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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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Posted in Blogging, FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Pony Farming Like It’s 2019

I’ve played FFXIV for over 5 years. I’ve done a lot in this game during this time, and often delve into as many systems as the game provides — from maxing out Squads, to chasing dumb achievements, to running way too many Beast Tribe Quests. Despite that, I have only ever once unlocked and run an Extreme Primal. That was Bismark, and I was trying to help a friend get a bird drop.

Well, that changed last night.

FC folks, Kade and Amoon, had been farming ponies a while back. Kade just needed the Ramuh drop as his last to get the Kirin, but due to some mechanics, they were having trouble duoing it. So, Syn and I unlocked it and gave them a hand.

Kade got his pony on the first run, but the guys were nice enough to run it until Syn and I also got a drop (though Syn kept swearing she didn’t care about mount farming). This led into unlocking the rest… and in about an hour and some change, Syn and I had all but two of the total ponies.

There’s a certain sort of fun in obliterating old Primal fights in a 4-man unsynced party, to be honest. Though, I somewhat wished I’d done it on my main… now I really do want to get ponies on her, as well. XD

So far, my favorite for Amon is the Ramuh pony — the colors and the lightning just fits him nicely!

Ramuh
Garuda
Shiva
Titan

Blooming Crafts

The other thing I started this weekend for the first time was growing flowers and learning how to change their colors. I noted that one of the things I wanted to do was get the fancy Blessed tool for Amon’s alchemist. Well, yesterday, I was scanning the list of recipes that alchemists make, and realized there are literally pages of corsages, which require different colors and types of flowers that you grow in the pots in your room/house.

So, I invested in some soil, seeds and flower pots, and got to learning about how that system works. Thankfully, I have plenty of personal rooms between all of my alts for this sort of thing, and flowers grow in 24 hours.

There’s always something new to mess around with in FFXIV, even for me.

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Happy 5th Blogiversary!

Five years ago today, I launched the blog that would eventually evolve into this blog.

I always point out in these blogiversary posts that I’ve been blogging a lot longer than 5 years… this just happens to be the longest I’ve kept a particular blog going like this. And I tend to mention that this blog started out under another name, evolved and was rebranded.

So as to not break the ritual… there, I’ve said those things. I wonder if there will be a year when I don’t feel the need to point that out anymore. 🙂

So, last year. Last year, I didn’t blog nearly as consistently as I would have liked. Early in the year, I got caught up in the inspiration of making my own horse coats for Second Life avatars. I blogged a bit about that, but kept most of the content on another blog.

Then, later in the summer, my inspiration turned towards a new RP story/character for FFXIV, which took time away from this blog since I was writing fiction again. I wasn’t sure how much people here wanted to listen to me re-tread ground on an alt character, but when folks said it was all good and well, I picked up blogging here a bit more consistently again.

I foresee 2019 being a good year for this blog. Not only do we have a lot of big releases for FFXIV on down the line, but an expansion coming later this year. Expansion years for FFXIV tend to be ones that bring a good deal of traffic to this site, and they give me lots to talk about. So I’m looking forward to that.

This is also a year in which I’m working on consolidating projects and blogs. I tend to go through phases where I branch out in my interests, putting all of my projects on different sites. Then, suddenly, they feel too disconnected, and I want to reel them all back in again.

I’ve been in the second phase lately, where I feel like I want to pull my old fiction writing up under the umbrella of my main domain at Sygnus.org. So I’ve been transferring one of my oldest pieces, Darkstar, to that blog, which requires a good bit of fixing up and internal linking to make work properly. That doesn’t really effect anything on this blog, but it’s just a mindset I’ve found myself in lately. We’ll see where it leads.

Anyhow, 5 years! What a ride! Thanks for joining me on this journey! 🙂

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Great Tumblr Kerfuffle

Tumblr is an interesting thing. It’s a blogging platform firmly entrenched in social media elements that’s fairly user-friendly in design. I actually have always really liked most of the functionality of Tumblr (really wish I could totally nix the private message/chat, though — that was never there when I originally used Tumblr and I’d just as well wish it wasn’t.)

The site is home to many creatives, which is how it started out for me when I first created my own Tumblr. Then it became a home to fandoms, which is how I expanded further into Tumblr, originally with GW2 role play and story blogs. 

