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CM Hrin mentioned in her blog on the update progress of sGE.


We have almost completed localization for V3.5.14 and planning to launch it in October 2009. After that, we will be starting work on V4.0. [Source]


See previous entries on kGE v3.5.04 Update and kGE v3.5.13 Update. Since the update is only up to v3.5.14, Power of Darkness stance will not be available (v3.5.24). The following table lists the changes of maximum enhancement boosters (aka upgrade accelerators) required for several notable equipment.

ATK RatingWeapon Seriesv3.4v3.5.04
18Lv.52 Elite43
22Lv.68 Elite114
26Lv.84 Elite207
29Lv.100 Pioneer2010
30Lv.92 Elite, Lv.100, Trump2012
31Ancient Damaged2015
32Serpent, Chess2020
33Constellation2020


DEF RatingArmor Seriesv3.4v3.5.04
18Lv.52 Elite43
22Lv.68 Elite114
26Lv.84 Elite, Lv.100 Pioneer
208
27
Lv.100 Andre's, Le Blanc
20
10
28
Lv.92 Elite
20
15
29
Le Noir
20
15
30
Elite Le Blanc
20
20
32
Elite Le Noir
20
20

Cinderella's Armors are armors that last only 12 hours once equipped. They can be upgraded and enchanted, and are usually used by those who can't afford permanent armors for special purposes, such as colony wars, super-fights, raids, etc.

There are currently 2 groups of such armors. Just before it expires, some players choose to break it for an enchantment chip by upgrading it to +5 or more (after comparing the upgrading cost with market price of chips).

Cinderella's Andre's Designs
These Lv.80 armors have DR 28, making them equivalent to Lv.92 elite armors. They can be obtained by collecting Hard Clay x1,500 (quest item) in Skeleton Dungeon Ancient Area and paying 50 reputation points to the Mumbler in Ustiur Base Camp (F6).

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Cinderella's Le Blanc
These Lv.84 armors have DR 30, making them equivalent to Elite Le Blanc. They can be obtained by collecting Broken Teeth x800 (quest item) in Ancient Mineral Cave and paying 50 reputation points to the Serious Farmer in New Opoluto (G12).

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Unfortunately, these armors cannot be refined for armor crystals (which are needed for Elite Le Blanc & Elite Le Noir Recipes) using the Refining Furnace in Errac.

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Hron's Treasure Trove - Fighter Edition is now available in sGE's cash shop for 1,500 G-Points until 13 Aug 2009. This time, the drop rates are clearly stated in the article linked above.

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The chances of getting costumes/weapons are still very low, but the good news is that even the crap drops are worth at least 1,500 G-Points. This includes Mystery Powder x7 (220 x7 G-Points), Barrack Slot x3 (1,100 x3 G-Points), Ring Box x2 (1,600 x2 G-Points), and Ambrosia x7 (1,100 x7 G-Points).

Since SGD 60.00 can buy you 70k G-Points (excluding special promotions), this box essentially costs SGD 1.29, or USD 0.89 using today's rate with Yahoo! Currency Converter.

Cheaper Pet Food
On a different note, the cost of pet food has been significantly reduced in sGE.


We are pleased to announce the price for Pet Food has been reduced by 50%!

You can purchase Pet Food from:

Cash Shop at 12 G-Points each
Feso Shop at 1,200 Fesos each


Please note that the 10, 100, 200 denominations have been removed. [Source]

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Thoracotomy is an incision into the chest (thorax), usually performed to allow surgical access to the heart, lungs, and other thoracic organs. This is a major operation, and the patient often suffers from pain in the aftermath.

I'm not sure why they gave this name to the mummy-like monster found in Skeleton Dungeon 2F. Sure, it has stitches all over its body, but still...

Since I added the tabs and twitter widget, I found that some of the pictures in this blog frequently refused to load.

My guess is that the twitter widget is causing the problems. But since I have nothing much to use on the tabs anyway, I have removed both of them. If anyone else is still having this problem, please let me know in comments or via forum PM. Thanks.

Blog Updates Category
I made a new category for blog posts. All posts relating to this blog (mostly change log) will be labeled with Blog Updates in future. All categories are restricted to GE-related posts only.

