Fishing – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing in Black Desert Online

For those of you unfamiliar with my guides, they are more “what I do’s”. I try to give information about the topic itself, and then go into some of the things I do which add a little bit of efficiency for me. These tips and tricks may not fit all, but all methods are worth a try. If you try a method and it doesn’t work for you then either try again or try another way. If you try a method, and it works for you -then great. Add it to your style.

This article on fishing specifically will take a look at the items and gear I use to make fishing a little easier, some key spots you may find me fishing, and a couple other handy tips and tricks that hopefully someone finds useful. My experience comes from PlayStation 4. This is my preferred gaming device. Some facts and market information seen in the article reflects PS4 information at the time of writing.

Items and Gear

The items and gear I’m specifically targeting in this article are ones I still use, and are available very early on. Consumables, clothes, and tools can all add to our fishing experience.

Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes

Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes can often be bought from the Central Market (CM), or you can craft them. This clothing provides +1 Fishing, +1 Movement Speed and +16 Defense Points (DP) at base level. A look at levels:

Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes.

LvlDPMovementFishingFishing XP
Base16+1+10
118+1+110%
220+2+215%
323+2+220%
426+3+225%
529+4+340%

As I mentioned above, you can purchase them from the CM, or craft them yourself. So how do you craft them?

My Warrior has found a home in Heidel. That is where I do a lot of crafting. I, of course, do craft other things elsewhere as Heidel isn’t very large, so it doesn’t have everything. It does have 3 Costume Mills capable of becoming Tier 2 Costume Mills. You will only need a Tier 1 for Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes; however, it can be nice to go ahead and get one capable of Tier 2 for later use -should you decide to do more with it. Calpheon and Altinova also lay home to several Costume Mills; however, Altinova currently only features Tier 1 Costume Mills on PS4 at this time. (Unsure about other platforms, and unsure if that will change). The one that I use in Heidel is Heidel 7-4, 2F. It costs 8 Contribution Points (CP) to unlock. Once you unlock it, you are ready to start crafting your first costume. The Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes crafting ingredients are:

Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes

  • Powder of Time x10
  • Black Stone Powder x15
  • Flax Fabric x10

Black Stone Powder

This is a very simple recipe; however, it features items that a newcomer may not be familiar with yet. That is not the case with Black Stone Powder. Black Stone Powder is one of the first crafting items we run into in Velia. It is best to process it yourself though. I like to grind mobs at Abandoned Iron Mine. Defeating the various *Violent* enemies, Imp Work Supervisor & Troll Work Supervisor, will drop Crystal Covered in Black Ash. These have a chance of giving you a good quality Crystal for your gear; however, it is more likely you will end up with an abundance of useless ones. Which isn’t a bad thing here. Grind up every last one of those useless stones in the processing window. This will be a quick, cheap way of acquiring large amounts of Black Stone Powder without much effort.

Powder of Time

Powder of Time is one of those crafting ingredients that may be new to a newcomer, but is best gained from a node. There are several nodes which allow you to collect Powder of Time. The folks at Incendar have a wonderful tool that I use often, as remembering this off the top of one’s head would be tough the deeper they get into working with nodes. The one for Powder of Time can be found here: https://incendar.com/masternoderesources.php?t=Powder+of+Time I have multiple of the ones listed here for this crafting item as well as other crafting items I find useful for other projects.

Flax Fabric

I get every last piece of my regular Flax, and sometimes Flax Thread, from a node -Costa Farm. It is south east of Heidel, just across the bridge. You may remember it from the Isabella Halloween Event back in October. I use this place because it is perfectly positioned near Heidel, where I do the majority of my crafting. It builds in my Heidelian Storage until I am ready to process it. I then dawn my Karki Suit, and process it directly in the storage window. Heating Flax will produce Flax Thread; Grinding Flax Thread will produce Flax Fabric.

Now that you have the only 3 required materials, the Costume Mill itself, and workers set up in the town you wish to craft the clothes -you’re ready to begin! As you can see, the worker I have assigned to this task will take a little less than an hour to make 1 Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes. This amount will differ depending on your worker’s level and skill set.

We have our Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes on now and are ready to fish. But wait! There’s more! If you keep reading, I will share with you a few more “What I do’s” to get you even more ready to attack those ever DESIRABLE Yellow Grade Fish!

I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about cooking recipes here, but I will give one recipe that benefits fishing speed before we move on. If your Cooking Skill level is at least Beginner 6. You can craft Aloe Yogurt. If it’s not Beginner 6 yet? Get yourself cooking up some Beer for your workers until it is! If your Cooking is at least Skilled 5, you have a chance at producing Thick Aloe Yogurt when cooking Aloe Yogurt.

ProductEffectDurationCooldown
Aloe Yogurt+1 Fishing Speed30 minutes30 minutes
Thick Aloe Yogurt+1 Fishing Speed45 minutes30 minutes

Fishing speed is very important when it comes to Fishing Hotspots especially. Hotspots do not last forever, and the likelihood that you get there right as it’s spawning isn’t very likely. So any edge we can get here is key. We will not be tackling fishing hotspots in this article, but we will have a heavy article over it very soon. Fishing speed is important for even the most basic fishing as well.

