Monday, November 30, 2009

Ever Exciting Evoliths Emerge! (11/30/2009)

We're pleased to announce the Evolith System is available to all the adventurers of Vana'diel today!

Oh, wait, it's 5 hours and 30 minutes until December and this "Late November" update with Evoliths is nowhere to be seen. GG SE!

P3:FES vs. P4

I wrote up a rather long comment on Spoony's site earlier and decided to post it here as well:
P3 had an interesting desegregation of story and gameplay in how it had the player playing *only* the main character. It limited things like direct control over the other characters in battle, didn't allow you to directly make the other party members cast spells out of battle (Dia and Recarm mostly although you could request them to heal you), and you could only change a person's equipment by talking to them.

Although these things certainly make it more like the player is actually the MC immersed in the game's world, it also wasn't really that much fun. It also broke with JRPG conventions, and was not particularly liked by many gamers.

P4 changed all these things to the more expected traditional form. I think that's for the better personally, although it really didn't matter that much. It also streamlined and improved things a lot of people didn't like (square button fast travel, etc).

As for which was better, I played P4 before playing P3:FES, and have to say I liked P4 better. P3 definitely had a more "epic" story and darker setting. The Journey was interesting and challenging. The Answer was soul-crushingly difficult. The ending to both parts of P3 was pretty awesome as well.

Where I have to give P4 credit though is mostly because of the characters. It might be because you could form Social Links with everyone who joins the Investigation Team and get to know more about them, but for some reason they just really were awesome. The bad endings were genuinely sad, and the good ending was genuinely heart warming (as cheesy as that may sound). I also found the Social Links to be more interesting and better implemented in general. P4 is easier than P3 though on Normal difficulty because of changes to the battle system and because of the Social Link enhancements your teammates get though which for an SMT game is in my opinion a strike against it.

People complain about the repetition of Tartarus in P3 and point to the different dungeons in P4 as an improvement which is something I have to disagree with. The dungeons in both games were essentially just palette swaps of previous ones, and while P4 has shorter/fewer floors to climb there's really not that much difference between the two. If you don't enjoy dungeon crawling you probably won't like either game. If you enjoy it, or don't mind sitting through some, you will probably enjoy both games.

That's my take on it anyway. Atlus needs to put some more games out on something other than the DS already. :P

Also, I really need to get a DS. :P
So there you have it! P4 > P3, but both are good and you should play them.

Friday, November 27, 2009

75 Fishing!

Well, 75.1 actually. But it's effect is truncated to full digits, so that doesn't matter currently. :-P

Fast approaching 78! Now I just need for the GP fish to pick up and to get lucky with a Gugrusaurus. :-D

F#@&ing Seriously?

You need 94 of these fucking things for 1.1k Guild Points? How fucking stoned was the asshole who came up with that shit?

Spend three hours fishing to fatigue to get 1.1k GP? That's amazingly stupid.

Minor Update: The fish in question also DON'T STACK.

Also, on a mostly unrelated note, "fucktard" or "fucktarded" is a pretty widely accepted profanity contraction of "fuck" and "retard."

I'm thinking "fuckrendous" would be a pretty nice addition to the English language. It could be that I'm a cynical asshole, but I think there's lots of things that could be fairly described as "fucking horrendous" on a daily basis. Think of how much time would be saved with describing them as "fuckrendous" while giving some deserving person the finger instead!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all my fellow US Americans enjoy their Turkey Day today/tomorrow! I'm looking forward to a day of tolerating my relatives and a delicious dinner. Hopefully, we'll actually have some leftover turkey this year.

The meal itself is going to be centered around the bird. I brined a turkey Good Eats style. It's soaking in a salty, sugary chicken broth seasoned with all-spice, rosemary, and peppercorn medley.

The stuffing isn't going to actually be stuffed. Well, not in the bird anyway, it's going to be stuffed into red bell peppers. It'll be composed of challah (Jewish bread made with egg in it so it doesn't fall apart) bread, roasted red onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Some parsley, garlic, sage, and thyme will round out the spice section in it. Stovetop can get fucked next to this stuff's level of awesomeness. The stuff will go into halved, stemmed, and seeded red bell peppers which will go into the oven. They'll probably end up cut in two for serving.

