1 Year on FFXIV

/pet the kitty cat
/pet the kitty cat

Since I do play FF14 50% of my free time, I figured this deserves a post. Yes it’s actually been a year and no I haven’t quit yet 😛 Maybe because it’s not a gacha spewing shitty free Korean grinder that I was so used to dealing with. So basically this post is a year in review of my experience with the game.

When FFXIV originally launched I had mentioned about the early access disaster. Every server was full, I couldn’t play at  all. With that, me and my husband basically re-rolled our characters on the Japanese server Hades.

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Weaving after gathering some cotton XD

I made quite a number of Japanese friends there. It was a lot of fun but due to time zone issues, I only ever saw a few of them late at night, or if I had logged into the game early morning on the weekends/my days off.

Getting my first chocobo
Getting my first chocobo

Let’s face it back in 2.0 stuff was kinda hard. I was just starting out, didn’t have too many crafters leveled up. There weren’t things like roulettes to have high level players help you clear stuff. On top of that, I didn’t find out until 6 months later but I had 3 second lag on the Japanese servers. Despite this I pretty much managed to clear up to bahamut’s coil turn 2 and ultima weapon hard mode.

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Moonfire Faire 2013

After my month of subscription, I had received a phial of fantasia. Being jealous of all the lala cuties around me, I decided to turn into a lala as well:

Clearing Garuda in a full lala party!
Clearing Garuda in a full lala party!

I still look back now and remember the excitement of clearing story mode primals. When I do these now I just laugh and “can’t wait to get my roulette bonus” but back then it was like HOLY SHIT GUYS WE DID IT! I remember how hard titan normal was for me until I switched my camera settings to legacy and that solved 99% of my dodging issues.

Halloween fun with my gathering linkshell
Halloween fun with my gathering/crafting linkshell

Come to think of it these guys were the reason I made so many friends. I joined a gathering/crafting link shell and because of that I made friends with everyone there and friends of friends there. I still keep in touch even though we’re on different servers, thanks to lodestone.  I recall spending a lot of time leveling up my gathering & crafting classes because I was scared I’d do bad in duty roulette. Since I was on a Japanese server I didn’t wanna be 迷惑。

Date with Fufucha
Date with Fufucha

Once I finished the main story, I worked on getting my crafters & gatherer’s up to 50.  Thanks to my LS friends I was able to safely watch cut scenes without people raging and locking me out of the battles.  Praeratorium was probably my favorite cause nothing fun like running around in a Magitek and shooting things =D.

The LS Dream Team
The LS Dream Team

The next big thing for me was getting my scholar relic – aka the level 90 weapon – which aside from coil, was the best weapon in the game at that time.  This was a bit of a hurdle because I tried to farm Garuda HM for my weapon so I’d be better geared for titan but after 26 or so tries I gave up and just went in with my Ifrit book. Needless to say,it didn’t go well. The 3 second lag made it impossible for me to dodge weight of land and I basically ended up getting carried by the 5 Japanese people who were in our party. Fortunately me and my husband were just a tank & healer, and if geared, that fight only needs 1 tank and 1 healer anyway as long as your DPS are on top of things. I felt bad and apologized afterwards for being a waste of space. With relic in my hands, I decided to venture into Bahamut’s Coil.

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I think that’s the sister……?

With some LS friends we went in but couldn’t clear it. Let’s face it, it was damn hard when most of us were ilvl 73-75. Also trying to discuss strategy and point our errors to Japanese people is a crime against humanity so I didn’t get too far. Eventually some weeks and gear upgrades later, I did clear turn 1 with friends and then cleared turn 2 in a pug because by then everyone was face rolling T2 enrage.

Taking a break with treasure hunting.
Taking a break with treasure hunting.

Unfortunately come January, it was getting harder & harder to progress. I joined a few turn 4 learning/practice parties but due to time differences a lot of the Japanese players would get tired and go off to bed even if we were making progress. Meanwhile my linkshell friends felt more distant because while we were all around the same “progression level” before, suddenly I saw them distance ahead of me. All because our timezones did not match. Even when I joined an English speaking linkshell, most people were newbies or were in Singapore/China so once again, time differences (including one of my FC members.)

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The excitement of meeting Hildibrand & Nashu

Fortunately 2.1 and patches in between kept me busy with side quests and beastman dailies. Crystal Tower was also pretty exciting though the Japanese way of clearing it put too much responsibility based on what team you were – even if that team wasn’t good enough to handle their assigned role.

A memorable screenshot with my husband and one of my great friends from Hades
A memorable screenshot with my husband and one of my great friends from Hades
PafuPafu event www
Would you like some pafupafu? ( ゚∀゚)ァハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \
If you fail to treat me right, I will set your pants alight.
If you fail to treat me right, I will set your pants alight.

