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Level 49… So Close!

Level 49… So Close!

Little Ladies’ Day

I’ve been trying to get Chaide back into FFXIV a little bit by trying to play at least once a week for a few hours. He’s still feeling a bit jaded from when the MSQ (spoilers) had you go around for five levels or so just doing one-off stupid quests to put together a banquet. Definitely not the strongest part of the story, but one he’s not been able to put past him in worry that it will some day do it again. Which, so far as I know, it will not, because I’ve only been told the story gets good from where we are. But I cannot guarantee because I have not yet experienced it.

So we logged in this week to try to hit 50, and do the new Holiday event. I always like to do Holiday events in-games, and even though we can’t use the cosmetic items in FFXIV (yet) I like to collect them for when we are able to. Especially (1) for the achievements and (2) because they’re so easy, and not very grindy!

Granted, this one was probably more “grindy” than others, if you wanted to hear all about the girls and their interests. Chaide wasn’t particularly a fan of this event. He commented that, “it’s probably much more appealing to girls who like cutesy things”. And damn straight I loved it! It was totally like an Otome! It was so cute!

Well, except for the Lala with the weird pedo-stache.

I didn’t finish out everything with the girls to learn about them, I don’t know if I will based on my lack of time, but I did do a few extras for some shoes to go with my new dress. I should log on to see if there’s an achievement for completing all the options to talk to them. I’ll definitely make the time to do so if there is.

Ding 49

After doing the Holiday event, we decided to run an Aurum Vale to see how much of a level it’d get us. We ended up with just over half a level and obtaining 49. It went pretty much flawlessly, despite a few “oops” pulls from folks, and Cam taking a dirt nap on the big Ogre guy. I’m definitely looking forward to being able to open up new dungeons, though. Like the Hard Mode versions and such.

Also looking forward to getting back to the Main Story Quest now that we’re level 49. I’m just hoping that we can push to 50 from the quests, without having to run yet another Aurum Vale.

Community Game-Along Game Choices, Part 1

Community Game-Along Game Choices, Part 1

Community Game-Along

Image by Chic Pixel

Not too long ago I mentioned stumbling upon the Community Game-Along challenge for 2016, which featured dating sim games for January. This has apparently been put on for a few years by Apricot Sushi, and I figured why not try it out? But looking at the list, some months are going to be much easier than others. And some I just might need some suggestions, so I hope folks have some! I wanted to lay out what I wanted to play, though, so it was easier to keep track of why I had specific games in my Steam library, for instance, or which games I should purchase based on the platforms I own. Speaking of which, the platforms we have in the house include:

  • X-Box 360 (not my favorite system)
  • PS4 (not my favorite system)
  • Nintendo DSi
  • Nintendo DS (original—able to play GBA games)
  • PC
  • PS Vita

I much prefer gaming on PC if at all possible, so if you guys have suggestions, ports/emus or such to PC are appreciated. And if it’s on Steam, it’s even better! My handhelds are my second favorite. I’m hoping to one day get on the 3DS train for some of the games that have caught my fancy.

January: Dating Sims

In January, I mainly played Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya (did you know there’s a sequel in the works?!). I didn’t end up finishing it, so my plans of continuing to Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star were a moot point. I also won a copy of both Norn9 and Code Realize for the PSVita from Chic-Pixel thanks to Aksys Games! I didn’t get my Vita until the start of February, though, so I didn’t get to them for January. I did finally start Code Realize last week, and I have thoughts I can’t wait to share in another post.

February: Fishing Games

This topic was suggested by Kimimi to Apricot. I’m not big on fishing simulators, which is ironic considering how much I enjoy fishing in MMOs. Seriously, it’s my favorite thing to do in MMOs. If WildStar had it, I’d play it even more than I already do! I did search through Steam and find a game called Cat Goes Fishing, which looks like it’ll be a lot of fun! I’ll also be delving into FFXIV and leveling up my fishing throughout February as well. So next check, when I pick up Cat Goes Fishing, expect some thoughts.

March: Monster Hunter-likes

So I’m not quite sure what to play this month, Or what qualifies as a monster hunter-like game. I assume that Pokemon would count. So I can play some of Pokemon Pearl which Chaide got for me a while ago and I have yet to finish. Granted, I’m not sure what I’d classify as “fnishing” the game. Maybe just getting through all the story would be a nice close to the game. While I “gotta chatch ’em all”, I know it’s not realistic when none of my local friends have a DS.

