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kGE v3.5.13 Update

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Korean Granado Espada has updated to v3.5.13. The following is translated from 散歩道.



New stock character face types for musketeer (male and female) and scout (male and female) available at character creation. Screenshots are taken from Dem's forum topic here.
Rumin (aka Jewels) Exchanger added, allowing 3 Rumin to exchange for 1 Rumin. Exchanging for higher grade Rumin requires feso (500k/100k/20k).Refined Room of the Dead Key can be crafted in Ustiur Base Camp, using a 10k feso stone and a normal Room of the Dead Key. See Ravyn Gets A Boost (sGE).
Martial artists' personal skills have been modified. See Book of Wind for details.New necklace recipe shop added to Errac (aka Zeia). The necklaces can be enchanted with MaxHP, MaxSP, and random stat point increase. The necklace can be destroyed in Errac to obtain necklace crystal.You can summon another family from your friend list, consuming 1 Friend Summon Scroll available in Feso Shop.
New combination buffs added - Marine Heroes, Rebo…

sGE v3.4.14 News

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According to Hrin's Blog here, sGE is scheduled to launch v3.4.14 tentatively on 18 June 2009. The patch will include Helena, cat pet, and constellation symbols in the Mysterious Treasure Box. The following contents are taken from jGE site 散歩道, and may differ for sGE.



What To Expect In v3.3?
Ania becomes available for recruitment.Circus content added.Trump series weapons (AR 30 unique, fixed enchantment of ATK, ATK Speed, and AR+1) added. There are 21 types for this series, involving a NPC at Queen's Gate.
Character stats changed by a factor of 10, i.e. STR 6 (v3.2) becomes STR 60 (v3.3).New costumes for fighter/wizard, new hat/hair for fighter/wizard, and hair for Grace Bernelli added. See here for screenshots.
Rumin (aka Jewel) drops at fixed rate in premium dungeons (e.g. Ancient Area/Territory) and event missions.Something is changed/corrected regarding PK-ing families in Fire Island. (Not sure about details, but I don't care, since I'm not on PK server.)
Team Arena dif…

Jap GE's Miyufu

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Jap GE is having a vote for the voice-actors of several characters. Apparently, it includes Miyufu, possibly a RNPC/UPC customised for jGE. See jGE website and Deathseeker's Blog.

SNW 35: Expert Alustriel

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Alustriel (ETS) and Gilgamesh (Claude) returned to Skeleton Dungeon Ancient Area once more. Sometimes, Catherine joined them to active-level them faster. Alustriel finally became an expert, after gaining a total of 17.2% EXP.



After being dumped by Alustriel (ETS), Gilgamesh (Claude) went back to Ancient Area alone, gaining 30.5% to reach 90%. Over the week, they looted Green Rough-Stone, 29 Sun Stones, Assassinate Ring, and Lv.84 Elite Poignard Recipe. The family also bought 4 Quarter Slots for 5m vis each, unlocking the entire 3rd Quarter.

Meanwhile, Anahita (f/sco) found her 15th Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 2: Gigantic Poleaxe, Elite Mystic Knife, and Elite Claude Baudez Nique.


Noble's Court: The Knight

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Operation N has been revealed in sGE. Lv.20+ families who have completed The Ten Nobles of Vespanola quest (i.e. Bahama Quests) will receive 3 x Noble's Court - Knight permanent back costumes, and a package of cash shop potions and manuals. Lv.25+ families who have completed the same quest will also receive 3 x Noble's Court - Righteous Knight back costume (DR+1, 30-days). Items are claimed from a new NPC added to each of the 3 towns.



For details on the Noble's Court, see the Flash site and the news article. Two more ranks will be added later on, namely Viscount (21 May) and Earl (18 June).

cGE Leveling Mania

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The players in cGE are having an event that involved training multiple characters to assorted levels. The rewards for each stage of advancement are Dragon Heart, 3 Golden Earrings, Belt of Argus (?), 3 equipment of your choice (DR 30 or AR 31), 3 Constellation weapons of your choice, and, for the final reward...

If ALL the characters are experts, 5 equipment of your choice will be automatically upgraded to +8.

For details, see 卓越世家 55个NPC免费赠送.

P/S: Um, according to Dem here, all end-game raid bosses in cGE are instanced raids, so everyone gets to do them instead of just the elite few.

Coimbra Shuffle 21-28 April 2009

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Jap GE has updated its Coimbra Shuffle item list for 21-28 April 2009, featuring 6 main items - new hair for male scout, new costumes for Soso and Calyce, Sakura Crossbow, and 2 dragon weapons (shield and LOE bracelet). The shield also has inherent fire RES +20.


Player jGE to Player SotNW: "Nyar, nyar, nyar! You still have no update!"

Other notable stuffs include Elite Le Blanc (Fig), Serpent Shotgun, Sword of Queen (Chess series), Combat Manual (+40% EXP for 30 days), Devil Wings (30-days), Sakura Branch (10% Fear/Enervation?), Red/Black Knapsack, Elite Rescue Suit, and Elite La Ventisca.

