Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ArcheAge: Interesting decorating

Tentacle house.  Someone must play The Secret World too.  Looks like a filth cow!


 Boxes and plushies

 This is a Fellowship Plaza that is open for all in the zone that own property.  Except the asshat decided no one was going to use the Specialty Bench.
But at least there's a baby grand....
 
Stay off my lawn for real!

Friday, November 14, 2014

ArcheAge more screenies




Leomorph with baby Leos.  Wish the ingame Leo pet could be out with the mount.



Chatty Scarecrow in Halcyona.  Supposedly a quest.  Need to check that one.


Funny farm in Arcum Iris


Creative use of an 8x8. How does he get in that coffin though?


Guy stuck in the ground.  He was there for 4 hours having escaped jail, so he said.


Truly stuck.  I haven't managed that one yet.


More player beautification of Marianople.












Friday, November 7, 2014

ArcheAge pics of the week

Random photos from ArcheAge this week.

So why does King Thorkell have this guy hiding upstairs?
The Headless Swordsman. He looks pissed



The fighting in the caves for resources on Auroria.

The last claimable zone in Auroria before the West took it


First merchants sign I've seen. Go crafters!


Marianople to Dewstone has been transformed into the new Napa Valley.  
Grapevines line the road the whole way. 
Cherry trees from Halcyona to Marianople.

Both are part of the Beautification of Nuia Project on Tahyang.


 Sunset ride through Dewstone









Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ArcheAge should you play or not?


Sitting here waiting for AA to patch and Auroria to open, hopefully (crossing fingers) not a repeat of launch,  I was thinking about ArcheAge and why someone should or shouldn't play - maybe. 

I have friends that are avid PvPers and those that avoid it at all costs. Those that like to quest and others that would be happy to buy a max level character and never go near a quest.

Me, I love to quest in a game (AA not so much), but can happily run around farming, exploring, gathering, pvping, running some packs, and have a wonderful time in game.  Last night I donkey subbed from Freeditch to Auroria, to be close when the game launches.  I could have taken my clipper, but I thought I'd like to see what is on the bottom of the Arcadian Sea while watching a movie.  Got to make your fun in game!

So off the top of my head list......


Why you should be playing ArcheAge
  • You love open-world PvP and believe 'red is dead', and maybe some green players too!
  • You love gear-grinding to be the best
  • You're a crafter, the more complicated and varied the better
  • You like a sand-boxy feel world that you can create your own fun in
  • You like player driven economies 
  • You're a 'Farmville' addict
  • You like to explore
  • You hate to solo anything, grouping is where it's at
  • You love dailies and wish there where more of them
  • You like housing and putting your mark on the world
  • You love sailing, fishing and being on the water
  • You've always wanted to be a pirate
  • You will play with a sub (or support a cash shop) to keep a game going


Why you maybe shouldn't play ArcheAge

  • You hate grindy games
  • You really hate open world PvP or any type of PvP
  • You like to quest
  • You like to solo play always
  • You like theme-park type gaming
  • You like deep, rich lore driven story
  • You have an older PC and not the best graphics, or internet connection
  • You don't like whining, bitching, moaning, swearing, rudeness and all that is the public chat channels
  • You believe everything someone in game tells you
  • You hate hackers, cheaters, grifters, bots and other nefarious acts ingame
  • You will only play F2P games

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Beekeeping in ArcheAge

Apiculture or 'beekeeping' in ArcheAge is part of the husbandry profession (anyone can raise bees, but it benefits husbandry pros).  Beekeeping in ArcheAge is not climate controlled, so all zones work equally as well.  It's also a good harvestable for random players, as the hives do not need to be harvested but every few days if you wait for the maximum honey harvest.

The product from hives is honey and the very rare drop royal jelly.  Honey vendors for 2s2c to any merchant or sells on the auction house (average on my server 20s each/harvest is around 29 honey a harvest) as it's used in cooking, alchemy and for trade packs.

Royal jelly is used primarily as a sealant (wax nugget) that were required in Alpha for submarines. As subs haven't been added back yet, we can assume it may be an ingredient but ? knows for sure! It is still used for one item Framed Butterflies.

BEEHIVES

You can make a beehive with the Handicraft profession. It is a low level skill, so anyone can make one. For one Acorn Beehive, you will need to be at a Handicraft Kiln (50 labor) with the following materials:
  • Three Acorn: from fruiting Oak trees (you can grow, wild harvest or buy off the AH
  • Five Aspen Hardwood: rare drop from Aspen trees (the pricey item on my server)
  • Twenty Lumber: three logs equal one lumber refined, so sixty logs total
  • One Dawn Lake Light Essence: refined from fish. Depending on the fish - 10 rare; 20 uncommon; or 100 common make one essence.  (Usually cheap on the AH if you don't fish)
  • One Nymphal Queen Bee: see below on where to catch one or buy off the AH
 * Check the auction house prices on your server for acorn beehives, the finished beehive is often comparable to collecting or purchasing all the materials to make one, but does have a broad fluctuation in price by as much as 50g.

