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FFXIV: Relic, Glamour and Making it Rain

I’ve been quite literally doing so much in FFXIV that I’ve needed to take time off to give my poor eyes a rest lately. Running as many FATEs as I have over the last couple weeks is enough to give me a case of eye strain.

That being said, several things panned out over the weekend – the first was earning a relic on my RP alt. I still have yet to finish the second step on another alt, and farm up remaining memories on my main, but at least one character has a shiny weapon as of this weekend.

Also, I finally got the caster chest piece drop that I’ve been gunning for in the Bunker. I only need the hands now to finish the caster set, so I can somewhat relax running this raid. There were weeks I was running several times between two characters, so it’s nice to be able to just build the red mage glamour I was working towards and take it easier come this week.

The Make it Rain campaign is back again, giving everyone a hefty boost to MGP earnings in the Gold Saucer. This came with a short questline that rewards a new Consider emote.

Since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I’m a little bummed that we didn’t get All Saints’ Wake this year. I understand that with impact of COVID, the team had to make major adjustments (like everyone) to continue working. This led to content released late, and some cut content – including All Saints’ Wake.

They’d announced that Make it Rain would have something along with the Halloween event, but this turned out to just allowing players to visit the haunted manor. This is a nice gesture, at least. I guess this is the downside of having a game that hand-crafts new events and stories for holidays every year.

Mind you, I’m not complaining because I completely understand something had to be cut given the situation. It’s just a little sad that I see a bunch of MMOs out there with their returning Halloween events — again, it’s probably easier to just flip a switch to reuse something every year compared to FFXIV that strives to bring something new every year.

I guess I always have Halloween in Animal Crossing — which I have been working towards by logging in for candy every day!

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FFXIV: Done with Stormblood (Again)

I’ve been pretty burned out with the struggle to get through Stormblood on yet another character. I’ve been working on finishing this up on Zuri for a while now. I’d left her in Yanxia for the better part of a year and finally, the last couple of months, I’ve put my nose to getting her out of that expansion and into Shadowbringers.

It’s been a painful ride, mostly because I elected to try to do it all by my self and not ask FC folks for much help with the string of dungeons and trials. You all know how much I utterly dislike dungeons and trials. The only exception was Tuskuyomi, which I waited over 30 mins in queue for as DPS, and broke down to ask for a Healer-boost queue.

Running dungeons with PUGs in Stormblood reinforces my absolute dislike for the forced dungeon interruptions in the MSQ design. It reinforces the need for Trusts earlier in the game, as well. If there’s content that really needs more options, it’s the Stormblood stuff.

Folks (including me) just don’t know/remember Stormblood content very well, I’ve found. This has been a consistent thing through just about every party that I’ve gotten in all of the leveling and MSQ dungeons I’ve run.

Wipes were very common, often due to undergeared tanks pulling too much too fast. Issues with people who bought story and level skips and don’t know their jobs. Things like that. Don’t even start me on the number of wipes we had just to clear Shinryu.

In the end, we did beat the content, though. I suppose much of what you’re hearing is me being completely jaded with Stormblood on my 4-5th time through. I’m completely done with it… even though I have a few more characters that need to clear it. I’ll figure out what I’m going to do with them when I get there.

For now, I have two characters just newly come to the First. Boy do I love Trusts!

Congrats, Zuri. You made it!

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A Return to… Ultima Online

AKA: How I got my original 1999-2000 Ultima Online account back.

Yep, you read that right! Back in the golden days of the Internet, UO was one of my first MMOs. My sister and I shared an account (since there was only one computer in the house at the time), and this game formed the definition of what a MMO world was for me.

I’ve known about the Endless Journey (Free to Play) offerings for a while. Every now and then, I humored the thought of trying the game again. But never did I actually consider that my original account could be out there and playable. Turns out, it was!

The Rabbit Hole

So what got me to thinking about my old UO account? Strangely enough, it was an article that Kotaku posted about the WoW level squish and how fast leveling feels. The comments started to discuss Ultima Online, of all games.

