tower of frost

Mar 042017
 

Your perception of reality is apparently not the same as mine. In PnP this would be important…

To clarify; two adventurers in the same room, at the same time. We are not experiencing the same reality. This really should lead to something bigger than it does. The wiki for this quest says to, “Enter the Tower and head North East. Approach the orcs, kill them and go upstairs.” Sad, impotent and empty; This quest deserves a stronger, more relevant-to-what-is-in-store, entrance.

I would love to learn that the behaviour of the images in this room are the beginnings of something new in the Developers’ bag of tricks. The idea of having an area or two that have Me seeing and interacting with something that is different from what others in the party see and can interact with is Very Attractive to my way of thinking …and DMing.

The shardy sprinkles in one of the images is more likely the result of different graphic settings between the dwarf’s computer and that of the human’s. Still, alternate colour paths depending on class, race or alignment might be fun to explore.

Please, on your next run or three through the Tower of Frost could you stop in the outer room and compare notes with your fellow adventurers? I would love to hear back. Let’s all pinch a gnome and make a wish; it is more than a passive, passing fancy of the dev responsible.

Thanks for visiting,
Luedwig Bait H’oven
Thelanis 2006

Feb 222017
 

A quick recap of my week at trying to solo the Tower of Frost on Hard, at level, with a first-life Druid who has a rogue splash for reasons.*

* Probably vanity. She is based on a tabletop character and it is always more important to me to translate characters accurately rather making the best min/max decisions.

Now that I am coming up on my fifth attempt, it seems like it ought to mean something. Not just another snapshot of dead me and my soul stone. After all, this is the fifth, and according to wikipedia, the fifth is the Wood anniversary. Unless you are modern in which case it is flatware. As much as I would like to forking finish this quest, it is most certainly not modern. What can I bring that is wooden?

I already have a shield, although I only wear it when turtling up. What else is wooden? Barkskin?

Sure. How arbitrary and capricious. Because it is the fifth attempt I am going to start using Barkskin. Nothing says success like the addition of second-level buff to your spell list.

Probably the more important adjustment happened yesterday, when I spent some time understanding the new monster champions. Knowledge isn’t really an “adjustment”, but still.

Regardless, I’ve already decided on barkskin, and … wait, where is barkskin?

Oh.

Oh my I really haven’t been playing this character, have I? Look at all those missing spell slots. Important ones too, like Protection from Elements for the living chain lightning, and Deathward for the living Disintegrates. How could I have not noticed I was missing so much?

No wonder I am dying.

Let’s fix those gaps and try again.

 

This time I will have proper buffs on when I confront the living spells.

 

Skein too

 

The living spells were no problem at all this time

 

Score! The first time any loot came of my efforts

 

Compared to the living spells, the frost giants were easy

 

This is something very much like loot except worse

 

The fifth time was the charm, and all can go about their lives happy and fulfilled. It would have been nice if I’d noticed what I was missing earlier, but the fact is that I just don’t play that much any more and things that would have been second nature to me even as recently as a year ago now require me to pay attention and rack my brain.

I don’t see the Tower of Frost as a farming candidate, although it does have a nice necklace that I would like very much. It takes too long and uses resources.

But this was a fun exercise, I like this quest, a lot! And I enjoyed figuring out how to defeat it solo.

A worthy adversary, but one that was humbled by the determination of one Halfling (along with the correct selection of spells).

🙂 😀 🙂

Feb 212017
 

I’ve spent the better part of a week failing to finish the Tower of Frost on solo, using a character that ought to be able to solo it successfully. Yes, I am out of practice. Yes, this is a first-life character with a slightly vanity build. But that just isn’t enough explanation. Something else is going on.

 

Now they are just ganging up on me. Note the Tier 2 champion on Hard

 

I take a look back at my deaths. The third and fourth deaths were by champion. Is that a coincidence? The first death is too much of a closeup, I can’t see what killed me. Fortunately I have broader view of the same shot. Oh ho – not just one, but two champions, one of which was Tier 2. I don’t have a better shot at the second death. But at least three of my four fatalities have been champion-related.

Maybe it’s time I look into exactly what changed in Update 34.
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Feb 202017
 

Topiary Champion

Well then. Dead again.

And this time I didn’t even make it to the living spells, I was offed unexpectedly by a foliage lion that I had thought to easily beat.

Except, now that I look again, what’s that? Oh. A crown. I see. Or at least, I see now, I didn’t see then, or I wouldn’t have tried to melee him with a spellcasting-druid-multiclass while waiting for the Creeping Cold to finish him off.

Yes, I have daggers, but at this point they are mainly for style, not substance. Finishing off things that are already dead. That sort of thing. Not for going toe-to-toe with any of the new monster champions.

Time to take stock:

In the unlikely event that any of you are following along, this marks the third attempt to solo the Tower of Frost, on Hard, at Level with a first-live Rogue3/Druid11 named Bricki Lee. Her first attempt was exciting but ill-fated. Her second more of the same.

And now we are up to three runs and the third feels like the worst yet. I am not continuing to progress, but at least I am encountering different stopper issues each time:

  • Trying to hard to husband mana: solved by bringing a giant stack of mnemonics
  • Allowing myself to get rushed by too many at once: solved by adjusting tactics
  • Not properly respecting the new Champions: solved by … well … avoiding them?

And so I am quickly back in on attempt 4.

You seem to be lacking a certain … something

I come up with what I thought was a very clever way to bypass most of the bad guys on the second floor. It worked very cleverly too, until I reach the 3rd floor and realize I had also bypassed a required quest element. Oops. No worries though, back to floor 2, kill everything, carry on.

The topiary are no issue this attempt, nothing that cannot be Creeping Colded and waited out, or if not then instead directly damaged with Produce Flame, Call Lightning and (when not fighting nature) Word of Balance. Because all of these are nearly-free Spell-like abilities that I get for being in the Season’s Herald tree and I am trying to avoid drinking all of the Mnemonic Potions on the first floor. Free spells that do just as much damage as expensive spells are much better. Much.

When I get too many I drop an Ice Storm or a Firewall, turtle up and dance about, anxiously looking for champions so that I can avoid them especially much.

Especially avoiding the champions.

The Ice Storms and Firewalls are definitely not SLAs and are eating my mana. There is a shrine in here but not until you’re more than halfway. It’s pretty challenging to try and reach it without consuming at least one Mnemonic and I don’t even bother trying; slamming them left and right as if I had hundreds and hundreds in my bank or something.

I am back to the living spell floor. And just that fast, dead. Again.

You will not defeat me, Tower of Frost, you will not!

Okay, today you might defeat me. Slightly. But I will be back!

<shakesfist>

🙂 😀 🙂

Feb 162017
 

Once more into the breech, dear Bricki Lee, once more into the breech.

And so our hero finds herself back in the Tower of Frost, alone, (or nearly so excepting her trusty Favored Soul companion Skein), bravely fighting her way up past floor after floor in a continuing attempt to solo the quest at level, on Hard.

Skein and Bricki Lee, looking very heroic


 

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