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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Sentinels not Omni friendly

16 08 2008
Unleashing his mug with the help of the new social tab options.

Unleashing his mug with the help of the new social tab options.

It looks like Baba needs to move on to find a location populated with Borgs of a higher level. Ever since Baba passed level 120, (he was hit 126 on his trip to Mort this past Thursday) he has noticed the experience points earned is starting to slip downward and the loot is getting worse. The first he is certain about, the loot part he is not so sure.

It seems like when he was killing Borg there when he was between levels 90 and 120, Miy’s armor droped on practically every other drop. In the last two nights, after filling 10 bags with loot, only 2 Miy’s pieces were seen. Baba has not heard of this before. His readings have indicated that loot drops are strictly derived from a table of loot and probabilities for each mob. He had never read of the players level entering in to the equation. Either he has missed something previously in his research, the game has been changed, or his conclusion is mistaken.

When Baba had reached filling his leveling experience bar to about 50%, and had 5 full bags of loot, he made a quick trip back to Newland to swap loot with his alt trader Tireen and resupply his med kits. Baba assumed that Tireen would be ablet to buy the advanced health kits at a lower cost than him, even from Newland terminals, but on a hunch he decided to check. The price to Baba in Newland for an advanced health kit that night was 17k. The price for Tireen was 20k. Tireen ran back to Omni trade via the ICC whompa in Newland and found her price there to be 19k. It must be that because Baba’s computer literacy is quite healthy after getting the Double Sun token board boost that it outweights the low level trader advantage. One less reason to use Tireen to buy things at this point.

Sentinels and clanners get along just fine.  Omni need to give them a wide berth.

Sentinels and clanners get along just fine. Neutrals and Omni need to give them a wide berth.

At one point Baba had just finished off a Borg close to the Sentinal guards near the downramp that leads to thier outpost in the center of the crater when a level 90 Omni MP with several pets ran up out of nowhere and asked Baba to team. Baba thought why not, and they took off around the rim counter clockwise. It’s been so long since Baba has teamed at all and especially at Mort, he totally forgot about checking to see if any teammates are omni since the Sentinels will attacke Omni on sight. Perhaps the MP was new to Sentinels and was unaware of this or just how deadly these guards are for as they started to pass the ramp and the Sentinals, the MP did not change course to the far side of the rim. Before Baba could do anything, two Sentinels were attacking the MP. Baba actually had not been closely watching and does not know if the MP attacked them first or if they just got to close to one of the Sentinels.

Baba was at a loss as to what to do next. He was not about to attack the Sentinels. There was no way the two of them stood a chance against two Sentinels. The MP tried ineffectively to mezz or calm either Sentinel by herselft or with her pets, and the Sentinels made short work of her. She removed herself just as quickly from the team, leaving Baba to wonder about what had just transpired. Was he to blame for not taking the time to run a wide path around the Sentinels? Should he have tried to save the MP, even if it was impossible? If he had been teaming with an omni and come accrose omni guards, would he expect the teammate to follow him in attacking the guards?

Perhaps it is a sign to Baba that it is time to move on to better hunting grounds. According to others, the northeast corner of Perpetual Wastelands should be he next stop for Borg hunting. The Borg there are a bit higher in level than the Mort Borgs. Baba has been there a couple of times before in teams, so he is familiar with the area. So PW is Baba’s next stop.