I don't know if there's going to be any cranberry. I don't personally care for the shit and who really wants to eat gelatinized fruit from a can anyway?

There will be some mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes. I don't know if you're supposed to use an 'e' on the end or not and fuck anyone who cares.

Sweet potatoes will also make it into the desert with a sweet potato pie. The crust is typical pie crust, the filling is pumpkin pie spice flavored sweet potato, and the crust on top is an almond brown sugar crispy...thing. I bet it'll taste pretty good. There's also going to be several lemon sponge pies which are a family tradition recipe. Those will be lemony and rad.

And that about covers my Thanksgiving. I hope everyone else will have a nice one or have a nice regular Thursday if it's just another day where you live. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bonanza Ahoy?

Square-Enix is bringing out the Mog Bonanza early this year. They're going a New Years version.

The prizes are mostly similar to last time. Shadow Rings are apparently sooo rad that they're available as two grand prizes.The "Kupon" rewards are the usual Icelands Relic armors with the addition of all the Absolute Virtue drops (that are otherwise unobtainable what with Square-Enix nerfing all the ways to kill the fucking thing).

They also added some retarded to get NM drops like the piercing (or was it slashing?) hand-to-hand weapon from a Fomor NM in a CoP area and the Vilma's Ring which drops off an NM that only spawns when nobody kills the placeholder for half a day. The H2H would be more exciting if SE hadn't added these this update. Which drop off a mob that spawns in a random outdoors area every two or so hours.

I'm not sure whether I'll even bother entering this time. I've gotten absolutely nothing of value from it either of the past two. Somehow I doubt third time will be the charm.

Plus I don't really want 10 inventory spaces taken up for a few months.


Sunday, November 22, 2009


Now in monitor form:
Click to enlarge the awesome.

Story about it over at Anandtech.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The System

So, I've been doing more Fishing than ever lately: Trying to skill up to 78, get my second Ebisu item, and get 85k GP for the Key Item to flag the quest.

The second item is kind of a wild card. I could get it from my next Gugursaurus or my 500th one from now. I'm only up to 70 though, so I'm still only half the average number of fish. It'd be really nice to get it soon though.

As for the skilling up, they're coming slowly but surely:If I win a skill up Ring from Fish Ranking I could get up to the 90s pretty quickly I think.

Guild Points have been pretty sucky. Yesterday was catch 30 Cheval Salmon. Which bite on Fly Lures which Shining Trout also bite on about twice as often. I'm not about to fish halfway to fatigue for 1.2k GP and maybe 1,500 gil from NPCing Shining Trout. Today is catch 15 Elshimo Frogs. That sucks slightly less, but I still don't really care to stand around the fucking jungle for an hour for 2.3k GP. Lots of running around and lots of time to catch all the damned fish because of course you can't buy them anywhere and they're otherwise useless so nobody with half a brain would bother fishing them normally.

Enter: The System

I could instead be in Talacca Cove skilling up and making a pile of gil to buy Gugrusaurus with. Ahtapot (useless version of grimmonite), Mercanbaligi (bream), and Dil (black sole) all bite there on a Shrimp Lure.

Ahtapot go directly to one of the rat people NPCs in Nashmau. That's 700 gil with no headache.

Mercanbaligi I was making Bream Sushi with, but it's three synths per stack. I've only got 100+1 Cooking, so it's not Tier 2 HQ without support. And people flock to Squid Sushi as their default cheapo sushi (despite Bream being better usually), so the shit sells very slowly. Those are now also going to the same rat NPC, who must be wondering what the hell to do with all the fish I sell to him, for a nice 600 gil a pop.

Dil is where the only actual Cooking happens. Sole Sushi takes six synths to make a stack and is a Tier 1 HQ that sells for more than 2x the NQ. Also, despite in theory being a 1/8 or 1/16 HQ rate I've got horrible luck with it HQing. My break rate is significantly higher. There's ocassionally a fluke like above though.

The synths each make about 2.5k gil profit, not counting breaks, and move fairly quickly, so it's decent money. Between the NPC gil and the AH Sole Sushi sales I can buy about 7-10 Gugrusaurus a day.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

More Fishing!

