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Diary of an (almost) deadbeat tank

Or maybe it’s not a diary, but I need to write a few words about this and other FFXIV stuff as well. I’m still leveling my Paladin, because I don’t want to do dungeons with random people as a tank, so I do those as Summoner instead. I do, however, do guildhests as tank, but I’m everything but thrilled about the experience. Quite frankly, I just want the weekly challenge log bonus, and then I do the daily guildhest as Summoner, else I’d lose what’s left of my mind.

Anyway, I now understand why so many tanks are cranky old farts, because they sure as heck have every right to be. Not saying it is okay to let out steam against innocent players, just saying that I understand why some tanks are assholes. Yesterday, after the challenge log reset, I decided to get my 10 guildhests over with, but I only ended up doing half of them, and then decided it’s time to do something else, before I’d explode. My main reason being those bitches that decide it’s okay for them to pull mobs on their own. I hate people who do that, whether I’m the tank or not.

Accidents happen, yeah, I sometimes pull mobs without wanting to, because I’m too close for my own good. But what I mean are people who think it’s a brilliant idea to pull a group on purpose as DPS or healer, and then think that the tank will come running to their rescue, or they come running to the tank with the mobs they pulled, thinking the tank will pick them up. This is not only an asshole move towards the tank, but also the healer, if the one who pulls is a DPS. Getting on top of the enmity list after such a stunt requires abilities and time that would otherwise not be needed, if everyone could just concentrate on the mobs pulled by the tank. So if you’re in a hurry, just play along instead of being a dick. Pulling small or moderate groups of mobs can often be faster than having to deal with a large number of enemies all at once.

Now let me tell you why I need to let out steam due to this issue. Some days ago there was a ninja in the guildhest I tanked, well geared and high level, so one would think he knew what he was doing. So that moron decided to pull the group the other 3 of us were not paying attention to, and he just stood there fighting like a mad man, while his HP rapidly declined. The healer didn’t even bother with him, which I found funny, because I didn’t either. I picked up his mobs when we were done with the other group, and not a second before that. Well anyway, yesterday there was this bitch of a black mage in the guildhest, actually exactly the same one as some days before, and she also decided to pull the group no one was fighting, which she then pulled to me in order for me to pick them up. I didn’t, but instead asked her if she wanted to tank, because quite frankly, I was batshit tired of people like her. It was a legit question really, but she started whining like a little brat, with horrible grammar and everything that goes with the menu.

Although I brushed off her bad behavior, my overall mood was pretty depraved after that, and I noticed how I expected every DPS to be a dick in the next few guildhests, which made me feel bad about myself, and I decided to skip the rest of them, and do them today instead. Which I did, but what a pain… It’s the same old shit. People pull, and then I’m the one who is a bad tank for not wanting to help them out of their self-constructed misery. But you know what? Although I don’t really like to tank, and might not be perfectly good at it, I stay on top of the enmity list all the time when people behave like humans instead of monkeys. I’m never in a hurry, I wait for the healer, and I generate enough enmity to keep the enemies around me from attacking others. That’s my job, and that’s what I do. Nothing more and nothing less.

So if that’s what every tank has to go through in various instances, I really do understand their bad mood. Some are just dicks, like so many other players are, but I think that many are assholes because of other players, and not because they are tanks. Heck, I’m sure people who do not agree with my kind of tanking think I’m an asshole too, and so the circle closes.

Another thing I need to vent about is mentors. You know, those players who like to sport a Burger King crown next to their name. When I first got back after my long break, I didn’t know what that icon was supposed to be, so I asked my good old friend Mr. Google, and I got tons of answers, mostly negative. Many people complain about bad behavior from those mentors, and claim that they don’t deserve their title, and just want the icon. I thought that it couldn’t be so bad, and they were just picking out a few corrupt people from the bunch. But oh boy, was I wrong! Right now, after playing again for like half a year or something, I can only agree with everything I read back then. 99% of all the mentors I have met are elitist jerks! They usually have no idea whatsoever what they are doing, and are often the assholes mentioned above, who think they are entitled to do whatever they want in a group, because they went to Burger King and got a paper crown. Great!

So when seeing someone with a crown next to their name, I automatically assume that they are brainless fucktards. Which is not nice either, because some of them become mentors for good reasons, actually knows a lot about the game, and wants to help other people. Kudos to you 1% of the gang! I still wish SE would remove that feature though, and just let people who want to help others do their thing. I still have leaves next to my name because I’m behind on the story, but I help others as good as I can, and don’t need a designated icon to do so. Of course it’s possible to report mentors for bad behavior, but let’s be honest… Who cares enough about them to spend that extra time doing so?

