[General] HAVE YOU EVER…?

Okay, since I haven’t been blogging much at all lately, here’s something a little different that’s going around —

Driven or been driven at 100 mph/160 kmh?

Yes.  I personally haven’t gotten above about 90 mph, I don’t think (in an 80 zone, in central Nebraska) but as a kid Dad opened it up on a trip to Utah while going across Wyoming just to show us all what it felt like.  He’d grown up in the era before speed limits existed on the interstates and loved to tell the story about going 110 in Nevada and having a cop blow by him like he was standing still.

Learned a possibly deadly skill?

Depends on how you define deadly, I suppose.  I was a decent skeet shot with a shotgun in my teens, and I could hit the black part of the target with a .22 plinking rifle at summer camp.  Did a bit of archery at summer camp and in gym class and could usually hit yellow or red on the target.  Haven’t used any of those items in over 30 years though, so I dunno how skilled I’d be in any of their use anymore though.

Ridden in a helicopter?

Nope.  Would love to learn to fly one, and maybe take a tourist ride over the Grand Canyon, so while I desire to do so — I haven’t made it happen yet.

Been Bungie Jumping?

Nope.  Never had the desire.  Been places that had it on offer, but never availed myself of the service.

Gone zip lining?

Yes.  The Olympic Park in Park City has it as an option and I’ve done it there.  I prefer the alpine slides, though.  They aren’t over so quickly so there’s more time to enjoy the ride.

Been to an NFL game or Ice Hockey?

I’ve been to pro baseball games, basketball games, and soccer games, but never pro football or hockey.  I have done high school and college football games, just never NFL.  Never been to a hockey game at all, actually.

Watched Dr. Who?

I watched the “new series” starting with Eccleston.   I really liked him and David Tennant, but then I lost interest during the 2nd season of Matt Smith’s tenure.  Haven’t seen the “classic” at all, nor anything with Capaldi or Whittaker.

Been to Canada?

Several times as a kid — my dad did presentations at an annual convention that was held in Toronto.  I really only recall going up the CN tower a time or 2, and not much else of those trips.  I had a sister live in Montreal for a while and when her job ended there, we went up as a family to retrieve her and move her back to Chicago when I was 19.  She showed us around her favorite places in Montreal and also up in Quebec City where she’d spent some time also.

In an odd quirk of fate, while in Montreal I met Larry H. Miller, but I had no idea who he was.  Just looked like a nice older gentleman.  Shook his hand and said hi since it was a social function we were both at.  My dad asked me afterward if I knew who that was, and I didn’t so he told me the name.  Still meant nothing to me.  Dad shrugged and told me “He’s a big deal in Utah” but since I was from Chicago….  About 8 years later when I moved to Utah his name was all over everything around here, so then I finally understood why my dad had made a thing about me briefly meeting some guy in Canada.

Visited Disney?

I’ve seen/driven by Disney Land on business trips in southern California, but never attended.  I have been to Disney World twice as a teen — once was a family trip, and once was a high school band trip.  It was fine, but I didn’t think it was a better amusement park experience than the Great America park located north of Chicago.

Visited an actual castle?

I visited Warwick Castle and Windsor Castle on a band trip to London when I was 16.

Visited Vegas?

I had a friend get married there, so my ex and I visited for the wedding.  We went a 2nd time as we were returning from a trip to Phoenix, but it was really just an overnight stop, not really a “visit.”  I also attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in January of 2004.

Eaten alone at a restaurant?

All the time.

Played an instrument?

I played the trumpet from 5th grade through freshman year of college, then swapped over to the French horn.  Haven’t played anything since college, though.

Ridden a motorcycle?

My family had a little moped when I was growing up.  It had a top speed of 27 mph, though, so I don’t know if that really counts.  My uncle had a cycle that he took me out on a couple of times, so I rode on it, but didn’t drive.  I have driven 4-wheel ATV’s off-road, but never a dirt bike.

Ridden a horse?

Had another uncle who had a farm, and he sometimes had a horse when I was a kid, which he’d let us ride those summers.  More recently I’ve done trail rides at tourist ranches in Colorado and Idaho.