Another commenter said they’d love to return to UO if they could reactivate their old account, but hadn’t been successful in doing so. To which another commenter said, lots of people have actually reactivated old accounts for the F2P option.

And that got me thinking.

So I searched around and found this on Reddit:

Well, now. I’m a packrat. So the one thing I knew I still had was my original UO CD with the key on it. I went to the closet and sure enough…

I have a feeling this was the major item for proof of ownership for my account when all was said and done.

Restoring the Account

So, Monday night, I sent UO support an email with all the information I could remember about my account:

The next day, I got an email back requesting pretty much all this information in a different format, and a little bit more in terms of bits and bobs.

So I complied and sent them all the information I knew once more. There was a LOT that I didn’t – such as my credit card, phone number of that time, and actual account dates. But much to my surprise, I got an email back in a few hours:

At this point, I was starting to get pretty excited! It seemed like the information I provided had been enough! So, I sent them my current email, which is also the one linked to my Broadsword account (I have an old DAoC account too).

Not long after, I got yet another reply:

They assigned my old account a new password and sent me all the info on how to link my original UO account with the existing Broadsword account. And also how to change the password for the UO account to something I’d remember.

I did all this, gave it about 45-50 mins and sure enough, I found myself back in Moonglow for the first time in 20 years.

Returning to UO

I was shocked to find all my characters (there are 4) just as I left them – I was correct that they were on the Atlantic shard, too! This included my sister’s character that I’d forgotten had been associated with this account.

It took some time to readjust to the small client screen and some of the game’s quirks – such as remembering that you had to log out in a safe location (such as inside an Inn) if you wanted to switch characters quickly.

I poked through all of the character bank slots and curiously looked at the skills that were leveled for each. Neither of us were very hardcore players. We had a lot of cloth and wool and crafting stuff in our inventory. My sister actually had cooler things than I did, such as deer masks, a dye pot, some nice katanas and such.

The first issue I ran across was that what appeared to be my main character was using a last name that I not only would never use anymore, but is too closely associated with my password. In fact, it was a downright security issue. So, that was right out!

I didn’t want to delete any of these historical characters, especially my main. Plus, you can only have 2 characters normally on an Endless Journey account, so I was lucky to have an extra 2 grandfathered in. But I really needed to do something about that name.

So I did some research about what options I had, and learned there was a name change token for about $10. I plunked down the money, and now my main from 1999 sports my current day name: Aywren Sojourner.

Bank Troubles

The second issue I ran across is a bit more troubling. An EJ character is only allowed 20 bank slots, which isn’t a lot given that you lose stuff you’re carrying when you die (if it’s not insured – this is something new).

But the real issue is, having an old account, my bank already had more than 20 items in it upon logging in – naturally, since there were no restrictions back in the day. Mostly, it was a bunch of junk that I could have done without, too.

Don’t laugh. I don’t remember why I was hoarding bone armor in 1999.

I was puzzled when I went to try to take something out of the bank, and could not. So, it was back to doing research.

Come to find out, a veteran player who returns as F2P cannot access anything in the bank, not even to lower the bank slot numbers to 20, if they have more than 20 items in the bank already. That’s just… really bad design.

I don’t care about the 20 slot limit in general. But at least let me pull stuff out and not put anything in the bank again until I’m under 20 slots. That makes too much sense, right?

So my options here were…

  • Remain F2P without access to a bank ever
  • Reinstate my subscription just so I can clean out my bank, then drop the sub and have to wait for 120 days until I’m F2P again…

Neither of which I want to do.

I might pay for a sub eventually. But right now, I just wanted to check out my old accounts and see what the game was like again. If I can stay F2P, that’s really key to keeping me logging back in while I’m casually exploring my options. Especially if I have to drop my sub and wait for 3 months before I could play as a EJ account again… that’s just bleh.

I discovered there was a third route that I could go that would not push me to re-sub, but would cost me about $3.

The Vault Token

So, there’s a thing called a vault token. It provides 125 slots of shared storage between all characters on your account for 30 days. Plus it allows you to unbank an overstuffed bank.

