Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon, Sims 4

November Goals in Review

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is slowly coming to a close. But before we jump feet-first into December, I wanted to take a look back at what I accomplished over November. My goals for this month were pretty loose — mostly focusing on playing other new games that just came out.

So how did I do?

Games to Explore 

  • Civ 6 ✓
  • Skyrim ✓
  • Pokemon Sun ✓
  • Sims 4 City Life Expansion ✓

On the new games front, I did pretty good! Steam says that I put 17.6 hours into Civ 6 and 9.3 hours into Skyrim. I really need to pick up Skyrim again because it’s been weeks since I’ve played, and this is pretty close to the point I left off with the game before. I don’t want it to be a replay.

I know that I got at least 20 hours into the new Sims 4 Expansion, and I still want to continue with the family I started. But Pokemon Sun really won the month considering it came out so late, and I’ve put in over 40 hours on the game already. Granted, most of that has been breeding and training Pokemon, but I’ve certainly had a fun time.

FFXIV

  • Level Scholar to 60 ✓
  • Gear up Dragoon ✓
  • Get PotD Kinna Bard Bow or Scholar Book
  • Work on Relic Weapon ✓
  • Do job quests ✓
  • Gain reputation with Sahagin

FFXIV has really been a case of autopilot for me right now. I log in mostly to do an Expert run and some Beast Tribe quests in hopes to cap Scripture Tomes for the week. I should have stored enough up to purchase the Dragoon pants for Zuri today, which is the last large-ticket item. From there, just the head, belt and feet are left. So, I’ve made good progress on gearing her up.

I have been working on Relic, but no where as much as I really should be. I’m just more annoyed with the Umbrite step than anything else.

I did finish leveling my Scholar/Summoner to 60. I went back and completed the Scholar job quests, but have not started to catch up on Summoner stuff. I’m concerned that my Summoner gear is so sub-par that it’ll be hard to do. So, I’ve been scrounging drops from Expert Roulette to try and make that a little better.

Sadly, I still haven’t seen Floor 100 of PotD, nor have I earned my upgrade for the first Kinna weapon. I also didn’t work on the rep gain with Sahagin at all. I know I could have had both done by now, but meh. Trading in Pokemon is more fun for me. 🙂

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon, Uncategorized

Pokemon Sun & Moon: Trick to Hatching Eggs Quickly

So this is a trick that’s been out there, but something I didn’t know until my FC buddy, Bean, informed me of it yesterday. I tried it last night, and sure enough, it does work. Thanks, Bean, for making my breeding and trading so much faster!

All you actually need to do this is the Tauros mount, which you have before you get to the Nursery anyhow.

It also really helps to have your party lead by a Pokemon with the Flame Body effect. I wasn’t aware that having one of these Pokemon in your party means that the number of steps that you need to hatch a Pokemon is halved. For the Jangmo-0, that’s normally over 10K steps… so this reduces it significantly.

Two early options for Flame Body is a Fletchinder, which you can get from evolving Fletchling, or a Magby, which you catch in the Volcano trial area just a little beyond the Nursery. Again, this helps a lot, but is not required to do this trick.

The Tauros Trick

Now the idea is to go to the enclosed fence area right in front of the Nursery and while standing inside, mount Tauros. Then hold the B button down to make him do his rush move while rotating the direction pad in a circle. He will perpetually run as you do this in super speed, which counts towards the steps you need to hatch your egg.

For a visual on this, check out this video:

Hope this helps!

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon, Uncategorized

Pokemon Sun: Jangmo-o Trading Empire

 

This long holiday weekend consisted of me clocking in a bunch of hours into Pokemon Sun. However, with the exception of one trial, I actually haven’t progressed that much further into the story. I’m still in the middle of island #2, where the Pokemon breeding ranch and GTS trading has captured my interest.

It started with a pair of Mudbrays that I captured on the farm. I started breeding them and sending the offspring to Wonder Trade, where I’ve gotten all sorts of craziness, including a (probably duped) Cosmog and Solgaleo.

Of course, mostly I got a lot of Route 1 Pokemon I didn’t need. But I kept trading those off, and every now and then, I’d get something I didn’t already have in my Pokedex (which was all I was trying to do).

Then something happened that changed everything. Someone Wonder Traded me a Jangmo-o. At first, I was just happy to get a neat looking little dragon Pokemon I didn’t already have. But then, I went and did some research online and discovered this was a Pokemon that was probably in demand.

Wonderful World of GTS

So I started breeding it with the intention of sending them off into Wonder Trade (silly me). That’s when I decided to investigate this other kind of trading called GTS.

I never touched GTS in Pokemon X. I always (mistakenly) thought it was a direct one-to-one trading over the Internet. Like interacting with real people. That made me nervous as a Pokenoob, so I stayed away from it. When I discovered that wasn’t how it worked, and that it was a more automated system, I tossed a Jangmo-o up for trade, hoping to get a Ditto for breeding purposes.

