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And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

- Revelation of John 16:16 (KJV)

Armageddon ("Mount of Megiddo") is the site of the final battle between God and Satan in Christian eschatology. Satan will operate through the person known as the "Beast" or the Antichrist, written about in the Book of Revelation. More generally, it can also refer to an apocalyptic catastrophe.

Megiddo was the location of many decisive battles in ancient times. Under Pharaoh Thutmose III, the Ancient Egyptians fought a Canaanite coalition in 15th century BC. Another battle occurred in 609 BC between Egypt and Judea. Later in 1918, the British Empire came into conflict in the same area with the Ottoman Empire.

Source: Wikipedia

Players come and go. People quit the game all the time. It is interesting to see how different players actually exit the game. Remember while the game world and characters are virtual, the players at the keyboards are real. The way a player handles his virtual character somewhat reflects the kind of person that he is, especially so under the cover of Internet anonymity when he is left unchecked by the lack of social repercussions.

The Good...
Some players gave away all their stuffs when quitting, either to friends, guild mates, or even complete strangers. Some enterprising ones hosted their own events to give away their equipment. For example, Hydroponics left Telos clan yesterday to host his quitting events for everyone in the server, giving away his DR+3 elite armors, Lv.100 weapons, Mystery Boxes, and more. Such players decided to have one last good time together with other players in the server.

After giving away his Behemoth Bracelet,
Hydroponics faced Thoracotomy for the last time... unarmed.

The Bad...
A second type of quitting players are the opposite. Instead of having fun together with other players, they decided to have fun at the expense of other players. They essentially go on PK-mode, either becoming barons or created a small clan and declared war on multiple clans. Since they quitted (or semi-quitted, if you prefer), they can avoid being PK-ed by staying offline most of the time, and then login and PK other players, especially those who are AFK, just to be a nuisance. They figured that since they don't really want to play anymore, they can run amok and annoy everybody else.

The real problem is that such anti-social behavior might spawn more of its kind. Supposing, if royalists start annoying republicans in this way, then some republicans who are annoyed enough to quit might decide to reciprocate and do the same to the royalists. Eventually, both sides will get tired of the game, leading to more and more people quitting. This is especially true for non-PK servers, since many players chose the server specifically to avoid having to deal with such PK issues.

A player's profile that displays such mentality.

... And The Ugly STFU & GTFO!
The last kind of quitting players simply uninstall the game without further drama. Some might delete their families altogether, while others might keep the families intact just in case they might want to return to the game in the future. A few others might even RMT their accounts or vis away. (It is illegal by game terms, of course. But then, what do they care?) It simply ends with private messages to their friends, "Guys, screw this game. I'm off! Bye!"

When I quitted SGE last time, I was of the third type, i.e. the silent quitter. There wasn't really anyone to say good-bye then, since my faction (i.e. clan) has disbanded. Most of the people I know have either quitted before me or were too busy botting to notice I was gone. Meh. I still have my old SGE account, and I sometimes login to see what's new in town, especially when the lag/disconnections in SNW are getting to me...

So what kind of player are YOU?

Athena (f/fig) joined Alustriel (ETS) and Gilgamesh (Claude) in Skeleton Dungeon Ancient Area, recovering 17 Sun Stones. Gilgamesh (Claude) slew Ancient Thoracotomy and looted a Yellow Rough Stone, which was processed into a Good Quality Pearl. After being expelled from Ancient Area, they moved to Katovic Snowfield, finding Silver Whistle, Peace Insignia x2, Marksman's Magic Bullet x2, Zebra Skin x2, Golden Apple x17, Wolf Meat x74, and Cabbage x30. They also spent some time AFK in Scorching Plateau, and the furry pet Cthulhu looted its 2nd Elite La Ventisca Recipe~! Hopefully, it can be traded for Elite Metallic Suit or Elite Bone Frame.

The family sold Titania (ATP) off, and recruited Ifrit (M'Boma) and Rem (Eduardo). Viki finally acquired Testis stance book, after defeating Treasure Golem and Takion. Gracielo defeated the 3 disciples of Fritz and acquired the Book of Wind. Adelina slew the 3 traitors and avenged her lover, baby, and crew.

