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[Warframe] MR24 plus Bits and Bobs

Warframe0055As you can see in the screenshot there, I made it to MR24 last night in Warframe.  I haven’t been posting much lately, though, as the game’s settled more or less into a comfortable routine for me, so I haven’t been taking screenshots, and nothing really out of the ordinary has been happening that sticks in my mind and makes me go “oh, I should blog about that.”

On top of that I actually got a bit bored of Warframe for a few weeks and more or less just logged in daily for the login counter, then logged right back out.  Oddly, what got me back in was watching a streamer who recently picked it up and seeing his joy in the game reminded me of how I’d felt when I started it too.  I say “oddly” because I’ve never really watched streamers before, always having the attitude that I’d rather play the game myself than watch someone else play it, but not this time.  Such is life, no?

BTW, I’m not sure if this is a bug or intended, but in the MR24 test if you let the things kill you and re-spawn, you come back with your Amp weapon which you don’t initially get.  Having that makes it a lot easier from that point forward.

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This was my final quest. I’m all caught up!

I’ve finished the planet map for Eris, have 1 spot left on the Kuva Fortress, and still have those 2 last spots on Sedna to finish up, and then I’ll have the full star chart completed.  After that, it’s all about the waiting for the Fortuna and Railjack expansions to come out.

There’s still plenty of stuff I can do though — I’ve still got 3 frames and 2 archwings to rank up, several archwing weapons, and about 30 or 40 standard weapons still, so I’ll easily be able to hit MR25 once I get around to all that.  I am not yet max rank with the Ostron or Quills in Cetus, and I could use some arcanes.  I’d like to finish unlocking all my waybound focus slots eventually as well.  I’m about halfway there right now.  I’m also semi-sorta planning to get all the syndicate mods and items for all 6 syndicates.  I’m at positive standings with 4 of the 6 right now, and plan to eventually start swapping around sigils so that I can bring the final 2 up into positive territory, while still maintaining positive standing with their “enemy” ones as well.  That will take a bit of doing, I think, but I also think it will be worth it.

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This was a fun graphics bug!

I’ve done a bit of Civ5, a bit of Stellaris, and I even joined the alpha (well, the email says alpha, but in the game there’s a button that says beta, so… I dunno) for “Survived By” which is a sort of Gauntlet-like top-down “kill the hordes of enemies” game with retro-looking graphics.  I never really like Gauntlet much, so I don’t know if this will do anything for me, but… we’ll see.

I also installed and tried out Path of Exile.  It bugged out the moment I created my 1st character.  The very 1st thing you’re supposed to do it pick up your starter weapon from the ground.  Everything says “left-click it to pick it up” but I couldn’t do it.  The mouse never registered it.  Couldn’t click on the item itself, nor on the text of the item.  Nothing worked.  I could click on the NPC next to the weapon and talk to him, but without being able to pick the weapon up I couldn’t leave that area.  I’ll try un- and re-installing it to give it another go this weekend, I think.

I’ve also started up Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms.  There’s really no game there — it literally plays itself.  And yet, it’s somehow oddly compelling.  How weird is that?  There’s really nothing to say about it, since it plays itself, but it somehow trips that Skinner Box trigger for me.

I backed Fractured on Kickstarter, and it looks like it met its funding goal with less than a day to go, so I’ll be trying that out if/once they release it.  I had good luck with the Shadowrun game I backed a few years ago, so hopefully this studio will do well with this game too.

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I thought this color scheme on Nidus made him look appropriately diseased/infested. But I forgot to set my Helios to match. Oops!

On the mobile gaming front I’m playing 2 versions of the same game — Marvel Strike Force and Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes now.  They’re by 2 different companies, but they are functionally identical.  They’re simple turn-based team-fighting games where much of the battle is won or lost simply by the characters you choose to make up your team — to the point where a lot of co-workers who play them (which was how I got started too) will simply use the auto-battle feature for the actual fights, as there’s not really much need to pick the right skill at the right time on the right target.  Sure, you can play manually and do that, and in the Strike Force raids that’s actually a good idea, but for the most part it doesn’t really matter much.  They’re an amusing diversion for 10 minutes a few times a day, but they’re pretty much fluff, not anything I’d seriously get into, I don’t think.  I fell in to that rabbit hole with Astronest, and while I was still enjoying that game when I uninstalled it, I’ve also never missed it either.  I think these 2 games will be the same.  One day I’ll simply be “done” and I’ll uninstall them and never look back.

