What I’ve been playing Gwent and BDO

GWENT®: The Witcher Card Game

Been awhile since I’ve updated – we’ve been pretty busy, here’s what we’ve been playing.

Black Desert Online –

I have been playing BDO every day. My gear still stinks, but I am enjoying myself and having fun with the guild I’m in and that is what matters.  I am enjoying Life skills, but I don’t have hundreds of millions of silver.

Here are some big things that have changed –

New content – the world has been expanded. I personally hate the desert, but it is there.

New bosses. A couple of new ones, more gear, different gear.

Some content is easier and they really want new people to try the game giving them plenty of incentives to join the fun. So if you’re still on the fence… now might be a great time to start.

What I think will come… eventually.

I think by Christmas we’ll have essentially the same shop that Korea has. So would I think that is pay to win? You can have tons of silver and all of the best gear, but if you don’t have the skills (which takes time) to use your abilities then silver is pretty worthless.

There will be a server merge I think – creating characters on other servers is pretty important. They can access all of the awards that your main character on your main server can.

I will keep playing it until it isn’t fun.

Gwent the card game – I am probably one of the only people in the world that hasn’t played Witcher. I guess it is mostly because I love MMO’s. Gwent the card game within Witcher will be coming out soon. I saw some posts about it and did some research. This past week I was involved in the ‘stress’ test for the game. It was a short four-hour test window. It took me an hour or so to get it to work – I was trying to play something else in the background – but then play was smooth. Even though at the beginning I had no real clue about what I was doing, by the end of the four hours I was addicted and really sad that it was over.

Even for beginners the game was super fun, the card mechanics were interesting and the games were pretty quick, but not too quick. The last hour or so I won three games I think, much better than the first two hours I played when I lost almost every game.

The beta will be coming in October (I think), I highly recommend the game, you can sign up for it here. https://www.playgwent.com/en

Black Desert Updates / Blader (note that is not the ‘correct’ name – Musa + Maehwa) and more

Black Desert Online will updating tomorrow with two new classes. Also everyone will be getting a “FREE” character expansion slot.

Some details about that – along with a couple of videos can be found here –


So what else is going to happen?

Soft Cap – currently the soft cap is level 55. The soft cap is when it begins to get extremely hard to level. At level 56 it gets almost impossible. Rumors are around that the soft cap may be raised to 60 – but again no one really knows.

Weapon Leveling – currently maxed at +15 – this will probably be raised to +17 or so.

Gatherers rejoice (concentrated black stones) – you will start gathering some bits that will be very important and for those of you who gather all the time will be able to make some good money (if you decide to sell those bits).

A good guide to +15 – https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/04/13/black-desert-online-gear-guide/

I would put in some info about upgrading from +15 but I’m sure the item names will be different and I don’t want to confuse you.

New lands to explore – probably not with this update.

Some discussion about the updates – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URJhL7V3998

I think this is the only game that I’ve played for months that every time I log in the list of things I could do can sometimes be overwhelming.

I have been working on my alchemy and other trade (life) skills. I’m still not 51, but I’m not too worried about that. I bounce around as people log in / off and depending on the server I’m on I’m usually in the top 5 or so. That’s not really a goal of mine. I am having horrible luck with my alchemy stones though, but I have never been too lucky.

Black Desert – Some things to keep in mind..

Black Desert is one of the most in depth games I’ve ever played. Sure you can just play, bash your way to 50 and kill stuff… if that is what you want to do. Here are some reminders (or maybe new) of things you want to make sure you’re doing.

