Ohtizz in the Subway

7 08 2009
AgentBaba wades ashore from the crashed Shuttle. Click for a larger version.

AgentBaba wades ashore from the crashed Shuttle. Click for a larger version.

Over the past week things have gotten rather intense in RL4, with a major new site design getting started, so our Rubi-Ka involvement has been less than normal.

Our alts AgentBaba and Babaemphee are just about ready to leave Shuttleport Island having acquired upgraded newcomer’s armor, upgraded starter weapons, and their basic nanos, plus a few buffing rings each.

Once all the islands dynas were no longer a challenge to this duo, they  started hunting aliens. The small ones were quite easy, but the first really big one they took on introduced AgentBaba to her first taste of reclaim.

Babaemphee loots a nice alien sword.  Wish Froobs could use this stuff. Click for a larger view.

Babaemphee loots a nice alien sword. Wish Froobs could use this stuff. Click for a larger view.

Babaemphee did manage to finish off the beast and loot a nice looking alien sword. They managed to bring down another large alien and quite a few more smaller ones, netting several different types of alien weapons which apparently Froobs cannot use, even if they can carry them around and trade them.

We logged on to Baba the past night intending to head out to PW Borgs for some more leveling. Things did not work out that way however. We discovered that most of our bags were full and it really was time to hook up with our Trader Tireen and fence the goods. This meant some downtime sorting bags and Googling pieces of unfamiliar loot. Baba likes to use Auno.org mainly for it’s snappy performance and simple GUI.

This latest catch had quite a few weapons in it, mainly a bunch of guns of various types. These were sorted out to a bag in his bank for safe keeping and possible use on alts. There was also a good pile of monster parts that needed conversion to plasma. To give you an idea of the difference between breeds and professions, Baba an atrox enforcer has a hard time converting any plasma over QL 30 while Tireen a solitus trader can easily handle up QL 70. Baba put all the monster parts in several bags and then handed off the whole stack of bags to Babaente our NT.

Babaente, after Baba Logged off, then handed the bags off to Tireen, our trader who is on the same account as Baba, hence they will never meet directly. Tireen then proceeded to convert all the monster parts under QL 70 to plasma, and then headed over the the Newland City Miir shop to trade the loot. After fencing Baba’s loot and handing the credits over to Babaente, Tireen then took Babaente’s, bags of loot and fenced those at the Miir shop. By the time Tireen had completed this and returned the credits to Babaente, and Babaente then hooked up with Baba to give him his credits, a good chunk of the evening was used up.

Nightmares, an NT kiting at the PW Helipad. Click for larger view.

Nightmaress, an NT kiting at the PW Helipad. Click for larger view.

Baba went ahead traveled to Perpetual Wastelands, to get started. When he arrived, there was a rather high level Fixer kiting the Borg out on the main dunes section, so Baba thought to try the small hilly section near the helipad. There was a 150 or so NT there with another player kiting the Borg out from the Base. Baba decided to log off and hopefully when he returns on another night, he will find a clear play field.

With some time still left, we decided to wake up Ohtizz or lowbie Adventurer and level him some in the dungeon. He was around level 13 and we had recently bought him two QL 10 Original Electroqutiums which on paper, have slightly better stats than his enhanced starter pistols. While the Electrocutiums do about 10-15 more points damage, they have two downsides, 1) they use ammo, and 2) they have no specials.

Ohtizz dings 14 in the Subway. Click for larger view.

Ohtizz dings 14 in the Subway. Click for larger view.

Having outgrown most of the mobs in the south portion of the subway, Ohtizz started heading north toward the area where the strikers congregate. After polishing off a pair of Shades, he ran into a striker in the next hall, and just when it was down to about 10% health, the Electrocutiums ran out of ammo. At first there was great confusion and rending of hair, until it was figured out that both guns were empty. It could have been a dire situation. No ammo, a long distance with many no-so-gray mobs between him and the closest vendor, and even if he did somehow make it, he was out of credits too. He had used all his credits to buy around 7 backpacks for loot recently.

He switched back to his starter weapons from his backpack and started working on the strikers,androids, and robots in the striker area. He managed to level up to 14 and took some time to allocate out his new IP points. While doing this in the subway station area, some less than considerate lowbie trained a mugger to him. Ohtizz could not quite figure that one out. What was somebody who could not handle a mugger doing this deep in the subway to begin with he though? After dispatching the mugger and completing his IP allocations, he headed back to the architect/strikers area and started leveling again.

