Starting off 2017 with Some Questing

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

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

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Erdrique making his way through Mirra’s Sleepless Nights.

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Erdrique fighting his way to Achka.

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Erdrique battling Corrosion in Justice for Grust.

 

 

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

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Erdrique taking on the sights of Searing Heights.

 

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

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Garrrin hunting in the King’s Forest.

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Hamllin exploring the intricacies of Memoirs.

 

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

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Cannock illustrating who the alpha wolf is in Tangleroot Gorge.

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

 

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

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Tuhnn hunting for some slayers in  the desert.

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Hamllin exploring the dangers of Memoirs.

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Erdrique battling his way through the seige at Gladewatch Outpost.

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Battling the trolls of the Forgotten Caverns.

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Erdrique taking on the hobgoblins of Splinterskull.

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

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Preparing for the Devil Assault.

 

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

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Time to plunder some loot in the Bounty Hunter.

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

 

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

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Stoorage making his way through the Caged Trolls.

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Stoorage exploring the Knaves Hollow.

 

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

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Stoorage battling the sahaugin of the Red Fens.

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

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Wapoyei exploring the dangers of the High Road.

 

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

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Hamllin fighting off some ogres in Gianthold.

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Hamllin making his way through the Slavers’ Stockade.

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

 

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

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Suppply exploring the wilds of Sorrowdusk Isle.

 

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

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Wapoyei doing some hunting in the High Road.

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Hamllin battling the forces of Droaam in Seigebreaker.

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

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

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Sludgge making his way through the Ruins of Gianthold.

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Erdrique battling and spinning his way through the Black Loch.

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

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Time to prepare to lay seige to an island fortress.

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Erdrique battling his way through the Tide Tuns.

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

 

 

 

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An Active Halloween Weekend, Quest Runs October 30th to November 1st

I always enjoy the Halloween holiday and this past weekend was no different.  I was a little bummed out that we couldn’t dress up at work on Friday, October 30th but I made up for it by dressing up on Halloween to pass out candy to the kids.  But another aspect I always enjoy with Halloween is playing DDO and slaying many monsters :).  This year was no different.  I kicked off the weekend by taking Berann (Level 9 Barbarian) out into Tangleroot Gorge for some slayers.  I also took the opportunity for Containment (Level 7 Cleric) to tag along with him by dual boxing with my two accounts.  After work, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) and I took him out into the undead zone of the Sands of Menechtarun as he continues to work on his 1,500 slayer mark in that region.  I then took him out to Delera’s Graveyard and to participate in the Night Revels.  It took me about three minutes or so to accumulate two keys.  I used one to enter Haverdashed on level 20.  I was expecting it to pretty easy but I underestimated the ability of my hireling cleric and my lack luster damage output with piercing weapons and found myself a soul stone during the fight with the skeletons with my hireling quickly following suit.  However, I did find out that when you fail an instance a key is still consumed.  No worries though, I had my revenge :).  I then called it for a little while and then logged back on Friday night with Erdrique (Level 22 Rogue/Fury of the Wild).  I had originally planned on knocking out the quests in the High Road so I headed out there and completed Lost in the Swamp and A Stay at the Inn on heroic elite.  It was the first time I have done these quests and I found them interesting.  In between those runs, I also took Erdrique through a run of the Night Revels and Haverdashed and through a run of the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage.  I called it a night after that.

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Berann and Containment exploring Tangleroot Gorge.

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Hamllin fighting the mummies in the desert.

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Hamllin looking into the Night Revels.

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Hamllin taking care of the zombies in Haverdashed.

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Erdrique noticing some interesting red crystals in the cave to the yuan-ti encounter in the High Road.

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Coming across a medusa in the swamp.

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Erdrique exploring the Inn in the High Road.

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Erdrique working in the Night Revels.

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Erdrique having some fun tripping a bunch of skeletons in Haverdashed.

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Erdrique moving into position to protect the kobolds in Labor Shortage.

