Baba Has Moved

7 04 2012
Babacratus in Shadowlands

Babacratus in Shadowlands

Baba is back, now exploring Shadowlands and other off Ruby-Ka worlds through a new Bureaucrat named Babacratus as reported at Baba’s Anarchy Online Adventures at


Baba has Wandered Off Again…

4 04 2011

Baba and company are in extended suspended animation which may last for a considerable time…

Samples and Hacking

25 10 2010
Baba's Halloween Outfit 2009

Baba's Halloween Outfit 2009, click for full view

Babaengy, Babaemphee and Tireen returned to the mutant caves to collect the bio-samples that are required by the next part of the “Collar of Amplification Quest”.  To save time, (i.e. only one trip to Ace Starr) Tireen would grab the three samples prior to talking with Starr, and then after getting the mission, she would hand them in and complete the mission.  Babaengy and Babaemphee have already collected the three pieces each during their many trips so far to the Delta section.

The samples required are: Pulmonary from Bio-Constructs, Cardiac from Shadows, and Liver from Vindicators.

As a side objective they would also try and reach the final section of the caves to get a Beta clearance tag for Tireen off the bodyguards there.

The run down there was fairly uneventful, save for some tool who  trained a blaster beetle from the hanger on to them while they were rebuffing in one of the rooms just outside the hanger.

The rest of the trek went well and Tireen was able to collect the three pieces she needed.  The caught up with another team by the time they hit the last section with the bodyguards and bio-constructs which helped as the bio-constructs in that area are rather close together and it is hard to avoid having to fight more than one at a time.

Tireen managed to grab a Beta clearance tag off on of the bodyguards and with some RL4 issues pressing they decided to use her Trader’s grid warp to leave, rather than fight their way out, or fight forward to the next golf ball and emergency exit.  This later required them to fly back out from Bliss, but hopefully they will not have to do that too many more times.

Gathering Next to Ace Starr

Gathering Next to Ace Starr

The next day they flew to meet with Starr, and each one in turn first talked to him to get the samples mission individually, and then again each one talked to him to hand in the samples and getting their rewards.  Tireen’s reward brought her close to dinging 79.  The then talked to Starr again and got the computer hacking mission.

Starr gives the person taking the mission a small hacking device and instructions on how to obtain some secret data on green slips from the terminals found in the computer core.  They fought their way through the mutant caves, and Tireen’s extra shotgun damage really did help make things go faster, however, her being quite a few levels below them, and having skimped on her body development, the have to stop often to give the heal pet a chance to top her off or in bad cases, use some of her own health kits.

When they reached the computer core, there was another small team there, which appeared to be doing the same thing.  Babaengy, Babaemphee, and Tireen took on clearing the west end of the room and then they each took their turn hacking one of the terminals closest to the entrance.  They all were successful in getting the needed green documents, so they only had to jog back to the emergency exit, and return to Ace Starr and give him the documents to complete the mission.  In their haste, Tireen forgot to loot the bodyguards for a Gamma clearance tag.

Bigger Shotgun for Tireen, QL 122 Vektor

Bigger Shotgun for Tireen, QL 122 Vektor

When they did complete the mission, it had no effect on Babaengy and Babaemphee as they have experience turned off (because they are level 100), but Tireen got her next ding (79).  She was excited after allocating out her new IP points as she would be able to equip a higher quality shotgun. Her current gun as QL109. First she had to check the ‘Baba’ group inventory database () to find that they had a QL 122 Vektor Shotgun on one of their mules named Babtrice.  After she retrieved the shotgun, she visited the nearest backyard to drain up of some low mobs which then allowed her to equip the new gun. With shotgun expertise running, she is just barely out of being over equipped with this new weapon.

The next day they returned to Biomare, but bypassed Starr.  He only has one more quest to give out, and that is the final one in the ‘Collar of Amplification’ quest which is to kill the Lab Director.  They did not want to take this until Tireen has Gamma Clearance and she has her own recapture beacon.  This way they can either camp safely at the end of Gamma section, or get there using the warp if they have to leave or get sent to reclaim.

Chillin in Bliss, Closest Reclaim for Clan.

Chillin in Bliss, Closest Reclaim for Clan.

