Showing posts from April, 2010

v4.1 Loading Screen Contest

Here is my entry for another Sword of the New World forum contest. It's based on a screenshot I took after an Ice Gate raid, while running to save warp point in Frozen Wastes. Of course, the final version below was subjected to some editing and image manipulation. Click on image for full-size view (1024 x 768). For contest details and other entries, see v4.1 Loading Screen Contest.

Update: See v4.1 Loading Screen Contest Winners!

GE-China 2010 Preview

GE-China 《新卓越之剑》 has introduced a preview for their upcoming patches in cGE official articles, 2010年中国地区更新计划揭晓 and 2010年开发展望. With the combined efforts of The9 and IMC Games, the future of GE has been laid out, allowing cGE to have faster updates. Tentatively, there will be a new patch every 1-2 months. The following preview is to let players know what to expect in 2010 for cGE.

The following is my translation of the 5 previews. Some names are English approximations at best. I will correct them as soon as there is an official English rendering of the name. This blog entry includes a few Chinese characters, in case you see gibberish and wonder what it is.

Automatic system, daily missions, Dark Emilia, Asoka, and new armors!
Automatic System: New system introduced to ease monotonous grinding. You can set the automatic system to search for monsters, use potions, use skills, feed pets, etc., allowing you to play while chatting or browsing the Internet...*Daily Missions: Yo…

Portmanteau VII

Sword of the New World has replaced Portmanteau VI with Portmanteau VII in the cash shop. The new boxes include the following items:
Spit Cliantes Costume (m/mus) - Andre's Portmanteau VII onlyKaelienalbno Costume (wiz) - Karj's Portmanteau VII onlyWild Layered Shaggy Hair (m/mus)Fairy Wings (90 days)Survival Manual - Expert (15 days)Level 92 Enchantment ChipsUpgrade AcceleratorsLevel 100 Enchantment ChipsEXP CardsAngler SpinellePet Box (Panpan)Great StonesThe following unreleased costumes/hairs are already inside v3.4 client, so we can probably expect them in future Portmanteau boxes.
Female Cow Suit - F/Basic [M&S]Male Cow Suit - M/Basic [M&S]Piernoente - Fig [96E]Camaryllis - Mus [96E]Inviardeco - Sco [96E]Geniaruleano - Ele [96E]For v3.4 hats and hairs, see the list of new items in Evora v3.4 Data.

Item of the Month: May 2010
The item of the month has been changed to 10 Ring Boxes. With 40% discount, the 10-box bundle now costs 897 Gold.

Asoka Visits Japan

According to 新キャスト「アスカ」について, Asoka will be added to GE Japan on April 27, 2010. It seems like Asoka is set to be Mifuyu's sister in jGE. See also the related in-game event 異国からの刺客.

Her voice actress is Tomatsu Haruka (戸松遥).

According to the forum topic here, the recruitment quest can be started only by using Veteran Andre, Grandma, Claude, Kurt, or Adelina the Pirate to talk to Asoka. She will then offer 2 options to gain her character card.
Kill Betelgeuse x15 in Secret Tower 2F and Jormongand (aka Garim) x3.Collect 5,000 quest items which are dropped by special skeletal monsters.
See also ミフユを追う影.

Trigger Spot: Sagitta Quest

For players who can't find their way around even with a map... here is a screenshot of the trigger spot for Calyce's Beginning of the Truth quest to gain Sagitta manual. For quest guide and map, see Book of Wind.

SNW 85: Solo Team Arena

After some training, Maimonides (m/mus) reached Veteran Lv.4, Soteira (Helena) reached Lv.87, and Sylune (Calyce) reached Veteran Lv.1. This resulted in the new family level 32+3. Meanwhile, Adorabelle (f/ele) reached Expert Lv.3, and looted Elite Dragon Coat Recipe from Lv.110 Elviot (drop rate 1/200,000).

Romina used 2 Secret Keys in Arsene Circus and received 6 Veteran G EXP Cards twice. After 2 false starts, the family successfully completed their first solo Team Arena with the help of mission-starter families.

After completing 7 Team Arenas this week, the family added Symbol of Capricorn and Symbol of Scorpio to their collection (6/12). There were also a few rings, such as Prompt Action, Cat's Eye, and Protection Field.

