Quick Update! 

Hey guys, it’s been a while and I’m sorry. My new year’s resolution for next year is to blog more so hopefully I’ll be bothering you with random stuff a lot more.

あまりブログしてないですね。今日のブログはほとんど英語です。すみません。(あっちこっち日本語出ますけどw)

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Game-wise I’ve not really been doing much. I go to Alpha 1 Savage every week, but I just haven’t had the motivation to do 2 Savage yet. I guess maybe because it’s coming to the end of the year and i’m a little burnt out. 1層は毎週していますが、2層のやる気はまだないです。12月ですから、疲れているかもしれないと思います

In January, it’ll be 2 years since I started playing. It went so fast and I’ve achieved a lot since then. I joined my FC in February of the same year too. そろそろ2年間ですね。

There’s still a lot more I want to do in-game, so in order to get myself more motivated, I’m going to leave a little list of the things I still have left to do here.. したいことはまだ多いです!

  • Finish getting the bird and dog mounts. (I have most of them. I still need Sephirot and Zurvan’s birds and then dog-wise I need Byakko, Shinryu and Suzaku’s.) 鳥と犬。(残りは5つです)。
  • Clear Shinryu EX. (I practiced a lot way back when, but I haven’t tried it in about a year or so.) 極神龍をクリアしたいです。
  • Finish my Pyros weapon. (I’m at +2 but still waiting for the big NM to pop up. I have ⅗ of the parts.) ピュロース武器 (あと少し!)
  • Work on Beast quests. (I started doing them more recently but only really focusing on one or two. I also think it might be good to leave a few for leveling up new jobs in 5.0.)
  • Hunts. (I’m a member of a couple LS that post the hunts, but I don’t do them as often as I should. Therefore, I will be trying harder. I want to get the Tiger for one thing, and also get the mark log emotes. The speed boost for areas would be nice too, but I will leave those until I have everything else.)

Anyway, that’s all of what I’m hoping to focus on over the next few weeks or so. Next week I’ll be going to Tokyo for a few days so I wont be able to play for a while, but when I get back for sure! では、来週ちょっと東京に行って来ます。でも、戻ったら頑張りたいです!

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Hope you have a great Christmas!!

メリクリスマス!

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新しいハウス

2週間前ぐらい、ゴブレットビューから引っ越した。FCの皆さんは気づいたかな~w

今はラベンダーベッドだ。どうして引っ越したかったかなと思ったら、色々な理由あるかも。

  • ラベンダーベッドはかわいい (ずっと前からそこに引っ越したかった)
  • 新しい人と話したい
  • 静か場所でのんびりしたい
  • ちょっと。。。ゴブレットビューから離れたかった (いつもそこにいたw)

からと思う。

じゃあ、次はSSだ。

まずは、外。

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次、中。1階はキチンとリビングルーム。

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地下はバスルームとベッドルームだ。

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中はまだ終わってないけど、どう?その壁は(ベッドルーム)あとで終わるw ベリアスのラベンダーベッド11区ー2であるから、来てね^^

Mサイズほしかったけど、ギル足りなかった。5.0に来るとき、空いてるMサイズあるかな~~

11月のゴール。。。とか。。。

ハッピーハロウィン!10月31日!!

今夜VCでこーまとハロウィン映画を見る!

今日のポストはゲームのゴールだけじゃなくて、リアルでのゴールもある。

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さて、始めようか? 最初はファンフェスの結果だ!当てた!! 来年の3月に幕張メッセへ行く!友達と一緒に行くから、すごく嬉しい^^。 後は11月からそのSDSフェンリルのマウントをゲット!その時いっぱいSSを撮って、シェアするよ!

ゲームのゴール

じゃ、ゴールタイム。。ゲームのゴールから。

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1- 先週末アルファ1層をクリアしたから、もちろん次は2層をクリアしたい。今週細かいノートを書いてる(スキル回し、スキル説明、ジョブのヒントと。あとはマクロだけかな)。金曜日に動画を見て、今週末から練習する。はやくクリアしたいから、一日で5時間以上練習するつもりだw。

2- 次、全部のジョブクエストを終わりたい。今まで終わってないのは、学者、召喚士、鍛冶師、甲冑師。。。クラフターがたくさんあるw。裁縫師と木工師以外、多分全部終わってない^^;よくないよね 笑。11月で全部終われないかもしれないけど、2つか3つぐらい終わりたい!

3- ジョブと言えば、スキルも勉強したい。特にローテーションだ。最近、DPSで極コンテンツに行けるために、サブジョブの装備を上げてる(忍者と赤魔導士)。今まで忍者はよく使ったけど、まだオーペニングのローテーションとか調べてない。スキルを知ってるのは大事なことだと思うから、勉強時間でちゃんと調べる!赤魔導士はもっと使いたいから、それも調べてみる。

4- ゲームの4つ目のゴールは潜水艦だ!今は一番高いランクのパーツを作ってる。

 

リアルのゴール

じゃあ、リアルのゴールも書こう!

