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CtH ep 58, Old School/ New School

CTH, Episode 58, D&D Old School/ New SchoolWarning: There is a special guest on todays show who may or not exact an inhuman amount of hilarity! Hint: We are at our quota for dwarves now! Welcome to the DDO Cocktail Hour where we discuss the social aspects of Dungeons and Dragons Online, Eberron Unlimited. This week we are joined by CTHs own Adan Maskery as well as the head of the CTH art department, Clankenbeard! We needed their help to dig into tabletop gaming! There is also quite a deep explanation of what completionist is, as well as the further planning of Samius Gurobos End of The World Comprehensive Power Point Presentation! Listen to find out why Samius wants to order alligator meat online and learn the life skill of making moonshine! Thanks so much for listening! (I swear I am NOT the crazy one!)Intro: PregameHow much does alligator cost online anyway?Captain America! (Go see it, if you havent already! Its GREAT!)Completionist, How much XP does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? What is completionist anyway? (Life 7!)Lessah is being interviewed this week for the DDO Cast! (We are #9 on Cyberears!)Adan Maskerys Alcoholic Apothecary D&D talk! Warning: This discussion is looooooong! (Information from the DDO Wiki, and submitted by the members of Guild ROTT, Thelanis)o Dark vision and Low-Light Vision have no place in DDO, so the advantage of dwarves and elves does not transfer over from PnP. Also, the disadvantage of slower movement rates for dwarves and Halflings do not exist, hence removing a racial penalty.o When planning your character, it becomes difficult to wrap your mind around the easy way to renew your HP, SP, and change your spells by using rest shrines. In PnP you have to conserve your resources because you only get spells back, and change them, after 8 hours of rest the next day, and you get your level in HP back each night. o There is an increased spell power that is in correlation with the increased number of monsters you face, and they are on a SP system. When you play PnP you have limited spell slots that you must use wisely.o When you die in DDO, and not doing PD, it is a negligible penalty of a level loss that comes back eventually. In PnP you lose a level or 2 points of Constitution. And the higher level spells are significantly expensive.o The rate of advancement is significantly lower. According to the DDOWiki, in PnP you advance a level after every 13-14 encounters, in DDO you will probably have way more than that many per quest, and each quest might only give you about 5-15% of the experience necessary to advance a level.o In DDO, except for PVP, your area effect spells do not damage your allies. While there is a way to do so in PnP, it takes precious feats to get the same effect.o In PnP you have the ability to manipulate anything in your environment to help you. In DDO it is not a technology that exists yet. We have all had that event when we wish we could just throw up a grappling hook and climb a wall.o In DDO when you charm a monster it is unable to be affected by you until the effect is dismissed, dispelled, or wears off. In PnP when you are ready to dispatch the evil monster you just do so.Lessah tries to get Clankenbeard to break characterThe quirkiest character you ever made

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New in the DDO Store: +5 Lesser & +5 Greater Hearts of Wood!

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DDO Store Summer Specials – Week 5

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No Live Show This Sat, July 30th

Sig and I are on vacation for the weekend. We will release a pre-recorded Episode 227 on the following Monday. Next Live show will Episode 228 be on August 6, 2011 @ 3:00 PM Eastern (Noon Pacific).

In the mean time you can follow us to keep up on the latest news!

See you then!

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Crafting with…Courtney DDOcast 6

Courtney crafts a maul to crush oozes and rust monsters!

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DDOcast 226

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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.

Episode 226 is ready! Here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3. You can find DDOcast on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and Cyberears.com.

This week Sig and Anne talk aboout U10.2 patch notes, DDO News, A special segment on Cannith Crafting Q&A, Round Table Talk on DDO Videos, Community News, and more! We also have some awesome content with Epic Education, DDO Poetry Corner and Premium Perspective!

