Here are the 2019 Philippine Holidays. Let’s plan our vacations ahead.
Infographics courtesy of GMA News.
I was at yesterday’s Ragnafest 2018 held at SM Skydome, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City. As expected, it was jampacked with players and Ragnarok enthusiasts from all over the country. Ragnarok 2018 is a whole-day celebration of everything that is Ragnarok Online, culminating in the finals of the Ragnarok Philippine Championship (RPC) 2018.
There’s the usual registration for in-game items (costume Fire Muffler, item consumables, etc), raffle, fun games and cosplay competition. Angeling plush toys and shirts were also given away. The atmosphere is very festive, which is typical of Ragnarok events, and full of booths from sponsors who also manages to conduct mini-games (like a one-on-one PVP).
Ragnarok Online was the first Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) in the Philippines launched in 2003. I started playing back then, when there are only 3 servers – Chaos, Loki and Iris. After more than a decade, it closed in 2015.
In 2017, it was relaunched in the country by Thai company Electronics Extreme and I created a priest back then. I’m still playing and the current merged server, Valkyrie, still holds around 2,000+ players. War of Emperium (WoE) is very much alive and exciting. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish all the matches but was able to see All Rights Reverse vs All-Out War. The current rosters are until Transcendent Jobs (High Priest, Paladin, Champion, etc) and it’s nostalgic to see such match.
Tun Santianuchit of Electronics Extreme summarized the event well saying “Ragnafest 2018 is the biggest event we’ve had in the Philippines so far. We think that such dedicated players deserve a fun event like this! We’re all looking forward to bigger things to come in the years ahead, especially since Electronics Extreme is coming to the Philippines.”
Ragnarok Online, definitely, is still very popular to Filipino gamers from all ages and generations – including millennials, young professionals, and families who want to relive their RO adventures. RO will continue to be in the hearts of Filipino gamers, here and abroad, for years to come. Rok On!
It’s been 22 days since Ragnarok Online Mobile (aka Ragnarok M Eternal Love) was launched and so far, I find it as the best game on an Android smartphone.
I’ve been a fan of Ragnarok Online (PC version) since I first played it in 2003 under Level Up Games (LUG). I’ve played non-stop from 2003 up to the closure of the pRO server in 2015. Good thing all the pRO accounts were migrated to the International Ragnarok Online (iRO) server and my characters are still intact.
In 2017, Ragnarok Online (PC version) was re-introduced and re-launched in the Philippines by Thailand-based company Electronics Extreme. I’ve started a new character named Zach_Roerig (currently a 92 priest) and I’ve been playing ever since (with some long breaks from the game). Currently, all the previous servers launched in 2017 were merged into a single server named Valkyrie.
Tomorrow, the 1st anniversary of Ragnarok Online Philippines (ROPH) will be celebrated at SM City North EDSA Annex and I’m excited to attend. The event will be highlighted by the Ragnarok Philippines Championship (RPC). Unfortunately, my current guilds in Valkyrie – Majesty and Alliance – are not part of the final guilds. Anyway, I’m sure it will still be a day worth spending at SM Skydome, a favorite venue for Ragnarok-related events.
Going back to Ragnarok Online Mobile (ROM), at first, I was worried that the current players of Valkyrie will be lessen. Currently it’s around 1,900 during normal, non-siege, hours. So far, the population of Valkyrie remained intact. Probably because ROM is on a different platform and most Valkyrie players probably have PCs at home. Or it could be the other way around – probably players remained in the PC version because they currently don’t have a mobile phone compatible with the high storage space required by ROM (around 5 GB).
I myself remained a PC gamer of Ragnarok but I also play ROM when I’m not at home (where the PC resides). I guess it’s one of the advantage of ROM – being able to play RO anywhere (if there is internet data access). Another thing I see about ROM is that it’s catered for the players of today… those who doesn’t have so much time grinding.
One of the major difference I see between the PC and the mobile version of Ragnarok Online is the bot feature. ROM integrated the age-old problem of bots and made it a legit feature of the game called Auto (or auto-attack). You can leave your character in a certain map. Select the monster/s you want your character to attack, and it will do it until you changed the setup again. Pretty convenient if you’re farming for certain items or just leveling your character.
Other major advantages of ROM over the PC version are the following:
Camera feature – ROM is designed for the selfie enthusiasts. The game has several camera features integrated into the game that makes it very easy to take picture and share it across social media.
