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Posts tagged ‘Dungeons and Dragons Online’


DDOcast 270

Sig, Anne & Geoff ( talk about the 48+ hour down time for DDO servers, the latest news on from the DDO community. Sig and Anne talk about their Turbine Tour with Update 17. And from Shamgar, we have the latest Epic Education on Lord of Blades: Pillars of the Forge

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DDOcast Preview Tour: Update 17 Return to Giantold

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DDOcast 269

Join Sig, Anne, and Geoff (from as we skip the Super Bowl to talk about the latest news in DDO, DDOcast and land! We also have a DDO Top Ten segment by Reebus the Rogue and several DDO community news items. We even take a short dip into our mail bag!

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DDOcast 268

Sig and Anne along with Geoff from talk about the latest DDO News, some of the new Epic Dragon armor changes, reviews of reviews of DDO, some interesting general MMO and quite a bit of general gaming news.

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DDOcast 267

Sig & Anne with Geoff of talk about Augment System, Lamannia Update 17 release notes – which include topics such as new raid, the epic version of Giant Hold, and changes to item properties such as Cursespewing and Vorpal. We also have another installment of Epic Education with Shamgar featuring the Lord of Blades raid. Bonus: we review D&D slot machines.

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DDOcast 266

Sig & Anne with Geoff Hanna (from and Patrick aka “Shamgar” from Epic Education ( go over the latest DDO news, we speculate about Update 17, goodies found in the new Midwinter Festival mini-game. We even have time to dive into the Lightning Post mailbag to help a player on how to splash Arcane Archer in their divine caster builds.

NOTE: sorry about some of the quality, Sig’s connection was really slow and so he sounds like he’s being sucked out of the Matrix in some parts!

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DDOcast 266


Crunchy Bits: DDO Doublestrike Mechanics

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

Morale Bonus

  • 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)

Alchemical Bonus

  • 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)

Profane Bonus

  • 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.
Shield based

  • +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
  • 39%

Monk Multiclass

  • +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
  • 35%

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!


DDOcast 265

This episode Sig and Anne with Geoff (from go over DDO 2012 in review from Update 13, through Update 14 with MOTU and Update 15, and finally to the current update, Update 16.

We also have a nice Crunchy Bits on Doublestrike in addition our regular DDO game news and community news.

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DDOcast 264

Sig and Anne take time from family holiday break to bring you a bit of Holiday cheer! Visit us at

We have segments Epic Education from Shamgar and Dragon Fragments from Luidwig!

Music is by “First Noel” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” performed by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Buy their albums on iTunes or on Amazon. More info at

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DDOcast 263

This week Sig & Anne with Geoff ( go over the latest Patch and Hot fix for Update 16, U16 Named Loot items, Astral Shards, and more!

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DDOcast 262

Sig and Anne are back from vacation! Anguilla was great, Sun, Surf, And real underwater combat! Sig took a few points of light damage but mostly survived his encounter with the great burning sky orb. Happy to be home in the dark and wet kingdom of Seattle.

Sig & Anne with Geoff ( we’ve got our usually bout of DDO news, chat about Update 16, and ponder the mysteries of the universe.

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DDOcast 261

Join Sig and Anne with Geoff ( as we talk about some of the latest DDO news, game bugs, community news, Update 16, Mabar Fest and then wonder why DDO doesn’t have a Fernia Fire Fest. We even have some interesting news on WB-Turbine’s latest new hires and layoffs.

In segments department, we have Luidwig’s Dragon Frags, who by the way is holding a contest if you listen to his segment and figure out what songhe’s referencing in his latest performance poetry, you could winone of 4 vanity pets! Just email your answer to

This episode’s featured D&D music is by M IS FOR MAGICMISSILE by Mary Crowell; a singer/songwriter and piano teacher who loves playingDungeons & Dragons on both sides of the GM’s screen.Acolytes of the Machine is her second solo album and is a love letter to the hobbyof Dungeons & Dragons! You can buy her latest album Acolytes of the Machine& Other Gaming Stories and other albums at

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DDOcast 259

Sig and Anne go over the latest DDO news from Turbine and the community. We also dig deep into our mailbag and answer questions. We’ve even got some Crunchy Bits on Banking XP.



PAX: 3 days in 5 mins

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

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Interview with Erik (ProducerGlin) at PAX PRIME 2012


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Update 15 Druid’s Deep Quest Review + Win a Copy of Menace of the Underdark

Join Sig and Anne with special guests Geoff Hanna as they go over the latest DDO news and their review of Update 15’s quests, The Druid’s Deep series. We also talk about our favorite DDO fan sites and gush about GenCon and PAX!

