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August 2020 Gaming Goals in Review

It’s the end of another month, so let’s see how the goals turned out this time around! While I didn’t hit everything on my list, I am pretty happy with what I achieved this month.

  • Finish leveling Samurai and do job quest 
  • Level Dragoon via Beast Tribes 
  • Ishgard Restoration Quests 
  • Amon – Crafter Relics 
  • Amon – Dancer Quests 
  • Amon – Hildibrand 
  • Tad – Level to 70 via Beast Tribes & Roulettes 
  • Ben – Level via Beast Tribes & Roulettes 
  • Zuri – Progress through Stormblood 

I’m pleased to say that I finished leveling Sam on my main and am working on Dragoon currently. I should finish up Dragoon shortly and start on Ninja next!

I also completed all of the Restoration quests on my two crafters, which was needed to unlock the new weekly turn-ins! So that was worth it.

I completely finished leveling Tad to 70, and Ben is sitting at level 67 right now. So they’re both about ready to start Shadowbringers! Zuri, however, kinda got lost in all of this. It’s really hard to pick up Stormblood again for whatever reasons, but I do want to power her through – maybe next month.

Amon had all kinds of progress (finally). I realized I was a lot further behind on Dancer quests than I knew, but got all those finished. I also finally finished the last Hildibrand quest and got him the Mambo.

Over this weekend, I made a huge effort to complete all of his crafting relics as well. That was about 4-5 tools and hours worth of time. I eventually had to break down and just make macros in the end. But I got it all done!

I also upgraded Amon’s crafting gear – which was an unplanned fluke. But hopefully I can make back some of the gil I spent on upgrading it all through a few timely crafts? We’ll see!

Overall, it was a good month for goals! Now I’m going to have to figure out what exactly I’m working on next month!

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FFXIV: YoKai Watch Event Returns!

-Helpful spreadsheet for farming YoKai weapons here!-

Ironically, just about a month ago, I was lamenting the fact that my RP character, Amon, did not have the Whisper mount from the YoKai Watch event. Of my 8 characters on Mateus, there were only three who had not existed during the time the event rolled around for a second time.

Well, imagine my surprise when an updated version of this event was announced! Not only does this event add four new minions and weapons, but it’s heavily nerfed the original event.

To give you an example, the cost of Minions are:

  • 1 Medal for the first minion
  • 3 Medals for each minion thereafter

It takes getting gold on 48 FATEs while wearing the YoKai watch item to do this.

As for weapons, the costs are:

  • 5 Legendary Medals for the first weapon
  • 10 Legendary Medals for the each thereafter

I pulled this chart from the old YoKai Watch event spreadsheet. This is what it was for previous versions of this event:

Add to that the fact that Legendary Medals feel like they drop a lot more quickly, and it’s a much more accessible version of this event by far.

The opening day of the event, I decided to take Amon out to hunt the weapons that I felt would be the hardest to get after the FATE rush died down. The newest weapons require you to do FATES in Heavensward and Stormblood areas, so that’s what I did.

It took me roughly 4 hours to complete these weapons and I had way more than enough Medals for all the minions by the time I was done.

I spent the next two nights on my other two characters who did not have the Whisper mount, mostly in Western La Noscea. Hanging around the Sahagin area netted a pretty constant trickle of FATEs. I didn’t even bother with lower level FATEs because those were still dying too fast to the throng.

It takes somewhere around two hours of farming to get all 48 Medals needed for all of the minions. So I knocked that out on the other two characters, one each night.

At this point, I’m going back on the rest of my characters to at least get the additional new minions. This requires 12 FATEs, and really takes no time at all. It’s just mustering up the motivation to do yet more FATEs. XD

There is a new mount you can get if you end up collecting all of the weapons. You can also still get the second Whisper mount for collecting the first 13. I’m not sure if I’m going to go after those or not. I might. I have until patch 5.4 to do it if I do!

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FFXIV: Moonfire Faire 2020

It feels like ever since 5.3 dropped, it’s been one event after another in FFXIV. And I’m late to writing about all of them.

As of this post, Moonfire Faire has a few days left to it before it winds down and The Rising begins. So there’s still some time to grab the rewards if you haven’t done the quests yet!

Speaking of rewards, not only do we get a nice dance emote, but also a fully dye-able summer outfit and outside housing decoration as well! It’s not often we get so many things during the same event, and all of this is easy to get.

There’s no jump puzzles or obstacle courses like there has been the past two years. When I pointed out I was surprised these didn’t return, an in-game friend noted that flying in ARR zones would make the jump puzzle trivial.

