Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Adventures Of Pirotess: Valentione's Day Event

 The Valentione's Day event is in full swing and if you haven't done it yet, there is still a couple of days left to get all the event items. To be able to participate in the event you must be at least level 15 and have completed the quest It's Probably Pirates. To start the event you need to head to Gridania and go to Mih Khetto's Amphitheater. Everything is decorated for the event looking pretty and festive. After you're done admiring the scenery, you need to talk to the NPC Lisette de Valentione to start the first part of the quest called Lessons In Love.

Pirotess checks out the Valentione's Day celebration.

The Lessons In Love quest is pretty easy. All you have to do is find some missing Moogles whose locations are marked on your map. Once you turn this quest in, you receive your choice of mount: the broken heart pendant left or the broken heart pendant right. You can now do the optional repeatable quest In Fortune With The Times. To participate in this one, you should team up with a friend because it is a two man duty that requires a lot of communication and teamwork. 

Pirotess ready to participate in the event. 

The duty has two tests. The first is a maze which was frankly, a frustrating pain and definitely tested your patience a bit. You and your partner are linked by a magic chain and you have to run side by side in separate maze paths. This requires a lot of communication because if you stray too far from each other or miss a gate switch your affinity drops. Basically you have to sync your movements with your partner and make sure you talk to them all the time. You also have to dodge the Moogles who try to attack you as much as you can because if they hit you, your luck and affinity drop drastically. Luckily my friend and I were just having fun with it so there was no rush. Thank you to my friend Kat for helping me do the event after I mentioned I needed a partner to do this so I could write about it in my blog. You are awesome!

Pirotess and Kat listen to the Moogle explain the maze rules. 

The second part of the test is essentially a game of Memory with giant cards. Again this requires a lot of communicating and teamwork. You are shown only five of the cards for about one minute and you have to do your best to remember what they were and their location. You have to select a card and your partner must select another one. This is where saying which card you see helps a lot especially if it's not a match. If it is a match you get good fortune. If not, you get bad fortune and an affinity drop.
At the end of this duty, your fortune gets told about whether or not you and your partner are a Valentione's Day match. Kat and I were in the middle something we giggled about a lot. 

Pick a card, any card....

When you're done with this duty, you can turn the quest in and receive Valentione's chocolate hearts. These you can spend at the NPC vendor nearby for Valentione event items. The items you can get are: Rose Wagon, Valentione's Day Balloons, Valentione's Day Advertisement, Prismatic Heart (left), and Prismatic Heart (right). 

I always enjoy the holiday events in Eorzea because it gives everyone a nice break from adventuring and allows everybody to have fun with their friends. The Valentione's Day event this year was a lot of fun and the themed items from it are pretty nice. The event is going until February 15 so check it out and have a good time. See you at the next adventure!

Pirotess shows off her Valentione's Day poster. 

*Final Fantasy XIV is available to play on the following platforms: PC and Playstation 4

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Assassin's Creed Origins Hidden Ones DLC Review

I had been eagerly anticipating the Hidden Ones DLC for Assassin's Creed Origins. As soon as it was released I started playing. There are some new side quests in the main story areas in order to help you level because the new level cap goes up to 55. This also gives you an introduction to the Hidden Ones story which is set four years after the events of the main story. When you start this series of quests titled Incoming Threat it opens up the story and sets the scene for the events in Hidden Ones.

There are some new armor sets such as the Horus outfit and the assassin Edward Kenway's outfit. Bayek gets his own unique outfit as well. The world map now has check marks next to completed quest location and exploration areas so you can easily keep track of them. There is also a fun new mount, the unicorn camel. I found this really amusing and had fun exploring everywhere while riding it.

Behold! The unicorn camel!

There is also an interesting Final Fantasy crossover quest, Gift From The Gods. Once you complete the quest you receive the following Fantasy items; the Ultima Blade, Zeidrich Shield, and the Kweh mount. The Kweh mount looks pretty real and rather terrifying.

