Showing posts from October, 2009

Halloween 2009

Both SNW (Oct 28-Nov 4) and sGE (Oct 29-Nov 19) are also having the event previously mentioned for twGE. For details, see Semana de los Muerte (SNW), Halloween Monster Race (sGE), and Halloween Event 2009 (twGE). I will just post some things not mentioned in the 3 articles linked above...

The Strolling Witch is located in Auch (D6, Channel 1 ONLY), offering standard rewards, bonus rewards, and server-record rewards. SNW has the same standard/bonus rewards as sGE (see Halloween Monster Race), but server-record rewards are probably different. The stats of the 2-day back costumes were mentioned previously here, and the ones for bonus rewards are permanent with no stats.

There seems to be 7 possible missions in all - 3 low-level (available to family level 1-15), 3 high-level, and 1 boss. The exact mission is randomly determined within its category (low-level, high-level). The following missions are taken from SNW, but it should be the same for sGE as well. (If it isn't, please leave a c…

Head Icons v3.5

Since sGE has updated to v3.5, the portraits.bmp file inside ui.ipf has also been updated. Compared to Head Icons v3.4, there are 3 new icons - chicken pet, Mifuyu, and Reckless Emilia. Click on the thumbnail below for a full-size view of the file, converted to .png format.

SNW 59: Crabby Week

More AFK time were spent in Via Fluvial and Bahamar Wetlands. Visca (Grace) reached Veteran Lv.4, while Anahita (f/sco) reached Veteran Lv.10. They looted another Snail Shell and encountered several Swamp Spider-Crab Leaders (Lv.105). One of them dropped a Green Rough-Stone, which was then refined into a stupid Peridot, wasting my reputation points...

On the subject of crabs... someone was dumping unwanted items in town. Curious about one of the drops, I picked them up. I have never seen Crab Claws before, maybe because I was always AFK when training in Gigante Beach. I assume it is useless like Deflated Beach Ball...

Thelandira (f/mus) tried to upgrade her armor to +7, wasting 200 Upgrade Accelerators, 5 Lacquer +5: General, and 1 Lacquer +6: General. She failed and the armor was upgraded back to +6. That's 400m+ vis wasted on just one +7 attempt alone. So lame.

The experts made 4 visits to Bellem's Relics, and recovered Shaft Hammer and other Lv.84 elite junk. The treasure hun…

New Template Host

I received an e-mail warning from PhotoBucket...

Every free account with Photobucket is allotted 10 GB of monthly bandwidth and our records show that you have less than 3 GB of bandwidth left to your account.

So I'm moving the image files for this blog template to ImageShack instead. If it doesn't load, blame them.

Imperial Wheel: Oct 23-27, 2009

Imperial Wheel (jGE) has been updated for Oct 23-27, 2009. Besides the following items, it also includes Elite Le Blanc - Wizard (DEF 168, DR 30) and Elite Geniaruleano (DEF 160, DR 29).

Hron's Treasure Trove - Discontinued
It seems like sGE can't decide exactly how to distribute these jGE items. They were placed in ABS, then Hron's Treasure Trove, and now, they are changing the distribution channel again...

No. Hron's Treasure Trove are discontinued from V3.5. However, there are plans in place to release the rest of the costumes. More details to be released on a later date. [Source]

There is still no news on whether Sword of the New World will ever see any of these jGE items from Imperial Wheel or Coimbra Shuffle!!.

sGE v3.5.14 Update

Singapore GE has released v3.5 Update. See v3.5 Double Terror and v3.5 Patch Notes. You can download the full client (4.8GB) or manual patch (80MB) here. For older version update articles, see Version Updates. As a baseline to compare the cost of the new cash shop items, Mystery Powder (MP) costs 220 G-Points.

New Colony War
Colony War now takes place in a mission map. Boss monsters can be summoned from the colonies except during Colony War. They drop Veteran Enchantment Chips and Constellation Symbols. Millions of feso will be given out when colonies reset at the end of the month.

New Combination Buffs
New team buffs have been added - Marine Heroes (Alejandro + Adelina + Soho), Reboldoeux Militia (Panfilo + Andre + Brunie), and Gigantic Blaster (Lorch + Grace + Scout).

Master's Martial Arts
This expert stance book will be available after completing a mission involving 16 bosses (Lv.110-122), requiring a Master martial artist character. It uses Symbol of Gemini and Symbol of Libra. See

kGE v4.1.3 Update

Korean GE has released new update preview for v4.1.3 here. Actual details may be changed, and some things may be lost in translation. Discuss at IAHGames forums here.

