Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon, Wii U

June Goals in Review

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Wow, where did this month go? How’d you do on your gaming goals for June?

With the new FFXIV patch, running raids and doing treasure maps, there was a lot of gaming going on. I actually got a lot of gaming time in on Stardew Valley as well. But, with that all said, let’s take a look at what I set out to do and what I actually accomplished!

Earthbound Wii U

  • Play some! ✓

Yep, got this done. I actually got all the way to Saturn Village, which was a good little chunk of gaming.

Pokemon X

  • Earn the next Gym badge ✓

This badge was a slight challenge, but I have a wonky team at the moment. On to the next badge next month!

FFXIV End Game Stuff

  • Complete the second-stage relic for Zuri’s Bard ✓
  • Get Weeping City gear for Zuri✓
  • Get Weeping City gear for Tai ✓

Getting all this stuff done and more. I cleared all of the new end game story for patch 3.3 on both characters. I not only upgraded armor for Tai and Zuri’s main classes, but I significantly upgraded Zuri’s dragoon as well. Annnnd… I finally finished the second stage of Anima on Zuri’s Bard and have slowly been gathering materials for the next stage.

FFXIV Crafting/Gathering

  • Level Alchemist to 60 ✓
  • Gear up Crafters
  • Gear up Gatherers ✓

I’m making tons of progress on finishing up my crafting leveling, all thanks to the new Moogle quests. Not only did I get Alchemist to 60, but the last two classes – Armorer and Blacksmith – are at 56 and rising quickly. I should have all crafting classes maxed out next month.

I didn’t put much time into gearing up my crafters because I’m a little confused on how all that works right now. I’ve been focused more on leveling than gearing up.

I did start gearing my gatherers, however. I earned the Script fishing rod and mining pick, though I’ve yet to work on the botanist tool. But upgrading main hands are nice. Other than that, I’ve mostly been gathering Dragonskin maps.

FFXIV Leveling

  • Unlock Warrior ✓
  • Level Rogue to 25 ✓
  • Level Gladiator to 25
  • Clean up old quests✓

I succeeded in two of my leveling goals including unlocking Warrior on Zuri. Not only did I get Rogue to 25, but I pushed right on to 30, where I unlocked Ninja for Zuri, too. While I didn’t get Gladiator to 25, I did level it to 22, so that I could get the cross class Provoke for my Warrior.

I plan on running some of the Deep Dungeon to hopefully level my tanks a bit as I’m still not keen on running leveling roulette as low level tanks.

I’ve also been holding back on old quest clearing so that I can do that on my Gladiator. But, I did go and clean up a number of job and class quests, so that’s good enough, I suppose!

I can’t see my goals for July being too heavy since I’ve got almost all my crafters leveled, and I’m not overly worried about leveling my +50 jobs at the moment. Depending on how the Deep Dungeon plays depends on how I make level progress next month.

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS

Completed: LoZ: A Link Between Worlds!

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One of my May Goals was to beat the Desert Palace (where the boss had me stumped for a while) and make progress in Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I joked that I’d love to finish the game this month, and much to my surprise, tonight, I did!

I’m stoked about this because this marks the first console/handheld game that I’ve beaten in many, many years. It’s possibly been a decade. Really, I have so many unfinished games it’s embarrassing.

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Most of the PC games I play are very open-ended, so actually playing a game all the way through has been unheard of lately. Now, I didn’t unlock every secret, get every heart, nor did I beat all those challenge treasure dungeons, but that’s okay. I saw the story from beginning to end, and that’s what counts to me.

I also got all the important upgrades, including the red mail and the fully upgraded Master Sword.

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I made sure to buy out everything that Ravio was selling, as well. He started taking it easy once there was no shop to tend.

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The story wasn’t anything earth shattering, and I guessed the nature of my enemy pretty early on. But, the attempt was there, and I enjoyed what there was.

It was more of a puzzle game than anything else, to be honest. I was proud to have figure out about 98% of the game on my own. There were only a few times that I had to go to guides or videos to get help. Usually the things I couldn’t figure out were really simple little things I overlooked. I gave it a good try, but didn’t waste too much time on stuff I couldn’t get after a while. That helped me keep moving forward towards the end.

