Starting off 2017 with Some Questing

I have been writing up short summaries of my quest runs for quite a while now.  I mainly do this to highlight the various types of quest there are in DDO and for me to help track my own progress over time.  I used to do compile two blogs a week to highlight these runs, one blog post would track my questing from Mondays to Thursdays and the second post would highlight my questing from Friday through Sunday.  With the start of the new year I want to continue the general thoughts of summarizing my questing runs but I want to one post to cover the week. Of course, this blog will cover two weeks, since I didn’t get a chance to do one last week :(.

To start the new year off, I took Erdrique  (Level 10 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 11 Rogue) through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights, Purge the Herectics, Sorrowdusk Isle, The Iron Mines: Freeing Achka, and The Iron Mines: Justice for Grust.  While making my way through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights I completed the optional for locating and destroying the source of the wailing.  In Purge the Heretics, I completed the optional objectives to slaughter the halfling mercenaries and all of the commoners.  When I went into Sorrowdusk Isle, to pick up and start the quests for Grey Moon, I collected 125 slayers for Erdrique and Sttollen, located all explorer points; collected the awards for slaying 10, 25, 50, and 100 slayers; and located and defeated Teargon, Furley, and Saate.  Once inside  the Iron Mines, I came across the rare encounter Powder in Freeing Achka and in Justice for Grust I defeated Corrosion, Chef Grank, and Champion Prienyl.  However, while running through Justice for Grust, Erdrique got  squashed by an ogre champion, which made the quest quite interesting.

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Erdrique making his way through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights.

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Erdrique fighting his way to Achka.

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Erdrique battling Corrosion in Justice for Grust.



On January 2, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into the Searing Heights explorer area to kick things out for the day. While out there, I collected 226 slayers for Erdrique and Sttollen.  Erdrique also picked up a monster manual deed for orc hunter and received 2.260 experience.  Both Erdrique and Sttollen collected the rewards for 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 kills.  The kills included the rare encounters for the first mate, Ghamzee, Calcine, Giallo, and Itharn Ushu.  Erdrique also collected all of the explorer points.  Later in the day, I took Erdrique and Sttollen back into Searing Heights and this time I collected all of the explorer points with Sttollen.  I also collected 138 more slayers and collected the rare encounters for Shute Ruggzen, Hazai Haatha, and Cruor Russo.

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Erdrique taking on the sights of Searing Heights.


I didn’t log back into DDO until Wednesday, January 4th.  I took Garrrin (Level 23 Barbarian/Primal Avatar) out into the King’s Forrest.  While out there, Garrrin collected 45 slayers including six dire bears and one astral panther.  Shortly after that run, I then logged Hamllin (Level 20 Fighter/Shadow Dancer) and took him into the quest Memoirs of an Illusionary Larcenor on heroic elite.  It was the first time I tried this particular quest and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I’m embarrassed to say that I wound up getting killed near to the end fight, primarily because I wasn’t paying attention to the fact my cleric hireling went down.  But I did my revenge, eventually :).

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Garrrin hunting in the King’s Forest.

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Hamllin exploring the intricacies of Memoirs.


For Thursday, I started my questing by dual boxing with Cannock (Level 8 Druid) and Crawlller (Level 8 Ranger) into Tangleroot Gorge.  Crawlller already has this area maxed out but Cannock collected another 50 slayers before I switched characters out.  They also took out the wandering giant, Kroshk.  Later that night, I logged on with Containment (Level 8 Cleric) and Cannock (once again) and took them through The Cloven Jaw Scourge: Caverns of Shaagh.  Making my through that part of Shan-to-Kor, I completed the optional objectives for slaying the three ogres, slaying the three witch doctors, the three large elementals, and 75 hobgoblins.  Dealing with the champions, Containment collected 15 mysterious remnants and Cannock collected 11.

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Cannock illustrating who the alpha wolf is in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Containment prepping for attacks from some hobgoblins in the Caverns of Shaagh.


To kick off the weekend, I took Tuhnn (Level 16 Bladeforged) out into the Sands of Menechtarun for my regular slayer run.  I forgot to record my slayer numbers but I did collect a monster manual deed for zombie exterminator and finished locating all of the explorer points.  Tuhnn also looted a pair of the Gloves of the Falcon.  After that run, I took Hamllin back into Memoirs of an Illusionary Larcener and this time I was able to complete it on heroic elite with little difficulty.  That night, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them, first, through Gladewatch Outpost and then the Forgotten Caverns.  While in Gladewatch Outpost, Erdrique picked 50 mysterious remnants and while in Forgotten Caverns they took out the optional for slaying Moldfang.  After running through the Forgotten Caverns, I took Erdrique and Sttollen out into Tangleroot Gorge and completed Doom of the Witch Doctor: The Way to Zulkash and Doom of the Witch Doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe.  To close out the night, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into Devil Assault and defeated all of the waves.  In that run, Erdrique collected 17 mysterious remnants and Sttollen collected eight.

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Tuhnn hunting for some slayers in  the desert.

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Hamllin exploring the dangers of Memoirs.

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Erdrique battling his way through the seige at Gladewatch Outpost.

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Battling the trolls of the Forgotten Caverns.

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Erdrique taking on the hobgoblins of Splinterskull.

