Players and playstyle

I have played this game for a while now, since August 2011 to be exact (registered last week in July, made Thaz the week after). I know I have changed a lot as a player during this time, but I also see a change in the ppl around me. I have said it before, but I am highly influenced by the ppl around me, and then when I start to not like the way things are going, I tend to go my own way. This is true in real life, and in ddo. I get jealous of what others have or what they do… I lean towards the same thing, realize it just isn’t me and then just do my own thing.

There are so many playstyles in ddo, some use xp stones to TR, others zerg through the levels, some only eTR, others take their time to run the levels. I mostly pug. At times I end up in a static group of friends or guildies, which is nice.. but I do love the pugs, lol. I kept getting surprised by Osi’s way of zerg TR, with almost no pugs, only guildies, and yesterday a friend told me that he only let pugs into his group if they promise to pike, because he doesn’t want the penalty to xp from death. Others complain about pugs all the time, about how annoying they are, and how they don’t like pugging.

I have had my fair share of bad pugs, and I get frustrated when they don’t read the lfm. Like for example, if the lfm says “farm”, and the person is slow to enter/ exit/ loot/ what ever, I tend to get annoyed. I also don’t like waiting a whole lot, while I don’t mind if ppl start the quest without me while I’m selling/ repairing/ buffing. When I first leveled Thaz I would get annoyed if ppl didn’t wait for me, now I just want efficient runs and I don’t like waiting. But, while I’m doing my runs, I enjoy talking to ppl. For me the game is a lot about the social aspect, and that’s why I like pugging. I get to talk to ppl, and I get to get to know new ppl. Now, when I say new, I don’t actually mean new players, but ppl I don’t know from before. I sadly have little patience with ppl who are just starting out in the game, and therefor I don’t pug the first few levels, but solo them.

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It was a raid heavy weekend

I used to do these weekend blogs where I gave a short run down of every run that I did during the weekend, but I can’t imagine ppl finding it that interesting, especially not since I usually do the same raids.  I’ve been doing my weekend raid marathons since spring/ summer 2012, and Osi’s been running them with me since a little while after I joined Gli Egypt. Since I recruited Jedli into the guild, he’s been raiding with me too. :)

Anywho, sometimes I lfm for the raids, sometimes Osi, sometimes we just throw the star back and fort “u do it, I’m gonna go afk/ relog”. Me and Osi’s raids this Saturday were: eH Citw (this one I recorded, see DDO eH CitW with pug (on lvl 27 bardcher) ), eH/ eH VON, elite ToD, ee Chrono, eH/ eE ADQ and eH FoT. After FoT I wanted to do Firepeak, so I lfm’d for that and Osi logged off. Since I wanted to keep Cerge’s hard streak, I lfm’d for hard… and then sat down outside the raid to wait for joiners. It was slow going, I was bored.. but then we filled and got going. It was a good run.

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Thinking about stress

Technically there are two main kinds of stress, the good kind and the bad kind. I know that that’s generalizing a lot, but the bad kind is the one that is bad for our health, while the good kind has a positive effect on us. Bad stress can lead to a burn out, or a breakdown, while good stress makes us more alert, helps our blood circulation, etc. Makes us feel more alive. Now, how do I relate this to ddo? Ddo is a game, but I see the stress in it, or the stress it causes me and others. The bad stress you see when people become obsessed with getting an item or reaching a goal. When you spend all your free time focused on this, and it may even affect your life outside of the game. When your life has suddenly become focused on this goal in ddo. Not all people recognize this. This type of stress can lead to insomnia, lack of appetite, mood swings.. etc.

I know that I have become a ddo addicted, I know it causes me negative stress a lot of the time. I don’t become obsessed with goals in the game, I have intentionally avoided putting a time limit on these goals. But my stress lies in how much time I spend on the game. Not only all the time in game, but the time outside of the game when I spend thinking about it. I am also competitive, and I want what others have. I keep having to tell myself over and over “relax, you’ll get there eventually”. I do have to cut myself off from others’ influence, and just focus on my own goals, not of the goals of others.

