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DDOcast 300 – GenCon 2013

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OMG 300 episodes!!! Join Sig, Anne and Geoff for their final DDOcast as hosts! We play a bit of DDO Jeopardy, listen to some our favorite commercials, another episode of Dragon Fragments, we’re also joined in by Producer Glin and Tolero for a bit of Q&A!

Guild Give-Away Contest

One of our listeners and a good friend in Game is giving away his guild. The Darkstars decided they would Merge with The Madborn of Thelanis and offered their guild to give away for out 300th episode. They have a quality Airship stocked with amenities paid up for a month. They are a level 75 guild currently, though they may decay a it by the time we do the hand over.

  • The Darkstars will transfer the guild to one of my characters and I will hand it over to the winner of the contest.
  • Your guild will have a clear roster when you get it.
  • You need to have a character on the Thelanis server to win
  • You are encouraged to change the name of the guild once you have leadership but its not required
  • You must compose a Limric or Hiku honoring the brave Darkstars to win
  • Email your entry to ddocast@gmail.com
  • We will select a random winner by August 25th

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D&D Online: Shadowfell Conspiracy expansion is live!

WARNER BROTHERS INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND WIZARDS OF THE COAST DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE®: SHADOWFELL CONSPIRACY™

Next Expansion To Award-Winning MMO

Now Available

NEEDHAM, MA –– Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast announced today the launch of Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Shadowfell Conspiracy™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG)Players can purchase and play Shadowfell Conspiracy starting today by visiting http://www.ddo.com/shadowfell

“We’re thrilled to launch Shadowfell Conspiracy, our second major expansion to the game,” said Aaron Campbell, Franchise Director of Dungeons & Dragons Online. “Players can now begin their journey as a high level, Iconic hero in the Forgotten Realms®, and jump directly into new adventures in Wheloon. We’re also looking forward to our players getting their hands on our new Enhancements system, which takes DDO’s industry-leading character customization system to another level.”

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: SHADOWFELL CONSPIRACY FEATURES:

  • Two New Forgotten Realms Adventure Packs — Featuring gorgeous new wilderness areas packed with new D&D®monsters, dangerous encounters and a host of challenging dungeons.
    •  Wheloon:  Horrors from the Shadowfell pour into Wheloon, a prison city full of irredeemable criminals and traitors to the Crown. In this place, Netherese agents conspire to forge an army out of the Kingdom’s enemies. Masquerade as a traitor to infiltrate the Prison City, fight marauding criminal gangs, and destroy the army before it marches – all the while battling creatures made out of the very shadows.
    •  Stormhorns:  Deep in the Stormhorn Mountains, the Netherese Empire prepares to unleash its secret weapon against the Kingdom of Cormyr. Brave treacherous mountain passes through griffon territory and overcome cunning harpy ambushes. At the peaks of the mighty Stormhorns, overcome an alliance of giants and monstrous creatures – only to have to contend with a terrible Netherese secret weapon.
  • Introducing Iconic Heroes — Jump into the action of DDO with these new prestige characters that start in Forgotten Realms at level 15 and feature unique looks and skills. Each of these classic D&D heroes is a paragon of their race and class and features custom iconic gear, appearance options and new abilities to enhance their power.
  • Attain Epic level to 28 — Master your destiny and gain new epic feats and spells with three new Epic levels of advancement that let you reach new levels of power.

For more information, please visit http://www.ddo.com/shadowfell

Dungeons & Dragons Online® (DDO) is a free-to-play MMORPG featuring a massive world with state-of-the-art graphics and gameplay. DDO offers an innovative pricing model that allows players to download and play for free, purchasing adventure packs, items, and account services a la carte from the new DDO Store, or to subscribe to get unlimited access to all of the game’s content. Players can download and play DDO for free by visitinghttp://www.ddo.com.

About Turbine

Turbine, Inc. is a premier creator and operator of massive, persistent online worlds that foster powerful social gaming communities. Turbine is wholly owned by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and has created some of the world’s most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the Rings Online™, Dungeons & Dragons Online® , and Asheron’s Call®.  For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit www.turbine.com.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.  The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.  Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2010 Hasbro, Inc.  All Rights Reserved

About Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards’ players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and KAIJUDO. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.

