Cerge does ees.. again

I’ve been focusing mainly on running ee sagas lately, except for raid night with Osi on Saturdays. I was levelling Cerge and Thaz at the same time last time and I kept feeling like Thaz was just better… might be because she was just that much better geared. Well, I picked up a second twilight, and eTR’d Cerge. I did the three Eveningstar chains and Web of Chaos ee with pug and then posted for ee Druid’s chain the other day. As always I have no interest in waiting for a full group, or any group, lol, I leave the lfm up and ppl can join when or if they want. I had one joiner before I stepped in. I really didn’t have any expectations at all on Cerge’s abilities (he was 23 at the time), but I buffed up and started attacking the trash mobs. It went a lot better than I expected and I had killed the orange named dude that drops the key before the other guy had entered the quest. By the time we got to the end boss I had almost a full group, and I got help with the rest of the chain. I got 24 before the end of the chain.

So, seeing as Cerge was doing so well in Outbreak ee solo, I decided to give it a second go and record it. See the video below. Anything not named or orange I had no problems killing, the CR60 red named took me ~5 min to kill, which was annoyingly long. It didn’t help that they kept attacking me hard, so I had to kite them, and that trash was spawning around too (which didn’t bother me a whole lot as they died fast). I finished the quest in 19 min.

Now I just need got get Cerge to 28 so I can TR him into his next build (see Cerge 5.0)

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.

Maidae 5.0

As it goes, I’m getting ready to TR both Cerge and Maidae. When they hit 28 that is, which may be a few weeks yet, as I play multiple toons. The plan with Maidae has been to do 3 monk lives, 3 fighter and one barbarian, and she’s currently got 2 monk, 1 barb and 1 fighter (current) life under her belt. This life she’s been a cetus copy and I would like to do a handwraps build next life… just because I haven’t done one since the enhancement changes in U19. Before them I sort of knew how to do a good monk, after I didn’t so I didn’t make one, lol. Now I would like to go back to the wraps… and the fact that I just pulled ee Ivy Wraps the other day, makes my choice just a little bit clearer.

So here’s the build I was thinking:

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Maidae 
Level 28 Lawful Good Purple Dragon Knight Female
(12 Fighter \ 8 Monk \ 8 Epic) 
Hit Points: 534
Spell Points: 0 
BAB: 18\18\23\28\28
Fortitude: 22
Reflex: 14
Will: 14

                  Starting          Feat/Enhancement
Abilities        Base Stats          Modified Stats
(36 Point)       (Level 1)             (Level 28)
Strength             18                    29
Dexterity            14                    18
Constitution         16                    21
Intelligence         10                    13
Wisdom               10                    19
Charisma              8                    11

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Cerge 5.0

Alright, my toon Cerge has been an evoker fvs for a while now, and I eTR’d not too long ago (he’s lvl 23 as I write this). My plan with Cerge is to do a different class every TR, and to do classes in ED sphere order. I’ve done arcane (sorc, wiz, bard) and am now working on divine (fvs, cleric, pally). The next class I want to do is cleric. The cleric I imagine is a dual wielder with slashing weapons, and I want to do another morninglord life as I like elves. The build I came up with is a centered kensei with focus on heavy blades. I posted the build on the ddo forums here for feedback/ advice. My plan is to run ee’s and ee sagas, and possibly do 1-2 epic TR’s before the next TR. I’m hoping this build will be good enough for ee Tor.

Without further ado, here’s the build

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Cerge 
Level 28 Lawful Good Morninglord Male
(8 Fighter \ 3 Monk \ 9 Cleric \ 8 Epic) 
Hit Points: 408
Spell Points: 510 
BAB: 16\16\21\26\26
Fortitude: 19
Reflex: 12
Will: 16

                  Starting          Feat/Enhancement
Abilities        Base Stats          Modified Stats
(36 Point)       (Level 1)             (Level 28)
Strength             16                    28
Dexterity            14                    19
Constitution         14                    19
Intelligence         10                    13
Wisdom               10                    14
Charisma             15                    18

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The importance of .. stuff

Someone called me a try-hard in relation to ddo, and told me it’s the reason things haven’t always gone my way. I was thinking about it, and they’re sort of right. At times, when there is something I want badly, I tend to get a bit obnoxious. I want it, I want it right away and I will do almost anything to get it… which in ddo has had a tendency to backfire. Or at least partially, as my behavior changes from the person I usually am, to this arrogant, bossy, stressed person. Or it used to.