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20th Temple of the Deathwyrm

When was u21 released again? A month ago? Well, the first week after the release I skipped mine and Osi’s Sat raid marathon and just focused on the new content, while the week after I was back to my old routines… except I’d often join Deathwyrm runs if I saw one on the lfm. After 10 runs of this raid, without ever touching the puzzles, I decided to practice them, and the run after I dared to lfm for the raid, even if only normal. Friend linked me a better version of the puzzle solutions and I ended up printing them so I could have them in front of me the whole time. The 1st few runs after I started doing the puzzles I wanted to either do them myself or let someone else do them, but after a while I felt comfortable to 2 man them… and the runs started to go faster. I did lfm for eH 2 times, but I realised quickly that I’d rather just do norm with anyone, than wait a bit longer for a good group for eH. eH without enough dps, was just a pain.

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My guild, my home

When it comes to joining a guild, you’d need to know what kind of player you are, and what you’re looking for in a guild. I used to want the raiding guild, that’s what I was longing for, that’s what I wanted. The at the time raiding guilds did not want me, and I joined Osiride’s guild. I remember him saying “don’t be sad girl and join my guild”. Osi’s guild was very small, it had only 6 accounts, of which one was his alt. When I joined he removed the extra account. I quickly found a home in this guild, the guildies are nice and helpful and very loving.

Some time ago I ran into someone I quested with for a bit when I was levelling Maidae on her 2nd life, and noticed that he had changed guilds. I sent him a tell asking about it, and then asked if he’d not be interested in joining my guild instead. He was, but Osi on the other hand was very hesitant to let someone he doesn’t know join the guild. After some convincing, he gave in and invited Miriath into the guild. I would not have suggested we take Miri, if it wasn’t for the fact that I thought his personality would fit well in the guild. At the moment Miri seems to have made himself well at home and is xp’ing with the other guildies.

This week I noticed that another person that used to run with me regularly a while back, had changed guilds. I jumped on it, told him I want him. lol. :) I asked Osi what he thought and he ok’d me to invite Jedli into the guild (when Gli Egypt hit 100, Osi made several of us officer). I am very excited to have Jedli, he might not be fluent in English, but he’s a good (and patient) player and he likes to raid, so yay!

Today I ran some heroic Gianthold quests with Osi and Kottil (guildie), then switched to Thaz and posted another Deathwyrm run. I had told Jedli when he logged that I would do so, so he joined me. :) Running raids with guildies is something I’ve really missed. I do enjoy running with the ppl from the channel too, but it’s not quite the same anyway. Guildies are like family.

Currently we’re 8 active accounts, 0 inactive, 0 recent departures, a lvl 100 guild. We hit the level because of all the saga farming Osi was doing with 2 other guildies. I ran saga only once or twice for renown. I think Osi is awesome and I’m really happy to be a part of this guild.

Alright, that’s all from me for now. Ty for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

P.S. Today’s eN Deathwyrm run took 78 min, with several 1st timers in the group, and my 2nd time doing puzzles. I’m somewhat pleased with the run.

Time to learn

Since Thaz capped at 20 spring 2012 I’ve pretty much hosted the raids I wanted to run myself. Not all the time or every time, but a lot of the time. If I want to run a raid, I put one up on the lfm, that’s it. But I’m also very chicken when it comes to raids I don’t know. Some raids I ended up leading very early on, including CitW, while others like VON it took me 20+ runs before I ever lead my 1st one. I sort of like to know what I’m doing when I put up an lfm, so I can actually lead. So, U21 was out a bit ago, and with it 2 new raids. One of them, Temple of the Deathwyrm, contains multiple puzzles that you have to do before the end fight. I had done 10 runs of this raid, never touching the puzzles, and I decide that today I want to practice them. I asked my newly recruited guildie Jedli if he wants to come help me, and we entered on eN. I had an lfm up with no text and a couple of ppl hit it, and I told them I was just practising, one of them joined anyway. I changed the lfm to “practising puzzles”.

I started off good on the 1st puzzle, then somehow got myself confused as to how it works, got over run by trash and died.. later again.. then killed myself on a light beam. I must have had 6? deaths before the 1st puzzle was done. Somehow I managed to sort myself out and got the portal open. Second room has 2 puzzles sort of, but they were easy and I got the portal open. After which we got to the room with portals. I didn’t know that they’re standard so I clicked on both to see what they are; we got riddle and jumps. I chose jumps.

