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January 2021 Gaming Goals in Review

It’s a little hard to believe that January is done for this year. But at the same time, it felt like a long month, too.

Anyhow, in terms of reaching goals that I set out to do, I’m pretty pleased with everything I managed to do. Especially getting that one big goal out of the way!

FFXIV Goals

  • Finish leveling Paladin to 80 via Beast Tribes & Quests (and do job quest)
  • Finish leveling Gunbreaker via Trusts (and do job quest) 
  • Finish leveling all Trust characters 
  • Earn Amaro Mount! 
  • Clean up quests in the First 
  • Work on crafting relics 
  • Finish up to patch 5.4 on Tai
  • Finish up to patch 5.4 on Tad 

I finished leveling the last two jobs on my main to 80 in FFXIV, so now I’ve earned my Amaro mount and I can take a break from daily beast tribe quests. It’s been a long road getting there, but I got there. Just in time for the next expansion announcement, right? Or so we hope!

During that process, I managed to clean up the quests across several zones. However, I hit level 80 before finishing two of the zones… so… I kinda took a break there. I still want to finish cleaning that up, though. I might make some of that a goal for next month.

I did start working on my crafting relics and finished one. Yeah. Just one. However, I learned that the gear I have allows me to macro and burn through a lot of this crafting faster than I expected. So if I buckle down to get it done, it shouldn’t be too bad…

…Just in time for the next phase of crafting relics to pop up next week. I’m so behind. 😦

I did finish working through all of 5.4 on Tad, but didn’t get around to pushing through on Tai. He’s a couple patches behind, which means I’m putting off running Elidibus yet again. That’s the one fight that’s making me procrastinate – I can do it, but I just don’t enjoy it. The rest I can do with Trusts, thankfully. Will try again next month.

MISC Goals

  • Play at least 1 new Switch game 
  • Play at least 1 new Steam game a week 
  • Play at least 1 Xbox Game Pass game 

Not only did I finish a major goal for FFXIV, but I did a good job of reaching my other gaming goals.

On the Switch, I actually finished Coffee Talk – the first game I’ve finished in a while. I restarted Link’s Awakening, and I’m now further into that game than I was my first play through. I think next month’s goal will be to continue to make progress on it.

I did “play” several new Steam games this month, too. Most of these are on what I call my “clear” list. These are games that I have an idea I probably won’t play for very long or get too involved in. So I download and launch them and try to play a bit, mostly just to get them off my “unplayed” backlog statistic.

This was actually successful because now I’ve moved from 54% played games to 55% played games! That’s a happy thing! I will keep trying to do this next month.

I also played games on my XBox Game Pass this month – three, in fact. One of which I finished – woot, that’s two finished games in one month! Two of the games were titles that were leaving soon, and I wrote about one of them. The other I’ll blog about next week.

I’m not fully sure what next month is going to look like for me. I have some goals I want to reach in FFXIV, but now that most of the leveling goals are done, I’m not pushing for anything in particular.

I also picked up BDO again, and have been enjoying that. I do not want to set any goals for that game, but I do want to try to level as much as I can while I still have the returner bonus. We’ll see where I go with all of this next month!

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FFXIV: Earning the Amaro Mount – All Jobs to 80!

At the beginning of 2019, I had just finished leveling all of my FFXIV jobs to 50. The straggler jobs were my tanks, jobs that I really had no intention of ever leveling. Most of my tanks were sitting in the mid-30s during 2018, when I first decided… Yeah… I’m going to make an effort to bring all of my jobs to level cap. And I’m going to do it without any boosts or skips from the Mog Store.

As some folks know, I’m generally okay to play most DPS jobs in groups. But when it comes to tanking and healing, I’m not so comfortable. That means that leveling all the tanks and healers was done solo and outside of roulettes, which is one of the faster ways to level.

Let me just say… Beast Tribe Quests.

