FFXIV Sage vs GW2 Virtuoso

I’m not saying that they copied each other. But it’s odd don’t you think? Shadowlands vs Shadowbringers? End Walker vs End of Dragons? All the game companies are listening to their competitors’ leaks?

Two New Jobs In New Expansions

And FFXIV Sage Barrier Healer vs GW2 Mesmer Elite Spec Virtuoso. Both with daggers and ranged attacks. Links to the video reveals on the next page, but let’s look at some images first:

GW2 Virtuoso Elite Spec for Mesmer

I wonder if the GW2 folks are going to change their virtuoso icon the same way that FFXIV needed to change the Sage Icon? The video reveal of the Virtuoso shows all the skills and animations. Compared with Sage, the Virtuoso daggers are transparent and glowy. But there’s more work to do, maybe the graphics will change before release.

FFXIV Sage Barrier Healer

Here are some pictures of the Sage Job.

We’ve seen nothing so detailed for Sage as we have for GW2 Virtuoso. But FFXIV does not tend to reveal that kind of detail before release. And there are no public beta’s. We’ll just have to wait until November 2021 for the release of End Walker. So far all we have is a visual overview with no detailed commentary.

Check out the videos below:

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Lowe’s Online Shopping Example

I needed a quart of Tile Mastic. Amazon had only Gallons, which is way too much. Lowe’s had quarts, and they have a store in Roseburg Oregon. I live near Charleston Oregon.

The mastic cost about $8 and shipping was another $5, but local stores in the Coos Bay area don’t carry this as far as I can tell.

Well it’s taking a while to get it. Turns out that Lowe’s decided that the San Jose, California store could ship it to me. Not the Roseburg, Oregon store.

So here it goes:

I expect that it will be delivered tomorrow sometime after being driven all night tonight from Troutdale, through Roseburg and then to Coos Bay for delivery to Charleston.

I’m sure that Fedex shipping is very efficient. I’m sure their computers work long and hard to optimize shipping routes. It is odd that the truck does not stop somewhere along I-5 on the way from California to Portland [Troutdale is outside of Portland, Oregon]. But whatever.

It would seem that Lowe’s might spend a little more time optimizing their shipping. Their website tells me that I can pick up the item at the Lowe’s in Roseburg, but when Lowe’s ships it they ship it from San Jose, California.

I’m sure it will be fine when it arrives. Even with the unusual heat the Portland area is having right now. 115 degrees F yesterday in Portland.

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Attic Access Solution

Currently my attic is accessed by removing two pieces of plywood above a doorway in the garage.

The plywood panels are held in with Drywall screws. This is a problem for several reasons:

  • There are two pieces of plywood rather than one. Easy fix. Just screw some small board or strips of plywood to the back to join the two pieces to make one “Door”.
  • The plywood “Door” is held on with drywall screws which are difficult to remove and replace and a pain to retrieve if you drop them.
  • There are no “Handles” on the plywood “Door”. That makes it more difficult than necessary to remove and replace the door.
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Leveling Jobs 71 to 80

I’ve mentioned that I’m working on the Amaro mount, which requires all the War and Magic jobs to level 80. At this point I’ve been using MSQ Roulette and Deep Dungeons to get all the jobs to level 71. This level is required both to do Shadowbringer’s dungeons and the Bozjan Southern Front. I’ve tried several strategies to level my jobs beyond 71.

The Bozjan Southern Front

The Bozjan Southern Front unlock quests required a whole day to accomplish.

The Wikis for FFXIV are a little confusing about how to unlock the BSF, but the quest chain requires at least level 80 and starts in the Kugane Markets with an NPC who starts the Return in Invalice quest line. This quest line is long and will take you into three 8 man RAIDs, but don’t let this deter you. These are basically just long 8 Man dungeons and if you have decent gear on a level 80 character, you are good to go. This is a very interesting quest line and if you study Youtube walk-throughs for the Raids before you go, then they are quite interesting. I did them as a DPS job to avoid the pressure of Tank or Healer, but your mileage may vary in this regard. And after you get to the BSN, there are two things:

  • You can purchase nice purple level 80 Relic Weapons for tomes.
  • You can level up any character above level 71 toward level 80.

There are lots of folks doing this content. Unlike my previous experience trying Eureka – another similar area at a lower level. But the leveling is hit and miss and the content is brutal. I was able to get to resistance level 9. But I have given up using the BSN to level my characters.

