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DDOCast 307 – New Player Tips

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Patrick is joined by Geoff and new guest Chris for a host of new player tips and Update 19 Patch 3.

Technical Note: The video version remains unedited however the audio version has been edited to remove most of Geoff’s vocal lag. Show times are for the unedited video version.

Show Times
Introducing Chris – 1:22
News – 2:34
New Player Tips – 20:37
WWBD – 1:02:14
Lightning Post – 1:05:14
Closing – 1:06:52

Join the DDOCast Kobold Union
DDO Chronicle 64
Update 19 Patch 3 Release Notes
Deadlock’s Sagas Simplified
Shamgar’s Skill Blog
DDOGamer – Collectibles PVP - Stacking - Favor
A Gathering of Links
Thanksgiving Give Away
Monarch’s New Mentoring Program

Closing Note – Change of plans, no cast this coming week.

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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 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 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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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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  • 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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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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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 284 – Update 18: Disciples of Shadow

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Join Sig & Anne as they walk-through the latest update for Dungeons and Dragons Online! Many thanks to our favorite Turbine Crew: Producer Athena, Producer Glin and Tolero for introducing to the new update!

New Quests

Disciples of Shar – Deep in the murky foothills of the Storm Horn Mountains, fierce wolves and mountain lions roam with hungry abandon. You must search a network of sullen caves hiding the Shar cultists responsible for terrorizing the people of Eveningstar, but Shar cultists, priestesses, and even an Owl Bear stands between you and the truth of events in Wheloon city. Free to all players!

Escape Plan – A river barge full of prisoners from Eveningstar is being transported to Wheloon Prison, and a high priority target is among them. You have been hired to guard the river barge as it floats downstream, but prepare yourself for any danger as rumors of this high priority prisoner is sure to have reached ears not currently aboard the barge. Free to all players!

Shadow of a Doubt – Players who pre-purchase Shadowfell Conspiracy will gain immediate access to the first expansion quest! Inside the safety of Wheloon Dock, the magistrate interrogates Shar clerics for information regarding their suspected plot. Skilled adventurers might have more luck than the magistrate, but the very shadows conspire against any who might bend the prisoner too far. Will you spare the guilty and innocent alike within Wheloon, or does justice have no place in a city swimming in shadow?

New Icon Character: Bladeforge

Bladeforged – forged anew, a shining beacon of your kind. A powerful, offense focusd Paladin, transformed by the Lord fo Blades inthe fires of the Creation Forge. The Lord of Blades spoke. New life coursed through your wood-and-metal frame. There in the Creation Forge you had become bright, glorious and true.

New Items

Glamered Armor – The cosmetic armor system has been completely revamped to use a cosmetic appearance equipment slot! Slot cosmetic armor enchanted with the Glamer spell to change the appearance of any equipped armor. Cosmetic armor, also known as Glamered Clothing, has one type of visual appearance and can be applied for all classes, races and gender – except Warforged in most cases. Just be careful and watch out for beholders!

Skill tomes – Permanently increase one of your character’s skills with a tome! You select the skill you want to increase once in game by activating the Tome, where at you’ll be presented with a list of possible skills to increase. You cannot select Use Magic Device – UMD tomes are available separately. Bonuses from tomes persist through reincarnation.

Healing Elixirs – Collectors in Stormreach now have powerful new healing potions for sale! These Elixirs of Healing provide a large instant burst of healing, followed by a heal-over-time effect that continues to heal for ten seconds. Elixirs of Healing function equally well on living creatures, constructs, and undead who use them. Yes Warforged and Pale Masters, that means you too.