Terrify your enemies with the Kweh mount.

Bayek now gets to travel to Sinai for the story of Hidden Ones. While the DLC itself is short, about 3 hours of game play the story is interesting and the battles are great. There are some side quests along the way also and you get to explore all of Sinai. 

Bayek seems a little calmer here and there is less rage in him. It has been four years after all. He is smart, brave, and ready to help his allies. Aya now Amunet makes a brief appearance as well and I was thrilled because she was Bayek's equal in every way and he treated her as an equal. The bond between the two characters is so strong and it was nice to see it again even if it was brief. 

Bayek exploring Sinai and with new armor. 

The controls in Hidden Ones are still well done so battles are fun and easy to navigate. There's plenty to see and do and it builds on the main story really well while having its own small story that sets things up for the next DLC Curse Of The Pharaohs which will be released in March.

I had fun playing Hidden Ones. I loved playing as Bayek again and getting to explore more of Egypt. Hidden Ones DLC is great with more things to do and see as well as an interesting story. I am looking forward to playing Bayek's next chapter in March.

Bayek overlooking Sinai.

*Assassin's Creed Origins is available to play on the following platforms: PC, Playstation 4, and XboxOne

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

YouTube Channels, And Books Worth Checking Out

When I am not gaming or knitting, I will watch videos on YouTube that interest me or read books. These are some of my personal favorites that are worth checking out.

First up is Two Guys One Beard. These are three guys having fun while playing video games such as Overwatch and Left 4 Dead. The videos are entertaining, funny, and every now and then there are some hilarious puns. You can check out their channel on YouTube and subscribe. You can watch their latest video featuring Mega Man X here:

Two Guys One Beard also has a Facebook page which you can like and follow here:

I'm sure almost everyone knows who Ivy Doomkitty is. For those who don't, Ivy is a prolific cosplayer and gamer. She is a person who really cares about her fans and is all about making an open armed community that welcomes everyone. She also volunteers for some great animal rescue charities like Kitt Crusaders.

Her videos on YouTube are fun and friendly updates on cosplay she's working on or Lootcrate unboxing reveals. You can check out her YouTube channel here:

You can also follow Ivy Doomkitty on Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also sponsor her on Patreon for pretty awesome rewards such as constant updates and for higher tier levels photos and merchandise.

That Japanese Man Yuta is another great channel I follow. Yuta's videos are not only interesting, they are informative about life in Japan, the culture, and language. There are a lot of interesting interview videos he does with people in public about a variety of topics ranging from music to dating. You can also sign up for free or premium Japanese lessons with Yuta. I signed up for these and they are great. You can select your difficulty level and you get an email with a video lesson. The lessons are easy to follow and they are great for helping to learn real Japanese. You can follow Yuta on his Facebook page and support him on Patreon. You can check out his YouTube channel here:

AWE me is one of my absolute favorites on YouTube because they create all the amazing weapons from video games, animes, and movies. They will often ask their fans what they should make next and usually the one that gets the most requests is their next project. I always enjoy watching their videos because they explain the process of the build and then there's a pretty awesome montage of showing off the finished item and slicing watermelons. It's really bad ass and fantastic. They have a Facebook page you can follow and Twitter also. You can check out all their videos on their YouTube channel here:

Now, let's move on to books. Books are a wonderful thing and I have always loved curling up with a good book and reading for hours at a time. The first book is one of my personal favorites because it has such beautiful and interesting short stories. I love short stories especially stories that capture my imagination and make me see the world in a different way. Tales From The Highway by Jim Milligan is an incredible collection of short stories and I have read this book a few times already because it is that good. You can buy this book for the Kindle on Amazon here:

Haw by Sean Jackson is another favorite book of mine. It is a fantastic powerful and emotional story set in a dystopian future. It very much feels like a modern day Brave New World yet it is also its own beautiful story about the power of love, the human spirit, and what it means to stand up and fight for oneself and others. Haw is another book I have read quite a few times and every time it feels like a wonderful old friend with deep meaning. You can purchase the Kindle version or the paperback version here:

These are YouTube channels and books that are worth checking out because they are entertaining and great. I hope you will take a look and if they interest you I hope you will watch and subscribe or buy one or both of the books. See you at the next adventure, everyone!

