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The Stream Team: Sightseeing the second half of Black Desert’s Kamasylvia

The second half of Black Desert Online’s Kamasylvia expansion launched last week, and you know that means Massively OP’s MJ has to explore it! Last time she toured the new region, she had a tour guide’ today, however, she may be left on her own. Rumor has it that the capital city of Grána City is beautiful. Can she make her way there… alive? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a jaunt through the second half of Kamasylvia.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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Black Desert introduces Thanksgiving boss event and halves its B2P fee

Kakao announced today both Thanksgiving celebrations and sales for Black Desert. In fact, it’s a good time to be jumping into BDO as a total noob, as the game is currently 50% off. Existing players might better take advantage of the game’s daily deals, which drop specific items down to just 10 pearls and mark others down to 30-40% off.

Don’t feel like opening your wallet? Then the Thanksgiving boss event is for you.

“The festivities continue with Pearl Abyss adding the highly requested fifth pet slot which allows players to loot more effectively. This feature will be updated after today’s maintenance. Additionally, adventurers can look forward to the return of King Targargo, a special Thanksgiving boss. By defeating this reward-stuffed turkey and by participating in the Turkey on the Table event, players can earn amazing items. Furthermore, NPC Patrigio has started his Discreet Discount sales, so players are invited to check out his wares.”

Source: Black Desert

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Black Desert resolves disconnect issues, promises compensation

North American players have not had the best go of it in Black Desert over the last few weeks. Frequent disconnects have plagued the game, with the studio racing to solve these connectivity issues. The friends list was disabled over the weekend, as it was suspected of causing the problems.

Fortunately, this rocky patch may be coming to a close. The Black Desert team posted an announcement today stating that the disconnect issue has been identified and fixed. There was also confirmation that the team will be providing compensation for the playerbase, although the details of this has yet to be revealed.

“We are deeply sorry that this whole incident occurred and took so long to resolve,” the team said. “We ensure you that we will commit to swiftly solving future problems so that all of our players can enjoy a smoother experience.”

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Player protests are kicking off in Black Desert right now

Black Desert players are taking the fight to… OK, to Black Desert, in Black Desert, to protest stuff in Black Desert. Right as this post goes live, in fact.

“The Black Desert Online community will be protesting to raise awareness for multiple issues that the community feels must be addressed,” Redditor factomg writes. “If you love this game and want it to continue to succeed, please join the protest in Calpheon on the Calpheon 1 channel at 9:00 PM EST. A protest podcast will accompany the in-game protest, where the officers and leaders of multiple top guilds, prominent streamers, and other well known members of the community will discuss our concerns for the game.”

So why join in? Organizers say they’re protesting persistent lag problems, the lack of compensation for the lag, class imbalances, specific content available in Korea but not in the west, the paywall and barriers to entry to newbies, and broken PvP. They’re also ticked that Kakao banned a prominent dataminer whose work provoked Pearl Abyss’ candor on hidden stats earlier this week.

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Leaderboard: What do you expect out of live MMORPG events in 2017?

Earlier this month, Black Desert GMs ran a live in-game event. I was super excited to hear about something like that in a newer MMORPG until I saw some of the complaints. Apparently, the event amounted to a “mysterious stranger” played by what I assume is a GM, who arrived on Valencia 6 and started “gathering souls,” i.e., murdering everyone in sight with a scythe, until players took him down.

To me, that’s not really a live event. That’s the sort of obnoxious thing GMs used to do in classic EverQuest, inhabit sand giants and just start massacring newbs (less funny back when deaths cost you experience).

I’m jaded; I’ve seen live events in Ultima Online for so long that my bar is way higher than just powertripping GMs on a god character. I expect a long-running storyline, discussion, choices, a purpose to the interaction that elevates it above, well, a world boss. What do you expect out of live MMORPG events in 2017?

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Black Desert devs responds to datamining dust-up with stat transparency and apologies

Remember a week ago when Black Desert dataminers dug up dirt on the game’s so-called hidden stats, only to be booted off the subreddit by mods doing Pearl Abyss’ bidding? Remember how the dataminers just put it all up on a different sub beyond the reach of PA, practically daring PA to follow through on the legal action it threatened dataminers with earlier this year?

Consider the situation effectively defused. Kakao has apologized for creating “confusion among [its] beloved players by failing to deliver accurate information,” promising clarity on those stats. Indeed, clarity is arriving in the form of a producer letter from Pearl Abyss (which also apologizes profusely).

Executive Producer Jae-hee Kim says PA now plans to add accuracy, evasion, and damage reduction numbers to tooltips, noting that while hidden stats seemed like a fun idea originally, there is now too much of a “gap” between people in the know and everyone else. The studio also aims to tweak “ambiguity” on elixirs, boost drop rates party to the node level system, and provide transparency on future stats.

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Hyperspace Beacon: Assessing SWTOR one week after the big server merges

Many people believe that server merges are innately bad because in games like ArcheAge (or even all the way back to Star Wars Galaxies), they were done completely wrong or the game itself wasn’t designed for its servers to ever consolidate. However, other MMOs – RIFT comes to mind – have nearly perfected server merges. And for the most part, server merges help the game and its population. Because many of the smaller servers combine together with larger servers, there are more people around, group-finder queues tend to pop faster, PvP is more dynamic, and roleplayers can reach the all-important critical mass.

If I were to just look at the Star Wars: The Old Republic server merges from the perspective of the overall benefits of combining different server communities, I would have zero issue with them. SWTOR is one of those games that has no innate issues with combining server save for players losing character names. It could be done without losing character names, and I will get into the flaws of that system in a bit.

