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!!

 

 

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!!

 

 

 

Mixing it Up, Quest Runs July 6th to July 9th

This week I had quite an array of quest runs.  They ranged from some epic hard quests out in Eveningstar to some low level quest runs through the Sharn Syndicate.  My questing activities started early on Monday morning when I logged on with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) and I took him out into the Red Fens to continue to work on the 5,000 slayer mark.  In the afternoon, I was scheduled to log back in with Hamllin who I took right back out into the Red Fens and finally hit the 5,000 slayer mark.  Now he is laboriously working on the last mark out there, the 7,500 mark.  He will then probably head out to Ataraxia’s Haven, but we’ll see.  Later on Monday night, I logged on with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader) and I took him out into the King’s Forest and made my way out to the quest Unquiet Graves.  I went ahead and entered the quest on epic hard and some interesting times taking on those drow necromancers and their undead servants.  However, I was able to complete the quest at which point I hit level 24.  After I leveled, I headed back out to kill some time in the King’s Forest before I logged out to head off to bed.   I also was playing our weekly digital pnp game as well.

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Hamllin taking in the view in the Red Fens.

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Hamllin noting the winding waterfall in the Red Fens.

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Wapoyei working his way to the Unquiet Graves.

Tuesday started out with a slayer run through Three Barrel Cove with Suppply (Level 9 Paladin) who is a character on my premium account.  Suppply is coming really close to maxing out the area, nearly reaching the 1,500 slayer mark.  But he still needs a number of rare encounters and a few more explorer zones.  In the afternoon, after I got back home from the office, I took Erdrique (Level 13 Rogue) out into Ataraxia’s Haven and ran through the quest Reclamation where he had no problems teaching the duergar that they shouldn’t be ruining the beautiful landscape.  Later that night, I took Berann (Level 8 Barbarian) and was joined up by Hellspierced as we systematically made our way through the Sharn Syndicate chain completing Stand Your Ground, Dirty Laundry, The Stormreaver Fresco, The Bookbinder Rescue, Repossession, and Come Out and Slay.  After we completed Come Out and Slay, Hellspiereced did some character maintenance and called it a night but I took Berann out into Tangleroot Gorge to work on his slayers out there and then I called it a night.

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Suppply going for a swim in Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique hunting down the duergar in Ataraxia’s Haven.

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Erdrique tripping up some duergar in the quest Reclamation.

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Berann working to help the Statler brothers.

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Berann working on cleaning up this laundry business.

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Berann looking to free the Binder family.

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Berann working on getting his revenge on Zircon.

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Berann convincing the kobold to help in Come Out and Slay.

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Berann hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

Wednesday was a typical mid-week questing day.  Wednesday is date night for my wife and myself so I was only able to play during my morning slayer run and my afternoon run after work.  On Wednesday morning, I logged on with Wapoyei and I took him for some explorations out into the High Road where he collected some more slayers for the area.  That afternoon I took Hamllin out into the Red Fens where I continued to work on that 7,500 slayer mark.

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Wapoyei exploring the dangers of the High Road.

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Hamllin battling a deep water mage in the Red Fens.

To end the week, my questing started off on Thursday morning with a slayer run through the heroic version of the Ruins of Gianthold with Sludgge (Level 21 Rogue/Shadowdancer).  Sludgge is currently working on his 1,500 mark in the Stormheart camp.  In the afternoon, I logged on with Erdrique and I took him into VON 3.  I made i through the Gateway to Khyber without any issues, however while running through the Jungles of Khyber I ran into some trouble with the beholders who happened to hit me with flesh to stone.  I will have to get my revenge later this weekend.  To close out the night, I logged back on with Sludgge and I took him through the Black Loch on epic normal and then headed out to Smuggler’s Rest and collected some map pieces, doubloons, and compasses however I never got into the Crystal Cove 😦 as a 1,000 map pieces still needed to be turned in by the time I headed off to go to bed.

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Sludgge preparing to surprise some enemies below in the Gianthold.

