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    Default U55 Preview 1 (5/10 - 5/12)

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    Everything seen on the preview server, Lamannia, is not final and is subject to change or removal before live release.


    Hello, folks! Preview 1 of Update 55 for the Isle of Dread is now open as of 1pm EDT on Tuesday, May 10th! It is expected to remain open into the afternoon (EDT) of Thursday, May 12th.

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    Update 55 contains a number of features and quests for our upcoming expansion pack, the Isle of Dread, including loot and the increase of our overall level cap from 30 to 32, along with some minor changes and bugfixes.

    To access the new Dread content, speak to Lord Poincelot in the Dread Overlook (reached through a portal in the middle of the Test Dojo) to be granted preview server specific DDO points and then "purchase" the content pack in the "New to DDO" category of the DDO Preview Store. You can then speak to The Questgiver nearby to be teleported directly into the four quests available in this preview. As the NPC will note for you, we recommend doing the first three before tackling the final dungeon.

    To provide a little more detail on what you can expect to see in this preview, please review the items below:


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    Bugfixes

    • A large variety of typos in various pieces of content and the UI have been fixed
    • Fixed incorrect DC description for Devour the Soul
    • SLAs in Divine Disciple may now heal undead players
    • The Heighten metamagic will no longer lower your spell DCs
    • Greater Color Spray SLAs are now considered to be spell level 5
    • Quench from Bottled Rainstorm now has a 1s cooldown for safety purposes
    • Removed visual effects from Tidal's on-hit imbue to prevent client lag
    • Several armors have had their max dex bonus corrected to appropriate values
    • The Banquet Hall amenity no longer removes itself while zoning
    • Ottos Stones of Experience no longer tell you that they add Epic Destiny XP
    • Stat damage in dungeons is now restored more reliably
    • Recipe text for augments in the Remnant Vendor are now correct
    • On-hit fire damage from champions now respects its internal cooldown
    • Produce Flame may now be cast directionally
    • Fixed a tabaxi character creation bug (bow backwards)



    Gameplay Changes

    • The evil spirit that has been resetting so many bear traps after they've been triggered has been exorcised from DDO for now. Most bear traps will now only trigger once.
    • You may now trade 100 pack ingredients for a Star Fragment, and 100 Star Fragments and 500 Threads of Fate for a Nebula Fragment
    • Enchantment is now an option for Magus T3 DCs
    • Teleport items found within expansion packs have been upgraded! These items are now able to teleport you to all destinations that the other teleport items had access to - this means that if you have one of these items, you'll be able to teleport directly to the locations of all of them. You must own the item associated with the location you are attempting to teleport to. This means that, for example, when using the Sharn Boarding Pass, you'll be able to teleport to the Feywild if you own the Feywild Tuning Fork as a part of your account. However, you do not need to have the Tuning fork with you to do this - which means that carrying one of these items is now equivalent to carrying all of them, potentially saving you inventory space. You may also drag these individual locations from the menu onto your hotbars, so if you need to reach a specific destination often, you can activate them from there instead of from your inventory. The following items are affected:
      • Isle of Dread Treasure Map*
      • Saltmarsh Compass
      • Feywild Tuning Fork
      • Sharn Boarding Pass
      • Bottle of Mist


    * Note that for Preview 1 of U55, the Isle of Dread Treasure Map will take you to the Marketplace, as the real place it's sending you isn't quite ready!


    UI Changes

    • Items within the Shared Crafting Storage now update their names and descriptions automagically should they be changed in a game update!
    • Item bind status is now displayed on one line in item tooltips
    • Multiple improvements have been made to how weapons display their dice:
      • Base damage rating now factors in your ability score modifier, which makes it a much better estimator of a weapon's relative effectiveness
      • Weapons no longer show dice estimations for their base and critical rolls, instead displaying a simplified view so that it's easier to understand what numbers mean
    • Augments now display much prettier! Their slot types now appear in examination and are color-coded appropriately
    • There is now a separate icon for each Tome of Learning you've consumed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomizir View Post
    [*]You may now trade 100 pack ingredients for a Star Fragment, and 100 Star Fragments and 500 Threads of Fate for a Nebula Fragment
    [*]Teleport items found within expansion packs have been upgraded! These items are now able to teleport you to all destinations that the other teleport items had access to - this means that if you have one of these items, you'll be able to teleport directly to the locations of all of them. You must own the item associated with the location you are attempting to teleport to. This means that, for example, when using the Sharn Boarding Pass, you'll be able to teleport to the Feywild if you own the Feywild Tuning Fork as a part of your account. However, you do not need to have the Tuning fork with you to do this - which means that carrying one of these items is now equivalent to carrying all of them, potentially saving you inventory space. You may also drag these individual locations from the menu onto your hotbars, so if you need to reach a specific destination often, you can activate them from there instead of from your inventory. The following items are affected:
    Wow, those are both really nice to see.

