Monday, 28 July 2008

How lucky can I get?

Read about what sGE had to offer with four new boxes. I was appealed in the Japanese swords they made available: Nodachi (misspelled as Nadachi) and Katana! You can get the Nodachi from Najib's Weapons Box and the Katana from the Knight's Cache Box.

Reading the thread stated the hype and that a lot of people have tried from a few to hundreds of boxes but to no avail of getting the featured items per box. I decided to push my luck bought myself 10 of Najib's Weapon Boxes. After opening five boxes, a Nodachi is inside one of them!

Wow, my luck was really good at that time! :D I opened the rest of the boxes and I got Enchantment Chips, Eyewear Boxes, Premium Consumable and unusual consumables. Well, I hope my luck will be the same for the Knight's Cache!

In other news, Vicente's Serenade event has been extended to August 14! Well, looks like production will be delayed now. At least I got time to focus on other things! :D

Monday, 21 July 2008

Teaser Project

Just a teaser for a fan submission/dedication to the bard of the New World, Vicente Rio! :D I'll finish this by the time I get his costume and some helping hands! For now, enjoy it!

Saturday, 19 July 2008

A word from Andre Janzur

Hello, Pioneers of ze New World! I am Andre Janzur, designer extraordinaire! I have to make an anecdote of the Marvin's blog and hiz fellow bloggers as well! Here are some of my ezcapades with zem!

Marvin and NineMoons

Here I am with Marvin, ze creator of zis blog. Alongside me is ze Queen of Bloggers herself, NineMoons. I have stumbled accroz zem nearby when I arrived at Auch. Both of zem were really happy to see me, as me and Marvin share a common thing. Lady NineMoons looked gorgeous in zat armor of hers and I hope she remainz beautiful yet proud as a lady blogger!

Of course, look who I bumped into next!

The brothers Fiksdotter and Artaxerxes

I was honored to have met zese brothers, for they have created my life's story. Of course, Fiksdotter was zee one who came up with zee story, full of dreamz and fantazzies! His little brother, Artaxerxes, here is a total heartthrob! He sounds zo good, but I guess he needs to get some new clothes though... Josiah is making me remind of zat other fashion designer. What was hiz name? Oh, forget it! I am zee best zere iz in za New World!

How fortunate of me to meet zese men!

The brothers Reclusion and Behringer

I am so happy to see the man who put Fiksdotter's story into a beautiful art of my life! I amazed of ze techniques and how ze way he presented my life's story. So fantabulous my story was and I am grateful for it. Of course, hiz little brother Behringer is also trying hiz handz on such art. I am looking forward to seeing these brothers rize to ze top!

Well, I must go now. I must get back to Reboldoeux and come with more fantazzztic garments! Zank you, Marvin, for letting me put zis in your blog!

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Leveling Rio is over. Now what?

Looks like I haven't gotten a goal to motivate me to play GE... Let me list down a possible set of goals I can accomplish:
  • Level up my characters using firearms so I can AFK level in peace.
  • Level up my construction workers for more power leveling options.
  • Level up my main characters to progress forward.
  • Level up the other characters to 72 at the Rion Dungeon Hollow.
I sure pretty need some advice at this point. I would to have a direction right now. What do you guys think?

What I've accomplished so far:
  • Having a Veteran Catherine.
  • Reaching Veteran for the main team.
  • Having Rio reaching Veteran for the in-game event.
That totals it to five Veteran Characters. Well, I hope I would get some feedback from you guys. Catch y'all later! :D

Vicente Rio: Musician. Enhancer. Heir.


I remembered the hint of starting the quest in order to get the Veteran Stance of Vicente Rio: Serenade. First, speak to the girl at the Orchard Street Market at H9 of Auch. Rio seems to have fallen in love with the girl, so he tries to win her heart.

Looks like Rio had the idea of purchasing an Avocado Sandwich and letting the girl share it with him. He was successful and right after that, he played an incomplete Serenade for her. He promised that he'll finish it and let his crush be the first to hear it. However, the girl kept refusing his advances because she claims her father doesn't want her to be around boys.

After those attempts, an old man named Federigo was looking for Rio. Talking to him reveals a revelation on who our Minstrel is: the son of the founder of the Leonardo Expresso service! It seems that one of the five pieces of Ferruccio's Legacy has been tracked in the New World. Otite is believed as one of the five pieces iof Ferruccio's Legacy (that's Federigo's assumption). Also, Otite Research gave birth to the Leonardo Expresso service and the Warp Portal technology. Progess had its price, as some people involved in this situation suffered side effects of being exposed to Otite.

