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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!

Crystal Tower Tips

Since 2.1 came out, Crystal Tower (CT) has been the content I have probably explored the most. I have chosen to do CT over numerous other pieces of content, even though I’m on item lockout most of the time. I find myself liking the music, the mechanics of the dungeon and the fight itself, and playing with 7 friends at the same time.

During my time there, I found that there were also things in there that drove me insane and other parts that I thought were quite helpful. Here is a list of some of the things that have helped make my CT adventures a little better overall:

1. Make a full premade party if you can. I’ll get into this more later, but it can be quite confusing and daunting when you are in a huge group of 16 other players. You have a lot of unknown variables running about, and sometimes it’s easier to take comfort in playing with people you know. You also get in a LOT faster that way, too.

2. Know you chat commands! Everyone should be familiar with the /p for party chat, but /a allows you to talk to the entire alliance. Make sure you pay attention to the alliance chat, because people will let you know if their group is ready, differing tactics, and other things that might be going on in the dungeon.

3. In your own party, designate a Main Tank (MT) and an Off Tank (OT). In each phase people will go over who is the overall MT and OT for specific fights such as the Bone Dragon and Behemoth. Make sure to know who these people are in case an alliance party is having difficulty and you need to help spot heal.

4. Talk to your party. Make sure you designate one person to be the main form of communication of letting the others knows if your party is ready. It is less confusing when one person is doing it versus several at a time. Usually people will look at what part of the alliance they are in (A, B, or C) and say “A ready!” to let people know it’s safe to pull.

5. Try to stick together if possible. It’s crazy enough with people in there running about, but imagine how frustrated your healers must be trying to get within your range to heal you. Don’t trust the other party to heal you; they may or may not. So just play it safe and stay relatively close to your healer.

6. BE FLEXIBLE. I cannot stress this enough. For the first two fights, for example, I have seen so many different ways of that being handled. The other fights are more linear on how they should be handled, but those are different depending on who is trigger happy, who likes to play it safe, etc. Sometimes you just have to jump in and go guns blazin’ and that’s ok too!

7. BE POLITE. I also cannot stress this enough. It is incredibly frustrating when another party is acting cocky publically or is being incredibly rude and condescending to the other alliance parties. Each party thinks their own is awesome and with just cause, but the other party is also looking at you going “what the fuck” and rolling their eyes hard at your actions whatever they may be. Don’t be a dick. Play nice and be nice. You can’t get the shit done if people are angry and end up leaving or try to troll others in passive and non-passive aggressive ways. If all else fails, if you came in with a full premade at least you can bitch and moan to them and most likely they will be feeling the same way you are.

8. Keep your fingers to yourself. No one likes finger pointing. Not only does it not get us anywhere, but it just builds paranoia, stress, and all sorts of ill feelings. No one needs more of that in an already crazy situation. People fail and make mistakes all the time. If it’s repeated, then start to point out where the problems are but don’t curse the person out. They may just not understand fully what is going on. It happens.

9. Admit you don’t know what is going on; even if you have already done the dungeon. Whether it’s in party chat or in alliance chat, if you admit you have no idea what is going on at least it’s better than going out like a headless chicken running about making things difficult for everyone.

10. This will go against #2, but ignore the alliance chat. You can only control your own actions and not that of the many different players around you. Some are incredibly rude and mean; I ran into players who had no qualms against calling people retards, trolling others to die, etc. Ignore them. You are there to have fun and sometimes it’s better just to ignore the riff-raff and turn your head the other way.

On the technical side, you are able to change colors for the alliance and party members so that you can find one over the other. I made my own name pink and that of my party members green. It’s far easier to find them in a sea of other people versus having everyone at the same color. I also changed my party chat to play a sound whenever a message is sent, since my chat box is usually going by pretty fast with superfluous information.

CT is a fun place. It is something I would gladly do because I enjoy it so much. I hope anyone else who tries the content or has been dissuaded by the other players try it again. And if you’re on Excalibur? Hit me up! I would be happy to do it if I’m available!

A Realm Awoken

It has now been a few days since Patch 2.1 has landed for XIV, and I can’t say I have done a lot. I had changed my hair with the new aesthetician, Jandelaine, who is probably the most fabulous character I have seen in XIV to date.

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I have yet to touch the Hildebrand quest line or go beyond unlocking a few things here and there. I have done a LOT of Crystal Tower, however, primarily because I enjoy it so much! I am actually disappointed there isn’t MORE of it because of how much I enjoyed it. Sure there are times when there are parties in your alliance that make you go, “What the fuck is that person smoking?” or just want to table flip because someone is being a huge troll but overall I would have to say I rather enjoy myself. Granted its a lot more fun in a pre-made party, but I really enjoy the mechanics found in Crystal Tower and am eagerly awaiting more content from that spectrum.

