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Quick!! We have an escapee!!

Posted by revenants on December 11, 2007

Karnors Castle

Shadowraethe has been pottering around Karnors Castle fairly regularly. 

 

Since my last post, we have had a traitor to the Revenants cause!  That’s right Shadowraethe has defected and joined another guild. “Why?” I hear you scream, “The travesty of it all!”…OK, so maybe you’re not that interested, but I am going to explain why anyhow.

 

Since Shahlai left The Elven Blades due to my waning interest in raiding, all of my toons have been firmly ensconced in Revenants.  I was quite happy with things that way, and things were moving along nicely.  However, I have recently been playing a lot with the usual crew and they seem to have all experienced  a strange gravitational pull to the Order of the Black Hand guild. 

The reasons for this are a few, but the main ones are that my wife Emarald joined the guild, as our very good friend Hadyn persuaded her to. Ever since she has been having a ball and loving it over there.  Now wherever Ema goes, there are a small tribe of her errr… ‘hand maidens’ who seem to follow Ema everywhere. Some of these are in my regular hunting group. Then a couple of my best buds in RL joined the guild (Konador and Takoul {Daltieri}). So it eventually seemed that most of my regular group were all cosseted in the warm embrace of a Black Hand (You don’t half talk some rubbish – Ed).

 

So when I sit down to log in a few nights ago and my wife tells me that Hadyn has constantly been asking her to get me to join the guild. She promised him that she would try, even suggesting a few ways that she would try to entice me over ( I won’t even ask! – Ed). The thing is all she had to do was ask. Yes, I would have been more than happy to keep all of my toons in Revenants. I still have a general feeling of..meh…whenever anyone tries to get me to raid. But when a whole bunch of RL and in game friends that you have known for most of your life have made the move, then you are asked also, it’s not such a hard decision to make.

 

Now Revenants will continue on as Shadowraethe is the only one I have removed from there and in to OBH. For the foreseeable future though it seems that as I am spending a lot of time playing Shadow, that Revenants is going to be slightly neglected.

 

Now I think one of the reasons that Hadyn wanted me in the guild is that we hunt together a lot anyhow and have a lot of fun. However, I have the feeling his long term plans are to build a raid force.  With my hiatus from the raid scene and my apathy towards it, I am not sure how I feel about this.  I wouldn’t ever agree to do something I don’t want to do (unless Ema wills it – Ed) but I have the distinct feeling that with Hadyn and OBH, when I am asked to raid, of course I will help out and gladly. If for no other reason that I respect and like Hadyn so much. 

I left Elven Blades because although they were a casual raid guild with no raid attendance policy, they were getting more and more raid focused, which is no surprise when looking at the content they were cracking on with at a very nice rate.  At that time I felt guilty when everyone was being a team player and pulling their weight, and I wasn’t. Not that anyone there ever moaned at me about that. In fact they were more supportive of that decision than I could have hoped for.  Problem was that because I wasn’t attending these events, I found it hard to integrate in with the rest of the folks there, which is a shame as they all seemed really great.

 

Now I wouldn’t have that problem with OBH as I already know a good number of them and like I said, some I have known for most of my 30 years (30+ ye old git – Ed). So the feeling of awkwardness would probably not be present. Would this mean I will start enjoying raiding again as the banter and cosy feeling of ‘home’ is already there? Or will I find that my main problem is with the raiding itself ( I really do hate the waiting around).

 

I guess at the end of the day I will just have to wait and see what happens.  I do know for sure though, that being surrounded by such a great bunch if I made the decision not to raid, it would be respected and not challenged. I would also probably not have that guilty ‘not a team player’ feel as we do a hell of a lot together just grouping, duo’ing etc etc. Time will tell.  For the moment Shadowreathe is extremely happy to be amongst friends and I am loving my time in OBH even though I used to group with those folks all the time anyhow.

