[FFXIV] So easy a 5-yr old can do it!

2 Mar
My daughter's Mi'qote

My daughter’s Mi’qote

My 5-yr old daughter has lately taken to watching me play FFXIV.  She’s always liked Minecraft, and she loves to watch “Let’s Play” videos of Stampy Longnose and Cupquake on Youtube, so this was hardly a surprise.  But what was a bit of a surprise was when she wanted to run around on my character.  Given that I didn’t know what kind of trouble she’d get into and I also didn’t want to have to worry about repair bills if she got out of a safe zone and got herself killed (I’d let her run around Mist a few times since it’s completely safe and so far no problems, but… you never know), I asked if she wouldn’t rather I made her own character for her.  She decided she wanted that instead, so I started making a Lalafell for her, figuring that since they look like little kids that she’d identify with them, but she saw the Mi’qote as I hovered my mouse over it and decided that she wanted a “cat with red hair and red ears” instead.

She loves to see the aetheryte attunement and says "She's using her magic!"

She loves to see the aetheryte attunement and says “She’s using her magic!”

So her character was born and I made it a Conjurer so it would start in Gridania, since the Lavender Beds are quite pretty and accessed via ferry, so she couldn’t simply run out, like she could if I’d picked Thanalan and The Goblet instead.  I played it up to level 8 or so… whenever it is you get access to the Lavender Beds, anyway, and then took it in there and figured she’d be fine running around in there.  She wanted to wear “a costume” but since she had no cash on that toon, the best I could do with its limited resources was to get the hempen chemise and the corresponding leg piece off the market board for cheap.  The chemise ended up being dyed purple, so even though she asked for a white one, she fell in love with it an now that I’ve bought her a white one also, she still always wants the purple instead.

She likes to sit on everything she can find.

She likes to sit on everything she can find.

To prevent her being able to leave I’d hit scroll lock to turn off the UI, but she’s a smarty-pants and figured out how to turn the UI back on.  She loves to go into the various houses and explore them, so it works out.  Though she has gotten a bit bored with just the Lavender Beds.  And she saw people with minion pets and wanted some, plus she wants to be able to “ride a chicken” and now she wants a fairy pet too, so I’ve been playing a bit on her character in order to level it to 20-ish to advance the story enough to get her chocobo mount (level 21 now and almost to that point in the story — dungeons give lots of xp in the teens, so leveling has been faster than the story), and then I’ll have to swap to Arcanist and level it to 30 to unlock Scholar so she can also have a fairy pet.  For minions, I claimed my collector’s edition ones, and did the quests in Aleport to get the coeurl kitten and wolf pup ones, so she’s very happy about them.  But she still asks to play my character from time to time so I can pull out the fairy pet on my scholar.  Oh yeah… she wants the unicorn mount as well, so I’ll need to get Conjurer to 30 to boot.  The things we do for our kids….

She usually has me actually do the races for her, but she's managed a few 4th and 5th places on her own too

She usually has me actually do the races for her, but she’s managed a few 4th and 5th places on her own too

So anyway… I’ve unlocked the Gold Saucer for her too, so she can run around in that safe zone.  She likes to race the chocobos, though she’s not very good at it.  She’ll learn eventually.  She gets bored in the Saucer pretty quickly, though, since there aren’t any houses for her to explore.  But she’s also found the teleport menu, so she’s able to get to the different cities anymore, though she’s not figured out how to use the residential aethernet yet.  But she still gets around — this morning I logged her in at the Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks and went to take a shower.  When I got back 20 minutes later she was in Vesper Bay, so she’d found her way down to the lower decks and then found the ferry skipper that goes there.  Not bad for someone who’s in preschool and can recognize letters, but not read yet……

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Summoner relic is mine!

Summoner relic is mine!

For my own playing, I have decided that while I like the Summoner when soloing with a tank pet, I’m not really fond of it in a group situation.  But I finished the Relic quest, so I’ve got my i90 book for it.  And Scholar’s now to the point where I need to kill Hydra and then the 3 primal hard modes to get the book for that job.  WHM already has an i110 weapon off the market board, so I’m not sure I’ll bother running the quest again since the reward is i90 after spending the additional 450 soldiery tomes, and I still need to upgrade my pants and belt to i100, so I’d rather save up the 1200 tomes for that, ya know?

Anyway, happy gaming out there, and I hope you have a great week!

[FFXIV] The Manderville Golden Saucer

24 Feb
Flying in on the airship

Flying in on the airship

The 2.51 patch dropped last night, so this morning the “MGS” is now available.  To get there you must be level 15 and visit the access quest giver that you pretty much trip over at the Ul’dah Aetheryte.  Once there your senses.. well… vision and hearing, anyway. . . are assaulted with a riot of color and sound.  I think this is going to be the social hub of the game going forward as well, since there’s no downside to being there and it’s got some distraction for while waiting for dungeon queues and whatnot.

