Whoops/RIP XFire

Sorry for the loss of pictures in some of the old posts! XFire closed their doors and shut down their servers, including where lots of my old screenshots were hosted.

If there’s anyone out there reading and is actually spending time looking at the old posts, I apologize!

On other MapleStory related notes… I’ve been playing again a little bit lately and may actually try and use this blog again for tracking purposes. This game is like gravity and every time I jump away, at some point I come falling back down onto it and spend a month trying to figure out where I left off.

Until then!

-Josh

Working Art of Value

I get it, I get it. Live like today is the only day you’ll ever live.

Except they leave out the part where living life as if you’re building something, as if you’re working towards a goal, isn’t part of the picture. Your life is a masterpiece, and proceeding with reckless abandon has it’s own sort of beauty to it, but it can only grow to a certain grandeur.

“Live every day knowing you’re making tomorrow greater” is a better motto. There’s so much more to life than the moment, and the rewards are so much more valuable when you put sweat and time into it. Grow to be a father, grow to be a mother. A mentor, a friend, a great architect, the inventor of new machines, all of these are aspirations that don’t fit into the “just do what you want right here right now” picture of things.

Living a is becoming a lost art in favor of “living it up” which is a temporary shadow of the beautiful art our lives can become with a little dedication.

Don’t always run off for the joy of the moment. Don’t be afraid to commit. Yes it’s scary, yes it’s unknown to you, but your family and friends want you and need you in community. They need you present for the long term, not just this second, not just this minute.

Love like you’ll be around to keep nurturing it. You’re too valuable to go up in smoke at the end of 24 hours.

You’re just too valuable.

One day.

One day, one day. My pen will meet paper like an unsung song.

These very words I cannot wait to express, who so unfathomably quiver inside of my chest.

They want to get out, they want to run free.

Maybe one day you’ll get to know me.

Big Bang is…. so amazing.

Syke.

I can’t even play on my main account where all of my equipment is. I’ll be around on my Gunslinger’s account in the meantime, probably playing on Whyplash or some other misc character in that account. With all the bugs and glitches going on right now idk if I’ll even be able to enjoy the game. Most characters are missing multiple SP points(which I haven’t counted and haven’t had time to investigate my gunner to see how much it has or doesn’t have. I think it had 20 spare SP at level 130 when I logged on – I put 10 straight into crit to max that and I guess the rest will be going into Lucky Dice. We’ll see when I have some time to investigate.

I guess I don’t need to mention how long it’s been since my last post. I’ve been pretty busy lately – Graduating college(well, graduations are on the 16th – my final class was a few weeks ago though), and I’ve gotten a full time job as an IT Support Analyst. Making money is fun and my job is awesome so I’m quite enjoying life right now. It becomes crystal clear to me why the rest of the world revolves around the weekend though, as much as I love my job I really miss all the free time I used to have for playing games, watching movies, or hanging out with friends. I’m actually at work right now taking a short break – back to work ASAP though.

When I get home in a few hours (t-minus 1:15 till I get off work)I’ll probably play maple for a bit but like I mentioned before, with all the glitches going on right now I figure it might be better just to leave well enough alone until they sort out all the kinks. If logging on today will be any bit as hard as it was yesterday then it won’t be worth the half hour it takes for the server to let me log on(in my account that actually works).

In the past few months when I’ve actually gotten on Maple, I’ve managed to get my Dual Blade to 129. My Night Lord is still 184, and I believe it actually lost exp when Big Bang was implemented. To me that loss of exp is odd because of the curve, I had expected to gain quite a bit of exp. Oh well. I’m pretty out of touch with monster stats and locations right now too. I’ll probably do some exploring tonight if just to get accustomed to the new layout of things.

Back to work for me, I’ll try to update this when I get my main account fixed. I sent in a lengthy ticket – but if this is anything like back when all of my important equips got lost in a fire by Nexon and their rollback a few months ago, it’ll be 3-4 weeks before I even hear anything regarding the issue.

I also bought WoW a week or so ago when it was on some mad sale. I really don’t like the game but with more than half of my best friends from maple playing it now, and for 20$ total, it was an investment I couldn’t pass up. Even if I don’t have time to play it right now, in the future if I was ever interested I could have looked into playing but having had to pay at least 40$ more than I paid for the bargain I got it for. I’ve also gotten Call of Duty: Black Ops since it came out, and I would love to be spending my days playing that as well but ugh, busy-ness with work and people invading my weekends have severely restricted my playtime for anything.

I hate to be antisocial but I really want to completely turtle up sometime and not see anyone for a couple of days and just game my heart out.

Laters~

Josh/Darkning/WhyteBar/(and temporarily Whyplash)

Galloperas are awesome

Title says it all. The past couple days I’ve been doing Galloperas and they are just awesome for experience.