The family used another 45 enchantment chips on 2 Lv.84 Elite Plates, and only got one to DEF 20. The experts entered Bellem's Relics and defeated King of Greed, Phobitan General, Castor, Nest-Hair Huganoid, and Thoracotomy to loot Elite Earthcracker and another Elite Plate. Meanwhile, Anahita (f/sco) won 4 Mystery Boxes from Scavenger Hunts. She also found her 13th Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 2 - Grim-Wight, Elite Gaiters of Storm, and Elite Kaladbolg.

There were 4 disconnections experienced this week. Telos clan took its 4th colony this week, granting Max HP +34% to all members. The clan is occupying El Lago de Tres Hermanas, Porto Bello Desolate Cliff, King's Garden, and Katovic Snowfield.

I submitted an entry for SNW Dream Destination forum contest, together with Harvestide family. I originally wanted the site to be the bridge to the tower in Old Port of Coimbra (G7), but someone else did it already. So between Tetra Ruins Treasure Room and Porto Bello St. Catherina's Saloon, we chose the latter in the end. I wanted to summon a grim reaper, but it was too big to get into the shot. :/

Two more screenshots of spots to trigger certain quests... for the lost souls who can't find the spots even with map coordinates given in those guides...

Trigger spot for waterfall, part of the quests to recruit Grenmah (Grandice)


Trigger spot for Takion fight in Viki's quest for Testis (Castis) stance book

The results for SGE's Valentine's Day Event are out. Players who cast 500 votes or more also get additional Adelina's Booty Searches. See Win a date with a [GM] 2 Results!

With bonus 20% G-Points from the recent iCash Card Special Promotion, SGD 60 will buy 84k G-Points. This means each Heart Chocolate (50 G-Points) costs SGD 0.0357 (or USD 0.0236).

The top voter across all servers was XenoDoLL of Rembrandt, with 16,739 votes. So, this player spent at least SGD 597.58 (or USD 394.44). He will receive a Constellation series weapon of his choice, such as Shrewd of Altair. See here for more pictures of Constellation series.

The entire event involved a total of 79,470 Heart Chocolates, earning IAHGames at least SGD 2,837.08 (or USD 1,872.66). While the top voter still spent nearly as much, the total profit seems to be significantly lesser than last year's event. For last year's costs, see Valentine's Day Event. All costs are converted from SGD to USD with Yahoo! Finance on 16 Feb 2009.

Viki and Visca (Grace) continued to train at Rion Dungeon Hollow, while Gilgamesh (Claude) and Alustriel (ETS) entered Ancient Area for their expert grind, looting 31 Sun Stones.

DATE FAIL: Gilgamesh goes on a date with Alustriel
to a dark, gloomy place where the mud constantly tries to kill them.

Meanwhile, Anahita (f/sco) won 1 Mystery Box for the Scavenger Hunt, but missed out on a treasure hunt. The experts joined one of the Rafflesia raids, receiving a Lv.100 Schvarlier Armor. Unfortunately, after using 36 enchantment chips and boosters, the armor remains without DR mods.

Two mass disconnections were experienced this week. I'm getting bored of this game. AGAIN.

Open geLanguage_Eng.lng file in Granado Espada\release folder with Notepad. Scroll down and you will see a list of words which are filtered in-game (among other things, like in-game messages). Thanks to llyse for pointing it out here.

The filter is somewhat annoying, since it sometimes affect in-game terms and non-offensive words. For example, puta is censored, but this renders reputation as re****tion. I didn't try to edit the word filters, since it won't affect other players anyway. If you wish to do so, remember to backup the original file. Do it at your own risk.

This blog entry will basically compare the real monetary cost of some popular in-game items in SNW and SGE. Of course, there are other factors relating to game costs. For example, SNW has premium services and SGE has Adelina's Booty Search, but these are very different things and thus difficult to compare. Instead, this will just examine buying Gold/G-Points and the costs of cash shop items. (Note that prices may change without notice.)

Sword of the New World
Based on the pricing at Shattered Crystal, each unit of G1 Code has a consistent price of USD 0.0125. Using the cheapest and largest package deal in G1 Marketplace, each unit of Gold requires 0.64 unit of G1 Code (3200/5000). Thus, each unit of Gold costs USD 0.008 (0.64 x 0.0125). This value will be used to determine the price of cash shop items below.

