TERA Leveling and Minecraft

I managed to get a few things done today. I went and took a lot of screenshots in TERA. Mainly I want them for the guide, but I could use some here. I will use one in this post to show you the resolution and all that. It was really fun. I jumped around from place to place, using my TERA Club Journal. I will miss this thing since the subscription will be gone in about 5 days. I managed to do the banner image too, I wrote a huge Magical Alice on top of a screenshot. I think it looks nice. But I guess there is a problem with the blog theme. It asks for a smaller image and then it stretches it on all the screen. Maybe is just on my monitor. I could change it if I find something better in the future.


I made some huge progress on my new TERA character. I got into the expansion content and I hope I finish her today. It doesn’t really depend on me. I mainly wait for other people to get home from work since it was planned from a long time. It was really fun, we played all the leveling content in three and it went quite well. I am usually the one that needs to grind mobs, sometimes, because I am behind. I usually try to get some people from my server into the party, you know, the ones that we find in the dungeon queue and help them out to get a faster queue experience. I made a new friend and overall is just great.

Another friend dragged me into Minecraft today. We made a fun challenge for it. We play the Vanilla version right now, you know, the classic one. There is a setting for the server that changes the size of the map. We went for a 100 x 100 blocks on the whole map. It is so much fun. You get to see a huge force field around that you can’t pass. You can never get lost and there are limited resources. I like to think about it like is something similar to the Skyblock map.


TERA Guide Updates

This is another update for the future TERA guide I will write. I looked around and did a bit of research on the subject. I mainly checked the World of Warcraft guides. I picked them because it is easier for me to know what their main focus is. I want to bring the promises they make to reality. I think I am able to do it. The only thing I am concerned about is procrastination. I mean there is so much stuff to do on this channel, for example I need to make a new banner in Photoshop and check out the settings. I have no idea how the comment system is set right now. It needs to be set so people don’t have to register on WordPress to post. There are many minor things like that. I will try to do them today if I am not lazy.


So my research lead to this table of contents for the guide. First of all everyone needs to know how to gear up their main characters. This will be followed by a PvP and PvE guide. If I was going to read something like this, I would want to know what are the most effective ways to do it. This guide also needs tips and tricks on how to make gold. You also need to know, after you have gold, how to use the Broker (Auction House) and not waste your hard earned gold while buying gear upgrades and other stuff that you want (like those nice costumes everyone secretly wants 😉 ). I would also give some tips on how to find a good guild that suits your play style. Let’s not forget the leveling process, I want to make a section on what is the best way to level up, and what is the laziest semi-afk way. Also this would be true for most of the sections . The guide will also have a part about alt characters, what gear they need and stuff related to them. I will also talk a bit about professions and maybe about the best way to set the UI.
It looks like a huge project but I think is doable. I did this before for another game, the only thing is that I want to make this one look professional. I got a few ideas on how to make the guide look cool.
In game, I was also doing some testing in TERA, got two friends to level together and chill. I currently leveling a new brawler so I can get the free Imperator gear set. I think I wrote this in the last post. And that is about it, see you all tomorrow. o/

TERA and organized PvP

I checked out TERA today. It is still my main MMORPG at this time. I am not sure if is TERA or Revelation Online because I didn’t play a lot. I sometimes play both. I sometimes don’t play any of them and just watch Youtube.
Let’s get to the point. I wanted to see how the world pvp is right now in the game. If you didn’t know already every single instanced pvp battleground has equalized gear. Which is good for this community. They wanted this. Everyone always asks the developers and cry on the forums about “balance” in this game. Is not that I agree with it, since gearing gives players a sense of progression. It is good because you always have something to work towards.

Right now, you can farm each week 200k Bellicarium Credits and 200k Killing Spree Credits. It is not a lot you can do on a single character. This can be achieved in 2 or 3 days of farming during the event that happens every night at 21:00 CET.
I don’t have the conflate gear yet. But I noticed a lot of the pvp community sits all the time in Velika Outskirts and just duels each other. There is something interesting that I saw and made me write this post. Sometimes they group up together and just start to do mass pvp. It reminds me a bit of Tarren Mill versus Hillsbrad. That is considered one of the best PvP experiences in World of Warcraft. It made me reconsider and I think I will try to get the Conflate gear too next patch. I am not sure which class I want yet, probably the new one.
Also I want to announce some big news today, I am planning to work on a complete TERA pdf guide. I just started to level another brawler so I don’t miss the bonus leveling month reward on my account and get the Imperator gear. I think I will start doing a lot of testing for the best methods of farming that I can include in the guide. I think it will come after the new patch, the one with the new Valkyrie class at the start of the next month.

