While taking a much needed vacation day to enjoy the freshness of a new MMO, I encountered a problem in Black Desert Online. I fear that this oversight stemmed from the original eastern version of the game, or worse, came about during localization. But now that it is available to a wide western audience, it needs to be addressed.
When acquiring your first donkey from the stable master in Velia, you’ll notice that among the animals available, there is no listing of llamas. I have yet to see a single llama in the game, which is cause for concern given that the stable master’s name is Lorenzo.
If I can’t tell people that they can go buy one of Lorenzo’s Llamas… I may be forced to inquire about a refund.
We were lucky enough to get a few Black Desert Closed Beta Test 2 keys and we gave most of them away on the show live. Brent, Jason, & Steve talked about Diablo III, Neverwinter, Firewatch and some other stuff, probably…
Congratulations to all who won codes at our live show. Thank you to everyone who came out for the show. If you all are any indication of the community we can expect in Black Desert, this is going to be fantastic!
We do have 5 more for our audio/youtube audience. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon (EST) on February 17th to be entered. We will randomly select 5 winners and email you by 3PM (EST) that same day. Closed Beta Test 2 (CBT2) begins at 3AM EST on February 18th, but you can download the beta client starting on February 16th, so beta key winners will have the evening of Feb. 17th to download and jump in right at the start of CBT2 if they so wish.
Daum Games recently announced that Black Desert Online (BDO) launches on March 3, 2016, and we’re very interested. There seems to be an endless stream of westernized MMOs launching these days, but this one caught our attention for a few reasons:
A parkour system, which has been compared to Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed, allowing players to climb, explore, and interact with the environment.
A weather system that includes large scale events like typhoons that will influence game play. Also, seasonal changes and traveling to other climates will require equipment adjustments as cold weather will impact a characters statistics.
A day/night cycle that provides different game content for an area depending on the time of day. We’re hoping for some old-school ‘fear the night’ a la EverQuest Kithicor Forest type of stuff here.
Player housing… yeah, it’s instanced but we still love player housing.
An active combat system that requires aiming, dodging and combinations.
Mounts! Wait, mounts are are in like almost every MMO… but in BDO you tame your mount in the wild, breed special ones, and they require feeding and care and they cannot be stored in your inventory. There’s mounted combat, and your mount can be killed.
End game seems to be mostly about Guild vs Guild PvP over nodes. But if that’s not something you’re into, never fear, there’s supposed to be tons of quests for the PvEness, and probably some other stuff.
Black Desert Online has also launched the game’s character creation mode as a free standalone download. You can create your character and use them in beta (if applicable) and eventually port them over to the full game… which is good because even just speeding through it, I was creating my character for about an hour. Be aware that the download is substantial (22GB!), but if you enjoy character creation, or if you just don’t want to spend precious head-start/launch day time doing it, it’s worth it. You can download the character creator here: https://www.blackdesertonline.com/events/ccm/
The internet has been very busy making and posting pictures of created characters, from celebrity lookalikes to just horrifying messes, which are sometimes both, and Black Desert is giving the best and worst a reward in their “Beauty and the Beast” Black Desert Character Creator event. Which has been running since January 26th and goes until February 5th. My creation doesn’t seem to stand out as either, but you still have time to enter and you can find the details here: https://www.blackdesertonline.com/events/ccm/ShowEvent.html#participate
Black Desert is an upcoming sandbox-oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game by developer, Pearl Abyss. Black Desert has previously released in Korea, Japan, and Russia under a free-to-play model, but is releasing in Europe and North America using a buy-to-play model. Pre-orders are still available until February 26th. You can also still sign up for the second Closed Beta Test, set to begin on February 18th.
It happens almost annually that the holidays throw my gaming playlist into a whirlwind. Like Dorothy, I ride the twister from the daily routine of what I know I want to play and I’m dropped like a house into a land of colorful new horizons. The problem arises as sensory overload kicks in. It becomes apparent that there’s simply too many gaming opportunities at my disposal and weeks later I’m lost, wondering why I’m wearing some woman’s shoes and just wanting to find a yellow brick road to follow.
Sometimes I only need a nudge. Or is it more like the jingling of keys? Either way, I just need someone to suggest a game that I hadn’t considered. That gem that I may have thought from time to time might be a good one to revisit but I already had a path. This time, the suggestion came from friend and co-host Zeli as she started playing Neverwinter again.
It’s one of those games that I couldn’t recall why I stopped playing. But to be honest, that’s most MMOs for me these days. I leave them alone long enough and anything that bothered me about them seems to become a minor complaint. It’s almost as if after spending time in the Land of Oz, I’m happy to be back to whichever home I decide to call home.
Izlain from the Couch PodTatoes (extra emphasis on the dT) podcast joins the MMO Show crew to speak on the behalf of better communication! We get nasty with chat services like Slack and Discord and talk about our history with forums and other out of game ways we’ve kept in touch with our in-game friends and guildies.
We also touch on the latest news from Guild Wars 2 and reminisce about our adventures in gaming from the past week.
Playing as life allows… The MMO Show is a gaming podcast attempting to focus on MMORPGs, but prone to extreme tangents.