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FFXIV: Mentor x2

It was almost three years ago when I first earned mentorship on my main character, and ended up quite disappointed by the whole system. I knew that I’d never be able to run the mentor roulette since I haven’t unlocked all of the content it requires… and the roulette doesn’t just let you run what you already know.

I still think it’s dumb that I can’t help a sprout through Sastasha just because I’ve never run the Warring Triad, for example. A real waste.

Eventually, I just took the crown off and never put it back on again. I didn’t want the pressure of having something that indicated I’m supposed to be a good player when I feel like I stumble through higher end content more often than not.

That’s probably the reason I didn’t even realize that I was coming up on fulfilling the crafting/gathering requirements for Mentorship on my RP alt, Amon. In fact, it was only when I saw that I’d completed the achievement for crafting 100 collectables (something I did just casually with weekly turn-ins) that it occurred to me I had only one more achievement left to finish. This was to gather 300 collectables, which is something you can knock out in a few hours if you work at it. I was already about 2/3 of the way done.

So I finished that up last night. And this happened:

I have no idea whether I’ll actually put it to use in any way. Amon is a bit more social than my main is when it comes to interacting. I’m a little worried about poking my head into the Novice Network on my server — truth is, I don’t even know if it’s used for anything as I’ve seen very little in the way of sprouts who are marked as being a part of the network.

One way or another, Amon got his crown, as you can see above. And compared to the effort I put into it on my main many years ago, it was really pretty simple to complete. Whether that is a good or bad thing, I can’t say.

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FFXIV: Odin in the Shroud

I have always loved the concept of the large, special FATEs in the open world of FFXIV. I still haven’t finished my second Ixion for the mount yet, but hope to some day. I also beat up the Behemoth not long ago, and am leveling my Leatherworker specifically to be able to craft the wall trophy from the horns.

Last night, as I was working on my Ixali beast tribe quests in North Shroud, I noticed the transition to Tension in the Shroud. This is a weather pattern that only comes around when Odin is lurking in the forest. His FATE doesn’t appear to be marked on the map, and Tension can span several zones, so it takes some searching to find him.

As luck would have it, he was in North Shroud, and parties started forming fairly quickly. I’m usually shy to use shout chat to ask for a party invite for these things, but I did this time, and Amon was instantly popped into a group.

I was surprised at how big a crowd Odin summoned, actually. I was also surprised that the FATE did not sync me down from 70, and it still lasted a pretty good amount of time even though there were probably a lot of max leveled people out there fighting.

People gathering for Odin – who is way off in the back of the shot

In the end, we took him down, and many folks got the achievement, including Amon. I took my award and turned it in for a nifty set of barding, too. I’m pretty sure I’ve got this on my main already, but it’s always fun to revisit this kind of content. Hopefully, we’ll see more of this in the next expansion!

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FFXIV: Completing Alphascape

Back when patch 4.4 dropped the Alphascape raid, it was content we tried, but then put off sensing that we’d need to be a bit better geared to move through it smoothly. With everything else going on, it got lost in the shuffle, and somewhat forgotten.

Fast forward to this past week. We have a returning member to our little FC, and we’ve been helping him lift his ilvl to meet the requirements to clear MSQ and open the Monastery. Getting him into Alphascape was a good place to secure some accessory drops and help with that process. Not to mention the weapon from Sigmascape.

I really wasn’t going to run it on my RP alt, Amon. But since they were going to do them all from the start, I decided to tag along. Sadly, it’s another thing that my RP alt has now cleared that my main has not!

I never intended to raid on my RP alt, but the more I play Bard, the more I’ve been enjoying it. Also, Amon has the higher ilvl now (!!) and that makes him feel stronger to play than my main.

I suppose I have plenty of time before the next expansion to work on my main… but honestly, when the expansion hits, it’s just going to mostly bring characters back to the same starting point. So I don’t have a whole lot of of motivation to work all that hard as long as she can see the story that leads up to Shadowbringers.

I did enjoy the ending of the raid story, probably more than the other raid series. Both Coil and Alex had these massive, epic storylines running through them… still, till today, I don’t quite get everything that happened in Alex.

And while the concept of Omega and the story surrounding it is complex, the final parts of the ending was fairly simple and wholesome. I know that not everyone takes the inclusion of a chibi chocobo from another dimension all that seriously, but that’s fine. It was sweet and worth the effort to get there. Plus you get a minion.

Speaking of the effort to get somewhere…. I also was able to finally save enough MGP for the Fenrir mount on Amon. I already had it on my main from sometime last year. But this just goes to show that earning the 60K from the Fashion Report every week adds up over time.

I really didn’t do much else to earn MGP on Amon, and I only just started to do Fashion Report sometime late last summer/early fall. There may have been a few weeks I missed, too, and I even spent a bit of MGP along the way. So, it’s safe to say that doing Fashion Report weekly can earn you the mount in about six months.

Hey, I’m patient. It pays off. 🙂

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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: Viera Race Info Release

As hoped, at today’s Fan Fest, more details were released about the Viera race that was hinted to be coming in the Shadowbringers expansion. Here’s what info we got!

Looks like they have several Viera-specific hairstyles, and you can choose between upright and folded ears! Seems to be a good bit of customization here. I’m really loving the faces — especially the nose!

The one thing we don’t know about yet is whether there will be male Viera yet! I think it would be a grave oversight if this was gender locked… but no matter what they release, I’m pretty sure I’ll be race changing one of my characters when the expansion comes out!

Source: Reddit

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February 2019 Gaming Goals

I skipped out on January goals because I knew I’d be too distracted with BLU to do much. And I was right. But I’d strayed so far from the goals mindset that I almost forgot to start setting them again for February.

Welcome to February, by the way! Let’s make some goals!

FFXIV: Main Character

  • Level Astro
  • Level Ninja
  • Finish Summoner Job Quests 

Yep, back to trying to get job quests finished up again! Also, Ninja is the last DPS job that I haven’t leveled to 70, so I’d like to make some progress there. Also, leveling Astrologian would be nice, mostly to get some of the extra gear out of my inventory. All my other healers are 70 already.

FFXIV: RP Alt

  • Level Armorer to 70
  • Gear Armorer
  • Level Leatherworker to 60+
  • Level Carpenter to 50
  • Progress on “I Made That” for Alchemist

I’ve been pretty good about doing daily beast tribes for my crafting classes. I’m sure that Armorer to 70 and gearing it up will be done. I also know that getting Leatherworker to 60 will get done, but I’m not sure how much further I can get with Namazu quests alone in the month, though. Carpenter may or may not hit 50, depending on how much XP I get from Ixali tribes.

Aside from that, I want to keep making progress towards the blessed Alchemist tool by crafting things from the Alchemist book. Right now, I have the I Made That II achievement complete. I’ve been growing flowers every day to work on crafting the hair pieces that alchemists make from them and getting those checked off the list. I don’t know if this is something I will finish this month, but the more progress the better!

And that’s my focus for February!