Got around to doing Sastasha HM & Quarn HM. Overall, I do think this is my favorite patch so far.
I appreciate that the three dungeons seem to be a bit more than some of the ones we’ve seen in the past. They are challenging enough to successfully walk that fine line where you don’t yet know what you are going to get if you sign up for Duty Finder.
There may be some wipes, but overall, I think they are pretty well balanced to be interesting. I know some of the mechanics are kinda odd, and probably after a while once people gear out a bit more, they may loose some of that challenge.. but still, for now its nice to actually have to think and stay awake through them.🙂
Normally I wait to do Hildebrand stuff until much later, mostly because its nice to have something fun to do later. However this time I succumbed. Heard too much about how funny it was, and how fun the Dragon’s Neck Fight was, so I went ahead and did it.
Questline had me laughing out loud for real. It didn’t disappoint. I’m one of the few that had never played the Final Fantasy’s that had Ultros in them, so I really didn’t know much about him.
I thought his character is pretty funny. Always scheming.. yet always having an eye on the ladies.. what an odd octopus.. or.. well whatever his proper species name is.
Had gone in with a full Japanese party, that were all new to the fight as well. Had a blast.🙂
As expected, Server super busy right after the patch. So many including us were trying out rogue and ninja.🙂
Here is what looks to be a “Date Night” with Blind and I.. haha🙂
Rogue is actually kinda fun. Not sure if its something I’ll ever do too seriously, but it was a fun change. Even if I don’t end up putting a ton of effort into leveling it right now, I can safely say that the server will not have a lack of them. Here is Quarrymill. People doing leves and FATE’s there. Rogues as far as the eye could see at times. Was hard to find anyone rocking any other class/job then that there.
Here is a few of us doing a leve party. Its always fun when I get to go play with these guys! Didn’t get them in the picture, but Mini and her friend that has recently started the game joined us as well.
I know I’m always preaching for English speakers to be more interactive on our server, and throw party finders up for things far more often, but its something that really needs to happen.
When people don’t have the initiative or patience to post their desires for content, then it makes people think there aren’t English speaking people wanting to try things, and many instead of just doing something, they opt instead to hop servers in search of greener pastures. It isn’t always easy being on an Japanese datacenter, but the people I’ve met because I was on one have made it all worth it. Regardless of what some may think, even “English” people still succeed over here.. but you do seem to need to be able to light your own fire to do so, and have a bit more drive than to just sit idly by waiting for someone to “ask you” to go.
That is why I was totally delighted to see a full English speaking Shiva EX party posted in Party Finder this past Sunday. They needed a healer, and I was more than pleased to fill that role!
They were hoping for a clear, but mostly wanting the experience so they could learn the Shiva EX fight.
They were all easy going and fun.. something I really appreciated! We ended up having a lot of fun, and learned a lot! Least I did! I hope to see far more of this happening!
As always though, some of the very best memories are those we spend with friends. I was really lucky and got to spend time doing different content with some of my favorite people.🙂 For Halloween DW did a few costumed runs, and here is a picture I snagged of us after a Castrum Meridium Run. ^^
This is now one of my favorite screenshots🙂 Mini and I styling! The new bridal type gear that is purchaseble from an NPC in Uldah (seriously please don’t buy it off the market board people!) I dyed mine rollanberry red, and I think its adorable. I’m fighting the urge to glamor some of my stuff with this outfit. She’s just too cute in it!
Here is Euramon, Zoe and I dancing the night away🙂
Got to do a few Snowcloak runs with some great friends! Reminiscent of some of our 1.0 fun!
Was nice to catch you ingame Lucife! You are always keeping so busy!🙂
Fishing with Professor Hojo & Nicos… I never fish lol.. but they were fishing, so I thought I’d try for a bit too! Nicos told us all about some challenge quests we could do, and I did one and even got a level out of it.🙂
And here is a screenshot from this past week.. quite the role reversal here! What on Eorzea is going on?
Woke up pretty early, and did 4 more dungeons this morning before work so I could get my first Poetic piece of gear! So happy to have it. I do like it, though the rest of my stuff doesn’t really match at all yet, so my Serpent Elite Robe may get a bit more time used as glamor. I haven’t decided yet.
Like most things, its a bit nicer looking on taller models.. well…. and really just any character that actually has a waist… lol.. but I do still think its kinda neat. I like the coloring. When I find/get some things to match it will be better.🙂 My First coil accessories may fit in with it very well.. I may be pulling them back out of the retainer for glamor too!
Miki, Nique and Lucina all happened to be there when I picked it up!
I saw Sunny had gotten one of the new crafting pieces. Originally, I really didn’t like it much, but knowing that you can dye it, and seeing how cool his turned out, I may think about getting one eventually to maybe do the occasional glamor with when I could use a change. Here is the try-on window… he is right though..it is rather scholarly looking! Its super expensive though.. so may be something that doesn’t happen for awhile.
—SPOILER TAG – Story thoughts past this point —
So I’ve always just kinda liked Shiva. In FFXI, she was my favorite primal, and even had a sort of neat backstory. This time around, I do still like her. She is doing what she believes is right, and from what I’ve seen so far, her motives are still pretty honorable… even if she’s freezing us senseless.🙂
Kind of interesting with Ysayle being a “vessel” to summon Shiva’s form. Makes you kind of wonder who Ysayle actually is. She is obviously someone of great presence, she doesn’t really seem to be tempered by Shiva, yet definitely a conduit for her. The whole Mother crystal reference… the “Hear, Think, Feel” was kind of a kicker as well. There is definitely more going on here than what meets the eye!
I think there are going to be more revelations on her in the future. When Heavensturn comes out, It will be interesting her involvement in that. I know its a stretch, but I hope that she will continue a bit and be developed even more in that story. I actually hope that at some point we fight alongside of her, though that might not be in the cards.
These two at the moment I like them. Aymeric some have suspected to be our first visible dark knight in game. Large sword, no shield.. time will tell I suppose.
I know some in my FC have brought up the point of a possible relation between Aymeric’s second in command here, and a Livia sas Junius. I didn’t catch her name myself, but some have told me its the same as Livia.
Going off that, Livia was an orphan taken in by Gaius. If she is related, it may not hold any loyalty ties as they very possibly weren’t even raised together…. (or were they?) Some have said that she has that “third eye” mark under her circlet ( much like the little white stone on Nero’s forehead — but since that is something we can choose to add to our own characters in character creation… I’m not sure that alone is enough evidence for me to be very positive to mean that she is “Garlean” or may have some dark ties…. though Aymeric did make a point to mention that she was not of Ishgardian decent.. so who knows.. lol