November 27 2016

BDO: Trying Farming

2016-11-27_654716402 I have to say that I don’t think I can swing the Calpheon Crate business. It’s a bit too much chopping for my taste. I usually ended up with piles of wood and undelivered crates. Pretty typical for me I know right?

I’ decided to change direction instead of continuing to do something that was about as rewarding as beating my face on a brick wall. It probably works for some folks but it’s not my cup of tea.

Speaking of tea since I’m on tea duty for my guild grind group I decided to reallocate my AP to Farming instead of timber crates. With farming I can grow the fruit and flowers I need for Milk Tea. I can also grow the Mane Grass I need for Experience Elixers.

When I’m not working on growing those three items I can work on the Special Sunflower Crates that are of course one of the staple money making methods in this version of BDO. It’s up there with fishing which can also make a ton.

Nice thing about farming is that since you can have workers tend your fields now you can do other things while your plants grow, like grind, fish, cook anything. You don’t have to camp your farm and pick off all the bugs yourself anymore.

That is one of the things I love about BDO, being lazy I love the fact that I hire a work force to do crap for me.

Thing is though if you tend your garden yourself you have a chance at getting hard and sharp shards. Now that they have ‘fixed’ the desert, they decided to balance that by increasing the drop rate of the shards. That can help you make a nice bit of silver on the side.

Also if you use workers on a farm you’ll need workers with a lot of stamina or they’ll be running back to town and NOT tending your field before you know it. That can get pretty annoying. One of our guildies decided that using goblins for tending farms was not the way to go.

I did make a fair amount mixing Imperial Delivery and Calpheon Timber Crate trading. Now to see if the sunflower crates live up to the hype. Till next time, keep on keeping on.


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November 25 2016

BDO: Life Skill Grind

2016-11-25_468675716That’s me in the corner, chop, chop, choppin’ away. Yep I’m wasting materials leveling Life Skills on my Sorc. Good news is I wasn’t too far along on my other chars and well, I just feel downright comfortable running around on Blackheart here.

My Life Skill took a huge hit in productivity this week as I’d been working on leveling the Sorc up to the awakening. I wanted to play something else and this week I’ve had a little time to unwind and grind thanks to the holiday.

Now it’s time to work in the Life Skills grind. I do pretty much everything but hunting at this point. Though I should start getting that unlocked too since we go fishing and wale hunting on the weekends for the lols.

Whale hunting in BDO is a great guild activity. It’s also a bit more relaxing as compared to grinding and guild missions.

With that in mind I’ve been leveling up alchemy by making the components I need to make Experience Elixirs. I have Clear Liquid Reagents and Clown’s Blood stockpiled. I will probably have to go out for more wolf’s blood at some point next week though just to get a good supply of that.

I was joking about it with one of my guild members who is doing Imperial Alchemy and she’s looking at gathering around 4k Raccoon blood for fun and for profit. Mostly profit.

At the same time I’m farming the Dry Mane grass I’ll need for the final push. I was hoping to get my alchemy a bit further along so I get a better chance at getting the higher quality version over the green, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. Also crafting it instead of buying it from the market is probably going to save me some coin over time.

I’ve also re-established my link to Olvia for Grapes. I’ll need that to start working on Milk Tea. Fortunately I’m getting a good amount of milk from the cooking turn ins, but I’ll probably have to send out an alt to milk those cows as well one of these days.

With all of these projects in motion I’m really thinking that I need to push for more energy. At this point I’m sitting at 245 energy, which is a comfortable amount now that you don’t need it for cooking, alchemy and processing. But I do need it for trading, farming and gathering. I’m fine with that actually because it does mean that there is some demand for gathered components.

Thing is I also do gathering missions for the guild. That means I have to make sure I’ve got enough energy for my own projects as well as leveling the guild. As the guild leader it would seem to be in poor taste to bow out of gathering missions due to lack of energy. Though a bit more energy should help me balance both. Otherwise we may have to start looking into doing more subjugation or trading missions over doing gathering missions.

Speaking of trading, I do plan on getting Trading leveled up on this char as well. I really enjoy trading in this game and I can make a good amount of silver while doing it.