I know I have been talking about Osi a lot. Of the ppl I have met in ddo, I feel like he’s one of the ppl who’s influenced me the most – and in a good way. Oh, he can be cocky, he makes fun of me and he tells me to do things differently than I do.. which I ignore and do things my way anyway, lol. But he has this calm when it comes to pugs. He knows what he can and cannot do, and this calm confidence has spread to me. He’s also kept saying that ddo is a game, and that being good at a computer game doesn’t make you a better person, but that we should care about people as people, not about the character they portrait.

A lot has changed the last year or so for me in ddo. A year ago I was still searching for my place and I badly wanted to belong. I badly wanted a raiding guild for a chance to raid more. Then what happened was that a friend introduced me to a group of ppl who had decided to start running ee FoT regularly, and I started running with them. When U21 was out, I ran the new raids for the first time with this group, and the next few Deathwyrm runs I did, I ran with one person from the group. Then he told me to start leading them… and I dragged a guildie of mine in there to learn the puzzles.

I guess I kind of copied some of these ppl, because they were farming the raids to get the 20th completion, and I decided to do the same. I joined a few others’ runs, but many of the runs I hosted myself and for a few weeks I was running these raids every day… and on Sundays multiple runs.  I got a 20th completion on both raids on 3 toons, and then I lost most inspiration to run them. As a matter of facts, raids in general lost most of their charm. I still do the weekly raid marathon with Osi.. because I enjoy raiding with him, and I have ppl who wait for them, but the excitement I used to have for raids has slowly faded.

What I have learned, though, is that ppl like me a lot better when I stick to being calm, confident and helpful. So, this is what I try to do. Having played ddo for a while now, and having built up a little bit of confidence in my toons and my skills, it has become easier. I have also done a lot more solo’ing lately than I ever did before, and I’m learning quests so I can lead better. I mean, I lead raids, but my quest knowledge has generally been poor.

Okidoke, I’m not going to bore you with more, so thank you for stopping by and happy hunting.

Solo EEs on a not capped toon? Yes pls

I keep watching videos of lvl 28 toons that solo this and that epic elite quest. I would assume that these ppl most likely have at least some of the best gear available and have built their toon for solo’ing EEs. I can’t help but find their videos dull after a while. Yes, I like watching them now and again to learn tactics, I enjoy learning tactics, but the quests don’t seem to be much of a challenge for them. And no challenge tends to mean that the player gets bored after a while.

I have been working on building better toons and gearing them somewhat well. I used to be scared of trying difficult tasks, but now I want to challenge my toons, I want to see what they can do. Or maybe what I can do with them? So, I’ve been running higher level quests on a higher difficulty at a lower level, to see if my toon can 1. kill stuff and 2. not die.

In my opinion, all three of my epic toons on Orien are EE ready. All of them can solo EE’s, but I pick and choose a bit what I try to solo. Some quests are just not worth the effort, in my opinion, as it costs too much (time and resources – for me anyway). Impossible Demands is the shortest and fastest EE quest I know, so it’s usually the one I pick when I wish to test my toon in an EE quest.  Lately it’s been Cerge on his fvs life that I’ve been testing, before the recent eTR I solo’d it on him at lvl 23, this time I decided to try it at 21.. and to record it.

My advice? Don’t try to solo EE’s under level when you’re tired and a bit irritated. You’ll play like poop and just get more irritated. I went into the quest, died a couple of times and gave up. Switched toons to run some other EE’s with a friend, then back to ID. I did a total of 4 attempts, exciting the quest on death in the 3 first ones. The 4th one was the one where I managed to finish the quest without dying.