After getting my Opal Silk yesterday, I decided to try and get the other Ebisu item today!I also decided to try and get a the reward from Fish Ranking which is a 180 charge Ring that gives you a second chance for skill ups everytime you catch a fish above your level.

The target fish is this:So it was off to the Boyhada Tree with a bunch of flies as bait!With 60 flies I only managed about 10 fish.

I did get a really small one though, which is the goal, so I'm pretty happy.I think it should at least place if not get up there in the top 5. Last competition was Lik (which was why I bought a bunch not realizing it was already over, and started Ebisu instead XD) and there weren't even 20 entries. Hopefully my score of 460 is the lowest or up there.

I'm bazaaring a bunch of lowish ~100 size fish for 50k each overnight. Hopefully, somebody will buy one and I'll have money for 2.5 Gugrusaurus for Ebisu. Speaking of Ebisu...

Needs Moar Ebisu!

On the Ebisu front I'm now more than double my 0/~18 of yesterday and am 0/43. One of the Ebisu fishers who catches the fish I'm buying was nice enough to give me two for free after buying a bunch. How awesome would it have been for one of those to have had it? lol But I'm still <100 under the average number of fish, so I can't complain too much. Well, yet anyway.

I'm not going to sell anything expensive that I use to buy fish, so I'll probably slow my fish buying down and go back to Talacca Cove to skill up some more and NPC the fish there to fund Gugrusaurus purchases. Once I hit the 90s I could attempt to catch some myself, but it would probably be easier to make money elsewhere and just continue buying them.

That's it for today! Anyone else fishing, crafting, or working on a relic lately?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

71.4 FIshing! Also: Holy S*%& YES!!!!!

I went to Talacca Cove tonight to do some more Fishing and got a nice .9 worth of skill ups. I netted about 50k worth of fish to NPC/make sole sushi out of.

I also spent a bunch more money on Liks and Gugrusaurus making me:
1/52 Lik
0/6 GugrusaurusI've got Opal Silk!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!! :-D

Now to buy all the Gugrusaurus I can find and start getting Guild Points with the Fisherman's Guild so I can flag the quest at 78. XD

Monday, November 16, 2009


0/36 on Liks.

0/5 on Gugrusaurus.

Spent about 500k on all those fishies. :-P

Friday, November 13, 2009


Seriously, really?

NIN/RNG > Steely Weapon

I tried to kill one using a Shark Gun and Iron Bullets as NIN/DNC yesterday. But it depopped still very much alive before I was able to get it to 30%.

I went back as NIN/RNG later and was able to solo one. Get 150%+ TP, pop sushi, Sharpshot, Slug Shot, Barrage, shoot, Slug Shot, shoot a bit more, kill! Of course a real Ranger would probably be able to drop it with just a Slug Shot and Barrage, but it's a nice alternative for people too lazy to actually level it (still 57!).

The Shantotto expansion has been (in my opinion fairly) criticized for the artificial difficulty of NMs that only take certain types of damage. There's also the whole synthing + critical breaks thing for people who don't have crafts leveled (as well as some from people who do).

Ninja is in an odd position with the NMs in that it can deal slashing (durr, katanas), piercing (dagger), ranged (gun), and blunt damage (h2h and preferably some Waghs, Warp Cudgel is too low DPS), AND magic damage (-ton Ninjutsu). With the exception of magic damage NMs, which I killed with a bunch of people from Epic, I was able to solo all the NMs. I think I'd probably need to unlock the three :San spells that work on the particular NMs and go /RDM with HQ Staves to drop them in time. With just some INT/MAB gear it wasn't enough.

It's still a needlessly irritating and frankly stupid "quest" though. Also, sticking ranged damage-only NMs at the entrance to Ro'Maeve pretty well fucks up the Fields of Valor soloing there for most jobs. I can only imagine the fun that will be camping Shikigami Weapon with NMs you can't sleep, damage, or kill all over the place.

After wandering around the sewers under Windy collecting glowy things I'm now up to a BCNM with a bunch of Tarutaru Fomor things. If you haven't done this expansion, I assure you that no it really doesn't make any more sense in context.

After that it's some cutscenes, collecting more glowying things in a different crappy hole in the ground, and then a fight that most people are saying is ridiculously hard.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

So... what do Network Administrators actually do?

I've been looking for a job lately. And it hasn't been going well. In fact, it's been going rather poorly.

