Werds that Suck!

Language is a funny thing. It only works when people share the meaning of the words we use. Tobril and I use a short hand while driving, as I am not super good with right or left directions (Just part of how my brain is wired). So we have a system using the turn signal for following directions aka up or down and follow the arrow. It works because we share meaning/experience of those words. But if I told you to go to X Street and go up with out that meaning would you know what I meant? I don’t think so. This will make sense soon, stay with me.

Yesterday I told a story about how I spent Wednesday night tilting. And I quoted Tobril saying, “I will stay in.” He commented on that by saying he felt that he was not helping as much as the wife and or I. And could best help by keeping the quest alive while people filled back up and jumped back in. Granted that is a fine motivation and some times even worth wild tactic. But the truth is DDo players say some things that piss me right off. “I will stay in.” is one of them.

My issue with “I will stay in” comes from the meaning I take away from hearing those words post wipe. Try to follow this train of thought. I just died. (While I don’t take deaths as personally as others I really don’t play to die. I do enjoy pushing myself but I expect better of myself at all time and don’t really expect to die.) And I hear “Hey we all just wiped, so I will stay here and you go lose more XP so I can get as much as I can. Thanks. You might as well ask me for my TPS reports.

Like I said above I know what he Tobril was thinking, because he told us. But that is not how I heard things. I don’t really have a fix. Other then slow counting to ten after someone says something that hits your anger button. And ask yourself what did they really mean?

Any way some other things that ddo players say that get my goat:

“I just want a completion.” Aka I have giving up on trying and now let just finish so I can be done.

“I don’t think we can.” This one pissing me in pugs not from friends or guildies, because pugers have no biases other then perceived one by class break down to judge what we can do.

“X class/player is not DPS” Again, perceived bias.

“”X is over powered” I have never seen a compelling argument for what is over powered in dnd or ddo. Now before playing DDo, MtG was my game of choice and I still think a lot like a Magic player. Damage spells, Removal spells etc… And we had a banned and restricted list in tournament play. How did I know those cards belonged on that list? Numbers and math. There is a card Sensei’s Divining Top and when it was tournament legal it dominated decks. Such a large number of decks used it that it was like the rules were changed to four tops and 56 other cards in a magic deck. Something like 90some% of decks were using four of that card in their decks and 100% of the top 24 in the different Pro tours. The only other card that was as damaging back then was Umezawa’s Jitte. So popular that some decks ran copies just to kill the other players copies. So numbers and math proved that something was too good. There are no clear numbers as far as I know in DDO. There is nothing saying 60% of all epic kills are from Wail or 70% there are X number of 95% ac tanks and quests that they do they complete 99% of the time.

Any way I have gone long. Use the comments to let me know what werds that you hear get thrown around DDo that pisses you off a little.

Tilting Wednesday

I think I may have made an error going drow on for my special wizard project. Or my run at tilting may have put me in a funk, I don’t know yet. This is how I spent last night.

I log on straight onto As400, Wednesdays Fopo bowls so for now I plan to use that night each week to level my TRed and Stoned wizard back to 20. And I start to buff, when I see Tobril buffing his FvS to heal a LoB. And he sends a tell that once the Lob is done he wants to switch for xp.

I head to Sleeping Dust on elite, I’m level 16 I will be fine. Sure, I will. To be fair, gathering the books was simple enough if time consuming. Managed to take the longest possible route to find the books. It was long enough that Tobril was able to finish Lob and jump in while I was rescuing the spider queen. Up to and into the final fight everything was going well no spiders killed, and I was feeling fine. Spin the wheels and started Doting the final boss. And he turns and Delayed Blast Fire balls me. Ouch. Heal. Disintegrate (save) 199 points of damage. Frack me! Heal. Feeblemind(fail the save with a realty low number 2ish), DBF. Heal? Nope Int is 1. Disintegrate to finish me. Really?

