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FFXIV: The Pony Farming Nightmare

This weekend, I got my very first pony on my main through the Mogtome event. I have the whole set on Amon due to the help of my FC, but my main never started to farm for ponies at all. I knew that Ramuh could be tricky to down solo, so I picked that one up with tomes.

Last Mogtome event featured the ponies from Garuda and Ifrit, which I missed on my main. So I decided to take some time to see how likely/easy it was to solo for those two. I’d heard it was absolutely possible, and since my Red Mage is main and fairly well geared, I felt I shouldn’t have much trouble.

I didn’t.

I could easily take down Garuda in about 1:20. Titan wasn’t bad and Ifrit takes the longest due to nails. But I’m in no way in danger doing the first primal extremes.

I put myself to farming Garuda for her pony. It took a good half an hour, maybe more, of running the fight over and over again. I even checked a few times to make sure the pony dropped from the trial I was running.

Finally, when it did, the game had a little surprise for me.

Wait, what? The Nightmare Whistle!

While I knew it was a possibility to get this drop from these primals, I also knew it was a pretty rare drop, so I had no ambitions on getting it.

I was super stoked! Poor Xanthos – his drop was a bit overshadowed by my amazement at seeing the Nightmare on my drop list.

I went on to unlock and clear the other two primals, but haven’t started farming for their ponies yet. Seeing how easy Titan is, I think I might be done with the mogtome farming event, and will just farm the primal for that horse. Then… who knows. I might see how hard it is to do the rest of them solo.

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FFXIV: All Battle Jobs at 70!

Above, Little Yang celebrates my achievement of leveling Dancer to 70. This marks the last battle job (aside from Blue Mage) that I needed to level to get them all within this expansion’s level range.

I’m extremely happy about this because it was only last year that I decided I was going to make the effort to level up all my remaining jobs. Some of those were tanks lingering in the 30s… so it’s been a long road! If you’d told me I’d have all of my jobs at 70 this year, I’d not quite believe that. πŸ™‚

I do still need to do the job quests for both Gunbreaker and Dancer, but I have plenty of time to put towards that at this point. From here on out, it’s time to start nudging jobs towards 80 one by one!

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FFXIV: A Stage Reborn – Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Sunday before last, I got an unexpected ping from an RP pal telling me that there was a group of folks attending an A Stage Reborn production in game. Would I like to come?

Yes, please!

I’d heard of the folks at A Stage Reborn, even when their production consisted of paying homage to FFIX through an in-game production of I Want to be Your Canary. But this, to my delight, was a full on rendition of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. With, of course, some modifications.

I hopped on Amon and quickly joined up with their group where I found a line already forming, even 45 mins before the play started. There’s limited seating in game to see the performance live in the group’s FC house. But you can always catch the show live (and see previous recordings) at their Twitch channel as well.

They ran a tight ship with a number of social rules, which was to be expected when herding a large number of folks in a small location in a MMO. Thankfully, people were polite and did follow the rules. Once the show started, the house was locked down and no one was permitted inside.

The performance and set was really amazing! From what I could gather, they had both text and emotes set through macros, and everything was timed so perfectly. They also had some really neat special effects, such as people vanishing off stage and the clever use of Dancer/Blue Mage skills.

The first half of the play was mostly building up the foundation of the story. The second half was when things got really fun. They did a fantastic job of getting the comedy aspect of the play across, with a few modifications that made it relevant to the FF community. We even had a play within a play homage to FFIX, including the infamous Zidane/Blank fight scene!

All in all, it was an astounding and creative effort and it came off pretty flawlessly. I was very impressed, and a good time was had by folks in my group (even though Amon was the only non-Lala).

A few familiar NPC faces here…

Should I get another chance to attend an event by this group, I’d absolutely jump to go. Thanks to everyone for a fun time!

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FFXIV: Sophic Lanner

Last night, I finished the Mogtome farm for the second bird that I wanted on my main – the Sophic Lanner. That’s all the birds that I needed to get from this event, so now it’s on to snagging the two ponies!

I also hit level 69 on my Dancer, so I have a good chance at making level 70 tonight. I might have to supplement with Beast Tribes, but I’ll have to see which run I get before I can tell.

