Friday, October 31, 2008

Feso farming 101

Like I mentioned in my previous post, there's really a need to farm for the 3rd currency called Fesos, if not for the pet food and the other neat goodies found in the Feso item shop. But how does one acquire this kind of in-game money anyway?

For a quick, basic rundown on how to obtain Fesos, here's a very informative article from the GE website.

Now as mentioned, you can get the Sun Stones, Moon Stones and Growth Stones at the various FT, AT and Super Fight maps. For the paid dungeon areas, you need to kill the rare spawning Treasure Mob found in random locations all over the area.

Treasure mobs in AT and FT

Take note that these mobs are more often than not invisible, meaning that they can't be normally killed by the melee and long-ranged character classes. You need to have the Elementalist or the Wizard ready with AOE skills to take down these invisible creatures. I haven't tried the Wizard for these farming sessions, so I'd recommend you bring the Elementalist in your team to cast the Elemental Strife skill to pin down the elusive vermin.

This also means that you should avoid AFK-ing for the meantime in AT or FT so you can stand by just in case these mobs appear in your spot.

As for the Super Fight maps, you can always hunt for the stones by killing the normal mobs. It's a rare drop, so better be alert for anything laid on the ground as well as for any hostile people as it is a PK enabled map.

Happy farming!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

OC turns one year!

If there was one place in GE where I felt most at home, it would have to be the non-PK server formerly known as Carracci. Contary to what most players would say about the "carebear server", there are tons of benefits in playing in a non-PK world, one of which involves cultivating meaningful friendships unencumbered by the competition aspect of the game.

This is why I feel really blessed to have been previously taken in by the Outcasts Faction, the hardcore PH gamers of the said server. Back then when I moved in, the group was headed by Obviar, and then later on, by †Bayushi†. Now under the leadership of Southernsky, the OC Faction is going stronger than ever.

Elite friendship over elite items. This is the core mantra of the group, and one of the reasons why it remains standing strong and proud to this day. Last October 25, OC celebrated its one year as a faction. Together with the PH members of Destiny, the guys organized an EB of sorts in Chinensis' house to commemorate one year of friendship. The celebration was also held in conjunction with some of OC's birthday celebrants, Chinensis and Device.

Congratulations, Outcasts! Keep the flame burning for PH gamers!

Here are some pictures from their gathering. Thanks to Chinensis & Southernsky for the copies! ^^

Southernsky (left) gets a serious nosebleed from Reclusion's (middle) incessant English talk, while Santoss (right) attempts to look serious.

The new endorser for GE merch (thanks to CM Aethrin for sponsoring the goodies!).

Winners one and all! (l-r) Fiksdotter, Chinensis, Leonne, RyuHirohata, Mangyantribe, Southernsky, EldeonRose, Arkcraft, Zoldyack

Friends from Destiny: Fiksdotter (in white), Reclusion (in brown), EldeonRose (in yellow with his back turned XD), Zoldyack (in red) and the faction-less Leonne (in green, partly hidden)

Cheers to Outcasts! (l-r) Chinensis, Santoss, Fiksdotter, Southernsky, Leonne

Friday, October 24, 2008

Why we should all strive to earn those Fesos...

If you're drooling over these stance rings, well, you betcha I'm gonna earn those coveted Fesos! These rings come with 30 day deadlines, but still...who wouldn't want those stance rings?!?

The Feso price is rather steep though. >_<
There are a whole load of other useful stuff being sold for the said currency (like Calyce's vet skill book, Sagitta, pet food, portable ammo, etc.). I suggest you talk to the Feso merchant in every city to acquaint yourself with all the goodies you can get using this new currency.

For a rough info on how to acquire Fesos, click here.

In other news...

I've been failing miserably at this Pet Egg quest. I just dumped the entire thing altogether, bought 2 eggs from a good soul who was selling at Auch (and thanks to NineMoons as well), and now the egg is comfortably hatching at the Bahia Greenhouse. I'll have a pet Pilfurr pretty soon!

