Mount & Blade: Warband is a game I recently discovered. I do not tend to like non-mmorpg games; however, I was quickly hooked after spending some time in the various modes of Mount & Blade Warband. This game features a single player adventure that is unlike any other I have embarked upon. It does not feature the best graphics in the world, but I have said over-and-over I will take great game play over great graphics any day. One feature found in single player, campaign mode, is an arena area where one can hone their individual skills while not immersed in strategic war campaigns. This is my best match in the aforementioned arena so far. Hoping to make it all the way through eventually.
The arena is just one of the side adventures you can have in this game. The arena can help you hone your skills on a variety of weapons which can be useful later. Every decision you make can play a key role in later scenarios. From the very start you are asked to help a city by taking on forest bandits. You need to then recruit 5 individuals to accompany you into the battle against these bandits. Thus, the start of you army. Continue to recruit your way to larger and larger armies. A large army will not be enough to stake your claim to nobility though. Diplomacy is a huge part of the game. You will have to make friends, enemies, and other decisions. Large sieges require large armies, so pick your allies carefully. Pick your enemies carefully too, as they could be the end of your army -setting you back months (in-game).
In some of my videos you will often see me take on Jarl Aeric of the Nords. He was one who often picked on little ole me when I started, yet I have been able to best him at times. He has become my in game rival I suppose. But that’s how immersed you get in the story of this game.
My information here comes from my gameplay on Playstation 4. Market prices, techniques, and some information can be different on the other platforms. This is going to be very basic, but I will add a couple things along the way. Further questions can be answered in the Discord (linked below). Enhancing gear with any kind of success requires Failstacking (fs).
Enhancing gear in BDO can be a very difficult task at first glance. It is a grind getting to the top of BDO, and enhancing is no different. In the beginning, there was hardly anything available on the Central Market (CM). So we all had to enhance our gear the now ol’ fashion way to get these items on the CM for others to enjoy. Now that the CM is full of items, many things can be bought to speed up the process. And sometimes that is just what I do. Reblath and Agerian armor are easy to come by in our version of BDO at this point. These items are available at a fair price at the blacksmith in Velia, Tranan Underfoe. So which do you pick for the failstacking process?
Agerian versus Reblath – Reblath is cheaper and you will need an absolute ton of armor to failstack. Agerian has the best resell value. If one accidentally “pops” (Succeeds) you can simply restore its durability and sell it to start over. This is a slow process, but helps break up the grind, and make you feel like you’re getting silver back. Being that reblath is cheaper, and you need a ton. This is simply the best way to go. I have also bought +14 gear from the CM to skip some steps in the past. This is a more expensive route as well, but sometimes breaks up this grind in the same way mentioned.
That last paragraph throughout some more advanced terms, so let’s take a a deeper dive into them. Being successful in an enhancement while setting up failstacks is bad. Here, you actually want to fail. Your goal is to get a +14 piece of armor, whichever style fits your budget, and an absolute ton of black stone (armor).
Things you will need:
A ton of the same armor piece i.e. Reblath armor x32 (from video)
A ton of black stones (armor) x77 (from video)
Blacksmith’s Secret Book
Silver in Stacks, 16,966,768 silver would be the max price I would have paid in the video if using the CM and Taran Underfoe for all materials.
First step is to get your reblath armor to +14. +14 armor has the best chance at failing while only consuming regular black stones. So, call up your black spirit, load you reblath armor into the enhancement slot and start tapping like Shirley Temple. When your armor piece loses too much durability, it will need to be repaired to continued. Head over to the blacksmith Taran Underfoe, and select repair max durability (dura). Use your other 19 armors (or however many are needed) to repair it back to 100 dura, call up the Black Spirit again, and continue. Repeat this until you have a +14 armor.
Second step, now that you have your +14 armor piece, it is time to fail like the 3rd grade! Damn cursive writing.. Make sure you see the spot in the enhancement process where it has an option for [enhance success] or [durability]. Look closely. Choose the option which gives you the least chance at succeeding. Now, you’re ready to fail 20 times. Onward to failure!
Third step is to save that amount of fails in you blacksmith’s secret book. The one that is sold by Taran Underfoe for 1,000,000 silver. Open your inventory, find the book, Hit X.
