BDO: Waiting out Maintenance

Hover Pig
Hover Pig

It’s another maintenance day and this one is a long one. Six hours of downtime.

This patch will add a Thanksgiving event and I’ll probably make a few notes on that when they’re posted.

Until then it’s time to sit back and wait for the servers to go live again.

In the mean time I should use this opportunity to get some stuff done.

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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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BDO: The New World

2016-11-10_181372449So big news in the world of Black Desert Online. Server merges are coming by the end of November. Check out more on it here. Looks like some of the servers were feeling a bit under represented so now they’re being combined into mega servers with 36 channels total.

This could become a problem for folks who are already feeling a pinch at the higher levels while looking for grind spots on the more populated servers. For folks that are focused on life skilling however this could become a boon as that makes for a few more people to sell to.

What will this do to BDO NA/EU? Well we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully it’ll be a happy holiday season, but for now, that’s up in the air.

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BDO: Winter is Here

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While I did slack on getting some good screen shots of the fall trees, here’s some winter screenies. Some snow in Trent and the Christmas Tree in Calpheon.

There is an event going on now so you might want to be logged in at least 3 hours a day to pick up a goody box if aren’t already.

I’m just looking forward to some warm outfit getting released. Strat is going to freeze her elven butt off in some of this.

Till next time, keep on haulin’.

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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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BDO: The Renegades

After the Grind
After the Grind

Despite some run ins with another guild in game we’re plugging along.

The end game in BDO can be pretty harsh. It either means investing a lot of time and money to get geared up quick or taking your time to get what you need in pieces slowly. Sometimes painfully slow, but patience helps.

When you’re trying to balance real life and a game as time intensive as BDO the grind can get to be a bit much. Especially at the end game level.

At this point I’m still working on getting my gear leveled up one bit at a time. It’s a much slower process for me than for folks with more time and in game resources but I’m managing. At the same time I’m also working on getting at least a solid tier 7 horse, I’ve even got a couple of chances at some tier 8’s. Just cross everything for me if you will because my luck with horse breeding is so-so at best.

Chance
Chance

I get a pretty wide range of horses, but not always the best. That’s horse breeding in a nutshell though. You never know what you’re going to get.

It’s still an interesting side project for me though. I always love seeing what RNG will toss at me next.

As for RP, well we tried going out to one of the RP hubs last night and it was a thing. We’ll probably stick to one day a week of public RP then keep to guild story lines.

Honestly I don’t mind that too much. I prefer RP with my guild mates at this point. They’re a great crew and I’m lucky to have them.

I may not be lucky in BDO, but I am lucky with my guild so that’s something.

Speaking of the guild I’m hoping to focus on leveling it up a bit. We’re slowly getting this and that maxed and we’ve got a decent amount stored up in the bank. Thing is though if we’re going to want to build a boat eventually when the sea content launches we’re going to need a lot more.

The guild is motivated enough on that front and we get guild missions in when we can, when we feel like it, when we have energy (and sometimes when we don’t) and when we remember. For me the remembering is the hardest part.

I’ve been struggling in game to come up with just what I want to do. Finding ways to make some coin while not actively spending a lot of time in the game is tough. I’m working on some different capital avenues that I’m hoping will pay off.

The game is pretty geared toward grinding as a primary form of income and that does work great and means that people who are putting in the effort get the best results. That makes sense. Though there’s something to be said for the folks that pretty much just want to be support and still want gear strong enough to survive when you can’t stop yourself from hitting the pvp cap.

Granted in BDO the pvp side of the game is over hyped. If you stick it out and get enough gear and levels, especially when you can get an awakened class, you can stand up for yourself pretty well. Really it’s just a matter of dedication and outlasting the other folks.

That’s pretty much what I plan on doing. I may not be the best in the game, but I look at it this way. If I can make some coin, breed a good horse and enjoy RP, I’m getting my money’s worth. That’s all that matters for me.

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BDO: The Witch Awakening aka Amaze-balls

That’s right folks the BDO Witch awakening has been leaked. Here it is in all it’s glory.

If you don’t mind, I’ve got some short girl grinding to do.

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BDO: When it All Comes Together

BuildingItUpAt the moment things are coming together in BDO. Well aside from the fact that I really need to put some more levels on the Witch, but I’ll get to it.

She’s sitting at 51 and I’m working on getting her geared up. At the moment she has pretty much what she needs, I just need to buff it up. Everything needs levels from her armor to her horse.

It’ll happen slowly but surely.

So far the Witch has been a pretty handy addition to the guild as well. It makes scroll nights go pretty fast even with less than a full group. Disco balls also go REALLY fast. But that’s probably due more to the 55’s we have hitting them more than my DPS. On the bonus side though the heals alone are saving us all a ton on pots.