I did, however, manage to do a lot of messing around with Photoshop! I’m a completely nub when it comes to Photoshop, and Orophen has been very patient in helping me out and answering my cries of panic and desperation.

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Oh, I guess since I included the image of Ultima… I did try Ultima HM. Once and that was all, and I have to say that it was damn fun and intense. It felt just as fun as the Ultima fight had been when I wasn’t as geared as I am now, if not more so because it was a lot more chaotic and intense. I look forward to trying to clear that and Garuda HM sometime during the break. If I’m not busy with a million other things that is.

Party and Derp Finder Woes

The mindset of me, myself, and I has driven me crazy, but lately it seems to be more so within the context of FFXIV. I had noticed this problem before a friend talked to me of a situation with her problems as a healer. It is the same pretty much in any MMO; if shit goes down then its usually the healer’s fault. Sometimes the healer and the tank switch positions, but rarely is the blame placed on the DD (unless they do something really stupid). Though sometimes it IS a single person’s fault, people need to check themselves first before they accuse the healer of doing a shitty job. As a former healer, it is incredibly difficult to dodge AoEs, maintain HP of your allies, maintain your MP and enmity, and also maintain your own HP if you so happen to derp. What makes it worse is if the tank is taking too much damage because of either poor gear, has poor rotation, doesn’t use correct abilities, isn’t tanking in the right spot, etc. There is also the DD who can also be too under geared, has poor rotations, doesn’t move out of AoEs in time, etc. A healer can’t correct someone’s stupidity and even I get offended when someone pins the damn blame on the healers. On the flip side, a healer can’t blame everyone else if they are pulling too much enmity to throw the mob off and make shit go bonkers.

I see it as a triangle. An equilateral triangle (three equal sides, three equal angles, all at 60 degrees) is the perfect setup; healer, tank, and DD work cohesively and together to make things go smoothly. You can sometimes limp along well if you have an isosceles triangle (two equal sides, two equal angles), because you have at least two people trying to support the third one. All hell breaks lose, however, when you have a scalene triangle (nothing is equal) and you have maybe one party pulling the weight of two.

This is why the Duty Finder is sometimes very frustrating for me; a decked out WHM can’t expect a lesser geared tank to hold hate when they go nutso on the spells and abilities. Conversely, if the tank doesn’t know what abilities to stun and when or how to use Provoke… you can bet I’ll be wanting to fling curse words in your direction. And for the DD who don’t bother to make sure their gear is in check or who thinks their relic+1 automatically makes them awesome? Check your rotations, check your positioning, and for crying out loud please pop in some food into your mouth flap. Yes there are shouts that ask for relic only, but those are typically speed runs. For typical clears, the runs can be accomplished by having appropriate gear choices. Everyone starts from somewhere but if you’re pulling into the Keep with Item Level 39 gear, then you might need to assess what needs to be fixed and how. Gear can be cheap, and upgrades are a plenty if you go to Wanderer’s Palace before hitting up Amdapor Keep. It isn’t gear snobbery to expect appropriate gear or to at least get your head out of your damn ass; its being respectful to the other people who are also wasting their time and energy to get what people collectively need as a party.

A Long Overdue Update

I had been promising an update for a while, and while it will be brief… at least it will be something!

Life on Excablibur is actually better than I imagined it to be. Most of it has to do with the fact I have a pretty awesome set of LSes and friends on the server. Granted there are a smattering of people on other servers that I wish I could play with, but the majority of the people I am playing with are pretty damn awesome. Hell, even most of my DF parties aren’t that bad even though I tend to have anxiety attacks before queuing up into one.

My biggest fear as a player with limited play time is that I’m a.) horrible b.) under equipped and c.) uh… I’m horrible? Even though I can’t play often, I am sometimes obsessed with wanting to be a better skilled player to the point I end up freaking out and am unable to play for fear of being a disappointment to others and myself. I know this is strange coming from a person whose current job in life is to encourage others to fail, learn from them, and make it not seem bad at all. Yet when it comes to myself? The idea of failure seems utterly and completely catastrophic that sometimes I am paralyzed with this unreasonable fear that I will be abandoned, made fun of, and left alone with no friends. It is the sort of pressure that is self inflicted and unnecessary, and I often have to go through a process of talking myself out of such a toxic train of thought which leads to a mixed bag of results. After all, with my current IRL status, the game is really one of the few places I can just chill out and not freak out over everything that truly affects me in real life. Like… grades or my family.