Been skiing/snowboarding?

I’ve been cross-country skiing as a kid in Illinois.  Never done downhill stuff, in spite of living so close to so many ski places near Salt Lake City now.

Gone to a festival?

If you mean a music festival, then no.  I’ve attended movies shown in SLC as part of the Sundance Film Festival, but that was really just going to a movie.  The Salt Lake Comic Con/FanX could be argued to be a festival, but is more likely labeled a “convention,” so… eh.  Whatever.

Driven a stick shift?

I learned how in my late teens, but the last time I drove one I was… 22 or 23 I think?  So it’s been over 20 years since the last time I did.

Ridden in a police car?

I sat in a police car after a minor fender bender while the cop did his paperwork, but I’ve never been cuffed or actually ridden anywhere in one.  I have ridden in a fire truck around O’Hare airport, though.  It was a demonstration of what the truck could do, not on a fire call or anything, but was still a neat experience.

Driven a boat?

I’ve rowed and sailed boats, so arguably “drove” those, but never was at the wheel/controls of a motorboat, just ridden in and skied off the back of those.

Eaten escargot?

No.

Been on a cruise?

No.

Been on TV?

I’ve been in the background of local news shots that friends saw and told me about.  And in high school I was on a trivia team that had one of our events televised on local “public access” tv.  I’m sure about 8 people saw that….

Been in a paper/book/magazine?

I was at the 1st night game at Wrigley Field.  There was a long-shot photo of the crowd, and I knew where my dad and I were sitting, so I could pick out the white blotch of his shirt and the darker spot that was where I was sitting.  Does that count?

Eaten Sushi?

Probably about once every 2-3 months or so.  I like it, but I like a lot of things, so it’s not something I really work into my “eating rotation” all that often.

Seen a U.F.O.?

No.

Rescued an animal?

I got my cat and last 2 dogs from the shelter.  The cat was from an unwanted litter that got dumped at the shelter, and both dogs were found strays that the shelter had taken in and would have had to put down shortly if they weren’t adopted.  I dunno that that’s truly rescuing them, but I’m glad to have had them.

Met someone rather famous?

Well, as I mentioned up above, I met Larry H. Miller when I was 19.  I escorted 1991’s Miss Illinois back to her seat at Medieval Times after she’d been selected as the “Queen of Love and Beauty” when she attended there, but I don’t remember her name.  I’ve attended several comic cons and they always have celebs, so I briefly met quite a few of them – short list from top of my head is Phoebe Tonkin, Brendan Routh, Walter Koenig, James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Julie Benz, and Nathan Fillion.  There were more, but I honestly don’t remember them all.  I’ve never really cared about celebrities.  You may notice several of the names in that list were from the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the reason I met them is that my wife is a huge fan of that show, so she wanted to meet them all and I got dragged along. 😉  I got Phoebe Tonkin’s  autograph for my daughter, as she liked the actress in that Australian mermaid show “H2O” from 15-ish? years ago.  Brendan Routh’s booth was next to hers, so I went over and met Superman too as long as I was there.  I enjoyed Walter Koenig in Star Trek and Babylon 5, so he was one I wanted to meet for myself.  Nathan Fillion for his work on Firefly also fell into that group, even though he appeared on BtVS also.

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And there’s the quiz.  I hope it wasn’t too boring of a post…

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Job Progress Complete!

At least until the next expansion, anyway…  Yet another picture post —

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First up — my new Dancer glamour.

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Gunbreaker Artifact set

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Dark Knight Artifact Set

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Warrior Artifact Set

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Finishing up Warrior got me the Soul of War title!

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You’d think there’d be a title for completing “both sides” of the physical/magic jobs, but a mount is still nice!

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My 1st ride on my new mount

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And my amaro in flight too.

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And, of course, I gotta have the “official summary screen” too 😉

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Among the other leveling, I finished up my Qitari beast tribe too.

Now that all of my “leveling chores” are out of the way, I guess it’s time for me to actually finish up the 5.2 MSQ and start doing the expert roulette for the new gear grind.  Or maybe I’ll actually look in to Ishgard Restoration.  Or trying to finish up my Blue Mage spellbook.  Or… Or… Or…  So many choices still!

