Back to the Stone Age, reaper style

Soooo, a while back I did an eTR/TR combo on Zak for the livestream. And I screwed up his appearance thanks to a mouse misclick, but he hadn’t been on the stream since then.

Last night that changed, as Zak – now looking like a properly impressive Dragonborn instead of a nondescript beige pile of scales – headed into Sharn Syndicate along with Slvr’s bard-who’s-now-a-monk. On three-skull reaper.

If you read this blog on a semi-regular basis – and I’m certainly not insinuating that you do – you might have seen another recent post called “Getting stoned on the stream.” The title referred to, erm, dying. Rather a lot. As Zak demonstrated to the very, VERY best of his ability, that whole multiple-deaths thing wasn’t a one-off; he picked up the soulstone torch from Meren and managed to outdo her death count quite handily.

We failed the Statler Brothers quest the first time (maybe we were too busy watching flowers on the wall… if you get that, I bet you haven’t been a teenager for a while) when we let Maxwell Statler die. Made it through the second time, but this time Rance Statler got himself killed, so alas, there’s now just one Statler Brother. Probably makes it tough to harmonize, eh?

Those pesky Binders gave us some trouble too, going all Eveningstar Villager on us during our first attempt. But the real fun – and the most soulstones – definitely happened in the capstone, Come Out and Slay. Oof. YAY for fighting near shrines! BOO for not being able to re-enter in reaper mode! (‘Cause yeah, we wiped the first time there, too.)

And also BOO to the level 5 rogue hireling, who seemed rather determined to be in a position of too far away from the trap boxes to disable them, or claim that they were blocked, or just sit there and say he was doing something about them whilst actually doing nothing at all. But a tiny YAY that – once he actually met the criteria of being close enough to the box, not having the box blocked, and being motivated enough to make that 30 TP Slvr spent on him worthwhile, he was able to disable all of them without blowing them up.

Zak was within spittin’ distance, as the rednecks say (but don’t call him a redneck, even though his neck IS red) of level 6 by the time we were at last mercifully done. So after closing out the stream for the night, we did a quick Reaper 1 Redfang, and then dashed into Searing Heights to pick up a couple slayers and explorers, and in the process Zak achieved Human Hunter and got his level. Good times! 😀

Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time on the official DDOstream! The show is also hosted on my own Twitch channel, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching! 🙂

The sagas begin

Well, actually, the sagas are already underway, but when you have the chance to make a play on a Weird Al title, you should take it. Right? Right!

I’m really not fond of Lines of Supply unless I’m on a toon with semi-decent crowd control. That leaves out most of my melees. Luckily for monk Acanthia, who’s been working on her sagas of late, Mock was around Sunday night with a very handy Wail of the Banshee and a righteous wicked dancy ball!

All that lovely CC let us complete all the optionals, despite wave after wave after wave of resolute supply carriers and their rather more aggressive guards – and that was even without the aid of net traps, because by the time we were done convincing the harpies to help us out, there wasn’t time to go visit the trap guy. Hope he didn’t miss us too much!

That had to be one of the best, easiest, most fun completions of that quest I’ve ever gotten. Even the cheetah-speed gnolls didn’t stand a chance.

Our all-optionals run of Tracker’s Trap went just as well, although the loot gods seemed to think Acanthia wanted heavy maces – besides some lootgen ones, she pulled TWO Magistrate’s Scepters. Sadly, neither Mock nor I have any toons who use heavy maces, so the named ones got vendored and the rest went to Even for deconning. My essence stack is back up around 15K… which will last me maybe five minutes the next time there’s a crafting bonus weekend. LOL

And then we called it a night. Normally I’d go for another hour, but I was pretty darn exhausted after a busy weekend. I’m also two days behind my usual blog timeframe – silly real life!

Laegonn has some serious headway on his epic Eveningstar sagas. Sere’s got a completed epic Gianthold, and most of my other epic toons have some good progress. I’m really hoping to get the Flower Sniffers to level 150 with the next renown weekend!

