Preparing for The Temple

20 10 2008

The Original Electrocutium

Babaoroody’s alts Babaente and Tireen, reached a major objective recently, they both have reached or passed level 50. Thanks to Babaente’s NT kiting abilities, she completed leveling Tireen to 50 and herself to 54. The last two kiting grounds have been a small ruin with Rhinomen in Varmint Woods, just north east of Majestic Bridge, and then NW Mine in Lush Fields. At Lush Fields they relied on Babaoroody to stop in occasionally and put down any lifebleeders that were in the way. They set the level 50 targets as the level when they would like to give the Temple of the Three Winds their full attention. While there is no level requirement, and it is quite possible for low teen players to do well in teams there, it can be frustrating for low levels because of the train problem there.

By the time a toon is at level 50, they should be immune from most of the trains, with the only exception of trains that include any of the major bosses.

Before they could move their operations to the temple, they both had a few tasks to take care of. Tireen was overdue for a better set of implants, and Babaente’s stats had advanced close enough to equip a Quality Level 67 Carbonum Armor set that is a hand-me-down from Babaoroody. The carb had been a gift to Baba from a Angels of the Night guild mate Renfred.

Tireen spent the better part of Saturday evening buzzing laps around the shops in Omni Trade, collecting her new implant clusters and specifically level 75 basic implants. As always, it seemed to take longer to find the last two pieces, a quality level 75 cluster and a quality level 75 basic head. She obtained the basic clusters from the first machine on the left in the Advanced shop trade rooms. These vending machines feature basic implants where the quality levels are random. She eventually gave up trying to find a 75 basic head and settled for a 74.

Early Sunday morning she delivered them to Babaoroody, who dutifully assembled the implants. Tireen’s concern about the 74 basic head vanished when it was clear that almost every implant Baba assembled was bumped up by one or two levels, such that the 74 ended up being a 76 and most of the others came out 77s. We had forgotten how this happens when assembling implants from scratch, and must confess a lack of understanding as to how it is determined and how to manage it. Tireen was happy however to get the higher quality, her only concern was if the requirements had risen too much for her to equip them.

As we have discussed before, traders have to make several trade offs when trying to use store bought assembled implants, so custom implants seem to always make sense for Tireen.

When she donned her med suit, cast her self generic treatment buff and used the surgery clinic she easily had the required treatment. She did come up a few points short in stamina for 3 of the implants.

Unfortunately Tireen is on the same account as Baba, so he could not provide her with an enforcer’s essence buff for the extra stamina.

This meant it was time to head over to Borealis for a little buff begging. To make it as easy as possible, a few scripts were in order. The first script has her wave, ask “May I please have an Essence buff? :-)” followed by a curtsy. A second script was also created to serve as a follow up. This macro has her say “Thank you very much!” and then bow.

Here are the scripts:

To ask (filename: beges)

/delay 1000
/v May I get an Essence please 🙂
/delay 1000

To thank (filename: thkyu)

/v Thank you very much!
/delay 1000

If you have not used scripts before, these are text files placed in an Anarchy Online scripts folder. To use them in the game, you create a macro for each.

To create the first macro, enter at the command line in a chat window:

/macro beges /beges

After you press enter, a macro button with the name you gave it will appear under your mouse pointer. Move it to a hot bar, and click once to deposit it on the hot bar, where you will be able to activate it in the future by clicking on it. The procedure is the same for the next script macro, just change the script filename in the macro.

Thus prepared Tireen set out for Borealis with the typical enforcer profile clear in her mind. She has always had her best luck on the street in front of the general store entrance just north east of the Omni recruiter and the giant metal dog. It seems to be a place that always has plenty of people milling about. She used her macro and it worked quite well. She got her buff off about the 3rd Enforcer she asked.

With her essence buff running (they generally last over an hour) she headed back to her Newland City backyard, and completed installing the last 3 implants. The main benefit of these QL 77 implants is the healthy bump to her shotgun skill, this time enabling her to finally equip the highest quality standard Vektor ND available, a QL 69 one. The Vektor line continues with the Vektor ND Lizard line that goes into the quality levels above 100. She is now looking forward to using it at the temple where previously the QL 40ish Vektors she toted, had not been very effective against the 30ish level cultists she encountered in the first few halls.

