Category Archives: Final Fantasy XIV

Unboxing Specially marked snacks

Every so often I’ll get an email from a company or a game representative asking me if I’d be interested in trying something out. I typically say yes, because why not, they’re usually a lot of fun. This time I was approached by a kind representative from Mrs. Freshley’s asking if I’d be interested in sharing some information about specially marked (FFXIV Stormblood) snacks, and they offered to send me a few products to try. As far as I’m aware we don’t have Mrs. Freshley’s up here in Canada, but I’ve never been one to turn down free snacks (cough) so I accepted and they arrived this week! I actually decided to make an unboxing video, my first and quite possibly my last because I had so many technical issues. Still, I put it up on YouTube for everyone to watch. These baked goods were held up at the boarder for a day due to customs (we’re really cracking down on imported snack goods eh..) but they were still delicious if you like cupcakes and cinnamon buns with a ton of icing.

I downloaded Blippar to try to scan the packages and get the code that you can then use in game – but no matter how I tried to scan or which product I couldn’t get it to work. I’m not sure if I was doing something wrong or it was my location or some other issue, but I’ll keep trying so that I can hand those codes out to readers / viewers. I’m also handing the sweet treats out to a few locals who have expressed interest. I wasn’t an enormous fan of the cinnamon rolls (personally) but the chocolate cupcakes were delicious (I basically devoured two of those off screen later). You can find out more about Mrs Freshley’s products here, and you can read about the awesome contest they’ve been holding for the past few months here. If you’ve got any tips or tricks on how I can make Blippar work properly don’t hesitate to let me know in comments!

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

[FFXIV] This Crafting Thing

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Level 68 Astrologian

Now that my leveling journey is nearly complete, I’ve begun to devote more time to crafting to see what all I can do with it.  While I was leveling all my crafting jobs up, I made use of the video guides and a google doc from “Mango7Rolls” that had very useful advice and information that was a huge help.

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Level 69 Astrologian

Of course now that I’m level 70 with all my crafters and have the full i290 crafted gear, it’s the little things to focus on now — things like how to meld, how to even get the materia to use for the melds, and so on.  Combat job materia is quite easy to get, between Centurio seals, leveling roulette, and hunts, but crafting materia — that’s harder.  You can buy the level 5 materia with red scrip (400 apiece) but the only way I know of to get level 6 materia is by breaking down spiritbonded gear, and even then it’s only about a 10% chance, so…. yeah, there’s a bit more effort involved there.

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Level 70 Astrologian AF3 set

Essentially what you gotta do is craft yourself an entire “spare set” of the i290 gear.  This is something of a project on its own, especially if you don’t want to spend money buying materials.  You need 140 “twincoon” which are an occasional drop from the giant silkworm mobs in the Fringes, or you can have retainers go hunting for it and bring back 7 an hour.  Yeah — 7.

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Level 70 Astrologian Ala Mhigan Healing set

Anyway… just off the top of my head it’s something like 140 twincoon, 32 halgai manes, 32 mansaziri hair, 51 effervescent water, 2 crescent spring water, 15 gazelle hides, 5 natron (made from rock salt and effervescent water), 5 linseed oil (made from flax), 24 zelkova logs, 12 persimmon logs, 25 persimmons, and 5 terebinth.  I think that’s all of it, but I probably forgot an item or 3.  But yeah…. get all that together, then start banging out 35 twinthread, which then becomes 9 twinsilk and 8 thread left over, then make 16 worsted yarn and turn 12 of it into Steppe Serge with 4 yarn left over, turn the gazelle hides, persimmons, and terebinth into gazelle leather, the zelkova and persimmon logs into lumber, while also making some varnish, and then once that’s all done you’re finally ready to craft the 11 gear pieces — 6 armor, 5 jewelry (wooden jewelry, no less, hence the lumber).

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My retainer brought this back for me on Saturday

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And it’s quite cute.

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I don’t know what’s up with this pot it sometimes jumps into, though. I assume it’s a Japanese thing…  Edit:  Wikipedia to the rescue!  It’s a Japanese folk tale:  Bunbuku Chagama

After they’re done, equip them all and put a single materia in each of them.  Melded items bond faster.  And then pop a spiritbond potion (make +5’s yourself, or use red scrips to buy +3’s) and do a quick synthesis of about 150 (if using a +5 potion) to 210 (if using a +3 potion) of… well… anything high-level, really.  Mango7Rolls suggests things like molybdenum ingots or palladium nuggets since you can sell those pretty easily — borne out by me selling a couple of small stacks of palladium nuggets on the 1st day for nearly 200K in profit.  Using quick synth there’s about a 20-25% failure rate, and it just does NQ items, but it also will burn through about 10 items per minute so you’re done in 15-20 minutes, where if I used the crafting macros to make 200 it’d be more like 4 hours, so even with the loss of items (which still advances the spiritbond) it’s worth it to do the quick synth, simply for the time saved.  Of course there’s all the gathering of 800 raws beforehand…  Fortunately I can turn off the game sounds and listen to music while running in endless circles gathering.

