Dekaron Commissioned Quests Guide

Hello, boiatches. Still not getting any, I see.

Anyway, I’ve been noticing a lot of search results that’s been generating traffic to this site is related to Dekaron Commissioned Quests. It’s funny coz I never posted any comprehensive guide to Dekaron Commisssioned Quests here, except, well, a mention in passing. See, when I used to work for mobiusgames, blogging those kind of stuff was actually part of my job. Now that I’m focusing on a different career path (for the time), I’ve taken it slow when it comes to writing guides and tips.

But since you insist, I guess I can afford to spare some time and write a little something about Dekaron Commissioned Quests.

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Extasiege’s FFVII: Crisis Core Saved File

It’s official. I have gone beyond the limits of my own multimedia delusion that I am now sharing my Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core Saved File because I believe in the relevance of my own digital celebrity status.

This is one of those shit why people say were gay, guys.

"This is one of those shit why people say we're gay, guys."

Ok, let me be clear about this. I’m not claiming you should download my saved file because it’s the best, it’s the most awesome, it totally pwns. It’s not. My gameplay’s pretty mediocre, pwnage wise. I’m sharing it with you guys simply in the spirit of generosity and for the sake of discussion. It’s not an awesome gameplay.

However, there are pretty neat stuff I’ve acquired through the process of exploring this FFVII prequel for the PSP. For one thing, I’ve managed to unlock the Genji Armor (so, that means the DMW’s complete as well). The HP booster I’ve fused with a Curaga materia’s not bad either at 7++%, and Zack’s at LVL 8+, and the Mission Mode’s 87% complete. There’s still A LOT OF ROOM for exploring before you finish the story mode (which I finished back when I was level 40-something. Genesis –the final boss, duh– is a pushover, so there’s no snag in unlocking the New Game+ mode).

Besides, it’s THE gameplay of, eherm, THE Siege Malvar. That amounts to something, I hope. It’s worth checking out, at least.

And over at Jam Online, Jerome Ancheta has posted the trailers for two new Final Fantasy installments: Final Fantasy versus XIII and Final Fantasy agito XIII.

The Final Fantasy versus XIII trailer looks pretty awesome, innit?  It’ll be out on the PS3 soon. Well, it looks awesome because it’s a cinematic trailer. Can’t wait to see the gameplay trailer, though. The trailer offers no clue as to the new gameplay, whether they’re going to implement a new system, or a hybrid of the old ones (the DMW, the ATB, etc). FFversusXIII looks like it’s set on a futuristic world with elements of fantasy in the undercurrent. So far, the FFVII series of games is the only installment in the franchise that plays with the neo-gothic feel of a science-fictional millieu, and I don’t know if you agree with me, but the FFVIII was an all-out cowboy romance to be categorized in any coherent genre.

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TechPinas.com: The Philippine Technology Blog

Hello, my dear gametards. I’d like you to check out this website: TechPinas.com: the Philippine Technology Blog, and go there regularly for the latest news, tips, and gadget-porn that may be related to our lives, even in passing.

You may also want to read up my interview with TechPinas.com’s webmaster.

Vintage RTS Games

Recently, the 3rd installment in the RTS game that has taken the whole world for its playground has been released. Command and Conquer 3 is now available commercially, and I would love to try it have my laptop been able to. Unfortunately, beloved as it may be, my laptop’s pretty ancient. I’ve had it for the past two years, and that converts to 27 in gadget years.

But, I was in the mood for global domination, so I installed two ancient RTS titles on my laptop last week. One of them’s The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth and the other’s Emperor: Battle for Dune.

Now, as great series, nay, stalwarts, in the genre of fantastic fiction, I love both Tolkien’s Middle-Earth and Herbert’s Arrakis. However, I have to admit, I’m a bit disappointed with the two games, and I was trying to look beyond the graphics.