The reasons for deaths were: knocked down by comet fall and killed, a failed save on flesh to stone and killed – twice. I also kept not finding my buttons when I was trying to hit my spells, etc. Don’t play when you’re tired, lol. Anywho, here’s the video where I didn’t die.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great rest of the week.

Cheers.

A personal blog – talking about me

I do these once in a while. My blog is ddo focused, but once in a while I feel like putting thought on paper, or just like this time talk about me.

Who am I and why do I play ddo? Some of you who have been following my blog a while have probably learned a few things about me by now, but maybe there are a few things here that you didn’t know.

I am a Finnish girl (yes, I do still call myself a girl), age 31 and I work as a software developer. I was into games from a young age and I got my first computer around the age of 8. It was a dos computer and I learned a few simple commands for navigating folders and deleting… and ended up twice deleting a driver for Windows, which stopped it from working, lol.

My biggest passion, as so many other young girls, was horses. I made it into a profession and was working with it for years. Then one day I got tired… tired of doing the same mindless routine day out and day in and not learning anything new. So I applied to a University of Applied sciences, with focus on IT. 3.5 years later I had a bacherlor’s degree in IT.

I got my first full time job only a month after graduating, as a PL/SQL programer for a small company. They let me go 9 months later, due to lack of work. 3 months later I was hired as a java programmer at the company I currently work for. This was 4.5 years ago.

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Cerge eTR’d

My plan with Cerge was to combine eTr and TR, to always do eTR and right after TR… until I made him into an iconic. It didn’t hit me until I was well on the way to 28, that I can’t eTR+TR if I’ve made him iconic. So, I decided I was going to do one eTR this life before TR’ing into the next class (Cerge does a different class every life). As I had not planned to do eTR, I didn’t do a whole lot of sagas on the way to 28 and at 28 I didn’t want to play him too much, so after eTR I only had 2 sagas to pick up, and he only reached 21.

Here’s Cerge’s before and after, I decided to change his looks a bit.

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Maidae eTR 2

I may have said this before, but I’ve been playing 4 epic toons of late (+ my baby druid with sis). 3 of the epic toons I had eTR’d.. and was levelling back to 28. Thaz I capped the other day, Cerge is close to cap and Maidae I decided to finish sagas on. Since eTR I have been running ee sagas on Maidae, up to Wheloon. But Storms Horns I decided to solo on eH instead. This meant that I would not get true elitist reward on 2 of the eStar sagas.

I was weighing it back and forth, wait for ppl to join my lfm for eE Storms Horns… or just solo eH? I chose the second. Tuesday I ran Tracker’s Trap, Lines of Supply, Breaking the Ranks and A Break in the Ice, after which I joined a Deathwyrm run to help a friend out. The quests took 20 min, 20 min, 12 and 16. I could have done Breaking the Ranks faster, but one of the gnolls was hiding and it took me a few min to realize it.

Wednesday I finished the chain with What Goes Up… which took 50 min and earned me 230k xp. I still needed either Don’t Drink the Water or In the Belly of the Beast on ee to finish one saga, and I decided to do Don’t Drink the Water, which capped me. I felt ready to eTR, but realise I had forgotten to do ee Tor, so lfm’d for it as well, while I adjusted my gear for 28. This was the first time I’ve run ee Tor on this build, and I thought she did pretty well.

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More gifs – Thaz & Pinkymouse

I’m still learning how to make gifs, but at times I get inspired. Click on the pics below to view the animation.

First, This is what Thazara looks like right now.

And then her pet, Pinkymouse

There was some issues with the pet, though. I found it difficult to place him in a position where parts of him were not in the ground.

Alright, that’s all. Ty for stopping by.

A dark angel – trying a gif

My guildie suggested I make a gif of Keronna with wings, and I realized I wanted to do it. This could have been done much prettier, and I think the wings are sitting a bit too low one her.. I mean.. well you’ll see. Click on the image it vie the animation.

If you look at it closely you can actually see the dragon behind her, lol. I could have just cut and pasted the wings on her and made an animation from it, but that would have been more work.

Alrighty, that’s all for now. I might do a better blog tomorrow.

Cheers.