So last nite, me and two guildies decided to give A Study in Sable a shot first time on Epic Elite. And YES that was against my better judgement. I am suffering for it this morning through a lack of sleep. Easily took us over 2 1/2 hours and was well after 1am before we completed.
One the positive, who only have one party wipe in the first few minutes on our first try. =)
So I have to say I thought this was a great quest. Very different than most of the other quests. It is a thinking quest, so if you don't really care for that you won't like this quest. If you only like the I don't want to read anything just run around and zerg kill, then you won't like this quest.
This was a challenging quests without being stupid difficult to finish or the mobs being insane in size and number. Figuring out the various NPC places and reactions and what their purpose in the plot is, was quite fun. Figuring it all out was quite nice. The animated weapons were a nice touch.
The thematic halloween/horror/vampire/frankenstein wrapped in a clue-ish who-done-it was pretty damn cool.
And finally an Epic Elite 25+ quest that actually gave great xp for your effort. No pot, no BB going, 80K for first time, plus another 15k in optionals.
The DR on the frankstein monster optional was ridiculous. If there was not the ranged perch available, I would have given up on the fight. That being said though, I will run it a few times on a lower difficulty to see if anything named drops in the chest. If not, then this is an optional I will end up always skipping.
The end fight almost turned into a nightmare. Was able to range him from a perch, which was nice. But his DR was insane. The group casters went through a ton of pots I know. Dotting and shooting him for well over 30 minutes. Only to what.... watch him go from 0 to half strength. ***?
Thank god for the forums though, no way I was going to spend a ton of time late in the early morning trying to figure out why that happened. So a quick search of the forums, and I found the trick to fighting him (thanks a ton FAQ). Then we had him beat in short order.
Overall very good.
I am looking forward to giving the other new quest a shot if it is like this.