This Saturday was the first time I actually considered not doing the EE raids for lack of interest. I posted at 8 as normally, and then went afk a bit to get some food. I got back and still no joiners.. so I decided to log on Mill’s account to flag him for doj, only to realise he doesn’t own the pack so I can’t do that. Instead I logged him off and hopped into The Devil’s Details eH. I was almost at the end when I suddenly got a bunch of joiners. It would seem that the ppl from OR had finished what ever it was that they were doing when I posted, and were up for an EE Deathwyrm. Weii, Arriene and Khyleeh joined for the completion of the quest I was running, but we did not get any named item in the chest. After this it didn’t take too long before I had a full group, but I had a few joiners who did not know the raid too well at all.
My rules are as always; 1. help with the puzzles if you know them, but don’t turn on the beam until you’re done and call beam when you do. 2. kill trash at each level before stepping through the portals to reduce lag and 3. run away from your stone if you die. I also told the newish ppl to try not to get lost, and to kill stuff. And to say asap if they do get lost and someone will come get them. What I can’t stand is if someone can’t do the jump or otherwise gets lost and decides to spend the rest of the raid trying to get to us. EE is not where we practice the raid, EE is where we run it efficiently and want everyone to keep up.
EEraids 27 – the group
This weekend I learned that my and Darth’s ddo friend Demonnibler/ Demonglober had passed away about a week ago. Demon was 23 years old, had a good well-paying job, was in a long time relationship with his girlfriend and had recently purchased a house in the Carrebean. Me and Demon were not that close, but he belonged to the same social group, and he and Darth were friends. Me and Darth were planning to go visit Demon in the Carrebean some time, maybe next summer. Demon’s real name was Kyle and he was from Canada.
Rest in peace Demon, and my condolences to your family and friends.
Our EE FOT group, my first EE FOT completion, FOT U19. Date: September 13, 2013
Finally after several weeks at cap (I capped her before my Croatia trip), I eTR’d Thaz again. Here’s the latest picture.
There we go, now I’m done with the blogs for this week 🙂
I’ve been running this raid for a few weeks now, trying to get a 20th completion on my toons so I can get back to eTRing and TRing. Thazara was the first to hit a 20th… and here is the 20th quest reward list:
Thaz already had the goggles and the cloak, and the only item on the list that would potentially benefit my build was the gauntlets, so that is what I picked.
That’s all folks, thank you for stopping by 🙂
And then we’re here again, Saturday raids. I posted for deathwyrm at 7.55 pm my time… and waited. Then I deciced to attempt to solo The Archons’ Trial EE… but while I was part way through the second trial, I had 6 ppl in the group, so decided to recall and convert to raid. Someone must have stepped in, cause the timer on the lfm had started ticking and ppl who were joining would go straight to the raid – while I was still arounning around Eberron. Stitchz said he’d been drinking, so I was a bit worried that he’d be a bit out of control, but shook that feeling off – telling myself “no matter what happens, we’ll deal”. The way towards the end was quite smooth, and I stayed calm. We didn’t lag much and we didn’t really have too many deaths – and ppl were helping with the mirrors.
EEraids 26 – Deathwyrm
I don’t know if it was because of the +15% epic xp bonus that have been going on, or what it was, but it took a very long time to fill the raid this time. Post was up at around 10 to 8 and at 9 I only had 2 others in the group. Shortly after I got 3 more, yet we waited a good long while more before we had enough ppl for me to feel confident in starting.
The group this week.. was ok. My lfm asks the joiners to know the raid, but several of the joiners seemed to know very little of it. We got jumps and red light/ green light. I wasn’t very stressed or easily irritated, so when a few got “stuck” in jump room, I was prepared to go get them. I didn’t have to, though, because the wizard volunteered to do it. I feared a wipe in red light/ green light. More than once during red I saw my party go ding – ding – ding… and there was only me and maybe one other person left standing. Someone suggested the deaths were because some aoe effect, but my guess is that it was the battle ragers. If you move during red light – that is, if you do anything else but melee/ cast spells, and you are not wearing a spell absorption, you will die. Running, climbing or getting pushed counts as moving. And ragers will push you.
EEraids 25 – Deathwyrm
U27 has been out for a number of weeks now, and I’ve been trying to get some runs done on the new raid. I haven’t really run too much with others, I saw how a couple of others do the runs, and my way is a bit of a mix. I learned that doing teams makes killing the executioners more efficient, so I started doing that.
I like statistics. I like hosting raids. I like keeping statistics of the raids, especially the EE ones, as they are (supposed to be) more of a challenge. I like using my blog to keep track of the completions and the stats for them. Doing this I was getting tired of calculating the average completion time of the EEraids by hand, and decided to see if google spreadsheets could to this for me. And yes, it could. Here are the completion times for the raids so far, and the average completion time:
I think I also want to add columns for deaths and monsters killed, well as far as the information is available. With the change to the xp death penalty, you can no longer see the party’s total deaths, unless you yourself died. 😦 I might also add which toon I was running, and what build.
Anywho, that’s that. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.
P.S. If anyone feels like telling me the completion times are slow and below average, remember that these raids are pug, not guild. A coordinated guild would have no issues doing much faster runs.
Finally I’m sitting down to do the EEraids blog. Since Darth moved in, I’ve been trying to do my normal routine (work, exercise, degus, food, ddo).. and spend time with him, but in the end I’ve ended up cutting down on some of the time for other things to spend more time with him. Anyway… back to the raids.
I logged on at 10 to 8 pm (that’s 2 pm EST) and posted for EE Deathwyrm. After a fem min I was joined by Bonngg. I wasn’t really in any hurry or rush, I was discovering new things about the monster manual and spent a good while just clicking through it, before I decided to do a run of the first quest in the new Amrath chain. As I was progressing through the quest I started getting joiners and as I finished I had 6 ppl and had to convert to raid group. It didn’t take long before I had a full group and we started. I typed down my normal instructions “here are my rules: help with the puzzles if you know them, but don’t turn the beam until it’s done and call beam when you do. Kill off trash in one level before stepping through the portal, as stepping through will cause trash to spawn in the next area, and can increase lag. And, remember to run away from your stone if you die”.
The EEraids party this week