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Showing the Kunark love….

Posted by revenants on November 15, 2007

Hi all.  Yes, yes. I know it’s been a while since my last post.  Not much has happened in game for me until RoK release.  All that I seem to have had time for is a bit of Hoo’Loh hat chasing with Morriana. It’s a nice change to do that quest with a set group that are all on the same page. I have done it three times before but always with PUGs and it is a real pain trying to get updates when not everyone needs them.  Anyhow this time we did it as a group. There was of course Konador, who was tanking for us, Emarald, Daltieri, Ysabella and Dwimmerlaik. Of course Morriana also. We managed to get the first few quests done and then moved on to HoF to get those updates. We unfortunately only got two and still need the formless abominations from there due to the late hour. We did however get our Skarize and Sothis updates. It was nice taking down Sothis with our relatively low level group for that fight. Daltieri was our highest group member at 67. Konador tanked it at 66.  We were all quite pleased we got Sothis, first pull, no deaths.

Anyhow, on to more important business! RoK!! Wow. Loved it last night. Although I had to wait a full day to play it after release due to crappy download speeds and my wifes computer and downloads going awol..eventually I got sorted and logged Shahlai in. Shahlai was my very first toon I persisted with in EQ2 and as such she is going to be, (alongside Shadowraethe) one of the first two toons I get to 80. I’ll drag the others up slowly later.

So I met up with Konador and Daltieri at the docks in Kylong Plains. We did a clean sweep of all the quests that are available and slowly but surely worked our way through them.  Myself, I am in no particular rush to 80. Of course I want to get there but as long as it happens, I am in no rush.  But by the time we had done a couple of hours of questing, Shah was already 40 % into 70. 

Exploring the new zone I cannot explain how excited I was.  Exploring in EQ2 is one of my first loves in the game. I love to see new content and geographical locations that they create so wonderfully at SoE.  Although Kylong Plains is the only zone I have visted so far, I can make only a few comments on what I thought as one word describes it …Marvellous! What I am not going to do is give a walkthrough of the original few quests in the zone. You see I really do not want to ruin it for anyone. Let me just say this…you will have fun…incredible fun!  So if I am not going to talk about the quests or what to do there..what shall I discuss. Well, in all honesty I think a picture speaks a thousand words..so I am just going to post some of my screenies from last nights session. That way you can get an idea of how wonderful this new zone looks. The content is just as good as the scenery!

Just as an aside..one reason I throughly enjoyed my time last night was the freeby claim items on my account. Imagine my surprise and glee when I opened my free LoN booster pack and found a nice little loot card. Woohoo! We all love loot cards….but I love mine a little more than normal..see the piccy below to see why…and it was free! Well that’s my luck used up for this year.

 I hope you enjoy the piccies as much as I enjoyed exploring Kylong Plains and taking them. Until next time.

Warg Drum

Shahlai in Dark Elf form on her new LoN loot toy! I’m speechless! (Karnors castle in background)

Flying Mounts

What all the cool kids are riding nowadays..this is the griffon replacement.

Buzzin’ some Rhinos on Arctic Safari

Brrrrrrrrr….

Just because..

 Just because I can !

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Betrayal, Crab Sticks & The Return of the King..

Posted by revenants on October 29, 2007

 Buckleton

 Pirate Buckleton, the Brigand

Super super busy week for me folks!  Both in and out of game. Unfortunately this week my wife has been very poorly (she still managed to log on though eh? – Ed) with Bronchitus and as such some of my game time has been cut down being nursemaid / slave.  Not that I mind really, it’s always fun looking after those we love.  Get better soon hun.

In game..phew busy week…to name but a few things I have done since my last post…raided Crab, betrayed Buckleton to FP and a Brigand, basket quests, tanked a dynamite session in Breeding Grounds, a bit of harvesting, DoF instances with the uber-group, Village of Shin timeline, Court of Innovation, Sanctum of Scaleborn, Klak A’non, and writs.  Leaving the best until last…I finally met Brackishwater on Nektulos Docks! It was really great to see you! Always good to put a name to face, or a face to a…nvm, lol. I hope you got the feysteel cluster I sent you. Sorry it was late, I didn’t get around to sending it until a couple of days after we met. 

