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Kairin 2012-07-06 01:09

Sword Art Online - Q & A
 
This thread is for those of you with questions about the Sword Art Online anime or manga. There are many questions that don't need a whole thread to discuss them. A simple practical answer straight from the anime or manga without any speculation can solve these connundrums. If someone has such a question about Sword Art Online which can be solved by answering with facts from an official source, then please ask that question here.

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Sister Princess 2012-07-06 18:08

Just looked at some 4chan posts and want to know...

1. Is the concept of SAO is exactly like Hardcore Diablo 2 or 3?
2. Does PK really exist?
3. Does the concept of 'stats' exist? (ATK for damage, INT for magic damage, VIT for defense, DEX for accuracy and so on)
4. Does trade scam exist in SAO?
5. Is Kirito already an expert in SAO?

Ray 2012-07-06 18:27

As the anime has yet to air, most of my answers will contain spoilers.

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Originally Posted by Sister Princess (Post 4241479)
1. Is the concept of SAO is exactly like Hardcore Diablo 2 or 3?

I haven't played any of the Diablo games, so I'm afraid I can't answer this question unless you were to tell me what the concept behind Hardcore Diablo 2 and 3 was.

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2. Does PK really exist?
Spoiler for answer:

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3. Does the concept of 'stats' exist? (ATK for damage, INT for magic damage, VIT for defense, DEX for accuracy and so on)
Spoiler for answer:

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4. Does trade scam exist in SAO?
Spoiler for answer:

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5. Is Kirito already an expert in SAO?
Spoiler for answer:

Tenza-Zangetsu 2012-07-06 18:40

@Sister Princess

1.
Spoiler for Hardcore:


2.
Spoiler for PK:


3. Yes stats exist, in the novels it said when you leveled you had a choice from skill slots or stats like dex, str, vit, and magic does not exist in SAO, for the most part

4. I don't believe that there is any trade scamming

5. Yeah as said above, he was a beta tester so he was already familiar with the game at the start of the story

swtrooper42 2012-07-06 18:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sister Princess (Post 4241479)
Just looked at some 4chan posts and want to know...

1. Is the concept of SAO is exactly like Hardcore Diablo 2 or 3

Spoiler for Answer:

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2. Does PK really exist?
Spoiler for Answer:

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3. Does the concept of 'stats' exist? (ATK for damage, INT for magic damage, VIT for defense, DEX for accuracy and so on)
Spoiler for Answer:

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4. Does trade scam exist in SAO?
Spoiler for Answer:

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5. Is Kirito already an expert in SAO?
Spoiler for Answer:

Aesthetic Shampoo 2012-07-06 21:55

Just started reading the novel, what's with all the hate towards the 'beaters'?

grylsyjaeger 2012-07-06 22:03

From the wiki;

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«Beater» is a portmanteau of the words «Beta Tester» and «Cheater». Beta Testers have a bad reputation among the players of «SAO», since most of them had gone solo and did not bother to help the new players after the start of the death game was announced.

The term was first created after Kirito defined the difference between «Newbies» and MMO players that got selected as beta testers. He chose to create this swear as a way of pushing the discrimination of SAO to the minimum. He ended up being the first person to be called «Beater».

Wild Goose 2012-07-06 22:22

At that time, most of the beta players were also being blamed by other players for not being aware of the true nature of SAO (That it's a death game and you die IRL if you die ingame). Kirito did some calculations and figured that comparatively speaking, the casualty rate for beta testers was actually higher than that of new players (even if the actual figure in dead bodies was lower).

By the time Volume 1 kicks around, the hate seems to have gone down somewhat, but at that point Kirito's only interactions with others are with Asuna, Cline, Scilica, Lizbeth and Agil, who're all friends; and the other clearers, who at this point don't really give a shit and just want to get the game over and done with.

Aesthetic Shampoo 2012-07-06 22:41

Thanks, i just thought it seemed really unreasonable that they were being hated on for something they couldn't help.

Wild Goose 2012-07-06 23:00

It's the real world. People can find any reason to hate. The beta players did bring some of it on themselves, but a lot of the hate is also completely unjustified.

OPN 2012-07-06 23:04

Is there any interaction between the characters in real life and not in SAO or any other MMO?

grylsyjaeger 2012-07-06 23:11

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Originally Posted by OPN (Post 4241836)
Is there any interaction between the characters in real life and not in SAO or any other MMO?

