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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)
  • Level Gunbreaker to 70
  • Level Dancer to 70
  • Continue leveling crafters with weekly Scrips (Main & Amon)

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
  • Make progress in Stormblood on Zuri
  • Level Zuri’s fishing
  • 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

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 
  • Unlock Gunbreaker, start leveling with Beast Tribe Quests 
  • Level Trusts (with Bard)
  • Work on ShB FATEs daily 
  • Level Goldsmith (Weekly Scrip Turn-ins) 
  • Gear up with new Tomes 

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 
  • Anima Weapon Progress 
  • Gathering Log Progress 

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 

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!

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FFXIV: Mogtomes Return!

Right before Shadowbringers launched, FFXIV introduced the first Mogtome event (that’s not the official event name, just what I like to call it). Rewards included several mounts, such as the Pegasus, some easy to get ponies and some easy to get birds. I farmed Syrcus Tower super hard to get my Pegasus on two characters, and I still don’t regret it.

Fast forward to today when the second Mogtome event was announced. I had a feeling that we’d see it return, and am pretty darn stoked to see what they’re doing this time around.

Last time, running ST for 2 tomes was the most economical way to get things done. This time, MSQ Roulette is going to be your friend. Praetorium drops 10 tomes and Castrum drops 7! For the time spent, really, these are your best bets, even with the long cutscenes you have to deal with.

Considering there’s the Sophia and Thordan birds up for grabs for 50 tomes each, I’m totally on board. I also plan on snagging some ponies for my main since those are only 30 tomes each – not having to farm Titan and Ramuh works for me. It’s interesting that they also included the Falcon mount – if you didn’t get that before, snag it this time around.

I might get a few of the orchestrion rolls as well. Just depends on how I feel once I get there. I wanted to run stuff to level my Dancer on my main anyhow, so MSQ is as good as any roulette.

Looks like this event is going to launch next week and likely run until about the time patch 5.1 drops.

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FFXIV: Level 50 Astro, Finally

Last week, I said enough’s enough and really buckled down to finish my monthly goal and push my level 43 Astro to level 50. This mostly just required a handful of squad runs, like I knew it would, and at one run a day, I had that knocked out on Saturday.

I even braved going into Aurum Vale with my squad… which… wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The Coincounter boss can be pretty devastating on a squad if they stand in his swing, but other than that, I found it surprisingly okay. In fact, I earned level 50 on my second run of AV. I’m glad to be rid of that place for now.

I did stay dedicated and ensured all of the job quests for Astro were also up to date. It was nice to finally sort out all of my sub-level 50 gear for healers, and clear up some of my inventory space. This is, after all, the whole reason I’m leveling these jobs.

I suppose my next goal is to focus on my Ninja quests from 50-60. I also would really like to try to tackle the last remaining sub-level 50 jobs I have — Dark Knight and Warrior. Like Astro, just a squad run a night would take care of this… it’s all in keeping the motivation to do these things.

Especially when I’m more interested in working on cleaning up quests and finishing MSQ on my RP alt. All in all, still having fun, and still got lots to do. The All Saint’s Wake event can’t start soon enough, however!

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FFXIV: 4.4 Content – Alphascape & Dungeons

Since both Syn and I were out of town the week that 4.4 dropped, I’m significantly behind on clearing much of the content for this patch, and not even close to capping weekly Tomes. Not that I’m all that worried about any of that this late in the expansion life — as long as I have the ilvl to get through whatever story is in patch 4.5, that’s all I care about.

I’ve been true to my promise to remain very lazy during Stormblood after heavily burning myself out in Heavensward. The gear grind has no interest for me, and I’ve had far more fun doing creative stuff and leveling alts lately than I did last expansion slamming my head against content that stressed me out.

I pretty much do things to see the story and then choose whether it’s worth the suffering to run them again. Lately, the intensity and speed FFXIV has been throwing mechanics at players just hasn’t been much fun for me, so I’ve been bowing out of a lot of end game content after a few clears.

Unless something changes drastically, Alphascape is heading the direction of “clear once, forget.” While I actually enjoyed some of Deltascape and most of Sigmascape, a lot of that was for the nostalgia. There were probably some pretty disappointed people when Alphascape didn’t include some FF7 battles. As of now, nothing I’ve seen spoiled for me has really interested me as a repeat battle the way Kefka and Exdeath did.

I was sure after watching the video of Alphascape V1 that it was going to be a miserable fight. Thankfully, though Syn, Amoon and I were all new to it, we had some folks in there that really knew what they were doing and we all performed well enough to clear it without any issues.

Our luck didn’t hold out for Alphascape V2. Just as many stacking mechanics requiring fast reactions as V1, but our team was pretty fragmented and we had to vote abandon after failing over and over again. We didn’t get any further than that, somewhat waiting for the weekly reset (we were trying on Saturday) and somewhat thinking that upgrading gear would be a big help.

So, we turned our attention to clearing the Arboretum Hard and unlocking Expert Roulette instead. Other than a few annoying mechanics on the final boss, Arboretum was a walk in the park next to Alphascape. I’ve got so much else I’m doing that I’m not too worried about when I clear the raid — it’s going to be here permanently from now on anyhow.

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I did buckle down and start leveling my Astro last night through squad runs. I’m probably going to end up kicking myself for procrastinating on it for so long since I jumped from 42 to 44 in one run. Seeing that I have three jobs to nudge towards 50, I’ll be seeing plenty of action with my squads, I’m sure.

Aside from that, my RP alt, Amon, has finally finished Stormblood 4.0 MSQ this weekend, and is slowly gearing up to push through the rest of the MSQ soon. It’s pretty crazy to have two characters at end game at this point, and I’ve even been leveling gathering on this alt for some unknown reason. I guess I just really enjoy the feeling of leveling and progress, which is something I’ve missed (aside from leveling alt jobs) on my main.

We’re still having fun on Mateus, building up our airships and establishing our little Free Company, adding a person here or there with no desire to really grow beyond just friends. On top of that, I’m looking forward to the Halloween event and coming of fall all together. It’s a great time of year!

 

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October 2018 Gaming Goals

Last month was an odd bird in that I knew I’d be too busy to set up much in the way of goals. So I’m picking that back up again for this month. Happy October, by the way!

It also means that I only have 3 months left to meet my yearly gaming goals, most of which I don’t think are going to happen. There’s one particular goal – level all jobs to 50 on my main – that I do think I can accomplish if I tackle it one job each month, though. There’s just enough time to get Astro, Warrior and Dark Knight where I want them to be if I start now and hold fast to it.

Also, this is Inktober. I’m of a mind to try this art challenge again this year. We’ll see if I can complete it!

FFXIV Goals

  • Level Astro to 50 ✓
  • Gear up Red Mage ✓-ish
  • Finish Ninja Job Quests up to Level 50
  • Level Monk ✓-ish

I’m still kicking around those job quests I haven’t done yet. And now, with Dragoon at 70, it’s another job I’ve maxed out but haven’t done the quests for. I really, really need to finish these before the end of the year!

I’ll probably be gearing up Red Mage normally as part of my Expert Roulette. And Astro is the job I’d like to get to 50 this month. If I can fit in leveling another job to 70, it’s between Monk and Samurai. So I just up and chose Monk.

And that’s really it. I don’t have too much in the way of crafting or gathering goals, aside from weekly turn ins for scrips (when I remember to do them). And I’ve got lots I’m doing on my alts at this point, too. So, I have more than enough to keep me busy for October.

What’s the rest of your gaming year looking like?