My gaming goals for this month are pretty simple as most of them fall in the realms of doing things I probably would have already been doing. But, that’s okay, because it’s still marking progress.
My major goal for this month is to get all of my battle jobs in FFXIV to level 70. Considering I was just hoping to get some of those to 60 earlier this year, this is a pretty big deal for me. An ultimate goal is to get all my jobs to 80 for the Amaro mount, but I really don’t see that happening this year. Next year, though… yeah.
Earn Mogtome mounts (Main & Amon) ✓
Level Gunbreaker to 70 ✓
Level Dancer to 70 ✓
Continue leveling crafters with weekly Scrips (Main & Amon) ✓
Some of this may change since we do have patch 5.1 dropping, and a Halloween event coming. But those are the basic things I want to finish.
Here’s some stuff I’d like to do if I have downtime. With the Mogtome event and the new patch coming, I’m not expecting to get a lot done on the side.
Make progress in Shadowbringers on Tai ✓
Make progress in Stormblood on Zuri
Level Zuri’s fishing ✓
Decorate my main’s house
I’m adding this back to the mix this month. I picked up the Legend of Zelda last month and don’t want to lose momentum on it. Also, the Ring Fit is coming out mid-month and I want to get involved in that. So:
Make progress in Link’s Awakening
Ring Fit Release ✓
There’s other stuff going on, such as a possible Inktober, and me picking my Bullet Journal back up again. So it really does seem like this month is already shaking out to be busy. Wish me luck!
Last Friday, I felt a little itchy to pick up something different to do for the weekend. Two pretty important things released that day in the Nintendo world – the new Switch Lite, and the remake to Link’s Awakening.
I’d not even considered the Switch Lite until release day. But then, hearing everyone discussing it and seeing the pretty teal colored model started to get me interested in it. Even though my current Switch is perfectly fine (and hardly played as much as it should be), and I only partially spend time playing it in handheld mode as the TV mode is really what I’m interested in.
So it seemed really counter-intuitive to buy a whole new system for… what reason? Just because I got hyped?
Anyhow, Syn talked me out of spending the money there. But I still felt like I wanted something new to mess with this weekend. So, instead, I dropped by Target and picked up a copy of the remake of Link’s Awakening. I also got a couple of really cute promo pins for being one of early purchase people at Target, which I didn’t even know about until the guy added it in.
Hardly a History
I was a Nintendo kid through and through. However, I admit that the one system I never had growing up was a Game Boy — not until Pokemon Blue released and I bought the Game Boy Color for it.
Truth was, I wasn’t really much into handhelds. It wasn’t until later years, when I really started enjoying my 3DS that I actually got into those smaller platforms.
Despite that, I do briefly remember playing Link’s Awakening, and I swear it was on the original Game Boy. It might have been at a friend’s house. It’s really fuzzy, but I do recall the whole trading item for item thing and playing a strange Zelda game where Link’s washed up on an island.
Needless to say, I never finished the game, even if I did play it. So, even if this version was exactly the same as the original, it would have still been like a brand new experience for me.
I generally enjoy the oldskool Zelda experience – an adventure game where you wander around, put the pieces of the story together, and slowly build up items that give skills that unlock more areas to explore.
Of course, this game has that, and it has charm in spades. I don’t know how much was changed from the original in terms of story and script, but it’s just downright fun. It doesn’t take itself seriously, and that’s what I enjoy most about it. Several times, it’s made me laugh out loud or just grin because of its gentle sense of humor.
I wasn’t sure if I’d get on board with the art style at first. But I watched a few videos and thought it was pretty cute. Now that I’ve played it, I think it meshes really well for what it is. Sometimes the characters and objects in the world strike me as adorable little toy figures, especially when seen from afar. And then sometimes you get lovely scenes like this:
The only minor gripe I have – and it seems this is experienced by many – is the moment or two of slowdown you get sometimes when crossing area lines or when you move into a screen where there’s a lot of monsters. It’s just for a second, but I noticed it as soon as it happened the first time.
This is no game breaker, and I’ve accepted that’s how its going to be.
