Posted in FFXI, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXI: Return to Vana’diel – My Kingdom for a Mount

I return to Vana’diel after not having played FFXI for over a decade. Here are my adventures!


New mounts were actually first patched in with the last update in April, right before I started playing. So, I joined at a pretty good time.

To unlock mounts in general, you must be level 20, have a map of the Jeuno area, and have finished your chocobo license quest. Then, you have to talk to Mapitoto, who is right in the chocobo stables in Jeuno to start the mount quest, Full Speed Ahead!

She gives you a temporary raptor to ride and tosses you out on the Batallia Downs. You have to ride your raptor to points marked on your map (which you can view by scanning for NPCS on the map view). When his Motivation drops and he starts slowing down, you can /cheer for him and keep him going.

You are timed, so you have to reach the food and reach the final NPC within a certain time limit. Once you do that, you earn the right to own mounts!

I also purchased a black tiger mount using the April login reward points. However, my character sits side-saddle on it, which…


Yeah. It’s a little odd looking.

I do enjoy my raptor mount, however. But I learned really quickly your main class has to be level 20 or above or you can’t summon him. I guess for most people, that’s not a big deal, but just something to note for lower level characters.

Now that I achieved mounts, my next goal was to finish leveling Red Mage to 30 so I could focus on unlocking advanced classes! I read that Qufim Island was a good place, and it was right outside of Jeuno, so I went there to explore and reach level 30. Woot!


Posted in FFXI, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXI: Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition (On Sale and Sold)

seekersI’ve been hesitating on picking up the FFXI Seeker’s Edition, despite being every single expansion in the game for $30. I was still feeling my way through the lower level content, for one, and didn’t see an immediate need to upgrade to the newest expansion yet. I also hadn’t made up my mind if I was going to push on playing another month or if I would have my fill of the game by that time.

Well, the Seekers Edition dropped to 50% off with the S/E sale, so I decided $15 for all the FFXI content is more than an excellent deal. So I’ve now upgraded my account to have all the stories and expansions FFXI can offer.

You know, looking at it that way, that sounds pretty exciting! 🙂

Posted in Gaming, MMORPGs

WoW vs. FFXIV: A Little Friendly Competition

When WoW and FFXIV get a little competitive via Twitter today. 🙂




Though, I have to admit, folks at FFXIV could have chosen a better title for the patch. It reminds me of something like “Attack of the Clones.” I liked the Japanese title better. Still pretty funny to watch this unfold.

Posted in FFXI, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXI: Return to Vana’diel – A Quest for Grass

I return to Vana’diel after not having played FFXI for over a decade. Here are my adventures!


You wanna know something disappointing? I never got my chocobo license way back when I used to play FFXI. So I had no idea how it actually worked.

When I found out that you only get to rent a chocobo and not actually own a chocobo, that was disappointment. Of course, they finally did just introduce real mounts (more on that later), which kinda soothes the pain of that discovery. Because back in the day, that chocobo license was all I ever wanted as a lowbie player.

Quest for Weed Grass

So, I picked up the chocobo quest in Jeuno, which requires me to get Gausebit Grass. These drop most often from Crane Flies in the Meriphataud Mountains. This means I had another trip ahead of me since I’ve never been to that zone.

Everything from this point out is unknown territory for me. I’ve never been beyond level 20. I made the run to Jeuno once, but that’s as far as I got. So, it’s a little exciting to get past the point I was before and see what lay beyond.

What lay beyond? More zones with monsters that can three-hit kill me.


I tried to be super careful and unlock every survival manual along the road. Then the Sauromugue Champaign happened. Who the heck thought it was a good idea to put the survival manual up in a place where people couldn’t reach it? It was stuck up on this plateau, so I started skirting around the stone trying to find a way up. I easily spent 20-30 mins dodging powerful monsters and certain death, but never found the way to it.

In the end, I did accidentally aggro something and died a terrible death.

So, I had to start the run over again. This time, I totally ignored the stupid survival manual and just headed into the Meriphataud Mountains instead. Bleh.

There, I found Crane Flies in good population. But I also knew I was only a few zones away from Windurst, so I decided to finish up the run to that city to unlock it.


That being done, I warped back out to the Meriphataud Mountains and started farming flies. Pretty good experience and not a terrible drop rate for the grass. I was level 25 by the end of it all, and actually got an extra grass to drop, which I could sell for a little profit on the AH.


Chocobo Luv

So, I returned to Jeuno and started the Chocobo Wounds quest. During this, I had to win the trust of a poor abused chocobo, who refused to eat. Eventually, I got him to take some of the grass I farmed up.

This quest has been sped up significantly. It used to be that you could only interact with the chocobo once a game day. Now you can interact with him once a real-life minute.

So, it didn’t take very long to get this quest wrapped up and earn my license.


Once that was done, I was also able to start the quest for the new Raptor mount…

Posted in Gaming, MMORPGs, The Secret World

TSW: New Thoroughbred Horse Mount


I’m such a horse nut, you knew I knew I’d have to spring for the new Secret World horse mount. The horse doesn’t look particularly happy to be there… not that I blame him.

