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BDO – Woah

I haven’t played BDO since it released back in 2015, finding it an incredibly grind-orientated game, with confusing features that I could never keep track of. Know what has changed? Very little.

If you try to return to BDO after two years away chances are you’re going to remember even LESS than what you used to know. Just how it works. The only way to bypass this is to create a new character and run through the tutorial (or read the tutorial messages) so you can re-learn everything like how to free mouse look.

I did get some mail from my family. 100,000,000 silver. I’ve been gone a while, what can I say. My sorcerer was still there, still hanging out at one of her houses. I had a (get ready for this) 77 gig patch, before I could play.

77.

I’m not exaggerating.

It would have been easier for me to just re-download the entire game instead of just patching it.

I’m also frustrated that I can’t play through the steam client (unless I add BDO as a non-steam game) because it would require me purchasing a brand new account for $10 (or $6 on sale, USD). I already bought one of the expensive starter packs, the least they could let me do is launch it from the platform of my choosing.

Anyway.

I spent the entire day cleaning out my mailbox. Wow. BDO REALLY enjoys their events, and at the start they were giving away potions and goodies like candy any time there was a slight disruption in service. After two years, that adds up. So did my lack of inventory space which just reminded me how this game gets you.

Still, it is an absolutely beautiful game. The cameras available for pictures are stunning. The game play didn’t catch on for me any more than it did last time, and I’m pretty sure I could have found something better to do with the 77 gigs I downloaded.

It was neat to see that BDO is going to be heading to XBox. I hope it does well there, just like it seems to be doing well now with the steam release. It’s not a bad game by any means, it’s just not the game for me.

Forever Wandering Through Games

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How long has it been since you stuck with a single MMO for at least a year? I remember when Tipa used to put out a challenge to people to stick with a single game for a year, and almost no one could accomplish it even when the choices were much more limited, let alone these days where there are games for every genre you could possibly think of. Sure, we may play one game at a time, or two games, or have some combination of F2P & subscription, but more and more I notice that we are ALL becoming nomadic gamers, bouncing between games when the mood strikes (or when that new shiny pops up on the table).

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just something I’ve noticed over the years. I would love to be one of those people who stick with a single game for any length of time but I simply don’t have that in me any more (for a few reasons). One reason would have to be the price point. Money fluctuates throughout the year and my game choices will change based on that. A good example is EQ2. My subscription expires the 2nd week of July, so I find very little motivation to log in and play right now as I know I won’t be re-subscribing (baby on the way, I simply have to re-allocate my funds for a bit). I’ve never really enjoyed playing games with a sub as a F2P player, not because I think F2P is “bad” but because I’d rather have access to the entire game. Speaking of – why doesn’t Trion offer some sort of bulk subscription plan that offers access to all of their games, much like station access? Rift and ArcheAge would certainly be two games I’d love to check out more of, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about the F2P options (especially in ArcheAge where owning land is tied to having a subscription). Offer a package deal and those subscriptions become a lot more favorable. I blame Belghast and Bhagpuss for my sudden interest in Trion games, both of them have been posting about Rift / ArcheAge on their blogs. I was interested enough that I updated glyph though I haven’t actually logged in (yet).

Speaking of EQ2, a new server opened up yesterday. It’s the Isle of Refuge, and it runs just as all the other servers in the EQ2 line up do, except the majority of items can be sold / traded and don’t have the heirloom tag. There’s a great write up about it over at EQ2wire, and the server reminds me a lot of Firiona Vie, the RP server over on EQ. There are a few other rules to the FV server besides that but it was one that stuck out to me. Why Daybreak has added such a server I have no idea (nor does anyone else it seems if you read through the comments on the article) but it’s nice to see things are not completely stagnant.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Most Anticipated MMORPGs of 2016

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As is the norm each year, there are lots of potentially legendary games to look forward to this 2016. However, one genre promises to blow the rest out of the water. Backed by huge crowdfunding campaigns and some daring indie campaigns, the MMORPG genre is fully loaded this year. This piece takes a look at some of the most promising of the lot.

