Showing posts from October, 2011

Halloween & Jack-o'-Lantern

Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.

The day itself is typically associated with Samhain, a Celtic festival that marked the end of harvest. In Irish legends, the Cath Maige Tuired took place on Samhain. The deities Morrígan and Dagda met and had sex before the battle against the Fomorians. In this way, the Morrígan became a sovereignty figure and gave the victory to the Tuatha Dé Danann ("people of Danu"). After being defeated by the Milesians, these pagan deities became one with the sídhe, living on in popular imagination as fairies.

Sword 163: Halloween

Ryuk (Kurt) reached Expert Lv.10, while passively collecting more Ancient Runes. Gloriana (Female Soldier), Geryon (Trooper), and Mistilteinn (m/fig) also reached Lv.100, bringing the family up to Lv.47+0. The weekly Griffon mission dropped only Symbol of Leo. Team Arena missions yielded 2 Symbols of Libra and Symbol of Cancer. These new additions completed our existing 2nd and 3rd symbol sets.

For a very long time now, we were constantly harassed by a beggar asking for 10,000 vis in Coimbra, and we finally gave in and threw some money at him, asking him to go away. He claimed to be a royal guard of Ciam, on a diplomatic mission to Katai. Somehow, the clueless guy ended up in Granado Espada instead. We told him that we didn't care and he should go away, but he won't listen and continued chatting. This "renowned fighter" had his wallet and id papers stolen by a bunch of thugs. We agreed to recover his stolen stuffs, if he would just go away. After defeating those thu…

Magic Circle 22: "Old" Costumes + Cruz! Wedding Dress!

Magic Circle 22 (Korea) has been released, available from Oct 27 to Nov 24, 2011. Other featured items include Cruz Character Card, 100 Ring Boxes, 50 Socket Fluxes, 3 Rose Wings Coupons (90 days), Pet Box (Capybara) + 200 Pet Food, and Advanced Home Premium Service (15 days).

Le Verseau De La Liberte • Body Costume + Hat • Vincent Rio Le Belier De La Passion • Body Costume + Hair • Eduardo
I was expecting something new... Both costume sets were previously released in Imperial Wheel (Japan) last year. Disappointing. See the links above for previous Imperial Wheel releases.

I guess the really new thing in this month's Magic Circle is Cruz Character Card. If you have paid attention to NPC in-game, you will remember him as the guy in Castilla Garrison 1, who offers to help you "cheat" Castilla Episode 1 quests. He will become available in v9.13.0.

The main article to look at is the PlayForum article - 크루즈 - 근접 캐릭터 대역습의 선봉장 (Korean), which also compares him to Asoka and inclu…

Imperial Wheel V: October 2011

Imperial Wheel V (Japan) has been updated for Oct 26 to Nov 02, 2011. Other featured rewards include La Flamme De L'Amour Du Rubis (AR33 fire bracelet), Evil's Desires Costume (great sword), Evil's Aversion Costume (elemental bracelet), The Loyalty of Terhea Costume (sword), Fate of Castilla (DR31 metal armor), Magic Earrings, Magic Belt, etc. The new items are listed below. Click on the images below for full-size view.

Dual Structure Dagger
Dagger • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 196
ATK +10% vs. Life/Daemon/Golem/Human/Undead • Penetration +6 • Critical +10

Sword of Ex Machina
Sword • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 261
ATK +10% vs. Life/Daemon/Golem/Human/Undead • Penetration +6 • Block +5

Miquelet Steam Bayonet
Bayonet • ATK Rating 33 • ATK 392
ATK +10% vs. Life/Daemon/Golem/Human/Undead • Penetration +5 • Critical +10

The Disaster of Aquichtus
Weapon Costume • Shotgun

Evil's Tension
Weapon Costume • Crossbow

Black Banshee Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Reckless Emilia
Click on picture o…

Revised Torsche's Basement v9.12.1

In v9.12.1, Dr. Torsche's Basement mission will be revised. See the original PlayForum article - 체험 그라 현장, 리뉴얼된 토르쉐 저택의 지하실 미션 for more screenshots and videos. First introduced in v4.0.5, this mission is popular due to its fixed drops of Veteran Enchantment Chips. Since then, the availability of chips has increased, and coupled with the cumbersome process (i.e. matching numbers from stones) of the mission, there is a need for revision. See also Ellearn's Diary: 리뉴얼 토르쉐 저택, 지하실 미션.

Mission Information
Location: Dr. Torsche's Mansion Savage Garden (E2)
Duration: 60 minutes
Frequency: 1/day
Entry Cost: 1 White Gold Bar or 100 Otite Pieces
Participants: 1-4 families
Requirement: Completed Catherine Torsche's Recruitment Quest

The room monsters have been changed to the following:
Walter, PygHelena, PygSasha, PygLloyd, PygWalter, Helena, PygSasha, Lloyd, PygWalter, Helena, Sasha, Lloyd, Pyg Go to the 2nd room (E4, E9) and revive Victor with 50 Otite Pieces. Victor is needed …

Sword 162: Haunted House

Thelandira (f/mus) and Ryuk (Kurt) reached Master Lv.9 and Expert Lv.9 respectively, while passively collecting more Ancient Runes. Nurarihyon (Baek Ho) and Alicia (Female Auch Infantry) also reached Lv.100.

