The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

While the film wasn’t anything to write home about the music was written by Trevor Rabin formerly of yes. And the blog is about the two first life sorcerers that are parked at the moment. I have run the birthday event to equip them with full sets of the appropriate Forum Post clubs. I also picked up a Ban Hammer but that is for another time.

Grousefrost is obviously is my Water Savant, since the introduction of racial reincarnation I have decided to do the race aspect first with him, it seems sensible to get as many racial action points as early as possible. This will also apply to my earth savant. However they will go in different directions as Frost is going to go heroic and epic.

I was thinking how best to differentiate between the two sorcerers, doing exactly the same thing would be boring so  I will find paths that are different with flavours from the racial path in terms of where they will end. Frost should be Aasimar for his last life. Grousemerlin is planned to finish as a Dragonborn and Grousejoro will finish as a human.

Grousejoro is my Earth Savant and he is about to heroic reincarnate to support my guild as she starts her first reincarnations. I am only required to make sure there are no slip ups on Misery Peak. Once she hits the Harbour she will be fine running quests that she has probably forgot. But is will give her a chance to develop her ranger.

Joro will at some point move forward but he will get attention when Merlin is finished and as I want a Warlock further on GrouseAlden is likely to get the attention in terms of hours invested. I am also running a Monk and a fighter at the moment but I try to have a caster and a melee option available.

Anyway this is a rambling where I am now. I will pick up the development of my monk who was reincarnated a few weeks ago but got dropped while I zapped my way through the birthday quest.



Happy Birthday To Ya

Happy 13th Birthday to DDO remarkable that the game has been going so long. As I was originally on the European Servers run by Codemaster I almost didn’t make it. So officially I have been playing 9 years on Ghallanda and still loving every minute. I have been playing practically every day, in fact it is hard to remember a day off. Other games have come and gone because games have a lifespan.

I suppose like many I came here from the pen and paper and that has given me a level of loyalty. The updates and expansions have kept the game fresh and made me want to spend more time than I should playing. At least I can say I have never felt like stopping.

And of course we have the birthday quest, which at the point I am talking about it has become a little grindy (inventing words). I set out originally to get the full set of Caustic Forum Posts’ and the Captain Bling cosmetic hat. Hat obtained but I cot a complete set of Icy Forums instead. The intention is to suffer the grind to get the caustic and flaming clubs as well as the Icy so I am only about a third through my target. Going to get there though, you can see what I have done so far.

The Sharn expansion is going up for pre purchase this much and those who buy it (who me lol?) will have early access to Tieflings. Looking at the information about them they seen to make for a natural fire savant. So need the flaming forum posts, I already have the shocking ones and he is grinding the party favours to get the rest of the goodies I want this year.

Happy Birthday DDO looking forward to at least another ten years.

Clan Grouse

Street Fighting Man

Today I want to talk about Grousemot the Monk leader of Clan Grouse. He was at cap for several years and had to step up each cap change to stay there. He has been a hunter or tokens of the twelve and heart seeds for everyone else but I decided it was time for him to get on the past life path. He was my skater and runner for the events but I have other options for most and hope by the next mid winter festival he will at least be back at cap for the third time.

I have pu the images in order so it gives you a visual clue of what I did to reincarnate Motty in terms of process. The real thing here is the epic past life, the heroic past life benefits feel better after a second reincarnation. Once I have the 3 past lives epic and heroic I am not planning to add any more epic while I am doing racial. Just want those three levels of double strike.

Racial reincarnations are important for a monk as the race will decide on what stance. Wind stance is for dexterity which works well with Halflings. If I was running Mountain Stance then Half Orc would be a better choice. If I can get through all the races the final choice is like to be to come back to my favoured Wind Stance and work through a dex build. And just because wind is my preferred monk stance I know enough to work in any stance.

The week back as lowbie character has taken time to adjust to. One punch kills are not an option any more. Need some more levels to get that. I am enjoying running the Harbour again. I could have got though it quicker but I am not a reaper fan, although if I want the reaper wings guess I better get off my butt and try to gather reaper xp. At the moment though I still enough smelling the roses and enjoying the scenery.

It is fun to come back to the lower levels and having an overpower character during the birthday event should mean I can get several forum posts, however this time I want caustic rather than shocking. I have a Earth Savant that has turned level 20 and he may be the best choice to help my guildie off of Korthos when she reincarnates. The other choice would be my cleric who is also sitting at level 20.

Too many toons never enough time


Shortcut to Somewhere

So the Midwinter Festival and Risia Ice Festival are upon and I am up and down from that ramp way to often. This is my favourite festival as of all the options to improve weapons Festival Icy Burst is the best choice IMHO. So I was almost down to half a chest on the ship and now it is full again and several characters have taken more equipment.

In general I make sure this weapons are bound and attuned to avoid permanent damage so I try to plan that most of the reincarnations and the end life will be able to use the weapons. So a lot of planning on who gets what for my characters but I am sure everyone is the same in working  on characters to make sure they are best equipped for their futures.

I have a Dwarf for all my axes and a b Sword specialist (not swearing lol), Kukris for the completionist, a rapier for my swashbuckling bard etc. By planning carefully I can select weapons at the outset that should last my characters.

And now thanks to planning decided this a good time to reincarnate my dex speed monk Grousemot. He does all the ice jumps and has a habit of over jumping into the tower on the Island where we land from Korthos. Certainly easy to spin round once ready for the next ice festival maybe even twice if I focus less on my sorcerer.

This is what I love about the game, there are so many options it is difficult to see how one gets bored in game unless it is the daily run of devil’s assault for some characters. I still love it enough to not worry about that yet.

