Happiness is a full tank

28 08 2008
Baba sports his new Albrecht Tank Armor

Baba sports his new Albrecht Tank Armor

Sometimes Rubi-Ka can be like one of those 80’s country tunes “one step forward and two steps back.” Baba set out Tuesday evening to accomplish a few tasks, nothing momentous, just needed. One task was to try re-arranging his hot bars. Another was to try and purchase a better back item.

He had been playing AFK tells for a week or so with a toon who had a Albrecht tank armor for sale in his thegms shop. Being a froob, this represents a considerable challenge, since froobs can not use the automated player vending machines, so to buy something, it has to be done face to face.

Sometimes it is difficult to connect, and some players do not keep their thegms shops up to date, so one is often chasing something that has already been sold. Lastly there is the human factor. People change their minds, or no longer feel it is worth their time to complete the transaction.

One would think that giving froobs access to the function of the automated player vending machines would improve the in game economy for everyone.

After a couple of weeks to trying to connect with the first Alby seller, who stopped responding to Baba’s tells, Baba took him off his buddy list and decided to look elsewhere. Rather than try thegms shop roulette again, Baba turned to Aofroobs.com and posted a WTB (want to buy) in the Rimor Requests Forums.

That evening, after logging in, Baba went to OA grid hoping to find his seller there. After a while passed Baba remembered to actually look up the seller with a whois command, and saw that the seller was omni, so would not be likely to be hanging around OA.

Meanwhile, an enforcer approached and politely asked Baba for a behe buff. Baba stood up to give him his Essence of Titan, however, he forgot he had rearranged his hot bar a little while ago, and instead of hitting essence, he hit mongo. Baba never realized until then that mongos will aggro the guards in clan cities. So before he could do anything else the closest guard sent him to reclaim.

After returning from reclaim, Baba tried to cast the essence again, but this time it would not cast. Again, it took him several minutes to realize his nano was too low, and it had not been recharged properly because, three guesses, he had moved the hot key.

Baba then moved to Borealis grid, and tried to send a tell to his seller. Great embarrassment ensured when he realized he sent the tell to his guild channel, and not his seller. There is no excuse for this one. Baba wishes it was just one, as he seems to do this almost nightly now. He keeps sending his tells to the wrong channel.

Finally a ray of light in Baba’s evening his seller showed up and made Baba a fair deal of a nice QL 157 Albrecht Tank armor. It did give Baba a decent 200 increase in AC’s, and some more nano space. It has a less severe nano cost multiplier than the medium tank Baba was using. The only downside is that the runspeed penalty is a few points higher. Thanks go out to The_Brinkman and his toon Amtrack for selling Baba the good looking Alb and kudos to DocJones for also making an offer in the forum.

It does look smart! Baba took some time to take a few pictures, as getting ones first proper/full tank armor is an Enforcer milestone. Next Baba wanted to try it out, so it was off to Perpetual Wastelands and the dune Borg. When Baba arrived he had the place to himself. He quickly found that although the new armor has a roughly 50% AC increase, he still has to treat Borg with respect. The first pull went badly, bringing two Borg at once. Both Borg got lucky and landed crits early which sent Baba’s health well below the 50% point. He was able to outlast them, which would not have happened with the old medium tank armor. Every time he had been down to 50% early on with 2 Borg previously, it has ended badly. Baba soon found that unless the Borg get lucky, the new armor piece does improve things and after about 45 minutes of Borg hunting, he figures he used fewer health and first aid kits.

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