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FFXIV: All Saints’ Wake 2019

I have a lot of various gaming topics to touch upon from this weekend, but I’m going to start with the most timely and easy to tackle – FFXIV’s annual Halloween event. As always, it’s a bit of lighthearted fun with an optional romp through the mansion if you want the extras.

This year’s reward is a mount – though a bit of a touched-up reskin of an existing mount. It’s quite glowy and certainly stands out just fine with a decided Halloween aesthetic.

The quest to get it is straightforward and quick to complete. No gathering tokens or FATEs to run, which is always nice when you have as many alts as I do.

Once you’ve completed this, there’s a couple of housing items that you do have to earn tokens for. Indoors, there’s a neat little All Saints’ poster and for the outdoors there’s a carriage – very much a full sized carriage. If you have a small house, it really does eat a lot of yard real estate up, but then, Halloween only comes once a year, right?

The carriage is nicely done, and large enough for several people to sit inside of it. I don’t think we have another object quite like it, so even though it is very large, I approve of the design choice due to originality.

Both items can be earned with one successful run of the haunted mansion, which gives you the 5 pumpkin cookies that covers the cost for both. Keep in mind that the mansion requires a light party of 4 people, and you can queue up for it like a duty if needed.

There’s also the other side of the mansion, which is the masquerade. This has been moved off into its own little instance separate from the rest of the mansion runs. You can talk to an NPC to temporarily take on a disguise of a popular NPC – this year sees the addition of characters that center around the original Crystal Tower raids, as well as a few others.

All in all, it’s a cute little event that respects your time. If all you want is the mount, you can knock that out pretty fast. Housing items aren’t that hard to get and the rest is just fun fluff for those who enjoy that sort of thing.

May as well have a good time!

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FFXIV: Patch 5.1 Trailer – Release Date: Oct 29

This trailer, which was released with today’s Live Letter, gives a peek at a number of things including the new 24 man raid, Hades EX, the new dungeon, and a hint that Alex bosses will be the next Ultimate. Good news for the folks who are interested in all that sort of stuff.

I don’t mean to be a downer, but none of that really does much for me. I’m looking forward to the new MSQ an beast tribe quests, which I think we saw a bit in there, but that’s been way overshadowed by the whole Nier thing.

The more I see the aesthetics of it, the less I really care for it. Part of what I liked about Shadowbringers was that it felt a lot more fantasy-based and low-tech. And now we’re being tossed into some dark factory of metal and machines. Yeah, not really my thing.

I am looking forward to changes in crafting, which the Live Letter went into a tiny bit. Though, sadly, the Ishgard reconstruction doesn’t start until patch 5.11… which I kinda had an idea was going to be the case. I also find it interesting they keep saying the Diadem will be reworked (again) to be the gathering location.

They also said something about adding new features to housing to make it easier and more appealing to RP in. I wonder what that’s about?

Just as typical, I’m sure I’ll likely be hyped by all the QoL and small features FFXIV adds this patch, rather than the big ones they showcase. We won’t find out about the exciting stuff until probably next Friday, as long as the preliminary patch notes drop then.

Until then, I’ve somewhat been taking it easy in FFXIV, mostly just logging in to check retainers. Since I’m done with pushing all my jobs to 70, I don’t need to do dailies anymore. Plus I’ve completed everything I wanted to buy for mogtomes and I’ve more or less upgraded my accessories with Eden drops… well… most of what I set out to finish this month is done, so it’s time for a little break until the patch.

I’ll come back rested and ready for 5.1 – and I might even duke it out for a new larger housing spot. It just depends.

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FFXIV: The Pony Farming Nightmare

This weekend, I got my very first pony on my main through the Mogtome event. I have the whole set on Amon due to the help of my FC, but my main never started to farm for ponies at all. I knew that Ramuh could be tricky to down solo, so I picked that one up with tomes.

Last Mogtome event featured the ponies from Garuda and Ifrit, which I missed on my main. So I decided to take some time to see how likely/easy it was to solo for those two. I’d heard it was absolutely possible, and since my Red Mage is main and fairly well geared, I felt I shouldn’t have much trouble.

I didn’t.

I could easily take down Garuda in about 1:20. Titan wasn’t bad and Ifrit takes the longest due to nails. But I’m in no way in danger doing the first primal extremes.

I put myself to farming Garuda for her pony. It took a good half an hour, maybe more, of running the fight over and over again. I even checked a few times to make sure the pony dropped from the trial I was running.

Finally, when it did, the game had a little surprise for me.

Wait, what? The Nightmare Whistle!

While I knew it was a possibility to get this drop from these primals, I also knew it was a pretty rare drop, so I had no ambitions on getting it.

I was super stoked! Poor Xanthos – his drop was a bit overshadowed by my amazement at seeing the Nightmare on my drop list.

I went on to unlock and clear the other two primals, but haven’t started farming for their ponies yet. Seeing how easy Titan is, I think I might be done with the mogtome farming event, and will just farm the primal for that horse. Then… who knows. I might see how hard it is to do the rest of them solo.

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FFXIV: All Battle Jobs at 70!