Made it there...

Made it there…

So anyway, you get there and get the quest to tour the place, so you run around to all the areas to see what they’ve got, get seeded with a little bit of “MGP” (Manderville Gold Saucer Points) so that you can play the mini-games and you’re on your way to building a stash of the new currency.  The mini-games cost 1 MGP to play and tend to pay out 2-5 in return, depending on your ability to anticipate the moving bar you have to click to stop.  They’re really all the same, they just try to hide it by “click when the bar’s at the end” vs “click when the bar’s at the middle” vs “the spot to click jumps around.”

Winner!

Winner!

There’s a daily scratch-off lottery ticket that you can buy where it’s a sort of Sudoku puzzle.  1 spot is pre-scratched and then you pick 3 more spots.  Based on the 4 numbers showing, you then guess what numbers are missing and where they are and pick the corresponding row or column, hoping that you guessed correctly and you get a total that matches a good payout on the right of the screen.  I got lucky on my 1st try and got a 3600 MGP payout, so I was pretty happy with that.

Is this Manderville or Playboy?

Is this Manderville or Playboy?

Triple Triad is interesting, and a bit frustrating at 1st as well, since it’s got some semi-complex rules.  It sounds simple, but the different tables have slightly different rules, and learning those nuances is what makes it semi-complex.  There was a lot of zone-wdie chat going on explaining the various rules to people, with links to screenshots of examples of what makes a “Plus” or an “Ascension” work.  I lucked into a plus win with me owning 8 of the 9 cards at the end, so I won a card on that hand, but I lost more than I won.  In a loss you get half your MGP stake back, in a draw you get your stake back, and in a win you get 22-150, depending on the table you’re playing at.

By contrast to the rest of the place, this is practically a meditation room.

By contrast to the rest of the place, this is practically a meditation room.

I’ll play it more, I think, but it’s also kind of frustrating to have cards with scores ranging from 2-5 and clustered at 3-4, while your NPC opponents have cards from 2-9 clustered at 6-7.  It’s probably just a matter of learning what moves the AI is prone to play, and then mastering when you can do a “plus” or an “ascension” if you’re playing at one of those tables, but for now while I don’t know how it all works quite yet it’s a bit off-putting.

GATE complete!

GATE complete!

The GATE event I was a part of seemed to be completely done by random chance.  You talked to the npc and got up on the stage, then Typhon randomly appeared on it and randomly did a cone, column, or pbae sneeze.  You are rooted when he appears, so you can’t dodge if you happen to be in the telegraphed area.  He sneezes 5 times in total and you are scored based on how lucky you were at avoiding the sneezes.  I avoided all 5 so I got max payout of 1600 MGP.  I don’t know what the lesser payouts for getting hit are, nor if it’s an auto-fail if the sneeze knocks you off the stage, but I expect I’ll find out eventually.  And I’m sure there are other GATE events as well, so I’ll eventually see how they go too.

The Chocobo Racing lobby

The Chocobo Racing lobby

And finally… Chocobo Racing!  This one actually is deceptively simple.  You run around the track on rails, but there are invisible lanes on it.  Hitting the left or right buttons will change the lane that you’re in, so hitting or avoiding the buffs/penalties on the ground and picking up the treasure chest for your weapons to slow the others (or possibly a short speed boost) is really just a matter of reading the course to see which lane the thing is in and then moving to that lane.  Since the course does meander, it can be a little difficult to tell, but’s it’s really quite straightforward.

Gentlemen, start your engines!  Or.. whatever you say about a Chocobo race.

Gentlemen, start your engines! Or.. whatever you say about a Chocobo race.

You gain xp for the chocobo as you complete races — more xp for better finishes, and as you rank up you can buy training books to increase your chocobo’s attributes.  The books cost 1100 or 2700 MGP, though, and a race win is only worth a hundred or so, so unless you want to “grind” a lot of races you’ll probably be supplementing with scratch and mini-game winnings from the other areas too.  Since I had close to 6000 MGP, though, I bought a 2700  point speed book and went from 11 to 14 for my speed attribute.  I guess that’s nice, but my time to finish the next race only improved by 3 seconds on a 145 second race, so the percentage increase wasn’t much.  But hey, every little bit helps, and I can see myself getting lost in the races for quite some time.  Yeah, the races are already “doing it” for me.

1st place!

1st place!

My overall impression of the MGS is quite favorable.  The mini-games aren’t really a big deal, but I can see Triple Triad and the Chocobo Racing as being “big things” for a lot of people, myself included.  Happy gaming out there and I hope to see you at the Saucer!