Tobril is on his level 16 fighter and is doing well enough (I say frack the spider chest) until it is just him and the main boss. 4 times in a row I saw that boss dance him in a row. The tables had totally turned vs all those epic runs we have done. So I burned a rez cake (I have a stack of 5 from a loto or something) jump out and Dot the jerk and he turns and Feebleminds again which of coarse I fail again and follows it up with a Disintegrate again which I again pass for enough HP to kill me out right. Grrr.

Rez a third time and Tobril keeps the agro and the jerk dies. Wow…

The wife joins us for xp and we move down to Orchard quests aka the right level of quests to be doing at 16 while maintaining our elite streak. There is a hiccup in Flesh makers and Tobril’s fighter becomes a lighting rod after he clears his side of the lighting machine. Run him to the shrine and the rest of the quest goes fairly smoothly other then I get knocked off the top by the boss air elly and take 3 or 4 ball lighting in the bum as I try to climb the later back up and die. Tobril’s heal bot decides to rez me while the wife solos the air elly.

Decide I am meant to die every quest so I don’t bother to go back to the boat and head to Ghosts. Which goes smooth until the end fight. And even then almost got him when we start to fall. Once we are all dead I hear, “I will stay in” from Tobril. Which right after dying is not something I want to hear. And it pushes me a little more over the edge. But I still have 2 cakes left. I rez, cast DD and take a disintegrate to the back before I can get in. The wife rezes and pulls the beholder to the other side of the room before she gets anti magiced to death. I decide to rez and get out as the beholder is on the fair side of the room and tobril is not that far I could nab his stone. But I wasn’t watching my timers and DD was on cool down still. Frack Me. I totally dance and move until my spell is off timer. Shoot to the far corner of the room DD and disintegrate to the back again.

Growl, I go a head and release just thinking of what a waist this run is turning into. Fill up and head back out to save my people. While falling I decide to try to both kill the beholder and save the party. I wall and disintegrate him (yes two can play that game) Nab Tobril’s stone but I get slowed and doubled slowed via an ice storm. Get in an antimagic zone and can’t get out and once again I get disintegrated to death.

I say good night and log. I look over and the wife self rezed and starts to get here self killed. I ask why if she was going to rez why didn’t she do so while I was still down there so one of us would have been able to take the agro and the other finish it? And I am told if I had an idea in mind I should have told here earlier. Because I knew she was going to rez at some point???

So frack it, I sit down and watch Horrible Bosses and Colombiana. Thankfully there is a hand job joke in Horrible Bosses that put a smile on my face and turns my mood for the night around. Have to say I really liked both movies and am tempted to buy them now.

Any way my comment about picking drow being an error is all about HPs. I have a 14 base con, tried a 16 but didn’t have the points but I have a +3 con tome, +6 con item and a SFL item and I only have around 300 hp. My wife’s wizard has almost 500 but she has toughness, the barb past life and I only have the one toughness and only one less DC. I know at 18 my hps will be much better but will I ever get there if I tilt out every week do to getting oneshotted due to crappy HP? How do bad players do it all the time?

I need a Kiter….

Last night was “epic night” and as so the guild tries to make an effort to run some things together. And we have settled into a kind of pattern, of ToD and then a few epics. Tobril gets off work nabs a fast bite to eat and gets on around 7ish my time (aka our starting time), about 15 past the hour a guild tod forms and pugs out the last slots. Our guild can bring 7-9 people if the active players all long on. We could almost fill a raid alone if all of simi active members got on too but not quite….

Anyway I had just finished my dinner and checked the time. Raid time. Logged on and saw that the Tod was up and was Tobril and Phlor and better then half full with puggers. Well I nabbed two slots for the wife and I. Knowing she was bringing her monk. I asked what Tobril needed/wanted me to bring now that my tank has his ring I can be flexible for the group. “I need a kiter” he says.

Hmmm, Now I have backed up once or six times. And every time I have been called to run I get a BB off and wing and some times I run enough to get a second wing off and some times not but I normally last about 30-40 secs once called to kite. But sooner or later everyone is a kitter had to have a first proper go, right? Guess last night was going to be my time.

