Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day #499 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 64:05(+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 32:18(+)
Total Play Time - 1,114:57(+)

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

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 4... *groan* (64% Complete, Bestiary 65% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 3-1

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Decided to just do a little levelling up... as a Warrior. Yeah, really just doing it so I can use it as a subclass for Thief... gonna get it to 20 and then switch over to Thief

Status & Notes: 

So this morning I was getting a little X-2 in... and I had done quite a few areas in the whole CommSphere thing...and then my daughter decided to hit my PS3 and slightly open up the door to the DVD... yeah, I hadn't saved... ugh... I still hate Chapter 4.

Over in Vana'diel... I do want to get my Thief level up so I can use it to farm gil... but Red Mage and Black Mage just really aren't good pairings for it. I'm not quite ready to start unlocking the advanced classes, so I figure Warrior is probably the best route to go. As I said above, just gonna get Warrior to 20 and then switch over to Thief and get it to about 30 for now. Levelling is immensely quick at the low levels with a trust party.

Alright, just going to leave it here for now. I would've said I'd have some X-2 today, but, unfortunately that got messed up... we'll do some XI. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get up a set of Current Setups.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day #498 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 64:05(+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 32:18(+)
Total Play Time - 1,114:57(+)

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

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 4... *groan* (64% Complete, Bestiary 65% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 3-1

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Cleared out Djose Temple which had a Dark Ixion merged with machina or something like that... I dunno... anyway, the tombs there sucked.... but we fought it and it fell... and unfortunately so did Yuna down one of those holes in the Cloister. There, we ran into Tidus... or not... apparently this lookalike is named Shuyin and is in love with Lenne, who is the spirit in Yuna's Songstress dresssphere... yeah, its dumb.

Anyway, Shuyin is the one who's possessing Baralai. Nooj and Gippal show up to snap Yuna out of it, and then kind of disappear. Ah well... lucky the Spirit of Tidus is there to whistle Yuna back to reality.

So, apparently Spira is going to crap since all the leaders disappeared... so we're going to put on a show... but first Shinra's Commspheres... ugh... Everything's okay in Besaid, Wakka's going crazy waiting for his kid, and the Aurochs are terrible. In Kilika, Barthello is worried about Dona, and Dona is trying to keep the peace... and dreaming of Barthello. In Luca, we're waiting for Blitzball to start!!! In Djose temple... they're worrying about some ancient fiend... and then stealing our commsphere for parts.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Headed around to San d'Oria, where they were having a bit of an Orc problem... so we took out their warchief. Then over to Bastok where there was trouble in the mines. We headed down and found our first Battleground where a Seeker summoned a Dark Dragon to take him down... luckily I had my trusted friends to help me take it down.

So apparently these dragons were supposed to be sealed away in the northlands, but the big bad Shadowlord is being brought back or something... but we got a certificate making us an official adventurer... yay...

Status & Notes: 

Oh... Chapter 4... oh... chapter 4... *groan* I hate Chapter 4... I really wish I could just do the required stuff and head into Chapter 5... there's interesting stuff there. .. here... we're watching little movies. There's a lot of them too. But you NEED them to get 100%. That's what this is all about after all.

Okay... over in Vana'diel. We made it to Rank 3... Didn't come without a few bumps. I hadn't really played around with the Trust spells too much... and I didn't know there was a 2 minute cooldown on them. So, I summoned them real quick before I went into the battleground... and so when I went into the battleground, obviously they went away... and I tried to summon them again, to no avail since the spell was on CD. Oops, the dragon got me. So, I wasted some gil teleporting back and I did it right.

I do have to say, the Trust thing is really awesome, I can't imagine what this game was like when it first came out. It would've taken forever to kill anything. Apparently after level 30 the monster difficulty goes way up, they really expect you to be with a party. Now, unfortunately you can't use them in some places... but I suppose we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

Today, we'll just be going into FF XI... I'm considering levelling up Thief some in order to have Treasure Hunter... plus I'd really like to just hang out in Ronfaure for a while... so that's probably on today's docket

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day #497 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 64:05
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 32:18
Total Play Time - 1,114:57

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

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Time to Finish Chapter 3! (57% Complete, Bestiary 65% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Windurst Mission 2-3

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Ex-Crimson Squad down!!!!! Ha ha aha ha!!! Yes, finally took down the Ex-Crimson Squad and then proceeded to farm the Youth League Cup a few times and get myself *4* Shmooth Shailings... which I proceeded to feed to my Chocobo and Battlesnake

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Finished my Chocobo!!! Also, got the items I needed for my Jeuno and Bastok Mog house exits...

