Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day #509 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 65:21 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 53:18 (+)
Total Play Time - 1,137:13 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 4
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 11
Total Game Overs: 67

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5!!! Completing some episodes.(84% Complete, Bestiary 74% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 3-2... or at least doing the prep for it... ugh... this is going to take longer than I thought

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Finished up some machina fiend tales... then headed back to the Thunder Plains, and to the new cave where we got to do some Math Problems!!! Yay... cleared that out... twice... then headed to Moonflow, where Tobli had put a new show together, and asked us to join in. Camera view fun! Finally, headed over to Macalania Woods where the woods are fading away and the Guado seem to be returning to Guadosalam.... and Yuna isn't ready to lose the memory of her time with Tidus at the springs... Also, O'aka and Wantz are having some brotherly feuds about the horribly placed Travel Center.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Was unsure for a while how to get to my next levelling area... Beaucedine Glacier... so I took some time to head into the Crystal war time and start a quest there. I went over to Rolanberry Fields and found a group of hidden Windust people. They gave me a letter with which I could join the Cobras.... Cobra Kai rules! I did have to hike all the way from there to Windurst though... and yeah, I died once along the way... lovely. Anyway, I did make it.

Next, I had figured out the way, and with my transports in the Crystal war era improved, I decided I'd go level... so I headed over to San d'Oria and into the Ronfaure, where I found Roguemont pass... here, I got slightly confused once I got to the locked door... but I figured out that one of the NPCs can open it... here, Sneak and Invisible were my friends... and I finally made it to the Snowy area... here the enemies have a lot of HP, but I was able to make it to the Survival Guide so I have a warp here in case I die... which I did... a couple times... losing EXP sucks.

Status & Notes: 

Man, it takes a looong time to walk places in FF XI. Seriously. I probably spent like 2.5 hours just walking around the Crystal War era trying to get to Windurst, and yes, I died once, and that probably wasted a good 20-30 mins... but, man. At least there are a decent amount of transport options scattered about... make sure you hit all of them! My goal here is still the same, get up to about Level 40... try and see if maybe someone will help me open up the Three Mage Door...  Most likely, though, it will be back out, and maybe start unlocking some advanced classes maybe...

In Spira... well, I've kind of reached the point where I really have to go off the script. At this point in the walkthrough, it has me going through Via Infinito... and, yeah, I don't want to do that yet.  Things I want to do first, are finish doing the PR Mission... which does involve getting a couple more Episodes completed... such as Mushroom Rock Road, Djose Temple, and Guadosalam.... I'd also like to do the Bikanel Desert stuff, especially the Cactuar catching... and speaking of catching things, finishing up the Chocobo catching and levelling them out and sending them out is a thing too. Basically, I'd love to do as much as possible that I can do without levelling up too much, so the fiend raising will be as quick as possible.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day #508 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 65:21 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 53:18 (+)
Total Play Time - 1,137:13 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 4
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 9
Total Game Overs: 67

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5!!! Creature Creator Time... Part 2! (82% Complete, Bestiary 70% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 3-2... or at least doing the prep for it... ugh... this is going to take longer than I thought

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Finished up a few more fiend's tales, then headed to the Thunder Plains where the show and Shinra's sphere screen seem to have attracted a bunch of Rhyos to the area. After dispatching them, we found there was a big hole by the far lightning tower. We jumped down and found Cid at the bottom.

This little excursion allowed us to capture 6 new fiends in the arena, so I did... and started training them.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Bought a crapload of maps to nearly bankrupt me... then went about some quests for the Rhinostery. First, I retreived a sack from Mhaura with a delivery for the little guy who can't say more than 3 words in a sentence... next I retreived some water from the back of Giddeus from the birdmen which they use to enchant the little street light flowers. Finally, the leader of the Rhinostery told us to bring him anything... interesting... we find. Well, we found someone with a Purple Ribbon that made them hear voices... that seems interesting. After bringing it to the Rhinostery, and a whole bunch of time... we found out it belonged to someone who had died who misses it very much, and we should go return it to them...

Knowing where we need to go... time to start the grinding.

