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Appreciating DDO Wiki Behind the Curtain

“Edit wars” are ugly, nasty things, and I’ve seen them result in many hurt feelings. We try to avoid them as much as possible.

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Appreciating DDO Wiki Behind the Curtain

“Edit wars” are ugly, nasty things, and I’ve seen them result in many hurt feelings. We try to avoid them as much as possible.

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Seven Years in the Making

i teased this about a week ago, and now i will tell you the tale.  For the typical DDO’er this is probably not anything to write home (or online to share with the world) about, but for me it was a HUGE deal.  See, for all that i’ve been grinding through lives and levels almost since […]

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Seven Years in the Making

i teased this about a week ago, and now i will tell you the tale.  For the typical DDO’er this is probably not anything to write home (or online to share with the world) about, but for me it was a HUGE deal.  See, for all that i’ve been grinding through lives and levels almost since the very beginning (regrettably just a tad too late) i was never much of a raider (i.e. never ran any except a Tempest Spine six years ago, severely under-level Chronoscopes, and 2 Shroud runs).  But thanks to some serious time dedicated to a single character, and inclusion in a really active and vibrant guild, i finally felt like i could carry my weight in a 12-person group battling for epic supremacy.  Since then, i’m happy to say i can hang with the big dogs (or Wolfies) on Monday nights.  By “hang with” i mean “not be a huge burden” – these skilled vets are rolling along and defeating evil with aplomb.

So there i sat last week, tapping away about the awesome achievement of facing down an EH green dragon and overcoming the challenge.  i get a few lines in when my phone starts blowing up.

“Epic VON with the guild!” 10:09pm

“They are already on VON 2 but there is still room” 10:10pm

“On three now…” 10:11pm

By this point i’m like WTF is going on?  How are they doing it this quickly?!  i thought maybe they were blowing through flagging at the Heroic tier, something i did solo in about 20 minutes the other day so i’d be ready for this moment.  What was i to do?  Sit there and finish writing about a game or jump in there and do something?!

Well, as you may have surmised by now – both!

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If you stayed up extra late to read about our time purging the poisoned well, thank you.  This is what caused the delay.

By the time i logged on, my guildmates were standing around waiting to start the boss fight in VON2: The Prisoner…which took about 10 seconds on EH.  After that, we blew through VON4: Haywire Foundry, where i was happy to note that when we split up, i could still hold my own and contribute meaningful DPS.  At least, it seemed so to me.  It’s all relative – i was seeing way bigger numbers than i ever had before.  Note to PnP players – “splitting the party” does not equate to “guaranteed TPK” in this game.

So within a couple minutes, everyone is flagged.  All of this is old hat to me (not the Epic part, but the quests themselves).  Every toon i’ve ever brought to level range has been flagged just in case the opportunity arises, but the stars just never aligned for me.  To put it another way, i was too chicken to PUG it not knowing what i was doing.  i will admit that Wrongside, myself, and our buddy Daniam once entered the Vault of Night just to see what we could see.  Believe it or not, we managed to complete VON5 – the actual vault portion of the raid.  IIRC it took about oh…two hours or so fumbling and stumbling through it.  We were so jacked after that, ready to fight what at the time was the game’s only red dragon.  No problem, right?

We enter the Plane of Night.  Oooh.  Ahhh.  What a sight!  A pocket dimension basically in orbit around the planet far below.  Far enough below to see the curvature of it.  Armed with the knowledge that there are 3 pillars to be destroyed simultaneously, we split up and each head for one.

And then we got annihilated in short order.

“She breathes fire on you before you can fight her?  What’s going on?  The bridge is burning!  Uh-oh, i’m getting hit…”

Ding!

Ding! Ding!

Let’s put all that behind us, shall we?  This night was different.  Rolling with a guild in a full party rounded out by a pair of PUGgers, i had zero doubt we’d succeed.  If there was one downside, it’s that everyone knew the quest so well, i didn’t really have time to absorb any of what was going on while we ran it.  i did experience a moment of dread when i greedily clicked to pick up the enticing treasure bag i spotted and realized it was some sort of quest item signet ring.  Was i stuck with it?  Could it be traded to someone who knew what to do with it?  Thankfully, yes.  Whew!  Off the hook.

Finally, the big fight!