Years upon years of Beast Tribe Quests. And I’m not exaggerating. There have been very few days in the past 3-4 years that I’ve not logged in to run my battle Beast Tribe Quests for whatever job I was leveling, at whatever stage that was in.

Granted from 30-60 I had help from running Squad dungeons. Levels 60-70 is really the slump area for solo leveling jobs. Again, lots and lots of Beast Tribe Quests. And really, that’s about it if you don’t want to farm FATEs (and really, FATEs without a focused party is pretty slow).

At level 70, things speed up quite a bit. First, there’s only one set of battle Beast Tribe Quests this expansion, but it gives just as much experience as quests did when there were two tribes. Essentially, 5-10 mins of time every day earns a pretty significant chunk of experience – probably the most experience-per-minute you can get.

On top of that, you do have the option to run Trusts. However, I didn’t run Trusts all that much – I only leveled two jobs through them, enough to level the Trust teams. I’m just not big on running a bunch of dungeons now days when I don’t have to, even if I have a Trust team.

Quests in Shadowbringers scale to whatever level your job is, and they give a good deal more experience than I expected when you stack them all up. In fact, I failed in my attempt to finish cleaning up quests before I got all my jobs to 80 because I vastly underestimated the XP they gave. I still have two more zones worth of quests to finish. Granted, these are only one-time XP boost, but if you have a job you just don’t want to run in parties, any XP is good XP.

Anyhow, it’s a weird feeling to not have to run Beast Tribe Quests today. But even with this big achievement out of the way, I still have more than enough to keep me busy both on my main and my various alts. First, I’m finally going to focus on all those crafting/gathering relics that I’ve put off!

Oh, and finally leveling Blue Mage on this character. That’s a thing, too. 🙂

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Bound by Faith

In order to reach my goal of getting my final two FFXIV jobs to level 80, I’ve been running Trusts with my Gunbreaker this month. I’d already leveled half of my Trust party a long while back, and those who were left required a Tank for team composition. So this made sense to do.

I absolutely love Trusts when it comes to going through MSQ on a second or third or fourth character, as I tend to do. However, using them to level alt jobs, while it’s pretty quick to do, is not my method of choice. I’d much rather take my time and just do beast tribe quests every day – that’s a quick 5 mins of work vs. the 40-something mins the Trust party drags out dungeons to be.

That being said, I did much of it for sake of earning the achievement: Bound by Faith.

I don’t often chase titles and achievements in FFXIV, but I decided long ago I wanted my main to have a fully leveled Trust group. I’m not even sure why. I guess I do like the title that comes with it: Trusted Friend.

Speaking of titles, I did decide to take part in the leaderboards for the ongoing Ishgard Restoration on Tad. I realized quickly that he first needed a crafting job leveled to 80 – all of his of any mention were in the 50s. So I speed-leveled his Goldsmith and have been slowly pulling him up the ladder to secure a spot for when the event ends tomorrow.

I’m pretty happy with this spot, just as long as I’m in the top 100 to get the title. I have a stack of materials in his inventory with plans to continue turn-ins for the next few days.

I’ve sadly had NO luck with Kupo O Fortune in earning either the trike or the new casual attire coffers. I’ve kept my eye on them price-wise and they’ve slowly been coming down. But I’m still not keen in plunking down over a million gil for the outfit just yet. I like the outfit, but I don’t know that I’d use it a whole lot, so I’m holding back.

Anyhow, I’m hoping my luck will turn and I know that the Kupo rewards aren’t going anywhere in the long run, either. So hopefully once the new hotness wears off, it’ll become more affordable.

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FFXIV: Ishgard Restoration 5.41

It’s that time again! The Ishgard Restoration is underway and the Skybuilder Rankings are open again! I do believe this is the final leg of the Restoration story-wise. I’m not sure if this will be the final leaderboard rankings as well.

While I’ve earned a title for my main and my RP alt, I have yet a third character, Tad, whom I’ve leveled all gatherers to 80 on. He started the Restoration with only three crafting jobs in the 50s (he now has one in the 60s after last night’s efforts), and I’d like to make progress on these as well.

