01 Jan 2017

Mechanics : Customizing equipment skins

It will only be moments before you meet up with your fellow legion and embark through a dangerous dungeon. On your way there, bandits are making their every attempt in stopping you from reaching your destination. You fend them off easily as if it’s a daily ritual. But something is out of the ordinary this time; when you loot the last killed enemy, a magical weapon presents itself in the looting table! Just looking at the exceptional stats makes you feel ecstatic. This rare sword has bonuses that will FINALLY allow you to out damage that cocky assassin. He’s been gloating all week about his “uber dps”, but now it will be your time to shine. As you anxiously wait for the item to soulbound, your jaws fall to the floor; this weapon may have amazing stats but it looks like something the graphic artists designed while intoxicated.

This is something that happens to all of us. We find equipment with incredible stats but quickly feel disappointed when it isn’t visually appealing. Because it is a superior item in terms of numbers, we often find ourselves wearing gear that doesn’t look good at all. Unappealing gear may result in "facepalms" from friends.

Although it is pretty hard to find gear that is not graphically exquisite in Aion, certain styles may not mix well with people. Take for instance, the sword above. I thought the sword above did not look that great. We can see the feeling was mutual between my friend and I. I still had to use it however just for the sake of stats. What Aion has built right into the game is one of the most simple, yet robust customization systems for your gear. essentially, you can take the “skin” of any equipment (some restrictions apply, explained later) and literally put it on any item (again, a few restrictions apply). Below are pictures in how exactly you go about doing this process.

Once these two steps are done, a cost is calculated. After paying the relatively inexpensive fee, the weapon will now have the stats and skin that you chose! Be aware, the item that was used to extract the skin from will be lost. One of the ways people look at this is that you can basically level up your equipment. This is however, UNTRUE. Infact, its the opposite. You are putting the SKIN of an item. You are not putting the STATS. It is a difficult concept to understand without actually trying it. The system also does have a few restrictions.

The following are the main ones :

Must be level 30 : You must be at least level 30 before your character may utilize this system.

Cannot cross armor types : You may not put the stats of a plate gear on something that has the skin of leather; the skin and stats have to be from the same armor category.

Certain items cannot be changed: Sets like the Daevanion armor, Abyss armor, and other certain unique equipment.

Dyes will be lost: Any dyes used on the STAT item will be lost. Dyes on the SKIN will NOT be. A simple tool like this can have strong influences in how much someone can customize their avatars. Gone are the days of countless people looking like clones just because those particular items had the better bonuses (tier gear anyone?). This system allows players to create a stronger “bond” with their character because you will be picking gear based on style, not stats.

01 Nov 2016

WoW veteran’s and FIFA gamer, first impressions of Aion - end

End of this confrontation ...

Initial Reaction : I can’t stop praising how phenomenal the game visually looks, as soon as I was cast into the world I couldn’t help just to rotate my camera around and really appreciate the beauty. Fog and rain is amazingly rendered. Speaking of rain; little things like how your character reacts to the environment really immerses you into the game some more. For example when it rains, your character will react to it and will convey visual emotions through body language and facial expression and if left idle, will pull out a ‘leaf umbrella’ and interact with the rain some more. Another one is where a character will wipe the sweat off their face due to the heat. It’s these little details that really enhance the experience.

Interface / Control: The control and interface felt very familiar to me; probably because they pulled a page straight out of WoW on this one. Anyone who played WoW before will feel right at home. No complaints here; actually, they made some improvements. For example, when I casted a spell it would automatically run up to the max range. There was a hot-key to auto loot also. A ‘quest helper’ like system is also built into the game similar to WAR: online. Even being able to link items on chat is possible just like WoW! All in all, it felt polished and solid, and most of the ‘convenience’ of WoW has been adopted in Aion such as hover item comparison for example. The combat is very active and fast pace just like WoW and very little ‘downtime’ occurs thanks to super regeneration outside combat and items like bandages for example.