[FFXIV] I am an Archmage!

22 Feb
Level 50 class quest complete!

Level 50 class quest complete!

Between the daily low-level roulette bonus and the challenge log for using the roulette 3x and running 5 dungeons, I made it to level 47 on Saturday morning.  Ran another dungeon and then did some fate grinding in the Coerthas Higlands and made it to 48, then saw someone advertising a Dezmael’s Darkhold “1st room grind” asking for a White Mage.  Since I’ve heard that that is insanely fast xp, I shot the guy a tell and he invited me in.

Better looking boots, plus my nice new weapon

Better looking boots, plus my nice new weapon

You zone in to “DD” and buff up, then the tank takes off at a run and pulls every mob group that you run past and since dungeon mobs don’t leash, you eventually get something like 15 mobs on you.  Once you get to the last room before the 1st boss, the tank runs into a corner where there’s a “crystal veil” circle on the floor, which serves to reduce damage taken by 80% or so, so even though the tank’s not overgeared, he still can be easily kept up by a single healer.  Anyway, you get the 15 mobs into that corner and then AE them down.  At 3467 xp apiece, so about 55,000 xp per run.  Since you enter as a pre-formed group, there’s no penalty for leaving, so once you’ve got the xp, you all zone out, then the leader pops you right back in.

During the WHM class quest at 50

During the WHM class quest at 50

We had 2 White Mages and a Bard, so we could both pop regen on the tank and then go into Cleric Stance and simply spam Holy until the mobs died, with the Bard throwing in his AE’s as well.  The 1st few runs went ok as we learned what our capabilities were, and eventually we got to the point where it started feeling really fast.  So fast that the bard started timing us from zone-in to zone-out.  The 1st time he timed us the entire run including the pre-buffing and running time to gather the mobs was 2 minutes and 17 seconds.  The next run after that was 2 minutes flat.  And after that we averaged between 2:00 and 2:15 until we’d all hit 50.

Chilling in the FC house

Chilling in the FC house

Going from 49 to 50 for me took just a shade over a half-hour to gain the 528,000 xp needed.  It was insanely fast, and I was actually glad of it, as leve-quests and FATEs and a dungeon or 2 per day was starting to get a bit stale.  Especially since the dungeon always seemed to be Halatali. . . . .   It was Stone Vigil once, so that was kinda fun, but I can pretty much do Halatali in my sleep anymore.

The 2nd boss in the Keeper of the Lake dungeon in an FC group

The 2nd boss in the Keeper of the Lake dungeon in an FC group

Since that took so little time to actually level the WHM up, I was able to use my BLM to run the various duty roulettes for tokens and get some better looking boots, plus get my jewelry all up to iLevel 100.  And I bought an iLevel 110 WHM weapon off the Market Board, so that was a nice gear level bump.  I still need to upgrade my hat from iLevel 50, and my leg piece is i70, with belt i90, but everything else is i100 now, so I’m feeling like I should be able to be a decent healer in the high-end content now.  Haven’t done it yet, but I plan to start soon……  I always enjoyed healing in EQ2, but then kinda got away from it in the past few games I’ve played.  Looking forward to starting up again.

I'm considering glamouring my healer outfit to look like this, but I'm thinking it might be a bit too bare.  Especially since I like the ornate robes I currently have.

I’m considering glamouring my healer outfit to look like this, but I think it might be a bit too bare. Especially since I like the ornate robes I currently have.

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] White Mage to 45!

20 Feb
Finally!  An AE damage spell worth casting with the WHM!  Now Squeenix.....about that skirt......  Good thing the level 50 class robe covers it, but that's still 5 levels off.

Finally! An AE damage spell worth casting with the WHM! Now Squeenix…..about that skirt…… Good thing the level 50 class robe covers it, but that’s still 5 levels off.

45 levels down, 5 to go.  Or since my goal is more the Archmage title, agruably it’s 145 levels down, 5 to go……

Just been doing the daily roulette this week, but the bonus for the 1st run of the day, then the Challenge Log bonuses for 3 duty roulettes, 5 dungeons, and giving out player commendations still makes for rather rapid leveling considering how little time a single dungeon actually takes to run.  Gained 3 levels in a half-hour per day for 5 days.  Not bad at all.

[FFXIV] A Burst of Leveling

16 Feb
I got my chocobo changed to "Snow White" for its color now.

I’ve got my chocobo changed to “Snow White” for its color now.

