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      [Read Before Posting] Blade & Soul General FAQ

      Hello Blade & Soul fans, Welcome to the official Blade & Soul Dojo FAQ! This thread contains commonly asked questions about Blade & Soul's Western versions. Have a question? Check to see if it's posted here or use our forums search feature before creating a new thread. This thread will be updated at all times by any of the Dojo staff members. For additional information on Blade & Soul visit our wiki, or check out the official Blade & Soul West website. Table of Contents <a href="#1">What is Blade & Soul?</a> <a href="#2">Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?</a> <a href="#3">What is Blade & Soul's release date?</a> <a href="#4">Has Beta Testing started?</a> <a href="#5">What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?</a> <a href="#6">Will the Western clients be censored?</a> <a href="#7">Where will the Western servers be located?</a> <a href="#8">Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?</a> <a href="#9">Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?</a> <a href="#10">Will the Western version be region blocked?</a> <a href="#11">What are the playable races?</a> <a href="#12">Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?</a> <a href="#13">What are the playable classes?</a> <a href="#14">Are there race and class restrictions?</a> <a href="#15">What will be the Western versions initial level cap?</a> <a href="#16">Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?</a> <a href="#17">What systems will this game be released on?</a> <a href="#18">What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?</a> <a href="#19">I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?</a> <a href="#20">Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?</a> <a href="#21">Will Blade & Soul be on Steam?</a> <a href="#22">Will Windows 10 be supported?</a> <a name="1">What is Blade & Soul?</a> Blade & Soul is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Korean game development studio, Team Bloodlust and is published by NCSOFT. <a name="2">Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?</a> You can find the official Blade & Soul West site here. <a name="3">What is Blade & Soul's release date?</a> The North American and European versions are currently set to be released on January 19th, 2016. Head Start for founder's pack owners will begin at 10:00am PST on January 15th, 2016, and name reservations for Disciple and Master pack owners will begin on January 11th, 2016. The game has already been officially released in the following regions: Korea: June 30, 2012
      China: November 28, 2013
      Japan: May 20, 2014
      Taiwan: November 20, 2014
      <a name="4">Has Beta Testing started?</a> Yes. CBT 1: Oct 29, 10am PDT - Nov 2, 10pm PDT [NA server only]* CBT 2: Nov 13, 10am PDT - Nov 16, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]** CBT 3: Nov 24, 10am PDT - Nov 30, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]** CBT 4: Dec 11, 10am PDT - Dec 14, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]** CBT 5: Dec 18, 10am PDT - Dec 21, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]** *NA servers will only support English. **EU servers will support English, French, and German; except on CBTs 1, 2, & 3. <a name="5">What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?</a> Blade & Soul has been announced as a F2P (free-to-play) title for the West and will have no content limitations. They have also stated that the game will not be "pay-to-win". <a name="6">Will the Western clients be censored?</a> No. <a name="7">Where will the Western servers be located?</a> Blade & Soul's Western servers will be housed in the following location: North America: Dallas, Texas US
      Europe: Frankfurt, Germany.
      <a name="8">Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?</a> There are currently no plans to support Oceanic/SEA servers. However, NCSOFT has stated that if the community shows enough interest they will reconsider. A petition has been created for NCSOFT to reconsider. <a name="9">Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?</a> No. Transferring accounts is not possible, but transferring the physical appearance of your character from other versions is possible through the profile screenshot function in Character Creation. <a name="10">Will the Western version be region blocked?</a> There are currently no plans for region blocking. <a name="11">What are the playable races?</a> Jin, Gon, Yun, Lyn. Click here for more information. <a name="12">Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?</a> In North America, the word "Kun" closely resembles a derogatory racial slur. <a name="13">What are the playable classes?</a> There are currently six confirmed playable classes for the Western versions. The "Warlock" class can be found in the KR, CN, JP and TW clients but have yet to be confirmed for the North American and European release.
      Blade Dancer
      Blade Master
      Force Master
      Kung-Fu Master
      <a name="14">Are there race and class restrictions?</a> Yes. The playable races in Blade & Soul are indeed restricted to a select few classes. Below you'll find what you can play each race as. Jin: Assassin, Blade Master and Kung Fu Master
      Gon: Destroyer, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
      Lyn: Blade Dancer, Force Master and Summoner
      Yun: Blade Master, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
      <a name="15">What will be the Western versions initial level cap?</a> The initial level cap on release will be 45. <a name="16">Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?</a> No. <a name="17">What systems will this game be released on?</a> Blade & Soul will be released for Windows PC. <a name="18">What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?</a> Below are the PC specs taken from Blade & Soul's Korean client. [Minimum Spec] CPU : Intel Dual core/AMD Athlon 64X2 or better RAM : 2G or better VGA : nVidia Geforce 8600GT/AMD Radeon HD4600 or better HDD : 15GB OS : Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (32bit / 64bit) DirectX : 9.0c [Recommended] CPU : Intel Quad core/AMD Phenom II X4 or better RAM : 4G or better VGA : nVidia Geforce 8800GTX / AMD Radeon HD4850 or better HDD : 15GB OS : Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (64bit) DirectX : 9.0c <a name="19">I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?</a> You can view all past broadcasts here. <a name="20">Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?</a> Yes, you can view their packages here. <a name="21">Will Blade & Soul be on Steam?</a> This has not yet been confirmed. <a name="22">Will Windows 10 be supported?</a> Yes. Updated: December 25th, 2015


