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After the Eclipse & FFXIV Moonfire Faire

I’m just getting back into the swing of things after taking a few days off from life for a mini-vacation on the coast to view the solar eclipse earlier this week. It was an extremely cool thing to see in totality, and worth every mile we drove, even in backed-up traffic.

Eclipse Adventures

Syn and I headed to the coast, where I haven’t been in quite a while. It’s sad that I live about an hour away from a popular beach vacation spot, but I never go there. We spent some time on the pier and at the shore, as well as on the saltwater marsh walk, and through all sorts of shops and eateries.

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The day of the eclipse, we had to drive a bit further south from our hotel, and traffic was a bear. The day started out cloudy and rainy, but luck was on our side.

We found a nice little park that was out of the way and fairly quiet. There was a small group of folks out there — a photography club had gathered to try and snap some shots of the event. But everyone was polite and very into the event. I laughed as someone played Dark Side of the Moon while totality grew near.

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Sunny moment at the park.

The clouds often threatened our view, and even during totality, it was a bit hazy. But we got to see what we came for.

It was pretty surreal during the totality when the sky got dark, all the lights in the park came on, and there was a perpetual sunset on every horizon.

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Darkness falls at 1:47 PM as sunset spreads on every horizon.

This lasted about two minutes, and after that, the clouds moved over us in earnest. So it held out just long enough for us to enjoy the culmination of it all.

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Syn got a better picture of the eclipse than I did.

Solar Eclipse: 10/10
Would eclipse again.

Moonfire Faire

After seeing Syn off to the airport, I came home last night, and somewhat inspired by our ocean adventures, I decided to work on finishing up the Moonfire Faire for my level 30 Alts who still needed stuff from the event.

So, I got the outfit for Ben… who looks like he feels a bit drafty…

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And Zemi, who took to it like a natural.

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Of course he would.

I still have to finish up the event on Tai tonight. He managed to snag some battered fish out of the FC chest, so he’s all set. I just need to finish up the actual quest to get his gear.

As soon as this event comes to a close, we’ll have The Rising starting up. After seeing the teaser image, I’m curious what it’ll be about this year. Looks promising!

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FFXIV: Worlds Collide

Last night, Syn surprised me by asking me to log into Ben so that Zeb could pick on meet up with him in game. I ended up taking a bunch of screenshots of the two outside of my main character’s house.

Of course, Zeb had to make trouble while he was there…

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He zeroed in on making fun of the very thing I did on purpose — I gave Ben fairly prominent ears. This is something I planned from the start. I mean, think of how it’d feel to get transported to another world and suddenly have elf ears!

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When your brother picks at you too much…

My retainer even got held hostage at swordpoint during the exchange. Don’t worry, it’s just KoGuRai. 🙂

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I tried really hard to make sure that I didn’t accidentally roll Ben to look too much like Zeb. Zeb’s been around for almost 4 years… Meanwhile, I’ve rolled and re-rolled Ben with different aesthetics over time, and I’m still not 100% sure I’m settled on this.

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I think I may have chosen the same base face as Zeb… but there are enough feature differences to make up for that. I also know for sure that I didn’t pick the same voice.

Anyhow, Zeb had to show off the fact that in the FFXIV he was not only a White Mage, but also a Paladin. It’s a dimension where dreams can come true!

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FFXIV: Sea Ponies and Ponytails

So something interesting happened over the weekend while I was leveling my Fisher in FFXIV, and I wanted to share. Spearfishing has really been the way to go in leveling from 60-70. I’m currently level 68, and it’s been a peaceful ride using spearfishing leves to get there.

Advice on the net said that once you reach level 66, start spearfishing Sea Lamps for the leve, and just use that all the way to 70. So, I located the Sea Lamps and got to it.

Now, when you spear fish, your node often has a few different kinds of fish for each Gig head size. In this case, I usually fished up a Sea Lamp, but sometimes I’d fish up the alternate fish, the Bashful Batfish. I didn’t pay much attention to this… until I started getting strange messages from time to time when I fished up the Batfish.

Finally I got a message that said straight up:

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What the heck?

So, that was the point I decided to Google the messages I’d been seeing. I’m glad I did.

Apparently, fishing up certain fish a certain number of times (in this case, the Batfish 10 times), makes the equivalent of an unspoiled spearfishing node appear! At level 66, you get a skill called Truth of Oceans. When you use this, you can locate the Swimming Shadows nodes, just like you do with Mining and Botany.