Today’s Music is from Marc Gunn, Celtic Geek musician of renown and host of the very excellent “Marc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast”. The tune we heard was the title song from a new album titled “Don’t go Drinking With Hobbits” (You here that Lessah? It’s dangerous, be careful!) More info at http://www.marcgunn.com/

We Have Mascots! And We Have a New Logo!

Kobolds! Meet DDOCast’s new kobold mascots, Snippit (the girl kobold) and Snagz (the boy kobold). You will see them a lot here as time goes on getting up to various hijinks and hopefully bringing you amusement. They were brought to life by the talent of the mighty Drew Pocza. We hope you like them!

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DDOcast Episode 226 (07-23-11)

0:42 Intro
2:36 DDO News
10:10 DDOcast Annoucement: Introducing our Mascots!
11:40 Sponsor Break
12:51 Cannith Crafting Q&A Special
25:49 DDO Poetry Corner with Skaggy the Poet
30:17 Epic Education with Shamgar
40:53 Premium Perspective with Ecgric
53:21 Round Table Talk: DDO & Game Videos
1:00:35 DDO Community News
1:09:22 What’s New in DDO with Us
1:11:12 General Gaming News
1:17:18 DDOcast Mail & Messages
1:24:37 Last Call Outs
1:26:59 Closing

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TOTAL TIME: 1:29:48

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DDO Update 10 Patch 2 Notes for Live Servers!

Update 10 Patch 2 Release Notes for Dungeons & Dragons Online! These release notes were posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011.

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DDO Store Summer Specials – Week 4

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Cannith Crafting: A Live BETA

Disclaimer: I’m going to brag a bit. You know, just to get it out of my system. And then I promise to move on to what I’m really trying to say. So if you don’t like bragging farts, stop reading here and feel free to skip down to the next section if it pleases you. 🙂 So I’ve been playing MMOs for about 12 years now. I do not have enough fingers on my hands to count the number of closed betas I’ve been in. I consider myself lucky to be invited to test so many MMOs. Today, I don’t do much beta testing. I sometimes miss it, at other times I’m glad I have the free time to do other things.

Cannith Crafting: A Live BETA

So when Cannith Crafting was put on the live servers in a BETA format, it was the first time I’ve heard of a MMO subsystem being tested in such a fashion. It’s highly unorthodox to release sub-systems into the live arena, but in the case of the Cannith crafting system I can understand why, what they had to gain (and potentially lose) from doing it. There are also some interesting unexpected results from using this method of “live” beta testing.

The Reason: Not Enough Testers

In huge games like WoW (nearly 12 million Players) or even Aion (3 million players), the response to a beta-testing call-to-arms is astounding. Typically a percent of the player base are also closed beta testers and able to see content months in advance (but only after rigorous NDA agreements are signed). If we assume that only one half of a percent (0.5%) MMORPG’s population are close beta testers that would be nearly 60,000 beta players for a game like WoW. (1)

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Lamannia Crafting Event! Wed, July 20th @ 7pm-10pm EST

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Wednesday, July 20th 404error (Turbine QA Rep) will be online on Lamannia to give out some platinum for crafting purchases and a small bit of XP. The ‘granting’ sessions will be fairly short and followed by some ‘challenge’ sessions.

When: Wednesday, July 20th, 7pm to 10pm EST (GMT-0400)
Where: House Kundarak Enclave, on the steps near the the Guild Vendors.

For the first hour 404error will be standing on a platform and will teleport people to me who are in the need of platinum or leveling. Players are limited to a single account and a single character when asking for leveling.

After the first hour, the event will move to the dias in House Kundarak for some fun. Bring your best stuff, as 404error will be bringing some of his “friends”, hoping to be able to provide you with a challenge. You will very likely want to be playing a level 15 or higher character when the challenges start.

