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DDOCast Episode 301 – Update 19

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Patrick (Shamgar) takes over as host and is joined by Sig for the usual DDO news and a lengthy reading/discussion of update 19 release notes.

Show Times

  • Welcome – 0:00
  • News – 2:17
  • Round Table: Update 19 – 14:48
  • What we’ve been doin – 1:24:40
  • Lightning Post – 1:26:27
  • Closing: 1:28:26

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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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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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Temp Fix for Logging on to the New DDO Forums

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Looks like you’ll need to update your Turbine Account before you can login to the DDO Forums

  1. Go to https://myaccount.turbine.com/
  2. Use your game credentials to log in.
  3. Go to Account Profile.
  4. Confirm your email
  5. Update your country and state or province.
  6. Confirm your password.
  7. Now try logging into the forums.

If you are still getting login errors to the forums change your country to either USA or Canada.

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PAX: 3 days in 5 mins

Tolero has done it again and put together a great video of PAX Prime 2012!

You can subscribe to the official DDO YouTube Channel here!

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DDOcast now has a Google+ Page!

Huzza! We now have a Google+ page! Encircle and Enjoy!

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DDO News for Week of 10/23 to 10/29

No DDOcast this week!

Lantern Joe Episode 240 will be aired live on November 5th @ 3PM EST (Noon PST / GMT -4). Sig and I are off to enjoy our Anniversary! But don’t worry next week we’ll bring you more news on Update 12 on Lamannia.

This Week in DDO News

Update 12: Vaults of the ARtificers Officially Announced

DDO Update 12 Vaults of the ArtificersInfo on Update 12 was released today and officially titled Vaults of the Artificers! Update 12 will be coming soon to DDO live servers, but you can now preview it on the Lamannia servers.
Update 12 Summary here >>
Offical DDO U12 Annoucement >>

Update 12 Events on Lamannia: Oct 29th @ 12PM EST

We’re looking for players brave enough to face Challenges on Lamannia tomorrow, Saturday Oct 29th! Those who play the Challenges can receive treats for Lamannia and for their live characters too! Join myself and 404Error (And maybe other Devs) from 12:00 PM Eastern to- 4:00 PM Eastern as they hand out treats for good little adventurers!
Read more details at the DDO Lamannia Forums >>
Offical DDO U12 Announcement >>

Turbine’s 2011 Annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Air Ship Pumpkin CarvingIt’s that time of year again: the weather turns colder, the leaves turn colorful, and spooky fun turns up everywhere. It also means it’s the perfect time for a pumpkin carving contest! Turbine is looking for the best pumpkins in the following categories:

  • Asheron’s Call
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online
  • The Lord of the Rings Online

What you win for best DDO Pumpkin:

  • 3000 Turbine Points for the DDO Store
  • Custom Forum Title: “Dragonmark of Spooky (2010)

View Contest Details here >>
View Last Year’s Pumpkins here >>

DDO Dev Team describe Update 12′s Challenge quests!

U12 Tribute to Doctor Who - Time ChallengeDDO Design Director Ian “MadFloyd” Currie, Web Content Developer Kyle “FordyTwo” Horner, Associate Content Designer “FlimsyFirewood”, Content Designer Phil “The Rocking Dead” Speer, Senior Community Specialist Amanda “Tolero” Grow and (the heroically-named) Content Designer Steve “Steelstar” Rogers chat about time travelers, new Challenges, ogre bathroom breaks and much more in the latest Developer Q&A!
Read the Full Interview here >> 

Mabar Festival Now thru Nov 2nd!

You’ll know the festival is active when the sky above House Jorasco’s Airship Tower turns blood-red, and the undead take advantage of the endless night to roam freely through Delera’s Graveyard. The festival takes place primarily in the graveyard, so get your undead-slaying gear and make your way there! Everyone, including free players, can visit the public Graveyard even if they don’t own the Delera’s adventure pack!
Read More on the Mabar Festival here >>

Mabar Lag!

