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I finally flagged for the Shroud raid. I don't have enough mats to make my GS item yet. I am choosing a set of bracers, as all of my other slots are pretty much taken up by gear that Wyt likes, and is using. I need more chipmunk funk and shiny pebbles, to make the last of the manufactured mats for the blank item. I have been wanting to try Epic adventures, and I actually got another lvl 20 buddy to try Disruptor on elite (lvl 21) last night, and we didn't make it twice in a row. We almost made it the first time, but that damned Entropic Skeleton wouldn't freaking die in enough time... The only good things about it, is we did kill the damned thing and got a level 17 chest out of it each. Granted selling the gear barely covered the repair bills, but it was worth the experience of the attempt. Do you need more people to attack the epic challenge quests; as I think it should be attainable with 2 live toons, or will the game just scale the mobs to something even worse... We are pretty much playing it the way we play the non-epic version to grind out the mats, but there just seems to be something missing... if it is the fact I am not a spell-wielding maniac, then the game can just suck it... Toons... I am also thinking of using my lesser heart of wood to retool Wyt's Feats and skills. I built him a long time ago, when I was playing pretty much solo and chose whilly nilly his skills and other stuff. I now have the chance to fix the failures of my inexperienced past, and maybe, just maybe, be just that much better and not suck too much to be a viable part of an epic adventuring team. I am finding a lot of fun in my Paladin (Notagmtrojan) and realize that she may never become some epic slayer, but the toon does make me happy when she lops off a kobold's head! Niernen is becoming better at taking out large mobs. He entered a PUG last night (read below) and pulled a few people out of the fire. He died a few times, but that is because I forgot to grab a hireling first and they didn't have one either... They sat in the dungeon, dead, and I pulled and got one, and 4 minutes later...done.
Gearing... I am finding more stuff that I don't use than do now a days. Most of my other toons are decked out in decent gear that Wyt had found in his adventures, so they are not running much to find it. I am still trying to get the gear that Wyt needs to do epics...
Adventuring... I am kinda sad that at least one of my static group has not been on in way over a month. She has been an integral part of our little happy family and it is also sad that I have not spoken to her in a long while. Plus, times are a changing, making a longer bridge between levels of toons that I can run with, with friends. I even actually jumped into a couple of PUG's last night, and had some fun. There wasn't much interaction between me and the others in the groups, but for those that know me, know that this is a big step. I have weird rules to running adventures - most notably: 1) No PUG's. I guess that this is because of a time I was invited to a group that needed a rogue...I didn't know the adventure very well, and definitely not as a rogue, and was bitched out by some player that got angry because I "didn't have the gear I was supposed to..." and "stupidly set off a trap" that everyone knew was there. I died in the beginning and pulled out of the group. I didn't need to hear what that person had to say, in the way s/he was saying it. I figured that if they wanted my assistance they would have to deal with my shortcomings too. I hope that that toon died (aka permadeath) and they had to wipe the attempt