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DDOcast 299 – The One Before the End!

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Its Sig, Anne, and Geoff’s (www.ddogamer.com) Second to Last DDOcast Episode!! Patrick also joins in for the latest discussion of DDO news and updates! We also talk about tips and tricks for going to GenCon. Plus we answer a few emails.

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DDOcast 298 – The Storm Horns DDO Preview *SPOILERS*

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Join Sig, Anne and Geoff as we take a press tour of the Storm Horns Mountains a new wilderness area, the quests within and the monsters that live there. *SPOILERS* The tour also go into the story of the Shadowfell Conspiracy, so consider yourself warned!

Many thanks to Ben Schneider, Senior Content Designer and Phil Fogerite, Systems Designer, for showing us around the new beautiful area of the Storm Horns. Also thank you to Amanda “Tolero” Grow, Jerry “Cordovan” Snook, and Erik “ProducerGlin” Boyer for the hospitality!

The Storm Horns is the name given to the mountains that mark the western and northern frontier of Cormyr. The mountains form an unbroken line of jagged peaks, inhabited by dragons, tribes of humanoids, orcs, giants, harpies and satyrs

NOTE: this particular podcast was intended to be a video, listening to just the audio version you’ll only get part of the tour and consequently miss out on some cool stuff.

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DDOcast 297

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WTF! where’s 295 and 296? They’re right here! Give’em a listen:

Join Sig, Anne, and Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com/) as we talk about this week’s DDO news, discuss what we’ve seen in the Storm Horns, chit-chat about our adventures in DDO, and talk about our latest RPG obsessions in the table top world: 13th Age and Numenera.

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DDOcast 296 – The Bent Knife “Pilot”

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We have another special DDOcast Treat! A reading of the DDO Fan Fic, The Bent Knife! This first Episode is a Pilot by Fwelcyr of Orien. If you enjoy this tale and would like to hear more, please send us your feedback at ddocast@gmail.com We hope you enjoy the story!

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DDOcast 295 – Epic Education Collection 2

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Hey all! This is a special mid-week episode of DDOcast featuring Patrick – aka Shamgar – of Epic Education. This episode includes several compiled episodes including how to run epic versions of Plane of Night Raid, epic Chronoscope, and a Speed Shroud.

00:00:00 – Intro
00:00:59 – Plane of Night
00:18:57 – Chronoscope
00:57:43 – Speed Shroud

Listen to DDOcast 286 – Epic Education Collection 1 here!

Links to Shamgar’s Epic Education Notes @ Shamgar.ddocast.com

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DDOcast 294

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This week on DDOcast join Sig, Anne, Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com), and Patrick as we talk about a bit of DDO news, a little talk, and a wee bit of this and that. Yes its a light news week on the DDO front, but we have a bit on Iconic classes, Pirate Coves, DDOgamer.com news, more on GenCon and some DDO community news.

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DDOcast 293

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This week on DDOcast Sig, Anne and Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com) talk about the latest lamannia build (well, as much as we can since its in closed beta), the reports about Shadowfell Xpack from other gaming news sites, we also touch on some ddogamer.com news and ddocast news.

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A Letter From Your New DDOcast Host!

Dear DDOcast Listeners!

DDOCast has been a part of our lives for several years now, almost 300 episodes!  It has had many help by participants over the years.  Everything from weekly listeners, live chatters, segment producers, commercial makers, generous sponsors of prizes and gifts, and countless guests on the show.  DDOCast simply would not be what it is today, a show with an enormously rich history and a solid base of contributors, without any of these people.  However, it takes someone special to pull all of these people together and to steer the ship.

That started with Jerry, literally.  So long ago he started a podcast about DDO and you listened. And then you contributed and boarded his ship.  And then Jerry got a job at Turbine and a new phase began.  Sig and Anne took over. They helmed the podcast for a couple years and talked our way through the second generation of DDOCast and a fine job they did.  But that time has come and they have decided that they will step down from this role.  They will still be here participating and helping DDOCast (and perhaps we will see a return of the segment crunchy bits!) but as is often the case with life, things change, and sometimes people move on from something they love simply because they must move on from something to take on another thing they are interested in.

