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FFXIV: Viera Race Info Release

As hoped, at today’s Fan Fest, more details were released about the Viera race that was hinted to be coming in the Shadowbringers expansion. Here’s what info we got!

Looks like they have several Viera-specific hairstyles, and you can choose between upright and folded ears! Seems to be a good bit of customization here. I’m really loving the faces — especially the nose!

The one thing we don’t know about yet is whether there will be male Viera yet! I think it would be a grave oversight if this was gender locked… but no matter what they release, I’m pretty sure I’ll be race changing one of my characters when the expansion comes out!

Source: Reddit

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February 2019 Gaming Goals

I skipped out on January goals because I knew I’d be too distracted with BLU to do much. And I was right. But I’d strayed so far from the goals mindset that I almost forgot to start setting them again for February.

Welcome to February, by the way! Let’s make some goals!

FFXIV: Main Character

  • Level Astro
  • Level Ninja
  • Finish Summoner Job Quests 

Yep, back to trying to get job quests finished up again! Also, Ninja is the last DPS job that I haven’t leveled to 70, so I’d like to make some progress there. Also, leveling Astrologian would be nice, mostly to get some of the extra gear out of my inventory. All my other healers are 70 already.

FFXIV: RP Alt

  • Level Armorer to 70
  • Gear Armorer
  • Level Leatherworker to 60+
  • Level Carpenter to 50
  • Progress on “I Made That” for Alchemist

I’ve been pretty good about doing daily beast tribes for my crafting classes. I’m sure that Armorer to 70 and gearing it up will be done. I also know that getting Leatherworker to 60 will get done, but I’m not sure how much further I can get with Namazu quests alone in the month, though. Carpenter may or may not hit 50, depending on how much XP I get from Ixali tribes.

Aside from that, I want to keep making progress towards the blessed Alchemist tool by crafting things from the Alchemist book. Right now, I have the I Made That II achievement complete. I’ve been growing flowers every day to work on crafting the hair pieces that alchemists make from them and getting those checked off the list. I don’t know if this is something I will finish this month, but the more progress the better!

And that’s my focus for February!

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FFXIV: Kirin Obtained!

I talked about how Syn and I were working on farming old primals for pony drops — which was something neither of us really planned on doing, but just happened (thanks to FC folks). We’ve been plinking away at it here and there, but finally finished it up last night.

Ifrit and Leviathan were our last two fights. Ifrit was fairly easy, though you have to space out your damage because there’s an enrage mechanism if you try to tank and spank him. So that took a while because we couldn’t just mow him down.

Leviathan was a little more tricky due to the shield, adds and ability to fall off the raft. But by the time we got done with it, I was pretty confident in understanding how the fight went. It took us a little under an hour to get the last few whistles that we needed, then we took that to the Minstrel and got our reward!

The Valentione’s event should be starting, and the Paris Fan Fest is going to revv up this weekend. This should bring us some more information about the expansion, and hopefully a preorder or even release date. I’ll be keeping my eye out for interesting tidbits and will be sure to report what I learn!

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FFXIV: Pony Farming Like It’s 2019

I’ve played FFXIV for over 5 years. I’ve done a lot in this game during this time, and often delve into as many systems as the game provides — from maxing out Squads, to chasing dumb achievements, to running way too many Beast Tribe Quests. Despite that, I have only ever once unlocked and run an Extreme Primal. That was Bismark, and I was trying to help a friend get a bird drop.

Well, that changed last night.

FC folks, Kade and Amoon, had been farming ponies a while back. Kade just needed the Ramuh drop as his last to get the Kirin, but due to some mechanics, they were having trouble duoing it. So, Syn and I unlocked it and gave them a hand.

Kade got his pony on the first run, but the guys were nice enough to run it until Syn and I also got a drop (though Syn kept swearing she didn’t care about mount farming). This led into unlocking the rest… and in about an hour and some change, Syn and I had all but two of the total ponies.

There’s a certain sort of fun in obliterating old Primal fights in a 4-man unsynced party, to be honest. Though, I somewhat wished I’d done it on my main… now I really do want to get ponies on her, as well. XD

So far, my favorite for Amon is the Ramuh pony — the colors and the lightning just fits him nicely!

Ramuh
Garuda
Shiva
Titan

Blooming Crafts

The other thing I started this weekend for the first time was growing flowers and learning how to change their colors. I noted that one of the things I wanted to do was get the fancy Blessed tool for Amon’s alchemist. Well, yesterday, I was scanning the list of recipes that alchemists make, and realized there are literally pages of corsages, which require different colors and types of flowers that you grow in the pots in your room/house.

So, I invested in some soil, seeds and flower pots, and got to learning about how that system works. Thankfully, I have plenty of personal rooms between all of my alts for this sort of thing, and flowers grow in 24 hours.

There’s always something new to mess around with in FFXIV, even for me.

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FFXIV: Level 50 BLU, Alchemist 70!

I actually hit Level 50 on my BLU on Tuesday night, exactly a week after it was released. Again, I was taking it pretty slow and using the job to clear out many of the old quests that were clogging up my map.

Given the decreasing number of quests to find in the level 40-50 range (Why…? That’s the level range you NEED more quests..!), I gave up on this at about 45 and just began to grind it out in N. Than until I got 50. This wasn’t too hard, and it netted me a rank 10 chocobo, too.

