Still Figuring Things Out

I apologize for the radio silence lately. I’m still trying to come up with a good plan for coordinating my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blog, and Twitch. When I decided to start streaming video games on Twitch, I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I do! So I’m motivated to actually create a community for my channel, even if it’s really small and to do that, I need to be more coordinated and organized.

In the meantime, here are some screenshots from Final Fantasy XIV:

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I got the Calofisteri minion from the last boss of The Weeping City of Mhach. She’s so adorable and she juggles her little green balls periodically. I love minions in this game. I’m still having trouble with that last boss, though. I need to see if I can find better explanations of her attacks. All the other bosses in this raid are easy provided that everyone knows and follows mechanics.

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My husband made the Mhachi Coffin for the house. You can sleep in it and close the lid. It’s currently in the center of the grand stairwell surrounded by vases with black roses. The music we have playing in the house is from The Tam-Tara Deepcroft. We’re trying to make a haunted house, I think.

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Speaking of our house, we finally finished the exterior. It’s the Large Arms Supplier’s Wall and we dyed it purple. It took a LOT of materials to build, although it wasn’t particularly difficult. Just time consuming. Harvesting hundreds and hundreds of pieces of ore and wood gets tiresome!

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I forgot to take a picture of our whole yard. Mirra did an awesome job making it beautiful. Here’s a shot of me napping in the rain on the Oriental Bench, which we jokingly call the Oriental Bus Stop. I’ll try to remember to take a picture of the whole yard tonight and share it in a future post. I really like how serene and inviting the outside of our house looks. Then when you go inside, it’s haunted! Hah!

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I’m making friends! The first image shows Mirra and I waiting with our new friend, Alte, for Snape after he disconnected during a thunderstorm. The second is of me sitting with Mor while Snape looks on… Wonder if he’s jealous? Haha! Mor is so cute! ^_^ You can kinda see how our yard is set up from this picture, but I still plan on taking a shot of the whole thing.

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The Yo-Kai Watch collaboration started this week! It is REALLY grindy and annoying, but I want them ALL. All the minions. All the weapons. Thankfully, the event is going on until October 3rd. If I had to cram all this FATE farming into two weeks, I think I’d lose my fucking marbles. Some people are already done with it, of course.

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CUUUUUUUUUTE! ❤

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So far I’ve only gotten one of the weapons. There’s a weapon for each job. So bright and colorful! I love it!

Tonight on Twitch I’m hoping to do more Palace of the Dead and FATE grinding for Yo-Kai weapons. Come by and say hello!

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Some Random Things

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.)

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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. 😀

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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

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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!

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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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Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2016!

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Assuming I can figure out how to afford airfare, my husband and I are going to this year’s FFXIV FanFest! I am so excited! 😀

The last time I went to Las Vegas was five years ago for a Star Trek convention. Being surrounded by other people who are into the same stuff as you is one of the best things ever. I imagine that this is going to be even better because I will be able to meet people that I actually interact with in person.

My very first MMO was the original EverQuest. I began playing sometime during the Kunark expansion in 2000. I had real life friends that I played with and we used to have LAN parties. In addition to playing online together, I’d lug my whole computer to someone’s house and we’d play together, still online, but in the same room. Then we’d usually go out for Zippy’s or some other food late at night. We’d sit around the table and talk about the adventures we just  had.

When I played World of Warcraft with a big group of real life friends, we’d play online and then meet up in person once in while to hang out, eat, drink, and talk about our adventures.

Far fewer of my real life friends play Final Fantasy XIV, so I don’t get to do this quite as much. I still go out and hang out with my husband and my really good friend, though, and we sit around a table, eat, drink, and talk about our adventures.

Do you see a theme here?

I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, but there’s something really awesome about being able to hang out with the people you play with online in real life. I’ve made quite a few friends on Cactuar and I’m always so disappointed that I can’t just go out for a drink or something with them after a few hours of fighting monsters. I’m not sure if any of my online friends are going, but I’m looking forward to meeting more people from my server, anyway. More people to adventure with! Even meeting people who AREN’T on my server will be awesome because we’ll all have a shared world with experiences that we can share without someone looking at us like we’re speaking some obscure foreign language. Seriously, I CAN’T WAIT!

