Questing from January 7th to 10th

Just the previous weekend, this past week was also light in quest runs.  I kicked off the week by taking Garrrin (Level 24 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) into the Harbor to knock out some favor runs.  I’m currently on a kick to just maximize all of my favor across all of characters.  It will slow me down in getting them leveled up but I don’t imagine it will take each character too long to fill in their blanks (of course I could be wrong on that).  In any case, I took him through Irestone Inlet (which I can’t believe he didn’t have on elite already) and Freshen the Air.  I was doing this while also playing during our digital table top game.  Speaking of the table top game, we moved over from using MapTools to Fantasy Grounds.  During this play session, I saw a lot of dialogue time which prevented me from running anything else on Monday night.  I called it a night after that.

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Garrrin just cleaning up some favor in Irestone Inlet.

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Garrrin taking note of being finished with Freshen the Air.

I ended the week by logging in with Cantlin (Level 14 Sorcerer) and taking him into Stromvauld’s Mine on elite.  I didn’t run into any problems, even though playing a caster isn’t my strongest play style.  After that run, I took him into the Red Fens to do some slayers and to close out the night.

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Cantlin burning up some scorpions in Stromvauld’s Mine.

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Cantlin continues to explore the Red Fens.

I didn’t log in on Wednesday or Thursday night.  Wednesday night was date night and Thursday night real life activities got into the way (chores and that type of thing).  I hope everybody else had a great week.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Completing A Saga and Another Story Arc

One of the things I enjoy doing is trying to get back into the swing of things after a relatively long vacation and trying to remember how to make my way back through my favorite game, DDO :).  I recently just came back from spending about a week or so in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, Tennessee with immediate and extended family.  We had a blast while we were out there but at the same time I was separated from my desktop computer and couldn’t log into DDO.

We made it back home on Saturday and I logged in with Erdrique (Level 30 Rogue/Shadowdancer) later that night and spent a good amount of time just catching up on character maintenance and then trying the quest The Thrill of the Hunt on epic hard but unfortunately came up short on completing it.  Not only was this particular quest one of the lesser known quests for me, I also needed to catch back up to speed with the mechanics of the game.

Things turned out much better on Sunday.  I dual boxed with Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) and Suppply (Level 10 Paladin) and they were working cooperatively through the Sentinels of Stormreach Story Arc.  The last quest I needed was The Tide Turns.  I took them both into the quest to take on Captain Tew and his Blood Tide Pirates on elite.  I primarily moved through the quest with Suppply as he was the one I was scheduled to play originally.  This particular quest I know fairly well and its outcome was much better than I had occurred on Saturday night.

Suppply looking at his rewards for the Sentinels of Stormreach Story arc.

Harrgon also taking a look at his reward list for the Sentinels of Stormreach chain.

I was able to progress both Suppply and Harrgon through the Tide Turns, with some minor deathers in the traps, and was able to complete the Sentinel Story Arc with both characters.  I also had another little bonus with Harrgon.  He had also already completed all of the Three Barrel Cove quests that are part of the The Pirates of the Thunder Sea (Heroic) saga.  In fact, the only quest Harrgon didn’t have credit for was Irestone Inlet but that was because he had that quest completed well before that saga was developed.  So I went ahead and used my VIP ability to skip that quest to get the elite saga award for Harrgon.  I wound up picking up the guild renown and received a nice chunk of 51,000 renown for the Crypt Crawlers.  Nice indeed!!

Harrgon looking into the Pirates of the Thunder Sea (Heroic) Saga.

Harrgon scrolling through his list of quests for the saga.

Scrolling through the saga reward list.

Picking up the guild renown!!

So it was good to be able to complete a story arc with two characters at once and for one of those characters to pick up his first saga award.  I’m looking forward to doing this more in the future!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting down those pirates!!

More Epic Questing Than Normal This Week, Quest Runs Week of September 14 to September 17

