Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The First 24

I installed the FFXIV Trial yesterday afternoon and hit level 20 Pugilist today. Impressions of the game so far are OK. It looks and runs pretty on my Geforce 970 and 120Hz monitor. I think this guy might be evil:
You can tell by the purple eye?

I did some run around the city exploring stuff I have to do in any RPG.
But something wasn't quite right.
Much better.

Everything's better with Subligar! I saved it even after its stats sucked.

I found a few subtle FFXI references:
And this one which I killed later.
No Quus were harmed in the make of that screenshot.

I liked the exploring and doing FATE (or whatever they were called similar to those Crystal War Era battles (I forget the name of those too, it's been soooo long since I played FFXI) and quests to level up. But I'm kind of curious as to how people get to the level cap in FFXIV. There were no XP parties as far as I could tell.
I didn't get a screenshot before logging for the night, but I found my way to the Lavender Beds where my old LS mates in Epic own a house. I walked/jumped on all the furniture a bit and went back outside. If any of them are reading this (Epic, Brim, Jam, Miah, Amey, etc) send me a /tell in-game. It would be a while before I could do more on my char than chat in LS, but I'm thinking of picking up at least the full game sans expansion if I've got friends to talk to. So I parked my butt outside there for the night.

I had a chaotic and pretty bad year or so of real life, but things are looking up and I've got some free time again for silly adventures.

I've thought about getting back into FFXI too, but I'm sooooo far behind in that from looking at the patch notes and stuff on FFXIAH.com that I wouldn't even know where to start. Monstrosity, Mog Gardens, tons of stuff that I'm not sure what is worth doing and what's Chocobo Raising or Pankration.

I didn't see what mages are using instead of Magian Staves +3 or 4 at this point, but my 85 Kannagi is less than half the DMG of the Katanas I assume people are using. But there's some way to get the WSes apparently? (I have a level 90 WoE H2H I could get to 99 pretty easily for Victory Smite too?) And I'm not sure how many people I would even know still playing.

Say 'hi' if you remember me and are still reading this I guess.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Are people still playing?

I still get FFXI emails and looked at FFXIAH.com...holy crap does the new gear look amazing. Did they bump up gear Haste? None of the Wikis are updated anymore, so I couldn't tell just that there's a Black Belt practically in every slot for every melee character.

And is anybody still doing FF14? On a whim I'm grabbing the PC demo of it. Is it a fair assessment that they dumped the original Classes system for the newer (old) Jobs system?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lost Posts? And a prediction...

Did Blogger lose a crapload of my posts here? I could have sworn I had two or three newer ones. There's only one saved as a draft, but there should be at least two others if they're not showing up here.

A BGFF prediction: Late? (BGFF meaning something different than what Urban Dictionary lists it as.)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I'm drunk with power! (And also beer, probably?)

I came up with about two dozen alternate post titles that were equally stupid and uninforming, but I went with this one. The others were probably a lot worse, so you're welcome.

I've been playing FFXI again off and on again lately. The Seeker's expansion seems light on story so far and they seem to be doing a WotG slowly rolling it out thing again. I really enjoyed the WotG story, when I finally played through it, (bring an Ochain PLD and Bravura WAR) and the finale nearly brought a tear to my eye. The Bastok Fire in the Hole mission can still suck my ass though.

I have no idea what my point was, but the whole Delve weapons being 2x stronger than anything that's existed before, huge Acc+ and Att+ things on armor, and basically all of my friends having quit the game (no one's reading this, right?) make it kind of like I'm playing FF12 almost. Minus the bunny ladies.

So I've been doing my H2H WoE weapon. My last post was about that and I figured I'd just spam the shit out of Dawn Mulsums and solo it on PUP. Which was mostly doable, I think, but I'd need about 40 per kill and I did farm 100+ White Honeys to make them. Then the F. Animator came out this update. It's basically like the Alternator which came out last update and jacks your Automaton's stats by +47 to some other larger number (based on maneuvers) which I don't remember.

