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Archive for May, 2010

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DDOcast 169

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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 169 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 guests Anne, Sigfried and Samius along with a brand new segment to DDOcast called OCD Gamer by Ryz and an interview with the Neverquesters guild on Argonnessen. There’s also the second part of DDOcast’s poster competition. Thanks so much for listening!

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DDOcast Episode 169 (5-29-10)

1:50 Two Weapon Fighting Changes
1:05:50 Downtime, +2 Loot and Premium issue
1:09:00 Direct2Drive Starter Pack offer
1:10:20 Europe Status
1:12:15 Warner exec news
1:14:00 Monk Ninja Spy II
1:21:26 OCD Gamer, first segment!
1:29:50 Morah Goes Missing: Poster Contest Segment 2
1:37:10 Community Notes, DDO Store stuff and more
1:42:20 Neverquesters Interview
2:07:00 Parsec Award Nomination!
2:09:38 the reason for the holiday
2:10:30 Emails

END

TOTAL TIME: 2:22:00

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LINK to Eladrin’s announcement about changes coming to Two Weapon Fighting, Two Handed Fighting and combat.

LINK to the DDO Starter Pack being offered by Direct2Drive for new DDO accounts.

LINK to Gamespot.com’s article about the new executive at Time Warner Interactive who’ll be in charge of Turbine’s activities, among other things.

LINK to the DDO-Daily.com look at Monk Ninja Spy II.

LINK to DDO-Daily’s interview with Walt Snider about his upcoming DDO podcast.

LINK to Anne’s my.ddo.com writeup on Mariliths.

LINK to the DDO Memorial Day point promotion.

LINK to the DDO Store info about the new Haste potions.

LINK to the latest Eberron Chronicle.

LINK to Boromirs DDO.com Half-Orc prediction contest.

LINK to info on Teldurn’s Riddle Nights on Sarlona.

LINK to info on the Neverquesters guild on my.ddo.com.

LINK to the excellent DDMsRealm.com writeup on Wilderness XP.

LINK to Bill Robert’s eBay sale of DDO time cards.

LINK to the excellent DDO Wiki overview of crafting in DDO.

LINK to info on the Parsec Awards, which DDOcast has been nominated for!

LINK to DDO-Daily’s request for cool screenshots!

LINK to the DDO Cocktail Hour Episode 15, with special guest Anne!

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Here’s a LINK to the secret letter released to Stormreach Action News in this week’s contest segment.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing a series of sketches and offering up some prizes for people who solve the puzzle! This contest will be open to anyone except for DDOcast contributors, and will require that you download the U.S. client for Dungeons and Dragons Online.* Otherwise, be the first person to use the emote /kneel in front of the person whose name will be revealed, on the right server and at the right time and date and you’ll win this:

Also,1500 Turbine Points. Neat, huh? A real collectors item.

The second person to type /kneel in front of the person will get1500Turbine Points*. Third person to do this will get 1000 TP. The first puzzle will be broadcast in next week’s show, Episode 168, and will probably continue for the following two weeks. I’ll post them upon the following Mondays as individual files for people to download/listen to as well.

Good Luck!

*European Server players who wish to have their Turbine Point winnings exchanged for a game time card will be able to do so. The intent is not to take players away from any particular server or service, but for simple logistic reasons. The exchange offer is for European server players only, as I don’t have the money for U.S. game time cards as well. The use of the emote /kneel while targeting the proper person is to deal with any situations in which multiple players show up at once. In that case, the first /emote listed in the social panel will be used to determine the winner.

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DDOcast - A DDO Podcast

Jerry

NOTE: This contest ended on July 2010.

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Monster Minute: Marilith

Marilith – Mara and Lilith in Real-World Mythology
Mara in BuddismMy research with the Marilith ended up short this week and much of my sources can’t pin point the actual creator for this D&D monster. But they do say that the Marilith was based on two mythological figures from history: Mara and Lilith.

The Mara is a demon who sent Gautama Buddah visions of beautiful women in attempts to seduce him. Most Buddhist texts and teachings acknowledge the Mara as both the personification and metaphor of unskillful emotions, and the actual son of a god doing evil in the world.

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DDO Cocktail Hour Episode 15 Ninja!

