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So!  I started playing FFXIV recently.

Since you know, I make great decisions like deciding to try out MMOs for the first time when I'm unemployed. YEAH, THAT CAN'T POSSIBLY GO WRONG. But I'd been listening to a lot of friends talking about it, and had read a few game dev articles about the relaunch, and that made me curious enough to take the plunge.

IT'S PRETTY AWESOME.

I can't even really nail what it is I love so much about it. It's very pretty, naturally, as Square games often are. The story's quite decent, and it has such a natural difficulty progression.  And there's always something to do. I've joined both a Free Company and a linkshell (a group chat). The FC's fun if fairly quiet lately, filled with universally cool people. The linkshell seems a little more active but mostly Lvl 50 endgame stuff and full of people I don't know and have no idea what they're talking about most of the time so wind up mostly ignoring my chat windows unless something happens to catch my eye. The community in general is pretty great though, you get the occasional inconsiderate random/gold farmer but everyone is overwhelmingly really nice and polite, at least on my server. Also it's hilarious whenever Odin pops up and the entire server loses their shit and drops everything for it. I'm looking forward to being a high enough level to get in on that.

I also keep joining guilds, even though my main class is still a ways from Level 50. It's like, I wander into a building, and they're like 'Want to be a botanist?' And I'm like 'Yeah sure!' Then the next one. 'Want to be a lancer?' 'Why not?' 'How about a conjurer?' 'Hell yes.' 'Alchemist?' 'Hand over that alembic.'

I've gone the Black Mage job route though, mostly because mages are always my favourite in the standard Final Fantasies (followed closely by dragoons and summoners). And my play style favours 'kill it before it can kill you' sort of standoffs. Was totally worth it as the thaumaturge (the offensive magic class) quests are totally the best. 'Adventurer! Try to keep your blood inside of your body!'

Also Cocobuki is badass.

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Sometimes I deeply regret not choosing Lalafell as my character's race.

That said I am developing a deep appreciation for archer as I once solo'd a Boss FATE (active-time event) by running in circles just out of boss's attack range for fifteen minutes. I'm sure it looked amazingly stupid but it kept me alive and made the boss dead. (Less effective on bosses with ranged attacks, of course...)

The main story is pretty neat, too, Thancred is pretty hot, fingers crossed next Dissidia (if there ever is one) uses him. I would write fanfic about Thancred. Dungeons are fun! They usually go one of two ways - I wind up running with experienced Level 50-type players who are slumming it in a lower dungeon or something and are totally pro and the whole thing runs so smoothly I'm often left going 'did I even help?' Since I'm a mage and really DPS (damage dealers aka glass cannons) seem superfluous to the tanks and healers sometimes. Still, this is pretty fun, especially when it's with Free Company peeps.

The other way is downright hilarious, when you get a particularly bad member of the team and utter chaos happens. I've had one of each - a (presumably) noob tank that couldn't keep the enemies on them, leaving myself and an archer pulling all of the enemies and running around like ninnies while the healer desperately tried to keep us alive until I remembered I had a sleep spell and just used that instead. Or the one time we had a healer who never paid attention and the arcanist with us wound up (somewhat ineffectually) informally taking over healing duty half the time. Or that one time the other DPS just kept running ahead and basically playing the part of tank (once again, with the healer frantically trying to keep them alive while the tank flailed).
Total loony tunes. Leeory Jenkins is funnier to me now that it used to be.

Luckily most of the occasions when I've been the totally hopeless newbie have mostly been with very understanding and awesome guildmates. I've yet to try any of the tanking classes though - seems like a lot of responsibility! It's a little more fun when you land a party of similarly-experienced players though - my first run through Brayflox was particularly enjoyable as they were a party of three PS4 players who were on their second run trying to beat the dungeon. A lot less pressure, and though we all screwed up a bit (tank struggled to keep more than one enemy on them, the healer of all people was pulling aggro, I managed to pull aggro a couple of times too, and I have no idea what the bard was doing half the time) we never wiped. It helps that I'm starting to learn how to deal with certain types of tanks. Lower level or tunnel-vision tanks I put myself on DoT and sleep duty to compensate, others seem to like to take on everything at once at which point I just switch to


DPS really is so unnecessary most of the time though. My first time against Titan, I was partied with another newbie (healer) and an experienced tank and DPS. We made it almost all the way to the end in the first fight when I went down, and the healer soon after so we wiped. I knew what was up this time though so managed to avoid dying, except the healer then managed to get knocked out of the fight three times in a row - they must have had lag or something. All good... except then the next time I was the victim of lag and about halfway through got knocked out... And the trio then finished the fight without me. XD  It took them about three times as long as our first attempt but I just lay down there being embarrassed and cheering them on via the chat window. Not a great feeling being carried though.

