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Archive for January, 2013

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U17 NEW augment system + my main = Panic!

You can read the offical announcement here: http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=404669I’m excited. This new augment system consolidates and replaces two systems I never used: EPIC and GUILD crafting.EPIC CRAFTING was fun to read about. I thought lon…

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Crunchy Bits: Midwinter Games Loot

Cormyrian Midwinter Festival

Midwinter Games

Midwinter Ice Races is a new kind of seasonal event held in the iced-over Starwater River of Eveningstar, coincidentally conducted around the same time of year as the Risia Ice Games. Adventurers can run through the course of ice & illusions to compete for prizes.

  • Score by getting Snow Flakes – There are four types of snowflakes, each worth different amounts of points.
    • Bronze – 1 point
    • Silver – 13 points
    • Gold – 27 points
    • Purple – 42 points
    • Finishing the Course in the 3 minutes time limit – 100 points (The double points works on this also, so +200 if you complete while you have it)
  • Buffs – These will be randomly located about the course like the snowflakes, touch them to activate.
    • Super Speed Boost (Green orb) – Effect: +30% Melee speed, +50% enhancement bonus to Run speed, Duration: 6 seconds.
    • Super Jump (Blue orb) – Effect: +30 jump skill, moon jump and Featherfall, Duration: 4 seconds, similar to the buff as found in Challenges, though shorter duration. Jumping super high is neccesary to collect a couple of the static purple snowflakes now, so get these and time your jumps well.
    • Double Points (Appears as a large bright white spark randomly) – Duration: 15 seconds
    • Midwinter Vole (CR 23, Animal type, Rat race) – Hit any of these once to get both Double Points and Super Speed instantly. They can be killed, but you are not intended to do so, as they have several thousand hitpoints and give no reward for being killed. A single melee hit, even a grazing hit will be enough to trigger the buff.
  • Game Score and Reward Tier
    • When Brace’s buff wears off or you’ve completed the race, you’ll receive rewards like midwinter motes & recipes based on how well you scored.
    • Motes received are always 1/3 Score point rounded down. Lower scores are supposed to grant lower-tier Recipes, however it seems quite random.

Midwinter Race Game Rewards

You can exchange motes for wonderful wintery prizes! Here are the items you can get and their mote cost:

  • Polar Bear Cub – 10,000 Motes
  • 50 Midwinter Snowballs – 500 motes
  • Lolth Spider Queen Cookie – 280 Motes
  • Fire Shield Pot – 120 motes
  • Potion of Resist Fire/Cold – 60 Motes
  • Greater Protection Fire/Cold – 90 Motes
  • Add Resistance to Fire/Cold Upgrades to Armor, Shield or Robe only
    • This is an Inherent Elemental Resistance (Insight bonus) added to your randomly-generated items. Cost for Upgrades are as follows
      • 1 point resist – Recipe, 45 Motes
      • 3 points of resist – Recipe, 90 Motes (135 cumulatively)
      • 5 points of resist – Recipe, 180 Motes (315 cumulatively)
      • 7 points of resist – Recipe, 360 Motes (675 cumulatively)
      • 10 points of resist – Recipe, 720 Motes (1,395 cumulatively)
  • Add Festival Glaciation Upgrade to Armor, Sheild, or Robes only
    • This adds an equipment bonus to cold Spell Power added to your randomly-generated items. IMPORTANT: Festival Glaciation will increase the minimum level of your item to the value listed in parentheses. Upgrade cost is as follows, just click on the image to zoom in for details:

sp gain and mote cost per min level

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DDOcast 266

Sig & Anne with Geoff Hanna (from http://www.ddogamer.com/) and Patrick aka “Shamgar” from Epic Education (http://my.ddo.com/pjstechie/) go over the latest DDO news, we speculate about Update 17, goodies found in the new Midwinter Festival mini-game. We even have time to dive into the Lightning Post mailbag to help a player on how to splash Arcane Archer in their divine caster builds.

NOTE: sorry about some of the quality, Sig’s connection was really slow and so he sounds like he’s being sucked out of the Matrix in some parts!

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My first time Tomb of the crimson heart

Yeah yeah, I was gonna do the whole chain last night but I got a late start. Makes for a short post anyway. I put the wife and kids to bed and hopped onto DDO later than I intended. I’ve completed these quests before (Necro 1) but I did it as part of a…

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The DDO Chronicle: Issue 27 is now available!

Click here for the latest community news, events, and more from the world of Dungeons & Dragons Online!

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Scheduled Server Downtime 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) Monday, January 14th

The DDO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, January 14 from 7:00 – 10:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) for a hotfix. Lamannia will remain up and available during the downtime. Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you back in the game soon!

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DDO now and forever!

DDO tonight! DDO forever!Tonight: It’s been a week since I’ve played, and months since I’ve played uninterrupted. But tonight is DDO-nite!I stopped because of computer problems. An error message that announced every five miniutes that Windows Explorer …

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Never be Unprepared!

20% Off Character Slots, SP Potions, & Much More! Jan 11 – 17

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DDO now and forever!

