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.
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…
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.
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.
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 Blaugust post-mortem:
What I’ve learned: I *can* write every day, but I don’t want to. I like the idea of sharing my gaming experiences with the world, but if I’m blogging at home I’d rather be playing than writing about playing. If I’m at work there’s usually something else that I should be doing, even during lulls, so it again feels like I’d rather be doing something else. So my old once-a-week schedule is just fine for my blogging wants.
I’ve also learned that Blaugustinians use feed readers. As noted in last Friday’s post, my page views and visitors have been flat for August compared with July, but the number of comments has about tripled, from 18 to 64. Of course, 5 posts prompted 18 comments in July, where 30 posts (since today hasn’t hit yet 😛 ) prompted 64, so the comments per port has dropped. Since my style is more or less to simply report on my play experiences, I never expect a lot of comments though. I say “I did this.” What is there to comment about that other than something like “Cool” or “Glad you had fun?” And who visits a site to say something like that instead of marking it read in the feed reader and moving on?
So anyway, I’ll be returning to my 1-2 posts per week schedule. That works for me, where doing it daily doesn’t.
I fired up Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong for a few hours this weekend. Since I know it uses the combat AI developed in the Dragonfall Director’s Cut and I therefore will need a melee person to go flush the bad guys out of cover, and between reading a little about other people’s experiences and a friend telling me about it also so I know that my crew of NPC’s includes a ranged guy, a shaman, a decker, and a rigger, I decided that I would be that melee guy, so I went with a Troll and put all my karma points on creation into body, cyberware, strength, and close quarters combat. So far it’s worked out fairly well, though I’m going to need to get some quickness and dodge trained up soon.
It’s really the same game as the 2 prior SR titles, just a new story. And of course it’s pretty over the top. You get a message from your foster father who you haven’t seen in 8 years asking you to go to Hong Kong and the second you get there you find yourself the subject of a terrorist manhunt and the police attack you. And it goes downhill from there. In all honesty, I got bored pretty quickly, so this will probably be a game I do in short spurts here and there.
In FFXIV, I capped out on Esoterics again, plus I did the level 35 job quests for the Monk and the Ninja. Both were quite easy, so no big deal there at all. I actually spent most of the weekend working on my daughter’s character. Since she likes to play dress-up and liked the various swimsuits I’d gotten on my character in the Moonfire Faire, I took her there and ran the Out to Sea leve quest over and over while doing the event FATEs as they popped up. I got her White Mage to 34 to unlock Stoneskin and I got her Scholar to 35 since that’s her “main job” due to her love of the fairy. I intended to only get to 34 to unlock Eye for an Eye, but I didn’t have enough tokens to get all the swimwear yet for her, so I just kept on going. I also started in on Thaumaturge as well since I want to get it to 26 for Swiftcast. I only got it to level 9, but I didn’t really work on it either, pretty much just did the low-level hunt logs, a FATE or 2 as I ran across them and the level 1 and level 5 job quests for it. I plan to use the remaining week of its run to finish getting her all the clothing from it. I already set up various gear sets of the swimsuits that she can just click through, so it should be nice and easy for her to play with her look as she runs around in “my world” as she calls the housing zones.
And silly me I fired up Civilization 5 last night at about 9:30. And I was in a good stopping spot at about 11:30, but wanted to do just 1 more turn…… and I went to bed at about 1:30. Still compelling game play. I think I’ll go grab some caffeine now. Happy gaming out there!
As I said in yesterday’s post, I know myself, so I ran a 2nd expert in order to get enough Eso tomes to buy my leg piece. Results are to the left. The skirt’s shorter than I would like, but I really like the ribbons around the lower legs. The reason the skirt’s so short is that the foot piece is this really fugly puffy thighboots thing that I will most definitely be glamoring to … probably the current leather sandals, frankly. Unless I feel like buying the Thavnairian Sandals — those have a really nice look too, but they’re so very expensive. I can afford them, but it would take almost all of my cash, so I’m not terribly keen on that purchase just yet. But yeah — I wouldn’t let my daughter out of the house in a skirt that short, but in a computer game I can live with it. I’m usually looking at the robe’s long green skirt from behind anyway.
I also got the Monk and Ninja to 35 last night, but I was really tired when I did so, so I’ve not yet done either job quest. I had a bunch of level 35 gear waiting for them to hit that level, so they’re upgraded out of the Infantry set. I still never found the Infantry Shirt piece, but but I had a level 31 green chestpiece that was just as good and when I glamored it to the Foestriker’s chest piece from the Satasha dungeon it looked like a coherent set, at least.
Today’s plan is to do 1 more expert to cap Esoterics for the week, at least do the 2 job quests at 35, and then I’m wanting to check out Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong. Or maybe fire up Civ5. I’m kinda jonesing for a round of that again. A part of me is also wanting to install Wildstar and give that another shot. Or I could fire up… well, you get the idea. So many options!
Happy gaming out there!
Title has a double meaning today — almost there for the end of Blaugust, but also I’m “almost there” on being able to afford to buy my next Esoterics piece in FFXIV. I’m typing this while alt-tabbed out of the game waiting for today’s expert roulette to pop, actually. That will take me to 810 Eso, and I’ll need 825 for that next piece, so even though I could just wait and run another ex-roulette tomorrow which would cap me for the week and get me to having enough Eso for the leg piece, I know myself — I’m gonna queue right back up and get another 40 from a 2nd run which will let me buy the piece today. And then tomorrow I’ll cap out for the week 😛
I’ve also gotten both Monk and Ninja to level 34. Each did a leveling roulette dungeon — 1 yesterday, 1 today. Coincidentally, they both got Haukke Manor. The tank on the monks run was an obvious dps player trying his hand at the new “awesome class” of DRK. How do i know? He never stopped moving around. i had to point out that Monks need to be able to position themselves so the tanks need to plant themselves in 1 spot so the mobs aren’t moving around either so that I can get into the monk dance (which with the inclusion of a new dot that grant greased lightning has no become “doesn’t matter, flank flank, behind, behind, behind, behind, flank flank, then 4x behind again, 2x flank,” and so on. It’s actuallygotten to be slightly easier with the new “behind the mob” skill, so that’s pretty cool.
