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Shoutin’ in the street, gonna take on the world some day. May 29, 2009

Posted by castillion in eq 2, Second String.

Quite the adventure last night.

It was an off raid night, so Second String formed up to amuse ourselves. What shall we do? Aiden in Ward of Elements? Protector’s Realm for Plat? Shards? Speaking of Shards, Shard of Hate?

We eventually decided upon Shard of Hate and formed up with 7 people.

Anep – 80 Shadow Knight (also seen during the night as Worknemangel – 80 Dirge)
Sasspanz – 80 Assassin
Sinnir – 80 Templar
Castillion – 80 Coercer
Taylona – 80 Fury
Tarsir (Rhesus) – 80 Shadowknight
Aeyanna – 80 Troubadour

The Magnificient Seven against the evils of the Shard of Hate.

There’s still a lot of loot we need out of this zone. Anep is wanting the plate healer gloves, I wouldn’t mind the axe that drops from trash for Cilantro, Marrowsong for Aeyanna, masters and several trash drops are still nice. I won’t mention the Hood of Dark Dealings from Master P’Tasa….although killing Master P’Tasa with 7 would be quite the feat.

We cleared to Dreadlord D’Somni with little trouble and even a couple of exquisite chest along the way. A master dropped that I do not remember what it was and some chain pants that we muted.

We have one grouped this guy before, so we know we can do it. We pulled him and killed him and prepared for the Beacon of Loathing crap loot, but wait…what is this? Ethereal Mist Gauntlets! Only the most uber healer gloves ever! Anep logged over to Azznep so fast we barely had time to say “Hey man did you want those?” and was soon sporting some new gloves, a smile, and a tent in his pants.

Next on our grocery list of bosses to visit was Demetrius Crane. Is it wrong I always think the the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane where I hear his name? Again, a couple of exquisites dropped on the way to him, the Diamond Rod and some nice plate pants, the rod going to Tarsir and the plate pants going to Aeyanna’s guardian alt.

Demetrius Crane is another mob that has already been thumped by Second String, so we pulled him and killed him. It did take a couple of tries and we had to change the groups around a bit, but once again, he was thumped. He rewarded us by dropping the oh so crappy dagger which we promptly blew up.

Next up, Master P’Tasa. This bastard has punished us for trying to one group him and we haven’t managed to get him down. However, we came armed with some new info and a fresh determination to kill him. I know, we only have 7 people with us, but we’re ignorant like that.

The initial pull saw us get him to 65%, which means.. we can kill him. I was excited because, hey, I want that freaking HoDD. We pulled again and wiped once more but we saw the issue and corrected for the next pull. One more pull and Master P’Tasa was dead. Wow. That is one mob that, to me, is impressive to kill with 7 people. Oh yeah, he dropped the freaking Hood of Dark Dealings!. Ho…lee..shee….eeet… I have been lusting after that hood forEVER! I’ve lost on it multiple times, but this time there were no other mages in the raid group..so it was all MINE! MINE DO YOU HEAR ME!

A shot of the new duds:


We were on such a high, that we decided to let the Sisters bitch slap us, which they did. Then we ported off the Sebilis and hit PR before calling it a night. Castilian, my little Templar, picked up the Vyx Crested Locket and the chests seemed to be overflowing with platinum.

All in all, it was an awesome night.

Unfortunately, our fun is coming to a pause, as Anep is getting ready to leave for about a month. I would say that it was nice to go out out a note like last night, but you know Second String, we celebrate everything with a party, and you know we have to have a going away party for Anep. Sasspanz came up with an awesome idea and I don’t want to talk about it yet, but I expect to have a lot of laughs Saturday night. I’ll definitely fill you in on Monday!


Some days you’re the windshield, somedays you’re the bug. May 28, 2009

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Well, I do indeed have ESPN as I correctly predicted what our raid targets would be last night.

We started off with TotMC as we had left the snake up the last time we went in there. We rolled in, pulled the snake, killed it, and headed out. More on this in a minute.