I love the veterancy system in LOTR: BFME. Sortof gives you a sense of continuity. I feel constrained, though, with its limited space for building infrastructure. The hero system’s cool in the sense that you can play the awesome LOTR characters from the book, but unlike the heroes in Warcraft III, you can’t really trust them to lead your troops all by themselves.  I think I’ll give this another try by playing LOTR: BFME 2, its sequel.

Emperor: Battle for Dune is disappointing. I’ve searched for this game for a long time, and it’s not available anymore in our friendly, neighborhood digital pirates. No one’s sharing this via torrents, too. I got lucky one time, and saw a torrent of it somewhere, but then, it took me MONTHS to finish downloading. Which just goes to show how many people have it.

For a rabid fanboi of Dune and RTS games, this is a big let down. The controls are wonky, the units aren’t that awesome, the maps are dull (well, the author made the desert planet of Arrakis seem hauntingly beautiful and terrifying, so why couldn’t the developers take a page from that book?), and the AI is annoying. The AI’s strategy seems to be Send Them As Soon As We Made Them, so, while you’re trying to build your base, the AI’s units just kept coming and coming, and as long as you have a defensive structure or a counter-unit waiting nearby, you’re well and good.

Anyway, I might remove these two games from my system sometime soon, and look for other vintage titles to try out. Or, maybe, I should just tear myself away from playing games, and get some actual work done. Yeah, that can do.

Vote for the Best and Worst Games of 2008

Wassup, bitches?

Anywank, I saw this poll being conducted from my number one source of all things true and relevant in our lives, Entertainment Weekly. Head on over there via this link and start voting for your bets on the Best and Worst Games of 2008.

Don’t Wanna Be a Gamer, No Mo’???

Wazzup, bitches?

Game-bloggers retiring, quitting, and wanting to quit, that’s what!

MMOtaku.com wants to quit but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t, NineMoons has left the building, and Alcar’s no longer travelling.

What a whirlwind!

And hilarious e-mail I got recently:

Hi, Siege. Musta ka na? Nakita ko yung Siege Tour 2008 sa MTV. Project mo ba yun?

I love my borderline celebrity status, and how people think I’m relevant enough to be that powerful. I’m sorry, though, that’s not my project, although, had I been given such a responsibility, I probably would have named it after myself too.

Just Mucking About

Life begins at 60, and ends soon after

I’ve put my Dekaron character on hold whilst I was touring the United Kingdom last month, and I’ve only started playing it again, like, a couple of weeks ago. Well, I think I made great progress with 3 level ups in 4 days. That’s not bad, eh? I mean, considering the amount of REAL work I’m actually dealing with, I’d say that’s pretty good. My Vicious Summoner’s now able to call upon Tentator, which is an awesome summon to have. Tentator has an area damage which is pretty useful considering that medium level monsters are moderately aggressive. It has a range attack as well, so I’m pretty happy using it.

the economics of it all

I left the Philippines (and mobiusgames), a couple of days before they went commercial, so, last time I actually played Dekaron prior to going on rollercoaster, rockstar tour of the UK (spanning 9 cities in 4 weeks!), I was enjoying highly modified EXP rates and no commercially available in-game items yet.

When I got back, I found it jarring to go on a rampaging murderous spree of Rock Pressures and Valkyries and BARELY, BARELY gain a pathetic amount of experience. It was so disheartening. It felt like one of those levels of hell in Dante’s Inferno where you are trapped in eternity to do a series of repetitive tasks for no purpose or end goal.

So, I decided to buy a Veteran’s Amulet. The veteran’s amulet is a cash item that grants its bearer 20% additional experience for every monster slain, and as an added incentive, it allows you to auto-fish as well. The Veteran’s Amulet is on sale for 20php a day. That’s NO WAY cheap, but all things considered, THAT’S NOT BAD. 20php a day = 20% EXP + Auto-Fish… Not bad at all. Especially for my gaming lifestyle, which isn’t as immersive and as intense as the young folks’ are.

