Best Blowout Support Event 2017 until July 04 (Europe) or Aug 23 (USA).  

Imperial Wheel V: Special Edition (Japan) is now available from Dec 25, 2012 to Jan 09, 2013. See 貴族シリーズ for a list of Aristocrat weapon series. Other prizes include Greek Croma, Fate of Castilla, Nero Croma, General Plate, Expert Enchantment Chip x1000, etc.

Heyran Special Set
Heyran Character Card
Upgraded [Femme Fatale] Ring
Upgraded [Dagger Polish] Ring
Dagger of Higgins
  • Dagger • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 210
  • ATK +10% vs. All Races • Penetration +8 • Critical +10

Marchetti Special Set
Marchetti Character Card
Upgraded [Distortion Cube] Ring
Cube of Gridley
  • Cube • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 300
  • ATK +10% vs. All Races • ATK Speed +10% • Max SP +15% • Magic Penetration +5

Veatrice Special Set
Veatrice Character Card
[Tempest] Stance Book
Upgraded [Tempest] Ring
Upgraded [Enchanted Arm] Ring
Lightning Bangle of Porter
  • Lightning Bracelet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 295
  • ATK +10% vs. All Races • ATK Speed +10% • Max SP +15% • Lightning Penetration +5

Blade of Insincere Costume
Weapon Costume • Sword [STR +2]
Variant color texture using model of Blade of Insincere.

Le Talent de la Perle Costume
Weapon Costume • Rod [INT +3]
The weapon version was released in Imperial Wheel XI.

L'Harmonie de la Pierre de la Lune Costume
Weapon Costume • Dagger [STR +2]
The weapon version was released in Imperial Wheel XI.

Sniper Grace
Sniper Grace Character Card
See also the event notice - スナイパーグレイス登場!!.

Dress Suit Costume
Body Costume + Hat • Catherine STR/DEX/INT

Alchemist Costume
Body Costume • Veronif

Christmas Costume Set
Body Costumes + Hats • Emilia, Asoka, Valeria
Previously released in Imperial Wheel V: Christmas 2011.

Last week, IMC (Korea) has released a new update preview article - 업데이트 미리보기 - 영입NPC 카노 키엘체. The contents are also previewed in Frontier: Dec 2012.

1. Bristia 4th Scenario Quests
Added Bristia 4th Scenario quests. To start, you must move to Kielce after completing Bristia 3rd Scenario quests (involving J.D. recruitment). Simon and Veronif investigate further. The Resistance and the Blood Navy engage in conflict.

2. New Character - Kano Kielce (B1.5.9)
Added more Loli to the game - Kano Kielce. Kano is the aide of Blood Navy General, Reynolds. She is part of Bristia MCC team. See Blue Moon Waltz - Kano for more details on the character, and [캐릭터/스탠스] 카노 영입 퀘스트 for Kano Recruitment Quests.

Her stances are [Fortitudo], [Enhanced Tactics], and her unique [Storytelling]. A new weapon type - Encyclopedia - allows her to use the latter 2 stances. [Storytelling] is an attack stance which also debuffs enemy with [Stun], [Burn], and [Panic]. It also has a buff skill [Wall of Curan] that reduces enemy skill damage. No stance book required for [Storytelling]; she is created with the stance.

3. New Gigante Beach Games
Added new games to Gigante Beach. The 1st game allows you to shoot flying Enchantment Chips... presumably for chips. The 2nd game is essentially Whac-A-Mole, requiring you to hit Capybaras that appear out of holes. The 3rd game involves whacking a Phobitan Imp to knocking it flying.

There is also a mission to infiltrate the camp soldiers. You can extend the mission duration by acquiring certain items inside.

Sadly, since the world did not end on Dec 21, we just have to make do with another Christmas. At any rate, the Christmas event mission gives quite a good amount of Soul Crystals. See Christmas Event 2012 for details.

Such eschatological failure of prophecy has been parodied by Terry Pratchett in the form of the Apocralypse. 

The Apocralypse is the end of the world, so named because it is an apocryphal apocalypse, nobody is sure when it will happen, how it will happen, and whether it will happen in the here-and-now sense. The Tea-Time of the Gods, when the Ice Giants will march against them for the last time, probably without even giving them the lawnmower back first. [Source]
Those who haven't read the Christmas excerpt from Pratchett's Hogfather can still read it here.

Wishing everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Oh, and this is my blog's 1,000th post! Heheheh.

Image from Sword Art Online, Episode 03 - Red-Nosed Reindeer side story.
Download UTW fansub episode here, or read the light novel vol.2 chapt.4 here.

Blog Roll Clean Up
The following blogs were removed from the sidebar for RSS inactivity of 6 months or more.

First introduced in v8.10.1, this mission was originally found in Ustiur Zona Tres (B3). It was later moved to become one of the 14 mercenary missions. See Coimbra Nimrod Bridge Missions for list of other missions.