April: Games with Yuzo Koshiro Scores

I didn’t even know who this chap was until I went over to Wikipedia. He’s composed and scored a lot of games. Like, huge numbers. Many of which I know, but have never really found an interest in. Most of which seem to be for the Nintendo consoles. He did the composition for Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, and I’ve never played a Castlevania game, but have been told I’d probably enjoy them. So I think I’ll try to pick that up for DS, even if I have to cave and get it used at a GameStop or something.

May: Metroidvania

I’d heard the term Metroidvania before, but I’d never really known what kind of game it described because I’ve never played Metroid, or Castlevania games before. Come to find out it’s a type of platformer game. Now, I guess I could play a Castlevania or Metroid game, but apparently Ori and the Blind Forest is considered a Metroidvania, and I’ve seen a bit of gameplay of that and think it’s pretty cute. Or I could play Dust: An Elysian Tale, which I already have in my Steam Library. Which is probably the better choice to get it finished with.

June: Media Tie-in Games

This topic was suggested by BadoorSNK to Apricot. I honestly have no idea where to go for this topic. I’m not sure if they mean games that are hot right now, or games that are about or include social media, or games that are making commentary on the media in general. I guess all of these could be valid options. So I guess any suggestions are welcome! And I know Apricot will have some suggestions when June starts, but that doesn’t give me much time to find a game at that point.

I think going past June, at this point, will be a bit much, so stay tuned in a few months for Part 2, as well as my thoughts on the various games I pick up for this!

Gaming Goals: February

Gaming Goals: February

I started these Gaming Goals posts back in June 2015 as a way to try to organize my gaming time around freelance obligations as well as my day-job and general life obligations. You can view the backlog of goals and reviews here.

Love is in the air! And fortunes too, apparently.

I think January had a good length list with both some easy and not-so-easy goals to work toward. I’m going to try to continue that flow this month.

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements
  • Get Bauxyte to level 40
  • Cycle through toons to burn rested EXP
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10

Final Fantasy XIV

  • WAR 50
  • FSH 30
  • BOT 30
  • MIN 30
  • Start working on crafting professions to clean out retainers

The Secret World

  • Try to finish out Egypt
  • Upload completed Let’s Play 3 and 4

Blade & Soul

  • Reach level 20
  • Run at least one dungeon (preferably with friends)

Steam, etc.

  • Finish Men of Yoshiwara
  • Pick up Cat Goes Fishing and play some
  • Get up to Chapter 5 in Code: Realize
  • Play some more Torchlight
Gaming Goals Review: January

Gaming Goals Review: January

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I’ve kept reducing my goals due to real life, and I think I hit a stride heading into December, and have kept it up for the most part.

Look! I made a pretty chart of my game time for the month!

WildStar

  • Get my last AP (48 total) point! Completed!
  • Rune out my DPS set with class runes (pants) Completed! (And put them in shoulders)
  • Get my tanking set figured out on Chestnut Completed!
  • Level up alts to burn up all the rested XP they have Completed!

FFXIV

Cactuar

  • WAR 50
  • PLD 40
  • ARC 25
  • CNJ 20

TSW

Steam

  • Finish Tokiwa’s endings and date scenario (Men of Yoshiwara) Completed!
  • Finish Kagura’s endings and date scenario (Men of Yoshiwara) Completed!
  • Play some more Shadowrun Returns and get the videos over to QueueTimes
Overall not bad! I completed all my WildStar goals, granted, they weren’t overly difficult, per se. I mean, grinding out the dailies for the plat and the elder gems was a bit cringe worthy. So I think I’ve just accepted that I will be poor in that game because there are better things to do with my time than grind out plat.
I surprisingly didn’t get much time in with Final Fantasy. A large portion of that is due to the fact that Chaide is more into The Secret World at the moment, and in a way I am, too. We’re still chugging away at level 50 once a week, though, so sometime in February we’ll hit it, I’m sure. My goals will definitely be changing based upon my game time, and prior obligations in February/March.
We finally made it out of the Blue Mountains in TSW! HURRAH! I’ve actually written a lot about The Secret World lately, and have been working my butt off at putting the videos together. I’m hoping to have the next one out soon(tm). The story is absolutely amazing, and we’re loving Egypt! So far, it’s one of our favorite zones.
Oh my…
On Steam, I’ve kind of been addicted to Otomes. I finished out the two routes I wanted to, and started on Iroha’s route. I’m hoping to work on that more this month, and finally finish out the game. I’ve spent countless hours in Men of Yoshiwara in both December and January. As for Shadowrun Returns? I’m hoping to have some free time to get it in… soon(tm). I’d also really like to finish up Torchlight. Chaide is interested in trying to get in some Torchlight II together as a Let’s Play. He enjoys being a part of those, when I do them. I think because he doesn’t have to do the editing… I kid! Partially. I know he just likes spending time with me and sharing my interests, and creating Let’s Play videos is one of them.
Anyway, expect a nice new list of goals for February SOON(TM)!
Gaming Goals: January

