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FFXIV: The World Visit Feature is Live

A completely unrelated picture of Zeb and Tai sparring above… because I haven’t posted Zeb and Tai for quite a while here!

Earlier this week, FFXIV did two major things – it added the new NA Data Center, Crystal, and it introduced the World Visit feature all on the same day. Originally, they weren’t going to open the World Visit feature until the new expansion, but decided it was a wise idea to do it beforehand and test it. I think this was probably a good move.

Welcome to Crystal

My server, Mateus, was moved to the new DC, Crystal, along with Balmung and a number of lower-to-mid pop servers. I believe the idea here is that Balmung and Mateus are identified as the unofficial RP servers for NA, so they were grouped together. They’re also larger pop servers, and can help to balance out the rest of the servers across the DC as a whole.

This caused a bit of a panic among raiders who quickly pre-determined that since the unoffical raiding servers were staying on Aether and Primal, that the skill level of Crystal was about to tank. Because people who RP can’t raid, I guess.

So, a number of statics and raiders chose to jump ship from Crystal. Whether this is an accurate assessment or not, I can’t say. I’m not a savage raider, so this really doesn’t concern me one whit. I just want to log in and do my Alliance runs as painlessly as possible.

It’s only been a few days since the split, so we’ve not really had enough time to sample a large variety of content. We haven’t really seen terrible queue times – as some people predicted – on our runs. We also haven’t seen the massive wipes and rock-bottom skill level people proclaimed would happen by mixing up the servers.

Honestly, roulette was always a roll of the dice in quality, and that hasn’t changed. We’ve had super smooth runs. We’ve had challenging runs. If anything can be noted, it seems as if the overall attitudes of people on Crystal are a bit more pleasant and less go-go-go-go-go! oriented, which is fine with me.

Still giving this some time before I pin down an opinion. But so far, the sky isn’t falling.

World Visiting

The World Visit system is something I’ve been waiting for. Being an RPer and writer, I’ve met folks from many servers with whom I’d love to connect. Most of those people ended up on the Crystal DC, which means I can pop over to their server, friend them, run content, see their house, and generally just socialize when I want.

There were a few glitches in the release that caused emergency maintenance the first night, but overall, it’s been a lot smoother (for me) than I expected. The first night was pretty colorful as people explored across server lines – Ul’dah in Mateus is usually loud, but with additional personalities added to it… well.

When you choose to visit another world from the main aetheryte, this is the window you get.

Sadly, I have heard that people flooded Balmung, and not all for savory reasons. The server is known for… animated… Ul’dah chat, and apparently, not all visitors were there to be polite. Hopefully this kind of behavior will be put in its place as the newness of the system wears off.

Aside from that… World Visit is fantastic for shopping and getting a great deal!

Actually, that’s pretty much all I’ve used World Visit for (with the exception of meeting a few folks in my own world). Combined with the Mogboard website, I’ve been sniffing out deals across the DC. Much of this is glamour and housing items, which are always heavily inflated on Mateus.

In fact, I started decorating yet another themed personal room in our FC because I’m saving so much money picking up odds-n-ends right now. Sometimes, I’d just browse the boards on other servers and make a few impulse buys… which is not something I normally do.

How to World Visit?

World Visit is pretty easy. There’s an option to start a world visit at the main aetheryte in any of the three cities – Gridania, Ul’dah or Limsa. I confirmed this option isn’t available in Kugane, so I’m guessing it’s just the three starter cities.

Then you select the server you want to hop to. Most the time, you get the queue -DING!- right away. But every now and then, you have to wait your turn, especially for busy servers. This looks and sounds just like the duty finder UI when in progress.

DING!

Once you’ve arrived in the new world, you do have a few limitations on things you can do – the screen before that tells what those are. Your FC tag is also replaced by a new tag – Wanderer. Which is pretty neat. It tells you who is not native to your server, and gives you a visual to let you know when you’re away from home.

You can stay in that world and do most basic things you could in your own world. If you log off in the other world, you’ll log back on in it, too. So, aside from some stuff (retainers, linkshells, housing etc), it works pretty much the same as your home world.

So far, it’s been a good system. I see room for improvement, but knowing the FFXIV team, they will build on the foundation of this system as they tend to.

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FFXIV: FC House Guest Quarters

I’ve continued to make progress on one of my major goals for the year: to work on decorating the houses and rooms my characters own in FFXIV. So far, I’ve decorated our Free Company house, both inside and outside — I’m proud that our guestbook has 75 likes!

Using the space for my characters’ private rooms, I’ve also designed Amon’s Secret Lab, a small Ball Room, and a Recreation Room (I haven’t posted about yet). Over the past weekend, I’ve more or less finished what I call the FC house Guest Quarters.

