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BLauritson
post Dec 18 2018, 07:48 PM
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Greetings folks,

Well I've already announced my recent return in the official newbie thread but having read through the currently active threads about people's games with solo characters, I feel inspired to write up my own experiences of starting up Mordor again after so long away from it. All based on a fresh install with only my memories and the occasional tip from the forum to guide me!

When I used to play this game regularly back in my teens I was always fond of solo characters and never really got to grips with running a party. Consequently I don't think I ever made it below Level 6 and although I know of a lot of the later-game and end-game stuff from what I've read on here over the years, I've yet to actually experience it myself and that's something I want to tick off my bucket list in life. I mean, exploring the real world is alright and all, but what good will that do if I'm lying on my death bed thinking, "I really wish I'd confronted Asmodeus in that Mordor game at some point..."? smile.gif

Anyway, onto the game. I decided I wanted to go with the legacy character approach, so I started by creating a big dumb giant (maximum strength and con, the rest in dexterity) to quickly map out the first couple of levels and harvest tomes to be passed on to legacy characters. This big dumb giant is called Grogbog and due to his abysmal mental stats he can't even join the Warrior guild. I mean, he could, but they all just laugh at how stupid he is and he feels embarrassed and starts crying, so the guildmaster refuses to let him join. Or that's my interpretation anyway. Nevertheless he's a level 40 Nomad with 247 hits and can easily hold his own on the first couple of levels.

While it's nice knowing I have a big dumb brute who can harvest tomes by mowing down most every monster in his path, it does get a bit boring when he encounters a slave group so I decided to create another non-legacy character who would perform the same function as Grogbog. This was a good gnome whom I called Gundya, and gave him to the Mage guild so he could charm and instakill the weaker mobs. Unfortunately he was soon abandoned after a few failed resurrections led to my very first ever experience of....complications! Bloody hell it was nasty, stats drained all over the place! So I just gave all of his equipment to Grogbog and deleted him, then created a new gnome with the imaginative name of Gundya v2. Gundya v2 has thankfully fared better than his predecessor and is currently a level 30 Nomad and a level 22 Mage who can charm most insects, animals and humanoids on levels 1 and 2. Unfortunately he's currently pinned at Mage and has a quest to retrieve a padded leather cap, which I'm yet to find any of. Now I could forfeit and continue climbing the Mage ladder, but I think instead this actually presents a good point to stop. Why?

Well, the whole point of Grogbog and later Gundya v2 was to stock up on tomes for the legacy characters, one of whom is now actually ready to start adventuring. Who are they?

As I want to experience the late and end-game this time around, I'm going to force myself to learn how to effectively play with a party. Hence, I've created four characters in readiness for this:
Brundath - Neutral Male Giant. The leader and tank who will level in Warrior primarily, but also Seeker for the perception and movement spells.
Gnumen - Good Male Gnome. A secondary fighter via Paladin but mainly focusing on Mage and Sorcerer for all-round magical support. Gnumen now has maximum constitution thanks to tomes so he will be trained up going forward.
Mythraxa - Good Female Elf. Another spellcaster, her focus will be purely on the magic guilds of Sorcerer and Wizard. Not sure if it's worth levelling in Mage also...it means an extra set of instakill spells to share with Gnumen but I think I want to focus on the Sorcerer-exclusive spells primarily since from reading the forums it sounds like Sorcerer spells such as Electric Field are very useful in the deeper dungeon levels.
Nothrya - Neutral Female Osiri. The thief and healer of the party, possibly with Sorcerer levels also to add additional magical firepower where appropriate. But thief will definitely be her main focus.

Even as I ready myself for party-based adventuring, I cannot deny the sheer joy of running around with my non-legacy mage Gundya v2, enslaving monsters left right and centre only to sell them at the Confinement. Even more joyful is charming Enchanters and Charmers, then letting them slaughter my enemies for me with their wound spells. Actually for the first dungeon level, a pair of enchanters will make short work of most every basic mob on there so that might be worth giving to Gnumen as he claws his way up through the first few guild levels. Can companions be transferred between characters in the same way as items, or can that only be achieved by selling to the Confinement and re-purchasing with the receiving character?