It’s retained this sense of being a place for creative freedom… but we all know how there tends to be a dark underbelly to any freedom when it comes to being on the Internet. It’s a sad reality, and Tumblr also became known for being a place of adult content. Once that sort of thing gets started, it’s really hard to keep in check.

And that’s kinda what got Tumblr in trouble as of late, and their iOS app removed from the Apple Store completely

Obvious to those who follow this blog, I’m not they type to post adult content of any sort. When I launched a Tumblr for my FFXIV RP alt, I took a lot of steps to block NSFW tags, blogs, phrases and images. I personally have no desire to see these things, and have done a pretty good job of avoiding this content since I returned to Tumblr back in June. 

Migrating Slowly

I got an itchy feeling last week about the whole situation, especially when someone brought up the demise of GeoCities and Live Journal, both platforms I used in my past. While I wouldn’t fall apart if my RP Tumblr vanished (and some people are losing their Tumblrs into thin air during this), I do have writing I want to save. 

Last month, I started moving some of my writing over to AO3, just as a backup option, and an attempt to expand the audience. 

But last week, I decided to take the plunge and set up a full transfer of content to my own self-hosted WordPress. So I picked up the domain spotofmummery.com and have been working on cleaning up the content (images don’t fully transfer off Tumblr in many instances). 

I also launched a Twitter account for my RP character… which didn’t see much in the way of activity until yesterday. What happened yesterday? Well… 

Tumblr’s Big Decision 

Yesterday, Tumblr announced that they will no longer allow adult content (mostly images) on their platform. Of course this unfolded a lot like what you’d expect. 

Folks who saw Tumblr as a free and safe space to post anything and everything to were suddenly informed there are new rules and consequences. While I don’t completely disagree with this turn of events, especially in terms of images that portray children in adult content, even I can see that Tumblr is flagging down a lot of innocent posts in its zeal to roll out this choice. 

I haven’t had content flagged of my own (that I’ve seen), but I’ve reblogged things that were flagged, and know blogs that disappeared completely. Trust me, there is no adult content in something I reblog, and what I saw flagged was really silly.

So these false flags are not helping the public opinion. 

Interestingly, it seems that some Tumblr folks are migrating over to Twitter now, if only just to give it a try. This is ironic, given that I’d just set up a Twitter last week. So, in the space of a day, I’ve seen my account go from 2 followers to 52 followers, and a bunch of interaction between folks that I knew from Tumblr. 

I don’t know how sticky Twitter will be for these people, but I am learning a lot about how Twitter works. While I’ve had a main Twitter account for many years, I admit that I never really dove into it much — lately topics tend to get a bit too political for my tastes. But the more I’ve fiddled with settings and explored options, the more I really do like it as a place for tiny snippets of RP interaction. 

What’s going to happen with Tumblr? Is this the death knell that people are making it out to be? Will it go the way of GeoCities and Live Journal? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Until then, I still have a Tumblr for some community interaction, but I’m really going to focus on expanding my creative options. 

Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Uncategorized

#Blaugust2018 Tally & August Gaming Goals in Review

Tally Tally!

Yesterday, I wrote a farewell post to Blaugust a day early, noting that while I posted 18 posts here (including this one) on this blog, I did the majority of my writing on my creative RP Tumblr this month. I didn’t think that counted, but the comments I got said the contrary.

So! I’m going to leave that in poor Bel’s hands (or whomever is doing the judging for the Blaugust awards this year). Here’s my Tumblr archive for this month for proof of crazy fiction and RP writing! 🙂

Based on fiction alone, I wrote a 7-part short story called “Chocobo’s Tale” and another 7-part series called “Decent“… along with about 6 more chapters that are in reserve to post over the next week or so.

I’m not really overly worried about the award, but just wasn’t sure what counted. I had a blast writing for my fiction/RP blog this month, and that’s really all that matters!

FFXIV Leveling Goals

  • Level Culinarian to 70 ✓
  • Level Dragoon to 70 ✓
  • Level Astro (maybe?)

Not only did I finish leveling Culinarian to 70, but I leveled ALL of my remaining crafting jobs to 70 and finished ALL of the job quests associated with them, too.

