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Black Desert Online

Genre:
Fantasy-MMORPG
Platform:
Windows
Release:
TBC 2014
Black Desert Online (검은사막) is a Korean sandbox-oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It takes place in a high fantasy setting and revolves around the conflict between two rival nations, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom o
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Tuff
  • Mar 11, 2016, 5:36:19 PM
Tuff

Thank you so much everyone! @Amy-Higgins I think its because of all the positive vibes I've been getting from the people around me supporting my art, it does wonders haha! <3

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Neny

I do love all of my three ladies. Everyone has her own little backstory and therefore a different "feeling" when playing her. It is less about the class but the mentality and the emotions behind those characters. And this game provides these endless possibilities to create something unique …

Neny
  • Mar 14, 2016, 5:47:40 PM
Neny

Awwww, thank you so much, everyone!! I wasn't looking for any credit or praise but you totally made my work day when I saw these super kind comments! Thanks a lot!! It rly warms my heart <3

Neny
[Roleplay] Whitestar Adventure on the Open Sea - PART 1


(Please excuse my broken english, not a native speaker but I tried my best :) )

Once upon a time there was a mystical time to be alive. Brave soldiers traveled the world. Mighty wizards wove spells to surpress their enemies, wild berserker men's firm grip would strangle weaklings and swift archers would shoot poisoned arrows to slay their foes.

This is the time Whitestar existed. A band of brothers and sisters who were part of the same family and very different from each other the same time. Nonetheless they fought for each other, bleed for each other if necessary but also enjoyed good times and some booze together.

This particular story is about five members of this family. Five sisters very different from each other too but who shared a very special trip together!

Everything started with Jiva (@Internet). A mighty witch of an even so mighty breed of witches and wizards, who mastered all the destructive arts of spells long ago. She had dealt with imps, trolls and even bigger demonic creatures and after some time she got bored. So she pondered:

"What will I do with my life?" and it indeed came to her quickly: all the fishing people were talking about. This was rather lucrative! She wasn't able to buy much by killing demons and collecting their itchor as a reward. With a side glance she take a look at @Elloa, her dearest girlfriend and closest friend, and took a deep breath. She wanted to make her happy. Wanted to shower her in gifts and jewelry, everything a girl's heart desired. But magic alone did not do this deed. So Jiva sucked in air, stood up from the bench she was sitting at home, and decided to craft a ship!

Yes, a real ship! To travel to the open sea, hunt whales for their expensive flesh and maybe, even maybe, to have an adventure in her life that was more than slaying etheral entities!

@Elloa sat at the table, the setting sun low behind her, rays of light in the dusty air of her window, cutting vegetables. She was used to the knife, the experienced ranger she was. Earlier this day she has been hunting and returned with three weasles to skin and cook later - but her mind was in the air. She would never admit this in front of Jiva, her beloved girlfriend, but lately she had grown weary of hunting. Her heart has always been with the wildlife. Everything she wanted was to live beside the weasles and rabbits, to run through the rivers, sniff at flowers, live in a tree and just live a peaceful life. Instead she had, as everyone else in the village, to pay taxes and taxes needed money. So she hunted animals to sell at the market to make a living.

A sound made her aware of her surroundings and her thoughts were interupted. Jiva stood up from the bench she has been sitting on for quite a time and left the house without a word. @Elloa surpressed a sigh. Things had been a little rough lately. Life has been harsh and they could not spend much time on quality time together as a couple. It was hunting rabbits on her side mostly as well as slaying demons for money on Jiva's side.

Slowly she put the vegetables into the stew and glanced at the setting sun. Would there ever be a different life for them in reach? Would they be bound to this simple life forever?

"Get over heeere!" a tall elvish girl yelled when she ran after a little animal that just escaped her cottage. @LunaDra stomped her foot in frustration and stared at the creature disappearing into the forest. She had been giving animals shelter for a long time, rescuing bunnies hurt by traps or little fawns who lost their parents, but none has been so ungrateful like this little bugger. She has fed him with the best food whilst she did not eat anything!

