Friday, October 24, 2014

Day #532 Recap

Current Game(s): Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XI

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~101:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~125:00
Total Play Time - 1,254:34 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 8
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 38
Total Game Overs: 71

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5, Finishing up Loose Ends... (95% Complete (RAWR!), Bestiary 97% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 5-2. Currently grinding up some Merit Points (Current Levels RDM 75/THF 30)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Finished digging up the parts I needed in Bikanel Desert. Along the way I did find the key to the chest back in the camp and got the Garment Grid. We then headed back to Djose Temple where the experiment had gotten so powerful it was now out of control. Whoops, we kicked its butt... and got a dancing book! Sweet.

Next, I headed into Luca, and it is time to play some Sphere Break! Really, I'm just interested in some stuff from Shinra... and a dog... that's right, a dog plays Sphere Break... sigh... anyway, you just look for the item property on the border coins, and you get yourself a couple of Garment Grids!

I next headed back into the Farplane... actually reached the bottom, where Leblanc and crew were waiting for us... how'd they get around the Dark Aeons?!?!?!? Grr, anyway, Nooj told them to not come after him, and Leblanc is going to be a little obedient puppy. We then headed back to the Celsius, where Brother and Buddy were talking about needing to recruit some new people... or they'd be stuck with Cid.

To get our last Garment Grid of the day, we headed back to Farplane Glen... through EVERY possible route. This netted us the Megiddo Garment Grid... so we can cast Flare.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Just grinded up 4 Merit Points...

Status & Notes: 

So... somewhere in the last few areas I did, I guess I screwed something up... and I'm going to be about .1 or .2% short of 100% in my FF X-2 run... that's... annoying. I mean, yes, it's not a huge deal since I was planning on doing a New Game + run anyway... but still, bleh.

So, still a few things left to do. I know I need the Garment Grids from Calm Lands, and the one from going through Besaid Island again with the second set of Sphere Ciphers... also, the one where you get oversouled everything... ya know, I realize that one is a TON less painful thanks to the Fiend Arena. Probably one or two more, but I have to consult a list to see which else...

Over in FF XI, I think I've decided that I'm going to get 12 Merit Points for now... this will be enough to get through the 75, 80, and 85 cap quests, I'll worry about the rest I'll need later.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day #531 Recap

Current Game(s): Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XI

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~101:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~125:00
Total Play Time - 1,254:34 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 8
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 38
Total Game Overs: 71

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5, Bikanel Digging... (93% Complete, Bestiary 97% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 5-2. Grinding up some levels a bit... then time to take down the Shadow Lord! (Current Levels RDM 75/THF 30)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Finished getting the last couple SP traps I needed and caught Baralai, Nooj, and Gippal. I then headed over to Bikanel. Remember the last time we were there helping the Cactuar Nation and the big monster was coming to attack the Al Bhed camp? Well, I'm so glad we didn't rush over there, since ya know, he didn't attack the camp... he didn't leave either. Anyway, his name is Angra Minyu and he has a crapload of HP, and an occasional Meteor like attack which hurts. Luckily, though, I'm still super OP... so no big deal really.

With Angra Minyu not bothering the camp anymore, we were free to go digging! We were looking for some parts to upgrade that "unstoppable" fighting machine back in Djose Temple... as well as a key to open up that chest back in the camp... we got enough parts to level the Machine up to Atk. 4/Def. 4/Spec. 5... so still a bit to go.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Finished the EXP grinding I needed to reach Level 75.  I then returned to Jeuno, where I spoke with the Nomad Moogle, who said he had found a new way to break our limits. He then gave us the aptly named Limit Breaker! This item lets us stop gaining EXP and gain Limit Points... 10k of these convert to Merit Points which we can then spend on various things... I'll get into it more when I actually start spending them.