The Main Scenario runs are long, but really, there’s not a whole lot to them aside from the cut scenes. I’ve been using that time to work on Inktober sketches and other things outside of game, so it’s actually been a win-win. At about a level a day in the 60-70 range, I feel it’s not really a bad trade off for the time spent.

I know that once you hit 70, the experience feels like it drops off. But until then, it’s not a bad way to level. If I had another job to go through on my main, I just might use this again. I guess there’s always alts! πŸ™‚

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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – Bad BBQ

Location: Amaurot, Expert Roulette

Guys, can I just say I really do not like Amaurot as a dungeon to start with. I think it has really cool story/lore aspects, but the final boss in particular leaves me with shaking hands. The fact that you can so easily fall off that platform, I absolutely loathe – I did it my first run and still have done it once or twice since.

So, this already was gearing up to be an interesting run.

Syn has been tanking lately because she’s not so keen on healing PUG tanks who want to rush Expert dungeons. Kinda like this guy. So she was on tank, I was typical DPS and we picked up a cross-world buddy as a second DPS.

The PUG healer we got was named Bbq (+odd last name). That was enough to make me concerned on zoning in. Syn did an inspection later and noted that the guy was kitted out in full crafted end-game gear, and only had White Mage to 80 (with a couple of other low level jobs). This sang to me of a jump potion healer.

This was not his first time running the dungeon, either, as we got no notification of it at the start. Nor did he get a mapping achievement at the end.

So BBQ’s gear was fine. His understanding of how to heal and survive mechanics was not.

Regen before pulls. Medica II spam constantly. Maybe a Cure 1 (yes, Cure 1) here or there. Oh, I did see him use wings every now and then, and he did know what Benediction was, because he used it on himself after I rezzed him.

And oh… did I rezz. I think this was the most I’ve rezzed in a 4 player dungeon ever.

I was running Red Mage, and while I don’t want to pat myself on the back, if there had not been a second player who could rezz in this run, it just would not have been possible to clear it.

We get to the first boss. BBQ stands in stuff, doesn’t hide behind meteors, and runs around like a chicken with his head cut off during major mechanics. I had to rezz him at least twice, maybe more, that I remember. He also couldn’t keep the rest of us alive, so I was healing myself and others frantically. Even Syn, as a tank, was healing BBQ!

I thought to myself: Well, that’s a tough boss if you don’t know mechanics. So I let it go. But I already had concerns about the last boss in my mind.

We get through the trash and the second boss without too much controversy. He actually did cast stone a bit on the second boss after he realized no one was getting hurt during the burn-down DPS phase.

Trash progression wasn’t wonderful, but not terrible, mostly because Syn did not dare to pull big. Both DPS knew how to dodge mechanics, so it was mostly up to BBQ to keep himself healed after standing in stuff.

The final boss, though. That was where it all went out the window.

BBQ fell off the platform over and over. He stood in the lasers and died. I rezzed until my MP was dry, and we still ended up wiping the first time because I eventually died to not being able to heal and rezz and DPS all at the same time.

And of course, this is when BBQ had something to say. The only word he said the whole time. A complaint to the fact he fell off the platform the third time that fight.

Yeah. That’s real class right there.

We were actually fairly nice to him, even offered him suggestions on staying alive.

But I was starting to really doubt that we’d be able to beat this fight without vote kicking him. Still, we gave it another go, though I told Syn, if we couldn’t do it the second try, it might not be possible.

Again, it was a rezz fest from me. Again he fell off and died over and over. But somehow… somehow… we beat it.

But do you want to know what really steamed me?

That’s right. The minion dropped and BBQ got it. I didn’t need the Shoebill, but I rolled in order to give it to someone else in the party that needed it. BBQ certainly didn’t deserve it.

Not only that, but after checking with everyone, BBQ did not give a single one of us a commendation. Not even the person who rezzed him over and over again.

To say I was annoyed was an understatement.

Anyhow, we told the story to our LS and FC, and once cooled down, I resolved to write this post. The rest of the weekend, whenever we had a rough PUG member, the response was “At least it wasn’t BBQ.”

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FFXIV: Mogtome Bird Mounts

I’ve been very diligent this past week in participating in the Mogtome event, mostly because there are a number of mounts I want to earn for various characters. While Amon has all of the primal ponies, my main doesn’t have a single one. Also, up until now, both my main and Amon only had one bird mount.

