A Quick Update

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I’m really having a rough time finding a balance between work, school, and my free time. Honestly, I think the problem is that I don’t really have any free time right now. However, my video games and my Twitch channel are really important to me, so I’m determined to MAKE time for them. I am going to have to start small, so for now, I’m going to commit to streaming once a week. I’ve updated my schedule page to reflect this. I’ve put “Maybe?” on Sundays because I’d really like to do more, but I can’t promise anything right now.

Between work, school, and the state of this country, I always feel so exhausted. It should come as no surprise that since I’m a non-white feminist, I am absolutely disgusted with the goings-on in the White House right now. So I need my virtual worlds where my actions affect the outcomes because I sure as hell feel pretty damned helpless right now.

Tonight I’ll be playing FFXIV. The Mhachi raids are on the agenda and anything else I can fit in before I have to go to sleep. I finally got MNK to 60, so now I’m working on SMN/SCH. My goal is to have everything at 60 by the time the Stormblood expansion releases. I’m at 16/23, so we’ll see how that goes…

Gaming Goals – August 2016

There aren’t enough hours in the day! Ever since I created my Twitch channel, I’ve had to actually SCHEDULE my gaming, which has really helped me accomplish things. However, exciting new titles keep releasing and I keep failing to resist buying them! So I’m using a to do list app to help me accomplish my goals. (I’m also using it to build some better habits like exercising every day because I’m a total slob.)

I just started using it yesterday, so I’ve only added a couple of items. The fastest way to fail at something is to try and accomplish too many things at once. If you’ve ever watched me play video games, you know that I can get overwhelmed VERY easily, which causes me to lose track of what I’m doing. Then I feel stressed out and I give up.

One of the things I’ve found that helps me tackle a large stack of work when I’m at the office is breaking down my tasks into manageable chunks and listing them out. So I thought I should make a monthly list of gaming things I want to accomplish:

  • finish Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • complete the Slayer challenge in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Season 7
  • obtain the 4 pieces of i700 gear avaiable from the World of Warcraft Legion invasion event
  • obtain 4 Yokai Watch weapons in Final Fantasy XIV
  • make progress on i240 Anima Weapon upgrade in Final Fantasy XIV
  • start playing a new game

The last two items aren’t very measurable, so I need to figure out more specific goals. I also have to figure out what new game to play… Star Ocean V, I Am Setsuna, No Man’s Sky, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE… I can’t decide!

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Since Season 7 started in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls last week Friday, I decided that I wanted to check it out. I have never really participated in a season before and it seemed like a fun way to revisit Diablo III’s content without just doing more story mode. I get bored in Diablo III very easily unless I’m playing with friends, so I’m playing with Snape and Mirra, of course. We do everything together, after all! Since we have room for a 4th player, we’ve had the opportunity to play with a few of my friends on Twitch as well as with my son.

Due to timezone differences and his busy schedule as a college student, it has been extremely difficult to coordinate a time and place to game together. The last time we played games together was in 2013 when Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn released! That was three years ago! Our relationship has always involved playing video games together, whether it was some kind of actual multiplayer game or me watching (and putting in my two cents) while he played a single player title.

I’ve really missed gaming with him. Parenting is tough, but I’ve found that the thing that is hardest for me is letting him go. He graduated from college earlier this year and is working toward truly becoming independent. Words can’t express how proud I am of him, but at the same time there’s a part of me that wants him to stay with me forever…

I consider myself to be EXTREMELY lucky that he and I share a love of video games. This makes it a cinch to stay connected even though he’s on his own some 5000 miles away from me. A lot of parents don’t have this kind of connection with their kids, so when they leave the nest, the parents feel even more lonely. Empty nest syndrome is definitely a thing. Luckily for me, I used his leaving as a chance to play more games so I didn’t have that lack-of-purpose feeling that so many parents experience. Still, I missed sharing these games with him. Over the last four years, video game discussions dominated the weekly phone calls but we almost never played together.

