CC again

I was complaining a few days ago about how I don’t like Crystal Cove. πŸ™‚ Well… I ran 7 lvl 20 CC yesterday with Thaz and 5 of them went very well (met not only mandatory quota but optional as well in about 10 mins), 1 failed and 1 barely met minimum quota. It was sorta funny when on the 6th or 7th run one of the party members said that Thaz’s gotta be a lucky cleric, since all runs he had done with Thaz, had gone very well. πŸ™‚ Well, I’d still say it was because of a good party, good map and good torcher.

I got determined to get the epic ornamented dagger, fully upgraded. I have no idea what other stuff I would want, but I’m at least running until I get the dagger upgrades (I have the dagger lvl 20 and the greater cunning trinket already, I just need about 1,500 dragonshards – or something like 1,200 more).

epic dagger

Now, a weapon for melee, or a shield would maybe not be too bad? Or the Greater Nimble Trinket for blurry, or the Greater Stalwart Trinket? An archmage hat for buffs would also be good (to be changed to minos after buffing)

And what could Maidae and Cerge use? Any suggestions? Maidae could at least use a dex item, and Cerge the dagger lvl 8 πŸ™‚

Only 7 more days to run CC, so if I want to get some good stuff, I have to run it more or less every day…

See you around Orien, take care.

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Cap

Thazara just got xp capped at level 18. πŸ™‚ I thought you had to be 19 for cap, but nope πŸ™‚

She also just flagged for Shroud. Woop woop. (Have had to turn down about 5 runs because of not being flagged)

I just want to do Spinner of Shadows elite before leveling her to 19 πŸ™‚
(I have been keeping levels from the start to not cause xp-penalty to other players in quests I want to run)

Take care and see you around Orien.

Crystal cove

Here’s my twist. I don’t like challenges, I don’t like running slayer, and I don’t like Crystal Cove. Ironically I plan to run CC anyway.

I stink at navigating challenges and wildernesses. My brain just doesn’t want to learn maps. It considers it unnecessary information. Of course, after running a quest a certain amount of times the information sort of sticks anyway.

I did the noob thing last night, joined a CC party with Thaz, didn’t do my homework (or slayer) and wasn’t able to enter when the others did. And then I got a bad conscience from leaving the party without a healer. Oh, well. Better luck next time. And I’m thinking Thaz doesn’t need to do CC anyway.

On a side note, Thaz just got her blue robe (it’s pretty awesome) and she’s just about to get minos (ty Cyl and Wallii) πŸ™‚

See you around Orien.

Thazara vs Sinvala

Thazara is a level 18 cleric. Almost 9 months old, and she’s got ok gear for her level, better still when she gets the blue dragonscale robe and minos legends. So, I wanted to test if I could solo Sinvala on normal. I brought with me a lvl 18 wizard hire, which I thought could help do some damage. Well, the hire turned out to be completely useless. The only use I found was to have her summon a hezrou to help take out the kobolds on the way to the dragons. I casted my way through the kobolds on the way to the dragons (heightened, maximized, empowered inflict critical wounds mass – kobold insta deaths) and dp’d the crystals.

We get to the dragon, I buff, through a few dp’s at Varath and she goes down pretty quickly. Rest and rebuff and here comes Sinvala. I’m thinking I should have brought a cleric hire instead, to save sp from self heals. I try to save sp, mostly using aura and bursts for heals, and mostly using buffed dp’s for fighting, still I have to pot to keep going (went through 7 mod TP pots). I keep running around with the dragon after me, throwing dp’s (and a few bb’s), while the hire is standing there looking stupid. The whole quest’s over in less than 30 mins πŸ™‚ End loot was pretty useless, and I’m not too happy about wasting pots, but at least now I know she can do it πŸ˜€

Sinvala

First Titan raid

Thazara did her first Titan raid last night. What happened? Joined a bit late, forgot the sigil in the bank and had to go get it, after having gotten a taxi ride up to the volcano. Looted a couple of chests, raised 2 players and failed a jump 2 times (after which I just waited for someone to lower the bridge). We get to the Titan and after breaking the tops and I guess bottoms of the pillars, us casters (or anyone else not on the floor with the titan) were told to get off the floor – pike on a ladder.

As far as I know there was only one death, the sorc. But around when the titan was down to less than half hp, my connection crashes. And only mine. I’m thinking it’s my shitty Internet provider again, but no. I do a speed test while I’m waiting for the DDO client to connect – download ~ 7 Mbps, upload ~ 2 Mbps, which is perfectly good speed for my max 15 M 3G connection (I’m running over 3G + WLAN), shouldn’t be having connection problems. It takes me like forever (5-10 min) to get back online, and when I do the Titan’s dead. The other’s waited for me before opening the chests, but still when I open them, they’re empty. Blah. So, what do I get? No end loot and a useless end reward. At least I got a completion. What ever good that does.

