2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Pickles!

Full Moon Fury

DDO has lots of foodstuffs.. cookies, jelly cakes, candy canes, ham (and ham oil… ew), even hummus.

Broccoli is used in crafting.

On the other hand, there aren’t any food-based weapons.

What I would farm for weeks to get, however, is an utterly pitiable weapon I dreamed up last night:

Pickles Behold, the mighty and rare PICKLE!

Pickle

Equips to:  Main hand

Minimum Level:  1

Binds to Character on Acquire

  • Base Value: 2sp
  • Weight: 0.35 lbs
  • Proficiency Class: Simple Weapons: Throwing Dagger
  • Damage and Type: (1-2)  1d2+0, Pickle, Bludgeon (Silver, Good bypass hidden)
  • Critical Roll:  (5%/2-4) 20 / x2
  • Weapon Type: Thrown weapon
  • Handedness: Thrown weapon
  • Default Modifiers
    • Damage: None
    • Attack: None
  • Durability: 3
  • Made from: Cucumber
  • Hardness: 2
  • Chance to Return:  100%

A salty, sour, and crunchy treat lifted from a jar found in one of Stormreach’s many taverns, accidentally enchanted by an inebriated wizard.  Who knows what…

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A Look Back at 2014

Erdrique's Blog

I had a fun time in DDO over the last year.  DDOCast Episdoe 364 took a look back all of the releases and updates for DDO during 2014 and that inspired me to take a closer look at what I had accomplished within the game.  For awhile, I have been keeping track of a number of statistics of my gaming and I figured it might be fun to summarize them.

Taking a look at the number of quests I ran across all of my characters from January until today (December 30, 2014), I ran a total of 1,472 quests.  This includes slayer runs in adventure areas and also includes attempts where I failed.  When I broke the number of quests down by month, I ran the most quests in October (187) and the least in July (71).  This corresponds pretty well with the fact that I was on vacation in…

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A Look at The Tomb of the Shadow King

Erdrique's Blog

The series of quests in the Necropolis II Pack are quite interesting and can be quite annoying.  These quests include Tomb of the Shadow Guard, Tomb of the Shadow Lord, Tomb of the Shadow Knight, Tomb of the Shadow King, and The Shadow Crypt.  The previous four quests are needed to flag and unlock the last quest, The Shadow Crypt.  The four flagging quests are all level 8 on normal with the Shadow Crypt being level 9 on normal.  All of these quests are known for having a large amount of incorporeal enemies (wraiths, specters, shadows, umbral gargoyles, umbral worgs), the addition of phase spiders, some irritating and complicated tomb layouts, and mummy bosses.  Each one of these quests has some annoying but interesting mechanic that makes it stand out from the rest.  The quest I want to focus on this time is the Tomb…

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Two Days of Questing over the Weekend, December 26th to 28th

Erdrique's Blog

This past weekend was a very strong weekend of questing for me, at least in terms of knocking out high experience awarding quests.  I was traveling during Friday, December 26th from North Carolina to Florida and didn’t get any play time :(.  So my questing activities didn’t start until Saturday.

I devoted the entire weekend to questing with Erdrique (Level 12 Monk) to take advantage of the 10% experience bonus and the additional 10% experience VIP bonus.  To start out the questing I took Erdrique out into Sorrowdusk Isle and completed the rest of the slayers and rares out in that zone.  After I completed that zone, I then moved off to finish up the Ruins of Threnal.  I then took on and completed the quests of the Abandoned Excavation (The Missing Expedition, Entering the Gate Chamber, The Gate Chamber) and then I completed the

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Ranger Hunter Soldier Spy

The Order of Syncletica

artemistika1I have a Bard, a Rogue Assassin and many many Ninja Spies.

I haven’t played a Ranger since Pynthetica’s first life, before the new stealth AI retool and enhancement trees.

And I’ve never tried out one particular flavor of Ranger that deserves some attention with the stealth revisions. This way I can learn more about this class path and shore up information in the Stormreach Shadows stealth guide.

So, say hello to young Artemistika, my first Deepwood Stalker. She just might be the best overall stealth fighter because of her very specific skill set.

The Shadow

What stoked me about the Stalker is the incorporation of stealth with powerful ranged attack. At first it struck me as a support build, like the Rogue. The Stalker seemed lacking, at first, the sustained DPS and imbue versatility seen in the Arcane Archer or the melee complexity of the Tempest two-hander or Ninja Spy.

But, reading…

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Nearing the end of the Players Council 2014

Micki's Delirium

It has soon been a year since the Players Council 2014 was selected and our season started. I would like to do a short blog about the experience, my likes and dislikes.

The Players Council was not exactly what I expected. I thought we would be a discussion group that would be discussing and debating possible development plans for the game. I also thought there would be a level of participation required to be on the PC. Instead, we had some ppl that were very vocal and posting their own ideas about future development, and others that rarely posted at all. Sometimes we were asked about numbers, which I could not answer, so only some of the PC members could really actively participate in those discussions…  other times we got to vote on what monsters to put in the next update.

At time there was very little dev interaction, other…

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A Beautiful Sight in the High Road

Erdrique's Blog

Earlier in the week I took Wapoyei (Level 23 Cleric/Exalted Angel) out into the High Road I got a beautiful shot of the morning and I just wanted to show it off :).

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Wapoyei enjoying the scene in The High Road.

I really don’t consider myself to be the best at capturing screenshots but I thought that this one was a pretty good pic.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting out there!!

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A Milestone?

Erdrique's Blog

I don’t really consider myself to be a hard core elite player, especially when it comes to epic questing but I couldn’t help but recognize earlier this weekend that I hit a milestone…I think…with my main character Erdrique (Level 11 Monk).  He just hit his 500th quest for his elite streak.

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I just noticed that Erdrique has 500 quests under his belt for his elite streak.

I wound up hitting this mark when I was completing the quests out in the Ruins of Threnal and noticed it when I was getting ready to head into the quest, Tomb of the Shadow Guard, which I have posted as a screenshot above.  I then began to wonder if this is really a milestone or not.  I can see how this could be a source of pride for many players, continuing their elite streaks well into the thousands but in reality it…

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Oh where, oh where have my little pets gone?

Even Now

Liai

Oh where, oh where could they be?

You might see some of my toons frantically running around Stormreach putting up “lost pet” fliers and asking if anyone’s seen their panthers, wolves, or spiders. Those are the three pets included with the Menace of the Underdark Collector’s Edition, and all of my toons originally received their pets just fine. But since the latest update, they’ve gone missing.

Liai and the other affected toons still have the icons for all three pets on their hotbars, but the paw tab had completely disappeared from their inventories until they got their cube pets. Clicking on the hotbar icons makes the toon wave her arms as if summoning a pet, but other than that nothing happens.

Thanks to this forum thread, I know that other people are having the same problem and have been for some time. Unfortunately Turbine doesn’t seem inclined to do…

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