Dungeons and Dragons begins testing Mists of Ravenloft expansion with a new race

    
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A week after Dungeons and Dragons Online teased the reveal of the much-anticipated Mists of Ravenloft expansion, the MMO started testing some of the features that will be included in this new campaign setting.

What’s really exciting here is that players will be able to get their hands on a brand-new race and a new fighting style. The Aasimar are a “heroic Eberron race” that have inherent healing abilities and do extra damage against evil sources. And for those who want to do close-up work with blades, there’s the Vistani Knife Fighter, a universal enhancement tree that specializes in a new way to fight.

Additionally, players on the test server can check out a few Ravenloft-themed cosmetics, including a “vampire hunter” outfit as well as black cat and raven pets. The studio stresses that this round of testing doesn’t cover the entirety of the expansion, which is clearly obvious with the absence of expected adventure packs.

Source: Patch notes. Thanks DDOCentral!
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Boom

Downloaded & giving DDO another spin thanks to this article:)
For those in the know would there be any reason my in game store isnt working? (black screen) I know theyve had a reshuffle with the whole turbine/SSG thing but thought it was all ironed out now.

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Jason Clearwater

SSG recently did some work on the game Store; you might try launching the Store from your Inventory tab instead – that often works for me.

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Boom

Thanks for the info tis appreciated, will boot her up an give that a try now ty:)

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Boom

No joy im afraid :( Ive tried launching from steam & standalone an ive just added it to the exclusions on my av in case anything was blocking it.

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Jason Clearwater

Your browser settings can also affect the in game store. You can search for the solution on DDO’s tech assistance forums: https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthread.php/490231-DDO-Store-not-loading-In-game

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Boom

Will give all this a try, really appreciate you taking the time to find that, couldnt find any references or fixes for it earlier.

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Jason Clearwater

I read through the forums and there is an issue with the DDO Store that started to affect a number of players today. SSG says that they are working on it.

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andrew saunders

I played this for a while at launch . I wouldn’t mind giving it a go again but the problem is you really need to be a VIP to play it . Not that I mind subscribing but given payments are only in dollars and the rate of exchange between the pound and the dollar is so bad at the moment it means it’s one of the most expensive mmos to play from the UK and if I am going to spend money on a game there are other newer mmos I would prefer to play for less .

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Jason Clearwater

There are over 100 free to play quests in DDO, with multiple races and classes that are free. http://ddowiki.com/page/Guide_to_Free_to_Play

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Doubleplusgood

I played also but go to the point where you were forced to have a group to continue. After a certain level almost all of the content is group only. Dont know if that has changed.

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Jason Clearwater

There are explorer areas and challenges that can be soloed. High level players can solo almost anything in DDO, even raids. :)

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Doubleplusgood

Hmm ok even raids? That would be fun. Maybe I’ll have go give it a second try.

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GumpsGang

Hi Doubleplusgood … there is now a scaling system in place on just about everything except the raids. You can solo most things without any issue. Also there are hirelings (healing bot) you can bring if you build does not have much self-healing.

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Wakkander

Some classes will be easier than others to solo starting out, hirelings help a lot. Eventually you get to where you have enough knowledge, extra gear, reincarnations, etc, where you can solo most anything.

A lot of people are obsessed with only running elite, but don’t be afraid to run casual or normal starting out, those modes are very solo friendly, especially if you take a healing hireling.

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donvweel

There is plenty of free content but mostly you are right. If you pay by the year it goes down to $10 in NA. One aproach you can take is to go vip and see what you like in the game. then you can buy the parts you like, expansions, races, bank space etc and play as a premium. If you own most of the game it does not matter how much you log in to get your dollar value. I went this way for years, but back now as vip, there are a lot of perks that are wothwhile if you play regular.

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rafael12104

Ah, yes. This brings back memories of Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession the PC game. Anybody else remember that game circa 1994? SSI was the “shit!” as we used to say, and that was a good thing.

Damn… I’m getting old.

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Melissa McDonald

I had a hand-me-down DOS game as a child, “unlimited adventures”, that let you build your own D&D game maps using “gold box” game art and assets. I made some really fun zones/levels/dungeons, but my brothers always ragged me for making them too hard (haha).

Doesn’t every dungeon feature beholders and vampires? :)

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rafael12104

Lol! The should. They most definitely should.

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donvweel

Lots of good stuff comming in this expansion. I don’t think I will play the new race but am looking forward to the new knife fighting tree.
Tier One
Vistani Knife Training: When using a dagger in each hand, you now fight in melee using the Vistani style, with both daggers held down point down. You gain +1 to hit and damage with daggers and throwing daggers.
I have a rogue character that this will fit perfectly.

