Review of Quest Runs, January 14th to 17th

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

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


Rimuldar heading into A Small Problem.


Rimuldar taking care of The Snitch.

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

Questing from April 11th to April 14th

My quest runs from April 11th to 14th contained some epic level quests and slayer runs, some runs through the Anniversary party, some low level quest and slayer runs, and some time in Sands of Menechtarun.  Things kicked off on Monday when I took Rimuldar to Eveningstar and into the King’s Forest.  I didn’t have a whole a lot of time to do some questing prior to work but I did collect another 11 kills, with one of them being a dire bear, and I completed the random encounter for helping out the Eveningstar healer.  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin into the Sands of Menechtarun and ventured into the Valley of the False Tombs and collected another 60 slayers in the undead category.  However, he only came across one of the rare encounters out there, The Thirsty One.  To close the night out, while playing my digital DnD game, I took Wapoyei into the Anniversary Party and collected four party favors after I completed all of the objectives.

Rimuldar entering the King’s Forest.

Hamllin taking on the undead of the Desert.

Wapoyei checking out the Anniversary Party.

On Tuesday, I started my questing with another one of my dwarves, Garrrin.  Like Rimuldar, Garrrin is working on his slayers in the King’s Forest.  Garrrin collected 18 more slayers while roaming around the grand forest including a dire bear.  He also came across the random encounter to slaves of many masters but I couldn’t defeat the drow fast enough and failed that encounter this particular time.  In the afternoon, it was Erdrique’s turn to head into the Sands of Menechtarun and during this run he made his way past the Windlasher Canyon and into the Scar to collect some scorrow slayers.  While out there he picked up six gnoll and 87 scorrow slayers.  He also took down Mendexethazz, Utach Sandcrawl, and Wokran-kull.  He also looted some interesting items from these chests including Frigid 12 (insightful fire resistance 12) of Tumble 12 Bracers (masterful craftsmanship), Sting, and an Alluring 5 (+5 Charisma) Ring of Combustion (66 Fire Spell Power).  My run Tuesday night was a dual boxing session with Berann and Containment.  I took both of them into quest, The Snitch to continue on with the Phiarlan Carnival Series.  They completed the optional objectives for slaying Rusty and in returning the letter.  At the end of the run, Berann scored 700 points of favor and his second rank in House Phiarlan favor and Containment reached 600 points of favor.

Garrrin exploring the King’s Forest and battling drow.

Erdrique battling the scorrow in the Desert.

Berann chasing the snitch.

Wednesday, I started the day off with another dual boxing session, this time with Cannock and Crawlller.  I took them into Tangleroot Gorge, as Cannock was my primary focus for this run and he is still working on that area.  Crawlller already has this particular area maxed out.  While making my way through the jungle along the Tangleroot River, Cannock collected another 27 slayers and defeated the rare encounter Silkweave.  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin back into the desert and into the Valley of the False Tombs.  He collected another 117 slayers and defeated the rare encounters Palumak and Whirling Ozan.  From Palumak, he looted a Dusk Heart.  Those were the only runs I made that day, as it was date night :).

Cannock battling the wolves of Tangleroot Gorge.

Hamllin taking on Palumak once again.

To close out the week, all of my runs on Thursday were within the Sands of Menechtarun.  I started out by taking Tuhnn into the Burning Mountain Region to fight off the firebrand gnolls.  While hunting in the desert, Tuhnn collected 89 more slayers in gnolls.  He also found and defeated Haraja, Vorvand, and Lieutenant Ayurro.  By defeating Vorvand and Ayurro, he was able to complete all of the rare encounters in the desert.  He also looted the Gloves of the Falcon from Ayurro’s chest.  He also hit 750 gnoll slayers.  In the afternoon, I took Erdrique into the Menechtarun Desert and back into the Scar.  During this run, Erd picked up another six gnoll slayers and 88 scorrow slayers.  As a result, he hit the 1,500 slayer mark for scorrow.  He also came across Utach Sandcrawl and Volrune the Curate.  For my nightly run, I logged on with Sludgge and he also ventured into the sun baked Menechtarun Desert.  He also made his way to the Scar and to make his way to the quest, An Offering of Blood.  On his way to the quest, he collected 89 scorrow slayers.  Once inside the quest, Sludgge gathered a few monster manual deeds.  He picked up scorpion exterminator I for 423 experience, scorrow hunter for 2,260 experience, and scorrow exterminator for 1,130 experience.  During this run, Sluddge picked up two scrolls: Scroll of the Xuum and Scroll of the Bracers of Deftness.  He also picked up 41 fragments of the token of the twelve and received eight commendations of valor as a quest reward.

Tuhnn battling the gnolls in the Desert.

Sludgge making his way to An Offering of Blood.

