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FFXIV: Fun Diadem Weekend

Most of this weekend was spent hanging out in the Diadem and working on the Ishgard Restoration. As before, leveling crafters is crazy-fast, though leveling gatherers still takes a bit more time.

My major focus was to get my alt’s final three jobs leveled from 70 to 80. Despite the time spent gathering, and being bottlenecked by tiger leather on two jobs (ugh), I was able to do this pretty quickly over the weekend.

This also gave me all sorts of opportunities to play the new Kupo of Fortune. I had a bit of luck here and there, and ended up with more dhalmel whistles than I could use, so I gave some away to FC members.

I also won the Coffer of Kupos, which gives you that spiffy outfit that Amon is wearing above. Along with the new paissa minion, several parasols, lots of bread emotes, and some orchestrion rolls.

These things are currently not too difficult to come by, so the price has severely tanked on the market board. As has the price of all the materials people have been gathering in the Diadem. This makes for some super cheap and fast leveling of crafters.

I got another alt from level 1 to 50 in the space of a few hours – which included some time gathering in the Diadem. I figured out that it was just faster to buy the mats (and at a lower gathering level, Diadem doesn’t give enough scrips to be worth it).

I also spent much time working on earning scrips on Amon so I could get him the new sheep mount.

I still have a bunch of stuff to earn with scrips, so I don’t foresee myself stopping now that Amon has all his crafters leveled. I also have to go back and do much of this on my main, as well.

That doesn’t mean that I’ve been ignoring other things, though. I finished leveling White Mage to 80 on my main this weekend, which means all of my healers are sorted and I could toss out a lot of leveling gear. I also got to Bloodsworn rank with the Stewards — the new gathering beast tribe. I’ll finish that up on Amon today, too.

I was good and finished up all of 5.2 MSQ on Amon, as well. So that puts me even with both of those characters. I just need to continue to progress on my third character – Tai – through Shadowbringers.

I’ve also been working on crafting the 480 gear for Amon, slowly but surely. Right now, that’s bottlenecked by the items you need to buy with tomes. Eventually, I hope to craft gear for Tai once he hits level 80. But that’s a matter of actually getting him there. 🙂

So, there’s still a ton to do for me in FFXIV.

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FFXIV: Patch 5.2 – Echoes of a Fallen Star Trailer

Today’s Live Letter brought us the trailer for the upcoming patch! There’s a lot going on in this trailer and I admit that I’m a bit confused at all of this — Yoshi-P did acknowledge that it won’t all make a lot of sense because there’s just so much story to this patch, they couldn’t put most of it in here (of course).

I’ve been reading the Live Letter transcripts – not done quite yet – and trying to sort through everything they covered in it. The one thing I do know is I need that Serpent of Ronka mount!

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FFXIV: A Stage Reborn – Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Sunday before last, I got an unexpected ping from an RP pal telling me that there was a group of folks attending an A Stage Reborn production in game. Would I like to come?

Yes, please!

I’d heard of the folks at A Stage Reborn, even when their production consisted of paying homage to FFIX through an in-game production of I Want to be Your Canary. But this, to my delight, was a full on rendition of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. With, of course, some modifications.

I hopped on Amon and quickly joined up with their group where I found a line already forming, even 45 mins before the play started. There’s limited seating in game to see the performance live in the group’s FC house. But you can always catch the show live (and see previous recordings) at their Twitch channel as well.

They ran a tight ship with a number of social rules, which was to be expected when herding a large number of folks in a small location in a MMO. Thankfully, people were polite and did follow the rules. Once the show started, the house was locked down and no one was permitted inside.

The performance and set was really amazing! From what I could gather, they had both text and emotes set through macros, and everything was timed so perfectly. They also had some really neat special effects, such as people vanishing off stage and the clever use of Dancer/Blue Mage skills.

The first half of the play was mostly building up the foundation of the story. The second half was when things got really fun. They did a fantastic job of getting the comedy aspect of the play across, with a few modifications that made it relevant to the FF community. We even had a play within a play homage to FFIX, including the infamous Zidane/Blank fight scene!

All in all, it was an astounding and creative effort and it came off pretty flawlessly. I was very impressed, and a good time was had by folks in my group (even though Amon was the only non-Lala).

A few familiar NPC faces here…

Should I get another chance to attend an event by this group, I’d absolutely jump to go. Thanks to everyone for a fun time!

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FFXIV Shadowbringers Preorder & Release Date

Preorder here for PC, PS4, and Mac!

Preorders Start: February 6 2019
Preorder Headstart: July 28, 2019
Release Date: July 2, 2019

Preordering any edition gets you some goodies!

Apparently the earring stats change depending on your job and level.

