Friday, 31 December 2010

The End of the Line

For the 45th consecutive day, my assorted characters claimed their attendance bonus; Cariae's Kaerella and Barbarienne, plus MistressSabina, followed by Auzura's Kaerella, along with MistressDomina and MrChuckNorris, and then Rage and SirGalahad, while CaptainScarlet, who also qualifies for the 10% skill exp boost if he happens to kill something, took his level 49 drake down to the fifth floor of Maargadum Jail on Auzura-4 to spar with his death mask lancer.

Chuck had killed a fox on the way to the mine to get a few quality, imperfect and flawed stones, and while it gave the single point of experience, it gave two of skill exp - so last night's double skill exp was still running. While that is quite useful for, say, SirGalahad or MistressSabina, they have the Elizabeth's Enhancement buff, so the extra amount of skill exp is fairly minor - Kaerella and Barbarienne, however, fighting ancient grey mummies, would get the full benefit.

The benefit from the morning session wasn't, actually, huge, with Kae and Barb each gaining 22 skill points; Kaerella got 1.47% experience and 1902 pet points, while Barbarienne added 1.34%. The polar bear cub's 32.58% was enough to get him into level 28, so that was useful progress.

The afternoon session was basically more of the same; Kaerella added 1.95% and 3053 pet points, and Barbarienne got 1.79% experience, while they each gained 31 more skill points, and the polar bear cub gained 46.27% in level 28. I stayed for a little while into the evening, as Kae was starting to get close to a red ignition run, but it only gave her an extra 4 skill points so wasn't really worth the extra time. Anyway, Kaerella earned another 1.88%, 23 skill points, and 1725 pet points, and Barbarienne got 1.51% and 19 skill points, with the polar bear cub adding another 27.46%, before we finished. A knight had just arrived then, only the second player I'd seen since we arrived, and Kae gave him the Encourage buff, and briefly joined in a party with him to give him the experience and skill exp increasing buff too, before heading for the exit.

There was time for MistressSabina to head out to the giants, so RedRackham teleported to Maargadum Jail on Auzura-6 to give her a solo party, and Sabina went to the Dratan desert. Thanks to the "Christmas Cheer" buff from the main tree in Randol, the giants were again pretty generous with their level 61 weapon drops (plus the 61 temple knight shield), and by the time she finished, Sabina had got 51.8 million just from selling those items to the NPC merchant back in the city. 16.36% experience was enough to get MistressSabina into level 53 at last, so that she was able to equip the level 57 +15 mage wand, instead of the level 45 one she had been using, increasing her magical attack from 979 to 1211. 112 skill points were earned too, along with 1193 pet points.

CaptainScarlet had continued with his pet-levelling, and by the end of the evening had got his drake comfortably past the halfway point in level 49; he did get disconnected at one point during the evening, but was able to log back in and hurry back without any problems. RedRackham got his pink drake up into level 25, so that achievement, plus the polar bear cub and MistressSabina's levellings-up, means that it was another pretty productive day.

And so our saga here draws to a close, in a not very dramatic way. Tomorrow, after I'm sure a rather later start than average, there should be some double pet experience, while Monday promises a high-level Mad Monster Spawn for Rage on Auzura, and Barbarienne on Cariae, to go to. I'm going to have to get along to some more "raids" on Akan Temple in January, both with Twisted guildies on Auzura and arranged by Zenderfly on Cariae. SirKit on Cariae needs if possible to move on from level 92 to 100, if only so that a phoenix character can be started on his account, while MistressSabina should finish her giant-farming after her current level, and then farm the outdoor sphinx "speer" men and sphinx fighters a bit. MistressDomina is poised to do some serious levelling-up, while both the Cariae and Auzura Kaerellas need to farm the ancient grey mummies for skill points...

There is still lots to be done, and over the coming year, I intend to be doing it.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Two to 101

I added an eighth character to my attendance roster this morning, since he has been quite active lately - my level 95 titan on Auzura, MrChuckNorris. So CaptainScarlet, on the same account, was slightly later beginning his morning session in Maargadum Jail - but before long he got his current drake into level 49.

After coffee, the plan was to take Rage, Kaerella and Chuck to the Auzura-4 Tomb of Theos, but when Rage got to the entrance, in good time for the eleven to twelve o'clock dungeon, I found that the condition was right down at 50% - not exactly deadly, but it would have slowed down progress, and, when using expensive potions, the more kills you make in an hour the better.

So, Rage logged out, and my Cariae cleric Kaerella checked out the Tomb over on Cariae-4. It was on 70%, which would have been a bit marginal for a "power hour", but good enough for the gentle sp-farming I had in mind. So, Barbarienne logged in and joined her, while CaptainScarlet was able to continue with his pet-levelling.

There was plenty of space for Kaerella and Barbarienne in the ancient grey mummies room, so that is where we spent the rest of the morning, finishing just as the dungeon time hour ended, at noon. By then Kae had added 1.25%, 15 skill points, and 1271 pet points, while Barb was up by 1.06%, 16 skill points - and the polar bear cub had added 24.73% in level 27. But the main thing is that the 1.25% was enough to get Kaerella into level 101, which means that she is once again ten levels behind Barb, and thus able to be in a combat party with her.

