EEraids 22

Are you getting tired of my EEraids posts? Well.. :) I used to do Saturday raids posts before.. now they just have a name, lol. Anyway. This week we did Deathwyrm, Fire on Thunder Peak and Fall of Truth. Plus a couple of MoD runs to end the night. Deathwyrm filled really quickly, I posted maybe 5 to 8 pm (my time) and 20 past 8 I had a full party. Sue and Short joined me, and of course Jedli. I was on Cerge ready to give tanking another go.

We got really lucky, we got jumps and tower and the party worked really well together. Only one person needed a carry up the jumps and his guildie helped him. And in tower I told the casters to stay down and dot or ruin the phylactery while the melees and archers worked on the mobs up top. I think we only had one failure to jump down with the aura.. else we worked quite efficiently forward. Come to the end fight, I had no problem at all holding aggro or grabbing aggro again if I lost it. I lost aggro a couple of times when the dragon reset (of course) and once cause I was hiding behind the wall while someone ran up and attacked, so I wasn’t actively aggroing. I think I got a a couple of heals from someone else, but other than that I think I managed pretty well with the dragon. And yes this time I had stance and a str item, lol. I asked Short to lead shadow side, and told the group to read party chat. The phylactery didn’t quite want to show itself.. but I didn’t think it took that long in the end.. since we finished in 54 min. \o/

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I did it!

Last weekend Gray was talking about planning to do an EE MoD, and when I said I’d like to go she asked me which toon I want to bring. I said I want to do one run on Thaz at least, and she asked if I could cap in a week. Thaz was then lvl 24. I accepted the challenge. Now, 4.4 mil xp in 6 days would not be hard for the active player… but I don’t have that much time to play. I play maybe 2-3h/ night during the work week, and one of those nights is static night with my sis and Stephen.. so that makes only 5 days. Sunday is my ddo day when I play a bit more, but I still have rl stuff that needs to get done so I usually can’t do more than ~6h. But I was up for the challenge.

Sunday I ran into Cleazy, and after helping him with orchard on Maidae I convinced him to join me for EE GH for saga. We ran the whole saga, before I was out of time. Thaz got 25, I think. Monday I realised I had forgotten to do the 3 Eveningstar chains, so I posted for those and was joined by my guildie Miriath and his Brittish friend… let’s call him Hamster, and a few pugs. We did the first two chains before I decided to go to bed. Tuesday we continued an did Demonweb and continued with Wheloon. Thaz was 26.

Yes, I am proud of managing to do an eTR in 1.5 weeks. With doing all the sagas for next eTR as well. Thank you to the ppl who helped me out.

Wednesday was static night this week, so come Thursday Thaz was still 26 and had Storms Horns left to do. I was again joined by Miri and Hamster and pugs and we did all but WGU. Thaz was still 26. And then it was Friday. I started with WGU as I figured it would still be worth running for the xp. Thaz hit 27. 1.4 mil to go to cap. What can I run? I decided to do von3, wiz-king and spies in the house eH + eN… and I got a lot of xp. I was missing around 600k after this and posted for the von raid, which got me a bit over 200k. Then I posted for Demonweb again, this time eH for quick runs. So close now, and I was getting tired. It was around 1 in the morning (I had started at 9pm). I figured I’d look at wildernesses, and realised I still have messages in epic gianthold I haven’t done. Ran around looking for them while killing stuff for ~30 min and there it was, CAP! Yay!! I did it!! This was my fastest eTR so far, 1.5 weeks.. with the amount I play.

I did mess up when I eTR’d, though. When collecting my gathered sagas I forgot to switch to the correct ED, so now I’m missing ~800k xp from the primal sphere before I can eTR again. This means some more questing in Shiradi… but at least Thaz is now ready for EE MoD if Gray decides to do it.

1.4 mil in ~3h, not shabby at all. :)

P.S. Today I spent some time sorting Thaz’s gear, bank and inventory.. so I have gear ready for the next eTR. I gear for lvl 23, 25 and then 28. Since I use sagas, I skip levels 20-22.

