segunda-feira, 25 de abril de 2011

Sword 2 - Granado Espada

"God save us, everyone, We're a broken people living under loaded guns"
- Linkin Park - The Catalyst

Damn that song. 2 weeks stuck in my head. And still hasn't got annoying.

I promise, after this post, i'll make the China Glaze Crackle swatches post.

- Ready to fire!

My signature for forums from when my characters reached expert.

So, you gonna keep stalling or you'll actually tell us about the freakin' game?

Chill, I'm on it!

Granado Espada is a game based after the colonization of the three americas.
It tells the story of the pioneers of the New World, the wars between Republicans and Royalists and much more.

I found this game in the weirsest possible way...

Ok not the very weirdest, but in a curious way.

I have a large collection of images i gathered along the years. And my warrior-gamer-geek-medieval soul is obsessed with female armor. But ACTUAL female armor. Not metal bikinis. How the HELL someone survives a battle with metal bikinis? Some sort of doom seductive thing that stuns men? What if theres other women? Theyll stab you due to jealousy!

I ended up finding in one of those image-hunt adventures, this image:

I was quite curious towards what that game was, but I forgot to research about it.

Few years later, researching for a game online to replace my boredom of Ultima Online and Lineage 2 [I barely reached level 20. You see i played in a Brazilian server. After three weeks my nation fellas annoyed me so deeply i ragequit. Later i'll explain how brazilian game annoyance works.]

And the name, Sword of The New World, really caught my eye.

When i clicked, i spazzed. It was the screenshot of the epic armor! I must check that out!

Then it kept getting better.


Multi Character Control

In Sword, or GE - we use both as shorten names - You can control up to 3 characters at once.

Of course, in the beginning, it makes you very confused. But in a day of playing you already get used to it. Combined to it, is another two great things:


Unique Playable Characters

In GE you can recruit the NPCs with quests and have your playable version of them. They usually have unique stances, combination of weapons and crafting skills.


In the game, you don't create a player - you create a Family.
Families make so when you create a character, you are the surname, and your characters have your lastname as the player's name.

Quarters are the character's home, and can host up to 72 characters.

In the game, you start with 4 slots for them, and can buy coupons to increase it to max.

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AFK Leveling

Sword is great for it's easy leveling.

There are three propotion levels to your characters:

100 - Veteran
110 - Expert
120 - Master
And soon also Grand Master - 130.

Then you look back at games you already know, and rememer the lifetime someone takes to get to lvl 80. Then you kneel, cry, and say: Master is impossible.

But wait little pal...

There's something ingame called spacebar mode.
With it, you can go AFK (Away from computer) and still have your characters killing mobs and gaining great amounts of experience, and you can even have a pet the picks the stuff for you from the ground.

Then what the hell will i do on a game that plays for itself?

Leveling is a few of the things to do in this game. Of couse, it's hell important, and everythign requires certain levels for getting to. You can also level activelly - it's more effective than afking and still fun.

The questline in Granado is great. It has historical facts hidden behind everything; the graphics are unbelievable. They have architetonic refferences from all over the world - and character references too.

There are daily missions that hapen through the day by a schedule; there are lobby missions - all raid you can do daily and don't need to wait for the mob spawn to get.

There are also great huge raids which you need to be in a great squad to achieve, and the prizes are awesome.

Clan Colony Wars

You're in the New World. And why did people come to the New World?

To make colonies.

Clan Colony Wars is, for now, the biggest PVP (Player Versus Player) event in GE.

Clans will war eachother to take colonies, disputing their domain and taking colonies from other clans.


Choose a side: Republican or Royalist?

The New World is divided between the two groups.

Royalysts and Republican battle for several things, including Tierra de Amor - A place that makes an experience increasing buff available for the faction that won the weekly war.

Currently, Sword 2 is on 6.0 patch. in 7.0 patch we will have World Faction Wars.

It will be an insane open world pvp where factions will fight eachother ALL OVER the map. And I really mean all. Even cities will take battles inside them.

This is the patch video:


I have a personal joke that says deep down we, Granado players, are all Barbie doll addicts.

GE has a great feature: Costumes.

There are back costumes, wigs, hats, glasses, sunglasses, dresses, swimsuits, chicken costumes...

It's just endless.

And we love it.

I'm pretty known on Sword 2 forums for something i made long time ago:

The Costume Images Compendium

I had found a dieing site in where several costumes were presented with great exposure.

Instructions on browsing are in the first picture of the main album.

For those who don't know it, take a peek! There are screenshots there as well :)

Granado is, overall, an amazing game.

It's hard to put all the features in a single post. There are unique weapon statting features, market systems, Baron lands, gorgeous female chars and hot males, expert stances...

I'll be oftenly posting about my ingame advetures, and i'll make sure to explain what i'm talking about when i mention a feature.

Stay tuned!



Kill it with fire.


Oh my god I almost choked photoshop. But it's finally done!
Official headers and markers, after 5 hours of work, are set. Tactics & Plastics will be runnign free, fun and fashionable now.

And why did i take FIVE HOURS?

Simple: Dumbness.

After 1 hour creating a background [Ok, actually i used the same background to the header as the signature i just created for GE's game forums. I confess], adding the shield, spinning the sword, rifle and staff one by one, makinf it all ruffly...
I decided to close the stock images because i was having a hard time switching between so many into the actual work in progress.

Except I clicked the wrong one.

And of couse i said "no' when photoshop asked "Would you like to save changes on xxxx.jpg?'.

When the image dissapeared i cursed. Real hard.

And then i went through another hour to do everythign again -.-

But it was worth it!

The only thing really, really bothering me now is the lines dividing the tiled background. Why, why is it that when it mends horizontally theres no white line, but vertically, this crap makes a white line? I tried making a big image so it wouldnt tile, but then file was too big to upload

If some kind soul knows how to make it go away plz tell me!!

Now, i'm off to make a work for radio class. Later, await the intro of the game that got me hooked 3 years ago (and still does today).

Farewell, minions!