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    Wow this looks really good so far!

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    Any plans to put the Bottle of Mist in the DDO Store since it’s no longer possible to upgrade the Ravenloft pack to get it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirea View Post
    any plans to put the bottle of mist in the ddo store since it’s no longer possible to upgrade the ravenloft pack to get it?
    ^^^^ this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomizir View Post
    [*]You may now trade 100 pack ingredients for a Star Fragment, and 100 Star Fragments and 500 Threads of Fate for a Nebula Fragment
    Sure would be nice if they expanded the crappy selection of current Perfected items to include ALL current artifacts in the game........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirea View Post
    Any plans to put the Bottle of Mist in the DDO Store since it’s no longer possible to upgrade the Ravenloft pack to get it?
    All of the other discontinued old expansion items, too.

    Personally, I would buy the hirelings that I am missing.

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    Came here first as the first post to read not really expecting much, but the Nebula change and the teleport changes are awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomizir View Post
    [COLOR=#ff0000][*]The Heighten metamagic will no longer lower your spell DCs[*]Greater Color Spray SLAs are now considered to be spell level 5
    Hmm, which spells did Heighten lower the DC of?

    Also, what does the change to Greater Color Spray SLA mean? Does it lower the DC on the effect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikarddo View Post
    Hmm, which spells did Heighten lower the DC of?

    Also, what does the change to Greater Color Spray SLA mean? Does it lower the DC on the effect?
    1: This was a narrow case! The easiest way to see this would be to put Heighten on for the Soul Eater capstone: Heighten sets the spell level to 6 (since you have a max of level 6 Warlock spells) but Devour the Soul is a level 8 spell, so it would actually lower the DC. This code change was pretty simple (aka only change the value if the changed value is greater than 0) so all of those corner cases should be cleaned up.

    2: Behind the scenes, that spell was level 1, so this is a net gain of 4 DCs.
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    Default iconic TR

    I didn't see any mention of iconic TRs in the update. Are they still going to be TRing at 30 or have to go to max level at 32 and use the legendary exp?

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    some of the epic destinies 4th cores are all over the place at 30, 31 , or 32
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    Quote Originally Posted by caellwin View Post
    some of the epic destinies 4th cores are all over the place at 30, 31 , or 32
    They aren't finished in this preview, but all 4th Cores in Destinies will be ML32.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomizir View Post
    [*]You may now trade 100 pack ingredients for a Star Fragment, and 100 Star Fragments and 500 Threads of Fate for a Nebula Fragment
    Which packs? Saltmarsh and Isle of Dread only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nytethrash View Post
    I didn't see any mention of iconic TRs in the update. Are they still going to be TRing at 30 or have to go to max level at 32 and use the legendary exp?
    Iconic and Epic TRing aren't changing. I'll get this added to the Level Cap Increase post asap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomizir View Post
    • Multiple improvements have been made to how weapons display their dice:
      • Base damage rating now factors in your ability score modifier, which makes it a much better estimator of a weapon's relative effectiveness

    Is this factoring in of your ability score modifier only for items in your inventory or does this also apply to items in chests, rewards lists, auction house, linked in chat, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wahnsinnig View Post
    Which packs? Saltmarsh and Isle of Dread only?
    It was all the s/s/s quest ingredients at the altar to convert to star fragments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirea View Post
    Any plans to put the Bottle of Mist in the DDO Store since it’s no longer possible to upgrade the Ravenloft pack to get it?
    ^^^^^^. This please, I fully believe in paying for all the Utimate expansions to help support the game I have loved for 10+years!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomizir View Post
    • Augments now display much prettier! Their slot types now appear in examination and are color-coded appropriately
    Please can we have indicator like small dots on the item's icon about what Augment slots it has? This will make crafer's life much easier when picking genloot rewards
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    Quote Originally Posted by gravisrs View Post
    Please can we have indicator like small dots on the item's icon about what Augment slots it has? This will make crafer's life much easier when picking genloot rewards
    ^^^^
    This!!!

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