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Thoughts from ChangYou's Blade Wars Dev. Team about publishing a F2P game in the West, living the gaming life and the industry in general. To find more info about Blade Wars, go to

Author: ChangYou2


Posted by ChangYou2 Thursday May 27 2010 at 7:42PM
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"Music is the universal language of mankind." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have you ever wanted to be in a band, but have no time for actual *lessons*? Do you not have enough room in your studio apartment for a full Rock Band setup? The Blade Wars "Maestro" system was *made* with you in mind!

The Blade Wars "Maestro" system allows players to perform solo or in a band using mouse movements. To be able to perform music, players need to purchase the "Performing" skill from Yale Shi located in Zither Terrace. Then, visit George Chang to purchase at least one of the over 30 starter Music Books and one of the 10 starter instruments. Each Music Book lists the name of the song,  the difficulty level, and the suggested instrument to use. Despite suggestions, you can choose to play songs with any instrument you choose.
Instruments may be equipped in the small amulet slots on the character's Equipment tab. Fair warning however, that once you equip an instrument it is bound to that character. The bound instruments cannot be discarded, but can be sold to vendors.
Ready to practice? Equip the desired instrument and then right-click on the song of choice. A grid of colored lines will appear on the screen, along with a sparkling star which moves about the grid. This sparkling star travels along a path with the music, as a guide for your mouse cursor to follow.
Moving the mouse horizontally will play the note, while moving the mouse vertically will change the pitch of the note.
Ready to form a band? Form a party with your desired band members, and make sure you are all within close proximity to each other. Each player should activate the Performance skill (under Skills/F6). Make sure everybody has an instrument equipped, and let one party member choose a song at a time.
Now you're ready to bring your band on the road! Perhaps you can perform at weddings?
If you do well, you can earn experience and D Stones to be used towards the next level of music skill or upgraded instruments. Experience will only gained while the Performance Skill is activated via the right mouse button slot.
Rock on, fellow music-lovers, and I'll see you in-game!
Blade Wars Assistant Producer