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rangifer’s diary: pt. lxxix

Welcome to the biggest entry of rangifer’s diary yet! Not only are there a lot of things going on in this entry, but it’s also simply the largest byte-for-byte! Hope you enjoy :)

scroll_strategist

There’s been another unscheduled interruption to our usually-scheduled “Taxonomising odd jobs” series…

In pt. l of this diary, I introduced (among other things) a little program that I wrote, called scroll_strategist (mirror). In short, scroll_strategist is a small library that is capable of generating optimal scrolling strategies for MapleStory equipment items. As of this writing, the scroll_strategist has only one frontend: scroll_strategist_cli (mirror). And, it only has one optimisation mode: optimising solely to maximise the probability of meeting (or exceeding) a user-specified goal.

However, before I possibly do more work on this library (and CLI), I wanted to give more detailed documentation of scroll_strategist’s current philosophy and inner workings. When I originally wrote the library, I put in some decently detailed doc comments that do a lot of the work of explaining the logic. But I only now took the time to fill out the README, which you can find at:

https://codeberg.org/deer/scroll_strategist/src/branch/master/README.md (mirror).

As you can see, I may have gotten a little carried away with the “footnotes”…

Embossed

I’ve been doing the occasional Big Bad Boss Run™ with my darksterity knight rusa’s MPQ krew, including Harlez, xBowtjuhNL, and Gruzz. Along the way, I had to quickly throw on some INT pyjamas (as one must feel scholarly when levelling up!) partway through the second body of Papulatus:

capreolina hits level 129~!

Nice. Just one more level to max out Sharp Eyes!!

And, I got to do a Zak run or two. Here’s a screenshot that I captured of a particularly chaotic fight against Zakum’s last arm:

Zakum arm chaos

I did a @dpm 30 test during this run, and equipped with SE and SI, I managed to clock some pretty impressive (in my opinion…) numbers!!:

rusa does a @dpm 30 at Zakum

84.5M DPH at Zakum! Roooooooooaaaar~!!!

…Also note that I insist on having either an Archer Elixir, or Bless, active at all times. The extra +20 AVOID really helps!

The continuing bunny-child murder saga

You already know how it goes… It’s time for some more bunny-child murderification, in our favourite hellhole — I mean, uhm, relaxation station.

I joined STRginner Taima (Nyanners, Tacgnol, Boymoder, Hanyou) as my daggermit alces, to vanquish these creepy plastic dolls forever… Along the way, I found something a bit curious:

Timer’s Egg

In addition to being MapleLegends’s foremost producer of Big(ginner) Poops, my grinding partner Timer is also capable of laying Big(ginner) Eggs! Legend has it that Timer’s Egg has the power to grant experience. So I looted it, to find out…

alces hits level 102~!

Wow!!! I sure hope Timer lays more eggs in the future…

alces hits level 103~!

alces hits level 104~!

Sheeeesh… alces is level 104 now! How did that happen? Where did all of the plastic bunny suits go??

PartyQuest III

Another PartyQuest was hosted by IGN zkgui (a.k.a. osmanthus, dj hotpot) — this time, at Santa’s house! I’ve included PartyQuest in my diary twice before, and the basic gist of it is that it’s an online rave, held in MapleLegends and streamed (this time on Twitch.tv; formerly on datafruits.fm) over the internet for anyone to view/listen live.

technopagan (drainer, xX17Xx, breakcore, attackattack, partyrock, strainer) was, as usual, one of the DJs for the event, and put on an amazing set!:

PartyQuest @ Santa’s house!

(You can spot me as my I/L magelet cervine along the bottom, towards the right.)

As you can see above, this PartyQuest was also raising money for donations; in particular, donations to Red Canary Song. RCS is an organisation that fights for justice and the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. RCS originally formed to provide legal support for the family of Yang Song, who was killed during a police raid in Flushing, Queens, NYC in November of 2017.

All odd, all the time~

I had the distinct pleasure of doing a whole lot of really cool stuff with all-odd parties!

