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Black Desert Online: All the Pretty Little Horses

Yesterday was the day that I bred my first Tier 7 horse in BDO – as seen above!

I know this is nothing unusual as there’s lots of T7 horses out there now, but it’s special for me. The origins of these horses date back to 2016, where I bred this line up from T1, T2, and T3 horses I tamed from the wild.

I’ve been training a group of T6 horses over the past few weeks, and so far 1 of 3 breedings of fully leveled T6 horses has resulted in increasing to T7. That seems about accurate based on the Horse Calculator.

Not every horse I’ve bred has been all that pretty, though. My first round of T6 breeding gave me one of the “ketchup/mustard” horse coats – though thankfully a T6 female.

I did breed out a rather pretty light-colored horse with a funky mane who eventually trained in Two Seater – allowing two people to ride her. I’ve decided to keep her now that she’s done breeding, and pass her to one of my other leveling characters to use a their main mount for now.

I’m still living the wagon life, and have almost a full team of T6 horses that I’m training up right now. Hopefully I’ll see more T7 come out of this team as I move my way up towards (hopefully) T8s in the future. I’m not too worried about working on Dream horses right now, I’m more interested in seeing how far I can breed the line of horses that I started back all those years ago.

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Black Desert Online: First Level 50!

One of my unspoken goals for this month was to get my two newest characters – Aywren and Amon – to level 50 in BDO while I still have access to the Olvia server and all the boosts due to the account transfer.

The highest I’ve ever been in BDO was 34 on my Tamer – who is now regulated to my horse trainer and will remain under level 50 so that I don’t have to worry about PKs while training horses.

Last night, my Shai hit level 50!

She’s currently running around the big city Calpheon doing quests and learning about the world there. I’d made it to Calpheon before, many years back, but hadn’t really tried to explore or gather knowledge there yet. So this has been a fun experience.

In order to even level to 50, you have to accept and complete a quest (which is just using an item put in your inventory). This quest warns you that once you complete this and reach level 50, you will unlock open world PVP.

I have heard that there’s actually not all that much random PVP that happens in this game. Not being a fan of gank-PVP in general, I’m still giving this a try due to this. Mostly because I’m interested in seeing my Shai’s Awakening!

On top of that, it appears that my ideas of what BDO becomes after level 50 was skewed due to outdated information from back when I played it years ago. In my mind, I thought that there was nothing but constant grinding and struggle to upgrade gear after that point. It appears that maybe that was right… many years ago.

Huge thanks to Mailvaltar and Naithin for leaving so much good updated information in my comment section on the last post! This made choosing to progress to 50 and beyond a much more exciting prospect for me.

Indeed, the quests haven’t run out and I’m still doing what I did pretty much pre-level 50 — questing around, beating up monsters when directed and gathering knowledge of the world. I might need to adjust my goal for this month to see just how far I can get with what I have.

In the meantime, I’ve shifted back to leveling my archer, Amon. He was level 22 when I logged in last night and level 28 by the end of the night.

If he follows any of the patterns that my Shai did in her leveling curve, it shouldn’t be too difficult to reach 50 on him if I just have some time to dedicate to it. It may be even faster because I already know the quests and the objectives this time around.

I might venture out and work on leveling my Tamer up to 49 if I have the time. I also have a low-level Wizard at 17 that I can try to boost up. I heard Wizard is a strong class to play.

The thing with both of those characters is that they were rolled before the Remaster of the game, so it seems they’re still on the old questlines used at the game’s launch rather than the new more streamlined quests. I don’t know if there will be a spot where these quests merge eventually, but it feels a little more tedious when I was leveling my Wizard just to see how it works.

Anyhow, progress made and progress to be made! Good times!

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Returning to Black Desert Online

It’s been almost four years since I last played Black Desert Online. Wow!

Thanks to some posts at Time to Loot and Inventory Full I learned that in order to keep your BDO account, you need to make an account transfer. Instantly, I hopped off to do just that, which made me realize that even though I haven’t played the game in a while, I actually do value my account and progress there.

I remember really liking the life skills, the horse taming/training/breeding system and other things about the game. So in knowing that you’d get some rewards for transferring early, I decided to patch my client (which was no little thing) and see what BDO was up to lately.

There have been a LOT of changes. That’s an understatement. On top of that, there are a lot of new classes to try, too!

I may not have played BDO in a while, but I’d kept up a little bit on some of the updates over the years. I knew about the Shai race, which I was interested in – and almost returned to the game at that point. I also discovered there’s a pretty cool Elf Archer class, which instantly got me thinking about rolling an Amon character there.

So… that’s what I did.

I also think the Shai is adorable in every way, and based on the Foundry’s information, is supposed to be a lot easier to play than the original classes were. After trying one out, I really felt the pull to make her my main. I never got super far in leveling my original Tamer character. But I also don’t want to delete my first ever character who does have some cash shop stuff that’s bound to her.