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Erdrique setting the rune wheels to make his way to Zulkash.

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Preparing for the Devil Assault.


Continuing with my weekend runs, on Saturday I logged back on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them through the quest Dead Predators, The Bounty Hunter, Caged Trolls, and the Bloody Crypt.  While in the Bounty Hunter, Erdrique collected another monster manual deed for warforged hunter gaining him 471 experience.  We also collected the optional objectives for freeing Annelisa and killing the troll chieftain and Ras Clowery.  Erdrique picked up two more monster manual deeds in Caged Trolls, dwarf exterminator (1,130 experience) and dwarf hunter (2,260 experience).  We also completed the optional objective of plundering the Emerald Claw’s treasure cache.  The end the night, in the Bloody Crypt we collected the optional objective for slaying Gullet the Famished, defeating the Black Abbot’s legion, and slaying three priests of the Crimson Heart, Burning Heart, Immortal Heart, and Sanguine Heart.

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Time to plunder some loot in the Bounty Hunter.

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Erdrique battling his way through the Bloody Crypt with some help.


The beginning of the second week, I started out by taking Stoorage (Level 15 Fighter) and Izmit (Level 15 Shadar-ki) into Caged Trolls and The Bounty Hunter for some simple favor runs.  I completed the optional for plundering the Emerald Claw’s treasure cache in Cage Trolls and for the Bounty Hunter we completed the optional objectives for freeing Annelisa and slaying the troll chieftain and Ras Clowery.

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Stoorage making his way through the Caged Trolls.

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Stoorage exploring the Knaves Hollow.


On Monday, January 9th I logged on with Stoorage once again and this time I dual boxed with my other fighter Charlock (Level 16).  I took them into the Red Fens to work on another slayer run.  While out there, Stoorage collected 118 more slayers (with the help of a slayer potion) while Charlock collected 95 more slayers.  They also encountered Sharkbiter and Vyk Ka.  Shortly after that run, I logged on with Erdrique and Sttollen and I took them through the quest, Bargain of Blood.  I completed the optional objectives for finding the Deneith party, freeing the slaves, and destroying the assassination logbook.  That night, I switched characters and logged on with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) and I took him into the High Road while I was also playing with our digital PNP game.  Wapoyei collected 81 more slayers and completed the random encounters for Wild Warriors, Trader Travels, and the Wood Woad.  I collected one Commendation: Cleric of Amaunator.

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Stoorage battling the sahaugin of the Red Fens.

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Erdrique fighting off the Blood Tide pirates in Bargain of Blood.

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Wapoyei exploring the dangers of the High Road.


I logged on Hamllin to kick off things on Tuesday and I took him into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some slayers.  He came across two of the rare encounters, Lord Cirrus and Uthgur.  As for the slayers, he collected 68 Storm Heart slayers and two Storm Fist slayers.  After that run, I then took Hamllin into the next quest of the Slave Lords: Secret of the Slavers’ Stockade.  I completed the two optional objectives to explore the abandoned tower and to speak to Lady Morwin Elissar.  Later on Tuesday night, I took Berann and Containment, dual boxing, through the Tomb of the Burning Heart and The Mystery of Delera’s Tomb.  The completed the optional objective of shattering the burning brigade in the Tomb of the Burning Heart.  In Delera’s, Berann collected a monster manual deed for skeleton hunter earning 1,356 experience and the objectives for slaying Omaren Deathguard, Omaren Sentinel, Shade of Destruction, and 40 ghostly skeletons.

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Hamllin fighting off some ogres in Gianthold.

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Hamllin making his way through the Slavers’ Stockade.

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Berann making his way through the Tomb of the Burning Heart.


On Wednesday, January 11, I took Suppply (Level 11 Paladin) and Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) into Sorrowdusk Isle.  They both collected 103 slayers and took down the rare encounters Thanolin and Vermilo.  Suppply also finished collecting all of the explorer areas.  That was the only run I was able to knock out on that day.

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Suppply exploring the wilds of Sorrowdusk Isle.


I took Wapoyei into The High Road, once again, to start things off on Thursday.  Wapoyei collected 40 slayers and came across the random encounter for Spectral Sightings.  After my slayer run, I took Hamllin into the quest Seigebreaker.  Hamllin looted a Mark of the Tzaryan Rrac and Garments of Equilibrium.  I completed the optional objectives for settng the tents on fire, poisoning the water supply, destroying the crates of provisions, and blowing up the explosive stockpiles.  He also defeated Tinkerstab, Skinny, Major Pain, and Brinky.  To end the night, I took Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) into the Chains of Flame on epic normal.  Sludgge collected a monster manual deed for mephit exterminator I and earned 423 experience.  Making his way through the multiple levels of the Burning City, he collected five fragments of the Token of the Twelve and a complete Token of the Twelve.  He also collected 11 commendations of valor as a quest reward.  As for the optional objectives, he spoke to Valgrim Force-Bound, defeated Valgrim’s elemental guards, freed Valgrim Force-Bound, spoke to Erath the Blinded, transferred Erath’s curse, defeated the ogre mages, and freed Erath.

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Wapoyei doing some hunting in the High Road.

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Hamllin battling the forces of Droaam in Seigebreaker.