If you got this far then thank you for reading! I will return occasionally with updates on how my party is progressing, although as I want to ensure maximum hit points for all of them it will be a while before the four of them start adventuring together as only Gnumen has maximum constitution at this point in time. And roaming only the upper two levels doesn't exactly make one wealthy enough to re-align all those EVIL tomes I seem to be picking up not_ok.gif. Oh well, never mind smile.gif


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- BLauritson   Back to Mordor after far too long away!   Dec 18 2018, 07:48 PM
- - fischsemmel   Awesome! Endless replayability here, for sure....   Dec 19 2018, 02:55 AM
- - BLauritson   Thanks fischsemmel, I hadn't realised that was...   Dec 19 2018, 08:12 PM
- - BLauritson   Well...I can't claim this first hour of Nomad ...   Dec 19 2018, 09:23 PM
- - fischsemmel   Hah, good times. I swear one of these days I'l...   Dec 19 2018, 10:30 PM
- - Roland   It sounds like you're off to a good start. I t...   Dec 20 2018, 01:03 AM
- - BLauritson   QUOTE (fischsemmel @ Dec 19 2018, 10:30 P...   Dec 22 2018, 10:40 AM
- - BLauritson   And now for the latest updates, all centred around...   Dec 22 2018, 10:42 AM
- - BLauritson   22/12/18 Part 2 - Forfeited down to level 18 and ...   Dec 22 2018, 04:17 PM
|- - korexus   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Dec 22 2018, 04:17 PM...   Dec 22 2018, 09:11 PM
- - Roland   The quest parameter for Nomads is supposedly just ...   Dec 23 2018, 06:38 AM
- - BLauritson   QUOTE (korexus @ Dec 22 2018, 09:11 PM) C...   Dec 23 2018, 09:09 AM
- - BLauritson   And now for the latest essay: 22/12/18 Part 3 - ...   Dec 23 2018, 09:37 PM
- - Roland   Dalyn's Smile fills your Artifact slot - and d...   Dec 24 2018, 06:16 PM
- - BLauritson   Fair enough, I'll just treat it as selling fod...   Dec 24 2018, 09:51 PM
- - fischsemmel   When do you think you'll end up with the full ...   Dec 24 2018, 10:09 PM
- - BLauritson   As soon as either of the other two earn maximum Co...   Dec 24 2018, 11:32 PM
|- - fischsemmel   . I seem to recall using like half of my sorcerer...   Dec 25 2018, 02:00 AM
|- - Mordion   QUOTE (fischsemmel @ Dec 24 2018, 09:00 P...   Dec 25 2018, 05:53 PM
|- - BLauritson   QUOTE (Mordion @ Dec 25 2018, 05:53 PM) T...   Dec 25 2018, 06:34 PM
- - BLauritson   26/12/18 - Not a lot new to report since the 24th...   Dec 26 2018, 11:09 PM
- - BLauritson   28/12/18 Part 1 - Just found my first ever Padded...   Dec 28 2018, 10:54 PM
- - BLauritson   29/12/18 Part 1 - Now that the full party is asse...   Dec 29 2018, 04:52 PM
- - BLauritson   29/12/18 Part 2 - The whole party got teleported ...   Dec 29 2018, 06:52 PM
|- - korexus   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Dec 29 2018, 06:52 PM...   Dec 29 2018, 10:09 PM
|- - Mordion   QUOTE (korexus @ Dec 29 2018, 05:09 PM) R...   Dec 30 2018, 11:42 PM
|- - fischsemmel   QUOTE (Mordion @ Dec 30 2018, 06:42 PM) R...   Dec 31 2018, 02:06 PM
- - BLauritson   Thanks korexus, that's useful to know. I'v...   Dec 29 2018, 10:30 PM
- - BLauritson   Well admittedly I haven't been making time to ...   Jan 10 2019, 11:19 PM
