Like Old Times

 Posted by at 6:58 am  DDO, Game Play  Add comments
Nov 252014

End of run looting
It may still be dark outside, but there’s loot inside

For a variety of reasons, I found myself up at 4:00am and unable to get back to sleep. The house is dark and quiet. Even the kittens are dormant, amazingly, as they don’t usually stop moving, living examples of Brownian motion.

But not at 0400. Nothing moves. I can hear every creak and groan of my old farmhouse, still settling in after 200 years, and none too subtle about it. At 4AM the house is quite loud. Surprisingly so.

You notice everything. Every light gleaming outward through unattended windows and splashing onto the darkened yard. Every car passing on the nearby road. Everything.

There is my computer, tell-tale LEDs lit up in a variety of colorful evanescent dots. Blue, red, green. I thought there were supposed to be standards for status lights, something like “always green unless there is a problem and then red” but apparently those who made my PC couldn’t be bothered with standards.

It’s all kind of pretty. Something I don’t see every morning, or at least, not in a way I can appreciate. Normally I am too busy racing about, trying to get blogs written and coffee made and showers taken; employment both rewards and constricts, and especially constricts the morning.

But not at 4AM. There’s time for everything. Plenty of time. Even DDO.

I log in Oriental Adventures, not really planning to solo, but maybe, Oriental needs some levels. No need to solo, as it turns out there is a perfect LFM – the Lords of Dust series, elite for bravery bonus. It looks like a speed run. I join.

And it is just like old times, back in the day when I would run with Chinese groups every morning, no chatting, no joking, just run as fast as you can and try not to die.

I used to do this all the time. I like it; pure playing. No messing around. Just mash the buttons as correctly as you can as fast as you can.

I died in Spinner of Shadows. The spider poison DoT sneaks up on you if you don’t do something about it. But otherwise I felt like I played okay. I don’t know Oriental’s powers very well, or his hotbutton layout, but I did okay anyway. Sure, I could have remembered to spend more time with my Dodge action boost clicked, or in Ninja Shadow Veil, but even so, there was only the one death, and generally, I kept up.

Can’t sleep, too quiet.
An unexpected bonus:
Silent speed questing

Good times. And plenty of time left afterwards for blogs and showers and so forth.

Really, it’s a shame I have to sleep at all. There are so many more productive things I could be doing with my time.

πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

  5 Responses to “Like Old Times”

Comments (5)
  1. πŸ™‚ I hate running in groups with no talking. Chatting is a bit part of the fun for me.

    • I wouldn’t like it if it was always like this, for certain. But it can make for a nice change of pace πŸ™‚ Not to mention four completed quests in about 40 minutes.

  2. A quiet household is a good time to play, true. I’ve been reacquainting myself to more party play, and even jumped into a Tempest’s Spine Elite PuG recently. I’m not much for speed runs, but speed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the quality of the run.

  3. “See? I told you the halfling knew where the loot-all button was and yes, Ctrl-p does make your ass look fat!” Betsubara! From an anonymous after-session discussion…. πŸ˜‰

  4. My buddy and me don’t have mics and typing in game stops the fun. So we chat between quests and it’s all good. We Zerg wherever we can and it’s always fun. Race to the end.

What do you think?

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