Once it is made it can be placed on your farm. Beehive footprint is on the large size, so does not fit on 8x8 or around 16x16 smaller houses. You can fit eight on a 16x16 farm with room for a few other things and they do fit on the thatched roof cottage or homes.

Beehives go through distinct phases/stages and the longer you wait the better the outcome. Royal Jelly harvests - in theory - are available at any stage.  Note, the labor cost goes up considerably for each stage as well. I haven't tried beehives without queens, as in theory they are suppose to still produce honey, but at a lesser amount.

Alluring beehive. No honey.   Lasts approximately two days.

Moist beehive. 200 labor. Small amount of honey. Supposedly a chance of Royal Jelly.  Lasts approximately one day.

Sweet beehive. 400 labor. Some honey.  Small chance for Royal Jelly. Lasts approximately one day.

Prosperous beehive. 600 labor. Harvest time!  Chance for Royal Jelly.  Average is 29 +/- honey per harvest.

Queened beehive.  This is a random instead of Prosperous, you can get a Queened hive, where the hive has produced an extra queen.

You can net this queen for another hive or to sell on the AH. (My server a nymphal queen sells for 4-10g).  Otherwise you can just harvest the honey. You can't do both though, it's honey or the queen!  If you think you want to capture this queen have an extra net in your inventory.

 When you are harvesting honey, you will get stung if you're not wearing a veil (recipe below).  These are pricey on the AH, often running as much as an acorn beehive, because of the materials to craft. If you do not wear a veil you will get a debuff as the bee's sting you.  It's a minor slow and makes you run around for a few seconds.  Nothing serious, IMHO, so I haven't bothered with a veil yet.

As your Husbandry skill increases, the labor cost to harvest your hives does go down.  I'm only at 37,305, but did get a reduction in labor use down from 600 to 540.  The XP for harvesting a prosperous is a nice chunk - 42,525 xp - too.



ACQUIRING A QUEEN BEE

Queen bees are tamed from wild bees.  You'll need a queen bee net to catch her (recipe below).  Now that the start zones aren't so populated it's fairly easy to find a queen bee buzzing around. Queen bees are located in Haranya in Mahdevi and Falcorth Plains and in the Nuia in Solzreed Pennisula and White Arden. 
 
Queen surrounded by Queensguard bees.

Make sure you have a queen bee net or two with you. Once you have your net go forth and locate a queen.  You'll need to reduce her health before netting her as if you do not lower her health enough she can break the net.  If you're high level, use an ability that will not one shot her or dot her to death.  Also remove your weapons so you don't auto attack kill her (yes I did that!), she only has 1500hp. The queens in White Arden are level 24, one star, so not so fragile as the other queens. 


Net down, capturing started


 Net fully open, queen bee captured.

When you have your queen (Nymphal Queen Bee) you will get an extra icon on the beehive to add her. 

Other beekeeping items to have in inventory are smoke beads and veil.

The smoke beads will kill pests in your beehive (it will be blinking red and shaking) and the hive can be destroyed if you do not smoke the hive in time.

The veil will keep you from being attacked when harvesting honey.  I found the stinging was a minor annoyance/buff, so don't really worry about the veil.  The smoke beads I would carry one or two just in case.



BEEKEEPING RELATED RECIPES

Queen Bee Taming Net
Leatherwork Bench. 50 labor.
Five Leather: Refined from pelts. One leather=three pelts  (turkeys or pigs are easiest)
Twenty Memory Ink: Purchase from General Merchant
One Pearl: From aqua farming pearls

A hive with a smoke bead cleaning it.


Smoke bead
 Handicraft Kiln. 20 labor
One Lumber: Three logs = one lumber
One Hay Bale: from seed bundles or buy off the AH
Two Blue Salt Knives: purchase from General Merchants

Veil
Must have 500 proficiency Leatherwork. 250 labor
Twelve Leather: Refined from pelts. one leather=three pelts, so thirty-six pelts
One Cashmere Thread: yata fur and one downy yata fur
Ten Handicraft Yarn: Tailoring.  Goat, yata and bear fur
Three Moonlight Archeum Shard: drops from mobs or purchase AH
One Small Seed Oil:  Alchemy


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scenes around ArcheAge

Saw this the other day while running through Lilyut Hills.  What exactly it is, still a question!



Creative use of wooden crates on an aqua farm.  This guy built himself a fishing platform, complete with a chair.


A Dahuta recruiting billboard in Lilyut Hills.



Sunday, October 26, 2014

ArcheAge random pics of the week

I take alot of screenshots in games.  These are some random fun ones I found the past week.


How you want to see a bot in game.



When you get tired of sailing the seas in ArcheAge, harpoon your way to fun.



Anyone who's unloaded trade packs on a farm will appreciate the precision of this pack stack.



Waiting for the war clock to to tick down in Two Crowns outside Cinderstone Moore to grab that 130% delivery fee.

What you want to see when visit the owl after playing the auction house.


Scenes from Lutesong Harbor, Villanelle (Haranya).






Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ArcheAge - You Scripter!