Baba had told him tales of how when Baba had been at level 14 and at the same location, Baba had gotten wiped because the striker/architects in that area are social, if you attack one, 3 or 4 will swarm onto you. Poor Baba had not yet learned how to use his health stims in combat, and was quickly overwhelmed. For Ohtizz, 4 striker/architects was no problem. Any time his health got down to 75% he would stop to do a Adventurer self heal, and sometimes follow that up with a health stim. Of course there was also a massive difference between their evades settings. Baba had been following advice that Enforcers don’t need evades and had put very little if any points into them at this stage, resulting him him always taking alot of damage, much more than his limited ability to use health stims could keep up with.

This is where players should start, standing on top of the downed shuttle. Click for larger View.

This is where players should start, standing on top of the downed shuttle. Click for larger View.

Where Baba always took a steady stream of damage, Ohtizz’s combat log reads the opposite with line after line of the Addy doing damage sprinkled with an occasional taking of damage. After shooting to pieces that whole end of the subway for the better part of an hour, Ohtizz found a Construction sleeve off one of the architects. It is of little use to him, so it was more of a curiosity to see it drop. Ohtizz also can report that the loot tables for the subway mobs seem to have been modified. Almost all the mobs seem to drop copious amounts of the Froob tee shirts now. He must have 15-20 by now, plus several Vagabond cloaks for future lowbies. Ohtizz stayed out of the main architects room, the one that leads up to the bridge section. He plans to enter there either with a team, or after he gets a few more levels under his belt.

Previously Ohtizz had used some down time to do some research on pistols. He ran into the AO grognard heaven when he did. AO has tons of garbage weapons that drop from mobs and are for sale in the vending machines. Almost all of them are useless, i.e. worse than the starter weapons while often have higher requirements. Ohtizz spent some time looking up weapons under QL 20 and apart from expansion items, found very little that he can hope to have access to at this point. The best he can hope for is to be able to buy something when he gets to level 70 and can make steady credits at Foreman’s. The kind of credits that will buy a halfway decent weapon. He had noticed the Electrocutiums in this search. However after using them briefly he decided to go back to and stay with his starter guns for a while. They don’t require ammo, and they do decent damage after the special (fling shot) is factored in. They will continue to be viable for a while as his firing rate speed increases as he levels.

Ohtizz In the Subway

Over the past week things have gotten rather intense in RL4, with a major new
site design getting started, so our Rubi-Ka involvement has been less than normal.
Our alts AgentBaba and Babaemphee are just about ready to leave Shuttleport Island having acquired upgraded newcomer’s armor, upgraded starter weapons, and their basic nanos, plus a few buffing rings each.  Once all the islands dynas no longer presented a challenge this duo, as a team started hunting aliens.  The small ones were quite easy, but the first really big one they took on introduced AgentBaba to her first taste of reclaim, although Babaemphee did manage to finish off the beast and loot a nice looking alien sword.  They managed to bring down another large alien and quite a few more smaller ones, netting several different types of alien weapons which apparently Froobs cannot use, even if they can carry them around and trade them.

We logged on to Baba the past night intending to head out to PW Borgs for some more leveling.  Things did not work out that way however.  We discovered that most of our bags were full and it really was time to hook up with our Trader Tireen and fence the goods.  This meant some downtime sorting bags and Googling pieces of unfamiliar loot.  Baba likes to use Auno.org mainly for it’s snappy performance and simple GUI.  This latest catch had quite a few weapons in it, mainly a bunch of guns of various types.  These were sorted out to a bag in his bank for safe keeping and possible use on alts.  There was also a good pile of monster parts that needed conversion to plasma.  To give you an idea of the difference between breeds and professions,  Baba an atrox enforcer has a hard time converting any plasma over QL 30 while Tireen a solitus trader can easily handle up QL 70.  Baba put all the monster parts in several bags and then handed off the whole stack of bags to Babaente our NT.