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Wakkander

As someone whoms longest running D&D character was an Aasimar (Grael Amaun, cleric of Amaunator back when he was considered a dead power. His heritage was the result of a cults eugenics program to artificially create a ‘chosen’ one), I am looking forward to it. Tieflings tend to get all the love and i’m shocked DDO isn’t getting them first honestly.

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donvweel

Rolling a dark aasimar tank might be interesting. Looks like you can get some good damage reduction in th aasimar tree.

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Purewitz

DDO is still alive? Thought it had to have died by now, seeing how Neverwinter is D&D as well and does a better job at being D&D than DDO.

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Boom

Thats the first time ive heard someone say that, I like Neverwinter but its akin to playing the old D&D cartoon as far as accuracy. Not played DDO in years but it feels more D&D than Neverwinter ever could imo.

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Wakkander

It depends on what you are looking for I suppose. Neverwinter better fits fourth edition in gameplay, but then the edition was also intentionally made more video gamey. Which means it is fairly generic MMO style world and quests. Of course that also lead to D&D 4e drastically losing marketshare to its competitors.

Gameplay wise DDO is a hybrid of 3rd through 5th at this point, arguably enhancement lines are more akin to 2e kits or pathfinder/5e archetypes than prestige classes. For spellcasting classes it is far closer to d&d than any other mmo, and while more action focused in melee, the spirit is there.

However, the actual world and questlines are vastly more aligned with D&D, I mean, its not even close at that point.

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Nathan Aldana

even then, 4e D&D had more combat rules and far more strategic options than neverwinter does. Representing 4e properly would have required a turn based approach with targetable aoes

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Wakkander

This is true, but adaptation into a different medium is always going to force change. Neverwinter does lack a vast amount of options 4e players had, distilling it down to a very minimal set.

I’ve played both, I actively enjoy DDO more, but Neverwinter was a fun time waster here and there, I kind of enjoyed the mini game sending out dudes to collect stuff more than the actual game, but it was shut down.

Until they make a AI capable of replicating a DM no adaptation will ever be as robust as the table top.

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Nathan Aldana

agreed. Hell, a good DM is why my new character for a 5e game is using what is basically playtest materials in being a Mystic

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Wakkander

The mystic is OP in my opinion, but doesn’t stop me from having a blast as a tabaxi mystic in my current campaign. =p

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Nathan Aldana

wu jen tiefling here. intentionally not trying to break the game so much as play “weird eastern alchemist” :D

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Viktor Budusov

Wow, that’s a trolling! NWO is anime-stule bullshit

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Nathan Aldana

…if you honestly think neverwinter resembles Dungeons and Dragons in anything more than name, all you’ve done is say in big fucking letters “I HAVE NEVER FUCKING PLAYED TABLETOP D&D EVEN ONCE”

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Melissa McDonald

probably a dumb question, does DDO use same game engine as LOTRO?

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Cory Knowles

Yes!

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Jason Clearwater

The same game engine but with modifications. For example, there are no worn cloaks on characters in DDO as there are in LOTRO as this feature was not built into the DDO version of the game engine. DDO launched about a year before LOTRO, so the LOTRO game engine has some improvements.

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Dividion

DDO also features swimming and some smoother character animations than LotRO, such as climbing up onto waist-high objects. It’s a pre-WoW game and tries to adhere to the D&D ruleset, so it plays quite differently.
LotRO has some better visual effects, mounts and less instancing. Mechanics-wise, it definitely qualifies as a “WoW clone”.
Overall they’re vastly different experiences.

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Wakkander

Both use the Turbine Engine 2.0, which was also used (and originally developed) for AC2, but each are heavily modified from each other. Unfortunately it means there isn’t a lot of cross over between them in terms of features. Both would benefit from some features the others had.

I remember a lot of press around the initial development of AC2 with turbine hyping the engine specifically, not sure if they had intended to market it to outside developers or not, but there was a fair bit of press on it.

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Jason Clearwater

Not mentioned in this article but delineated in the Lamannia release notes is the new Scarecrow Permanent Gold Seal Hireling which will be included in some packages for the Ravenloft expansion. This would be the third Permanent Gold Seal Hireling from paid expansions and the fifth overall for DDO: http://ddowiki.com/page/Hireling

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donvweel

So I am guessing it would be for pre-ordering like it was for Underdark and or collectors edition. I already have the black and tan panthers so I definately will get the scarecrow. I don’t have the cleric from the starter pack yet.

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Jason Clearwater

The pre-order period for the Mists of Ravenloft expansion should be relatively short this time, maybe a few weeks before the expansion launch. We will find out as we get closer to Halloween. :)