The recipe for Aloe Yogurt is very simple:

Aloe Yogurt

  • Aloe x5
  • Milk x2
  • Sugar x3
  • Leavening Agent x3

Incendar can show you the best node for Aloe. Sugar and Leavening Agent are bought from most cooking vendors or innkeepers. Milk, as you can see is a key ingredient in many of my guides. You might as well get used to it. There are always millions of dollars of Milk pre-ordered on the CM. It is one of the top resources to get tons of, so figure it out! My farming guide can help you here: https://roguecorponline.wordpress.com/2020/01/26/farming-fences-and-what-to-farm-for-in-black-desert-online/

Moving on from cooking. The next thing we can do to boost our fishing is, Alchemy. For this particular article, we will focus on Fisher’s Elixir, aka Elixir of Fisher. Simple right? If your character is at least Apprentice 1 in alchemy, you can craft Fisher’s Elixir. Crafting this item while at or above Professional 1 gives you a chance to produce Elixir of Experienced Fisher. The differences are subtle, yet helpful:

ProductEffectDuration Cooldown
Elixir of Fisher+2 Fishing8 minutes10 seconds
Elixir of Experienced Fisher+2 Fishing5 minutes10 seconds

and the recipe goes like this:

Elixir of Fisher

  • Wise Man’s Blood x1
  • Sunrise Herb x6
  • Fir Sap x3
  • Powder of Flame x2

Not Apprentice 1 in Alchemy? Not Professional 1? Get yourself a Shai alt character. She comes equipped with Alchemy and Gathering automatically at Professional 1! See… you were Pro 1 all along!

Ingredient information. Several nodes provide plenty of Powder of Flame, see my farming guide for Sunrise Herb, collect Fir Sap using a fluid collector on a Fir Tree (all around Heidel, Velia, & Western Guard Camp).

As for the Wise Man’s Blood. Black Desert has various types of bloods which take a bit of skill to produce. Many people in the game are absolutely terrified of these. They are not that hard once you get set up correctly. A good life skiller needs to commit for the long term! I will be featuring an article on these types of bloods soon, but do not be discouraged. You can do this, and after a few times -you will be a pro, not just your Shai.

So far we have tackled Clothing, Cooking, and Alchemy. We have gained +3 Fishing, +1 Fishing Speed, Boosted our Fishing experience, and possibly created an alt.

We have yet to tackle a fishing rod though. Might be a waste getting our fishing, fishing speed, and fishing experience up in Black Desert if we don’t have a single fishing rod. Black desert features several types of fishing tools. Rods, floats, harpoons, but what we will focus on is 1 fishing rod in particular. The one I suggest any beginner looking to become a pro fisherman should try to get! This is the Balenos Fishing Rod of Catch Only Gold Fish. Only a joke. It is simply the Balenos Fishing Rod. Sounded good though.

Balenos Fishing Rod

Why this one? Well, it has no level requirement, grants the user with auto fishing time decrease, is repairable, and can be enhanced up to +10 with Black Stone (Weapon). I will tell you, for me, it is not worth the time to enhance it to +10. +5 or so is perfect, until you get a better one after you become a pro fisherman, but that’s just where I stand on it. I also will be doing an in-depth guide on crafting these types of things, so I wont get to heavy into it, but just know -you need to get your hands on one of these. A quick glance at crafting it will suffice for this article.

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Balenos Fishing Rod

  • Pure Copper Crystal x5
  • Steel x2
  • Ash Timber x1
  • Black Stone Powder x15
  • Monk’s Branch x9

As for a quick understanding of why I don’t go into certain things in certain articles; Pure Copper Crystals and Steel, for example, require more character knowledge than the average Beginner has. This type of thing will be for a more advanced guide. If you can get one of these rods from the CM, I strongly recommend doing so. I personally sell them often. If not, get the best fishing rod (maybe several) until you can get a Balenos Fishing Rod.

The last thing as far as items we could find helpful for beginners is paste bait. All you need to do here is fish some seaweed for Crio in Velia. Crio is that little Otter close to the shoreline of Velia, next to the storage facility. Keep all of the seaweed you get from fishing and give 3 of them to Crio as apart of his daily quest. He will reward you with Paste Bait. Paste Bait lasts for 5 minutes and grants

Now, you may have a new alt, a Balenos Fishing Rod with Bait, Silver Embroidered Fisher’s Clothes, some consumables, you are ready to begin fishing!

BUT WAIT! DO NOT SELL YOUR FISH JUST YET

Why you ask? Before you start selling fish, dry them. Yes, selling fish will up your Trading Skill. Catching a type of fish for the first time gives you knowledge of that fish. Drying them though, will give you the knowledge that fish dried! 2 pieces of knowledge per 1 new fish. If it’s a fish you’ve already caught and dried, do whatever you want with them. and there is lots do do with them. That is for another advanced article though. For now, catch & dry.

Some final thoughts.

There is a ton of information to take in when it comes to fishing, or any other topic in Black Desert. No one article could ever deliver all of the information regarding fishing in BDO, and if there was -it would be so long that you wouldn’t want to read it. Here we tried to pack as much information and tips into a beginner’s article as possible while keeping the article to a manageable length. It probably went longer than I had intended originally, but it just shows how much there is that goes into fishing, even at a beginner level. I hope at least 1 person found 1 thing that is helpful. If this article did that, it was successful.