Warning: No Really this is a serious warning! This show is very very funny! You might fall over in fits of laughter! You should not drive or operate heavy machinery while listening to this podcast! Very little educational content is contained within this show! 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, Lessah has a very special surprise for Samius in the way of Ninja Guest Anne Trent! (Who turns out to be the best guest evah!!!) Listen as Samius falls all over himself trying to look cool and uses more innuendo than should be allowed in any Podcast Ever! The team talks about quest story lines, Epic content, DDO Europe, the team plays a cool game, and MORE! You can listen to the clean version of the show on itunes or cyberears, but the directors cut of the show is about 15 minutes longer and not appropriate for young listeners! It can be downloaded only in this weeks website bonus material. As always, thanks so much for listening! Intro: NINJA SURPRISE!!!!! http://my.ddo.com/theris/What are you drinking? What are you up to? Lessah: Reaver FTW!!! Samius: Javabot & ButterballNinja Guest: Raid Raid Raid!Twitter Samius: Epic content? Do you do it?Twitter Lessah: What DDO Storyline is your favorite? Do you even read NPC text? All about Ninjas! Forums: Samius Googles & Lessah talks DDO EuropeGAME!!! /Squelch /shadowhump or /GuildinviteEMAILS! Bruce is hawt, Jeff bridges is not. Outro& Toast

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DDOcast 168

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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 168 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 the show on Cyberears.com, iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and many other locations.

This week’s show features part 1 of DDOcast’s poster contest in addition to an interview with Brannigan Foehammer from the European servers. Alex Haddox discusses light and dark basics in addition to starting to look at monk enhancements on “Inside the Monestary” and Clankenbeard’s back with “Clerical Errors” with a look at the Warforged.

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DDOcast Episode 168 (5-22-10)

1:30 ZAM.com article
14:00 State of Europe
15:30 Weighted Handwraps/Refer a Friend
16:40 DA…
17:45 Turbine at E3?
20:40 DDOcast Poster Contest Pt 1
28:43 Inside the Monestary – Light/Dark+Enhancements pt1
35:18 Clerical Errors – Warforged
40:39 Brannigan Foehammer Interview – Brannie Hunt 2 and more
1:08:36 Community Notes: DDO Library v1.4, Online Quest Timer Tracker, TWF DPS Bard, Wilderness Hunt
1:12:00 Emails

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TOTAL TIME: 1:19:49

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LINK to the Zam.com article interviewing DDO Executive Producer Fernando Paiz looking into upcoming stuff!

LINK to info about the DDO Referral System.

LINK to the Turbine Featured Player: Totmacher, congrats!

LINK to the app for the DDO Library by Kudesnik, now at v 1.4.

LINK to DDOer’s info about his Online Quest Timer Tracker on DDO.com.

LINK to Anne’s writeup on my.ddo.com about playing her two weapon fighting DPS bard, well worth a read.

LINK to Jaggie’s latest craft, give her some kudos!

LINK to MMOSanctuary.com’s review of Dungeons and Dragons Online.

LINK to the latest sales on the DDO Store.

LINK to Eshep’s my.ddo.com blog writeup on an attempt to play Wilderness only!

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CONTEST INFO:

Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing a series of sketches and offering up some prizes for people who solve the puzzle! This contest will be open to anyone except for DDOcast contributors, and will require that you download the U.S. client for Dungeons and Dragons Online.* Otherwise, be the first person to use the emote /kneel in front of the person whose name will be revealed, on the right server and at the right time and date and you’ll win this:

Also,1500 Turbine Points. Neat, huh? A real collectors item.

The second person to type /kneel in front of the person will get 1500Turbine Points*. Third person to do this will get 1000 TP. The first puzzle will be broadcast in next week’s show, Episode 168, and will probably continue for the following two weeks. I’ll post them up on the following Mondays as individual files for people to download/listen to as well.

Good Luck!

*European Server players who wish to have their Turbine Point winnings exchanged for a game time card will be able to do so. The intent is not to take players away from any particular server or service, but for simple logistic reasons. The exchange offer is for European server players only, as I don’t have the money for U.S. game time cards as well. The use of the emote /kneel while targeting the proper person is to deal with any situations in which multiple players show up at once. In that case, the first /emote listed in the social panel will be used to determine the winner.

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Our friend the Gibbering Mouther, circa 1st Edition…

Jerry

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Random Ideas: Lessons From The Herald of The Phoenix Champion

My TWF DPS bard, Anastazie Tezla,  just graduated to level 16, and is quickly homing in on level 17, thanks to weekly raiding.  There are a few things I discovered first hand – stuff I already knew in PnP, but the DDO environment seemed to amplify the experience:

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DDOcast 167

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Hi everyone!  Episode 167 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 the show on Cyberears.com, iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and many other podcast aggregators. 

