Desert Nomad: Avoiding overload in Black Desert

Hello, fellow Black Desert wanderers, and welcome back to another week’s installment of Desert Nomad. If you’ve been reading the column regularly, you may have noticed that the last couple of columns have been a bit— well, I say “critical,” but I’m sure there are some that would choose to say “negative.” It’s all out of love for the game, of course, but this week I decided to put my objections on the backburner and instead talk a little bit about something that I’ve recently heard mentioned quite frequently by prospective Black Desert players: sensory overload.

It has to be the most common thing that I’ve heard from my friends who have tried (and in many instances failed) to get into Black Desert, and from what I’ve heard from guildmates and other players in the game, it’s not unique to my social circle alone. I can totally understand why many people would feel that way when logging into the game for the first (or second, or third…) time, and I have to admit that I’ve felt that way myself from time to time. In this column, though, I’d like to share a few tips – some practical, some mental – that I hope will help at least some of those would-be players surmount their trepidation and take the plunge into the game.

So, let’s start with some practical pointers. A great deal of Black Desert’s potentially paralyzing overwhelming of new players, from what I’ve seen and heard, stems largely from the sheer number of quests available at any given time. If you are one of the people who, after finding your quest log rapidly filling up the moment you set foot in Velia, then perhaps I owe you an apology.

In the premiere installment of this column, I advised players that by default, many types of quests were disabled (and therefore unavailable) and suggested enabling everything to ensure that you didn’t miss out on any of the game’s valuable tutorial quests. It occurs to me now that this is not a “one size fits all” kind of suggestion, so I’d like to provide a modified version of that advice: If you want to cut down a bit on the deluge of available quests, ensure that you have enabled only the types of quests that correspond with the areas of the game in which you’re most interested.

As you can see by looking at the quest preference buttons, shown above, quests are divided into five categories: First there’s combat, represented by the crossed swords icon. This one, I think, is pretty self-explanatory. If your idea of a good time is turning living things into dead ones, then these quests should be right up your alley.

Next is the life category, which encompasses resource harvesting, crafting, farming, and the like. There is no way to further specify which kinds of life quests you want, so if you’re interested in only certain crafting disciplines, but it’s generally not too difficult to just read the quest text and see if it’s something you’re interested in learning. The fishing category, represented by the fish icon of course, is… well, fishing quests. Yes, there are enough of them that they get their own category.

Fourth up is the exploration and trading category (at least, that’s what I assume “Ex/Tr” stands for; someone feel free to correct me) represented by the wagon wheel icon. If you’re interested in quests that task you with delving into some of Black Desert’s more out-of-the-way locales, or if you just want to learn the finer points of the art of making oodles of dough by selling trade items, then you’re gonna wanna have this one enabled.

The last category, labelled “other” and represented by the ellipses icon, is a catch-all category for any quests that don’t fall within any of the other classifications. I’m honestly not sure what kind of quests are encompassed by this category, but if I had to guess, I’d assume it includes the odd fed-ex quest and a few other miscellaneous bits.

My other quest-related practical tip is this: Skip the repeatable quests. Unfortunately, there’s no way that I know of to determine whether or not a quest offered by a given NPC is repeatable based purely on the icon over their head, but if you speak to them and you see a circular arrow icon next to the quest title, like the one in the screenshot below, then it’s repeatable and you can probably safely skip it. My general policy is that I’ll at least check and see what the objective is, and if it’s somehow related to the quests I’m currently working on anyway, then I’ll go ahead and do it, but otherwise, I’ll give it a pass.

While I do hope that the practical pointers outlined above provide at least some relief to overwhelmed players, I think the real key to avoiding feeling overwhelmed by Black Desert is a matter of mindset. See, here’s the thing: Many Black Desert players, including me, are emigrating from other MMOs, many of which are modern themeparks that subscribe to a more streamlined design philosophy. But Black Desert doesn’t operate under the usual flow of “find quest hub, accept all the quests, do all of the quests that are conveniently located in the hub’s general vicinity, turn the quests in, then follow the breadcrumb trail to the next hub.”

