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Festivult Jester Build!

Now with Simulated Drunken Stupor!

The jester is drunk and he trades cookies for coin, hard to say what class that is so its pretty much up to you.  I went with a Wizard with two levels or Arty up front

My thinking is since the jester wears robes, I want a robe wearing class. I like the idea that as an artificer he makes goodies, and it gives me haggle as a class skill which seems appropriate. Wizard will give him access to the majority of the cookie spells. I went for pale master and be a zombie Festivult Jester which looks just a bit like a drunken stupor that you find the Jester in, but also because I just like pale masters a lot.

Mechanically, artificer-wizard is probably a little weaker than rogue-wizard. You miss out on evasion and a few skill points. What you gain is a nice starter weapon with the repeaters, access to rune arms as spell enhancing weapons, a tiny umd bump, and more spell points. In either case you get UMD and trap skills which are a nice side line for a caster. While evasion is unquestionably superior in end game, the cross bow and rune are are simply a lot of fun and make playing a low level caster a breeze.

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CTH, Episode 60 Merry FestivultThe Gamers Prayer By SargorethOur Father who art uberl33t,Pwnage be thy name,Your level cap come,Your roll be won,On Eberron as it is on the Celestial Plane,Give us this raid our epic lewt,And forgive us our epic failz,As…

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DDOcast 243

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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 243 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 we’ve got a special Festivult Episode just for you! Sig and Anne also bring you the latest DDO news from Turbine and the community! We also have some great segments from Skaggy, Ecgric and Shamgar!

This episode’s music is ITS BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE FISHMEN from the H.P. Lovecraft Socieity’s Holiday album A VERY SCARY SOLSTICE. You can buy this album and learn more about HPLS at http://www.cthulhulives.org/

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DDOcast Episode 243 (12-17-11)

0:00:39 Intro
0:01:34 DDO News
0:04:56 DDOcast News
0:05:19 A Message from the Kobold Relief Fund
0:07:36 Sponsor Break
0:09:02 What is FESTIVULT?
0:13:26 Skaggy the Poet’s DDO Poetry Corner
0:17:44 Ecgric’s Premium Perspective:
0:23:47 Shamgar’s Epic Education
0:33:18 Whatcha been doing in DDO?
0:36:14 Sponsor Break: Dangerous Cookies?!
0:38:41 DDO Community News
0:46:25 Sponsor Break: Festivult Coin Collector Set!
0:47:40 Crunchy Bits Build: Festivult Jester Build
0:58:22 Lightning Post: Festivult Poetry, Raid Rewards, Assasin Trap Monkeys!
1:07:51 DDO Festivult Poetry: The Night Before Patch Day
1:10:30 General Gaming News
1:12:14 Playing First Edition AD&D!
1:15:36 Closing

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TOTAL TIME: 1:18:10

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LINK for Mjoll’s Monster Information Project

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DDOcast 243 - A DDO Podcast!

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Dec 17 @ 3PM EST: Live DDOcast 243!

Join us for a bit of Festivult cheer this Saturday!  We got Hotfix news, poems, Festivult Crunchy Bits build, and more!

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Annual X-mas Wizards of the Coast Layoffs

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Today, Wizards of the Coast eliminated my position. I have unfortunately been let go, after more than 20 years of employment with TSR/WotC.

Rich Baker @ Wizards Community Blog

Rich was at the forefront of Wizards of the Coast’s range of Forgotten Realms and core Third Edition D&D accessory books, and author of several novels set in and below Faerûn. He also answered questions about the Forgotten Realms at the Wizards website’s forums – see the below external links. He also headed design on the 4th edition D&D iteration of the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, along with numerous other credits for that edition of the game.

Also rumored to be let go was Steve Winter who joined TSR in 1981 as Games Editor.

Right on schedule WotC:

You can follow the Dec 2011 Layoff discussion at ENWorld’s Forum.

Nearly an annual trend ever since Hasbro acquired Wizards of the Coast in 1999 and it looks like there are not many of the old D&D guard on the permanent payroll.

 

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Dec 14, 2011 DDO Hotfix for Challenges: Update 12, Patch 2

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Today’s Hotfix is now up! Official Release Notes for Update 12, Patch 2 are found here.