Final Notes : Overall, I am very pleased with the game, the familiarity to WoW controls is welcomed and the distinguished art style is more to my taste since its anime like which I am into compared to WoW comic style. Stay tuned for future blogs for my comments on topics such as: Quests/Missions System Item and Enhancements Crafting Mail System Instancing Flying PvP Class Breakdown Levelling Guide

21 Aug 2016

WoW veteran’s and FIFA gamer, first impressions of Aion


I will admit that though I have owned a WoW subscription since early release; I had been lured many times away by promises of other games that have (had ?) a rabid cult claiming every time that “This is the WoW killer”. In most cases these so called “WoW killers” failed to kill anything and ended up just fading away. I don’t really need to mention them since I am sure you all know the ones I am talking about… *cough* Age of Conan *cough* Tabula Rasa *cough* FIFA 17 … (monedas fut 17 Oh boy is it dusty in the office.) Those come to my mind immediately, and I am sure you all know of many more! If you were like me, you ended up buying the retail box and played the game for a month (more like a week…) before unsubscribing and uninstalling the game while loading WoW at the same time. In short, we always end up going back to WoW.

Let’s get to Aion now, is it a “WoW killer”?

If you are looking for the answer to that question you won’t find it here! The purpose of this particular blog is to give the perspective of a veteran WoW player’s first impression on Aion right from the initial loading screen.

Intro: After starting the game from the news launcher resembling much like other popular MMORPGs ; I was greeted by the familiar NCsoft logo. The title screen was breathtaking on my 30″ monitor running the game in high resolution. It was a definite tease of what awaited in game. Behind the log in box, was an amazingly crisp environment. The waterfall that hung over the green canopy was fluidly animated that had me staring at it mesmerized. The selected music was top notch, as can be expected from something produced by a Symphony Orchestra. The whole ambiance did bring nostalgic feeling from Lineage 2 (this is not FIFA 17 of course !).

Character Creation/Selection : I carefully typed in my user name and password and was greeted by the character selection page. On the particular server I was playing in, it warned that that I would only be able to create characters from one chosen side. This warning is similar to the one given when creating characters on the PvP servers in WoW. Once you make a character in a given side, you are restricted from making characters of the opposite faction unless you delete all your characters of that faction. All classes were available for both sides, and the choice of picking a side would ultimately fall on aesthetic values for most people (or if you are hard core, exclusive spells only available to each side may lure you toward one side over the other). Depending on the side you decide to pick your character selection page will either reflect a serene shire, or a chaotic polis. They are both gorgeous and detailed.

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28 May 2016

Aion Server Personalities

It’s almost that time, as we will all soon start a mad dash to create our characters and lock our favorite names. (Or lock a friend’s name for ransom…) But before you can create a character and settle a name, you must first pick a server to play in. You are in luck, in case you haven’t been following one of the most entertaining ’server related drama for a launching MMO’; here is a summary with some interesting links to check out for more detail.

Hopefully, the following information and speculation will guide you to the perfect server to your liking!

Enjoy the following foreshadowing picture.

Aion Server Types

Lumiel History: The lack of designating any official RP server in Aion by NCSoft West, has prompted the Role Playing minded Aion community to take it on themselves to find an unofficial home. Gathering together on they have democraticaly come to the decision to encourage all Role Play interested players to make it their home, calling Lumiel the Unofficial Roleplay server for Aion. What to expect: The popular belief by most, is that Roleplay server tend to be ‘carebear’.

These players also make the assumption that players there are much more interested to /emote than play the game or PvP for that matter. Contrary to that belief, roleplay server also attract some very skilled and mature players. These players are attracted to the mature community exemplified by the role players, not minding that sometime buying an item from another player may thrust him or her in a three minute barter(Roleplay). You won’t find Hardcore, PvP, e-peen stroking, trash talking ego flaming drama here

01 Apr 2016

Templar F.A.Q. 2

What weapons can Templar use and what should ?

Templar class can use 1H Swords, Great Swords (2H), Maces. Definitely, you should stick with 1H Sword and a Shield to get the best of Templar. But you shouldn’t underestimate Greatswords, as there are situations when switching to GS before/while fighting can be your advantage.

