Yeah right!

Blizzard has yet again foiled my addiction to this drug.

Argh. Maybe tomorrow night. >.< Out of all the things I could have accomplished, I decided to get my mule in FFXI a Santa Cap. Perhaps I could have better spent that time playing MGS3 (or at least opening the plastic wrap) or hopping on Xbox Live and get some Halo 2 action.

Hmmm …

The Hornsplitter

As the title suggests I’ve gotten my first taste in HNM hunting. Albeit, they’re baby HNMs, but it was still a lot of fun. Liberi was out hunting for Bloodtear last night and needed someone with /RNG to come out and help. I finished up my crafting and volunteered to come out considering I have a lot of experience hunting rams, (well not so much in La Thiene). 45 mins or so later Blood popped and we easily got the claim. No shield dropped but it was a fun experience and I felt like I finally contributed something useful to the LS.

Fast forward to this afternoon and I’m just about to begin hunting for rams. I’m widescanning for Tremor Rams and as I’m scrolling through I think I see Steelfleece. After double-checking indeed it was. Liberi scrambled to get out to Konschtat and just as Arien (NIN-tank) was approaching and I’m dismounting from my chocobo some jackass Dragoon claims and immediately does /help. (The jackass’ name is Yamadakun)

Obviously Yamadajackass couldn’t solo it so he does a high-jump and runs off sacrificing his wyvern. By this time a number of people started hanging around waiting for Steelfleece to go unclaimed. Well for some reason Arien started whacking on the ram and then had to 2hr to shed his hate so we might have a chance of claiming.

After Arien mijin gakure’d the ram took off after Yamadakun’s wyvern (he stayed in the zone … what a jackass) and once his wyvern died Yamadakun darted off towards Valkurm. Eventually Steelfleece ended up near the zone and Liberi’s Ehk was able to get the claim from everyone else around. Needless to say, Steelfleece didn’t drop the shield either (it was even a full moon 95%).

So I’ve had fun hunting the big bad rams and we’re probably going to try for Bloodtear again tonight as well as Steelfleece tomorrow afternoon. Other than that excitement I’ve been focusing on leathercrafting. Started off this week at 35.2, currently I’m sitting at 47.1. Getting really close to attempting tiger leather which I’ll take all the way to 61. Just need to fill a small gap (from 49 to 50/51) with Himantes. ; ;


Oops! I lapsed in updating my journal … ironically after telling Amber (Skeptic) to update hers. So what have I been up to? Looking for another testing job and getting back into playing XI. First off let me update you with my real-life going-ons. After finishing up Nightmare of Druaga (ugh … only pick it up if you’re into dungeon crawlers) Namco didn’t have any projects ready for me to get moved onto. So I was “temporarily” laid off until more work was available for me to placed onto.

Well I can’t just sit around and not bring in a pay-check so I started looking around for other testing opportunities and got a bite back from another temp-agency by the name of Psinapse. About a week later I had an interview scheduled with Sega and that went well, (albeit very very short). Got confirmation yesterday that I’ve been placed on the hiring list for Sega however an official start date hasn’t been set. *Shrug* So that’s all good.

Now onto what you really care about … Nevik’s time in Vana’diel. Well the whole duoing with Yunie hasn’t panned out yet so BST is still sitting at 14. However I haven’t been sitting around idly … Nevik has been up to a couple of really cool things.

I decided that I wanted to go do Promyvion so I took my WAR from 24 to 31 and have that job all ready to go. Evidentally my new LS (which I’m starting to get to know everyone and feel welcome) will be do promy runs on Friday so I’m looking forward to that. In order to get ready for that I’ve started hunting rams again since the market is pretty stable (15k/stack).

Other than that last night Liberi Fatali was doing Bastok M11 & M12 for those of us still needing to do those. We took one party for M11 and 2 parties for M12. Both parties were succesful in killing the Shadow Lord so 4 or 5 of us graduated to rank 6. Woo! Afterwards I headed to Norg to do ZM1/2/3 cutscenes … and I must say the storyline is really cool. It really fleshes out the story in M12 a lot better.

In addition to all of that, I stopped by Windurst to activate Thief AF2 and this afternoon I stopped by Oz in hopes of getting my AF pants. 30 mins or so into camping the bottom 2 coffers one popped and I got my pants with my second thief tool. ^^ Now I can get back to leveling thief and soon will be going after G2.

Life in XI has gotten good again.

Goooood Mooooooooorning Vana’dieeeelll!!!!!

Let’s start off with the fact that this journal update is horribly overdue. Nevik returned to Vana’diel quite awhile ago. With the purchase of CoP to be exact … BUT I just didn’t get around to updating this since at first the return was lackluster. That is to say that my interest in playing didn’t revive until recently when I decided to focus my time into BST. Yup, that’s right … I’ve become a pirate Ash Catchem.

Why the decision to go BST? Well that’s actually simple to answer … no more LFP! That and I don’t have all the time in the world to devote to THF. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not abandoning THF at all … just continuing the break from that. I did, however, complete G1 finally with the help of Yunie. (THANK YOU!!!) Last weekend Yunie arranged to get a group of people together to do a G1-run with the only person needing the papyrus being me. I helped out with getting the mold, stood around for the coal and finally … we tele’d out to Vahzl and made our way to the acursed necropolis. 30 or so liches later and I had my papyrus.

