I’ve had a pretty crazy week IRL with work and stuff, and I’ve mostly been in my MMO holding pattern again this week. I did finally reach one of my monthly goals, which was to level my Summoner/Scholar to 70.
This was mostly through doing my normal stuff — beast tribes and Alliance roulettes. Nothing fancy.
The main point of leveling this job was to finally consolidate all of my caster gear into the one level 70 set. It felt pretty good to clean out my inventory last night and to sort through which items in my piecemeal level 70 stuff for healer I wanted to keep as well.
I think I may be taking a break from roulettes for a little bit since Syn is going to be away for a few weeks. I’ll try to focus on getting my Ninja to 50 and finishing up my job quests for many, many jobs.
I know this mount has been around for a while and I’m far from the first one to get him, but after many weeks (months?) of consistently getting 80 or above in the Fashion Report, I finally earned enough MGP for my Fenrir mount!
In other news, I’m actually enjoying leveling my Summoner to 70 so far. Just hit 64 tonight, and am making my way bit by bit. 🙂
I’m not sure what it is about Labyrinth of the Ancients that brings out the best in people. We’ve also been getting it a lot in alliance roulette lately.
I’ve moved on to leveling my Summoner, so I’ve mostly been concentrating on figuring out how to work a new job in a big raid. That’s probably why I missed most of the fireworks until the grand finale last night.
We had a tank on the C team who decided it was a a great idea to pull all the fights before pretty much anyone in the rest of the raid made it to the room. Consistently. I guess there must have been in-fighting among the tanks for aggro and stuff, too. Again, I was mostly involved in my own DPSing, so I didn’t get the whole story.
This kind of stuff happens, but I guess it was worse than I realized. It wasn’t until the last boss, Phlegethon, when this particular tank got called out for his behavior.
This must have struck a nerve, because though no one else made another comment during the whole final boss fight, he went on and on and on in response.
He wasn’t positioning Phlegethon right, so I guess another one of the tanks were trying to provoke the boss off him and reposition correctly. He had something to say about that.
Somewhere around the second Ancient Flare, the C Tank died, and he stayed dead for the rest of the fight. I don’t know if he killed himself on purpose. I’m not sure if he stayed dead because his healers weren’t rezzing him, or if he was refusing their rezz. I can only imagine him doing something like this:
It was no big deal to be down one tank, though, and we easily cleared the last boss. Then, after the fight was over… and still no onesaid another thing during the whole battle… he kept on and on. Even after most of the raid had left the instance!
He was talking a little scary at that point, so that’s when I left, too.
Last summer, FFXIV announced a promotion where you could get a free Falcon mount as long as you were subscribed for 90 days within the promotional period of time.
When I saw this, I was like… “Pffft. No problem. I’ve been subbed to FFXIV since 2013! I don’t see that changing.”
And that’s true. I have been subbed nonstop since Sept 2013 (dang!), and for a good chunk of that time, I’d done it monthly. At first, it made sense to sub monthly since this was the first MMO with a sub I’d played in a long time. You never know when you want to pull the plug and leave a game.
But as the years rolled by, it got a little silly that I didn’t sub for a longer chunk of time, since that would save a little bit of money to do it that way. So, the whole Falcon mount promotion prompted me to finally upgrade my sub to pay for 3 months at a time.
Surely, that mount was a shoe-in for me. And while I’m not over-nuts about gathering mounts, I like mounts, and I’ll always take a free one. This one was pretty cute, too.
But there was one snag…
Promotion vs. Promotion
Feeling secure in obtaining the mount, I forgot about it. It would be a while until any of us saw it in the mail, after all.
Somewhere down the line, Midgardsormr became a preferred server. This meant that new characters rolled on this server got an experience boost, and if you leveled a new boosted character to 30 during the time period, you also got a free 15 days of play time.
Seeing this, I jumped on the bandwagon and pulled Amoon along with me.
Only, what I didn’t realize is that those free 15 days would interrupt the 3 months of sub time during the Falcon’s promotional period. It’s confusing, but to make a long story short, when the time came and other people were getting their Falcon mounts last fall, mine never showed up.
At first, I didn’t realize what had happened. Then, pouring over my account history, I realized that due to the 15 free days for rolling a character on a preferred server, I missed being fully subbed for 3 months (in the eyes of the game)… and I missed it by 3 days. Even though I never stopped being subbed since 2013!!
Yeah, that’s some crap right there.
But what made me feel worse… was that Amoon also didn’t get his.
I mean… we’d forgotten because we just figured we’d get it automatically. How would we know that one promotion would cancel out the first?