1. New Raid Mission: Arsene Vault
To create a mission lobby, you must have completed Hellena's recruitment quest and use her as leader to talk to the NPC. It seems that other participants need not meet those requirements. Reputation points are consumed, and you can only do this once per day. The difficulty and rewards are higher than the normal Arsene Cirus Raid.

2. Trump Armor
These 5 types of DR 30 armors will be added to the game. There is no metal armor for this series yet. They are Expert exclusive and use Veteran Enchantment Chip (v4.1.7). The recipes drop in Arsene Vault (v4.1.7). Improved Elite Trump armors will have HP +1500 and SP +150 (v4.2.4).

3. Elemental PvP Buffs
These buffs work only on PvP. The potions must be manufactured (possibly by Panfilo?). The new ingredients drop in Errac, Caebolan (Chaos Requiem),…

Ararat & Takion

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SNW 58: Return to Errac

The veterans spent some AFK time in Via Fluvial. Maimonides (m/mus) and Empedocles (m/ele) reached Veteran Lv.3, while Anahita (f/sco) reached Veteran Lv.9. The experts made 5 visits to Bellem's Relics, and looted Assassin Dagger, Shaft Hammer, and other Lv.84 elite rubbish.

Trying to fix the Errac Entry problem, I even reinstalled the game client (v2.4), and auto-patched it overnight to v3.0. It didn't help. But the problem was fixed after maintenance. It was probably the result of disconnection while in the midst of a quest dialogue. Thanks to Lorelle for the information!

That doesn't excuse hanging my client
and kicking me out of Errac for a week, you bucket-head!
So the experts returned to Errac, and finally got 5 Ancient Runes - Ti for Occulta Dungeon. The second set of runes required for the Necroshaman quest will have to wait until they are higher level. Now, it is just waiting for v3.4 for Lorenzo's Diary drop rate to increase...

twGE Halloween Event 2009

Taiwan GE introduces Dragon Weapons Part 3 and Halloween Event 2009.

Sierra is visiting the lands beyond Bahamar Swamp, and offering Halloween missions. You can check the time limit by talking to Sierra. You can take up to 3 quests per day, during the event period of Oct 21 to Nov 11, 2009. If you do not complete the quest, it still counts towards your maximum allowed daily quests. You are required to have 10 free slots in inventory. Completing the mission grants you the basic reward, and if you set a new record (probably means the shortest timing), you can choose a bonus reward.

Monster Mission: Sierra will randomly determine monster type and number of kills. You must complete the hunt within 30 minutes. Families below Lv.15 can choose to accept a low-level mission instead.

Boss Mission: Kill Jormongard (aka Garim, 約爾孟岡德) in Vegas Javier (哈比耶爾草原) within 1 hour.

Basic Rewards
Completing the mission within the time limit grants you the basic rewards.
Halloween Hat x3 (…

My Kill-Steal Definition

I was running through Gehenna Bridge out of boredom, and saw Gerero near the entrance walking around. Nobody was attacking it, and it wasn't attacking anyone. So I hit it, and it went the usual "Ugh. Ashardalon, I shall kill you!" Then someone else was also hitting it. He thought I was KS'ing him, and I thought he was KS'ing me.

So whatever, if you want to go Free-For-All on me, there's really nothing I can do about it. Whining and being vulgar in-game won't help, so I never bother doing any of that. Then he decided to start a broad drama over just a Gerero, I responded a bit before giving up.

Basically, of-Ibelin family claimed to have found Gerero, and tried to lure it to the entrance. But he didn't hold its hostility, so Gerero ended up walking around casually. So when I came and saw it walking around without anyone hitting it, I attacked it...

I define a Boss KS as attacking a boss monster when it is already attacking, or being attacke…


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SNW 57: Hanging Nar

Since Bear Hat (30-day) was expiring, Empedocles (m/ele) reluctantly gave up his Resident Pedo-Bear role. He dumped the hat into Costume Collection Chest and received Soul Regen Potion instead. Well, it's better than nothing.

The family bought some Quarter Slots to open up the 5th and 6th Quarters. The experts looted 2 Snail Shells while AFKing in Bahamar Marsh. The experts made 4 visits to Bellem's Relics, and looted Conqueror Cannon (FAIL), Elite Striform, and other Lv.84 elite rubbish.

Candide (Lorch) joined Anahita (f/sco) and Jack to form the new treasure hunting team, and found their 27th Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 2: Grim-Shout (FAIL AGAIN), Elite Rafael's Sabre, and Elite Muerte Balada.

