Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Crazy Speed Leveling Weekend

Being off for a three day weekend (hope everyone who had some time off had a good one!), Syn and I were hitting FFXIV hard and heavy. Though I have a whole server full of unleveled alts, Syn doesn’t tend to roll and level alts — especially since you can be everything on one character in this game.

However, my RP exploits over the past couple of months seem to have had some sort of impact, and she decided to roll a new character for RP purposes. We’d talked about this in the past, but it was only this weekend that she dove in. And boy did she.

I had an alt that I’d re-purposed for my RP story whom I was slowly leveling Scholar/Summoner on. My goal was basically to unlock Scholar and leave it at that. However, when Syn rolled her new character and started down the path of speed-leveling, she quickly caught up with my level 24 alt.

Spurred on by this, we started working through the MSQ, and burned through it all the way to level 50, which we both reached last night. We still have the last two dungeons to complete for 2.0, and sometimes we did have the help of an unsynced level 70 to jump queue, but still going from 1 to 50 (in her case) was pretty amazing.

For me, this included finishing all job quests for both Scholar and Summoner, and getting the first tier of artifact armor, too.

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I’ve gone back and forth on what I want to do this month, and I think I might not write up official goals for September. It’s going to be a hugely wonky month since I have a trip out of town, starting the day after the new FFXIV patch drops, even.

So this is going to be one of those get-done-what-you-can months. I’m still wanting to clear out some job quests on my main and continue leveling some of her jobs, but a lot of my focus remains on more creative and community/RP stuff right now. A lot of that doesn’t belong on this blog, but I’ll be writing about what I can.

 

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Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Uncategorized

#Blaugust2018 Tally & August Gaming Goals in Review

Tally Tally!

Yesterday, I wrote a farewell post to Blaugust a day early, noting that while I posted 18 posts here (including this one) on this blog, I did the majority of my writing on my creative RP Tumblr this month. I didn’t think that counted, but the comments I got said the contrary.

So! I’m going to leave that in poor Bel’s hands (or whomever is doing the judging for the Blaugust awards this year). Here’s my Tumblr archive for this month for proof of crazy fiction and RP writing! 🙂

Based on fiction alone, I wrote a 7-part short story called “Chocobo’s Tale” and another 7-part series called “Decent“… along with about 6 more chapters that are in reserve to post over the next week or so.

I’m not really overly worried about the award, but just wasn’t sure what counted. I had a blast writing for my fiction/RP blog this month, and that’s really all that matters!

FFXIV Leveling Goals

  • Level Culinarian to 70 ✓
  • Level Dragoon to 70 âś“
  • Level Astro (maybe?)

Not only did I finish leveling Culinarian to 70, but I leveled ALL of my remaining crafting jobs to 70 and finished ALL of the job quests associated with them, too.

I was a tad lazy at the Alliance Roulette this month, so I’m about halfway through level 69 on Dragoon. But tonight should probably get level 70, or pretty close to it, so I’m going to mark it as a done deal.

Still haven’t touched Astro, but that’s something I’m going to be working on now that all of my crafting leveling is out of the way and I have more time.

FFXIV Cleanup Quest Goals

  • Summoner – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Ninja – Lv 50-60 Quests
  • Culinarian Quest catch-up ✓

Again, I failed on finishing job quests… for everything except my crafters. BUT, I’m going really make an effort do work on these now that crafting leveling is done. I’m pretty confident I can knock some of these out finally next month.

And that was August in a nutshell!

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FFXIV: Goddess of the Hand Achieved!

The end of last week was rather quite blogging-wise because I was caught up writing fiction and because all of the important things happening in FFXIV weren’t going to pan out until the weekend. That’s exactly what happened.

As of this weekend, not only have I leveled every crafting and gathering job to 70, but for the first time in the near-5 years I’ve been playing, I have also completed the corresponding job quests for all of them, as well. This completed one of my main gaming goals of 2018, too!

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This required me to go back to the level 50 quests for Blacksmith this weekend and work up from there. I was already sitting at level 68 when I did this, and really didn’t want to miss out on the chunk of experience the quests gave (it jumped me up a full level), so I buckled down to finish them all up this weekend.

I still have lots of upgrades to get for all of my jobs, including scrip mainhands, but it’s super odd not to need to log in for Namazu quests daily anymore. I’m kinda going to miss that!

