Showing posts from January, 2010

SNW 73: More Assassin Daggers

After mucking about in the sewers under Reboldeaux, the family collected their first set of 50 Werewolf & Ogre Seals. In all this time, they looted Damaged Ancient Polish x9, but not a single weapon recipe. Visca (Grace) returned to Bahamar Murky Bayou, and reached Expert Lv.5.

The treasure hunters found yet another Assassin Dagger as their 36th Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 2. Another hunt failed as they couldn't be bothered to go into Zone 3.

Grinding to master is so damn slow. The main team is still barely half-way there. I'm getting bored again, such that I don't even feel like hunting anything anymore. But the good thing about this game is that you can always just AFK away.

Out of boredom, the family tried to directly upgrade 4 Assassin Daggers, 1 Grim-Stick, and 1 Daemon Sword. All except 1 dagger were upgraded to +5, then all 5 broke at +6 upgrade. Ugh. After using 25 chips and Enchant Boosters, one of The Black Dragon rifles ended up with 6 enchantments, but too bad…

kGE v4.5 Preview II

kGE v4.5 Preview II has been released. Exact details may be subject to adjustments later on. See also kGE v4.5 Preview I.

The AR/DR increments for +9 and +10 equipment are reduced, while the success rates are increased. The base ATK/DEF of equipment are increased per +1 upgrade beyond +4.
Upgrade+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10ATK/DEF Ratingv4.10000111123v4.50000111111Success Rate
v4.1100%100%100%100%50%25%12.5%6.25%3.13%1.56%v4.5100%100%100%100%50%25%12.5%6.25%6.25%6.25%ATK (e.g. bayonet)
v4.15555555555v4.555556810121416DEF (e.g. coat)
The cost of upgrading low-level items has been reduced. The cost of upgrading Lv.100+ items has been increased. User interface has been changed to reflect the success rates.

The 1% chance of failure at +5 with max. accelerators is rubbish. With the new UI displaying the actual success rate, it will be hard to claim that 1% fail rate should be there.

Multiple lacquers can be used on a single equipment, allowing i…

Otite of Wind

The kGE teaser (v4.5) for the 2nd chapter of Captain Planet the Five Elements, named Otite of Wind, is now available here. You can also download the movie teaser here. Most of the other stuffs have already been mentioned before, such as Greek Croma, Expert Cannon/Shotgun stances, etc. Discuss at IAHGames forums here.

Note:kGE website has imposed IP restrictions. If you cannot load the website, you may have to use a proxy to bypass it. I really don't know why they bother doing this. Hearing about new updates keep people interested in the game, as they will have something to look forward to.

Imperial Wheel - Jan 2010

Imperial Wheel (jGE) has been updated for Jan 26-Feb 1, 2010. As before, the new costumes are named after flowers - Cattleya and "The ScarletFlower" (French). It also includes the following:
Draconic Crossbow: AR 32 CrossbowElite Le Blanc - Musketeer: Lv.100 Coat - DEF 168 • DR 30Elite Inviardeco: Lv.96 Leather (Sco) - DEF 187 • DR 29 Promotion Scroll - Veteran, Expert, or Master

Cannon • Expert Exclusive
ATK 531 • AR 33
Accuracy +10
+10 Fire/Ice/Lightning/Mental ATK
+10% ATK vs. Daemons

Staff • Expert Exclusive
ATK 317 • AR 33
Max SP +25%

Great Sword • Veteran Exclusive
ATK 444 • AR 32

Sabre • Expert Exclusive
ATK 317 • AR 33
+10 Fire/Ice/Lightning Mental ATK
+10% vs. Daemons

Body Costume + Hair
Hellena Exclusive

Body Costume + Hair
Female Elementalist Exclusive

Lorch Exclusive

More screenshots of elementalist's costume is available at Dengeki Online.

SNW 72: White Vent

Pazuzu (STF) returned to Bahamar Marsh once more, reaching Expert Lv.4. Thereafter, Romina reached Expert Lv.5 in Bahamar Murky Bayou, then brought Pazuzu (STF) and Visca (Grace) into Reboldeaux Scarlet Underground. It is just too bad the timeless Combat Manual from last week was fixed during maintenance. Cthulhu (Poppet) looted 1 Snail Shell, 1 Old Chess Piece, 4 Damaged Ancient Polish, Will of the Warrior Ring, and 2 Lv.84 elite armor recipes this week.

Visca (Grace) bought 6 Karj's Portmanteau II boxes for 15m vis each. She opened 4 of them and received Lv.92 Enchantment Chip, Lv.100 Enchantment Chip, Lv.90 (920k) EXP Card, and White Vent Costume. It seems like most people get the costume within 1-6 boxes. So why are people still trying to sell it for 150m vis?

