Into the Mists #ddounlimited #ravenloft

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This weekend I got to try out the newly launched Mists of Ravenloft expansion for Dungeons & Dragons Online. The content is for level 10 (or level 30), and on my new server I only have a level 5 artificer so far.  Rather than wait through those levels I took this as an incentive to buy an Iconic hero character, a level 15 Bladeforged.

The little intro instance for the Bladeforged (a Warforged hero with the Paladin class by default) was very atmospheric, as a big fan of Eberron I was impressed with the little lore touches in the creation forge area. I chose to take a full 15 levels of Paladin, manually leveling the character would be more customisable but too time-consuming an endeavour for a solo character. Paladin is one of my favourite classes to play in any MMORPG anyway, and again the Eberron-specific Warforged character appealed more…

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Sunday Video Round Up: December 3 – 9

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This week is really the perfect example for why I ultimately moved the Round Up to Sunday. This week was a big one in the industry as a couple of major game events happened. On my old schedule, the article would have been posted early Saturday morning, essentially cutting off the PlayStation experience content. While there wasn’t a ton of major surprises, there’s a couple of new videos from the show waiting for you below.

Obviously, the biggest thing this week was The Game Awards, an annual event put out by Geoff Keighley to essentially celebrate the best games from the past year. Not only does the event hand out awards, but the show has also become a spot to announce all sorts of new games or release “world exclusive” trailers. Since this is a ‘Round Up’ I’ve gathered each and every announcement for you below. Enjoy!

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Game Awards+12 New Games Announced+PS4 Crossed 70 Million Sales

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Welcome to the Saturday News show, hosted by ownerbynight. Here, we compile the news of the past week into a quick format you can view while riding in an Uber, commuting on the underground, or taking a taxi to work. We choose and write about what we here see as the most important news for gamers of the past week. On each Saturday, we’ll release an episode, and on every other day, we’ll be keeping our eyes open for news you may have missed. For those reading this, thank you, and we hope to see you all again.

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Raids week 53

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I haven’t had time to do this blog until now, so here it is. Raids 53 started with LTS R2, as it usually does. In about 15 min we had a full party and were ready to start. We soon noticed though that the instance was really laggy, so I called a restart. In the first try I died in wilderness outside the front door, in the second run I managed to stay alive the whole run through. Most of it felt quick and easy, we had a few deaths in fire & ice, but even that completed in no time. Sorjek didn’t reset and we finished the raid in 21 minutes.

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6 Phenomenal Games Inspired By Popular Movies

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Video games are constantly looking to become as lifelike and cinematic as movies, with games such as the Uncharted series leading the charge with what video games are capable of. But there are also games that chose to take influence from movies and yet keep true to ‘game’ part of being a video game, and they all turned out pretty great! Here are 6 games that you never knew were inspired by awesome movies.

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3 Games That Caught My Eye At The 2017 VGA’s

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Each year I look forward to checking out the Video Game Awards to join in the slander and inevitable cringey moments. That being said I’ll be the first one to admit that this year’s show actually showed some improvement so I have to give props to Geoff Keighley for working his ass off every year. Also, let me just give quick congratulations to Breath Of The Wild for taking home the GOTY award, it really deserved it in my opinion. Nintendo had an enormous year with a slew of fantastic games and I look forward to what they bring next year. Putting aside the actual awards portion of the show there was actually some interesting looking game reveals throughout the show. So naturally, I wanted to take the time to list off a couple of trailers that I personally found intriguing.

Witchfire

I’ll be honest when this trailer first started I almost immediately tuned out considering the first…

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Ravenloft

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I’m sure I won’t be the first or last DDO blogger to cover Ravenloft. I may even do some more on the new expansion pack, as we only had a chance to run 3 of the available 12 quests when we stepped in for the first time last night. Note for anyone who has not looked at the new quests there may be some minor spoilers.

OK, so, disclaimers! We ran the quests at Heroic Elite (level 12) and we are currently level 14. We’ve not read anything about the new quests/areas and didn’t try the Lammania preview.

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Griffinwatch

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Griffinwatch got its name from stories that the hilltop where it sits was once home a nest of griffons. Once a watch fort on the border between elven and human lands, Griffinwatch became redundant as the wars pushed back the elven empire and when many fortresses were moved primarily underground to defend against dragon strikes and elvish sorcery. Lord Brannen of Korse was the founder of the structure, and his body is buried under one of the watch towers along the wall – supposedly with some of his goods including one of the three sapphire rings of Telleen.

I originally drew Griffinwatch as a ruined fortress after it was sacked in the pursuit of the three sapphire rings of Telleen and posted it to the blog in April of 2016. I’ve had multiple requests for a “non-ruined” version of the fortress map, so when Griffon showed up on the Mapvember…

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The Game Awards 2017 Reaction Post

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Crazy to think that it’s almost the end of 2017. Where did the time go?

Since it’s December, fans should be well aware that the PlayStation Experience and The Game Awards do a great job of providing a bit of excitement before the new year kicks off. Last night annual Game Awards event kicked off and as expected, the show revealed a ton of new games and trailers.

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So, let’s have a recap of what was announced as well as some off the cuff thoughts by yours truly.

Honestly, I’m less concerned with the details surrounding who won what award so I’m not going to cover any of that here. Let’s get to the meat of the show and react to all of the trailers and announcements!

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My Love/Hate Relationship With Grinding (and/or Farming)

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Grinding has been a large part of RPGs for as long as I can remember. Particularly MMOs and JRPGs, but any other kind of RPG as well. And, over time, it’s crept into other genres as genre blending becomes more common, or new ones arise (like the Diablo series and its “clone” genre). Nowadays it’s pretty much omnipresent in any game you play to a lesser or greater extent.

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I used to hate grinding, still do to a certain extent, but I’ve come to appreciate it as a core part of the gameplay loop of certain games. Diablo games and derivatives like Borderlands or Torchlight are pretty much nothing but grind when you get right down to it, you grind to hit the level cap so you can grind for more loot to get bigger numbers to grind for better loot, etc. ad infinitum. Removing the grind would basically remove…

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