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Sludgge fighting his way through the gnolls of the Burning City.

On Friday the 13th, I logged on with Sludgge and took him into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) for some simple slayers.  He came across Cirrus and collected 64 Storm Heart slayers and a single Storm Fist slayer.  Later that night, after some maintenance, I took Erdrique and Sttollen into The Black Loch.  Erdrique collected a monster manual deed for zombie exterminator and earned 1,356 experience and completed the optional ojbectives for killing the failed experiments and using the gold key.  Unfortunately that was the only run I was able to complete that night.

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Sludgge making his way through the Ruins of Gianthold.

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Erdrique battling and spinning his way through the Black Loch.

To close the two weeks out, I took Erdrique and Sttollen through Storm the Beaches and The Tide Tuns to complete the Sentinels of Stormreach Story arc.  In Bargain of Blood, they completed the objectives for slaying pirates, more pirates, and even more pirates.  In the Tide Turns they completed the optional objective for activating the barriers in the north and south barracks and trapping the pirates.  Sttollen looted two Tarnished Heavy Deneith Chains while Erdrique looted the Torn Chitin Bracers and a Chimera’s Breath at the end of The Tide Turns.

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Time to prepare to lay seige to an island fortress.

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Erdrique battling his way through the Tide Tuns.

So, a wide variety of runs over the first two weeks of the year that included epic and low level questing, numerous slayer runs, and range of character levels.  I hope everybody else had a great start to the year as well!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!




Questing Despite Lag and Downtime, Quest Runs Aug 17 to Aug 20

Well this was definitely an abnormal week for me in DDO and for DDO in general.  The large lag issues early in the week and then the extended downtime on yesterday definitely had an impact on my game play sessions but even with those occurring I still was able to make a lot of progress in the questing activities in a few of my characters.  In these instances, they were primarily on some of my lower and mid-level players.  To start things off, I took Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) into the beautiful Three Barrel Cove for some slayer runs.  Harrgon is making his way through those 1,500 slayers and I’m hoping he will be able to reach that mark relatively soon.  He also still needs one more rare out there, after he took out Scortchtusk.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) and I took him through the desert like resort island, Ataraxia’s Haven.  Hamllin still has a little ways to go before he reaches his mark out there.  That night, while also playing our digital PNP game, I logged on with Crawlller (Level 6 Ranger) and I took him through the rest of the Catacombs Story Arc on hard including Setting the Wards: Patriarch’s Crypt, Endgame: Marguerite, and Endgame: The Archbihop’s Fate.  I then restarted the story arc on elite and completed The Friar’s Niece, To Find a Witness, The Old Archives, and The Crypt of Gerard Dryden.  Crawlller now just needs the Setting the Wards and Endgame quests to have this arc complete on elite, which is good because if feels like he has been working on those quests for a long time.  I logged out after taking Crawlller through the Crypt of Gerard Dryden and as we finished up our PNP session.

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Harrgon stumbling upon Scortchtusk in Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin fighting the duergar in the caves of Ataraxia’s Haven.

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Crawlller looking to ward the crypts in the Patriarch Crypt.

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Crawlller making his way up through the Catacombs.

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Crawlller taking down Arkasic Dryden.

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Crawlller looking for signs of Marguerite.

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Crawlller returning to the Sanctuary to find a witness to the carnage.

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Crawlller looking back at the library after completing the Old Archives.

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Crawlller making his way through the crypt of Gerard Dryden.

Tuesday, I didn’t log in first thing in the morning.  I had woken up too late that morning and overslept.  When I got home, for my afternoon run, I took Erdrique (Level 16 Rogue) through the start of the Attack on Stormreach Chain, Assault on Summerfield.  Erdrique made his way through that burning district and liberated the citizens from the invading Droaam force relatively easily.  Later that night, I logged on with Cantlin (Level 12 Sorcerer) and I took him through a slayer run in Sorrowdusk Isle to make up for missing my play time with him in the morning.  After that, I then logged on with Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) who I was scheduled to take through Storm the Beaches on epic normal.  It was really during this particular run that the lag issues started to show up for me.  I ran into a few situations where I was having some issues during the run being able to move and enter combat.  I was eventually hit by an unsuspecting ballistae bolt which ended that quest run for the night.  I’m going to have to him back out to Mistral Island to get my revenge!!

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Erdrique fighting off the Droaam forces in Assault on Summerfield.

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Cantlin finishing off an ogre in the Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Larrs having a tough time in Storm the Beaches.

On Wednesday, before the hotfix was put in place, I took Larrs back out into Ruins of Gianthold.  Larrs nearly has his 1,500 slayers in the Stormfist camp.  I believe once I get that mark, I will take Larrs out into Evenigstar to start the King’s Forest.  I didn’t get a chance to log on that afternoon and the rest of the day was my weekly date night so that was all of my question for the day.

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Larrs collecting more slayers in Stormfist.

Now Thursday was also problematic.  I was able to take Containment (Level 6 Cleric) through a circuit of Tangleroot Gorge.  When I got home from work, the servers were still down for the fix so I didn’t get a chance to log in until around 10:30 pm or so.  I logged with Harrgon and I was quickly joined with Hellspierced.  We took a few of the level 5 and 6 quests I still needed to completed for favor including Archer Point Defense, Lair of Summoning, Forgotten Caverns, Ruined Halls, and Gladewatch Outpost.  I also knocked out a run through The Chamber of Insanity while Hellspierced was hunting in the Red Fens.

