Hitting a New Milestone

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While taking Erdrique (Level 23 Rogue/Primal Avatar) through the rest of his level 18 quests on heroic elite, I hit a new milestone.  Evidently it was the first time I ever hit 4,000 renown on the Thelanis server.  As a result, I got an additional 100 free Turbine Points.  I hit a similar milestone with Stoorage (Level 13 Fighter) on my premium account when I hit 1,000 favor with him.  However, I was aware of that milestone and bonus (although I had completely forgotten about it because it had been so long so I reached that mark since I don’t play on any other gameworld and it only happens once per account).

Erdrique hits a new milestone.

In this instance, I didn’t realize that you got an additional award for hitting 4,000 favor specifically.  In the past, I had taken Erdrique up to level 20 and quickly heroic true reincarnated. …

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Planescape Torment: The Grand Apology Tour

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finam(This is a continuing series detailing my playthrough of Planescape Torment.  You can check out the whole run on the Nostalgia Lane page.)

Wow, it’s been over a week since I last touched Planescape Torment, so I’m digging around in my head for what I’ve done and where I’m going.  I’m like the Nameless One, what with recovering lost memories.  I haven’t replaced any body parts lately, however.

I start out by fiddling with the dodecahedron that I picked up from my old room.  Due to my awesome intelligence and resurfacing memories, I’m able to unlock it, at which point it transforms into an unreadable journal.  Is this THE journal?  The one I’ve been seeking?  I have no idea.

I bring it to Finam the linguist, who takes a look at the book and says that he can’t read it.  That’s bad.  He does say that his father can. …

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Do anyone out there built to hit not so hard?

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What’s heavy DPS?

The reason why I haven’t had the chance to run certain quests is that some LFMs have started to ask for heavy DPS. As suppose to regular DPS that is. Ironically by people who seem to think that you can only get heavy DPS from Monks, Barbarians and Fighters. Anything else isn’t heavy DPS.

I’ve seen rogues lead in kills due to their sneak attack and I generally lead in kills on my Ranger in most quests. If it’s Epic I can autocrit kill faster than most builds, simply because at that time it’s all about crit DPS. And if I crit faster around 190+ or someone crit slower around 280+ I usually comes out ahead. On top of that I have multi arrows. That’s 4 arrows (that hits pretty much everything that’s lined up) that hits every tick for 20 seconds. Plus as a Tempest III…

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Taking Note of the City of Portals

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Earlier in the week I took my character Rimuldar (Wizard/Draconic Incarnation) into Sschindylryn, known as the City of Portals, for the first time.  I have only ventured into this unique explorer area a couple of other times.  Those included some runs with Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) before I put him through the heroic true reincarnation process and a run or two with Wapoyei (Level 24 Cleric/Divine Crusader).  Sschindylryn is one of the dangerous drow cities found in the Underdark.  There are three drow houses found in Sschindylryn (well there are probably more than that but in DDO we have to deal with three of them): House Dun’robar, House Avithoul, and House Szind.  All of these houses have their unique strengths which you get a preview of as you approach each individual house’s borders.

Encountering some drow in the drow city…go figure.

Sschindylryn is known as the City of Portals…

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Planescape Torment: Playing from McDonald’s

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mumble(This is a continuing series detailing my playthrough of Planescape Torment.  You can check out the whole run on the Nostalgia Lane page.)

As I wait for my car to finish up at the auto shop, I find myself stranded at McDonald’s.  So why not a little Planescape Torment while I dally?  Weird thought: Might I be the only person in the world playing Planescape Torment in a McDonald’s at this very moment?  I think that the odds are good.

Inside the festhall I listen to a lecture on the Blood War.  This is a background conflict that hasn’t been seen in the game so much as its presence has been felt, if you can understand that.  Basically, the Blood War is this epic, non-stop conflict between two factions of fiends that’s taking place on many of the planes.  The fiends try to recruit people to fight, but…

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The Influential Netherese

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As I continue to take Erdrique (Level 23 Rogue/Primal Avatar) through the upper level heroic content on elite, I have run across a number of quests that have involved the Netherese.  The Netherese first make their appearance for us when we encounter them in Wheloon Prison.  We then struggle with them when we enter the High Road and continue to struggle with them while we venture out into the Storm Horns.   One thing I have learned about the Netherese is that they are extremely influential.

Erdrique realizing that the Netherese are quite influential.

Looking back at these encounters I noticed that they have made allies with the prisoners of of Wheloon Prison, the natural fauna of the High Road, hired a bunch of sellswords and other mercenaries, and recruited monstrous armies into their ranks from orcs, gnolls, and giants.  I’m sure I’m missing others as well.

All…

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Planescape Torment: Skin of stone

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fortune(This is a continuing series detailing my playthrough of Planescape Torment.  You can check out the whole run on the Nostalgia Lane page.)

Leaving the brothel, I continue my exploration of the Clerk’s Ward.  A creepy fortune teller, plying her trade at night for some reason, gives me a scroll that she’d been holding onto since her mother was charged to hold onto it for me.  It’s a nasty note that says something about slowing me down, and I take a bit of magic damage.  But I’m tough and pull through just fine.

Not too far away is an art gallery, where an old blind lady, er, watches over the place.  She’s blind by choice, so I don’t feel bad about the pun.  Anyway, she does give me some backstory on Ravel, especially how the night hag was fascinated by a singular question: “What can change the nature of…

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

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

So this week, my quest runs started on Tuesday morning.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my calendar completely worked out and I logged in with Tuhnn (Level…

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The Mysteries of the Menechtarun Desert

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I have said it a number of times in some previous post that my favorite explorer area is the Sands of Menechtarun.  This explorer area has a number of unique landscapes and awe inspiring sights but it also has a large amount of lore that has barely been touched in DDO.  Within DDO, the Menechtarun Desert takes up a vast amount of area on the Xen’drik continent.  The vast reaches of the Menechtarun spans the ancient temples and pyramids of the once vibrant empire of King Raiyum, the mines and mountains of the Firebrand Gnolls, to the vast valleys and plains of the Windlasher Gnolls, and to cover the area of the Vulkoorim Spiral, home of the deadly Vulkoorim drow tribes.  When you enter the Sands of Menechtarun, you are tasked with finding sixteen different lore based explorer points and nine different dungeon entrances.

The mysterious Menechtarun Desert.

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