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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?

Posted in Just Fiddling

Fourth Finger Fun

I knew that the day would come when I’d add the fourth finger to violin practice. Sure enough, this week, my lesson book has led me to just that – using the fourth finger to replicate the sound of an open string. The book says this is to promote smoother note changes due to not having to cross strings with a bow. I’m not so sure smoother is the result of this for me at the moment!

I read that other folks tend to have a bit of trouble when first implementing the fourth finger. I find it a bit more difficult, mostly because it really forces you to have to twist your hand to be as parallel the fingerboard as possible. I definitely feel the effort I have to make for proper arm posture, especially up and down the length of my left arm.

But like all things, I also know this will get easier with time. When I first began playing, I could hardly endure a full five minutes off playing without having to shake out my left hand out and give it a break. Now days, I might have to take a single short rest during my 30 minute practice sessions. I’m certainly seeing improvement.

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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.