In other news, FFXIV is having a “4 days free” comeback promo running until August 2nd.  I’ve still got it installed, and my daughter’s been bugging me to play that again, so I’ll probably hit that up this weekend too.  Maybe see if I can’t try out the new dungeons and catch up on the MSQ.  We’ll see.

So that’s where I’m at right now.  Happy gaming out there!

[Warframe] Still Plugging Away

Warframe wasn’t the only thing I played this week — I actually logged in to FFXIV for the 1st time in almost 3 months, due to hearing that the current “Little Ladies Day” event included glowsticks as a cosmetic item.  Since my young daughter loves glowsticks, I logged in on her character and ran the event.  It was so quick and easy that I then logged in to my own character and ran the event also.

But that was it.  I felt no desire to follow the additional content released in the latest patch, or to unlock the 2nd new dungeon or anything like that.  I guess that means I should actually cancel my subscription.

I also bought the new DLC/Expansion for Stellaris.  I’m only about 100 years in to my 1st game so far.  The overall feel is much the same, but tech discoveries are quite a bit slower — normally at the 100 year mark I’d be getting close to the end of the tree, but I’m just now starting to research the T4 weapons and barely got cruisers, though I do have Star Fortresses and can build habitats, at least.  I’ll do some update posts after I’ve gotten farther in and have seen more of the new techs and how everything fits together.

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Oh, I’m supposed to *scan* the kurias? Wish I’d done that on the other 4 I’ve seen. Ah well…

In Warframe, I’m still MR17, though I’m knocking on the door of 18 now.  I’ve been focusing on completing quests and unlocking more of the planetary nodes.  I’ve completed all the nodes going up through Uranus now, only have 1 left on Neptune, and 4 on Pluto.  I’ve also completed all the nodes in The Void.  Sedna’s still got about half the planet to go, and I need to recruit some people to help me do the Derelict Assassination mission so that I can unlock Eris.  That’s what Recruitment chat is for, right?  I’ve even done about half of the Kuva Fortress.  I guess people don’t really go there, though, as I’ve run all but the spy mission on “public” but only the “assault” mission had a person join, and then he dropped back out within a minute or so.

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Running the “assault” mission in the Kuva fortress. Basically had to run in, take over their big gun, use it here to destroy one of their ships, then go back and sabotage it. Fun mission!

Can I just say that I love Inaros?  I thought I wouldn’t, due to the frame not having any shields, but it has such a high armor rating that it really doesn’t need them.  I’ve looked up various builds for it and have settled on my own “tweaking” of the mods that I like.  It’s lower than a “max health” build” but has higher armor so it’s still very survivable — in fact, I’ve only ever needed to be revived a single time in all that I’ve played with Inaros so far, and I was doing the level 50 missions in The Void with him just fine.  Honestly, I’m not sure what took me out that 1 time I did fall, as at no other time on that mission was my health even remotely low.  It must have been a sniper or something, I guess.  Fortunately, I was with another player and he was able to revive me, so it worked out fine (and I revived him probably 10x in that same run, so it was only fair the he revive me too — he kept folding like a cheap suit, it felt like).

My co-worker who’s playing now sprung for the Loki/Ember Prime combo pack and has been ranking his Loki Prime up, so I got with him and we ran a few grind runs on Ceres, then he queued us up for a Nightmare “No shields” run on Earth to see what mod we’d get from that.  He had Vitality modded on, but sadly still went down a lot, as did the 2 people who joined us on the run.  It appears that most frames just really need their shields.  I didn’t ever really take much damage though — something about having 4600 health and high armor plus the ability to control crowds and heal myself at the same time, while laying waste in a giant circle around me with my Orthos Prime and Primed Reach mod…

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Anthem quest complete!