 

It’s nice to feel part of a family sometimes and being surrounded every time I log on with good friends from both in game and RL, EQ2 for Shadow at the moment is bliss. Oh and yes, she will still be carrying out the weekly Expose. Later this week, we will hopefully taking a look at either Konador or (his alt) Hurakahn.

 

Thanks to Order of the Black Hand for making me welcome.

 

 

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Gather round children….

Posted by revenants on December 7, 2007

Just a quick hello before a busy gaming weekend!

I wanted to let you know I have posted a TON of RP stories in that section.  So if you want a bit of ‘Storytime with Mother’, head over there and check it out.  Any feed back it gratefully received.  Gratuitous abuse will stored in a little box of love fairies to take away the bad feeling 🙂

See you all after the weekend and have lots of fun..what ever it is you are doing.

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Stinky Swamp..

Posted by revenants on November 8, 2007

Feerrotts

The Feerrott (s) and Bouncer Hurd muscling in! 

 

The Feerrott. Even the name creates an aura of dark mystery. Without even visiting the place you have an image of a stinky jungle/swamp. Not surprising really when most of us read the title as Fear- Rott.

It’s time for the zone review again. Over at SoE they have invited the community to once again give their guides and comments on the selected area. As usual, I am going to travel back in time (you told me you had lost that ability! – Ed) and give my impressions, memories of the old EQ original zone and compare it to the new.

 

The Feerrott was one of those zones that I rarely visited simply for its own content.  It was a corridor to get to Cazic Thule and Rathe…a place to dodge bouncers.  I guess I did spend a bit of time there hitting the temples (huts) around the Cazic entrance trying to get the Ravenscale Armour that used to drop of the mobs there as a rare. Lizardscale was the common drop. That was probably the most time spent in the zone to be honest, and that was to help a friend out.  So what do I remember about the zone?

 

After being spoilt with nice open zones like the Commons, the Deserts, Mountains etc etc…I must say I was pretty scared every time I was required to run across The Feerrott, because of the enclosed dark and dingy feel. I really did feel (originally) that I was running round a jungle and yes until I hit the river I was usually hopelessly lost. I would even go as far as to say before I got my navigation down, I felt pretty claustrophobic in this zone as a noob. Kinda the same feeling I got when negotiating Kithicor.  That was one reason why I felt a little apprehensive whilst running around The Feerrott but mainly it was because of the Bouncers. Until I had met them, I don’t think I had met a meaner, faster, tougher mob and the worst of them all was indeed Bouncer Hurd (as suggested in EQAtlas). I have to say it really was a pleasure to give him a right bashing in EQ2’s Feerrott whilst doing the Stein of Moggok HQ. Revenge did indeed taste sweet.

 

So yet again another zone that really was pretty much a by word for ‘I’m omw’. Another zone I spent most time in when I was travelling to somewhere else.  That has happened a fair bit now, with the zones SoE want reviewed. When I think back at the ‘old’ zone, it didn’t really mean that much to me. Maybe soon they will ask for a zone that correlates to an old EQ zone that I have plenty of play-time in.

 

What does strike me looking at the maps and comparing them, is again how small the old zone is compared to the new, and the HUGE amount of extra content the new zone holds.  Not only that they have turned it in to a much more demanding, visceral, sensual, mob / quest full zone, but they have made it a place to visit in itself.  I hunted in the new Feerrott before I went to Cazic Thule . I actually used the zone for some HQ’s and quests. The first time I entered The ‘old’ Feerrott was to travel through to get to Rathe (can’t for the life of me recall why!! I was way too low).  It seems the new might as well be a completely new zone and kin to its older brother in name only.  Nowadays I hardly ever visit The Feerrott, more due to being too high level than anything else. 

 

I can tell you one thing though..even though the new zone is far and away superior…I still hate them both.  Too cramped you see…I hate being enclosed. Gimme an open plain or a desert any day!

 

As for The Revenants, not much has been going on apart from writ bashing over the last couple of days. I am hoping to get some decent adventuring time tonight as my Dad is flying over to visit for the weekend, so my play time will virtually nil. Will be great seeing him though!

