EEraids take 7

I hope I’m not boring you all with these posts. 🙂 Of late I don’t do a whole lot of raiding, except for the EEraids on Saturday, usually at 2pm EST (the time was changed because of Deathwyrm). This Saturday I felt confident in the group I had for Deathwyrm, I had dps and everything seemed fine… until the 6th puzzle, when lag hit us and we pretty much wiped (maybe 2 ppl survivied). I suggested a restart, as when you lag in there it tends to stay with you, and a restart gives you a different instance… so we restarted. Try two was much better, and even though we ended up with the red light/ green light room, we managed pretty well. We had had no issue in the bone guardian room, and only a few minor lag spikes, but no big issues… until it came to doing the shadow room in the end fight. I lost count how many times we beat one down, we even tried prepping three, and yet the darn real phylactery did not want to show its face.

After making good time til the end fight, and having decent dps, we just could not find the real phylactery and I started worrying about a wipe, since ppl were dying and low on resources. But then, after a painful long end fight (Stitchz tells me he tanked the dragon for 40 min), Justus found the phylactery and we were able to finish the raid. The whole thing over 1.5 h. The goal is to do it in under an hour.

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Aaaand… we have a new name

I was talking with the guildies, or maybe it was just Urgan, about Osi leaving me the guild a month or more ago. One request was that we change the guild name, and he wasn’t the only one who asked for that. Sure says I. As soon as I have lead of the guild, I can change the name. I started asking for guild name ideas, but it was only a few days ago or so that I started coming up with my own ideas, and throwing it back and forth a bit between the guildies.

I had a name three ppl liked, but then one guy said no. Some names I said no to right away. Then yesterday, while thinking about Jedli’s suggestion, we started thinking about something to do with a rebirth of the guild with a new leader and a new name. And hence we came up with our current name. See the screenies below.

🙂 I guess Caergoth chose the wrong default message when he closed the ticket, but no matter, I knew what he meant anyway.

That’s all folks, thank you for stopping by. I’m very excited about the new name, and the new beginning.

P.S. In case you missed it somehow. When the phoenix bird is about to die, he starts to burn and is then reborn from the ashes. So, the phoenix is a great symbol for rebirth.

The inner struggle

Dear diary, I feel a need to write about my feelings again….

As I might have said before, this blog is a bit like a diary. I used to write one, but after I started blogging, a lot of my internal turmoil has been posted here. I have some issues, I want to be what others expect of me, but at the same time I want to walk my own path. It’s constantly an inner battle, wanting to please others, fighting for my right to be myself, and it easily turns into anger. Especially towards the ppl I care about. I’m very good at putting all my frustrations on them, instead of just letting it go. I might need to take up boxing or something, sometimes I wish I was more of a guy who didn’t express his frustrations so much in words and just put it in lifting weights or something.

My issue? I decided years ago that every life I do in ddo has to matter, has to be a learning experience and that I want to take them to cap and run raids and ees. Each past life I acquire needs to mean something, I learned something from it. But.. this is not how most play the game. Ppl zerg heroics for heroic past lives, then they zerg epics for epic past life… or alternatively they stone their past lives and don’t really play them at all, to acquire as many past lives as possible, and after they’re done they build a toon for the end. Only problem is that the end doesn’t really exist anymore, and ppl prefer to just keep running for the past lives. Which means that once they’ve acquired all their past lives, they don’t really have a reason to play anymore.

I’m constantly fighting to keep playing the game the way I want to, while others tell me I should do this and that. And not only is it the way I play, but I also get called elitist. Isn’t that ironic? To some groups I’m too elitist, and should step down to their level.. to others I’m not elitist enough, and need to exclude ppl who are not good enough.

This wanting to please everyone is hard, and it messes with my head a lot. Though, I think the fact that I cheat on my sleep affects my emotions a lot, and negatively. Need to work on that.

That’s all folks, thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Finally got my videos done

After epic reincarnating Maidae on Monday, sorting her gear and quickbars I wanted to make some solo EE videos. Or one video at first, but then changed my mind and wanted to do two: Lords of Dust and The Snitch. I started with Lords of Dust. This is a quest I know well and have run many times… but for some reason I wasn’t prepared to get hit with fear. On the first run I got as far as the death knights, then I got hit with fear over and over, and couldn’t progress. Fear causes your to become helpless, you can run around (if I recall you can also use pots which you can not when truly helpless), but you can’t hit or cast spells (like cocoon). On the second run I got as far as the first caster and got hit with fear again, so decided to slot fear immunity before trying again.