The afternoon was shaping up to be more of the same, but I decided to check to see if the Auzura Tomb had been reset - so CaptainScarlet logged out on the oldest computer, and MrChuckNorris logged in on Auzura-4, and teleported out there...and found the condition was right up to a nice and easy 100%.

That meant that my Cariae duo, after spending lunchtime in the mummies room, logged out, and Rage and my Auzura archer Kaerella hurriedly logged in. Rage was ahead of Kaerella, so Rage and Chuck hurried down to the anubis spear men, with Kae following a couple of minutes later. That first corner in the corridor was free, thankfully, so we installed ourselves there, with a couple of minutes to spare before the start of the dungeon time hour.

Rage got through 63 experience boosters, plus the usual potions, during the hour, and added 32.34% - and that took her, too, into level 101. Kaerella killed the local sphinx fighters, and Chuck provided his pair of buffs, and did fight a fighter a couple of times. Once the hour was over, Rage lead the other two across to the mummies, and they spent an hour or so there. The room was reasonably busy, but there was room for us - all three of us in fact, as, while Rage and Kae mainly used the first bit of corridor, Chuck fought the mummies in the room itself. By the time I stopped for the usual early evening food break, Rage's total experience gain had reached 33.41%, plus 17 skill points and 2163 pet points. Kaerella was up by 2.51%, including the 0.4% fighter-killing quest reward as she came in, plus 16 skill points and 1824 pet points, while Chuck had added 2.05%, 15 skill points, and 947 pet points.

We headed back to the spear men when the five to six o'clock dungeon time hour was approaching, but that first corner of the corridor was already in use - so we went to the third corner, despite all the aggressive sphinx fighters there. Kaerella didn't bother to try equipping her drake, and generally just took on sphinx fighters that were dangerously close, or actually attacking Rage...they generally seemed to make a beeline for Rage's drake, so Rage did get through quite a few green herb leaves to keep it healthy. One experience booster was a bit wasted, as Rage was unable to de-target one of the sphinx fighters in time - having the Controlled Shooting buff active stopped her from moving, so the usual "click on ground and move away" didn't work.

With a couple of ignition runs, Rage did manage to kill 65 anubis spear men during the hour, and went up by 33.07% in level 101. Once the hour was over, once again my trio sped across to the ancient grey mummies, where they were all able to do some fighting - so that by the end of the session, Rage had added 34.47%, 33 skill points, and 2327 pet points, Kaerella was up by 2.39%, 43 skill points (including a red ignition run), and 1174 pet points, and Chuck had managed 2.43%, 31 skill points, and 1147 pet points.

MistressDomina did volunteer to sit for Dropkick in a combat party for the eight to nine dungeon time hour, but he checked a number of the sub-servers and was unable to find any sphinx commanders that weren't taken. He is level 115 now, so probably won't get the full experience gain from them, even with MD in the party, but my feeling is that it would still beat the next options in the Strayana cave complex.

CaptainScarlet had logged in for pet-levelling as soon as Chuck logged out, and managed to get his drake moving through level 49, so that by the end of the evening he was perhaps a sixth of the way through it; a little later, once we knew that MistressDomina wouldn't be needed, RedRackham went to Maargadum too - and recorded yet another levelling-up for the day, with his pink drake moving into level 24. I had been thinking there might be time for MistressSabina to head out to the giants for half an hour, but what with getting the day's blog updated, and chatting on the guild channel, with subjects including "Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines" and "Dungeon Siege", before I knew it it was time to log out.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

The Sighting of the Succubus

If it's Wednesday, there must be a new post-maintenance patch, goes the theory. And there was indeed a patch, though a very small one. A stability issue with the new succubus pet/companion has been sorted out, apparently, and bugs with a couple of night shadow and titan skills have been fixed. Due to the high demand for Akan Temple raid parties, as they are the only way to get skill books for the new "soul of" skills each class has gained, very sensibly the raids will now be reset daily, we are told - and the Facebook link for getting one of your characters a pair of sunglasses is back. There is still no news of a return to a full web item mall, though, and the police costumes announced as "here" last week are still not available. This also applies to an item necessary if you want to change a character's appearance, and cards to summon a mercenary assistant.

My team put in their half hour appearances safely. Jamam got in touch with Rage, having decided to join Twisted if we'll have him; I mentioned this in guild chat and Ridlick revealed that he was the one who'd been levelling him for the last day or two. At level 80 now, apparently Jamam still finds that the outdoor level 63 sphinx fighters give good drops, which is surprising; he showed me a level 85 +14 titan sword he was going to buy, having talked its seller down from 500 to 320 million, which, as a green-named, five-seal weapon with a couple of useful gems, looked like a bargain to me.

As far as I could tell, Cariae didn't get a crash this morning, and there was no disconnection on Auzura either, which made a pleasant change. I'd waited so long, expecting a disconnection, that Rage and Kaerella were a bit late entering the Tomb of Theos on Auzura-4 - and that first corner after the spear man room was already being used. The third corner, though, was free - and it has a slight advantage in that its three anubis spear man spawn points are a little closer together, and closer to the corner. A bigger disadvantage, however, is that the aggressive, pet-attacking sphinx fighters also spawn closer in, sometimes right in the corner. MrChuckNorris then logged in, replacing CaptainScarlet, and hurried to join them. The more people there are in a combat party, the bigger the experience boost.

