With the release of Elite Dangerous on PS4, and the new raid coming to FFXIV, it looks like we have some games to keep up busy.
Next week the first turns of the new raid in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will be released, with the savage versions released two weeks after that. In terms of streaming, i probably wont stream, but will more then likely upload some videos of runs and completions as they come. I’m pretty much where I want to be until the raid drops on Tuesday, though altlesjo and I may be putting in some more pug attempts on the two extreme trials this weekend.
Elite Dangerous has gotten off to a pretty good start so far:
The plan is to stream whenever I am on Elite Dangerous. A lot of these streams will not have an voice commentary, but I will be paying attention to any chat comments and answering when I’m not avoiding stars, space stations or our good friend Boyle. I will have some streams with commentary and Q&A, and those will (hopefully) be announced. Both Voidkraken and I have set up private groups, but the idea is to stick with Voidkraken’s as our main (at the moment at least) so we can have a good place for PvE action with all of those in the H’Star community who decide to play, as well as other friends.
I will be making a page here for Elite Dangerous that will have some links that I have found useful as well as some other YouTube streamers who are playing it on PS4 (as well as other platforms) – so far I have met some pretty cool folks streaking Elite on PS4.
I will be playing on my dragoon, moving through the main story quests and the dragoon job quests as they come up. Commentary will be on and off depending on my streaming environment (I have kids.. and there is no school 🙂 )
The stream will be on the JZH Gaming YouTube Channel, and chat will be available regardless of whether or not commentary is on.
The Non-Disclosure Agreement got lifted today, so a lot of twitch, YouTube and Reddit users who have gotten first hand experience of the changes coming to FFXIV with Stormblood are releasing information. Here are some links:
There are some exciting changes coming with Stormblood – both to existing classes/jobs plus the addition of Red Mage and Samurai. Along with this, new main story quests and a new raid is on the horizon. Early Access begins on June 16, just over two weeks away.
My plan is to have streams going all day, both with and without commentary through Discord. These streams will be spoiler heavy – though I haven’t decided if I will skip cut scenes or not (for those who don’t know, you can go back and view all of the cut scenes you have already scene/skipped). I will be streaming through YouTube as usual.
My plan on Stormblood progression, without knowing too much of what is going to happen upon its release, but basing it off of Heavensward’s release from two years ago, is to get through the MSQ as quickly as possible on my Dragoon, then decide if I want to level Red Mage or Samurai – leaning towards Red Mage.
I’ve been back into Final Fantasy XIV – what I have previously called the best MMO out there right now – for about a month. I began with a new character, but once I had the hang of playing the game back, I went back to my older character to get a “head start” for the upcoming expansion. Note, “Stormblood,” the next expansion in the series, comes out June 20, with early access for pre-orders beginning five days before release (I will be there).
I quite playing FFXIV almost two years ago. I went on “vacation” for a month back in June of 2015 – right when the “Heavensward” expansion came out, got back into town, and Elder Scrolls Online had released for Playstation 4. I didn’t look back – dropped some gil (in game currency) of to my Free Company (guild) at the time so they could do their airship thing, and jumped ship to ESO. I didn’t regret it, and looking back now, I still might do it over again – I have met some great people since then and it would not have been likely if I had stuck with FFXIV. I comforted myself by saying ESO didn’t have a monthly subscription, though my wife will assure you that I had a monthly sub for ESO.
After some good and bad – mostly weird, experiences with some free to play MMOs, I’m back with FFXIV. I feel like I’ve come home. I will touch on my opinions of F2P versus sub models in another article, but I will say this to all who would rather dish out money to F2P versus a sub model – the excuse that “I will not pay to play,” typically doesn’t jive in the end. But i digress, so here we go.