Status & Notes: 

As I said yesterday, the Fiend Arena in X-2 is kind of done in chunks, based on different side areas you open. There's a few, getting deeper in Via Infinito certainly helps, entering the final dungeon unlocks some. Finding the chocobo cave, the cactuar cave. There was actually more than I thought that unlock after finishing the Thunder Plains episode, thus its time for Creature Creator part 2 of Chapter 5.

In Vana'diel, as I said above, I bought all the maps I could in Windurst, thus nearly bankrupting me, but at least I don't need to worry about maps for like ever. The quests I did were pretty quick, and of course didn't involve having to kill anything. So, I was able to finally get to the big quest I talked about yesterday. If I take this path to get to the mission, I'm going to have to grind up to about level 60. I'll probably get to about 40 and hang out in Jeuno and see if anyone will be willing to help me get through the Three Mage Gate... I'm not particularly holding my breath though.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Final Fantasy XI Current Setup (Day #507)

Innis - Mithra Female

Jobs

Red Mage: 33

Thief: 30
Black Mage: 20
Warrior: 20
White Mage: 9

Stats

Red Mage 33 / Thief 16
HP: 574 MP: 280
Str: 30+2 Dex: 41 Vit: 29 Agi: 35+1 Int: 35+3 Mnd: 31 Chr: 26
Atk: 126 Def: 120
Fire: 5 Lightning: -4 Ice: 2

Combat Skills 

Dagger: 90
Club: 71
Staff: 5
Shield: 46
Sword: 95
Evasion: 90
Parrying: 84


Magic Skills

Enhancing 9
Elemental: 89
Healing: 1
Enfeebling: 10

Equipment:

Weapon - 
Broadsword(Sword) Lv. 30 - DMG: 19 Delay: 233
Off-Hand - Fish Scale Shield Lv 14 - Def: 3 Fire +2 Water +2 Arcane -4
Head - Studded Bandana Lv. 30 - Def: 11
Neck - Pile Chain Lv 3 - HP + 3 Acc + 1
Earring - Raising Earring Lv 1 - Auto Reraise
Earring - Protect Earring Lv 9 - Auto Protect
Body - Wool Robe Lv. 28 - Def: 18
Hands - Wool Cuffs Lv. 28 - Def: 6
Ring - Sardonyx Ring Lv 14 - Str + 1, Fire + 3
Ring - Windurstian Ring Lv 1 - MP + 3, AGI + 1, INT + 1
Back - Black Cape Lv. 32 - Def: 3 Int + 2
Waist - Pinwheel Belt Lv 30 - Def: 2
Legs - Studded Trousers Lv. 30 - Def: 16
Feet - Studded Boots Lv. 30 - Def: 6

Magic

White Magic: Dia, Paralyze, Cure, Protect, Aquaveil, Shell, Sneak, Invisible, Barsleep, Protectra
Black Magic: Stone, Water, Aero, Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Blind

Abilities

Traits: Evasion Bonus, Magic Atk. Bonus, Magic Def. Bonus, Fast Cast, Treasure Hunter, Gilfinder, Clear Mind, Resist Petrify, Tranquil Heart
Job Abilities: Chainspell, Steal, Sneak Attack
Weapon Skills: Fast Blade, Burning Blade, Flat Blade

Quests

Windurst Current:
Lure of the Wildcat(Windurst)

Windurst Completed (Reputation 10):
A Pose by Any Other Name
Hat in Hand
Glyph Hanger
Food for Thought
Teacher's Pet
Reap What You Sow
The Postman Always K.O.'s Twice
Mandragora Mad
Something Fishy
To Catch a Falling Star
Truth, Justice, and the Onion Way!
Mihgo's Amigo
The All-New C-2000
Flower Child
Trust: Windurst

San d'Oria Current Quests
None

San d'Oria Completed Quests
Growing Flowers
Trust: San d'Oria

Bastok Current Quests
Lure of the Wildcat(Bastok)

Bastok Completed Quests
A Lady's Heart
Trust: Bastok

Jeuno Current Quests
Chocobo on the Loose!