The family acquired 11 Rough Stones this week, but the only HQ jewel refined was HQ Tanzanite. This is consuming too much reputation points, so the family probably will refine only yellow and red stones from now on.

Sword UIs

ZeraST, who previously ran STNW Source (now defunct), has returned to the game and is now hosting a new website for UI skins, including his new dark reaper skin (see below).

Visit Sword UIs for your skinning needs today.

Imperial Wheel IX

Imperial Wheel IX (jGE) has been released for April 23-27, 2010. The news article 「インペリアルホイール 第9弾」開催!! includes some concept art. See also jGE Costume Catalogue for more art. Other rewards include Draconic Shotgun and Elite Le Blanc - Elementalist.

Body Costume + Hat
Grandma Exclusive

Body Costume + Hair
Calyce Exclusive

Lightning Bracelet • Expert Exclusive
ATK 277 • ATK Rating 33
Lightning ATK +40

Great Sword • Expert Exclusive
ATK 458 • ATK Rating 33
Mental ATK +40

Crossbow • Expert Exclusive
ATK 369 • ATK Rating 33
DEF Penetration +10

The names above are taken from the data-tables of jGE client. These seem to be the first set of constellation costumes. It looks like the game designers ran out of flowers for names...

Mother of Pearl

Nacre, also known as mother of pearl, is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some mollusks as an inner shell layer. It is also what makes up pearls. It is very strong and resilient.

Nacre appears iridescent because the thickness of the aragonite platelets is close to the wavelength of visible light. This results in constructive and destructive interference of different wavelengths of light, resulting in different colors of light being reflected at different viewing angles.

SNW 84: Silent Maze

Romina used 2 Secret Keys in Arsene Circus, and received 3 Lv.100 Enchantment Chips... twice. The circus this week yielded Elite La Ventisca Recipe. Athena (f/fig) finally learnt Mighty Cruz, and spent some time with Adorabelle (f/ele) in Errac Dias and Eastern Bahamar Underground Cave. Athena (f/fig) reached Expert Lv.3, while Adorabelle (f/ele) reached Expert Lv.2.

Meanwhile, Adorabelle (f/ele) joined a raid on Einwind in the Silent Maze Sanctuary.

Portmanteau VI & Sith

Sword of the New World has introduced Portmanteau VI boxes to replace Portmanteau V. The new boxes contain the following:
Kronian Thanatos Costume (m/sco) - Andre's Portmanteau VI only
Nana Artozeia Costume (f/ele) - Karj's Portmanteau VI only
Fairy Wings (90 days)Survival Manual - Expert (15 days)Level 92 Enchantment ChipsLevel 100 Enchantment ChipsUpgrade AcceleratorsExp CardsAngler SpinelleShaggy Wolf Hair (m/sco)
Pet Box (Panpan)Great StonesSith, a buffer pet (Lv.11 Intensify, Lv.11 Fortify, Lv.10 Divine Blessing), has also been added to the cash shop for 2,500 Gold, which is enough to buy 28 Great Stones (i.e. 2.8m feso). Like the Pigling, this is extremely expensive, considering that other GE editions sell them for 500k feso.1

EXP +100% Event
Base EXP has been increased by +100% until April 28, 2010 to celebrate 3-year community anniversary.

Enchantments: Weapons

Item enchantments have certain limits and rarity values. Note that the following do not apply to unique items (e.g. Light of Arch Angels, Bracelet of Poseidon). The data is retrieved from datatable_itemopt.ies file (v3.4). See also Enchantments: Armors.

All weapons (except shields and tools) can have these generic enchantments.

Weapons (General)
MinMaxRarityATK5%40%8ATK Speed5%30%8ATK Rating13150Human ATK20%100%200Wild Beast ATK20%100%100Daemon ATK20%100%100Undead ATK20%100%100Golem ATK20%100%100Dinosaur ATK20%100%100
The enchantments below are for melee weapons only (except shields).

Melee Weapons
MinMaxRarityCritical3109Poison3%12%9Stun3%12%9Fire ATK5509Ice ATK5509Lightning ATK5509Mental ATK5509
Ranged weapons refer to bayonet, rifle, pistol, cannon, shotgun, and crossbow.

