Archive for July 2009

MMORPG Info Logo Lemmings

My life is such that I don’t spend too much time hankering for things I don’t have.

But these? I need these. I desire these desperately and I am dedicated to finding a way to get them. These are the sweetest most wonderfulest things I’ve seen in a long time.

Wonderland posted a blog post about Lemmings and added this image. I couldn’t rest until I’d found them.

The originals are on PlanetJune and I was really excited to find out she has a shop! But she’s selling the crochet pattern, not the lemmings.

Please don’t make me take up crochet.

Isn’t there anyone reading this blog who might make these for me?

They would be just perfect on my windowsill. Pretty please?


MMORPG Info Logo Tinkerfest Quick Start Guide

Tinkerfest is here! This live event is scheduled to stay on the servers until August the 3rd so you have plenty of chances to take part.

Celebrations are at Gnomeland Security Headquarters in Steamfont.

tinkerYou can get there quickly via the Unstable Tinkered Portals scattered around Gnomish newbie villages (The Baubbleshire and Temple Street, Kelethin, Gorowyn, Neriak) and other Gnomish hangouts (Solusek Mining Company site in Solusek’s Eye, Drednever Crash Site in the Bonemire, the Dropzone in Moors of Ykesha). [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Magical Mushroom Rings

On the 20th of each month, magical mushroom rings appear in secluded woods around Norrath, tempting adventurers and tradeskillers into hidden instances.

The rings are all placed in relatively safe forested areas (which is why there are no rings in the Commonlands nor Gorowyn):
Mushroom Ring

  • Archer’s Wood in Antonica
  • East of D’Abth Bridge in Nektulos Forest
  • West of the Spires in Enchanted Lands
  • Nerian Highlands in Darklight Wood
  • In front of the Nursery in Greater Faydark

The mushroom rings lead to small, temporary instances which scale to your level. When you enter the instance you will find an NPC offering a simple quest. Completing the quest rewards you with an elemental token. Each instance has a merchant which has house items and appearance items for sale. The elemental tokens can be used to purchase these items (listed below) You can collect up to six tokens per month (there are two quests in the Darklight Woods instance) per character. The tokens are heirloom so you can trade them between characters on a single account.

These instances also include special purple shiny collections. There is only a single question mark in an instance, so it may take some months to complete these collections.

DominoDev posts:

The intention, once all the gremlins are shaken out, is that it will run from 12:01 am on the 20th till 11:59pm on the 21st (48 hours in total).

However, as we saw this morning, not all the gremlins are quite shaken out yet, so please keep that in mind as the goal we are working towards, not a hard-and-fast promise written in blood and the tears of small kittens.



MMORPG Info Logo Order of the Rime

This long-winded series is a little bit odd in that it’s not a straight-forward quest line. The individual quests are written up on EQ2i but the quests themselves are quite straight-forward; it’s keeping track of where you are in terms of faction and timeline that appears to be confusing.

As I know people are doing the quest at the moment, here are my initial notes which I hope works as a sensible accompaniment to the quest detail on EQ2i.

An important point is that gaining faction with the Order of the Rime faction is not a simple progression. You will need to travel back and forth between the zones. You have a choice of repeatable quests for grinding faction and you can continue to do these quests rather than moving directly on to the next step of the quest story-line. The following is one route through the series which is efficient and yet focuses on the story and quest line as much as possible:

Order of the Rime

  • Initial quest line in Kylong Plains
  • Initial quest line in Fens
  • Order of the Rime quest line in Fens, The Sheet
  • Order of the Rime quest line in Kunzar Jungle, Murkdwellers
  • Faction grinding in Kunzar Jungle
  • Order of the Rime quest line in Kunzar Jungle, Murkdwellers
  • Delivery to Fens
  • Faction grinding in Kunzar Jungle (lots)
  • Order of the Rime quest line in Fens, The Sheet
  • Order of the Rime quest line in Jarsath Wastes, The Overthere
  • Faction grinding in Jarsath Wastes
  • Order of the Rime quest line in Emperor’s Athenaeum
  • Order of the Rime quest in Fens, The Sheet



MMORPG Info Logo You Broke My Desk

There is a rant forum called “Bad Roleplayers Suck” where LiveJournal users congregate to complain about bad roleplaying. Two years ago this wonderful thread appeared, in which an irate player, going by the nickname of quizzicalsphinx, posted to complain bitterly about a fellow player.

