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Archive for April, 2010


Monster Minute: Sahuagin

Aquaman?Sahuagin from Super Friends? Or from Maori?
The sahuagin are an aquatic monstrous humanoid species who’s features resemble that of a fish.  They were originally created for D&D by Steve Marsh as a gamer, before he became employed by TSR.  Where Steve Marsh got the idea for the sahuagin is up for debate: one source says that he got the inspiration from a Justice League or Super Friends cartoon featuring similar creatures as monsters.  I did some research, and couldn’t find the exact Super Friends cartoon.  The closest thing I could find (and this is why this week’s Monster Minute is late) is an old episode of Aquaman entitled “The Rampaging Reptile-Men” (Youtube Video).



DDO Cocktail Hour Ep 11 ”Cupcakes”

This week, Lessah and Samius welcome CDBD3rd, Cupcake Musketeers CEO and avid forums poster! The team talks DDO Europe, Dragon Touched Armor Roulette, Tasty Dwarven bards, Hirelings, and Show Me Your Noobs makes a case for the Tangleroot Gorge Quest Pack, and we give away a Green Steel Dwarven Axe! (Thanks Reorex!) Thanks so much for listening! Intro: What are you drinking? What are you up to? Lessah Tempest Rune Nightmares Holiday in Europe! Twitter: Name your Favorite Hireling Twitter: Bardlove? Show me your Noobs! Why you need to invest in tangleroot gorge quest pack.CD Forums King, CEO, Cupcake musketeers: Who is he anyway? Forums CPR, CDs Pick: An AssignmentEMAILs! (Vast & Mysterious!)Samius My DDO FriendsSamius doesnt care about WBGreen Steel Thelanis give away! (We reward our Twitter followers!)Outro, Toast, & Bizarre maniacal laughter

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Random Ideas: Boosting Bard + Bonus Stacking

My TWF Halfing Warchanter, Anastazie Tezla is now level 10.  I’ve made one major changes since my initial build:

Bard at Level 8, instead of Fighter – Haste was my primary reason; it’s a buff that accelerated our progress for XP.  Also, we decided to qualify for the Dragon Raid and attempt the VoN quests at this level. Haste was pretty much a necessary tool for leveling quickly through 9 and 10.

Other than that, I was pretty much on target for my Warchanter progression.  Now at level 10 I can enhance a partner decently in both offence and defense, as well as myself. Here are the buffs I can give out if you’re interested.



DDOcast 165

DDOcast is a weekly DDO podcast created by fans for fans! We discuss nearly everything related to Dungeons and Dragons Online – Eberron Unlimited.

Hi everyone!  Episode 165 of DDOcast is now ready to go.  Here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3.

This week’s show features guest co-host Lessah (and guest Hafael) – we talk about the Turbine acquisition, Update 5 and a ton more!  Sigfried and Anne bring us a really great “Crunchy Bits” about healing amplification.


DDOcastEpisode 165 (4-24-10)

:05 Intro andUpdate 5 talk
6:58 Turbine Acquired by Warner Brothers
18:49 Hafael Call and further discussion
22:50 Console Talk and more
35:55 TV Ads coming!
43:18 The acquisition’s impact on Europe and Lessahtakes a trip
50:10 DDO Store deals/Ice Games
55:00 PrestigeEnhancement Cleric – Radiant Servant
58:45 Sword of Shadows EpicUpgrade warning
59:40 +3 Lesser/Greater Reincarnation now in Store
1:02:50Monthy TP statement heard
1:05:20 DDO in 3D
1:09:33 Crunchy Bits -Healing Amplification|
1:15:10 Community Notes
1:17:45 Emails
1:32:39 DDO Ad by Sean Connery (Anne and Sigfried)


TOTALTIME:  1:35:24


LINK to Warner Brothers Entertainment Group’s joint press release with Turbine regarding the acquisition.

LINK to the Financial Times article about the acquisition.

LINK to the Boston Globe article about the acquisition.

LINK to the Cleric Prestige Enhancement line coming in the future – the Radiant Servant!

LINK to Tolero’s post about the new +3 Lesser and Greater Hearts of Wood available in the DDO Store.

