Thursday, August 17, 2017

SOTA - Got a ton of XP to burn

I've accumulated 10 million pooled Adventurer XP and 2 million pooled Crafting XP so far in about 1 month of farming in Elysium Mines. I'm intending to spend the Adventurer XP on GM-ing Train Strength. Nothing planned yet on how to spend my Crafting XP.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DCUO - 300 Skill Points!

Woot, just racked up my 300th Skill Point!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

SOTA - More epic loot!

I looted a Necklace of Cautious Precision today from a Kobold Mage in Elysium Mines. My first decent artifact besides attunement rings. Made my day!

SOTA - Adventurer Level 95!

Woot, I just reached Adventurer Level 95! Took me 1 month and 2 days this time.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

DCUO - Stats Revamp now live!

Woot, the Stats Revamp is now live! Just got into the game and the initial impression after doing my stat allocation was that no matter how many skill points you currently have, you can still put more into improving your character. Each skill point matters, whether you are a damage dealer, controller, healer or tank. Really makes me excited for the game again. Well done DCUO!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SOTA - Mining at 115!

Woot, just levelled my Mining skill to 115! It took 1.9 million XP to level from 110 to 115.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SOTA - Something magical

I think Richard Garriott's SOTA has something which other games don't. Which is the absence of finite hard-caps in the game and the use-based character advancement system. There's something irresistible about being able to improve your character every time you play. Every time I log in, whether it is slaying monsters or mining, I know I am advancing my character in some way. This is what makes the game great to me.

Friday, July 7, 2017

SOTA - Mining at 110!

Woot, just levelled my Mining skill to 110. Producer/crafting skills do not decay, so this is my first skill beyond GM level. It takes an additional 1.93 million XP to level up from 100 to 110 level.

SC2 - StarCraft Remastered!

Woot, purchased StarCraft: Remastered and got 3 cool portraits (in addition to Co-op Commander Alexi Stukov) in SC2 as a reward!

Monday, July 3, 2017

SOTA - Pickaxe of Prosperity

Woot, just bought a Prosperity Tool Reward for 51k gold and used it to claim a Pickaxe of Prosperity. This will help in increasing my mining returns.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SOTA - My first crafted Blacksmith weapon!

I crafted my first Copper Two-handed Sword today. It uses a Copper Large Weapon Blade (+10% Weapon Critical Chance) and a Copper Hilt (+1% Weapon Critical Chance) for a total bonus of +11% Weapon Critical Chance.

SOTA - My first Masterworked weapon!

Two days ago, I tried Masterworking a normal Longsword purchased from a Blacksmith, and got the Weapon Damage masterwork bonus. This added a +2 to my Longsword for +2.5% Weapon Damage. This subtracted 10 from my weapon durability as well.

SOTA - Adventurer Level 94!

Woot, just reached Adventurer Level 94 yesterday. Took me 22 days to level up.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SOTA - Monster XP values - Elysium Mines

Ok, here are the XP values for the monsters in Elysium Mines.

Monster name XP value
Kobold Fighter 950
Kobold Mage 950
Earth Elemental 1100
Faun 950
Satyr Mage 1150
Satyr Fighter 1200

Friday, June 23, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Meticulous Collection - Mining!

Woot, achieved Grandmaster in Meticulous Collection - Mining. This brings my number of GM'ed skills to 20.

A quick comparison of my most played games

Value of virtual currency vs real currency

Some random musings

SOTA - Wayland Loop

Woot, i bought a Wayland Loop yesterday for 150k gold. It is my dream to be a master blacksmith specializing in blades, shields and plate armor. This will likely be impossible, given the super tedious process of crafting. So the Wayland Loop will be a pretty trinket sitting in my bank, reminding me of my virtual aspirations.

Monday, June 19, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Swift Gathering - Mining!

Woot, achieved Grandmaster in Swift Gathering - Mining!

Monday, June 12, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Mining!

Woot, I just achieved Grandmaster in Mining! I wore out numerous pickaxes in Elysium Mines doing this. =)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Armor Preservation!

Woot, achieved Grandmaster in Armor Preservation!

Monday, June 5, 2017

SOTA - Got some epic loot today!

Woot, didn't even know I had looted a +10 water ring while mining silver in Elysium mines. Was sorting through my things to sell when I noticed it in my inventory, hehe.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 93!

Woot, I just reached Adventurer Level 93! Took me 18 days while resource farming in Twins Foothills.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Whirling Blades!

Woot, achieved Grandmaster in Whirling Blades!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Body Slam!

Woot, finally achieved Grandmaster in Body Slam! At 100 skill level, Body Slam grants me an attack with a 100% chance to stun.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 92!

Woot, I just reached Adventurer Level 92 in 12 days!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Double Slash!

Woot, achieved Grandmaster in Double Slash!

SOTA - Grandmaster in Thrust!

Woot, achieved Grandmaster in Thrust!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

SOTA - Undead Lord turns from brown to yellow difficulty at Level 91

So at Adventurer Level 91, I went back to farm the Undead Lord, and noticed that he was now yellow difficulty to me. He was brown difficulty to me when I was at Adventurer Level 90. Most of my bow shots hit him this time, and I took him down without any difficulty.