The next zone on the agenda was Ykesha’s Inner Sanctum. We zoned in and killed the Strange Stalker on the first pull. We moved on to Kultak the Cruel and pulled him a few times although we never actually killed him. I think sometimes some of us get stuck on one method of doing things and they are not open to changing focus until we come into a fresh zone. Last night it seemed we were focused too much on “Hey we need crit mit” instead of “Hey just cure the goddamn curse and we win” but that is neither here nor there. I think by the end of the night everyone was on the same page, and I think the next time we pull him and focus on curing that curse, he’s dead.

All in all, it was a good night of raiding. The form up was a little slower than usual and I hope that does not become the norm. I am a little befuddled. Last night we clicked, killing the mobs on the first or second pulls and everyone doing their part. The last time we raided, we couldn’t kill anything harder than the first named in TotMC and PotAO. We wiped a good 15 or 20 times on Thet merely 2 days ago, then last night we two pull it and that’s counting the first pull  having 4 healers called to kill mobs twice. I just don’t know why we have such tremendous highs and lows in our raiding.

I did win loot! I won a very nice charm item from a trash drop in YIS. It replaces a charm I was wearing just for the proc and getting rid of a proc right now is a good thing. I even beat 4 people on it. Thank you loot gods for anwering my prayers and bestowing upon me the blessing the the R.N.G.

Tonight I’m not really certain what we will do. We have Aiden to kill yet, and I know we wanted to do that. We also wanted to 2 group PR and SoH, so we may do that as well. Personally, it’s all cool with me.

Until next time, remember what I told you last time.

Screenies of the new toys. May 27, 2009

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Since I neglected to add them in the previous posts, here’s the new toys:

Castillion’s Circlet:


And Cilantro, wielding the Swashbuckler Mythical:


I’m a model, ya know what I mean. May 27, 2009

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Last night started off with me logging into Second String finishing up an instance and heading back the guild hall. I don’t know what the hell is up with them grouping while I am at work. They should be standing around moping until I get home.

I was so pissed I immediately started challenging everyone to duels on Cilantro. I was going to kick some ass. I will say is some ass was definitely kicked. We will not discuss who’s.

After we finished trying to kill each other, we grouped up and headed over to Everfrost to hit the instances there. Sasspanz still wants that charm item from the master, even though I am of the opinion that SOE took it out of the game. I brought along Cilantro and we cleared Scion of Ice and the Crucible. The charm didn’t drop for Sass, but Cilantro won the Shard of Codexicon and a pretty nice ring. I also got him another AA, so he’s coming along a bit.

We then decided to hit up Ward of Elements. It went really smoothly despite having a couple of pickups in the group. We cleared through pretty quickly and the T3 Coercer hat dropped! Sasspanz kindly passed the roll to me and Castillion was able to complete the quest to get his Fireborn Circlet of Coercion. Thank you Sass, you know how much I’ve been wanting to get that damned hat. I owe ya! It was late by the time we cleared the lower named, so we decided to hold off on Aiden until later in the week.

It was back to the guild hall and more dueling. I don’t know what it is, but I just get a strange satisfaction from killing Anep. Unfortunately, he usually kills me. I started getting more comfortable with Cilantro and I did figure out how to kick his super-twink Dirge’s ass last night. I can’t kill his Shadow Knight anymore though. Damn dirty overpowered god class.

That was it for Second String for the night. Tonight is a raid night and I’m figuring we will head into Tomb of the Mad Crusader and probably Ykesha’s Inner Sanctum. Afterwards, I am going to stand in the guild hall and make /flex emotes.


Long weekends kick so much ass. May 26, 2009

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Wow, this is the longest stretch of time I’ve gone between posts. 6 days!?! I can blame it on the long weekend combined with some stuff going on in real life that just hasn’t had me in the mood to blog.

I did get some good gaming time in.

There were a few raids over the past week, mainly focusing on TSO. There’s not a lot to report on the raiding front as it’s just been more of the same. Summertime and some morale issues I think, have slowed our progress greatly. Don’t get me wrong, I am still having a blast personally, there’s just no exciting new deaths to report upon and the Coercer is actually decently geared nowadays, so until we start killing new mobs that drop new patterns, I don’t think I’ll be reporting new raid gear either.

