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May 2018 Gaming Goals

Welcome to Goals: Let’s Try it Again edition. Last month, I didn’t do so well on finishing what I hoped to accomplish. I’ve been caught up in a flurry of creativity, and haven’t been in the mood for gaming, so I have an excuse.

That doesn’t mean I don’t want to get stuff done, though. So, here’s some holdovers from last month.

FFXIV Leveling Goals

  • Level Ninja to 50 ✓
  • Level Some Job (to 70) ✓

I’m not sure which job I’m going to focus on for my Roulettes-to-70 next. I started White Mage, but healing makes me anxious. I know I should just stick with it, practice and get it done with, though. I’ll probably do that. Will have to wait and see.

FFXIV Cleanup Quest Goals

  • Ninja – Lv 40+45 Quests ✓
  • Warrior – Lv 40 Quest ✓
  • Summoner – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Scholar – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Machinist – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Paladin – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Miner – Lv 70 Quest ✓
  • Botanist – Lv 70 Quest ✓
  • Fisher – Lv 60-something – 70 Quest
  • Check all Crafters to make sure they’ve completed up to Lv 60 Quest at least
    • Finished the Leatherworker quests ✓

This list just got longer since I finished leveling Summoner and Scholar last month. Getting so far behind feels bad. I need to clean up my crafting quests, especially since we’ll get a crafting-oriented beast tribe series later this month. I know I’ll be taking advantage of those!

And… honestly… with the new patch coming out and my fixation on painting horses in Second Life, I think I’ll leave my goal setting right here for the month. That list of job quests is intimidating enough!

Have a great May! 

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FFXIV: Tales from Tells – Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Over the weekend, I was actually working on finishing some of my many job quests I’ve ignored for far too long in FFXIV (gasp!). Man, Black Mage quests are a pain in the tail… but that’s not what this is about.

So, I’d just returned to town to complete one of my quests, and hit the normal cutscene…. when I heard the ping of a /tell pop up. At first, I figured it was a friend or a FC member poking me for something. But when I went to read the tell, it was from someone I’d never met before.

Their question was cryptic.

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I pondered how to answer this, since I didn’t actually know why. Then, me being a writer who loves words, I became curious and decided to Google it. After reading through a quick article, which I thought was pretty interesting, I shared the info with this questing soul.

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There was a bit of a pause… and I got this in return:

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I guess he asked the wrong person if he didn’t expect an answer.

Just when I thought that was the end of it, I heard another ping:

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Oh, dang. I didn’t know this one either.

And to Google I went. When he realized I didn’t respond immediately, it dawned on him that I was looking this one up, too.

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But, “bruh”… if you can type these things to me, you can type them to Google for yourself. 😉

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FFXIV: Summoner & Scholar Level 70 Get

I’ve had a pretty crazy week IRL with work and stuff, and I’ve mostly been in my MMO holding pattern again this week. I did finally reach one of my monthly goals, which was to level my Summoner/Scholar to 70.

This was mostly through doing my normal stuff — beast tribes and Alliance roulettes. Nothing fancy.

The main point of leveling this job was to finally consolidate all of my caster gear into the one level 70 set. It felt pretty good to clean out my inventory last night and to sort through which items in my piecemeal level 70 stuff for healer I wanted to keep as well.

I think I may be taking a break from roulettes for a little bit since Syn is going to be away for a few weeks. I’ll try to focus on getting my Ninja to 50 and finishing up my job quests for many, many jobs.

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Second Life: Modding My Arabian Horse

When I was growing up, like many girls, I loved horses. And there was one series of books that fueled that love — Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion. We had a small bookmobile that came from our main county Library and stopped by my neighborhood. They almost always carried a book from this series, and if they didn’t, I could put in book requests to get more.

I devoured these books as a child, fell in love with the Arabian horse, and the art on this book cover in particular was my measuring stick for all horse artwork I drew:

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I probably still have a box set of these books somewhere in my closet. And if I don’t, I might just take it upon myself to go and collect the series with this particular cover art just to keep for myself.