I cringed to have to put more money towards it, but I had two characters on this account that would have locked banks if I didn’t. Not to mention, my sister’s character had some pretty nice fishing poles, extra packs and tons of cloth that could benefit other characters.

I went the vault token route, and it worked for my needs perfectly. In fact, I’m actually pretty happy that I did this because it allowed me to shuffle items to two of the characters who were basically running around in their skivvies, not even a robe to their names.

I was able to throw them some supplies, distribute the fishing rods, clean out the banks to a point where they will be usable again come the expiration of the vault. I don’t like that there is an expiration… but that was the best option I could see to remain F2P overall for the moment.

So, with those two things squared away, I now have my fully restored 1999 Ultima Online account converted to the Endless Journey and open for me to explore again. I’m pretty stoked that this could have happened at all – who would have thought that this would be possible – that a game I played all those years ago, this account and these characters would still exist?

The immensity of it!

Ah well, time to go fishing with my trusty steed by my side. He only waited for me to return for 20 years…

I’m back, Ben. I’m back.
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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – Getting Burned

So you may know that I’ve been struggling my way through Stormblood on my Zuri alt with varying degrees of success. Generally, I make progress on her before other FC folks get online and want to do other things. This means that I’m usually in a PUG group for the dungeons, which I already am less than enthusiastic about playing.

Last night, I got to The Burn. This dungeon has a pretty tough final boss for an at-level party in general, not to mention a PUG with new folks in it. I wasn’t looking forward to it at all, but seeing I only had two dungeons left until I’m free of this struggle, I pushed forward.

Things seemed okay at the start. The healer (and I believe the tank) was new. That’s fine, though it might mark trouble for the last fight.

I noticed on the first and second boss fight that our healer wasn’t responding well to mechanics. Standing in the red, not knowing where to go, not following the party when we were obviously moving to a location for a specific reason, etc. I also noticed she had a love of AOE healing – I’m not sure if she did single heals – and I don’t recall her doing any DPS.

But she did heal… even if that’s all she did. And DPS was fine, so that didn’t bother me.

When the trouble began was at the last boss – Mist Dragon. Without the extra healer DPS, there were some close calls on the DPS checks. But then things really got troublesome.

About halfway through the fight, I got encased in ice and died from the debuff. So I sat and waited for a rez.

And sat. And waited.

And sat. And waited.

I watched her standing over there throwing out an occasional heal on the remaining two members, while I was dead on the ground. She was not pressed for time or even needing to heal super hard – no major mechanics were happening. She simply didn’t even attempt to rez me.

I asked for a rez in party chat. I got none. Just her over there throwing heals.

All I could do was sit and watch. I noticed we had full limit break bars, and suggested a DPS limit break. But the dragoon went down before that could happen – we were something like 10% at that point on the boss.

And she didn’t rez him either. At that point I was like… what the heck – seriously? A healer who appears not to know how to rez in a level 70 dungeon?

I started to get a little frustrated at that point (I’m so done with Stormblood, seriously). While I tried not to be mean, I did make my displeasure known as we all wiped to something that was totally avoidable… if the healer had only brought the DPS back to life…. you know… like healers are supposed to do.

Then the first thing she said in the whole run was something about someone using a limit break. The tank thought a 2 bar limit break was going to bright the party back to life. And I explained that only a 3 bar healer limit break could do that (8 man party).

By that time, I already had a FC unsynced run in my pocket if I needed, but decided to give it another chance. I don’t know why.

So, we waited as the healer…. ran all the way back through the dungeon to the last boss without using the shortcut to quick-warp to the end. At this point, I fully realized we were dealing with someone who knew absolutely nothing about what they were doing and should not be in a level 70 dungeon.

We proceeded to wipe again as she died first this time to mechanics. At this point, I was ready to drop group as politely as I could. No one was giving grief or being nasty towards her – this time I didn’t even say anything.

