Friday, January 30, 2009

Beating deadlines, & on not being able to visit Zeia

Yes, yes, it's been a long time since I've last updated. Real life concerns are taking its toll on me, although I was still able to squeeze in a few hours or so to play GE.

Speaking of which, I'm still far ahead with my quests. So even when the Secret of the Culverts expansion was implemented, I wasn't able to take advantage of it. And yes, I still haven't set foot on Zeia.

What's even more frustrating than ever is the fact that I've been seeing dozens of Selvas running around town. It makes me green with envy.

Anyway, a few friends and I have gotten together to help each other out in this year's Fantazztic Ads Awards. Since the mechanics have changed and we can't very well enter as a team, we've decided to pool in our efforts to help each other out in our individual entries.

One of the major obstacles we encountered was the shorter time span for the film. Since this is an ad making contest, we had to think up of ideas that are short and meaningful. This meant that we don't have the luxury of detailing long narratives unlike in last year's FFA. Ideas and concepts have to be precise, catchy and thought-provoking. I personally struggled for days with an ad concept, until NineMoons suggested doing a parody of the PC vs. Mac ad.

This got my mind into thinking...why not? The concept is simple, and did not need that much editing. All I needed was a catchy dialogue.

It didn't take me long to come up with one. In fact, I came up with several dialogues. But due to the inavailability of some people I wanted the voice-overs to come from, I decided to work on all the VOs for my ads.

Gracielo vs. Irawan: Dumb & Dumber

This concept was about the RNPC hunks. I'm a sucker for good looking guys in the game, and I wanted to draw a conclusion that even the good looking ones can have the IQs of Mandradoras. Originally, I wanted a Gracielo vs. Soho the Wind ad, but I didn't have a STW, much less know anyone willing enough to help us out to film this. If any of you have noticed anything, STW's abs are not normal. They're 8 packs instead of the usual 6. And so, this is where the idea came from.

I totally fail at doing VOs for guys. I was having a terrible cold when I recorded this, and I figured...what the hell, I can always mess up their voices to add to the comedic factor. It turned out okay, if I don't say so myself.

Royalist vs. Republican: There are no girls on teh Intarwebs

Back last year when the GE Girl Gamers was featured for a month by RCM Hrin, there was this thread in the forums talking about several myths about girls and the Internet. I decided to make this ad in conjunction with that discussion.

Meanwhile, NineMoons made the exact opposite of my ad which was about Girl Power, premised as a parody of the Mastercard Priceless ad.

FFA's Legendary Director, Reclusion, also submitted a fantastic entry entitled Detrimental. Do watch it because I've been viewing his ad for the nth time already. LOL.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the people who've helped me see through this week's Open know who you are! XD I'll be filming my sole entry for the Valentine's Category this weekend, so watch out for an update on that outtake. I'll try to post some photos of that little project as well.

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Year freebies!

Finally, we get a New Year in-game event!

It was rather unsettling to find those lady mobs at the Ice Tower hanging around town. Good thing they weren't lethal. Hehehe.

Anyway, we have another search event! Search for 20 of Sir Bravo's swords and get cool items! The stuff ain't that bad at all, considering that some include nifty accessories, consumables and a kick-ass ice GS (although low AR).

How to do this quest? Easy.

1. Go to Cite Reboldoeux.
2. Talk to the skank Lady near Leonardo Expreso to activate quest.
3. After finding all 20 locations, report back to skanky Lady to receive rewards.

They're over here!

Some people already posted the spoilers or the locations to these swords, so if you're still clueless where to find them, here's teh list:

Ferrucio Junction - C9
Al Quelt Moreza - F2
Al Quelt Moreza Nartex - B8
Tetra Ruins - F8
Tetra Catacombs - H8
Jezebel Glen - F8
Porto Bello, The Deck - L6
Porto Bello Desolate Cliff - H6
Thueringen Lakeside - C5
El Lago de Tres Hermanas - I8
Dr. Torsche's Mansion, Reception Hall - J8
El Tejado Verde - G4
Outside Bahia - J5
Crater of Joaquin - H/I9 (somewhere in between)
Old Port of Coimbra - G7 (best view evah! :3)
Lago Celeste - H5
Topolo Durga - D5
Abertal - H5
Reboldoeux Queen's Gate - H6 (thanks to fenrisbearfist ^^)
Rion Praire - H3 (thanks to Chinensis ^^)

I think I got too excited to complete the search. I already clicked all 20 locations but forgot to activate the quest. LOL. As a result, the ice lady said I only found 18 swords. =_=

Here's a list of rewards based on the number of finds:

10pcs Snow Spray - 5 locations
[15D] 1 White Angel Wings (with movement speed stats) - 8 locations
[15D] 1 Black Angel Wings (with movement speed stats) - 12 locations
lvl 100 Fleudelis (Ice Greatsword) - 16 locations
1 Brown Ear Mouse Hat - 20 locations

If you get all 20 locations, you get all items! But since the lady said I got only 18, I wasn't able to claim the Mouse hat...yet.

Teh hat. Photo c/o Bandeau

Teh Fleudelis.

Time to go back to those locations & re-click teh swords. T_T

Happy hunting! ;)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A new appointment

Well, well, well. It seems like I'm off to a good start this year.
I've been named a Community Crew in the GE forums!

That's my little Musky Tala wearing the spiffy Archangel wings.

I can tell that 2009 is going to be a busy, busy year for me.

Many thanks to the incumbent CC and Team IAH for this great opportunity to be of service! Congratulations as well to the newly appointed forum CCs!