Delayed Closed Beta Accounts

5 06 2007

by Horonaim

We are still getting reports of people who never received their Perfect World Closed Beta accounts.

For those who won an account via the events and contests, but never got one, please go to the PW Boards and post the needed details in the following thread: http://pwboards.levelupgames.ph/index.php?showtopic=962

This applies to all event, contest, and guild accounts.





Buying Gold via Auction House

26 05 2007

by Horonaim

Step 0 : Go to any Auction House NPC in Archosaur City and choose the second option Ingot Trading.

Step 1 : Click the Account Money Deposit button. A pop-up window will appear named Account Deposit and Withdraw. Input the amount you want to deposit in the Deposit Money area and click OK.

NOTE : 1 Gold = 15,300 Yuan (15,000 for the gold + 300 tax)

Step 2 : Enter 15,000 in the Unit Price area and the quantity of Gold you want to buy in the Gold Ingots area. Your amount due will be shown in the Consume Money and Cost area. Click Begin to Entrust to begin the transaction.

Step 3 : Wait for a few seconds then hit the Refresh button. Your remaining money and your current gold amount should now be reflected. Click the Money Withdraw button to start withdrawing your gold and money.

The Gold is good while supplies last, but the GMs will be replenishing the stock every so often.





The fight against the Soulless begins!

11 05 2007

by Horonaim

Long ago Beastkind was enslaved Wingkind, but they rebelled and gained their freedom. A thousand years ago Humanity and Wingkind fought in a terrible war and the unity of the Beastkind was torn asunder as Beastkin chose sides or stayed neutral.

All of that is now forgotten.

The elders of all three races have gathered together and forged an alliance to fight the encroaching Soulless. There is more at stake now than petty rivalries. They fight for the survival of their Perfect World.

On May 18 the three races of Pangu join forces to face the Soulless in battle. Closed Beta of Perfect World – Philippines begins.





The MOD Plays! #3: Quests

4 05 2007

by Horonaim

I will be sharing some very basic information on quests. How to find out which NPCs have available quests, which NPCs to talk to to finish or continue a quest, as well as some general tips on how to go about making sure you don’t backtrack on your quests.

Some of what I will be writing here will already be familiar to you. For others, however, this might be new. So without further ado, here we go.

  • NPC colors on the mini-map. Normal NPCs on the mini-map appear as gold dots. Those with available quests appear as orange dots. Those you have to talk to to finish or continue a quest will appear as purple dots. You can hover the cursor over a dot in the mini-map to see the name of the NPC, quite useful since some quests can be repeated and it will be easy to determine if the NPC on the mini-map is one of those repeatable quests.
  • Icons atop NPCs. Icons floating atop the heads of the NPCs with quests come in 2 shapes and in 3 colors: banner or shield and gold, silver, or orange.
    • Shields atop NPCs correspond to orange dots on the mini-map.
      • Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Gold shields means it’s available to you.
      • Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Silver shields means that they are quests that require a prerequisite that you have not met; either enlightenment, level, or military rank.
      • Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Orange shields are NPCs that you talk to to begin cultivation/enlightenment quests.
    • Banners appear as either gold like normal NPCs or purple in the mini-map depending on what color of the banner.
      • Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Silver banners appear as gold dots on the mini-map. These are NPCs with whom you have unfinished quests.
      • Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Gold banners appear as purple dots on the mini-map. They’re the NPCs you talk to to finish or continue quests.
      • Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Orange banners appear as purple dots on the mini-map and are the NPCs you talk to to finish or continue cultivation/enlightenment quests.

The images of the orange shield and orange banner here are images altered using Photoshop. I didn’t have time to get actual orange colored icons.

There are some quests given by different NPCs that instruct you to hunt the same monster or talk to the same NPC. How do you make sure that you get them together so that you don’t waste time going back and forth hunting the same monster or talking to the same NPC? That’s the tricky part.

Unless you’ve already played the game or have a list of quests handy then chances are you will repeat some monster quests. My suggestion to those who are new to the game or do not have an intensive quest list is to go around the town or city and talk to all the NPCs with available quests. The easiest to plan around are the city guard quests since the names of the monsters that you need to hunt for that area is listed down and all you need to do is match up any quests that you have to that list. Some quests appear at an NPC only after you have finished a previous quest with that NPC so if you’re new at this, some guesswork may be in order.