Mission Information
Location: Coimbra Nimrod Bridge (I5)
Entry Cost: None
Frequency: 1/day
Party Size: 1-5 families (MCC3)
Duration: 20 minutes
Reward Type: Roulette

1. Kill Skeletons
Kill all the skeleton monsters (Lv.107 Undead • AR/DR 53-54). After that, click on the Crystal Skull at I6/J7.

2. Defend Crystal Skull
Protect the Crystal Skull (Lv.44 Other • AR/DR 150 • DEF 9,999 • RES 0) from the monsters. Kill 10 Cursed Undead Fighter/Musketeer; a zone notice will announce how many have been killed. If a monster is attacking the crystal, a zone notice will tell you how much HP is left for the crystal.
Cursed Undead Fighter • Lv.110 • Undead • Light Armor • None • Small
HP 158,941 • ATK Rating 55 • ATK 3,283 • DEF Rating 55 • DEF 91
RES • Fire 0, Ice 0, Lightning 0, Mental 10 • Penetration 0 • Immunity 0

Cursed Undead Musketeer • Lv.110 • Undead • Light Armor • None • Small
HP 94,530 • ATK Rating 55 • ATK 2,480 • DEF Rating 55 • DEF 91
RES • Fire 0, Ice 0, Lightning 0, Mental 10 • Penetration 0 • Immunity 0
There are a lot of mobs. It is recommended to use stances with splash attacks, such as [Superior Blaster], so you can clear targets faster. You can also bring one builder (e.g. Angie) to construct fences and turrets/blades around the Crystal Skull, then run to the left side, and quickly kill the Cursed Undead as soon as they appear.

3. Kill Bone Rebirth
The Crystal Skull will start loading a green gauge bar. Kill Bone Rebirth before it fills up. Click on roulette chest for reward.
Bone Rebirth • Lv.110 • Undead • Soft Armor • None • Medium
[v8.10] HP 308,448 • ATK Rating 57 • ATK 5,699 • DEF Rating 57 • DEF 110
[v10.x] HP 813,576 • ATK Rating 57 • ATK 7,542 • DEF Rating 57 • DEF 110
RES • Fire 30, Ice 30, Lightning 30, Mental 30 • Penetration 0 • Immunity 0

Roulette Reward
Bonus roulette costs 50,000 vis. Known roulette items include:
  • Viscount Skull Ring
  • Soul of Castilla (Fighter Hat)
  • Lv.100 Armor/Weapon
  • Lv.92 Elite Armor/Weapon
  • Lv.84 Elite Armor/Weapon
  • White Gold Bar x3
  • Growth Stone (100,000 feso) x3
  • HQ Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
  • Portable Ancient Star Orb Box
  • EXP Card - Grade 69 x10
  • Honor Card A

Related Links
죽은 자의 광시곡 - 베테랑 구간 난이도 미션

IMC (Korea) has impeded Christmas event from Dec 06, 2012 to Jan 10, 2013. Santa Nunez is in Coimbra Nimrod Bridge, along with a huge Christmas Tree. As expected, the event is being exported to other regions. See the actual event page at 그라나도 에스파다 - 크리스마스 선물 이벤트, and event notice at [이벤트] 크리스마스 선물 이벤트 오픈.

Eva Sharon will be added in v10.22.2. The following is translated from クエスト/NPC/シャロン, cross-referenced with [編入]可疑的女子. All quests must be done in sequence.

See Coimbra Bridge Missions for a list of other available missions. This mission was first introduced in v10.4.1.

Update: This mission has been deleted in v19.71.76. See Patch Notes - October 23, 2013.

Mission Information
Location: Coimbra Nimrod Bridge (I5)
Entry Cost: Key [Bahama - Greed of Treasure Box] (1 per family)
Frequency: 1/day
Duration: 20 minutes
Participants (v10.4.1): 1-10 families (MCC3)
Participants (v10.18): 1-12 families (MCC3)
Reward Type: Roulette

The key can be acquired from Wandering Merchant in Bahama Base Camp (E3) with Expedition Memo x30, which commonly drops in all 4 Bahama swamp maps (but not Underground Cave).

The mission objective is to open all treasure boxes (up to 37), which are scattered throughout the map. There are 6 types of treasure boxes - STR, AGI, CON, DEX, INT, and CHA. Click on the box until it disappears. When it disappears, a zone notice will announce how many boxes were opened out of the total number. An unopened box remains, and must be clicked upon again.

The success rate depends on the character's attribute scores. For example, a character with STR 60 and DEX 90 will have 90% chance of opening a DEX treasure box and 60% chance of opening a STR treasure box. Therefore, bringing characters with diverse attributes is recommended. A sample team would be Grandies (STR 110, CON 90) + Elementalist (INT 110, CHA 70) + Grace Bernelli (DEX 120, AGI 70).