Gaming Goals: January

I’ve been enjoying putting together this gaming goals thing I decided to try out in June. It’s helped me focus my time and come up with blog posts. Life has remained at a constant busy-level thanks to work, so my goals are going to remain small for now.

I got this in the bag.

WildStar

  • Get my last AP (48 total) point!
  • Rune out my DPS set with class runes (pants)
  • Get my tanking set figured out on Chestnut
  • Level up alts to burn up all the rested XP they have

FFXIV

Cactuar

  • WAR 50
  • PLD 40
  • ARC 25
  • CNJ 20

TSW

  • Finish the bloody Blue Mountains already

Steam

  • Finish Tokiwa’s endings and date scenario (Men of Yoshiwara)
  • Finish Kagura’s endings and date scenario (Men of Yoshiwara)
  • Play some more Shadowrun Returns and get the videos over to QueueTimes

I think I’ll be able to manage most of what’s on the list. It’s fairly condensed, so it should be fairly manageable. As usual, though, we’ll see what’s actually attainable.

Gaming Goals Review: December

Gaming Goals Review: December

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I’ve kept reducing my goals due to real life, and I think I hit a stride heading into December, but then the Holidays happened, so we’ll see if I met any of my goals at all.

(Magnolia) Chestnut enjoyed fixing bells to bring happiness to the children in XIV!

WildStar Goals

Chestnut

  • Work towards the last two AP (48) points! Halfway to last one!
  • Put up Yardcore 9
  • Winterfest Fun!!!!!!!!! Completed!

FFXIV Goals

Cactuar

  • Level 50 WAR
  • Do the Christmas event Completed!

TSW

  • Put up third LP video
  • Finish Blue Mountains!
  • Complete the Christmas events!

Results

Let’s take them a game at a time. In WildStar I’m halfway (I think even 3/4 way) to getting my last Ability Point. Finally! It’s been such a process for me, especially since I was feeling a little bit of burnout after ThaydFest, but I’ve gotten back into the swing of things and am greatly enjoying myself again. I got Yardcore up, and did Winterfest, too! Hopefully I can churn out a Winterfest post in a timely manner… so, sometime this week.

Chaide and I are level 47 on our main classes in XIV and finished out the MSQ to the point where we need to be level 49. It’s our goal to try to make it through to the Heavensward story end of the month. We also did the Christmas, New Years, and XI crossover event. I’ll probably do a joint post about those at some point.

We didn’t get in a lot of TSW due to the Holidays, Cam traveling for work, etc. but we also ran into some issues completing the Christmas events, which I discussed briefly in an article over at MMOGames. Overall, considering it was the holidays and the progress we made, I think I made a pretty good dent in my goals!

#Listmas Gaming Goals: December

#Listmas Gaming Goals: December

This post is a part of the #Listmas initiative. Check it out and participate!

This gaming goals thing I decided to try out in June has truly proven to be of use to me to organize my game-time and make the most of it, especially in these busy times.

Once again cutting down because it’s halfway through December already, and we’ve vacation and won’t be able to MMO.

WildStar Goals

Chestnut

  • Work towards the last two AP (48) points!
  • Put up Yardcore 9
  • Winterfest Fun!!!!!!!!!

FFXIV Goals

Cactuar

  • Level 50 WAR
  • Do the Christmas event

TSW

  • Put up third LP video
  • Finish Blue Mountains!
  • Complete the Christmas events!

FFXIV Longterm Goals

I put together this post a while ago, but let’s see how I’m doing and where I’m at and what I want to work on next and if I’ve adjusted anything (which I have)! It is Listmas, after all… I’m only going to cover DOW, as I’m not really focusing on DOM just yet.