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Adventures Of Pirotess: Crafting With Carpenter

Carpenter is another favorite job class for me after Culinarian. With a saw and a hammer as your tools, you can work with wood and metal to create a variety of useful items for you and your fellow adventurers. The Carpenter's Guild is located in Gridania and when you're first starting out you can buy the materials needed for crafting from the guild supplier NPC.

Pirotess buys crafting materials at the Carpenter's Guild.

As with all of the crafting jobs, you have a certain amount of control points while you are crafting along with job abilities to make sure your crafting is successful. Having gear equipped that adds to your control points and crafting abilities is quite helpful. Shout out to my friend Sekilini for crafting gear for me for my crafting jobs that does just that. This is also where Culinarian comes in handy, because you can craft meals that will enhance your crafting abilities also. 

The list of things you can craft starts simply at first and then as you reach higher levels they become more challenging. Expect a lot of crafting failures and loss of shards and crafting items with the more difficult items because they are meant to be hard to craft. Once you successfully craft those items though it's pretty awesome. 

Carpenter crafting list.

Some of the materials needed you will have to get on other crafting jobs. For example, if you need steel ingots you can get those from Blacksmith or Armorer. You can also purchase these from the Amalj'aa vendor in in Southern Thanlan. Other items like aldgoat leather require crafting on Leatherworker. Checking the market boards for items you may need is helpful as well. My advice is shop around because you want to get what you need at a reasonable price. I have actually waited a few days to see if things drop in price or if more become available for sale. There's no rush with crafting and you can take as much time as you need. 

Pirotess crafting away in the Carpenter's Guild. 

One of the fun things I liked about Carpenter was the fact that you can craft furniture. I made tables, chairs, and shelves to start. These are a bit of a challenge to make at first, but once you get the hang of crafting them, it does get easier. Just watch your control points, use your enhancing foods, and use your crafting abilities. Once you get on a roll, you can craft these things to your heart's content and a lot of the more difficult furniture items sell for a pretty hefty amount of gil on the marketplace boards.

List of furniture items that can be crafted on Carpenter.

At certain levels you will get a job specific quest from the guild master NPC, Beatin. This requires you to craft an item or a certain number of items that he requests and then you present it to him or whichever NPC is involved in the quest. Besides the usual experience points you will also receive gil and one piece of crafting gear. 

Pirotess getting a job quest from Beatin.

Carpenter is a lot of fun and it offers so many useful items. It is easy to level it up alongside the other crafting classes and you can cross level it easily with jobs like Leatherworker, Blacksmith, and Armorer. Of course Botanist and Miner goes well with it also because you will need elemental shards in order to craft. I will often switch to carpenter when I'm waiting to run a dungeon with friends or do some PVP and get a bit of crafting in. If you're interested, give Carpenter a try and make some amazing things for yourself or your friends. 

I would also like to take the time to thank everyone in my Free Company, Short Bus for always encouraging my love of crafting by making me gear that will help with it or sending me crafting materials. Huge thanks especially to my friends Sekilini, Sol'a, Snuky, and Bezra who go above and beyond crafting me gear, sending me items during their adventures, or asking if there's anything I need for crafting. I appreciate it a lot and I'm glad I have such great friends to go adventuring with. If any of my fellow gamers are ever on Lamia server, look us up and come join the fun. We always have a good time. See you at the next adventure everyone!

See you at the next adventure!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Adventures Of Pirotess: Goldsmith, Interesting And Fun

I have been playing with the crafting jobs and liking them a lot. Goldsmith was the next crafting job I tried out. Goldsmith is for making things adventurers can use. Goldsmiths can make a variety of things ranging from weapons to accessories such as earrings. Goldsmiths can also make components used in other crafting jobs. It is quite useful and mixes in well with the other crafting jobs.