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Please ignore the party chat window – that was a technical error for Wolfie i swear!

Honestly, i don’t want to say i was underwhelmed or anything, but this was so much easier than i anticipated.  Over the years, i’ve read guides and strategies, tactics, what to expect, and so on and so forth.  But when it came right down to it, the great wyrm went down after a few minutes of the tanks whacking at her while the rest of us blasted the living heck out of her.  However, we did have to hide behind a rock for a few seconds every so often when someone would yell “Inferno!”

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Remind me again why there’s no dragons in the Monster Manual.  Seems like a glaring omission, no?

And that was that.  Two dragons in two days – i was pretty darn proud of myself.  The green one went down through a combination of guile, cunning, and frantically Wind Dancing around the cavern.  This red one went down through sheer overwhelming force.  And it was awesome.  i know it’s just a game, and this particular raid isn’t anything new, but man it felt freakin’ fantastic to run this one!

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Pwned.  Got a Flawless Red Dragon Scale too.  If only you could craft iridescent armor…

Afterwards, me and Wrongside hung around the Plane of Night to get some screenshots.  i didn’t realize there was a perfect vantage point underneath the battlefield, but thankfully Wrongside did and got a great one.

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You’ve come a long way, Wrongside Redd of Sarlona.

Since last week, Schir has acquired quite a taste for dragon slaying.  We ran another Epic VON just last night as a matter of fact, and this time i took advantage of the sweet spot as well.

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Master of Reality…getting there anyway.

We also got a guided tour of the Epic Gianthold courtesy of Reikenn, one of our guildmates.  He surprised us by plunging us into another pitched battle against a red dragon.

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I am Schir, and I am indeed Eberron’s mightiest Sorcerer!

What have i learned from all this dragon hunting?  Probably the most profound lesson is that it is good to find a group of cool people to game with.  My enjoyment of DDO took a quantum leap forward since getting recruited into the Sacred Flame Guardians, and running with these guys is such a blast.  Apologies to their alts (i’m still trying to figure out who’s who) but people like Wolfie, Reikenn, Aunslaut, Abbigaal, Celeste, Scentinel, Kantril, Carvur, Tuducken, Wyrmbud, Vladamirre, and many others have really amped up the fun factor for me.

Thanks for visiting!

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Coming up in the near future, i’ve got a great opportunity to interview our guild leader Wolfie right here on The Long Shot.  If you’ve been playing any length of time and PUGging any of that time, there’s a good chance you’ve run with him already.  He has been involved with gaming for quite a while.  He’s a great guy, terrific guild leader, and i don’t think you’ll be surprised to learn he’s pretty damn cool out of game too.  So i hope you come back around to learn more about him in the next week or so.

i’m still learning the ropes of this sort of gaming coverage, so my apologies for the awkward structure and whatnot.  i definitely want to give a huge shout out and big ups to EvenNote and the entire OurDDO project, and Gamer Geoff for helping keep a great community alive, and for including me in it.  Thanks so much!


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Hey Look…It’s My first Post

ravens

Just like every other decision in my life, I sit here agonizing over the supposed gravitas of this moment.  So let me say this: I am now a mewling babe of the blogosphere, here me roar :)

The inspiration of such an endeavor as this must have an epic origin story right?  A germination of life events worthy of Homer?.  Well, stuff happens in life, and my life is probably no more different than most.  I could of course fabricate some sort of mythos that has brought me to this point, but that would undermine the banality and pedestrian nature of the truth…

I lost my job, or as my outplacement 1-on-1 career counselor advises me to say, “I’m in transition”.  Oh, I also play and love a MMORPG called Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO), and recently the game’s hosted blog MyDDO went away.  It isn’t like I posted much on MyDDO (I’m not sure if I ever posted anything, actually); but with so many talented bloggers scattered across the internet like a galactic game of Jacks, there are a few who are trying to pickup the ball and all those displaced jacks, collecting and storing them in an awesome cosmic dice bag.

Which brings me to this:

DDO has cultivated such a rich and wonderful community in its 7 years, and me with some newly discovered time to both game and write, I feel compelled to contribute to this incredible tapestry.

So why couldn’t I just say this to begin with, along with being indecisive, I’m also pretty circuitous ;)

See you all soon!