Win a Code Key for Menace of the Underdark!

That’s right we’ve got another MOTU key to give away! Just listen carefully on how you can win!!

LINK for Turbine soon to release on LOTRO on the Mac

LINK to ViDDO #2: DDO update Video

LINK for Geoff Hanna’s

LINK for Composer of DDO’s Sound Trac, Chance Thomas’

LINK for DDM’s Realm for DDO

LINK for DDOwiki

LINK for Cubicle Ninja’s DDO Item Search & Cannith Crafting Tool

LINK for Ron’s character planner

LINK to PAX Prime 2012


Gen Con 2012 Interview with DDO’s Producer Glin

Many thinks to Ecgric for taking time out of his Gen Con vacation to interview Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Producer Glin on latest Update 15: Song of Druid’s Deep. You can find the official release notes for Update 15 here!

DDO Booth with Ecgric & Producer Glin


DDO MOTU Beta Round Table Talks

DDOcast HangoutDungeons and Dragons Online: Menace of the Underdark is now in Open Beta! This means the NDA is off and we can openly talk about the changes coming to DDO! Join us this Saturday as we’ll go over the important points for DDO’s biggest update since launch!

  • Next Show: MOTU Open Beta Round Table Talk
  • Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 PM Pacific (10:00 PM Eastern / GMT -4)
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DDOcast 255

DDOcast is a weekly DDO podcast created by fans for fans! We discuss nearly everything related to Dungeons and Dragons Online – Eberron Unlimited.

Episode 255 is ready! Here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3. You can find DDOcast on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and

In DDOcast 255, we have a light DDO news week, but Sig and Anne talk about the latest DDO community, and answer messages in our Lightning Postbox. Shamgar’s got another Tower of Despair Raid installment on Epic Education. We also got first impressions of D&D Next’s open beta.

Another Menace of the Underdark Code Giveaway!!

We also have another contest for you! Many thanks to Wrenspell of the Dragonknights on Ghallandra, who is our supporting our latest Menace of the Underdark Pre-Order Key Giveaway! Just listen and learn how you can win!

0:00:39 Intro
0:02:10 DDO News: Update 13 Patch 3, Bonus Days, DDO Marketplace
0:05:29 Sponser Break
0:08:11 DDOcast MOTU Pre-Order Key Code Giveaway!
0:11:07 Whatcha been up to in DDO?
0:16:57 Shamgar’s Epic Education: Part 3 of Tower of Dispair Raid
0:29:27 DDO Community News: Gencon, YourDDO, Building Blocks
0:37:19 Lightning Post: Healers, Fortification Tips
0:56:19 General Gaming News: D&D Next, GenCon, Origins, Guardians of Middle Earth, Skyrim DLC
1:07:20 Closing


TOTAL TIME: 1:09:22

LINK for Turbine unveils the new Turbine Store aka DDO Marketplace

LINK for DDO Update 13 Patch 3 on Monday!

LINK for DDO Store Sales

LINK for Samius and Lessah are hosting a Cocktail hour party at Gencon

LINK for Lego Crystal Cove

LINK for New DDO Fan Site: YourDDO

LINK for Pjstechie’s Building Blocks

LINK for Eberron Chronicle

LINK for Halfing Summer Games of 2012

LINK for WB Game: Guardians of Middle Earth

LINK for D&D Next is in open playtest

DDOcast 255 - A DDO Podcast


No DDOcast Live This Week! Plus new DDO Dev Video

We’ll probably do a pre-recorded show for Episode 253. Also no live so for April 28th, that means our next live show will be Saturday, May 5th 2012.

In the mean time, enjoy the latest Dev Sneak Peek video from Turbine:


DDOcast 251

DDOcast is a weekly DDO podcast created by fans for fans! We discuss nearly everything related to Dungeons and Dragons Online.

Episode  251 is ready! Here’s a LINK  to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3. You can find DDOcast on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and

Hi Everyone! Join Sig & Anne as they discuss the latest news on MotU, U13 Patch 1, the latest Hotfix, some news from PAX East 2012, and announce the winner of our MOTU Giveaway!  We also have a Top Ten from Rheebus the Rogue.  No interviews with Turbine yet, but stay tuned!  We’ll update this feed with additional notes later!

DDOcast 251 - A DDO Podcast