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Star Collection Page 1

Posted: July 21, 2011 in pico
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Star Collection Book Page 1

Hello Pico-goers! I’ve got a special 4-part (and perhaps more if they get that far) series on the Star Collection book. Though some of them really need a good explanation, others don’t. But for the sake of being thorough, I’ll go through all of them. The number in ( ) is how many gummies you get for completing it. All of these activities will assume you are starting in your own room.

The stars are color coordinated based on difficulty. Pink stars are the least difficult, yellow are of medium difficulty, and blue ones are the hardest. Though, not all of the blue ones are that hard, most of the time it’s luck of the draw whether or not you get trolls in your group. A troll is a person who likes to be a nuisance for their own entertainment.

On the left side of the book, once you click on a star, a small description will appear. In the description, it’ll usually give you a picture of the button/ location that you need to go to in order to complete the star.

Lower menu

Lower Menu

Star 1 – (100) Dress up your Pico: There are 8 buttons on the bottom right side of your screen. Between “Buddies” and “Decor” is the “Closet” button. Click it. Change your Pico’s clothes, or not. Just hit “Save” and you’ll accomplish it.

Star 2 – (100) Move your furniture: Within the bottom 8 buttons, next to your “Closet” button, is the “Decor” button. Click it. This will allow you to edit your room. You can pick up all your items or just start arranging. Click on items in the menu to put them in your room. Click on items already in your room to rotate and move them. Close out of the menu and you’ll complete the second star.

Star 3 – (100) Play Daily Gacha: At the far right end of the menu, you’ll see a button that says “Gacha.” Click that and press the big pink button to play. It’ll cost you 100 gummies, and you’ll get a random item. Star 3 secure.

Star 4 – (100) Go to Catalog Order Shop: Next to the “Gacha” button is the “Shop” button. This is the catalog. Click it, flip through a few pages, and you’re good to go. Note, the catalog is not the only place to shop. There’s a full shop tab under “Travel” and many of the shop keepers can be found in their respective locations throughout the travel locations.

Star 5 – (100) Go Travel: On the far left of the menu bar is the “Travel” icon. Click it and head somewhere. Make sure you’re under the “Travel” tab.

Star 6 – (100) Take a photo: There’s a camera icon above the “Shop” button on the lower menu. Click it. You can move the window around and zoom in or out. Once you “take your shot” you’ve got your star.

Star 7 – (100) Use your “Hello” action: On the bottom left of your screen, under the chat bar, is the emote bar. The first one, with a picture of the guy in an orange shirt, is your “Hello” action. Click it and you’re good.

Star 8 – (100) Give Pico Props: Under the “Tavel” icon, under the “Travel,” “Park,” or “Game” tab, you can enter a room with other people on Pico. Once you’re in the same room as someone else, you can click on their character and their profile will pop up. In their profile will be an orange button that says “Props!” Just click it to props them, and you’ll get the star.

Star 9 – (100) Visit someone’s room: Travel to an area with other people, and click on somebody again to show their profile. In the profile, you’ll see a small house icon. Click it to travel to their room. Some people might not have the house icon, because they have their room blocked in their preferences. It’s rare, but it happens. Just click someone else.

Star 10 – (100) “Ring” the bell in someone’s room: Follow the steps for Star #9. Once you’re in someone’s house, you’ll see green button in the upper left corner that says “Ring.” Ring it!

Star 11 – (100) Enter your profile: In the upper menu on the right side of the screen, you’ll see words in blue. Click “Settings.” Enter whatever information you want under the profile tab and save.

Star 12 – (100) Enter the room settings: Under “Settings,” fill out the “Room” tab information and save.

Star 13 – (100) Time travel to the past: Under the “Travel” icon, under the “Travel” tab, you’ll see a ton of icons of places to travel. The right side is sectioned off as “Time Travel” with brown headings. Go to one of those places to complete this star.

Star 14 – (150) Visit the Statue of Liberty: In the “Travel” tab again, find the picture of the Statue of Liberty under the “America” heading and go.

Star 15 – (100) Make a Pico buddy: Head to a social area, and click on someone. Their profile will pop up. Click on “Buddy Request” in their profile to request to be their friend. If they accept back, you’ll have a friend and a star.

Star 16 – (150) Warp to Pico buddy: On your lower right menu again, you have a “Buddies” icon. Click it to reveal your buddy list. If any of your buddies are online, there will be a green person and arrow icon under their house icon. Click it to follow them to whatever location they are at.

Alright, that’s page 1! Stay tuned for subsequent posts on the rest of the pages. Hope this helped, even though these ones are pretty simple.

I believe that you are ninja too!

