Has it really been two years since I created a DDO account and rolled up Vic? The calendar tells me that yes, yes it has.
I spent the afternoon doing something mostly non-DDO, though – I attended the TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) celebratory luncheon held by the Williamsport chapter of National Novel Writing Month. Everyone who participated got a certificate; winners also got a ribbon, and the three top finishers got to choose from one of three books on writing. I finished second and kinda wish I’d re-validated my word count, ’cause I’d’ve won – my validated word count on Nov. 25 was 61,600. I’m up over 80K now, and the winner was around 70K. But luckily the woman who won first place didn’t take the book I wanted. *g*
There was pizza! There were cookies! And yes, there was cake – which, when brought out, prompted several of us to exclaim in unison, “The cake is NOT a lie!”
So in a bit here I’m going to log Vic in and give her some playing time for her birthday. That’ll be a better gift than she got on the forums. A few days ago I stumbled across a thread asking for clarification on whether some advice the poster had gotten was helpful or elitist. The OP had seen someone ridiculed after asking for advice on their build.
I replied to the thread with the (kinda) short version of Vic’s biography, noting that despite her innate gimp-ness (having followed the default thief acrobat path until around level 9 and never LRed, GRed, TRed or otherwise reincarnated), she’s doing just fine in endgame content and hasn’t failed a disable or open lock check since I-don’t-know-when.
Boy, was I surprised when I checked the thread again and found that Vic is a piker because she “doesn’t contribute anything to the fight” – at least according to another poster. No rogue should EVER fail a DD or lock check, according to him. Hey, she’s lvl 22 and can get epic elite traps – I’ve seen lvl 25 capped legend builds blow up trapboxes. Oh, and she’s also piking because of her 28-point build and 450 HP (that’s with no party buffs or +2 Con shrine, nor does she have ANY commendations gear yet).
So I tried to be nice but got just a bit snarky in telling him that, believe it or not, Vic doesn’t just do traps and locks; she generally gets in her share of kills with her trusty repeater, and she has a high enough UMD to buff/spot heal with wands/scrolls/etc. (Hey, she healed elite Acid Wit when she was lvl 14! *g*) It’s not like she’s standing around with her thumb up her butt if there are no traps or locks, y’know?
I’m tempted – OH, how I’m tempted. But even aside from the fact that I haven’t booted up Xfire in weeks because it’s been glitchy as hell and the quality takes a nosedive when I import it into my video editor, I’m not going to respond. He’s a troll, plain and simple, and I’m not going to feed him. The video clip is a pretty plain attempt to show off; all a response would do is keep giving him an audience.
Luckily most egolitists make it clear in their LFMs that they’re, well, egolitists. I stay away from groups that have descriptions like, “Be uber,” “Have at least ### HP,” “KNOW IT,” and for the most part, “BYOH” (especially since I see so many BYOH LFMs that are open only to clerics and Favored Souls)… and of course, on Thelanis, I never, EVER hit those “STRONGS ONLY, R U CAT?” LFMs (if you’re NOT on Thelanis, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about).
Mr. Egolitist can think whatever he wants of Vic; the only thing he seems to think highly of is himself. I’m proud of Vic because – despite that 28-point build and 450 HP – she does exactly what I want her to do, which contributes a lot more to a party than an ego.