Time to Move the Computer?

My wife is a huge “reality” tv fan and I think her favorite has just started, Big Brother. The nice thing for ME about her watching Big Brother is they (CBS) does this thing called live streams most of the time so there is always something for her to watch. The bad thing is there is always something for her to watch and how our computers are set up (right next to each other) that means that I have to hear all this noise.

Guess I need to expand on that just a little in case you don’t know the show. The idea of the show is take a bunch of people and lock them in a house full of cameras and make them vote themselves out a person a week until there are just a few left all a while making them play games for both prizes and “power” in the game structure.

Okay fairly simple idea for a show even though I don’t watch the show why would that make me want to move my PC?

What you might not think about is the game is full of political BS meaning everyone whispers all the time as to try and not be over heard by everyone else. Meaning for people that watch the “live” streamings there is little audio help from CBS so you end up maxing out your speakers. And it is a simple fact that if you are the one trying to hear something it needs to be about 400 times louder for you then for everyone else in the house to be able to hear. It is just a simple fact.

So either I need to talk the wife in to using her head phones or I might just be better off moving my PC into another room for the next 3 months so I don’t have to hear how girl A is pissed that boy B is talking to girl C because she said she is sisters with famous person I don’t give a fuck…

And yes that was the story for my hour of DDo time last night as I slowly worked on the eGh explorer zone alone except for my army of hires. Yup, that is the other down side of giving her something to watch, my main DDo partner now has other things to do besides get me loot and xps….

What a double edge sword this show is.

Well back to work,



My New Handicap

I tweeted I think on Monday that the wife gave me my anniversary gift, a Logitech G600 mouse.

Oh yeah….

OMG, that is a lot of buttons…. What was I thinking?

Okay, first of all it is not really that many buttons okay it but work with me.

G8/G7 are for mouse modes so they are not important for game play.

G15 –G20 is mapped to control 1-6 and I have mapped control 1-6 to be 1-6 on the second game bar. I never did so before because when I first started playing control + numbers was difficult for me on my old ThinkPad laptop. When I moved to gaming Pcs I was set in my ways. Now I had a chance when I moved to the Merc keyboard but still I didn’t bother. But one of the reasons I wanted this mouse was to get more quick keys in my grasp.

G9 and G12 are for my second row control 9 and 0 keys.

Hey it seems strange not to just map a key to control and use the number keys and I might try that later… IDK. There is something to one button pushes in my mind, even if I “loose” quick access to 2 of the possible quick keys. And I say that because…

G10 and G13 are mapped to next noncombat / previous noncombat. My old MX 500 I had the forward button mapped to next noncombat and if I got over zealous with my clicking I would have to click through again vs backing up.

G 11 and G14 would be next combat and previous combat (my MX500 the back button was next combat see the above issue with just one button for targets). And the G14 is working, but for some reason G11 doesn’t want to do any of my commands. I am going to try mapping it to some letter and use notepad to see if it is working at all. My gut says no…

Now if I could just get a touch screen and touch the icons I need as needed maybe I could be a hair faster….

Okay back to the grind,


13 Years and Counting

Sorry about missing yesterday’s post. I will see what I can do to make it up this week sometime, but today is a busy one. Today is the actual day of my 13th wedding anniversary.

WAIT, it is my 14th wedding anniversary. Oh my… I can’t count or do simple maths…


It hasn’t always been easy, but more often then not it has been good times. To anyone out there that might wonder if I am really the ass I seem to be and the answer is yep. But somehow I manage to keep her around. I often tell her is foolish to put up with me, but I am glad she does.

Okay if you want a DDO theme post I need to get some things done and find an idea to start with.


Destiny Planing: McPlunderer

I got some real DDo time in this weekend, mostly rocking my rogue and I was super pleased. Yes as I thought there is an issue of running out of HPs in some cases but for the most part I felt healing from the healers was about the same as when rocking Darth. As for kills I only looked once at the end of a quest but most of the time I was leading kill counts (the one time that stands out I had 69 kills vs low 20s and high teens) not that kill count is a good judge of dps (2wf and massive sneak attack for the last hit is okay however) but I do know I was assassinating the hell out of trash mobs every time my timer was off cool down and big boss fights were amazing during manyshot bursts. Not that I was quit keeping up with Tobril during his Furyshot bit I expect to more then keep up when I get my own sneakfuryshot!

Anyway I wanted to show you how I am leaning in the destiny department.


Planed Fury Path


Planed twists at the moment are Grim Precision, Stealthy and Cocoon. Meaning I need 11 total twist points which is not too hard to come by with just low hanging fruit with a little work in the crossover destinies.  Now if I can just make a gear list happen simi soon.


Product Ideas and Other Quick Thoughts.

So this is continued from Friday. Any references are directed at last week but the thought train was on track and I don’t want to derail it too much.

So work has had me on the ropes all week keeping my brain busy all day, even my DDo time has been effected to some degree. Think it was Wednesday night all I did was hunt explorers in the Kings Forest while my mind wondered about work stuff. But it is Friday and I finished one of the projects that has been on my plate/mind and I missed a day so I need to do a double post today to make up for it. So here are some random ideas for things I would either like to have or sell the idea to someone else to make….

Giant size construction blocks and hanging wallboards… The other day my wife and I were talking about needing to add some more storage options to different rooms and my brain started down this path of wouldn’t it rock if you could buy huge Lego like blocks that you could use to make your own custom shelves? And what if there was a board you could hang on the wall so you could build out into the room?  Think about it. It would be the ultimate in custom shelving. Say you have a 34 inch Tv and you have a rocking entertainment center but it can only fit a 36” tv. So if you want to go up in size you also have to buy a new entertainment center.  But what if you could just dismantle your system and build the perfect unit for your needs. When I was first starting out I used milk crates and 2x4s. Sure I could use normal sized legos for my shelves but how much will that cost? Nope make me some foot to two foot blocks. Add some flat panel blocks and I could replace all my furnisher in my house with legos.

