Styling and Nuking

8 06 2009
Babaoroodys more traditional look, click for larger view.

Babaoroody's more traditional look, click for larger view.

Baba stayed in Sunday, his pride still smarting from his noob like actions the day before in a Perpetual Wastelands Borg Team with several org-mates from Angels of the Night.  There’s an old saying that if you want to build up your confidence, wear some nice clothes.  Armor-wise, Baba always wears his best, but what he wears in his social tab is something else.  For some time now, Baba has been sporting a garish white and blue zebra striped jumpsuit with his red Albrecht tank armor.  His real armor, hidden by his social items, is an eclectic mix of found/looted Miy’s of various flavors, and various colors.  He was not happy with that patchwork look and had chosen the jumpsuit to cover the drabness of the mainly dark colored pieces.  After rummaging in his bank inventory for sometime, he came up with a redish looking pair of Flowers pants, some gold gloves and forearm guards, with like colored short sleeves to show off his still impressive biceps.

While Baba was staying in, Babaente and Tireen were out running team missions for tokens.  Both leveled during the day, with Tireen hitting 70, and Babaente hitting 69.  It has been one of those long dry spells for Babaente in terms of getting new Nukes.  The last time she was able to go a step up in her single and area of effect Nukes was before level 60. As the mobs kept getting stronger with each new level, the Nukes got less effective.

NT’s are blessed or cursed depending on the situation, with a huge selection of Nukes.  It’s like having a gun that has an ammo selection switch that allows you to instantly start firing the perfect type of damage ammo suited for the opponents weakest armor types.  The Nukes cover just about every damage type there is.  We have to admit that so far we have not found a way to quickly determine the best damage type to use for each mob.  Babaente has thought of filtering and sorting known armor types for thier weak points, and then try and identify where possible the type of armor used by known mob types.

Until she has something more to go on, she had Tireen make a buying trip to Omni Trade to pick up the next step up area of effect Nuke Limited Scrapnel Spray, which according to      Ramorak’s nuke tables, should give her about 6,700 damage points in your typical 30 second mission clash.  This is roughly 1,000 more that the Plasma Swirl AOE she had been using.

Meetmedere, from directly above, click for larger view.

Meetmedere, from directly above, click for larger view.

Next they pulled 3 missions, all in Newland Dessert, with on at the Rhinocockpit and 2 in Meetmedere, almost door to door.  They came across several rooms with multiple chests and/or barrels which alas, yielded nothing Uber.  The new AOE nuke proved a big improvement whenever they had to fight more than one mob at a time.  Fortunately, all three Bosses were nothing special and were found in mostly spacious rooms.

By the end of the 3 missions, they had increased their token counts by 9 each.  When they got back to Newland City, they sat atop the Miir shop to people watch for a while.  Targeting individuals as they pass below and hitting shift right click brings up the basic identifying information. They usually try the info pages link to the person’s equipment layout, but it seems quite a few players disable this feature so as to keep their AC holes a secret from potential PvP contenders.

3 things to open, click for larger view.

3 things to open, click for larger view.

When the inspected toon turns out to be level 150 or above, our pair likes to also then do a !whois command to one of the games bots, like AOFroobs (/tell AOFroobs whois xyzperson) to get more information such as the players history.  It is interesting to see that on average the higher the level, the longer the person has played.  It seems to be a geometric kind of increase.  Where many players show fast progress from 1 to 50, 60 to 110 seem to take a bit longer, and then the period from 120 to the 200’s seems to require many months and for some years.

Many of the most popular game titles yield little more than a few days or a few weeks of game play.  Anarchy Online offers a truly outstanding extended game-play that can last many years.

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Gold from Shop Food

2 11 2008
Treasure Chest, source of team mission loot.

Treasure Chest, one source of team mission loot.