Halloween was quite an interesting day, especially with my questing!!  I took as much opportunity as I could to do some challenge questing and Night Revels questing in between my chores and yard work.  The first thing I did was to log on with Hamllin so that he could get another shot at Haverdashed.  This time I went in on level 17 and switched weapons and had no major issues, so he got his revenge there.  After that, I logged on with Erdrique who then participated in the Night Revels as well and completed runs through Haverdashed, Kobodl’s Newest Ringleader, and Under New Ravagement.  I also had some time to complete two runs of the Extraplanar Palace: Dragon’s Hoard and a run through Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.  After the trick and treating, I logged back on Saturday night and I grouped up with Okhamel and took him through the Night Revels and through the Snitch and the Lich.  We then headed out to the Twelve to try the quest Terminal Delirium on heroic elite.  It was first look at the quests from the Heart of Madness quest series and all I can say is that it was an interesting experience.  We were in there for quite some time and when we completed it I needed to call it a night.  But I can say that we did completed it :).

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Hamllin taking note of the crimson sky in the Night Revels.

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Erdrique taking on the spectral dragon in the Dragon’s Hoard.

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Taking on the spectral dragon once again.

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Erdrique looking around the observatory of Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion in Picture Portals.

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Erdrique exploring the graveyard.

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The mind flayer cooking up some zombies in Under New Ravagement.

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Taking on the undead kobolds in the Newest Ringleader.

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Erdrique hunting the undead and shadar-kai in Delera’s Graveyard.

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Erdrique and Okhamel dealing with the undead in the Snitch and the Lich.

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Time to get our groove on in Terminal Delirium.

On Sunday, I had hoped to log in during the day like I did on Saturday but unfortunately the opportunity didn’t arise.  I did log on that night though but I had made a mistake in my calendar.  I forgot to update my calendar and had logged on with Stoorage (Level 13 Fighter) but I was supposed to play with Cannock (Level 7 Druid).  I didn’t realize this mistake until this morning when I started to think about it more.  Oh well, in either case I played Stoorage and dual boxed him with Cantlin (Level 12 Sorcerer).  I also joined up with Twotoe.  Stoorage still needed the Necro I series on elite (he hadn’t started them yet) so we ran through all five quests on elite (Tomb of the Immortal Heart, Tomb of the Sanguine Heart, Tomb of the Burning Heart, Tomb of the Crimson Heart, and The Bloody Crypt).  Even being well over level, I still wound up getting enough experience to move Stoorage and Cantlin from level 12 to 13.  Now I will just have to remember to log on with Cannock during my next scheduled run with Stoorge to get back on track.  The dilemma of having a plethora of characters :).  While running through these quests, I ran into some internet connection issues and when we were more than halfway through the Bloody Crypt my connection dropped.  It took me about another 20 minutes (if not longer) to reconnect and luckily Twotoe stayed on and waited for me.  Definitely an interesting night.

Stoorage making his way through the Tomb of the Sanguine Heart.

Stoorage and Twotoe making their way through Tomb of the Burning Heart.

Exploring Tomb of the Immortal Heart.

Stoorage and Twotoe hunting down Salasso.

So, the weekend was quite fun.  I ran a wide variety of quests ranging from some low level slayers, to the Night Revels, to challenges, and high level heroic quests.  I hope everybody else had a fun and safe weekend as well!!  Thank you for reading and happy hunting in the Night Revels.

Fun Weekend Full of Challenges, May 1st to May 3rd

Well this past weekend I decided it was a good time to make a push to upgrade Erdrique’s Spare Hand and Ring of the Stalker Level 7 versions to tier 3, especially with the 50% bonus to challenge rewards going on because of the Water Week specials.  This resulted in a number of Cannith Challenge quest runs on Saturday.  However, prior to that, I started off the weekend by taking Sludgge (Level 21 Rogue/Shadowdancer) into the Ruins of Gianthold (Heroic) to gather up some slayer counts out there prior to heading off to work.  When I got home that afternoon, I took Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) into the Red Fens and wracked up some more slayers out there.  Friday night was an interesting night.  I logged on with Erdrique (Level 8 Rogue) and I joined up with Hellbanisher as we knocked out all of the Necropolis I quests: The Tomb of the Crimson Heart, Tomb of the Burning Heart, Tomb of the Immortal Heart, Tomb of the Sanguine  Heart, and The Bloody Crypt.  During those runs I noticed that we had accidentally completed the Tomb of the Crimson Heart on normal, so we headed back in their again to get it completed on elite so that I could collect the favor.  Prior to running the Bloody Crypt, we both leveled up from 7 to 8.  After those runs, Hell had to call it a night so then I took Erdrique into the Cannith Challenge Extraplanar Palace: Dragon’s Hoard which I ran and completed three times to collected Enchanted Armor Fragments.  I called it an evening after those sets of runs.

