Tag: FFXIV

Fall, Blogging, and Comforts

In my neck of the woods, the temperature is almost at the freezing mark, geese are flying South, and I know that snow is just around the corner (in case you’ve forgotten I only have three months of the year without snow, June, July, August. The rest typically have a little or a LOT of snow). Seasons showcase my gaming habits VERY well. Every single time this fall weather comes, I start getting nostalgic for my ‘usual’ games. Hence the screenshot above that shows off Wurm Online. My ultimate favourite MMO. In the stand alone version of the game I have over 5,000 hours logged (thanks steam) and I can’t even begin to imagine the hours I must have in the base MMO version of the game. I have 12 characters, three of those are premium right now. I have two deeds that span across the newer steam-released servers and the old school servers. I’ve met some incredible people through this game that I remain friends with to this day, and it’s probably the first MMO that I played for me, and not because everyone else was playing it (in fact these days maybe only one or two people I know still play it, no one else likes it any more for a variety of reasons).

It also explains why I subscribed to FFXIV. A game that I love for so many reasons, but can’t actively devote the time to playing right this second. It’s a busy time of year for my husband and that means I’m with the kids 24/7 (no childcare where we’re at). I’m incredibly excited about the expansion coming out in a few months, but I’m not even at the part of the story I need to be. I go in with big ideas about catching up, but I don’t know if that’s feasible. I do want to remind people who are also trying to catch up that there are pay options to skip the first few expansion MSQ if that’s more to your liking. It won’t let you do that with the current / final expansion, but you can pay for both levels and MSQ unlocks in the shop.

Let’s talk about that a second. It’s obviously an option that is not for everyone, and not everyone is comfortable with doing that – but it doesn’t HURT anyone, and so if someone else has chosen to go that rout I really wish the community would rally behind them and appreciate that they’re playing at all instead of begrudging them for the fact that they skipped content. Not everyone plays the same, not everyone has the same time allowance, and allowing people to skip the MSQ on older content lets more people in the door and that is good!

Now what does all of this have to do with blogging?

Blogging for me, is comforting. This year I’ve made an effort into writing every single day, or at least posting an article up every single day and I’m really happy and proud about that. When my kids were born I found myself learning how to balance everything and I knew some things would have to take a step back especially if it was a particularly difficult week. Blaugust has been a great reminder on reassessing the balance in my life, and making time for the things I love – and that includes writing. While I still have to work on the community aspect and making time for that, it’s a start. I think each year I participate I learn a little bit more, I grow more appreciation, and I discover some amazing blogs while doing it.

It’s OK to do what’s comfortable – but there’s also something to be said for pushing yourself a bit, and growing. Whether it’s as a gamer, or a writer, or some other aspect.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!


Just a Girl and her Fat Cat

It was too beautiful not to take a picture of. Lately all I’ve had time for is harvesting, I’ve been trying to get those timed nodes that pop up every so often so I can complete my mining log book. Why? Well, why not! It’s relaxing, to say the least. I’ve also made some good coin selling the materials. I know I could hang onto them and turn them into something then sell that something, but for now this is a nice easy way of generating a little income.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!


Let’s Harvest

I often log into an MMO not to actually do anything in particular, but just to enjoy the fact that there are other ‘people’ around. I spend a lot of time with my kids (in fact, all of my time is spent with my kids) and I need some sort of extra interaction or I just want to watch conversations float by without really being a part of them. Harvesting in FFXIV is the perfect addition to this. I’ve been going through my log book and completing harvests one at a time, marking them off of my list. I use this in conjunction with FFXIV TeamCraft which I absolutely adore.

It will display a map, and even create routes for you to travel to collect the resources that you haven’t collected yet. I’m hoping to put these items on the auction house, or even just give them to my retainer and then craft with them and put THOSE items on the market. One of the super handy features of FFXIV TeamCraft is that it will take the items you have, and tell you what recipes you can make (and even tell you which recipes are missing only one or two components to make something).

I also need to complete the DoH/DoL jobs that I’ve been neglecting. The only one I’ve completed is mining, and that was ages ago. Once again I’m in awe of all the things ‘to do’ in game, and I love that there are so many options, be they crafting, harvesting, adventuring, or something else.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!


