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DDO News for Week of 10/23 to 10/29

No DDOcast this week!

Lantern Joe Episode 240 will be aired live on November 5th @ 3PM EST (Noon PST / GMT -4). Sig and I are off to enjoy our Anniversary! But don’t worry next week we’ll bring you more news on Update 12 on Lamannia.

This Week in DDO News

Update 12: Vaults of the ARtificers Officially Announced

DDO Update 12 Vaults of the ArtificersInfo on Update 12 was released today and officially titled Vaults of the Artificers! Update 12 will be coming soon to DDO live servers, but you can now preview it on the Lamannia servers.
Update 12 Summary here >>
Offical DDO U12 Annoucement >>

Update 12 Events on Lamannia: Oct 29th @ 12PM EST

We’re looking for players brave enough to face Challenges on Lamannia tomorrow, Saturday Oct 29th! Those who play the Challenges can receive treats for Lamannia and for their live characters too! Join myself and 404Error (And maybe other Devs) from 12:00 PM Eastern to- 4:00 PM Eastern as they hand out treats for good little adventurers!
Read more details at the DDO Lamannia Forums >>
Offical DDO U12 Announcement >>

Turbine’s 2011 Annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Air Ship Pumpkin CarvingIt’s that time of year again: the weather turns colder, the leaves turn colorful, and spooky fun turns up everywhere. It also means it’s the perfect time for a pumpkin carving contest! Turbine is looking for the best pumpkins in the following categories:

  • Asheron’s Call
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online
  • The Lord of the Rings Online

What you win for best DDO Pumpkin:

  • 3000 Turbine Points for the DDO Store
  • Custom Forum Title: “Dragonmark of Spooky (2010)

View Contest Details here >>
View Last Year’s Pumpkins here >>

DDO Dev Team describe Update 12’s Challenge quests!

U12 Tribute to Doctor Who - Time ChallengeDDO Design Director Ian “MadFloyd” Currie, Web Content Developer Kyle “FordyTwo” Horner, Associate Content Designer “FlimsyFirewood”, Content Designer Phil “The Rocking Dead” Speer, Senior Community Specialist Amanda “Tolero” Grow and (the heroically-named) Content Designer Steve “Steelstar” Rogers chat about time travelers, new Challenges, ogre bathroom breaks and much more in the latest Developer Q&A!
Read the Full Interview here >> 

Mabar Festival Now thru Nov 2nd!

You’ll know the festival is active when the sky above House Jorasco’s Airship Tower turns blood-red, and the undead take advantage of the endless night to roam freely through Delera’s Graveyard. The festival takes place primarily in the graveyard, so get your undead-slaying gear and make your way there! Everyone, including free players, can visit the public Graveyard even if they don’t own the Delera’s adventure pack!
Read More on the Mabar Festival here >>

Mabar Lag!

GOT LAGUsers reporting lag in the Mabar festival area and in the Spectral Dragon zone. MajMalphunktion responds: “My team does not create lag, and all I can do is report it.We are just one spoke in the wheel. The issue is more complex than ‘the dragon is out!!!’. We are working on it.”
Read & Comment on the Forums here >>

All U12 Challenge Quests now Open on Lamannia, including Epics!Lamannia

  • Lavacaves: Colossal Crystals – Huuuuuge Crystals have been discovered deep within the volcanic caverns. Kobolds love shiny crystals and the Union has decided that they MUST have one of them! Go Go Go!
  • Lavacaves: Time is Money – The Time Foreman is short on Crystals but has plenty of time to trade!How long can you last?
  • Lavacaves: Circles of Power – The Kobold Mining Union has found a large amount of crystals deep inside a volcanic cavern! Filled with dangerous enemies, the Union needs your help. Additionally, Mysterious circles of unknown energies can be found throughout the caves… Maybe it is possible to harness their power!
  • Extraplanar Mining: The Dragon’s Horde – The Kobold Mining Union is in need of your help once again! This time, they’ve chosen a new location to gather Crystals from…an Extraplanar Palace that the dragon Auraxyllon has created to store his wealth.
  • Extraplanar Mining: Labor Shortage – Back inside Auraxyllon’s Palace, a new Foreman has taken over the Union. Time is short and Crystals are still needed to meet the quota! Every second counts!
  • Extraplanar Mining: Buying Time – A grizzled old Commander Foreman is working with his crew on the Extraplanar Palace. Unfortunately, He is down to his last few workers and needs your help to fill his quota.

Read more about the Epic versions here >>

U12 Shroud Update on Lamannia Make us Cry with Joy!The Shroud Arraetrikos

  • When completing the Shroud, instead of a generic list of level-appropriate random gear, you will now get a selection of Shroud ingredients, which can include anything from small/medium/large ingredients to power cells, Shards of Power, and more!
  • Extra chests will appear at the end of phase 5 on higher difficulty settings
  • One additional chest will appear on hard difficulty
  • Two additional chests will appear on elite
  • Arraetrikos went on a diet, and now has fewer hitpoints on hard and elite.

Read more about the Shroud updates and comment at the Lamannia Forums >>

Update 12 on Lamannia Highlights: Update to +3 Tome Drops

U12 and +3 TomesUnbound +1 and +2 tomes now drop at slightly lower levels. Unbound +3 tomes can now drop in regular (high level) treasure. (That release note means “You can get them in lower level dungeons than before”. We basically shifted everything down a bit.)
Read up on the status of +3 Tomes in game >>

DDO Store Sale Items now thru Nov 3rd

20% off Favored Soul, Anti-Mummy Elixirs, Mummy Rot Cures, and Lesser Anti Beholder Crystals and fast travel items. Also get a free sample of Draught of Midnight with cupon code T5VB8D
More on DDO Store Sales >>

DDO Community News

The Eberron Chronicle – Another week of community highlights for DDO

Crafting with Courtney – Howling Wearwolf – +1 Screaming Module of Bleeding

Ten Ton Hammer’s Update 12 –  Vaults of the Artificers Hands-On Preview with Paiz & Glin

Massively’s Hands-on with Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Update 12: Vaults of the Artificers – Rubi Bayer goes over the highlights of Update 12

And of course…Happy Halloween!