Getting some Final Fantasy XIV when i can

which hasn’t been much.  Don’t worry I’m not having any hissy fit.  When I have been able to log in, it’s great and I’m having a good time.  I’m having much better luck logging on the Japanese servers but I’m reluctant to commit to that as my ‘home’ is on a NA server with a free company, etc.

So, I wouldn’t say it’s been a disaster but it’s been frustrating at times but I’m not upset about it…yet.  I’m giving Square Enix plenty of room to fix these issues and will reserve my decision on a sub till I have to make a choice…ie, they have 30 days to fix this.  We’ve probably been somewhat spoiled to expecting relatively flawless mmo launches of late.  My most recent experiences have been Rift, SWTOR, and GW2.  Rift and GW2 were a great experience and while Rift had some issues with cue times, I’d grade SWTOR’s launch less due to their server problems and BW’s response.

Anyway, back to the game.  I leveled my Arcanist to 20 then started on my Conjurer and Thaumaturge (they are each in the 10ish range). You are given a buffet table of options to level, it’s really easy to get side tracked and lose focus…and again, if you do get sidetracked, you’ll get nice surprising along the way and it’s certainly not detrimental to your advancement.  Right now my plan is to get my Conjurer and Thaumaturge to 15 then back to Arcanist till 30 and after that, I’ll look at crafting.

Did I say it’s a beautiful world!  And no screenshots to share lol…my bad.  My only grip in terms of aesthetics is the lack of weathering effects in the major cities.  I’m not saying there’s no weathering, it just not very evident to me in my limited exploration.

Final Fantasy XIV beta 4 and impressions

It was another slow gaming week but I did manage to commence my adventures in Eorzea for real this past Friday with the beta 4 start.  There were some minor hiccups with getting to the NA servers but I managed to get in on my PC.  With a level cap of 20 and no wipe prior to the game launch (barring any major issues), I hoped to get as close to 20 as I could and learn a little more about the game.  So how did I do?

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First off, I rolled an Arcanist.  Knowing very little about the class, I would describe them as a support class with pets.  I also joined the XIV Nation Free Company.  I’m a big fan of GamebreakerTV and I’m curious what Gary and Co. can do with a community of gamers.

I found the early quests very forgettable and maneuvering in and around the starter city of Limsa Lominsa took me some time.  Limsa Lominsa seems to have 3 different floors sitting on top of each other and I definitely got confused/lost a few times.  I’m still getting use to what the map and mini map are telling me as it relates to my quest journal.  While I’m not getting blown away by the quests, it’s fair to say that I stopped reading much of the text after a couple levels in.  As with most MMOs the quest storytelling did pick up when I took on the Arcanist class quests.  Also, my sound for the cut scenes seemed to go in/out.  All that said, I enjoyed the Arcanist and I’m finding it an interesting class to play.  I’m also getting used to the 2.5 second global CD….that has been the biggest change for me.  Class wise, I’m thinking I’ll pair it with Conjurer and Thaumaturge for better heals/dps.  Play wise, I only died 1 time and I took part in some FATEs and one dungeon run, Sastasha.  By the time of this post, I’m sitting at lvl 18 and logged off all comfy in a sanctuary to gain some rested XP and wait for launch.

Eorzea is a beautiful world, I don’t get tired looking at it.  My only complaint is that I don’t recall seeing any weathering in the buildings or landscape.  Everything is very pristine and like new.  I didn’t take part in any crafting or leveling any other classes/jobs.  I just didn’t have to time to do that AND level my Arcanist.  I am intrigued by the fact that I don’t need to roll any alts to try out different classes.  It does seem like a hard habit to break and I’ll probably roll some other classes, just to save some names if nothing else.

Torvan Master and waiting game

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Waiting Game (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I ponder my mmo future, I’m easing off the gas and coasting. According to Raptr, I gamed half the time I did the previous week, which confirms I’m slowing down. I predict that will repeat itself until the FFXIV launch at the end of August.

I did manage to play lots of Rift with the time I had and reached several Notoriety milestones with Eternal City Survivorers and Torvan Hunters, all glorified. I used my currency bank of 200k Planarite and 85K stones to barter for some needed essence upgrades.  That quickly used up all my Planarite while only using half my stones.   My tank build now has~ 400 hit/toughness and my dps/heal builds have 450+ hit so I’m in a good spot with my gear.

So, while I haven’t been gaming that much I have been reading lots and lots.  Reading books and comics (Ready Player One) and information on EQNext and FFXIV.  I love the goodreads widget as I’ve always struggled sticking to keeping a reading record.  On EQNext, I’ll keep one eye open for news but with launch so far away, it will be easy to “let it go” for now.  On FFXIV, I have not been able to make up my mind what class to play first.  I have only a cursory knowledge of the game and I’m hoping to learn more as I go. Lucky for me and all the other noobs out there, the FFXIV community is really thriving so I’m sure there will be no shortage of information as the game prepares for launch and after.