several interesting conversations going on right now that I'd really like to bounce off but work is not playing nicely with the timing so they'll just have to wait.
Instead I thought I'd just throw out a quick report about Blade and Soul and its strange take on fashion.
I'm still enjoying the game a lot. My Summoner's about half way through level 17 now and so far not much has changed. Everything seems slick, the world looks great and nothing I've been tasked with doing has been much of a challenge.
I finally got to see the Pot Dogs. They turned out to be walking mushroom ceramicists. Of course they did. This game reminds me more and more of Zentia every day. *
The main thing that's puzzling me right now is what my character gets to wear. I haven't read up on this so I am probably missing something obvious but in seventeen levels I haven't really had any control at all over what she looks like.
Well, that's not entirely true. I have several costumes stashed in my bank vault. I could in theory choose to wear any of them. Except that putting them on changes my character's faction, making her an ally of her former enemies and kill-on-sight to her erstwhile friends.
For example, just by slipping into a BlackRam uniform I can be best buds with the same bandits I've been killing since the starting zone but every Bamboo Guard, an organization I've been doing quests for since the get-go, will try to rip my head off. It's a very interesting approach to faction but I can't quite follow the role-play logic.
As for my regular clothes, well they seem to work the same way. Every so often I get rewarded with a new outfit that replaces the previous one and changes my entire ensemble. There are no individual pieces to mix and match and no dyes to change the color scheme. It's a complete makeover, take it or leave it.
As a Lyn Summoner I have to say there is definitely no issue with my costume being too revealing, a noted problem with imported F2P MMOs in general and Blade and Soul in particular. Quite the opposite.
She started out in a blouson and shorts ensemble that looked like something Little Lord Fauntleroy's younger sister might wear. Then she graduated to Tiger Lily's second-best lounging pajamas and now she's wearing an outfit Kate Bush might have considered and rejected for some mid-80s awards ceremony.
All in all it's rather odd. I'm sure there must be more to it than I understand right now but for the time being I'll just have to be content with wearing what I'm given - just so long as changing my colors doesn't mean changing my colors, that is!
* Footnote - I was wrong about Pot Dogs. They really are some kind of dog after all. I just did a bunch of quests around their kennels and finally got a good look at them. They seem to be some kind of bipedal basset hound although it's kind of hard to be sure, what with them all carrying pots on their heads bigger than they are. They share their territory with a slew of strolling fungi which is where the confusion crept in. Glad we got that straightened out. It's very important to know the phylum of the thing you're killing.
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