Last week when Hamster and Maidae were running Storms Horns, just as we were about to do A break in the Ice, a world notification popped up. Apparently the servers were to go down for a restart. Hamster looked at the forums and discord, I checked twitter, but we couldn’t find any other information about it. We decided to try and run the quest anyway, hoping that we either finish or that the warning was false.
It’s been a while since I epic reincarnated Maidae, and due to the release of Ravenloft Maidae’s leveling has been going slow. I added a sentient gem to pinion and a few filigrees (still haven’t found all that I wanted to add) and I feel Maidae has been doing quite well since. This week Hamster and Maidae started running Wheloon on R2, at level 26. I screenshotted the quest report from Friends in low places as I was surprised at Maidae keeping up in kill-count with Hamster.
While working on our EDs, Schoan, Valdayanie and Jarvanna have been doing some EEs that we’ve never done before (on those characters). Last Sunday Valdayanie couldn’t make it, so Schoan and Jarvanna did Madstone and Cry for help as a duo. On the dps side we were doing, good, but surviving against the giant skeletons turned out to be a challenge. More than once my piker Evilynnn had to rescue us, but throwing raises from a safe distance.
One of the minotaurs jumped up out of reach
It’s been a while since I eTR’d Maidae, and she’s mostly been neglected while I’ve been doing the Ravenloft quests. The last few weeks she has been getting some playtime, though, and last night I added the first filigrees to her weapon, Pinion. This week I was doing Gianthold on reaper 2 with Hamster. See some of the screenshots below.
I found a nice perch spot in Foundation, after a bunch of deaths
For you who don’t follow me on twitter or youtube, here’s a short post about the crucible run we did. I eTR’d Thaz some time back, and I’ve been running epic sagas on reaper 2 with Misanthropic, as he’s an instakiller build and it’s been making getting some reaper xp so much easier for me (and of course, I enjoy the company). I post on the lfm as well, and interest has varied. For gianthold, though, we’ve been getting a full party. A few days ago I wanted to do the crucible, and record the run. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to do reaper 2, but as it turns out my worry was in vain.
A week ago I posted a blog about soloing Detour on reaper 2. That time I had an lfm up, and just didn’t get any joiners. The next quest in the chain that I usually run is Lost in the Swamp, and that one I consider to be the easiest of them all. I’ve almost solo’d it on reaper 1 before (I got my only joiner just as I was killing the boss), but I don’t believe I’ve even run it on r2 before. I decided to try r2 and record it while doing so.
My first attempt was bleh. I struggled with the wolves, struggled to keep my hire out of harm’s way.. and attempted to use the shrine as a safe spot which did not work. Giving up on the run, I decided to look for a proper safe spot before trying again. Second try I placed the hire in my newly found safe spot, and then activated the first wave of wolves. I tried using the safe spot, but realising it was more of a hassle than benefit, I skipped using it and just stayed on top of the little roof in the second room. After a bunch of kiting back and forth I finally got rid of all the wolves so I could continue.
Taking out the druids wasn’t an issue and the few vine horrors that popped up wasn’t an issue either. I got to the roots that block your path and I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t break them. I had killed everything up until that point. Running back and forth, moving my hire to the roots and still nothing, I decided to turn off the recording, as I was about to give up. Running around some more, I happened to activate the optional “Free the three lost spirits”, and suddenly a bunch of vine horrors popped up as well as a champion wood woad. Killing off all the trash the roots became breakable, and I started the recording again.
The rest of the quest was a lot easier than I expected. The vine horrors move quite slowly, so I was able to range them without an issue. The earth elementals were also easy to kite, as they could only really harm me if they manage to hit me with their firsts. The earth elementals were a pain mostly because I didn’t have the right arrows or weapon for them, so I was seeing a lot of yellow numbers and killing them was slow. When it came to killing the medusa, it proved a lot easier than any previous run I’ve done. Her flesh to stone range is rather short, so as an archer I could easily keep out of her casting range. The only thing she was able to attack me with was her arrows. I finished this quest in 73 min, with zero deaths. Yay me. 🙂
The other day I wanted to do a reaper 1 Battle for Eveningstar at level, meaning max level 21. I posted and left the lfm up while I started. I have done this quest EE at level before, but never attempted to solo reaper. I spent most of the time jumping on roofs, trying not to die from the casters, which failed a few times. Luckily my deaths were close enough to a shrine that I didn’t need to use a cake. I parked Albus as a fail safe and at a couple of times parked him near me on a roof so he’d throw me heals, but he turned out to be completely useless for this. Parked he didn’t heal me and he didn’t heal himself either, so he ended up dying. For the end fight I just left him at the shrine.