Status & Notes: 

So, made some progress in both games today. In X-2, I am now absolutely positively complete with the Creature Creator section until the NG+... this playthrough is done! Seriously... so now it is just cleaning up various things... mostly gathering Garment Grids. The one episode we have yet to complete, however is Djose Temple... which requires beating the MAX level mechanical creation... which requires ALOT of digging. Seriously way too much if you ask me... anyway, we need to unlock the chest back at the Bikanel camp for a Garment Grid... so you also have to spend the time picking up all the White spots as well... sigh... hopefully will get this done tonight.

In Vana'diel, I've opened up the Merit Point system... for Red Mage at least. Kind of an interesting alternate advancement system. It is nice in the fact that it actually gives you some options for your character, other than the strict vertical levelling we've had so far. I plan on doing the DoT debuffs for my Red Mage... Dia III and Bio III. Not exactly sure at which point I will pick them up, however... I do want to get to Level 99 sooner than later.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day #530 Recap

aCurrent Game(s): Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XI

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~101:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~125:00
Total Play Time - 1,254:34 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 8
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 38
Total Game Overs: 71

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5, Bikanel Digging... (93% Complete, Bestiary 96% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 5-2. Grinding up some levels a bit... then time to take down the Shadow Lord! (Current Levels RDM 73/THF 30)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Made my way to the bottom of Via Infinito. Here, we discovered Paragon... he looked a lot like Ultima Weapon and Omega Weapon... except not. Anyway, we fought him for a little and then an old guy showed up and suplexed him like a train!!! Wait, no, that was a better another game... the old guy did kick the large thing into a wall DBZ style though... so that was kind of cool... it was Trema. He told us that he stole all the spheres so everyone could stop concentrating on the past and start thinking about the future. However, in creating a training camp for everyone, he underestimated their boredom in having nothing to fight,

So... Trema takes a while to kill... but he's a lot easier to kill than Chaca Khan... Chac Fu.... Large stony snake guy... we got an Iron Duke for killing him (yawn)...

Next we headed back to the arena to capture Paragon and Trema... no need to train... (anything anymore)... however, we need SP traps to catch anything else we need... and they're kind of annoying to get... I'll go over it more later.

Next, we headed to Mushroom Rock Road... and we are finally able to head into the Den of Woe with all those Crimson Spheres we've collected along the way.. Paine is finally ready to face her past... so in we go... there's really not a lot in here,,, in the back, we find... a lot of pyreflies. Apparently this is one of those areas where the pyreflies fuse with memories... kind of like Macalania Lake back in the original FF X. So, obviously, it is the despair of Shuyin that has taken shape here, and was what caused the Crimson Squad to kill each other. No one had survived until Baralai, Nooj, and Gippal... so Shuyin decided to possess Nooj.

The pyreflies got to all of us, so I had to shoot down Paine and Rikku... and then the pyreflies took the spahe of the Crimson Squad guys so we shot them down too... yawn... for our efforts we got some stuff... including a new ability for the songstress. Paine and the rest of the girls finally put together what we knew months ago, that Shuyin went from Nooj to Baralai...

Finally, we headed back to the arena to farm some more SP traps so we can catch the crimson squad guys... we're still working on this.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Just grinded a bit... up to RDM 73

Status & Notes: 

So, some progress made in X-2 today. I'm literally down to 6 more creatures to catch in the Arena including the NG+ only ones... sweet! Plus, I finished Via Infinito and Den of Woe. Basically, a whole lot of story... including why the crimson squad members went their separate ways and why Paine has been journeying with the Gullwings. Yay... not really.

So, the LAST thing I have to do in Creature Creator is basically play tournaments over and over until I get a bunch of SP traps... the last bunch of guys can only be caught with them, 2 of them can only be caught in New Game +. The last guy you get for catching the rest of them... if that makes any sense.

So, Trema is really pretty easy with all the Iron Dukes... unlike Chac, you can really just go in as whatever and kill him. You could use a healer though... so, there's some strategy... I guess.  I went with Gunner, Dark Knight, Alchemist. Gunner for Table-Turner... Dark Knight for Darkness, and Alchemist because it's pretty much the best healer in the game...

