I’ve been on a non-stop FFXI binge since I returned and I have accomplished an unbelievable amount of content. To sum it up, I’ve gotten rank 10 in all three starter nations, complete RotZ, CoP, ToAU, WotG, RoV (as far as we can at this point) and A Shantoto Ascension. Someone on Facebook asked how much of the content I’ve been soloing. With the exception of the Siren fight in RoV, all of it has been solo. I just happened to be lower level when I needed to do that fight.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the end of WotG. It is unbelievably long for an expansion, but it is worth it. My favorite story by far and probably just because of Lillisette. Her character is just awesome!
Last night, I finally traveled into Adoulin and began learning the layout. I’ve been there before, but only briefly. I wasn’t ready yet. For someone new to the area, its kind of complicated. There are a lot of mechanics that aren’t taught to us in any other areas that I’ve experienced.
The idea behind Adoulin is pioneering into a new area. One of the first things I learned was that I needed key items that gave me skills, like logging. This is different than logging in Ronfaure. This skill allows me to break down these massive branches that block the path in some areas. There are other skills like crafting and climbing that I am working towards unlocking, though I haven’t discovered what they do just yet. Its very easy to get them, though, and if you click here, you’ll see “Quests of Note.” I am working on these currently.
Why am I doing quests instead of missions? There’s a few reasons. First of all, once you reach “Mission 1-6 Life on the Frontier” you are required to take part in coalition assignment where you need to spend imprimaturs. I haven’t been able to get too deep into this because imprimaturs work a bit like traverser stones from Abyssea. You get them from an NPC and it takes a while before you can get more. After doing enough of these assignments, I’ll be able to move on with the missions.
Another reason to focus on these quests is that the skills are required to do skirmish. I’m not one hundred percent clear on what a skirmish is and I prefer to learn as I go. Look it up on the wiki if you just can’t wait for me to get to it. I know I want to do them and I know I need the skills. That’s enough for me in that regard.
The quests also give you fame in Adoulin and my understanding is that I will need fame at some point in the mission line. I am literally going down the list and just doing the quests since I have a lull in my mission capability.
The quests have given me enough Bayld (a form of currency) to buy all the maps for the surrounding areas. I’ve also unlocked a number of waypoints that make traveling a breeze. If you need kinetic energy to use the waypoints, trade regular old crafting crystals to them.
That’s what I’ve learned so far in my travels. I am enjoying my time in the new area, but the mechanics have a bit of a learning curve. The above info should help you get started. Had I known this stuff, I’d probably be further along by now.
I unlocked geomancer and rune fencer last night. The quests were very, very easy. I’ve yet to play either job, but I am excited to try them out. I also spent some time on summoner last week and its sitting at 40 now. I just wanted to experience having multiple summoners in a party and my friend Tuchi is good at getting them together. Unlocking the avatars was easy as I was able to solo all of them. Getting Fenrir took me exactly 30 minutes because all of the protocrystals have home points near them now. I also solo’ed Diabolos and Cait Sith. It was good fun!
As far as jobs go, I’ve dabbled in a few of them, but I always come back to beastmaster. I can’t see myself getting anything else to 99 at this point because I don’t have the patience to level a job I’m never going to play. Any time spent on another job is time I could be earning job points for my main. As far as beastmaster goes, I have been thinking of changing up my subjob. I usually go /dnc because I like the versatility, but beastmaster has the fencer job trait that only functions while wielding one non-two handed weapon. Basically, it seems as if I should be wielding as axe and shield combo. I could just use one axe, sure, but I feel like there might be a subjob that offers more. I used to go /whm so I might do that again. I don’t know. I haven’t decided. There’s too many options!
As for the blog, the Final Fantasy XI Lore section has sort of taken a back seat to a more prominent interest. I’ve actually started writing a book I intend to self-publish on Amazon. Before you start telling me how to do things, know this: If you asked me what I hope to accomplish before I die, I will give you the same answer I gave fifteen years ago – Be a published author. I don’t care about making money. I don’t care if it ever sells a single copy. I just want to see my name on a novel, published. Even if it is on the Amazon book store. When things slow down on the blog, that’s why.
Want to know what the novel is about? I can tell you its dark. Very dark. Like, completely opposite of what this blog offers. And someday, you’ll be able to read it. For now, I just need to get the words on the screen. It practically writes itself. So I’m going to go work on that. See you in game!