#16 – What’s this?

Hello, guys!  I got a new comic that’s here just to entertain people here.  It has original graphics hand-crafted by me, except for the fonts.  Besides that, the sprites, the trees, the rain, etc. are all products of my work.  This is just something I create, so I’m hosting it here.  It has no relevance to MapleStory, but I’m hosting it here since BasilMarket comics have gotten me to create this.

Update: I’ve decided to discontinue this series after review from others.  Thank you.

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#15 – I’m Back!

Hey, guys.  If you didn’t read post #13, you probably didn’t know that I was away from here.  I haven’t posted for the past two/three days, but now I’m back.  I’m going to start investigating again.

Currently, I’m working on investigating these rumored “Boss Patrols.”  I’m new to this, but I know that some of you readers might know about this already.  This is why I hope to give you a wide perspective by not just exploring/covering my own world of Windia or just Scania, but I hope to give a multi-worldly view of this phenomenon.

#14 – Investigation: Boss Patrols (In progress)

Hello, everyone. I am starting an investigation on boss patrols, such as the Big Foot Patrol and the Horntail Patrol.  I’ve recently gotten interested in them, so I am currently gathering information on boss patrols.  Currently, I will compile all information I have learned below.

(For those I quote, I will use users’ BasilMarket (or BM) usernames.)

  • Scania has a Horntail Patrol.
  • Broa has a Big Foot Police which disconnects you and kill steals your Big Foot.
  • Demethus may have one.  I’ve heard their guild is called “NubBusters.”
  • Mardia appears to have one, but it appears that their leader is leaving, and is therefore disbanding the guild (unless he passes it on to another member).  I’ve heard they aren’t so much of a problem there.  I’m also hearing another rumor that another one (or one) is rising.  I’ve heard their guild is iBigFoot.
  • Yellonde appears to have one.  According to neverfo1 here, they all have Deputy Stars equipped, and can actually damage players.  Can someone confirm this?
  • Kradia, I’ve heard, has none.
  • According to |xxShannonxx| here on BasilMarket, Mardia’s Big Foot patrol is moving to Bera.
  • According to AranBoy1999 here on BasilMarket, the Bera bigfoot patrols are insignificant.

Update: 9/5/2010:

  • Bellocan appears to have two guilds: Regulate and MobSquad.  There is a comment page on this BM thread that provides info.
  • Of the two Bellocan guilds, MobSquad hacks, and Regulate doesn’t (this may not be true).
  • According to Heftige here on Basil, Mardia’s Bigfoot patrol lasted for only about a week, then was disbanded due to failing to overpower others.

#13 – Notice – Over 250 hits! (and something else)

Well, according to my utilities on my dashboard here, we have over 250 views (or hits)!  Apparently, I got a lot of views (about 150) from the server crashes of “The Visitors” event.  Truthfully, I advertised this on BasilMarket, which led be to getting banned until tomorrow.  I should not do this in the future.

But, thank you for coming to this blog!  When starting on August 15, 2010, the blog didn’t get so much views.  Thank you, and I will continue contributing to this blog.

In other news, I will not be posting on this blog until August 29th/30th for personal reasons.  I will be back, but I will be gone for about two days or so.  Sorry.

#12 – “The Visitors” – Trouble with Crystanol Jump Quest?

I’ve been receiving searches from you guys that you guys are looking for how to do the Crystanol Jump Quest.  So, here it is.

Well now, you’ve gotten past the aliens, and you’ve gotten to the factory.  But how do you get that dang teleporter to work?

The solution is to use the moving platforms to reach the highest platform on the left side and to hit the triangular object:

A message saying, “Teleport Device On,” should come up.  Your quest should now finish.  Note that you must repeat this every time you re-enter the room.

Now, the teleport should light up:

Now, step into the teleport and press the “UP” button.  You will appear on the teleport on the other side.  Work your way up to the Crystanol, which is a huge crystal which looks like this:

You should now finish your quest and get your Crystanol Fragment.