I also admit that some of the crafting job quest lines were unexpectedly hilarious. From the taste testing culinarian who apparently “died” and went to heaven after eating some of the food I crafted for a cooking contest…

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…to an overprotective blacksmith father who isn’t happy with the prospect of his daughter falling for an Eorzean smithy.

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I know this is FFXIV, so I shouldn’t be surprised when things like this pop up in quests, but it still sometimes catches me unaware. In the middle of a long quest chain for crafters, this sort of thing is greatly welcome!

Anyhow. Now I can focus on leveling my battle jobs, figuring out desythesis a little more and building up our Free Company airships, which is something I’ll be posting about tomorrow!

Also, the Rising for the 5th year anniversary of FFXIV is up and running. I’ve not done it yet, and I’m staying away from spoilers where I can, but I’ll be writing about that soon!

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder: Dog Days

See that picture above? That is the image of the Cerberus boss in the World of Darkness raid enraging and devouring the entire alliance. This happens when the alliance does not do mechanics.

So, from this very first paragraph, you can probably tell, this is going to be a fun story.

We pop a normal Alliance Roulette and get World of Darkness. There’s no new player bonus, just for future reference. I noted on the trash pull that our DPS was on the low side, but no problem. This is older content and we’ll make it through, right?

Oh man.

Dragon Days

The entire raid had this complete tunnel vision mentality where the only thing worth attacking was apparently the bosses. Sadly, World of Darkness cannot be cleared this way. There are some mechanics that can’t be ignored.

We manage to get through the eye boss and to the dragon before the fun really started. We had a tank named John- something that didn’t know to pull the boss back to give DPS room to move around, and he was completely ignoring Alliance chat.

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This caused Syn to put up a marker at the back of the room to indicate where the tank should pull the boss. Only, this was ignored, too. So the Alliance began showering the back of the room with markers to stress the point.

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When this didn’t work, our healer attempted to appeal on a first name basis.

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Finally, the tank in our group decided to take control of the fight, and things went fine after that.

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However, this led to the problem of a healer and bard in our group deciding no one knew what they were doing and it was time to direct the raid with their Expert Commentary™.

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When we got to Cerberus, the Expert Commentary™ was demanding that only team B go inside the dog for the stomach wall mechanic. Which… is really not the way it’s been done in years. Usually, DPS just goes inside, burns down the stomach walls, while tanks and heals take care of the adds and chains outside.

However, since Expert Commentary™ threw out instructions on how to do it, and this raid was so focused on boss tunnel vision, only three DPS – myself included – went inside — none of which was from Team B, I might note.

Naturally, three DPS alone can’t do the mechanics and stay alive inside the boss.

We died.

No one else came in to do the mechanics.

Boss enraged, just like the boss does when no one does mechanics.

Raid wiped.

Frustration abounded and I actually typed something in Alliance chat for once in a blue moon.

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Expert Commentary™ began to rage and demand all the more that it be done a certain way. Myself and two of the DPS in our party completely ignored their demands because last time, if we hadn’t gone inside, no one would have.

This caused Expert Commentary™ to rage all the more at us DPS for not doing it the way they wanted us to. To which, I had enough of their mouth, and let them know — the more DPS that go inside, logically, the faster this fight goes.

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We got through it this time, but boy did I want Expert Commentary™ to shut up after that.

The funny thing was during the Cloud of Darkness battle, one of Expert Commentary™ got slaughtered by the lightning marker that you have to keep running from. That might have been the highlight of the run.

And, I ended up with a commendation when it was all done with. 🙂

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FFXIV: Mateus Housing Savage – Round 2!

You see that picture up there? That’s me standing next to a housing placard for nearly 3 hours, camping a housing plot that’s on a timer.

Yes, I already went through this once, for my own private estate. This time, it was for a Free Company house.

I didn’t actually plan on getting housing this weekend, though we’d reached the proper rank. I was saving up for it (went broke buying my own house and working on decorating an alt’s apartment), which meant I ended up breaking down and selling off my stash of Jet Black Dye to fund things.

The Fight for Housing

Mateus is one of those servers where getting housing means you snag whatever lot you possibly can, often while fighting off others who are also trying to click the same placard for how many ever hours it takes before the timer drops off. This timer thing is the bane of my existence, seriously.

On Saturday night, there were only two lots open on the server. One was a pool-side in the Goblet, which a whole bunch of people were camping. The other was a less-than choice plot in the Beds. This was a cheap lot, but it was right next to a tall wall and had all kinds of nonsense stone pieces blocking the view of the stream.

