DDO: The greatest show on Eberron

When I play MMOs — or most video games, really — one of the biggest things that I chase and desire is story. I want a good tale. I want to witness, or better yet be involved with, a great story. It’s why I’ve always gushed about Secret World and its storytelling chops, and it’s why a memorable gaming session can be made in an instant when a good story appears. It’s also why Dungeons and Dragons Online is just amazing me this year, because it’s a chain of stories that seem to keep getting better the more I progress.

This past week I moved into House Phiarlan to quest, and during the course of seven days, I recruited a giant into a theater troupe, infiltrated a high society club, chased a rascal across the rooftops, and visited a devil-infested circus.

Yeah. I’m swimming in story. Oh, and I got this:

I have never been so proud of myself.

Some of these quests have been incredibly long, but really, I didn’t mind as long as there was something interesting to look at and do. And there was almost always something interesting to look at and do. Like this hologram of the now-extinct Elf race.

Another thing I’ve been doing is using hireling contracts for missions. I haven’t felt a huge need for them before, but after failing the giant quest right at the end of 45 minutes of tasks, I briefly saw red for a moment and then acknowledged that I could use a little backup on these outings.

This cracked me up. This one house has bathrooms with actual toilets (weird toilets, them), and the toilet paper holders are mini shrines that are fully functional. Because where else would you rest than on the john?

Oh yeah, and I fought a magical monster made of crates, barrels, and a chest that I desperately wanted to loot. This rooftop mission was so much fun, start to finish. Really wanted to see this annoying NPC and his magical wand meet a bitter end, and I was not disappointed.

Oh HECK yes. I am totally there!

The circus was wonderfully plotted all the way through, with disguised tieflings taking on the roles of strongmen, magicians, and even doggie trainers. Lots of sight and verbal gags if you took your time and didn’t rush into battle.

Maybe I’m obsessed with bathrooms in MMOs? Maybe I am.

Nothing like fighting a mind-controlling succubus under the big top to keep life interesting. Felt a little bad for the good guys I had to kill while they were under her spell, but there was no way around it.

One detail in the circus that I thought was hilarious is that I came across these “magician’s barrels” with swords sticking through them. Turns out that the “assistants” inside are actually zombies that don’t really mind getting skewered by pointy things. Ta da!

10 thoughts on “DDO: The greatest show on Eberron

  1. James Sponseller December 11, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I do believe that says Elf Exterminator 1, there’s more titles to be had there(maybe a 2 and 3)! You can do it Syp!

  2. DDOCentral December 11, 2017 / 9:38 am

    The various stories in Eberron are all intertwined into one big story, just like in Secret World Legends. There are recurring characters and villains throughout the quests, especially Malicia the Succubus. http://ddowiki.com/page/Malicia

  3. DDOCentral December 11, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Partycrashers, the House P quest with the Rest Shrine bathroom, has a number of optionals that should be experienced at least once. You may have missed some of them the first time through the quest. http://ddowiki.com/page/Partycrashers

  4. DonV December 11, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    A lot of great story content around this level. Don’t forget Delara’s Tomb in house Jorasco. I think Sentinals of Stormreach is also level 7 in house Deneith. Hirlelings are a great resource in this game and if you get really stuck the gold seal ones from the store can be summoned anywhere. I would not be able to play without them as I have to solo so much these days.

  5. Yeebo December 11, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    DDO gets a lot less credit than it deserves for containing some interesting stories.

    Unfortunately, the game has a lot working against it that I believe keeps new player adoption rates low. For example, finding the quests that you are supposed to be working on at any given level can be hard, particularity for a new player that might not know about that huge list of quests and starter NPCs they can pull up in game. Even knowing about it, it’s generally less than clear which quests are good for a solo player.

    The character development system being so insanely deep that a new player is all but guaranteed to make a gimp without some kind of guidance doesn’t help either. The paths are a good idea, but they don’t include enhancement choices…and that’s a heck of a lot of options to throw at a new player.

  6. Κωνσταντίνος Μουστάκας December 12, 2017 / 5:25 am

    The carnival chain is one of those places that zerging really makes no sense. The partycrashers quest is amazing with all the little details and certainly the best part about recruiting the giant is getting kicked (literally into orbit) by his brothers 😀

  7. saekee December 12, 2017 / 10:21 am

    The Sharn Syndicate—very strong storyline
    Red Fens is likeable
    Vale story very solid—13th Eclipse etc
    Menace of the Underdark

    Ravenloft is insanely good

  8. Minimalistway December 13, 2017 / 2:13 am

    Because of your recent post for DDO, i installed it, played it … loved it, or at least this is my first impression, it could be my 2nd MMO, i need to spend some time with it before i spend some money to unlock some classes.

  9. DonV December 13, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    If you go vip for a month you can see everything and get a real good idea of if this is the game for you. Then decide later to grind favor for stuff or go vip or premium.

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