So when Season 7 started, I told him that we were making characters and that he should join us. He had never done a Diablo III season, either, although he used to be way more hardcore than me in Diablo III. So earlier this week, we powerleveled him to 70. Then he played on his own a bit and got some awesome gear and some Paragon levels. So last night he helped powerlevel us through Chapters 3 and 4 of the season challenge. So now we’re all working on the Slayer challenge.

While he was blitzing through Bounties as we ran Rifts to get Greater Rift Keys, he came across a treasure goblin. When he killed it, it left behind a portal to a place called the Vault. (“Sickness must be purged!” Oh wait, wrong Vault…lol) He said that we had to stop whatever we were doing to come down to where he was at, so we teleported to him, entered the portal, and found the treasure goblin’s lair! There was gold EVERYWHERE!

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You could see random goblins walking along pathways as they went about their business. There were also goblins to kill as we walked along the upper walkway.

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After picking up literally MILLIONS of gold (maybe around 8-9M), we came to a very shiny golden door. We opened it and faced off against a boss. We were playing on a low difficulty (Torment II) level in order to spam rifts, so it died really fast and I missed getting a screenshot.

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It left behind a giant golden treasure chest sitting in a pool of blood. It spouted out some legendary items, set pieces, gems, and a lot more gold.

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You can see the dead boss body inside the chest after you open it. If you click on the chest, it makes a loud chomping noise accompanied with an animation that looks like the chest is eating the boss. Kind of like a mimic. It’s pretty funny. We stood there for awhile just playing with that.

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My goal for tonight is to work on the World of Warcraft Legion invasion events. There are four pieces of i700 gear. Once I get these pieces, my gear will be sufficiently high for Legion when it releases on August 30th. It’s not like I do hardcore raid content in WoW or anything. I generally don’t even do 5-man dungeons. Just the solo content. And whatever quest rewards you get from those always replace the previous expansion’s epics immediately anyway. So come by my Twitch channel after 7 PM Hawaii time and say hi!

Also, don’t forget to Like my page on Facebook to keep up with any game news that I think is exciting!

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Some Final Fantasy XIV Screenshots

I need to figure out a better way to budget my time. Streaming 5-6 nights a week while working a full time job doesn’t leave a lot of extra time to write blog posts. Even this one is going to be pathetically short. There will be pictures, though. People like pictures, right? 😉

With the release of patch 3.3, I’ve been busy with all the new content: A new relic grinding step, new dungeons, a new 24-man raid, crafting, Moogle dailies, the Aquapolis… So much to do, so little time!

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I always love the beautiful detail in this game. This view is from one of the new dungeons, Hullbreaker Isle (Hard). Such a lovely sunset. And here’s another random picture I took that I thought was pretty:

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One of the things we’ve spent a lot of time doing is Dragonskin maps. Each map has a chance to spawn a portal to a treasure hunting dungeon, called The Aquapolis. Once inside, you fight all the enemies in a room and then you can choose between two doors. One will take you to the next level. One will kick you out of the dungeon. It is purely RNG. And RNG really hates me. We did about 35 maps and went into the Aquapolis around 25 times before we finally got to the end of the dungeon. (There are 7 rooms.) Most of the time, we didn’t even get past room 3.

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Honestly, the Aquapolis was becoming very UN-fun because we kept getting kicked out so early. We finally reached the end ONCE. It was VERY satisfying. We now just do one map each per day, so as not to get burnt out. Honestly, I think part of our problem was that we had amassed a LOT of maps so we were doing the same thing over and over again with little reward. Not smart.

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The other thing I’ve been spending lots of time on is crafting and beastman dailies. I bought the Blue Scrip crafting sets for my three specialists, Blacksmith, Armorer, and Goldsmith. (I didn’t buy the gloves since I already bought Ironworks gloves, which are better when fully melded with materia.) I forgot to take a picture of Armorer, but here are Blacksmith and Goldsmith.