All-Oddjobs EPQs

First up, I did a few all-odd EPQs (after working around some rather unfortunately-timed issues with my router… 🙄), with DEXdit shadowban (tb303, 2sus4u), steelwoman permawarrior Nyanners (Taima, Boymoder, Tacgnol, Hanyou), and bow-whacker BowerStrike (Cortical, GishGallop, SussyBaka, CokeZeroPill, Aphasia)! You can see me below, EPQing as my DEX brawler EPQ/LPQ mule sorts:

shadowban, Nyanners, sorts, & BowerStrike @ EPQ stage 2

And here we all are, fighting the Big Bad Rock Guy™ (BBRG):

sorts, BowerStrike, shadowban, & Nyanners vs. BBRG

Lattin’ w/ Taima & LoneW0lf1600

I also got to do a Capt. Lat run with STRginners Taima and LoneW0lf1600 (LoneWolf1600)! LoneWolf was new to the Lattin’ game, so Taima showed him the ropes of the ancient art of “hugging Capt. Lat and praying to the Maple gods that you don’t get hit by a magic attack”. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out so well the first time. I joined the during their second run, ready to provide some Resurrection:

Taima, LoneW0lf1600, & cervid vs. Capt. Lat

But again, this is an extremely delicate — and often simply chance-based — art, so we were unfortunately not able to get LoneWolf through this run alive, either. But soon! Anon we will prevail!!

During a Capt. Lat run with Taima, I popped a few of my Heartstoppers to test how they would affect my damage output. Here, you can see my raw damage range with self-buffs & a ’stopper:

Level 128 cervid, Heartstoppers damage range

A maximum raw range of 7 845 — juicy!! Just ignore the 580 at the bottom there…

KPQ’d

And I also got to do a few all-Oddjobs KPQs as my SPQ/KPQ DEX page mule kinds, alongside permapirate ratty (mase) and DEX dagger warrior DexDagger!:

kinds, DexDagger, & ratty; all-Oddjobs KPQ!

Oddjobs KILLS DEAD the Ravana‽‽‽

We finally managed to get an all-odd crew together to fight Rāvaṇa again (for the third time now)… in hopes of being the first all-odd party to kill this Hindu beast!! Our party was:

Will our intrepid odd-jobbers survive? Can they defeat this oversized six-armed jerkass?? At what cost??? Watch the video on the Oddjobs YouTube™ channel to find out!!!:

All-odd-jobbed Ravana, attempt #3 [YouTube™]

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1Gw9PxSMCk)

The Headless Horseman…!

During one of our regularly scheduled oddie activities, I set out to slay some Headless Horsemen — as my I/L magelet cervine — alongside STRginner OmokTeacher (Slime, Ginner, Thinks)!:

Action shots~

cervine & OmokTeacher vs. HH

cervine & OmokTeacher vs. HH~

cervine & OmokTeacher vs. HH~!

Would you look at that! The Headless Horseman’s “head” chopped clean off by the blade of the Crimsonwood Forest!!

Even moar Capt. Lattin’!

I also did a pair of Captain Latanicas with Taima, as well as STRginner Cortical, and permarogue xX17Xx (technopagan, drainer, attackattack, breakcore, strainer, partyrock)! During our first attempt, we decided to try doing it without HB. For xX17Xx, this would mean using a dagger in combination with Double Stab, rather than her usual arsenal of claw & L7. She was worried that her damage would be much lower, as she has intentionally designed her character around claw usage (including being STRless & DEXless), but she ended up whiting anyways… :P

Captain Latanica is DEAD to me

cervid, Taima, Cortical, & xX17Xx vs. Capt. Lat

xX17Xx did actually end up dying during this run, but a quick Resurrection from me did the trick to put her back into the fight. Unfortunately, this meant that when Cortical died…

cervid, Taima, Cortical, & xX17Xx vs. Capt. Lat~

…there was nothing that we could do.

Ouf! Well, I suppose that was bound to happen. With not one, but two folks hugging Capt. Lat for dear life, chances of permanent fatality are quite high…

Luckily, we did avenge Cort! And we set out to do the Capt. Lat prequests with xX17Xx:

Cortical, xX17Xx, cervid, & Taima @ GS6

For our second run, we decided to drag my darksterity knight rusa along for the ride, as an HB mule. Then, when Capt. Lat was at low HP, I would just send her out so that she wouldn’t leech any of the EXP:

cervid, Taima, Cortical, & xX17Xx vs. Capt. Lat (HB version)

As you can see, this meant that xX17Xx was able to switch to her native claw. And we cleared out the monsters that Latanica summons, including via Doom:

cervid, Taima, Cortical, & xX17Xx vs. Capt. Lat (HB version)~

cervid, Taima, Cortical, & xX17Xx vs. Capt. Lat (HB version)~!

First-ever Oddjobs SPQ!

