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FFXIV: Summoner & Scholar Level 70 Get

I’ve had a pretty crazy week IRL with work and stuff, and I’ve mostly been in my MMO holding pattern again this week. I did finally reach one of my monthly goals, which was to level my Summoner/Scholar to 70.

This was mostly through doing my normal stuff — beast tribes and Alliance roulettes. Nothing fancy.

The main point of leveling this job was to finally consolidate all of my caster gear into the one level 70 set. It felt pretty good to clean out my inventory last night and to sort through which items in my piecemeal level 70 stuff for healer I wanted to keep as well.

I think I may be taking a break from roulettes for a little bit since Syn is going to be away for a few weeks. I’ll try to focus on getting my Ninja to 50 and finishing up my job quests for many, many jobs.



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FFXIV: Fenrir Mount Get!

I know this mount has been around for a while and I’m far from the first one to get him, but after many weeks (months?) of consistently getting 80 or above in the Fashion Report, I finally earned enough MGP for my Fenrir mount!

In other news, I’m actually enjoying leveling my Summoner to 70 so far. Just hit 64 tonight, and am making my way bit by bit. 🙂

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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – “Does my tanking bother you?”

I’m not sure what it is about Labyrinth of the Ancients that brings out the best in people. We’ve also been getting it a lot in alliance roulette lately.

I’ve moved on to leveling my Summoner, so I’ve mostly been concentrating on figuring out how to work a new job in a big raid. That’s probably why I missed most of the fireworks until the grand finale last night.

We had a tank on the C team who decided it was a a great idea to pull all the fights before pretty much anyone in the rest of the raid made it to the room. Consistently. I guess there must have been in-fighting among the tanks for aggro and stuff, too. Again, I was mostly involved in my own DPSing, so I didn’t get the whole story.

This kind of stuff happens, but I guess it was worse than I realized. It wasn’t until the last boss, Phlegethon, when this particular tank got called out for his behavior.


This must have struck a nerve, because though no one else made another comment during the whole final boss fight, he went on and on and on in response.


He wasn’t positioning Phlegethon right, so I guess another one of the tanks were trying to provoke the boss off him and reposition correctly. He had something to say about that.


Somewhere around the second Ancient Flare, the C Tank died, and he stayed dead for the rest of the fight. I don’t know if he killed himself on purpose. I’m not sure if he stayed dead because his healers weren’t rezzing him, or if he was refusing their rezz. I can only imagine him doing something like this:


It was no big deal to be down one tank, though, and we easily cleared the last boss. Then, after the fight was over… and still no one said another thing during the whole battle… he kept on and on. Even after most of the raid had left the instance!



He was talking a little scary at that point, so that’s when I left, too.

Alliance Roulette – All fun, all the time! 😀 

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FFXIV: Finding the Falcon (And Some Goodwill)

Last summer, FFXIV announced a promotion where you could get a free Falcon mount as long as you were subscribed for 90 days within the promotional period of time.

falcon mount

When I saw this, I was like… “Pffft. No problem. I’ve been subbed to FFXIV since 2013! I don’t see that changing.”

And that’s true. I have been subbed nonstop since Sept 2013 (dang!), and for a good chunk of that time, I’d done it monthly. At first, it made sense to sub monthly since this was the first MMO with a sub I’d played in a long time. You never know when you want to pull the plug and leave a game.

But as the years rolled by, it got a little silly that I didn’t sub for a longer chunk of time, since that would save a little bit of money to do it that way. So, the whole Falcon mount promotion prompted me to finally upgrade my sub to pay for 3 months at a time.

Surely, that mount was a shoe-in for me. And while I’m not over-nuts about gathering mounts, I like mounts, and I’ll always take a free one. This one was pretty cute, too.

But there was one snag…

Promotion vs. Promotion

Feeling secure in obtaining the mount, I forgot about it. It would be a while until any of us saw it in the mail, after all.

Somewhere down the line, Midgardsormr became a preferred server. This meant that new characters rolled on this server got an experience boost, and if you leveled a new boosted character to 30 during the time period, you also got a free 15 days of play time.

