Black Desert Online -Trial Day 5

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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

 

 

Black Desert Online -Trial Day 4

On Day 4 I decided to focusing how to progress to my first mount of a Donkey. As I mentioned in my day 2 post, mounts in BDO require training to gain speed, turn rate, braking speed and acceleration.

First mount required, so off I went to buy a donkey, which turns in to another lesson learnt (more on this later).  I headed to Olvia and the stablemaster there to purchase a nice little grey donkey for a mere 5000 silver.  On doing so, your prompted for his/her name,  Jacko is his name, short for JackAss 🙂  I then popped to the local warehouse and found I can use the donkeys own inventory to transport some of my goods, so I filled his bags ready for transport to Velia. Now let get this little chap moving and earning his levels of training.

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As you can see BDO has more beautiful little nuances, such as because Jacko is carrying items the donkey now has bags and nice blanket on his rear. I just love siting back with a cuppa and putting the game in photo mode and watching its beauty as I travel, snapping photos (I guess they are VR selfies really).  My Journey to Velia was over and I had already nearly reach Jacko to lvl 2.  I noticed Jacko’s, yellow bar, his Stamina was now 20% depleted, so after a little reading up I needed to feed him to keep his stamina replenished else he wont be able to travel, similar to keeping workers stamina up with beer.  Carrots is what I needed (cheapest for now, but other options exist which I can also cook, when I work out how 🙂 )

More main quest mini bosses to destroy en-route, with my faithful friend Elda.  Which led us to decide we need to introduce the world of BDO the GGGs guild.  Thanks to Elda, she had it sorted and invite came through ready for our first GGGs exploit of beating down my next co-op quest Here Comes the Goblin Chief! mini-boss, gaining me some much needed inventory expansion.

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House needed and workers need feeding, so next up was to check on my workers, one in Olvia gathering grapes and one in Velia gathering chicken meat plus bonus of eggs.  Clicking the pickaxe icon I am present with a list of their status, seems they are all worked out and how now stamina left. Looks like its time to make some beer via cooking, time for some googling and nice guide from Dulfy my faithful go to site for GW2.  Reading the guide, first need my first house of residence to allow me to then purchase and place my cooking station.  Then I need potatoes, water, sugar and leavening (yeast) to make my beer. So I purchase my first house for 1 contribution point and few thousand silver, next off to the chef in at the inn to purchase the cooking station and ingredients.

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Now we have our house, cooking station and ingredients, we need to place the cooking station ready for use.

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Station placed, time to get my chef on and make some beer for my tired old workers.  Pop the water, sugar, leavening and potatoes in the pot… click cook … viola .. we have beer.  Rinse and repeat until used the potatoes I have and we have 6 beers for my merry worker men.  Re-clicking the workers pickaxe icon, I just need to click  Recover on each worker and select how many beers to provide them.  Their we go, all refreshed and ready to work.  I leaving Olvia worker on grapes and re-assign Velia worker to farm potatoes making sure I have resources to make more beer later.

Time to move on to greener pastures as my last quest is leading me to new town of Heidl which is even busier and has a greater feel of life in a living breathing world. Welcome!

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I slowly progress with my faithful Jacko increasing his training levels further and leading me to meeting the towns first npc, the stablemaster.  This is more of an interesting meet, as he has knowledge on horse taming, yes, the ability to capture and train your very own horses.  But… no time now as it 1:27am and time for bed… I leave exploration of Heidl until tomorrow, Day 5. Night all 🙂

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Black Desert Online -Trial Day 2

If you missed Day 1 of my trial head over to it here, where I left a lead into what I wanted to achieve in Day 2 of my trail in Black Desert Online.  The thing is it took me a good hour to get my head round my first topic, Nodes & NPC Hiring.  To be honest its quite logical, but the UI (user interface) suddenly loses you and you find yourself at a dead end of progressing what seemed a logical approach.  Luckily for me, my friend Elda came to my rescue and very patiently explained the steps (thanks Elda 🙂 appreciated you patience).