Today’s tank was also a DRK and said as we entered the dungeon that he’s new to tanking. And then he turned off Grit. 1st fight he lost aggro every which way and was using Flash as his AE builder, so I piped up and said “DRK’s use Unleash — it’s better than Flash.” I also asked him to turn Grit on. He started using unleash from then on, but it took a couple more fights with him struggling with aggro and the healer and other dps also asking him to turn on Grit before he finally did. And then he never lost aggro again. Amazing how using your tanking tools means you can tank effectively, isn’t it?
Of course, gear is also a factor. Last night’s es-roulette run we had a tank who “only” had about 14K hitpoints, indicating that his gear was a little low. I popped a quick examine on him and he was in mostly i160 drops from the expert dungeons, with a few law pieces here and there, but nothing upgraded to i180. He appeared to be doing everything right in his skill use and positioning and such, but between me and the BLM (this was a good one who was always in Enochian) he couldn’t keep aggro for anything. Well no… he was fine on the bosses, but if the trash fight had 5 mobs, then I’d have anywhere from 2-5 of them on me for most of the fight. We had a good healer who got my commendation on that run — I never went down, so it was still an excellent run.
The queue still hasn’t popped and we’re well past the “average time” on it now. The life of a dps…. 😉 OOH! POPPED! Gotta go!
Happy gaming out there!
Back in the day I tried out Wildstar for a couple of hours during their open beta. TL;DR of my impression of it then was “It’s ok, but a confusing mess of stats and way too visually busy, so don’t plan to pick it up.” When the announcement went out that it was going F2P, though, I figured it might be fun to dip a toe in from time to time, maybe try a few different classes and see if anything clicks. It’s not F2P yet, but in looking at their conversion plans something that jumped out at me was that free players or even subbed players who don’t buy a box will get 2 character slots per server (though they can buy more), but someone who bought a box gets 12. Boxes are currently selling for $10, so the alt-oholic in me went “$1 character slots!” and yesterday I ran down to GameStop on my lunch hour and bought a box. I haven’t installed it yet, and probably won’t until there’s a firm F2P conversion date announced, that way I’ll be “subscribed” in the 1st 30 days included with the box purchase when the switcheroo happens. With how much FFXIV is still consuming all my gaming oxygen I don’t know how much I’ll actually play it, but it will be nice to have the option with lots of space for my alt-oholism to be satiated for if/when I ever do want a change of pace.
On the FFXVI front I got my daily hunts in last night as well as an Expert run. Since the Astrologian class got buffed this past Tuesday I’ve yet to get an Expert group that hasn’t had an AST as the healer. Last night was no exception. Interestingly enough, in spite of the fact that the Noct stance still being considered “trash” on Reddit, the AST last night ran in Noct and didn’t have any trouble keeping us up at all. DRK, AST, BLM, and SMN (me) in the group, and … that BLM wasn’t very good. I didn’t pay all that much attention to him, but I only saw him drop Ley Lines 1x in the entire dungeon, and I also only saw him using Enochian 1x on a trash fight. And things were taking a very long time to die, so even though I wasn’t parsing (since I’m already so over that) it still took a noticeably long time to get through the boss fights. Fortunately the AST liked to toss The Balance on me and was often able to extend it so I was getting the 10% damage buff for anywhere from 45 to 85 seconds when he’d throw it on me, so I know that helped, at least a little.
I also got my Monk to 32 so it’s now got 5 of the 6 infantry pieces from Brayflox equipped. I just can’t seem to get the chest piece to drop on my un-sync’d runs. It’s getting really annoying. Of course it wasn’t until last night that I finally got the Cavalry gloves to finish out the tank set either, but I didn’t actually care about those since they aren’t so visible, plus my DRK’s already leveled mostly out of the set. That said, they were a slight upgrade to the DRK’s current gloves, so on that job I’ve got the 2 HQ crafted level 35 pieces that cover 4 slots, then the Cavalry gloves and belt right now. I put the full Cavalry set on this morning and the starts are extremely similar — 2 points less STR, same VIT, 407 defense vs 417 defense, but… that 10 defense and those 2 points of STR were still enough to have me put on the level 35 gear. I ran my Ninja job through a leveling roulette dungeon as well and between the xp and the roulette bonus made it to level 33, so there’s progress all around! The tank had the green leaf and I actually had more HP than he did and ended up tanking a lot of the mobs, including the final boss. I gave him a few pointers — shield lob, then flash 2x, then do the hate combo, where he’d been doing shield lob, hate combo on 1 mob, then 1 flash if he remembered, but by then the mobs would already have peeled to me and/or the healer… it was pretty funny, really. But he was noticeably better toward the end of the dungeon and I got 2 commendations so I figure the healer and other dps were grateful that I tried to help him out a bit.
The anniversary event was kinda funny. Started off normally enough “oh there’s a problem, go do an event FATE” for the quest, but after doing it it got a little epic. Sort of. I dunno how they pulled it off, but they broke the 4th wall without actually breaking the 4th wall. It was very neatly done. And that’s all I’m saying since I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
Happy gaming out there!