And that takes us to today and the beginning of the 3rd generation of DDOCast.  I have decided that I will step into the role and up to the challenge of the DDOCast producer.  It’s a daunting task stepping into a role so well filled for so many years by those before me.  I hope and pray that I can be worthy to those shoes.

I have already begun to look to this transition.  It won’t happen quite all at once, there will be transition.  I ask that you bear with me as I learn and stumble into the role, but I also want you to be excited like I am!  There are some things I hope to bring into DDOCast in the near future and beyond.  Don’t worry, I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel, but things might look and sound a bit different around here.

However, I am not looking to do this alone.  I need your help.  If you aren’t a math person, let me do some for you: 1 person is replacing 2!  I’m a busy guy like many of you.  How can you help?  Well for starters, spread the word and introduce your friends and guild mates to DDOCast.  Then start contributing beyond just listening!  Here’s some ways you can be a bigger part of the DDOCast:

  • Feed the Kobolds! – contribute $ and prizes.  Everything goes into the show for listeners.  None of the contributors get paid, but there are a few expenses involved with putting on a podcast.  There’s hosting services and equipment needs, but we also like to give prizes away.  If you have in game items you’d like to see find better homes please email us (ddocast@gmail.com) and if you’d like to contribute money you can visit our website (www.ddocast.com) and click on “feed the kobolds” once its up again.

  • Talk to the Kobolds! – ask us questions, send us email (ddocast@gmail.com) or find us on social media (Twitter: https://twitter.com/ddocast, Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ddocastkobolds, G+: https://plus.google.com/b/118431781319481999096/). We talk a lot so we need more things to talk about.  Remember, this show is for you the listener.  We want to be talking about what you want to hear about!  To aid us in this endeavor, we have set up a survey (http://shamgar.wufoo.com/forms/ddocast-survey/) we would like you to take a few moments to fill out.  The first 100 entries will be entered into a drawing for some turbine points!

  • Inform the Kobolds – sometimes it can be a big job to keep up with all the news.  We try to keep track of all the news specific to DDO, the happenings going on in the DDO community, blogs, and forums, and we even try to pay attention to the gaming world at large.  That’s a lot to keep track of.  Here’s an invitation to become an Official DDOCast Reporter!  All you have to do is send us an email (ddocast@gmail.com) with a link to a news piece, a blog that caught your eye, or a forum thread you find particularly interesting.  You can even share your thoughts on what you send!

  • Join the Kobold Union! – we are always looking for folks to start their own segments, make commercials, join our blogging team, and even join us as guests on the show!  So long as it’s respectful and of decent sound quality you can expect to hear it live on the air! To learn more about joining the podcast just send us an email (ddocast@gmail.com).

Lastly, thank you.  Listeners are the life of DDOCast. Without you this would be an errant venture and almost no fun at all.  All of us here at DDOCast appreciate your support and ears over the years.  I know that I can expect the continued support from all of you going forward.

Thanks,

Patrick  “Shamgar”

Fill out my online form.


link to the survey: http://shamgar.wufoo.com/forms/ddocast-survey/

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DDOcast 292

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Join Sig, Anne, Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com) and Patrick as we go through the latest DDO news. We’ve also got some great segments from Epic Education on Caught on the Web, a Luedwig Bait H’oven Cryptic Message, followed up by Rheebus The Rogue who suddenly stabs like a knife in the dark with a DDO Top 10!

And this is the episode were Sigfried and I announce our departure and pass on DDOcast to its next True Reincarnation life with new host, Patrick Sherman! Not to worry we’ll be around as occasional hosts and to help Patrick out in his new role as DDOcast Host & Producer!

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DDOcast 291

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This week on DDOcast Sig, Anne, and Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com) go over quite a bit of fun news on the latest update from Lamannia, including the latest Enhancment Revamp pass, stealth system changes, secret door changes, quest repetition changes and more! We also announce our winner of our Shadowfell X-Pack key, share a fun treat created by Geoff and get more tips on running Caught in the Web from Shamgar’s Epic Education.

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Join DDOcast @ GenCon 2013!

  • Game ID: ENT1346414
  • Title: DDOCast Live Show (A Dungeons & Dragons online Podcast)
  • Description: Join Anne, Sigfried, Geoff and friends as we celebrate our passion for DDO, Gaming, and the good things in life. Join in the podcast or just kick back and hang with friends.
  • Start Date & Time: Friday at 4:00 PM
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • End Date & Time: Friday at 6:00 PM
  • Location: Embassy Suites-Coronation 1
  • LINK:  https://www.gencon.com/events/46414

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Gallery of Shadowfell Monsters and More!

