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This is post #1 for Blaugust 2019

July has been the most intensive month this year for me thanks to Shadowbringers. I loved it so much that I could already declare it Game of the Year. The only other contender for the title could be Fire Emblem Three Houses but since I haven't gotten it yet I can't say anything about it.

And yes, I know there are still months until the year ends and a lot of other games that haven't been released yet. I do expect them to be good games too but I doubt any of them will make me feel the same way as the journey through Shadowbringers did. 🙂

Anyway, let's get to the topic of this post, shall we?

...continue reading "Games I’ve been playing – July 2019"

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The MMO Tourist term is a pretty much known one among MMO players. For those who never heard of it, the idea of the term is to describe those players that left the game but come back for a few weeks (or months) once a MMO receives some new content. Then once they see anything that might pique their interest they leave just as quickly as they came back.

I am starting to feel my behavior with Monster Hunter World mimics that even though it hasn't had any substantial update for a while. In my case it is more when an event is announced. I get back into the game with the full intention of checking the event out, and finally finishing the base game's story, only  for a few days later to completely forget about it and then play something else.

I think there are a couple of reasons for that.

...continue reading "I am a Monster Hunter World Tourist"

Time for a smaller and lighter post, just  for the sake of variety and for what little sanity I have left. XD

So I've been slowly recovering from Post-Expansion Syndrome. You know, that feeling of aimlessly once you finish a pretty emotional journey through an expansion's story.

To achieve that I have been trying to clear off some items from my bucket list.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Getting back to the routine"

Lately I've seem some people on my Twitter timeline who had just decided to give Final Fantasy XIV a go. I was even asked by a couple of them for advice for newbies. So I figured I might as well write a post with it.

Some of this might be stuff that is pretty obvious to veteran MMO players or just general common sense but I figure I might as well include it here just in case. Also, this is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list of tips. I am sure I probably forgot something or another so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments and I will try to answer to the best of my abilities.

This also goes if you are a veteran Final Fantasy XIV player and feel I missed something feel free to also post in the comments letting me know! I will add it in the list and give proper credit. 🙂

With that out of the way let's get to it!

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Tips for new Final Fantasy XIV players"

Last Sunday I finally finished Shadowbringers. What a journey it was! I said this in my "Shadowbringers First Impressions" post and I will say it again, this is the best expansion that Final Fantasy XIV had so far. I am even kinda afraid  that they won't be able to top this one with the next expansions but if they get close that will be good enough for me. 🙂

Anyway, now that I finished the whole expansion here are some more thoughts about it. Consider it as a kind of addendum to my previous post about the expansion.

Again, I will try to not spoil anything for those who didn't start playing through it yet. I will also try to not ramble too much. XD

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Shadowbringers finished!"

Rakuno as a level 80 mechanist posing in Amh AraengThis post is horribly late. I actually got Machinist to level 70 a few weeks before Shadowbringers released. As I mentioned earlier though I wasn't in the best of mental states so I didn't write anything back then. Then I sort of forgot about it, started playing Shadowbringers, finished it and got my Machinist to 80... Oops!

Since Shadowbringers switched to a role-based questline for levels 71 to 80 and Job Quests now consists of only one quest at level 80 I will include that one in my usual recap of the Job Quest story here too.

WARNING: Spoilers about the Machinist questline from level 60 to 70 and the level 80 quest ahead!

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Ding! Machinist level 70 and 80!"

August is almost upon us and that means another Blaugust will be here!

Last year my initial goal was to get 5 posts done during Blaugust but as the month went on I got more ambitious and tried to aim for 15 posts. Unfortunately that didn't happen and I ended up with only 10 posts.

This year though I intend to go for 15 posts from the get-go. Will I be able to achieve it? I have absolutely no idea. But I am going to try anyway! XD

If you are curious what is this Blaugust thing then read on!

...continue reading "It is almost time for Blaugust 2019!"

Shadowbringers, the latest expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, officially launched this Tuesday. Although for those of us that pre-ordered it actually started on last Friday.

This might have been the smoothest expansion launch I've seem in any game. The only issue I had was on Friday where the launcher would throw an error when I tried to update the game. I tried everything I could think of and solutions I found online but none worked. Then the next day it just worked flawlessly somehow and there have been no issues since then. *knocks on wood*

Since then I have been playing the game any time I could and have been slowly making progress in the main storyline. I am currently at level 74 and just finished the second dungeon of the expansion.

In this post I will try my best to give my thoughts on the story so far, without spoilers, and some of the mechanical changes and additions to the game.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Shadowbringers First Impressions"

I almost forgot to write this post. I haven't been sleeping all that well in these last few days and Shadowbringers, the latest Final Fantasy XIV expansion, is the only thing that has been in my lately. And no, the sleeping problem isn't because I have been up late playing the expansion. :p

Anyhoo, this is what I've been up in the last month:

...continue reading "Games I’ve been playing – June 2019"

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Nothing like a looming expansion release to remind you how much you have neglected a  game. There were so many things I wanted to have done by now but unfortunately I got distracted by other games and now I have to play catch-up.

To make matters worse there are two events going on right now and I want to do them all. Granted, the "Make It Rain" campaign isn't a big deal since there isn't anything I really need from the Gold Saucer right now. And the Lost Allagan Tomes are just stuff that is more convenient to get through it. Missing either wouldn't really hurt me in any way.

Silly whining aside, here is what I have been up to in Final Fantasy XIV:

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Preparing for Shadowbringers"