I spent much of the long weekend working on my swashbuckler, Cilantro. He was once my main and playing him on our Leviathan raid got me a little nostalgic for him, so I decided to work his AA up and gear him out a little. I started Saturday with 134 AA on him. I haven’t played him much at all since TSO was released was he’s a little behind the curve. I managed to gear him out slightly, he’s now wearing a mixed set of 3 pieces of TSO T2 gear and 3 pieces of T1 gear. He’s really hurting to get the last few pieces of TSO and upgrade his jewelry.

I had also planned on getting him his mythical on our Friday night raid. However, our sign ups sucked and SOE changed the Nexona event, so there was some relearning, so we spent the entire night on Friday killing Nexona. We did manage to get her down but raid leaders called the raid after killing her, leaving the zone with the first floor cleared and only a couple of days left on the zone with no raids planned. I was disappointed and I still don’t understand the decision of starting a VP instance then continuing it a week later. It just did not leave much room to clear the zone and it bit us. I mean, come on, kill the two hardest mobs in the zone then just not come back? What a horrible waste.

All was not lost though. I sent a tell to one of the leaders on Saturday and asked her if I could have the VP zone before the timer expired. I figured, worst come to worst, I’ll lead a pick up raid through the Second Wing for Cilantro’s myth and whoever else’s update that might need, but first, I wanted to see how far we could get as Second String into the Second Wing. So, I asked my cohorts if they were interested in trying to group Xygoz for the swashbuckler update. They, of course, are always eager for a new challenge. Unfortunately, since it was a holiday weekend, we were missing a lot of the full Second String Crew, but we took 8 people in with us:

Tarsir (Rhesus) 80 Shadowknight.
Worknemangel (Anep) – 80 Dirge
Castillion – 80 Coercer
Sinnir – 80 Templar
Sasspanz – 80 Assassin
Theonee – 80 Wizard
Seeb – 80 Brigand
Taylona – 80 Fury

The plan was to clear to Xygoz, then I could swap to Cilantro, my 80 Swashbuckler.

I was actually going to be happy if we managed to kill one trash mob with 8 people. We zoned in, ran to the second floor, and prepared to pull the first wandering Rancor.

We eyed the Rancor as it stumbled around the bridges with it’s strange halting gait. Tarsir took his place in the front of the group and the air exploded around us as we all cast our individual spells, preparing for the clash. Our nerves were on edge and we knew this would be no small challenge. Pulling a mob in Veeshan’s Peak, still a huge challenge made for 24 people that many guilds have not even stepped foot into, and here we are with 8 people? It was suicide. We were here and there was no turning back now. With a roar of “Incoming!” in guttural trollish, Tarsir charged the ancient creature and we all joined into the fray, preparing ourselves for an epic battle that would probably ultimately end in our death. Suddenly,

The mob died. Yeah. It was anti-climatic and we blew it up with ease. We cleared the rest of the way up to Xygoz, although we did die a lot and we had to find some creative ways to get around the zone and avoid some of the trash mobs (thank god for Orbs of Reconciliation), but we did it. We cleared to the sleeping dragon with 8 people. Now, the real challenge, we have to actually kill a named mob in VP. With 8 people (did I mention that?) and we have to do it without Castillion and instead with a gimp ass Swashbuckler. So, I swapped over to Cilantro and we all took our places under his belly for the first pull.

We engaged and manage to get him to 80% without much difficulty, although mana was getting low. That was enough to trigger the first event and the mini dragons spawned to make fun of Xygoz and his lack of pants. We moved over and managed to clear all of the mini dragons and get back onto Xygoz. Power was becoming a real issue without the coercer, as well as the fears. We managed to get him to 58% before our first wipe of the night. Yeah, 58% with 8 people. Holy shit.