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Working on the raids completions

I’m going to kill the wow factor of this post right away, lol. My Thaz is 2.5 years old, is first life with no past life of any sort and a 32p build. She capped for the first time (20) some time spring 2012, and that’s when I did my first shroud as well. For at least 1.5 years now I’ve been doing a raid marathon every Saturday, running multiple raids, often on two toons, but usually focusing on the toon that needs the xp. This means that since Thaz capped for 28, and capped all her ED’s as well, I’d only bring Thaz for ee runs. I didn’t really want to run anything that you could be running for xp, so I sort of stopped doing the Sat marathons on Thaz, and have lately been doing them on my levelling alt (currently Cerge). Still, since U21 was out, I’ve been trying to get as many completions of the new raids as possible on her… still got a bit to go before 20.

Anywho, after 2.5 years as a first life toon, here’s Thaz’s raids completions:

Cerge as a first life did 20 ADQ’s and 20 Shrouds before his first TR, and Maidae has done some. I love running raids, but to be able to get anything else done as well, I’ve kept most of the raiding for Saturdays. My toon on Cannith did a few adqs, vons and 1 citw, 1 fot before she TR’d. On Thaz, I kind of stopped running CitW, VON, shroud  and ToD after hitting the milestone. FoT I would only do ee, and since the new raids have been out Thaz mostly does those.

Okidoke that’s all from me for now. Ty for stopping by and have a great day.

Maidae update: life 4

It’s been 10 days since I TR’d Maidae. What have I done? Not much at all. I ran for the 150 coin lords favor, and yesterday I ran some for house K favor. I did not quite reach the 150 required to get the last bank tab, but I should get there when I run the VON raid, I believe. Next time I play her I’ll start running for xp and hopefully slowly get her to 20. Maidae is currently 1 paladin/ 6 monk/ 8 fighter bladeforged, a Cetus inspired build. I’m mostly using the default bladeforged gear for now, since some of it seemed better than what I had, and since Maidae has never been a bf before, she doesn’t own a single docent. I practiced my zerging skills last night while running VONs, by running past as much as I could, and only fighting when I had to. This would have worked a lot better if I had remembered to pick up some invisibility scrolls (not to self: buy invisibility scrolls). Alright, here’s the collection video of my VON runs yesterday. I apologize in advice for my voice being a bit weak. I was very tired, and seems like I was more mumbling than talking. Oh well. Enjoy.

I must also make some greensteel displace clickies for her. That will be the next project after flagging for shroud in a few levels.

Thank you for watching, see you next time.

Cerge (bardcher) update

Cerge has been doing really well. Saturday last week me and Osi did our raid marathon as per usual, and I was running Cerge for xp. We did eN CitW, eH/ eH VON, eH/ eE ADQ, elite ToD and ee Chrono… after which I hopped on Item’s Abbot runs and stayed on for two runs. On Sunday I flagged him for FoT and Cleazy joined me for that run. I felt Cerge was taking more damage than I’m used to, but he managed ok anyway. After Cleazy logged off I took level 25 and decided to see if I could manage to flag for Thunderholme raids by myself. Thunderholme wilderness is level 29, I’m a lvl 25 bardcher. Cerge did really well, I invised past most of the trash, and ran into another rare before the first flagging rare.. and killed him with a few manyshots. I found the emissary and started running around shooting at her with my bow, using manyshot. Getting crowded by trash I ran back towards the shrine to kill them off, only to realise she follows you. So some more kiting. On on my 3rd manyshot she went down and I could get my loot. It took me a while to find the other rare, but his attacks didn’t bother me much. I was able to just stand in place with blur + displacement and hit a cocoon once in a while.. and he went down.

I was pretty proud on myself for not only daring to take a lvl 25 bard into a lvl 29 wilderness, but for managing to kill the rare that I’ve been told is tough. :) Cerge can do. This week I joined Luri for some ee questing and ended up back in Thunderholme wilderness. While the others were flagging, I ran into another rare that I decided to take out.

I need to figure out how to gear Cerge to get the most out of him, and his numbers are still pretty low. But he’s doing ok. I’m going to finish capping all his ED’s, level him to 28, cap his Karma again and keep him as my raider for a bit. I have not yet decided if I am going to start eTR’ing Thaz first, or TR Cerge.

That’s all from me for now. Ty for stopping by and have a great rest of the day. Cheers.

Pinion and arrows

My bardcher (arcane archer bard) Cerge reached level 23 last time I played him (which is about 2 weeks ago) and with it grabbed Pinion from his TR bank. I wanted to make a gif of him shooting his bow, and here you have it folks. Click on the image below to view the animation. The first picture shows him shooting normally and the second with manyshot.

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