Now I have 2 people that might be able to kite flagged. Javabot my melee FvS and Samiusbot a PM wiz. Java runs ToD from time to time has boots and hps. Samiusbot is flagged so I can use Yoguo pots and not much else. He happens to be flagged because you have to do all 4 flagging quests to get the favor for those pots… But has little to no gear. Don’t get me wrong for a first life and next to no work he is good enough but I wouldn’t want to take him into ToD. And I don’t want to be the guy banished because he doesn’t have boots or anything.

So Java it was. Turns out starting out as the kiter a lot easier then being the back up. My last loop however my last BB was not quite in the right spot and one shadow drifted to the top of the stairs. I was about to pick it up when Tobril said not to bother and about 10 secs later we won. Once again Java didn’t get his belt. I am starting to think that it has been removed from the loot tables, or is it when I step into the raid with him. I see it all the time on other alts. Oh well.

So being a little late to the party let me fill a role that I hadn’t gotten to before. Maybe I shouldn’t talk it up a whole lot because then Tobril will ask me to kite more often and tank less. But I think once As400 is flagged and booted up again I will try to tank the shadows on him. And that sounds like a lot of fun.

Raiding as an Artificer

Raiding as an Artificer is a lot different then normal questing and challenge running is a lot different still. This weekend I got to try both raiding on my artificer and challenges (both epic and none epic).

Things I learned:

Even my sorc felt less squishy. In a raid group where there are people assigned to heal the party often over look the artificer. I guess, they are over looked as WF arties are so good at healing themselves and I guess the fleshy arties are rare monsters. I learned to life with a heal scroll in my hand any time I was not standing with the melees. The killer is the only time I died in an elite Vod we ran over the weekend I was both with the melees and standing in an healing aura and died waiting for a mass that never came….

Preping all the weapon damage buffs kills your other spell options. I don’t know about you but on my lvl 18 arty losing Radiant Forcefield and Prismatic Strike for silver and align weapons really hurts. And pulling a six level spell for Deadly often means putting your healing in someone else’s hands when it comes to that red bar.

Also you need to expect that people are dumb. Yes even other arties. At one point I heard, “Sam, can you re silver me?” I say sure and cast silver on that person (happened to be Fopo). Before too long Fopo sends a tell “Silver plz not cold iron”. I don’t even have cold iron prepped. So the other arty (who didn’t buff anyone that I know of) had to cast over my silver. With what happed to be a useless buff, almost harmful buff at that.

Sooner or later everyone wants something, just try to be super clear and flexible to giving buffs. People will have the wrong weapon out when they ask for a buff or die and need rebuffed. And you need to be able to help them out when it happens.

As for challenges you are great. The things that make you needed and wanted in raids weaken you in challenges. But swapping in to a casting, soloing layout is pure gold. Don’t get me wrong weapon buffs are important, but a good BBer that can also heal a tank while not burning SP to dps bosses is huge. More then one run I went after and killed the dragon and then ran back to the group in time to help fopo tank and kill the boss spawn. Then returned to clearing trash with the remaining sp.

The last big thing I think I learned this weekend is a pure arty is a lighting rod set on fire and doused in an acid bath aka no evasion so so at best reflex saves is a killer. Find room for more then just the normal 30 fire/cold/elc/acid/sonic and pro of the same. Find room for those 33% fire and elc absorption item/s.

But I really love the class, to the point that I am thinking of returning to it and not the Wizard post Completionest feat…

Hard Core Leveling Day

Saturday was the first Defense Hard Core leveling day. We had more or less 6 guild members play from 10am to about 9-10 pm with two half hour food breaks. The idea was xp per min baby.

Lets see we had the wife on a 3x plus TR, Tobril and myself were on 2nd life guys, two first life premium accounts (one played by my son and not dual boxed by myself) and Tim who was already level 4 on a 3x+ TR but had to take longer breaks for travel and stuff.

