Back in the day when…

Sometimes you hear someone say: “Back in the day when…” followed by something he/she remembers. And you try to think back when that was, if you remember it aswell. Or you frown because it was something before your time.

I got inspired for this post by a tweet Micky send out yesterday. She wrote: I have been playing since a little while before U11. What about u? #ddo To which i replied: 19 september 2009, at least that’s the date i joined the forums, but i usualy do all at once so must be my 1st day playing #DDO

I can refer back in dates, but i’m terrible when it comes to Updates. Like Micky said she started playing just before U11. U11…….when was that again and what was the update about? I can’t remember. If someone would say he/she started beginning 2011 i can compare it to my own date and have a clue.
Or if someone would say “when Gianthold got released”, or “when airships made it into DDO”. When was that? I don’t know.
I know if i was playing DDO allready or not, but i can’t put a date to it. Not even in years.

So that made me look up all the release notes on Modules* and Updates i could find on the DDO website. I’ve listed everything in a sheet** with dates and noticable changes so i have an easy reference to the changes to the game and the dates. To me it’s fun reading back on changes that happened, that i went through, that the game has undergone. Some changes long forgotten allready because the change was GOOD (looking at you leveling sigils***). Some changes so common now you can’t imagen there was a time it wasn’t in the game (looking at you Guild Renown and Airships).

* When DDO first got released in 2006 they named updates to the game Modules. After the F2P release in 2009 they changed that into Updates.
** Have you forgotten i am a sheet person? I love putting stuff in sheets to organize chaos 😉
*** In the beginning in DDO you needed leveling sigils to be able to advance  beyond hard set levels. If i remember correctly i only needed 1 bronze sigil before Turbine removed them from the game.

Below i’ll put up the list so you can track back updates and changes and see if you remember them aswell.
I would love to hear what you all think about being good and not so good (putting it mildly) changes done to the game.

And to restate Micki’s question: When did you start playing DDO?

Ofcourse i won’t forgot the treats, it’s my 4th anniversary in DDO after all! Cheers 🙂
4 jaar cookies

module/update date noticable changes
M0 P1 14-3-2006 Founders Helm
M0 P2 22-3-2006
M0 P3 30-3-2006
M1 VON; weapon set shortcuts
M1 P2 12-4-2006
M1 P3 19-4-2006
M1 P4 10-5-2006
M1 P5 14-6-2006 solo content
M2 12-7-2006 The Twilight Forge (Restless Isles); Drow; Mail; Patron Favor
Stormreach under Seige 18-9-2006 Cult of Madness in WW
M2 P1 23-10-2006
M3 25-10-2006 Demon Sands; level cap 12; PVP; AH; Feat Respec
M3 P0 15-11-2006
M3 P1 13-12-2006 Festival Jester; several Delera’s Graveyard Quests
M3 P2 23-1-2007 Litany ot Dead part 2: shadow tombs +crypt
M4 12-4-2007 Reaver’s Bane (Gianthold); level cap 14; SRE all wildernesses; Risia Preview Server
M5 27-9-2007 Accursed Ascension (Black Abbot)
M6 The Thirtheenth Eclipse; level cap 16
M7 3-6-2008 Market Place Tent destroyed; 2 raids Suulo and Xizzy; Monk
M7 P1 2-7-2008
M7 P2 20-8-2008
M8 29-10-2008 Korthos Island; Siber Attol
M8 P1 11-11-2008
M8 P2 10-12-2008
M8 P3 20-1-2009
U0 31-8-2009 F2P; DDO Store; level cap 20; FvS; Devils of Shavarat; Sharn Syndicate; Cerulean Hills; Difficulty Scaling; Mantel ot Worldshaper
U0 P1 17-9-2009
U0 P2 1-10-2009
U1 28-10-2009 Path of Inspiration; 32 point builds; Epic Dungeons; Veteran Status
U1 P1 16-11-2009 TR; Hireling Folders;
U2 16-12-2009 Dreaming Dark
U3 No level sigils required; 4 new quests The Twelve; Casual Difficulty; Epic VON; LR/GR
U3 P1 17-2-2010 4th Bday
U4 5-4-2010 Sentinels
U5 28-6-2010 Guild Renown-airship; Phiarlan Carnival
U5 P1 21-7-2010
U6 17-8-2010 Red Fens
U7 20-10-2010 Horc/Helf; Deception in Stormreach (Lordsmarch Plaza); Chronoscope Raid; Mabar
U7 P1 10-11-2010
U8 13-12-2010 Risia Ice Games; Attack on Stormreach; Cookie Jar
5th Bday Crystal Cove
U8 P2 14-3-2011 Localization: French en German
U8 P3 30-3-2011
U9 P1 16-5-2011 Cannith Crafting; Harbinger of Madness
U10 20-6-2011 Reign of Madness
U10 P1 11-7-2011
U10 P2 25-7-2011
U11 P1 12-10-2011 Artificer; House Cannith
U12 9-11-2011 Challenges; Shared Plat Bank
U12 P1 7-12-2011
U12 P2 14-12-2011
U12 P3 25-1-2012
U13 27-2-2012 Web of Chaos; 6th Bday; Vet status 7
U13 P1 2-4-2012
U13 P2 2-5-2012
U14 25-6-2012 Menace of the Underdark; Level cap 25; Epic Destinies; Druid
U14 P1 11-7-2012 Caught in the Web raid
U14 P2 26-7-2012
U15 20-8-2012 Song of Druid’s Deep; Monster Manual
U15 P1 12-9-2012
U15 P2 10-10-2012
U16 12-11-2012 Netherese Legacy/High road of Shadows; Orbs
U16 P1 14-12-2012
U17 19-2-2013 Epic GH; MM II; Augments
U17 P1 18-3-2013 Shard Exchange; Daily Dice; VIP XP Bonus
U18 22-5-2013 Disciples of Shadow (2 Wheloon quests); Iconic Heroes; Skill Tomes
U18 P1 30-5-2013
U18 P2 24-6-2013 VIP weekly gold roll
U18 P3
U19 19-8-2013 Shadowfell Conspiracy/ Wheloon City + Storm Horns; Enhencement Revamp; Sagas; Hall of Heroes; Level cap 28; Chest Reroll
U19 P1 29-8-2013

