BUSY PLAYING FFXIV! Duhhh!!
HI FWENS (and also any random passer bys that’s seeing this /wave). It’s been a really long time since I made an update post. What have I been up to?!
- IRL Job gained additional responsibility and challenges causing playtime to reduce, booo however it is so much fun, it’s almost like a RL game so I’m super happy!
- Creating never ending Youtube videos! I’ve been much more active on Youtube in the last year or so, with maybe a 6 month lull as I transitioned through RL events and worked around my new schedule. You can view my youtube here: www.youtube.com/aqueliachan
- Absolutely having a blast with the new FFXIV Heavensward Expansion. I even made an unboxing video woo!
- Trying to fit in some Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together game time in there somewhere! If you haven’t tried it yet, do eettt it’s so hilariously awesome! I’ve been wanting to make videos of it but I keep forgetting >.>
- Lots of other awesome things IRL such as trips, visits, and food lots and lots of food omg
Alpha Prime Celebrating the end of 2.0 and beginning of 3.0
Onward… Heavensward… Hooooooo!
It has been an amazing experience with Heavensward so far. I always felt that 1.0 had its charms even though the entire system was URGH BARF, then 2.0 was suchhhhh an obvious improvement but it retained that charm and added to it. It also added heart. However, I made the mistake of starting out 2.0 attempting a play style that just wasn’t who I am anymore, yet I ignorantly tried to continue that play-style. In 3.0, it has been absolutely perfect! I spend my entire time with friends and loved ones. We do whatever we want whenever we want, as little or as much as we want. I am most especially happy since a lot of friends have returned to game to play Heavensward, including Vivid and Scinder! Vid came back much earlier so I had time to annoy her for months on end before Scinder came back MUAHAHA. Nain also took a break and is now back full time /cracks whipper.
The remainder of Alpha Prime that stayed with me on Excalibur is still playing, including Lokie! OMG! This is the longest I’ve seen him play XIV in a stretch. Cala, Foosh and Debris are pretty much done with the game since about 2 months in to 2.0 so poops there but they chat every day and I pop in to view their jibba jabba sneakily once in a while.
We’ve been leveling jobs, doing main scenario quests (MSQ)… which is just fantastic! The story-line is absurdly good, I’ve not been this invested in characters since FF9! I mean I love all the other games but I never felt ‘attached’. I actually cried IRL and exclaimed out loud to the dismay of hubby in certain parts/scenes from the main story, that’s how amazingly good it is. I’m starting to post the entire MSQ journey on my Youtube channel, so check there if you are curious!
Understandably 2.0 had to fix a lot of things from 1.0, so it spent it’s entire time doing that, as well as live testing on certain content. I could visibly see the XIV dev team learning with every major patch. The story elements, the content, everything was a learning curve. Us players and SE learned and grew side by side, I really liked that! I feel that Heavensward, for me and my group of friends specifically, has parts that make us go URGH but in general we’re very happy with the expansion and will not run out of things to do for a long time.
As with any MMO, raiding is a key ingredient. It’s not a compulsory ingredient though, especially in Heavensward. They released the normal or story version of the raid first, then add in the hardcore or “Savage” version after. This makes so much more sense and allows players who want to see the story to get in there and start doing things. I felt that the Coils of Bahamut, which also had a rich story-line locked the majority of players out of enjoying it. It is safe to assume that there is maybe 1-10% of players who are hardcore and care about raiding content, the remainder just wants to have fun and do whatever they want while enjoying the story-line as a bonus (or in our case, the primary reason we love the game! GO STORY!!!)
We started doing the Savage mode raids the week it was released and boy are they tough! I love it! We may not beat this content fast, considering we have a maximum of 6 hours raid time a week (2 hours every Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) but we sure are gonna keep at it and see where it takes us! We have been keeping this schedule consistently for almost a year now and our core group has stabilized with 7 of us being close friends which includes FFXI static mates Varg, Dakana and Ferien. This particular point is key, for me personally. I enjoy doing raids with my team and am incredibly grateful to Ferien for transferring to Excalibur to hang out with us. Tizmo, Ice Wing and Alki are new friends but they’ve already accepted me just for who I am!
I’ll rant, yell, complain, whine, or as the team puts it “Dooo whattttevvverrr you want Aqueee just haveee at it” lol and it’s all fine and dandy. For Vargy and I it’s a relationship we’ve had for over 13 years and it feels great that we’re extending the circle of friends! It makes raiding more fun! Not saying there are no in fighting going on, oh you should see the fist fights /nods but after all the whining and complaining I do at our group, in the end everyone is super awesome and sweet and are good people, so THANK YOU! You can see some of our derps and bloopers here!
I JUST HAD TO! I mean Nainward…. Heavensward…. Nainsward HOOOO! And you started it!
Nain and I are currently engaged in gathering and crafting activities almost exclusively whenever we have free time and when we’re able to be online together. It’s harder during work days but on the weekends, I cracks my whipses and Nain craftses /nods
Gathering is SO MUCH FUN with the collectibles addition. When Nain first read/saw it he immediately said to me “Aque, I think they just added the exact kind of content you like” and when I finally got around to leveling miner, I saw it and totally agree lol! I’m not even sure why it’s so much fun, but I love the idea of turning in as many items as you can acquire in whatever play time you have. I do agree with some parts of the community that says ‘this is going to take forever’ when referencing the red scrips weekly cap but… let’s take a look at what that means. It’s longevity for the content. It doesn’t feel super grindy, and I can do it while doing other things, so again in my personal opinion it feels just right. I also think this system is very unique for MMOs, I’ve not seen anything like this before, so I’m curious to see in the long run what kind of data they see on the back end and how they tweak the system to allow for more options for every type of players. As usual, juggling different preference is VERY HARD! Can’t make everyone happy!
Lalazea… Oh My!
So a little after 2.0 launched, I decided that Lalafells are master races forever and have since been making several videos centered around the glorious existence of our kind. My partners in this are Sprinkles Cupcake and Mad Platter! Though Mad Platter is himself a stinkie dragon shoo shoo person but at least he has a Lalafell alt that’s just adorbs!
Towards the purpose of advancing the Lalafell propaganda, I created the Lalazea videos. Please find them both below and a new 2015 Fall one will come in the next few months! Please look forward to it! /snerk
Lalazea 2014 – Spring
Lalazea 2015 – Spring
And with that self proclaimed lala-awesomeness, I bow out from my annual update, LALAFELL MASTER RACE! SEE YOU GUYS NEXT… YEAR? 😄