Mar 262013
 

DDO Wiki: boring logo, but a great site!
Boring logo, but a beautiful site

I can’t imagine where our beloved DDO would be if not for the DDO Wiki. DDO is a densely-packed game, full of minutia, packed with Dungeons & Dragons goodness as it is, but also inheriting some of D&D’s depth of rules.

Not easy to master, not at all, even for a D&D veteran. Especially when starting. I had to re-roll my first character three times, each time leveling her awhile before finding a fatal flaw, then deleting and recreating her. Only on the fourth attempt was she built well enough that I felt she was playable. And I am indeed a D&D veteran, including D&D 3.5, the version upon which the online game was based.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a gaming dilettante that happens onto the game by chance and tries to figure it out on their own. But fortunately, one does not have to, the DDO Wiki contains just about anything you would need to know to play.

Rarely does a week go by when I don’t check out something in the Wiki. Generally more than once, often more than once per day. The search feature is a bit unwieldy and unhelpful but Google and Bing are happy to fill that gap. All of the DDO data you need in one handy place.

Vital. Critical. Crucial. Required. I could open up the thesaurus and apply every word that means “really really important to the game” and none of them would be hyperbole. DDO needs the DDO Wiki.

And yet it is strangely under-appreciated.

When the Wiki was first gaining steam, I debated with it’s founding editor (? is that correct ?) Borror0 about whether players should contribute information to the Wiki, or to Turbine’s version the DDO Compendium. I favored the Compendium, because Turbine had recently made a pass through the game code to cause DDO objects to emit their Compendium entry automatically; it seemed like it would always be comprehensive and up to date.

Plus, the professional web designers and artists who compiled the compendium’s Class pages did an amazingly good job, something that an amateur player-directed wiki could never match.

Borror0 – who is fun to debate, in that he combines knowledge and earnestness with a striking inability to detect when being capriciously tweaked* – steadfastly ignored my arguments, marching on to the drumbeat of crowd-sourced information. The Compendium may get more professional attention, but the Wiki would get more attention, period. Way more.

* Or perhaps he noticed the tweaking and chose to ignore it. If so, well-played friend Borror0, well-played.

And we see who was right. Turbine has seemingly abandoned the Compendium, the self-generating objects no longer self-generate anything (or perhaps the scripts that invoke their generation are no longer run), and most telling of all, no one even bothered to create a class page for the Druid. The Compendium’s one area of unchallenged supremacy and excellence has been left to decay into uselessness.

In my opinion, the DDO Wiki is the single-most important support document that the game has. Way more important than anything here. More important than the forums. That important.

Turbine should acknowledge the efforts of the Wiki editing populace and contribute something. Anything. At least make the wiki-folks a decent logo, even if only something as simple as “DDO Wiki” spelled out using the DDO font.

Something.

I’ve logged into the Wiki a couple of times now hoping to engage some of the current Wiki editors. I believe that Borror0 has largely moved on but others have arisen to take his place. I would love to have a conversation with those who are doing this work. I think at least one of the main Wiki editors is a DDOGamer reader: Hey, you, I won’t call you out but I know who you are! I want to interview you! You and your other DDO Wiki editing cohorts!

Call me! We’ll talk.

🙂 😀 🙂

  10 Responses to “DDO Wiki: Awesomeness Online”

Comments (10)
  1. I think I’ve made a grand total of two DDO Wiki edits. LOL

    I’d be lost without it – literally. Not that I don’t *still* end up lost even when using the Wiki maps (Mjoll makes the best ones, and he’s a heckuva player too), but seriously, WITHOUT those maps… *shudder* Poor Even would probably still be wandering around Sands looking for how the heck to get to the entrance of Chains of Flame. I usually have the “Quests by name” and/or “Maps” pages up at all times.

  2. I was just updating “Servants of the Overload” on the wiki when I noted your post. 🙂 I love to edit and update things for others. I pay the various Monk-related articles much love as required, and add many links of the wiki to my Monk guide, which would be a lesser help to others without the wiki’s mission.

  3. While I do like the wiki and use it about as ofton as you describe using it, I wish they would do a better job in the quest sections. Kinda like how the folks do at runehq.com do for runescape. All the wiki does is list important bits. Runehq did a step by step walk through. Having that for quests in ddo would be great. And I’d go from liking the wiki to loving it.

  4. If you do get that interview. I would read it! Maybe even pod it? That would be nice

  5. I’ve done multiple edits on the Wiki myself. I was one of those who stumbled on the game due to an ad in PCGamer saying that DDO was now free way back in the first month of F2P. I flew blind for nearly a year before I found out about the Wiki. I rolled up gimp toons, had toons on paths, paid no attention to details that could vastly improve my characters. The Wiki changed all that. I still am not Uber by any stretch, but I am no longer a complete imbecile(some would argue this)when it comes to the game and the Wiki has played no small part in improving my knowledge. On another point, it is a crying shame that Turbine has let their DDO related websites go to crap. The Compendium is useless, and MyDDO, which is a FUN and informative tool when it works is now severely busted. How is it that My.Lotro.com works just fine with a game that seems to be much more complex while our MyDDO sites have gone in the tank?

    • You are totally uber on your wizzies! At least I think so!
      Also, my lotro doesn’t work as great as you may think. Hehe…

  6. I’ve done some very minor edits to the wiki mainly because it has helped me soooooo much. I don’t log on to DDO without having the wiki open. And I agree, Turbine should do something for it!

  7. I’m no “main editor” but I’ve made around 400 edits. I too was a total gimp until I found the wiki. Now I don’t know what I’d do without it.

  8. DDOWiki is my “go to” resource for detail information – like equipment and where to find it, the wilderness maps, and “heard about” quests that have hard to find stater NPC’s – like the Temple of the Sovereign Host. I hardly ever use it before I have a need though prefering instead to discover as much as I can on my own.

    I admire the people that take the time and effort to contribute such complete and indepth pieces of information – well done!

    I think I looked at the DDO Compendium (forgot about it until it was mentioned here) when I first discovered the game about three years ago and I was disappointed that it only seemed to parrot the information in the manual (which is the barest of overviews).

What do you think?

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