Star Citizen

This game has received truckloads of money from crowdfunding so you should ordinarily know what to expect from the developers. Apart from this fact, the proposed features of this game are enough to leave you salivating. Star Citizen combines multiple genres together in a bid to unleash a new era of MMORPGS. You still need the best bingo sites as can be found here on bingosweets.com to get your bingo fix but Star Citizen covers everything else from first-person shooting and sophisticated space combat to high level economic and social simulation. There is something for everyone. Industry watchers call it the Swiss Army Knife of video games. We agree!

World of Warcraft: Legion

There is a lot of attention on World of Warcraft this year as it had a lukewarm year with the last release. This is supposed to be a big year for the game or we could have the final days of one of the pioneer MMORPGs unfolding before our eyes. Legion is an expansion that will tell us if Blizzard still has enough in its locker to keep the World of Warcraft franchise working. From some of the promised new features on Legion, there is every reason to be cautiously optimistic.

Black Desert Online

The magnificent environment and intriguing characters are not the only things offered by this beautiful game. The game has already launched in South Korea and will come to the rest of us soon. This game takes a unique approach to sandbox MMORPG. With Black Desert Online, you are guaranteed to enjoy a really wondrous experience where you can choose your own paths to play. It promises to better GTA on that front!

Albion Online

Albion Online mixes the political scandal and brutality of EVE Online with a fully packed fantasy world. The game can be played seamlessly on both computer and tablet. It gives you and your friends the chance to build a kingdom in a literally cutthroat environment where dying means starting completely from scratch.

Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade

Warhammer: Age of Reckoning died quickly and many felt it was the end for the title. That was before Eternal Crusade was announced. Set 40,000 years after the original, the game has lots of new features but it is still largely about the fight between Ork and man. Eternal Crusade brings something different to the table as it is a tactical squad-based shooter where you will fight a persistent war against other groups for territory control.

The MMORPG will light up the year and we can’t wait.

Weekend Wanderings in #BDO

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An Easter event is taking place in Black Desert Online. You go out collecting eggs and turn them in for various house rewards. You can also choose to eat the eggs instead and they’ll give you buffs. Unfortunately you need 40 of any one egg type in order to get the housing item, so the chances of me getting any of them is pretty slim. At the time of this post I have a grand total of three eggs, two different types. I’m sure I could try to go crazy and farm them, but that’s just not how I enjoy playing the game.

When I logged in yesterday I realized that I had skipped a bunch of areas on my way to Velia. I headed back to the Western camp and picked up a bunch of tutorial quests that involved harvesting, crafting, and trades to the outer farms. I received a second donkey, and two more free workers. Since I don’t have lodging for them I’m just keeping the forms in my inventory for now. One of the tutorial quests taught me how to craft trade goods in order to sell them for more money. I set a worker out to create a potato box, using 10 potatoes (which another worker harvested) and a black powder (which my 3rd worker crafted in the refining house I purchased). Then I went and did a bit of AFK fishing in anticipation of my potato boxes completing. I haven’t sold them yet so I’m not sure how the money compares to vendor sold trade items, but it should be an increase. I completed a few kill quests that just wanted some local wildlife and I thought about just how large and involved the world is.

I still haven’t claimed my purchase items yet, and I haven’t decided on a permanent home to live. I have a cheap residence over the Inn just to be able to use my cooking tools and I’ve put a few furniture items in there that I got from quests simply to move them out of my inventory. I still need to find some sort of light source for the inside of the home, it’s always way too dark.

My character reached 50 hours played, and I got a claim reward from it that included some experience boosts and some dye. I’m still only level 18, but that bothers me less and less as I find other things to focus on and keep myself busy. The game requires quite a bit of time investment, something I don’t mind. It’s nice to feel pride in creating things again, pride in the levels I do have.

Today I’m hoping to explore worker created trade items a bit more, and finally step into the amity game. I also have a lot of trade quests that I want to clear out of my journal. I had three quests to trip little children in the town of Velia, but I had no idea how to trip them so I ended up forfeiting those quests for now. I tried to run into them, run ahead of them and cut them off, etc, but nothing would give me an update no matter who I attempted it on. Maybe I just never found the right NPC, but it was frustrating me. I need to remember that I don’t NEED to complete every quest (though it would be nice). I even tried to watch a few videos on those little kids running around. Everyone else seemed to be able to find them and “trip” them within two minutes or so. I spent a good hour running around – nope.

