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Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: December 14, 2008, 12:50:03 AM »
Finally finished Sacrarium, no screenshots this time.

Got some random AF2 that nobody really wants.
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Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: December 08, 2008, 08:03:37 PM »
It seems to me this whole Fields of Valor thing is to encourage exploration of more areas as a party, and to make soloing more worthwhile- probably still won't beat a good grinding party though.

Kind of annoyed they nuked my main way of farming (Leech Saliva), but no biggie. I'll just find other crap to farm.

The small details are very nice, like <stpt> and dispel not affecting reraise.

Disappointed that they pulled their Moblin Mazes last second.

Overall a pretty meh update for me. I'll play around with Fields of Valor for a bit but I doubt there's much in it for level 75 players.

It has character development, more than most other Bond films- it's just that it feels incredibly lazy.

I thought 2007 blew this year away, but I think the past three years have been pretty good overall. From what I've seen, there's been a lot of progress in cinema recently.

Unfortunately, the existence of Jason Friedburg and Aaron Seltzer alone creates a quality black hole that negates any progress leaps in cinema.

Something to mention: FUCK YOU ALICIA KEYS!! Casino Royale's opening song was awesome, special thanks to Chris Cornell. But you come along with your shitty music and make a mediocre opening song for Quantum of Solace. Sorry, but I just had to let that out.

I don't think it was a terrible song, but it was kind of dull. From what I understand though, Jack White wrote the song. I see it as a failed experiment- they were trying to blend some sort of weird sound out of electric guitars and piano, and it just didn't work here.

People had warned me about Tropic Thunder

I think Tropic Thunder is one of the funniest movies this year (Unless you're someone who has to take everything seriously- the point of being offensive in Tropic Thunder is that they're pointing out the stupidity of being too politically correct in films, to the point of being racist or stereotypical).

we turned to Wall E to give it a try and fell asleep

But I can't agree more with this statement. Wall-E has been one of those movies this year I can't understand why people liked so much- I still think it's good, but I felt like I was falling asleep while they did a bunch of cheap cute gags and have two robots dicking around for god knows how long before they went into a mallet plot.

Also, for those of you who can't get enough of The Dark Knight (Because I'm sure all of you are totally not sick of hearing about it), it's rumored they're planning on re-releasing the film in January. We'll see, I guess.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 28, 2008, 07:50:53 PM »
You're kinda missing the context of that shot. We had a room full of Dahaks. I think Beacon did a lot better than I thought they would.

Thank god I'm just going for Therion Ichor items, because I earned 1080 or so off that run. Don't mind losing some xp, that's what the buffer is there for.

The problem with the action in Quantum of Solace though, I should point out, is that the direction is pretty bad for a lot of it. There's a few action scenes in that movie that are really on the mark, but a lot of them are either shot so damn close you can't see anything or is using that annoying shaky cam gimmick I thought filmmakers have grown out of already. Also, the Bond girl in this movie was just uninteresting. She had a backstory, but she had no personality. (Still better than most of the Bond Girls they chose for Brosnan though)

I never really minded the formulaic approach to Bond, since they were more often than not still fun and entertaining.

Hancock was pretty good, overall a little heavy I think for it's target audience which would be people like my dad who liked the movie but didn't 100% get the whole concept behind it.

Hancock was great...until about the last half of the movie where a bunch of incoherent plot points are just randomly tossed into the story. Well, I suppose they make sense if you think about them, but I really thought they didn't need to explain half the things they did. I loved the first half where it was a strong character-driven plot.

Also either the director has no clue what he was doing or the cameraman had Parkinson's disease- it's especially noticeable if you were watching in the theaters. The camera constantly shakes and spins around on the worst scenes possible.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 28, 2008, 06:01:29 AM »
Copycat is always a pretty good moneymaker. I earned about 100k myself the last time I did it, and that's because I got the worst drops possible.

I tend to like saving my KSs though.

And VKnight, I think only tebian is on Sylph. Rest of us are on Leviathan for the most part.

Few things that have happened. First off, I've been doing a bit of SAM leveling. Thinking about going to go camp Mee Deegi, but just thinking about him makes me discouraged. :P

Obviously my chocobo's been an adult for a while now.

We did the first half of Sacrarium a while back. Last few weeks we've been a bit busy so not much progress on CoP lately. Hopefully we'll start up again soon.

I learned swift blade and got a nice money item from sky.

Now I just need to get PLD to level 65 I suppose. Lastly, I did Einharjar the first time about 2 weeks ago. As you can imagine, that can only end in one way.

Well it IS from the guy that gave us Alien.