But, as a consolation prize a party member/ friend of mine gave me a souvenir afterwards. This:

Staff of the Seer

πŸ™‚ I have no use for it (at least not at the moment) but she told me that I can brag about the +5 umd. Apparently there’s only 2 items in DDO that has it?

I asked the party if anyone else had lost connection during the raid, but apparently I was the only one. And since my Internet connection was fine, the problem was on the DDO server side. Shame on you turbine. How many years have you been running DDO? And how many customer’s don’t you have? As a paying customer I would expect better service.

Hoping for a better raid the next time around.
See you around Orien.

My name is Thazara

Hi. My name is Thazara. I’m young female elf that has been running around Stormreach since August 2011. I started out as a generalist cleric, mostly meleing at the lower levels, doing crowd control (trying to keep aggro) while my rogue buddy was killing the opponents off with his repeating crossbows. I was mostly doing quests 2 levels lower than my own on elite, and going through all the quests collecting favor. Around level 7 my melee started to stink and I started healbotting. I did a couple of feat swaps and was trying to raise my ac a little. I was a crappy addition to parties, since I spent a lot of time being dead.

At level 12 I went through a greater reincarnation. I got a new look and a new life. My life had meaning again. I was still collecting favor, but now I wasn’t the one being carried through quests, but I was the one who many times got the party through. In the right quests I was even getting insta kills with my spells πŸ™‚ But at this point my only plan was to work on collecting favor and a bit of crafting xp. I was suppose to only be a support to my brothers and sisters. But around level 16 my life got new meaning again. New plan: epics. πŸ™‚

At the moment I’m farming for blue dragonscales for the robe and tapestrys for Minos legends. I will never be a TR, or have the dc of an arcane, but I will be a lot tougher than most first lifers πŸ™‚ I’m working on maxing hp and wisdom, and empowering my spells. I do still melee some, I can successfully melee my way through a quest two levels lower on normal (with some spells to back me up), which is something I usually do when soloing.

Thazara

Here’s my list of likes and dislikes:

Likes:
– questing with a good party (I prefer balanced parties with tanks, arcanes and a trapper)
– offensive casting
– tanks, casters and trappers – the ones who keep me alive πŸ™‚
– being the only healer in a party (except raids)
– insta kills
– successful quests
– friendly party members
– semi-fast runs/ fast runs, but no zerging

Dislikes:
– weak parties
– mana sponges
– people who kill themselves on traps over and over again
– babysitting the party
– quitters
– people who complain about how I do my job
– people not carrying heals and raises i.e. expect me to do everything and if I’m killed, party wipe
– quests that take too long to finish
– puzzles (basically, I don’t do them)
– soloing

I am friendly and I want to enjoy myself, which I do in a good party πŸ™‚

See you around Orien.
Love, Thazara

P.S. I just recently hit 3000 favor and unlocked veteran status 2 πŸ™‚

Servants of the Overlord elite

This quest elite, with a semi weak party can be a pain. I joined a party doing it on level, I think I did quite a good job at keeping the party alive, until we got to the room with the crossing stairs. I was the first one to go down, and party wiped a few seconds later. No problem, one stay, the rest release and we try again. I have never before used TP bought pots in a quest, but this one just got on my bad side. I was determined as hell to 1. stay alive and 2 finish the quest. In this room at a point I just ran to save my ass.. threw a few bbs after me and ran until I found a ladder to climb up. Threw a few comet balls at the spiders waiting for me and they went belly up. I had a lot more problems with the reavers. Used a lot of sp just taking one of them down. Trying to get back to the party I ran into a drow wizard, ran back to the ladder, and got dead half way up.

After like 10+ reentries we get to the final fight room, we manage to clean out several waves of mobs (and I was mostly healing and raising with scrolls (+ heals with bursts), since I ran out of sp very quickly, luckily I wasn’t unprepared, but had packed about 120 scrolls of heal and 20 true res), before we wiped again. At this point we’ve spend over 100 minutes on this quest and we lose a party member. The party leader is also running out of time and before we can get a party filler he leaves. I am not about to give up when I’ve spent this much resources on the quest, and I know we can finish if we just get a little more help. Second last try (final fight – stupid teleporting hezrou and drow) I get aggro (I do a much better job when someone else is keeping aggro), I throw 2-3 bbs in the room and continue running through them while I throw heals and a few res. The others go down and I keep running to stay alive while trying to res the others. I do ok, until the hezrou trips me and I can’t get back up fast enough (= I’m down, he keeps hitting me until I’m dead. Still took like 4 hits, though).

The last try we go in 4 players (barb, arti, wiz, and me – cleric) + two hires (fvs & barb) and we manage to finish the quest after 200 minutes. Bloody hell. Enter shadows and we wipe in a few sec. πŸ™‚ I didn’t even know Servants continues with Spinner of Shadows. Since I am planning to run Shadows, I will have to run Servants again. Next time I’d like a stronger party and fewer deaths and re-entries (hey, I think Thaz is pretty strong, but she’s not an arcane and can’t blast her way through the mobs) πŸ™‚ A fast run with no deaths would be superb.

