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FFXIV: PotD & HoH

The newest patch has been released to the wild today, but I won’t be able to touch it until later tonight. So, until then, let me talk about older content, some of which I’d never tried until this weekend.

When Palace of the Dead (PotD) released during Heavensward, I ran it quite a bit with friends and FC members. It’s the type of content I enjoy in short bursts. So when its successor, Heaven on High (HoH), came out, I was looking forward to trying it… I… just never did for some reason. (?)

A Question of ilvl

Fast forward to Christmas vacation. I’d never planned on running any sort of raid content with Amon. At the time, he had the ilvl needed to clear the story, and I was content with him as he was.

But then, Syn lamented that I didn’t play Lighthouse with her (mostly because I’m not a fan of the direction 24 man raids are going at this point), so I finally broke down and unlocked Raba and Lighthouse on Amon. I even unlocked Expert (as it was in patch 4.4).

Glowy weapons return!

I started gearing Amon a bit better… and in the end, that was a good thing — you have to have ilvl 360 to enter the new Patch 4.5 dungeon, which is probably required to finish the storyline. I really don’t like that FFXIV gates story behind ilvl, but I can forgive this since the game gives a lot of ways to catch up if you’re behind.

Anyhow, all this is to say that I recognized quickly that his i340 weapon was going to hold him back. I really don’t have the energy to push through the Omega raids on yet another character (haven’t finished Alphascape on my main yet!)… so seeing another option for an ilvl 365 weapon was HoH, I decided I wanted to casually go that route.

Into PotD

The only thing is, in order to unlock HoH, you have to beat floor 50 of the original PotD. Amon didn’t even have that unlocked, much less any progress in it. So, I wrangled up Syn and Amoon, and we three-manned our way as a tank-healer-DPS trio.

Since there were only three of us, and we were all starting from scratch, we took it a bit slow, really working up our aether pool gear in the early levels. I was a tad worried that the lack of DPS would put us at a disadvantage, but even though none of us were over leveled or had red weapons, we were able to make the clear just fine and without a single wipe.

Poor Edda. 😦

On to HoH!

I may return to PotD and work on it some more just for the fun of it — Amon does have a Red Mage and I’ve always wanted to try soloing some of it. However, once this was cleared and the way was open to HoH, we jumped right into that.

I really enjoy the aesthetics of the area! They kept all of the things that I liked about PotD and gave them a slight twist. Not enough to make it unfamiliar, but enough to be surprised from time to time.

Also, exchanging the frog transformation for the odder actually makes you happy to be transformed! I knew this was a thing, but until I our party started to experience it… well…

Again, we are running this is a trio — and most of my focus is on finishing Floor 30 for the story and upgrading my aether gear enough to eventually get the weapon.

Are there faster ways to do this, yes. But I genuinely have a good time romping around HoH. Not to mention, the items you can get from the hoard sacks are really nice. I’ve gotten all sorts of barding that I didn’t own before. And Amoon got the hair — which he gifted to my main!

Plus it’s another way to quietly earn tomes on the side. And I can’t complain about that.

Amon Otter 🙂
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FFXIV Patch 4.5 Notes Highlights

Tomorrow, FFXIV is releasing patch 4.5 — the first in a series of 8 patches that will lead players into the next expansion. We didn’t get preliminary patch notes this time around since the team was taking a holiday (hope it was restful), so while we’re enduring the 24 hour maintenance, here’s my take on the most important things in the patch (Note: These are probably not the most important things, but they are to me! 😉 ).

Also note, I don’t include things such as the story, dungeons and raids we tend to see because those are givens. But I am excited to see where the story is going this time around!

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FFXIV: God of the Land (Again)

Last night, I hit level 70 Fisher on my RP alt, Amon. This marks the final gathering class I needed to level to max, and to earn the title God of the Land… which he wears just a little bit too proudly!

As the title of this post indicates, this is the second time I’ve leveled gatherers to max. I’ve been working at it fairly casually — mostly through daily GC turn-ins until the point I could use Namazu beast tribe quests to push through the final levels. It took a number of solid months to do it that way, but this was never something I intended to focus on from the start.

Why two max level gatherers?

