Pedro the Tank Smasher

[City of Heroes] Because the world needs irony points after that earlier post, I was out farming Dreck’s mission a bit.

We met Pedro the Tank Smasher. Pedro has been going on a series of magical adventures, and his story will be told in the upcoming picture book, “Pedro the Tank Smasher in the Land of Make Believe.” Cryptic is publishing it as a companion book to “Web of Arachnos” this fall, for a younger audience.

The other Tank Smashers and Slashers are never nice to Pedro. He just wants to be liked and accepted, but they always make fun of his off-brand cybernetics. They can’t see through the metal to the sensitive core within. After one particularly sad day when even the Warriors in Talos Island laughed at him, Pedro goes on a journey of exploration through his imagination. In the end, he learns to accept himself, and in doing so comes to be accepted by others. Later that day, a hero beats him into unconsciouness for 108 experience points.

It was a touching story. Our blaster is considering learning Spanish so that he can translate it for the international audience. I think it is a pretty universal message. No word yet on the film rights.

: Zubon

Drive-by Buffing

[City of Heroes] In most of my games, I play the healer or support mage class. There is nothing quite like turning your allies into massive engines of destruction. It is a lot like playing a pet class, only the pets are really good with a strong AI (few control commands, though).

Another advantage to being the buff class is that you can go help folks. I have a level 50 Kinetics Defender, so I can bounce around the low-level areas and buff everyone I see. The easiest one to give out is Speed Boost: vastly faster running, plus endurance and faster attacks. “The poor little guys, no travel powers until level 14.” *blue swirly* There he goes. In the second it takes him to wonder what happened, I have already bounced away, in search of more heroes. Ooh, there’s one who I can give the damage buff during his fight…

Kinetics Defenders also get an area-effect jump buff, Inertial Reduction. It is what I use to bounce around town, and since I have it more enhanced than I really need, I move very quickly. I think I’m around 375 yards per jump. It’s fun to toss that on a cluster of level 2s and watch them turn into flying monkeys. I hope they know it only lasts a minute.

Super-jumping around the low level areas gives you that real superhero feeling. Since there is a lot of float time at the peak of the jump, and the newbie zones are not that big, you can fly half-way across town in a bounce. Did you know that Superman originally just jumped like that, rather than flying? That whole “leaps tall buildings in a single bound” thing…

Another way that you feel like a real superhero is fighting while you are in those low level zones. Folks on the forums want to be more like comic book superheroes, but they are thinking of when Superman takes down muggers or something. Yeah, he can one-shot a huge group of them, does so for half an issue, and then tries to solo an archvillain. (Luckily, as an Invulnerability/Super Strength Tanker, he can solo an archvillain if he has enough inspirations and time!) Anyway, I spent a while bouncing around Perez Park and visiting the gangs on the street. Psychic Scream, and they’re all arrested – lovely. Telekinetic Blast, and he flies over that car. I wonder if I can shoot that one up the stairs… If I use Power Build Up before TK Blast, I can literally send one guy over the next gang down the street. Pretty.

Ooh, level 12s fighting slime monsters – more drive-by buffing! Do you feel odd if someone 40 levels higher than you follows you around a bit and, without comment, throws every buff and debuff s/he has during your fights? I worry that I was training that group to go after things much bigger than they can take.

: Zubon

Dreck: Hero of the City


Dreck, leader of the Freakshow, has been given an award by the Paragon City Council for his work in training the city’s heroes. Speaking from City Hall, the City Representative said that heroes owed Dreck a great debt of gratitude.

“When Dreck first set out to conquer the Council-ravaged world on the other side of the portal, we thought it was horrible that our dimension’s problems had spilled into the lives of those poor souls. Little did we realize that Dreck was not just terrorizing a planet, he was setting up Paragon City’s greatest training grounds. At any given moment, hundreds of heroes are in that dimension, honing their skills on the seemingly endless supply of Freakshow warriors that Dreck brings with him. It has become a rite of passage for every new Hero of the City to spend at least ten hours, and sometimes an entire career, crushing these Freakshow.

“The greatest virtue of Dreck’s cross-dimensional training camp is the ease and efficiency with which heroes can be trained. Not only does Dreck replenish his ranks in an eyeblink on the other side of the portal, but most heroes get their training while napping just on the other side of the portal. Dozens of Fiery Aura Tanker trainers work with Dreck’s minons to train groups of up to eight heroes who need not even be paying the slightest attention. This unique method of developing power and experience while on the mystic plane of ‘AFK’ has given Paragon City many of its mightiest heroes. While many of these heroes have moved to spend their time in the new arenas, rather than patrolling our streets, I feel assured that they will respond to the city’s call in its time of need.”

Not everyone is so enthusiastic about this award. Azuria, a long-time resident of City Hall who gets several visitors every task force and story arc, voiced her concerns. “What about those poor people in the Council-ravaged world who need to be rescued? Granted there are only four of them, but they need our help! Oh, and the Jewel of Hera has been stolen from MAGI’s vaults again, if anyone has seen that around.”

Heroes in Peregrine Island seemed to be of mixed feeling. A few still hold Shadowhunter in great esteem for his similar efforts training heroes with wolves, but Shadowhunter’s busy schedule keeps him from spending more than an hour with most heroes these days. “Sure, the wolves are nice,” a local Regen Scrapper commented on condition of anonymity, “but he gave them all rocks a while back. I hate those rocks. Man, back in the day, Shadowhunter was where it was at. Now I don’t even remember Maria Jenkins’ number.” Other heroes commented, “farming team needs bridge level 42-46 pst” or a cryptic “kan ne1 pl me plz!!!”

: Zubon


Hi, I’m new here. You may have noticed Ethic’s post about new bloggers. I seem to be the first one. This means I get the cubicle closest to the water cooler, which may or may not be a good thing in the long run. I’ll tell you how that works out. It also means that I get to learn to use WordPress, and it is always exciting to find new software to break. Many exciting things lie ahead, surely.

Oh, I’m the new City of Heroes guy. I get a cape and everything. Issue 4 went live last week, so I will find something really edifying to say soon. For the moment, though, Ethic wants a cup of coffee. Coming!

: Zubon