It seems that zia_narratora had allowed an NPC in the game to unexpectedly smash a desk belonging to quizzicalsphinx’s character. This would normally seem a trivial event but quizzicalsphinx was not at all happy about this. She felt she should have been given some warning or better yet, a chance to stop it from happening.

She posted to the forum with her complaint and what followed was one of the most amusing arguments about roleplay that I’ve ever seen.

As the post resulted in a lot of comments, I’ve gone ahead and recreated a thread of highlights here. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo EVE Online novelization from TOR Books

TOR Books, publishers of some of the best science fiction novels in existence, have made an intriguing new announcement. They are publishing a space opera from Hjalti Daníelsson, who is the “main creative writer” for Eve Online. The novel, EVE: The Burning Life, is described as an epic hybrid of space opera and military science fiction and will take place in the EVE Online universe. Daníelsson has written a number of short stories but this is his first novel. EVE: The Burning Life is expected to release in November of this year. At the very least, the combination of TOR and EVE has a certain synergy.

Press Release:
Macmillan: Tor-Forge: News: Tor Books announces EVE Online novelization

“EVE is a phenomenal SF offering,” said Eric Raab, Tor Editor. “The game is beyond awe-inspiring, and its intricacies deserve stories. Hjalti’s storytelling skills shine in-game and in his short fiction. We at Tor are truly excited for his first foray into the novel form.”

EVE Online | EVE Insider

A vicious attack on a deep space mining colony results in its destruction and the death of nearly all its inhabitants. Of the handful of tattered survivors, a lone young man swears revenge upon the forces that cost him everything but his breath.

In another part of the universe, an agent of death loses her tenuous grip on sanity, leaves her profession and everything of her past life, and goes on a journey of redemption.

Their respective paths will take them through galactic empires built on faith, hedonism, discipline and rebellion, and plunge them into the darkest parts of space where they encounter denizens of the chaotic and dangerous pirate kingdoms. And all the while, as they draw closer to what they seek, they begin to realize that the only stakes worth playing for are the ones that bring danger and change…

An intriguing idea although I’m not looking forward to the glut of bad World of Warcraft novelizations if this turns into a success.


MMORPG Info Logo Lavastorm Essence Rewards

We’ve had so much shiny new content this year, somehow I totally missed the essence items available on the Lavastorm docks.

Edric Fyrecog, an Elemental Treasure Hunter, is offering quite a nice selection of jewelry for a somewhat unconventional price of 15 Unbound Elemental Essences each.

Edric Fyrecog

These pieces compare favorably to the Void Shard Infused Jewelry available via missions and most of them won’t break up a set so you can mix and match. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Provisioner Recipes from Cut-Me-Own-Tail Ssstibbler

Deep in the depths of the Jarsath’s Wastes dungeon Charasis: The Emperor’s Athenaeum there is a gentleman of questionable honor who goes by the nickname of Cut-Me-Own-Tail Ssstibbler. He offers to supply food and drink to adventurers who have found their way into the deeper parts of the zone and if you have the cash, you can purchase his book of tasty recipes not previously seen on Norrath.

Culinary Secrets of the Ssstibbler ClanHis family recipe book, Culinary Secrets of the Ssstibbler Clan, is not cheap: Cut-Me-Own-Tail Ssstibbler wants 10 platinum coins to part with his tatty little book and he doesn’t offer credit. However, the book does include tasty drinks and dishes that you can not find anywhere else. Although it is in the depths of the dangerous Charasis West arena, there are many adventurers who have traveled the depths and purchased the book in hopes of finding a connoisseur of fine foods to sell it on to. If you don’t wish to fight your way through The Emperor’s Athenaeum, then speak to your local broker who may be able to put you in touch with an adventurer holding this rare volume for resale. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Set Bonuses on Void Shard Armor

There have been some updates to the Advanced Shard Armor sets. Specifically, players expressed concern that it was very difficult to start upgrading to the third tier of shard armor. Although each individual piece is much better, players needed to wait until they had almost the full set in order to avoid breaking up the set bonus from the previous pieces. [More…]