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Gaming Goals Review: February

Gaming Goals Review: February

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.

For the sake of comparison

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements
  • Get Bauxyte to level 40 Completed!
  • Cycle through toons to burn rested EXP Completed!
  • 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 Completed!
  • Play some more Torchlight
So it’s not hard to see based on both the chart and the goals I obtained that real life pretty much kicked my butt this past month. Work has been super busy, and with a friends’ wedding coming up in a few weeks, Chaide and I have both been slogged with obligations related to that (especially since Chaide is in the wedding).
For comparison between January and February…
  • 29 less hours of WildStar
  • 9 less hours of Final Fantasy
  • 32 less hours of The Secret World
  • 16 less hours of Men of Yoshiwara
  • No Paladins (down 14 hours)
  • No Animal Jam (down 15 hours)
  • No Pirate 101 (down 12 hours)
  • Added 10 hours of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
  • Added 2 hours of Blade & Soul
  • Added 3 hours of Black Desert Online
  • 189 total hours in January
  • 77 total hours in February
  • Overall down 112 hours of game-time
I wish the Achievement Granted crap didn’t show up on top… I wonder if I hide UI if the Level Up will go away?
I had started on the Celestion achievements, and am only a few short, but got distracted by swapping out to burn some rested EXP on the toons, and I took advantage of the Bonus XP Weekend (and a lot of flasks) to get Bauxyte to 50! I even did Crimson Badlands once, and am half-way to her key. I have some gear it’s worth tossing non-set runes into for now, and I’d love to start getting her attuned for some variety.
We ended up hitting 49 in Final Fantasy, and I’m hoping we finally hit 50 in March. We shall see, though. My work from home days haven’t been conducive to lunches where I plop in front of my personal computer (instead of the work ones) for an hour with Netflix running, food in hand, and farm-time. So again, hoping to carry over a lot of those goals. Especially the gathering ones, as I’ll either need to purchase a new retainer (which was a plan at some point anyway, just not quite… now), or really get started on those crafting professions.
We didn’t get out of Egypt in TSW, but we’re getting close. I think we only have a few missions left in the first town, and then we can go see Saiid. I’m so excited! From what little I’ve seen of him (so far) I’m super-duper excited to see more of him. His attitude comes across in spades! As for the Let’s Play… I did get the third one up, and the fourth one partially completed. I’m anxiously awaiting some down-time to be able to work more on those videos.
I barely got any Blade & Soul time in, so those will probably carry over as well. I’m none-too-thrilled so far with the game, and my friends are starting to fall off as well. So we’ll see if I even get to it. I really would like to try to give it the good old “20 hours/20 levels” trial. 
I’m super close to finishing Men of Yoshiwara, and am hoping to finish it in March so I can move onto Amnesai: Memories for my PC otome. I never picked up Cat Goes Fishing, though I’m still hoping to one day, because it looks adorkable. I didn’t get into Torchlight due to time.
I’ve been playing a bunch of Code Realize for multiple reasons. One, it’s what I do at lunch time. When I tried watching stuff on Prime at work, people would constantly interrupt my lunch break, despite having a sign up saying I was at lunch. With my head buried in my Vita, people leave me alone. Also, with everything else that’s going on, it’s been a nice way to get in fifteen minutes here before an event, or ten minutes there before bedtime. I’ve been pursuing Impey as the first guy, mainly because I thought I liked him the least, but he’s grown on me a lot. Granted, I like Lupin least of all so far, and don’t know how I’ll feel when I get to him as the “True Game Ending” (he’s locked behind the four other guys).
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…
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.

Gaming Goals Review: October

Gaming Goals Review: October

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

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.

#IntPiPoMo 5/50 – What did the cards hold for October?

WildStar Goals

Chestnut

  • Collect some more mini-pets
  • Reach max reputation in Crimson Badlands (& last bit of Northern Wastes)
  • Work towards completing my AMP (55) and AP (48) points
  • Put up recorded Yardcore
  • Complete all achievements in Celestion
  • Start getting up plat resources for runes (ugh)
  • Participate in zPrix International event, and Halloween event!! (ACHIEVEMENTS) Completed

All Toons

  • Log in Completed
  • Check mail Completed
  • Organize bags
  • Organize personal bank
  • Check if things to use in guild bank Completed

FFXIV Goals

Cactuar

  • Level 20 BTN Completed
  • Level 10 MIN Completed
  • Level 30 GLD Completed
  • WAR job Completed

Lamia

  • Log in
  • Level 10 ARC

SWTOR Goals

  • Reach level 25 (Jadz’iaa)