After a few minutes, Kaerella had to unequip her drake, as it was taking too much damage from sphinx fighters spawning right on top of her. She managed to get through the fifty fighters needed for the "15 Years of Lost Memories" quest, but for a fair amount of the time was not fighting, but waiting to target the next fighter to respawn and head straight for Rage. It's a useful spot, certainly, but if you want to concentrate on killing spear men, you definitely need someone else on hand to deal with the fighters. Or maybe you could just ignore them if your armour was good enough, but you'd not be able to have your pet equipped.

Thanks to Kae's fighter-killing, Rage was able to kill 62 anubis spear men during her power hour, adding 32.13% experience, 5 skill points, and 1025 pet points; the whole session was only slightly more, at 32.27%. Kaerella got 1.31%, the 5 skill points, and 333 pet points, while Chuck added 0.76% and, due to his slightly late arrival, 3 skill points.

My trio ran across to the ancient grey mummies room as a "safe haven" over lunch, but then returned to the spear man side as soon as I was back, rather than fighting the mummies for a while, to make sure I was able to take possession of the first corner, for the two to three o'clock dungeon time. They settled in there in the usual way, waiting for the hour to start - and it all went pretty smoothly, without too many sphinx fighters getting involved. Kaerella is still useful there to clear fighters away from around the third spear man, a little further along, but it was much less hectic than the other corner. Again, 62 boosters were used by Rage, and this time 32.26% was the experience gained, along with 4 skill points.

My trio headed straight across to the ancient grey mummies after that, though the main room there was pretty busy; we set up in the corridor instead with, come to think of it, Rage based at its first corner. Nothing there is aggressive, so things were simple enough, and we continued for around an hour, long enough for Kaerella to reach her red ignition run again, for about 90 seconds of speedy killing and extra skill exp. Luckily one of the main room's inhabitants had left by then, so there were a few spare mummies in there for her to target.

For the whole afternoon, Rage's total experience rose to 33.92%, plus 14 skill points and 2738 pet points; Kaerella earned 2.75%, 25 skill points and 1591 pet points, while Chuck added 1.45% and 14 skill points. There seemed to be a guild party for Akan Temple forming up when I logged out, but those raids take a while, and I had dishes to wash, and food to prepare. CaptainScarlet headed for Maargadum Jail again, and was soon past the 80% mark in his drake's 48th level.

For the evening, MistressSabina went out to the giants again, and managed to get another 30.4 million in gold from a not very long session. RedRackham went to Maargadum Jail, providing the solo party on Auzura-6. A specialist sorcerer called 1REAPER1 arrived in the Dratan desert before very long, but generally didn't kill very quickly so there was room for both of us. On one return to sell my loot to the NPC merchant, just as I'd reached ignition again, I saw he was there too, so, thinking that was rather convenient, I quickly buffed up, teleported back, and started the ignition run - only to find, after a couple of kills, that Kamira was there! I finished the ignition run, and then, to ensure that she didn't vanish too quickly, gave her a quick attack... her response took almost half Sabina's health, but I was able to mount up and use "pet return to village" safely.

MistressSabina logged out, and Kaerella logged in, quickly selling a few armour drops to make some room in her inventory. She teleported to Dratan, rode out to the giants, gave herself horse buffs and fast bow fixing, and soon dealt with Kammy, though she did lose 25% or so of her health to the fiery flame field that Kamira projects. The loot didn't include any rare accessory, but as usual the lucky scrolls, crystal of experience (greater), moonstones, and other minor items are very welcome.

MistressSabina had just added 11.62% by then, helped along by a little "Turbo" boost to experience gain, plus 72 skill points and 778 pet points. As often happens on a Wednesday, I needed to log out early... I did log Rage in briefly to ask in guild chat if anyone wanted a "sitter" in a combat party for the eight to nine o'clock dungeon time, but very few Twisted guildies were online, and the only responder, Ridlick, thought I was asking for sitters, and kindly volunteered... so that didn't lead anywhere.

Someone in Dratan had managed to level up their "strange bat" pet to mount status, and had it equipped in Dratan, where MistressSabina saw it whenever she returned to sell her loot. Just as the strange bat looks like a slightly different drake, but flying lower and visible in towns, the mount looks much like a misshapen dragon - but when it isn't being used as a mount, it appears as the sexy succubus - this particular one had taken the name Vampirella, but the comics heroine of that name wears rather more clothing, this succubus's scrap of cloth barely stretched up to cover her nipples, and was remarkably scanty lower down. I thought this was a PG-13 game?

RedRackham continued his work levelling his pale pink drake; he got it to level 23 before too long, and a fair way through that level by the end of the evening, although a passing knight did kill his lancer once. CaptainScarlet, meanwhile, kept working in Auzura-4's Jail, and by the time he logged out, had got his drake to within a couple of hours of level 49.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

It's A Lock-Out

The usual characters made their half-hour appearances, with after the first three CaptainScarlet taking over the oldest computer for his pet-levelling duties. A little casual mining was done; characters who possess a Juno NPC Scroll are able to teleport direct to Elveen, at the entrance to Ebony Mine, and use the ore veins there.