So far as the quests go, I’ve completed Octavia’s Anthem and Chains of Harrow.  Since I’d already bought the Octavia frame, the Anthem quest rewarded me with a riven mod, though to unveil it I’m going to need to go to the Plains of Eidolon and figure out fishing and mining.  The unlock conditions are: catch a fish, mine a gem, AND kill an enemy within 30 seconds.  That quest was interesting since I had to fight Sentients at one point, so I got to see how using the Operator to reset the resistances made life a lot easier there.  The final phase where you are inside a giant mandachord instrument and have to jump on all the right spots to have it play a song was … if I’m honest, a bit tedious, but still a nice change of pace from how frenetic a lot of the missions and quests can be too, so I won’t say it was bad, just a bit long.

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Chains complete. Now to find the 3rd component so I can actually build the frame…

Chains of Harrow was more like a “haunted house in space” than anything.  Unlit mission runs with blood-scrawled messages, fighting zombies and ghosts.  Had I bought that frame with plat the reward would have been another riven mod, but I wanted to earn the frame this time, so… I’ve got the blueprint and I’ve managed to find systems and chassis blueprnits from my regular play, but the neuroptics apparently only drop from defection missions and only during the 3rd phase, and even then only about an 11% chance on any given run, so that might be a while before I get the last piece.  Which is fine, as I need time to farm up more kuva.  I did a kuva siphon mission this weekend and since I knew what to do this time (go go video guides!) I was successful at it and got 643 out of a needed 2000, so… 2 more times at least. And that’s just for Harrow.  I’ve got that “Krokhur” (sp?) weapon that needs kuva to build it, so I’ll need to run a few more of those mission types for that too.

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An example of some of the haunted house elements of the Harrow quest.

For Hidden Messages I’m at the last phase, but the quest won’t complete until the Mirage frame is complete in the Foundry.  I started that cooking this morning, so on Thursday I’ll be able to get the completion for that.  The phases of that quest largely just involved clearing out lots of infestations, so nothing much to write about.

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This guy’s been hanging out on my ship from time to time since completing the Harrow quest also.

I’m now most actively working on “The Silver Grove” quest.  I’m on the last phase of that, but finding the plants to scan for it has been a pain in the tuchas.  I need 25 of a moss type that grows more or less on Ceres.  The wiki says it’s “very common” there, but I spent nearly an hour last night in a single mission searching for it and only found 3.  Then there’s another “frostleaf” plant that grows on Mercury and Venus, but I haven’t been able to find any of that at all on any of the missions I’ve run there (and yes, I made sure I’m on the correct tileset).  Then there’s the “rare” plant that’s on Earth.  I’ve found 1 of the 2 I need, but it only grows during the day and I keep winding up running missions in the night.  They swap day/night every 4 hours, so I just need to keep trying until I get lucky and find another day cycle, it seems.  Once I finally collect those plant scans, then I’ll get the 3rd Titania piece.  That will be fun, I think.

This is getting long, so… Happy Gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Long Time No See

It’s been a while since I’ve posted becuz, well…..  I’m still playing 3-5 times a week in order to cap out tomes, but other than doing a couple of FC Diadem runs one weekend, I’ve not been doing anything new or terribly exciting.  I’ve actually been playing a lot of Stellaris lately when not in FFXIV, even.  So…. here’s a picture post 😉

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I managed to find the Greysky Armada FC house in Shirogane

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I don’t quite recall where I got this little guy.  I think I actually spearfished it while leveling Fisher

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I haven’t seen any calls for Ixion lately, but I intend to go get him a few more times. This barding shall eventually be mine!

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My daughter’s character in her Halloween finery

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And dyed Dalamud Red, becuz what’s a werewolf costume without it being blood colored? And of course, I was running around as Red Mage for the event . . .

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This is a stone pier. How is my chocobo leaving footprints on it like it’s sand?

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Look who made this harder-than-normal crafted glamour dress!

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It’s a very nice looking dress, IMO

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I still like to look at the night sky in this game. So purty!