Tuna ran Coal Chamber to complete flagging for the Shroud. Solo elite at level 18 – I was really rather proud of her; she’s pretty undergeared (level 7 armor, anyone?) She’s also now banking 19. Gotta get her to 20 so she can run with the epic toons in the guild! I think Keava’s the only one who has a toon around Tuna’s level right now.

AND, last but NOT least… after six years of paying $30 every three months for my VIP, I’ve just ponied up for a one-year subscription! YAY! 😀

My sub ran out on May 3, and I was going to let it slide until I get back from vacation week after next since I most likely won’t be playing DDO while I’m away anyway. But logged in tonight planning on running Coal on Tuna, and… I don’t own Vale. Checked the shared bank to see if I had an XP pot – oh, I can only access the first 25 items (which should be changed; they’re all my items. I should be able to withdraw ANYTHING in there, just not put anything new in). Didn’t have access to Acanthia ’cause I’ve never bought monk; Laegonn or Chalei ’cause I don’t have half-elf; Zak ’cause I don’t have warlock. Yeah, that wasn’t going to work, even if it was only for a week. So now it’ll be a whole year before I have to think about that again!

Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time on the official DDOstream! The show is also hosted on my own Twitch channel, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching! 🙂

Doing our level best

Sunday night, I had three main DDO goals:

  • Get Laegonn to level 30
  • Work on making progress with his sagas
  • Find something to run for the livestream
  • Keava was able to join us despite the 11-hour time difference, but we were short one Seki, who was feeling considerably under the weather. So we decided we’d go clean out the Eveningstar War Hospital for him, and as long as we were there, we might as well run the whole Druid’s Deep chain – you never know, Wood Woad bark might have medicinal uses. Plus, it fulfilled all three goals.

    I was thinking EH, because Laegonn is the toon who proves that not all warlocks are overpowered… or even powered at all. But Keava and Slvr were confident we could handle EE.

    “OK,” I replied, “but I’m going to spend the whole quest hiding behind you guys.”

    Which I did – and that’s probably why HOLY CRAP LAEGONN DID NOT DIE AT ALL! Somebody get me a calendar and a red pen!

    We breezed through the chain pretty easily, actually, and then ran Lines of Supply on EH because we all needed it for sagas. That was a cakewalk as well, right up until we were running back to the start to loot after getting the completion – my nearly-10-year-old computer decided to reboot itself. So I missed out on a couple of chests, but at least I got the completion and XP.

    I also got a pretty nice sack of XP, but not QUITE enough to epic cap Laegonn – think he was a bit over 6k short. But that’s what VoN 3 is for. All it took was one optional, and Laegonn was ready to level.

    He’ll probably spend the next few weeks doing saga quests and fleshing out the other ED spheres, and then he’s going to TR into a Drow pale master and leave warlocking to Zak.

    Even has all her sagas done on true elite, so I’ll probably get her a sovereign renown elixir next time there’s a renown weekend. I have eight medium elixirs in the shared bank, which should come in handy.

    Laegonn made some more saga progress tonight, polishing off the High Road chain on EH with a lot of help from Keava. Also thanks to Keava, both Reera and Sere have gotten in some good saga runs. I’m hoping we hit 150 next time there’s a renown weekend!

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time on the official DDOstream! The show is also hosted on my own Twitch channel, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching! 🙂

    Storming and Strom-ing to lots of XPs

    Meren must be feeling pretty special – she’s been on the stream for the past three or four weeks straight!

    She got herself leveled up to 9 this past week, racking up some very nice XP in Stormcleave Outpost, Stromvauld’s Mine, and Caged Trolls, plus getting the Phiarlan Carnival chain started.

    Thank heaven for guildies leading the way in Stormcleave, because on my own, I always seem to get turned around and lose my way at least once, so it takes me a long time. Despite Meren getting burdened from overestimating her ability to carry supply crates, we made it through rather quickly, at least by my standards.