Oh, what a big crown

When U26 was released, some of us noticed some funny effects in Gianthold. The symbols above mobs’ heads would scale with size. This is what I saw in Gianthold Tor today.

This bug was discussed in this thread on the ddo forums.

That’s all. Cheers.

EEraids 21

So.. my plan was to turn Cerge into a pally hate tank, and then start running the EEraids on him while I eTR Thaz. I capped Cerge and geared him and then did two test runs of Deathwyrm and one of Fotp to see how fit for tanking he is last week. My tests showed me I need to run Deathwyrm in Sentinel and that he’s not fit to tank dragons in Fotp. Anyway, Short suggested some improvements and I reset my enhancements before this week’s EEraids. Noob moment… I guess I was nervous or some, but I never realised I didn’t have stance active, and didn’t have an str item. Anyway, I was tankin dragon ok in Deathwyrm, most likely I’ll find it even easier with stance actually active next week, lol.

This week’s raid EE Deathwyrm party

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Thaz eTR 4

After months of being at cap, I had another toon I felt could to the EEraids, so it was time to eTR Thaz. The goal is to do all epic past lives on her… and I have not been progressing the project at all. I did 3x Power over Life and Death and then I was just enjoying staying at cap. But to eventually get where I want to go, I need to start doing the reincarnations.

I considered giving Thaz green hair because it looked cool, but last time I tried to make her different I hated it, so decided to go with the classic Thaz look. Same hair style, blond hair, blue eyes, a mild lip gloss and some light jewellery. Normally I go with the nose ring, but this time I picked earrings. Thaz has to look like Thaz. I forgot to do before and after pics, but since I really didn’t change her much, I didn’t think it was needed.

Thaz at the creation screen

That’s all for this post. Ty for looking and have great day.

P.S. I picked Colors of the Queen this time

P.P.S I eTRd Tuesday July 7.

EEraids 20

It was a nice Saturday. Way too hot in my apartment, 30°C (86°F), and I had to wait about an hour again before I had a raid group, but I felt it was a good group. Due to the heat, I kept saying “my brain feels like mush”, and I wasn’t quite aware of time.. so I don’t really know how long everything took. We had good luck in Deathwyrm. No lag, we got jumps & tower.. and we had a full party. In the end fight the tank died a couple of times, the death lord team died a few times and we had to do several shadow spawns before we found the real phylactery… but we managed to finish the raid in 76 min.

Double dead dragon.. a dead dracolich

A few ppl left and got replaced by others for Fire on Thunder Peak, but I managed to get a full party rather quickly. I believe I once yelled “split the dragons!”, otherwise the raid progressed quite smoothly. I felt we spent a bit too much time on the purple named, but we had good trash control and the dragon keepers did a good job. I believe this was our fastest run to date, at only 27 min (and only 7 deaths).

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Looking at Thazara’s build and gear

Today I felt like making a video about Thaz, as I have upgraded her and her gear a little bit, and I just felt like making a video this time. I apologize for my babbling, and forgetting things, lol. Here’s the video:

Thaz’s gear setup right now:
Goggles: Epic Elite Intricate Field Optics ability bonus: wisdom +3, augments: Topaz of Fear Immunity, Topaz of Striding +30%/ Epic Glimpse of the Soul, augments: Topaz of Striding +30%, Topaz of Fear Immunity (swap for MoD)
Head: Epic Deific Diadem, augments: Golem’s Heart, Topaz of Power +250/ Epic Elite Helm of the Blue Dragon, ability bonus: Insightful Wisdom +3, augments: Topaz of Power +250 (swap for MoD)
Neck: Epic Noxious Embers, augments: Diamond of Heal +15, Diamond of Insightful Intelligence +2
Trinket: Greater Cunning Trinket (before buffing), Epic Litany of the Dead (after buffing)
Armor: Thunderforged Heavy Armor, augments: Globe of True Imperial Blood, Sapphire of Spell Agility +15
Cloak: Supreme Tyrant Green Steel Weave Cloak of Mineral (+45 hp)
Bracers: Dumathoin’s Bracers, augment: Sapphire of False Life +40
Belt: Epic Belt of Thoughtful Rememberance, augment: Diamond of Spellcraft +15
Ring 1 (always on): Epic Elite Ring of Shadows, augment: Topaz of Greater Evocation
Boots: Supreme Tyrant Green Steel Boots of Concordant Opposition (Blindness Immunity, +150 sp)
Gloves: Iron Mitts, augment: Diamond of Insightful Constitution +2
Ring 2 (possibly swap): Lantern Ring, augment: Good Luck +2, Vitality +20
Main hand: Thunder-Forged scepter with Dwarvencraft Impulse, Dwarvencraft Evocation Focus, Dwarvencraft Kinetic Lore, augments: Meridian Fragment
Offhand: Libram of Silver Magic, augment: Ruby of Devotion +138