She rezzed back to start and promptly dropped the dungeon of her own will after we were all dead. We got a healer replacement immediately and went on to beat the boss just fine afterwards.

For all my frustration, I got a commendation. Go figure?

I then went to look up this healer on Lodestone, and sure enough… everything about her character looked of a purchased level-jumped and story-jumped individual. So she bought a level 70 character (that had both healer and DPS options), and chose to go into a level 70 dungeon as a healer without knowing how to play that job, aside from the fact that she needed to heal.

Please… please… If you’re a new player, get some experience with your job under your belt and learn what your job’s responsibilities are before you level skip and try to take on level 70 content. Especially if you’re a healer or a tank. This content can sometimes be tough for people who already have game experience!

This is why Stormblood needs Trusts. Period. I have a couple more characters that eventually need to get through this content. I’m debating whether to just give up on it or hope and pray Trusts come to Stormblood.

Or pick up a really good sale on story jumps sometime in the future… but it’s a shame I feel like I need to skip content just to enjoy the game.

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FFXIV: Bozja and 5.3 Relic Weapons

To see the new glowy 5.3 Relics, check out this post.

So the content that has captured the attention of my Free Company this weekend is the new Bozjan Southern Front. This area is one way to work on the new Relic Weapon upgrades (you can also do FATEs and dungeons), and has a number of throwbacks to Eureka.

Except, it’s not Eureka.

I never got very far into Eureka, to be honest. Though I started my MMO gaming days back when chain-pulling mobs for leveling was a thing, it was something that I couldn’t easily go back to. Not to mention, a number of friends and FC folk just didn’t have an interest in doing it after the first try. I can’t really blame them.

Thankfully, Bozja is a much more palatable version of the Eureka concept. Namely, you can do it solo if you really want. This is the important point for me.

In fact, it’s set up to be an area you can use to level any 71+ level jobs you have, as well. Instead of getting a Deep Dungeon this patch, they folded the leveling into this instance. I think it works well enough.

Despite all this, even when I was out soloing the area, I often hopped in random groups for Critical Engagements and just to run around farming Skirmishes. So if the idea was to encourage grouping, it worked for even a hermit like me. Well done!

What is Bozja?

So, the main draw is progress on the Relic weapon, yes. But I find that to be secondary to the progress I’m making within the resistance ranking system. It’s really a game within a game, which I like quite a bit!

So first of all, you have resistance quests. These lead you through the Bozjan zone bit by bit, unlocking new areas and more challenges. You obtain new quests as you level your resistance rank through earning mettle.

You earn mettle by doing Skirmishes. This is just a fancy name for FATEs.

Defeating specific skirmishes leads to the spawning of a Critical Engagement. These are large boss fights of sorts that can have up to 48 players in each. No matter where you are on the field, you can sign up for the engagement, and if you’re chosen to participate, you’re warped to the battle automatically.

The Hunt for Red Choctober wipes the entire engagement…

It’s a nice system.

If nothing else, it has has further increased awareness of the dangers of red chocobos. And provided several amusing memes, as well.

Certain Critical Engagements offer the opportunity to a one-on-one Duel. To get a chance for that, you have to perform really well in the CE (I know Choctober is one of them)… such as not getting hit by any AOEs during the entire fight. Way easier said than done.

I’ve been chosen for a duel twice in the lowest zone (not Choctober!), and declined both times. I’ve seen too many folks fail these to put myself on the spot. But it’s lots of fun to watch the fights and cheer from the sidelines! 🙂

You can earn lockbox drops from the Skirmishes and CEs, which can net you lots of Indigo Stars fluff items such as barding, minions, glamour, music and even a rare mount (that two lucky people in my FC have somehow managed to get).

Aside from that, you can also earn Clusters from any random enemy that’s not part of a Skirmish. You can purchase hair, emote, mount, music and other such with clusters. You often see people forming Cluster farms.

Once you get to Rank 10, you get a quest to do a larger engagement people just refer to as Castrum. I’m not quite Rank 10 yet, but am looking forward to trying it out when I get there.