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Containment hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Harrgon bringing down some fire in Archer Point Defense.

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Harrgon catching up to Hellspierced in the Lair of Summoning.

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Harrgon fighting the undead in the Chamber of Insanity.

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Fighting the trolls in the Forgotten Carverns.

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Harrgon and Hellspierced hitting up the gargoyles in the Ruined Halls.

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Harrgon preparing for the assault on Gladewatch Outpost.

So, even with the downtime, I still had quite a productive week.  I’m disappointed with how well I did with Larrs in Storm the Beaches.  I’ll definitely have to work better on that quest.  I also plan on making up my “missed run” from Thursday afternoon this weekend, which was supposed to be Undermine.  I hope everybody else had a great week, despite the downtime issues and I hope everybody else has a great weekend!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Mixing It Up, Quest Runs May 18th to May 21st

Somehow I have fallen behind in my blog posting this week.  Actually, I fell behind because of a major two day meeting from work and then the holiday weekend so I’m going to try to catch up today.  With that I wanted to highlight the runs I completed last week.  The week actually kicked off some adventuring in another game because DDO was undergoing its maintenance downtime.  So, I started off by taking my low level spirit shaman, Ragnar, through the wild city of Neverwinter in Neverwinter Nights II OC on Monday morning.  Ragnar wound up picking up a few more quests as we continues to explore that intriguing city.  Later that afternoon, I took Erdrique (Level 10) through the quest Caged Trolls on elite as he continues to make his way through his level 6 quests on elite.  Then, while also working on our digital PNP game, I took Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister) out into the King’s Forest as I tried to make my way to the quest Unquiet Graves.  I should have planned a little bit better by printing out a map of the King’s Forest because I couldn’t open up the DDOwiki to help locate the quest entrance (between DDO and the PNP session, my memory was pretty maxed out so I didn’t want to open up my browser).  In any case, I did gain quite a bit of experience while hunting through the forest but I never did find the quest but I’ll be better prepared next time.

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Ragnar and his party picking up some more quests in Neverwinter.

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Erd having some difficulty with will saves in Caged Trolls.

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Rimuldar stumbling on a dragon’s hoard in the King’s Forest.

On Tuesday, I took  Berann (Level 7 Barbarian) out into Tangleroot Gorge.  Berann still has quite a ways to go to complete that area.  That afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) and continued my obsession with catching up on his slayer areas and took him back into the Red Fens.  Hammy is slowly making his way to the 3,000 slayer mark but still has quite a ways to go until he reaches the 7,500 mark.  That night, I logged on with Containment (Level 6 Cleric) who is also working on Tangleroot Gorge.  After a quick run through that slayer area, I took him into the Catacombs where he continued on that story arc by working his way through The Old Archives and the Crypt of Gerard Dryden.

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Berann hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin slowly making his way through the Red Fens slayers.

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Containment takes his turn in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Exploring the Old Archives in the Catacombs.

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Containment taking on the undead in the Crypt of Gerard Dryden.

Wednesday morning I kicked the day off by taking Rimuldar back out into the King’s Forest, although this time I was purposefully doing some hunting and slaying as opposed to looking for a quest entrance.  That afternoon, it was time to bring Erdrique back on and I took him back into Gladewatch Outpost to take on the hordes of the hobgoblins and their ogre leader.  After I completed that quest, I then went into Three Barrel Cove to work on completing that slayer area and wound up picking up my last rare encounter.  I didn’t log in that night but instead hung out with my wife for our weekly date night.

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Rimuldar hunting the drow in the King’s Forest.

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Erdrique doing what he needs to do to defend Gladewatch Outpost.

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Finally finding the Air Pirate Captain in Three Barrel Cove.

Thursday, I started off by taking Garrrin (Level 22 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) into the King’s Forest, who like Rimuldar, is working on those slayers.  I did this prior to heading off to my big meeting.  However, the meeting did last longer than I had planned and because of that I didn’t get a chance to log on during the late afternoon for that run.  But I did log in later that night with Stoorage (Level 12 Fighter).  I was also joined up with Khamelblade and we hit up a few lower level quests including Proof is in the Poison, The Troglodyte’s Get, and Old Gray Garl.  I was able to collect enough experience on him to hit level 12.  I called it a night at that point to close out the night.

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Garrrin collecting his kills in the King’s Forest.

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Stoorage looking for Thual Masmataz.

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Stoorage and Khamel making their way through the Troglodyte’s Get.

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Stoorage watching Khamelblade gathering a crowd prior to hitting up Old Grey Garl.

Overall, it was fun week.  I had the opportunity to mix it up quite a bit by taking some lower level characters through some of older quests while also taking some epic level characters through some hunting adventures.  The weekend was nice as well and I hope everybody else had a great week and a wonderful weekend!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting!!

