Random thoughts

So, it’s been a few weeks since I last wrote a blog. To be honest, I’ve not really felt like it. I still don’t 🙂 I’m kind of bored of telling you all what I do each week, mainly because I tend to do the same thing each week 😛 which I guess we all do in a way…

So, here’s a quick blog about random stuff…
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Epic Hymm

I’ve had a couple of busy weeks so I haven’t had a chance to get a blog up recently. Not that I think you’ve all been sat there, waiting, for my next installment of exciting adventures 😛

But here you go anyway. Warning I’ve got a lot of pictures in this one 🙂
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This Week and Some Firsts

It’s been my usual week of DDO, but I have had a few ‘first times’ happen.

Monday & Thursday was Orien night as usual. Micki & Dom got me flagged for the Titan raid, which I’ve never done. In fact, as a rule my guild hates the Restless Isles. The only mission we ever do out there is the Shrieking Mines, so finishing Ghola-Fan was my first ‘first’ 🙂

The rest of the week has been spent running my TR Hymm. He’s now 19, closing in on 20. My other two guildies have hit 20 now. We’ve moved onto the missions in Amrath, and dragged legend out there with us on Sunday afternoon as he has recently picked up the pack. His bard did a lovely job of mes’ing the trash in Sins of Attrition 🙂

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Christmas Blog

OK, there’s nothing actually Christmassy about this blog, apart from the fact it’s Christmas Day tomorrow 😉 But, Merry Christmas to you all, hope Santa brings you all the loot you want!

This week in DDO has been fairly steady. I’ve run on Orien Monday & Thursday. Check out Micki’s blog for all our exciting adventures 🙂

Hymm, who I class as my main (and favourite) character has now taken level 16 and thanks to a run of House C challenges on Sunday has caught up with my guildmates and has level 17 banked.
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Caught in the Web – Finally!!

I did suggest, via twitter, that I might do something different for my blog covering yesterdays events. However, I didn’t get it finished. In fact, I think it might take longer than I expected. So I’ll keep working on it & hopefully have it for you in a few weeks. Then again, it will probably end up on the pile of things I have to do, along with iPhone apps, 2 novels, floors I need to put down… 🙂

So instead – my normal format.

Yesterday was our now normal weekend routine. We ran around with our TR characters until mid afternoon when the Defense Guild members turned up. We didn’t actually get that much done with the TR’s, but it was possibly the easiest Crucible run we’ve done yet. I think I may have run round that maze way too many times 🙂 And Hymm has now taken level 16.
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Saturday Update

Firstly, apologies for the lack of a blog last week. But Samius did a fine job of covering for me 🙂

During the week I’ve been running my main TR, Hymm, on Sarlona. He’s taken 15 and will probably be taking 16 soon, so looking at getting the Gianthold flagging missions out of the way.

The twice weekly runs on Orien continue. Monday we ran VoN 1-4 which, regardless of a few hitches with traps, went very nicely. Thursday we reran Deleras Tomb. As my artificer had already run these I switched to my light monk, which made a nice change 🙂
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EEE (Epic Elite Eveningstar)

We had a bonus day of running with the Defense Guild team on Friday due to Thanksgiving, so we decided to finish up from last week and complete the U16 chain on eE. There were just two missions to finish the chain, Stay at the Inn & The End of the Road. Both went fairly well, my partner seems to be finding her rhythm now as a cleric for a full party (i.e. she has to keep Samius’ tank alive while we run around sorting ourselves out 🙂 j/k).

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Weekly Run Down

It’s been a busy week, both in DDO & real life. But since I’m fairly sure you don’t want to hear about the project I’m on at work that’s filling my spare hours, or how I’m ripping out my garden, I’ll stick with DDO 🙂

We got one guildie back, then lost two. One of the guys has had some changes at work, so he can’t play for a few weeks. One guy has a new girlfriend. So we’re down to our three main players at the moment.

Thursday night I played on Orien again. Was killed for the first time ever by lag. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of lag in game before. But this was a complete standstill, cannot do anything while a horde of orcs massacred the party 🙂
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A Night of Firsts…

Most of last week was spent getting characters flagged for raids. We’ve been all organised. I put a spreadhseet together and everything…. 🙂

Anybody who read mine or Samius blog from the start of the week will know that my guild, Heros of the Dragons Wrath, has been teaming up with the Defense Guild. Due to the time difference the only real time we get to group up is weekends, their mornings coinciding with our mid-afternoons.