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最近はね、なんかヘルシー生活をスタートした。食べ物と運動だけじゃなくて、メンタルヘルスも。例えば、リラックス時間とか、勉強時間など、ちゃんと分けてる。先のリラックス時間はいつもゲーム時間だったけど、それはよくないと思ってちょっと変わった。ゲームまだやってるけど、9時半ぐらいOUTして、音楽を聴きながら本を読む。極コンテンツに行く代わりに、それをしてる。極コンテンツは週末にする!練習とかでストレスは高くなるから、寝れないようになれる可能性あるからね。ゴールは、11月にもこの生活を続く!

リラックスタイムはいいよね。

みんなさんもストレスを貯まりすぎないように、よくリラックス時間を作ってね。

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後は、住んでるところでもっと出かけたいかなー。ここに引っ越した後に、よく一人で冒険に行って来た。滝に行ったり、自然の中で写真を撮ったり、色んなレストランで食べたり、ドライブに行ったりしたけど、2年目から今まであまりやってなかった。ちょっともったいないよね。それから、今からこの田舎をエンジョイしたいー。来年とか再来年の仕事まだ決めってないから、いる間にエンジョイしたほうがいいかなと思った。

 

未来のこと分からないもんね。

Freah’s Mentor Corner: Part 2

Here we are, part 2. I wanted to stay objective about my advice, but finding things to talk about has been pretty difficult. This time we’re going to talk about Roles, Pacing and Communication.

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My pre-winter Healer Glamour. Now I have the coat!

Roles

In an online game like XIV, which requires you to play in teams. It is very important to not only know your job well, but also your role. There are 3 roles within the game, and all with their own specific job.

Tank: The tank gets (and keeps) the attention of the enemy (enemies) to prevent the other members from being hurt as much. A tank has higher defense than the rest of the party and is great at generating enmity. Their other role is to lead the party around a dungeon, as make it as smooth as they can to their ability. (Note: Tanks should hit enemies first).

DPS: (Damage per second). Exactly that. A DPS deals damage to the enemies. Making sure to use AoEs (Area of Effect) and DoTs (Damage over Time), to maximise their damage dealt. They are also the best choice for adds during boss battles.

Healer: Heal. That’s the main thing. They also provide the party with healing buffs, shields and can help out with the DPS.

If any of these roles are off-balance, chaos can ensue. If a tank can’t get and keep the hate of the enemies, the main target may switch to a DPS or a Healer.

If a DPS doesn’t attack, the battle itself will slow down.

And if a healer doesn’t heal…well party members die.

I’ve come across many healers like this over the past couple years of playing, and quite often it’s at 8-24 player content. Just because there are 2 healers, doesn’t mean that one can ignore healing altogether. Share the healing, share the attacking. This way MP isn’t depleted so quickly and it doesn’t get too stressful for the “solo-healer”.

If you are unsure about how to use your skills, as I mentioned in the last Mentor post, there are many resources readily available to help you out.

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I rushed through the story but I finally just finished my first Anima Weapon though. 

Pacing

I started playing in January 2017 and by mid February I had already completed Heavensward. I regret that a little bit. I was trying so hard to catch up that I didn’t really take the story in as much as I should have, even skipped a large amount of voiceless cutscenes. I’ve been playing for almost 2 years now, and have every job maxed out to 70. But I wish that I had taken more time with the stories and enjoyed it more. My advice to you is not to rush it. Enjoy it. Don’t burn yourself out. I’ve found that recently, I’ve definitely been in a rut when it comes to content. I maybe go to one or two dungeons while I’m logged in, but the rest of the time (in fact most of the time) I find myself fighting to keep the afk logo away.

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Playing Solo is totally fine.

Communication

Now, as you know from my previous posts, I don’t play on an English speaking server. I’ve been tempted to move a few times, but with the friends I’ve made in Belias. I really don’t want to leave. I think that communication is key for any MMO, especially with something like XIV where there is a lot of group content. Going through the game solo is possible if that’s how you want to play, but personally I think a lot more is open to you if you have a group.

Try to make some friends, join an FC, greet people. Just throwing out a /wave or a /bow emote now and again can help. I remember I once spent my time waiting for Palace of the Dead, just blowing kisses at random other Au Ra, just for a laugh. But out of it I gained a few friends, some of which were other English Speakers.

Nowadays, outside of my FC, I rarely speak to other Japanese players (this has a lot to do with my Japanese confidence) but I make sure to use よろしくお願いします and お疲れさまでした in battles and at dungeons. I have even set up macros for them. I also joined an English speaking Linkshell, which has made playing a lot more enjoyable too (when we can actually get everyone together). With those LS members I managed to complete half of Alexander on Savage, but it can be difficult to get a full party together with them as a lot are focusing on their own stuff.

Anyway, that’s it for this time. Catch you in the next one. Until then, I’ll be posting in Japanese some more. Level updates, monthly goals etc. I’m hoping to set up some kind of question and answer system soon, so keep an eye out for that. I’m looking forward to hearing from you all too~. 