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DDOcast 290

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This week Sig, Anne, Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com), and Patrick (Shamgar’s Epic Ed) have a whopping two hours of DDO news, more talk about reincarnation, upcoming XP and enhancement changes, DDOGamer gets into collectibles, we get into reading letters sent in by listeners, DDO community events, and even a bit of good old D&D news.

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DDOcast 289 – Player’s Choice Design for TR

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Its the True Reincarnation Episode! Sig, Anne, and Geoff (http://www.ddocast.com) touch a bit on some DDO news and community happenings, but the meat of this podcast is about the latest announcement from Sr. Producer Erik Boyer (aka Producer Glin) on the proposed system for Epic TR, Iconic TR, and Heroic TR. We go over Glin’s announcement and follow up posts in detail, and responses from other Turbine Devs. We also read on player reactions for the new TR system.

Player’s Choice Design
A True Reincarnation System Proposal for DDO

By Sigfried Trent

Introduction
The new Epic TR proposal from Turbine had a lot good ideas, but includes a fatal flaw. The loss of Epic Destiny XP simply makes the system anything but attractive for many DDO players. Many of us imagined something better, myself included. Mulling it over in my mind, weighing the needs of developers and players alike, I feel like I’ve come up with an iron clad update to what Turbine Proposed. I’m calling it the Player’s Choice Design (PCD).

I’d like to propose that the players of DDO rally together to support this plan and lobby for Turbine to adopt it. I don’t expect it will be everyone’s favorite plan, but if we want to have an impact, speaking in one voice will be far more persuasive.

If you like what you see, then you can join the cause by lobbying the Developers to adopt the PCD and let turbine prove to us it is truly powered by its fans!

Quick Summary
My proposal is very similar to Turbines initial offering but does not involve losing the majority of epic destiny XP you have earned. Instead, each life you choose a single destiny to work on, and reset only that destinies XP. There is a bit more to it, but that is the core of the idea.

Design Objectives

  • Encourage players to enjoy the full range of DDO content
  • Allow a path for continuous improvement and experimentation for characters
  • Not loose any long term progress when true reincarnating

Proposals for Each of the TR Types

There are now three types of reincarnation.

Lesser Reincarnation

  • Available at any level
  • You may reconfigure Ability Scores, Skills, Feats, and Enhancements.
  • Grants you a 32pt build if you were not already 32pts
  • Optional ability to reconfigure limited class levels
  • All tomes are preserved

Heroic Reincarnation

  • Available at level 20 or above
  • Grants future lives a Stacking Past life feat based on class up to three times per class on reincarnation
  • Grants future lives access to selectable feats
  • Next live gets +2 build points, up to 36 maximum
  • Resets Character Level XP to 0 and lets you roll a new character
    • All tomes are preserved along with character name
    • Reincarnating into an Iconic Hero class sets XP to level 15
  • If you have one past life for each character class you are also granted the completionist feat giving you a stacking +2 bonus to all ability scores. (this does not take up a feat slot as it does currently)

Epic Reincarnation

  • Available at current max level (28)
  • Requires 1 selected XP capped “Chosen Epic Destiny” (see below for details)
  • Grants an Epic Destiny feat based on “Chosen Epic Destiny” upon reaching cap
  • Grants benefits of Heroic Reincarnation on reincarnation
  • Max build points is 38
  • Resets Character Level XP to 0 and lets you roll a new character
    • All tomes are preserved along with character name
    • If a character has every Heroic Past live benefit available (triple completionist), they can start at level 20 when they do an Epic Reincarnation.
    • Reincarnating into an Iconic Hero class sets XP to level 15
    • All Fate points are preserved, as are all destiny unlocks
    • Resents XP for next life’s chosen Epic Destiny to 0 upon Reincarnation

How The Chosen Destinies work

  • Epic Reincarnation is a little different in that it awards your Epic Destiny Past Life Feat upon capping your character rather than just after reincarnation.
  • There will be an NPC who you can speak to be awarded your past life feat. On your first epic life you may select any capped Epic Destiny as your Chosen Epic Destiny.
  • Upon Reincarnation you must select an Epic Destiny you currently have unlocked. You will lose all XP in this destiny upon when you are reborn but it remains unlocked. You must max out this destiny in your next life in order to receive your next past life feat. You do not lose any fate points for the lost XP and can in fact earn more when you gain XP in this destiny on your next life. Upon capping your epic level XP and the chosen Destiny you will receive the Epic Past Life Feat for the Chosen Epic Destiny.

