Highlights of this past week:
Katella… tanking? What?
Our FC has welcomed quite a few new people as of late. Seems to be a lot of new people just starting out, and that is really nice to see people begin their adventures in Eorzea. Lots of new people I really don’t know yet, and it was fun to get to meet and play with them. I’m such a sucker for story anything, so a good chunk of this past week was filled running low level dungeons either for different people’s story progression, or helping the occasional member try and level their ninjas a little bit. In doing this I seem to be spending more and more time tanking, trying to help those queue’s we wait in to go a bit faster.
Tanking is the role I feel the least comfortable in, but its not been too horrible. I think its pretty known that tanking isn’t my “main” by any means so people that just need a tank, seem to be more understanding when I do things …like say…. forget that defiance is a thing. I don’t know.
That said, I’ve gotten pretty comfortable at tanking low level things, pretty much anything lower than Dzemael Darkhold. This weekend however I ended up tanking something that I never thought would happen…. EVER! I ended up helping Lucife finish out a ninja relic quest on my warrior, and so ended up actually tanking Ifrit HM, Garuda HM, and Titan HM.
Was glad Jynx’s “Pyxi” was around so that if I totally messed up, a real tank could take over, but overall it was actually kinda fun. I know this isn’t really impressive as these fights aren’t as hard as they were when I was doing them for whm/sch/brd, but still, its not something I thought I could ever accomplish in that role and so it brightened my day to have been able to be helpful in that capacity.🙂
Another thing that happened this weekend is that in the weekly Turn 6 runs I’ve been helping with had a few people missing, so we added a couple people in. Now normally when that happens, it always takes a bit for people to get used to each other, and work as a team and be on the same page as far as strategy. One of the members we had, hadn’t done the line of sight strategy that we use, so I had expected for there to be a few attempts that would be needed to get that portion down.
I was really surprised to go in and have this group one shot turn 6. It netted a very first win for both Miga Blackthorne and Lilly Calasur. I’m always so happy to be there when people get their first wins! While I’ve had wins in T6, this was the first time for me to have gone in and one shot it. Was really nice! It all happened so fast I didn’t take any pictures lol.. but since we had so much time left over, we went in and poked around T7 a bit.🙂
Housing… decoration bug hits again!
So I have to kinda blame Mini..🙂 She got us thinking about house decor again. She crafted some new items, had Pico craft her a new sofa, and changed her room a bit, and it looks quite nice. We had an impromptu party to check it out. ^^ It kind of looks like her quarters are in a castle.🙂 I like it a lot.
This is my room.. I haven’t really changed much.. I kinda really like it the way it is. Its really light and open and puts me at ease at the end of the day.
I keep telling myself I don’t want a personal house, but I’m starting to think I should try.. not sure though.. that is a whole lot of gil! I don’t really make gil. I just do regular dungeons and sell the mats I get from it, and thats kinda all the effort I put into it making money. I don’t frequent the market boards, months can go buy without me buying anything. It seems like when I do save a bit, there is generally some large purchase I make each patch, and then nothing else.. haha.
I did buy this though as my “Christmas Gift” to the FC. I love that it makes music. Mini had redesigned down stairs to look sorta like a cafe, so eventually we’ll get more instruments here and it will be like a “dinner show” type area.
Here’s Mini in the FC house fruit basket.. lol Look at that grin! She’s so much fun.. really glad to have Mini around!
Blindrage surprised me with a new pet. Way too expensive, but its super cute!
Shiva EX… 2nd attempt!
I have to admit, I was getting a little frustrated at not being able to try this fight a bit more. I had done it only once a few weeks ago in a learning party and had liked what we had seen of it so far.
I don’t get kicked all that often from JP groups, because usually I have enough key words I know to get across a thought, or I can use Auto-Translate to help fill in. Early this past Sunday I set out to see if I could get into a Shiva EX run, and again unfortunately (because of the time of day) there were only Japanese parties posting when I looked. I got into one that didn’t have the dreaded “JP only” notation. It lasted long enough for me to be asked what gear I wanted if we won, then they kicked me from party as they had a friend come online they wanted to go with them instead, so they kicked me.
I decided to not be detoured and to instead make my own party finder. I may have let my frustration show a little…
But maybe it ended up helping a bit. What I ended up with was a group of English & Japanese members who could communicate, and was very friendly and helpful. Looking back at the experience I got from that run, I’m actually glad I didn’t make it into that JP party. No need to add to the stereo-type that English players aren’t any good… ><
Everything was going pretty decent until we quickly got past the phase that the last group (from my very first attempt at it) had gotten to. So I had been pretty proud of myself about being able to dodge things up to that point, but that all came down to an icicle crashing halt as the phase with far more than just the 4 circles on the floor came into play.
I… was… horrible! I couldn’t keep myself alive to save my life!.. kinda literally. I felt so bad for my team members, but they were all very kind outwardly even though I bet they were mumbling under their breath how inept I was.. (I’m so sorry!!). The other scholar in our group would raise me over and over. I felt pretty horrible. The scholar jokingly made a comment that the recast on raise/resurrection wasn’t fast enough to keep me up. (/cry… I’m glad they were friendly.. I was feeling horrible). It got to the point that if I was raised.. I’d immediately just cast Medica II, or last second benediction on a really hurt tank, and pretty much do whatever else small help I could provide for the short time I anticipated I would stay alive.
Looking back the biggest thing I realized is that when people give me directions (like Left / Right) that isn’t always helpful – again probably my own fault because I do tend to spin my camera a bit sometimes to look around. I like to be aware of what is going on everywhere, so when I react to what they’ve said by running to the left of my screen, its not necessarily the “left” they meant because the direction my camera was facing. Sometimes I forget to take that into consideration and make some really dumb mistakes. >< I’m sure they may have thought I was “special” sometimes.
We tried over and over. We had 6 minutes left at one point, and I figured we would fail yet again and all go on our merry way… I imagined people would quietly blacklist me or at least note to themselves to never do content with me again.. I imagined very shortly it would all be over and I would be sulking back to Gridania … But I was wrong. We ended up winning despite my multiple deaths! We got two pieces of loot, one I don’t remember, and a bracelet of healing. I told the scholar that if he wanted it, it was his no question. I’d definitely pass if they wanted it because they definitely deserved it more. They thanked me, so I passed it, and they got it.🙂
We got out of the instance, and again I figured they would all be really happy to leave…but then the scholar says: “Let’s do it again!”… to which they agreed.. I was kinda floored honestly.
We did it again, and while I still died a few times, it was less this time and I even successfully dodged a few more things than I had been able to before. The scholar in chat commented by simply saying “Miracle.. lol” when actually survived the rings around the outside. We won again, and this time it was a slaying bracelet, and a dragoon weapon. I passed on everything.
I get really frustrated with myself, but I need to remember something I already know about myself. I’m a visual learner. Its really hard for me to understand by merely being told something, I kind of have to experience it for it to sink in. The other thing is while I try and be aware and observant.. I’m not amazing at this game, so while I would love to be able to see it once and then have it figured out… thats not how things happen for me…. So I should stop getting so very frustrated with myself for not having something down pat the second time I attempt it. It definitely helps though when the people you “fail” with aren’t openly mean about it.