This week’s show features guests Samius and Steiner-Davion along with a bunch of great segments.  Sigfried and Anne discuss prestige enhancements on “Crunchy Bits”, Rheebus has Top Ten Loot Runs on “Rheebus’ Top Ten”, Alex discusses monk feats on “Inside the Monestary” and a special guest fills in for Clankenbeard on “Clericle Errors.”

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DDOcast Episode 167 (5-15-10)

:10 Intro
4:45 DDO’s place inthe MMO world
12:00 DDO Store change
14:45 DDO Lottery here
18:00Mournlands application status update and Turbine jobs
20:50Pre/Feats!
28:25 Grease!
29:30 Feats, Pale Master and more!
44:20Airships
46:58 Crunchy Bits – Prestige Enhancements
54:59 Insidethe Monestary – Monk Feats
1:03:44 Rheebus’ Top Ten – Loot Runs
1:17:35Clericle Erros – Uthoren fills in!
1:24:00 Community Notes
1:25:30DDO Europe thoughts
1:34:15 Tip talk – levels in explorer areas andmore community notes
1:48:20 Emails
2:08:20 Contest Talk!

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TOTALTIME: 2:18:03

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LINK to the Massively.com article looking at DDO data from the NPD Group.

LINK to the latest DDO Store changes in Turbine’s release notes.

LINK to info on the DDO Lottery.

LINK to the list of new feats coming to the game.

LINK to Daehawk’s excellent compilation of information about Update 5 on ddo.com.

LINK to Keeper’s post about lighting on her my.ddo.com page.

LINK to Anne’s discussion of identity on her my.ddo.com blog.  LINK to her post about the Rhashasas.  LINK to her excellent post about shopping and haggle in Stormreach.

LINK to Kaeldur’s excellent post about DDO in 3D.

LINK to info on the Ghallanda Scavenger Hunt.

LINK to Agg’s “DDO: To Kill a Mocking Dwarf” on YouTube.  Great work! (I’ll embed it on ddocast.com too.)

LINK to the latest Eberron Chronicle.

LINK to the DDO Cocktail Hour: Mocktail Hour!

LINK to Yak Cast – The Man with the Plan.

LINK to Samius’ writeup on the highest possible Haggle.

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Contest Details:

Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing a series of sketches and offering up some prizes for people who solve the puzzle!  This contest will be open to anyone except for DDOcast contributors, and will require that you download the U.S. client for Dungeons and Dragons Online.  Otherwise, be the first person to use the emote /kneel in front of the person whose name will be revealed, on the right server and at the right time and you’ll win this:

Also,1500 Turbine Points.  Neat, huh?  A real collectors item.

The second person to type /kneel in front of the person will get 1500Turbine Points.  Third person to do this will get 1000 TP.  The first puzzle will be broadcast in next week’s show, Episode 168, and will probably continue for the following two weeks.  I’ll post them up on the following Mondays as individual files for people to download/listen to as well.

Good Luck!

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Jerry

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Tips & Tricks: Shopping in Stormreach

Knowledge Prereqs
The following is rather complicated stuff. So if you’re new, please visit http://www.DDOwiki.com/ for more information on how characters work and skills work. Also this requires some basic knowledge in elementary arithmetic and percentages.

DDO Coin System
First lets do a quick review on how money works in DDO.  DDO uses a simple 10:1 rule between denominations:

1 platinum (pp) = 10 gold (gp) = 100 silver (sp) = 1,000 copper (cp)

Item Value Basics
Before we can go into actual buying and selling, you need to understand how items are priced. Each item has a base value. To determine if an item has value you examine the item.  Its base value price is found at the bottom left hand corner.  This price is listed in gold pieces.

haggle

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Monster Minute: Rakshasas

YakshaganaRakshasa in Real-World Mythology
The Rakshasa is a demon or evil spirit in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.  In the Hindu scripture, Ramayana, Rakshasas were created from Brahma’s (the hindu god of creation’s) foot.   Much of legends say that Rakshasas are the reincarnations of particularly cruel and wicked humans. These man-beasts are said to feed on human flesh and have venomous fingernails.  They are also known for their shape changing abilities and are cunning illusionists and sorcerers.