Now, lest I start a war in the comments, I’m not claiming that the abovementioned quest flow is necessarily better or worse than the one on display in Black Desert, which isn’t afraid to give you quests that send you to the edge of creation and back again. It’s purely a matter of opinion, and as I said in the previous paragraph, mindset.

So here’s my advice: Don’t worry about being efficient. Don’t worry about whether you’re doing the quests in the optimal order to maximize your rate of quests completed per minute. It’s totally fine to wander, to explore, to make detours (and detours from those detours), and it’s even fine to just say bollocks to the quests altogether and pursue your own self-made goals. If you want to craft a boat, then set up workshops, find out what materials you’re gonna need, and make a frickin’ boat. I know this saying is about as worn out as [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker], but I firmly believe that if your aim is to truly enjoy what Black Desert has to offer, you need to focus on the journey, not the destination.

Of course, I know that every player is different and that not everyone is content to subscribe to the “not all those who wander are lost” school of thought, and that’s totally fine. It would be ridiculous to think that Black Desert is the figurative One Ring of MMORPGs, binding players of all playstyles and backgrounds together in one unifying, potentially soul-corrupting circle of awesomeness. I do, however, staunchly believe that if you approach the game with an open mind, a heaping helping of patience, and an understanding that you’re not necessarily going to “get” everything there is to learn within the first hour, day, week, or even month of playing. And that’s OK.

Because when it really comes down to it, I think that what makes Black Desert special – and a major part of why I love it as much as I do – is that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to play it. Maybe you’re like me, and you want to accept every quest there is and methodically whittle them down, learning about a little bit of everything as you go along. Or maybe you’re like a couple of my guildmates who I’ve taken to calling Horsemeister and Trademeister because they simply decided that they were going to focus their efforts on horse breeding and trade-route runs, respectively.

In fact, the one attribute that I’ve noticed that almost every member of our guild has in common is this: We aren’t focused on getting to max level the fastest, or getting the best gear before anyone else, and many of us are so taken with the sheer variety of possibilities the game provides that we can’t even bring ourselves to specialize in any single area. I am, by all accounts, a consummate completionist, but when I look at my overflowing quest log, full of entries asking me to craft this, harvest that, and kill those things over, I don’t feel the dread of, say, looking at my weekly to-do list of house- and schoolwork. Instead, I see a list of opportunities to learn more about the many facets of the game and to increase my understanding of its inner workings.

If that’s just not how you roll, then hey, that’s fine, but if you’re willing to approach the game from a different perspective and take the time to figure out which of its myriad opportunities really call your name, as it were, I think you may find that the vastness that once overwhelmed you is actually full of potential and possibilities.

That’s all I’ve got for this week, but be sure to swing by next week, where I’ll inevitably either be enthusing about Black Desert’s many wonders, or lovingly criticizing it like an overbearing pageant-parent (Thanks, Kannen!), depending on which way the wind blows. Until then, friends!

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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TJFrenchJr
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Been trying to join the MOP good for a week. Discord is empty. Anyone online in game? For how active the comments are, no one seems available.
Side note. I’m having trouble with the “sandbox” aspect of this game. The tutorials spread all over sort of gate that, besides the skill level needed. It’s unusual. The game seems like a solo run to higher levels also due to no real group needed content and lots of crafting.
Thoughts? Set me straight? I’m having fun, but less when I played with others. That seems backwards.

ToyFuzion
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I haven’t been this addicted to a game since SWG, and that’s saying a lot for a player that’s been around since UO. There’s so much to do, and the RP community is one of the best I’ve experienced in a looong time. I don’t see myself tiring of the game anytime soon, and hope it replaces what SWG was to me.

goettel
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goettel

Ironwu Press ESC, Edit UI and toggle the stuff you dislike in the game settings.