My current goal in FFXIV (beyond “getting better gear for my BLM job” anyway) is to get the 3 magic classes all to level 50.  I’ve been working them up slowly, pretty much just running a few battle-leve quests as Summoner, since the tank pet makes that class ez-mode soloing, and then swapping to White Mage and getting the daily xp bonus for running a low-level roulette.  I’ve been doing it this way in order to be “slow” to give myself time to get more Soldiery tomes in order to be able to have a full set of the tome gear for healer so that I can simply “jump in” as a healer in high-level dungeons and trials and whatnot if needed.  I like to be a flexible player, after all.

Bought me a new i100 staff for my BLM.  Only took 1300 tomes and a raid-dropped item.....

Bought myself a new i100 staff for my BLM. Only took 1300 tomes and a raid-dropped item…..

So anyway…. I got WHM and ACN both to 42 on Saturday morning and was feeling pretty good about myself, and then I decided to simply go nuts with the Summoner and see what kind of trouble I could get into.  I’d been running the Grand Company battle-leves in Coerthas Highlands and kept seeing the zone-wide spam for “FATE Group!  Join in Party Finder!” so I did, since I wanted to see if it really was the fastest way to level and….. final result is that running 6 leves at a time in the low 40’s will consistently net you about 120K xp every 20-25 minutes (this increases to about 150K after level 45 and moving to Mor Dhona), while running the FATE grind was a bit bursty and could involve quite a bit of downtime while waiting for the next one to pop, and seemed to net about 100K per 30 minutes.  On the other hand, it didn’t feel as repetitive as running the same 6 quests over and over either, plus after a while all the healers in the group rotated out, so I swapped to Scholar and we could simply keep going and it worked out pretty well.

Neat looking FATE boss coerl

Neat looking FATE boss coerl

I ended up focusing on the Arcanist-based jobs and got to 50 on Sunday morning.  I ran the job quests to get the final skills and also my class outfits, but for the Summoner I could share the BLM gear, so I equipped that as well as an i70 Summoner Book bought off that Market board and jumped from gear level 46 to gear level 98 in one fell swoop.  For the Scholar I had a little bit of Tome gear pre-purchased, and I’ve also picked up a few i100 dungeon drops for a healer here and there too, so I equipped all that, as well as an i70 Scholar Book from the Market Board, so that class is sitting at a gear level of 75, which is still respectable.

A Tonberry Scholar

A Tonberry Scholar

Then my 5-yr old daughter decided she was bored of playing Minecraft on the laptop and wanted to play “my game” instead.  I teleported to Mist so she’d be in a safe zone and she had a lot of fun simply exploring and jumping around.  Eventually ended up making a new Mi’qote for her so she could “be a cat with red hair and red ears” and I’ve been working on leveling it up enough to access the housing zones, but for now she’s having fun running around Gridania on it.  She did manage to run outside and start auto-attacking a Treant Sapling and get her self killed since she’s got no idea about mob cons or how to push the buttons to do actual combat. . . . .  But anyway, I’m getting her hooked young ;-)

The Gridanian Ampitheater all decked out for Valentine's Day

The Gridanian Ampitheater all decked out for Valentine’s Day

Several bloggers have joined or re-rolled to the Greysky Armada on Cactuar lately and are working up their 1st classes, so I tanked or healed a couple of Satasha and Tam-Tara Deepcroft runs to help progress them through their story missions.  I also got to play my BLM in some high-level dungeons on a few guild runs, and Satruday night we put together an 8-man group and did the Ultros/Typhon trial to get a couple of guildie through their Hildabrand story to boot.  1st time we were doing fine, but then our tank for Ultros *cough*Bel*cough* didn’t do a good position on him, so us dps folks couldn’t all get the bubble-buff we needed to stop Typhon from sneezing us all off the platform.  Once we knew it would be a fail we just all jumped off to end it and reset.  No point in waiting, ya know?  But then the 2nd run went flawlessly.  It was quite fun!  Definitely a good weekend in FFXIV.

Ding 50!  I almost missed the screenie. . .

Ding 50! I almost missed the screenie. . .

Got my Garuda-Egi back at 45

Got my Garuda-Egi back at 45

The full Summoner class set.  Other than the silly orange unicorn horn hat, I really like the look

The full Summoner class set. Other than the silly orange unicorn horn hat (not shown becuz it’s so ridiculous), I really like the look

The Scholar class set.  The glasses under a mortarboard really sells it.  Or not ;-)

The Scholar class set. The glasses under a mortarboard really sells it. Or not ;-)  I’m not really fond of the leg piece, but the rest is pretty good.

My actual level 50 healer appearance

My actual level 50 healer appearance

Guildie was tanking the Tam-Tara Deepcroft for us and this was what his character looked like

Guildie was tanking the Tam-Tara Deepcroft for us and this was what her character looked like

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