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Sludgge handling the bad guys in the Gianthold.

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Hamllin taking out Sharkbiter and his pet in the Red Fens.

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Erdrique going to work in the Tomb of the Crimson Heart.

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Erdrique battling the lieutenant in the Tomb of the Burning Heart.

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Erd and Hell making their way through the Sanguine Heart.

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Erdrique getting stunned in the Tomb of the Immortal Heart.

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It is time to make our way through the Bloody Crypt and deal with Salasso.

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Erdrique preparing for the incoming in the Dragon’s Hoard.

On Saturday, I logged on early with Hamllin and took him through the challenge Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.  It was first time I took run through this particular version of the mansion and was a little surprised to see the portal boxes in front of each picture.  However, they didn’t prevent me from succeeding :).  I then logged out and didn’t log back in until later that night.  I brought Hamllin back on and was joined by Okhamel and we ran through Picture Portals another three times to get the jeweled goblets I needed.  We then switched characters to run the Extraplanar Palace: Labor Shortage to get aracanalth scrolls.  I logged on with Charlock (Level 14 Fighter) and Okhamel logged in with Khamels.  We then proceeded to blast through Labor Shortage three times.  At that point I had enough ingredients for my upgrades and I switched to Erdrique.  Okhamel logged in Khamelblade and once I finished upgrading we headed off to Three Barrel Cove and completed Prove Your Worth, The Trogldoyte’s Get, and Old Grey Garl.  After that we called it a night.

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Hamllin tangling with the Mistress in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Picture Portals.

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Hamllin and Okhamel working their way through  Dr. Rushmore’s mansion.

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Charlock surveying the scene in Labor Shortage.

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Erdrique taking note of Scortchtusk from above.

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Climbing the ladder challenge in Prove Your Worth.

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Erdrique and Khamelblade dealing with the gargoyle ambush in Troglodyte’s Get.

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Erd looing for Old Grey Garl.

In comparison to Friday and Saturday, Sunday was a weak night of questing.  However, I did log in with Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) and I was joined up with Friedrice and we headed off in the Tharaskh Arena on Epic Hard.  It was my third time taking Kolll in there on epic hard and this instance didn’t result any better :(.  Once we got inside the arena, the second spawn of enemies instantly drew us into a yellow dungeon alert and that was all it took to defeat us.  We reentered two more times but after the third wipe we recalled out and reset the instance and ran it on Epic Normal instead.  We had absolutely know issues then.

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Dealing with the “contact” in the Tharashk Arena.

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These paragon kobolds need to go away.

So the weekend was definitely a good one.  I’m glad I was able to upgrade Erd’s items and to hit a new level with him.  Now I just need to revamp the rest of his stuff :).  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in Stormreach!!

A Series of Mid-Level Questing, Quest Runs April 27th to April 30th

The quest runs for me over the past week were primarily with characters from the level 7 to 16 range.  I started off the week by taking Stoorage (Level 11 Fighter) out into Sorrowdusk Isle where he keeps working diligently to collect all of his slayers.  Later that afternoon, I logged on with Hamllin (Level 16 Fighter) and sloshed through the Red Fens some more to edge ever closer to 1,500 slayer mark.  I meant to log in that night with Larrs (Level 20 Bard/Fatesinger) but I never had the chance because I had to work on leveling up my two characters for my digital PNP game.

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Stoorage investigating this campsite in Sorrowdusk Isle.

