10 Barbarian).

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Getting some help, Containment completes Three Barrel Cove.

Now Erdrique and Sttollen get to move onto the Red Fens (where they will both be guzzling down some slayer potions as reaching 7,500 max kills in that small zone is a huge task to do) while Cannock and Containment get to move on to the Searing Heights were they get to challenge some Sulatar drow and Blood Tide pirates.  Looking forward to it!!

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in those explorer areas!!

Erdrique Get’s His First Mysterious Remnant Award

Although mysterious remnants have been dropping for quite some time now, I haven’t really taken the time to explore the items available from the mysterious remnant trader.  Instead I have just been collecting and collecting remnant drops.  Well the other day I decided to see if I could get anything useful and decided that my first trade in would by a tome of melee power.

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Erdrique gets his first remnant reward.

I’ll be working on saving more remnants for the other rewards, especially for upgrading the melee tomes.  I wonder if I will have enough remnants to get a cloak or so when the remnant trader weekend comes back into town.  I guess we’ll see.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Questing Over the Anniversary Week, February 26 to March 4

This past week, I had a rather tough time in a number of questing activities this week.  Not only did a suffer a rather large number of defeats and I also had a computer crash, go figure!!  However, with that said, I still had a good time.

I kicked things off on Sunday by taking Erdrique (Level 11 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 12 Rogue) into the Anniversary Party.  Since Sttollen is level 12, I entered the Anniversary Party at level 12 and made my way through the quest with little difficulty.  I complete the four optional objectives and received five party favors of the run.  That was the only quest I completed on Sunday.

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Getting stunned by Steelstar in the Anniversary Party.

On Monday, I dual boxed with Lorrikk (Level 13 Monk) and Stoorage (Level 15 Fighter) and took them into the Red Fens.  For a little awhile now, I have been running through slayer areas on Monday because I’m also playing with a digital table top game with a small set of friends and sometimes my attention gets diverted for a large amount of time.  By running an explorer area, I don’t worry about not completing a quest.  During these runs through the Red Fens, Lorrikk collected 429 slayers and Stoorage collected 515 slayers.  Lorrikk picked up four monster manual deeds during this run.  He picked up mudman exterminator I and picked up 1,130 experience, sahaugin exterminator II for 1,320 experience, mudman exterminator III for my VIP account, and monstrous plant exterminator II for my VIP account.  Lorrikk hit the 750 slayer mark while Stoorage hit the 3,000 slayer mark.  They also took out Anogoreth (three times), Chokebriar (twice), Crooktooth (twice), Mudfoot (twice), Kar Xyr, Sharkbiter, Vyx Ka (twice), Gorger (twice), Fencreeper, Riptide, and Nab Ren.

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Lorrikk making his way through the Red Fens.

I logged on with Berann (Level 10 Barbarian) to kick things off on Tuesday and took him into Tangleroot Gorge for some quick slayers.  While out there, he collected his last 21 slayers and finished off the zone.  He also came across and defeated Clamor and Silkweave.  Now he gets to move to Three Barrel Cove.  I then logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them into Sorrowdusd Isle to run The Temple Outpost: Captives of the Cult.  However, when I got to the quest entrance my computer crashed.  By the time I got it back up and running, I ran out of time for that run.  However, I did pick up another 26 slayers for both of them and defeated Noozer before my computer died.  Later that night, I logged on with Garrrin (Level 23 Barabarian/Primal Avatar) and I took him into the Underdark to attempt In the Belly of the Beast.  On his way to the quest, I picked up 20 slayers and defeated one Dun’robar Blademaster.  Once I made it to the quest I entered on epic hard and quickly regretted it.  I didn’t have any problems until I got into the arena.  Once inside the arena, I started to suffer quite a bit from lag.  I didn’t take long for my hirelings to die under the spawns of yuan-ti with me following shortly later.  Up to that point, I was suffering lag quite a bit so I was worried something bad would happen.  I recalled and made my way back to the quest but entered it on epic normal instead.  Things went much smoother this time.  Even with the lag, I had little difficulty with completing it.  Garrin picked up three monster manual deeds during the completion of In the Belly of the Beast: yuan-ti hunter (2,300 experience), purple worm hunter (2,300 experience), and purple worm hunter II (4,000 experience).  He completed the optional objective for slaying Voltane the Slave Master and picked up two commendations, one for war wizard and one for purple dragon knight.  He also received 11 commendations of valor as a request reward.  That closed out my runs on Tuesday.