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  1. Since when are name change vouchers used to trade a name from one character to another? o_O That's what it sounds like you were attempting. From my experience most people who change their characters names are changing it to something new & don't care about what happens to the old. If your name was something very popular, it probably got taken as soon as the lock-out timer was up -- ie. someone else who was making their character just hapened to try out if that name was available minutes/seconds before you did. Which wouldn't be NCsoft's fault at all, in my opinion, as you paid to purposefully get rid of your old name for a new one. -- There is no way that in the voucher details it says that you can change to a new name and keep your old, is there?? (I seriously don't know. lol, so I'm sorry if that's actually their strange intended purpose, never seen that in a game.) Idk, this just seems like a weird thing to try on your part. If someone else got the name, they can't just take it from them now.. eh. I don't support or care about NCsoft, so i'm not too biased. (really with their whole banning wild nonsense I think poorly of them, but still.) I hope things work out for you -- Either you find a way to get the name, or maybe come up with something even better? Good luck.
  2. Haha.. I'd post mine if there were more contestants in here posting theirs, but to be honest i'm kind of embarrassed of mine compared to everyone's favorites. I was shocked they gave it a shoutout in the stream after seeing how well done the finalists and even some of the others who didn't make it to the top's entries were. @[email protected];; (Since DayBreeze posted their lovely design here though I will say that mine was the one shown after it.) I was so frazzled trying to come up with a varied yet cohesive design for every race/gender & it kinda shows in my rough work. (I bet the devs took one look & thought... what the heck is going on?! & I can't blame em because that's how I felt rushing to the deadline) Definitely seems like digital more professionally done design was the way to go -- I wish I had had more time. Or had any practice with digital art whatsoever... I might borrow a tablet and start practicing so that when the next contest rolls around I'll have a better chance.
  3. What costume did you vote for and why?

    I'd have definitely voted acrimony... Would look so damn pretty on my yun...
  4. What costume did you vote for and why?

    Well They also said the number count on FB may not be the real number count because behind the scenes they were doing their best to verify no foul play was an influence & that those were the winners fair and square so idk! .X. beat me to it! To be honest i'm just happy that they actually showed my entry and even said it was gorgeous/they would perhaps not have been able to do it justice! There were so many good ones that didn't make it!!
  5. You'd be surprised how little people care to be vocal on the net. The majority of the voters probably don't even have accounts on here. People are always more vocal about things they dislike than like so having even 100+ people saying they don't like it in no way completely certifies it as "fact" that it isn't a far better design. It's all totally subjective anyway. I'm curious because If a huge bulk of esyllincott's votes aren't real, yet the vote numbers are similar on both sides... then when subtracting these "fake votes" -- why were so many people only voting for EU designs? (I get that some preferred the eu designs in general, but there was to be a winner on both sides, it'd only makes sense to vote for one on both sides, right??) Unless we're speculating that bots that voted for esyllincott also voted for EU designs? in which case why are 3 designs on the EU side so close? Were they really programmed to choose between more than one on the EU side to seem not suspicious?! (who would go to that much effort for this contest where the prize is practically moot) As for votes slowing down I for one quit voting after the second day because it was clear things were set in stone. The ones I thought were decent were already winning, & the one I'd have liked even more was never going to catch up. So I didn't bother -- there's no way i'm the only one. You also have to consider that lots of people who aren't even planning to play probably voted because they felt like it or because people asked them to; these people most likely only voted once because they're not invested... which is another logical explanation for the number of votes slowing down. I'm fine with the thread being open.. it's more that i'd like to see an official response that would put an end to this, which I'm sure those who are suspicious would like too. It's the open speculation that bothers me, & it's potential harm, none of us seem to have and hard evidence, y'know. haha.
  6. Digital drawing is not copy and pasting? This very much looks hand drawn on a tablet or touch surface. Honing that skill is actually much more difficult than just picking up a pencil & paper. (Personal experience as an art major.) (The Eye to hand to tablet/screen coordination takes time to pick up it's not as natural as just doing something on paper.) It's not even like stormcrowdesign's submission which looks to be drawn on top of pictures of the games 3d models. (not that there's anything wrong with this!) -- Esyllincott's look drawn/painted from scratch which, if so, is really commendable.Also, It's absolutely clear that the lantern details along with the race specific symbols in the embossed design on the cape back tie the costume design into Blade & Soul's lore. While the amount of metal details lends itself to a western aesthetic no medieval knight dressed anywhere remotely close to this design. (google) Furthermore, I'd like to point out that the design that is currently in second place in the NA submissions is far more western in theme..... soooooooo..... (in fact you could almmoooost say it slightly resembles some medieval royalty..lol) I totally understand people not being a fan of this design, it is definitely on the safer side, but it IS well done: Clear refined design with laid out clearly depicted intricate details. I know me and my group of friends were most impressed by the overall work & we voted esyllincott accordingly. (If people continue to come in here just to spread rumor while simultaneously degrading/invalidating the entries & the effort these designers put into them then I really think this thread should be closed. )
  7. Since there will be two winners 1 from EU 1 from NA, I'd say most people voted accordingly: adding all the votes right now EU has a total of 3783 and NA has a total of 3919 Esyllincott's design has the bulk of the NA votes, but to be perfectly honest it's by far the best NA submission, in my opinion, so of course it has the most votes?? I'd say if they aren't accurate than it's no more inaccurate than some of the votes the other submissions have too... haha. I could be wrong though, the voting in general didn't seem very well planned! & Obviously I am biased, it's my favorite. (I kind of wish they hadn't let us see the # of votes things were getting at all)
  8. LBM at CBT and LAUNCH!

