Archive for May, 2013

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There once was a Gimpy first life Drow Cleric weidling at what time he thought was the best weapon ever! A simple Adamantine Rapier, that he became so fond of, he even bound it to himself so he’d never lose his precious sword. This Cleric weilded his gimpy rapier with majesty, flailing it at every Kolbold and sewer urchin he found, while trying to make sure his party members didn’t die off on him either. Truth was though, he was a HORRIBLE healer. It didn’t matter to him though. He thought he did awesome, as long as he had his precious rapier by his side and a cure light wounds in his pocket.

Then one faithful evening, he and a party of adventurers traveled out into the Cereluen hills to stick it to some hobgoblins that were up to no good. It was tough, but back then normal difficulty was as high as you needed to go to be tough on a gimpy little cleric and his precious rapier. However, there was one adventurer that stood out in his party like no other! He slayed the hobgoblins like it was nothing and jumped and leaped around like he was hyped up on 20 cans of some strong tonic and energy drinks.

The gimpy little cleric, amazed by this strange adventurer’s abilities, stuck close to him, ensuring he himself wouldn’t perish in the maddness of assault the hobgoblins had set up for the crew. He watched closely as this man didn’t even have his OWN rapier to use! Matter of fact, he used no weapons at all, other than his fist! From that day, he kept a close eye on other adventurers that he ran across like the man prior. Always watching and wondering. Can I do that too? Then he learned of a place called the Turbine store where he could purchase such miraculous feats of abilities!

So, the gimpy little cleric went to work, scavenging all the rare and valuable currency that they called Turbine points in order to gain the abilities he saw in these ‘monks’. He practiced even with his own fist, only to find out he wasn’t so good at it. So, he continued on gathering his points, his trusty rapier by his side, slaying anything he could find, and hoping he wouldn’t get lost along the way as the dungeons and adventures just got bigger and BIGGER!

Still, he managed to get lost. He even got stuck near shrines in a place called Tempest Spine, while his party went up and defeated the massive giant at top. It wasn’t till the end that a lone dwarf descended the mountian to help him reach the top and gather his share of the loot from the chest. He wasn’t sure he deserved it, but he was grateful none-the-less. He hadn’t even gotten to see the Giant.

Still, he finally reached his goal of gathering enough Turbine points to finally purchase this Monk class and managed to even catch it on sale. It was like Destiny! So, the gimpy little cleric shed his armor, and tossed aside his trusty admantine rapier that he hoped would one day help another adventurer such as himself to acheive his/her dreams to be bigger and better, and he became the Monk he had always wanted to be!

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Tons of Monk levels later, I’m still in love with the class. Kobay himself, packing 3 monk past lives alone, not to mention all the first life monks I’ve played throughout my Dungeons and Dragons online carreer. I thought I’d share this little story today after running with a first lifer last night starting in on his first Monk. I was pleased to help him and offer any advice I could, and even felt confident in my advice. If I know any class like the back of my hand, it’s the Monk class.

And well, that got me thinking of when I first fell in love with the Monk. The above story is completely true, to much of my nooby shame, but a lot of good experiences came out of it. It wasn’t till a year or two later that I decided to sign on to a VIP subscription and continue forward in my adventures, but I don’t regret any of it. 🙂 If it wasn’t for my experience with the Monk class, I probably wouldn’t have been into this game so much. I was happy to finally earn it and excited every time I play it.

I’m adventuring now with Kobay, and although he already has his 3 monk past lives, I feel the need to continue on, and thus my creating of Kobot, the crazy Robo-Rodeo Monk which I will surely enjoy until the day Kobay gets all his past lives in and adventures back into the class he first began. The Awesome MONK!

P.S. The thing with the Rapier: I came from a very limited background, MMO wise, where the only game I ever really played was being suckered into playing Runescape by my brother way back in the day. And if anyone knows about old-school runescape, Adamantine weapons were like one of the best things to get ahold of for a Free to Play member. Haha. Silly me. I guess, we all start somewhere. 😀

Anyways, that’s my Monk story! 😀

If you are reading this and have a Monk Story, please share! I’d love to hear it! ^.^

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I am the Night! I er… It’s a Bunny hat guys! Come on! It just looks kind of batman-esque is all. Though, I guess with Evasion, UMD, Intimidate, Open Lock; Kobot is kind of a batman build anyways, so it works!

I tend to take lots of random screenshots while getting ready to post a new blog. And since I did a lot of Necropolis in the last week, I’ve got a lot of images from there. Some I have no idea why I even took them. :/ Some are a little more neat, like this one I’m currently using as my avatar on Twitter and my wordpress, of course.

Anyways, most of my past week as been stuck facing down the undead. Last week, I finished up TOR with Kobay, killing dragons and gawking at the high drop rate of dragon scales now. I was lucky to even see one before. Before I started back, I had 1 black and 1 white scale that had been sitting in my bags doing nothing. Now I have a whole stack of each. I’ll probably make some armors for my new characters, Like Kobot who is currently level 10, already enough xp for nearly 12 and still fashioning his Blademark’s Docent. It’s a pretty nice docent for low levels, but I think starting to get a bit outdated.