Vicente Rio has a little brother by the name of Samuel, who succumbed to illness because of the Ottie research. One day, a handsome, young man named Montoro Viscount paid a visit. Montoro promised that he would heal Samuel but he just delayed the process. As a turn for the worse, Sir Lyndon had Leonardo arrested and Leonardo's research facility was destroyed with all the documents burned. Too bad he passed away after some time.

However, we still got the chance to take a look in this research facility. Federigo gave us a number combination that would open the facility. Rio headed over to the location where the facility was located. After using the correct code provided by Fedrigo, he was welcomed by hired Pegadilla Mercenaries. It was a gruelling fight but Rio was sided with Marvin and Sarbina. Once the lesser cronies of the group was defeated, Rio interrogated the mercenary group leader. It seems that the leader will not reveal any information as a policy of the Pegadilla Mercenary and regrets that he'll not be paid for this skirmish.

Heading back to Federigo proves the story and Rio now has a goal in the New World: to avenge his father for all the misfortunes that laid on him. The Leonardo Expresso will support in anyway possible. Federigo gave Rio the Serenade Stance Book. When Rio approached his crush, she amazed that he knows the Serenade Stance. However, Rio was not going to divulge the Serenade just to anyone. If anyone else wants to learn this ability, that person would have to approach Rio to learn it!

Leonardo Rio's research facility

Before I had to go all of this, I decided to celebrate at Bahia at the Battle Arena and guess what came out:

Level 121 Giant Spider. Like a stood a chance...

It wasn't a win, alright. I got owned by this huge monster. Well, I hope the Battle Arena would be more merciful around next time... :D

Another trip to the Master Room...

Guess what? My Vicente Rio is officially a Veteran! That means by the end of this month I'll have that free costume from qualifying from the event! :D

Marvin congratulating Rio for being a Veteran

Right after that, I had my scout learn the "Tactical Assitance" Stance for Veteran Scouts. The prequisite? Fortidudo at max.

Sabrina receiving the Tactical Assistance Book

After that, I took the liberty of learning the Serenade Veteran Stance for Rio as well. I'll get to that in the next post! :D

I guess I spent around 4,000 G Points for my Rio to level up. Looks like I was able to a little G Points for this one (and it was used for a useful purpose!). Yay! Bach Costume, here I come!

Thursday, 10 July 2008

What's this? New limits to break?

When I read about IAH's take on Garim's Nest, I was really amazed on what are the rewards you can get from defeating the boss. By reading this thread, I was surprised on what you can achieve in the months to come!

Wow! An item that adds a stat point!

First, it is possible to achieve a stat (STR, AGI, HP, INT, DEX and CHA) rating of 11. Here's what Kaioujin has to say:

The belt can only be used by Fighter, Scout or Musketeer types. And yes, the 11HP trick can be used by them as well.

Sorry if you misunderstood the article but the fighter comment was meant to be an example.

Seeing this, it means that we can go beyond the "limit" of 10 in a stat. Here's what I also found on the same discussion:

Kaioujin's Gracielo in Grand Master level

P.S. Don't need to speculate about weird stats, That's my Grand Master Gracielo on the test server

I decided to do some research on Gracielo's original stats and this is what I found:

STR: 6
AGI: 7
HP: 6
DEX: 5
INT: 3
CHA: 3

Does this mean there is a total of five additional stat points? All I know you get one from Veteran and another from Expert. I've seen some discussions on "Master" levels but looks like there's something higher than this! Looking further, here's Kaiouijin has to say:

This is not to be confused with our GMs (Game Master)
The one I'm referring to is the leveling system.
Veteran -> Expert -> Master -> High Master -> Grand Master

Whawhawha?!?!?!? Up to Grand Master?!?!? Level 150?!?!?

*calm down*

Okay... From this information I have, let me see what I can summarize:
  • I guess the limit of 10 stats intact but equipping an accessory that has stat gain will break the limit.
  • It is possible to achieve 11 in a stat as long as you reach the limit of a stat. One example would be Alejandro with his massive 9 STR. Add one on Veteran and equip him with an accessory that promises +1 STR and you get 11 STR.
  • A stat with an orange color indicates that the stat is increased with equipped accessories.
  • With what Kaioujin has to say, looks like we'll be getting a total of 5 stats points upon reaching Grand Master.
Looks like that's it for now. And I am shocked to see this. I just hope some sort of resolution will come out after maintenance!

What I have been up to lately...

Ever since Vicente Rio is available, many of us flocked to add him up in our barracks. What drove many of us to level him up is the event IAH set up. Getting a costume for free? That's a sweet deal (for me)! They adopted this event from what kGE did as well.