So yeah. Throw in the Elemental Magic change (I don't know if it matters for this or not.) and you've got a brick wall of a tiny robot friend that kills shit with scissors. I'd been messing about on Summoner mostly since starting to play again and I've been enjoying PUP even more.

I also killed this thing because I popped it accidentally.
It netted me a pitiful amount of EXP and a neck piece I would never deliberately use. With Shoggoth dead a bunch and that blob monster also dead it was fly time.

That also died a bunch of times and with the exception of one kill which involved me kiting it/fleeing in cowardly terror in an embarrassing manner I'm glad nobody saw it went pretty smooth.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Picking up where I left off... making a Coin H2H and /stab Shoggoth

Merry Tuesday, everyone!

Back when I quit Abyssea was still all the rage, but people had also figured out how Voidwatch worked and it was getting pretty popular. I did a bit, but never got too into it really. I'd been spamming Walk of Echoes on Summoner to get the 30 Coins of Advancement I'd need to get a Coin H2H weapon if I didn't get the Chloris and whatever other NM needed for a Verthy.

But since I stopped playing the Coins are no longer Ex and the Devious Dies won't run you 200 million Gil, so all that stood in the way was the VNMs. The first was Shoggoth, so I went VNM hunting.

It could have gone better. I don't have a screenshot of my first attempt as Monk, so here's a picture of my second one on PUP.
Pictured: Things not going as planned.
Yeah. I failed pretty miserably.

I had asked on BG if it was soloable and told that if I had the amazingly broken and overpowered Alternator it's extremely easy. I don't have an Alternator. So I came up with an alternative strategy: /shout and ask random strangers for help. I'm kidding, of course. I never do that. I'm anti-social or something. But I did, in fact, come up with an actual strategy.
You'll never guess what it was. I did a whole bunch of Synthing, which SE made a lot less time consuming by removing that stupid fucking delay between synths, and made lots of Repair oils and Dawn Mulsum.

My second attempt, again, ended in death. But I didn't lose. I learned something. The Wikis all mentioned that Shoggoth Chainspells every 20% of its health and hate resets. using the PLD-type Valoredge head and body and lots of defensive Attachments Bougrion couldn't be outright killed. But Bougrion also has a hard time keeping hate every Chainspell as Shoggoth makes a beeline for me. But Shoggoth only comes after me because I was using Repair every time it was up. So the easy solution is to just not do that. I also changed from /DNC, which had been completely useless, to /RDM so I could Cure IV myself from out of range as well as having Refresh to keep MP up and Shell to mitigate the magic damage I would almost certainly take.
I still ended up dying, but that's because I'd run out of Dawn Mulsums and had to use Repair. I think getting it down to that low on HP shows it's eminently possible.

So I can go two different ways with this:

1) The first is just stand back and burn through ~30 Dusk Mulsums and outlast Shoggoth.

2) The other is to use Repair to supplement the meds and rely on the Strobe attachment's Provoke when Chainspell goes off.

I think I'll probably just go with the safe route. The hardest part is probably going to be getting White Honey unless an NPC sells it now for a reasonable price. (Leave a comment if they do, please.)

So I'm just a few kills away from being able to finally Smite things mightily. :-D

UPDATE: And as I put this up I realized how completely safe and viable the second approach is: Ventriloqy. Just use it on Chainspell and Bougrion has hate again. A pathetically tiny amount, but hate nonetheless.

The Expansion

They should really show these splash screens more than once. They're pretty cool looking.
So as I mentioned earlier I finally got a copy of the Seekers expansion. As I've been out of the loop for quite a while I'm still not sure how all the new battle systems work yet. I tried to do a bit of Reive, but was alone and can't handle three Tough mobs at a time and can't pull a Campaign and pull the mob back far enough to avoid links. (I never did the pull a mob away and bore it to death dragging out the battle thing in Campaign. :-P)

I'd like to get into the events that drop those stupidly overpowered weapons. The /shouts on Cerberus are all insisting that you have "E/R/M/D" weapons. I've no idea if my 85 Kannagi counts or not. And I'm pretty sure I haven't done the prerequisites to be able to enter anyway. I need a boat first, I think?