Achievements list – ROM is similar to smartphone games like Clash of Clans or Pokemon Go when it comes to documenting all the accomplishments of your character. It seems that there is a reward for everything that your character is doing in-game, like doing quests, killing monsters, feeding your pet, taking pictures of places in-game, etc.
Pet System – In ROM, the pet system is really implemented, and the pets are very effective in-game. Pets cast spells and levels together with your character. Pets are not just accessories in game, but it really helps the character kill monsters just like the mercenaries.
Auto-loot – Your character automatically receives the loots (items dropped by monsters). No need to manually pick it up. This solves the problems of looters in game. Aside from items, your character also receives certain amount of zenny (currency in-game) whenever a monster is killed. Less time for selling.
Exchange / Auction System – There are no more merchant vendors in ROM. You don’t need to create a merchant to sell your rare or to buy items from other players. There is an Exchange NPC (non-playable character) that does it for you. You can simply search for an item that you wish to buy, and it will show you the players that is selling it, even from another channel (server). It’s convenient but I have to learn how to auction my item to the Exchange NPC though.
Complete Monster Info – In Ragnarok Online, every monster has a race (Brute, Formless, Demi-Human, etc) or Size (Small, Medium, Large). Certain weapons are more efficient to a certain race or size. In the PC version, this information can be seen by the mage skill Sense. If you have a mage in your party, you’ll also gain access to the information if your mage party mate uses Sense.
In ROM, monster information is available to everyone.
Adventure Skills – In the PC version, there are 9 Basic Skills that is available to Novice Class that they can carry to their Advance Job. These skills are Chat Skills, Trade Skills, Creating Party, etc. In ROM, these are rebranded (and expanded) to Adventure Skills. These extra skills will let you have more storage space in your loot bag, be able to have additional avatar abilities (like Blinking, Holding Hands with your party mate, etc). Adventure Skills were given equal emphasis in ROM together with the regular, more familiar, Job Skills. While you’re fighting that monster in ROM, you might as well take a picture of it.
Build Adviser – is integrated in game. It’s almost spoon-feeding. You will be given advise on the common build types for the job you selected. Example, if you’re an Acolyte, you’ll see an option for Build _ and when you click it, you’ll see the build base on STR, the build base on VIT (common Full Support) or the build base on DEX (Magnus build). The system can even auto-allot the Skill Points based on the build you selected. It’s quite helpful for 1st time players of Ragnarok.
Easier Boss/MVP Hunt – In ROM, you’ll have 2 Adventure skills that is very useful in Boss Hunt – one for mini-bosses and 1 for MVP bosses. You’ll see special icons on the map whenever a mini-boss or an MVP is nearby. ROM also has a feature that list down all the MVP, their respawn time and the last player who killed them. If you subscribe to their Premium Service, you’ll get to see more mini-bosses and MVPs.
Cooking System – is very much improved in ROM. In the PC version, there are only a handful of dishes you can make, and you don’t have option to advance your cooking skills. In ROM, you have a lot of ingredients and cooking equipment that will give me a lot more dishes. These dishes can be consumed by you, your pet, your party or anyone (public).
On the other hand, the best way to compare ROM to the PC version is analogous to comparing Mobile Legend to DotA 2. Mobile Legend is a simplified version of the PC game DotA 2. Ragnarok Online Mobile (ROM) is also a simplified version of the PC game Ragnarok Online. Being a simplified version, there are major contents that are missing in the Android version such as:
Other class/jobs – Such as Sage and the Bard and Dancer (for the original 6 first jobs). I’m confident though that the publisher of the game will eventually release it in the future. Other jobs from the original version that is not yet available in ROM includes the Doram (cat) race, Gunslinger, Ninja, Soul Linkers, Super Novice, and Star Gladiator.
Other maps – like Juno, Hugel, Einbroch, Lighthalzen, Abyss Lake, Thanatos Tower, Niffleheim, etc. ROM also lacks the maps inspired by countries that has Ragnarok Online like Port Malaya (Philippines), Ayothaya (Thailand), Amatsu (Japan), Kunlun (China), Brasilis (Brazil), and Dewata (Indonesia). The map of Ragnarok Online (PC version) is so huge that it’s still expanding, with the addition of Rock Ridge (US Old West).
Other monsters – like the ones spawning in the above-mentioned maps.