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What to Watch This Week Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez on Netflix

What to watch this week? Perhaps you will enjoy, “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” (2020). This is a gaming blog, yes. I am one of those people with a Playstation 4 who became tired of paying for cable or satellite tv, and decided to subscribe to Playstation Vue. After quite some time enjoying various channels like; TLC, TBS, NFL Network, and more right from my favorite device, Sony has decided to discontinue PSVue services indefinitely. This has led me to rely less and less on PSVue for my streaming service, as in about a week, PSVue will officially be done. Our January payment is already cashed, and it will be the last dime Sony gets from me for PSVue. Don’t fret though Sony, you will still bank off me on other services and games.

PSVue leaving has led me to finding interesting shows on other streaming services. The one to talk about today is; “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez“. I am a fan of the NFL and a fan on any documentary about O.J Simpson as well. So I felt that this series was right up my ally. It also happens that I was a fan of Aaron Hernandez as a football player. I watched him play in his time with those Florida Gators as well as with the New England Patriots.

In this article, I am not going to talk about what happens in the show. If you find any portion of the NFL, crime shows, or documentaries in general interesting then this might be something for you to check out. What I will tell you is more of the specifications regarding the show itself i.e. length, how to watch, when you might want to watch, etc.

For me, this is a great show to watch with someone of significance. (Spouse, date, friend). It makes the perfect Netflix and Chill series. I say series because this is 1 documentary, split into 3 episodes or parts. Each part is about an hour each. So about 2 movies long in show terms. It can only be watched on Netflix, legally.. and is worth the time.

It’s length though is the only reason for adjusting when you might want to watch it. It could be a smooth way of getting a 2nd and 3rd date with someone if you plan each episode in advance, or binge the whole friggin’ thing in one sitting.

As a fan of the story, the NFL, and of the player, I couldn’t wait to watch this as soon as I learned about it. I’m not giving any spoilers, but there was a lot about the story presented in this series that I was unaware of. Being such a fan, that surprised me.

In closing, I highly recommend this show. This article is made primarily for the use of my Gaming Community; however, if you’re someone out side of the gaming world -thanks for reading. I hope it was informative, and if you watched the show because of this article, please let me know below. If you are in the gaming world and would like to be apart of our community, see the buttons below.

Ark: Survival Evolved Genesis RogueCorps First Look Preparation Review

RogueCorp Online plays a variety of MMO’s. One of which is Ark: Survival Evolved. The game has lost a considerable audience since its release in 2015. With every expansion, DLC, and update, former active players return, and new players are born. Some level of hype has surrounded everything added by Studio WildCard to Ark: Survival Evolved. That is definitely the case with the latest DLC: Genesis.

Genesis is set to put butts back in seats and eyes back on new creatures. We have not yet seen Genesis yet; however, we have quite a sum of knowledge given to us by Studio Wildcard. What does it supposedly offer? Let’s take a look.

  • New Environments & Biomes
  • New Creatures
  • New Weapons, Tools, & Armor
  • New Structures
  • New Costumes

The most anticipated of these being the biomes and creatures. Studio Wildcard mentions a volcano, snow mountain, water biome, and others. We have seen some level of those already. The biome that needs the spotlight in this article though, is the Lunar Biome. We were teased in, ARK: Genesis Lunar Biome Environment Teaser:

The biome and surrounding creatures looks absolutely amazing. As someone who was extremely active in Ark, at one time, I am very excited to see that biome hit my television. A short 37 second video is enough to have my attention on this matter.

New creatures.

New locations mean new creatures. I am a big fan of the map Ragnarok. Ragnarok came to us as a DLC, but has since been added to the base game as I understand it. When it first came to us, Leedsichthys (aka Leeds), were the death of me. They were absolutely everywhere in the ocean, and if I even thought about a raft -they were killing it. Killing even my dreams of owning an mobile ocean base. The dream remained; however, hidden. Leeds were eventually removed from Ragnarok. Ark Genesis adds several creatures to the game. Many of which can get you excited about trying out or coming back to Ark: Survival Evolved. The one that has our spotlight though:

Giant Tortoise

Giant Tortoise courtesy of, PC GamesN at https://www.pcgamesn.com/ark-survival-evolved/ark-genesis-release-date

What more can one picture say? With Ark: Genesis, rafts have nothing on a base on a Giant Tortoise’s back. Oh and, by the way, it is fully mobile AND submersible. It provides a bubble for the player and his/her belongings complete with oxygen. Well played WildCard.

Not sold? If these 2 big add-ins don’t surface your turtle then nothing will. But, some other key creatures and items you may want to look at are:

Creatures

  • Astrocetus
  • Blade Wasp
  • Bloodstalker
  • Ferox
  • Magmasaur
  • Moeder

Items

  • Fishing Net
  • Mining Drill
  • Metal & Wood Ocean Platform
  • Pressure Plate

Tek

  • Tek Claws
  • Tek Cruise Launcher
  • Tek Grenade Launcher
  • Tek Remote Guided Missile
  • Tek Shoulder Cannon
  • Tek Alarm System
  • Tek Jet
  • Tek Jump Pod

So, as you can see, there is plenty to get excited about in Ark: Survival Evolved’s DLC Genesis. I shared with you what I am most excited for, and listed some other things that you might find fascinating as well. Hope you guys enjoyed the read and as always, join the community on Facebook or Discord.

