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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: 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...

Desert Oasis: Exploring Black Desert’s mysterious O’dylitta region

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With the Heidel ball now a memory, there's much to look forward to in Black Desert Online. Along with a new class and a variety...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert’s Hashashin, new server types, PvP changes, and new regions

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I would be lying if I told you that I stayed up late this weekend just so I could hear the executive producer Jae-Hee...

Desert Oasis: Recapping Black Desert’s Heidel Ball, from backstage to balancing

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One of the complications of playing playing Black Desert is that it operates on UTC. Since I live in California, aka the center of...

Desert Oasis: Rethinking the Black Desert grindspot debate

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Almost a year ago, I penned a column on grindspot etiquette in MMORPGs. Specifically, I wrote about the commonly accepted etiquette when it comes...

Desert Oasis: Exploring Black Desert’s guild system, from contracts to drama

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Guilds: one of the quintessential social features of an MMO. Along with grinding, crafting, and partying up, guilds are just one of those things...

Interview: Black Desert on crossplay, the engine, and the future of mobile

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A few weeks ago, we chatted up Pearl Abyss' lead producer Jaehee Kim about some pressing Black Desert questions. Now, I'm not one to...
Wake-up bomb.

Desert Oasis: Deep-diving Black Desert’s Musa and Maewha classes

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I think I may be in the minority of people who enjoy being home all day. It gives that much needed time to just...

Desert Oasis: How I’m progressing through Black Desert without spending a dime

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I've been playing Black Desert for quite a while, and in that time I've made a bit of cash and built up a stable...

Desert Oasis: A guide to getting started with Black Desert’s lifeskill system

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For pretty much all of my MMO-gaming career, I avoided anything involving crafting, gathering, and cooking. If the problem can't be solved with a...

Desert Oasis: How Pearl Abyss can guarantee Shadow Arena succeeds

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Hands down, Shadow Arena is my favorite battle royale. But just because I've written so many glowing words of accolades for the game does...

Desert Arena: First impressions of Shadow Arena, the Diet Black Desert of battle royales

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Did someone just cast Arcane Echo? Because this'll be our second piece on Shadow Arena this week, following its deep-dive by our PvP columnist...

Desert Oasis: Understanding Black Desert’s Black Spirit

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When Black Desert first released stateside back in 2016, I wasn't interested. At the time, I was deeply invested in running Guild Wars 2's fractals,...

Desert Oasis: Finding the plot in Black Desert’s story

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In our preview of Black Desert's new Guardian class, one of the more surprising conversations to come out of the comments was the opinion...

Desert Oasis: Hands-on with Black Desert’s new Guardian awakening

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Wow, that was fast. Kakao and Pearl Abyss just released the Guardian last week, and we're already gearing up for awakening her. Just take...

Desert Oasis: First impressions of Black Desert’s new Guardian class

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Remember that Futurama episode where Fry, Kip, and Zaf Branbigan got stranded on a planet full of amazons and were sentenced to death by...

Desert Oasis: Fun things to do in Black Desert in 2020

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With the new decade upon us, I think it's a good time to do some goal-setting for the upcoming decade. I might be biased...

Desert Oasis: A few improvements I’d like to see in Black Desert for 2020

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Part of the reason it's been so easy to write for the Black Desert Desert Oasis column is that I really love this game....

Desert Oasis: A critique of Black Desert’s upcoming Tamer succession

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Well, it looks like successions are finally here. This month's going to be a pretty big month for Black Desert's western audience with the...

Desert Oasis: A first look at Black Desert’s Dark Knight’s Succession skills

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The Dark Knight holds a special place in my heart when it comes to Black Desert. She was the main reason I decided to give...

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