I think it was because it was fairly undesirable that people would come, take a look at it and pass it up. I didn’t care, though. Obtaining your first house, no matter what lot it was, gets your foot in the door. Once you’ve done that, and have the gil, you can transfer to a more appealing location — which was something I figured we’d do on down the line.

So I spent hours standing there camping it, clicking and clicking every 5-10 mins. Amoon and Syn made fun of me as I /danced /prayed /doted and all sorts of emotes to the  placard, hoping that it would be merciful and the timer would open up. To my shock, it was a bit after midnight when I clicked… and it worked!

Just like when I bought my personal house. Suddenly, there it was. And it was ours!

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Syn had already gone to bed by then, so it was Amoon and I scrambling around in excitement. We threw down a house, an aetheryte and few rough decorations, and eventually called it a night.

Unexpected Transformation

That would have been a happy end to the story in and of itself, except, that’s not where it ended! Syn wasn’t there when I bought the house, but I did leave her a text to let her know it happened.

The next morning, I’d slept in a bit and woke up to a string of texts from her that I’d missed hours before:

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Mad? I was super excited! Both Amoon and I gave up our Shirogane houses when we switched servers. And finding a lot open in Shirogane on Mateus is pretty special.

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One of the things I really wanted to do was turn my old Shirogane house into an Odder Otter house. I never got the chance before I left Midgardsormr, but I did bring most of the materials needed for it to happen with me.

So now, once we get all the workshop and airships and crafting in place, we’ll turn this house into an Otter house instead!

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As Syn said, it’s in a fantastic spot. There’s a marketboard, warp and bell right on our front lawn. Also, all the houses around it are tastefully decorated in the Hingan style. So really, I couldn’t have asked for anything more than this.

We are going to have to spend time and a lot of work to get our airships pieced together again, but that’s okay. Amoon and I are both near maxed on all crafters and gatherers, so really, time is the only resource we’re lacking on getting this all running.

In our previous FC, other folks took the lead on making our airships and things, so I never really got super involved in the whole process. This time, I get to see it happen and get to put the work towards it. It makes it much more personal and I’m pretty excited to have a big project to work on with my tiny FC. Once we get that Otter house built, it’s going to be a thing of beauty. 🙂

It’s kinda weird how I ended up with my exact old lot as a personal house, and our FC ended up with a shared house in Shirogane. I guess it was just meant to be.

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Posted in 7 Days to Die, Gaming

Blaugust Dev Appreciation Week: The Fun Pimps

I never thought I’d use the word “Pimp” in a title of a blog post, but there you are. I love this team and what they do, so I’m pimpin’ their name right now… (Oh… that was awful… I’ll see myself out.)

The Fun Pimps is the development team behind the zombie survival crafting game, 7 Days to Die. If you look at my archives, you’ll see that I first reviewed 7D2D back in July of 2014… and this is a game that the Posse still enthusiastically plays today (we were playing it last weekend, in fact)! I have over 700 hours put into this game, which makes it my most-played Steam game ever.

Even though it’s still wading through various stages of alpha, we are awaiting the next big patch drop eagerly. Jeeps and gyro-copters!! Woot!

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So who are the Fun Pimps? Based on their website:

The Fun Pimps A.K.A. TFP are a small dedicated group of highly experienced Game and Software developers with a passion to make games that both our team and gamers really want to play. Our goal is to create a lasting gaming experience you can’t get anywhere else. It’s more than a game it’s a labor of love!

Our team grew from humble beginnings making mods for games and those roots have taken seed. But we haven’t forgotten where we came from and the importance of growing a strong vision with the support and passion of the people we’re making the game for. The average 7 Days to Die Team member has over 14 years of experience in Game and Software Development working with or for many top companies.

We’re too experienced to call indie but still small enough to do the innovative and sometimes risky things that AAA studios are afraid to try. So if you’re with us buckle your seat belts survivors, grab your pickaxe, compass and knapsack and let’s start kicking some Zombie ass and making some cool ass MacGyver shit!

Can confirm this is accurate.

Sometimes TFP take some flack for being a slower dev team to push updates. But to their credit, the game they’re working on is already huge and extremely complex. When they do release, they drop a HUGE amount of new content. In fact, every patch has made it like a brand new game each time.

Yes, this means you have to start your game over for big patches. But you know what? Even after over 700 hours in this game, the Posse never complains about starting over. With the random gen system, each new game is always vastly different. It’s just as engaging to wipe the slate clean as it is to have a nice fortified base and move into exploration mode further into the game cycle.

