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Desert Nomad was a Black Desert column written by Matt Daniel. It’s since been taken over by Carlo Lacsina as Desert Oasis. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

Desert Oasis: The key takeaways from Black Desert’s Heidel Ball 2021

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It's been a busy two weeks for Black Desert Online. The past week saw another Arena of Arsha event, this time with trial characters. And...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert’s Atoraxxian dungeon is a good idea, but will it last?

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Burger and Fries, Mario and Luigi, Garfunkel and Oates. Are there any other iconic pairs? Oh yeah! RPGs and dungeons. Be it the sprawling...

Desert Oasis: Why Black Desert Online is my favorite MMO

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It's crazy how fast two years go by, but it's how long I've been running this column. I've interviewed the lead producer Jaehee Kim,...

Desert Oasis: So Black Desert wants to be an esport now

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Even though the San Francisco Giants threw away a 6-2 lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, the real highlight of my weekend was...

Desert Oasis: The best Black Desert quality-of-life changes

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I wasn't there at launch, but I've played Black Desert long enough to see some major changes in the game. And since the game just...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert’s Sage release demonstrates Pearl Abyss’ focus on the west

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I'm not really a comics guy, but I still have my favorite superheroes. For me, it's Dr. Strange. Marvel's artifact wielding, spell-slinging, multiverse traversing...

Desert Oasis: The problem with Black Desert’s season servers – and how to fix it

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Black Desert's had some exceptional growth over the past year. What I've always liked about this game is that it's never tried to be...

Desert Oasis: A brief history Kakao Games, Black Desert’s former PC publisher

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It's been a busy couple of months for Pearl Abyss and Kakao games. While Black Desert players knew about Pearl Abyss taking up self publishing...

Desert Oasis: Having a blast with Black Desert’s new Nova class

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Thanks to the quarantine, it's been a pretty long while since I've gone out and enjoyed some coffee at a cafe and a beer...

Desert Oasis: Avoiding burnout in Black Desert Online

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Players leaving Black Desert in a tizzy is something of a tradition in the community. It can be for a number of reasons. Sometimes...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Online should be 2020’s MMO of the year

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Well here we are again, heading to the end of another year. And while many are eager for this year to end, us gamers...

Desert Oasis: So, is the PlayStation 5 an upgrade for Black Desert on console?

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Way back in August, I did a first impression of Black Desert for the PlayStation 4. It was a solid game, but I couldn't...

Desert Oasis: Is Black Desert’s lore actually a time-travel narrative?

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In the last edition of Desert Oasis, I wrote about an absolutely dismal week in Black Desert that ultimately ended with my taking a...

Desert Oasis: The worst week I’ve ever had in Black Desert Online

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This week, I was planning a third entry on my adventures in Black Desert Mobile, but a few very exasperating incidents happened to me...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Mobile is not just a mobile copy of Black Desert

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Last week, I taught my freshman classes basic email etiquette. In a time of distance learning, it's an important skill to teach. We looked...

Desert Oasis: Checking back in on Black Desert Mobile, almost one year later

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It's been a while since I checked in on Black Desert Mobile for Desert Oasis. In fact, I haven't really played it since my initial...

Desert Oasis: Our guide to playing Black Desert’s season servers

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The introduction of Black Desert's season servers this summer was my chocolate-in-peanut-butter moment of the year. I didn't know the combination would be so...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert’s outlook in the lead-up to Crimson Desert

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I've played nothing but the Black Desert season servers in the last month. It's such a fresh breath of air, and it's something I...

Desert Oasis: How should Black Desert handle class balance?

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Last week, I wrote about how the recent tamer changes in Black Desert resulted in a write-in campaign. Ever since then, I've had game...

Desert Oasis: Putting Black Desert’s music system in context with other MMOs

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Back in the day, I used to really be into the ukulele. I used to play in open mics and sold them as my...

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