.myrddinman

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Hey Look…It’s My first Post

ravens

Just like every other decision in my life, I sit here agonizing over the supposed gravitas of this moment.  So let me say this: I am now a mewling babe of the blogosphere, here me roar :)

The inspiration of such an endeavor as this must have an epic origin story right?  A germination of life events worthy of Homer?.  Well, stuff happens in life, and my life is probably no more different than most.  I could of course fabricate some sort of mythos that has brought me to this point, but that would undermine the banality and pedestrian nature of the truth…

I lost my job, or as my outplacement 1-on-1 career counselor advises me to say, “I’m in transition”.  Oh, I also play and love a MMORPG called Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO), and recently the game’s hosted blog MyDDO went away.  It isn’t like I posted much on MyDDO (I’m not sure if I ever posted anything, actually); but with so many talented bloggers scattered across the internet like a galactic game of Jacks, there are a few who are trying to pickup the ball and all those displaced jacks, collecting and storing them in an awesome cosmic dice bag.

Which brings me to this:

DDO has cultivated such a rich and wonderful community in its 7 years, and me with some newly discovered time to both game and write, I feel compelled to contribute to this incredible tapestry.

So why couldn’t I just say this to begin with, along with being indecisive, I’m also pretty circuitous ;)

See you all soon!

.myrddinman

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NWO vs. DDO Pt. 3 – Questing

Let’s start this section with a disclaimer: I am comparing apples and oranges. Sure, Dungeons and Dragons Online and Neverwinter are both RPG MMOs that take place in Dungeons and Dragons campaign settings, but DDO is over seven years old. It’s had time to expand,

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NWO vs. DDO Pt. 3 – Questing

Let’s start this section with a disclaimer: I am comparing apples and oranges. Sure, Dungeons and Dragons Online and Neverwinter are both RPG MMOs that take place in Dungeons and Dragons campaign settings, but DDO is over seven years old. It’s had time to expand,

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NWO vs. DDO Pt. 2 – Character Builds

Character builds in DDO reflect a DnD version 3.5 ruleset. It’s intimate and flexible, plus everyone can multi-class. You can customize your build like crazy. This means you can devise a DDO character build that can do amazing things. You can also also devise a

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NWO vs. DDO Pt. 2 – Character Builds

Character builds in DDO reflect a DnD version 3.5 ruleset. It’s intimate and flexible, plus everyone can multi-class. You can customize your build like crazy. This means you can devise a DDO character build that can do amazing things. You can also also devise a

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The Best of the Worst, part 1

Top Ten Villains: in ranked order from 10th to 1st, my favorite comic book villains.  These are the characters whose motivations i most understand, enjoy tales about, or consider just plain cool – in a diabolical way.  The list is not limited by publisher.  If i’m honest, my comic book habits gravitate mostly around the Big Two.  Jumped on the 90′s Image bandwagon (only blurry memories remain, but i did like Union for the Texiera art), and i’ve dipped a toe in other waters from time to time.  But for the most part i’m a mainstream comics fan at heart.

While organizing things at The Long Shot, i noticed a glaring omission from past topics.  The good guys, whose adventures regularly revolve around saving the day/city/world/universe got their time to shine.  But what about the dastardly deviants whose exploits give them the opportunity to show their stuff?

Compiling this list was much more difficult than its do-gooder counterpart, let me tell you.  While there are a lot of bad guys who hit all the marks like great costumes, terrific powers, and believable motivations, it’s actually pretty tough to pin down ten of them and say they’re my favorites.  But i gave it a [long] shot anyway.

#10 – Ozymandias

While i’m far from an expert on Watchmeni would be remiss as a comic book fan if i’d never read Alan Moore’s seminal series.  i will admit that i glossed over most of the “story-within-a-story” Tales of the Black Freighter sprinkled throughout the series.  Maybe it’s worth a return read though, as i’ve since learned that its plot is meant to correlate with the character arc of Adrian Veidt – also known by the costumed crime-fighter name Ozymandias – the very character i’m talking about right now.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias artwork by Jae Lee.  Can’t go wrong there.

So how does a character that, at least previous to 2012′s Before Watchmen series by DC Comics, had only appeared in the 1986 series make it only a Top Ten list?  That’s the easy part.