Posted: June 27, 2011 in pico
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the ninja outfit

the legendary ninja outfit, complete with my signature leopard heels 😀

So here’s the promised post on my tips for the Ninja quest line. There are five different areas that you’ll go through to get through the initial quest line before they become repeatable. I’m not going to sit here and explain the nitty gritty. Odds are, you already know most of this stuff, like the orange bar, the rice balls you can’t afford, and how to look into your backpack. You probably also know that you get an epic ninja suit if you collect all the Edo treasures. You probably don’t know that the suit makes you run like a character out of Naruto.

What I didn’t know when I finished the quest chain and started to do them as repeatable quests was that there are TWO different boxes. Yeah, that’s right, two. The plain box can drop any kind of common or uncommon item. The rares, which are the Makimono scrolls, only drop from the boxes with the red bows. These boxes can only be obtained if certain criteria are met in your completion of the quest.

I also didn’t know that certain items only drop in certain areas, but then there’s a large number of common items that drop anywhere. I am including a picture reference that I made to help with that. The gray dots are those common items.

Ooku Living Room

How: After accepting the quest from the green ninja, you move to the wooden perimeter area of the room. You will automatically start mopping the floor. Go from the top right corner, to the bottom corner, to the left corner and back again. Two plain boxes usually appear in any of the three corners when you mop through them.

Bow Box: To get the red bow box here, do you see the back wall with the doors? After you accept your quest from the ninja, start by going through the very back door in the top corner of the area. Then, you can start mopping, but stay behind that back area, behind the doors. When you finish, the red bow box will appear on the platform next to the flower vase.

Items: These are the red colored dots on the chart. You get the pipe set and the Water Makimono.

Dojo

How: To get into the dojo, you have to use the “bow” emote at the door to the left of the green curtain. Once you’re in, talk to the blue ninja. After accepting the quest, you have to run around until your blue bar fills up. A plain box will appear.

Bow Box: For this, you need to run continuously without stopping at all, making sure your cape doesn’t touch the ground. The easiest way to do this is to click corner to corner. Click the next corner when you are about halfway to the previously clicked corner so that there’s no stopping. Your character will simply change paths.

Items: These are the green colored dots on the chart. You get the coin set and the Wind Makimono.

Roof

How: Once it’s opened to you, there will be an orange arrow on the tower behind the guys yelling stuff about fire. Once you’re up there, you have to make your way across to the white flags on the other side and back again. Once you reach the platform, a box will appear near you on the roof. The great part of this quest is that you don’t use any energy unless you fall, so it can be easily repeated over and over.

Bow Box: This one’s tough and it took me forever to comb through research and techniques to figure this one out. What I do know is that there is a set pattern that stays for a certain period of time. There is no “one pattern fits all” here. Once you figure out the pattern, repeat it, repeat it, repeat it. It may take you a few tries to get it, but once you do, you’re golden. Sometimes, you might run into someone up there running the pattern. If you see them go by a few times without falling, PAY ATTENTION. Copy their moves. Get across the roof and back without falling, and you’ll be rewarded with a bow box. Remember that you have to get back onto the platform before the box will appear.

Items: These are the yellow colored dots on the chart. You get the inrou (lacquered medicine box) set and the Fire Makimono.

Back Alley

How: This one’s easy enough. Once you get the quest from the green ninja, you have to make it across to the guy dressed in white at the other end. When the swordsmen and lamp carriers get near to you, press the giant orange “use” button above you in order to cover yourself and hide from them. The cover wears off after about 10 seconds, so if they stop near you to look around, press it again to recover before it wears off. If they catch you, it’s back to square one. Some tips here. You can walk along the rock edge, and a plain box will appear on the boat most of the time. You can also take a rest on the dock if you need it. If you notice that a bunch fo guys are coming in your lane, and there’s no one in the other, you can go through the green fence to the other side.

Bow Box: Don’t get caught and the box is yours. Simple.

Items: These are the purple colored dots on the chart. You get the tegata (sumo wrestler autograph) set and the Earth Makimono.

River Side

How: This is another simple one. Talk to the red ninja, and once you have the quest, start at the first dock. When you have a clear opening, click on lily pads to jump on them. Your character will only jump to lily pads that are next to the one you’re on. Jump quickly if your lily pad begins to fade, or you’ll fall in and have to start over. Watch out for forming lily pads that turn into flowers, as you can’t jump to those. Once you get to a dock, you usually get a plain box.

Bow Box: Don’t fall in.

The great thing about this quest is that the old guy next the the red ninja has a repeatable quest in conjunction with her. If you complete the quest 10 times, he’ll give you a set of 4 lily pad chairs. If you’re willing enough, you can earn more than one set. Just don’t forget to talk to him before you fly out of there after finishing or it won’t count!
Unfortunately, they took him out as of July. Epic sadness, I know!

Items: These are the blue colored dots on the chart. You get the daruma set and the Sky Makimono.

Here’s one final tip.