This week, I had more questing activities in epic levels than I normally do.  But then again, I shouldn’t be too surprised by this because Erdrique (Rogue/Fury of the Wild) is level 20 at the moment so by default I will be playing more with level 20 and higher level characters.  However, Erdrique won’t be really progressing into the epic questing until he finishes the heroic quests, which I can’t imagine will take him much longer consider he is nearly done with level 15 quests and has started on level 16 quests.  I might not be able to knock out the Litany of the Dead though, I’m not sure if I have the sigil completed, will have to double check on that so that level 15 quest might need to be bypassed.  However, I digress :).  To get things started off this week, I hopped into a different game for my work day morning questing, Neverwinter Nights II.  So on Monday, I took my level 7 spirit shaman, Ragnar, further into the gang territory of Neverwinter City.  Feels like I have been in this portion of the opening campaign forever, but I guess it should feel that way when you only get on once or twice a month or so.  I just need to work some more time into it, but then again that means less time for DDO…  Of course over the coming winter months, I’ll probably have more time to work in both games as my yard work would hopefully decline.  We’ll see how that goes :P.  Later on that afternoon, I logged back into DDO with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) and took him through a quick slayer run in the Sands of Menechtarun.  Hamllin is steadily making his way through these slayers.  He now is working on 1,500 slayers in the gnolls and 750 for scorrow and undead.  He also only needs one more rare encounter (Commander Errulf) as well.  On Monday night, I logged on with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) and I joined up with Hellsbain and we entered The Battle of Eveningstar on epic hard and steadily moved through it without much of an issue.  We then headed over and completed Don’t Drink the Water on epic hard as well.  We didn’t get to play our digital PNP game on Monday night because our DM couldn’t get online :(.

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Ragnar making his way to more trouble in Neverwinter.

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Hamllin enjoying the night sky in the desert.

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Wapoyei up close to a powerful green dragon.

Things started out on Tuesday when I logged on with Kanndar (Level 12 Paladin) and I took him out into Sorrowdusk Isle for some slayers.  Kanndar continues to make progress to maximizing the area out.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique and I took him into the quest Delirium.  Luckily I had some help from Hellinna because for some reason I was suffering some serious lag issues.  I was able to make it through the quest but it was barely playable.  My lag issues continued when I logged on with Berann (Level 8 Barbarian)  and took him into Irestone Inlet.  I realized earlier in the afternoon, that in this case, the lag issues were most likely on my end and not from the game.  I tried to reset my router, as this has been the issue in the past on a number of occasions, but I still had a problem.  I then updated my video card drivers and hoped it would work better on Wednesday morning.

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Kanndar dealing with Furley in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erdrique and Helllinna fighting the boss beholder at the end of Delirium.

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Berann making his way through Irestone Inlet.

Wednesday morning came along and I logged on with Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) and hoped that the lag issues I had on Tuesday weren’t going to reappear.  Unfortunately they did reappear.  I limped Harrgon out into Three Barrel Cove for a little, stuttering the entire time.  Once I got back from work, I decided to reset my router again and to reboot my computer in another attempt to clear up my lag issues prior to logging back in for my afternoon run.  After I completed that and after working out, I then logged back into DDO and loaded up with Hamllin.  I was very much relieved to find out that the lag was no longer an issue and the game was crisp with some movement :).  I took Hamllin back out into the Sands of Menechtarun, enjoying my “freedom of movement” :P.  I didn’t log that night because it was my weekly date night with my beautiful wife.

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Harrgon slicing his way through Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin making his way through the Sands of Menechtarun.

To round out the week, I logged on with Cantlin (Level 12 Sorcerer) and took him out into Sorrowdusk Isle for some morning slayer runs.  The game was still running really smoothly, thankfully!!  When I got back home from work in the afternoon, I logged in with Erdrique and started the Web of Chaos chain and ran the Lords of Dust on elite (doing the heroic version).  On Thursday night, it was time to run some more epic stuff so I logged on with Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) and I was joined up with Rameses and we completed the The Tide Turns on epic normal.  After we took out Captain Tew and his crew we then decided to deal with more pirates and ran out to Smuggler’s Rest and ran the Crystal Cove twice.  Ramses had switched to his other character, Friedrice (who is level 24), and we completed both runs of the Crystal Cove on level 24.  We called it a night after that.

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Cantlin exploring the caves of Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erdrique and his flesh render waiting for the cultists to attack.

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Sludgge battling in the midst of his explosive time bomb in The Tide Turns.

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Sludgge entering the Smuggler’s Rest.

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Sludgge working on protecting the line in the Crystal Cove.

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Our gang coming across the mutinous first mate.

The week was definitely interesting and a little irritating with dealing with my lag issues in the middle of it.  Luckily I was able to get it fixed for now.  I was really worried I was starting to lose my video card.  It was a fun week and I hope everybody else had a fun week as well and I hope everybody has an even better weekend!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!

Enjoying Some Questing Over Easter, Quest Runs April 3rd to April 5th

This past weekend was Easter and I did what I could to take advantage of the time off I had from work since we get Good Friday as a paid holiday.  To kick off the questing for the weekend, I took Erdrique (Level 5 Rogue) into the sewers of the Waterworks to gather some slayers and to knock out a few rare encounters.  I then took Erdrique into the Catacombs and completed the rest of that line of quests including: Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral, Setting the Wards: Patriarch’s Crypt, Endgame: Marguerite, and Endgame: Archbishop’s Fate.  Later in the day, I ran the Cannith Challenge quest, Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door and The Lava Caves: Circles of Power.  I finished up my quest runs with a run through the Sacred Helm.