“I did it thirty-five minutes ago.”

Turning the classic villain convention on its ear, Ozy follows the pattern almost to a tee during the story’s climactic battle against the heroes.  After their investigations lead them to the culprit pulling all the strings, the nagging loose threads are conveniently explained by the antagonist.  Unfortunately for our heroes, the new-found knowledge and accompanying time taken to explain it – that would have given anyone else just the chance they needed to eke out a victory – falls flat right here.

You’ve got to love a villain like that.

Self-aggrandizing without being pompous.  Arrogant but soft-spoken.  A figure who recognizes his superiority over others, but doesn’t lord it over them.  It’s just a matter of fact.  And with that intelligence comes the smarts to know you never let your enemies in on the secret if there’s a chance they could use that info to foil your best laid plans.  The engineers of the Death Star would have done well to take a page from Veidt’s playbook and sealed off that ventilation tube once they realized they had an info leak, and that their entire operation was in jeopardy because of one little architectural flaw.  “We sealed that shaft 12 parsecs ago.”

#9 – Black Adam

The dark counterpart of the Big Red Cheese, Teth-Adam is the fictional son of Ramses II, born in the equally fictitious neighboring country of Kahndaq.  If this and my previous pick are any indication, then Egyptian mythology and mythos is  a wealthy source to plumb for comics material (Ozymandias is steeped in Ramses II references).  Like his heroic foil Captain Marvel – now officially dubbed Shazam – whenever he utters a magic word, Black Adam channels the powers of several Egyptian gods.  Stamina, speed, strength, wisdom, power, and courage are ramped up to godlike levels.  Originally, Adam was meant to be the champion of the goodly gods of Egyptian lore.  However, the machinations of the demon Blaze cause his powers to come from the dark gods of the pantheon.

Striking an iconic super-villain pose – the throne slouch. It’s no Buscema, but still…

How did Black Adam make the list?  If i’m honest, most of my picks are based more on impulse than any deep-rooted familiarity with their deeds.   Most of my hard experience with Black Adam comes from his appearances in Villains United as one of the founders of the Secret Society of Supervillains, and from The Dark Age, his own miniseries wherein he strives to revive his murdered wife Isis and regain his powers – lost as the result of events in World War III.

Prior to those tales, i really didn’t know a whole lot about Black Adam so i couldn’t regale you with favorite stories from the past.  One of the things i enjoy most about the character is his costume.  It’s simple and striking and,while buccaneer boots and a lightning bolt emblem on his chest don’t exactly speak to his Egyptian roots, his ensemble does give you the impression that he is powerful.  And, while i am a fan of capes and cloaks in general, his lack of over-the-shoulder wear is the smart choice.  On the other hand, he would look kind of cool with a short mantle like Shazam, no?  Very lordly.

Fashion choices aside, Black Adam appeals to me because, at least as far as i can tell, he doesn’t have the sort of base motivations of your standard comic book villain.  He doesn’t scheme for money, glory, fame, or even power really.  He’s got all of those things in spades.  What is material wealth to an ancient, immortal, god-powered magical superbeing?  Even if he needed some ducats, the coffers of Kahndaq (the Middle Eastern nation he rules) are likely more than sufficient.  Glory and fame?  A millenia-long warrior legacy has provided accolades aplenty.  And power?  The guy can go toe-to-toe with Superman, and is single-handedly his homeland’s military force.

So what’s a guy like Black Adam want?  In that, i’d say he’s kinda like the Hulk.  For the most part, he just wants to be left alone.  But more than that, he’s got the heart of a warrior poet, and when you strip away all the braggadocio, haughtiness, savagery, cunning, and guile, he wants the same thing most of us really only want.  Yep, ol’ Teth-Amon is a big softie when it comes right down to it.  i’ll let LL Cool J break it down for you..

i guess you can call him the Big Black Cheese (but that sounds both yucky and maybe even a little offensive?)

#8 – Juggernaut

Want to know why i enjoy Cain Marko so much?  Because everytime i think of this character, this flashes in my mind:

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Jug back

Believe it or not, Juggy was headed to the bank for a legitimate business transaction!  But look at that smirk – he knows people are scared silly…and he kinda likes it.

