I should have really named this installment something like “Troubled Times in Dagnor’s Cauldron”, but I decided to leave it the same as always.
Glarkus, my dwarven Paladin, is up to level 12 now. I am still completely behind the level curve of most of the server and I struggle with being ok with that. On one hand, I am happy that I am not having to deal with the heavily populated zones like Lower Guk yet, but I obviously wish I was a higher level. All of the posts on the forums about certain zones 25-40 being over populated have kept me happy with my pace.
Groups have been easy to come by in Crushbone. At lower levels, the traditional group structures of the later game aren’t really in play yet so you get some interesting combinations. I have been in a group for all the camps except the Throne Room so far. I have really enjoyed the rear slaver area the most as there are a ton of mobs and not as much competition for yard mobs like the other camps. Collecting belts has been great as well.
I created my monk named Aeirlon. This is the first character I have started in Qeynos so it has been fun and a little frustrating at times learning a new city. He is level 4 as of last night so on to Qeynos Hills! The best part of playing my monk is my three year old loves to sit on my lap and point at monsters to beat up. Now, he runs to the computer and says “I want to beat up stuff” which is hilarious. My wife doesn’t find it quite as funny, but it’s been fun to cuddle on the little guy while we kick skeletons. He goes “HI YA!” whenever we start an attack. My six year old isn’t as excited by the game play. Pushing 1 and then 2 a bunch of times just doesn’t do it for him!
Now for the trouble….
After hitting level 12, I decided I wanted to try something other than CB, but didn’t want to take a boat ride. I thought I would run to Unrest to see about getting a group in the courtyard. Remembering the dangers of Dagnor’s Cauldron, I was nervous about making the run. Luckily, a nice druid named Lunawolf who I had ran into before was at the zone in from BB. She gave me SOW which allayed my fears. I was ultra careful and made it to Unrest unscathed, but couldn’t get in a group.
The next time I logged in. I still couldn’t get a group and I realized that I was better off going back to Crushbone. As I ran back through Dagnor’s, I was a little more cavalier and my wife sat down next to me to talk about Christmas presents on her tablet. Distracted, I missed the zone line to BB and got nuked to death by a shaman. Luckily the kids were asleep as I dropped several loud F-Bombs because I also forgot to take a /loc before I died. My wife let me be.
It was in this moment, that the community of a great MMO shined. An amazing druid named Woodark gave me a SOW and Levitate in Dagnor’s then started looking himself. It took both of us 15-20 minutes of running around before he found it. I tried to pay him some plat, but he wouldn’t take it. I am forever indebted to Woodark.
After that craziness, I ran back to Crushbone to at least get to level 13.
Outside of Green Server, I cracked the 40k word mark on book two of The Society of the Leaf Chronicles.
If you are interested in book one, I am running a promotion starting December 7th and running through December 14th, the ebook will be only 99 cents! (https://www.amazon.com/Salvations-Path-Society-Leaf-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B07TXK89FK/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=salvation%27s+path&qid=1575561242&s=digital-text&sr=1-2)
Also, the next installment will have some of my thoughts on Twitch streaming of P99.
Big shout out and thank you to Woodark and Lunawolf!
Keep fighting out there, fellow Norrathians!