Maybe next time.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Completed a Raft – So what’s Next?

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When you’re workers are doing stuff, you need to be online. They don’t complete things while you’re offline, which helps account for the numerous AFK fishing people out there. The game really doesn’t want you to log off. In some ways this is a fantastic idea, it makes the world look constantly vibrant and filled with players even if they’re not actually doing anything or active, because they just never log out. In other ways this is a weird awkward system.

My workers finally finished the 28 steps required to create a raft license. I turned in my quest, got some experience, and set out on the open water as soon as I could. The cute little otter NPC who resides on the docks of Velia gave me a quest to head out to an island and visit some family members of his, so that’s where I went. Once there, that otter gave me another quest to gather him some fish, so I set out to do just that. Of course I never caught any of the fish that he wanted because that’s how my luck in video games goes. Like Stardew valley, for example. I had been catching loads of sardines, no problem. Then one day I got a quest for sardine. Not a single one to be found. You can apply that lesson to pretty much any video game I’ve ever played.

I find the raft very lovely, though I’ve heard many others complaining about it. I don’t find it slow at all, and after the awkward handling of my first wagon, and my first donkey, I think that it handles rather well. Better than either of those other mounts so far.

Now that this major craft project is completed I have to decide what I want to work towards next. Completing quests in my journal? Staying in Velia? Moving on to the next town? Linking more nodes? Simply exploring? I also need to decide what to do with my Velia workers in the meantime. One is still out collecting potatoes, but I have two others free. The shipyard does let me make a ferry, do I want to make that as an upgrade to my raft? Or I could free up those houses I bought for something else, or I could swap them to a different function. There’s always so many choices to make – the joy of sandbox games.

If you’re playing Black Desert Online these days what have you been up to? How do you spend your time? Let me know in comments!

More Lodging, More Workers

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Still working out node management and workers, today I decided to finally purchase a house that could be designated as lodging (granting me the ability to hire an extra worker) and then upgraded it so that I could hire 2 workers total (plus the 1 ‘bonus’ one that I started with). Now I’ve got three workers. I have one working on my raft (it’s almost done, I’m on step 25 out of 28 at the time of this post) one is off collecting potatoes, and the third is off collecting.. chicken meat. For now. I think I’ll probably swap that to some sort of ore collection in the future. In order to do that, I’ll need to link some nodes.

Before I can link any more nodes, I’ll need to earn more contribution points. Right now I have only 1 available, and that’s where management comes in handy, and planning what it is you want to do, and where to spend those points. I’ve also been neglecting my questing because I’ve been focusing on getting the raft done, and AFK fishing in the meantime. I managed to hit beginner10 in fishing which FINALLY allowed me to wear the gear they gave me way back when. Why they felt it necessary to give me gear I wouldn’t be able to wear until I had many hours dedicated to fishing, I’m not sure. I’ve also almost reached gathering10, which will allow me to don the outfit they gave me for that. The problem with these outfits is that when you equip them they bump gear out of the way, and they fill more than one slot, so suddenly you need to have 4 inventory slots free for your regular gear. Yes, inventory is still an issue for me, but not quite as big a deal as one may think.

I know the raft is nothing fancy, and a lot of people even say to just skip it, but I want to get the full experience, and who knows what quests unlock once I complete it.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Getting Started on a Raft

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I was pretty sure I wanted to get going on a raft, but I was so involved in other quests that it was taking me a bit of time to get around to it. I had picked up the quest from the harbor and the first thing I had to do was buy two houses, one for refining, and the second for a shipyard. It was easy enough to click on each house type and figure out which ones would give me what I needed, and I made sure the houses were linked, too. I added more storage, and now I have 6 houses in Velia. One acting as residence (cooking utensils need some place to go after all), two acting as warehouse (storage, I can never have enough), one acting as a tool workshop (I need my fishing rods!), and then the refinery and the shipyard. The refinery lets you make black stone powder from rough stone, and it’s used in quite a few recipes. The shipyard allows you to make a raft or a ferry. Of course I only have the supplies for a raft.

Creating a raft is pretty simple, but it does require an investment of time. You need to process logs (to be more specific you select manage crafting at the house that is a shipyard, and your worker needs to complete each step) – 25 times, each time takes 21m. Then you need to process 3 black stone powder. Once you’ve finished those processes, you’ll have a raft license in your warehouse.