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Sister Princess 2012-07-07 10:55

Forgot to ask the following:

Does SAO accept the concept of: Kill a boss -> New Game -> rinse and repeat?
Does HP (hit point) bar exist in SAO?
Does SAO display how much damage a user took?
Does lag/bugs/dupes exist in SAO?

Ray 2012-07-07 11:13

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Originally Posted by Sister Princess (Post 4242658)
Forgot to ask the following:

Does SAO accept the concept of: Kill a boss -> New Game -> rinse and repeat?

Spoiler for Answer:


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Does HP (hit point) bar exist in SAO?
Yes. It curves around the player as was shown in the PV.

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Does SAO display how much damage a user took?
Spoiler for Answer:


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Does lag/bugs/dupes exist in SAO?
Spoiler for Answer:

Wild Goose 2012-07-07 13:06

Spoiler for Bugs:

Jetzero Infinity 2012-07-07 13:49

I was wondering how the players are being taken care of in real life. Someone told me that they were put in hospitals but I was wondering how they could be moved without the game being turned off. I know they said the helmet has an internal battery but wouldn't it still need to be hooked up to some kind of console for the game to work? I know there was some kind of cable being plugged in during the opening scene.

Deltaray 2012-07-07 13:53

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Originally Posted by Jetzero Infinity (Post 4242948)
I was wondering how the players are being taken care of in real life. Someone told me that they were put in hospitals but I was wondering how they could be moved without the game being turned off. I know they said the helmet has an internal battery but wouldn't it still need to be hooked up to some kind of console for the game to work? I know there was some kind of cable being plugged in during the opening scene.

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Wild Goose 2012-07-07 14:00

Also, the NervGear's internal storage has a shit ton of storage space - the novels imply that VRMMO games are installed onto the NervGear's storage, rather than running from the PC's hard disk.

Deltaray 2012-07-07 14:10

Yeah, but you still need to internet connection, and it seems that NerveGear isn't wireless.

Wild Goose 2012-07-07 14:18

This is gonna be a big spoiler. Let the reader beware.

Spoiler for NervGear moving to hospitals:


Or Kirito's house already has wired ethernet ports - in my old house we actually wired up a few places with ethernet cables, before switching to wi-fi in our current place.

Raviel 2012-07-07 14:39

Can new players log in to SAO besides the original people who were trapped in the game?

Ray 2012-07-07 14:43

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Originally Posted by Raviel (Post 4243038)
Can new players log in to SAO besides the original people who were trapped in the game?

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Raviel 2012-07-07 14:47

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Originally Posted by Aphrah (Post 4243044)
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Thanks, one last question, how are the stats of a character in SAO determined?

I did a bit of reading about the show/LN before and got the impression a player's own physical abilities factor into what sort of stats and skills their in-game character got.

Ray 2012-07-07 14:54

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Originally Posted by Raviel (Post 4243050)
Thanks, one last question, how are the stats of a character in SAO determined?

I did a bit of reading about the show/LN before and got the impression a player's own physical abilities factor into what sort of stats and skills their in-game character got.

Spoiler for Answer:

Deltaray 2012-07-07 15:09

Spoiler for Stats:

kyp275 2012-07-08 03:35

Spoiler for Stats & Skills:

tyrionlannister 2012-07-08 04:07

Why doesn't the government kill/arrest the creator? If he has some kind of dead man's switch, why don't they hack his servers or disable them physically while at the same time taking off the headsets?

GoddyofAus 2012-07-08 04:48

Does anyone know how many episodes SAO is scheduled to go for? 26?

kyp275 2012-07-08 05:56

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Originally Posted by tyrionlannister (Post 4244110)
Why doesn't the government kill/arrest the creator? If he has some kind of dead man's switch, why don't they hack his servers or disable them physically while at the same time taking off the headsets?

Spoiler for Creator/Server/Helmet Info:

Ray 2012-07-08 06:54

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Originally Posted by GoddyofAus (Post 4244137)
Does anyone know how many episodes SAO is scheduled to go for? 26?

All we know is that it's 2 cour.

Shadow5YA 2012-07-08 16:00

So how actually are these players supposed to survive? I know they're supposed to play through the game and all, but how are they going to take care of their bodies in real life?

Ray 2012-07-08 16:06

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Originally Posted by Shadow5YA (Post 4244932)
So how actually are these players supposed to survive? I know they're supposed to play through the game and all, but how are they going to take care of their bodies in real life?