Just an update from Thazara. Cya around Orien.

(P.S. Yeah, I curse at the stupid f’ing mobs that make my job hard πŸ˜€ The hezrou that tripped me got an ear full… or so to speak)

By ddomicki Posted in quests

Vet II

Thazara just unlocked veteran status II after reaching 3000 favor. πŸ™‚ Woop woop.

To reach this amount of favor Thazara has run almost all quests elite (excluding Devils assault hard, VON5 normal, Titan raid, In the Flesh, Reaver’s Fate, Running with the devils, Spinner of shadows,Β and challenges) lvl 1-16. Before leveling to 19, she will have the blue dragonscale robe, minos legends and have run Devils and Shadows Elite. I also just bought an alignment change – from lawful good to true neutral. End game, here we come! πŸ˜€

DDO feedback from the newbie

I’ve been playing DDO as a casual player (‘cept I’m not sure where the line is between casual and active?) for almost 9 months now. A friend suggested I try it out and I decided to do so, since I like fantasy and fiction and I’ve never played any MMORG before. I also had never played DnD. I started off sort of copying my friend’s way of playing, even though he had rolled a rogue and I a cleric. I can tell you my cleric was gimped as hell already after a few levels. I was also, after 2 months of playing as a f2p player, so fed up with all the restrictions that I chose between quitting or going VIP. I’ll let you guess what I chose πŸ˜€

To make the story short. We had a falling out with my friend, I stopped listening to him (well we didn’t talk at all for 2 months. Now we’re friends again) and went on the forums for advice on how to fix my toon. And now I’m loving DDO. I hate soloing, though, because to me DDO is a social game. Β I pug a lot, and I’ve run with a lot of nice people πŸ™‚ When I find a good party, I easily spend 6 h on running quests (I easily spend that much time on even when I have to lfg for every quest I wanna run).

I’m thinking DDO has sort of taken over my life πŸ™‚ Well, I go to work, try to get some sleep,Β exerciseΒ and Β sometimes hang out with friends. But any extra time I have (usually weekend nights) is spent in DDO πŸ™‚ Β and it’s not that I find the quests that exciting. I take pride in being an important part of any party, and making sure we finish the quest at almost any means. My cleric is an offensive caster (I usually help out killing bosses, and I enjoy it), buffer and healer with melee fallback. My way of playing? I will carry the party through any quest if I have to and am able to. I am most of the time the last one standing in any quest… and I will run to save my own ass πŸ™‚ Falling back when there’re too many mobs often allows you to kill them one at a time (as long as you don’t get lost and run into more mobs, which I have done as well). I guess you can tell I mostly play my cleric. πŸ™‚ I’ve spent these 9 months leveling my cleric, and am still not capped. Why? Because I’ve been holding levels to do all quests on level (I’ve collected 2993 favor so far). I’ve gained a lot of experience in playing a cleric and have found my place in the game πŸ™‚ What I am lacking still though is raiding experience. I’ve only run Chrono (10+ times, I have one full abshai set and one lesser), VON (4-5 times), tempest (2 times), and ADQ (1 time), but will start running Shroud as soon as I get flagged.

To sum it up. Love DDO. Have become totally addicted and I can’t wait to log on again πŸ™‚ will be playing this weekend again. But first I’m gonna go to the gym πŸ˜€

Dragonscales farming

So… I decided that I want the blue dragonscale robe for Thaz, although someone told me that dragontouchedΒ armorΒ is better due to the fact that you can choose what you want on it. πŸ™‚ But, since to me dragontouched requires planning, and I do have problems making up my mind concerning what I want, I figured some scales farming would, if nothing else, require less planning (I need to start planing a GS item soon). But, the only place you can get blue scales is in Gianthold Tor (well, and action house, but who’s paying 1 mil + plat for scales?). I ran Tor 4 times last Saturday on normal, and got a total of 2 scales, non of which blue. I think in the around 10 times total I’ve run Tor, I’ve collected 2 blue scales. But, since a lot of people are asking for black scales, I figured why not farm Mired in Kobolds for black scales and trade for blue? So, I ran Mired 2 times on Elite yesterday and collected a total of 3 black scales. πŸ™‚ After some trading and a couple of donations, I now have 12 scales, 8 to go before I can get the robe. Running Mired in Kobolds seems like time better spend compared to running Tor, but Tor’s fun too πŸ™‚ A fem more runs of Mired and I should have enough black scales to trade for the blue ones I need.

I do plan on switching to some epic armor at some point, but at the moment the blue dragonscale robe seems like my best option. πŸ™‚ I should also farm for tapestries for Minos Legends.

Just a short update from Thaz. See you around Orien πŸ™‚