This past week has been a bit stressful IRL, so the XIV escapism has been very welcome. I knuckled down and got the rest of my ten wins in PVP for Isa's Ginga Pipe, and she now has her fancy metal pony. I can now happily remove her "Makai Astrologian" title and put on "Kingsglaive" forever. She's also in the home stretch with her HW beast tribes, and even if she won't be done with them before SHB, they'll all be allied Soon.
This week on Exodus, our little primal farming group put in extra time fighting Seiryu (now that we're clearing him consistently), and most of us are now proud owners of the pretty blue wolf. This was the last wolf several of us needed, so we also now have the final SB Primal mount reward for collecting one of each whistle. We thought we'd still be farming Seiryu into SHB, but that happily will not be the case, although we will most likely be helping a few members with their collections. But for the most part we'll be tackling fresh story content and re-doing all of our houses with the new batch of decorations coming our way in just a few days...
This week during E3 Yoshi-p's been spending some time on the NA datacenters... Mostly being surrounded by phasing hordes of Eorzea's finest, waving glowsticks and standing on his Lalafell's adorable little head. I tried to see him on Aether, the first DC he visited this week, and barely arrived before he was consumed by the /shouting, /emoting mob. A few days later he was on Primal, and at least there someone gave a few handy tips that I should've considered earlier. Basically, turning down your character limit to minimum in system settings, target the Lalafell, and then stand back to enter Gpose. While it doesn't produce perfect results, with some futzing I did manage a few amusing screencaps with Aluze.
Lately on Primal, a group of friends and I have taken a serious shot at Palace of the Dead and Heaven-on-High... we've wiped both now, but made it to 183 in Palace and 78 in HoH. Both wipes were a mix of miscommunication and panic, but we're going pick it back up and try again with a few lessons learned.
My To-Do list from last post is still moving along... slowly, as I've had another surge of inspiration with decorating Isa's house. However, I have made a dent in her beast tribe reps and also got through her HW scholar quests. A few weeks of coffer farming in Diadem has finally produced the pegasus mount, and the minion is just 2-3 days away as long as the coffers continue to flow. At this point, all I'm really aiming to get from the Treasure Trove event is the Answers music scroll, and that finish line isn't too far away, now.
Okay, so I'm done with MSQ on both characters. Check. I have a loose plan in mind for Shadowbringers Early Access. Good. My quest journal should be .... not as full as it currently is. Yikes. Time to clean some things up...
I leveled crafting on Isa and Aluze. Much of it was with leves, lots with beast tribe quests. However, I neglected many of the crafting job quests. A quick look at Aluze's jobs showed me that I was at least through ARR with every job except goldsmith, who still had the level 20 quest waiting. Isa's probably better off, as her leveling was much slower over-all, with fewer leve turn-ins before ARR and all of her jobs raised within 2-3 levels of each other (with the exception of weaver, which I pushed to max so I could easily do scrip turn-ins). Needless to say, I have plenty to work on for both of them, and thankfully the SB crafting jobs give you the quest mats, making it so much quicker and mostly less frustrating over-all.
Having finally finished Ixal a few weeks ago, Isa's down to Sylphs for ARR. Today she finished the Vanu Vanu in HW, and with a little work the Vath will soon be finished. Stormblood tribes have been finished for months, and I'm waiting to do the final quests to ally the beast tribes once I'm done with everything so I can do all three in order.
Aluze has finished SB and HW, and I'm in no rush to kill myself by doing the ARR ones again any time soon.
I should really, really finish Isa's Scholar quests before SHB. I don't dislike scholar as a job, I just never really spent enough time with it to get the full use out of all the tricks. I healed a few raids and primals with Aluze before getting AST to 70, and while I did fine I'm sure I wasn't as efficient as I should've been. The changes coming in SHB sound interesting, and I may make sch my healer for Isa to work on.
Technically I have until 5.1 for this, but with the Garo collab going away, I've decided to try for the Ginga pipe on Isa, and finish working on the Raigo pipe for Aluze. Queues are popping pretty fast right now with full, chaotic groups of 72 people, which I find more fun than the 24 man groups. We'll see how much pvp I can stand before I throw in the towel, as sometimes it's really fun, while other times it's just too disheartening.
For the most part, all of these things are easy enough to work on in short bursts of playtime, and I'm certain I can wrap up a lot of stuff to make my list to-done.
With the Moogle Treasure Trove event going on in XIV, I decided it was finally time to finish the Crystal Tower series on Isalenne. I've also been wanting to work on her bard, which has been stuck in the 52-ish range for quite some time. Getting Irregular Tomestones along the way is a nice bonus, but I don't think I'll try to grind all the way up to 100 for the Namazu earrings. After three days she's gotten a good three or so levels, so I'm quite happy with this. I need to unlock World of Darkness for her yet, but I'm content with speedrunning Syrcus Tower for now.
This also led to the happy side effect of seeing Amon's hat drop, and even better yet - winning the roll on it against 2-3 other bards. It's quite ridiculous, and I love it. I'll have to get a good glamour outfit for it eventually, but a few dyes and a new bow certainly work for the time being.
It's been refreshing to play a non-magical job, as I'm usually red mage or summoner with a side of astrologian. I should easily hit 60+ by time the event ends, and hopefully she'll be close to 70 by the time Shadowbringers drops.