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Dungeons & Dragons Online: Shadowfell Conspiracy to Launch August 19th

Here’s a press release for the latest x-pack of DDO! Enjoy! -Anne


Shadowfell Conspiracy Pre-Order

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE®: SHADOWFELL CONSPIRACY™ TO LAUNCH AUGUST 19th

Players Can Pre-Purchase Latest Expansion To The Award-Winning MMORPG
Starting Today

NEEDHAM, MA – May 22, 2013 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast announced today Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Shadowfell Conspiracy™, the second expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine, will launch on August 19th, 2013. Shadowfell Conspiracy takes place in the beloved Forgotten Realms® setting, features an increased level cap and introduces new Iconic Heroes and much more.

“We’re excited to share our launch date with the world and introduce the new Iconic Classes system that will be available immediately to anyone that pre-purchases Shadowfell Conspiracy,” said Erik Boyer, Senior Producer of DDO.  “We’re also making new Forgotten Realms content that will enable players to create a level 15 character in the Forgotten Realms and play all the way to level cap.”

“Turbine continues to release great content for DDO, and we are thrilled that Dungeons & Dragons fans have another great expansion coming this August,” added Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for D&D at Wizards of the Coast.

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.

Beginning today, players can take advantage of special pre-purchase offers:

Collector’s Edition:  $49.99

Features all Shadowfell Conspiracy content, with all three Iconic Heroes including a pre-purchase exclusive Shadar-kai cosmetic costume, when it launches, plus immediate access to these items, including other pre-purchase exclusives:

  • Bladeforged Paladin Iconic Hero (including additional character slot)- A powerful, offense-focused disciple of the Lord of Blades, Bladeforged Paladins take less damage from slashing weapons and gain a tactical advantage from slashing damage. These devout leaders can repair themselves and fellow constructs.  Their stronger Paladin Aura boosts effectiveness of nearby party members.
  • Bladeforged Warrior Blue & Gold Cosmetic Costume (A pre-purchase exclusive)
  • Bladeforged Warrior Gold Cosmetic Costume (A pre-purchase exclusive)
  • Calico Tressym Creature Companion- A frisky, winged cat of your very own! Comes pre-trained with four tricks (A pre-purchase exclusive)
  • Tawny Owlbear Creature Companion- Cuddly and ferocious! Comes pre-trained with four tricks. (A pre-purchase exclusive)
  • Stormhorn Specs Cosmetic Goggles
  • Mountaineers Cosmetic Goggles
  • First expansion quest, ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ (Heroic level 15 only)
  • 3 Character Slots
  • Greater Tome of Epic Learning (1 per server): Permanently increases experience earned by a character in level 20 or above dungeons.  Provides +25% bonus to experience for first-time quest completions and +10% boost to other earned experience points.
  • One +2 Skill Tome per character
  • 2,000 Turbine Points

Standard Edition:  $29.99

Features all Shadowfell Conspiracy content, including the Purple Dragon Knight Iconic Hero, when it launches, plus immediate access  to these items, including other pre-purchase exclusives:

  • Bladeforged Paladin Iconic Hero (including additional character slot)
  • Bladeforged Warrior Gold Cosmetic Costume (A pre-purchase exclusive)
  • Stormhorn Specs Cosmetic Goggles
  • Calico Tressym Creature Companion (A pre-purchase exclusive)
  • First expansion quest: ‘Shadow of a Doubt’
  • 1 Character Slot
  • Lesser Tome of Epic Learning (1 per server): Permanently increases experience earned by a character in level 20 or above dungeons.  Provides +15% bonus to experience for first-time quest completions and +5% boost to other earned experience points.
  • One +1 Skill Tome per character
  • 1,000 Turbine Points

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

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About Turbine

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This week Sig, Anne and Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com/) go over the latest in the DDO Forum Updates and some interesting issues with some DDO services. We also go over the latest happenings for DDOcast and DDOgamer. Followed up by some news from the DDO community, reading up on our Lightning Post mail and then some general geeking out on games and Star Trek!