Zenderfly got in touch, using the Meebo messenger built into the Last Chaos website. "Hey - no more blog from you?" I said that it can take up a lot of time, and Zen did admit that "I'm not really reading it much - though I was almost daily overflying it to see if there was any news in the world of LC."

Visitors to the forum shoutbox reported that Caraie had had its usual crash at around ten o'clock UK time - and Auzura at least had the disconnection at 10:30. A level 32 titan called Jamam was planning to use a teleport book, so Rage was standing by Tomb Guard Atum at the time - Jamam had just said "Just wait there", but my "yup" reply never appeared, since at 10:30, again, the rest of Last Chaos got a disconnection. Luckily Jamam hadn't triggered his teleport book, as he didn't get my reply, and once we were logged back in, he was able to teleport to Rage at the Tomb entrance. I had actually warned him that a disconnection was likely to happen at around that time.

Jamam did go in with Rage, plus Kaerella and MrChuckNorris, but his attempt to run with us towards the anubis spear men ended rather abruptly, despite his use of a haste potion, and he died, which put him off the idea. Luckily he found a more sensible helper, and reported later that he had reached level 53, including soloing some of the outdoor sphinx types.

My trio went down to the first corner after the spear man room, and started fighting there - well as usual Rage went for the anubis spear men, Kaerella went for the sphinx fighters, and Chuck just supplied his pair of useful buffs. When the dungeon time hour began at eleven, Rage started her small crit, platinum adrenaline, and berserker potions, plus a platinum blessed iris - and got through 61 experience boosters in the hour, gaining 33.74% in level 99, along with 4 skill points. Including the few kills before that, Rage added just 33.77% in the morning session, plus 5 skill points and 1118 pet points; Kaerella earned 1.71% (including the quest reward as she went in, for killing fifty fighters), 5 skill points and 868 pet points, while Chuck got 0.92% and 4 skill points.

Rage, Kae and Chuck stayed at the corner over lunch, but as soon as I was back, Rage returned to the start of the Tomb and killed screaming zombies, partly to get her ignition bar moving along, partly because she needed to kill a few for a quest, and partly to help out the lower-level types there; after the link-up with Jamam, we were on Auzura-5 rather than our usual Auzura-4, so, with the Elizabeth buff available, there were a few more low-level types around.

Kaerella did actually kill a few anubis spear men during that period, to make sure the corner looked occupied; and then when the two o'clock dungeon time was approaching, Rage bade farewell to the other zombie-fighters, and headed back to the spear men. This time her "power hour" used 64 boosters, thanks to two first-grade ignition runs, and she reached level 100 as planned, adding 34.55%, plus of course 4 skill points.

My trio ran across to the ancient grey mummies for an hour after that, which was just long enough get Kaerella up to a red ignition run, gaining her about 8 skill points. That meant the total for the afternoon for Rage reached 36.14% plus 23 skill points and 2580 pet points, while Kaerella got another 2.74%, 21 skill points and 1886 pet points, and Chuck got 1.26% and 13 skill points.

After the food break, MistressDomina volunteered for a combat party in guild chat, and Dropkick took up the offer. We actually started at the same place as last time, and MD fought a couple of sphinx fighters and spear men, but our guild master spazz had been checking out the final grave room on other sub-servers, and found there was plenty of room on Auzura-4 - so we moved over there, formed a party, and spazz recalled us in. I just stood on the side, at about the "eight o'clock" position (if the entrance is noon), and only got attacked once.

Rage went along to the Auzura "Storm the Castle" event in Merac on Auzura-6 at six o'clock; there were no other guildies there, but Aszune turned up, not in any guild at the moment and with a red name. I think [GM]Darasuum respawned some of the mobs, but our force battered our way through, and cleaned the place out within fifteen minutes. The usual hands of loot were dropped in the inner courtyard - Rage managed to get five skill point boosters, three item drop boosters, four large attack pots, and six large defence pots, which was pretty good going.

[GM]Darasuum was waiting outside the castle on Katar-6 well before the start, and tried some of his riddles on us. The level 31 rogue Memree was my representative there, and did give three of the answers - a man without arms and legs at your front door is called Matt (I used Google to find that one), in a swimming pool he's called Bob, and you can only run into a forest "halfway" - after that, you are running out...

The GM asked us if we wanted double mobs, and everyone said yes; it still only took us eleven minutes to clear the place out, though. My suggestion of double loot must have gone unheard, though, as I only managed to grab two each of the boosters, a single large attack potion, and two large defence potions. No doubt I got masses of the small health and mana recovery pots though, as well as six tool aids.

The Cariae event was a little different; I took my level 111 archer Barbarienne along there, and managed, just about, to give people the Bless Arrow buff for extra health and mana as they arrived, until things started. It all went in the usual way outside the castle - the only trouble was, the doors to the outer courtyard were closed, and [GM]Darasuum was unable to open them - some by-product of the problems Cariae has been having lately, though I thought it was the Dratan castle siege that got messed up by a disconnection, not the Merac one. So, Dara put the loot down outside the gates, and left, not taking up the suggestion to spawn some more monsters, such as Kamiras, outside. My share of the loot was slightly underwhelming; I managed five large defence pots, but just two skill point boosters and one each of the other two.

