EEraids Saturday

Micki's Delirium

After the very little interest in EE Deathwyrm the last 2 times I posted for it, I decided to post for EE Defiler of the Just instead this Saturday. The experience I have to say was much worse. First I waited over and hour to fill my party, then the lag. I lost count of how many times we entered, started the clearing, lagged and restarted. Once we had a semi-ok instance we continued to  the first gate, then lag wiped there. Back to restarting cause of bad instance. Then when we finally got past that part we didn’t have enough dps, pulled too much trash and failed. So we decided to do eH instead. Same thing, restarting to get a good instance, lagged bad in the first fight. After a few of these, Lion suggested we just try eN instead. 10 man eN seemed a bit better. We were…

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Shroud runs done silly but quickly and right

Tactalicious & Craftalicious

Yesterday I ran a shroud run with AoK. The LFM clearly said griefing is a guarantee and there will be no DDoor option. I was running my Horc fighter anyways so I didn’t expect much; I had some FOM cookies and I have all the rings I need to survive. In other words; the fast pace wouldn’t hurt none.

If you haven’t run with AoK in shroud before it’s generally quick, very few stops beat them down no nonsense runs. If you do the same runs with other guilds such as Big Damn Heroes (now renamed) etc you won’t get the griefing but the runs are equally swift. And that suited me just fine – after suffering through a couple of slow painful runs I was ready for a much quicker one.

And quick it was. Less than 30 minutes later we were done and someone left a ddoor ontop…

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Looks Like the Auction House Doesn’t Understand

Erdrique's Blog

I noticed something a little strange the past few days with respect to the random generated loot system and the auction house.  I’m not entirely sure when the problem actually started showing up but I think it was after the latest patch.  In any case, I sold some things on the auction house but the automatic generated email I received was basically an error.  Instead of reporting what item was sold, I received an email with my earnings and a string table error.

Erdrique getting some strange mail back from the Auction house.

Another email with a string table error.

Here is a third example.

Now I know before the patch I was getting regular messages back when I sold items with the new randomly generated loot system.  I also noticed that items I didn’t sell where also returned with the same type of mail message.

I hope there isn’t…

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The three factors that make Darkest Dungeon a truly unique dungeon crawler

Bio Break


The central message of Darkest Dungeon — if we can be so serious as to make one — is that instead of making stronger, noble heroes, repeated dungeon delves in RPGs would cause serious mental and physical trauma. If these people were anything like us. It almost makes me wonder if this is a sly look at how combat veterans deal with multiple deployments and the scars (visible and internal) that they return with.

Then again, Darkest Dungeon could merely be a clever title that takes the bland tropes of being a professional munchkin and make a game out of considering the mental state of our party in addition to their physical. Either way, it’s a pretty impressive display.

Darkest Dungeon opens with a simple backstory: A rich man becomes obsessed with digging under his manor until he happens to hit on portals to eldritch realms, goes pretty much bonkers…

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A Little Dual Boxing and a Little Challenging, Quest Runs January 25th to January 28th

Erdrique's Blog

My quest runs this week primarily focused on doing some dual boxing (playing two different accounts at the same time with two instances of DDO running), challenge running, and a fun epic run.  I kicked off the week by running a slayer run through the Red Fens.  I took Stoorage (Level 14 Fighter) and Charlock (Level 16 Fighter) out into that enchanted swamp for my first dual boxing session of the week.  The gained another 131 slayers which resulted in Stoorage hitting over 200 slayers and Charlock eclipsing 1,500 slayers.  They also took down Gorger and Kar Xyr.  Later in the afternoon, after getting back home from working and hitting the gym, I took Hamllin (Level 17 Fighter) into the Cannith Challenge Lava Caves: Time is Money.  I’m currently working on collecting challenge ingredients for some equipment for Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer).  Hamllin completed the challenge and…

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So Why Only Ready Room 1?

Erdrique's Blog

Recently, I took both Sludgge (Level 22 Rogue/Shadowdancer) and Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) through the Tharashk Arena.  As I made my way past the arena promoter and then made it, rather forcibly, around the kobold registar, and into the back tunnels to each ready room, I began to wonder something.  Why are we only allowed access to Ready Room 1?

As many of you already know, as we explore the back end tunnels to the arena, the only key we ever come across is for Ready Room 1 which holds the troll gladiators.  I think it would be interesting if our party could locate the other keys as well and a make a decision in which set of gladiators to defeat and replace.  I know that in the epic levels that I would do my best to take over the Ready Room that holds those dang kobolds.

Wouldn’t be…

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Holy wow

Tactalicious & Craftalicious

I don’t why I did it, but I kind of wanted to see how much I could get out of running a level 12 quest on elite. I’m talking about the Lordmarch ones – my favorites btw. So I’m doing the first one and check how much I’m going to get (and that’s before any bonuses like conquest) and it was 9k. Here I am – level 17 – and I’m not getting the streak bonus (since you don’t get it for anything 3 levels above the quest) and it sat nicely at 9k.

It’s hard to say no to that kind of XP. Although the final quest might get somewhat hairy and the Minotaur one can get a little much. Especially with the kind of SP a wiz drags around. I tell you what tho – it’s very differen’t. At 17 a sorc has two spells it can load…

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Having Some Fun with Fatesinger

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I’m still not quite an “expert” when it comes to Epic Destinies so I like to try to experiment with as many of them as I can across the stable of my characters.  This past weekend, I was playing with Larrs (Level 21 Bard/Fatesinger) and I had some fun experimenting with some of his abilities that I have learned from his epic destiny line, the Fatesinger.  I was running through the Tharashk Arena on epic normal while I was experimenting.  Not only was I playing around with the epic destiny abilities, I was also using some of my generic spells that have been made more effective because of this epic destiny line.

I must say, I really enjoy the extra songs you get as a Fatesinger.  Larrs is also focused on the Spellsinger enhancement line and with that combined with the Fatesinger epic destines, well let’s just say he…

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Tholgrin’s Intro Guide to Epic

Full Moon Fury

Having walked many players through their first forays into Epic careers, I’ve heard the same questions and confusions popping up over and over again.  It seems these are the type of questions that players new to Epic content aren’t sure how to ask, or can’t find clearly stated answers on the wiki.  As such, I thought I’d put this article out there to provide a simple, plain-terms explanation of how the “Epic thing” works.

Those of you who are already familiar and have several ERs under your belt can probably skip this entire post, since this is aimed at the “first-timer” to learn exactly how the gears turn.

First things first, let’s take a look at the three (3) types of experience earned in Epic levels, as opposed to the one (1) kind earned in Heroic play (measured by the blue bar).

Epic Character Experience  (purple bar, no ‘bubbles’

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