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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. >_>

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.

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:

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.

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.

Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:30:43 AM »
Saw a price that caught my eye today out in Batallia while looking for Mannequin Body.

I was reluctant to get it at first, but after a short conversation with Shiggy, I finally said "Fuck it" and got it:

Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 24, 2007, 01:42:24 PM »
Ah, okay, didn't know that. :P

To my knowledge, no, you can't use the free month from the new game on your old account since that's tied to the FFXI core game and not the expansions.

Daily report time.

Fought FUCKING Ramuh again today.

But I won, so I guess it's okay.

To celebrate, I went to try solo a BC:

It was laughably easy.

Only notable drop I got was Mannequin Head, which is the guaranteed drop from this BC. I'm gonna try soloing another one next time, heh.

Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 24, 2007, 01:23:09 PM »
Unfortunately, I only have bad news for you.

The 2008 collection, in the name of convenience (I personally think its a marketing ploy to get people to buy just the expansion), has merged every expansion and the core game into a single code.

In other words, you can't use the separate expansion codes on your old account anymore, since they're all one code now.

Which means you have to buy the three expansions that came out since your absence (Either that or the 2007 collection + the newest expansion, which I would recommend if you can find the 2007 collection).

It doesn't really matter if you reinstall the game or not since the bulk of the install was from patching the game, and if you've been gone long enough to not even catch Chains of Promathia, you have a huge patch ahead of you regardless (You don't need to reinstall FFXI and Rise of the Zilart though, from what I can gather, no.)

Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: November 22, 2007, 11:33:51 PM »
Well, see, Roc isn't that hard, I know, but we had about 5 people, and I wasn't told we were going for Roc. I had a crappy sub (/RDM) and practically no tools on me because I didn't know we were going for Roc. Like I said, one of the guys stood around in Garlaige about 80% of the fight.

It would've gone a lot smoother if they wern't so disorganized. Even for whims like this you need to at least fight the damn thing as a team. :P

Actually, I'm doing the mini-tuning fork fights for Ramuh. Therefore, I am solo. The basic strategy is to hit him with astral flow with yagudo drinks up, run away and do it again when BP is up again. I get all 3 Searing Lights off (which is the max humanly possible within the time limit of Astral Flow), but I keep losing anyway, because the damn move decides to do like 51 damage out of the possible 200+ it could do.

I go on Earthsday too, so I'm not really doing anything wrong, just getting really lame luck. :P

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