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Contribution Points are required to hire workers and unlock nodes for use.  These are earned by doing quick quests in towns for various town folk .  They are reasonably easy to earn in the early levels so far, currently lvl 11 and before.

Energy Points are earned through gaining of knowledge by talking to people (npcs), chopping new woods, gathering new materials, killing new unknown mobs for the first time.  Generally exploring the world of BDO and learning all it has to offer to gain ore knowledge and thus earn more Energy.

Workers are npc’s you can hire in game using both Contribution and Energy points to select the type you want, of Orge, Human and Goblin.  Each has worker race has a slightly different stats and benefits, but for my first go I chose the little goblin dude, who cost me 1 contribution point to hire him.  Now onto finding a node to assign him too.

Nodes are points on the map which are either a locations in a city or town, or a junction on the road. Nodes allow you too connect a route for workers (npc’s you can hire) or a location to work or gather at (eg. farm for grapes).

Setting up my first node was done by selecting node on the map and spending the required contribution points to unlock it.  I then had to select the nodes resource icon (fern type icon) and spend another Contribution point to allow my workers assignment.  Now I can select my little goblin to farm grapes.  Elda reminded me to click Change to set him to repeat up to the maximum of his stamina (10 in this case).  I review my map to see him running across to the farm (node) I chose.  I followed my little goblin worker and found him busy farming grapes. So cool to see him there farming and easy to find as he has my family name I chose at character creation yesterday.

Mounts, donkey’s and horses… is easy to acquire, but like everything in BDO, its takes considerable time to master be able to breed and create your own horses.  I first set my Navigate To at the closest stable and click auto-run whilst made a nice cuppa.  Sitting here watching he world drink my cuppa is such a nice chill moment, and beautiful at that.  I ended passing a potions vendor, merrily singing and when I spoke she had this wonderful voice.  Yes a different voice seems to be the norm for every (unlikely but seems that way so far) vendor in the game.

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I arrived at the stable and open up the shop to seem what I could afford with my current 2600 gold.  Sadly, nothing yet, the Donkey’s were 5000 and the cheapest horse was 15000 gold.  This lead me to readup more on horses in game and to my surprise, combat is possible while mounted.  Pretty cool I thought, but does that mean I can armour my horse…. oh yeh!  I was aware the game has an in game store, called the Pearl Store, which allows you to purchase costumes, armours, boats, pets (with benefits, but not like friends with benefits obviously), some of which you can check out below.

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The next challenge is to try earn enough gold to gain my first mount of a Donkey 🙂 Hopefully working my way up to a horse and then maybe a 4 horses and a cart. My final part of the day was to watch a good few guide videos on crafting which was clear would turn into another day of learning’s once I had more contribution points to hire more workers and gain considerable more materials before venturing into the world of BDO Crafting, so for now I leave this for another day.

My last item of the day was to venture into a new town called Velia, where on my route I picked up quest to kill a mini boss.  Now I hadn’t realised at the time I had been provided a scroll in my bags at this point.  So like a noob, I headed to the beach area highlighting the quest point.  Once I reached the area nothing happen, no mobs, no-one around.  This is when I found the scroll and right-clicked to use it…. ohhh… bad move… the UI disappears, camera pulls back the ground in front of me started to opening a black mist ether, the mist began to swirl and swishing as something begins to rise form the ground.  Er… ok thats a big black demon, perhaps I should start killing it… like now!

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Right, this guys going down, entering combat stance.  Kiting him around the beach, dodging his shockwaves of sand and serious damage swipes I manage to trigger some of my new combos of combat.  Is health bar is now orange (meaning mid way through his health).  Quick jump back, dodge roll, now to the side, not into him… ouch!  That hit hard, only 11% health, quick drink health pot, phew back to 63% health.  Right, claws combo, 1..2..3… now his red health bar… just bit further…big finisher move and down!  Breath and .. releax, damn that was an intense fight… but oh so enjoyable, I must find more of those types of quests and appropriately added to my list of to do in BDO.

Day 3 I hope to work on more exploring and hire more workers, plus finding more of those mini boss quests.