Notes to the above list:

  • M0 P1 stands for Module 0 Patch 1
  • U11 stands for Update 11
  • Some release notes didn’t have a date on them
  • Most patches didn’t have any new changes, just patches to the latest updates and/or hotfixes and/or bugfixes
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Did i just make twins???

twin clerics

 

Left:    Maridei: lvl 15 cleric, she was a clonk before U19 and i LRed her the other week. Had to do char creation all over again, including face, hair, details.

Right: Marimei: lvl 19 cleric, not changed at all, not played since U19 or even the last month or so before

I guess i have an image in my head of how a cleric should look like to me 😉

Ponderings about myself and my chars Post U19

Since the beginning of 2013 i’ve had a rather huge DDO dip. Those of you who follow me on twitter may have seen some whining from me there.
For some months i didn’t log on as often as before, and i kept pondering what it was that took away most of the fun that kept me from playing/logging in.
It was also the time that the release of Neverwinter was announced and had my attention from the start.
But i couldn’t nail the lack of interest in DDO down to one thing. I think it was a combination of several:

* I need refreshment (as in something new/changed) pretty regulary to keep my attention going. I’m eager, i want to learn, explore, develop. Once something reaches the endstation it starts to get boring. And for me, i had reached endstation in DDO. I didn’t have anything new to learn, had seen most (if not all) quests, had a char at lvl 25 and several other chars to poke around with. I’m not fanatic to want to become better in gear, soloing epics (i hate soloing!) or defeating EE content. I can do with whatever is available and be satified with that.

* Because our guild in DDO (The Thieves Guild on Argo = Best guild i’ve ever been in!) isn’t that huge, the loss of some regular members was felt immediately. Usualy we had like 6-10 players on most evenings, it dropped down to about 2-4 at the lowest point. But we did manage to keep the quality up, very good, friendly, amazing guildies who sticked around. Even when i hadn’t logged in for a month *shame* they were still there.