LINK to Victorie’s post about the possibility (or not) of a monthly Turbine Point statement.

LINK to the Community Spotlight on Lessah and Clankenbeard.

LINK to Tolero’s post about grouping with Devs.

LINK to Anne’s article about building a Raiding Bard.

LINK to Anne’s Monster Minute: Golems.



Monster Minute: Golems (Proto-Warforged)

Golem of PraugeGolems in Real-World Mythology
The Hebrew word for golem literally means “pupa” or “cocoon”. The meaning of golem tends to change based on its context; in some ancient written works, golem was synonymous with “fool” or “stupid”.  But in certain Bible translations, the word golem refers to an embryonic or incomplete substance.  Golem was often used as a metaphor for a brainless servant or someone who is slow and lumbering.   Golem comes from the root Hebrew word gelem, which means “raw material”.

In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated being crafted from inanimate material.  The earliest reference to a golem is in the Talmud, where it describes Adam (from Genesis) as initially created as a golem made from dust.



DDO Cocktail Hour Ep10 On The Wagon

DDO Cocktail Hour, Episode 10, On The Wagon w/ TeppotasticWarning: Very little educational content is contained within this show and all questionably cheeky words have been bleeped out! If you are looking for hard-hitting news, please refer our parent show: The DDO Cast. Otherwise sit back, relax, grab your favorite cocktail whatever that might be, and enjoy as we explore the lighter side of Dungeons and Dragons Online, Eberron Unlimited! This week, Samius and Lessah are alcohol free and on the wagon as they welcome special guest, podcast personality, and generally all around cheeky guy, Teppotastic! Will the zaininess ever end? I think not! The troop talks about Shroud Crafting, Necropolis Crafting, the new extra bank slot, and more! Thanks so much for listening! Intro What are you drinking? 21 Days to Ironman! Twitter: What will it take to get Samius to buy an Ipad? Twitter: Are you going to buy the new bank slot at the current price? Samius green steel errorTeppo: Who is he anyway? EMAILs! (Please write us! We are lonely!) Show me your Noobs! Why you should consider the first and possibly second tier of the Necropoilis Series! ForumsOutro & Toast?

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Random Ideas: Raiding + Boosting Bard

I’ve been thinking about raiding more often. Its a thought that I play with a lot: would I like if I went on raids as little as 2 or 3 times a week? There are now 10 raids in the game:

  • Tempest’s Spine (TS)
  • Vault of Night (Dragon, VoN)
  • The Twilight Forge (Titan)
  • Against the Demon Queen (DQ)
  • The Reaver’s Fate (Reaver)
  • Accursed Ascension (Abbot)
  • The Thirteenth Eclipse (Shroud)
  • A Vision of Destruction (VoD)
  • Hound of Xoriat (Hound, HoX)
  • Tower of Despair (ToD)



DDOcast 164

DDOcast is a weekly DDO podcast created by fans for fans! We discuss nearly everything related to Dungeons and Dragons Online – Eberron Unlimited.

Hi everyone!  Episode 164 of DDOcast is now ready to go.  Here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3.  You can listen to DDOcast live on UStream HERE , call live or leave us a voice mail at (507) 295-1847, email us at and find us on, iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and many other podcast aggregators.

This week’s show is a more casual live chat about whatever’s been going on with us, the Offer Wall, Community Events and more.  Clankenbeard has the latest installment of the super-funny “Clerical Errors” and I’m joined by Samius, Lessah, Yak and callers at various times through the show.  Thanks for listening!


DDOcast Episode 164 (4-17-10)

:05 Intro
1:55 Offer Wall
7:50 VIP points issue
10:30 New Bank Slots in DDO Store
14:45 Raid Timer and First Call
20:20 Samius joins the chat
23:16 DDO-Daily stuff
24:23 Community Notes
28:10 Green Steel chat, first-time through chat, etc
37:30 Keeper post, chat about vertical dungeons
57:07 Second Call
58:50 Emails: Offer Wall, Unusual Builds and more!
1:24:30 Lessah gets a blind invite
1:28:55 Clerical Errors 5!
1:36:10 Third Call and Errata


TOTAL TIME: 1:41:04


LINK to SuperRewards privacy policy.