The headed straight for the computer core specifically to let Tireen grab a Gamma clearance tag.  When they reached the narrow Vindicator section, they were caught behind a team consisting of a lowbie and an engineer with Mochams who had cast a Slayerdroid.  These two toons preferred to let the Slayerdriod do all the fighting, and while it looks impressive, by itself, it takes much longer to kill the vindicators than it takes TEAM PETS. They had very slowly advanced to the middle section of the ravine and the Slayerdroid was fighting the last vindicator by the bridge, when one of the vindicators just behind them respawned and attacked Tireen.  The team was focused on watching the Slayerdroid ahead, and did not notice Tireen was in trouble until it was too late.  Babaengy and Babaemphee ran back to the previous golf ball and took the emergency exit.  Since they have their Gamma clearance, they did not have to fight their way back.  Tireen soon rejoined them after a quick flight from Bliss.

This time when they reached the vindicator section, there were no other players around, and the made their way through very methodically.  Babaengy is making good use of his blind/debuff aoe.  In addition to debuffing the tough mobs, he tries to cast his bots short term aggression trim at the same time and then be able to time them together.  The trimmer has no way to know when it is in effect other than trying it and getting an error message saying it is already in use.

Team Pets and Trader Tireen, Relaxing With Gamma Clearance

Team Pets and Trader Tireen, Relaxing With Gamma Clearance

They got to the computer core eventually and after Tireen collected a Gamma clearance tag, they retired to the room just before the golf ball where she swiped her badge and upgraded it to Gamma clearance.  She walked up to one of the respawned bodyguards in that room and was ignored as she wanted.  They then decided to camp there, as their next objective was to get Tireen a recapture beacon.  It had been close when just Babaengy and Babaemphee completed it, so hopefully Tireen’s additional firepower will give them a better margin of victory there.  Once she has that, they may all return to do an Insurance save in Borealis, and then return to Biomare to camp for the Lab Director.

In a few days the Halloween festivities will kick in on Ruby-Ka, and the creepy Uncle Pumpkinheads will most likely return.  They may take a break from Biomare to go hunt Pumpkinheads with Baba with hopes of finding some nice Lya’s gear.   Babemphee is just two points of MC away from equipping a better attack pet and only 10 or so away from the next heal pet.

Naked Lab Director

22 10 2010
Killed Lab Director at base of West Tower, with no Executive Defenders spawning

Killed Lab Director at base of West Tower, with no Executive Defenders spawning

Team Pets have been having a hard time trying to get at the Biomare Lab Director.  This past Thursday, they made the run down to his office, only to have a solo level 78 Crat pass them and beat them to it.  We are not sure if the Crat was victorious or sent back to reclaim.  It appeared that lost as when his dot disappeared there were still several defenders and guard dots to be seen on the mini map.

Babaengy and Babaemphee waited until the area had re-spawned and the made their run.  After taking out the two outside guards, Babaengy waited standing on one of the down ramp platforms at the top of the west tower, while Babaemphee with her pets put on wait by the Engy, ran back and from the open door tagged the director with her main debuff and then high tailed it back to Babaemphee.  Once there she put her pets back on guard her, and the team waited.  The director ran right past them, and landed on the bottom level of the tower.  Babaengy’s attack-bot jumped down after him, but when Babaemphee sent her attack and mezz pet down, they took the long way down the ramp.

Golfball or Security Teleporter?

Golfball or Security Teleporter?

She forgot to sent the heal-pet on the attack pet, but soon the attack pets had the director down to about 25% health, and he had not spawned any defenders.  Babaengy has read in some forums that there is an 80% chance of the defenders spawning.  The director managed to take out Babaemphee’s attack pet, but Babaengy’s bot and a lower level attack pet that Babaemphee could cast without trader Tireen’s wrangle were able to finish him off.  Two of the bodyguards at that level were attracted and Babaengy and Babaemphee jumped down there to help the pets finish them off, so they could still loot the director before his corpse rotted.  This time around he only dropped a single executive order, no CDR.

Floating Building in VW, Seen on a practice run with trader Tireen joining TEAM PETS

Floating Building in VW, Seen on a practice run with trader Tireen joining TEAM PETS

The next day, after some thinking it over, Team Pets decided it would be worth it to do what-ever was needed to bring trader Tireen along.  She brings some healthy damage dealing, but most importantly her wrangle so they can recast top pets if needed.  It took several hours to for them to accompany her through the quests to get her alpha card.  The combination for their high level, max pets and the traders extra damage, made the beginning quests a breeze.

