1月の目標

ちょっと遅いけど、明けましておめでとう! 皆のお正月はどうだった?あたしはテレビでロンドンの花火を見ながら、好きなお酒を飲んだ。今イギリスでいるから、クリスマスとお正月で家族と過ごした。ツイッターで色んな写真アップしたから、見てね!

2017-12-31 (13)

今月の中旬ぐらい、FF14の1年間記念日だ。その日、思い出ポストを書くつもりだw。
今日、1月の目標について考える。
まず、今のレベル!
levels 3jan
カンストしたジョブは11つだね!イギリスでいる間、革細工師をあげてる。来週まで60へ行きたい。日本のホームに戻る日は11日だから、できることは少ない。でも、そのあと学者あげたい。もちろん、オメガS3もクリアしたいけど、ちょっと忘れちゃったからps4で練習しなきゃ。イギリスに来た前に何回も行って、みんなにめっちゃ迷惑かけたw。申し訳ない!次回もっと頑張る!

色んなレベリングをしたいけど、メインとサブジョブのILは大事と思う!11日から31日まで忍者、竜、侍とタンクのIL340へ行こう!

(地図も何回も行きたい。。。ギルは1000しか持ってないw)

 

JANUARY GOALS

ーILあげる!

ーオメガ3!

ーカンストしたジョブは12~13つへ!

ーギル!

ーギル!

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Tank 101: The Basics

Now, starting out as a tank class can be quite daunting. When I first started thanking I had no idea what to do and there was so much to learn and remember along the way. I had a lot of help from my FC friends. So in order to help others, I wanted to put together a little basic guide to refer to. So, anyway, here goes nothing.

[Note: I am not saying that these are finite rules for tanking. But they are certainly things I have used and have noticed while playing.] I will try to keep it brief.

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Aggro/ hate generation (getting the attention of enemies)

Now this is very important. The tank is the role that is responsible for getting all of the attention. If they don’t do it then other players will get hurt and that makes things a lot harder for your healer. When there’s 1 enemy, you can use Shield Lob, Unmend or Tomahawk to get their eyes on you. If there are multiple enemies, then I would suggest using Flash, Unleash or Overpower. Or other attacks that hit multiple targets. It’s been recommended to me to use this a number of times for the group too. When I was starting out as a Dark Knight, I was told to use Unleash at least 3 times for group hate collection. Same with flash. With my Warrior, I find it takes me that much and maybe more to get the attention of them all. (That angling lol).

Pulling

Test the waters. Assess your PT members a little. If you pull a lot of enemies and your healer is struggling to keep up with the healing, pull less the next time around. Also, please don’t pull too many. That’s just PT suicide. Another note on pulling. Don’t stop and start. Your DPS may want to place ground AoEs so they’ll take you stopping as a sign. This works both ways. DPS, wait until your Tank stops before casting them. An indication, especially for Dark Knight tanks, is to place Salted Earth around the enemies when you stop moving.

Placement

Turn the enemies away so that their backs are facing the rest of the PT members. Don’t expect them to run to the other side. Just be aware, there are still many DPS who try to stand with or behind the tank. Just adjust accordingly to give them a subtle hint.

Enemy placement

When I grab a group, I usually move a little with them so that they are closer together. This is handy for ground AOEs and you DPS’s group attacks (and of course yours).

For example, assuming that enemy #2 is the one the tank is focused on, by moving back a little with the enemies, they end up together more. Give it a try in-game.

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When it comes to bosses, it really depends on the mechanics of them. Most of the time however, it’s best to pull them towards the north of the arena.

Stray enemies

Tomahawk, Unmend, Shield Lob ‘em until they come over. These attacks have a fairly large range, so you shouldn’t have to move to get the stragglers. Even better, nice PT members should bring you the enemy.

Pace

Don’t be stop and starting all over the place. You’re the leader.

DPS/Healers will run ahead if your pace is too slow. At higher dungeons,  don’t worry about just going for it. Your PT WILL keep up with you. But please, there’s been a lot of these recently, but don’t run off before the enemy has been disposed of. It’s super annoying when other PT members have to run after you while attacking. And if you have casters in your PT, that’s just cruel.

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Knowledge

Know your dungeons. The PT will rely on you to lead them throughout the dungeon, especially if they have not been there in a while or even at all.

