And while we’re looking at pictures

I was looking at one of my ddo albums and found a series of pictures of Cerge from his last life as a bard. I know I have shared these before in some blogs, but probably never all like this.

Cerge fresh from TR, ready to start his new life. Ugly picture no 1.

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Raid night May 17

On Friday night we (co workers) had a farewell celebration for three ex employees, and I had a few drinks, but left early cause I was tired. Saturday I went in to the office to do some extra work, and because of it I didn’t have time to do all my household chores before raid night, but anywho.. I logged something like a quarter to 9 my time. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I talk about raid night a lot, lol, or my raids in general. I like raiding, and since U21 I’ve been raiding almost daily. But raid night is still raid night.

I was talking with a twitter friend some days ago, and he asked if he could tag along for my raids this week, and I said sure. Me and Osi normally start with ADQ and then let who ever wants to stay stay, and put up the lfm for the free spots. I do this if the group is decent. If on the other hand the group sucks, I just drop group and put up the lfm again. I have not done that too often since Osi started raiding with me, though. 🙂 Anywho this sat as I logged, ppl were already waiting for the raids, lol, and I got a party invite to a group of three. I waited for Osi to put his lfm up, then posted for mine, and the group filled quickly. I had planned to screenshot all runs this Sat… but I was tired and forgot. 😦

We did the normal raids, and this week Osi was switching back and forth between his toons, which was mildly annoying, as he never said “switching”, but just logged off… and I wasn’t sure which toon he was switching to and therefore not which raid he wanted to do. Another problem I was having was that I can’t use push to talk while typing on the lfm… I kept trying to move the focus away from the lfm window  so I could use push to talk, and I got the lfm window stuck. The dialogue for “do you want to close the window without saving…” something, sometimes gets stuck for me. I have moved the focus away from it, and can no longer target it to click yes/no, and cannot use push to talk or focus on chat. :/ I think I remember getting out of it by clicking on an npc, but this time I got stressed out and just relogged.

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Well, guess we 6 man it

Tonight was slow, very slow on Orien. I didn’t log til 10 pm my time, and posted for a Deathwyrm. I got 3 ppl semi quickly and I got 2/3 to come with me to keep trash off my back while I was doing puzzles. 30 min after I had stepped in, we were outside red light/ green light room. I usually wait outside the last portal selection for more dps. We waited a good 30 min and only got 2 more joiners. I decided to go with 6. I must say I was scared, lol. I managed to mess up in red light/ green light room – my plis got drained, so I was even more scared about messing up. I felt a bit like back in the old days, where a wipe or not was dependant on me. I know this was a good group of ppl, but I was still feeling like that. 🙂

We got through the red light/ green light room, Elandel took the dragon, Gaijya battle rangers and me and Ty did the spellwards. I felt like our dps was descent, I felt like everything was going better and faster than with the average pug. Only 3 of us went into shadow room Ty, Raylok and me, Raylok went in twice, Ty once and I twice and on my second time I got the real phylactery. Then on to picking up pieces… and Gaijya gets blown off, and the battle rangers are loose. Elandel gets two on him, but I’m unable to pull them off him, and neither is Gaijya when he returns, but Elandel manages fine. I’m running around killing deahtlords, as is Raylok , while Ty and Raisin are on levers.. we miss our first try and I grab one of the levers for the second one. And on our second try to nuke the dragon we complete! Yay!

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Raiding and more raiding

Friday I was planning to finish flagging Maidae for CitW, but @HouseDJ2010 caught me on Twitter and told me he wanted to run with me, so I suggested we do some favor runs. It was  pretty good, Maidae is a Cetus build and DJ was running a Cetus build too, so House D favor for the House D vendor is useful for us both. 🙂 When he logged I asked Osi to help me run CitW flag, and we did Sshyn ee.. before Osi was tired. I can now not remember if I ran something after that, lol.