LINK to the Turbine response outlining Offer Wall policy.

LINK to Marketroid’s post announcing the shutdown of the Offer Wall.

LINK to post about some folks having VIP point issues.

LINK to the latest DDO Store update.  LINK to the release notes for it.

LINK to latest Eberron Chronicle.

LINK to Brannie Hunt stuff!

LINK to info on Mr. Khyber 2010!

LINK to Shadow_Flyer’s excellent Online DDO Raid Timer!

LINK to info on the People’s History of Argonnessen.

LINK to the DDO Fashion Showcase.

LINK to info on how to have your blog featured on .

LINK to Anne’s Monster Minute: Mindflayers!

LINK to Yak’s DDO Cast with Lessah and Samius.

LINK to the DDO Cocktail Hour with Alex!

LINK to Keeper’s excellent chat about Raiding the Giant’s Vault on her blog.



Opinion: The Offer Wall

SuperRewardsI was surprised when Turbine said they were publishing an offer wall with Super Rewards; especially given Turbine’s motto, “Powered by Our Fans.” I want the offer wall to be a success. I was ready to buy stuff, but the Super Rewards (SR) system has a reputation for pushing bad offers through their system. Is it SR’s fault for doing that? Not entirely so – SR’s standards and rules are set by its biggest customer, Facebook. The lax rules on offers is what makes more money flow through the system. Is SR still wrong for publishing bad offers which scam users? Hell yes!


DDO CocktailHour Ep 9 w/Alex Haddox

Warning: There is actually SOME educational content contained within this particular show! We wanted to include this fact so as not to enrage our fans who might not be expecting that! As always, if you are looking for hard-hitting news, please refer…

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Monster Minute: Mind Flayers

The Burrowers BeneathMind Flayers in D&D History
Illithids, more commonly known as mind flayers, are iconic to D&D and were created by Gary Gygax — who was inspired by the cover of Brian Lumley’s book, The Burrowers Beneath. The mind flayer debuted in TSR’s newsletter, The Strategic Review – Issue 1, in 1975.  The monster was described as “a super-intelligent, man-shaped creature with four tentacles by its mouth which it uses to strike its prey.”

Mind flayers appeared again in AD&D first edition Monster Manual in 1977.  Nearly 6 years later, they got an ecology article in Dragon magazine #78. They were officially described as an illithidae, in Dragon #150 (1989).  AD&D 2nd edition saw the reprint of the mind flayer in Monsterous Compendium and then again in the Monstrous Manual. They are also found in the Complete Psionics Handbook, where it further details their use with psionics. A 2nd edition Monstrous Arcana accessory book, called The Illithiad, further details the mind flayer and introduced more illithid subtypes such as the Elder Brain and illithid-roper.  The third module in the mind flayer adventure series, Dawn of the Overmind, outlines an origin story.



DDOcast 163

DDOcast is a weekly DDO podcast created by fans for fans! We discuss nearly everything related to Dungeons and Dragons Online – Eberron Unlimited.

Hi everyone! Episode 163 of DDOcast is now ready to go. Here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3. You can also find DDOcast on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace, and many other podcast aggregators.

This week’s show is a live chat with guests Anne, Sigfried, Lessah, Rowanheal and Rheebus – we take calls and chat about Update 4. There’s also an interview with Holger from the new Sigfried and Anne return with “Crunchy Bits!” YES! They start with a look at the Seeker weapon trait. Alex looks into monk build attributes and racial considerations on “Inside the Monestary” and Clankenbeard engages in a thoughtful thesis on Crafting with “Clerical Errors.”


DDOcast Episode 163 (4-10-10)

:12 Intro
3:45 Maintenance Monday and XP Bonus
4:05First Call, Update 4 talk
12:30 Item talk
18:20 Second Call
22:25Epic talk/Release Notes
27:10 Europe gets Mod 11
30:40Bastard Swords/Dwarven Axes changes
34:15 Third Call
37:55 Mechanic changes
42:45 DDO Lottery coming
46:50 Stealth
47:50Fourth Call and Store talk
51:31 Errata
52:00 Inside the Monestary – Attributes
59:32 Crunchy Bits v2.1 – Seeker Weapon Trait
1:04:50Fifth Call
1:07:20 Clerical Errors #4
1:11:37 CommunityNotes
1:14:20 Holger with
1:36:31 Community Notes
1:44:44Discussion topic – LFM drama
1:55:05 Sixth Call and Update 4thoughts
2:02:50 Emails


TOTAL TIME: 2:29:14


to the Release Notes in the DDO Compendium.

