ESO Beta Testing and Pugsneeze’s Barb life!

                  I had an exciting weekend. I was Beta testing ESO, and played that for about 2 hours. It plays a lot like any of the other Elder Scrolls games and like most of them I just gave up after a while. I really enjoyed Skyrim I played hours and hours of it while I was in Iraq the last time, mainly when the internet went down or was to slow to play Starcraft (which was almost all the time). I have just never finished Skyrim. I always get extremely high level just doing hundreds of side quests and coming up with these themed builds for my characters and then I start a new one before I even make it that far into the story. That’s how this game felt to me. Except I was extremely limited to how I can customize my character. Unlike in the other Elder Scrolls games, this one features a class system. You pick a class during character creation and you play that classes roll. There is no making a stealth archer with restoration. I understand why they did it this way. It’s for balancing purposes but it just doesn’t feel like Elder Scrolls anymore.

My PnP game was cancelled this week due to a few of the players not being able to show up. Oh I had some crazy stuff planed for them. Been working for weeks making this perfect adventure. A few of the players like to do this min maxed characters that do obscene amounts of damage or just wont even get hurt. So I try and make Monsters for them to fight that will be somewhat challenging. A lot of the times I just raise the Hit Dice of the weaker minion types and Add in like a mind flayer, that is not ment to destroy the group but just to get them to think before they try to rush in and murder everything, even my vital NPC’s that where not ment to be killed but to help give the story flavor and advance it a little. So far they have not quite picked up on it and have, numberous times, almost died.

Anyway I digress. I had plenty of DDO time and time to hang out with the wife and dogs. She was rather happy I didn’t go and DM a game over the weekend because sometimes that games last longer than we anticipated. I said earlier I had TR’d Pugsneeze and he is now a barbarian. This has been extremely fun. Once he hit level 4 I gave him that Axe from the Delara Chain, Canifex I think it’s called and he hits like a truck. Almost as hard as my paladin did in his high teens. It’s always nice to see a cleave and enemies just dropping around me. I’ve been doing what I had said I was going to do in my blog about holding levels. I have been holding the level up until I complete all the quests that I can at level, while still skipping a few of the quests that I hate (Stealthy Repossessions comes to mind here). I’m at level 6 almost done with all those quests. I think I have a few of the Sharn syndicate quests and proof is in the poison. I have tried about 4 times to get Proof is in the Poison done. First I ran it alone, well with a cleric hire, and made it a bit of the way in but finally got blasted by the casters. I had then found a group of 3 and it was going very smooth but my internet crashed as we were coming to the end of the quest. I didn’t get to get back on in time to finish the quest. The third and fourth time, I had 2 others with me and a cleric hire and we just couldn’t get very far. The casters with their stupid lightning kept blasting us and the traps got us a few times so we called it. I’m starting to think that I am not destined to complete this quest. I’ll give it one more go tonight after work along with finishing the Sharn quests and I’ll be ready to take level 7.

 I’ve been also working on another toon. Pugsly, He is a staff wielding Eldrich Knight with a splash of monk and rogue. Similar to the build Miki had posted a while back. I really like it. I got my vampire shroud last week I think it was and went to do Elite Delara’s Tomb. Got blasted by a light spell and cried a little. That spell hit me so hard. But I am going to keep on going and hopefully Pugsly will come into his own soon and make his Pug family proud.

Thanks for reading. I’ll try and post a few pictures up when I get off work tonight.

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That thin line between Wicked Face Smashing and an Immovable Object

          Pugsneeze is slowly moving to that level 20 mark and I’ll go into working on my legendary dreadnaught ED and gathering Tokens of The Twelve. Despite how much I despised being a paladin, I will actually miss certain aspects after this TR.

         Here is just a little recap on Pugsneeze’s paladin life. First and foremost he had 2 levels in Rogue and made a fairly decent trap monkey. While I lacked a good lock pick skill I was able to find and disarm just about every trap I came up on. Pugs also went through a number of enhancement respecs. I started him out focusing on more damage out put that survivability and at low levels this worked out extremely well. Only a few times I worried about him dying due to his lack of defenses which was close to none. I continued this way up until about level 16 when I was getting destroyed by even the smallest of kobolds atlevel.