At one point  a tool noob trained about 15 floaters and bloaters on to them when they were getting rebuffed in the room just outside the first sewer section.  That was fun, as it just helped Tireen level faster.  They had no trouble putting that train to rest.

Once they get Tireen her gamma clearance, the team can camp there and not have to put up with the boring 10 minute jog down there from the front door.  They mainly want another CDR for Babaengy, but if things go well, they may all try to complete the full quest line for the collar reward.

Directors Office Backed Up

19 10 2010
Teams Backed Up at Foreman's Director's Office

Teams Backed Up at Foreman's Director's Office

Babaengy and Babaemphee got all pumped, buffed and cast their best pets and made their way down to the Lab Director’s Office in Biomare Monday evening.  There needed to be a peg on the wall in the hallway with a “Take a Number” sign.  There was one team doing the Director, and another that looked to waiting for them to vacate.  The team fighting the director appeared to be a pair similar to Team Pets, except they had been blessed with Mochams and had much higher pets, which had no trouble doing the Director by themselves.

After the first team had killed the director it was obvious they were then going to sit and wait for him to spawn again, so TEAM PETS did a 180 and ran back to the emergency exit and left.  Before leaving Foreman’s they tried an experiment.  They had always wondered if the Engineer’s warp would work within the dungeon.  While it was clearly posted in many forums that Engy warps would not bring some into the dungeon from outside, it was never clear if this also meant that an Engy could not warp a team mate from one section of the dungeon to another.  The short answer is it does not work. They had trader Tireen enter the dungeon and Babaengy then tried to warp her to the hallway around the corner from the receptionist.  The nano cast, but nothing happened.

Odd Bridged Mine Entrance In North Milky Way

Odd Bridged Mine Entrance In North Milky Way

With nothing else to do, TEAM PETS logged off and NT Babaente logged in.  She went exploring Milky Way, Southern Artery Valley, and Stret East Bank.  She did not find much worth kiting.  She found a few 100 to 120 mobs in eastern Stret East Bank. The snakes and vultures were easy to kite, gave about 20k per mob, but not numerous enough.  She found some Anun-Tearers in west Southern Artery Valley, but she must have hit some lag, as although she appeared to be some distance from them, she suddenly got wiped.

The exploring ate up most of her time, so she plans to refresh her acquaintance with AOFroobs and a nice FROOB kiting spots thread there before she goes kite hunting again.

In the mean time, Agent Baba logged in and pulled the ridiculously easy Grid daily.  Click a device at a few different grid locations and get your level!  This brought her to level 40.

Take Out Lab Director – Visit Reclaim

18 10 2010
Lab Director's Office Waiting Area

Lab Director's Office Waiting Area -Note the one toon in the mini map, click to enlarge.

Babaengy and Babaemphee, both now level 100 and pretty much as well implanted and equipped as Babaoroody (level 149) can manage, decided it was time to have their first go at  Biomare’s final boss, the Lab Director.  The good news is that the Lab Director did go down, and Babaengy did get to loot one Custom Desert Reet.  The downside was that the team wiped very soon after the Lab Director went down.

The team enjoyed giving their new Recapture Beacons a work out.  After using a neutral backyard in Borealis to cast pets and buff up in, they then walked out into Borealis proper, and activated their beacons.  In a moment they were just outside the Foreman’s front door.  The ran inside, activated their security clearance badges and made the long jog down to the Director’s Office.  They did find the computer core fully spawned, so they did have to fight their way through that and later two bodyguards in the west tower had to be put away.

As soon as they had hit the Computer Core, Babaengy noticed that his combat chat window was showing that someone was at that moment in a battle with the Lab Director.  They must have been quite seriously twinked toon as Babaengy could only see one white dot in the Director’s Office.  The log at first only showed this player and the Director trading blows.  The mini map showed the guards to be in the room, so they must have been rooted, or stunned or something as they did not show to be attacking the player.  It looked as though the director eventually spawned 3 Executive Defenders.  Once the director must have died, as there were no more entries for the player hitting the director, or the director taking fire damage, the player took down the defenders and the body guards one by one.