So far, I’ve cleared the first three dungeons, and I just finally saved up enough to buy the bow, which will allow me to defeat the sub-boss and enter the next shrine. You know, I love everything I just said in that sentence, because it has the feel of good oldskool Nintendo gaming!
Things don’t have to be complicated or fancy to be fun. This remake, whether you’re a long-time fan or someone who never really played the original, is just plain LoZ fun. And seeing the number of folks who were on my Switch friends list playing this over the weekend, I know I’m probably not alone in feeling that way.
Last week, Nintendo teased this weird ring-like joycon addition which absolutely had to have some sort of fitness gaming connection. Yesterday, they finally announced the Ring Fit Adventure.
Back in the day, I was a fan of the Wii Fit. It was a fun little system, though at times I did wish for something other than a balance board (which required more batteries to power and had to be synced to your Wii/Wii U).
Though this Ring Fit seems strange on first glance, it appears to be far more flexible in what you can do with it since you’re not locked into a balance board for measurement. The only thing I’m not quite sure of is the leg strap — I’m a bit concerned about my joycon getting wrecked if something unforseen happens.
Overall, I’m interested in this, even if it does look unusual. I’ve been hoping for some sort of workout system to come to the Switch, and I’m even more pleased it would be in the form of an adventure game. I certainly could do with some get-up-and-go, and launching in October is a good time of year, when the weather starts to cool down in my area.
It is a little on the pricey side, but so was the Wii Fit, if I remember correctly. The response to the announcement is typically uncertain – some folks really like the idea while others see it as silly. But I might just get in on this simply because it looks like fun and it certainly couldn’t do me any harm to try. As much as I love my Switch, it could do with some more play time.
I know we still have a few more days left to this month, but since I tend not to blog on weekends, and I’m pretty sure the goals I’ve met today will be the same on Sunday, I’m going to go ahead and call it done. Overall, it’s been a pretty successful month.
FFXIV: Main Character
Level Astro ✓
Finish Summoner Job Quests ✓
I did it! I finally finished those Summoner Job quests! I told you I would. Now, I just have a million other job quests to complete. I’d like to get these done before Shadowbringers, so I’m going to try to double down on these the next couple months.
I poked around at leveling Astro a bit, but hardly worked at all on Ninja. Again, these are things I’d like to change by Shadowbringers, so I’m going to try to tighten that focus in April.
FFXIV: RP Alt
Level Carpenter to 70 ✓
Level Goldsmith to 50+ ✓
Earn “I Made That V” for Alchemist ✓
I pretty much blew all of my crafting goals out of the water this month. I finished leveling Carpenter completely. Not only did Goldsmith hit level 50, but it’s currently level 64 and pushing through Namazu dailies.
I’ve been working full speed ahead on Weaver and Blacksmith with both GC turnins and Ixali quests. Weaver just hit 50 a couple days ago, and I’ve been working through Moogle quests for leveling.
Meanwhile, I can focus all Ixali on my final job, Blacksmith. My major goal for April is to get this to 50 so I don’t have to do Ixali daily quests anymore. I’m so done with fishing in the latrine!
After many days of concentrated crafting, last night I finally finished the I Made This V achievement for Alchemist. I forgot when I set that goal that it meant I’d earn the gold Blessed Cauldronkeep’s Alembic tool (pictured above).
But I tell you what, marking crafted items off the list has become more and more challenging! I have 100 more items to craft to reach I Made this VI and earn the real tool I’m after. I don’t know that I’m going to set this to finish for next month, though. I may have to wait until new recipes come out with the expansion before I can complete the number I need — some of the materials required come from airships, subs and Eureka!
Play Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu. ✓
I actually did this! I’m still only 4-ish hours into the game, but hey, I made some progress this month. I played through Mt. Moon and beat Misty for the second gym badge. I know it’s pretty sad for a game that came out in November, but progress is progress. This seems to be the way I clear Pokemon games — I take it one badge at a time, and eventually make it through.
Anyhow, I’m sitting in a good spot for Shadowbringers, and still have plenty to do before the expansion drops. I can see my time shifting away from Amon as I finish up his crafting and move back to my main to finish leveling the jobs and doing quests there I want to mark off my list.