Some people managed to get a few monsters through the doors, and I got a drop of a level 86 jacket from one of them, but it was a bit frustrating to edge up to the door and be able to see through it at an angle, and look at all the spear men, dark harpies, hell-otuus, and so on that we couldn't get to. Zenderfly did turn up, but was a bit late for what action there was, as far as I could tell.

On Sarissa RedRyder is a level 40 rogue; I mentioned before the start the problem Cariae had had, and while he wasn't then visible, Dara said "I'll hunt you down, Red". Things proceeded smoothly, anyway; I had to run for it a time or two, when I'd attracted the attention of male assassinbugs, but I lived through to the end, and here I got three of the skill point boosters, and a generous five each of the other three main goodies. And a pair of level 107 healer boots as a drop!

On Hatzring, RedRyder went along again, though there she is only level 24. She did actually have to ride down to Merac Castle, to get it onto her memory scroll; it was lucky she had a mount. [GM]Darasuum was there, but this time I didn't mention Cariae's problem. I mean, how many times does one want to be hunted down? The event played out in the usual way, and Red assisted mainly with Snare, since her attack damage on high-level monsters was not very great. This time I avoided trouble entirely; I was lucky at the end, as most of the group I'd been with headed outside again to finish off any monsters there, but I headed for the inner courtyard - and found that Dara had already spawned the loot! I managed to pick up four large defence potions, and two each of the other goodies, so I was okay, but late arrivals in there were a bit disappointed.

MistressDomina had spent the evening in the Tomb, though very little happened between the two dungeon time hours; for eight to nine the party was just MD and Dropkick, who does need someone of around MD's level in a combat party to get good experience from the sphinx commanders. I had fought the one commie that attacked me, and, since I'd gained a full ignition level just from standing around while other party members fought, did battle three commies with it running, but otherwise, I let the others get on with it, and MD just added 1.06%, 8 skill points, and 93 pet points from her evening's adventure.

Tairen, as the newest server, always comes last, so its event started at 9:30, UK time. I moved the level 45 +15 crossbow I'd bought, which my level 40 assassin Memree was carrying, across to my level 42 ranger xRAGEx, as she is the one who can use it. Rage was the first arrival - or maybe Dara beat me to it, I'm not sure. After we'd exchanged greetings he said "Watch this", moved a couple of times, said "Like my pet?" - and Zuney appeared, the local mage incarnation of fellow Twisted member Aszune, and a fairly high-level member of the local branch of the Vendetta guild. I assume Dara used some sort of recall to get her there. "Did I not just pull you out like a dragon?" Zuney, when she knew who I was, explained that the red name and guildlessness on Auzura had been for her "capture the murderess" event.

Maybe I was getting careless, but Rage almost died when a big mob of death knights and baals attacked; I didn't realise I was in any danger, until I noticed that my health was very low. And then, when fighting some wafes, I got slightly overwhelmed - and the one skill point restoration scroll Rage was carrying got used. Still, I kept alive after that, and assisted with the anubis spear men, hell-otuu, dark harpies, and so on. My share of the loot didn't include any large defence potions, which are usually the most common of the four main drops, and the least valuable; I got two item drop boosters and four each of the skill point boosters and large attack potions, though, so the cost of the scroll I'd used was more than covered.

Tairen seems to have some drama, as afterwards people were complaining about the Tomb there not being set, and the person who could set it was saying they should try to take the castle from him and set it themselves... so all in all I'm glad that I am not trying to get to a high level there at the moment. [GM]Darasuum did linger a little, though I am not sure how keen he was on Zuney calling him "Blondie"...

Throughout it all CaptainScarlet had kept busy on Auzura-4 in Maargadum Jail, which meant that by the end of the evening his drake was past the two-thirds mark in 48. The next day with a couple of hours or so of double pet experience is scheduled to be Saturday again, and that takes us into the New Year, so you probably won't read about this particular drake reaching level fifty here...

Monday, 27 December 2010

A Flock of Kamiras

My characters started their attendance half hours in the usual way - and, in the usual way, reports came in of another Cariae server crash shortly before 10:00am UK time. These reports were followed by the usual disconnections on other servers a little after ten - my characters lasted until almost 10:30 before they too were kicked out.

CaptainScarlet hurried back to his death mask lancer; I noticed that he didn't lose any pet points, all he lost was a few minutes working time. By then Cap's drake was just approaching 30% of the way through level 48, and by lunchtime he'd got to a third. RedRackham logged in too, to level his pink drake, and managed to move it a bit further through level 22.

Rage checked before lunch, and found that the Auzura Tomb of Theos was set to 100% easy, for a pleasant change. So, after lunch MrChuckNorris, Kaerella and Rage headed over there, in a combat party. It was Rage I wanted to give a "power hour" to, so we headed for the anubis spear men, and the first corner after their main room. Luckily, while the earlier parts we passed through were busy, that area was quiet, so we were able to settle in, and Rage was able to use the two spear men on that corner, and the next one along too, just about uninterrupted. The skill Controlled Shooting is very useful, even if it does mean that Rage can't move while it is active, and so has to make sure that her next target is within crossbow range. A typical critical hit without that buff dealt 7317 damage; with it active, it moved up to around 9587.