Okay, the post is getting long, but I don’t care, so here goes. My third retainer is full, and since I only put stuff in his inventory that I want to sell, it means that my sales are going too slow. So I decided to read up on the market, and see if anyone on the net had any good tips. They sure did, but mainly about stuff that I already knew, like to switch out items often if they don’t sell, and to look at the sale history of every item. I do that, so whatever. What I found interesting though, was that people have very different opinions on the market system. Some believe that it is flat out broken, and SE should think of something else. That’s not true though, as the market is run by the players, so how can it be broken? Sure, RMT play a part in this, but every MMO has those.

A very heated discussion was about whether to undercut or not though, and by how much. I often see people undercut by 1 gil, because they want max profit of course. I undercut by whatever I want though, even if it’s 100k gil. This method is frowned upon by those who undercut by 1 gil, because they think people like me are the ones ruining the entire economy of a server, but uhm, how exactly do I ruin it? Often times, I put up my items for the price I can see it has been sold for in the past, so if someone tries to sell something for 100k, but it’s only worth 20k, I put it up for maybe 25k. I see no reason to put my item up for more than I can see it will sell for, and I want to sell it fast, so why try 99k for maybe 4 weeks, where I get undercut by people who put up their items for a price that makes sense?

I do understand the fact, that some crafted items are worth less than the materials they were crafted with, and that the seller wants to get as much gil back as possible, thus keeps the price high. But if I get a crafted item from a retainer venture or levequest, then I will lose nothing if I sell it for far less than the crafters do, because I paid nothing to get it, and also didn’t have to grind materials for a set amount of time. It’s my item, and I make a profit even if I vendor it. What do I care if someone paid for their mats, and want their gil back for the craft? It’s not my issue, and I just want to sell, like every other person who puts their stuff up on the market. It’s called competition, and it’s not a broken system or SE’s fault if the prices go down, or an item doesn’t sell. Supply and demand people! Also, it’s not true that people will pay whatever the lowest price is, so driving the prices up will fetch you more money. If the price is too high, I am one of those who put stuff on my wish list, and keep an eye on them until the price drops. So if 5000 gil is the lowest price for something that usually goes for 100 gil, I won’t buy it. Period.

I needed to vent about that too, because although it’s not an issue in-game, I do get a bit annoyed by the discussions on the net about it. I’ve been crafting a lot lately, hence why my retainer is full of stuff I need to sell, so I’ve seen every kind of behavior on the market. But whatever, I just undercut until I sell. It’s especially fun when a battle starts, where 2 or 3 people undercut each other for several days. I sometimes buy orchestrion rolls with various tokens in the game, and since others do the same, and we all want to sell our rolls, an undercut war starts. Again, this is 100% profit without a loss, so I’ll go as low as it takes to sell mine first. Yeah, I might go 100k under the usual buying price, but I get my shit sold, and I’m sure it makes the buyer very happy, because money saved is money gained.

Also, if this bothers people so much, they are more than welcome to buy my items and put them up for their own price. Or just let my stuff sell first, and then you can be the lowest price after me. Hahahaha! XD

Okay, I’m done for now. So uhm, this wasn’t at all what I wanted to post, but things are going so slow right now, that I barely have anything else to write about. My plan with the return address mentioned in an earlier post didn’t work out, so still no shop. It’s not like they didn’t want to help me, because they did, but it could spell trouble for them tax wise, and of course no one wants that. I’m still creating jewelry though, and will post some photos once I have taken some nice (or at least presentable) ones. December is so busy though, with birthdays, Christmas, New Years and everything in between. I’m always burned out in November already, because I like to buy gifts and get ready before people realize what time of the year it is. Seriously, for many people, it’s Armageddon every darn year, and they never learn, so they run out to shop gifts, food and decorations during the last few days before Christmas, and I do not want to get caught in that fight.

I’ll stop the post here, before it turns into a novel. I will write at least one more time before Christmas, but I don’t know if I’ve got the energy for more than that. So yeah, see you in 1 – 2 weeks, and remember to not only stay warm outside right now, but also to stay cool on the inside during these stressful times 😊

The hardships of returning to a game

I decided to get back into FFXIV, not because of the new expansion, but because I miss this game so much, and it’s a perfect stress relief. But getting back into a game you have been absent from for over a year, is not easy…

Where am I?

Seriously, I don’t know where to go… Or, I actually do, but I only remember places by their looks and not by their name anymore. My first hour went with teleporting back and forth to locations I found in my journal, until I decided to just follow up on the main story quest… Jeez!

Who am I?

I already knew that my FC was no more, as a friend from the game informed me of this on Skype when it happened. I also knew that some old members left the server to play somewhere else. But looking at my now updated friend list, I barely know anyone anymore, and I bet they don’t know me either. Trying to get into contact with my friend from Skype has also been futile, for now at least.

What am I?

Okay, I’m a healer, but… I can’t remember my skills and spells anymore, for any of my classes and professions. I decided to level my mining to lvl 60, because I didn’t need much exp, and then see how it went. The thing is that I had forgotten about levequests, so it took a lot longer than it had to, haha! I found a lvl 60 treasure map, so I went into battle as a lvl 60 machinist. Having forgotten all my skills, I just busted my way through the monsters with luck and noobness, and THEN remembered about turrets…

Who are you?