 

Oh, congratulations to Konador for 63 and Daltieri who is more than likely 67 by now. Well done guys.  You can tell you two are part time slackers or unemployed 😛

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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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Catching the Band Wagon to Living Tombs.

Posted by revenants on October 16, 2007

First things first I’d like to jump on a bandwagon. I normally do not like to do things like that, but in this case I really do think it is warranted.  I’m talking about a couple of interesting pieces, initiated by Average Joe and then picked up by Clockwork Gamer.  Basically, they hit upon the fact that we grief SoE so much, but we tend to forget what the workers there have brought to us.  I really cannot express how much I agree with them. How often do all of us go to work, spend 8 to 12 hours slaving away, stressed beyond belief because we have hit problem after problem?  It’s not going to be any different for all those responsible for bringing us EQ2. They have families, lives, goals, dreams, and a working life.  It is because of these hardworking folks that I can finish work and go home to my stress relief,  the haven that they have created for us.  Without them or ‘it’ would my life be any worse off? In the long run probably not. But it does remind me of something I was told by a blind teenager once, who had been blind his whole life. I asked him if it made him unhappy, depressed. To which I got the reply with a big grin “Why would it dude? I have no idea what I’m missing”. Now obviously no where near that on the ‘important’ scale, but the theory is the same.  If I had never played an MMORPG, I of course would not miss it.  But because the staff who work at SoE work so tirelessly and relentlessly to bring us the gaming nirvana that is EQ2, now I have tasted it, I wouldn’t ever want to give that up.  And we have all those at SoE to thank.  Clockwork Gamer got it right with the quote they used.  I am sure we are all often appreciative of the game given to us, but without voicing that gratitude our appreciation is largely worthless.  So shout it loud and proud, stop complaining about the downtime, bugs, things about the game you don’t like and assist us all in laying a HUGE amount of thanks to ALL the staff at SoE who work so hard to bring us this world where we can escape. THANK YOU.

Living Tombs Gang

Outside the Silent City

(from left) Sajia, Rissstan, Wifey Arasai, Sephreo, Ysabella and Buckleton (in elf form)

 So, I jumped off the bandwagon just outside The Living Tombs.  Mmmm, The Living Tombs.  Even the name creates a little mystery.  I can imagine sitting down on the couch with my 5 year old daughter and when asking her what we are watching, she replies “Scooby Doo and The Living Tombs”. Sounds exciting?  If you have never been there (and I suspect a fairly large percentage have) then it doesn’t ever seem so busy as PoF, Clefts, Klak. But Living Tombs and the Silent City are all around the same level, and in some ways I feel create a much better atmosphere to get your ‘adventure’ on.

So my wife and a couple of friends were heading there and I haven’t been to Living Tombs for so long it was a chance I couldn’t miss.  As most of the group were in their early 50’s i decided it would be best if Buckleton joined the fun.  Sitting at 51st level for some time now it wouldn’t hurt to dust off his weapons and head off with the scent of adventure heady in his nose.  Joining us were a few I already know (my wifes Arasai a 52 Warden, and Ysabella- a 52 Swashy -Dwendalyns alt, and Sajia a 52 Illusionist -Ddrows alt) and two others I had never grouped with before.  It’s always a little touch and go when you get a few you don’t know joining a group who are experienced at playing together. You really never do know the quality of player you are going to adventuring with.  Normally, unless it causes constant death I am not bothered either way…as long as the players seem nice.  But with this group it looks like I was lucky enough to get the whole package.  They were a lot of fun and not one of them were bad at their class.  Jackpot!  I love it when a plan comes together (OK stop it now..that isn’t a bandwagon..thats just plain plagurism-Ed).  We had a 52 Shadowknight – Rissstan, and a 54 Coercer – Sephreo.  Both Rissstan and Sephreo were admirable in their abilities and with Rissstans tanking and Sephs mezz fun they both proved more than their worth.