That’s right — not only were we able to put together an all-odd crew for Ravving, but we got to do an SPQ (a.k.a. GPQ) as well!!!

SPQ is super fun, and also designed to be very inclusive — just about anyone in the 10–200 level range can participate. Of course, you still have to be able to kill big bad skeleton man (BBSM), but those who can’t survive the fight can watch from the balcony above in safety.

Our lineup was:

You can watch a video of this SPQ on the Oddjobs YouTube channel!:

Oddjobs does SPQ (GPQ)!!

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia2J__uVj4Y)

This PQ was a lot of fun, even if it did take a long-ass time. Now that we’re more familiar with SPQ (and hopefully I can get better at the JQs…), I hope to see some more cool Oddjobs SPQ runs in the future!!

This also marks the first time that my SPQ/KPQ mule kinds was able to fulfil her destiny…

kinds fulfils her destiny…

:')

The continuing compact-disc freezing saga

I did some more compact disc refrigeration on my I/L magelet cervine! Yeet haw!

…Refrigerating CD-Rs…

cervine hits level 116~!

Looks like we’re Getting There™!! Just four (4) more levels!!! ;~;

I did some more optical disc freezing joined by not just Level1Crook (Lvl1Crook, xXCrookXx, Sangatsu), but also STRginner Taima (Tacgnol, Nyanners, Boymoder, Hanyou)!:

Level1Crook, Taima, & cervine grinding CDs

(Don’t mind the bunched-up gravestones…)

And, during a certain CD-grind session with Level1Crook, he surprised me with an engagement ring!:

Engagement @ CDs

:3 You know what that means…

Mawwiage…!

Level1Crook × cervine

And it wouldn’t be a real Maple marriage without some improvised speeches:

Level1Crook × cervine

cervine’s improvised wedding speech

Level1Crook’s improvised wedding speech

:'))))) <3

And the customary kiss:

Wedding kissy faces

And, of course, the customary vomiting…:

CROSSED STREAMS

When we got to the wedding cake photography stage, our wedding was promptly hijacked by Permanovice (Battlesage, Dreamscapes, Paean) and kookiechan (kookietann, kurisuwu):

Wedding: crashed

I guess this made some folks angry & confused, because a full-blown brawl erupted at the end of the wedding!:

oddjobs be like

No serious injuries were reported.

Cortical × xX17Xx

Not long after my wedding with Level1Crook, STRginner Cortical (GishGallop, BowerStrike, SussyBaka, CokeZeroPill) and permarogue extraordinaire xX17Xx (technopagan, attackattack, drainer, breakcore, partyrock, strainer) were getting married, as well! I needed something to bless their marriage with, so I rounded up all of my Black Crystals and Black Crystal Ores:

Cortical × xX17Xx

My black crystal hoard

Yeah, so… I farmed every single one of these ores/crystals myself, by hand. And this doesn’t include the 100 crystals’ (1k ores’) worth that I used to craft a set of bfuries many diary entries ago! However, since then, there has been a big change to the CWK exchange & CWK crafting in MapleLegends. The recipe to craft a single set of bfury is still the same:

But now, taos are much more difficult to obtain, and bfury creation is no longer exclusive to crafting. A new exchange was bolted onto the DMG NPCs, designed to entice players to try their luck at this raffle. This new raffle can award already-crafted bfuries (among other things), but is separate from the old CWK exchange. Because taos were removed from the CWKPQ bonus stage, the only way to obtain taos is now from the old CWK exchanges. This means that taos are virtually nonexistent; they used to come almost exclusively from the CWKPQ bonus stage, and now people have even less incentive to do the old CWK exchanges due to the existence of the new CWK exchange. And yet, the taos can only be used to craft things (notably bfury and Crimson Arcglaive) that you would get pre-crafted from the new CWK exchange anyways. So, CWK crafting is effectively dead — it’s almost always a stupid idea to do.

But I did it anyways, because what else am I gonna do with all of these black crystals that I farmed?? And plus, that just makes my wedding gift that much more special! But that means I have to do the worst part of bfury crafting… farming the Typhon Feathers:

capreolina hunting Typhon Feathers…

-___-

I’m sorry, but farming for feathers at Typhons is pure, distilled pain. Initially, I considered farming 60 feathers so that I could make two bfury sets, but after paying 25M mesos for three taos (enough to craft a single set of bfury), and actually going to Typhons to collect the feathers, I thought better of it…

In any case, with 30 feathers farmed, a bfury set was all ready for the wedding:

Cortical × xX17Xx

BE GAY, DO CRIME @@@@@@@@@@@@@

(Being LGBTQ+ is… recommended, but not strictly required, for members of Oddjobs.)