Saturday I spent all day doing houshold chores and then logged on at 9pm for mine and Osi’s raid night as usual. I ran most raids (except FoT) in a levelling ED, to finish them off. Osi chose for us to start with ADQ (eH/ eE) and then gave me star. I typed 1: CitW, 2: FoT, 3: ToD, 4: VON, 5: Chrono, and then rolled d5 /roll d5. It gave me 2, so posted for FoT. As usual, I just typed in party chat what we were running and lfm’d for the last spots. Quickly we had a full party. I put our paladin on SR tank, but I kept stealing aggro fury-shotting him, lol. But it worked out fine. Me and Osi always have a lot of fun during raid night. After FoT I posted for ToD, and then gave Osi star for CitW… but we did VON first. He threw it back for me for Chrono, lol. I have no problem lfm’ing, but we both give the other the star if we wish to go afk for a moment. I was running in a leveling ED, still I was the 1st in in ee Chrono and had started it, lol. Osi logged after Chrono and I posted for Deathwyrm and then Thunderpeak. I can’t remember now how many runs we did, but I was tired after a while and went to bed.

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Glada Vappen

Today is last of April, which is celebrated in Finland, and some other European countries (see Walpurgis Night). In the lower grades in school, they organize a carnival/ masquerade/ parade, which I always disliked, lol. Like I dislike getting dressed up for Halloween (which for us is a much newer thing). Anywho, ppl burn bonfires or just party on last of April. A couple of years I just went to a rave style club, last year I did nothing. 🙂 This year a friend of mine wants to party, so party it is.. and no ddo.

I felt like it’s been a while since I wrote a blog, so here’s my blogging, lol. Last weekend I ran Cerge a lot. Saturday night me and Osi did our Saturday night raid marathon like always, we did eH/ eE ADQ, eH CitW, eH/eH VON, elite ToD, eH FoT, and eE Chronoscope. During Chrono Kudesnik sent me a tell, and I asked if he wanted to run VON, so after Chrono, I posted for another eH/ eH VON, and Cleazy joined. I had planned to post for Thunderholme raids when Osi logs, but since Cleazy wanted come, and he was not 26 yet, we ran a Jungle of Kyber too.. and then Thunderholme. Osi and I don’t drop group and repost like Cleazy used to, but we tell the party what we’re planning to run and ppl can stay or leave, and many ppl usually stay, so we had a full group for all the raids.

Sunday has been my xp’ing day, so when I logged on on Sunday I posted for xp runs, starting with VON1-4 eE. My guildie Jedli joined me, and then Cleazy, Shao and someone else, I forget now. After VONs we did Demonweb eE, Don’t drink the water, eH/eH ADQ and then over to eStar 1-2 chains also eE. Cleazy was getting really tired so he dropped group at some point and was replaced. Deli and Shix joined us in eStar. \o/ 🙂 And after those runs I posted for eE Chronoscope, and Thunderholme raids eN. I usually switch to Fury ED for Thunderholme, but this time I completely forgot and ran them in Crusader. Turns out it wasn’t that big of a deal and I got Crusader to level 5. Cerge has most ED’s capped and this week I’m expecting to finish capping them. A few more raids and then I plan to eTR + TR again.

Okidoke, ty for stopping by, I got to get back to work.

Happy Vappu and cheers.

Easter weekend and ddo

Easter Friday and Monday are national holidays in Finland. I still decided to pretty much play my normal hours, except for on Saturday logging on a couple of hours earlier than I usually do. It was a very good Saturday and Sunday for me. On Saturday I got to run with Crush and Deli in Vale and Lords of Dust chain (we were all lvl 18, I was running Maidae), and those guys I just have a lot of respect for, and it pretty much made my day. I did switch to Cerge for my and Osi’s raid night at 9 and we ran eH/eE ADQ, eH CitW, eH FoT, eH/ eH VON, ee Chrono and elite TOD. I was talking to a friend during some of those runs, so I was rather distracted, but I enjoy running the raids and it just feels good having Osi there. ToD did not fill this time, so we short manned it (only 7 ppl) and the run was a bit slower than usually. When Osi logged off, even though I was super tired I still decided to post for Deathwyrm and Firepeak raids, only eN. Deathwyrm has slowly become a pretty routine raid for me, even though I still don’t know the puzzles off by heart. My guildie Jedli has been learning them, and he’s now helping me do them (if he’s online). The run wasn’t super fast, but we completed, and then I posted for Firepeak. The Firepeak run was going annoying. We lacked dps, ppl weren’t listening, and at some point I for a moment feared we were gonna wipe. But we pulled through and completed. I did apologize afterwards for the run to someone.