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Kojin Beast Tribe maxed out

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And the resulting Manta mount from getting to the end of the Kojin faction ladder

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I liked the rooster-tail effect with the could mount over the water, though this screenie really just doesn’t do it justice.  And yes, that is an i330 caster robe on my daughter’s character. It’s so easy to cap out tomes each week I’ve even been doing that on her character at times.

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Long shot of the Diadem on my 1st visit

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This is the Diadem itself, from which the zone derives its name

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We found the brachiosaurus boss on our 2nd run. We gave it a go, and seemed to be doing pretty well until we got it down to about 75% and it pulled out this meteor attack. That was a quick wipe once that hit.

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Mysidia’s FC house is now red instead of the default blue

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I’m almost done with my second Creation Tome set. I got the caster helmet last night. This is the default look.

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And here it is after the /visor command. I still felt my head was too covered, so I ended up hiding the helm, but it’s nice that /visor isn’t just for tank helms, ya know?

And there you have it.  Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Now What?

All righty… everything’s at 70, so now what do I have left to do in this game?

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The new city decoration in Kugane for the new raid is quite nice looking

There’s still the daily Expert Roulette for the Tomes of Creation so I can start gearing up my caster jobs with that.  There’s also the new Kojin Beast Tribe quests.  too bad I can only do 3 a day and they go by so quickly.  The daily hunts are still a thing for the Centurio seals that I use to buy level 6 materia.  I still need to finish the 4.0 MSQ on my daughter’s character, and then the 4.1 while I’m at it.  And of course there’s all the crafting I can do.  So many things I’ve not made yet…  So anyway, yeah, there’s still plenty to do, and I haven’t even talked about maybe doing Omega or the new 24-man raid either, nor about catching up older raids that I’ve still not gotten around to running yet.  Perhaps more pony and bird farming.  We shall see!

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Demi-Bahamut Small

I’ve run Skalla as Red Mage and as Summoner, in addition to all the times I’ve tanked it as a Paladin.  Red Mage is unchanged since it released in 4.0, but the Summoner changes in 4.1 go a LONG way in restoring the fun of the class.  And hey, I’ve actually got Tri-Bind on my hotbar for the 1st time since, well, ever.  Too bad it’s only worth using as a spammable AE on trash mobs during Dreadwyrm Trance, but hey… that’s more than it’s ever been worth before, so… I’ll take it.

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Demi-Bahamut Medium

Replacing Ruin with Ruin 3, and actually giving it semi-decent damage (and actually rather good damage taking the pet’s auto-attack into account with it) makes it much nicer.  The rebalance of the pets makes it such that Ifrit is actually worth using too… maybe even slightly better than Garuda anymore, though time will tell on that. The size change ability on Bahamut is nice, though as a small he feels like a blue Garuda, so I’ve got him set at Medium right now.  Large is just too big.  Now if they’d just have Bahamut plant in place instead of following you around, I think it’d be just about perfect and probably my main dps class again.  Actually, with how good it feels to play anymore, it might already be there.

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Demi-Bahamut Large

I helped my FC do the project to turn our large house in Mist into a Shirogane style castle.  I think it turned out looking nice, but it really doesn’t fit the aesthetic of Limsa Lominsa.  Of course, neither does the big Chocobo house out our front door either…

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Shirogane house appearance in Mist

Anyway.. happy gaming out there!

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Shirogane House appearance from down the hill

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Shirogane house appearance from all the way down on the beach

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I wish there was some way to get this mount other than winning a lucky roll on a rare drop from Omega 4 Savage

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On the other hand, I got my Thunder-Donkey now 🙂

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Greysky Armada managed to get a medium-sized beach house in Shirogane. Since my daughter’s still in this is her new teleport site.

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I finally got enough Tomes of Verity to finish off the Ala Mhigan Aiming set.

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And here it is with the Bard’s bow too.

 

[FFXIV] Drowned City of Skalla

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Underground/Underwater city. Neat looking place.

I did my typical morning play session today before work, and since it’s patch day I headed right for the MSQ, partially for the story, and partially to try to get a run in on the new dungeon.  Fortunately, the dungeon unlocks as only the 3rd quest, and the prior 2 are just a little bit of running around, so I was running the dungeon less than 20 minutes after logging in.

