Desert Nomad: The Nomad’s guide to Black Desert

Hello friends, and welcome to a new installment of Choose My Adv– HA HA, PSYCH! This puppet’s strings have been cut, suckers! No longer will I take your orders, blindly charging headlong into whatever folly you command, allowed respite only once your twisted fancies have been sated and my will brok– Wait, what? I still have to do that, too? Ahem. Heh, just kidding, everyone! Forget everything you just read. Done? OK, great! Let’s try this again. Hello, friends, and welcome to the premiere issue of my shiny new column, Desert Nomad. Isn’t it fancy?

Each week (or every other week depending on the demands of Choose My Adventure, which it turns out I am both contractually obligated and bound by a blood oath to continue until the end of days), I’ll be delving into the world of Black Desert. I’m super excited to finally have the opportunity to take a break from jumping between games each month and actually commit myself to exploring the many facets of this shiny new sandbox. Since Black Desert will technically still be one day away from its official launch when this is published, I figured that it would be fitting to devote this inaugural column to laying down some tips for all the new players who will be flooding the servers when the folks at Daum swing wide the gates tomorrow. So come along, fellow Nomads, and let’s wander for a while. As always, I promise that I will do my best to make it informative, and if not that, then at least entertaining.

Now, before we dive in, I’d like to start things off with something that stalwart CMA readers have come to expect from me and that all you newcomers should probably go ahead and get used to: a disclaimer! I just want to go ahead and preemptively say that I make no claims to Black Desert expertise. Although I did participate in both of the closed beta tests prior to launch and have, as of my writing this very sentence, had access to the live game for a single day, in the grand scheme of things I’m a newbie just like everyone else, and I’ll be unearthing the inner workings of Black Desert just like everyone else.

This is partly out of caution (I’d rather not base my writing on second-hand information rather than experiencing things for myself) and partly out of a plain, naive desire to once again jump into a game without immediately feeling like I know exactly what I’m doing. So with that in mind, I’m looking forward to sharing my discoveries with you folks and, I hope, learning a few things from our erudite commenters. Now that the writer-reader pact has been verbally sealed, here are some hopefully useful tips to help you get started in Black Desert.

First off, let me answer one question that I’ve seen asked innumerable times over the course of the betas and my first day in-game: What’s the best way to level? That depends on your definition of “best.” Character level experience can be earned only through combat, so if your number one goal is to reach the level cap as soon as humanly possible, the best way to do that is to grind mobs until your brain liquefies. [Commenter Azrowar points out that you actually do get character level experience from other activities like fishing and gathering, though the point stand that mob farming is far more efficient.] That’s not really my style — I like to be methodical and meticulous with my progression in a new game lest I miss something crucial along the way — but there are plenty of guides on optimal mob farming out there.

But if you go that route and sprint to the level cap by pure mob farming, you’re going to miss out on some pretty useful things. Although quests don’t reward character level XP (with very rare exception), they’re still immensely useful — especially for new players — in a number of ways. For starters, many quests serve to introduce players to the many different facets of the game, helping them to learn the ropes of gathering, crafting, trading, fishing, and so on. In addition, completing quests is the only way to earn contribution points (which have many uses, including renting property and connecting trade or resource nodes) and many of them provide useful rewards, notably including inventory space expansions and instant energy restoration. [Commenter Xijit also points out that completing quests multiple times (by way of alts) will still increase your contribution point maximum, allowing you to rack up a hefty pool of points by simply doing the early quests on multiple characters.] Obviously, if you wanna power level to the cap, you can always come back and do the quests later, but I personally plan to take my time on the road to max level.

Now that that’s taken care of, here are some slightly more specific tips in easily digestible — at least by my typically wordy standards — form:

Enable ALL the quests

In Black Desert, your quest log gives you the option of disabling certain types of quests, which hides them not only from your quest tracker but from the game world itself, meaning NPCs offering the disabled types of quests will not be marked, and in many cases you simply won’t be able to accept quests of the disabled types whatsoever. Somewhat strangely, the default quest log settings disable all types of quests except for combat quests, meaning that players who don’t realize the option is there (such as yours truly during the first beta test) will end up traipsing past tons of valuable quests.