So, yeah, once I capture the Crimson Squad guys, we'll move on to Bikanel where we can finally do some digging without it possibly messing up the 100% run. Then, it'll be on to just pick up the last few Garment Grids we can get in this playthrough, and we can finally go finish the game... yay...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day #529 Recap

aCurrent Game(s): Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XI

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~101:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~125:00
Total Play Time - 1,254:34 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 7
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 38
Total Game Overs: 70

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5, Via Infinito... Cloister 89 (90% Complete, Bestiary 94% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 5-2. Grinding up some levels a bit... then time to take down the Shadow Lord! (Current Levels RDM 72/THF 30)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): After failing to put Maat to sleep once again... I needed to go fetch another Red Mage Testimony... luckily, I got it on the first try this time. So... it was back to Maat, who took me out twice more... once I couldn't get him to sleep. The second time I got him to about 30%, and really should've killed him... tried to out him to sleep when one more Aero III spell prolly would've finished it off. Anyway, I then had to wait an hour for my chainspell to be back up. This time, I went in, and was able to hit every single one of my Sleep spells and took him down... though I will admit, it was close.

After that, I looked for a good levelling area, and tried out a couple places, and eventually settled on killing crawlers and beetles back in Crawler's Nest

Status & Notes: 

So, a MAJOR checkpoint passed today as I was finally able to take down Maat... yeah, it was six tries altogether, and a lot of Gil spent... but it was worth it, as it is a huge checkpoint passed. My strategy ended up being, just get a sleep and dispel him completely, try and get 1 or 2 Aeros off followed by sleep, then heal up and nuke nuke nuke with Chainspell. Honestly, I was losing the race for a bit, and managed to get a final sleep spell off, popped an elixir and then was able to finish him off pretty easily.

So, what's next? Well, I'm really free to grind up to 95 before the next checkpoint that requires a fight. At some point I'm going to have to level my subclasses... mainly Black Mage and Thief to start... they've got to get up to 50. From a purely plot point of view. I'm going to be pretty much able t go through the rest of the Windurst missions very soon. Really, I'm probably strong enough to take on the Shadow Lord right now, but why not gain a few more levels and make it easier on myself?

Again, I also still need to figure out a good way of making some gil. The best ways may wait until I get my black magic levels high enough that I can AoE stuff and make a ton of sparks... we'll see. That will take quite a while.

Anyway, today, we should be back into Spira, hopefully finishing Via Infinito, so we have that to look forward to. Until tomorrow!

Day #528 Recap

Current Game(s): Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XI

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~101:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~125:00
Total Play Time - 1,254:34 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 7
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 35
Total Game Overs: 70

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5, Via Infinito... Cloister 89 (90% Complete, Bestiary 94% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 5-2.  Maat fight... umm... not going so well. (Current Level RDM 70/THF 30)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Was finally able to retreive the Red Mage Testimony from deep inside Qulun Dome within Beadeaux. With that, I gave the fight with Maat a chance... and I got fairly destroyed... Twice... with this knowledge I decided to head back into Cape Teriggan to cap my enfeebling skill... get him to sleep more.

Status & Notes: 

Alright, so I've finally seen the Maat fight... and it is very much a pain,  His physical attacks hit pretty hard, he can cast all kind of direct damage spells at you, and he likes to resist all the controlling you do at him...  to be honest I had one good attempt, where I was getting a good nuke sleep combo going... however, one resist and he catches up to you and it is pretty much all over. My plan is to do what I can to get him to about half health and then blow chainspell and just nuke him down... we will see how that will go.

