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FFXIV: Sebastian’s Eatery

This is a personal room in our FC house that belongs to my character Sebastian. Over the years, I’ve decorated my characters’ personal rooms as themed locations within the house, such as a rec room, a ballroom, or a guest room. An eatery/dining area was always on my list of to-do.

I hadn’t expected to sit down and work on it this past weekend, but on Friday night, I was looking through Sebastian’s inventory, and just decided I had enough to at least give it a start. Many of the decorations for this room were things that retainers brought back to my various characters. Things like the big wall kegs, the beaver burger, and the chocobo counters I just kept getting over and over again. So, throughout the months, I’d drop them in the FC chest and have Sebastian pick them up and stash them.

This room came together so easily – it’s probably one of the fastest rooms I’ve designed so far. There’s nothing especially unique about it- no floating objects or tricks used for the layout, but I still like it. It was simply just a room that started and finished within a few hours worth of time. The only things I needed to purchase were the country tables. The rest were all objects Sebastian already had. So this was also a pretty cheap room compared to most of the others I’ve worked on, too.

Our FC house is always open for visitors – feel free to stop by and sign our guestbook!

You can find us at: Mateus – Shirogane Ward 14, Lot 14!

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FFXIV: Firebird Achieved!

I know I’m quite a few expansions behind on getting this mount, but I’m fine with that. Running trials has never been a big thing for me (outside of just seeing the story), so I’ve taken up every opportunity the Mogtome events have offered to collect mounts.

Today I finally got the last of the bird collection from Heavensward, which meant I could get my Firebird for Ben!

It worked much like the Kirin did for the ponies, with a rainbow of mounts congratulating your achievement. For me, it took a lot of Praetorium for those tomes – though I believe I did earn one or two (Ravana or Bismark) from actually unsyncing with FC friends.

Now it’s time to work on the wolves! And that means.. yep… more Praetorium!

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FFXIV: Moogle Treasure Trove Event Starts October 19!

Just in time to tide you over for the Endwalker release, we have the much awaited Moogle Tomes event. At least, I was much awaiting it.

This time around, we’re getting the new cosmetic – Inferno Jacket – which was a reward for the three FFXIV Community Teams unlocking all 104 Blue Mage spells back in July.

On top of that, you can earn the mounts:

  • Auspicious Kamuy Fife
  • Dark Lanner Whistle

To add to your bird and dog collections if you don’t already have them.

The Modern Aesthetics – Styled for Hire hairstyle is up for grabs, previously only obtainable from PVP with 18,000 Wolf Marks. This was a hairstyle I was working towards back when it first released, but then lost steam in the PVP dailies.

And as a neat little addition, the Bonewicca casting set is up for grabs – a much-coveted chestpiece with a nice little Halloween flair. I know I’ll be snagging some of this for Amon for sure.

You can earn these tomes various ways – Praetorium is the long run, but it nets you 10 tomes each run. Some folks prefer to PVP for it. It also looks like the Crystal Tower Trio is the Alliance Roulette of choice this time around.

I’m going to be seeing a LOT of Praetorium because I need many of these rewards on both Ben and Amon. Yikes! But at least I can run some of it in a Halloween costume! 🙂

For more info on what to run and the full rewards list, check out the official page here!

Have fun!

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FFXIV: Taking on the Four Lords

One of my goals in content to beat before Endwalker was to finish the Four Lords questline on Ben. I know… I know… you’re probably saying – but this was content from two expansions ago. And you would be right!

A long, long time back, I did beat the Byakko fight. But that’s where I stopped once I realized there were going to be a series of trials for this quest line.

My common approach to trials that are not included in the MSQ is to skip them. Trials in general are one of my least favorite types of content in FFXIV, so much that I’ve done most of the Heavensward ones unsynced and don’t know a thing about the fights. That’s why I never run Trials on roulette – I don’t want to put myself or my party through that pain.

I didn’t know that I only had two more trials to face in the Four Lords questline to finish it. For some reason, I had the idea there were a lot more fights to do. So I put it off and put it off until this past weekend.

With the help of FC folks, I managed to make short work of the remaining two fights – Suzaku and Seiryu. We did them in a duty finder party – so no unsyncing these – and I went in blind to both fights.

There were a few snags and a lot of learning to be done on my part. Suzaku was a lot easier than Seiryu was for me, though it took me to discuss some of Suzaku’s mechanics later with FC folks to understand the whole quadrant explosion thing.

Seiryu got hairy (or should I say scaly) more than once during the process. But both seem to be learn-able fights overall. Nothing so bad that I’d swear off doing them ever again. Not like I will have the chance (or want the chance) for that, though! XD

While I obviously wasn’t super invested in this storyline (since I dropped it in the middle as I did years ago), it had its interesting parts. I was especially curious about the elements that suggest Tenzen may have been not just a Warrior of Light from the previous time, but even a previous incarnation of the player character.