Further System modifications (optional)

  • There should be a single experience point track for all True Reincarnated characters rather than the two tier model.
  • Epic class levels should have a more flattened leveling structure and not increase on subsequent lives.
  • Epic Destinies should maintain a progressive structure and add 4 maximum ED points to all destinies. Or possibly increading the XP needed for the Chosen destiny to make progression closer to epic level XP.

An example of the PCD in action!
Gungathud is currently a level 28 Barbarian 18 Fighter 2 Epic 8 with 4 past lives: 2 barbarian and 2 monk. Gungathud currently has all 3 Epic destinies maxed out: Fury of the Wild, Legendary Dreadnaught, and Grandmaster of Flowers. He has 6 more unlocked with 4 levels in Shiradi Champion, 3 in Unyielding Sentinal, 2 in Primal Avatar, 1 in Shadowdancer, and 0 in Exalted Angel.

He is hanging out in Stormreach on the day that Update 20 goes live. Because Gungathud is already capped, and has at least one capped destiny he is already entitled to an Epic Destiny Past Life feat. He goes to an Epic Destiny NPC to claim it. He can choose from Fury of the Wild, Legendary Dreadnaught or Grandmaster of Flowers. He chooses Fury of the Wild and gets the feat right then and there.

After some reflection Gungathud thinks he would like to do an Epic TR so he can go up to a 38 point build, pick up a 3rd barbarian past life feat, and work towards getting another Epic Destiny past life feat. He heads over to the Epic Reincarnation NPC. He has to choose one of his unlocked destinies to work on in the next life. He likes the Legendary Dreadnaught Epic Destiny feat so he chooses that one.

Gungathud goes through the process of Reincarnating. His Class XP is set to 0, His Legendary Dreadnaught Destiny XP is set to 0 and he re-rolls a 38pt character at level 1. He is granted his Barbarian Past life feat at this time. To get the Legendary Dreadnaught Destiny Feat he needs to get back to level 28 and cap out Legendary Dreadnaught. Then he can talk to the Epic Destiny NPC to claim that feat.

My arguments for the Players Choice Design

A True Reincarnation system should to two things:

  • Incentivize re-playing the full range of DDO’s content from level 1 to endgame.
  • Provide a slow but steady means of increasing a characters maximum potential.

And there are two things it should not do:

  • Interfere with the planning and effort players have already invested in the Epic Destiny System
  • Require more effort than the process of leveling from 1 to cap in order to rebuild a character at least as strong as the one you had before reincarnating.

Problems with the current Turbine proposal

  • The loss of Epic Destiny experience and fate points represents a huge loss of time for many players, not just the raw XP, but also time spent playing in destinies not suited to their character’s abilities.
  • Upon capping their next life, many characters would be significantly weaker than were in their previous life due to the loss of Epic Destinies and fate points.
  • The proposed Epic Advantage system would effectively skip lower level content which is contrary to one of the primary goals of the reincarnation system.

Advantages of the Players Choice Design over the current proposal

  • Saving Player Investments: Players who have invested time and effort and even money into leveling epic destinies will not lose the fruits of that effort. They may lose XP in a single destiny of their choosing, but the process of leveling from 20 to cap will provide more than enough XP to re-train the destiny.
  • Creating Work Where it Makes Sense: Clearing the single destiny, which you must re-train to gain your Epic Past Life Feat, helps provide you with more something impactful to advance as you go from 20 to cap. Since you are reincarnating and likely in a different class, you can coordinate your target Heroic Class with the Epic Destiny you are working on. This should make for a more rewarding leveling experience.
  • Rewards in the Right Place and Time: The PCD rewards you for capping your character, something the game currently doesn’t do. If you are capped then you will get a taste of the new system right away and rewarded for your efforts so far. You can spend some time enjoying the full power of your new feat before starting your next life.
  • Includes All of DDO Content: It does not skip over any of DDO’s content (with the exception of Iconic Characters).
  • Better Completionist: The completionist reward is no longer something that requires a feat slot, forcing you to make a trade off to get the benefit of your significant efforts to achieve it.
  • Keeping it Simple: It isn’t very complicated and likely requires a bit less engineering than the Turbine Proposal.