Coming tomorrow... the downfall of Maat... will probably be another couple days before we continue  on through X-2

Day #527 Recap

Current Game(s): Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XI

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 85:49 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 53:18 (+)
Total Play Time - 1,157:41 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 7
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 32
Total Game Overs: 70

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5, Via Infinito... Cloister 89 (90% Complete, Bestiary 94% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 5-2.  Pretty much ready for the Maat fight... just need to retreive the Red Mage Testimony

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): None

Status & Notes: 

Wishing a very happy birthday to my beautiful wife. As such we've kept this day FF Free.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day #526 Recap

Current Game(s): Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XI

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 85:49 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 53:18 (+)
Total Play Time - 1,157:41 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 7
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 32
Total Game Overs: 70

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5, Via Infinito... Cloister 89 (90% Complete, Bestiary 94% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 5-2.  Pretty much ready for the Maat fight... just need to retreive the Red Mage Testimony

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): With some more skills in tow, I headed back into Garlaige Citadel for a rematch with the Guardian Statue... this time, after a long fight, I came out victorious! I was able to open up the Oaken Box with the Nail Puller I retreived from the statue. Inside were the remains of Rainemont, Curilla's Father. With this knowledge in tow, we returned to San d'Oria. When we returned, ghosts were coming out of the cathedral. Trion, the prince of San d'Oria and Curilla came running after. An evil ghost tried to convince Curilla to slay Trion, however Rainemont's ghost came and cleared it out. He then gave me his hat as a prize.

We then headed into Jeuno where there were rumors of ancient gauntlets that possessed more power than anything created today. We headed into the Eldieme Necropolis and had to retreive a key to open up the coffers. Inside were the old gauntlets, however the blacksmith was unable to repair them. We talked to the shopkeeper who told us someone in the Tenshodo guild had a repair kit. WE found the person who we paid for the repair kit... she said she had left it on top of some old crates in the Port... so we went and the ghost of Boghertz showed up and said he could repair the gauntlets if we brought him a Shadow Flame from Castle Zvahl Baileys. For those who don't know, this is where the shadow lord lives... I haven't bothered to pick up his mission yet, so, we travelled there, killed a bomb monster to get the flame and then walked to the Shadow Lord's throne room so I could get the warp point there... easy access later. We returned to Jeuno with the Shadow Flame, and the ghost of Boghertz fixed my old gauntlets into Warlock's Gloves.

To gather the remaining artifact pieces we had to open chests in Garlaige Citadel and Castle Ozstroja heading deep within where only some of the strongest mosnters held the keys to the coffers. After a bit of grinding on them they gave up the keys and we located the chests where the Tabard and Leggings were held! Full artifact set go!

Status & Notes: 

Actually managed to finish up the artifact set today for my Red Mage. It took a lot of work. Was quite satisfied to get the Guardian Statue down solo... I guess all my grinding paid off. To retrieve the rest of the pieces... it really was just a matter of going into the dungeon, finding the monsters who could drop the coffer keys... and then finding the coffer. Easier said than done. Usually, these monsters were in the deeper parts of the dungeon, and the coffer spawn is pretty random... The worst was figuring out where I needed to go in the Necropolis for the gauntlets... that place is a big maze with false floors and what not. Yuck.

Another good thing about the gauntlet quest was I had to head to Castle Zvahl Baileys... I figured while I was here, I would just walk all the way to the throne room where there was a Home Point... this way I could warp back here quite easily once I decide to take out said Shadowlord... which shouldn't be TOO far off.

So, yeah, the next step is for me to retreive the Red Mage Testimony which is needed for Maat to actually fight me. This, I think I'll get in Beadeaux, there's only 1 monster there that can drop it, but its a really high drop rate, and the other places I can get it are filled with monsters that will aggro me, and I'll just die alot... so it is probably my best bet... of course it couldn't be in an easy area... seriously, just skill grinding and coffer key grinding, I managed to find 5 different testimonies... good for if I want to fight him as other classes down the line I guess.

My other problem right now is money, I need to find a good place I can grind some cash... I'd LIKE to be able to buy the Dispel spell before Maat... however, it is VERY expensive... I'll probably try the fight once or twice without it first. My best guess for money grinding right now is to head back to Xarcabard and to grind on Gigas... I'll kill them quickly and hopefully can get a bunch of chests to spawn which will give me 3-4k gil each. Not awful.