I rolled a new Shai, anyhow. I had some Pearls in my inventory to spend, so I bought a name transfer scroll, and pretty soon, my new Shai will become “Aywren” on BDO. Problem solved!

Basically, I’m semi starting over in BDO. But, the experience boost I have due to everything stacking up as a returning character is insane. I should easily catch up with my original character and, if I stick with it, easily surpass her. It’s pretty cool that Shai start out with Professional rank Alchemy and Gathering right off the bat, too.

The one thing I need to earn back are all my horse training levels. Now, those actually mean something as an update has added bonuses to things like taming, training speed and breeding based off your training mastery. That’s another change that brought me back to this game.

I still have a bunch of my Teir 6 horses on hand – I’ll have to look and see if I still have that breeding spreadsheet I made all those years ago. One way or another, I’m happy to work on my horse lineage again.

I did notice that the new player questline and story has been altered a bit from what I remember. If anything, it’s more streamlined than before, which is a good thing. I haven’t gotten too deep into the story yet, and I don’t remember much about where I left off with the story before this. So, I’m just along for the ride when it comes to progressing through the quests in BDO from the beginning again.

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Black Desert Online Gaming Blog Banners

I didn’t realize a post about blog header banners would be of interest to so many folks! But because it was, I’m making a short follow-up on a few new banners I added this morning. Yesterday, I didn’t have my BDO screenshots on hand, but now that I do, I’ve whipped up a few more banners from that.

I couldn’t just choose one horse riding screen from the many, though. So I threw in two. I wish I had a good uncropped screen of my favorite dappled horse for this. I might have to hop in game and take some new shots. 🙂

The three new banners are below, all of my character Aywren in BDO:

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Black Desert Online and the P2W Protest #blaugust2016

This post is a part of Blaugust 2016!
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It’s been a while since I’ve done anything of significance in Black Desert Online. My main character is perpetually level 23 (so that I never have to deal with open world PvP). I bred my Tier 6 horses but found it very time consuming to train them for a chance at a T7 breeding. I did log in to roll a Ninja on the last big update, but I didn’t actually play him.

So, I’ve been a little out of the loop with what’s going on in the game. The fact that BDO is now offering things called Value Packs, which serves the same function as a 30 day subscription in a lot of ways, passed me by last month. But the recent P2W protests did not.

Now, I don’t even have a horse in this race (pun intended). After being decimated by ArcheAge’s P2W, I didn’t put too much of myself into BDO’s world. So this is all an observation from the outside looking in.

Down With P2W

p2wpngSo, what’s got the players all up in arms lately? It’s the announcement that BDO, a Buy to Play game, is going to allow people to buy items in the cash shop with real money and sell these items on the auction house for in-game currency. It’s basically a sanctioned way to buy silver with real money.

Now, I’ve seen a similar feature in other games, so what’s the big deal here? It has to do with the fact that you can purchase the BiS gear using silver… and that BDO is supposed to have a competitive PvP end game. So, PvP folks, many who already are annoyed at how other “no lifer” players get a leg-up in PvP as it is, are really upset about this.

Other folks feel betrayed because BDO apparently swore a blood oath that the game would never do anything to promote P2W. They felt they invested in the game at box price, and some probably spent quite a bit in the cash shop to support the game… all to watch it twist into a P2W shadow of itself.

Then there’s the whispering on the wind that Kakao is using profits from their gaming ventures to fund other real world businesses. This is something they called online-to-offline business.

On top of that, when the players provide their feedback on the official forums, their words are met with the banhammer. So, the BDO Reddit seems to have become that haven for these ostracized players to vent. Of course, BDO denies that there is unjust banning going on, but… yeah. You can do the math.

In the meantime, players are protesting in their own ways in game… through uploading the above picket signs to adding the No P2W sign to their guild emblems… Guilds may go to war, but they can agree on this.

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I rather doubt this is going to accomplish anything. In fact, I’d be more surprised if it did. Yeah, so nevermind. I just checked. The change went out in today’s patch

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While I never allowed myself to get too invested in BDO (aside from horse training), I’m not surprised that the game tilted off in this direction. It’s a little sad to see, but companies are going to do what is going to make them money, even if they anger the majority of their community doing it. I guess it really comes down to whether they’ve hooked enough players deeply enough to keep playing despite this, or whether those who have already spent a lot of money are going to walk away due to this.

As for me, I haven’t given them too much of my money or loyalty, so I don’t have much in the way of feelings on the matter. It seems like it’s just the sign of the times… another game turning around to milk their players for everything it can while it still can. I feel for the folks who feel betrayed, like I did in AA, but I’ve been bitten too many times to put too much faith in any non-sub game to remain on the straight and narrow anymore.

What do you think of all this drama?

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BDO: More Tier 6 Horses Bred!

 

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For the past week or so, I’ve been steadily training my T3 Female and T4 Male for their ultimate breedings tonight. It took a while to get them to level 30 and 28, but it was so worth it.

