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February 2019 Gaming Goals in Review

Though I set pretty meager goals for myself this month, I didn’t quite reach all of them. This wasn’t unexpected, though. I’ve mostly been focused on leveling crafters on my alt, which I’ve done a great job of. But by the time I get home from work, finish a 4 sets of Beast Tribe quests and maybe get pulled into a run or two of Alliance or Expert, I just don’t have a lot of time for other things.

Once I get my crafting squared away, this will change. So I’m just trying to power through it all right now.

FFXIV: Main Character

  • Level Astro
  • Level Ninja
  • Finish Summoner Job Quests 

Here’s where most my lagging happens. I’m not really that thrilled to level Astro or Ninja, so those are the things that get pushed to the wayside. I did earn a couple levels on Astro this month, but nothing very significant. Seeing how little progress I’ve made here, I’m still counting it.

FFXIV: RP Alt

  • Level Armorer to 70
  • Gear Armorer
  • Level Leatherworker to 60+
  • Level Carpenter to 50
  • Progress on “I Made That” for Alchemist

Here’s where I’ve done a great job! Not only did I get Armorer to 70, but I also got Leatherworker to 70. I’ve almost bought all the tools for every crafting job with Yellow Scrips, so I’m nearly fully geared for all my crafters now, even the ones that aren’t 70 yet.

Carpenter is now 58, and quickly approaching 60. This should be 70 by next month. Goldsmith is quickly leveling (37), and I’ve been doing Grand Company turn-ins for the final two jobs to keep them moving (both level 22).

I worked through growing all the flowers and crafting all of the corsages as an Alchemist, which earned me I Made This IV for Alchemist.

I still have a LOT to craft to get the blessed tool, but I’m moving it along.

How did your gaming month go?

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FFXIV: Data Center Move – April Dates

Based on the information provided by the official FFXIV website, we now have dates when we can expect the data center expansion to happen.

Europe will get a new Data Center, Light, on Tuesday, 2 April, 2019.

NA will get a new Data Center, Crystal, on Tuesday, 23 April, 2019.

Servers from existing Data Centers will be broken out and moved on to the new Data Center like this:

Because this may separate friends who have made connections across Data Centers, it’s been confirmed that ALL characters on ALL servers will get free transfers for a period of time.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield for Switch

Coming sometime late 2019, as expected – Sword and Shield are already up for preorder after today’s Pokemon Direct!

And dang, it looks really, really nice! A full -on 3D experience, really evolved from the previous games, probably thanks to the Switch. The starters are also very cute — I’m leaning towards Scorbunny, though. I tend to go fire, and having a bunny Pokemon on top of it is hard to resist!

Lots to look forward to! I really need to finish Let’s Go Pikachu, though… I guess this is some motivation.

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FFXIV: Fatter Cat Mount

I don’t usually buy a lot of stuff from the Mog Station. Every now and then, a sale will come along, and I’ll pick up old emotes or fluff for alts that don’t have them. It’s pretty rare that I plunk down cash for things like mounts — the last one I bought day-one was the carbuncle.

I pretty much knew when I saw the data mined info on the Fat Cat mount that I’d be picking it up, though. While I’m not as crazy over Fat Cat as some people, I do think she’s pretty darn cute. I even have a Fat Cat Plush!

They released the Fatter Cat mount as a “China exclusive” less than two weeks ago. Honestly, I’m not quite sure why they do that and make a fuss over exclusivity when they’re just going to turn around and release it to everyone else in short order. But it is what it is.

So, this morning, when I saw the mount was in the shop, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. Especially since it’s account wide.

Some of the shorter mounts are really silly for tall characters, like my RP Alt Amon. But Fat Cat seems to scale well – I only redeemed her on my Elezen so far. I love the way she puddles when sitting still, just like the minion.

I am, however, a little disturbed when it comes to reading the description of the mount…

Uh… let’s just forget we ever read that and focus on the cute. Right? Right!

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FFXIV: Halfway There

If I do nothing else when I log into FFXIV each day, I always make sure I finish my crafting beast tribe quests on my RP alt, Amon. Slowly, something that just started out as random gathering, leading to random crafting… has turned into a dedicated push to finish leveling all of his crafting jobs to 70, preferably before Shadowbringers drops.

As I said before, I don’t even know why. I already have a fully-geared omni-crafter main. Sure, I can specialize in different jobs on an alt, but I’m rarely geared enough to take advantage of the specializations I have.

Unmelded scrip gear is enough for me to get by on. I just want the ability to make and gather things as I desire.

Last night, I finished leveling Leatherworker to 70 on Amon. This means that half of my crafting jobs are now maxed. Yay!

I’m currently pushing through daily Moogle Quests to level Carpenter, and hope to move on to Namazu fairly soon. Goldsmith is my current focus for Ixali quests, which I really just want to be done with by now. The old beast tribe quests are no where near as economical as the new, and after months of hoping I don’t get West for Fishing every day, I just push through them to get the job done.

To supplement this, I’ve started doing Grand Company turn-ins for all crafting jobs under 50, as well. Generally, the turn-ins are pretty cheap to snag off the marketboard or the vendors. I try to go for high quality turn-ins, but mostly, I just want to keep boosting the jobs I’m not focusing Ixali quests on so that by the time I get Goldsmith to 50, the other jobs will hopefully be closer to 30-ish.

All-in-all, I think I have a good chance of having most of this done by the expansion. Once that drops, it’ll be back to leveling my gathering jobs, if nothing else. I’ve never been a fan of leve grinding for crafting levels during a new expansion. I much prefer beast tribes.

I guess this time around, we may be able to earn some experience from weekly turn-ins too? Will have to see!