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novalysis 2012-07-09 05:26

Do SOA have classes, or is this a Classless game where only stats distribution and innate combat ability determines power?

What about Non-combat skills? Is skilling a viable route in SOA, and if so, what skills are there?

maelstormCaT 2012-07-09 05:48

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Originally Posted by novalysis (Post 4245934)
Do SOA have classes, or is this a Classless game where only stats distribution and innate combat ability determines power?

What about Non-combat skills? Is skilling a viable route in SOA, and if so, what skills are there?

SOA don't have classes. Your chosen skills determine your combat ability

Naming Skills from the top of my head:

1 Handed Straight Sword
Curved Sword
Maces
Lances
Dagger
Bow
Shield
Polearms
Axes
Throwing Weapon
Katana
Rapier
2 Hander Blade
Unarmed Fighting
Battle Continuation (Basically a hp regen. it's slow, but better than nothing. Super high lvl skill. Acquire by taking a LOT of damage throughout your gameplay)
Hiding
Detection
Trap Removal
Blacksmithing
Sewing
Fishing
Cooking
Appraisal

and that's the one I can remember without thinking too hard.

You level up these skill by doing them. Using a sword skill or generally attacking an enemy with a weapon will lvl up that weapon skill level.

Some of the skills have hidden parameters to be unlocked. For example, Katana is an offset from curved sword. But the thing is, it's a bit random(?) as not everyone who leveled their Curved Sword will unlock Katana. That is called an extra skill.
Kirito mentioned only about 10 people unlocked Katana for their skill set.

There's also something called an unique skill... but that's a bit too early to discuss atm.

So by levelling these skills, and putting stats points in the right status, you build your own character. Either as Dps or Tank or in between. Kirito is a full blown DPS by the way. I think his build is mostly str and a generous dex also and enough in const.

novalysis 2012-07-09 06:17

What other skills would contribute to the production of HP recovery items? I would assume that HP recovery items are in very high demand.

Do skillers appear in SAO too? (I did speculate alot about how non-beta players may have been better off starting off with skilling in the first week, in the first episode thread)

It'd also suggest that those specializing in bows may be better off investing in dexterity (running from monsters to gain distance), whatever stats improve evasion and bow damage, enough in Constitution not to die from hypothetical range monsters, etc.

What's Asuna's build? I presume cooking is one of the stats she invested much in, judging by the Op.

Thanks alot.

Fallen3dge 2012-07-09 06:35

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Originally Posted by novalysis (Post 4245983)
What other skills would contribute to the production of HP recovery items? I would assume that HP recovery items are in very high demand.

Do skillers appear in SAO too? (I did speculate alot about how non-beta players may have been better off starting off with skilling in the first week, in the first episode thread)

It'd also suggest that those specializing in bows may be better off investing in dexterity (running from monsters to gain distance), whatever stats improve evasion and bow damage, enough in Constitution not to die from hypothetical range monsters, etc.

What's Asuna's build? I presume cooking is one of the stats she invested much in, judging by the Op.

Thanks alot.

Asuna is a dex build with some str due to her use of a rapier and light metal armour. Her cooking is maxed though.
There are no bows in SAO mentioned in the series, dex is use to increase speed of movement and agility whilst str increase. Well strength.
The only healing skill known is "Battle Healing" achieved by taking damage

novalysis 2012-07-09 07:12

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Originally Posted by Fallen3dge (Post 4246011)
Asuna is a dex build with some str due to her use of a rapier and light metal armour. Her cooking is maxed though.
There are no bows in SAO mentioned in the series, dex is use to increase speed of movement and agility whilst str increase. Well strength.
The only healing skill known is "Battle Healing" achieved by taking damage

How else is healing done? Are there potions and such to recover HP, or are there no other HP recovery measures sort of Battle Healing?

Ray 2012-07-09 07:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by novalysis (Post 4246056)
How else is healing done? Are there potions and such to recover HP, or are there no other HP recovery measures sort of Battle Healing?

Spoiler for reply:

novalysis 2012-07-09 07:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aphrah (Post 4246060)
Spoiler for reply:

Thanks again.

Spoiler for :

maelstormCaT 2012-07-09 07:32

OBJECTION!



I'm quite certain insta heal items does not exist in SOA.
Even the expensive healing crystal only allow for a fast hp regen, back to full in a good 10 seconds or so. Heal pots heals even slower.


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