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Berann finishing up the Tangleroot Gorge explorer area.

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Garrrin traveling through the Underdark to get to quest In the Belly of the Beast.

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Garrrin making his way to the arena.

On Wednesday, I logged on with Garrrin once again but this time for a slayer run through the King’s Forest.  He gathered 55 slayers, of which 3 were dire bears and one was a drow priestess.  He also completed the random encounter for Money or Life.  He also mind one more message from Eliminster.  Unfortunately that was the only run I was able to get in.

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Garrrin hunting in the King’s Forest.

I logged on with Cannock (Level 8 Druid) on Thursday and took him through Tangleroot Gorge.  He picked up 109 slayers and came across Silkweave, Clamor, and Gharjat.  After that run, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 20 Fighter/Fatesinger) and I took him the Anniversary Party at level 20.  This turned out to be a mistake :(.  It was painfully evident that Hamllin is nowhere near as prepared as Edrique and he suffered some humiliating defeats.  Well after that embarrassment, I logged on with the Cantlin (Level 14 Sorcerer) and Suppply (Level 11 Paladin) and I took them into Tomb of the Shadow Guard on elite.  Cantlin picked up a monster manual deed for spider hunter and received 1,356 experience.  After that run I called it a night.

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Cannock hunting down some enemies in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Cantlin swimming his way through the Tomb of the Shadow Guard.

I didn’t log in on Friday, primarily because my wife and I went out to eat, and then I fell asleep, completely missing that play time.  But on Saturday, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them into Sorrowdusk Isle for some slayers.  They picked up 146 kills and defeated Saate, Furley, Noozer, Barxer, Kurmer, and hit the 400 slayer mark.  I then ran it again later that night and picked up another 148 kills and defeated Saate, Furley, Barxer, Kurmer, and Kremen.  Erdrique also picked up the monster manual deed for scorpion exterimantor II and collected another 1,650 experience.  I then headed off to the Anniversary Party once again and had no issues completing.  Erdrique actually picked up a +1 to +2 Skill Tome (balance I believe) from the end chest.  I ran the quest on level 12 again which gave us five more party favors.  I then called it a night.

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Erdrique fighting the ogres in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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The ultimate ogre slayer in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erdrique taking on Steelstar in the Anniversary Party.

So yeah, it was a relatively rough week.  Having my computer crash, over sleeping, and then hitting a few rough gaming sessions but the questing was still fun and that is all that matters.  I hope everybody else had a great week!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting in Stomreach!!

Another Set of Quest Runs, February 19 to 25

My questing this week was relatively light once again :(.  This was because of a few work related activities that kept me from logging in on Wednesday and Thursday.  Wednesday night is also my weekly date night with my wife so I don’t log into the game for a typical night run but I usually get a chance to run a slayer prior to dinner.  This week though, an ex-coworker of mine retired and his retirement party was on Wednesday and Thursday I was traveling all day and was just too tired to log in.

But, I did get some questing in during the rest of the week.  On Sunday, I logged on with Kanndar (Level 14 Paladin) and I took him into the Ruins of Threnal.  I was running a little short on time and decided to go ahead and complete the set of quests known as the Giant Caves: The Giants’ Lair, The Giants; Supplies, and The Giant Lieutenants.  During these runs, Kanndar picked up a monster manual deed for hill giant hunter which netted him 1,179 experience.

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Kanndar facing off against the fire giants in the fire caves.