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I took a number of screenshots (Warning: Spoilers!), which is a real pain in the behind since everything has to go through MiiVerse to do so. But I guess it’s better than nothing!

I really loved this twist in the story – it was one I didn’t see coming.

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Had to get some shots with the Triforce since it’s so rare to see it all in one piece!

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And, of course, a happy ending. 🙂

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Overall, I didn’t do too badly! Some of those end boss fights were pretty tough!

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And now I’m feeling more confident about picking up other games, hoping I can finish them like this one. I’m thinking about going back to my copy of Pokemon X, which I only played for 3 hours, and seeing where I go from there!

Posted in FFXI, FFXIV, Gaming, Minecraft, MMORPGs, Nintendo 3DS, The Secret World

Weekend Gaming Highlights: TSW, Minecraft, FFXI, FFXIV, LoZ!

 

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I did quite a bit of gaming this weekend, and have already got to work on some of my May gaming goals. Most of these will need their own posts, but I wanted to consolidate them here so I don’t forget what I did! 😀

The Secret World

I’ve wanted to roll an alt character in TSW for a while, ever since they changed the new player experience. I like to go back to these things and see how they’ve changed. I also haven’t played the game from anything but a Templar point of view, so I wanted to see what differed between the factions. I only just got to Kingsmouth, so expect more blogging about this in the future. 🙂

Minecraft

Did you know that until this weekend, I was one of those people who had never played Minecraft before? Yeah. Believe it.

I’m only playing single player to learn things at this point, but having a great time. Expect more blogging on this in the future for sure!

That little Minecraft shack everyone builds their very first time.
That little Minecraft shack almost everyone builds their very first time.

FFXI

I’ve been leveling my Dark Knight, trying to make the goal of level 30 before the month is out. I started at level 4. Had her to level 22 before the night was out in very little time. I’m shocked at how fast solo leveling is in this game now.

I also activated what looks to be some sort of storyline quest that came with the expansions I picked up this weekend, which I need to investigate.

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Level 22 Dark Knight!

Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

I am happy to report that as of last night, I am no longer stuck on the boss of the Desert Palace. That boss was tough for me! It didn’t help that I didn’t yet have the net (for some reason), which means I couldn’t carry around fairies in a bottle to revive me when I died. So, I went and got that rectified.

It took me three tries, but I finally nailed it. Woot! Progress and one of my May goals complete! 😀

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“Thank You” is a good place to start.

FFXIV

I’ve taken a bit break from FFXIV for a while, so yesterday marked a grand return of sorts for me. Syn has been overseas on a work trip, and away for work before that, too. She just got back, and had it all set up to have a sort of “Celebration Day” for the FC when she did. A lot of folks are hitting milestones IRL – Finding new jobs, getting apartments, completing finals, and having birthdays (me, soon!).

Funny thing was, I’d almost forgotten it was also the FC’s 2nd Anniversary. So it all fell in place. Syn was (literally) buying any FC folks who wanted pizza gift cards to pizza places. They were pretty shocked that she was serious about it. XD

Aside from the FC birthday, I also healed the Crystal Tower Trio on my Scholar for the first time this weekend. That was a learning experience! Syn said I did well, but I feel like I still need a lot of practice. It’s been a while since I’ve healed a raid, and last time I did it, it was with White Mage. We ran a few of those towers with full FC groups, so it was less stressful if I messed up. I also hit level 51, and I’m seriously considering putting some more time into leveling Scholar at this point since I do find it a lot of fun.

Aside from that, I went back and cleaned up all the unfinished job quests I’ve left lying around on Zuri. That included two level 50 quests for Scholar, two level 45s and two level 50s on Summoner, a level 54 on Dragoon and a level 50 and level 52 on Monk. Whew. I’ve been lazy… but I got them done, finally!

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Feeling accomplished!

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Nintendo 3DS

May Gaming Goals

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This month, I want to do something a little different. I want to include goals for games other than FFXIV! Yay!

