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10th Anniversary celebrations

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Congratulations DDO!
Happy 10th birthday
Today is the day.

To you on the beach!
Jeets awaits, don’t delay!
You're off on a quest!
You're off and away!

You have no time for bed.
You have nothing to loose.
You can move yourself
Any direction you choose.
You're on your own. But some things you should know.
But YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down LFM’s. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your hand on your sword and your favorite feat,
You’d be smart to not loose your elite streak.

You may not find a horse,
you'll want to go solo.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight to thorn’s hollow.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brave
and foolhardy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Just pew pew.
Just run away.
Jump high as a few do.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

You'll be leveling up!
You'll be making great crits!
You'll join the best guild
who soar in big ships.

You won't lag behind, because you have boots of speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Whenever you drop, you'll want feather fall.
Wherever you go, carry a ghost bane maul.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all lagged up
frozen in place on some perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in the Lurch.

You'll come down from the perch
with an ominous groan.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll then be a soul stone.

And when you're soul stone,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-stoning yourself
is not easily done.
Maybe a Siberys Spirit Cake,
from the DDO store,
Will allow you share in the take.


You will come to a place where the ways are not marked.
Some paths are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could re buff and play a Mandolin.
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you pay to win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggly ways at a break-neck pace
and grind on for miles cross a strange wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
Where on pale waters you skate a wintry race.

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for your group to fill
or a DM to come, or a boss to ****
or the mail to come, or the de-buff to go
or the right drop to drop, or festival snow
or the ring from POP, for a Yes or No
or waiting for their beard to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the final fight
or waiting for right place to kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, a private Jake
or a hat of foil, or a Prison Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Ghostly Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the best places
where no Elitists are playing.

With cloak flip-flapping,
once more you'll fly high!
Ready for anything under arching sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are trials to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that wand
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching beat on a tree.

Except when they don't
Because, sometimes they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
In the EU alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the pit between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the monsters be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Howler’s howl.
Onward down many
a frightening crack,
though your fingers may be sore
and your buddies may slack.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange traps as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your loot reroll and recall.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

MATE, YOU'LL STORM MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Pax or Blood or Laerae
or Shadar kai, Sean O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

Thanks to Dr Suess for the inspiration (while reading "the place you'll go" to my kids)

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