DDOcast LIVE! GenCon Event Details

  • Event Title: DDOCast Live Show
  • Event ID: ENT1346414
  • Date: Friday, August 16th @ 4pm EDT (GMT -4)
  • Location: At the Embassy Suites in Coronation 1
  • Notes: Tickets are $2 (the minimum they offered), should be room for 50 people, event Registration opens on May 19, 2013
  • Registration Link: https://www.gencon.com/events/46414
  • More info at http://www.gencon.com/

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Temporary DDO Dev Tracker

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.

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This week Sig, Anne and Geoff (ddogamer.com) discuss the lack of news in DDO land, but don’t worry we dive into Lamannia’s latest build for Update 18 and discuss at length about the new Iconic Character Class-Race, the Bladeforged! We also have another episode of Dragon Fragments. And for community DDO news, we have our own DDOcast Question! Answer and you may win a prize :) DDOCast Question: If you could replace your limbs with monsters which ones would you choose? Related Links

Bladeforged Notes

  • Bladeforged are one of the 3 Iconic Heroes to be released with the Shadowfell Conspiracy expansion pack.
  • They appear in the creation forge of Lord of Blades.
  • As all iconic heroes, they start at level 15 (1,050,000XP).
  • Their first level is Paladin. Then, they can either take a predefined path, or customize their paladin levels, or reject training and leave the forge with enough experience to train to level 15.
  • They cannot reincarnate. This is intended.
  • Racial features include:
  • Same as Warforged, except they get -2 dex instead of -2 cha
  • Additional Bladeforged feats:
    •  Increases Aura of Good: +2 AC and +1 saving throws
    • -10% Slashing damage, +1 PRR for 3 sec (up to 20+ PRR)
    • Positive healing reduced -10%
    • Grants Repair Light, Moderate, Serious, Critical and Mass Repair Light, Moderate, Serious Damage as Paladin spells
  • Starter equipment includes:
    • Upon reaching level 15, you receive a container item called “Bladeforged Equipment”. Double click in your inventory to open it and receive the following;
    • Forge Blade – +3 Greatsword: 1.50[w], True Law, Improved Bloodletter
    • Creation Forge Docent – +4 Docent: Greater Thorn Guard, Vitality +20
    • Icon of the Lord of Blades: Trinket: Charisma +5, Repair Amplification – 10%
    • Creation Forge Bassinet – Helm: Moderate Fortification, Reconstruction +72
    • Creation Forge Gorget – Necklace: Deathblock, Wisdom +4
    • Battle-Plated Cloak – Cloak: Protection +4, Greater False Life
    • Creation Forge Girdle – Belt: Strength +5, Dexterity +4
    • Creation Forge Gauntlets – Gloves: Melee Alacrity 10%, Attack Bonus +2
    • Creation Forge Sabatons – Boots: Striding +25%, Dodge Bonus 1%
    • Creation Forge Vambraces – Bracers: Resistance +4, Doublestrike 3%
    • Creation Forge Lenses – Goggles: Spot +13, Repair +13
    • Livewood Band – Ring: Constitution +5, Concentration +13
    • Bladed Steel Ring – Ring: Greater Parrying, Intimidate +13
  • NOTE:  Items are BtC, minimum level 15, and Race Absolutely Required: Bladeforged.

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Join Sig, Anne, Geoff (http://www.ddogamer.com/) and special guest David Beedy (aka Reebus the Rogue, Master of the Dulcet Tones, and DDO Top Ten) as we discuss DDO Gaming news, Enhancement comparisons, Community News, Raiding Basics, GenCon Events, DDOgamer.com news, latest DDO Top 10 List and other gaming goodness.

DDOcast LIVE! GenCon Event Details

  • Event Title: DDOCast Live Show
  • Event ID: ENT1346414
  • Date: Friday, August 16th @ 4pm EDT (GMT -4)
  • Location: At the Embassy Suites in Coronation 1
  • Notes: Tickets are $2 (the minimum they offered), should be room for 50 people, event Registration opens on May 19, 2013
  • More info at http://www.gencon.com/

Ryz’s Visual DDO Augment Guide

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