Last night was the first night of the Massively DDO static night, officially called “Massively’s Nights of Eberron”. I’ve always said that I’d love to play DDO in a static group so I rolled up a Cleric the night before and then logged in last night. I expected maybe 15 or 20 people to show up. I’d guess it was closer to 50, including some famous folks like Psychochild and Green Armadillo. Syp would have been there but instead he was off doing something important like “welcoming a new baby into the world”. Yeah, whatever dude. Seriously though, congratulations!
The first thing that confused me is that we all were on Korthos but some of us had snow and some had sun. We had to all get to the sunny version which meant we had to sail to Stormreach and then back to Korthos. At this point we tried to form groups of 5 to do some quests. I invited one person and we stood around waiting for others to express interest. Eventually we got a group of 4 together, 1 Cleric and 3 Rogues. Off we went with voice chat enabled.
Luckily we had a veteran in the group that was more than willing to explain things to us as we went and since nobody was in a rush we spent a lot of time talking about things that may happen and how best to deal with it. We would run through a dungeon on normal to learn it, then on hard and finally on elite. I did my best to keep the group healed and only had a group wipe once (but it was after we dropped down to 3 people). Like all great healers, I alone survived and killed the guy that killed the rogues and then waited for them to return.
After 2 hours of play, we all hit level 2 and I went off to make a bunch of mistakes on my character – I am sure. If nothing else, DDO is confusing. I spent some time looking at Cleric guides and found it interesting how much different advice there is out there. So much that it almost paralyzes you from making any choices at all.
My final thoughts from last night are: I had a lot of fun and I’m fairly positive I don’t like playing a Cleric. I might have to roll something else up during the week and get to level 2. I’m thinking maybe a straight up fighter or even going all out and paying to play a Monk. Monk is probably too complicated for a beginner and since I am a beginner I only get to start with 28 points instead of the preferred 32 points. That is a topic for another rant. I look forward to next week.