Posted in Gaming

2018 Gaming Goals

I know it seems a little late in the month to talk about goals. Due to my vacation cruise and a pretty heavy load at work IRL, I’ve not had a lot of time to really sit down and write out what I want to get done this year… even though I’ve been thinking about it!

These are going to be overarching goals, which I will probably break down into smaller monthly chunks as the year rolls on.

FFXIV – All Battle Jobs to 50 on My Main 

battlejobsI’ve been playing FFXIV for over 4 years, and I still have a number of jobs under level 50 on my main. This is for various reasons:

  • I have a bunch of alts, many with time spent leveling their jobs. I have two level 50 Ninjas on other characters, for example, but haven’t finished leveling that on my main.
  • Disinterest in some jobs led me to not pick them up. Astro and Dark Knight just sounded more complex, and Samurai was over-shadowed by Red Mage…
  • Group-centric nature of leveling. I still get nervous about running even leveling roulette on my tanks or healers. So that made me put off advancing them.

However, now that we have Squad dungeons, which is fast solo content, I can very well see myself making this goal.

If I do manage to get to level 50 on all jobs early on in the year, I’ll raise the bar to level 60. But that also kinda depends on what they do with Squad dungeons.

FFXIV: All Crafting Jobs to 70 

Yeah… it’s been long overdue. I’ve been super lazy with crafting since Stormblood, and haven’t even done a single crafting turn-in on top of it. Was kinda hoping we’d see another crafting beast tribe… 😉

I’d love to not just level my crafters but really grasp what crafting is all about. Maybe learn some advanced “tactics.” Rotations. Or whatever FFXIV crafters do.


Steam Challenge: Play Games I Buy

Last year, I did a pretty good job (on accident) of playing all the games I bought within a relatively short time after I bought them (outside of bundle games). This year, I want to continue this trend. If I buy a game, I want to try to play it within a few days of the purchase.

This is good practice… not only to keep the backlog down, but to ensure if I pick up a game I really don’t care for, I have a chance to return it in the first 30 days.

I also want to cut back on the number of Steam games that I buy… which I did quite a bit last year.

Steam Challenge: Play Over 50% of my Games 

I noted in another post that the Steam Calculator is doing something different in terms of reporting unplayed games in your backlog. Now, it tells you the percentage you’ve played, so you want to get that number higher.

Here’s what I look like right now:


My initial goal for the year is to get this number above 50%. That will mark the first time since I started the Steam Challenge almost 4 years ago that I’d have played more games than not. That would be a great milestone!

If I can reach over 50%, I will nudge the goal towards 60%. It just depends on how it goes.

Nintendo Switch Backlog – Finish Games

Oh, gosh. I’ve actually started amassing a backlog on my Switch! Good night!

I have so many great games on the system, some of which I really want to push to make progress and complete. I know some of these games, like Zelda BotW and Mario Odyssey, have a sort of squishy definition of “finish.” But I’d be happy just to complete the story.

Switch Games I want to beat this year:

  • Zelda BotW
  • Mario Odyssey ✓
  • Mario + Rabbids
  • Cat Quest

There’s a boatload of other indie games I really want to play on the Switch, and so many more being announced. I got Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for Christmas, but I’m hesitant to start it while I still have BotW unfinished!


Have you set any gaming goals for this year? What’s on your mind to get done?

Posted in Blogging

Happy 4th Blogiversary!

Four years ago today, I started a blog that slowly morphed into the one you’re reading right now. Over a series of casual blog posts, mostly centering around my gaming habits, I’ve been able to achieve something I never have before now — a blog that I’ve posted to in a fairly consistent manner.

There have been a few hitches now and then. I decided to re-brand twice. I also switched domains once and moved web hosts once. But all in all, the overall tone and approach of this blog has remained the same.

I think a big part of the longevity is allowing a variety of writing topics — everything from the latest social failure in the Duty Finder to my first cruise vacation. While I don’t tend to go off on wild tangents too often, having the freedom to talk about whatever is on my mind has widened my scope quite a bit.

The other thing that amazes me is that I’m still playing the same game as my main MMO as I was back when I started this blog. While I did venture off to try a few other games on the side, it seems like FFXIV still has its hooks in me. That doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon.

Anyhow, I want to send my appreciation to all my blogging pals and readers! Your support and comments are still as exciting and special today as they were 4 years ago. Thanks for joining me on this ride!


Posted in Holidays, IRL

Returning from the Cozumel Cruise

Every year, around Christmas/New Year, Syn and I get together to celebrate in some form. I also take the chance to visit Vix and Xaa while I’m there, so it’s a bit of a family get together as well.

This year, we decided to do something a little different from our standard hang around the house New Year. Syn and I went on our first ever cruise to the island of Cozumel, Mexico.

Cruising is something that’s popular among my co-workers, and apparently more popular than I knew. It’s fairly inexpensive for what all you get, and an experience that I’m glad I had.

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Our ship, Carnival Fantasy, as seen from the port in Mexico.

This was also my first time leaving America for a foreign country. So, I had to learn about getting a passport and all the things international travel holds.

I just got back in town two days ago, so I’m still trying to get things organized after being away for over a week. I wanted to at least blog some pictures I took and share a little of that cruise experience with you all!

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