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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: Getting hyped for Pearl Abyss’ Crimson Desert

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Curbing my enthusiasm is something I constantly work on, so when the announcement for Crimson Desert made its rounds, I was both excited and...

Crimson Oasis: Speculation on Crimson Desert, Pearl Abyss’ new MMORPG

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Lasst week, we reported on what looks like Pearl Abyss' power move to overtake the MMO market. With three MMOs and a Shadow Arena...

Desert Oasis: Discerning the best purchases in Black Desert’s cash shop

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I've always been someone who goes against the grain, and MMOs are no exception. Part of the reason I enjoy Black Desert so much is...

Desert Oasis: First impressions of Black Desert’s Great Expedition

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One of the most difficult things I've had to deal with in my time with Black Desert is sailing and boating. I've never been...

Miniature Desert Oasis: Hands-on with the upcoming Black Desert Mobile

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Five years ago, if you'd asked me about any mobile game, I wouldn't have even considered it a real game. I'd have considered it...

Desert Oasis: A guide to some of Black Desert’s world bosses and their weapons

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You know what I want to be when I grow up? A boss. Not the kind that starts a business living in a car...

Desert Oasis: A guide to the best Mediah grindspots in Black Desert

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Of all the Desert Oasis articles I've written so far, by far the most fun I had was doing a guide for two of...

Desert Oasis: Hunting for the best grindspots in Black Desert

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Of all things, the one thing about Black Desert that everyone can agree on is that there's a grind. Players who choose this game...

Desert Oasis: First impressions of Black Desert on the PlayStation 4 (and the PS Vita too!)

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I needed a break from Black Desert after that disappointing enchant session I recounted in the last edition of the Desert Oasis column. A few...

Desert Oasis: The sad saga of enchanting in Black Desert Online

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One of the hallmarks of our genre is the inherent heartbreak it's capable of creating within us. Whether we're doing a corpse run in...

Desert Oasis: A guide to open PvP and grindspot etiquette in the world of Black Desert

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Back in my classic Guild Wars days, I was so happy to have the scrimmage system. It was a great way to solve arguments....

Desert Oasis: Taking a swing with Black Desert’s Tamer and her bō staff

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When I first started playing Black Desert, it was because I wanted to play a Dark Knight. From her animations, armors, and that sweet...

Desert Oasis: Finding the Shai’s place in our Great Valencian Black Desert

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Black Desert is no stranger to controversies. Whether because of the addition-and-removal of its battle royale or its enchantment mechanics, it does a pretty...

Desert Oasis: First impressions of Black Desert’s new Shai class and her skills

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The announcement of Black Desert's Shai class earlier this month really caught me off guard. Sure, I thought a snow globe sprawled on advertisements...
Wake-up bomb.

Desert Oasis: Comparing Black Desert and Blade & Soul’s design philosophies

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One of my favorite MMO stories is how I got into Black Desert in the first place. It was right after I tried out...

Desert Oasis: In praise of the charmingly chaotic Black Desert community

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One of my favorite dishes is dinuguan (dinu-goo-ahn). It's a pork dish covered in a sauce with the consistency of curry and the dark...

Desert Oasis: How AFKing in Black Desert is more productive than you think

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You know what I enjoy doing in MMOs? Not doing anything. I fancy myself an AFK enthusiast. Finding a nice, scenic spot to park...

Desert Oasis: A post-mortem examination of Black Desert’s defunct Shadow Arena

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Last week was such an intense week for Black Desert. The community took a blow when news broke out regarding Black Desert’s second major...

Desert Oasis: Understanding and critiquing Black Desert’s RNG systems

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One of the main critiques readers made about my first Desert Oasis column last month was that I did not mention Black Desert's random...

Desert Oasis: Reframing player perceptions of Pearl Abyss’ MMO Black Desert

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Hello and welcome to our revival of the Black Desert column! The Desert Nomad decided it was time to reroll for the new meta, and...

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