With the Three year Anniversary upon us, I thought I'd take a little tme to address an ever growing Issue in DDO. THis is an issue that plagues all MMO's to a degree, but is especialy apparent in our fine game.
THis is of course, the overwelming feeling and attitude of "I started so late, I cant begin to catch up, Why bother playing?"
Fear not Young one, for Stormreach is Paved with Platinum and Rains gold..... Well, not really....but the techniques described below will efficiently generate wealth for you and help you get acilmated to the game.
The First thing I'll touch on is the Forums. Your ahead of the game already, you are HERE. Many people try to get into this game, and are overwhelmed but never try to take advantage of the wealth of information availabale here.
There are many many people on these forums that really like to hep people. you can make it Much easier on us by following a few easy guidelines.
Make sure your thread titles attract attention. "Help!" isnt a good thread title, No One knows what you mean by that at a glance. Try to make your thread title convey some sort of Direction.
If your having Technical issues with the game, Make sure to Include a DXDIAG in your post after describing the Issue.
It may be too late, but if you havent subscribed as of yet, Please consider what your Forum name says about you. If you expect to be taken seriously, dont have a rediculous name like "IPWNZU" or "IMDEHUBERZ". Avoid Offenive terms and connotations as well. Its just not apealing to many folks and will hurt you in the long run.
Theres a few basic things in game that can help you get ahead. DDO is a pretty tight community. Its very easy to get accepted.... Or Blacklisted.
No one really cares if you talk, but almost everyone at least expects people to Listen. First thing you should do is turn ON voice chat in your audio options when you make a character. THis allows you to at least hear what people are communicating to you.
If you do want to Speak:
Please have a decent Mic. The $4.99 Walmart special sucks. I'm not sayingyou need to spend $100, but a nice $20-$40 headset and mic goes a long way. THe sound quality is much beter.
Please use "Push To Talk". No one want to hear you eating doritos, yelling at your mom/wife/girlfriend, or simply breathing.
Try to keep Conversations relevant. This can be tricky, many people like to jibber jabber while questing. Save it for friends. Most people couldnt possibly care less about your Pet Fish, Homework, Girlfriend, or strange rash.
If your Male, please know that DDO is not a Dating service. THere are many women that play this game. Vulgar and rude comments are uncalled for and will quickly get you a rep as someone to avoid.
On that same note, If you cant help but Swear and curse, Please stay off the Mic as well. This isnt XBox, THe DDO Community is very mature, We generally dont need random people we dont know well teaching us language that would make a sailor blush.
With that segway, Lets talk a bit about QUESTING!
At the beginning of the game you will be in Korthos Island. THis can be a little tricky. Your first character will be forced to go through the tutorial mission. Its quick and will help you get accamated to the game and its controls.
after the tutorial, you wil be in a "Snowy" version of Korthos Island. This can be an issue, as usually the only people in the "Snowy" korthos are people like yourself who are just starting the game. Being 3 Years old, we're not seeing hundreds of subs a day anymore.
The good thing is that most of these korthos quests have a Solo option, or are at least very solo friendly. It will take you in the neighborhood of an hour to 3 to complete all the required quests in the starter area. once you complete "Misery's Peak" You can Join the "Sunny Korthos" and will have many more people to group with and can then book passage to Stormreach.
Please dont expect Groups to Find you. the LFG (Looking for group) icon is highly ignored by most folks. Most low level quests simply dont need a full group to complete (Well, Most quests in the game really) so people will just put up a LFM and get going.
Look at the Groups that are forming. The LFM function in DDO is exceptional. You can easily see what groups you qualify for level wise, what quests they are doing, and where people in those groups are at. Hover over the LFM Leaders name and it will show you whos in the group, and where they are. Dont be shy about joining groups, and when you do, Please let people know your new to the game or that you havent done the quest before.
Often people will be very helpful, Show you around a bit, and take a little more time. Avoid the LFMs that state "ZERG" or "Speed Run" in the description. You will often just get left behind as people race to maximize leveling their new alt character.