  • GLA 30
  • Obtain WAR, level as main Job
  • GLA 34
  • CNJ 34
  • ARC 30
  • Obtain BRD
  • PGL 46
  • LNC 15
  • Obtain MNK
  • LNC 34
  • Obtain DRG
  • Obtain DRK
  • CNJ 15
  • Obtain PLD
  • ROG 30
  • Obtain NIN
  • Obtain MCH
  • WAR 60, assuming not already completed
  • DRK 60
  • PLD 60
  • DRG 60
  • BRD 60
  • MNK 60
  • NIN 60
  • MCH 60
#Listmas Gaming Goals Review: November

#Listmas Gaming Goals Review: November

This post is a part of the #Listmas initiative. Check it out and participate!

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I reduced my goals the past few months due to real life, and I think I started getting things to a reasonable goal list. But, we’ll see in a moment.

Finding images for these posts is kinda difficult…

WildStar Goals

Chestnut

FFXIV Goals

Cactuar

  • Level 20 MIN
  • Level 40 WAR
  • Level 35 GLD
  • Level 5 PGL
  • Level 15 CNJ
  • Pick up PLD

TSW

  • Finish through 2015 Halloween content
  • Run Hell (dungeon)
  • Put up third LP video

Thoughts

  • I’m doing these as a bullet because my brain is so fragmented with life-stress that it’s easier than writing coherent paragraphs
  • I feel like each month I say “I thought X was busy, HAH! This month trumped it!” But yeah, it’s true. You should see the draft of my December goals… (or lack thereof)
  • My summary of WildStar for the past month is pretty much just everything in Episode 77 of the Wildcast Podcast. Avid had me on to talk about Thaydfest 3 since he and Behalter missed it.
  • Yeah, I didn’t get Yardcore 9 up. It’s half-edited. Like I said–life. It’s my goal to finish it up tonight, hopefully?
  • I killed it in XIV. We played a lot of it. I leveled a lot of alt classes. I’m excited to get to the 2.0 story. I think my WAR is now 46ish?
  • We didn’t finish TSW Halloween–we had to have Kaidan unlocked to complete the 2015 stuff, so we said “screw it” and worked on more Blue Mountains quests
  • We did purchase the Ultimate Edition (all three of us) and gifted one of the base-game copies to our friend Sylver
  • She’ll be joining us in the future on our Let’s Play videos, but she kind of refuses to use TeamSpeak (if it’s being recorded), so I’m trying to figure out how to set up a “just party chat” channel so I don’t need to block chat out on the videos and people can see her comments
  • The third TSW video is in the works. It, like Yardcore, is half done. Real life. You know.
  • I’ll get December’s goals up at some point
  • I also want to participate in the “12 Days of Geekmas” thing but feel so far behind. And I don’t want to spam with possible double-posts. And I’ve kind of nothing to say about a few of the fandoms on the list…
New GPU Meets Garuda

New GPU Meets Garuda

This post is a part of #IntPiPoMo! You can find out more, and sign up at this link.

New Graphics Card

Here’s the stats. What is priority upgrades? We can’t do everything at once. Thoughts, IT folks? pic.twitter.com/7EDJkOpn7F

— Chestnut’s Roasting (@ggchestnut) November 19, 2015

#IntPiPoMo 33/50 (Hey, I took the screenshot! :P)

Chaide and I have been searching as to how to beef up our computers. Not too long ago, I posted on Twitter asking for advice, as well as within a group of friends whose opinions I regard highly. We ended up deciding to get the NVIDIA GTX 960 for each of us, and the boxes themselves looked super sexy.

#IntPiPoMo 34/50

Chaide wanted to use my computer as the “dummy” computer to try putting it together first, so I unplugged it all, and he started working on installing the new card. I had to make a run to the store to obtain some compressed air. The insides weren’t too groady, but since we had them open, we figured it was best to blow them out.

Oh man, when we opened the cards up we were kind of awestruck, and we both commented on “how huge” the graphics card itself was. Now, for those with newer cards, you’re shaking your head and going, “Of course it’s that big. How could you think otherwise?” Well, we were replacing cards we’d gotten at least three years ago.

Old card on the bottom. New card on the top. Troll cat for scale. pic.twitter.com/mORnyZNLFX

— Chestnut’s Roasting (@ggchestnut) November 28, 2015

#IntPiPoMo 35/50
So yeah, there’s that. But I’m excited at how awesome everything looks on the new cards!