Status & Notes: 

So clearly, the method of beating Ex-Crimson Squad was to Vegeta it... think about it for a sec... maybe go look at my setup...  still no??? Okay, fine, I had to get my HP OVER 9000!!!!! That and train my guys to use Vigor... alot... yeah, it takes training... weird little AI system. Basically, the key is just to heal heal heal... and the more max HP you have the more Vigor will heal... that said, this fight still sucks and is a real test of attrition. I had characters die multiple times and had to rely on Full-Life... but the key is that Nooj runs on a set script... Lightfall -> Greedy Aura -> Fireworks -> Attack -> Lather,Rinse,Repeat.... So, make sure everyone's HP is over 5000 before Lightfall. Luckily Fireworks misses alot and you can temper some of the other damage by manipulating your stars... ugh, I still hate it.

The fact is... this fight is SO much harder than ANY other fight in that cup that I'd pretty much recommend looking at the tournament and if Ex-Crimson Squad is there just running away and re RNGing the tournament... it will be quicker than actually doing this fight. Will this change with Chapter 5 items and Garment Grids??? Maybe...  but if I wanted to farm any more right now... this is the strategy I'd go with.

Anyway, today we will be taking on Windurst Mission 2-3... and the first boss battle... interesting... and we will definitely have some X-2 play time where we'll be back with YRP finishing up Chapter 3!!!! Woohoo!!!

Other things to talk about... Square Enix has been front and center at the Tokyo Game Show. The new FF XV demo looks pretty awesome... the bigger news seems to be the release of the FF XIII series on Steam... now I already own XIII and XIII-2 for PS3... and I'm honestly not sure what system I will be playing these on. It may be worth it to just pick up the Steam versions to play it portably... it also makes me wonder how long until Square Enix just starts releasing everything on Steam along side the console versions..,. Also, hearing VERY good things about Theatrythm: Curtain Call... can't wait to get to that game... though it is a WAYS away... anyway, until tomorrow!

Final Fantasy XI Current Setup (Day #497)

Innis - Mithra Female


Red Mage: 29

Black Mage: 20


Red Mage 29 / Black Mage 14
HP: 488 MP: 290
Str: 26 Dex: 36 Vit: 24 Agi: 32+1 Int: 33+3 Mnd: 29+2 Chr: 25
Atk: 108 Def: 86

Combat Skills 

Dagger: 19
Club: 71
Staff: 5
Shield: 34
Sword: 81
Evasion: 76
Parrying: 71

Magic Skills

Enhancing 8
Elemental: 78
Healing: 1
Enfeebling: 7


Red Mage
Weapon - 
Gladius(Sword) Lv. 27 - DMG: 17 Delay: 228
Off-Hand - Fish Scale Shield Lv 14 - Def: 3 Fire +2 Water +2 Arcane -4
Head - Destrier Beret Lv 1 - Def: 7 Auto Regen/Refresh/Reraise, Skill Gain +, Movement Speed +
Neck - Pile Chain Lv 3 - HP + 3 Acc + 1
Earring - Raising Earring Lv 1 - Auto Reraise
Earring - Protect Earring Lv 9 - Auto Protect
Body - Chocobo Shirt Lv 1 - Def: 2, Acc + 50, Rng Acc + 50. Mag. Acc + 50, Less likely to lose materials in Synthesis
Hands - Beetle Mittens Lv 21 - Def: 6
Ring - Warp Ring Lv 1
Ring - Windurstian Ring Lv 1 - MP + 3, AGI + 1, INT + 1
Back - Cotton Cape Lv. 18 - Def: 2
Legs - Beetle Subligar Lv. 21 - Def: 12
Feet - Beetle Leggings Lv. 21 - Def: 5


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


Traits: Magic Atk. Bonus, Fast Cast, Resist Petrify, MAgic Def. Bonus, Tranquil Heart
Weapon Skills: Fast Blade, Burning Blade, Flat Blade


Windurst Current:
Food for Thought
Lure of the Wildcat(Windurst)

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

San d'Oria Current Quests

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

Bastok Current Quests
Lure of the Wildcat(Bastok)

Bastok Completed Quests
Trust: Bastok

Jeuno Current Quests
Chocobo on the Loose!