We pulled it a few more times but it seemed like the wheels would just fall off around 55% and I realized we were just not going to be able to kill Xygoz with the 8 of us, although I felt certain that with the full roster of Second String we could have done it. We weren’t done though and we started looking for friends online, eventually getting 4 more people to join. The group was now:

Darkc – 80 Shadowknight
Worknemangel (Anep) – 80 Dirge
Sasspanz – 80 Assassin
Sinnir – 80 Templar
Cilantro (Castillion) – 80 Swashbuckler
Jorun – 80 Warden
Tarsir (Rhesus) – 80 Shadowknight
Haku (Elonias) – 80 Mystic
Taylona – 80 Fury
Seeb – 80 Brigand
Theonee – 80 Wizard
Engram – 80 Illusionist

We pulled Xygoz and promptly killed him with 12 completing Cilantro’s mythical quest. The kill also dropped the VP pattern for swashbuckler wrists that Cilantro looted, which was an awesome and unexpected bonus as forearms are the one piece I couldn’t upgrade with TSO T2.

Wow. 12 people. Second String, you guys kick ass and it’s amazing what we can pull off sometimes. Dark, Jorun, and Slip, thank you so much for coming over to VP and helping us finish what we had started.

The next day I forced Anep to tank for us, even though he grumbled about it, and I took Cilantro out for a spin. Anep was wanting a break from tanking, but fuck that, I tanked for him the day after he got his Inquisitor his mythical. Paybacks biatch.

Anep and I are now tied for mythicals with three each. I might be able to beat him if I can bring myself to finish leveling the templar. That is a slim possibility though as I just suck at healing. I’m a button masher not a clicker and healing revolves around click-to-cure/heal/rez/afk. Also, Watching Sinnir, it seems that I need to be able to type 180 words a minute so I can get an entire paragraph of tells in between each heal. I think that’s a healer thing too.

So, I played Cilantro a lot this weekend and I had a ton of fun on him. I’m going to finish gearing him out in T2 gear, maybe try to buy him a nice offhand if I see one up for auction, and continue filling out his AA. It’s nice to have options to group on and in case the dreaded Proc Nerf of 2009 really kills my fun on the chanter. I don’t want to say the sky is falling, and I’m attempting to regear some to be able to absorb the proc nerf, but I fully anticipate a 20% drop in the Coercer’s DPS, which is going to be hard to swallow.

We shall see.

Wow, I have a lot to talk about when I skip so many days and I wasn’t able to squeeze everything in. We’ll talk more tomorrow though.


Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas? May 20, 2009

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An off night of raiding brought about a Second String run on Ward of Elements, the x2 zone. It sounds strange to speak of a night that we form up for a smaller raid an off-night of raiding. It seems, though, that much of the time we are not in a full blown 24 person raid, Second string is running around x2 zones or trying to conquer at least portions of x4 zones with a smaller group. This is because there is usually at least 8 people on that bear the Second String tag. While I do sometimes yearn for nights of single group adventures, I am glad that SOE has provided us with the x2 zones (even if the lockout is a bit too long) and that we have made our own fun of turning Kunark raid zones and Shard of Hate into our own x2 playgrounds.

The group we brought along:

Anep – 80 Shadow Knight
Sasspanz – 80 Assassin
Castillion – 80 Coercer
Sinnir – 80 Templar
Taylona – 80 Fury
Seeb – 80 Brigand
Graybone – 80 Defiler
Elonias – 80 Wizard
Smoky (Nugsinoth) – 80 Wizard
Ghreed (Gheeto) – 80 Assassin
Aneuw – 80 Paladin
Deathklok (Chus) – 80 Troubadour


We cleared the instance up to Aiden easily, although some of the alts died a few times. Graybone was certainly challenged, being newly minted 80 and being asked to solo heal one of the groups, and also occasionally being moved into the main tank group for warding purposes. He performed admirably considering. We will need to focus with him a bit hopefully this weekend to get him his fabled epic and a few more pieces of gear and shards.

It was late by the time we reached the elevator to the top floor, so we decided to grant Aiden a few more days to enjoy life above ground. We plan on reforming Thursday evening to finish the zone.