    This is great news, if I ever made a lyn alt it was going to be blade dancer! Still a bit thrown off @ yun being KFM -- I'd have preferred the kr dev's to put their work towards giving yun warlock or maybe even blade dancer instead! (It's not like lyn need 2 exclusives anywho!)
  9. What costume did you vote for and why?

    I think it's interesting/funny that even in a slightly more niche eastern fantasy game us westerners fall into the stereotype of favoring the least colorful & most conservative designs. haha. (It's becoming clear esyllincott & edosky will be our winners!) That being said I too voted for esyllincott -- I've seen people hating on the NA entries but in my opinion esyllincott's design is by far the most well composed design out of all the submissions! It's one of the only designs that won't stick out like a sore thumb in the game. (juel's design is well done & really really cute but it would just look so out of place for me. -- Lagunis is alright.. though I don't understand how those giant fish arms are supposed to work...) It shares a few similarities to other costumes in the game, but even though B&S has a history with a few out of place costumes I personally appreciate that the design looks like it belongs in the blade and soul universe. -- Granted even it leans a bit more into western fantasy.. The EU designs are on a slightly more even playing field when it comes to good design options, but none of them really made me passionate. I went with SSZeljezna because it's playful & like @.X. said it's a one and a life time opportunity to get to see the males dressing equally skimpy with the females. (I wish it would win just to see how cute my boy char would look showing off that much!) The other two big EU designs by jellyenvy & edosky both have things I like and dislike about them so it was hard for me to pick a choice on the EU side. I like everything about jelly's except for the giant yellow thing on the back of the females. And for edosky -- while I like the base form & right arm details... the rest of the design details seem slightly arbitrary. -- a lot of white lines on a flat black surface. (If/when it wins I hope the devs rework some of the design embellishments, especially the design on the front females trim & the females chest area.)
  10. FAQ on Costume Contest

    Voted SSZeljezna & Esyllincott. The men should get to show off some skin too!! + Esyllincott's design looks the most professional to me! I still think I like certain aspects of my design more than a few finalists, but my presentation really wasn't up to par -- It definitely looks like solid digital drawings were necessary to make it to the top.
  11. I agree actually -- That's an important thing to note!! I've noticed the costumes can have subtle effects on your character models proportions & of course costumes that cover certain areas you dislike might make up for the sometimes wonky proportions of your characters.
  12. Here is a quick reference i made for you of a male gone with all of its body stats set as low as they will go on the JP server. (Next to starting male gon npc & male jin npc) My biggest gripe with male gon is that no matter how small you go they have strangely large bulky arms/hands/trapezius muscles. (Yet the female gons can have proportions very similar to the jin/yun -- at least imo.) I hope this helps!!
  13. What on earth is going on with the contest page.. it's no longer showing all the options and some of the entries votes have been reduced to 0? Maybe it's only glitching for me..
  14. @shura: posted in the costume contest faq -- NC Elusive: "Will be in both versions :)" Also, did anyone else receive confirmation email after voting? I'm looking but see none.. so did my votes not count? got it finally. haha
  15. Whatever happened to that Gun Class?

    They can just be like, "Surprise! there were male kun all this time!! they were just, um, hiding in the mountains! Yeah...!" On topic: they should add a gunner class and give the class to every race, please. 8^) @Rahzzy, If kun are forced to only be female and have no exclusive class -- I'll take them getting access to every class! Down with exclusives! lmao. ( really though, I'd have so much more fun if I could at least be assassin or warlock as my kun/yun. ;__; )