Team mission change of pace

17 08 2008
Standing around Broken Shores, great place to run missions.

Standing around Broken Shores, great place to run missions. Click for full size version.

Saturday afternoon found Baba wandering around Mort and Perpetual Wastelands. He had heard that PW was the next logical place to go for Borgs that are higher in level than those in Mort. After this past Saturday afternoon, this needs to be clarified. Some of the Borgs in PW are of a higher level. Many are actually lower level, but even though they may only be 100 to 120 ish, they do seem to consistently drop like level Miy’s armor. The high level Borg in PW are so high they don’t have a level number, just ‘much higher than you’ etc. They give around 140k XP so they are definitely worth it; however there is just one problem. The higher level Borgs tend to stay in the most secure Borg areas, surrounded by other Borg that may or may not be as high, but are numerous. Couple this with the fact that PW has an insanely high map reading requirement, (700) it is very difficult to hunt them without a mini-map showing the position of all Borg in the vicinity.

After filling 5 bags of loot off the lower level ones in the town just south of the ‘Borg hideout’ and the mining facility Baba logged off for the afternoon.

When he returned in the evening, on a hunch he used the insurance terminal in Newland City, rather than wait to use the one at Sentinels. It would have been more logical to use the Sentinels one, since he was heading for PW, and the Sentinels reclaim would be the closest clan reclaim to PW. His hunch told him to save in Newland City.

Baba returned later that evening and started pulling Borg out the north gate of the Borg hideout. He was doing very well until he started having to go deeper into the base to find the higher level Borg, and without the aid of the mini-map, rounded a corner and was face to face with 3 high level Borg. Earlier in the day he was able to survive a similar match with 3 low level Borg. This match did not go well, and Baba was only able to fell one before the other two sent him back to reclaim.

When he rezzed in his Yalm at the Newland reclaim, (the one on the hill overlooking the east end of the town) he spotted Puppyhugger (title 4 female adventurer) also rezzing at the same spot. They had been playing chat and email tag, but up until tonight had never really had a chance to meet in person. Puppyhugger is now working on the 1k token board and had been running a mission when she got sent to reclaim. (Puppy is one of Esdian’s many alts. Check out her excellent web log where she recounts a recent Froob test server RK1 and 2 combined raid. Baba looks forward to hitting title 5 and getting in on these efforts.)

Puppyhugger and Baba decided to run a team mission in the 137-139ish range, and were soon buffing up in a mission entrance in Broken Shores. It was really Baba’s first time running a mission with a player within his own range. Previously he had only done team missions with a few very high level org mates, so there had always been plenty of back up firepower if needed.

Buffed and in big cat and wolf morphs, they started the mission. The mission went rather well considering there were only two on the team. The mobs were humans another thing Baba is somewhat unfamiliar with. When he rolls missions solo, he always goes for non-human mobs. Being a melee fighter, it’s better to fight melee mobs or Borgs. When he does encounter human types, he had never before run into MPs, or engineers with pets. Baba is not complaining, just outlining how the experience was new for him.

Fortunately they got through the mission without any super mistakes, although Baba did run in before properly reconning a room/hallway with two floating sentry driods, and Baba had to do the fly quick back from reclaim maneuver. Later in the mission the team handled a much trickier situation. There were 3 sentry droids, and several mobs in a square shaped or O shaped hall. We were able to taunt the moving mobs one at a time away from the sentries, and then successfully took out the sentries one by one.

Puppyhugger demonstrated how adventurer’s have some of every profession in their toolkit, providing speed buffs, heals, and plenty of damage. At another point about mid way through the mission, the team got separated briefly and Baba mis-interpreted his mini-map and ran into a room with 3 mobs all close together, mistaking one of the mobs for Puppyhugger. Lucky for Baba, the mobs were only some squishy ninjas, but he might not have made past that point if Puppyhugger had not bailed him out eventually.

When they reached the final Boss room, Baba did not survive the first try, and Puppyhugger was able to retreat to the previous level to wait for Baba to return. After they successfully took down the other mob in the boss room, they healed up and then attacked the final boss. Unfortunately it was Puppyhugger’s turn this time to visit reclaim. They had beaten the boss down enough that Baba was able to outlast it. He opened the corpse for the loot and was greeted with a nice list of 130-ish goodies, mostly good shop food, but no rare items. Baba thought he would hold it open so his teammate could have first pick, but it vanished before they were able to return. Baba had thought that all mobs were on a 20 minute timer before they vanish, but apparently not. Since the main purpose in the first place had been tokens for Puppyhugger, the mission was still a win. Once Puppyhugger returned and completed the mission (fix something, or put something in something etc.) they did get their tokens.

If you have a chance to team with Puppyhugger, be sure to do so, she is great player and team mate.

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