Light Returns to the Monastery

I will admit to becoming a little burnt out on DDO. What seemed to be a somewhat short break turned out to be a over two-year hiatus. Perhaps I’ll detail what I was doing, gaming-wise, in that off-time on another day.

But I kept my DDO account active. And on returning to the game recently noticed so many fresh and new things to be and to do, especially about my favorite class.

Looking at the new enhancement trees, I rolled up a halfling Rogue to try out the Vistani Fighter enhancements. Dang, that’s a DPS build if ever there was one.

Then I dusted off my Zen Archer build. It still has gas. I was hoping to work in the new effect Missile Deflection to aid in overall defense, but it’s limited to certain races/enhancements, so I’ll have to come back to that.

So much fresh content. The secondary Keep on the Borderlands starter quests were lovely. And Mists of Ravenloft — wow. I am blown away every time I enter that one, and there’s still so much left to do.

There are many tweaks in the game which are nice. The best news for me so far is that none of them have invalidated any of my builds thus far. This might be one benefit of my tendency not to create multiclassed characters. But I am far more open to the idea. We’ll see where that goes.

When I last left off, I had some things in mind to share with other players. Thanks to one friend (who seems to have sadly left the game or has moved her players elsewhere, understandably due to real-life developments) I have a small guild with precisely one player: Me.

I will be seeking additional members in my little guild once I flesh out some details on why it could be useful to others.

And as waited as Update 46 Patch 2 was being implemented in downtime, I had a new build idea.

Without getting anybody’s hopes up, let me finish this return post with some goals I have as I return to play:

  • A new, updated Monk guide. This will be hosted in another spot, simplify reading, and have more build suggestions. It’ll also rid itself of cruft that’s not only outdated but available otherwise on DDO Wiki so it’ll make things easier to keep updated. I will keep the original guide in its place with pointers to the new guide once I have enough of the new guide running.
  • A new Monk build, as noted. As I have in the past, development and gameplay about it will be posted here.

See you soon. Like everyone else in the world, the COVID-19 outbreak has left me with a bit more home-time but also provides more opportunity to play.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Saekee
    Jun 03, 2020 @ 12:58:42

    Welcome back Syn!
    Ravenloft is stunning and Sharn quite nice too.
    Vistani makes ninja rogue splashes fairly uncompromising like before!

    They made a reaper difficulty with spawning reapers that autodetect stealthed builds which killed the stealth playstyle. Worse, they nixed faster sneaking stacking.

    The big rainbow wall coming is an increase level cap and as in Shroud it will kill off a lot of players…I plan to shift to a retired playstyle at that point!

    Am still in Silver Legion! Awesome group of folks


    • teachersyn
      Jun 06, 2020 @ 21:35:09

      Hey pal! Just after coming back I realized I had TWO guides that have been neglected–the stealth guide. Thankfully it doesn’t look like much has change with that mechanic, but perhaps I can revisit that guide later.


  2. ShawnVW
    Jun 03, 2020 @ 13:11:38

    Welcome back, O master.

    I don’t play monks often because they’re challenging. I hope you spend some time addressing those of us who’d like to play but are a little intimidated.


  3. Hartanna
    Jun 03, 2020 @ 19:05:28

    Welcome back, Teachersyn!


  4. DDOCentral
    Jun 04, 2020 @ 00:13:21

    Reblogged this on DDOCentral.


  5. DDOCentral
    Jun 04, 2020 @ 00:24:00

    Welcome back! Looking forward to your updated Monk’s guide.


  6. ddomicki
    Jun 04, 2020 @ 06:04:14

    Stopping by to say hi and welcome back 🙂


  7. Ausdoerrt
    Jun 04, 2020 @ 06:53:46

    Welcome back! Falcon monks are really popular these days. Henshin is in a decent place. Ninja – not so much, but curious how you update your ninja builds. I have both in the stable at the moment.

    If you think Ravenloft is great, wait till you try Sharn!


  8. James Malec
    Jun 04, 2020 @ 07:19:56

    Welcome back! Good time to be a Monk in DDO. Some retooling definitely for existing ones, and yesterday just fixed the T5 Kensei Tree for Crit Range. 😉


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