[TSW] [FFXIV] [Civ5] Apathy

Dual-gun turrets on a tank look cool, but how practical are they?

Dual-gun turrets on a tank look cool, but how practical are they?

Didn’t really play much of anything this past week.  I logged on to FFXIV most evenings for my daily mini-cactpot and then logged right back out, but didn’t feel like actually *playing.*  Feeling kind of apathetic — I enjoy the game when I do play it, but right now, I’m just not feeling the hook to keep playing, even though I’ve got  the hook of the daily mini-cactpot.  Part of that might also be that I’ve got a 6-day trip coming up this week and I game on a desktop, so it’s not coming with me, so I don’t feel like really pushing for anything right not anyway.  I enjoy the leveling and also how quickly one can actually get into the i100 gear once hitting 50, but since it actually is so easy to do with a bit of weekend grinding, I don’t feel the need to push there either — I’ve already got several classes to 50, so I feel “ready” for the expansion already and thus don’t feel the need to repeatedly grind dungeons for more/better gear/tomes/whatever.

I bought a new book this week that I wanted to read and since Civ5 has a lot of downtime between turns, especially in the later game when you have city-states turned on, I fired that up and would read my book while waiting for the turns to advance.  In case you wonder, it’s called “A Long Time Until Now” by Michael Z. Williamson and I quite enjoyed it.  I also won handily with Venice and 41 city-states on the game that took me 3 evenings to play.  And yeah, with 41 city-states, by about turn 200 the game was crawling between turns, so I had lots of time to read.  I also did a game as Morrocco and managed to get a lovely start with about half desert tiles, a river, a mountain, marble, and a coastal location, so I could take the Desert Lore pantheon for an early faith boost, build any wonder, including the 2 that require mountains, and build Petra and the Kasbah improvements and make my capital into a real powerhouse of a city.  I turned the city-states off for that once so that I couldn’t simply ally them all and dominate any vote I wanted so it balanced the game out a bit more.  Ended up winning that one on score at turn 500, but the turns went a lot faster when I had no city-states to worry about.  As it is, I’m feeling Civ5’d out, so probably won’t fire it up for another 3-4 months again.

Friday night my friend J wanted someone to buddy up with in running through Issue 9 story missions in TSW, so I told him I’d join up.  when the appointed hour arrived, I sat at the pc and looked at the TSW icon and thought to myself “I don’t really want to play that right now.”  Then I fired it up anyway, logged in… and had a blast.  And yet… even though issue 11 is out, and I’ve seen a blogger here and there talking about it and it sounds interesting…. I’m apathetic about logging in to actually finish issue 10 and then start in on issue 11.  I know I’ll get there eventually, but.. for now…. apathy.

Anyway, I hope you’re all enjoying your gaming out there!

[FFXIV] A Slow Week

Full Scylla's appearance

Full Scylla’s appearance

I didn’t actually play all that much this week.  Had a lot going on on the weeknights.  I still managed a couple of low-level dungeons and even a few Syrcus Tower runs, but then on Saturday (my normal long-session day) I had a bunch of family events, so couldn’t really get to play much then either.  Even so, I managed to get my Paladin to 43 and Warrior is mid-42.  I even ran Syrcus Tower on the bard job just to see how different it felt and… other than the increased mobility, it’s still ranged dps, so I didn’t really seem to be any different.  I just had to make sure I kept Foe Requiem up as much as possible for the mages in the raid to get the nice little damage boost from, and other than that…. Straight Shot, 2 dots, Heavy Shot, apply the off-gcd skill when it refreshes, stay out of bad.  EZPZ as the abbreviation goes.

Xander's Throne as seen from a Bard perspective

Xander’s Throne as seen from a Bard perspective

I got some more pieces of the Scylla’s caster gear on the runs I was in, so the BLM now has a more unified look.  Got a couple of sands and oils as well, so the BLM’s jewelry is all 110-120, and I unweathered the sash to get it to 110.  I finally got a caster-job retainer to 50, so it’s wearing my Tome gear right now, so… eventually I’ll have to grab it back to unweather and put the Scylla’s gear on it instead, but… not yet ;-)

My daughter still finds interesting places to go and take screenies

My daughter still finds interesting places to go and take screenies

I also downloaded and played with the new benchmark tool.  I played with the character creator 1st and made what I thought was a pretty cool-looking Au Ra.  Then I ran the benchamrk and in the video the Au Ra Dragoon looks just like the one I’d just made.  I laughed a bit about that.  I don’t actually plan to make an Au Ra after the expansion, though.  I really enjoy the look of my Roegadyn and frankly, the Au Ra just look like re-skinned Mi’qote to me.  Rat tail instead of fluffy, move the ears off the top of the head, add the horns and scales, but re-use the Mi’qote model.  No interest in playing that race from me.  Such is life, right?