Erdrique Had a Busy Weekend, Quest Runs November 7th to 9th

Usually my weekends are heavily loaded with questing activities centered around Erdrique (Level 8 Monk) who is my primary character.  However, this weekend was even more dominated by Erdrique.  The only other character I ran this past weekend was  Containment (Level 5) who is working on some slayer runs.  Containment is currently working on Tangleroot Gorge.  I usually do those slayer runs in the morning but I was running behind on Friday morning and didn’t get a chance to do that run until I did my afternoon questing when I got back home from work.  After I took Containment through Tangleroot Gorge, I then switched to Erdrique.

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Containment hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

During my afternoon room, I took Erdrique into Gladewatch Outpost.  I entered in on elite and was surprised by the amount of trouble I had.  The hobgoblins and their worg minions quickly caused a green alert but I was able to hold them off with my cleric hireling.  Later that night, I took Erdrique through a number of quests.  I first took him out into Tangleroot Gorge, as he was also working on that explorer area.  After collecting some slayers out there, I then moved to complete the House Deneith Depths quests: Depths of Despair, Depths of Discord, and Depths of Doom.  I then decided to finish up the House Phiarlan Carnival Series and headed into Partycrashers, The Snitch, and then Under the Big Top.  However, I didn’t bring a rogue with me and I perished horribly during two failed saves on one of the wheels.  I didn’t feel like trying it again but I did head into one of the Cannith Challenges before I called it a night and took on Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.  I moved through it relatively quickly and was happy to get a good number of Anitique Coins from the run because of the extra challenge bonus.  At that point I called it a night.

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Erdrique taking on the hobgoblins of Gladewatch Outpost.

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Erdrique stalking through the Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique fighting in the Depths of Despair.

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Erdrique hunting through the Depths of Doom.

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Erdrique battling the elementals in depths of discord.

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Erdrique taking on the illusions in Partycrashers.

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Roderick just isn’t going to be cooperative.

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Erdrique making his way through Dr. Rushmore’s mansion.

On Saturday, the first thing I did was to take Erdrique into two more Cannith Challenges: Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door and then I tried the challenge the Lava Caves: Circles of Power.  It had been a long time since I did anything in the Lava Caves and I found it very interesting dealing with the drow and their pet scorpions.  I completed both challenges and then decided to run Under the Big Top again to complete the Carnival Series.  This time I brought a rogue hireling with me and the quest went smoothly.  I then headed out to Tangleroot Gorge and to do some more slayers and to continue on to the Assault of Splinterskull.  I then completed all the quests from the Deadly Package up to Yarkuch’s Last Stand.  By the time I hit Yarkuch’s Last Stand, my guild buffs had run out and the lovely worgs decided to take me time with a number of trip attacks.  Needless to say, I suffered another defeat.  It was getting late by that time so I called it a night.

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Edrique fighting in the Mansion.

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Erdrique exploring the Lava Caves.

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Erdrique making his way to the Big Top.

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Erdrique hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique fighting his way through the Avengers.

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Erdrique making his way to Lhor-Tragu.

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Erdrique dealing with the spiders as he makes his way Zukash.

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Erdrique making his way to Zulkash.

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Time to make our way through the Inner Fortress.

On Sunday, I logged back on with Erdrique and decided to finish up the Tangleroot Gorge explorer area and to finish up Assault on Splinterskull.  This time I was much more prepared for Yarkuch and his minions and didn’t have any problem completing the quest this time.  After those runs I headed out to Barrel’s Bottom and Three Barrel Cove.  I went ahead and took on the quest Guard Duty on elite and then moved into the Three Barrel Cove adventure area and made me way to the Fire Caves.  I made my way there and completed the quest The Stones Run Red on elite.  I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of experience I received, as I needed about another 10 k to be forced to level.  Well, I received over 18 k!!  Talk about a change.  So needless to say I called it a night with Erdrique ready to level up to 8 :).

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Erdrique enjoying some rest after completing Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique surprised by this War Master in Splinterskull.

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Erdrique scoffing at War Master Naarl.

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Erdrique protecting the crew of the Sea Witch.

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Erdrique venturing into Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique now realizes why the Fire Caves are called the Fire Caves.

So the runs this weekend were almost entirely all with Erdrique.  I had a fun time taking him through a few of the chains and enjoyed finishing up Tangleroot Gorge.  Now it is time to take on Three Barrel Cove :).  I hope everybody else had a nice weekend as well! Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting.

Low Level Questing Over the Weekend October 10 to October 12

Well, its probably not a surprise, but the majority of my questing this weekend was centered around some low level questing as I continue to take Erdrique (Level 4 Monk) through the Harbor and Market.  However, the questing began early Friday morning with a slayer run with Larrs (Level 20 Bard/Fatesinger) in the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic).  Larrs is currently trying to work on his next slayer mark in the Stormfist camp.  After work, I logged on with Erdrique and took him through some of the more common Harbor quests: The Kobold’s New Ringleader, Information is Key, and Haverdasher.  Later that night I logged back on with Erdrique and completed Garrison’s Missing Pack and hunted around the Cerulean Hills.  I was then joined by Hellshield and we then completed Durk’s Got a Secret, Bringing the Light, Where There’s Smoke, and the Swiped Signet.  After that Hellshield logged out but I continued on and took Erdrique through the first two parts of the Catacombs: The Friar’s Niece and To Find A Witness.  I then went back out into the Cerulean Hills and then decided to log out for the rest of the night.

