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).
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.
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
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
Continuing the recap about the Machinist storyline. Again, this is mostly something I do for myself in case I decide to reminisce about it later on but can barely remember what the heck was going on during these quests.
If anyone is curious about what happened during the level 30 to 50 quest, you can find my recap of it here.
WARNING: Spoilers about the storyline for Machinists from 50 to 60 ahead.
While reading a post from Ryuhkin I found out about this series of fan short movies made by a group called Toitoi Pictures. They were made to celebrate the game's 5th anniversary.
They are very cute movies, without pretty much no dialogue, relying only on the images and music to tell the story. 🙂
Even if you don't play Final Fantasy XIV I highly recommend to watch them, they are that good. No knowledge of the game is necessary to understand the stories either. Except maybe for Side Story 3 but even that one I'd argue one can understand just by context.
Every time I do one of these ding posts for a Job in Final Fantasy XIV I like to do a little recap of the story. This is just in case I want to know what happened later on but can't for the life of me remember it.
Normally for any story in a MMORPG I'd just go with my memory. But I know my memory can't be trusted and Final Fantasy XIV has some pretty good stories. Therefore I decided to start recording them in these "Ding!" posts.
Well, I finally screwed up and didn't write it for the level 30 to 50 of Machinist as I usually do. Since I already finished the storyline up to level 60 my plan was to write all of it in one post. However just the level 30 to 50 already turned large enough that I will cover the 50 to 60 storyline in another one.
There won't be any screenshots this time since I did the bulk of this questline before I obsessively took screenshots and the few I have aren't really worth using. Sorry for the wall of text!
WARNING: Spoilers about the Machinist level 30 to 60 story in case that wasn't clear yet.
This weekend I finally took some time to clear my inventory. There is still a long way to go but I can breath a bit more easy. If I can clear some more of it I might do another blog post on the subject. If not, all I will say is that SDWeasal who commented on my last post on the subject was right. We can take back items from the Glamour Dresser! Since that isn't worry to me anymore a lot of my gear went into the Glamour Dresser.
Anyway, with some inventory space to breath, I decided to do some duty roulettes to get reacquainted with the game. That and my Machinist's level has been hanging at 59 for way too long. It was time to finally change that. :p
The duty roulettes did the trick and now I am a happy level 60 Machinist!
The story from 50 to 60 though... It still wasn't all that interesting in my opinion.
This is where I'd normally do a recap of the storyline for the Machinist but I just found out that for some reason I never did it for the level 30-50 of this Job. Which is weird because I could swear I wrote it.
Anyway, I'd like to do a recap of the whole thing just in case I want to recall what the heck happened in the future. But writing it starting from the level 30 now would be a bit too much. So I will just do it... some time in the near future. Sorry to anyone who likes to read that part of the posts!
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!