Babaente, after Baba Logged off, then handed the bags off to Tireen, our trader who is on the same account as Baba, hence they will never meet directly.  Tireen then proceeded to convert all the monster parts under QL 70 to plasma, and then headed over the the Newland City Miir shop to trade the loot.  After fencing Baba’s loot and handing the credits over to Babaente, Tireen then took Babaente’s, bags of loot and fenced those at the Miir shop.   By the time Tireen had completed this and returned the credits to Babaente, and Babaente then hooked up with Baba to give him his credits, a good chunk of the evening was used up.

Baba went ahead traveled to Perpetual Wastelands, to get started.  When he arrived, there was a rather high level Fixer kiting the Borg out on the main dunes section, so Baba thought to try the small hilly section near the helipad.  There was a 150 or so NT there with another player kiting the Borg out from the Base.  Baba decided to log off and hopefully when he returns on another night, he will find a clear play field.

With some time still left, we decided to wake up Ohtizz or lowbie Adventurer and level him some in the dungeon.  He was around level 13 and we had recently bought him two QL 10 Original Electroqutiums which on paper, have slightly better stats than his enhanced starter pistols.  While the Electrocutiums do about 10-15 more points damage, they have two downsides, 1) they use ammo, and 2) they have no specials.

Having outgrown most of the mobs in the south portion of the subway, Ohtizz started heading north toward the area where the strikers congregate.  After polishing off a pair of Shades, he ran into a striker in the next hall, and just when it was down to about 10% health, the Electrocutiums ran out of ammo.  At first there was great confusion and rending of hair, until it was figured out that both guns were empty.  It could have been a dire situation.  No ammo, a long distance with many no-so-gray mobs between him and the closest vendor, and even if he did somehow make it, he was out of credits too.  He had used all his credits to buy around 7 backpacks for loot recently.

He switched back to his starter weapons from his  backpack and started working on the strikers,androids, and robots in the striker area.  He managed to level up to 14 and took some time to allocate out his new IP points.  While doing this in the subway station area, some less than considerate lowbie trained a mugger to him.  Ohtizz could not quite figure that one out.  What was somebody who could not handle a mugger doing this deep in the subway to begin with he though?  After dispatching the mugger and completing his IP allocations, he headed back to the architect/strikers area and started leveling again.

Baba had told him tales of how when Baba had been at level 14 and at the same location, Baba had gotten wiped because the striker/architects in that area are social, if you attack one, 3 or 4 will swarm onto you.  Poor Baba had not yet learned how to use his health stims in combat, and was quickly overwhelmed.  For Ohtizz, 4 striker/architects was no problem.   Any time his health got down to 75% he would stop to do a Adventurer self heal, and sometimes follow that up with a health stim. Of course there was also a massive difference between their evades settings.  Baba had been following advice that Enforcers don’t need evades and had put very little if any points into them at this stage, resulting him him always taking alot of damage, much more than his limited ability to use health stims could keep up with.

Where Baba always took a steady stream of damage, Ohtizz’s combat log reads
the opposite with line after line of the Addy doing damage sprinkled with an occasional taking of damage.  After shooting to pieces that whole end of the subway for the better part of an hour, Ohtizz found a Construction sleeve off one of the architects.  It is of little use to him, so it was more of a curiosity to see it drop.  Ohtizz also can report that the loot tables for the subway mobs seem to have been modified.  Almost all the mobs seem to drop copious amounts of the Froob tee shirts now.  He must have 15-20 by now, plus several Vagabond cloaks for future lowbies.  Ohtizz stayed out of the main architects room, the one that leads up to the bridge section.  He plans to enter there either with a team, or after he gets a few more levels under his belt.

Previously Ohtizz had used some down time to do some research on pistols.  He ran into the AO grognard heaven when he did.  AO has tons of garbage weapons that drop from mobs and are for sale in the vending machines.  Almost all of them are useless, i.e. worse than the starter weapons while often have higher requirements.   Ohtizz spent some time looking up weapons under QL 20 and apart from expansion items, found very little that he can hope to have access to at this point.  The best he can hope for is to be able to buy something when he gets to level 70 and can make steady credits at Foreman’s. The kind of credits that will buy a halfway decent weapon.  He had noticed the Electrocutiums in this search.  However after using them briefly he decided to go back to and stay with his starter guns for a while.  They don’t require ammo, and they do decent damage after the special (fling shot) is factored in.   They will continue to be viable for a while as his firing rate speed increases as he levels.

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