|- - Nudibranch   If that doesn't count as a "you know when...   Jan 11 2019, 01:19 AM
- - BLauritson   Or perhaps it means I'm not playing it enough?   Jan 11 2019, 08:25 PM
- - BLauritson   02/02/19 As much as it pains me to say so, I had ...   Feb 2 2019, 04:42 PM
- - Nudibranch   As if real-world leeches weren't bad enough......   Feb 3 2019, 04:26 AM
- - BLauritson   03/02/19 Started mapping out DL 5 even though DL ...   Feb 3 2019, 07:06 PM
|- - puma   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Feb 3 2019, 01:06 PM)...   Feb 8 2019, 06:08 PM
- - BLauritson   Thanks puma, I must admit now that I've got No...   Feb 8 2019, 06:30 PM
- - BLauritson   And with just under an hour's work, Nothrya is...   Feb 8 2019, 07:30 PM
- - BLauritson   And that's it for tonight, having resumed the ...   Feb 8 2019, 10:58 PM
- - MythrilZenith   Good Female Elf - Mythraxa I don't suppose my ...   Feb 9 2019, 07:09 AM
- - BLauritson   hehe, I'm sure subconsciously it had an influe...   Feb 9 2019, 08:22 AM
|- - Nudibranch   Rods of Ultimate Power are good against zBrats and...   Feb 9 2019, 08:42 PM
- - BLauritson   That's good to know, thanks What dungeon leve...   Feb 9 2019, 09:54 PM
|- - Roland   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Feb 9 2019, 04:54 PM)...   Feb 10 2019, 02:40 AM
- - BLauritson   Thanks Roland   Feb 10 2019, 08:49 AM
- - BLauritson   Highlights from this morning's run: - Found m...   Feb 10 2019, 11:34 AM
- - BLauritson   Well, I've now officially gone deeper than I...   Feb 10 2019, 06:27 PM
- - BLauritson   Well, my first impression of DL 7 is that is a mos...   Feb 10 2019, 07:47 PM
- - puma   DL 7 is my favorite for roaming in the mid game. ...   Feb 10 2019, 08:22 PM
- - BLauritson   Well, after seeing so many entertaining updates on...   Sep 14 2019, 08:00 PM
- - BLauritson   It's funny how quickly things come back to you...   Sep 14 2019, 09:01 PM
- - fischsemmel   Haha, good times. Your dudes have a boatload of hp...   Sep 14 2019, 09:21 PM
- - MythrilZenith   Sounds like you've been having a good go at it...   Sep 15 2019, 07:50 PM
- - BLauritson   Well, I've spent a few more hours on the party...   Sep 15 2019, 09:16 PM
- - MythrilZenith   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Sep 15 2019, 03:16 PM...   Sep 16 2019, 12:09 AM
- - BLauritson   I can understand that. I think it's one of the...   Sep 16 2019, 06:50 AM
- - fischsemmel   I considered a macro program too! Especially b...   Sep 16 2019, 10:28 AM
- - Roland   Here is my secret to casting resistance spells qui...   Sep 16 2019, 03:38 PM
- - BLauritson   Well on today's run Nothrya fumbled another Te...   Sep 16 2019, 08:56 PM
- - fischsemmel   Yeah, don't monkey around with zbrats or thd o...   Sep 16 2019, 09:52 PM
- - BLauritson   That's a good point actually, I've not rea...   Sep 17 2019, 06:45 AM
- - BLauritson   I've mapped out about a sixth of DL 8 now, so ...   Sep 20 2019, 08:27 PM
- - fischsemmel   Are you using mass levitate with a character who g...   Sep 20 2019, 09:02 PM
- - BLauritson   I'm using my Giant Warrior (Brundath) to cast ...   Sep 20 2019, 10:16 PM
- - BLauritson   Well, I've got a good deal of DL 8 mapped out ...   Sep 21 2019, 09:20 PM