It’s a place to entertain and house guests who stay the nights (in a RP sense). So it’s basically a glorified guest room. Note these screenshots were taken before Easter, so there are still Hatching-Tide decorations up! 🙂

The main sitting room has a place for light dining…

And a place to relax by the fireplace…

A door leads to the sleeping area…

The beds have screens for a bit of privacy. But they’re not so blocked in as to feel cramped.

The opposite side off the room has another single bed next to a sitting area.

And the upstairs loft features a nice hot tub for the ultimate relaxation!

Our house and personal rooms are all marked as RP areas, and are open for visitation anytime! Mateus – Shirogane Ward 14, Lot 14 – Homewood Cottage!

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FFXIV: Yojimbo Barding and Mambo

I hope that everyone who celebrates Easter had a nice one! I had a pleasant 3 day weekend, and spent a bit of time in both FFXIV and Second Life.

The US servers are down today in FFXIV for the great data center split. My server, Mateus, is becoming part of the new Crystal datacenter and is parting ways with the Aether datacenter. We’re also getting free server transfers for a bit, allowing folks to find where they want to make their new home.

I’m not going anywhere. While Mateus can be rowdy in the larger cities, we’ve built too much of a home for me to move again. In fact, I spent a good chunk of time this weekend working on the private rooms of our FC house, giving them an RP theme. I’ll write about that later!

The other thing Syn and I managed to do this weekend was catch up with the Hildibrand quest line. This was one of my monthly goals for April, and I’m very pleased that we got it done after having been an expansion behind on these quests!

It was a fun time, as Hildibrand often is. This expansion also included one trial battle, in a similar vein to those in ARR. I knew this was a thing, but went in to the fight blind. Probably not the best of ideas — it wasn’t a hard fight, but it had a lot of mechanics to be aware of. I died more than I would have liked to…

…But… I miraculously won the roll for the Yojimbo chocobo barding! I didn’t see this coming at all. And felt a little bad about winning it, since I was that one DPS who didn’t perform all that great on the fight.

Ah well.

The other reward, the one I was really gunning for, was the new dance – the Manderville Mambo. If you thought the original Manderville dance couldn’t get any more ridiculous, you were wrong.

And aside from all that, I’ve been knocking out leveling my Ninja (level 67) and doing a bit of work on my Astro (level 57). Getting very close to finishing up these goals for this month.

Considering the servers are down through tomorrow, and we really don’t know if there will be additional down time due to the move, I’m not sure if I’ll hit 70 and 60 on these as I’d like by the end of this month. We’ll see!

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FFXIV: Final Fantasy XV Collaboration Event

Let me start by saying that while I own FFXV for the PC, I’ve not played it yet. The extent of my exposure to this entry in the FF series is a few episodes of the anime, which were actually quite charming in terms of character building.

I wasn’t completely thrilled to learn we’d be getting a FFXIV/FFXV crossover event which includes the Regalia as a car mount. Mostly because… well… a car can be squeezed into the world of Eorzea, but really doesn’t fit. (Neither does the Whisper or Cactuar mount… but yeah…).

However, it’s a free mount. And it’s the game’s first FOUR PERSON mount. So, even though I don’t care for the idea of having a huge car mount in game, I’m not passing up on it for any of my characters.

Turns out the event is actually pretty charming. As someone who knows very little about FFXV, I’m never quite sure what to make of the main character, Noctis. His appearance makes him out to be an angsty young adult type… and he’s a prince, so I expect him to be arrogant or stuck up. However, it seems he’s more of a bro-buddy with a lot of responsibilities on his back.

I don’t know. Can anyone tell me what he’s supposed to be?

Spoilers for the Event Ahead!

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FFXIV: Crazy Hildibrand

Can you believe this month is already halfway over? There’s not a whole lot of interesting things to discuss from this weekend, but I did want to touch on the progress I’ve made with my goals at the month’s halfway point.

I’ve reached all the baseline goals for my Alt’s crafting progress, so now it’s just a matter of continuing the shorter daily Beast Tribe quests to finish leveling the final two jobs. That’s just measured, steady progress.

Just as I’d hoped, less time spent with Ixali quests has led to more time focusing on making progress on my main’s goals. While I do need a bit more motivation leveling my Astro (she’s lingering at halfway through 56… just not much of a fan of Somh Al with squads), I’ve started to pick up the pace in leveling my Ninja.

One of the other goals I have in the back of my mind is to finish up the Hildibrand quests. I noted before that Syn and I had stopped on the last story arc for these quests back in Heavensward and just never finished up. This was a real shame because I knew that the reward was a Vivi minion – and I’m a big Vivi fan!