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I finally decided to go looking for vistas and finished off the 10 or so I had left in Heavensward that I’d not stumbled across simply by wandering around.

Yeah, it’s kinda labor intensive, but it gets you a decent chunk of level 5 materia and 1 or 2 level 6’s each time, so it’s worth it, IMO.  Of course I still need to get a bunch of scrips so I can get all my master books.  I’ve actually bought all the level 5’s, but I need to backfill in the level 3’s and 4’s too.  I’m not sure I care about the 1’s and 2, and they have odd requirements of things to craft for the 1’s and demimateria (which aren’t really used) for the 2’s, so… we’ll see.  I’ll probably eventually do it becuz I’m a completionist, but it can wait.

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This vista in Kugane was a lesser version of the big jumping puzzle at the hotel to the left of center there. I tried that one too, as the final vista in the SB log is at the top of it, and I got farther than I have before, but still no dice on making it all the way up yet.

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This was during a cutscene in the final fishing job quest, and I liked how my glamour looked in it, so it got the screenie.

On the leveling front, I got AST from 67 to 70 over the weekend.  Initially I planned to just do the “HW & SB Hunt logs, plus the HW Beast Tribes” thing that gets about 3.1 million xp per day —

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Just under 3.1 million xp this morning from hunts and HW Beast Tribes

— and just take my time, but given how the timers work, on Saturday morning I ended up doing that 2.5 times (hunt logs from Thursday, logs and quests from Friday before 9 am, logs and quests from Saturday after 9 am) which got me to less than 1 million xp to go for level 68, so I kinda went “why not?” and queued up for Doma Castle.  And found it insanely easy to heal.  This dinged me to 68 so I did my job quest, and then I re-ran it 4 more times and hit 69, then ran Castrum Abania 3 times, and boom there it was.

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My current crafting glamour. Got those “Tantalus” pants from veteran reward. I figure since I’m crafting up lots of crafting sets now, I’d better make my actual melded set look different so I don’t accidentally get rid of it.

What I found while doing all of that was:  I am fine when healing if everyone’s doing their good avoidance of telegraphs, but if a couple of things go wrong, then I get easily flustered and lose track of the various things going on and then it all falls to pieces.  And I also found when playing AST that I generally like to run Noct on trash, and Diurnal on bosses.  Trash tends to not really hit me or the dps, so having Noct’s powerful shields seems to do really well for the tank.  Bosses tend to do unavoidable AE from time to time, though, so I like Diurnal there so that Aspected Helios will actually top the group off, not just put a shield on them.  Probably just as effective either way, but I like full bars.  2nd boss in Catrum Abania I leave on Noct though.  He has powerful tankbusters, and the rest of the group *shouldn’t* take any damage if he’s done right, so keeping the shields on the tank works better there.

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I didn’t realize we had Native American costumes in the game. Looks kinda cute on a Lalafell.

So anyway… 2 levels left on White Mage and then I’m all leveled up.  I should finish that this week, even if I don’t do any dungeons.  We’ll see how it goes.

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] More Leveling Progress

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Level 68 White Mage

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All Crafting Jobs to 70

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All Gathering Jobs to 70

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Sometimes it’s fun to use the /sit command while fishing.

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This is a 1st for me — certain fish actually make me stand up to try to reel them in before sitting back down. I’d never seen that before this morning when working on the level 70 Fisher job quest.

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I fished this little guy up a couple of days ago. Too cute!

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Gotta love all those male Miqo’tes out there. And my FC for a perfect response…

So…. level 68 White Mage and level 67 Astrologian are all I’ve got left to level up.  But i may hold off a bit on that — now that we’ve got a date for 4.1 to come out, I might look into crafting furniture for the next bit to see if I can’t get some good sales going when the new housing district opens up.

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] PUG Tales Episode 6

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My character’s name is in large part due to “gotterdammerung” being the biggest nuke spell that you could cast in Bard’s Tale 3, so this was a fun achievement to get.