In other news, it seems that Square Enix has decided that Wednesday nights are a good night for maintenance when they decide to have it, so I’m going to switch my Twitch schedule to play whatever my backlog game is on Wednesday nights instead of Monday nights.

I didn’t stream last night because I fell down and bashed my knees and hands on concrete yesterday, so I just vegged out on the couch with ice packs last night before going to bed early. I felt like such an old lady! Oh well, I’m a bit stiff and sore today, but I’ll definitely be streaming. I need my weekly Wiping City of Salt clear… 😛

Stop by and say hi!

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FFXIV Patch 3.3 is Keeping Me Busy!

Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 3.3 has added a shit ton of content to the game.

Before the patch launched, we spent ALL our time and energy trying to make money to buy a mansion for our Free Company. We had to come up with 45 million gil in the span of about two and half weeks. And we SUCCEEDED! There were only three of us, so it was tough.

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It’s HUUUUUUGE!!!

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Since 3.3 added a new step for the relic weapon quest line, I was trying to finish my Anima before then, but I didn’t quite make it. However, I DID manage to finish it up two days after the patch released. So now I have a powerful and shiny weapon for waging war against the bad guys:

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I like the enemies in the new story dungeon, Sohr Khai. They’re nifty looking:

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There are also new beast tribe quests. You can level up crafting classes from 50 to 60 by helping out a faction of Moogles. I really want this mount:

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In other news, E3 is going on right now. There are a lot of cool games coming out in the next year or so and I’m really excited about that! Horizon, Watch Dogs 2, Final Fantasy XV, VR stuff… SO MANY GAMES. I would post links and videos, but that would make this post WAY too long.

Tonight on Twitch, I’ll be playing Final Fantasy XIV and hopefully doing the new 24 man raid, The Weeping City of Mhach. Players are referring to it as The Wiping City of Salt, however, because the raid is very mechanic heavy and requires coordination. In other words, it’s HARD. I really like it, though. When I got my clear last week, it was super fun. Come by and say hi!

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It’s a New Month!

I have been quite remiss in posting lately and for that, I apologize. Balancing my daytime office job and my entertaining on Twitch in the evenings takes a lot more work than I sometimes realize. Unlike some Twitch streamers, while I DO consider h4tsum1 to be a persona, I don’t really act too differently on Twitch than I do in real life. h4tsum1 isn’t as shy as I am, though, and keeping that up takes a lot of work, so it tires me out. When you combine that with trying to readjust my internal clock after spending two weeks on the east coast, catching up at work, and dealing with the stress of an increased workload with a decrease in pay, some things get pushed to the side. In this case, I took a night off from streaming last night and I haven’t been posting on my blog AT ALL.

BUT! I really don’t want to sound like I’m complaining… Life is good!

MY VACATION:

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My son graduated from college with a BFA in Art Video from Syracuse University. I am SO VERY proud of him! ❤ He is staying in NYC with my sister to find a job in media. There aren’t really any good opportunities for that kind of work in Hawaii, so I encouraged him to stay on the mainland.

#winetasting a couple days ago 😅

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We did a LOT of wine tasting in the Finger Lakes area. I think I bought eight or nine bottles. I had 3 shipped home, packed 2 in my suitcase, and drank the rest while we were in NYC.

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We rode on trains! (From NYC to Syracuse and then back to NYC.) I love love love trains! We don’t really have any on Oahu. There’s one that operates as a tourist attraction every Sunday and I heard that they’re going to be shutting it down. 😦 That reminds me… I should stream Train Simulator sometime. If you need to fall asleep, I’m thinking watching me play that game would be perfect! LOL

There are #arcade machines everywhere! 😁 And #beer #barcade #barcadebrooklyn

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I FINALLY got to check out Barcade in Brooklyn! I’ve been wanting to go there ever since I first heard about it years ago! It was so awesome! I played Frogger and Tapper. I still suck at them. Hehe.

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OF COURSE, we went to the newly renovated Nintendo Store in NYC.

