May 1st, Day 197
Ran the Atlantis dungeon 7,8,4 floorsagain then had to stop to go out IRL. 3 more Treasure rooms, and 2 more puzzlerooms. Still no recipe room.
When I got back I grouped up withCap.n'Rapscallion, DeadQueen and Windstalker. We did 20 levels in a row andcame to recipe rooms three times! I finally made my Terra Amina, one normaland one Great Success. 100a, 27d. Nice. They also told me that I should have the Deepseeker title on, which ispermanently available after completing 10 levels. I have a hardcopy printout of"GuybrushThreewind A Mighy Voyager!"'s guide to Atlantis from my OGPdays and reviewed it before going, but I skipped this part and mixed up thetitles in my head for Deepseeker and Relic hunter which requires 500 points ofRuin Exploration. I switched to my TerraAnima right away and started using it. Somewhere in the last 10 levels, Ipicked up the Triple Strike tech forstaffs (Tech #69). Thanks to that group of 3. I ended up giving the last 30 sheets of pureiron to Cap (in Europe) so he could make his own club.
Back in Europe, I was running short oncash so I decided to take a liner to EA and take some raisins out of productstorage and make wine. I traded for Tan Rifles and Saori and sailed back toEurope. I need cash more than xp ortrade fame so I put it all up in aide bazaars.
At the end of the day I sailed to NorthAmerica to invest in Railroads and collect berries to store in my quarters. Iwill set my aide to start making raisins again, even though I still have over3000 raisins in product storage.
May 2nd, Day 198
I was out most of the day. When I gotback I did a bit of fishing to re-stock my Tuna Steaks. I made R16+1 (max)fishing while in the fisher job. My plan is to finish two of the memorialalbums and get a +2 craft trade (Jetbrooch/Ottoman Specialty goods) and a +2 Seasoning Trade item(Cat's-eyebrooch/West med Specialty goods) and the reward from Mercator for charting SAWest +2 Craft /worn,. With those, I will start working on my Alt's SeasoningTrading and Craft trading. My alt has 9Trading skills that I do not, and some of them are required to make high levelFurniture and Hulls.
I did complete the two memorial albums,but one of the items is a reward in India. While I was looking for more + Trade items in the company shops inLondon, I stumbled across an Official 3 deck Hull for 15m. I could not pass itup, as it takes a normal 3 deck hull, a heavily armored sterncastle and 6 improved steel sheets to make. Thesterncastle alone cost about 50m, as it is a plunder item not easily obtained.The Official hull should have cost 100-150m. One of my mid term plans is tobuild a first class vai sseau and level to 79 Maritime. I found out that I couldnot build the first class Vaisseau inLondon as I am still at "distrust" in my relations to them. Then Isailed to Seville and I also could NOT build the ship there either. It turnsout that I have only invested 1.2m in Seville and I need about 5M. At the end,of my 7 nations defection, I plan on returning to Spain (for location) andtopping up my investments in Seville and Bilabo, which I missed on the firstround. Next I sailed to Lisbon, the ship shows up as a possible build at theshipyard. So I decide to plan out this build. I am planning on putting on "Attack Prevention net" as theship's skill. Because I cannot find any Admiral's cabins for sale in Seville,needed for this ship skill, I decide to make them myself. It is not a hardrecipe, but you have to get fine furniture, wax and processed lumber and makethem in Aden. Since you need trade goods to make the recipe, it requires you tosail around Africa. Luckily, I have 4crystal blessings from my adventures in Atlantis. The blessings allow you touse one of several different powers. Thepower I choose for my first blessing is "Poseidon's blessing" whichallows you to travel thru a canal forone hour with up to 1000 trade goods on board. With the wax from Athens, and fine furnitureI made, I sail thru the Suez and make the Admiral's cabins in Aden. Theblessing saves me a good 70-80 minutes of sailing. Nice!
May 3rd, Day 199.
A good day to make a First ClassVaisseau. I first sailed to NANewfoundland to collect berries for quarters production. Short trip to thecompany colony to upgrade the ship's Ship Handling proficiency at the arsenaland then Grade the ship to G1 and put on an armor improvement which adds +10 toarmor. The ship will have a base armor of 52 when I am done which is the best Ihave ever had. With 3x13 plates, that will make it a 91 armor. The final ship is G1 3/5, 210V, 299H, 17Turn,11 Wave Resistance, 52armor, 1219 Durability with attack prevention net as theship skill. 202 Crew, 104 Cannon Chambers and 326 Cargo. This is not my finalmaritime ship, so its G1. It just has to get me to maritime level 79.