There will be a boss monster, Rich King, that will hunt you down as you click on treasure boxes. You do not need to kill it to complete the mission. However, the quest from Coimbra Mercenary will require 1 kill. It is basically a modified King of Greed, with its standard melee attacks and ranged poison shots. It can buff [Protect] on itself as usual.
Rich King • Lv.125 • Undead • Hard Armor • None • Large
HP 5,832,000 • ATK Rating 64 • ATK 5,678 • DEF Rating 64 • DEF 108
RES • Fire 63, Ice 58, Lightning 58, Mental 58 • Penetration 10 • Immunity 10
[Protect] ATK 6,813 • DEF Rating 66 • DEF 158 • Penetration 65
Once all the treasure boxes are opened, the roulette chest will appear.

Roulette Reward
Bonus roulette costs 50,000 vis.
  • Symbol of Sagittarius (v10.4.1) or Constellation Symbol Box (v10.20.2)
  • Lv.100 Weapon/Armor
  • Lv.92 Elite Weapon/Armor
  • Lv.84 Elite Weapon/Armor
  • Elemental Jewel
  • Shiny Crystal Chest
  • Portable Ancient Star Orb Box
  • Honor Card A
  • EXP Card - Grade 69 x10

Related Links
궁수자리 미션 - 탐욕의 보물상자
[GE] v10.6 New Raids

Crazy Emilia's sub-quests are added in v10.18. They are required to recruit Sharon later. The following is translated from 暗黒エミリア-サブクエスト. All quests must be done in sequence.

Barrel will be added in B1.0.2. The character is created with [Cobra] stance, so no stance book is needed. NPC names may be subject to localized changes. All quests must be done in sequence. The following is translated from クエスト/NPC/バレル and 배럴 영입 퀘스트 - 주정뱅이 배럴.

This guide has been updated on March 08, 2013.

WAYI (Taiwan) has updated their Granado Espada to B1.0.7 on Dec 05, 2012. You can download the game client here. See 【GE王者之劍】工業革命,全新旅程即將展開! for the update mini-site, and 《GE王者之劍R》工業革命版更更新項目 for patch notes.

  • New Maps - Kielce, Kielce Night, Kielce Laboratory
  • New Characters - Marchetti, Barrel, Sharon
  • New System - Artifacts, Family Level Buff, No More Promotion Scrolls!

New Update Events: Dec 05, 2012 - Jan 09, 2013
  • Talk to Event NPC daily for free event cash items (e.g. Soul Crystals). On the 25th time, get a free Cadet Adriana character card. 
  • Login weekly to get a costume jewel (30 days) + a face costume (e.g. Ralph's Monocle). If you login for all 35 days, you will get a free Sword of Ex Machina. There is also a chance to win real prizes (e.g. phone, computer).
  • Players who have not login since Sep 30, 2012 will get a set of event cash items, if they login during event period. The items include Extra Vault Space (800), Home Premium Service, Premium Wing Coupons, etc.
  • Create a new family during event period to get free character cards - Romina, Emilia, Adelina, Claire, and Grace. 
  • EXP +100% boost during event period.
They have also introduced the rune-light weapons in their web game - 光之武器第一彈: 朵恩的光之巨劍、妮特的光之法杖.

See Coimbra Bridge Missions for a list of other available missions. This mission was first introduced in v10.4.1.

Mission Information
Location: Coimbra Nimrod Bridge (I5)
Entry Cost: Key [Dark Swamp - Angler Hunting Ground] (1 per family)
Frequency: 1/day
Duration: 20 minutes
Participants (v10.4.1): 1-10 families (MCC3)
Participants (v10.18): 1-12 families (MCC3)
Reward Type: Roulette

The key can be acquired from Wandering Merchant in Bahama Base Camp (E3) with Expedition Box x30, which commonly drops in all 4 Bahama swamp maps (but not Underground Cave).

This mission is very straight-forward. Simply kill every Swamp Anglers on the map within 20 minutes. Once they are all dead, click on roulette chest for reward. Spammable area skills, such as [Tenseness], are recommended.
Swamp Angler • Lv.110 • Wildlife • Light Armor • None • Large
HP 23,677 • ATK Rating 55 • ATK 1,642 • DEF Rating 55 • DEF 143
RES • Fire 30, Ice 50, Lightning 40, Mental 60 • Penetration 0 • Immunity 0
Jun the Angler Hunter will also help you. He will periodically announce the number of remaining Swamp Anglers. Eventually, he may also summon a dog for extra assistance. Note that their kills may result in insufficient kill count (70 kills required) to complete the repeatable quest from Coimbra Mercenary in Coimbra Nimrod Bridge.
Jun • Lv.120 • Human • Soft Armor • None • Small
HP 2,196 • ATK Rating 160 • ATK 30,240 • DEF Rating 160 • DEF 84
RES • Fire 0, Ice 0, Lightning 0, Mental 0 • Penetration 0 • Immunity 0

