mists of ravenloft

How DDO’s Mists of Ravenloft went from concept art to game design

By now, Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Mists of Ravenloft has seen a few turns of the full moon and settled into its niche in the game following last December’s launch. It’s still thrilling players with its depiction of a much darker and more terrifying campaign setting, however.

The dev team was particularly proud of how much attention was given to bringing the world of Ravenloft to the game, and in a short video, it juxtaposes several pieces of concept art with the finished in-game product. Even if you’re not playing the game, it’s pretty neat to see what the artists are able to do with this older MMO engine.

The expansion in its various bundles is now available on the game’s web marketplace and should be coming to the in-game store for points this month as well.

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Global Chat: Love the farm, hate the farm

How do you feel about grinding in MMOs? What about farming? These questions can elicit a wide variety of answers, from shrieks of dismay to enthusiastic head nods. Depending on the situation, grinding and farming can be something to be enjoyed, to be endured, or to be avoided at all cost.

The Game Freak Show says that he has a love/hate affair with grinding and farming, and it presents all sorts of muddled emotions, especially when gated mechanics are thrown into the mix: “While I have forgiven the grind in many RPGs for sucking away my time, this disturbing trend of games that do not have a harsh grind because they’re flawed or made for a different audience, but to force people to drop more cash on the table is something I can’t.”

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Dungeons and Dragons Online adds a new raid while Hollywood preps yet another D&D flick

The terror of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft are only increasing thanks to this week’s Update 37.1.

Standing Stone Games activated an additional raid for the expansion called Old Baba’s Hut that draws from the darker side of myths. “This Legendary level raid does not require flagging, and puts players against Baba Lysaga herself,” the studio said.

Curious about the expansion? DDOCentral wrote up a great overview of the campaign setting and the core features over at BioBreak.

Meanwhile, Festivult is bringing in some holiday cheer and bonus loot to DDO. Hollywood is also adding to the Dungeons and Dragons legend, planning yet another movie and scheduling it for a 2021 release. This film franchise hasn’t had the best of runs so far, but hopefully this will be the title to change that streak.

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Dungeons and Dragons Online gives out free level 10 characters for Mists of Ravenloft

For a limited time, Dungeons and Dragons Online is allowing players to leapfrog over a ton of advancement and create level 10 characters right out of the gate to enjoy the new Mists of Ravenloft expansion.

There is a catch, though. To access instant level 10 characters, you’re going to need to have the new Veteran Status III applied to your account. You can either earn this with in-game favor or by purchasing the status through the game store. The upside of this, in addition to getting a character who has advanced essentially 40 levels in any other MMO, is that he, she, or it will be given a set of level 10 gear and a Cleric hireling contract.

The Veteran Status III event is running through December 17th.

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Dungeons & Dragons Online launches the Mists of Ravenloft

There’s a chill in the air through December under normal circumstances, but the chill rushing through Dungeons & Dragons Online is unrelated to the matter of the holidays flying around. No, it’s the misty grasp of Ravenloft reaching through for the appropriately named Mists of Ravenloft expansion, which is out today with the release of game update 37. That means new areas, new quests, a new raid, and a whole new saga. All good reasons to venture into a realm most multiversal travelers would rather ignore, yes?

The update also brings sentient weapons to the game, allowing you to find sentient companions who are also pointy bits of metal. There’s also a limited-time event for veteran status level 10, which lets you jump right in at level 10 from December 7th through December 17th. Check out the full update notes, whether you’re going to keep away from the expansion a bit or can’t wait to enter the terrifying realm of Ravenloft.

Source: Official Site; thanks to DDO Central for the tip!

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Dungeons and Dragons Online begins testing Mists of Ravenloft

With a December release window for the expansion beginning to loom large in Dungeons and Dragons Online’s future, the team at Standing Stone Games pushed forward to get Mists of Ravenloft’s test underway.

The first preview test for the expansion is running from now through Friday, November 10th. It includes all three public spaces, the new Barovia wilderness area, seven dungeons, and the racial AP tome. However, the team informed players that the test will not be covering any raids, the other five dungeons, sentient weapons, favor rewards, and landscape-specific loot.

The expansion will take players to the horror-themed realm of Ravenloft for the first time, becoming the third (or fourth, depending on how you count it) Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting that DDO has used since its launch.

Source: Official forums. Thanks DDOCentral!

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Dungeons and Dragons Online fans break down Ravenloft pre-order packages

Dungeons and Dragons Online fans who find themselves scratching their +2 noggins over the different Mists of Ravenloft pre-order packages now have an ally in their decision-making process.

DDOcast broke down the contents of each of the three expansion offers and assigned a store point value to each item, coming up with a points-per-dollar ratio at the end. It does bear out that the costlier expansion packs offer a better bang for the buck, provided that the customer wants everything in that bundle. Additionally, the crew compared Ravenloft’s packages to the previous expansion’s pre-orders, finding the Shadowfell Conspiracy a better deal on the whole.

But here is one thing that everyone can get for absolutely free: the new Mists of Ravenloft wallpapers. Standing Stone Games posted a series of Strahd wallpapers in different formats for both desktop and mobile backgrounds.

Source: WallpapersDDOcast. Thanks GumpsGang!

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Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft opens pre-orders, aims for December release

The, ahem, bloodiest MMO expansion of 2017 is finally available to pre-purchase. Dungeons and Dragons Online opened up pre-orders today for Mists of Ravenloft, allowing players to secure some extras for their gameplay right now while reserving a copy of the expansion for day one of launch.

As with Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor earlier this year, Mists of Ravenloft’s expansion bundles range from $40 (for a basic edition) to $130 (the “ultimate fan bundle”). It should be noted that all editions include both the expansion and the new Aasimar race, but the Vistani Knife Fighter talent line is limited to the $80 and $130 packages. If players elect to purchase the expansion or the new race with store points, they’ll have to wait until that option becomes available in March 2018.

Speaking of dates, Standing Stone Games says that it is aiming for a release date of December 5th, although the studio is allowing for up to a month of potential delay, meaning that there is a chance that the expansion will slip into 2018.

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Check out character creation, outfits, and hirelings for Dungeon & Dragons Online’s Raveloft jaunt

Looking forward to stepping into Ravenloft with Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft? Sure, theoretically you shouldn’t be excited because you might get trapped in a realm of horror, but when is that ever really a problem? The folks over at DDO Players have taken the opportunity to show off some of the features coming with the new setting, including the character creation for aasimar characters, new cosmetic outfits, and the new gold seal hireling.

Of course, if you want to be surprised by this stuff when you see it in-game, you probably shouldn’t click down and check it out now. But if you just want to see it sooner rather than later? Head along and gawp just below; there’s plenty of video.

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

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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