Yesterday from 3-9 EST they had a 2x event that was supposed to be compensation for the Windian Rollback and stuff  (not that exp is what I cared about losing). So I set out about 1pm to find a gallo map and luckily got in with a party there which secured me a position in the map. I trained on 1x/2x buff(s) for an hour and at 2 I bought a 2x card because I knew I had to leave around or before 6(I’ll add that story later). Around the time of the event start, my partner left but another person joined me, another DB who was only a few levels lower than me and stuck with me for the next 3 hours. I hit level 98 (started at 87?)around 5:30 when I had to leave. Nice progress for me. 😀

I wound up being out with the family for several hours, didn’t get home until around 10:30 but when I did I got more itchings to train so I hit up galloperas and found another party that had a ring mule. I provided several 2x buffs in the FM and by 2am(after 3 hours of training) I hit level 105. At that point I was beat so I just logged off and watched some TV before I went to bed.

The progress with the character is going very smoothly, I’m still astonished at how fast training is these days in MapleStory. Might as well be easy mode with all the additions.

Another 2x is starting in 5 minutes for 2 hours, I’m gonna try and get a Hime map, galloperas would be devoured by now.

I’ll update you later. 🙂

-Josh/Darkning/WhyteBar/Descrypt

Loss, DB, Chaos Horntail

Let me start this off by saying how disappointed Nexon I am. During the most recent Server Maintenance, Nexon managed to accidentally rollback certain characters(not accounts) in Windia. Unfortunately my Night Lord and my Dual Blade were affected. However, my storage that was populated with some of my best items, did not get rolled back. This means that as of Tuesday morning, my characters will sitting in towns with my equipment in the storage(19 attack gloves, 2 attack 4 dex facestompers, 9 dex 7 luk agent receiver earrings, and a 6 dex 45HP branch nose) – however, at the time of the server check late tuesday night, those pieces of equipment were on my NL while I was training. When they rolled back my characters, the storage did not reset but the characters did. So my NL and DB were reset to a time when they did not have the equipment, but the storage was not rolled back and was empty.

I don’t know how such a colossal mistake is made by a company with millions of customers, but Nexon managed to mess this one up. And all they’re doing about the problem is “compensation of 3k maple points”. I’m sorry, 3$ dollars can’t even scratch the value of the equipment I lost. And so because of this situation I’m out  of 19 dex and 21 attack.

My friend Alex(Kayako) let me borrow some of his stuff to tie me over until I can recover so that has been helping out quite a bit. He’s not playing maple anymore due to similar complaints with Nexon as a company, and so he went to play WoW and has been actively evangelizing that game to me every time we talk. haha

So with his gear, and the remaining pieces of my own equipment I still have, I set off to train my Dual Blade for 4 hours last night. I started at 71, and after the first hour and a half of 4x, I had already hit level 76. It was a pace I didn’t expect, and that’s always a good thing while training(if its faster than expected). Since it was already quite late(2am+), I decided to try out galloperas since that was the hot go-to place or characters my level and above. All the maps were still busy and full but I managed to find a 116 DK named DKJyaki that was soloing with a ring mule. I asked if he wanted to party because I had an HS mule and 4x buffs to supply, and he agreed. I have never before trained with a ring mule in the party, but oh my god. Getting +8k~ exp per gallopera that I killed just from the ring(because I was on 4x with HS) is absolutely insane! I quickly shot through the levels, hitting 87 by the time my 4 hour 2x card ran out. Fastest I’ve ever trained through those levels, period.

There’s a 6 hour 2x event in Windia today as part of the compensation package. I wish I wasn’t still at gallopera level because considering that I was affected by their mistake as much as anyone else, it’d be nice to actually find a map and train for the event.

I also finished that 3rd job advancement video – check it out!

Now, because of losing my gear and not having enough HP, I was unable to join 1st Gen as they went to fight Chaos Horntail on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Whats more important is that they succeeded in killing the boss. That’s right, 1st gen of Windia was successfully the first group in GMS to kill Chaos Horntail. And they managed to do it 2 nights in a row! Huge congratulations for the, its an extreme accomplishment and my only regret is that I was unable to share that success with them.

I think that’s all for now, it’s my Dad’s birthday so I need to go pick something up for him. I’m not sure what he wants, maybe I can go pick up a bunch of cool Blu-Ray movies. 🙂

Laters,

Josh/Darkning

Chaos Zakum, Training, Hunting.

It’s been a busy weekend(on maple), fighting Chaos Zakum, training the Dual Blade, and hunting for upgrades on WhyteBar.

