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...

That Retro Healing Spirit is Alive in FFXIV

I have been running dungeons almost non-stop since hitting 50 in Final Fantasy 14, which isn’t very surprising because at this point there are so many of them. I want to run lowbie and story dungeons for tokens to improve my gear, I want to run higher level dungeons to work on my relic weapon and finish the post-50 story. Just unlocking the first 25-man dungeon requires days of running mini-dungeons. (Yes, I know that the...

A History of Level Capping

This weekend I sat down and finally got my first class to 50 in Final Fantasy XIV. Of course in FFXIV, more than most games, the leveling isn’t over yet. I need to level up the other magic classes to get key cross-class skills on my White Mage, and there are a billion levels of crafting and gathering I could do if I was so inclined. But first I have so much to do at 50! There are many dungeons that I haven’t seen yet, much...

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