    And since we were already in the Anvilfire Inn to turn in Stormcleave, it seemed only right to do Stromvauld’s after that.

    As Gom pointed out, the quest name “Stromvauld’s Mine” may not denote that the mine is Stromvauld’s. It could be possessive in a different sense, as in “Stromvauld is mine.” But then to whom does Stromvauld belong? Is this Xandria Lok-kalerin’s way of telling him, “Hey, I OWN you now?” Or maybe Alciana d’Deneith makes this possessive a little *too* possessive to warn off attractive female customers in the Anvilfire Inn?

    I’m an inveterate collector – not to be confused with an invertebrate collector, as I neither lack a backbone nor hoard creatures who do (unless they’re cosmetic pets).

    So although the quest went well, I was a little disappointed at the end of A Small Problem, because I missed at least two collectibles, thereby frustrating my compulsive urge to collect them.

    On the bright side, Puffgranny joined us! Hadn’t run with her in a few weeks, so it was great to be back in a party with her! 🙂

    Sere’s been getting some playing time lately. She’s done most of the epic Gianthold quests with Keava, and then picked up a fairly humongous amount of XP in a wild, crazy, mixed-up, fun-filled guild/PuG romp through EE VoN 5 and 6.

    She also got flagged for the Thunderholme raids this past week. I have no doubt she’ll die frequently and horribly if I ever take her into either one.

    Reera’s also been doing some VoN quests (and Sere rhymes with Reera, in case you were wondering – and I’m not saying you were). At 26, she’ll probably be the next toon I take into Thunderholme.

    Even, of course, is never idle for long. She needs heroic Rest Stop, A Stay at the Inn, and End of the Road (dammit, now I have Boyz II Men stuck in my head) to finish the last two sagas, all on true elite.

    Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! Mine was interesting – had a Stouffer’s lasagna for Easter dinner, then went to a friend’s party where we made Ukrainian Easter eggs. They’re decorated just like regular Easter eggs, except that instead of hard-boiling them, you poke a hole in each end and then blow out the insides.

    So yeah… I spent Easter blowing eggs. LOL

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time, now on the official DDOstream! The show will still be hosted on my own Twitch channel as well, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching! 🙂

    Over our heads, but it sure feels nice

    It takes more than a few deaths to rattle me. So even though Meren, my somewhat-to-totally gimped level 8 Favored Soul, had struggled a bit last week in the first part of the Sorrowdusk Isle arc, I was ready to take her right back there this week.

    Logically things would’ve gotten real ugly real fast for Meren, as the quests were now several levels higher than she and guildie Gom are. And to be fair, we did run the last few on hard – but c’mon, that STILL made them level 11 quests, and we’re 7 and 8.

    Most illogically, the whole thing went really well, with only one or two deaths apiece… including the part where Gom and I were both soulstones and had to rely on our hirelings getting us back to the shrine.

    But hey, Meren proved last week in Tear of Dhakaan that she’s dumber than a hireling, so it was all good, LOL. Plus we got a ton of XP! Maybe I should run that chain more often!

    We managed to exceed Gom’s bedtime by a good half hour, but I still had plenty of stream time left. And I was actually feeling kinda confident in Meren since she’d performed far better than I’d expected in quests she was way under level for.

    Oh, and since I’d run right by a certain House Deneith landmark on the way to and from Sorrowdusk…

    DAMN RIGHT I DECIDED TO RUN THE PIT. LOL

    Upon hearing this, Slvr announced in Twitch chat that he was coming as well. His level 5 hireling was surprisingly competent, all things considered, although his arti dog went a bit brain-dead. I mostly left my hire parked at the start, “just in case.”

    The Pit is always a good time as far as I’m concerned, no matter how badly you do. And we could’ve done a lot worse. Meren died twice, once by failing a save against Slay Living shortly after blithely assuring Slvr that we wouldn’t need Death Ward (oops!). And the second time was from a massive spike of electrical damage during the end fight, courtesy of a trog caster with a big ol’ crown on his head.

