Mobile Gaming — AstroNest

I play a few mobile games.  Not many, since I don’t need all my time being eaten up by them, but a few.  Until recently the list was Minion Rush, DomiNations, Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, and Clash Royale.  Clash Royale and DomiNations were more due to inertia than anything, and tbh in CR I was just logging in for the free chest every 4 hours, donating cards to the clan I was in, asking for some in return, but not actually you know… playing… the game.  So I dropped out of the clan and uninstalled Clash Royale, but that left a hole in my icons on my phone to fill.

astronest-800x350Since I tend to like casual space combat games, when I saw an ad on Facebook for “AstroNest” with the picture above associated to it, I thought “I’ll give it a try and if I don’t like it I can uninstall it easily enough.  Turns out I quite like it.  I’m still figuring a few things out about it, and some things are level-locked and I’m not high enough for them yet, but at its core it’s something of a rock-paper-scissors game in how you set up your fleets, but nobody uses paper, and I’ve found out how to be both rock and scissors.  Okay, bad analogy, but … I win a lot more battles than I lose, even against people who the game says are significantly stronger than I.  That said, I can also lose horribly to people who the game indicates are weaker than I am, though that’s not unheard of, but rare.  Basically I leverage high evasion to “tank” by not getting hit, while using high-accuracy weapons to make sure that I almost never miss.  Doesn’t always work, but close enough.

So yeah, I’ve come to quite enjoy it and am looking forward to playing it for some time to come yet.  I like it enough that I spent $10 on one of their starter packs so that I’d feel like I was buying the game that I was having so much fun with.

Now to find that level 45 alien fleet.  I found the level 50 already, but I still need to find the level 45 one……



I learned you can sit while fishing

On the FFXIV front, I’ve completed the lore set for the tank jobs and have taken to tanking the expert dungeons as a paladin in order to make my queue go faster.  Carpenter and Culinarian are both level 60 now, with Blacksmith coming up at 57.  Weaver is 46 now as well, so once it hits 50 and BSM hits 60 it will take over as the Moogle class while I work on…. probably Leatherworker next.  On the gathering front, MIN and BTN are both 54 now and climbing steadily so it won’t be too long before I hit 60 on them.


Nice looking room my daughter found during her explorations in the Goblet.

Honestly, I don’t really plan to do much with crafting or gathering once they’re all 60.  don’t even plan to gear them up or anything in order to make the “advanced” recipes.  I’m really just doing the crafting stuff in order to be able to say to myself that I’m still advancing my character.


Ewww! Married people . . .

More exciting to me is that my wife finally decided to start playing the game also.  She’s spent hours in the character creator getting her character just right, and I made an alt to play with her at the same level.  She’s never really done video games at all, so the WASD movement is still throwing her, and when she had to avoid telegraphs during her 1st combat quest that threw her off, but she’ll get better.  We’re level 4 on those characters, is all, but there’s no rush for them whatsoever, just a way to pass time some evenings in the same room.  Should be nice.

Happy gaming out there.

[FFXVI] Moonfire Faire 2016


Go Go Posing Rangers!

This year’s Moonfire Faire has kicked off again.  It’s still in Costa Del Sol and geared toward level 30-ish, but other than that it’s completely different than last year’s event.

This year they’re spoofing on the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.  The quests are kinda cute and don’t take long, plus there are 2 FATEs as part of it that are very easy and respawn quickly.  These FATEs also award the event’s token currency so are a good way to farm up those.

Not that you really need to.  The glamour armor costs a total of 12 tokens, and I got 9 just from running the event’s story quest and completing the FATEs as part of it.  3 more will get my last piece.  The 6 poses you can get cost a total of 15 tokens, so that won’t take long to get, and then as far as I’m concerned the event will be over.  And then I can get back to FATE grinding for Yo-Kai weapons…..😉

Happy Gaming out there!

[FFXIV] A bit of this, a bit of that


My Whisper-Go mount from the Yo-kai Watch event

While crafting is currently still my main focus in FFXIV, I took some time out this past weekend to smell the roses, so to speak.  The Yo-kai Watch  crossover event started on Tuesday and I did an hour-ish of FATE grinding that morning, which was enough to get my enough tokens to buy 3 pets beyond the 1st, plus got me 3 legendary tokens toward my 1st weapon.  I didn’t do any more FATEs until the weekend, but then did them … not really in earnest, but enough that I now have all the minions and thus the mount that goes with that.  I’ve gotten 3 of the weapons now also, and this week I’ll sporadically go after FATEs to try to get the 4th.  This weekend also marks the beginning of a week-long “relaxing style” vacation at my family’s cabin in Idaho where I have internet and I’ll have a lot of free time in the week, so… maybe I’ll even get all the weapons and the glowie mount.  We shall see.


