Earlier this week, the community heard the sad news that actor Stephen Critchlow had passed away. He was involved in theater, television, radio production, but more immediate to the gaming world, he lent his voice to several characters in games over the years.
To the FFXIV community, he brought to life the character Count Edmont de Fortemps – one that’s looked upon as a kindly father figure for not just his own family but for the WoL in a time of their greatest need. He’s also the narrator of the Heavensward story, introducing new areas as you travel – and is one of the first voices you hear in the expansion as your character stumbles through the snow-swept lands.
Due to this, the community on many servers chose to hold a vigil for him outside of Fortemps Manor. Much like the vigil seen earlier this year for Kentaro Miura, players lined up with campfire minions out. Many dressed in house Fortemps colors and most used the House Fortemps Knight title. I took part in the vigil for a few hours, as well.
On Mateus, individuals who were able to craft the campfire minions were giving them out to folks who didn’t have one and had joined the vigil. Kind words were offered about the actor and his character. Whenever someone needed to leave the event, they often announced their departure to encourage someone to take their spot in the line.
Here’s a video that was captured of the vigil on my server (I wasn’t there by this time), to give you an idea of the scope of it.
While it’s a sad loss, it’s nice to see the community come together to remember the good things that Stephen Critchlow helped create for the world. May he rest in peace.
Sometimes an emote comes along that is so absolutely perfect for Amon that I don’t think twice about the cost on the Mogstation. I don’t always spend freely in cash shops, but when I see something I like or that fits one of my characters, I don’t mind picking it up.
The Pantomime emote is well worth the money in my eyes. Compared to some of the dances we got before that were nothing but short, looping animations, Pantomime is a long emote with lots of varied motions and expressions.
There’s a LOT of value for Gposers here – from angry/trapped looks, to strange frames when the character jumps, to the smug arm cross that turns into a backwards fall of horror and surprise. A lot of movements we haven’t seen in an emote before, and they’re all quite fluid and realistic.
There’s a few specific parts of the emote, when the character hefts themself over the invisible “wall” that make for some extra fun such as…
Both Photoshop edits, of course. 🙂
Have you bought a Mogstation emote, and if so, was it worth it?
So the last time I played Bozja content, Syn and I managed to complete Castrum Lacus Litore (finally). I’m not sure why we took a pause after that, but we did. A several month pause.
Little did we know that one more solo instance and series of cutscenes would have opened Delubrum Reginae. This was another 24-man raid, similar to an alliance raid, but with less strict party makeup. In fact, you could end up running the instance without healers or tanks if that’s how the duty finder picked them. You’re expected to make up for the lack of other classes by using the Bozja Lost Action skills – which is a system I basically understand, but don’t fully have my head wrapped around yet.
I was happy to know that this was a duty finder instance, rather than waiting around a zone to hope for something like the Castrum to pop. My happiness in that is short-lived, however, as I’ve heard there’s another raid that’s exactly like Castrum later in the quest line.
I did watch a video on DR before I went in – and I was happy that I did because some of those mechanics would have been difficult to understand by just eyeballing for the first time. I did manage to make it through the instance without too much death – it was really the last boss that got me (but I knew she would).
Finishing the instance opened a new zone for me – Zadnor – which I joke looks a lot like a beta version moonscape. At least, the first part of it does.
Ranking up is fast here, especially if you have a few friends helping out. I started this whole unexpected adventure at rank 11 and now I’m rank 18 without too much time or fuss. I need a couple more ranks before I can open the next area of the zone.
While I do enjoy Bozja content because I like doing open-field stuff more than dungeon stuff, I don’t really have a goal of relic weapons or anything here. I’m doing it mostly because to put it off any longer will likely mean it’ll be much harder to finish after the new expansion, and I’d like to see the story through. However, I’ve heard that the story itself ends rather abruptly, which is sad.
Since I have all jobs leveled to 80 on Ben, I don’t need Bozja for leveling or anything like that. This is, however, the first new content with cutscenes and character interactions that I’ve played since I’ve transformed my main into Ben. Though I’ve had a Ben character before this, most of what I’ve done with him was roulettes and story speed-through.
