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Today, I went back to SNW for stock-taking, since I was fed up with SGE for failing to get DR+3 on Elite Dragon Coat after 200+ chips. Except for Mis, most other people I know were offline. The market is kind of screwy as well. There are only 2 Lv.92 elite weapons and a few Lv.100 weapons. Lv.100 chips are now more expensive in SNW-Orpesia than in SGE-Rembrandt. Coimbra was almost empty of players too. Sad.


ASHARDALON
Family Level: 20
Quarter Slots: 20
Reputation: 49,118
Server: Sword of the New World ~ Orpesia

Characters
Female Musketeer ~ Expert 8%, DEX+2; Outrage Shot, Sight Shot
Female Elementalist ~ Expert 0%, INT+2; Domination Fire/Ice/Lightning
Female Fighter ~ Vet 66%, STR+1; Stave Guard, Defender
Female Scout ~ Vet 0%, CON+1
Female Wizard ~ Lv.99
Emilia the Sage ~ Vet 60%, INT+1; Incantation
Claude ~ Vet 35%, STR+1; Mighty Cruz
Romina ~ Vet 54%, STR+1
Catherine ~ Vet 80%, CHA+1
Andre ~ Lv.100
Karjalain ~ Lv.100
Jack ~ Lv.98
Idge ~ Lv.84
Viki ~ Lv.81
Grace Bernelli ~ Lv.81
Eduardo ~ Lv.60
Adelina ~ …

sGE 02: Hatching Pets

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The family investigated the Toubkal Plateau in Abertal, Via Fluvial, and Deprimida Valley for the Plateau Investigator.



Alicia (f/ele) was promoted to veteran status. To ease her expert grind, Expert Combat Manual (EXP +100%) was activated for 30 days. Training along with Viki and sometimes Romina, she reached Veteran Lv.3 by the end of the week. While leveling in Via Fluvial, she looted a Healing Ring and witnessed a few PK fights as ALL STAR and Eminence faction members continued to slaughter each other in an all-out war.



After using 38 chips, her Elite La Ventisca finally got DR+3. The family also hatched 2 pets - Cthulhu (Pilfurr, aka Poppet) and Eidolon (Broomy, aka Moppet). They probably won't be used as much though, since pet food is somewhat expensive here.


Alicia overlooks Eidolon hatching with her ELV and Silver Skullic Bracer.

SGE April's Fool 2009

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Ramiro returned as April's Fool Event NPC in SGE. This is basically the same as last year's event, except the questions are different. For the answers to the new questions, see Fiksdotter's Fool'n Around Granado Espada. The reward is the same - Liar's Soup. See April's Fool Event 2008 for other details.


We all knew MP is basically crack.
This is the 1st time a NPC mentions it as such though.

kGE v3.5.04 Update

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Korean GE has introduced v3.5.04. See here for details in Japanese.



New colony game, rewarding millions of feso. See also cGE article.
New cash shop dungeon accessible from Tierra Putrefacta (aka Caebolan). The boss drops Lv.96 elite armor recipes and constellation signs.Master's Martial Arts stance added.Lv.96 elite armors (DR29) added.Skill point re-allocation is possible with new cash shop item (also available in feso shop).Maximum enhancement boosters (aka upgrade accelerators) has been reduced. For e.g., Lv.92 elite weapons and Lv.92 elite armors require 12 and 15 boosters respectively instead of 20 boosters for full 200% boost.Item name added to warning notices for enhancing (aka upgrading) and socketing.Maximum family level extended from 50 to 55.Pet box for cat (buffer) added to feso shop.Some mini-maps were updated.

SNW Update ETA May-June

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Sword of the New World has been on v2.9.1 patch for a long time. Finally, K2-Raven provided some information today on the updates. Some good news at last.


So I ask the question, when 3.0 patch will be implemented in Sword?
I am anticipating release of this patch by the end of May on the higher end.

What is 'soon' if you're talking about v3.0 coming out?
3 months from now!!!!!!

ETA on 3.0, wuts k2 doin, etc. You know the QQ drill.
ETA should be 3 months from now. Working on the patch and exploits.

It is now near the end of March, so "3 months from now" will push it to late June. Since K2-Raven sorta gave 2 dates, I take it to mean that the patch is expected in late May (if early) or late June (if late). See Recent Server Issues forum topic for more information, e.g. premiums and duping.

Amazing. They actually managed to do more than just Soon™. Somebody gives K2-Raven a cookie.

ABS: Summer Magic

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I used 150 Adelina's Booty Searches (ABS) for Summer Magic loot update (since 12 March), and got the following...