As a healer, there were many times where I simply just followed the tank, so when I started tanking myself, I actually had to learn all of the dungeons. At first I used to get lost quite a lot.

Boss battles

Now this isn’t necessary, but a countdown and ready check for trials is very much appreciated. This is usually initiated by the Main Tank. (MT).

For raids, please make sure all PT members are present before starting. There’s nothing worse than missing out on a boss battle because of a trigger happy tank.

For dungeon boss battles, I usually only focus on the boss. When adds appear, the DPS take care of them. However, if I see them struggling I will help out by trying to grab the aggro / hate. Or depending on the place, switch targets. For example, with the last boss at Castrium Albania. You know what I mean.

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There are times even the best of tanks struggle or make mistakes with the basics. Don’t feel downhearted if you mess up, just try again. Practice. For lower level dungeons, if you’re a high level, you can undersize it for practice. Or go practice with your squadron if you want to take it at a slower pace. Lastly, have confidence in your tanking abilities. You can do it!

 

レベルアップデートと頑張りたいこと

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1ヶ月で竜は34から70までできた。木工師も70になった。今は戦士を練習してるから、9つレベル上がったね。

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もうすぐカンストのジョブは11つになるかも。毎日仕事帰ったら、inする。でも、今月の22日から1月の中旬まで休憩取る。イギリスに帰るから。クリスマスの休みで帰るのは楽しみにしてるけど、毎日ゲームの友達と話せなくなるのは寂しい。

PSVitaはイギリスに持って行って、リモートプレイをやってみるつもりだけど、キーボードないからとても静か人になるかもw 他にも、リモートプレイできない可能性ある。先の東京に行った時、全然繋げてなかった。T^T

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(ちなみに、アウラに戻ったよ〜)

それから、今月の残り日で一所懸命頑張りたい! 戦士70になりたい〜♪ タンクでもっと自信持って、難しいコンテンツやってみたい。ずっとヒラだけで行くのはなんかもったいないよね。戦士だけじゃなくて、暗黒ももっと使いたい。仕事の休み時間でスキル回しとかタンクの動き方を勉強するつもりだ。今はMTとSTのチェンジタイミングをよく分からないから、それも調べて、ノートを書く。

1月で1年間の記念日だ。その前にヒラで極神龍とオメガS3をクリアしたい。

今週末行ってみるー♡

がんばろう!自信持って!

(変な日本語あったらごめんね。難しかったw)

母語は日本語ではないから、時々問題ある。

べリアスで、Eの人はよくEの人だけとプレイする。残念だけど、ちょっと分かる。Eの人は多く悪い経験ある。例えば、いじめされた時。キックされた時。質問聞きにくい時も。

よく誰かEを見たら、ギブアップする。例えば、CFでPTを作った時、人は入って、E を見て、なんか言って、抜く。他の人の作ったPTを入る時、問題あまりないけど、あたしのメインはヒラだ。よく空いてるPTない。それから、難しいコンテンツにちょっと行きにくい。めっちゃ時間かかる。CF時間切る。

問題ないようによく勉強する。ギミック、単語など。

FC メンバーと一緒に行く時は安心だ。あたしの日本語レベルを知ってる。何があったら、FCチャットで質問聞ける。”Eから何も分からない。何でも言っていい”の時も、手伝う。最高FCだね。見つけたのは超ラッキーだw。毎日、本当にありがたい。m(__)m

問題の時ってさ、よく別のサーバー行っていいと思った。でも、この10ヶ月で素晴らしい友を作った。それからギブアップしたくない!友は大切だよ!日本で住んでるから、日本のサーバー!日本語レベルは高いから、できる!ファイト!諦めず、頑張ろう!やる気持って!

逆に初心者。ゲームの始まった時、よく間違ったから、葉人を手伝いたい。よくヘルプできるチャンスあるけど、日本語の自信ない。それから、もっとゲームの単語を勉強してる。タイピングスピードを練習してる。

いいこと、悪いこともあったら、がんばる。難しいコンテンツをクリアしなくてokだ。一番大事のはゲームをエンジョイする!

Challenges of an English speaker on a Japanese server (my experience)

Don’t get me wrong, I love being on a Japanese server, especially with the friends i’ve made in Belias. I also couldn’t ask for a better FC. They’ve been nothing short of amazing. But sometimes there are challenges within the game because I am not a native Japanese speaker.

