MMORPG – Black Desert Online, Post 4

Like with most games I’ve encountered, leveling becomes harder and more time consuming the higher level you get. Getting to level 50 is going to be harder than I thought. But, I found more things to look forward to!
There are underwater ruins that you can explore and a place called Star’s End which is the site a meteorite crash.

I wish I could explore more now, but there is still a lot I can uncover. I ended up going to places early and having to come back later for quests, so it seems that exploring on my own might be pointless for the time being.

The map is very well designed, showing the sun’s position and easy to understand icons that can be turned on and off. You can see where high-level monsters are so that you can avoid them or try seeking them out I suppose. It also is a really easy way to see housing. Housing is still something I am working through, but it seems that you can decorate it how you would like if you can buy the materials. If that is the case, that is something I am also looking forward to.

As a player who really loves exploration and having my own slice of the world, the houses and map excite me the most but I also like how fluid the combat feels. It does make you feel empowered, even when grinding. This is definitely a game I will continue to play. Disappointing that the more interesting parts take a while to get to though.

It seems like you can have two characters, so I made a new character to try out another class. I was then remembered how much of a pain the beginning tutorials are, so that might actually wait until another time. Since I went through character creation again, I am reminded of how it is weirdly both constricting and not. I can alter a character’s facial structure, but they are very limited options like hair and tattoos.
I also saw how the Striker and Mystic seem to be male and female counterparts, but for some reason, the Striker has more control with everything else being the same. I think it’s really stupid and makes me question why anyone would choose the girl except for looks. Pretty annoying, but also minor in the long run. Being a dude is chill with me, but I just don’t get the difference.


MMORPG – Black Desert Online, Post 3

So, clans have up to 15 players and guild have up to 100 players. Players cannot be in a clan if they are in a guild. Both guilds and clans fight in wars, but clans cannot participate in guild wars.
Being in a guild adds rewards, skills, and a guild-exclusive chat.

The game does have PvP, but a player cannot participate until they are above level 50. One place to do this is in areanas.

It seems level 50 is fairly significant, as it is also changes some of the main quests. It is recommended to do all of the black spirit’s quests, because “although the Black Spirit can get a little annoying sometimes, it only means the best for you. So treat it with affection and carry out the quests it gives you”. This is mainly so you gain experience in combat and get the rewards from the quests.

The central market seems to be more simple than I initially thought. I suppose the amount of text was the more intimidating part. The central market can even be accessed from a mobile web page, which seems really unique.

I definitely like the auto running and how you can still look around and hit the sprint without interrupting it. You can also mute the nearly constant notifications about guild wars and the central market. It seems that eventually you can get a boat and explore the ocean, which sounds like an amazing time and not something I’ve seen another game do. There’s sea monsters and this place called Sea of Silence, which sounds interesting. It does require a level of 50, so I got a bunch of grinding to do!


MMORPG – Black Desert Online, Post 2

I find the quests to be tedious, but there isn’t much else to do besides grinding my level. I would say that there is too much information to absorb and I’m sure there is much more to the game, but I’m not really sure where to start. I get the feeling that I’m still on the surface level of what the game has to offer and having never gone in-depth in an MMORPG before, I don’t have prior experience to guide me.

The classes are very confusing and seem to also be gender-specific, which is very frustrating. The women in the game also seem to be sexualized, but this is the sort of thing I expect to see anyway. This is an example of some male and female classes in their wiki (to be fair, they are not all bad):

I’m not very invested in the main quest and I couldn’t honestly say what the story is really about. The world is very beautiful and the map is extensive.

There are also clans and guilds, though I’m not really sure how I would join them. A lot still left to learn


Week 10 (30th March – 5th April) – Field Notes

Direct interactions with other players does not seem to be an active part of the game. However, the market seems to be entirely run off of player characters. The prices fluctuate and generally follow supply and demand. This reminds me of Runescape which is a game I played quite often growing up. I’m not sure if that game was an inspiration or not, but if it worked for Runescape, I can understand why it works for Black Desert Online. The central market is still very intimidating and hard for me to understand. This is most likely because of the interface, which seems more complex than what I am used to.

Your guide is called the black spirit and is involved in the plot of the game. The black spirit gives you quests, but you can also find quests by talking to NPCs. I find the black spirit to be an interesting character because when I first met them I thought they were very creepy, which I believe is the point. The developers want the player to be unsure if they can trust this character and I see a likely betrayal coming in the future.

You can buy houses, which can be used to store things. This still confuses me a bit, but this is likely because of the larger gaps of time being playing and not paying enough attention to dialogue. It is simple enough to Google something that is unclear and there is an online forum community, whether through the official site, Steam, Reddit, or another website.
The map seems to be huge. I have yet to explore it all and it seems very dangerous to attempt to at my current level. With aggressive enemies near the roads that are likely at a much higher level than I can handle, I will most likely have to continue to discover the map as I level up. There are bosses that can be fought and this can be done solo or with a party. I really enjoyed this part thus far, especially when I had a party with me.