The rest of the day I work on makingCarronade 18's. I will stockpile 18 of them, so I can do multiple BR's before Ihave to stop.
May 4th, Day 200
Completed my first BR of this series. Iwent to India to complete an adventure quest and stayed to do a BR. My goal isto do one BR per day until my Carronades all bust.
May 5th, Day 201
Another 2 BR, I in the Black Sea. I am about 90% vs 3ship fleets; Sinop Fleetor Black Sea cruiser fleets, and about 66% success vs the 4 fleets. The most common unlucky situations for me are1) being shot and going into disorder, just before being meleed and 2) beingcritted just after defeating a ship and coming out of melee. It helps a ton to have 80+ armor while I amin melee with a ship. I can withstand being shot multiple times in meleewithout being sunk. My armor and guns are really taking a beating. I havealready gone thru 4 armor plates, 8 carronades, and 800 MCCT. I have also done 12, College theses (+31,000credits) in these two days. The thesis Theme is "Division of Labor inPirating Crews". Completion gives2600 credits and requires 250 pages. Fora person who is skilled at land battles/deck battles, this is the quickest wayto get a lot of college credits. Every fight with a 3 fleet gives 5 points pership sunk and 25 points for winning a deck battle. This usually results in 35 points per fleetbattle for me. After 30 ships, I usually have one thesis completed.
End of day, Made Swordplay R11, AssaultR10
May 6th, Day 202
I cannot beat the formidable enemy (RoamingPirates) when he shows up with 2 ships. The cannon damage is just too much. Even with 88 armor, the two ships do 600+ damage each round of shots. Myship only has 1219 durabiltiy and so is destroyed in two shots unless I canmanage to melee the admiral.
I finally beat the two roaming pirates.Instead of turning into the NPC to try to melee one of them, I sailed away fromthem towards the edge. The program for the NPC logic is somehow flawed and oneof the pirates kept sailing straight (not towards me). This separated the twoships and I was able to repair the damage from one until we engaged in melee. The other pirate was far off enough to giveme time to wear down the first ship before he got his free shots at me. Myrecord with them is 1/5 (20%) success.
I started and completed another BR inthe Black sea and started fooling around with the formidable enemies when therewere two of them. Instead of sailing at one of them to try and get them intomelee as fast as I could, I tried sailing directly away from them. The two NPC seem to be confused and did notturn to follow. They instead continued to sail straight on their startinglines. At the very edge of the ring, I slowed down and turned. The admiral ofthe enemy fleet did not bounce/stop at the edge but somehow managed to leavethe ring. I was awarded 2xp and avictory. Really?! That is a first. To check this, I went to port and set sailagain and found that the message "you have caught the attention of aformidable enemy" no longer showed up. Weird.
Made Arms R5
May 7th, Day 203
I am getting low on funds and so Istarted the day taking the company liners to East Asia. I pulled another 1700 raisins from productstorage and converted it into wine and traded in Nagasaki and Sakai. After sailing back to Europe, I spent thesecond half of the day making more Carronade 18's. Made21 sets of Carronade 18's and 4 new plates. The carronades should be good enough for another 4 battle reports.
Evening is another BR in the Black Sea,working on cannon skills. I have decidedto rotate between Cannoneer, Sr. Officer and Pirate to work up my skills. Mymaritime skills are 9-11 and the ones that are 10+ won't improve unless I am ina job that favours them.
End of day I make level 72 maritime,Reloading R10.
May 8th, Day 204
Made Penetration R10. Another BR in the Black Sea.
Spain and England are STILL at distrust.
<May 9th, Day 205
Still more BR in Black Sea. I found outwhy the official 3deck hulls are so cheap. They are part of the Millionaire'smysterious bonanza box. +20+28 -1 sails are also in that box, so I see quite afew popping up for 5M, aboutt 1/3 of what they are worth.
England is back to Normal status. OnlySpain remains at distrust.
May 10th, Day 206
Two more BR in the Black Sea. Not muchto see here, other than my Gunnery Skills made R11. Ended the day in North America, replenishingmy MCCTs and salted fish nuts.
