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FFXIV: RP Disconnect – Coming Clean

I’m quite happy with my Mudpie minion, pictured above — I’ve only seen it drop once and got the lucky roll to win it! Usually, I have no luck in rolling on minions, so I was stoked when I managed to snag this fellow.

A perfectly messy minion to talk about coming clean. Well, not that I actually have hidden my side-blog activity. I’ve actually linked to my RP Tumblr and discussed my move to the RP server and all the motivations behind it several times before.

But still, I feel a little guilty that this blog, which I’ve maintained for years, has slowly seen a decrease in content as a lot of my attention has gone towards my RP and creative endeavors. I have to admit that part of this is that due to whatever fluke, the response to my Tumblr writing has been quite strong.

In fact, since I first started seriously RP blogging in the last week of July, I’ve earned more followers there than I have all the years of WordPress blogging here.

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Also, given that this blog has exactly 1,440 posts over its lifetime, it’s crazy to think that in just a matter of a few months, my RP Tumblr has 1,338 posts. Granted, what I write here is generally longer and more in-depth in terms of content, and some of the Tumblr content is just silly stuff, images or reblogs. But I’ve also posted some lengthy fiction pieces there, as well.

The Conundrum

The interesting thing is, I’m playing far more FFXIV since I got involved with my RP alt and I’m having a lot more fun doing it. Yet, I’m blogging about it less here, mostly because I don’t know if this kind of content belongs on this blog.

I feel like folks who read this blog might not be interested in RP fiction and think the whole thing is silly. Maybe I’m wrong about that, though. I mean, we do all roll up digital avatars in fantastical worlds as a fun pass time, right?

I’ve also just found myself playing my alt, Amon, more than my main. I’ve come to view my main as a progression character — the one who has all the stuff cleared and unlocked and is doing Expert runs for Tomes. She’s maxed out on leveling crafting and gathering and I’m slowly nudging her battle jobs up to 70.

But really, I’m still quite burned out on raids and dungeons in FFXIV. Gear progression doesn’t interest me much since it just gets reset every patch and washed away come the expansion. So as long as I have the ilvl to get things done, I don’t feel the need to work on gear. As much as I would have liked to try Eureka, I didn’t jump on the early train there, and I’m still only level 4… so the whole grind for the weapons and gear there passed me by this expansion.

While I have a few things I want to work on with my main, really, I have so much more I want to do with my alt.

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Amon welcomes the Halloween Event in style!

For one thing, I ensured that Amon didn’t unlock anything I didn’t want to play. This means most unrequired dungeons will never be unlocked unless there’s glamour I want. It also means I’ll never unlock anything beyond Void Ark for Alliance because I still have no desire to run Weeping City or anything beyond.

Instead, I’m leveling gathering, and eventually crafting, all over again. I know that seems pointless, but I’m having fun doing it. I get to work through Namazu tribe quests again, something I didn’t do on my gatherers, and eventually other beast tribes as a whole.

The bottom line… I get to cherry pick only the content I have any interest in and throw the rest of it out the window. No raids. No unwanted dungeon runs. And instead, I can focus on things like housing, glamour, performing music, lore, connecting with the RP folks who want to write with me, and doing much more creative stuff.

I’ve been so much more inspired and have enjoyed the game immensely once I’ve broken away from the run-run-run mindset. Sure, I still do my share of roulettes, even on Amon. But I also know that there’s an ending point for him.

Once I’ve got the jobs I want leveled on him and he’s cleared MSQ… and maybe cleaned up a lot of the quests he’s outleveled (I hate leaving quest markers everywhere on the map)… Then he’s free to just be a creative outlet for me without the worry of needing to progress. And if I do choose to progress something else on him, well, it’s because I wanted to.. not because I felt pressured to keep up with anything.

There’s a certain freedom in that that I’ve been missing in FFXIV for many years.

So What Happens Here?

But that leaves the question of what I’m writing on this blog.

Doing less on my main means having nothing of real interest to share here. And while I’d never directly post RP on this blog (that really wouldn’t fit), I’m not sure if some crossover posts (such as links to the RP fiction) would be welcome?

Would progress posts on Amon be welcome? Or would it be boring to see me retreading the same ground on a second character?

I suppose I could talk about the face of RP as it stands in game and on Tumblr. But I don’t know if that is interesting to anyone, either.

If anyone has suggestions or feedback, I’m happy to listen! I really don’t want to see this blog go inactive, but I’m a poor judge of how much of the creative content would be acceptable to cross-post here.

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Let me know if you don’t mind hearing more about this fellow.
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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? 

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FFXIV: Dragoon Level 70 & Doman Developments

I know that last month, I marked the goal of reaching Level 70 Dragoon as complete. This was because I thought that with just a few days of dedication to it, I’d have it leveled. This part was true. Only, I haven’t had the motivation to actually put that time towards it until this week. So, finally, last night, I completed that goal and am now looking at what job to move on to next.

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As you can see, I’m still struggling to do anything with my Astro and two lagging tanks. Despite the help of the Squad dungeon runs, I’ve been doing too much else between all my characters to focus on this. Maybe I’ll put that up front for next month’s goals.

As for leveling my next 70, it will either be Sam or Monk. This is because I still haven’t finished Ninja job quests up to 60 yet, and I don’t want to roll into a level 60 Alliance Roulette without all of my skills. This has been another thing that’s been on my goals list to fix for months. *sigh*

I’ve been really slack with working on things for my main. I didn’t even care all that much about running for Tome gear last cycle, and now that the new dungeons have come with 4.4, I’ve found that dungeon drops are sometimes replacing the current gear I have on my Red Mage. That’s sad.

I suppose I have all the way up to the expansion to work on stuff. But by then, none of it will matter that much, anyhow. So I’m not going to fret.

Doman Enclave

One of the new features that I really enjoyed in the last patch was helping to develop the Doman Enclave. I’m a sucker for content that changes over time based on your input, and FFXIV does this in subtle ways quite well. I don’t think the game gets enough credit for most of this, in fact.

If you’ve been dedicated to helping out the Domans, patch 4.4 brings a new round of donation-seeking. This time, the Enclave has expanded to the point of needing an aetheryte system and allowing for mounts. We start by helping secure rice fields, and then move into assisting with building up a school for the kids of the Adventuring Guild. Though, I have to say, the kids are far too excited about going to school.

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The whole thing is fairly cute and feel-good, and that’s okay. It’s nice to see the Domans rebuilding after everything that’s happened to them, and to be a part of the process. It was also nice that if you’ve been diligent, as of this week, the payout rate has increased to 200% and you can now turn in up to 25K worth of goods.

Honestly, they keep thanking me for my donations, but they’re the ones giving me gil. Kinda mystifies me, but I’ll take it.

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FFXIV: Patch 4.4 Story Impressions

Warning: There will be story spoilers! 

I know it’s been a while since I last posted something to this blog. Between the week of hurricane readiness and my trip to Las Vegas last week, it’s been a busy time for me. In fact, it was so busy that I didn’t get to finish FFXIV Patch 4.4 MSQ until last night.

Seeing that this has been out for a week now, I’m going to discuss the story and the lore bomb that was dropped near the end of this episode. Spoilers will be everywhere, so please don’t read if you want to experience this for yourself! It’s worth it to go in blind.

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FFXIV 4.4 Preliminary Patch Notes Highlight

I’m off from work today, watching and waiting as Hurricane Florence slowly moves into our area. So far, power has held, but I know that won’t be for much longer. So I may as well try to blog about what made me excited by the 4.4 Patch Notes that were released today! Hopefully I’ll get to post this before things go down!

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