Black Desert

DeThroned wrote:

What is the endgame like? Is it all pvp or are there raids and pve objectives? I'm not huge into pvp so if that is what the game turns in to it may not be for me

end game is pvp. GvG pvp. You fight for control over nodes and world bosses.

Edit:

The KR,JP,RU version have PvP starting at level 30, but they've said already that the NA launch will have that level increase and people are talking that it will increase to start at 50. So it will truly be an end game deal.

Sounds like for me it might be a game I pick up to level and quit at end game since I don't get into PVP either. The beta wasn't bad, but didn't sell me on the game completely. I figure I will wait and see if I can score a beta key like I did for the first beta.

Cool, it looks like the game is launching March 3rd.

https://www.blackdesertonline.com/ne...

Woot!

Dear Players,

The wait is nearly over and we are very close in starting this exciting journey with all of you.

We are pleased to announce that the name reservation page will open this Tuesday, the 9th of February to all pre-order holders. Name reservation is possible from 18:00 UTC.

If you have not yet pre-ordered Black Desert Online it is still possible to benefit from the many pre-order perks, such as a head-start and exclusive items. You can pre-order Black Desert Online until the 26th of february.

Don’t forget that pre-ordering either the Conqueror's or Explorer’s package will automatically grant you beta access and in this case you will not need a beta key. The second closed beta test will start the 18th of February, 08:00 UTC and ends the 22nd of February, 08:00 UTC. (The client can be downloaded from the 16th of February).

See you in-game!

The Black Desert Online team

Official post on how to reserve names.

http://forum.blackdesertonline.com/i...

Starts at 1pm EST.

Thanks to you and ran.

Edit: It's time for a server crash!

Edit: It's time for a server crash!

I'm shocked and appalled!

Haha yeah. I have not been able to login successfully yet to reserve a name. The amount of anger on the forum thread is funny. People get really bent on these made up names that are often from fantasy literature, movies, or historical.

So hard to have the infrastructure in place to handle the traffic they need for such a small window without wasting so much money.

So hard to have the infrastructure in place to handle the traffic they need for such a small window without wasting so much money.

No kidding. As someone who works in that world, I sympathize with the expectation that things like this should just work, but cannot help but laugh when people are surprised that they do not.

(Not to mention when companies that don't have names like like Blizzard, Valve, Microsoft, etc, even bother to make claims that something like this will work flawlessly. It's theoretically possible, but extremely unlikely unless you have exceptionally good technical teams and effectively unlimited resources to work with.)

Anyway, I got my family name -- not that there's much competition for "zeroKFE" -- but didn't come close to my desired character name. Oh well!

Yeah I work in the business too and while virtualization technologies have done a lot to allow quick ramp up and and ramp down of some resources you still need the underlying metal. On top of all that your pipe is only so big and that is not as easy to quickly change.

What amazes me even more is people getting mad because somebody took such common names.

I have been playing these games since before MMOs and the internet back in MUD dial up into the service on my 300 baud and even then it would be silly to think you should and could be Arthur Pendragon on every MUD you ever wanted to play.

I am now registered, I think anyway, as Maladen Blackmoon in North America. My hesitation is because on my account details page as the small print suggested I would see what I have reserved but there is nothing.

I love all the forum posts of people being mad they had to preorder to reserve a name.

Well, it is a buy to play game here people, so yeah they're gonna charge you for the ability to select your stupid name. Everyone wants sh*t for free. Jeez.

I think if you reload the reservation page you'll see what you've selected -- it does for me, at least.

And yeah, I generally just accept that I'll just be prefixing any character's name with "Zero_" or something like that; makes it easier when playing on alts with friends, anyway. Of course, this game presents a unique challenge since the family name concept handles the "easy identification of who is actually playing" question quite well, so I'll just have to use weird antiquated names or something.

I do think it was an odd decision to make first and family name both have to be unique.

Clearly with a unique family name you could have allowed the first name to be anything.

maladen wrote:

I do think it was an odd decision to make first and family name both have to be unique.

Clearly with a unique family name you could have allowed the first name to be anything.

Right?

The explanation that makes the most sense to me would be that perhaps the family name concept was a relatively late add to the design, and for various reasons it would have been too much of a pain in the ass to rework their database design to work with a keys that were a pairing of the two, or something like that.

That, or they were just really lazy and said f*ck it, it's marginally easier to design this way, so who cares.

zeroKFE wrote:
maladen wrote:

I do think it was an odd decision to make first and family name both have to be unique.

Clearly with a unique family name you could have allowed the first name to be anything.

Right?

The explanation that makes the most sense to me would be that perhaps the family name concept was a relatively late add to the design, and for various reasons it would have been too much of a pain in the ass to rework their database design to work with a keys that were a pairing of the two, or something like that.