    Slvr and I had both run Pit on these toons already, so no first-time bonus, and the couple of deaths meant no flawless victory bonus either. Still, Meren collected more than 30K XP for the run… that’ll come in handy, as she’s on her third life!

    Cookie to the first person who knows where I got the title of this post. 😉

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time, now on the official DDOstream! The show will still be hosted on my own Twitch channel as well, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching!  🙂

    Getting stoned on the stream

    No, I haven’t been engaging in illegal activities whilst livestreaming! But this week I did get stoned – soulstoned, that is – a bit more often than I’m accustomed to.

    As I can be fond of saying, I have Even, and then I have 18 other toons with varying degrees of gimpiness. I can count on Even; her attitude is pretty much, “OK, I’m getting through this and so are you even if I have to carry you through and rez you on the other side.”

    But for this past Sunday’s stream, I wasn’t on Even. Instead, I had level 7 Favored Soul Meren getting some much-needed third-life XP as Seki and I took our lowbies into Sorrowdusk.

    For some reason that’s not an area I run very often, so I’m not that familiar with it. I kept thinking that at some point we were going to have to assemble parts of a turtle… in hindsight, I think that quest is actually in 3BC.

    But I did correctly remember the bridges with the big scary traps. Miraculously I managed not to die in those despite my paltry 5 jump score (having exactly as many jump pots as I needed helped).

    Unfortunately I did manage to get one-shotted several times by the mean, nasty, totally overpowered mobs. I mean, they killed me, so clearly they were overpowered, right? RIGHT?!

    … OK, or maybe Meren’s just gimpy and a bit undergeared. Oops.

    I think she ended up dying more often than Flower… kinda humiliating considering that Meren’s supposed to be a healery type, AND was the only one in the party who could rez. Seki got quite a workout running her stone back to the shrine!

    Once we had the first leg of Sorrowdusk done, it was time for Seki to log. Several Twitch chatters suggested Tear of Dhakaan for Meren’s next effort.

    She didn’t have the stats to get several of the shards, and her humiliation grew when Laerathor the hireling was able to pull the Wisdom rune she couldn’t get. Yes, Meren is dumber than a hireling, and now there’s video proof!

    But she did get the completion, and was able to manage her spell points better than Laerathor managed his, despite her lower Wis score. And the evening yielded a goodly bit of XP – when she was done Tear, a few minutes in Searing Heights was enough to get her to level 8.

    OurDDO is almost functioning at 100% again. I managed to fix a rather major cosmetic issue all by myself! Both HTML and CSS were involved, neither of which I’m overly proficient in.

    There is still an issue with the feed aggregate script, which is a Google thing and waaaay over my head, not displaying any posts at all if certain blogs are included. Figuring out which blogs cause the issue is not difficult, but it’s long and tedious. If the site isn’t displaying your posts, I probably just haven’t gotten to verifying that your blog isn’t one of the ones the script doesn’t like; I’m adding the blogs back in one at a time and checking after each one to see if everything’s still working.

    “Soon!*” ™

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time, now on the official DDOstream! The show will still be hosted on my own Twitch channel as well, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching!  🙂

    The little cleric who could, except when she couldn’t

    On Thelanis, I have Even, and then I have 18 toons in various stages of gimpiness.

    And don’t even get me started on the poor, neglected, utterly incompetent toons I have on other servers, let alone my F2Ps. They’re probably better than hirelings (except Larafay, but c’mon – LARAFAY, dammit!)… but only probably. And not by much.

    I’ve been working on getting sagas done on my epic-level toons. I don’t worry too much about Even; she can mostly solo her way to true elite completions. But the others… yeesh.

    Sunday night, I figured, hey, I haven’t run Jalliria, my cleric, in a while. Don’t really trust her in EE content, but I could get some saga stuff done on hard.