I was surprised when a few minuets later, the trade had gone through.

“Hmm… I wonder if I could get a Litten?”

Almost instant trade.

“Wow… this little guy is popular!”

And so it began. Breeding and trading for all the Moon Exclusives. Trading for all the Island Scan special Pokemon (still working on this).

I offloaded my probably-duped Solgaleo for a probably-duped Lunala… because why not?

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I started researching Pokemon that were considered rare or a pain to capture and traded for those.

I started breeding Honedge, Mareanie, Horsea, Corsola and Drampa. I sent out trades and searched for trades to make. Along with the Jangmo-o, I was building a little trade empire while these Pokemon are still new and in demand.

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Then I started to turn my sights on filling out my Pokedex some. Any evolution I didn’t plan on personally leveling for, I started to trade for instead. While there’s still a lot of Pokemon I want to catch on my own (including Sun exclusives), there’s just some that I’m not too interested in leveling or working on evolving.

The Eeveelutions are some of them. I don’t think I’ve ever evolved an Eevee in any of the games I’ve ever played. So, I thought it would be nice to have a full set this time around. And that’s what I got through trades last night.

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For some reason, Glaceon was the hardest to get. But in the end, someone succumbed to the Jangmo-o trade I put up.

Despite all this trading, I’m still only at about 30-something percent done with the Alola Pokedex. There are some that I want to train up and evolve on my own for sentimental reasons… like this Raichu that I trained from the Pichu I caught on Route 1.

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I’ll never play this competitively, but I sure do enjoy breeding for the sake of trading. This is a completely new way of playing for me since I never did any of this in Pokemon X…

But that’s okay. I’m having fun with what I have now.

Posted in Gaming, Pokemon

Pokemon Sun – So Many Quality of Life Improvements

I’ve spent a good deal of time playing Pokemon Sun since its release last Friday. So far, I haven’t been disappointed at all.

Actually, I wanted to talk about all the quality of life changes they’ve made to the game since the previous one I’ve played – Pokemon X. Now, I didn’t play Pokemon ORAS, so I can’t compare it to any changes they may have made at that point. I just know that a lot of my user interface wishes/issues I experienced in Pokemon X were fixed completely.

Here’s some of the things I really like about Pokemon Sun:

  • The game tells you which moves are effective against rival Pokemon after you’ve battled them once. This may not be a popular change, but I’m glad that some developer out there finally realized that there’s no way I can memorize the types of all million Pokemon. You really need to be aware of these things in Sun, because it seems the battles are a bit more challenging than games in the past. What’s even better is that when you go to switch to a different Pokemon in your party, the game tells you who will be most effective to switch to. Nothing is more of a bummer than when you switch out and find the Pokemon you picked sucks against the rival Pokemon’s move types just as much.
  • Pokemon box management is so much more intuitive to use. Oh my gosh. Pokemon X… there was no easy way to swap out Pokemon from your team with ones in your box. You had to select Deposit to deposit and Retrieve to get one out. And if all you wanted to do was just switch a few around, it was a long, tedious process. Pokemon Sun makes it quick and easy to do – just drag and drop Pokemon around without any fuss. Thank you!

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  • When you capture a Pokemon in the wild, the game now allows you to choose whether to send it to a box or place it in your party, switching out one of your current Pokemon. This is so useful compared to X, where it would just automatically send it to a box no matter what.
  • When you get a new Pokemon in Wondertrade, you see the Pokedex animation for it! I can’t tell you how important this is as someone who loves to Wondertrade a lot. In Pokemon X, I never knew if a trade was a Pokemon I already had in my box, so I ended up making a crazy spreadsheet to document which Pokemon I still needed. I’m happy the game does this for me and I no longer need a spreadsheet!
  • Pokemon Refresh. A useful Pokemon Amie system, it not only allows you to earn your Pokemon’s affection, but you can actually remove status effects rather than using berries or potions.
  • Pokemon interactions. When your Pokemon becomes more affectionate towards you, their interactions with you change. I love how, for example, my Dartrix will glance over his shoulder as I encourage it, or as it responds to me during battles. One time he was even checking out my fashion! He also sometimes acts silly, like hanging upside down, when I enter Pokemon Refresh. It really gives the Pokemon a personality and ignites my own attachment to them in a way I haven’t experienced before.
  • Riding Pokemon. This seems so natural. Why didn’t we have more of this before?

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I’m taking my time while playing through this game, catching and leveling various Pokemon as I go. I just completed my third trial last night, and have a long way to go, still. Looking forward to continue progressing in this game!

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – The Dog Days of WoD

 

It’s been a while since I’ve had a tale to tell. So sit back and hear my story of World of Darkness woe.

My FC was running the weekly Crystal Tower Sunday trio this weekend. There’s been a number of new folks coming through lately, which has been nice for bonus tomes and second chance points. Now, I’m not going to say a new person was responsible for this feat of amazement, but either someone didn’t know the mechanics, or someone was trolling. Either way, this is how it played out.