The Master's Race has been extended by 2 weeks to 13 August 2009. See also previous blog entry on this event here.

In addition, there is a promotion for game cards at Junction 8 (Singapore) Popular bookstore during 27 July to 2 August 2009. The 70k G-Points card has 150 ABS. See Popular Music Fair Promotion.

IAHGames iCafe (Singapore)
Every Wednesday has free hours for ladies after 5pm. See Ladies Nite. You can also redeem iCash cards for free iCafe hours during 20 July to 30 September 2009. See Redeem iCafe Hours for details. There is also free hours and free 30 ABS today on 28 July 2009, 6-10 pm. See Play for Free & Get ABS. See here for other iCafe promotions.

The veterans continued training in Ancient Area for the last 2 days of the Ancient Area Pass. Cthulhu (Poppet) looted 29 Sun Stones, 1 Green Rough-Stone, 1 Blue Rough-Stone, 2 Summon Black Reaper Rings, and Requiem Ring. Tired of the gloomy Skeleton Dungeon, they made a short visit to Bahamar Ancient Mineral Cave for a change of environment.

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The enchantment whore finally decided to give my polearm with high Undead enchantment, over-writing Daemon 89% and later, ATK Rating +2 as well. This happened AFTER my Ancient Area Pass expired. LOL. I must have crafted and enchanted about 10 different polearms just for this.

Athena (f/fig) cracked open another Ancient Area Pass just to try out the newly enchanted polearm. Sadly, she still can't 1-hit kill the mobs in Ancient Area 2F using Blandir Cruz. So, Gilgamesh (Claude) decided to test the normal damage for the different polearm stances here.

In any case, Athena (f/fig) really needs a blunt. It is just silly for her to keep wearing The Defender Ring without one. After all the time spent in the mud, she became the family's 5th expert!

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Anahita (f/sco) joined in a treasure hunt, but nobody found the damn thing even after 10 minutes. But luckily, she slew a Fallen Champion and looted her 1st Red Rough-Stone. This is the 1st time Fallen Champion dropped a rough-stone. Since the family has 23 ambers, they must have killed at least 230 of them so far.

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The experts made 4 visits to Bellem's Relics this week, and returned with Grim-Wight and some Lv.84 elite crap (e.g. Elite Peacemaker~ wow). While in Bahamar Marsh, Cthulhu (Poppet) looted Grim-Wraith.

I still can't decide if a fighter should use Mystery Powder x25 to learn Mighty Cruz stance, assuming that Claude is already able to use it. Having just acquired an undead polearm, I tested it out in Ancient Area 2F using a veteran fighter (STR 7) with family's protection buff (ATK +13%) and Moppet's somewhat-random buffs. The sad thing is that the fighter still cannot 1-hit kill off the Lv.102-105 mobs in Ancient Area 2F without scoring a critical hit.


Curious about what would happen if the fighter was using Mighty Cruz for AFK, an experiment was done using the above polearm by an expert Claude (STR 10) with only family's protection buff.

Test SubjectLevel & RaceBlandir CruzPenetrar Cruz*Mighty Cruz
ElviotLv.110 Beast733805769
Escudo PrefferLv.111 Undead195721492054
Note (*): The normal attack of Penetrar Cruz is single-target, unlike the other 2 stances.

Evidently, the difference in normal attacks isn't really significant. At best, it is a range of 30-100 damage. So, Mighty Cruz isn't that big an improvement for AFK. Then, if a fighter is to get Mighty Cruz, it is for the skills, which are probably used in raids, boss fights, etc. But if you are using polearm in those situations, why use fighter instead of Claude? Hmm.

Sword of the New World is moving its forums to G1 Forums on 24 July 2009. For details, see the forum topics on Forums Are Moving! and The G1 Community. See also G1 Forums General Guidelines.

I still can't edit my G1 profile to link the accounts. Ugh, whatever. I think I'd just leave it for now. Anyway, I made a signature userbar for the new forum account. It's nothing fancy, but it will do.