And so after completing all the seasonal events, getting my crafters up and realizing I’m lagged out the ass I decided to transfer servers. Not sure where to go I looked around for an FC that would take us, and settled on Behemoth.

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Byebye Hades

I sent all my friends goodbye emails and waited a day to see if they had responded so I could take their emails with me. They did and I spent like an hour crying because I really wanted to play with them, but the time zone restrictions just wouldn’t let me.

My Choco became a black mage too
My Choco became a black mage too

And so I arrived on Behemoth and joined that FC. Unfortunately their coil slots were full, and there was no activity of setting up a new static. I went to look for other groups/fcs to progress. Eventually I settled on one run by husband & wife team and cleared turn 4 with them. Unfortunately, in order to do this, I had to first level up a DPS. They already had tanks & healers so I started working on my black mage. Thanks to being in the right timezone, there were always parties up and I was able to get my black mage relic fairly quickly.

Finally cleared turn 4
Finally cleared turn 4

Unfortunately due to real life issues the FC leader girl got busy and could barely log in to the game. She left the FC in her husband’s hands an all he wanted to do was PVP. In order to use company buffs for PVP he started letting everyone and anyone into the FC which included bots. I decided to take my leave then and I heard later on they had someone even steal stuff from the FC chest. Eventually that FC disbanded but I was already in a different FC. This FC was pretty huge, so huge that just as we joined, they finally raised enough money to buy a large house. I finally got to experience housing in the game.

 

All of us after buying the house
All of us after buying the house

The leader is a good guy, I liked him a lot. Unfortunately he was mostly online in teamspeak and didn’t police the FC chat too much. Due to this there were a lot of personality conflicts and on top of it, I still had no raid group. He was nice and he did help me get my first titan & ifrit clear though. Ultimately, my next coil static ended up being 2 people from the previous FC and then mine and their friends. After some personality conflicts though, and after the sub leader leaving, things kinda went downhill. A lot of people started leaving the FC, including some people in my static (though our static kept in touch via linkshell anyway.) After stuff like gardening came in, and people would take stuff I planted, it was pretty much the last straw for me. I had to break it to the leader as nicely as possible, and me and my husband, the last 2 remaining in that FC packed our bags and formed our own FC once again.

Nothing like learning the manderville!
Nothing like learning the manderville!
Fat chocobo army taking over
Fat chocobo army taking over

It was around that time that our static had finally cleared turn 5 of coil.

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Twintania down!

Unfortunately due to arguments with our static leader, I decided I just couldn’t see eye to eye with him so I left the static. My idea was to “clear stuff in whatever way we can” but he wanted to basically “carry” everyone by doing things his way so we’d rely on him. Doesn’t sound like teamwork to me so I knew it was time to go.

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Welcome!

After getting our FC to rank 6, we raised enough money to buy a small house in Limsa housing area. Additionally, Fantasia became purchasable and I decided to turn into an elf man. I got in touch with a friend I had made when I first came to Behemoth. We became friends through a turn 4 practice party back in January. I asked her if she had a static, and she said she did, but a lot of people didn’t show up  so they weren’t making much progress. Me and hub decided to join and on our first night with them, we helped them clear Turn 5. With great hope for progress, we dove into beating T6.

Fugly plant down!
Fugly plant down!

It was a long & tough battle before we had more DPS, or could get used to not dying to Blighted Boquet, but eventually after a month or so, Victory was ours! We dove into T7 immediately and once again, about a month later, Medusa was licking the floor.

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2 party poopers on the left

We’re currently wrangling on T8 but we’ve gotten to set 6 of the towers and due to a lot of people being out this month because of vacation we had a little stalling on our progress. Hopefully we can get a T8 clear before September. Oh and also, I became a cat.

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A cat who fishes, what a concept.

This brings us back to the present time. I spent most of 2.3 just trying to get my fishing achievements, but it’s been more than a pain to say the least. They’ve made the fish easily escapeable, only have 2 hour windows (which is about 5 min in real time) and must be caught during certain weather. In the most recent patch they’ve finally added weathermen in all 3 cities but now I’m too busy with the newest beast tribe to fish. The hunts have put a huge dent in the enjoyment of the game and have really shown the dark side of some people’s attitudes. The update has made them slightly better, but the daily FATEs still suck and now that I finally got enough seals to upgrade my weapon, I don’t really have the motivation to bother with grinding for anymore.

Facing off against giant robo tentacle monster
Facing off against giant robo tentacle monster

Our FC housing is busy with gardening for minions and soon chocobo dye. FC friends have created & decorated their rooms (and Nanamo shrines :lol:). Still need to clear Ramuh Ex but we’ll eventually get to that one of these days. Overall it’s been an interesting year. A lot of stuff happened, a lot of things changed be it game systems or friendships. I miss a few people from my old static but we still keep in touch and wave to each other when we run by. Syrcus tower hasn’t been too bad for me and I got really lucky with drops I wanted. The grinding and farming I had to do back in the day for Crystal Tower can’t even compare honestly.