You have now saved your first fs. So, how does all that work help you? You can now apply that +20 stack to any gear you want to actually succeed on. See video for more in-depth understanding.
The great part about Pearl Abyss is we often get in-game rewards. These include cron stones, Valk’s Cry, artisans memory, and other items helpful to enhancing. I like to save up these items, as well as the failstacks I create for a period of time. I then just make a day of it. Whatever game time I have that day, just put it towards enhancing various items, either for me or for the CM. When you try to enhance otherwise, you tend to run out of stuff more quickly, and go buying from the CM. Go the cheap route, wait.
Bonus tip. As you can see from the video, I am on my Musa, rather than my Warrior. I use the same character (Musa) to do all my enhancements. Why? Because I am terrible with inventory management in this game. If you’re like me, you have WAY TOO MUCH stuff. Doing it on one character helps me keep track of what I have. For the video, I tried to empty out my inventory as best I could. Additionally, I am building a Luck Armor of Fortuna set for my Musa. This will allow me to grind scrolls, black stones, and other items to help my enhancements. I guess that’s not really a tip, but a look into what I do.
I wanted to make this short and sweet as failstacking / enhancing is definitely a more advanced concept in this game for most people. It’s not easy, and you’re doomed to fail at times. Fail in a good way, and a bad way. I hope to more of this type of article in the future. Your comments, criticism, suggestions are always welcome. Feel free to hit me up through the discord to answer any questions if I can.
I wanted to share this because after talking to people in game, I realized many people do not actually know what arena wars are. These game modes are a ton of fun.
Arena Wars modes are:
FLAG WARS, choose you car, truck, or bike and get to a classic game of capture the flag; careful though other cars, trucks, and bikes, stand in your way. Whichever team collects the most flags wins!
CARNAGE, a last car standing match to the death.
FLAG WARS, the match in this video, similar to capture the flag but with cars, bikes, or monster trucks.
WRECK IT, this is a death race style of game play.
GAMES MASTERS, one team collects checkpoints in their vehicles while the other spectates, spectators have a variety of weapons to use to destroy other vehicles, collect as many checkpoints as you can in the time and then teams switch places.
HERE COME THE MONSTERS, monster trucks versus Issi Classic compact cars, after each round you switch places. Smash the Issi’s or lead the monster trucks to their doom in traps.
HOT BOMB, hot potato with cars.
TAG TEAM, each team gets one player in the arena at a time in a gladiatorial bout with cars. Up to 16 players can compete in these matches.
You do not need to own an Arena Workshop or any vehicle to participate in these matches. It does make it a little more fun to customize your very own death machine to use in the Maze Bank Arena, though.
Mount and Blade: Warband is a stand alone expansion to the Mount & Blade title. Playing this stand alone expansion was the first I had heard of the series. It looked interesting, so I thought I would give it a shot. There are a variety of modes to play through including multiplayer and single player content.
I signed into the game and started the tutorial. Getting a handle of the controls initially was quite difficult. I recommend newcomers to retry the tutorial as many times as it takes to get comfortable with. After the tutorial I went over to multiplayer immediately, as I am a mmo lover, even though this is NOT an mmorpg. After getting a few multiplayer armies descimated, I decided to try my hand at the campaign.
The “Campaign” is where this game shines. This is, in no way, an mmorpg. Instead this game and its less than desirable graphics shines in this sort of deep story telling area which doesn’t tell much of a story at all. You kind of make up the story as you go. A lot of us enjoy stories to be force fed to us, but this is not the game for that. Getting started in the campaign is rather difficult. Those familiar with the series probably already understand the concepts, but I was new. The game explained very little to me, and left me getting captured alot throughout my first few minutes. I quickly struggled with the game; however, after giving it a fair few college tries, I became hooked. The strategy elements in Mount & Blade: Warband, are absolutely incredible. Whether you’re building relationships with Counts and Ladies of far away lands, or in the thick of it fighting for control of a Castle, you are immersed in the strategic elements.
Again, this is not an MMORPG, but this is my first review. Hopefully more to come. Join my discord gaming chat to play along with me! Hope you enjoy my videos.