I’m off from work today, watching and waiting as Hurricane Florence slowly moves into our area. So far, power has held, but I know that won’t be for much longer. So I may as well try to blog about what made me excited by the 4.4 Patch Notes that were released today! Hopefully I’ll get to post this before things go down!
Being off for a three day weekend (hope everyone who had some time off had a good one!), Syn and I were hitting FFXIV hard and heavy. Though I have a whole server full of unleveled alts, Syn doesn’t tend to roll and level alts — especially since you can be everything on one character in this game.
However, my RP exploits over the past couple of months seem to have had some sort of impact, and she decided to roll a new character for RP purposes. We’d talked about this in the past, but it was only this weekend that she dove in. And boy did she.
I had an alt that I’d re-purposed for my RP story whom I was slowly leveling Scholar/Summoner on. My goal was basically to unlock Scholar and leave it at that. However, when Syn rolled her new character and started down the path of speed-leveling, she quickly caught up with my level 24 alt.
Spurred on by this, we started working through the MSQ, and burned through it all the way to level 50, which we both reached last night. We still have the last two dungeons to complete for 2.0, and sometimes we did have the help of an unsynced level 70 to jump queue, but still going from 1 to 50 (in her case) was pretty amazing.
For me, this included finishing all job quests for both Scholar and Summoner, and getting the first tier of artifact armor, too.
I’ve gone back and forth on what I want to do this month, and I think I might not write up official goals for September. It’s going to be a hugely wonky month since I have a trip out of town, starting the day after the new FFXIV patch drops, even.
So this is going to be one of those get-done-what-you-can months. I’m still wanting to clear out some job quests on my main and continue leveling some of her jobs, but a lot of my focus remains on more creative and community/RP stuff right now. A lot of that doesn’t belong on this blog, but I’ll be writing about what I can.
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!
I feel a tad bad that for as much as I wanted Blaugust to happen deep down, I really didn’t do all the participation that I would have liked to in the event. It felt like there were tons of great bloggers out there keeping things exciting, though, so hopefully no one noticed that I’ll be ending up this month with only 18 posts (once I write the next one).
The thing about this is that it’s not that I wasn’t writing. It just that I was absolutely consumed by fiction writing for my RP blog. Just about every bit of creativity I had this month went into that, and I was having an absolute blast!
So, technically, I was writing far MORE than I usually do in a given month. It’s just not obvious when you only look at this blog.
I don’t know if that counts towards Blaugust? But, hey, I’m not going to feel too bad about it. When you’re inspired to write something in a specific way for a specific audience, you’ve got to take that inspiration and run with it. No buts about it.
Right now, I’m still heavily engaged in that blog, but I still have some topics I want to post up here in between things. I want to talk about our FC airships and, once I actually run The Rising, I want to blog about this year’s anniversary event.
I also have new goals to try and set for next month — we’ll see how far I get with those! The one thing I do know is that my interest and time in FFXIV has increased significantly, and I do not regret the choice I made to make a change in how I play.
I mean, what other server can you just be standing in your apartment, minding your own business, and get robbed?
The end of last week was rather quite blogging-wise because I was caught up writing fiction and because all of the important things happening in FFXIV weren’t going to pan out until the weekend. That’s exactly what happened.
As of this weekend, not only have I leveled every crafting and gathering job to 70, but for the first time in the near-5 years I’ve been playing, I have also completed the corresponding job quests for all of them, as well. This completed one of my main gaming goals of 2018, too!
This required me to go back to the level 50 quests for Blacksmith this weekend and work up from there. I was already sitting at level 68 when I did this, and really didn’t want to miss out on the chunk of experience the quests gave (it jumped me up a full level), so I buckled down to finish them all up this weekend.
I still have lots of upgrades to get for all of my jobs, including scrip mainhands, but it’s super odd not to need to log in for Namazu quests daily anymore. I’m kinda going to miss that!
I also admit that some of the crafting job quest lines were unexpectedly hilarious. From the taste testing culinarian who apparently “died” and went to heaven after eating some of the food I crafted for a cooking contest…
…to an overprotective blacksmith father who isn’t happy with the prospect of his daughter falling for an Eorzean smithy.
I know this is FFXIV, so I shouldn’t be surprised when things like this pop up in quests, but it still sometimes catches me unaware. In the middle of a long quest chain for crafters, this sort of thing is greatly welcome!
Anyhow. Now I can focus on leveling my battle jobs, figuring out desythesis a little more and building up our Free Company airships, which is something I’ll be posting about tomorrow!
Also, the Rising for the 5th year anniversary of FFXIV is up and running. I’ve not done it yet, and I’m staying away from spoilers where I can, but I’ll be writing about that soon!
See that picture above? That is the image of the Cerberus boss in the World of Darkness raid enraging and devouring the entire alliance. This happens when the alliance does not do mechanics.
So, from this very first paragraph, you can probably tell, this is going to be a fun story.
We pop a normal Alliance Roulette and get World of Darkness. There’s no new player bonus, just for future reference. I noted on the trash pull that our DPS was on the low side, but no problem. This is older content and we’ll make it through, right?
The entire raid had this complete tunnel vision mentality where the only thing worth attacking was apparently the bosses. Sadly, World of Darkness cannot be cleared this way. There are some mechanics that can’t be ignored.