The more i research this stand-out issue from my childhood, then more i realize how impactful it was to me as a comic fan – or an X-Men fan at least.  Most of my favorite mutants and two of my favorite members of their rogues gallery are featured in Uncanny X-Men #194.  Skimming through the era, i certainly see how the Claremont years formed the basis of my X-Men knowledge and nostalgia.  In this ish alone we’ve got Juggernaut or course, and also Nimrod – a highly advanced Sentinel from a possible future programmed to wipe out mutants (why was he after Juggy then?  Hmm…).

On the side of the angels: Wolverine, Shadowcat, Colossus, Rachel Summers, Nightcrawler, and one special lady who combines the best of all of them:

Rogue, with borrowed powers from several teammates.

Sometimes a good guy, sometimes a bad guy, Juggernaut always came off as sympathetic to me.  Raised by an abusive father, Marko’s life only got worse when he gained Charles Xavier as a step-brother, and his already crappy dad took to this new kid so much that Cain went largely ignored.  i imagine in some twisted way, even the negative attention was better than none.  Just to make it worse, the not-yet Professor X and his emerging telepathic powers allowed him to learn about Cain’s jealousy, which drove a permanent wedge between the two.

Fast forward a few years, after Marko stumbles on the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak with the inscription “Whosoever touches this gem shall possess the power of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who read these words, shall become forevermore a human juggernaut!”  Now we’ve got an abused child with resentment issues towards a telepathic step-brother who violated his private thoughts.  What do you think happens next?

Stuff’s gonna get smashed up, that’s what.

One of the things i like most about Juggernaut is his simplicity.  That is not to say he is simple-minded, however.  Far from it.  But i’ve always enjoyed the fact that his plans and goals aren’t steeped in layers of innuendo and mystery.  Beat up a hated sibling.  Help a friend.  Get money.  Become a better person.  These are not difficult motivations to understand.  And he has a pretty simple power with which to accomplish these easy to fathom goals – straight-up super strength and invulnerability.  A lot of it.  Want some proof?  Here’s a handy compilation of his feats.  Show some respect.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to peruse that, here’s a brief summary to give you a rough idea: Juggernaut has brawled with, held his own against, and nigh-bested some of Marvel’s heaviest hitters like Thor and the Hulk.

Which isn’t to say he wasn’t left the worse for wear, but still…

What is the “something” that can stop him?  i sense a trip to the comic book store is in order.

My favorite Juggernaut moment, which not surprisingly features the same X-Men lineup as the battle with Nimrod – plus throws Spidey in the mix – is from Marvel Team-Up #150.  This time, Juggy decides the perfect b-day gift for his BFF Black Tom Cassidy is the awesome power of Cyttorak.  So he retrieves the magic ruby from a hidden temple and brings it to his bud in NYC.  Black Tom doesn’t quite see the gift as all too great, and the two friends get into a brouhaha which draws the attention of the X-Men as well as Spider-Man (who hopes to snag some good pics – he’s down on his luck and rent is due, ‘natch).  At the end, Juggernaut proves he’s got what it takes to make it in the MLB when he pitches the ruby into orbit so no one else can have it.  Okay so maybe he is a little bit simple-minded.  You know even “normal” people can reach space, right Cain?

After fighting with Juggernaut for a while, mutant strongman Colossus finally managed to pry the dome-shaped helmet from Juggy’s head, the helmet that protects him from mental assault.  But crafty Cain Marko has a trick up his sleeve so to speak.  Check it out:

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second helmet underneath his helmet!  Not so simple-minded now, is he?

#7 – Deathstroke the Terminator

If you’re a comics fan yourself, you’re probably thinking i’m a Teen Titans fan right now, i bet.  Ol’ Slade Wilson here is one of their most well-known and deadliest enemies, and more than one of his children have been on the team’s roster.  But, no.  Don’t get me wrong – i like more than a few incarnations of what was originally a team of iconic hero sidekicks.  And the cartoon was pretty good too.  But i grew up mostly with Marvel comics (except for Bats and Supes) and i missed the whole Marv Wolfman/George Perez days.

