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Onto the Heavens We Turn

Oh, wow. I had actually forgotten about my blog for quite some time, and had only thought of it while flipping through apps on my iPad and stumbled upon Word Press. If it weren’t for the scheduled World Maintenance on X|V, I would be playing that versus trying something to bide my time while I wait for sleep to overtake me. That said, I guess its time to do a bit of catching up. 

What has happened since last time? … Well, a lot. GameOver, my Free Company on Excalibur, has been growing slowly but steadily with friends and friends of friends or family members joining the fray. There has even been talk of doing another meetup outside of Fan Fest, so that we could all hang out together again. Needless to say, food is an important part of the equation and we’re hoping to pick a location with access to many good eats. Like Vegas, but hopefully cheaper and cooler than the former. 

SBXIV has also changed, and some of the stuff that has been going on has been a lot of fun since we’ve been including FC members every so often. Or, rather, they hunt us down and a lot of fun ensues because we’re silly. As they say, “the more, the merrier!” and that definitely holds true for our random shenanigans. 

As of right now X|V’s first expansion, Heavenward, is now life. When I think of where the game started in 2010 and where it is at in 2015, it seems really surreal and trippy. Who would have thought that four and a half years later, we would be playing its first expansion after what was a tumultus start back in September of 2010. And with its five year birthday coming soon, it seems even stranger that I’ve been with this game since the beginning. Not that I think myself better for it; it just seems so strange to think of where this game was and where it is now. The two are nothing alike but some aspects of Heavensward does make me take pause and look around in wide eyed wonder as memories of long ago come flooding my senses. It is truly remarkable, especially when many years ago it seemed as though X|V would never even make it onto the PS3. Now I’m playing on the PS4 and while in bed, and that just seems so utterly amazing. 

Then again, I tend to be more easily amazed than most. As-is the case when it comes to doing the main story line. It has been a long time since I have thoroughly enjoyed traversing every single corner of the map, doing side quests, learning the lore, speaking to random NPCs, and trying to weave my way deeper into the main story line. The music itself has been a huge boon to this, too. Many areas and triggered music sequences (such as the battle theme), is remeniscent of older SquareEnix games in its tune or the instruments used. I am not knowledgable in the study of music, but I find that Soken’s work has me lost in exploration or battle just so I can hear the music a little longer. Every note and melody ingrained in my subconscious that I find myself smiling and relaxing at the mere thought of it. Then to take me back to the days of my youth when I would spend errant summer days playing the likes of Final Fantasy VIII or Kingdom Hearts.

The fact that so many elements of the expansion has picked up pieces here and there from past games isn’t lost on me nor the allure it has in me considering purchase of the games on PSN on my Vita or PS3. In fact, if it weren’t for the fact I had just had surgery, I wouldn’t be writing this entry right now and would have my nose deep in the likes of FFVIII, FFIV, or even KH. Alas, being an adult means responsibilities and ones that aren’t as fun as what I would rather be spending my time and money on. 

Regardless, Heavensward has me excited. I feel alive and excited in a way I haven’t felt in a very long time. The nostalgia and awe of what it has presented is so amazing, that waiting for the servers to come back from maintenance seems like it can’t come soon enough. 

Personal Housing? Or Personal Disappointment?

When I first started to get into MMOs, I had always wanted to own a house. I remember once looking for an MMO that would allow me to do this but my PC then couldn’t handle it and there was also the fact that my boyfriend didn’t seem very interested in playing that particular game with me.

Fast forward to Final Fantasy XIV, and I can honestly say that it is one of the features I had been looking forward to the most. It would be something I could get, decorate, and basically live out my fantasy of a MMO Sims game but in a Final Fantasy setting (thus making it a billion times better than a MMO Sims game).

Free Company housing was announced to come first, and while it was a move I didn’t quite understand it gave me the chance to work on saving money so that I could buy a personal house later down the line. Of course there were worries that the astronomical prices of the Excalibur FC houses would be passed down onto the personal houses, but Yoshida assured us that cheaper alternatives would arise for those interested in a personal house.

Those assurances seem to be something of the past, however, as our previous concerns have resurfaced and have been made reality. Worse yet is the fact that we are sharing housing districts with Free Companies. So a house that a smallish Free Company had been saving up for with their members now not only have to compete with other Free Companies for a chance at land acquisition, but now they must compete with wealthy individuals who may be interested in either buying the land for themselves or playing the real estate game in our fantasy world.

At first I was shocked, then mad, and now disappointed after reading the patch notes regarding personal housing. I know its silly to get this excited over a silly in game feature, but after wanting something like this for years (before XIV even existed)? I can’t help but feel sullen over the fact I can’t afford it and that even if I could? I would be taking aways precious land space from a FC who had been wanting to own their own FC house. Which is something really big even for a small FC.

My FC house is where we gather to craft, mill about, go AFK, etc. I didn’t care about it at first, but its a place that I really like and I know how nice it feels to have a place your FC can call home. Even though its just vanity, it still feels nice since its your space that you can even block out non members from entering.

Honestly, I am hoping to go to bed and waking up to find that maybe it was a typo or something else is going on. I just know that the lack of transparency that this change was going to happen (from what was said previously) is just really foul smelling. :\

Having Fun with Frontlines

Since I have started to feel a little better as of late, I have been able to play a little bit more than I was able to when the patch had initially dropped. I haven’t had a chance to do much since, as I have been either engrossed in decorating my room, doing PvP, or chatting with friends on Mumble or elsewhere.

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Frontlines is content I had been looking forward to since it was first announced, because it was the type of PvP I often prefer and gravitate to when given the opportunity. Wolves Den is alright with friends, but is often stressful and too chaotic for me. Frontlines? Chaotic but fun, and even more fun when you are on teams with friends who go against another group of friends! I am actually looking forward to the addition of Thief and Ninja even more because of Frontlines, because it will allow me to do the type of job I like to do: scouting. I also really like doing sneak attacks on people, which is kind of why I like hiding and scoping things out even as Bard when I am able to. Frontlines also reminds me a lot of XI in terms of landscape (in particular the Sauromugue Champaign) and ability to sneak around to get at mobs/people… which could also backfire on you if you decided to do something stupid/suicidal. Though I think my only complaint is that I sort of wish the spawn/camp areas could be rotated around so that I could actually see the other half of the map for a change.

Personal rooms is the prelude to personal housing that will come in a future patch, and I never thought I would get into it as I did. I had initially envisioned making an office of sorts similar to Shiro’s in Log Horizon, but then ended up picking out a wallpaper that reminded me of Sherlock’s room from the BBC TV series and ended up going all out in placing plants, arrangement of furniture, and even adding more areas than I thought I would. The space is rather large for just a small office space, and I almost didn’t know what to do with myself trying to make the area clean yet look “lived in”.

There are only a very, very small amount of people that I know of who have finished decorating their rooms, and I greatly look forward to seeing what others have done with their personal spaces. Even if it just a stupid chair in the middle of the fucking room.

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Other than that, I’ve been slowly making my way through the content. I’ve done all the new dungeons but have yet to do the main storyline, finish Hildebrand and various quests, or even touch Ramuh. The new patch is quite meaty but PvP is often the first thing I want to do when I log on. If they made Frontlines PvP more similar to what they did in Guild Wars 2 in terms of being able to level up from it, I would be in even more trouble because I would be more eager to level up my various classes that way. Thank goodness it isn’t, otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging and would instead be in queue right now to level.

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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