Well, at the time I started leveling gathering classes on Amon, my main was still on another server. It made sense to work on a little gathering and crafting, if only to serve as a basis for making a bit of gil.

When I made the transfer of the majority of my characters to Mateus, it seemed a shame to not finish what I started. So, I just never stopped running crafting/gathering beast tribes… which honestly makes up the majority of content that I play on Amon.

I admit that I have been taking him into higher level content lately — just unlocked Expert roulette (well… until next week when a new dungeon is added). I also have been casually running Raba and Lighthouse, mostly because Syn was sad I didn’t care to run things like that with her anymore.

I still feel the 24-man raids ask a lot out of players, especially considering how fast you have to react to the layers of mechanics constantly dropping on you. Raba has gotten significantly easier due to better gear, but Lighthouse is still a solid challenge. I’m not sure I’m looking forward to the next installment next week, but we’ll have to see.

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FFXIV: House Decorating Glitches

One of the goals I have for this year is to deep-dive into FFXIV’s housing and decoration features. Between Tumblr and sites like Housing SNAP, I know that this is much more involved than it seems at first. And a number of neat things can be accomplished if you know the glitches to use.

Glitches? Housing glitches aren’t new to FFXIV by far. I’m thinking back to games like EQ2, where glitches are used to break out of the normal housing area into bigger zones.

Well, in FFXIV, glitches are primarily used to do things like float objects to make lofts, stairs, and place things in locations they normally wouldn’t be. While these glitches aren’t required to make a nicely decorated home, knowing about them and understanding what they do has provided me options for decoration I didn’t realize existed.

Many of these glitches require something very specific, such as placing an item from the housing storage or from your inventory. The infamous floating object glitch is really just toggling off the counter placement setting and breaking an item’s link to a table or shelf you placed it on.

So lets talk about these glitches, shall we?

Floating Loft

The first thing I set out to do was create a floating loft from a stage in the FC’s main room. You can see this WIP here:

Basically, this is a squirmy glitch that requires several things to work — the item must be in the housing storage, and you must bring it out at an angle to the wall. You must then go into first-person view, smush yourself against the wall and try to place the stage above a window with the middle-most part sticking through. Oh, and you have to use the mini-command menu to place it.

Here’s all that in a video:

Please check the video’s description for more info

The one thing to be aware of is that if you use a mouse/keyboard setup, the mini-command menu is (by default) set to the * (star) key on your number pad. This brings up the menu, but then you have to press the 0 (zero) key on the number pad to actually select “Place.”

Floating Stairs

Once you have a loft, you must then make stairs! Typically this is done by placing cushions on top of shelves.

There are two flavors:

I chose to use spiral stairs in our house because that fit better.

Floating Objects

Making floating stairs actually uses this same glitch. But in case you just wanted to place a picture or tabletop item somewhere it shouldn’t be (even floating in mid-air), here’s how it’s done!

Putting Windows on Partitions

It’s funky that those windows you pick up from the Enclave can’t be placed directly on partitions. Frankly, that makes no sense at all… so hopefully this will be a QOL somewhere down the line. Until then, here’s a glitch to make those windows do what you want!

I’m not quite finished with decorating our FC house yet, but I’m making good progress on it. I’ll update when I have something more solid to show.

But in the meantime, if you’re looking to refresh your room or house in FFXIV, check out that Housing SNAP website for inspiration and hopefully you’ll find a good use for some of these glitches I listed here! There’s a LOT more you can do with FFXIV housing than you might think at first glance – let your creativity go!

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2019 Gaming Goals

Welcome to the new year! It’s time to think about goals again… since last year, I actually did pretty well at meeting mine. I’m going to be taking into account that FFXIV will be releasing an expansion this year, so that’s going to end up eating a big chunk of my time. Still, there are a number of things I’d like to achieve this year!

FFXIV – Housing

Snagging a house on my server is a luxury. And I find it sad that I haven’t taken the time to sit down and really think about what I want to do with mine. Over the holidays, I worked at unlocking housing for most of my alts, so now almost all of them have a room in the FC house, too.

My goal is to really sit down, think out some themes for each character’s room, and put something neat together.