The job interview from Monday resulted in a nice "Fuck you" letter in the mail today. I hope those assholes get swine flu followed by some nice Super AIDS. Bitches.

But as I look at more jobs on various job websites I find myself wondering "What the hell do Network Administrators actually do?" I mean you've got lots of user's PCs and some servers and various network devices. Once they're setup and plugged in they mostly keep working. If you're spending 8 hours a day 5 days a week at a place I can't picture it being constant pandemonium with shit breaking everywhere and the servers needing constant poking and prodding. Hide in the back and surf the Internet? Sneak out the back and go for coffee?

I'm having a hard time picturing it as anything but either insanely heavy constant work or completely mind-numbingly boring.

Anybody been in this line or work or have a friend who's told them what their day is like?

Alcohol & Seeing Triple

I was slightly wasted last night. But I logged back on to do the new expansion some more and see if being triple the legal limit makes it more tolerable. It turns out, it makes it pretty funny. Funny in a ridiculous not at all intentional way, but LOLtastic nonetheless.

I ran into three people from Epic/Oops/NeedsMoreRelics who were in Norg and running around SSG getting behind doors to snap Pankration pictures so they could get a key item to force pop some NMs in Gustav Tunnel. Makes perfect sense, right? So we all got our pictures and went to go kill the NMs.

The NMs are triple NPCs. Just three random Tenshodo guys who spam the piss out of Utsusemi: Ni to no effect for five minutes before spawning tons of wimpy clones that ran all over stabbing everyone. I switched from my MNK/WHM avatar killing combo (pro-tip: I killed all six of the fuckers and got a 10k reward instead of the 50k other people go; just do the easiest to get to three and save yourself two hours) to Scholar/Red Mage. With wimpy monsters they may not hit hard, but 10 of them hitting you for 20 damage at Hundred Fists speed you will go down quickly.

Enter stage left: Phalanx. You're now being hit for 0 damage. And you've got a 350 Stoneskin buffer. Add in a Terra's Staff and Jelly Ring and you will take no damage. Between Phalanx+Stoneskin and one Regen II nobody ever was in any danger.

Unfortunately, SCH/RDM doesn't get the AoE earth damage staff WS for some reason, so I couldn't AoE WS them. (Note to self: Bring dagger.) But with three other people there slashing and stabbing the clones they all died pretty rapidly. Since the clones are unsleepable it's also one of the rare occassions when AoE Bio II is sort of handy.

So yeah. This segment of Shantotto ended up being hilariously easy too. One step for man, one giant leap towards Dragon Pants.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but I'm thinking I'll go Movement speed +8% and MAB+4. That way I could idle and nuke in them. They won't be as good as Physical damage -4% would be for idle or as an "OH SHIT!!!" piece, but they will be good enough to stand around in most of the time.

The INT+2 MAB+4 will be better than Mahatma's Slops for damage most of the time as well which is nice.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Difference a Day Makes

I'm doing the latest Shantotto thingy today.

I think Square-Enix really managed to put people off these things with ACP. Because it's only been 24 hours and there's very little competition for the initial fetch quests. I got a bunch of the items farmed up, synthed the five pre-synths and finally made my Enfeeblement of Blinding (or whatever it's called) about 50% of the synths HQ'd (same results as NQ), and no breaks until after the final product when I made some additional inks and boxes for the Auction House.

I farmed all the stuff up as MNK/WHM going with /WHM because the items are all adjacent to crag zones. Droprates kind of sucked, but I got all my items and a few spares quickly.

It's pretty weird walking around all these old zones that I have no reason to come to anymore. It's also kind of annoying since I forget a lot of them. :-P

I'm now doing a walk-a-thon to kill hilariously weak versions of the Prime Avatars. They have completely horrible accuracy. I don't think they even have the cap of 20% accuracy. They also don't have the -50% physical damage taken that every other avatar in the game has (I wonder if SMN PCs' pets lost it too as an update bug?) I just killed Ifrit as MNK/WHM and took 0 damage. Slow from /WHM even stuck. Leviathan was even easier. He was slowed and paralyzed all fight.

After I go and punch the crap out of Shiva I'll be ready to move on to some sort of annoying key item collection walk-a-thon and then be ready for some fight. A fight that if I lose it will have to re-do the stupid key item collection crap.