Jeuno Completed Quests
Chocobo's Wounds
Pretty Little Things

Abyssea Current Quests
A Joutney Begins

Abyssea Completed Quests
None

Other Areas Completed Quests
The Old Lady
Records of Eminence


Missions

Windurst Current: 

Written in the Stars (3-2)

Windurst Completed:

The Horutoto Ruins Experiment
The Heart of the Matter
The Price of Peace
Lost For Words
A Testing Time
The Three Kingdoms
The Three Kingdoms (San d'Oria)
The Three Kingdoms (Bastok)
To Each His Own Right

Wings of the Goddess Current:

Back to the Beginning

Wings of the Goddess Completed:

Cavernous Maws

A Crystalline Prophecy Current: 

The Echo Awakens (2)

A Crystalline Prophecy Completed:

A Crystalline Prophecy

Day #507 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 65:21 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 53:18
Total Play Time - 1,137:13 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 4
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 8
Total Game Overs: 67

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5!!! Creature Creator Time... Part 1 (82% Complete, Bestiary 68% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 3-2... or at least doing the prep for it... ugh... this is going to take longer than I thought

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Finished up the Fiend's Tales for Zalamander, Volcano, Tindalos, Dark Elemental, and Dolmen... then just caught the rest of the new fiends I can do before sidequests

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Did my reputation grinding for Windurst and started the Rhinostery quest chain.

Status & Notes: 

Well, this mission is going to be harder than I thought. Yeah, I found the quest you need to get past the door without using 3 mages or someone with a portal key sure... however, I missed the part where you need to go through a bit of a quest chain with the Rhinostery. The problem is, one of these quests is VERY difficult. Like I'm going to need to be somewhere in my 60s to do it. Well, the only other option is to hang out in Jeuno and see if I can get someone to help me... which I might do, I don't know. Either way. This is certainly not turning out to be the type of game where I care if I'm doing a quest or mission on level or not. Again, the questing and levelling seems to be completely separate, and as long as you are powerful enough to complete the quest that is all that matters... quite a bit of a difference from WoW.

In X-2, I was able to grind up a few monsters, about half of what I need for right now. Once I'm done, we'll do the Thunder Plains and open up the cave. I'm not planning on doing Via Infinito as early as it they have it in the walkthrough... there's nothing that really makes it mandatory to do it this early in chapter 5, and I'd much rather do all the easier stuff before I go all the way through there. The next big chunk of monsters will be after we unlock Cactuar Hollow.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day #506 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 65:21 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 40:56 (+)
Total Play Time - 1,124:51 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 4
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 6
Total Game Overs: 67

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5!!! Creature Creator Time... Part 1 (82% Complete, Bestiary 65% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 3-2... or at least doing the prep for it.

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): In Kilika, things have smoothed over between New Yevon and the Youth League, but the Youth League guy still won't open the gate to the woods. Dona's had enough and convinces him that this standoff is over and gives him his orders. So, the woods are now open and the people of Kilika rush into the woods. They make it to the temple, where Barthello has been waiting for Dona. Dona gives Barthello her rehearsed speech, and Barthello repledges himself to Dona, and everyone is happy, yay....

While in Kilika we took the time to catch some Squatter Monkeys and give them to the lady obsessed with them... now we finally have the Garmnet Grid that would've been awesome to have back in Chapter 1... yay.... Also, the Youth League base is finished, so we took a ride over and found an Invincible accessory waiting for us.

In Besaid, there's a BABY!!!! However, Wakka doesn't know what to name him... so, we decided to screw him and walk over to the beach. When we make it there, Beclem is just about to leave. He has a sphere to give us though... and the need to show off his awesome Blitz skills before he heads out. We return to the village, and meet Wakka just before we get there. We show him the sphere Beclem gave us and it was from Chappu! Chappu confesses that the rumor he gave Wakka about a sphere with their parents was just a hoax. Wakka convinces us to stay until nightfall, when he throws a huge party. Here, Wakka finally has a name for the baby, Vidina. Wakka worries that he won't be a good father, but Lulu has faith in him... yay...

In Mi'ihen, Rin finally has figured out who's behind all the mishaps on the highroad. Apparently, when Rikku jumped off a high ledge it misconfigured a machina behind the travel agency, and landing on another machina caused it to go haywire... whoops. Rikku's punishment, cleaning up the highroad... yay, community service! Our reward, a Ragnarok accessory!