Right, a bit of background time. I’ve spent most of my life studying Japanese. I live and work in Japan. Pretty much in the middle of nowhere, with very few English speakers around me. My Japanese is pretty good. I’d say somewhere between N2 and N1. I will happily use Japanese whenever I need to and sometimes prefer it. However, I still make mistakes, I rely on gestures a lot, there’s also a lot of vocabulary and high level grammar I am unfamiliar with. I make a point of learning new stuff everyday. Especially when it comes to vocabulary. Stuff I hear and know I can use in my daily life.

When I first started FF14 there was a lot I didn’t understand, names of bosses, jobs, classes etc in Japanese. After all, I played the game in English. The correct terminology in Japanese was difficult to get the hang of at first. However, whenever I came across something I didn’t understand, I looked it up. Or better yet, asked my FC members, and they would explain it to me in simpler Japanese.

There are many English speakers on the server that have all banded together and rely on only each other to get through the game. Especially from what I’ve seen in Belias. They’ll do party finder and request English speakers only etc. I was lucky enough to fall into a Japanese speaking FC. They are the nicest people I’ve ever met and really helped me to enjoy the MMO experience. Besides a WoW demo once when I was at University, I had never really played with such a big online community before. I’m so grateful for all the help they’ve given me over the past 10 or so months. Thanks to them, I evolved into a pretty strong player pretty quickly.

But sometimes, especially with hard content, I can get a little frustrated. I try to study up on the mechanics etc beforehand, to get a deeper understanding so that I don’t jump in head first to a sea of Kanji I don’t know. If i’m with my FC, i’m okay because they know my language ability, they’re very patient and are willing to help me.

But if i’m on my own….. It’s terrifying.

I’ve had English speaking friends who have been ridiculed by other players for not understanding something. Abuse gets hurled at them, they get kicked from a party and the situation feels horrible. You get afraid, almost put off, of going again. You become scared to ask questions in Japanese for fear of a negative response. And when you’re just starting out in a specific place, it’s difficult.

For example, i’ve completed Omega 1 and 2 on savage but I’ve avoided 3 for weeks and weeks. I want to go, but the thought of going alone is daunting. I could makes a party in the party finder. But I don’t really know what to write. If there’s anyone unsure of something, how do I explain it? If I mess up, all I can say is sorry because there might not be anyone willing to explain in easier Japanese. And everyone just ends up getting annoyed and voting abandon. (Happened to me a few times). Also, sometimes people would look at the party details, see the E underlined and then look for another party. I’ve had people join, leave, then join a different party. This is all definitely more of a confidence thing I know, but I’m sure other English speakers may have had experience with some of these difficulties.

On the other hand, there are times where I’ve wanted to help. Recently, I’ve been trying to level up my Dragoon, which means going to a lot of ARR dungeons. The early stuff. Because of this I’ve encountered many new players, “sprigs”. They’re new, they have yet to explore their roles and practice the dungeons. Mechanics and roles within dungeons can be pretty hard to get down at first, and not everyone is lucky enough to have an FC so early on in the same. So because of that, I want to help them out.

There was this dungeon I went to last week, Sunken Temple of Qarn, I think. I was with 3 new players and it took well over an hour to get through it. As a DPS I had to help out the party a lot more than I should have. THE BEES! I was marking the bees, and yet the other DPS I was with didn’t pay attention and the tank died… quite a few times to be honest. They did get the hang of it by the last boss, but that’s where more problems arose. I was the only one attacking the adds. Between running around and trying not to be killed, I couldn’t type out what I wanted to. It takes a little longer for non native speakers to type, think of wording etc. We sometimes need to look up words. I really wanted to explain the mechanics to them. I wanted to help. If only I could type in Japanese quicker.

To help this, I’ve upped the amount of game vocabulary I’ve been studying. I won’t use it in everyday life, but in-game I know that it will make me a better player if I know it. I’m eventually aiming to become a mentor on the server. ( I have the commendations, I just need to up my dungeon count). I want to help people, be it in English or Japanese. First I need to get more confidence in my Japanese.