Another screenie taken by a 5-yr old

Another screenie taken by a 5-yr old

And in case you’re curious, my 4-yr old machine runs “desktop (high)” at a “fairly high” level, and if I set it to the actual settings I use (optimized according to my video drivers) I get a “high” result and I didn’t notice any difference in the quality of the graphics during the movie, so….. guess I’ll keep on keeping on, just upgrade to using DX11 once Heavensward comes out.

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Tank jobs moving up and I’m a forgetful cuss

Level 40 Paladin!

Level 40 Paladin!

In this past weekend’s sessions of FFXIV, I got my tank jobs to 42 Paladin and 41 Warrior.  I exhausted the “easy to do” challenges (ie the ones for the things I’m doing anyway) rather quickly and since once you get past 40 they seem to give very large chunks of xp, the levels felt like they were coming fast and furious.  9 levels between the 2 jobs in a weekend seems pretty good, IMO.  I even was the tank for a FATE group in Coerthas for a while.  Against the mob swarm-style FATEs you don’t care, of course, but vs the boss-style ones, a tank is a good thing to have.  Especially vs Steropes the Cyclops in “The Eyes Have It” since he hits so very hard.  On the other hand, Gargamel in “Bellyful” his for so little that I could just toss a Stoneskin every 30 seconds or so and stay up at full health even without a healer.  Go figure, right?

Scylla's Robe and my "unweathered" Levaetin (no idea how that's actually spelled)

Scylla’s Robe and my “unweathered” Levaetin (no idea how that’s actually spelled)

Various FC members needed help with dungeons or wanted to do high-level or expert roulettes, so I joined several of those groups.  I tended to heal or tank the low-level groups, and used my Black Mage on the high level ones.  I even joined a run through Syrcus Tower and got several sands and oils that I could use to “unweather” some of my gear and get it to ilvl 110 from the base 100.  I also picked up the Scylla’s Gown of Casting.  TBH, I think the Tome chest piece has better stats plus it can be unweathered to become ilvl 110, but the stats are pretty comparable and I like how it looks better than the tome piece.  So unless I decide to use a glamour on it, I’m using the Scylla’s robe now, just ‘cuz!

iLvl 89!  Almost high enough to do "anything" on this job now.

iLvl 89! Almost high enough to do “anything” on this job now.

During an expert roulette I saw an ilvl 100 piece of bard gear drop.  I lost the greed roll to Belghast (who was tanking, of course!) but that jogged my memory that I’d picked up a lot of level 50 bard gear on high-level and expert runs back when I was focused solely on my Black Mage and was storing it on one of my retainers.  So off to the summoning bell I went and….. my Bard’s gear level jumped from 64 to 85 in 1 fell swoop!  And then I’d picked up enough soldiery tomes to but some items for the slots that I didn’t have a dropped item for and that took me up to ilvl 89 for the bard now.  Wish I’d remembered that before I hit 50 on it ;-)  So this is where I am calling myself a forgetful cuss….

How often do you see a raid waiting on dps to show up?

How often do you see a raid waiting on dps to show up?

As it was, after upgrading the gear I did a Main Scenario roulette for the tomes.  We had a noobie in the group, so it was a 240 tome run.  But the MT disconnected pretty early on, and our noobie who’d never been there before was the 2nd tank.  We pushed on since you really don’t need 2 tanks for the main scenario runs, but since our noobie didn’t know where to go or what to pull when, etc, it was less than smooth.  Eventually a 2nd tank who was well geared popped in just before the final fight, so that last fight ended up being the typical farm mode.

She logs out in some interesting places.  Once she was on top of a bookshelf in a settlement in La Noscea

My daughter logs out in some interesting places. Once she was on top of a bookshelf in a settlement in La Noscea

I even played my daughter’s character for her a little bit since she’s started asking for me to make some money on it so she can teleport around again.  And she’s been seeing the various hues of the horse mounts from the Expert Primal trials and really wants “a blue horse” and “a pink horse.”  She also wants a dragon pet (the Midgardsormr minion) and “a robot” (the Magitek Armor mount) so….. looks like daddy’s got some work to do there too.  Heck, I don’t even have any of the Ex-Primal mounts myself.  Still haven’t jumped into doing those yet — been having too much fun feeding my alt-itis beast!

Happy gaming out there!

Finally got the big haul on the mini-cactpot!

Finally got the big haul on the mini-cactpot!

Tanking Steropes

Tanking Steropes

Level 40 Paladin gear

Level 40 Paladin gear

Level 42 Paladin gear

Level 42 Paladin gear

Level 40 Warrior!

Level 40 Warrior!

I completed the post-Moogle series this weekend too.

I completed the post-Moogle series this weekend too.

Syrcus Tower is so damn pretty!

Syrcus Tower is so damn pretty!

Midgardsormr!

Midgardsormr!

A closeup of Scylla's Robe

A closeup of Scylla’s Robe

A closeup of Bogantyr's Longcoat of Ranging

A closeup of Bogantyr’s Longcoat of Ranging

 

[FFXIV] Bard to 50… back to tanking

Level 50 again!