Happy Festival Grousemot


So this particular blog piece is designed to help my guildie get her head around reincarnations. It may help others and for a lot of people it will be like boring done this loads of times. However we have a player who has a character almost hitting the level 30 cap and two at level 20 so she is thinking that she should be doing something. Probably doesn’t help her that I am always talking about who is due what. But if you are going to get the most out of your characters reincarnation does help.

As my guildie doesn’t run an Iconic we will not be talking about them but the process is similar to an epic reincarnation. So to the process to reincarnate, it is easy enough that you go to the reincarnation grove in the hall of heroes and have a chat with the lifeshaper. The one thing you will need to be reborn is a “heart”, for heroic class you need a heroic true heart of wood, for racial you need a true heart of blood and for epic you need an epic heart of wood. when you take any of these you will get a past life feat that benefits you for the rest of your lives.

For a heroic racial reincarnation you use the true heart of blood which you get for exchanging 20 tokens of the twelve when you hit level 20. My guildie runs either human or half elf for the 3 characters she is looking at so if she reincarnates racially she would get either +1 to diplomacy or +1 to haggle on the first racial. However with racial you get better abilities with the more of a race you do. Human’s get +1 to wisdom for their second reincarnation and Half Elf get +1 to Charisma. If you take a third racial reincarnation you get +1 racial action point to spend in the race enhancement tree.

For a heroic class reincarnation you use the true heart of wood which you get for exchanging 20 tokens of the twelve when you hit level 20. A ranger would get an automatic bonus of +2 Damage with ranged weapons and the option of taking a past life feat which would add +2 to your spot and can produce barkskin 3 times per rest. An artificer gets a +1 bonus to all intelligence based skills and a +1 to use magic device, these stack so you can reincanate 3 times and add the bonuses together, the fourth time you no longer get any extra benefits, the artificer past life feat you get a 15% chance of not using a charge when using a wand and you can produce either an enchant armour of enchant weapon. Finally for the Paladin you get a passive 10% positive healing amplification which stacks up to 30% and you can take the Paladin feat which adds +2 to your heal skill and you can invoke divine favour 3 times per rest.

For an epic reincarnation you need an epic true heart of wood which you can get exchanging 42 heart seeds or 4200 commendations of valour. You also need to have 6m Karma which you get if you only focus on 1 epic destiny rather than complicate things. A ranger would normally choose from the Primal Sphere, your passive bonus no matter which stance you choose is +3 maximum hit points and +4 per 10 character levels. The option the is a choice of Double shot, fast healing or colours of the queen, however for me fast healing is too beneficial to choose anything else (I am sure there are people shouting at the screen right now).

The trick to gathering heart seeds is when a character is capped (Level 30 20 heroic and 10 epic) performing an epic quest you get 2 heart seeds as an option in you final rewards from the quest giver. If I needed heart seeds and tokens of the twelve I would farm Devils’ Assault as my perfect choice. The heart seeds are easier if you have multiple capped characters to farm them from quests. So for every 100 commendations of valour you can exchange them for 1 heart seed and for 100 fragments of the twelve you can exchange them for a token of the twelve.

The actual process of reincarnating is easy to follow from the life shaper in the reincarnation grove. However I would say that you read the the wiki over and over if you are planning a lot of past lives to make sure you use the right heart to reincarnate with. I am normally planning at least 3 lives ahead which might seem crazy but given the number of characters and past lives I already have it makes perfect sense to me.

Hope this makes the process less terrifying for a certain person so we can make her characters more powerful. At this point everything in the characters personal bank and in the inventory including what is being worn will go into a reincarnation cache so all the equipment you worked hard to get will be there for you once you get off of Korthos. This helps when you are planning or you next lives as well insuring you have good equipment when can access the bank.

Time for a rebirth. And I know my guildie what you are going through please take your time this will be here when your ready!!!


Electric Man

Today’s title comes from a track by Rival Sons. And as I have epic and heroic racially reincarnated my Air Savant it is as accurate as an title I have picked for my blog entries.

So I have worked on my completionist and my savant and literally alternating playing them each day. With all the boosts I have now it has become a lot easier blasting through the early levels and with the stunning effect of sonic blast I often get some time to decide who dies in what order. And of course once you hit level four you take electric loop as your first second level spell.

I am power levelling with both now I have hit level four because that is the way I have always done it for the last eight years. Not something DM would ever let you get away with in the PnP (Pen and Paper) version. But online it is a thing and I am guessing a lot of us do it. Now I could level faster if I played reaper etc but I still enjoy the journey and want to take it in rather than rushing and not enjoying it.

I don’t even think about what I take in enhancements as I go forward with the character build. I have done it so many times I wonder if I could make a mistake while not thinking and just assume I got it right? Nope too many times I have made savants and each one has a natural order to being built that has become instinctive. If anyone ever wants help with any of the savants can ask here or on twitter and glad to help.

Obviously the other classes are not as easy for me and I have never levelled an eldritch knight beyond eight so that is something I couldn’t advise on.

Starting to get the feel of writing again.


Sign Of The Southern Cross

So this is a New Year and Black Sabbath always a great band to listen to so a reference to the southern stars would in this case refer to the first big City to celebrate New Year being Auckland, New Zealand.

So new year and a new start, I have epic and heroic reincarnated Grouseman the Kukri wielding completionist. Played as a ranger last life and for his first Epic Reincarnation taken fast healing as his past life stance. Thinking I will go back to ranger next racial reincarnation as I fancied playing as a fighter for a change.

So the heroic reincarnation was a racial one, so I have just started my third halfling past life. Thinking I will shift to either human or drow next. plenty of time to worry about that when I get there. However I will be doing another character’s rebirth.

Yep timed it so Grousemerlin will reincarnate tomorrow and will be working through his racial lives now. Looking forward to seeing how easy it is with an epic past life added to the mix. Keeping it nice and short today.

Happy New Year from Clan Grouse