Read more info on the forums here >>

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DDO Update 10 Patch 2 Now on Lamannia

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Posted on the DDO forums by Tolero, some notable updates for crafting >>

  • Fixed an issue where 100% of required ingredients would be consumed from crafting bags upon a crafting failure.
  • Fixed an issue that caused more ingredients than intended to be used when crafting greensteel gloves.
  • Experience and gold is no longer awarded upon shard and crafted item deconstruction.
  • Recipes requiring arrows will now automatically add ingredients when selected. Arrows can also be dragged manually into crafting devices.
  • Crafting and deconstruction UIs will no longer need to be closed and reopened after use.
  • Items acquired from the crafting tutorial are now Bound to Character.
  • Adamantine Ore will now stack high enough to allow the stacks to be used for certain Construct Bane crafting recipes.
  • +3 Tomes are no longer an ingredient option to acquire Purified Eberron Dragonshard Fragments.
  • Two new items can now be purchased from Silver Flame and Yugoloth patron vendors called “Mark of the Silver Flame” and “Mark of the Yugoloth” that can be used for high-level Cannith crafting recipes. These items can also be found randomly in chests and end rewards. Randomly-acquired marks are unbound, while vendor-purchased marks are Bound to Account.
  • Several high level Cannith crafting recipes have had their ingredient requirements changed, including shards for Holy Burst and Attack Bonus +4.
  • Cannith Crafting ingredients have returned to chests.
  • Purified Eberron Dragonshard Fragments can now appear in chests and end rewards.

Updated Lamannia Known Issues List Here >>

Learn How to Access the DDO Lamannia Client Here >>

Learn How to Report DDO bugs on Lamannia Here >>

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DDOcast 225

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Episode 225 is ready! Here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3. You can find DDOcast on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and Cyberears.com.

This week Sig and Anne are joined by Turbine Reps Tolero, Cordovan and ProducerGlin in honor of DDO Podcasting Month! We get the skinny on U10.1 Crafting Issues, ProducerGlin goes over his EU PR trip, DDO news and events. In our Round Table, Sig talks about community relations with Tolero and Cordova. We also have DDO Poetry Corner and Epic Education goes over on how to do a Speed Shroud!

Today’s Music GAME ON by The Guild (feat. Sandeep PAH-REEK & Felicia Day) If you don’t know who or what The Guild is…What rock have you been living under? They’ll be premiering their latest Season Five on July 26th!! (WOOT!) The Guild is a independent sitcom web series about a group of online gamers. You can find more info about them on their website at http://www.watchtheguild.com/. You can also purchase the song and video of GAME ON and on iTunes and Amazon.

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DDOcast Episode 225 (07-16-11)

0:39 Inro
4:35 ProducerGlin Talks: Trip, Cannith Crafting Issues, and Fixes in the Pipe
13:56 DDO News: Cannith Crafting Issues, Bugs, etc
28:50 DDO Store News & Sales
34:27 ProducerGlin Parting Shots
36:57 Back to DDO Store Sales
37:28 DDOcast News: We’ve ordered Art!
39:35 Sponsor Break
41:24 Round Table Talk with Cordovan and Tolero on Community Relations (not a euphemism)
55:19 Epic Education with Shamgar
1:15:15 DDO Poetry Corner with Skaggy
1:20:32 DDO Community News
1:31:15 What’s New in DDO with Us
1:38:48 Crunchy Bits Mail Bag: Ninjas & Fighters
1:54:56 General Gaming News
2:00:33 DDOcast Messages & Mail
2:01:23 Last Call: Please test on Lamannia! Pretty Please?!
2:01:56 Closing

