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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Duke Nukem’s 23rd Dream

11 09 2008

Babaente showed up Wednesday evening at the Temple of the Three Winds (TOTW) to find a reasonable looking crowd milling about outside. This made it look like she would be sure to find a team. After inspecting most of the toons there however, odds did not look that good as most were in the upper range allowed there (40-60).

Eventually she did hook up with 3 others, 2 MAs and a fixer. They were already inside, so Babaente had to try to get to them solo. Fortunately she was able to follow several higher level players in through the first hall, which was clear.

She caught up with her team in the start of the L shaped hall on the left. She soon found out that the new nuke she had just acquired, Weak Gravity Collapse, took too long to cast to be useful. It takes roughly 9-12 seconds to cast, which is about the time it takes 2 MAs to take down a low level cultist. Once the reached the bend in the hall, she switched back to using a less powerful, but faster casting damage nano. They proceeded to fight their way to the first big hall where the crossroads are, and were taking their time cleaning it of cultists.

Something came up that required the fixer to log, and as a result, one of the MA’s decided it was time to log also. The lone MA and Babaente were still doing ok taking down single cultist when Babaente got into trouble. They had been running from the west end, empty of cultists to the east end, with the MA in the lead, when a cultist spawned just as Babaente was passing. The MA had ran all the way to the other end of the room, and other cultist were starting to spawn next to Babaente, so she tried to run to where the MA was, but the combined damage from several cultists was too much for her to withstand for long. The MA had engaged one of the slightly higher mobs there, an acolyte, and could not help Babaente. She tried casting her fastest nanos but it was a losing situation, and she was soon back at reclaim.

When she healed and returned there were no toons there within range for her to team with, so after waiting around for a while with no more showing up, she logged off.

Since nothing was going on at the Temple for Babaente, Babaoroody decided to hunt low level Rhinomen for some better armor for Babaente. Close to the Temple of the Three Winds is small 20-80 level Rhinoman camp. The camp is to the south west of the temple just north of a player city in the center of a crater. Baba, spent about a half hour farming Rhinomen there, and came away with 10 or 12 pieces of Rhinoman armor. There were no pieces of low enough quality for Babaente to equip, but quite a few that she could use after she leaves the subway and gets into the upper title 2 range.

Later Babaente did a little research on the net and then did some number crunching. During her last couple of visits to the temple, she had been going on the apparent advice of the nuke tables at auno.org and ramoraks page.

Ramorak's dynamic NT nukes table

Ramoraks dynamic NT nukes table

Where she had made her mistake was taking the tables at face value. The tables present the nukes in a damage per second fashion. This may be useful when evaluating nukes for outdoor combat and kiting. Real life in a dungeon like the Temple is completely different. The nuke with the highest DPS is not the best nuke for a dungeon. To support a team in the temple, the average single mob fight is 10 seconds. This eliminates a few major nukes that take that much or longer to cast. She crunched some numbers to calculate how the nukes perform within 10 seconds by dividing 10 seconds by the cast time, rounding that down to a whole number, and then multiplying that times the average damage for each nuke. This revealed a completely different order for NT nukes that require 177 or less MC to cast. The top nano in this situation is Chilling Stream with 106 damage in 10 seconds, with Abyssal Flames and Condensed Halon Jet coming next.

Auno.org's nuke tables

Auno.orgs nukes table

The best AOE nuke in this situation is the Brief Poison Fog which will do 72 points damage over 10 seconds. Using an AOE nuke may not be advisable in large open areas of the dungeon where it may attract more mobs than needed, but it can be useful in tight small rooms where there are only a few mobs, and then only if they have already been aggroed.

While it is still good to have nukes like Weak Gravity Collapse doing 228 damage average on a single cast. The situations where there is time to take almost 12 seconds to cast are few, at least in dungeon situations. Few team players in the temple will have the patience or motivation to let the NT lead off each attack by having to wait for a `12 second cast. It can still be useful where the NT has the time to lead off an attack with this, since it does not aggro the mob until the damage is done.

NT’s also have allot of flexibility in choosing their damage type to suit the mobs, however this is limited, since most of the time, one has no idea what a particular mobs vulnerabilities are. It can be very useful in PVP where one may have some idea of the AC wholes in each type of armor.