We completed 6 Team Arena missions, and looted Symbol of Aries and Symbol of Scorpio. The weekly Griffon mission dropped Symbol of Virgo and Symbol of Leo.

After the second maintenance this week, a mysterious witch arrived at Reboldeaux Queen's Gate (F10/G10). See Halloween 2011 (updated) for more details on this event. So Thelandira (f/mus) donned the ugly Halloween Pumpkin Hat, and agreed to let Sara the Witch trick us into hunting some random low-level monsters.

After collecting a few keys, the witch sent us to Haunted House missions. Since the Hallow Apparitions (L100 Undead) have high physical defense (DEF 600), Adorabelle (f/ele) and Soteira (Helena) went in and annihilated them with [Tenseness] skills. Each mission lasts for 5 minutes, but Cerdotado (Pigling) continued…

Converted GE Models

X5s of Port Coimbra has kindly released some converted model files (84 MB) for Granado Espada characters and items. People who wants to mess around with modelling may be interested.

I don't want this to go to waste so here is a zip file containing (most) Granado Espada models in obj format (and .mtl textures). Some models also include a 3ds Max file. [X5s; Source]

[v9.5] Recruitment of QA Testers (SG)
Meanwhile, IAHGames is recruiting Singapore residents for testing v9.5 during Nov-Dec 2011.

Archangel, Rafflesia, & Siren

Archangel is an angel of high rank found in various religious traditions, particularly Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The names of archangels are also different in different traditions, but the commonly named archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.

The most influential proposition on Christian angelic hierarchy belongs to The Celestial Hierarchy by Pseudo-Dionysus (ca. 5th century). In this work, archangels belong to the 2nd lowest order of angels. The established hierarchy, in order of authority, is:
SeraphimCherubimThronesDominionsVirtuesPowersPrincipalitiesArchangelsAngelsThomas Aquinas, in his Summa Theologica, also affirmed this angelic hierarchy.

Rafflesia is a type of parasitic flowering plant, first discovered in Indonesian rain forests and named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1818. In some species, the flower may be over 100 cm (39 inches) in diameter and weigh over 10 kg (22 lb). The flower smells like rotting flesh, and is thus called "corpse flow…

Halloween 2011

Granado Espada of Singapore, Taiwan, and United States servers are having the same Halloween event. However, the event NPC are located in different maps for different servers. As usual, Singapore server provided the best event article.

Read [Halloween Event] Sara's Bewitching! (SG). I will just add a few extra tips on this event below. See also 活動《萬聖節活動》公告 (TW) and Willow the Witch Needs Help (US). Thail servers are also having the same event. See Patch Update ประจำวันพุธที่ 26 ตุลาคม 2554 (TH). See also a Taiwanese player's event guide - 【官方活動】萬聖節活動.

The monster hunt quests are given only during even hours (e.g. 2pm, 4pm), while Haunted House mission is accessible only during odd hours (e.g. 1pm, 3pm). Only the hour matters, the minutes are not important. Both require a character wearing Halloween Pumpkin Hat.

The monster hunts involve a random monster, such as:
70 Little Plaque Etons (L25 Daemon) in Tetra Ruins 30 Visage Noirs (L32 Daemon) in Tetra Ruins Golden Road70 Zombie …

Sword 161: Ogre's Long Sword

There is nothing much to report lately, since we are mostly AFK after running a couple of missions. Ryuk (Kurt) reached Expert Lv.7 and Empedocles (m/ele) reached Lv.100, while passively collecting more Ancient Runes. Since last week, Thelandira (f/mus) started bringing a low-level character along to Errac, and now we start to see a few others doing it too...

Anyway, we finished the collection of the first rune set, and are working on the next set. But looking at the market prices of cash items now, it just seems exorbitant. In fact, we still haven't finish upgrading Dragon's Fury Crossbow from 2 weeks ago. Even if we are to craft the Constellation Weapons, it will take some time to process for them to be fully functional.

We got Symbol of Cancer out of 2 Team Arena missions. Everything else is crap as usual... Honor Cards, Tokens, ASO Box, what have you... We looted Ogre's Long Sword Recipe in Errac Tierra Noche, and got Claude to craft the great sword, since we really …

Darkness v9.11

In v9.11.0, [Darkness] debuffs will be revised. See 뜨거운 감자 다크니스, 드디어 변화가 시작된다! for details. The article uses L12 [Deep Sleep] (110% base chance) as a testing skill. The changes are as follow: 
Intelligence (INT) of caster will affect debuff probability. For example, a wizard with INT 70 will have a total chance of 110 * 70 / 100 = 77%.  Buffs that resist debuffs will also affect debuff probability. For example, if the target has 20% debuff resistance, the chance will be (110-20) * 110 / 100 = 99%.All characters with [Darkness] stance will have their ability statistics reset. 
Characters & Statistics So what does this mean for the various characters and their statistics builds?
CharacterINTCONDebuffMax HPM'Boma709077%70,940M'Boma10060110%55,970Emilia the Sage807088%58,916Emilia the Sage11040121%46,055

Hot Key: Move

The Move function is set to a specific coordinate, moving the character(s) through the shortest possible route. You must be using user-defined hot keys, then insert the following line into the hot key (.xml) file.