Exciting! ^_^

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Eye candy stuff in v.3.0

This may be a bit too advanced to talk about, especially since I'm just waiting for the hours to pass by before the servers are officially up (and ultimately, for a sneak peek on v.2.9), but what they hey, I really need to kill time.

Among the things I'm looking forward in v.3.0 (aside from the kick-ass Aztec-looking RNPCs) are, of course, the costumes! Blame it on the fact that I like dressing up my characters (harharhar). Anyway, here's what I managed to scrimp off the Korean GE Hanbiton site:

Pretty little Elem in her fairy bob 'do

Female Wiz shows less skin, while the Female Musk bares all.

The Male Musk looking so 80s, with *gasp* a pet pig?!?

It seems like aside from Pilfurr (Grabbermon) and Broomy (the voodoo looking pet), there will also be a screaming pink pig pet! I do love pig characters, but her eyes in this picture looks kinda off. I dunno, maybe it's just me *shrugs*.

On another note, I'm loving the new non-PK server, Rembrandt. Merging with the Pachelbel people is the nicest thing to happen in-game.

Watching role-played dramu unfold in Coimbra.

Getting to know the friendly and charming people of Pachelbel is so much fun. I finally got to meet Alfender (FL of the all-girl faction, Les) and Bringston, who staged the Auch Police Drama RPG on the first day of the server merge. It's a refreshing thing to witness with all the emo drama happening in Carracci prior to the merge.

Anyway, that's just about my small updates for the meantime. I can't wait for v.2.9! I'm still deciding on whether to get a Pilfurr or Broomy for a pet. Hehehe. See ya then!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Out with the pink...

...and in with the more ancient feel. ^^

But, gah, my widgets were deleted. I managed to scrimp off the GE Bloggers list from my old template. If any of my co-bloggers don't see their names in the list, drop me a line so I can add you.

I'll continue updating the links in the morning. Must. Sleep.

DeSanggria hops away, a year older. =^_^=

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Rembrandt's first CW

Now that I've gone solo, I'm trying to keep my Sunday's sacred, i.e., catching up on resting, family affairs and basically some real life fluff. But today counts for this family's return to the war zone as it's Rembrandt server's first Colony War.

I didn't want to just observe and bore myself to tears, so I lent a helping hand to some friends who needed my services. And so, with my trusty Scout & Vicente Rio, I headed off to save some warp points at the designated areas. But that was before I nearly tore my hair out trying to log and relog because for some reason, I was always shifting in and out of the log in screen every time I moved to a new map or tried to enter channel 1. Good thing I didn't give up easily and my perseverance finally paid off.

I didn't finish the task of saving in all the area required maps, though good thing I was able to allot some space for the more crucial locations. At this time, the connection was being cooperative so I didn't waste time ressing my squadmates here and there.

Needless to say, I nearly ran out of resu pots reviving the others. Eminence, CarpeDiem, Osiris, BlackReaper and other Carracci/Pachelbel Factions came from all sides in Tetra Hill and were really duking it all out on the red dots. Thank God I wasn't in a PK server otherwise my cleric purpose in the squad would be of little use.

Despite being busy with the task of resurrecting the fallen ones, I was just bowled over with the tenacity and persistence of some former Pachelbelian factions who really showed their mettle out there in the battlefield. I never really did underestimate Pachelbelians despite the fact that Carracci was the senior one in terms of existence in the game. There really is no reason why Carracci factions should think differently of these groups because in all honesty, these guys can unseat any faction with a colony right now.

I mean, jeeesaas, look at Osiris with 4 colonies. O_O

Now this is gonna look interesting with regards to the faction alliance. *rubs hands eagerly*

On another note, I'm slightly peeved the way the broads were churning out that time. I mean, can't people stop talking about Carracci vs. Pachelbel beee-es? Those servers are long gone. It's about time factions started carving out new faces in this new server. Let it rest, jeez.

I'm happy to say that we did a good job, my squadmates and I (along with their faction). The fight was intense, that I must say, but exciting nonetheless. Man, at that point, I missed having a faction. Hehe.

Gratz to all colony holders for the week and here's to a more interesting CW for Rembrandt!

Sorry if there are no visuals to accompany this post. I was in a LAN shop and I was lazy to take screenshots with all the excitement going about. ^^

Post Script: Woooot~! The drama takes over Rembrandt! A former superpower in Pachelbel gets their first taste of defeat in the new server, thanks to their former allies.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The art of dressing up

Cosplay is rather big here in the Philippines. Every year, there are more than 5 events that include or feature cosplay activities. This particular fandom to dress up as one's favorite anime, game or movie character has brought about a vibrant community that has been around since 2000.

Just yesterday, some of my friends who happen to be the staunchest pillars of the local cosplay community, successful staged the first ever cosplay-centric event. Dubbed as CosplayMania 2008, the event was flooded with TONS of cosplay enthusiasts and other fandom otakus. And because it's a cosplay event, you can never get around the place without seeing people flashing their cameras like the persistent paparazzi.

What I like about cosplaying and the community in general is that people tend to come out of their shy corners to personify the characters they're cosplaying. They're also quite game to have their photos taken with anyone who asks.

I didn't take the liberty to go inside the event hall (mainly because I'm scrimping on cash for next week's dreaded D-Day), so I just hung around outside, taking pictures of some of the cosplayers who were game enough to indulge the rabid crowd of photographers. Kinda felt intimidating with all the DSLR cameras flashing around.

Lemme just say that the costumes were as diverse as the people's fandoms. Among the characters I got photos of were...

[A bit of warning from hereon...massive photos up ahead!]

Evangelion's Asuka Sohryu Langley

Avatar: The Last Airbender characters

...and a few crossdressers >_<

colorful little elves (the green one looks a lot like Link, yes?)

a somber looking .hack// character

furious-looking Hiei from YuYu Hakusho

don't anybody mess with a suicidal Joker XD

Quistis Trepe in her SeeD uniform

Sora's awesome-looking keyblades

While going around the area, I wouldn't have thought to see these cosplayers...

Wizard in a maid uniform (or could also pass as Helena XD)


Ahoy thar, Pirate Adelina Esperanza!

I also learned that these two ladies are denizens of Pachelbel server, mostly new blood who have just started exploring the GE world. Looks like I'll be seeing more of them in Rembrandt then. ^^

I'm beat. The event was a blast, and I heard the tickets were sold out! Gratz to the peepz and here's to seeing more GE cosplays!

Friday, October 10, 2008

In-game events in v.2.9!

RCM Hrin has just recently blogged about the in-game feature in v.2.9, the Event Zone!

This is indeed something to look forward to after the server merge. When IAH mentioned that one of the benefits of the merge will result to more in-game events, I think we can anticipate that this Event Zone will be the answer to that. Now that the GE "worlds" will be reduced to two, this will definitely create more opportunities for IAH to implement events in which SEA/ANZ GE direly needs.

Personally, I'm just thrilled that the possible in-game events may have more variety aside from the usual summon-super-imba-boss-monsters-that-only-the-high-level-players-can-kill. Finally, some thinking games too!

In Hrin's entry, she talked about the limitations of the GM team in coming up with these in-game activities (i.e., the lack of a standard GM tool, IMC's restrictions, etc.) and hopefully this will shed some light on those who are still wary about the impending merge.

However, the question of lag and other game interruptions remain the biggest concern of most players. I'm still keeping things in perspective though. The guys and gals of IAH are aware of this (as we've all reiterated in the server merge discussions) and hopefully, they'd have the answers to that as well.

On a side note, I have read in the forums somewhere that the other versions of GE (cGE, kGE, jGE and SOTNW) have also undergone through the process of their servers merging. I'm curious to know the players' thoughts and reactions to this. Now if only a forum/dialogue between these guys and the SEA/ANZ GE players can talk about this, maybe we can have an idea on what to anticipate.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Look who got lucky this morning..

*cue in squealing SFX*

Was actually hoping for a Silver Skullic Bracer, but I'm not about to complain. For a person who's been so unlucky in chance games, I just struck gold. XD

Yeah, yeah I know. Mababaw lang ang kaligayahan ko. Hehehe.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Soooo pink!

Just changed my blog banner and template, and suddenly, there's too much pink! >_<

Ugh. I have to get around to finally learning the ropes on making a decent blog banner and an equally appealing template. The selections here in Blogger are so bland, it makes me want to scream.

Bear with the colors for now, folks. I think it kinda suits the trio of ghey men in the photo anyway. Hehe.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Slowly but surely

Going solo these past few weeks proved to be quite a daunting task for me as I don't have that much people to talk to during the rare times that I'm not always AFK leveling. It feels like I've been power leveling since I got to play GE and it can sometimes get dragging and boring.

I'm still in the process of vetting my Bai Hu. It'll probably take me a few more days before I start gagging at this tiresome chore of vetting characters. So to give myself something to look forward to in this game, I came up with a few personal goals.

DS' Purpose of Existence in GE (in no particular order):

  • Get to Expert level (hopefully by that time, they haven't released the Master level, otherwise much shiet will be had).
  • Participate in major raids (Elemental Gates, Griffon, KOG, FF, Uraeus, etc.)
  • Finish the Katovic and Bahamas Quests.
  • Beat the living daylights out of Novia and get an extra Gavin RNPC card.
  • Acquire decent (much emphasis on the word) armors and weapons.
  • Participate in Colony Wars without getting my ass raped (or not being totally over-raped if there is such a word XD). Or perhaps getting to kill some people in CW.
  • Actually winning in a PvP match (oh man, this is going to look so funny with a PvP noob like me).

Hmm...these goals are pretty much doable, yes? The only thing I see there that's going to be pretty tricky is the road to Expert level and the acquisition of weapons and armors that will help me achieve the others.

Hopefully I'd be able to earn my keep once I rejoin a faction, but looking at the way things are, it's not going to be a bed of roses. Seeing my main team's AR & DR makes me just want to weep in disappointment. I still have a long, long way to go.

I just hope I still have the patience to finish all these before I lose interest in it all together. Hopefully. Hopefully.

Friday, October 3, 2008

What I've been up to last weekend

While the rest of the GE folks were busy having fun at the GE Black Party, I was high up in the mountains of Sagada, somewhere in Northern Luzon. It's not actually customary for me to post stuff that's not GE-related, so kindly indulge me with a real life topic for a change.

Anyway, as I was saying, I spent the weekend in Sagada for some much needed R&R. It came to be a good decision because not only was I able to unwind, I was also able to get back in the mood for some shutterbug action!

My friend and I spent 2 days exploring the quiant town. Since the place is so high up in the mountains, it kinda reminded me a lot about El Lago de Tres Hermanas (because of the high, high trees) and the Ustiur jungles (forest-y town).

I was also able to view the famed Banaue Rice Terraces (for the Pinoys out there, this is definitely one major site that you have to check out). I was likewise able to go cave spelunking (Skullic Caves, FTW! Minus the bat dung, that is >_<), an activity that became the answer to my adventure-deprived soul.

I took quite a lot of pictures, but I'm not going to post them all here. I just hope these won't kill your browsers. :P

El Lago de Tres Hermanas, anyone? ^^

Long hours of travel just to view this masterpiece = priceless

Limestone rock formations where some hanging coffins are located

Going all tourist-y in the Skullic Caves. Hehehe.

On the way back to Manila, we took the Baguio route to meet up with an old friend. While wandering around the city's nearby mall, guess who I happened to meet by chance.

Stiles with DeSanggria

I just had to harangue Stiles to come back to GE. He says he's quite up to his neck with school work, although he did mention he might get back to playing again after clearing his real life responsibilities.

Do that, dude. The whole gang's been wanting to get together both in-game and in real life. Hope to see you soon!

And so here ends the account of my short tryst. I don't wanna bore you guys with something non-GE. ^^


In other news, Hrin just leaked in her blog that the server merge might be pushed at a later date, along with v.2.9's content release.

More time to socialize with future neighbors then! ^_^

Oh, and have you guys heard about the MCC combination buffs? Man, oh man, more reasons to get a Selva Norte RNPC Card!