Aside from earning Memories for your Relic Weapon, I know there’s a set of gear out there as well. I just haven’t reached that point yet to have the information about it.

Bozja has certainly been more fun as we’ve brought our own groups out there. While I’ve leveled 3 characters to at least Rank 5, having FC folks out romping around makes things smoother and overall more fun.

In fact, I think this is the most fun I’ve had in FFXIV in a good long while. I’m much more geared towards these open instances and hopping into random battles to help people. There’s something about the environment where you can lose mettle when you die that encourages people to support each other more.

So yes, I’m having fun in Bozja. Will post more as we get further and experience more things. Story is also pretty good too!

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FFXIV: Stormblood Progress

Last night, I finally pushed Zuri through the Menagerie, which is the final trial battle for the original Stormblood expansion. She’s now finally finished all of the 4.0 content and only has to get through the five patches that came afterward to reach Shadowbringers.

I’ve played every dungeon and trial in Stormblood with PUGs, and I have to say that the knowledge of this content is probably as low as I’ve ever seen it. I’m not just talking about the new people (though there have been those folks, too). But people who have already cleared it and just have no clue how to do boss mechanics for these fights.

I’m also talking tanks who think they can wall-to-wall in leveling gear. I had that happen twice on two different dungeons and both resulted in a full party wipe on trash.

In fact, the only post-level-65 dungeon that didn’t have a wipe was Ala Mhigo, and that came really, really close (both the healer and the Summoner died with no one left to rez on a boss). Menagerie wiped three times (the second time because more than half the party moved after diamond dust only to hurtle themselves to their demise)… and only then was I reminded that even if you get the the second phase of that fight, you have to start all over again from the beginning if you fail. Yuk.

Not that my own memory of some of those leveling dungeons is really very fresh. I almost never run dungeon roulettes, so I haven’t seen these in a while. And this is pretty much the reason why. They’re woeful when you do have to run them.

I have two more characters on Mateus that eventually need to get through this expansion. This is my 4th time through, and it’s just painful at this point. Not only was I never really engaged in the Stormblood story, but the fact that I have to do dungeon after dungeon with PUGs and not Trusts really dims my enthusiasm. I’m still not much of a group-dungeon runner.

I hate to say it, but this experience justifies my purchase of a story skip to Shadowbringers for Tad and Ben earlier this year. I may wait a while for the price of story skips to come down, but if Trusts don’t get implemented in Stormblood eventually, I can already see myself purchasing a few more on down the line.

I have just a few more dungeons and one trial to finish up with Zuri and then I’ll be taking a break from Stormblood for a good long while.

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October 2020 Gaming Goals

I’m happy that October is finally here! The weather is starting to cool off and the fall/Halloween vibes are some of my favorite. It’s time to break out decorations in all areas – IRL, Second Life, FFXIV, Animal Crossing.

I do have a few light goals for this month, so let’s get to them!

FFXIV Goals

  • Finish leveling Ninja to 80 and do job quest 
  • Start leveling a Tank
  • Clean up quests in the First
  • Level Tad’s gatherers with beast tribe quests
  • Do crafting/gathering quests in the Mean
  • Progress Zuri through Stormblood
  • Level Mocho’s Paladin

So I’m almost done with all my DPS leveling on my main. All I’ll have left are the tanks. One thing I want to do, since I’m getting closer to finishing my job leveling, is clean up all the quests that are hanging around on the First. May as well get that extra XP and put it to use somewhere.

Speaking of quests, I never finished the series of crafting/gathering quests in the Crystarium. I’d like to do that and see what stories they have.

Back to progress with Zuri some more. I just got her through Doma Castle last night, and she’s half a level shy of hitting 70. So if I can keep pushing forward at this rate, I should be able to get her through Stormblood base game. I’d love to go much further than that, but we’ll see what kind of time I have.