Our goal was level 8 so we could all stone up. With 3x Trs in the group 552,500 was needed to reach level 8. At 1k per min that is 9.3 hours of game time. Thankfully we did better then that most of the time. Other then one window farm of Delera’s 4, which if we were thinking at the time we wouldn’t have needed to do so, there was no cheesyness. Elite streak and everything.

So by the end of the day we had taken 4 or 5 alts from 1 to 16. Man it was tireing. I can’t understand how people do it every time they level an alt. If that was how I did it I would hate leveling up alts too. There is just no time to enjoy life in that pure xp pure min life. And I like zerging and going fast, but I need down time too.

Some reflections….

Boy I knew I missed wizarding, but I didn’t know how much. There is something to be said about run, orange skull gather, acid ball, fire ball, acid blast repeat while laughing that you have almost 100 hp and living life on the edge.

Looking at some of the Open Beta comments I might need to Tr As400 again and return him to more of a melee wizard over a big DC caster or lesser him from a pure Pale master instant killer back to Hold/web Am. 😥 Didn’t really enjoy having to play the hold guy when epic were hold and melee beat down fests. Looks like that might be how it happens again. Looks like challenges might become my way to farm of tokens.

Trying to lead a noob through Irestone is not fun. At one point I told Remm (my son) that there was a chest straight ahead that was cleared, get it and run right back to me. About a min later I was running across the dungeon trying to save his butt from dieing while he was incapped. Straight according to him was a slightly to the right and directly in to a pile of mobs. But he said it looked clear to him until they jumped him. Mister full ranks in spot, I don’t think so…. But over all he did well and I think he really loves having a level 16 arty. The kid will run slayers all day if you let him. And now that he had Gh, the vale, and reaver’s hide-de-hole to explore I think he will be super pleased. And we might all see him solo cap out from explorer zones….

However much not fun leading a noob through Irestone wasn’t having that noob trap was even less fun. Instructions of come and stand on me ended up with him running past me and into the traps to die a lot. 😦

But over all I think leveling day was the best day of Ddo some people have had in a long time. The shear feeling of accomplishment from taking a TR from 20 to 1 to 16 in one day is huge for some people that only have none or only one capped alt. And for my son this is now his highest level guy. And he played it to 16 even if he got a bit of a boost from the xp stone he did it.

Thanks Turbine. Now fix the AC and the Hard to Kill and we are good.

Scatter Shot of a Night

I started off last night with the wife and Stiner doing elite Acid Wit and being asked to help finish it off as they had been working on it for almost an hour. It is easy to forget how long that quest can be. So I jumped in buff less but ready to go. Luckly for me they had all but the end fight done so it took me 5 mins to get 11k. For them I bet is was not as nice. Then they split up. Stiner needed to go and the wife after the drag on she just had wanted to get her get gear on. She had just greatered her very first alt she created one that has been left forgotten since the level cap was 16 until now.

So abandoned, I sent out the Fopo signal. And waited. Turns out Fopo was out with the wife and would be a while. So I got a jump start on my dual boxing/Wednesday project of leveling both a TRed Wizard and dragging around a new Arty on my son’s account. Level 3 now in about 2 hours of work. Not to bad.

Finally, Fopo logs on and we knock out a few Litany runs before it is time for him to go. Inching towards taking level 18. Must be strong and wait but man I am ready to burn threw the levels.

When he goes the guild decides after some chit chat to do a Vod real fast for xp for the wife. Tobril even gets me a Artificer. And that was a double edge sword. On the good side I got good on my weapons. On the bad he wouldn’t shut up. To the point where I sent tells to Tobril asking him to say something. But he didn’t he just tried to talk over the artificer and did some times. Others not so much. All I have to say is if you think that you can more or less solo everything then stop grouping and do it. Else let the others play too.

After words I was talked in to doing some challenges again for xp. Unlike most challenge runs I stayed on my tank and did some tanky things. Have to say I like playing him out side of raids more then I should.