Hunting Dog • Lv.120 • Wildlife • Soft Armor • None • Small
HP 32,604 • ATK Rating 160 • ATK 5,292 • DEF Rating 160 • DEF 91
RES • Fire 16, Ice 16, Lightning 16, Mental 15 • Penetration 0 • Immunity 0

Roulette Reward
Bonus roulette item costs 50,000 vis.
  • Symbol of Scorpio (v10.4.1) or Constellation Symbol Box (v10.20.2)
  • Lv.100 Weapon/Armor
  • Lv.92 Elite Weapon/Armor
  • Lv.84 Elite Weapon/Armor
  • Elemental Jewel
  • Shiny Crystal Chest
  • Portable Ancient Star Orb Box
  • Honor Card A
  • EXP Card - Grade 69 x10

Related Links
전갈자리 미션 - 그늘진 늪, 아귀 사냥터 미션
GE副本~幽暗沼澤 ─ 惡鬼狩獵場

From v10.6 onwards, Coimbra Nimrod Bridge will become a hub location to start various missions. This blog post serves as an index page, and will be updated with links as more mission guides are posted. See also ニムロッド橋 (Japanese).

Ancient Blessing Statue (I5) replaces El Antiguo Patrimonio, which has been removed from Queen's Gate and Thueringen Lakeside. It grants EXP +20%, ATK Rating +1, and DEF Rating +1 for 24 hours, costing 300 reputation points. In v10.18, there will also be a Pioneer Support buff for EXP, Stance EXP, or Drop Rate, usable 1/day for free. You can get the buffs at any time of the day.

Coimbra Mercenary (I5) lets you start various daily "mercenary" missions in v10.6. He also offers repeatable hunt quests to kill the mission boss(es). Each quest rewards either Veteran Polish x2 or Veteran B EXP Card x3.

Joaquin Barrier Siege
Joaquin Barrier Defense
Dead Man's Rhapsody
Al Quelt Moreza Hollow
Tetra Antiquities Room
Porto Bello, St. Cathrina Saloon
Prison de Joaquin, Corridor of Assize

Room of the Dead
Dark Swamp - Angler Hunting Ground
Mine Passage - Merman Eater's Nest
Balanced Room - Nightmare Unicorn
Ice Wizard's Tower - Leo Room
Bahama - Greed of Treasure Box
Strange Dungeon - Gullfaxi

Solo Raid Mission Guard (I5) will replace the Team Arena NPC in v10.18. (Team Arena missions will be removed then.) The new NPC will start the old "Federigo" raid missions (v4.5) instead. In v10.6, you have to start these missions from their original locations (e.g. Ustiur Zona Uno), but they have become solo missions (i.e. 1 family only) with no need for lobby keys. The gate summon items (e.g. Platinum Maul) are still needed.

Sharffenberger the Cursed


Squad Raid Mission Guard (I8) will replace the Pegadilla Mercenary for Poison Yard in v10.18. The new NPC will start the squad raid missions from one easily accessible location. All of these missions are also available in v10.6, but you need to go to different maps to start. See individual entries for actual locations.

Einwind - Gate of Lightning
Novia - Gate of Ice

Argus - Cabeza de Gigante
Sekhmet - Inside the Crater

Since the last journal entry 2 months ago, we have trained up a few more characters. Zarathustra (Lionel) and Lisbeth (BSI) were promoted to Master. We don't really remember who else gained level any more, but we finally updated the Family Profile. Panfilo the Chef was recruited, and renamed as Wendigo, after the cannibalistic winter spirit of the North American native culture. Together, they raised the family to Lv.54+3.

IMC has released a new update preview - 업데이트 미리보기 - 영입NPC J.D. See also Frontiers Vol.11 for more information.

Imperial Wheel S (Japan) has been updated for Nov 22-28, 2012. See GMグレア『新アイテムご紹介っ!』 or 일본에 새로추가된 코스츔&무기 for more screenshots and information.

Greek Croma for Musketeer
Coat (Mus) • DEF Rating 33 • DEF 184

Great Sword of McFaul
Great Sword • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 484
ATK +10% vs. All Races, Penetration +8, ATK Speed +10%, Block +10, Stun 7%

Revolver of Gerald
Pistol • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 292
ATK +10% vs. All Races, Penetration +5, Accuracy +15, ATK Speed +10%

Ice Bangle of Meyer
Ice Bracelet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 295
ATK +10% vs. All Races, Magic Penetration +5, ATK Speed +10%, Max SP +15%

Bracelet of Raien
Elemental Bracelet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 293
ATK +10% vs. All Races, Magic Penetration +3, ATK Speed +15%, Max SP +15%

Le Perfection du Diamant Costume
Weapon Costume • Great Sword • STR +3

Bayonet of Unlawful Costume
Weapon Costume • Bayonet • DEX +3

Diary Costume
Weapon Costume • Tome • INT +2

Shadow Robe Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Sharon

According to «Granado Espada: Вызов Судьбы». Завершение пути, the Russian servers will be closing down as well. The servers will run for another month, with EXP x20 rate and vast reduction in cash shop prices. Unlike Sword 2, there is no mention of server transfer.

