A friend and I started playing this Friday and we’re completely hooked. It’s the first game in a long time that really has me sucked in.
It’s definitely a unique MMO that’s pretty overwhelming at first. There are loads of quests, exploring, gathering, crafting, trading (with NPCs) and plenty of other things to keep you busy. I definitely recommend watching some “Tips and Tricks” videos before getting too far into it. Since it’s been out so long in Korea be sure to find videos less than a couple weeks old, otherwise it may be outdated or Korean specific.
Two tips I’ll say right now:
First, in your quest tracker, on the top there are different quest types you can display. But by default only the kill monsters type quests are enabled. Enable the other quest types as well. If you don’t you won’t even be able to see that NPCs are offering those types of quests. Not sure why they set the default like that, but it’s a bit of a quirky game.
Second, when you’re AFK, park yourself by water and fish. You’ll need empty bag space, of course. When you catch a fish in BDO there’s a mini-game to reel it in. All that mini-game does is let you bring the fish in faster. If you leave it alone after a few minutes you’ll bring the fish in automatically and then recast, assuming your fishing pole has durability left. When you get back, head to the nearest trade vendor (you can only trade or cook fish, you can’t put them on the Marketplace (auction house)) and sell them all for a pretty good chunk of silver. And don’t worry, the game encourages you to do this. If you switch to Windowed Mode (with a border) and minimize the game it’ll ask you if you want to move it to your system tray and it’ll run in a lower resource mode.
And a bonus tip: I recently upgraded to a 1440p monitor, and when I first closed out of the game it changed my refresh rate to 23 hertz, which made my display look very odd. All I had to do was go to the nVidia control panel, add blackdesert64.exe to the 3d Settings manager and change “Prefered refresh rate” to “Highest available” and the issue was solved. My buddy has a 1080p monitor and said he didn’t have that problem, so maybe it just affects higher refresh rates?
BDO is definitely a grindy game. But unlike ArcheAge I’m really enjoying the crafting system and the grind in general. If anyone is on the Uno server, my name in game is Pronk.