It was Babaente’s turn next. She had made a slight mistake when calculating the buffs she could count on to help her quip the 67 carb. She had mistakenly counted the generic stamina boost as giving her 20 stamina. It was only after that failed, and she checked and found that the generic stamina boost only buffs 12 stamina. The big question was where to get 8 more stamina. The trio checked their inventories, but came up empty for any buffing items to make it up.

It turns out they did overlook a pair of concrete cushions that they had for sale. At quality level 10 they would have easily provided the 8 points of stamina needed. Of course Babaente did not remember the cushions until after she went to Borealis for an Iron Circle buff.

She used a copy of the same macros/scripts Tireen had used and quickly obtained the Iron Circle buff from an helpful doctor (Drcordova, lvl 123 nanomage Omni Doctor). Of course Tireen had to prove her nuube-ness, by not knowing it was a team buff, and being confused when the doc asked her to join his team. Thankfully the doc was gracious about it.

The carb went on then with no problems. It yielded practically double her Armor Class points all around, and gave her a healthy boost to her NCU and max nano.

They also upgraded or added a few new nanos. Tireen added Advanced health funnel, Capable Health haggler, Deprive skills lesser, Skill wrangler commonplace, Strip assests, Sticky ground and elementary delayed health payment. All are fairly well known and welcome with the exception of Sticky ground. So far the low end beginner trader root nanos have been rather dissappointing and weak. She is of course hoping Sticky ground will prove to be more useful.

Babaente added two nanos, Crunch Com nano compressor which will reduce the amount of nano used up when she casts, thereby extending the life of her nano pool. Curtain of Darkness is a progression up of the NT’s basic blinds.


Some Rubi-Ka downtime

21 08 2008

Baba spent most of his time logged on during the past day or two, looking at his complete profile, (skill levels, implants, armor, etc.) with the intent of mapping out his next implant and armor upgrades. Baba’s at level 127 has implants ranging in QL from 126 to 157.

Baba's Armor setup at 127

Baba's armor set at 127, click for the rest.

After some initial calculations, Baba figures that in just a few more levels he should be with a comfortable froob striking distance of some QL 200 implants. This is based on only the most basic health buffs easily available to froobs, the surgery clinic for 100, a Doctors buff 80, his ring of presence 1, a med suit for 86. With one round of laddering treatment implants, at his current level would allow him to equip ql 194 implants, so once Baba adds 6 more points to his treatment skills it will be time start working on the upgrade.

On the armor side, Baba is still getting value out of a full set of QL111 carbonum. Surprisingly, even though he has found lots of Miy’s in the 110 to 200 range, there is very little that he can equip that would present an improvement over his 111 carb. He did switch to a ql130 Miy’s Melee helmet, some ql 127 Rhinoman gloves, and a Miy’s ql 145 ranged breastplate recently. He really doesn’t need the 2HandEdged boost any longer from the Rhinomen gloves, so he will definitely looking for another full set. At this moment he could easily equip some QL 140 carb with not extra buffs. With buffs he could equip up to around 160 and not be over equipped. He is going to wait until after he gets his next set of implants thought as they should up some of the needed skills enough to make a few levels higher difference in the carb.

Baba is pretty confident in contemplating pulling together the materials for the carb and thinks he knows what to expect in trying to find a tradeskiller to put it together. The implants are another story. He is saving all implants he finds over 129 and has a good cache of 150 to 200 ql pieces. He needs to review the information out there regarding stripping implants and bumping up their quality levels. From his initial review of what he has in stock, it may be a long time before he finds all the pieces he needs for a full set.

Tuesday evening, Baba made a Borg hunting expedition again to the dunes in northeast Perpetual Wastelands. The luck of the loot drop tables tonight seemed at first to be against him, as he was getting quite a few Borgs with no loot, or only filled with low quality shop food, and only one or two pieces of Miy’s armor. He did come across two Cyborg waist implants, one of which is very noteworthy as it gives 232 Heath! It is Atrox only, but conflicts with the need to get 2hedged skills from that slot. It could be something to keep in mind for after when IP gets capped, and he could spare the slot.

He had the dunes to himself, and had filled his experience bar to about 50% when he mis-judged a pull and could not fight his way out of 3 tough Borgs. When he returned after reclaim, he patiently worked his way accross the biggest dune a the far northwest corner, eventually clearing it completely of Borg and again filling his experience bar to 50%. After losing that much previously that evening, he decided to return to Newland City and hit the insurance terminal.