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1516  Media / 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.
1517  Media / 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. >_>
1518  The Rest / 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.

1519  Media / 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:

1520  Media / 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.
1521  Media / 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.
1522  Media / 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:

1523  Media / 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.
1524  Media / 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.)
1525  Media / 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
1526  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 22, 2007, 02:03:55 PM
Not much to report, I have a few screenshots but they're mostly of things I meant to post earlier.

First, a screenshot of me in my Carpenter's Crap.

Next, some fun I had last week:

I randomly got a tell for Banishing Gates so i decided to go along. I thought it was THF AF2 until they decided to pull Roc. Well, the party I was with wasn't exactly well-prepared. They knew full well of the 20-minute rage time limit, yet one guy was AFK for about 80% of the battle, and by the time he got out he was halfway there already. Didn't help that Roc Decided to use Benediction late in the fight, at about 10% HP left. So he ended up raging and we teleported out, but one person died.

When we went back, some other guys claimed him.

Kind of makes you realize why people don't just go "hey guys lets go kill Roc" on random-ass whims like this.

Finally, last screenshot of what I've been doing lately.

I'm not doing anything wrong. I get all three Searing Lights off, I got on Earthsday and I still get beat up by Ramuh. It's fine when you need to only fight him 2 or 3 times, but when you start FUCKING dying on FUCKING Ramuh for the eighth FUCKING time, it gets really annoying, especially because I spent a crapload on meds for this fight. Obviously the guy who designed these fights didn't understand the concept of "making SMN able to be played without having another job at 65", because by the time you get all of these finished, you'd have enough time to hit level 65, make a million gil and have time to throw a barbecue in your backyard.

Well, better luck next night.
1527  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 17, 2007, 10:28:36 PM
That sneak ninjutsu is a welcome addition, and the JA will have its applications, but I can't help but feel we're really not getting much at all. :P

Gather round, children, and I'll tell you a story of me getting totally owned today in sky.

Starts with a simple question.

I'm seriously in doubt that these people get their time's worth of gil by coming up to sky and waiting for the gods to drop the item they want.

Basically, in the sky LS I'm in, you choose an item at each god, and if you win that item that's all you get for the day. The exception is Haidate, which is only allowed to certain people according to seniority, and is the only item to be so. The only person to blame is SE, who have decided to let Byakko's Haidate stay the most broken leg piece in the entire fucking game that isn't impossibly hard to get. :P

Since I couldn't lot Haidate, I decided to go for a money item. Behemoth Hide to be exact. It was the most expensive money item off Byakko, and I kind of just chose it for shits and giggles and didn't expect it to drop.

Obviously you know where this story is going.

Personally this is one of the best drops I've ever seen off Byakko, but I've only fought him like 4 times so what do I know? :P

So yay, he dropped the item I want. I'm lotting against about 4 people, and about 5 seconds after it drops I get this delightful message.

Well, no way in hell I'm getting it now. Well, I got owned though, because I thought it wouldn't even drop in the first place.

I laugh and toss a lot. Anyway, we decide to move on to Suzaku-


I actually outlotted someone when it counted. That never happens in this game. This is unacceptable.

Well I got totally proven wrong. As a punishment, I get to have a 800k item. Shame on me.

We moved onto Suzaku and got okay drops I guess, if you think Suzaku has any good drops to speak of in the first place. :P

Also, by demand of Shiggy:

Dypa's line translates to "Abjurgations and Weapons all FREE". You KNOW Suzaku's drop suck when nobody wants them. :P


1528  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 13, 2007, 09:28:14 AM
Teleport: Yhoat? It might come back to bite you in the ass if you ever level WHM again, heh.

I accomplished something on NIN today that I was sure I would probably lose at:

If you've never seen this guy before, people used to spam camp him because he dropped Damascene Cloth. They removed that from the list of drops because it used to be a prime XP spot for a lot of people, and people were killing crabs over and over, ruining the xp.

He's pretty much up all the time now, people only kill him for Francisca, which is a good RNG axe.

I was surprised I beat him- in fact, he was one of the easiest solos I have ever done, just really fucking long because each hit from my katana did maybe 9-12 damage on him: He has shittons of defense! Though in all honesty, I could've soloed him even without the NPC by my side. He hit me *twice* throughout the whole damn fight, and that's only because he was almost dead and I didn't bother recasting Utsusemi when it went down.
1529  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 11, 2007, 12:44:17 PM
I won't mind buying the moat carp from you, I need them. :P

If you need insect balls synthed, I'm skilling cooking off those on a mule, I can sell them to you cheap.
1530  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 11, 2007, 06:17:03 AM
After a morning run with the Sky LS this morning, I got my FIRST EVAR armor from sky. Unless you count that stupid D. Head Abjurgation which has been sitting in my mog house for 5 months. :P

In other news, I am now a Veteran in Woodworking, at level 88 and hopefully rising. Got my Carpenter's Apron too, now I just have to save up 150,000 more god-damn guild points to get the stupid Mog House Furniture.
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