As you level up, and get your achievements, you get the opportunity to purchase some goodies including a sweet mount – at least I think so – and some minions and Barding for your Chocobo. By the time you get to 40-50, you’ll have enough for the mount and a minion or two. To cash in on your Achievement Certificates for the sweet rewards, see Jonathas in Old Gridania. If you are interested in Barding, look carefully before you purchase. There are some, IMHO, dumb choices like the Black Mage barding where the Chocobo is wearing a really dumb looking hat. I particularity like the Wild Rose Barding pictured below. It’s colorful and stylish rather than grotesque.
There are lots of choices for cute minions too, and based on the Wiki pages, it looks like some minions in this game actually help you fight. I have yet to see that happen, but I keep an eye out.
The Magitek Death Claw mount is actually quite nice and only costs 6 Achieve Certs, which is about 300 Achievement points. BTW, you don’t lose your points when you spend the certs. It keeps track of which points you’ve spent, but doesn’t reduce your total. Anyway, I like the mount because it’s smaller than many of the other mounts so it’s less in your way of seeing where you are going. It does make an annoying buzz while flying. And someday in a higher level area, I’m hoping it does actually fly. We’ll see.
Yes, I admit that it looks strange to be hanging from your shoulder blades under the mount. But honestly, it doesn’t hurt a bit and the ride is quite smooth.
Another race/class combination has just been released for Tera – Human Male Brawler. As you may remember, Brawler was introduced as a Human Female only in keeping with the recent Gender Locked classes starting with Elin as Reaper. A few weeks ago we had an Elin Gunner released.
This practice of Gender Locking classes in Tera stands in stark contrast to Final Fantasy XIV where all races can play all classes – actually each and every character of any race can play all the classes and all the professions. In Tera of course, like most MMOs, you chose your class when you create your character and that’s it.
I started a new Brawler this evening named Charlie Nash after a Street Fighter character. Surprisingly, the Street Fighter character names are available in Tera. I would have guessed that folks would jump on those names for Brawler characters.
So if you’ve been waiting in Tera to be tough guy, now’s your chance.
I had a bunch of extra books taking up my Armory Chest so I decided to clean house. Any with spirit-bound, I munched into Materia of course. And then I sold the rest. Well, big mistake. I checked comparisons of the prices. Bad Idea.
Prices for Books On the Market
Then I had a thought. All of these are actually available at merchants. So I checked. Here are the prices adjusted to be a little lower than the merchants sell them for. See any differences?
Adjusted to be Lower Thanks Merchant Prices
So, looks like sellers on the market board just follow the market like I did and folks who buy there are getting ripped off big time if they aren’t careful.
If a nearby merchant sells your stuff, check their prices first, folks.
I’ve completed the last Main Scenario Quests for the base FFXIV game – A Realm Reborn. No spoilers, but I will mention that you need not be intimidated by these quests as you approach them. Once you are level 50, and have the decent gear from quests or merchants, you should have no problem completing them.
After trying Red Mage yesterday, I tried Samurai today.
I had my Bard up to level 50 and so I went to Ul’dah and signed up to be a Samurai. So the first couple of quests are not that bad. After a little training with your master, some guys show up with a grudge and while the low level guys are no problem, it takes a little while to take down the big guy. No big deal as long as you avoid his attacks.
If you have purchased the Stormblood expansion, and you have reached level 50 with any class, you can talk to a Distraught Lass in Ul’dah to become a Red Mage. I just tried it. Very interesting. The first couple of quests are easy. Actually the first quest is just watching your mentor deal with a few bad guys. Then you dress up in Red Mage gear and help him with some other bad guys. Even though the above monster looks scary, you have help and your new skills to wear him down. Just stay to the side and avoid his attacks.
Unlike the Black Mage, which is just a new coat of paint on a Thaumaturge class, the Red Mage is really a new class with a new weapon and some pretty cool skills. The Red Mage is a magic wielding fencer with a Rapier weapon. I’ve just started, so I’m still figuring out which skills to use in a rotation. but one of the coolest skills, Scatter, seems to be an AOE on a pretty fast cool-down. We’ll see.
In other news, the Bard is now level 50, with a sweet new set of Armor and a nice bow from the Market Board for a reasonable price.
A long time ago I made a reading lamp using compact fluorescent bulbs.
This is the old one. It still works fine, but it has two issues. It only has one brightness and the Fluorescent bulbs take a few minutes to “warm up” and come to full brightness. This lamp is made with three 75 watt equivalent Compact Florescent bulbs. That may seem light a lot of light, but it’s directed at the ceiling, not directly at the book.
The design is very simple – a panel about 1 by 2 feet held at 45 degrees with the wall and direct the light to the ceiling. This creates enough light to read a book in bed with no glare or harsh light as you read.
Here’s the new version:
This new version is made with LED Halogen replacements from Ranpo Lighting and sockets from MyLampParts.
The lamps are found here.
The sockets are found here.
Since no dimmable LED lamps are available in this form factor, the design allows using 1, 2 or 3 bulbs for three levels of brightness. Two switches are used to turn on 1 and the other 2 of the three lamps.
Also, hot glue works very well for insulation for the soldered connections in the lamp cord. It’s good to use lots of the glue so that it won’t loosen and fall off over time.
The new AVR – Audio Video Receiver – has arrived. Works great.
The choice is the Denon AVR S930H – All the video support and way more Audio support than I need. My speakers are only 5.1 and this one supports 7.2 or as they are saying these days 5.2.2. But I needed this level of support to get HDR10 / Dolby Vision which my TV supports.
An Oppo UDP 203 4K BluRay Player will probably be added in a couple of months to finish the AV system upgrade.
[I don’t have pictures from the Antorus fight, but here are some pictures from Dungeons I’ve played in Wow. ] I saw this article in PC Gamer today.
It sounds like he must have been wearing a diaper, but never the less, that’s a lot of work.
In World of Warcraft, players are often willing to go to extremes just to say they’ve done it. Some might spend all their time grinding out hard to get achievements while others will run a raid boss hundreds of times in hopes of getting some rare loot. But Rextroy is of a higher caliber. He beat the first raid boss of Antorus, The Burning Throne all by himself—and it only took him a measly eight hours. His reward? I’m not sure exactly. Bragging rights? I guess?
You can watch the whole video here. It’s been compressed to about 13 minutes. You may want to watch the first few minutes and then skip to near the end to see him hiding in the pool to avoid the huge AOE attack that is supposed to challenge a Raid group of 10-15 players.