It is Developer Appreciation Week in Blaugust Reborn. This is the time where we show some love for all those developers and other professionals of the gaming industry who work hard to bring us some hours of entertainment.
This is one I should have done a long, long time ago but didn't for... reasons.
My pick for this post is Naoki Yoshida, aka Yoshi-P. For those who don't know who he is, Yoshi-P is the main producer for Final Fantasy XIV. He is also the one who was put in charge of development "A Realm Reborn" version of the game when version 1.0 turned out to be a commercial failure.
Now, I am not trying to imply he was the sole responsible for bringing back Final Fantasy XIV back from the ashes. There were a lot of other developers who worked very hard on the "A Realm Reborn" and still do to improve the game.
I think this is the second time I did the Moonfire Faire event and it definitely became my favorite seasonal event in the game. It is after all the event for my favorite season of the year, Summer. Plus it has been cold here where I live (Brazil if anyone is curious) in the last few days. Well, cold by our standards anyway. For people in the northern hemisphere it is probably chilly at best. :p
Another reason why I like it is that it has a pretty good mixture of silliness and light drama. This seems to apply to almost all of the seasonal events in Final Fantasy XIV too but for some reason it just seems more light-hearted during Moonfire Faire. It is probably the beach setting. Beachs makes everything feels more relaxed for me.
I did get slightly worried when I heard that we had to do a jumping puzzle to get the rewards this year. Fortunately my worries weren't warranted this time. 🙂
WARNING: Spoilers for the Moonfire Faire 2018 event ahead!
Ah, the things I do for fashion. Or the Fashion Report in this case.
To get 100 points in last week's Fashion Report required a hat (the one pictured above) I had never seem before. That got me curious enough to google where it came from and how hard it would be to get. It was the reward from a quest I somehow missed and seemed easy enough to get. Or so I thought at first. As I found out a little later that quest was the last part of a very long questline.
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.
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.
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
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
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