LINK to the notes on

LINK to the Mod 11 Release Notes on

LINK to the thread in which the changes to bastard swords and dwarven waraxes was announced.

LINK to what’s been uncovered about the DDO Lottery.

LINK to the Turbine Update 4 video on YouTube.

LINK to the DDO Featured Players Gallery.

LINK to!

to the latest update to the Interactive DDO Game Guide V3.2.1.

LINK to Brannigan’s “Brannie Hunt” info on DDO-Europe.

LINK to the “A Casual Stroll to Mordor” podcast episode featuring Tolero.

LINK to Shade’s good Update 4 loot thread on

LINK to Dragon.Star’s Definitive Static Rewards and Unique Loot thread.

LINK to Anne’s “Monster Minute: Genies.”

LINK to Anne’s “Wacky Weapon Wednesdays: Banishing.”

LINK to Nirelle’s cool art and comic thread on

LINK to Turbine’s Featured Players: Rock and Fan.

LINK to info on’s weekly DDO get-togethers on Wednesdays on Cannith.

LINK to info on Yaga’s upcoming Dodge-a-Thon on Argonnessen.

LINK to info on the new permadeath guild on Cannith called The Doom Brigade.

LINK to Eshep’s Egg Hunt map.

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Phat Loots: Boosting the Banishing

a weapon with banishing

What the Heck is Banishing?  Will it get this mustard stain out from my shirt?
Banishing is a weapon trait prefix and has a +5 enhancement equivalence rating. In short, it bounces an outsider mob right back to hell or whatever plane of existence they game from.

Banishing: Any extraplanar creature with 25 Hit Dice or fewer that is critical hit by the weapon must succeed on a DC 24 Will save or be banished back to its home plane.

What are Extraplanar Creatures? And why would monsters be into woodworking tools?
Not that kind of planar!  Extraplanar means they are from another plane.  Any creature that was summoned by spells or listed as an Outsider type; this includes but not all of:

  • Elemental Outsiders – Earth, fire, air, and water elementals, and memphits of all types
  • Demons – Flesh renders, hell hounds, thaarak hounds, fire reavers, ice flensers, jariliths, mariliths
  • Trolls – trolls with red markings are sometimes can be banished
  • Gnolls – like trolls, the one with red marks maybe banished
  • Troglodytes – much like trolls and gnolls, they can be banished if it has red markings
  • Devils – Orthons, bearded devils, barbazus, pit fiends, bezekiras (Hellcats) and herzogs
  • Genies – djinni and efreeti
  • Vermin – scorpions and spiders; kind of like gnolls and trolls, the kind with redish markings are summoned and can be banished.



Monster Minute: Genies

Persian JinniGenies in Real-World Mythology
Genie, djinni, or jinni in Arabic culture is a supernatural being who come from another world in parallel to our own world and are one of three sentient creations of Allah (the other two being man and angels). According to the Qur’an, jinn share one thing with mankind, and which angels lack: free will. The Qur’an also says that jinn form civilizations and cultures just like humans but are made of “smokeless fire”. And much like humans, they can be good or evil.



DDO Cocktail Hour Ep 8 w/ Rowanheal

This week, Samius and Lessah Think Pink as they welcome special guest: Rowanheal! Girl Gamer Extraordinare! We talk about DDO Updates, Auction House Prices, and we will be wandering off-topic a little this week as we talk about man-crushes, gaming addiction and more! 00:30 Intro: Think Pink01:45 What are you drinking? 03:25 Twitter: Who is your man-crush? Samius Surprise Updated! & Movie talk!07:35 Twitter: What great deals did you get, for how much. For what server?14:28 What is the best party make-up?21:12 Email from SIG!!! 22 15 All About Rowanheal! DDO/ LOTRO/ STO/ Bioshock31:10 Developer Award!34:02 EMAIL: Gaming and Addiction48:00 Other email Show me your Noobs! 53:09 Forums: Eladrin Puzzle56:25 Gen Con Event Registration57:38 Outro & Toast

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What’s Your Top 3 Things to Do During Server Downtimes?

realityLast Friday, April 2nd, Tarrant announced:

The DDO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, April 5 from 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT) to launch the latest content update, Update 4.