So, here we go! 🙂

Earthbound Wii U

  • Play some! I haven’t progressed in this game for too long. ✓

Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds

  • Beat the Desert Palace.✓
  • Make progress in this game! (I BEAT IT!) ✓

The Secret World

  • Reroll an alt character ✓
  • Putz around Kingsmouth on them and see what’s changed in the new player experience

Final Fantasy XI

  • Level Dark Knight to 30 ✓

Final Fantasy XIV

I don’t actually have any high level goals this month. I have several jobs between 50 and 60 right now – Monk, Dragoon, Scholar – and I’m sure I’ll be using them for Crystal Tower raids, so they’ll get some leveling.

Crafting/Gathering

  • Level Alchemist to 60 (Currently 56)
  • Level Blacksmith to 53 (So I can finally consolidate crafting armor) ✓
  • Unlock Master II book for:
    • Alchemist
  • Earn Master III books for (not priority):
    • Alchemist
    • Culinarian

Leveling Stuff

  • Level Machinist to 50 (Priority!) 
  • Level Warrior to 25 ✓
  • Level Paladin to 20 ✓
  • Level Ninja to 20✓
  • Clean up old quests ✓
Posted in Gaming, Geek Stuff, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

New Nintendo Accounts and Preregistration for Miitomo

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I was never heavily into the whole Club Nintendo when it was around, even though I had a dusty long-forgotten account. Back in June 2015, Club Nintendo shut down, which was before my Wii U purchase and before I became re-invested in Nintendo products again. So the closure didn’t really effect me, though it effected other folks.

The community was told that there would be a new Nintendo Account to take the place of Club Nintendo, and starting today, you can now register for that account. If you have a current Nintendo ID hooked up to any Nintendo system, like I do, you can connect that to the Nintendo Account to register. The process was quick and painless, though I did get an error when I entered my email verification code. It straightened itself out in the end, so no worries.

You can also preregister for Nintendo’s first step into the mobile gaming world, which is Miitomo. It sounds like a Mii social network type thing. While it’s cute, I doubt that I’ll get my friends to try it out, so I’ll probably have limited or little use for it. I still preregistered for it anyhow because, hey, looks like you can get My Nintendo Platinum Points for doing that. Whatever those are! XD

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Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS

FF Explorers: First Eidolon Down

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I’m slowly making progress in Final Fantasy Explorers. Enjoying the game a lot and learning what all it has to offer. I beat Ifrit tonight – really liked his design in this game, too.

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Started out leveling a Knight as my first class. I’ve upgraded her armor further than the image below shows, and tamed my first creature – a Mandragora. Leveling it up so it can be a side healer for me.

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I’m also making all kinds of neat ability combos. How about a taunt that sets things on fire and has a chance to cast death? Yes, please! 🙂

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS

Final Fantasy Explorers: Tough to Find

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Today, my little FF app reminded me it was the release day for Final Fantasy Explorers. I’ve been on the fence about whether to pick it up or not, so I was waiting for the reviews.

But now that it’s released, I’m hearing there’s a shortage of physical retail copies. Amazon has apparently over promised their pre-orders. So if you weren’t one of the early preorders, your game isn’t in your mailbox today. Bummer.

Reports are coming in that other b&m stores are selling out or have very limited supplies. I went to Target to do my weekly grocery shopping and stopped by the games section to see one copy left. I picked it up there, where the guy behind the counter told me they only got two copies in, and his scanner had no idea when they’d get another shipment.

Yikes!

So, reviews are sorta mixed on this. People are comparing it to the obvious – Phantasy Star Online and Monster Hunter. Some people are knocking it because they say it’s much, much easier than Monster Hunter. But you know what? That’s alright with me.

I’ve only played Monster Hunter 3 for the Wii, and that was about 5 years ago. I remember the difficulty being pretty tough for me, though I did learn and get better, despite the challenge. So, if this game is a fun romp that’s similar to MH, but with a FF twist to it… and it’s a tad easier? Well, then it sounds like a game that’s fun to me!

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve got some time under my belt! Anyone else picking this up? 

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS

LoZ: Master Sword

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As I promised in a previous post I am consistently working on playing through Legend of Zelda titles this year, starting with A Link Between Worlds. Tonight I learned how to take screenshots from my 3DS to Miiverse, so now I can better chronicle my progress. I’m only playing a little bit here and there, but at least trying to make some progress each day. That’s been working out for me.

