April 19th, 2005

25¢ Gaara

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I've been thinking of making an offender defender with kinetics as his primary, but I can't decide what secondary set to take. Would radiation or psychic be better suited for a kinetics defender?
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Puck (silly)

Squishy tanker?

I thought the defining characteristic of a tanker was the ability to take lots of hits but suffer minimal damage. The tanker on the team of level 27-29s that I joined last night on Striga, however, was squishier than the blasters and scrappers. Even with Regeneration Aura bestowed upon him, I was still having to heal him every fifteen seconds or so.

The real entertainment, however, came about halfway into the mission when I got a phone call. We had just finished clearing a room of vampires and were standing near the tunnel leading to the next. "Phone, AFK / BRB" I say. And then I sat at my desk, taking the call and watching the chat continue on the team channel. "Let's keep going. Just be careful," says the team leader, a blaster. They disappear from sight down the tunnel. A few minutes later, health and stamina bars start fluctuating...

Leader: Sniping.
Leader: Don't run in there, dude. (He's talking to the tanker, I presume.)
Leader: I said don't!!!
Tanker: Heal plz.
Scrapper: Lady is AFK! (i.e., Lady Foxx, my defender)
Leader: Run!!!

(status bars all drop rapidly into orange, red, then black with skull and crossbones)

Tanker: GREAT! (string of profanities) 29K DEBT!!!
Leader: Idiot, you got us all killed!
Leader: I told you to wait!
Tanker: Where was (more profanities) healer?
Scrapper: I hope Lady has tele and rez.
Tanker: This (profanity) team sux.
Leader: You're just mad cuz you died.

(tanker quits team)

So the team brought in a gravity / empathy controller and a dark / psychic defender to replace the squishy / hard of hearing tanker, and when I returned to the game, we swept through the rest of the mission. But I'm still wondering how a tanker with damage resistance that poor made it all the way to Level 27.
gummy little fella

City of Heroes update

Ok, so here's my recent adventures on Virtue.

Oceanlord (Mutant Martial Arts/Super Reflexes scrapper with Super speed) just hit Security Level 14 yesterday, and I was kind of shocked at how smoothly it has been going lately. The secret of this seems to be smart team-play and hit the missions pretty hard. Having a movement power helps a lot. This is my 'serious' character. I also have a lot of alts that I like to play (I haven't figured out what the right class is for me yet). I've only been playing a couple of weeks.

The first part of Sec. Level 13 was very rough. I've accumulated a lot of XP debt over this level and 12th (just under 2000 now, but it was as high as 3000+ at one point), and I was having trouble taking down even single yellow guys or more than 2 whites at once without getting hurt bad. Soloing doesn't work very well for me. But somewhere along the line I started getting a lot of teams recruiting me. That is awesome.

After that- it's like someone turned on an XP faucet. With a decent defender at my back, I can fight again, and I seem to be very useful. I've also picked up a lot of tactics-- like using my Warrior's Challenge to peel a few bad guys off an overwhelming group and into an ambush zone. At one point we were fighting these trollkin in a cave-hideout on the south side of the Hollows. There must have been 40 or 50 in the group. Piece by piece we took them down with very well-targetted taunts.

This last week Oceanlord took part in two deep cave missions in the Hollows, and both turned out very well. I was with a group in Skyway City against Unlucky Pete and the Lost and it went ok. I got killed at one point along with the rest of the frontline fighters (Iron Spectre, some tank with a stupid name, and Frozen Death at that point), but I had a stack of revives. When the blasters and controller pulled back, the Lost gave chase, leaving our bodies on the floor. After the coast cleared, I was able to revive myself, pass out the other revives. We all did a quick kneel to catch our breaths and then led a rear flank against the bad guys to rescue the rest of the team. That was pretty cool.

My other Virtue alts are cool, but are all around 4th-7th. They are Dragon Grrl (an illusionist), Stranglevine (a healer), Inviktus (a troll brawler armed with a war mace), and Grav Girl (a gravity controller). If you see me, say hi!
Bumblebee - Game Face

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You know...

... it's amazing how much your can customize your characters in this game. Really, it is. Sometimes I find myself bitching about certain limits, but then I realize that this game offers so many flexible builds and looks for every character. I feel unique.

Just thought I'd share.

~ Windlacer - 50 Energy/Energy/Force Blaster
~ 'Lacer - 36 Invulnerable/Energy Tanker

Fire/Storm Controller

A big thanks to Azarel the muse for the suggestion of a fire/storm controller.
Does anyone at NPC know how powerful this toon is? I've been able to solo this one with 1 death so far from 1-10 very easily. I'm looking forward to the latter levels since this will be a great toon to have as a support character for any teams and of course the sg I belong to :).