I face-palmed when I realized. I hadn’t even thought about that.

Instead, we get an event FATE, but it has nothing to do with battle. No, in fact, all you do is dance. This time around, a giant shark is threatening the fun of the Faire, and the bombards are to the rescue!

You guide the bombard based on the type of dance move you perform – one powers it up and another keeps it healed when the shark attacks it. Basically, you just stay out of the red circles and dance.

The FATE appears to spawn pretty quickly, and I’ve almost always seen people out there doing it. You need to fully complete it twice to get all the tokens needed for the full outfit and will have enough left over to pick up the lawn decoration if you get gold both times.

Of course, since more than one new dance was released (we also got the Bee’s Knees with 5.3), that lead to a number of dance-offs in the early days of the Faire.

At night, the summer fireworks have returned, and will stick around until the end of The Rising, which is the anniversary event that starts the very day after the Moonfire Faire ends.

That’s not even mentioning the YoKai event that started last week. I’ll talk about that in another post!

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FFXIV: Dwarf Beast Tribe & New Glamour

Of all the things I could talk about when it comes to Patch 5.3, the topic I choose to start with is beast tribe quests and glamours. Sounds about right!

This is also an effort to be kind to folks who may not have finished MSQ yet. I don’t want to go into story elements just yet because the story is actually a main and passionate focus for a lot of people since Shadowbringers started.

It’s quite amazing to see the community attitude move from “we’re getting more MSQ just like always” to “I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT IN THE MSQ!”. Caps were intentional.

Anyhow.

Let me say that first, it’s hard to view Dwarves as “Beast Tribes” but I understand that this is just the overall term for these kind of quests. So what can you do?

Secondly, these quests are for crafters only, level 70 and above. I’m kinda scratching my head at that since I feel like most anyone who really wanted to level crafting would have done so with the Ishgard Restoration.

Experience-wise, I get absolutely nothing for doing these daily quests. Yet, I’m doing them on two characters every day. Why? In a couple words: the fluff.

Not only are there minions and housing items to be had, but there’s a dance emote and a mount (likely the tank). So there’s a lot of nice fluff to earn from seeing these quests out.

The quests are quick to do and fairly simple to craft. The storyline has been really cute too, continuing a quest series that you undertook back during the original Shadowbringers expansion in helping a certain Dwarf find his Lali Ho.

As with all newer beast tribe quests, you’re building up an area that changes over time. You’re also building up connections between the characters in the story and watching some minor development in that area. Overall, just a pleasant thing to log in and do each day.

Another thing that dropped with this patch was a new set of crafter gear. I was a bit meh on this at first since I only just got geared and melded enough last patch to be able to make anything worthwhile. It’s always been a long struggle of mine to gear up my main crafter — I’ve completely given up on trying to do it on my alt (aside from the relics).

I was in no spot to try to craft this set myself — I watched someone better geared than I struggle with it — so I just plunked down some gil and bought most the set instead. It wasn’t terribly expensive, but the most important part is that I really like how it looks!

After changing races on my main, I’ve been looking at my glamours a whole lot more. One set that I was unhappy with was my crafting set — I’d never bothered to glamour over the previous set at all. So it was already on my mind to think about changing how her crafting gear looked… and then this came around.

So while I was a bit wincy at having to replace my gear all over again, I somewhat justified it by telling myself I was also buying it for the looks! I might go in for a turquoise dye on it eventually. It just depends.

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Memories of Brian “Psychochild” Green

A few days ago, I discovered that Brian Green (we just called him “Psycho”) had passed away. It’s taken me a few days to gather my thoughts before writing about this. I dug through my FFXIV screenshots to find what I’d preserved of the times we spent together, and I wanted to add these to the posts out there.

Interestingly, so much I’m reading about him talks about his professional life and his impact on MMOs and blogging. Why wouldn’t it — there’s so much to laud about the things he accomplished! In fact, I learned things about his projects from some of these posts that I didn’t know.

Perhaps because whenever Psycho and I interacted, we rarely talked about the professional side of his life that much. The Psycho I knew was a Roegadyn in FFXIV who grumbled about the fact that it was hard to find a glamour that looked good on the race. He was especially proud of this glamour though:

Psycho and his Catbat

Of course, I knew who Psycho was — that he was a MMO developer and a blogger who made considerable impact. And by some strange fluke, he was also a FFXIV player on my server.

I blogged about meeting him for the first time — which was back in 2016.

Now, I knew that he was on our server. But me being shy, and not wanting to seem like a creeper, I never sought him out. In fact, I don’t think I’ve actually seen his character in game until this weekend when I happened to run into him in Idlyshire, and I threw him a passing /eureka emote before running away. 