We manage to get through the eye boss and to the dragon before the fun really started. We had a tank named John- something that didn’t know to pull the boss back to give DPS room to move around, and he was completely ignoring Alliance chat.
This caused Syn to put up a marker at the back of the room to indicate where the tank should pull the boss. Only, this was ignored, too. So the Alliance began showering the back of the room with markers to stress the point.
When this didn’t work, our healer attempted to appeal on a first name basis.
Finally, the tank in our group decided to take control of the fight, and things went fine after that.
However, this led to the problem of a healer and bard in our group deciding no one knew what they were doing and it was time to direct the raid with their Expert Commentary™.
When we got to Cerberus, the Expert Commentary™ was demanding that only team B go inside the dog for the stomach wall mechanic. Which… is really not the way it’s been done in years. Usually, DPS just goes inside, burns down the stomach walls, while tanks and heals take care of the adds and chains outside.
However, since Expert Commentary™ threw out instructions on how to do it, and this raid was so focused on boss tunnel vision, only three DPS – myself included – went inside — none of which was from Team B, I might note.
Naturally, three DPS alone can’t do the mechanics and stay alive inside the boss.
No one else came in to do the mechanics.
Boss enraged, just like the boss does when no one does mechanics.
Frustration abounded and I actually typed something in Alliance chat for once in a blue moon.
Expert Commentary™ began to rage and demand all the more that it be done a certain way. Myself and two of the DPS in our party completely ignored their demands because last time, if we hadn’t gone inside, no one would have.
This caused Expert Commentary™ to rage all the more at us DPS for not doing it the way they wanted us to. To which, I had enough of their mouth, and let them know — the more DPS that go inside, logically, the faster this fight goes.
We got through it this time, but boy did I want Expert Commentary™ to shut up after that.
The funny thing was during the Cloud of Darkness battle, one of Expert Commentary™ got slaughtered by the lightning marker that you have to keep running from. That might have been the highlight of the run.
And, I ended up with a commendation when it was all done with. 🙂
You see that picture up there? That’s me standing next to a housing placard for nearly 3 hours, camping a housing plot that’s on a timer.
Yes, I already went through this once, for my own private estate. This time, it was for a Free Company house.
I didn’t actually plan on getting housing this weekend, though we’d reached the proper rank. I was saving up for it (went broke buying my own house and working on decorating an alt’s apartment), which meant I ended up breaking down and selling off my stash of Jet Black Dye to fund things.
The Fight for Housing
Mateus is one of those servers where getting housing means you snag whatever lot you possibly can, often while fighting off others who are also trying to click the same placard for how many ever hours it takes before the timer drops off. This timer thing is the bane of my existence, seriously.
On Saturday night, there were only two lots open on the server. One was a pool-side in the Goblet, which a whole bunch of people were camping. The other was a less-than choice plot in the Beds. This was a cheap lot, but it was right next to a tall wall and had all kinds of nonsense stone pieces blocking the view of the stream.
I think it was because it was fairly undesirable that people would come, take a look at it and pass it up. I didn’t care, though. Obtaining your first house, no matter what lot it was, gets your foot in the door. Once you’ve done that, and have the gil, you can transfer to a more appealing location — which was something I figured we’d do on down the line.
So I spent hours standing there camping it, clicking and clicking every 5-10 mins. Amoon and Syn made fun of me as I /danced /prayed /doted and all sorts of emotes to the placard, hoping that it would be merciful and the timer would open up. To my shock, it was a bit after midnight when I clicked… and it worked!
Just like when I bought my personal house. Suddenly, there it was. And it was ours!
Syn had already gone to bed by then, so it was Amoon and I scrambling around in excitement. We threw down a house, an aetheryte and few rough decorations, and eventually called it a night.
That would have been a happy end to the story in and of itself, except, that’s not where it ended! Syn wasn’t there when I bought the house, but I did leave her a text to let her know it happened.
The next morning, I’d slept in a bit and woke up to a string of texts from her that I’d missed hours before:
Mad? I was super excited! Both Amoon and I gave up our Shirogane houses when we switched servers. And finding a lot open in Shirogane on Mateus is pretty special.
One of the things I really wanted to do was turn my old Shirogane house into an Odder Otter house. I never got the chance before I left Midgardsormr, but I did bring most of the materials needed for it to happen with me.
So now, once we get all the workshop and airships and crafting in place, we’ll turn this house into an Otter house instead!
As Syn said, it’s in a fantastic spot. There’s a marketboard, warp and bell right on our front lawn. Also, all the houses around it are tastefully decorated in the Hingan style. So really, I couldn’t have asked for anything more than this.
We are going to have to spend time and a lot of work to get our airships pieced together again, but that’s okay. Amoon and I are both near maxed on all crafters and gatherers, so really, time is the only resource we’re lacking on getting this all running.
In our previous FC, other folks took the lead on making our airships and things, so I never really got super involved in the whole process. This time, I get to see it happen and get to put the work towards it. It makes it much more personal and I’m pretty excited to have a big project to work on with my tiny FC. Once we get that Otter house built, it’s going to be a thing of beauty. 🙂
It’s kinda weird how I ended up with my exact old lot as a personal house, and our FC ended up with a shared house in Shirogane. I guess it was just meant to be.