Farming, Fences, and What to Farm for in Black Desert Online

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Farming is a great life skill to build upon in Black Desert Online. You can use farming to help other life skills as well. Gathering, alchemy, cooking, fishing, trading, processing, can all be benefited through farming. How you ask? Every time you “gather” from your fence, you are boosting your gathering. The products you gather from fences can be used in various cooking and alchemy recipes, and can even be altered through the processing window for more recipes.

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How to get started farming.

Black Desert Strong Fence Example

To get started, you will need a fence. There are 5 types of fences to use.

  • SHABBY FENCE – this is a quest reward, so it costs you no Contribution Points (CP), and has 1 farming plot.
  • SMALL FENCE – costs 3 CP and gives 4 farming plots.
  • PLAIN FENCE – costs 6 CP and gives 7 farming plots.
  • STRONG FENCE – 10 CP, 10 farming plots.
  • OLD MOON FENCE – 10 CP, 10 farming plots.

You can have a maximum of 10 farming plots, as I understand. (Black Desert Foundry, linked below). I have only used 4 strong fences at once myself. If that information from Black Desert Foundry is correct, then that explains why one wouldn’t want 10 small fences rather 10 strong fences. Even though you technically get more bang for your buck when it comes to CP.

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Now, there are many guides on how to farm, Black Desert Foundry, https://www.blackdesertfoundry.com/farming/ does a great job of breaking down the farm plots, how to get a fence, etcetera. I wanted to include that quick reference to anyone wanting to get really into farming. The parts that I want to focus on here though, is WHAT TO FARM.

That is why here we are going to talk about what good recipes include ingredients that can be farmed at your convenience. Just a few examples:

Cooking Recipes

1. Carrot confit – Carrot confit is a great recipe to craft because it gives +5500 Mount HP and +12,500 Mount Stamina. This is enough to bring most mounts back to 100% HP and stamina. The recipe is:

Carrot Confit

Harvesting versus Improving
  • Special Carrot x2
  • Cinnamon x4
  • Mineral Water x8
  • Raw Sugar x20
  • Salt x2

This is quite a few ingredients, yes, but worth the time. You can cut down on expenses of this recipe by farming your own special carrots. If you can get your hands on a single carrot seed, plant it, care for it, and when it is ready to harvest -select plant breeding instead of harvest. This will give you small chances at receiving higher grade carrot seeds, as you are after the BLUE “Special Carrot Seed”. Green (High-Quality) carrot seeds have a higher chance of producing blue carrot seeds than normal ones, and blue carrot seeds have the highest chance. I like to have one strong fence for breeding, and one for harvesting. So when I went through this process, I bred plants over and over until I obtained enough for both. Now, I have a special farm area just for getting seeds of the various plants I am working on. Now, you should be able to spend more time hunting down the other ingredients without worry of Special Carrots.

2. Cheese pie is one of the best items you can feed to workers. It restores +7 stamina to workers per piece compare to the +2 stamina of beer we are all used to. What’s better? Almost all of the ingredients used to make it can be obtained in a single strong fence. So what are the ingredients?

Cheese Pie

Cow attracted by haystack
  • Cheese x7
  • Egg x3
  • Grain Dough x4
  • Butter x3

Most of these ingredients require some knowledge in processing, but almost all of it can come from a farm. Cheese is made simply drying milk. Eggs you obtain from chickens. Grain dough starts with any starch/grain product, i.e. wheat, corn, potato, sweet potato, barley. You need to first turn that starch into flour by grinding it, this makes the flour. Then shake that flour with mineral water, which creates the dough. Finally butter. Butter is made by shaking salt and cream. Cream is another milk product. Shake sugar with milk, BOOM -got your cream. So as you can now see, Milk, eggs, and grain are what we can focus on in our farm for this recipe. A haystack is made by drying 50 regular weeds in the processing window. Weeds are WILDLY obtainable through any bush, thicket, or crop in BDO. Haystacks take up 4 crop spots and produce cows, which produce milk! Next, you’ll need chicken feed to collect those eggs. Chicken feed takes up 3 crop plots and is first obtained through grinding rough stone x20, with barley x100. Which brings us to the grain. You can choose barley, which take up only 1 crop plot, as your grain since you will need some for the chicken feed. There you have it. Milk, eggs, and grain.

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Meat Croquette. Now that we fed our workers and our mounts, let’s feed ourselves something nice. This is a recipe that is easy to make, and features some resources we have already established from the previous recipe. It provides 5% combat xp, has a duration of 90 minutes, and a cool down of 30 minutes. Quick math tells me you can stack buffs of other recipes after that 30 minute cool down window. Here is the recipe.

Meat Croquette

  • Meat 1 x8
  • Wheat Flour x5
  • Cheese x2
  • Egg x2
  • Deep Frying Oil x4

We already talked about making flour, cheese, and producing eggs. Deep frying oil can be bought from the cooking vendor in most major towns in BDO. So the meat. This being a farming guide, I will tell you we are using beef. Beef is given to to us by harvesting our haystack, which we made above. So since we basically already talked about all of the farming ingredients associated with this recipe, I will go into some tips surrounding these recipes. I use an alt for my cooking. My main, (Warrior) has some skill in cooking, but I use a Shai for primary cooking. Shai comes ready with Pro 1 gathering and Pro 1 alchemy. Since many alchemy and cooking recipes share ingredients, it was only natural to level Shai’s cooking to match her alchemy. You can also set up your farm plots near Bain Farmland, aka, Riverside Farmland -west of Keplan, and leave your Shai (or whichever alt you choose) there. Riverside Farms is a dairy and corn farm. It also has a residence you can use to set up a cooking and alchemy tool. These resources are limited only by your character’s energy.