*i’m a very casual player. I don’t want to be the best, the first, with the best uberloot. I just want to have fun with whatever is being done at the moment. Lowbie, epics, raids, i have nothing planned and just go with the flow. I tried to make plans for my chars, TR and get it back up, leveling some other chars. But my playtime is limited compared to the most average player. So i would be left behind pretty soon if i went into a TR cycle with guildies.
But some guildies do have plans, zerging the TR train over and over. And i don’t blame them for that, it’s just something i can’t keep up with. It’s not my style. And before the summerholidays they were in a TR high-speed train…

*Neverwinter got released. I was very eager to get into that, learn new things, see new stuff, get a brand new game into my system. And i enjoyed it very much. Neverwinter is very newb friendly so i was pretty easily picking up the game. I started with several guildies and found some new friends there too. But as the game progressed, more and more friends dropped. Now it’s down to just me and a new play-friend i’ve met in Neverwinter.
With my casual playstyle it took me some weeks to cap my first char there (yes, progressing is much faster in Neverwinter as in DDO). And within a few months i had seen most every quest and area, learned most i needed to know about my chars, and didn’t have many friends to have fun with ingame. A few weeks back i’d reached the point to only log in to do a “Bonnie” and maybe some PvP if i had enough time. Now i haven’t even logged on there for a week or so. My friend over there got called away to her family so i  don’t feel ‘obligated’ to log in. Nor do i feel the need…

Because:

U19 got released to DDO!

When U19 was still in development (talking enhencement pass here) and on Lamm, i hadn’t bothered with it much. I’d read some forum posts every now and then but didn’t dig into it. It would fall upon me when it would be opened to live.

Slowly i felt my DDO fire lighting up again. There was something new to learn (enhencement pass), new to discover (Wheloon and Storm Horns) and the guildies slowed down the TR progress. They got fedd up with the ‘need’ to get so and so xp per day, repeating the high xp quests x many times to get the most buck out of it.

And so the first time i logged into DDO after i downloaded U19, i had this list of chars that needed rebuilding. Some more desperate then others. I gave myself the time to scan the forums carefully about everyones ideas about what to pick and what not. Looking for new builds i could work with.
At first i felt overwhelmed. So much to do, to think about, i didn’t know where to start.
So i started with adding the enhencements to my lvl 25 FvS by guts feeling just so i could explore the Storm Horns (after i bought the Xpack for TP ofcourse). And darn….that was an amazing area, wonderfull details, i had awwwws and chills again, camera around my pixel-neck to get screenshots.

I had fun again, twas a while ago (Rift between Worlds and first weeks of Eveningstar) since i last had that feeling.

And so i took my time to read and think about my chars, writing stuff down to get all this info a bit sorted.
Result: 1 char +20LRed and rebuilt, 2 chars quickly enhenced, 6 to go to carefully rebuild.

I am a systematic person, i love lists and sheets to have a quick overlook about stuff i’m working on.
So i have made a sheet with my chars with their details: previous class, desired new class, specifics and opinions.
It is mostly for my own reference to keep myself sane and organized, but if you have any comments that can help me decide i’d love to hear them!

Char – name – race – summits previous build – lvl  desired build specifics opinion
 Ekei – Elf
Pastlife cleric
 wiz-rog 16-2  wiz-rog 16-2 AM – conjuration school bc of cleric pastlife, evasion, reflexes and skills/gear for traps  love arcane casting, and even get to do traps! Never played a full wiz so i can’t compare them but i’m liking this one. New top-end traps seem to be harder so not sure if it’s still viable for new endgame
 Marei – Halfling
currently bankmule bc 1st char i ever rolled hence utterly gimped 
 rogue 15  rogue 15 or ??  dex based assassin  not sure if i want to have 2 rogues, i would build them both dex/int assassin.
Maybe bard or monk??
 Maridei – Human   clc-mnk 12-2  cleric 14 necro casting healer  didn’t like the clonk (wan’t hitting hard enough, couldn’t offensive cast enough), this one is rebuilt and regeared as best as i could
 Marikei – Human  FvS 25  FvS 25 Love it – keep it  need to check enhencements for this one, maybe even +20LR to rebuild for better stats (bit more STR to hit better?)
 Marilei – Drow  rogue 17  rogue 17 or ??  dex based assassin  with 2 current rogues i don’t think i want to keep 2 rogues, but i don’t have a clue what else to build. Have a build ready in Ron’s tho so i can start this one
 Marimei  -Human  cleric 19  cleric 19  RS – light based one can’t have enough divines, gonna try different tree as my other, not sure if RS or Protector
 Twinkei  -Human
pastlife Barb 
 druid 9  druid 9  caster specced  i just like the druid but she doesn’t get enough playtime. just need buildcheck and enhencements

Some things that i learned from the past:
I don’t like plain melee (barb, fighter) Tried it, hated it. So those aren’t an option for me.
I love casters, divine, arcane, just love em.
I’m hesitant to multi-class, tried twice, failed once.
Thinking about monk or bard. Monk i tried with my clonk, could be fun but in the clonk it wasn’t cutting it for me.
Bard seems fun but i’m dreading it a little. All they do is sing songs when zoning in, then off melee-ing. So if i would go bard it must be different then that.
I don’t have artificer, it does seem to be a fun class. But no option for now.
Sorcerer seems nice, but i don’t have warforged
Paladin. meh. Somehow i’m not attracted to it. Too much melee i guess/think
I don’t have helf and horc, or iconics (except for the PDK fighter that came with the Xpack).

