Oh Sunday… that morning in which you think to yourself… crap I have to go to work tomorrow. Today will be pretty much dominated by my wife’s mothers birthday. We are going to drive to grove later this afternoon to meet her for dinner, and are talking about potentially meandering our way there with cameras. So as a result I have no clue when we will actually leave, but there will not be much gaming at all today. Right now I am just trying to barrel through my morning blog post without losing focus.
I still need to return to my Sith ways, but for whatever reason yesterday I was distracted once more by the lure of rift and my melee mage. I hit level 22 yesterday while still wandering around Silverwood. I ended up getting caught up in a buzz of completionism… something that I am not normally afflicted with. The problem is… I had left a lot of the quests involving the court of Prince Hylas unfinished. One constant for me regardless of the game… is that I love slaughtering elves. So I got caught up in the carnage, and ended up completing all the quests for the zone.
I have since moved on to Gloamwood and am busy killing Barghests and Bats. Gloamwood is the only zone that ever made me question my choice of Defiant. I just love the feel of it, so much atmosphere and if they traded the goblins for skeletons… it would have been my perfect zone. Gloamwood Pines so deserves to be the guardian capitol city, it is better in every way than Sanctum. It actually looks like a real town, with plenty of houses to actually support people living there. Whereas Sanctum is a capitol city with no housing at all. This has always been one of the problems I had with the Rift old world… it doesn’t look like people could actually live in it.
The funny thing about my recent venture into melee magery, is that it was intended to be able to play with my friend Rylacus. The only problem with that notion is he has not logged in since late night Friday. Oh well… this game has the best mentoring system I have seen, so I can always drop my level back down to hang out with him. I am purposefully not doing the dungeon finder so I can run the dungeons for the first time on this character with him and hopefully Thalen as well. I love Rift, it is a great game… but the problem has always been that it is pure hell to get other friends to play it. I really hope the free to play conversion makes that problem a bit easier.
Four Job Fiesta
For a few years now, my friend JJ has been trying to get me and some other friends to join in on the Final Fantasy V Four Job Fiesta charity play-a-thon. While I do not fully understand the process… from what I do get the goal is for all of us to try and beat Final Fantasy V and raise money for the Childs Play charity in the process. There are multiple ways to sign up to play but the basic concept is that there are 22 jobs (26 in the Advance version), and at the start of the game… you will be assigned 4 random jobs. Then you have to complete the game using only those jobs you were assigned.
Since it has been years since I have played FFV, and I have never beaten it… I am playing with the least number of possible restrictions. I am praying I get a fairly balanced team, otherwise I will be pretty much screwed. My friend Drathis got a pretty rough combo last year from what I can remember and struggled with it. I will be relying on JJ a lot as this goes forward since he is pretty much the FFV master. I think he can play the game in his sleep, so I am sure he will be a good source of information. Right now my intent is to play the Gameboy Advance variety on my PSP.
I blasted this out over social media, and it got picked up and reshared… so hopefully this helps get the word out. Everyone is welcome to participate, to sign up all you need is a twitter account… as the sign up process involves that. I am assuming that will also be how we get assigned our four jobs on 6/17. The festivities begin the day before my birthday, so I guess I know what I will be doing for my birthday. I have a feeling it is going to take me a long time to beat the game. You guys should all sign up and join in the madness.
Yesterdays post spawned comments from a few friends, namely JJ and Stop that I should really be playing the Gameboy Advance version of Final Fantasy 6. Apparently the PSP native copy is globally considered the worst possible port of the game, and has known lag issues. So I took the advice… found the latest version of gpSP I could for the PSP… and restarted the game on the Advance version. I have a Gameboy Advance SP somewhere… but I have no clue where it is right now. So my best option was to play the game on my PSP via emulator, and the game runs beautifully.
All of the issues I had that I thought I just misremembered… were really issues with the PSP/PSOne native version. The Advance copy plays super fast, and is actually scaled to fit a modern aspect ratio beautifully. The only problem I encountered was a pretty massive bug when Kefka first visits Figaro. I could talk to everyone BUT Kefka… then zoned out to see if it would fix the bug… and now Kefka is no longer there. I am going to have to reload from a previous safe and see if I can fix the bug. I would hate to think it is going to be game breaking.
The one awesome thing about this, is that basically it proves out the theory that I can play Advance games just fine on my PSP, so this will likely be how I end up playing FFV during the Four Job Fiesta event. The PSP battery life is always an annoyance, but I have a spare battery for this reason. I just want something I can play it on that is portable so I can play over lunch etc. I will be trying to dig up actual copies of the GBA carts, so that I don’t feel too dirty emulating them.
Okay time to start getting ready to confront the day. Time to leave will be coming sooner than I want it to, and I still need to shower etc. I hope you all have a great Sunday, and a great start of the week. I have no clue what I will be doing today other than the visiting my mom-in-law part. I might try and fix the bug on the FF6 play through so I can keep going, or I might dive back into Rift. In any case I hope you all enjoy your day.