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Project Pinkbottle: Stonewash Those New Jeans

In my last blog post, I touched on the Fling static group I’ve been participating in on the Argonessen server. (There’s usually one or more streams on twitch.tv, starting around 1:30 pm EST Wednesdays.) I talked about how I came to switch out the character

Fall Fling and the Character Cakewalk

Since June-ish of 2014, I’ve been participating in the Summer Fling static group on the Argonessen server. Started by Lessah of ddococktailhour.com fame, the group also includes Samius Gurobo, Grimorde, Rach from the Sarlona server, and Turbine’s Cordovan. Kantouch from my home server, Cannith, put

Are You Experienced?

Update 19 brought a lot of big changes to Dungeons & Dragons Online. Some of these changes, you couldn’t escape hearing about through word of mouth, like the enhancements pass, Iconic Heroes and the Shadowfell Conspiracy adventures. I didn’t check out the Lammania beta server

Toying With The Dark Magicks

In the past couple of days, I’ve been toying with the dark magicks. In other words, I’ve been trying out an app for capturing video while I played DDO. I admit it, I’m not that streamy. I have a webcam. I think. Maybe built into

Project Pinkbottle: Stonewash Those New Jeans

In my last blog post, I touched on the Fling static group I’ve been participating in on the Argonessen server. (There’s usually one or more streams on twitch.tv, starting around 1:30 pm EST Wednesdays.) I talked about how I came to switch out the character I used in the static group from an Old Faithful Warforged Sorcerer to a melee character, Primzy Pinkbottle.

When the rules of the static group loosened up, my brain kind of exploded. I am addicted to reincarnating characters. There, I said it. Addicted. Primzy the halfling really needed reincarnating to become something I actually wanted to play. I had roughly three weeks before Update 23 came out. What could I get done in three weeks?!

With access to the DDO Store, I could get a lot done. Mainly I used the DDO Store for heal potions, XP boosts, raid bypass timers and the odd hireling. (If you’ve used hirelings, you know they are odd.) It was also my parachute for Reincarnation Hearts, just in case I fell short earning enough tokens and commendations to exchange for reincarnation items.

My initial goals for Primzy were pretty straightforward: get this first-life character to heroic cap ( level 20) so she could take a fighter past-life, and try to do enough of the Shroud raid to make a green steel weapon. Two things, and yet in the end these goals were built up of so many puzzle pieces!

Getting from level 7 to level 20 was a breeze. I left out one thing I used the DDO Store for, though – I used Astral Shards on a fancy airship. I had a tiny low level guild, but that meant I was getting big bonuses to my guild renown. One of the amazing parts of the airship changes introduced with Update 22 is you can acquire significant guild buffs even when your guild is under level 40. I had a friend from Synergia invite me to her ship for 5-hours of buffs as I started my leveling spree. By the time those buffs ran out, I’d gotten my guild to level 20 and my own buffs were starting to pile up.

Primzy4But when you buy a new pair of jeans, stiff with dye, how do you get them to become the perfect fit? Wear them, wash then, over and over. Just like the people who buy their jeans stone-washed, I didn’t have the time to wear in Primzy Pinkbottle the old fashioned way. I had to pick and choose a few obtainable goals and hope luck would gift me with a few other shinies.

I focused on earning heroic gear: I flagged Primzy for Vault of Night and Reaver’s Fate, though wound up not doing much in Gianthold compared to other areas. I ransacked the Sands of Menechterun and flagged Zawabi’s Revenge, I did Necropolis Pt 4, but really only farmed Vol, Inferno of the Damned, and rares for shield fragments.

I did Cannith Challenges, mainly because the Ring of the Stalker is one of the nicest, simplest things to get when you are putting together gear on a new melee.

I did Threnal, like, 4 times. Dear god, this is what nearly broke me. I was doing a fifth run, trying to get a Kundarak Trooper’s Shield with no love, then I accidentally reset the chain after I’d redone the Eastern Excavation. I nearly cried, so I decided it was time to leave the jungle. I also did a couple runs of Threnal Arena for the first time ever, because I realized how groovy the Threnal Warblade and dagger were in the Augment-slot era. The multiple Threnal runs also added the options of a Mantle of the Worldshaper and The Master’s Gift augment to the Voice of the Master for a 5% XP gear bonus. Schweet!

I ran through all the Eveningstar heroic content a couple times, but got a Pale Green Ioun Stone on my first run of Shadow of a Doubt. That was another moment that shook me, because I’ve been running that quest regularly for the past four months on Cannith hoping to pick up that loot item with no luck. Arrrgh! Still, Primzy put it to good use in her early gear, and it does me good to have things to quest for on Cannith.

I completed the Inspired Quarter quests so that I could farm the Dreaming Dark like a madwoman. I only had to do twelve runs in the end to get three of the Ioun stones I wanted. These are some of my favorite gear goodies for reincarnated heroic leveling! Like, if I’d been smart I’d have slipped on my Pale Lavender Ioun Stone while we were fighting the medusa end boss in this week’s Fall Fling Eyes of Stone run. Derp! Mainly, though, I’ve been enjoying having a +6 Strength item since level 4 with my Pale Blue Ioun Stone.

All and all, these activities dropped enough loot that I lost my ‘fresh off the boat’ feeling. But what about that green steel crafting goal?

Well, that’s a topic for my next blog post!