That had been my main source of income when I played classes that I didn’t want to farm with, but now that I have the Sorc I may very well start to get more grinding in. Thing is I’m just not sure where I’ll farm. Honestly at this point I’d prefer experience over silver believe it or not. Reason being that the Sorc has some awesome awakening unlocks at 58. The fun part is getting those two levels.

By fun I mean that it can be soul crushingly excruciating if you’re sitting there staring at the levels. Another one of our guild mates is doing that at the moment and I can’t say I’d trade places.

Hopefully my tea and elixer production will help all of us pour on the xp. Though I also need to find time to quest, get more energy…. Yeah this many months in and there’s STILL a lot to do in BDO.

Until next time, keep on keeping on!

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November 18 2016

BDO: Trading and Crafted Costumes

2016-11-12_398445870 Ask anyone in my guild and they’ll tell you that I’m a sucker for dressing up my characters in BDO. I don’t even dress myself this well in real life.

I’m currently working on trying to get the latest costume in BDO, but I need to fish up a bunch of laundry for that. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m trading like a mad woman to make enough silver for gear I’d be fishing for them 24/7.

I’ll get it eventually though, it’s just going to take next to forever.

As it stands I’m also debating on taking up farming again to get the components I need to make extraction crystals for my Ranger’s bow. Those would be quite handy indeed.

One at a time I’m working on getting enough amity with the trade managers I use regularly so that I can get more tries when trading. That saves a bunch of energy when you can get up to 7 tries. As long as I don’t do any smuggling I should be able to keep up that amity which is a big bonus.

My Calpheon Crate business is also moving right along, though I did nerf myself a bit by pulling the cp from Shakatu. Thing is I kind of needed it for storage and to expand my trade network in the old kingdoms. Having some of the higher paying imperial delivery areas unlocked has been awesome.

It is however a bit of a balancing act between setting up crating activities and doing imperial delivery. Doing one means you’re not doing as much of the other. Imperial Delivery is a lot more active and if you have time it’s grand. Crate trading is handy when you don’t have as much time as you just have workers boxing up trade items then you haul them off to make silver.

Though it helps if you also process the goods yourself, and that can mean spending your mornings or evenings at the bank doing processing.

For me, doing the Imperial Trading is a lot more fun because I’m always on the move. In the end I’ll probably stick with that, but who knows.

Well until next time, keep haulin’.

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November 16 2016

BDO: 50 PvP Cap a Boon to Life Skillers


This was my original life skill toon Tamagachi. I had to stop playing her for anything but horse leveling to keep her under the PvP cap.

Previously, whether you wanted to PvP or not, you were forced into it in BDO because the NA/EU version lowered the PvP cap to 45. Now with people hitting level 60, having such a low PvP cap isn’t what it used to be when people were pushing hard for 55.

So now that the PvP cap has been raised people can effectively sit at level 49.999 and never pass the PvP cap UNLESS they do the Belmorn quest that allows them to continue leveling.

Now you’re going to ask, what the hell does all of this mean? Well really it means that people who just want to life skill and NOT participate in PvP can do so on one of these level capped characters.

While the downside is that they will be under leveled for some areas, for life skills that for the most part focus on areas like Calpheon through Altinova, the level 50 cap is fairly reasonable. If they need nodes unlocked these folks can also hire some higher level players to help them.

I’m sure you’re thinking, why on earth would anyone WANT to nerf their toon by not going past level 50. Well the simple fact of the matter is that once you hit the PvP cap you’re fair game to anyone whether you have the best gear in the game or you’re just running around in your horse trainer’s clothing trying to eek out as much horse xp as you can on that tier 7. If you’re AFK you’re an even bigger target because well, if you’re not there to defend yourself then you’re an easy kill.

It was crap like that which was really shooting Kakao in the foot and they didn’t even realize it. A whole section of the game that would be great for people who do not want to or who do not enjoy pvp that they can’t even participate in for fear of getting owned by some jerk wad who wants to blow off steam after not leveling his sword.

The thing is that life skills ARE a big deal and they’re important to how the game works. From buff foods to xp potions all of it comes from life skills. If everyone in the game spent all of their time fighting over grind spots, there wouldn’t be anyone to make the buff food or tier up horses.