Overall it wasn’t a bad week.  I had a nice mixture of quest runs.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Highlighting More Quest Runs April 4th to April 7th

The runs during the first full week of April started with a dual boxing session with Lorrikk (Level 14 Monk) and Stoorage (Level 16 Fighter) through Sorrowdusk Isle.  Stoorage already had that area maxed out and Lorrikk was only able to pick up three slayers before I ran into some computer issues and got booted out.  By the time I got everything up and running again, I had to head out to work.  I didn’t get on during the afternoon, but later that night I logged on with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation).  I then took him into the Sschindylryn and made my way to the quest, The Portal Opens.  As I took Rimuldar through the dangerous drow city, he picked up another 9 slayers for the drow and another 4 slayers for the Children of Lolth.  Once inside the Portal Opens, on epic normal, Rimuldar had no major problems dealing with the drow.  He defeated at least one priestess of Lolth.  His loot included two commendations (War Wizard and Village of Eveningstar), a sapphire of spell agility +15, and the blade of the high priestess.  He also picked up 11 commendations of Valor as a quest reward.

Lorrikk taking some time to explore Sorrowdusk Isle.

Rimuldar battling his way through Sschindylrynn.

Rimuldar making his way through the Portal Opens.

To kick things off on Tuesday, I started out with another dual boxing session with a slayer run through Sorrowdusk Isle with Lorrikk and Stoorage once again.  Even though I had taken Lorrikk and Stoorage into Sorrowdusk Isle the day before, I did this because of my shortened play time that unexpectedly occurred.  This time, Lorrikk collected 52 slayers.  Lorrikk and Stoorage also defeated Teargon, Barxer, and Kurmer.  Out of one of these chests, Stoorage looted a nice pair of boots, Boots of Diversion 7 that were masterful craftsmanship with Speed IV at level 7.  I didn’t get a chance to complete an afternoon run.  For my regular play session, I had another dual boxing session with Containment (Level 8 Cleric) and Cannock (Level 8 Druid).  Containment needed to complete the Sharn Syndicate series on elite so I took them into the next quest he needed, Bookbinder Rescue.  I had a number of issues getting through this quest during this go around.  I failed the quest twice because of various lag spike issues.  I did complete it on the third attempt but Containment was killed so I had to complete it with Cannock (as my focus was on playing Containment that night).  After struggling through the Bookbinder Rescue, I then took them both into Repossession.  I had no problems making my way through the quest and I had completed the optional objectives to smash the furniture, kill the master of hounds, and to steal 3, 6, and all artifacts.  I then called it a night.

Lorrikk battling Barxer in Sorrowdusk Isle.

Containment working on rescuing the Book Binder family.

Containment battling in the quest Repossession.

On Wednesday, I had yet another dual boxing session to kick things off.  This time I took Cannock and Crawlller (Level 8 Ranger) into Three Barrel Cove.  The morning slayer run netted both Cannock and Crawlller with 25 slayers.  In the afternoon, I took Erdrique (who is now a Level 3 Rogue) into the Sands of Menechtarun.  It was kind of a disappointing run though.  He didn’t come across any rare encounters but did collect some more slayers including eight gnolls and 89 scorrow.  That was the last run I completed on Wednesday.

Crawlller swimming his way back to the ladder in Three Barrel Cove.

Erdrique making his presence felt in the Desert.

On Thursday, I was only able to get in a single play session.  It was another dual boxing session, this time with Berann (Level 8 Barbarian) and Containment.  Berann was my focus and he still needed to work on Tangleroot Gorge wilderness area.  During this morning slayer run, Berann collected 28 slayers and defeated Clamor.  He also looted a Minor Circlet of Blasting from Clamor’s chest.

Berann looting some interesting things in Tangleroot Gorge.

So this particular week was heavily loaded with dual boxing runs.  I also had some minor issues with my computer and some lag issues causing some frustrations.  But overall, it was a nice but light week.  I hope everybody is doing well and thank you for reading!!



Scorching Ray, A Simple But Fun Spell

Although playing spell casters isn’t my strongest skill or my preferred set of classes to play, I still enjoy playing them and experimenting with them.  I currently play two arcane casters, a mid-level sorcerer (Cantlin, level 13) and an epic level wizard (Rimuldar level 24).  One of the spells that I have found useful for both of them is scorching ray.  In particular it has been especially useful for Cantlin as he is a Fire Savant.  As a result, Cantlin gets extra spell power and damage boosts to all of his fire based spells.

Scorching ray is a second level spell.  It deals 4d3+12 fire damage per ray.  The number of rays your character will cast depends on their level.  At level 7, you can cast two individual rays and at level 11 the number of rays increases to three (maximum number you can get).  The great thing about scorching ray though is that it has double range, like all ray based spells.  This makes it a great spell to use from a distance.  I typically use it to take down enemies from a distance and in many instances I am able to roast them completely before they realize what is happening.  It also most be noted that it doesn’t have a saving throw against it, unlike spells such as Niac’s Cold Ray or Polar Ray.  This makes it extremely useful against those enemies that have high reflex saves.

Cantlin using scorching ray on Bladebreaker in the Temple of Elemental Evil.