When we zoned in it was discussed what we should do as a few had never been to LT before, and those of us that had, hadn’t been here for a very long time.  So I encouraged everyone to inspect Jinja the Monkey (who btw is probably the best behaved monkey I have ever met) and we all picked up the access quest for the Silent City, ‘Searching for the Silent City’.  Now the last time I had done this quest was over a year and a half ago. It may even have been longer.  But we all thought it was worth doing as we were all approaching the time when we could make good use of the Silent City.  I am pretty sure you don’t actually have to do the access quest anymore to get in to the Silent City, but I am one for doing things the old fashioned way. I like the fact that that I have to work to gain entrance to a dungeon. That way, the first time I zone in, I can sigh with satisfaction of a job well done. It gives me a sense of progression beyond watching the exp bar.

The quest went fairly smoothly really. The basis of it is that we needed to find the right incantations from the Priestess’s in the Living Tombs.  This of course means slaying them. There are three of them (Sul Priestess of the Fyr’Un – Ara Priestess of the Fyr’Un – Rin Priestess of the Fyr’Un) and each one can be found in a separate part of The Living Tombs.  The four parts are Trade Court, Residence Court, Priestess Court and Statue Court.  The three Priestesses can be spawned by completing the small ring events in each of the first three sections.  The third ring event can be a pain in the arse, with having to move an urn about to get a PH to spawn before the Priestess will even show her face. Luck was on our side though and when we arrived in Priestess Court, she was already spawned and waiting to die….which was nice. The last section Statue Court, is where you utter the incantation the Priestess used. This turns the large statue in the middle of the area into a bridge to cross and hence get access from the Tombs in to The Silent City. Clicking on the entrance to SC completes the quest.

 The biggest problem we had was me getting us lost.  As I said, it had been quite a while since I had been there, but like any man I found it hard to admit I didn’t have a clue where I was going.  The first Priestess went well (until my wife fell off the snakes head statue and we had to go get her and do it all again *grin*) and after venturing in to the tunnel to Residence Court I was kinda lost. All I could recall was that we had to climb a wall at some point.  From that point on, I was thanking my lucky stars that I use the UI mod Fetish Nightfall. The clickable icons next to my mini quest updater put me straight through to the relevant page on the ‘guide’ websites (either EQ2i or Allakazham) so the downtime whilst I found out what the hell we were supposed to be doing was minimal.  Even so, I have to thank everyone for their patience and also Rissstan for not just standing around while I checked, but for keeping the mobs and exp flowing nicely.

Perhaps the most memorable part of this quest is always the statue you have turn into a bridge to cross. It is always a gamble who is going to miss the jump (yes there is a small gap to traverse). This time it was myself and Sajia took the plunge. A quick consultation of the map on how to get back up to the bridge and we were off again. No worries on the second jump for myself. Sajia obviously decided that she needed another bath in the green goo as she took the plunge again! Oh how we laughed.

 Thanks again to everyone who needs thanking..

All at SoE for bringing us this beautiful game. Wifey, Ysabella (Dwen, Diangelo etc), Sajia (Ddrow), Risstan and last but most definitely not least..Sephreo…all for a great night fondly remembered.

NOTE:- I have added the screenshots of the main Guildhouse at 5 Erolissi Lane, SQ.  For more screenies of The Living Tombs please check out the Gallery (Adventure) page.

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The Week(end) that Was..

Posted by revenants on October 15, 2007

Den of the Devourer

 Daltieri goes batty in ‘The Den’, Kruelah, Morriana, Ddrow, Majissa and Dwendalyn

You will probably notice that during the weekend this blog doesn’t seem to get updated. Well there is a very good reason for this! I’m usually too busy playing EQ2 and doing normal family type things on Sat and Sun.  Updating the webby doesn’t usually get a look in at the weekends.