The two to three o'clock dungeon time hour (by UK time) saw Rage use 59 experience boosters, and add 36.48% experience, which took Rage well into level 99. The spear men are seven levels above her now, which means they have started to give ignition...they don't give much skill exp though, only 4 skill points were gained, though Kaerella and Chuck got those too. Kaerella kept busy fighting the sphinx fighters, while Chuck generally just gave his two buffs.

Once the hour was over, my trio ran across to the ancient grey mummies, and spent just about an hour there, so that by the time I took a slightly early break, Rage had added 37.78% in all, plus 12 skill points and 2299 pet points. Kaerella had earned 2.48%, the same 12 skill points, and 1756 pet points, while Chuck, who doesn't have the 10% attendance bonus, got 1.34% and 11 skill points.

My trio headed back to my spear man corner, which was still vacant, and took up possession a few minutes ahead of the next dungeon time hour, the five to six o'clock one. The day's special event, the "Low Level" Mad Monster Spawn for level 46 to 90 characters was due to start at six, so I made sure to begin promptly, hoping that I'd be able to switch characters and ride there in time for at least the main waves. Rage had earned an ignition run, which she took fairly early in the hour, and that helped her to get through 63 boosters this time, to add 35.62% in level 99 - and 4 skill points again.

The Auzura "Low Level" Mad Monster Spawn was a couple of minutes late starting, luckily, which gave MistressBlaze time to get there. The first wave was pretty minor, with nothing above arcane golems, but the second wave included a big flock of Kamiras. I'd taken up my position at the lake end of things, where the slightly sunken village is now, so was able to concentrate on the Kamiras to start with - I wasn't the only person doing that of course, but I killed a few. As a wave of other monsters came across and I had to temporarily retreat and use a couple of health potions, I didn't get a chance to pick up much, only about a single Kamira's worth of the regular items, but it was good, if brief, fun. There was a third wave with the wight flairs, mimic crods, endemic demons - and I even saw a boucu witch, I don't know where they come from! After that, some loot was spawned for us, but it wasn't very generous, and we got the single announcement "Low Level MMS is over." Which it was... still, MB got a couple of item drop boosters, a skill point booster, two large attack pots, and 3 large defence pots, as well as the moonstones, lucky scrolls, and crystal of experience (greater) etc from Kamira.

Zenderfly had been in touch just as the MMS was starting, asking if I could help per new money-farmer mage Cinetic, who is level 37 now, to level up. We agreed to meet after the MMS; I logged Cariae's Kaerella in, and we tried fighting a black pudding in Strayana, but there must have been some misunderstanding, I thought she wanted me to use "pet return to village" to leave her to do the actual kill... really, level 37 is a bit low for that deal. She could just have ks'd, but decided in the end that just fighting the Dratan desert deer solo was a faster way to level. At least, unlike the Tomb, we didn't have to pay to get in there, so no harm was done. I helped her transfer a drake from Zenderfly to Cinetic; Cinetic returned the level 53 weapon as she'd managed to buy one of her own, so I traded back 300 of the experience boosters.

Kaerella had got up to a red ignition run, so she and MrChuckNorris headed back across to the ancient grey mummies. With Chuck's buffs, and him safely out of compass range, Kae did her run, getting 10,450 skill exp per kill and managing to add 11 skill points before the ignition buff ended. So, for that early evening session, Rage had gained 35.89%, 5 skill points in all, and 1339 pet points - which took her drake into level 51. Kaerella gained 1.95%, 16 skill points, and 1056 pet points, while Chuck added 0.98% and 5 skill points.

CaptainScarlet returned to his death mask lancer in Maargadum jail once the excitement was over; and it was time for my Auzura archer Kaerella to get the first two levels of the Bless Arrow skill, to increase people's maximum health and mana, for 160 and 400 skill points. When eight o'clock was approaching I logged Rage in to ask in the guild chat if anyone, preferably with party recall, needed a "sitter" for dungeon time, and Dropkick, our guild adviser and level 114 temple knight, took me up on the offer, so I changed over to MistressDomina, to be within ten levels of him.

Dropkick's first couple of spots were taken, but eventually he recalled me to a place in the Tomb of Theos, outside the final section, where a couple of sphinx commanders spawned - they did not respawn quite quickly enough to be ideal, but Dropkick seemed happy with the experience they gave him, with someone seven levels lower than him in a combat party. I spent the hour fighting the sphinx fighters, anubis spear men, and anubis archers that were close by; I picked up a couple of heaven stones along the way, and MistressDomina ended up adding 0.82%, 5 skill points, and 842 pet points. With his running around to find a spot that wasn't in use, he'd started his power hour a few minutes late; he didn't finish the pbi etc, stopping when the dungeon time ended, but must have added 25% or so I think.

CaptainScarlet kept working through that hour, and by the end of the evening had just reached the 45% point in level 48. The platinum pet experience potions put in a triumphant, if temporary, return to the item mall today, with two packs of 25 for the price of one as one of the day's "BOGO" offers, which must be a relief to pet-levellers everywhere.

It was a shame that the Mad Monster Spawn today was a little lacking in character; I did hear someone mentioning [GM]Darasuum's name, but if it was him, he was rather more subdued than usual. I don't have suitable characters currently for that event on any other server besides Auzura... but, wonder of wonders, I see that we get a second GM-hosted event this week, with "Storm the Castle" tomorrow, so I have high hopes for multiple adventures then.

