Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hospital Today and a Few FFXIV Screenshots!

Well, one last update before we welcome the newest Targetess into the fold!  We'll be packing up soon to head to the hospital to (theortically) welcome my new daughter into the world ... at a somewhat undetermined time today (or tomorrow)!

I've been meaning to put a few screenies of my FFXIV guy up for a while, so I'll just post 'em up before we head out as a final update for a bit.  Here we go!

I was a little enamored of the panoramas and vistas of FFXIV and didn't know how to hide the UI, so there's a lot of clutter in some of 'em.  Forgives meh.  Technical specs so you know what I'm running: 6-core AMD 3.3ghz processor, 750ti card, running all graphics at the high level save for shadows, which is at medium.  I've got shadow smoothing on and my card stays pretty cool the whole time.  It's more graphically intensive than WoW (duh) but better optimized than SWTOR (card runs 5 degrees hotter in Star Wars).

The Limsa Lominsa Lower Docks - near the Thieves Guild.
Caught a good angle to see the sunset.  Love the sunsets in Limsa Lominsa (a pirate city).

Limsa Lominsa - near Costa Del Sol.  I visit here for the Maelstrom leves (daily quests) and for the music.  Seriously, it's so soothing.  I was shocked today to see the draw distance; usually it's a bit hazy, but today the weather was clear and bright and I could see forever.

Same place, just looking out over the ocean.  Usually you can't see that far if it's even remotely foggy, but today was so clear ... it was amazing to see islands out that far!  Also, don't mind the bondage gear my ninja's wearing.  It's the best piece of equipment for my level ... but it makes me look like the gimp :(

My ninja showing off the Ul'dah sunset while out adventuring!  Being born in Arizona, I'm always partial to desert sunsets.  The sky turns orange here for like 2 minutes and it's wonderful.

Thug life.  Also, skull and crossbones eyepatch.  JUST STAHP FFXIV.  I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH.

Lookit this sheep!  I slaughtered him shortly afterwards for a quest, but lookit how cute!  I did feel bad.  Somewhat.

Heh.  Doody.
Time for ol' Backfist to take a nap!  Catch ya'll in a few days!

Friday, July 17, 2015

UPDATE: Community Cantina Pack - This is Usable 50 Times!

Hey, courtesy of Shintar's awesomeness, I was able to snag a Community Cantina pack for myself.  They gave me a code and were like, OH HEY HERE'S A LINK THAT YOU CAN GIVE TO (edit) FIFTY FRIENDS.  It's got a speeder in it!  And like other stuff too, apparently!

I don't know (edit) FIFTY people in RL that play SWTOR, so I'm opening it to ya'll!


Happy hunting!

And as always, if you'd like to play some SWTOR, use my referral link.  I'm on the Ebon Hawk on a variety of characters; just look for the Cracken legacy.  And yes, that's for General Pash Cracken and his son Page Cracken, elite Rebel commandos.


Monday, July 13, 2015

My Baby is a Jerk

My baby girl earned a lot of dark side points over the weekend.  She is now able to equip the Relic of LOL My Parents Hate This Shit (requires dark rank 2).  She is continuously trolling her parents with start/stop contractions that throw us in a tizzy.  This is the second child we've had (or having, or will have, whatever you want to say) and we thought we'd have the whole 'contractions' thing down pat.  We were wrong.

Our baby is a jerk.

In between fitful nights of sleep and anxious days, I did manage to log a few hours of MMO time (I got nothing else to do, right?).  It's been raining here for like, 3 years so going outside is basically out of the question.  Ok, maybe not 3 years, but it seriously has been 3 weeks of continuous rain.  I was able to get out and weed-eat my lawn on Friday but had to stop as the skies decided that 'Nope, we've had enough of this shit, Targeter' and dumped a gigantic rainstorm on me.  Luckily, I was able to finish mowing the next day before the torrential rains came, and we even got a nice afternoon at the pool!  Hooray for correct timing!