The signatures for survivors and casualties of the Great Downtime of 2009 have already been mentioned here. I found a few other GE-related signatures online as well.

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For how to make your own userbars, see Make A Userbar In The Gimp and Photoshop Tutorial: How To Make A Userbar. The standard userbar font is Visitor TT1 BRK. You can download GIMP Portable for Windows here.


Lost Favorites
Since the new forums do not allow animated signatures, some of the old forum favorites, such as the signatures of Snowhusky and Barstool, will have to be retired.

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Coimbra Shuffle!! has updated its loot table for jGE. You can check out the site for closer screenshots during the promotion period until 27 July 2009. If the link loads for a long time and then displays a blank page, it is probably because jGE website has blocked your IP range. See Have You Been Blocked Today? for more information.

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The 4 dragon weapons are veteran exclusive. Other stuffs include Elite Le Blanc (DR 30), Devil Wing (30-days), Ring Box x5, Master/Expert/Veteran Promotion Scroll, Pet Food x20, and Home Premium Service (1-day).

PortCoimbra.com has released a new stand-alone launcher (v3) for Sword of the New World. Among the features are auto-update server status and server status alert.

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Just download and run the installer to set up the new launcher, without replacing any of the original files. You can start the launcher by using the shortcut link PCLauncher created on your desktop.


The following is the setup details from the installer.


Output folder: C:\Program Files\Sword of the New World
Extract: pclnchr.skin.swf... 100%
Extract: pclnchr.option.xml... 100%
Extract: pcpatcher.exe... 100%
Extract: PCLauncher.exe... 100%
Created uninstaller: C:\
Program Files\Sword of the New World\pcl3_uninst.exe
Create shortcut: C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Desktop\PCLauncher.lnk
Error creating shortcut: C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Start Menu\Programs\PortCoimbra Launcher\PCLauncher.lnk
Create shortcut: C:\
Program Files\Sword of the New World\window.lnk
Create shortcut: C:\
Program Files\Sword of the New World\no-window.lnk
Error creating shortcut: C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Start Menu\Programs\PortCoimbra Launcher\Uninstall PCLauncher.lnk
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I'm bored of the grinding/repetitiveness of the game again. The experts visited the sewers for a change of scenery, and it seemed a bit hard to AFK there. I wonder if those werewolf/ogre weapons are really worth the trouble farming. The family also received 3 Black Angel Wings for the 2nd Anniversary of the New World. For a screenshot of the wings, see Journeys Through Granado Espada here and here.



Over the past weeks, the enchantment merchant has been giving every racial ATK option on the polearms except undead. Well, screw her. Tired of waiting to get an undead polearm, the veterans were dumped into the abysmal boredom known as Skeleton Dungeon Ancient Area. In 5 days, Cthulhu (Poppet) looted 64 Sun Stones, 4 Green Rough-Stones, 1 Blue Rough-Stone, Stunning Skewer Ring, Chilling Touch Ring, and Lv.88 Metallic Suit.

The armor dropped from one of Ancient Thoracotomy's chests. I was quite surprised. While I knew that the item is in the database, I have never heard of it dropping anywhere before. It's just too bad that the DR+3 enchantment is wasted on it though.


The veterans experimented with a summoned Eltetah (Lv.108), and it was not too bad, since it can hit multiple monsters and its immobility isn't an issue due to high spawn rate. Athena (f/fig) wanted to learn Mighty Cruz, but the family isn't sure if that is worthwhile, since Gilgamesh (Claude) is ready to run wild when Mighty Cruz is needed. Why should a fighter learn Mighty Cruz, if the balding fat guy is already around? Hmm.

After losing one hunt to MahouMage family, Anahita (f/sco) and Jack found their 24th Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 1: Bracelet of Ziz, Elite Clayshooter, and Elite Kaladbolg.


It is too much trouble to edit the family portraits every week, so I will be leaving it out of the journals. Instead, everything will be updated at Ashardalon Family Profile. This also makes space for other pictures.

I made a few more changes today.