Scorching ray does have its limitations though.  It does produce a smaller amount of damage that some of the other higher level ray spells,. especially when enemies fail their saves against those particular spells, and it can be “avoided.”  If you fire at an enemy and it moves, you can literally miss the enemy hitting the wall or other barrier instead.  Also, if another enemy steps in the path of your intended target, you will wind up hitting the other enemy instead.

But overall, those drawbacks can be noted and dealt with.  It is still a great low level, low spell costing spell, that can deal a good amount of damage at a ranged distance giving your character ample opportunity to take out the enemy outright or to lure it in for a more devastating spell :).

So keep scorching ray in mind when you pick out your spells for your caster.  Unless of course you are a Water Savant, then that would be a little counter productive :P.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!



Having Fun with Twilight, The Element of Magic

I have to admit, casting classes are my weakest classes to play within DDO.  Caster tend to have so many different spells and feats to click on that makes them playing a little complicated for me, which is why I tend to favor melee characters instead.  However, with that said, I still have my casters and I do have fun playing them.  I currently have Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation) and Cantlin (Level 13 Sorcerer).  One of the items that I have found fun for Rimuldar is the quarterstaff, Twilight, Element of Magic.  This quaterstaff is obtained from the Caught In the Web raid.  I actually got mine from Rimuldar’s Raiders Reward Box.

Rimuldar taking a closer took at his powerful quarterstaff.

Twilight, Element of Magic has a number of special abilities.  These include the following:

Spellcasting Implement +21

+7 Enhancement bonus

Potency +80

Impulse +120

Evocation Focus III

Enchantment Focus III

Arcane Augmentation IX

Spell Lore VI

Attuned to Heroism

This particular quarterstaff is really pretty effective for Rimuldar.  This is because Rimuldar has focused primarily in the Archmage prestige enhancement line.  The majority of his damage dealing spells are evocation based and include the magic missile line, the lightning bolt line, prismatic ray, fireball, frost lance, wall of fire, cone of cold, delayed blast fireball, prismatic spray, polar ray, and meteoric swarm.  Also, within the Archmage line, Rimuldar has taken the force spells as spell like abilities.  The Impulse +120 increases the damage output for all of these spells and spell like abilities.  Also, the Evocation Focus III helps with the difficulty check against spells such as lightning bolt, fireball, and chain lightning.  Meanwhile the Potency +80 increases the damage output for my spells that aren’t part of the evocation school such as acid arrow and dragon bolt.  Also, having the caster level for all 9th level and lower spells raised by one helps with the saves against by difficulty checks as well.

Rimuldar ready to tackle the King’s Forest with this Twilight, Element of Magic.

Not only does Twilight, Element of Magic have a number of fun stats for Rimuldar, it is also pretty cool looking.  I really like the way it suits Rimuldar.  I have a Raider’s Reward box for Cantlin as well, which I haven’t opened yet, but he will most likely take this as well.  It will be a nice caster stick for him too, primarily because the majority of his spells are also evocation based (he is a fire savant).

In any case, I don’t have any plans on replacing Rimuldar’s primary weapon anytime soon.  It seems to be working good for me right now.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the King’s Forest.

Last Week of February, Quest Runs February 22nd to February 25th

My quest runs over this past week were impacted by some travel I had to do for work.  I had some training to attend in Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday.  This impacted my quest runs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as I had to travel Monday after work from the North Carolina Coast back to Raleigh.  However, I did take my computer with me so I did get some questing in :).

Before the traveling started, I did get a regular slayer run in.  I had another opportunity to do some dual boxing as I was scheduled to take Crawlller (Level 7 Ranger) into Three Barrel Cove.  So shortly after logging in with Crawlller (who is on my Premium account), I also logged on Cannock (Level 8 Druid) and I took them both into shores of Three Barrel Cove.  While exploring the beautiful Three Barrel Cove landscape, they picked up another 58 slayers, discovered another four of the explorer points, and defeated Cannoneer Strinati.  From his chest, Crawlller picked up a Hair Dye: Snow.  However, because of the traveling time, that was the only quest run I completed on Monday.

Crawlller stumbling across the bell tower in Three Barrel Cove.