So if I have put in all these game hours..where were they spent? What did I get up to? Done some pretty fun stuff really. So let’s start at the beggining.  I spent a fair amount of time on both Killzum and Morriana and started the weekend off with Morrianas first trip to the Sanctum of Scaleborn.  It was a pretty good PUG that I managed to join and we did the normal run of the mill stuff. I started my Infiltrating the Sanctum questline and got the first one done and quite solidly working on the second.  I really need Morriana to get started on her Claymore line. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but it seems that if you leave starting this quest until it’s quite late on, the SoS part seems quite hard to get completed with it being tought o get specific Claymore groups.  So I plan on getting Morri sorted before she hits 60, then she can hopefully get her updates and progress the questline whilst she is exp’ing in there. Maybe Daltieri would like to join me in that venture?  It will be a lot easier to get the whole thing done if you wanna join in Dal *nudge*.  Hope you like the screenie of your Horde of Bats going off by the way Dal.  I thought it looked pretty impressive. Just a shame you and Kruelah’s warlock pet seem a little too cozy for the piccy.

Anyhow, after the SoS party broke up, I decided to go and do a bit of two boxing with Killzum and Morri at the Drednever Crashsite in Bonemire to complete a few quests and get some collection pages for The Big Bang Theory and Generations. Morri managed to get quite a few quests completed and picked up a LnL in the process.  I also managed to get the first part of Grizzfazzle’s quest done, which although a bit premature certainly paid off when I did a quick run through The Den of the Devourer on Sunday night with Daltieri, Kruelah, Dwendalyn, Majissa and Ddrow. Whilst I remember thanks to you guys from Dal and I for helping out and making the evening a fun one.  The upshot of that was that Morri got her Grizzfazzle’s Mace…but she can’t use it for 7 levels.  The guys also helped me with a run through ‘The Nest of the Great Egg’.  I don’t know about you folks, but I always get excited about doing a zone I have done many times before..on a completely new toon to the zone.  I guess it is in anticipation of the AA exp, loot etc.  On my mains they have so long ago updated 99% of their kit from Legendary to Fabled and have 99% of their masters, so re-doing zones like the Nest on those toons I feel is a bit boring. To me it is just killing time and not actually being around to achieve anything.  And I need that. When I log on I need a goal.

So, what else did I get up to this weekend?  I did so much I am having to delve deeply to dig the relevant info out of my alcohol fried brain (yes it was a heavy session of a weekend too).  With Buckleton I decided to give the third Bristlebane Deity questline a go.  It was quite a fun quest really. ‘Coin Job’ is given by that master of mirth Tobel Patadash on the EL docks.  The crux of the quest is that Tobel gives you a bag of chocolate coins and you are supposed to go and replace the Gigglegibber’s booty with the coins of choccy goodness. So he sends you off to the Gigglegibber Hideout. The entrance is like a round manhole cover underneath the water under the docks in EL. It is easily reachable without any sort of water breathing so no problems there.  Once inside it looks like a section from Runnyeye, and the idea is that you have to locate the vault. Some mobs can see through invis, some cannot. You know the ones that can as they obviously have the red line around their name.  If they see you though, they don’t actually attack you..they just kick you out of the hideout and you end up on EL docks again.  Anyhow, here is the trick to getting it done.  When you first zone in wait for the wanderer to back off down the corridor again the head left to the door. Open it but be ready to move back. If there is a mob by the door (that one will definitely see thru invis) chances are it won’t move in time for you to get in before the wanderer in the corridor comes back..be ready to move right back up to the zone entrance to wat for another chance. Once the mob just inside the door is gone move in and right straight away. The mobs on the right against the wall cannot see thru invis. You will probably see the vaults by now at the far end. Just take your time and make sure the see invis mobs wander away before you skirt the right hand wall all the way to the vaults. The quest should now update.  You then need to move back to the corridor you came in. I got spotted and kicked out at this point so I obviously got to start from the entrance again.  This time you will need to find a piece of paper that is harvestable which has the combination for one of the vaults on it.  You find this by heading straight up the corridor this time.  Again, dodge the wanderer in your way by waiting until he heads to the door on the left by the entrance the run up the corridor.  At the top you will see another door, open it and step just inside (you will not get aggroed here).  Again you are going to need to head to the right. The piece of paper has a few spawn spots, and can be tough to find.  the golden rule here is that in general the mobs on the right again cannot see thru invis, so head right as soon as the way is clear.  You will see a mound of rubbish to the right which you can get behind, behind that is a scribes desk with a quill on it. This is where I found the paper. Obviously be careful and watch the paths of the see invis mobs and normal mobs, as when you harvest the item you appear.  After this you have to read the paper you harvested and thenhead back to the vault room.  On my way out I got spotted again and was thrown out. That made it fairly easy actually as I still had the update but was back at the start again to get to the vault.  I followed the same path on the right hand side all the way to the vault and replaced the Gigglegibbers real coins with the chocolate ones.  Clicking on the vault and updating this part does not get rid of your invis.  After that it was a case of heading back to Tobel, then to Garby then back to Tobel to end the quest.  I must admit I was kinda dissapointed.  On the other deity quests that I have done, on the third quest you get the deity pet as a reward.  Not so with Brisltebane. It must be one of his big jokes because you don’t get the pet until the last quest has been completed and you get the cloak and pet at the same time.  I have no idea why the Devs changed it for this deity..but they did.  All in all though, a pretty good fun quest. When Buckleton gets to his mid 60’s he will be able to pick up the next quest in the line..until then I guess he’ll just have to wait.

