Friday, January 16, 2009

Surprise! Buttsex!

Ok, so a couple of things I wanted to go over in the short time I have today.

First of all, we saw a Macha's Coat for the first time in a long time, I would guess almost a year. And in the competition of incredibly low lots, Blaize barely beat out Ninjafox for the coat. Macha's Coat is the really rare drop for us in Arrapago, and I have only seen 4 total over all of the time I have done Salvage. It knocks one more item that we need off of our list. I think if we could just see Ares legs and Skadi legs drop we could focus on some other things that have had lower priority because of those two items. Hiryo's Usukane feet come to mind as something that has been neglected but there are many other items we need.

It's funny, whenever I am up and about or working I can come up with great ideas to put in my blog but when I actually sit down to type up my blog it all evaporates. Right now we are in the twisting ether of the space between the last update, which was rather meh overall in my opinion, and the beginning to the next update notes for the March update. A bit of a lull really, because if there was something new and neat for me to do in the last update I would be talking about that probably. There was the MMM event, but honestly, it is really conjested and I don't have the time to invest in it right now to get the pieces needed to make it worthwhile for now. The next goal we have after Salvage is Nyzul Isle or at least getting some of the weapons and moving our disks up so we can get some of the WS's we still need. Speaking of that, it has given me a bit of an idea of what I should do for the rest of the post, make a list of things that I have skipped over that I feel I need to complete but won't really do if I don't write them down to remember them.

Imcomplete AF sets: I haven't focused on finishing several of my AF sets recently because the items weren't really worth picking up and wasting the time on them for now. I figure that I may as well pick up some pieces that I don't have yet so that I can either upgrade them so they are useful or so that I can complete some sets and store them. Right now I don't think I have much of a storage issue really, but I might have it once my BLM advances. As of now I have DRG, WAR and RNG are all stored, while WHM and WHM are incomplete, and for NIN and SAM I have tossed the pieces that are not worth keeping or upgrading. I guess I should include BLM in this because I will have to start looking to do them soon. I think I am going to get the complete BLM set though because most of the gear is at least situationally useful and because it will let me check the gear when I don't need it. I will reconsider if keeping around non-upgraded pieces is worthwhile after I have some experience with them, but my initial anaylsis looks promising for each piece except one. I will probably look over them later in this post if I have time.

Incomplete Merits: I have mentioned this in passing before but I am going to list them out as a reminder to myself and a motivation to get into a couple of good quick and hopefully off the beaten path XP parties. Now, I am not one of the people that claim that they make 40k an hour at bird camp with three relic DD's, two relic BRDs, a COR and two outside dual-boxed healers, taking both upper and lower camps at the same time and that anything less is a personal insult because it wastes every possible second that could be used instead to make money for my twelth relic for a job that I have specifically not even unlocked so that I can post pictures of my job switch screen and the relic. This situation may have occured at some point across all the servers, but in the real world of our non-real world this never happens. And Odin must be the hyper-real-world of our non-real world becuase you are lucky if you can hold a bird camp for more than 15 minutes before you have a completely befuddling array of jobs and gear, level-synced down to 73 pulling the random one or two birds just often enough to prevent you from getting to chain 20. Wow... where did that come from? LOL Anyway, merits I still need!

SAM: This is easy, I just need 2 more steps in Blade Bash to finish it off then I am done with SAM until they decide to give us something more to work on. Now, I understand the criticism that comes from giving up everything for Blade Bash, but I definitely think it is worth it. For the events that I use SAM on, I find the need for Shikikoyo from very minimal to non-existant. I use SAM for open world events where access for other jobs to my TP is not really necessary, or in Dynamis or Einherjar, where the event is either too long or too short to really matter. Besides, fuck it, it's my fucking TP anyway, go get your own!