It wasn’t until the late 90′s that i got into DC Comics with any sort of vigor.  For that, i have Grant Morrison’s JLA to thank.  Specifically, i jumped onboard with Issue #14.  Why, i couldn’t tell you for certain.  Not because i was a huge GL, Flash, or Aquaman fan (i have since become a fan of the latter two – GL never really charged my ring).  Probably had something to do with Howard Porter‘s art, which really caught my attention.  It still looks pretty damn cool today, i think.  Back in those days, i really enjoyed embarking on a back issue quest as well.

Darkseid as the villain piqued my interest, too.  Always thought he was terrific.  And it’s no secret i’m a Fourth World fan.

What does any of that have to do with Deathstroke?  Not much, admittedly.  Just wandered off on a tangent about my history with the Distinguished Competition.  If i’m honest, i was hoping to remember when i first became interested in Deathstroke too.  In the mid-80′s, when i started reading RPG rules books as literature, i had the boxed set DC Heroes game and if i recall correct he was featured prominently there and looked pretty cool.

Great costume!  Lots of tweaks and changes over the years but it’s always blue and orange with the single-eye cowl.

You know what?  i really cannot figure out how, when, or why i started digging Deathstroke.  My best guess is actually out of left field – through the now-defunct Vs System TCG.  From the original DC release, he was represented in cardboard crack form by a pretty useless high-cost character card.  Thankfully for him, my deck-building typically revolved around whether or not i liked the artwork on the card, and i really liked this one.  At the time, my friend and i were convinced we could win a million dollars flopping cards, and i was obsessed with deck-building.  Everyday, i put together a new set of cards.  And everyday, my friend would kick my ass with what i later came to understand was a top tier deck (neither of us knew that; we didn’t even know what ‘top tier deck’ meant).  Hey, wait a minute…maybe he did know, had researched it more than he let on (which was not at all) and secretly laughed with glee and my frustrated attempts to overcome him?

From that point on, to level with you, i really haven’t read a whole lot of comics featuring the world’s deadliest assassin.  But there were several future iterations of the character in card game form and i eventually built an entire deck around him.  One version featured a lot of burn, which my girlfriend who was cool enough to actually get into Vs. found to be “bullshit.”  Nevermind that she used Doom exclusively.  Yeah…no bullshit there!

But i have read a lot about the character and his history and stuff, which is quite interesting.  Most recently, i had a geekgasm when i started getting into Arrow at my brother’s suggestion and saw a ragged Deathstroke mask in the very first episode.  It has turned out to be a pretty cool show, and i’m looking forward to seeing how CW version of Slade Wilson turns out.  Not sure about their use of Wintergreen though.

#6 Kang the Conquerer

The chronal cahones on this guy, calling himself “The Conqueror”

Now this one, i can tell you exactly when i first heard of and saw him.  He was in a line-up of bad guys and was one of at least four that my young self saw and thought “who the hell are those guys?”  My favorite part: how they all instinctively line up, except for Dr. Doom who surveys the group and acknowledges their collective power…then of course points how much more dangerous he is than any of them (including Galactus, which he later proves true).

Kang, along with Cannonball, Piledriver, and Bulldozer – the ‘who the hell are those guys’ guys.

Now, knowing what i know of Kang today – that he is a master of time travel who has conquered more than a few realities and caused so many divergent timelines that there is a Council of Cross-Time Kangs just to keep his own conquests in order – why he was relegated to a dude with a blaster gun during Secret Wars is Beyonder me.  Nevertheless, as both a completionist and amateur thief specializing in RPG rulebooks and action figures, my childhood collection most certainly included Kang.

My most involved experience with Kang comes through the Avengers Forever limited series from the late 90′s.  Following my usual M.O., i dove into this series starting with Issue #3.  i’ll give you one guess why.

More often than not, you can judge a comic book by it’s cover and this one had two things going for it: awesome Carlos Pacheco art, and Kang.

After a battle that spans across numerous time periods and plucks Avengers from various points in time, Kang (this time fighting with the good guys against a future version of himself) causes a temporal rift through sheer force of will.  He did not want to evolve into the man called Immortus, and even though according to the powerful Time-Keepers it was his destiny, he was like “screw that noise!”  For a guy who has left not only the afore-mentioned time-clones of himself all over the place/time, as well as variations like Rama-Tut, Scarlet Centurion, and Iron Lad, i sort of wondered why he even cared.  My guess is that, to a 30th century man who carries the legacy of both Reed Richards and Victor von Doom, doing what other people tell you probably chafes worse than superhero tights after an extended crime-fighting endeavor.