Now, use the warp portal to the left of the NPC (it’s not shown here, but if you step a little bit left, you will see it) and return to the entrance.  Get out of the building.

Now, what you should do now is not sneak past the aliens, but to,  instead, change channels.  Why?  Because it puts you back inside of the OSSS’ base.  Therefore, you can just warp back to the future to speak with Rozz, then speak to Doctor Bing to get the Bing Machine and the next string of repeatable quests.

#11 – “The Visitors” – Part II!

Part II started!

Yes, it is true.  Part II has started.  However, more or less because of the server crash almost a week before, there is no opening banner that says, “Part II.”  Thankfully, I have the banner right here, when the servers crashed.

However, I am currently having connection problems.  I’m not sure if it’s just me.  Channel 6 of Windia is very empty right now, and I couldn’t manage to hold a connection for more than 15 seconds.

Update! Channel 1 of Windia is strangely empty.

It must have crashed.

In other news, I’ve discovered the reason for the mysterious banner/wallpaper that first mislead people to believe it was the Krakien Jungle expansion for Masteria.  What appears to be a town in MapleStory is actually the future, where aliens took over the Maple World.

Now, the whole point of the event is to stop the aliens.  But wait, if, in the future, the whole event concluded already, does this mean that the plan doesn’t work?

Anyways, the quests required to get the Crystanol involve platforming and avoiding aliens by hiding behind bushes.

Yes, you can hide behind them.

For me, the jump quest took the most of my time.  I failed about 3 times doing it, but I finally got to the top.  Did I mention they have moving platforms?  They are very annoying, especially when you jump just a little too early.  The crystal is very big (and it strangely looks kind of like the Ellinia crystal, if I’m correct) and obvious, so you should have no hard time finding it.

You could just try to sneak past the aliens and lose your Crystanol Shard when you get caught, or, you could just change channels.  Yes, it teleports you back to the base, but you can just go back to the future and talk to Rozz.  After that, you acquire the Bing Machine, the entire set.  I love how I can finally kill aliens now.

Yeah, my character looks sharp. (Of course I’m kidding!)

After you acquire the suit, you can now start a string of four repeatable quests which will give you tokens to upgrade your suit with.  I heard you can upgrade your suit to a permanent state, but only if you have all of your upgrades maxed out, I think.

Well, since I’m not doing the quests today, I’ll update this blog later.

Oh, and this is definitely being added to the “History of GMS” page.

#10 – Tespia – Requirements to Become a Tester

Link to Nexon’s ArticleGM Blogs: Angry Panda: This is a Test

And, thank you to Cujo00 (or, Cujo00x on BasilMarket) for creating this thread.

Tespia, Tespia, oh, Tespia.  I myself long to get a hold of your exclusive content.  But how?  Well, thanks to a GM Blog that just came out today, we get a hold of the four basic guidelines they used to pick Tespia testers:
As quoted directly from the website:

The question is, how do we select the people who get to participate in the Tespia tests?

The purpose of Tespia is to test. That means we choose our selection criteria based on the needs of the test, not the merit of the players.

Let’s take our last Tespia session. In that case we kept the criteria fairly loose because there was a broad selection of gameplay we were looking to test. We had four basic qualifications that players had to meet:

1. A candidate had to have registered at least six months before the date of the test.
2. A candidate had to have had at least three logins per week for the past 30 days.
3. A candidate had to have at least one level 30 or higher character.
4. A candidate had to have absolutely no ban or abuse history.
After that we tried to pull in people with a wide variety of playstyles for the Visitors test. It’s a mark of how great Maplers are as a community that setting those criteria netted us way, way more players than we could possibly invite. For this test, we were restricting the number of invitations to a specific number of players. This wasn’t an arbitrary number. Rather it was the amount we needed to get the data necessary for a successful test. Once we had our initial list, we sorted it based on the number of logins in the past 30 days and cut that list off when we hit that number. It was really that simple.

Well, there you have it folks.  Basically, you need to be active, you need to achieve a semi-low level 30, and you need to be a good player that doesn’t cheat.