All 4 of us in the group went in blind, so I did the 1st few trash pulls “small” to get a feel for the place.  They didn’t seem to hit all that hard, but they had a lot of hp, so they took longer to die than the “feel” of the earlier 2 expert dungeons.  Even so, I started doing double pulls on the trash and we took them down no problem through the rest of the dungeon, so …. as always, trash is trash.

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Water Horse Thingie. You need to fight him in the slightly raised center. The lower outside is always “covered in bad.”

1st Boss, I don’t recall the name, but as you can see in the screenie it’s a kind of water-horse thing.  The edges of the arena are pulsing red throughout the fight with water running across it.  Running or being knocked into that area puts a vulnerability to water stack on you, and all the boss’s attacks seem to be water-based, so…. avoid that 😉  He does a room-wide AE for the healer to heal through, he does an attack that says “pull” and pushes you away from him, and an attack that says “push” and actually pulls you toward him.  I’m not sure if that’s intended or they messed up, but… either way, don’t let those knock you into the water.  He also puts markers on the dps and the drops water bombs on them that leave a puddle for them to run out of.  There’s also a tethered orb that follows them and does a moderate hit if they let it hit them, or it will get “cleaned off” with his followup push/pull attack that he does right afterward.  Others can’t clear off the orbs from the tethered player — I tried running through them, but nothing happened, and they weren’t target-able either.

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This boss was a lot of fun, I thought.

2nd boss was “Old Doll” or “Ancient Doll” or something like that.  It summons adds and then does a big charge attack to blow them up, so you gotta kill them before they blow up.  We killed them all, so I don’t know it they’re just a big hit or an instakill or what, but… kill them.  For the 2nd and later rounds of adds, he turns you into a bomb dropping mob just before summoning them and you have to go drop the bombs under the adds to kill them.  But the adds move, so you gotta lead the target a bit…  Not a big deal though, as the bombs do a 1-shot on them.  The rest is the standard dodging of telegraphs.

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I wish we could “FUNGAH!!!” while in this form.

I don’t recall if it was before the 2nd boss or 3rd boss, but in one section after you kill trash you have to turn yourself into a flying mob using a glowing thing on the floor to get across some pits.  Here’s the screenie of what that looks like.

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He looks cool, but he’s really annoying, imo.

Final boss is a giant manticore thing.  It’s name had “poison” in it, but I don’t recall the full name, sorry.  He has a metric crapton of mechanics, and doesn’t telegraph them all on the ground, though usually there’s a notification window that pops up “He raises his claws” or “he raises his tail” for some of them.  For the raised claws, tank runs behind him to avoid.  If you get hit by it, it’s a hard hit and puts a vulnerability stack on you.  The raised tail is the same, just to his rear, so the dps needs to get in front of him to avoid that.  On our run this morning, the generally didn’t, but the healer kept them up fine even with 2-3 vuln stacks, so it’s not *too* big a deal, I guess.  He also occasionally does a prox-based room-wide, so the tank should keep him to the sides as s/he can to allow running room to get away from that.  He drops the ring on a player so everyone has to get in close.  He also does the “it goes 4 directions from the player” like Lakshmi does, for the other 3 to avoid.  At 1st he does those separately, but as the fight progresses he’ll do the ring and the 4-way strips simultaneously, so the dodging can get interesting.  And he also sometimes will face a player, do a wind-up and blast across the room, and then repeat that 4 times.  There’s time to dodge while he’s doing the wind-up, so no need to get hit, but it’s not a telegraph on the ground either, so it’s easy to miss.  There’s even a gaze attack to turn away from to boot.  He seems to toss a mechanic about every 6-10 seconds, so there’s a LOT of motion in this fight.  Poor Black Mages…

I’ll toss in some more screenies I took for funsies, but… I’m done typing this post.  Happy gaming out there!

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People preparing Monday night for the Great Shirogane Land Rush.

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I haven’t seen this many people around in Kugane in a long time. Shirogane (Savage) FTW!

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Sleipneir does indeed fly now!

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I did the 1st MSQ as Red Mage and thought this opportunity for a selfie was a good one.

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And here’s a more close-up selfie while still RDM.