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Erdrique making his way to the Jungles of Khyber.

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Erdrique fighting the earth elementals in the Jungle of Khyber.

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Sludgge battling the Blood Tide pirates in the Black Loch.

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Sludgge hunting for some pirates in Smuggler’s Rest.

So as you can see, it was quite a range of quests here.  I like weeks like that because it shows me the variety and depth of the quests in DDO.  I hope everybody else had a great week and I hope you have an even better weekend.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy questing!!

Have a Kobold for A Team Member is Fun!!

I just took my low level half orc barbarian (Level 8) Berann through the Sharn Syndicate series.  One of the quests in this low level chain of quests is called Come Out and Slay.  Come Out and Slay is actually the last quest in the chain and it involves you moving through a mansion to take out the leader of the Sharn Syndicate.  Well, it happens that at this time the leader of the Sharn Syndicate is trying to recruit the other gangs of Stormreach into his ring and is hosting a meeting with their representatives.  The kobolds from Clan Gnasthooth are one of the gangs represented (don’t know where Clan Tunnelworm was).  One of the optionals in this quest is to convince one of these gang emissaries to betray the Sharn Syndicate and work for you.  Whenever I happen into this quest, I always recruit the Clan Gnashtooth emissary, Witch Doctor Korba.

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Berann convincing Witch Doctor Korba to work for him and not the Sharn Syndicate.

One of the reasons why I always recruit Witch Doctor Korba is because he is one heck of a low level caster.  He likes to spit lightning bolts at the Sharn Syndicate troops and loves to cast down a few ice storms.  It is ejoyable to watch him hop around and spam his spells and it feels good that you aren’t one trying to chase him down.  I know for me, I get the feeling that is about time somebody else chase down those amazing leaping kobold casters for a chance.  It is also fun to see the Sharn Syndicate troops fall down in the masses around you as you battle your way through them.  In then end, Korba is a interesting ally who tends to attract a lot of attention which keeps the enemies away from you.  Although I do get frustrated when he doesn’t follow you up through the roofs as you near the end of the quest because you know he can get up there.  Oh well, you can’t win them all.

If you ever try to hit up Sharn Syndicate series, think about enlisting Korba on your side.  Unless of course you need to collect him as part of your monster manual deeds.  In that case, take him out before he hops away and makes your life annoying, lol.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

A Chef…for a Warforged?

Earlier in the week, I wrote up an article about the quest chain the Sharn Syndicate.  As I run through this particular chain I always wonder about a specific encounter in the quest Repossession.  The quest Repossession involves you storming Zircon’s mansion and taking back the Stormreaver Fresco that he stole from the bank in the Marketplace.  Now if you don’t recall any of this,  then you might remember Zircon as the warforged who tricked and framed you in the bank after he stole an item out of one of the deposit boxes.

Well, in any case, in Repossession as you storm Zircon mansion you come across the kitchen.  One thing that I find interesting here is that the kitchen is occupied with some dogs and a cook.  The cook is named Milbury.  Ok nothing too strange about that but remember that Zircon is a warforged.  What purposed does his cook serve?

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Erdrique stumbling upon Milbury in the Zircon’s kitchen.

Now sense warforged our constructs they have absolutely no need to eat.  So why would Zircon employee a cook?  One might think it is so that he can feed his other laborers and/or guards but you would think these other staff and guards would be getting their own food prior to reporting to work for Zircon, of course unless they live in the mansion as well.  Even if this was the case why would Zircon pay for the cook.  Maybe the cook was hired by the other guards and staff of Zircon’s mansion and not by Zircon himself, which I find highly unlikely for a crime boss.  Or, maybe Zircon loves his dogs so much he hired a special cook to tend to their needs….maybe…?

A warforged needing a cook.  Interesting…Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in the dangerous lands of DDO :).

