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09-15-2008   #1 (permalink)
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"In 2 B.C., Janggeon who was ordered from Wu Di (Muje), emperor of Han (One of ancient China's countries) explored up to the outside of India for the first time. Due to that, safer route which could be connected with each other had been opened. Via that road, the Chinese silk began to flow to Roma in Europe." -Silkroad Prologue

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Me and some friends started playing Silkroad Online a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed it.
There's quite alot you can do with your characters. Both the European and Chinese have different styles of play.
Europeans have melee, caster and buffer types with two classes; warrior and rogue, wizard and warlock, bard and cleric.
Chinese however have a different set. Weapon mastery for swordsmanship, spearmanship and bowmanship and force mastery with elements such as cold force, lightning force, fire force, and force power.
You can mix any of these styles with each other to make some very unique characters. For example my European rogue cleric that uses a crossbow.
The two also have other differences as well. Europeans have a higher potion cool time, while Chinese can use theirs pretty quickly after use. I'm sure there's more differences too.

As for the gameplay itself, the world map goes from Europe to Asia and leveling isn't to hard considering there's plenty of quests to do. Most good quests come in a series where you have to complete the previous to get the next.
One of the games features include it's unique trade system. Once you're level 20 you can become a merchant, hunter, or thief. Merchants buy goods to be transported from one town to another, earning them a nice sum of money. Thieves are always on the watch for these merchants and will attempt to rob them of those goods to sell to the black market. Merchants can hire hunters for protection against the thieves, making a nice triangle conflict.
Trade runs range from one star (easy) to five star (hard).
Monsters in Silkroad come in a few types. General is the basic type, Champion is like two generals put together, they also look bigger, but are less common to find. They'll give you quite a lot more exp and skill points too. Giant is the biggest one and usually more rare then champions. Elite is the most rare and I've only seen one before.
When in a party, party type monsters will spawn. These monsters have greatly increased HP and attack power but will give a ton of exp.
When killing monsters you'll sometimes get red orbs that fill up your berserk meter. Once it's full you can press tab to go into berserk mode. You'll glow red and have about two times the attack power and greatly increased movement speed.
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I haven't done any PvP so I can't really say how that goes. I think it looks fun though :3
The only thing that I don't like about the game is the amout of players like this;

They seem to be all over China but not as much in Europe. The game will always have these bot type people and hopefully they get taken care of. GM's do some inspections but you can't get rid of all of them @_@
Me and some friends from Trickster Online's Exodus guild have made NoBraExodus (Talk to Pharoe about the name) on Silkroad's Hera server. So if anyone is interested, come say hi~
Also check out these cool comics :3
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i like the trader/thief/hunter system but too bad joymax fails when i try to play it again all servers were crowded EVEN THE NEW ONES ... its a grind fest after 30.

berserk on gaints, SoS/M/Sun item are cool
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lol, the guild name is poetic D:<

Anyway, about bots and stuff, I heard the game was pretty much left to rot for 1 year or so, but JoyMax realized the gold mine they had, since it is an excellent game, and now they have a "war" going on against bots. Today more than 6000 bots were banned. And bots are the main causers of crowded servers, so when I went online to check how were things the servers weren't crowded. Let's see how things go from here, unfortunately botters just make more and more characters, just to be banned a couple of days later.
Anyway, people should try this game, even as a 2nd game, because it is fun and even though I'm not a grindy kind of person it is pretty fun to level, especially in parties, with all the teamwork we miss in Trickster.
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There's teamwork in this game now? o.O And it really does get to be a grindfest after a while, I can't believe I grinded to lvl 70 myself.
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looks just like rohan...
 
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Isn't rohan that game that failed at being an action mmo? This is more your standard mmo with shortcuts and hotkeys.
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This game was fun back when alliances would do giant trade missions, or try to overthrow them.