So currently I’m sitting at BST14/WHM7 and am really starting to dig this whole BST thingie. It’s definitely not the most entertaining job in the XI universe, nor have I gotten to the really horrible grind of it yet (everything leading up to getting the precious release) but it’s enjoyable. Yunie also has a BST14 and we’re planning on becoming a perma-duo for leveling BST, but we’ll just have to see how that goes … (the BST duo guide starts at lv35 … but I’m sure we’ll figure something efficient out for ourselves)

Now this may be the alcohol in my system, but I feel like gushing right now … Yunie is by far my favorite person in Vana’diel. She held my most important equipment while I took my break and gave it back upon my return. Now knowing that we’ll be partnering up and going on adventures together is what is making FFXI exciting again … It’s like finally I’ll be able to experience Vana’diel the way that the designers intended. I missed the sense of exploration and comradity that I experienced when we were all noobs… now I get to relive that … sort-of 😀 (Just this time we’ll sorta know what we’re doing, but have fun at the same time)

I haven’t experienced any of the new CoP areas and I’m unsure that Yunie has either … so it’ll be great the first time we both step into a new zone and explore our surroundings … Turns out my break from the game and a refocusing of my energies is what I really needed to get energized about this game again.

Farewell Vana’diel …

I’ve come to the realization that not only do I not miss playing XI, but that I actually dread ever returning to Vana’diel. I’m already working enough as is (60hr+ weeks are the norm as a game tester) and don’t want to come home only to log in more hours of work in XI. I’ve gotten back into playing “regular” games and after my experiences with XI I seriously doubt I’ll ever give another MMORPG a shot.

For the time being my LJ will probably remain un-updated (mainly due to the hours I’m logging in at Namco). Eventually when projects die down and I have more time I may decide to update this … but since this was mainly a FFXI diary … I doubt I will be.

Taking a break …

I’ve finally decided that its time to take break from XI. The prospect of paper hunting is daunting and I’ve felt my desire to play dwindling. I even tried leveling BST for a little while but almost didn’t even get that far … (I was sitting there in my MH as a naked BST1/WHM1 debating whether or not I should even bother) Considering tomorrow I will be starting at Namco my free-time is going to be at a premium and testing buggy games for 8+hrs per day is sure to kill my drive.

I know I will eventually make a return to XI … but probably not for quite some time. Right now I’m thinking I’ll come back before the expansion … but who knows … If I can go that long without even wanting to play … there’s a good chance I may never play XI again.

So what does that mean for this journal? I’ll try to keep it updated as much as I can with my real life experiences and any other gaming exploits I may be undertaking. So fear not … this journal isn’t going to die anytime soon.

Is this the end?

I haven’t updated in awhile and that’s simply because I wasn’t around this weekend. Well, actually I did come back yesterday but didn’t feel the desire to hop on XI. Today, same thing … I’m just not feeling the urge to continue playing XI right now. It might have a little something to do with the good news I received today: I will be starting work with Namco on Wednesday.

That’s right … finally the testing position has come through and I’ll be testing for Namco. This will almost assuredly kill most of my desire to play games at home, but we will see. I know my XI playing will assuredly take a hit … and to be honest I don’t really care.

XI is getting boring for me … I finally hit 50 with thief and while thats good n’ all … I’m just bored. I don’t feel like leveling (even though I can’t until I get the ancient papyrus) and coffer-hunting in Castle Oztroja is incredibly boring.

So what is the fate of Nevik? I’m not really sure at this point … I may take a break from the game until the expansion comes out … but I dunno. Need to talk with Yunie and Elric and find out what their plans are for our set.

Until then … I’ll be playing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

I die alone … no one dies for me.

My topic tonight should be an inspiration for all pullers when the shit hits the fan. Better for one person to lose XP than multiple people. These words aren’t mine … a RDM in a G1-Papyrus party I joined earlier this evening muttered that. Providing that the SA crew and whoever else wants to help me get my paper I’ll see if Kayslay (the RDM I mentioned) is online and would like to tag along. (He’s been trying for 2 weeks to get the papyrus. Poor guy)

So yes, I joined a papyrus party … I had virtually no shot at getting myself a paper (unless exceptionally lucky) but went along more for the experience and comradery. It was a full party; 4 50s and 2 49s (one of which being me). >. Fast Blade for Distortion and Shadow of Death > Sturmwind for Fragmentation. At this point the onions actually had a hard time surviving long enough for us to complete the renkeis, but it was fun nonetheless.

I hit 25 and found a replacement WHM. Thanked everyone for their time and headed off in hopes of getting THF up to 50. I’m very glad to be done with WHM (at least until I take BST past 50, er that is if I do level BST that far).

I dunno … as much as thief can be a pain-in-the-ass I absolutely love how “complicated” we can be. When I get into a good clicking party its just sooooo much fun. That’s something I could never get from leveling up WHM. I’m not even sure if SMN would be fun … but SMN will just be a toy class for me anyways … way way down the road.