To top the weekend off tho, two of my mates returned to EQ2. One from Runnyeye server where they have been living for a few months and one back from retirement! Kaelkardan….welcome back buddy…glad to see you have returned to your roots !  I have known Kael only through game, but have known him for quite some time.  He is one of those guys that is golden, if I knew him in RL I just know we would all get on like a house on fire. Also good to see his better half Aurale..so great to see you folks back.  And one of the Stafford crew has returned to us from retirement!!  Close personal friend of mine and Daltieri since we were kids, the King Hurakahn – Konador has returned!   /kneel.  Awesome to have your godly tanking ways back amongst us buddy.

So the most fun thing this weekend..well it has to be Saturday evening. We all got together about 8pm and the group was Kondor tanking, Emarald healing, Sashka (Aurale) warding/healing, Buckleton & Daltieri dps’ing and Kaelgaiden on crowd control.  It’s always a guaranteed good night when the whole gang gets together.  We started off with a run through the Hidden Cache, which was a load of fun. Time to apologise to Konador, who I purposefully got killed by Mullok during an extended AFK he took. Sorry mate, I just couldn’t resist it. The funniest part was the inquisition that was held on his return to finding Konador eating the dirt and the rest of us just standing around innocently.  We followed up with a run into The Sanctorium which was a bit of a wash out, as we couldn’t work out how to get the last mob active. Always fun dodging epic x4 mobs though. From there we headed to The Court of Innovation. In the advent of druid ports it was just a very short hop to Steamfont then on to the dungeon.  For this one Kael sat out and I two boxed Buckleton and Shadowraethe who mentored down.  Sods law that when we got to the end mob I had to rush off due to RL stuff and missed the opening of the ornate chest…which dropped a very nice one handed piercing that Bucky would have loved…oh well, you win some, lose some.  All in all an amazing night really.  Not just for the pleasure of hunting with a group that gels so well no one has to ask questions at all we all just know what each other are going to be doing, but for the hilarious company on ventrillo and in game.  The downtime enforced by uncontrollable laughter was at an all time high.  Thanks for a really great night all, it will go down as one of those MMO memories that is not easily forgotten.

So what else…well Shahlai took part in a mini, ad-hoc Elven Blades raid on the Crab in Village of Shin.  It only took a very short time, but as ever it was nice to hang out with Shahlai’s family at the Blades.  Crab went down second time of trying. the first time, I messed up as I was supposed to be calling the DPS over TeamSpeak and was pressing the wrong button to transmit so no one heard a thing..consequently DPS went way too high and we wiped to the adds.  A valiant effort though as we very nearly did it even so.  Second pull was a lot better as I finally got my act together and the DPS stayed perfectly hovering around 3.2k… the Crab was turned into crab sticks in short order.

Lastly Buckleton decided that it was time to get to know his ‘bad self’ and the betrayal to Freeport and the journey to becoming a Brigand began.  On my various toons I have done the betrayal quests about 5 or 6 times now.  I have betrayed from Freeport to Qeynos, Qeynos to Freeport and Neriak to Qeynos.  never done the Kelethin ones though or betrayed to Neriak.  One thing I can say though, is wow…tedious!  The parts of any of the betrayal quests where you are questing to leave the city, or gaining your citizenship are usually quite good fun. It’s that bit in the middle when you are doing the faction quests so your new city will accept you and give you the citizenship quests.  I find it very monotonous.  Now I am not going to moan too much about it though. I did do the original betrayal quest back in the day and I can still recall the pain of it.  The new ones compared, are a walk in the park.  So Buckleton is now a Brigand sitting at 53rd level. He is only equiped with adept 1’s, as buying a whole new load of adept IIIs was not financially viable..in any way..phew even just buying adept1s it cost me a fortune!  He has taken up residence in Stonestair Byway, which is appropriate seeing as he is Kerran and I didn’t want to fork out anymore cash than I had too following the adept expense.  Reasons…I have already been asked a few times why I decided to move from swashy to Brig as Swashies do seem to dish out more DPS.  Well that is part of the problem. My main toon has always been Shahlai. She was the first toon I stuck with and the first to 70. She is just pure DPS though and I wanted a little of something else. The Brigands debuffs and spells like Dispatch add that little extra something for me.  A different focus, and I can relax a little later on and not just chase a parse top slot.  Anyhow, Buckleton decided to celebrate by doing the Far Seas quests in Village of Shin to get a new bed for his hovel!

Finally, I would just like to make a quick comment about the zone review. I did say i would do an EQ1 memory session on each EQ2 zone they request…well the most recent is Nektulos Forest.  I can’t really do a review of the EQ1 zone and my memories there, as they consist of 3 levels at newbie log before I got bored of my dark Elf and using it as a highway to Lavastorm.  So apologies…I really haven’t any memories of the origianal Nek Forest worth mentioning.  It does highlight the difference between the old and new though. The new Nek forest in EQ2 is pretty much the same in name only…it far outweighs what was pretty much a corridor that was used to get to other places.

