Let me tell you, getting back into the solo scene in DDO has given my gaming time great purpose this month, especially as I wait upon LOTRO’s next progression server unlock. I love how the MMO up and gives you a full list of all of the missions in the game — and tracks which ones you’ve completed (on which difficulty level) and which ones you have yet to do. For a quest completionist, it’s a beautiful tool.
Next up on my effort to make sure I’ve done all of the low-level quests, I saw that I had completely overlooked the ten (!) mission chain in Tangleroot Gorge. Probably the biggest problem I had was getting there, as DDO doesn’t do much in the way of facilitating fast travel between areas. So from the Harbor to the Marketplace to House P to Tangleroot Gorge to a long roundabout path that finally led me to the mission giver… and then the instance itself.
I have to say, it’s a really unusual quest chain — and I don’t say that in a complementary fashion. There’s mainly one instance that you go back into again and again and again and again to do various different quest objectives. But after the first time you’re there, there’s no discovery afterward, so it becomes the very height of tedium to see all this repeated. The only upshot is that I’m able to cross off a whole bunch of quests fairly quickly without much world travel.
I love how the boss mobs lash out with this smack talk about two seconds before they die…
Anyway, the whole chain took me three nights to complete, and that wasn’t because they were tough. It was because I kept getting so bored of running back into the same dull underground hobgoblin town that I needed to log out to save my sanity.
But finally I persevered and wiped out the whole chain from my adventure compendium’s to do list. That’s a decent feeling, I suppose. And while all of the rewards were too low level to be of any use, there was an outfit that I thought was pretty snazzy. I used a mirror of glamouring on it to transform it into a cosmetic and decided that it suits my Artificer perfectly. What do you think?