Oh noz! The servers are going down! What are we all going to do with out 4 hours of DDO?! OMG!!!!111one!eleventyone!

I always wonder what folks do when the servers go down for an update. I really do hope its better than waiting around and twiddling your thumbs. Certainly not trolling the DDO Forums looking to start a flame war! A number of us may even log on to Lamannia for a quick preview while the live servers are down. Many North American folks will probably be at the office working, while UK citizens will be leaving work and heading for home or a pub.


DDOcast 162

DDOcast is a weekly DDO podcast created by fans for fans! We discuss nearly everything related to Dungeons and Dragons Online – Eberron Unlimited.

Hi everyone!  Episode 162 of DDOcast is now ready to go – here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3!  You can also find DDOcast on, iTunes, the Zune Marketplace, and many other podcast aggregators.

This week’s show is a live call-in show where a group of us get together to talk about Update 4, guild housing and much more!  Anne, Sigfried, Lessah, Xiloscient, Gov’t Mule and I chat with callers and have a good time.  Alex Haddox offers a reintroduction of “Inside the Monestary”, Rheebus has Top Ten pet peeves in “Rheebus’ Top Ten” and Clankenbeard has probably one of his funniest efforts yet with “Clerical Errors.”


DDOcast Episode 162 (4-3-10)

:05 Intro
5:00 Update 4 is here! Mod 11 for Europe.
8:25 First Call
19:00 Guild Housing Chat
27:25 Second Call
28:20 Epic Tokens
29:10 My.DDO issues
29:40 Ice Games/Mayhem final thoughts
32:50 Racial prestige enhancements?
36:30 Inside the Monestary
44:52 Rheebus’ Top Ten
1:02:17 Third Call – Monk Chat
1:07:05 Clerical Errors
1:13:30 Community Notes
1:18:07 Half Orc Call
1:19:20 Facebook
1:22:20 Chat – justification?
1:27:25  Fourth Call
1:32:40 Emails and errata


TOTAL TIME: 1:43:13


 to the downtime announcement for Update 4.

LINK to the Ten Ton Hammer interview about guild housing.

LINK to Eladrin’s post updating Prestige Enhancements!

LINK to Cedwin’s sound extractor.

LINK to DDOer’s Online Timer Tracker.

LINK to Turbine’s April-June Quarterly calendar wallpapers.

LINK to Yak’s cast with Kalari and a LINK to his cast with Xiloscient.

LINK to the DDOCocktailHour with Yak, Lessah and Samius.

LINK to Anne’s Monster Minute about Ogres.

LINK to MMORPG’s look at the longest-running F2P MMO’s.

LINK to the PAX East article about DDO.

LINK to’s look at adventure packs.

LINK to Massively’s PAX East DDO preview.

LINK to version 1.3 of the DDO Library by Kudesnik.

LINK to Rowanheal’s updated Quest List.

LINK to DDOcast’s Facebook Group.

LINK to the DDO Facebook Feed.

LINK to the 9th Stormreach Community Chronicle.

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Review: Risia Ice Games

A Game within a Game

blueanne.jpgI’m a big fan of games inside of games; especially when the mini-game has a meaningful outcome within the context of the overall game. This is the case of the Risia Ice Games, where you collect and turn in coins for ice paraphernalia, up to 20 recipe cards, and ingredients to craft with.

Once you’ve collected enough recipe cards and ingredients, you can then use the Risian Eldritch Device to craft eternal wands of Ray of Frost, frost-based damage weapon enhancements, and cold spell boost enhancements. There is even a suprise winter recipe which lets you craft a Summon Snowy Elemental gem.