The 1st Yo-kai Watch weapon I got due to randomly choosing a pet to use.

As I was buying up some of the minions I called my daughter over to see since she really likes the minions and loves to have them out and following her character around as she explores.  Just as I was turning in the tokens to get the next minion she said “That character next to you has a Yo-kai Watch pet.”  And I felt really old, becuz I’d never heard of Yo-kai Watch before the event was announced, and she could instantly tell that the pets were from it and seem a bit blase about it as she did so.  Kids these days, I tell you…


Floor 10 complete!

I also ran the 1st 10 floors of the new Palace of the Dead twice with some FC-mates who wanted to check it out — once as a Scholar and once as a White Mage and yawn… I think I cast maybe 4 heals the entire time and all due to landmine traps, not monster fighting.  I’d seen somewhere that Summoner can solo in there pretty well, so I deleted one of the save slots and started a solo run.  I made it to floor 20 and was doing pretty well against the boss until I forgot that bee and hornet type mobs have Final Sting and on the 2nd set of adds I let my pet go back on the boss instead of helping on the 2nd wasp and… yeah, oops.  Still, I’ve got 11/9 for my weapon and armor rating so far and even on floor 19 the silver chests were saying I was at cap, so I’ll have to see about maybe using the Duty Finder to get a run that goes all the way or something.   It was quick and fun in the floors I did, so I’ll happily go back and do it some more.


Current progress

The crafting’s still coming along.  Carpenter hit 60, Culinarian’s working through the 50-60 levels with the Moogles now and in the interest of being able to make my own tools for the gathering classes I’m focusing on Blacksmith next.  I’m hoping to catch up soon-ish as HQ tools either cost a mint or aren’t even available in the upper 30’s and the leve quests I’m doing tend to think I’m a bit low on my skill as a result.  I still do fine and complete them, but it seems like it’s a touch harder/more annoying than it should be and I think having the level-appropriate HQ tools will be a big help for that.


My retainer brought me this really nice-looking DK sword for glamouring

So anyway, that’s where I’m at now.  Even though Blaugust is “chill” this year, I chose not to sign up for it, as I did the 31 posts in 31 days thing last year and found that I didn’t care to post more than once a week or so.  I know I’m a bit dry in my posts and simply report progress more than anything, don’t really talk about the grand ideas of meta-gaming or whatever, and i’m happy enough doing that, so… I didn’t feel the need to join in with Blaugust this year.  Which isn’t to say that I won’t share my post links in the Blaugust Nook, but I do that as a matter of course anyway😉

Happy gaming out there!


My daughter found someone who’s already done all the weapon grinding

[FFXIV] Again with the Surprising Myself



In this past week of FFXIV, I’ve been doing the full daily allotment of Moogle and Ixal quests to level my crafting jobs, but no grinding or anything, so I didn’t think I’d gotten them all that far until I looked at the screenshot I took of my job levels today and compared it to the one I posted last week. Carpenter from 55 to 58, Goldsmith from 22 to 23, Alchemist from 22 to 23, and Culinarian from 40 to 47.  I’d started leveling the bottom jobs 1 at a time so I could get them all to parity and then level them up simultaneously, but then realized that once I got Carpenter to 60 I’d be leaving a lot of XP on the table if I didn’t have another class at 50 to take over doing the Moogle quests, so I started focusing all the Ixal quest turn-ins on Culinarian due to it already being close to 50.  But anyway… I’m still surprised at how much progress I’ve made doing what feels to me to be so little.


Skyfishing during a blizzard

For the Disciples of the Land I’ve done the daily GC turn-ins for Miner and Botanist, is all, and focused all my effort on Fisher.  As a result I’ve gotten Miner from 30 to 33, Botanist from 31 to 35, and Fisher from 24 to 56.  Yeah, the “boring” fisher class went up 32 levels in 1 week.  It’s actually pretty quick to level simply by grinding, plus if you follow the guides and grind at the holes that give the fish that the leve quests want, you can then turn in a whole bunch of leves all at once and suddenly find you’ve gotten a couple of “bonus” levels.  After getting in to Heavensward and being able to fish for Collectible ones that can give a further large boost to xp gain, and do it all while catching up on my reading on the other screen becuz my button setup is literally “press 2 to cast, wait until you hear the creak and hit 3 to reel the fish in” and I don’t even have to move or look at the screen, so… lots of reading while leveling up fisher too.  I tried watching movies, but found it too easy to miss the audible cue if I did that, so… reading is still a good thing.  Of course I’m finding that fish don’t really seem to sell well on the market board, and I really don’t know what I’ll be trying to do with Fisher once I get it to 60, but hey.  Advancement is advancement, is it not?