On Tuesday, I did a slayer run with Berann (Level 9 Barbarian) and Containment (Level 8 Cleric).  With Berann from my VIP account and Containment from my Premium account, I dual boxed them through Tangleroot Gorge.  Berann acquired another 108 slayers from the run and Containment picked up his last 42 slayers to hit the 1,500 slayer mark.  They also found and defeated Xassak, Vilesting, Kroshk, and rescued Jana.  The only thing Contaiment needs now for Tangleroot Gorge is find and defeat Gharjat and Kornak and then he will have the entire slayer area completed.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 18 Fighter) and I took him into the challenge Lava Caves: Time is Money.  I completed the collection of 100 crystals, buying less than nine minutes of time, and sending kobolds through teleporters 200 times.  Hamllin received 156 crystallized magma shards for the sucessful run.  After that run, I took Hamllin out into the Sands of Menectharun to continue his slayer runs out there.  In his explorations Hamllin picked up another 143 gnoll slayers, 73 scorrow slayers, and 62 undead slayers.  Hamllin us came across Mendexethazz, Stinkpelt, Lieutenant Ayurro, Whirling Ozann, and Thumak the Mad.  That night I logged on with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) an I took him into Sschindylryn and into the quest House of Death Undone.  While in Sschindylryn I picked up another 11 drow slayers and 4 more children of Lolth slayers.  I also defeated Enrhiikuz, the mind flayer.  In the quest House of Death Undone, I completed the optional objectives for defeating 12, 24, and 36 undead drow, destroyed the cauldrons in the priestess chambers and the servants chambers, and defeated Silan Szind.  Some more notable encounters including fighting 13 Blademasters, four astral panthers, an acolyte of Lolth, and two guardian panthers.  Wapoyeie did suffer one defeat in the end fight.  For rewards I did pick up 10 mysterious remnants, one commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest, the Staff of the Necromancer, and 19 commendations of valor (quest reward).  I called it a night after that run.

Berann coming across the ogre cave in Tangleroot Gorge.

Hamllin making his way through Sands of Menechtarun.

Hamllin directing traffic in the Lava Caves.

Wapoyei making his way through Sschindylryn to House Szind.

Wapoyei finding one of the keys needed for the quest House of Death Undone.

Because of traveling back home and since Wednesday is also my weekly date night with my beautiful wife, I didn’t get a chance to play through any quests on Wednesday.  I didn’t get back to questing until Thursday morning when I logged on with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation) and I took him out into the King’s Forest.  During his hunting in this majestic forest, he collected another 36 slayers, which included five dire bears.  I also completed the Slaves to Many Masters rare encounter.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 26 Rogue/Lengendary Dreadnaught) and I took him through the Cannith Challenge Lava Caves: Colossal Crystal.  I figured after struggling in trying to complete Kobold Island: Short Cuts that instead I would run the other challenges to just convert those ingredients over to those that I need.  I was able to complete the objectives for collecting at least one colossal crystal and clearing out the arena.  Erdrique picked up 272 epic jade scorpions as his reward.  Later that night, I logged on with Berann and Containment and dual boxed with them for the second time in the week.  In my rotation, Berann was the next character scheduled to be played and he needed to complete Freshen the Air on elite.  So I took Berann, and dragged Containment with me, and ran through Freshen the Air on elite.  While adventuring through the quest Berann picked up a monster manual deed for troglodyte hunter (gaining over 1,600 experience) and I compelted the optional objectives for slaying Chief Shyrasser, the shamans, and minimum number of troglodytes.  After completing Freshen the Air, I headed off to the Necropolis to take on the first few quests in the Necro I series.  For these runs, I was joined by Nitewalker, and we headed off into the Tomb of the Crimson Heart.  Nitewalker had started the quest and had a good portion of it done by the time I got in there.  I didn’t remember collecting or completing any of the optional objectives.  After we made our way through Tomb of the Crimson Heart, we then headed into Tomb of the Immortal Heart.  While making our way through the tomb, Berann picked up 20 mysterious remnants and obtained another monster manual deed for ghasts (ghast hunter, giving over 4,000 experience).  We also broke of the summoning circles for fire, earth, and water.  We also defeated the Priest of the Crimson Heart and Prelate Abiram.  After this run, I had to call it a night.

Rimuldar exploring the dangers of the King’s Forest.

Erdrique making his way through the Colossal Crystal.

Berann fighting many troglodytes in Freshen the Air.

Berann dealing with wights in the Tomb of the Crimson Heart.

Overall, it was mixture of runs during the limited amount of time I had this week.  However, they were fun runs and I was able to continue making progress on a few of my characters.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Questing Over the Previous Week, Quest Runs February 15th to February 18th

Well, I think the theme for me during the last two months of 2015 and first two month of 2016 is to just fall behind :(.  I’m just over a week behind in my blog publishing so it is time to start getting back to being productive!!  Speaking to that end, I wanted to review what I did last week over the Valentine holiday.  On Monday, February 16th I kicked off the day by taking Cantlin (Level 13 Sorcerer) and Stoorage (Level 14 Fighter) for some dual boxing fun out into Sorrowdusk Isle.  While venturing the wilds of the tropical island, Cantlin picked up another 70 slayers.  Cantlin now needs less than 250 more slayers to max the area out.  He also picked up all of his rare encounters when I finally stumbled upon on Thanolin who was my last rare for him.  Stoorage I brought along but he already had the Sorrowdusk Isle area maxed out.  During the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 26 Rogue/Legendary Dreadnaught) and took him into Kobold Island: Short Cuts on level 25.  Unfortunately, I only picked up 475 crystals out of the required 500 crystals so I failed during that run.  Later on Monday night, I logged on with Tuhnn (Level 16 Bladeforged) and I took him out into the Ruins of Gianthold.  While out there, Tuhnn picked up another 59 slayers in the Stormfist Camp which pushed over the 50 slayer mark for that camp.  He also was credited with finding Hobgoblin Lair’s entrance and the gnoll’s breadth bridge.  I then took Tuhnn into A Cabal for One on elite.  As Tuhnn made his way through the hobgoblin ranks, he obtained Hobgoblin Exterminator I in his monster manual for just over 300 experience.  He also encountered a few champions that dropped him 11 mysterious remnants and he finished the quest and also took down Olos Nobrac.  I then took Tuhnn out to Korthos Island to do a quick simple favor run, Storehouse Secret since he is an iconic character and skipped all of those quests.  After I completed Storehouse Secret, I then headed to House Cannith to do another challenge, this time the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage.  I didn’t have any issues at all and completed the objectives collecting 100 crystals and for defeating Auraxylion.  At the end of the challenge, I picked up 156 Arcanaloth Scrolls and a monster manual deed for Yuguloth, Yuguloth Hunter, which netted my over 2,00 experience.  I called it a night after that.