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Erdrique dealing with the kobolds in the Waterworks slayer area.

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Erd  dealing with the mess in the Lower Cathedral.

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Erdrique making his way to ward the crypts against Marguerite.

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Erdrique battling the shade of Arkasic Dryden.

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Erdrique exploring the Dr. Rushmore’s wild mansion.

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Time to ruin the drow’s day in Circles of Power.

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Down goes the champion witch doctor in the Sacred Helm.

I continued my questing with Erdrique on Saturday.  I took Erdrique into Kobold Island: Kobold Chaos for my first quest run and then I took him back into the Waterworks slayer area.  I then knocked out the first two quests in the Waterworks Storyline: The Kobold’s Den: Clan Gnashtooth and The Kobold’s Den: Rescuing Arlos.   I then took Erdrique out into Kobold Assault and had some interesting times with my new quarterstaff.

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Erdrique taking on the challenge of Kobold Island: Kobold Chaos.

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Erdrique coming across Dhulokk in the Waterworks.

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Erdrique invading the den of the Gnashtooth Kobolds.

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Erdrique hunting for Arlos.

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Erd unleashing full effect of his weapon on the poor kobolds in Kobold Assault.

On Easter Sunday, I was joined by Hellbanisher and we worked on Waterwork Slayers first thing.  We then headed out into the Cerulean Hills and completed the quest The Captives.  After taking on the orcs, we then went off to complete the first quest in the Shan-to-Kor chain, The Cloven Jaw Scourge: Blockade.  After the entanglements with the kobolds and the hobgoblins, we made our way out to Tangleroot Gorge and completed the first two quests in that area, First Strike and The Hobgoblin Captives.  If you couldn’t tell, we were making sure we were completing all of our level 3 quests on elite to make sure we could maximize as much experience as we could with our bravery bonus streaks.  We then decided that we weren’t done fighting with hobgoblins and took on Irestone Inlet on elite.  We then decided to call it a night.

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Erd and Hell taking on the dangers in the Waterworks.

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Erdrique and Hellbanisher hunting the orcs in The Captives.

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Erdrique and Hellbanisher making their way past the blockade.

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Erd and Hellbanisher making their way through Tangleroot to get to Splinterskull.

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Erdrique and Hellbanisher make their presence felt in Splinterskull.

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Looking for Yar-yar in Irestone Inlet.

So this past weekend was completed devoted to Erdrique.  I don’t think I have had an entire weekend devoted to him in quite some time.  I’m usually either running a slayer run with somebody else on Friday morning or taking a different character around on Sunday night.  This weekend, the schedule just happened to work out where it was completely devoted to him .  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Questing during the Week, August 25th to August 28th

My questing this week was quite diverse.  It started off with a typical Monday morning slayer run prior to work with a character on my premium account, Crawller (Level 5 Ranger).  Crawlller just started exploring the Tangleroot Wildnerness zone and is enjoying taking out his aggression on the wolves, spiders, and hobgoblins in Tangleroot.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 16 Druid) who ventured out in the Ruins of Gianthold for the first time during his druid life :).  While I was out there, I took him through the quest, Trial by Fire (in the Troll Caves) and burned my way through it without any troubles at all on elite.  Later on Monday night, I logged on with Harrgon (Level 10 Favored Soul) and I took him out into Three Barrel Cove and ran the quests Guard Duty and Prove Your Worth on elite.  He also started the Pirates of the Thunder Sea Heroic Saga.  After those runs, I called it a night and headed to bed.

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Crawlller looking back down the path to the One Eyed Bugbear Inn in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique making his way to the Troll Caves.

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Erd battling an ancient arachnid in the Troll Caves.

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Fighting some cove scorpions out in Three Barrel Cove.

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Harrgon staring upon the second mate in Guard Duty.

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Harrgon taking down Old Ironsides in Prove Your Worth.

On Tuesday I took Berann (Level 7 Barbarian) into the Waterworks Slayer area to look for some rares and to collect some kobold slayers.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 11 Fighter) and I took him into the Caverns of Korromar on elite.  I always look forward to running this particular quest because I remember struggling through it when I first started playing DDO and have a number of interesting memories concerning this quest.  Later that night, I logged on with Suppply (Level 8 Paladin) and I took him into the Irestone Inlet on hard and elite and then I took him into Stand Your Ground.  I logged out after those runs for the night.

