Baba Heads Out to Sentinels

1 06 2009
Baba waves HI from Newland City

Baba waves HI from Newland City

Babaoroody, a level 131 froob enforcer, sat in his apartment with his eyes closed listening to the synthetic sea shore audio that always soothed him. Yes, it was definitely time to shake up these old and many times fractured bones and get them back into action. Somethings in RL had required his absence from Rubi-Ka, and he knew all to well how much he had probably forgotten. The cool down times for all his nanos, the best moves and combos in combat would all come back, but he really did not want to embarrass himself in front of others while re-learning them so he was trying to think of an appropriate venue to take this outing.

There was a time when his reflexes placed him as a serious contender, and his strength and stamina were solid. Years of battles, small and large, quick and fast or drawn out endurance marathons had taken their toll. There was not one part of his body that did not display the curious scar designs left there by fate and his many foes, most of which were deceased, and a few who still lived, but now carried signs of Baba’s work on their bodies. The battlefield favors the young. What does the Enforcer do when they leave youth behind? There is always treachery and experience that can be leveraged to defeat the young and fast.

When the steel apartment door slammed shut behind him, he let his musings fade out and he concentrated on navigating his 6 foot plus hulk in the direction of the grid entrance just outside of Newland City. He exited the city through the west gate and noted there were seven or eight guards on duty, twice the normal number. As he passed the shiny upscale flyer lot on the lake to his right and the Battle Station terminal on his left, he took in the group of 16 or so toons waiting to take part in BS. (Battle Station).

Sentinels (click for larger view)

Sentinels (click for larger view)

He made his way in the grid to the Sentinels exit and found himself suddenly deafened by one of those howling dust storms Mort is know for. Through the dust he could just make out 3 buildings, graduated in size much like the items in the house of the 3 little bears.

For those with out Grid access yet, Sentinels is in the Mort region and can be found just down the hill a bit from the outpost that sits near the northeast rim of the largest Mort crater.

Baba started with the smallest brown building. Inside it is laid out like a typical brown interior mission and featured level 115ish Rhinomen, Medusas, Entwined soldiers, and Bileswarms.

The second Entwined soldier he came across dropped a +100 run-speed Ring of Haste. Baba could not pick it up because he was already wearing one he had gotten off a Medusa months ago. Babaente, Baba’s NT alt would love to have one, so she hopped in her yalm and tried to make it there from Newland City before the corpse faded.

Ring of Haste, +100 run speed, NODROP

Ring of Haste, +100 run speed, NODROP

She might have made it, via the grid, but when she got to the Sentinels exit, it would not accept her. She had forgotten that the Sentinels grid exit has one of the highest computer literacy requirements on the planet of 461. She tried to fly from Meetemedere to Sentinels, but she was only half way there when Baba reported that the soldier had vanished. Even though she was disappointed, she now knew where to go to try and find her own Ring of Haste once she can handle level 115 mobs.

Baba finished clearing out the first building and proceeded to the next, which was the middle sized building. It held 140ish Aquans, Grunts, Human NPC’s and Penpods. By now Baba was pretty much re-acquainted with his hot bar layout and combos, so he had not trouble with any of these mobs.

After clearing the middle sized building out, Baba entered the final and tallest building houses which housed 150ish Cyborgs and Humans.

Baba at Sentinels (click for larger version)

Baba at Sentinels (click for larger version)

These mobs definitely meant business and Baba had to start using his Challenger and Mongo nanos to finish these mobs off. By the time he was finished he had accomplished what he had set off to do when he had marched out of his Apartment back in Newland City, and that was to re-familiarize himself with all his old moves and nanos. He came away with roughly 2 bags of loot plus change. The loot included several Miy’s armor pieces. He was also glad he had found a location for Babaente and future alts to look for the very useful Ring of Haste.

Doublesun Token Board, last of the token only boards.

Doublesun Token Board, last of the token only boards.

On the trip back to Newland City, he thought about what to do next. He checked his token bar and realized he had forgotten that he had already filled it to the Double Sun level. While there are several levels left to go, these are special levels that require completing high level quests or raids, rather than merely collecting tokens.’s page on token boards lists the higher boards and each boards page gives information on what is required to obtain them.

As he entered his Newland Apartment he thought about perhaps making his next outing to Perpetual Wastelands Borgs.


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 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.