As mentioned in an earlier post, I really hate it when I get random invites, but that’s just one of those things you have to deal with when running around without being in an FC. So I already got an invite, and I got pissed. No message before inviting me, and it wasn’t even someone I knew from back in the days. I expect more of this rude behavior, but I’ll try not to explode…

What’s that dungeon?

I just unlocked a lot of hard modes and whatnot, but I don’t even remember the normal modes for dungeons anymore. Boss tactics? What’s that? Needless to say, that I won’t jump into a healer role again anytime soon for those levels, as I’d just kill everyone.

What now?

Well, I’m quite uncertain as to what I should do now. I’m thinking about just continuing where I left, and level everything that still needs leveling. I guess the best thing to do is going into low lvl dungeons and guildhests, to slowly learn my skills and boss tactics again. As for the expansion, I’m not even gonna buy it right now. For the first 2 parts of the game, I went and spent all my money on the physical collectors editions, which I treasure a lot, but I don’t have that kind of money right now, and frankly, I don’t care that much about it. Right now, I just need to get back into the game, but it’s gonna be a struggle, as I’m not a person who plays daily anymore, or even that much at all. Wish me luck?

Pokémon Go – One week in

Like so many other people in this world, I’ve started playing Pokémon Go, because it’s fun, regardless of what you might think of the franchise. The last time I played Pokémon was back when Blue was still new in Europe, and that wasn’t exactly last year. I can’t say I was hyped about Pokémon Go though, and patiently waited until its official release in Denmark, as I had hoped for the servers to be more stable by then. Okay, so they are still not stable, but it’s getting better.

I registered an account close to midnight on the 16th, but since it was impossible to enter the game with the newly created account, I decided to log in with my Google account. Of course this resulted in me not being able to use my normal nickname, which I had already registered on another account, but I just chose something else. It didn’t take long for me to understand the basics, and a few Pidgey’s and Weedle’s were caught that night. Those 2 seem to be the most common Pokémon in our apartment, so I kept catching them the next day.

Actually, I was already lvl 5 and a member of Team Instinct before I even left the apartment the first time after I started playing. Since I suffer from severe anxiety when having to leave the apartment, I never go out alone, unless I have something important to do, like going to the doctor or the like. After going out hunting with my boyfriend though, and thinking about how horrible it is to stay in an apartment with monkeys as upstairs neighbors (see previous post), I decided to go out alone on Wednesday. It took me a while to leave the building, but I eventually did.

This resulted in me walking 8 kilometers for 5 hours, getting a little sunburned, and me now knowing where the weirdest Pokéstops in the city are located. I actually wanted to go to the beach at first to look for sea glass, but it was plastered with tourists! Me + people = nope. I ended up wandering close to the water up and down the harbor and beaches, where I found a lot of water Pokémon, funny enough. 1 big Cocio, ½ liter of water and 2 second hand stores later, I found myself with used jewelry in my bag, my phone plugged into a portable battery, and myself waiting outside my boyfriend’s work.

His plan was to come pick me up after work, and go hunt with me, but I was so tired, my feet hurt like hell, my arms were burnt red from the sun, and we had to attend his cousins birthday even though we were not originally going to. I guess that was the result of teasing her with her birthday gift for 2 months. It was a Carmine artbook by the way, an item which screamed her name when I found it a while back. Anyway, it turns out that her big brother plays Pokémon Go too, but there is absolutely nothing to get out there where they live, other than maybe some Rattata’s, Weedle’s and the occasional Ekans. There is not even a Pokéstop nearby…

That made me think about our new house, where it turns out there is nothing to get either, so I guess I’ll write the creators and ask for a Pokéstop. No, I’m not kidding, I’ll write them.

While Thursday was rather lazy (besides getting a Hitmonlee without leaving the couch), because the whole country was struck by some evil curse breaking the mobile internet for hours and hours. I decided to take another walk yesterday, while getting help from my mentor when getting out the door. She walked me to a part of the beach where there were almost no people (aside from some nudists further down *cannot unsee*), and this time I looked for sea glass. After almost 2 hours of doing so, I had enough and started hunting Pokémon. This time I walked 10 kilometers, and hatched a Jynx right behind our car at my boyfriend’s work, and guess who was already on his way there? Perfect timing!

This time though, I got a major sunburn, and my arms hurt like hell, so I’ll just stay inside today and lick my wounds. Battling in Gyms yesterday was more than enough for me right now anyway. My poor Magmar was sent home late yesterday evening with wounds all over, and he needs a break too. I’m home alone most of the day, so I guess I’ll take a cold shower, finish the bracelets I’m currently making, pull apart the second hand jewelry I got on my first Pokéjourney, and then maybe grab a bite to eat, which isn’t always easy when it’s as hot as it is right now.

So how about you, have you played it yet? Is it a yay or nay for you? 🙂