Singapore Granado Espada
Using the best deal out of IAHGames iCash Cards, each G-Point costs SGD 0.000857 (60/70,000). According to Yahoo! Finance, the exchange rate for 9 Feb 2009 is SGD 1 = USD 0.668. So, each G-Point costs USD 0.000573.

Cash Shop Item* Gold USD G-Point USD
Veteran Scroll x3 1,275 10.2 9,900 5.7
Expert Scroll x3 1,350 10.8 13,200 7.6
Mystery Powder 20 0.2 220 0.1
Upgrade Accelerator x10 275 2.2 5,500 3.1
Enchant Booster x20 425 3.4 4,400 2.5
Quarter Slot 100 0.8 1,100 0.6
Ancient Area Pass (1-day) 125 1.0 2,200 1.3
Permanent Costume 425-525 3.4-4.2 7,700-9,900 4.4-5.7
Veteran +5 Lacquer 625 5.0 13,200 7.6
Veteran +6 Lacquer 725 5.8 16,500 9.4
General +5 Lacquer 475 3.8 9,900 5.7
General +6 Lacquer 575 4.6 11,000 6.3
Mercenary Warrant 1,495 12.0 15,000 8.6

Note (*): These item names are used in SNW. They are known differently in SGE - upgrade accelerator (enhancement booster), enchant booster (enchantment tranquilizer), quarter slot (barrack slot), ancient area pass (ancient territory pass), lacquer (impervium), etc.

The family portrait generator has been moved to SotNW Database. You must register/login to use, and JavaScript must be enabled on your browser.

Sample Family Portrait

For older blog entries about the portrait generator, see GE Sig Site Is Down and Family Portrait Generator.

Titania (ATP) and Gilgamesh (Claude) continued training at Scorching Plateau, becoming the family's 7th and 8th veterans. The family recruited and trained Visca (Grace) at Gigante Beach, where she survived a spinelle attempt by Irithia family from Fatal Clan. Thereafter, Visca (Grace) and Viki followed Jack to Rion Dungeon for more training.

Since so many Otite Perfumes dropped from Mystery Boxes, the family returned to Los Toldos once more, helping Eduardo to deal with Kurt in the end. After monotonously farming in Land of the Lag... Lag of the Dead... Land of the Dead, they got the Sad Old Man to craft Elite Mucerati Morningstar. After enchanting it to anti-golem mods, they crafted a second polearm. After enchanting the second one to anti-undead mods, they crafted a third polearm, which came with default anti-beast mods... when all Gilgamesh wanted was ONE general purpose polearm. Ugh.

The experts entered Bellem's Relics to defeat Victor, Wahlansche, and Captain Sharffenberger, looting Elite Muerte Balada and Elite Bracelet of Pluto. A second entry was met by Sunflower Dandelion Gorilla, King of Covetry, and Swamp Angler, leaving behind Elite Royal Guardian and Elite Robe of Pluto. Anahita (f/sco) won 2 Mystery Boxes from Scavenger Hunt. Adorabelle (f/ele) finally got her Bracelet of Behemoth when she participated in a raid on Vergo. Thanks to Misericordiia for letting her have this one~!

SGE is hosting another money-making in-game event for Valentine's Day, similar to the one last year. Win A Date With GM event is back. The 3 GMs are now campaigning from 4-13 Feb 2009, with a 1-hour final showdown on 14 Feb 2009 (see below for time).

  • Bach 1400 SGT - 1500 SGT (GMT +8)
  • Rembrandt 1500 SGT - 1600 SGT (GMT +8)
  • Giovanni 1600 SGT - 1700 SGT (GMT +8)
Players can increase or decrease the vote for any of the 3 GMs by giving them Heart Chocolates (50 G-Points) or Broken Heart Chocolates (100 G-Points). Both items are available in the cash shop. Ka-ching! $$$

The top voter of the most popular GM across all 3 servers will get a Constellation series weapon of his choice. The top voters of the most popular GM in the other 2 servers will get a Constellation series weapon recipe instead. The top voters of the other 2 GMs in each server will get a Constellation series weapon recipe. The 2nd and 3rd voters of any GM in each server will get a Dragon Heart recipe. The top voters of each GM also get a date with the GM anytime within 14-21 Feb 2009.