How To Win a Shadowfell Conspiracy Expansion Key!

  1. Watch or Listen to DDOcast Episode 289!
  2. Read “Player’s Choice Design: True Reincarnation System Proposal”
  3. Get the URL of this post, here’s a short URL for you http://bit.ly/17idZaZ
  4. Share this link and your support for “Player’s Choice Design for TR” on either your Blog, Twitter, Facebook, G+ or website
  5. Then send us an email at ddocast@gmail.com and include a link to a public place on the internet where you have declared your support for the “Player’s Choice Design for TR”.
  6. We encourage a polite but enthusiastic tone!
  7. Sit back and wait! Or Join the conversation at the DDO Forums. The winner will be chosen randomly as usual.

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Lore Lounge: Wheloon, Shadowfell, Tressyms and Owlbears

Wheloon

  • Sometime after the Spellplague in 1385 DR, the Purple Dragons determined that a large number of Whelunians were secretly Shar-worshipers, and the current king of Cormyr feared Wheloon was a front for Netherese spies. The king decreed that it be transformed into a prison city, all those inside sealed in by brick and magic and prisoners for life. Suspected worshipers of Shar, Shadovar sympathizers and spies, and any others who offended the crown were put over the wall and left to survive on their own. By 1479 DR, Wheloon was a dark prison city, no longer a trade hub, and the streets were controlled by gangs of thugs.

  • Reading List:

    • Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide – for dms
    • Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide – for players
    • Cormyr: The Tearing of the Weave – hardcover super-adventure for characters from 4th to 8th level. The adventure pits the heroes against the evil agents of Shar and Cyric as they plot to corrupt the worship of Mystra, goddess of magic. The adventure begins in Cormyr, but the characters must also travel to the Plane of Shadow to thwart the villains’ machinations.

Shadowfell

  • The Shadowfell, sometimes simply called Shadow, is a parallel plane from which necrotic energies and shadow magic stem. It exists as sort of a counterpart to Feywild in the sense that it is a reflection or “echo” of the Prime Material Plane except that it is a bleak, desolate place full of decay and death.

  • The Shadowfell was created in 1385 DR when Shar, having successfully arranged Mystra’s death, bound the energies of the Negative Energy Plane with the Plane of Shadow. Since then, the Shadowfell has existed as a center of Shar’s power as well as a transitory place for dead mortals on their way towards judgment on the Fugue Plane.

  • Reading List:

    • Manual of the Planes 4th edition
    • Keep on the Shadowfell – A D&D adventure for characters of levels 1-3. A ruined keep that was once a bastion of good in the realm. This keep overlooks the Shadow Rift, a dark scar in the world that was once a gateway to the Shadowfell but has been dormant for many years. Now, an evil cleric of Orcus, Demon Lord of the Undead, seeks to re-open the gate.
    • The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond – boxed set is for Dungeon Masters interested in taking their heroes on excursions to the Shadowfell, as well as Dungeon Masters looking for a sinister setting in which to run thrilling urban adventures.

Tressym

  • In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Tressym is a magical beast. They are winged cats, about the size of a housecat, with a pair of feathered, leathery wings extending to a 3 foot wingspan. They have owl-like faces, and a fluffy ball of fur and feathers at the end of their tail.

  • They are highly intelligent and sometimes kept as pets and familiars by good wizards. In the wild, they can befound in warm and temperate land. They are chaotic good in alignment. They speak Common and their own language, tressymspeak, which is based on purrs and growls

  • Villagers in Eveningstar feed tressym and try to prevent the worst of their vandalism and aerial catfights. At the same time, they try to prevent any large-scale or magically-assisted trapping and capturing of them. The locals value tressym for their owl-like rodent control in the fields.  In the wild, they can be found in warm and temperate lands

  • Reading List:

    • Blackstaff (novel) by Steven E. Schend – There’s a Tressym called Nameless and is a familiar to a character in the book

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Trope: Introduce creatures that are just like familiar everyday animals  or animal hybrids) that the audience will recognize but in a fantasy (or sci-fi) setting, and give them funny names.  Speaking of which….