So, when the new Mogtome event came about, with more reasonable rewards, I knew that I’d be working on collecting mounts this month. So far, I’ve gotten the Round Lanner for my main, and both the Round and Sophic Lanner for Amon.

I’ve mostly been farming the daily Main Scenario roulette on my main, because I’m also using the experience to level her Dancer, which is the last job I need to get to 70. As for Amon, some of the FC folks have been hard-queing for Praetorium, and I’ve been joining those – which is why he’s done with his birds earlier.

I’m also going to snag the two ponies on my main when I’m done with birds. The one nice thing about running all this is that it’s given me the time during cutscenes to work on sketches for this year’s Inktober. Since there’s nothing else to do, I may as well fill that time with something!

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FFXIV: Level 70 Gunbreaker Complete!

While I don’t usually blog on the weekends, a lot has happened that I want to write about, so I decided to go ahead and nail this post today. After weeks of diligent Beast Tribe quest running, I finally hit level 70 on Gunbreaker!

This puts me very very close to having all of my battle jobs (aside from Blue Mage) at level 70, which I’m super happy about!

The other nice thing was while I was working on leveling the job, I was cleaning up all the remaining quests I had left over in Stormblood, which was actually quite a bit. I have part of one quest chain left, and then I’ll officially be done with Stormblood on my main.

I don’t need to run the Beast Tribes unless I really want to score some extra XP for my Dancer. But I’ve been reeling in the experience for that job by just doing the daily Main Scenario runs I’ve been using to farm Mogtomes.

A few more days will see that job leveled, too. Then, I’ll be in a great spot to make a push through Trusts and the new Beast Tribe quests in 5.1 to begin the long climb to getting all of my jobs to 80, and ultimately the amaro mount.

At the beginning of this year, I would have never imagined having all my jobs to 70 like this, much less aspiring to get them to 80. I’m sure with the help of the Trusts, though, this is very possible, as long as I gently pace my way through it.

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October 2019 Gaming Goals

Happy October everyone!

My gaming goals for this month are pretty simple as most of them fall in the realms of doing things I probably would have already been doing. But, that’s okay, because it’s still marking progress.

My major goal for this month is to get all of my battle jobs in FFXIV to level 70. Considering I was just hoping to get some of those to 60 earlier this year, this is a pretty big deal for me. An ultimate goal is to get all my jobs to 80 for the Amaro mount, but I really don’t see that happening this year. Next year, though… yeah.

Major Goals

  • Earn Mogtome mounts (Main & Amon) βœ“
  • Level Gunbreaker to 70 βœ“
  • Level Dancer to 70 βœ“
  • Continue leveling crafters with weekly Scrips (Main & Amon) βœ“

Some of this may change since we do have patch 5.1 dropping, and a Halloween event coming. But those are the basic things I want to finish.

Possible Goals

Here’s some stuff I’d like to do if I have downtime. With the Mogtome event and the new patch coming, I’m not expecting to get a lot done on the side.

  • Make progress in Shadowbringers on Tai βœ“
  • Make progress in Stormblood on Zuri
  • Level Zuri’s fishing βœ“
  • Decorate my main’s house

Nintendo Switch

I’m adding this back to the mix this month. I picked up the Legend of Zelda last month and don’t want to lose momentum on it. Also, the Ring Fit is coming out mid-month and I want to get involved in that. So:

  • Make progress in Link’s Awakening
  • Ring Fit Release βœ“

There’s other stuff going on, such as a possible Inktober, and me picking my Bullet Journal back up again. So it really does seem like this month is already shaking out to be busy. Wish me luck!

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September Gaming Goals in Review

I’m not quite sure where this month went, but that’s okay. I’m looking forward to October and everything coming – including lots of Mogtomes, Patch 5.1 and Halloween! But before that begins, let me look back at what I did this month.

FFXIV Goals – My Main

  • Level Dark Knight to 70 & Finish Job Quests βœ“
  • Unlock Gunbreaker, start leveling with Beast Tribe Quests βœ“
  • Level Trusts (with Bard)
  • Work on ShB FATEs daily βœ“
  • Level Goldsmith (Weekly Scrip Turn-ins) βœ“
  • Gear up with new Tomes βœ“

I did a pretty great job of tackling my goals for my main. I did finish leveling Dark Knight to 70, and picked up Gunbreaker. Currently, my Gunbreaker is halfway through level 68, so it shouldn’t be much longer before I finish leveling that to 70.

