THE BOD GAME By Gideon Jura INTRODUCTION Might want to brew yourself up a nice cup of coffee because you’ll need it – and you’ll need the practice! The BOD Game will certainly keep you busy and you’ll likely be brewing up a fresh pot when you get home from work to prepare yourself for cranking the bellows of that forge or working that spinning wheel. At the most basic level, a BOD (Bulk Order Deed) is simply a crafter quest. For example, as shown below, this Small BOD requires you to craft 20 leather caps of exceptional quality out of spined leather. Once you’ve filled the Small BOD you can simply turn it into any tailor (drop onto them) and receive the associated reward (in this case about 800 gold and some semi rare hue cloth or sandals). These quests range from trivial (as in the above example), to incredibly complex, as shown in this example below. The BOD above is a Large BOD (it is being shown in a BOD book). This is more like a puzzle. You need to find all 6 of the associated Small BODs and fill them. Next, you fill the Large BOD with those filled Small BODs. See the diagram below which illustrates the process. The specific Large BOD above could take a long time to fill - not because it takes a long time to craft golden plate armor, but rather, it is the process of acquiring the specific puzzle pieces (between the Large BOD and its corresponding Small BODs) to complete the “set,” that presents the challenge. This challenge means that while BODs are simply crafter quests, The BOD Game (tm) is something much larger – it is an entire system of quests. Some would even call it a lifestyle. Maybe even an addiction. For your spouse, the best name to give it is probably just crafter quest or puzzle - no need to worry them! The rewards make the struggle worthwhile, however. In the case of the Large BOD above, one receives 100,000 gold and a phoenix armor deed - worth quite a bit of gold on the player market. Or better yet, as a sweet wearable for your character! BOD rewards like Braziers and Standing Armor shown above can make for a dramatic entrance! SUMMARIZING THE GAME The Game can therefore be seen extremely simply as trying to acquire as many puzzle pieces as quickly as possible, matching up sets, and completing those sets to generate rewards. Some sets take longer than others so the process ends up looking something like the picture below which shows several months of progression on many different sets simultaneously. You can see that from beginning a particular set to completion can vary from mere days to months or years and the value of the reward reflects that timeframe. This means that BODs can provide both short term fun and profit, as well as a long term endgame in terms of Special Mask Dyes, Standing Armors, and Runic Hammers. While the above summary should help give you an overview of the process, The Game is complex. This guide will have a lot of information. To better facilitate that information, I’ve split the guide into the 6 specific stages of The Game: Introduction Part I: The Pull Part II: The Match Part III: The Fill Part IV: The Market Part V: The Flip Part VI: The Trade Epilogue Credits The diagram below illustrates the 6 stages of the process and how they flow together. Mastering The Game requires understanding and optimizing each stage – so let’s get started!