Stopping Some Corruption-The Sharn Syndicate

Over the weekend, I took Erdrique (Level 6 Rogue) through the quest chain, The Sharn Syndicate.  The Sharn Syndicate is a low level quest chain, level 4 on normal, with all of its quests located in the Marketplace.  The quest giver for this particular story arc is Yorrick Amantu, one of the famous Coin Lords in Stormreach.  This particular quest chain contains six different quests: Stand Your Ground, Dirty Laundry, Stormreaver Fresco, Bookbinder Rescue, Repossession, and Come Out and Slay.  The back drop for the story is that a powerful crime syndicate is trying to establish its foot hold in Stormreach.  As a result, the syndicate as quickly spread through the Marketplace causing corruption, chaos, extortion, robbery, and kidnapping.  Yorrick recruits our adventurers to stop this threat to Stormreach once and for all.

One thing about the Sharn Syndicate is that the quests are rather short and quite varied.  The beginning of the chain starts with the quest Stand Your Ground where you help Maxwell Statler (the quest giver) and his brother defend their bar from the Sharn Syndicate as they try to extort “protection” money from the brothers, who have taken a stand against being bullied.  The basic mechanic of this quest is to keep the Maxwell alive (you get bonus experience if you keep his brother alive as well) through a few waves of attacking Sharn Syndicate enemies who invade from the rough and from the front door.

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Erd guarding the Statler brothers.

The second quest deals with a few Sharn Syndicate thugs who are using a business as a front to launder money.  Guard Kayd, the quest giver, has found out about this operation and we are tasked with taken care of this.  The main objective of the quest is to simply slay the launderers.

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Erd looking to deal with the money launderers.

The third quest is another short and unique quest.  You are basically asked to act as a guard for a mysterious  warforged named Zircon.  You are guarding Zircon as he makes a withdraw from the bank in the Market.  However, the quest quickly changes as it becomes clear that Zircon doesn’t need to be guarded at all and instead frames you for stealing the item out of the bank, the item being the Stormreaver Fresco.  The main goal of this quest is to make it out of the bank once Zircon double crosses you and you get optional experience if you don’t kill any guards.

The fourth quest is a rescue mission.  The Sharn Syndicate of taken hostage the Binder family and you need to enter the home free the hostages and take care of the evil syndicate thugs.  None of the families can die and they must be escorted to an exit point (there is one upstairs and one downstairs).  This quest can get quite annoying because although the house isn’t extremely large, it is heavily trapped and the Binder family members tend to fight to the death…literally.

The fifth quest is all about revenge.  Zircon is back and is looking to unload the Fresco.  However, the original owner of the Fresco wants it back, a dragon named Kear (who is in elf form).  Not to mention, we want to pay Zircon another visit to show him how much we appreciate his efforts in trying to frame us.  The quest has two simple goals: destroy Zircon and retrieve the Fresco.  The quest is interesting in that it contains a room of unique and rare art that is all trapped except for one piece that allows access to Zircon’s final room.  Pick the wrong piece…and boom!!

The last quest is one the puts the syndicate down for good.  Come Out and Slay is about infiltrating the Sharn Syndicate and then taking out its leader here in Stormreach and then making it out alive.  An interesting side plot to this quest is that the Sharn Syndicate is doing its best to unite the various gang factions together (Clan Tunnelworm Kobolds, Hazadill’s Bugbears, the Quickfoot, etc).  The fighting in this twisty by short quest can get hairy at times, especially near the end where a large number of enemies seem to come out of nowhere from the roof.

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Erd dealing with Talon in Come Out and Slay.

Overall, the six quests are fun, short and show a wide variety of game mechanics.  This particular story arc also has a number of fun and interesting named quest rewards that are pretty good for low level twink gear.  If you haven’t given the Sharn Syndicate a go, I would recommend it!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

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

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

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Wapoyei fighting the wood woad in the High Road.

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Larrs causing all kinds of disarray in Acute Delirium.

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

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Hamllin taking on Slomnuc in Fathoms of the Depths.

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

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Sludgge explores the Ruins of Gianthold.