So um yeah … I don’t have anything else to add, so I’ll close this entry up.

Genkai #1 here I come …

I finally got into a decent party and got within a pot-shot of 50 (1198xp away). When I first joined the party I didn’t think that we’d do all that well, but it turns out that we did. Party setup was PLD, WAR, THF(me), BLM, WHM, RDM. Other than the fact that I didn’t have a worthwhile renkei to preform we managed with the PLD (Tormentormike) doing Red Lotus Blade and the WAR (Chrisalis) following with Armor Break for fusion. I then would solo Viper Bite and it worked out pretty well.

Only had one big downtime in the party when Tormentor needed to relog his connection. While he was gone some jackass ran by with 3 helm beetles in tow. Our party survived by being able to get invisible on everyone in time but there was another party that wasn’t so lucky and Bludsinn (from the last party I was in) didn’t make it.

As luck would have it Tormentor came back just as the beetles were standing at the location he logged from. >.< Unfortunately he ran further down the tunnel and ended up dying by 2 scorpions. Later on a BST was running an escort mission and we kindly asked him to help us out by moving the scorpions away from Mike's corpse. He agreed and eventually we got back up on our feet killing and chaining away.

During the course of the party the subject of forming a set party came up. Honestly I would have loved to form a set party … but I'm trying to catch Yunie's group to join their set. (Besides we wouldn't have a worthwhile renkei I could do with the WAR until we were 60)

Eventually the RDM needed to get some much needed rest and we picked up another BLM to double MB (it was our best option). Unfortunately for the BLM that we picked up we were on the verge of breaking anyways since Mike needed to go after the WHM hit 50.

So now I need to think about getting WHM up to 25 (ugh …) and then lich hunt for my papyrus. Hopefully Josh, Amber, Schu, Yunie, Elric, and whoever else will come join me in the hunt. I'll probably go as THF/WHM for kicks since I'll be attempting to skill-up H2H and I'll want to contribute at least something useful (I'll cure the hell out of those liches!)

Then it's on to coffer-camping and working towards 55. Fun sch'tuff. Oh yeah … and working on getting RNG to 40 to BCNM with. *sigh*

I can report you to a GM for your comment

I’ve been getting into incredibly aweful parties recently. I don’t know what it is … but between 3 different parties I’ve gotten about 6k xp. This morning was probably one of the most hilarious of them all though. (Even more so than the experience with Felgar)

So I got an invite from Bader (a WHM) and I accepted. He tells me to message the leader, Melvine a SAM, about joining. So I hopped a chocobo and almost as soon as I get into the Sauromugue Champaign my router burped and I get DC’d. My wireless connection came back up and I got back on, I messaged Melvine to let him know that I’m on my way.

I got up to the entrance of the Citadel and Bader messaged me with “sorry, the party is full. Leader is a bad one T.T” WTF?! I messaged Melvine promptly with “you filled the party?” to which I got no response. GREAT! I thought, but a couple seconds later I got an invite from Melvine. Okay … so whatever. I headed into the Citadel and it took a good minute for Melvine to tell me where the heck they were (I even asked if they where down below hunting beetles or beyond the first banishing gate).

So I met up with them down below since they’re hunting chamber beetles and we began killing. Things went pretty well up until on one pull when we were going to open with a fuidama viper to plant the hate on the PLD tank.

Melvine came back with a beetle and didn’t provoke it … ok … so Bludsinn (the PLD) and I sat there at least hoping that Melvine would Tachi:Enpi at some point. No voke, no enpi … so then hate control went out the window and the beetle started bouncing around. That is when I got really irritated and did “MELVINE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” Eventually the beetle was nearly dead when the hate stabilized (I think Bludsinn or someone other than Melvine provoked) and Melvine FINALLY busted out the tachi:enpi.

In the aftermath I asked Melvine what the hell he was doing and he got pretty defensive. He could not comprehend the simple concept of how to pull off an opening fuidama. I think he even uttered “the mob wasn’t facing the right way.” >.< So Bludsinn and I told Melvine that next time he needed to provoke before doing tachi:enpi so I could do my thing.

Fast forward to the next time we were going to attempt an opening fuidama. Once again Melvine didn't provoke and understanding that he wasn't Bludsinn provoked the mob just to keep some semblance of hate control. So I slid in behind Melvine and sat there waiting for him to tachi:enpi. Nope … didn't happen. So I did /disgusted Melvine to which he replied "One more time you use that command and you are out." OH! Well excuse me for your inability to understand how to fuidama.

What did I do? Well I disengaged the mob, did /disgusted one more time, disbanded and popped an instant warp out of there. I upset my fellow party members in doing this, but after talking to them in /t later on they didn't hold any ill-will towards me. They understood and agreed with the fact that Melvine was a complete tool.

As for the title … I mistakenly did a /t to Melvine thinking I was /t'ng Bader the WHM saying "I'm sorry. Melvine is a fucking idiot" *laf* I'm sure a GM would love to waste their time over that … but anyways.

Life as a thief is hard and frustrating.