Made Maritime Level 73.
May 11, Day 207
last BR for a while. Roaming pirate #2,can't turn in time and exits the combat ring, leaving me with just vs. theAdmiral. # of thesis Submitted 376. Theone I have been using is Division of labour in pirating crews. If I deckbattle, I can submit eight or so per Battle report, four if I go just with shipskinking/cannoneering. They are worth 2600 pages each so I hit the 60,000 pagecap quite quickly. I did so many deckbattles, my King Richard's armor finally hit 0/250 and broke.
A company mate asked about sailing xp 2 trips at 5 days vs 1trip at 10 days. I will do a study and see if I can come up with a formula.
Went to SEA which is safe waters to do 4charts. I am close to level 76 and would like to level before the next NorthAmerican festival. I discovered"Aurora" (natural phenomenon, sorry I forgot to record the exactco-ords) while charting in North Hobart
End of day I passed 1150 discoveriesand 236/289 areas charted
May 12, Day 208
Working on more adventure quests andcharts, as I am very close to leveling adventure.
Before dinner I passed 1160 discoveries and leveled Adventure. In the evening Iwent back to doing Battle reports in the Black Sea.
May 13, day 209
Completed Black Sea BR #9 in 9 days. Madeaccuracy R11. Sailed to Lisbon to help a company mate make Portuguese MilitaryPanel. I then swapped to cartographer and went to chart North and SouthGreenland. I used a +50% booster after i completed the first chart and justbefore I reported it and started charting the second area. With the +10% fromadventure ship refit and +50% booster, the two charts were 9700 and 9808 xp. Thereis a natural phenomenon just to the left of Iceland, but I was not able to get it. The sea zone surrounds the islandso I had to sail around it and try to find it, but it only appears brieflybefore disappearing. I ran out of water and had to sail back to London to getthe next set of areas of the NW passage. Mercator added 9 more area to chart. On my way back to chart more of the North Westpassage, I waited about 20 minutes forthe natural phenomenon West of Iceland to appear again. It is called"Dirty Thunderstorm" 14670:1420 and looks like a volcano is going offon the island.
Charted 242/297 areas.
May 14, Day 210
Helped a new company member Brann workon his Advanced maritime school.
Completed a BR in the Black sea, then inthe evening went to NA SE for the festival. It started at 8pm PST for some reason, instead of 10pm. I did about 200land battles as well as collecting. Unfortunately I lent my 2nd traveller'sfood procuring book to another company mate who forgot to return it beforelogging off.
May 15th, Day 211
Contribution day. Thanksgiving festival continues. GM bingo inAtlantis is on today.
I will do my usual collect berries, gofill my quarters, come back to NA. Do at least 300 land battles. Work on Terra Amina forte points. My reports are becoming a little boring as Iget up in levels and skills, there is much more grinding and less to report.
The grind continues.
Finally relations with all Europeancountries has returned to "normal" status.
End of day, another 300 land battlescompleted. Terra Amina Forte 320, but the weapon is down to 17 durability, ugh.
May 16th, Day 212.
There is now a +50% bonus on for XP,Skill, Fame and finesse point acquisition. I change from completing battles in 20 seconds using traps to about 60seconds to gain finesse points instead. I need spears, so I go back toEurope and make 6 flamberges. I fight inNorth America without any gear on, but I have to use a weapon and my weaponstake a real beating. My normal Terra Amina went from 80 durability to 17 inmaybe 2hours of fighting so I stopped using it and switched to spears.
I get my spear finesse points toPower(19) Quick (14) Feint (16) which is high enough to obtain level 3 speartechs if I ever run into the right NPC. I switched to yatagan (throwing dagger)once I reached these finesse points and obtained New Swift Throw (Tech #69 or70 I think.)
May 17th, Day 213
In addition to the server buffs, theupdate Chapter 3.5 of the age of Revolution has added 77 new discovery quests.Many of them are R17 quests! There isalso a discovery race on for the period May 16th until Jun 12th (I assume thenext update)
The competition is for the number of newdiscoveries you can make in this time.
More land battles. I busted my Yataganand went back to spears (Halberds) that I brought with me. When my Yataganbusted, my Throwing dagger finesse points stood at Power (22), Quick (17),Feint (12). End of day, I complete another 300+ land battles and levelAdventure.
