Tuesday, March 30, 2010

BLM is going

As I feared, I decided to keep going with BLM. I'm currently sitting at 56. I have 3/5 of the AF (I can't seem to find any weather while in Crawler's Nest). I've been having fun with it. I knew that I wanted to have a nuking job @ 75, but I figured it would be SCH.

As it turns out, I'm having much more fun with BLM since I'm *only* invited to nuke stuff. The biggest thing that I have to worry about is drawing too much hate too quickly, which isn't usually a problem.

Lots of sync'd parties, but I don't really mind. I'm hoping to get more invites to Vunkerl burns, although they are very boring. I'm not sure if I'll have BLM to 75 before the next version update or not. I really hope so, but I'm not going to try super hard to make it work. I'm more excited to finally learn Retrace. I hope to be able to make some money sending folks to the past. I've been sitting somewhere around 20k for the past couple of weeks and I HATE it!

I also need to get caught up with my campaign ranks, since I'm missing out on some nice gear and I lost my most recent medal the last time I had an East Ronfaure ( S ) PT.

The weather is starting to get nicer which means I'll be spending more time outside doing yardwork and playing with the girls. It also means less time playing FFXI. I may only manage to get on during the weekends, now. I'll play it by ear and see how it all works out.
Posted Mar 30 2010, 12:27 PM

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Welcome back, Ia!

Ia reactivated her account! I gave her all of my non-RA/EX BRD gear and some of my lower level melee gear for her to use. I also bought 3/4 of her RSE as well. She isn't happy with her gear and doesn't have any money to buy new gear. I told her she is welcome to sell the manteel, which would give her more than enough gil to outfit any of her jobs, but she is reluctant.

With the announcement that the level cap will be raised to 99, I realized that I would have to level subjobs again. Since I plan on capping WHM or RDM first, I decided that it would be necessary to level my mage subs to the new sub-level cap of 49.

I started with SCH and got that to 49 last week. I had a lot of fun using Accession and en-spells. I happened to ding 49 in a sync'd PT in qufim with a PL where I was just there to nuke. As soon as I dinged, I changed to BLM (which was at 40) and continued in the same role. Before I left the dunes, I had BLM at 43. I would have had 44, but for some reason, my internet connection dropped on my laptop and I couldn't log back in (despite having a good internet connection).

I had a few parties since, one kind of fun in East Ronfaure (S), and one not so fun in Garlaige Citadel. I'm just 1.8k from level 49, which means that with a charge from my empress band, I'll be half way to 50. I will probably just take BLM to 50 so I can quest/store my AF and get Freeze to try out some AM. The temptation then, would be to take it to 51 so I can use my elemental staves. Then, to 53 for Firaga III, followed by the burn to 75 in Vunkerl Inlet (S). I'm really low on funds right now, so I'm not sure if I'll continue with BLM or start on my melee subs. I'd really hate to feel gimp when levelling. At least I'll already have my elemental skill capped until BLM 70 (or so) so I won't have to skill up a whole lot.

Speaking of melee subs, I think I'll focus on DNC, then NIN, SAM, THF. Maybe some day I'll finish BLU and DRK. I doubt I'll touch SMN since having /SMN 49 really doesn't give anything more than /SMN 37, with the exception of more MP. Of course not having any gil to level BLM means that I also don't have much gil to buy gear for any of these jobs, either. I'm just a single fight away from the Sleepga II scroll, which sells for 500-600k. BUT since I kind of have the BLM bug, I don't know if it would be wise to sell it. I haven't checked on the price of Retrace, but I'll have to buy that, if I continue to level BLM much farther.[/s]
Posted Mar 16 2010, 10:57 AM

Monday, March 1, 2010

Cap: 99

Over the weekend, SE announced that they'll be raising the level cap across 3 updates, from 75 to 99. They didn't release any other details, so it will be interesting to see how this is implemented.

If nothing else changes, all magic users will want to use /RDM, which would allow haste, refresh, and convert from the subjob. Very exciting! Also:

/BLM: Warp II
/DNC: Haste Samba, Violent Flourish, Reverse Flourish
/SCH: Accession
/WHM: All teleports (Hello hax tele-bot: BLM/WHM)
/NIN: Yinnin/Onin
/WAR: Aggressor
/MNK: Counterstance
/BRD: Pianissimo and Minuet III

Managed to finally land in Sea over the weekend. I also finished 8-2 and finished the mini-quest to do the sky warp. It is WONDERFUL!

Now, I just need Vay to get back on so we can duo stuff up there and have some fun!

I used ~3 charges of my signal/tactics pearl w/o Mugido gaining a level. It turns out I forgot to do his 50-cap (I have been waiting to get his 55 cap flagged). I won't let that happen again... He could be 53 or 54 now!

Hopefully, we'll finish up 8-3 this week, and maybe do 8-4 next weekend. Still not sure which ring I'll pick.
Posted Mar 1 2010, 08:50 AM