Monday, June 11, 2012

More random stuff please!

What if...
I believe that a lot of the current ingame content could be spiced up by the relativity simple addition of random events/mobs/whatever. SE could hang quests and achievements off these random encounters. It would give us one more reason to revisit older content.*

How much more exciting would a behest be if a random NM would spawn once and awhile with a somewhat rare drop? Bonus points if the drop is something you can actually use.

What if actually killing mobs in DH gave a % chance to pop a Imperial Garlean Captain?   Say our new captain's capture or defeat would satisfy a new Grand Company quest requirement!

Not every event needs to reward us in equipment either. I would be thrilled at seeing a cutscene furthering a storyline or unlocking a new questchain/map/shady npc.

Now I have to  admit that FFXI and the ferry ride is one of my favorite FF memories.  The sea horror on my first ride! Attacked by pirates! Arriving dead on the dock on the other side!  Raising people smashed by the sea horror on the other side! The quest that had me riding the ferry back and forth waiting for pirates.  Switching from my fishing rod to my weapon when I hear that unforgettable music!

And no, I don't want to go back to FFXI or to copy everything from that game, I just want this one to be at least as fun as that one was.  If anything I want FFXIV to be way more exciting and dynamic than FFXI ever was with lots of brand new ideas and fresh content. But nothing wrong with using a formula that works for some things. Wheels are still round after all, no need to reinvent them....

*Good call SE, making the raid drops trade-able for GC seals!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New 2.0 art

There is some exciting 2.0 art available for our hungry eyes to devour and it is truly tasty stuff!

Check it out here.

We have a concept art of a Chocobo Ranch, some sort of Aquatic Town, some armor, what looks like snow on the Environment details pic. Also arguably the largest breasts we have ever seen in a FF game (but they are Succubus breasts so that makes sense), equipment, more mobs, and Odin Forest!

We also have what looks like CS and actual ingame screen shots of battles, with a blm casting on  mandragoras!

We can start getting more of a feel of how the new UI is going to look, and it looks sexy. As does the new character creation!

The shot of Dalamud is now my desktop wallpaper, it is even more awesome looking than I thought it would be!

More than a couple people shed tears of joy when they saw the Delivery Moogle! I actually like the new text box look and I hope it is easily changed for those who don't care for it.

So what do you think?  Love it? Hate it? No longer care?

Returning players

It has been so fun the last few weeks with all the returning players. Especially all my friends from Almost Heroes!  I haven't gotten to play with them as much as I would like since Luminaire keeps me busy when I am on*. But I have been chatting in Axon and answering questions and just generally joking around.

Most of them are working hard getting up to speed as they almost all quit well before Jobs were released and many were gone months before that. Hopefully in the coming weeks they will all be ready to tackle all the high level content.
Even dying with them was fun
I'm having such a good time in the game, with all my old friends and new ones. Sure the game itself is fun to play and I enjoy all our various events but in the end it really is the people who keep me playing ^^

* Not that I am complaining! :*