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Spreading the News: Massively Overpowered & Blizzard Watch

massivelyoverpoweredYesterday was a sad day as Massively rode off into the sunset, and we were unable to do anything but watch it happen. However, when you love something like the creators at Massively do, you do not go gently into that good night.

I asked in a previous article if there was any way we could save Massively. The answer to that was “no.” But that doesn’t mean it’s the end.

Folks who made Massively as great as it was have banded together to create something new: Massively Overpowered.

Syp at Bio Break detailed all the ways you can follow and watch this new community as it grows. I won’t repeat it all here (check Syp’s post), but I do want to spread the good news. It’s great to see this team getting back on their feet so quickly, and I’m very excited at the prospect of what’s to come! We may not be able to change what’s happened with Massively, but now we have a chance to support something new that could become really amazing!

On a similar note, TAGN talks about how some folks from WOW Insider have now become Blizzard Watch. The writers are funded through Patreon, so if you want to support their efforts, consider donating! It looks like this project has had an overwhelming response, and that’s the kind of things I love to see.

Let the gaming community speak through their deeds! 🙂

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Personal Estate & Valentione’s Day

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Valentione’s Barding

 

Yesterday, FFXIV launched the newest Valentione’s event, where players go about helping sort through troubled NPCs’ love life. If only it was that easy IRL. The quests weren’t very hard – you just use the hints NPCs give to find their wandering romantic interest, who does not have a quest marker over their head. Of course, the answers to the quests are already up on Reddit, but I don’t mind. I scored my chocobo barding and that’s what counts.

Zuri also earned her last major piece of large ilvl 100 armor last night. All she has left are the accessories. Then I can focus on upgrading to ilvl 110 and getting Tai up to date as well.

Yay!
Yay!

I also finally made the leap and purchased my own personal estate for Zuri. I still don’t agree with the way personal housing works in FFXIV, as I wrote before, but I’ve been saving all my gil since last summer anyhow.

There are only a few “affordable” small lots left on our server – affordable being over 2 million gil for the lot alone. These are all located in The Goblet, which most people seem to consider the least appealing housing district due to its aesthetics. It’s not lush forest like Gridania or sea coast like Limsa.

I’d have rather a Mist home myself because I don’t have a cheap port to that town, and it’s always so expensive to go there for quests or hunts. However, there’s simply no housing to choose there, and I decided to check out what The Goblet offered last night. I was surprised to find a few small lots left (not a whole lot, though), so I started shopping around the different options and locations.

The view from my new house!
The view from my new house!

Eventually, I settled on plot 59, which was the cheapest lot available. It’s right around the corner from a market board, bell and aetheryte, so it’s in a good spot. It also is right on the edge of the housing development, overlooking misty mountains and a lovely skyline. I chose the neighborhood that actually had a guild taking up residence in the large lot next to mine, so there’s still the feel of other people near, but also a lot of privacy.

I spent a good bit of time learning about setting up my new house, applying paint, changing the style, and placing some basic furniture. I don’t have a lot of decor (and the house feels so large!) because I used most of what I’ve gathered to decorate my personal FC house room. I do have some ideas, and I’m looking forward to decorating, gardening and owning my own home… once I make some money back to afford decorating. Here’s to hoping they continue to expand the features of housing (we need storage badly). They did give us outdoor retainers with this last patch, which allows us to sell right from our yard, but I doubt anyone will take the time to run to the corner of the world to purchase anything from me. XD

Estate Gallery