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EEraids 19

And then it was the 19th time I posted for EEraids. It was slow going at first, I expected to have to wait an hour again or so.. but suddenly ppl started hitting the lfm and I had a full group before we entered. Two of the joiners told me it was their first time… and even though I don’t like taking first timers into EE, I also don’t like waiting an hour or more for a full group, so a couple of first timers is ok. I explained the basics to them, “help with mirrors if you know them but don’t turn the beam until the puzzle is done and call beam before you do.”, “run away from your stone if you die”, and “try to keep up, we will be running fast”. We got the jump room and one of the newbies needed a carry, and the guy that was going to carry didn’t know how the portals work. When you step out from a portal, you will always have the one back behind you. This means that when you step back through the portal in the jump room, you have to turn 180 degrees to go back out to the mirror room, as you will be facing the 3 doors. I believe it took this person 3 or more tries before he listened to me and got it, lol.

The group in Deathwyrm this week

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The thing about multiboxing

The first friend I made in the game.. Andy as I called him, talked to me about dual-boxing. I had never heard the expression, seeing as I did not come from an mmo background. My friend would play two toons. He’d even bring two into raids, which would not make others very happy. Later I learned that dual-boxing was an easy (well with a bit of practice) way to solo tiles in the Abbot raid. Andy took it one step further and ran three accounts simultaneously, to be able to solo the Titan raid. Well the pre anyway, which requires three players/ toons.

I believe it was with U14 (at the same time that they did the UI changes) that Turbine added support for multiboxing into the client. Before this you had to install the game into a different folder for each instance you wanted to run. With this update you could just start the client multiple times and play as many accounts as you wanted.. well as many as your computer could handle that is.

Another friend of mine would also always play two accounts. He’d play a wizard, and bring with him his rogue alt for the traps. To be able to do this you had to have them of different accounts. Me, I made a second account that one time when I got a temp ban from the game. The ban only lasted a few hours, but during that time I started leveling a new alt. I hadn’t really planned to do this, but later I decided to get her some packs, and to bring her along when I was running with my sister. I guess this slowed down our progress a little, but I’m still glad I now have this toon as my opener.

The three musketeers: Genmaicha, Evilynnn and Thazara

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EEraids 18 – a mess

My lfm says “EEraids. Come prepared, main ED, know it, BYOH”. Let me explain what this means.

EEraids – the name of the channel I created, points to my weekly raids.
Come prepared – bring pots, scrolls, anything you need to be able to help out until we’re done. Running out of sp/ raises is not acceptable. If you do, you were not prepared.
Main ED – run in the best epic destiny for your build. Unyielding Sentinel is only acceptable for the tank, as it’s not a dps ED.
Know it – know where to go and what to do, we can’t be holding your hand through the raid, or guide you.
BYOH – bring your own heals. This means that you are expected to heal yourself. You’re expected to be able to run the raid/ help out without needing someone to babysit you with heals.

What the lfm doesn’t say, but is implied, is that if you join the raid, it’s expected of you to contribute. If you are unable to stay alive, you are not contributing. If you don’t know where to go, or run out of sp pots on a caster, you’re not contributing. And if you’re not, you are putting more work on the rest of the group. I put trust in you, if you join my lfm, having read what the lfm says, I trust you to be a contributing factor, not a burden.

The last update turned on my post processing again. The two last spots in the raid were taken by Glorfendel, a ranged fighter and Jalana (or something similar), a thrower monk.

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