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FFXIV Changes Its Mind – Bard Drops!

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Someone must have been reading my complaint post on never seeing a relevant Bard drop from Weeping City and said, “Get that kitty a drop, stat!” Because after a month of getting nothing on my weekly Weeping City run, I finally, finally got the Bard chest piece from the run tonight.

I usually don’t do a second run in a week… cuz I don’t enjoy Weeping all that much. But I kept telling my FC that I would try it again, mostly in hopes of getting something.

I’d also accepted the fact that I was going to be taking Dragoon drops instead of Bard. That might have happened tonight except there wasn’t a single Dragoon drop this time. And when the Bard chest dropped from the final boss, I was so excited that I thought I’d accidentally passed on it. XD

I still think I’ll be gearing up my Dragoon on the side, however. And I do plan on getting my Deep Dungeon weapon for Dragoon (I’m at 27/27 as of tonight!). But it was nice to finally get some reward from all these runs I’ve done. I don’t feel so bad about passing those Dragoon boots earlier this week. 🙂

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July Goals in Review

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So a number of things came up this month that I didn’t expect, which took me a little off the beaten path, quite literally — challenges at work, and the release of Pokemon GO. I spent a lot more time hunting Pokemon than I’d bargained for, and some of my other gaming goals suffered for that. But seeing it got me up and walking around, that’s not such a bad thing.

Let’s see how I fared.

Steam

  • Try 2 new games – Tried 1
  • Cull 2 games

I only played one new game this month — Recettear. I did install Life is Strange, but never got to fire it up.

I didn’t cull any Steam games this month, either. I just totally dropped the ball on this one.

Stardew Valley

  • Reach Spring 3 ✓
  • Get married ✓

I did, however, reach my goals in Stardew Valley! Sadly, now that I’ve earned those goals, I haven’t had a lot of desire to hop back in and keep working on the game. I guess I’ll wait for the next patch to see what it brings.

Earthbound

  • Play some!

I also didn’t touch my Wii U this month due to playing Pokemon GO. Oh well. 😦

Pokemon X

  • Earn the next gym badge! ✓

While waiting for Pokemon GO to be released in the US, I actually did make a good bit of progress in Pokemon X!

FFXIV End Game Stuff

  • Casually work on 3rd tier of Zuri’s relic – not really in a big rush with this ✓

I’m slowly gathering what I need for this. Currently:

  • 20 Bones
  • 11 Ore
  • 5 Shells
  • 0 Seeds

FFXIV Crafting

  • Level Armorer to 60 ✓
  • Level Blacksmith to 60  ✓

Mission accomplished!

FFXIV Leveling

  • Level Gladiator to 25 ✓
  • Clean up old quests ✓

I not only leveled Gladiator to 25, but I pushed that even further to 28. Level 30 is within reach.

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FFXIV: All Crafters to 60, YoKai Fun & Finishing Camp NaNoWriMo

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This week has felt pretty busy. There’s just been a whole lot of content to work through in FFXIV (Deep Dungeon & YoKai Event), along with my struggles to complete Camp NaNoWriMo before the month ended.

Last night, I was able to really sit down and figure out what all the FFXIV YoKai event is about. I knew that I wanted to get all of the minions, since I just collect them by default. I also knew there were a few weapon skins that I liked and wanted to work towards. I also knew that I wanted to continue leveling my Gladiator to the best of my ability using the FATE trains that I knew would be around.

This is just what happened. Vix and I organized some FATE running because she also had some weapon skins she wanted to earn. I was more focused on earning minions, and managed to get all but four last night, along with the Scholar book skin, and a few levels of Gladiator. So, much was accomplished!

Last night was also the final night of Moogle beast tribe quests to boost all of my crafting classes to level 60. So, I earned the Grandmaster of the Hand, and achieved the final of my crafting goals for this month.

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Now that this is done, I’ll probably still keep doing Moogle quests because they are the main source of relic items for me at this point. I don’t have any real desire to go chasing down crafting gear yet, though. Just leveling was enough for me.

Camp NaNoWriMo

campnano2016And, finally… I completed my 15K word count for Camp NaNoWriMo today. For a while, I didn’t think it was going to happen, which would have been a bummer. It would have been the first time I set out a NaNo goal I didn’t accomplish. Seeing that I couldn’t break my track record, I really pushed out the writing this week and made a lot of progress.