Prized Booty
Silver Skullic Bracer
Rose Camellia Costume
Elite Dragon Coat Recipe
Elite Rescue Suit Recipe
Old Chess Piece
Liquefied Gas

Other Finds
10 Amethyst Piece x2
Ancient Star Orb x3
Ancient Rune - Ti x3
Ancient Rune - Te x2
Ancient Rune - An x2
Ancient Rune - Ar
Ancient Damaged Galzium x2
5 Pet Food x5
Ring Box x3
Andre's Costume Box x4
Karja's Vanity Box x5
Frogfish Spinelle x2
Amber Bee Spinelle x3
Elite Storm Cockatrice Spinelle x2

The spinelles are mainly for kill or drops in order to complete quests. Most of the prized booty are gained in the first 60 searches. The remaining 105 are insignificant items, such as Offensive Fillers, Soul Crystals, EXP Cards, Golden Apples, Brains of Bat, Watermelon Skins, etc.



The previous ABS loot updates were Claire & the Red-Nosed Reindeer (9 Feb) and Sparkling Lights (24 Feb). It seems that ABS loot updates about once every 2 weeks…

sGE 01: The 2nd Coming

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Under a new "management", the family re-activated and followed up on the old remaining quests, completing Prison de Joaquin's Secret and Katovic Snowfield Quests after farming Cabbages for Invierno.

The family entered Bellem's Ruins and looted Elite Striform and Elite Peacemaker. They also found Silver Controller: Defense in Deprimida Valley and Great Rotating Blades Ring in Katovic Snowfield. A Golden Spider also dropped a Wooden Controller DR+2. The family also went to General Secret Temple, recovering 6 Old Hero's Seals.



The family recruited Ymir (Claude) and trained him in Rion Dungeon Hollow. Meanwhile, Alicia (f/elementalist) trained in Fire Island and Deprimida Valley.


Every version of GE has its own translation problems...

sGE v3.2 News

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According to Kaioujin in Summer Magic forum thread (pages 22-23), v3.2 patch will be coming to SGE, tentatively in April:


We're trying to get a lot of new costumes for you guys but now IMC's busy preparing V3.2 for sGE. But those costumes are definitely coming.

Tentatively in April. Nice update for PvP fans though I reckon.

The following contents on v3.1 and v3.2 are taken from 散歩道. Actual content for SGE may differ.



What To Expect In v3.1?
Daily event missions using reputation points.
MCC buff. See Combination Buff.
Web controller.Raw materials for Lv.36-68 elite recipes modified.Screaming of Spirits timing modified.Pigling pet added.
New stock character costumes.Reputation reward for Secret Guard increased by 33%.+5/+6 expert impervium (aka lacquer) added to cash shop.Price of general/veteran impervium reduced.Andre's Costume Box and Karja's Vanity Box removed, and replaced by Back Costume Box, Body Costume Box, RNPC Head Costume Box, and Stock Head Costume Box.


What To Exp…

In-Game Compensation

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Since SGE is having its weekly maintenance today, I wanted to login to SNW to make an inventory of all the stuffs in Ashardalon family while I take a break from there. I was unable to login (no surprise there). Checking the forum reveals some news. I guess I just have to make an inventory log another day.

Sword of the New World
K2 Team finally issued a compensation for weeks of unstable servers. All SNW players will get 50% EXP Boost for 3 days, starting on 18 March 2009 (PST). Unfortunately, the servers went down AGAIN about 22 hours later. Naturally, lots of QQ-ing were going on in the forum as usual. See 50% EXP Boost and All Servers Down forum topics.

Singapore Granado Espada
On the other hand, SGE had a 2-hour ad hoc maintenance on 13 March 2009, and is compensating all players who logged in on 12-13 March (6 pm, GMT+8) with 1 x Expert Combat Manual (1-day) and 1 x Ancient Shelter Pass (1-day). See Ad Hoc Maintenance 1315hrs to 1530hrs and Item Reimbursement.


Hm. I was looking for a p…

Low-Level Secret Temple

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As mentioned in Super-Fight Week, v2.9 patch introduced General Secret Temple for low-level characters. This is basically the same map as the old Secret Temple (aka High-Grade Secret Temple), and is accessible via the warp gate in Thueringen Lakeside at 12 noon (channel 1 ONLY), 8 pm, and 10 pm (server time).

This low-level Secret Temple limits characters up to Lv.90. (The article linked above says Lv.80, but that is wrong.)



The boss is Hill Giant (Lv.80), and the mini-boss is Wahlansche (Lv.78). Like all Super-Fights, the boss spawns 30 minutes after the opening of the warp gate in the middle of the map.



The boss drops 2 Old Hero's Seals, while the mini-boss drops just 1 Old Hero's Seal. You can trade 3 Old Hero's Seals with the NPC at the Super-Fight warp gate for 1 Hero's Seal, which is needed for Enhanced RES Necklace Recipes and Selva's Recruitment Quest.



Other loots include Lv.84 enchantment chips, Lv.80-88 equipment, and Lv.92 unique weapons. The regular mobs dr…

SNW 32: Going On Hiatus

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Nothing much happened this week. I barely login, since the persistent problems with Sword of the New World pretty much made me lose confidence about the future of the game. It seems like the servers are now stable, but there is still no word about updates, unless you accept Soon™ as an answer. Since I won't be online much, the family left Telos clan. I was getting tired of all the inter-clan drama as well. I'd probably remain inactive until K2 gets their act together... or maybe just AFK all the way in Ancient Area.