That, or they were just really lazy and said f*ck it, it's marginally easier to design this way, so who cares. :P

I could have sworn that first names weren't unique in the other versions. Family name has always been unique though. This could also be just for registration, and will open up after launch.

Still lucky case of having unique names is that the only time i have to worry about someone taking my names is when my friends are trying to f*ck with me.

This time I got mine reserved no problem.

Welp I reserved Einbjorn as my family name... seems the web page hung when I was trying for a character name... oh well... got the family name in before work at least

Einbjorn wrote:

Welp I reserved Einbjorn as my family name... seems the web page hung when I was trying for a character name... oh well... got the family name in before work at least :)

That actually probably means your name is not available -- from what I could see in the inspector, their application wasn't properly reporting the failure of that check to the user, and thus it would just seem like clicking the button did nothing.

If you put in something far more you unique, you should get the same sort of confirmation dialog you got when you chose your family name.

Man I keep striking out on CBT2 keys. As early as I quit playing Blade and Soul, I am hesitant to drop money on Black Desert Online.

I went into BnS knowing i wouldnt stick with it. Just wanted to check it out.

I can tell you that progression and game play is completely different.

I pulled the trigger on the 30 option. Plan on it being my distraction game when I need a break from GW2.

Good to see you on the BDO train.

So ranalin, how much will I be missing in not having a pet the first week? (Cash shop is opening a week after launch.) From my research, it looks like AOE looting comes from the pets. I really can't stand single corpse looting, so should I try and convince the wife I need to upgrade to the $50 dollar option, or do you think I can just power through and wait and buy a pet when the shop opens.

Also, one other thing that I'm unclear about. Are there in game avenues for earning outfits/pets and other cosmetics, even if it is just a currency exchange method a la, GW2, or are said cosmetics only available via a credit card?

Badferret wrote:

So ranalin, how much will I be missing in not having a pet the first week? (Cash shop is opening a week after launch.) From my research, it looks like AOE looting comes from the pets. I really can't stand single corpse looting, so should I try and convince the wife I need to upgrade to the $50 dollar option, or do you think I can just power through and wait and buy a pet when the shop opens.

Also, one other thing that I'm unclear about. Are there in game avenues for earning outfits/pets and other cosmetics, even if it is just a currency exchange method a la, GW2, or are said cosmetics only available via a credit card?

If you're truly annoyed by single corpse looting it will be a huge deal. There's places where you're fighting such large groups of mobs and you'll have to make the decision of looting everything or healing. Personally i know i can hit 20+ the first day i play and by the second day will be glad for the pets in a big way. I guess just depends if you think you'll reach the point where the density of mobs will be a factor. I never did buy one when playing on the RU server.

I'm not sure about other avenues. On the RU,JP,KR versions people will put the cash shop items on the AH, but they've said for the NA version they weren't going to allow that.

What are the death penalty and the pvp loot system like? Most of the information from google looks to be probably out of date.

krev82 wrote:

What are the death penalty and the pvp loot system like? Most of the information from google looks to be probably out of date.

The old version as it stands is that you hit 0 karma after killing 2 unflagged people (We wont be able to turn our flag on till level 50). You gain karma by killing mobs at a MUCH lower rate. You'll drop gear on death more when in negative karma, takes longer to heal, guards can attack you, and you will respawn in random locations. Oh if you lose karma and are in a guild... you make the guild lose karma as well. I'm not sure about if the loot dropped by you is lootable by the folks who kill you.

There's talk about using the chart below as what we'll be testing in cbt2, but it's a bit cloudy if that's true or not. It's a revamped version of the system.

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important dates

16.02
• 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

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 notes, events and news in our forum
**Relevant threads for CBT2 will be updated before CBT2 start.

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

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

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

10.03
• Cash Shop will be opened

Pre-Download
• Access your ACCOUNT page to see the download button once pre-download is opened
• Pre-Order Package owners will be automatically activated for this process above
• CBT2 key holders will have to redeem their key first on the redeem page and the follow the process above

Claiming Process for Pre-Order Items
• Once the claiming process has opened, you will have to create first a character on a server of your liking
• Once created, you can claim all items yourself via our website
• Details and URL will be provided prior to the opening

Cash Shop Opening
• The Cash Shop will not be available at launch
• All items available in the Cash Shop will be available during CBT2 testing phase including pricing

I'm going to play this beta thing. Let me know if there is stuff to do teamed up!

What class is everyone going to play? I'm thinking of starting with a Sorceress, and hope to have enough playtime in the CBT2 to try out a few more classes. How many levels does it take to get a good feel for a class?

I take it there is no support/healing class? I can't find any good info about all the classes so far, anyone know a good resource?