RNG: Wow, a lot of work is needed here! I already have 8 Great Katana and 8 Hand-to-hand merits and that isn't going to change unless someone knocks me our and takes me to some kind of communist reeduction camp run by scantly-cladded mithra RDM where I am brain-washed into believing that RDM's really are deulists and need sword skill to unleash their massively dominating melee skill instead of doing their FUCKING JOB. But, ah ha, I have already created a living will in such a case where Omoi and Iz have promised to specifically remove my brain and penis and reverse their locations in a Frankensteinian transformation resulting in a obsession to only play DRK, forever doomed to piss WHM's off by not clicking off Soul Eater and missing SATA. This is also called Jess syndrome! XD I KID! (Oh god, he is going to kill me!) And you know what? It would still be better than NOT KNOWING HOW TO FUCKING PLAY RDM! Wow... anyway, yes, going with 4 Archery merits to start off, the 5 into Snapshot because it is pretty much one of the only ways to decrease Ranged Attack delay, and then 5 into Rapid Shot but after that things start to get pretty marginal for RNG.

WHM: My WHM has been relatively neglected since I got it to 75. I need to start by capping off Cure cast speed. Sadly, it only has 2 merits in it right now which I perceive as pretty gimp. After that I am going to focus on Barspell strength because we do a couple of fights where that might be helpful. Finally, I am going to do Shellra to 5, and then leave my WHM there because there is no dire need to take any of the other merits further. Once I am done with those merits, I am going to start storing up for BLM or start working on BLM if it is already 75.

BLM: Pretty easy. 5 Ice potency, 5 Thunday potency, 5 Freeze 2, 5 Burst 2. Around this time I will also do my Elemental and Enfeebling skill merits. I don't really know the order that I should do those in, but I am thinking the skill merits should be first if I am still not 75 on BLM yet but I think I will be. *shrug*

Other jobs: Either not played enough to warrant merits until I am stacked up on everything else or the merits aren't good enough to even warrant the waste of merits on them.

Incomplete Gear: I know that I say that I have completed a lot of sets of gear, but in reality there are still lots of pieces that I can get, from the expensive to the near unattainable. Now that I have completed my Usukane set, I am mostly looking at luxury items, or many finishing some of the really expensive gear I have for other jobs. I have the pieces to make both Ares's and Marduk's bodies, but no real incentive to do so right now. I have been looking at Hermes' Sandals, but I have to wonder how much use I will get out of them right now. Sure they will be good for Salvage, but will they be any good for anything else? I don't know. That leaves me with a Toreador's Ring for my MNK, and that's about it for my melee jobs. Honestly, I like the Ulthalam's Ring and it's stats are very good for Salvage and it actually gets a whole lot of work there so a second Toreador's Ring is probably not worth the cost right now. I certainly need to start thinking about buying HQ staves and other end-game BLM gear right now.

Incomplete Missions: Unlike ToAU, I have fallen pretty far behind on my WoG missions, which is sad because I have heard that the missions are very good and interesting to watch. The problem much like ToAU is that there are mission battles, but they just aren't that difficult. They lack the epic pitched conflict that the CoP missions had. Also, at first, I didn't mind the mission and quest format for these missions, but after a while it just becomes repetitive and annoying because missions already have a lack of continuity because of the gaps between when they are released, then on top of that you get some discontinuity in doing all of the nation's quests at different times. So the storyline is even more difficult to follow than CoP even if it is very interesting. Now that my complaints are out of the way, I should note that I still want to get these done, because I am interested in where they are going in general, and I like to be more on the cutting edge of when the missions and their rewards rather than doing them after the rewards have been released then having to play catchup.

Incomplete BLM and other jobs: BLM has definitely picked up for me, and I am enjoying leveling it with Iz and whoever we pick up to go with us. We can generally overcamp and kill pets way higher than us, and the more people you have makes things safer without undercutting the XP. I hit 49 last night, but just barely. Next level I get to start using Freeze to one shot pets, and then after that I get staves and that, I believe, will increase the pace for both Izman and I. Also, at that point I will get to start questing AF and start farming up some of the stupid spells that I don't really need but should pick up anyway. Stonega II is one of those spells, and it drops off the same NM that drops the Shaman's Cloak, but honestly, we couldn't be bothered. We will level by it so quickly that it isn't going to matter very much at all.