May 18th, Day 214
For some reason the North AmericanThanksgiving festival is still on. I wanted to go back to the Black Sea andlevel maritime, but I have to stay in NA until either the festival ends or Ibust all of my halberds. Today I broke 3 of them! I obtained Tech #71 Wild Thrust (R3 SpearQuick tech) from the Thief 37 in North America SE. I would say to obtain thistech, the key is patience and healing medications. The Thief 37 uses a spear and also has "Oberschnitt" R3 spear tech.
End of day, I completed another 500+land battles.
May 19th, Day 215
Did a few more land battles pastmidnight and obtained Tech #72 Oberschnitt (R3 Spear Power Tech) My method forgetting the techs originally was to just stand around and get hit/usemedications to heal while waiting for the NPC to use the tech, then try to killhim as fast as possible. If you attack with your weapon, I don't think you canstop your toon from attacking, so the NPC eventually dies. After not killingthe npc fast enough 5-6 times, I finally figured out If you use a tech, that isall they do (some damage and then they stop.) I was able to use 2-3 tech hitsto damage the npc to just above half health. If you do more than that, they usemedication and heal themselves. After I used this trick, I got the tech on thenext try.
I don't know why but NA festival bonusesare still on, so I stayed until my second last halberd busted. With only one weapon (my alt has no weapon),I can't chain techs as easily so I decided to go back to NA and fill myquarters with berries and make new weapons.
obtained tech #73 Axe Big Drop Downfeint AxeR2
Took a break and switched to grindingstorage skill. I processed 10,000 clicks worth of berries->lime juice,exotic fruit->allspice and fish+berries->salted fish with nuts. Rememberevery great success gives 101 trade xp during the festival, and my greatsuccess rate with College skill 3 and 4 active is around 20%. I made Trade level 81 and completedStorage R15+2 refined.
May 20th, Day 216
NA festival is still on. More collectingand land battles. Obtained Tech #74?, Triple swing (Axe quick tech R2) Tech #75? Strike Down (Axe Power techR2). Festival bonus ended around 7pm, so I sailed back to Europe with a load ofberries to fill the quarters with. Ilost track of what tech I am on and should do a check next time.
I started another Battle Report. I wouldlike to do some adventuring, but I have to use up a few cannons to open slotsfor archive maps.
May 21st, Day 217
I completed the last battle report andmade Maritime level 75. I also discovered a new natural phenomenon in the BlackSea called "Will-o'-the-wisp" It looks like a green light circlingabove the water at 1390:3060.
Started the day with 1167 Discoveries. We will see how many I can discover beforethe race ends.
I have the advantage of being able toactivate "hide completed quests" and "hide discovered maps"as two of my college skills. It requiresbase R11 search/recognition or Ecological research. Took a long cruise aroundthe world thru the Suez Canal, to Aden, then Calicut, then Jakarta .. Tamsuiand Hangzhou.. back to Jakarta with EA goods then more quests going to Hawaiiand North America. Trained it from San Fran to Boston, and did my collectionsin NA East coast. Phew! Quests andarchive maps all the way.
On my first pass from Calicut toJakarta, I stopped in Sumatra South west landing area and did about 20+ landbattles. I tried to acquire the sword R3 techs, but even though I was able tokill the NPC within 5 seconds of him using it, I was still not able to acquirethe tech. I did not want to spend toomuch time trying for the techs so I moved on.
End of day passed 1193 discoveries. MadeArcheology R10.
May 22, Day 218
Discovered "Ball Lightning" (weather/phenomenon)in Boston East end of town, on my way back to Europe.
Sold off the EA goods and got set foranother round of discoveries...... then internet went on the fritz. Tendiscoveries, not much done today.
End of day 1203 discoveries.
May 23, Day 219
More adventure quests.
So early on I was taking a new questgoing from Alexandria to Lima Peru(it was not in the ivyro page otherwise Imight have caught the problem before I started) , called "GreenEgg." It turns out the quest isimpossible to complete as the development in Lima is 49k and there is noscholar there to talk to. I scanned the "all chat" and found [CA] Alianore,whom I mentioned this to. I also put it in the forums under Bugs. It won't help(myself) if I complain, It will help others if I post it and notify a [CA], sothere you go.
