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FFXIV: Making the Hard Choice & Setting Goals

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In March of last year, I wrote about my problem with alts in FFXIV. After the release of Heavensward, I feel like that problem got much, much more difficult for me.

The thing is, I love both of my characters. Zuri was my first, and my main. She has overall more classes leveled and all of my crafting progress. I just haven’t unlocked the classes I enjoy most on her, including Dragoon and Paladin. She’s also the character who leads our FC, and is what I’d consider my main identity in our guild.

Tai is my duo character, created after my beloved fiction character, and is usually the one I play along with Syn’s character, Zeb. Overall, he has less classes unlocked, but some of the classes I enjoy most, including Dragoon and Paladin. He also has the Eso armor and a lot of time invested in him.

For a while, Zuri sat on the sidelines, not even making it to level 60 while I ran dungeons for Eso armor for Tai. I thought I was going to end up retiring Zuri for a bit, but now things are swinging back the other way. I started crafting again on Zuri, and leveling White Mage, and though I’m still not happy with Bard, I’ve been overall enjoying playing her again.

As patch 2.3 starts to loom over us, I see the promise of new Tomes of Lore, new raids, new armor and the new mentor system. And instead of feeling excited about new content, I just feel stressed. I started to think about it, about what really makes me feel spread thin in this game, and I realized it’s the fact I’m trying to juggle too many projects spread between two characters.

So, I’ve come to the conclusion I need to try to focus on one character for this upcoming patch. And I’ve decided that is going to probably be Zuri.

Setting Some Goals

At first, I was annoyed at the announcement of the Mentor System’s requirements. I looked at my paltry number of dungeons run and tiny number of commendations and the fact that neither of my characters have the trinity leveled completely (it’s spread between the two of them), and thought there was absolutely no way.

But then I discovered unsycned dungeons count, and I think about how Leveling Roulette will allow grouping… and how many classes I still yet have to level… And I thought, well, maybe, if I work at it, Mentoring could be a long-term goal for me. I know that running as DPS rarely get the commendations. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve hardly run low level dungeons lately, and that’s where you get the most, rather than at end game where no one even looks twice at DPS (it seems).

So, I’m setting some goals to achieve, because there’s a lot I want to do on Zuri, and writing it all out might help.

End Game Stuff

  • Level White Mage to 60 ✓
  • Collect all crystals for second relic and make the first-stage relic for White Mage ✓
  • Complete the second-stage relic for Bard
  • Gear up White Mage enough to play Void Ark ✓
  • Gear up Bard accessories from Alex 1 Nah, nevermind. Esos will be easier to get soon.
  • Gear up White Mage accessories from Alex 1 ✓

Crafting/Gathering

  • Level Weaver to 60 ✓
  • Meld end game cloth crafting gear with materia  ✓
  • Level Carpenter to 60
  • Meld end game crafting accessories with materia
  • Level Leatherworker to 60
  • Level Miner to 60 ✓
  • Level Botanist to 60 ✓
  • Level Fisher to 60 ✓
  • Get Blue Script Gathering Gear ✓

Leveling Stuff

  • Level all jobs to 30
    • Monk ✓
    • Paladin
    • Warrior
    • Ninja
  • Level Dragoon to 50 ✓
  • Level Machinist to 50
  • Clean up old quests

As you can see, I have a LOT I want to get done. But I think focusing on one character for now will help me alleviate that scattered feeling I get with this game. I can always come back to Tai in the future if I want to. Usually patches make it so that it’s not too hard to play catch up.

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FFXIV: Grinding the Gears of Change

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So, Saturday brought us the Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXVII, information about FFXIV Patch 3.2 – Gears of Change, which is coming Feb 23. Here are my initial impressions of the patch from what we know, or at least, what’s most important to me.

Training Dummies: I guess it’s a good idea and an attempt to put some sort of DPS “parser” in the game for those who want to work on rotations and gauge DPS. Not sure that it’ll stop people from actually parsing, and I probably won’t use it, but it’s fine to be there.

Tank Changes: I’m all for making VIT the main tank stat. I always thought the whole STR meta was silly. I haven’t yet played level 60 stuff on my tank, but I always geared VIT when I could.

Paladin Changes: Very welcome! It’s the only tank I’ve leveled, and I enjoy playing it, so I want to see it get some love.

Job Changes: I’m glad Machinist is getting some attention, and I might try to level the job again to see how it feels. But I’m totally miffed that Bard is still being mostly ignored. Unless they do something amazing with Warden’s Paean, I’ve still got it in the back of my head to level another DPS class. I feel so underpowered when running Void Ark with the melees. 😦

Beast Tribe Quests: More are always welcome. Bring on the Vath!

PVP Changes: Not relevant to me, but I hope those who play it will enjoy it.

New Dungeons: Not really relevant to my interests, but we’ll see about them.

Alexander Midas: Haven’t finished the first Alex yet. Not sure if I ever will.

Orchestrion: I actually love this idea! I can’t wait to start collecting them for my house!

Mentor System: I’m somewhat disappointed by the requirements for this system. I guess for some people, especially those who grind dungeons and trials, this probably isn’t a big deal. But for me, with classes and stats split across two characters, there’s no way I have anything near 1,000 dungeon runs, and being primarily DPS, I’m far, far away from having 300 commendations.

I’m a bit sore about this because it was something I was really interested in. I’ve done my share of teaching dungeons and mechanics, so it’s not like I don’t know my stuff. I wanted to give back to the community, but unless I really grind things hard, I won’t be able to take part as an official mentor. I understand they wanted some measurements in place, but I’m not sure this was the way to do it.

Containment Bay S1T7: Sounds like the normal version of the primal fight will be part of the main story. That’s fine.

Crafting Updates: I’m interested in this! But I still don’t have all crafts at 60, and I’m nowhere near having melded gear. Working on it. 😦

New Tomes: *sigh* I guess that means Eso will be easier to get.

Duty Roulette: Leveling and Trials – now able to queue in a party. Finally! Finally! Finally! Now, maybe, I’ll do these as part of my leveling, since I can do them with a friend. I just hate soloing roulettes.

Hildibrand: He’s returning! We don’t know how yet. Just that he is!

Weekend Progress

I made a lot of progress on various things in FFXIV this weekend, mostly on Saturday.

I pushed Weaver to 56 (ugh, this has been the worst to level), Carpenter to 53 (almost 54), Miner to 58 and Botanist to 57. Once I get Weaver to 60, I can finally start trying to meld my gear and work on more advanced crafting.

I also unlocked Alex Normal on Zuri and started running for accessory upgrades. Alex 1 is much less stressful on ranged DPS, even though I still feel super weak on Bard compared to my Dragoon. Unless Bard sees some major love with patch 3.2, which I’m not expecting, I’m still considering leveling another DPS class.

Zuri’s White Mage is almost level 59. I’ve been grinding out the crystals for a second Relic weapon, and actually gathered a whole bunch in just a few hours. Just have about 4 left to gather to hopefully have a decent weapon for White Mage when I finally get done.

I also started the dungeons for my Bard Relic weapon. I’ve been procrastinating badly because some of the Hard Mode dungeons I haven’t even unlocked, and know nothing about. I guess I need to just buckle down and get them done.

I practiced healing World of Darkness last night again. Between soloing some of the FATEs this weekend and healing the raid, I’m slowly becoming more accustomed to White Mage and switching stances. I’m also getting more commendations on healer than I ever saw on Bard. 😦

Also, I rolled a rare 99 on the Puff of Darkness – and won! Woot!

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