I keep thinking that I need to re-roll one of my TSW alts just to play the new player experience from the start again. I’ve never really done anything with my alts, and I have so much content I’ve never done yet, which is a shame.

Posted in Black Desert Online, Gaming, MMORPGs

BDO: Million Silver Horses


So I was down to my last T3 female again last night, and decided instead of working a week and a half to raise another pair to the point of shooting for T6 offspring, I would try to hit that spot where there was a 60% chance of breeding females. I left them breeding overnight, and manage to slip on right as maintenance ended before work this morning. So, again with the night pictures.

Despite that supposed 60% chance at females, again, I bred T4 males. Ugh… back to hunting down more females.

On the up side, I noticed that one of my males was born with the Drift skill, which I knew to be valuable. So I checked him out, and at level 1, with no training yet, he’s worth almost 2 million silver! I guess I know who I’m going to be leveling and attempting to sell tonight.


On a whim, I also checked the value of my T6 mustard horse, whom I did level to 3 last night. He only has 2 skills so far, neither of them that valuable as far as I know, and he’s already worth quite a bit.


Considering I’m not putting any silver into raising these horses, aside from breeding expenses, this is all pure profit should they sell. Maybe I’ll be able to afford to buy a female instead of scrounging to tame one instead. XD

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Nintendo 3DS

May Gaming Goals


This month, I want to do something a little different. I want to include goals for games other than FFXIV! Yay!

So, here we go! 🙂

Earthbound Wii U

  • Play some! I haven’t progressed in this game for too long. ✓

Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds

  • Beat the Desert Palace.✓
  • Make progress in this game! (I BEAT IT!) ✓

The Secret World

  • Reroll an alt character ✓
  • Putz around Kingsmouth on them and see what’s changed in the new player experience

Final Fantasy XI

  • Level Dark Knight to 30 ✓

Final Fantasy XIV

I don’t actually have any high level goals this month. I have several jobs between 50 and 60 right now – Monk, Dragoon, Scholar – and I’m sure I’ll be using them for Crystal Tower raids, so they’ll get some leveling.


  • Level Alchemist to 60 (Currently 56)
  • Level Blacksmith to 53 (So I can finally consolidate crafting armor) ✓
  • Unlock Master II book for:
    • Alchemist
  • Earn Master III books for (not priority):
    • Alchemist
    • Culinarian

Leveling Stuff

  • Level Machinist to 50 (Priority!) 
  • Level Warrior to 25 ✓
  • Level Paladin to 20 ✓
  • Level Ninja to 20✓
  • Clean up old quests ✓
Posted in Black Desert Online, Gaming, MMORPGs

BDO: First Tier 6 Horses Bred!

I know I’ve been quiet about my horse breeding lately. That’s because I’ve spent all this time training my T3 female and T4 male to level 29 (both) in order to push a big breeding last night. This took me a week and a half of straight training… and it resulted in my first T6 horses!

SS Dapper – My First T6!

2016-04-27_1025354Sorry for the bad picture. It was night in game and I needed to be on my way to work, so I ran him to the inn where there was at least a little bit of light to take a screen shot. I’ll get better screens later.

Anyhow, though I was only supposed to have a 20% chance of breeding a T6 male from that pairing, and I was really shooting for females, both the breeding and the exchange gave me T6 males! I’m excited to get my first T6 — T7 is currently the highest tier in game, but is difficult to breed for.

I love the look of my first fellow – it’s hard to see in this picture but he has a little bun-tail. The second guy I got was one of the yellow/red horses that the community likes to call the ketchup/mustard horses. They seem pretty common and are not my favorite coat color. But, hey, maybe I can train him up and either breed him or sell him if he gets some good skills.

I’m faced with a tough choice now. Once again, I got no females from this breeding, and I have one remaining T3 female to train. I’m not sure if I’m ready to invest that kind of time to push her and another T4 male to level 29, even if the chance of getting T6 horses is great. I could level them a lot less and try for lower tier females, but my luck at getting females has been so rotten.

Or I could spend my time training the T6 ketchup/mustard to see if I can get good skills out of him and put him on the market. This has never been about making money, though.

Having too many options to choose from is not a bad thing. 🙂

Posted in Gaming, Steam Challenge

Steam Challenge Milestone: More Than Half Backlog Played!


I’d like to announce that for the first time since I started the Steam Personal Challenge in 2014, I have now gotten my backlog numbers to under 50% not played. That means I have officially more games that I’ve played than not played!

Considering the overall number of games I own now has almost doubled since then, knocking my percentage down from 71% to 49% really makes me feel good about my backlog. Of course, doing some culling and game binging this week has really helped with that.

Stats as of Jun 27, 2014:


Stats as of Jun 24, 2015:



Stats as of today:


And there’s no way I paid that much for all these games. Steam sales FTW.