Preliminary patch notes for FFXIV Patch 4.1 have been released, and as I tend to do, here’s a list of things that excite me… or not. These are all totally based on my own preferences, opinions and playstyle. Your mileage may vary.
Yeah, I know I’m like 2 years behind everyone else, but seeing that I just picked up GW2 and started playing it again (fairly casually) last month, this was something I was happy about. I finished filling out all the hero points for Reaper on Zznaf last night, and got this neat necro hood cosmetic!
I actually like the cosmetic a lot, but I also like showing Zznaf’s face most the time, so I just glamoured (yeah, I know, FFXIV term) it and hid the headpiece. I can unhide it when I want to look a little intimidating (yeah, good luck with that). Best of both worlds.
So far, Reaper has gotten me through everything I’ve needed to do, including some tough bosses. I know I don’t kill things nearly as fast as I see other people killing, but it’s okay. Thanks again for those who took some time out to help me find a good build!
I’m still chipping away at the PoF story. I’m in the Desolation, and just unlocked the Vabbi area. Pretty interesting. I’m currently working through a scenario that reminds me a lot of something you’d do in GW1.
I’m also getting really close to finishing my Springer’s final mastery. I have all the points I need, just have to fill that experience bar to unlock it. Then I can look into earning my sand wolf (I know it’s technically a jackal but…).
In other news, Stardew Valley will be out on Switch by the time I get home, so it’s going to be tough not to get “Sucked In” (Golf Story term) to another game tonight.
I keep forgetting to take a good screenshot of our new GW2 team. Anyhow, above, you’ll see Amoon’s Charr ranger, Syn’s Zeb standing up front, and my Tai, mounted on the raptor. Yep, as I said, I may have influenced a few expansion purchases this weekend… and now we’re going through the PoF story together.
This will make my second time through. I’m still not done with my first time — Zznaf is on the third act, and I’m working on making progress through that when I can. Hopefully, I’ll get that finished up so I can be working on my griffin soon!
Last night, I finished capping out my third Springer mastery skill (yay for super jump!), and I’m halfway through the final mastery. I heard that’s a requirement to unlock the 4th mount, so I’ve been doing as many events and hearts as I can between my two characters.
I’ve also been kicking around the idea of renaming our old GW2 guild. In the beginning, it was meant for just close friends, mostly whom knew us through our project, Wayrift. But we’re getting interest from other folks outside the group (our FFXIV friends, etc), and I’m wondering if I shouldn’t change it to something more related to GW2 in theme. Not that I have any plans to seriously run another guild on top of our FFXIV Free Company!
Speaking of which, FFXIV Patch 4.1 is approaching quickly — next week! I know that GW2 is going to be a juggling act with FFXIV once that drops. I already have a day off for patch day to allow me to be up early enough to hopefully snag an upgraded house for our FC. But that’s a whole nother story!
It’s pretty interesting how a game can go from “I’m not interested in this in the least bit” to “Okay, I’ll buy the expansions now.” Part of it’s my fault, I’m sure, for reporting that so far, the GW2 Path of Fire story and design is a whole lot better for players of my taste.
Sunday saw Syn and Amoon dust off their old GW2 accounts for the first time in years. Builds were pondered. Mounts were seen and desired. Come Monday, Syn decided she was picking up the boxed set of both expansions. I don’t think she was hyped about it, but she seemed curious, like I was when I dropped cash on the two expansions last month.
So, last night, I helped them both obtain their raptor mount and get to Amnoon. We’ll see where it goes from there.
As for myself, I spent a good chunk of time working through the GW2 chapter The Departing. I’ve heard snippets about this chapter, including the fact that it contains one of the more difficult bosses. Here’s my thoughts.
Story Spoilers for GW2 Path of Fire!
So, September’s mid-month gaming goals were mostly a bust. This was because I couldn’t have foreseen how involved I’d get with the new GW2 expansion or Secret World Legends. As a matter of fact, I even had some luck encouraging Syn and Amoon to log back into their long-lost GW2 accounts last night. We dusted off our old characters and even gave our long-defunct guild a bit of a boost.
This month is going to be iffy for goals, too, since FFXIV Patch 4.1 drops next Tuesday, and I know it’s going to be a doozy. Because of that, I’m trying really hard to make some progress in Path of Fire, hoping to finish up the story line and maybe get some work on my griffon mount underway. It’s been very slow going for me so far, so we’ll see how it turns out!
- Level Bard (to at least to 65… I’m so behind) ✓
- Level Crafters ✓
- Get Whisper Mount and Yo-Kai minions ✓
- Unlock Flying in Ruby Sea
- Level to 50 and switch jobs to Samurai
- Finish 2.0 base MSQ
- Finish Path of Fire story line ✓
- Start working on griffon mount ✓
- Save for griffon mount ✓
I’m not sure if playing so many different games right now (not listed above: SWL) is a good idea, but I’ve been having a lot of fun with a bit of variety. GW2 allows for more quick-paced jump-in-get-something-done play, which I can appreciate. FFXIV takes a little more time investment, and I know after 4.1, it will have my attention again. SWL is something our group does when we want to be involved in a story line and have a few hours to put towards it.
In other words, I’m so happy October is here! This is one of my favorite times of the year — I love the feel of oncoming Fall and Halloween! I have a lot of other personal goals I’m sorting through outside of gaming, and I’m looking forward to this month!
I had other things on my mind to blog about today, but that all went out the window. I got a SNES Classic this morning!
Honestly, I wasn’t going to even try to get one of these after what happened with the NES Classic. I wanted one, don’t get me wrong. I just didn’t think there was a chance.
Well, after reading the mega thread on Reddit and seeing how many success stories there were — the fact that there was often more stock than people after them (I think people were like me and were discouraged from trying due to the NES Classic)….
Well, I did a quick search at Brickseek (SKU: 741659089), and saw that the Target down the road from work was supposed to still have 11 in stock. Note, this was an hour and a half AFTER the store opened. So I made a rush before scrum — the worst that could happen was that Brickseek was wrong.
But it was right! Not only did they have some for sale, but the guy at the counter was opening a whole new box of them even after I bought one! He did say there were a number of folks waiting in line before the store opened, but honestly, that wasn’t needed.
Anyhow, if you have a desire for a SNES Classic, I’ll encourage you to hit up your local store THIS MORNING because you’ll probably have decent chance in scoring one. But go for it now, because the closer it gets to the holidays, the tougher it may be.