Now folks that just want to do that in peace WITHOUT having to worry about PvP can do that.

To me this is a boon to the Life Skill community.

You can have a toon that you go out adventuring with that is as high level as need be. And yeah that toon should be PvP enabled in an open world PvP game. But in a game with rich life skills like this one, something like this basically makes the day to day grind of BDO that keeps things going, a lot less stressful.

Read more about this and some of the other recent changes in today’s patch notes here. Also check out the new Thanksgiving event here.

Now I just have to decide if I’m going to continue doing life skills on a PvP active character, or work on life skills on my Tamer that is below the PvP cap. Though I’ll probably stick with Strat because… she’s hot, let’s face it. Beyond that I have a costume to make.

So until next time, keep haulin’.

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November 15 2016

BDO: Still Trading and Crazy Seasons

2016-11-12_373546396Over the course of the weekend, BDO went from winter holiday goodness strait to spring. I can’t say I’m complaining the tulips are pretty and the cherry trees were grand.

I do miss the snow and the snow men. I’m not sure what happened to the seasonal content but it could have been anything really.

Trading is going over quite well. I’ve made enough to pick up the bow I wanted for the Ranger and now I’m saving up for a nice awakening weapon.

Since I’ve hit professional trading, silver has been piling up. I’m also heavily invested in Imperial Delivery. It may not be a huge money maker compared to some other forms of trading, but I’m enjoying the mobility it offers and the payoff.

Though I do need to finish getting amity with all of the trade managers involved in the process so I can use as little energy as possible trying to bargain. Bargaining makes a huge difference when it comes to how much you can make when trading. Having high luck to get better chances and having amity invested to get more chances per try means I spend a lot less energy and manage to get bargains on usually the first or second try.

2016-11-14_49626341I have gone out and done a tiny bit of grinding with the Ranger and so far the new bow has been a huge improvement. I’m looking forward to what a new sword could do.

In the meantime though I’ll be trading away since for the most part I don’t have enough energy to do much else.

I am already back up to 13 million silver so that’s something. Now I just need to keep trading and hope that I get a couple more decent horses to sell off as they drag my cart around.

Until next time, keep haulin’.

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November 9 2016

BDO: Living Large with Life Skills

2016-11-08_21192781 After doing the level grind with a Witch and a Ranger, I’m pretty done with the level grind. At this point I’m working on leveling up trade skills and making some silver in the process. The nice part about life skills is that there’s quite a bit of them that I can do semi afk. This helps quite a bit if you have a lot of other things to do with your time.

There have been a lot of buffs to the Life Skills in BDO over the last few months and today’s patch brings another with an increase to the price of fish. I’m not sure how much that’ll help fishing after the huge nerf to the fishing hotspots with the damn seagull thing.

I’ll have to poll my guild members to see if it makes anything more for them. As for me, I’m sticking with processing and trading as a main source of in game income.

While combat grinding is king as the top way to make cash in BDO, processing and trading can also be a grand way to make some silver.

I’m doing it myself through both Imperial Delivery and trading off wood crates over long distances.

The downside is that this isn’t something you can do completely afk. Fishing is still the silver maker there.

Though if you can spend some time at the pc chopping wood or even sending a cart back and forth, this can still net you some cash.

What really helps with trading is that when you’re running a cart you can also level horses. So for people like me that are obsessed with leveling horses it’s a win win scenario.

By keeping at least one super low tier horse on the wagon I can sell that off to imperial horse delivery. With the tokens from that I can get magic axes which make wood gathering guild missions a lot less tiresome to say the least.

Right now I feel like I actually have a decent Life Skills system going. It keeps me busy in the game, it’s rewarding and I’m enjoying the game again.

After all, I bought BDO for the life skills.

Honestly this is one of the reasons I love BDO. While it has it’s share of bugs and costly elements, it’s still pretty damn fun. Well at least for folks like me that think stuff like raids are for other people and have no problem playing the game they way they want to play it.

I’ll probably keep a trading journal. Hopefully I’ll even get some decent horses out of it since I’ve had horses on my cart the whole time as well.

Till next time keep on haulin’.

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