The treasure hunters found another Assassin Dagger as their 35th Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 1.

The family is still waiting for G1's decision for those bitten by the Tiger bug. After almost 6 months, I finally managed to…

Auto-Zoom & Hide Active Markers

Camera Auto-Zoom
In its default state (on), the camera will auto-zoom in at the feet of the leader when you move the camera to view upwards (i.e. up-skirt perspective). By turning it off, you can view the surrounding area from below the ground. This allows you to see hidden spike traps (e.g. Occulta Dungeon) as mentioned previously here. This can also be achieved by typing /camcol on or /camcol off in the chat window.

Hide Active Markers
By default (off), active characters have green markers at their feet to indicate that they are being selected. The leader's marker is a circle, while followers' markers are triangles. You may want to hide the markers when taking screenshots without using Alt-F.

Hot-Keys Setup
To add the hot-keys for these commands, you must be using user-defined hot-keys. Simply open your hot-key file (.xml) with Notepad and add the following lines.

<HotKey Name="/camcol ON" Scp="EnableCamCol(1)" Key="F2" UseAlt="NO" UseCtr…

SNW 71: Leveling Week

The family tried to buy the Tigers after maintenance, and was kicked out of Coimbra again. It looks like the Tiger Event is still bugged. On the plus side, the base EXP was increased by +50% after maintenance.

Visca (Grace) reached Expert Lv.4, "graduating" from Bahamar Marsh since Giant Snails (Lv.107) are no longer optimal (i.e. yellow-named) for her. Romina took to the marshes in her stead, eventually reaching Expert Lv.4 as well. After getting spanked for not looting any last week, Cthulhu (Poppet) looted 4 Snail Shells this week. Swamp Angler also dropped another Symbol of Scorpio.

Thanks to Amalielle family, Combat Manual: Medium (80%) 1-day, currently timeless until fixed, was acquired on the 11th Andre's Portmanteau II. The drops from the previous 10 boxes were:
Lv.90 (920k) EXP Card x2Lv.92 Enchantment ChipLv.100 Enchantment ChipBlack Samurai Armor Costume (m/fig)Black Samurai Armor Costume (f/fig)5 Upgrade Accelerators x2Rose Camellia CostumeElite Storm Cockatrice…

Upcoming Costume Boxes

SNW: Changes For Costume Purchase
G1-Neume has revealed upcoming changes to Sword of the New World, mainly regarding the removal of permanent costumes in cash shop to be replaced by class-specific costume boxes. See About This Week's Patch forum topic for details.

Update: The tentative content of the class-specific costume boxes are revealed. See here for the tentative drop list. The bad news is that they seem to include hats sold by Andre (e.g. Iron Mask, Corsair Hat). Among the "new" costumes are 2008 Beijing Olympics costumes, which were available in sGE during Aug-Sep 2008. See Exclusive Beijing 2008 Sportswear Costumes and The One About Beijing Olympics 2008 for details.

sGE: HCOF New Year Special
Hellena's Circus of Fate is having a 50% discount, and a series of loot updates which last about 2 weeks each. Interestingly enough, sGE is also having new costumes boxes - Andre's Outfit Box, Pioneer Headwear Box, and RNPC Headwear Box. See HCOF: New Year Special for …

BES Process Throttle

I have found a software to throttle CPU usage by limiting specific processes, and thus reduce the tendency for CPU to over-heat, which always happen to me when the game is running for a long time. Of course, when you limit CPU usage, the client might get a bit laggy, but this is fine if you are just staying in one spot for AFK or semi-AFK. Just don't throttle when you need to be active, such as raids or Colony War.

Simply start BES and click Target button to select Sword of the New World process. Click Limit This and Yes to confirm. Click Control button to specify how much you want to reduce resources allocated to this process. I usually throttle it at -50%.

See Battle Encoder Shirase for how-to-use guide and download links.

The default background is a picture of some stupid penguins. I have modified a GE wallpaper to fit the software skin. Simply download the picture here and save it as defskin.jpg in BES program folder (over-write if prompted).

Portmanteau II Boxes

Sword of the New World has introduced Andre's & Karj's Portmanteau II boxes (150 gold each), which include White Vent and Rose Camellia costumes. See Jan 12 Patch Notes for details. The only missing v3.0 costume now is Darkness costume (aka Blackness Rose) for male wizard, which will debut along with v3.4 patch.1

About Andre's & Karj's Portmanteau I
Portmanteau I boxes have been removed from the cash shop after being made available for 7 weeks (Nov 24, 2009 - Jan 12, 2010). They may return for a week or so, but not in the near future.2 Expect more of such limited-period cash shop boxes, since G1 had about 20 such boxes planned for this year.

