I guess I need to start writing blog posts on the weekend and then scheduling them throughout the week. The biggest bummer about that is the fact that it won’t let me sound off on THAT DAY’s game news. I’ve come up with somewhat of a solution, though. I created a Facebook page for my Twitch persona. I had previously shared video game news posts on my personal page and it was probably a bit spammy for my non-gamer friends. So if you LIKE me on Facebook, you can get daily posts about what game news I’m excited about. Check it out! It’s also another way to interact with me besides chatting with me on Twitch or commenting here. (Please note: If you’re a dick or abusive, I have no compunctions about blocking you.)
There’s a lot going on in the world right now. (It seems like my news feeds are either about violence or Pokémon Go.) I recently posted on Facebook that I sometimes feel like I want to spend so much time in virtual video game worlds because there is the illusion that I’m actually making a difference there unlike in the real world. And even though I DO spend a lot of time playing games, that only serves as a temporary distraction from the pain, fear, and anger I feel when I read about the latest horrible thing that happens in the real world. Some people may be able to compartmentalize those feelings since the events don’t directly affect them, but I am not one of those people. Human beings have so much potential for greatness and every time they do something terrible, I become disappointed in much the same way as a parent does when their child fucks up.
So lately my mood has been kinda crappy. I try very hard not to take it out on other people, but I’m only human and I’m not perfect. You could tell me that I shouldn’t let it get to me so much, but I’d have to tell you that you’re wrong. More people SHOULD get this upset. Then maybe we’d start treating each other better and doing something about all the bullshit that’s going on out there. Accuse me of being some kind of idealistic hippy if you want, but that’s how I feel.
So I apologize if I sometimes just lose my cool on stream. Twitch has this great way of making me feel better when I’m down, even if barely anyone is watching. I try really hard to be friendly and welcoming to everyone who visits and hangs out. 😀
Final Fantasy XIV released Patch 3.35 yesterday and with it came The Palace of the Dead, a roguelike dungeon that can be done with 1 to 4 people. Regardless of your level outside of the dungeon, you start at level 1 and it ignores all stats from gear and food, I believe. Every ten floors rewards you with either experience OUTSIDE the dungeon or tomestones, depending on your outside level. You can also save your progress at this time. You are given a weapon and gear that can only be used inside the PotD that levels up as you progress. Once you’ve maxed those out, you can obtain an item level 235 weapon to use OUTSIDE of the dungeon. By completing all 50 floors, you receive an item that can be traded in towards minions and a new mount.
After doing our weekly Wiping City of Salt last night (and my god it lived up to its name last night!), Mirra, Snape, and I decided to try out the new dungeon. Since we were just checking it out, we decided to go in on level 60 jobs. We successfully beat the first 10 floors, but then died to the boss on the 20th floor, so our progress was reset to the 10th. By this time, it was already late, so I did my Moogle dailies, gathered a map, and then went back into the PotD solo as a Bard to see what kind of experience I would get. Well, I didn’t even clear the first 10 floors, so I got nothin’! But I definitely got a good feel for how this new dungeon works.
AND I REALLY REALLY LIKE IT!
Of course, I also really like playing roguelikes. Every time I hear someone complain about something in there, I want to reply, “Uhhh… It’s a roguelike. You’ve played one before, right?” Every floor, I’m confronted with the question, “Do I just get to the next floor once I unlock the door? Or should I risk it and see if there’s some awesome treasure in one of the rooms I haven’t explored yet?” There could be traps or harder monsters. Should I risk it? I usually regret it when I do. You never know what you’re going to get. That’s part of the fun. Yes, it’s repetitive, but if you don’t take the opportunity to level up or increase your gear, you could be screwed later on. So if you like games like .hack, Torneko, Dark Cloud, or Chocobo’s Dungeon, you should give PotD a shot.
While we were playing, time was just zooming by. To me, that’s a great indication that something is fun. Let’s just hope I get further in the PotD than I usually do when I play roguelikes outside of FFXIV… LOL XD
Tonight on Twitch we’ll be doing Dragonskin maps with the hope of diving into the Aquapolis and then doing more Palace of the Dead. I think we’re going to reset our progress and start over with different classes. One of the things I really like about this system is that it will give me an opportunity to better learn the class I’m playing. Since I have to start at level one, I don’t get overwhelmed with abilities. Last night I played as PLD (my main), but I think I’ll switch to WAR so I can get better at using WAR abilities. Come hang out!