ChristopherPierce
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ChristopherPierce

So… I think I really like BDO and the weird thing is it incorporates so many things that I generally don’t enjoy: combos; pvp focused endgame; gender locked classes (I really want to play a hot young male wizard character, but not going to happen here lol).
But… it’s fun, its sandboxy, it’s got tons of shit to do and exploring feels like actual exploring. And the Sorceress kicks butt!

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

[Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker]

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Esoteric Coyote Yea the market value is 30 million, but I made all those with a very minimal silver investment for the Blackstone Powder and the rest was all gathered/processed by workers.

thickenergy
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thickenergy

Beacon Quincha stiqy It’s not like buying storage slots is some sort of necessity. I just hit level 31 due to some furious Red Orc killing quest action. I have 43 slots in my bag and about 200 slots of warehouse space, mostly in one city.
Your space will fill up quickly, but if you prioritize and focus on what materials you gather and don’t keep trash loot, you can get buy fairly easily.

thickenergy
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alexjwillis Lights_andMusic Yeah, and in some cases, advancing in skills, leveling, or completing quests will open up more quests in a place you thought you had done all the quests.
Then there’s the quests you can unlock through Amity…

thickenergy
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arktourosx Esoteric Coyote Wow, out of about a dozen promotion tests so far I’ve had one failure. Can’t speak to horse breeding or enhancing, as I’ll probably be a donkey-riding, noob-gear-wearing wandering hermit until the game sunsets. :P

Esoteric Coyote
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arktourosx Beacon Just to add to this, the estimated leveling time of a tier 3 horse is 22 hours of running (depends on the speed of the horse but the average is about 500xp ish every 15 seconds.  Amount of XP required goes up every horse level and each tier, like I think my current t3s at here level require 140k xp if I recall correctly.)  Which is why upgrading the outfit for more xp is fairly important.  But I’m taking a break from RNG hell.  Also incase anyone is curious the low market value on 100 outfits is 30,000,000 silver.  Nope!

Belegorm
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Hounddog74 Lethality Belegorm People forget the importance of contribution points and how necessary they are for your economics ;)

And I think you misunderstand; I played maybe a month of WoW and the only quest hub style MMO I’ve really spent any time with was FFXIV, where I just did dungeons to level.  That quest grind was largely what drove me away from WoW, and eventually was one of the reasons I left FFXIV as well.  In BDO it’s not enough for me that I’m able to do these WoW style quests in a nonlinear order; I mean let’s be real, they’re still organised into hubs.  You’re just not as strictly bound to doing them in order the way every other MMO these days does.  It’s certainly more different than WoW than most, but altogether a different thing?  Nope.

If there is a way to get contribution points without questing let me know.  Still even then, if a game gives me some direction I should be going in, chances are I will mostly want to follow it and BDO does this as much as every other modern MMO.  Additionally, even if you level to the cap without doing a quest, that’s just by murdering thousands of things in an unstructured way, as opposed to the structured method of quests.  It’s as if you could only level solo in EQ1 for example.  People mostly play BDO for the economic aspects it seems, which totally rely on questing.

I still also find it extremely problematic that there doesn’t seem to be a purpose for the crafting, gathering, economics, etc. apart from making more money which doesn’t have any apparent use aside from powering up your armor for fighting things.

I still like that game, but there are still problems to criticize, not ignore.  It’s still a modern MMO built the same way as the rest, with a kinda shallow singleplayer economic system put in it.  Add my complaints of how it’s not as different a thing as we originally thought to the problem of the complete lack of meaningful group content and customisation of your character, and I think BDO takes one step forward and two steps back.