The cash shop will also contain 3 new random boxes, which drop Arcana weapons, Jewel weapons, Angel weapons, weapon costumes, pet boxes, etc. See here for list of drops.

"It's great to be in the Empire today!"
Image from The Big Bang Theory S6E06.

The Russian servers last updated to v8.5.2 in late August 2012. (See Russian Update v8.5.2.) In Christmas 2009, they were the first to introduce the tiger pets. Then in 2010, they have their own customised costumes - Steel Griffin & Scarlet Admiral.

The publisher will be moving on to Dragon Nest instead. See here for the list of games provided by the same Russian publisher.

Rogue GE Client Update
Meanwhile, Rogue GE will be switching to v10.6 game client in 1 month, but server will remain as v8.5. See here for details.

What is the point of updating client if it will not offer anything new?

New client will offer new content for implementation. As distinct features like UPCs for example can not be migrated from new client to old client we have to update client in order to be able to start implementing new features in our server.

I have been very busy this week, and finally have time to go through all the official posts in the forums. Most Sword 2 players should already know by now that G1 has finally revealed information on contract status which I have asked about previously in Sword Game Transfer Notice forum topic:

As of December 31st, Sword 2's contract with IMC and HanbitSoft will come to and end and we will no longer be able to host/publish the game. Sword 2 will be taken over and published by T3Fun - a subsidiary of HanbitSoft.

Well, many players already saw it coming, so it's not really a surprise. What surprises me here is that they are actually allowed to transfer accounts. This means players are able to retain their characters, items, and other game data. Frequently, a new server will refuse to transfer data, partly to avoid dealing with data conflicts, and also to recover some of the start-up costs, as new accounts will require more cash shop items than transferred accounts. Since everyone will be transferred into one server, I'm guessing that they will start a second server for new players for the reason stated above.

Click on image for full-size view.

In any case, transfer application is available from Nov 01 to Dec 31, 2012. First, you need to opt in to the transfer via the pop-up window in family quarters/barracks. Then, you need to complete the transfer via T3Fun Game Portal on Jan 10, 2013. Transferred families will get Master Explorer Pack (Event), 3 Master Cards (Event), and a special medal.

A few main points to note:
  • Gold will not be transferred.
  • All players will be transferred to one server, regardless of which server they come from.
  • For accounts with families in different servers, only the highest level family (or the earliest family to be created, if levels are the same) will be transferred. 
  • Families below level 5 will be deleted.
  • Party, friend, mail, colony, squad, secret guard, and election data will be deleted.

G1 will not be able to provide much details on the conditions of the new server as stated here:
Most of the game related questions after the transfer will be answered by the community managers from T3. I bet they want to reveal that info themselves rather than though us.

The teaser page (shown above) showed Grandies and Vincent, both of which were added in v9.18. So, the version will probably be what G1 promised previously here - v10.6.

According to Raiden here, it seems that some items unique to Sword 2 (e.g. Raiden's Defiance boxes) will be carried over to the new server. Raiden also warns here against listening to players who claimed "insider" information and yet could not justify or validate the source.

A rock band leader who wanders the world, looking for his true self. Born to an alchemist family, he was raised as a girl to escape the superstition related to the misfortune of twins. His father sent him off to the New World in hope that he can live freely as his true self...

STR 50 Gender Male
AGI 20 Initial Level 100
CON 60 Armor Coat (mus)
DEX 50 Accessory Basic, Leather
INT 90 MCC Team The Wanderers
CHA 70 Personal Skill Encore

Weapons & Stances
None • Bare Knuckle
Lute • Serenade [V], Rocking [E]

Someone asked me for more information about Friede, then I found out that he wasn't listed in Blue Moon Waltz. Anyway, I'm not going to bother translating [Rocking] stance. Friede is from the 3rd Character Design Contest in Japan. He should be an exclusive character, like Mifuyu. It's unlikely that anybody else will get him soon (definitely not G1), if ever. So here is a screenshot of the skills from [Rocking] stance instead.

Click on image for full-size view.

Both the character card and [Rocking] stance book can be acquired from web item mall during the promotion period (until Oct 10, 2012).

Related Links
WEBアイテムモール 「フリーデ」登場!
일본판 천재 소년, 개봉박두?
Friede Beckerath [jGE VO + Chateau de Bourgogne Solo]

Meanwhile, in Korean servers...

Image taken from 개척왕 그랑마. Click above for full-size view.

Pioneer Grandma (v B1.1.2) will be available via Lyndon's Box until Nov 08, 2012. She uses only great sword, having both [Hanging Guard] and [Soul Guard] stances. See her stats at Tome of Abyss (English) or Blue Moon Waltz (Chinese).

