Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day #538 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~107:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~145:00
Total Play Time - 1,280:34 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 8
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 41
Total Game Overs: 71

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 5, Going through Via Infinito getting every oversouled monster... (95% Complete (RAWR!), Bestiary 97% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 6-1. Currently Levelling Up some Side Jobs (Current Levels RDM 76/THF 30... BLK 41)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Went through the first 12 Cloisters of Via Infinito, clearing every oversoul monster I needed and doing some major AP grinding along the way

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Levelled up my Black Mage through Beaucedine Glacier. Got up to Level 41

Status & Notes: 

This is kind of time consuming... going through Via Infinito and getting all the oversouled monsters I mean. I honestly need more than I thought, so I can only help myself out so much going to the monster arena to at least get the monster type to oversouled... what I may do is when I know a monster type that takes an exceptionally long time to get to oversoul... such as Behemoths or Blades... I may go in and do the arena to get the quick oversoul in that regard... but otherwise I don't know if its really any faster to get the oversoul in the arena.

Now, the one thing with this is that it will actually get faster the deeper we get into Via Infinito as the encounters change less often and there are less possible encounters. I had alot that I needed especially in Cloisters 4-6... the other thing is finishing Via Infinito won't actually get me all the monsters... I have to head back into the Bevelle Underground and go back to the towers and get the Precepts Guard there to finish things out. Another thing I need to do at some point is head back to Mt. Gagazet and see the statue... I haven't done that yet... that gets me another Garment Grid. (and if that magically puts me up to 96% story completion, then Bully!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day #537 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~107:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~145:00
Total Play Time - 1,280:34 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 8
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 41
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 6-1. Currently Levelling Up some Side Jobs (Current Levels RDM 76/THF 30... BLK 36)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Finally got my Strength of One Garment Grid!!! Next, I headed into the Arena to try and fight the last few teams I haven't encountered yet.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Levelled up my Black Mage through Sauromugue Champaign and Beaucedine Glacier. Got up to Level 36... made some money.

Status & Notes: 

Yay!!! Figures... first time I send all 4 chocobos to Besaid... the 4th one comes back with the Garment Grid. So, now I only have 1 garment grid to go. I'll be starting on that tonight... I printed out a list of all the Via Infinito encounters so I'll be able to mark off which ones I need to get oversouled... thankfully I already have Chac... that's the tough one... I can probably make things easier by fighting certain monsters in the arena until they're about to oversoul and then heading back into Via Infinito... I'm mostly thinking of ones like Paragon. I'll get it done...

Also, before I head to the end of the game, I am going to run around as much as possible to find whatever scene I missed. I'll rewatch all the treasure spheres and head back into the engine room and all the different areas of the ship if I have to to try and get it.

FF XI is really going to be boring this week, as all I'm going to be doing is levelling and hopefully getting as much money as possible.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day #536 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~107:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~145:00
Total Play Time - 1,280:34 (+)

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 6-1. Currently Levelling Up some Side Jobs (Current Levels RDM 76/THF 30... BLK 26)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Did ALOT of sending chocobos out... and all I've gotten from it is a bunch of AP...

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): So, Doctor Shantotto's curse was accidentally killing someone... whoops. Of course she wanted to pin it on me... she did want to try and reverse it though. So... we fetched some more stuff. Including some hair... a tree root... and some ammunition. Seemed to do the trick I guess. She did have more for us to do, however. She wanted us to head into the Beacudedine Glacier and inquire about a new spell she had developed and the Orastery had been testing out.

Upon arriving and hearing that the doctor was asking about the spell sent panic into the Orastery workers. Something was blocking the magic from inside Fei'Yin. We took the long walk over, and inside we found the head researcher along with some golems... apparently they were blocking the magic. We returned to Shantotto to report what we'd found and she finally agreed to go through the Trust ritual with us!

With that out of the way, we headed over to the Burburmu Peninsula to begin some Black Mage training.

Status & Notes: 

Okay... this Chocobo Ranch thing is getting REALLY annoying. It is really completely random what you get,.. did some research and perhaps I've been sending my chocobos to the wrong region. The point is to send them to somewhere they don't want to go while they are at a low to mid heart level. This other chart I'm looking at has Kilika as a neutral site for Bold chocobos... and says I should try Besaid or the Moonflow instead... I'll give that a shot when I can.

Other research I've done in X-2 is telling me that you can't use the arena to fill up Shinra's Bestiary... sigh... that is going to make things mighty annoying. Going to mean another long trip down Via Infinito... with the express purpose this time being to gather all the oversouled monsters.

In Vana'diel I've finished getting all the city trusts. The Shantotto quests really weren't all that bad. Even got the Warp II spell out of it... not a bad deal. Definitely making some good money out of the treasure chests too!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Day #535 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): ~107:00
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): ~145:00
Total Play Time - 1,280:34 (+)

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 6-1. Currently Levelling Up some Side Jobs (Current Levels RDM 76/THF 30)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Did some chocobo work in the Calm Lands... sending my chocobos out in hopes of Garment Grids... got the Mounted Assault one... still hoping for Strength of One

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Headed deep within Castle Zvahl Baileys in Xarcabard... and by that I mean I teleported there and I went one-on-one... okay *4* on one... with the Shadow Lord himself... and it turns out the Shadow Lord is none other then Raogrimm, the Gelka we saw in all the magicite cutscenes.

