VPR Cast#66: “Yak and DDO 2/3”

Welcome to our 66th mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! Yak is back and he’s talking Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO). This is the second ddo podcast of a three part series.

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 1 hour of mmo podcast pleasure
EQ1: Barabarian is a clas not race.
Return to LOTRO, waste of time on WOW/EQ2 clones, go into detail about this. (Runekeeper is LOTRO on easy mode; everyone gets 1 hour res, etc.)
Briefly talk about playing Meridian59. (The free on-official server) Small pop not enough PVE, very outdated graphics, etc. if the official has a higher population then it might be worth it.
Disclaimer that I am a D&D fanboy. (Hate it when people say other MMO’s are the closest thing to D&D. D&D is the real deal.
Go into detail about XP, questing leveling. No grinding, only get XP from finishing quests. Can do quests in solo, normal, hard or elite difficulty. (XP scales, 25% hard, 50% elite.)
Talk about PVE in detail. Have to complete quest to get the XP. Quests have puzzles, levers, DM voice in the background. Go into detail about the “Proof is in the Poison Quest”, as an example. Talk about how quests are liek D&D as they should be, this isn’t your typical grind hack and slash like in WOW, LOTRO, etc.
Go into detail about Rest Shines SP (Mana) Management, Death/Res, Soul Stones, how to rest, etcAI is very smart and scales with difficulty.
No auto lock on targeting, have a target and must mouse over your target. (No tab target.)
Talk about how the quests are laid out in town and how the instancing works. Compare it to how much better it is compared to Guild Wars for example.
Grouping/LFG system. How it works, benefits of grouping. Can be played solo but game is meant to be played as a group. (Grouping is where it is at.) Incentive to group has you get more XP for hard and elite. Not based on how many mobs you kill. (Bonus for not dying, side quests, kill bosses etc, but penalties if the level is too high.)
F2P VS. Premium and VIP accounts, the differences, what you get. Talk about the game being free etc, quest packs, XP buffs, etc
Talk about the D&D mechanics such as saving throws and DC checks and skills to lead into the topic on classes.
Rouge Class is not a DPS class. Unlike any other MMO they can search for traps, disarm them, and have a real use in dungeons to pick locks unlike WOW. How into detail on the Rouge and how everyone has the basic search skill.
Fighter classes, Fighter, Barbarian, Pally, Ranger
Casters, Wizard, Sorcerer class in detail.
Casters healers, Cleric Favored Soul.
Bard class and how it is different from other MMO’s.
Skills, abilities, enhancements, feats, penalties that feats can help with etc.
Human example 28 points to allocate.
Auction House
Buying from vendors, haggle skill
Soul bound items are only from some quest rewards that I have seen so far and a lot of items are BOE or BOP
Durability of items and how bonuses don’t stack
Very gear focused game.
Cooldowns and item use per day/rest period, rest shrines.
Items do have level restrictions, etc talk about why frost bane weapons and very good and sell for a lot./dd>

Potions, wands, eternal wands
How long Yak plans on playing DDO.
Will Yak ever play DFO?
Ryan’s list of questions.

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9 thoughts on “VPR Cast#66: “Yak and DDO 2/3””

  1. Nice show again! Just a few comments:

    – Lord of the Rings Online is developed by Turbine. Separate development group from DDO, but it’s an in-house dev team. Atari and Wizards of the Coast (and the Tolkein estate) need to approve various parts of the game, but the game is totally developed by Turbine.

    – One of the big reasons Level 12ish is seen as a key barrier point for Free to Play players is that the amount of quests available to play without an adventure pack purchase gets very, very small around level 12. I think it’s down to one or two quests at that level. Now, you can earn Turbine Points through Favor and other things that can extend your free game, but that’s about the time where I think most F2P’ers will have to seriously consider shelling out some money for either Turbine Points or a VIP subscription.

    – Kind of a nerdy, nit-picky point, but D&D 3.5 does not use THACO. It’s a completely different system from “old” D&D when it comes to determining to-hit and the like. Essentially a d20 in which various things are added to to determine whether your total number is higher than a creature’s Armor Class. When I heard the THACO comment on the show, I could hear the “nerd rage” throughout the world… :)

    – As a DDO podcaster myself, I’m well aware of how difficult it can be to keep all of the numbers, stats and descriptions accurate while doing a long discussion on the game. Your brain did well!

    Congrats on the podcast and for playing DDO, great stuff.

  2. @Jerry: RE THACO, I don’t recall which segment it’s in, but I know I asked Yak if THACO is used in this game (I used to roll with pnp d&d), and he said that it wasn’t, and explained that instead they use some positive number system. Maybe this is addressed in the third segment.

    Thanks for listening! Going to download a ddocast today at work and listen. Have a boring load ahead of me and I need something to take my mind off it 😀

  3. @Nip: THANKS! The issue is now resolved, and the proper cast is posted (btw, in the cast I say that it’s cast 65… ignore that part 😐 )

  4. @Jerry: I heard that about level 12 there aren’t many F2P quests. Once I can stick with a toon and hit that level I will most likely be VIP by then. I remember THACO (To Hit Armor Class Zero). Truthfully playing PnP D&D it always confused people. I like how they stopped using the negative AC and now all classes have a BAB plus whatever bonus you have to hit and then just roll the die and hit there AC makes it much easier I think. Those were the days though.

  5. Hey Man,

    I have been craving some more Podcasts. Keep it up!

    Also the Apoc one was great. I am a huge DFO fan so anything DFO related is awesome. Need some great stuff to pass my time at work.

  6. DUDES!!! The 3rd cast WILL NOT be posted until this weekend. Instead of working on the formatting and uploading I was prepping Yak’s site, which will allow us to offer double the castage at roughly the same rate of fire. So while you may gnash your teeth this week, heaven will descend upon you in the ensuing weeks.

  7. I think that you all will be pleased with my solo casts. Right now it’s focused on DDO since that’s what I am playing but in no means limited to it. DDO just opened up a new server called Orien. There are no character transfers and everyone is starting off with nothing!!! I have been having a blast with my Bard! I hope to see you there. My toons name is MacGruber. :)

  8. @Beleg: Nice! On 8 Nov 09 I’m going to pass the final installment of the 3 segment yak cast. We do some light dfo talk, but mostly ddo. Soon I will post more mostly darkfall casts; however, I’m going to see if I cant get some Aion and Mortal updates in there as well.

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