Tonight, we are raiding something. I am not sure what as I think most of the TSO zones are locked out. Perhaps we’ll clear some more of our VP instance.

I forgot to mention it, but I brought Cilantro along on our Leviathan kill on Saturday so he is poised to get the Swashbuckler epic as soon as we kill Xygoz again. He will be my third mythical’d character. I’ve been putting off getting his mythical for some reason, but I finally decided that options are a good thing to have and I should at least finish out the hard work I had put into him.

I’ve been kicking around on him a little bit lately, feeling nostalgic I guess. I think I may get his AA up to something respectable and at least gear him out a little bit. Now that we have weapon appearance slots, I owe it to the old guy to at least dress him out and make him a respectable swashbuckler once again.

I also have the templar to finish leveling. I am not certain how crazy I am about him, but him being level 72 certainly suggests I should finish out the run to level 80 at least. Plus, there’s a scary gleam in Sinnir’s eyes, having a back up templar so close to max level. I think she’s looking forward to him being 80 more than I am as I think she has an idea that she’ll be able to move to a different character once there’s a templar to heal in her stead. I hate to disappoint, but I have no delusions that I will be anywhere near her caliber of healer although I will try.

Finding time to juggle all of these characters is a game in itself. Luckily, I thoroughly enjoy my Coercer and really have no great desire to play any other toon at all.


Summertime and the living is easy. May 19, 2009

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Whew, can I take a breath now?!?

It’s been incredibly busy both in game and out this weekend.

On the guild front, we’ve been raiding and clicking along. I’ve even won more loot! The TSO fabled forearm pattern finally dropped again and I won it. I’ve also picked up a piece of jewelry or two and master here and there. Overall, Castillion is starting to gear up. I certainly can’t post anymore whine posts about losing rolls. It seems that once I finally won that one roll after 6 months, my luck turned around a bit. I still lose a lot, but at least I win SOME now ;)

There’s been some discussion about cutting raids back a little during the summer. It’s sounds like we’ll be doing away with Saturday raids, at least for a couple of months. I will miss the raids, but I agree that it’s for the best and, honestly, in a couple of weeks Sinnir and I are going to have vacations and family visiting ourselves so Saturday raiding would be impossible for us anyway.

Second String had a little mini-revival this weekend and we got a lot of things accomplished. We cleared PR for the plat. We grouped the first two named in Shard of Hate. The Shard of Hate run was pretty rewarding, while the named mobs didn’t drop anything useful, the trash exquisites were really nice. We killed Varsoon again for Anep’s brother, Theonee. He dropped my master single target mez and the peacock feather charm that Sinnir won. That was pretty awesome. It was nice to hit one of the harder zones again, and I hope we can get back to one grouping a hard zone or two during the week.

We also cleared Thuuga with 9 people.

Anep – 80 Shadowknight.
Sinnir – 80 Templar
Sasspanz – 80 Assassin
Castillion – 80 Coercer
Taylona – 80 Fury
Seeb – 80 Brigand
Aeyanna – 80 Troubador
Graybone – 79 Defiler
Sauki – 70 Conjuror
and I botted Castilian – 71 Templar who just auto followed all night.

Yeah, I was amazed. It was pretty crazy and I really can’t believe we did it.

That’s the two minute review of the past couple of days.

Castillion is sporting a new look after last night as well. Trakanon’s robe.


I can’t wait to try that thing out!

Season’s Change May 15, 2009

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Another quiet night in game last night.

It seems like a long time since we’ve done anything challenging in Second String.  I can’t remember the last time we did anything harder than the medium difficulty shard zones. We haven’t even cleared the x2 as a Second String event.

I don’t know if people are just feeling a little burnout, are wanting a change in characters, or what. Boredom is starting to creep in for me though. I hope this isn’t a precursor to what we can expect once Anep and Sass are offline. There’s still a lot of content coming out, including a new x2 raid zone, that I will want to see.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a reliable tank outside of Anep. Rhesus’ alt, Tarsir, is very good but I am not sure how well our schedules line up at the moment. I guess that means I will be dusting off the pally, but I have a little bit of relearning to do to get better as a tank. I also don’t know how we will support this without everyone playing different alts or something. It’s difficult to do much without some time of utility/support character.

