Archive for November, 2011

Chronicle of a Quarter Century

November 28, 2011 - 6:29 pm No Comments

While I can’t say that I’ve overly enjoyed the time I’ve spent in Japan, I can say there have been moments when I was overjoyed to be here. The Tokyo Game Show. The Akihabara (aka. Electric City). School girl outfits… eh, sorry, off topic there.

I recently took a trip back to Rapongi. I hadn’t been there since 2007 when I first arrived here in Japan. We came across the Mori Art Museum advertisement and I saw the poster for “The Dragon Quest Chronicle of a Quarter Century” and I immediately said out loud, “Oh, I’ve GOT to see this.” Something like ¥6000 later for my family of four, we were looking at gaming history. Hit the jump to read about my journey through 25 years of Dragon Quest history. (more…)

Playing Rogue: Ranger

November 4, 2011 - 10:34 pm No Comments

Playing Rogue: Ranger

Way of the Hunter

With all the buzz about Marksman, the former standard for Rogue ranged DPS – Ranger (no, we don’t really count the Sabo as ranged DPS here!) – has been a bit under-represented. Before the changes 1.5 brought to Marksman, Ranger was the only Rogue soul that truly excelled at arrows and bullets combat. The Sozu ranger build was king and Marksman was merely a laughed about sub-soul to bring a purge to kill Uruluuk. Now the Marksman talk overshadows Ranger and little attention has gone their way.

There is hope for the pet loving players, however. The 39 point Deep Ranger build brings plenty to the table. In fact, this build can do comparable single target DPS to the 51 Marksman builds and even surpass them in fights with a lot of movement. The reason for this is that damage bonus is dumped into Shadow Fire, instead of Master Archer. Since Shadow Fire is a timed buff and not restricted to standing still, a Ranger on the move will beat out a Marksman on the move. Read through the cut for details on the 39 point Deep Ranger build.

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