Challenges

  • Fixed several “String table” errors on challenge items and augment slots.
  • Characters can no longer be power-leveled in challenges.

Items

  • Existing cookie jars should now contain the new cookies properly.
  • There are now recipes to turn in old Stormreaver and Black Abbot raid loot items to grant them the “upgradeable” effect, which will allow them to be upgraded with Seals from the Hard/Elite difficulty modes of those raids.
  • Three items from the Black Abbot raid (Breeze, Enduring Conviction, and Unwavering Ardency) were only appearing in upgradeable form on Normal difficulty. Now the upgradeable versions are available on Hard and Elite as well.
  • The Tinker’s Finesse set bonus now correctly grants the wearer True Seeing.

Known Issues can be found here!

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Festivult Cookies & Cakes for Dec 2011

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Hey DDO Fans and DDOcast Listeners,

Here are the list of cookies and cakes for this year’s Festivult in December 2011. I’ve included the whole list, including the five new ones and the updated ones (only two really). Enjoy!

Icon Name Spell
New Cookies
Kobold Cookie Kobold Cookie Wondrous Power: kobold jumping powers & a purple crystal. Used in Collection Challenges.
Lord of Blades Cookie Lord of Blade Cookie Wondrous Power: Adventure Area Slayer Boost 10% for 30 min
Madusa Cookie Medusa Cookie Flesh to Stone
Taken Cookie Taken Cookie Wondrous Power: it will make you look “Absolutely Fabulous”
Toven d'Cannith Cookie Toven d’Cannith Cookie Radiant Forcefield
Updated Cookies & Cakes
cookie Mabar, The Endless night Jelly Cake Wail of the Banshee
cookie Shavarath, The Battleground Jelly Cake Blade Barrier
Festivult Cookies
cookie Arraetrikos Cookie Meteor Swarm
cookie Beholder Cookie Disintegrate
cookie Black Abbot Cookie Stoneskin
cookie Black Abishai Cookie Remove Fear
cookie Blue Abishai Cookie Blur
cookie Green Abishai Cookie Neutralize Poison
cookie Hezrou Cookie Infernal Power
cookie Queen Lailat, the Marilith Cookie Burning Blood
cookie Red Abishai Cookie Protection from Energy: Fire
cookie Stormreaver Cookie Call Lightning Storm
cookie Succubus Cookie Mass Charm Monster
cookie Suulomades Cookie Freedom of Movement
cookie Velah, the Red Dragon Cookie Cometfall
cookie Warforged Titan Cookie Titan’s Grip
cookie White Abishai Cookie Fire Shield (cold version)
cookie Xyzzy Cookie Bee Breath
Festivult Cakes
cookie Daanvi, the Perfect Order Jelly Cake Defender of Law
cookie Dal Quor, the Region of Dreams Jelly Cake Wondrous Power: Diseased, but gain some spell points afterwards
cookie Dolurrh, the Realm of the Dead Jelly Cake Death Ward
cookie Fernia, the Sea of Fire Jelly Cake Fire Shield (fire version)
cookie Irian, the Eternal Day Jelly Cake Sunburst
cookie Kythri, the Churning Chaos Jelly Cake Hound of Chaos
cookie Lamannia, the Twilight Forest Jelly Cake Spike Growth
cookie Risia, the Plane of Ice Jelly Cake Ice Storm
cookie Syrania, the Azure Sky Jelly Cake Jump
cookie Thelanis, the Faerie Court Jelly Cake Prismatic Spray
cookie Xoriat, the Realm of Madness Jelly Cake Otto’s Sphere of Dancing
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No Live Show This Week! Next Show: Dec 17th

Hey DDO Fans!  Just wanted to let you that there is no Live show tomorrow, we’re out enjoying some holiday fun with our family and friends!  Our next live show will be on Saturday, December 17th @ 3pm EST (Noon PST / GMT -5).  We hope you’re enjoying the season!

Merry Festivult from Arraetrikos!