Go to support! you’re probably saying. You were a fully paid subscriber for 4 years straight by that point. They should be able to do something about it!
I thought about putting in a ticket, but saw other people on the forum doing the same thing. Reading the Reddit and forum threads, it seemed the service reps were unable to do anything for the situation. Apparently, the system passed these out automatically, detecting which players were eligible. If you weren’t, you were out of luck.
I was bummed about it, but resigned to the fact that I made a bad choice and now I had to live with it. Again, I was more bummed that Amoon didn’t get his mount, too. I hoped maybe they’d run the event again, or offer it as an achievement reward.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Syn ride hers, either, because I think she knows we were both sad we didn’t get one. Every time I saw someone else riding one around, I was always reminded of the fact I lost out on it.
Falcon Mount Realized
Fast forward to this morning. I got a text during breakfast from Syn telling me that I might get my mount after all. There’s a new post on Reddit about it… and apparently, FFXIV is reviewing accounts that were effected by this very situation.
Due to the way the free play period granted by the “World Population Balancing Incentives” functions, it is automatically granted by the system under certain circumstances, so it may have been granted at a time the user did not want it to be.
Because of this free play period granted by the “World Population Balancing Incentives,” the timing of payment for play time shifted. We will add a Falcon mount to eligible accounts for users who could not accumulate enough play time to fulfill the requirements of the Fly the Falcon Mount Campaign due to this.
I logged in, trying not to get my hopes up about it. Much to my surprise, there it was!
I got my Falcon Mount! (And I hope Amoon gets his, too!)
Thank you Squeenix!
I see some folks saying things like, “It took them months to fix this! It’s about time!” But, honestly, I’m just happy to get it because I’d given up thinking I would. If this happened to you, know that they’re working through the accounts today, and it might take up to 24 hours to get yours. But keep your eyes on your in-game mailbox!
I will close with a snippet of silly chat I saw last night as we were zoning out of the Reach into a roulette. The user name just makes it, so I didn’t edit it out.
Amoon was quite keen on trying it out last night, and I was interested to see what it was like, too. While Syn wasn’t that excited by it, she joined as our healer and we went in as a group of three.
Oldschool MMO Style
Eureka was pretty much what I expected. They likened it to open world FFXI leveling from back in the day. That’s what we got, more or less.
Folks complain about the grind for relic. But relic is always a grind. This hasn’t changed in the slightest. It’s just not a grind locked into repeatedly running a boss or dungeon… which FFXIV has an overabundance of.
In fact, I welcome more open world content, even with the trouble it brings (more on that later). I certainly can handle heading out with a little group of FC folks to pull mobs and nuke them down for a hour or so here and there. It was a nice change of pace.
The problem is, there’s so many players who aren’t used to this play style. Some only understand zerg or speedrun. They struggle to understand there’s an etiquette to playing a game that will actually get them further than being selfish. When patience is required and speedrun isn’t possible, they pitch a fit.
There’s threads popping up offering tips about the best way to progress in Eureka. This doesn’t include killing everything in sight. Aside from the NM FATEs, this is very much closed group content.
Tagging other groups’ pulls does everyone harm — those who pulled, and yourself. So find yourself a safe spot to call a base point and have a tank pull things to your group. That’s the traditional way to do this, and that’s what works well.
Eureka doesn’t have a duty finder. You can go with with a group of any size, and join groups while you’re in the instance. It was interesting to see people out there shouting LFT or LF1M. Players have to figure out how to do things without a duty finder matching them.
Behavior has consequences. Remember how I talked about tagging other groups’ pulls and how everyone gets lower XP from it? Here’s a story.
I never thought I’d talk about kill stealers in FFXIV. Anyhow.
So, my FC team found this safe little flat rock area to set up our pull spot. We were doing well, making chains, and just learning how the system worked. Most other groups were minding their own business, aside from the occasional zerg group running through.
There was a Dark Knight and a Bard who come rushing into our area and just started killing anything we pulled. Basically, they were leeching off our XP over and over again. At first, I wondered if was by accident, but they kept it up. So we moved around to the other side of the rock, giving up our nice spot.
Well, it wasn’t an accident because they followed us to the new spot and started killing our pulls again.
Only, the new spot wasn’t as safe as the original. Very quickly, they attracted more mobs than they could handle, and unlike us, they had no healer. We simply walked away and let them deal with what they’d pulled. Needless to say, I saw the monsters return to their spawn spots pretty soon after, and we saw no sign of those two for a while.
When they did return, they came back to our rock, but didn’t mess with our pulls. We’d leveled up by that time, so we gave it up to them, going to a different spot.
