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Returning to FFXIV

Returning to FFXIV

Dipping in the Toes

A few weeks ago now, I decided to try picking up FFXIV again. I’ve been looking for more games to play with Manthing and some specific friends, and figured FFXIV might be a good choice, even though none of them were playing at the time. I’ve also been watching Tua and Aeyvi stream FFXIV quite recently, and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them, so I figured I’d give it another try.

Deciding what server to roll up on, and what class to choose to start (I’ll level them all eventually!) was the hard part, though. Do I go back to Cactuar because that’s where my main is? I didn’t really remember much of the story to that point, or where I was in levels, or what I was doing, so that kind of turned me off to going back to Magnolia Chestnut. I also have some memories on that toon I don’t particularly care to rehash at this point in time (maybe in the future I’ll feel more strongly that I can work through them and go play her every so often to hang out with the Bel Effect crew), so that also swayed me on not picking her back up right now, though I would like to eventually pop over there every so often in the future.

I decided to just roll up a new toon on Famfrit to play with the folks I wanted to play with. I was originally contemplating starting with a healer of some sort, and trying Astrologian since I hadn’t tried it yet, but Ainyan rolls as a main heals, so I figured I’d let her continue doing that, and I’d DPS for a change (WHAT? CHESTNUT ISN’T A TANK?! Yep. Not right now!). So I rolled up an Archer because my favorite D&D character to play is a Bard.

Full Dive

Thus, Chestnut Firefly was born. I’ve been streaming my adventures in FFXIV, and it’s a lot of fun. I’m enjoying Archer way more than I thought I would. And even though Fishing has been calling my name (because Fishing is the best!), I’ve been trying to focus on just doing Archer right now. Why so?

Well, on one of my streams, I saw a Bard playing music. I thought that was pretty dang cool! And then lo and behold, Rakuno let me know that they added in that folks playing Bards could play multiple instruments and even play the instruments manually instead of just using pre-written melodies. SOLD! That’s currently my motivation for sticking with Archer/Bard as much as possible, though I do know that I’ll need to roll up the secondary class eventually for skills once I get my Bard job, but that’s another thing to figure out at another time. For now, I’m just enjoying standing in the back and smashing things.

Streaming: Week of June 3

Streaming: Week of June 3

A quick post to update my streaming schedule for the week! It’s a short streaming week because I have a lot going on IRL this week.

And don’t worry, I’m back to actually blogging, soon. The computer issues I’ve been having, plus a lot going on have made it a bit overwhelming to do much of anything other than turn on SLOBS while I do some gaming.

I’ve missed writing stuff out, so I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. I have a bunch of draft posts to poke at this week, so keep an eye here or on Twitter to see when I update.

Streaming: Week of May 6

Streaming: Week of May 6

I’ve really been enjoying streaming, even if computer issues messed things up for a few days. Come hang out with me! I’m trying to reach Affiliate by the end of May. I’d love if folks would come hang out and chat. It’s lonely when folks lurk and don’t talk with me.

Streaming: Week of April 22nd

Streaming: Week of April 22nd

Just a quick drop of my streaming schedule for the week. I’m getting close to Affiliate, which is super exciting, so I hope folks come to hang out if they have the time! If you miss a stream, you can catch them on my twitch page, or on my YouTube channel.

And a note for those asking, yes, I have a new Twitter and Instagram! But it is mostly to share stream and more public-facing things. If you’re already following my private accounts (which is pretty much, at this point, a list of folks I enjoy following and interacting with), you don’t need to worry about missing anything. As for new folks, sorry! The private ones are private for a reason. Follow the public ones! You won’t miss much, don’t worry!

That Streaming Thing

That Streaming Thing

I started getting back into streaming this week back on Sunday with a somewhat last minute impromptu Sunday Skyrim stream, inspired by my best friend. I had a few folks stop by, which was very sweet of them (and I hope they had fun like I did!). But it was a bit annoying after the fact when I tried to upload it up to YouTube, and it flagged me.


It seems to have been fixed because the video is once again available to link, and my community strike seems to be gone, though I was never notified of it being fixed. Which in and of itself adds to the annoying. I think what was most annoying about it is that it was flagged less than an hour after I uploaded it. Sometimes I wish there was a solid alternative to YouTube so I could diversify a bit more.

Because I enjoyed streaming Skyrim so much, I decided to randomly do a stream on Wednesday night of Dream Daddy (since I’ve also been trying to get through my massive Steam backlog…). It didn’t actually happen on time, which I think hurt, but I did do it, because I really enjoy the game. I’ve started up as the logistics storyteller for the Mind’s Eye Theatre home-brew Vampire I play, and our storyteller meetings aren’t on a set schedule. That fact is kind of hard for me, because I’m a very scheduled person to help keep my sanity. And the only time that worked out this past week was Wednesday, and it ate into stream time. I’m hoping we can get a bit better at scheduling so that I can have an easier time scheduling my streams for the week, though I did try to update social media and Twitch as soon as I knew I’d probably be late to streaming.

I’m not someone who can say “Yes, every Xday I can stream starting at Xtime”, but I can at the very least set up a schedule the week before and say, “Okay, here’s what it’ll be for the week!”. So I’m trying to work out what I can do for this coming week by Saturday, and post it.

I don’t expect to become huge on Twitch, but it’s something I enjoy doing, so I figured why the hell not.

Sunday Skyrim Stream

Sunday Skyrim Stream

A few days ago I was making a fuss because my Polepunzel box had just arrived, but the apartment office was closed and I couldn’t pick it up. My best friend, in his infinite wisdom (and wise-assery) sent me the following gif.

So of course I immediately thought, “Now I need to play Skyrim or Fallout”. I set up a quick poll, and folks voted for me to do a Skyrim stream! So I figured I’d start it up this Sunday. I don’t typically stream, but have been feeling a bit better with some medication changes, and I’ve had a bit more energy. Thus, I figured why not. I would like to try to get into streaming a bit more, so the only way to do it is just jump in.

I will be doing a Fallout 3 Let’s Play at some point because I’ve yet to finish the game at all, and one of my Patreon patrons has never played it, and thought it’d be interesting.

I hope folks will stop by the stream! I’m going to do at least one hour, maybe two. I can’t do much more than that because that’s food time for the pets, and I have some chores that’ll need to be finished. But I think it’s a good way to wade into the shallow end of the Twitch pool again.

Ch-Ch-Changes

Ch-Ch-Changes

Moving to WordPress

As a thank you to Beej, I’m pimping his stuff. Because he’s a great content creator, too!!

When I first started up my Patreon back in January 2017, one of the big goals I wanted to hit was to move over to WordPress and get a domain name. I’d yet to hit that goal, but it just so happened that Beej saw that goal on my Patreon and offered me space over on WordPress.

So the blog will be moving very soon (I’m hoping by April 17 at the latest)! I’m in the process of re-designing the pages at the moment, as well as trying to settle on a theme, and whether I need plug-ins. And before I move over, I’ll export all my blog posts, then make a final post here redirecting folks… It’s a bit daunting, but I appreciate all of the help that folks have offered as I’ve had questions or issues. I’m looking forward to learning my way through WordPress.

Patreon

I’ve had a Patreon for a while. But I always feel weird mentioning it, even though I know I really need to promote it more. So I’m just going to leave this here, and ask that if you’d like to make a monthly donation, please do! I also have a link on Patreon to my Ko-fi account if you’d rather do a one-time donation. There are both SFW and NSFW tiers available for those that are interested, and anything of $2+ gets access to Discord! So check it out. Get a thank you on my blog. Get to vote on what I game. Get other fun things if you’re so inclined. It’s a win-win for everybody!