Heyran (v B1.0.8), the Bristian pub woman in red dress,  has also been added. See Blue Moon Waltz (Chinese) for her stats. See also Korean articles 신규 영입 캐릭터 - 헤이란 and 치명적인 파멸을 부르는 그 이름, 헤이란.

Lastly, there are also Bristian Weapons, a new ATK Rating 30 weapon series being featured in Korean servers. For more information, see 新類別武器弗里斯蒂亞武器一些情報 (Chinese), Bristia Weapons (English), or 브리스티아 신규 무기 (Korean).

See 레어 그랑마 등장! GE, '훈련소의 비밀' 업데이트 실시 for more information about all three above, and the new night map for Bristia.

Another imported event from IMC. Basically, kill mobs on any map to collect Alphabet Boxes, which will drop a random alphabet. Collect alphabets to make up the word required by event NPC Sierra in Reboldeaux, and get a random reward. For drop list, see the event links for various servers below.

A pot near Sierra will recycle alphabets or give other random materials. This pot does not exist in Sword 2, since there is already a recycle kiosk for Alphabet Event. Instead of random items, Sword 2's event reward is Jeepers Creepers box, first introduced in Halloween 2011.

For most servers, the event will end on the first week of November 2012 (e.g. Nov 08 for Singapore).

Event Links By Regional Servers
[SG] Celebrate Halloween with Granado Espada
[US] Halloween Event
[KR] [이벤트] 시에라의 할로윈 이벤트 오픈
[KR] 레어 그랑마 등장! GE, '훈련소의 비밀' 업데이트 실시
[TW] GE 萬聖歡樂宴會
[TH] This Is Halloween Event

Imperial Wheel S (Japan) has been updated for Oct 25-31, 2012 with 10% discount. See the official notice インペリアルホイールS Bristia Update Special 開催! and GM ガイズの新アイテムご紹介コーナー for GM features on the new items.

Greek Croma for Fighter/Musketeer/Elementalist
Leather/Coat/Robe • DEF Rating 33 • DEF 215 (Fig), 184 (Mus/Ele)

Bayonet of Dewey
Bayonet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 418
ATK +10% vs. All Races, ATK Speed +10%, Penetration +8, Critical +5

Bracelet of Raien
Elemental Bracelet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 293
ATK +10% vs. All Races, ATK Speed +15%, Magic Penetration +3, Max SP +25%

Magic Book of Wilbur
Tome • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 325
ATK +10% vs. All Races, ATK Speed +10%, Penetration +5, Max SP +15%

La Consideration de la Cornaline Costume
Weapon Costume • Lute • INT +2

La Sublimite du Lazuli du Lapis Costume
Weapon Costume • Pistol • DEX +2

Bracelet of Lust Costume
Weapon Costume • Elemental Bracelet • INT +2

Benevolence of Evil Costume
Weapon Costume • Rosario • CON +3

Nothing much to say, since G1 still isn't revealing any information concerning version update. Sorry about the lack of blog posts this month; there are a few mission guides for v9.5 onwards, but I'm too unmotivated to translate them for a game that doesn't get updated. I asked in forums about whether G1 has acquired the licensing rights to continue running the game for 2013...

Raiden said in last week's Weekly Maintenance topic:

In other other news, I am working with the executives to lift the silence. Meanwhile, no one has to worry about your accounts or game play. If the game were to be turned off, I will not be doing any of the promotions. Give me some credit. I am not that evil.
Meanwhile, there was the "milk me!" Red Carpet Promotion. There was supposed to be another event, according to Maintenance Change Log, but it got delayed. G1 still isn't letting the players know exactly what's going on, such as the status of the publishing contract, how Granado Espada: Europe will affect us, etc. The last update (Sword 2 v8.5 Update) was in Dec 17, 2011, so it has been 10 months since...

Image from A Certain Magical Index II, Episode 08.

For the last month, we spent 2 days in Caebolan premium dungeon. The trainers, Orpheus (Rio) and Lolita (Claire), reached Master Lv.10 and Lv.9 respectively. Shotaro (Viki) also reached Master Lv.10, so now there is no more [Enhanced Tactics] user to level at the moment. At the end, Cameron (Catherine INT) was promoted to Master Lv.1, while Galatea (Catherine STR) reached Expert Lv.6.

This box series was first sold in cash shop for 250 Gold from Sep 26, 2011 to Feb 01, 2012. The weapon (Raiden's Angel) and costume (Quinzel's Penderie) drops are as listed below for quick reference. See the links for details and screenshots. Raiden's Angel boxes are also available in The Seeker of Wisdom - Alphabet Event. I will post a compilation of other boxes another day.