I know the raft is an incredibly slow vehicle, but that makes a lot of sense to me after obtaining my first ground mount which is also pretty dang slow and awkward. I finally got a quest for a donkey this weekend even though I’ve already had my wagon for quite some time.

I also haven’t claimed my explorer’s pack rewards yet. I haven’t made any alts, so I’m trying to hold off in case I decide to play someone else the majority of the time. I know you can trade the items between your family members on the same server, but it seems like a bit of a hassle to me, so for now I’ll just leave the items be. Though I AM eager to get some lighting in a proper house. Any time I use my kitchen utensils I feel like I’m in a dungeon. Of course I bought that residence because of its proximity to the kitchen (easy to go and purchase supplies) so it’s really not that great of a home to begin with.

Thanks to the ongoing St. Patrick’s Day rewards I’m also collecting a small bundle of dye to use in the future, which is neat. Now that I’ve been playing the game steadily for a bit of time it feels like I’m very slowly getting a handle on most of the systems – though to be honest the node system still evades me, I’m not sure how nodes are linked, or how to link them. I’ll need to figure that out better and do more research.

Overall? I’m really enjoying myself. There are still some systems I haven’t explored yet (like amity) but meandering along doing my own thing seems to be working out well. Here’s hoping I can reach level 20 before too long, I’m almost level 18 at the time of this post.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Lets Make some Beer

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I still only have one worker at the moment. It seems to be enough for my immediate needs while I continue to explore my way around and figure out the question to that time aged question of sandbox MMOs “what do I want to do”. After harvesting bunches of potato, and creating me a bunch of fishing rods, my worker was running low on stamina. I had read that beer is the perfect thing to use to recoup stamina, and so I set out to make a batch (or two or three). I had some in my inventory from a quest so I used that first to replenish the worker (who is now almost level 9) and then went to the inn to buy some ingredients.

Beer takes 5 potato, 6 mineral water, 1 sugar, and 2 leavening agents. Then you need to have a cooking utensil placed in your home. You put enough ingredients to create the recipe once, otherwise it will eat your supplies and only give you one item.

Cooking is neat, and I learned a few things about it – like each time you do a combine you have a chance at a byproduct. The byproducts seem random, but they may be tied into the success of cooking, I’m not sure. Each byproduct can be given to an NPC in the next city, but you’ll want to have about 5 of each before you walk all the way there if you’re still hanging out in Velia. It’s quite a ways away.

When you turn in the byproducts you’ll get a variety of rewards ranging from milk (another cooking ingredient), contribution points, experience, etc. I ran to the next city before I realized that you need to have a number of these byproducts on you for turning them in. I turned in what I could, and then sold the rest to vendor because lets face it I just don’t have the inventory space to cart around 4 different types of byproducts from the one time I decided to do some cooking.

I haven’t created any alts yet, but I’m starting to see how they could come in handy. Instead of trying to ‘do it all’ on one character, I could dedicate different characters to different tasks. Then my inventory may not be so full, because I could shift items over to whoever is working on that craft. So far I’ve just been focusing on my main and have had very little desire to create more characters – something that’s pretty odd for me, I have alts in pretty much every game I’ve ever played for any length of time.

Once the beer was done, I replenished the stamina of my worker, and set him back out collecting potatoes. He’ll do that until he’s out of stamina again, I’ve set it to repeat the last task. This’ll give me the ability to make even more beer, and maybe by then I’ll have more than one worker who will be doing tasks for me. I haven’t decided yet, but I do know I’d like to eventually make my raft, and I know it will go faster if I have more workers dedicated to it.

How have you been spending your time in game? Let me know in comments!

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Deciding Which Package to Buy

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The time had come, I had used my 7 day guest pass to completion, and it was time to decide whether I wanted to spend $29.99 USD or $49.99 USD on the game – or just bypass it all together. Decisions like this are compounded by the fact that I live in Canada. It’s not a matter of spending $29.99 or even $49.99 – but instead we’re spending $39 and $67 (roughly, I rounded up based on today’s exchange rate). Bigger numbers tend to be harder to swallow, and it was one more thing to take into consideration as I debated which package to purchase.

