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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #49

Ian Lee wrote: I find it really hard not to run Charm of Brooching, but now you are looking at two URs to do one thing.


Not necessarily right away; you could start with a R Shadow Cloak, or even (in a party where healing is plentiful, which is likely the case if we're running Epic) consider R Cloak of Painful Luck.
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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #50

I do sometimes give up +damage for +save (swapping Ring of Roaring to Iron Will for example). Swapping Dex is a bad option because I also give up AC and Reflex saves (unless I'm swapping to CON, and my +hit is high enough). Kilt is nice because if I get enough Dex built up I can swap it to CON and instant +2 Fort, +10 HP. Not so easy to find +5 Dex though, and at Epic I will need all the +hit I can find. I could collect ammo tokens. That's an option for the occasional Epic or Grind. Crossbow bolts have not been forthcoming in recent sets though. Runestones would also help, but I'm not swimming in those either.

Orion's Belt is an interesting option to make room for later, but I would need a set of Monster Bits and Recipe Fragments. In that case I give up +2 damage or optional +2 CON to get three open slots. I could get the stat back, but would have to buy stuff to fill the gaps. I should look at my trade goods and see how close I'd be to a transmute.

I could upgrade the back slot to +3, but that's a baby step unless I add a Charm of Brooching. Then again if I open a charm slot I can just drop in Enlightenment to help with Will.

And to Ian's last point, I could settle the problem once and for all if I sold all my Rogue stuff and switched to Monk.

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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #51

David Zych wrote:
Some random thoughts that occur to me, not necessarily all good ones:
* 2021 R Belt of the Sweetwoods (+2 Dex +1 Con) and R Shirt of Vitality (+3 hp) nets +2Con+3hp-2dmg
* or 2021 Shirt of the Elder (+3 will)
* or Orion's Belt to relieve slot pressure, but $$
* IS Tanzanite Cube (+2 saves), but have to replace either Beryl Prism (making it a small upgrade) or Banshee Prism, or get another IS slot somehow
* Charm of Brooching and a second cloak, replacing either Draco-Lich or Sipquick (or get another charm slot somehow).
* Lucky Light Mail and 2021 Lucky Cloak, great for both saves and hp but have to give up Moonhide
* if it were me I would definitely replace Ring of Roaring with a rare saves ring, as you already mentioned


Some good ideas here I hadn't thought of, others I had. Thanks for the suggestions.

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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #52

Dergidan wrote: Would it be useful to include difficulty level in our surveys? I know we have limited space on the survey now, so it may not be possible, or may not be helpful. Maybe it adds too much more work for Brian.


No extra work at all! Historically, I've actually included difficulty level. The change this year was because SurveyMonkey (the platform I use to gather information from everyone) significantly increased their pricing, and they also reduced the number of questions you could ask on their free version. I've eaten the cost of the surveys for the past few years, but I couldn't justify a $99/month expense--especially since with VTD it would be an ongoing thing.

Honestly, I don't have a problem with defaulting to Nightmare; I don't know that that solves the problem, though, it's not necessarily fun to finish the combats in one round (or less), either.

I feel like the Epic version was not all that balanced this time around; specifically, the 'save or die' 'save or do nothing' effects are kinda no fun, and opponent ACs that are almost impossible for some classes/builds to hit aren't either. I'm hoping that it was a fluke and not the way things are going--I've found Epic challenging in the past, but not a drag for specific players/classes.

TLDR version--I enjoy running with you, and the rest of our regular members. I'd rather figure something else out than to have you feel like you can't run with us anymore. :)

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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #53

One other note--my friend Mike is your 'other Synergy run' Rogue counterpart. He (and sometimes Fiddy) usually end up running rogue on other Synergy runs. I'll post his build later just for reference, too.