Now, let’s talk about my specific perspective having experienced two server merges by BioWare, then we will get into the details of how this latest one affected those in my community.

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Ride to Black Desert’s Kamasylvia part 2 on your ‘dream’ horse

Happy Kamasylvia day! Yep, the second half of the massive Kamasylvia expansion has dropped on Black Desert today, though it’s not been without its issues; Kakao has noted both connection issues and unintended mob buffs that are being worked on post-launch. Plus? Another sweet horse.

“The next dream horse Diné will breeze its way into Kamasylvia Part 2, the Healing Light. Feast your eyes on Grána City, the glorious capital of Kamasylvia filled with new, aesthetic residences and bustling lifeforms. Venture out in the vast, open fields and dense forests like Polly Forest and Gyfin Rhasia Temple where facing off against mystical yet fierce foes will prove to be a challenge. Kamasylvia Part 2 will be filled with immersive quests, areas, and newly added challenging monsters to enhance your PvE experience to the fullest. Kamasylvian Alchemist 2 event will get you scavenging out vast steppes and forests again and also, please welcome back the familiar events like Black Spirit Adventure and Mount EXP bonus event. Go out there, explore the fairy tales, and have a shot at looting high-grade items like the Lemoria gears!”

The patch notes also rattle off a bunch of bug fixes, XP bonuses, new badges, new workers, new mobs, and a handful of class changes. It’s a big patch! And my favorite: “Toggle key for Walking has been changed from CapsLock to ScrollLock.”

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Check out the combat coming for Black Desert Mobile

We don’t mean to alarm you, dear readers, but even in the upcoming Black Desert Mobile you will be expected to fight things. You cannot just resolve every conflict with harsh language and subsequent apologies. The good news is that you will be fighting things with flashy displays of ultraviolence, as you can see in the newest trailer down below demonstrating the combat on the mobile version.

As the trailer’s not even a full minute long, there’s not a great deal to do beyond gawp at the explosions of particle effects, but it does at least look true to the combat already present in the game (albeit from an isometric viewpoint). Check the trailer out for yourself just below and see if you can spot your favorite class on display making monsters explode.

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Black Desert’s Kamasylvia II expansion launches Wednesday and it’s so pretty

Don’t tell Justin, but elf-land in Black Desert is about to get much bigger, as the second half of the Kamasylvia update is finally launching this coming Wednesday, November 15th.

“The content unfolds while players complete over 100 story-driven quests in the newly opened area. Adventurers will be able to explore the vast open fields and dense forests that surround Grána, the capital city of Kamasylvia, where NPCs sell the latest wares and where players can set up residence by buying new Kamasylvian-style homes. A new Forest Path Wagon can be obtained, as well as a new dream horse called Diné. Players can look forward to new grinding spots such as Polly Forest, Loopy Tree Forest, Tooth Fairy Forest, and Gyfin Rhasia Temple. Located to the west of Grána city, Polly Forest is inhabited by Imp thieves and is known for its dangerous mushrooms that continuously deal poison damage.”

New grinding spots! Wheee! But seriously, it’s a freebie update with a new storyline too. Check out the trailer and images!

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Black Desert Mobile’s character creation is no slouch

Concerned that there is no way for Black Desert Mobile to keep up with its big brother in the character creation department? You may be surprised.

Pearl Abyss released a short trailer on Friday that demonstrated some of the options that players will have when sculpting their characters for the mobile edition of the MMORPG. While not quite up to the high fidelity of Black Desert, the trailer shows a wide range of options for characters and some really attractive results. Some of these options seem to include facial sliders, hair color, hair style, stances, makeup, and accessories.

The studio said that it will be revealing a lot more about Black Desert Mobile on November 23rd. Take a peek at it after the break and see if you might be won over to the idea of a mobile sandbox when this eventually releases!

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Perfect Ten: A list of all the MMORPGs I supposedly hate

Did you know about all the MMOs I hate? I sure as heck didn’t! I mean, I knew there were a few games I hated (Scarlet Blade, Alganon) and some that I have pretty poor feelings toward for various reasons (Star Citizen, EVE Online, League of Legends, H1Z1: Kash of the Kow), but those are also games I discuss only in particular circumstances.

Yet thankfully, I have been informed over the near-decade of writing about MMOs that there are a number of games I thought I liked but that I do, in fact, hate. This was a surprise to me, but I think that for purposes of comprehension, it’s best for me to list for reference all the games that I apparently utterly despise. It’s all very confusing to me, but I’m confident that by sharing and making the occasional off-color joke, I’ll be able to decipher it all.

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Black Desert’s Reddit community erupts over Pearl Abyss’ datamining suppression

So how do you feel about dataminers? One player apparently datamined a significant chunk of info about Black Desert’s so-called hidden stats, posting everything to the game’s subreddit to finally end arguments over what those stats entail. But Pearl Abyss (the Korean developer, not the western publisher Kakao) put an end to it, requesting that the mods remove it, and one did just that.

In the midst of player uproar over what the community perceived as independent mods doing a Korean studio’s dirty work, the moderating team on the BDO sub told players that while it had been removed by an over-eager junior mod, the mods were suppressing the information until such time as Pearl Abyss could confirm or deny whether the datamined info could by used to “bypass anti-cheat safeguards and/or manipulate the client in ways that haven’t been done before,” which is a bit of a head-scratcher. The mods also casually mention, for some reason, their desire to stay in Pearl Abyss’ good graces for the purposes of running contests and events on the sub, giving opponents a sackful of ammo.

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