Coming back into FFXIV – which is one of the deepest MMO games you can play, I had two goals. First, relearn how to play. This was not just my DPS rotation as a Dragoon or the mechanics of dungeons and raids, but everything – from the menus to the UI to how to sell stuff on the market board. I had literally been away for 22 months, playing and learning other MMOs out there, and I was extremely rusty to say the least. My second goal was to be ready for the new expansion the moment that it dropped. To do this, I had to accomplish my first goal, but i also had to complete the Heavensward expansion quests. Unlike World of Warcraft where you can jumo to the new content right away, Square Enix wants you to complete everything – in order – to get to the next area/expansion. This would mean if I did everything solely on a new character I would have to finish the base game main story quests (A Realm Reborn) then Heavensward and on top of that, gear my character out to a respectable item level for when Stormblood dropped – I figured ilvl 250 would suffice. Needless to say, I completed both of my goals, and here is how I did it.
Created a new character on the server I have played on – Brynhildr – leveling him up enough to get to my job skills (Dragoon – Maurader to lvl 15, Lancer to lvl 30), relearned the basics of my rotation, learned the basic mechanics of dungeons, etc, essentially relearned the game.
Got back onto my old character and set him up – skills, etc. Began Heavensward Main Story Quests (MSQ).
Leveled to 60 on Dragoon, finished MSQ
At level 60, constantly geared – first to ilvl 200, then to 230, then to 250 – which is where I felt I needed to be for Stormblood’s release. I did this through dungeons, hunts and finally raids and daily roulette. I will confess I also bought some gear from the market boards to help alleviate the grind. I had a lot of help in running some stuff, as well as answering my questions from my current free company along the way.
As you can see, I did it. took me playing around three weeks on my old character to go from level 50 to level 60 as well as raising my gear level once I was at 60. This was with an average of about 3 hours a day over that three week period (maybe a little higher if you count weekends).
It’s not perfect – I can still get better gear. My plan is to continue to do my daily routine – Expert Roulette, Level 60 Roulette, Trials Roulette and Vath Beast Tribe Quests – this will enable me to have enough Tomestones of Scripture to finish upgrading the rest of my gear, minus my weapon, to achieve an ilvl of around 257 before Stormblood releases. Beyond that, I am simply working on leveling other classes, currently working toward a Paladin (tank job) and Black Mage (ranged DPS).
Another week of gaming is under our belt since last weeks “State of Things” post, and I’d like to share where everything is at with the website here as well as the YouTube channel.
Altlesjo and I are both playing Final Fantasy XIV – currently in it’s Heavenward expansion with the Stormblood expansion coming in the 3rd week of June. Altlesjo has just started and I have finally reached level 60 and currently working on raising my ilvl and finishing up the main story quests involved with Heavensward so I can be ready for Stormblood at launch (hopefully pre-launch with the pre-order). I have shared some content already, and I will continue to have random streams and video uploads of FFXIV game play, but nothing set in stone at the moment. My plan moving forward is to stick with FFXIV, and offset down time with that with other games, such as Star Trek Online and eventually Elite Dangerous. I cannot speak too much towards altlesjo’s intentions, except I can say with confidence that neither one of us will play a F2P MMO ever again.
If you are interested in FFXIV and would like to be able to play with either one of us – doesn’t matter if you are new or not, we play in the North American (Primal) Data Center on the Brynhildr Server. The great thing about this game is that no matter if you are on PC or PS4, as long as we are on the same server, we can all play together. On top of that, for raids there is cross-server capability.
Streaming Schedule (Current Plan)
Mondays – 10pm Eastern – The J&J Show (note: we will be starting it up again soon, we let everyone know when.
Tuesday – Thursday – 8pm Eastern – FFXIV – Random streams, will not happen every night most likely
Saturday – 7pm Eastern – Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer – Dependent on participation, if no one available, I will stream FFXIV
Saturday – 8:30/9pm Eastern – Final Fantasy XIV Game Play
Sunday – No Streams Planned
So, main nights for streaming will be Friday and Saturday – beginning with STO and ME:A respectively, then switching gears to FFXIV. The main drive, currently, for making videos other then streams will be FFXIV, followed by builds, etc for STO.
This week, I plan on making a page of links for FFXIV. This will contain YouTube channels I have been following as well as links to guides and discussions that I have found helpful – for all classes and jobs. The Star Trek Online page will also have some updates with YouTube channels and specifically important videos moving forward.
Lastly, thanks to all! If there is anything you would like to see in the games/streams listed above, let me know and I will see if I can make it happen.