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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #54

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It took a crack with a couple of URs and rares purchases. Not sure the pool you have to grab from. But here are some of my recommendations. I always try to get my save to 20 or above. Love to get them up higher but the amount of damage would be nil, other than Bard song. With that said you are one of the quickest chest rolling Rogues I run with and I feel that is your primary job. If you could up you saves and get a Skull of Cavadar, you would be a deadly Rogue Assassin. Castageer is my D&D Trickster
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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #55

SageSTL wrote: TLDR version--I enjoy running with you, and the rest of our regular members. I'd rather figure something else out than to have you feel like you can't run with us anymore. :)


I certainly don't feel that I can't run with the group anymore. I know that folks will run NM, loan tokens, or give build suggestions in order to be inclusive. I want to return the favor by making an effort to improve my build, or know when I need to ask for token loans to pad my stats.

I'd be happy to look at Mike's Rogue build for ideas.

I was planning to make the new Elfstone Shard this year, and try to buy/trade for my own Awakened Synergy (realized how good "cannot be surprised" is on a PUG run where I couldn't borrow one!). I may have to shift that plan into getting Orion's Belt made, just for flexibility. I am still disappointed to this day that I only pulled one relic fragment. That then opens the can of worms of trying to collect the +stat iouns and charms.

I'd really like to solve this without another slot expander, just because that purchase begets more purchases, but for the future it would be a good token to have.

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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #56

In theory, Orion's Belt is at a low right now. There's lots of supply and people's builds are more oriented to other waist tokens without a lot of quality ioun stones. Slot expansion gets better as more tokens get made that can fill those slots.

Now, OTOH, more waist slot tokens will also get made. Thing about a lot of Epic builds is that they can't get charms from wrist or neck, not anymore anyway. So, Orion's gives the sixth charm, where six is also the magic number for Charming Crown, which I'm putting into more builds, and Charming Ring, which I started using a lot with 3B (sixth because every single one of my fully equipped builds has been running Arcane Earcuffs).

Also, it would not be surprising if more expanders in other slots got made. A torso slot expander for charms would be amazing for some of my builds. But, whatever.

Anyway, there are tons of good stuff URs in 2020/2021 if concerned about 2021. If want to go that path, there are so many that they may be cannibalizing each other's value.

Oh, and, of course, there's always making a Belt. RRFs have gone down in value as have the relevant monster bits. I think I'm making a couple more Belts, myself, even though I hardly need them just because the components aren't worth trying to sell anymore.

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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #57

Ian Lee wrote: Oh, and, of course, there's always making a Belt. RRFs have gone down in value as have the relevant monster bits. I think I'm making a couple more Belts, myself, even though I hardly need them just because the components aren't worth trying to sell anymore.


Perhaps you'd consider a trade of some sort? I have a glut of current-year bits (If you want to make fleece), but then so does everyone else! I still need to look at how close I am on the rest of the trade goods. If I can gather up the rest, I may just buy the RRF and MB instead of a purple this year.

Too bad I can't transmute a CoAS anymore. I had cleaned myself out making the Rogue relic when that was still available. At least they aren't crazy expensive.

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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #58

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SageSTL wrote:

Dergidan wrote: Would it be useful to include difficulty level in our surveys? I know we have limited space on the survey now, so it may not be possible, or may not be helpful. Maybe it adds too much more work for Brian.


No extra work at all! Historically, I've actually included difficulty level. The change this year was because SurveyMonkey (the platform I use to gather information from everyone) significantly increased their pricing, and they also reduced the number of questions you could ask on their free version. I've eaten the cost of the surveys for the past few years, but I couldn't justify a $99/month expense--especially since with VTD it would be an ongoing thing.

Have you looked into Google Forms for the survey? Completely free and seems robust, as I've seen multiple Kickstarters use them for thousands of backers at a time.

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Team Synergy V4a Runs (Links) 1 month 1 week ago #59

I've used Google Forms for other purposes (as recently as a few months ago). Yeah, it's definitely worth exploring. The biggest difference is how data is exported; unfortunately, it's more difficult/time-consuming with Google Forms.

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