Well, i think this is enough for now. So much to do, so little time……i’ll leave you with some screenshots i took in Storm Horns 🙂

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DDO – MTO

DDO – MTO

When I logged into DDO the other week I found 3 guildies getting ready for A Relic Of A Sovereign Past on their lvl 14 TR’s (a bard, a monk and a wiz). Luckily I got asked to join them on my gimpy 1st life clonk. They put up an LFM for the last 2 spots and we got joined by 2 arties. Perfect!

Getting myself buffed up on the ship and heading out to the Anvil Forest in House K it suddenly strikes me: Anvil Forest, my ultimate favorite quest is there! I have to ask this group if they wanna join me in that quest. It’s such an awesome quest but hardly get’s any playtime because it’s a very slow quest. More about that later on but first lemme finish about the Relic quest.

It went very smooth, we had fun, chitchatted while fighting and running and before we know we’re at the end boss. We try to diplo him but fail, no worries, we just kill him then. 12k xp in the pocket, time to ask THE question.

“Guys, Made To Order is here as well and around the same lvl, would you mind giving that one a try with me?”  “Oh sure, we can do that, we’re only a little over level but that’s no problem.”

 *HappyDance*

One of the arties has to leave, so we have room for another guildie. 5 of us and a pugger who seems to be enjoying the casual style we’re putting forth.

I haven’t ran MTO for a long while, mostly because it’s such a specific quest where you need a trapper and people who are willing to listen and DON’T ZERG.

MTO is the ultimate NO ZERG quest, it’s awesome. If you haven’t run that quest yet: I’ll try not to spoil too much, and you should give that quest a try!
Minor spoiler: This quest is planted with traps, think Undermine but differently.

At the entrance I try to warn the party. DON’T ZERG, keep with the group. Let the arti go first to detect, locate and disable the traps, when he says clear you can go. Don’t go with the arti. Stay back. Wait h…..

*ding*
*ding*
*ding*
*ding*

“Okay, whomever that was, that’s not how we’re supposed to do it. We’re just at the beginning so let’s recall, rebuff and restart.”

Take 2: At the entrance I try to warn the party. DON’T ZERG, keep with the group. Let the arti go first to detect, locate and disable the traps, when he says clear you can go. Don’t go with the arti. Stay back. Wait h…..

*ding*
*ding*
*ding*
*ding*

Ok, I exaggerated that a bit, but I think the trapper died about 10 times and I had 4 deaths, the others had deaths as well but I stopped counting. Only one or two tunnels in.  After death number toomany I released. “Did you just recall Ekei?”  “Why yes I did. This is awful guys. I have too many death penalties, no buffs and no sp.” “ Oh……ok, let’s all recall, rebuff and restart then.” I think they got the clue now: DON’T ZERG!
Stay behind the trapper, let him do his job and when clear you can go kill.

And low and behold, it seems to be working now. Surely the trapper still dies a few times. Being an arti it’s rough dancing between the traps trying to disarm them. But the group knows the drill now and we slowly work our way up to Arnold’s chamber. I love how the devs named the boss ARN-01D. After Arnold Schwarzenegger. Too funny.
In my younger days I used the tactic of pulling Arnold back to the rails instead of fighting him in his room. So I ask this group where to fight him. No discussion from my guildies: in his room! He’ll be dead before he even blinks. Lol. And so it happens, very easy end fight. Not like in my early DDO career when this could be a killer after struggling through all those trapped tunnels for hours.

We go through the 10 sealed doors to reach Haywire. The chicken hiding there in his room. We’ve gone through all this so give us your loot and xp! That’s another 9k xp and my ultimate favorite quest finished. Woot!

MTO: Made To Order. Or Might Trap Others, as my guildies tried to get each other killed in the traps. It was fun and I hope they didn’t mind me being bossy. I wanted that quest done properly!