In game progress is mostly focused on gearing in full Dark Light, getting my relic, using tomes of Mythology for a +1, and maybe making progress towards the Coil. The Coil actually seems like a pipe dream, to be quite honest. I’m too swamped with other things that I pretty much think of only taking one step at a time. Which is… okay… but it makes me feel restless. Sometimes I wish there was a system in place to give you rested bonus towards a slight increase of tomes. Ok, that would probably break the system and what not, but at the rate I’m going I feel like it would be quite some time before I am able to be where I want to be. Will people still want to help me? Or will they be too preoccupied with higher end content to want to bother? I’m sure they would, but me being a worry wart tends to put those thoughts into my mind. Oy…

The new XIV Commercial

I have only seen an iPhone capture of the recent XIV: ARR commercial, and I’m kinda… confused. If I were a new player, I wouldn’t get it. I would wonder if maybe it was cosplay magic or something, but an actual game? With a story? And lore? And all sorts of cool stuff? I just wouldn’t get that by watching that live action/CG clip.

I think for a hardcore XIV fan, they would get the reference and maybe appreciate it. I say maybe because while I was happy to see Louisoix, I just didn’t feel the same kind of excitement I felt when watching End of an Era. It didn’t do anything for me but make me giggle and then wonder what on earth was going on. Granted, I am not an art director, nor am I someone awesome and have skills to back it up. So I wouldn’t know how to make it better and maybe I don’t know what I am talking about. I just know that if I were to show this to my sister, who hasn’t played XIV at all, she would probably look at it and go, “wha?” versus “hmm, I think I might want to play this game!” Which I think is a shame, because after hearing of my sister’s recent experiences in GW2, I really want her to play XIV and to be around other players who would be willing to do a dungeon a second time for ONE person if crap happened.

Wishful thinking? Sure. But I was hoping that the new commercial could at least help illustrate why the game is cool in the eyes of my younger sister (she is used to just tuning me out otherwise). Watching players morph into another character just doesn’t quite do it…

Changes Being Made

Although this isn’t site news for Calaera.me, per se, it is for SBXIV. I’m honestly tired. I am tired and worn out by the comments I read once in awhile regarding the cursing on the show. Because apparently, despite more XIV shows coming out, people MUST make comments about SBXIV and the amount of cursing going on. Which, I might add, is ridiculous considering it is:

1.) Marked Explicit or NSFW on iTunes and on the site.
2.) There are more XIV shows than there were months ago. Honestly its not that hard to click stop/pause and find something else more suitable to someone’s ears. It seems ridiculous to go complaining about it, when there are other options for people to choose from. That is also why there are different shows out there for people to watch. I am not the biggest fan of certain TV shows, but I won’t complain about the fact that a particular show doesn’t suit my tastes. That just seems pretty stupid.

There were several choices I was going to make…

The most drastic was to step back. Way back. Thank Frei for pointing out that there are people who surprisingly like me and what I do. But if I was considered to be a problem, it seemed reasonable for me to take myself out of the equation. But taking myself out of the equation then changes the entire tone of the show, and that was what concerned Frei and Orophen. Instead we agreed that we would either make a conscious effort to cull back the swearing or make edits to take it out. Honestly, I am pretty peeved about it. The shows were meant for friends to chill and talk about XIV in a way that was more entertaining than the boring straight talk some podcasts do. I get people like so called “professional” shows, and hey… that’s great. I don’t. I dislike em for many reasons, but I won’t berate someone for liking something I hate nor will I complain to those shows that they aren’t being what I want them to be. That’s why I went and made my own. Makes sense, right? If you want something done right, do it yourself!

But… the show is undoubtedly getting attention because of reddit, google, iTunes, or whatever. So I decided to we would soon begin to take down all of the old episodes and archive them somewhere. Which, honestly, is about time we do so anyway because the game is going to be new and different. It doesn’t make sense to have the old content up for people to easily grab and get a hold of. Though I know it really won’t do much in the long run, because people already have a set opinion of us. Which, honestly, suits me just fine. If they like something else, good for them. I won’t cry over it, because this isn’t a competition for me. I am just peeved (mostly at myself, because I get curious) when I read comments complaining about something like the swearing or the shit I say because it makes them “uncomfortable”. Don’t like it? Fine. Quietly back off and go find something else or make something suitable for your tastes and listen to it! But… whatever. I’m tired. I’m tired and frustrated and I really just want to yell and scream at people to shut the fuck up and back off. If it starts to become more work than play for me, I still stand by word of dropping everything. No regrets if it came to that, because it would be way better than building up resentment and anger over something that is supposed to be a fun project for those involved or want to participate and listen.