So there you have it. A night with a little bit of everything. Tonight however had better net me some xp and level 18 or else.

Wizbot to MaxDC Guy

So I decided how to best use my stone of skip 8 levels for me. I was back and forth a lot but think I will be happy at once capped again. Anyway I took one of my 18/2 WF wizard/rogue (As400) and TRed him into a pure drow build. I don’t like the numbers on a lot of the stats. 14 con is low for a 2nd life guy to me. Which means I will need to work extra hard on finding Hps and getting that Con as high as it can go. To make up the short fall of that Con penalty. But I do love having a starting 20 INT so there are some trade offs.

Why? I spent more then an hour last night running down the list of possible quick second life builds I could do and was willing to skip some of the key play levels.

I have a junk Clr, that I designed the original Bowonk for him. I even picked up a first and last name change tokens when they were on sale a few weeks back with the plan to TR him some day. But he had some cons, he had a cleaned Shroud item, as well as I really want to have a monk life on my bowonk builds. And I didn’t really want to invest in a monk life and then the Bowonk live right now. I thought about using him as another Fleshy Artificer. I could skip taking the Essence feat and take the Clr past life instead. Do Helf with the monk dilly, and have a rocking Amp score and make my umd do the healing work. The nice thing would be his CorOp GS would be a boon, as well as him sitting on the shards to make a dual shard GS repeater. Take the Dragon marks and focus on electric damage and go to town. But I wasn’t ready or comfortable trying to make an artificer carry a party of 2 or more pikers to 8. Not yet anyway.

So I looked some more, Samius Jr could use a second Monk life but he is just starting to get his gear sorted. Samiusbot could use a go around but I didn’t want to be with out a scroll farmer while he was leveling back up. I even threw around the idea of taking one of the FvSs and making him into a Sorc.

But I decided that having another real DC caster for the guild would be for the best. Samiusbot’s Dcs are not horrible. And for the amount of work I put into him they are great but it is time for me to have a Big DC guy at least until Samius is done.

As for the Race decision it was fairly simple to rule out WF or any race that didn’t have a way to boost Int and starting with 20 Int is better then any other race although the +1 humans/helf have are close. But if you want the max then drow is the max. I looked at Elf for a long time however because of the Elven Arcanum line and I might regret not having that as an option. Max Dcs don’t do a lot if you can’t beat the SR of the mob.. But past live Wiz, the wiz pen line, pen feats and an item and I should be okay.

Would I have done Drow if I couldn’t skip the hard to solo as a PM levels? Nope. I never liked the Drow as a race. But I hope that skipping the hard levels will make leveling one a ton easier and will give me the big Dcs that the guild needs in epics.

Wait…. Open beta notes…. WTF? Well maybe it wont be soooooo bad?

More Tanking Stuff

Last night being “Epic Tuesday” and containing no actual epic runs was not a bust but not what I am looking for in a “epic” night either. Did the xp think with Fopo for a Litany run or two. Then Did a normal Tod with the guild, then did a few lack luster challenges finally ended the night getting things moved around and crafting a few Vamp shards while they are 100% shots.

Okay lets jump to the Tanky stuff. Once again Tobril fires up the old normal Tod run. I move to Samyus to tank, from the guild we have a Clr and 3 monky builds all looking for the same rings (which is lot fun BTW)… I guess one of my wife’s many monks has convinced her to put aside her anger at the raid, at least for guild ran runs and hunt for rings like the rest of us. Start filling with puggers and Miss joins on one of his many tanks, this one a fighter. Giving us 3 possible tanks. Oh, also kinda important no Artificer this run. Need like 4 or 5 more tokens to slot good in my Fang… I need to epic token hunt to night and get that done.

