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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: April 05, 2008, 11:26:42 AM »
On NIN/DNC, I don't really need to worry about slowga. Aside from that fact that I resisted both times he did it, I have healiing waltz to fall back on. When I solo Avatars, the only real danger is from their 2HR, since they have absolutely horrid accuracy, they'll pretty much never hit me. If I get unlucky, the 2HR one-shots me. Otherwise, its a straightforward fight.

When I talked about WoW having less story, I guess I meant more of typical quests that you do. While there's a lot of "get me x item" in FFXI at times as well, they tend to try to weave a story with some series of quests. As far as I know, WoW is mostly limited to "Go get me some item so I can do this", since the main objective of the quest is to get some nice xp and money from it.

And I guess next time I'll put up reraise on an Avatar. My only worry is that I'd run out of time if I have to rest for 5 minutes before I continue fighting them (Especially Leviathan, since he has that annoying healing spring move or whatever).

Well, anyway, I got Leviathan done with the help of Shiggy and a friend of his, so I went ahead and got my Moon Bauble:



Hopefully I'll do Fenrir sometime soon.

I went on a perilous adventure with Valesti to the Phomiuna Aquaducts, since he wanted a Gaudy Harness. He could solo it if he really wanted to, but I came along to give him some TH action. Basically, he had to charm a VT/IT Oil spill and familiar it, which would give us 30 minutes to kill as many fomor as we could. On our first try, not only did Valesti fail about 12 times, we also got absolutely no drops whatsoever. So, lameness, we got pissed off and logged off right in the Aqueducts, returning 90 minutes later when Familiar was up again.

The 30 minute time limit would be enough to only get 2 Beastmaster kills in, but the drop rate is estimated about 50% with TH, so technically we should get one by law of averages.

We kill one beastmaster. Nothing.

Valesti's anger grows, but the Fomor still lies there, not crapping out a subligar like we want it to, so we went on to kill some other Fomor while we were waiting for the beastmaster to respawn:



I got myself a nice, shiny Taurus subligar, and Valesti got one of the most useless subligars I can imagine. Well, it's pretty good for RNG and COR, but I don't see him playing either one anytime soon. =P

So, the beastmaster repops, and this is our last chance. Lo' and behold:



Reality came along and tried to refresh Valesti's 2HR so we could do some more, but alas, he rolls a 3. So in celebration of getting some shiny new panties, we decided to kamikaze into the nearest NM that just spawned.





TEH END.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: April 03, 2008, 01:14:20 PM »
I put off Assault for a while, but I got a chance to do Nyzul with some newbies today, which was pretty fun.

As a result, I got my 5th new-mission clear for my rank, since it was my first time, so I went out and found the footprint pretty fast.



In addition, I've decided to start soliing avatars every now and then since my DNC sub is just about done (About 2k off 37).



So tonight I went for the last whisper I need for my Moon Bauble, Leviathan. On my way there, go figure I see this guy up, running around for a quite a while before someone came along and decided to claim him:



Funny, considering how just a few days ago there was a decent amount amount of people camping against me.

I was actually going to try to solo Leviathan last night, but when I got to the protocrystal, I realized I hadn't flagged the quest. *insert failure music* So I flagged it and went to bed, and went to solo him today. I basically keep myself in top notch shape the whole fight until they hit under 50%, which is when I brace for a huge impact.

Apparently, full HP on a Tarutaru Ninja is not always enough to endure this heavily huge-pronged assault on my ass.



Go figure the avatar I can't solo is the one the server is named after.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: April 02, 2008, 04:18:55 AM »
I dunno, I guess I don't often hit this kind of efficiency soloing at level ~30, even on BLU. Though I will admit the times I soloed on BLU, I didn't use food/juice, so that probably affected it quite a bit.

Hit max Campaign rank, and when I hit max rank in something, you KNOW its time to fucking update it:


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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: March 31, 2008, 08:54:17 AM »
While Dancer sucks in endgame, I'm relatively sure being able to do this solo is the definition of broken:


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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: March 29, 2008, 02:07:24 PM »
omg double post D:

Finished a quest today, end of the Mannequin quests thread. I can now pose my mannequin! Whee.

One thing I think WoW doesn't have, is the cinematic storytelling done in FFXI. Seeing stories like this just make you fall in love with the game all over again. Don't want to spoil it, but here's a little snippet to give you an idea:



Despite being rather predictable, it was still pretty heavy when it's actually seen.

Random screenshot of the day:


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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: March 26, 2008, 08:55:41 AM »
Things have been rather uneventful, but I guess I should interrupt this by posting a random NM for teh winz.



And to the victor go the spoils.


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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: March 15, 2008, 06:36:25 PM »
The proc rate on Retaliation is about 15% I hear, but as I recall, you still take damage with Retaliation. So it's actually exactly what it's called- you still get hit, you just hit them back.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: March 13, 2008, 10:35:20 AM »
Doesn't matter what order you level your subs in since you're going to need to level them all anyway.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: March 12, 2008, 05:32:49 AM »
As far as tanking goes, PLDs are really in larger demand in endgame for a few reasons:

1. Enemies at endgame have high accuracy, as such, NIN's evasion won't be helping it much. Parrying just sucks, and I'm sure you don't want to go through the trouble of capping it just for it to be marginally useful.

