Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fiksdotter's love for Claude

This is my entry to Ninemoons' blog contest. Actually
I like this idea for fun. So enjoy reading through this




Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Post Philippine GE Commercial Launch: Dodge this!


Antioplo City is 2 hours travel to One Esplanade at Pasay City. Am off at 12:10 with my friend Puritan of Carracci. Around 14:20 we arrived at Mall of Asia and now meeting another friend of mine Josua BedaƱa who is going to help me out on my event documentation.

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We moved to One Esplanade and wow what do we have here? GE players start to fill in before the registration and I know why because of the "Early Bird" registration. The first 100 registrants will win themselves angel wings and I say the birds will have their wings! Fortunately my friend Puritan made it as the 75th person who will sign up for the "Early Bird" registration. My friend Haagendaz was also there but he never make it to "Early Bird" registration though he still registers himself.


One Esplanade is a good place not to mention it's quite windy that afternoon. I was walking around and these Cosplayers caught my attention because they're doing preparations and practicing poses for the event later. Media from IBC 13 and Hero Channel were also in this event capturing interesting activities specially the Cosplayers who pose for them.

Then I explore more by checking on booths and people gathered around.


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On site they have free gaming for those who wants to login their family. And some Granado Espada characters which I take advantage of capturing pictures with them like Idge (Ms. Ann) and their model Scout.

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15:30 the event starts with a live performance from the band "Sinong Sikat" who powers up the stage along with Ms. Feria (Product Manager) and DJ Franchesca (Monster Radio RX 93.1) the hosts of the event. A welcome from Mr. Tsao formally open the GE commercial launch and afterwards a video message from game-creator Hakkyu Kim himself were shown to all Filipino GE players who are in the event. He sends his message of gratitude to all players who shows support to the award-winning game Granado Espada.


Off-line quests were also available during the event. For example, this guy here wins himself a pair angel wings by giving five facts about game-creator Hakkyu Kim. Then after giving the information he strikes a Veteran pose for the people.


Another notable off-line quests is when Ms. Veya (PH Community Manager), wearing Emilia the Sage costume, was drag along in exchange of angel wings. The funny thing is Ms. Veya was unaware of this and Ms. Feria has a good smile at it.


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One of the most anticipated events was the Cosplay event for GE category and open category. As Ms. Feria and DJ Franchesca calls the Cosplayers the crowd become more excited as they cheerfully shouts for their bet.


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After awhile, the winners were determined and winners are; Caress Valdes (Cosplayed Elementalist) for 1st place for GE category, Noemi Lansang (Aerith) for Best Female open category, and Christian Umali (RAN swordsman) for Best Male open category.

Caress Valdes - Elementalist

Fiksdotter: Hi Caress!
Caress: Wassup?
Fiksdotter: Doing great thanks for asking. Can I have an interview with you?
Caress: Sure.
Fiksdotter: Why do you choose the Elementalist as a character for Cosplay?
Caress: Because I like the character. She is the prettiest one and the male is the hunkiest.
Fiksdotter: I agree to that. So, how many weeks or months took you to prepare your costume?
Caress: Months since late March. I had it made and it took longer than expected
Fiksdotter: That long?
Caress: Yes
Fiksdotter: Amazing. No doubt about the costume. It was really nice. What is your expectation during the Cosplay competition?
Caress: I was expecting an air-conditioned place packed with fanatics like events held in WTC. I was also counting that many would be cospalying but since it's the game's first year, there's a 'wait-a-while' state.
Fiksdotter: So how does it feel winning in 1st place?
Caress: Its all for fun and like Andre Janzur says ' fantazzzies. Very Happy and I hope there are more opportunities for me to join more cosplay competition.
Fiksdotter: Any plans in the future of joining another Cosplay contest?
Caress: Yes. I'm really hoping to join Level Up LIVE's cosplay on Nov. 3 & 4 and Hataw Hanep Hero's cosplay on Dec 1 & 2, 2007. I am originally a strictly Ragnarok Online Cosplayer but I couldn't help but try GE since I love the characters.
Fiksdotter: So do you have any message for both new and old Cosplayers?
Caress: Cosplaying really helps removes your stress and when you go out there just have fun and don't be panicky. First timers gets that a lot but just stay quiet if you feel jumpy about 'acting' on the catwalk. The first time I did, I just walked quietly stay still for a bit for the audience to look at you then exit normally.
Fiksdotter: Thanks for the inspiring message and tip as well.
Caress: No big. Just a simple advice.

