Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Comments from the Duty Finder – Tuck It In! Or not.

Here’s a quickie post for the day – I have another post to write for our Nefol game dev blog, so just something short and funny. Or, at least, my FC found it funny at the time.

I’m not sure why our World of Darkness runs of Alliance Raid Roulette have blown up into messes several times this week. I’m talking a pure disregard for mechanics. Wipes. Very near-wipes. That sort of thing.

I have another post to tackle that topic, probably tomorrow. But for today, a bit of light amusement.

So, the Cerberus boss fight in WoD. It asks DPS to jump inside the boss and fight him from within his stomach. It’s gotten so fast to down the boss, however, that most DPS only do this the first phase, then burn the boss and ignore those mechanics the second time around.

If you happen to be inside Cerberus when he’s defeated, there’s a bit of lag time before the game expels you. It’s no big deal, but if you had never had it happen before, it might make you think you’re stuck momentarily.

This happened to one of our DPS on the run last night. During which he exclaimed:

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It took a moment, but as we were rushing to face the final raid boss, a cheeky alliance member retorted:

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This had my FC rolling in laughter on Discord. It was just that perfect response to the you-had-to-be-there moment.

Have a great Monday! ā¤

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Do You Want a Balloon?

Well you can’t have one!

The end-raid boss of the new Omega in patch 4.2 is Kefka. And he don’t give no balloons.

I woke up to a one word text today from Syn. Knowing we have a Live Letter today, I had a feeling I knew what it meant, but I still asked for clarification.

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I mean, it’s not every morning you wake up to “Kefka” on your phone. And yes, come to find out, it’s exactly what I thought. The new lineup for 4.2’s Omega bosses.

Oh, and it looks like there are going to be fights on the Phantom Train (rumors that it is the first boss). They dropped a hint that we’d see a Phantom Train battle back during The Rising anniversary celebration in 2015. Seriously. They hinted this two and a half years ago. And I didn’t forget about it… what does that say about me?

FF6 is probably my third favorite Final Fantasy ever, and one I have very fond memories of back when it first came out during my teen years. So while I’m usually not easily excited about raids, this appeals to me in every way possible.

I’m just a tad sad that FF4, my favorite game of all time, got passed over again. But it makes sense to do a FF5 -> FF6 -> FF7 progression. I mean… Sephiroth raid boss should get lots of fans hyped.

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The Live Letter is still going on at this point, so the English 4.2 trailer hasn’t been released just yet. I’ll post it when it shows up, probably later today!

Also… housing changes. šŸ˜‰

Posted in Gaming, Steam Challenge

Steam Challenge: Planet Coaster

Game: Planet Coaster
Time: 5.4 hours

Last year, I played Roller Coaster Tycoon for the first time ever. I loved it! And while I appreciated it for everything it was, I couldn’t help feel the itch of what-if. What if these mechanics were implemented into a more modern game engine?

That’s what I found in Planet Coaster.

Now, I’m not going to say that the two games are exactly alike — there are a lot of minor differences. But the feeling Planet Coaster gave me – one of building my amusement park and watching little virtual people pickpocket enjoy it — was very similar.

I’ve wanted to try it out, but the normal price deterred me. I saw it on major sale during the Steam Winter Sale ($12) and snapped it up.

What Is It?

It’s a roller coaster and amusement park building sim with tycoon elements thrown in.

The game describes itself as:

Planet CoasterĀ® – the future of coaster park simulation games has arrived! Surprise, delight and thrill incredible crowds as you build your coaster park empire – let your imagination run wild, and share your success with the world.

Just a bit of PR speak for “amusement park tycoon game.”

I’ve read that some people had issues with performance in the past, and while I’ve not yet made a huge park, I’ve also not had issues with this game so far. I also haven’t really jumped into the coaster building aspect, but part of the amazing thing of this game is the massive creativity the players put into it.

On the lobby page, you’re greeted with avatars of Steam friends who also own the game (which is neat) as well as top Workshop creators. You can check out their cool stuff, and download it to your game if you like.

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While I haven’t really played around with the Workshop yet, I really like that it’s so up front and highlighted. Similar to The Sims, when you start appealing to the creative players to make content for your game, you establish a game that can last a long(er) time.

While I’m no wiz at tycoon games, I didn’t have any problem jumping into the first scenarios, even without seeing any sort of tutorial. The game felt familiar, immediately bringing back Roller Coaster Tycoon vibes, and I got the jist of it quickly. Like any sim-building game, I did have a few issues (mostly with food stands and paths) that I had to figure out.

Also, why are there so many thieves in all of my parks? Sheesh. I could hire nothing but security and I’d never get a happy balance!

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I didn’t get into building my own coaster yet, as this is generally not my favorite part of these kinds of games. So, I’ve yet to see if it’s more intuitive than Roller Coaster Tycoon was in this aspect. I know you can make some really amazing rides, but I always just had trouble making a basic functioning coaster. XD

This is a game I could totally lose hours and hours in, and I spent some time with it during my Christmas holiday. I’d love to return to it sometime, but there’s just too many games on my list right now!

Check out these themed coasters below to see how amazing and creative some of the players are!