This lends strength to a few lore ideas I’ve had for my own stories – things that FFXIV doesn’t explicitly state but only suggests. This is something that I really like about how the game handles lore. It gives enough wiggle room for players to say “this is a possibility” or to simply ignore something if they don’t want to apply it to their own character.

Anyhow, it felt good to finish up this lingering quest line, earn the /hum emote and mark one thing off my list. I still need to do the entire questline of Werlyt on Ben… but that’s something to tackle some other time.

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FFXIV: In-Game Vigil for Stephen Critchlow

Earlier this week, the community heard the sad news that actor Stephen Critchlow had passed away. He was involved in theater, television, radio production, but more immediate to the gaming world, he lent his voice to several characters in games over the years.

To the FFXIV community, he brought to life the character Count Edmont de Fortemps – one that’s looked upon as a kindly father figure for not just his own family but for the WoL in a time of their greatest need. He’s also the narrator of the Heavensward story, introducing new areas as you travel – and is one of the first voices you hear in the expansion as your character stumbles through the snow-swept lands.

Due to this, the community on many servers chose to hold a vigil for him outside of Fortemps Manor. Much like the vigil seen earlier this year for Kentaro Miura, players lined up with campfire minions out. Many dressed in house Fortemps colors and most used the House Fortemps Knight title. I took part in the vigil for a few hours, as well.

On Mateus, individuals who were able to craft the campfire minions were giving them out to folks who didn’t have one and had joined the vigil. Kind words were offered about the actor and his character. Whenever someone needed to leave the event, they often announced their departure to encourage someone to take their spot in the line.

Here’s a video that was captured of the vigil on my server (I wasn’t there by this time), to give you an idea of the scope of it.

While it’s a sad loss, it’s nice to see the community come together to remember the good things that Stephen Critchlow helped create for the world. May he rest in peace.

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FFXIV: Pantomime Emote Fun

Sometimes an emote comes along that is so absolutely perfect for Amon that I don’t think twice about the cost on the Mogstation. I don’t always spend freely in cash shops, but when I see something I like or that fits one of my characters, I don’t mind picking it up.

The Pantomime emote is well worth the money in my eyes. Compared to some of the dances we got before that were nothing but short, looping animations, Pantomime is a long emote with lots of varied motions and expressions.

There’s a LOT of value for Gposers here – from angry/trapped looks, to strange frames when the character jumps, to the smug arm cross that turns into a backwards fall of horror and surprise. A lot of movements we haven’t seen in an emote before, and they’re all quite fluid and realistic.

There’s a few specific parts of the emote, when the character hefts themself over the invisible “wall” that make for some extra fun such as…

Rocket Amon!

And…

Sk8ter Amon!

Both Photoshop edits, of course. 🙂

Have you bought a Mogstation emote, and if so, was it worth it?

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FFXIV: Delubrum Reginae Clear, Into Zadnor

So the last time I played Bozja content, Syn and I managed to complete Castrum Lacus Litore (finally). I’m not sure why we took a pause after that, but we did. A several month pause.

Little did we know that one more solo instance and series of cutscenes would have opened Delubrum Reginae. This was another 24-man raid, similar to an alliance raid, but with less strict party makeup. In fact, you could end up running the instance without healers or tanks if that’s how the duty finder picked them. You’re expected to make up for the lack of other classes by using the Bozja Lost Action skills – which is a system I basically understand, but don’t fully have my head wrapped around yet.

I was happy to know that this was a duty finder instance, rather than waiting around a zone to hope for something like the Castrum to pop. My happiness in that is short-lived, however, as I’ve heard there’s another raid that’s exactly like Castrum later in the quest line.

I did watch a video on DR before I went in – and I was happy that I did because some of those mechanics would have been difficult to understand by just eyeballing for the first time. I did manage to make it through the instance without too much death – it was really the last boss that got me (but I knew she would).

Finishing the instance opened a new zone for me – Zadnor – which I joke looks a lot like a beta version moonscape. At least, the first part of it does.

Just cruising on the pre-Endwalker moon

Ranking up is fast here, especially if you have a few friends helping out. I started this whole unexpected adventure at rank 11 and now I’m rank 18 without too much time or fuss. I need a couple more ranks before I can open the next area of the zone.

While I do enjoy Bozja content because I like doing open-field stuff more than dungeon stuff, I don’t really have a goal of relic weapons or anything here. I’m doing it mostly because to put it off any longer will likely mean it’ll be much harder to finish after the new expansion, and I’d like to see the story through. However, I’ve heard that the story itself ends rather abruptly, which is sad.

I finally got to meet this Lalafell!

Since I have all jobs leveled to 80 on Ben, I don’t need Bozja for leveling or anything like that. This is, however, the first new content with cutscenes and character interactions that I’ve played since I’ve transformed my main into Ben. Though I’ve had a Ben character before this, most of what I’ve done with him was roulettes and story speed-through.