There’s so many complexities that even after all this time, the game continues to surprise us in devious and delightful ways. Due to that, I can absolutely be patient for the next content drop without complaint. It just makes it all the more delicious when we get it.

I don’t know if Joel and the team will ever see my thanks, but this is my appreciation post for a darn fine game that’s brought us more enjoyment, ripped down walls and jump-scares than I could have ever anticipated. Keep on pimpin!

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Blaugust Dev Appreciation Week: Thank You FFXIV Team

This week at Blaugust is Dev Appreciation Week. And since I’ve been straying all over the place with my topics so far, I decided to pull together a quick post that’s on-theme today.

As a creator myself, and a member of a software development team IRL, the developers of the games I play tend to stay up front in my mind. I marvel at the skill and originality they possess, and try to be gentle when things don’t always live up to expectations.

A Final Fantasy Fan

It’s not a secret that I’m a Final Fantasy fan. My first JRPG as a pre-teen was Final Fantasy 1 on the NES, and my first RPG love was Final Fantasy 2/4j on the SNES. I still appreciate the old skool games much more than those that came after FFIX.  I never could quite get into the shift into more sci-fi, J-Pop or modern themes that newer FF games take the series to.

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There was even a chunk of time when I was quite angry at S/E for what I perceived as milking the series — especially my most loved game FFIV. I felt really betrayed when the release of the 3D version added parts to the story that weren’t in original canon, which directly effected fan projects I’d been working on for 15-some years at that point. Then, add to it a very mediocre “sequel,” which I still haven’t played and refuse to knowledge exists.

Yep, I’m a FFIV nerd.

A Fan Reborn

When FFXIV first launched, I ignored it. I was in a Boycott All Things S/E mindset at the time. And probably deep into playing GW2 or whatever my choice of MMOs was. It was hardly a blip on my radar, except to hear from media now and then how terrible it was.

I did catch wind that the game was shutting down. I heard that it was being re-worked. And none of that really phased me at the time. I had no idea how incredible a story it would become and how FFXIV would eventually become the center of my gaming when A Realm Reborn launched.

Shortly after ARR came to be, I started hearing GOOD things about it. Really, really good things about it. So much that they’d stopped selling the game temporarily to let the poor servers catch up with the demand.

I was having a falling out with the direction GW2 was going at the time, and feeling down about the state of my MMO gaming. And even though I was still annoyed with S/E as a company, my curiosity got the better of me, and I picked up FFXIV as soon as they made it available for digital download again.

As an oldskool FF fan, I was almost instantly hooked. Some people knock the slowness of the game and the story in the beginning (which I understand), but for me, this is exactly the change of pace I needed after my frustrations with GW2. Then, to see so many Final Fantasy references all balled up into a package that was undeniably created with love…

FFXIV did something I didn’t think was possible. It made me a Final Fantasy fan again. 

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My first Moon Kitty, rolled back in September 2013.

This, I thought, is a REAL Final Fantasy game. THIS is the kind of fantasy and story experience I’d been missing for so many years. It was exactly the right game at the right time, and while I don’t always agree with all the choices the team makes, I found myself quickly becoming loyal to Yoshi-P and his team of miracle workers.

My Deep Thanks to FFXIV

Five years later, I’m still subbed and still playing. I’ve been to a Fan Fest where I was able to meet members of the dev team and express my gratitude in person. I’ve met so many people through Eorzea, some which have extended into what I consider RL friendships.

I’ve run a successful Free Company that’s helped to link together people from all across the world. And even after giving that to new leadership, I continue to meet people through RP endeavors as I start on a new path in the game I once only tried out of pure curiosity.

The game taught me to (mostly) overcome my crippling fear of grouping.

It taught me my first raids.

It taught me that I wasn’t as terrible a player as I feared I would be… that I didn’t wipe parties when I grouped (like I was scared I would)… that I had value… and that I could bring people together and teach them in turn. I can’t express how much this game has pushed me to develop beyond my social and gaming comfort zone.

It may sound crazy to say, but $15 a month is cheap for that kind of personal development. I owe the team so much more than that (throw in a few server transfers and Fantasia fees, am I right?)

Game development can be a thankless job sometimes, so I wish there was some way I could tell them how much Eorzea and their creations have meant to me, and will continue to mean. Maybe somewhere through this big wide Internet, my good vibes will trickle their way.

It always blows my mind how The Rising anniversary event usually is THEM thanking US! Looking forward to this year’s event and many more beyond!

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