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We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My husband was particularly fond of the armor and weapon section. He took a picture of me with this tanking shield because I’m a tank. 😉

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He also took a bunch of pictures of the failgoon gear. 😀

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We rode on the Seaglass Carousel. The fishies light up. So cute and fun. Also, remind me to scold my husband for taking so many pictures with the phone up instead of sideways. OMG LOL

We did a bunch of other things that I either don’t have pictures for or just don’t feel like posting. We spent a lot of time with my baby sister and my younger sister and her family. We went to the Museum of Natural History and watched the presentation about Dark Matter at the Hayden Planetarium. (I got motion sick in there, though, so I had to close my eyes a lot.) We went to the top of Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) for gorgeous views of NYC. We ate ridiculous amounts of food. (PS – If you’re ever in NYC, I highly recommend Ravagh Persian Grill if you want to try excellent Persian food. If you want to try good Polish food, our Polish friend from Poland recommended a place in Brooklyn called Karczma. It was delish! Try the tripe soup. The tripe just melts in your mouth…) We wandered around Times Square on a Friday night. We wandered along the High Line. We went to the Transit Museum in Brooklyn. Oh! I should post some of the silly advertisements that were in the old subway cars. So much Cold War propaganda and weird ass nutrition advice.

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I really didn’t want to come home. New York City is such an amazing town! Things stay open late and you can travel anywhere in the city via one of the most amazing transit systems in the country. This trip reminded me how badly I want to live on the mainland and it definitely lit a fire under my ass to work toward our goal for moving to the mainland by 2020.

MY REAL LIFE:

I applied to graduate school! My original plan was to go for my Master of Accountancy (MAcc), but then my boss told me about an MBA program with an Accounting focus. With either degree, I could take the CPA exam, but with the MBA, I’d also have the business management training to qualify me for management positions, thus increasing my earning potential. (We’re talking two to three TIMES my current salary.) If I’m accepted, I would have class two or three nights a week, so my Twitch schedule will have to be lighter. This bums me out a little, but the end result will be worth it. 😉 I’ll keep you guys posted on what’s going on.

GAMES:

Final Fantasy XIV’s Patch 3.3 is releasing on June 7th. With this upcoming patch, they’re adding more housing wards and normalizing the plot prices, so I’m frantically trying to save up enough money to buy our Free Company a mansion. Between the three of us that regularly play, we have to come up with a minimum of 40 million gil, so that’s all I’ve been working on since I got back from my vacation. I’m honestly not sure if we’re going to succeed, but we’re trying really hard. Cross your fingers!

I’m slowly making progress in Bravely Second: End Layer. I really wish I had more time to play handheld games. This game is really fun. I’m enjoying the challenge since I can’t just button mash. I actually have to plan and strategize.

Finally playing this game 😍 #khux #kingdomhearts

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My son got me into playing that Kingdom Hearts Unchained phone game. I haven’t gotten very far, but it’s surprisingly good for a phone game. The best part is that it’s long-fingernail-friendly. Honestly, that’s one of the major reasons why I generally don’t play phone games. And no, I’m not going to carry around a fucking stylus JUST so I can play games… Give me a break!

Like ALMOST everyone else who plays games, I picked up Overwatch. I played through the pathetically shitty tutorial (seriously, why did they even bother?) and played one game against AI. I wanted to play a tank class, but the game said there were too many, so I had to play a support class. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE FUCK I WAS DOING AND IT WAS HORRIBLE. People were running all over the place and I couldn’t figure out what was going on most of the time. I just ran after my teammates and cast heals on them. Did I get any commendations? Of course, not. It was painfully obvious that I had no idea what I was doing, but there was absolutely no opportunity for me to really understand what my abilities did. And yes, I know there’s that place where you can try different classes, but the game didn’t let me pick the classes that I had previously tried! So I was stuck playing a class that I hadn’t looked at before and was just running around like a chicken with no head. FUCK THAT. I’m pretty sure I’d have had fun if I got to play Tank or Offense (since I had tried those), but being forced to play Support and then not understanding what was going on left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Of course, now that I’ve TRIED support, I liked what it brought to the table, so I may try that again. However, as someone who does NOT play team shooters AT ALL, I really wanted to start out with something with a lower learning curve… So UNLIKE almost everyone else playing Overwatch, I do NOT have Overwatch fever. In fact, I don’t understand why everyone is so addicted to it. After that one game, I was so stressed out that I just left my computer and went to bed!

I have to say, though… This Overwatch Collector’s Edition is pretty spiffy!

Tonight on Twitch, it will be more of me trying to make money in FFXIV, so it won’t be very exciting. Still, I enjoy hanging out and chatting, so 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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