I’ve already started to work on the Free Company house, learning how to use the glitches to put together lofts and stairs. I’m no where near finished, but having a pretty good time learning about how to make the best of space in a small house!

FFXIV – Leveling

I know these plans are probably going to be waylayed by the release of the Blue Mage next month and the upcoming expansion. However, I’d still like to push those final few battle jobs that I just got to 50 on my main up to at least 60 by the end of this year. Maybe the upcoming Trust system will help with that.

Other than that, I have two more DPS lingering at 60 that I want to get to 70 before the expansion drops… I also want to finish all the job quests I keep putting off! Yikes!

Steam – Play the Games I Buy

While I didn’t get a 100% play-to-buy ratio last year, I did make this same goal and did pretty well at keeping it. It’s pretty simple. If I buy a game, I should really try to play it within the first 30 days… at least to determine if it works or if I just don’t like it and want a refund. I don’t refund games often, but it’s still good to take advantage of that.

Steam- Play Over 60% of my Backlog

Last year, my goal was to play over 50% of my backlog. I managed to get this up to 51% over December, and just squeaked by with this goal. I want to do better this year! Let’s shoot for 60%!

Here’s where I stand now:

Switch – Backlog

The day has come when I have to admit that my Nintendo Switch is suffering from having the same sort of backlog as Steam. It’s not quite as massive, but it’s slowly growing. And the sad thing is, lots of these games are great, and things I want to experience!

I’m not entirely sure how to measure this goal as Switch doesn’t tell you about your entire library on your profile — it only shows you the past few games that you’ve played. Maybe I need to look into some sort of outside tracker for this, but I don’t want to get too crazy with it!

Really, these goals are pretty similar to last year’s, but I guess I’m in a bit of a holding pattern with my choice of gaming platforms and MMOs. I’m not unhappy about this, however! I feel like there’s plenty of depth in my game choice, it’s just managing the time I spend.

What sort of goals do you have for gaming this year?

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2018 Gaming Goals in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve!

This is going to be a bit of a conglomeration of December Gaming Goals and 2018 overall Gaming Goals in one post. So, a lot to talk about, though they both overlap a bit.

December Breakdown

FFXIV Goals – Main

  • Level Warrior to 50 
  • Finish Summoner Job Quests 
  • Level Monk  to 70 
  • Start leveling next job to 70 
  • Gear up Crafters (Scrips) 

I did pretty good with my goals for my main in December. The only goal I didn’t meet was the Summoner Job quest — however! I did complete the Dragoon Job quests instead, which was not on the list. So that’s a trade!

I’ve completely geared up my crafters with scrips. I finished Monk leveling, and I’m sitting at level 67 on Samurai. So, doing pretty good there!

FFXIV Goals – RP Alt

  • Level Armorer to 60 
  • Level Fisher to 60 
  • Level Miner to 70 
  • Level Alchemist to 50
  • Get other crafters to 15

Did a good job in getting all this done this month. Actually, above and beyond as Fisher is almost 70 and Alchemist is climbing towards 60. Lots and lots of beast tribe quests!

Yearly Goal Breakdown

FFXIV – All Battle Jobs to 50 on My Main 
FFXIV: All Crafting Jobs to 70 
Steam Challenge: Play Games I Buy
Steam Challenge: Play Over 50% of my Games 
Nintendo Switch Backlog – Finish Games

Here’s a little bit good, a little bit bad. I did complete my FFXIV goals of getting all battle jobs to 50 and all crafters to 70. Considering things got a bit derailed in the middle of the year with an unexpected server transfer and developing a role play character, this is pretty good!

Steam goals were overall pretty good. I did hit over 50% of my backlog played this month. And while I can’t claim to have played every single game that I bought this year, I did play a majority of them. The ones I didn’t play were games that had a series – such as Life is Strange – that I wanted to dedicate enough time to starting. But for the most part, if I bought it, I put some time into it.

I can’t say the same for my Switch backlog, however. It’s expanded rapidly and I haven’t been very good about finishing or playing games. That’s certainly going to be something to focus on for next year!

How do things look for you and any gaming goals you set this year? Have some in mind for next year?