As you may know if you have seen the "archive" section of this blog at, December is the last month for this endeavour...which means only four more reports to go. Given the relatively low response, I think it's time I tried making a different use of my writing time, but I'll still be in-game, or lurking around the Last Chaos forum shoutbox, and may make occasional minor updates to the front page. So you've not seen the last of me, don't worry!

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Evening With The Giants

Sadly, the double experience and pet experience had been turned off last night. My usual characters put in their attendance time this morning in the normal way, and CaptainScarlet headed down to Maargadum Jail before nine. As sometimes happens, he got disconnected soon after ten o'clock, UK time, but was soon back in action, joined later by RedRackham.

Apart from my pet-levellers sparring with their death mask lancers I did absolutely no fighting this morning, unless you count the two foxes killed to check if the double experience was still on. There is more to a game like this than killing monsters, after all. MistressSabina made more space in her inventory by passing some accessories and two of her old armour sets across to FoxChaser, who also took some minor items from my merchant mage, to give her a bit more inventory space. Sabina also got my level 57 +15 weapon, although she can't use it for another half level, and had it transformed by Collector Ryl from a mage staff to a mage wand, for 580,000 gold.

MistressSabina had a long look through Roy's merchant mart for a new accessory, but in the end gave up, and just had a stone of shadow moved across to her. She traded her recent loot, and 300 million gold, across to my merchant, MistressDomino... who spent all that and another 200 million on a pair of level 107 blue-named, +15 mage Orlwin boots, with the five evasion seals, being sold via Roy by Calimera. 500 million seemed like a good deal to me, I noticed someone else trying to sell a +13 pair for 900 million - moving up from the level 87 pair only added 56 to MD's defence, though, when the boots had been traded across. MistressBlaze already had a pair of +13 level 87 boots; replacing them with the +15 pair added 133 to her physical defence, though she'd have been able to borrow the +15 pair when needed, anyway.

Rage checked the Auzura Tomb of Theos, and found its condition was down to 20%; apparently the Cariae one was suffering from a glitch, due to a disconnection during the Dratan castle siege last night - not only could members of the guilds involved there not look in shops or do other similar things, such as using warehouse storage, but nobody could enter the Tomb as the siege was "still on", except on one of the PvP sub-servers, which was presumably a bit crowded.

RedRackham's pink drake moved into level 19 over lunch - and CaptainScarlet's drake was closing in on level 48 by then. Apparently the platinum pet experience potions are a bit rare at the moment, as they are among the many, many items not available from the web item mall, and there are no packages including the lucky pet boxes currently available. Cap still has ten unopened boxes, and a dozen ppeps remaining, which should be enough for another double pet experience event or two. I don't think we will actually need to "top up" another drake after this one, but time will tell.

I had some work to do in the afternoon - well, not exactly paying work, just a favour for a friend. So, about all I managed to do on the Last Chaos front was get some mining done, with SirGalahad using 34 pick-axes and 34 tool aids. CaptainScarlet logged out, with his drake in level 48 by then, as his game was starting to get a little laggy - and when he logged back in in Randol, Gal traded 1,000 quality stones across to him before he returned to his death mask lancer.

After the food break, SirGalahad did a repeat mining performance, 34 being the number of open slots in his inventory, and then went down into the Jail on Auzura-6 to pass 750 of them over to RedRackham, since he was running a little low too. SirGalahad then logged out - and MistressSabina logged in, and made a party with RedRackham.

MistressSabina went out into the desert to the giants, and thankfully had the plateau to herself - though a visit from Kamira would have been nice. The extra space in her inventory was useful, but it gradually filled up, as the time passed...and by the time the usual Sunday Quiz was approaching, Sabina had added 15.50%, 120 skill points, and 1291 pet points, as well as getting loot she sold for 52.8 million gold.

There was a server crash shortly before the quiz, but luckily for me it was confined to Auzura-3 and Tairen-6. People were disconnected, and unable to log back in - and they missed the quiz, though as usual they were urged to send in a ticket to get compensation for that. [GM]Yatou had put in a few appearances in the shoutbox through the day, probably the LC office was a bit quiet, and after the quiz [GM]Stratos dropped in too, though mainly to comment that people ought to be happier during the holiday season than the people who were at that point commenting about missing the quiz.

The quiz itself ran smoothly, and afterwards, once MistressDomina had transferred her winnings across to Kaerella, RedRackham returned to his death mask lancer, and MistressSabina returned to the giants for another forty minutes or so. She added just another 5.61%, getting her through to three-quarters of the way through level 52, plus 51 skill points, 544 pet points, and another 19.5 million gold. I think her store of unused skill points is now at an all-time high, for her, and ought to be enough to get her to level 100 at least.

RedRackham's pink drake had reached level 21 before the quiz, and reached level 22 before the end of the evening; CaptainScarlet was close to a quarter of the way through his drake's level 48 by then too.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Three Drakes for Christmas

Cariae's Kaerella and Barbarienne did their half hours to keep the attendance bonus going, along with MistressSabina, and then MistressDomina, Rage and Auzura's Kaerella logged in. The Twisted guild master, spazz, was saying that he had got the guild to level twenty now, for some great guild buffs - and was planning to go further. At that guild level, any character has to be level fifty to become GM and upgrade the guild, with the skill point cost approaching 2000 per guild level, so raising a special sp character would take a while - but luckily players in Mondshine can get extra skill points relatively easily, and the guild does have a few people who are there.

