[FFXIV] Omnicrafter complete

So I had a 1500-word ramble in my drafts about leveling up the gathering classes and my progress on the crafting jobs, but well… it was a ramble.  And it was from almost 2 weeks ago, so it was really out of date too so… It’s deleted and now this is in its place.

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Right as I got my last one to 80. My gear’s better now…

I’m a full-on omnicrafter again — all my crafting and gathering jobs are level 80.  And I’ve even done enough collectible turn-ins that I almost have my “BiS” crafting gear fully pentamelded — just have the rings left, and I may even see about finishing those up this weekend.  Thing is, though…. I really only have ever leveled the jobs up for the sake of “completionism” and not becuz I ever really planned to craft anything, so I’m not really sure why I suddenly put so much effort in to crafting on this go-round.  Maybe becuz the recent changes to the xp awards made leveling up crafting and gathering to be more or less trivial, so with the ease of leveling i just blasted through it to “get it out of the way” and then since I was already “in the mode” it was easy enough to just keep doing it?  i don’t even know.

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Level 80 Bard artifact gear

But anyway, so far as my FFXIV progress goes….  All the dex-based jobs are to 80 now, so that’s Dancer, Bard, Machinist, and Ninja.  I find that given the skill changes from 5.0 that I prefer bard, as I generally play for relaxation and Bard’s skills can almost all be put into a single-button macro.  “Dot 1, Dot 2, Spam the Macro” is about as simple a playstyle as one can get.  and while on the one hand, the lack of skill queue on macros is considered “bad” by serious players, but since Bard actually relies on a bunch of procs and so you not only have to register that the proc hit but then select the skill, I find without the macro I’d often (maybe 1/3 of the time) miss procs entirely.  Then there are the longer cooldown skills that I always would “save for a burst phase” or something…. but I don’t raid, so there really aren’t any burst phases for me to ever worry about.  Add in that since I was used to NOT using the skills since I was always saving them, and then I’d always forget to use them anyway, so… yeah, I’m a bad player 😉  But anyway, putting all those skills into a macro means they’re actually being used, so… my macro might honestly be increasing my bard dps just becuz I’m bad at hitting procs and using the big-hit cooldowns.

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Level 80 Machinist Artifact gear

I’ve taken a page from Aywren’s book and been getting all the other jobs to 71 so I can run trusts with them, if I desire.  I’ve not done much with trusts yet, only unlocking up to the level 73 dungeon, but if I use trusts to level characters up, then I’m sure the rest will come rather easily over time.

Oddly enough, for the tanks, my formerly least favorite — the Warrior — is now my “Holy Hannah this is awesome!” tank job.  Go figure, right?  Yet in groups, it seems Warrior is the rarest to be seen.  I mostly see Dark Knights, then Gunbreakers, with Paladins being a distant 3rd, and hardly ever seeing a Warrior at all.

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Level 80 Ninja Artifact Gear

Anyway — in the interest of cleaning out gear from my bags I was planning on leveling Dragoon next, followed with Samurai and Monk, but in the interest of being able to level my retainers, I may just to Summoner and Black Mage instead.  I think I’ve got a decent handle on Summoner now with its 30-second phases for the Bahamut summons and whatnot, but Black Mage is still somewhat throwing me for a loop.  I like how Enochian is now up while your Astral or Umbral buffs are up, not running on a separate timer anymore, and the A/U buffs are 15 seconds now instead of 12, so it’s much more forgiving on being able to keep the buffs up (especially since Transpose is available on 10 second cooldown, so if you remember to hit it you can always keep the buff up anyway), but even so, it still just feels as clunky to me as it did back in 3.0.  I still feel like I’m fighting the job to play it, not just fighting the monsters.  Red Mage feels a it underwhelming, but is fun to play, at least, so between the 3 casters it shouldn’t take me long to get them up to 80 so the retainers can cap out and I can clean up space in my bags 😉

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Ye Olde Nutsy Mount

I finally caught up the Stormblood beast tribes, so I’m allied with the 3 of them now.  I also finished getting to Bloodsworn ranks with the Pixies just last night, and I even saved up enough Nutsy seals to buy the Lion Sin-Eater mount.  Which is so big it blocks half the screen and that’s annoying, so I took some screenies and will probably never use it again.