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I’m rank 6 with the Moogles (out of 8), so I was able to buy my cute Moogle slippers.

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And speaking of me looking ridiculous, I bought a $20 PSN card so I could get the summer freebie items. This is why Femroes shouldn’t wear the maid outfit. I look absolutely silly:

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In other news, I finally got past the Riku fight in Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix last night. Man, that was tough. At least now I can continue the game!

Tonight on Twitch I’ll be playing FFXIV, doing crafting, dailies, and whatever else. Come by and say hi! 🙂

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DOOM Collector’s Edition

Just so you guys know, I don’t keep all my games for myself. I actually buy things for my husband once in awhile… LOL

When we came back from vacation on Monday, a box was waiting for us.

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I haven’t played it, but my husband loves it. One of these days, I’ll get around to setting up family sharing on our Steam accounts and I’ll try it out. 🙂

In FFXIV news, I’m trying to learn how to play DRK. I’m currently level 51 and am having a difficult time remembering Darkside. Like I forget to use it or I forget to turn it off. All the guides on playing DRK assume that you’re level 60, which is frustrating. I’ll get it eventually.

I’m back to my regular streaming schedule, for the most part. I was so tickled that even though I didn’t stream for a couple of weeks, people came and visited! Tonight on Twitch, I’ll be playing more FFXIV because I need to catch up on stuff and I’m trying to save up money to buy a large house when Patch 3.3 releases on June 7th.

Speaking of Patch 3.3, if you haven’t seen it already, WATCH THIS TRAILER. I’m so excited!

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Kongamato

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I finally reached the Sworn reputation rank with the Vath in Final Fantasy XIV. I call them the Cockroach People because they remind me of the giant roaches we have in Hawaii. (They also make insect-like clicking noises when they talk.) The mount pictured above is a flying mount called the Kongamato. I think it’s trippy looking. Sorry for the bad screenshot. I swear it’s night time in game more than day time. (Probably not, but it FEELS like it…) I’ll try to take a better pic later. It really is a cool looking mount!

I also got my red scrip main hand tool for my Goldsmith. This is probably the equivalent to an epic weapon for adventuring. So I now have that tool for 3 of the 8 crafting classes: Armorer, Blacksmith, and Goldsmith. These are the 3 crafting classes that I’ve specialized in, so I figured it was a good idea to focus on THEIR gear before working on the others. I AM an omnicrafter, though, so I’ll have to gear them all up eventually. It takes 3 real life weeks to save up enough scrips for the tool. It takes an additional 3 weeks to save up for the off-hand, which I’ll be working on next. SO. MUCH. WORK. (So worth it, though!) So basically, we’re talking a FULL REAL LIFE YEAR to get the best main hand and off hand for all the crafting classes. And I haven’t even mentioned anything about the other gear. That stuff is all crafted, but it’s REALLY hard to make. That’s why I need the red scrip tools! And let’s not get me started on all the materia melding that’s needed to add stats so that I’m using BiS (Best in Slot) and have enough CP, etc… XD

Today’s News:

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness has a release date of June 28th. Naturally, I pre-ordered the collector’s edition.

There is a Nioh Alpha Demo from 4/26 to 5/5. I’m a fan of the Ninja Gaiden games, so this looks pretty awesome. 🙂

Tonight on Twitch:

FFXIV has server maintenance tonight from 8 PM Hawaii time. Thankfully, I’ve already capped my tomestones, so I can leisurely work on gathering red scrips or beastman dailies for relic items. I made a friend yesterday who offered to get us Coil clears tonight, so maybe that will be a thing. Once the server goes down, I’ll be playing Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. I didn’t get to play that at all this weekend because I’m almost done with The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. I’m so close to crossing another game off my backlog list! Anyway, come by and say hi!

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Sundrop Dance! Playstation VR!

