Now that I’ve finished my TAAT socks (picture will be posted once I actually weave in my ends, so sometime by 2025 I’m sure) I’ve decided on my next project. It’s called Cable Crush Hoodie and it’s a pattern by Chantal Miyagishima (Knitatude) which you can find on Ravelry and on her own site as well. It’s an absolutely beautiful sweater that includes cables in the front and back, a batwing sleeve construction, and a hood with icord draw string. I’m knitting it in upcycled wool from knitpicks, which is basically wool constructed of bits and pieces of other wool that wasn’t enough to make an entire skein of type A. Chantal’s patterns are easy to follow and use lovely construction, my silver bell sweater was also one of her designs and had I used the appropriate yarn I’m sure mine would have turned out better (not that it isn’t lovely, it is). I’m hoping to do well with this one, and have it turn out as beautiful as all of the others. I have never knit a hood before, but I have done quite a few cables. It’s knit in worsted yarn, so I’m also hoping it doesn’t drag on forever and maybe I can get it completed before Halloween. We’ll see. I’m a bit further along than this picture shows, I’ve done 8 rows of ribbing, and I’m on row 6 of the body. I’ll do row 1-10 4 times, so I’m 6/40. That’s something, at least. The sweater starts out at 230 stitches and grows to 310 – I’m hoping to knit 5 rows a day. Let’s see if I can do it!
A ton of my friends are playing FFXIV right now. World of Warcraft is also still being played, but it’s not boasted about as much. I’m playing EQ2 (and EQ1) and meandering my way along – but let’s face it, most of the time you want to be playing where all of your friends are playing. I love FFXIV and I was playing it a lot this year, but no one I knew was playing at the same time as me. I was on a different server (I’m not even sure why) and basically just going through the motions.
Then friends started to trickle back, and then they absolutely flooded back, especially with the announcement of a new expansion. I started getting excited too. I haven’t finished the MSQ (main story quest) yet with current tier content, I think I’m on quests around level 75 or so. I still have things to unlock, and quests to work towards. Not only that, but I absolutely love crafting in this game, so I’ve got that to work on, too. I just recently raised all of my DoH (disciple of the hand) jobs to 70+ (with one at 80) and all of my DoL (disciple of the land) jobs have been at 80 for some time. I also finally leveled a class I enjoy to 80 (bard) so that means I’ve got both bard and dancer sitting there. Next, a healer. Then maybe a tank – having one of each type of job is handy for those days when I want to play one thing or another. FFXIV caters to people like me who always have a BILLION alts – but who don’t really WANT a billion alts, we just want to be able to do it all. Now I can. Easily. Inventory is probably my greatest hold, and I recently went through and cleaned out my retainers making some hefty gil in the meantime thanks to all those new players.
Any way. The point is I WANT to catch up before Endwalker. I’ve got 90 some odd days I believe, and I’m confident that if I actually PLAY the game, I can get there. Or you know I may just continue on as I have been, dipping into all of the pots out there and just enjoying myself. Who knows.
Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
TW for mental health
Let’s face it, the past almost two years have not been “normal” for anyone, and I don’t believe there is any such thing as “normal” as we know it any more. I feel like the covid pandemic has changed things forever, and we’re best moving forward instead of trying to go backwards to what things used to be like.
If it was only the pandemic had happened, I might find myself in a slightly better mental health state than I do today – but for me, things are a bit more complicated. Turns out, I’m lonely. Lonely to the point of being depressed and spending a lot of days a mixture of angry and sad. Not only has the pandemic happened, but for the past 1.5 years I’ve been posted to an isolated post in the far North of Canada. For those unfamiliar, I live on a reservation, there’s nothing but dirt roads for 200km in any direction. Our internet on the best of days is 5mb/s and our upload speed is .02. There’s no grocery stores within a 6h (3h each way) drive, and I had incredibly high hopes of getting involved with the community and learning the culture, except the pandemic happened and then well, people don’t like my family (even though they’ve never met us) because my husband is RCMP. A lot of people don’t like me, either.
Let’s talk about that a bit. I’ve always grown up thinking that you should speak your mind – but that is not true. You should NOT speak your mind if you want friends. People do not like it when others speak their mind. I always thought ‘hey, it’s OK if your opinions differ, people will see past that, and you’ll come out alright’ – NOT true. Arguments are what break friendships apart. I’m not talking opinions like whether or not we should all get vaccinated (we should, I’m not even willing to discuss that) but simple things. Being confrontational is not a friend trait that others admire. Humans also tend to be pretty self centered. They want to talk about themselves (I’m a fine example of that this AM) and getting them to look past their own nose at the greater picture is a difficult task. There is no real point to this post except to say yeah, I’m lonely. I find it difficult to make friends, I am not used to ‘playing nice’ and that usually ends up backfiring.
