It’s taken a month, but in the next day or so I should hit 28 on my current life. The Artibard (or Bardificer as I’ve seen it called) is still a ton of fun to play, more so this time round as I made sure to put points into Perform (I just didn’t put anything into Spot – we know where all the traps tend to be) so I’ve managed to get it into the mid 70’s. When I hit 26 I also changed my enhancements to remove the rune arm from my Swashbuckler tree, going to the more traditional buckler usage and bringing Low Blow into my available skills. (Well, Turbine fixed Trip so I needed it!)
It’s also been a good week for running epics, as we caught up with our guildie Aldrac at around the level 20 mark. Or maybe he caught up with us then overtook us… I forget. Anyway, whatever, we could group together. He’s running a Paladin/Fighter build, so with him & Rach as her pure Paladin we just jumped into the epics on eE from the start.
This isn’t something Rach & I normally do. We probably could run eE as a duo but it would take longer. I’m happy to admit that my builds are not “uber” and running through on eH is fine with us. But Rach’s Paladin is a complete rock. She can just stand there and take anything thrown at her, she’s saved my arse several times this life with her Lay on Hands, so even when Aldrac wasn’t around we continued with the eE’s. Made a nice change for us – and a lot of XP quickly.
When we hit 20 we made the effort to flag for the House Cannith raids for this life. Both myself & Aldrac want some alchemical gear. I’ve been meaning to do it for several lives but never seem to get around to it. So last weekend we attempted a 3 man run of Master Artificer. It went really well – until the last fight. It took a while to get the Titans beaten down, but once we did we didn’t have the range DPS to get Toven down. The Titans came back, we decided to leave.
This weekend, with a few more people around, we ran both Lord of Blades and Master Artificer. The Lord of Blades was just Heroic Elite, in order to get Tier 1 crafting materials and was really easy. Master Artificer we ran on Epic Normal, again for the materials we needed, and damn me if an akchemical quarterstaff didn’t drop for me! Just what I wanted – the DDO loot gods must have been feeling generous 😀 I think I actually have what I need for the Tier 1 upgrade so hopefully I can get that done this week.
Since the builds are working out so well we’ve decided not to TR immediately, but to spend this week trying to get some gear together. I’d like to pick up a Celestia for the next few Bard & Artibard lives, so that means running Caught in the Web. Both myself & Rach would like to run the Thunder Peak raids if possible. So we may actually have to pug this week – shocking! 😛
Mobile App Update
Did I mention I’m terrible at motivating myself outside of work for writing code? Well, I am. The app hasn’t got very far 😦 However, I had an idea for another app which would be smaller, so easier to write and a good way to get started. I’m not going to give details yet, because although I’m feeling optimistic this week there’s still a good chance I’ll find other things to do…
Like raids 😀
But I will try my best to make some progress then share with you.
Have fun, see you around!
Because I’m too lazy to write…
Oh, OK maybe a few things then. The 35% boost to heroic XP (for VIPs, 20% for other DDO players) worked out very useful as we had Friday off work. Thursday night we ran the Orchard of the Macabre quests, which gave us enough XP to level up to 17 (18 banked). On Friday we hit Litany, running elite x 2 (Vol & Cinnis), hard x 1 (Mentau) and normal x 1 (Cholthulzz). So, guildies – we’re flagged for Abbot this life if you fancy running it…
This week has gone back to my usual TR split.
Weekdays are spent running Hymm, duo’ing with Rach’s current TR. We finished all the level 12’s we wanted to get done, then leveled up to 15 & got the 2nd Lordsmarch chain, Gianthold walkups & Mired in Kobolds done. Usually at this point we rerun the Gianthold walkups, running them on hard & normal. But we couldn’t be bothered and we both have a nice stash of daily dice XP stones in bank characters for just this situation. So we’re now ready to level up to 16.
Cry for Help, Gianthold
Although I have played my TR Hymm during my normal evening game play, I’ve jumped around with who I play over the weekend more than I normally do. Usually I seem to pick a character and run him all weekend. Oh and we helped out a friend 🙂 more on that later.
I actually took this shot the other week but forgot to include in my last blog
Wylle Eckerslike – that’s my cleric.
Firstly, the name… well that’s a joke and to be honest, unless you have an idea of northern UK dialect, it would take way too long to explain. Suffice to say, the name Wylle has had several jokes & comments made about it. “Let’s play with your Wylle”, “Come here so I can touch your Wylle” (that was for a Masters Touch) etc etc. Yes, my guildies are all pervs – that’s why I get on with them so well 😀