Black Desert Online

Yesterday I started playing a new game. It’s a new MMORPG called (like the title already gave away) Black Desert Online. I spent a few hours into the game but I barely scratched the surface of the mechanics.

I used to play Ragnarok Online and Guild Wars 2 plus a few other MMORPG for short periods of time, so the playstyle is not new to me.

BUT, this game… Holy crap, it has so many features that I never came across before! Yesterday I had such a headache trying to process all the information and understand the aspects of the game. Just gaining friendship with the NPC’s are a whole minigame by itself, so you can unlock quests and knowledge from them that’ll help you on your way.

One of things I really enjoy about the game is that there’s no fast-travel system. The best way to travel is with your horse! Since this game is so complex, there’s 3 different tiers of horses and the only one you can buy for silver at a store is the slow tier 1 kind of horse. They can level up the more you use them so they gain more speed and stamina, but they’ll never come close to the other tiers. To get a higher tier horse, you have to tame them yourself! I can’t wait to do that, sadly I’m still too low level.

Another thing that I personly love about this game is the character customization. It’s insane. Seriously. Google Black Desert Online character customization, you’ll see for yourself. People made lookalikes of celebrities that almost looks identical! I spent at least 45 minutes making my character and I could easily have spent longer if I wasn’t so eager to start playing.

I’ll probably go more into depth into different aspects of the game later on, when I have more knowledge myself. Like I said before, I barely scratched the surface so far.

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Here’s me on my tier 1 horse. My character is small, it’s not just the horse being huge.

My kittehs

So I wanna introduce my other pets, aside from Fordson.

I have three Devon Rexes. Roi, Siv and Merlin.

I had Roi and Siv since they were both 12 weeks old. Siv is about 6 months younger than Roi. They’re 7 years old now. It started with just Roi but he got so attached to me that he would sit and meow at the door for hours each time I left home. So, we decided to get another cat to keep him company. That cat was Siv. Siv is so different from Roi. She keeps to herself a lot and is a bit sceptical of people in general. She likes cuddles but only from a few paw-picked people. Everything is on her terms.

Roi is much more outgoing. He follows everyone around and wants to see what’s going on. He loves going out for walks on a leash and is just a really active cat in general. He’s still super attached to me, though, and often sits in front of the window and awaits my return, while I’m away.

About a year and a half ago, we got Merlin. He’s actually Siv’s Dad and my old classmate had him. Sadly she couldn’t keep him. So, I adopted him. Siv still doesn’t quite like him but, now-a-days, he can sleep next to her every now and then without her hissing. It’s progress.

Merlin is the most cuddly and loving cat you could think of. He could cuddle 24/7 if you let him. He tries to cuddle the other cats a lot, too, but the most success he gets is with Jordan and I. He’s also the cat that will cuddle-rape every guest that comes into our apartment. He just loves everyone!

I’ll probably mention and talk about these three amazing cats in my posts in the future. So, I wanted to make a proper introduction.

 

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Roi (S*Darklin Reach Lord Triforce)

 

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Siv (S*Darklin Reach Lady Sphinx)

 

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Merlin (S*Curlicue’s Xmas Wonder)

Photos by Amanda Olsson

Loading practice

Fordson and I have had to load a few times since I bought him. We went to clinics, changed stables, etc. It has always been a battle.

Last time, it was worse than ever. We had to move stables because he suddenly thought he was a stallion and started covering the mares, fighting the other geldings and just be really annoying in general. He seriously stood more on two hoofs than four while we were trying to load.

Since we’re going to another clinic in April, I realized we really need to practice. Luckily my friend, Lina, has a trailer and wanted to help me. So today it was loading practice #2!

The first one lasted about 15 minutes and we stopped when he had all four hoofs in the trailer. Today, we loaded him completely 4 to 5 times! He’s still not comfortable staying in it. So we just made him go in, gave him a lot of apple pieces and then made him back out.

Next time, we’ll start to ask him to stay for a moment each time.

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Fordson and Lina

Bad consciense

I have not seen Fordson since friday. It really wears on me when several days pass and I don’t go to the stables.

I’m so lucky to have two friends that help me with him on the days that I can’t! They take such great care of him so; I’m sure he doesn’t have time to miss me at all. Still, though, I feel bad.