Part one, Miss is assigned to tank wings, so I play “try and pull the Orthon” as I am always testing my hate. With out using intim I get the orthon’s agro easily enough and keep it Doted and full DPS on it. Mean while Miss is having issues with a guy or two Doting and shooting Wings and has to chase Wings down and Intim to get him/her back. So after we all get on Wings s I grow tired of it running off after Dotters, so I throw an Intim and never loose agro of Wings again and it stops porting away. The fight is very quick after that.

Side Note: Been having lots of talks with Fopo on how much hate I have and if it is enough to hold against big dots. He has to use intim a lot more then I do atm, but we are not quite apples to apples. I got the fighter capstone for the attack speed and double strike increase as well as the fully powered Fang, giving me that extra 20% hate I think putting me far enough ahead that once I am good aligned I should be more then fine.

Part Two, I again try to pull and hold aggro this time with no head start. I get him to turn to me more then a few times. But it is too close as Tobril gets him back with in a few hits once the extra damage from his sneak attack kicks in. Losing 15 points to DR was had to be the issue, because if it is not then I can’t fix it.

Part Three, I am the Main tank. Alright! Time to go! I get him placed and people move in. Tobril asks if is it fine to come in. And two or three people said they assumed I would be good as they were in right away, including a Dotter. I said if I lost him I would intim and they moved in hard and fast. Sully dropped and Miss took her in to the corner to play and told everyone to come in right away that he planed to intim to hold her. Having forgotten my intim gloves now that I made my brawn spirits epic I couldn’t go full one AC by swapping into my AC trinket and tower shield. Not that I would anyway as with the dr issue I needed all the attack speed and double strike chance I could muster. Go go Fabricator’s Gauntlets and Epic Swashbuckler.

When the party turned everything was fine up until the very end when the dots caught up to me. But I was able to intim Horoth right back.

Win.

Un like the last 3 runs there were rings in the chest, 4 of them I think. And most of them very good ones. I was in the middle of a setting up a three way trade for the rings so I could get my Cinder ring its owner just passes it to me. (may be that guy doesn’t like Miss telling everyone how to pass the loot around, idk) But I get it. Miss offers up his ring for roll, and the wife ends up being the only one that wants it. And she passes her ring to the guy that passed me the Cinder as he was the only one that wanted it. Everyone wins, well other then Miss. Who got a completion and a good time. Totally made up for the 2 hours I wasted in an Abbot raid he ran a few days ago. 🙂

And like that my AC is 86ish self buffed. Bard song, Recitation an arty Armor buff low 90s. Rework my Armor some more to allow More dex (have 3 possible points wasted atm) if I only can see how to fit in one more point and keep the Calvary plate but mid 90s is due-able.

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Just Like Everyone Else

Just like everyone else I am debating on how to best use my Stones of skipping levels.My first thought was to jump a huge amount of XP the next time Samius TRs again. Level 8 is not hard for Fopo and I to knock out in a day. But if it is just him and I then it doesn’t take very long to cap anyway. We slow down with more people. Not because more people slow down the questing, but because we don’t want to loose people on the chains and/or strand people in places they can’t solo/pug out. Example we spent all night last night trying for the last sigil piece so we can hit Litany hard and fast, as it is almost a level on its own, last life we had 4 people to grind out sigils for and they were not always available when we were hitting those quests for xp. Anyway I think I have ruled out using it on Samius as I am always willing play him, alts are not so lucky. That said I have a few capped guys that I have been thinking need a TR to help them out.

Samiusbot is a first life WF PaleMaster. His gear is not bad, but not great either. And for a first lifer his Dcs are fairly good, 43-44 wail 42-43 for most everything else. But he has no Spell Pen to speak of and his HP wearing his “DC” docent is laughable and his Sp is horrible but he has no Sp items so it is not as bad as it looks. I could easily do a junk Barb life to 8 skip to 16 and then round it out to 20 and then go back to 20 solo as a wizard. Leveling casters are easy for me, barbs not so much.