To remedy this situation, open up your quest log (default hotkey ‘O’) and look at the top of the right-hand panel, as shown in the screenshot below. Those little buttons to the right of the word “Prefer” are the only things standing between you and a staggering array of quests. If you want to see all the quests, all the time, just click the “All” button; if you’re a little more selective, you can enable or disable Combat, Life (i.e., crafting, gathering, etc.), Fishing, and Exploration/Travel quests in whatever combination you see fit. Just a quick heads-up for those of you who decide to go all in and enable them all: There are a lot of quests, at least in the first “main” town of Velia. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. Just don’t panic if you’re hit with a sudden avalanche of quests.

Claim task rewards

When you first log into the game, and sporadically thereafter, you may notice in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen a little icon that looks like a scroll labelled “Reward.” Then again, you may not notice it, because it’s pretty small. If you click this icon, you’ll be taken to the Tasks pane, which can be accessed at any time by opening your character status window (default hotkey ‘P’) and selectiong the tab labeled “Tasks” (surprise!) at the top. Here, you can view a list of tasks and, more importantly, collect rewards for any you’ve completed.

In case you’re curious what exactly tasks are, they’re divided into two categories: time-based and achievement. The time-based tasks include a daily login task as well as tasks for logging in for a certain number of consecutive days (all of which reward currency that can be spent in the game’s Loyalty store) and reaching milestones in total time played (which reward various fancy items like dyes inventory expansions, furniture, and more). The achievement tasks are basically, of course, achievements, including things like reaching level milestones, reaching milestone ranks in each profession, and so on, and the rewards for them are too varied to list, but it’s worth noting that many of the profession milestone tasks reward energy potions, which will probably prove useful for crafters.

Use your energy…

Your energy resource is used by an astounding variety of activities in the game, including crafting, gathering, fishing, and more. It regenerates at a rate of one point every three minutes, but there is a cap on how many points your energy pool can hold at any given time. In ths early parts of the game, this cap will be fairly low, and it’ll only take a handful of resource-gathering attempts to exhaust your supply. That being the case, I see no reason not to spend your energy frequently, lest your precious one point per three minutes go to waste. Just carry around a pickaxe or a butcher’s knife and take a moment every so often to mine some ore or carve up some prime cuts. Unless you think you’re going to desperately need your energy for something specific in the near future, don’t feel obligated (like I initially was) to reserve all your energy just in case there’s some kind of energy-related emergency.

[Commenter Xijit and Diskonekted point out that your energy cap is global (i.e., all characters on your account will have the same energy cap), but current energy points are individual, meaning that increasing your energy cap on one character will increase the cap for all of your characters, and once you’ve used up all of your energy on one character, you can hop over to another one and still have a full pool to work with. Xijit also notes that investing energy points in a resource node will increase the drop rate of items in the area, though it’s important to point out clarify that this doesn’t make items drop more often, but it increases the quantity of items that will drop when they do.]

… But not for chatting

Here’s a sneaky little trick that messed with my head a little bit in the early days of the first closed beta: Sending a message in Channel (i.e., global) chat costs you one energy point per message. I’d settle in to do some crafting with max energy, chit-chatting in global chat to pass the time, when suddenly I’d be completely out of energy. “What gives!?” I would shout incredulously at my monitor, since it was the only thing willing to listen. Well, the answer’s that this gives. And takes. Even if you think you’ve got the world’s wittiest retort to take that guy trolling global chat down a couple of pegs, I promise there are better things to spend your energy on.

Knowledge is pow- I mean, energy

Speaking of energy, the only way to raise the cap on your energy point pool is to collect knowledge, which can be gathered by doing basically anything in the game. Every monster you kill, every item you craft, every resource you harvest, and every place you explore has a chance to impart some new knowledge unto you. Collect enough knowledge, and your energy pool maximum will increase. Energy is useful in almost all aspects of the game, and in some cases (especially harvesting and crafting), it’s downright essential.

Contribute generously

Contribution points, in the same vein as energy points, should be spent frequently, and unlike energy points, contribution points are never actually consumed, which means that they can in fact be spent with reckless abandon. You can think of contribution points — which are used to rent property, activate trade and resource nodes, and rent useful items from NPCs — as a kind of collateral currency.

If you want to rent some property, just slap down a few contribution points, and if you decide a few minutes later that the view isn’t really that great and the landlord’s an asshole or something, you can give up the property and get your contribution points back. It’s worth noting that your contribution point pool does not “regenerate,” so to speak, so if you run out of points, the only ways to get more are to complete quests until you raise your contribution point cap (thus earning one more point to spend) or to withdraw points that had previously been invested elsewhere. But hey, spend ’em if you got ’em; there’s literally nothing to lose.