Anyway, we had to alternate our attacks between Magic and Physical, but it turns out the shadow lord was no match for our might. As he crumbled before us, he explained to us how he was the talekeeper of the Galka, and it was just too depressing for him so that's why he turned into the Shadow Lord.

We returned to Windurst and was congratulated on our victory, however, something still seemed to be bothering the Star Sibyl... we returned to Xarcabard and was visited by the shadow of Raogrimm, apparently his soul was cut in twain, and the half that was stolen to be changed into the Shadow Lord was taken by the Beastmen into their realm and they are looking to now resurrect it within their realm.

Meanwhile, back in the cities, we congratulated ourselves on our victory by becoming trust buddies with the Elvaan prince Trion, the Taru sorcerer Ajido-Marujido, and the Bastokian mercenary Volker, as well as his compadre Iron Eater. We then began the process for getting the trust of the Taru sorcerer... Doctor Shantotto!

Ya see, he cursed someone outside his house... and he recruited us to help him get components for his curse. We'll see how this turns out later.

Status & Notes: 

Yay, I've beaten the initial release of FF XI... solo... again, really not all that difficult. But kind of a cool fight.. The first fight I've done that REALLY reminds me of a WoW raid fight. He has different phases, different abilities, requires some strategy. Actually, a pretty cool fight. Fortunately, I was also a little overpowered for it. Eh, no matter. So, I believe gaining Rank 6 opens up the raid area of Dynamis... I think alot of my Linkshell runs there alot, I'm still not too familiar with it though... I'd like to finish up my training first.

Logged in today, and saw that Myriad Mystery Boxes is in effect for the week... this means it is going to be a GREAT time for me to farm some gil by levelling my side classes which I mainly do in outdoor areas... so I plan on taking full advantage of this.

Over in Spira... man I'm hating this little quest of mine to get these Garment Grids... it seems as if it really is completely random if/when you get it. I have at least now gotten myself 4 level 5 Bold chocobos I can send out... so I can just repeatedly send them all to the same area... and just hope when I get back... unfortunately, they also don't return at all a decent amount of the time which requires then resetting the game. If there's one thing I dislike about the Remastered version of X/X-2 it is the time it takes to reset the game... I mean the amount of menu screens you have to go through it is just ridiculous. If there's anything good about this, it is letting me get a good amount of AP grinding done... I would really like to move on though. Once I get Strength of One, I am going to move on getting "The End" garment grid, which requires beating every oversouled enemy... really shouldn't be THAT bad with the Monster Arena. We'll see though.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day #534 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 doing some in-town prep... raising level cap, increasing inventory space, etc. (Current Levels RDM 75/THF 30)

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Finished grinding the 12 Merit Points I wanted... so switched back to EXP and capped out. So headed back to Jeuno, where I talked to to the Nomad Moogle... he called a Magian Moogle who dropped some stars on my head and ressed me... this somehow raised my level cap... it was so awesome I had him do it again!!! This time, we enlisted the help of a tarutaru... this made it even more painful... the res was good though... so level cap to 85!

Next, we headed over to the login vendor and bought us some Goblin stew. We took that over to the junk shop on Jeuno and with that, increased the size of our bags...

you know what? I think we're ready to go take on the Shadow Lord now!!!

Status & Notes: 

Just a FF XI day today... but hey, the last few saturdays I don't think I've had any play time... Very soon I think I'm going to have to inquire about getting into some XP groups... solo levelling is pretty slow now... just too much XP needed. So, I think my plan in XI now is to actually go do some questing now. I'm strong enough now, I should be able to easily increase my rank a bunch. The immediate bonus from this will be that I'll get my hands on some new Trusts... including some Black Mages, which will be VERY interesting to try out... so far all I really have are healers and other melee guys.

After I finish the questing and missions I want to do, I'm going to switch over and do some levelling in Thief, and Black Mage... I may go ahead and get Dancer as well, the Dual Wield alone would be pretty cool with Red Mage... double the Enfire fun.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day #533 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): Headed to the Calm Lands. Here I was looking to make some dough to purchase a couple of Garment Grids... so, what better way then to play some Gull Force! But, yeah, made some cash and then bought the Garment Grids.

Next, I headed over to the Chocobo Ranch and sent out some chocobos hoping they'd bring back a garment grid... no dice so far.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Grinded up some more Merit Points... up to 9 now...

Status & Notes: 

Alright, so Gull Force is a fun little side game... and the best part is, it is not required for anything! It is probably the best way to make... credits... in the game. I wish you could bet actual gil and use it as a way to make gil... but.. oh well.

There seems to be some different theories amongst the community into how you actually get the two chocobo ranch related garment grids... the most popular theory involves sending a Level 5 Bold Chocobo with heart between 55-95 to the calm lands. The other one you get from sending a Level 5 Bold Chocobo with exactly 30 heart to Kilika island.

I suppose I'll give it a shot... what do I have to lose?

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.