[FFXIV][Endless Legend] Void Ark Down!
This past weekend in FFXIV I made it to Rank 7 in the regard of the Vanu Vanu. This is high enough to buy the Sanuwa mount, so yeah… that happened. I also managed to get both my Bard and Machinist jobs to level 51, so they’re eligible to go in to Dusk Vigil now. I ran it often enough during the tank leveling that I the level 51 i120 weapons for both classes, and the full left-side as well, except the helmet. Only have 1 “Aiming” accessory on the right side, but I was also in full poetic which is also i120 anyway, so I really just swapped gear for the appearance and slightly better (but much nicer looking) weapons (i115 to i120 for Bard, and i110 to i120 on the MCH).
I finally ran the Void Ark. 3 of the 4 bosses were really easy. 1st one was almost a tank and spank, 2nd one I really don’t remember, so there couldn’t have been much to it. 3rd one sends out a lot of raidwide damage, so we actually wiped on it the 1st time, and on the 2nd time, the healers in my group of 8 still couldn’t keep us up (I was reduced to spamming my own Physick on myself at times, as well as combat-rezzing other players), but we had it down to less than 20% by then, so the other 2 groups were able to finish it off. And then the 4th one felt almost like a tank-n-spank again, especially compared to the 3rd boss. I got my Mhachi Farthing and upgraded my Summoner chest piece to i210 with that. Since I don’t plan to run the raid again until next weekend, I also “blew my weekly loot roll” on an i200 Jacket of Aiming and won it, so that will be nice when I eventually get BRD and MCH to 60. I also had enough of the … um…. log thingies that you buy with Centurio Seals to be able to upgrade a 2nd left-side piece, but I did a ring instead so that I can buy a 2nd i200 ring to replace my i190 Gordian one. Except I haven’t run experts in so long, I don’t actually have enough Esoterics. I jumped in the queue for a bit, but after 15 minutes it still said it was reserving an instance, much less assembling a party, so I decided not to worry about it.
Instead I logged out and moved on to my “new hotness” that I’m still learning how to play. A friend suggested Endless Legend to me, and said it’s similar to and maybe even better than Civ5. High praise coming from him, and Steam had it for a mere $30, so.. I pulled the trigger. I did their tutorial thing, which basically just showed you a few of the mechanics, then started a 2-played “Newbie” game. The AI opponent went on an expansion spree early, so while I did just fine getting 3 regions settled, he had 5. But I had better technology, so my armies walked all over his cities and I won that game with an expansion victory.
I still felt really lost though so I looked up some guides, read some of their forums, etc. And thus armed with that new knowledge I tried a 4-player Newbie game. I got to the point where my tech victory was a foregone conclusion, so I pulled the plug on that one, since I still wanted to keep learning more about the game and strategies and whatnot, not hit “Next turn” another 60 times until I finally got all the technologies researched. I started yet again, this time with a different race (Drakkens instead of Ardent Mages) to see how the play style differed. Didn’t seem a huge difference in style, and since I was still newbie-level, I could have easily won the tech victory, but I decided to go for my racial victory instead which involved a lot of quests, which (oddly for the supposedly diplomatic race) had me conquer another race’s capital and install my own governor in it as part of it. But anyway… yeah, I did the quests, and eventually was in process of building a wonder that would have won the game when it completed, but then the quests that I was doing had me power up some derelict spaceship and when it launched that gave me a victory instead, which seems odd since I thought the quests for victory lead to the wonder building, so…. I still have a lot to learn, it appears.
Still and all…. usually if I’m playing Civ5, sure I’ll play later than I intended, but I’ll also be tired and looking a the clock the whole time while internally yelling at myself to just save the game and go to bed already. Endless Legend…… I didn’t feel tired, so I didn’t look at the clock and when I finished that last game there…. 3:30 am. Oops! I’ll have to be more careful as I play this going forward. I think I shall try the Cultists next, but not for a few days yet. I’m still catching up on my sleep from that night, after all…..
Happy gaming out there!