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FFXIV Caster’s Glamour

I saw some very interesting glamour in Heaven on High this morning and it took a while to track it down.

I found some of the pieces in the Eorzea Gearset Collection. The boots and gloves appear to be the Deepshadow Casting set from the Crystarium Nuts collection. I believe Nuts are a reward for Fates in the Shadowbringers areas.

The jacket is an Arachne Bolero – Crafted by Master Weaver II. Level 50 ilvl 110 for casters. I found on on the Market board. To achieve this look, dye it “Ink Blue” or “Soot Black”. It comes with white sleeves.

The skirt is the Star Velvet Bottoms of Casting which I found on the market board. The default color is black.

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FFXIV Endwalker Pre-Order

It’s time to order the Pre-Order for the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Expansion. The expansion is coming in November and whichever pre-order you purchase you can get some good items to help with leveling. As always, the process or ordering in the Square-Enix Store is confusing. Unlike other games, for some unknown reason, purchasing games and upgrades is very confusing.

For me, the important part of the Pre-Order is the Leveling Earring. Minions are nice, but not that important to me. This earring adds 30% XP for all content up to level 80 and is account wide. You’ll get this from the Delivery Moogle for all your characters.

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Progress on Amaro Mount

For a while now I’ve been working on the Amaro Mount in FFXIV. As a reminder, to get this mount, you need to get all of your Fighting jobs, except BLUe Mage, up to level 80. So it takes a while.

Here is my current progress:

I’m currently spamming Heaven on High after getting all the jobs to at least 61 in Palace of the Dead. It takes about 4 to 5 runs of HoH to get a level. Once I reach 70, and equip Scaevan Armor, I move on to another job. Also once per day, I do an MSQ Roulette. At lower levels, doing dungeons was a win for experience, but at this level, dungeon queues are too long and XP too low to make doing dungeons, except the MSQ Roulette, to be worth the trouble. To avoid over running the Armory storage, I’m keeping all the jobs at about the same level. Otherwise the Armory space would be gone pretty quickly.

I’m not sure how to level 70-80 most efficiently. I’ll probably try Trusts and may look into Eureka. I have figured out where to buy level 76 and 78 armor from merchants, so gear won’t be a problem I hope.

Guild Wars 2 or World of Warcraft share mounts and mastery progress on mounts across the entire account. However, Alts in FFXIV are completely separate silos. So to get this mount on all my characters would be a horrific grind. But I have nice mounts for all my characters, esp the Falcons in various colors, from holiday events over the past couple of years.

May you walk in the light of the Crystal.
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Ziply Fiber Installed

Ziply Fiber is installed and is working fine. The modem required no change in the Router. The router connected with DHCP to get an IP address from the modem and away we go.

When the Spectrum Service is shut off in a month or so, I’ll move the Ziply Modem to replace the Arris cable modem on the frame.

The frame is wide enough so if I move the White Netgear switch to the left slightly, the Fiber Modem will fit where the Arris Cable modem is now. Velcro is a great way to hold these items down to keep them in place when the cables move.

Hurray.
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Carbonite Backup Service

For a few years, I was using Carbonite and I was quite happy. But like all services, from Electricity to Internet to Cable TV, folks got greedy and the price crept up. While the price of storage and price of internet goes down, the prices of Carbonite creeps up. So two years ago I did some research and switched to another service.

Wasabi [Hot Cloud Storage] provides a naked cloud storage service with an AWS interface. So you need a backup application and after some research, I found Cloudberry. It seemed the best at the time. They have since been purchased by another company. Cloudberry is a simple but functional backup application that can use Wasabi, among others, for cloud storage.

My backup requirements are about 750GB total. Across all my computers I have many TB of storage, but what I need to backup is much smaller. I move the data I need to backup to one computer using a Synch application and then the backup function runs in the middle of the night to back the files up to the cloud.

As it turns out however, The Cloudberry / Wasabi solution is the same cost as the Carbonite service. Ignoring the cost of the Coudberry one time cost, the Wasabi charges are $6/mo for 1TB or less. And the Carbonite plan is the same cost. And Carbonite is simpler to deal with and understand. So I’m going back to Carbonite. I’ve started the free trial. But how is the back up going?

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