[FFXIV] Stuff

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End of an Era

My beloved FC (Greysky Armada) in FFXIV has been kinda “dead” to me for quite some time.  FC events are pretty rare and always seem to cater to the Eastern time zone, but I’m in Mountain time and also tend to get on later in the evening, so really it’s pretty rare for me to even see another person online in my FC.  As a result of this, I’ve been open to changing FC’s ever since Syp did it early last year.  (I’d link his post where he talked about it, but I can’t seem to find it.)  I’ve never actively pursued it, though — just kept an open mind if I ever saw one of the rare recruiting shouts.

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I broke down and bought the Eastern Lady’s Garb. I really like the look, especially dyed black like this.

Well, it finally happened.  I saw a shout for an FC that had a cool name and tag (Interstellar, with tag <STAR> ), talked to the recruiter for a bit and it seems like it will be a good fit, so I made the jump.  I’ve left my daughter’s character with Greysky Armada, as I love them to death still and plan to check in on them from time to time.

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We didn’t beat it, but it was a fun hour trying it.

As a result of the FC swap I’ve now tried my 1st ever “on-level” extreme primal fight, with Sophia EX being attempted/learned last night.  We never beat it but were consistently improving with each attempt, so that was nice.

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The new book looks nice, but kinda bland. I may have to glamour it up a bit…

In other news, I finally got my i260 weapon.  I had considered grabbing the weapon for Paladin and being “fine” with the HQ Green i250 weapon I’d bought, but in the end decided that Summoner is my main, so Summoner gets all the goodies.  Besides which, I’ve been running Alexander enough that my Paladin is already approaching i250 average from the gear I’ve obtained from that anyway.  And I bought the i250 longsword, so… yeah, my Paladin’s doing fine and now I will be starting the Scripture tome grind for the tank jobs anyway, so my average ilevel will be going up anyway.

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My new glamour for my tanks

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Tales from the Duty Finder

So there we are running Xelphatol.  We’ve just finished the 1st trash pack after the 1st boss when the tank says “What’s up with the trolling?”

Naturally the healer, the other dps (a Black Mage) and I all say some variation of “What do you mean?”  And the tank says “You’re both using Blizzard 2.”

Which wasn’t true.  The BLM was only using Fire 2 from range, she never ran in to use B2 — only I was doing that.  And I said so.  And he said “You shouldn’t do that!”  So I said “It’s my only spammable AE, of course I *should* use it on trash while waiting for my 10s CD AE’s to recharge.”

He then went on to accuse me of not using Deathflare either, when I’d cast it in every fight we’d had so far, plus 5 times on the 1st boss.  I told him he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, the mobs were dying, so who cares, and let’s move on.  So we did.  And in the very next fight he slacked off a little, so I pulled aggro off of him doing the exact same things I’d been doing before.  Which made him realize that I was right behind him in aggro and not slacking or trolling after all.

Still, I can’t help but wonder what he was/wasn’t seeing so as to accuse me of not using all my tools.  Ya really wonder sometimes, ya know?

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Throwing this out there:  If Red Mage is even half so cool as it looks from the teaser video, it’s going to be my new main…..

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Still Plugging Away

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Not a bad time to finish for a PUG. Less than 14 minutes…

I’m still plugging away in FFXIV.  Mostly anymore it’s 5 Expert runs a week to cap out tomes, plus a run of each floor of Alex 9-12 Normal to get the tokens for the i250 gear from that, plus the weekly token toward the i260 weapon.

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Getting there!

Of course I’m now torn.  I bought the i250 weapon for my Summoner job already, and I have enough gil saved up again that I could buy the Paladin’s sword, and the stat differences between the i250 and i260 weapons are quite small, so in theory I could could just buy an i260 healer weapon and have good-to-excellent weapons for 3 roles then.  Of course I’m a ways off from completing the i260 sets for tank and healer since I’m still working on the caster one, but I’ve already gotten quite a bit of i250 tank gear from the Alex runs, so…… that’s honestly just fine to run a daily expert, I think.  It’s not like I wasn’t running them with i230, after all…..

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Yay?

Question:  Is there anything to do with your Grand Company Squadron once you’ve leveled them all up to their cap of 50?  I have no idea.

I’ve done a bit more ESO on the weekends also, but this past weekend I was mostly helping a friend cut down 4 diseased trees in his backyard so… other than that my Champion Points feel like they’re shooting up fast, I’m still just kinda dinking around.  Still haven’t seriously looked into Orsinium, Thieves’ Guild, or the Assassin’s Guild stuff yet.  I’ll get there eventually.

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Nobody really wanted it, I guess.

Anyway, Happy Gaming out there!

[ESO] Time in “One Tamriel”

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My VR2 sorcerer before I re-learned how to turn off the UI. And before I disabled the FTC add-on too.

I finally gave in and popped in to ESO to check out how it all works now that it’s “One Tamriel.”  1st logging in was a little interesting since I really didn’t recall much of how to play or how crafting worked or anything, but it came back to me fairly quickly.  This was helped by the fact that only half of my characters had had background changes to the point that an automatic re-spec was given.  The others still have their old builds in place, so I didn’t have to try to remember which morphs I’d chosen for them and such.

The thing I found most interesting is that while “everything scales” this actually makes it so that in practice “nothing scales.”  I’ve got several characters at level 50.  They used to be “veteran rank” but now are simply shown with the number of champion points that they have.  Which are account wide, so when I created a new character it already had the 66 CP that every other character that I logged in had as well.  But anyway… level 1 character starts with about 16,000 HP, Magicka, and Stamina.  And my (formerly VR6) 66 CP end-game Templar has about 16,000 HP, Magicka, and Stamina.  Mobs I’m fighting at level 1 have about 32K HP, and mobs I’m fighting at (formerly VR2) with my sorcerer have about 34K HP.