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Berann hunting in the Waterworks slayer area.

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Hamllin looking over the courtyard of the Caverns of Korromar.

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Suppply battling the hordes of hobgoblins in Irestone Inlet.

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Suppply working on protecting the Statler brothers.

For my Wednesday morning slayer run, I brought on Rimuldar (Level 22 Wizard/Magister) and took him out into the Vale of Twilight for around 15 or 20 minutes.  After I got back from work, I logged back on with Erdrique and took him back out into the Ruins of Gianthold and tackled the quest A Cry for Help on elite.  The run was smooth and had no issues taking on the raksashas and their zakya cultists.

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Rimuldar dancing in the Vale of Twilight.

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Erdrique hunting out in the Ruins of Gianthold.

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Erdrique and his gang assaulting the zakya cultists.

Thursday was a “shorter” than usual day for me.  I did a morning slayer run with Garrrin (Level 21 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) who I took out hunting into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic).  I didn’t get a chance to run a quest prior to dinner, which is why my gaming session was shorter than usual.  However, I did get on Thursday night with Kolll (Level 21 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) and I was joined up with Hellsbain and we took on the Bargain of Blood on Epic Normal, and in retrospect we should have tackled it on Epic Hard.  We had no issues taking down the General Manager and his cronies.  After that run, I took off and logged out for the night.

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Garrrin hunting out in the Gianthold.

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Kolll and Hellsbain fighting the Blood Tide Pirates in the Bargain Bazaar.

So this week was a nice week of questing.  A good mixture of lower, middle, and epic questing.  I hope everybody else had a strong week. Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

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 Jan 27 to Jan 30

The past week was abnormal due to the snowfall that occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday here in North Carolina which disrupted my work schedule and which in turn disrupted my DDO schedule.  However, I did get some gaming in, of course .  I mostly ran lower level and mid-level quests.  On Monday morning, prior to work, I took Cantlin through Three Barrel Cove.  He is nearly done with that explorer zone.  When he entered into the zone, the only explorer point he needed was the Elusive Bounty, so I took him into that direction and dove underwater to locate it among the underwater cliffs.  Now, he only needs a couple of the rare encounters (Dybesh Relix and Dulse) and then he will have that area maxed out.  After finding the explorer point and looking for those two I logged out to head to work.

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Cantlin exploring Three Barrel Cove.

I later logged onto a character from my free account, Crawlller (Level 4 Ranger).  Crawlller has just started on his adventures in the Harbor and Market so I took him through the Sunken Sewer and the Baudry Cartamon Quest Chain.  Since I was on my free account, I wasn’t able to open the quests up on anything other than normal on my first attempt at them so I ran Sunken Sewer on normal, hard, and elite and then the Baudry Cartamon Quest chain just on normal.  At that point I had to call it a night.

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Crawlller exploring the Sunken Sewer.

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Crawlller protecting the crate..

Prior to me logging on with Crawlller, I had found out that the office was going to be closed on Tuesday because of the potential snowfall in Eastern NC.  As a result, I slept in but I still logged on in the early afternoon with Larrs, my level 20 bard on VIP account.  Larrs is currently working on his Gianthold Slayers (Heoric) so I took him in there to beat up on some giants and ogres.  I then took a break and a few hours later brought Erdrique on and took him into Korthos Island and into the quest Redemption.  I had a fun time experimenting with Erdrique as he currently just went under a Heroic True Reincarnation and is now a druid.  I didn’t have any issues protecting Heyton.  Later on that night, I logged back on with Larrs and took him out to Wheloon.  Prior to Larrs hitting level 20, he had started the new quest chain in Wheloon and I wanted to continue with it.  So I took Larrs into Wheloon and spent about an hour looking for the quest A Lesson in Deception.  While  I was running around Wheloon, a new guildie logged on, Lilbitblue, and asked if I had a character to join him for Cult of the Six.  So I logged out Larrs and brought on Charlock (Leve l2 fighter) and with the help of Lilbitblue and his army of hirelings, we took out the majority of the Grey Moon Story Arc as well as the Cult of the Six story arc.  It was a nice set of runs that I typically wouldn’t have been able to complete in a single game session however, I found out that work was once again closed because of the snow, so I took advantage of that .

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Larrs running around the Stormeye Encampment.

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Erdrique working in Korthos.

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Erd and Fang working to protect Lars.

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Larrs exploring Wheloon.

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Charlock helping Lilbitblue look for the Libram of the Six.