SirGalahad completed the attendance seven, doing a little mining once a Christmas gift box had deposited another shining titan Santa hat. Auzura's Kaerella managed to get a healer hat, though, which might be worth melding to her headgear for a month, as her circlet is actually +14.

CaptainScarlet headed for Maargadum Jail on Auzura-4, to get back to his pet-levelling duties; RedRackham went to Maargadum Jail too, on Auzura-6. He did actually hit a beast flyer as he ran through level four, which is a definite no-no as the magic-using beast crawlers are protective of the flyers, but he kept running and managed to escape, with less than half his health left.

MistressSabina was able to take a trip out to the giants before lunch; seeing there wasn't a solo party available, once she'd partied up with RedRackham she made it open to all, with the title "Merry Solo", and it did reach a full eight players before fading off as lunch approached.

The giants' plateau was generally being used by a titan, who had an hour-long super haste potion active, so MistressSabina had to make do with the main path heading west, but she still had to make gratifyingly frequent trips back to town to sell the loot, and ended up topping the 300 million gold mark. It wasn't a hugely long session, as today's lunch needed a bit more preparation than average, but Sabina still managed to add 7.95 %, helped along slightly by the GMs leaving last night's double experience event running, along with 48 skill points and 505 pet points.

Cariae's RedRackham joined in the pet-levelling over lunch, and after an extended break MistressSabina returned - only to find the titan still busy with his high-speed giant-killing. Sabina killed a few giants, and then Zenderfly got in touch. She was asking to borrow any +15 mid-level weapons I had on Cariae, so I logged on to SirCumference on Cariae-4, and loaned her three +15 swords, the level 37, 45 and 53 her suggestion, she passed across 900 experience boosters as security. She also traded a mount across, from Zenderfly to her new mage Cinetic; that slightly complicated things as Cinetic already had two pets, but she sacrificed a level 3 pony, gaining a horse's molar, to make room.

The titan StuartLittle was still busy in the afternoon, but MistressSabina added another 7.30%, 45 skill points, 515 pet points, and 21 million. Once when Sabina teleported back out, after selling her loot, Kamira was there, being ignored by Stuart - so I quickly switched to my archer Kaerella, and rode out. Kamira was still there, and was reasonably quickly despatched - there wasn't any rare accessory dropped, but I picked up all the usual useful stuff, before Kae logged out, and Sabina returned.

I had just started on an evening session when, just after a half hour's "150% upgrade event" had started, Zenderfly reported that heaven stones were selling for 5 million each on Cariae, and that I should go over and sell some. So, RedRackham logged out, with his pink dragon hatchling now just into level 16, and thus a drake, and MistressDomina, who is on Cariae my merchant mage, logged in. Zen did nicely, selling heaven stones ten at a time - "Why did I waste my previous upgrade events with upgrading?" MD found things a bit slower, fact, she didn't sell anything. After the second upgrade event, a 200% one, had finished, I gave up on that idea, and brought Auzura's RedRackham back into service.

[GM]Stratos had been the person handling the special upgrading events, and he rather complicated things by changing his mind. originally there were going to be three 30 minute events, starting three hours apart, with 150% first, then 200%, then 175%... but the first event actually lasted 45 minutes, with the forum post changed to say the second would only last a mere 5 minutes... though that got changed again, to 10. The last I heard, the 175% event was going to be 15 minutes. Some people were exulting about what they'd managed to get to +15 or even +16 now, while others had broken very expensive things, as usually happens. And others were complaining about terrible lag and not being able to do any upgrading using items they'd bought specially - the castle siege on Cariae was badly affected too, apparently.

The first person to join Sabina's party in the morning had been the level 15 archer Testounet, who'd reached level 17 before leaving; after RedRackham logged out in the evening, Sabina was party-less until a level 81 player, AmazoneS, invited her into a party... and said that she was Testounet. She did offer to help Sabina level, but I said that I needed to farm for a while yet. Testounet as a character had only been made this week, and so had the new hair and face option for an archer, looking rather striking.

The evening session continued, though perhaps not at full speed, until just about the usual end time, and by then MistressSabina had reached the halfway point in level 52, adding another 16.53%, 102 skill points, and 2099 pet points, plus 47.6 million gold. Kamira didn't make any further appearances out among the giants - actually, when Sabina had been back in Dratan City, she had had to ride out of the city briefly so that a Christmas present could arrive (another useless wrong-class Santa hat), and had been able to watch a knight fight Kamira there; I think he must have been fighting the harpies just by the gate to attract her.

RedRackham on Cariae was able to join the pet-levelling line-up for an hour after MistressSabina had logged out; I usually forecast the end figure in advance, and providing the double pet experience continued to the end, his drake should have just reached level 39 by the end of the evening. Similarly, his Auzura namesake should have got his drake into level 18 by then, and, thanks to a number of the platinum pet experience potions, CaptainScarlet's drake should be around the 80% mark in level 47. Let us hope they leave the double pet experience running tomorrow...