Personal aquponic tray, basically this would be a tray with a bell syphon and a pump that would sit on top of say a 10-gallon tank. Ideally it would be raised up a little so one could still get to the fish but it would hold the light and maybe not totally replace the filter but in an ideal world it would. In this tray you could rock a simple flood and drain system for lettuces and herbs.  I would also love to build smaller complete systems that would hold just a few plants and just a few fish. Like you would put in a kids room, maybe set up with a divider for a couple of betas….

A battery charger that you can attach to any bike and use a friction wheel riding on the tire to charge the batteries. This way you could use a street bike or a stationary bike they all have wheels, right?

While I am talking about things that are more fun then helpful why isn’t there a gym that is more or less an adult sized jungle gym? I remember a few years back my family was hanging at a McDonalds in some little town waiting for someone for some reason. This little McDs had a play place and it didn’t have a size limit. So when my son and niece asked me to come play I did and it was great.  Sure I can find a gym with a climbing wall but I can’t chase my son (or now little niece as Remmis is now 13 and doesn’t play anymore) in a nice protected area with ball pits and whatnots.

That is where I left off last week almost done.  Just needed a closing…. But I don’t have one today either…  Would you buy my stuff?


Need More TR Cache?

I am not sure how this thought got started in my head but now it has wiggled around a bit and I need to get it out. I know dear readers, I am both sorry for what is about to happen below and you are welcome….

What if you could take your old raid gear (or any bound to character on equip item really but for this though process I am looking at raid gear) and via some ritual convert them in to some kind of “smaller” version of the item so they could be collected in a bag/chest/container to save room. And then if you need said item again you could enlarge it again via a ritual most likely converting said item to a current version of said item.

Now we would need to add a way to monetize this system as well as keeping a free in game option, say via some kind of turn in or rare item drop to shrink and another to reconstruct that could be sold in the store or bought sold via shards like a purple dopant…  Or we could easily buy shrink/enlarge mats and they start us off with a small container say one that holds 5 and then sell larger containers or container upgrades via the store like cannith grafting.

In my mind I see this Bag as more of a “trophy case”.

Running with the thought that this is a “trophy” case, we could have this do some cool things. First add a guild trophy case that more or less gathers a list of all the characters in the guilds items in their case and then show the totals.  Like if I have a chattering ring and a circle of hatred in my case and Tobril had a circle of hatred and a Tharn’s goggles in his our guild list would be like 2 circle of hatred (mouse over for owners) 1 chattering ring, 1 Tharn’s goggles.

At the same time this might also be a good place/time to do some exporting for public viewing, like how we have the guild APIs but better.

The main perk however, would be helping free up inventory with out having to add more pack or bank space. Think about it. How much old raid gear do you leave in your TR cache? Me I have caster gear that gathers dust on melee lives and melee gear during caster lives.

Many talks with Glinn about inventory space, I think I understand that is it a big deal to add more space in banks or packs. Due to the nature of the beast that is the character file in the backend. But a system like this would be amazing and as I understand “bags” are a lot easier.

OR on the flip side… they could just make a chest that any item/s can go into with no rituals and be super cool.


Gear Up: McPlunderer @ 20

So Monday night the wife took her Dps/survival build to 20 and a few runs of raiding the giants vault and an explorer or two in the devil’s battle field I had also reached even more epic levels!  Shit, my amazing lvl 12 and 14 gear is not so amazing now….  To the epic sheet and the DDowiki.com!

First thing I did was gather all the bits to make an epic Midnight’s Greetings. This guy is most likely a staple for most of my adventuring. As almost max INT rogue build (1 point went into DEX to hit 21 for future things) the eMG is amazing: +10 uses my slightly higher DEX for hit/dam and a score of other key abilities including a RED SLOT! Like I assume many of you, I started to use a red slot even in my melee builds for devotion to power my healing from the epic destinies. A +10/11 weapon would have a 30/33 implement bonus and that is huge if you’re trying to lessen the use of scrolls and wands; every point counts!

So what else did I grab real fast? At 18 I crafted a 6con/GFL ring with a yellow slot. But my maths were off and it is a lvl 20 item… grumble. But I have it on now. And I was able to slot 6 CHR. By doing that I was able to free up my cloak and belt slot. On the other finger I nabbed a tear 3  lvl 20 Ring of the Buccaneer were I went ahead and slotted Fort to free my helm. While nabbing that ring I also nabbed one of the Treasure Hunter’s Spyglasses that is a tear 3 lvl 20 item and filled its green slot with PRR which does a lot of cool things for my rogue, including cutting back on item swaps for skills. Chasing that thought of reducing item swaps I took my Gnoll Hide gloves and slotted Str and vitality letting me but my +6 STR gloves back in the bank.

In an attempt to fill now empty body slots I grabbed a Drow Piwafwi and my 2/3rds finished CordOp helm. And yes my belt slot is still empty…  And my boots are practically empty. Thing they are dex boots with 20% striding slotted in a yellow slot. AKA junk now.

So I am looking at belts and boots today as well as things that are simi long-term items. I can limp along like normal until more permanent items are ready to go. So I am leaning towards making a list of handy FR commendation items when we start the web flagging as well as a list of GH and High Road items I would like to have as options….

If you had a gear list for an assassin or dps or ranged rogue let me know other wise I know what my left side of my brain is doing as my right side gets some work done.