I still need to sift through it and put it under some editing, but I’ll be getting some new content up for Shadows of Zot sooner rather than later! I’m also working on other page changes to Zot/Shimmer, but I’ll discuss those at a later time, once I have them more complete.

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FFXIV Really Wants Me to Play Dragoon

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…on Zuri, and I’m almost feeling about ready to oblige.

So it’s been a full month of running Weeping City with FC folks and not getting a Bard drop for Zuri. Granted, I only run it once a week because I still am not that fond of it. But, that’s four runs without a drop, and I have three different gear slots that I still need to fill.

On the flipside, I’ve seen all sorts of Dragoon gear dropping when I run. Last night, the Dragoon boots dropped on Ozma and I took a good long while to decide whether to roll on them. But with the possibility of the Bard chest dropping from the final boss, I passed… and got nothing again.

Now, I’m starting to think FFXIV is telling me something… like I need to just give up and play Dragoon.

The thing is, I have Tai who is a fairly geared Dragoon already, and Zuri is a much more geared Bard. I feel like I’m slowly getting to the point where I’m going to have to make the choice between characters. Running everything twice, including gearing up, just isn’t working well for me anymore. Not that it ever has in the past.

For example, I haven’t touched Relic, Deep Dungeons or the Yokai event on Tai… and I don’t know that I ever will. It’s getting harder to remember who has cleared what (Zuri hasn’t cleared A2 while Tai has cleared up to A8). And having to switch between them for different things is starting to be a little bit of a pain.

So, I’m trying to decide if I’m going to start working on Zuri’s Dragoon to replace Tai (oh man… that sounds so sad… poor Tai). Her Dragoon is level 60 with moderate end game gear, enough to run expert roulette, but nothing special. No Lore stuff and no drops from Weeping. I guess that can be my project for next month.

Clearing the Palace of the Dead

Sunday night, our little group of Zeb, Xaa, Vix and myself cleared the Deep Dungeon for the first time. We ran floors 40-50 three times before we actually beat the boss, and I have to say that the abysmal silver chest drop rate makes me glad they’ve buffed the dungeon before we got back to the lower floors again.

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I enjoyed the storyline that followed clearing the dungeon, too. I really loved FFXIV’s horror story, but I’m glad we’ve got some closure on the whole thing. We even ran Vix and Xaa through Tam-Tara HM so they could finish up the quest as well.

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I’m gonna keep running until I get that glowing weapon. I guess I’m shooting for the Dragoon item this time, since I’m still slowly working on Zuri’s Bard Relic.

I haven’t had a lot of time with the Yokai event yet, but I’m looking forward to hitting up lots of FATES while people are running them heavily. I want to collect all of the minions and a few of the weapon skins at the least. It’s also pretty great since I’m trying to level my Gladiator to 30 on Zuri, and the few FATES I managed to do last night pushed it to 26.

What I’ve seen of the minions and the quest has been pretty cute. The mounts are a little funky, but then again, so is the new Fat Moogle mount….

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Camp NaNo: Creative Struggles

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July was supposed to be a Camp NaNoWriMo for me, but I’ve really been dropping the ball on writing this month. I set a goal of 15K words (which is super low for me) to get some writing started on Shadows of Zot. I kicked around a few chapters earlier this month, but due to work stress and just feeling low in creativity, I didn’t get much else done.

So here I am staring down the barrel of the final week of the only NaNo event that I’ve signed up for that I may not complete. This is not like me. I’ve had a lot of creative struggles lately, which I put into words in a post not too long ago. I hoped that writing something “on rails” like Zot would help me flex that fiction muscle that seems to be having so much trouble. I didn’t expect 15K to feel really impossible. Part of me doesn’t want to fail.

Then something funky happened. I had a dream. The best way to describe the dream is some kind of modern day urban fantasy, and it was really neat. Sometimes I think we see so much fantasy and sci-fi that we forget the wonder we used to feel for the genres… but this dream felt really awesome since it was almost like I was there as it was happening. When I woke up, I felt a little inspired and I said to myself, “Wish I could write a story that could capture something that felt that amazing.”