Here's a small look at what we had leaving from Hotan to Jangan


Here's what the escort looked like when we had robbers on our tail 8D
 
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lol, seems fun +_+

Anyway, the european race is basically focused on partying, with pretty specific jobs. For example, I have a double axe wielding warrior, with a buff he can get to 3k hp at level 26 and has skills that make monsters aggro agaist him, but his damage is quite mediocre and he is fairly slow. So, he is a perfect tank character and training will be 10 times faster when with a bard, who has good attacking skills but shines when using buffs and recovering party members' mp, or with a mage, who has really hax skills, but is a glass cannon, for example. So, yea, party is important. Not to mention the trades :x

Anyway, some screenies *.*

Near Constantinople:


Pretty skills +_+:


All towns got special decoration for Summer event:


European Dock:


European Thief:




Well, it would be nice if people from MyMMOGames came to SilkRoad too D:
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Unfortunately, the pvp is rather unbalanced. Anyone with a Seal of Sun weapon and armor set is pretty much untouchable and will destroy you damage-wise. Those are basically hax stat items with double to triple what the normal stats are, and they are hideously rare. Over the period of a few years on the main servers, they ended up in the hands of old guilds and they pretty much dominate the trade circuit. In short, pvp works this way:

Hideously rare SoSun > Insanely rare SoM > Very rare SoStar > Regular players

The system also ruins party based pvp tactics. Range attacks with a SoSun weapon become so strong they can ohko your glass cannon, and with that person dead, it's impossible for the remaining tank to absorb all the damage and bring down the attacker.
 
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Yea, I guess that is a problem...

I play on a new server, Hera, so things are more "balanced" and, in my opinion, I would rather spend lots of ingame money for a SoSun than buying cash equips, for example o:
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Your cash shop option is to find a weapon with Resistance and stock up on weapon elixirs and Immortal stones, to try and +13 whatever high stat weapon you have through alchemy and whatnot. However, the person with the SoSun weapon likely did the same thing, so the balance changes again to:

SoSun / Moon users with cash shop > cash shop users > SoS users with no cash shop > no cash shop users

This doesn't become apparent until you hit your high 50s, when Seal weapons are hideously powerful compared to regular gear. The difference in attack power is only +30~50 or so when you are starting up, but it later becomes +400~650 because of the magnification ratio. In short, you get pwned, especially when a struggling level 30 trader gets jumped by a level 70 thief 8D
 
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D:


Help me make people play SilkRoad! *slaps* ;o;
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Even the server we play on is full sometimes, usually around noon PST. I try to log in like five times before I get though. BOTS D<
As for the sos, som, and sosun items. I never played years ago so I don't know how much the game has changed, maybe they changed drop rates? I heard from someone once that an sosun could take years to find, where as sos isn't nearly that hard to come by. I've found one level 8 harp sos @_@ And I'm sure Pharoe has one and Ichi too.
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Whoa vorpal, people are going up to +13 on weapons now o.o;;; I only got up to +5 even on my sos.

I have found a total of 1 SoM(eww protector armor) and 3-4 SoS(again all eww armor) and then my playing time was probably 6 months.
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I found 2 SOS already. One was a low level tasset and the other is a level 28 robe Pharoe can't use yet D:
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i dunno, the new European characters/classes seem interesting. I remember playing before those were implemented.. it was fun for awhile.. then it became lame to level with all the bots roaming around.
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Here's a screenshot of me fighting a giant monkey.


Here's a screenshot of me fight a giant ape D:

I'm not sure if that's still the biggest giant monster in the game, but it's big enough to take up two screens, be seen 5 screens away, and evidently covers your whole character when he smushes you. It's like you are fighting Kong 8D
 
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Hmmm...I think that would indeed be the biggest I can't remember anything bigger than that. Maybe some of the giant summons one of the bosses has is bigger but I really don't remember if they were bigger than those.

I only used berserk for giants too D:
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lol thanks vorpal XD

And that thing is...huge @__@

Anyway, some China screenies:


Jangan:



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lolz o: monkeys~ o:

mountain top~ +_+

i steal bandit's camp >DDD *giant spawns on me and eats me* T_T

look wut they did to giant tigers D:
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