           I spent more points in Stalwart Defender and he was able to stand amoung the most powerful of dragons and take a beating while poking away at his enemies HP. This was slow but somewhat effective until I came across a few quests where Pugs had to both live and kill things in a somewhat faster way then he was killing things. The Dryad in Outbreak comes to mind here. I was slowly taking her down to get her to jump in that stupid tree so I could take it out. Well she went into the tree and I started waking away. After a bit, I had the tree at about ½ health and she shows her face again. I’m not half way spent on resources and I have to take her down again. She goes back into the tree after a number of hits and now the tree is back to full health. I could not kill the tree fast enough but I could live for just about ever smacking both the Dryad and the Tree. So back to the drawing board.

           I respected him once more. This time about the same amount of Defenses, with more focus on DPS. This did the trick. I saw a lot larger numbers from my hits. I was still staying alive while soloing atlevel quests and I was feeling good about how Pugsneeze had evolved into a well-balanced paladin. I could see while being in groups a majority of the time a pure DPS face bashing build of mass destruction could be viable. But the hours I play and the amount of time I have to dedicate to the game I find myself soloing a lot. I just have to work on balancing both survivability and damage. By next week I do foresee Pugsneeze dungeon crawling the lower levels again as a barbarian. I just have to find that balance and try and maintain it from the start so I’m not trying to learn the character over again at level 18 when I should have things completely down by then.

            Thank you for reading and I hope that this may help or be somewhat informative to someone out there.

A Pure Barbarian Build.

       Pugsneeze is slowly moving towards level 20. Right now he is sitting a rank away from 19. Just got to Get from 19 to 20 which shouldn’t be to hard, I have just been balancing my real life, other characters, DMing a PnP game and work, so it has been a little slow. I have about 8-9 Tokens of the twelve left over from my last like as a Monkcher so I won’t have to do as much farming to get those for my TR. Just go to move around gear and clear out his TR Cache and Finish my Greensteel Bracers. Thats been fairly slow, due to a lack of Shroud runs. I have been trying to Pug Shroud multiple times the group falls apart before we even get started. This time I’ll be ready, I have a Holy Burst Silver Great Axe (Found it in a chest the other day) And if I need to grab put on a shield I can cast Holy Weapon and Have a Scimitar with Holy Burst and that is Silver. So Hairy Beware!

        I have redone His current enhancements, mainly because going into anything at level I find that I am no longer able to kill things before I die. So I have more of a Stalwart Defender build and I am able to outlive a large mob I just don’t kill them as fast as I once did. I do miss having my immunity to energy drain. Just have to keep up my Death Ward Clicky.

        After a bit of discusion, luckly before I had tried out any barb/bard builds, I have decided to go 20 Barb and just try and have fun playing a mostly brain dead, raging death machine. I’ll have to stock up on Healing pots and Haste pots. With my shroud item, the only other reason I wanted Bard was for Blur and Displacement, I’ll have that covered. I also Have found a Displacement Guard Light armor that I may end up trying out this life and seeing if it will help out with my Barb. I just want poor Pugsneeze to survive a few rounds of combat with out dying.

      Here is what I have for the build and as far as enhancements I was looking at the 3 trees, I thought Ravenger looked amazing. With some Frenzy also I think I can have some good sustained DPS. And by the end of my current life I should have Legendary Dreadnaught maxed out.

Character Plan by DDO Character Planner Version 04.19.03
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Pugsneeze
Level 28 Chaotic Neutral Human Male
(20 Barbarian \ 8 Epic)
Hit Points: 600
Spell Points: 0
BAB: 20\20\25\30\30
Fortitude: 17
Reflex: 8
Will: 6

Starting Feat/Enhancement
Abilities Base Stats Modified Stats
(36 Point) (Level 1) (Level 28)

Strength 18 29
Dexterity 12 15
Constitution 18 21
Intelligence 8 13
Wisdom 8 10
Charisma 8 10

Tomes Used
+1 Tome of Strength used at level 3
+1 Tome of Dexterity used at level 3
+1 Tome of Constitution used at level 3
+1 Tome of Intelligence used at level 3
+1 Tome of Wisdom used at level 3
+1 Tome of Charisma used at level 3
+2 Tome of Strength used at level 7
+2 Tome of Dexterity used at level 7
+2 Tome of Constitution used at level 7
+2 Tome of Intelligence used at level 7
+2 Tome of Wisdom used at level 7
+2 Tome of Charisma used at level 7
+3 Tome of Strength used at level 11
+3 Tome of Dexterity used at level 11
+3 Tome of Constitution used at level 11
+3 Tome of Intelligence used at level 11
+4 Tome of Intelligence used at level 15
+5 Tome of Intelligence used at level 19