And this is only 800-ish words, so it’s far less of a ramble than the previous draft…  Happy gaming out there!

Star Wars Ep9 Non-Spoiler Review

Saw Episode 9 tonight for my company’s “Winter Holiday Party.”

My verdict: It’s decent. Not great, but not a complete waste of time either.

For comparison’s sake… tbh, I don’t really recall what I thought of TFA at the time — basically just remember thinking it mirrored Ep4 and did all right, but there was a lot that didn’t make sense too. Even so, overall I’d give that one a “thumbs up.”

Rogue One I enjoyed well enough, but I also haven’t ever felt the need to watch it a 2nd time either. I’d still say it’s the best of the films that have come out in recent years.

TLJ I just felt was pretty meh. I didn’t hate it like a lot of people seem to, but I certainly agree with their points as to why they hated it. For me it as just a big let-down. I was disappointed when the credits rolled.

Solo I left the theater feeling very entertained. I won’t say it’s a great movie, but I still felt upbeat when the credits rolled — had a smile on my face as I was leaving the theater.

And now for Ep9… several scenes that were supposed to be dramatic and full of tension had been spoiled by the trailers, so there actually wasn’t any tension in them. The “final battle” definitely had some thrilling moments, but then the denouement was just …. You know those rumors that focus groups shown the 6 different endings tended to laugh at the film? Well… I laughed at it 3x, so that left me at the end going “Eh, it was okay overall, but I’m never going to be seeing it again. Better than TLJ (but that’s a very low bar) and worse than TFA or Solo.”

OTOH, my wife absolutely loved it, so….there’s division in the family now 😉

[Warframe] You Have a Railjack

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“You have a Railjack” it says. The grind wasn’t even that bad. Now for the wait until I can actually fly it….

A picture post —

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The empty hangar

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Phase 1 begins with the “repair” of a fuselage segment

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As it’s being built, one can jump up on to it to explore the exterior

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The beauty shot of the finished product

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Quest complete!

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1st look at the interior

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It’s so nice to have a window out the top of the orbiter now and not feel like that low ceiling in the back parts is so claustrophobia-inducing

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Another view out the top, this time in the Void

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Unlocked my 1st Kuva Lich. Haven’t fought him yet, but he taunts me all the time now.

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In an odd quirk of RNG, 3 rivens all wanted some form of “maintain a certain evel of combo multiplier vs level 30 mobs for 30 seconds.” One wanted a Hobbled Dragon Key equipped, but the other 2 were “vanilla.” Still and all, it enabled me to do 3 rivens in a single mission.

[FFXIV] Back after a long absence

Wow, last post was August 11?  I’ve very much gotten out of the habit of writing here…

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A brand-spanking new Level 1 archer

That said, I’ve not really felt I have much to say in the gaming space.  I’ve mostly just been letting “Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms” run, plus a friend got me started on the mobile game “Raid: Shadow Legends” and that was more or less all the gaming I was doing for a while.  I’d log in to Warframe to advance the daily counter, but then usually log right back out.  When the Atlas Prime frame came out I bought it, but then I didn’t even bother ranking it to 30 until a couple of weeks ago when the new Grendel frame came out.

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Level 15 in the “Brand New” gear from the tutorial quests

In my quest for novelty, I even went so far as to buy an ArcheAge Unlimited “box,” in spite of a) not having cared for the original game back when it 1st came out and b) not liking open-world pvp games in general.  I made it up to about level 41 before it just got old.  There’s no penalty for dying in a pvp battle, so it’s really not a big deal, but by the same token I haven’t figured out what benefit there is to doing pvp either, so I just don’t see the draw for the various gank squads that were out there.  I mean, sure, I saw that there was some “honor” points awarded for wins, but I have no idea what that’s for.  The game is frustratingly opaque and I felt I was spending more time alt-tabbed out looking for info on it than I spent actually playing.  SO after a bit over a week, I just stopped, as I wasn’t looking forward to logging in each evening.