And a little side project that came out of nowhere: leveling Mocho’s Paladin. When I was running Frontline roulette for Tad to get some glamour for him, I discovered this was a really good way to level a job if you didn’t want to run dungeons with them. I’m not the best at PvP, and really not the greatest when it comes to PvP with a tank, but I’ve jumped him from level 31 to 35 in two days with two runs of Frontline roulette. So I’ll keep trying it this month!

Nintendo Switch

What’s this… goals other than FFXIV? Am I nuts? No, not really. Just in the mood for Halloween. There’s a couple things I’d like to do:

  • Decorate Animal Crossing Island for fall/Halloween
  • Play horror game on Switch

So, Animal Crossing is kicking off Halloween starting today, and I’m really stoked about it. I’d like to put some time into doing stuff I haven’t around there – namely, decorating my island.

Also, I know I’ve picked up some horror games on the Switch in the past. I’d like to actually sit down with one sometime during this month. I really need to spend more time with my poor Switch, even though I do log in to Animal Crossing almost every day.

So that’s what I’ve got on my mind to do this month!

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September 2020 Gaming Goals in Review

This has been a pretty busy month in terms of FFXIV gaming. Not only did I achieve most of my goals, but I went above and beyond in several areas outside of my goals.

For example, I took Tad through the entire Shadowbringers expansion MSQ from the very start to the end of 5.3 in about a week. I also spent a day gathering and crafting the Neo-Ishgarding gear set for him so that he’d be of a relevant ilvl up through this patch. All of this was completely unplanned… that’s my 4th character through Shadowbringers.

Aside from that, I also spent a good deal of time gathering in the Diadem and crafting for this season of the Ishgard Restoration. Not only did I earn the title for my main that I was after, but I also picked up just about every item from the Restoration scrips that I was interested in.

And even beyond that, I completed collecting the glamour/gear set that I wanted on my RP alt. I do have one more set I’d like to get, but the major one is finished!

So… when it comes to my goals for last month, here’s how it looks:

  • Finish leveling Dragoon to 80 and do job quest 
  • Start leveling Ninja 
  • Finish Patch 5.3 content on Main 
  • Do Trusts on Tank (?)
  • Finish leveling Ben to 70 and do job quests 
  • Zuri – Progress through Stormblood 
  • Decorate some FC rooms 

Really, the only thing I didn’t do was Trusts on my Tank. But I threw that in there at the last moment (as indicated by the ?), and wasn’t really pushing to work on that.

My Dragoon is now completely leveled with job quest done. My Ninja is sitting at almost level 77, so I’ll be finishing that soon and starting on my last jobs – the tanks.

I did spend a bunch of time decorating FC room and even got my own personal house decorated and themed. I was very happy about that!

I’d somewhat pushed progress for Zuri back once again this month, especially due to all of the heavy leveling I did with Tad to get him through Shadowbringers. But I’m happy to report that Zuri has completed the Steppes, and is sitting outside of the Doma Castle run (which I hope to finish tonight).

She’s also level 69, which makes her far beyond what she needs to be level-wise at this point in Stormblood. I’m going to continue to focus on her progress next month and would love to see her get to Shadowbringers, finally, too!

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FFXIV: Day of Many Wins

Some days, the stars all align and everything falls into place in a game you’re playing. Yesterday was such a day for me (for the most part).

To begin with, the title that I’d worked to earn during the season of the Ishgard restoration finally came in the mail. So now, my main has her crafting title, which I’m pretty happy about. I know that it’s not all that hard to earn that title, but overall, I jumped into that season with very little earned from last season, and managed to catch up on it all.

Tad Things

The next achievements were on my RP Alt, Tad. I leveled him to 70 after picking up a story jump to Shadowbringers, and have decided to focus on getting him through the expansion – yet another character through!

One of the things I wanted for him was a set of Late Allagan Aiming glamour, mostly because it fit his RP/story aesthetics. This set can only be purchased through Wolf Marks which can only be earned through PvP. So, for the past week or so, I’ve been diving into the world of Frontline Roulette.