Seeing this, I jumped on the bandwagon and pulled Amoon along with me.

Only, what I didn’t realize is that those free 15 days would interrupt the 3 months of sub time during the Falcon’s promotional period. It’s confusing, but to make a long story short, when the time came and other people were getting their Falcon mounts last fall, mine never showed up.

At first, I didn’t realize what had happened. Then, pouring over my account history, I realized that due to the 15 free days for rolling a character on a preferred server, I missed being fully subbed for 3 months (in the eyes of the game)… and I missed it by 3 days. Even though I never stopped being subbed since 2013!!

Yeah, that’s some crap right there.

But what made me feel worse… was that Amoon also didn’t get his.

I mean… we’d forgotten because we just figured we’d get it automatically. How would we know that one promotion would cancel out the first?

Go to support! you’re probably saying. You were a fully paid subscriber for 4 years straight by that point. They should be able to do something about it! 


Yeah… no.

I thought about putting in a ticket, but saw other people on the forum doing the same thing. Reading the Reddit and forum threads, it seemed the service reps were unable to do anything for the situation. Apparently, the system passed these out automatically, detecting which players were eligible. If you weren’t, you were out of luck.

I was bummed about it, but resigned to the fact that I made a bad choice and now I had to live with it. Again, I was more bummed that Amoon didn’t get his mount, too. I hoped maybe they’d run the event again, or offer it as an achievement reward.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Syn ride hers, either, because I think she knows we were both sad we didn’t get one. Every time I saw someone else riding one around, I was always reminded of the fact I lost out on it.

Falcon Mount Realized

Fast forward to this morning. I got a text during breakfast from Syn telling me that I might get my mount after all. There’s a new post on Reddit about it… and apparently, FFXIV is reviewing accounts that were effected by this very situation.

Due to the way the free play period granted by the “World Population Balancing Incentives” functions, it is automatically granted by the system under certain circumstances, so it may have been granted at a time the user did not want it to be.

Because of this free play period granted by the “World Population Balancing Incentives,” the timing of payment for play time shifted. We will add a Falcon mount to eligible accounts for users who could not accumulate enough play time to fulfill the requirements of the Fly the Falcon Mount Campaign due to this.

I logged in, trying not to get my hopes up about it. Much to my surprise, there it was!

I got my Falcon Mount! (And I hope Amoon gets his, too!)

Thank you Squeenix!

I see some folks saying things like, “It took them months to fix this! It’s about time!” But, honestly, I’m just happy to get it because I’d given up thinking I would. If this happened to you, know that they’re working through the accounts today, and it might take up to 24 hours to get yours. But keep your eyes on your in-game mailbox!


I will close with a snippet of silly chat I saw last night as we were zoning out of the Reach into a roulette. The user name just makes it, so I didn’t edit it out.




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March 2018 Gaming Goals in Review

I set out some pretty ambitious goals for March, and was surprised that I actually achieved quite a few of them this time around. I did get a little distracted by Starbound and Second Life towards the end of this month, so not everything was complete. Still, did pretty well overall!


  • Level Black Mage (to 70?) ✓
  • Level Ninja to 50
  • Level Warrior to 40 ✓
  • Level Dark Knight to 40 ✓
  • Level Weaver to 70 ✓

I did, indeed, level Black Mage to 70 this month, and then started on leveling my Summoner/Scholar next… mostly because I’m trying to consolidate gear at level 70. I also got Weaver to 70, and have started on upgrading all of the gear to script stuff so that I can look at improving all of my other crafters’ gear.

The only goal I didn’t meet was getting Ninja to 50… though I did move that up to 42. So, I’m not too far away!

Nintendo Switch Goals

  • Make progress in Mario Odyssey ✓
  • Play Dragon Quest Builders ✓

I’ve only made a little bit more progress into Dragon Quest Builders… still in Chapter 1. But that’s okay.

The big thing was that I finally beat the story mode for Mario Odyssey this month! I want to say this is the first Switch game I’ve actually beat!

