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Iron Breaker at 14

Looking forward at my skills for the next few levels, it’s apparent that 14 is when things start to really look good for Iron Breakers in RvR.  I just got my knockback ability, which is simply a blast.  Knocking healers into my group for quick destruction or knocking that Witch Elf away from my healer is a wonderful thing.  Then I get some nice tactics, my anti-snare ability at 18, and at 20 I get an AoE taunt.

Things are looking up for Knob (at least more than normal for a 3′ tall tank).

Iron Breaker at 13

Knob, my mighty dwarf Iron Breaker, is about to hit 14, so I figured I’d git a recap of what I’ve been up to lately.  My wife is playing a Bright Wizard and acts as a companion to Knob most of the time.  We’ve been journeying through the dwarf pairing, and I have to say that I am enjoying it a bit more than the elf pairing.  It’s not that it’s strictly better, but the feeling of the quests are just more my style.  They all revolve around vengeance against the orders of destruction, finding lost artifacts and gold, or getting someone more ale.  It’s much nicer than the stuffy elf quests.

As far as powers go, in PvE I basically spam Grudging Blow and the occasional Taunt to keep the baddies off my wife.  She does all the damage, so I just need to tank.  Vengeful Strike and Shield of Reprisal get some use when fighting bigger mobs, but usually it’s a pretty basic chain.  RvR adds a few more in at this point.  I get my snare in Binding Grudge, and I get to unleash a few of my higher damage powers, but still I pretty much rely on Taunt and getting in the enemies’ way long enough for my team to take them down.

My biggest issue at this point in RvR, is that I have few good ways of potecting my team.  I have Guard, which is awesome and of course Taunt, which can be quite useful, but that’s it.  Hold the Line seems ok, but doesn’t get a lot of use.  Shield of Reprisal could be awesome, but it requires me to block an attack first, which doesn’t happen nearly often enough, especially when they are attacking my team instead of me.  Eventually I’ll be getting some knockbacks and better defensive things, but for now I’m just a speedbump.

Beyond that, I’m really enjoying the Iron Breaker.  He’s short and ornery and carries a big axe.

Eventful Weekend

We were originally planning on visiting my grandparents this weekend, but due to the weather and my parents not wanting to drive we had a change of plans.  Instead Gina and I drove the other way and visited my parents, since my sister and aunt were also in town.  We only stayed one night, though, because we had other things we wanted to do this weekend.  Like play WAR!

My wife is now playing and having a blast.  Literally.  She’s playing a Bright Wizard, which for those who don’t know, is the class that throws fires around.  I’m playing a dwarf Ironbreaker to protect her.  It’s been a lot of fun so far and we made it into Tier 2 tonight.  I’ve even managed to get her into some of the RvR stuff.  Here is a screenshot of my dwarf.

As for Tinius, things have been going well.  They’ve increased the amount of experience for the high levels, so I’m progressing a bit quicker now.  Here he is in his latest outfit.

And here he is at the last fight of a public quest.  We’re fighting a sorceror that has just summoned a giant demon to attack us.

Weekend Wanderings

First off, I’d just like to say that I really wish that the Raiders could finish off a game as well as they started them.  The Raiders would be 3-1 right now if it weren’t for the 4th quarter.  Grrr.

In other news, I managed to get Tinius to level 20 last night.  He now has a horse and a last name.  So if you see Tinius Olsen the Witch Hunter riding through Avelon on Phoenix Throne, that would be me 😀  He’s really starting to look pretty damn awesome.  Right now he’s decked out in white and blue.  Eventually once I start being able to reliably make dyes, I’m going to try for either a dark blue or possible deep red.  As it is, though, the red available from the vendors looks more pink than anything, and that just isn’t right.  I took a screen shot of him last night, so I’ll have to post that later today when I get the chance.

I’ve also decided that I am going to concentrate fully on him until he hits the cap.  I had started an Ironbreaker that was a lot of fun, but with Tinius I’m already lagging a ways behind the rest of the guild, and I’d rather not be stuck without people to play with any more than I have to be.

Warhammer – Benny Hill Style

I ran into this situation today doing a public quest in dwarf country.  The Shadow Warrior out front was being chased by the orc boss, and then there were three dwarf Ironbreakers chasing the orc.  The elf was doing too much damage, so the dwarfs couldn’t pull the orc off of him.  They all ran around like this for about two minutes before the dwarfs finally got his attention.  All the scene needed was yakkity sax.

Here is a close up shot of Tinius, my witch hunter on Phoenix Throne.

Keep Siege!

So my guild in Warhammer Online managed to take a keep tonight in RvR.  It was insane.  It took a few tries and was a general mess all around, but eventually we figured out a kind of strategy.

Here are a few pictures of the mob taking down the keep lord.

All in all it was a great time, and hopefully next time will be a bit more organized.

Warhammer Online Goes Live!

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning went live at least for people who preordered the Collector’s Edition.  I was one of those lucky people, so I was there.  Servers went live at about 11:00 am central time, and I managed to get started at about 11:30.  I got everything patched up, made my characters on my guild’s chosen server (Phoenix Throne), and then proceeded to sit in a queue for about an hour.  Luckily this gave me some time to make lunch and put my son down for a nap.

Things went pretty smoothly overall.  There were some problems, though, like the game kicking me to the character selection screen only moments after I finally got through the login queue for the first time, which meant I had to sit in that queue a second time before I could play.  They raised the population cap about halfway through my time in the queue and I got in early then I expected.  After that it was all smooth sailing.

I join up with my friends, ran some public quests, played a few scenarios, and helped to form the guild.  A little later after a scenario ended, they were kicked to desktop, while I managed to stay in the game.  We decided to stay away from scenarios for a bit in case the same thing happened again.  So we ran more PQs, and I managed to roll pretty terribly for the end loot in most cases.  Placing in the top 5 for contribution and then rolling sub-100 rolls doesn’t lead to many wins 😛

All in all it was a great time.  The servers were stable and there was almost zero lag.  Things ran great.  I’m loving the fact that I can actually play a character that won’t disappear in the next few days.

Hats off to Mythic for a great launch.  Keep it up!


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