  1. Added CSS Navigation Menu by using BlogU's Guide. Credits added to blog footer.
  2. Added Twitter widget for Sword of the New World to the sidebar. JavaScript must be enabled for twitter.com.
  3. Comment access has been set to Registered Users (including OpenID). Former posters can just select Google Account as profile, click Post Comment, login to Google, and verify the captcha.

Customizing the template and adding CSS Navigation Menu meant that I have to modify the .xml file somewhat. I managed to make it look decent, but I won't know if it will look the same on a different browser or browser setting (i.e. on your computer). The blog should look like the screenshot below.

If you encounter a problem, please leave a comment or forum PM. Thanks.

Korean GE has added v4.0 Chapter 1 Teaser on 16 July 2009. I won't write too much on this. Check out the teaser yourself or see AQM Mysteries Deepen for more information.



New boss, possibly one for quest and another for raid. One of them is apparently dual-wielding rifles (or shotgun?)... What a hacker. Oh, and WTH is that weapon held by Lorch?


Sir Lyndon led his soldiers to Al Quelt Moreza and confronted Dilos Latemn...


Emilia Guliano watches Revenge of the Fallen, and decides to become a transformer...


A new cash shop item has been added to sGE - Hron's Treasure Trove (Grace Edition), available during 16-30 July 2009. It is a box which drops a random item and costs 1,500 G-Points.

[ImageShack]Among the possible drops are Milky Bob Hair, White Vent Costume, Bistre Costume, Crystal Shotgun (AR30), and Crystal Shooter (AR30)... all usable by Grace Bernelli. The new items are Milky Bob and Crystal Shotgun. All others have been released previously.

The problem is, as usual, the drop rate. Some "rare" drops include Lv.92 Enchantment Chip x1 (WOW~!), Soul Crystal x3, etc. "Common" drops include Hermes Potion x20, Town Return Sheet x20, Lucky Pouch (EXP +20%) x5, etc.

Some statements from Kaioujin...


This random box is similar to kGE's Magic Cards and was advised by IMC. Initially it was just one box for all new costumes but we figured that you guys have different likes and dislikes, so we categorized the new costumes by classes.

There will be 6 Hron's Treasure Troves in total - Grace, Fighter, Musketeer, Scout, Wizard, Elementalist. Each with the class costumes and old ABS weapons that some players couldn't get before.

The price was also lower than what IMC has initially set, and we added alot other expensive stuffs into it to make it more worthwhile for you guys, like Impervium, Growth Stone, Treasure Hunter Request Form. [Source]

Actually it is tradable. Milky Bob, Crystal Shooter, Crystal Shotgun, White Vent. Only Bistre is not tradable. [Source]

Erm, I have strict orders from IMC not to release any form of % numbers. Well... for the whole bunch of Grace items.. it's around 5.. sorry.. but I'm silenced.

As for when the ABS is gonna get updated, we sent that a number of loot table list already, but they said that the recent ABS were not "effective", so I really have no date to give you. [Source]



It looks like all the other unreleased stuffs (Elemental Bracelet, Elite Magnum, Black Cat Band, White Santa Costume, etc. See v3.4 Patch Notes.) will be released in the near future in these treasure troves. That is one thing I hate about sGE. It is pay-and-pay-and-pay-and-pay, and then after selling your ass off to pay for them, you still might end up with a bunch of crap without those in-game pixels that you wanted.

Now for some noteworthy comments I found in the forums...


Lucky pouch EXP stacks with all other buffs, but only lasts 20 mins per pouch. They are already available from exchanging nightsoil in zeia corn and than a random booby prize. [Source]

at least ABS, we spam 10 times, may get 9 crap items + 1 good loot. box = just that 1 item. crap or not. [Source]

Lolz gambling again...... And this is the reason why gpoints to abs is removed.... Cuz ppl complain and gov take action and now they want us to gamble again for her wig...... Isn't it the same.... I guess ppl will complain thats why they put 16 jul to 30 jul so that they can earn enuff b4 the government find out. [Source]

Overpriced..... 1.5k gpoints for the progressive filler ( noobest item ) not worth..... they should sell it at 150 gpoints... seriously look at the common looot.... it is not worth 60k GP later, no hair [...] [Source]

whoaa fillers fillers fillers. opened 30 boxes only got 2 crystal shotgun 1 rifle 2 vent and no hair [Source]