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Happy DDO Patch Day: Update 12 Patch 1

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Update 12 Patch 1 Release Notes for Dungeons & Dragons Online are now on the LIVE servers! These release notes were posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011. These notes are subject to changes and additions. Read the original release notes here!

Of Special Note

Challenges

  • Four new weapons have been added to the Challenge vendors: A greataxe, khopesh, longbow, and rapier.
  • Level 8, 12, and 16 Challenge loot now has a Craftable effect that allows players to craft effects onto them with Cannith Crafting. Level 20 Challenge items will not get the Craftable effect, but will instead gain a second Augment slot; at tier two, the slot is colorless, at tier three a specific color (red, blue, yellow, or green) will be granted, depending on the item. Upgrading an item to tier three will make the item Bound to Character.
  • Consumables, from normal in-game potions to items that grant Crafting Essences, or small XP bonuses, are now available from Challenge Traders.
  • Challenge Supply Vaults now give multiple rewards when opened, and their contents have been weighted towards more interesting results.
  • All level eight, twelve, and sixteen Challenge loot items can now be upgraded.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some named Challenge items from being sold to vendors.
  • Previously-earned Star Objectives now award XP, although at a lower amount than for a first completion. XP will no longer be earned immediately upon completing a star objective, but will instead be rewarded upon completion of the Challenge.
  • Enemy casters have gained several caster levels.
  • The minimum level required to open Supply Chests has been reduced.
  • Challenge ingredients are now Bound to Account.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Kobold Healing powerups from working correctly in some Challenges.
  • Players can now exchange 20 of one Challenge ingredient for 10 of another Challenge ingredient. The ingredients available for conversion are based on the level range of the ingredient, so ingredients that are awarded from high-level Challenges can be used to get other high-level Challenge ingredients, etc.
  • Some Challenge creatures have been weakened slightly.
  • The Life Replenish powerup will now heal for its entire sixty-second duration.

Extraplanar

  • The Extraplanar Challenge Marilith and Lich bosses have been weakened a bit, and the spawn frequency of Fire Reavers, Ice Flensers, Succubi, and Jariliths has been reduced.

Kobold Island

  • The goal in Kobold Island: Short Cuts has been lowered to 300 Dragonshards, and the goal in the Epic version of Short Cuts has been lowered to 500 Dragonshards.
  • Kobold Island Challenge Extractors are now considered to be “buildings” for most spell effects, and no longer take some spell effects. Extractors can still be Repaired.
  • The objective panel in the Epic Kobold Island challenges now report the correct values.
  • Small Extractors will now display the correct map note icon when under attack.
  • Depleted Portals in Kobold Island: Short Cuts will no longer mysteriously become usable again.
  • A sub-menu has been created in the Extractors challenges that offer links to DDO Store items associated with the Kobold Island Challenges.
  • Smaller parties will be less likely to face two bosses guarding Large Extractors.
  • Killing monsters will now award points in all Kobold Island Challenges. Normal monsters will award one point, minibosses will award five points, and bosses will award ten points.
  • It is no longer possible to succeed at getting a Star for not having an Extractor destroyed, if an Extractor is destroyed, in Kobold Island: The Disruptor.

Lava Caves

  • Kobolds in the Lava Caves with giant crystals on their backs will now use kobold teleporters if the teleporters are located inside of power circles. These crystals are too large to go through regular, non-empowered kobold teleporters, however.

Dr. Rushmore’s Mansion

  • Skeleton Key Crests now properly state that they can only be used once per run.
  • Fixed a location where it was possible for characters to become stuck.
  • An optional gate now properly awards time when opened.
  • Enemies will now spawn properly when using teleporters.
  • Gargoyles will no longer drop collectibles that cannot be picked up.

Additional News & Notes

Combat

  • Fixed a bug that was causing stealthed monsters to be visible, but untargetable.

DDO Store

  • Many weapons, armor and shields that can be purchased from the DDO Store can now be sold to vendors in the game.
  • DDO Store Rune Arms are now Bound to Character.

Events

  • The Risian Altar now uses the barter system.
  • The planes of Eberron are shifting, and Festivult cookies and cakes have undergone changes, as usual.

