Last night I put in about an hour and a half on Rafian, my currently 3rd level Ranger, and ran two dungeons solo, on Normal difficulty. Died once in each one, but it wasn’t so bad – fighting Kobolds is usually a lot of fun, since they die in droves (sometimes in one shot.) One death was due solely to my not bringing enough healing potions along.
Interestingly, while I completed both quests, I wasn’t able to explore the entire dungeon in either case, once because I couldn’t find a secret door, and another because my strength wasn’t high enough to open a stuck portal.
One of the neat little tabletop-ish touches in DDO is that your combat results are determined by a d20 roll – and the d20 actually appears on screen as part of the UI, with messages telling you that you missed, hit, or got a critical. You can also (in the UI settings options) change the color and style of the die displayed. It’s these kinds of look-and-feel tidbits that are making DDO more appealing the more I play.
Of course, at some point I expect progress to stall, as I run out of soloable content. Which hasn’t happened yet (and I have yet to try the hirelings,) but it may be on the horizon. Right now I’m at Rank 12 (this is two-fifths of the way to level 4,) and have done almost everything in the northern part of Stormreach Harbor, and a couple of things in the southern part. There’s still a fair bit to run through, but I’m not sure I’ll have enough to do to reach level 4 without repeating anything. Some of the remaining content may be chains (I’ve done one already,) and new stuff might open up as I complete the content that’s available right now, plus there a whole other Stormreach zone (the Marketplace,) that I have access to but haven’t done anything in yet.
The object here is to see just how far I can get before running out of soloable content, without repeating dungeons. The experiment will end when I do, or when the content becomes boring, or when I get cut out of a big percentage of it. So I may get stuck at level 4, but we’ll see. But Hirelings are fair game.