The first boss, Angra Mainyu, was kinda rough. We had tanks who lost aggro on the eye and it started pelting everyone with its electric gaze. However, we managed to get through that one. It wasn’t until we hit Cerberus that the truth of this duty finder experience would be felt.

/elevator music on

Basic mechanics for DPs on this boss: He spits a puddle of Gastric Juice on the floor. DPS stand in the juice to get shrunk down. Then they run to the darker purple goo puddle where the boss eats them, and they fight the boss’ stomach walls to damage him from inside. Meanwhile, there are annoying adds within the stomach that beat on the DPS unless routed, and can mean the death of players since healers usually don’t go inside.

/elevator music off

Okay.

So the first round of this, Xaa and I, who was another DPS in our party that fine day, do as expected, and go inside the boss. The only thing is… I noticed there were only 4 or 5 of us inside, which is a death sentence with the adds that target you. Sometimes it takes the other DPS a little time to get in, so I wasn’t panicking at first.

But then I saw the fateful words in Alliance chat as I was destroyed by adds and excreted from boss:

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What? Really? Someone killed the gastric juice?

I mean, I know it’s targetable, but it never ever occured to me to…

Well, anyhow. The view from outside the boss wasn’t much better. I guess if you destroy a gastric juice and the phase goes on for too long, he makes more puddles. Because I saw at least two puddles of gastric juice among the bodies of the fallen and the people fleeing from the massive number of wolvesbane swarming the raid.

Wipe #1.

Alright. That didn’t go as planned. So, someone decided to explain mechanics this time. And we actually got through that phase quickly and easily the next turn.

It wasn’t until we got out of the boss again that trouble was had.

This time, someone grabbed a fetter. And just stood there.

Sometimes, people do this, waiting until the last second to latch it on to the boss because that gives the party more time to do damage to him while he’s stunned.

But this was not one of those times.

Nope. He just stood there. My eyes got more and more round. And…

Yep. He never connected the fetter.

Cerberus proceeded to enrage, go on a murderous rampage and one-shot the entire raid.

Wipe #2. 

And Alliance chat…

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I guess it was an accident because the guy did say he was sorry.

Well, we went at it for a third time and got through the fight, finally. Though I was concerned about the Cloud of Darkness, we had no further shennanigans. But this was certainly one for the books.

 

My thanks to Xaa who reminded me to take screenshots for this blog post. I was stunned in amazement watching this unfold, and almost lost the wonderful opportunity to turn this experience into a blog post. 😛

Posted in Blogging

Making a Move

 

So, things look a little different around here, huh?

Yeah, remember how I was discussing the issues I’ve been having with inodes on my website host? Well, one of my thoughts was to move this blog to a separate host since it takes quite a bit of resources on the server.

I did some looking around and comparing, and as crazy as it sounds, I discovered moving my blog to a WordPress.com account was actually the best option for me. So why would I choose to move my self-hosted blog that had all the freedom of plugins and theme customization to a place where I’d lack all those things?

Here’s my thoughts on that.

First. I don’t want another Baby Croc plan. I don’t want to fork over another $12 a month just for one blog.

Well, there’s a lot of different hosts that tout WordPress hosting at a low price. They start you out at $2.00-something a month, and they catch you at the checkout by making you pay 36 months up front or something. And then, upon renewal, they jack the price up to $12 a month or more. I’m looking at you HostGator.

Some of them have a cap on how many visitors you can get in a month. I’m looking at you, BlueHost. So what happens if you have a popular post and you break 10K visits? Does your site shut down for the rest of them month? Do you pay a fee? Yeah, no.

So, a WordPress.com account is free. But I obviously wanted to use my domain name, so I ponied up the $2.99 a month for a year to have that.

The transfer went well. I have a huge site, and transferring the images took two days as the migration tool takes a loooong time, and I decided transferring a month at a time was best.

I did find a free theme that I liked, so that’s a plus. The lack of plugins isn’t as restricting as I thought it would be. Turns out there’s a lot of plugins I don’t really need.

The two things that I’m not so happy about is the lack of FTP for image retrieval and the low storage space.

Without FTP, all I can do is export media to another WordPress blog. This means that I’m going to have to be more careful about archiving images just in case I ever decide to make another move.

3GB storage space for images is pretty low for me. I’ve been spoiled by having “unlimited” space for many years. Already, my blog has that over 40% full. However, if I ever get to the point that I need more, I suppose I could upgrade, and it would still be cheaper than self-hosting.

The one positive is that all the traffic and resources that my blog has been generated is moving off of my self-hosted server. So it’s less I have to be concerned about. Hopefully keeping my domain will make it a smooth transition and no one will need to update links or anything.

I’ve discovered a few of my older posts are missing pictures from when I migrated from Clean Casuals to Aywren.com, and I’m fixing them as I have time. That was an issue even back on the self-hosted blog that I wasn’t aware of, though.

So far, so good. As long as WordPress.com remains reliable, I think this is a change for the better.