I was extremely slow starting this morning, continuing to fall back asleep from 7 am til roughly 9 am. When I finally got up and around I did what I do every morning, and ran off to forage for food. Generally I run to QuikTrip for sausage rolls, which is a gas station chain based in Tulsa. If you do not have the miracle that is QuikTrip… you won’t really understand how gas station food can be that amazing. On the way back into the neighborhood I saw two young boys, one chasing the other. I could see he had something in his hands, and as I drove closer I noticed it was a rubber katana and a golf club. My immediate thought was… whoa is that kid playing Casey Jones?
I think of the Turtles as being a figment of my childhood, as I can remember buying the original indie black and white comics, and the first series of playmates toys where all the turtles had trademarked red bandanas. But the longer I thought about it… the more I realized that sure enough that kid COULD be playing Casey Jones. The TMNT franchise has been rebooted every few years to a point where kids of almost any age could easily recognize everyone’s OTHER favorite psychopath with a hockey mask.
As a tween I thought Casey Jones was the coolest, some kind of cross between a ninja and the punisher (another favorite character of mine). Likely the two boys were just fighting with whatever they happened to have their hands on. I remember my friend and I used to sword fight with baseball bats. That was when I learned that a wooden bat can pretty much cleave an aluminum bat in two…. but that is a tale for another day. Seeing the two kids running around like that made me super nostalgic. I remember my cousin and I went through a phase where we went NOWHERE AT ALL without a slingshot and a bag of rocks. Granted I grew up in the country… so that was entirely reasonable given that I have used said slingshot to thump a bull and get him to go the other way.
Tokyo Game Show and FFXIV
This week the Tokyo Game Show has been going on, and unlike the various western game conferences it has been pretty closed door to the public… or at least closed door to anyone who does not have a fluent understanding of Japanese. Luckily Dual Shockers has posted a pretty good write up of the various 2.1 announcements for Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn. The awesome part is… there is a TON of content expected to release for the first patch. So far the items that have been confirmed… Good King Moogle Mog primal fight. New extreme modes for Ifrit, Titan and Garuda… and after doing normal mode Garuda last night, I don’t want to see what Hard mode looks like… let alone Extreme mode.
Additionally they are adding player housing for each of the three grand companies, daily beast quests, and treasure hunting mode… neither of those two I understand but they both sound extremely enticing. Additionally they are adding a pvp arena system at Wolfs Den, one completely new dungeon, and two new hardmode dungeons with new boss strategies. They also announced that there would be limited time free transfers to a server of your choice in October, to help join together the various people that were split up by the server caps. Finally later this year they announced that there would be cross over events with Dragon Quest X and Final Fantasy XI both of which appear to reward unique pets for FFXIV.
That is a lot of goodness, but I have not heard a timeframe for 2.1. Considering I have yet to cap out, and I have an army of alternate specs to level… I am sure I can hold on the current content for awhile. I have always loved the art style of the Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest games… so I am looking forward to collecting the cute little golem pet. Here is hoping they do this as a duty… and not some random spawning fate. The whole random drop pet/mount thing has not really worked out too well for any of us in Rift, and most of us have not collected more than one color of Hellbug.
Both Ifrit and Titan were extremely enjoyable encounters. They introduced us to the concept of a primal fight, and I believe eased us into the difficulty of the encounters. In both cases there was this one thing you had to watch, and if you did it… you pretty much won. As various guild members have gotten up in level I have looked forward to tanking or dpsing these encounters to get them through. They are both extremely fun fights to participate in. Last night we took on Garuda… the third primal encounter… and I have to say no one will be looking forward to repeating this one.
The problem is… I am trying to think of ways to explain how big of an increase in difficulty the fight was from the other two without really spoiling the fight OR the other two. We have tried really hard to go into every fight cold and figure things out on our own. This of course has meant a lot of deaths as we figured out just what the mechanics were doing. I think we had somewhere less than ten deaths last night… but not sure just how far from that number we were. We latched onto one of the central concepts of the fight extremely fast. As Tam said… this is not our first rodeo… so if a fight gives you a thing to hide behind… chances are they want you to hide behind it at some point.
The big problem that I saw was the sheer amount of damage I was taking as the tank. The various people in the know have all said that they wait until they have completed their 45 class quest to do this fight, since that fight rewards you every piece of an armor set but the chest piece. Additionally I could have outfitted myself in at least a full set of the level 45 heavy mithril armor set… which self buffed gives me about 300 more hitpoints from what I did the encounter with.
Being the stubborn bastards that we are, we pulled and pushed and prodded on the encounter until we finally beat it. I just have to say though… this is the hardest fight to date… filled with “all manner of fuckery” as Tam commented last night. I have so much fear and loathing about what the various hard mode version of the primal fights could bring, especially considering how close a call making it through normal Garuda was for us.
Well time for me to finish this up and get on with the day. I am sure I will be logging into FFXIV to hang out with the guild, maybe even venturing into Rift to try and finish up 58. Yesterday we did a lot of running around town, so I think today for the most part will be a stay at home day. We have to go out this afternoon to meet someone to buy my wife another Miche shell. For those not familiar with this concept… it is a weird purse with changeable appearances. My wife has suddenly become enthralled by them… and since she is always so damned good about my Lego expenditures… I figure it is only fair that I am cool about her growing collection of purses.