Heroic Characters

SOE's Heroic Character announcement got me thinking.  In case you haven't heard, Heroic Characters are free level 85 characters.  They come equipped with a standard set of gear, a flying…


Reflecting on WAR

The time has finally come -- Warhammer Online Age of Reckoning is shutting down in December.  Sometimes I forget the infamously botched MMO is still around, and other times I…


FFXIV Primal Boss Fights

We’re approaching level 50 in FFXIV, and before we talk about end-game bosses and hard modes I thought I would briefly talk about some of the boss fights we’ve done so far.  These won’t be comprehensive guides, but you’ll get an idea of each fight’s mechanics.

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Ifrit is the Primal of Fire and Fury.  As you’d expect, there’s going to be some fire you want to try and avoid.  Throughout the fight he’ll use something called Eruption.  As far as I can tell, this is just something you have to heal through as it will likely take an average player to half health.  A decent healer can pop off a heal and be fine.  Ifrit will occasionally breath fire on the tank, so you’ll want to make sure only the tank is standing in front.

Around half health, Ifrit there will be a spear looking thing in the center of the room called “infernal nail”.  You will want to focus all DPS on this immediately and burn it down as fast as possible.  If it’s not killed quick enough, Ifrit will 1 shot the entire group.

After the infernal nail is down, the fight is pretty simple.  You’ll only have to avoid one more mechanic, and that’s the radiant plumes.  They will be smouldering looking circles on the floor.  Move out of them the second they appear and you’ll be just fine.

Overall, this fight is very simple, and it teaches players the basic mechanics while only requiring a tiny bit of a DPS check. (more…)


The Beauty of FFXIV

Today has been a rather quiet Sunday for us in FFXIV.  We reached a point in our story questing where we could not progress until level 40.  That meant we had to do some Fates and other quests to get us nearly a full level.  I don’t mind Fates, personally.  I think they are a lot easier to zone out to than having to constantly go from one quest objective to the next.  Graev truly hates them, though.  We kind of butted heads on the subject, as Graev feels they are completely out of place in the world.  I see his point, but I see the sidequests as the same thing only more annoying.

We’re moving along nicely.  I think we’ll probably be 50 in a week or so, and then we’ll begin either leveling alts or thinking about some end-game activities.  I know our guild is busy doing all sorts of fun things like leveling crafters, running high-level Fates, and just enjoying the game for what is has to offer.  FFXIV is a themepark, but the atmosphere and presentation are so dang good.

Anyway, I thought a nice way to end tonight’s little post would be to show off some of my favorite looking locations in the world of Eorzea thus far.   Enjoy! (more…)