Dekaron SEA New Event

Glorious new promo from the guys of Team Dekaron. Check it out.

It’s all about EXP Boost this Lenten Season. Boom, baby.

The Age of Dekaron

It has been a year since I started working in mobiusgames (DME). From my first day at work, our team was tasked with marketing two new games that will change the playing field of online games for the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Regardless of other people’s opinions, there are some indubitable facts which the local gaming industry MUST acknowledge: GONG! and Dekaron started the trend that got the competition scrambling for new titles, much like MU Philippines did years ago.

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Extasiege’s Vicious Summoner in Phoenix Armor Set

Yey. I’ve finally reached level 68 with my Vicious Summoner. It can now wear the phoenix armor set completely. Check out these photos I took:

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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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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.

Endgame for Siege in London

Hello, everyone! Today is my last day here in the United Kingdom. I’ll be flying back home in a couple of hours, and although I’ll be on air technically for just 16 hours, the time difference and the longitudinal crossing costs me an entire day (24 hours and 45 minutes, actually!) to travel.

Anyway, first, I just want to apologize for the disappointment I’ve caused with the rarity of my postings. I haven’t been posting as often as I should, and I’ve been monitoring the traffic to this blog regularly, and I see regular visitors flocking in. I apologize because you’re giving your time to check out my blog, and the least I can do is give you something to read, but I failed at that. Sorry.

Well, I’m not saying this gives me an excuse, but I do have my reasons. First, I’ve been really, really, really busy being part of the world’s geekiest rockband. I toured the UK with a bunch of other artists from Asia and London, performing in different cities. Rarely did we stop for more than 2 days in any place in our tour, and althought it was absofuckinglutely awesome, it was physically exhausting as well.

Second, I uninstalled all my games in my laptop because I can’t be distracted from what I’m doing here. PLUS, my laptop can’t play DEKARON. OOOh, shock of shock. The truth is, my Toshiba Satellite laptop is struggling with Dekaron’s specs which is why I sneak off my sister’s laptop (an Acer Inspire, I think) just so I can enjoy “the most motherfuckin bad-ass video game experience online”, according to various sources).

Anyway, now that I’m going back to the Philippines, I’ll be able to start playing video games again, and perhaps, I’ll start blogging about them as well.

Well… let’s, see how motivated I will be in the next couple of days. I don’t wanna sound like a dick, but you have to realize that blogging takes some of my precious writing time, writing time I can spend writing something else, something like the sequel to my successful novel, so in essence, blogging actually costs me money. You may think writing is easy because you get to do it sitting down, but if you do think that way, you obviously hasn’t written anything decent in your life.

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Anyway, I was walking along Trafalgar Square one day, when I came across a big gathering. Lavish tents were set-up, and a stage was smack in the middle for bands and artists to perform in. A man handed me a flyer, and I realized, I’ve just walked into the London Game Fest!

How awesome is that?

EA games had set up all these activity booths for gamers to enjoy. There were several spots for testing their game titles, including some activity areas for non-gamers to experience what it’s like to play EA Games.

The best part? It’s absolutely FREE!

See, last time I came to a gaming event in the Philippines, I had to pay for a magazine, or buy some of their in-game credits. That sucks. I’ve worked in the gaming industry before, in the marketing aspect of it, and the truth is, events are held to promote the titles in order to achieve certain objectives (like brand retention, consumer conversion, etc) which would then translate to revenue for the company. It shouldn’t be a milking cow to earn a couple of bucks just because kids are willing to pay for it. It’s madness, really. There are structures that the organizers can take, such as looking for co-sponsors to shoulder the expenses, without making the consumers pay extra just to see some crappy “cosplay fashion show” where the same bunch of skanky ugly betties win everytime anyway.That’s like having to pay just to watch advertisements starring Tado in a bikini.

What do you think? Should game publishers extract exorbitant fees just to let people participate in their events? Do you think a gaming event will be more successful if it’s free? I’d like to hear what you think.

Rice Cakes and Cartman

This post is brought to you by the Southeastern train:

ANYWAY,

Euri commented in my previous post on how she finds it perplexing for Dekaron to be giving away Rice Cakes for Halloween. Maybe Trieste binges on them, I think? Anyway, I’m putting the question to you now, readers.

If you can rename the Dekaron Rice Cakes, what would you call it to make it related to Halloween?

I’d like to know your answers.