Kaijo Diablo

So every time we get an NVIDIA card, there’s always some sort of deal going on. I mean, we don’t get the cards for the deals, so they’re a nice bonus. This time, the deal was a Kaijo Diablo bundle–we get both the Hero and the skin with the card.

#IntPiPoMo 36-37/50

Which makes us obviously download and want to play the game. So we’re going to give it a try, and have someone willing to help us get a Cho’gall each to play with, which is also super cool. The only problem?

@NVIDIAGeForce @nvidia Bought two GTX960 and trying to redeem second UNCLAIMED code, and getting this error message pic.twitter.com/mpNZDenfrB

— Chestnut’s Roasting (@ggchestnut) November 28, 2015

#IntPiPoMo 38/50

Uh huh. Sooooo I’m waiting impatiently to hear back from NVIDIA on what the fuck is going on.

Garuda

But after installing the cards, we hopped into various games, and spent a large chunk of time leveling and working through the MSQ in XIV. I have a lot of posts half-written about the story that I’ll get to posting at some point, but I really wanted to share the new and pretty screenshots we got last night of everything!

THERE ARE SPOILERS, so b’ware if you’re not into the level 42-ish MSQ yet!!

These pictures are #IntPiPoMo 39-81/50.

… Really?! … C’moooooon.

Wait, what? He’s a Garlean? And I didn’t know every Garlean had a third eye… though that explains some design choices, now.

Flashback time!

Oh shit. So his Dad is the one that caused the Reckoning or whatever it’s called? OHSHIT. And I need to know more about this Gaius and why he decided to take Cid under his wing…
They’re baaaaaaaack!

Hold the phone. Is there something I’m missing here? How did I give him the goggles? Am I a time-traveler? Did the Echo use my likeness so he would be more willing to help me later on? What’s going on here…

This fight was ridiculously fun!! We died a few times until we figured out spells and such (like that cast she does without a telegraph? That threw me off…). But I really loved how much more difficult it was. Though now that we know what to do, I’m sure we’d smash her to pieces in one go.

Talk about a literal “death glare”! Time to pull your soul out of your chest, lady!

OHSHITOHSHITOHSHITNOWAIOHSHITOHSHIT!

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT? oshitoshitoshit!

AHHHHH! I need more story! GIMME GIMME!

Tonight’s plans, assuming I don’t fill a missing spot in raid in WildStar, is to work on our hunting logs and try to unlock Dzemael Darkhold. We just need to bump our rep up two more notches in the Grand Company, so we’re going to work on our logs a bit. That way we can run the dungeon to bump up our EXP fast so that we can continue with the story. Ohhh man, it got good again!! I pretty much sat there slack-jawed as I watched and listened. I’m so excited to get to 50 and work my way through the patch stories!

Gaming Goals: November

Gaming Goals: November

This post is a part of #IntPiPoMo! You can find out more, and sign up at this link.

I’ve been enjoying putting together this gaming goals thing I decided to try out in June. It’s helped me focus my time and come up with blog posts. Life has been super busy, but doing these really do help me stay focused and away from the whiny “I’m boooooooored” crap.

#IntPiPoMo 6/50 – Writing down your goals is a good way to tackle them, experts say!

Going to be cutting down again this month because AMGREALLIFE, so let’s get to it!

WildStar Goals

Chestnut

  • Work towards completing my AMP (57) and AP (48) points
  • Put up Yardcore
  • THAYDFEST 3!
  • Put together an awesome Harvest Party for the guild
  • Take a mini-cation to rev up for the Winterfest Explosion and server event the guild is planning… (Just a week of no WildStar and play some other games lol)

FFXIV Goals

Cactuar

  • Level 20 MIN
  • Level 40 WAR
  • Level 35 GLD
  • Level 5 PGL
  • Level 15 CNJ
  • Pick up PLD

TSW

  • Finish through 2015 Halloween content
  • Run Hell (dungeon)
  • Put up third LP video

I completely cut out SWTOR, so we’ll see if I play any of it. Definitely a minimized list. I still have to wonder if I’ll finish it all, considering it’s halfway through the month already. I’d also like to try to finish up Torchlight (the original) since I’m almost there, and then uninstall it from the computer. Then work my way onto Shadowrun: Returns. But, we shall see what I can accomplish. Maybe I’ll add them to January depending what my schedules look like.