Anyhow, what does that have to do with video games? Well, a few weeks back in Second Life, I stumbled upon the Water Horse Riding Horse… which isn’t really a horse but a fantastic, realistic bento add-on to your SL avatar. The Posse has been getting a lot of mileage out of our horses as we explore some really awesome places on the grid.

That little spark of Arabian horse love still burns in me, so I knew when I saw the Arabian Horse Mod for the Water Horse weeks ago that I’d be making that a project of mine. Over the weekend, I did just that.

While I think that my original Warmblood bento horse is very lovely, I have to say that the Arabian mod has transformed it to something above and beyond.

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A lot of work from talented creators went into this horse. I wanted to take a look at how all that comes together and give them my props for wonderful creations that bring me joy!

It Started With a Skin

I’m a huge fan of Hap’s work at Painted Pony. There’s a lot of great content out there for these horses, but her skins and content keep pulling me back in. She develops a lot of work for the Arabian mod in particular.

When I saw the new specular silver coat in her Highlights section, and noticed it could be used with the Arabian, I was struck by it immediately. I can’t really explain how this coat catches and reflects the light, but it’s amazing in person. I can just sit here and look at the way light plays off of my stallion… Beautiful work!

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So, this prompted me to head to the Jinx store (another creator I really love) to pick up her Arabian mod. This was the most expensive part of the modding process, and also the most tricky.

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This is a full body replacement for the Water Horse. This means when you add this to your avatar, you essentially have two horse bodies. You make the original horse body and tack transparent, and somehow this mod meshes beautifully to show instead.

It uses the Animation Override within the original Water Horse tack, so it moves and controls exactly like the original. Here’s a video of this horse in action (Note: lightly dressed female avatar warning):

If I had to nit pick about anything in this mod, it’s the tail portion. I’m not sure what it is about the tail, but the textures in the originals just don’t render right for me. Especially the white tail.

But that’s easily fixed with a texture replacement from Painted Pony. I picked up the Arabian Tail Fat Pack 1 and the Happy Tail add-on (which makes the tail swish from time to time like a real horse).

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And the final cosmetic piece was, again, from Painted Pony. I already had this from making my Miss Daisy setup — a lovely Tropicana Blue eye.

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Syn and Amoon like to tease me that the eyes make my Arabian look spooky, so I’m almost tempted to name him Specter. XD

Anyhow, I needed one final touch to really make this all come together. If you watched the video above, you’ll see the custom Arabian animations created by Mythril in action. Great stuff!

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So, I learned how to mod the tack AO to replace the standard animations with these. They included a very regal idle standing pose, a floating trot, and a lovely canter replacement. I also picked up a new gallop animation that I really liked.

What’s even better about this animation set is that it includes sidesaddle animations, which I was looking into picking up to fit a medieval dress that I bought. So a medieval warmblood project might be my next focus — we do have the Fantasy Faire coming up this week in Second Life!

And finally, the tack. I chose the new Sultan tack by Jinx. This is currently exclusive to the March Fantasy Collective, so I have no idea how much longer it’ll be there, or if Jinx will sell it in shop after the event is done.

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Much of the Arabian tack available is quite ornate, so I liked that this was less flashy and didn’t take away from the horse. These are cosmetic add-ons, and not a replacement for the AO tack. They look great and come with a HUD that allows for color change and minor modifications.

In the end, I’m very pleased with the overall results of the mod. What do you think?

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FFXIV: Patch 4.3 – Under the Moonlight (Drops Late May)

There’s a few things here that caught my interest from the newest Live Letter. Since the translations are posted on Twitter instead of the forums now, I’ll just be pulling from the official Twitter account for info. Sorry that WordPress pulls the parent tweet into the post above the tweet I actually want to post. Bleh.

Story is good, but the Namazu beast tribes are better! We had a feeling they’d be the tribe for crafters to use. I have plenty of crafters that need to catch up — Leatherworker, I’m looking at you!