The Collector’s Edition (I’m assuming digital) gets you these, too:

And the physical Collector’s Edition includes:

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FFXIV: RP Disconnect – Coming Clean

I’m quite happy with my Mudpie minion, pictured above — I’ve only seen it drop once and got the lucky roll to win it! Usually, I have no luck in rolling on minions, so I was stoked when I managed to snag this fellow.

A perfectly messy minion to talk about coming clean. Well, not that I actually have hidden my side-blog activity. I’ve actually linked to my RP Tumblr and discussed my move to the RP server and all the motivations behind it several times before.

But still, I feel a little guilty that this blog, which I’ve maintained for years, has slowly seen a decrease in content as a lot of my attention has gone towards my RP and creative endeavors. I have to admit that part of this is that due to whatever fluke, the response to my Tumblr writing has been quite strong.

In fact, since I first started seriously RP blogging in the last week of July, I’ve earned more followers there than I have all the years of WordPress blogging here.

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Also, given that this blog has exactly 1,440 posts over its lifetime, it’s crazy to think that in just a matter of a few months, my RP Tumblr has 1,338 posts. Granted, what I write here is generally longer and more in-depth in terms of content, and some of the Tumblr content is just silly stuff, images or reblogs. But I’ve also posted some lengthy fiction pieces there, as well.

The Conundrum

The interesting thing is, I’m playing far more FFXIV since I got involved with my RP alt and I’m having a lot more fun doing it. Yet, I’m blogging about it less here, mostly because I don’t know if this kind of content belongs on this blog.

I feel like folks who read this blog might not be interested in RP fiction and think the whole thing is silly. Maybe I’m wrong about that, though. I mean, we do all roll up digital avatars in fantastical worlds as a fun pass time, right?

I’ve also just found myself playing my alt, Amon, more than my main. I’ve come to view my main as a progression character — the one who has all the stuff cleared and unlocked and is doing Expert runs for Tomes. She’s maxed out on leveling crafting and gathering and I’m slowly nudging her battle jobs up to 70.

But really, I’m still quite burned out on raids and dungeons in FFXIV. Gear progression doesn’t interest me much since it just gets reset every patch and washed away come the expansion. So as long as I have the ilvl to get things done, I don’t feel the need to work on gear. As much as I would have liked to try Eureka, I didn’t jump on the early train there, and I’m still only level 4… so the whole grind for the weapons and gear there passed me by this expansion.

While I have a few things I want to work on with my main, really, I have so much more I want to do with my alt.

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Amon welcomes the Halloween Event in style!

For one thing, I ensured that Amon didn’t unlock anything I didn’t want to play. This means most unrequired dungeons will never be unlocked unless there’s glamour I want. It also means I’ll never unlock anything beyond Void Ark for Alliance because I still have no desire to run Weeping City or anything beyond.

Instead, I’m leveling gathering, and eventually crafting, all over again. I know that seems pointless, but I’m having fun doing it. I get to work through Namazu tribe quests again, something I didn’t do on my gatherers, and eventually other beast tribes as a whole.

The bottom line… I get to cherry pick only the content I have any interest in and throw the rest of it out the window. No raids. No unwanted dungeon runs. And instead, I can focus on things like housing, glamour, performing music, lore, connecting with the RP folks who want to write with me, and doing much more creative stuff.

I’ve been so much more inspired and have enjoyed the game immensely once I’ve broken away from the run-run-run mindset. Sure, I still do my share of roulettes, even on Amon. But I also know that there’s an ending point for him.

Once I’ve got the jobs I want leveled on him and he’s cleared MSQ… and maybe cleaned up a lot of the quests he’s outleveled (I hate leaving quest markers everywhere on the map)… Then he’s free to just be a creative outlet for me without the worry of needing to progress. And if I do choose to progress something else on him, well, it’s because I wanted to.. not because I felt pressured to keep up with anything.

There’s a certain freedom in that that I’ve been missing in FFXIV for many years.

So What Happens Here?

But that leaves the question of what I’m writing on this blog.

Doing less on my main means having nothing of real interest to share here. And while I’d never directly post RP on this blog (that really wouldn’t fit), I’m not sure if some crossover posts (such as links to the RP fiction) would be welcome?

Would progress posts on Amon be welcome? Or would it be boring to see me retreading the same ground on a second character?

I suppose I could talk about the face of RP as it stands in game and on Tumblr. But I don’t know if that is interesting to anyone, either.

If anyone has suggestions or feedback, I’m happy to listen! I really don’t want to see this blog go inactive, but I’m a poor judge of how much of the creative content would be acceptable to cross-post here.

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Let me know if you don’t mind hearing more about this fellow.