There will always be abuse in MMOs. It hurts yeah, especially when it’s about something so personal as your language. But you gotta pick yourself back up, connect with other players, find people you can play with. I will be trying my best to get more confidence in my language ability. And I’ll try not to be afraid of asking questions. It’ll be hard but it’ll be worth it, not just for in-game situations.
Don’t skip over non-native speakers on your servers, you might find some really great people. My FC gave me a chance, and you should give others chances too. E, J, G, F.. it doesn’t matter. We’re all playing the same game. There’s the auto translate… use it if you need to. There’s no need for verbal abuse. Let’s work together to make the game enjoyable. And help eachother out once in awhile.

今のレベルと目標

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これは今のレベルだ。最近クラフターとてもハマってるね〜 毎日ちょっとだけあげようと思ったけど、1つずつでいい。

今は木工師をレベリングしてる。

2日で30から51までできた!!

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今回70園芸師あるから、レベリングでギルあまり使ってない。(今ギルを持ってないけどw 貧乏になってしまった!∑(゚Д゚) 昨日地図に行ったのにw)

木材とか集めるのは簡単だ。テレビ見ながら、集める〜♪ それはいいよねー。今日ずっとアニメ見てた。笑(^O^)!勉強勉強!

では、真面目の話スタート!今の目標タイムだ!

ー オメガ零3をクリアする

ー 木工師70まで

ー 調理師のCPあげよう!

ー 340武器

ー 極神龍をクリアする

ー 忍者のILアップ!

ー いい白魔道士になりたい

 

以上。

Ninja (my favourite sub-job)

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Whenever I feel like I need a change from WHM or a break from the struggles, I switch to my Ninja. Ninja was my 3rd magic / war job to reach level 60, as I was also a Dark Knight before I picked up Ninja. However, it was my 2nd job to 70. I use it a fair amount in side quests. I even completed the new patch main quests with my Ninja.

I only really just started to get the hang of it recently, thanks to the help of one of my fellow FC members. But it’s by far the most fun out of all my current level 70 classes.

I really like the jumping animation when I am in battle stance. A little lalafell doing flips all over the place is adorable. Until really recently, I sticked with the job quest clothes for glamouring but with the arrival of 4.1 and the new dungeon gear, I changed the outfit. Here’s the current outfit I’m using.

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Learning the skills wasn’t too hard at first, there were many chances to practice using the combos and attacks within the job quests themselves. Especially with short little striking dummy tests when you learnt a new skill. The hardest part to learn was the Ninjitsu attacks. For a little while I was using Macros for the separate attacks so that I didn’t have to remember what order Ten Jin and Chi needed to be in. And I didn’t understand Huton at that point. After a mini training session, I was told that I shouldn’t be using Macros for Ninjitsu. But to arrange the Ten Jin and Chi skills in a way that I could easily remember the combos. It’s a lot of finger work to learn the attacks, but I think I have it down now.

Here are the attack combos:

Chi Ten Jin    地天人 Suiton (Water attack)

Jin Ten Chi  人天地 Doton (DoT “bubble”-style attack)

Chi Jin Ten   地人天 Huton (Buff for the character… increases damage delt.)

Chi Ten         地天    Katon  (Fire attack, hits multiple targets)

Ten Chi          天地   Raiton  (Lightning attack)

Chi or Ten or Jin     地or天or人   Shuriken (Throws a “Ninja star”)

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I got rid of all the macros I had for each attack. To be honest, they were much slower to cast than doing it myself with the buttons. Huton on the other hand,  I kept the macro for as it’s a prebattle buff that I use every time I’m my Ninja. There’s also a combo you can do with the normal attacks which replenishes the timer for Huton. By doing this you can easily keep Huton on for a whole dungeon. That extra damage boost will be really helpful.  

I have this other special attack, THERE’S A FROG. I love my frog attack. I named him ゲロ君 the second I got the skill.

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A Ninja has a lot of skills, and I mean A LOT. I have 3 hotbars for my Ninja because there are just so many available. It’s a bit of a mess to be honest. I have yet to go through and simplify it. But hey, I’m used to the mess. No point in really changing it.
I like playing as my Ninja a lot. Sometimes I feel like using a DPS is a nice break. There’s a lot more responsibility needed for tanking, and especially for healing. I can kind of relax a little bit. I know that there’s a lot that DPS need to do. Placements, DPS check etc. But to me, I find them easier to play as. I’m not responsible for keeping hate and the enemy away from the party. I’m also not responsible for keeping everyone alive.