At least I get some pants for this shit. Well, and 40k that I got from selling those extra thingies I farmed this morning.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Flat Shield, "Set:" Items, Thoughts on the Version Update & More!

This humble author discovered the source of the Flat Shield. Stats:
Flat Shield
[Sub] All Races
INT+1 MND+1 MP recovered while healing +2
(I also just now figured out how the align HTML tag works.)

It looks like a really nice shield from 30-51 and the elemental staves. Combine it with the Rare/Ex hMP+ Club from West Sarutabaruta for /healing and an INT/MND+ Club for nukes/cures. Best of all, it's source isn't something most people can do. (It's a level 100 Fish that you need a Lu Shang's Rod to catch.)

"Set:" Items!

There's also a number of "Set:" items that actually look really nice. The first is this pair:
Helenus's Earring [Rare][Ex]
LV60 All Jobs
Set: "Magic Atk. Bonus"+5
Magic Accuracy+5

Cass. Earring [Rare][Ex]
LV60 All Jobs
Set: "Magic Atk. Bonus"+5
Magic Accuracy+5
These two are sisters or something in Greek mythology. There's no info on where they come from yet, but it's probably safe to assume that they're a pair.

While Novio (MAB+7) and Static (Magic Burst damage+5%) are still best for Magic Bursts, which no one uses anymore, and Novio and Moldavite (MAB+5) are best for free nuke damage, on anything remotely hard the Magic Accuracy +5 will probably trump them in unresisted damage over time.

It could also be a good pair to get for Dark Magic skill and magical Blue Magic.

The next are two juicy melee rings:
Lava's Ring [Rare][Ex]
[Finger] All Races
+5 +5 +5 +5 Set: DEF:+6 Accuracy+12 Attack+6
LV 55 All Jobs

Kusha's Ring [Rare][Ex]
[Finger] All Races
+5 +5 +5 +5 Set: DEF:+6 Accuracy+12 Attack+6
LV 55 All Jobs
These two are named after brothers in Hindu mythology, so it's safe to assume they're probably a set. This is better than two Sniper's/Woodsman Rings. It's also potentially free which makes it better than spending 6 million gil on two Toreador's Rings or Sniper's +1's.

You'd basically have two Divisor Rings which work 100% of the time post-55. (Accuracy +6, Attack +3).

But what about something for the tanking job types? Well, PLD/NIN (all people use) would benefit from the preceding two Acc/Att+ rings, but they get some tank-specific love too:
Nasatya's Ring [Rare][Ex]
[Finger] All Races
Physical damage taken -1% Set: HP+50 MP+50
LV 55 All Jobs

Dasra's Ring [Rare][Ex]
[Finger] All Races
Magic damage taken -1% Set: HP+50 MP+50
LV 55 All Jobs
-1% damage taken and HP+50 & MP+50. Not bad at all. There's better stuff you could use, but there has been for all of these so far.

Rangers aren't left out either:
Altdorf's Earring [Rare][Ex]
[Ear] All Races
Ranged Accuracy+1 Set: AGI+8
LV 60 All Jobs

Wilhelm's Earring [Rare][Ex]
[Ear] All Races
Ranged Attack+1 Set: AGI+8
LV 60 All Jobs
These two are...german...let's say brothers. I don't feel like checking Wikipedia yet again. :-P

This beats out Drone Earrings x2, but you'd still probably want Triumph Earrings for WS. They probably won't cost you 1.5 million gil though, so I kind of like these better. You can also use them about 12 levels sooner.

So there's a little bit of "Set:" loving for everyone. How useful they'll end up being will probably be determined by how you get them. If it's from Moblin Maze Mongers, then nobody will end up getting them because no one does MMM because MMM IS FUCKING LAME.

Thoughts on the Version Update

I've gotta say I'm underwhelmed. I logged in and did some fishing yesterday and didn't see anything new.

Well, I traded in two new fish to Zaldon for the Inside the Belly quest, but I'm not counting that. (Also, if you're on Hades go buy my overpriced Flat Shield for 300k :P)

I could try to start the Shantotto thing, but I hear it's pretty fucked. (Here, here, here, etc.) There's crafting that has to be done by the player in it too which is pissing people off. I haven't attempted it, but having nearly all my crafts to 60 I wouldn't anticipate problems.