By the time Babaengy and Babaemphee had fought their way up to the directors level, the other player was down to only two red dots left.  Babaengy and Babaemphee first took out the two guards outside the doors and then waited at the end of the hall for this mystery player to finish.  The logs show the player was doing melee damage.  The players name was made of up various no alphabet characters, so there Babaoroody could not later figure out how to look him up via whois or  Baba does not have enough to go on to even guess what profession the player is.  One last clue, when the player had killed everything in the office the player just vanished, which means they could have died, logged off, or somehow been warped or meeped out.

While waiting outside the Lab Directors office the team’s reviewed their strategy which was first to take out the two guards at the outside of the office and then try and pull just the Lab Director using a TOTW flame ring. Babaemphee would be waiting back at the corner of the hallway where Babaengy would pull the Director to.  It did not quite work out as planned.

Babaoroody and Babaemphee on a Blitzing Mission

Babaoroody and Babaemphee on a Blitzing Mission -Nice sunrise

Both toons refreshed their attack pets combat nanos, and Babaengy fired off his Area of Effect Blind.  He then snuck up close enough to cause the door to open, and tagged the Lab Director with his flame ring.  Once he could see that the ring hit, he ran back to Babaemphee.   Perhaps he had tarried too long by the door as one of the Bodyguards in the office also ran out after them.  Both Babaengy and Babaemphee unloaded their TOTW Eternal night Rings on the Director and Babaemphee hit him with her main debuff.  They were holding their own with the Director and making good progress on the Director’s health bar, when  two more bodyguards appeared.  They had forgotten that while most of Biomare’s mobs are on 10 minute respawn timers, all of the bodyguards in this final section are on five minute timers.  Then about 30 seconds in to the fight, the Director started spawning the Executive Defenders.

For about another 30 seconds, these seemed to be countered by Babaengy’s AOE blind, causing them to mostly miss.  After about a minute that seemed wear off, and with now four of them spawned, they were rapidly bringing down the teams health.  With some health stim juggling, they managed to hold out long enough to take down the Director, one body guard and one Executive Defender.  Babaengy could see it they were not going to out last the other defenders and bodyguards and with both of their health bars at around 25% and still falling, he quickly made the effort to loot the Lab Director’s corpse to at least make the attempt worthwhile.  The mezz pet was the first to fall, with Babaengy next and then Babaemphee.  Babaengy was still happy back at reclaim as he inspected the Custom Desert Reet and executive order that he had looted.  Note: The loot did not include the “Director’s Identification Card” which only appears directly in your inventory if you are running the specific kill the director mission.

After thinking it over they may try a few things differently next time.  One alternative will be to try the Pets Only approach which is to have only the pets attack the director while the toons hide.  Team pets was leaning toward this approach, but in thinking it more about it, most of the forum posts about taking down the director, were from people running mochams and using top of the line pets.  The lowest bot we have read about surviving solo with the Director was a 176, while Babaengy’s best bot now is 149.

The other alternative is a variation of the original pull the Director plan with a few modifications.  The got into trouble last time by killing the outside guards and then waiting for the other player to finish meant that by the time they did pull the director, the guards were close to popping again.  This time they will wait until they know the Director is there and pull him immediately after taking out the two outside guards.  Babaemphee will do the pulling using her debuff nano, which Babaoroody reports he found a video on the nets that showed an MP doing just that.  Babaengy will wait at the top of the West tower.  This may be far enough away from the office bodyguards and hopefully the bodyguards at the lower level of the tower will not be attracted.  This way they only have to take on the Lab Director and the Executive Defenders.  It may again be a “loot-before-reclaim” try, but hopefully Babaengy will have his second CDR.  Also in preparation both Team Pets toons scoured their banks and re-equipped their fire reflect bracers.  It may only be a few points but they need every point they can get at their current non twinked state.

Mortiggs, Scorpiods and Beacons, Oh My!

16 10 2010


Babaengy's Look at Level 100

Babaengy's Look at Level 100


Babaengy had recently equipped a Disruptive Photon Absorber which sends out an Area of Effect blind for 3 minutes, and he as anxious to try it out.  TEAM PETS debated making another run at Emile Zuduwaza or returning to Biomare to either take on the Director or do the Recapture Beacon mini quest.  They eventually decided to do the Recapture Beacon quest a try, as they figured it would be the most likely to be successful.