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

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Harrgon checking out the sights in Three Barrel Cove.

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Harrgon having some fun with some gargoyles.

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Harrgon fighting the blackbones in Old Grey Garl.

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

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

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Erdrique fighting his way through the Tangleroot Gorge.

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

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Hamllin helping out the Raveneye in the Claw of Vulkoor.

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

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

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Erdrique doing some slayers and hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

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

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Suppply taking care of the launderers.

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Suppply working to free the Binder family in Bookbinder Rescue.

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Suppply in the bank after hours in the Stormreaver Fresco.

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Suppply preparing to payback Zircon in Repossession.

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Suppply looking to finally take care of the Syndicate.

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

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

It Was A Cove Style Weekend, Quest Runs October 24th to October 26th

Well, this past weekend I surprised myself.  I didn’t plan on running a whole lot in the Crystal Cove, although I did plan on running some out there because it is a special event that doesn’t come along all that often, but I wound up running it much more than I thought.  Then again, dropping the number of map piece turn-ins to 500 help to make that happen.  In any case I ran the Crystal Cove five times over the weekend.  However, my weekend runs didn’t actually start inside the Crystal Cove.

My weekend runs started with my typical morning slayer runs on Friday.  I brought on a character on my premium account, Suppply (Level 8 Paladin), and took him out into Three Barrel Cove to continue on his march of dominance of the local pirates.  That afternoon, I brought on Erdrique (Level 6 Monk) and completed the Sharn Syndicate series by finishing the quest Come Out and Slay.  I then took Erdrique out into Irestone Inlet and took on Yar-yar and his crew.  I then took Erdrique back into the Waterworks Slayer area and finished that zone.  On Friday night, I started out in the Smuggler’s Rest and then did a few runs in the Crystal Cove.  I had some help from Luchog and from Leefist as we ran around collecting map pieces and doubloons.  I then took Erdrique out into Tangleroot Gorge and started the Assault on Splinterskull chain.  I completed the first two quests in the chain: First Strike and the Hobgoblin’s Captives.  I then headed to the Marketplace and took on the quest Red Fang. I then completed one more run in the Crystal Cove before I called it a night.

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Erdrique making his way through the Tenemenats.

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Erdrique running to take care of Yar-yar’s ship in Irestone Inlet.

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Erdrique taking care of Shaman Yiley.

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Surrounded by pirates, now need to take care of business in Smuggler’s Rest.

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Erdrique battling the crew of Red Raven.

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Erdrique looking for enemies in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erdrique making a statement in Splinterskull.

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Erdrique hunting down Red Fang the Unruled.

On Saturday, I did some slayers in the Tangleroot Gorge slayer area and then I did a run through the Crystal Cove.  Later that night, I took Erdrique into the Cerulean Hills and completed the quest The Captives.  I then made my way back to the Marketplace and into the Steam Tunnels to do the quest The Sacred Helm.  I then took Erdrique into one of the Cannith Challenges and ran the challenge: Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.  I then took him back out to Smuggler’s Rest for another run in the Crystal Cove and then ended the night with some slayer runs in Tangleroot Gorge.

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Erd finding some nice crystals in the Cove.

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Time to scout out the orc troops in The Captives.

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Erdrique twisting his way to the Sacred Helm.

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Erdrique taking on the Mother of the Nest in Dr. Rushmore’s mansion.

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Erdrique battling various pirates out in Smuggler’s Rest.

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Erdrique directing some traffic in the Cove.

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Erdrique doing some more hunting in Tangleroot Gorge.

Sunday was a relatively light gaming session.  I was scheduled to log in with Crawlller (Level 6 Ranger), another one of my premium account characters.  The first thing I wanted to do was to do some quick slayer runs with him in Tangleroot Gorge.  I entered the explorer area and I was later joined by Xahtep, a reader of my blog .  We blasted through the explorer zone twice and Crawlller wound up reaching over 750 slayers and he received enough experience to hit level 6.  Xahtep then had to log but I just wanted to pass along that I enjoyed his help!!  After the turns through Tangleroot, I took Crawlller out into the Cerulean Hills and ran the quest Where There’s Smoke on Hard.  I then took Crawlller into House Cannith and got his daily challenge token and ran through the challenge Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.  By the time I finished the run, it was time to head off to bed.