If you cant find a group that suits you, dont be afraid to put up a LFM (Looking for More) Use the Create Party function to let people know your looking to do some questing. And dont be afraid to put "New to game, could use some guidence" in the LFM. There are many people inthis game that make it a habbit just to give new folks a hand. It also helps other newer players find YOU. Some of the best times I ever had in DDO were when the game was new and no one knew what was around the next corner.
SO whats next? Gearing up your guy and making money!
Getting cool gear is pretty easy in Korthos Island. Many of the quests have very nice static reward items. Read the descrittions carfully of the end rewards here. Many items have anothe ritem that cmpletes the "Set" to offer even more powerful enhancments. Even many verterans make it to level 8 or so before they even worry about upgrading the items they get from Korthos island.
Once you get out of Korthos, its time to step it up just a bit.
Accumulating Wealth and Items
There are several ways to make money in DDO. The easiset is knowing what items are desireable and how and where to sell them.
there are lots of ways get the plat flowing. The first and easist is to know where to sell the items you pick up.
See this page of the Wiki for Important information on where to sell stuff and what quests you need to do to get the best prices.
You should be able to easily tackle the "Waterworks" quest at level 2 or 3 and STK at level 3 or 4. these are the 2 most important quest chains once you escape the lowbie area (Korthos Island) for they grant you the bump in selling in common taverns and they provide much needed "Coin Lord" Favor for expanding your Backpack Space.
Many of the items you loot from chests and get from end rewards will be terrible. Most of them even. But loot every gem, Scroll and potion you get out of chests, Dont be afraid to ask for items left for others in the bottom of the chest. Many vets simply leave items in the chest at low levels because they are of no use to them. It only takes a second for them to switch the items over to your name.
Scan your end rewards list carefully. If there isnt a nice weapon or item, get the highest value weapon in the list.
Most items you'll just sell off at the bar or brokers. The following items you want to save for either Use on your character or sale on the Auction House.
Weapons of "Pure Good" with No other Modifiers.
Weapons <Elemental Effect> of Pure Good
"Ghost Touch of PG" Can usually get ya something as well. Very handy for quests like Delaras.
Some weapons Sell better that others as well.
Rapiers are always hot.
Great Axes are close.
Still desireable, but not nearly as popular are
The rest are pretty much hit or miss most of the time.
Now, dont get the wrong idea.... These weapons are NOT common in the low levels at all, you will come across a few by the time your running Delaras or Stormcleave.
You wont see many weapons better than the above up to level 8 or so. But keep an eye out for "Bursting" versions of the above as well.
Stat Item Tips:
The second items we are looking for are Plain +1 Stat Items. These are pretty common in the low levels and also sell quite well.
Example: +1 STR Gloves or +1 CHR Ring.
Again, these will sell for much over their base value on the AH.
Keep only what you NEED. I would suggest only hanging onto weapons you want to use. the build above will do the best with Great Axes. They swing fast and do excellent damage. ANything else you pull (Or find) should be popped onthe AH right away.
Skill Item Tips:
THird are Skill Items.
Rogue +3 SKill Items (DD,OL,Search,Spot) (But these have decreased since the Korthos kit is easy to obtain now)
Haggle +3 is handy to have and can get a little more on the AH than you'l get from a Broker.
Plain Striding Items
Auction House Tips:.
ALWAYS list for 3 Days. (Expose the product to as many people as possible)
ALWAYS Put a Buy out. (People buying these items want them NOW. THe will most likely outgrow them before the average auction expires)
Start at Base Price and enter a reasonable Buyout. Search the AH for similar items. keep yur prices inline or a little lower.
The above items can sell Quickly on the AH in the range of 1,000 Plat to 10,000plat or more.
Other items that can sell well ont he AH.
the "Featherfalling Ring" Drops out of the end chest from STK. can bring in several milion gold. You'll want at least one for yourself, But after youhave yourself equipt, SELL EM.
Mithral or "Elven" armor. Particually Mithral Full Plate and Chain Shirts. THe Mithral Property increases the Dex bonus allowable on your armor. this rare metalurgical property increases the value substantialy.