Hoping to get Symbol of Aquarius, the family opened 10 Erracan Boxes and got the following instead.
Lv.90 EXP Card (920k EXP) x6Earth Stone (10k feso) x2Strength Potion (10 hours) x2Lacquer +6: General x1Ancient Area Pass - 1 day x1Ancient Area Pass - 1 day x1Lv.92 Enchantment Chip x8L…

Temp Costumes & Collection Chest

Temporary costumes, hats, accessories, etc. (i.e. those available from Feso Shop) can be dumped into the Costume Collection Chest to exchange for a random cash shop item, such as Teleport Scroll, Soul Regen Potion, Boost Potion, Enchant Booster, etc.

So instead of letting those temporary costumes/accessories expire and vanish, you can trade them in for some random stuffs on the last day or even on the last hour. This should offset part of the cost of using temporary costumes/accessories. For example, a temporary hat costs 50k feso (i.e. about 2m vis in Orpesia). If you get a Enchant Booster (about 1.2m vis in Orpesia) from the chest, you have already been reimbursed more than 50% of the cost.

I got Soul Regen Potion... I suck.

Costume Collection Chests are situated near the Cash Shop NPC (Leticia) in Auch, Coimbra, and Reboldeaux.

cGE v3.5 Update

China GE has a page dedicated for v3.5 据点风云 Update. Some of their stuffs are quite different from other editions of the game. IMC seems to allow cGE a lot more rights to customize content. There are too many things to translate, so I won't bother for now. I will just note some interesting points below.

Arsene Circus Raid
The Ringmaster's Key apparently can unlock the chest, which may drop Elite Le Blanc (DR30), Elite Le Noir (DR32), and Lv.100 Elite Weapon (AR32) recipes.

If Hellena dies, the reward is still Dragon Heart Recipe.

Colony War
Occupying certain instanced colonies can grant bonus drop rate and EXP rate. The leader of the occupant clan/faction can summon a specific boss on the map, which drops Lv.100 chips, veteran chips, and constellation symbols. The summon can be done once per day, but not during war period.

I'm not sure how much of this will be the same for sGE, which is due for v3.5 Update on Oct 22. See here.

Master's Martial Arts
This section seems pre…

SNW 56: Muscle Club

The family recruited 2 new members to complete the Muscle Club (v3.2) team. Asclepius (Soho) was named after the god of healing and son of Apollo in Greek mythology. Bernstein (Gertrude) was named after the investigative journalist who broke the news on the Watergate Scandal.

Muscle Club (v3.2): DEF +5, DEF Rating +1, Max HP +1,000
Most of the week is spent making/buying Lv.36 chips, so hopefully the family will have enough chips by the end of next week. The veterans also AFK-trained a bit in Scorching Plateau, allowing Empedocles (m/ele) to reach Veteran Lv.2.

The experts made 5 visits to Bellem's Relics, and looted Bracelet of Ziz, Conqeror Cannon, Pizarro, Elite Graciegote, and other Lv.84 elite rubbish. Meanwhile, Swamp Angler is still giving me crap. I hate that fishie-thingy, and it hates me. Speaking of crap, look! Someone is selling poo in the market! Now, that's an expensive piece of shit! Hehe.

Birds & Roses

Taiwan GE has released two of their locally designed back costumes. For enlarged pictures, see here (JavaScript must be enabled). The event runs from Oct 19 to Nov 9, 2009.

Zodiac Boxes
Taiwan GE also has its own 2 types of Zodiac Boxes, available during Oct 14-27. See twGE Zodiac Boxes Part 2.
The first type drops Symbol of Capricorn, Symbol of Taurus, and Symbol of Gemini; while the second type drops Symbol of Aquarius, Symbol of Sagittarius, and Symbol of Libra.
Other possible drops are Socket Flux, Field Manual 7-day (+20% drop rate), Lv.90 EXP Card (920k EXP) x6, Warp License 15-day (+10 slots), Soul Crystal x4, Lv.100 Enchantment Chip x6, Quarter Slot, Sylph Wings 7-day, and Fairy Wings 7-day.

Dragon Weapons - Part 2
Dragon Weapons (AR32), first seen in jGE Coimbra Shuffle!!, have also been released in twGE. The current features of Part 2 are Dragon Polearm, Dragon Sabre, Black Cat Ears, and hair for male wizard. Dragon Rifle was previously released in Part 1.

Coming Soon...
There will…