I need to play a character in story elements and cutscenes to really get a feel for them. I know that sounds odd, but something about watching my character (even if it’s just nodding) and seeing their facial expressions helps me feel more connected to them. I haven’t had the chance to do that with Ben until now.
I did put together a brand new glamour for Ben a few weeks back, and I’ve decided that the more I look at it, the happier I am with it. I also like the feel of playing Red Mage on Ben despite the fact that his gear is pretty rubbish for being my main character. I’m not too worried about this since this is the end of the expansion, but I would like to be more mindful of that next time around.
Some Thoughts Before Endwalker
I feel like going into Endwalker, I’m going to do my best to focus more on Ben as my main this time around. I really enjoy my alts, especially Amon, but I also feel like I’ve been stretching myself a bit too thin trying to do too much on too many characters.
This is specifically the case with my crafting jobs, where I have all level 80s on Ben and Amon (and another random 80 on Tad somewhere). I just don’t have the time and energy to try to gear up multiple crafters, earn the materia I need for (failed) melding, and try to do relic tools for all of their jobs.
I’ll likely still level Amon’s crafters because the leveling part is usually easy once a beast tribe drops. But the gearing up process will be left to scrips for him.
I know for sure that I’ll level at least three characters worth of gatherers, though. Maybe more, if I have my choice. Gathering daily maps has been my slow-but-steady source of income. Having more characters do this doesn’t take much time each day, and the gil returned for the time spent is more than worth it.
Anyhow, all this to say that I’m starting to get a feel for Ben and enjoy playing him as my main. I want to continue this into the next expansion where I expect to really get used to my choice of character transformation.
The CROWN Free Company of Malboro – a FC that the Lalafell versions of Amon and Scylla have been welcomed to – hosted a Lalafell-oriented art party earlier today. There was quite a turnout with all sorts of original characters and NPC representations in Lala form.
Like Amon and Scylla, these NPCs weren’t all Lalafell originally – there were characters of all sorts including Ascians, Scions, Zenos and even Nero. So much creativity went into a lot of these character designs – I was really impressed. Lots of fun for the NPC crowd!
There was bard music, lots of dancing, lots of summer glamours and just fun all around. I am always happy to meet up with these folks, some which I rarely run across in-game or get to see outside of events. If all goes well, once cross-datacenter travel ramps up, CROWN hopes to host another party to include even more folks.
Oh, and check out this adorable artwork of Amon and Scylla Lalas (and other great Lalas) gifted by my buddy Yuyuhase! ❤
Now that I’ve officially finished my Blaugust posts for this year (yay!), it’s back to blogging as normal around here. I wanted to talk about something that happened on Friday of last week – I finally got Shikaree’s Doublet after almost 7 and a half years of hoping for it in FFXIV.
Shikaree’s set is a level 50 aiming set that came out in FFXIV Patch 2.2 – back in April of 2014. In the middle of the Darklight set drops, this looked like a shining jewel of glamour to me. Much like Amon’s Hat, I set my sights on getting it.
In fact, I even blogged about it in May of 2014. It was at the end of a post talking about working on my firs Relic (which I’ve never finished), but I did make put my hopes to get that gear in writing.
I never had it in me to farm for it much, even though it eventually became easy to clear as the years went on. My retainers brought me back pieces of the set, and eventually I had everything except the doublet in my glamour dresser.
I’d forget about it for a stretch, but then things like dyeable version in Heavensward would pop up. It’s a nice set, and I like that I can dye it. But that spring green sash that you can’t dye for the aiming set made it hard to use much variation in dye colors.
The casting and healing sets came out a little better, but still have some undyable parts that are either stark red or bright green. So while options were out there, I preferred the lovely blue and white of the original doublet.
I got reminded of the doublet yet again when retainers brought it back to an alt of mine who doesn’t main an aiming class. I lamented the irony and decided it was finally time to farm for it.