2. PLD/NIN have access to both spells that NINs completely rely on to tank- since the enemies are high level, the higher skill from NIN won't help much with spell interruption (Though it will probably help with absorb-able AoEs). You have one less shadow from Ni, but nobody really cares in big fights like these. EDIT: Also keep in mind that PLD shield has an inherent spell interruption -% every time it blocks. Dunno how much that helps since my PLD is only level 30, but from what I understand it's pretty damn substantial.

3. When they updated PLD a few updates back, PLD just completely surpassed NIN. Magic shield on Rampart? 90% damage reduction on Sentinel? Not to mention the fact that shield absolutely rocks now.

4. For the most part, better hate control. NINs can sub DRK to cap off their hate easily, though.

The trouble with this is that NINs get merit/party invites way more than PLDs (As far as Merits go, PLDs are never invited, really). If you want to get up high faster as a tank job, do NIN. It's more expensive, though. You do have two important subs leveled already, however: WAR and DRK.

For leveling your subs, I'd definately be up in joining you with a huge plethora of subs I need to level for NIN, including DNC, DRK, and WHM.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: March 11, 2008, 11:42:33 PM »
I wouldn't transfer to our server just for us, just think about it for a bit. I'm sure the RPGfan folk will help you out when they can, but both Shiguma and I are in JP timeframes, so take that as you will. To be honest, if you have a real life friend on Sylph, maybe you should stay there and just do stuff with her, heh.

NIN is important because its a staple sub in both solo and meriting for just about any job- Utsusemi is the most used spell in the game. Well, maybe outside of cures. Heh. With the new expansion, DNC is also an important sub should you want to solo. SAM and THF are very important melee subs as well, unless you're a tank like PLD or NIN. Even then, they can be useful.

If its just about doing endgame stuff, and getting there fast, BRD is the best, and I'm sure most would agree. It's also a relatively cheap job, though it has a few important gears you should invest in (Mary's Horn).

Personally I would get Tu'Lia even if you don't have a sky LS, I didn't have a sky LS when i got Tu'Lia, I just wanted to get it for the sake of getting it.

If you come to Leviathan, BOTD would definitely be a good start. I like BOTD in the sense that they're willing to overlook someone's background and give them chances, but that also results in them having a lot of floral morons in there- that being said, however, it's still a somewhat decent LS, and good if you run with them for a while and have a good attitude. If they wern't at least capable of doing some stuff they wouldn't be around so long. BOTD's flexibility is both its greatest asset and flaw, IMO.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: March 11, 2008, 05:06:29 AM »
I'm hoping it only to nerf DB DRKs. I'm pretty sure that's one of the most broken things in the game. =P

Emperor band is cool. It's nice that they're thinking of people that don't want to xp every damn day of the week just to use the band to its maximum potential. I'm getting it.

Also, Monomi: Ichi is the first thing NINs have gotten since G2 Merits, so I'm happy, I guess. >_>

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General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition
« on: March 10, 2008, 09:57:09 AM »
Went to the Taipei Armed Forces Museum recently, and got my picture in one a picture booth there, in classic Asian style.

Now one thing I want note is that I understand these are supposed to be fun and stuff, but this was a place where you showcase the history of the construction of a country and show off your modern military might.

Let me tell you, if there's ONE thing I don't associate with the military it's freaking ANYTHING BUT FLOATING YELLOW HEARTS.



Edit: Better picture, kinda.


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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: February 27, 2008, 11:31:34 PM »
Recently got my THF to 60 off Campaign, making my second set of AF after like, 2 years of getting NIN AF. Heh. =P



Random screenshot for fun:


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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: February 23, 2008, 09:56:38 PM »
Haven't posted for a while, but this event caused me to come out of the hole:



I've been trying to get this item for about 2 years, and with my playstyle this is a pretty big achievement, even though some would consider this to be a staple to some extent for a NIN.

To add to the fun, the next Byakko right after that yielded this:



We then moved onto Genbu. I hoped to lot on Kabuto as freelot, but someone else decided to choose it, so there's only one way to end this fight when you won't get an item out of it:



Phew, I'm psyched.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: December 13, 2007, 05:01:41 AM »
Quote from: "Ramza"
So, do yo ubuy gil, or um ... where do you get that kind of gil to just blow on an Osode?

Also, I'm really surprised you consider that a low price. I've seen it for lower.


Didn't "just get the gil", really. Since I came back to the game, I've been penny pinching for a long time (Pretty much haven't bought anything aside from what's necessary). Actually, I blew about 2.5 mil on a SH+1 when I got back, which I found later to be a pretty bad mistake since the market was STILL crashing.

I lost lots of gil, despite what you might think. I bought Dusk Gloves for 5,500,000 before the market crashed, and now its like 500k. So after all that money lost, I decided to take a "wait and see" attitude as far as big purchases go. Over the past few months, I've not noticed a huge change in prices on the big items, and I continued to make money (By pumping things out through WW, breaking some Mithran Rods, etc). Usually when I browze Bazaars I see Osodes for around 3.8-4.5 million, and the 3.0 million price tag was a rare sight to me. Since Shig got his for 3.8 M, I figured I was getting a pretty good deal and got it.

To be honest, I still think its a good deal.

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