The day started out like any other. I logged in to FFXI and tried to do something I'd decided on before logging in: Get some of that crazy awesome Abyssean EXP I keep hearing about.
you really shouldn't be EXPing anymore.
Plus, I'm sort of lazy. A six man party with a Scholar makes me Haste-less Cure Bitch. I didn't respond because if I had it would have been to ask if there was a Bard/Corsair/something to make the EXP not retardedly slow, but didn't because I'm deeply cynical and knew there wouldn't be. It would be like peeing on an electric fence to find out if my penis were magically immune to electricity. I assume it isn't and don't really care to learn otherwise. If I miss out on the sublime joy of electrical socket sodomy as a result, so be it.
But I'm getting away from the point. I eventually got an invite to an Abyssea-La Theine group.
It's kind of funny because with huge level 75+ pickup groups you see tons of names you recognize from various occassions over the years in these groups. I wouldn't join /shout Dynamis runs (or whatever), but Abyssean EXP works pretty well with a group of random people. The only hitch seems to be getting melees to not kill with WS.
The run was already underway, so I just tried to follow the lead and mostly healed people with a Drain once in a while. A chest dropped and I /randomed the highest and got this:
A few Cures later and this happened:
Even fewer Cures later, thanks to Abyssean EXP's snowballing nature, and this:
And after the least Cures yet...
...Which makes my MAB+4 M.acc+4 Royal Redingote fucking useless due to the fact I've got an assload of Cruor and bought an MAB+6 Teal body off the AH. So I need to repeat the one retarded "mini-expansion" I actually completed again.
But the spice must flow, so I continued spamming Cures a while longer and capped Scholar entirely.
I had only been meriting/post-75 EXPing in LS/friend's groups, and I had held on to six merit points because I was pretty sure that they'd be used in the level 80 cap quest. Three were used by that quest, so I was at 3/10 merits already.
I got a D2 and cashed a bunch in.
At one point I timed it and we were doing 60k/hr. This was towards the end before I warped to spend merits, so I was getting ~550 EXP every few seconds. I ended up getting ~300,000 EXP. It seems like a waste to go on a level 80 job for "just" 11 merit points. Like a lot of people I had thought getting multiple 75s to 80 was going to be an impossibly daunting task, but it's possible to get a job to 80 and capped for 81 in less time than people spend getting a job to level 10.
Now I need to write PUP macros for my PC and get that to 80.
NIN too...despite having no idea what NIN's Raison d'être is anymore. Maybe NIN80/WHM40 and solo some Campaign NMs? Meh.