With our Shai comes Alchemy. So what are some good alchemy recipes with ingredients from our farm / fence?

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Here I want to focus on 2 main ones. One of these two things are used in an absolute ton of various alchemy recipes. They are:

  1. Pure Powder Reagent
  2. Clear Liquid Reagent

Elixir of Life, Elixir of Time, Elixir of This, Elixir of That, most “Elixir’s Of Experience Giving” at some level require Pure Powder Reagent. It is also used in making Gem Polisher and Plywood Hardener. If you are a dedicated LifeSkiller, you will find out about these recipes quickly. So how can our farm help us with this? Well here is the recipe:

Pure Powder Reagent

  • Silver Azalea x1
  • Weeds x1
  • Sugar x1
  • Purified Water x1

Naturally we will focus on Silver Azalea. Silver Azalea seeds can be hard to come by in the beginning, but if you can get your hands on some -you’ll be glad you did. Many quests require you to obtain Silver Azaleas so hopefully it won’t take you as long to find some as it did me. My method involved buying several unknown type seeds from the seed vendor. Eventually I got my hands on some. If you have any desire in learning alchemy though, they are a must.

Clear Liquid Reagent

  • Sunrise Herb x1
  • Wild Grass x1
  • Salt x1
  • Purified Water x1

This is a very similar recipe to Pure Powder Reagent. Sunrise herb is what we are focusing on here though. With a quick tip that Wild Grass can be found using barehanded gathering on wild herbs. If you attempt to find it on the Central Market (CM), you will find it quite expensive. Sunrise herbs are the bit that you can grow in your farm, making the process of crafting Clear Liquid Reagent much easier. Clear Liquid Reagent is used in any “Elixir of Making You Slightly Stronger”. It also is used in making Metal Solvent. Metal Solvent is another recipe that dedicated LifeSkillers will learn about real quick.

So to wrap up. The main focus was to learn primarily What to Farm. We found that some of the most valuable thing you can plant in your Strong Fences are:

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  • Carrots
  • Haystacks
  • Chicken Feed
  • Silver Azalea
  • Sunrise Herb

I grow an absolute ton of all of these items in my personal farms. I currently have 4 Strong Fences placed, costing me 40 Contribution Points (CP). 2 of which are for items that are breeding, 2 are for harvesting. I also sell many of these products on the Central Market (CM), so if you’re looking into farming from the CM you may be buying my stuff -so thank you.

I intended to try and keep this guide short. Even with what I went over, there are tons of more things one can know about farming. I am happy if just one person finds only one thing useful from this. If that’s the case, then it was worth it.

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Fallout 76 – Is it worth coming back to this game?

Early Gameplay shortly after BETA

I played several hundred hours worth of Fallout 4. Several play-throughs making a variety of decisions along the way. One of my favorite play-throughs being an absolute jerk to every NPC along the way. One day as I was hanging walking passed Vault 95 on my way to the Glowing Sea, I was stalked and attacked by a Chameleon Deathclaw. Eventually, I killed it and looted a 2 Shot Gauss Rifle. My first thought was man, I wish this were a multiplayer game so I could show off this find. That thought later grew to, I wish the next game in the series was multiplayer. Later, of course, we get the announcement of Fallout 76 at the E3 conference. I couldn’t be more hyped. The very second I could pre-order Fallout 76 -I did.

I played through the entirety of the BETA. Yeah, it had it’s share of issues to this point. I thought the same about Elder Scrolls Online when it first came out so I thought nothing of it. For a BETA, Fallout 76 was running fine. We all knew the real test would be at launch. MMORPG’s always get a ton of players upfront and active players die off after awhile. That was of course the case.

So why did many people leave?

The biggest problem for me early on was the stash size limit. In the beginning, you could only store 400 weight in the stash. As I progressed, I wanted to keep more and more things. I needed several hundred pounds of junk just to repair my weapons, armor, and power armor regularly. 400 pounds was simply not enough.

2. Unstable enemies, especially Scorched and Scorchedbeast

All scorched enemies were wildly buggy for quite some time. Often they were invisible (not by design) which made the vault dweller unable to attack them at all. Wolves would have stretched necks like a giraffe. I never new where to attack them because only in certain places could I actually do damage to them. I decided to nuke the Scorchbeast Queen once I got strong enough to launch my own nukes. The entire fissure site was unplayable. It was full of these bugged and broken scorched. Other players filled the area hoping to get their hands on a 2 shot explosive weapon by looting the dead queen. Often the queen would get stuck outside the playable area, leaving our hard work unrewarded as we couldn’t get to her to loot her body.

3. Loading Screens of death

We early players feared loading screens in this game. Many times if you entered a loading screen, you would be stuck there indefinitely. I had to close and restart the application several times because I was stuck in a loading screen. This made me resent the game, and I often looked for other games to play until fixes came. Something about this game kept me coming back.