GOT LAGUsers reporting lag in the Mabar festival area and in the Spectral Dragon zone. MajMalphunktion responds: “My team does not create lag, and all I can do is report it.We are just one spoke in the wheel. The issue is more complex than ‘the dragon is out!!!’. We are working on it.”
Read & Comment on the Forums here >>

All U12 Challenge Quests now Open on Lamannia, including Epics!Lamannia

  • Lavacaves: Colossal Crystals – Huuuuuge Crystals have been discovered deep within the volcanic caverns. Kobolds love shiny crystals and the Union has decided that they MUST have one of them! Go Go Go!
  • Lavacaves: Time is Money – The Time Foreman is short on Crystals but has plenty of time to trade!How long can you last?
  • Lavacaves: Circles of Power – The Kobold Mining Union has found a large amount of crystals deep inside a volcanic cavern! Filled with dangerous enemies, the Union needs your help. Additionally, Mysterious circles of unknown energies can be found throughout the caves… Maybe it is possible to harness their power!
  • Extraplanar Mining: The Dragon’s Horde – The Kobold Mining Union is in need of your help once again! This time, they’ve chosen a new location to gather Crystals from…an Extraplanar Palace that the dragon Auraxyllon has created to store his wealth.
  • Extraplanar Mining: Labor Shortage – Back inside Auraxyllon’s Palace, a new Foreman has taken over the Union. Time is short and Crystals are still needed to meet the quota! Every second counts!
  • Extraplanar Mining: Buying Time – A grizzled old Commander Foreman is working with his crew on the Extraplanar Palace. Unfortunately, He is down to his last few workers and needs your help to fill his quota.

Read more about the Epic versions here >>

U12 Shroud Update on Lamannia Make us Cry with Joy!The Shroud Arraetrikos

  • When completing the Shroud, instead of a generic list of level-appropriate random gear, you will now get a selection of Shroud ingredients, which can include anything from small/medium/large ingredients to power cells, Shards of Power, and more!
  • Extra chests will appear at the end of phase 5 on higher difficulty settings
  • One additional chest will appear on hard difficulty
  • Two additional chests will appear on elite
  • Arraetrikos went on a diet, and now has fewer hitpoints on hard and elite.

Read more about the Shroud updates and comment at the Lamannia Forums >>

Update 12 on Lamannia Highlights: Update to +3 Tome Drops

U12 and +3 TomesUnbound +1 and +2 tomes now drop at slightly lower levels. Unbound +3 tomes can now drop in regular (high level) treasure. (That release note means “You can get them in lower level dungeons than before”. We basically shifted everything down a bit.)
Read up on the status of +3 Tomes in game >>

DDO Store Sale Items now thru Nov 3rd

20% off Favored Soul, Anti-Mummy Elixirs, Mummy Rot Cures, and Lesser Anti Beholder Crystals and fast travel items. Also get a free sample of Draught of Midnight with cupon code T5VB8D
More on DDO Store Sales >>

DDO Community News

The Eberron Chronicle - Another week of community highlights for DDO

Crafting with Courtney – Howling Wearwolf – +1 Screaming Module of Bleeding

Ten Ton Hammer’s Update 12 –  Vaults of the Artificers Hands-On Preview with Paiz & Glin

Massively’s Hands-on with Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Update 12: Vaults of the Artificers - Rubi Bayer goes over the highlights of Update 12

And of course…Happy Halloween!

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Mabar Festival! Now Thru Nov 2nd!

You’ll know the festival is active when the sky above House Jorasco’s Airship Tower turns blood-red, and the undead take advantage of the endless night to roam freely through Delera’s Graveyard. The festival takes place primarily in the graveyard, so get your undead-slaying gear and make your way there! Everyone, including free players, can visit the public Graveyard even if they don’t own the Delera’s adventure pack!

Enjoy some tricks and treats!

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DDO Forums Still Down!

As an additional precaution we recommend that all players change their passwords by visiting https://myaccount.turbine.com. Please remember to use unique, hard-to guess passwords that are not associated with other online services or sites, and always look for and report unusual activity in your account to Turbine customer support.

Turbine Support

Update 10/18/2011: DDO forums are fixed and are now up and running!

Hey gang, its been nearly 4 days since the forums went down.  Still no word on when they’ll be up or why they went down (only some speculation). But Turbine has updated their Forum Status page and suggested that you change your passwords at https://myaccount.turbine.com/

IMPORTANT:  We’ve gotten reports from players getting a Phishing emails asking for your account information! DO NOT click on links from these emails! DO NOT give them your account information!  Turbine or any sound company would ask for your account and private information over email!

Never fear! DDO team is active on the Facebook with small news bits.  They’re also on Twitter posting riddle games. If you’re looking for a place to post your DDO bugs visit the DDOQABlog on the MyDDO site.

If you’re looking for something to do, you can listen to our latest episode, DDOcast 237, or tune in this Saturday for DDOcast 238 LIVE on Ustream.

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The Shard Axe & Marcy at Literary Escapism

The Shard Axe by Marcy RockwellLooks like Marsheila Rockwell is promoing her new book, The Shard Axe, over at Literary Escapism as a guest author. She’s even posted an exciting excerpt of her new book. Read the full article here!

