After much procrastination I finally got my gobbue mount on Thursday. Yes, that means I've been also procrastinating to make this post. >_<
Anyhoo, it was easier than I thought. When the announcement hit that the quest to get it was going away with patch 1.23a I had about a month to get 13 levels on one of my classes to qualify for it (the quest requirement is level 30 in one of your classes. My highest level was 17). My plan was to focus on just my pugilist class since it was my highest one, and a few crafting/gathering classes to support it throughout the levels. That I did in the beginning. Then my fickleness hit me and I went playing Skyrim instead. When I was finally able to break free of Skyrim draconian clutches the month was almost over so I had to change my plans and focus just on the pugilist class. The crafting/gathering ones would have to wait for later just like the other adventuring classes.That worked better than I expected and I got it relatively fast. The only drawback is that I spent some money on gear upgrades instead of crafting them as I was planning initially. Probably unnecessary since at least until level 30 Final Fantasy XIV doesn't seem to be too reliant on gear. Still I thought it was better safer than sorry and it did make things easier.
It was also nice to see a bit more of the main storyline as well as the Grand Companies one. Without going into details, as to not spoil it to anyone, some questions were answered and a few more raised. I also got to choose a generic companion to help out during the main storyline quests. As for the Grand Companies storyline it was interesting to see it is more related to the main storyline than I thought. Basically both deal with the Garland Empire threat although the Grand Companies seems to be worried also about something far more larger and dangerous than the Garland Empire. Or perhaps the Garland Empire might be related to it. I am not too sure yet.
Oh, if anyone didn't get the gobbue mount yet there is still time to do it. As of this writing patch 1.23 has been released but the quest isn't being taken away until patch 1.23a. Do hurry though since patch 1.23a should be arriving at any time now. You can find the instructions to obtain it here.
For those scratching their heads because of the similarities on the nomenclature of those patches, this is how Final Fantasy XIV tags its updates: if it is just numbers then it is a larger content and bug fix update. For example: patch 1.22 . If it is the numbers and a letter than it is small bug fixes and minor content they weren't able to get in with the numbers-only patch. They are usually introduced shortly after the numbered patch too. For example, 1.22a which was released about two weeks after patch 1.22.
As for me, my only plans with Final Fantasy XIV for now are to level up all the other classes of my character so they are closer to the level of his pugilist class and trying to earn enough grand company marks to get my own chocobo. Although that will probably be probably be put to the wayside for a little. There are other games I want to catch up on too or just play! We'll see how things go. 🙂