    It was the first time Jall’d been on the livestream. To her credit, she did not die. OK, she’s level 30 and we were doing Gianthold sides on EH (actually I think we did do either Foundation or Cry on EE). BUT STILL. No dings!

    She, erm, may have allowed a few deaths to happen on her watch, though, which totally goes against her chosen role of healbot. I’m sticking with the excuse of “hadn’t played her in a while.” Yeah. That’s it. It’s not that she fails as a healer or anything… *koff*OKSHEREALLYDOESBUTIDON’TWANTTOHURTHERFEELINGS*

    I really need to find ways to beef her up a bit now that hjealbots are becoming popular again thanks to reaper mode. Trouble is, I don’t trust Jall in reaper mode. I don’t even really trust her in EE.

    Part of that is not playing her nearly as often as I used to and needing to get familiar again with what she can and can’t do. Sunday night, her playstyle consisted basically of:

    1. Turn aura on
    2. Try to remember to watch for aura to expire so you can turn it on again
    3. Sometimes forget and watch hit points go down
    4. Stand as far away from mobs as possible and blast the heck out of them with SLAs
    5. Use Ruin for casters and crowns; Divine Punishment for bosses
    6. Occasionally forget you’re not Even and dash in to melee stuff
    7. Amuse mobs with gentle tickling sensation

    I think the last time I seriously tried to play Jall was months ago, doing EH Vol with a friend… and Jall, who you’d think would be pretty good seeing as how she’s a cleric and all, barely managed to stay alive herself, let alone toss out any hjeals. To be fair, midway through the quest I bought a Topaz of Fear Immunity from the DDO store because she was mostly useless from being afraid, and that helped more than considerably. But she still wasn’t where I’d like her to be.

    I hear there’s a cleric pass coming in the future – how far in the future, I don’t know, but probably later than “SOON*” ™. I’m not sure I want to do another cleric life on her; she’s on her second life now, both cleric. Maybe once the pass hits, I could try an epic reincarnation; her first heroic TR was long before there were such things as epic levels, so she has no epic past lives at all.

    But part of me kinda wants to heroic TR her into a barbarian, because that would be totally, completely, indubitably, and a lot of other words that end with “ly” out of character for her. My toons’ personalities generally figure heavily into their class and build choices. I see Jall as the quiet, wise healer who speaks up for others but not herself, who puts keeping the party healthy above all else…

    … which must really get boring and repressing after a while. I kinda think maybe a barb life might be just the thing to teach her that it’s OK to be kick-ass once in a while. And her scary Drow eyebrows are definitely more barb-like than cleric-ish.

    And besides, when I first started playing DDO and knew somewhat less than nothing about playing a cleric, Jall blew a feat on khopesh proficiency and ran around swinging her khops as if she might actually draw blood once in a while. Most of those khops are still in her TR cache. Be nice to give her a chance to use them again!

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time, now on the official DDOstream! The show will still be hosted on my own Twitch channel as well, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching!  🙂

    Dragonborn-again heathen

    I just love how I save some of my biggest snafus for the livestream. I mean, what fun is screwing up unless you can do it live, with other people watching, and leave a permanent video record?

    Poor Zak. My gimpy Drow pale master has been on the stream once or twice before, I think, but this was probably his biggest moment. An epic reincarnation followed by a heroic reincarnation… and that’s where the glitches started. My ancient mouse double-clicked just as I was about to start choosing his appearance, so he started his warlock life as a plain, unadorned, boring beige Dragonborn – well, as boring as a Dragonborn can possibly be, anyway.

    There was one other mistake I didn’t even realize at the time – can you spot it in the video?

    So I gnashed my teeth a bit, because Zak’s appearance matters to him, and I knew he was NOT gonna be happy the first time he caught a glimpse of his own reflection. Luckily there aren’t many shiny surfaces in Korthos, where he (nearly) breezed through the village quests (had to get a Gold Seal barb hire and make a second run at Cannith Crystal, since the stupid cultists shattered the title object on the first one), then did the first three island quests to be flagged for Misery’s Peak.