Items

  • Armors that saw their colors change in Update 12 are now colored correctly again.
  • Epic Challenge loot can now be cleared using an Altar of Epic Rituals.
  • The Ring of the Master Artificer (levels 16 and 20) and the Mournlode breastplate (levels 16 and 20) are now Exclusive.
  • Level 20 Calomel Handwraps now properly grant the Lifedrinker effect.
  • The Weaken Undead property on the level 16 and 20 versions of the Mournlode Chain and Mournlode Docent now apply properly to undead enemies.
  • The Epic Mournlode Breastplate can now be fully upgraded.
  • Level 16 Mournlode Warhammers, Mauls, Longswords, and Greataxes now have Greater Undead Bane instead of normal Undead Bane.
  • Pirate’s Port will now only work in Crystal Cove.
  • Fixed a typo in the effect description for Ghostly.
  • The Tinker’s Finesse set bonus now works properly.
  • The Manslayer effect on the Stalker’s Ring now works correctly.
  • The Level 20 Frozen Tunic now grants Superior Ice Lore on its final tier upgrade.

Quests and Adventures

Phiarlan Carnival

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  • Fixed a crashing issue involving the Illusionary Guide.

Ruins of Gianthold

Reaver’s Fate
  • Upgrade tokens will now appear on Hard and Elite difficulties.

Secrets of the Artificers

The Master Artificer
  • An additional chest will now appear when the optional “Destroy Toven’s Soul-Clensing Device” is completed before Toven is confronted and beaten. Items to upgrade Toven’s Hammer can appear in this chest.

The Vale of Twilight

The Shroud
  • The normal end-reward list (not the 20th completion list) has been modified to offer better rewards. Vale of Twilight-specific items, and randomly-generated treasure, have been added to the mix. The chance of getting small or medium ingredients has decreased, and the chance of getting large ingredients has increased. The end reward list now also has a lower chance of producing duplicate items.

The Vault of Night

The Vault of Night
  • Velah’s eggs can now be targeted and selected.

Skills, Feats, and Enhancements

  • The Artificer Past Life feat now has the correct icon.

UI

  • A character’s name now displays as red when dead in the large vitals UI.
  • Fixed a string table error that displayed instead of “Upgrade” on the Shared Plat buy button.
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DDOcast 242

DOWNLOAD MP3 (Right click and "Save As")

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

Episode 242 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 about the latest patch, Update 12 Patch 1. We also have your regular goodies: DDO news from both Turbine and the community. And Skaggy’s got another great Poem for us!

This episode’s Music is NATURAL 20s by DUAL CORE from their 2009 album, NEXT LEVEL. Nerdcore specialists DUAL CORE, the duo made up of a programmer from Cincinnati, Ohio, known as Int Eighty, and a graphic designer from Manchester, England, dubbed C64. Their album themes are all geek and in the the musical styling of hip hop and rap. If you like what you hear, you can learn more about DUAL CORE and purchase their music at http://dualcoremusic.com/

Seeking DDO and D&D Holday Poems & Music!

Is your inner artist about to burst? Release and share! We’d love to hear your holiday poems or any other auditory delights (parody songs, orginal songs, fake commercials, and even comedy skits!) Record them and send them to us and we’ll play it!

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DDOcast Episode 242 (12-03-11)

0:00:52 Intro
0:01:22 DDO NEWS
0:08:16 DDOcast News
0:13:31 Sponsor Break
0:14:44 Update 12 Patch 1 Notes
0:22:05 DDO Poetry Corner
0:24:30 Whatcha been up to?
0:26:53 DDO Community News
0:35:19 General Gaming News
0:39:01 Closing

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TOTAL TIME: 00:41:23

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New Festivult 2011 Desktop Wallpaper!

The folks at DDO.com deliver us a holiday gift!

Festivult 2011

You can download more sizes for your desktop at the DDO.com site!

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DDOcast 242! Live on Sat, Dec 3rd

Are you enjoying your holidays? We are! Back from are turkey-trip, we’ll be going over Update 12, Patch 1 notes for you in your next episode of DDOcast!

And don’t forget to email us a screenshot of your coolest character for a random chance to win one of four 500 TP codes!

DDOcast 242 - A DDO Podcast!