TSW

Thoughts

Such lofty goals, hah. If I thought September was busy, October completely trumped it. I never did get into SWTOR for the month. I have kept up-to-date with the launcher, though, so I’m more likely to hop into it when I feel like it.
As for FFXIV, I think it’s what I played the most this month. Granted, I also set myself goals that were easily attainable, overall. I never did log onto Lamia. I don’t know if I want to level two characters through the main story, quite honestly. So even though Tal is over there, I’m none-too-keen to level even a second character through the main story. It’d almost feel like splitting my time with another game, even though it’s the same one. If that makes a lick of sense.
We’ve played a fair bit of The Secret World as of late, mainly to work on the Halloween content, but Chaide has also found himself enjoying it far more than when we first piddled around in it back in March. The only problem with TSW playtime is that we need to try to work it around the schedule of the three of us (some months are a moot point because Cam is traveling for work). Sometimes our friend Moon will hop in with us, too, if she’s around, but she’s not really one of the core folks we work times around.
I’ve been playing lots of WildStar, but I haven’t had the time or energy to do much outside of guild leading and prepping for ThaydFest 3 (which is in about a week and a half). Actually, I’m kind of stressing out about it, haha. I’ll be ready for a nice relaxing break away from WildStar over Thanksgiving weekend! Oh, wait, nevermind, I’ll be running a guild Harvest Party. Suffice to say, December might be a bit slack in the WildStar department.
Long Term FFXIV Goals

Long Term FFXIV Goals

So I’ve seriously gotten into FFXIV all of a sudden. I think a big part of that is because Chaide has stepped back from WildStar (I’m hoping he’ll write a guest post as to why, because he puts it so very well), and has picked up FFXIV as his main game.

Another big part of it is that I’m feeling a little burned out on WildStar. While I still love it, and it’s still my favorite game, the growth the guild has gone through, as well as some growing pains, have made things a tad bit more “job-like” as of late. I’m hoping it calms down this week, some, though. I’m also feeling a little bit overwhelmed because in trying to implement the changes people wanted for future ThaydFest events, we’ve had a lack of volunteers. So I’m about to say “Fuck it” and do what we’ve always done and seek out the folks I know do things for the server and see if they’ll run events.

Uh, this might have also happened, too…

We may or may not have gotten one day free shipping on these because it was cheaper than digital download… #FFXIV pic.twitter.com/VtQj4vpfBs

— Chestnut Stonebough (@ggchestnut) October 10, 2015


Just for the XP bonus sub-50!! *ahem…*

It’s a great game, with lots of goals for me to pursue. Especially as an alt-a-holic. Though, I’m sure it helps that you need secondary (and even tertiary) classes for specific spells to be able to cross-class (Which I’m still figuring out… what spells are best for what? How do I do it again?), etc.

One of my goals is to eventually hit 50 (and thus 60 as cap has increased with Heavensward… but let’s start with 50, shall we?) on every single class, including crafting and all that. So, here are my goals listed out in full for where I want to go eventually. And yeah, they’re split up and stuff to utilize cross-class abilities…

Things might change a little as I go depending upon what/how Chaide and I decide to level. He might want to level Thaumaturge, for instance, for his tertiary skills, in which case I’d pick up Pugilist and go to town. Then again, things just might change on a whim in general based on the gear I have in my bags and what I need to level through (for instance, I have about six different bows currently in my bags… so maybe ARC will get bumped up!).

Disciples of War and Related Jobs

  • GLA 30
  • Obtain WAR, level as main Job
  • GLA 34
  • PGL 46
  • LNC 15
  • Obtain MNK
  • LNC 34
  • Obtain DRG
  • Obtain DRK
  • CNJ 15
  • Obtain PLD
  • CNJ 34
  • ARC 30
  • Obtain BRD
  • 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

Disciples of Magic, and Related Jobs

  • ACN 15
  • Obtain WHM
  • ACN 34
  • Obtain SCH
  • THM 26
  • Obtain SMN
  • Obtain AST
  • THM 30
  • Obtain BLM
  • ARC 34, assuming not already completed via BRD
  • WHM 60
  • SCH 60
  • SMN 60
  • AST 60
  • BLM 60

Disciples of the Land, and Hand

I think this is pretty straight forward until after level 50 for leveling. So much so that I may bounce around back and forth amongst everything assuming I’m feeling a particular crafting or gathering binge coming along. What I’m worried about is the post 50 crafting. I’ve heard horror stories about it, but I haven’t found much in the concrete-facts department on what the heck specializations are (or are they still in?), or if being an omni-crafter like I want to be is still a viable thing. (I don’t want to do it for the Gil, I want to do it for the completionist thing.) So if anyone knows of good resources for DoH/DoL in Heavensward, it’d be much appreciated.