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Hamllin siting the spider in the Fens from afar. 

Hamllin kicked off my runs the following morning with yet some more slayers in the Red Fens.  After I got home from work, I then logged on with Erdrique (Level 7 Rogue) and took him into the Depths of Doom on elite.  It was the last of the Depths Quests that I needed to complete.  Later on that night, I logged on with Harrgon (Level 11 Favored Soul) who I took into the Tomb of the Burning Heart.  By tripping a wight on one of the floor switches, I was able to open up the doors to complete the quest.  I then headed out into the Bloody Crypt where I didn’t waste anytime in opening the passage to Salasso and defeating him.  And I even remembered to obtain and upgrade the Silver Flame trinket .  I also leveled Harrgon from level 10 up to 11 right after the Burning Heart completion and prior to heading into the Bloody Crypt.

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Hamllin slicing and dicing some drowned in the Red Fens.

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Erdrique encountering some wraiths in the Depths of Doom.

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Making use of the wight in the Tomb of the Burning Heart.

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Harrgon finally finding the heart in the Bloody Crypt.

Wednesday was a short day, as is typical, because that is my weekly date night with my beautiful wife.  However, I did get some quick and dirty slayer runs into, first taking Suppply (Level 9 Paladin) into Three Barrel Cove and then taking Hamllin back out into the swamps of the Red Fens for a quick run after work and before my wife got home.

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Suppply battling the Cannoneer in Three Barrel Cove.

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Hamllin hunting the spiders in the Red Fens.

For Thursday, I kicked the day off by taking Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Divine Crusader) into the intriguing High Road for some slayers.  In the afternoon, I brought on Erdrique and took him through Three Barrel Cove and ran the quest The Stones Run Red and was quite happy with the 20k experience he got from it.  Later that night, I logged back on with Suppply who completed Rest for the Restless on elite and then ran through Proof is in the Poison on normal.  I then decided to hit Three Barrel Cove before I called it a night.

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Wapoyei wandering around the High Road.

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Erdrique heading off to take on the pirates of Three Barrel Cove.

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Erdrique taking on the ogres of Fire Caves.

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Suppply hunting for the undead in the Vault of the Restless.

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Suppply enjoying the the beautiful sunset in Three Barrel Cove.

So this week was pretty much dominated with the upper lower levels through mid-level quest runs.  I did get a run in with Wapoyei but it wasn’t a long run.  I’m hoping to catch up on the run I missed out with Larrs over the weekend.  We’ll see how that goes.  Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

A Weekend of Quest Runs, October 31 to November 2

This weekend, my questing actually started with some questing in Neverwinter Nights II.  For my morning slayer run, I took Ragnar (Level 5 Spirit Shaman) further into the city of Neverwinter and learned a little more about the storyline in the Opening Campaign.  However, later that afternoon I logged into DDO with Hamllin (Level 10 Fighter) and took him into the Red Fens.  While in there, I took him into the final quest out there, Into the Deep.  I went in on elite and everything started out very well as I made me way through the first temple perfectly fine but in the second temple I got distracted and before I knew it my hireling had died and then I followed quickly behind it.  Thats what I get I guess for chatting with my guildies through guild chat while they were in the Crystal Cove, lol.  I will just have to take it on again next week.  On Friday night, I logged on with Erdrique (Level 6 Monk) and was soon joined up with Mohog and we tackled the quests Freshen the Air, Proof is in the Poison, Tomb of the Burning Heart, and Tomb of the Sanguine Heart.  We started these after I spent a good amount of time doing some crafting in the Cannith Crafting Hall.  The quests went smoothly and I was pleased as I put all of them up in the LFM panel and a got a few hits, even though we weren’t receiving the bravery bonus.  Overall it was a nice night.

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Ragnar learning about the next part in his journey.

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Hamllin scouting out Gorger in the Red Fens.

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Hamllin taking on the sahuagin base.

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Erdrique and Mohog looking to clean up the troglodytes.

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Erdrique and Mohog looking Masmataz. 

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Erdrique and Mohog looking for the Vessels.

