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    Default What is your favorite Wilderness area in DDO and why?

    What is your favorite Wilderness area in DDO and why?

    Please list your favorite wilderness area and why. Also list your second favorite as well.

    My favorite wilderness area in DDO is the Orchard of the Macabre.

    Main reason is the layout with many enemies spaced out perfectly.
    The xp for the area is nice and not too hard to get the slayer kills xp.
    The loot, and turn in rewards for tapestries and such give you something to quest for in the area.
    The design is simple and spooky, not too dark and not too bright. A lot of caves and tombs to search.

    Second favorite of mine is The High Road.
    Again I like the layout with a good amount of enemies spaced out on the map.
    The xp is adequate for the level, with plenty of slayers and rares.
    The loot is decent.
    The design is where I really enjoy the area. It’s not as large as king’s forest, yet gives a Forgotten realms feel to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gelgoog View Post
    What is your favorite Wilderness area in DDO and why?

    Please list your favorite wilderness area and why. Also list your second favorite as well.

    My favorite wilderness area in DDO is the Orchard of the Macabre.

    Main reason is the layout with many enemies spaced out perfectly.
    The xp for the area is nice and not too hard to get the slayer kills xp.
    The loot, and turn in rewards for tapestries and such give you something to quest for in the area.
    The design is simple and spooky, not too dark and not too bright. A lot of caves and tombs to search.

    Second favorite of mine is The High Road.
    Again I like the layout with a good amount of enemies spaced out on the map.
    The xp is adequate for the level, with plenty of slayers and rares.
    The loot is decent.
    The design is where I really enjoy the area. It’s not as large as king’s forest, yet gives a Forgotten realms feel to it.
    I like the Amrath Wilderness. I love finding the Pit Fiends and Horned Devils. I know they are pretty weak compared to Sully, Harry and Horoth, but I still feel a small sense of accomplishment when I kill one all by myself.

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    #1 Underdark. They accurately represented exactly what I thought it would look like. Large, multi-level and immersive. Just a beautiful zone.

    #2 Stormhorns. Simply a beautiful area to wander around in. Large and diverse population. Enjoyable just to be in.

    #3 Kings Forest/High Road. Both very well done and I enjoy exploring and wandering around. Just wish High Road was larger.

    Hands down THE BEST part of these explorer zones is the Random Encounters. One of the top three best additions to DDO!

    Whomever thought up that idea gets many gold stars from me.

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    Well my son is named Griffin, so you can probably guess which wilderness I was most excited for

    I don't like undead, or mobs that resurrect/reincarnate, other than that Orchard is nice. Forgotten Realms tropes bore me, so meh to the Underdark. Demonweb is annoying. Other than that I like most wildernesses. I even like Wheloon, which many people hate. Too many mobs? That's what invis is for - you're in a prison city not a ghost town!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrik View Post
    Hands down THE BEST part of these explorer zones is the Random Encounters. One of the top three best additions to DDO!

    Whomever thought up that idea gets many gold stars from me.
    Agreed - sometimes it seems buggy, but overall this is an awesome game mechanic.
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    Kings forest - perfect synergy between visual (dark lumbering forest of tall trees) and sound, both music and environment. It always feels like fantasy when I run through it. Underdark is pretty good too.

    Visually it's hard to beat stormhorn but the music just doesn't fit it. Sure, it's unique for the wilderness but it doesn't feel like fighting yourself up a mountain.

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    1. Sorrowdusk. Very much the feel of 1st edition AD&D circa 1983.

    2. Sschindylryn. I know it is sort of unfinished compared to the Underdark, but that's exactly why I like it. Just like Sorrowdusk, it brings the memories of D1-3 modules and Vault of the Drow.

    3. Orchard of the Macabre. While first two I like for aesthetics/nostalgia reasons, Orchard is the "practical zone". Best wilderness to rack up experience at the levels where quest experience comes slowly and painfully.
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    Default My favorite wilderness area USED to be

    The Deeps area before the final quest in the Fens. Because it was so different from everything else in the game. And lightning attacks worked REALLY well.


    But now, the Storm Horns are my favorite, because the area is friggin huuuge and the creatures are a nice change. Followed closely by Sschindylryn and the Web, just because of the way it looks. The artwork in those areas is beautiful.
    The Underdark gets honorable mention. It looks fantastic, but it's too sparsely populated IMHO.
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    I like wilderness areas in general, and still have nostalgic feeling when I think back to the first times I explored Korthos Island and The Cerulean Hills. Now a days my favorite wilderness areas are probably The Storm Horns, Giant Hold, The Vale of Twilight, and Menechturan in no particular order (or rather the order varies from day to day).

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    Tangleroot. Does anyone need to do the run? I always did it to help out. The spider ruins, the ogre dwelling, the lizard man caves, the thick jungle, the bridges all feel scary. Makes me wish they made it into an Epic version.

    This one used to own the lfm's back in 2007.

    We used to gather around the entrance and discuss our strategy. It was intense and frightening. Gave me the shakes. I was about to go into a dungeon where not a lot of folks survived.

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    I like them all and explore them all when leveling most of the time.

