Jun 132014

Pirate Ship Attack!
Attacked by a flying ship full of pirates!

The /gogglesup thing I found yesterday, that was my favorite part of Update 22? Well, yes, it is cool, way cool, but this new thing is even better:

Pirate Ship Battles!

Flying pirate ships, cannon booming, anchors dropping, zip lines flailing, bad guys dropping from the skies, ballistae drawing and releasing … it is SO AWESOME!

This is what the word “epic” was designed to mean. This. Pirate airship battles.

Now that I think about it, that would be a good title for an iPad game too – “Pirate Ship Battles, coming soon for Android!” – but it’s even better here in DDO.

Maybe I will get used to them and the awesome will wear off, but I predict that it will take awhile; I can’t get enough! As it turns out, three of the named magic items from Three Barrel Cove are available in the wilderness, and I’ve looted all of them, some more than once. I don’t know if additional named items hide within the quests*, I can’t get to the quests, I keep getting distracted by shiny, awesome, pirate ship battles! So fun.

* Since I wrote this I’ve also looted the Kobold Admirals Tiller. Twice. There are several named items in the update that apparently can only be looted in the quests; however the list of items that also drop in rare chests in the wilderness keeps growing.

Zip Line Attack!
Zip-lining bad guys – and girls

I especially appreciate zip-lining kobolds, for some reason they seem even more fun than zip-lining hobgoblins. Although rank upon rank of zip-lining bald girls is fun too. Like some kind of crazy-ass hairless gang from The Warriors. It turns out they are wearing bandannas and only look hairless from a distance, but that doesn’t change the visuals for me – or the enjoyment – at all.

I told my Gamer Girl that I’d get the ballista. Her response: “How long have you been waiting to say that?” And she was right! My whole life! I’ve always wanted to say “I’ll get the ballista!”

Hoist By 'is Own Petard!Check out the hapless pirate on the right, stuck amidst so many boarding anchors that he can’t get out to attack me.

Hoist by ‘is own petard.

I am telling you, amazing and fun are both out here everywhere in Three Barrel Cove. I know, I know, I am getting carried away with the newness of it all. I don’t care, I don’t have to understand, it doesn’t have to be logical, it just doesn’t.

Avast me hearties, set sail for epic battles, awesome awaits you.

Pirate Ship Battles!

So fun!

πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

p.s. I am still seeking names for Sparksy’s (the OMG Artificer) new baby steel golem. As a reminder, I will write a blog article about whatever (DDO-related) topic might be desired by the person who submits the best name. Submit your idea! Just go to the article and add your idea to the comments. Enter again, and again, as often as you like. Since there’s no real prize, there’s no need for rules.

And thank you! πŸ™‚

  8 Responses to “I Already Found A New Favorite Part of Update 22”

Comments (8)
  1. We used to debate the practicality of towing a ballista through a dungeon (PnP)… Imagine the looks those poor orks would’ve given us.

  2. This has been a really fun update so far. I do like that there is a heroic saga for the lower levels now.

  3. I love the airship battles, too. Wait till you get to “Precious Cargo.” You’ll have a whole airship to command against enemy airships.

    But I know exactly how to change your love of ballistae to outright hatred.

    You haven’t tried the new Epic version of Storm the Beaches (Sentinels chain) yet.

    You know the ballistae there you have to destroy around the fortress? They FIRE on you now with AoE damage. Even knowing what I was getting into, one shot to me ended me immediately and will surely one-shot-kill a party, even on eN. DDO meets the Normandy landing at Omaha. Let us know how that goes. πŸ™‚

  4. So wait, you own a droid phone? Soooo… Your phones as big as your head?

  5. Sweet!! The zip-lining pirates do seem pretty cool!!

  6. Despite the annoying bugs, am loving U22 – finally, I enjoy playing a bard! πŸ™‚ The sheer ease with which i can just tear through things is even better – will be interesting to try in harder stuff once he’s levelled & geared some more.

What do you think?

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