I didn’t have to worry about that yesterday anyways, as the only Docent I was worried about wearing was a Deathblock Docent! Kobot took on the Beholders of ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Tomb of the Shadow Knight’ alone with Fayden, I peculiar hireling who has a knack for NOT dying in traps, which Ithought was pretty neat for a hire. Believe me, I thought there were a couple close calls, particularrly in Shadow Knight where I was just overwhelmed by the sheer number of shadows I had to fight and try to keep off of my hire at the same time. Good reason to have Intimidate. Keep in mind, he is a first-lifer, so he doesn’t have all the particular advantages of being a TR.
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However, I’ve tweaked him out as much as I possibly could. Not a whole lot, considering he still has lots of underleveled gear, even the goggles from Korthos, but hey. Everything considering, he’s doing pretty good for himself.

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Meanwhile, while Kobot has been focusing on Necro 2, Kobay has been duking it out with the Orchard and flagging for Ascension. Luckily, as usually… he had a lot of the sigils already for Litany and has been focusing on grinding out XP in Litany. Though to be fair, not all my time has been spent in Necro. I can only take SO much undead before I get sick of it. There has been plenty of Delirium too. Have to get my drinking humor on. Again, Sarlona doesn’t respond to my humor. :/

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I think maybe they were thinking it was suppose to be LV. 21+, I don’t know. I hate boring LFMs, so I really wish they would be more receptive of my humor. Oh well. I always got the Defense channel, as Samius has pointed out to me. Been a part of that for a while, but rarely use it. I think it’s because it usually works better if you are in your Epic levels and high leveled content. Leveling up, just doesn’t seem like many people are there trying to do that. Soo… I stick to my LFMing. At least till my higher levels.

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On that note, the new slots are looking pretty interesting. It’s even upgraded some items from before. I orignally had a boots on Innocence which I think had 15% striding, and now with the slot, has an extra 5% boost. At least I hope that is accurate and not just a bug. :/ Still, I’ve seen other items that seem somewhat upgraded now with the slots, some more than others. Which is cool, cept for the f=act that you now realize you should go back through and find that gear you had before and see what’s changed on it. Haha. >.< You know, if you are up for it.

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Guess who’s back, back again. Kobay’s back, tell a friend! Yea, that’s right! Kobay is back on Sarlona again, wreaking all sorts of havoc against the Giant and monstrous forces of GiantHold! Well, at least that is the goal. Turns out that even though I had done all the Gianthold quest prior to my 4 month absence from playing my favorite toon, with the new changes, I had to RE-FLAG! Which wasn’t too bad considering The Crucible is no longer needed to flag. Of course, I could have just went back through and did them on Casual or Normal for fast completions, but that would be too simple. Let me explain:

First off, it has been 4 months since my last quest with Kobay! I could hardly remember half of my hotkeys or what I even had on him. So, it was kind of a time for rediscovery. Had I started out on Normal, I would have simply button mashed my way through. In this case, I actually had to think some and thus rediscover Kobay once more.

Second, I’m too thick headed and prideful to not do Elite after my long hiatus. Haha. Shameful truth. Even before I had my ‘break’, I could easily be accused of doing stupid stuff just to push what I thought Kobay was capable of doing, not always ending nicely, but many times coming out a glorious victor, thus making all the sour not so thought out times worth it! Heh. So, yea… going in on Elite, this was my train of thought.

It was Fraidnight (Friday Night Raid Night) for my guild, so I was stuck without guildies, who were all on upper level characters, doing raids. Of course, I got invited along, but at the time they were doing Abbot. Long absence and you want me to run an abbot! No thanks! Ha! Ciao. I’ll pass. NO WAY!

BAM! Tossing LFMs up for the first quest that needed to be done, Madstone Crater. Now, I don’t know what happened in my absence, but WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU SARLONA!? Where is the love for humor in LFMs that used to be there. I tried again and again and not a single bite. Maybe bad timing? I’d like to think so. But, well… I’ll just show you:

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nullFinally, I just did a plain “Madstone, Elite” LFM and what do you know, people joined. Shame on you Sarlona. Shame. That wasn’t even the worst part though. My first group for Madstone was silent. Not a single word was spoken. We ran through the quest pulverizing everything in our path, but it was sooo boring! Maybe I’m just used to grouping with more ‘talkative people’ but the silence was painfully annoying.

Luckily, everyone afterwards left, and I put up a new LFM for the next two. Got a group, run through Prison of Planes and A Cabal for one? Really? They switched out Crucible for THAT! They couldn’t have chosen an easier quest in Gianthold. I was surprisingly shocked to find that as one of the requirements. The quest itself is pretty simple. I’ve soloed it many times on Elite, and the only tricky part is really the boss fight in the end. Other than that, it’s simple. Hobgoblins have never been the strongest bunch, eh.

Anyways… Fast and easy they were done, and I was ready to move onto TOR! At least this party was somewhat more talkative than the last. Of course, I couldn’t. My second party hadn’t done Madstone yet. T.T (Kobay cries inside and contemplates jumping off a bridge.) So, we do it. By this time, it was getting late and I wasn’t going to be able to get a TOR in or write up a blog. (Which is why you are getting this the day AFTER. :p)

Truth is, Gianthold Update or not, I rather get to some more ‘enjoyable’ stuff. Like, Forgotten Realms content for example. ;P But oh well, one step at a time.

P.S. Why do we get some silly floating ribbon for ‘supporting awareness for the Boston Bombing, but LOTRO people get a neat cape. :/ Where is MY cape!?

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