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Happy 3rd Blogging Birthday!

Three years ago today, I launched a blog on my other domain, That blog has gone through various names and hosts over the past three years.

First it was just a fairly geeky blog at Then, I decided to name it Clean Casuals as it took on more of a gaming blog identity. Somewhere in there, I launched a more personal blog, which became this one. I then merged in the content from Clean Casuals into this one, and kept the name Aywren Sojourner.

Sometime last year, I got concerned with the inodes I was using up at my paid host and made a move to hosting at So far, I’ve been content with this latest move and don’t foresee a reason to make another. Especially since WordPress has expanded the amount of storage we get for images.

So, yeah. Three years and I’m still consistently blogging, mostly on the weekdays. Because I’ve moved this blog so many times, I’ve lost the statistics that went along with it. That’s okay, though. Each year is a new one with more opportunities.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by and reading! Your visits, thoughts, and comments always mean a lot to me. Hopefully I can continue to write things that keep bringing folks back to read!


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FFXIV: PotD Floor 100+, Relic Progress & FC Funtimes

Today is the day before FFXIV Patch 3.5, which means the game is down for maintenance. But this weekend has been anything but quiet in game. Patch time always ramps up FC participation.

We had a bunch of folks online in our Free Company this week, some who had not been around in a while. We’ve also recruited several new folks this week, and over the past few weeks, mostly returning or new players. We’ve been focused on helping these folks through content on their way up to Heavensward.

Palace of the Dead Floor 100+

Despite my love for PotD, I actually did not complete floor 100 until this weekend. Our Posse had left off at floor 71 months back, and while we’d saved our game progress there, Zeb and I never got beyond. The other half of our Posse has been back in game again, so after a bit of practice in the lower floors, we made the push to floor 100 on Friday.


We also unlocked the floors beyond 100, and made it all the way to floor 110. There is a marked increase in the number of spawns on the floors, which was the only thing I saw there that increased difficulty. The boss itself really wasn’t so bad.

I don’t know how much further we’ll get into the PotD. Mostly because I see it as something casual to do, and not a thing that’s supposed to be hardcore challenging like the 100+ floors are meant to be.

Also, I’m going to be cashing out for my red weapon on my Bard tomorrow because I still only have the ilvl 230 relic, and I want to use Bard to learn the new alliance raid. I haven’t geared my Bard at all since Weeping City, and she has just enough of an ilvl to squeak into the new raid. Since my Dragoon is set for gear overall, I need the Bard drops from the raid.

The red Dragoon and Warrior weapons inside PotD

Relic Progress

Speaking of Relic, since we’re not going to get an Umbrite nerf, I threw up my hands and decided to just cash in what I had. I’d forgotten that I could buy items with my Poetics to turn into Sands. So, since I was full-up on Poetics, I did just that, and upgraded my weapon to the halfway point.

I got a cutscene that informed me that my weapon wished to continue this painful process.

Of course you do. You’re not the one grinding Tomes.

The weapon swore this was in order to protect me. I think it’s just addicted to Sand.

Anyhow, I’m reluctantly not throwing in the towel yet. At least I can say that I finished half the weapon before the hoped-for nerf coming in 3.55.

Free Company Fun

As I noted above, we spent a good deal of time with the FC, mostly running folks through needed content. None of it was all that difficult – mostly things like Void Ark and Crystal Tower. But seeing that some members needed mechanics refreshers, it tends to be exhausting for me.

Being on voice chat for hours is tiring, and I tend to be the default raid leader and mechanics explainer. I’m not sure how that came to be seeing that I’m really not a raider and usually the most quiet person in voice chat.

But when it comes to explaining mechanics, it’s almost as if I can’t not do it. I hope I do it well enough, though! Sometimes things happen really fast in raids, especially ones that we’ve outleveled, and phases are skipped.

FC Jump Totem in Void Ark. Taken by Bean Baguette (hope she doesn’t mind that I post it).

