Without a Dev tracker its a harder to bring you DDO news. Here’s a list of links leading to Dev latest forum posts individually. Some devs don’t have posts linked to their profile; I suspect its because of issues with the new forums.
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
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
- +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
- +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
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!
Cookies and Cakes are back for 2012 Festivult! Here are the list of cookies and cakes for this year’s Festivult in December 2012. I’ve included the whole list, including the three new cookies and the four updated ones. My favorite is still the Taken Cookie, followed by the Kobold Cookie. What are your favorites? Enjoy!
|Spinner of Shadows Cookie||Enveloping Swarm|
|Lolth, The Spider Queen Cookie||Lolth’s Blessing: +2 Profane attack and damage, +3 Profane PRR, +5 Profane Unviersal Spell Power. You can buy this cookie with winter motes at the alter.|
|Updated Cookies & Cakes|
|Lamannia, the Twilight Forest Jelly Cake||Vigor|
|Shavarath, The Battleground Jelly Cake||Enchant Armor|
|Queen Lailat, the Marilith Cookie||Blade Barrier|
|Suulomades Cookie||Shocking Weapons|
|Arraetrikos Cookie||Meteor Swarm|
|Black Abbot Cookie||Stoneskin|
|Black Abishai Cookie||Remove Fear|
|Blue Abishai Cookie||Blur|
|Green Abishai Cookie||Neutralize Poison|
|Hezrou Cookie||Infernal Power|
|Red Abishai Cookie||Protection from Energy: Fire|
|Succubus Cookie||Mass Charm Monster|
|Velah, the Red Dragon Cookie||Cometfall|
|Warforged Titan Cookie||Titan’s Grip|
|White Abishai Cookie||Fire Shield (cold version)|
|Xyzzy Cookie||Bee Breath|
|Stormreaver Cookie||Call Lightning Storm|
|Kobold Cookie||Wondrous Power: kobold jumping powers & a purple crystal. Used in Collection Challenges.|
|Lord of Blade Cookie||Wondrous Power: Adventure Area Slayer Boost 10% for 30 min|
|Medusa Cookie||Flesh to Stone|
|Taken Cookie||Wondrous Power: it will make you look “Absolutely Fabulous”|
|Toven d’Cannith Cookie||Radiant Forcefield|
|Daanvi, the Perfect Order Jelly Cake||Defender of Law|
|Dal Quor, the Region of Dreams Jelly Cake||Wondrous Power: Diseased, but gain some spell points afterwards|
|Dolurrh, the Realm of the Dead Jelly Cake||Death Ward|
|Fernia, the Sea of Fire Jelly Cake||Fire Shield (fire version)|
|Irian, the Eternal Day Jelly Cake||Sunburst|
|Kythri, the Churning Chaos Jelly Cake||Hound of Chaos|
|Mabar, The Endless night Jelly Cake||Wail of the Banshee|
|Risia, the Plane of Ice Jelly Cake||Ice Storm|
|Syrania, the Azure Sky Jelly Cake||Jump with Feather Fall|
|Thelanis, the Faerie Court Jelly Cake||Prismatic Spray|
|Xoriat, the Realm of Madness Jelly Cake||Otto’s Sphere of Dancing|
Skein of Shadows by Marsheila Rockwell
Continuing the story that began in The Shard Axe, Sabira finds herself drawn into an expedition into the Underdark, where she discovers drow intrigue and dire secrets.
Yes, all you gamer geeks out there. March 4th is worldwide GM Day, a day where we recognize the hard work and dedication of our GMs. Our game masters who spend hours planning the dungeons our adventurers crawl through. Those brave souls that let us use those uber-kewl new feats we found in some little-known supplement. Those dedicated individuals who, even though we have destroyed their detailed storylines over and over, continue to try and bring us a story anyway.
In 2008 of the same day, “The Orginal DM” Gary Gygax passed away. In the 1960s, he created an organization of wargaming clubs and founded the Gen Con gaming convention. In 1971, he helped develop Chainmail, a miniatures wargame based onmedieval warfare. He co-founded the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR, Inc.) with childhood friend Don Kaye in 1973. The following year, he and Dave Arneson created Dungeons & Dragons, which expanded on his work on Chainmail and included elements of the fantasy stories he loved as a child.
GM’s Day is the brainchild of the folks at Enworld.org, once of the most popular gaming forums on the net. What started as a little net appreciation for GMs turned into an annual event. It’s an excuse to buy your GM a bribe so he or she won’t smite your character outright. Pamper your GM with a gift of games, beer, snacks, and/or hug!
I failed my Strength Check this week and took 1d10 damage from an evil moving box this week. My cleric told me to rest as much as I can while my back heals. This means no pushing, pulling, lifting, driving, typing nor mousing (too much) until the swelling goes down. Sadly this means no DDO nor DDOcast for me this week. We have a lot of things lined up, but we’ll just have to save them for the following week, and present them to you live on Sat, Feb 11th.
Thanks to everyone who’ve already wished me well! And thanks to everyone for understanding, we’ll be back soon enough with your favorite DDO news! How could we not with U13 just around the corner this Feb 22nd!
In the mean time, enjoy this little cartoon by our friend Stan! over at http://www.10x10toon.com
Rich Baker @ Wizards Community Blog
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 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:
- Dec 2000 WotC Layoffs @ TheForce.NET
- Mar 2001 WotC Layoffs @ Salon – WotC Center in Seattle Closed
- Sept 2002 WotC Layoffs @ RPG.NET
- Jan 2003 WotC Layoffs @ The Seattle Times
- Dec 2005 WotC Layoffs @ Steve Jackson Games Forums
- Dec 2008 WotC Layoffs @ GameGrene.com
- Dec 2009 WotC Layoffs @ ENWorld
- May 2010 WotC Layoffs @ ENWorld
- July 2011 WotC Layoffs @ ICV2 (Also on ENWorld)
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.