Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Alexander Normal Win

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Last weekend, we ran an attempt on Alexander Floor 1. This was the first time I attempted what FFXIV calls an 8-man raid, since I was too chicken to run any of the Coils. I heard the difficulty of Alexander Normal was do-able for most folks, which encouraged Syn and I to give it a try. However, I think our timing was bad in that it was Sunday night and we struggled through with a group for three rounds before having to vote abandon.

I’m not sure what all was going on, but the DPS just wasn’t there (I’m saying that as one of the DPS). This encounter seems to highly stress a DPS check and mechanics that fall on DPS folks doing and killing things in a precise manner. Tai is only ilvl 173, so I wasn’t sure if the lack of DPS was my lower ilvl, and have been saving up for my Eso weapon in hopes to give my damage a boost.

My suggestion was to also wait until after reset when more folks would  be running it, in hopes to hit a group with better composition. While I wasn’t totally ready for it last night, FC folks kept encouraging us, so we did the run.

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I’m really not sure what was different about this try compared to the previous. I’ve only upgraded one piece of armor since that run, and not even to ilvl 180 (need to get out and do hunts). But this time went much smoother than the previous, and we one-shotted the floor without problem. In fact, we had to send a DPS off of the Oppressor I was working on to attack the .5 version, and we downed them both almost exactly the same moment.

So, it’s my first ever FFXIV 8-man raid completed! It’s kinda fun, I guess. I doubt I’ll ever consider myself a real raider, however. ^^;

Oh, and one moment of oddness last night. When coming out of the raid and picking up the quest for the next part of Alexander, Tai ran across his twin!

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Tai is on the right. 🙂
Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, Gaming, Writing

#Blaugust Day 6 — TGTCML: Discovering the Internet

This is part of the Blaugust series!

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Obviously not drawn in 1998.

In my previous post, I talked about how, as a teen, I began writing a fan fiction of my favorite game, Final Fantasy II/IV, before I even knew what the Internet was. Once I discovered the Internet, a whole new, wild world opened up before me. For starters, I had access to information I never had before, such as the fact that the characters in FFIV had last names! Wow! (No, seriously, we didn’t get that information in the US version…)

But the most important thing the Internet provided me with was a platform to share my writing, back before there were blogs or content management systems or anything like we use now. I taught myself to code rudimentary HTML, enough to create those oldskool pages with the midi music, animated images, and scrolling text. You know the kind, right?

Okay, so maybe my sites weren’t so garish. I hope?

I had a number of Geocities accounts, which allowed me to design and post webpages for free on the Internet. I soon realized the potential in this as a writer, and in 1998, I created a site that housed my FFIV fanfic, Coming of the Darkstar (warning: old writing needs editing). I took the old hand-written pages and painstakingly began to type them into HTML format using the WebTV we had at the time (still no computer in my house, but at least we had Internet!). The original story wasn’t finished, however, and I pushed to get it done over winter vacation in 2000.

Note, this story has been edited and re-written several times, so it’s not the exact original hand-written fanfic of old. I still need to give it another good editing now that it’s been several years not having read through it.

During the early years of online fan fiction writing, there weren’t a massive number of fan pieces out there for FFIV (or in general). This was due to the fact that you almost had to know HTML to put together your own site back then. So, anyone who did this kind of thing ended up getting quite a bit of attention. It was even more rare to find an online fantasy web novel at the time, so Darkstar drew a bit of a crowd. And as a young adult writer, it was great!

I tapped into my audience by creating forums and a role play email list (don’t see these much anymore). This was the foundation for what eventually became Sygnus.org.

-To Be Continued-