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Rakuno dressed as a butler

A while ago I took a break from Final Fantasy XIV. I was getting too close to burnout so I thought it more prudent to go play other games for a bit. When patch 4.2 came out a few weeks ago I felt it was about time to come back. Which I did. Then Monster Hunter World happened and I found myself not playing Final Fantasy XIV again.

I finally got my fill of Monster Hunter World for now and I am slowly getting back into FFXIV properly.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Puttering around in Eorzea"

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Morrowind Title Screen

This is a thought exercise I saw in Rock, Paper, Shotgun a while ago. It is one of those posts I've been meaning to write for a long time but... uh...I kept getting distracted and didn't do it.

Anyway! Here is the hypothetical situation: Imagine that one day there is some weird cosmic event that wipes all games from existence. Not only that, anything related to those games is also wiped: game boxes, manuals, magazine articles, sites, etc. Even people's memories of those games existance are gone. Except you are given the choice of saving one game from this gamepocalypse.

Now think carefully about which game you want to choose. First because it will probably be the only game we'll have to play for a while. Secondly since it will be the "first video-game in the history of humans" it will influence a lot of developers in the short term as they try to figure out this new medium and on the players as they come to expect games to have features like that one.

I gave a lot of thought about which game I would choose but right now the only one I can think of is Morrowind.

Yes, I know there are lot of other games who do story or gameplay better. But I have quite a few reasons why I'd choose to save it from annihilation.

...continue reading "If all games ceased to exist but one…"

The other night while watching Pizza Maid's stream the topic of how we "codify" our appearance in games came up. It was a pretty good conversation and even prompted her to write a blog post about it which you can find it here. Go ahead and give it a read. I will be waiting until you come back. 🙂

Ok, back already? Like I said, in that conversation I don't usually have recurring themes when picking character appearances in single-player games except that my first character tends to be male, a melee class and whichever race picks my fancy at the moment of character creation.

...continue reading "Codifying myself in MMOs"

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It took me far too long but yesterday I finally got all the crafting classes to level 50 with Rakuno.

Part of the reason it took so long is because once I got to level 40 I decided to level them exclusively through the Ixali Beast Tribe quests. On one hand, they gave me some pretty good XP and all the materials necessary for crafting. On the other hand, I was limited to 12 quests per day, had to use some stupid glove that lowered my CP and do it with a debuff that not only lowered my CP but some times limited what skills I could use.

To make matters even worse the grind became so bad that just the thought of it didn't me want to do it. And yes, there were other options I could use to level the crafting classes (and I even did use levequests for one of them). It is just that I was stubborn and didn't use them.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Ding! All crafting classes to 50 on Rakuno"

Rakuno with the level 70 Astrologian gear

Last week I finally got Astrologian to 70.

It was a bit painful though because of the disconnects I kept getting due to the stupid DDoSes. I even almost gave up at it at a some points because of that. Fortunately my friends were very patient and if it wasn't for them I'd certainly would have given up! Big thanks to them! 😀

Oh, this post also turned bigger and more screenshot than the others. Sorry about that. ^_^;

And now for the usual report about the storyline...

WARNING: SPOILERS ahead of the level 60-70 story for Astrologians

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Ding! Level 70 Astrologian"

Despite all the DDoS attacks making it very painful to play Final Fantasy XIV this last week and my crappy healing, I managed to get Astrologian to 60 this weekend. This is all thanks to my friends who have patiently grouped with me in the Duty Roulettes even with all these troubles.

Between those I also took the time to do the Job quests. Not only because it unlocked some new skills but because they somehow managed to make their story even more interesting.

So let's take some time to talk about it.

WARNING: Spoilers about the level 50-60 quests for Astrologian

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Ding! Level 60 Astrologian"

Keita Amano holding a controller

As much as I love Final Fantasy XIV just writing about it can be tiresome. So I thought I'd do something different this time and write about the animes I've been watching recently.

They all happen to have a theme of games too so this make it even more interesting to write about.

As of the time of this writing I am not sure if I want to make this a regular feature or just this one post. It is something I will need to think about.

Anyway, here are the series I've been watching:

...continue reading "Animes I have been watching: The Games Edition"

Rakuno posing with the level 70 Red Mage gear

My last post about Red Mage took so long to write that by the  time I finished it I was already level 69! A couple evenings later and I already got to level 70.

I swear I tried to make this post shorter too but before I knew it the thing was huge. Again. -_-;

Anyway, on with the show...

WARNING: Spoilers about the level 60-70 quest line for Red Mages ahead

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Ding! Red Mage level 70!"

Rakuno posing as Astrologian

Continuing to catch up on my planned post, this is the one about my journey from level 30 Astrologian to level 50.

Unlike the Red Mage one this post should be a lot smaller as there isn't as much to explain, story-wise. That doesn't mean the questline is worse, quite the contrary, it has a many interesting characters, if not more, than the Red Mage one. It is just that it is easier to sum things up. 🙂

With that said, let's get to it, shall we?

WARNING: Spoilers for the Astrologian story line for level 30 to 50 ahead

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Ding! Level 50 Astrologian"

Rakuno posing as level 60 Red Mage in front of a fountain

Since I got my Samurai to level 70 it made sense that my next Job to level would be Red Mage. I already had it at level 50-something and have been choosing Red Mage gear from those quest rewards for casters.

Last Friday I finally got it to level 60, half-way there and finished their first story questline. Here are my thoughts on that story:

WARNING! Spoilers about the Red Mage story from 50 to 60

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Ding! Red Mage level 60!"