I slept in on Wednesday, so I didn’t log in for my normal slayer runs until around lunch time (I typically run for a slayer area for about a half hour before work each morning).  I brought another character on from my free account, Containment (Level 2 Cleric).  I took him into Korthos, where he finished up that slayer area.  Later on in the afternoon, I logged on Hamllin, who is currently working on his second life (previous life was a rogue, now he is a Kensai Fighter).  I then took Hamllin in Tangleroot where he defeated Zulkash (completing Doom of the Witch Doctor: The Way to Zulkash and Doom of the Witch Doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe).  After that run, I logged out for date night with my wife

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Containment dealing with the evil in Korthos.

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Hamllin making his way to Zulkash.

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Hammy being forced to put on a show…

I didn’t log back on until Thursday morning.  I logged Charlock back on that morning and took him into Sorrowdusk Isle for some slayer kills.  I then logged out and headed to work (after the office had been closed for 2 1/2 days because of snow).  In the late afternoon, after work, I logged on Erdrique once again and joined up with Okhamel and we took out Stopping the Sahaugin and some slayers in the Korthos Wilderness Area.  Another guildie of ours was having some trouble in Where’s There Smoke, so after I finished up with Stopping the Sahaugin I logged on again with Crawlller and helped Tragicc take out the orcs in the Nash homestead.  After that, I had to logout to make dinner and to spend some time with my wife.  I logged back on later at around 8:30 pm or so brought Harrgon (Level 9 Favored Soul) and took him through the Depths of Despair.  Tragicc was on as well and we decided to tackle Irestone Inlet.  So I logged out with Harrgon and brought Crawller back on and we headed into the hobgoblin infested area.  We had some difficulties but overall we did good. 

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Charlock fighting ogres in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Erdrique wondering if he has a pet wolf or shark…

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Erdrique and Okhamel working in Stopping the Sahaugin.

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Crawlller helping out in the Nash Homestand.

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Harrgon taking on T’sarin in Depths of Despair.

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Crawlller taking on an ogre in Irestone Inlet with the help from Tragicc.

So the week was mostly composed of lower level runs and a little abnormal because of the weather but they were fun runs.  The weekend as already started out interesting as well .  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Fun with Soundburst

The other day I wrote about the hard time I had with Harrgon in the quest Proof is in the Poison.  However, those weren’t the only runs I took him through that night, I had also taken him through Come Out and Slay and Irestone Inlet.  Those quests went much smoother and mainly because of the spell Soundburst

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Soundburst is a low level spell that is immensely helpful in the lower level quests.  Its radiating effect is useful and often times leads to a large number of stunned mobs standing around you wondering what had happened to them.  As a result, it is a pretty effective low level source of crowd control.  Harrgon was able to make pretty good use of Soundburst during these runs and enjoyed watching the mobs standing around him with the white stun symbols swirling around their heads.

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Harrgon even used Soundburst in Proof is in the Poison, even that run was much more difficult than he had planned.

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Harrgon getting some help from Twotoe in Irestone Inlet.

If you are a divine caster or a bard, Soundburst is one of those spells that can become a life saver at the lower levels.  It is fun to use and pretty effective, at least for those time I have used it. 

So when you get a chance, load up Soundburst on those lower level characters and watch as the crowd of angry mobs stands there wondering what hit them.  Thanks for reading all and have fun questing!!

Storyline Behind Irestone Inlet Shoots One of My Theories Down :(

Not too long ago, I wrote up a blog article that tried to determine some links between the hobgoblin clans/tribes across story lines.  One of my after thoughts about this article, which posted as a comment to that blog, was that Yaryar, the hobgoblin pirate captain in Irestone Inlet, may have actually been part of Yarkuch’s hobgoblins from Tangleroot Gorge/Splinterskull Fortress.  Well, I decided to take a gander at Irestone Inlet with Hamllin yesterday and noticed that the storyline had changed for that particular quest.  It now reads as follows:

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Now I’m 99% sure that the storyline prior to the Shadowfell Conspiracy Release had no link between Yaryar and the Droamm nation.  I don’t really like this link but I like the idea of trying to put these older quests as a tie to some of the later quests later on, sort of like linking the Baudry Cartamon chain to Three Barrel Cove.

However, I don’t like this particular link.  I just finished running the Eyes of Stone with Sludgge and from what I remember in the Attack on Stormreach chain we don’t come across any hobgoblins.  We come across a number of hal-orcs, orcs, ogres, gnolls, kobolds, and other monsters but not any hobgoblins.  I think the link between Yaryar and Yarkuch is more likely, unless of course the their is a link between Splinterskull and Droaam. Hm…

Thanks for your reading and pondering this all!!  Happy hunting!!