I’d considered working on a title for him, but I quickly realized that you don’t actually get points in the ranking if you’re not crafting the higher level recipes. So everything I did on his level 50-something goldsmith didn’t count yesterday. If I really want to be ambitious, I could push to get this job into the 70s, where I think you start accumulating points(?) It wouldn’t be impossible to get on the leaderboard for my server at this point still.

Because I had to mine up lower level mats to level his crafting jobs, Tad didn’t get much in the way of points for his mining or botany, either. I’m somewhat tempted to just buy the materials (since they’re already cheap) and focus on leveling my crafting job up instead. I just don’t know how much effort I feel up to putting into the title a third time, though I always enjoy gathering in the Diadem when other people are around and active.

The Diadem itself has undergone quite a change, too! Gone are the heatwaves and yellow, thank goodness. Welcome is the gentle snowy weather instead. Much easier on the eyes!

If you’re taking on the rankings this time around, I wish you luck! I still need to catch up on a lot of the quests in Ishgard, but it’s been pretty fun to see content built just for crafters and gatherers, and how much of a crowd it always draws.

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FFXIV: Taking Amazing Screenshots with GShade Filters

Link to the GShade website. Download and see help documentation there.-

Several years back, I wrote about how I’d installed Stormshade as a filter for my FFXIV screenshots. Sadly, over time, I noticed that Stormshade had not updated and was far from using the newest version of ReShade. Neither was it adding any new filter presets that I could see.

It wasn’t causing any technical trouble, but I decided I wanted to explore more maintained and up-to-date options. This meant trying out GShade, which I’d heard so much about.

Not only was GShade extremely simple to install, but it came with so many preset filters (the website notes there are 450+ presets) by default that I simply was beside myself! Installation was as simple as downloading the .exe and running it. No fiddling with folders – it knows where to find a standard FFXIV install.

It gives you the option to install the presets, but I don’t see why you wouldn’t. This was so much simpler than having to download the presets yourself and find proper folders to put them in for use.

And then, once you launch it, GShade gives you a bit of a tutorial walkthrough on how to do stuff. I was so used to my Stormshade settings that I quickly customized GShade to work the same way (which is not GShade default). And now I’m as happy as I can be every time I sit down to take an artistic screenshot with filters.

An example of the same picture with several different filters. Click to see bigger images:

There’s lots, lots more to choose from than that. So, if you’re looking to spice up your /gpose in FFXIV, give this a shot!

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2021 Gaming Goals for the Year

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021!

I have lots of goals I’d like to see through this year, but here’s my list of gaming goals in particular. Many of them echo last year’s goals in some way, as I seek to do better on what I started in 2020.

Spend Less on Games

I’m pretty serious about this goal this year. I have soooo many games and until I get some of my backlist cleared out, I really don’t need more. So this goal is twofold:

  • Buy less new games
  • Spend less in cashshops

There are some things I plan to pick up one way or another (House Flipper DLC), but aside from that, I will work to keep spending to a minimum. I want to maintain my Xbox PC Pass and utilize it as a way to prevent purchasing games I can try out there. This doesn’t cover every game, of course, but I hope it will be a help.

FFXIV Progress

I’m very close to my amaro mount on my main. I just have two jobs left to level, which I hope I will do this month. So I’m going to lump it under making progress in FFXIV in general rather than making it a full goal on its own.

Aside from that, I’d like to make progress on my alts who are in various stages of Shadowbringers. Though we don’t know for sure if an expansion is coming out this year, if one is on the way, I’d like to get my alts as far as their gear Ilvl will allow.

Steam Backlog – Get to 60% Played

Though I want to buy less games this year, if I do buy games on Steam, I want to try to play them fairly close to the date of purchase. If nothing else, to make sure they work and that I don’t need a refund!