If these synths are "different" in that you can do them at any level with the same chance of success/failure and skill up to at least 60 they could be potentially pretty awesome. The only reason my Smithing and Goldsmithing aren't 60 yet is because it's going to cost me 1-2 million gil to cap them.

New Inside the Belly Fish?

There's been some updates to the Wiki as people try new fish and find ones that work. There's also this odd excerpt listing of "new items" from that shows these:
This crustacean can be found all over Vana'diel.
Dark Bass
This freshwater fish lives in lakes and marshes across Vana'diel.
This ornery freshwater fish lives in the rivers of Mindartia.
Black Eel
This freshwater fish lives in the rivers of Gustaberg.
Moat Carp
This freshwater fish is found in lakes and marshes all over Vana'diel.
Copper Frog
This amphibian is common in marshes and lakes across Quon.
Shining Trout
This freshwater fish lives in the clear streams to the north of Quon.
Bastore Sardine
This saltwater fish lives in the coastal waters of the Bastore Sea.
This saltwater fish can be found all over the southern seas.
Tiger Cod
This saltwater fish lives primarily in the Sea of Shu'Meyo.
Ogre Eel
This saltwater fish lives in the reefs along the Bastore Sea coast.
Nosteau Herring
These saltwater fish can be found all over the northern seas.
Gold Lobster
An arthropod found on the Bastore sea floor.
These large saltwater fish are common in the coastal waters near Mindartia.
Giant Catfish
This giant freshwater fish lives in the lakes and marshes of Quon.
Giant Donko
A giant freshwater fish found in the lakes of Zepwell Island.
This giant freshwater fish lives in the lakes and marshes of Mindartia.
This saltwater fish inhabits the reefs of the Arrapago Islands. Its fins are extremely poisonous.
Gigant Octopus
This gargantuan cephalopod makes its home beneath the boulders that litter the floor of the Bastore Sea.
Veydal Wrasse
This enormous saltwater fish is named after a legendary admiral.
Gugru Tuna
Schools of these saltwater fish can be seen swimming the southern sea currents.
Bhefhel Marlin
This giant saltwater fish can be found in the Bhefhel Gulf. Also known as the "Bhefhel Demon."
This rarely seen giant saltwater fish has teeth as sharp as knives.
This enormous saltwater fish has a swordlike tusk growing from its head.
Three-eyed Fish
A rarely seen giant saltwater fish with three eyes.
These are all OLD pre-existing fish. I'm curious if their .DATs got bumped to new numbers or something. Or if these are some of the new fish that can be traded in.

Some of them definitely can be traded in, like Bladefish for instance, and a few were known to be able to be traded before this update. But is the guy taking Crayfish now? That's like a level 3 cap fish. Will people be able to get Onion Swords or something from them?

It's something I'll definitely have to check out.

But really if Fishing is the most interesting thing about this update to me...I think it's fair to say this one was pretty lame.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

70 Fishing!

I did some more fishing in Talacca Cove last night and dinged into 70! I got another .5 before logging for the night too.

NPCing the Mercanbaligi and Ahtapots and turning the Dils into Sole Sushi is netting me ~100k/day and I'm only fishing about halfway to the Fishing fatigue cap.

Sole Sushi is supposed to be a Tier 1 synth, but I've had horrible luck with HQing. I've broken twice as many synths as I've HQ'd. It still nets me about 2.5k profit per synth though so I can't complain.

I have to decide if I want to use the money to buy up Liks and Gugrusaurus for an Ebisu Rod or save up the gil for something like a second Toreador's Ring or Cuculain's Mantle. (Of course if I can get Accuracy+ on my Amemet +1 from the stuff in this coming update, then I won't need the mantle.)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Justifiable Homocide

It's 1:27AM.

You do not shittilly play your drums across the street from me right now.

Some people would like to drink in peace. :-P

Friday, November 6, 2009

It Begins.

0/14 on Liks.

And I got my Fishing up to a very sexy 69.5 last night.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

...Why are there no crystals on the AH?

There's less than 100 total listed items under crystals on Hades right now.

There's literally 0 Light crystal stacks.

