Official D&D Online Thread -- Be there or be square!

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Matt Barton
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I decided to start a new thread here for anyone interested in joining the AA foray into the game Dungeons & Dragons Online, as discussed formerly in this thread. This is a free-to-play MMO that seems to have very reasonable time restrictions, so you won't get sucked in for days or weeks as with WOW or Everquest. This is more like the old-fashioned D&D tabletop game, where you embark on one quest at the time (I was able to do one this morning in about 15 minutes).

Anyway, I think it would be fun if we could get a group going, since the quests are scalable (the ones I looked at could be done solo or with groups). We are on the Sarlona world (that was the one that was recommended by the client), so make sure that if you create a character you choose that world.

Obviously, scheduling will be difficult since there are so many time zones and such at work here. However, if you'd like to play, post some potential times during the weekends when you'd be available, and we can try to take it from there. No one is committing to anything at this point; I'm just trying to get some idea of when we might try to do a few quests as a group. I figure we should budget for about an hour, though I suppose we can go longer if everyone is willing.

I'm pretty much wide open on most weekends. I wake up around 9:00 A.M. CST and usually hit the hay around midnight. This weekend is probably out due to Armchair Arcade Radio, but hopefully we can get this going for next weekend.

In any case, let us know if you're interested and what times you are available.

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Mine character name is

Mine character name is Emrendil, Race: Elf

Mark Vergeer
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Hmm
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Hehe...true, true, free candy and all that. :P

I just heard you forgot about the candy!

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Paladin Kodai Brucewallace says: "There's no Pausing in MMOs!"
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What's the name of your character, Rowdy? We could team up for some dungeons.

My DDO Paladin's character name is Kodai (Surname: Brucewallace). I actually hate the name Kodai now; it was just a test name to learn the ropes of DDO, but I seem to have advanced too far to turn back. If only there was a way to change my character's name. "Kodai" was a carry-over from my "Perfect World" character, but an oriental name sounds out of place in the D&D world. Oh well.

I tested out my chat microphone in DDO, and got MASSIVE feedback. I don't know if that's what other players would experience when I'm trying to talk. I have no idea how to fix it, but I'll try again later. Not being able to voice chat would ruin the multiplayer experience, in my opinion. (I've never voice chatted over the Internet in any form.) This feedback problem only seems to occur in DDO; my other microphone recorder programs seem to operate fine.

I was actually on DDO most of the evening, and managed to release the Ice Dragon from bondage. I'm burned out for now from that marathon, but wow, what a game. It's much more involving than "Perfect World" as a single-player experience. DDO is actually a real CRPG, even as a single-player game!

One major gripe about the real-time nature of the MMO experience: YOU CAN'T SAVE or PAUSE the game in the middle of a dungeon! If you quit in the middle of a quest, it seems you have to start all over! And if you want to take a break and walk away from the computer, the server times you out, again meaning you have to start over! The "Ice Dragon/Mindsulker" quest seemed to take a LONG time to complete, much too long for me to normally play in one sitting, yet I was afraid to leave the game because of the aforementioned issues.

Still, this is a fun game. For those of you who are intimidated by the "multiplayer" aspect of MMO's, this is a very good "single-player" game as well, with no need to interact with anyone. It's a great, free game that's easily as good as some of the commercial RPG's you might buy, except (maybe???) World of Warcraft.

Like I said, it plays quite a bit like "Elder Scrolls: Oblivion," but it seems much more linear so far (which is a plus in my book). There's not as much hunting around and wandering aimlessly like "Oblivion," which pretty much killed my interest in that game.

Heck, I said I was burned on for the night, but I'm feeling the compulsion to get in another DDO session before bed! I probably won't have a chance tomorrow night.

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Hehe...true, true, free candy

Hehe...true, true, free candy and all that. :P

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Happy Halloween
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Argh...Well, I guess nobody is on. I can tell this is going to be next to impossible to get even two of us on at the same time. :(

It's Halloween, Matt... :-)

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Argh...Well, I guess nobody

Argh...Well, I guess nobody is on. I can tell this is going to be next to impossible to get even two of us on at the same time. :(

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Mark Vergeer
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Timezone.....

Due to obvious timezone issues I won't be able to join in. When I am off work you guys are still at work. When you guys are free in the evenings I am in bed. Ah well. Happy gaming.

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What's the name of your

What's the name of your character, Rowdy? We could team up for some dungeons.

I have a bard named Samanson and a mage named Jedderax (IIRC). I'll log into Samanson for awhile. Hope to see you there!

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Rowdy Rob
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Good game!

"Dungeons and Dragons Online" is a very fun action-RPG that plays a lot like "Elder Scrolls: Oblivion." I have a Paladin character going, and just a few minutes ago achieved level 2.

The only previous MMORPG I've played is "Perfect World." While there are some noticeable similarities, DDO is a MUCH better solo experience. In Perfect World, I made it up to level 12 or 13, but was never able to enter a dungeon "instance," (I think that's what they're called in MMO lingo), but DDO throws you into the dungeon "instances" with just about every mission, even at level 1.

It seemed that "Perfect World's" quests consisted of "Go kill 12 giant beetles" or "go find 20 magical plants" or simple, somewhat-lame stuff like that, where you wander through the endless countryside in search of your enemies/items. But DDO gives you real, solid exploration quests with real missions, plot, and adventure. And dungeons, right off the bat!

I find the game interface a bit clunkier than Perfect World's, but the overall game experience is much more solid and engaging as a solo experience. It's almost like getting "Oblivion" for free!

This is an action-oriented CRPG, where you actively fight battles semi-arcade style (the dice rolls seem hidden to the player). Therefore, this is a great game for those who dislike traditional CRPG-style combat (*cough* MaximumRD *cough*).

Needless to say, I do recommend DDO, even if you don't want to deal with the multi-player aspect. It plays great as a solo experience, at least in the early levels that I've seen! I still feel like an MMO newbie, though, so I have a lot to learn.

Okay, gotta get back to DDO!

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Christina and I would

Christina and I would probably be available from 9:30PM EST onward on typical (as in not this weekend, which is not typical) Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for an hour or so. We'd probably need to finish up around midnight or so EST at the latest, regardless of start time.

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