As you can see above, I got this handsome T6 stallion from the mix! I really like his pattern, and if all goes well with training and skills, he may be an ultimate keeper.

Their second breeding rewarded me with my first ever female above T3 – this lovely T6 mare!

Tier 6 Female, Bred 5-7-16

Now that I’m replacing most of my lower tier horses with T6, I’m not quite sure what to do with them. I’ve gone back to training my mustard horse, hoping for good skills so that I could sell him. The market says he’s worth over 4 million silver at the moment, so his value can do nothing but continue to go up!

I still have another T3 female on hand, so I can also always train her up and try for another pair of T6. Just depends on how patient I feel. 🙂

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BDO: Million Silver Horses

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So I was down to my last T3 female again last night, and decided instead of working a week and a half to raise another pair to the point of shooting for T6 offspring, I would try to hit that spot where there was a 60% chance of breeding females. I left them breeding overnight, and manage to slip on right as maintenance ended before work this morning. So, again with the night pictures.

Despite that supposed 60% chance at females, again, I bred T4 males. Ugh… back to hunting down more females.

On the up side, I noticed that one of my males was born with the Drift skill, which I knew to be valuable. So I checked him out, and at level 1, with no training yet, he’s worth almost 2 million silver! I guess I know who I’m going to be leveling and attempting to sell tonight.

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On a whim, I also checked the value of my T6 mustard horse, whom I did level to 3 last night. He only has 2 skills so far, neither of them that valuable as far as I know, and he’s already worth quite a bit.

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Considering I’m not putting any silver into raising these horses, aside from breeding expenses, this is all pure profit should they sell. Maybe I’ll be able to afford to buy a female instead of scrounging to tame one instead. XD

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BDO: Riding Attire & Musa

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A while back, I stated that when BDO put cosmetics in the shop that I wanted, then I’d put some more money towards supporting the game. I already knew I’d want the riding attire based on looks alone, but I didn’t know that it would have the 20% experience bonus to horses as you ride them. It was a no brainer.

I love the way it looks — very fitting for a character who is primarilay about running horses, this is perfect. 🙂

I also rolled a Musa today. I’ve been planning on this for a while since the class looks more like the kind of melee I enjoy playing. At first, I was going to roll a Tai character, but then I found out the classes’ Awakening weapon was something similar to a Naginata… which just so happens to belong to Tai’s rival character in my stories, KoGuRai. He’d never forgive me.

So, instead, I rolled a KoGu Musa. Happily, the name KoGuRai wasn’t taken. 🙂

This is the first alt I’m putting any time into, and I’m having a lot of fun with the playstyle. I burned through a number of Black Spirit quests that I already knew from my first character, and he’s already level 10 without breaking a sweat.

I also learned that alts share storage and stables, so he was able to snag a T2 Stallion I wasn’t training to get around faster.

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BDO: Still Horsing Around

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While I’ve been busy playing FFXIV and FFXI this weekend, my little laptop has been constantly running BDO in the background, where I’ve been autolooping my horses to level them. I was unsuccessful in breeding any females from my last group of T3s, so I had to run out and tame some more T1/T2 females to start another family line. Note, I still have all my T4 and the one T5 from the previous lineage, just all of them were male, which wasn’t helpful.

It took about 17 tames to finally get two females from the wild last week. I spent a few days leveling them, and successfully bred and exchanged for a total of 4 T3 females to get me back in the game again. Yay!

So, this weekend was spent trying to level these new T3 females and the T4 males to a point where I could get better horses from my stock. Previously, I’d leveled them all to 12 and bred them. The calculator said I should have had over 50% chance to get a female, but all of those breedings resulted in males… So, this time, I’m pushing them to higher levels before breeding again.

This weekend also saw the US servers getting a boost in life skill experience gain. So everyone was out there leveling up. For the first time ever, I actually showed up in the top 30 Trainers on my server’s channel! By the end of the weekend, folks had beat me for that position again, but hey, I was there for a little while. 🙂

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All Saturday, I spent leveling a T4 male from the previous lineage, SS Sensation. I had every intention to use him for breeding until I noticed he was learning one skill after another. Finally, at level 17, he had racked up like 7 skills, which was the most I’ve ever seen on any of my horses.

Out of curiosity, I decided to see what he’d go for on the market, and was shocked to see the game valued him at 1,700,000 (something) silver! Now, I’m a pretty broke player most of the time, just hoping to sell off some T2s for 65K if I’m lucky. So, this was a hard offer to pass up. I put him on the market, not sure that anyone would buy him… until about 10 mins later, he sold!

Tier 4 Male, Bred 4-14-16, SOLD for almost 2 Million Silver!
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On one hand, this was fantastic as I really needed the money to continue my breeding efforts… and this was the first real money I’ve made in this game. On the other hand, I spent almost a full day leveling this horse (and I wasn’t close to done), so that meant I’d have to level another! XD

I started working on leveling a female all of yesterday, and I think she got to about level 18 before I gave my poor laptop a break. There’s no way I could have done this without autolooping…