Cantlin hunting in Sorrowdusk Isle.

Erdrique running along the beaches of Kobold Island: Short Cuts.

Tuhnn making his way to the Hobgoblin Lair and taking down some of the Stormfist horde on the way.

Starting the quest for A Cabal for One.

Tuhnn collecting some favor by running through the Storehouse.

Making his way through the Extraplanar Palace, Tuhnn clears the way for the kobolds in Labor Shortage.

To start my questing activities on Tuesday, I took Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) out into the King’s Forest for some morning slayer action.  While hunting in the beautiful forest, Larrs racked up another 34 slayers.  In so doing, he killed off two dire bears, hit the 50 slayer mark, found the 10th message from Elminster, and defeated the drow hunters.  In the afternoon, I brought on Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter).  I then took him into the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Stortage and I ran into some unfortunate problems.  For some reason, I had a number of the kobolds decided they wanted to take a swim in the lava portion of the floor design and after I little while they died off one by one :(.  I only had one kobold left by the time the quest was over and then he got stuck on the pathing when I had 92 crystals collected, so needless to say I failed that run.  Later that night, I logged on with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation) and I took him into Sschindylryn and I made my way to the quest The House of Death Undone.  On my way to quest, Rimuldar picked up 13 slayers and took out the mindflayer, Enrhiikuz.  While in the quest, Rimuldar was able to the complete the optional objectives for killing 12, 24, and 36 drow zombies, destroying all of the cauldrons (slave quarters and priestess room), and for defeating Silan Szind.  It wasn’t a bad run at all!!  I then called it a night.

Larrs hunting the drow in the King’s Forest.

Hamllin hunting in the Exraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage.

Rimuldar making his way through Sschindylryn.

Rimuldar burning his way through the House of Death Undone.

Wednesday started out by doing some more dual boxing, this time with Containment (Level 7 Cleric) and Cannock (Level 8 Druid).  I took them out to Tangleroot Gorge for the morning slayer run.  They both picked up 56 slayers and while hunting Cannock picked up the Wolf Exterminator II monster manual deed which awarded him nearly 1,700 experience.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique and I took him back into Kobold Island: Short Cuts, but just like before I failed again.  I just ran out of time extracting those crystals.  After that run, I took Erdrique out into the Sands of Meenctharun.  While doing some hunting in the desert, Erdrique picked up another 63 gnolls and 87 scorrow slayers.  He also was awarded Scorrow Exterminator IV in the monster manual and picked up nearly 9,500 experience from that reward.  He also came across Volrune the Curate, Mendexethazz, and Den Mother Feena.  He still needs two more rare encounters to have those complete.  After that run through the desert I called it a night to spend the rest of the evening with my beautiful wife 🙂 for date night.

Containment looking at the entrance to the ogre cave in Tangleroot Gorge.

Erdrique battling hell hounds on Kobold Island: Short Cuts.

Erdrique leaving behind some carnage in the desert.

I logged on with Charlock (Level 16 Fighter) and Stoorage (Level 14 Fighter) and had another dual boxing session in which I took them into the Red Fens for the morning slayer run on Thursday.  While moving through the marshes and swamps of the Red Fens, I collected another 95 slayers for both of them.  This actually pushed Stoorage past the 400 slayer mark.  I also killed Gorger and Nab Ren.  I didn’t get on during the afternoon but later that night I dual boxed again, this time with Containment and Cannock.  I was scheduled to play Containment and he still needed to run The Captives and the Sharn Syndicate quests.  So I took them out into the Cerulean Hills and made my way to The Captives.  While taking down the Grul Tribe orcs, Containment and Cannock defeated captains Griznuk and Maknuls. I also defeated a wolf champion that dropped 64 mysterious remnants for Containment and only 15 mysterious remnants for Cannock.  However, in one of the chests Cannock looted a +2 Dwarven Axe of Feeding that also did pure good damage, a nice low level twink weapon.  After I took them both through the Captives, I then headed to Marketplace and started the Sharn Syndicate series by running through Stand Your Ground.  While in the quest, as I was playing Containment with Cannock piking around, I wasn’t paying attention to Rance’s health and I actually lost him during the battle.  I did pick up some more mysterious remnants from another champion though (16 for Containment and 11 for Cannock).  After that I took them both into the quest Dirty Laundry.  As I completed the quest, I also completed the optional of opening doors with the secret levers.  I then moved onto the Stormreaver Fresco where I completed the optional objectives of not opening the safety deposit boxes and not killing the guards.  That was the last quest I ran for the night.

