DDO Player News Episode 43 – Slightly Flawless, Mostly Harmless



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Update 27 is here!! We talk about the highlights from the release notes. Outside of DDO It was Gary Gygax birthday the day we recorded, we talk about some of the history of DnD, We got a new video from Sword Coast Legends, and the 1rst edition DM guide is now out via PDF.


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Update 27 Trails Of The Archons Release Notes

Update 27: Trials of the Archons Preview

The DDO Chronicle: Issue 151

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DDO Players Screen Shot Of The Week #26

DDO Players Poll – Have You Ever Been To Gen Con?

Uurlock Ygmeov

used to go every year – then job took me away. Used to DM there and now those who I mentored in the arts and sciences of DMing go in my stead.



No, but I attend PAX Prime in Seattle almost religiously. I don’t have the budget for two cons a year… and PAX is 20 min away. 🙂


Geoffhanna (From DDO Gamer)


A few times. Once I even co-hosted a live event! I did it all wrong but I think everyone had fun anyway




As it would require hopping over the ocean to get there, its not been on my map really. Although that does make it one of those things to want to do some time!




No, but i’m planning on attending next year since I only live a few hours away!

I’ve already used up my vacation time for this year, plus with 5 kids (3 of which are triplet 7yr-old boys), its hard to get baby-sitters for more than a day!!!

Have a great time guys!


(From the post on the forums)


Several times, starting last millennium. Always with some (often tabletop) game company or another, showing off a product. Origins as well!

It’s been a few years since my last one, though.



I went several times in the 80s when the “Gen” part actually meant something because it was in Lake Geneva.

I remember getting an early copy of the Thieve’s world RPG in a 3 ring notebook (my first gencon 1981) that I won in a drawing. The auction was really great with some very rare items and I don’t think a single item sold for more than $10.

And lots of role playing. There was some boardgaming, but it was mostly rpg scenarios including playing unreleased products which was fun.


News Beyond DDO

Celebrating Gary Gygax Day, Happy Birthday To The Late Gary Gygax

Titansgrave Chapter 7

Sword Coast Legends Campaign Creation

Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide Coming This Fall To 5E

1rst Edition Dungeon Masters Guide Comes To DnDClassics


Week in DDO


Drac Week


  • Desecrated Temple of Vol *Finding that I need to get something to help with Negative Levels*

Ranger/Rogue ;14 With Pineleaf


  • Feast or Famine
  • A Cabal for One (Crazy end fight)


Created my  DnD Adventures League Char that I’m going to run at Gen Con Lvl 1 Drow Elf Rogue (is anyone shocked)


Pineleaf Week

On Artificer 14 with Drac


  • Feast or Famine
  • A Cabal for One (Crazy end fight)


Warlock (Video Series)

Sharn Syndicate

  • Repossession
  • The Bookbinder Rescue
    • Attempt 1 – It took me forever to bash open a door
    • Attempt 2 – One of the Binder’s was suicidal but I managed to finish anyway
  • Come out and Slay


Proof is in the Poison (I think this may be the first time I did this)


Favored Soul (PD) – Level 4-5

The Steam Tunnels

  • The Sacred Helm
  • The Cloven-jaw Scourge: Blockade
  • The Cloven-jaw Scourge: Caverns of Shaagh
  • The Halls of Shan-to-Kor (Reached level 5)

Pinetrap (PD) – Level 1-3 (Rogue 1 / Warlock 1 / Druid 1)

Korthos Village

  • The Grotto
  • Heyton’s Rest
  • The Cannith Crystal
  • The Storehouse’s Secret
  • The Collaborator (Reached level 2 for Warlock 1)


Korthos Island

  • Redemption
  • Stopping the Sahuagin
  • Sacrifices
  • Necromancer’s Doom (Hard)
  • Misery’s Peak



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Erdrique Writes Us An Email Titles – Checking In


Hey Pineleaf and Draculetta.  It has been a little while since your “stalker” has checked in so I wanted to take a second to send you guys a quick note.  I just wanted to say that you guys are a doing great job as always and I wanted to wish Draculetta to have a great time at GenCon.  I wish I could go!!  But oh well.


I wanted to mention two quick things.  First, I believe I heard you guys talking about whether or not running quests that only have a solo difficulty level will break a bravery bonus streak.  Quests such as the Miller’s Debt, Home Sweet Sewer, Arachnophobia, and An Explosive Situation will not break a streak because solo is the only difficulty you can select.  There are a few other quests that won’t break your streak either.  These include the challenges and the quest called Devil’s Assault.  Devil’s Assault (located in the Marketplace) won’t break your streak because it is a special quest where it is level 6 on Normal, level 12 on Hard, and level 18 on elite.  This is the only quest that scales this way and this quest is a remnant of the classic Devil Invasion years ago.


The next thing I wanted to mention was some hints for the Orchard.  There are four flagging quests in the Orchard of Macabre: Fleshmaker’s Laboratory, Ghost of Perdition, The Desecrated Temple of Vol, and Inferno of the Damned.  I won’t want to spoil anything, but I would recommend trying Desecrated Temple of Vol first (although it is in boonies…).  These quests are fun and can be annoying.  Just as a side note, Patrick at DDOCast did a walk through of Inferno of the Damned a while back and I know the Damsels walked through it relatively recently as well if you wanted to give yourself some spoilers :).  Also, the explorer zone for the Orchard can be a great place to wrack up quite a bit of experience.


Until next time, Erdrique (Your Stalker 🙂 )


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  1. stoerm_ddo /

    Another great installment, thank you!

    Draculetta: the most convenient guard against negative levels (yes, pretty much mandatory in many Orchard quests) is to bring a hireling that can cast Deathward.

    Other options include the Visor of the Flesh Render Guards, and deathward potions. The Visor has a single clicky; it’s not a guaranteed drop but not exactly rare either. Potions and other sources are harder to obtain.

    See http://ddowiki.com/page/Death_Ward for the whole story, including a list of hirelings with Deathward.

    Thanks again and look forward to the next episode.

  2. Kerkos /

    I was extremely meh about favoured soul as well when I did that life. Right up until I got the easy button. At level 12, you get blade barrier. Getting as much equipment to max out the damage for blade barrier with maximize and empower spell feats, you can run through most quests with ease. A fvs and a ranged character go well together since both tend to kite the beasties around to avoid taking damage.
    As an aside to your permadeath qwest, I feel that most classes start to feel different ~lvl 7. I would be interested to see your take on your characters if you were to get them to lvl 9 once you finish the cycle of getting to lvl 5.

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