Anyhow, little did I know that he’s been helping out some folks in our free company with runs, and that Zeb had even grouped with him in the past! It’s a small world on Midgardsormr, I suppose. I kinda like that.

We all struck up conversation, and he was invited for a Weeping City run that didn’t happen. But we did get a chance to meet up on Discord, and (I hope) we all had a pleasant time.

While waiting for the queue that never popped, he showed me one of his glamours + catbat minion. If you see this, Psycho, I hope you don’t mind I posted it. 

Zeb and I meeting Psycho

Back then, we were building up a pretty active Free Company on Midgardsormr, and it was probably the height of that community. Eventually, Psycho asked if he could join us, and of course I told him sure!

Aside from Zeb and I, I’m not sure that anyone in the FC knew who Psycho was. I almost think he mostly rathered it was that way — he was there to play just like we were.

I considered Psycho a friend through the years, though I wish I’d spent more time getting to know him. We exchanged Christmas gifts on Steam, and he even at one point had asked me if I was interested in doing some commissioned artwork for his website of stories – Restless Deep. We never got to plan that out, sadly.

Randomly dancing in Limsa

I remember he enjoyed having conversations in game via /whisper about random things. We’d also run content sometimes (like the maps run pictured in the header). He even took part in the fashion contest during our FC’s 3rd anniversary event. And attended our 4th Anniversary event, too! Psycho was very much about wanting to be involved in the community and in guilds especially.

Eventually Zeb and I moved to the Mateus server, and Psycho moved to Balmung — he was quite active with in-game role play as well. I know that he ran his own RP FC on Mateus, and the last conversation we had was about this FC via /whispers just a couple months back.

He’d visit Mateus from time to time — I know I saw him on my friends list visiting not too long ago. I wish I’d said Hi. I didn’t know then that I’d not get the chance to /whisper chat with him again.

I was shaken to learn that he’d passed away. He wasn’t all that much older than I am, after all. And this is the first time I’ve experienced the loss of a friend I’ve known online.

It was kinda a wake-up call to me — you don’t always think about who’s on your MMO friends list and that each of us have a finite amount of time to be here. Be sure to /whisper chat and take care of your guild mates and fellow bloggers. Because you just never know.

No matter what, you always made that Roe look fashionable, Psycho.

Other Posts in Memory

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FFXIV: Time for a Change

This was something that came out of the blue. I just suddenly woke up Saturday morning and had the idea that I wanted to change my main’s race. I have no idea why I felt that way – if it was just a need for a change, or what.

At first, I considered going Highlander. I really like how Highlander females have very expressive emotes, for one thing. And while I have a Highlander alt, I’ve never really played one for an extensive time, so it would be new to me.

The other option was Elezen. I’ve been playing a LOT of Elezen lately, but all of them are male. It’s really started to get to the point where I miss playing Elezen when I’m not playing one. So there’s that.

I also briefly made my main Elezen back in 2017 for a few months. I guess I ultimately decided I missed my kitty and went back in the end. I really am fond of how my Miqo’te looks, but I just haven’t been inspired by her overall. Of all the characters I have, I’ve spent the least time working on glamour and things like that for her… and she’s supposed to be my main!

I spent some time experimenting with Highlander. I rolled one and messed around with emotes, tried on gear, listened to how she sounded in battle and… something just didn’t seem to click with her. I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t enough for me to want to make the switch.

I still had the character appearance file from back when I created my Elezen in 2017. So I messed around with that a bit. I tweaked a few facial features and darkened her hair. Tried the new long hairstyle on her – we didn’t have that back in 2017. And before I knew it, I fell in love with how she looked in my current glamour.

I know there’s always that lingering thought that I might change my mind and go back (I have saved my Miqo’te appearance file as well). But this time, I don’t think so.

I’ve been a kitty for almost 7 years, aside from that short time I was Elezen. I just feel like my preferences have changed in that time. So while I might miss some of the expressiveness of the emotes, overall, I’m excited to play this new character and think about some actual glamours for her going forward!

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FFXIV 5.3 Preliminary Patch Notes Highlights

They’re finally here! 5.3 Preliminary Patch notes!

I have to say that I’ve not seen a FFXIV patch where MSQ had so many people on the edge of their seats. The writers have done well to capture so much attention and put it on story.

So I’m not going to talk about MSQ here aside from saying that I, too, am interested in seeing how this turns out. Let’s see what else takes my interest in this patch!

YAY!

