Sunday, 30 April 2017

Blood on Blood

So thinking that because of the True Heart of Blood is used for racial reincarnation it gives me an excuse for calling this piece blood on blood and playing some Bon Jovi. So having decided on 3 characters racial reincarnations I started my first.

Blood time
Merlin was always intended to be a sorcerer, been working on him for some time. Past lives as a cleric, favoured soul, artificer, wizard and sorc means he has plenty of passive assistance in the future. The wiki will tell you what having 3 past lives in each will bring as benefits but it seemed those lives would really make for a better sorc. So we look at what he would need as a sorcerer in terms of racial benefits? Wisdom is not a fantastic help to an arcance but I have already got human 1 because of the last life he was human. Thus makes sense to do two more, well at least to me, then I can add in Gnome, Halfling, Half Elf, Elf and Dragon Born. I have hear the cries from the audience about the benefit of going wooden and dwarf, well while constitution is a nice to have it is not a major part of this build and considering the other characters I have to deal with I am going to save the 6 stones of experience I have to get through Warforged as I prefer squishy toons. I know everyone has their favourites and at the moment Merlin is mine. Breezed through Kothos and as I said on twitter starting to think I can do misery's Peak blindfolded. I estimate I have run it over 400 times so yeah can guess  what is round each corner.
So I got started at last
Next on my favourites list is Grouseman the Halfling Assassin, so rogue that likes backstabbing, 15 past lives including one of each class. So he has the completionist feat or what I guess will be called the class completionist. Now I intend to run 3 of every race but as I am not overly keen on Warforged there goes 3 of my stones. I have no idea where he will finish up in terms of class, factor in the racial bonuses a +5 supreme tome and the completionist feat he can pretty much do any race and class well. But his final life will be left to an impulse or whim, the only surety is divine is the least likely when you have all the bonuses he will have. Choices will be made and getting him through warforged first as an artificer will be the goal. Whatever class he ends up he has a fine collection of Kukris which probably will see him come back to playing as a rogue.
Notice a common thread in the names?
Finally Grouseconan the barbarian. His end game options are already decided but dwarf, warforged, halfling, elf and half orc means another 15 lives not including another Barbarian past life rquired so 16 maybe 17 lifes to come. Not sure of the order apart from getting through warforged... notice a common feature on my characters?
Human 1
So I will need a lot of tokens of the twelve so this means my spare game time (if I have any) is being spent on my favoured soul and my iconic currently bladeforged. They can grind a certain quest and get me many tokens, the intention is if I get the iconic to cap I can start Ziggy's other lives but slowly while I focus on my 3 main.
No matter how many times I see this I still smile, main reason not to blindfold!

Happy rebirth to all those reincarnating.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Too Much Thinking

I have had an issue with writing this blog piece and it is only because I actually talked to someone who told me to stop worrying about getting this out it would come when it is ready which of course the moment you do stop worrying it all comes back into focus. The gap between this and the last piece show how much dedication other bloggers have considering they published daily or weekly and to those who stream mucho respect. I mean seriously just to get a piece out every week would be too much for me to be sure of doing. And as I write for two blogs one of which is nothing to do with gaming you realise just what a lazy git I can be.
See I had to have 1
So what is this all about and why has it taken so long? Well update 35 came out with dragonborn which many people rushed to have including myself and my guildie but that isn't what threw me. Instead my mind has been struggling with constructing plans to reincarnate characters. Just the sheer immensity of the number of possible combinations and permintations has had me all in a dither. I have 22 characters that will reincarnate at least 3 times, this was before the update and now I am having to construct plans to add in racial reincarnations to characters to either add to their focus or to add in at least a first racial life bonus of a skill improvement.
I haven't even added in my Iconic
So Grouseman has had 15 lives which include every class so has the completionist bonus even though he hasn't has 3 lives in each class. Now we add in the racial bonuses, which considering 10 races with 3 lives of each to racial reincarnate means 30 heroic true heart of blood, plus 29 True druidic heart of wood. So just to get this one character to the point I want him means another 59 reincarnations.  This of course is just one of the 22 characters I am working on. Taking aside the iconic character which has a different focus completely if has just blown my mind about where I go to with each one. Certainly for my specialistions there is a lot more work to come.
Conan, looking like he has a ton more work to do
So Air Savant Sorcerer GrouseMerlin has had 3 past lives of sorcerer, 3 Favoured Soul, 3 Warlock and 3 Wizard. So Merlin has had 13 lives so far but if I am to truly hyperpower him I really will need 3 Dragonborn, 3 Half Elf, 3 Halfling, 3 Elf and then do I take the at least 2 lives of Dwarf and Warforged for the constitution bonuses? Really it just starts to pile up to a level that truly is almost frustrating. And yes I have only covered 2 characters so far and to be honest it is a little overwhelming.
Grouseman part 1
Just to add to the mix is Grouseconan, he has had a past barbarian, 3 past monk, 2 past fighter lives and is on his third fighter. Before update 35 the intention was just 3 more barbarian lives but now I have to really work on 3 past dwarf, 3 past warforged and 3 past lives as Half Orc. So instead of planning for 3 more lives I am now planning 12. So you see already  have at least 75 reincarnations for just 3 characters. And then we have 19 more characters to work on! HELP!!!
Grouseman part 2 much work

So you can see why my brain has been frazzled and why I have been trying to get my head round the real implication of update 35. I am struggling to be honest to work out just how many years it will take for me to get to the point where the 3 characters I have focused on settles down and I can start planning other characters. I am certain the next 5 years will be busy for me and I am not sure I will get to the point where I can start with Grousealden who has taken a +5 supreme tome, if I can focus in the other bonuses from racial reincarnation and the +2 bonus from the ship the fact is I will be looking at least 200 reincarnations to meet every character's demands. In fact It could well be as much as 350 reincarnations as we currently are and that would mean 7000 tokens of the twelve.

Happy Reincarnation.