Killzum did a bit of mentoring in Klak Anon to help out my wife with her warden. I have to admit I am pretty much what i would class as an ‘average’ tank.  I am by no means good at playing a tank..just OK. I seem to manage enough to do the basic job, but when add after add keep joining I tend to lose aggro a afair amount.  The reason I mention this? Well, I HATE Klak for that very reason. With all those flying thingys it is a nightmare for someone of my average ability to tank.  The adds just seem to get too much.  Anyhow, we waited for ages to get things going then headed off to CoI for a bit of instance fun…that was soon quashed when one of our group memebers neglected to tell us they were still locked out.  I managed about an hour and a half of tanking there before getting too frustrated with the add situation and had to take my leave before my stress levels burst.  The only reason I lasted that long was the fun I always have when grouping with my wife.

Morrianas first run to SoS

Morriana and her first visit to the Sanctum of Scaleborn

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Bug Hunter..

Posted by revenants on October 10, 2007

I achieved absolutely nothing last night on-line.  It seemed that due to RL induced tiredness, I really didn’t trust myself to tank or heal for a group.  I logged on with Shahlai my Assassin for a bit and narrowly missed out on a SoD group heading into MMC.  Shame really as Shahlai has been stuck on that bit for a while. Would have been nice to get it done.  But it wasn’t to be, so I logged in with Killzum and met up with Daltieri in Qeynos Harbour.  The reason?  Well, I am not sure how we got on to the subject, but we started talking about bugs and strange in game experiences over Ventrillo, when it became apparent Daltieri had never ventured over the rooftops in QH to the hidden entrance to South Qeynos.  Never been there before? Have no idea what I am talking about? Check out the map below for instructions. There is even some sort of clubhouse behind there with a sign telling you to use the main entrance.  Why is it there? No idea. Probably just a part the Devs were going to use, but decided against it.

QH map.

There is little point to going there apart from experiencing a quirk of the game.  Well that occupied a few minutes only so after zoning in to South Qeynos (the hidden way..ooooo!)  I set off following Daltieri about in a bid to annoy him.  At one point he was contemplating a bit of guard bashing to salve the boredom, but soon gave up on that idea when considering his mortality.  So we just wandered around a bit.  Right in the Northern part of SQ there is a small walkway that runs parallel to the waterway there.  We came across a most unusual sight. Check out the screenie..

