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Last Sunday I finally finished Shadowbringers. What a journey it was! I said this in my "Shadowbringers First Impressions" post and I will say it again, this is the best expansion that Final Fantasy XIV had so far. I am even kinda afraid  that they won't be able to top this one with the next expansions but if they get close that will be good enough for me. 🙂

Anyway, now that I finished the whole expansion here are some more thoughts about it. Consider it as a kind of addendum to my previous post about the expansion.

Again, I will try to not spoil anything for those who didn't start playing through it yet. I will also try to not ramble too much. XD

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Shadowbringers finished!"

Rakuno as a level 80 mechanist posing in Amh AraengThis post is horribly late. I actually got Machinist to level 70 a few weeks before Shadowbringers released. As I mentioned earlier though I wasn't in the best of mental states so I didn't write anything back then. Then I sort of forgot about it, started playing Shadowbringers, finished it and got my Machinist to 80... Oops!

Since Shadowbringers switched to a role-based questline for levels 71 to 80 and Job Quests now consists of only one quest at level 80 I will include that one in my usual recap of the Job Quest story here too.

WARNING: Spoilers about the Machinist questline from level 60 to 70 and the level 80 quest ahead!

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Ding! Machinist level 70 and 80!"

Shadowbringers, the latest expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, officially launched this Tuesday. Although for those of us that pre-ordered it actually started on last Friday.

This might have been the smoothest expansion launch I've seem in any game. The only issue I had was on Friday where the launcher would throw an error when I tried to update the game. I tried everything I could think of and solutions I found online but none worked. Then the next day it just worked flawlessly somehow and there have been no issues since then. *knocks on wood*

Since then I have been playing the game any time I could and have been slowly making progress in the main storyline. I am currently at level 74 and just finished the second dungeon of the expansion.

In this post I will try my best to give my thoughts on the story so far, without spoilers, and some of the mechanical changes and additions to the game.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Shadowbringers First Impressions"

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Nothing like a looming expansion release to remind you how much you have neglected a  game. There were so many things I wanted to have done by now but unfortunately I got distracted by other games and now I have to play catch-up.

To make matters worse there are two events going on right now and I want to do them all. Granted, the "Make It Rain" campaign isn't a big deal since there isn't anything I really need from the Gold Saucer right now. And the Lost Allagan Tomes are just stuff that is more convenient to get through it. Missing either wouldn't really hurt me in any way.

Silly whining aside, here is what I have been up to in Final Fantasy XIV:

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Preparing for Shadowbringers"

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Rakuno cryingI am not sure if this will be of interest to anyone but I figured out I might as well write about it anyway. Maybe it will lead to some interesting discussion. If not then it will serve as explanation of why Rakuno as a monk won't be showing up in screenshots so much in the future.

The choice to make Pugilist/Monk as a main was one that I made pretty much before I even started playing Final Fantasy XIV. It is just that I tend to be attracted in games to whatever class feels fun and different and monks tend to be pretty rare in MMORPGs or at least they used to be.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Retiring the monk’s gloves"

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Rakuno posing with the initial Blue Mage gearLast week the first limited Job, Blue Mage, has been released on Final Fantasy XIV. Those who had a strong interest on it have already unlocked it, gave it a fair shake and made their opinions about it. Some even already got it to its level cap of 50 and moved on.

As for me, I have been taking my time with it, mixing leveling it and learning monster spells while trying to catch up on level 70 contents. Hence why I am just writing about it now when it is probably of interest to very few people.

Still I though it would be interesting to put my thoughts about this new Job in written form.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Blue Mage First Impressions"

Rakuno welcoming people to All Saints' Wake 2018

I haven't really been playing Final Fantasy XIV at all this month despite my best intentions to do so. Nothing particularly wrong with the game it is just that I have been in one of  those moods where I at the same time want to play something but I also don't want to play anything I have available. It is a weird mood.

Hence why it  took me so long to finally do the All Saints' Wake event this year which started on October 18th (and ends on November 1st at 7:59 a.m. PDT in case anyone is wondering).

...continue reading "[FFXIV] All Saint’s Wake 2018"

Rathalos during the intro cutscene for the trial

This weekend I finally cleared a couple of items off my bucket list  for Final Fantasy XIV. The first one was to finish the patch 4.3 story. Maybe some day I will do a recap of it but for now all I say is that the story was pretty good. It  was nice to get closure to a couple of character's stories.

The other thing I did was finally do the Rathalos trial, part of the Monster Hunter collab. It took me this long because when I came back from my break my item level (iLevel for short) wasn't high enough to do it right away. So I decided to focus on the story instead... Only to find it had a trial that required an even higher iLevel. So I decided to grind dungeons to upgrade my gear and do the story trial first.

Another item I got off my bucket list, but it was a while ago, was to do Heaven-on-High. I was really curious about this place but kept procrastinating to do it because... I dunno, I guess I had a lot of other things in my mind.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Heaven-on-High and Monster Hunter collab"

Fireworks for the Rising event. They are in the shape of the game's symbol.

The Rising event has been going on in Final Fantasy XIV, celebrating the 5th anniversary of its relaunch.  It is hard to believe that it has been 5 years already since A Realm Reborn was launched. To me it still feels like it all happened a couple years ago or so.

This also marks the second year I participate on this event. The first one, last year, surprised me by having a cameo from Yoshi-P himself. That made me really curious on what they would do for the event this year.

SPOILER WARNING: spoilers ahead for the Rising 2018 event

...continue reading "[FFXIV] The Rising – 2018"

Rakuno posing as a level 50 dragoon

This is kinda late since on the last two weeks of August I just wasn't in the best of moods for... well, anything. Still as it is tradition here a level milestone for Final Fantasy XIV must be recorded.

In the same week I reached level 60 in Machinist, I reached level 50 in Dragoon. This was another Job I wanted to get to a new milestone for various reasons. Mainly because the outfit I had been wearing for those last 5 levels was pretty ugly and I was too lazy to make a glamour just for that. Yes, I am silly. :p

Another reason is because I wanted to see how that storyline of the Dragoons finished and I was disappointed.

WARNING: Spoilers about the storyline for the Lancer class quests and the Dragoon quests levels 30 to 50 ahead

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