Slow leveling in MMORPGs

I was talking today with someone about leveling in online games and I remembered something interesting. Back in old World of Warcraft days, when no one really cared about leveling at all, they did but they thought that was how the game was, and nobody had any idea what “endgame content” is, I was impressed by a player named Joana. I actually found him on Google really fast back then. I bet everyone searched “how to level up” at least once when they played for the first one.
So, let me tell you about this guy, I know, his name, Joana, is of a girl, but he is actually a guy. He was the most well known speed runner in the game. I just checked right now. His old guide is still online out there for 1-60 leveling. It is pretty awesome if you want to read it, and study his route. I remember I found a leaked version of his video guide, on the old Google Videos, where he showed the route on one of his characters while he listened to the radio.

His record back then was 4 days and 21 hours. And now, if we compare this to “normal people”, most people, even me on the second run. It took us two weeks /played. For most people 2 months /played was normal. People would just explore the game because it was new and wonderful and they didn’t care about anything else, they just made friends and spend time online. It was so immersive that it felt you were part of that world.
Now, everyone looks to rush the game. They just want to get to the endgame really fast, so then, they can leave the game after they get bored of the dungeon finder or other new features MMOs have right now. If leveling is too slow they just leave and talk bad about it on Reddit or on the forums.
In my opinion, slow leveling is good. It creates a great community, forces people so they rely on each other, helps them create friendship bonds. It also discourages kids from playing, which is great nowadays. I mean I was a kid once, I know I sound really old now, but my generation was a bit more patient. We took our time to do stuff. The new MMO format just gives everything for free and it has no meaning. I mean look at Revelation Online, endgame stuff starts at level 20.

Thoughts on Tales of Berseria

I will use this first post to talk about my opinion of the game Tales of Berseria that I just finished yesterday. I was impressed by it, I think that happened because I didn’t play a lot of jRPGs in the past and this is my first major one. The first single player one of course because I played a lot of Massive Multiplayer RPGs in the past and I still play some.
Don’t look at the picture on the side because is from a different game that I want to play called “Fairy Fencer F – Advent Dark Force“, I wanted to put a picture from the other game, that I write about right now, that had my characters but I already deleted the game from my computer and I didn’t plan to start this blog at that point. Also I could pick some images from Google but I read is really bad due to Google putting my site down in the search list if I use “unoriginal” content. That’s why I will stay with the ones I make. Quite unfortunate that I already deleted it. I was excited about another game that I installed earlier in the morning called “Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey” that I started to play for a bit but felt clunky and old, the mouse control doesn’t work on it, is not recognized at all and I leave it for another day. I am not sure if I should bother with it. Actually, I am not sure, the story started great.
Fairy Fencer F - Advent Dark Force

Ok, now let’s go back to Tales of Berseria. I never saw another game with the same controls like it, it felt so smooth. The only problem I had with it was that the camera was moving too fast, but I didn’t bother to change it either and got used to it.
The story of this game is insane. I love anti-heroes and this game has a ton of them. The characters look and feel real. You will not see those stereotypical, fantasy, good at everything, overpowered heroes. They feel like real people. All of them have flaws. If you, the reader decide to play this game you would love them. I am not promoting this game in any way, I just finished it, I had a huge marathon and finished it in two days. It felt great, it was like watching a huge anime. I know I have no life. It was supposed to be a 30 something hour game, at least that’s what I read on that website called “how long does it take to beat”.
I think I made a mistake during my let’s play and I rushed it a bit, you are supposed to kill every mob on every single map, in my opinion, no matter how much they respawn. This will help you beat the last boss, clear the content faster and not have to struggle like I did. I got a bit bored because every single map is repeated at least twice, in the game and some of them even more depending on how much they are changed or destroyed.
Ok, this is it for today, I hope you enjoyed my non-content ramble. I will find something awesome to tell you, tomorrow, because I plan to write every day at least a paragraph.