Final Fantasy XIV

Goals: September & October

I knew when I posted my gaming goals for last month that the impending Rise of Iron launch might distract me from some of my other gaming activities. However, I hadn’t counted on getting sucked in by the weekly Trials of Osiris or the monthly Iron Banner PvP events that resumed once the expansion dropped. That, combined with Six starting her new job in medical transcribing, meant that I didn’t accomplish quite as much as I would have liked to.

But they say that goals don’t matter if you’re not accountable for them, so here’s the rundown of how I did.

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Also, a dragon. 🙂

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Gaming Goals (With some screenshots)

Originally, I’d written up a huge post detailing everything I wanted to get done in September, both for gaming and for life in general.

Then it sat in my drafts folder for several weeks …

Oh, look! A distracting dragon!

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Sometimes I forget just how pretty this game can be.

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On Gains, and Losses

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Sunset over Sastasha Seagrot

This has been a week of ups and downs. Why don’t we start with some of the ups?

One of the nice things about getting a little older is that you get cooler and cooler Lego sets. But while a Lego Death Star would have been less expensive than what I actually received, it wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long. (My second son is an absolute Star Wars nut, and my third son is a three-year-old wrecking ball. 🙂 ) (more…)

On Altoholism, and My First Odin Kill!

Hello. My name is Locke.

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“Hello, Locke.”

And I’m an altoholic.

It doesn’t matter what MMO I play, I eventually get tired/bored/frustrated with the character I started off the game with. I’ll start out loving the story and mechanics, but fifteen or twenty levels in, the honeymoon’s generally over and my eye starts wandering. I’ve rolled and rerolled more World of Warcraft Characters than I can count, and the same is true for Guild Wars 2.

But in Final Fantasy XIV, you don’t have to have a separate character for each class. (Race and sex, yes, but not class.) You equip a different main weapon, and boom! You’re an Arcanist! You’re a Marauder! You’re a Ninja! A Paladin! A Black Mage! And believe me, I’ve taken full advantage of it. (more…)