And the favorite Scion of the Seventh Dawn is…

I’ve written before about how the story in FFXIV involves a lot of nodding, and players of the game will know that the people with whom you nod the most are the Scions of the Seventh Dawn. Without giving away too much of the plot, the Scions are .. basically the Avengers of Eorzea. They are also your main companions during the game, so you get to know your fellow Scions fairly well. Last week I informed Twitter that fancy elf...

Onward to 60 and First Impressions of the Astrologian

Hello from home! I had a nice time visiting Manhattan (for fun) and Halifax (for a family wedding), but I have to admit that after 10 days on the road I was pretty excited to come home and play video games while wearing comfy pants. I have some travel thoughts that I want to include in their own post so let me just say one thing now: air travel is bad and airlines should feel bad. It’s been a while since I’ve flown on a...

Guest Post: Gelatinous Cubes Make Excellent Team-Building Exercises

Yeah, yeah, Liore is still on vacation. What a slacker! In the meantime, enjoy this excellent post by NBI participant Sonja from Soultamer Gaming. ————————————– “At this point,” the DM brought to light to the Dungeons and Dragons table last week, “You’re really freaked out. Against your better judgement, you’ve all stuck around...

Guest Post: Clothes make the Hero, not levels or achievements

Liore is on vacation, but blogging never sleeps! Or, um, something like that. Today’s post is by Murf from the blog Murf Versus. ——————————– For the first five minutes of my MMORPG career, I was stuck in the new player tutorial that Origin had added in their Renaissance expansion for Ultima Online. Once I had arrived amongst the adventurers of the realm, I knew...

Binging on Serialized Content in FFXIV

I’ve mentioned before that there is a huge amount of story content in FFXIV available once a player hits the level cap of 50. Like, a lot a lot. Most MMOs unlock features based on a character’s level, whereas FFXIV locks things behind quests. Players start their main story quest right from the moment they first create their character, and it continues throughout the entirety of the game. Every major feature is unlocked by...

Public Cash Shop Shaming: round two!

Hey! Go vote in the NBI 2015 Screenshot Safari! It’s a fun way to support newbie bloggers! — Every few years I visit Las Vegas and one of the things I like to do there is play video poker. I’m a nerd, which means when I play video poker I research where I can find the machines with the best payout odds, and I practice with a game trainer so I can execute near-perfect mathematical strategy. Sometimes I end up with...

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