I knew a nerf was coming to the chocobo companion – and it was slightly decreased with last night’s patch. What I didn’t expect was for them to buff the experience up to BLU level on all other jobs. I’ll take that change!

Anyhow, the next thing I needed to do was snag the skill Glower in order to unlock my level 50 job quest. Amoon had been running Aurum Vale unsynced with Syn a few times before this in order to work on capping it, but with no luck. We go in together, and get it on the first try.

And then, last night’s patch made both Glower and Mind Blast (both skills required to progress) 100% cap rate from now on. Ah, well. That’s fine. I got my skill and new snazzy outfit before it was nerfed. Now it’ll be easier to do for my future BLU, so I’m not complaining.

Looking just a little spooky here…

In other news, I also finished my second Level 70 crafter on my alt — Alchemist. In terms of RP, this was the actual crafting job I’d originally set out to finish on him. So now, that’s done, and he’s kitted out in full Scrip gear.

As you can see from the picture above, I’m going to be picking up my Armorer again for Namazu dailies and pushing that to 70 next. Leatherworker is taking on Moogle dailies in the 50s, and Carpenter is now my dedicated Ixali leveling job – I could really use Byregot’s for my non-specialist jobs.

Another goal I have, though it’s much more loose, is to earn the new Blessed King’s Tool for Amon’s Alchemist. You get this tool from completing the I Made That: Alchemist VI achievement… essentially, craft everything in the book for Alchemist (aside from Master book stuff).

Even though this is just glamour, I think it looks very neat, and fits the theme of my character well.

Blessed Cauldronking’s Alembic – Image Source: Reddit

I’ve been plinking away at this when I have time (which I haven’t with BLU’s release), but it’s a little more difficult to do on Amon since he doesn’t have all of his crafting jobs leveled. There’s a lot of cross-job crafts that go into clearing the log… and while I can often take care of this by crafting components on my main, it would be nice not to have to flip characters when I needed things.

Just something long-term to work towards, I suppose!

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FFXIV: A Somewhat BLU Weekend

Pictured above, an army of BLU chasing down poor Flame Sargent Dalvag for his Loom skill. Was a fun train!

While leveling my BLU wasn’t my only focus this weekend, it was a pretty good bit of my time. I continue to enjoy it, ended up cleaning up nearly all quests in the early zones (yay!), and finished leveling to 44 last night.

I’m still going much slower than the majority of folks, and have only capped 24 of all the skills. But a lucky run of Haukke and Cutter’s Cry netted both Amoon and I with Petrify and Ram’s Voice the first shot. I have no idea how I functioned without Ram’s Voice until now. I’m so spoiled now.

Anyhow, aside from just BLU, I’m still making progress on all of Amon’s crafters. I finally hit 50 on Leatherworker, which means I can pick up Moogle quests again, and start leveling Carpenter with the Ixali quests. Alchemist is almost level 69, so pretty soon, I’ll have it at 70, and can resume Armorer with the Namazu quests.

Our RP alts in the Alchemist outfits. Only leveled it for the glamour… right? Right?

As you can probably tell, my days are just a cycle of crafting beast tribes most the time. Not that I’m complaining about that… without these quests, leveling crafters is a much larger time sink.

Aside from that, still trying to get my footing in the Monastery. Some runs are better than others, and just being week 2, folks are still trying to wrap their head around mechanics. But so far, no full wipes that lead to not completing it. Sadly, no drops, either. I really want that Bard chestpiece!

I did get a nice coat drop from our run of Ghimlyt Dark yesterday which led me to reworking Amon’s main Bard glamour. He’s trying to be all dapper.

Anyhow, I hope to finally get my BLU to 48 soon, so I can join Amoon and Syn on the Aurum Vale runs I’ll need to try and cap Glower. Then we can both try out the Carnival instances and see what those are about.

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MMORPG Social on Mastodon

((I hope folks don’t mind me posting the MMORPG Social banner above – artwork does not belong to me! But it’s really awesome!))

So, every now and then, I would hear about Mastodon. I didn’t know much about it, and while it sounded neat, it had one thing that kept me from jumping in with both feet to try it out — when you sign up for it, you have to join within a specific community.

I’m still not 100% clear on how all that works, but I’ve learned that there’s a reason for this. Unlike other social media that’s run by Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc, Mastodon is open source and the individual communities are actually hosted and moderated by people.

Think of it like your buddies running their own Minecraft (or insert your favorite server-based game) server or paying to host a server for just your community. That’s what Mastodon does. It’s much like Twitter in layout and function, but in a smaller, more personalized community.

I really love this idea! But I couldn’t find a community that fit me. Until Belghast posted about the MMORPG Social community last month. I saw that, decided to check it out, and felt pretty much at home as soon as I made my first Toot there. Yes, we Toot.

I’ve been active on the channel for almost a full month now, and I’ve watched it evolve and gain more members. I’d love to see this continue to grow, so I feel like I’m at a point where I can post about this now.

Want to Know More?

If you’re like me, you probably feel like you don’t need another vast and overwhelming social media platform to keep up with. However, part of the reason I was drawn to this community is that it’s more manageable in size. It feels a lot more personalized and I feel like I can get to know people easier because I’m interacting with them on a smaller scale.

If any of this caught your interest, I’ve got some links and resources where you can poke around to learn more.

If you decide to join up, look for me, Aywren! I’ll be sure to follow you!