This weekend largely belonged to Final Fantasy XIV and the brief appearance of the Cowboy Ninja. One of the huge benefits of leveling through Palace of the Dead is the fact that you end up with a bunch of treasure tokens… that often times reward awesome cosmetic gear. Pretty early into my process of pushing the Ninja from 38 to 50 this weekend I stumbled across the above Cowboy hat and from that point out my path was set. I gathered a bunch of appearance goodies that I had collected from running the dungeon over and over… namely because my appropriate level gear was a subligar and harness. The three main appearance items that all came from palace of the dead are of course the Boarskin Survival Hat, Survival Shirt, and the Wind Silk Bottoms which are these bizarro red plaid pants. Through out the weekend I ran the dungeon wearing this outfit and gathered up a bunch of commendations… I largely believe in appearance alone. I am still around 25 coms away from my golden magitek mount so… in truth anything I can do to rake them in is a bonus!
I think another huge factor for getting coms is being talkative in dungeon runs. While Final Fantasy XIV tends to be a much more friendly experience as a whole than World of Warcraft, it is still a largely quiet one… especially when it comes to grinding Palace of the Dead 51-60 over and over. Everyone more or less knows their roles and falls silently in place doing them, and I try my best to break up this monotony with some comments here and there. I always start the dungeon run with a “Hey Folks :)” and finish with some variant of “Thanks for the run. Have a good one!” and then I watch as the coms slowly trickle in. Sure it is formulaic, but it seems to work… and the truth is I usually get responses back from the other players which is part of my larger goal of breaking the silence and getting folks interacting. I mean it is not so formulaic that I have a macro set up or anything… so there is at least that. Regardless I hit 50 during Talking Dead last night and started working my way through the Ninja quests. I had forgotten that I had a full set of high quality level 115 gear sitting in my bank waiting on me, that I picked up while questing my way through Heavensward. So I also now look like a proper ninja as well.
The other thing that I spent a significant amount of time playing this weekend was Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. At this point I have made a proper foothold in the world beyond the plateau, and in my travels I met Hestu. I am pretty sure he is my spirit animal… and all he really wants to do is shake his maracas for people. Thankfully by the time I encountered him I already had a few seeds to throw his ways, which I got by uncovering the hiding places of some of the Korok. I still have this very mixed relationship with this game. On one hand there are a bunch of things that I would love to change… and on the other hand I just can’t seem to stop playing it. There are absolutely things that feel needlessly obtuse and arcane… but by the same token you feel rewarded when you finally figure out how this or that system works. In many ways it reminds me of when I first set foot into Minecraft and had no clue how to craft anything at all… and simply started throwing things into the crafting bench to see what I might be able to make with it. Cooking works exactly this way, and while I have no clue how to duplicate some of my efforts… every now and then I get something truly awesome in the process.
Another thing that is needlessly arcane is the process of taking screenshots from the Wii U. For awhile I have known that you can hit home… click Miiverse and save a screenshot through that method. The problem there is that there is really no way of actually getting at that screenshot other than looking in your album in Miiverse. I mean you can share it with other people using Miiverse… but is anyone actually using Nintendo’s pseudo social network? As a blogger I of course want access to the screenshots for the purpose of posting them on this blog, and in order to do that… you have to follow a completely different process. The process begins much the same as the Miiverse route, but instead after hitting home you bring up your browser and navigate to this address… i.nintendo.net. This process will bring you to a “Nintendo Image Share” page that will allow you to connect to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and post whatever happens to be on your screen at the moment you bring up the browser. This in theory works on 3DS as well, but I have yet to test it out. The images of me in Kakariko Village and of Hestu were snapped in this manor and it seems to work extremely well. I mean like everything to do with Nintendo it is needlessly complicated… but it works. As always I configured my Wii U to post to my screenshot twitter account that I have connected to the PS4 as well. I highly suggest having a secondary account for screenshots… that way you can without feeling bad dump twenty screenshots in a single night. I do however need to check this out on the 3DS and see if this will finally allow me to get proper screengrabs of the games I am playing there. How was your weekend?