Saw Quantum of Solace. Gotta say it was a huge disappointment- I didn't expect it to be anywhere near as good as Casino Royale, since that movie had a full circle within itself, and making a continuation of that is something I didn't think was a good idea with the established characters.

My problem wasn't the fact that the movie just felt like an episode of a television series- but none of the characters had much to do in this movie, and the action scenes themselves were very shoddy. I'm tired of so many movies that shoot things so close you can't see anything. The plot was more or less nonexistant, is my main problem I guess.

That being said though, I still had lots of fun. I definately recommend it to people needing to have fun at the movies. I look forward to the next installment nonetheless, I just hope they arn't too action-brained next time.

Also- Olga Kurylenko (Or however you spell it). Love looking at her.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 22, 2008, 04:07:17 PM »
Hm, kinda mixed feelings about the new expansions despite them being worked on by different teams.

This next patch sounds great though.

In other news, the first mythic weapon has been completed, and it's...PUP!?

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 05, 2008, 02:28:26 PM »
If you play MNK, you're gonna want to level WAR eventually anyway- you need Warrior as a subjob once you reach level 18 (Which is when you get a subjob).

Did some random killing in Sacrarium and I got one of these babies:

Also went for a Dynamis run with Beacon for the first time, and i got a crappy AF2 item.
Well, it was free, so I'm not complaining (If you consider using 5 friggin' charges of a reraise hairpin as "free"). :P

I took a picture of some of my sky LS peeps. This was the best picture I could get since people didn't really want to gather, I suppose. We did Kirin and got absolutely garbage drops- I'm not even gonna bother posting it.

My second chocobo has grown to adolescence...

And it's going to be black. Hmm.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:12:00 AM »
Trust me, if you're only around level 10, it's not worth transfering your character. =P

By the way, server transfer IS instant. It costs $30 and it is more or less instantaneous (Which is what has led to constant abuse of it by account hackers), but like I said, not worth it if you've only played a few hours.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 02, 2008, 07:55:01 AM »
Pretty much all of us are on Leviathan, so you might want to come here unless you're on Alexander to play with your friends.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 01, 2008, 06:26:19 PM »
For you right now, you probably shouldn't have immediately ran out and started fighting stuff, though I suppose you can learn that way, it's just not as efficient probably. They added in a new introductory tutorial NPC for each nation, so you should check those out first. You'll also get some pretty nifty items that I wish I could have when I was starting out. Heh.

Selele      Windurst Woods (K-10)
Gulldago   Bastok Markets (D-11)
Alaune     Southern San d'Oria (G-10)

And yeah, potions are very rarely used in this game- they're usually only used for important instance battles, missions and such. For general adventuring and exploring you may carry some around but they're not worth relying on. I don't recall how to enable chat logging- I'm not sure if it's even possible. The game does have automatic chat logging in ...\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XI\TEMP, but I've never been able to figure out how to make my computer display the formatting coherently. Also if you want to keep them, you're gonna have to move it out every time, since I think they get deleted every time you log in.

The thing about MMOs is that there's never any real goals in the game aside from what you set for yourself. There's a lot to do in this game, but one of the problems FFXI has always had is that you need to be a high level to do a good amount of them, so I would focus mostly on grinding right now. You can do missions as they come along since they do have recommended levels to do them, if you're in a hurry to jump into the story- that's the crowning achievement of FFXI to me, really.

Guess I'll post a few links you can use as references later on.
Main POL site, info on upcoming game updates and events, etc.
This is the page I generally use for questions about specific quests, missions, or whatever.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: October 26, 2008, 01:51:52 AM »
The neckpieces can teleport you to the nations- it's better than the trick staff if you can get all 3. Heh.

Well, first off I got my BLU to 60.

I was pretty impressed with the party, I dunno if this is a common thing since I haven't leveled at this range in a while, but I've never gotten past chain 6 or 7 in a mid-level party like this before.

Fear my shiny new armor!

Next up is Ouryu. I thought this sounded like a pretty easy fight, at least not any harder than the last few ones...

I don't think that's a very good question to be asking, Tenzen.

So here's the all-star team.

First we wanted to take him out with Nall using Astral Flow, but that screwed up because we didn't dispel his stoneskin, and his third Aerial Blast missed because he ran out of range. We slept him and ran out of the BC, thinking we were gonna call it for the day.

I bought a few mistmelts in town before I left thinking I wouldn't end up using any of them, but we decided we'd just try to fight him straight on and bring him down with the mistmelts.

Was somewhat of a close call, but we got the job done. I leave you with this cool picture of Tenzen. He doesn't seem to be the brightest guy around- I don't think it's a good idea to be so insolent to the goddamn king of the Wyrms.

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