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Haven’t been here in a while…

I spend most of my time now, spamming light updates on Twitter but occasionally I feel the urge to come and write something here.

I’ve been sick for the past 10 days (not great) and so I seemed to have managed to do quite  lot on the crafting front.  I was very down about crafting but now I’ve cheered right up.  The changes to scrips and the new omnigear are a step in the right direction.

I’m the first to admit that I kinda gave up/backed off from crafting once I hit 60. Not entirely but I focused on my SCH anima and on gathering a lot more because I didn’t have the gil to compete.  I wish I was driven by money-making in games but I’m not unless I have a particular target.


Right now, I’m a solid 3 star Weaver. I augmented my mainhand, I’d gotten my 170 offhand HQ’d having collected mats and then I augmented the 180 body and hands. I managed to make a 170 belt before the update and meld that up.

Red blue scrips ex

Once 3.3 hit, I turned in some red scrip tokens for blues. I know I could have used them for my SCH book but I’m honestly not as driven to push that right now.  I now have at least i180 tools on all crafters and all of them are solid 2 star.

My LTR is close to 3 star and I hope will be next week. Although you are reading the idiot who managed to automatically buy 9 x Red Scrip tokens instead of Goblin items. I actually used my one-time account restore for that.

The interdependence on Specialists for materials for the Ironworks gear means I’m having to have things made or selling the base materials and buying the HQ versions of the end product but the aim is to get me to the point where I can make the Ironworks left side and then hopefully be high enough to make some of the right. My specialisms are WVR, LTR and GSM.  I wish I could be CRP too but you can’t. Well not without an alt.  I have considered it. BSM, CRP and possibly ALC would all be great.

RedScrip Cockup

For me (and I’m sure a lot of others) this opens up endgame crafting again. Augmented gear is good and a close second to Ironworks which makes it a useful stepping stone.

I love making my own gear and gear for others. The biggest competition I have right now is myself. I should, stop and gather all day every day (as my gatherers are all pretty good, hitting the highest nodes in the game before the update) and sell all the things and then buy a bunch of stuff but beyond materials, I don’t want to do that. I just want my name on my gear – wherever possible 🙂


Crafting right now

Hmm. Not in a happy place with crafting right now. I really think Square Enix needs to get a handle on what they’re trying to achieve with crafting. I feel like they’re trying out different things in the hope they’ll get the balance right between crafters dominating and being irrelevant.


I think SE is a bit of a victim of its own success. Crafting has been incredibly enjoyable up until the stage where they brought in Red Scrips. You could level steadily and enjoy being able to make stuff for your other jobs.  You could slowly make progress and with the exception of 4*, level 50 synths it was fairly accessible. They seem to have slammed the brakes on that. So many of my friends have quit crafting. Sure you can still repair your gear at 60 but if you want to make 1*, 2* or now 3* the commitment you have to make to the game in terms of either time or gil is enormous. Why are 1 star mats SO hard to craft for a new 60? And why do they continue to be for quite a while?

I think one of the issues is that they can’t balance things right.  Bring out weekly scrip gear, sure.  Don’t offer a craftable alternative which is better when melded at the same time.  What should have happened is that red scrip gear should have been slightly cheaper in terms of scrips to get and the secondary crafted set should have helped you get to 2* but not surpass red scrip gear.


So why do I think this? I think the current setup does nothing but encourage players to say ‘screw it’ and either abandon crafting or, to decide to throw gil at the problem. Which is fine if they had the gil to throw. But instead I think people take a long look at what’s needed and decide to pay out for key pieces/materia and the buy the gil they need.  I do realise that it’s easy to make gil in the game if you put a steady effort into it (and have the time). I also realise you can do favours and spend all your time turning in collectibles and spirit bonding. Making money is not my thing, it never has been in games. I’m always goal-oriented so I have to wait until I fixate on something before I can get into full on gil-generation. I’ve always been the same in MMOs. I went nuts to buy my Noble’s tunic back in the days of the Great Inflation (thanks RMT!) but after I had bought it, I couldn’t keep it up.


I know not everyone shares my opinion about RMT. I don’t do it and in most cases, if people are discreet and don’t brag about x, y and z I don’t really care. If you barely play and buying 5m once in a long while is going to make your life easier, well that’s your choice.  But all SE does is encourage people to consider RMT as an option to get them into a position where they can then dominate markets. I just quietly work on and hope that it’ll improve eventually. If it doesn’t then I’ll be really sad.



I was kinda downhearted by the Live Letter. I’ll wait and see what the new patches bring in terms of this new omnicrafter set.  I’m hoping it’s going to at least involve some work with the new crafting/gathering beast tribe. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another echatl sealant situation.  Just please, for the love of Hydaelyn, don’t make it dependent on scrips and favours so that the markets go nuts. Again.





Images from FFXIV

We don’t really use our Guildwork site anymore. We keep a presence there and if you login members can find the details for Discord and GroupMe but that’s about it. I’ve been paying for a cheap plan on there but decided it’s not worth it. One thing I decided to do was to archive the images we had on there (by patch) onto Imgur.  If you’re interested in them you can find em here

Here’s one example – our album from Early Access & Launch

Patch 3.2 Crafting stuff

I’m taking a bunch of screenshots of anything I can find to do with crafting and adding them to my imgur album. Check back for updates.


3.2 Allagan Tomestones of Lore previews

Previews of the brand new Allagan tomestone sets for each type are here

Some of the new recipe gear from 3.2

Patch 3.2 Gears of Change Info

I just compiled this for a post on bluegartr so I figured I’d add it to my blog I thought I’d try and pull together any information about Patch 3.2 (Gears of Change).

Collectibles: scrips & ephemerals

Well this idiot got put off by her original experience of collecting. I collected almost all of my red scrips for my botanist one handin at a time. Later of course people realised that there were more efficient ways to get handins and now I’m using those. In case you’re making the same mistake as me, here are the charts I’m using. I would credit em but I can’t see where they’re from.

Scrips gathering


Ephemeral gathering


Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXVI

Well more has come out of this so far than I was expecting.

Official Forum Q&A Thread

Some headlines…


Posts in various places:

Public housing just announced

Live letter 3.2 Content

BG Letter from Producer Live thread

Official Q & A


Anima Weapons

So! You go and see Rowena in Idyllshire to start the new Anima weapons quest and you meet a young NPC who then argues with Gerolt. It’s a great start.ffxiv_16122015_163457

Once you get through the CS you head off to Azy Lla and talk to the NPCs there.  I’ve skipped the first stage because I had two zetas. Essentially you’re asked to go get some special crystals and are sent to Revenant’s Toll. You talk to NPCs there and then you get a choice. Go farm in a bunch of FATEs all over the place (new areas) or hand over your zeta.  So I handed in my SCH book and got my crystals. Next, you get to spam a bunch of dungeons and that’s where I am right now. So far I’ve had 2 extra CS after a set of dungeons. The first few you can underlevel but once you hit Dusk Vigil you can’t. So I’m about to queue up for Sohm Al…

Spoilers in the images included below