Some of the things Goldsmith can make. 

One job that is essential and complementary with goldsmith is miner. Miner is a must because so much of the materials goldsmith crafts with are ores and gems. Miner will also help get the elemental shards you need for crafting along with botanist. Once you have everything you need, you can start crafting. When you level up at certain levels such as level 15, you get a crafting quest where you have to make a specific item and present it to the guild master.

Pirotess presenting her crafted item. 

As with crafting jobs like culinarian, the better the quality of your items, the better your chances of crafting a high quality item. Goldsmith has skills that will help increase those chances also such as Flawless Synthesis and Advanced Touch. There are leve quests you can do for this job also which help with your leveling as well.

Pirotess crafting and using her skills. 

The crafting gets a bit more challenging at higher levels so you will need some patience. Don't expect to get it on the first try, there will be moments where your synthesis fails. Once you successfully craft the more difficult pieces however, the experience points reward you get is great and that sense of accomplishment. Goldsmith is an interesting crafting job and it is fun creating a myriad of items that can be used for crafting or adventuring. Give it a try sometime. See you at the next adventure!

Pirotess crafting at the Goldsmith's Guild. 

*Final Fantasy XIV is available to play on the following platforms: PC and Playstation4

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Adventures Of Pirotess: Starlight Celebration

 It's Christmas time in the world of Eorzea! The Starlight Celebration which is the Christmas event for Final Fantasy XIV is in full swing. All the towns have cheerful Christmas decorations and even in our Free Company neighborhood there are pretty Christmas trees.

It's Christmas time!

To start the quest for the Starlight Celebration event you must be level 15 or higher. You need to teleport to Gridania, head over to Mi Khetto's Amphitheater, and talk to the NPC Amh Garanjy.

Pirotess gets the Christmas quest started.

Amh Garanjy will give you the quest Stars and Explosions and Bears, Oh My and tell you that you need to go to Bentbranch Meadows where there is some trouble and that she needs your help to save the Starlight Celebration. When you get to Bentbranch Meadows, you then need to talk to the NPC Baenfeld.

Pirotess talks to Baenfeld.

Baenfeld will tell you to choose a bear of suitable size and yes, the bears are dressed up in adorable Santa outfits. Once you have chosen your bear, you ride it to the designated locations and have it throw a starburst which is basically the bear throwing a gift box that bursts into colorful stars.

Once that is done, you talk to Baenfeld again to complete the quest. This will lead you to another quest, Starlight Stakeout. You need to talk to the NPC Taff who will tell you about trees that stole Starlight Celebration gifts and put Starlight decorations on themselves. 

Speak to Taff to learn about the thieving trees.

Travel to the Mirror Planks location and then talk to the NPC Starlight bear handler who will give you a bear mount to ride so that you can participate in the event FATE Bad Luck Comes In Trees. This FATE can be a bit frustrating because it's in one place and you have to aim carefully in order to hit the trees with the bear's starburst attack and you need to successfully hit at least three trees. This can be difficult to do if there's a ton of people which there is during the first few days of the event. I wish that Square Enix had spread it out a bit so it could happen in different town areas instead of one set location because the lag is incredibly bad with so many players in one specific area. 

The FATE event with so many can be a bit unBEARable. You knew it was coming.

Once you have completed the FATE, return to Bentbranch Meadows and talk to Taff. Your reward for completing the quest is the Starlight bear mount. It's very cute and it can fly in the new areas. You can participate in the FATE again on its own to get gift boxes which can be traded for other Starlight event items. The rest of the Starlight Celebration items you can receive are: Starlight stew Set, Starlight Log Set, Starlight Sapling, Starlight Celebration Advertisement, and Starlit Gateway Orchestration Roll.