Sell your crap

Listen up, packrats: I know this is going to be like Sophie’s choice for you, but there will come a time — at least in the early game — where you’re probably gonna have more stuff that you want to hang onto “because you’ll need it eventually” than you’ll have warehouse space in which to store it. I know this because I’ve had to struggle with it myself. Unless you invest every last one of your contribution points into renting property to increase your warehouse capacity (and perhaps even then) you’re gonna have to get rid of some of the stuff you’ve been stockpiling.

My advice to you is this: Don’t agonize over it. Sure, that stack of 10 potatoes might seem important now, but unless you’re going to be using them in the immediate future, just sell the spuds and go pick some fresh ones (or send a worker to do it for you) when you need them later on. But before you sell anything to the first NPC vendor you see, make a point to go check in with the trade manager (Velia’s trade manager is named Bahar) to make sure you can’t sell it there. Only a select few types of items can be sold to trade managers (Bahar will buy up any fish you catch from the nearby water, for instance), but items sold to trade managers will almost certainly net you a more substantial profit than you’d get from pawning those potatoes off to the local blacksmith.

[Commenter Leilonii adds that, before selling an item to an NPC (besides a trade manager, as mentioned above), you should make sure to check its current going rates on the auction house — which you can check remotely by hitting the escape key and clicking the Marketplace button in the menu — to make sure you can’t get a better price there.]

Night, dark, full of terrors, yadda yadda

There are two things you should know about nighttime in Black Desert: The first is that it’s seriously dark, for real. Every character begins the game with a lantern in his or her inventory, and you’re going to want to use it. Be aware that lanterns will burn out after three days, and keep an eye on yours to make sure it doesn’t flicker out in the middle of a creepy forest or something.

The second thing is that, as it gets later and later (and darker and darker), monsters in the world grow more powerful and the chances of elite mobs spawning increases drastically. If you don’t want to face the things that go bump (or stab, as the case may be) in the night, you can take shelter until monsters return to normal power at sunrise, but those brave enough to venture into the darkness might find an especially powerful mob with some especially shiny loot. [Commenter Leilonii points out that these powered-up mobs are also reward more experience points per kill, making nighttime the perfect time to hunt if you’re looking to level up.]

Watch your weight

When it comes to inventory management in Black Desert, you have to be mindful of not only your available bag space but your encumberance as well. The system’s pretty straightforward — the more weight you’re carrying, the more slowly you move — but some players might not notice it if they’re not on the lookout. [Commenter Leilonii, yet again, mentions that you can increase your maximum weight capacity by way of certain pieces of gear (generally belts) and by walking on foot while carrying a trade pack. I personally don’t think that it’s not really worth going out of your way to level up your encumbrance limit, but it may end up being more useful than I think. Also, Commenter Xijit notes that it’s not only your carried items that contribute to your encumbrance, but your coins as well; they may not weigh much individually, but if you’re hauling around an entire bank’s worth of silver coins, that’s gonna slow you down, so make sure to deposit whatever money you don’t need in your warehouse.]

Get your exercise

As you run around the world on foot, your stamina level will slowly increase. Stamina is used to sprint and dodge, as well as to use a few other abilities, so it’s probably a good idea to have as much as you can. Although it’s tempting when you get your first mount (which, in case you’re wondering, happens over the course of the main questline, usually somewhere in the level 13-16 range I think) to make sure your feet never have to touch the ground again, it might be a good idea to hold off for a bit and keep hoofin’ it on your own. I’m not sure if most players think that maxing out your stamina level is absolutely essential, and I have no idea how much of a difference it will ultimately make, but it seems to me that leveling up your stamina level is useful enough to justify spending an extra minute or two getting from point A to point B.

Sensitive searching

Thanks to reader Shermanx for taking to the comments to point out that the game’s many useful search functions are in fact case-sensitive, so be sure you’re using proper capitalization when you’re browsing the auction house or trying to find that elusive NPC.

These teeth

Check them out.

And that, my friends, is all of the advice I have for you for the time being. As I said earlier, I’m no expert, and it’s entirely possible (probable, in fact) that I’ve skipped over something essential. So do me a favor, fellow Black Desert players, and if you have any other tips you’d like to offer to those who will be joining the adventure when the game goes live tomorrow, please throw ’em out there in the comments section. And on a similar note, although this might not be Choose My Adventure, I’d still love to know which parts of the game y’all would like to know more about, so if you’ve got suggestions or requests, I invite you to leave them in the comments or e-mail them to me directly, as you prefer.