Couldn't resist the temptation, bought 15 boxes. 1,500 gpts x 15 = 22,500gpts

1. Lucky Pouch x 5
2. Return Sheet (Coimbra) x 20
3. Progressive Health Filler x 20
4. Return Sheet (Coimbra) x 20
5. Return Sheet (Auch) x 20
6. Progressive Soul Filler x 20
7. Hermes Potion x 20
8. Progressive Health Filler x 20
9. Triump Fillers x 3 (330 x 3) - 990 gpts
10. Growth Stone x 1
11. Return Sheet (Coimbra) x 20
12. Triump Filler x 3 - 990 gpts
13. Lucky Pouch x 5
14. Treasure Hunter's Request x 1 - 550 gpts
15. Triump Fillers x 3 - 990 gpts

Spent : 22,500 gpts
Got back : 3,520 gpts

Those who wanted to try, go ahead, but for me, I rather get the Premium Treasure Service. [Source]



Edit: For a larger sample, see HTT (Grace): Loot Results for a player's loot after opening 50 boxes. Only 2/50 are Grace-related items.



Castor and Pollux ("beaver" and "sweet wine") were the twin sons of Leda and Zeus/Tyndareus and the brothers of Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra in Greek mythology. They joined Jason and the Argonauts in the quest for the Golden Fleece. When Helena was abducted by Theseus, they invaded Theseus' kingdom of Attica to rescue their sister.

Later, a feud with their cousins, Lynceus and Idas, led them to leave Helen behind alone to entertain the guests so they can steal their cousins' herd. This exposed Helen to the seduction (or abduction) by Paris of Troy, which eventually started the Trojan War.

The cattle theft ended in a bloody conflict, leaving Lynceus and Idas dead, but not before Idas dealt a mortal wound to Castor. Since the twins had different fathers, this meant that Pollux (sired by Zeus) was immortal and Castor (sired by Tyndareus) was mortal. When Castor died, Pollux asked Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his twin to keep them together and they were transformed into the Gemini constellation.

This is a fan art of Emilia the Sage that I found some time ago. Too bad that serene, innocent look is not going to last, since she is going to become an evil-looking skank in v3.6/v4.0. I don't remember who the artist is, leave me a message for proper credit if you do.

I found a fan art in a cGE forum post here. It's... um, a female musketeer in Justocorps armor/costume chained up in a dungeon. Add Sir Lyndon in leather loincloth costume equipped with an elite whip and you get a complete bondage scene.

The family adopted a Moppet as their 2nd pet, naming it Nyarlathotep, after one of H.P. Lovecraft's cosmic Outer Gods. After some considerations, the family gave Romina 700k feso to buy the permanent Crusader Coat costume. (Too bad there is no bugged temporary version in the feso shop.)



Still missing an undead polearm for Ancient Area, Athena (f/fig) decided to train at Via Fluvial instead, along with Anahita (f/sco) and Romina. For the first time, they encountered Plateau Silurian (Lv.106), which has already been engaged by 3-4 families.



Since there is no pedobear in the family, there is no rush to recruit Claire at the moment. Meanwhile, Maimonides (m/mus) and Candide (Lorch) trained further in Rion Dungeon Hollow and Fire Isle, managing to gain a few levels.

The experts made 10 visits to Bellem's Relics this week, and returned with Grim-Stick, Grim-Shout, Elite Laranja e Preto x2, Elite Graciegote x2, Elite Camisa de Soldado, and more Lv.84 elite rubbish. Anahita (f/sco) and Jack found their 23rd Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 1: Conqueror Cannon, Elite Gaiters of Storm, and Elite Broinac.



There is also a rumor going around on broadcasts that Baek Ho has become a baked hoe...

The following screenshots are taken from 下水道食人魔+狼人系列全套武器发光大图赏析. For weapon stats, recipe ingredients, and monster drops, see Gossamer & Grime.

OGRE SERIES

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WEREWOLF SERIES

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You can also view these 10 screenshots at ImageShack Gallery.