- - MythrilZenith   Soul Entrap should have a pretty strong "dama...   Sep 21 2019, 10:05 PM
- - BLauritson   Ah, I realise now my fatal mistake on the Gibberin...   Sep 22 2019, 07:10 AM
|- - fischsemmel   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Sep 22 2019, 03:10 AM...   Sep 26 2019, 09:45 PM
- - BLauritson   Memo to self: Whenever I change a party member...   Sep 26 2019, 09:18 PM
|- - Roland   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Sep 26 2019, 05:18 PM...   Sep 26 2019, 09:39 PM
- - BLauritson   Thanks both, that's good to know   Sep 27 2019, 06:00 AM
- - BLauritson   Well, I really need to pay more attention to the d...   Sep 28 2019, 09:21 PM
- - BLauritson   Finally found a Wererat to slay, so Brundath is no...   Sep 29 2019, 04:37 PM
- - BLauritson   OK, despite my previous frustrations I did just fi...   Sep 29 2019, 08:56 PM
- - MythrilZenith   Paladin is really the best warrior-type guild a Gn...   Sep 30 2019, 01:40 AM
- - BLauritson   Thanks, that's good to know, especially on the...   Sep 30 2019, 06:27 PM
- - BLauritson   Mythraxa has now reached Wizard level 41 with 359 ...   Sep 30 2019, 08:44 PM
- - BLauritson   I've now officially mapped out all of DL 9, so...   Oct 5 2019, 10:00 AM
- - BLauritson   I must admit I'm incredibly surprised at how w...   Oct 5 2019, 06:18 PM
- - MythrilZenith   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Oct 5 2019, 12:18 PM)...   Oct 5 2019, 08:56 PM
|- - Roland   QUOTE (MythrilZenith @ Oct 5 2019, 04:56 ...   Oct 6 2019, 05:34 AM
- - BLauritson   That is crazy that Villains can essentially do as ...   Oct 6 2019, 07:07 AM
|- - Roland   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Oct 6 2019, 03:07 AM)...   Oct 6 2019, 11:10 PM
|- - fischsemmel   Eh. Like I said. I just don't think wizard bri...   Oct 9 2019, 12:22 PM
|- - BLauritson   QUOTE (fischsemmel @ Oct 9 2019, 01:22 PM...   Oct 9 2019, 05:09 PM
- - MythrilZenith   QUOTE (BLauritson @ Oct 6 2019, 01:07 AM)...   Oct 6 2019, 04:20 PM
- - fischsemmel   No healing would be a big problem though, unless y...   Oct 7 2019, 10:49 AM
|- - Roland   QUOTE (fischsemmel @ Oct 7 2019, 06:49 AM...   Oct 7 2019, 03:46 PM
|- - fischsemmel   QUOTE (Roland @ Oct 7 2019, 11:46 AM) I...   Oct 7 2019, 05:48 PM
|- - Roland   QUOTE (fischsemmel @ Oct 7 2019, 01:48 PM...   Oct 7 2019, 06:39 PM
- - fischsemmel   Hmm. I'm just not feelin it I guess. WoD is co...   Oct 7 2019, 07:40 PM
|- - Roland   QUOTE (fischsemmel @ Oct 7 2019, 03:40 PM...   Oct 9 2019, 01:05 AM
- - MythrilZenith   Seeker levels are nice to have when you're bei...   Oct 10 2019, 02:24 PM
- - Roland   Thanks for the feedback on my Ninja/Wizard idea (e...   Oct 10 2019, 08:57 PM
|- - BLauritson   QUOTE (Roland @ Oct 10 2019, 09:57 PM) An...   Oct 10 2019, 09:51 PM
- - fischsemmel   I think nomad+1 could realistically do ok on 15. W...   Oct 11 2019, 10:08 AM
- - BLauritson   I suppose depending on which guilds you chose for ...   Oct 11 2019, 04:50 PM
- - fischsemmel   I've never really tested it, but my gut feelin...   Oct 11 2019, 05:19 PM
- - MythrilZenith   Yeah, if you're default-casting spells you...   Oct 12 2019, 01:33 AM


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