DDO tonight! DDO forever!Tonight: It’s been a week since I’ve played, and months since I’ve played uninterrupted. But tonight is DDO-nite!I stopped because of computer problems. An error message that announced every five miniutes that Windows Explorer …

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Crunchy Bits: DDO Doublestrike Mechanics

Doublestrike / Doublestike

Doublestrike gives you a percentage change to take an additional attack with your main hand melee weapon. If you have a 6% double strike then you will get a bonus attack roughly 6 out of 100 attacks. It does not impact ranged attacks, spells, off hand attacks, or attacks using special animations (like cleave, trip etc…) It will affect special attacks using standard animations such as smites or ki strikes.

The number of sources of doublestrike is small compared to many other bonuses you can get, but there are still quite a number of them in the game. Stacking rules for doublestrike have never been entirely verified by devs. It seems that differently typed double strike bonuses will stack and same type bonuses will not. Untyped bonuses only stack if they are from a different source, aka a weapon will stack with a feat will stack with an enhancement, but two feat bonuses without types will not stack. If they do not stack then you should get the largest bonus.

You can see your current double strike bonus by hovering over the BAB icon (its red) in the character sheet Stats page.

Types of Doublestrike in DDO

So lets go over the different sources of double strike and group them by what should not stack and order them from largest to smallest

Mystery Shield Bonus – An untyped 4% for using a shield

Competence Bonuses – Fighter Weapon Alacrity capstone (fighter 20) 10%

Sacred Bonuses – Paladin Zeal spell (level 14 pally) 10% (no scrolls, self only, temporary)

Insight Bonus – Monk Windstance  2.5%/5%/7.5%/10% levels 1/6/12/18 respectively

Morale Bonus

  • Shield Mastery / Improved Shield mastery  3%/8% when using a shield
  • Timeblade (longsword) 3%  /  Epic Timeblade 6%
  • Hellstroke Great Axe 3% / Epic 6%
  • Cutthroat’s Smallblade (shortsword) 3% / 6% with tier 3 upgrades
  • Swashbuckler (shield)  3% / 6% with tier 3
  • Alchemical Weapon (any) Teir 2 Martial Air 6%
  • Antipode, Fist of the Horizon (handwraps) 6%
  • Bard Warchanter 2 Inspire Recklessness song 5% (level 12)
  • Way of the Sun soul set bonus effect +6% (temporary)
  • Epic Spare hand (belt) 3%

Untyped type Class Feats/Enhancements

  • Natural Fighting 6%  (druid level 9) can be taken up to 3 times for 18% total
  • Ranger Tempest 3  (level 18)  5% when wielding two weapons
  • Rogue Opportunist feat  3%  (level 10)

Alchemical Bonus

  • Fabricator’s Bracers with Combat Infusion 5% (temporary)

Untyped epic Destinies  (seem to stack with non epic sources)

  • Sentinel : Legendary Shield Mastery 6% when using a shield
  • Legendary Dreadnaught: Lightning Mace 15% bonus after Vorpal strike for 6 seconds
  • Grandmaster of Flowers: Hail of Blows 3%
  • Grandmaster of Flowers: running with the Wind 3% (in wind stance)

Profane Bonus

  • Shadowdancer: ShadowTraining 4 3% (certain light weapons only, temporary)

So who can have the most double strike?

Druids are king of full time double strike, but shield base builds, monks and two-weapon fighters are in the top ranking for doublestrke efficiency.
Shield based

  • +18 if you take three levels of natural fighting: 18%
  • If you use a shield you can get +8 from shield mastery (another two feats) and the +4 base shield bonus giving you 30%
  • Legendary shield mastery stacks for another 6% taking you to 36%
  • +3 Twist Hail of Blows for
  • 39%

Monk Multiclass

  • +18 for natural fighting
  • +5 for second tier wind stance
  • +3 from Hail of blows, and +3 from Running with the Wind
  • +6 from an item for
  • 35%

Each could squeeze in temporary bonuses from Shadowndancer and Combat infusion for a short term max of 47% though it would be quite unreliable to get it and only last seconds.

After the druids you would have shield using fighters and paladins, then non druid wind monks.

Anything you can do that bumps attack speed will also enhance double strike. Monk unarmed and Druid wolf forms both have faster than usual attack animations, Rogues and Fighters can get combat speed boost enhancements (also available in the dreadnaught line).

Ultimate double strike build?  Probably a half orc Druid with a splash of rogue and or fighter wielding a shield in wolf form.

Thanks to the DDOWiki and SteeleTrueHeart for their hard work in collecting and testing information about Doublestrike!

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DDO Game Servers Restart 7:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) Wednesday, January 9th

The DDO Game servers will be brought down at 7:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) on Wednesday, January 9th for a restart. Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you back in the game soon! Please note that it may take up to an hour for guild airship amenities to repopulate once the servers are reopened. 

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The Midwinter Festival and Risia Ice Games have arrived!

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DDOcast 265

This episode Sig and Anne with Geoff (from http://www.ddogamer.com/) go over DDO 2012 in review from Update 13, through Update 14 with MOTU and Update 15, and finally to the current update, Update 16.

We also have a nice Crunchy Bits on Doublestrike in addition our regular DDO game news and community news.

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The DDO Chronicle: Issue 26 is available now!

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Server Bounce 7:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) Wednesday, January 2

The DDO Game servers will be brought down for a restart on Wednesday, January 2nd at 7:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT). We anticipate the downtime to last no longer than an hour. Please note that because of the bounce, airship amenities may take up to an additi…

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