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Kanndar battling the giants on his way to destroy some crates.

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Kanndar fighting against a champion in the Giant Caves.

 

Monday, I took Hamllin (Level 20 Fighter/Fatesinger) into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) while I was playing during my weekly digital pen and paper session.  Hamllin collected 80 Storm Fist slayers, 99 Storm Heart slayers, and 116 Storm Eye slayers.  He also came across the rare encounters Zakaya Master Ragath, Expedition Leader Brazwold, Tarmer Stonehoof, Lord Cirrus, and Clan Chief Ogh.

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Hamllin hunting down some fire giants in Giant Hold.

 

I started off on Tuesday by dual boxing with Crawlller (Level 8 Ranger) and Cannock (Level 8 Druid) and did a slayer run in Three Barrel Cove.  They collected 104 slayers during that run and came across the rare encounters for Strinati, Dybesh Relix, Chortle, Brine, and Ithun Orenah.  After that run, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 11 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 12 Rogue)  and I took them into the quest Stromvauld’s Mine.  While in there they completed the optional objectives to slay Milos Baran, Boro Charidan, and Degren Marzat.  For my nightly run, I logged on with Charlock (Level 16 Fighter) and I was joined by Hellfiend and we decided to tackle the Slave Pits of the Undercity on heroic elite.  Charlock collected two monster manual deeds, one for ghast hunter (9,439 experience) and one for rat hunter (1,887 experience).  I’m still learning that quest and so is Hellfiend so it isn’t too surprising to learn that we got roasted in the massive fire trap room.  So we didn’t get the quest completed but we’ll knock it out next time.

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Crawlller battling Brine in Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique defeating the drow of Stromvauld’s Mine.

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Charlock preparing to deal with the slavers.

 

Friday night, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen, once again, and this time I took into the Xorian Cipher.  To get to the Xorian Cipher, I first completed The Path to Madness on elite and in so doing, Erdrique collected nine mysterious remnants.  While in the Xorian Cipher, Erdrique picked up a monster manual deed for scorrow hunter for 2,260 experience.  Erdrique and Sttollen completed the optional objectives for finding and entering the vault, sealing all of the rifts, and taking out Deathfang, Mastart Markud, Urtyan Markud, and the Vault Guardian.  In the vault, Sttollen picked up a mythic version of the Chaosgarde and a Reaver’s Ring.  Meanwhile, Erdrique picked up a Planar Gird and a mythic version of the Chaos Band.  Erdrique also collected 12 mysterious remnants.

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Erdrique slicing through the path to Xorian Cipher.

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Battling the undead of the Xorian Cipher.

To close out the week, Erdrique and Sttollen started things out by dual boxing Sorrowdusk Isle.  They collected 114 slayers and they both hit the 200 slayer mark as well as finding the rare encounters: Saate, Thanolin, Barxer, and Noozer.  A little while later, I logged on with Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) to get the data I need for my monster manual analysis but after I did that, I took him out into  Tangleroot Gorge because I still have yet to finish that explorer are for him.  While out there, Kolll picked up a monster manual deed for wolf exterminator II and received 1,650 experience.  He also took out Gharjat, Jarak, and Silkweave.  Later on Saturday night, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen again and I was joined by Sornea.  I have been trying to get some help with the Temple of Elemental Evil Part 1 and this time I had it :).  So we headed to the Hall of Heroes and then to the Temple.  Erdrique picked up another monster manual deed, this one human exterminator III for 1,695 experience.  He also picked up 27 mysterious remnants.  We had a few deaths but we did complete the quest and completed the optional objectives for 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 slayers.  After that we called it a night.

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Erdrique making his way through the caves of Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Kolll getting reacquainted with Tangleroot Gorge.

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It is time to go hunting in the Temple of Elemental Evil.

So overall the week was a little shorter than usual but still productive.  I was really grateful for Sornea’s help in getting through the Temple of Elemental Evil.  Now all I need to do is get through the second part :).  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!