Kang also holds the distinction of being the only super-villain to have overtaken Earth completely by force during the Kang Dynasty event.  No mind-control or anything like that – just brilliant tactics.  And the best technology from across all of time and space.  Don’t worry though – he only conquered the planet to save it.

Like any good villain worth his salt, Kang has mastered the Buscema Slouch.

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Whoa, what’s this?!  Long Shot giving you the short shrift?

With such a dastardly dossier already complied, how villainous must the rest of these rogues be?

Bad enough to force me to take a break, that’s how.  ”If you stare into the abyss,” and all that.

Plus i’ve got to keep my DDO peeps up-to-date on some goings on there as well.

This, my friends, is called a cliffhanger.

Thanks for visiting!

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The End is Nigh!

I couldn’t help but to write one last post on MyDDO before it dies a lonely, frozen kobold-in-a-corner death sometime tomorrow. “Last person leaving: Please turn off the lights.”     Filed under: Gameplay

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The End is Nigh!

I couldn’t help but to write one last post on MyDDO before it dies a lonely, frozen kobold-in-a-corner death sometime tomorrow. “Last person leaving: Please turn off the lights.”     Filed under: Gameplay

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MyDDO Does the New Enhancement System really Enhance DDO?

So back in January of 2012, Turbine announced “Menace of the Underdark,” the first paid expansion for Dungeons and Dragons Online. One of the things announced for MotU was a new tree based enhancement system. I, for one, couldn’t wait. As much as I like DDO, the enhancement system drove me crazy. Hunting for each thing on the current list format was tedious. This seemed like It would speed up the process a bit. Soon after we were treated to a mockup of the new system.

EnhancementMockup

Well “Menace of the Underdark” came out, but no enhancement system. Turbine said it just wasn’t ready. So with that I waited. Then in this past February, “The Shadowfell Conspiracy” was announced, and I thought that the enhancement system had been thrown to the way side. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. About two weeks ago (from the time this is being written) the new enhancement was rolled out on the beta server, Lamannia. So now we come to  whether I feel that the new enhancement system really does make the game better. For that we’re going to look at how it effects my main character on the Orien server, Renockus d’Phiarlan. Renockus (Renny for short) is a rogue fighter. Wave hi to everyone Renny.

Renny

Please remember that his is how it effects him and your results may vary. Also the enhancements I chose were to try and recreate as close to the original build that I used for him. It can be found here.

So the first thing I had to do was transfer my character over to Lamannia. Thankfully transfers over to the test server in a free service done by turbine. Normally a server transfers cost about $25. Also I performed a Lesser Reincarnation. The reason was because he had two feats he no longer needed. You see, He had all three dragonmark feats, and they actually made taking the lesser and greater feats unnecessary, a change I very much like. How did they do that. Well lets look at the racial tree.

Racial Tree

The path to the right is the new dragonmark path, meaning that I now had two more feats to take. I chose to take Weapon Focus (Piercing Weapons) and Improved Critical (Piercing Weapons), it works sense I use daggers and rapiers. Now one of the things they also did was swap the greater dragonmark and lesser dragonmark abilities. Allow me to show you what they do on the beta, then just swap them to get what they do on live:

Lesser Dragonmark of ShadowGreater Dragonmark of Shadow

Personally, I’m not complaining. Shadow Walk always felt a tad underpowered as a greater dragonmark ability. Also now, if you spend the points for it, your greater dragonmark gives you a second ability. My mark of shadow gives me an ability called Binding Shadows.

Binding Shadows

The new powers use up uses of your greater dragonmark. From what I’ve seen though. They are well worth it. I tried them in a few dungeons, and fighting enemies that are a)slowed and b) have taken negative levels is incredible. They drop amazingly fast. So that’s some of the new stuff in the racial tree.There are some other new abilities (an entanglement for one) and many of the old racial enhancements have been added and tweaked to to the tree.

So now on the the class trees. Each class has one to three trees depending on how many prestige enhancements that class had before the preview. Sense Renny is a cross class, he has three rogue trees.They are assassin, mechanic, and thief-acrobat. However, he’s also a fighter. Fighters have access to the stalwart defender, and kensai. So in order to access one of my fighter trees, I had to close out one of my rogue trees. I chose to close out thief-acrobat. This Is what my class enhancement trees looked like.

