New Equipment Type in Aion 5.1: Bracelets

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As usual, this post is translated from aion.mutukina.net, which is a Japanese translation of information from Korean.

A new type of equippable item has been introduced into the game- a Bracelet of Kaisinel/Marchutan. You can purchase the initial bracelet in Sanctum or Pandamonium, from the two NPCs:
* Holy Accessory Tuner Penna (Sanctum)
* Holy Accessory Tuner Feather (Pandamonium)

These bracelets will automatically have PVP defense stats on them. You can upgrade them using tempering solutions. Once they hit +6, they will start to gain PVP offensive stats, as well. The max enchantment for the bracelets is +10.

As you temper the bracelet, it will also gain manastone slots and change appearance.

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Image 1: Enchantment Level 0 ~ 4: no Manastone slots.
Image 2: Enchantment Level 5 ~ 6: 1 Manstone slot. / Enchantment Level 7 ~ 9: 2 Manastone slots.
Image 3: Enchantment Level 10: 3 Manastone slots.

If an attempt to temper the bracelet fails, it will lose all of its enchantments, and any manastones equipped will be destroyed. [Editor’s Note: But it sounds like the bracelet itself doesn’t break, unlike with plumes.]

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UI-wise, the slot on the profile page for the plume will be moved to be below the left power shard slot, and the bracelet will sit underneath the right power shard slot.

This update has been made live to both the Live Server and the Master Server.

[Twitter Memes] My Favorite Video Games

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So I posted this picture on twitter today. I got a lot of likes on it. 24, in fact. Thankfully, they stopped when I got around to writing this. But you’re asking for my 24 favorite games. I can’t keep myself to 140 characters each, so I’m going to put them all together in a single post. I figured that should give me a little more wriggle room and keep from really spamming your twitter feeds.

Let’s get started, but I want to stress that there is no particular order to these. Don’t ask me to do MORE work on this! lol

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Aion – Old Screenshots from Below Sanctum

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For those who have started playing in the recent year or two of Aion, you may not realize that there was an unfinished city underneath Sanctum. Of course, in recent patches, there has been an ‘instant kill’ barrier if you tried to glide down to it, so people can’t wander off the map to try and look for it.

It took some effort. You had to glide to a mountain, rest up some flight time, and finish gliding down, because Sanctum is just that far up.

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There’s also a whole area of empty terrain underneath there. Mountains and hills and so forth!

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But eventually, Dreknok and I wandered our way to the ‘edge of the world’ so to speak. A place where the map was incomplete.

I’ll admit that I had a yolo moment. And jumped off the ledge. My whole screen went bonkers, as you can see below.

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The game crashed shortly after that screenshot was made, and even crashed a few times on attempting to load the character. Eventually, I was reset back to my bind point. Thank goodness.

I didn’t want to ask a GM to help me in that case. I’m pretty sure we weren’t supposed to be there. ;D

Aion – 1/7 Elyos Assassin PVC Figure

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It was recently revealed that figurine maker, Orchid Seed is releasing a 1/7 scale PVC figure of an Elyos Assassin from Aion, based on the artwork shown below.

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This figure is expected to release in 1/2017, but preorders are going to be open from now through 6/30/2016. If you preorder it, you will get an A3 sized poster of the design artwork that the figure is based on, as well as your selection from the ‘Majestic Armor’ options, shown below, for use on the Live Service. (In Japan, Live Service is the main two servers running 4.9.)

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The figure costs 13,800 yen (approx. $127) and stands 270mm tall. The figure design is by Yasuhiro Uchijima, also known as essence.

See the gallery below for more images of the figure.

EDIT – Added 4/18/2016
You can preorder the figure through Neowing, CD Japan, and Amazon.co.jp.

Aion 5.1 Information – New Instances and Gear

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I have to make my usual disclaimer before I begin:

I do not speak Korean. I do, however, read Japanese, and I follow a blog that translates information from the Korean servers to Japanese. So this is a ‘second stage’ translation. I’m translating a Japanese translation of something from Korean. As a result, there may be some issues with it from the source or trying to figure out what terminology is being referenced in places.

Terminology that I’m using, also, may not end up being what is used in the translation when it is released to the North American servers.

The Japanese article I’m translating comes from here. It is a Japanese translation of this article in Korean.

Another note before I begin, “For use by High Daevas” comes up a lot here. This terms is basically for any Daeva that is level 66 and higher and following the high daeva system introduced in 5.0.

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Dead or Alive 5 Falcom Character Collaboration – Who’s Who?

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While there are some well known characters in this batch, we also have a surprise obscure retro character in the set as well. And for those who are unfamiliar with the Kiseki series, there may be some characters that aren’t recognizable as well. As a result, let’s do a quick list of the name, the DOA5 costume, and the original character!

Here is the reveal trailer that displayed all the characters:

The characters, in order in the trailer (top image is the DOA costume, obviously, bottom is Falcom’s art of the character) are all behind the cut.

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The Lost Universe Anime Series and Its Production Issues

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I’ve been on a reading binge of the Lost Universe novels by Hajime Kanzaka lately. This is the origin of my favorite anime series of all time. The story is fun, light hearted, but manages to take a powerfully dark and tragic turn in it. It’s very clearly in Kanzaka’s style, but it still is very shocking what is going on under the surface of this series. A close friend of mine has even outright said that one of the series protagonists, Canal Vorfeed, is probably one of the most tragic characters in anime, when you look at her existence and backstory.

And that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

But what I’m here for, at the moment, is to talk about the anime itself.

While I don’t have the details for it, the anime series itself was rife with weird issues, mainly in a combination of budget and production problems. This resulted in an infamously bad episode, even- called ‘Feasting on the Coconut Crab.’ This is the fourth episode of the series and has managed to garner a bit of a sad reputation with the series. When the series was released, the episode had actually been reanimated to fix most of the problems.

You can see part of the episode, running side by side with its broadcast version compared to the release version on VHS and LD afterwards:

Of course, once the series hits its halfway point, many of the production issues have faded, and it becomes relatively straight forward on it- which is sad, because this is where you find the meat of the story. A lot of setup had gone in through the first half, which begins to come into play into the story that had been boiling under the surface the whole time.

Sadly, when you look up the series on youtube, and try to find the opening, all you can find is the early production version of the opening, rather than the complete version. I’ve discovered that this is because youtube will scan and recognize the video as ‘episode one’ then issue an automatic copyright block on it, despite the length of the video.

As a result, I’m hosting the video here, where you can see it properly.

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After writing about this, however. I’m starting to think I may start writing about what I’ve read in the novels as well. So that may be coming up later on anyway.

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