Lower-level magic can be found at every level of society, powering Eberron from the ground up, whereas high-level magic is even more exceptionally rare than it is in the other settings. Metal constructs walk the streets alongside shapeshifters and humans marked by great draconic power. Murder on the Lightning Rail Express, anyone? That also means that artificers can build nonmagical tools which still come in plenty handy, as any player can attest and attune to more magical items than any other class. There are already three subclass choices for artificers: first, the alchemist, who specializes in potion-making and expanded healing. Battle smiths have magical martial weapons and, best of all, a robot dog backing them up.
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Stormreach is a giant-scaled city, recently settled by humans. Adventures and quests are available beyond the city walls , across the continent. This meant considerable changes in the handling of combat and character skills; differences include increased hit possibilities in a round , increased spell casting resources over rest periods, and the use of a spell point system instead of spell slots.
The character is helped by a band of citizens Jeets, Cellimas, and Talbron who want to end the rule of the Sahuagin on Korthos Island. The White dragon Aussircaex is being controlled by a Mindflayer Creature through the use of a Mindsunder Artifact, and is plaguing the island. After achieving success in Korthos Island, the player is sent to Stormreach. The reopening of the gate to Xoriat.
Devils from Shavarath attempt to invade and conquer Eberron. Pirates attempt to gain a foothold in House Deneith before conquering Stormreach. Droaam an army of Medusas, orcs, kobolds, and gnolls attempt to play war games with the lords of Stormreach. The Lord of Blades takes over a Quori creation forge under Stormreach and tries to wipe out all living races.
The camera follows behind the player and can be adjusted to view surroundings, or can be changed to a first-person perspective. The game can be controlled either by keyboard or gamepad , with the ability to remap actions to suit the player. Items and action abilities may be placed and activated within a toolbar on screen.
Characters move in 3D via directional keys and may dodge long range attacks. A party system emphasizes multiple players forming groups, by accessing by the grouping panel. Players interact via screen chat windows, or by voice chat among party members. After creating a character, players are required to go through a tutorial, and then receive quests from non-player characters.
After accumulating enough experience points through quests, the character gains a level, which grants access to feats, spells, and skills. The game initially limited characters to a maximum level of 10, but has since increased the limit to Unlike most other RPGs, experience points are not gained by killing monsters, but rather by completing quests.
Each quest has a base level, with the XP reward lessened if any of the party members are above that level. Characters more than two levels below the "base level" are not allowed to initiate a quest, but they are able to join a quest started by another party member. Characters more than three levels below the highest level character are penalized for being "powerleveled", and get significantly less XP. Some dungeons require several visits to the quest giver to complete the entire quest chain.
Speaking to the quest giver allows players to repeat the quest, although each time through reduces the amount of XP and loot awarded. Once enough quests are completed, the character will attract the attention of patrons, who give special rewards, such as long-lasting spells or exclusive items, and in some cases, unlocking special races or classes which can also be purchased through the DDO Store.
A mid-level quest chain features Arneson. Epic quests are further divided into epic normal, epic hard and Epic Elite. Solo and epic are only available on a small number of quests; solo quests must be completed alone, and are rare outside tutorials, while epic quests are offered once level 20 is reached.
All difficulty levels give an XP bonus the first time the quest is run at the given level, but elite gives a much higher bonus. Higher difficulty levels provide a much more challenging experience to the players, with monsters making use of more powerful spells and traps.
The quality of the loot items, equipment, etc. Casual is frequently used by newer players to learn the game, or by higher-level characters to quickly achieve prerequisites for raids or to farm materials used in crafting. There are 6 sagas,  with different bonuses depending on what difficulty setting they are attempted on. Sagas provide an incentive for completing entire questlines. Character deeds give bonuses of experience depending on the number of monsters killed of a certain type, while account deeds provide bonuses of Astral Shards for use in the Shard Exchange, or Jewels of Fortune which increase the level of loot you get from quest chests.
Once all account deeds have been accomplished for a certain type of creature, players are allowed to see the total number of Hit Points that type of creature has.
Marketing, socializing, and quest selection are done in community areas. The French and German localized versions have been discontinued.
There were no servers for the Southern Hemisphere market. The game distributed in Australia by Atari was the US version. When the European servers went offline in , players were able to transfer their characters to the American servers. Aasimar, Dragonborn, Gnome, Half-elf, Half-orc, and Warforged races are available for subscribers, or can be purchased. They require the player to start their first level as a certain class.
If the PC decides to follow the path the Iconic Hero is designed for, all 15 levels will be taken in this class. After level 1, however, players are free to take any class they wish. Players choose an initial class, but do not have to remain in that class. The Favored Souls and Artificers classes must either be unlocked or purchased, while Monks, Warlocks and Druids are premium classes requiring either an active subscription or purchase in the online store.
There are no experience penalties for multiclass characters. Apart from alignment, there are no restrictions on multi-class combinations. Choosing a path automatically gives the character feats when they gain a level. Feats are special abilities that grant a character additional actions or abilities. Skills can be increased to give higher bonuses or satisfy prerequisites. Enhancements can be chosen to augment feats and class-based abilities.
Regular feats are available to any class, but class feats can only be chosen by specific classes. Every class is granted at least one feat during character creation, as well as one every third level. Each skill has a governing attribute, which may apply a bonus or penalty. Some skills are limited to success or failure, while others give incremental bonuses with each skill point.
The number of skill points one can distribute is limited by class and the Intelligence attribute. Levels have five tiers, and each tier reached grants one "action point", for a total of four points per level.
These can be used in enhancement trees to provide bonuses to skills or special abilities. Each class has a certain number of enhancement trees to further enhance the PC, and every PC gets one race tree providing racial bonuses. A player is given a total of 80 enhancement points through level They allow a player to further specialize their character after level Upon completing a tier in a particular destiny, an action point is given that can only be spent in that epic destiny.
A player can earn a total of 24 action points in a tree, with only one destiny active at one time. A player may choose to switch to an adjacent destiny on the epic destiny map once a certain number of levels have been achieved, or by purchasing a special item from the DDO. A player is given 3 total Twists of Fate that let the player choose 3 skills from the first 3 tiers of Epic Destiny trees to use even if that Epic Destiny is no longer active, providing bonuses from other trees that players would otherwise no longer get.
Players have access to several types of reincarnation: lesser, true heroic or iconic , and epic. They do not lose any experience or levels through lesser reincarnation. After re-leveling, the player can re-allocate earned enhancement points. Lesser Reincarnation also increases the starting build points from 28 to 32 for non-Drow characters.
It completely erases the character as it was. The player is free to select a new race, appearance and class for the character. Ultimately, this allows the player to make an entirely new, stronger character. Characters lose their epic experience and start again at level 20, receiving an epic past life feat. Gary Gygax provided some narration before his death.
On November 1, , Turbine announced that the public beta test was open. Turbine, in association with Fileplanet and IGN , completed three public stress tests of the game, with the last ending on February 12,
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