A long while, with little to show

With the Spring Quarter behind me, and my playtime maximized (to an extent) due to the lighter amount of obligations? expectations? course work? Well, whatever you want to call it, I have a bit more free time on my hands and I hope to spend the time updating one of my plethora of blogs.

With the patches having come and gone, I sometimes find myself sitting and wondering more and more about XIV. Is it all that it is cracked up to be? Is the game really for casual play? Or is it a confused mess that is looking at its older brother to try and make an identity for itself? Regardless of what I think, I am still playing the game and making small strides somewhere despite my limited playtime.

For awhile I had pranced about as a Miqo’te, which is something I had longed to do whenever I see Miqo’te images on twitter with their long legs, pretty faces, and their large and expressive eyes. The fact that they look cooler in gear was another thing, but that is besides the point. Despite the change, I was also eagerly awaiting to change back to a Lalafell. I miss how cute and adorable I was, and whenever I saw a pair of Lalafell running about I couldn’t help but think, “I used to be one of you. Small, tiny, and full of trouble. Now I’m tall, lanky, and a slut… woe is me….” and then I would sigh bitterly before realizing that my taller self had its advantages. Seeing yourself in higher camera angles while in T5 and Leviathan? Dear goodness! A heaven sent gift! I could actually SEE myself and not go, “Fuck! WHERE THE FUCK… OH FUCKING HELL! THERE I A-FUCK! MOVE! CONFLAG!”

… Yeah…

I briefly changed to a Male Roegadyn (like… a hour? Two? Maybe three?) when the Fantasias went on sale. It was part of a plot that most members of my Free Company were aware of. At first my plan was to create another character, name him the KoolAide Man, have him invited into Frei’s free company, chase after him, and hump his butt. It didn’t quite work out the way I wanted to, however, mostly because it is damn near impossible to make a character on Excalibur. So, I went for the next best thing. I changed into one, and lay in wait. Except… everyone came to stare at me and Frei was hardly phased. Orophen, on the other hand, freaked the fuck out.

I ended up chasing him, humping his butt, and giggling in glee when he appeared to be in distress. I claimed his ass in ways he probably doesn’t want to remember, poor dear. I do plan to make him as a real character in the future. If or when I am able to make a new character on Excal. Who knows? Maybe I will level him up as a WHM…

At the moment, however, I am focusing a lot on things. I crafted, worked a little on Myth tomes, and Leviathan. I would have had my second book by now, if it weren’t for the fact my back decided to act like a bitch today and make me tired as hell. The Vita would have been a good substitute if it weren’t, well, a Vita. It seems to have a poor connection in the house to my sister’s PS4, and I am not about to attempt running a dungeon or a primal fight on such an unstable device. Though from the tweets I have been reading, I feel as though I had saved myself the hassle of getting 90ked by spending the day resting instead. Funny how that worked out, eh?

Spring Time in Ul’dah

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Since I took screenshots in Limsa yesterday, I decided I would take them in Ul’dah today. However… Ul’dah is a bitch. You know what else is a bitch? Shantotto. Shh, don’t tell her I said that. But seriously? Its hard to position her. I have plenty of screenshots that were quite good with her in it, only to find out I left the yellow marker on and so there is a HUGE ugly yellow border around Shantotto. When I went back to retake the screenshot, it was damn impossible to get her back into the same position. Orz

Adventures in Eorzea – #004

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After a weak attempt last week (we gave up after awhile due to connection issues), a serious try on 07 Feb, and then another push this evening? We finally made headway and cleared Turn 4. Most of our issues were mostly fine tuning our strategy, but we cleared without too much issue.

Thanks to Yelta for offering tips on what she does with her Turn 4 group, which helped me see where I can fix things that we weren’t doing and tighten up our kills so that we were made even more efficient than before.

Our strategy is as follows:

Wave 1: AoE burn. I am doing Fire AoEs in favor of burning them down faster than with Blizzard AoE. If I am -very- careful about Flare timing, we can knock things out to the point we’ve shaved off a few seconds and are waiting on Wave 2.