[FFXIV] Still more Job Progress

More pictures —

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Monk level 80 Artifact Gear

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Monk level 80 Facet gear

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Red Mage level 80 Artifact Gear

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Red Mage level 80 Facet gear

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Red Mage Level 80 Neo-Ishgardian top

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I made that last piece of gear myself. Might as well put that pentamelded crafting set to good use, right?

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Black Mage level 75 “Ravel Keeper’s Set”

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Black Mage Level 80 Artifact set

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And BLM finished off the magic classes, so I got this lovely title.

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When going through the MSQ it gives gear coffers for you. i saved all of mine figuring that tanks are most gear dependent when leveling, so now that I’m working on the tank jobs it’s times to crack those coffers open. This is the “Bluespirit” set usable at level 74.

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Bluespirit again

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The Zonureskin set at level 76

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Zonureskin again

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The Dwarven Mythril set at level 78. Makes me look like a giant dwarf. Oxymorons are the best!

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Paladin level 80 Artifact set

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Paladin in the Neo-Ishgardian fending set

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After completing the last of the role quests, you get this title – and you may notice, I’m back with Greysky Armada. I missed the FC, so I joined back up!

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Job Progress

A picture post —

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Dragoon at 70 and ready to level in the Augmented Scaevan Maiming set from Poetics

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The glamour I used instead of the Scaevan appearance while leveling. Scaevan looked fine, but I liked this more.

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Level 80 Dragoon artifact set. I rather like this look, so I’ve glamoured in on top of my Facet set.

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Summoner level 80 artifact set

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Summoner in Facet gear

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Scholar level 80 artifact set

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Astrologian level 80 artifact set

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White Mage level 80 artifact set. I quite like this one and would love to glam it on to my Facet set, but that wouldn’t work if I chose to play the other 2 healers with the shared gear. 😦  Of course I don’t really like healing anymore, so it’s unlikely I’d play any healer so it probably wouldn’t matter…

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White mage in the i450 Facet set. I’ve dyed it white since I took this, but I don’t have a screenie of that somehow. I thought I’d taken one. Ah well.. too lazy to log in to get one either 😛  But yeah, even though I said above that it’s unlikely I’ll play healer, I still like to be geared up so I have the option should the need arise.

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Samurai level 80 artifact set

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Samurai in the normal combat pose and without that odd-looking mask. Now for monk so I can get rid of the “striking” gear that’s cluttering up my bags…

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Overall combat job progress as of today. Yes, I still need to finish the Facet set of Striking. Won’t be long, as you can see why in the next picture —

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As you can see here…. I’m fully pentamelded on my crafting gear, for all 8 crafting jobs. I used the “Comfy Melds.” With the announced crafting changes for 5.2 next week this might not be ideal anymore, though. Time will tell.

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My daughter’s “cat with red hair and red ears” modeling her new red and black dress from the Valentione event. I’ve been running MSQ roulette on this character a decent amount to gear it with Poetics for running through ShB, with the side effect right now that I was able to buy the Warring Lanner and the 2 primal horse mounts for it… and it’s level 78, in spite of barely being in Il Mheg in the MSQ right now. MSQ roulette gives a *ton* of XP. I’m still not fully i400 from Poetics yet. Honestly, I’ll probably just toss a set of Facet gear on her when she hits 80 and forget about the Poetics at that point.

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My bunny’s current glamour. She’s now completed the Doma portion of the MSQ in Stormblood and has just returned to Gyr Abania, so it won’t be too long before she’s done with that and working the 4.1-4.5 content. In the meantime, she’s level 72 already and has Poetics saved to be able to get the i400 gear when that vendor actually opens up for her, though at present she’s still mostly in the i270 level 60 gear from Idyllshire in the Heavensward expansion. She’s gotten a little gear from the leveling dungeons the MSQ takes one through, but I’m pretty much biding time until I can improve that, though at this rate she might be 80 before I finish Stormblood and I’ll just toss Facet gear on her too. Who knows?

And there you have it.  Happy gaming out there!

[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!