Tuesday, February 16, 2021

More FFXIV and ESO

 I've been moving things along in both ESO and FFXIV.  I've been mostly working on crafting and gathering jobs in FFXIV (which are called Disciple of the Hand (DOH) and Disciple of the Land (DOL) in that game).  

Up until fairly recently, I've been mostly using Grand Company turn-ins every day to level those, but after hitting level 50 on most of the crafting disciplines, the materials for those became pretty prohibitive, so I've switched to an alternative approach called "Ishgard Restoration" that's from the Heavensward expansion.  You basically craft things intended to help rebuild Ishgard.  Most of the mats are easily obtainable from a zone linked to Ishgard, and those that aren't are much easier to go out and gather than the ones you'd need at these levels from Grand Company turn-ins.  I'm still doing the Grand Company turn-ins each day for the gathering jobs, but I've stopped for everything else.

I may also do some Ishgard Leve-quests on the gathering side of things as well.

Here is where I stand on each of the professions so far:

Carpenter - 53
Blacksmith - 53
Armorer - 52
Goldsmith - 55
Leatherworker - 54
Weaver - 55
Alchemist - 53
Culinarian - 53

Miner - 55
Botanist - 53
Fisher - 48 (fisher isn't really used for anything else while leveling, so I'm less concerned about that one)

I'm also continuing to work on my Machinist, who is sitting at level 53.  I've also got a Lancer (28) and White Mage (38) in progress as well.

Elder Scrolls Online

In ESO, I'm still working through the story line.  My Magicka Sorceror is sitting at level 22 and still working through the Coldharbour storyline.  Still struggling to find good places to stick skill points, but it doesn't seem to be hurting me while I'm working my way through things.

I'm not really doing much with the professions besides deconstructing all the stuff that I accumulate in my bags, which seems to at least be giving me some skill ups.

World of Warcraft

I'm still occasionally puttering around with leveling my death knight.  He still sitting around level 54 and working his way through Maldraxxus, but he hasn't been totally sidelined at this point.

That's the update for this week!



Friday, February 5, 2021

Picking Up Elder Scrolls Online

 My motivation to continue to play World of Warcraft is really petering out.  You used to be able to find your exact start date with the game on the account screen, but that feature seems to be gone now.  So I'm not sure exactly when I started playing, but I believe it was sometime in the spring of 2007.  I've been continually subscribed since then.  

I haven't always been playing constantly since then - I've taken time out over the years to try games like RIFT, SWTOR, Wildstar and most recently FFXIV, but I always found myself eventually coming back to WoW.  And that return was generally soon enough that I never considered cancelling my sub.

I may have finally reached that point.  I was in the process of leveling my fourth character to 60 so that I could finish up the last covenant campaign (Kyrian in my case), and I've just run out of steam and motivation.

I'm still playing FFXIV on and off, but mostly right now I've picked up Elder Scrolls Online and have been giving that a whirl.  I've been playing as a Magicka Sorcerer so far and am really enjoying that.  It obviously doesn't stray too far from my warlock roots, although I suppose Necromancer would have been closer.  

I'm really enjoying the game so far.  I'm not very far at this point.  I started in the Western Skyrim / Greymoor storyline and then eventually figured out I should probably go back and start at the chronological beginning, so travelled to Vukhul Guard and picked up the Coldharbour story line there.

My character is currently sitting at level 15 and is still a bit overwhelmed with how the skill points and gearing and everything else works.  But there is a lot of interesting content to work through and I'm really enjoying just working through a new story and exploring new things.

Before I started playing World of Warcraft, I played both Morrowind and Oblivion, so this feels a little bit like coming around full circle.  I don't remember much about those games anymore other than they helped build my passion for this kind of gaming.

As I mentioned, in WoW, I sort of got stuck on leveling my 4th toon.  It's the blood DK, and he's currently sitting at level 53 and working his way through Maldraxxus using Threads of Fate.  I was running the daily callings and weekly Venari quests on Joar before I gave up, but still hadn't managed to get all the factions to exalted yet.

In FFXIV, I've been mostly working on DOL/DOH jobs, crafting current gear to help me keep leveling up each of those, which I'm mostly doing through Grand Company turn-ins.

That's about it for now.  



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