Work the AH efficiently:
Always take a look if what you have to list is already listed by someone else 2 Reasons for this. First, it will give you a basic idea of what things will sel for on your server. The economies will vary a little bit.
If you see the same or similar item take notice... Is there a Buyout? are there More than one? Whats the rice range? For quick sale, price your item a little less than the rest. If there snt a buyout, you can usually dismiss that listing. Most power gamers are done with lowbie twink weapons before an average auction expires.I will not wait 3 days to buy a weapon I want for 2k Plat when I buy one out immediatly for 10k plat.
Use the Brokers to your advantage:
THis brings me to my next point..... WORK THE BROKERS. Many people either dont know a weapon is valuble or simply dont care. THey will sell stuff to the brokers all the time that can fetch much more on the AH. They just cant be bothered. This is where you come in.
Scan the Weapon, jewelry, and Clothing broker in the RUsty Nail often. (Located in the Marketplace area) See a +1 Frost Batleaxe? BUY IT and list it on the AH for a profit. See +1 STR Gloves? BUY EM. Sell em on the AH.this cycle can net you some great plat in no time.
Once your up in levels and ave some coin to your name, frequent the Broker in House Denith. The lowbie broker there often has XXX of PG weapons for a steal. Buy em, run across to the AH Dude, and Sell em.
So thats the basics on Weapons and Items on the AH and Brokers....
The next area where there is plat to be made is COLLECTABLES. There are NONE in korthos island. But once you get to the harbor, they are plentiful. Many collectables are useless for all practical purposes, but some are quite handy. Its best to hit them all and sort em out later. the following are the most desireables though.
Mushrooms: these can be traded in for various healing supplies. very nice for supplying yourself in the early stages as mushrooms are everywhere.
this next group are the Collectables that are used in DDO's version of Crafting. Its realy more ritual additions to items than it is crafting, but many some of the most desired benefits come from rare low level colectables. they are boring to farm and can demand rediculous prices onthe AH.
One of the most desired rituals is the +1 AC ritual. the RItual Requires
15 sets of Prayer Beads
5 Vials of Pure water.
Prayer beads are common. They drop from Kobolds mostly, and drop often. stacks of 15 can easily be sold for about 1000 plat.
Vials of Pure water are a bit more rare. but you'll come across them often enough if your hittin every sparkly on your journey. check your AH, but stacks of 5 Vials of Water can sell for anywhere from 5k-10k plat usually.
THe next ritual is alone the same lines. +1 AC to your Sheild. A little less desireable as many players dont go the Sword and board route anymore, but still can make good money. THis Ritual requires:
6 Silver Flame Hymnals
2 Tomes: Prophecies of Khyber
The Hymnals are pretty common and sell for around 1-5k per stack of 6, the Tomes are much more rare and I've seen them go for 5-10k plate EACH.
The Third item many people are after is the most profitable. +1 Resistance Ritual. this requires:
4 Lightning-Split Soarwoods
22 Funerary Tokens.
now, the tokens drop everywhere from undead. Mostly frm Skeletons, but those darn Lightning split soarwoods are RARE. I have seem them sell on the AH for close to 1 MILLION GOLD EACH.
They go like hotcakes for 500k Gold. Its insane. Finding that lightning-split soarwood is like finding stacks and stacks of gold.
Other items used in Rituals include
Luminescent Dusts, Sparkling Dusts, Deadly Feverblanch mushrooms, and Fragrant Drowshood mushrooms. Keep an eye out for these as they also sell well on the AH.
So to close out, I'm going to recap the best places to sell and buy stuff.
The Rusty Nail:
Jewelry Brokers: All Levels
Clothing Brokers: All Levels
Weapon Broker: L1-2
Armor Broker: L1-2
Weapon Broker: Levels 4-16
Second Gauntlet Goods:
Armor Brokers: Levels 4-16
So there ya have it.. Good Luck on your Journey through Stormreach!
If anyone has any additional tips for me, I'd be happy to add them in. Or if I made any grevious errors, I'm sure you'll let me know as well.