Food for thought I guess. I know I’ve contributed to it myself. I’ve been so busy with work and so tired at the end of the day I am not good for much in the way of organizing.

Last night was no exception. Sinnir and I logged in late, so Anep was off in another group outside of Second String. That left me tanking for a 5 man group, one of whom was an alt. We decided on Befallen: Cavern of the Afflicted and Halls of the Forsaken.

Caverns of the afflicted sucks without much AE dps by the way ;) We struggled for a little bit trying to get through it with 5 and a Pally as the only AE DPS. Fortunately, Aeyanna logged in and brought his troubadour over which made things go much more smoothly. Halls of the Forsaken went very smoothly afterwards and we all put a few shards in our bags.

I really don’t mind tanking as long as I have at least one utility in the group, a bard or chanter. Unfortunately, my main is usually the only utility on our little group, so when I am tanking we lose that. Taylona and Sinnir both have an Illusionist, Sinnir’s is level 80, but then that deprives me of my healers. What a delicate balancing game we have going on here. I will say that tanking for a group with no utility at all is an exercise in frustration.

Yes, I’m a primadonna.

Tonight we are raiding something. I am not sure what. I don’t think I’ve even signed up as I think I forgot to fill out the rest of the month. Unfortunately I can’t hit the link from work, so I hope they save me a spot anyway! Otherwise, I’ll cheer them on from the sidelines.

A night off. May 14, 2009

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An off night.

When I say off, I mean offline ;)

Sinnir and I went to dinner yesterday and over margaritas decided that we really needed a night off. This has been a rough week between Sinnir and the gnome being sick and me working tons of extra hours for a huge release on Monday and the following fallout that always accompanies such a project. We were just tired and needed a night to reflect and reconnect.

We went and picked up a couple of movies instead. Mama Mia! and Zach and Miri make a porno. Wildly different movies but we thoroughly enjoyed both.

Sinnir had been pestering me for a while to see Mama Mia! and I finally
caved. I know that saying this lowers my testosterone level, but I really enjoyed the movie. It was fun and entertaining. Plus, you get to see Pierce Brosnan sing, which in itself is worth the price of the movie. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

Zach and Miri make a porno is hilarious if you enjoy raunchy comedy. We laughed, a lot. I hesistate to recommend it because it is so…so dirty..then again if you are renting a movie about two people making a porno and are easily offended, someone needs to smack you. I will say if you enjoy belly laughs, full frontal nudity, and potty humor, you’ll enjoy this movie.

So, sorry for missing the raid last night all, but we’ll be back up to our regular antics tonight.

I really did want to kill those fishmen. May 13, 2009

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Short but fulfilling night in game last night.

The night started with Sinnir needing to kill a few mobs in Karnor’s Castle for her new Illusionist’s epic (yes, she myth’d out her wizard and started a new character…..women). I decided to take her over there with Castillion and show her how an uber chanter solos KC. After getting herself killed a few times, Sinnir asked, “Why don’t you just go get Saynt?” HOLY SHIT!?! She thinks a Pally can solo KC better than a coercer? I was obviously doing something wrong, so I picked up the pace and gave her a good rundown on how to solo through KC. We ended up killing a few named and a few 100 drolvargs (tip, when your wife says “Hey honey I need to kill a couple of mobs for this update, could you come help right fast?” clear a couple of hours on your social calendar). It was actually fun just the two of us ripping through the zone and sniping a couple of named from the regular farmers.

Her next update was to kill 100 Yah’Lei in Jarsath Wastes. I helped her with that too, by taking a nap while she did it.

I woke up from my nap (work has been depriving me of my beauty sleep lately) to find she had already killed all the Yah’Lei and had pulled some of SS together to help her with the Unrest portion. Once they were done, we got the rest of Second String together for a quick PR money run.

I called it as night after that to catch up on my rest and I’m feeling very refreshed today. We raid tonight, although I know not what. I’ll fill ya in tomorrow!