Part of the depth and richness of Anarchy Online is the vast array of items that one comes across when looting mobs.  Whether it be dynacamps, team missions, solo missions or dungeons, AO mobs drop thousands of different items.  The huge main body of the items seems to be useless for anything other than Shop Food.  While everyone dreams of the big Phatz drop, grid armor, nullity sphere, etc.,  is seems most of the time, loot is junk.  One line of loot that appears fairly frequently in lowbie mobs is that of the Boosted Grafts.  At first glance these are items that are worn like armor, but give buffs for various profession specific nano buffs.

Many nubies immediately shop food these if they are not for their profession.  What many nubies are not aware of is that these items may be hacked so that they may be used by any profession.  Hacking Boosted Grafts involves using a hacking tool.  Once a boosted graft is hacked it becomes a Hacked Boosted Graft that can be used by anyone.

Once you collect a few from mission loot or mission rewards, the next step is to decide if they are something you can use or if you will want to sell it.  Look closely at the hacked boosted graft to see what skill it locks, usually for 30 minutes or more.  If your luck the skill is one you don’t use to cast important nanos.  Some boosted grafts lock key skills like Time and Space.  The normally soldier Partial Harmonic Cocoon in hacked boosted graft form, locks time and space.  This means that an NT or Trader using it, will not be able to use their first aid and nano rechargers while time and space is locked.  This is not very practical.   While some other skills can be done without, especially if the boost is used for a Boss fight, the locking of Time and Space, prevents one from using health and nano rechargers.

Tireen is especially happy with her most recent hacked boosted graft for Blood Circle.  She has found it most useful for Boss rooms, because of the +1 increase to her heal delta.  She has found that while the heal data only lasts for about 10 minutes, it is enough time to provide an edged when taking heavy damage in a Boss room.  Heavy damage in a Boss room usually means, that all the mobs in the room have attacked.

Tireen shows off her new Triple Ribbons of Battle.

Tireen shows off her new Triple Ribbons of Battle.

Babaente and Tireen ran a number of team missions over this past weekend.  Babaente dinged twice reaching 58 and Tireen dinged up to 55.  Tireen also collected her 60th token, and upgraded her token board to Triple Ribbons of Battle which give +200 Health, +150 nano and +1% experience.  Babaente finished up Saturday evening with 57 tokens, just 3 shy for his 60 token board.  Their Rubi-Ka bank accounts have seen health increases from the team mission loot found while earning tokens.  They are averaging about 70,000 credits per mission each.

An advantage of pulling missions with mainly human type mobs is that they sometimes drop First Aid and Nano rechargers of the same quality as the mission.  Ever since Babaente and Tireen have been running team missions, they  have not had to buy any First Aid or nano rechargers.

Another boosted graft they found this past weekend was a sparrow flight graft.  This was put into a bank for safekeeping and eventual gift to future alts.  While it takes time for starting out toons to raise the 5-8 million credits needed and actually finding a low quality level Yalmaha, new toons can benefit from having Sparrow Flight, which even though it only flies a few feet off the ground, does have a fast speed, easing the nubi’s travel burden between far-flung missions.

Tireen is currently sporting a quality level 86 Vektor ND Lizard, now and getting 1050 critical hits.  Despite this, she tried a visit to the temple of the three winds a few levels back, and got sent back to reclaim by the Defender of Three.  For a solo squishy like Tireen, the DOT’s massive fire damage is pretty hard to stand up to, even while dishing out 1k critical hits in return.  We are still hesitant towards trying to dual log our pair in the temple.  Too many variables that can not be controlled, such that, when things go bad there, they tend to go down hill quickly.  It is looking like we won’t see Tireen back at the temple until she is a level locked 59 or 60 and solely to get one of those Exarch robes.

We have had good luck selling hbg’s via sloob guildmates in game shops.    Which brings us to our froob rant of the week.  Funcom, please, please, please, allow froobs to have access to the player shops.  There has got to be a way to do it programming wise, and it would benefit all players by invigorating a moribund market.  If Funcom wants to keep AO going, then this is one step that would not cost them anything, would require little if any development time, and again would benefit all players, froob and sloob.  Not being able to sell a great deal of a froobs loot is incredibly frustrating.