Hardcore season 6 surprise: Fey Hunt Hounds

On day 1-2 of HC 6 I parked a death watch toon on the server to record the death announcements. Have a look at the video on twitch:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1545696822

I’ve again split this blog in pages, and done one page per hound. The hounds are:

Fey Brilliant Hunt Hound
Fey Caustic Hunt Hound
Fey Decay Hunt Hound
Fey Fire Hunt Hound
Fey Frost Hunt Hound
Fey Kinetic Hunt Hound

Isle of Dread – is it worth buying?

I was asked the other day how the value of Isle of Dread compares to the other expansions, and I realised I couldn’t give a direct answer. So to do this I’m going to do a comparison between all the expansions, ignoring Saltmarch as it’s not a “real” expansion. I will also not include the extras like cosmetics and tomes in this comparison, I will only focus on content. Let’s do the expansions in chronological order.

The expansions are:
Menace of the Underdark
Shadowfell Conspiracy
Mists of Ravenloft
Masterminds of Sharn
Fables of the Feywild
The Isle of Dread

Click on the pages below to go to the separate pages. I did one per expansion and page 8 is the conclusion.

SPOILER! SPOILER! Isle of Dread: a review

In this blog I will be talking about the quests in this expansion, so stop reading now if you don’t want spoilers. You’ve been warned.

NOTE: This blog is split in pages for easier reading, so do click on the numbers below to switch page.

Update 55: Isle of Dread was out June 22, 2022 and I’ve now finally had a chance to run through the quests a couple of times. The quests can be completed in any order, but unless you have the Isle of Dread Treasure Map – teleport clicky, you do need to run Captive of the Hidden God to access Isle of Dread. At the time of writing this, using the clicky takes you to the Village of Tanaroa if you’ve run the quest or not. I can’t say if this is intentional or will change in the future.

Firetha TR 8, Darthpyre TR 22

I forgot to do this blog, so here it is several weeks later. I TR’d Firetha and Darthpyre on February 19, 2022. Here are the before and after pictures.

On the left: Firetha Aasimar 19/1 Favored Soul/Artificer
On the right: Firetha Tiefling 1 Sorcerer
On the left: Darthpyre bladeforged paladin/alchemist 30
On the right: aasimar cleric 1

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Content creator preview of the tabaxi, new mounts and hirelings

I was ready (or thought I was ready) to log on to Lamannia and stream on Monday April 11, but it was pushed forward to April 12. On April 12 I wasn’t able to log on as early as I had other plans, and when I was finally sitting down to start streaming, I had some technical difficulties, which made me even more delayed.

Anyway, when I was finally able to log on, I wanted to look at the cosmetic options for the tabaxi, and look at the enhancement trees for both the non iconic and the iconic. I am pleased to say that I am quite happy with the look and options. The enhancement trees seemed a little bit buggy and unfinished, but I did get a feel for what the tabaxi is all about. The tabaxi is a cat-like race that get benefits from standing still and from jumping down from a high source. There’s feline agility and cat scratch. The iconic seems to be a quarterstaff focused monk that gets some benefits from using a qstaff.

The new mounts are raptors! Dread Pirate’s Swift Raptor and Dread Dinosaur Hunter’s Clawfoot. The swift raptor had me all all exited – it’s so pretty! The hirelings are barbarian raptors level 7 and 32, both named Teal.

Dread Pirate’s Swift Raptor
Dread Dinosaur Hunter’s Clawfoot

I won’t bore you with more text, so feel free to have a look at my YT videos below (I forgot to press push to talk for part 1 so it’s without my chatter) or the highlight on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1454204423.

DDO Content creator’s preview of the Tabaxi, new mounts and hirelings pt 1 (without my voice)
DDO Content creator’s preview of the Tabaxi, new mounts and hirelings pt 2

Lamannia is supposed to open for everyone else later today, April 13, 2022.

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P.S. Before you ask, I believe the tabaxi, the mounts and hirelings will be part of the next expansion: Isle of Dread. I am sure the prepurchase will open up soon.

VIP and expansions – some thoughts

I went VIP back in 2011 for one main reason – to have access to content. At the time DDO didn’t have expansions, so by going VIP I could play 100% of the content. Being able to open elite was also a very nice perk. In 2012 DDO got it’s first expansion – Menace of the Underdark, and I was a little hesitant to spend a lot of money so I only bought the smallest pack available – Base Edition.

Shadowfell Conspiracy – DDO’s second expansion was released in 2013. For Shadowfell I decided to get the Collector’s Edition, and then a friend of mine bought the Legendary upgrade which came with two codes – one for a large stack of points and the other with the cosmetics and hirelings. She gave me the code for the cosmetics since I wanted the pseudo dragon.

It took more than 4 years before DDO saw it’s third expansion – Mist’s of Ravenloft. Comparing the different bundles I came to the conclusion that even though it was a bit pricey, I wanted the Ultimate Fan Bundle. I had regretted missing out on some of the prepurchase items that came with Motu and I did now not want to do so. I think Ravenloft is my favorite expansion to date – I do not regret spending the money I did on it.

Masterminds of Sharn came out about 2 years later and I was again excited about another expansion – and again decided to get the Ultimate Bundle. I don’t regret getting this bundle, but I did not feel it offered the same value as Ravenloft did. Many players also felt screwed over by the fact that Sharn clifftop was added to the guild ship navigator – it reduced the value of the teleport clicky. More teleport locations was added to the clicky, I believe due to angry players.

When Fables of the Feywild was announced I did hesitate about getting the Ultimate pack – since I again didn’t really feel it was worth the money, but since I had said for a while that “if there is a horse in the store, I would buy it”. I really wanted a black mount, so I basically got the Ultimate pack for the black unicorn. The teleport clicky was a nice to have, but I didn’t really feel it was worth the money. When unicorns were added to the reward list for the Feywild raid, I kind of felt screwed over – I was done with getting the Ultimate pack.