Sunday I logged at 1pm with the plan to xp my ED’s on Cerge. I posted for eH/ eH VON again, and Osi and Jedli joined me. I was in no hurry to start, I was cleaning my inventory and having a cup coffee, and we slowly filled. I started when I had half a party, and like always I did the voice and the ring. I managed to fall down off the bridge on the left side north, but got back up with my boots of propulsion. And when I was going to talk to the head east, I notice the puzzle isn’t done (person working on it had only gotten 1/3 of the way), so I spend some time working on the puzzle while the rest of the party is waiting south (can’t continue until the head is read). I usually don’t do the puzzle since I have to wiki it and it’s just slow, others are faster. But after a few min I got it done and we were able to continue the raid. I as always asked Osi to do the bases, and he put ppl on fire and ice… I solo ran to air and though I was able to prep and kill the djinn myself, my arrows only showed 0 damage on the pillar, so we had to redo it with more ppl on air.

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It was a raid heavy weekend

I used to do these weekend blogs where I gave a short run down of every run that I did during the weekend, but I can’t imagine ppl finding it that interesting, especially not since I usually do the same raids.  I’ve been doing my weekend raid marathons since spring/ summer 2012, and Osi’s been running them with me since a little while after I joined Gli Egypt. Since I recruited Jedli into the guild, he’s been raiding with me too. 🙂

Anywho, sometimes I lfm for the raids, sometimes Osi, sometimes we just throw the star back and fort “u do it, I’m gonna go afk/ relog”. Me and Osi’s raids this Saturday were: eH Citw (this one I recorded, see DDO eH CitW with pug (on lvl 27 bardcher) ), eH/ eH VON, elite ToD, ee Chrono, eH/ eE ADQ and eH FoT. After FoT I wanted to do Firepeak, so I lfm’d for that and Osi logged off. Since I wanted to keep Cerge’s hard streak, I lfm’d for hard… and then sat down outside the raid to wait for joiners. It was slow going, I was bored.. but then we filled and got going. It was a good run.

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Cerge (bardcher) update

Cerge has been doing really well. Saturday last week me and Osi did our raid marathon as per usual, and I was running Cerge for xp. We did eN CitW, eH/ eH VON, eH/ eE ADQ, elite ToD and ee Chrono… after which I hopped on Item’s Abbot runs and stayed on for two runs. On Sunday I flagged him for FoT and Cleazy joined me for that run. I felt Cerge was taking more damage than I’m used to, but he managed ok anyway. After Cleazy logged off I took level 25 and decided to see if I could manage to flag for Thunderholme raids by myself. Thunderholme wilderness is level 29, I’m a lvl 25 bardcher. Cerge did really well, I invised past most of the trash, and ran into another rare before the first flagging rare.. and killed him with a few manyshots. I found the emissary and started running around shooting at her with my bow, using manyshot. Getting crowded by trash I ran back towards the shrine to kill them off, only to realise she follows you. So some more kiting. On on my 3rd manyshot she went down and I could get my loot. It took me a while to find the other rare, but his attacks didn’t bother me much. I was able to just stand in place with blur + displacement and hit a cocoon once in a while.. and he went down.

I was pretty proud on myself for not only daring to take a lvl 25 bard into a lvl 29 wilderness, but for managing to kill the rare that I’ve been told is tough. 🙂 Cerge can do. This week I joined Luri for some ee questing and ended up back in Thunderholme wilderness. While the others were flagging, I ran into another rare that I decided to take out.

I need to figure out how to gear Cerge to get the most out of him, and his numbers are still pretty low. But he’s doing ok. I’m going to finish capping all his ED’s, level him to 28, cap his Karma again and keep him as my raider for a bit. I have not yet decided if I am going to start eTR’ing Thaz first, or TR Cerge.

That’s all from me for now. Ty for stopping by and have a great rest of the day. Cheers.

Pinion and arrows

My bardcher (arcane archer bard) Cerge reached level 23 last time I played him (which is about 2 weeks ago) and with it grabbed Pinion from his TR bank. I wanted to make a gif of him shooting his bow, and here you have it folks. Click on the image below to view the animation. The first picture shows him shooting normally and the second with manyshot.

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