Anyhow, this year I’m still sitting at 54% of my backlog played. I’d like to try AGAIN to get this to at least 60%.

I’m not sure how many games that will take to achieve this. But, I know I have a number of games that I just need to “clear” because either they’re not something I’d play (I just got them in a bundle or something), they’ve been abandoned by devs since I got the game, or whatever the reason.

Get My Switch Backlog Under Control

This time last year I had trouble even seeing what was on my Switch backlog. I’ve found a bit of a solution for that now.

With that part of it squared away, I want to work on playing the games in my Switch backlog – yes, this means playing more than just Animal Crossing! I have a LOT of great games on my Switch that I really want to get to.

Utilize Xbox Game Pass

Last year, I got three months of Xbox Game Pass for the PC free. I’ve been curious about the service, so I decided to try it out. My thoughts are that this may allow me to try out and play games at a very low cost instead of buying the game at full cost. If I really love the game, then I know I should pick it up.

There are several games on the Game Pass that were on my wishlists or was something I was interested in checking out. So, as far as I see it, it’s worth it.

Will I continue to use this service throughout the year? We’ll find out!

Do More Gaming Blogging

Not a gaming goal, but related to it. Last year, I put a lot of my focus on my Spot of Mummery blogging rather than posting here as much as I had in past years. I’m going to make every effort to put more time into this blog for 2021.

I’ve got a whole slew of topics I want to write about to start with. So be looking for more content here in 2021! Starting with… this post!

What kind of gaming goals do you have for 2021? How did you do in 2020?

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December 2020 Gaming Goals in Review

I hope you had a great Christmas/holiday/vacation/whathaveyou! I had a week off and it went far too fast. I didn’t get as much gaming (in a wider scope) done as I’d have liked to, and now things are getting a bit complicated with family medical needs this week. I’m doing my best to attend to that and balance back-to-work, but it’s been tiring.

Hopefully I can take a bit of time to rest over the New Year. That being said, here’s a review of my monthly goals a day early because tomorrow I need to sum up my yearly goals for 2020!

Here’s what I’ve got:

FFXIV Goals

  • Finish leveling Warrior to 80 and do job quest
  • Level Gunbreaker via Trusts 
  • Clean up quests in the First (to level tank) 
  • Level BLU when patch drops
  • Cap BLU skills 
  • Work on crafting Relics for Main and Amon 

First of all, I did reach level 80 Warrior on my main and finished up that job quest. That leaves me with just two jobs left to get to 80 – Paladin, which I’m using beast tribes for, and Gunbreaker which I’m trying to level through Trusts.

I did a little bit of leveling with my Trust this past month, but not as much as I’d have liked. It’s really hard to get the motivation up to run those dungeons every day, even though it’s not really very hard. I HAVE to knock this out in January. I would love to have everything leveled to 80 next month and earn that Amaro mount!

I’ve made progress in cleaning up quests in the First! This is easier said than done because just when you think you’ve finished all the quests, another four pop up in a zone! I did finish all of Lakeland and the lower area of Kholusia. Seeing that my Paladin is only level 72 without that great of gear, I’m trying to tackle level-relevant zones. So the first part of Amh Araeng will be the next stop.

I didn’t realize that the BLU expansion wasn’t happening until a further sub patch when I wrote this, so I crossed that off the list since I couldn’t do it. I did, however, get a few more BLU skills capped.

I finished up two crafting relics for Amon, and that’s all I’ve done in that area. I have been trying to meld my crafting gear properly and all that, but I’ve been terrible at keeping up with the relic work. I haven’t done anything on my main yet.

MISC Goals

  • Continue to level Taming in UO
  • Continue playing Steam Games 
  • Play Switch Games 
  • Play 3DS Games
  • Play Xbox Pass Games 

Sadly, I didn’t get back into UO this month. But I’m not giving up on it! I also didn’t get to pick up my 3DS like I wanted to. But I have played some of my Steam games – ended up with a few new ones with the holidays – and I’m making an effort to try out games on the Xbox Pass as well.

