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FFXIV: Comments from the Duty Finder – Tuck It In! Or not.

Here’s a quickie post for the day – I have another post to write for our Nefol game dev blog, so just something short and funny. Or, at least, my FC found it funny at the time.

I’m not sure why our World of Darkness runs of Alliance Raid Roulette have blown up into messes several times this week. I’m talking a pure disregard for mechanics. Wipes. Very near-wipes. That sort of thing.

I have another post to tackle that topic, probably tomorrow. But for today, a bit of light amusement.

So, the Cerberus boss fight in WoD. It asks DPS to jump inside the boss and fight him from within his stomach. It’s gotten so fast to down the boss, however, that most DPS only do this the first phase, then burn the boss and ignore those mechanics the second time around.

If you happen to be inside Cerberus when he’s defeated, there’s a bit of lag time before the game expels you. It’s no big deal, but if you had never had it happen before, it might make you think you’re stuck momentarily.

This happened to one of our DPS on the run last night. During which he exclaimed:

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It took a moment, but as we were rushing to face the final raid boss, a cheeky alliance member retorted:

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This had my FC rolling in laughter on Discord. It was just that perfect response to the you-had-to-be-there moment.

Have a great Monday!

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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – DPS: “I am glad I was wrong about last boss…”

Even on a good day, The City of Rabanastre is not my favorite raid. Last week, when my FC ran it, I must have been a little out of sorts, because I was easily annoyed by randoms in our alliance party.

In particular, two know-it-all DPS.

Oh snap! A DPS story for once!

I don’t know why, but a bossy DPS is just laughable to me (unless they really prove themselves knowledgeable). I’m rarely surprised by bossy Tanks or Healers, but when a DPS tries to instruct the entire raid, it’s usually ignore-able.

And I say this as a DPS main.

This is what happened on Mateus, the first boss of the raid. Our Bard decides to try to order our group around, telling us which sphere to attack. Then, he tries to shout to the entire raid what the mechanics are… as if we haven’t been playing this for months now.

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Actually, I never even saw any of this going on while it was happening because I was… surprise!… focusing on raid mechanics! There are many spheres to fight. Many bubbles to pop. Many fountains to step on. Lots of things to take care of.

So, no, Mr. Bard. I did not attack the same sphere you were attacking because I was DPSing somewhere else in the raid.

But. Apparently, that made our DPS BAAAAAAAAAAAD in his eyes. So much, that he expected the raid to wipe and disband on the second boss, Hashmal. And he told us so.

Now, I could see this prediction if we’d actually done something wrong, or our DPS actually was that bad. But we cleared Mateus just fine… without needing his instructions.

Then, the Black Mage decided to chime in about being the only other DPS that did anything… and that we needed to “kill our adds better.”

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I know that I shouldn’t have let this get to me, but I was steaming at this point. I had every intention of shoving my rapier in their faces on the next boss.

Turns out… that wasn’t very hard to do.

In fact, those two DPS died so much during the next fight, I was even rezzing the Bard’s butt (as a Red Mage). I had second thoughts about doing it at first. But it made me feel slightly smug that not only did my DPS always top his on the aggro list, but I also didn’t die, and he had to take a rez from me. After he bad-mouthed my DPS.

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Take my rez and shove it!

…ahem… Yeah. I was just a little sore at him.

And then, you know what happened after we beat the boss? Those two DPS, who insulted the rest of their team earlier, but died more than anyone else… had the nerve to tell us… “GJ!” “MUCH BETTER!” “NICE JOB!”

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OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH!! 😡

Alright. So… our FC folks, aside from Syn (who didn’t notice this going on until I pointed it out to her), were also not happy at being called “bad.” Even though they weren’t DPS. I didn’t get a screenshot of that part of the conversation, but I did get some of the other…

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And then at the end of the raid…

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Syn also decided to rub it in a bit, doting on the “poor” black mage… and throwing all kinds of extra heals on the DPS. I’m not sure if they noticed, but they did eventually shut up.

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The FC thought it was pretty funny, too.

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FFXIV: A Berry Merry Starlight

The Starlight Festival, the FFXIV Christmas event, began last Friday. It’s a cute little quest line with several housing items and the big-ticket reward – the new bear mount.

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These guys are real cuties, and as you can see from above, they also can fly (and swim)! In order to get the reward items, including the mount, you have to participate in a holiday FATE. It looked a lot like this on Friday:

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Trust me, bear puns were flying fast and furious that night.

Basically, the bear mount can ground target and throw gift boxes, so that’s what the FATE is all about. The other decoration items, and music scroll, can be purchased with gift boxes that drop when you successfully complete the FATE. Gold will net you 2 boxes, and to buy one of each of the new items requires 8 boxes… so about 4 will get you all the things you want.

The mount quest is short enough to not be a pain to do on alts… which I did on all of mine. Granted, I’ve culled my alts a bit the past few weeks.

Here’s some of the racial sitting poses for the bear mount:

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FFXIV: Squad Healing

The game keeps sending me cool Astrologian weapons through my retainer ventures. Not to mention healer drops in dungeons and raids. So, I took the hint and finally unlocked Astro last week.

This is a job I’ve been shy to try because healing by itself is often enough on my plate. The idea of adding cards to healing made me concerned that it’d be too overwhelming to me. But thankfully, Grand Company Squads came to my rescue!

Though I really enjoy running things with my little squad, I didn’t sit down to play with them a whole-whole lot until last week. They’re getting pretty strong now that I’m leveling their attributes, and it feels like I’m just along for buffs and light healing as they do all the heavy lifting.