Long time no see!元気だよ!

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久しぶりですね!

何ヶ月前からブログしてないよね。申し訳ない!とても忙しくなって、ブログするのはちょっと難しくなった。

先のポストした時から、色々できた。ジョブは全部カンストできて、オメガ3層までクリアして、シグマ2層までもクリアした。3層の練習始まったけど、新しいパッチ来たから、それをフォーカスしてた。特に極朱雀だ。

2週間ぐらい毎日何回も行った。クリアするのは難しかった。もちろんヒラ(白)で行ったから、クレイジーだった 笑。(やっとクリアしてよかった)。 でも、その練習のお陰で、ヒールスピードとかすごく速くなったと思う〜。今でも段々もっといいヒラになってる!

次はアルファ1層に行きたいけど、まだ勉強終わってない!今週末の前にノートとか終わりそうだから、土曜日から練習に行くかも。今週の土日は出かけられないから、1層に打ち込むつもりだ!

仕事でも頑張りたいから、平日のプレイタイムはちょっと少なくなった。それから、FCの皆さんとあっちこっちに行ける時間も少なくなってしまった。よく皆インする前に、私はもうoutしてしまうT^T。でも、皆さん、私まだいるよー心配しないで!今のスケジュールはちょっと厳しいけど、慣れる後にまた一緒にプレイしようね♡

Freah’s mentor corner: Part 1 (New player tips)

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First of all, welcome to the wonderful world of Eorzea. It’s a very pretty place and you can easily get wrapped up in taking screenshots and group pose photos with your character. There is soo much to see and do in this magical world, I hope you enjoy your time with us all there. If you’re an mmo veteran or new to the online gaming experience, there is always something for you in Eorzea. (okay, cheesy time over. But in all honestly, Eorzea is amazing. So much time and effort went into creating it and it’s beautiful).

As a new player to XIV, there are a couple of things I’d like to help you out with. As an in-game mentor I am always on the lookout for ways to help. So by using my blog I want to achieve this. Hopefully I can turn this into a frequent FAQ kind of series, so I will keep my eyes open for anything to add in the future.

Right, let’s get to it shall we? For this first installment, we have skills, gear and “jumping”.

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Skills

First, learning your job’s skills is important. Knowing how to use them will help you as a player greatly. If you look at the game website, there are breakdowns of each job and all of the skills and combos to go with them. You can also check in-game. All of the skills have information pop up when you hover over them on your hotbar(s), the same goes for the Actions & Traits section in your in-game menu. The information provided will help you get a grasp of what each of the skills do and what other skills you can use them with to gain a damage boost etc. For example, knowing that a certain skill can stun a target can be very useful for when you get to somewhere like Hakkuke Manor.

As you level up and as you do your job’s quests, you’ll gain new skills. Read the information on these as you learn them, then you can work out how to fit them in with your playing style. (When you reach level 60 and level 70, especially as a DPS, there will be more detailed skill rotations, these are worth researching as they will maximise your damage during battles). Another thing to note, especially for Melee DPS, is that some attacks will work better when executed from the enemies flank rather than from behind. You can find out which ones these skills are by reading the information accompanying them.

 

Gear

It’s amazing how much of a difference upgrading your gear makes to your stats. It can make job quest duties easier, and also give you more of a boost in dungeons. (The higher level gear also looks better too). By having low gear, you will get hit by more damage during battle and if you are a healer, you won’t be able to heal to your full potential, ultimately making everything a little bit more difficult than it should be.

A great thing to do is to go to the dungeon closest to your level and just farm away. Collect every piece of gear that you can. (Usually, by the time you have done this, you will have levelled up enough to start collecting on the next dungeon. It may sound tedious, but for levelling, it works). If you have some high level crafter friends in-game, and don’t have the time to spend hours farming gear,  it might be worth asking them if they can make you some gear too. Don’t forget, you can also get gear from some side missions too.

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“Jumping”

As a first-time player, I would not recommend buying the job jumping potion. (A potion that will allow your character to jump ahead to lvl 60 in a specific job). I bought this for my sub-character, Rina, but it didn’t go so well. I picked a job that I didn’t have as Freah, my main character, thinking that it might be nice to try something new. I picked Astrologian and found it very hard to get the hang of it for a while. And the cards were nothing but confusing. However, since then I have become an Astrologian as Freah and learnt it from the beginning. This, in my opinion was a lot more beneficial as I could learn how to use everything from scratch. And as a result of this, I now really enjoy playing as that job.

Jumping can be great for a sub-character, but only if it’s a job that you already know or have the time to spend learning.

Story jumps however, I have no negativity towards. You may miss out on a lot, but you can always rewatch the story at an Inn.

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So there you have it, I hope these small pieces of advice help you in some way. Keep tuned for the next installment.

Coming up on the blog soon: How I’ve decorated my in-game house, Japanese level updates and retainer profiles.

Until next time ^^