We were only out there for about an hour and a half, and not all of that was spent in battle. The three of us earned about a level and a half, and various amounts of Crystals. Crystal drops were pretty random, except for chaining all the way up to 30. We got that one time.
There’s a quest line that leads you through the new systems in Eureka, including to the relic stuff. This time around, you can earn both weapon and armor relics.
I’m honestly not too worried about the relics this time around. If I get one, I do. But I got my Tome weapon from Sigmascape last night, which is far better than what relic can give me this patch cycle.
Even though it’s kinda cool that the relics have a color-changing glow, and it’s nice they have a promised five-slots for materia, I’m not impressed enough to feel I need to grind for them.
If that’s the case, why did I head into Eureka?
I like that this is content I could take almost any level 70 member of my FC into, anytime, just for the fun of it.
I like that this content isn’t closed up in a dungeon. I have severe dungeon fatigue from FFXIV right now and only run things if I have to.
I want some of the cosmetics — the new Red Mage barding is on my list, and the T-Rex mount is pretty cool, too!
Not all content needs to be fast and constantly raining rewards. I don’t mind slowly working on something over time to achieve it. If I get a relic from it, then I do. If I don’t, there are alternatives.
It may be that Eureka starts out slow and becomes something a lot more fun later on. FFXIV is famous for releasing a bare-bones feature that they build up over time.
I can understand why some people are frustrated and disappointed about the style of content in the new zone. But the truth is, they can adjust to it, or they can just choose to do something else.
That’s Zeb and Magris, both whom glamoured their top level healing gear to look like the Level 1 racial starter gear. They are queuing up for Rabinasty in order to try and freak people out.
It figures that the one time Syn comes to me to ask how to use the Glamour Commode, it’s to troll a raid. Yep.
Anyhow, when I wrote that goals post for this month, I was actually a little stressed out looking at it. It felt like I was shooting for a lot more than I could handle. Turns out, it hasn’t been that bad.
I’ve been working on my weekly Deliveries, which I split between crafting and gathering this week. This earned me the Millkeep’s Saw for my Carpenter, which amusingly looks like a chainsaw.
It’s not the augmented version, yet. I’ll work on that next week.
I also reached Level 70 on my Weaver – one of my goals this month. Granted, I was only three levels away, so all I needed to do was grind leves and do one job quest… but this is finally done!
It’s my second level 70 crafter…. Now I just need to start working on gearing up.
Aside from that, I finally buckled down with my squad and made it to Level 40 Dark Knight! In fact, I even tanked a leveling roulette for the FC and dinged 41.
Woot! Another goal made!
I actually rather enjoy the feeling of the Dark Knight as a tank. I just worry that it might have too much complexity later on for me to feel safe playing it. But for now, I’m going to turn my focus on nudging my Warrior to 40 so they can both share the same tanking gear.
I’m continuing to push through the levels on my Black Mage, as well. This job is currently sitting at level 64. I’d love to get it to 70 by the end of the month, but if I don’t, it’s not a big deal. It’ll get there sooner or later, between Beast Tribe Quests and Alliance Roulettes.
So it looks like most of my FFXIV-related goals are on track for this month! I just need to spread some of my time around to Steam, Switch and Sims games, too.
I love glowsticks in real life, so when I heard we were getting glowstick emotes for Little Ladies’ Day, color me excited! Getting the three emotes wasn’t too painful — just needed to complete a few short quests and a Fate inside of Ul’dah, which spawns pretty frequently.
The FATE itself was simple but fun, and well attended.
The Songbird trio from the past two years of the event return. This time, instead of helping them reach fame or work through personal issues, you’re attending one of their performances. As the girls come forward on the stage to dance, you target them and use the emote with the corresponding color glowstick.
You also choose one girl to represent…
…and you favor her over the others at any point when more than one girl is dancing at a time.
That’s really all there is to it. The FATE provides tokens you can use to buy the new furniture and orchestrion music.
I know that I’m going to be seeing a lot of this event the next week or so because I really have to have those emotes on all of my alts!
Though that might seem to be all there is this time around, there was a bit of something strange in the final cutscene of the main quest.
I wonder what this means? The FFXIV team rarely drops things like this without a reason. Maybe now that the Songbirds have risen to such popularity, there’s not a lot of direction for their story to take them in.
And then, what about the mysterious follow-up quest? Given the pop-idol tone of the rest of the event, this was a somewhat jarring… somber… and rather gruesome (if you think about it)… story to close the event with.
I can’t help but think that there will be more to this than just what we saw here, and that this quest is the prelude to whatever next year’s Little Ladies’ Day event will focus on.