Class Tree

So for the enhancements from the assassin tree, I chose abilities that a) weakened, and b) hurt… A LOT.

So just to let you know when something says something like “1W” it means it does the same damage as you primary weapon. So lets look at a couple of abilities I chose.

Shadow Dagger

I chose this because I wanted a ranged ability that deals some decent damage. That’s exactly what this did. The added bonus of the chance for them to be blind works well. Throw this, then hit them with the next choice.

Execute

When a creature is blinded, they are able to be sneak attacked, and sense I use rapiers, I hit them for 3d6 worth of damage. That’s pretty mean. And if I use the next ability to make them bleed:

Bleed them out

Well, maybe I should explain bleeding first. See when a creature is bleeding, they take a continual stream of damage. If I’m right its ether a d4 or a d8. Not sure yet. If I have them taking enough damage from bleeding, then I hit them with Execute, they are going to be hurt, bad.

So the question is, What’s an assassin without poison? Well I do have poison. First I have Poison Damage:

Venomed Blades

As well as an actual poison:

Heartseeker Poison

I even have a move that, if I catch an opponent off guard with it, It makes them even more susceptible to poison (if I get them with a sneak attack):

Shiv

Also what do assassins do? Well, they:

Assassinate

Yeah. I know that was corny, but it was the best segway I could come up with. I really like this ability. Except that I have to be stealthed to use it. It deals a butt ton of damage, even killing something if it fails its save.

So going through all of this you may be wondering what I took from that kensai tree. Well I took a few more enhancements that helped with the damage of my rapiers and daggers. I also took one ability.

Reed in the Wind

Unfortunately I think I may have messed up by taking this, because every time I went to go use this, it didn’t work. O well, lessen learned.

So after doing all of this, Do I feel the new enhancement system is better for the game. To be honest… yeah, I do. It opens up new abilities and option that used to not be available to characters, and steam lines the process of choosing enhancements. There is a reason why so many games used this system to begin with. It works. Are there things about it I would change? Yeah a couple, but they’re minor nitpicks. I legitimately feel that the customization of the characters benefits from this system. You chose the tree’s that you want to spend your points into. You don’t need to dump a certain number of points into a tree to unlock another one to spend points in. In the end just like before, the choices are yours. The new abilities also give characters options they never had before. Such as a pale master being able to temporally raise a party member as an undead. It means If the healer goes down, they have a way to come back without a soul stone run. I personally can’t wait for this system to hit live, sense I already know what’s going to happen with Renny when it does.

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MyDDO Does the New Enhancement System really Enhance DDO?

So back in January of 2012, Turbine announced “Menace of the Underdark,” the first paid expansion for Dungeons and Dragons Online. One of the things announced for MotU was a new tree based enhancement system. I, for one, couldn’t wait. As much as I like DDO, the enhancement system drove me crazy. Hunting for each … Continue reading

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New Enhancement Update and TR Dilemma

I’ve been playing DDO for about 5 years now and in that time I’ve gotten pretty familiar with the current enhancement system. I still remember on my first character, a ranger, someone asking me if I was a Tempest or an Arcane Archer. I was flabbergasted. I had no idea what he was talking about. He then…

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If you get a survey request from Turbine, answer it REEAALLLY FAST!

Whatever else you can say about me, you can never say I am without an opinion. Or several!

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If you get a survey request from Turbine, answer it REEAALLLY FAST!

Whatever else you can say about me, you can never say I am without an opinion. Or several!

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Izaak’s Fr!st P0st

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The usual starting blog entry: DDO is down so I have nothing to do but write about it. So hi there! I go by the name Stoerm on official forums and on MyDDO, but am known as Izaak to my guildies. Geoff was kind enough to take us MyDDO ejectees under his wing, and for some reason […]

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Izaak’s Fr!st P0st

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The usual starting blog entry: DDO is down so I have nothing to do but write about it. So hi there! I go by the name Stoerm on official forums and on MyDDO, but am known as Izaak to my guildies. Geoff was kind enough to take us MyDDO ejectees under his wing, and for some reason […]

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