I made Appraisal R10 and ended the daywith 1215 discoveries.
May 24, Day 220.
Still More adventure quests.
While doing quests in EA, I passedAntimatter, a player who was way way ahead early on in levels during theopening race. I checked him out and he is already 85/85/85!! Nice. I wonderwhat kind of life you have if you are there already.
I picked up a load of EA goods while inEA and another quest going to Australia on my way to North America. Discovered"Morning Glory" (natural phenomenon) 6622:5775 while charting ArufaSea.
End of day 245 areas charted, 1237discoveries made. Will make level 78 Adventure tomorrow for sure.
May 25th Day 221.
Helped a company mate SB, by fleetingand just sitting at the shipyard while I went out for the morning. Was out mostof the day so I only finished a few quests, but I managed to make Adventure level 78!
End of day made 1246 discoveries
May 26th, Day 222
Mostly adventure quests all day. I onlystopped once to help a company mate grind his casting skill. I set up an aidebazaar in Hamburg with 6000 minerals and 2000 coal, then continued on myadventures.
1259 Discoveries. Made Search R12,Appraisal R10.
May 27th, Day 223
More Adventure quests. DiscoveredChichen itza. There is something weirdgoing on with this quest chain. The first quest in the chain is called"isolated imperial city" and is supposed to be (from the Ivyro page)Recognition R8, Caution, R10 and Sociability R10. The quest shows up as CautionR1, Sociability R1, and Caution R1?!?. My Sociability is R6 and was able to complete the quest. If I remember correctly from my OGP days,this was the only quest needing a high sociability/caution and I had to equipgear to make it show up.
Did 10 land battles in South Vera Cruz
fighting a specific NPC to get SwordUnterhau or Wild Slash tech R3's. I was not able to get the techs despitekilling the NPC right after he used the tech. I expect its luck and will eitherhave to grind it out or get the improve technique acquisition
As part of one of the quests, I had tovisit the Medici Palace and while I was there, I clicked on the NPC LorenzoMedici, one more time as I usually do during quests to make sure he got all theinfo I ended up clicking 4 more times, and each time I was granted all of the recipesavailable by the Medici for the different areas of Oxford, North America,Florence, and Paris. I checked out all of the recipes, of which there are a lotthat I have not seen before. One in particular caught my eye. I have never seen a recipe for Superior Fullrigged sail. Was not expecting it to be a great sail, because the components werejust lumber/iron and hemp. It turns out it is just a Main Full rigged sail.
Why call it a Superior Full when it isthe same stats as a Main Full?
End of day 1275 discoveries, 249/297areas charted.
May 28th, Day 224
224 days in and I finally have a questthat makes me enter Caligari. I discovered Caligari today! One of the thingsthat I have not talked about before is the use of tow permits. It is avery large part of me being able to do adventure quests without much attentionto the computer. Currently East Asia and the Caribbean are safe waters and Iuse tow permits to sail in these areas as well as the Med. At the end of the NAfestival where there is a bonus of +14 tow permits per day (24 total) I wasable to get both my main and alt to the max of 200 tow permits. Almost every chance I get I use tow permitsto auto sail any short distance while I am able to do other real life work.Once I finish my work, I check UWO and am usually at port in the city I want toget to ... talk to the next person on the quest and then auto sail to the nextport. Because my toons are fleeted, I set one to auto sail and the other tojust follow. This makes it very easy toaccomplish a quest with only attention when I am at a city or landing port. I highly recommend the use of towpermits for any serious adventurer.
End of day 251/298 areas charted, 1287Discoveries.
May 29th, Day 225
Discovered Black smoker (naturalphenomenon) 13734, 4405 while doing quests from Rio de Janero and theCaribbean. I am pretty tired of doing adventure quests. Tomorrow is the lastday for adventure. The race will end at the system update at 2pm server time. Ipicked up the Artist Job card. It requires Search R11, Art R13 andHandicrafts R8. My art is only R9, but I do have Scholar Aid 2 active as acollege skill and am equipped with a Babylonian Harp +2 Art.
End of day 1302 discoveries.
May 30th, Day 226
A few more quests in the morning. Picked up the Gurellia Job card.I stopped a bit early to help another company mate grind casting. When the update happened, I was at 1309discoveries.