Usually, what I do is go on a “gaming binge”. I schedule a ‘gaming day” in my diary/organizer/planner, and I do nothing but play games the whole day. This satisfies my inner child for most days. Which is why, I was all praises for my former colleagues’ initiatives to retail Rakion Power User Cards at daily rates of 15ePoints. That was a brilliant plan, that is. I’m glad they did the same strategy for Dekaron.

Although, having said that, I am terribly disappointed at discovering the one of my favorite games of all time, EVE Online, has gotten so bloody unaffordable. 60-day timecards now cost 1,650 ePoints each, and for a game that does not require you to be online for long periods of time, that is bloody ridiculous. For 1,650php, I can sniff grade A cocaine smeared on the eyelids of a dead whore, and I bet I would enjoy that more.

Another useful cash/commercial item in Dekaron are the auto-pots. Auto-pots are automatically consumed potions that come in bundles of 1,000’s and 5,000’s. Although you just have to pay attention to your health and mana gauges to survive any mmorpg adventure, it’s great that you don’t have to lug around potions in stack of 5’s (maximum stack of potions brought with in-game currency). Not only does buying auto-pots save you the hassle of dividing your attention, it also frees you some inventory space.

So, to sum up, if you’re a light gamer like me, and you don’t play the game for hours everyday, a budget of 300ePoints a month will keep you happy like a puppy in heat dry humping a plush toy. That’ll tide you over for a couple of level ups. To be honest, I think the costumes, the pets, and the mounts are not that necessary for your survival and enjoyment.

some suggestions

I think Team Dekaron should seriously reconsider their pricing scheme. In Ran Online, you can get an entire costume set for as low as 5php a day, and the rosaries sells for 25php (a mere 5 pesos difference) for 5 hours, but that’s 2x the exp (or an increase of 100% compared to the 20% being offered by the Veteran’s Amulet).

Game theory involves a lot of psychological insights. It’s an actual branch of study, and there’s a lot of very interesting reads out there about this subject. I wish local professionals in the gaming industry would take the time to READ books on this subject to gain a better understanding of their audience/target market. In the age of globalized economy, it’s no longer about the product, but about the audience, the people, the consumers. (Which is because Mac’s and PC’s are so at par with each other, their campaigns are now focusing on demographics and not on their products’ statistics; people are now either “a Mac” or “a PC”, as if being branded is an integral part of one’s identity).

What I’m saying is, local gaming professionals should factor in the social context of their niche in order to serve their customers better. Who are your players? Are they the sort of consumers whose purchasing judgement relies on comparative utility of the product or more on its competitive pricing? Does the sense of being rewarded diminish with continous purchase? How does your brand aim at building loyalty through the various income brackets and classes of gamers? What language are you addressing them in, and is that helpful in communicating your marketing messages?

Remember, a satisfied customer will tell 1 friend about your excellent service, but an unhappy customer will warn 3 PEOPLE about you. Don’t aim at satisfying your players, GO FOR IMPRESSING THEM.

in conclusion

Dekaron is a great game, and I’m not saying that because I was associated with it in the past. As it is now, it’s reasonably marketed considering it’s free to play, and the quality of services being delivered is unremarkably, consistently, OK. It’s such a great game, and it has all the potential of being the greatest adult-oriented mmorpg title in the region of Southeast Asia.

I think I may have spent 300php on the game in the past week, and I don’t feel cheated. That’s great. That means I’m satisfied with my purchases. But I don’t feel impressed with it, either. I wanna be compelled to RAVE about the game and BLOG about it because I’m truly, deeply WOW-ed by it and not just because I’m bored, and my blog needs content. I think I’m sticking by it for now because I’m insanely optimistic that way, but I don’t think most players have the same sense of loyalty like I do, though. I believe that with a more aggressive push and a more competitive pricing scheme, it can hack-and-slash the competition to bits.

My Vicious Summoner demonstrates how big his manhood is while the Tentator looks on quite unimpressed.

My Vicious Summoner demonstrates how big his manhood is while the Tentator looks on quite unimpressed.