I tried again a day or so later, and finally got a recording, only to learn that I hadn’t set Bandicam to only record mic on push to talk.. so it had recorded all sounds, which was a lot of key klicks. I wasn’t happy with it, so decided to make another one a day or two later. Next try I tested the sound before running the quest, and thought I had everything right.. recorded my run of the quest, logged off, checked the video.. and noticed that this time I had no game sounds in the video, only mic when I had used my push to talk. Meh. So, still not happy with it. I did some testing and learned that I needed to have my computer’s default sound on heaset for Bandicam to record the game sounds… when audio set on Win8.1 sounds.

Finally almost a week later I finally got my video done, but noticed that my mic was a lot louder than the game sounds. I considered redoing it, but didn’t feel like it, so adjusted my mic volume for the next quest instead, which was the Snitch. I had some issues in the Snitch, I was trying to run as fast as I could, and somehow I could not get the one valve to unlock for me to progress the quest, so recalled to try again. Second try I was messing about too much, trying to figure out why the valve was locked last time, so managed to kill myself. Same with try no 3. Finally on the 4th try I managed to run the quest without doing something too stupid, and I got my recordning.


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More EEraids

Aaaaand we’re back again. It was Saturday and the plan was to run EE Deathwyrm, EE Fire on Thunder Peak and then eH Mark of Death to work our way up to EE. Deathwyrm was filling very slowly, but after a while I had enough ppl to feel confident in starting. But oh man, I hadn’t played Thaz in 2 weeks… I had completely forgotten what buffs to use, what spells to use and where I have everything in my quickbars. Took me a good while to get comfortable running her again.. and I died 3 times. Today we had some issues with the bone guardian. On eN, we usually just focus dps on the guardian and take him out before he can drain trash.. but on EE I’ve been playing it safe and killing the trash to avoid him draining something. But tonight, every time I called “trash, stop dps on guardian”… he drained something. Next time I’ll just tell ppl to go full dps on guardian.. and if he manages to drain something, I’ll go back to telling ppl to kill trash. The raid was a bit slower than last time, and ppl died a bit too much, but still faster than the first run.. and this time we didn’t have Stitchz.

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Guild name?

We are having some problems coming up with a fitting new name for the guild. Urgan suggested we post a server wide competition where the winner gets a prize. I will support him in that if he wants to arrange it, but I don’t have the energy right now to do it myself. I will though post this here on my blog… anyone want to throw out some suggestions?

We’re a small friendly guild of active, a bit goofy players. Most of us are 30+, but Urgan’s son plays sometimes too.. not sure how old he is. We don’t want anything that resembles our current name (Gli Egypt), I want something fun but still something I’d feel proud of to wear on top of my head. Nothing fuzzy.

So.. any suggestions?

By ddomicki Posted in Guild

I’ve been waiting

… and finally the day came!

60 days ago, Osi deleted all of his toons except Osiride and told me he was going to give me the guild. But the tease as he is, instead of passing me the lead, he made me successor and told me I can have the guild when the time runs out.

I would of course have preferred that he stayed, but since getting convinced that he’s not coming back any time soon, I’ve just been waiting for that day when Thaz would be leader. The first thing I will do as leader is change the guild name, well once the guildies have come up with a name we can all agree on.

That’s all folks, ty for stopping by and have a great day.

Maidae eTR’d.. again

I eTR’d Maidae on Monday (March 16).. and as usually I want to post date with before and after pictures. I’ve also been working on a quick EE LoD video, but I’ve been having some issues with the sound recording, so I don’t have anything uploaded yes. Here are the pictures anyway.

Maidae before eTR                                                   Maidae after eTR

That’s all I have for now, will upload the video once I have one with sound.

Happy hunting.

EERaids; Fifth Saturday

I’m posting these mostly for reference, so I can look back at these and see how things went.

The week before we had a bit of problem with dps, last week it took a while to get ppl for the raids, but things progressed a lot better. After a pretty good EE Deathwyrm run, we did EE Fire on Thunder Peak and EE Fall of Truth. See the screenshots below.

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Firetha (Keronna) TR’d

I looked it up. It’s been a long while since I’ve done a TR into a non iconic class… and the ones that were done later than Firetha were Maidae into barbarian life (Sep 30, 2013), Cerge into bard life (Dec 26, 2013) and Jarvanna into current life (March 8, 2014). Firetha’s last TR was September 3, 2013.

Yesterday (March 8), I decided to TR Firetha into a drow sorcerer.
Here are her before and after pictures:

Firetha as a pm henshin                                       Firetha as a drow sorcerer (1 sorc)

I don’t really have any gear for her yet and the build plan isn’t completely finished… so we’ll see where I end up. I’m running her a bit with Darth now, and we’ll see how long I’m able to keep up, before he gets tired of me and decides to level faster, lol.

That’s all from me for now.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.