Image from Claymore episode 15

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 1
Weapons • Angel Ezekiel's Zweihander (great sword), Dragon's Fury Crossbow
Costumes • Blue Serpent (M/Mus), Violeita Hat (Crazy Emilia), Caerunis (Nar), Rose Camellia (F/Fig)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 2
Weapons • Angel Guriel's Gaiters, Dragon's Fury Shotgun
Costumes • Violeita (Crazy Emilia), Bristian Colonel Cut (Eduardo), Caeromia (Ania), Clivia Sprite (F/Mus)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 3
Weapons • Angel Azriel's Wand (special rod), Dragon's Scales Sabre
Costumes • Blue Serpent (F/Sco), Pigeonne Hair (Valeria), Phshi Rastere (F/Mus), Arcanero Plate (M/Fig)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 4
Weapons • Angel Camael's Crossbow, Dragon's Eye Bracelet (elemental bracelet)
Costumes • Bristian Colonel (Eduardo), Trifolium Hat (Romina), Blue Serpent (M/Wiz), Split Clianthes (M/Mus)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 5
Weapons • Angel Raziel's Revolver (pistol), Dragon's Fang Hammer (blunt)
Costumes • Blue Serpent (M/Fig), Le Lion Noble Mask (Baek Ho), Figure Skate (F/Fig), Jade Phraxi (M/Sco)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 6
Weapons • Angel Ramiel's Rapier, Dragon's Magica Staff
Costumes • Pigeonne (Valeria), Wave Pony Tail (F/Fig), Lavender (Selva), Goldentail Magius (M/Ele)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 7
Weapons • Angel Uriel's Bracelet (elemental bracelet), Dragon's Fury Sword (great sword)
Costumes • Le Sagittaire Optimiste (Grace), Belle De Jour Hair (Torsche), Ixia (Grace), Blae Rastere (M/Mus)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 8
Weapons • Angel Michael's Sword, Dragon's Fury Pistol
Costumes • Trifolium (Romina), Les Cheveux D'eclatant Beaut Hair (F/Ele), Cattleya (Helena), Nana Artozeia (F/Ele)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 9
Weapons • Angel Raquel's Rifle, Dragon's Fury Rifle
Costumes • Blue Serpent (M/Sco), Capitaine Hair (M/Wiz), La Fleur Ecarlate (F/Ele), Iberis (Brunie)

Quinzel's Penderie & Raiden's Angel 10
Weapons • Angel Rizoel's Rod, Dragon's Wings Blade (sword)
Costumes • Le Lion Noble (Baek Ho), La Sensation Amicale Hair (Combat Catherine), Blue Serpent (F/Wiz), Veronica Chipao (F/Wiz)

IAHGames has updated Singapore edition of Granado Espada to v10.18.3! (Of course, still no update information from G1 concerning Sword 2...) The manual patch is available here.

Face Book design by Ixite of Bach server [Source]

G1 has introduced a new event last week. Basically, monsters from all maps has a chance of dropping Alphabet Box (tradable). Opening the box will drop a random alphabet item (non-tradable) at equal rate. The event NPC in Reboldeaux will ask for 3 words (5 alphabets each). Completing each word gives one reward (player's choice), including Diamond Token (non-tradable) and Pose Book 11. Diamond Tokens can be used to buy special rewards, which will be changed over the course of the event. See The Seeker of Wisdom - Alphabet Event for more details.

According to G1-Raiden here, "The event is supposed to sustain itself for months." So there is no end-date for the event yet, but it can be expected to last a long time (while G1 struggles with game update). The funny thing is that this event encourages AFK, and actually kills off interest in raiding. But overall, I still think it is a good event. There is still no news on the next version update. I just hope that this event isn't supposed to be an apocalyptic event before the plug is pulled. In any case, I will track changes to the event below...

Imperial Wheel S (Japan) has been updated until Sep 26, 2012. Greek Croma (Fig) also made its debut in a web game. See 第1回 インペリアルホイールS 開催! for the official notice. See GMガイズの新アイテムご紹介コーナー for more screenshots of the new weapons and costumes.

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Blade of Montgomery
Sword • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 290
ATK Speed +10%, Block +5, HP Absorb 5%, Penetration +5, ATK +10% vs. Golem/Life/Daemon/Undead/Human

Main Gauche of Yeager
Main-Gauche • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 201
Block +5, HP Absorb 5%, ATK +10% vs. Golem/Life/Daemon/Undead/Human

Flame Bangle of Howard
Fire Bracelet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 295
ATK Speed +10%, Max SP +15%, ATK +10% vs. Golem/Life/Daemon/Undead/Human

Ray Parkinsonism Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Karjalain

Splendor Boots Style Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Panfilo (Normal) & Panfilo the Battle Cook

Black Dragon Crossbow
Weapon Costume • Crossbow • DEX +2

Black Dragon Polearm
Weapon Costume • Polearm • STR +2

Black Dragon Blade
Weapon Costume • Sword • STR +1

Evil's Temptation
Weapon Costume • Cannon

Magic Red Mercury x5
This new item functions as Enchant Sedative, but has the rate of getting a yellow enchantment (e.g. DEF Rating, ATK vs. Daemon) boosted by 3 times. Based on a sample size of 5,000 enchantments, Magic Red Mercury has 17.46% of getting a yellow enchantment, while a normal Enchant Sedative has only 5.96%.