Minor stuffs include 4 Stance Rings, Veteran/Expert Promotion Scroll, 2 Great Stones (100k feso ea), Large Training Potion (increase stance EXP), Lv.4 mission set (1 of each type), 20 Pet Food, 6 Upgrade Accelerators, 12 Soul Crystals, etc.

Oannes

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Oannes was a figure who introduced the civilized arts to modern man, including agriculture, written language, architecture, and mathematics. Once thought to be based on the ancient Babylonian god Ea, it is now believed that Oannes is in fact based on Adapa, the first of the seven antediluvian sages sent by Ea.

The following is a quote about Oannes by Berossus, a 3rd-Century B.C. Babylonian priest, taken from http://oannes.com/:


A man, or rather a monster, half man and half fish, coming from the sea, appeared near Babylon; he had two heads; one, which was the highest, resembled that of man, the other that of a fish. He had the feet of a man, and the tail of a fish; and his speech and voice resembled that of a man: a representation of him is still preserved. This monster dwelt by day with men, but took no food; he gave them knowledge of letters, arts, and sciences; he taught them to build towers and temples; and to establish laws; he instructed them in the principles of geometry; taught t…

Stars & Stripes

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Stars and Stripes is the nickname for the flag of the United States, which consists of 50 stars and 13 stripes to represent the 50 states and 13 rebel colonies. It is largely perceived as a symbol of individual liberty as delineated in the Declaration of Independence. See Wikipedia for more information.

SNW 34: Elite Bone Frame

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The family finally finished cabbage farming in Katovic Snowfield and cooked their 3rd Snowfield Soup, selling away the extra Golden Apples. Cthulhu (Poppet) then looted Elite Bone Frame Armor Recipe in Frozen Waste. Naturally, the next thing to do is to level up Sacharissa (Idge) to craft the armor. The family also recruited Voltaire (Garcia) to share the quarters with his brother, Rem (Eduardo).

They first went to Fire Isle Zone 1, where they met Vaselin family from SkyZ clan who brought an expert team there just to be a nuisance by using spinelles on other players. After spending some time in Skeleton Dungeon 1F and Scorching Plateau, Sacharissa looted a Wooden Whistle and reached Lv.100.

Lv.92 Elite Bone Frame Armor was then crafted for Athena (f/fig) and Gilgamesh (Claude) to share. After using 147 chips, 140 enchant boosters, 40 upgrade accelerators, and 1 veteran +5 lacquer, the armor became +6 with DR+3 enchantment.


Gilgamesh: Come on, come on! You are not training now, let me use…

ABS: Heat of Gold

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ABS loot table for sGE has been updated again. Several loots were removed, including watermelon skin, bat's brain, Lv.92 elite armor recipes, Dragon Heart recipe, Adelina the Pirate, and Soho the Wind.

The new loot includes Pigling Pet, Lucifer/Devil Wings (365 days), Black Fallen Angel Wing, Star Knuckle, Frozen Marlin, summer costumes for male/female musketeer and male fighter, hair for male fighter, and Gold School Look for all stock characters. For screenshots, see [ABS] Heat of Gold article.

Gold School Look costumes are tradable, even though the item descriptions say they are not. Lv.92 Frozen Marlin (AR 30) effectively fills in the gap for javelins. Before this, javelin users have to go from Lv.84 Pizarro (AR 26) straight to Lv.100 Serpent Javelin (AR 32). Unfortunately, the new javelin is rather ugly. The official article does not mention the items' stats, so here they are.


It seems like most of the new content go into ABS for sGE, instead of cash shop or feso shop for ot…

Trigger Spot: Trace of Cruelty

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After gathering the soup materials, Trace of Cruelty quest requires you to find the trigger spots for 3 quest items. I thought the screenshot in Guide to Katovic Snowfield Quests by valinorian (also copied to Wiki of the New World) wasn't very clear, so I made my own when I did the quest again.

SNW 33: Andre's Miracle

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So... I came back to AFK and look at what's up in Orpesia lately this week. Telos clan was disbanded, and quite a few people I knew quitted or went inactive. The bloody SotNW forum is giving me problems... I can't post at all, even after trying it out on Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

For the entire week, Alustriel (ETS) and Gilgamesh (Claude) were dumped into Ancient Area, where the furry Cthulhu looted Chain Lightning Ring, Hawkeye Ring, Elite Ring Mail Recipe, Blue Rough Stone x2, Green Rough Stone, and 52 Sun Stones. They reached 80.5% and 55.5% respectively.


Alustriel and Gilgamesh hunted Ancient Thoracotomy.

The family is still short of 4 Cabbages for the 3rd soup, but is it worth completing the Katovic Quests for a few Vet Polishes and Lv.84 chips? It might be better to simply sell off the Golden Apples and Cabbages or a completed soup. Hmm.

Ghae (Andre) performed his "miracle" and crafted Elite Laranja e Preto with default DR+3. Now, Anahita (f/sco) will …

Low Resource Client

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According to the forum topic GE极致优化篇===多快好省的挂机 (um, the title means something like GE Ultimate Improved Version: Fast, Resource-Saving AFK), you can modify the client to avoid loading certain game aspects. This is to help players who don't mind ugliness to AFK and multi-task (e.g. watch movies/anime, work with PowerPoint/PhotoShop, etc.) on a less-than-optimal computer.

