When MMOs Need An Overhaul

Occasional Hero

MMOs are somewhat unique in that they are, by nature, persistent and ever changing and expanding. Single player games may come out with a few expansions or DLCs, but other than that, the developers generally scrap everything and create a sequel. In MMOs, however, you can’t really scrap anything, you have to constantly add new content if you want to keep players happy and coming back for more. This is one of the things that I love about the genre, but it also creates a problem. Sooner or later, the game gets bogged down in so many things–progression systems, extra gear slots, gear augmentation, etc.–that, at some point, it really starts to overwhelm new and returning players–sometimes even consistent players who don’t spend a lot of time reading forums and wikis and the like–and it really needs and overhaul. Marvel Heroes’ new 2.0 update (“Biggest Update Ever”) got me thinking…

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Real Life Debuff

The Order of Syncletica

databank_forcelightning_01_169_b1eb5a6f As if unemployment could really feel like this. It’s worse.

As noted in past posts, I’m still in the game but sporadically. Unemployment still plagues my family, so real-life comes first before all other things, obviously. My Concentration score has to be higher in front of my computer than within it as an avatar. My game skills are insufficient as wage-earning.

I did frighten a few friends by rolling up a Gnome wizard a week or so ago, just to keep them on their toes. They thought I’d lost my mind.

If there are any topics you’d like me to address in future posts, do comment with suggestions.

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Same view, different image

Micki's Delirium

So, on Sunday I was dualboxing Jarvanna and Evilynnn (Evil mainly piking for xp), and I noticed something interesting in Gianthold. I’ve noticed the same phenomenon om my guild ship as well. The premium char has snow, the VIP does not. Check out the pics below.

Gianthold from Jarvanna’s point of view.

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Who Likes Taming the Flames?

Erdrique's Blog

There are just some quests that many players just cringe on hearing and hate dealing with them.  Some of the more common ones include The Pit, Coalescence Chamber,and Taming the Flames.  The latter of the three is quite challenging to do at level on elite.  It is still challenging to do if you do it an elite and are a level or two higher.

What makes Taming the Flames so difficult?  The quest is held in an area called the Scorched Caverns.  The caverns happen to be underneath the House Kundarak Ward, not far from the House Kundarak bank.  As you can tell from the name of the quest and the name of location where the quest occurs, you will be dealing with something that deals with fire in some form fashion.  It turns out that this quest has a large amount of fire elementals and fire…

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Release the Kraken – The City of Blue

Dyson's Dodecahedron


Every month that Patreon funding remains over the $400 mark I sift through my back catalog and bring up a selection of maps that my patrons then vote on as to which will be released under the free commercial-use license. This month I decided it was time to present a very different field of options, and thus pulled out a dozen city and town maps from the history of the blog and put them up for voting. As we ended last month at the $500 mark, the two top maps selected are being released – so today I’m happy to bring back a particular favourite of mine: the City of Blue.

City of Blue City of Blue

Ten pillars of pale blue crystal jut straight up from the island that has become the City of Blue in the unimaginatively named Azure Sea (which is actually a massive freshwater lake). The pillars are are almost perfectly…

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Berann, who is he?

Erdrique's Blog

Like many D&D players, I like to mess around and to think about my individual character’s background.  At one point, I had a biography for all of my characters but that little detail kind of fell off my radar.  So now, I want to go back and to write up some back ground and a biography for my characters that still need one.  The first one I wanted to take a look at is Berann.

Berann is a barbarian (currently level 10) and right now is training most of his enhancements through the Occult Slayer line.  He is also a half-orc.  One thing I wanted to do withe Berann was to have him specialize in the use of falchions.  I enjoy the look of the falchion and up until now I didn’t have a character that used them as their primary weapon.

Looking into some of the lore of…

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LE/EE raids week 14

Micki's Delirium

This week people joined so fast for my LE Shroud that I had to take the lfm down within a few minutes to makes sure everyone who had intended to join from the channel would get a spot. At 9:10 pm we were ready to start. We stepped in and someone threw a globe of invulnerability to test the lag. Jumping in the globe causes a lot of posts in the combat log and will make you lag if the instance is laggy. It’s not a definite, even if you don’t lag in the globe the instance might be laggy. Anyway, jumping in the globe made me freeze mid air, so we decided to get another instance.

Second instance seemed better, but the globe test still made us lag. We decided to go for it anyway. P1 seems to lag a lot, especially when we have warlocks and trees in…

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31 down, 11 to go….

grimordes blog

If I’ve counted correctly that is.

We capped our current lives this weekend. This life I have run a pure Ranger, with Rach running her mostly Druid with a bit of Rogue & Wizard. The combination has worked out really well (again!). Once we got to a higher level especially, as Rach would Earthquake the mobs while I picked them off. They didn’t really have a chance 😀

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A Light Week This Week

Erdrique's Blog

My questing in DDO was extremely light, for me at least, during this past week.  This was because I had to go to a workshop in Charleston, SC this week.  Usually when I head out of town for an extended period of time, and my wife can’t come with me, I bring my computer along so that I can still get some game time in.  Unfortunately, the work generated from the workshop and from the office preventing me from getting logged in.  Quite dishearteningly!!

I didn’t log into DDO until Monday night.  This was also during my weekly digital PNP game as well.  I logged on with Izmit, my level 15 Shadar-kai, and just took him through a few runs of Korthos Island and Cerulean Hills.  He was able to collect enough slayers to finish off the Korthos Island slayer area.  I then took him the Cerulean Hills where…

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Solo (multiboxing) the titan raid and preraid

Micki's Delirium

Last Monday (Jan 23) I decided it was time to do a recording of how I solo or multibox the Titan raid. I’m currently running 3 characters that all have a specific purpose. Maidae is the main runner, being an archer makes killing mobs easier. Godscraft is good in the underwater puzzle because he doesn’t breathe, and he has d-door (to get back to green puzzle after underwater is done). Zendarth has a pet wolf that I use in the green puzzle. For the raid itself I use Maidae as crystal runner and laser controller, Godscraft parks the titan (if he can get aggro) and Zendarth breaks the pillars.

The preraid is getting easier and easier. I haven’t quite learned where the levers are that I need to pull to open the way forward before the first head, and I still need wiki for the green puzzle, while I learned…

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