Players Handbook beats the Reaver!

Our static group ran through the last of the update 5 quests in DDO last night. The big top quest would have been a ton of fun.  Notice I say would have been...if we hadn't experienced mass kick outs.  I counted 12 boots while we were in that quest.  It got to the point where we actually considered just leaving. Such a pain to have the client fail over and over and over again.  I could find no rhyme or reason for it.  Some of us were running XP with Direct x9, some of us were running windows 7 with direct x10.  We are spread out across different states.  Our internet connections were not interrupted.  It just seemed to be something inside the quest.  Bleh.

I missed most of the quest waiting on loading screens, but I will say what I did see was beautiful.  I think the devs tweaked the music, and I would love to know who to thank for glorious tunes I heard in there.  The puzzles weren't too hard, and the traps and themed baddies made me giggle.

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Zeff pulled the Big top hat.  He raved about it.  I wish this was a cosmetic.  It's fabulous.  We did finally convince him to put his minos legens back on.  Something about a fighter running around without heavy fortification made our cleric rather cranky!

After our underwhelming Update 5 experience, we headed over to give the reaver another try.   Raids are always dicey for us.  Even though we are way above level now, we have sub par gear.  I think we have maybe 2 or 3 plus six items now.  We're moving up in the world!!!

It took us a few practice runs.  We got in the swing of things, and after a few tries figured out how to beat the puzzle.  I know most of you are going "ohhh" "aww" big deal, but when we are a solid 6 person group who don't use the auction house, use what gear we find in quests and pass around the hat for a wand fund, we are pretty dang proud of finally getting this bloody quest finished!!!

Hellmy the drunken dwarf did our flying and kept the big guy's agro while we waited for balls to light up, the sorcerer put down some dancing balls and firewalls in the entrance to compliment the cleric's blade barriers, our rogue super shot air elementals, our bard/pally helped heal and kill air baddies, and our fighter was our puzzler extraordinaire.

It truly was a group effort, and one I am super duper proud of.

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Players Handbook posing triumphantly around the loot.

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Screenshot or it didn't happen...

Over the weekend, I flagged Rowanchop for the titan with the DDOcast Build Guild crew and got an odd piece of loot.

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I am wondering why a warforged would need a docent with waterbreathing???  I keep thinking the devs are going to weed all of these anomalies out of the game.  LOL.  I know, I am a dreamer.

There is a new DDO ad circulating around.  I am not terribly thrilled with this one.  The graphics in this thing look awful.  What kind of machine were they playing on, an E machine with an integrated video card???  Anyways, I am happy we have ads, right?  Watch and see for yourself!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA1KrsVWJzY&feature=player_embedded

In news from around the web, WTH?

"Recently, Blizzard Entertainment implemented a Real ID feature for some of its current games and all of its future Battle.net-based games. Today, Blizzard announced that it intends to require usage of the real names of Battle.net posters for its StarCraft II forums before release, and for its World of Warcraft forums shortly before the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. From the announcement: 'The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID — that is, their real-life first and last name — with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. Certain classic forums, including the classic Battle.net forums, will remain unchanged.'" via Slashdot

Ummm, does anyone else find this as terrifying as I do? I don't use my real name to game. I have used Rowanheal for over a decade. Do I really want some raging forumite to look for me on facebook? Or to look me up in my hometown? Privacy on the interwebs is already under attack, and this post has me worried as heck about what else is coming down the pike. I don't use the forums over there, but I had planned on it when Diablo III comes out. *shrugs* Guess I will be skipping that.

If you haven't already locked down your online information, let this be a warning shot over your brow!!!

Game on!!!