Simply rename any or all of the following files in Granado Espada\ge folder to a different file name (e.g. rename bgm.ipf to bgm_backup.ipf).
animation.ipf ~ animation bgm.ipf ~ background music
bg_texture.ipf ~ background texturechar_texture.ipf ~ character texture item_texture.ipf ~ item texturese.ipf ~ sound effectsThis removes the particular aspect that the file controls. For example, renaming bgm.ipf will result in no background music at all, and renaming animation.ipf will result in the characters having no animation (e.g. character's legs don't move when moving to a new location). Renaming the textu…

Revised Recipes (v3.2)

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The latest patch (v3.2) for sGE changed the recipes for Lv.52-68 elite equipment. Essentially, the gems were removed as ingredients and replaced with weapon/armor crystals. See v3.2 Patch Notes.



Like the higher grade crystals needed for Werebear weapon recipes (AR31), the lower grade crystals have 7 types.

Melee Weapon CrystalRanged Weapon CrystalMagic Weapon CrystalMetal Armor CrystalLeather Armor CrystalCoat Armor CrystalRobe Armor Crystal

The crystals are gained by dropping Lv.36-52 elite equipment into the "bin" labeled Old Refining Road in Auch (I6). The crystal's grade (or level, as stated in the recipes) is determined by the sacrificial elite equipment (Lv.36 = grade 14, Lv.52 = grade 18). The crystal type is naturally determined by the equipment type (e.g. elite fire bracelet yields magic weapon crystal, elite coat yields coat armor crystal). Note that a shield is considered a melee weapon in the game.



Well, this pretty much sucks, since now you have to destroy 2 eli…

Al Quelt Moreza Treasure Chamber

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Al Quelt Moreza Treasure Chamber can be accessed by giving 1 Golden Coupon to Ivan Popovichi at Reboldeaux Queen's Gate (E5). You will be warped into a room with lots of Treasure Zealots where you can kill and loot for 3 minutes. The first room contains a warp portal to the 2nd room, which in turn contains a warp portal to the 3rd room. Each use of the warp portal requires 1 additional Golden Coupon.



The Lv.20 monsters in the 1st room drop Quartz and Lv.24 equipment.
The Lv.30 monsters in the 2nd room drop Aidanium and Lv.32 equipment.
The Lv.40 monsters in the last room drop Refined Talt and Lv.40 equipment.

Aidanium and Quartz (100 each) are needed to make the Mysterious Medicine to cure the young witch as part of Bahamar Quests. By that time, a lot of players have already gotten rid of the old stuffs from earlier on to clear inventory space. So this is an easy way to get those low-level ores.

Telos: An Ending

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Sigh. So much drama again. I didn't even want to get involved, but meh. Anyway, Telos clan in Orpesia was sort of disbanded. The clan leader, Misericordiia, passed the clan on to Kohana for safekeeping. (See clan profile below.) I wasn't in the clan when it happened, so I can't really comment on the actual stuffs leading up to it. And then, there were rumors, conspiracy theories, and stuffs. I think I'd just address a few issues. Sorry, if I'm a bit blunt.




About Colony Wars
I never joined colony wars and other PvP events for a reason, which is mainly to avoid unnecessary drama. My observations convinced me that winners tend to brag, and losers tend to whine. (Frequently, the winner who brags and acts all arrogant is also the one who whines about cheating/botting/lagging/raid-hogging/etc. when he loses.) So, I wasn't thrilled when Telos got involved in colony wars back then, since I knew all the drama and trash-talks were coming up next, but well, if the rest of t…

sGE v3.2 Update

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Singapore GE v3.2 Defense of the Zeia will be launching on 9 April 2009. The manual patch (95MB) and full v3.2 client (4.65GB) are now available for download. See here for download links.


v3.2 Features
Combination BuffsDaily Event MissionsSurvive Team Arenav3.2 Patch Notes
See also sGE V3.2 News blog entry for a summary of known v3.1-v3.2 features.

sGE 03: Boring AFK

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Since I was playing with a friend's abandoned account, I was hoping to remain somewhat anonymous in-game this time, but Centaurus still managed to identify me in Via Fluvial by comparing my elementalist in-game to the one in the earlier screenshots. Stealth Mode FAIL.

The party looted Flowerpot Shovel and Elite Bracelet of Neptune Recipe in Via Fluvial. The 3 Ring Boxes from ABS earlier yielded The Defender, Concentration, and Atomic White Tiger Strikes Rings. The bloody Elite Dragon Coat used up 250+ chips and still refused to yield DR+3.

Nothing much happened this week, since the family was mostly AFK. Alicia reached Vet Lv.4, Romina Vet Lv.8, and Viki Vet Lv.9. Expert grind is really boring, plus there is very little vis income since pet food is so expensive. Feso rate is about 1:150-200 or so, I think.