Then, yesterday I was kicking around on YouTube and a video reminded me that I have a rather neglected Crunchyroll account. So I looked through my massive queue there to see if anything caught my attention, and I ran across the anime Erased. I haven’t watched anime in a while, but I heard this was good (no spoilers), so I started watching it.

It was just what I needed to see to kick-start some stories in my head, especially since the anime has a lot to do with children… and Zot also has main characters who are children at this point. I’ve only watched two episodes of Erased, but I’m looking forward to watching more as I’m super interested in this story.

Anyhow, a blend of these two influences somehow helped me break the writer’s block that was dragging me down. I have a lot to do if I want to catch up with where I need to be to finish my word count by Sunday. It’s a reality, though, thanks to the 5K words I managed to write today.

Let’s see if I can make it! Even if I can’t, I’ve at least written a number of new chapters for Zot that I can post. So that’s a good thing.

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FFXIV: I Welcome the New Palace of the Dead

Click here for an awesome Palace of the Dead guide!

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I’ve already heard some players grumbling about how The Palace of the Dead is boring, etc. etc. etc. But, for me, this is a kind of content that I really enjoy. It’s great because level, gear and class really don’t matter. No matter what level you are, you get a reward (Tomes, Experience, etc). And, oh yes, the ilvl 235 Glow Weapon. 🙂

I’m fond of rogue-likes, and this has a hint of that mixed in with my MMO. The basic idea is that you get dropped into this dungeon, with whatever class you want to play, and you start at level 1 with all the skills you can have at level 1. The dungeon is pretty simple in the beginning – it’s a randomly generated set of rooms that slowly open up on the mini-map as you move from room to room. The mini-map also shows you things like where treasures and cairns are.

You can choose to go in solo, to go in with a fixed party of your own making, or a Matched Party (just a new term for Duty Finder). You have two saves for your progress, which only save after beating the boss every 10 floors.

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The main form of progression is through leveling your Atherpool Arm and Armor. These gain points as you open the silver treasure chests you find in the dungeon.

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Even if you start completely over, or switch to a different class, you will keep the levels of your gear within the dungeon. Let me tell you, it makes a huge difference.

Failed Solo Attempts

I started out thinking that I could solo this to earn some experience on my baby Gladiator. One of my goals, after all, was to reach level 25 with Gladiator this month. I was waiting for this Deep Dungeon to come out for leveling purposes – I don’t much like to low level tank in Leveling Roulette, and the progression from 20-30 with leves and FATEs is always a slog to me.

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The first couple of times, I died pretty fast until I got the hang of what I needed to do. After that, I got to floor 9 twice before something stupid happened – I tripped a trap or got hit by an inopportune wandering mob, and I died before I could reach the boss. Each time you die, you lose everything if you don’t beat the boss of that set of dungeons.

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So I wasted a bunch of time in the beginning and walked away with no experience or armor levels. I guess I learned the ropes, so that was something.

Success in Grouping

Reading the guide, it said to just suck it up and join the Matched Party system if you’re leveling a class. So seeing as I was quickly getting nowhere, and most of my FC was already in the dungeon or doing different runs, I did just that.

It was the first time I’ve ran with a pure PUG in a long time. I got grouped with a Warrior, a Black Mage and a Dragoon, none of which were very vocal. Not a healer in sight. But that was okay. We never a once really needed one. The content was easy, stressless and pretty fun to blow through, even as a tank.
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We took out floors 1-10 in an amazingly quick time (compared to soloing it), and beat the boss. I gained a level and got a commendation!

Encouraged by this, I grabbed Xaa and a FC group to try it again. This time, we pushed all the way to floor 20. Things got a little more difficult the further in we ran, but it still wasn’t to the point we absolutely had to have a healer.

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When all was said and done, I finished the night just shy of level 25. The experience for the time was quite good. I also had an Arm +6 and Armor +8. Just out of curiosity, I tried starting to solo on my bard at level 1 again, and found myself tearing through the enemies due to my gear level. I didn’t have time to solo it much, but I will try it later.

I’m really looking forward to playing this again tonight and exploring how I can make it work for me in the goals I want to achieve. From the view of Quarrymill last night, I’m not the only one!

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Oh, and a little bonus? Running the floors is like a random jukebox for dungeon theme music. I really enjoy that! 🙂