Saturday we had a quick run around. Samius had things to do so after a quick run of Madstone Crater, he left and 3 of us ran around with Tobril in Eveningstar. We blasted through the Druids Deep chain on eH, with only a slight hiccup with the quest Thorn and Paw when the last wall wouldn’t come down. Until my partner, Trapping (she likes rogues!) found a Red Musk zombie lurking in a bear pit and finished it off 🙂 No hag on the last mission, though, so no chance of Ivy Wraps, which was a shame.

By the time we finished the chain, Samius was back but we had to log off for the night.

Sunday, the DG guys (and gal) jumped on just as I was about to go sort food out. By the time I got back, they were running the DQ pre-raid, so my partner & myself jumped in for the end of that. Lailat goes down very nicely and we all pile back to Zawabi’s ready to go off and kick her butt again. Only to find that my partners cleric had already run the DQ raid and hadn’t reset the chain! But, the DG guys are happy to run the pre-raid again, another eN run in the hope for the odd seal or shard 🙂 Back to Zawabi’s again, into ADQ. I cannot remember if we did eN, or eH, but either way this was the first time we’ve run this raid on epic. In the past our guild have 4 manned it on normal, but this run was easy and smooth, with Samius tanking Lailat; Tobril, Torrance & Trapping DoT’ing; while I whack away with my fighter (when I’m not knocked on my arse).

eVoN is suggested next. One of our other guildies, jpedd, comes on with his sorc, I switch to Dimichaerii my dark monk, Trapping stays with her cleric. Now, we have actually done eVoN5 before, but it’s not one we run very often so we’re not that familiar with it. But, again, it was breezed through. Even short manning it we had plenty of people for pulling of levers & such. Also, I started using the US pronunciation of ‘lever’ – I’ll have to be careful with that 😀

And so we come to eVoN6. We’ve run this at heroic level, maybe twice before. Never at epic. Tobril gives us instructions and we’re off. It took us a bt of time to organise our Djinni killing, but we get there, take down the portals, regroup. Onto Velah. She looks awesome. I feel kind of guilty for hitting her 😦 But I want her loot, dammit 🙂 Down she goes. A few shards to the team and I get my first flawless Red Dragon Scale – nice.

We take a quick break, trying to decide what to do next. The brave people from Defense Guild agree to a ToD. Again, we’re shortmanning it and the three of us have never, ever, done a ToD before. (I know, it’s embarrassing that I’ve played this game for over 2 years and never had the nerve to join a group running this.) We get past the judge & the jailer, onto to the final fight, deciding not to try for the optional chest. Samius does a great job of tanking both Horoth & Suulomades while we beat down Horoth. Again, it goes really smooth 🙂 My partner gets a ring, I get some war trophies.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Fun runs, lots of XP, I really enjoyed myself. Thanks guys! Oh, and Turbine devs – I think you really need to make a mini Arraetrikos companion…

On a more serious note, Hurricane Sandy is due to hit the East Coast of the US today. Hope you guys keep yourselves safe! (Here’s hoping Turbine has those servers tied down…)

Dancing with Defense

This weekend was a bit up & down. Or rather, down and up… Saturday was a bit of a bust. I actually thought I’d picked up a flu bug, but turned out the cold I’ve had for the last week decided to up the stakes. So I didn’t really do anything on Saturday.

On Sunday, feeling slightly better, I got dragged back online by my partner and discovered Tolero was currently pugging on Sarlona for her 24 hour charity drive. So we jumped in Red Willow Ruins with her group. That was fun 🙂 And congratulations once again to her for managing 24+ hours of gaming. How great is the DDO community for raising that much cash?

One of our other guildies arrived later on and we ran the first chain in Eveningstar with his newly capped paladin. I got some nice XP, getting me closer to finishing my 3rd level of US. I think once I’ve hit that and got my next fate point, I’ll switch to another destiny. Although I’ll miss those hit points…

Finally, last night, we grouped with Samius, Torrance & Tobril of the Defense Guild and ran a few raids, eH Chrono & hH VoD. That was a lot of fun 🙂 They really know their stuff, and it’s a lot easier running them with a group of 7 compared to our usual 4 or 5 🙂 My partner was pleasantly surprised to realise her cleric hadn’t had to pot once.

Hopefully, our 5th guildee will get his internet sorted out this week and will be back with us by the weekend. Just in time for Mabar 🙂

Have fun, see you around!