With a stormcloud over her head she returned into her little home. She lived inside a tree house, many foot above the ground, in a very silent spot of the forest. @LunaDra was an elf who valued silence, peace and darkness of the very night. She was a wise woman who seldom spoke - but when she did, it was to support her friends and family with helpful suggestions and she was valued for this by everyone.

From the top of her tree cottage she could oversee the open sea. Since she was a little girl there was something she has always dreamed about: sailing on the sea. Actually she was very afraid of water, @LunaDra could not even swim. Her parents have died when she was very young and nobody had taught her how to survive anywhere else but in the tree. The young elf woman loved this tree. She did. But sometimes she also felt like in a cage. A bird who wanted to set free, no matter how afraid of the outside world.

A baby squirrel climbed her body and sat down on her shoulder, snuggling on her cheek. @LunaDra smiled at the little furry creature and gave it a soft stroke. Watching the setting sun with her squirrel friend she made a decision.

She would not spend her whole life on this tree anymore! She'd go on an adventure!

The sun was setting. Cricket sounds were the only thing in the air beside dandelion seeds visible in the orange glow of the sun. The grass was moving slightly in the wind. A peaceful night was about to approach.

When suddenly a giant black creature burst out of the forest and trampled on the grass like a single stampede. The little animals around scattered into every direction in terror, even a bear shreeked and made his big paws leaving the clearing slowly.

The black beast came to a halt, snuffling. A dark red haired woman descended from the animal, touching his nose softly. She had weary eyes, a strong build, even when she was little, and the overall look of a fierce fighter. She knelt down on the ground to touch a fresh mark in the soil.

"Look" she murmured and the beast tilted his head as it was listening. "This must be it. The witch we are following all these days."

The tiny, sturdy woman, her name was Psota (@Hultay), did rise from the ground again and narrowed her eyes. The sun had nearly set but she was close. So close to the woman she was hunting. If they'd travel the night, they'd reach her. They'd reach her for sure.

To cut her throat.

With a little grim grin she whistled. Her beast let out a furious shriek, every tree close was trembling, and approached quick to let her ascend its back. Soon they'd meet the witch. To end the witch.

Psota yanked her feet into her beast's flanks to get it going again. She wanted this kill. She wanted it eagerly!

"Oh, not agaiiiin!", @Neny yelled and threw the old boot back into the ocean. With a snarl she fetched her rod again and continued fishing.

The young, blonde woman was daughter of a famous knight who had started drinking when she confessed: all she wanted to become was a fisherwoman! He has been so ashamed of her, he became more and more a drunkard and has even been cast out of the royal guard. In this anger he had beaten up her mother, left her crippled and the children poor, leaving the village for good to search for glory in battle.

But @Neny was no woman without delight. She loved fishing more than everything in her life and it brought delight to her soul, being able to feed her family with trouts, tiny kraken and seaweed! Well... mainly seaweed. As the truth was:

She was a pretty sucky fisherwoman!

The rod reacted abruptly, @Neny was yanked forwards and a broad smile enlightened her face. "A good catch!! I can smell it!", she thought to herself and brought up all her strength to slowly reel the fish in. She was a mess to look at. All shabby fishing clothes, a grey mantle with torn bottom, holes everywhere from mishooked hooks and she did reek like a fish herself.

"Is that why I have found no man yet?" she said to herself whilst reeling the fishing in. More and more strength she used to get this catch on land. What a mighty catch this must be! So strong to avoid her, to flee again! But she reeled and reeled and finally she yanked the rod free!

...to find another heavy shoe on the hook.

"SCREW THIS!!" she yelled and stomped on her catch with a red face. Exhausted from all the fishing slumped down on the spot, on top of this ugly, worn, red shoe from the open sea. "What do I do with my life?!?" she yelled to herself in frustration and laid aside her fishing pole.