Jeuno Completed Quests
Chocobo's Wounds

Other Areas Completed Quests
The Old Lady
Records of Eminence


Windurst Current: 

The Three Kingdoms (2-3)

Windurst Completed:

The Horutoto Ruins Experiment
The Heart of the Matter
The Price of Peace
Lost For Words, A Testing Time

A Crystalline Prophecy Current: 

The Echo Awakens (2)

A Crystalline Prophecy Completed:

A Crystalline Prophecy

Final Fantasy X-2 Current Setup (Day #497)


Yuna - Lv 43

HP: 1621 MP: 92
Str: 98 Def: 55 Agi: 55 Eva: 3
Mag: 43 MgDef: 42 Acc: 125 Luck: 27

Garment Grid: Heart Reborn
Current Dressphere: Gunner
Accessories: Heady Perfume, Power Wrist

Gunner: Trigger Happy, Potshot, Cheap Shot, Enchanted Ammo, Target MP, Quarter Pounder, On the Level, Burst Shot, Table-turner, Scattershot, Darkproof, Sleepproof, Trigger Happy Lv.2, Trigger Happy Lv. 3
Gun Mage: Blue Bullet, Scan
Alchemist: Mix
Warrior: Power Break
Samurai: Mirror of Equity
Dark Knight: Darkness
Berserker: Berserk
Songstress: Darkness Dance, Samba of Silence, Sleepy Shuffle, Carnival Cancan, Slow Dance, Brake-dance, Jitterbug, Dirty Dancing, Battle Cry, Cantus Firmus, Esoteric Melody, Disenchant, Perfect Pitch, Matador's Song
Black Mage: Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Water
White Mage: Pray, Cure
Thief: Steal
Trainer: Holy Kogoro, Kogoro Blaze
Lady Luck: Bribe, Attack Reels
Festivalist: Fire Sandals
Psychic: Psychic Bomb
Floral Fallal: Heat Whirl, Ice Whirl, Electric Whirl, Aqua Whirl, Ribbon
Right Pistil: White Pollen, Hard Leaves, Tough Nuts, Mirror Petals, Floral Bomb, Ribbon
Left Pistil: Dream Pollen, Mad Seeds, Sticky Honey, Halfdeath Petals, Silent White, Ribbon

Rikku - Lv 44

HP: 2615 MP: 213
Str: 140 Def: 123 Agi: 38 Eva: 2
Mag: 86 MgDef: 87 Acc: 102 Luck: 10

Garment Grid: Undying Storm
Current Dressphere: Dark Knight
Accessories: Power Wrist, Recovery Bracer

Gunner: Trigger Happy
Gun Mage: Blue Bullet, Scan
Alchemist: Mix
Warrior: Power Break
Samurai: Mirror of Equity
Dark Knight: Darkness, Drain, Poisonproof, Stoneproof, Confuseproof, Curseproof, Deathproof
Berserker: Berserk
Songstress: Darkness Dance
Black Mage: Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Water
White Mage: Pray, Cure
*Thief*: Steal, Pilfer Gil, Borrowed Time, Pilfer HP, Pilfer MP, Sticky Fingers, Master Thief, Soul Swipe, Steal Will, Flee, Item Hunter, First Strike, Initiative, Slowproof, Stopproof
Trainer: Sneaky Ghiki, Ghiki Gouge, Mugger Ghiki, Ghiki Cheer
Lady Luck: Bribe, Attack Reels
Festivalist: Fire Fish
Psychic: Psychic Bomb
Machina Maw: Death Missile, Bio Missile, Break Missile, Ribbon
Smasher-R: Howitzer, HP Repair, MP Repair, Homing Ray, Ribbon
Crusher-L: Howitzer, HP Repair, MP Repair, Homing Ray, Ribbon

Paine - Lv 45

HP: 1135 MP: 218
Str: 104 Def: 19 Agi: 52 Eva: 13
Mag: 255 MgDef: 151 Acc: 109 Luck: 10

Garment Grid: Bum Rush
Current Dressphere: Psychic
Accessories: Crystal Ball, Wring

Gunner: Trigger Happy
Gun Mage: Blue Bullet, Scan
Alchemist: Mix
Warrior: Sentinel, Flametongue, Power Break, Armor Break
Samurai: Mirror of Equity
Dark Knight: Darkness
Berserker: Berserk
Songstress: Darkness Dance
*Black Mage*: Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Water, Fira, Blizzara, Thundara, Watera, Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, Waterga, Focus, MP Absorb, Black Magic Lv 2, Black Magic Lv 3
White Mage: Pray, Cure
Thief: Steal
Trainer: Carrier Flurry, HP Flurry
Lady Luck: Bribe, Attack Reels
Festivalist: Blind Mask
Psychic: Psychic Bomb, Maser Eye, Telekenesis, Brainstorm, Express, Teleport, Time Trip, Magic Guard, Physics Guard, Fire Eater, Ice Eater, Lightning Eater, Water Eater, Gravity Eater
Full Throttle: Aestus, Winterkill, Whelman, Levin, Wisenen, Ribbon
Dextral Wing: Venom Wing, Blind Wing, Mute Wing, Lazy Wing, Stamina, Mettle, Ribbon
Sinistral Wing: Steel Feather, Diamond Feather, White Feather, Buckle Feather, Stamina, Mettle, Ribbon