Charlock taking some note of the spiders in the distance.

Containment battling his way through the Grul Tribe orcs.

The battle ensues at the doorway to the bar in Stand Your Ground.

Fighting the launderers in Dirty Laundry.

Containment watching Zircon in the Stormreaver Fresco.

Overall, the week was quite a mixture of various quest turns.  I had some epic runs as well as some low level runs.  The slayer runs were also quite variable and I even had a decent mixture of dual box and regular quest runs.  It was a fun week indeed.  I hope everybody else had a great week too.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!




Detailing the Week, Quest Runs January 18 to January 21

This past week was a slightly abnormal week for me in terms of game play.  This is primarily because I had Monday off from work so I didn’t do a typical slayer run nor did I complete an afternoon quest run.  I also didn’t play my normal nightly quest run on Thursday.  Even with that said, I still had an active week.  I kicked things off on Monday night, as I was prepping for our weekly digital PNP session as well, by logging in Cannock (Level 8 Druid) and Crawlller (Level 7 Ranger) for another chance at a dual boxing session.  I was scheduled to play Cannock on Monday so I let his quest needs determine the quests I wanted to work on.  So I took them into the quest Kobold’s Assault on elite and then into the Captives on elite.  Once I completed those, I noticed that both characters still needed An Explosive Situation, which is a solo only quest.  So, I broke their group and took each of them into An Explosive Situation and got it completed.  I then called it a night.

Cannock taking care of business in Kobold’s Assault.

Fighting at the end of The Captives.

Cannock finishing up in An Explosive Situation.

Crawlller making his way through An Explosive Situation.

Tuesday, the questing came back to normal.  I started out the day by taking Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation) into the King’s Forest for some morning slayer runs.  For the short time I was exploring out there, I came across two random encounters: Free the Villager from the Bandits and Silence the Drow Hunters.  I wasn’t quick enough to save the villager so I failed that encounter but had no issues with the drow hunters.  I also defeated another 3 dire bears and recorded another 38 slayers.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) and I took him into the challenge Lava Caves: Time is Money to get some ingredients.  If I remember correctly, I only got through one start, possibly two, and was awarded 133 Crystalized Magma Shards.  Once that was completed, I took Hamllin out into the Sands of Menechtarun for some more slayer runs.  While he was out there he took out Thumak the Mad and General Tananhk and compiled another 88 undead slayers and 3 more gnoll slayers.  Tuesday night, believe or not, I logged back on with Crawlller and Cannock and dual boxed them again.  This time Crawller was driving the quest runs and he needed to complete Redfang on elite, so I started out there.  I actually ran into some issues here.  I ran Crawlller through the majority of quest, actually getting him to Redfang herself.  However, when I started the quest I didn’t realize my hireling had expired so I didn’t have my back up healing with me.  In any case, I did get Crawlller to Redfang where she landed a devastating hit and turned him into a soul stone.  So, I then switched over to Cannock, who I had left in the at the entrance way and I took him up to the point of where the poison traps are.  Unfortunately my timing was off and I was killed in the poison trap room.  I went ahead and released with Cannock and re-entered and my way back to Crawlller and Redfang and then finished the quest.  A little bumpy but it did get done :).  While Crawlller was making his way their initially I did come across two rare encounters: Venom (spider) and Vyragon (Troll).  I then separated Crawlller and Cannock and took Crawlller through the solo only quest, Home Sweet Sewer  I then called it a night.

Rimuldar bering protected by his owlbears in the King’s Forest.

Hamllin prepping to take on a mummy avenger in the desert.

Hamllin making his way through the Lava Caves: Time is Money.

Crawlller making his way through Redfang.

I actually had the chance to do a lot more questing than I actually accomplished on Wednesday.  My wife had to work late that night but instead of taking advantage of the extra time to do some quest runs, I spent the extra time working on some blogs :).  However, with that said, I did get in game and completed a few things.  In the morning, I logged on with Garrrin (Level 22 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) and I took him into the King’s Forest for his turn at some slayers. While exploring the great forest, I came across two random encounters, Silence the Drow Hunters and Shopkeeper’s Salvation.  Silence the Drow Hunters I actually came across twice.  Garrrin had no problem in succeeding in these.  He also collected another 32 slayers whch included four dire bears and pushed over the 400 slayer mark.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 25 Rogue/Primal Avatar) and completed two runs through Lava Caves: Time is Money.  I was awarded 200 epic Crystallized Magma Shards in the first run and 102 Crystallized Magma Shards in the second run.  I then took Erdrique out into Sands of Menechtarun and collected another 87 undead and 4 gnoll slayers.  After that run I called it a night.

