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FFXIV: Comments from the Duty Finder – Tuck It In! Or not.

Here’s a quickie post for the day – I have another post to write for our Nefol game dev blog, so just something short and funny. Or, at least, my FC found it funny at the time.

I’m not sure why our World of Darkness runs of Alliance Raid Roulette have blown up into messes several times this week. I’m talking a pure disregard for mechanics. Wipes. Very near-wipes. That sort of thing.

I have another post to tackle that topic, probably tomorrow. But for today, a bit of light amusement.

So, the Cerberus boss fight in WoD. It asks DPS to jump inside the boss and fight him from within his stomach. It’s gotten so fast to down the boss, however, that most DPS only do this the first phase, then burn the boss and ignore those mechanics the second time around.

If you happen to be inside Cerberus when he’s defeated, there’s a bit of lag time before the game expels you. It’s no big deal, but if you had never had it happen before, it might make you think you’re stuck momentarily.

This happened to one of our DPS on the run last night. During which he exclaimed:

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It took a moment, but as we were rushing to face the final raid boss, a cheeky alliance member retorted:

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This had my FC rolling in laughter on Discord. It was just that perfect response to the you-had-to-be-there moment.

Have a great Monday!

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FFXIV: Do You Want a Balloon?

Well you can’t have one!

The end-raid boss of the new Omega in patch 4.2 is Kefka. And he don’t give no balloons.

I woke up to a one word text today from Syn. Knowing we have a Live Letter today, I had a feeling I knew what it meant, but I still asked for clarification.

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I mean, it’s not every morning you wake up to “Kefka” on your phone. And yes, come to find out, it’s exactly what I thought. The new lineup for 4.2’s Omega bosses.

Oh, and it looks like there are going to be fights on the Phantom Train (rumors that it is the first boss). They dropped a hint that we’d see a Phantom Train battle back during The Rising anniversary celebration in 2015. Seriously. They hinted this two and a half years ago. And I didn’t forget about it… what does that say about me?

FF6 is probably my third favorite Final Fantasy ever, and one I have very fond memories of back when it first came out during my teen years. So while I’m usually not easily excited about raids, this appeals to me in every way possible.

I’m just a tad sad that FF4, my favorite game of all time, got passed over again. But it makes sense to do a FF5 -> FF6 -> FF7 progression. I mean… Sephiroth raid boss should get lots of fans hyped.

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The Live Letter is still going on at this point, so the English 4.2 trailer hasn’t been released just yet. I’ll post it when it shows up, probably later today!

Also… housing changes. 😉

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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – DPS: “I am glad I was wrong about last boss…”

Even on a good day, The City of Rabanastre is not my favorite raid. Last week, when my FC ran it, I must have been a little out of sorts, because I was easily annoyed by randoms in our alliance party.

In particular, two know-it-all DPS.

Oh snap! A DPS story for once!

I don’t know why, but a bossy DPS is just laughable to me (unless they really prove themselves knowledgeable). I’m rarely surprised by bossy Tanks or Healers, but when a DPS tries to instruct the entire raid, it’s usually ignore-able.

And I say this as a DPS main.

This is what happened on Mateus, the first boss of the raid. Our Bard decides to try to order our group around, telling us which sphere to attack. Then, he tries to shout to the entire raid what the mechanics are… as if we haven’t been playing this for months now.

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Actually, I never even saw any of this going on while it was happening because I was… surprise!… focusing on raid mechanics! There are many spheres to fight. Many bubbles to pop. Many fountains to step on. Lots of things to take care of.

So, no, Mr. Bard. I did not attack the same sphere you were attacking because I was DPSing somewhere else in the raid.

But. Apparently, that made our DPS BAAAAAAAAAAAD in his eyes. So much, that he expected the raid to wipe and disband on the second boss, Hashmal. And he told us so.

Now, I could see this prediction if we’d actually done something wrong, or our DPS actually was that bad. But we cleared Mateus just fine… without needing his instructions.

Then, the Black Mage decided to chime in about being the only other DPS that did anything… and that we needed to “kill our adds better.”

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I know that I shouldn’t have let this get to me, but I was steaming at this point. I had every intention of shoving my rapier in their faces on the next boss.

Turns out… that wasn’t very hard to do.

In fact, those two DPS died so much during the next fight, I was even rezzing the Bard’s butt (as a Red Mage). I had second thoughts about doing it at first. But it made me feel slightly smug that not only did my DPS always top his on the aggro list, but I also didn’t die, and he had to take a rez from me. After he bad-mouthed my DPS.

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Take my rez and shove it!

…ahem… Yeah. I was just a little sore at him.

And then, you know what happened after we beat the boss? Those two DPS, who insulted the rest of their team earlier, but died more than anyone else… had the nerve to tell us… “GJ!” “MUCH BETTER!” “NICE JOB!”

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OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH!! 😡

Alright. So… our FC folks, aside from Syn (who didn’t notice this going on until I pointed it out to her), were also not happy at being called “bad.” Even though they weren’t DPS. I didn’t get a screenshot of that part of the conversation, but I did get some of the other…

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And then at the end of the raid…

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Syn also decided to rub it in a bit, doting on the “poor” black mage… and throwing all kinds of extra heals on the DPS. I’m not sure if they noticed, but they did eventually shut up.

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The FC thought it was pretty funny, too.

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FFXIV: A Berry Merry Starlight

The Starlight Festival, the FFXIV Christmas event, began last Friday. It’s a cute little quest line with several housing items and the big-ticket reward – the new bear mount.