As always, thank you for joining me on yet another new, exciting, and potentially disastrous adventure of a different kind, and I hope you’ll stop by next time as well, if only because you’re making bets on how long it’ll take for things to go downhill — I’m not picky! See you, Space Cowboys Desert Nomads!

Every other week, join Desert-Nomad-In-Residence Matt Daniel as he wanders the sprawling expanse of Black Desert to discover what secrets lurk beneath its enigmatic sands. Gather ’round the oasis as he figures out how to survive and flourish (or fail spectacularly) on his adventures.
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Catdex23
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Catdex23

What is the initial contract with the black spirit?

krieglich
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krieglich

organiclockwork Shermanx The last patch removed the case sensitivity. :)

Duur
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Duur

organiclockwork Hey Matt, please add me to MOP’s guild. Character name is Tuin, family name is Sylmoor. Thanks.

theschap
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theschap

benjnii Nope. I live in midwest United States, and chose an EU server to build on my German. Everything seems to be working fine.

theschap
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theschap

Congratulations on the column! I look forward to following along.

I have had a hard time getting into a new MMO for a long time now, but this game seems to have enough depth and variety of systems that I have that lost feeling I miss from the first MMOs I played.

I am excited to explore.

benjnii
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benjnii

is there an IP block for EU server?

ITPalg
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ITPalg

Discord server for Orwen:

http://discord.me/orwen

ausj3w3l
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ausj3w3l

Another handy tip is that the warehouse manager will rent you a chest that you can place in a private house that shares it’s space with the warehouse. So you can place that in your main residence and avoid the trips into town if you want

PaganRites
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PaganRites

Great tips, thank you!

Boardwalker
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Boardwalker

alexjwillis Boardwalker Here are a couple videos that you might find helpful for certain aspects of the game: 

Trade/commerce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSaXunpISUE&index=2&list=PLiIDj0gsjp3BL4uF467prHKFJdLpou2E-
Workers, nodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9scrIgSWLk&list=PLiIDj0gsjp3BL4uF467prHKFJdLpou2E-&index=6

Xijit
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Xijit

It is funny how the warrior is a carbon copy of the warrior in C9, right down to the spiked up hair.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I play on the Japanese version, both the blader and kunoichi are a kick to play, just wait! You’ll have a great time!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I could totally see how say, the shaman from C9 kinda matches the feel of both the melee-range mage-thingie and the shadow summoner in BDO.

Husvik
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Husvik

ihatevnecks Husvik Hey thanks i did catch this before i deleted.

Aywren
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Aywren

organiclockwork Aywren My character name is Aywren and family name is Sojourn. Please feel free to contact me in game. I should be on tomorrow! I’ll be watching for you as well! :)

organiclockwork
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organiclockwork

GeneMartin2 organiclockwork Llokki The guild is up! Add Eloquin in-game, and just shoot me a whisper for an invite!

organiclockwork
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organiclockwork

p_mersault organiclockwork Aywren The guild is up! Sorry it took so long, had to deal with the 24-hour cooldown! My family name is Eloquin, so just send me a whisper and I’ll send you an invite! If you want to respond here/send me an e-mail (matt@massivelyop.com) with your character name, I’ll add you and be on the lookout as well!

p_mersault
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p_mersault

organiclockwork Aywren same here. Please let us know when it’s set up and how to join :)

organiclockwork
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organiclockwork

Shermanx Good tip, adding that in to the column as well, if that’s all right by you.

organiclockwork
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organiclockwork

Aywren organiclockwork Not at all. More friendly folks are always welcome.

Aywren
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Aywren

organiclockwork Aywren Awesome! Thanks! There’s a number of folks I know who will probably be interested in joining when you create it. Us bloggers kinda flocked around Orwen on Twitter and are looking for a guild home. Hope you don’t mind if I share the news with them. :)

organiclockwork
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organiclockwork

Aywren Correction: I had joined a guild when I first started playing, and apparently there’s a cooldown between leaving one guild and joining (or in this case creating) a new one, so the guild will probably be up and running either later tonight or sometime tomorrow, but either way I’ll post details when I’ve got ’em.

sfrees80
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sfrees80

Has anyone else read the Play to Live books by D. Russ? A lot of what I read about this game reminds me of Alterworld. I can’t wait to get in and get started now. I’m on a 4 hour drive home from a week long fishing trip, so I really need an MMO fix this weekend.