Watching summer fireworks with FC friend
Watching summer fireworks with FC friend

So happy anniversary FF14. Thanks for keeping me entertained and distracted from otome games for the past year 😛 And please add some sands of time to Syrcus Tower or make the daily hunt FATEs less annoying to wait for.  FF14 now has a free trial for those who want to give it a go, as well as invite a friend campaign if anyone is interested in an invite. There will also be a free login period starting this weekend for those who had a sub but haven’t renewed. Looking forward to 2.4 with marriages and ninjas! (๑╹ڡ╹๑)

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17 thoughts on “1 Year on FFXIV

  1. Hello, Hinano !
    This comment is going to be a bit off-topic, ’cause the comments on the appropriate post seem to be closed… Sorry for the bother !
    I just wanted to say that I came by your blog via attempting to play Last Escort, and that it’s getting bookmarked. 😀 I’m not as well-versed as you seem to be when it comes to otome, or j-games in general, more of a causual observer. But looks like there’s plenty of things there to satisfy one’s curiosity…
    I like the tone of your posts and that you seem so invested in writing them. For instance, I’ve never played FFXIV but this one made me wanna try it 🙂 So thanks for your dedication !

    (and for the LE post that helped quite a bit – my Japanese has become a bit rusty. I’m impressed by your translation abilities, btw.)

    Keep up the good work !
    Marj

    PS : Is there someplace on this blog when you talk about non-stalkery things about yourself? Like your first games, favorite VAs and stuff? 🙂 I feel like that’d be genuinely interesting.

    1. Oh another person who suffered through last escort! 😆
      And I hope you enjoy FF14 🙂
      Other than my about page I guess the closest thing is my twitter? Sometimes I’m babbling about how I love Okamoto Nobuhiko’s voice xD
      its at @breadmasterlee

  2. The weird thing is, I genuinely like Last Escort… I ended up hooking with Masato the first time around, while shooting for someone else entirely, mind you, which mellowed me out, I guess. (It’s the first actual otome I’m playing*, so perhaps that counts too…) I went in half-blind, cause all I wanted was to hear some Japanese after years of non-practice, and perhaps harmless fluff, but now I want to do his route in earnest. (Kazuma bores me to death, though.) And I enjoy cheesy moments, which L.E. does quite well (oh, Jin and his pimpcar <3)
    Still, 100 shirts/scarfs/meals/whatever is a lot of shirts/scarfs/meals/whatever. You didn't do that for [i]every[/i] route, did you? 😮

    I'd buy FFXVI right now, if I weren't so busy irl (and already neglecting two RPGs, oops). But reading you made me nostalgic for those MMO good times. Definitely checking the free trial if nothing else. 🙂
    If I'm ever twitting again, I'll come say hi ! In the meantime, enjoy overly lenghty comments (sorry, sorry!) '^^

  3. It’s surprising how much can happen in a year! Seems like forever ago we were spamming CT back on the Japanese servers. Haha I miss just being able to chill out with the game and friends. 🙂

    Glad to hear you and JP are stilling having fun though! Grats on clearing T7 as well!! Good luck on your future exploits in Eorzea~

    1. are you ever coming back? and yea I guess it’s been a while.
      we actually left the static that I was talking about in this post lol
      we might be joining another one though 😛 now that I got otome games for vita coming my way I may not be playing as much though!

  4. I just started playing this week after reading this post – I’ve been kind of on the fence after playing a ton of Korean MMOs that just made ridiculous grinding requirements. So far I like it, and the crafting is interesting. Finding a server that’s the “right fit” has been hard, so I’m jumping around making low level lalas on different servers.

    1. I’m on behemoth but you never really know a server until you reach endgame. As far as I know if you want lots of end game activity go to gilgamesh. If you want to role play it’s Balmung. The smaller the server is though the worse it will be. Our server is pretty active but a lot of ppl who are just terrible at the game and a lot of Brazil lolol

      1. Yeah, that’s been a lot of it – trying to talk to people, read people’s comments about servers, look at guilds. I briefly tried Jenova, but it was dead – nobody doing FATEs etc. I like endgame stuff, but don’t want to deal with SUPR SRS BZNZ (did that in early WoW, no thanks now), nor do I want to devote 40+ hours to playing. 😀

        1. Yeah jenovas one of the new servers so not surprised that it’s dead. My servers pretty populated so if you decide to play there let me know!

          1. Cactaur ended up having a lot of trolol and some creepy, so I’m trying Behemoth now on your suggestion. Baby arcanist Umeshu, ahoy! (though now I sound like a lush…)

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