Posted in Second Life

All Work and No Play…

I’ve been working on a new series of themed horse coats that I’m looking forward to releasing for the upcoming Water Horse Creator Fair, which is supposed to be coming sometime in August. I haven’t heard any more information about it other than that. So, as soon as I know, I’ll let you know!

I’ve also took time off to relax after working on so many coats for the Uni release. This includes wandering around the grid and gaming with the Posse.

I’m an avid follower of the blog Inara Pey, and love all the great locations highlighted there. I know if I visit those places, I’ll usually find a good time. I tend to drag the Posse along with me, and we get into all sorts of trouble… 😉

Cape Florida

The first on my visit list was Cape Florida. With the warm weather setting in, I could really use a nice sandy beach right now. This sim had plenty of that.

There’s some great trails and scenic areas to explore. Nice place for horseback riding as it’s all pretty open and easy to navigate. There’s also lots of places to just relax and unwind.

The place has a free swimming HUD and an area of the ocean to swim around in. There’s also free swimming tubes and even working showers to clean off after a dip in the salty water.

There are lots of locations to visit, such as a lighthouse, garden and a beached ship… and some artifacts with some interesting interactions…

The crowning highlight of the visit, though, was when we discovered the interactable volleyball game. Though it doesn’t keep any sort of score, you can actually send the ball back and forth over the net, which was enough to keep us hooked.

Seeing that this is SL and precision tends to be a challenge, this was not an easy game to learn at first. It helped to learn how to turn on always-run. And for the others, going into mouselook was an improvement (not so much for me, though).

We also learned that Amoon is a beast at SL volleyball and could take on four of us without breaking a sweat. 😀

Devin’s Eye

Devin’s Eye is another explorable sim that has a nice series of biomes, from mountains to forest to swamp to ocean shore. There’s a second level to this sim in the sky, which I didn’t have a chance to explore yet, since there was a lot to enjoy on the ground sim already.

While exploration is the key here, there are a lot of interactable things to discover. We had a lot of fun messing around with the bungee jump and zip line in the upper area of the sim. There’s also a rezzable for windsurfing, though there’s not a ton of water (and you have to watch for ban lines in a section of the sim that eats the board every time you come too near).

My favorite part was discovering the bubble rezzers. This created a bubble you could ride in — it was very relaxing and a fun way to view the island. It would float on its own if you let it… or you could gently direct it where you wanted it to go.

I wish I’d taken more shots of this place — the above picture should give you an idea of how lovely it’s decorated. I’ll probably come back to finish exploring the rest of it sometime, though! Maybe I’ll do a longer post then! 🙂

Dragon Nest, Boardgame Beach

The Dragon Nest has become the Posse’s new favorite hangout lately. It’s a low-lag board game sim with a nice use of decoration and space. It has a wide selection of games, including some of our favorites – Pentad & Greedy Greedy. We also find the Cards Against Humanity pretty hilarious.

The more time we’ve spent here, the more we enjoy it. So, it tends to get invaded nightly by foxes, Muso Mice, minkies and the like. Hope the other patrons don’t mind. 🙂

Mouse cuddles!
Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Making It Rain… Goals

Last week, the Make it Rain event started in FFXIV. This doubles the amount of MGP you win for things in the Gold Saucer and gives a huge bonus for doing well (and just dropping by) the Fashion Report. There are also cosmetic items on discount during the event.

While I enjoy this event, I wasn’t super excited for it this year. I’ve already gotten my Fenrir. Though, there are plenty of other things I could save up for.

I dropped in for the Fashion Report on Friday since it was paying out well, did the event quest… and suddenly I found myself rushing in on all my alts to do the quests, unlock the Fashion Report, pick up any hairstyles and cosmetics I wanted and…

Yeah, that was an unexpected use of a Friday night. And while it was all silly fluff, I found myself enjoying it greatly. In fact, the momentum from that carried over into the next day, where I found the energy to push through several of my monthly goals.

Crafting… Crafting Everywhere

You can say that the Namazu quests have me fired up for crafting…

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I’m not the only one!

I’m still finding these quests extremely enjoyable. The fact that it shot my Leatherworker up to 70 so painlessly is a huge perk. I was a good crafter and actually stuck by all of my Leatherworker job quests straight through the end of the level 60-70 quest line. So there, job quests done!

My plan was to pick up Armorer next, since that was always one of the jobs I knew I’d neglected, despite leveling it to 60. I just had no idea how bad it really was…

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Holy crud! I hadn’t done any of my Armorer job quests since level 35!!! 

That’s awful! I’ll blame it on the Moogles for being a bad influence!

Soooo… I sucked it up and got to work on slashing away at these old quest lines. Some of the lower level ones I had the mats for, and just crafted. Some of the more annoying ones I straight out bought. But, there were a few that buying wasn’t an option.

All in all, it took me several hours to finish everything. I wasn’t too engaged in the story at first, but then it became more interesting after the level 60 quest line started. The level 70 quest line has some promise, too.

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I’m happy to report that I did catch up on all my Armorer quests in the end… and even netted a level and a half from them all. This put me at level 63.

I also started in on my old Fishing job quests. I’ve finished those up to level 70, and just have one final one to go to complete them all.

Shifting Goals

So, I discovered I was capped on Creation Tomes this weekend. I don’t really have a lot of need for them in the armor department, so I asked Syn what she’s been using them for. She noted that you can buy crafting materials with them, and sell those for profit… so I went to check it out.

That’s when I learned that these materials were what you needed to make the level 70 omni-crafter gear. This is something I eventually do want to try to do, so I did some research on what that requires.

While a few pieces require something from a metalworker, just about all of them require stuff from a level 70 Alchemist. Bleeeeh… mine’s only level 60.

So… despite all that work I did to catch up with Armorer, I decided to shift my Namazu leveling to Alchemist so I can work towards crafting some of this gear. I know that I at least finished the level 50 quest on Alchemist (I faintly remember the storyline), but it’s another job I know I haven’t progressed on job quests in a while. So, I’ve got my work cut out for me… again.

Other Achievements

One of the nice things about finishing so many job quests it that it showers you with Allagan silver and gold pieces. These have been fantastic at helping me max out my Doman restoration project this week, with lots left over for next week.

In fact, that’s a huge encouragement to get me to go back and do some of these quests as I’m honestly curious what’s going to happen with rebuilding the Doman Enclave. I mean, they already have a plushie store…

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I’d totally buy some of these IRL. Just sayin.

I did complete the first phase of restoration and moved into the second. The bonus you get for selling to them increases, which is nice, too. I wonder what they’re going to make this place into in the end, and whether they’ll keep expanding it after this patch cycle. I hope so. I’ll start saving all my stuff for selling to the Domans! 😀

Now, for an achievement that’s not mine.

Syn got her Parade Chocobo mount for earning 3,000 commendations this weekend! 

Dang. As a DPS main, I’m lucky to break 300, much less 3,000.

She’s been actively working at it, throwing her healer into the worst of the alliance roulettes night after night, looking for souls to save. Sure enough, she made it to 3,000 and above.

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It’s the first thing she actively ever farmed, and first time she’s wanted to get a fluff mount. What’s funny is that I encouraged her to play the Fashion Report this week, too, and she even sat down with the Glamour Commode for the first time ever, and made some glamour plates for Zeb.

Uh oh… Amoon and I are being bad influences on her! 😀

The way I see it is… if you’re not having fun in an MMO, what are you having?

Right now, I’m having fun again. I have a whole lot to work towards, and I feel like I’m making pretty good progress. I’ve also been taking time out to do fun stuff in Second Life on the side, and figuring out how to balance the two. But that’s a post for another blog.

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