This weekend was pretty incredible in terms of our Free Company’s activity. Most of what I did in game was tied to someone in the FC, and we all had a really good time.
KoM has never been about competition, numbers, or anything beyond helping each other reach our goals while having casual fun doing it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t watch numbers, considering I’m a data person and I naturally notice these things. I like to celebrate and congratulate our members when we meet milestones, mostly because it feels good to know what you do matters.
Our first big milestone was breaking 100 members this weekend. I’m not sure what was in the water, but we started getting applications in fast and furious.
Now, granted this number includes a handful of alts. Also, we have a group of inactives we keep on the roster hoping they’ll return in time, though I’m pretty diligent about keeping our roster clean. If I wasn’t, we’d probably have well over 200 members by now! 😄
But still, having over 100 folks, and seeing 20-something people online at peak times this weekend… between patch content… is pretty astounding for our little group. Or not-so-little group.
The influx of people, who are constantly running and making progress through content, has shot our FC rankings up as well. This put us in the top 20 for all FC on our server this week, which is pretty amazing!
Amazing Meet N Greet
My sister, Vix, hosted our FC’s first major social event on Saturday, which was a FC Meet N Greet. Since we’ve had so many new people come in, we decided to take some time to chat on Discord, break the ice, and get to know each other better. We had so many people turn out for this, even some shy and new people!
I’m not much of an entertainer myself, so Vix did a bang-up job of keeping up with everyone and making it a fun time. I heard lots of positive feedback from members, so it’s encouraging to look towards more social events in the future.
It also helped to reinforce that we honestly do have a great group of folks… and that there are actual people behind every avatar in our FC.
Chamber 7 Aquapolis
Aside from our social event, we also kicked around some content this weekend. For one, we hit up the Aquapolis, taking a number of new folks in for their first delve.
I always love bringing new people on treasure hunts. I say, “Come with us to the Aquapolis and hunt treasure!” And the response is one of hesitation mixed with concern.
They’ve not heard of the Aquapolis before. They don’t know it’s not some raid or dungeon. That is’t just a fun, casual, gameshow-like RNG romp with a group of friends that actually does net pretty good returns.
And then, once they get in there and realize what it actually is, I hear, “Oh, wow! This is fun! I like this!”
So, this weekend, we knocked out a number of maps, and actually made it all the way down to Chamber 7 (thanks Zeb)!
So in all the years I’ve been playing FFXIV, I’ve only seen the Behemoth FATE spawn once, quite a long time ago. Of course, I wasn’t in a party, so I didn’t last long.
Yesterday, we were out near Dragonhead trying to assist one of our members with the final FATE they needed to unlock Crystal Tower. Because clearing FATEs help speed that up, I was working on leveling my Paladin some as we romped through the snow.
Sure enough, the Behemoth FATEs started. We pulled in a full FC group to tackle him, and had a few random folks from the zone come to help. Our first try didn’t go so well, but with a bit of job-shuffling, we tried it again, and beat him down!
In other news, I’m still working on leveling up my Paladin. Now level 44, I’m so close to unlocking the Artifact Armor for her! I find that Paladin looks elegant on my Elezen character, if I only had more confidence in tanking aside from that.
I’m also slowly puttering through my Anima Relic for Dragoon. I’m convinced that the weapon hates me because I never get any bonus sands no matter what. This has made the second half of the process drawn out, when I’d hoped that it would speed up a little. Thankfully, we only have a little longer to deal with this stage unnerfed. At this point, the weapon is the lowest part of my Dragoon’s gearset and the one thing that’s holding my ilvl down. *grumbles*
Ah, well. Have a picture of Vix and Xaa – Love on a Treasure Hunt.