The reason? Work. I work really intense for a few days, then I’m off for a few. That’s how my schedule is. So, since friday I worked 28 hours, got off 20 hours (which I spent grocery shopping, cooking, eating, showering, visiting my parents and finally sleeping) just to go on another 28h-shift. Needless to say, I was pretty tired last night. I slept 11h, wow! So now I’m well rested and I’m off work until friday afternoon. These following days will mainly be spent at the stables and at home playing games with Jordan. I look forward to it!

In general I love working like this. It gives me 3-4 days off every week that I can spend at the stables during the daylight hours even when it’s winter. (Here in North Sweden we barely have any daylight in November to February, so.. Yeah.)

It’s just hard when there are so many days in a row where I can’t recharge my batteries.

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I know I’m biased but, isn’t he pretty?

As promised..

Here’s the video Jordan recorded as we played my very first crusible. Sadly he forgot to put our voices through the TV, so you can’t hear me and our friend talk. Only Jordan.

You can slightly hear me yell from the other room through his microfone a couple times if you pay attantion, I get silly happy when I finally do something right!

Fordson and Clooney

Fordson is a VERY social horse. He’ll come running when he sees someone walk up to the meadow just to get some cuddles.

He’s also really social with other horses. He loves standing there and wants to trade scratches for hours, with a few breaks for playing and goofing around.

One of the horses that he really enjoys being around is Clooney, Linneas Irish Cob. We used to share stables and meadow, so they spent 24/7 together for a few months last winter/spring. Sadly we’re separated right now, I’ll go into details about why that is in another post. But we plan to put them back together in the future, and I am sure they’ll be happy to see eachother!

Do you guys have any stories of horses that used to know eachother and then got reunited? It’d be fun to hear.

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Arent they cute together?

Pretty much as nerdy as it gets

So, I did something really nerdy the other night. I met up with a bunch of fellow north swedish draft lovers including some of the biggest breeders here in the northen part of Sweden. We did something I could directly translate to ”studbook reserach”. We gathered all the studbooks for the breed north swedish draft back to the 60’s, and did research on our own horses. It was so much fun! I got to see pictures, discover details and of course hear personal stories from the pro’s around the table. I spent between 2 and 3 hours just mezmerized in Fordsons bloodline.

I discovered that he only has swedish horses in his pedigree since at least 6 generations back – and that is really unusual. Most North Swedish Drafts has been mixed with the norweigan Dole horse.

I also noticed that his great grandfather on his dads side is a half sibling to his great grandmother on the same side. They shared the same mother! One of the experts said that it was probably a mistake, since they were at the same barn and all. Funny enough that inbreed-mistake turned out to be a great stalion that left many amazing horses after him, so thats quite a funny story.

Other then that we shared a lot of stories, laughters and munched down a few slices of cake. A great evening in other words!

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Words to live by

Life is an echo.
What you send out, comes back.
What you sow, you reap.
What you give, you get.
What you see in others, exists in you.
Remember, life is an echo.
It always gets back to you.
So give goodness.

-Zig Ziglar

So, gaming?

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Like you might have been able to figure out already, I’m a gamer. I would not call me a hardcore gamer, more a casual one. But even so, I do enjoy playing a lot and it’s a great way to spend time together with my boyfriend and other friends.

When I got hooked into the gamingworld was probably around 2005 when I started playing a MMO called Ragnarok Online. I played that game SO much, on several servers through the years. I used to go by the IGN Mois, and I actually got pretty well known within the RO-community. Great times! It’s through RO that I taught myself english since I wanted to be able to communicate with everyone. I met a lot of amazing people in that game and I visited a few of them around europe after I turned 18.
Also, it was when me and Jordan were playing together on a private server called UV-RO that we realized we liked eachother. Since then we’ve been together, that was in the summer of 2011. (He’s been living here permanently for almost 3 years now, yay!)

Anyway, so before I bought a horse I obviously had more time for playing. Now my time and attention are split between the best things in my life – horses and gaming.

Just a few days ago I bought my own Xbox one. We had one since before, but I’d be sad that I couldn’t play a lot of games together with Jordan on splitscreen, like Destiny. So, we decided that I should get my own one! So, after I got paid we went out and bought me my very own console. Since then I spent some hours here and there leveling up my Destiny guardian and at this point of time I’m level 22. (40 is max)

Yesterday, I tried the crucible for the first time. For all you non-Destiny players, that’s pvp. It was great. Jordan recorded the whole thing so I’ll probably post the video once he uploads it to his youtube, I did get some great kills!