Even if I only have time to do one dungeon, I still look forward to our Massively DDO nights. It’s great to know that come Wednesday, this is what I’m doing, and I’ll instantly have a group to play with.
Last night I jumped online ten minutes late, and found that all groups had already formed and were full. So, ironically enough, the two Massively folks (Rubi and myself) were left to form an army of two. Fortunately, we both had hirelings to round out the party to five, and we ran the Redwillow quest.
It’s a pretty fun outdoorsy romp — I’d only done it once before, and Rubi never, so we took our sweet time. Hirelings, for what they are, function pretty well as backup teammates as long as you don’t need them to do anything complicated. Run, kill, heal, those sorts of things.
So it’s in the middle of all this that my house starts getting pounded by a really nasty storm, and I’m going /afk every few minutes to check the Tornado Warning updates and see if we’re about to get yanked away to Oz. Doesn’t look like it, so we keep playing.
We get to the final part of the quest, where you go through a portal and instantly get ganked by a giant and 12 of his closest friends. Seriously, party wipe in 0.3 seconds. We rez with the nearby shrine, then head to a little cave-like area where the giants can’t attack — but we can with ranged weapons. It’s called the “cheeseball” way to do the quest, but if it works, oh well. We couldn’t go toe to toe with these beasts.
So then began a 10-minute exercise in me kiting a giant or two back to the cave, hopping up before I get slammed, and then pelting him with arrows. This goes all the way to the end boss, which I steel my nerves for and then hit with an arrow.
It’s at this point that several things happened at once:
- The giant boss starts coming at me
- Lightning begins to strike outside our window every 2-4 seconds
- I turn to run
- The screen goes blank as the boss hits me with a blindness spell
- I start to scream like a little girl
- The DDO soundtrack helpfully ratchets up a heartbeat noise — thum-THUM thum-THUM
- I shout into chat that the dude was INC AND I MEAN NOWWWWW
- I start to run back to the cave using the tiny radar as my only guidance
Somehow, I didn’t die, and Rubi killed the boss without any problems.
I think that might be the most epic feeling I’ve had in a game this year. DDO’s great for little moments like that.