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I got this title this week also once I got Machinist to 70

Progress Update:  It’s quicker to list what isn’t 70 that what is…..  67 White Mage, 67 Astrologian, 68 Leatherworker, and 67 Fisher.  Getting really close to having full 70’s.  Go me!  Of course once the leveling’s done then what?

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Level 69 Valerian Archer set.  I can’t say I’m a fan of the bow.

I’m sure there are more tales than this, but there’s one that really sticks out in my mind from this past week.

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Level 70 Arhat Aiming set.  What a silly hat!  And I’m a bit disappointed that they simply re-colored the level 63 Shisui bow for it, but.. ah well, it’s not like I’m actually using it or couldn’t glamour over it if I were.

We loaded in to Rhalgr’s Fist and it was me on Paladin, a White Mage, a Samurai, and a Black Mage.  I thought to myself “good AE, this should go quickly.”  Oh how wrong I was.  I did the typical pull of the 1st group of coeurls to the wall, and picked up the mosslings that spawned at the wall’s destruction.  I noticed that it took a long time for everything to die, in spite of the samurai and my TP being drained out from all the AE we were doing, and realized that the Black Mage hadn’t cast any Flare or even Fire 2 spells that I saw.  No big, I guess, and we moved on.

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Level 70 AF3 Set for Bard

I grabbed the next 2 groups, becuz that’s what you do, but again…. didn’t notice any AE spells from the Black Mage.  Once the mob numbers were down a few I started watching what he was casting and saw a lot of Fire 3’s back to back, but then it was time to move on, so.. away we went.  Next trash group was another coeurl pulls to the wall with mosslings, and then the 1st boss, which ends up being 2 mobs since a 2nd boss joins pretty early on in the fight.

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Level 69 Machinist’s weapon closeup

Since boss fights actually tend to be pretty chill and I take relatively low damage during them, I watched the BLM a lot closer during the fight and this is what he was doing for his rotation:  Fire 3, Fire 3, Fire 3, Fire 3, Transpose, Blizzard 1, Blizzard 1, Blizzard 1, Thunder 3 and repeat.

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Level 70 Machinist in the Arhat set with the i320 weapon.  I don’t have the Ala Mhigo Aiming set yet, so no screenie of that.  Soon…

For those of you who don’t know, this is horrifyingly awful even as a single-target rotation, much less for trash packs that should be AE’d down.  So.. hey, I’m a mentor…. I started asking on the trash packs “Do you mind using Fire 2, Thunder 4, and/or Flare?  Maybe hit Enochian and keep it up for 30 seconds so you can pop a Foul a couple of times?” and on the boss fights “Enochian plus Fire 4 would be a big help… and you don’t need transpose, just use Blizzard 3 and Fire 3 for your swaps.”

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Machinist AF3 set includes a Tommy Gun!

But no…. he never said anything, nor did he ever change.  I’m half-wondering if he had that awful rotation typed in as a macro and would just push it, since there were times where he’d stop casting for a while (especially when a mob died — he was very slow to change targets), then suddenly it’d start all over again.  He did seem to be there, not a bot — he’d dodge telegraphs, but … wow, he was just so bad. 😥

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MCH’s AF3 set from the front

Still and all, he didn’t harm the group, and he was doing *some* damage, so we never kicked him and we cleared the instance, so… yay, successful run.  and hopefully he will take my suggestions to heart in the future to be less bad in future groups.  Who knows?

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Burn it all!

Happy gaming out there!

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I finished the i310 Ala Mhigo Scouting set this week too

[FFXIV] Pug Tales Episode 5

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Paladin left side + shield Tomes of Creation gear set complete! Now on to the jewelry…

So there we were running Ala Mhigo with me tanking on my Paladin, a White Mage, and 2 Bards.  the bards both had neat looking bows so I did a quick examine on them before the 1st pull — 1 was the i320 Susano Ex bow, the other crafted i320 HQ bow.  And their gear all looked nice and Ala Mhigo caps you at i290 anyway, so we were all capped out.  We’re going along fine but after the 2nd boss I noticed that during the big fight with the hexadrone + lots of slashers that everything was dying slowly.  I thought to myself “surely one of the bards saved Mage’s Ballad for this fight to allow for maximum AE” but I checked the party buffs and neither one of them was singing a song at all.  And I thought back and realized I’d not really seen song buffs at any point during the dungeon, but just hadn’t thought much of it.