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TOTAL TIME: 2:03:30

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CtH ep 57, Music To Game To

Warning: The show is going out a little rougher than I like because I wanted to get the Lamania info out to as many people as possible! Hope to see a few of you in the crafting hall tomorrow! Welcome to the DDO Cocktail Hour where we discuss the social aspects of Dungeons and Dragons Online, Eberron Unlimited. This week, the team takes a look at the different styles of music that DDO players listen to while gaming! (The Sorcerer cast had to be rescheduled due to work conflicts!) There is a mini celebration, a special announcement, and some good listener mail as well! Listen as Samius Gurobo flails! Thanks so much for listening! Intro: Beer Beer Beer, By Marc Gunn (Thanks for that!) Voyager?Mini Celebration! Thanks so much to all ten of our listeners for making us #10 on Cyberears! (haha, #9 now!)Sorc cast has been postponed!Adan Maskerys Alcoholic Apothecary Spoiler: Next show Adan is a guest and talks about P&P and the big gaps between DDO and table top gaming. Twitter Question GAME: Put your iPod/ MP3 player on shuffle and list the first three songs that pop up! Kalaris Podcast: Kals Den! Kalari has a Podcast! Its edgy, honest, and full of opinion! A Must Listen for hard-core DDO Fans! Lessah from the DDO Cocktail HourKals Den mmosmacktalk.com/kalsden/ Lessahs Live Shuffle train-wreck extravaganza! People who get shout-outs for expanding my iTunes Library: Dancheney One Republic Good lifeLadyallenya Foo Fighters Learn To FlyBgross74 Daughtry What About Now (outstanding band choice and winner of 500 TP!!!) Urufist- Ben Folds Love Can Leave You Bruised (I picked up You Dont Know Me at All Cause Ben Folds is pretty good! Thanks!) Teppotstic Richard Cheese Crazy (I did not add this, but it was so insane I wanted everyone to hear it!) CSIStormreach T Pain Live Your Lifehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?vKorthos Cast, DDO Kobay (has launched his very own podcast!) Email: Renaissances Fair Cast & Celtic Cast: Marc GunnRenaissance Festival Podcastrenaissancefestivalmusic.com Marc Gunns Podcast, Irish and Celtic Music! marcgunn.comHe will be playing at Gen Con this year! Look for him and throw money at him! Email: Tanks are cool, so is sunderEmail: Lessahs Voice is awesome! Forums: Lawsuit! Socky vs Arraetrekos, By the King of CheeseLamania, Drunken Crafting!

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July 2011 Risia Ice Games

Ice Skates

Risia Ice Games are Back! July 18th through July 31st

Visit the Harbor to test your skill on the massive ice jump near the harbormaster’s house or simply enjoy some smooth skating on the rink near the lighthouse. For those craving more excitement, head to House Phiarlan and show your moves on the icy half-pipe. Collect the white, blue, and purple coins to barter with the wizard Jack Frostbite for icy gifts at the lighthouse.