Looking at the packages, they’re very similar.

  • Base game (both packages)
  • 1 guest pass (2 guest passes)
  • 3 housing decor coupons (5 coupons)
  • 3 unknown dye boxes (5 boxes)
  • appearance change coupon (both packages)
  • 3 partial skill resets (5 partial skill resets)
  • Steel toolset package (both packages)
  • tier 3 horse (explorer’s package only)
  • Horse flute (explorer’s package only)
  • Pet of choice (explorer’s package only)

There are only two ways (that I know of) to get a pet in-game. One is the in-game shop (the one that would cost real money), and the second is a reward at around 200 days logged in. Was I willing to wait that long for a pet? Also, I know you can buy horses as well as catch wild ones in-game, but wouldn’t it be nice to have one right away? The big winners for me (besides the pet) are also the housing decor coupons. Those I know I’ll make great use out of. Guest passes are always nice, as well as dye. Having more is better, right?

In the end I decided to support the game, get a few extras, and went with the $49.99 package. Is it worth it? I think for me, personally, yes. I love supporting the games I’m playing. Is it necessary to have any of those extras? I think absolutely not. You can easily get by without a pet, free horse, or the extra items you would receive. I like that none of the extras are ‘pay to win’ or game breaking in any way. They’re just a few little tidbits for people who want to support the game.

If you happen to be playing you can find me on Orwen, Calpheon 02 channel. My family name is Reveurs, so be sure to add me to your friends list. Remember that there’s a bit of a bug in the UI, if you’re adding a family name to friends you actually need to uncheck the ‘use family name’ option. I know, a bit weird, but that’s how it goes (unless of course it has been fixed at the time of this post).

Now it’s time to go play! As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself.

Lets Do a bit of Leveling!

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After spending most of the weekend running trade goods from one trade manager to another, and doing some sporadic fishing in between that, I decided that I wanted to at least make an attempt at leveling up and completing some of the combat quests I had on me (which honestly is not that many, I think I have 2 combat quests out of the 13 that I am currently working on).

One of my main quests was to summon a sort of mini-boss on a beach. The quest was marked as co-op, and level 13. I decided that it was probably more of a recommendation than a hard rule, and I was instantly thankful for the 105 health potions I had on my hot bars. The cool down timer on those is relatively short and were very handy during this battle. It wasn’t difficult per say, but until you learn some knowledge about the creature you’re fighting, you can’t see their health bars so you’re not really sure how combat is going. I just continued to cast my spells and down my health potions all the while hoping that I was making progress in the fight. Eventually I won, and I earned myself a neat little chest filled with goodies, including a new weapon and an item to expand my inventory by one. I also managed to get a nice chunk of experience.

My second combat quest sent me further away from Velia than I had ever traveled before and even though there’s no ‘fast travel’ option in game what they do allow you to do is auto run to the quest locations (in most cases, not all). I absolutely love this feature, it allows me to not get completely lost while still taking in the sights and exploring. If I want to stop to investigate something I happen to be running past, I can.

My quest wanted me to defeat 100 goblins, and then I also picked up a sub-quest that wanted 50 of those goblins to be fighters. Out of all of the systems I’ve been exploring and learning about, combat is probably the most boring. Looting items is also quite a drag, unless there’s a better method that I haven’t found yet, you need to go to each body / object and spam R to loot. I miss AOE looting, and I’m not sure why in some instances it doesn’t register that I’ve hit the R key and I have to hit it a few more times in order to pick up the object.

It’s not that combat is boring per say, it’s just not where this games forte lies (IMO, everyone is of course going to have a difference of opinion on this). I’d rather be gathering, crafting, fishing, or doing trade runs. Thankfully all of those other systems also give you experience, just not quite as much as combat seems to give. That’s fine, it’s a nice change of pace even if it’s not my favourite thing to do. There are so many options that combat doesn’t have to be the one thing that decides whether or not I’m going to play.

I picked off the goblins one by one (and sometimes it was a fight of three or four against me) and found myself sitting at level 15 with almost 20 hours played. I can hardly believe it. Sure, some of those hours are from AFK fishing while I tried to catch an elusive sardine, and others are just from me going AFK to deal with real life, but the majority of my time in game has been spent actually playing it – and it’s a wonderful feeling.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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