Garrrin slashing his way through the King’s Forest.

Erdrique battling in the Lava Caves: Time is Money.

Erdrique bringing down some comets on his enemies in the Lava Caves.

Erd taking in the sights in the desert.

Thursday I didn’t get a chance to log in for my regular night run.  However, I did get a slayer run in with Cannock and Crawlller, dual boxing once again.  Cannock determined the slayer area, which was the Waterworks.  I only came across one named monster and that was the spider Ecru.  Cannock did acquire another 57 slayers before I headed out to work.  In the afternoon, after work, I logged on with Hamllin and took him back into the Lava Cave: Time is money were he was able to pick another 122 Crystallized Magma Shards.  I then took Hamllin out into the desert for some slayers where he picked up another 34 gnoll slayers and 96 undead slayers.  I also came across the rare encounter, Thumak the Mad and Palumuk the Scourer.  I then called it a night.

Cannock making his way through the Waterworks.

Hamllin in the middle of the carnage.

Hamllin battling a drow sorcerer in Time is Money.

So overall, a lot of dual boxing with Cannock and Crawller.  But it was also a lot of fun.  I hope eerybody else had a great week as well I wish everybody has a great weekend.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

Hitting up More Quests, January 4th to January 7th

Well, at least in terms of questing schedules, things have started to get back to the normal routine.  With the holidays now behind me, my typical questing schedule resumed where I run some slayers for about 10 to 30 minutes prior to heading out to work in the morning, then getting in a quest run or a slayer run in after I get home from work and hitting the gym, and then regular quest running each night, excluding Wednesday nights and the third Saturday night of the week which are reserved as date nights.  So, on Monday, January 4th (since I’m a little behind here…) I logged on first thing in the morning with Kanndar (Level 13 Paladin) and with Suppply (level 10 Paladin).  I was scheduled to play Kanndar but also took the opportunity to log in Suppply for another dual boxing session.  However, Kanndar is still working on his Sorrowdusk Isle slayer zone, which is fine, but that area is a level 11 area and since Suppply was three levels lower than Kanndar and still within range of the full experience award and Kanndar being two levels higher than area, Supply wound up being power leveled and didn’t advance in any slayers or get any experience, although I did get a few chests with him.  In the afternoon, I really wanted to continue to work on upgrading Erdrique’s Ring of the the Stalker and Spare Hand from the Cannith Challenges so I took Erdrique (Level 25 Rogue/Primal Avatar) into Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals to get some Epic Jeweled Goblet ingredients.  Later than night, while waiting for our digital pen and paper session to begin, I logged on with Cantlin (Level 13 Sorcerer) and with Stoorage (Level 14 Fighter).  It was another opportunity to dual box and since I was scheduled to play Cantlin I used his quest needs to determine what to run so I headed off into Devil’s Assault on hard.  Darkgear was also logged on that night and volunteered to help me out.  I was kind of worried about this quest since Cantlin is a Fire Savant but we really didn’t have many issues here at all.  I’m sure doing this quest on elite will be harder.  After that run, I took care of some maintenance and then logged out for the night.  Unfortunately we never did get everything situated to run the pen and paper game on Monday.

Kanndar clearing out the jungles of Sorrowdusk Isle.

Erdrique discovering Rushmore’s mistress.

Cantlin and Dark taking care of the devil’s in Devil’s Assault.

Tuesday started out by taking Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) and Suppply into the Searing Heights.  As you can tell, I took the advantage of dual boxing once again.  Since both characters are working on this area and since Suppply was only a single level lower than Harrgon, both characters were getting advancement in this area.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) and continued with his endless runs of slayers in the Sands of Menechtarun.  That night, I logged on with Tuhnn (Level 15 Bladeforged) and I was joined by Darkgear.  Tuhnn also happened to be working on some slayers and quests in the Sands of Menechtarun so we headed out to the desert and made our way through the quest, The Chamber of Raiyum, better known as the Tomb of the Wizard King.  We had little difficulty making our way through the quest on elite and we actually encountered Raiyum during our first tower.  We still stayed in the quest and defeated the Jackal and the Lion as well so we could get the extra optional experience and to get to the treasure room.  After that, we called it a night.

Harrgon taking note of the volcanic peak in the Sering heights.

Hamllin taking note of the moon in the desert amid the enemies he defeated.

Tuhnn gazing up the impress Tomb of the Wizard King.

Dual boxing again in the morning, on Wednesday I took Cantlin and Stoorage into Sorrowdusk Isle for my slayer runs.  Stoorage has the area maxed out but still can get some experience from the rare encounters and not to mention to loot whatever chests I find which also gives me the opportunity to loot more guild renown for the Crypt Crawlers!! In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique and I took him back into House Cannith and ran another iteration of Dr.Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.  That was the last of my question on Wednesday.