I have lots of acquaintances, and people I ‘talk’ to in an online sense and have for years now. I am fairly certain that I know more about any of them than they know about me. In real life, I’ve made attempts to be friendly and make friends and then I get screwed over and hurt, and I know it’s because I’m difficult to handle, I’m not overly social, I’m not overly friendly, I’m confrontational. I get angry quickly and cool down just as fast. I love to argue and debate and to me it typically means nothing much and five minutes later I’ve moved on, but for most people it turns into something a lot more complicated.
I don’t work, and am a full time Mom, so my hours of when I’m available or online are sporadic at best. I cannot expect anyone to instantly be around when I need them, and I have no idea how to make friends as a grown up. So I sit here and write this blog in case there’s someone else out there going through the same thing. We’ll be OK. We always are. But it sure is lonely.
I’ve been away from EQ2 since 2016, so of course I’ve missed out on a few expansions worth of content. One of my broader goals while I’m playing is to get my crafters caught up; including the quest chains (signature) that they’re missing. I had a few characters who were not quite 100 crafter (that was the cap when I played last) so my initial goal is to get them all to 100 through guild writs. Then after that, they’ll start signature quests. It’s a long and tedious process, but one that I actually find quite enjoyable. For each character that you have at cap, you gain a 20% bonus for the alts. I know that there’s probably going to be an expansion coming up that raises the level cap (again) and I’d like to be ready for it. I am not 100% sure that I’ll be playing, but I’d like to be.
Thing is, almost everyone I know is playing FFXIV. I also want to be playing FFXIV. I think that game is incredible – but I also don’t want to be paying for more than one subscription at a time, and I’m not ready to bail on EQ2 yet, having just returned and invested in the current expansion. I’m fighting off the urge with all of my being. There was a time when I might have subscribed to 2-3 maybe even 4 MMO at once, but these days I’m a lot more realistic about where I put my money. After all, I could subscribe to one MMO and have some play money left over for yarn, or.. well, you see what I’m getting at here. Yarn > all.
Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
I finally got my very first celestial loot today! I think it was from a chest as I was going around clearing out quests, and I’m tickled that it was such a nice upgrade over what I was wearing previously. I’ve been working on the Reign of Shadows signature quest line, and slowly unlocking zones and dungeons for my account(s). A real life friend has also returned to Antonia Bayle, so we’ve been clearing out some old raid zones that used to smack us around back in the day. Thanks to the ability to mentor down using a chrono feature, the encounters were worth loot, and a lot of awesome guild status. Our tiny guild of three is almost level 97, which I’m quite proud of after all of these years!
Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
I’m finally working the cuff of my sock, and it’s turning out lovely. I’m knitting through the back loop to keep the rows neat and organized, in a 1×1 ribbed pattern. A few more rows, and I can comfortably bind these socks off and move on to the next project! With fall just around the corner I’m thinking a nice cardigan is in order, but we’ll just have to see. I don’t tend to plan my projects but just go with whatever mood I’m in when I’m searching through my stash.
Speaking of stash, I decided to explore Hobbii a bit and see if I could get the site to work in my favour. See, Canada has a rule that if you order anything more than $100 from outside the country, you have to pay duties (on most things, not everything). Sometimes companies cover this cost (like Knitpicks) and other times, the company does not (Hobbii). Duty fees are high, and Hobbii also has a pretty high shipping cost if you don’t buy enough to qualify for free shipping. So free shipping is $75 USD, and duty is anything under $100. I managed to spend around $98.89 CAD which put me into both of those categories. I bought a yarn bag (for storage / projects on the go), and around 10 skeins of yarn. Most are sock yarn but two skeins are worsted weight acrylic that I’m hoping turn into a nice sweater. Some people really love their yarn, others have opinions. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try, and in the grand scheme of things, this little experiment didn’t cost me too much (plus it has been a while since I picked up any yarn).
My inquisitor (who happens to own a room in Qeynos) has an adorable halfling sized home that I’m quite proud of, even if it has aged a bit. She has all of her comforts, as well as a nice fulfilling kitchen. What sort of halfling would she be if she didn’t have an impressive pantry, after all! It was lovely to go back to her home and tour through her collection of items. Each character of mine has their own home decorated to suit their personalities. I’ve always loved that EQ2 gave me the opportunity to do that.
Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
This week I created a new character over on the Maj’dul server, and joined a small group of friends who are going through some older content. I decided to go with a Halfling coercer – sometime between when I played last in 2016 and now, they moved enchanters over to the ‘neutral’ category so that you could be either illusionist or coercer with any race available. In the past, coercers were limited to evil races. Illusionists were limited to good races. I love coercers. It’s my favourite class. I also love halflings, they’re my favourite race. It made sense that I went with this combination.
I made it to level 30 pretty easily and that’s where I turned all of my adventure experience to AA so that I could stay at this level for a while. I also decided to go down the jewel craft line for crafting, and I made it to level 55. That lets me get some mount quests out of the way and unlocks some things that would be unavailable unless I raised my adventure level.
Next was to find a home. I’m using my second account for this character, so I don’t have a lot of the bells and whistles that my main account has. I did have a few veteran bonuses to claim, and after touring through a number of different prestige homes, I settled on the Isle of Refuge.
I plan on creating a farm / garden type home for my halfling coercer, and refurbishing the basement that comes in the mage tower into some sort of bedroom. These days there are tons of building blocks and other items you can use to completely build your dream home from scratch, and I’d like mine to be halfling sized. There’s also an editor you can use to make sure your items get placed exactly how you’d like them, flipping and rotating them and all that good stuff. The homeshow channel (/join antonia_ bayle.homeshow) is as active as ever, with competitions and events being posted on the forums, and once again I’m reminded of how hands-on this community is (and how much I love it). For now, there’s very little in the home, but I’m sure that will change with time.
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
What have I been up to since I’ve returned to game? Well, to start it off I do have three active accounts – these were the same accounts I had active on EQ1, since station access grants all access across games, I just continued playing them. I’m used to the alt-tab method of boxing, and since EQ2 has a spell queue system, it’s pretty simple. I spent a little time deciding what I wanted my group to be and settled on my coercer/carpenter, fury/sage, berzerker/woodworker for the main group – along with two mercenary. That leaves me with room to invite others to play, or to use the mercenary depending on whether or not I can find a group. Next came leveling. The berzerker and the fury are already 120, but the coercer is(was) sitting at level 100 from when I played last and was leveling in Skyshrine. I’m not sure where to level these days, most people say that questing through PoM is the way to go, and then you can get from 110-120 in about three hours of pre-blood of luclin questing. I’m not quite at that point yet, but I did take the coercer to the Plane of Magic to quest, and she’s sitting at level 105.
Next was to work on their crafting. I’ve been trying to get them all to at least 100 crafter, and then working on the tradeskill quests to raise them further. Right now the sage just hit level 51, and the woodworker and carpenter were already at 100 from last time I played. I have them training their mounts, training their mercenary, training familiars, participating in Overseer – and that’s pretty much where I’m at so far. I’ve been doing two solo dungeons in RoS (current content) but I haven’t continued the timeline yet because I want that coercer to be able to quest as well, and for now she’s too small.
When the summer event starts next week (the 10th is the reported date) I’ll have three more 120 boosts (one per account) and I plan on using them to boost up some alts, not only for the 20% bonus they provide for having max level characters, but also to give me some options if I don’t feel like using the static group. I’ve also been participating in the Festivals that are ongoing, the Tinkerers Fest ends tonight at 1am and the Kelethin city festival is going on right now. With all of the writs I’ve been doing I have a lot of city tokens to be able to spend. Speaking of which, the guild is inching its way towards 95 in which case I MIGHT actually upgrade the guild hall to a T4 hall instead of a T3 one (I can’t actually remember if it’s 95 for this or 100). I know it’s just me actively playing right now, but my guild is compromised of a few real life friends who haven’t played since 2016 and I find the status and plat requirements fairly simple these days.
In any case, that’s where I’m at and what I’m up to! As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.
Before anyone asks, yes, there are still updates to EQ2 – so what’s coming up? The producer’s letter goes into details on what we can expect this summer, including an update that is releasing August 10th, just around the corner. They are also going to be running a sort of ‘welcome back’ promotion, where if you’ve got an all access account you can obtain a 120 character boost. I do NOT suggest this for anyone actually returning to the game, but at least grab it and use it for an alt (which is exactly what I plan on doing). There will be bonus satchels if you’re questing in Reign of Shadows (the latest expansion) and are also an all access member, and they include things like currency.
There used to be an event called Days of Summer – which is being renamed this year to Panda, Panda, Panda! I’ve actually never participated in this before, so I’m looking forward to checking it out and seeing what everyone else is talking about when they mention it. Apparently it involves lots of .. everything. Catching your characters up, housing, that sort of stuff.
At the end of the letter there was also some sort of centaur hint, but we’ll just have to see what that is all about! I’m not sure that ‘excited’ is the right word to use, but I am certainly looking forward to seeing these events first hand. It feels comfortable to be playing, and I like that.