I discovered that this was an excellent way to finish leveling his Bard, which I’d left dangling at about level 43. I needed to get to 50 so that I could level his retainer to 50. His retainer is locked in at the same level as his Bard, but Tad mains Machinist. The only way to use the switch jobs scroll on his retainer is to level one of the retainer’s jobs to 50 first.

Not only did I get Tad’s Bard to 50 via PvP, but last night I finished up the entire glamour set! I needed exactly 2,000 Wolf Marks to get the last piece yesterday. This was a possibility, but only if my team won the match. Lo and behold, my team won the match!

Lost Allagan Aiming Gearset

No only that, but last night I hit level 80 on Tad’s Machinist. He’s not done with the MSQ yet, but between beast tribes, Frontlines and just running quests/Trusts, I knew he was leveling fast.

I took some time out yesterday to gather all the materials needed to craft him a full set of Neo Ishgardian Aiming gear on my main. This set is not top gear for this patch, but is still relevant enough to get you the ilvl needed to take on everything through 5.3. So, he’s basically good to go gear-wise for progress-making.

He’s already glamoured over it, but I just wanted a shot of Tad in the gear I crafted for him.

If all goes well, I may be able to finish up most of base-game Shadowbringers MSQ for him pretty soon. I know it wasn’t on my monthly goals list to level Tad in particular, but that’s just how it fell.

More Glamour – Amon

My struggle with getting drops for Amon in Puppets Bunker is real. While my main lucked out and got the casting top drop the very first run, Amon has failed to win a roll on the Aiming or Casting top at least 4 times that I can think of.

Last week, I rolled on the last piece he needed for the Aiming set aside from the chest – these drops are also upgrades in gear for him. So it’s not just glamour I’m shooting for.

Having the rest of the set meant that I’d no longer have to worry about rolling and winning on something only to see the chest drop later in the raid (happens all the time). But now, the trick was to actually see the chest drop and to not lose out to another player. This has been tough to do since it seems as if a LOT of people are playing ranged DPS in this raid.

Last night was a doozy of a run (I have a Tales from the Duty Finder post in the works for it), but I was excited to see that I was the only ranged DPS in my group for the first time ever. That didn’t promise that the chest would actually drop, though.

But it did! And of course, rolling Need against no one else, I roll a 97. Where was that 97 so many weeks ago (when I rolled 9 instead)?

This happened. I screenshotted my misery.

Anyhow, I got my aiming chest and Syn’s alt got her healing chest, too. All in the same drop!

Finally, glamour!

I still have plans to work on the casting set for Amon – both for glamour and gear purposes. But I am so, so happy to finally see my luck turn around this week. I was getting pretty discouraged for a while there – even ran this thing 5 times in one week for a single drop a few weeks back. And for me, that’s pretty significant.

I need to do a post about the Bunker and my impressions of it, eventually. But that, and the story of last night’s run, will have to be for another time!

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FFXIV: Ishgard Restoration – Results

So the second season of the Ishgard Restoration has come to a close. While it was pretty fun to take part in a mass of gatherers and crafters bopping around the Diadem, I feel like I’ve seen my share of all of that for now. The season is just long enough to get stuff done but not over-staying its welcome.

In the end, I ranked 29 in my chosen crafting job and 52 as miner.

I did put some time into this project every day, though the last few days have been a little lighter than others. I’m also content that I’ve earned or bought every scrip reward that I wanted to pick up. The exception is some of the housing stuff – I don’t really have a need for Ishgard-themed furniture – and I still did not decide whether I wanted the Ufiti Horn bad enough to fork over that many scrips. So that’s the last item to work toward if I decide I want to.

However, I have a couple other characters whom I’d rather pick things up for instead. So if I dive back into Diadem, it will likely only be to work on things for them on down the line.

I also was surprised to earn the achievement that gave me the Malone minion – apparently I broke 50K points on my miner! As you can see above, I’m nowhere near that on my crafter, but I was quite happy to take this little fellow home.

With this season over and done with, I’m on to other projects now… namely earning some Late Allagan Glamour for one of my alts through PVP roulettes. There’s always something new to work on, I promise.