Level 50 again!

I got my Bard to 50 this weekend and while I haven’t really been doing much with my 50’s to gain tomes so I didn’t have a full set of ilvl 100 gear waiting for it, I still had enough for 3 pieces of jewelry and bought a cheap ilvl 70 bow off the market board, so the Bard ilvl is 64 at the moment.

Level 50 skill obtained

Level 50 skill obtained

I think I’m back in to my full swing of things that I normally do where a character hits the cap and an alt is immediately rolled.  Except of course, one rolls an alt in FFXIV simply by changing weapons.  But yeah, as soon as I hit 50 on the bard, I ran 1 instance of the Main Scenario roulette for some tomes, and then swapped over to Warrior and tanked a Brayflox to get it to 36 to match the Paladin.  And then ran Fates in Coerthas on the Paladin until I hit 37.  Becuz that’s how I roll. . . .

My daughter loves to park her "giant chicken" in stables, since "that's where they live"

My daughter loves to park her “giant chicken” in stables, since “that’s where they live”

My daughter’s been asking to play more again and also asking me to play her character to get it some money so she can teleport around again instead of having to run everywhere.  And of course she also sees people running around on their mounts that drop fro m the Extreme trials, as well as the Magietk Armor mount and she wants me to play it until I get those mounts for her too.  I’m still holding her off for now, but I’m sure she’ll wear me down soon.  Time will tell on that.

Happy gaming out there!

Level 47 chest piece from a drop in Aurum Vale

Level 47 chest piece from a drop in Aurum Vale

Level 50 class set for the Bard.  I can't say that I'm a fan.

Level 50 class set for the Bard. I can’t say that I’m a fan.

I liked this view of the Assault Ship in the Maine Scenario roulette, so.. screenie!

I liked this view of the Assault Ship in the Maine Scenario roulette, so.. screenie!

A coerthas sunrise, with the Observatory's telescope silhouetted against the sky

A Coerthas sunrise, with the Observatory’s telescope silhouetted against the sky

[FFXIV] Working the Bard up a bit

One kites a lot when solo as an archer.  Probably don't really need to, but I like to....

One kites a lot when solo as an archer. Probably don’t really need to, but I like to….

While working on the 2.55 story line in Coerthas, I’d occasionally run across a FATE group running around.  And I’d join in, but instead of doing as I had been in the past couple of week and using one of my tanking jobs, I used Bard instead so I could stand back and be a little more casual.  And it was fun enough that this past weekend I started working on it in earnest.  I started at level 34, which I’d gotten for the Quelling Strikes skill to use as a cross-class for my Black Mage, and began queueing for dungeons and running FATEs in Coerthas.  And before I knew it I’d blown past 40.  It slowed down a bit then, but about that time I started to get the challenge log completions for things like 10 fates, 5 dungeons, 3 dungeons with the duty finder, completing 5 different leves, 20 total leves, and so forth and boom… suddenly I was level 43.  Not bad for a weekend that also included a family dinner 25 miles away, 11 episodes of Daredevil on Netflix, 7 episodes of Resident Advisors on Hulu (and I’d never heard of Jamie Chung before, but … I hope to see more of her in future shows, and it looks like I need to watch Sin City 2.  Wowzers…. ), as well as time spent with my daughter doing puzzles and board games and such.  All told, I think I got those 7 levels in about 10 hours of play, is all.  Leveling really can be quite quick.

Back into raiding a little bit

Back into raiding a little bit

I also did a little bit as a Black Mage due to wanting the 140 tomes from doing a Main Scenario run, plus a guild group got 8 together to join a Labyrinth of Ancients run.  I also healed a few dungeons for guildies who had gotten to them in the story and didn’t want to pug, and even got to run 1 of them as a bard since a healer-main volunteered for that one.  Since these were newer players still working up their 1st classes/jobs, our tanks were… less than optimal, ( I tanked a boss in Haukke Manor on my bard — tank got aggro then lost it to me after about 3 seconds, then actually started to bounce it back and forth by the end of the fight, but it’d swap to her for 1 attack, then back to me for 3, then back to her for 1, then to me, etc, in spite of me stopping attacks for 10-15 seconds at a time) but the runs were still completely successful and we never had anyone die.  I’m glad that the lower level dungeons are so forgiving, ya know?

Happy gaming out there!

A nice smooth Brayflox run in a pug

A nice smooth Brayflox run in a pug

Self-portrait as a bard with my mishmash of found and GC armor

Self-portrait as a bard with my mishmash of found and GC armor

I don't remember why I took this one, but it is nice looking, so it's going up!

I don’t remember why I took this one, but it is nice looking, so it’s going up!  Probably that level 50 hunt bird…

Level 35 skill

Level 35 skill

Level 40 skill

Level 40 skill

Love the blizzard weather effect

Love the blizzard weather effect

LoA scenery

LoA scenery

LoA scenery

LoA scenery

LoA scenery

LoA scenery

 

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