In the summer of 2020, SSG released a free code that gave anyone who used it permanent access to all the old content, except for expansions. This included all the quest packs except for the very newest pack “Peril of the Planar Eyes”. At the later part of 2021 SSG released a new code that also included Peril of the Planar Eyes.

Not too long after Feywild came out, Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh was announced as a “mini” expansion, not free to VIP. I felt VIP had lost it’s value with the free code of 2020 and I felt screwed over twice with Sharn and Fewyild, so when Saltmarch was announced as not free to VIP I got rather bitter. I had at the time been VIP close to 10 years and I really didn’t feel the point anymore. Sure there are some perks to VIP, but my main reason for being VIP was always content. I decided to cancel my VIP, and I even decided not to buy Saltmarch at all – but to wait until it’s available for points in the store.

Now the next expansion has been announced – Isle of Dread, which will be Update 54 this summer. I’ve gone from being exited about expansions to feeling like they’re little more than a money grab. I think I will buy Isle of Dread, but I doubt I’ll get anything more than the basic edition. We’ll see.

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P.S. You can find more information about the expanisons on the ddo wiki, the ddo compendium and some in the ddo market

Firetha 8.0

When Firetha caps this life I plan to do a nuker sorc 1-20. I might do two lives using this build plan. This is the first draft, I will probably make some changes. I haven’t quite decided the spell list yet.

Firetha 8.0
Sorcerer 20
True Neutral Tiefling


Stats
               36pt     Tome     Level Up
               ----     ----     --------
Strength         8       +5       4: CHA
Dexterity        8       +5       8: CHA
Constitution    18       +7      12: CHA
Intelligence    12       +6      16: CHA
Wisdom           8       +7      20: CHA
Charisma        20       +5


Skills
          1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
         ------------------------------------------------------------
Spellcr   4  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  23
Concent   2  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  21
UMD       2     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     11
Balance                     ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  1  1  1  1  1  10
Jump         1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1  10
Tumble    1                                                            1
         ------------------------------------------------------------
         12  4  4  4  4  4  5  5  5  5  5  5  5  5  6  6  6  6  6  6


Feats

 1        : Maximize Spell
 3        : Past Life: Wizard
 6        : Spell Focus: Evocation
 9        : Mental Toughness
12        : Quicken Spell
15        : Greater Spell Focus: Evocation
18        : Spell Focus: Enchantment


Spells


   1. Burning Hands (1), Sonic Blast(1), Hypnotism(2), Nightshield (3)
   2. Scorch (4), Blur (5), Web (7), Resist Energy (9)
   3. Fireball (6), Displacement (7), Sleet Storm (9), Lightning Bolt (11)
   4. Wall of Fire (8), Dimension Door (9), Enervation (11), Shout (13)
   5. Hold Monster (10), Cyclonic Blast (11), Prismatic Ray (13), Eladar's Electric Surge (15)
   6. Disintegrate (12), Flesh to Stone (13), Undeath to Death (15)
   7. Delayed Blast Fireball (14), Prismatic Spray (15), Otto's Sphere of Dancing (17)
   8. Greater Shout (16), Trap the Soul (17), Otto's Irresistible Dance (19)
   9. Wail of the Banshee (18), Meteor Swarm (19), Thunderstroke (20)

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Darthpyre 23.0

I have been told that a cleric tank isn’t the best tank, but I’ve been wanting to make one since my first one – I just needed alchemist past life for completionist. This time around I’m dropping fighter levels and wizard level for 5 paladin levels. 15 cleric for level 8 spells. This is the first draft, I’ll update it as I adjust it.

Darthpyre 23.0
15/5 Cleric/Paladin
Lawful Good Aasimar


Level Order

1. Cleric          6. Cleric         11. Cleric         16. Paladin
2. Cleric          7. Cleric         12. Paladin        17. Cleric
3. Cleric          8. Paladin        13. Cleric         18. Cleric
4. Paladin         9. Cleric         14. Cleric         19. Cleric
5. Cleric         10. Cleric         15. Cleric         20. Paladin


Stats
               36pt     Tome     Level Up
               ----     ----     --------
Strength         8       +6       4: CON
Dexterity        8       +4       8: CON
Constitution    18       +5      12: CON
Intelligence    12       +6      16: CON
Wisdom          16       +7      20: CON
Charisma        16       +6      24: CON
                                 28: CON

Skills
          C  C  C  P  C  C  C  P  C  C  C  P  C  C  C  P  C  C  C  P
          1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
         ------------------------------------------------------------
Intim     2        4           5           4           4           4  23
Concent   2  2  2        1  1     1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1     19
Heal                     1           4           4  1  1  1  5  1     18
Balance      1        1  1  1     1     1     1     1     1     1  1  11
UMD       2     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     11
Tumble    1                                                            1
         ------------------------------------------------------------
         12  4  4  4  4  4  5  5  5  5  5  5  5  5  6  6  6  6  6  6


Feats

 1        : Skill Focus: Intimidate
 3        : Completionist
 6        : Combat Expertise
 9        : Shield Mastery
12        : Improved Shield Mastery
15        : Shield Deflection
18        : Toughness
21 Epic   : Toughness
22 Destiny: Perfect Shield Mastery
24 Epic   : Epic Toughness
25 Destiny: Elusive Target
27 Epic   : Quicken Spell
28 Destiny: Deific Warding
30 Epic   : Bulwark of Defense
30 Legend : Scion of: Celestia

 1 Aasimar: Bond: Bond of the Protector

 2 Cleric : Animal Domain

 1 Deity  : Follower of: Sovereign Host
 7 Deity  : Unyielding Sovereignty

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