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Since glamour is now unlocked at level 15 instead of 50, I decided that I liked the racial top and boots, while using the “Brand New Skirt” as the leg appearance instead of the racial bikini bottom

As a result, I’ve been on more of a Netflix kick lately than a gaming kick.  And somehow I’ve gotten in to their Bollywood selections.  I’m not big on subtitles, but the films have been cute and engaging, and even a bit silly, and just plain entertaining all around, so…  There you have it.

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And then I dyed it “snow white” for a more “white rabbit” type of appearance

But this weekend I decided to go give FFXIV another go.  I’ve wanted a bunny.. er Viera character since the expansion, but Gotter Dammerung won’t use fantasia to change.  She is who she is — immutably.  But character creation was closed with all the people playing for the expansion, so I couldn’t make a bunny either.  I could this weekend, though.  I’d planned back in the day to name it “Petra Leporidae,” (Petra = Peter, of course, and “Leporidae” is the Latin word for “rabbit,” so I thought it’d be a good joke) but in the moment of character creation I forgot that, so Chyarra Lefey was the name I picked instead.  Chyarra was more or less random, but Lefey has been a last name I’ve used since EQ2 launched as a way of having alt characters be recognizable to friends.

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Another angle

Anyway, the plan is for it to be a dancer, but I gotta get to level 60 to unlock that, so I went with Archer as my intro class so that as I leveled it I’d be gathering the right jewelry for when 60 rolls around.  I’ve made it to level 41 in 2 days of play, so it’s coming right along.  As I recall it, I was quite bored with the Archer back in the day until I made it up to the upper 20’s.  With the simplification of skills that has been SE’s goal with the ShB expansion, well…  I was really only using 3 buttons until I hit 30 (granted, there’s a macro I wrote that consolidates 3 into 1, otherwise it would have been a whole 5 buttons).  Even with hitting 30 and becoming a bard, it’s still really only added 2 more buttons in the last 11 levels, and in looking at the skills that will be coming later, a lot of them are simply straight upgrade/replacements for existing skills, so I really don’t see a whole lot changing there, especially as most of the new skills are long cooldown with a high priority, so I can just add them in the to existing 1-button macro I’ve written.  We’ll see how it goes.

Since I took my main to 80 on Dancer, I suppose I could focus this character completely on Bard to 80 for a bit of a change too.  But I probably won’t.  I’m weird like that.

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I got a blind invite to a Free Company and figured “eh, why not?” so I joined up. This coffin was in the FC house and made for a silly image, so of course I had to take the screenshot.

So,  I’m back in FFXIV, at least for a while.  I stopped back in July when I realized I just didn’t care about the boss fights and trials and whatnot.  I looked up the guide for the final trial of the expansion and found myself thinking “that looks annoying” and not looking forward to it as a fun challenge, so, if that holds true again, I may not last too long on this run either.  OTOH, I may look up the video on the final ShB trial again and finish that, then get Gotter and this new bunny through the new 5.1 patch’s MSQ and everything will be all hunky-dory too.  Who knows?  Plus I really ought to unlock all the new areas for my daughter to fly around on her Miqo’te.  It was fun to do before, so perhaps it will be fun to do again, right?

Happy gaming out there!

[Warframe] MR27

I used a max-range build on Mag, while using the “Greedy Pull” augment.  This made it such that every time I hit my #1 that all the mobs within 70 meters of me got knocked down and thus couldn’t shoot at me, while all of the “point orbs” that one needs to pick up for the test within that same radius got pulled in.  3 quick circuits around the maps was all it took for me to turn in well over the 100 points needed.

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Go me, I guess… 😉

I did the water gun arena event that’s currently running.  There wasn’t much to it — no weapons other than the provided super soaker, nor abilities nor mods are in play, so the frame and loadout one takes in is simply cosmetic.  The level ranges supplied by the event navigation page are a lie — the 4th “mission” had mobs with the same levels and difficulty as the 1st.  I got at least 30 “soaks” on each run, so I didn’t have to repeat any of the runs, so I didn’t know that was a possibility until a friend ran it and didn’t get 25 “soaks” and thus didn’t get enough event points to move on the the next round.  So if you’ve not run it yet, if/when you do, try to get at least 25 kills each round.  😀

Happy gaming out there!