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This is totally fine for me. I leveled from 30 to 40 on Astro in three days. This could have been faster if I’d ran more squad dungeons and didn’t run out of rested experience. 🙂

And yeah, I know it’s easier to run with a squad than real people (for me), but I still feel like I’ve learned a lot about Astro through the experience. I even ran a levelling roulette on my Astro with some FC folks since squads gave me the confidence to try.

Squad Accomplishments

One of the other things I wanted to get were all of the squad emotes. After you run the squad dungeons 10 times, the game just drops a bunch of emotes, along with an achievement, on you.

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I kinda wonder why they didn’t stagger these out a bit more — like 1 emote at level 10, 1 emote at level 20… But I’m not the one calling the shots.

Also, when your squad members reach level 51, this unlocks the glamour system for them. I was finally able to do something about my bunny-cat-archer.

She went from this…

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To this…

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I left the bunny ears on her, just because.

Glamouring squad members is easy to do. Just make sure you have the glamour prisms in your inventory, along with the gear you want to glamour.

So, effectively, you can pretty much customize your squad any way you want now. You can change their classes, level them up, and glamour them. The runs are a fast way of gaining experience for yourself, and leveling those alt jobs below 50.

Here’s to hoping we’ll see some 50+ content added to squads someday soon. Since they can level to 60, it would be really nice to have an easy way to keep nudging alt jobs all the way up to that point.

For everything else, there’s alliance roulettes.

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FFXIV: Sinterklass Free Company Holiday Event

Our FC tends to do things a little differently… Why celebrate the holidays the typical way when you can embrace celebrations from other cultures? Such as the Dutch feast of Sinterklaas!

Our resident Dutch FC buddy, Tharash, is always happy to share his holiday traditions with others. While Sinterklaas may seem similar to Santa Claus, there are a number of notable differences, such as the basic lore and writing poems with your gift exchange. Really, check out that wiki page I linked above if you’re not familiar with it. It’s pretty fascinating.

So, when Tharash approached me about organizing an event that was a blend of Sinterklaas with a Secret Santa gift exchange for the FC, I thought this sounded like a lot of fun. Though we didn’t have a huge turn-out, I didn’t feel like we needed one. In fact, having too many folks might have gotten overwhelming. The group who attended kept it fun, upbeat, and cozy. It helps that the FC house has been fully decorated for the holidays by our FC architects!

We all dressed in our holiday finest while Tharash took on the garb (and persona) of Sinterklass himself. We each had no idea who our gift-giver was, but when our turn came, we read the poem written for us out loud on Discord, and received a gift from Sinterklass’ bag.

Afterwards, we saw Sinterklass off on his winter-ready chocobo…

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And had a snowball fight on the FC house lawn! 🙂

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The gift I received was this exquisite Ao Dai dress! I’ve actually looked into crafting/buying one in the past, so I was stoked to get one as a gift!

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Afterwards, we ran a full-party alliance roulette, some leveling, some Canals and other such content. We all had a good time!

Does your FC /guild hold events to celebrate the holidays?

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FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder: Everyone’s a Critic

You see that up there? Poor sad Amon!

Who could possibly not like Syrcus Tower? It’s got Amon in it! Who doesn’t like Amon and his epic hat??

Man. Everyone’s a critic.

Anyhow. Today’s Tales from the Duty Finder is more of a silly annoyance story. I was actually kinda sad our friendly Machinist didn’t do more crazy things during our Alliance Roulette to make this post a bit more interesting. But, ah well, I’ll give you what I got.

So, we Alliance Roulette. I celebrate as we get Syrcus Tower.

I love Syrcus Tower. It’s my favorite alliance raid… because it’s quick, usually easy, least likely to wipe, and just overall pretty relaxing to run for good alt-job experience. I also love the music, atmosphere and the boss battles that make you feel like you’re doing something epic… even if you’re not.

Well. We get in and start saying our hellos.

Apparently, this here Machinist doesn’t share my love of ST.

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I’m not quite sure why God should help us all in this case. I mean, I just said ST is fast and easy. 🙂

So, recognizing we have a personality in our group, I kept my eyes peeled for other interesting quotes. She only gave me one more, when she decided to critique a racial running animation with poor spelling.

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And we’re off to a good start!

She seemed in a hurry. There were several times when she would hang around the exit to a room while the rest of us fought the trash. Which is… you know… kinda self defeating because it takes us longer to finish it if less people are fighting.

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This is a pet peeve of mine, and I never quite understood it.

That being said, that really was the worst that happened on this run. Sorry, slow news day.

She didn’t try to pull before tanks or anything else. And her glamour was actually pretty nice.

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But making Amon cry is just mean.

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FFXIV: STOP! Glamour Time!

I haven’t been very immersed in FFXIV lately, so I decided to do a few low-key things today to get my feel for this game back. This included working on a holiday glamour!

Our FC has a holiday event coming up this weekend, so I sat down and sorted through my Starlight gear from the past few years and put together a pretty typical outfit.

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I think it goes particularly well with a rapier though. 🙂

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I also got off my lazy bum and worked through the level 60+ Bard job quests. Though my Bard has been level 70 for a while, I didn’t do a single story quest this whole time. Shame, shame.

I was motivated when I saw some of the Storyteller artifact gear you get from the final quest — I already have better gear stat-wise, but I liked the way some of it looked. So, it was glamour time for my bard, too.

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I’m glad I did the story, though, because I forgot how much I enjoyed the dynamics between Guydelot and Sanson. It actually helped, I think to sit down and do all the quests straight in a row, though, because it kept me focused on the quest chain. Breaking it up between levels sometimes leaves parts of the story fuzzy.

Maybe I’ll unlock the /perform action and see how that works!