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Crawlller looking for some wild wolves in Tangleroot.

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Crawlller trying to save the Nash farm.

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Crawlller taking care of Dr. Rushmore’s girlfriend…

So, the weekend runs were primarily lower level runs, with a decent about of Crystal Cove activity splayed throughout the weekend.  Not my most productive weekend but it was still a fun weekend .  I hope everybody else had a nice weekend as well!!  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

A Nice Mixture of Runs, Questing October 20th to October 23rd

This week began with a morning slayer run with Rimuldar (Level 23 Wizard/Magister) through the Vale of Twilight first thing on Monday morning.  I collected some opportunistic kills on some devils before I headed off to work.  That afternoon I brought on Erdrique (Level 5 Monk) and took on the first four quests of the Sharn Syndicate chain. I was able to complete the quests: Stand Your Ground, Dirty Laundry, and the Stormreaver Fresco.  I did attempt the Bookbinder Rescue but ran into some difficulties and didn’t get a chance to complete it.  Later that night, while also playing our digital table top game, I logged on with Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Exalted Angel) and took him into the Tomb of the Wizard King.  Since I was by myself, under geared, and not giving the quest my full attention, I went on on epic normal.  I didn’t really have too many issues with the quest, except at one point I was a little frustrated with a graphics glitch where the floor had fallen away in one of the rooms but the graphics didn’t show the floor as being crumbled, instead is showed the floor as a solid entity.  I took me some time to figure that out but I eventually did.  After than run, I called it a night.

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Garrrin working on delivering the Stormeye some chaos.

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Erdrique looking forward to dealing with these thugs.

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Erdrique is working on taking out the laundry.

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Erdrique is wondering about this warforged.

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Erdrique trying to help out the Binder family.

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Wapoyei is dealing with broken floors and firewalls in the Wiz-King.

Tuesday, I was scheduled to bring on Garrrin (Level 21 Barbarian/Fury of the Wild) for my morning slayer run.  Garrrin is still working on his heroic slayers of Gianthold and is slowly progressing through their.  In the afternoon, I brought on Hamllin (Level 12 Fighter) and took him out into the quest, The Church and the Cult and had a fun time dealing with the original vampire in DDO.  I also wrote some more details about the quest at this post.  Later that night, I quickly brought on Erdrique and took him back into the Bookbinder Rescue and was able to complete it this time.  I then switched characters to Berann (Level 7 Barbarian) and completed some of his “maintenance quests” in the Harbor including Arachnophobia and Bringing the Light.  I then took him out to Smuggler’s Rest and ran an iteration of the Crystal Cove.  I called it a night after the run through the mines of Crystal Cove.

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Hamllin prepping to fight the vampire in the Church and the Cult.

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Erdrique dealing with the Sharn Syndicate in the Binder Home.

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Berann working on destroying some gambling tables.

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Berann noticing the huge spider at the back of the crypt.

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Berann in the middle of the party in the Smuggler’s Rest.

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Berann taking on a specter in the Crystal Cove.

Wednesday was a light day for me.  The only thing I was able to do was my morning slayer run with Stoorage (Level 10 Fighter) who is working on his Sorrowdusk Isle slayers, rares, and explorers.  The rest of the day was spent at work and then spending the night with my wife for our weekly date night .

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Stoorage dealing with the spider ambush in the wilds of Sorrowdusk Isle.

