Lifeskill clothing aside I hadn’t done any gear upgrading whatsoever in Black Desert Online for almost a year. I just couldn’t bring myself to endure the headaches and disappointments its RNG-heavy enhancement system tends to torture me with.
I had a Dandelion awakening weapon lying around since new year’s day though – don’t ask me why the fiercest, most powerful weapon in the game is called dandelion of all things – and the foes my current main story quest sent me to fight made me feel a tad underpowered indeed. I had lots and lots of upgrade materials gathering dust too, so there really wasn’t all that much reason to cop out any longer. More importantly, a couple of weeks ago a pretty huge change went live: the game now displays the exact chance of success for an upgrade, failstacks included. No more relying on supposedly datamined and/or ‘tested’ success charts like the one in the first post I linked above.
So on Thursday night I finally sat down and got going. I didn’t pay any attention to how much it cost me, I just put my head down and charged through. My goal was to reach TRI on the Dandy and upgrade a couple of armor pieces to at least DUO along the way while playing the failstack-dance.
I reached those goals, but as usual the RNG gods weren’t particularly in my favor.
After failing the first four tries for TRI, falling from DUO back to PRI each time, I finally hit it with the fifth. Not great, but it could’ve been worse still.
On the upside, I fared much better with the other parts. In the process of building the right amount of failstacks for the weapon attempts I got my helmet from PRI to TRI, shoes from PRI to DUO, gloves from +15 to DUO and even my off-hand from DUO to TRI. My gearscore made a pretty substantial leap due to that, especially in the defense department.
The difference is very noticable and I advanced the story without much problems. I hope this’ll be enough for a while though because I think I need another year-long break from enhancement now.
In contrast, a project I was actually looking forward to a lot was the Epheria Frigate’s manufacturing process. Gathering and processing the needed materials, while a mammoth task in itself, is only the beginning. I needed to rent the shipyard in Port Epheria and set workers to the task. For each and every single piece of material one cycle of work has to be completed.
Fortunately you don’t need to have all materials on hand to begin production. I actually only had about 350 Pine Coated Plywood, 200 Timber Squares and 14 Frigate Designs when I rented the shipyard, but I was able to start the first work cycles immediately. Since it’d take forever with just one worker I hired a couple more, and also connected Epheria all the way to Calpheon so I can send additional workers from there.
I have six workers permanently working on it now. If aquiring the materials goes faster than anticipated I will send a couple more, but for starters this should suffice.
I gotta say, until now I never made any kind of progress this slowly in an MMORPG and still loved every minute of it. I don’t feel the slightest bit of impatience, just pleasant anticipation. And I know that I’ll be proud as a punch when I first set sail with that ship.
Once production was rolling it was back to questing. After I’d defeated the aforementioned baddies for my Striker’s main story I was told that I needed to help my black spirit find its true form again. In order to do so I was to seek out and examine some strange entities in the desert.
If that thing looks huge to you that’s because it is.
Fortunately I didn’t need to fight any of them. Color me surprised, just for once examine wasn’t a euphemism for kill.
After that it was back to the alien-like caves from last week. This time around I managed to open the strange device at the bottom and got to meet an old…guardian…or something. I don’t know if it’s the translation from Korean or the story itself, but I still find it pretty convoluted and hard to follow most of the time. Anyway, the visuals were quite awe-inspiring.
I couldn’t recount what exactly he told me if my life depended on it. Among other things he was pleased with my achievements and basically told me to carry on doing what I was doing. Thanks, would’ve done that anyway.
The black spirit indeed got its ‘true form’ back in the process.
Actually this was the first bit of story that was at least somewhat interesting and surpsising, and it seems I’m finally on the verge of finding out what the black spirit actually is. Hence I was eager to continue right then and there. Instead I now need to run completely unrelated errands for several folks in Valencia City for some reason. I can’t even talk to the spirit about what happened, it just hands out dailies and stuff as usual.
Oh well, I guess I’ll find out soon enough.