Here we are 5 days into the trial and have to say the more I play the more I want to explore, see, learn, try everything. So much to learn, to try, but the key I have found is learn new mechanics, like cooking when you need too. Don’t try do it all at once, their is no rush, just enjoy the game.
Photographic Modes is something I promised to cover at a later date, so before I go into today’s exploits, let me explain some of what I mean by this mode. BDO has in built into the game two approaches to what I like to call photography concepts.
In the settings, the have implemented under the Graphics Settings see below showing the default of Vibrance filter and Sepia filter, of which there a further 12 settings. Using this method will make the game play with the filter active all the time.
My preferred method is the Photographic (no UI) capability of the game by pressing Ctrl+U at any point in the game. This allow me to have no user interface, character labels, just pure game graphics showing. Like normal play I can adjust and tilt the camera angle and grab a screenshot with PrntScrn key. However, it has other benefits, like changing the Depth of Field (DoF) focus (the point at which the game graphics soft focus/blurr). You can adjust the DoF, by pressing and holding Ctrl, then using the Up/Down arrow key, thus pushing the point of focus/blurr closer or further back. In addition, while holding Ctrl, look to bottom right of the screen are the other keys for changing the filter and moving the camera. Bring the UI back again and it will reset back to the the game setting default you have selected.
On to today’s adventures in the world of BDO, I worked way round Heidl talking to most npc’s earning new knowledge, watching in game cutscenes like in the pub with this large scottish speaking giant. Picking up as many quests I could including the latest of the main story from my friendly black ether. The first few quests led to the beautiful farm, Alejandro Farm with some seriously pain in the ass bee swarms I had to combat in the first few quests. Very difficult to see them until being stung good and proper… ouch… ouch…
All this combat and travelling on my little Jacko, I hadn’t noticed I had nearly reached lvl 17 and Jacko was well on his way to 9, boosting his travel speed to 109%. I really need to get myself a horse, but for now taming is off the table until I earn enough silver to buy the recommended first time trying of 10x ropes and 10x Lumps of Raw Sugar (est. 20,000 silver). Some more combat will help with this around the farm and I decided to pickup the farms node to allow me to gain a worker for farming of honey. Yes, you guessed it, those bees are now in hives and their honeycomb if being worked by some great looking npcs.
Marketplaces are tied to each area of the map such as Balenos where Olvia and Velia towns are homed, compared with Republic of Calpheon where Heidel and others towns/cities exist I have yet to explore and gain knowledge on. I found this out by surprise, when I went to collect my monies at Heidel marketplace, some items had a button stating “Balenos Territory Registered”. This meant I had to return to Velia marketplace to pickup my cash for those items. Which like the warehouses, makes perfect sense as its not just accessible anywhere like magic fairies bring your cash across the continents to the marketplace vendor you just happen to be at. Its shared information but physical items are not (like cash at a vendor of your sales) therefore forcing the living world I am enjoying. It also explains why the towns feel busy with npcs and players going about their daily business, instead of vacant like other MMOs because other players have out leveled the area.
So wheres does this leave me, wanting more and more, so it will come with no surprise I have taken the plunge and bought Black Desert Online! 😀
This for now will be the end of my daily blogs regarding the trial my friend provided me and turn more into blogs posts when I have some new and exciting to share about BDO. It will also allow me to progress my other MMOs, GW2 and Elder Scrolls Online and provide some posts on them.