Seeing as how the weather has denied us almost all sunshine for 21 straight days, I was able to get some pretty decent FFXIV time in.  And I finally got the Ninja in FFXIV yesterday.  Hooray!  Felt like a big moment for me even if the class is so far kinda underwhelming.  But I am very low level (32) and it basically plays like the Rogue, but still ... I thought there'd be more stuff to it.  I'll learn more as I go, obviously, but oh well.  On the road to Ninja, I had to beat the level 30 Rogue quest 'Cloying Victory.'  Also known as 'Please Dear God, Don't Make Me Do This Again.'  I had to repeat this quest 6 times.  SIX TIMES.  You know how long it's been since I played an MMO where you even thought you maybe would fail on a quest?  Long time.  'Cloying Victory' changed all that though.  I was alternately amused, depressed, angry, and humbled.  But mainly, I'm glad I got it done (with the Echo buff /sadface).  In retrospect, there were a few things I could have done to make it easier on myself (leveled up a couple more to hit the duty max, killed a guard or two before taking out the detonators) and there were a couple of early aborts; I couldn't find the detonators because I wasn't paying attention the first time, Jacke got annihilated on the second try because the pirate captain just started wailing on him from the get-go, a random wipe in the middle when the little guy got destroyed by three abilities in five seconds ... you see where this is going.  It was a lot of trial and error to get it done, but in the end, it was oddly refreshing to see an actual, honest-to-god difficult class quest.

Well, I say that now.  Ask me in the middle of my attempts and my reply would have just been a long string of expletives connected my spittle and froth.

Monday, July 6, 2015

... Minor Interruption in Service ...

Howdy!  Just wanted to let you guys know that here pretty soon, the old Imperial Intelligence will be taking a small break to welcome the newest little Agent into the fold.  My wife is expecting our second child any day now and we're (im)patiently awaiting her arrival.  Thusly, my MMO time may take a downward swing for a smidge.  Dunno why.  Stupid babies all taking up my time an' stuff.  Being a papa for the second time is a lot less stressful than I expected.  We sorta know the deal now and the unknowns don't scare us too bad.  At least, that's what I tell myself.

Just an update on what I've been doing when I haven't been assembling cribs and dressers and other manly husband things:

  • Inquisitor is still on Balmorra.  The reticence to play him is in full swing and not for the reasons most think (lulz dis gaem iz bayd); I am terrified of finishing my last class story and never being able to experience it 'for the first time' again.  It's unnerving how much I *don't* want this to be my last class story.  At this point though, it's been so dang long since I played my Agent that I may just make a new and do it all over again.  It'll probably feel pretty damn fresh to me!  That and the Warrior.  That may be my new plan.  The recent revelations that KotFE is going to ditch class story and continue forward with 'the Outlander' story only heightens my anxiety.  I guess at some point I'll need to swallow my fear, pick a main (oh god, that's even more anxiety), and go through Shadows of Revan.  GAH!  I'm paralyzed by choices!
  • FFXIV has its hooks deep in me.  This game is very refreshing and new.  Sure, there's a lot of MMO tropes in it; lots of fetch quests, gather things, kill things, etc.  The presentation is new and unique, though (at least to me).  I'm currently winding my way casually to a ninja; Pugilist 15 and Rogue 30 are required, so that's my long-term goal now.  What it really boils down to is this: Eorzia is just a very nice place to spend a few hours a week.  Eventually, I think the grind will get to me ... the cross-classing system has the potential to be a very, very big time-waster.  Maybe it won't be in a bad way though?  We'll see.
  • My WoW time runs out in 7 days.  I'll be brutally honest here; I don't have even the slightest urge to log in.  Patch 6.2's release did nothing to rekindle my interest in the game at the moment.  Another Timeless Isle zone that isn't as good as the Timeless Isle, a raid that looks interesting I guess but the arms race with mechanics in WoW fights is getting very old, and shipyards which are not garrisons but behave just like garrisons.  There's not a lot there to keep my interest, especially since my raid team blew apart and my friends moved to a different server.  Sometimes it does sound like I'm coming down very hard on WoW and I don't mean to, but it was my first real MMO (sorry, you don't count Puzzle Pirates!).  I'm very attached to the game and my characters, so when it takes a turn that I don't like I find myself being a bit disappointed (but not as vocal as this guy).  I will be interested to see what they bring out next, but a quicker cadence to expansion releases really just means you get less value per dollar; more xpacs, more $$$, less patches, less content (re: Warlords of Draenor).  For Blizzard to earn my entertainment dollars again, they'll need to show me something pretty spectacular ... elsewise, I'll just have to check it out when my time/budget allows.

Hopefully I'll be able to share the news of a new baby Targetess with ya'll soon!