My daughter saw this mount in Idyllshire and took a shot of it. I have no idea what it is. I’m guessing maybe the mentor mount?

With my daily expert runs I got enough Lore tomes this week to be able to not only buy the tanking belt that works for all 3 tank jobs, but I also was able to buy the shield for the Paladin.  I thought about getting that last, but the bright silver, gold, and purple color combo on it was clashing with the red and black of the rest of the set and it was pretty jarring, so I just did it and pushed back the finishing of the right-side jewelry by a week.  No biggie, since I don’t really ever tank so I’m not in any rush to finish gearing the role up, just doing it for something to do, ya know?


My daughter loves her “squirrel”

I still haven’t gone in to the Palace of the Dead yet.  I will eventually.  I happened to be using Quarrymill as my base of operations for fishing when that patch dropped, so it was a bit of a surprise to log in after the maintenance and actually hear crowd noise and see this scene at 6 AM on a Tuesday:


The crowds in Quarrymill

Still and all, I’m much more focused on my crafting jobs right now instead of the Palace of the Dead.  I’ll get in there soon enough and start getting all my jobs outfitted with i235 weapons.  But that time is not yet…..

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Crafting Continues Apace


Taken this morning, so it’s actually current as of the time of writing

I’ve continued along with the Ixal quests as a Weaver and gotten it up to 30.  After a fashion.  I accept the quests as Carpenter, do them very very easily as Carpenter, then swap to Weaver and turn them in, and net all the XP as though I’d done them as Weaver all along…..  Cheesy, but hey, it works so there we go.  Doing the 3 (sometimes 6 if I go up a rank with them) Moogle quests is getting me a little over 700K XP per day (690-ish for the quests, and about 40-70K for the required crafting), so that’s leveling my Carpenter up through the 50-60 levels very quickly (currently 55) and with no required materials nor grinding.


I was glad I caught this shot. I like all the colors from the smoke bombs going of.

If I continue going like this and using the Ixal tribe quests to level the lower classes then I also don’t require any materials for them either.  It actually kinda makes this whole thing feel really cheesy, but then I’m really only doing the crafting for my own personal “I wanna feel like I’m advancing my character again” and not becuz I plan to go nuts with it and try to make lots of money or anything.  Not that I’d be averse to it, but…. in an FC convo the other night one of the FC’s crafters said he’s never really made much from his crafting, and I know I’ve been spending a lot trying to keep my gear current and whatnot, so I’m now looking for cheaper options for the leveling and if I can cheese the mechanics on the Ixal quests to get everything to 50 with no real cost anymore, then I’m happy to do that.


Rank 8 with all 5 ARR Beast Tribes. Go me!

Speaking of the Ixal quests, i got them up to rank 7 and then this opened up a new quest chain for me that had me run around to all the beast tribes and it ended up unlocking a rank 8 for all 5 of the ARR tribes.  I had no idea that was even possible, so it was a nice little bonus.  It only seemed to unlock an additional wind-up minion from each tribe’s vendor, but it was still a fun story for the quest chain.


Night fishing near Limsa Lominsa makes for a pretty screenie

If you were paying attention to the top screenshot, you’ll also see that in spite of me calling Fishing boring in my last post, I’m working on leveling it up also.  It feels like it takes a long time on each cast, but since I don’t have to constantly be running node to node like I do for the other 2 gatherers, it’s probably about the same amount of time overall.  Plus since it’s still only the 2 buttons and there’s an audible cue for the need to hit the “reel it in” I can be reading stuff on my other screen while fishing in the game.  After working through a stack of bait I’ve usually got enough fish to do some leve turn-ins with HQ fish also, so that helps to speed up the process.  I’ve gone from level 11 Fisher to 24 in only a few hours over this past weekend, so….. I still find the fishing itself to be pretty boring, but it’s also satisfying to feel like it’s leveling up.  Yes you rat, here’s your cheese for pushing the button!


The /visor command turns the “flame” on the horns on and off. Neat effect.

So anyway…. progress feels quite rapid both on the Carpenter in the HW levels and also on the other lower-level classes too.  And with the daily Expert running I’m doing I got enough Lore tomes to fill out my left-side appearance slots for the tank jobs anymore, though one could argue that I should spend the 300 tomes on the Paladin’s shield as well, and then after that have just the belt and the right-side to go …

Happy gaming out there!


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