There's 4 Ice crystal stacks.

There's 2 Lightning crystal stacks.

There's 6 stacks of Earth crystals. Which are what I need to make all these Dil I fished up into sushi. Um...what the fuck? I'm not about to go farm the fucking things myself, ya know.

Is this RMT doing something weird? What's going on here? >.>

Stuff I'd like to buy

Since life is nothing without disappointment, I'll go out on a limb and assume that I get hired after a job interview on Monday. The money isn't great, but it beats the hell out of having no money.

My crap is old and dilapidated:So, I've been thinking about crap to buy before I start saving money for more long term things:

1.) Nintendo DS

I may very well be able to play a handheld (or toy around with a cellphone or whatever) for much of the work day. So it only makes sense to start spending money to make making more money more enjoyable.

There's a buttload (technical term) of RPGs on the DS I'd like to play.

And Yoshi's Island.

Yoshi's Island fucking rocks!

1.a.) A new MegaTen game!

I finished Persona 3 and now I have no soulcrushingly difficult JRPGs to play. I'm thinking Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2. They look interesting and the only other thing Atlus has on PS2 is the Devil Summoner series games that have Colon Cancer.

2.) New computer stuff!

I'm definitely upgrading from my 8 year old setup. A Core i5 looks like it would serve me well. But I'm kind of tempted to go to an intermediary Core 2 Duo chip with a motherboard with HDMI output first. Why? Because I'd really like to get a Home Theatre PC thing going which brings me to the next item.

3.) A TV!

My current one I need to beat on to make it stop being staticy and shitty and work properly. Something in the range of 32" that looks nice would be a tremendous improvement.

And since I'd have a PC around that can output to HDMI I could enjoy some big screen PC gaming. As well as watch Bluray movies on it or whatever.

4.) This will take a while...

After that stuff's out of the way, it's time to save up quite a bit of money and get a decent place. Assuming I get hired, I'm figuring it'll take about a month and a half to get to this point. Which isn't bad at all.

I can only imagine how happy I'd be if I had found a well paying job. :-P just got even more useful!

And they didn't even do anything! Square-Enix announced some more info on the "Synergy" thing they're adding in a second (late November) update.

Because you'll apparently need certain synthesis skill levels in certain synergy recipes, the page for your own LS member's crafts just got waaaay more handy. Being able to search for crafters on there will also probablly be more useful than ever as well.

I'm kind of tempted to hurry and finish leveling my Goldsmithing (47) and Smithing (50) to 60 in case they end up being useful as well.

Under the "Synergy Skill" section it kind of sounds like Square-Enix is making the contract synthesis that some people do and the "synth for a friend" thing sort of more official. Like how people used to organize their own in-game weddings and Square-Enix eventually got around to offerring it as an actual service with signed Rare/Ex rings and fireworks.

As for the acutal "synergy" how it works with the Synergy Furnaces in towns is explained in "Synergizing via a Communal Furnace." From the sound of it after getting a key item you'll be eligible to form a party with people with different synthesis skills, get in line to use the synergy furnace in town, get a sufficient amount of "fewell" from the NPC in exchange for gil, and then drop in your ingredients. Only the person who got in line for the furnace can add ingredients or obtain the results.

Then there's some vague process where you need to operate the furnace and make sure it does not explode. You'd think specifics would be good here. What with the fiery death and all. It's still up in the air how it works at the moment though. Elemental balances and whatnot.

Everyone else who participates besides the person who supplied the items and got the resultant products gets...ash. Yes, "cinder", is the reward. You'll be able to trade them in for things that make you better at Synergy. Kind of circular rewards/reasoning there, but it will probably be Synergy skill +1 equipment like there is for the guilds (hats/glasses, aprons, mog house furnishings, etc). I'm betting you'll only be able to trade in a few per real life day like guild points.

Fiery death and destruction and customizable augments. I get the feeling that "Synergy" will actually be pretty popular. At least initially like Pankration. Whether it stays popular will depend on whether or not you can actually get good equipment from doing it.

If you can watch noobs blowing up Synergy Furnaces in the middle of town and die it'll at least be popular as a spectator sport. Evil people everywhere approve of Synergy.