Llokki
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Llokki

Tithian Veldan It’s a way of measuring the size of your epeen, or so I hear…

organiclockwork
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organiclockwork

Aywren organiclockwork Coming later today, stay tuned! I’ll try to remember to reply individually to all who have displayed interest, but keep an eye on the top of the comment section, as I’ll be posting a comment with details once the guild is up and running.

ToughLoveCritic
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ToughLoveCritic

* The entire world is PvP once you tick level 48. Before then, you have to go to an arena.
* Should be able to. The graphics options are really broad.
* For me, anything but. When you’re grinding mobs, groups naturally form because you’ll be there a while. I’ve grouped more in BDO than I did in GW2 outside of instances.
* Yes, yes, so much yes.

ToughLoveCritic
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ToughLoveCritic

Yeah, the game is EXTREMELY alt friendly to the point of being “you’re nuts not to have alts”. They share energy cap, but have their own individual pool. So if you have 50 energy, and 2 characters, you can spend 100 between the two of them. Great for crafting, processing, and the like.
Also, you never outlevel quests, really. Since they all reward contribution point experience (some more than others, so be picky), no amount of levels lessens the reward. Go back and pick them up, no harm, no foul.

direpath
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Llokki direpath  It echos one aspect of Archeage I really enjoyed. The ability to progress no matter what you are doing. I haven’t paid enough attention to determine if gathering, fishing, or trading level me up but I don’t even care. I am watching my little bars rise with xp and learning as I go. The little breaks while fishing or walking from place to place give me a great opportunity to pour through the lore items and skill options to learn more of my class and the game.

I spent my playtime last night running packs, fishing, and murdering goblins. A little bit of everything…

Boardwalker
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Boardwalker

alexjwillis Boardwalker Look me up on “Viking”.

Aywren
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Aywren

organiclockwork Super interested in joining up on the MOP guild! Will look forward to more info! :)

Aywren
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Aywren

Congrats on the new column! I just started playing last night, and these tips are really handy! Especially the quest types tip. Thanks so much!

OOBigCountryOO
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OOBigCountryOO

another korean “gind and coin” game….so freaking disappointed in BDO…
:(

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

Boardwalker alexjwillis btw what’s your toon name in BDO?

dragonherderx
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dragonherderx

MariusDainys It’s not really about knowing where it starts and ends. If the russian publisher wanted those regions and there was no definitive “ohh europe and NA are def going to get a publisher” it makes sense for them to enter into that agreement. At the time the agreement was drawn up daum EU didn’t exist. There was no guarantee of there even being a western publisher at the time as they were still looking. for one. The developers took what they could get as they are a relatively smaller studio (don’t have oodles of cash) and that’s how it works, they’d of been dumb not to take that offer at the time.

Diskonekted
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Diskonekted

Really glad to see a column for BDO, and with all those tips it’s a great way to kick it of.  I’ll throw in another piece of advice, make all of you alts immediately.  Maximum energy and contribution points are shared by your entire account, but each character has it’s own energy pool.  So while you are playing your main your alts even at low levels will be gaining energy.  Since all of your resources are shared by your account (knowledge, nodes, banks, mounts, ect) you can spend the energy on your alts to benefit your mains.  You do need to at least get them past the initial tutorial period first though around level 5 or so.

Another important thing with alts is you can move them to different cities to do your mains bidding.  When you go to log out and you see your list of alts if you click on one and hit transport you will get an option to move them to a major city.  This takes about an hour of real time but it is a nice feature to set up an alt to sit in Calpehon for you.  Especially to wipe your knowledge when you get a C on mobs you will be grinding for a while or to be able to buy Yuria weapons to restore durability without needing to send your currently played character there.

Boardwalker
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Boardwalker

alexjwillis Boardwalker Cool, see you in game! One thing to keep in mind is that the gameplay, in terms of story, is almost the opposite of SWTOR. Meaning that it’s very light, and in the beginning, not nearly as engaging. If you approach it like EVE, where learning the game systems and exploring the environment are more important than storyline, you’ll fine it more compelling overall.

Husvik
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Husvik

Rogbarz I approve this post!

MariusDainys
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MariusDainys

I don’t care who’s fault it is, it is ultimately dev fault for choosing publishers that don’t know where europe starts and ends. It feels close to insulting. Not yet, but close.

Shermanx
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Shermanx

The in game search functions are Case Sensitive, the phrase “pepper” will come up with nothing but “Pepper” will show results.  Of all the tip videos I watched none of them told me that.

dragonherderx
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dragonherderx

MariusDainys Blame the russian publishers and pearl abyss for penning that deal before Daum EU even existed… Pearl Abyss would be in breach of contract if the allowed Daum EU to publish the game in the baltic states and that is the way it is. It is not daum eu’s fault at all in this matter.