    He, um, might have gotten briefly lost – disoriented, anyway – after Heyton’s Rest. And there was much merriment had with some of Lars Heyton’s dialogue in that quest with the sahuagin.

    ‘Twas great to see both old friends and new faces in the chat! Thanks to everyone who showed up and cheered – or laughed at – Zak!

    After the stream, Zak gobbled up the XP gems I’ve been tossing into the shared bank, which got him to level 3. Then I hustled his butt forthwith to the bank, where he had three lesser hearts of wood just sitting around collecting dust. I reincarnate so seldom that at least one of them was left over from the old MyDDO lottery, which has been defunct for at least three or four years now. Then it was back to Reincarnation Grove for no other reason than to make Zak look nice. You can see the new and improved Zak dancing in the above short video, while his trusty fiendling companion busts a move or two as well.

    I checked the AH for gear and was rather appalled at the prices people set for starter-level stuff. Hundreds of thousands of plat? Really?! No experienced player is going to pay that for something they’re only going to use for a few levels, and no new player has that kind of plat. Probably the same people who put Tear of Dhakaan shards and Pit restart guides on the AH for exorbitant prices… but anyway. I’ve been working on Even’s crafting, and it occurred to me that I’d probably be able to craft Zak everything he needs.

    Shockingly, I was right. I think this may be the first time I’ve ever crafted anything I was actually going to use; mostly I just decon a lot of stuff, and I spent half an hour and about a million plat buying, deconning, and making ML shards that I’ll never use, just to get her crafting levels up.

    I was able to make everything on Zak’s wish list and then put almost all of it on gear for him. The only thing I didn’t manage to slot was heal amp – made the shard, but didn’t plan well and ended up with no gear I could put it on because the few things it would go on, I’d already crafted other stuff on.

    Oh, and that other mistake I made while doing his heroic reincarnation? Totally forgot his alignment. THAT’S gonna have to change. He’s not the lawful type to begin with. He REALLY can’t be a lawful Dragonborn fiend pact warlock. Looks like I’m buying an alignment change the next time I log him on!

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time, now on the official DDOstream! The show will still be hosted on my own Twitch channel as well, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching!  🙂

    Wraps and reapers

    I was hoping to get on Lamannia and make a Dragonborn for this week’s stream, but either Lamannia’s down or it just doesn’t want to work on my extremely temperamental computer. So I decided to use my stream time to continue working on sagas (when the next renown weekend comes along, I am SO gonna be ready!). Even needed Sschindylryn and Druid’s Deep to mostly complete her epic Eveningstar sagas, and I was getting heartily sick of Drow, so I figured the vine horrors in the Druid’s chain would be a nice break.

    And they were… but I’d forgotten about the wisps. The laggy, fear-inducing wisps. OK, Even doesn’t get feared, ’cause she’s a paladin. But still. Those damn things can take an otherwise manageable quest and turn it into a nightmare.

    But I really wanted to get the chain done, partly because I needed it for sagas, and a little because, for the past few years, I’ve been trying to get Acanthia a set of Ivy Wraps.

    Luckily Retsans joined Mock and Even shortly into Outbreak, and his warlock juju did a great job out-wisping the wisps while Mock wreaked havoc on the vine horrors.

    The heroic normal version of the wraps frequently appears in the chain end reward list, but level 30 Acanthia won’t get much use out of those. Unfortunately all other versions drop only from the night hag rare encounter in Druid’s Curse, and in my experience, the hag is a very rare encounter indeed.

    So when we got there and realized that the elusive hag was actually standing around in her swamp waiting to eat unwary adventurers, I appealed to the Twitch faithful for luck, karma, good vibes, and anything else along those lines…

    AND IT WORKED!

    Sparkling at me from the hag’s chest – er, her TREASURE chest – was a pair of Ivy Wraps.