Boardwalker
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My biggest problem with BDO is that I can’t stop playing it. So fun.

arktourosx
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Rahzel I actually found making days out of quest types worked best cause you could get through it faster.
Like Saturday I started out with all the quests on, I was just going go town to town and clear them all out.  I ended up cooking most of the day and not really getting much progress past Heidel.  Then on Sunday I set my filter up to only be “Combat” so I could knock out the main story missions in each area.  Worked really well and got me moving through a lot of cities rather than get bogged down with too much to do and got all the way over to Calpheon knocking out all nodes in the east.

arktourosx
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Bionicall That looks like the part of the city that goes up to the Library/Tower over looking the Cathedral part.  Given the height, that does look like the Tower.

Boardwalker
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paragonlostinspace To each his own, but man, are you missing out. I have one 7-day guest pass if you’re interested,

Bionicall
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Love the screencap underneath [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker]. Is that from the top of the tower in Calpheon?
I did say it was worth going up there for the view alone, not for the quest, but the view.

Rahzel
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I wouldn’t recommend advocating skipping repeatable quests wholesale. Even if you aren’t too concerned with contribution points early on,you will be later, and you’ll be wishing you hadn’t skipped days doing some of those.

What you should do, is check how much CP experience the quest rewards and decide whether or not it’s worth your time doing. I’d highly recommend doing anything that rewards 100+ CP like several of the escort repeatable quests around Heidel and going towards Glish. That’s a really easy way to build your CP up quickly early on.

arktourosx
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Beacon Outfits come from Costume Mills inside towns.  They take up all 4 armor slots when equipped and usually take around 10 fabric, 10 <special material, and 15 blackstone powder.
Each suit gives different bonuses for a life skill.  For example the Trainer Outfit gives +Horse XP when riding so your horse levels up faster.  Fishing Outfit gives +Fishing and +Fishing XP.  Other costumes like Cooking/Alchemy reduce time it takes to make things.  Generally speaking that’s what they do, they make you do their respective tasks quicker.

As they go up, these bonuses are much higher.  For example a base Cook outfit just reduces time it takes to cook, but a +1 Outfit will do that and give you 10% Cooking XP.  My +2 Fishing Suit gives +2 Fishing and +15% Fishing XP and similar with the +2 Gathering Suit meaning my character has 5/5 Fishing/Gathering depending on the suit I wear with other benefits.  But now you stack on a Sute Tea (+8%) and any pet bonuses (I get 6% Fishing XP from my dogs) and wow now I’m at +29% Fishing XP!  And with all that +Fishing I can hit 5/5 Fishing without a Steel/Gold rod meaning I can use the new Mediah rod and get higher quality fish without sacrificing my +5 Fishing.

Lots of good bonuses here.

Beacon
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arktourosx Esoteric Coyote Maybe this isn’t the place, but can you explain what the function of these outfits is? What effect are they giving you that is worth this struggle? I have been doing all my crafting without any crafting gear, being unaware that it was a thing.

arktourosx
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alexjwillis Humans are the master worker race regardless, but mine fail constantly.  I’ve had one pass to Artisan and 2 to Professional in the last 23 days.  Every other day has been a failure.

arktourosx
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Esoteric Coyote To be fair though I’ve made probably 100 different outfits.  I found the +1’s were highest chance at 5 fail stacks and +2’s work best around 15-20 fail stacks.  That +2 fishing went fast, but the Gathering one was around 5 failures so that meant building up to 5 fail stacks on my Alt 5 times then combining 2 suits for a +1 then another attempt.  All told the whole process there cost me about 20 million or so.
Horse thing all iI can tell you is use the calculator: http://www.blackd.de/horse/
If you keep getting too many T4/T5 females, keep leveling them up and try again buying a cheaper T3 male from market.  Avoid the black/white cow mix T3 males as they can be fake horses you get from the higher cash packages which aren’t really T3 horses but rather T1 horses in terms of mating.  My T5 horse from Conquerer Pack is actually effectively a T3 for mating, but I did get a T4/T3 out of them from mating.  I got that T4 up to 23 and working on driving a T3 male I bought up to T23 to stud out with the T4 and the other T3 I got as well.  Horse Breeding just takes a lot of time and no way around it, but the new Trent -> Altinova running route gives around 40k experience per go so that’s not bad while afk or doing other things.