I went and got battleping after that. I was leery of paying even that small amount for it, but jeez, after the trial? Even mining goes faster! And I could actually dodge! When people say 'dodging is actually easy' they weren't taking lag into account. It's not perfect but it's not the 'by the time the casting bar hits halfway it's already too late' scenario any more. The curse of playing MMOs in Australia.

The most fun however is just running around doing FATEs with randoms or rolling around the world with friends. The sort of spontaneous stuff that happens when you're just stuffing around or stopping to smell the virtual flowers. Like one time when I was playing Conjurer class, the game gave me an achievement for resurrecting a player I'd just seen die on my way elsewhere.

The minute I get into a party I feel invincible though. Like, in my ongoing journey of joining every guild I stumble into, I started up an Arcanist as well, about level 10 now, and since I've finally got my chocobo fighting with me, I had a cool three 'person' party happening and and just kept going 'what, that sprite is 10 levels higher than us? WE CAN TAKE HIM!' Then I wind up running away as my carbuncle and chocobo valiantly sacrifice themselves to let me escape.

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My chocobo and I are total bros though. I have him summoned CONSTANTLY. Even when I'm just mining or crafting, he'll stick around and guard my back. I don't care how many gysal greens it takes! I don't spend my gil on anything other than teleports and gysal greens anyway.

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I'm totally considering customising my Thaumaturge into a Red Mage though. Screw it, I'm going to go back and dump a lot of stats into Mind, or maybe I'll just accessorise with that solely in mind. I already have my Arcanist and Conjurer classes levelled up respectably enough to get some cool cross-class skills.  It'll be useless in super-high-level content probably but I want to play a Red Maaaaaaage. :|

Disciple of War classes definitely have the coolest clothes though.

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Hilariously, for a period of time a leather codpiece had the best stats.

The game is also stunningly beautiful, which may not be as obvious in my screenshots since I turned a lot of the graphics settings way down in favour of a better frame rate (since I'm stuck playing on my laptop instead of my desktop for network reasons, and my poor laptop overheats enough as it is).



ALSO, THIS FMV.

That's all I wanted to say about FFXIV.  How's everyone else doing?


Comments

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killiara
Jun. 8th, 2014 10:39 pm (UTC)
OMG NOW YOU PLAY IT TOO???

We have to have to have to coordinate servers.

I am so with you on the beauty. There are times when I'll just stop and stare at the landscape in front of me. Those limestone cliffs of Limosa.. <3 And I absolutely love the weather effects. Mining at night in a lightning storm with rain blowing at a 45 degree angle, or pushing my way through a sandstorm and changing headgear just so I have cloth to hide my nose and mouth under... I love that when it rains, my character looks wet. I love that I can visit Costa del Sol. I love my chocobo, and all the vanity pets. I love that if I wanted to I could have pink hair with green highlights and totally be a watermelon. I love that I can spend several weeks leveling non-combat professions, not touch combat at all, and feel as if every second was well spent.

... though, really, whoever designed weavers? We need a talk. Spinning wheels are for spinning yarn. Embroidery hoops are NOT for spinning yarn.
sinnatious
Jun. 8th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
Haha well I'm not likely to leave mine since I do like my FC friends on there, but you're welcome to join me on Siren! What server are you playing on at the moment? What's your race/class?

The weather is awesome. I think my favourite however is the incredible clear nights - that starry sky! I was out in the desert in Thanalan once and I just sat there staring at it for ages. Definitely have to grab a screenshot of that sometime. I like that they've introduced that Sightseeing journal, I'll be making good use of it!

And you've summed up a lot of what I like about it too. Such a great game. *__*

LOL at the weaving. At least they tried?
killiara
Jun. 9th, 2014 01:32 am (UTC)
The weaving drives me crazy! I crochet and knit rl, so I know how these work. So seeing my character go, "I'm gonna make pants! Hi Mr. Spinning wheel! Now I need some thread, hi Mr. Embroidery hoop!" makes me want to throttle someone.

I'm on Primal, Lamia at the moment, as the Bard Minerva Grey, level 37 human. I'm also Amarelle Ashendust, level 20 Conjurer/Arcanist, kitty person. I figure with her I keep the levels equal, switching classes each level up so I can go White Mage and Summoner. and maybe Scholar, too. There's also my level 7 thaurmage Burnya Uppe, elf. :D
.... yes. Altitis even in a game that supposedly minimises it. Just threw a baby pugilist on your server, Hera Green.
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fezastwin
Jun. 9th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
I so want to play that game. My computer would melt if I tried. I get hooked on mmorpgs so easily too, I'd be sucked in forever.