PC Goals

  • Play more of Sims Jungle Adventure ✓
  • Try one new Steam game each week ✓✓✓✓

I did play a bit more of the new Sims Jungle Adventure, and wrote about it as well. There’s still a lot I haven’t seen in this Game Pack yet. Will try to make some time to play some more.

Not only did I play a new Steam game every week this month, but I also hit my Steam Challenge goal for the year, to play at least 50% of all the games I own!

A pretty good month overall. Let’s end March with a nice filtered picture of a fountain I took during my Mario play through, but never got to use anywhere else.


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FFXIV: Spring Set, Weaver Upgrade, BLM 70!

Though I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in FFXIV this weekend, I did finish up a lot of small odds and ends.

Every week, I’ve participated in the Fashion Report glamour contest in the Gold Saucer. Only one week have I not had what I needed to at least score a 70-80 or above. As you participate in the mini-game, new items unlock in the boutique.

This weekend, I unlocked both the Spring Bottoms and Spring Shoes. Pictured above is the entire set, undyed. It’s a pretty cute little outfit, and I glamoured it over my healer set for now.

This second outfit isn’t glamour, but rather me obtaining the first set of level 70 script gear for my Weaver. Everything except for the gloves and hat are augmented, so I’m pretty close to having a full BIS on the left side. I tell you what, it makes crafting go a whole lot smoother with much better gear!


Next, I hope to work on crafting better shared-job gear for the rest of my crafters. I just don’t have the room to have individual outfits for every crafting job as I level them! 😦

Speaking of leveling, here is my Black Mage as of yesterday.


What’s that? It looks like my Red Mage? Well that would be because I finally hit level 70 on my Black Mage (which was one of my monthly goals) and the two jobs can finally share gear! Woot!

It’s kinda up in the air which job I want to level next. I’m thinking of doing Summoner so that it, too, can share gear with my other casters. I just need to look up the Summoner level 60 rotation in case we get a level 60 raid in Alliance Roulette.

This will also level my Scholar, which means I’ll finally be able to utilize all the level 70 healer gear I’ve been holding on to since forever. I do eventually plan on leveling my White Mage to 70 one day.

I only have two more goals I set out to reach this month — level Warrior to 40 and level Ninja to 50. I could probably swing both of those (going to focus on Warrior first) if I wanted to, but we’ll see how motivated I feel.

Kitten of Motivation

I’m pretty sure that next month’s goals are going to focus on knocking out the millions (over exaggeration) of job quests I’ve ignored on the many different jobs I have leveled. It’s really a shameful thing, and I’d love to mark those off my list.

I’d also like to work through some of those many Stormblood quests that are still littering the zones. It makes it hard to find other quests if anything new pops up in those areas. I’ve been holding on to them for a healer or tank job (most likely tank) in hopes to use them to boost leveling, even if by a little bit. To do that, I actually have to level another tank to 60-61…

Ah well. Have a picture of my fish tank instead.


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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – “People who sprint in raids…”

I would like to close out this week with a lighthearted story of a MT in Labyrinth of the Ancients from an alliance roulette we ran this past weekend.

Now, I still love Crystal Tower raids. But when you’ve run them a million times, you pretty much know the drill by heart. So, it’s not unusual to make up a bit of fun as you go along.

One of those things we do for fun is pretend “racing” from one boss room to the next. I mean, those purple lines on the ground are finish lines, right?

So, my alliance (and just about everyone I see in these raids) always sprint through transition areas, trying to be the first into the next room. Why not? As long as you’re not sprinting ahead to pull the boss before everyone is ready, there’s no harm in it.

Apparently, someone in our raid thought otherwise. They must have been holding a private conversation about it that suddenly turned into a miss-tell.


The response to this was priceless.


And if people weren’t sprinting before this conversation, they were now! The rest of the raid was sprinkled with moments like this:


Good times.

Bonus Round: Puns from Eureka!

What do you do when you’re dying terribly to a bear NM that you’re way underleveled to attempt to fight? Floor tank and watch the bear puns roll in, of course.


There were a lot more puns that followed, but I didn’t get the time to screenshot them all. Such a shame!