<HotKey Name=" Move To Helena Room " Scp="Move(61, -10783, -9)" Key="MINUS" UseAlt="NO" UseCtrl="NO" UseShift="NO" OnEdit="NO" />
The sample command above will move the character(s) to Helena's Room in Arsene Circus raid mission, where you need to trigger her response. The hot key is set to the minus key (-). This is useful for players who use alternate/mule families to start Arsene Circus raids. This hot key will move the character down the corridor, turn corners, and go straight to Helena's Room to trigger her dialog, then stay there as an anchor since the room is free of mobs. It makes it slightly more convenient to manage the alternate/mule family. Obviously, you need to be on the correct…

Sword 160: Murdur Vordoi

There is nothing much to report this week, as we are mostly offline or AFK. Ambrosia (Emilia) reached Master Lv.9 in Castilla Tower of Chaos, and finally got Grief Eye from Elminor of Chaos. Adriana's reward consisted of nothing more than 1 Honor C Card and 3 useless medals. Alustriel (ETS) and Willikins (Raven) reached Expert Lv.6 and Lv.3 respectively, while collecting Ancient Runes - 29 Ti, 1 Te, 47 Ar, and 1 An. Icarus (m/wiz) also reached Lv.100.

During the bit of active time, we drag ourselves to complete a few solo runs of daily missions like Arsene Circus, Torsche's Basement, and Accursed Occulta. We got Elite Daemon Slayer Recipe, but otherwise, the loot is just typical (mostly chips). Even the weekly Griffon mission dropped only Symbol of Taurus. We had another first encounter this week, murdering a random Murdur Vordoi (L120 Daemon) for its Piece of Naraka.

As usual, some time after each game update, things will always settle down into a boring repetition. There i…

Fury Rafflesia

See Party Missions for general overview of party missions. This mission works in the same way as the normal Rafflesia mission, except there are also 3-5 Sabre Tigers (L115 Life) roaming around. So just use the same tactics. Kill the mobs (L108 Life) for Rafflesia Petal which can buff up to 3 families. Use scout as leader to get the buff so the attacking characters can continue to deal damage.

If you have problems managing the mobs , assign families to kill only mobs for the DPS families. Scouts should stay out of the boss' areas of effect. The Torso (and some mobs) can only be hit by ranged characters, so avoid bringing melee characters.

Like normal Rafflesia, the boss has 2 skills - one knocks characters outwards, and one pulls them inwards. Run out of skill area if possible, so you won't get drawn in and die beneath Queen Eater, making resuscitation problematic. Kill Queen Eater Legs first, followed by Torso (considered flying), and then finally Egg.

Rafflesia can i…

Amis Malataw & Lion Dance

These 2 player-designed costumes seem to be customized for Taiwan edition of the game, similar to Steel Griffin & Scarlet Admiral for Russia edition. ANNASERBIRA family designed Amis Malataw Costume Set (body costume + hat) for female wizard, while TZA family designed Lion Dance Costume for male musketeer.

They originated from the 2009 design competition for Taiwan edition. See 原創服飾設計大賽入圍作品公告 for the concept arts of the 10 finalist entries submitted to IMC. The 2 implemented costumes below should be the winning entries.

Here are some interesting background information for those who are unfamiliar...

Amis (阿美族) are an indigenous people of Taiwan, one of the thirteen recognized people of Taiwanese aborigines. They are polytheists, and worship a pantheon of deities, including the sun god Malataw (馬拉道).
Malataw is the patron deity of the Amis. He is the creator of nature, and also serves as a war god. As such, the local F16 fighter jets were customized with his holy symbol. An Ami…

Sword 159: Great Fordoi

Adorabelle (f/ele) reached Master Lv.8 inside Castilla Relic mission. While collecting Ancient Runes, Alustriel (ETS) and Willikins (Raven) reached Expert Lv.5 and Lv.2 respectively. Holy Water Chamber mission dropped Dragon Heart Recipe. The weekly Griffon mission dropped Symbol of Aquarius. We also completed 8 Team Arena missions, and looted Symbol of Sagittarius, Symbol of Leo, and 2 Symbols of Cancer. We only managed to join 2 party missions this week:
[Fury Griffon] Le Noir Recipe, L84 Elite Armor + 2 L84 Elite Armors [Fury Sharffenberger] L92 Elite Armor Recipe, White Gold Bar + 2 L92 Elite Armor Recipes  We started doing Torsche's Basement missions with a subsidiary family... and found out that there is a hidden timer ticking after the treasure chest appears. If you don't open the chest quickly, the mission will end without roulette. Another run ended with disconnection. All other raid missions yielded crap for us as usual, but at least someone else got a Serpent S…