GrimFire is also fitting into RP in the guild since a combat medic is something the guild could really use. RP wise they have fighters and staff, but there’s not really a healer so that’s a good fit.

I’m also setting up an infirmary to add a little bonus RP to the server. I’ll be in the same place my guild hangs out but at least it’s something to do. The nice thing about having a medic around is that people get a chance to RP out a wounded character getting treatment.

All kinds of chaos can happen in and around an infirmary.

Once I get that going I plan on working on a journal for GrimFire. So far she’s becoming an interesting character.

Well it’s time to get back to fishing so I can make enough to get my armor repaired. So I can blow it out again and build up failstacks.

I love how even failing in this game is a thing.

Until next time I’ll be boozing and fishing. Have fun!

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BDO-RP: Characters, Backstory, and the Character Creator

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My witch has gone through a physical overhaul. Mostly to suit my own madness but also to set her up with a physical presence that can sync with a plausible back story.

RP can be a pain in the ass because you’re not only pretending to be someone else, but at the same time you’re reacting to things the way that character would react to things. There also isn’t really anyone telling you if you’re getting it right. Though sometimes fellow RP’rs will give you a hand with this if you ask them.

Something that can make it a lot easier to figure out how your character would respond to something is basically understanding their who they are, where their from, and what drives them.

One way to do this is to just RP and get a feel for how you want them to play out. That works and over time you can build up an idea of how your character responds to the world around them. This method is great when starting up in a game that’s just launched when nobody is really sure about the lore and everyone is in the same boat you are.

Once a game has been around for a bit, it can be harder to just RP your way into a character and role. Most people are settled into their characters and guilds. They also usually have a good idea of the lore and how things work in game. This is where either looking into wikis and forums or just picking people’s brains really comes in handy.

Otherwise you could end up with the cat-girl, vampire, Pokemon catching, mercenary that everyone is loath to RP with because they sit so far outside the game lore that it’s not even funny anymore. While granted RP is completely fiction and people are free to RP however they want, when you’re working with a group of people it can sometimes help to try to mold your character to the lore so that everyone is working from the same rule book.

It’d be like wanting to play monopoly but using the rules from chutes and ladders. It can make for some very unique and creative game play, but you’re probably not going to get very far. Especially if everyone else at the table is still playing Monopoly and staring at you like you’ve got a third eye.

This is where the backstory can come in handy. If you can tie it in with the lore, then you can explain where your character has been up until the point you started to RP with them. These experiences in their lives can be catalysts for how they react in certain situations and just give you a general feeling for how they’d behave the rest of the time.

There’s a few schools of thought on backstories. Some people refuse to make them and other people really enjoy making sure that they tell you every detail of this hand crafted back story they’ve come up with. On a slow RP day that’s not too bad, but it’s not always the wisest move to be the guy or gal at the moody table brooding over your character’s past instead of engaging the RP around them.

The thing about backstories is that you want to create something plausible without being totally over the top. It also helps if you don’t focus on one aspect of that character’s existence, but weave in some good and bad things that have happened to them so that they’re more of a real person than say a one dimensional character that is only motivated by one or two emotions like say revenge, anger or even lust.

I try to make balanced semi plausible back stories though I’m sure I still have a long way to go in perfecting the craft. At this point I’m trying to pull something together for my Witch. Thing is though I’m just not sure where to start her out and whether she’ll be worked in with my other characters or not.

So the main questions I’m asking are:

Where did she come from? This can also count for class if you’re placing them in a class based society or a faction if that’s more the flavor of the game. Race can also play a hand in this if your character is a unique flavor of race.

What is her family situation like? Is she all alone in the world or does she have a loving family back home?

What does her resume look like? What is her education and background?

Who does she already know? Does she know your existing characters, your friend’s characters, does she need to be introduced to your guild?

What does she currently want out of life? While a little deep, this one though can help figure out what path this character is going to take and who she’ll want to associate with.

Now with these questions to work at I’ll have to figure something out. Like what town she’s from, who she knows and what her life has been like.

If you really want to get detailed having a timeline set by the game timeline can help you keep your fictional facts strait. You don’t have to invest that kind of time unless you’re like me and details start to pick at you.

As for the character creator, the BDO character creator gives you a lot of options. If you’re not sure what you want to do you can always create the character first giving them specific features like age and skin tone, then start to build their background based partially on how they look.

With my witch here she has a large facial scar and a damaged eye. Now I get to figure out where that came from and how that impacts her life. Pretty sure that having trouble seeing from one eye is going to have an impact on how a person perceives the world around them.

You can add scars, go with bold hair styles or just make one buff war veteran. It’s totally up to you. Having the game lore as a framework helps a lot, it can stave off the blank page syndrome that can make it really daunting just to get started.

Anyway, it looks like I have some thinking to do with my fishing today. Until next time, have fun!

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