  1. The Black Spirit doesn’t just have kill quests – it also has other types of quests too. Summon and then click on Guide and you’ll find quests for many of your professions. One note some of the quests aren’t in the game yet – the quest that takes you to Professional Level 1 from Skilled 10 is not in the game yet – he gives the quest, but when you go to the NPC he has no response to you – at least for the Gathering quest and I found that other people had that problem with other specialties too.
  2. Alts – crafting and many other things take energy. Create alts, do the first few things – takes about an hour or so and you now have a Energy battery. Use the alt to do things that you may not want to do with mains or …
  3. Invest in nodes – you can invest in any of them in the game. At end game you can invest in the areas you like to farm for that last bit of loot, you can also invest the energy to make your farm produce more potatoes, or mine more copper etc. NOTE – each time you click, 10 energy goes away. When you don’t play alts they will still regin energy, just a whole lot slower.You get a bed from a quest, put it in your house and when you’re taking a break, click on it lay down – note keep your game running (you can minimize it).
  4. Money – I won’t pretend that I know how to make tons of money. I do AFK fish at night – just be careful – we have a lot of wars in my guild and you might find when you wake up you’ve respawned into a different place. When you fish – ask around for the latest ‘hot spot’ – when you cast your line in the water, it doesn’t really matter what the resources say – that only applies to how often you catch a fish. The ‘biggest’ fish I’ve caught sold for 150k. Speaking of fishing…
  5. Don’t just invest in the nodes, but connect them. Connecting nodes help you make more money in the area you farming, trading, fishing etc. A video explaining the nodes can be found here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu8cWulfDiY

That should give you some help – I would suggest joining a guild. We had an awesome pvp battle last night against better geared people – I’m only level 47 – but time to just bust a move and go ahead and get 50 already.

If you’re already 50 and again don’t know what to do – here is a handy guide, I’ll be using. http://blackdesertfoundry.com/2015/05/31/daily-quest-routines/

Have fun!!

Black Desert Launch … a little rocky

Wow what a crazy past few days it has been. I started Black Desert when it launched 3am on Sunday morning. I got up at 2am just so that I could do some of my work I always do in the morning and get prepared. There were a few hiccups as we all tried to log in at the same time and then things went well – very well for the first 20 or so levels that I got in a few hours (mobs were so packed). Then we got a warning on the server that our channel was going to be closed – not the server, just the channel. So I tried to switch servers (which takes energy) and that didn’t work even though I tried it so many times. So I was kicked. Tried to log in and no characters on Orwen, but my old character was on Uno. Guild leader said don’t play that, so created a new character, leveled it to 15 or so, then he said switch to the other, I had to leave then. Came back in the afternoon and had to start a brand new, fresh character on Orwen.

I didn’t get my preorder stuff till yesterday. So kind of bummed and think I might just start a fresh character since many of my guildies bailed – don’t blame them some were already up to mid 30’s when they got the call to reroll.

There is some compensation, which is good – you can see on this fine graphic / post. http://forum.blackdesertonline.com/index.php?/topic/28570-head-start-compensation-support/

Lots of complaining and moaning but I don’t guess anyone played WOW in the first days it came out… I would play five minutes, disconnect, be set back an hour, etc. all through the first few days. So I have no complaints. Loving the game very much. I should have some pictures with my next post and when I have decided on the characters that I want to use.

CBT2 Finished BDO Launch days away

Closed beta 2 is over. It was fun, I didn’t get to the level that I wanted too but that was mainly because I had / have the flu, a cold or something similar that made me feel pretty miserable.

I did manage to get to level 25 and did find a belt fish.


There has been quite a bit of yelling and complaining going on about the cash shop. I was a bit upset about the prices of some of the items too. Some of the items were even more expensive than the game. I think I might do a bit of research and see how our prices compare to the Korean version of the game and the Russian version too.

Some tips / guides –

Guild I am a part of made this “guide” – enjoy it. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JnFambQifvui7-V68QMsfuXuhAuu4C0NsVJCxJIv84E/preview?pref=2&pli=1


Here are some videos that I’ve found useful –


Tips & Tricks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdZwoJyjuEQ (I learned some things from this one)

More tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmH8OkewQf8

Boss Summon Scrolls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6yeVm-SNmo

Node system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0NVqfHQoao

Mounts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE9IJ6kAYxw

Crafting Beer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrncZYdPnKk

Conversations and knowledge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlTwxploR-Q

Gear upgrading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXrPApdCdu4

Farming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN1NmqTvf1c

Just counting down the hours… won’t be long now!!