SQ strange occurence

The numbers show how many NPCs were hanging around, totally stationary, no movement, doing…nothing. A couple seemed to be so friendly with their neighbour that they were stood inside of each other (1-4, 6 & 7,  8-10). Obviously a bug as we stood there for quite a while and they did not move an inch.  It was weird and actually was quite reminiscent to me of a bunch of manikins left in an untidy mess at the back of a clothes store. Mebbe it’s where the devs store their extra NPCs in case of an NPC emergency?

Nothing much achieved then really for an hour and a half session. Was nice to catch up with Daltieri though.  Fop that he is!  Check out his new gear in the Gallery (Adventure) for a lesson in fashion, ‘slick’ stylee.  He could charm the birds outta the trees that one.

Oh, you may also have noticed Killzum’s new Surname “Warg’Wrestler”. Probably not going to be permanent. Just something silly he was trying on for size!

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Thanks for the Memories..

Posted by revenants on October 9, 2007

I was chatting to my brother the other week and we were discussing the finer points of EQ1. We both used to play on the Brell Serilis server, and started a week or so after the game was released.  Immediately we were both hooked and set about getting everyone we knew involved.  Funny thing is, most of my friends had already bought the game and were getting involved themselves!  The game hit table top roleplayers like a sledgehammer. After years of MUDs and dodgy above view RPG games (well not all Dodgy!) but certainly limited, here came a game that allowed you to be that character and see though their eyes. A chance to interact with a world of evolving, fluid fantasy that previously even when playing games like Baldurs Gate, required a modicum of imagination to put yourself actually in your characters shoes. No more, EQ was born and with it my obsession with MMORPGs.  Memories of those early days are some of my fondest gaming in this genre.  I decided to base my first character on my very first and long running AD&D character, a Dwarvern Warrior. Udrath Stormheart.  If I close my eyes I can still feel the atmosphere as I mentally explore the original Butcherblock Mountains.  It is very surprising that even today being four years since I last played EQ,  I can still pretty much recall every hill, path, monument, guard hut, pulling spot, roleplay session, pretty much everything from my first days in EQ. It had that great an effect on me as a gamer.

Strange thing is, I am not sure I could ever go back.  Yes, I have amazing memories of my first petrified run from Freeport to Rivervale to meet my brothers character, Merecraft Oakenheart. Fantasic funny memories of falling off the boat from BBM to Freeport and being unable to find safe land for two days! But I honestly think if I went back I would rejoice for a short amount of time as I revisited all my favourite haunts, then I am absolutely sure I would get bored. 

You see, EQ1 is like everything else in our past. As times goes by we tend to recall our memories of that time with great fondness. The things that pained and distressed us at the time become funny memories. Something to laugh about.  The two day camp in Befallen for the Paw of Oppola guy, only to have him stolen from me when he popped, as inevitably I was making a cup of tea at the time.  I can laugh about that now.  At the time I was totally gutted at the loss, the waste of my time and the fact if I wanted the damn thing I was going to have to do it all over again.  I never even attmpted the JBoots.  The nightmare stories had drifted down through the community until it reached my poor frightened ears.  It was a scary story parents used to tell their children when they were naughty.

I could go on all day about the things I miss, the things I don’t.  But I guess the point I am trying to make (too right you are trying…try floundering-Ed) is that EQ2 has progressed so much from the original game in graphic content, and the developers trying to get personally involved with the community, their ideas and needs to progress on to hugely improving the substance.  For example something simple that we tend to forget and take for granted…the thousands of real life voice overs for the NPCs. Things that make the whole world of Norrath hugely more accessible and most importantly ‘real’ to us.  I guess my expectations from an MMO have moved on in line with the development of the genre.  Returning to EQ now, although I still get pangs to do so, would be a mistake. One that would ruin my fond memories of a legendary game.  Things have changed way too much for the better for EQ to be anything but a massively immersive and happy memory.