Wave 2:  Two tanks splinter off and take their groups of mobs with them. We always go to the tank that will end up taking the Dreadnaught first so that he is able to get into position more readily before Wave 3 begins. Melee helped DPS down first Soldier alongside me (BLM) in favor of helping with the healers MP management. By the time the two groups are dead, Dreadnaught had dropped and we begin Wave 3.

Wave 3: Dreadnaught is tanked smack in the middle, allowing for him to munch on spiders. Typical BLM combo is used here, making sure to pop Archer buffs in order to take the Dreadnaught down faster and before the start of Wave 4.

Wave 4: Take out two rooks first. DPS spiders. If there are remaining spiders, chill out and wait for Wave 5.

Wave 5: Feed Dreadnaught the spiders and then continue to DPS Soldier. Melee help with this to break Stoneskin, allowing me more time to focus on nuking the Dreadnaught. After Knight is down, melee refocus attention on Dreadnaught.

Wave 6: Positioning is important prior to this phase. Because spiders will want to nom on the healers, it is important that they stand in the middle to avoid being fed to the Dreadnaught. Main tank will hold onto two Dreadnaughts and the off tank will take spiders, Knight, and Soldier. This leaves the Rook which is taken care of by all DPS on hand while the OT is “kiting” in the corner away from the MT. After the Rook is taken care of, down the Dreadnaught ASAP from Wave 5 and then help OT with adds.

Final: After all adds are taken care of, stack on Dreadnaught and get ready for enrage mode. Dreadnaught will get angry and start flinging out curse words left and right, so DPS him down fast and watch him go KABOOM!

We go on break next week since Cinnamon and Neue will be out, but it allows us the chance to work on upgrades here and there for our jobs and hopefully get things pinned down for other things like the Extreme Modes. Definitely looking forward to trying to tackle Turn 5 and hopefully get more practice in the future against Twintania whom we have gone in and decided to meet.

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Adventures in Eorzea #003

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The last few weeks of January had been quite hellish for me, and I’m quite happy that I’m getting some sense of normalcy back into my life. To others normalcy isn’t really that normal; winged penis talk, a naked Rubicon with a Unicorn horn, and the derpage that comes in our house with furniture being flung this way and that? Yeah. But you know what? I’ll take it over anything else, cause laughter is definitely what I would like to fill my life with at the moment.

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Since I had been gone, I have found that Crystal Tower has both gotten better and worse. Better in that there are things in there that run a lot more smoothly depending on the party make up. Worse in that, well, there are still some obvious dickwads that like to make life hell for people. Like… dying in a fight and staying dead so that you can’t be kicked out because you want to go AFK. Things like that made me want to pull my hair out, but I rather like my hair so I think I’ll keep it on my head for now. I do wish there was more to handle such assholes, but I have been told I should be CTing in the middle of the week versus the start when the assholes are plentiful. Just as they are late at night. I definitely feel sorry for the poor souls who try to attempt that piece of content during the “witching hour”…

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My coil group in Game Over has now reached Turn 4 after a hiatus due to real life conflicts. It was our first attempt last weekend, and I think we did fairly well when more than half of us had never had experience in this area. We gave up quite easily though, going in favor of getting people relics so that we have more job variation down the line. I think for the most part we are ok when it comes to tanks, BRDs, and maybe even WHM. We do have more DRGs than MNKs, but I believe only a few of us have BLM or SMN leveled to max. And the people who have those leveled are often on other much needed jobs.

I think if we had kept at it, we could have possibly gotten further than we did. We did keep making progressive progress, but it was a matter of trying to burn it a little bit harder each time or something. I do think there are some tweaks that could be made to tighten things up a bit or maybe to later to make things a bit better. Its just a matter of having the rest of us sit down and really hash it out.

Truth be told, the only one who seems hardcore serious is my brother, Renya, who is often calm, quiet, and collected. The rest of us? Well, we aren’t the founding members of Derp Squad for nothing.