Black Desert Online – One Step Closer

The client for closed beta 2 is now available to download. Details for that can be found here.


Also they give a nice calendar of upcoming things.

• Pre-Download of CBT2 Client is available on your ACCOUNT page
• Winners from the Beauty & Beast contest will be announced in our forum
• Additional CBT2 keys will be distributed by end of date UTC to those who registered

Make sure to check the forums and see if you won – remember the drawing is random. Also if you haven’t reserved your name and want to reserve it for CBT2, then tomorrow is the last day (at 3am EST.) 0800 UTC seems to be the favored time for BDO. So just remember that when you see 0800 UTC is 3am EST (which thankfully is about the time I normally crawl out of bed).

17.02 | 08:00 UTC
• Everyone who reserved his name by 08:00 UTC will be able to use his reserved name during CBT2 to test this feature

18.02 | 08:00 UTC
• CBT2 will start; follow us for details about patch notesevents and news in our forum
**Relevant threads for CBT2 will be updated before CBT2 start.

That is less than 2 days from now.

22.02 | 08:00 UTC
• CBT2 will be closed
• Character Creator will be closed
Redeem page for CBT2 keys will be closed

Four days to play isn’t very long but the ‘real’ fun begins now in less than a week.

26.02 | 08:00 UTC
Pre-Order will be closed

27.02 | 08:00 UTC
Name Reservation will be closed

28.02 | 08:00 UTC
• Soft Launch for Early Access who pre-ordered the Conqueror’s Package will begin
• Claiming process for Pre-Order Packages will begin

The Fun will commence.

01.03 | 08:00 UTC
• Soft Launch for Early Access who pre-ordered the Explorer’s Package will begin

02.03 | 08:00 UTC
• Soft Launch for Early Access who pre-ordered the Traveler’s Package will begin

03.03| 08:00 UTC
• Hard Launch for everyone who purchased the game will begin

• Cash Shop will be opened

Not sure what is up with the cash shop not opening till the 10th of March – I was hoping to at least buy a couple of pets, but I have managed to play in Korea with only one pet so it can be done, it is just a pain in the but to loot everything.

My plan for CBT2 is to see if I can level to 50 in the short window of play – that’s my goal anyway. I know that leveling is more difficult in NA vs. KR – we will see. It will be fun anyway!

Black Desert – Name reservation, CBT2 and a beauty contest

CBT 2 for Black Desert starts on Feb. 18th at 3am EST, and ends the 22nd at the same time.

Details for that can be found here – https://www.blackdesertonline.com/news/view/52

On the forums they have been talking about how the registration link may be “leaked” early so not sure if that is going to happen or now.

They had a Beast contest, now they’re having a Beauty contest. The same type of deal – they will randomly draw for CBT2 keys, T-shirts, figurines and Pearls. There are a 125 chances to win, so entering it should be a no-brainer. Everyone who enters gets a costume and an in game title. I like browsing through the character that the other people have made.

You can enter until Feb 15th at 8am UTC which is 3am EST.

This is just a guess but I guess the head start will begin at 3am on Sunday. That is just a guess.

I think I mentioned that I bought a new Korean account, to ‘test things out and I now have a level 49 character. It took about 18 hours of game time – that was with some double xp days – my goal is to get level 50 before the closed beta ends.

As we get closer to CBT2 and the launch I’ll try to post some things that I’ve learned.

Hakurai has some awesome videos – including class guides and some good getting started instruction. You can find the videos here.


Won’t be long now, and I hope you get the name you want!

Black Desert Launch Date announced and other goodies

My Ugly Character Entry
My Ugly Character Entry

Black Desert Launch Date announced and other goodies

I had planned on posting this earlier today, then started to hear some rumors about a launch date for BDO and then they announced it.

The Launch date for BDO will be March 3rd.

If you ordered one of the packs that gives you a head start –
Conqueror – 96-hour head start – Feb 28th.