4. No Human NPC’s

One of the biggest complaints I seen throughout social media and forums was the lack of human NPC’s to hear stories from, receive quests, and otherwise interact with. Bethesda and their many publishing partners over the years have become known for their great dialogue with NPC’s. Fallout 76’s initial release featured, and placed on center stage, the fact that there would be zero human NPC’s in the game. There are currently only robots and various mutated creatures to interact with, very minimally. The primary, non-robot, NPC that most people recognize being Grahm. Grahm is a super mutant vendor who travels the West Virginian Wasteland. You can buy a variety of items from him, if he isn’t fighting other creatures.

I am a big fan of the Fallout Universe as a whole. This is a world that didn’t evolve technologically the same way that we did in real life. This feature alone created a vast world of lore for us to pick through. Endless stories for us all to be entertained by. I came into the series at Fallout 4. I quickly went back to the earlier titles just for the stories. Reading terminals, following letters, listening to NPC’s, creates a story like you would find in a great movie or series.

So is it worth coming back?

Yes. Many of those issues I have mentioned have been fixed to date. There are the occasional bugs, sure, but the game runs very smooth now. Every MMORPG has these same issues, and Fallout 76 is no exception. The stash size limit has increased to 800, and with Fallout 1st, the vault dweller may purchase a subscription, one of the benefits being a new unlimited Scrap Box. The new scrap box can cost you $100 per year, (Other subscription benefits as well) but this allows you to free up your stash box space by storing all of your collected junk for crafting and repairs in a separate storage. My personal stash box became 600 pounds lighter with this upgrade. Yes, I paid the $100 dollars for the upgrade.

What is Fallout 1st? Quick look.

Fallout 1st is an in-game subscription that will cost you $12 per month or $100 dollars per year. Right now, it features the scrap box mentioned above, as well as:

  • Private World – A private server for you and up to 7 friends.
  • Survival tent – this works independently from your C.A.M.P. and acts as a second free fast travel spot. It also features a cooking pot, stash and junk box, and sleeping bag.
  • Atoms – A big thing in Fallout 76 is the in-game purchases. I am an absolute fiend for furniture in all the games that I play. This gives you 1650 Atoms per month to save or spend at your will.
  • Ranger Armor Outfit – This didn’t excite me as much as it did other people. There are plenty of you who will love this though as plenty of people become as fiendish about outfits as I do furniture.
  • Icons & Emotes – several items free here

I simply had to buy this premium membership as a huge fan of the titles. The extra furniture alone is worth it to me.

What’s to come? Wastelanders expansion is the big upcoming update that many are looking forward to. Originally anticipated to release late 2019, this “massive” update was put off until an undisclosed date in Q1 2020. We do not know if/when we will get this update. At first glance, it looks worth the wait. The crowd which has followed Bethesda through the beginning hardships of the West Virginian wasteland deserve an update with little bugs. (Always going to be some). So I am glad they are taking their time. Here is a quick glance at the expansion. All of which is speculation as Bethesda has stayed pretty close lipped as to the exact nature of what is in it.

  • Human NPC’s – one of the key features to previous titles in the Fallout series. Just a couple days ago, Settlers and Raiders were introduced on Bethesda’s website as coming with the Wastelanders Expansion.
  • Companions – another key feature in previous titles, namely Fallout 4.
  • Workshops – currently there are several workshops through the (almost called it the Commonwealth) West Virginian Wasteland which the vault dweller may claim and upgrade. These are supposedly getting a huge roll in the new Wastelander expansion . The exact details are unknown.
  • Dungeon Style content – Bethesda seems to have an interest in added group style dungeons to the game. These will likely be Vaults, but we do not know the depth of this until release.
  • Tons of change – Like the workshops, much content will be enhanced.

So it seems our complaints are getting addressed. Is it worth coming back? Well why did we leave? No human NPC’s? well that appears to be getting changed. Bugs? The game runs much, much smoother now. Loading screen of death? Doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore. Stash size limit? This has been doubled, and the Fallout 1st premuim membership makes it much better. So I will answer again, YES, this game is worth coming back to, and I look forward to logging several hundred more hours into play.

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Black Desert Online – Warrior Class Review

I play Black Desert Online on PlayStation 4. I have also dabbled in the mobile app, bt most of my play experience is on PS4. I have over 500 hours invested into my Warrior and, at the time of this, am at 515gs evasion build. (BDO Planner, bdoplanner.com).

As I leveled through my first character (warrior) I thought it was a race to gear AP (attack points) and when I first got to 500 gs it was via a lot of AP. I then learned a bit more, and my play style seemed more aligned with this evasion type build. All that said, after 500 hours of game play with warrior, I am calling it the Swiss Army Knife. I have played 10 other characters so far, and that title seems to fit the warrior. It is no where near the mob grinder of a musa, not a trained alchemist like Shai, and certainly not the cosmic power house as is the Mystic. The warrior is not “the best” at any one thing I have found. It is more the utility knife I mentioned. The class is not terrible at anything either. A great all-around class that can get any job done.