The Recapture Beacon Quest has three steps.  The first is to collect one (they are unique) SD Power Core.  These drop from many of the mobs in Biomare, and you should have seen at least one drop by the time you make it to the final section.  The second step is to travel to the East tower, and give the core to the Containment Unit System Droid waiting there.  Once the core has been handed to him, it proceeds to start releasing five Mortiggs, one by one, and after them, two scorpiods.  If you can manage to kill each mob fast enough so you do not have to fight more than one at a time, and you survive them all, the dead Scorpiods will drop Recapture Beacons.  The Transgenic Experiments (the Mortiggs) and the Scorpiods are level 90, however the Mortiggs health bar is much larger of the two.


The Biomare Jog in Progress

The Biomare Jog in Progress, From Front Door to 3rd Golf Ball


When they completed the jog down to the third golf ball they got there just in time to see a pair of tunes taking TIM down.  They then completed buffing up and proceeded to the Computer Core room, and found it occupied by a team that appeared to be farming experience there which meant the way was clear for them.  They decided to try the west tower, as Babengy was not sure if any of his defensive nanos would aggro Rik-Rak.  Previously when they first entered the west tower they were attacked by 3 body guards.  This time there was only two near the first door, and the third was on the other side of the large circular room.  They put away those two guards with no problem and proceeded up the spiral ramp.


Babaemphee's Look at Level 100

Babaemphee's Look at Level 100


Next they had to take down two more bodyguards outside the Director’s office.  The then proceeded to the East tower and ran down to stand next to the droid waiting at the base of the tower, surrounded by 5 red dots encircling the room.  Babaengy and Babaemphee used this situation to re-cast all their short term pet combat buffs, and freshen up any other nanos needing it.  Once everyone was ready, Babaengy gave the power core to the Data Collector droid.  At first nothing happened, but eventually after a minute or so, it started to unlock each of the 5 holding pens that ring the room.  Babaengy made sure to cast his Disruptive Photon Absorber and then the team attacked the first Transgenic Experiment (looks like a Mortigg).  The Mortigg had a health bar quite a bit larger than the Bodyguards, and Babaengy drew his breath at first in awe.  After about 20 seconds, it was clear that the AOE blind was quite effective, as none of TEAM PETS, were taking serious damage.  It was clear that they would prevail against this one, but the question was, would they be able to kill it fast enough so that it would be dead before the droid released the next one.  They just manage to slay each one a few seconds before the next arrived, so there was no chance to pause to heal or rebuff.


Biomare's West Tower, Cleaned of Varmints For Now...

Biomare's West Tower, Cleaned of Varmints For Now...


The two scorpiods did arrive before the last Mortigg went down.  Fortunately TEAM PETS took little to no damage from them, as by not yet attacking them, the blind nano was proving effective at hindering the scorpiods.  The scorpiods seemed to have about half the health of the Mortiggs, but were still formidable since they were released two at a time.  A review of the logs after the battle showed that Babaengy’s Ql146 Flawed Warbot was outdamaged by Babaemhee’s QL139 Superior Frenzy Embodiment by about 60%.

Once the last scorpiod dropped,  Babaengy was quick to loot his Recapture Beacon.  Babaemphee decided to see if she could find one, and did manage to loot one for herself off one of the other dead scorpiods.  Most of the guides out there have been a bit vague about this, and do not say if each scorpiod drops a beacon, or just one.

After they returned to Newland City, the rest of the team logged off, then Babengy headed over to Borealis because he wanted to try this new toy out to see how it worked.  Once in Borealis, he kept his yalm equipped and simply right clicked on the Recapture Beacon. In a few seconds he was hovering in his Yalm just in front of the Foreman’s main doorway.

So he learned that it works with Yalmaha’s equipped, which might be the best way to approach this maneuver, there is still the very dangerous possibility that an omni guard could be waiting in the area just as one zones in.  With the yalm equipped, one can make a fast get-away.  Having proven to himself the utility of this nifty item, he flew out of the Foreman’s base and over to a nearby player city whompa in order to get back to Newland City.

This item will certainly make TEAM PETS remaining outings at Biomare more convenient.  It will also be a boon for any future Biomare twinks.  Now they will be able to meet with trader Tireen in Borealis, cast and buff pets, and then instantly be at Foreman’s front door.  Of course all that remains for them is to take on the Lab Director, mainly for Babaengy who could use the nice CDR pistols.