As400 is a lot like Samiusbot but he is in a ton better shape gear wise, having his Torc and no super special docents to make him stay WF. But I thought he might become my permanent Artificer as it aligns with his original build goal of a CC/Xbow build. Yes I had a Grease casting WF heavy repeater build for a long time before the artificer was a dream in the Devs eyes. And yes he got morphed into a melee Wiz but his core gear is still there. I could also shift gears with AS400 and go pure DC wizard even though when Samius is done he will be king of my DC caster hill. That is a few lives away yet and it wouldn’t suck to have a big DC guy for epics as Samius wraps up completionist. But having him go DC caster and then Samiusbot

Butterz my Bard could also use another life. I want to change her race and make some adjustments to her build that only a TR will allow. But I don’t want the down time on her from epics to recap her with out another major epic runner.

I also have Mcgoggles a Fvs that can become anything, HealzYouNot a Clr that is a few raids short of a nice set of 20 completions and would make good fodder for a clr 2.0 as well as a clunk that will be turned into my permanent Bowonk. Or SamiusJr my Monk that can use a quick TR back into a monk…

But here is the thing, whatever I do it needs to be able to handle 2-4 pikers as well as become a popular alt to me once recapped. I want to get the most out of my skip 8 levels stone to net some guild renown, give an old alt some renewed purpose and bypass a large chunk of leveling that is not all the great on alts.

What am I going to do? I don’t know. I do know will power up an alt on my son’s account. Rolled him up a ranged wf artificer last night. And he loves the idea of having one. If he can keep himself ungrounded for a few days this summer he might even get to play it himself. Also I have at least one friend’s account that hasn’t played in over a year. I want to roll up a new alt on it and power it to 16 for him (maybe that will entice him into logging on again…) and if it happens to net the guild a few K in renown so be it. 🙂

How are you going to use your stone?

Artificer Spell Stuff

So last time I said I would talk about spells a little as I finally found a little wiggle room in my spell list. Okay so a second 6th level spell slot to play with direct damage spells: Tactical Detonation and Blade Barrier. For a while I was using BB. I love BB. I feel it is one of the best spells in the game. Yes better then Wall of Fire.

But running around with mobs following me is not how my artificer plays or at least that is not how I mean for him to be played. So I started playing with Tactical Detonation.

Tactical Detonation if you know know the spell breaks down as follows:
1d3+3 fire damage per two caster levels @ level 16 8d3+24 (33-47 range with 40 points average )
knockdown
1d2+2 force damage per caster level (no save) @ level 16 16d2+2 (50-62 range with 56 points average)
Reflex for half fire damage and Negates knockdown.

Thanks http://anydice.com/ for some quick maths.

The area of effect is a little bigger then say fireball and handles a lot like Lightning Sphere. Guess the idea is artificers make little grenades and throw them. The height is lower so it doesn’t hit the ceiling and ruin the cast, but it also has issues getting to targets above you, win some loose some. Also like Lightning Sphere it breaks breakables, but doesn’t knock down doors or light torches in Inferno like a fireball would and I hopped.

But how does it feel?

I like it a lot. Enough I made both Superior Impact and Inferno clickies. And boy I love having those clikies around because they hit my newest favorite spell Prismatic Strike. Prismatic Strike is still holding up. Although I don’t think it will last too much longer as an removal spell 30d+30 for 90ish point base is not going to last, when you take out a 3rd because it is fire damage and we are about to encounter a ton of fire immune mobs.

Any way back to Tactical Detonation, toss a TD and most of the mobs get knocked down and I can melee safely.

Tonight, first think I get to level to 17. Woot! But then I get three more spell slots fill 1, 4 and 5. 1st is an easy grease, 4th Cold Iron I think, but 5 has some options. Align Weapons, Silver Weapons or Repair Serious Damage, Mass are all fair options. At some point I will want both Align and Silver Weapons will be musts in a few levels. But for now.. As long as I am using the Dog and Tobril is leveling his WF artificer with us a mass repair spell would be helpful. But idk, I might just start carrying Silver now and get used to it. Thoughts?