Warrior is a lot of fun to play. My current build is quite tanky for the enemies we have available so far. I have won and lost several PvP bouts as well. The part I find might be difficult for those wishing to pursue this class is timing and positioning blocks. It might sound silly now, but you need to face your opponent in order to block appropriately. Also, classes that can string together large combos can excel versus a warrior as the shield strength will give out after enough damage. So knowing when and where to block is important, and hard to master. Using grabs and knockdowns on speed-demon / glass cannon classes is super effective with Warrior, as a pro.

Speaking of pros, here’s a quick look at some pros and cons in my play experience:

Pro: Con:

Easy to learnHard to Master
Swiss Army Knife ClassTiming / Positioning Blocks
Blocking / Defense
Regenerating Movement Speed Skill Kind of Slow Otherwise

Now we can begin to look at some of his skills. Warrior has some relatively high damage attack skills. I have built mine as high defense. So I started working with these largely important skill areas:

Shield/Blocks

Pre-awakened Warrior has a Longsword and Shield. After he Awakens, he is armed with a Great sword, which can also block effectively. He can charge with his shield, but must remain stationary while blocking with his great sword. The shield itself is also great for crowd control.

Kicks / Grabs

Kicks and Grabs have the ability to knock your opponent down. Some even knockdown surrounding enemies. This technique is good against mobs, but is wildly useful against other players.

Any skill which increases mobility

Warrior has a variety of skills which increase his mobility. He is not terrible manipulating any given terrain, but any advantage he can get to setting up blocks and other skills is important.

For me those are the 3 main skill areas to take a look at early on. Once you get a feel for Warrior, it’s easier to play with the more aggressive skills.

Current Warrior gear on Black Desert Online (5 Months Gameplay)

Anyways, just a quick breakdown of my experience playing a Warrior in Black Desert Online for PS4. I would like to do more of these types of articles, perhaps more in-depth, perhaps life skills, any topic suggestions is appreciated. Visit my YouTube Channel or Join the discussion on Discord.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Trailer and My Personal Hype

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord – Gamescom 2018 Campaign Teaser – TaleWorlds Entertainment expected release of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlords

I have only recently stumbled upon the epic adventures brought to us in Mount & Blade through Warband, the titles stand alone expansion dating all the way back to the archaic 2010’s. I found myself enjoying Mount & Blade: Warband; so much so, that I decided to look further into the titles. It was then, I discovered an upcoming game titles, “Mount & Blade II: Bannerlords”. What are the odds this new game I discovered is set for a number 2 right as I found it?

Fans of the game have been waiting a long time in fact. In my research I found that this game was set to be released in 2018 originally. Two years later, I find the title and it’s set to now be released March of 2020. Luckily for me, I am deeply immersed in M&B: Warband, so I can wait a little while. Sorry long time fans. I couldn’t be more hyped for this new game though. The adventures I discovered in the single player campaign are highly unique, and unlike any other I have played. Quests, decision making, relationships, diplomacy, strategy, multiplayer modes, it’s all here in one game.

My hype has led me to locate the trailer to share across my social media outlets, and here it is! Thanks for visiting friends.

Mount & Blade: Warband Further Review with Video of Arena

Arena – Training – Singleplayer Campaign – Further Review of Mount & Blade: Warband

Mount & Blade: Warband is a game I recently discovered. I do not tend to like non-mmorpg games; however, I was quickly hooked after spending some time in the various modes of Mount & Blade Warband. This game features a single player adventure that is unlike any other I have embarked upon. It does not feature the best graphics in the world, but I have said over-and-over I will take great game play over great graphics any day. One feature found in single player, campaign mode, is an arena area where one can hone their individual skills while not immersed in strategic war campaigns. This is my best match in the aforementioned arena so far. Hoping to make it all the way through eventually.

The arena is just one of the side adventures you can have in this game. The arena can help you hone your skills on a variety of weapons which can be useful later. Every decision you make can play a key role in later scenarios. From the very start you are asked to help a city by taking on forest bandits. You need to then recruit 5 individuals to accompany you into the battle against these bandits. Thus, the start of you army. Continue to recruit your way to larger and larger armies. A large army will not be enough to stake your claim to nobility though. Diplomacy is a huge part of the game. You will have to make friends, enemies, and other decisions. Large sieges require large armies, so pick your allies carefully. Pick your enemies carefully too, as they could be the end of your army -setting you back months (in-game).

In some of my videos you will often see me take on Jarl Aeric of the Nords. He was one who often picked on little ole me when I started, yet I have been able to best him at times. He has become my in game rival I suppose. But that’s how immersed you get in the story of this game.

Would highly recommend.

A Beginner’s Guide to Failstacking / Enhancing in Black Desert Online

77 Black stones (armor) 32 Reblath Shoes were used in the making of this +20 Failstack. Current value of Reblath Shoes needed for this stack: 412,768 Silver. Current CM Value of 77 Black stones (armor) 15,554,000 silver (Highest bid), and Blacksmith’s secret book +20 valued at 1,000,000 silver. Total project cost 16,966,768 silver if done without grinding the items through PvE.

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My information here comes from my gameplay on Playstation 4. Market prices, techniques, and some information can be different on the other platforms. This is going to be very basic, but I will add a couple things along the way. Further questions can be answered in the Discord (linked below). Enhancing gear with any kind of success requires Failstacking (fs).