Overall, I wish I’d had more time to branch out to other games this month – even with vacation it seemed hard to do. I went to a lot of in-game events in FFXIV for Starlight, and all of that was good fun. So I suppose the trade-off in time was worth it. 🙂

I hope you have a great New Years!

Posted in FFXIV, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Noble Barding Win!

I wrote about this over at Spot of Mummery, but this was something I was super excited about last week. From time to time, FFXIV holds screenshot contests that you can enter over at Twitter. If you win, you get to choose from a unique set of glamour items including hair and barding that you can only get through these contests.

I entered the Halloween contest about this time last year, but sadly, wasn’t chosen as a winner. This year, they did a sightseeing screenshot contest.

I knew that what I really wanted was the Noble Barding for Amon. So I thought about places to take screens that were related to Allagans – Crystal Tower was obvious – and chose something I didn’t think too many other people would screenshot.

Azys Lla.

Ironically, in the patch the 5.4 patch, we actually did fulfill my wish – I had no idea it was coming! I’m curious as to if that had any part in winning this contest, though I know the website says the shots are randomly chosen.

ANYHOW.

Last Friday I logged in to an in-game mail.

And sure enough, I had won! I’m pretty excited because this is the first official contest I’ve won. And the barding is a perfect match for Amon!

Now, I might just need to re-color his chocobo. The last time I tried, Mummery ended up chocolate brown rather than a shade of red, and I just left him that way with a “close enough.”

Update: I actually did just that and got the wine red chocobo I wanted!

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Spot of Mummery– My “New” FFXIV Blog Project

Summary: I’ve imported two and a half years of micro-blogging content from my character-based FFXIV Tumblog to a WordPress blog – Spot of Mummery – where I’m finally embracing it as a full blogging project focusing on gaming experiences, creative stories, screenshots, character studies, etc.

Over this weekend, I launched a “new” blogging project called Spot of Mummery. Spoiler: It’s not new at all.

In fact, I’ve been blogging Spot of Mummery for years on Tumblr. While most of this focuses on FFXIV content, there’s also a smattering of Minecraft as well as Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

You’ve probably heard me mentioning my role play alts on this blog – certainly in goals and in various experiences I’ve had in FFXIV. It’s not really fair to call them RP alts much anymore because many of them are almost just as geared as my main, have cleared content all the way up to 5.3, have relic weapons and some even do relevant raiding.

But most importantly, the cast of characters over at Spot of Mummery are a deeply needed creative and interactive outlet for a MMO that I’ve been playing for the past seven years. I’m less into the role play aspect (at least in-game role play as you might think of it) as I am into developing storylines and characters and meshing them with the lore and in-game environments. In those aspects, FFXIV offers a wonderful world to work with!

I’ve actually owned this domain for several years and have used it as a place to organize all of the stories I’ve developed in conjunction with my writing partner, Syn.

Last month I decided to bring over the rest of the content to this domain. This led to me spending weeks weeding through over 6000 posts (no lie) to ensure only my content remained (Tumblr has a lot of reblogs and interactive posts), pictures were imported properly, links went where they should… all that fun kind of stuff.

Now that the blog is officially released, I’m expanding connections through social media. Tumblr is obviously still a very strong interactive platform for me, but I’m also exploring Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, etc.

I’m also dedicating myself to blogging here more consistently going forward! I spent a lot of time and creativity on the Spot of Mummery Tumblr over the last couple years, which took away from the energy/time to write here. That’s not something I wanted to happen.

I want to turn that train around and get back to my blogging habits both here and at Spot of Mummery. I know it seems strange to think that adding another blog (rather than a micro blog) would make it more flexible for me to blog more here again but… just trust me on this. 🙂

Anyhow! If you get the notion, please feel free to check out my “new” blog. Give it a follow if you like what you see, and know that there will definitely be lots of gaming content and creativity coming since Patch 5.4 just dropped today!

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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.