#zhelmgang

#zhelmgang rise up

cervid × Taima

Taima and I had already decided, roughly a week prior, that we should marry! Particularly, with my pure STR bishop cervid. It just felt right; both of us have been good friends, and early proponents of the Oddjobs guild. We both deal damage almost exclusively by basic-attacking…

So it was time to make an engagement ring! I had some of the ETCs already prepared, so I set out to farm the rest of them, including some Horny Mushroom Caps:

cervid × Taima

cervid hunting ETCs for an engagement ring

With the engagement ring crafted, I wanted to wait for the right time to actually propose & get engaged to Taima. So I thought the cleaned Ghost Ship (the version of the Ghost Ship that you only get to see if you defeat Capt. Latanica and all of his minions) would be a cool place to do it :P

So, I waited for the chance to do two Capt. Lat runs as a duo:

Clean Ghost Ship engagement

:D <3

Cortical (GishGallop, BowerStrike, SussyBaka, CokeZeroPill) had the idea to hold a “level 120 party” for Taima, even though she was still level 115 (a far cry from level 120, especially for a permabeginner!). The purpose of holding such a party was largely as a prank on Permanovice (Battlesage, Dreamscapes, Paean), who was level 119 (and 99.9% EXP) at the time, just waiting for the weekend to arrive so that his level 120 party could commence. Permanovice had been a bit anxious about getting “passed” by Taima as she started to do KMs grinding on a regular basis. So, if Taima could just schedule her “120 party” a bit earlier… eventually she’d get to 120, and her party would be first! Take that, Permanovice!! :P

Taima’s level 120 party-ish

Later, but still before Permanovice’s level 120 party, I was duo grinding at Pigs (HGMotFII) with Permanovice’s islander, Dreamscapes, as my islander ozotoceros. And it was there that I told him about the “party” (which he unfortunately couldn’t attend):

but we’re getting there

We gave up on the “level 120 party” once it came time to hold the wedding~

Taima × cervid wedding speech

Neither of us had the kissy face emote (largely because I had already spent 40k NX just for the wedding ticket…), but that was okay — the F3 kiss is a crowd favourite, and also a nice throwback to the MapleStory of yore:

Kissy F3

Taima × cervid wedding cake

You can watch an edited video of the wedding on the Oddjobs YouTube™ channel!:

cervid × Taima [YouTube™] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXGz3t8u9U4

We had also planned something else for the wedding. The “level 120 party” was planned to take place before the wedding, but afterwards, we had a Ravana run or two planned, to celebrate Taima hitting level 115 (and thus being high enough level to get EXP normally from Ravana)! For our Ravana party, we were joined by sniper Level1Crook (who insisted on crossbow-whacking Ravana the entire time), STRginner Cortical, crusader Kerchak, and dark knight DarkCookie (SolidState, IceGrinder). DarkCookie’s presence was most fortunate, as it prevented me from having to drag along my darksterity knight rusa for the HB :P

Post-wedding Ravana

Post-wedding Ravana~

After the majority of the fight was complete, DarkCookie unfortunately forgot to refresh HB, and this resulted in Level1Crook, Cortical, and my wife Taima all dying nearly instantly:

Three casualties at the post-wedding Ravana…

Oop… Fortunately, they did all die in more or less the same spot, so I knew exactly what to do: lure Ravana to the other side of the map, and then resurrect them all at once, with DarkCookie nearby to HB them ASAP. Actually doing the luring part took a while (as monster movement/aggro/etc. was still horribly broken in this MapleLegends patch), but we managed to pull it off. With Ravana safely on the other side of the map, and DarkCookie in the midst of this grave of three, I resurrected them. Unfortunately, DarkCookie had gotten his keyboard focus stuck in the chatbar, so a few seconds went by as Taima & I cried out for HB, and then another Ravana attack came crashing down, killing all three of them again… Well actually, Level1Crook jumped when the attack hit, and somehow survived. Dunno how that works.