Ranged Weapons
MinMaxRarityCritical31510Accuracy32010Fear3%10%10Darkness3%10%10Fire ATK105010Ice ATK105010Lightning ATK

SNW 83: Gemini

Tlazolteotl (Ania) became the latest Veteran after training in Topolo Durga, where she looted a Fire Orb from an AFK family. Fire Orbs are dropped by the shotgun-wielding Hoodlum and Elite Hoodlum (Lv.100) in Topolo Durga at 1/10,000 rate.

Thereafter, she went to Andre in Reboldeaux, and found out that the gay lord was a member of Violakea, a society fighting Stratavista. She confronted him about what Violakea was going to do with Ferruccio Espada, but was interrupted by Emily. Apparently, Andre was invited to the New World by Dilos Latemn, and Dignite costumes were commissioned by Fritz.

The family refined 11 rough stones, and the only HQ jewels produced are HQ Pearl and HQ Zircon. Elite Rescue Suit Recipe was looted from Arsene Circus and Adorabelle (f/ele) won the firecracker bid for Symbol of Gemini from Team Arena.

The masters tried Secret Tower once more together with another family, but this time, they finally avoided getting disconnected in 2F since they did not hunt the elite gh…

SNW v4.1.2: Coming Soon™

G1-Neume revealed some news about the next Sword of the New World update in Next Major Update Details forum topic.

It will include all updates from the Korean version from 3.5 to 4.1.2. It will NOT include Sorceress Emilia (that name may change) as we've previously announced. I also want to point out that we have received the next major update and are working to put it on our Montoro Test Server as we speak. We intend to release this to a limited closed beta in the near future.1

The few tit-bits he revealed so far are mostly features of v3.5, so I will link them to existing feature articles in sGE below. Costumes are linked to the respective screenshots.
Summon Friend Scroll available in Feso Shop for 10k feso each. See Scroll of Destiny.
Jewels can be upgraded. See Eeny Meeny Miny Moe!.Reduction of maximum Upgrade Accelerators needed. See sGE v3.5 Patch Notes.Alejandro can wear metal armors. See sGE v3.5 Patch Notes.New premium dungeon - Sacred Caebolan. See Sacred Chaos Requiem.Ski…

Enchantments: Armors

Item enchantments have certain limits and rarity values. Note that the following do not apply to unique items. The data is retrieved from datatable_itemopt.ies file (v3.4). See also Enchantments: Weapons.

The following table is for leather and metal armors.

Leather & Metal
MinMaxRarityDEF4208Evasion3158Movement Speed4%20%7Fire RES5157Ice RES5157Lightning RES5157Mental RES5157Mind RES*5157Max HP5%25%100DEF Rating13150
The following table is for coats and robes.

Coats & Robes
MinMaxRarityDEF3158Evasion2108Movement Speed4%20%7Fire RES5207Ice RES5207Lightning RES5207Mental RES5207Mind RES*5207Max HP4%20%100DEF Rating13150
Note (*): Mind RES refers to the resistance against abnormal status (i.e. debuff). A text error results in it being displayed as Mental RES. So any armor displayed with Mental RES may actually be having Mind RES instead.

The enchantments below are for shields only. Some unique shields can have higher racial ATK reduction (max. -40%).

MinMaxRarityDEF156Fire RES18

SNW 82: Secret Guard

The family was not as active this week, in order to help another family with Secret Guard. The experts spent some time in Frozen Wastes, and Tlazolteotl (Ania) gained a few levels in Topolo Durga. The treasure hunters found Rod of Armageddon as their 45th Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 1.

kGE Preview: Valeria

A new preview has been released by kGE here.

0. April's Fool Fake Preview
A fake preview as an April's Fool joke features Princess Gabriella, Simon Ayende, and Sir Lyndon. The princess has Lord of Elements, Magic of Occultism, Occultism Assistance, and Enhanced Tactics. Simon is basically Garcia with better stats. Sir Lyndon is basically fighter with better stats.

1. New Character: Valeria
Valeria, Princess Gabriella's twin sister, has been added. The royal twins were born in Vespanola. Valeria was confined in Underground Joaquin. After 16 years, her presence is known by Sir Lyndon and Simon. As a healer, she can use Rosario. She has access to First Aid and a new stance called 이노켄티오 (Innocentio). Some skills target large numbers and supposedly, provide better healing capabilities than scout.

Update: See kGE Screen Board for screenshots of Innocentio.

2. New Mission: Underground Joaquin
New Underground Joaquin Mission has been added, which has monsters much higher-level than those…