Anyway, the veterans farmed a bit at Katovic Snowfield for more Cabbages, also finding Glacial Lily, Parade Riposte Ring, Peace Insignia, Head of Mantis, Outlaw's Cigar, Zebra Skin, and Shaft Hammer Recipe. It took 6 tries to process the first socket on Bracelet of Leviathan, costing 110,500 vis each. So the GQ Zircon was finally added to the bracelet.

I got hold of an SGE account (Lv.20 family) from a previous faction-mate who quitted, and was messing around wit…

The Succubus

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I found a cool screenshot of the female wizard at Old Port of Coimbra from cordial's blog. Looks somewhat evil and cool at the same time, kinda reminds me of the succubus...

Sylph

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The light Coquettes in Sylphs aloft repair,
And sport and flutter in the Fields of Air.
- A. Pope, The Rape of the Lock, Canto 1
The sylph is an invisible elemental creature of air in Western thought, originating from Paracelsus, a 16th Century alchemist and occultist. In his famous satirical poem The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope mocked the alchemical tradition by presenting the sylph as being chemically condensed humors of peevish women. Women who are full of vanity become sylphs when they die.


SNW 31: Garcia Revived

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Nothing much happened this week, due to the massive disconnections, lag, and extended maintenance. Ifrit managed to gain some levels at Gigante Beach though.

With the help of Astell family, 2 Katovic Soups were acquired. One was used to revive Garcia, who turns out to be one of the Ten Nobles, along with Fritz and Novia. The other soup will be kept for Cortes in Selva's recruitment quest. So, there is no need to complete the katovic quests for Garcia and Selva, since you only need the soup. (You can just ask a friend who has "opened" the cooking pot with Trace of Cruelty quest to make the soup for you, or just buy the soup from another player.)


Wait... he is a noble of Vespanola AND lieutenant of Bristia? Huh?

Viki, Visca (Grace), and Jack did a series of Lv.3 Trinity missions by themselves out of boredom, looting Lv.52 Elite Knuckle, Lv.52 Elite Eared Dagger, Genocide Ring, Freezing Spear Ring, and lots of junk. Also, Anahita won Mystery Box x1 for Scavenger Hunt.

Now with …

Golden Apple

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The Golden Apple is an element that appears often in several myths.

Hippomenes used 3 golden apples he received from Aphrodite to distract Atalanta in a competitive race. By winning the race, he won her hand in marriage. They were eventually turned into lions as punishment for having sex in a sacred temple.



The golden apples also featured in the 11th labor of Hercules. The apples grew in the Garden of Hesperides, guarded by the dragon Ladon. The orchard grew from the wedding gift from Gaea to Hera. Ladon was eventually killed and the apples stolen by Hercules.



The golden apple was also the Apple of Discord, with the inscription "for the fairest one". Three goddesses claimed the apple: Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. This resulted in the Judgment of Paris, wherein the goddesses tried to bribe him with kingship (Hera), wisdom (Athena), and the most beautiful woman (Aphrodite). Paris chose Aphrodite to receive Helen as his wife, leading to the start of the Trojan War.

A Broken Sword?

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Is Sword of the New World dying with the staff covering things up to milk it for what it's worth? Or just the half-sane rumblings of melodramatic doomsayers? Many rumors have been circulating for some time, but most players simply dismissed them as such. But there are real, persistent problems with the game, and it is not a good sign that players are often left in the dark to speculate by themselves. There are lots of forum topics about this. I will just summarize the issues here. Personally, I'm having doubts and losing faith about the future of SNW now. It's a pity though.

Lack of Game Updates
After v2.9 was introduced, only one patch Update 4.5, which is mostly bug fixes, was added on 29 Oct 2008. That was 4 months ago. There has been no update ever since. SNW patched v2.9 about a week before SGE, but now SGE is already far into v3.0 and SNW still haven't release Claire or Bahamar Ancient Area yet, not to mention Reboldeaux Culverts. Heck, if I'm not wrong, even t…

SNW 30: Hero's Seals

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The veterans continued farming in Katovic Snowfield and finally collected enough materials for Trace of Cruelty quest and for Garcia. I'm not sure if I can endure farming a 3rd set for Selva. Maybe I should abandon Trace of Cruelty quest and get another player to use the 2 sets of materials to make 2 Katovic Soups instead. They also found Grim-Wight and Elite Laranja e Preto Recipe there.

The experts looted Elite Robe of Uranus and Elite Sniper Rifle from Bellem's Relics. Anahita (f/sco) won Mystery Box x1 from Scavenger Hunts and Mystery Box x5 plus Triumph Filler x80 from Hydroponics' Quitting Events. For her hunting efforts, Anahita (f/sco) was finally promoted to Veteran status. Then with the help of some friendly farmers, the family looted 2 Hero Seals from Battle Colosseum to prepare for Selva's quests.



There was 1 mass disconnection and 1 emergency maintenance experienced this week. The family went offline for a day, only to return and find that the Orpesia market…