I Want to Catch Up

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!


What is it about FFXIV vs. WoW

If you’re involved in either the FFXIV or the WoW community these days, chances are you’ve heard a lot of ‘this game vs. this game’ videos on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and other various forms of social media. It’s hard to avoid it, and I understand why people are tearing Blizzard apart these days. Today 9.1 drops, after months (and months) of waiting – and while I’m glad it will add things like flying in Shadowlands, it also doesn’t offer a lot for players like me. I’m getting a bit tired of the constant gear grind, there’s no player housing to satisfy any non-killing adventures I might have, and features like The Maw and Torghast always leave me frustrated by the end of it. Not to mention The Maw is VERY gated, after a small handful of quests I tend to already be Rank5 with the jailer which means it won’t be long until I’m dead. Not a fun way to play.

I feel like Blizzard has spent the past few years re-hashing and then trashing their own game mechanics. It doesn’t feel inventive, revitalized, or new. I feel like they’ve been missing the mark of the players for some time, and sure things like Classic will bring people back – but for how long?

I’m still playing WoW, albeit quite casually. I don’t feel like there’s a lot of progression for me as a casual player any more, and I’ve done pretty much everything I wanted to do in Shadowlands (note, this is pre 9.1). By instinct I turned to FFXIV because so much of that game is still new to me. I adore the crafting – and it feels relevant. When was the last time I actually felt like WoW crafting meant something in game. If anything legendary crafting just made a whole lot of spam on the markets and not enough of a demand to purchase all of the pieces you need to grind out. Not to mention we can only wear one legendary, and there’s a BiS for pretty much every class that people are going to naturally gravitate towards. Pet battles are lovely, but when that’s the only reason you’re playing, you start to question some things.

Then again WoW has also just been around for many years. It’s natural that once you’ve learned all you can about it you might get a little bored. I could see that being the case in my situation as well. For now, I continue to play – but I’m also using gold to fund my account and not really putting any money into it. Were that not the case, I’m not convinced I’d still be playing.


MSQ For Days

My bard has reached 76, and I’ve been working on my MSQ – one day I hope I’ll be caught up. I know I still have a lot of MSQ to go, but that’s one of the things I love about FFXIV, there’s just so much still to do.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!


New Mount!

To keep people busy until 5.5 releases, there are certain events you can do in game that reward a currency you spend to get neat appearance items, emotes, map travel unlocks – and mounts. It’s simple things like running the main scenario and doing the pvp frontline. I’ve been saving up for a while and I was finally able to afford this beauty! Pretty. I’m no where near ready for 5.5 since I haven’t even finished the base story yet, but I’m excited for everyone else. I’ll get there – eventually.


FFXIV Adventures

I have one job at 80 in FFXIV – and it’s the dancer. Unfortunately, I don’t really ENJOY this class at 80 as much as I thought I would, so I’ve been looking to level up a few other jobs so that I have more options. One that I wanted to try was Archer/Bard. I managed to inch my way to 30, do the class quest to unlock bard, and then I paid for a boost to 70. Zero regrets, this is a fun ranged DPS class that I’m enjoying a great deal.

I’m also leveling up a warrior and an astrologist for a tank / healer option. I’d like to get caught up in the current story before 5.5 releases, but I’m pretty sure that won’t be happening, there’s just so much content (NOT a bad thing by any means, I love that there’s so much for me to do).

I’d also like to reach 80 in a few more crafts, and finish off botany which is my final harvest job that needs 80 yet (I think I’m at 75). My husband is no longer playing with me and that has put a bit of a damper on things, plus my FC fell apart so I have no ‘home’ but I’m still chugging along.


Fatter Cat

I absolutely had to get this mount from the shop. My retainer is working at fishing the minion version up, and everything about the duo makes me laugh and smile. Especially the little cat sounds they make when you summon / dismiss.


Finger Licking Good

I love how creative (or not creative) you can be with your characters in FFXIV….

My latest healer (the astrologist?) hit 42, my gladiator is still meandering along at 18, and I haven’t done anything yet this week except complete my white/yellow scrip turn ins and my retainer missions. Still, progress is progress!


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