The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 47: RIP

Lowbie Diaries BannerWelcome to a project, experiment, challenge or whatever you wanna call it. Normally experiencing the content with well-geared toons, I figured it would be quite interesting to approach the game from the perspective of a casual player. How does it feel starting from scratch and build up a character without the help of your mains? How long does it take until you are geared enough for the latest endgame content? Welcome to the Lowbie Diaries, it should be fun!


Today I’d like to officially end the Lowbie Diaries. It might have been obvious anyway since the last article in the series is from like 1998, but still wanted to get an official goodbye post out. The reason for the shutdown is fairly simple. I can no longer maintain a lowbie character on top of all the other stuff surrounding the site. When you really have to talk yourself into logging into the account, it’s time to call it. Uncensored works because we have fun doing it. The Lowbie Diaries unfortunately no longer were, although I’m still very much intrigued by the approach.

Goodbye to One of the Original Columns

This shouldn’t discount what the series meant for the site however. It’s one of the original columns and very much helped Uncensored to grow into what it is today. Not only did it provide content early on, it also helped me personally to get back into the game when I had lost motivation. I started participating in the site because I play Neverwinter, but that honestly changed to the opposite over time. And the Lowbie Diaries are an early example. Back in the day, I had tons of fun exploring content based on my “experimental” approach that I otherwise would have gladly dodged.

I’d also like to touch on some of the issues of the project in hindsight. There have always been those that claimed that I never genuinely played as a true lowbie or casual. First of all, people have different expectations and experiences and you can’t please everyone. But on top of that I always tried to give you the most accurate representation of the lowbie life. That doesn’t mean I always nailed it, but I certainly didn’t try to take artificial shortcuts either.

It Will Be Back, Maybe?

As mentioned above I still like the approach and might revisit it at a certain point as time-limited challenge. But for now, it’s so long Lowbie Diaries. Thanks to what you provided and meant to the site. Also thanks to everyone who found the column interesting, shared their own struggles, and provided hints and suggestions.

Cheers!


Browse through old posts of the Lowbie Daries!

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 45: Abandon Fey Weapons for Module 13?

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 45: Abandon Fey Weapons for Module 13?

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 44: Random Queue Difficulties

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 44: Random Queue Difficulties

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 43: Tackling Events Like Portobello

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 43: Tackling Events Like Portobello

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 42: How to Adjust to Changes as a Lowbie

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 42: How to Adjust to Changes as a Lowbie

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 41: Farming the River District

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 41: Farming the River District

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 40: To Lowbie, or Not to Be

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 40: To Lowbie, or Not to Be

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 39: Dread Ring on One Weekend

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 39: Dread Ring on One Weekend

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 38: Gearing Up

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 38: Gearing Up

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 37: Here We go Again!

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 37: Here We go Again!

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 36: Finally a new Chapter in the Progression

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 36: Finally a new Chapter in the Progression

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 35: Another Month has Passed?!

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 35: Another Month has Passed?!

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 34: Event Preparations

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 34: Event Preparations

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 33: Cleric Bests Sharandar

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 33: Cleric Bests Sharandar

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 32: Full Rank 10

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 32: Full Rank 10

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 31: Summer Festival Profit

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 31: Summer Festival Profit

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 30: Summer Festival Fail

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 30: Summer Festival Fail

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 29: I’m Rich Biaaatch

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 29: I’m Rich Biaaatch

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 28: Siege of Neverwinter

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 28: Siege of Neverwinter

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 27: Illithiel

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 27: Illithiel

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 26: Maturity

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 26: Maturity

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 25: Portobello’s Campaign

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 25: Portobello’s Campaign

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 24: In The Army Now

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 24: In The Army Now

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 23: Maze Engine Launch

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 23: Maze Engine Launch

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 22: Quite A Week

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 22: Quite A Week

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 21: Maze Engine Preparations

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 21: Maze Engine Preparations

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 20: Here Comes the Grind

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 20: Here Comes the Grind

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 19: Professions, Companion And Mount Goals

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 19: Professions, Companion And Mount Goals

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 18: VIP Benefits And Other Convenience Tweaks

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 18: VIP Benefits And Other Convenience Tweaks

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 17: Tiamat Loot Luck And Epic Demogorgon

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 17: Tiamat Loot Luck And Epic Demogorgon

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 16: Finishing Campaigns And Gear Goal Update

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 16: Finishing Campaigns And Gear Goal Update

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 15: Campaign And Gold Issues

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 15: Campaign And Gold Issues

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 14: Refining and Mote Grind Madness

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 14: Refining and Mote Grind Madness

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 13: First Dungeon Runs And Bag Space Money Grab

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 13: First Dungeon Runs And Bag Space Money Grab

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 12: Gear Progression

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 12: Gear Progression

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 11: Campaigns, Motes, So Much To Do

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 11: Campaigns, Motes, So Much To Do

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 10: Double XP & 50% Sales

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 10: Double XP & 50% Sales

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 9: Restart

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 9: Restart

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 8: Summertime

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 8: Summertime

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 7: Happy 4th Of Sigh

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 7: Happy 4th Of Sigh

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 6: Difficulty Changes

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 6: Difficulty Changes

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 5: Events

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 5: Events

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 4: Rethinking & New Patch FTW!

The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 4: Rethinking & New Patch FTW!

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 3: To Kessell Or Not To Kessell

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 2: The First Week

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The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 1: Setting Up The Char

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j0Shi

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2 thoughts on “The Lowbie Diaries Vol. 47: RIP

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    September 7, 2018 at 6:12 pm
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    It’s sad to see it go, even though most of the time it’s just for fun but it also provide new players a decent guide starting out INTELLIGENTLY! Plus, Ravenloft has been, by far, one of the most newbie friendly mod since ages ago. But it’s understandable with how this site has expanded that there’s so much more needed to be handled now – and what I always tell my guildies is that – a game should be fun! If it’s no longer so, it’s time to reflect. Thanks for all the ride anyways o/

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    September 8, 2018 at 12:13 am
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    The last article is from 1998? It says January 24, 2018.

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