Anyhow, yesterday, we picked back up where we left off and completed that line of quests. I got my Vivi minion… and… the end of the storyline was a step up from the previous quests in my mind. I really did enjoy it.

We also dove into the Stormblood series, and are about halfway through it from what I can gauge. The team seems to have gotten back into the stride of things, and I’ve been enjoying this story more than the Heavensward one.

As long as we keep moving forward with these quests, I don’t see why we can have it all complete by the end of this month. I’d love to have that crazy new dance, that’s for sure!

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FFXIV: Building the Realm

Last night, one of my largest goals for this month was met. The major objective I wanted to achieve was to get Amon’s lowest level craft over the level 50 hurdle. This was the last crafter I need to level for him, and most importantly, it means that I get to put away the Ixali quests for good.

Not only did I finish that, but I also leveled his second highest job to 60. This means that this job can move into doing Namazu quests and the level 50 job can start Moogle quests. And that’s all I need to keep doing to finish up all my crafters on that character from here on out!

Almost there!

Again, the biggest part of this is the fact that I don’t have to do Ixali quests anymore. Now, I’m the type of person who can’t sit there and grind crafting leves for faster leveling. So I appreciate that Ixali quests exist.

However, I’ve been doing these quests almost every day for about half a year now as I leveled various crafting jobs from 15 to 50. Unlike Namazu quests, which you can usually complete in an easy 10 mins, Ixali quests are the old skool beast tribes. They can be quick, if you get the kill or fetch quests. But some of them send you to gather nodes.

Or worse… they send you to fish.

The RNG on the Ixali fishing quests is abysmal. There are days I could get the quest done in 5 casts… but that was very rare. There were days I had 20+ casts to get the fish I needed. And the worst one was being sent to fish in the Dragonhead Latrines… not just because you were fishing in latrines, but because this needs 3 fish in total and took more time. I literally groaned every day I got West for Fishing.

In fact, I was so glad to be done with these fishing quests that I deleted the Moth Pupa (the bait you use specifically for these Ixali quests) from my inventory when I hit 50 on my final job. Good riddance!

So, while I’m still not completely done with all the crafters, and there’s still some job quests I need to clean up, the most troublesome part is done. This is the second character I’ve worked to level an omnicrafter to 70 on. I’ve already bought all the yellow scrip gear for all of his jobs, and so end-game gear is waiting for the leveling to catch up.

Certainly won’t have any trouble getting this all done before the expansion comes out. Just in time to add another 10 levels to all the jobs! XD But that’s okay.

This also frees up a bunch of time for me to finally put towards my leveling goals for my main. I just need to stay motivated to keep working on that. Still plenty to do in this game, that’s for sure!

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FFXIV: Hatching Tide 2019

I haven’t been writing a whole lot about the holiday events in FFXIV this year, mostly because they’ve been a bit on the underwhelming side. Either they’re a bit of a rehash of previous events (I’m looking at you Valentione’s Day), or their rewards weren’t very exciting (again, looking at you Valentione’s Day).

The community has chalked this up to the team putting most of their efforts into the upcoming expansion. If this is the case, I’m alright with this.

Little Ladies’ Day did give a cute flower crown that seemed to be a hit on the RP server. But most of the rewards we’ve gotten (aside from the wonky hidden ones on Valentione’s Day) have been housing decorations. On top of that, 95% of those are food housing decorations (which can get used up if you’re not careful).

Considering housing is at a premium right now, I’m not sure this is the wisest move. Though, the food decorations are cute and I did pick them up and use them in our house and rooms.

Thankfully, Pa-Pa-Ya brought us a whole cosmetic outfit reward in the form of Spriggan attire. It’s a bit on the cute side, but seeing this is Hatching Tide, I won’t complain. It’s fully dyeable, and is different from other stuff we currently have.

Spriggan outfit dyed – along with the housing items for this year

There’s also a variation in the legs for the male and female versions.

Our RP alts being silly

Aside from the outfit, we get two food housing items and a huge pile of colored eggs as a tabletop item. Just in case you ever wanted to fill your whole room with a pile of eggs (which I have seen pictures of people doing, of course).

The quest itself is fairly short – takes about 10-15 mins once you know what to do. It’s not random in any way, so getting the outfit for alts is just a matter of going through the paces.

Getting it the first time requires an egg hunt and a bit of a word puzzle to figure out the egg’s location. The answer to the hunt takes a little thought to work out, but was already posted up on Reddit before I got home from work yesterday. So it’s do-able, though a bit evil with its obscure reference on the final puzzle.

I’ll be picking this outfit up on the rest of my alts over the week, and do appreciate the work that went into it. We’ll be seeing another cross-over event shortly, and on top of an advertised welcome back week for the game, we’ve seen a lot of activity around the town!