As I've also already mentioned I unlocked GEO and RUN.
This woman is a terrifying lunatic. I can only imagine what horrifying shit the AF quests will entail.
If either job makes a useful subjob please leave a comment. my searches have only been discussion about what makes good subjobs for those two not the other way around. I'm not inclined to level any new jobs to 99 at this point. Having to Merit and gear up something from the ground up is too much of a time sink. Plus I'd rather focus on getting the uber level 99 stuff for my existing Jobs that I enjoy anyway. The idea of my Monk or Puppetmaster essentially dual wielding ~200DMG fists is kind of hilariously broken in a gloriously stupid and wonderful way.

Next time... Shoggoth!!!

(The bolded, italicized text makes it dramatic.)

Are you?

Pictured about: Humor.
I'm nothing if not incredibly mature and timely.

Guard Skill-Ups!

I've been playing FFXI again lately for the first time in a while. Over the past year (I mean the previous 12 months not calendar year) I hadn't really played any games for the first six months. Then I picked up a copy of Dark Souls and played the shit out of that for the past two months. If you haven't played it I highly recommend it.

Anyway, back to FFXI. Pretty much everybody I'd been playing it with has quit. So it's got an almost single player feel to it for me now. I got the expansion and did something I haven't done in years: Walk around a brand new town and talk to everyone, flag a bunch of quests, open up new jobs (that I have no idea if they make decent subjobs or not), and explore the new areas.

Naturally, the first thing I did was skill-up Guard.

SE changed how it skills-up to be like Evasion in that you don't need to actually Guard to skill-up. It went from 180 -> 269 (the level 75 cap if I recall correctly) in practically no time. I used the have-a-shitton-of-monsters-all-hitting-me method pioneered by Elmer the Pointy, of course.
It works amazingly well and I capped out a little over 300 Guard skill. It's still not that great a skill, but having what's effectively a reverse critical hit more than once per decade is pretty nice.

The next day I bought the expansion, so the next post will be about that.

Friday, May 24, 2013

So, I'm back, again!

I know. I said I was going to start playing again back last November and...was a terrible liar. But I've got the FFXI itch and want to go mess around with the new expansion (still need to buy a code for it) and see some of the new content.

It's kind of odd that after eleven years of the game being around that as the player base shrinks it seems like the core game itself looks the most fun? But the people were always what really made it for me. We're standing around outside Dynamis-Xarcabard (or, more likely, the rest of my LS was as they waited for my always late ass) and some Red Mage and Black Mage gank the zone. Drama and hilarity ensue, etc., and it was great.

Also, I got Melee Gaiters +2:

Everyone be excited for me! Or don't. You probably shouldn't, really. But I heard they fixed Guard and Parrying since I was gone and lowered the murdered the shit out of if a TP move hits with Counterstance up, so I'll be happy for me, I guess.

Also, also, I finally dumped all the pointless Empy armor seals that I'd been keeping in my Mog Sack. Which I was probably just keeping for trolling purposes anyway and that's no fun when nobody cares. ;-(
I lied, a bit. It was really mostly Mog Bonanza related.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thinking of coming back...

I haven't logged in since January (I imagine updating is going to take a while), but I was thinking about coming back. I also haven't updated this blog in almost a year, so I'm curious if anybody is still reading? My five readers I have returned to you!

I've been reading some BG threads the past couple days and it looks like there's a decent amount of new stuff and that expansion coming.

I've been playing through Dark Souls the past month or so and I'm not sure where I was going with that. So yeah. Thinking of coming back...

Also, Google made Blogspot's post editor UI waaaay nicer than I remembered it.