Curious, I located the node and started fishing. I was really, really lucky, because on my first node, I fished up this:

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I had no idea this was out there, so I was thrilled at the prospect I’d accidentally stumbled on the Tiny Tatsunoko minion! They are somewhat rare, as in four nodes, I’ve only fished up two. Since I’m going to be out there for leveling anyhow, I started fishing them up for the Posse and FC folks.

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I also spent a bit of time organizing my alts and getting geared up for this FFXIV Story Journal project that I really want to take on. I showed off my success in recreating Ben’s glamour in game a few days back, but his hair style still needed work.

I had an idea that the Gold Saucer ponytail style might be what I was looking for. So, I pushed Ben all the way up to the point in the story where I unlocked both the Gold Saucer and the Aesthetician.

Actually pushing through MSQ is very easy when you’re a level 50 Red Mage. The nice thing about this is that since I didn’t have to concentrate on leveling or running class quests, I was able to focus on MSQ only… and that made it a much more connected experience. I actually saw some things in the story that I missed before!!

Anyhow, I got Ben to the Gold Saucer and wondered how long it would take to make the 8,000 MGP to earn that hairstyle. It turned out to be really, really easy given the amount of MGP the weekly challenge log gives you for things like just playing and winning 10 games of Triple Triad. I forgot the challenge log was even a thing.

So, the ponytail get was a success!

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Alternate Experience

The next thing I did is just a testimony to my alt-aholism. Yes, I can’t get away from it, even in a game like FFXIV. What can I say… I pay for 8 character slots per server, so I’m gonna use them!

One thing that has troubled me was where to put my alts. I mean, I don’t want to clutter up my FC roster with them… But at the same time, if you’re not in a FC, you have to leave yourself on /busy all the time or fend off a slew of random FC invites and whispers. I just want a peaceful, story-concentrating experience. So I really don’t want to join someone else’s random FC. And it wouldn’t feel right to do that since I’m totally invested in my own FC.

I’d been joking with the Posse about rolling up a personal FC just for my alts. Well, I made that a reality yesterday and created Alternate Experience <Alts>.

The name was something that I created impromptu (which is odd for me… it usually takes me forever to name something), but the more I think about it, the more I really like it. I think I’m going to use that as the name of my Story Journal project when I get that off the ground.

I moved all my alts (except for Tai) off the KoM roster and into Alts, and I’m actually very content now. My alts have a quiet home, and are still connected to friends via Linkshells. They no longer clutter up the KoM roster… so people don’t know how weird I am in having so many crazy characters. And Zuri is a FC leader once again.

Life is good.

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FFXIV: Ben’s Glamour

Now that I’ve completed the MSQ on my main character, I’ve gone back to thinking a lot about the story-journal that I want to write for my RP character, Ben. But before I could do any of that, I really needed to get his glamour right.

In order to be able to glamour and dye, I had to complete two quests. One was out in Thanalan, not too far to run to, to get the dye system unlocked. But the other, the glamour skill, is a quest out in Mor Dhona.

Considering Ben is a fresh character without a story skip, he has no chocobo yet. So while he is a level 50 Red Mage, he had to foot it all the way from Ul’dah, through Thanalan, through the Shroud, into Coerthas, then finally to Mor Dhona.

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Thankfully, Namingway kept him company.

This was actually a pretty relaxing run to make. I’ve never done this on foot before, and there was really no danger from anything. It just took some time to jog there, especially with the changes to the Sprint cooldown. At least I unlocked a bunch of warps along the way.

Once that was done, I gathered up all the glamour items, dye, and glamour prisms I needed to make his outfit as Bennish as I could.

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This is pretty close, actually!

For those who aren’t so familiar with my character, I dug up one of the more recent Wayrift frames for comparison. I realized in searching, it’s been a long time since I’ve actually drawn a full-length picture of him… even this one is about 3 years old. Poor neglected Ben!

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Anyhow, the Astral Silk robes, which I also wear on my Bard Glamour, work quite well for Ben. They’re ornate enough, but not too much, and dye a nice dark green. I found some gathering boots that have the criss-cross leather, and just used the new Squall pants underneath. The only thing not perfect are the gloves, but there’s no way to get mis-matched white and black ones in game.

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He also seems too confident with a sword (and usually uses a large two-hander), but I can work with it. 😉