So, last night I got the last pendant I needed to unlock the Master Sword. Today I puzzled through the Lost Woods and claimed my prize!

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I also went to rescue Zelda, but died (for the first time since I started playing) on the boss. I have an idea what I need to do to beat it, but didn’t feel like running all through that dungeon again tonight. I’ll try again tomorrow.

This game is really big on puzzles. I’ve been pretty stern in figuring them all out myself, though there have been a few times I really wanted to go to the Internet for help. But I didn’t! So I’m doing well!

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS

LoZ: Link Between Worlds First Impressions

 

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This weekend, I started making good on my decision to play the Legend of Zelda series throughout 2016. As I noted, I began with the 3DS game A Link Between Worlds… since at the time, I thought it was the first to come chronologically of the games I own. Only, that wasn’t the case.

As soon as I popped it in and started playing it, I realized this wasn’t the game I thought it was going to be at all. Here, I had the impression that it was an updated version of Link to the Past with some new mechanics and maybe updated graphics. Instead, I got a whole new game that’s based loosely on the Link to the Past map.

At first, I felt just a tiny bit disappointed, because I had settled down for some old-skool fun in my mind.  But as I started playing it, I’ve really started enjoying it for the game it is, and I don’t feel bad in the least. It feels a little easier and more forgiving than Link to the Past did, at least, in the early stages. I’m sure it’ll probably get just as tricky with puzzles and bosses. Now that I’ve gotten used to the graphics style and accepted the story for what it is – it’s quite a fun romp.

fluteboyWhile it’s not the old-skool game, it does hint at some familiar story elements (the boy in the haunted grove), and many locations feel similar, though I can’t say if they are exactly the same. It’s been a while since I’ve played the original. Puzzles are certainly new, though, especially with the ability to turn into a painting and scale walls (which I really like).

I also like that there’s a bit more to the story in the way of characterization of NPCs. Some of the characters seem geared towards younger players, but given it’s a Nintendo game, that’s forgiven. I’ve played a little over 2 hours now, and the game has been pretty generous in handing out new mechanics – I already even have the ability to instant transport from weather vane to weather vane this early in (surprising, but helpful for when I get myself stuck).

I still have the itch to play Link to the Past, however. So, I’m eyeing it on Wii U Virtual Console, and will probably pick it up just to compare the differences sometime. But, until then, I’ll enjoy A Link Between Worlds for what it is – a solid, new LoZ adventure in a familiar world.

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS

2016: The Year of Legend of Zelda

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Before I knew what Final Fantasy was or had ever touched a NES JRPG, there was my childhood go-to fantasy world of Hyrule and the much-loved Legend of Zelda games. I remember beating both LoZ 1 and LoZ 2 – spending long, blissful hours figuring out puzzles and tricks back when there was no such thing as the Internet (for me).

Link to the Past was one of my favorite SNES titles, and the last official Zelda game I completed. But then, somehow, I got left behind by the LoZ franchise. While I did play the N64 TOOT, I never beat it. I never bought Majora’s Mask until last year’s 3Ds re-release (still haven’t beat it), never played Wind Waker (though I want to get the HD version for Wii U), and while I briefly saw people play Twilight Princess, I never owned it, despite having a Wii.

Well, a few months from now, Twilight Princess is going to see an HD release on Wii U, and it’s on my list to get. And somewhere down the line, I’m hoping we’ll see that much-awaited open world Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U as well.

But that got me to thinking about all the games I own but haven’t completed. I picked up Ocarina of Time back when I bought my 3Ds. I bought Majora’s Mask when it was released for the 3DS, and enjoyed what I played of it, though I didn’t complete it. And my sister gifted me A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS for Christmas.

With the two upcoming Zelda games hopefully in the pipe for release this year, I think that’s a sign that I need to proclaim 2016 The Year of Legend of Zelda. I really do want to experience these games, and I feel I really should do so before purchasing more (ever a problem for me these days).

So this is an official gaming goal for this year! Not a bad one to have, I think! I plan to start in order with A Link Between Worlds, then move to TOOT and Majora’s Mask. Depending on how long that takes (could be a while), I’ll probably go directly to Twilight Princess, then loop back to try Wind Waker.

Any thoughts or suggestions Zelda fans?