Archive for November 2008

MMORPG Info Logo Lore and Legend: Boarfiend

Our Lore and Legends Quest reference is completely up-to-date with the addition of the Boarfiends Mastery tome as a part of the Shadows of Odyssey expansion.

The Lore and Legend Mastery tome for Boarfiends can be found deep in the boar caves in the Moors of Ykesha.

If you take the balloons from the UJL point to Firmroot Moot, you’ll find you pass straight through the Boar Caves and you can jump off at a quiet point. Otherwise, take the balloon from Firmroot to the Boar Caves and make your way through the network of caves to 1585,457,10. None of the Nuknoks en route appear to see through invis so it is a safe and easy trip for high level adventurers.

Travel through the caves to the room with Chieftain Puggot where you will see a huge bonfire with a clickable option to search through the embers. Note that doing so will break invisibility but it is quite possible to stand such that none of the surrounding Nuknok’s will aggro.

You’ll find the Mastery Tome The Least of Brell’s Creatures which explains that the creation of the Boarfiends was simply the result of drunken inspiration which would never have seen the light of day, had Bristlebane not intervened on their behalf. This is the level 70 Lore and Legend quest for boarfiend mastery.

There are an abundance of boarfiends in the Moors of Ykesha ranging from mid- to high-70s.

The lowest level boarfiends are the enslaved warboars in Runnyeye Citadel. There are a few ranging from level 32-34 at the initial tunnel and then a few groups of heroic level 34-35 warboars in the room at -85,1,-69. Further heroic savage warboars can be found by wandering the deeper tunnels.


MMORPG Info Logo Red Shinies in Greater Faydark

Game Update 50 has added two new red shiny collections for tradeskillers who have completed their epic. These red glowies are only visible to those wearing an Earring of the Solstice and can only be found in very specific areas.

Our Red Shiny Collections for Tradeskillers guide has been updated to include these brand new collections, making for a total of eight collections available to tradeskillers.

The two new collections are both in Greater Faydark.

The Tradeskill: Faydwer Flowers collection is a set of six flowers which can be found around the nursery in Greater Faydark. This is the newbie area for Kelethin in the far north of the zone. Standard collection glowies do exist here but are not that common, so it can be beneficial to use a gnomish divining rod. There appear to be two red shinies up at any given time and they can range from the entrance to the nursery area to the beach. There are low level aggro mobs around the pond and the edges of the zone, so tradeskillers without adventure levels should take care.

The reward is a house item that will light up your home in the most enchanting way.

The Tradeskill: Tunare’s Glade Leaves is fairly self-explanatory for a change. You’ll be collecting six leaves in Tunare’s Glade, a small area on the south side of Greater Faydark – almost a direct vertical line down from the nursery. Finding sparklies here can be frustrating because of the curvature of the leaves and the vines covering the ground. Standard collection glowies are common here, making the Gnomish Divining Rod less useful unless you happen to be looking for the tier 2 grub and forest beetle collections as well. Mobs in this area are non-aggro so there is no danger to tradeskillers roaming the area as long as they remain within the glade.

The reward is a house item which makes artistic use of the leaves which you have collected.


MMORPG Info Logo Quick Start Guide for Crafting Missions

Tradeskill missions! What a great concept, group up with your friends and craft together towards a common goal. There are combines required from all the different tradeskill classes, which means that although you don’t need every type of crafter with you, it will go a lot faster if you do. A full group with a mixture of crafting classes can get through the mission in under an hour, whereas attempts to solo it with a single tradeskill class reportedly takes about 4 hours.

Getting a group of crafters together isn’t quite as hard as people once thought, as the tradeskill epic showed us, but before you can go on a mission, you have to have introduced yourself to the the Far Seas Traders via a series of quests on the Moors of Ykesha.

To that end, here is a quick and simple step-by-step guide to getting faction fast in order to take part in the missions. If you are looking for more detailed information, I can recommend Denmother’s reference over at EQ2 Traders Corner for a thorough look at the expansion and changes. Meanwhile, here’s the quick version for those of you who just want to get going.

Travel to the Moors of Ykesha

You’ll need to take a carpet to Sinking Sands and travel to the D.I.R.T.Y. Excavation Site. To get to the landing point, you can climb the wall at -1389,-227,-665 or take the elevator at -1420,-228,-770.

Wait for the Skystrider airship which will take you to the overland zone Moors of Ykesha. There is also a spire, so if you know a friendly sorceror, you can skip the airship and go directly to the zone, although it seems a shame to miss the view.

Once you’ve arrived there, pop by the druid ring at 1760,450,980 and harvest the bush so that you can take advantage of druid portals in the future.

A Cannon to Sail By

Now you should ensure that you can travel back and forth between the Dropship Landing Zone and the rest of the Moors by gaining cannon access. You will need either adventure level 72 or tradeskill level 50 in order to do this quest. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Shadow Odyssey Quick Start Guide

The Shadow Odyssey is here! The Game Update 50 patch notes are live and the servers should be available for play shortly. Raring to go but don’t want to see the spoilers? Here’s the information you need to get started without giving away any endings. I’ll race you to the Moors!

Travel to the new zones

Head to Sinking Sands to the D.I.R.T.Y. Excavation Site where there is now an airship which will take you to the overland zone Moors of Ykesha.

Moors of Ykesha is an overland zone packed solid with quests aimed at 70+ so if you are on your own and want to dive straight in, this is the place to be.

While you are there, be sure to make future travel easier by harvesting the bush at the druid ring.


