This diary is complete.
This diary is inspired by MrCow's Diaries of a True Reincarnate and my own experience with reincarnation and altoholism. Every time I start new character, I'm able to supply so many twinked gear and basically unlimited number of potions, wand, scrolls and whatnot. So I decided to try something different. New character on new server with no twinked gear, no plat and no guild buffs.
I will not go into so much details as MrCow's diaries, like xp/min or run every single quest that is in the game. But I will try to run all "major" quest on the way. Main reason behind this diary is just curiosity, I want to know how hard/easy it is without twinking and since I just caped my reincarnated cleric, I want to compare those two.
Dwarf 19/1 Cleric/Fighter 32p(unfortunately I was not able to create 28p as I unlocked 32p via tp)
WIS 16 +levelups
1 Weapon proficiency: Great-axe/ swap for Toughness at Lev12
3 Empower Heal
13Fighter bonus Power Attack
15 Mental toughness
18 Improved mental toughness
why cleric? when I started playing ddo I started with fighter, but without plat I had no potions, without potions I was unable to heal myself or cure curses, diseased and such. And maybe my memory is fuzzy but I remember running harbor quests permanently cursed. So I started a cleric so I could heal and cure myself with sp => cleric is a good choice
why dwarf? my first cleric was dwarf, but since then I played only humans, half-elfs and wf => nostalgic reasons
notes about exp/min:
I decided to do exp/min for comparison with MrCow's diaries, but there are few things why they should not be taken literally.
1) although I had run 99% quests in game before, many of them I had run only once or twice => I never learned how to do them efficiently
2) I run untwinked character so I have to run them slower and safer
3) exp/min is not very good indicator if the quest is good or not, quest difficulty should be considered, 200xp/m in easier quest is better than 400xp/m in quest where failure is very likely
This was interesting journey. I sure appreciate my twink gear/raid loot much more. And to anyone who thinks that the games has become too easy.. no, I don't think so. I personally consider cleric to be very powerful class and I don't think that leveling him without twinking was easy. It's about right imo. If anything few things should be easier. But it's hard suggesting something that would make game easier for new players without making it a complete joke for twinked trs.
So my only suggestion is that random loot should be easier to get. Quest at low/mid levels don't drop anything useful. Only hope is AH, but finding good deals is hard. And I also don't think that Cannith crafting is the answer. I am still using korthos gear at l20 for god's sake.