Chaos Zakum

To start things off, as of my last blog post, I had mentioned that I would post after going to Chaos Zakum. Well, we wound up going(and have been going every night since), but I just didn’t have time afterward to write up a blog post about the evening. The fight itself isn’t actually that hard. However, it is the most annoying fight I’ve ever experienced in MapleStory. Fortunately for us, the arms are the worst part, which we can take down in about 20-25 minutes. They seduce the first 5 people that come into the room, so we’ve been strategizing to have the Warriors and others with high HP be the first 5 to go in. After that there’s a dispel about every 10-20 seconds, and crazy skull and joystick curse to go with that. For those of you that don’t know, crazy skull is a buff that a monster can put on you to make all of your controls reverse(i.e left goes right, right goes left, you have to hold down to jump up), and joystick curse causes you to get poisoned for 1500 damage(at czak) every time you move. Combine all of these things together and you get a  disgusting pot of stress and button mashing. Our group is good, so our communication relaying all of this stuff works out pretty well and keeps (most) of us alive. The DrKs are spamming Hyper Body, the Bishops are spamming MG, and I’m spamming MW30 to equip my claw – haha.

After the Arms are dead, the bodies start over at being a piece of cake and steadily get worse throughout the fight. During First Body I think the only serious problem is Zombify, but don’t quote me on that. 2nd Body has Dispel and Zombify(and maybe Pot Lock), and 3rd Body has Pot Lock, Dispel, and Zombify. Pot Lock is a skill that prevents you from using any potions, and it has to be dispelled by a Bishop before you can use your healing potions. If it weren’t for Zombify, the bishops could just heal you, but unfortunately Zombify causes you to take damage and die every time your bishop heals. Check out my post on southperry.net’s forums for some screenshots:

http://www.southperry.net/showthread.php?t=29522&p=497340&viewfull=1#post497340

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Training Descrypt


Training on the dual blade has been going quite well. Across Friday and Saturday I managed to push from 34 to 50(not that fast, but I’m not stressing too much). However, on Sunday, I really worked at it and managed to go from 51 to 70 across two 4 hour 2x cards(I know, its gross), and 2x family buffs throughout most of that.

I knew I wanted to avoid MP3 as much as possible on the weekend, so I tried out going over to Windraiders up in the Crimsonwood Keep. That turned out quite well, as I got to use a friend’s bishop as a door mule so that I didn’t have to travel the jump quest every time I needed to rebuff 2x or repot. Those maps aren’t as trafficked for the same reasons, so getting a map was easier.

I hit level 55 about an hour and a half into my 4 hour card, and had to deviate from training to go make the level 55 Advancement. The trip to Nath and back is always annoying, but it was worth it to get ahold of Flash Jump at such a low level. After FJ I’ll be saving my points to throw them into my skills at 3rd Job+ advancement. That’s another nice thing about Dual Blades, they can save points across certain job advances. It really helps out with maxing important skills as soon as they’re available to you.

I stayed at Windraiders till about 61-ish and then tested out StormBreakers, which I timed exp and they turned out to be faster, and the map had less ‘visitors’ than even windraiders. I stayed there all the way to 70, where my DB is currently sitting. I didn’t have any rep mules left available for yesterday(used em all training after 3am on Sunday night). So I took yesterday to reset all that stuff, and I kinda wanted to train tonight but I guess the Server Maintenance will interfere with that.

I wish uploading pictures was as quick as it used to be on WordPress, it takes me like 30 seconds per picture to get them all set with the right size and everything, I’d totally be posting more of them if it wasn’t such a slow process. However, any of you who are interested can go over to my Xfire profile and check out my pictures over there, the URL is www.xfire.com/profile/darkning .

Whee! Bloody Storm does Backflips!

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Hunting on WhyteBar

After Chaos Zakum last night, I headed down to Squids on 2x drop to look for some earrings/new pirate top and bottom. I stayed there about an hour or so but I didn’t have any luck with relevant equipment, I found a few potential items that pertained to other classes but even those weren’t very good. We’re supposed to have a Chaos Horntail Run tomorrow sometime but I don’t think I’m giong to be allowed in because all the ranged are going to be required to have 7.5k base HP, which is about 1100 more than I currently have. I believe tonight I should be getting a Chaos Zakum helm, so the added 10% HP will be nice but I’m going to need to get some other equipment to make up the difference. Just the Chaos Zakum helm alone should net me up to around 7k, but the lack of dex from my regular zakum helm might have me wearing a Horntail Pendant, which would set me back about 300 HP. We’ll see how that goes. WhyteBar(D4rkn1ng) is still my baby but with all these new characters coming out all the time I find it so hard to ignore those and just train to 200. The Dual Blade seems to be alot of fun, we’ll see how it goes when I get past 120. I thought I’d be training my Aran past 120, but he’s still chillin like a villain.

I’ve got class tonight, so that means homework now. Since I won’t be playing Maple after 1am tonight, I might try to drop some time on BattleField: Bad Company 2 or Alien Swarm(a new free game on Steam). A friend of mine from college plays both of those so getting in some gaming time with him would be fun. Stay posted, I’ll be uploading a video of my DB’s 3rd Job Advancement sometime soon.

Peace!

Josh/WhyteBar/Descrypt