I am now Sworn with the Vanu Vanu beastmen! 🙂 I bought my second minion and the Sanuwa mount, but I forgot to take pictures. I keep forgetting to take pictures of stuff. I must be getting old… Haha, nah…

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I DID take take pictures of the Sundrop Dance-Off cutscene, though! My dancing inspires my allies and strikes fear into the hearts of my enemies! I loved this. The quest was called “Nest Side Story.” 😉

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We tried A8 Normal, but didn’t get a clear. We had to use the game to randomly assign two players to our party. That worked out kinda badly at one point. A boyfriend/girlfriend pair of DPS joined us and the girlfriend was really rude, so we kicked her. We found out the other DPS was her boyfriend after that. I felt kinda bad, but she was a bitch. He was nice, but of course after that he left, too. A couple of my Twitch viewers tried to queue in progress to help us out, but they didn’t get into our party. We waited for a long time to get replacement DPS. That was annoying since there were TWO PEOPLE specifically trying to get into my group! Square Enix really needs to have cross-server grouping. It doesn’t have to be cross-data center. I mean, the Duty Finder already assigns random people from your same data center to your party, so there’s GOT to be a way to make friends with people from those servers and play with them. We’re hoping to try again tonight.

Today in Game/Nerd News:

This is a great video released by Square Enix about the development process of flying mounts in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. They talk about fat chocobo. It’s funny. 😀

The Playstation VR is releasing in October and will cost $399. I’m happy we have a price now! Also, it’s good that it’s in October. I’ll have more time to save up for it! Hahaha! People are getting their panties in a twist about the fact that it requires the Playstation Camera. Their event specifically said that the camera works with the lights on the VR device to track movement. Also, the camera retails for $60 and is almost always on sale somewhere. If you’re looking for a gateway into VR gaming, the price of the system, the VR device, and the camera are right around the price of the Vive WITHOUT having to buy a $1000+ computer to run it. Not to mention, the PS VR will work with the PS4. Period. They’re designed to work together. My son has a really nice gaming computer and he often sends me text messages that the Rift is “a finicky little bitch” because it just doesn’t want to work right sometimes. The VR experience that Sony is selling is not the same as the one that Valve and Oculus are selling and that’s okay! I really think Sony has a chance to get VR into the mainstream. Then people will WANT to buy more expensive computers and Rifts/Vives to connect to them.

Aside from that, it’s a pretty slow news day. Apparently there’s going to be a new Indiana Jones movie and Harrison Ford is going to be in it.

Polygon’s got a piece about (supposedly) why I Am Setsuna isn’t getting a Vita release in the West. I call bullshit, quite frankly. This kind of game is NOT designed for large screens. It’s a homage to 90’s JRPG’s for fuck’s sake. /sigh Oh well. I’ll still play it.

I want to go to this Pokemon Center in Kyoto. I’ve been to one of the Tokyo ones. Pokemon Centers are pretty amazing. SO. MUCH. CUTE. EVERYWHERE.

Tonight on Twitch:

The plan is to do roulettes, beastman dailies, and clear A8 Normal. Then I’m hoping to switch to Bloodborne after I take a break for dinner, assuming it’s not super late… Come by and say hi! 🙂

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New Mom Cave & Moogle House!

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So remember when I said I was rearranging things? I’m done! I now have everything within arm’s reach and I can more easily stream everything I want. It’s like I have my own little command center or something. I’m so lucky my husband let me take the TV and the consoles from the living room. He really indulges me. ❤ Luckiest woman alive. Seriously.

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After months of work leveling and gearing up, we finally completed our moogle house. I am so happy. There are only three active crafters in our Free Company: my husband, my friend, and myself. When we started working on this, none of us had a single craft at level 60, let alone 60 with gear high enough to even make some of the ingredients. So over the past few months we’ve been plodding our way, leveling up, gearing up, learning rotations, etc. So worth it.

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Here we are in front of our house, basking in satisfaction! Now we’re working on making better parts for our three airships… Need to unlock Sector 24 and get that Zu mount!