50% EXP Boost & Tiger Events
There is a 50% EXP Boost for 1 week until Jan 20.3 The Tiger Event has been extended to Jan 20, 2010. Unfortunately, the bug is still not fixed after maintenance. Ugh!

SNW 70: Tiger Bugger

Pazuzu (STF) reached Expert Lv.3 in Bahamar Marsh, then Visca (Grace) replaced him to solo-train there. Cthulhu (Poppet) is going to get spanked, since it didn't loot any Snail Shell this week. Qilue (f/sco) and Averroes (Najib) reached Lv.84 in Fire Isle Zone 1, and are now ready to take to Prison de Joaquin Schivarliere. The experts retrieved Grim-Stick and Carbon Knuckles from Bellem's Relics.

After 2 weeks, the Snow Drops Christmas Event finally ended. The family attempted to "sing" the Christmas Carols 20 times, and received 2 Veteran (14m) EXP Cards, several Lv.90 (560k) EXP Cards, and several Event Mystic Potions. But mostly, they received the consolation prizes of Christmas Firecrackers, Christmas Stockings (EXP +30% and stops regeneration for 30 min.), Snowmen, and Christmas Trees.

All Thai GE players need to type is "Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! Jingle all the way!"
Participating in the New Year Event, the family played with the tiger, accumulating u…

kGE v4.5 Preview

Korea GE has released its v4.5 Preview. See Japanese translation here and discuss at IAHGames forums here.

1. Catherine Torsche
The real Catherine is a dagger-wielding assassin. She has a dual-dagger stance called Death Chopping, which requires Symbol of Capricorn. You must complete Holy Water Chamber Quest and have a Master-level Catherine (Str, Dex, Int, or Summoner).

See the following screenshots from kGE Screen Board. See also Book of Wind: Catherine Torsche.
Skill List for Death Chopping & High TideStance Window & SkillsCharacter Creation ScreenTorsche Lloyd Stats

2. The Crusader: Expert Blunt Stance
The Crusader stance uses blunt and shield. It requires Symbol of Taurus.
See The Crusader Skills at kGE Screen Board.

3. Stance Rings & Improved Stance Rings
Stance rings can be crafted from Precious Metal Merchant in Auch. Improved stance rings can have additional options, such as max HP, max SP, skill level +1, etc. See Silver Server v4.44 for details.

4. DEF Rating 33 Armors

Magic Circle: Dec 12, 2009

Magic Circle (kGE) is now available during Dec 12, 2009 to Jan 11, 2010. There are 2 new costumes (1 male, 1 female) and a new hat for scout.

There are also a set for Asoka character card, Recipe - Kurenai (AR33 Great Sword), and a stance ring.

SNW v3.4: Feb 2010

More information about Sword of the New World's coming patch from G1-Neume... As usual, bold emphasis mine.

In general we've been releasing all of the content of a patch at once. All of 3.0 came in one patch (save of the Bazaar items) Like 3.0, when 3.4 is released not all Bazaar items will be available day 1. [...]

That said, we do intend on releasing Master and new costume boxes WITH the 3.4 patch. We're also working on releasing 2 new costume boxes BEFORE 3.4. That may not happen but that's our goal. I know everyone is focused on 3.4 right now, but we still have a lot going on outside of that.
We *think* we fixed the Ho Tiger event and are trying to determine the best way to compensate for the issue. Hopefully this will go live this week (finger's crossed it's still in QA). We also have our eyes set on making some changes with regards to vis costs when upgrading items. This would reduce the cost to upgrade substantially. This is a major discussion with IMC …

SNW 69: Stuck In Coimbra

Pazuzu (STF) continued killing snails in Bahamar Marsh to reach Expert Lv.2, while Cthulhu (Poppet) looted 2 Snail Shells, Enchantment Arm Ring, Elemental Strife Ring, Hawkeye Ring, and 3 Lv.84 elite armor recipes.

The family recruited the Targan firearms merchant Averroes (Najib Sharif), naming him after the Muslim philosopher who defended Aristotelianism and subsequently influenced Moses Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas. Furthermore, the family elders decided to adopt more children, bringing in Hermes (Ramiro) and Loki (Tiburon), who are named after the messenger god in Greek mythology and the trickster god in Norse mythology respectively.

For Averroes' rebuttal of Al-Ghazali's work, read the text of Incoherence of the Incoherence.
Averroes (Najib) and Qilue (f/sco) received their training in Gigante Beach, Rion Dungeon Hollow, and Fire Isle. Together, they restored the lost family level from the departure of Empedocles (m/ele). The family finally noticed that Elite Crabs and Elit…