Starting Feat/Enhancement
Base Skills Modified Skills
Skills (Level 1) (Level 28)

Balance 3 21
Bluff -1 8
Concentration 4 13
Diplomacy -1 8
Disable Device n/a n/a
Haggle -1 8
Heal -1 8
Hide 1 10
Intimidate 3 31
Jump 8 40
Listen -1 8
Move Silently 1 10
Open Lock n/a n/a
Perform n/a n/a
Repair -1 9
Search -1 9
Spellcraft -1 9
Spot 0 19
Swim 4 35
Tumble 2 11
Use Magic Device n/a n/a
Level 1 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+2)
Skill: Intimidate (+4)
Skill: Jump (+4)
Skill: Spot (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: Human Bonus) Cleave
Feat: Past Life) Past Life: Monk
Feat: (Past Life) Past Life: Monk
Feat: (Past Life) Past Life: Paladin
Feat: (Selected) Power Attack
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Die Hard (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Extra Rage (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Extra Rage (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Extra Rage (Rank 3)

Level 2 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Enhancement:Ravager (Bar) – Furious Rage (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Hardy Rage (Rank 1)
Enhancement:Ravager (Bar) – Hardy Rage (Rank 2)
Enhancement:Ravager (Bar) – Hardy Rage (Rank 3)

Level 3 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Feat: (Selected) Two Handed Fighting
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Pain Touch (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Do You Like Pain? (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – I Like Pain (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Cruel Cut (Rank 1)

Level 4 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Power Rage (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Do You Like Pain? (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – I Like Pain (Rank 2)

Level 5 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Toughness (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Sprint Boost (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Sprint Boost (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Sprint Boost (Rank 3)

Level 6 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Feat: (Selected) Great Cleave
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Frenzy (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Supreme Cleave (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Supreme Cleave (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Supreme Cleave (Rank 3)

Level 7 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Demoralizing Success (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Do You Like Pain? (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Slaughter (Rank 1)

Level 8 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Slaughter (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Slaughter (Rank 3)

Level 9 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Improved Critical: Slashing Weapons
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Power Rage (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Barbarian Power Attack (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – I Like Pain (Rank 3)

Level 10 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Cruel Cut (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Festering Wound (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Laughter (Rank 1)

Level 11 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Power Rage (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Barbarian Power Attack (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Barbarian Power Attack (Rank 3)

Level 12 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Stunning Blow
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Pain Touch (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Festering Wound (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Dismember (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Dismember (Rank 2)

Level 13 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Critical Rage (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Critical Rage (Rank 2)

Level 14 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Blood Tribute (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Aura of Fear (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Aura of Fear (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Aura of Fear (Rank 3)

Level 15 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Improved Two Handed Fighting
Enhancement: Human – Human Versatility: Damage Boost (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Toughness (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Blood Trail (Rank 1)

Level 16 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+2)
Enhancement: Human – Action Surge: Strength (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Human – Action Surge: Strength (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Human – Improved Recovery (Rank 1)

Level 17 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+2)
Enhancement: Human – Human Adaptability: Strength (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Human – Action Surge: Strength (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Blood Tribute (Rank 2)

Level 18 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+2)
Feat: (Selected) Toughness
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Blood Tribute (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Blood Trail (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Subsiding Fury (Rank 1)

Level 19 (Barbarian)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Spot (+0.5)
Skill: Swim (+2)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Angry Arms (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Angry Arms (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Blood Trail (Rank 3)

Level 20 (Barbarian)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Swim (+4)
Enhancement: Frenzied Berserker (Bar) – Death Frenzy (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Visage of Terror (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Cruel Cut (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Ravager (Bar) – Festering Wound (Rank 3)

Level 21 (Epic)
Feat: (Selected) Epic: Epic Toughness

Level 22 (Epic)

Level 23 (Epic)

Level 24 (Epic)
Feat: (Selected) Epic: Overwhelming Critical

Level 25 (Epic)

Level 26 (Epic)
Feat: (Epic Destiny) Epic Destiny: Perfect Two Handed Fighting

Level 27 (Epic)
Feat: (Selected) Epic: Blinding Speed

Level 28 (Epic)
Feat: (Epic Destiny) Epic Destiny: Elusive Target