This morning I am going to start the blog out with some tales of high sodium content. It is safe to say that the Final Fantasy XIV “serious gamer” community is grumpy as hell right now. Essentially the downtime on Thursday introduced the return of the Diadem… which is functionally what Free Company airships are used for… and also something that I have never actually gotten the chance to participate. My understanding is it is a giant outdoor timed hunt zone of a sort, that has lots of mini objectives that then can reward chests full of loot. I am always down for Square to revitalize content that has fallen by the wayside… I am looking at you hunt marks. However why folks are super salty about this is that apparently there is a phenomenally rare chance at getting a 280 weapon to drop while doing the content. This is of note 5 item levels higher than either the latest relic step or the weapons from Savage Alexander. Ashgar posted a comment in our podcast slack that I can only assume came from reddit…
Can confirm, am salty.
Then I did some napkin math and if one person of the 72 players who participated wanted to get a specific weapon out of the 13 available, they’d need to do the Emergency Mission 1000 times to have a reasonable (read around 65%) of obtaining it. For a 90% chance of obtaining it, you’d need to put 2200 attempts into Emergency Missions.
If you play the roughly 2350 hours we have until we get early access to SB, you will at one emergency mission per hour, distribute 150 hours of sleep and non FFXIV related over 98 days, lets say you spend 30 min each day on food, personaly hygiene etc. and you will sleep for 1 hour per day. This is, of course, calculated with queue times estimated as 0, which I’m sure they will be. /s
So the thing is… getting one of these 280 weapons is quite literally winning the lottery. It is not something anyone can reasonably aspire to, but serves as enough of a carrot to get people interested at all item levels of gear to start doing Diadem once more. This absolutely fits the modus operadi of Yoshi P and crew… which is largely bribing players to do whatever content that they feel is under represented by placing the big new shiny rewards there. What I don’t get however is the folks claiming they are going to cancel the game over this action. This has been the way content is balanced from the beginning of A Realm Reborn… and nifty things through bribery is a constant theme. This does not however negate the work you put in on either a Alex weapon, or your Relic because nothing can ever tarnish the shine of those memories. If you are playing a game only to have things no one else will ever have… then you are probably playing for all of the wrong reasons. Numerical perfection is a constantly moving target, and one that will be outdated the next time a new patch lands. However if you just play for the joy of playing… and the memories of accomplishing content with your friends… then no one can ever take that from you. What I see instead is a company throwing one hell of a carrot into content that would have easily become outdated the second it launched, and more importantly is a way of getting folks geared in 265 gear which will help their transition into Stormblood.
One again I am super annoyed with having to snag screenshots from the web and use them in my posts when I talk about Breath of the Wild. The Wii U is so cludgy when it comes to posting screenshots, but I suppose at some point I really need to figure out how to make it work. Last night instead of hanging out on the sofa or upstairs… I opted to chill in the bedroom and play some more Zelda. As of the end of last night I have officially left the starter zone, and in truth the biggest thing holding me back… was the fact that I could not figure out how in the holy hell to cook things. My key problem with Zelda is that things just feel grossly un-intuitive. For example… I expected to be able to walk up to a cooking pot… and see a “Press Button to Cook” prompt. However this never actually happened and instead I had to google it… and then google it again until I found someone who could explain it in simple enough terms to treat me as though I understood nothing about this game. There are a lot of steps to this process that are not painfully obvious or were not to me. First off you have to make sure that your cooking pot has a fire under it… so for me that meant taking a branch… catching it on fire and then whacking the cooking pot which then lit the wood underneath it. From there you have to go into your inventory and press X on the materials to “hold” it. That however is not enough… you have to press A to add the item to your arms… and you go through and pick out the ingredients you want to cook doing this.
Finally when you exit the menu… you see the prompt to cook the items link is crudely holding… and you are treated to maybe the most magical tune ever. Like I am already hooked on cooking because I want to hear that tune over and over and over… and I tried cooking damned never everything in my inventory that looked even vaguely edible. There is a completely magical remix that blends the tune with the Carmen Sandiego theme. The cooking gave me access to frost resistance food… which then in turn gave me access to the last two shrines which allowed me to leave newbie plateau. I feel like maybe I am starting to hit my stride with this game, and maybe stopping the comparison with Horizon? Probably the highlight of last night for me was finding the Great Plateau Steppe Talus and then defeating it… after so damned many deaths. One of the things that I like about this game is that the auto save points seem to be sprinkled around just often enough… that you are really never losing too much time in making an attempt. So for the Steppe Talus, the save point was just outside of the little valley it is in so I could quickly run back and keep trying things until I finally defeated it. The trick for me was to try and stay on at all costs which meant sometimes crawling back down into climbing mode, and other times just simply running around on top to make sure I didn’t get knocked off. The hardest part however was once again the fact that no one weapon would ever last more than a handful of swings so I literally killed it… with a single weapon left in my inventory. This made it extremely awkward trying to kill a handful of skeletons that spawned as I was walking out of the valley. Whatever the case… I think I see the potential now for what boss fights might be like and I also sort of get the reference to souls games. That term gets thrown around way too much lately, but in this case I think they largely mean the need to keep learning new tricks to defeat overwhelming odds. In the case of the Steppe Talus, if I got hit once… with a solid enough hit it was simply over. So I very much had to stay ahead of the combat, and only through not making any mistakes was I really able to defeat it.