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DDO Cocktail Hour, Ep 13 Mocktail

This week we turn the show upside down and allow the spouses too take over the show in this one of a kind episode: Mocktail Hour! Thanks so much for listening! 0:00 Introductions Clankenbeard and Torrance to MockTail Hour0:59 What Are You Drinking?2…

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Opinion: The Digital Skin

Anne
Lessah’s tweet question about gender for her current release of DDO Cocktail Hour got me thinking about “flipping my skin” – a term she borrowed from me.  I can’t take all the credit on that, I first heard the phrase from my computer science professor in a class called “State of Play: Digital Culture and Virtual Worlds.” This course is focused on virtual worlds and tries to answer the question:  “How do virtual worlds reshape society and create a culture by bringing the internet to the forefront of people’s lives?”

This week’s Yak cast also mentioned a documentary film called Second Skin, which delves into the lives of three individual gamers and how their lives have been transformed by the virtual worlds that they live in; which is a film I watched myself last year. (I highly recommend it!)

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DDO Cocktail Hour Ep 12, Clanky!

This week, Lessah and Samius welcome Clankenbeard to the show! The team talks about RPG quips in real life, swapping your gender in game, DDO Internet lingo, and half-orc females Rawr? Some info goes out about the Mother of All Treasure Hunts Part Deaux and MORAH makes a surprise appearance! Thanks so much for listening! Intro: What are you drinking? What are you up to?Samius is my #1 MyDDO FriendLessah European Vacation! (Celebs: AggDDO & Brannigan Foehammer) Twitter: Clankys RPG QuipsTwitter: Lessahs Gender swapping in game! Forums: Samius, To Bluff or Not To Bluff, That is the question! Forums: Lessah, Internet lingo and you. POP QUIZ!INTERLOPER GUESTEMAILs! MATH-part 2 teaserOutro& Toast

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DDOcast 166

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Hi everyone!  Episode 166 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-hosts Anne, Sigfried and Samius – we chat about the end of the Turbine/Atari lawsuit, the latest news and more!  We’ve got lots of voice mails, calls and other goodness in addition to music by Skeletons With Flesh on Them, a cool Seattle-based band.

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DDOcast Episode 166 (5-1-10)

:10 Intro
3:05 Lawsuit over!
14:05New DDO Ad
18:28 My.DDO.com still in beta
22:25 Trading TurbinePoints
34:55 DDO-Daily interviews Tolero
36:45 more bacon
38:35new DDO Store hats/other stuff
41:50 New DDO Twitter feed
42:39Skeletons With Flesh on Them – All the Other Animals
48:30 CommunityNotes
49:19 XP and Questing Tips
54:35 More Community Notes
58:35Dodge-a-Thon results
1:00:05 Mr. Khyber 2010
1:01:55 Brannie Hunt2
1:02:20 Lessah in Europe
1:03:47 Monster Minute: Sahaugin
1:06:00Rowanheal’s blog
1:07:55 Caller-Raid tips and gear tips
1:21:47Off Topic: D&D for Kids, console MMO news, level while offline!Callsand more
1:31:30 Community Notes, casts and more
1:43:20 Callsand Voice Mails
1:58:53 Skeletons With Flesh on Them – Ghosts in theGuestroomEND

TOTAL TIME: 2:04:20

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LINK to the Facebook page for Skeletons with Flesh on Them.

LINK to the court document announcing the end of the lawsuit between Atari and Turbine.

LINK to info on where to see the new DDO ad!

LINK to the new DDO ad on YouTube.

LINK to the DDO-Daily.com interview with Tolero.

LINK to Keeper’s bacon announcement.

LINK to info on the new DDO Store Cinco de Mayo hats.

LINK to the new DDOUnlimited account on Twitter by Turbine.

LINK to the Massively article giving tips for questing.

LINK to the results of the Dodge-a-Thon on Argonnessen.

LINK to info on Mr. Khyber 2010.

LINK to the teaser for the 2nd Brannie Hunt on DDO-Europe.

LINK to Lessah’s my.DDO.com article looking at her recent trip to DDO-Europe.

LINK to Anne’s Monster Minute: Sahaugin.

LINK to Rowanheal’s latest post on Rowanheal.com.

LINK to BeladiShaabi’s my.ddo.com page featuring cool artwork.

LINK to the Wizards of the Coast info on the new “D&D for kids” effort – The Heroes of Hesiod

LINK to the Kotaku article on Free Realms headed to the PS3.

LINK to Yak’s cast with me and Kalari!

LINK to the latest DDO Cocktail Hour with CDBD3rd.

Jerry