Learn How to Tackle the Ski Jumps On YouTube >> 

DDOWiki’s Risia Ice Game Page With Crafting Summay >>

Risia Ice Games DDO Store Items >>

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DDO CtH ep 56, Tank Talk

CTH, Episode 56 To Tank or Spank, That is the question Welcome to the DDO Cocktail Hour where we discuss the social aspects of Dungeons and Dragons Online, Eberron Unlimited. This week we welcome special guest Tobril to the show! The team talks about what it means to be a tank in DDO (their version of it at least) as well as the different ways you can be tank and some basics of building, feats, and playstyle. Listen as Lessah repeatedly picks fights with Samius Gurobo over feats and starting stats! Alsoany time Lessah uses the phrase I am a fan you must take a drink if you are over 21 and NOT DRIVING! ! Thanks so much for listening! 01:10:5600:01:00 Intro: The Mantle of the Worldshaper is Mine, by 00:02:10 A rant about Netflix (I guess we wont get the sponsorship then eh)00:04:15 Samius and Tobrils Power Point Presentation regarding their End Of The World Exit Strategy (This time with Zombie footnotes!)00:05:38 Adan Maskerys Alcoholic Apothecary Clankys Mojohttp://happyduelingddo.blogspot.com/ 00:08:24 Beckets Massive Online gamer covers Lessahs Static Group http://www.beckettmedia.com/magazine-subscriptions/promotions/massive-online-gamer/promo-2600:09:05 Completionist, Sorcs make Samius Gurobo want to set himself on fire. 00:10:25 Spoiler: Next show Caster Focused and a public plea for Kudesnik and Jupiterspinning to be on the show. 00:11:38 Twitter Question: What is your Go-To weapon? (For the record: Pork Sword may or may not be related to the Club of The Holy Flame, from Deleras.)A half-orcs Intimidate score is directly related to status of his pants. 00:18:52 The Friendly Necro takes Lessah to the Candy Shop 00:23:38 Twitter Question: What is your preference Class/ Race, for building a tank.Tank Talk! 00:29:50 Starting Stats Opinions: 32 Point Bld vs 28 pt Bld, Int/ Dex (+Lessah picks a fight with Samius over her controversial opinion on wisdom… muhahaha)00:36:30 What is more important Str vs Con (goals)00:41:45 Hot bar 1/2/3/4/5/6 What are they? (How you play is important and Lessah picks a BIG fight with both guys about Improved Trip.)00:50:42 Inventory Management. (You need more than weapons.)00:57:31 Intimidate Score: Goal 69 baby! (Not as easy as it sounds)00:58:34 AC to do it or not to it. 01:00:49 Shield debate do it or dont 01:02:53 Final Thoughts, Words of Wisdom, Save the Cheerleader, Save the World (Also known as: Control the Aggro, Control the Fight) Forums: Junts Guide to Creating Paladins http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?p=2611600#post2611600 Sublime, Immovable Object Permadeath Build Otherwise known as the poo-mans AC tank! (Thanks Chai!)http://thesublimeguild.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1992 Lessahs Blog of stuff you should be carrying! (For what its worth…) http://my.ddo.com/lessah/2011/03/03/notes-from-a-professional-tank-4/ Quickndirty, another gimp intimitank! http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=245032 IntimDC Thread davidcampa http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=245254 What the DDO Wiki has to say about HATE! http://ddowiki.com/page/HateOtherwise known as the Haters Gonna Hate page! 01:06:30 Reach us at: 90IPWNU00/ 904-796-8001 Follow us on Twitter@Lessah http://twitter.com/Lessah@SamiusGurobo http://twitter.com/SamiusGuroboEmail Us! Lessah@ddococktailhour.comSamius@ddococktailhour.com

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Scheduled Maintenance: Monday, July 18th from 6:00 to 10:00 Eastern (-4 GMT)

The DDO Game Servers, forums, Wiki, and http://myaccount.turbine.com will be offline for maintenance on Monday, July 18th from 6:00 to 10:00 Eastern (-4 GMT). Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you back in the game soon!

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DDO Store Sales 7/13-7/21: Hearts of Wood & Hair Styles!

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FordyTwo Looking for Feedback on Favored Soul 101

FordyTwo, Turbine Community Rep, needs your help in writing about Favored Souls for another 101 Compendium article:

Howdy! Our next 101 class guide is for the favored soul, and we’d love to hear your feedback.

Notes of Interest:

  • If you have a one or two sentence tip for newbie favored souls, do share! We’ll have an “Every favored soul should know …” section at the beginning of the guide providing some of these helpful tips.
  • This Favored Soul 101 feedback includes: a basic overview of styles of play for favored souls, an general overview of ability scores and basics on skills and spells.
  • Why go elf and TWF scimitars with our template? Our previous templates have all been human, so we wanted to add a little flavor this time around. Additionally, new players using this guide are already investing in the favored soul class, which likely means they’ve paid for it. We didn’t want to pile paying for warforged on top of that.

Give your best tips on tricks for beginning Favored Souls on the DDO Forums >>

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DDO Release Notes: Update 10 Patch 1

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Update 10 Patch 1 Release Notes for Dungeons & Dragons Online are now available for the Live Servers! These release notes were posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011 after today’s patch. All worlds are now available as of 11:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT).

Read the Full Release Notes Here >>