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Mayong…..you little minx!

Posted by revenants on October 24, 2007

Mayong..Tough Guy

Mayong Mistmoore…Tough Guy…wearing my Dads slippers.

Mistmoore Inner Sanctum. Sounds mysterious, no?  For most experienced raiders this zone is now probably old news.  But I have only been there a few times, so the mystery and excitement value is still there.  It was quite a long night really, with highs and lows as is usual when raiding. Lows…well, I got reminded of one of the reasons that I started to get ‘raid fatigue’…the waiting around…it drives me crazy!  Of course it cannot be avoided totally with the need to sometimes swap out toons for certain fights, or when someone has to go unexpectedly and we have to wait for a replacement.  It still doesn’t stop me going a little weird while we all stand around and wait. After making myself a nice cup of rosey-lea, smoking a cigarette I am usually starting to get twitchy.  It has been known for me to move my remote mouse and keyboard well out of my reach so I don’t do something stupid just because I am bored.  Last night I had an overwhelming urge to charge a Blood Collosus….naked. No, I have absolutely no idea why. Yes, this does make me a little strange. Like I said…sometimes while waiting around, I can get a little twitchy. 

Joking aside though, I think too many afks, or 20 minute pauses has a pretty big detrimental effect on the effectivness of the raid force.  Pretty much everyone gets a little bored. They lose concentration. If it is later on in the raid and people are getting tired, the afks seem to have a huge effect on the force as a whole in it’s ability to gel as one. Reaction times and awareness of the player suffer. The ironic thing is later on in the raid, the effects of long pauses get worse…which is typically when everyone needs to be on the ball and totally alert as the nameds typically get harder further in to most raid zones.

Last night as we got to waiting to attempt Mayong, our necro had to leave due to the lateness of the hour.  They disbanded from the raid but before they left the zone they stuck around handing out hearts at the request of a few raid members. Now the only problem was, in the mean time the gap in the raid that was left after their leaving was filled.  When our standby member zoned in…our Defiler got a message saying something along the lines of “You have exceeded the total amount of players allowed in this zone. You will be removed from the zone in 5 seconds”  And so our Defiler was kicked back into the castle before they any time to do anything about it.  Obviously with the lock-out timer in place, we were all more than a little cheesed off.  Some of us knew about this zone rule (I have had it happen to me in Unrest when someone invited another in to our zone to collect their SoD statue) but unfortunately due to afks etc, we didn’t catch the problem in time.  So, our Defiler was sitting outside MMiS, the raid force was dejected and pissed off. Enter GM Galatee…hero of the hour.  Now I was under the impression that GMs will never mess with zone timers..I was wrong. GM Galatee turned up after chatting to one of our raid members and all of a sudden..pop..our Defiler was back..bloody awesome!  A HUGE thank you to GM Galatee for your time and efforts.  You saved our skin!! 

Someone made a joke comment before GM Galatee left, saying “Now if only they can just stick around to help with Mayong”…oh how I wish they had.  We only tried four times due to the late hour, but Mayong pretty much pwned us from the start. I honestly reckon we could have done it. Our DPS was certainly high enough with an average of 26K +. So what was to blame? Personally I think it was what I was talking about earlier. Fatigue, loss of concentration and tiredness.  When everyone was fresh, we decimated all the other nameds absolutely no problem at all.  When we attempted Mayong, we had just been standing around for best part of 40 minutes.  Again , no ones fault. I guess these things just happen.  We are hoping to get him next week.  I cannot see any reason why we won’t…as long as we start a bit earlier, everyone is on time and we don’t have too much time standing around. 

So I mentioned the lows…the highs? GM Galatee saving our asses, spending time with a bunch of fantastic people, Shahlai (me) being raidwide parse leader up until the last three nameds (where I slipped to fifth overall), and plenty of very useful loot for our raid force.  I had a great time. Thank you to the Elven Blades, Shahlai’s guildmates for your amazing company, helping to rid me of a little bit of ‘raid fatigue’ and of course the fun. Thank you to GM Galatee (again) for surprising us all and sorting our zone timer problem.

See you next week Mayong.

Oh btw, congratulations to Daltieri on your 59th Level. Well done mate!

Mayong getting feisty

Mayong getting feisty…the little minx…with Shahlai’s furry ears in foreground !.

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