Erdrique working on hunting down a boss in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

On Thursday, I logged on with Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) and I took him into the King’s Forest for some slayers.  It felt a little strange not dual boxing 🙂 but I don’t have any of my Premium account characters higher than level 14, yet :).  In the afternoon, I took Hamllin back out into the Sands of Menechtarun.  That night, I logged on with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Draconic Incarnation) I continued with his quest runs into Sschindylryn and I took him through the quest House of Broken Chains on epic normal.  After working my way through that vicious drow house and freeing a bunch of slayers and starting a mini-revolt, I then headed off to try House of Death Undone.  Unfortunately, I ran out of time dealing with the necromancers and their zombie reincarnations.  I’ll have to take Rimuldar back in next time.

Larrs exploring the wilds of the King’s Forest.

Hamllin taking on the scorrow in the desert.

Rimuldar making his way through Sschindylryn to the House of Broken Chains.

Rimuldar causing trouble for the drow in the House of Broken Chain.

So, the week wasn’t a bad one at all.  Things started to settle back down to the normal routine.  I had some nice mid-level questing this week and a nice set of epic runs as well.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in Sschindylryn!!

Adventuring Over a Holiday Week, Quest Runs November 23rd to November 26th

Well I didn’t get any quest runs over the weekend this past week because my wife and I headed out of town to Savannah, Georgia on Friday and then to meet my family in Orlando, Florida on Saturday to have a little pre-Thanksgiving get together.  We did this because a large portion of my extended family from Michigan were going down to Orlando to meet up with my parents and to head off to Walt Disney World and Universal for Thanksgiving Week.  Although my wife and I couldn’t get the whole week off, we did get the weekend off to spend time with them :).  So that meant, I wasn’t able to get a single quest run in over the weekend or on Monday.

So this week, my quest runs started on Tuesday morning.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my calendar completely worked out and I logged in with Tuhnn (Level 15 Bladeforged) and took him out into the Sands of Menechtarun.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t who I was supposed to run.  I was supposed to run with Cantlin (Level 13 Sorcerer) through Sorrowdusk Isle.  So, later on that night I logged on Cantlin and I took him through Sorrowdusk Isle and I dual boxed the run with Suppply (Level 10 Paladin), although I realized that Suppply didn’t get any credit for the kills because he was being power leveled.  Now, although I knew I wouldn’t be home on time on Monday to do a slayer or afternoon run, I was actually hoping to get home in time to do a regular night run.  Again, I was scheduled to log on with Cantlin.  So after I did the circuit through Sorrowdusk Isle, I picked up the quest Taming the Flames and switched out Suppply with Stoorage (Level 13 Fighter) and dual boxed them through the quest.  I then realized how hard it is for Cantlin, who is a fire savant, to deal with primary nothing but fire based monsters.  Luckily I had Stoorage to bail him out :).  Now, before I logged on with Cantlin I did get a chance to log on with Erdrique (Level 23 Rogue/Primal Avator) and I took him back out into the Storm Horns to look for the quest entrance for the quest Breaking the Ranks.

Tuhnn hunting down some scorrow in the desert.

Erdrique coming across a beautiful sight in the Storm Horns.

Cantlin roasting some ogres in Sorrowdusk Isle.

Cantlin watching Stoorage talk to Master Fulvio in Taming the Flames.

On Wednesday, I started the day by taking Larrs (Level 22 Bard/Fatesinger) out into The King’s Forest for the first time :).  Later in the afternoon, I took Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) back into the Sands of Menechtarun to continue to work on his scorrow slayers.  Those were the only runs I had on Wednesday as I spent the rest of the night with my wife with date night.

Larrs heads into the King’s Forest.

Hamllin making his way through the desert.

For Thanksgiving day, I took Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister) out into the City of Portals, Sschindylryn and took on the quest, House of Rusted Blades.  I ran it on epic normal and didn’t have any problems in there.  When I completed the quest I wound maxing out the Magister tree so I then switched trees to Draconic Incarnation.  After that run, I logged back on with Tuhnn and took him back out into the desert and ran the quest An Offering of Blood on Elite.  I logged back on with Tuhnn because he was supposed to be nightly run on Tuesday and not my slayer run.  So now, I had everything caught back up :).  I ended the night by taking Erdrique through a  circuit of the Restless Isles and also by taking Ragnar and his party through the rest of Leldon’s House in Neverwinter Nights II.  After that, I called it a night.

Rimuldar coming across a portal in the City of Portals of Sschindylryn.

Rimuldar exploring the House of Dun’robar.

Tuhnn exploring the scorrow territory of the desert.

Tuhnn throwing a lever as he makes his dash through An Offering of Blood.

Erdrique taking care of the ogre enemies in the Restless Isles.

Neeshka looking to pay back Leldon.

It was definitely an interesting week’s worth of runs.  I’m looking forward to the holiday weekend and taking Erdrique through the rest of the Reaver’s Reach and the Storm Horns.  Thanks for reading everybody and I hope everybody had a great holiday and I hope you all have a great weekend as well!!  Happy hunting everybody!!