She was just about to go home in embaressment, without any real catch but seaweed, when she glimpsed a silhouette on the horizon.. was that a ship? She narrowed her eyes. This was a SHIP! Would this be the opportunity to board a REAL big gouverment ship to fish on the open sea? To even catch a REAL KRAKEN?? She stood up again and waved her tiny arms. "Hey! Hey sea captain!! Take me with you!!" she yelled happily.

And even so, the ship was approaching her from a distance. But.. was this really a ship?

What will happen to the people in this Whitestar family?
Will Jiva(@Internet) be hunted down by the fericious Psota(@Hultay)?
Will @LunaDra finally manage to escape her tree prison?
Is @Elloa going to change her life completely?
And will @Neny finally become a REAL fisherwoman?

You can read MORE in the next episode :)

(SPOILER: including four terrible deaths!)

Wolle0rism
  • Mar 11, 2016, 12:04:11 AM
Wolle0rism

Awesome!

SirOwe
  • Mar 11, 2016, 9:02:00 AM
SirOwe

@Neny this is lovely... Very good read.... <3

Kitiandra
  • Mar 11, 2016, 9:13:02 AM
Kitiandra

Great to read ^^ and the pictures are a nice addition to the story!

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Internet
  • Mar 10, 2016, 5:35:52 PM
Internet

It took a bit of work, but most of it was done by my workers. I'd be happy to have a fishing trip with the guild, so far I haven't really taken the boat anywhere! I think there's room for a decent number of people in it, too (8-10 maybe?).

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AzuraKyomi
  • Mar 26, 2016, 11:25:50 AM
AzuraKyomi

So nice, really enjoying BDO ;p

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Internet

Whitestar + TheOrder fishing trip was a success! After a guild event where we failed horribly at catching 4 fish (boo), we met TheOrder for a joint fishing trip. We got to chat with TheOrder's members and found a crazy fishing spot - hopefully we'll have a nice alliance/partnership with …

Aeyvi
Black Desert Online - Adventures with Hair Colour

It's been a long while in between blog posts, mostly because I've been consumed with many things and not felt that urge to write. The following post is something I wrote and posted to my other blog but I thought it might be handy to have on here, I have however re-written it in parts and moved bits around.

Recently I've been able to have a play with Black Desert Online and it has some very beautiful graphics and in-depth character creation. For someone that used to love to build things in the Sims it’s always fun to try and create a little person you’re happy with.

This post originally came about because I was spending many painful hours trying to come up with one of the most 'simple' hair colours and struggling. Firstly I tried a blonde gradient hairstyle I ended up with this character below. Looked fine to me!

But when I logged into the game it was a mess of bright orange/green-blonde and mud. Eek. So much fail! I very quickly logged out again and went to delete the character to re-use the name but was hit by a 24hr delete cycle, whoops.

How can making colours be so hard?! I looked up how other people made the colours, but I couldn't find a tutorial on anything close to what I was after to back to playing with all the sliders. It seemed I could either have green-brown or reddy brown with green ends. It was frustrating because why should it take so much effort for something so simple? It doesn’t help that the palette colours don’t match how they look on the hair then the slightest variant in lighting change the whole thing. I thought of going with bubblegum pink or something ‘wild’ because that is so easy to create. Speaking of colours, I think my screen must be way off or something because the option I have for skin is actually blue on the palette. Very strange!

After a few disaster attempts I’ve finally got something I’m happy with that doesn’t turn horrific colours in various lighting conditions. I really wanted something neutral without it ending up green or red based. I decided to make this post for anyone that’s having the same struggle that I did and wants something a little different to the black/red/rainbowsplurge (nothing wrong with rainbows!).

Version 1

Here's the sliders:

Although in game things weren't looking too great. My hair was described by a guildie as 'magical hair' as it was pretty much every colour in all the different lighting.

Which leads me on to..

Version 2

Sliders:

In game:

Much happier so this will be the one I stay with for now!

