March 2016 Free Period

Every now and again it seems SquareEnix allows old unsubscribed players to play again and this is usually the time when I pick up the game.  They were doing this all weekend but due to real life obligations I was only able to play today.  Still, I feel like I accomplished quite a bit.

* Killed Bune in Gustav — This is something I’ve always wanted to do ever since I saw that thing wandering around in the tunnels way back 9+ years ago. (no sword drop though)

* Obtained and spent 68 merit points. — Good grief I get merits so fast now.  It’s almost comical.  At this point I don’t even know what to spend them on any more.  Basically just dumping them into the +1 STR spots or onto other jobs (that I probably won’t touch again).

* Obtained and spent 1 job point

* Leveled BRD to level 26 (up from 1)

* Leveled DRK to level 16 (up from 7)

* Leeched RUN to 53 (up from 33) thanks to Smz

* Helped Smz get 30 merit points on his alternate character

* Messed around in Abyssea La Theine and killed Akash (no drop), Pantagruel (arctier’s torque) and Piasa (Navarch’s Choker)  — I wasn’t really aiming at anything in particular, I just got bored and wanted to kill some NMs

* Finished the WotG mission: In the Name of the Father

* Finished the WotG mission: Dancers in Distress

* Went to Castle Oztroja[s] and basically killed anything that moved, climbed to the very top and called it a day.  Think we killed two or three NMs in there too lol.

Not too bad considering I had a whopping 9 1/2 hours total to play for the weekend.

I am seriously considering resubbing soon so that I can continue the WotG story. But we’ll see..


Free Week Is Awesome!

Ever since I put my katana down and stepped away from Van’adiel last November I thought that my adventures in FFXI were over.  A new adventure began in Eorzea and that’s where I’ve spent most of my MMO time these days.  However, this week has been free to play so I thought I’d pick up the blade once again.

And what a week it has been.  I’ve been able to experience the entire Rhapsodies of Vana’diel story as it stands today.  I’ve also obtained and spent an additional 70 merits and 4 job points.  I’ve even unlocked bard after 8 years or so of having been on this server.  Shocking to think that I still have jobs locked (and still do; GEO and SCH remain locked) after all this time.

Last, and perhaps saddest, I was able to experience the final chapter of the Mumor event.  With FFXI basically going into auto-pilot with no more updates by early next year it seems unlikely that there will be any more new Mumor events after this one.  I’ve been lucky enough to experience all of them from the beginning. It’s kind of sad that this is probably the last one.  But it had a fitting end.

I may come back and post more about my free week experience along with some pictures in the future but for now I just wanted to post a quick entry.

..Oh and for those out there who may still wonder about Infobar… well, sadly, chances are I won’t be finishing it.  I will zip up the final database sometime later and upload it here and maybe post some instructions on how to edit it yourself if someone wants to pick up the mantle and actually get the thing updated.

2012 Gallery Up

I’ve been collecting the new warp points around Vana’diel to make it easier to get around.  Some of the warp points are in annoying places (*cough* top of the worst zone in the history of video games *cough*) and others are just like “why bother?” because they’re so close to other warp points (the marshlands, for example).  Oh well.  It’s still nice having something to do for once that doesn’t involve killing beasts for my keitonotachi (which I still need to work on X_X I hate that trial so much).

While doing all that, I’m helping get Tiranadel up to level 60, farming RDM testimonies, killing NMs like a boss, and otherwise actually having fun with the game. Fun? In FFXI? Lies and scandal!

And I noticed that I had forgotten to upload the 2012 FFXI pictures I took to the album site.  There’s 231 pictures this time around (which is really not that many, most years have over 400).   Come check them out by clicking here!  (note that Photobucket really sucks now and is uploading them in reverse order.  No matter how many times I try or which ways I try to do it, it keeps uploading them in reverse order. :suicide:)

I should repeat that you probably won’t find any “ground breaking” photos in my albums.  Some of them are just silly pics I took of things that are so common that I don’t know why I even hit the button.  Still, I love to take tons of pictures and look through them on occasion just to remember some of the stuff I’ve done.

Update! Level 85 Obtainable

So the mighty update has come and I’ve managed to get it downloaded.  Now it’s time for some of my thoughts.