    Epic elite Ivy Wraps.

    With a mythic bonus.

    DAMN RIGHT I SQUEE’D.

    After all my fruitless and ivy-less farming runs, I gotta give the credit for finally getting the wraps – and the best possible version of them, no less – to the good villagers of Twitchland. Thanks, guys! 😀

    We followed that up with a surprisingly painless trek through Two-Toed Tobias on three-skull reaper difficulty. I wouldn’t have minded pulling another Jibbers blade, but all Jack had to offer was a Drowned Priest’s Torch apiece. Retsans’ Torch had a mythic bonus, which he passed to me. Might make a really nice weapon for undead specialist Riva; I think right now her only weapons are an EE Forgotten Light, a lootgen silver longsword, and… Muckbane.

    I’m hoping U35 will hit soon, because after seeing VooduSpyce’s preview of Dragonborn, I can’t wait to roll one up myself!

    I think I want to make a Dragonborn warlock… except I was already planning on TRing Zak into a warlock. And Zak is pretty darn Drow. I’ll have to have a chat with him and see how he’d feel about being Dragonborn – or I could just buy another character slot to give me an even 20, because alt-itis.

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time, now on the official DDOstream! The show will still be hosted on my own Twitch channel as well, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching!  🙂

    Rockin’ out

    Pet rock!

    I got 98 pets and a lich ain’t one.

    But a pet rock IS!

    No, I haven’t turned into Jay-Z. And I could’ve waited for one more pet so it would’ve been 99 pets to match those lyrics better. But unless DDO releases another pet in the reasonably near future, my next acquisitions will be the reapers, and I intend to get all four of those the minute I have enough reaper XP. (So, y’know, around the year 2031…)

    I debated a couple of names and nearly went with TakenForGranite, but that just seemed sad – who wants to take their pet for granite, even if it’s a rock? And then AgateYouBabe popped into my head. If you don’t get it, clearly you need to brush up on your bad 70’s music.

    Agate likes to do – well, mostly nothing. His favorite activities are the first three tricks in his repertoire: Sit, Stay, and Play Dead. He performs these with stunning skill on a regular basis. He can also Dance and do a Flip, but he finds those incredibly tiring and usually needs a good long stint of Sitting, Staying, or Playing Dead afterwards.

    His favorite quests are Eyes of Stone and Palace of Stone… and that one part in Undermine. He used to like Dreaming Dark, but then he found out that it’s quori, not quarry.

    Pet rock!

    Agate and his rock-solid brethren have been added to Even’s Guide to Cosmetic Pets, so that should be completely up to date. 🙂

    Goals? Pfffft. KITTEHS!

    Soooo many things I wanted to get done this past weekend!

    Prettify OurDDO. Finish as many sagas as possible on as many toons as possible. Run the anniversary event a few gazillion times. Get a couple of toons leveled up.

    Oh, and a fair amount of real-life stuff, too.

    But… KITTENS. Because I have two of them, nine-month-old sisters. And they have to be played with and cuddled and loved and spoiled. BECAUSE KITTENS.

    So what I *actually* got done was a teeny smattering of real-life stuff, one anniversary event run, and a couple of sagas done on Acanthia and Reera, and… yeah, that’s pretty much it.

    BUT KITTENS.

    Fern and Charlotte!

    Anyway, for Sunday’s livestream, I brought Even out after giving her some time off, and got in one run of the anniversary party before heading off to Wheloon for Through a Mirror Darkly. I’d run her through the first four quests in the arc on EE the night before, but I apparently still hadn’t had my fill of the damnable laggy pink fog.

    Things actually went pretty well for the most part. And I always get a sense of accomplishment when that quest is over, if for no other reason than outlasting the pink Shadowfell lag and managing to use my mirror at the right times and places to get all the orbs.