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Larrs taking in the sites of Gianthold.

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Erdrique looking for the new ringleader.

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Exploring Osgood’s Basement.

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Erdrique dealing with Haverdasher’s scorpions.

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Erdrique helping out Garrison.

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Erdrique collecting some slayers in the Cerulean Hills.

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Erdrique and Hell looking for the Kobold Brothers.

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Erdrique and Hell taking care of the Gamblers.

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Erdrique and Hell help out Nash.

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Hellshield and Erdrique making their way through the Swiped Signet.

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Looking for the Friar’s Niece.

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The Catacombs are a gloomy place.

Saturday mostly consisted of me running Erdrique through the Catacombs.  I had hoped to complete the story arc but because of log in, connection issues, and lag I didn’t get the chance to finish it.  But nonetheless, I did get through The Old Archives, The Crypt Gerard Dryden, Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral, and Setting the Wards: The Partriarch Crypt.  Also, prior to that, I finished the explorer zone for the Cerulean Hills by finding and defeating the last rare encounter out there :).  However, after I got hung up trying to zone in into Endgame: Marguerite, I called it a night.

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Finally finding that last rare encounter in the Cerulean Hills.

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Erdrique making his way through the Old Archives in the Catacombs.

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Erdrique looking for Gerard’s Tomb.

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Erdrique battling skeletons in the lower Cathedral.

On Sunday, I gave Erdrique a break and logged in with Cantlin (Level 11 Sorcerer).  I was joined by Parakletos, and we headed to Gladewatch Outpost, which we both still needed on elite.  After we completed the quest, Parakletos logged out and then I headed off to Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door and ran through that challenge taking out the Master Assassin and the Succubus before I ran out of time.  I called a night after that run.

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Cantlin and Parakletos burning up the swarm in the Gladewatch Outpost.

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Cantlin admiring the artwork in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

Not a bad weekend overall.  Just wish I could have completed the Catacombs on Saturday.  No worries though, I’ll knock it this week.  I hope everybody else had an enjoyable weekend!!  Happy Hunting!!

DDO Activities Over the Past Weekend, April 11 to 13

Well the weekend actually started off kind of slowly.  I had originally planned on logging with Cantlin (Level 10 Sorcerer) and taking him into Searing Heights on Friday morning but instead I wound up spending the morning working on some maintenance issues with him.  Before I knew it I had to head off to work so I didn’t get any actual play time in during the morning.  I didn’t log back in until Friday night.  I logged on with Erdrique (Level 9 Druid) and decided to take a good amount of time to re-gear him.  I had leveled him up recently but didn’t take the time to finish gathering gear for him.  So I spent the first few hours Friday night crafting new gear and hunting Auction House.  I didn’t get everything I was looking for but it will do good enough for the next few levels.  By the time I was done, Okhamel had logged on we grouped up and took on Gladewatch Outpost, Tear of Dhakaan, and Gwylan’s Stand.  Gladewatch Outpost went extremely smoothly as Okhamel intimidated the commander and dragger her around to the other side of the fortress and parked her there.  She didn’t cause any problems at all.  Tears of Dhakaan also went extremely smoothly.  However, Gwylan’s Stand was a little different.  I had misjudge the depth of one of the traps and found myself turned into a soul stone.  Besides that minor issue, Gwylan’s Stand went well.  After that, we both decided to call it a night as it was getting quite late.

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Erdrique, Fang, and Okhamel prepping for there future runs.

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Defending Gladewatch Outpost.

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Erdrique and Okhamel taking on one of the champions of Arzag-khor.

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Erdrique and Okhamel taking on the bad guys in Gwylan’s Stand.

Saturday night was a relatively slow night.  There weren’t many guildies on so I decided to work on the Searing Heights explorer area.  I was able to collect all explorers, all slayers, and all rare encounters except for two.  The two rare encounters I was missing are usually two of the first I typically find in this explorer area, Cruor Rosso and Gluck.  All told I gathered over 25 k experience from that explorer area.  I then checked the auctions and called it a night.

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Erdrique exploring the Searing Heights.

Sunday night was also relatively light.  I logged on with Charlock (Level 13 Fighter) and took on the Tomb of the Burning Heart.  Tomb of the Burning Heart is the one that you need to split the party up by having four people stand on four different pads.  So, I asked for a guildie to help me open up the entrance way before he logged out and completed the quest.  Now, I didn’t get any experience out of it but what I was really doing was flagging for the Bloody Crypt which I still needed on elite.  Once I completed the Burning Heart and I was re-flagged for the Bloody Crypt so I went ahead and took it on.  Now, keep in mind that Charlock is five levels higher than the Bloody Crypt and even with a 75% experience penalty, he still got over 13,000 experience on its completion.  Not bad at all.  After the Bloody Crypt I called it a night.

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Charlock fighting the wights in The Tomb of the Burning Heart.

So. like the week prior, it was a relatively light weekend.  But the weekend was still productive, at least to me .  I was able to get some new gear for Erdrique, nearly complete a slayer area, knock out some of his level 6 and 7 quests and I was able to knock out the annoying Bloody Crypt with Charolock.  All in all, pretty good. 