Owlbears

  • An owlbear is depicted as a cross between a bear and an owl, which “hugs” like a bear and attacks with its beak. Gary Gygax created the owlbear, which was inspired by a plastic toy made in Hong Kong along with other monsters such as the rust monster and the bulette. It was first introduced in a 1975 Greyhawk supplement
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DDOcast 288

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This week on DDOcast Sig, Anne and Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com) talk about the latest DDO news including a great forum post by our favorite DDO QA guy, Maj. Malphunktion, we also talk about some Forgotten Realms lore, tad bit on community news, and then wrap it up with some fun general gaming news.

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Wheloooooon! Shadowfell Beta Access!

LamanniaDid you cringe when we lampooned beta access in DDOcast 287? Did you find yourself saying, “Well Actually…”? Looks like our little inside joke got some responses and questions. Well folks, here’s your answer!

How does that work? Its programming MAGIC! Just kidding! Well actually, and according to our friend from Premium Perspective, Ecgric, whenever free or premium players get onto the Lamannia server, they only have access to the content that they have purchased. Anyone that has not purchased the expansion by the time turbine starts the beta preview, you may not be able to access the content that comes with the expansion pack even though they will have access to the Lamannia server. So just download the Lamannia client here and get ready for the Shadowfell expansion beta! Here’s all the info you need on how to access Lamannia:

So get ready to enter the treacherous new town of Wheloon, which is overrun by the Shadowfell! Any adventurers that have pre-purchased Dungeons & Dragons Online: Shadowfell Conspiracy prior to June 5th will be granted guaranteed beta access to the expansion content, as well as immediate access to the Shadow Of A Doubt quest, set in the brand new area of Wheloon.

Wheloon Background

When the king of Cormyr discovered that Wheloon was full of traitorous Shar worshippers, he walled off the prosperous trading town and made it into a massive prison, a chaotic hellhole where life is cheap and imprisoned criminals battle over control of the ruined streets. And now something even worse has come to the prison – the Shadowfell, a plane of darkness and despair filled with fell creatures commanded by a mighty empire.

Players will adventure through the twisting streets of Wheloon and climb up to its rooftops to explore the town from a completely different perspective. They’ll investigate hidden corners and dangerous interiors, and discover new creatures and treasure through Wheloon’s Random Encounter system. And through a serious of quests they will begin to unravel the secrets of the Shadowfell Conspiracy.

For more information on Shadowfell Conspiracy, the next expansion to Dungeons & Dragons Online, please visit http://www.ddo.com/en/shadowfell/

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Tolero Explains Wheloon in the Latest DDO Community Video!

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DDOcast 287

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Hey!! Where is DDOcast 286? Its an audio only cast! featuring an Interview with Shamgar and the first collection of Epic Educations numbers 1 thru 5! Go here to download: http://bit.ly/17u8fL4

In DDOcast 287, Sig, Anne and Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com) go over the past week’s worth of DDO news, then we dive deep into the mail bag and answer questions, respond to comments and kibitz over criticisms from DDO players! We also talk about the latest DDO player news from the forums and blogs. Also Shamgar starts in on on Epic Caught in the Web raid with Epic Education #30!

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DDOcast 286 – Epic Education Collection 1

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Hey all! This is a special mid-week episode of DDOcast featuring Patrick – aka Shamgar – of Epic Education. We sat down in Shamgar’s Epic Lair and talked about how Epic play has changed over the years in DDO, about what changes in Epics we’ll see in the near future, and then we dive head long into the first part of our Epic Education Compilation Series.

0:00:00 Opening
0:14:17 Interview with Patrick (aka Shamgar)
0:57:04 EE1 – Introductions
1:04:55 EE2 – DPS Roles
1:16:01 EE3 – Healing Roles
1:27:51 EE4 – Casting Roles
1:37:40 EE5 – Etiquette
1:48:06 Closing

Links to Shamgar’s Epic Education Notes @ Shamgar.ddocast.com

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