We had a few troublesome-long queues for CT yesterday and one incident with a drunk tank and trolling alliance in World of Darkness. It was really Tales from the Duty Finder worthy, but I didn’t think to get any screens of it. That was the first time I’ve up and left an alliance raid like that… along with our whole party (we had a full FC party of 8, so we left them hurting for their bad behavior). But thankfully we had a tank on another team who left first, so we didn’t eat a penalty for it.

Anyhow… aside from that… things went just fine. All content got cleared, and everyone closed up the weekend with what they needed to do more or less.

Now to face the new content in 3.5 tomorrow. Here’s to hoping I enjoy Dun Scaith more than I did Weeping City. Cuz I need to run it a lot.

Also, still not regretting the race change.

I come back from AFK and…
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FFXIV 3.5 Preliminary Patch Notes Highlights

First Impression

Now, I know these are just the preliminary 3.5 patch notes, but I was sorely disappointed there was not a nerf to the Umbrite stage of the Relic weapon. That was the very first thing I looked for when I opened the patch notes, and it wasn’t there.


In reading the patch notes thread on Reddit, it seems that Yoshi-P has indicated that we’ll probably get that Relic nerf in 3.55. Still a bit of a bummer for me as I need to decide if I’m going to keep going or just settle for a PotD weapon.

Anyhow, enough about what the patch notes don’t have. Let’s look at what’s there.

Naturally, we expected more story, raids and dungeons, so I’ll be skipping those and going right to the features.

Continue reading “FFXIV 3.5 Preliminary Patch Notes Highlights”

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FFXIV: White Chocobo!

Back when I first dyed this chocobo, I accidentally got a turquoise color rather than a blue. I kept it, though, because I like teal, and it matched my Leviathan barding. That was back when chocobo dying was new and before we had great color calculators, like this one, so I was really stumbling through the process.

However, with the new character change, and the upcoming chocobo changes with 3.5 next week, I decided it was time to change my chocobo, too. I always wanted a white or a black chocobo, so I went for the white one.

Thankfully, the chocobo calculator now includes a section on the suggested order you should feed color fruits. I followed the guide and successfully got a white chocobo on my first try!


Now I just have to think of a different name for him. I named him Blackjack back when I first earned the Gambler barding. But, nowdays, that doesn’t fit him so well.

Outside our FC house!
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Nintendo Switch Preorder!

There’s been so much going on this week with gaming, I’m reeling to try and write about it all! I’ll have a more in-depth post about my thoughts on the Switch later. I’m overall happy with what I’ve heard, though.

I think the price is reasonable, and the game lineup is exciting. I saw online preorders closing up all over due to limited stock (again???). So, I took the plunge and put in a preorder at the local Best Buy.


I first tried to buy the one with multi-color controllers, but Best Buy pulled that out of my cart saying they were out of stock. It let me complete this purchase, so I hope that means I’ve got one secured. I’ve heard stories of Best Buy cancelling pre-orders before.

I didn’t know that the Switch is releasing on a Friday. If this pre-order does go through, I might just have to take the day off. Just depends on if I can get my hands on a Zelda pre-order as well!

This will actually be the first time I pick up a Nintendo system at launch, despite having owned every console they’ve released! 😄

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FFXIV: Beast Tribe Completion

One of my goals for this month was to finish up my reputation quests with the old Beast Tribes from ARR. Tonight, I finally completed that run for the Sahagin!


I’m not sure why I put it off for this long. Once you  unlock the three different quest givers, which does take a little time, it’s only a matter of days to complete your max rep with the tribe if you’re doing all the quests available to you.

The final tribe I have to work on is the Almalj’aa. Once that’s done, I can hopefully do that combined Beast Tribe questline and scratch this goal off my list for good!


The other goal that I think I’ve accomplished is cleaning up all the old quests in ARR zones. I think, with the exception of one or two quests, I’ve got this done, too. I really need to take some time to travel across all the old zones just to see if I’m missing any quest markers, though!

Making progress feels good! With any luck, we’ll hopefully see some preliminary patch notes dropping tomorrow for 3.5. Check back in to see my reactions to them!