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Level 69 “Valerian Vedette” gear set

Regardless, I mentioned in group chat that I was surprised that in a party with 2 bards that there was no song being sung at all…  And for the rest of the dungeon, both bards kept their songs up.  Okay, I realize it’s “just a dungeon” and an ilvl capped one at that, but is that really an excuse for poor play?  I don’t care if you’re bleeding edge dps, but at least use your job’s core mechanics… right?  And they obviously were able to do it just fine for the rest of the dungeon, so I think it was just sad that I had to call them out before they stepped it up to “minimally competent,” especially since 1 of them at least had obviously been running extreme primals, so you’d think he’s at least average.  Or I could give them the benefit of the doubt and call it a  Classic case of “I thought you were doing that!”  “Me?  I thought YOU were!” perhaps?  Nah… I’m gonna go with “Lazy play in a PUG.”

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Level 70 Ninja AF3 set

2nd group — leveling roulette and I was tanking again.  Luck of the draw was Dusk Vigil.  The healer cast Protect, and away we went.  I pulled the 1st group of 3 mobs to the mylodon behind it becuz it’s an easy dungeon, but my health never went back up… like the healer wasn’t casting heals at all.  And it was too low a level sync for me to have my own Clemency heal yet, so I went down, then the 2 dps went down, and the healer cast a couple of Stone 2’s and went down also.

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During the level 70 Ninja quest we get male armor looks functional, and female armor with skintight leggings and a boob window. 😦

Back at the entrance DPS1 says “you pulled too much.”  I said “The healer didn’t cast a single heal.”  DPS2 backed me up on that and said directly to the healer “Please heal, we have plenty of dps.”  I pulled just the 1st 3 mobs after Protect went up.  Same thing — no heals cast, so I went down again, but since it was right by the entrance I was able to zerg-rush back to peel the mobs off the dps and so we got the 3 mobs down with only me and DPS2 having gone down (DPS2 also zerged back).  By now 5 minutes had passed so DPS2 as the leader initiated a vote-kick and we booted the healer out.  We waited about 10 minutes for another healer, and DPS2 said “How about you kick me, then I’ll swap to healer and re-join in-progress.  We tried that, but he never reappeared, so it seems that he got pulled into a different party.  His DPS replacement popped in immediately, and about 6 minutes later a healer finally came in.  And then we ran the whole dungeon no problem.

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Level 70 Ninja Arhat Scouting set that I specifically saved just for this screenshot

As a fun sidenote, in our conversation while initially waiting for healer I found that DPS2 was on my same server, so after I finished my run I sent him a tell asking if another group had snapped him up.  He said “Yes, they booted that same healer who wouldn’t heal that we had in our group.”  Nice to know it wasn’t just us that that WHM was trolling, I guess.

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Group 3 — Loaded in to Ala Mhigo.  From the HP totals in the party window, everyone’s at the ilvl cap, so I pulled all 3 groups of mobs to the 1st barrier.  We took care of it, but the AE dps was really low and it took a while so I looked at the party window and realized DPS2 was an Archer, not a Bard. :O

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Level 70 Ala Mhigo Scouting set plus the i320 Chromite daggers that I’m actually using instead of the dungeon gear.

I said “Whoa!  Archer?” and he said “Yeah, I forgot to re-equip my job stone after a crafting session.”

Me: “Isn’t that what gear sets are for?”

Him: “To each their own.”

So anyway… did the next pull and there’s really no “big” or “small” on that one, since you kill the group and then more come, so we killed them and then the Archer popped up “You can kick me if you want, since I’m doing crap dps as archer.  I don’t care.”  I said “It’s fine, it’s not like this is a hard dungeon or anything.”  And then we went in and did the 1st boss.  It took noticeably longer than normal, but still wasn’t bad, but after it went down, the Archer dropped group himself.  I said “Aw, we were fine.” and the healer said he’s from the same FC as the Archer and that he’d said in their FC chat that he dropped on his own to make the run go faster for the rest of us.  Still… how does one not use gear sets but manually re-equip everything when changing around?  Seems so inconvenient at best, and mistake-prone too, as this proved.

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As to my leveling progress — Ninja is 70 now.  Bard is just short of 69.  Machinist, Astrologian and White Mage still sit at 67.  Weaver is 70, Alchemist is 64, and Fisher is 64.  And that’s all the leveling I have left to do.  Once that’s done, I think I’ll focus more on crafting.  There’s still a whole world there that I’ve barely scratched the surface of in leveling the crafts since leveling is “best done” doing just a few items for leve quests.  I’ve never done 1-star or 2-star crafts, no idea about demimateria or legendary nodes… stuff like that.  I’d like to learn more once I no longer feel a need to level things up, so I think it will be an interesting journey for me.

Happy gaming out there!