Happy this is coming out so soon. Will have to add the Namazu to my dailies. 🙂

I’ve not been a huge fan of the new 24 man raids for quite a while. But, I did enjoy some of the encounters in Sigmascape, so I’m going to hope they might be going that direction with battle design. I’ll wait and see.

YEEAAAAAAAAH!!! 

We all had a suspicion that this structure was going to be for the next Deep Dungeon. So happy this is going to be a thing. Especially if it’s supplementing level 60-70 leveling. Leveling isn’t bad right now already, but I’ll always take more options.

*sigh* I haven’t really been all that involved in Eureka (but I kinda wanted to be). Maybe I should get back out there and see what a low level noob can do. I dunno.

I would actually probably use this. We heard about this app a while back, so it’s good to see it’s coming!

Other things from Reddit:

  • New Squadron dungeons added (Yay!)
  • Return to Ivalice raid – The Ridorana Lighthouse (with associated crafter/gatherer side story?) (Hmm?)
  • New Custom Deliveries client (Woo!)
  • Job Adjustments – DRK, SAM, AST
  • Cross-world linkshells (Oh?)
  • Items converted into glamours can be reclaimed. (YEAH!!!)
  • Squadrons can use glamour dresser. (YEAH!!!)
  • Glamour plates saved to gear sets. (YEAH!!!)
  • Loot system changes to Alliance Raids – All Greed (Huh… wait… that’s not good!?)
  • Normal raid roulette (Nice for people catching up, but I’d never run it. 😛 )

 

 

 

 

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Second Life: Building Houses for the Ultimate Sandbox

This weekend, I taught myself the basics of Blender, built my first house for Second Life and made my first sale on an item I created all on my own.

Sure, it took me the better part of two days to figure out Blender and trial-and-error through making that house. Sure, I sold it for a pittance of $L50 Lindens. I didn’t feel like I could charge much for my first try at a simple house… I was more curious about the process of putting something up on the Marketplace (which I’m still learning) and whether it would sell at all.

But it still felt awesome, was a crazy learning experience… and I’m eager to take these skills I’m developing and continue to build new things. I’m even writing a series of blog posts on my Second Life blog just to chronicle what I learned… mostly so I don’t forget how to do things! XD

As a creator, part of me gets a little thrill out of thinking someone else in Second Life might be living in the house I built. Maybe someone else gets a little bit of happiness at having their own little Modern Loft House somewhere on the grid. That’s pretty inspiring.

Sorry for the ramble. Most of the MMO stuff I’ve been doing lately is standard leveling, roulettes, weekly turn-ins, so nothing to report there. I’ve just been far more fascinated in making things right now.

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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – “People who sprint in raids…”

I would like to close out this week with a lighthearted story of a MT in Labyrinth of the Ancients from an alliance roulette we ran this past weekend.

Now, I still love Crystal Tower raids. But when you’ve run them a million times, you pretty much know the drill by heart. So, it’s not unusual to make up a bit of fun as you go along.

One of those things we do for fun is pretend “racing” from one boss room to the next. I mean, those purple lines on the ground are finish lines, right?

So, my alliance (and just about everyone I see in these raids) always sprint through transition areas, trying to be the first into the next room. Why not? As long as you’re not sprinting ahead to pull the boss before everyone is ready, there’s no harm in it.

Apparently, someone in our raid thought otherwise. They must have been holding a private conversation about it that suddenly turned into a miss-tell.

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The response to this was priceless.

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And if people weren’t sprinting before this conversation, they were now! The rest of the raid was sprinkled with moments like this:

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Good times.

Bonus Round: Puns from Eureka!

What do you do when you’re dying terribly to a bear NM that you’re way underleveled to attempt to fight? Floor tank and watch the bear puns roll in, of course.

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There were a lot more puns that followed, but I didn’t get the time to screenshot them all. Such a shame!