What will be broken in the coming Version Update

As an aspiring computer scientist of mediocre credentials, I, evilpaul, shall now tell you, all three of my readers, what Square-Enix will be breaking soon in your immediate FFXI futures.

1) The new ranged attack "efficiency" messages will cause Xbox 360 users to disconnect from the game.

We've seen it before with Aura Steal for great lulz. We'll see it again for ranged attacks. There will be many BG threads about someone on Lakshmi, or another server that I don't think there's actual real life people playing on, who post about Fafnir MPKs because their Aegis PLD was forcibly d/c'd repeatedly until the disreputable HNMLS stole it finally.

2) Ready, the new BST JA, is broken. You can use certain TP moves over and over infinitely until you get bored and do something else. If this includes 1000 Needles it will be used to kill AV and Starcade will Rage Quit over it.

3) Dancer's new Job Trait, "Conserve TP" which is learned at level 40, causes Waltzes to occasionally use less TP activates 100% of the time. Lulz of epic levels ensue as people realize on forums everywhere that Dancers being massively overpowered healers, albeit temporarily, doesn't affect game balance. Square-Enix responds by nerfing Conserve TP to such a degree that stacking equipment with it in every slot is still worthless. So everyone still considers Dancer the 2004 Dragoon of 2009.

4) Evolith NMs spawn claimed to third-parties who were checking the ??? at the time someone else spawned it. It happened with Kirin. It will happen with a mandragora of doom in East Sarutabaruta. And it will be pretty funny.

5) Moblin Maze Mongers fishing things prevents people from getting Fishing skill ups. Thanks to the addition of something involving Fishing with MMM you won't be able to level Fishing.

You heard it here first, folks!

Minor Update: And with the news on POL today, I'm predicting people will cause Spike Flails at Tiamat using field summoned Synergy Furnaces.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wow, that's actually not stupid.

Square-Enix is letting people pick their own augments, which still seem to be obtained randomly, and add several to pieces of equipment and remove them later if they choose to.

Assuming these "Evolith" things don't suck too much to obtain that's actually pretty cool.

I got the AIDS, fellas!!!

No, I didn't actually get the AIDS, but I did get my Fishing to level 68!

Now I need to get a Bladefish for the guild to get ranked up or just continue until I'm close to 70 and then get a Bladefish. A meatball outside Windy will get a Bladefish though, so I'm tempted to just mail my Lu's to my mule, buy some meatballs from the guild, and have at it.

Also, my condolences to anyone who actually did get the AIDS. This world sucks enough without an imminent GAME OVER screen.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sweet! I still don't have any need/desire to get the lolMoogle Expansion!

Square-Enix is releasing some sort of cape that teleports everyone in a party to the location of the person with lead. From the sounds of it, you just enter a code or something and it'll be in your Delivery Box (or maybe from the Lower Jeuno coffer).

Conspicuously absent is that you can't use it in any of the WotG or ToAU areas. I guess that's to prevent Sandworm/Ixion abuse and to keep people from cheesing their way to ZNMs islets and/or ToAU HNMs (Khim, Cerb, lolHydra, etc).

The only non-stupid use for this:

Getting to the ENM in Uleguerand Range.

Level your alternate character's mule to Lv.30, plus enough buffer EXP to still be level 30 with Raise 1, and park it on the ledge.

Well, honestly it's getting to several of the ENMs. It works in Attohwa Chasm too, so park a mule up top there with the cape. That ENM is better than Brothers since you can get a Hagun (or two) out of the treasure crate.

Getting to EXP camps?

If Square-Enix released this to make getting to an EXP camp easier it's pretty retarded. People don't level in Zilart areas anymore. And the 40 hour cooldown on it makes it pretty useless for that.

What it all means...

If you bought all three mini-expansions and have a small group to ENM with: Level some mules and park 'em at the appropriate spots.

If you didn't buy all three and/or don't have a few friends to ENM with. You shouldn't care about this.

Now, we wait...

With the Version Update only 7 days away I think we've heard most of the news we're going to about it. Maybe, although I doubt it personally, an avatar announced the day of the update.

Square-Enix always saves any "potentially severe changes to the game's economy" type things for the day of as well. I'm pretty sure they don't have any such changes planned.

I'll try to get around to writing a speculative "What they broke with this update" before the 9th to see how much I guess correctly this time.