Coming sometime late 2019, as expected – Sword and Shield are already up for preorder after today’s Pokemon Direct!
And dang, it looks really, really nice! A full -on 3D experience, really evolved from the previous games, probably thanks to the Switch. The starters are also very cute — I’m leaning towards Scorbunny, though. I tend to go fire, and having a bunny Pokemon on top of it is hard to resist!
Lots to look forward to! I really need to finish Let’s Go Pikachu, though… I guess this is some motivation.
Gosh… November? The holidays are approaching and it’s hard to believe 2018 is slowly winding down. But I still have a few goals I want to reach before it’s all done with!
The new Pokemon game comes out sometime this month, and I have a copy of it on pre-order, so chances are, I’ll put some time into my Switch. I’d like to get a little more playtime in on some of the year-end goals I had for Switch games, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen.
This month, I’m going to break goals into main and RP alt since I have things I want to accomplish on them both.
FFXIV Goals – Main
Level Dark Knight to 50 ✓
Finish Ninja Job Quests up to Level 60 ✓
Level Monk ✓
Gear up Gatherers (Scrips) ✓
I’m dang serious about getting these job quests done this month! Also, Monk, even if only through beast tribe leveling. I don’t think I’m going to hit 70 on it this month (though I could if I was motivated to), but any progress is better than nothing.
FFXIV Goals – RP Alt
Level Red Mage to 70 (Finish Job Quests) ✓
Level Culinarian to 60 (or beyond)✓
Level Miner to 60 (or beyond)✓
Level Alchemist to 50 (maybe?)
Gear up Gatherers (Scrips) ✓
Clean up all Stormblood sidequests✓
Most of the goals on Amon are pretty much within reach. His Red Mage is almost level 69, and a healthy dose of Beast Tribe quests and daily gathering turn-ins keep him moving forward on crafting and gathering.
Pokemon Release ✓
Play Cat Quest
I’m hesitant about putting Switch goals on here. There’s no way I’m going to reach my yearly goals for this, but with my gaming focus having been consumed by FFXIV lately, I feel like I need to branch out some this month. I’m still having a lot of fun in FFXIV, but diving too deep in any one game can lead to burn-out, so I want to avoid that while I’m still having fun.
What kind of goals do you have now that the year is slowly winding down?
It was pretty late for me last night when the Splatoon 2 Octoexpansion released. It was a good chunk of content that took a while to download and install, so I didn’t get a lot of time to play with it before I had to head to bed.
So far, the expansion is much like what I expected it to be… just a bit more lighthearted. The trailers made it out to be dark and gritty, but of course, par for the course of Nintendo, they managed to lighten up a story that has some pretty dark undertones.
There’s still a lot of questions that dive into lore such as… What’s really going on with the Octolings that make them the enemy of Inklings? Obviously, experimentation and mind control of some sort is hinted at. But then, there’s also this underground network in place for the ones who “wake up” and head for the Promised Land.
Playing a young and mind-muddled Octoling girl or boy, a promised land sounds like the best option you’ve got. So when the train pulls up, it only makes sense to hop on. No one told you there would be tests and 4 thangs (not misspelled) to gather before your dreams could come true.
Tests, of course, are short challenge stages with a specific set of weapons and a goal to achieve.
I was short on time, so I only cleared the first stage. It wasn’t terribly difficult, which is good considering I’m super rusty at the game at this point.
You get three lives per stage and each stage costs a certain amount of an in-game currency to challenge. Winning nets you more currency to use on future stages. I’m not sure what happens if you run out of currency, though.
Anyhow, these can’t be too neck-breaking difficult, because someone is already an Octoling down in the city as of this morning. Probably someone who had all day/night to play. :p
The overall response in game to the expansion seems positive. There’s certainly a feeling of support for the Octolings who are waking up and coming to the other side.
I’m looking forward to putting some more time into these missions. If nothing else, they can hopefully help me dust off what little skills I had and maybe get me back into the game where I left off. I really like the idea of playing an Octoling girl, especially that pony tail hairstyle! 🙂