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The new Khajit Nightblade I made to finally “go rogue.” Though this shot was more to see the anchor in the sky than to show him off. He was maybe level 6 in this pic, and I’ve got him to level 11 now.

Gear doesn’t really change as you level.  The amount of protection given depends solely on whether it’s light, medium, or heavy, but even there the differences aren’t very large, so it’s mostly “light for magicka, medium for stamina, and heavy for health.”  Alternately, it’s light for magicka damage, medium for weapon damage, and heavy for tanks.

Enchantments scale a little bit as you level, but it’s a very shallow curve.  The procs from crafted sets also changes a little, but again…. shallow curve.  So yeah, other than not having a bunch of skills to pick and choose from, nor weapon swapping unlocked yet… level 1 and endgame “CP 66” really didn’t feel much different when fighting.  So becuz everything scales, nothing scales.  Knowing as I do that eventually you have skill points coming out your ears (I seriously have 20+ unused points on all of my level 50+ characters becuz I just have no place I care to put them) the low-level choices don’t even feel very interesting as a result.

On the other hand, I’m completely hooked again and pretty much played all day on Saturday and Sunday, so there is that…..  and I am used to the control scheme enough that I kept messing myself up in FFXIV’s expert dungeon run this morning and missing dodges.  Gotta love it, no?  I still haven’t even logged in to all of my alts to try to remember all of their concepts.  But I’ll get there eventually.

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Outside My Comfort Zone

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I did enough with my squadron to get my 1st Lieutenant promotion.  Go me!

I’m not real big on raiding in any MMO anymore.  I did it for a time in EQ2, but now?  Nah.  I still haven’t even done Weeping City.  I’m not fond of Primal fights either.  But with all that said…. FFXIV gates getting weapons behind the 8-man raids.  I got my i230 weapon as a Summoner a while back by running the Alexander 8 Normal the minimum 7 times that were needed and never went back.  Now that we have the new Tomes of Scripture with an i260 weapon….. it’s time to repeat the process, but with Alexander 12 Normal instead.

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This is the last piece I need to complete the Dragoon set, and I rolled a 97! Yay!… Oh wait….. dangit!

This past weekend I began the process.  I’d done Alex 9N within the 1st week or so of the 3.4 patch coming out, but hadn’t bothered to go back and unlock floors 10-12.  But this time I did.  Finished out the time travel story from doing it and…. eh.  I’m really not that into MMO stories.  Never have been.  I know I’ve played FFIV and FFVII all the way through, but I remember absolutely none of their story.  I didn’t care for the story for any of the classes in SWTOR, and even in TSW I skipped most of the cutscenes. /end digression

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My daughter loves to take selfies with her firefox on her shoulder. (Yes, a red panda is called a firefox — look it up! )

So anyway, I watched MrHappy’s guide for floor 10, then queued up for it.  I died at one point from getting knocked back onto a button on the floor which calls down a big mace from the ceiling to smash you.  I thought I’d moved out of the impact area, but….. nope.  I was a little embarrassed, as I was the only death for that whole fight, but we won, so… it worked out.

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Riding the airship during Floor 10.

Watched the Floor 11 guide.  The off-tank messed this one up and didn’t move away from the group when he got targeted with the big AE, so that was a wipe.  On the 2nd attempt we lost a healer at one point, but since I can battle-rez as a Summoner I got her back up and we pulled out the whole thing.  And I got a lot of commendations for bringing the healer back so the other healer could keep the tank up which overall enabled us to finish.  that was nice.  I actually kinda liked this fight, with needing to jump up on the airship and whatnot.

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From the cutscene prior to floor 12

And finally I watched the Floor 12 video, then queued up.  I think I died twice in this fight.  Once about the 40% mark, and then again right at the end, then he went down, so I got credit, even though I was dead when it happened.  And I got the 1st of the 7 gears I’ll need to trade in for the tomestone in 6 more weeks.

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I won the roll on the Alex minion!

I liked the Alex floors 10-12 enough that I actually went back and did A9N again and managed to score bolt, so that was good for an i250 ring.  I guess leaving my comfort zone can be good for stuff from time to time…

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Alex after it’s all done. Supposedly he will fade away over time now. It will be interesting to see if he actually does as the patches continue to roll out.

I did a little bit more on working on leveling my last 3 crafting jobs.  Well… I’m focused on Alchemist right now, so… worked on that one.  I’m not doing 9 Ixal and 3 Moogles quests each day anymore, just the weekends, but…. progress is still progress.  I just feel a little silly for having bought 3 more pieces of the Ironworks crafting gear for about 1.5 million gil apiece and then finding out that there’s crafted HQ i250 weapons for the combat jobs, but they’re tending to go for about 2.5 million gil right now, but I’d spent myself down to almost nothing on the crafting gear that I’m really only buying to make a cohesive look for the set, not becuz I care about crafting.  Ah well… my i230 book is still sufficient until I can save up enough gil again.

Speaking of gear, my Expert run this morning got me enough tomes to finish off my left side in the new i260 gear.  My overall average is i245 now, so that’s nice too.  Not that you can see it becuz I’ve glamoured it all and you’ve already see what I look like so… no screenie of that.  😉

Happy gaming out there!