[Dungeons & Dragons Online] I met up with a friend from Asheron’s Call 2 days. He is a big D&D fan and was excited to show me the ropes in DDO a little. I think being around someone that enjoys the game certainly makes it feel a little different. I actually had some fun this time.
After talking about things a little and telling him what I don’t like about the game, he recommended a few things. First off, he had me create a Paladin for a little more basic game play. He also told me to use the auto-attack in the beginning as it cuts down on all the clicking I was complaining about.
I created a halfling paladin following his advice (the halfling was my choice), and I was on my way. With the auto-attack, which is basically a toggle on/off, I only had to use tab to target the creature and when I was close enough I would start swinging. I could still use shift to block and when I let go of shift I would attack again. It worked really well.
Because of this, I spent more time learning how to block and position myself for a more optimal attacking position, like getting on a step to gain an advantage of height. I didn’t have tumble, so I couldn’t roll out of the way (which is something I enjoyed on my rogue). But I could hop to the left and right so it worked just about as well.
He twinked me out with some +1 gear, which may not be fair, but it made the game more fun and that’s the whole point for me. I went through the starter quests with ease, and later on while solo I took on the three quests Lord Goodblade gives out as well. I would have grouped up, but I needed to be able to leave at the drop of a hat last night so I turned down the party invite from my friend.
One of the things I found myself enjoying is the need to change weapons depending on what I was fighting. Blunt for skeletons and slime/ooze. Sharp for zombies. And I learned to use cheap weapons for smashing boxes and such, as it costs a lot of gold to repair my +1 mace which is now at half damage thanks to the slimes. Oops.
Once I slowed my combat down a bit, looking at things from a more tactical position, I found myself having more fun. I did have one graphics glitch (not related to DDO) that caused me to reboot, but other than that I had a good time. So I am going to put DDO at 1-1 now. One bad day and one good day.