Friday, May 5, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 91!

Woot, reached Adventurer Level 91, but this time it took me 15 days.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

SOTA - Defeated the Undead Lord in the Ruins of Ravensmoor

I went exploring in the Ruins of Ravensmoor and took down the Undead Lord Ras'al'horag after a few tries. I was at Adventurer Level 90 and he was orange/brown to me. I found out the hard way that going toe-to-toe with him was a bad idea. He has a nasty knockdown which not only incapacitates you and hits for a ton, but also has other quite hard hitting melee attacks. The first attempt, I went in as full melee and got my ass handed to me. I lost about 130k XP due to XP decay at 12 GM-ed skills.

I tried out my archery deck on him with more success. Looking through my combat logs after several unsuccessful attempts, I realised that most of my damage on him came from bow auto-attacks. The best way to take him down would be to kite him using Disabling Shot and wear him down with auto-attack turned on. And sure enough, I took him down with my next try. Both times after I defeated him, I got the same loot in the chest behind his throne - a Dragonbone Throne, an Epic Leather Boots, and an Epic Leather Helm. Dammit, was hoping he'd drop the Skull Sword.

My equipped gear when I took him down: Founder's plate armor (ordinary plate armor) and ordinary Longbow.

Defeated the Undead Lord Ras'al'horag

Some loot in in the chest behind the throne.

Killed the Undead Lich Lord and sat on his throne

Sitting on my shiny new Dragonbone Throne
Just realised that this loading screen in the game is showing the Undead Lord on his throne!
Compare this with the 2 screenshots above.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Weapon Preservation!

Woot, I just achieved Grandmaster in Weapon Preservation!

Friday, April 21, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Defensive Stance!

Woot, just achieved Grandmaster in Defensive Stance!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 90!

Woot, reached Adventurer Level 90 in 9 days!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Endurance!

Woot, just achieved Grandmaster in Endurance! This brings the total number of GM-ed skills I have to 10!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Bulwark of Earth!

Woot, just achieved Grandmaster in Bulwark of Earth!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 89!

Woot! Reached Adventurer Level 89 in 8 days!

Monday, April 10, 2017

SOTA - First Troll Defeated!

Woot, managed to defeat a Troll today at the Ruined Keep nearby Owl's Head. My first try at fighting it, I used my Archery deck but only got him to half health. His health regeneration was too much for my dps. That and with the ground pound at melee range and rock throw at ranged, made quick work of me. I changed to my 2-handed blades melee deck for my next attempt and this time made greater headway, getting the Troll to about 400 health. My next attempt, I included rend in my deck to keep the Troll's hp regeneration to a minimum. I also included Coup de Grace for the finisher. During the fight, the Troll sprinted away to get some distance between us in order to throw his rock, but I chased after him and made sure he was in melee range..Sure enough, when I closed the gap, the Troll did not execute its throwing animation. I made sure to be always behind the troll or standing on his hit-box so that he couldn't throw his rock at me. Surprisingly, this made the fight much easier, as he couldn't stun me. I managed to defeat him with about 50% of my health remaining.

My equipped gear when I took him down: Founder's plate armor (ordinary plate armor) and Ornate Flamberge (ordinary 2H sword).

Monday, April 3, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 88!

Woot, reached Adventurer Level 88 in 7 days!

DCUO - Ambush Bug Base Pal!

Just saw this on the official DUCO forums:

"BREAKING: Today, DCUO added the BEST COLLECTION EVER to the game. It took a lot of work, but we're so glad to reach this milestone with you!"

Well played DCUO, well played!

    40 Cakes
    So Many Exobits
    Crumpled Up Loot Plan
    Water powers Design Doc
    Dog-Eared DC Comics Presents #52 (
    Broken Brick from the 4th Wall
    Something You Didn't Ask For
    Animated Movie That's Better Than Live Action
    Miniature Robot Bugs
    Argh! Yle! Sock Lint!

Completing this April Fool's Day collection will grant you your very own Ambush Bug Base Pal!
These event Collection pieces will spawn on normal collection nodes in the regular Gotham and Metropolis city zones.

The Ambush Bug Base Pal is an animated base item which can be placed in your lair, and walks around and talks, something like the Teekl Totem and Emperor Penguin base pets.

Friday, March 31, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Armor Weak Points!

Woot, just achieved Grandmaster in Armor Weak Points!

Monday, March 27, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 87!

Reached Adventurer Level 87! Gotta farm in Twins Foothills for faster advancement as Thugs give more XP (1005 XP each) compared to fighters (710 XP each, mostly in Serpent's Spine Foothills).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Heavy Lifter!

Woot, I just achieved Grandmaster in the most important gold farming skill - Heavy Lifter! I can now carry almost carry 600 weight units of stuff.

Monday, March 20, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 86!

Managed to hit Adventurer Level 86 in just 6 days!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SOTA - Adventurer Level 85!

Managed to hit Adventurer Level 85 in just 7 days!

Monday, March 13, 2017

SOTA - Grandmaster in Blade Mastery!

Woot, finally managed to achieve Grandmaster in Blade Mastery after farming hard for the past several days.