Thanks for reading everybody and now get back in game and take care of the evil denizens of Stormreach.  Happy Hunting everybody!!

Review of the Quest Runs from March 3 to March 6

During the week of Monday, March 3rd through Thursday, March 6th, the majority of my quest runs were lower to mid level runs while my morning slayer runs were predominately higher level runs.  Starting with Monday morning, I took Hamllin (Level 7 Fighter) through the Waterworks slayer area.  I got a few more kills that morning, inching that much closer to maxing the area out.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 6 Druid) and took on the forces of Yar-yar in Irestone Inlet on Elite.  I didn’t have any problems until the last fight, where I wasn’t paying attention to the amount of damage I was taking and didn’t realize that my hireling wanted to be more fighter than healer.  However, even though I died, I did complete it.  I logged out after that quest and logged back on Monday night and did the multi-tasking thing with my digital tabletop game and DDO.  I logged on with Suppply (Level 8 Paladin), who happens to be one of my premium account characters, and tackled the first two quests on Assualt on Splinterskull on Hard (because I couldn’t open up elite difficulty yet).  After completing these and playing my turns in the digital table top game, I had to call it a night.

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Hamllin fighting Dhulok in Waterworks.

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Erdrique fighting Dinks in Irestone Inlet.

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Suppply hunting down some hobgolins.

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Suppply looking for some prisoners.

On Tuesday morning, I logged Suppply back on and took him back into Tangleroot, only this time to look for some slayers.  After I ran around the gorge for about 20 minutes, I logged off to head to work.  I logged back on for my afternoon run after work with Hamllin and joined up with Khameltoe and we took on the second quest of the Phiarlan Carnvial Series: Partycrashers.  We had a fun time in their, suffering some losses but in the end we were able to take out the party in the upstairs room, take out the spell master, and take out the poison master so the end fight was actually quite easy!!  After that run, I had to call it to make dinner and hang out with my wife but I logged on later that night with Kolll (Level 20 Ranger/Shiradi Champion).  I had planned to take Kolll through the Red Fens on Epic Normal but Postal asked for some help with gathering some favor runs so I helped him complete Red Fang, Hiding in Plain Sight, Stealthy Repossession, and Invaders!  After those entertaining runs I needed to call it a night.

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Suppply enjoying the view in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin and Khameltoe enjoying their time in Partycrashers.

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Kolll helping out with a favor run in Hiding in Plain Sight.

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Kolll helping out with Invaders!!

On Wednesday, I brought in Wapoyei (Level 22 Cleric/Exalted Angel) and took him into the High Road to continue his slayer runs.  After taking out some of the Netherese, I logged out and headed out to work.  I then logged in later that afternoon with Erdrique and I took him into Freshen the Air on elite and breezed through the troglodyte hordes.  I then called it a night to spend the rest of the night with my wife for date night .

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Wapoyei hunting in the High Road.

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Erdrique taking on the trogs in Freshen the Air.

On Thursday morning, I logged on with Sludgge (Level 20 Rogue/Shadowdancer) and took him into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) and took on some giants.  Later that afternoon, I logged back on with Hamllin and joined up with Khameltoe and we took on the Snitch, the third quest in Carnival Series.  On Thursday night, I logged on with Kanndar (Level 10 Paladin) and had a pretty active night.  I caught up with Parakletos and Tragicc, and we gathered a few more pugs and took on the quest Bounty Hunter.  After that, Parakletos had to call it a night, but Tragicc and I took the pugs into Gladewatch Outpost and then into The Graveroober.  The run through Bounty Hunter was a little rough, with a few deaths as some folks died from splitting up and various other reasons.  The runs through Gladewatch and Graverobber went fairly smoothly though.  After that I had to call it a night, but we got enough experience for Tragicc to hit level 9!!

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Sludgge feather falling into some fun.

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Hamllin fighting a seer in the Snitch.

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Kanndar fighting a barbarian shaman in the Bounty Hunter.

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Kanndar fighting away in Gladewatch Outpost.

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Kanndar dealing with some wight priests in the Graverobber.

The quests during the week have been good and productive.  Here is to a fun weekend!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting everybody!!

Recap of the Runs Made During the Week Feb 10 to Feb 13

Well, I completely forgot to sum up my runs from the previous week that covered February 10 to February 13th.  So to catch up on that aspect, I’m going to go ahead and post about those today and my weekend runs tomorrow.  Last week was a difficult week because I ran into connectivity issues on Monday and Tuesday which obviously disrupted my playtime .  Needless to say, my Monday morning started out well.  I brought on Wapoyei and took him into the High Road explorer area.  On Monday afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin who is currently working on his level 5 Three Barrel Cove quests.  So I took him into Prove Your Worth and braved the many challenges a pirate must go through .  While plowing through Prove Your Worth he had a nice little drop from a crate, a +2 Frost Khopesh and prior to entering the quest he had an encounter with Scortchtusk and pulled a +1 Con Tome for his troubles.  Not bad at all for an area that is believed to give some rather poor loot.  After Hamllin completed Prove Your Worth I logged out to make dinner and to spend some time with my wife before my weekly Monday night digital tabletop D&D PnP session via Skype and Maptool.  Typically on Monday nights I multitask between the PnP digital tabletop game and between DDO but my connection issues didn’t allow me to log into DDO.