Before we can get to that, let me go ahead and give my thoughts of what I thought of Vicente Rio. On first impression, I was truly amazed that IMC developed yet another unique character. What got me surprised is the voice they gave him: a laidback Mexican musician. I was expecting a handsome voice to go along with the looks but I had expected wrong. At this rate, I had to think of a name that would fit him.

As what Rio can do? Well, looks like lutes aren't just his thing. He can also use Lightning stances as well. Of course, everyone who's been with me for more than a year should be familiar with the Lightning stances. For his lute stances, there's Minstrel and Serenade.

Minstrel is an offensive-type stance that has 3 offensive AOEs and 1 sleep status AOE. I was able to try this out (saved it for last!) and I'm really amazed on how this works. Now, two of the three offensive AOEs can target up to 8 enemies and the Crazy Rhapsody skill has a 33% chance of stunning the opponent. It may not be potent but it give you a chance to stop the enemy to get the higher ground. The other one is Rhythm and Blues which causes Enervation at 75%. From what I can recall, that status affects ATK Speed and Movement Speed. It also causes HP regeneration to stop as well. Silent Cradlesong targets 8 enemies but it only induces sleep status, making it harmless. This was very useful, especially with my experiences with Sandman skill from the Illusionist stance. That last skill only targets 3 enemies but the damage is higher and gives out a new status ailment: Requiem. This reduces evasion and block rate to 0, reduces ATK and attack speed to minimum, reduces all resistances by 75. This totally lets your enemies tastes the full power you've got with your weapons!

As for the Serenade stance, I'll look into it once I get the stance book. Serenade happens to be a Veteran Stance, so it'll have to wait. I gotta try it out first before I can make statements about it! :D

On the day I got Rio, I leveled him up to 3x on the first day. When I got impatient at Al Quelt Moreza, that's when I prompted to go to the Rion Dungeon Hollow. Seeing the EXP reel in so fast shocked me. But Rio got shocked as well, because he was constantly killed and I had to feed him with Resurrection Potions every now and then. I maxed out his Lightning stances because the lutes were available at level 60. By the time I got a lute, it was really exciting. At times, I would hit the Silent Cradlesong skill and it bought some time to get even with the mobs. After Rin Dungeon Hollow, I decided to invest on a FT pass and ventured in the Prison de Joaquin FT. I'm not sure if that was worth my G Points but I was able to cope in that place. Of course, I had to multi task by checking my mail, surf the web and do the laundry. I can't believe I was going through power leveling again ever since I leveled up my Catherine to Veteran.

Just a little more to go...

It's been a week already and I've gotten my Rio hit level 88 already. Just one more day and I can sit back and relax (and maybe try the Serenade Stance!). Oh, I'm looking forward to getting my prize at the end of the month as well!

Before I forget, I named him "Felipe" because I had a colleague with an English variant of that name because I recalled him doing a Mexican accent during work. Inspired from his antics, this how I got the name Felipe.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

YES!!! My Catherine's a Veteran!!!

Catherine gets recognized by a Master Wizard

Yes! I have my Catherine hit Veteran status! I am so happy for this moment!!! It took me a total of 12 hours just to complete this task (with the help of EXP Boosters, of course!). This my fourth character who has reach Veteran status. Looks like the trials and tribulations were well worth the effort in getting her in this position. Now, I'll tell you the story why I was driven to make her reach Veteran.

During the course I was leveling a lot of characters at Level 72, I was advised from DeSanggria to level my Catherine to level 100 so she can help the other low leveled ones to reach higher levels in no time. Also, a long maintenance was coming up and that drove me to reach my Catherine to level 100 before the maintenance occurred. Of course, that means traversing to maps other than the Rion Dungeon Hollow. So, I warmed up Catherine in the jungles of Ustiur and evetually ended up on the first floor of the Skullic Dungeon. Those dungeons are famed for their high respawn rate which allows fast EXP allocation. On that every day, I was also doing the laundry as well. So I sometime would encounter my family dead upon checking the progress of the laundry. I started around 10 AM on that day and I even got the EXP Booster and 2 pairs of Devil Wings. I was leveling up Alana (Catherine) and Shannon (Emilia the Sage) while they were accompanied by Sabrina (Scout).

It was a pretty hectic experience while the laundry was ongoing but I was finally alleviated of my laundry duties by 6PM. For four hours, I was able to hit the target: Catherine Level 100. I broadcasted my achievement and a few players noticed it and congratulated me. I made my way back to Auch, cleared my pockets (a bit), got a Veteran scroll and promoted Catherine to Veteran. Wow... I now have my very own Veteran Catherine! *sniff* *tears of joy rolling*

Of course, I did make my ETS reach 100 as well but I didn't bother to promote her for the meantime. Well, biggest thanks to my faction mates, DeSanggria and the people who congratulated me!

