I was asked about my build and my gear setup for the character I’ve been running solo raids on. The build plan up to lvl 28 (cap when the plan was made) can be found here: Maidae 6.0, for feats at level 29 and 30 I took Deific Warding, Shot on the run and Scion of Arborea.
Note; my gear setup isn’t optimised. I am sure I could improve my character by switching some things out. The items I really like, that I do recommend getting are the armor and the boots. The rest may be available on random loot. The only new thing my character has gotten the last year or so is the armor. The bow I made before mortal fear was made to not work in legendary content. It still works great in other epics, though.
I am running my character in Fury ED, but Legendary Dreadnought might work just as well.
It’s been some time since the last video, and now I’ve finally made another one. This time I decided to give Shroud a go. Soloing Shroud isn’t really anything special, and has been done many times before.. but soloing is still different than running with a group. It’s been a while since I’ve done a shroud, so I wasn’t sure I would remember every part fully, but things went pretty well.
In part 1 I forgot the order we do the portals in on Orien.. well at first, before I remembered it again. Portals were easy and somewhat fast.
In part 2 I got a bit unlucky with the reds, I got both fire elemental and cat.. which are the most difficult ones due to their speed. I struggled a bit in p2, but eventually got it done.
Part 3 I tried to hurry by shooting the crystals over the puzzles and running water. The rainbow spawned when I had 3 waters let to do, so had to mind it, but things went well.
Part 4 took me two rounds, probably because I didn’t wait for manyshot to be off timer before killing off the last of the trash.
Part 5 was quite easy, even though the blades spawned after a while. Harry moved me a few times, but that was about it.
Due to my lack of time lately, I haven’t been putting up lfms as I used to, but have mainly been soloing. This because I would only run one quest per night, and I didn’t want to lfm for just one quest. I did, though, put up an lfm for Lords of dust chain last friday, and had some good runs. I also joined an lfm for EE Chrono before running the Eveningstar quests. Anyway, back to the solos. On Thursday I finished the house D chain EE solo and today I finished the first Eveningstar chain. I was complaining to Short about how crappy my character has been feeling, and he gave me some pointers as how to improve. With some changes, I feel that the quests were going better… but the champs were still killing me. Have a look at screenies below.
I finally had some time to play, so I decided that it was time to do another solo raid video. I’m running Maidae, who is a monkcher this life, and I’m starting with the easier raids, working my way up. Monkchers used to be really op, and really easy to play… but then they got nerfed, and now you don’t see a whole lot of ppl playing them anymore. This is my first monkcher build, and imo she’s doing pretty good. I’m sure she doesn’t have as much dps as the old monchers did, but with my thunderforged bow I have been able to solo some raids. This time I attempted and finished The Chronoscope EE. Turns out it wasn’t as challenging as I thought it was going to be. It was easier than The Fall of Truth eN. Check out the video below.
Note, this wasn’t a zerg run, I could have saved a lot of time by just doing things faster, skipping trash and monologues.. but it’s been a while since I ran this raid, and I couldn’t quite remember how everything goes. And this was my very first time soloing it.
It’s been a while again since I wrote a post. I’ve been quite busy with rl, lots to do at work and I’ve adopted a few more degus that take up a bit more of my evening time. When I have been playing I’ve been soloing with my the main char on my third account piking. Or I started doing that when I realised she had/ had access to the packs I wanted to run. It’s only been an hour or two each night, and me missing some nights too, so leveling has been slow.
When Cerge hit 20, but Genmaicha was still 18, I decided to hit IQ.. starting with In the Demon’s Den. I’ve only run that quest once before, so I was curious to see if I could solo it. I quickly realised that 1. I needed a trapper to get past at least one of the traps (the first one) and then, even after killing everything and prepping the djinn, I still needed at least one more person to help me kill the djinn. I noticed that the djinn respawned in the time it took me to run from killing one back to center. Anyway, I put up an lfm, quickly got 3 joiners and we finished the quest no problem.
Then (spreading it out over several nights), I continued with the first IQ chain.
After my successful solo completions of Fall of Truth eN and ADQ EE, I decided that I wanted to do more solo video, and attempt more solo runs. A list of raids in ddo can be found here (though it is apparently missing Thunderholme raids and Defiler of the just). Currently I think I would like to attempt EE Chrono, Elite VoD, eN or heroic elite Shroud, maybe hox. I would also be interested in learning to dualbox the heroic abbot raid… and maybe some of the others.
Anyway, On Saturday I did my first solo run of a Tower of Despair, and here is the video:
I noticed someone had been looking at my blog called Practising the Crucible and clicked on the link that is outdated. I considered updating the link to the new forums, but since the pictures don’t seem to work on the new form link, I figured I’d just do another blog about this.
The Crucible is one of my favourite quests in the game. For a good long while, the only puzzle in it that I was good at, was the maze.. but now I can do all of them on most of my characters. The maze can be completed in more than one way, but I always do the one I have memorized. The maze can be solo’d with a hireling, but since the hireling may malfunction if you lose target, an easier way to solo this quest is to run with a second account.. or to not solo and have someone helping you. The maze requires two people.
Here is the recording of how I run the maze:
For this video I used my only leveled character on my second account as a valve turner. In the video I am running heroic elite crucible on Cerge on his druid life at level 18. Evilynnn is 25.
I noticed I had written a blog called My ddo history so far 2 years ago, a blog that I had completely forgotten about. Now with the help of my spreadsheet Reincarnation mapping, I can do a current and updated version that is hopefully more accurate and detailed. So here it is.
Note: I am only counting characters that have been in somewhat active play. I don’t count bank toons run for favor or alts that have been piking for xp.
Characters capped when cap was 20: 1
I started playing in August 2011 when cap was 20, and epic was epic. Cap was increased to 25 with the first expansion pack on June 25, 2012. The only one of my characters that managed to reach level 20 before cap was increased, was Thazara. Both Maidae and Cerge reached level 20, but not before June 25, 2012.
Characters capped when cap was 25: 4
Level cap was increased from 25 to 28 on August 19, 2013. Between June 25, 2012 and August 19, 2013 only 4 of my characters hit the level cap, and only once. Epic reincarnation was not introduced until update 20 on November 12th, 2013.
Characters capped when cap was 28: 26
After the introduction of Epic Reincarnation, I started eTR’ing. Here I count any of my played characters that reached the level cap after true or epic reincarnation.
Characters capped at 30: 5
Characters that have hit level cap since the level increase or after true or epic reincarnation Continue reading →
A couple of weeks ago Darth and I visited a game shop in Stockholm, where we ended up buying Munchkin and Dungeons & Dragons Castle Ravenloft board game. Due to my lack of time, we’ve only played a few times so far, and only beating the first two group adventures so far. While the first adventure was easy, we struggled a lot with the second one.
First I wanted to try the wizard, and Darth was a cleric. We failed horribly. Lesson learned: don’t play a wizard when you’re only two.
I’ve never cared much for attempting to solo raids. I did a couple of attempts on Tower of Despear with Thaz back before she had her EDs done, and failed horribly. Soloing raids have felt like a waste of time pretty much. But as I was soloing the U31 quests LE on Maidae, I started thinking that maybe it would be worth a shot. Maidae was doing better than I had remembered.
I started with Fall of Truth eN. I had joined a couple of friends in that raid some weeks ago, and it felt easy, so figured a solo eN wouldn’t be impossible.