About Marsheila Rockwell

Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is an author, poet, editor, engineer, Navy (Seabee) wife and mother of three wonderful sons. She is a member of the SFWA, IAMTW, and SFPA and her work has been nominated for the Rhysling Award for the last five years running. Her first novel, Legacy of Wolves, was published by Wizards of the Coast in 2007 and her latest, The Shard Axe (the first official Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited tie-in novel), was just released from Wizards in September. She is currently working on the sequel. You can find out more about her latest projects here: www.marsheilarockwell.com.

About Literary Escapism

Literary Escapism primarily reviews Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. However, we will also accept a limited number of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Steampunk, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and any of the following with fantasy or paranormal elements: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Historicals, Romance and Young Adult. www.literaryescapism.com

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Ron’s DDO Character Planner Updated!

Dungeons and Dragons Online Character Planner is now update to v03.11.01! Time to make some Artificer Builds!

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To Honor a Fallen Hero: Faylyn of the Wild Bunch

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Sovereign Host - DDOcast - A DDO Podcast

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OCD Gamer Rhyz asked us to post this special announcement.

Faylyn the guild leader for Wild Bunch on Thelanis, who passed away this week. An in-game funeral will be held for her this Tuesday.

  • Date: Tuesday, September 6th
  • Service Time: 9:00 PM EST (GMT -4)
  • Location: Temple of the Sovereign Host in House Denieth

It will start at 9PM EST, Tuesday Sept 6th in the Temple of the sovereign host in house Denieth. Reception to follow will be 11 man shrouds, holding that last spot for our beloved paladin who led us so many times against the evils of Shavrath. We’ll start as many groups as needed. If you’re so inclined, bring a khopesh to fight with as Fay literally had almost a 100 khopeshes on her “elvin blender”

For more info contact Rhyz at ryz567 (at) gmail.com or twitter @ryz567

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FordyTwo Wants Your Feedback for Barbarian 101

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FordyTwo is at it again with his 101 class series for the DDO Compendium! Now he’s looking for feedback on for Barbarian 101. Written for newly-starting DDO free players, they’ve opted for a human Two Handed Fighter (THF) template with a 28pt build. The skill, feat and enhancement selections are designed to output solid damage with reasonable survivability (for a new player).

Leave your Barbarian pearls of wisdom at the DDO forums >>

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FordyTwo Looking for Feedback on Favored Soul 101

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FordyTwo, Turbine Community Rep, needs your help in writing about Favored Souls for another 101 Compendium article:

Howdy! Our next 101 class guide is for the favored soul, and we’d love to hear your feedback.

Notes of Interest:

  • If you have a one or two sentence tip for newbie favored souls, do share! We’ll have an “Every favored soul should know …” section at the beginning of the guide providing some of these helpful tips.
  • This Favored Soul 101 feedback includes: a basic overview of styles of play for favored souls, an general overview of ability scores and basics on skills and spells.
  • Why go elf and TWF scimitars with our template? Our previous templates have all been human, so we wanted to add a little flavor this time around. Additionally, new players using this guide are already investing in the favored soul class, which likely means they’ve paid for it. We didn’t want to pile paying for warforged on top of that.

Give your best tips on tricks for beginning Favored Souls on the DDO Forums >>

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DDO’s First Novel: The Shard Axe!

The Shard Axe by Marcy RockwellMarcy just posted the final cover of her new novel, The Shard Axe, which will be released this September. We think it looks awesome! Hopefully, Amazon.com will update the book cover on the product page soon!

The Shard Axe

Sentinel Marshal Sabira d’Deneith has spent the last eight years trying to drown the memories of the mission that cost her partner his life and gave her the nickname “The Shard axe.” Until she’s recalled from the city of Stormreach to carry out a mission on House Deneith’s behalf–protect and defend the heir of the dwarven city of Frostmantle during his murder trial. The same heir she and her partner guarded eight years ago in the same city–from the same style of murders. Is the dreaded Nightshard still alive and taunting her? Or is there another serial killer loose in the Mror Holds?

About Marcy Rockwell

Marsheila Rockwell is, in no particular order, an author, poet, editor, engineer, Navy wife and mother of three incredible boys. She currently lives in Arizona in the shadow of an improbably green mountain. She is a frequent Rhysling nominee and a sporadic member of the SFWA, IAMTW and SFPA. The Shard Axe will be her second book in the Eberron setting (the first, Legacy of Wolves, was published in 2007). In addition to her novels, she has penned dozens of short stories and poems, and even an article or two

Read Marcy’s Blog Post Here >>

Listen to an Interview with Marcy Rockwell in DDOcast Ep 205 >>

Pre-order The Shard Axe Here >>