It was a weekend of accomplishments. A bunch of us finally got our Bismark Extreme clears. Having better gear certainly helped. And we got The Echo (10% stat increase). My Twitch viewers were cheering us on, so even when I was getting frustrated from dying over and over again, I kept going.

My other big accomplishment over the weekend was clearing A7 Normal or Alexander Midas: The Arm of the Son on Normal difficulty. Yes, I realize this content is considered “easy” and yes, I know I’m late to the party, but I HAD FUN. 😀 One of my biggest frustrations with being an older gamer is that sometimes I learn things more slowly than younger players. Not all of this is because of age. Some of it is because up until the last few years, ALL my gaming experience was slow paced or menu-based battles. Virtual dice rolls were responsible for determining whether or not I got hit by an attack and NOT my ability to run out of ground telegraphs in time.

Of our group of 8, five of us were from my Free Company. Knowing that we tend to need extra time to learn things, we chose to recruit members using the Party Finder instead of having the game randomly assign players to our group. We explained that we were learning and that wipes would happen so people knew what they were getting into by joining our party. I have to say that I love my server. (I’m on Cactuar, also known as Bestuar.) Every time we’ve recruited people to help us learn content, they have been amazingly helpful, patient, and just awesome.

It took us about two and half hours of trying over and over to finally get it. We had to replace our last dps twice. Once because they had to go and once because they disconnected. I was also streaming our adventures on Twitch and having a little cheering section there was great, too! I don’t have a lot of viewers, but the ones I have are so supportive.

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I’m pretty sure this guy’s green subligar was our good luck charm. (My husband took this shot of all the women in our party surrounding the naked Hyur.) After he joined, we cleared real quick! Never underestimate the power of a near naked man to motivate me! LOL I’m so bad.

Today in Game/Nerd News:

Microsoft has a new “cross network” initiative which will allow XBOX players to be able to play with other consoles. Of course, the game has to support it, but this is big news. Honestly, it doesn’t affect ME too much since I always have all the consoles, but for people who only have one console in their house (instead of 5!), this could make multiplayer an even better experience. To be completely honest, I often wish that all games were available on all platforms. I’m getting sick of having so many little machines. When I was moving all my consoles to another part of the house this weekend, I had cables and whatnot coming out of my ears!

There’s an English name and release window for Project Setsuna. It’s called I Am Setsuna and it is scheduled for digital release on PS4 and PC in the summer. I’m quite disappointed that it’s not releasing on the Vita here, though. I love my Vita as a JRPG machine. Oh well. By playing it on the PS4, I’ll be able to stream it on Twitch, so that’s good. Chrono Trigger is one of my favorite games of ALL TIME, so anything inspired by that has GOT to be good. And while people like to hate on Square Enix, I feel that lately they’re getting back in touch with their consumers and making GOOD GAMES. So I’m really looking forward to this.

Holy shit! Yes, please. I never played the original, but this looks REALLY COOL!

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard about the fight between Apple and the FBI. John Oliver does a fantastic job of explaining why you and everyone else should care about this.

Tonight on Twitch:

I’m hoping to actually work on some game backlog tonight with Fallout 4. Since the DLC is releasing next week, I feel like I should get on this. However, I’ve got stuff I need/want to do in Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ll be working on that first. Since Daylight Savings Time started, the non-Hawaii members of my Free Company are now an extra hour ahead of me, so if I want to be able to group up and get shit done with them on the weekdays, I need to log on as early as possible. So my plan is to play FFXIV for a couple of hours, take a dinner break, and then play Fallour 4 for a couple of hours. If I’m not falling asleep, I may log back onto FFXIV and stream the Hatching-tide event. We’ll see… That might have to wait until tomorrow.

Have I mentioned that I HATE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME? Why do we still even DO that?! Ugh. Coordinating with my FC is harder! Chatting with my son is harder! QQ

Anyway… Come by and say hi! 🙂

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