Worker promotions are garbage.  Just are.  No good success from any of it.  I’ve failed last week of worker tests trying to make blue workers yellow.  Instead today I dumped 900 energy from alts into Altinova and got 3 professional human workers instead (and turned down an artisan goblin and giant).  Using alts to reroll workers is the only way to see good progress with them.
Big thing you’ll find working on money is that money is great, but you still need availability of things to buy.  All the money in the world doesn’t make a Liverto appear on the market or a Fishing Boat not be instantly bought out.  Gotta have a balance.

Esoteric Coyote
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alexjwillis Esoteric Coyote Human’s the only one that did pass, but I decided to take a break from BDO so it doesn’t matter.  I’ll come back when the market is flooded with cheap enchanted gear.  I wasted a week on bad RNG and I don’t want to push my bad luck anymore.

alexjwillis
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Esoteric Coyote I haven’t been doing much RNG-related work besides worker promotions, and those have been all over the map. So…I guess…probably pretty random. Although it seems (anecdotally) that humans pass their tests much more frequently than goblins do. Racist worker education curriculum maybe?

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

arktourosx Esoteric Coyote I hate you.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Esoteric Coyote :|comment image

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

ScottLeyes I got 15 contribution points just doing these in Velia and Heidel.

Sorenthaz
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Quincha Beacon stiqy 2500 pearls = 25 bucks.  So $2.5 worth of Pearls is 250.

gizmomybizmo
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ScottLeyes Hero of the day right here!

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

I’m plagued by bad RNG in this game.  I have failed to upgrade my crafting outfits for training 7 times with fail stacks.  I’ve got a ratio of 20 males to 3 females for T3 horses and now it’s repeating again with T4, I’m actually trying to skip T4 skins I already have 5 T4 males and 0 females. Leveling horses is a pain without an enchant trainer outfit.  And I’ve had 8 out of 9 works fail their promotion tests.  A few of them failed it twice.  At this point, I’m afraid to begin enchanting my gear…  I think I’ll just turn to the market place, put horse breeding on hold, etc.  If I continue to play it’ll be focusing on stuffing as much silver in my coffers to just buy what I need instead of gambling any more.  Good god, I’m sick of all these wasted hours and silver from bad RNG… and it’s only been two weeks.

Bionicall
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MinionDave I would be curious to know what you mean by “pretty much on rails”. I agree that following the story elements (Black Spirit/Story Quests) will be on ‘rails’ in so much as it will have an order, and intended to be done one step after the other.

Bionicall
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squidgod2000 Belegorm *tongue firmly in cheek* but, but… I can buy gold. I can walk up to a warehouse manager and hand over my 100100 silver for 1 gold bar.

In all seriousness, this is exactly where this game excels. By carefully accumulating ridiculous amounts of silver in the game, I can visit the auction house and buy +15 armor and weapons for my character(even for my newly created level 1). Doing so puts my character at the top of the food chain in terms of power, outside of an extreme level difference there would be nothing that could challenge me.

MinionDave
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Lethality I think you’ll find I said “I find it to be pretty much on rails unless you active try to go off the beaten track ”
that’s not a bad thing , I think it helps new people ease into the game .
And yes I have Other bones to pick but not yet .
thanks for your reply.
cheers

quixadhal
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Styopa A Dad Supreme I don’t find that frustrating… I find that enjoyably immersive. :)

Reesracer
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JayPower So…obviously both games are not for you. Oh, wait…I already said that. Others have said it. You’re right. We are robot parrots. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we are mistaken. I guess you are implying that any game with some inherent complexity is just not properly explained (to you). Are you presently enjoying FarmVille, then?

arktourosx
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The game does a pretty poor job of explaining the scope of all the systems or how they’re interconnected and there’s simply a lot of people who just aren’t interested in a game that doesn’t keep it simple for them.  That’s nothing against them, it’s just their preference.  They don’t want complex systems you need to watch 30-60 minutes of tutorial videos other players made to explain the system.