Debauchery Tea Party – GameOver’s FC Home

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Since January 31, 2014, GameOver has been proud owners of this cute little cottage in Ward 2 of the Lavender Beds. It sort of happened fast. At first we were just talking about it and then one thing led to another and before we knew it… we had a house!

It has been a lot of fun trying to decorate our house these past few days, and I found that its been a lot of fun. A lot more than I had anticipated. Mostly because we have been working together as a team to try and make the house a cozy little place for us. We have put in all sorts of couches, tables, benches, and chairs just to make the place welcoming not just for our lil family, but for our friends and others we know. If you are on the Excalibur server and in the area, swing by! We love having guests!

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Rislim and I convinced the guys to allow us to put pink tables and such on the main floor, and that they would get to decorate the basement however they please. If they want canons they can have canons. All the canons in the world. Though I am sure Rislim and I will sneak down below to put in a Drinking Apkallu in each of their corners!

I actually love logging in and out of the house. It was rather satisfying to go into Coil and other dungeons together and then all pop up on our home’s lawn. Then to go inside or welcome someone home is sort of neat. So maybe its a bit dorky and maybe I am liking it more than I thought I would, but I think it helps so much more that it is with people I really love to chill with.

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Luzaf (a.k.a. Lulu since he calls me Pinky), also asked to join us. I am quite flattered he asked to join, since I figured someone as classy, mature, and awesome as him would want to be in a bigger more established FC. But he gets along rather well with some of the other members, and that is what matters most to me. The FC is no fuss and laid back with it being more family like than anything else. We just need a Mama to go with our Papa, cause I’m quite sure our shenanigans is quite over the top even for him at times (We love you, Reio!).

AzA and INF are thinking about purchasing land close to ours in the same Ward, and we’re encouraging other people we know from FFXI Ragnarok to do the same. Only because we want to like our neighbors or pull some hijinx with them. Maybe even have a slumber party one night? Who knows! The more people we know in the South East, the better! Now if only they would let us move chimneys so that they aren’t in the opposite side of our fireplace, give us a loft (our roof is too high!), and a tea set to go with our house name!

FC Housing – Brief Thoughts

I really wanted to write a more formal entry in regards to my Free Company’s new home, but I am already in bed at the moment and can’t see myself getting up any time soon. So… Brief thoughts and hopefully I will get to a more formal write up soon!

– Small houses should really be allowed to have a loft area or a third floor. There is really no reason for there not to be there. Yes it will be slightly cramped but they don’t need the same floor space or the same wide stair case as a medium house. Just more areas for living quarters.

– There really aren’t that many choices when it comes to customization and furniture.

– Dyes. For fucks sake (and this goes with what I wrote a moment ago), let me recolor certain things! It seems silly not to!

– People should be given a permit upon buying land. It sucks a ton of bricks to find you spent a lot of money on the land and then you spend a ton more on a permit. Just give me a default shack so I can start somewhere!

– A box. Just saying. The guys will need one for their basement.

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Adventures in Eorzea #002

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Last week was a whirlwind, and I’m sure this week and next will be yet another whirlwind. Despite that, there were many good things that were crammed into a few days: Coil, Garuda EX, Ultima Hard, and 24 man CT with many Derp Squad members, friends, and others from the server. But before I begin, many thanks to Rislim for the Highland Smock she gifted to me! I will probably litter many of my future screenshots with this outfit because of how damn cute it is! Hurry up with the vanity slot, SE!

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Now if there is one thing I am extremely excited about, its Coil. Not just because its Coil and, oh, hey! Its end game content! But the fact I get to do it with an awesome bunch of people. I wish I could play with more people, but I’ve already played with half of this group since CoP in XI, a few others in both XIV and XI, and then there is Bob who is just plain ol’ awesome. We had many, many laughs during our run which is what I wanted most; smooth, easy going runs, lots of fun, and drops! I managed to snag the Allagan Circlet of Casting, which I am still trying to figure out if I like more than Petasos or not. I am still using Petasos though, after I took a quick look at the stats and went “Nupe!”