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Erdrique taking a party through the Burning Heart.

On Saturday, I logged on with Erdrique and took him into Tangleroot Gorge and completed the next two quests in the Assault on Splinterskull chain: Yarkuch’s Warplans and Whisperdoom’s Spawn.  After that, I took Erdrique to House Phiarlan and ran the quest Rest for the Restless.  Once Rest for the Restless was completed, I headed back out to the Necropolis and completed the quest Tomb of the Immortal Heart  which was the last flagging quest I needed to flag for the The Bloody Crypt.  I then went to House Kundarak and tackled the quest The Lair of Summoning.  After battling the end fire elemental I headed back to House Phiarlan and started the Carnival Series with A Small Problem.  I then ended the night with a run through the Cannith Challenge-Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion: Behind the Door.  So Saturday night was an extremely efficient night for me as I took Erdrique thought that series of quests.

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Erdrique hunting some black widows in the Gorge.

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Erdrique looking for Yarkuch’s War plans.

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Time to look for Whisperdoom’s eggs.

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Erdrique taking on the Vault of the Restless.

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Erdrique exploring the Tomb of the Immortal Heart.

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Erdrique looks for Brawnpits in the Mammoth Valley.

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Erdrique notices the eerie painting in Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion.

On Sunday, I logged on with Kolll (Level 21 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) and was joined by Rameses. We decided to take on the Blood Tide Pirates and went into Storm the Beaches on Epic Normal.  After battling the destructive the ballistae, we made our way into the fortress and took out the dimensional anchor and the orc boss.  This particular run was much easier than our first attempt previous in the week, however we did get blown up once or twice.  After we completed Storm the Beaches, we then headed to the House Deneith Tower and entered the quest The Tide Turns on epic normal as well.  We had a fun time taking out Captain Tew and “Ratty.”  After that run, we called it a night.

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Kolll and Rameses having some fun in Storm the Beaches.

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Kolll and Rameses are looking for Captain Tew.

So it was a nice weekend in terms of hitting some quests up with Erdrique.  However, I didn’t get anymore runs through the Crystal Cove.  I guess I will have to finish up those runs sometime in the future.  In any case, it was a fun weekend :).  I hope everybody else had a great weekend and happy hunting!!

Minimal Questing Over the Weekend, June 13th to 15th

Well, as I mentioned in an earlier post today, my questing over the weekend was relegated to a few runs this past Sunday.  This was because I had to travel out of town for a wonderful occasion, my daughter graduated from high school on Saturday .  My daughter lives her mother in the central part of the state whereas I live on the coast so my wife and I left on Thursday night and stayed there until Saturday afternoon for my daughter’s graduation.  This left me with only Sunday to gather in any gaming time.

So, on Sunday, I logged on first with Erdrique (Level 12 Druid) and just took through the Red Fens to gather some more slayer counts.  Erdrique currently has level 13 banked and he only needs about 5,000 experience until he is forced to level and then to have level 14 banked.  So I took him into the slayer area to gather some rare encounters to get him as close as possible to that mark before I need to level.  Later that night, I logged on with Kanndar (Level 11 Paladin).  Kanndar is currently working on completing his level 6 quests on elite, which includes The Bloody Crypt.  Because of this, Kanndar needed to reflag and I finished those flagging runs by completing Tomb of the Immortal Heart and Tomb of the Burning Heart (purchased hirelings to get through this one).   Now Kanndar is ready to hit up the Bloody Crypt.

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Erdrique hunting down some enemies in the Red Fens.

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Kanndar dealing with the evil cultists in the Tomb of the Immortal Heart.

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Kanndar speeding down a corridor in the Tomb of the Burning Heart.

So although it was a light weekend in game, it was still a very exciting and joyous weekend for me!!  I hope everybody else had a fun and great weekend as well!!  Thanks for reading and happy hunting!!

DDO Activities Over the Past Weekend, April 11 to 13

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

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

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Defending Gladewatch Outpost.

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

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

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

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Erdrique exploring the Searing Heights.

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

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

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

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