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These guys are real cuties, and as you can see from above, they also can fly (and swim)! In order to get the reward items, including the mount, you have to participate in a holiday FATE. It looked a lot like this on Friday:

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Trust me, bear puns were flying fast and furious that night.

Basically, the bear mount can ground target and throw gift boxes, so that’s what the FATE is all about. The other decoration items, and music scroll, can be purchased with gift boxes that drop when you successfully complete the FATE. Gold will net you 2 boxes, and to buy one of each of the new items requires 8 boxes… so about 4 will get you all the things you want.

The mount quest is short enough to not be a pain to do on alts… which I did on all of mine. Granted, I’ve culled my alts a bit the past few weeks.

Here’s some of the racial sitting poses for the bear mount:

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FFXIV Announces Glamour Commodes

Update: Newest screenshots confirm that the word “commode” was changed for release. How disappointing. 🙂

I am so… so… sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

I had to take that name and run with it. I wish it was a joke, but it’s not. From the Live Letter slide:

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I typed “commode” into Google several times just to make ultra sure I was seeing what I thought I was. And yep. Someone either thought this was too funny to correct or just didn’t quite grasp one of the meanings of commode for English speaking folks.

Yes… yes… I know it can have other meanings. But come on.

So, here I am laughing about having to go to the Inn Room to throw my glamour gear in the commode.

Here’s the whole slide:

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Anyhow, this news is super exciting, despite the name. I will gladly throw my glamour into any wardrobe system, even if it is a commode!

Here’s some detailed information on this, taken from Reddit:

Glamour in general

  • The regular glamour system will still exist!
  • Glamour prisms will be consolidated into a single type.

Commode

  • The Commode has 200 slots total.
  • Items can be converted to glamour in your inn room (they plan to make this possible outside inn rooms in the future)
  • Converting an item to a glamour costs a single glamour prism.
  • Items converted to glamours can’t be used as equipment.

Ensembles

  • Ensembles can be created in your inn room.
  • Up to 10 Ensembles can be created (more might be added in the future)
  • Ensembles can be made from glamours in your Commode and your Armoire (Armoire items do not need to be converted to glamours).
  • Ensembles apply a glamour over your currently equipped gear. It’s possible to fill all slots in an Ensemble, or leave certain slots empty.
  • Ensembles can be applied while in cities, inn rooms, residential areas, and the Ivory Chapel.
  • Applying Ensembles can be macroed along with gear set macros.
  • Applying an Ensemble does not cost glamour prisms.
  • Each Ensemble will save it’s own dye data.
  • Class restrictions still apply.

Saddlebags

  • Chocobo saddlebags cannot be accessed inside instanced duties.
  • Items stored inside saddlebags cannot be used/put up for sale/delivered/used as components for crafting/etc. Items may only be stored in or removed from saddlebags.
  • You will have access to the saddlebags even if the chocobo is stabled.

So basically we get 200 glamour slots for gear we use purely for glamour. We can now create glamour sets that apply over whatever we’re wearing. This essentially lets you have multiple glamours on role-shared gear. You can also still apply glamours in the old way.

The 70 saddlebag slots can be accessed anywhere outside of instanced content. This is essentially an additional 70 slots for things like tokens or gathering items.

I’m not sure if they’ll change the name between now and then, but this is coming in Patch 4.2, which will release sometime late January!

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FFXIV: Squad Healing

The game keeps sending me cool Astrologian weapons through my retainer ventures. Not to mention healer drops in dungeons and raids. So, I took the hint and finally unlocked Astro last week.

This is a job I’ve been shy to try because healing by itself is often enough on my plate. The idea of adding cards to healing made me concerned that it’d be too overwhelming to me. But thankfully, Grand Company Squads came to my rescue!

Though I really enjoy running things with my little squad, I didn’t sit down to play with them a whole-whole lot until last week. They’re getting pretty strong now that I’m leveling their attributes, and it feels like I’m just along for buffs and light healing as they do all the heavy lifting.

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This is totally fine for me. I leveled from 30 to 40 on Astro in three days. This could have been faster if I’d ran more squad dungeons and didn’t run out of rested experience. 🙂

And yeah, I know it’s easier to run with a squad than real people (for me), but I still feel like I’ve learned a lot about Astro through the experience. I even ran a levelling roulette on my Astro with some FC folks since squads gave me the confidence to try.

Squad Accomplishments

One of the other things I wanted to get were all of the squad emotes. After you run the squad dungeons 10 times, the game just drops a bunch of emotes, along with an achievement, on you.

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I kinda wonder why they didn’t stagger these out a bit more — like 1 emote at level 10, 1 emote at level 20… But I’m not the one calling the shots.

Also, when your squad members reach level 51, this unlocks the glamour system for them. I was finally able to do something about my bunny-cat-archer.

She went from this…

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To this…

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I left the bunny ears on her, just because.

Glamouring squad members is easy to do. Just make sure you have the glamour prisms in your inventory, along with the gear you want to glamour.

So, effectively, you can pretty much customize your squad any way you want now. You can change their classes, level them up, and glamour them. The runs are a fast way of gaining experience for yourself, and leveling those alt jobs below 50.

Here’s to hoping we’ll see some 50+ content added to squads someday soon. Since they can level to 60, it would be really nice to have an easy way to keep nudging alt jobs all the way up to that point.

For everything else, there’s alliance roulettes.