We’ve decided to use the Rot Method for Turn 2, which isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It was actually very easy as long as we kept in constant communication with each other. Which, I suppose, is quite difficult if you aren’t on a voice chat with everyone else…

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After Coil and a bit of treasure map hunting, Rislim, Neue, and I went and teamed up with Jeffrly and some of his friends for Ultima HM and Garuda EX. Doing these fights were challenging on its own, but even worse when your mind is melting and you are going “omg wtf is that shit!” when you are half lucid. In fact, I could have sworn it was all an insane dream when I woke up but then saw the screenshots and the equipment in my inventory and found myself staring in shock. I just hope I wasn’t carried too hard and did a decent amount of work…

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Since we are using the Rot Method for T2 on Coil, I have found the need to work harder at gearing my BRD. In a three man BRD party for CT, I found myself incredibly lucky to get the body piece on a Sunday night! Eep! I just need belt, pants, and shoes and I think I should have all the CT gear needed for my BRD. I’m still gearing up my BLM with Myth gear, so it will be awhile before I will be able to get any decent gear for my BRD that way. Oh well. I’m in no particular rush, but I do want to be able to carry my weight in the party instead of being a leech. I know I’m not (Cause, you know, Silence!), but I believe I am probably on the lower ilevel scale compared to the rest and it makes me feel a little self conscious. (/ w \)

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Now I want something set straight: I hate the damn uma kabuto. They are scary as fucking hell and I hate them. That said, I took the screenshot for Oro more than for me but did go back and edit this one for lulz:

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>_<; Damn dirty Oro…

Adventures in Eorzea #001

Because I have been having an insanely difficult time trying to keep this updated and also trying to figure out where I want to host this damn thing, I am trying a new format with the blog… again. Let’s see how long THIS one lasts! I’m hoping to go weekly, and set my fraps to take a kabillion photos at once so that I don’t have to go to bed at night and go “Fuck! I forgot to take screenshots!” until I fall asleep.

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Now, last year the servers were taken down before we could do the Heavensturn for 2013, which was a shame because I was really interested to see what the Snake helm would look like. Fast forward to today and I’m cursing the fact that it is year of the Horse. Nevermind the fact that its the year for my brother (who drives me absolutely batty), but that the Uma Kabuto looks scary as fuck. Its a fucking horse that makes you have a mustache no matter if you are a boy or girl. I dislike snakes after Orophen would keep saying stupid shit like “I’m a snake!”, but him doing that has nothing on the fact that those horse helms look scary as fuck. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a troll to the highest power. You know who you are!

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More importantly, we (my FC, GameOver) finally tried out Coil together as a group. Some already have varying degrees of experience but I think half of us did not. It was quite nice to play with them and to include someone from our LS (Milli from DerpSquad) since Rislim forgot we were running and couldn’t join us again. It is one of the things I am starting to dislike about Coil, because I do not mind if she progresses ahead after us at all but she can’t go back and it sucks. So we either play earlier in the week (impossible due to schedules) or we wait until later when it might screw with others later. Meh. But despite this inconvenience, it was really nice to actually experience Coil for myself versus hearing everyone else do it and not really wanting to spoil myself too much by watching other people play the area.

We managed to get ADS down despite Ky’rahn’s connection issues, and was tromping toward Caduceus when the server kicked us out. At first I thought it was just me but then the quick realization that it was everyone else in the party just quickly sank in and set me panicking a little since I know others had wanted to do other things. More importantly, time zones needed to be worried about since we’re split East Coasters and West Coasters. Oh, and a smattering of people in-between. We managed to get at least three attempts at Caduceus before Milli had to leave, but we found that it was doable… if we had our healers on better connections, the server not fucking up, and a clearer understanding of how troublesome things would be for Orophen when he has to make long pulls. Well, live and learn, right?

I’m honestly excited to push forward though and I hope we can get further despite our limited play time together. Here’s hoping, right? In the meantime, busily working on leveling my gathering classes to 50, looking forward to Garuda Extreme Mode, and am scowling at the idea of my playtime being significantly cut again when school starts next week. Meh. MEH!