One very important note: You can only have 20 active quests at a time. Twenty quests may seem a lot, but once you hit level 20 it will seem such a limited number. To put it into perspective, the game has several thousand quests that your character, no matter what the race or class, can participate in.

Streamlining your quests is a learning experience. Even when properly streamlined, quests might take longer than expected especially if the quest requires finding quest items. So no matter how well-planned your quest progression is, luck sometimes plays a hand. Also, no matter how streamlined your quest progression is, expect that you will have some quests that are 2 or 3 levels lower than your own level.





The MOD Plays! #2: Equipment and Builds

30 04 2007

by Horonaim

One of the first questions that new players ask begins with “What build.” I will be speaking from the perspective of a magic-wielding character; i.e. a Yaojing.

There are three (3) types of armor in the game; Heavy, Light, Magic (terms may vary in official release). The Heavy armors have high defense and little of anything else, the requirements to wear them are high Strength and some Dexterity. Light armors have middling defense and high elemental defense, the requirements to wear them are middling Strength and Dexterity. Magic armors have a bonus to the magical attacks and very low defense values, the requirements to wear them are low Strength and middling Intelligence.

Now, as a Yaojing I have a choice of casting spells or transforming into fox form and using melee attacks. Then there’s my pet, currently a Plum Blossom Cat (I will post screenshots of my cute little pet later), who will most probably be attacking with me.

A full Strength, middling Dexterity, and low Intelligence build is possible, but then again most of the Yaojing skills require “wands” (in quotes because some wands are actually swords or martial arts weapons) or unarmed. Wands have a small Strength requirement and a high Intelligence requirement. Bearing that in mind, if I go for the heavy armors I will not be able to use my skills to its fullest. I will be stuck with little to no Intelligence so I will not be able to wield any high-level wands. I personally do not like this build.

Now, I can aim to wear the Light armors. With this build I can actually wear Light armors and wield the most powerful Wands available for my level. The drawback is that I will not have any Constitution at all. I will be stuck with Constitution 5 way beyond level 70. While this is a viable enough build I do not particularly like being stuck with no Constitution in a PK-enabled game not to mention the battering I get when I try to tame a new pet. The good news is that I have decent physical defense and high magic defense. This is something to think about.

The third option is to aim for Magic armors. With this build I can wear the magic armors appropriate for my level and use the most powerful wands available for my level. I have enough stat points left over to put into either Dexterity or Constitution. The weakness of this option is that I have very little in the way of defense. I may have a respectable amount of Hit Points, but I have paper-thin armor. The flip-side is that my magical attacks are incredibly strong. This is the route I took with my current Yaojing. I rely on my pet to keep monsters from attacking me physically, but note that players will probably ignore the pet and go straight to me.

Mind you, this is because I am playing a Yaojing. If I were playing a Yaoshou, which I have at level 3 at the moment, I would be looking at how much to put into my Constitution since I will be aiming for high strength (for the armors) and middling Dexterity (for the axe and hammer weapons).

So this is my suggestion to you dear reader:
When you enter the world at 1st level and level up, do not add to your stats immediately. Wait until you are in your race’s main city, go look for the Tailor and Ironsmith, and take a survey of what stats you will need for later in the game. Figure out what you want to be able to do and pattern your stat builds around that.





The MOD plays! #1: Installation, display settings, and dial-up

25 04 2007

by Horonaim

When installing the game you will be asked twice whether you want to verify the files. The first time is when you are about to install; the installer will prompt you if you want to verify the integrity of the installation files. The second time is after the installation is done, when the installer prompts you if you want to verify the installed files. If you, like me, prefer to verify file integrity then the only drawback is that installation can take around 45 minutes on a Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 Mb RAM computer. If you’re ok just going ahead and installing without verification, it will take about 15 minutes tops.

After several days of waiting to be allowed external access to the internal test server I finally got to log in. My video card is a NVIDIA GeForce 6600 (256 Mb) and I set the display settings as follows:

For the inquiring minds out there, this level of detail already exceeds that of what I get when I log into RF Online.

Just like GM NocturnalSun has posted, the game works fine on dial-up. I am testing this with a Bl@st card and a Bayan-Tel line. I will be able to tell you more about performance once I encounter a denser population in-game. So far the performance is comparable to when I log into the RFO-Ph Omicron server even at peak times.