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Wapoyei exploring the High Road with his crew.

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Hamllin spying Scortchtusk from afar.

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After defeating Scortchtusk, Hamllin as awarded this +1 Con Tome
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Hamllin continued on to the quest Prove Your Worth where he dealt with the ladder challenge and many others.

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Hamllin then found this nice low level khopesh being stashed in a crate.

On Tuesday morning, my connectivity issues still remained so I couldn’t log in.  Later that afternoon, when I was still having connectivity issues and when I knew the game worlds were perfectly fine, I called my internet service provider, Centurylink.  The operator had me conduct a few tests to find out that I wasn’t even getting half the mount of speed through my line that I should have been getting.  I have a 4 meg line and wasn’t even getting 1.5 megs out of it.  Eventually we got it up to 2 megs, which was enough to get me logged into Thelanis on Tuesday night.  A CenturyLink technician was then scheduled to come out and look at my line but because of the weather issues, he didn’t get out to the house until Thursday.  Turns out that the line was cut somehow and he fixed, now my speed and connectivity seem to be fine .  In any case, I was able to log Lorrikk in on Tuesday night and get some questing done.  I saw that another guildie was on, Tragicc, and I knew he needed help with Gladewatch Outpost.  Before we tackled Gladewatch, we hit up the Emerald Claw in Caged Trolls.  I had entered the quest before Tragicc and made my way to free the second troll when Tragicc came in to help.  Tragicc ran into some trouble when he was expectantly ambushed by some respawns, which I didn’t even realize occurred in this quest.  We pushed through this and completed without any further incidents and then moved to Gladewatch Outpost.  However, at that time Tragicc ran into his own connectivity issues and dropped.  While waiting for him to reconnect I ran the quest Bounty Hunter.  I had no problems taking Lorrikk through the caves, I breezed through it actually.  I was just getting ready to call it a night when Tragicc reconnected and then we hit up Gladewatch Outpost.  Like some others had suggested to me, I dragged the Commander to the corner of the woods and posted her there and we had no problems completing the quest.  At that point I had to call it a night, thankful I was able to get back into the game.

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Lorrikk dealing with the Emerald Claw.

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Lorrikk exploring the caves for the Bounty Hunter.

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Lorrikk and Tragicc dealing the hobgoblins of Gladewatch Outpost.

On Wednesday morning, I brought on Erdrique who tackled some slayers and rares in the Cerulean Hills.  After work, later that afternoon, I brought Hamllin back on and took him back into Three Barrel Cove to venture into the Fire Caves.  I only made it through the first part of the Fire Caves before I logged to make dinner and to have date night.

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Erdrique tripping a bard in the Cerulean Hills.

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Hamllin looking at the eerie statues in the Fire Caves.

I was scheduled to run Kolll on Thursday morning for a slayer run through the King’s Forest.  While he was ranging out there, he encountered his first werewolf, Big Old Red.  After he defeated the werewolf I had to log to head to work.  Later that afternoon, I logged Erdrique on for my late afternoon run and headed into the Swiped Signet, where I had some fun with Grudge (who I wrote about last week) and those dang sleet storms. After that run, I brought Kolll back on to do some coin jumping in the Risia Ice Games.  I then logged to make dinner and to spend some time with my wife.  That night I logged on with Garrrin, who needed to finish Beyond the Rift on epic normal.  I saw that another guildie was on, Steelonyx, and learned that he had never completed the Web of Chaos chain.  So instead of running Beyond the Rift, I took Steelonyx into The Lords of Dust on Epic Normal.  After we completed that run I had to call it for a night.  Steelonyx enjoyed the run and it was nice taking him through it.

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Kolll takes on Big Ol Red in the King’s Forest.

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Erdrique and his gang going through the Swiped Signet.

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Kolll prepping to get that purple coin.

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Garrrin and Steelonyx working through the Lords of Dust.

Over all, the quests for the week for nice.  A good set of runs for sure!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!   

Commander Tesara or Coyle-which one is worse?

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Erdrique working on protecting the commander in Gladewatch Outpost.

Earlier this week, I took Erdrique through the quest Gladewatch Outpost.  Over the years, this particular quest has had some tweaks done to it.  When DDO was first released, the primary objective to complete the quest was not to allow a single enemy to enter the outpost.  If an enemy broke past the doorway, the quest was over and unsuccessful.  Well this changed some time ago, to where the primary objective is to keep Commander Tesara alive during the assault.

After a number of failed attempts at keeping the precious commander alive, I have begun to question whether or not this NPC is more annoying than good ol’ Coyle in Threnal.  In my humble opinion, I actually do think Commander Tesara is much more of a pain.  At least for Coyle you can knock him senseless so he goes prone and doesn’t gather aggro.  Commander Tesara isn’t as easily manipulated and as soon as she engages in combat you can’t convince her to stop attacking.  All enemies have to be completely obliterated before she will follow you away. 

Finally, with some help from another guildie, I was finally able to complete Gladewatch, although we still had some problems with the good ol’ commander.  I’m thinking the quest could have been easier if we could have cast invisibility on her, but we didn’t have the ability to do that.  In either case, I find guarding her more annoying than dealing with Coyle….just saying… .