The following is an experience of leveling up a non-twinked, non-funded player living off of nothing other than knowledge of the game and naturally occurring loot.
First and foremost, I understand this thread may not be very interesting to many. Honestly I'm doing it moreso just for me as I'm having quite a bit of fun doing it. However I hope that someone new to the game may take the time to absorb some of the info in it and hopefully learn a thing or two and enjoy this great game a little more.
While there are plenty of fantastic "how-to" guides available here for builds of all types, collecting collectibles, static rewards/loot, and all sorts of other stuff, this journal is intended to kind of tie them all together and gradually putting them to practical use, showing actual in-game screenshots and a level-by-level explanation of what my goals and achievements are, along with summarizing the lessons learned in "Newbie Notes" at the end of each level.
Note that the term "Journal" is being used instead of "Guide."
Even after playing DDO for the past 55 some-odd months, I most certainly do not claim to know everything about this game and I'm sure some other vets may (and probably will) point out flaws and make other suggestions. This is why DDO rocks. It has amazing depth and literally thousands of ways to achieve similar results. The following journal documents only one of a thousand different journeys that could happen and each experience will be different for each player.
The intention of this journal is to illustrate (hopefully):
- Inventory and hotbar management
- Acquiring wealth
- Managing and making more efficient use of collectibles
- Deciphering and filtering above-average loot from below-average loot
- Understanding core game mechanics ranging from:
- Recognizing the benefits and/or limits of a character/class
- Armor Class
- Damage Reduction
- Attack bonuses
- Feats (both Free Feats and Selected Feats)
- Using "clickies" and enhancement boosts
- Weapon damage
- Energy resistances
- Recognizing that if you log on and can't find a group or at least one doing a quest that you'd prefer to do instead, that there are still plenty of options and things to do.
- Some time-saving tips, tricks and features of DDO
As with most things in life, saying that something is "the best" or "the only way" is extremely subjective. That in mind, what I do NOT intend this journal to illustrate or portray:
- The best/most efficient/most fun way to play DDO or level up your character
- That the equipment, class, race and/or alignment I'm using (or plan to use) is the best equipment, class, race, and/or alignment to use
- That soloing is the best way to play this game
- That the information in this journal is 100% accurate and/or true
Before I get too much further, I'd like to thank the greater DDO community and give credit to where credit is due. To all the guide-writers, map-makers, number-crunchers, pod-casters and stat-hungry men & women out there, your work is greatly appreciated. To try and name and list them all is impossible but here are a few great ones from recent history:
Goldeneye's Guide to Choosing Your Best End Reward
Kaidar's New Players Journey
Impaqt's Soloing 101 and A New Players Guide to Getting Ahead in Stormreach
The many, many people contributing and organizing the Definitive Static Rewards and Unique Loot
MrCow's Diaries of a True Reincarnate (Melee)
Steiner-Davion's Definitive Collectables List
Aranticus' Clickies, The Route To Self Sufficiency
Mockduck's DDO Cast
Ollathir's All-In-One links thread: ***DDO Links***
And many, many, many others.
Links to specific levels in this thread: