Wednesday, December 31, 2008

[v.3.0] RNPC voiceovers

So it turns out that this isn't my last post for the year. Hehehe. That's because RCM Hrin has posted these goody RNPC voiceovers for v.3.0 The Zeia!

Ania's voiceovers

Nar's voiceovers

And the most exciting voice of all...

Selva Norte's voiceovers

Excited DS is excited. ^^

Hanging out with Le Conquistador

For the past few weeks or so, I've been hanging out with Mahoney's troops from Le Conquistador, as I'm coming up with an article on one of their raids. I recall my first time squadding up with a few LC members back in those weeks when the Feso system was first implemented and Sun stones were acquired through the Super Fight maps.

By some stroke of luck, I was added to Maho's squad, who apparently were there for the purpose of taking down Gerero & Chimera, as well as for a good and clean PK trip. I was only there to farm for the stones, but was only able to get so few after someone started killing me despite my saying that I was only farming.

Needless to say, that first experience was the start of more happenings with this fun faction. Thanks to the gracious invitations of FL Mahoney, DFL Ichihara as well as Mulann, I was able to experience the Gate of Flame raid, along with NekoMiko Faction, headed by Patronum.

Open the geeetoo!

I'm still a noob when it comes to navigating through this raid, so basically I just followed them around, hit a few mobs here and there, and sometimes died in the process (lol). I was also disconnected from time to time, thanks to our reliable internet connection at home. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed this experience, though I still have to work my way around understanding GoF without dying all the time. XD

Lvl 90 mobs yet they hurt like crap!

Also this Sunday, my friend Trianna (and incidentally the only member in my faction XD) and I teamed up with LC as resuers for the Colony War.

It's been such a long time since I was in a faction engaging in massive PvP with other factions every CW, so this exercise was so much fun. Of course, running halfway around the entire map and encountering epic lag can be a bit of pain, but it was still fun.

One thing's for sure though. Eminence packs quite a punch. Imagine wiping out an entire squad in just one AOE skill of their Elementalists and Wizards...sheesh!

I'd like to thank the entire LC faction for indulging me and my persistent requests. ^^ More power to your fun faction!

But before that, here's a souvenir of last Sunday's CW escapades.

Agate & Lelldorin in their sexy-guys-with-hot-bods pose. XD

With that said, I'd like to end this last post for the year with a simple greeting.

May 2009 be as fun, exciting and eventful as the last.
Cheers to everyone! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Selva's skills

With another game content rollout looming in the horizon, we can safely say that RNPC Selva Norte is already on her way to being included in the following game patches. Recruiting Selva involves completing the Chaos Requiem quests, which are in itself, very tedious, given the fact that it involves an Expert level map.

Here's NineMoons' quest guide on how to recruit Selva

Not only will we have to complete said quests to recruit her, there's also the quest to get some of the ingredients for her armguard/armshield recipe. NineMoons previously posted in her blog that one of the ingredients needed to forge this is 50 Mystery Powders.

[edit] kooriyuki from the GE forums translated the ingredients for us.

lvl 80 Chain Bracer
20 Composite Steel
20 Cast Iron
20 Solvent
50 MP

Having said that, RCM Hrin was generous enough to provide a detailed description of Selva's skills that comes with the stance books you'll get upon receiving Selva's card.

Cauchemar Stance

Vampiric Session: Attack enemy and absorb HP
Insanity: Damage enemies with great power
Death Crest: Defeat enemy with powerful magic after six times’ attacks
Eternal Tempest: Defeat enemy with power magic after fast attack

Rapida Espada Stance

Espada de la rotation: Attack enemies during revolving.
Espada del Viento: Defeat enemy with powerful left hand after two attacks.
Dragante: Push the enemy with powerful left hand and attack enemy
Saltos de Ataques: Gather power on left hand and hit the ground powerfully
Rapida: Attack enemy fast and defeat it with powerful left hand.

Personal Skill: Destino
Increases Immunity by 20 for 180 seconds.
(Level 11 increases DEF Rating by 1)

Note: Skill names are subject to change.

I don't have an idea what weapon is needed to make use of Cauchemar, but judging from the skill descriptions for Rapida Espada, that armshield's going to pack quite a punch. This is all very interesting, though it would be nice to see the skills in action with videos. Anyway, let's see what further developments we'll have once IAH tells us more about this much-coveted RNPC.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas wish, granted!

I was already hoping for the worst because of my Internet connection at home. Thankfully, the forces of nature cooperated with me and I was able to hang out in the game...just in time to see Santa's quirky laugh all over the server notice.

And speaking of Santa...this one cracked a joke or two while delivering presents to the noteworthy players. I'd have laughed along with the rest, if not for the fact that I was anxious as hell. Santa called quite a number of players and I was already half-expecting that he'd go bye bye, along with my hopes of ever getting chosen.

And then there it was! My name was called! I broaded instantly, even without knowing what wish Santa was granting me. Then he said I got an MBB, which is quite cool really (although I did say I'd be happy to have the White Cristatus even more than the GP or IOTM haha!). I was finally able to breathe easy after that.

Well then, I'd be getting the codes on Monday since Santa's got no work on weekends. Anyway, I'm just happy as a pea on my comfortable pod. But before that, here's a list of winners of Rembrandt's Naughty or Nice Day 2! Sorry...I would've listed down the winners on yesterday's event, but crappy Internet is crappy.

Inanna - 70k GP
Zanhaart - 70k GP
* Revolucion
Visquante - Elite Skullic Bracelet
fizz - 70k GP
Jezardi - Elite Rescue Suit recipe
VaqueroZ - 70k GP
Segnir - White Cristatuis
* Souken
** Ziendemonium
Drakezion - Elite Bone Frame recipe
Nivnal - 100 ABS
SuperiOrity - Bracelet of Ziz (but at his insistence, Santa changed it to the Bracelet of Behemoth)
Claimore - MBB
Philistia - 70k GP
Atkasha - 100 ABS
*** Casafuego
Thallmann - 70k GP
Icarus - MBB
Milycius - 100 ABS
DeSanggria - MBB
PepperILU - MBB
DraclouZ - 70k GP
Nieve - Bracelet of Behemoth
Arconis - Elite Destruction of Steel
Niji - White Cristatus
TheDevFamily - White Cristatus

* names were called but were offline
** Santa joked about giving this dude an Elite Echo of Steel RECIPE! So I didn't know what Santa really gave him (told you Santa was on a joking mood that time).
*** Santa said this player was getting an evil bunny. Like, wth? Again, I didn't know what he really got.

Here's just a few observations/comments after the event:
  • I was really surprised to see so few people who joined. Last year, the pages were really very long, and the entries were really great. I was just wondering why there were only few entries.
  • There were no machinima/video entries. Majority of submissions were screenshot comics and poetry. *coughmyentrycough*
  • 90% of all wishes were 70k GPs. And Santa actually gave a whole damn lot of them.
  • So much for asking for ELNs! Hahaha. Good thinking though. :p
I just remembered that I also won in last year's event! I got an Elite Ringmail, back when I was in Caravaggio. My last year entry was a lot cuter too (took a bunch of pics of my stuffed toys and made a comic out of it LOL), but this year wasn't all that bad. I did get help, you know. Hehehe.

Congratulations to all winners! Have a Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Holiday greetings from the DeSanggria Family

It's Christmas Eve! I hope everyone's having a good time, both in-game and in real life. After Christmas, we're going to be counting down the days until the end of 2008, and it is my fervent wish that everyone is all happy, safe and in good spirits this holiday season.

The picture above is my entry to the Naught or Nice event, in which I wished for 70K GP, Item of the Month and the White Cristatus back costume. The image, made by my friend, was accompanied by a simple poem with which I hope the GE Santa will notice when he starts granting wishes on Christmas Day and on the 26th. But just between us...I wouldn't mind not getting the GP or the IOTM. The back costume will look absolutely splendid on my Elementalist. Hehe.

In truth, I had a hard time deciding what to wish for. Of course, I automatically thought of asking for GP, but at the same time, I wanted to have an Elite Dragon Coat & Elite La Ventisca for my Musketeer and Elementalist. When I reviewed the wish list, I was saddened to see that they're only going to give out the recipes for the elite 92 armors, not the item itself. I figured I will get to craft those items in due time and with patience, since I was able to craft an Elite Rescue Suit for my Scout on one lucky day. I hope my luck doesn't run out in the next few days though.

But if Santa were to ask me what I really liked, I'd have asked for these:
  • Selva Norte RNPC with her armguard (not just the RNPC card & the armguard recipe haha)
  • Elite Le Noir for Musketeer
  • a pair of Intuition of Alrischa pistols (Constellation series)
A girl can dream, you know. ^_~

Anyway, hope you guys enjoy the holidays! Be safe and have fun!

Merry Christmas from the DeSanggria Family!
Tala, Sidapa & Amihan

Friday, December 19, 2008

Trying my best to fill in your shoes

Sometime last April, I put this teaser up as a prelude to my next cosplay project. I was hoping to have it ready in the last Domination II event, but I judged too soon and the project wasn't able to push through. Now I'm happy to say that things are finally falling into place and that I can finally unveil this humble little project of mine.

Judging from the silhouette, I'm sure it's no secret that I'm planning to cosplay Selva Norte, the RNPC avatar of RCM Hrin. It seems pretty ambitious, but I'm going to great lengths to lessen the food intake so I wouldn't look like a blimp wearing this costume. I'm really excited to get this done, being the fact that Selva's costume involves a great deal of intricate details.

I originally planned to cosplay her character sans the arm guard, given the fact that it's too detailed. Ever since Doratomo closed its character image database, I've been having trouble looking for concrete pictures of the armor. And since I can't think of a way to conceal my real arm and go for the skeleton version of Selva's left forearm, so I thought it would be easier to adapt the bandaged version.

But then again, I had help from a good props maker, so he was able to come up with a different version of the arm guard.

I really like the cyborg fingers, which is actually just one half of a rough working glove sprayed with silver Pylox and accessorized with rubber stoppers to simulate the robotic armor. I can very well flex my fingers, but cannot readily grasp anything because of the rubber fingers. Bending my elbows is going to be next to impossible because of armor covering half of my arm. It's also made of rubber sheets glued together and sprayed with silver metallic Pylox to make it look like metal.

I thought well of a good weapon for the character. Given the dearth of images on the web, I chose the Glacial Eglanche ice series rapier.

Compared to my previous Idge cosplay where I was lugging around this huge Castor Sword GS, this cosplay prop is easier to carry around since it's lightweight and all. I'm particularly fond of the flower-like hilt and the vine-like detail surrounding the blade.

I'll be posting pictures soon about the rest of the costume's finished product. I'm still working on the additional accessories for the corset, necklace and boots. Can't wait to have a photo shoot with some of my GE cosplay friends!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Boss hunting and Spinelle Wars

It's been a busy Sunday for me ever since I found a way to play GE at home; one, being the fact that I was able to power level my main team in AT, and the other being able to witness today's Colony Wars yet again (it's been so long and I kinda miss the action).

I was just actually hoping to watch the war from the sidelines since I've been piqued for eons about the clamor against the use of spinelles during CW. But then, I got an invitation from Southernsky to join a few people in the Secret Temple. I happily obliged since I had a lot of time on my hands.

The ugly git staring right in front of me.

The whole activity was really fun, except the part where we waited for what seemed like forever for Chaos Boneless to appear. And when the fiend did, it just popped right out of my face, taking me off-guard. We weren't successful to take down Boneless since we were just a few, not to mention the fact that he monster had an abnormal HP regeneration ability.

And so, I was finally able to take a peek at some of the maps. When I got there, I had my first taste of the so-called Spinelle Wars.

Imagine the morbid, ugly faces of those mini-bosses coming at you in droves. I wasn't even halfway near the colony when I spotted these critters running around a few meters away. And like what was previously said, the lag took a swig out of my computer's processor and wrecked havoc. I was dead even before I could say "Thoracotomy". =_=

What a sight for sore eyes. Me being chased by Fallen Champions in the most noob of maps.

Southernsky and I just thought of cleaning the place from these critters, but then again, if you're fighting an entire mob, even those wearing elite 92s will get the most epic buttsecks of their lives. Either that or the abominable lag.

It's funny how some people whine and complain about the imbalance of using spinelles to defend a colony when in the truest sense of the word "war", everything will be dished out to the opponent, whether they fall into the "honorable" criteria or what. Yeah, yeah, who wants CW with endless lag and hordes of spinelles, right? I really don't have anything else to say since everyone said them already, but then again, that's the sad fact of war. It brings out the worst in people.

Well, I guess it's just that and because no sane gamer and faction will pass up the chance to win those goodies they promised for War of the Factions III.

And I'm willing to bet on Montoro's ass that we won't be seeing any "gratz to all colony holders" posts in the CW threads after this. At least, nothing remotely sincere for that matter.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hearing carols and getting disconnected

Finally...some worthwhile reason for me to turn up the volume while playing GE. :D

For those who've been around after last Thursday's maintenance, it seems that RCM Hrin wasn't kidding when she dropped the idea of the IAHGames team singing a Christmas song to be inserted in the game. If you haven't turned on the music in your game client, I suggest now's the time to do so.

The barracks theme has been changed to feature the quadruple singers of team IAH, which had MeepokTah (who we all fondly call as uncle MPT), Hrin, GM Lorenza and another person they haven't told us yet (despite my incessant prodding to know who this singer was). I wouldn't have thought it was really them as I was looking for some accent of sorts, but I have to say that their singing is really good. I think it was Lorenza who carried the voice that added the harmony to the whole ensemble. Marvelous job!

I hope they put the song as the town theme though. I can't count the times I've been disconnected from the game after staying in the barracks too long just to hear the song go on repeat mode.

Thankfully, Lorenza posted the downloadable MP3.

Here's an accompanying video to the song which featured some of the snapshots the team took while being with the kids in Katong Special School (as posted by Hrin).


I embedded the music on my blog. ^^ 'Bout time I got into the Christmassy mood too. Hehe.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Not really post-worthy...

...but I've been rolling my eyes for the nth time with this weird forumer. Dunno if the dude just has a lot of spare time, or he's got nothing else to do.

What's even funnier is that everyone else in the forums is encouraging his weirdness.

WTH. I should be reading more productive sites than frequenting the forums. Less headaches on my part.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas in the New World

RCM Hrin gives us a sneak peek of what's to come this Christmas in GE!

I don't know what they're called yet, but they sure do look cute! I especially want to get my hands on those angel head pieces for my girls! ^_^

Hrin also gives us something to look forward to by January 2009...the Fantazzztic Ads Awards!

As the title says, it's a different take from last year's Fantazzztic Film Awards, in which participants will have to craft their own advertisements using movie making tools and GE itself. Boy, oh boy, I can't wait for that!

In the meantime, I hope to hear the carols when I log into the game in the next weeks. At least there's going to be a reason for me to un-mute the sounds in the game. XD

Thursday, December 4, 2008

[Updates] Sales, promos & in-game content rollout

My apologies for the long and unannounced hiatus, but now I'm back with a vengeance! Here's a few recent updates that I've compiled about our favorite game for the past week. I'm sure some of you may have seen this in the forums or website, but just in case you haven't well then, good for me! Hehe.

1. Item Shop Sale: Cheaper Imperviums & Enhancement Boosters!

IAH has announced a major price slash in the sale of Imperviums and Enhancement Boosters! Time to start +5ing my noob lvl 100s and elite 92s! LOL. Good thing I haven't splurged all the GP I just recently bought.

2. Add-ons to Adelina's Booty Searches & IOTM

I'm sure that you've heard of the inclusion of elite 92 armor recipes in ABS, and more recently, 30Day Baphomet Horns with additional stats. But what is great to know is that they've added a few stuff like 100 ABS licenses & 5 Sun Stones apart from the 40 Boosters and 5.8k GP.

3. Broomy's launch

Broomy, the voodoo-like pet with healing powers will be launched this 18 December 2008, as announced in the forums. I'm definitely looking forward to have another cute pet in the ranks. But as far as summoning them, I think you can only use one pet at a time (please correct me if I'm wrong ^^).

4. Giovanni cometh

All systems are go as the 3rd server and the 2nd PK world in SEA/ANZ GE is set to be launched on 22 December 2008. From the opening day until the month after, a 2x EXP event will be implemented in the said server to boost everyone's levels, so that this baby will be in shape to go head-on-head with the older servers.

Trivia (taken from Wikipedia):

Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular.


In other news, my girls are already halfway to Expert. The tireless chore of leveling them on a daily basis is getting to me, so one day, I decided that I wanted to have the blue rubber duhkeez. LOL.

Putting sunglasses to good use

Mucho thanks to the following for their time and effort:

Despite the rings, it can be quite lonely in the faction, since it's just me and my friend, Trianna, who just amuse ourselves by talking to each other. Hahaha. Oh well.

To infinity, and beyond!