Mar 182015

Coffee Talk

Many years ago, Mike Myers had a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live named “Coffee Talk“, where he played a middle-aged Jewish woman with an access-cable TV show who mainly loved Barbra Striesand. Quite emotional, she would frequently be overcome, and throw out some random topic and ask everyone to discuss it amongst themselves while she composed herself.

“The jelly bean is neither made of jelly nor is it a bean. Discuss.”

In that spirit, I’m going to turn today’s article over to you all. And I’m going to give you, not one, but five (five!) topics.

Pick one, or pick them all, whatever moves you.

  1. Lag is not gone, but it does seem to be maybe getting better?

  3. Lots and lots of LFMs on Sarlona, especially during prime time. Pugging is easier than it has been for quite some time.

  5. After so many years watching Bards be such an unusual an niche build, it is weird to see them everywhere. But I do. Everywhere.

  7. Guild airship portals are cheap, and I have a lot of them. But I wish they were built into the game as an available-anywhere feature rather than something extra you have to buy.

  9. I am so looking forward to the Temple of Elemental Evil. Probably too much; can any new content live up to expectations like this?

Now, discuss!

🙂 😀 🙂

  15 Responses to “Coffee Talk, 2015. Now discuss.”

Comments (15)
  1. LFM activity is the highest I have ever seen it on Argonnessen. There are usually between 25 to 30 (or more) LFMs up during prime hours, with a half dozen LFMs up even in the dead of night.

  2. 42! ….with a side of bacon.

  3. 1. Lag does seem to be getting a little better. It’s to the point where I occasionally stop to try to remember the last time it seriously affected my gameplay. Which, for some reason, usually triggers a horrible lag spike, which gives credence to the idea that lag is actually a vengeful god in the game. We must sacrifice more kobolds!

  4. And here I thought we were going to actually talk about coffee 🙂

    As much as I am looking forward to ToEE, why can’t we just hop on our airship from anywhere? I understand the world restriction that FR presents, but just give us a Beacon on cooldown, similar to the Eveningstar key. Or at least make it a perk of VIP. All of this being said, it really isn’t that big of deal to get to my ship.

    But, I feel that the uptick in PUG’s is probably a far better topic.

  5. #4) I couldn’t agree more. It really sticks in my craw that our Guild Airship can take us so many places and drop us off, but it can’t pick us up at these same places. One of the many things I enjoy about DDO is its instanced nature, meaning I do not really need to spend much real time getting to and from most places from anywhere in game.

    To this date I have not bought a single Airship beacon as a result. Is it convenient to buy them? Well I only suppose it is, but not worth the price, if the store loads fast and processes your order fast. But most times it is simply easier and faster to run hop a couple of instances to get where I am going.

  6. 1 – yep seems to be better.. tho tbh not playing in US prime-time it seems i get a lot less issues anyway, even connecting from UK.

    2 – Can’t speak for Sarlona, but Thelanis has usually got a decent amount going on & if there aren’t, putting up my own will usually get a couple of takers at least.

    3 – Speed of a monk, a high-DC instakill, CC, heals, displacement, and a common build is 16bard/2fighter/2rogue so they can trap too, plus in swashbuckling they get a great crit profile for some really nice damage-dealing abilities – far better than when they were primarily just party support, they’re formidable in themselves now so makes sense 🙂

    4 – Agree, even if only via a favour-accessed vendor.

    5 – just how high are your expectations? 🙂 Still, am also looking forward to the guided run on friday, then a little independent exploration over the weekend.

  7. I’m a Bard
    Sings no Songs.
    DPS to right all wrongs
    Butt Bloodknuckles
    Still wears thongs!

  8. In a completely anecdotal, partial and subjective way, I’d say that LFMs on Orien are getting more volatile in number. Overall feels like generally fewer, sometimes almost none at all at any level, but at busy times can be very busy. I am UK based and tend to play at odd times, mind.

    I also like unusual builds, so deeply annoyed that Bards have got fashionable before I got around to playing one. On the plus side, their CC is just lovely for me as a rogue running alongside,

What do you think?

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