Noemi Lansang - Aerith

Fiksdotter: Oh hi there! Care for an interview?
Noemi: Sure.
Fiksdotter: Why do you choose Aerith as a character for Cosplay?
Noemi: I watched Final Fantasy Advent Child and she was so pretty. And I like her dress.
Fiksdotter: Well it really works on you.
Noemi: Thanks.
Fiksdotter: So, how many weeks or months took you to prepare your costume?
Noemi: Just a couple of weeks. Browsing dress at Malls and there I get it.
Fiksdotter: I can't believe that from Malls you can create Aerith's outfit. So any expectation about the event?
Noemi: I thought there going to be more cosplayers but I think the numbers were enough.
Fiksdotter: So how does it feel winning Best Female cosplayer for open category?
Noemi: I was really shocked because this is my first time to try cosplay.
Fiksdotter: Wow impressive. I think your attempt pays off. So any plans of joining another cosplay?
Noemi: Why not. Because from this competition, I found friends and I love it.
Fiksdotter: Good to hear that. Any message for aspiring cosplayers alike?
Noemi: Maybe give it a try, its good to build self esteem and character. And most of all gaining new friends from it.
Fiksdotter: Thanks for the time Noemi. And see you around.
Noemi: (Waves goodbye and bows)

My experience of talking to candidates for the cosplay category was really great and learning everything about them made me realize that it's not easy. Still these cosplayers knows how to enjoy the event.


But the fun never stops there; in the other side of the floor the Liberty's Wrath tournament is about to start. Eight teams from different regions of the Philippines is about to demonstrate their team's spirit and as pioneers of the new world as well. The teams came from Baguio City, Bulacan, Cainta Rizal, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, Davao City, National Capital Region I, and National Capital Region II. The teams clashed for 3 round elimination type of battle with team members of five. Each members was given pre-made accounts which characters' are set to level 100. This means that they could use Veteran stances during the game.


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After many intense battle between each teams, the finals narrowed into two teams; the team from Baguio City and Cebu City. The final round was really exciting because the GE staff turns off spectator mode on the big screen putting the crowd in curiosity about the progress of the match. But the curiosity was broken when the team from Cebu yells for their win against the opposing team.


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The team that received the 3rd place award goes to team Davao after defeating Cainta for 3rd runner up spot. 2nd place award goes to the enduring Baguio team which reveals themselves as Anonymous Faction from Cervantes server. And lastly, the champion of Liberty's Wrath Tournament the team from Cebu who manages to break through the strategy of Baguio team during the final round.


These event was really fun and as for me, it's really nice meeting different people during the official launch. When will be the next? Its for the IAHgames and E-Games to tell.

Other Pictures:





(a)Ms. Sheila Rada (Corp. Communication Manager), Fiksdotter, and Mr. Samonte (Editor-in-Chief E-Games)
(b)Fiksdotter, Ms. Veya (Community Manager PH), and Haagendaz
(c)Fiksdotter, Brunie Etienne, and Baby Catherine the summoner


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Preparation for Esplanade

I was really excited about the commercial launch here
in the Philippines. Most of my friends on-line
was already sending messages in my mobile phone asking
if I will be there. Even my phone at home wasn't
spared at all, because some faction members of mine
were calling me up.


I think am prepared for this event. I charged up my
digital camera and think of what I will wear for tomorrow.
Two of my friends ask me where can we meet so that all
of us will be going to place together.


This excitement is running through my spine. I was so
anxious of what I'm going to do during the event. Not
to mention the Cosplayers and the tournament. And
most specially meeting Miss Veya in person. Har!




As the Elementalist often say "Am waiting for this."


See you guys at Esplanade!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Path to Boredom

I was trying to grind my characters at Rion Prairie,
but there are swarm of bots everywhere. Now that is
tough for me because the spawn rate of beasts were
getting lower and high kill stealing rate was so

I don't know what to do, even I switch channels, its
almost the same as others. Sometimes it really kills
me when these things happen. The bots! If I could
only track them and ban them, I'll love to do it
most of my days while at Granado Espada!

After few hours I was really fed up so I move back
to the barracks then created a new family member,
a new female fighter and I named her as Pesmerga.

Then I took some screen shots but for now I'm not
going to post it because I have better plans for
those screen shots.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Thrills, Deals, and Misery

I can't imagine that 12 hours of pure game play
and still am awake!

Because I played from 7pm of 09.3.07 to
7am of 09.04.07!

Beat that! But I know someone will.


I logged in around 7pm and immediately I moved
to my favored spot for level grinding. But it
was really annoying because its lag!

So I decided to send a broad message saying
"Stressed? Visit pvp officer city of auch ch1 for fun".
Then I created a room then there are 6 of us. It
was really fun even though most of the players
were already veteran still its for the sake of fun.

Then I decided to grind for training. Around 10pm
I moved back to City of Auch and broad about my
recipe for sale. But in just several minutes my level
52 elite shotgun recipe receive some offers and
the level 60 elite scale armour. Which will sum for
5.5 million vis! And I accept their offers.

(Screenshots of two offers and accepted at the same time. 5.5M!
My first biggest deal!)

But the sad thing about this day is when one of our
pioneering member of Takhisis Faction left. His in-game
family name is Coroza. He told me that we are still
friends together with the Takhisis family because he
enjoys our company but unfortunately he will join
his friend's faction here at Carracci server. We bid
you the best along with your future faction. Hope to
see you on 09.15.07 Philippine Granado Espada
commercial launch


It was around 5o'clock in the morning and am getting
sleepy but I have no choice but to finish my rent up
until 7am because I already paid for it.

Then I bought some new items like the braided hair
for my scout and plate mail for the fighter.

(Nimrod bridge near the Port of Coimbra)

7o'clock at last! I am finish and now I could take a