I spent a few hours, collectinglumber/logs in NA, then making sails to be split between company members and myaide bazaar. (I am a bit low on money and have to make/sell stuff.) The rest of the day I spent helping othercompany members grind their casting skills at Hamburg. My mineral trade skillis slowly grinding thru R13.
May 31, Day 227
Papaya has extended the XP and Skillbonus to June 28th, due to a "fame" issue. The bonus was supposed tobe XP, Skill and Fame 50% bonus, but the Fame bonus was not working for the first 15 days, so theyextended the bonus another 15 days essentially.
Time for a Battle report. While doingthe battle report, I will refill my college credits by doing deck battletheses. I have used up 18k credits in the last two weeks swapping between fieldstudies(while I collect in NA), Hide discovered maps while doing adventures andthe odd Search aid , when my search skills were not high enough to complete aquest.
End of day, completed 1.5 battle reportsand 8 college theses on division of labour in pirating crews. (over 20k collegecredits earned, and capped again at 60k)
June 1, Day 228
I finished my second Battle report inIndia and took the liner back to Lisbon. The cultural preference and liner fromLisbon to Calicut will be active for two more days. I will try to takeadvantage of it while India is safe waters and return for more battle reports.
A day for reorganizing my items, aides,equipment and consumables. I have to refill my calming flags, perceptionof artisan, landmark ribbons, lifesavers ... I have used a lot of them in thelast 2 weeks without restocking. I also go to Boston to invest in the railwaysand collect more berries for both my main and alt's quarters. I have about 5000 raisins (alt/main combined)in my quarters storage.
I unlocked Trade 70+ for my alt.Interestingly to unlock it, if you give the craftsman saori, it does not unlocktrade 70+. I used a piece of lumber asrecommended in the Gangsta guide and it worked.
I checked and found that I made #22place on the discovery race with 139 discoveries. (the ports don't count) Thedirector of my alt's company TerraNova, (named Morronguilla) made 21st place with 143 discoveries.Congrats to him. First place was 391, 10th place was 193 discoveries. https://uwo.papayaplay.com/uwo.do?tp=news.view&postid=1733
June 2, Day 229
EA goods in San Francisco today. It isHuzhou brushes this time. I do not haveany jobs with crafts trade as a preferred skill so I decide to get the Artisan job. It requires Surgeon's secretelixir. The components are from Basra, Amsterdam and Istanbul. Luckily I still have some "Blessing ofPosideon" and can take trade goods thru the Suez Canal, then camel ride toBasra and make the elixirs there. Nice! Caribbean and North America East coast was safe waters until about 9am,which was nice for the players who did all the trading last night. This morningPO3's are 1M+ each and the pirates are out around Boston now. The pirates are especially heavy today asthere is a notoriety race on for pirates for the 15 days after this lastupdate.
I do a little bit of crafts grindingwith my alt, but not much. The plan is, by the next EA goods appearance in SanFran, to work on crafts trade and to invest in the railroad so that I open upNA SE coast as a rail stop and NA E. Coast (500m investment.) That way I cansail into Boston, train to SF. Buy goods, Train to NA E. or NA SE and sail fromthere. The pirates will block Boston, but not the landing sites.
I sold some PO3's in an aide bazaar andthen run Bordeaux 20 times to restock some PO's I am at 350pts for ruinexploration. 150 more before I get thetitle of Relic Hunter.
I completed a battle report in India andmade Maritime level 76.
Jun 3rd, Day 230
Completed another Battle report inIndia. Made Reload R11, and Penetration R11. Safe waters finished this morningat 3am. Indian cultural trends in Lisbon ended so there is no Liner back toLisbon.
I spent some time away from the gamejust thinking about alchemy and what to grind for high level alchemy. I settle on headache Meds. It is a high level Alchemy recipe that I canprocess for the bonus xp. Nobody ever sells this stuff as it is way morevaluable than the 1m cap on consumables. It is not an easy recipe. It takes aton of materials, and a lot (up to 10 recipes) just to make 1. I plan to collect and make 1000's of Ventusreduction, an Alchemy R3 recipe. Once I have the reductions, I will switch tothe Alchemy job and process them all with the R10 recipe.
I expect to get around 300 headache medsper 1000 Ventus, as a fail will make nothing and possibly damage my kiln. A normal success will produce a"sober", or a "strangepowder." Only a great success will produce a headache medicine.