The quest took me a while as I was clearing most of the trash, but things progressed better than I had expected. I even managed to take out the priestesses without them healing more than once of twice. As for the end fight, it took me a while and when the driers spawned I had to stop attacking the boss to take care of them, but I managed to do this without taking too much damage. I finished the quest in 53 minutes solo, as no one had joined. Hamster offered to join to help me out, but I was at that time more than half-way through the end fight, so told him I was almost done.
After not having run together at all in August, last Friday Jarvanna met up with Schoan and Valdayanie for some legendary questing. I’m not sure we knew what we were getting ourselves into. We’re all level 27 and a bit undergeard, the legendary difficulty means the quests are level 31 upwards.
We started with Memoirs of an Illusory Larcener on legendary hard, and that one went pretty well.. except for the end fight were we died and died and die some more before we got it done.
Some time ago I decided to work on Godscraft’s EDs, since he had a lot of them not finished or capped. I started bringing him along when I was leveling my own chars, but soon realised that I could take advantage of his skills so to speak. When I was leveling Cerge on his previous eTR I brought Gods along, and now when I decided to finally start leveling Thaz again I’m bringing him along. Though, he’s not so much tagging along, as he is doing most of the dps, and Thaz only steps in when Gods is facing mobs that Thaz handle better.. or he runs out of sp.
Since Gods is almost done with his EDs, I didn’t feel like I wanted to give him a spot when I had ppl interested in joining me.. but when my lfm was up with no joiners, Gods helped me quest. We did Impossible Demands, The Unquiet Graves and The Lost Thread before I had to log off due to rl. Below are some screenies from The Lost Thread. Gods did most of the killing, Thaz did the collars (because her concentration is more than enough compared to Gods’), and the room with Eldrin Szind since she could handle the mobs in there better than Gods could. Thaz also lead Ana.
Not too long ago ddo moved their servers to a new data center. As I understand it, Turbine also moved ddo to virtual servers. So far so good, virtual servers is what all the IT companies are doing, so that shouldn’t be the issue. But, as Flav says, Virtual servers aren’t easy, and running an mmo on virtual servers can cause a lot of problems. This is what I believe is what we’ve been seeing in ddo since the server move. The game server is now communicating in a different way than it was before, and the staff at Turbine has had to do their best to get things running as they used to.
Since the server move, lag has been awful. Many of the raids I used to run were close to unrunnable, and I pretty much quit on EEraids. The idea of EEraids was to try and get a static raiding group together so Thaz could eventually get her EE favor for the top level raids. She’s currently missing MoD and Shroud. But with the lag, I didn’t even want to try. Instead I’ve been focusing on real life and xping instead.
Turbine has been doing regular server restarts, trying reduce lag, but for me things are still worse than before the server move. I’ve been dualing Cerge and Godscraft in my EE saga runs, and when I hit AOEs and spam magic missiles on Gods, my game gets choppy. It didn’t use to. Raids I’ve almost quit on, as I really don’t want to spend time waiting to fill a group and then fail because of lag.
As you might know, Godscraft is not my build, it’s my friend’s shiradi sorc from a couple of years ago. When he took a break from playing, he let me use his toons. I wasn’t going to do anything with them at first, but then wanted to try playing a shiradi.. only to decide to maybe get some gear for his toons and use them for dual boxing. I’ve slowly started to get the hang of Godscraft, and I’ve been playing him instead of Cerge during Cerge’s eTR. That is, I dual them, but most of the time leave Cerge piking, while I run the quest on Gods. Gods was also missing a lot of xp for his EDs, so that’s why I have been bringing him along when playing Cerge.
I don’t always like dualing, as it slows me down a bit, but I’ve come to enjoy it more and more of late. The chars offer different skills, and allow me to do things without having to wait for the right char to join my lfm. Usually I lfm too. Gods is earning xp, and he soon has enough TP so I can buy him the next ddo pack.
I do have two multi accounts of my own, but the chars on the accounts are side builds that aren’t really planned. Gods used to be a really good build, but now he’s outdated and doesn’t have the best gear. I hope to get him some better gear soon.
Ok, that’s all for now. Ty for stopping by. Cheers.