Not only have I been doing Beast Tribe quests for my Gunbreaker, but I’ve been clearing out all remaining Stormblood quests during the leveling process. I just finished all the level 68 quests last night, so all I have left is a handful of level 69 quests. Looks like I did most of the quests in the Lochs when I came through earlier.

I did finish all Shared FATES in Shadowbringers yesterday, and I’m happy to be done with that. I like FATEs but that was a LOT to do. I also finished leveling Goldsmith to 80 through scrip turn-ins, and will start making progress on my next crafting job.

I kinda fell off of the Tome train at the end of this month, though I have most of my left side complete. I figure I’ll eventually get the rest of it done with just general running, especially with Mogtomes starting today.

Again, the one thing I haven’t started was working on my Trusts. I have a feeling that once the new Beast Tribe quests come out with 5.1, I’ll be picking up Trusts then to work on pushing my level 70 jobs towards level 80. I just felt like it was probably better to focus on getting all jobs to 70 first – I only have Dancer left after Gunbreaker!

FFXIV Goals – Amon

  • Scrip gear for Miner and Fisher βœ“
  • Anima Weapon Progress βœ“
  • Gathering Log Progress βœ“

I really haven’t done a whole lot with Amon this month. I did finish up all of his Scrip gear for his gatherers and started leveling Culinarian with weekly turn-ins. I also earned the Blessed Tools for Botanist and Miner by finishing up some of his gathering log.

I’ve done some work on the Anima Weapon, currently on the step where you’re completing a bunch of dungeons in a row. I have a feeling with Mogtome farming and a new patch coming this month, this project is going to be nudged to the side.

FFXIV Goals – Tai

  • Finish Stormblood βœ“

Yes, I did this! I’m so happy to have Tai out of Stormblood and into Shadowbringers! I’ve made a little bit of progress with him into the new expansion, and will probably keep moving him through next month.

In fact, I got a bit sidetracked because I started to work on getting Zuri through Stormblood as well. She’s currently sitting in Yanxia, which isn’t terrible considering she’d not even been to Kugane at the start of September.

So, I got quite a bit done this month, and I’m pretty happy about the progress!

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FFXIV: Deepshadow Barding & FATE Progress

One of my goals for this past month was to work on completing the FATE log challenges in every zone of Shadowbringers. This expansion changes things up a little, as FATEs now drop gems which you can trade in for various things across the different zones. There’s three ranks you can achieve with each zone, and it takes 66 FATEs per zone to max it out.

At the beginning of the month, I was Rank 2 with each of the zones, and about 10 FATEs into the 60 I needed to go to Rank 3. I wanted to knock this out on my main, and while I enjoy FATEs, I knew I’d burn out fast if I did too much.

So my goal was to do at least 10 FATEs in a zone per day until I completed that area. I’ve been able to do that (and a little more) to finally reach this point last night:

Finishing up the Lakeland area gave me access to purchase the Deepshadow Barding for my chocobo. I wish I’d tackled that one first, because the barding is pretty spiffy, and a nice change of pace from the Yo Jimbo set I was using before. I like that set, but it really doesn’t fit with the feeling of the First.

Needless to say, this has been a pretty drawn-out undertaking. Usually, I’m the only one out there doing the FATEs since most folks are either done with this, or done with leveling and just don’t need it anymore. I was off doing other things while people were rushing the FATEs during launch, so now I’m dealing with that trade-off.

Because it takes so long, and because I’m the only one out there most the time, I learned really fast that taking a sub-80 class in hopes to level with FATEs really doesn’t work well. I mean, I can do it in the lower level zones, but it makes it far slower and there’s no promise that you’ll be able to take the NM FATEs at all.

So, I did all of this on my already leveled and mostly geared Red Mage. It’s sad that all that experience went to waste. But the trade off was time for me, and given that I want to do other things in a night, losing the experience was what I sacrificed.

I’m in my final zone now – leaving Tempest to last. I’d really like to get all of this finished up by the end of the month and just put it behind me. Especially since the Mogtome event starts on the 30th, and I want to focus on that. So, I’ve been doing a bit more than 10 each day to put me on track to be done by the final day of September.

Eventually, I might do this again for Amon. But if I do, it won’t be for a while. I’m ready to take a break from FATEs!