It's been a long time since my last blog post. I'm gearing up for the launch of Shadowlands next week. Joar is all prepped and ready to go, along with my other 5 or 6 primary toons that I will level first. Bags are empty, quest logs are cleared and we'll be all ready to hit it. Like most recent expansions, I'm not in a big hurry this time, so won't necessarily be jumping in on launch day and rushing to get to 60.
The order this time will be Joar (of course), then hunter, paladin, death knight, druid and demon hunter. After that, we'll see. But it will definitely be back to regular commentary in this space on World of Warcraft.
I'll provide some initial thoughts on Shadowlands next week once things get kicked off. I've intentionally not spent any time in the beta this time hoping to delay my burnout a bit. When I look back on my favorite expansions, I think they were Wrath, MoP and Legion
On the Final Fantasy XIV front, I'm finally caught up on the main scenario quest storyline content and my main jobs (Summoner and Scholar) are level 80. I've started working on leveling my gathering and crafting jobs, working on each of them a little at a time in order to be able to leverage cross-job synergies. I really like the way gathering and crafting works in FFXIV, particularly relative to Warcraft. There's a story to it with the regular quests along the way and you really end up feeling like someone that is operating in the appropriate market. It's really nicely done.
I've mostly been doing the daily Grand Company turn ins combined with the regular job quests and that seems to be more than enough to get me a couple of levels each day on each job, as well as helping me rank up with my Grand Company by generating plenty of seals each day.
I've also started to work on two more combat jobs - Lancer / Dragoon and Machinist. I've been less interested in that, but working on it a little bit every day. My Machinist is sitting around 37 and my Lancer is around 25.
There will be a new series of MSQ quests that are due to release sometime in December, so I may take a brief pause from WoW to knock those out when they release. I'm really looking forward to the continuation of the recent story line.