Now, before we head to the Thunder Plains, it's time to catch some monsters.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Levelled up White Mage a little bit... just because I'm stalling... I'll explain below.

Status & Notes: 

Starting in Vana'diel today. I decided I'd stall for a day and just level up White Mage for now? Why? Well, for the next mission, if I'm going to take the back way in, as I explained a couple days ago, I need to start a quest that requires a certain level of reputation. Now, the best way to level Windurst reputation is by buying a whole crapload of items from Bastok. However, this item is only available for purchase if Bastok is in 1st or 2nd in conquest... this past week, Bastok, of course, was in 3rd. So, I'm waiting until later today when the conquest standings update to see if Bastok will get out of 3rd. If not, I can use some of the Sparks of Eminence I've accumulated instead... I'd rather not, but it wouldn't be the biggest deal, just figured it was worth a day's wait.

Finsihed a few more episodes in X-2. Really, nothing that involved anything other than watching stuff. Now, I need to take a quick break to start catching a couple of monsters. Chapter 5 has a few triggers which make certain monsters available to capture and some to not be able to be caught anymore. The monster I really need to capture now, before I finish the Thunder Plains is the Zalamander. Once you open up the new cave there, it disappears.

Alright, so, one way or the other today, I'm going to grind my Windurst reputation today. I also, will be able to get some X-2 time in today, which will be for finishing up some monster tales.... and maybe going ahead and doing the Thunder Plain episode as well.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day #505 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 65:21 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 40:56 (+)
Total Play Time - 1,124:51 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 4
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 6
Total Game Overs: 67

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5!!! Woohoo!!! (77% Complete, Bestiary 65% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 3-2... or at least doing the prep for it.

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): None

Status & Notes: 

I know I still owe a new Current Setup for FF XI, but I'm not going to liel its not going to come until tomorrow... I'm probably going to try and change some stuff up a bit. I don't know exactly how yet, but I have until tomorrow to figure that out.

I didn't get to the FF X-2 stuff last night. My father-in-law's staying over, and we were watching stuff.

I do want to thank Live2Play for the Blitzball advice... I still extremely dislike Blitzball in X-2... but at least I now have a game plan for it. Alright, going to get some play time in now, so we'll talk about it tomorrow.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day #504 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 65:21 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 40:56 (+)
Total Play Time - 1,124:51 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 4
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 6
Total Game Overs: 67

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5!!! Woohoo!!! (77% Complete, Bestiary 65% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 3-2... or at least doing the prep for it.

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Finished levelling Thief. Switched back to Red Mage and undertook a new mission. We were told not to repeat any news of the Shadowlord's return to anyone... then Ajido-Marujido showed up with the empty Book of the Gods and wanted the Star Sibyl to look at it. Since everyone still thinks he's a traitor we were told to follow him. After some detective work, we found he was heading to Castle Oztroja which is a stronghold of the Yagudo.

We followed him to the Castle which was locked up tightly, then we found a trapdoor which we fell down. Apparently Ajido did as well. We spoke to him, and it sure doesn't sound like he's a traitor. He wants to save Windurst from the coming doom!

Status & Notes: 

Finally back to some story in XI. Yeah, its just a long trip between missions all the time, and now we come to an interesting part. The next mission involves going through the Three-Mage Door... meaning you need a Red Mage, White Mage, and Black Mage to open it. Well, crap, right? Yes, you can find someone who's done the quest before and have him open it with a key you get... but there is another way. There's a back way in, which can be opened if you're on a certain quest. Unfortunately, this quest requires you to have a certain level of reputation with Windurst...

So, I did a little research on Reputation, and it seems like another system that's just been oversimplified with time. The initial purpose it seems is that you can do repeatable quests to up your reputation very similar to World of Warcraft. However, in a lot of cases, the items you need to farm for these quests can just be purchased... so, that seems to really defeat the purpose. So, anyway, that's my plan, spend a bunch of time upping my Windurst Rep so I can do this quest.

I do plan on getting some X-2 playtime in today... where I'll probably mostly just be getting a few more Episode Completes and watching the scenes... If I have time I may start some Creature Creator stuff... or maybe even do some PR running. I'd really like to get that out of the way. Also, at some point today or tomorrow I will be doing an XI Current setup, haven't done one in a while.