Creatures (65% Completed):


Flan Azul
Flan Amarillo
Flan Palido
Flan Blanco
Flan Rojo

Yellow Elemental
White Elemental
Red Elemental
Gold Elemental
Blue Elemental

Wild Wolf
Killer Hound
White Fang
Canis Major
Queen Coeurl


Death Dauber
Assassin Bee
Fly Eye
Grim Gaze

Lesser Drake
Spine Drake
Bolt Drake
Greater Drake
Iron Giant


Bully Cap

Flak Python
Viper Sniper
Flailing Ochu
Drowsy Ochu

Flame Dragon

Deep Haizhe
Amorphous Gel
Protean Gel


Aka Manah
Chocobo Eater


Machina Ranger
Machina Hunter
Scout Machina
Guard Machina

Pop Fry
Machina Panzer

Shell Shocker
Guardian Beast

Mr. Goon
Dr. Goon
Ms. Goon



Tournaments Won:

Standard Cup x 12
Standard Cup:Hard x 5
Grand Cup x 5
Grand Cup: Hard x 6
Chocobo Cup x 59
Cactuar Cup x 0
Youth League Cup x 9

Arena Team

Tonberry - Lv 85

HP: 9999 MP: 999
Str: 248 Def: 229 Agi: 87 Eva: 6
Mag: 141 MgDef: 255 Acc: 125 Luck: 17

Garment Grid: Abominable
Current Dressphere: Dark Knight
Accessories: Recovery Belt, Crystal Bangle

Main: Darkness, Vigor,, Esuna, Full-Life
Auto: Ailment Def., Auto-Protect, First Strike, Auto-Haste, Half MP Cost, Ribbon, Auto-Regen

Chocobo - Lv 85

HP: 9014 MP: 999
Str: 155 Def: 87 Agi: 73 Eva: 27
Mag: 255 MgDef: 255 Acc: 121 Luck: 32

Garment Grid: Abominable
Current Dressphere: Black Mage
Accessories: Soul of Thamasa, Crystal Ball

Main: Vigor, MP Absorb, Meteor, Esuna, Full-Life
Auto: Auto-Protect, Auto-Haste, Life-Preserver, First Strike, Turbo Black Magic, Ribbon, Magic Booster

Battlesnake - Lv 97

HP: 9050 MP: 980
Str: 255 Def: 201 Agi: 64 Eva: 20
Mag:146 MgDef: 255 Acc: 125 Luck:17

Garment Grid: Abominable
Current Dressphere: Trainer
Accessories: Champion Belt, Kaiser Knuckles

Main:  Vigot, Esuna, Full-Life, Full-Auto
Auto: Ailment Def., First Strike, Auto-Protect, Auto-Haste, Half MP Cost, Ribbon

Garment Grid List:

First Steps
Bum Rush
Undying Storm
Protection Halo
Hour of Need
Highroad Winds
Heart of Flame
Ice Queen
Tetra Master
Still of Night
Mortal Coil
Raging Giant
Bitter Farewell
Selene Guard
Helios Guard
Healing Wind
Heart Reborn
Healing Light
Seething Cauldron
Enigma Plate
Pride of the Sword
Samurai's Honour
Unerring Path

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day #496 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 60:09 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 28:04
Total Play Time - 1,106:47 (+)

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

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 3 Creature Creator Time!(57% Complete, Bestiary 65% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Mission 2-3

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): None

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Took to travelling the world... boarded the ferry and travelled to the other continent where I first made way to San d'oria. Here, I picked up some home points and another Trust companion as well as a Mog House Exit. Next, I made the long trip to Bastok, where I was again able to pick up another Trust companion... they didn't have the right flower on sale at the Auction House though to get the Mog House Exit.

I then returned to Windurst, and made way for the Grand Duchy of Jeuno. On the way through the mountains, I stopped to gather some grass from some Crane Flies... I made it to Jeuno, and when I got there, a large crystal appeared in the sky. No one really liked what that could mean. Time froze and someone told me I was chosen by the crystal and I need to gather some stuff... I'll get on that later.

I then made my way to the Chocobo stable, where I started to nurse an abused chocobo back to health...