This is a fun event to do with your friends and it does get you in the mood for Christmas and celebrates the spirit of enjoying celebrating with everyone. The first few days are probably going to have a lot of people doing the event. Once the initial excitement dies down, it will be easier to do the FATE event with less lag. It is a good idea to go when it's not peak hours. The event is running from now until December 31 so there's plenty of time to get all the goodies. Whatever you celebrate, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone! See you at the next Adventure.

The Starlight Bear mount is so cute! Merry Christmas!

*Final Fantasy XIV is available to play on the following platforms: PC and Playstation 4

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Is Relaxing Fun

I don't really play a lot of games on my phone. I did play Pokemon Go for a while, but got a little burned out on it. The only other games I really play on my phone are Words With Friends, Crosswords With Friends, and Neko Atsume. That last one is a game with cats so of course it's on my phone since I am a cat lover.

When I heard Nintendo was working on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp a game for mobile devices and that it would be free to play, I was excited. I love the Animal Crossing games because they are cheerful and fun with activities you could do such as fishing, redecorating your house in various themes, or interacting with the animal villagers in town.

With Pocket Camp there isn't a town. Instead, you have your own RV and your own campsite which you can decorate any way you wish. You can make friends with various animal characters and receive gifts and crafting materials for them when you trade them things they want such as certain types of seashells. They can also visit your campsite as well as your human friends via invitation or at random. There are different recreational areas you can visit on the world map such as a beach where you can fish or a little island where you can collect insects. There's even an area for mining, but you need the help of five people on your friends list or pay a certain amount of microtransaction currency known as leaf tickets. You can also visit a place called OK Motors where you can upgrade your RV, add an upstairs to it, or paint it in interesting patterns and colors.

Getting around on the map is easy. Click on a place and go.

Fishing is one of the recreational activities you can do. 

Crafting is another big thing in Pocket Camp. You can gather materials such as cotton and wood for crafting furniture by fulfilling requests for your animal friends like gifting them with types of fruit or seashells they want. This not only levels up your friendship with them, they will gift you with crafting materials and sometimes outfits. They will also hang out at your campsite when you invite them. The maximum amount of animals you can host at your campsite is ten. You can also send animals home via the user menu so that you can invite new animals to your campsite.

Host animals at your campsite, do favors, receive gifts.

If you're in the mood to do a little shopping, there is a marketplace you can travel to on the map. You can buy outfits and accessories from the Able sisters or you can buy furniture from Timmy and Tommy Nook, Tom Nook's twin sons. You can also sell furniture and outfits from your inventory to the Nook twins. 

Doing a little shopping at the marketplace.

Personally, I liked decorating my RV and adding a second floor. Crafting the furniture and items for my little traveling home was fun and I enjoyed decorating it the way I wanted. I liked decorating the campsite as well especially after I expanded it so I could add more items for visitors to enjoy. 

Decorating your RV is fun!

There are daily goals and stretch goals you can do that offer crafting materials, leaf tickets, or bells (the name of the money used in the game) as rewards. You can also visit your friends campsites to see how they decorate theirs and give them kudos when you visit. I thought it was very cool seeing how much variety there is in each of the campsites I visited and showed the uniqueness and style of each of my friends. 

Visit your friends campsites. It's fun!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is relaxing fun. There's no pressure or time limits. You can just enjoy yourself doing what you wish whether it's fishing or hanging out with your animal and human friends at your campsite. It's cute and colorful with a variety of things to craft and outfits to collect. Some may think it's a bit repetitive, but I don't mind that part of it. It's nice to log in and get my daily bonus, do a few things I like, and see what changes my friends have made to their campsites.

With it being the holiday season, Nintendo did a Christmas update for the game. You can now craft Christmas items, a Santa Claus outfit, and Christmas gifts. It has been fun decorating my campsite for Christmas and seeing all the Christmas cheer at my friends' campsites. I'm looking forward to the next seasonal event items they do. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the Christmas items and the entire game itself. 

It's Christmas time!

Merry Christmas from Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. 

*Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is available to play on iOS and Android devices.