Thursday was a more productive day.  I started the day with some slayer runs with Hamllin who was finally able to finish off Tangleroot Gorge.  I was aslo scheduled to take Hamllin into the Red Fens that afternoon as I took him into the quest, The Last Stand and beat pack the sahuagin horde.  After that quick run, I switch characters to Erdrique to try to make up for my lost runs on Wednesday.  I too Erdrique through Repossession and Kobold Assault with little difficulty.  That night I was scheduled to bring on Sludgge (Level 20 Rogue/Shadowdancer).  I logged him in noticed he still needed to run Storm the Beaches.  Khameltwo had also logged on and us two warforged decided to deal with these epic ballistae for the first time.  We entered on epic normal and were doing alright until we misjudged the timing on the firing of the ballistae.  We hard to recall and reenter the quest a number of times but we finally figured out how to deal with those potent weapons.  In the end, we finally managed to get past them and to complete the quest.

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Hamllin finally finishes up Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin exploring the mysteries of the Red Fens.

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Hamllin fighting back the horde of sahuagin.

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Erdrique paying back Zircon for his treachery.

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Erdrique having a good ol’ time in Kobold Assault.

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Sludgge and Khamel assaulting the Blood Tide Pirates on Mistral Island.

So that was is a quick rundown of the quests I completed this week.  I had an unusual number of runs with epic level characters which was refreshing.  Not too bad a week at all, but there was some frustration with the Bookbinder Resuce and with Storm the Beaches.  I hope everybody else had a fun and good week!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting everybody!!

The Bookbinder Frustration

With another life comes another iteration of running the Sharn Sydicate.  The Sharn Syndicate is an interesting quest pack that contains six different quests.  The fourth quest in the series is called The Bookbinder RescueErdrique (Level 5 Monk) is currently working on completing this chain and ran into some annoying issues with this particular quest.

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Erdrique attempting to help the Binder family…key word on attempt.

The idea behind this particular quest is to rescue all of the family members without letting any of them getting killed.  The quest giver is Olistair Binder, who is standing outside of his house in the Marketplace looking for somebody to help him.  The Sharn Syndicate have taking his family and house hostage and are forcing him to find some way to pay the ransom.

This particular quest is unique, in that it actually has two quest entrances.  There are a few others with this mechanic, but not many.  You can enter the house through the upper level or you can enter the house through the front door on the lower level.  I have received mixed results from each method.  The house is two levels with a single large room making up the lower floor and the upper floor being composed of numerous rooms with and a hallway.  All the rooms on the second floor are shut, locked, and trapped.

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Erdrique dealing with the Sharn Syndicate in the Binder Home.

The primary difficulty with this quest is keeping the hostages alive.  The enemies on the lower floor and in the hallways do tend to focus on your character and any hirelings, which is good.  One thing to be cautious of though is when you enter the quest from the upper floor you can sometimes grad too much attention as soon as you exit that room of entry and go into the hall as the enemies from the lower level and from the hall will converge upon you.  I have found that entering the lower level makes this a little easier because you don’t tend to grab attention of all folks on the second floor hallway.  However, the real issue is entering the various rooms on the second floor and keeping the hostage alive.   As soon as you go to bash the door down, the hostage will gather a large amount of the enemy attention.  This can happen even if you hit the door by accident, which happened to me the first time I attempted the quest this life.  I had accidentally hit the door while dealing with some other enemies in the hall.  The quest failed shortly later when the hostage in that room was killed, I never even finished bashing the door down.

If you can disable the traps in front of each door upstairs, then the best thing to do is to plow through those doors before the traps can activate to drag up as much attention from the enemies as you can so that they don’t attack the hostage.  The traps can be turned off once you get into the room by through a lever.  I took me three attempts to get the quest completed, but I finally got it done.

The quest is extremely short but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating at times.  Make sure you protect those hostages when you enter each room and here the DM narration telling you that the hostage is fighting back.  Another difficult thing to do is to target and find the hostage when you do enter the room.  At least that has always caused me trouble.  So instead of trying to locate the hostage and just pile in there as start attacking and look for the hostage once the room is cleared.

In any case, out the six Sharn Syndicate quests, this one is probably one of the more annoying and difficult, at leas to me.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy questing!!