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Posted: Sep 14th 2009 9:21AM Tom in VA said

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These are good basic questions and answers.

For me, however, the main question I had in DDO:U was:

When does this game start being fun?

Answer: Not nearly soon enough, unfortunately.

(I'm glad some people are enjoying it, though.)

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 10:13AM MewmewGrrl said

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For me the game was fun the moment I dove into character creation, and it was great as soon as I entered the game. D&D is about playing through modules and quests and is very story driven, it's different than the average MMO because it's following the D&D rules system. When the game first came out, there weren't any Dragons tho (Actually there was a joke on Penny Arcade about it even) now the whole starter experience is based on one even. D&D is about experiencing story and having fun along the way with very slow character progression. It's not the type of game where you try to quickly level up, but some people are so used to other systems in games they try to play this one the same way, and it's just not made to be played like that.
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Posted: Sep 14th 2009 10:45AM (Unverified) said

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I agree with this. Most MMOs seem to be about grinding your way up to the level cap so you can get into the fun stuff. DDO feels like its designed to be more about the journey as opposed to the destination.
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Posted: Sep 14th 2009 5:29PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah I've had a brief look at DDO this last week, and while it's far, far too early to say anything about its long-term appeal, I definitely found that it made a better first impression than a lot of MMOs I've tried.
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Posted: Sep 14th 2009 9:31AM (Unverified) said

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One other thing that should be mentioned Snow Side vs Sunny Side.

There are two distinct versions of Kythos Village, over and above instancing because of population.

Snow side is where anyone who hasn't finished the Misery Peak instance/quest line is, with sunny side being where those who have finished the quest line end up.

It's a difference that trips a lot of people up when they're trying to group, because technically they're not the same zone.

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 10:58AM Tanek said

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I think there is even a third "version" of Korthos Village that can keep players from grouping. 'Been to Stormreach' vs. 'Not Been to Stormreach'.

I know it was that way back in July, anyway. If it is no longer an issue, that is a very welcome change.
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Posted: Sep 14th 2009 6:50PM GaaaaaH said

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@tanek

I ran into that last night - from the sunny version, you just need to go to the docks and back
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Posted: Sep 15th 2009 8:38AM (Unverified) said

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@ Keith, GaaaaaH and tanek,

Like you all mentioned, there are essentially 2 or 3 version of Korthos Village:

1) Snowy Korthos - Have not finished Misery's Peak Quest Line or have not Skipped the tutorial

2) Sunny Korthos (Have not Been to Stormreach) - finished Misery's Peak or Skipped the Tutorial. You can still group with those who are on snowy Korthos to do quests, but you will not be able to see them in the Village itself. But once you get into the quest or the explorer zones, they will be on the same map as you.

3) Sunny Korthos (Have BEEN to Stormreach) - finished Misery's Peak Quest Line and traveled to Stormreach (and then back to Korthos) you can only group with people who have been to Stormreach.
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Posted: Sep 14th 2009 9:50AM Hambone Hamlet said

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nice write up, alot of helpful hints and tip. Thanks

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 9:58AM (Unverified) said

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There's been a lot to figure out and this certainly helps. Fortunately, this game's been around long enough for there to be a good bit of information out there on quests and such. Figuring out how to swap weapon sets did take a while, though. 8)

I'm actually enjoying the game quite a bit, which surprises me. The game is different enough from the standard WoW/WAR/AoC MMO grind to keep my interest. I've tried and tried to get back into one of these games for the last six months and I haven't made it past a week before getting really bored and having that burned out feeling come back over me. I've actually found myself having fun and enjoying myself for a change.

No, it's not the greatest thing since sliced bread but it has been fun and I think it's well worth a try.



Posted: Sep 14th 2009 5:10PM MewmewGrrl said

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How do I switch weapons on the fly?
"Drag your weapon icon from your inventory to your hotkey bar. Then click on that hotkey when you want to swap weapons."

Actually, you have a number of weapon set slots on your character page. What you do is drag your weapons, one or two, into the set slots, then drag the green weapon slot icon to your hotkey bar. That allows you to change whole sets at once.

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 11:05AM (Unverified) said

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Can you get the leveling sigils needed to level past 4 if you solo the dungeons or do the dungeons have to be a higher difficulty level? This is good info... I'm almost level 4. So far I'm enjoying it.

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 11:19AM (Unverified) said

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Yes you can get it soloing (I was on with someone the other night who go it soloing). There might be a higher chance of getting it if you are on normal or hard versus solo (which is a little too easy anyway).
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Posted: Sep 14th 2009 11:22AM Kuroyume said

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i got my Copper sigil as a quest reward from one of the Harbor quests in normal. so you don't need to do the higher difficulties.

I do believe hard and elite have a higher chance to drop the sigils, but i couldn't quete the source, so i can't be 100% sure
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Posted: Sep 14th 2009 11:16AM (Unverified) said

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Here is an excellent resource for new DDO players.. this thread has links to tons of info about the new F2P model:

"RoBi3.0's Free to Play Guide. Everything you need to know to get the most out of this game."

http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=198865

F2p Quest list with favor
Turbine Point Favor Reward Chart
List of Adventure Packs
Other Account Options
Can this game actually be played with out spending a dime?
Know your Premium Content (Low levels)
Know Your Premium Content (Mid Levels)
Know Your Premium Content (High Levels)



Posted: Sep 14th 2009 11:34AM AyAitch said

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Having just started playing DDO, I really enjoyed this guide!

One additional thing I found, that really helped me: the third tip, on switching weapons, is correct - but if you do it that way, you won't equip your shield/second weapon. On your inventory screen, create a "weapon set" of your two weapons/shields (it's like long line of boxes that runs in the middle of the screen). Then drag THAT to your hotkey bar.

As for the game itself: I'm having a blast, and enjoying the "hey, it's free (for the most part) so I needn't feel like I have to get $15 of fun out of it each month." I'm a busy guy; I like being able to pick games up and put them down, with no financial repercussions.

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 11:51AM Pingles said

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I have just left Korthos and was disappointed to find that the world outside is instanced.

So will I ever run into other players outside of towns? Is the whole game-world instanced?

Why have separate servers if everything is instanced?

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 12:24PM (Unverified) said

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thanks for the info! i just downloaded it and started playing this weekend, and having fun for sure. It's a great interpretation of the D&D rules... I'm a paladin, and yes, the solo option on the quests is almost always far too easy. took me a bit to figure that out. the normal mode is much more challenging and fun.

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 12:58PM (Unverified) said

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You do not need to buy the Drow race .. it will become available after 400 favor points are earned (unless they took that away in Unlimited) and only wizards can inscribe spells, cleric/bard-type spells cannot be inscribed.

Posted: Sep 14th 2009 2:09PM Evy said

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It's important to note that earning the Drow race through favor will only unlock them for -that server-. If you buy from the store, you can create Drow on any server.
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