I need to play a character in story elements and cutscenes to really get a feel for them. I know that sounds odd, but something about watching my character (even if it’s just nodding) and seeing their facial expressions helps me feel more connected to them. I haven’t had the chance to do that with Ben until now.

I did put together a brand new glamour for Ben a few weeks back, and I’ve decided that the more I look at it, the happier I am with it. I also like the feel of playing Red Mage on Ben despite the fact that his gear is pretty rubbish for being my main character. I’m not too worried about this since this is the end of the expansion, but I would like to be more mindful of that next time around.

Some Thoughts Before Endwalker

I feel like going into Endwalker, I’m going to do my best to focus more on Ben as my main this time around. I really enjoy my alts, especially Amon, but I also feel like I’ve been stretching myself a bit too thin trying to do too much on too many characters.

This is specifically the case with my crafting jobs, where I have all level 80s on Ben and Amon (and another random 80 on Tad somewhere). I just don’t have the time and energy to try to gear up multiple crafters, earn the materia I need for (failed) melding, and try to do relic tools for all of their jobs.

I’ll likely still level Amon’s crafters because the leveling part is usually easy once a beast tribe drops. But the gearing up process will be left to scrips for him.

I know for sure that I’ll level at least three characters worth of gatherers, though. Maybe more, if I have my choice. Gathering daily maps has been my slow-but-steady source of income. Having more characters do this doesn’t take much time each day, and the gil returned for the time spent is more than worth it.

Anyhow, all this to say that I’m starting to get a feel for Ben and enjoy playing him as my main. I want to continue this into the next expansion where I expect to really get used to my choice of character transformation.

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FFXIV: Lalagans Visit the Crystalala Art Party

The CROWN Free Company of Malboro – a FC that the Lalafell versions of Amon and Scylla have been welcomed to – hosted a Lalafell-oriented art party earlier today. There was quite a turnout with all sorts of original characters and NPC representations in Lala form.

Like Amon and Scylla, these NPCs weren’t all Lalafell originally – there were characters of all sorts including Ascians, Scions, Zenos and even Nero. So much creativity went into a lot of these character designs – I was really impressed. Lots of fun for the NPC crowd!

There was bard music, lots of dancing, lots of summer glamours and just fun all around. I am always happy to meet up with these folks, some which I rarely run across in-game or get to see outside of events. If all goes well, once cross-datacenter travel ramps up, CROWN hopes to host another party to include even more folks.

Oh, and check out this adorable artwork of Amon and Scylla Lalas (and other great Lalas) gifted by my buddy Yuyuhase! ❤

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FFXIV: After 7+ Years, Shikaree’s Doublet Comes Home

Now that I’ve officially finished my Blaugust posts for this year (yay!), it’s back to blogging as normal around here. I wanted to talk about something that happened on Friday of last week – I finally got Shikaree’s Doublet after almost 7 and a half years of hoping for it in FFXIV.

Shikaree’s set is a level 50 aiming set that came out in FFXIV Patch 2.2 – back in April of 2014. In the middle of the Darklight set drops, this looked like a shining jewel of glamour to me. Much like Amon’s Hat, I set my sights on getting it.

In fact, I even blogged about it in May of 2014. It was at the end of a post talking about working on my firs Relic (which I’ve never finished), but I did make put my hopes to get that gear in writing.

I never had it in me to farm for it much, even though it eventually became easy to clear as the years went on. My retainers brought me back pieces of the set, and eventually I had everything except the doublet in my glamour dresser.

I’d forget about it for a stretch, but then things like dyeable version in Heavensward would pop up. It’s a nice set, and I like that I can dye it. But that spring green sash that you can’t dye for the aiming set made it hard to use much variation in dye colors.

Hallowed Ramie Doublet of Aiming

The casting and healing sets came out a little better, but still have some undyable parts that are either stark red or bright green. So while options were out there, I preferred the lovely blue and white of the original doublet.

I got reminded of the doublet yet again when retainers brought it back to an alt of mine who doesn’t main an aiming class. I lamented the irony and decided it was finally time to farm for it.

My choice of farming was Halitali HM. At level 80 unsynced, I could run it in less than 5 minutes as a Red Mage. The doublet drops off the final boss – but has a 1 in 8 chance. For some reason, this boss fight even drops two belts – not for much longer though!

Luck was against me as I farmed the dungeon somewhat casually every now and then. I did even put it on my list of things to do before Endwalker drops.

I’d forget about farming it for a while when I failed to earn the drop repeatedly. Then something would bring the topic back up again.

This happened last week when I remembered it while chatting with my FC about glamour. That Friday, I decided to run the dungeon a few times, and sure enough, on my fourth try of the night, the doublet dropped!

Having the full set, I quickly kitted out Ben’s aiming glamour. My hope for the full Shikaree set has now been realized!