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About Anan

  • Birthday April 13

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    Asheville, NC
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    Anything beautiful.

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    Arneb (Mage), Beohrt (Warrior), Chase Venture (Hunter)

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    Banewright (HE Sorcerer) EP
    Anan (Imperial DK) AD

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    Ananisapta (Feral NE Druid)

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  1. I guess it's been a couple of years since I finished FF-XIV. I have fond memories of the series, so I'm currently downloading XII to restart, and expect I'll be heading your way in a month or two. I'm curious to know how many active players you have now, and on which world. I wound up on the wrong planet for my last play-through, and was too cheap to transfer. Also, the link I saved for this board didn't lead me to a page where I could find a way to post to the XIV community as a whole; can you show me a better way in?
  2. I've leveled toons in several MMOs and usually find myself losing interest when I get to the 'endgame'. The same has been true in my RW career: I keep seeking new challenges rather than sitting and turning the crank somewhere. So I'd be interested to hear from those of you who reached this point ahead of me: what endgame activities have held your interest?
  3. I was delighted with the RPG-like quality of this quest with its puzzles and traps and occasional need for speed and a lot less of hitting things with sticks. Near the end is another literary allusion, slightly misquoted: "Did you really think I would go gently into that dark night?" The reference is to a poem by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) that my father often quoted to me in my youth. It begins The writing in this part of the game continues to astound!
  4. Just finished this raid and was intrigued by the references to Will Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of his most popular works, first performed around 1595. For those who may not be familiar, Titania is the queen of the fairies in the play, and one of her abilities in the game is actually named 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'. The three trees are also named for fairies in the play: Puck, Peaseblossom, and Mustardseed. 'Pease' is an old word for common garden peas, from whence the old rhyme Pease Porridge Hot. This is just one of numerous examples of allusive writing in this game, which seems head and shoulders above others from a literary standpoint.
  5. I just finished Hominster Switch with NPC help, and I really love that option! I enjoyed the chance to rest between pulls and look at the scenery. Although the final boss was a beast, I liked learning the mechanics from experience without feeling a drag on other players. It was totally immersive!
  6. Is there a list of in-game alts anywhere? Without one, it's a real challenge to connect forum posts with toons!
  7. And a thousand thanks to Tzunamis, who not only made me a bunch of very expensive food on spec and delivered across worlds, but also took me on a tour.
  8. Thanks! Now I just need to figure out how to get them out of there. Sorry to be newbie...
  9. Having started this thread, I feel moved to reply to myself with a suggestion for a compromise rotation that other BM learners may find helpful at level 60. This is surely not optimal, but it seems more practical to learn and practice than the 'optimized' version. Its biggest weakness, like all the versions I've looked at, is that running and gunning is pretty difficult as a BM, no matter what rotation you choose. I have the following button assignments: Thunder III Fire III Fire IV Blizzard III Blizzard IV Scathe Sleep Enochian is on Ctrl-1, for which I use a special button on my mouse that's under the middle joint of my index finger. Similarly, 6 and 7 are accessed from the mouse. I strongly recommend to Windows players the Steelseries gaming mouse and keyboard, which provide a lot of advantages at minimal extra cost. Right now I'm using the Steelseries Rival 310 eSports mouse and an old Steelseries Merc Stealth keyboard, both fully programmable and ergonomic. Now for the rotation: 1-2-(Ctrl-1)-3-3-3-2-3-4-5-2-3-3-3-2-3-4-5 etc. Occasionally I'll slip in an extra 1 when I get the free proc; if I don't have to run around, I can keep Enochian going forever. I have ManaWard and ManaFont handy, along with a dose of Max-Potion for those "Oh-shit moments". I'm looking for an affordable source of Onigara-Yaki to help my Direct Hit Rate +4% (Max 55) Vitality +3% (Max 51) Critical Hit +2% (Max 14) because, even at iLevel 227 with 1226 Intelligence and 16,651 Hit Points I HATE DYING that much. It doesn't happen every day, but sometimes you get in a little over your head (or your tank is a jerk and your healer is a wimp) and I'd always like to be a hero rather than have to wait another 15 minutes for a new group. BTW, I now have 40 player commendations, so somebody out there likes me LOL. Anyhow, that's my best advice at the moment as I prepare to enter the Dragon War. Best of luck and Phat Lewt to all!
  10. Interesting idea. Does it imply that the club will have a 'Membership Officer' similar to a divisional role to shepherd those applications?
  11. Anybody have any for sale? It's out of sight on the Market Board. Happy to pay time and materials!
  12. I'm glad to see some leadership emerging with the energy necessary to expand FFXIV into Division status. It's going to be a lot of work, but well begun is half done. It's well to remember the old saw, "Different strokes for different folks!" One application of this is that various players have their individual preferences in how they get information. My own is that I like to read about something, preferably in an organized discourse that covers all the bases and/or refers me to other sources per topic. That's my preference because I read fast and process written information a lot faster than I can get stuff verbally. Others may prefer to hang out in Discord, and that's great for them. Personally, I felt unable to get much sense of this group from reading the materials I found in the RoH forums. I wound up on the wrong server because of outdated and misleading information in what I did read. Some of you seemed to understand my frustration and others seemed frustrated with it. The latter did not leave a positive impression with me, though most RoH players I've interacted with have bent over backwards to make things easy for me as a new member. I'm bringing this up again in hopes that the emerging leadership will keep in mind the need for an organized written source that tells me why I want to be part of this group and what will be expected of me; that includes valuable nuggets like what 'world' the group uses. Remember, the potential member is auditioning you just as much as the other way around. In this regard, it may be necessary for leadership to become aware of which members have generally positive interactions and which seem to enjoy conflict. We want to keep the conflict on the battlefield and be very supportive of one another. To the extent that I've not lived up to that ideal, I apologize. The line between constructive criticism and carping is a tough one for all of us!
  13. Up to level 58, I found my black mage a joy to play... but no longer! My favorite guide has suggested a rotation that is WAY too complicated to be enjoyable. I've looked in several other guides and found the same thing with minor variations. Is this really necessary?