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1546  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: January 04, 2009, 02:34:29 PM
Heh, Xarc usually is pretty lame with drops, even with bills. It just takes a lot longer to kill the demons- that's why nobody would ever sponsor Xarcabard to my knowledge.

Didn't have anything better to do on New Years Eve, so I just stood around in whitegate while doing some other reading. It's quite loud in Whitegate at this time.

As you saw above, I did WOTG missions with Ael. Here's some random pictures I took.

This guy is hilarious. I'm too lazy to read any line he says- which is what's funny because if anybody actually sounded like this in real life I think I'd ignore them in the same way. =P

What I want to know is how Lilisette managed to get the only Pugil in Vana'Diel that apparently can't float on land.

This was pretty cruel.

This pic if sort-of a spoiler for anyone who hasn't gotten far in WOTG missions. This really sums up WOTG for me- they do nothing but toss tons of characters at you they don't bother developing/introducing, and they rely more on their better animation and cinematic skills instead of actually creating an interesting story. So far, I'm not impressed with the story at all.

Funny, this is pretty much what I look like watching these cutscenes.

Well, at least I don't just stand around while enemies close in now.

I agree. It's quite awful that Jeuno only has what, 3 soldiers?

I don't know whether this is just lazy translation or if they're actually trying to make a joke. Either way it's fail.

Still not impressed. :P

Team WOTGM agogo.

I recently decided to just go along with random shout groups for Salvage- having never done it before, I was very nervous- thankfully I had someone who spoke English on my first run. Talk about lucky.

These pictures are from assorted Salvages; Up to now I've done maybe 4 or 5 runs, but I still don't quite have the hang of it- I really wish I could get an EN group, but they ever shout for it, and I dunno if I could handle a static right now (Maybe, if they were in the right time frame). The seacom says 0 for Skadi Hands...so of course two of them dropped. Personally I didn't mind too much, I just wanted to get into Salvage for once and try it out. Of course, if nobody wants them, I'm sure nobody will mind when I take some pity prizes for myself.

For me, the biggest thing so far has definately been this. This is easily one of the most sought-after items in the game.

I leave you with the curses from a JP Mithra.
1547  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: December 30, 2008, 06:35:06 AM
Man, I remember when I saw Paiku in Yuhtunga Jungle as a level 50 PLD in IM stuff, and I thought it was so cool.

Then there was that time when Aeliana #1 was grinding next to my PT with Summonerdio, tanking in full AF and Earth Staff in Cape Terrigan.

Got myself some more lolAF2.

Ranked up from my usual assaults.

Some fun numbers from Besieged with Giant's Drink.

Time for the main event: CoP! First was Tenzen's Path, which involved adventures through Pso'Xja. Can anyone tell me how the hell to pronounce that?

Then we did Mithran Trackers on Ulmia's Path, featuring Levit playing something other than BRD for once! We tried to do a dry run first, but we did well enough on our dry run to just decide and go the distance and win it.

Continuing Tenzen's Path, we get to what will henceforth be called "Aeliana's favorite cutscene evar". I will agree it was a pretty well-done cutscene, and it shows some insight on two characters we've known for a while.

Then I tried my hand at soloing the next path, a Disaster Idol. It seemed easy from the description.

Until he started hitting me for 300 damage a hit and casting banishga II for 600 damage. With that note, I decided to try him again on Darksday with Valesti helping me out, resulting in a win.

I can't help but laugh at this cutscene- Tenzen is getting ticked off at Nag'molada's announcement of his stereotypical evil plot and all my character does is stand around staring into space.

Really, half the explanations were lost on me- a problem with this storyline is that it takes too long to get between the missions sometimes, and you forget a lot of the details.

Next was the snoll fight for Ulmia's Path. Not much to say on this one- we failed the first time due to some lameness, and the second run was laughably easy.

Finally we ventured to Movalpolis to kill some gobbos.

We managed to beat the BC with 5 people, though it did require a wipe and reraise.

And while we were screwing around, we spotted the coffer, which I came back to get after switching to THF.

With that out of the way, it's back to the Metalworks for a bunch of technobabble from Cid.

With that, The Three Paths finally concludes.

Can somebody explain to me what exactly the "pact" is? I don't really remember the details of it, and I don't understand how
resurrecting Promathia is somehow going to stop this pending problem of Bahamut blowing us all up.