For my other jobs, I was thinking about level my THF at some point, but meh, I am just not feeling it. I think I might level RDM, BRD or SCH next after BLM. I think I could handle RDM because I fucking understand how to play it and I don't want to fucking melee on any fucking mage jobs because SE created fucking melee jobs to fucking melee. Can you tell I am tired of all the fucktards that claim that they want to melee on mage jobs? Not only is it fucking stupid, but it is fucking useless. You do not fucking damage, you take a fuck ton of damage, and you don't pay attention to what you are fucking doing. Now don't get me wrong, I think that meleeing on a mage jobs is fucking stupid beyond words. I just wanted to be clear there. Maybe, MAYBE, 5 years ago people could complain about not being able to melee on a mage job because people were lucky to have one job at 75 and people didn't know better. But not today, because today you can get a job to 75 in a couple of weeks, and if you like to melee then do it fucking effectively rather that proving that you are a flaming moron and sucking so much that you ruining it for everyone else. Yeah, oh, it's your monthly fee and you will do what you want? Well, you are fucking up things for me and are screwing me out of my fucking monthly fee, so until I get fucking payment in full then stop being a fucking idiot and play your job correctly.

If you think that the previous rant makes me a douche, then you are the kind of person that I wish would die in a fucking fire every day of my life because you are the fucking kind of person that actually believe they really are smarter than everyone else around you and therefore you can ignore all advice given to you, ever. You are also probably a Scientologist and your parents probably forced you to join the local chapter of NAMBLA. So fuck off.

Other stuff: Kallo got this recently... ... and no one really cared. I was wondering around yesterday morning because I had the day off from work and I wandered by this guy... ... Freaky Friday on Monday.

You know... I think a rant post might be coming soon. Really, these fucking retarded melee mages make me want to punch babies... with fists dipped into glue then shards of glass and rusty nails... lit on fire... Blood Sport on crack style.


iceblazek said...

"BLM has definitely picked up for me, and I am enjoying leveling it with Iz and whoever we pick up to go with us." ahem

Kallo Landis said...

Yay! I was mentioned =D <3

Ringthree said...

Hehehe, I will get you in with more and better stuff, Iceyb! :)

Anonymous said...

Is that a bat signal or did somebody ask about BLM artifact armor?

Head: full morrigan > demon helm +1 > AF+1 > AF, it's very much worth the quest effort. Demon helm +1 has no -enmity so we generally don't use that on HNM, but it's a tiny damage boost when soloing.
Body: AF+1 > AF for enfeebling magic. If you don't get this piece and die because of sleep resists, you deserved it. :)
Hands: AF+1 > AF for HNM. You should wear AF hands for exp until 73ish and they make a huge difference in resists.
Legs: AF for dark magic. I upgraded these, but I'm a BLM freak.
Feet: They serve one purpose, and that is to let you store the set.

If you're getting BLM merits on BLM, upgrade skill+potency by what's cheapest at the time. I'd recomment you grab a few friends who need COR merits and mess up some birds with a melee party though. :)


Anonymous said...

BLM is often overlooked as a viable melee job. We can use scythes, for crying out loud! If SE meant BLM to be on the back line only, we wouldn't be able to use amazing melee gear like speed belt, mars's ring, and claustrum. I'm certain if I had all that gear, I could easily parse at least 10% as well as your lolblackbeltfullusukane mnk, and since melee BLM never takes hate I would be able to use Hasso full time. Free your mind, man! :)

Anonymous said...

now that's just silly...

MNK is often overlooked as a viable mage job. Random gear gives us like 30 MP, for crying out loud! If SE meant MNK to be on the front line only, we wouldn't be able to use amazing mage gear like Vermillion Cloak, Omega Ring, and Kirin's Pole. I'm certain if I had all that gear, I could easily parse at least 10% as well as your lol+1elementalstavesfullmorrigan blm, and since mage MNK never takes hate I would be able to use Footwork full time. Free your mind, man! :)


JESS said...

"I have already created a living will in such a case where Omoi and Iz have promised to specifically remove my brain and penis and reverse their locations in a Frankensteinian transformation resulting in a obsession to only play DRK, forever doomed to piss WHM's off by not clicking off Soul Eater and missing SATA. This is also called Jess syndrome!"

Awesome I <3 it ;)
Drk's are doomed to have their balls busted everytime they use a Drk ability ......but when I miss the SaTa it is funny as hell