Status & Notes: 

First things first... you've probably noticed. I'm not going to be doing the Current Setups as often anymore... it is just too much work for not enough payout I think.  It was really good when I was moving through games more quickly at the start, and now that I'm playing these games that take so long to complete, it really doesn't always show very much every day. I'm probably going to try for a couple times a week.

Now for a little story. I never really had wanted to play FF XI. I had kind of given my allegiance to WoW, and that was that. Then, one day, I started playing Theatrythm and I got to the FF XI section and I came upon a song called Ronfaure. I found it to be a basic song, but an amazingly catchy song and what could be defined as a quintessential medeival sounding tune. It kind of made me curious, since this was far better than any music I'd heard in WoW....

This brings me to now. Obviously, I still haven't gotten too far in XI, but I've explored a bit now and gone to a few different areas. The layout, so far is a bit disappointing I'd say. Basically, the towns and starter areas all have very good music... I'm not a huge fan of the Scottish music in San d'Oria... I do very much enjoy the Jeuno music and the Windurst music however. Then as you get away from the starter town... its all wasteland. I mean, yeah, maybe something is mountainous, and some are desert... but really, its wasteland...

So, yeah, I've started the Crystalline Prophecy... completely accidentally. I'm not sure how I'm going to handle the different sets of missions, I'll have to figure it out at some point. Next is going to be finishing up the Chocolicense... then starting to work on Mission 2-3. Today though, we will be focusing on X-2! Also, tomorrow I'll get another setup for that, its been a while.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day #495 Recap

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

Current Play Time(Final Fantasy X-2): 60:09 (+)
Current Play Time(Final Fantasy XI): 20:24 (+)
Total Play Time - 1,099:07 (+)

Current Game Overs(FF X-2) - 4
Current Deaths(FF XI) - 3
Total Game Overs: 67

Where I Currently Am(FF X-2): Chapter 3 Creature Creator Time!(57% Complete, Bestiary 65% Complete)

Where I Currently Am(FF XI): Mission 2-3

Stuff Did Today (FF X-2): Trained some more... got a boatload more HP for my Chocobo... putting him back to Black Mage lowered his HP under 5000, also got everyone's MP over 900... should be enough for good really.

Stuff Did Today (FF XI): Finished my Black Mage training getting it up to 20... Next I headed over to Mhaura and undertook a collection quest so I could equip a support job... This included a very rare drop off of rabbits and a drop off of a fairly high level ghost that appeared only 15 minutes out of every hour. I eventually finished, levelling up to 26 in my Red Mage in the process. This allowed me to learn Invis, so I undertook Mission 2-1.

Here, the Optistery wanted me to research a very important lost book. They believed a Mithran cat burglar was behind it, so we went and talked to her to see if she had it. She said she had a book and if we retreived a Lapis Monocle for her we could go look at it. We trekked all the way to the Maze of Shakhrami in Tahrongi Canyon and located it among some fossils. We brought it back to her, and she wanted us to meet her at her hideout deep under the Horutoto Ruins. We went there, taking care to avoid all the VERY high level monsters in the area, and there she ambushed us with her posse wanting all my money and equipment! Luckily the Ace Cardians showed up... apparently she stole something important to them. Ajido-Marujido, the leader of the Orastery came and destroyed one of the Cardians, and they departed. We were lucky to escape with our life.

Next, we received a couple of tests from the Aurastery, we had to take a doll with us first to Tahrongi Canyon and then Bururmu Peninsula and had to dispatch 30 creatures within an alloted time... we succeeded both times. Unfortunately, we couldn't return the doll until our time was up, so we took the time to investigate the Trust Magic as well as getting the ability to use our Mog House as kind of a mini-transport system within Windurst. Nice!

Status & Notes: 

New interesting system in FF XI... the Trust System... I guess after the game had reached its peak and the population started to dwindle, they created a system in which you could basically have your own personal party! Yeah, that's basically what this does, you undertake quests in which you can collect party members that you summon. I like it!

I kind of went back and forth on what to do next... I finally decided I'm going to travel to the other two nations and do that part of Mission 2-3 next... and THEN I'll level to 30 and do the Chocolicense quest. This way I can collect another couple of Mog Exits and Trust spells.

Over in Spira... remember when YRP was our main party??? Yeah, me neither, the Fiend Arena is far more fun and challenging... anyway... as you can tell above, I'm still working on preparations for the Ex-Crimson Squad fight which I'm really thinking is the hardest fight you can undertake before Chapter 5. I'm getting closer as I have all the MP I need... and am getting close in HP. I have everyone back over 7000... I'd really LOVE to get my Chocobo to Level 99 so I can go ahead and equip a Minerva Plate on it. Once I get through this fight I'm going to get back to the plot...