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FFXIV: I’m a Bad Influence

Yesterday, Syn noted that our server, Midgardsormr, had become a preferred world on our data center. I was a bit surprised to see this since we aren’t a small server by any means… in fact, since Stormblood, we’ve had a small log in queue every night. Just a handful of players and a short wait, but still a queue.

Character transfers to our world are currently free from congested worlds. Also, newly rolled characters on our world get a bonus experience buff… and if you reach level 30 while the server is still a preferred world, you get 15 free days of play time.

I made note of that, and also noted that I had a solo FC just for alts. I must be a bad influence, because Syn and Amoon both rolled up an alt last night and joined <<Alts>>. 😀

I mulled over whom to roll (you have to make a new character to get the buff), and since I had just re-rolled my Porom Lala, and the group could use a healer, I stuck with her. So we have this mis-matched trio of characters speed-leveling through the early game:

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Though we all started in different cities, it’s actually been a lot of fun! I hope we can make it to level 30 before we lose the buff! Even if we don’t, though, it’s kinda neat to have friends join up in <<Alts>> where we can mess around in a smaller FC environment from time to time. I love my main FC, but sometimes (especially for RP and story purposes) it’s nice to have a small and quiet place to retreat.

I’ve wanted to play a FFIV-based character in this game for a while, and one that I’ve kept coming back to has been (child) Porom. I’ve rolled her (and a Palom) lala several times over the years. Lalafell are perfect for them. But I’ve never done much with either of them.

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Now, the proper pony tail hair style exists (it didn’t back in the early days), and it sounds like playing a White Mage is a lot less frustrating without stance dancing. It’s been good practice to start a healer from level 1 and work up. Plus, she’s a cutie with her Namingway, so why not?

I also ended up finally changing Zuri’s Au Ra character, as I said I wanted to. I’ve been seeing a number of posts lately that make fun of the fact that most female Au Ra are Raen that have the same face variation (the slender horns). I’m pretty sure it’s the horn shape that attracts to this face style (sad they can’t be separated), because that’s the reason I picked it, too.

I mulled going Xaela, but I just couldn’t find a look I liked with the dark scales. So, instead, I chose a different face option, and after playing around with styles and variations, chose to make Zuri an albino-ish Au Ra.

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She’s not a true albino, though, because her eyes are more orange than red… I just thought it looked better that way. I’m still experimenting with hairstyles, but for now, this is good enough.

A combination of battle leve quests (yes, some people still do these!) and a PotD nudged her to level 28 archer. So, I’m getting her closer to Bard, and to getting her back on the MSQ track!

Sometimes you just need a little freedom from end game. It puts things in a different perspective.

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So much fun with alts… and also great to see our server being overrun by so many cute little sprouts!

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Writing

FFXIV: Introducing Alt+Exp

I’ve been a little quiet here on this blog mostly because I’ve been working on setting up the aforementioned FFXIV RP/Story project. This has now taken shape as a brand new website that I’m happy to announce: Alternate Experience (Alt+Exp).

So far, I’ve got one story post there, kicking off the beginning of Ben’s journey to Eorzea. I also have an author’s post there, as I intend to keep a side blog running for author commentary.

Remember how I noted that I didn’t have any updated full-body artwork of Ben to show? Well, I can’t say that anymore. I drew a brand new piece (above) just for the release of this project. Am I dedicated or what? 😉

Here’s a bit of fun about the name Alt+Exp, and the various different meanings it can have:

  • Alternate Experience <Alts> is the name of the solo Free Company I created for my alt characters, including Ben.

  • In playing through the game yet again, I am having a new experience with an alt character.

  • My alt is gaining exp.

  • The character, Ben, is having an experience in an alternate dimension.

Anyhow, this is as serious a move as I’ve taken to actually get off my duff and start fiction writing again. Heck, I even picked up a new domain name for it. I also had to break down and dedicate my secondary Tumblr account to the project, though I really don’t like having to switch between them for various things.

Anyhow, I’ll be setting it up so that posts from that site appear on my Twitter and Facebook, so you’ll be seeing those intermingled with my normal blog posts from time to time. Hopefully it’ll be something fun to write (and read)!