The next part was relatively easy to solo, though that was as NIN/DNC at night, when I could kite them around when i needed to wait for my timers to get back up.

What exactly was the Cardinal's role in all this? So she's actually a Kuluu that regained the voice of the soul of the Zilart through some machine in Al'Taieu, and she wanted to fulfill the pact Sel'teus made with Bahamut by resurrecting Promathia? I thought resurrecting Promathia would wake the sleeping gods, which is just as bad as Bahamut blowing the crap out of us.

This NPC is interesting- honestly this is the biggest surprise in the storyline so far, even though it's not a huge part of it.

With more deliberation, it's time to take action. It's time to go meet Bahamut in the skies.

Even though if he's the conqueror of the skies I don't understand why he insists on teleporting all the Wyrms to the cities when he just fly to all of them and blow the crap out of us

Next week: One to be Feared.
1548  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: December 24, 2008, 04:28:03 AM
Actually, the map has nothing to do with those NMs. To my knowledge, the White Memosphere can drop from any of the first three crag-unique enemies (Gorger, tall-spider thingy, etc). We got the memosphere off some random IT gorger someone aggroed along the way- I just happened to win the lot. Then we found the ??? and I grabbed the map.

Don't believe the memosphere is 100% drop off the NMs.
1549  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 23, 2008, 08:11:06 PM
Watched Hancock. The first half was great, the second half was a train wreck and ruined the movie. It turned into the very thing it was a parody of in the first half. Not to mention the story made absolutely no sense at all.

Hancock is a parody?

Glad to hear I don't have to bother seeing the Day The Earth Stood Still. Stop the remakes please!

Eh, remakes can be good. Every time people complain about remakes I always mention The Thing.

Watched Get Smart recently. Guess I shouldn't have passed up watching it in the theaters- there was some lame parts but overall I thought it was hilarious.

Also watched Forrest Gump. It was alright- just a bit long for my tastes as far as these kinds of movies go.
1550  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: December 22, 2008, 06:35:23 AM
Uh oh weekend update!

First, I've been working on Nyzul a bit, and I got to floor 21 now.

Shouted for a floor 21 after that for like 3 hours and then failed the run. I hate that.

This kinda blew my mind too:

I got shiny new AF2 in Dynamis this week, I think this picture says it all:

Crazy adventures in promyvion - vahzl this week, as we find a hugh jass crystal at the bottom of Fei'Yin.

A familiar face from RoZ shows up.

Didn't take any screens while climbing, but I did get this thing:

We climb to the top looking for the pale emo kid, only to be surprised by the empty attacking us. In the empty.

Once that nonsense is over with it's onto next week! Now we have to go for the Three Paths mission, a long and annoying mission with like 5 or 6 different NM fights, many of them capped and in a BC.

1551  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: December 18, 2008, 02:09:11 AM
The problem isn't the mythics arn't good- they're good weapons and all, but they're certainly not anything near worth the effort. The way things are, they're much harder to get than relics.

And with the lame way the aftermath is set up, only a few of the mythics really offer anything good.
1552  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: December 17, 2008, 06:26:59 PM
If you want a Joyeuse, get a ToD and a few of us could help you fight him- he's really not that hard.

Best weapon a PLD can get that's not a relic is a Hauteclaire- doubt you'd go for that one, either.
1553  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: December 17, 2008, 05:21:14 PM
He got one of the better ones too- I'm glad I'm not the one with a half-finished shitty Mijin Gakure enhancement or Convert with half HP.

Also, page 11 of the BG thread made me LOL big time. I'm half convinced that SE is trying to troll the hardcore players that go for the weapons.
1554  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: December 17, 2008, 09:05:50 AM
First Mythic has been completed(The PUP one was a fake). Burtgang(PLD).


Aftermath is disappointing- glad I was never interested in Nagi to begin with since it looks silly.
1555  Media / 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.
Koga Kyahan
Saotome Sune-Ate
Warrior's Mufflers
1556  Media / 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.
1557  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 03, 2008, 11:10:28 PM
It has character development, more than most other Bond films- it's just that it feels incredibly lazy.
1558  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 02, 2008, 11:52:57 PM
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.
1559  Media / 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.
1560  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2008, 10:42:51 AM
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.
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