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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.

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…

End of 2012 Review

The end of the year is near, and I thought I would get a head start on this before I forget (as I am apt to do). Here are my previous year end review entries from my other blog:

2011

2010

2009

2008 (dunno what happened!)

2007

When I review the previous entries, I often mention that usually the year sucked. This year? In all honesty, its been great despite the fact I got into arguments with friends, lost friends and acquaintances, I found my dad has a very aggressive form of kidney cancer, had his kidney removed, and a slew of other things. However, I also: reestablished friendships, aced Chemistry courses, helped try to make Sequence Break XIV a better podcast, made new friends, was able to go to PAX again despite tickets being sold out very quickly, and found I can still appear younger than I look despite how old I feel! Hooray!

This has mostly been a year of Final Fantasy XIV for me. Thursday and Friday, for a large portion of the year, were days I looked forward to because it either meant: podcast recording or gaming night with GameOver. My LS (which is mostly used as a means of communication between my set), has lost and gained members but the core of the group still remains and we’re still looking forward to playing ARR together. I’m actually happy playing with these guys, because then you realize you aren’t the only crazy one. Group of crazy people = awesome and fun. Looking forward to another year and (hopefully) an increase in allowance!

PAX was fucking INSANE this year. The first day was a damn mad house, and my sister was so upset she almost left on Friday evening. I ended up getting her to stay and she had a better time on Saturday and Sunday thanks to a smaller crowd and the boys making sure she wasn’t by herself and getting pushed around. Reiokyu otou-sama, my brother, and my boyfriend were also there this year. It was sort of like our old XI days sans Mekare and Hiro. I was picked on at every place we ate at, but all in all it was actually a lot of fun. I ended up purchasing a 3DS XL later in the year because of PAX, because once you go big you can’t go back! I also bought a Vita after playing with a few of them, and found myself being cautiously wary of the Wii U even after having had fun with the system on the floor. ^^; Lets just say I had to skirt away from their floor because of the ZombiU seemingly taking center stage next to the Mickey game.

Other games?

Tera and Guild Wars 2 were kind eh. I liked what they offered in the beginning, but they have pretty polish at the start that leads to emptiness as you continue on. Nice flash and no depth are not what good games make. Diablo 3 was the same way, and I can’t get myself to finish Skyrim because I have severe issues with undead. Which is strange given the previous title, but I actually finished D3 by having problems primarily on the first stage and a little bit later on. Yeah, go fig.

At the moment, I’m in portable gaming overload. I ended up owning a plethora of games on iOS and buying a 3DS XL before being gifted with a PS Vita. I’m currently making my way through: Paper Mario Sticker Star, Ragnarok Odyssey, and Persona 3. Don’t ask how or why, but hopefully I will be able to finish them before ARR is released…

My hopes for 2013 are actually small and almost childish: I want to continue gaming with my set. I do consider them to be my friends now, and I cherish them a lot more than some IRL relationships I have. Its hard being yourself around others when they judge you for liking certain things, but for the most part… most of us like the same things or can overlook certain things because the person overall is really cool. This is how I feel about the friendships I made in GameOver, and why its the one thing I hope continues in 2013 no matter what game we play. Now if only we can move more of them onto the West Coast~