From this post, I will include something extra on certain post when I have a participant:

really fun if you ask me! :P

To start off, my dad got this neat toy from a friend from the U.S. (called a 20Q) and so far it has guessed 90% of what I have thought of. I decided to do this challnge onto RoseChavez, a fellow faction mate. I was going to relay the questions given by the toy and he just needed to answer Yes, No, Sometimes or Unknown. So here's what happened during that time:

Q1: Is it an Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Other or Unknown?
RoseChavez: Other

Q2: Do you hold when you use it?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q3: Is it used in travel?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q4: Does it come in a box?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q5: Does it use electricity?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q6: Is it used for communication?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q7: Can you read it?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q8: Can it fit in an envelope?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q9: Can it cheer you up?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q10: Is it flexible?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q11: Does it break if dropped?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q12: Is it made from paper?
RoseChavez: No

Q13: Is it a tool?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q14: Is it flat?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q15: Can you put something into it?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q16: Is it heavier than a pound of butter?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q17: Does it weigh more than a duck?
RoseChavez: No

Q18: Is it straight?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q19: Is it comforting?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q20: Does it involve contact with other humans?
RoseChavez: Yes

The toy thinks and guesses: "Is it everything?"
RoseChavez: No

Q21: Can it bend without breaking?
RoseChavez: No

Q22: Is it usually colorful?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q23: Do you carry it in your pocket?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q24: Would you pay to use it?
RoseChavez: Yes

Q25: Is it made of metal?
RoseChavez: Sometimes

The toy makes another guess: "Is it something?"
RoseChavez: No

RoseChavez wins the challenge and he gets a prize from me! I won't tell you what it was! :P Look forward for more 20 Question Challenges in future posts! :D You might get a prize from me if you win! Also, this means I must set some rules so that the game is fair, alright? :D

The Poison Yard Experience

While grinding some of my characters to level 72, I was invited by DeSanggria for a raid at the Poison Yard. Since I had a Veteran Family at that time, I was more than happy to join the impromptu raid and geared up. We met up at the Coimbra Nimrod Bridge and we were all waiting for the gates to open. The squad also consisted of members coming from the Covenant Faction and it was nice of Blacksword and his buddies to be in the squad.

Waiting for the gate to open...

Hey! M'Boma's got the Afro!

Once the gate opens, you have only at 5 minutes to get in before the gate closes. If you die, you won't be able to go back into the Poison Yard. Make sure you've got medics in the squad and/or stock up some Soul Crystals! :D

Of course, yes! What do you think I'm here for?

I remembered that going inside this place, you will placed in a random spot. That means you'll have to communicate with each other where to meet up. Also, if you chat normally (i.e. chatting not using the faction or squad channels), your name (and everyone else's) won't appear in the chat box. However, Faction and Squad Chat Channels are spared from this predicament. Lastly, if a family is not in your squad, he is considered your enemy. Going here in a squad is useful so you can help each other, not hitting each other!

Anyhoo, back to the topic... We roamed around and all we fought were level 90 giants that kept us occupied. There were some families also getting in and the squad decided to show them who's boss. I felt kinda bad for them, because looks like these were curious onlookers.

A volcano's about to blow up!

A bunch of giants.

A narrow corridor.

We went around the map, on and on and on and on... We were waiting for the bosses to show up but it took us a really long time before anyone showed up. I was beginning to feel sleepy from waiting. When we got the map broadcast that the Chimera will appear, we were all psyched up. However, someone else made an appearance before the Chimera...

Bored and waiting...

It's Gerogero!

It's Gerogero! We ganged up on it and things went smoothly (and long). My Fighter and Scout would experience death here and there because they were in the range of the monster's skill. Thankfully, other available medics are there on scene to help out! The beast dropped items to those who deserved it and we went to the center to encounter none other than the...

The Chimera!

Woah! This thing was really hard to wear down! We had problems keeping up because this beast regenerates faster than we can hit it with! Its nasty AOE attacks sometimes wipe me out and it can happen in succession! Although we were able to keep up and drain its health, we were all ejected from the map at a certain time (I forgot when it was). Rats. Looks like we didn't have enough manpower to kill the boss. Well, it's an time well spent for an experience like this. Looks like 10 families were not enough for the job. Maybe we need more, like 20! Alright folks, catch you later for more experiences from Granado Espada!

Side note:
Blogspotted again? Hooray for me!

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My family