Explorer 48-hour head start – March 1st

Traveler – 24-hour head start – March 2nd

I don’t know about you, but I might be just a wee bit excited.

They also have a new “launch” video.

A few other notes –

There is a contest going on using their character creator – it takes just a few minutes to create an ugly character and you get some free stuff for doing that. Details about the contest can be found here –

If you don’t want to spend money yet, you can try and get a beta key by going here –

Closed Beta 2 begins Feb. 18th.

I am still playing around the BDO the Korean version.

Black Desert News Update (CB2)

Some good news for Black Desert Fans – like I mentioned last week –


The Second closed beta test for Black Desert will begin on Feb. 18th. I haven’t seen an end date and I’ve been looking for it. I would think that it would last at least a week – personally I hope it lasts a couple of weeks, but I think we will have to wait and see.

Black Desert’s Character creator is now available as a free download. I played a ton of games over the years, I have never found a more robust character creator. Details can be found here – https://www.blackdesertonline.com/events/ccm/

They are also having an “ugly” character contest. Details for Beauty and the Beast can be found here – https://www.blackdesertonline.com/events/ccm/ShowEvent.html

Just by entering you can get an ingame title – in Korea some of the titles will give you a bonus (not saying this one will – but it would only take you a few minutes to enter the contest).

I’ve been playing Korea, had some time this weekend and managed to make it to level 40 with the new character I created. As always I’m enjoying myself and can’t wait for the game to go live!!

Blade and Soul Early Access – Black Desert talks about the Cash Shop

bladeandsoul2So I did play Blade and Soul over the weekend – I got the lowest tier pack so didn’t have any of the ‘free’ spending money that the other tiers received. One note I was playing with someone that had the highest founder pack – they were gaining experience at about twice the rate as I was an after a couple of hours I was level ten and they were level 20. As of yesterday I was mid 20’s.

I was on a low populated server I guess because although other people were complaining about ques and getting in, I didn’t have any problems. I still don’t have any idea bout crafting or how to craft – I should probably learn how to do it.

I shouldn’t bash too much on Blade and Soul. I do enjoy the combat, questing has been ok. I enjoy the dungeons although I really hate the bid on loot thing, especially when you’re the only one that can use it, and other people are still bidding on it. PVP has been ok, I keep my uniform on and sometimes I win and other times I lose which is fine.

I will still play it some, but I think that Black Desert has my heart. In Blade and Soul, it seems the only thing to do is quests and kill things (by the way doing all the quests is the quickest way to level).

Black Desert has revealed details about the cash shop –


Here are the highlights.

I like the summary they posted –

Below you will find a short summary for the lazy readers.


  • Family and Character Name reservations early February

Cash Shop

  • Cash Shop details announced. See post for details.
  • Possible pay2win items moved to mileage shop
  • Mileage system will be improved

CBT Feedback

  • Leveling Curve
    • Experience from monsters will be adjusted
  • Group Play
    • Party Loot Bag will be re-implemented
  • Energy System
    • Energy exchange rate into potion might be adjusted for CBT2
  • Karma and PK
    • Possibly looking into ‘bounty hunter’ features (see details in post)
    • Join the PK discussion >>here<<
  • Player to Player Trade
    • Trading might be disabled for CBT2; discussion ongoing
  • Server Setup
    • No update
  • Learning Curve
    • Missing profession quest bug in CBT1 will be fixed for CBT2
    • Guides or channels towards guides will be offered

New Stuff!?

  • Localization
    • All regions will receive their English accentuation to emphasize their role and contribute to the environment and atmosphere of the game
  • Cinematic Intro
    • New cinematic intro in development; maybe available at launch!?
  • Castle Siege and Node Wars
    • Will be updated after ~4 weeks after launch
    • First test runs will be done on live service to fine-tune server setting

Overall I’m happy about it. I’m excited, eagerly waiting CBT 2 – which although they haven’t said, it was ‘leaked’ could be around the 18th of Feb, we’ll just have to wait and see.