Above, Little Yang celebrates my achievement of leveling Dancer to 70. This marks the last battle job (aside from Blue Mage) that I needed to level to get them all within this expansion’s level range.

I’m extremely happy about this because it was only last year that I decided I was going to make the effort to level up all my remaining jobs. Some of those were tanks lingering in the 30s… so it’s been a long road! If you’d told me I’d have all of my jobs at 70 this year, I’d not quite believe that. 🙂

I do still need to do the job quests for both Gunbreaker and Dancer, but I have plenty of time to put towards that at this point. From here on out, it’s time to start nudging jobs towards 80 one by one!

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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: Sophic Lanner

Last night, I finished the Mogtome farm for the second bird that I wanted on my main – the Sophic Lanner. That’s all the birds that I needed to get from this event, so now it’s on to snagging the two ponies!

I also hit level 69 on my Dancer, so I have a good chance at making level 70 tonight. I might have to supplement with Beast Tribes, but I’ll have to see which run I get before I can tell.

The Main Scenario runs are long, but really, there’s not a whole lot to them aside from the cut scenes. I’ve been using that time to work on Inktober sketches and other things outside of game, so it’s actually been a win-win. At about a level a day in the 60-70 range, I feel it’s not really a bad trade off for the time spent.

I know that once you hit 70, the experience feels like it drops off. But until then, it’s not a bad way to level. If I had another job to go through on my main, I just might use this again. I guess there’s always alts! 🙂

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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – Bad BBQ

Location: Amaurot, Expert Roulette

Guys, can I just say I really do not like Amaurot as a dungeon to start with. I think it has really cool story/lore aspects, but the final boss in particular leaves me with shaking hands. The fact that you can so easily fall off that platform, I absolutely loathe – I did it my first run and still have done it once or twice since.

So, this already was gearing up to be an interesting run.

Syn has been tanking lately because she’s not so keen on healing PUG tanks who want to rush Expert dungeons. Kinda like this guy. So she was on tank, I was typical DPS and we picked up a cross-world buddy as a second DPS.

The PUG healer we got was named Bbq (+odd last name). That was enough to make me concerned on zoning in. Syn did an inspection later and noted that the guy was kitted out in full crafted end-game gear, and only had White Mage to 80 (with a couple of other low level jobs). This sang to me of a jump potion healer.

This was not his first time running the dungeon, either, as we got no notification of it at the start. Nor did he get a mapping achievement at the end.

So BBQ’s gear was fine. His understanding of how to heal and survive mechanics was not.

Regen before pulls. Medica II spam constantly. Maybe a Cure 1 (yes, Cure 1) here or there. Oh, I did see him use wings every now and then, and he did know what Benediction was, because he used it on himself after I rezzed him.

And oh… did I rezz. I think this was the most I’ve rezzed in a 4 player dungeon ever.

I was running Red Mage, and while I don’t want to pat myself on the back, if there had not been a second player who could rezz in this run, it just would not have been possible to clear it.

We get to the first boss. BBQ stands in stuff, doesn’t hide behind meteors, and runs around like a chicken with his head cut off during major mechanics. I had to rezz him at least twice, maybe more, that I remember. He also couldn’t keep the rest of us alive, so I was healing myself and others frantically. Even Syn, as a tank, was healing BBQ!

I thought to myself: Well, that’s a tough boss if you don’t know mechanics. So I let it go. But I already had concerns about the last boss in my mind.

We get through the trash and the second boss without too much controversy. He actually did cast stone a bit on the second boss after he realized no one was getting hurt during the burn-down DPS phase.

Trash progression wasn’t wonderful, but not terrible, mostly because Syn did not dare to pull big. Both DPS knew how to dodge mechanics, so it was mostly up to BBQ to keep himself healed after standing in stuff.

The final boss, though. That was where it all went out the window.

BBQ fell off the platform over and over. He stood in the lasers and died. I rezzed until my MP was dry, and we still ended up wiping the first time because I eventually died to not being able to heal and rezz and DPS all at the same time.

And of course, this is when BBQ had something to say. The only word he said the whole time. A complaint to the fact he fell off the platform the third time that fight.

Yeah. That’s real class right there.

We were actually fairly nice to him, even offered him suggestions on staying alive.

But I was starting to really doubt that we’d be able to beat this fight without vote kicking him. Still, we gave it another go, though I told Syn, if we couldn’t do it the second try, it might not be possible.

Again, it was a rezz fest from me. Again he fell off and died over and over. But somehow… somehow… we beat it.

But do you want to know what really steamed me?

That’s right. The minion dropped and BBQ got it. I didn’t need the Shoebill, but I rolled in order to give it to someone else in the party that needed it. BBQ certainly didn’t deserve it.

Not only that, but after checking with everyone, BBQ did not give a single one of us a commendation. Not even the person who rezzed him over and over again.

To say I was annoyed was an understatement.

Anyhow, we told the story to our LS and FC, and once cooled down, I resolved to write this post. The rest of the weekend, whenever we had a rough PUG member, the response was “At least it wasn’t BBQ.”