I think I’m getting my second wind in FFXIV. I actually made progress for the first time in two months by completing Titan HM which is the last step I needed for my Relic. It took so long to obtain that I already have the Tomes of Mythology needed to Zenith (+1) my staff.
My plan now is to tackle Crystal Tower — the new “raid” added for players to gear up in prior to moving on to Coil (the original, harder raid). Apparently CT is very doable in a PUG via the raid finder. I tried last night to no avail for 30 minutes. Maybe I was queueing at a bad time. I plan to queue up tonight with guildies, and hopefully see even more progress by the end of the week.
I’ve mentioned this several times in the last few months, but I’m completely over the idea of raiding. That’s why it took me so long to get Titan HM down. Even in a perfectly good group with people who will carry me the whole way, I sit back and watch how they treat each other. Everyone is uptight, rude, and easy to read as a self-interested / self-serving / self-righteous (wanna-be) elitist. I was totally there myself a few years ago. Gotta get that gear! Gotta be the best! Gotta move to the next step! Gotta keep moving and making progress, go go go! Sheesh. If you really want to have a good laugh, watch the videos of the “best” raiding guilds in WoW and hear how they scream at each other.
I joined a PUG group the other day and sat there for one wipe. As soon as we died, the bickering started. It took maybe three whole seconds for me to log out and go do something else. I didn’t even have to think about it. That’s how I know I’m ready for a change. That’s why I haven’t gone back to WoW with some of my friends. That’s why I would rather play single-player games I got during the Steam sale.
Back to FFXIV. I think I’ll be able to do Crystal Tower and see the mid-tier content because of how easy it is, and maybe even casually gear up some mythology stuff with tomes, but I think that’s about as far as I’ll ever get in PvE. I’ll probably move on when EQN Landmark alpha starts. I’d rather dig holes, chop wood, hoard supplies, and build a city. That sounds relaxing and fun.