So. How can I recapture some of that feel, some of the originality? How can I repeat the emotions and nostalgia? Well, obviously going back to EQ is not an option. EQ2 is where I am at right now.  So I have decided to recreate some of the past, and ressurect Udrath Stormheart and his finely crafted history.  I am not sure that I will spend much time playing him…but when I am feeling nostalgic, he is the toy I can bring out to play.

Udrath Stormheart

Udrath Stormheart. A blast from the past.

(Grumpy Old Git)

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Who likes a Prankster?

Posted by revenants on October 4, 2007

I didn’t really achieve much online last night. I spent most of it taking part in a music quiz one of my RL friends set up over Ventrillo. What started off as some harmless fun and rivalry between him (The Quizmaster) and me and my wife (The Contestants) very soon turned out to be a full on intense competition as my wife and I tried to get to our buzzers first (Vent transmit buttons) to guess the song and then artist for one point for getting each right. The first to 20 was to win. The loser was to be the tea skivvy for the rest of the evening. The stakes were high, and emotions flowed with claims of unfair treatment, special treatment and general favouritism by the Quizmaster!  By the time 10 points had passed, it was close..I was on 10 points, my wife on 8…a short run of early 80’s alternative music gave me the edge I needed. I was certain victory was mine and that I would not have to make another cup of tea that evening!  So by the time 15 points passed, it was 11 to me and 16 to my wife!! How on earth did that happen! Well simply put, I sucked..big style. I had mind blanks, amnesia, err everything..I just couldn’t get the details to spurt out of my mouth..just mental blocks.  The final score was 20-17 to my wife. Yes I managed to pull a few back, but am honest when I say I think it was because my mate took pity on me and played a few only I would have a chance of getting.

Dissapointed and deflated..I wandered off to make the cup of tea.

 So when I returned I decided it was time for a little light hearted fun, and dragged my Swashbuckler, Buckleton through the first couple of Bristlebane diety quests. Other reasons why I wanted to start the questline included..the cool looking cow beast thingy pet and the fact Daltieri started the quest and I will always do what I can to turn something into a race!  I will win this time!! Although I am worried he has a few days off work, and this could give him the edge. 

It was quite good fun to be honest. Basically, the first few quests are your standard diety ‘travel all over Norrath to gather stuff’ quests.  This was a little different though. Sure the mechanics were the same, but I actually had a bit of fun. You see I was gathering ingredients for a practical joke cake! Now I know it is a little immature, but hey, I just love a prank! So I delivered a finely crafted cake to Garby one of the Gigglegibber clan and a disgusting concoction back to the Bristlebane diety quest starter Tobel Patadash on the docks of the Enchanted Lands. All in all it was quite good fun. I am looking forward to doing some more on those later.

Buckleton reasons with Tobel Patadash.

Tobel and Buckleton

 Tonight, I think Daltieri and I are going to try and get Saving Soles HQ finished.  There is not so much left for us to do, just get the Epic and then the Djinn.  Hopefully it won’t take too long, and then I will have another shiny new pair of boots…that will probably go next to my identical ones (Killzums) in the Guildhall. 

On another note, I did this short questionairre to find out what sort of guild Revenants is, and what sort of Guild Member I am..just a bit of fun really..here is the link 

Courtesy of Sanya @ GuildCafe – the MMO Purity Test.

(thanks to Broken Toys  blog for the original link and of course Sanya)

 My result was pretty spot on and came out as…

Colorful-Disciplined

The two attributes of your guild personality test indicate which players and guilds you would be most comfortable with, as well as what type of players you would prefer to recruit to your own groups. The two attributes of your result are:

  • Colorful indicates players and guilds who prefer an environment where *excessive* strong language and discussion of adult subjects are discouraged, but the occasional double entendre or ribald reference is still appreciated.

  • Disciplined players and guilds do not take their gaming too seriously, but like it when everyone at least makes an effort to try to succeed.

 

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