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FFXIV: FC House Landscaping Makeover

Over this past weekend, my crafting goals for my RP alt have been met for the month, though I continue to work on leveling crafting every day. On top of that, I got the itch to finally spend some time redecorating the FC house yard this weekend. This was partially due to the new treehouse yard item and the fact that I’ve been holding on to a garden pond that my retainers brought me not long back.

The treehouse is a drop from something-something-new-Eureka-zone. I still haven’t done much in the way of Eureka, so when I heard that, I marked the item off as something I’d probably never see… or something that would be terribly overpriced on the marketboard.

I was shocked when I saw that it was exceptionally cheap (under 300K each), and I snagged two of them – one for my personal house and one for our FC house.

Treehouse in the sunset

That was enough to get me on a decorating kick, so I jumped right into it. I’ve wanted a Shishi-Odoshi for our yard for a while, but last time I checked on prices, they were beyond what I was willing to pay. Seems like a lot of housing stuff was a good deal cheaper this weekend, so I went on a buying spree.

Shishi-Odoshi looks nice when placed in a pond!

I didn’t buy everything, though. For one, I finally focused on using the HoH crafting drop I got to craft the Odder Otter Bench I wanted. It has cute little lanterns that light up at night and fits the rest of the Otter House design well.

I posted about the changes to our house (which has an open RP tag on it, indicating folks are welcome to visit and interact) on Tumblr, and we had a fun little group show up for most of Saturday. We cleared some content (World of Darkness and some unsynced dungeons) and just generally hung out for a while.

I also spent some time working on redecorating Amon’s Apartment — no pics of this yet. Maybe next post! I’m very close to being somewhat done there (these are always a work in progress), and have been adding odds and ends to my alt rooms in the FC house as well.

In the meantime, here’s some more pics of our FC house yard!

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FFXIV: Weekend of Wins & Lab Progress

I meant to write about this earlier in the week, but there’s been a lot going on IRL, so it got pushed back. This past weekend was one of accomplishing a lot and getting lucky on rolls. As you can see in the picture above, I won the roll for the Bard chest piece from the Monastery and the OMG minion from Alphascape 4.

However, I decided to push ahead with upgrading to the Scavian ilvl 400 chest for both my Main and RP Alt. So the chest drop above became part of a glamour plate. I spent some time organizing glamour plates and macros that allow me to flip between them quickly. Quite happy with how that’s coming along.

Lab Progress

One of my main goals for the year was to work on decorating rooms for my many RP alts based on character themes. Amon’s personal room in the FC house has a lab theme, with a dab of library, study and a performing stage.

I was happy that I finally put the Behemoth horns to use in crafting the trophy housing item that I’ve been leveling Leatherworker specifically to make. Check it out!

Behemoth trophy I crafted last night up in the top right

There’s a cozy little sitting and study area…

Along the wall base, I’m using partitions to display the models that Amon’s been collecting over time. These have been random things retainers bring back, or gifts people have given him. I plan on continuing to add more of these as time goes on.

There’s a library/performance stage area. You can’t see it, but there’s actually a long red carpet that leads from the door to the stage itself. I was pleased by the effect that has.

The lab area itself includes lots of potions, a mineral rack, and a grow-light for experimental plants.

Oh, and a holding tank…

…where unassuming folks can get themselves caught.

I’m also currently reworking Amon’s apartment in the Lavender Beds with lofts and a slightly more home-like environment. I’m not quite done with figuring out what needs to be there yet, but when I get it closer to done, I’ll post about it.

I really want to figure out a theme for my Main’s house and tackle that next. I’m thinking something artsy with lots of sightseeing pictures, bookcases and window seats for lounging. We’ll see.

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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder: A Tank and Their Chicken Cannot be Parted

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these posts… mostly because it’s been a while since I’ve had a party bad enough to write about. And while I used a Leeroy Jenkins reference as a picture above, really, we had the exact opposite issue in our run yesterday.

This weekend was kinda crazy in terms of the amount of content our FC was running in FFXIV. But, overall, I got a lot done on both of my characters. One of my final goals was to cap Genesis Tomes for the week, which would give me enough to buy a chest piece on Amon.

I was 30 Tomes shy, and though the others weren’t on at the time, Syn and I decided to hop in a quick Expert run to get it done. This was apparently a mistake.

This is going to be a long post….

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FFXIV: Mentor x2

It was almost three years ago when I first earned mentorship on my main character, and ended up quite disappointed by the whole system. I knew that I’d never be able to run the mentor roulette since I haven’t unlocked all of the content it requires… and the roulette doesn’t just let you run what you already know.

I still think it’s dumb that I can’t help a sprout through Sastasha just because I’ve never run the Warring Triad, for example. A real waste.

Eventually, I just took the crown off and never put it back on again. I didn’t want the pressure of having something that indicated I’m supposed to be a good player when I feel like I stumble through higher end content more often than not.

That’s probably the reason I didn’t even realize that I was coming up on fulfilling the crafting/gathering requirements for Mentorship on my RP alt, Amon. In fact, it was only when I saw that I’d completed the achievement for crafting 100 collectables (something I did just casually with weekly turn-ins) that it occurred to me I had only one more achievement left to finish. This was to gather 300 collectables, which is something you can knock out in a few hours if you work at it. I was already about 2/3 of the way done.

So I finished that up last night. And this happened:

I have no idea whether I’ll actually put it to use in any way. Amon is a bit more social than my main is when it comes to interacting. I’m a little worried about poking my head into the Novice Network on my server — truth is, I don’t even know if it’s used for anything as I’ve seen very little in the way of sprouts who are marked as being a part of the network.

One way or another, Amon got his crown, as you can see above. And compared to the effort I put into it on my main many years ago, it was really pretty simple to complete. Whether that is a good or bad thing, I can’t say.