[FFXIV] Ding! All crafters and gatherers level 60+!

This weekend Ultros, the server I play in, finally completed the last phase of the Ishgard Restoration. Now we just need to wait until they release the next parts of this event.

Even with this part completed we can still craft the event items and do turn ins for some crazy amounts of XP. In fact that is pretty much what I did this entire weekend!

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Blog Theme changes

Normally I wouldn’t write a post about the blog’s theme changing. I’d just do it and let people notice it as they came to visit it. However since in this case there are some very significant changes, at least in the background, I thought it might be a good idea to give a notice about it just in case and also to serve as a central posts for people to report if anything is broken/unreadable.

That is pretty much the TL;DR version. If anyone is curious about why I decided to change it now and what I changed to, read on.

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[FFXIV] Patch 5.1 Crafting and Gathering Changes and the Ishgard Restoration impressions

My original plan was to write a first impressions of patch 5.1, even if late, since I just got back to Final Fantasy XIV after about a month away from it.

But I barely touched the story much less anything else that came with the patch. With the Ishgard Restoration going on I will probably be spending my FFXIV time participating on it and who knows when I will be able to go back to anything else in the game.

So I decided it might be wiser instead to just write about it while the iron is still hot, so to speak. Specially since this experience is also providing me with some insight on the crafting and gathering changes that came with patch 5.1

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Games I’ve been playing – October 2019

I am sure I am starting to sound like a broken record by now but I had a lot of plans for this month that ended up dashed by depression.

It might seem strange to have depression stop me enjoying certain games but that is just how it is for me. When I am suffering from it I tend to stick to just certain, known games, usually ones that don’t require much energy, thinking or just have something I feel like playing at that moment. MMOs are the ones that suffer the most as I also don’t feel like doing any kind of social activity, even more so if it means dealing with complete strangers.

The good news though is that I seem to be getting over this particular crisis and I am getting back to a “MUST PLAY ALL THE GAMES!” mood. Which is a good sign in this case. XD

Anyway, on to the games!

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If I could only play 5 games in a year

Naithin, of Time to Loot, suggested this writing prompt over the Blaugust Discord:

For one whole year you are only allowed to play five games (including DLCs).

Apparently it is something that started on Twitter and is now making the rounds through the blogosphere. Naithin decided to add a few rules though because he felt that just being allowed to play 5 games for an entire year wasn’t punishment enough!

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[FO4] How I learned to stop worrying and love being a raider

For a while I’ve been meaning to write about Conqueror, a mod for Fallout 4 that let’s you play as a raider and take over settlements through force. But  due to certain issues I am only getting to do it now. I will get to those near the  end of this post.

First you might wondering “Isn’t playing a raider what the Nuka-World DLC allows you to do? How is this different?”. On the surface, it isn’t. In practice though Conqueror has a lot more depth and challenge. It also has the option to play as a Liberator (through add-ons) and unite the commonwealth if you don’t like much the idea of playing as a raider.

Disclaimer: I haven’t finished the current questline for Conqueror yet nor have  gone too far with adding settlements to my raider empire. So treat this more as a first impressions than some actual review of the mod.

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[FGO] Thoughts on Shimousa

Last week I was able to complete the latest singularity of Fate Grand Order, Shimousa. Overall I liked it and of the post Chapter 1 singularities it is probably my favorite so far together with Shinjuku.

Perhaps slightly better than Shinjuku since I am a sucker for feudal Japan, samurai and my favorite historical figure is Musashi. This singularity was all about those. Well, mostly about samurai and Musashi. XD

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Games I’ve been playing – September 2019

My goal for September was to continue playing the same games as I was playing in the previous month. Failing that (which I kinda expected to happen) then it would be to make as much progress in Judgment and Fire Emblem Three Houses as I could as well as get back into Monster Hunter World.

To the surprise of no-one the later end up happening. Well, sort of. I did play a bunch of Judgement and Fire Emblem Three Houses. Monster Hunter World though I kept post-poning for a reason or another. Despite that I didn’t feel like I played enough of those two games despite having made some good progress on them. To make matters worse I got hit with depression on the last week of the month and end up updating my mods for Fallout 4 to serve as my “comfort food” of gaming and to see if it would scratch my itch for something creative.

I better start talking about each game individually least I start to ramble!

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Monster Hunter World Woes

Since my last “Woes” post ended up helping me in some kind of subconscious way I figured I might try it again, this time with Monster Hunter World.

My biggest problem with the game is that every time I stay away from it for too long when I come back to it not only I have to relearn how to play the game but what the hell I was up to. Granted that isn’t an unusual problem with games and I usually don’t have much trouble getting myself reacquainted. But in the case of Monster Hunter World the problem is exacerbated because it has a gazillion different weapons, each with their strengths and weaknesses and several different monsters to hunt, again each with their own strengths and weaknesses to exploit.

Oh, and depending on the gear we want we need to hunt specific monsters for it. Which means figuring out which monsters need to be hunted and the most efficient way to do it.

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[FGO] Nerofest is awesome!

Last week I whined about my lack of foresight in preparing for Nerofest and how that affected my ability to grind in the event.

Well, on a whim I decided to give that 3 Turn team composition a try during this weekend. Just to see if it would perform better than the team I was using at the time. Turns out that even with Spartacus second and third skill at level 7 it worked! Well, not “3 Turns” worked but still worked much, much better than my previous team. 🙂

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