It’s absolutely amazing to have so many options in creation but you have to be able to foresee what you would like your character to look like (I'm terrible with this) to get the best out of it. I’ve seen some amazing attempts at making copies of famous people, which are scarily similar, but still a copy! I've been scared to even move certain features because there is no undo button that I can see, just one that resets the entire part and you end up working on suck a detailed scale that when it resets you've lost track what’s what and return to the previous save to be safe. For me, this route of creation, although an amazing step forward in customization and graphics, is the most stressful I’ve used so far. However, in time, and with practice and a few more undo buttons, it might be a pleasure. For many though, I can imagine that such a vast array of options will lead to prematurely giving up and sticking closer to the default face/hair templates.

Had not intended to go off on such a rant. Time to actually try the gameplay!

Aeyvi
  • Mar 16, 2016, 2:02:05 AM
Aeyvi

@Wynbjorn Thanks! Yeah I'm going to have a bit more of a play to get used to them. Glad you've nailed it!^^

Azurri
  • Mar 16, 2016, 11:30:29 AM
Azurri

@Aeyvi Very nice article. The hair choices suffer from no default brown and the strange palette. As you will know, you can drop the Shine to Zero that will lessen the variance of the changing colours, but then the hair looks dull. If you work out a better fix please let us know :)

Aeyvi
  • Mar 16, 2016, 12:06:03 PM
Aeyvi

@Azurri Thanks :) Of course, I will keep you posted!

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Autumn

Tried to make my Witch similar to my Elementalist on Guild Wars 2

Neny
  • Feb 19, 2016, 9:44:05 PM
Neny

woah.... she looks AMAZING!

SirOwe
  • Feb 20, 2016, 4:28:06 PM
SirOwe

yea gorgeous

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Internet

Jiva the travelling soothsayer and fortune teller is here! Also selling cheap and proven tonics, mixtures, tinctures and oils!

violetarc
  • Apr 6, 2016, 5:14:01 AM
violetarc

wow, love that wagon!! congrats :)

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Neny
  • Mar 31, 2016, 5:19:18 PM
Neny

I saw cherry blossoms and cotton fields in some other screenies, so looking forward to see that landscape myself too! (maybe in one year with my snail pace :D) Keep us updated with gorgeous screenies like this one!

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LunaDra

Got my first t4 horse through breeding *first goal achieved, many more to go*

LunaDra
  • Mar 15, 2016, 6:33:09 PM
LunaDra

Yup they are my stable boy clothes @Neny :D

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Internet

Imagine your worst fears. Now multiply them by a billion. Do they even come close to a roided up chicken in a mechanical wooden mech? Didn't think so.

Neny
  • Mar 10, 2016, 5:38:36 PM
Neny

Sounds reasonable!

LunaDra

My witch. She is my favorite at the moment... but but I want to play an elf!

Elloa
  • Feb 3, 2016, 7:21:15 PM
Elloa

Ooh woaw, very nice character @LunaDra

Neny
  • Feb 3, 2016, 9:24:37 PM
Neny

wow, stunning character, Luna!

LunaDra
  • Feb 4, 2016, 8:49:43 AM
LunaDra

Thanks everyone :)

Tuff

Great, now I have to play a Valkyrie.

Lahndon
  • Feb 21, 2016, 9:13:37 AM
Lahndon

Lovely character! Valkyries are awesome fun! :)

Neny
  • Feb 21, 2016, 10:21:16 AM
Neny

Wow, she looks like a HD version of your Wildstar char!

Tuff
  • Feb 21, 2016, 10:50:06 AM
Tuff

@Neny O , O youre right!!

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Neny

Tonight I went on the coolest boat adventure with le mighty @Vordt.Ororyu ! We went on a random ship and died in the middle of the sea, he guided me to a fishing island, we killed some goblins and he even bought himself a BOAT and we went sailing :D Super cool trip! Thanks again for the …

Neny
  • Feb 19, 2016, 9:43:17 PM
Neny

It instantly fell in love with Captain Colgate!

Vordt.Ororyu
  • Feb 19, 2016, 9:44:16 PM
Vordt.Ororyu

It's a wonder that the Colgate smile didnt shine through the helmet!

Prootheus
  • Feb 20, 2016, 12:29:32 AM
Prootheus

I'M ON A BOAT