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The Desert and other fun

Gamer child is now level 12!!!!

And gaming is coming full circle as we introduced her to the Sands of Menechtarun.  It was a few years ago that she really wanted to start playing and ran my character through the open area with the rest of the guild while I cooked dinner.

Like any responsible parent, I told her to stock up on Remove Curse and Remove Disease pots to cure her own Mummy Rot.  Girl Scouts are always prepared.

I was quite proud to see her removing her own Mummy Rot during two of the Desert Walk up quests, Tomb of the Physician and Tomb of the Astrologer on Elite.  Unlike others who forgot pots….cough cough Geoff Hanna.

She has been exploring the Desert with the help of the wiki maps but I think the topography is throwing her off with the mountains.  But we had her drink a minor slayer pot and sent her on her way.

I hate the Demon Queen raid.  There I said it.  It is out.  I hate the pre-raid for it.  I think it totally takes away from the idea of a raid group.  Spend the time running the pre-raid as six people and then join forces for the full raid which ends in the blink of an eye.

With that in mind, we are also running Restless Isles with her.  We ran Hiding in Plain Sight last week.  Great quest.  So much fun as it is connected to Information is the Key.  I know that the guild ships will bring you to Restless Isles without running HIPS, but why avoid such a great quest?  Last night, we started running through the Restless Isles to pick up the quests.  It has been a long time since we were in Restless Isles, so there were a few wrong turns but still lots of fun.  Geekdad got us a red dungeon alert right off the bat splitting the oozes in the beginning of the tunnels.  He got scolded by Gamer child.

Got a few chests in the outer areas.  One of those happened to be right at the edge of the cliff.  Gamer child made a wrong step and fell to her doom from the Rsstless Isles.  All we could hear was, “Mommy…….” in a plaintive voice.  We recalled out to meet her back at the front and ran back.  Found Opu to get the Slavers of the Shrieking Minds quest.  Perhaps tonight, we will run her out to pick up the quest with the best title ever, Bring Me the Head of Ghola-fan.

She is now two bubbles into level 12.  We used her DDO from VIP and her birthday present from DDOcast to purchase the 32pt Build.  No reason for her to grind for it.  I helped her build a new character.  A cleric.  She insisted on customizing her look and completely reworked her new character.   So her level 1 cleric is starting out on Korthos.  It will give her something easier to run when we are running epics with the guild.

A cleric’s thoughts on the proposed death xp changes

I read the proposed changes last week and immediately thought of how they would effect me and playing my cleric.  I cannot read the forums at work and after volunteer moderating a birth board on Babycenter while pregnant in 2003,  I am gunshy about posting.  Think DDO forums can get nasty, imagine of bunch of pregnant women……they will put any geek to shame.

But I heard some of the concerns that other players had while listening to the DDO podcast.   Seems some folks were worried about clerics griefing by not healing other players.  I can see that as a valid concern, but would like to open it up to a different view.  That of the cleric.

I mostly play clerics.  I have at least 6 clerics at various levels.  Two are epic levels.  I have started to branch out by getting a fighter to level 10 and I have a long forgotten rogue at level 18.  But mostly when the guild rolls out to play, I am on a cleric.

Theadora was my first cleric and my second DDO character.  She has been around since 2006 so I have quite a few years of playing clerics.  I remember the days when death debt meant xp debt.  The more a character died, the more they de-leveled. This was when the Orchard was relaesed and the undead beholder quest bugged.  We had people spending hours in a tavern trying to recoup xp or not playing those characters until the death debt was recouped.  People would grt frustrated and blame the cleric for not keeping them alive.  I would always take those deaths personally and the griping always got me down.  I started refusing to play in pugs.  If was bad enough to take the grief from friends but adding strangers to that mix was upsetting.  I was so thankful when that was removed.

But still people complained when they died.  Even if you did everything in your power to keep someone alive, you are always to blame in someone’s eyes.  Not to mention that the same mobs are beating on the cleric and that there are other people in the party……Having everyone share in the xp loss balanced it out a bit.  Did anyone think the cleric wanted the xp loss?

People would wait forever for a cleric to join a pug raid.  No wonder.  All the work.  None of the fun.  This was before the days of people building their characters with self – healing.  It was brutal.   At that point, our guild was lucky with having at least two clerics already in the party.  Not counting Brynm.  But no one counts that cleric.

Now the proposed changes have only the person who died experience the xp loss.  And they are worried about cleric griefing?   I could possibly see that but very few people play clerics to intentionally let others die.  Sometimes a cleric has to keep themselves alive too.  Hard for a cleric to heal or raise when they are dead.  Now I have to worry about someone blaming again for them dying?  Great.  Not.  I already have a guildie with that issue.  I hate when people call out, “I need a heal!”  “No shit, Sherlock Holmes.  You and the rest of the party.  You aren’t dead yet.”  That may have been said in a recent raid.  But to be honest, I have gotten my 11 yr old not to whine during a quest.  A 50-something man should be able to deal.

I can understand how some people support the changes but right now, I am just worried about the effect it will have on the griefing of clerics more than clerics griefing others.  Although,  it depends on how much bourbon I have had during the raid.  Watch out for “push to giggle”.

Time will only tell if we see even LESS healers out there.