Recommended:

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Posted in Gaming

2018 Gaming Goals

I know it seems a little late in the month to talk about goals. Due to my vacation cruise and a pretty heavy load at work IRL, I’ve not had a lot of time to really sit down and write out what I want to get done this year… even though I’ve been thinking about it!

These are going to be overarching goals, which I will probably break down into smaller monthly chunks as the year rolls on.

FFXIV – All Battle Jobs to 50 on My Main

battlejobsI’ve been playing FFXIV for over 4 years, and I still have a number of jobs under level 50 on my main. This is for various reasons:

  • I have a bunch of alts, many with time spent leveling their jobs. I have two level 50 Ninjas on other characters, for example, but haven’t finished leveling that on my main.
  • Disinterest in some jobs led me to not pick them up. Astro and Dark Knight just sounded more complex, and Samurai was over-shadowed by Red Mage…
  • Group-centric nature of leveling. I still get nervous about running even leveling roulette on my tanks or healers. So that made me put off advancing them.

However, now that we have Squad dungeons, which is fast solo content, I can very well see myself making this goal.

If I do manage to get to level 50 on all jobs early on in the year, I’ll raise the bar to level 60. But that also kinda depends on what they do with Squad dungeons.

FFXIV: All Crafting Jobs to 70

Yeah… it’s been long overdue. I’ve been super lazy with crafting since Stormblood, and haven’t even done a single crafting turn-in on top of it. Was kinda hoping we’d see another crafting beast tribe… šŸ˜‰

I’d love to not just level my crafters but really grasp what crafting is all about. Maybe learn some advanced “tactics.” Rotations. Or whatever FFXIV crafters do.

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Steam Challenge: Play Games I Buy

Last year, I did a pretty good job (on accident) of playing all the games I bought within a relatively short time after I bought them (outside of bundle games). This year, I want to continue this trend. If I buy a game, I want to try to play it within a few days of the purchase.

This is good practice… not only to keep the backlog down, but to ensure if I pick up a game I really don’t care for, I have a chance to return it in the first 30 days.

I also want to cut back on the number of Steam games that I buy… which I did quite a bit last year.

Steam Challenge: Play Over 50% of my Games

I noted in another post that the Steam Calculator is doing somethingĀ different in terms of reporting unplayed games in your backlog. Now, it tells you the percentage you’ve played, so you want to get that number higher.

Here’s what I look like right now:

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My initial goal for the year is to get this number above 50%. That will mark the first time since I started the Steam Challenge almost 4 years ago that I’d have played more games than not. That would be a great milestone!

If I can reach over 50%, I will nudge the goal towards 60%. It just depends on how it goes.

Nintendo Switch Backlog – Finish Games

Oh, gosh. I’ve actually started amassing a backlog on my Switch! Good night!

I have so many great games on the system, some of which I really want to push to make progress and complete. I know some of these games, like Zelda BotW and Mario Odyssey, have a sort of squishy definition of “finish.” But I’d be happy just to complete the story.

Switch Games I want to beat this year:

  • Zelda BotW
  • Mario Odyssey
  • Mario + Rabbids
  • Cat Quest

There’s a boatload of other indie games I really want to play on the Switch, and so many more being announced. I got Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for Christmas, but I’m hesitant to start it while I still have BotW unfinished!

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Have you set any gaming goals for this year? What’s on your mind to get done?

 

 

Posted in Blogging

Happy 4th Blogiversary!

Four years ago today, I started a blog that slowly morphed into the one you’re reading right now. Over a series of casual blog posts, mostly centering around my gaming habits, I’ve been able to achieve something I never have before now — a blog that I’ve posted to in a fairly consistent manner.

There have been a few hitches now and then. I decided to re-brand twice. I also switched domains once and moved web hosts once. But all in all, the overall tone and approach of this blog has remained the same.

I think a big part of the longevity is allowing a variety of writing topics — everything from the latest social failure in the Duty Finder to my first cruise vacation. While I don’t tend to go off on wild tangents too often, having the freedom to talk about whatever is on my mind has widened my scope quite a bit.

The other thing that amazes me is that I’m still playing the same game as my main MMO as I was back when I started this blog. While I did venture off to try a few other games on the side, it seems like FFXIV still has its hooks in me. That doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon.

Anyhow, I want to send my appreciation to all my blogging pals and readers! Your support and comments are still as exciting and special today as they were 4 years ago. Thanks for joining me on this ride!

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Posted in Holidays, IRL

Returning from the Cozumel Cruise

Every year, around Christmas/New Year, Syn and I get together to celebrate in some form. I also take the chance to visit Vix and Xaa while I’m there, so it’s a bit of a family get together as well.

This year, we decided to do something a little different from our standard hang around the house New Year. Syn and I went on our first ever cruise to the island of Cozumel, Mexico.

Cruising is something that’s popular among my co-workers, and apparently more popular than I knew. It’s fairly inexpensive for what all you get, and an experience that I’m glad I had.

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Our ship, Carnival Fantasy, as seen from the port in Mexico.

This was also my first time leaving America for a foreign country. So, I had to learn about getting a passport and all the things international travel holds.

I just got back in town two days ago, so I’m still trying to get things organized after being away for over a week. I wanted to at least blog some pictures I took and share a little of that cruise experience with you all!

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