But it was alright — we had another run that we could do. Noble (NobIe, CtrlNoble, xNoble, 1122, Amaging) was kind enough to TL my Resurrection, so that I would have one ready for the next run. So we went again, this time with a slightly different crew (Level1Crook stepped out, in order to let permarogue xX17Xx try Ravana for the first time!):

Post-wedding Ravana, 2nd attempt

Cortical died during this run, as well, but this time we were really prepared:

Resurrecting during the 2nd attempt

Unfortunately, even with Ravana on the other side of the map and DarkCookie truly ready this time to HB, Cortical died nearly instantly after being revived, thanks to Ravana’s impeccable sense of timing…

But Taima did survive this time!! Hooray!!! :3

APQ…

With all of those weddings, you know what’s coming… time for some apple farming!! With me playing my vicloc dagger spearwoman d34r, and Lv1Crook on his vicloc bandit xXCrookXx, we helped Cortical and xX17Xx through the first-ever APQ for both of them!:

Apey queue…

xX17Xx, Cortical, d34r, & xXCrookXx vs. Grog

And of course, Taima & I (as my pure STR bishop cervid) did our first APQ together (and Taima’s first APQ in general!):

cervid & Taima, first APQ, stage 3

In the first stage, someone told me to use Genesis to kill the Magik Fierry B… I frustratedly said “I can’t”, and Taima had a good laugh as I rolled my eyes and walked over to demonstrate that my Genesis only “MISS”es the Fierry (and then promptly one-shot’d it with my glaive). It’s typical for fourth-job mages (such as cervid…) to use their ultimates during stage 3 to help clear the monsters that clutter up the map and knock people off of their platforms. So that’s what you can see me trying to do above…

And then we got to fight da Grog together!:

cervid & Taima, first APQ, boss fight!

c:

A little peek at Maple Island

While playing my islander ozotoceros, I ran into a new (or seemingly new, as they were just level 14 at the time) islander by the name of Tacts. Tacts also had another islander by the name of Mesa (a level 40 islander of Southperry), but decided to start over, for aesthetic reasons. I asked if they wanted an invite to Oddjobs, or Southperry (or perhaps Newbology or Flow…), so they are now a member of Oddjobs:

Tacts & ozotoceros @ Pigs

They also started a new outland STRginner by the name of Palfrey, who joined as well! We did some Pigs grinding together until Tacts was level 16 :)

The MapleLegends staff, although they seem to be repeatedly forgetting to lower the level requirement for event raffles to ≥30 on-island (instead of ≥70 everywhere!!), at least went back and added a Little Suzy NPC to Amherst. So I was able to get me some antlers…:

ozotoceros obtains the Maplemas Hat

And I did some duo grinding with Dreamscapes (Permanovice, Battlesage, Paean, Hanger) of Flow, also at pigs. And we did some trioing as well, with 1sme (Ismezin) of Southperry!:

1sme, Dreamscapes, & ozotoceros grinding Pigs

…During which, I levelled up :D

ozotoceros hits level 41~!

Permanovice’s level 120 party!!!

And of course, as mentioned earlier, the level 120 party of MapleStory’s poggest grindginner to date: Permanovice!! I was able to make it to the beginning of the party:

Permanovice’s level 120 party

The beginning of Permanovice’s level 120 party

(You can spot me somewhat right of centre, as my pure STR bishop cervid.)

The second event of the party, after the initial photo op, was a kind of game of keepaway, where we all went to Lorang and Clang (the map where Permanovice trained his original permabeginner back in MapleSEA), and tried to prevent Permanovice from levelling up, by killing everything on the map before he could get to it:

Permanovice’s level 120 party: keepaway!

Needless to say, considering how many people attended the party, this was pure chaos. Indeed, it really only took a few minutes before Permanovice had racked up enough kills to hit the big one-twenty!!!!!:

Permanovice hits level 120~!!!!!

There were a lot of other really cool activities and events that were meticulously planned by Permanovice (with help from Nekokoro, who you can see in the Lith Harbour image above) for this party. Unfortunately, by this point, I was so deprived of sleep that I died IRL. Temporarily. But I missed the rest of the party, regrettably :(((

But congrats again to Permanovice on this incredible achievement!!! I may have doubted you at first, but I’ve now seen the kind of intense dedication and grind that you’re capable of, and also how much of a friend you’ve been to me, and to others in the odd-jobbed community. <3 I look forward to seeing you online as part of the Oddjobs crew on your gish :D

(…concluding nonverbal postscript to diurnal fragments…)

cnvpstdf

sorts is a brawler

Allow yo…self to be BIGGINER,