Enhancing gear in BDO can be a very difficult task at first glance. It is a grind getting to the top of BDO, and enhancing is no different. In the beginning, there was hardly anything available on the Central Market (CM). So we all had to enhance our gear the now ol’ fashion way to get these items on the CM for others to enjoy. Now that the CM is full of items, many things can be bought to speed up the process. And sometimes that is just what I do. Reblath and Agerian armor are easy to come by in our version of BDO at this point. These items are available at a fair price at the blacksmith in Velia, Tranan Underfoe. So which do you pick for the failstacking process?

Agerian versus Reblath – Reblath is cheaper and you will need an absolute ton of armor to failstack. Agerian has the best resell value. If one accidentally “pops” (Succeeds) you can simply restore its durability and sell it to start over. This is a slow process, but helps break up the grind, and make you feel like you’re getting silver back. Being that reblath is cheaper, and you need a ton. This is simply the best way to go. I have also bought +14 gear from the CM to skip some steps in the past. This is a more expensive route as well, but sometimes breaks up this grind in the same way mentioned.

That last paragraph throughout some more advanced terms, so let’s take a a deeper dive into them. Being successful in an enhancement while setting up failstacks is bad. Here, you actually want to fail. Your goal is to get a +14 piece of armor, whichever style fits your budget, and an absolute ton of black stone (armor).

Things you will need:

  • A ton of the same armor piece i.e. Reblath armor x32 (from video)
  • A ton of black stones (armor) x77 (from video)
  • Blacksmith’s Secret Book
  • Silver in Stacks, 16,966,768 silver would be the max price I would have paid in the video if using the CM and Taran Underfoe for all materials.

First step is to get your reblath armor to +14. +14 armor has the best chance at failing while only consuming regular black stones. So, call up your black spirit, load you reblath armor into the enhancement slot and start tapping like Shirley Temple. When your armor piece loses too much durability, it will need to be repaired to continued. Head over to the blacksmith Taran Underfoe, and select repair max durability (dura). Use your other 19 armors (or however many are needed) to repair it back to 100 dura, call up the Black Spirit again, and continue. Repeat this until you have a +14 armor.

Second step, now that you have your +14 armor piece, it is time to fail like the 3rd grade! Damn cursive writing.. Make sure you see the spot in the enhancement process where it has an option for [enhance success] or [durability]. Look closely. Choose the option which gives you the least chance at succeeding. Now, you’re ready to fail 20 times. Onward to failure!

Third step is to save that amount of fails in you blacksmith’s secret book. The one that is sold by Taran Underfoe for 1,000,000 silver. Open your inventory, find the book, Hit X.

You have now saved your first fs. So, how does all that work help you? You can now apply that +20 stack to any gear you want to actually succeed on. See video for more in-depth understanding.

The great part about Pearl Abyss is we often get in-game rewards. These include cron stones, Valk’s Cry, artisans memory, and other items helpful to enhancing. I like to save up these items, as well as the failstacks I create for a period of time. I then just make a day of it. Whatever game time I have that day, just put it towards enhancing various items, either for me or for the CM. When you try to enhance otherwise, you tend to run out of stuff more quickly, and go buying from the CM. Go the cheap route, wait.

Bonus tip. As you can see from the video, I am on my Musa, rather than my Warrior. I use the same character (Musa) to do all my enhancements. Why? Because I am terrible with inventory management in this game. If you’re like me, you have WAY TOO MUCH stuff. Doing it on one character helps me keep track of what I have. For the video, I tried to empty out my inventory as best I could. Additionally, I am building a Luck Armor of Fortuna set for my Musa. This will allow me to grind scrolls, black stones, and other items to help my enhancements. I guess that’s not really a tip, but a look into what I do.

I wanted to make this short and sweet as failstacking / enhancing is definitely a more advanced concept in this game for most people. It’s not easy, and you’re doomed to fail at times. Fail in a good way, and a bad way. I hope to more of this type of article in the future. Your comments, criticism, suggestions are always welcome. Feel free to hit me up through the discord to answer any questions if I can.

GTA Online Arena Wars

RogueGOOSE1 winning 1st Place in an Arena War match! Grand Theft Auto Online Arena Wars

I wanted to share this because after talking to people in game, I realized many people do not actually know what arena wars are. These game modes are a ton of fun.

Arena Wars modes are:

  1. FLAG WARS, choose you car, truck, or bike and get to a classic game of capture the flag; careful though other cars, trucks, and bikes, stand in your way. Whichever team collects the most flags wins!
  2. CARNAGE, a last car standing match to the death.
  3. FLAG WARS, the match in this video, similar to capture the flag but with cars, bikes, or monster trucks.
  4. WRECK IT, this is a death race style of game play.
  5. GAMES MASTERS, one team collects checkpoints in their vehicles while the other spectates, spectators have a variety of weapons to use to destroy other vehicles, collect as many checkpoints as you can in the time and then teams switch places.
  6. HERE COME THE MONSTERS, monster trucks versus Issi Classic compact cars, after each round you switch places. Smash the Issi’s or lead the monster trucks to their doom in traps.
  7. HOT BOMB, hot potato with cars.
  8. TAG TEAM, each team gets one player in the arena at a time in a gladiatorial bout with cars. Up to 16 players can compete in these matches.

You do not need to own an Arena Workshop or any vehicle to participate in these matches. It does make it a little more fun to customize your very own death machine to use in the Maze Bank Arena, though.