Now that ArcheAge is over a month out, properties are trickling in for unpaid taxes and are slated to be demolished.  The un-landed are searching zones, setting up spreadsheets, timers to make it to demolitions at all hours of the day/night.  People have friends help click, do area raid  invites to screw up the competition's clicking (hint - turn off raid, party, guild, etc, invites while at a demolition).  It can be very unfriendly at times.  PvP zones, guilds will go purple to kill off the competition on a desirable spot.

I've attended some land-grabs just for fun, some with the intent to try and win. (Would have loved the location below on the river in Marianople.) When a property is coming up for demo, people start hovering around hours before the actual demo time - which I don't get - it's not first in line for a Black Friday sale - as your position doesn't signify anything.  If you're there five hours before or five seconds, it's the winning click that counts!

  Big crowd for a place on the river in Marianople (couldn't screenshot the whole group waiting).

As buildable land is a finite resource in ArcheAge (there is much open/unused (no NPCs even!) land just not designated for housing/farming.)  People really want their own slice for a myriad of reasons: some want the house to decorate and call home; others. its all about farming for trade/crafting, or hoping on the rare Thunder-struck tree or Blizzard Bear Cub - everyone thinks they need their little chunk to call their own.

Whomever wins is always accuse of being a bot or scripter, etc., and often is.  Many properties are purchased by the same few names and resold within a short time.  Which feeds people's fury at losing again.  It's okay to lose to the player next to you from XYZ Guild, but not so much to a scripter that isn't even in visual distance and resells the property usually at a huge profit.

 This was a fairly normal group waiting.

When I read that you could be 80m away from a property getting demo'd, I thought that explained why we might not see someone that snags a property and always 'assume' they're a bot/scripter.   (Not saying there aren't alot of bots/hackers, etc., in game!)

Soooo, I had to try it.  How far could away could I be and actually still click to win. I found this 16x16 getting demo'd in Karkasse Ridgelands at 4 a.m. - perfect! If I didn't win, it wouldn't be a total loss - yes another 16 would be great - ever in need of more materials for trade runs - but it was not the ideal location I wanted.  So a perfect test - if I get it great, if not no loss there. 
This toon is only 22, so aside from the concern about getting killed prior to the click-a-thon (for the anti-PvPers - 3 deaths in a month in KR - it's pretty darn safe!), I wanted to see if I could indeed click from here and win.  I'm not sure of the actual distance, but there is one 16x16 and one 8x8 below the hill I'm on.

Did I win?  Darn right!  I out clicked the handful of people there by the time 4:14 rolled around.  I don't think they saw me or if they did, likely assumed I was /afk or something, but not actively involved in the land grab.  

You want to see this screen only the "build" button NOT greyed out.  That's a you didn't win.

When I came down (hoping I wasn't going to get a purple bloodlust attack going), I was accused of being a scripter.  I told the guy I wasn't who was naturally angry he'd lost.  Honestly though, there isn't any reason someone could or should be that far away IMHO (I don't know if I could have been further away as in no line of sight). Maybe highly desirable places in PvP zones - you might want some distance but I think you should be no further away than the adjacent property.

I really wish it would switch to a lottery type system. Put in your 1g (10g whatever), name comes up it's yours. Total RNG, but no cheating, no scripting, no macro's off your keyboard or mouse, no lag-loss, etc.  Straight up RNG, which we are all use to!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ArcheAge - Erecting a Fellowship Plaza

A Citizen's Fellowship Plaza once added to a zone gives the ability to create Fellowship Trade Packs for those that own property in that zone.  The balance of the crafting stations, vendors are open to the public, but the Specialty Bench is only for residents (citizens of that housing province).

It is quite an undertaking, usually by a guild or individual with deep pockets and alot of land!  I'm fortunate on Tahyang, McFly (I assume with friends?) built one in Marianople and the guild Conviction built one in Halcyona where fortunately I do own properties. 

I missed the one going up in Marianople, but did attend (and contributed a couple of stone packs) to the guild Conviction erecting the Fellowship Plaza in Halcyona.

First step buying the plans.  500 Gilda Stars is alot of trade pack runs!

After you have the plans you need:

30 Stone Packs (each pack is 100 stone brick or 300 raw stone)
10 Iron Packs  (each pack is 100 iron ingots or 300 iron ore)
10 Lumber Packs (each pack is 100 lumber or 300 logs)

The packs like all the housing have to be added in order.  So, 30 stone packs have to be placed first.

Stone packs down, iron being added.

 Iron in place and lumber going down


Completed Fellowship Plaza.

Conviction did a nice job placing this in Halcyona.  It's next to their town hall with easy access for everyone in the area.
Making of the first specialty pack.

 Most housing areas have crafting work stations, etc., but the specialty workbench only allows the production of a specific trade pack from that zone. (Ex. Marianople - Marianople Face Cream.)  These trade packs do not fluctuate in terms of price based on turn in as only residents of that zone make them.  So you're almost guaranteed the 130% return on a pack. (The ingame trade pack calculator is your friend for following percentage returns.)