My choice of farming was Halitali HM. At level 80 unsynced, I could run it in less than 5 minutes as a Red Mage. The doublet drops off the final boss – but has a 1 in 8 chance. For some reason, this boss fight even drops two belts – not for much longer though!
Luck was against me as I farmed the dungeon somewhat casually every now and then. I did even put it on my list of things to do before Endwalker drops.
I’d forget about farming it for a while when I failed to earn the drop repeatedly. Then something would bring the topic back up again.
This happened last week when I remembered it while chatting with my FC about glamour. That Friday, I decided to run the dungeon a few times, and sure enough, on my fourth try of the night, the doublet dropped!
Having the full set, I quickly kitted out Ben’s aiming glamour. My hope for the full Shikaree set has now been realized!
Last night, there was a beach party gathering called Crystal Kickback for the Crystal Data Center. I was a bit late to the party as I only learned about it from seeing some Twitter friends tweeting pictures of the gathering. I’ve been wanting to hang out at the Moonfire Faire a bit more, so this was a good time to do it!
I met up with folks from Twitter, namely friends who play a Pipin and Nabriales in-game. NPC RPers often stick together at events for the fun of it.
There was a playlist of music (apparently I missed this), prizes, dancing on the beach and of course the event fireworks! All in all, we had a lot of good fun!
And more screens of Pipin and Amon, dancing but looking like they’re up to mischief!
Gotta love these community events! They’re pretty common on the Crystal Data Center, not sure what other Data Centers have. Often time you can find them announced on Twitter, but even then, it’s easy to miss events if you don’t know the tags.
Anyhow, I didn’t stay super long last night because the event was starting to wind down, but glad to have participated and met up with some friends!
Yesterday, the annual Moonfire Faire returned to Costa del Sol, this time bringing a bit of the arctic with it. I don’t know about you, but I could really use something cool just about now with as hot as it’s been outside lately.
The event that celebrates fun in the sun and battling off the bomb-like Bombards has brought us very cuddly and extremely cute polar bears as mounts this time around. I know it doesn’t make much sense going into it, but just do the quests and you’ll see.
The quest for the mount does require a FATE to complete. Compared to last year’s FATE, this one was really easy and quick to finish. It could just be that so many people doing it at one time made it a breeze and that once the population dwindles a bit, the FATE might become more lengthy. Not impossible, just longer to complete.
I’d suggest getting your character(s) out there this weekend to snag your prizes, though, just to be safe.
The rest of the quest is quick cutscenes for the most part and very little travel. In fact, waiting for the FATE to spawn is the longest part of the quest – another reason why I think the FATE might turn out to be a lot longer to beat once the number of people who are doing it drops a bit.
Of course, there’s fun to be had aside from the quest since folks tend to like to hang around on the island during the festivities. Getting a new mount also means it’s time to create towers or circles of said mount. That’s what happened last night as I took part in the bear tower.
There was also a polar bear parade that took place for a while where the bears slow-walked around the perimeter of the island on /follow mode. I ended up being the leader of this parade as people started to go off to do other things, and led it up until the end when everyone decided to disperse. It was great fun!
I know my characters are going to be hanging out there and taking in the fireworks as they normally do throughout the festival. Definitely don’t miss this one if you want to snag this cute mount!
This weekend marks the coming of the first in-game Con with panels, live entertainment and more – all streamed on Twitch if you can’t manage to make it into the venue (lines are quite long). I’ve been tuning in from time to time, but I also went to hang out in one of the locations for a while.
During this time, I managed to meet up with a few folks from Tumblr and Twitter – thanks for stopping by and saying hi, or dancing for a bit! The Amon outfits were their ideas, I swear! 🙂
So, tonight, I’m just barding in Gridania and helping folks give gifts to the sprouts on Mateus. When all the sudden, I see a group of folks in suits headed our way.
When in performance mode, you can’t see names, so it took me a moment – and looking at chat – to realize that this was President Obama and his body guards.
What happened after that, I display in below chat. I did clip out other folks and their text to be polite – there were a lot of people there, interactions and and fistbumps exchanged with the President.