I was a tad lazy at the Alliance Roulette this month, so I’m about halfway through level 69 on Dragoon. But tonight should probably get level 70, or pretty close to it, so I’m going to mark it as a done deal.

Still haven’t touched Astro, but that’s something I’m going to be working on now that all of my crafting leveling is out of the way and I have more time.

FFXIV Cleanup Quest Goals

  • Summoner – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Ninja – Lv 50-60 Quests
  • Culinarian Quest catch-up ✓

Again, I failed on finishing job quests… for everything except my crafters. BUT, I’m going really make an effort do work on these now that crafting leveling is done. I’m pretty confident I can knock some of these out finally next month.

And that was August in a nutshell!

Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, Gaming

Blaugust: Keep Your Finger Near the Print Screen Key

The first week of Blaugust is officially Topic Brainstorming Week. So I wanted to talk shortly about one way of generating ideas for your blog. While this seems to primarily focus on gaming blogs, this can carry over into real life, too, if you just keep your phone camera handy at all times.

Now while this isn’t true for every day and every post, I’ve found a lot of my blogging content comes from just having an awareness of what’s going on around me, and being ready to capture that for future reference. 

In short, whenever I’m playing any game, part of my mind is on what experiences I might be able to share on my blog the next day. My finger is always near the screenshot key. I’m always looking for a topic starter or a story. For example, many of my FFXIV Tales from the Duty Finder stories are just the You-Had-To-Be-There moments that I captured via screenshot to bring back the next day as a post.

You might be saying, “But if you’re always thinking about blogging, how can you just enjoy the game?”

As a blogger, part of what makes me enjoy the game more is hunting down something that I think will be fun to share. The more you practice looking for the story in something, even mundane situations, the easier it gets. It’s really never a bother.

So I challenge you to think like a blogger and search for stories in everything you do during Blaugust.

Be it gaming, other hobbies, your work, or social interactions. There are so many stories hiding there, stories that only you can tell the world from your point of view… but only if you’re receptive to finding them. If you start to practice that mindset, you’ll often find the stress of “What do I write about next?” starts to fade as it becomes replaced by a more productive desire to find stories to share.

So, go out there and bring us back some stories! I’ll be reading!

Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, Gaming, MMORPGs, Writing

Bl-August 2018 Gaming Goals

First, happy Blaugust everyone!

It’s that time again — a new month means new goals to reach for!

I’m not going to go into too much detail at the moment, but I am going to say that things may be in a flux for me when it comes to FFXIV in fairly short order. I haven’t talked a lot about the things happening over the past month (nothing bad, persay), but this may be a month when things realign in a different way. We’ll have to see how it shakes out.

In the meantime, I’m going to drop goals down here as if everything is normal. 😉

FFXIV Leveling Goals

  • Level Culinarian to 70 ✓
  • Level Dragoon to 70
  • Level Astro (maybe?)

Pretty straightforward and easy to hit. My Culinarian is level 64, so Namazu will take it to 70 with no sweat. Then, I’ll only have one more crafter to level to 70! My Dragoon is level 67, so Alliance Roulette should carry me through in short order.

I do really want to work on some of my lower level jobs, like Astro, but we’ll see what happens.

FFXIV Cleanup Quest Goals

  • Summoner – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Ninja – Lv 50-60 Quests
  • Culinarian Quest catch-up ✓

I’m trying this yet again this month. Maybe I’ll actually do it this time! I do have a motivation to complete Summoner quests as they have lore information that ties directly into my creative projects at this point. I also need to finish quests for Ninja to unlock all the skills so that I can keep leveling the job in Alliance Roulette.

I’m not sure where I left off on Culinarian quests, so that’s something I need to check on while I am leveling it using beast tribes.

Creative Goals

With Blaugust here upon us, of course one of my creative goals for this month is to post as much content as I can and participate where I can. I don’t know if I’ll be able to hold to a post every day as I really do value taking a break on the weekends, but we’ll see what I can do.

I’m also still going full force on my creative RP story project on Tumblr. I still have a whole lot to write for this, so it’s going to be competing with my blogging time, sadly. I’m going to try to keep things balanced, but my inspiration has been skewed towards fiction since last month, and I want to hold on to that feeling. It’s far easier for me to pound out a blog post than a piece of fiction!