Other MVPs and mini-bosses – like Lord of Death, Fallen Bishop, Belzeebub, etc. Although there are some MVPs in ROM that are not on the PC version like _
Mail System – There is a mail system in ROM that is a read-only version. In the PC Ragnarok Online, it’s a regular email system that will even let you send items to other characters.
Trade System – I’m not seeing an option in ROM to exchange items or zennies with other players, which could have made the transfer of items between friends a lot easier.
Other Job Skills – ROM doesn’t have 3rd jobs yet (like Royal Guard, Archbishop, Shadow Chaser, Guillotine Cross, Sura, etc). The maximum level of characters you’ll get are the Transcendent jobs – High Priest, Paladin, Champion, Assassin Cross. The list of skills available are also trimmed down.
Advance Homunculus System – ROM only offers basic Homunculus. In the PC version, it’s already Homunculus S – and it’s evolved into much powerful Homunculus.
Scholar Summons – Aside from the Creators, the Scholars (3rd job of Sage) can summon as well. Summon units can be very helpful in-game.
Overall, I find ROM one of the best Android games so far. I would definitely play ROM whenever I don’t have access to a PC but definitely, it’s the traditional PC version of Ragnarok Online for me. The graphics of ROM may be better than the PC version, but the story and features of RO1 is way deeper.
Good job to the Chinese team/company who made it possible to play our all-time favorite Ragnarok Online on our smartphones.
After the successful launch of the South-East Asia (SEA) server of Ragnarok Online Mobile (ROM) comes another exciting game from Gravity Co. Ltd – Valor Guard Tactics. Here’s the complete list of things to expect from this up and coming iOS and Android game:
GRAVITY Co., Ltd. Reveals Pre-Registration event for new upcoming mobile strategy game titled “Valor Guard Tactics” for iOS and ANDROID
November 15, 2018 – GRAVITY, a developer and publisher of online and mobile games based in South Korea, today announced that it will be launching its’ pre-registration event for their new mobile strategy game, Valor Guard Tactics.
More details for pre-registration at http://playvalorguardtactics.com/preregistration/index.aspx
In Valor Guard Tactics, as the rightful heir to the kingdom, your job is to rally forces, construct an army, and build friendships to retake your throne! Recruit heroes with unique skills and armed forces, time and deploy key allied special attacks to destroy waves of enemies, strategize your attack with Valor Guard Tactics’ unique army targeting system.
Valor Guard Tactics also brings together a diverse set of formidable modes for players to conquer including Flight Challenge and Abandoned Treasure. Players can also team up with friends to form Guilds and overcome even more challenges together. Additionally, the Arena allows for an individual player to show off their strategic mastery as they duel others to claim victory for themselves and their legions!
Game Trailer: https://youtu.be/YESBALTVtvI
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ValorGuardTactics
Valor Guard Tactics is planned to release in the US, Canada, Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia after the conclusion of the pre-registration event.
Pre-register here http://playvalorguardtactics.com/preregistration/index.aspx
I attended the 8th edition of Blogapalooza entitled “connecteD” at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams, Manila. I believe the highlighted D is for Digital since most of the talks are about being digital in this age of Instagram, YouTube and other social media.
I have work on Saturday so I wasn’t able to listen to all the speakers but I did watch the presentation/talk of Instagram guru Nix Eniego and TV host Christine Bersola-Babao. There were a lot of other speakers and the topics were diverse but these two speakers are worth the travel from Pasig to the City of Dreams.
Nix Eniego talked about the secrets to Instagram domination and gave very practical tips on how to increase Instagram followers. Tips such as frequency of posts, using Canva and other free online tools to add texts to IG posts, collaboration with other IG enthusiast, etc.
Christine Bersola-Babao talked about her transition from traditional media (TV) to digital media. She started at Cineskwela and Alas Singko y Medya (ABS-CBN) then transferred to TV 5 and GMA News TV (Money Wise). I love her presentation since it is very inspirational for a Gen X personality to transition effectively to Digital Media and gain even more followers. She’ll be launching her YouTube channel very soon.
The other thing I love about attending the yearly Blogapalooza is the opportunity to meet new companies and products – Deuter camping gears, Pushpin, Pushkart.ph, Seeker Pass, Foodsource, Printspaces, BigBenta, AFS, Kiss!, My Home Care, Mikilala, Poundit, Koko & Roko, Automart.ph, among others.
Thank you very much for Blogamomma Ace Gapuz for this very successful event. Looking forward to the 9th edition of Blogapalooza in 2019.