That said, as someone who does like more complex systems, I’m happy as a pig in shit.  Most games today you get these ridiculously shallow system design where you can pretty much have the whole game mastered in a month of extreme (8-16 hours a day) play.  I have over 500 hours on my account (according to the reward) and am not even close to being “done” with the game.
Biggest tip I can offer for success is plan your days out in game.  Focusing days on energy, contribution (combat quests 1 day, crafting quests the next, etc) and other specific aims and focus has really helped keep my hands in everything.  With good planning and preparation you can really get ahead in the system and it doesn’t feel so far out of reach.

Rhime
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Lethality MinionDave I have to agree..on rails, this game is definitely not. The cash shop isn’t even needed so that point is just plain trivial and irrelevant. If you think you look like every….what fucking game did you play anyways?

Lethality
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Lethality

MinionDave If you think it’s on rails, you’re doing it wrong. :)  

But the rest of your post indicates you really have other bones to pick.

cheers

Shamancard
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Shamancard

There is no massive pvp, sigue, warnodes. Game is plenty of bots, cheats, hacks, exploits:
https://www.twitch.tv/9toes3balls/v/56327813
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Also have same visa kid community like Archeage.

Styopa
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Styopa

A Dad Supreme I wouldn’t complain about it, my problem is my own lack of focus.
I seem to get distracted by every damned thing, and thus get very little actually DONE.

(doing some various grinding quests)
(finds an easter egg- woo!  decides to look for easter eggs)
(running around looking for easter eggs…finds a tier-2 horse, gotta catch it!)
(catches horse, now I have to run back with horse to a stable and register it)
(realizes I’m low on sugar lumps, stop and make some)
(notice my workers are wrapping up, need to make beer for them while I’m cooking)
(restore workers, mull over the idea of moving my main production to calpheon)
(remember that I forget to burn my offtoon ap’s)
(logoff/logon to my 3 other toons to burn ap’s for rep)
(disconnected)
(re-logon, back to main)
(realize I have a crapton of shipments coming into Calpheon, but not enough space)
(shop for houses for a while, then realize I’m not sure what I want to focus on productionwise)
(alt-tab out to do some research about mfg in BDO, decide to make clothes and tools)
(more research about which house sets are most efficient/convenient for cooking, clothes, and toolshops)
(go back in, notice I don’t have nearly as many easter eggs in storage as I thought, decide to fish for some)
(etc)
….and suddenly, the 3-4 hours I had to play are gone, and I’ve basically progressed very little in anything.

Not the game’s fault at all, but about the 3rd night in a row I do that, it’s sort of frustrating. :)

MinionDave
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MinionDave

I do not find the game to daunting to begin with , I find it to be pretty much on rails unless you active try to go off the beaten track , but I am still only at the starting levels . What I don’t like is being gender locked , race locked , can’t choose what weapon I can use and I look like everybody else .
   Add to that a very aggressive cash shop , as bad as archeage , and I am already regretting my purchase of this game but I had to try it or I couldn’t comment , catch 22 :)
cheers

Elirion
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I’m level 47, have bought no inventory/storage space and have no problems with keeping what I want. You just can’t be a hoarder. I expand warehouse storage through contribution, sell stuff on ah I don’the need right away, and expand my inventory through quests. I see the BDO system more as motivation to force you to sell things on the ah instead of hoarding everything because you might need it some day. This keeps the in-game economy more active.

JayPower
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JayPower

It’s interesting a former eve player is here telling bdo players the game might not be for them and the same thing is said never endingly by eve players to people who criticize eve. Like, are you people robots or parrots? Or robot parrots?
Eve systems are not intricate or deeper than any other mmo theyre just poorly explained and even more poorly implemented.

Lights_andMusic
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Lights_andMusic

squidgod2000 Lights_andMusic Thanks !