    But… it just felt kind of anticlimactic. Maybe it was realizing that, to complete the epic sagas, Even would have still needed to run 40+ quests. Maybe it was being generally kind of tired even before we started. Maybe it was all the stuff I wanted to get done but didn’t; even the anniversary party run – I originally intended to go through and get as many elements as possible on the video, but when push came to shove, I was all, “Meh, this is boring, let’s just go kill the stuff.”

    AND KITTENS.

    Moar Fern and Charlotte!

    How could you NOT want to spend as much time as possible with those angelic faces? I don’t care that they stole my cell phone charger and hid it in their kitty bed, or that they hold nightly chariot races up and down the stairs starting around 3 am, or that my hands have an assortment of tiny scratches.

    It’s totally worth it because I get to watch Charlotte watching TV. She LOVES TV; she’ll sit there utterly fascinated by it even if I’m just flipping through the guide. Fern’s not as impressed. She likes the Temptations commercial where the guy on the second-floor balcony is throwing treats to the kitty on the ground, and she got into watching some hummingbirds once.

    And it’s worth it because when they get tired and need to recharge for the next round of shenanigans, Charlotte butts her head into my face and curls up while Fern flops down as close as she can get to me, and then they both start a purring marathon.

    And it’s worth it because those scratches are from both of them grabbing my hands just to hold them in their little paws.

    And because every night after the chariot races, they leave toys at my door.

    Yeah. They’re kinda all that. ❤

    (I do have a new cosmetic pet as well – my pet rock! I was going to work him into this post, but I think he deserves one of his own.)

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time, now on the official DDOstream! The show will still be hosted on my own Twitch channel as well, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching!  🙂

    Death by dev

    One of the best – heck, probably THE best – thing about livestreaming on the official DDOStream channel is the chat, where I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some awesome, amazing, quirky, talented, and zany people.

    Having those convos going really adds to my enjoyment of whatever I happen to be running… especially when I’m feeling a bit off (woke up with a crushing migraine, probably why I felt kinda flat last night) and am playing a gimpy toon, like Reera the squishy swashbuckler.

    Seki (26) and Reera (25) got through the anniversary event just fine at level 27. We were doing OK at 28 – until we ran into Vargouille, who at least had the decency to be hanging out close enough to the shrine for us to rez ourselves when we died.

    Which happened approximately once every 1.4 seconds.

    Each.

    While taking a moment in soulstone form to collect myself before rezzing for yet another try, I happened to glance at Twitch chat on the tablet and saw this:

    Agaxxion: Death by dev

    Death by dev indeed! Every single piece of gear I had equipped had a black zigzag line through it from all the times I’d died. I have no idea how many times that was – I was basically rezzing, tossing a DoT or two on Varg if I could, and nearly instantly dying again. I think Reera was profoundly grateful that death penalties cap at 5.

    Help came from one of our Twitch chatters, as Fehands (aka Ironhands – yay for chemistry class!) took pity on our poor battered pixels and joined us, making the rest of that run as well as a couple of subsequent runs go MUCH better.

    Citi showed up as well, and with the extra firepower, we even got a couple of runs at 30 done with minimal pain and a fair number of party favors – gotta save those up for an Admiral of Bling, Foil Hat, and of course COOKIES!

    Hope this post turns out all right – finally broke down and got a smartphone, and I’m posting from that. Big difference going from a 24″ monitor and full-size keyboard to this tiny little screen!

    Streamin’ with Even is live every Sunday night at 11 pm Eastern time, now on the official DDOstream! The show will still be hosted on my own Twitch channel as well, but if you’re watching live and want to chat, DDOStream is the place to be. Videos are archived on my YouTube channel and/or on DDOStream’s YouTube. I’m usually on Thelanis, usually/often/sometimes on Evennote, and usually have room, so feel free to send me a tell if you’d like to join! I’m also definitely open to suggestions on what to run next. You can send ingame mail to Evennote on Thelanis, or email me at evennote (at) gmail dot com. Thanks for reading and/or watching!  🙂