What armor can Templar wear ? Templar can wear all types of Armor. Cloth, Leather, Chain till level 10, and Plate after becoming Daeva. What’s the best manastones combination for PvE Tanking, PvE Fast Leveling, PvP roles ?

PvE Tanking : 75-25 to 50-50 Shield defense:HP

PvE Fast Leveling : 100% Crit PvP roles Depends on play style and situation, but usually your defense is enough, so you want more firepower – stick with Crit Manastones, and maybe some HP. According to some people Crit may be no longer good choice to increase your damage. Combining +crit with +attack or putting 100% attack may be better. aion.jpg How can you compare Templar to other classes in PvE ?

Templars are THE tanks for the game, especially when closing to endgame levels. Although Gladiators can tank nicely at start, you better choose Templar for most formidable enemies. We are the steel wall that’s hard to kill, but – especially at low levels – we lack skills to do substantial damage.

Leveling Templar may be slower than Sorcerer, Gladiator or Assassin, but usually we can kill several mobs without need to use Herbs/Bandages, which can be our advantage. If you manastone your gear with +crit bonuses, you will kill and level much faster, still having very good defense. Yet, we are not damage dealers so leveling can be slower than others, but not that much. It’s best to team up with other DD class like Sorcerer or Assassin, you don’t have to worry about damage and kill mobs very fast, still getting decent amount of XP.

Templar is an average solo leveler, but is very usefull in group leveling and group dungeon runs. Typical response from group members after getting you is “Yay! We got a Templar!”.

22 Jan 2016

Templar F.A.Q.

What is Templar class? What is its main role ?

Templars are THE tanks of Aion, using the shield for both defense and offense while protecting its party members. You can compare Templar to WoW’s Prot Warrior, L2 TK/SK see gold runescape

Are Templars easy to play?

Templars are one of the easiest to level, though definitely not the fastest. Especially after mid levels you can kill 3-4 mobs one after another (or 2-3 at once) without having to heal yourself between fights. If you won’t aggro too many mobs, every fight should be relatively easy. Until endgame, Templars are not easy to play in PVP. Although they take longer to kill, their dps is lower than average (if not specced for pure damage) and they lack of serious crowd control skills. You will find yourself loosing to almost all classes that can keep you away and have very hard job to kill Clerics. Templar are the easiest class to Tank Elite mobs. It doesn’t mean that PVE Tanking is easy. Templar just have more skills and abilities to do the job right.

So – yes, and no. Yes, if you plan to do PVE mainly. No if you are hardcore PVP fan.

Why would I choose Templar over other classes ?

Because Templar is the best class in Aion, period. Seriously ? Depends on what do you want to do. If your soul screams to defend others, to protect fellowship Daevas, to play one of the most important role in PvE, to be needed by almost all groups going for dungeon/raid runs – that’s Templar. You must know that Templars are average damage dealers, so you will not be leveling as quickly as Assassins or Sorcerers, but you won’t die so often as them. You will be able to take 2-3 enemies at once, and continue fight after several kills without much delay. You will be average in PvP at start, but get much better when closing to endgame.

You will get the best possible armor, fight with sword and shield and use your abilities to taunt, stun and redirect damage to yourself from your allies. You will have some DOT healing abilities, but not much. You will be a fortress to penetrate and the last enemy to target in PvP combat.

Gladiator or Templar ? Depends on what do you want more – to be good damage dealer with good defense, or be the best defense with decent damage.

Sorcerer/Assasin or Templar ? Similiar to above. Sorcs and Sins are the best damage dealers here, but have poor to average defenses, so it’s harder to play them. If you don’t know how to play them, you die often.

Cleric or Templar ? Well, that’s a tough choice, cause they both have very good defenses (active or passive) and are not the fastest levelers. Cleric role is more a support class, also very important, but also quite fragile when dealing with Elite mobs. Cleric vs Templar PvP fights more often end up with Templar dead, but after very long fights. In PvE, Clerics stay back and heal Templars, while Templars stay at front and prevent enemies getting to Clerics.

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