As of last night I am now officially at the Stormblood level cap. That said I still have a bunch of content left to run because I know my MSQ is stalled behind at dungeon at the moment…. and then I also know from hearing folks talk about it that there is another trial of some sort after that. I was feeling a little too out of it to go seeking a dungeon group, so instead I focused on finishing the warrior quest line, which gave me a set of gear that I will probably never wear at least cosmetically… and this bizarre axe. As a whole though Stormblood provided me with lots of glamour fodder, including this chest piece that I have become rather fond of. I actually dinged 70 while running the second primal. I decided to do a trials roulette, and next thing I know I am zoning into that fight. The first pull went about as well as you would expect that a modern era primal fight would go. On the second pull however I took a moment to ask folks if there was anything about the fight that they didn’t understand, and answered a bunch of questions. As I was able to do I also hollered out when a few key mechanics were coming up to remind folks about them. Things went off the rails a bit during that second attempt but we managed to hold on and ultimately finished the fight.
The story as a whole has continued to be amazing, but I am finding myself at a loss for screenshots to put in my blog posts that are not insanely spoilery. I find myself trying to snap moments where nothing much is going on that won’t give away any major story beats. I find it interesting how generally speaking I am not that beholden to a story in other games… but in Final Fantasy XIV I am anxious to find out what is going on. I guess part of it is that in a single player story… the experience doesn’t feel real. What I mean by that is it is something that I experience and then once the story has reached its conclusion it is functionally over… at least for another several years until they release a sequel. In an MMO… story sets the stage for what is to come and gives us a glimpse in what we will be doing a few months down the road. The story feels more alive to me because I am going to be living it, and I am going to be adjusting to whatever changes it happens to bring to the stage for a long while. My friends and I are going to be fighting our way through the epic battles that are proposed each time the story leads us some place new. I guess this is why I get into the lore of Destiny as well, because even though the grimoire cards are a crummy system… they give us a glimpse at the future to come and let me start day dreaming about epic adventures that are just over the horizon.
Another thing that happened this weekend was the “launch” of Secret World Legends. Sure they are calling it a head start, but if you are letting in everyone who played the previous game… you are effectively launching it. More than anything I wanted to get in and make sure that all of my stuff transferred just fine, and more importantly that my lifetime subscription did in fact transfer over into lifetime patron status. For those who played the first game… I highly suggest you check out the page on the transfer system so you can claim anything that might be eligible for transfer. I’ve heard that this system is only going to be available through August 31st and there are a bunch of guidelines and fine print to follow to make sure everything copies just fine. I probably need to do some more fiddling to make sure that everything does in fact copy. I had a character of each faction so in theory it should have… but I probably need to go ahead and create those other faction characters so I can double check. The most important item was of course the Csicon alien smiley t-shirt… which I am rocking in the image above. So far I am digging the game changes, but unfortunately it just happened to launch at a really horrible time for me since I am so heavily engaged in Stormblood. I will continue to piddle around and experience the content, and it serves as an awesome “taking a break” game for me right now. We talk a bit about but Secret World Legends and Stormblood on this weekends podcast, which I am embedding below.