Chelena and her new maul “soloing” the House of Dun’Robar
At first I thought I was just unlucky, like usual. Although my lack of luck was startling even for me.
Some background: a little over two months ago, my fierce fighter Chelena Armstrong (the World’s Strongest Halfling) set out on a quest to acquire a series of mauls. Among them, the Epic Fury of the Flame, an old-school style epic weapon that requires a combination of the non-epic version of the weapon, plus a shard, scroll and seal of the weapon.
Chelena already had the base item, seal, and scroll, but no shard. The shard can only be acquired in the Epic versions of the quest Spinner of Shadows.
And so began a daily (sometimes multiple times per day) routine of running the Spinner of Shadows on Epic Normal, since that is rumored to produce the best chance of a shard. Often when I completed the quest I would invite others to join me for free loot and XP, increasing my chances of acquiring the shard I needed. But sometimes I would just finish it off and move on, especially on morning runs before work when I was time-constrained.
No luck, but that’s okay, I can overcome lack of luck with persistence.
Or so I thought.
Two months go by. No shards drop, but I am normally unlucky. A dry stretch like this is not all that unusual for me; it took even longer to get an epic Jidz-Tetka for Oriental.
And so I go about my business, cheerfully, until the release of Update 18. Where I see this in the release notes:
Web of Chaos
- Seals for the items in these quests are now found in the Epic Chests at the end of the quests.
- Shards for all items in this quest chain are now found in the Epic Chest at the end of the capstone quest The Spinner of Shadows.
- The base items will continue to drop on all difficulty levels.
- Issues with the distribution of specific items or Tokens of the Twelve have been corrected.
So … you mean … I had no chance of getting the shard? And Turbine knew?
NO CHANCE? AND TURBINE KNEW?
Grrrr. This is really annoying. They should have let us know. What a waste of time.
I am seriously vexed. It is a weird and uncomfortable feeling for me, I prefer positive to negative. I like Turbine and feel that they generally do a pretty good job at running a complicated game. But this is a let down.
And now I am vexed about the fact that I am vexed.
So I set aside the great maul acquisition effort, not sure if I would pick it up again, but definitely feeling discouraged from proceeding further right now. Maybe in time. But not now.
Giving me more time to focus on my completionist who was on the home stretch of life six. Shortly after update 18 came out, she finished. Time for a new life! Meaning, time for a bunch of inventory work preparing her for her next True Reincarnation.
In the (painful) process of reorganizing inventory, I happen across a Large Bag of Ingredients on my Artificer-in-progress Sparksy. I wonder what is inside? Oh, here are my epic ingredients, I’d forgotten that I had Sparksy carrying them around.
Might as well get the Shard and Scroll of the Fury of the Flame while I am here and transfer them to Chelena for safekeeping, right? And so I filter the view of the bag contents by “fury”.
Strangely, I get three results instead of the two I had been expecting. A scroll, a seal, and a shard.
I HAD THE SHARD ALL ALONG?
OhMyGod how stupid can one player be? Just when I think I have played as stupidly as possible, here I am setting the all-time New World Record for Stupid.
Stupid is as stupid does sir!
Kind of weird to be mad at Turbine for wasting my time when I am doing a much, much better job of wasting my time myself.
And so it is that fate or kismet or kharma or whatever it is reminds me, yet again, that DDO is a game and is to be played for fun. Allowing yourself to get so caught up in things that negativity becomes a possibility – any negativity – is not fun. It’s a game. Play it. Don’t live it.
Thus chastised, Chelena set out to take her new Epic maul for a test drive. A suitable target is selected: the House of Dun’Robar on Epic Hard. Accompanied by a fleet of hirelings, the quest is defeated, quickly and soundly, including optionals.
The maul performed well. Comparable to the Drow Maul of the Weapon Master that she already has, probably not better but probably not worse, there were some purple numbers in there now and then (from the Brilliance I suspect) and everything died in an admirably quick fashion.
A nice maul, and one I am happy to add to Chelena’s repertoire.
Probably not worth two months of frustration, but then, it wasn’t supposed to be, I could have had the maul the instant that I realized I wanted it.
Stupid is as stupid does indeed.
🙂 😀 🙂