Groups of adventurers will no doubt be rushing to take a look at the new dungeons spread out all over Norrath. These dungeons offer heroic missions as well as raid instances. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo The Lich King Takes Over the Web

The excitement surrounding the second World of Warcraft expansion has reached critical mass. To save you spending your weekend searching for the news, here’s a collection of some better-than-the-rest links and comics from the past two days.

Broken Toys analyzes the pre-launch cock-ups:
When World Of Warcraft Fails, It Fails HARD

Did I miss anything? Because when an MMO failure is so large even Prokofy Neva notices from deep within the SL bunker, you know it’s kinda a big deal.

Wow-Insider posts details of a serious power leveler:
Nymh of EU Drek’thar first to level 80

Nymh’s Armory displays her (him?) as an SL/SL Warlock, which I’ve been told is an exceptionally good grinding spec, especially when coupled with a healer. Judging by her buffs in the full screenshot, it looks like she just may have had a pocket healer on the journey to 80.

Massive Gamer interview J. Allen Brack:
Wrath of the Lich King: Exclusive Launch Interview

Only hours removed from the largest scale MMOG expansion launch in history, Wrath of the Lich King Production Director J. Allen Brack spoke to Massive Gamer about the latest addition to the World of Warcraft family, how it’s been received, their preparation for it and the issues they’ve run into along the way.

PvPOnline considers the nightmare of losing computer access:

MTV Multiplayer step in to help out the n00bs:
13 ‘Lich King’ Tips For ‘World of Warcraft’ Newcomers

You’re not that far behind. The game has been adjusted to allow new players to level faster. Quests now give more experience points, and the experience points needed to go from level to level has been reduced. To boot, characters can now obtain mounts at level 30 instead of level 40, making questing easier and faster.

Word of Warcraft start updating their documentation:
WoW -> Info -> Basics -> Public Transportation

Fly the skies of Azeroth! World of Warcraft features an advanced flying transportation network. Players can unlock flying routes, then buy tickets to ride flying mounts over long distances to reduce walking time. Players can travel on four types of air mounts and in Goblin Zeppelins (more on that later).

Ctrl+Alt+Del shows the expansion from a different perspective:
End Guy Blues

Now stop reading and get playing!


MMORPG Info Logo Basic Shelter

This just will not do.

I know, you are new to the Kingdom and it’s just a campground but that doesn’t mean you can’t fix the place up a bit.

First things first, there is no way you can possibly get a decent night’s rest sleeping on the ground. Even the lowliest Accordion Thief has a tent for shelter. The better your dwelling, the more HP and MP you regain when you rest there and the more protection you will have if you decide to take part in player vs. player combat.

Newbiesport tent

Go to the Market in Seaside Town and buy a tent for 40 meat.

Stake it down and there you have it, a comfy spot to sleep from day one. Even the lowliest newbie can afford a tent.

Barskin tent

If you are level two, though, you shouldn’t need to buy a tent as you can make your own.

  1. Head over to the Spooky Forest in the woods and start adventuring. Your goal is to kill bars until you receive a bar skin.
  2. As you are fighting, you should run into the famous Vampire Hunger G. He’ll give you some wooden stakes (assuming you don’t already have some)
  3. Combine the bar skin and the wooden stakes with the help of some meat paste and you’ll make a barskin tent. Hurrah!


For the truly discerning adventurer, this comfortable little cottage is the best option for anyone under level 9. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Harvesting Tools

Get the most out of harvesting by equipping yourself with the proper tools. You do not have to wield the tools to get the benefit. You do have to buff yourself up with the tool by right-clicking on it in your inventory. As the buff lasts for 10 days, this is only an intermittent issue. If you are not canceling the buffs, simply remember to click on the items each weekend to ensure that you constantly have the benefits of your tools in effect.

Harvesting tools can be made by woodworkers and tinkers.

Tools made by woodworkers require a minimum level to use but this can be either adventure or artisan level. There are separate tools for each harvesting skill:

  • Pick: Mining
  • Shovel: Gathering
  • Saw: Foresting
  • Fishing Pole: Fishing
  • Trap: Trapping

Tinkered tools require a minimum artisan level to use. They have combined skills and thus there are only three different tools:

  • Pickaxe: Mining
  • Shears: Gathering and Foresting
  • Watersafe Net: Fishing and Trapping

The following is a table of all of the tool types with the requirements and benefits of each: [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Kingdom of Loathing

Kingdom of Loathing is a free, web-based, multi-player, role-playing game based on stick figures and bad puns. You get 40 turns a day which you can increase with food and drink up to a maximum of 200. The game caters for all sorts of gameplay styles with a multitude of zones, optional PvP and a multi-player dungeon, Hobopolis. Not convinced?

Take a look at your choice of classes:

  • Seal Clubber
  • Turtle Tamer
  • Pastamancer
  • Sauceror
  • Disco Bandit
  • Accordion Thief

Obviously, I was immediately intrigued at the idea of playing a Pastamancer but to be honest, what sold me on the game was the Altar of Literacy. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Preparing for an Odyssey

The launch date for The Shadow Odyssey is Tuesday, November 18th — not long now! It’s time to start getting prepared so that when those servers come up, I can hit the ground running. Here’s my list of things to do over the next two weeks:

Complete the D.I.R.T.Y. Collection

The purple shinies at the D.I.R.T.Y. site are now all in place for the Excavation Trinkets Collection. Although it has been confirmed that the shinies will remain in place for gathering after the live event has finished, it is unlikely that there will be any way to get the helmet in order to see them.

I’d like to complete this collection on all my characters as the reward is a house item which includes a port to the D.I.R.T.Y. site – which just happens to be the location of the airship to the Moors of Ykesha. Useful! [More…]