MariusDainys
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MariusDainys

Better give me a guide how to learn russian because black desert thinks we are part of it, so I can’t play in Europe while being in Europe. Gr8 m8.

Tithian
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Tithian

Veldan But … but…. haven’t you heard? If you aren’t level 50 within 2 days of launch that means you’re a massive noob.
In all seriousness however, I find it weird that people rush content in a non-sub MMO. It’s not as if you only have 30 free days to see the content before you move on. If nothing else, by rushing you reduce the value of your initial box purchase.
PS. If you’re rushing to 50 to get involved in your guild’s PVP (or PK), then more power to you, can’t really judge you for that. But in my eys this is the only legitimate reason to rush.

Veldan
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Veldan

Tithian Aside from gameplay benefits, questing is also just more fun. Why anyone would want to do one big mob grind to the level cap is beyond me. I’d rather not install the game at all than do that.

organiclockwork
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organiclockwork

Kaiser Sosey Oh, stop that, you flatterer! Seriously, thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words, they really do mean a lot! And hey, I’ll go on the podcast any time they invite me.

Tithian
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Tithian

I think the biggest tip one can give is: do the damn quests. 99% of all guides will tell you to rush to grinding spots and farm XP. This is viable for alts, but your first character will eventually need to go through quests to unlock energy caps, inventory slots, skill XP and contribution points.
I see streamers that rushed to level 50 (i.e. Kungen) now realise that they need the contribution points to do anything other than PvP. And since those quests are now greyed out, they have to go back and do trivial (for them) chores for minimal gains.
In any case I intend to fully ignore the grind trains and just go do the quests that everyone seems to be snobbing.

Tithian
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Tithian

alexjwillis The person that did the review went into it expecting a themepark MMO, with WoW-style endgame (dungeon/raid progression), and was shocked there was none. If you’re asking if there is now the typical ‘MMO-endgame’, then no, there isn’t. Questing is still disconnected from combat experience gains, and you will level up through the mobs you kill. There is content there (life skills, trading, bosses, loot farming, dailies) but you’ll have to look outside of combat scenarios for a lot of them.

Rogbarz
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Rogbarz

The game is just amazing, it is a perfect match for me.
A game that feel relaxing and after playing it for 30 hours and being lvl 18 I can say that it is a worth a purchase. 
The game is all about you, what you make of it, how you play it and how you can excel in something.
Early on in the game you learn how nodes work, you get a bunch of crafting quest which seem to never end and you get to see that questing is actually more important then grinding. I just love the whole conversation system the amount of extra quest i got from them are already good for 5 hours of gameplay ( yes I take it slow ) sometimes to slow, as I am in the meanwhile working on the node system. 
My marketplace value in Velia , thx to hard work of my giant workers and goblins is almost at 450k and while it might not mean much to others seeing that number make you feel proud as you are building up your little empire hihi. So far I bought over half of the houses in Velia and working hard to get myself a nice set of gear crafted. 
I do realize that I will have to grind and work my way up, but the game doesn’t force you do this. Questing gives you no xp which allows you to stay in one area for ages without having the feeling of pff green quests not going to bother. I actually feel that rushing it to 50 is pretty much like punishing yourself, as you have to either Backtrack  or you will get annoyed and leave the game + waste money. 
 
I am looking forward to moving to the next town and will spend another 20 hours there I guess, funny enough when Swtor said they had 200 hours of content at launch I knew it was BS, when I say this game can entertain me for 200 hours before I hit 50 I know that for myself that I will be right. 
The store will be overpriced but not Pay 2 win, which I don’t mind. I will end up buying outfits as I do like it to have nice chars. 
If you are on the edge of buying this game, then just ask yourself if you are like me and enjoy exploring, taking it easy and doing all the content to have the max benefits. If so then just go and get yourself that 30 euro edition, these days we have games for 60 Eur with less content, we can finish in 8 hours and etc :) 
Best regards,
Rogbarz

Risu
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Risu

Gonna enjoy your Column

Veldan
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Veldan

Sorenthaz Hmm could be. I play on Jordine with chat channel set to English… though when I had it on International, it was just as dead.

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

Boardwalker alexjwillis Downloading now; was going to join Orwen anyway (apparently it’s home to the RP community). Will definitely look you up!

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