Other prizes include [Soul Bringer] Set, Nero Croma, General Plate (DR 32 metal armor), [Innocentio] + [Punisher] Set, and Catherine's Expert Stance Sets.

IMC has released a new update preview - 업데이트 미리보기 - 브리스티아 1차 업데. The pioneers are returning to Orpesia, because ironically the New World is just getting old. But really... why do we care about new updates when G1 cannot even update the game?

According to 유럽 MMO가뭄에 '그라나도에스파다' 폭풍 예고!, IMC Games has signed a publishing agreement with RNTS Media GmbH, allowing them to set a new Granado Espada for Europe region. RNTS Media GmbH is the division of RNTS Media that focus on online game service and app publishing. (See RNTS Media Organization.) The article also mentions they are preparing for the end of the year.

So what does this mean for GamersFirst? Currently, Sword 2 is usually labeled as NA/EU (North American/European Union) service, as one of the 3 active servers is running in GMT time zone.

We know G1 is having contract issues with IMC, but any further information is kept from the player base. So in the light of IMC-RNTS agreement, what exactly is happening with G1? Did G1 lose the right to publish the game for Europe? Or did they have the license for only North America to begin with? As usual, G1 is still hushing things up. It is probably best if players can hear official statements directly from G1, instead of finding things out in a roundabout manner.

On a side note: What exactly is the relationship of Reloaded Games to G1? I wasn't aware of this Reloaded Games until recently.

Edit: I'm not sure why some readers ended up thinking G1 is adding a new European server... but that's not it at all. As mentioned in the comments, Reloaded Games has merged with K2 Network. Reloaded Games will cover both GamersFirst and Reloaded Productions. [Source]

The new EU server will be managed by RNTS Media, which shouldn't be related to G1 at all. RNTS Media is based in Germany, Netherlands, and Korea. Personally, I doubt G1 will suddenly start using IP blocks (since they never IP-blocked S.E. Asia whose publishing rights belong to IAHGames), but it remains to be seen what will happen to Illier server.

G1-Raiden finally released a bit of information to Sword 2 community after some complaints in the forums. But of course, it still doesn't tell us much... You can discuss it at the forum topic here.

Image from Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate Episode 06

The login server had some problems again, causing login failures with "wrong ID or password" errors. See here for forum topic on the issue. Sadly, returning to quarters will also trigger the failure, and we got locked out after finishing a raid. The same problem happened 4 months ago (see here).

Image from Sword Art Online Episode 1.

Granado Espada (Russia) has updated to v8.5.2 on Aug 22, 2012, finally catching up with Sword 2. This makes Russian and American servers tie with the lowest game version. Meanwhile, the last update for Sword 2 was more than 8 months ago (see Sword 2 v8.5.2 Update), and there is still no news on when the next update will be or what is the status of the contract issue... Will G1 be competent enough to update Sword 2 before the Russians update to v9.5?

See На сервер установлена версия 8.5.2! for the official update notice. See below for featured videos on Black Death Wraith and Clock Tower 13F.

Magic Circle 32 (Korea) has been updated from Aug 23 to Sep 05, 2012 with the new Black & White costume for Veatrice.

Imperial Wheel V (Japan) has been updated for August 24-29, 2012. See 第3弾 インペリアルホイールV リニューアルスペシャル開催!! for the official notice and GMガイズの新要素ご紹介コーナー for weapon/costume features.

Cadet Elisa has made her appearance in China game edition. The following summarizes 3 recent events. The last event seems somewhat similar to ideas suggested by players in G1 forums - collect special tokens from raid bosses to trade for higher-end equipment.

IMC has released a new update preview - 업데이트 미리보기 - 샤론, 신규 시스템. The patch will be coming to Sword 2 at the start of the next...

ETA, with possible delay due to Scrat mistaking the contract for acorns.

Here is a problem I encountered with the game client... and the solution I found after messing around with the game files.

While the game client is running, Windows crashed and forced a system restart. After restart, the game client can start normally. Once you login to the same account, the client connects to the server, and attempts to load the family quarters. While it is loading, ge.exe error results. However, login to a different account works perfectly.

The system crash corrupted the Block Family list for the specific account stored locally. Each family has a different list, therefore a different account may be unaffected.

To rectify this problem, go to C:\Granado Espada\release\user folder. There should be a file whose name is a string of alphabets and numbers (e.g. 5c4767g406f757...). Delete this file, or rename it as a back-up. Restart the game client. You should be able to load the quarters properly now, but your block list will be gone.

If an account has an empty block list, then this file probably do not exist. In this case, the problem should be something else. The file is actually a .xml file, containing the names of the blocked families.