Did you know Esama is back on Ao3 and has re-posted some of her old fanfic?

She also started a crack piece of FFVII fic called "Off the Line" where Cloud joins an on-line game...
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1295005/chapters/2686486
sinnatious
Jun. 9th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've been reading that, it's awesome. Heh, it does make me wish for a few of those features in FFXIV though!
fezastwin
Jun. 9th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
... male Viera in skimpy costumes? ;P
rafira
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:27 am (UTC)
yEs YES YES YES i love that oyu are enjoying ffxiv so much!! now we need to actually play togther. when you're 50 we can do fun 50 things together :)
ps i hear youve been helping my noob friends quite a lot on their dungeons, thank you so much <3!!!

ps do you ship thancred and minfillia? i definitely feel like she pines for him :P

and yeah battleping makes SO MUCH DIFFERENCE LIKE WOAH :O
sinnatious
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:57 am (UTC)
Yeah! We've had bad timing. Also it was totally dead for a while, because of Supanova I guess. I'm pretty close to 50 now though, hit 48 last night! Need to spend a bit more time on my crafting classes though so might not hit 50 for a few more days yet.

Haha no need to thank me, it's fun to help out with the lower level stuff! And I have more than enough alt classes now that could use a bit of dungeon running for levelling up.

I hadn't really thought about it but I could definitely ship that! A bit worried about Thancred really, haven't seen him for a while...

Battleping is massive, makes it soooo much easier. Wish I'd had it sooner!
rafira
Jul. 7th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
yeah we're all on all the time now! and if you're where you're up to in the story where i think you are, you should easily be able to get to 50 with the storyline quests now anyway. there are quite a a few of them.and if you are also there, you will see thancred soon i think :)

i noticed you're trying a bit of everything out hehehhehe. any favourites?
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whitearchmage
Jul. 2nd, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
DAMN! I gotta stalk you check this place more often. I've gotten at least 2 friends hooked on it and am currently in the long, boring process of getting Black Mage to 50. Because I really want that Archmage title and I need all 3 Disciples of Magic at 50 for that.

Get ready for mid-forties, when a loincloth and some leather straps have way better stats than anything you could make. And then leveling crafters, and then leveling gatherers...on second tought, you may have to set aside a couple of months to get into all end-game content. What server did you choose, anyways?
sinnatious
Jul. 3rd, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Ha nice, good work on the enabling! BLM represent! I'm on Siren, which are you?

I actually haven't had that much scanty clothing armour in the magic classes! It's all been disciple of war stuff. End game seems pretty intense, I just hit Level 48 but the world opens up so much around 45 with the beast tribes and new dungeons and everything else.

Also yesterday I just discovered guildheists for the first time, so there's that too...
whitearchmage
Jul. 3rd, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
I'm on Mateus, Emperor love alll the way!

And there's just so much to DO after level 50 that the post-game feels like a whole other game: the next storyline quests, side story quests, Hard Mode Primals, Relic Weapons... Square Enix must really want our money...
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chisuto
Aug. 9th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
YAS, ANOTHER FFXIV PLAYER! :D
Not that we play on the same server (I'm on Cactuar) but we could still potentially end up playing together via Duty Roulette or Guildhests ('cause they're cross-server)! :D
I just get so excited about FFXIV! :D
sinnatious
Aug. 10th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: YAS, ANOTHER FFXIV PLAYER! :D
Woohoo! Hi-five! What class do you play? What your avatar's name? I'm easy to spot, Sinnatious everywheeeeeere.
chisuto
Aug. 15th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
Re: YAS, ANOTHER FFXIV PLAYER! :D
My avatar's name is Tasallei Bannor. (The rest of my family plays, too, there's like... three other Bannors running around, haha, so if you end up playing with one of them, it's us!)

I'm a:
10 PUG
15 MAR
21 LAN
16 ARC
50 WHM
49 SMN/SCH
48 BLM (Cocobuki IS badass.)

What about you, other than your THM?

Anything super fun you've been doing recently in game? I've been running Hunts, which are simultaneously fun and SO AGGRAVATING when you're trying to run from one side of freaking West Than to the other and all you hear are shouts of:
"DON'T PULL, OTW."
"SERIOUSLY, DON'T PULL."
"accidentally pulled lol"
"STILL ON MY WAY, I'M COMING."
"dead whoops"

Thanks, FFXIV. -__-
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