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

Lights_andMusic alexjwillis One of the “problems” (and I use the term loosely) is that some quests are repeatable, meaning you could conceivably be stuck in the same town forever if your goal is to “clear” it of quests. And because some activities during quests require energy, you’ll never be able to just continually grind through all the quests at once. I guess what I’m saying is, do enough quests in an area until you feel like you’ve “done” it, and then move on. Because in this game, you’ll never hit 100% complete.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

The more I read about this mmorpg and watch videos of it the more I’m thinking that I’ll pass. I just don’t think I agree with many design elements, mechanics and interface designs.

Beacon
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Beacon

Quincha Beacon stiqy In the version of the cash shop I see, there’s an 8-slot Inventory Expansion Coupon for 800 pearls, so it works out to 100 pearls = 100 Daum cash = 1 USD per slot.
The most expensive price per-slot I see is the single-slot coupon for 150 Pearls, or 1.50 USD

squidgod2000
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Lights_andMusic squidgod2000
Fishing is a strange beast in BDO. It basically only exists to generate silver (and some cooking ingredients) and act as an AFK activity (BDO encourages you to stay logged in 24/7). More skill means faster catches and some of the various equipment is skill-restricted. It has one of those silly “record catch” ranking systems that are cool for the first day, then are just a list of 10 random people who have caught the largest possible size. It’s structurally important to the game, but not very deep.
Training (the horse skill) allows you to tame and breed horses. Everything beyond the most basic (and the pre-order bonus) mounts come as a result of taming/breeding, and top tier mounts with good rolls and skills are worth quite a bit (though the system determines the sale price—you can’t set your own).
There’s plenty of PvE even without traditional dungeons and raids. There are raids, they’re just pretty lame by western themepark standards and there will be some dungeons in upcoming content, but they’re open-world and full of OP mobs.
As for why you need good gear, it’s simple—to be better. To kill mobs faster; to kill the more difficult mobs more safely; to survive attempted ganks; etc.
PvP is part of the endgame, should you choose to join a PvP guild and fight over nodes (controlling nodes lets you tax players, which generates income for your guild which is paid out to members), but it’s not “the endgame” as some would have you believe.
If anything, it shares Eve’s endgame style—the endgame is whatever you decide to focus on doing.

alexjwillis
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Reesracer Pretty similar scenario over here with EVE, as far as systems and patience goes. But the comparisons only go so far: EVE is still a better sandbox, in terms of your overall impact on the world (this goes double for the market freedom). That being said, BDO lets you do more earlier in game, and at a slower pace. The best thing about B2P BDO is NOT feeling rushed: it’s a truly wonderful feeling, playing a game with depth at a pace you set for yourself (and not with “subscription guilt/panic” as a motivation).

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squidgod2000 Lights_andMusic “as someone with hundreds of hours /played already, I have never been involved in any PvP and have only see PvP happen once—in an arena near town.”
O.K.  you appear to be a good source, so what do you do if there’s no dungeons, raids, or PvP?  (honest question)  Let’s say you’re into fishing, you level up your fishing skill – do you get access to a cool boat that is otherwise not accessible to people with un-leveled fishing?  do you get a big fish trophy to hang on your house wall and show people? Why would I level fishing?  (just for an example).  You can make food with it, nice, what’s the food used for if there’s no raids? Acquiring more energy to fish more? (again, honest question)
If I level horse breeding, do I get access to faster/cooler looking horses etc?  If there’s no traditional PvE endgame, and there’s not really a PvP endgame focus, what do you do?  
“You can go to the market and buy the best gear if you have enough money, and how you get that money is totally up to you.” 
Why would I need the best gear if there’s no dungeons/raids?  Presumably for PvP?  (that’s fine, just asking)

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Beacon direpath Miserymachine  Fair enough. I have pondered it myself. So far, I have managed using loyalty. I focused on getting my CP total up so I could afford to leave storage in various towns. Nevertheless, I still want more!

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