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FFXIV: Our Free Company’s 4th Anniversary

Though our Free Company, Knights of Memory <KoM>, was actually founded May 1st, that was a busy time for both myself and Syn. She was out of town for work, among other things. So we decided to push our anniversary event back a bit this year.

I didn’t mean for it to get pushed back a whole month, but you know…

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We did hold the event this past weekend, finally. There was a really good turnout, maybe about the same in size as last year’s event. Different faces, but the same sort of enthusiasm.

The celebration featured events such as aquarium swimming….

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Nah, just kidding!

But we did have several activities that Syn and I put together including:

  • A community scavenger hunt (Using hints, find specific houses in our Ward with guestbooks and sign them)
  • A Palace of the Dead race to the first boss – both group and solo
  • Lowest roll greed only raffle
  • Hide and Seek

The last one wasn’t planned, but requested (we had a Hide N Seek event last year, and people wanted it again). So Syn got on one of her lowbie alts and tried to find a hiding place out in Central Shroud. Only, she died doing it… so the hint ended up being, “Find the dead player in the Shroud… and dance on the body.”

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Dancing on Syn’s Dead Alt

Yeah, a little morbid… but you know. The alt got a rez afterward.

And, of course Tire-Track Zeb had to make an appearance to give out raffle prizes. That’s starting to become a thing.

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Anyhow, in the end, we got a lot of positive feedback about the activities, the prizes and the event as a whole. I was a little worried that people would think the idea of signing guestbooks for the scavenger hunt was dumb, but they didn’t. Someone even commented that we should go through housing wards and do this more often (nothing is more sad than an empty guestbook).

It’s surprising that another year has gone by, and the FC is still going. Especially since I’m not always as attentive to the FC as I should be. It’s really a testament to the members and their desire to keep our family-friendly environment a great place to be. I hope there’s been friendships forged and positivity that keeps people coming back.

For the first time since Stormblood released last year, back when we got a flood of new players in our FC, we’ve opened our recruitment again. Though limited in who we take, we are seeking new friends to add to the roster. This has gone well so far, too.

I have no idea where FFXIV is going in the future, but right now, things are still bright for <KoM> as I see it.

 

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FFXIV: All Eorzea is a Stage

Our Free Company, KoM, is about to celebrate our third year anniversary in a week. So I’ve been scrambling to put together an event with several activities to celebrate it. The first activity I could think of was, naturally, a glamour contest for FC members, with prizes from the Mog Station.

But I knew that we couldn’t hold a glamour contest in just any old place. I started to gather materials to build a Troup Stage for our FC house, thinking of all the rearranging and organizing I’d have to do in the front room to make it work. The stage alone was going to be a challenge to craft, but I was ready to try.

Then, much to my surprise and delight, Bean and Talo from the FC contacted me to show me something so much better than I’d been envisioning myself. They’d transformed the bottom floor of Talo’s house into a venue!

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When they first invited me to come see it, it was still in a state of construction. But even then, it was amazing in the amount of time and detail that’d gone into it. It had a stage (which was far more economic to build than the one I was trying to make), and an audience room.

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I offered my assistance, since they’d already done so much, and helped to gather and craft parts of the two spotlights and chandelier. A big thanks to Wry for crafting the pieces I could not — I learned really fast that I’m missing some Master crafting books I need to work on obtaining.

They also built this neat behind the stage greenroom for our glamour contestants. I was blown away by all the little details put into it!

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Most of all,  I’m really happy that our anniversary event has inspired this kind of involvement even before it’s even begun. Our previous anniversary happened to just fall on a Sunday when we had FC Pizza Night, and we scooped everyone up to organize a series of group pictures on the FC house roof. That was the extent of it! 😀

Needless to say, I’m still working on figuring out what all we’ll do for this event, but I’m hoping our activities will be much more entertaining than last year!

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FFXIV: Full Free Company Weekend

This weekend was pretty incredible in terms of our Free Company’s activity. Most of what I did in game was tied to someone in the FC, and we all had a really good time.

Meeting Milestones

KoM has never been about competition, numbers, or anything beyond helping each other reach our goals while having casual fun doing it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t watch numbers, considering I’m a data person and I naturally notice these things. I like to celebrate and congratulate our members when we meet milestones, mostly because it feels good to know what you do matters.

Our first big milestone was breaking 100 members this weekend. I’m not sure what was in the water, but we started getting applications in fast and furious.

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Now, granted this number includes a handful of alts. Also, we have a group of inactives we keep on the roster hoping they’ll return in time, though I’m pretty diligent about keeping our roster clean. If I wasn’t, we’d probably have well over 200 members by now! XD

But still, having over 100 folks, and seeing 20-something people online at peak times this weekend… between patch content… is pretty astounding for our little group. Or not-so-little group.

The influx of people, who are constantly running and making progress through content, has shot our FC rankings up as well. This put us in the top 20 for all FC on our server this week, which is pretty amazing!

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Amazing Meet N Greet

My sister, Vix, hosted our FC’s first major social event on Saturday, which was a FC Meet N Greet. Since we’ve had so many new people come in, we decided to take some time to chat on Discord, break the ice, and get to know each other better. We had so many people turn out for this, even some shy and new people!

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I’m not much of an entertainer myself, so Vix did a bang-up job of keeping up with everyone and making it a fun time. I heard lots of positive feedback from members, so it’s encouraging to look towards more social events in the future.

It also helped to reinforce that we honestly do have a great group of folks… and that there are actual people behind every avatar in our FC.

Chamber 7 Aquapolis

Aside from our social event, we also kicked around some content this weekend. For one, we hit up the Aquapolis, taking a number of new folks in for their first delve.

I always love bringing new people on treasure hunts. I say, “Come with us to the Aquapolis and hunt treasure!” And the response is one of hesitation mixed with concern.

They’ve not heard of the Aquapolis before. They don’t know it’s not some raid or dungeon. That is’t just a fun, casual, gameshow-like RNG romp with a group of friends that actually does net pretty good returns.

And then, once they get in there and realize what it actually is, I hear, “Oh, wow! This is fun! I like this!”

So, this weekend, we knocked out a number of maps, and actually made it all the way down to Chamber 7 (thanks Zeb)!

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Beating Behemoth

So in all the years I’ve been playing FFXIV, I’ve only seen the Behemoth FATE spawn once, quite a long time ago. Of course, I wasn’t in a party, so I didn’t last long.

Yesterday, we were out near Dragonhead trying to assist one of our members with the final FATE they needed to unlock Crystal Tower. Because clearing FATEs help speed that up, I was working on leveling my Paladin some as we romped through the snow.

Sure enough, the Behemoth FATEs started. We pulled in a full FC group to tackle him, and had a few random folks from the zone come to help. Our first try didn’t go so well, but with a bit of job-shuffling, we tried it again, and beat him down!

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Uh oh. Dragoon really shouldn’t be tanking this. I lasted all of three seconds. XD

In other news, I’m still working on leveling up my Paladin. Now level 44, I’m so close to unlocking the Artifact Armor for her! I find that Paladin looks elegant on my Elezen character, if I only had more confidence in tanking aside from that.

I’m also slowly puttering through my Anima Relic for Dragoon. I’m convinced that the weapon hates me because I never get any bonus sands no matter what. This has made the second half of the process drawn out, when I’d hoped that it would speed up a little. Thankfully, we only have a little longer to deal with this stage unnerfed. At this point, the weapon is the lowest part of my Dragoon’s gearset and the one thing that’s holding my ilvl down. *grumbles*

Ah, well. Have a picture of Vix and XaaLove on a Treasure Hunt.

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