YES! Finally! I actually have a few characters still in ARR story that I want to test this out on just to see what’s been changed. A fantastic change for new players, especially!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Nothing more to say about that. Just absolute yay!

I really want this dance… but I have a feeling it’s going to be tied to relic and the new Hrothgar area.

Oh! New players (and anyone running new players through AV) thank you!

Excellent! I’m looking forward to seeing what all is on this vendor and how useful this will be.

YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! We’ve needed this for YEARS! So many times I have to open a wiki just to know if some material I’ve been keeping is important. I have a feeling I’m going to be cleaning out retainers after this patch.

Oh! More deliveries! I just started this quest line last night, so I’m glad to know I’m going to need it for this. Gonna finish this up this weekend!

Thank you! I was always confused why it didn’t already work that way.

YES! What a time saver!

Thank you!

NICE!

New beast tribe quests are always nice. The only reason this didn’t get a YAY! is because it’s strictly for crafters. At this point, most crafters who are serious about leveling have probably hit max level due to the Ishgard Reconstruction. I’m sure that are some who haven’t, but I dunno. Just seems redundant. I’ll still do them though because I always do and because there’s mounts involved.

Oh, excellent. I haven’t done leves in a while, but it was a pain to always have to dismount.

Not a huge fan of the that housing wall design, but I get what it’s going for. It’s always nice to have more things to craft in the workshop. Also, more sub stuff. I’m still leveling our FC sub, but it’s nice to see the sub level cap rise!

Some neat looking pieces have been added this time around. I’m always up for more furniture!

I think these are the last two that needed mannequins, right? Good to see them!

Ah, so the cute shirts are the new crafted glamour. I like them, but that means they’ll be so expensive I won’t be able to afford them for a while. not a fan of the skirt, though.

I really like this! As a not-so-expert crafter, there’s been so many times I’m unsure if I can HQ something. Now I can test it and see what rotations I can put towards it without losing material. Very nice!

Awesome!

I’m looking forward to seeing this system. Sounds like fun!

Crystal increase is really needed!

This is also much needed!

This is VERY cute. I can’t see myself using it all the time, but I’m sure I’ll play around with it.

Thank you! I actually do still have this on a number of characters.

Hmm…

New Game+ for… job, gathering and crafting quests? Okay. Well, I guess someone might want to relive those quests for some reason. More options are better right?

I really have no interest in this at all, but for those who do, I hope the unreal battles are everything you want them to be.

Hmm… going to have to see what this means when this gets here.

Meh

I don’t mind them removing the collectable turn-in (kinda a shame) or not making it rotate. But removing it from the Timers window is a bummer. I use that to know what I need to craft – now we have to do what… run all the way to a town to talk to an NPC to remember what’s what? I guess if they don’t change and there’s not collectablity (?) that’s not terrible. Still not sure how that’s going to work though.

Overall

An extremely exciting patch with a lot of huge QOL in ARR story revamp and flight. Not to mention all the great additions, QOL fixes and… yeah. Everything is just getting better!

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August 2020 Gaming Goals

Welcome to another new month! August has FFXIV players looking forward to patch 5.3 with lots of story and new goodies. Because of that, I’m keeping my goals pretty light. A number of these are hold-overs from last month with a few small additions.

FFXIV Goals

  • Finish leveling Samurai and do job quest
  • Level Dragoon via Beast Tribes
  • Ishgard Restoration Quests
  • Amon – Crafter Relics 
  • Amon – Dancer Quests
  • Amon – Hildibrand
  • Tad – Level to 70 via Beast Tribes & Roulettes
  • Ben – Level via Beast Tribes & Roulettes
  • Zuri – Progress through Stormblood 

So why are Tad and Ben on the radar for leveling suddenly?

Well… during the FFXIV anniversary sale, I decided to break down and buy story skips for both of them. All the way to Shadowbringers.

Zuri is currently floundering through Stormblood for my 4th time through. The thought of doing it yet again on two more characters just to get to Shadowbringers… I could do it but I’m facing major burn-out.

Trusts are a major game-changer for me. Not having to stop and party up for a dungeon every couple of levels makes all the difference in the world. If they’d implement Trusts in Stormblood, I wouldn’t have skipped. I can blast through the story just fine, but I dread the dungeons.

The one catch is, neither Tad nor Ben are level 70 yet. So they can’t actually start Shadowbringers. That’s why I’m tossing them in beast tribes and roulettes to the best of my abilities. Tad is already level 66, almost 67, so he’s not too far away. Ben is much further, though.

I’m not going to push too hard to get it done this month, but I’ll do what I can. Beast tribes in general are a good quick way to earn XP every day without having to work too hard at it.