If you get all the rare Makimonos, and you need common items, you don’t have to complete the quests. You only need to do the quest long enough to get your box. Then, you can leave and come back and start the quest over again. The last item I needed was the silver pipe from the Ooku Living Room. It took me several days to figure out that I could just get the box, leave, comeback, and start over. I accepted the quest, went to the top right corner, mopped down about an inch, and the plain box would appear. After I openend it, I went home and back again. Rinse and repeat. I was able to open a large number of boxes in a shorter period of time without sucking down all of my energy.

Let the questing begin!

Dance, ninja, dance!

Posted: June 27, 2011 in pico
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My brother’s fiance, Mayumi, who happens to be from Japan, got me addicted to this game called Pico (pico.ameba.net). Pico is the English version of the Japanese game Piggu, which I watched her play. In turn, I got my twin sister addicted to the game as well.

Me, Alicia, and Mayumi

Me, Alicia, and Mayumi

It’s a great little game. You go around and give people “props” which gives them currency called “gummi’s.” Everything is in real time, you can talk to random people in a variety of sets or parks. You get a house that you can decorate, and you can buy blocks to create stairs and new floors. The only downside that I see is that a great deal of stuff takes “gold” which you have to buy using real money. To make up for that, there are tokens you can earn if you log in every day for 2 weeks, or randomly in Gotch machines. These tokens can be used on most items that you can’t pay for with gummis. Aside from that, you can live a pretty cushy life in Pico if you know how to farm for other people’s props and where to go to get fabulous stuff.

Here’s my routine to get maximum gummis from props and rings. Pick a park. I usually go for the Japanese park, because it’s usually crowded and it’s Japanese, of course. Pick an empty spot on a bench. Know a dance move? Throw it out there every minute or so while you’re sitting. It will catch people’s attention. In between dance moves, props everyone else in the room. Then you wait. I usually go about 15 props before I change rooms. Not everyone is going to props you.

To increase your chances of being propped, here’s a couple of tips:

  • Stand still. It’s hard to click on a moving target.
  • Don’t ask to be propped. Reverse psychology here. If you’re begging, some people make it a point to not props.
  • Prop everyone. Not everyone is going to do this in every room, but most generally repay a props on them.

Then after you’ve managed your cap (you won’t get anymore gummis after 30 props), I go through my list of people who props’d me, and I ring all of their houses. About half of them generally return the ring on my house. You cap out on rings at 20.

My character, Odoriko-chan

My character, Odoriko-chan, dancing the Japanese bonfire dance

Other ways to make gummis:

  • See food in people’s houses when you ring? Eat it! You can make up to 200 gummis a day just by eating food. Buying it yourself and eating it defeats the purpose. If you have friends in your room, share food in your inventory, and they’ll most likely be willing to do the same. It’s also a great way to make friends.
  • Change your clothes. Or just hit the closet button and the save button, and you’ll earn another 50 gummis.
  • Play games. There’s four games to choose from: Pirate Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math Challenge, Reversi, and Card Match. When you play with friends, it’s pretty fun. Playing with strangers is pretty frustrating, especially when they always leave after you kick their butt once.
  • Earn gummis to get your gummi bar to 500 and 1000. You get extra gummis to hit those marks. Star challenges and daily scratch don’t count towards it.
  • Do the star challenges. There’s a blue book in the top, right corner. Click on it and peruse. See if there’s anything you can work on.

One of the best things to do to get decent items is to play the Gotcha machines. Most sets that you can “travel” to have a Gotch machine you can play. I usually play the one in Nakamise St. (the Japanese Gotcha machine) or the one in Riverside Suzhou (the Chinese one). They are 100 gummis per play, but they can be worth it. Generally you’ll rack up a fair bit of food to share, but you also get special blocks, items, and clothes that you can’t buy at any of the stores. You also have the chance of randomly getting tokens, which is really spiffy.

the ninja outfit

the legendary ninja outfit, complete with my signature leopard heels 😀

There are some places that you can travel that will open up quest chains for people. The Edo area Ninja quests are by far the most popular. They are repeatable quests in which you collect a full set of Edo era treasures to get yourself an awesome ninja suit. I just got mine, literally right before I wrote this post.

At first, if you don’t know what you’re doing or what to look for, the ninja quests can be really confusing and hard to do. After some research and my own experience, I was able to uncover some truths. But, I’ll save all my ninja skills for a later post.

All in all, Pico is a great place to play. My favorite part is meeting people from all over the world. My twin sis, Mayumi, and I have met a guy from Japan who’s English isn’t so great. My Japanese is abysmal, and so is my sister’s, but having Mayumi helps bridge the language gap a bit. On days when Mayumi isn’t there to help us, Alicia and I resort to her Japanese dictionary and my skills with Google Translate. It’s fun, because we’re all trying to communicate. Most of the time we communicate by leaving each other food and balloons in each other’s rooms.

Happy Pico-ing everyone!