    The Subterrane is awesome. While most players will solo most slayer zones, many people still dont like going into the sub alone at level.

    Amrath was cool because it was the first one I remember melee really shining in a slayer zone. When it first came out, it wasnt a caster playground like most other slayer zones are.
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    The Underdark is the best one, hands down.

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    I really like the Underdark. I'd like to see it expanded, and be given more reasons to venture there.

    Amrath's super-cool, too. Titans wandering about, whirling blades flying around, angel corpses littering the landscape... another area I'd like expanded upon.

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    I would have to say the best was Vale of Twilight, I have done the 10K kills on two characters so far. The reason were how the mobs were found in packs (since I mostly play caster), it is really easy to just blast off a good number of these mobs quickly.

    However, when I dinged 20 and went to King's Forest, I immediately loved it. I liked how the rare encounters work and the scaling of the area (though I hated going there alone since then I would have to walk through huge areas without ever seeing a mob; which there was a scale slider or something for how many mobs to spawn), same goes for SS and Underdark, they both rock.
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    Storm Horns. I love the environment, love the way it's laid out, love the variety of mobs.

    So much so that...

    I grab my lute and head out to the hills
    I'll kill some griffons just for a thrill
    King's Forest just feels old and worn
    After the beauty of the Storm Horns
    Don't speak to me of Giant Hold
    The thought of more giants just leaves me cold
    'Few kills in and I'll be on my way
    To where the harpies and the satyrs play

    The hills and mountains make me feel reborn
    Can't get enough of the Storm Horns
    I walk the trails, dodge the owlbears
    Take deep breaths of the mountain air

    I'll go dancing with the satyrs there
    Let them braid flowers into my hair
    Their songs and stories are well-rehearsed
    But they don't compare to bardic verse
    There may not be chests here, or piles of gold
    There are dragons, though, or so I'm told
    The older zones earn naught but my scorn
    They can't compare to the Storm Horns
    So if you ever see me walking north
    Grab your pack, my friend, and sally forth
    We'll hike through forest and the snowy peaks
    Come back to town after a couple weeks

    These hills and mountains make me feel reborn
    I can't get enough of the Storm Horns

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    Default King's Forest

    There is one area I want to be my favorite but another takes the win.

    First of all the Underdark is spectacular. Just what I thought it might look like. As an experience the underdark is hands down the best. However only having one quest and only a few explorer's doesn't give any players any reason to actually run around in the Underdark. VERY disappointing.

    So based on that second reason, playability hands down it has to be the King's Forest. First of all it has a multitude of truly random encounters. This is simply totally awesome. There are four quests out here, (should be more, how about some gainthold like side quests Turbine) and most importantly the map respawns, including random encounters. HFCIT?!?!

    So you can step out and keep running around out in the king forest how hours and never have to leave getting kills and rares and all that. Not even the new areas match this playability, though they moderately use the same engine. It is the only respawning map, and has the greatest number of random encounters. You just cannot bet the playability of King Forest's.

    Visually it is fantastic. I would completely agree that they have done a far far better job with the Storm Horns, (the white out snow storms and view from mountain top is simply spectacular). But there are not nearly as many random encounters as king's forest, and the map doesn't respawn. Seriously?

    So since they did such a fantastic job with the idea of the the Underdark and it is what I want to be my favorite area, King's Forest takes the win just for experience and playability.

    Oh and did I mention that the XP is amazing out in King's Forest, and if you get a full party with dungeon scaling you rack up the kills like no one's business.
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    I actually like sands. It's large enough to wander around, but also clear-to-see.

    I used to like Gianthold alot, but since they changed the visuals, they kinda give me a headache now.

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    Three barrel cove.


    Hands down. It has a just right expanse and beautiful scenery. Only things wrong are: mobs are static, no random anything... too few quest for size area... the water areas need more action.


    it could be sooooo much more.

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    It has to be gianthold. Maybe not the most beautiful zone, but its a champion of design. Nice amount of mobs, good size, almost any quest can be run to easily with minimal fighting. Convenient shrines at the quest entrances. Not to mention three teleport areas.

    All that and still worthwhile to do the s/e/r. Hats off to whoever designed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzermeyer View Post
    So since they did such a fantastic job with the idea of the the Underdark and it is what I want to be my favorite area, King's Forest takes the win just for experience and playability.
    The underdark is pretty fun, yeah. First time I fought a purple worm down there I squealed. "Yay, purple worm! Omg!"

    Would definitely like to see them add another 4-5 quests down there. It's such a huge area, and has such potential, but they didn't do much with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorianna View Post
    The underdark is pretty fun, yeah. First time I fought a purple worm down there I squealed. "Yay, purple worm! Omg!"
    I literally jumped out of my seat. Scared the **** out of me.

    And to be honest when I am running down there and forget things, it still freaks me out when they just up. They are AWESOME!

    Would definitely like to see them add another 4-5 quests down there. It's such a huge area, and has such potential, but they didn't do much with it.
    Absolutely. Or random encounters, or more explorers, or a respawning map. Any of those though map this area much much more playable. Seems like it should be rather simple to do.
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