By the way, at the current conversion rate (see Yahoo! Finance), 70,000 G-Points = SGD 60 = USD 40.17. Thus, each Heart Chocolate (50 G-Points) costs SGD 0.0429 or USD 0.0287. Last year's top voter across all servers was Century of Caravaggio with 14,139 votes, i.e. SGD 606.56 (or USD 405.79, using current rate). All together, last year's event involved 189,874 Heart Chocolates and 243 Broken Heart Chocolates, i.e. SGD 8,166.44 (or USD 5,463.33, using current rate). See Win A Date With GM 2008 and the event results.

... & Sword of the New World
No known event at the moment. It seems the premium users just received Santa Costumes for the Christmas event, and they only got 1 instead of 5. See Only 1 Santa Costume? forum topic.

In Norse mythology, Gungnir ("Swaying One") is Odin's spear with runes carved on its tip. The spear was fashioned by the dwarves known as the Sons of Ivaldi under the mastery of the blacksmith dwarf Dvalin. The spear was obtained by Loki as a partial reparation for his cutting of Sif's hair. The spear is described as having the ability to always hit its mark. At Ragnarok, Odin will fight Fenrir Wolf with Gungnir, but the god will lose and be slain instead.

Source: Wikipedia

Some players like to arrange the positions of their characters in the quarters. Once a character is created, the position is fixed. The position is determined by the order of creation (character name in pictures below).

Positions 3, 4, and 9 have variant poses. It seems if the character is wearing a skirt (e.g. female wizard/elementalist, Catherine the Summoner), then she will adopt the alternate poses below.

Thai GE client's sound effects file is now available for download. Simply download se.ipf and move it to Granado Espada\ge folder, backing up original file if desired. Thanks to Matthey for uploading this file!

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It seems GE v3.x has introduced recipes for the higher-end armors. Leather Armor Crystals are refined from Leather armors of the specified grade (DR). So, Elite Le Noir requires the destruction of 2 Elite Le Blanc to get the required Grade 30 Leather Armor Crystals. The refinement is available in Errac. Ambrosia, aka Liquid of Heaven, is a cash shop item. (Le Noir is renamed as Le Rouge in SNW. Senseless renames FTL.)

On an off-topic note, in less than 2 weeks after the release of v3.0, there are already Sexpert Selva in SGE... D:

Source - LN RecipeSexperted Selva

Titania (ATP) and Gilgamesh (Claude) continued their training in Fire Isle, while the family's pet Cthulhu looted enchantment chips. In Zone 1, they encountered SoriMacia family, who camped on top of them. After having PM ignored, Jack unequipped his polearm (used for AFK) and rebuilt his cannon turrets, out-gunning the KS-ing veteran Grace Bernelli. After failing to KS Jack, SoriMacia decided to move off and KS patherfinder2, another nearby family, instead. How obnoxious.

Another interesting encounter is when the family passed by Illiosteinovitch and Illiosteinavitch families, possibly 1 player with 2 accounts, at Gigante Beach. The characters were using 3 Emilia the Sages and 3 Catherine the Summoners with full hats and costumes. The family must be loaded to get 3 ETS. Anyway, manually controlling 3 Catherine the Summoners is not really possible for an extended period of time. Meh.

In any case, the emergency maintenance and repeated disconnections really messed up their training at Fire Isle. So instead, they trained a bit at Skeleton Dungeon 1F and Scorching Plateau, finding a Sword Breaker in the process. Unfortunately, they were unable to hit veteran this week.

The experts followed Selva and Garcia to the Frozen Waste and proceeded to the Seal of Novia (who turns out to be one of the Ten Nobles) in Glacial Fortress. After which, Alustriel (ETS) flew to Katovic Snowfield to actively farm for soup materials, finding 12 Cabbages and 7 Golden Apples.

The family used 140 enchantment chips on 2 Lv.84 Elite Plate armors, and only got 1 of them to DR+2. The experts entered Bellem's Ruins to defeat Cerbera and Pollux, receiving another Elite Plate and Elite Sniper Rifle. Anahita completed 2 Scavenger Hunts and won 4 Mystery Boxes. She also found her 12th Fire Isle Treasure - Grim-Wraith, Elite Sniper Rifle, and Elite Kaladbolg.