My Chanter is about 5% away from dinging 30 and I spent three hours this evening in a really frustrating group.Â There’s a campaign quest dealing with Three Keys to gain access to the Fire Temple Instance and in order to complete it you must take a full group into the Sky Temple (I think I have these names straight…) and obtain keys blah blah… it’s basically attuning yourself to go to Fire Temple.Â Â Anyway, the Sky Temple place is really annoying.Â The mobs have a lot of hp and they’re set up in such a way that getting adds is incredibly easy — too easy — and if you’re not really careful you’ll wipe.
Several times while going through these different wings to get the keys you have to drop down to other platforms.Â The drop would probably kill you so it requires you toÂ glide.Â The ideal way of getting down is to fall until you’re just about to hit, glide to break the fall and break the glide to land essentially where you drop.Â It’s really not that hard… or so I thought.Â Half the group either died on the way down or aggro’d stuff leading to half the group being dead at the bottom and the other half up top.Â At one part we were forced to wait 45 minutes while two people ran back because they glided off the platform and were forced to release.Â Problem is, we couldn’t leave the instance because you can’t get back up once you jump down and they couldn’t get back in because there’s a big nasty elite guarding the entrance.Â They had to wait for another group to come along and clear it.
I ended up spending somewhere between 3-4 hours doing this quest and losing 450,000 exp (probably 75-100k Kinah).Â I’m happy that I am now attuned for Fire Temple (a place where I can have a chance at getting loot and a decent quick group experience) but the loss of exp + fanny fatigue + grumpiness = log off.Â Â While waiting the group started talking and we can’t figure out why this place was designed to be nothing but a PITA.Â It’s not even fun.Â It’s designed so poorly that what could be a challenge isn’t a challenge — it’s a PITA.Â It crossed the threshold between acceptable challenge and entered the realm of horrible design.Â The exp was abysmal (less exp per kill than I get solo at about 1/5th the speed) Â Completely the polar opposite of Naschana Training Camp which is a fantastic instance.
If you’re planning to go to Sky Temple to do your Three Keys quest bring a good group and several hours.Â It’s annoying and stupid hard.
Would it kill someone to provide a consistently fun and well designed experience these days?Â C’mon.
Logging off let me watch my Angels finally win a game though.Â We’re not out yet!