Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto

I’ll be starting this up in just a few minutes over on Twitch, but I have to say, I’m a bit worried. Not just about Prompto, though I mean c’mon, everyone who’s played the main game and has seen the trailers for this already know what’s going to be happening.

Me? I’m worried that there isn’t going to be enough time to cover all the plot hinted at in chapter 13. Either way, I’m heading into it. Join me, and wish me luck!

Summer 2017 Updates (Wall of Text Edition)

(Note: As usual, I started this post last night, set it aside for a little while, and fell asleep before finishing it. Since that’s the case, anything after about the halfway point of the list below I’m filling in this morning. Also, OMG the typos, because I was struggling to stay awake while I typed the first part of this to begin with.)

Okay, so first off:  Gaemes.

I’m still extremely far down the rabbit hole with FFXIV, so that is delaying a bunch of other plans I’d made. I’ll post a full profile of my character at some point, but the short, short version of it is that she’s an import of my Dragon Age 2 Hawke. As the Champion of Kirkwall, Ria (Marian “Ria” Lousia Hawke) defended the mages and first indirectly (though later more directly) supported Anders’s actions at the end of DA2. She’s an extremely loving and loyal person, but by no means a good one. Loving but selfish and somewhat extreme? Also snarky to a fault and obsessed with hats specifically and dressing up to absurd occasion in general. Yeah… That sounds about right.

Anyway, I’ve finished the main A Realm Reborn main story quests with her and I’m maybe… 1/2 way to entering Heavensward, based on world of mouth. But in spite of not even entering Heavensward, I did jump at the chance to buy the next expansion for  the new jobs available–especially Samurai, which I’ve become very fond of. Much of it plays similar to my previous Ninja job, but since monk is the  most-related class (not prereq class tho, thank god) the job is much sturdier than ninja. Which… kind of sucks, because Rogue and later Ninja are more true to Ria’s fighting style. But I found an awesome coat for pug/mnk/sam in the Gold Saucer that just looks amazing and that flows quite well with how she always wants to look her best.

As for other games? Brian (@chii_dev) has finally gotten to the point in FFXV where he’s used the boat to get to Altissia, something I’ve been begging him for months do. He also appears to be done with all the Altissia hunts, something I was incapable of doing on my first save. He’s since, however, returned to Lucius using Umbra, so I kind of doubt he’ll be going through the summit or the summoning of Leviathan any time soon. But hey… at least he finally got on the boat after all?

Back to me, though: EPISODE PROMPTO IS OUT TONIGHT/TOMORROW MORNING! (Next-morning continuing-update note: see? This is out of date already thanks to falling asleep before finishing!) I fully expect to be, and will severely disappointed if I’m not, sobbing like a child throughout this episode. All other scheduling things aside, this is going to be my first priority of all game things possible for the next few days. And, yes, I’ll be streaming it on Twitch as I go, then exporting to YouTube later, most likely on easy mode as I did with the main game and Gladio, because I want to see the game, not sit there swearing for 20 minutes at something I can’t kill.

Speaking of my Twitch and YouTube? I’m pretty sure I’m going to erase all or most of my FFXV files on those sites and start fresh when I go into my second NG+ (one without the #PrinceSpaceman save). That way I can skip as many hunts as possible that can take up extra play time that no one is really interested in. Side quests I’ll still do, and any hunts mandatory to them, but not hunts for the sake of hunts.

Finally, the rest of my to-do list so far as games and related media go. I think these might be in order at the moment, but I’m not certain yet so the orders may have changed.

  1. Continue ARR into Ishgard and beyond
  2. Finish FFXV as PrinceSpacememan
  3. I Am Setsua
  4. DA Re-Everything (though possibly skipping the early books, since those have been hard to focus on).
  5. Restart as “serious” save of FFXV
  6. etc, etc, cause I don’t have my usual to-do list with me and while I think I have everything significant here, there’s almost always something I’ve missed. Not that the list is entirely relevant at the moment, since I’m focusing now on very short-term goals.

Non-Games:

  1. Finish The Clone Wars, start Rebels.
  2. Catch up on Fashion Week(s), which one again I seem to have missed the beginnings of.
  3. Lose weight, or at least lose enough weight to get my rings off so I can move them to a necklace. Because holy cow my fingers are so swollen I can’t do anything about them–even the string method can’t work at this point.
  4. I’m on duolingo now doing their new Japanese program. It’s only on mobile, not on browsers yet, but it’s still been a great help for me, as a refresher in and to build upon the little bit of Japanese I’d learned years ago. For someone with no background in Japanese, though, I’d probably suggest using it as a supplement to other lessons instead of an only source. It gives you the whats of what it’s teaching you, and it doesn’t give you any whys as you go. This extends all the way down to hiragana vs katakana existing side by side. You learn that both あ and ア are read as “a” but no one tells you why that is, what situations you do and don’t use each for, etc. There are kanji with multiple readings (specifically, 中) that are pronounced one way in every flashcard, but another way in almost every in context example. And again? No explanation for the different readings and usage. Oh! And in spite of mobile being an excellent opportunity for this, there isn’t any option (yet?) to let us learn to write, however poorly, in Japanese using the touch screen to trace out characters.

Anyway, enough too-late and too-early blathering for now. I’m going to pick up and do at least half of this morning’s lessons then get on FFXIV for a while. As I said, I should be to Heavensward soon, and I have to get to and through that if I’m ever going to get up to Stormblood’s content in the next year.

Stream Today?

I have errands I’m running right now, but odds are Prince Spaceman will pick up at the beginning of chapter 9 in FFXV later today. (Hopefully Prince Spaceman will have an easier time with that chapter than Noct did on my original game.) Gaming will depend somewhat on how I’m feeling after an appointment I have, but I think I’ll be okay.

Now then, when I stream will depend on whether or not I go see King Arthur this afternoon or not. I have no expectations other seeing Charlie Hunnam, so I think I’ll probably enjoy it even if it is bad. But again, it’ll depend on how I’m feeling. Feeling rough = go home & game earlier; feeling okay = go to movie and game after.

Final Fantasy Hell Again

This time, it’s FFXIV. I played the betas for both the original and ARR, and I loved the second especially, but never got a chance to actually sign up for the full game. Well, thanks to a certain asshole, I set everything up last night.

Well, not everything yet. I haven’t actually set my character up, because as of typing this it’s 8AM and I was up until 2-ish last night getting the client updated and such. Also, Brian and I have to get his account and character set up because a) if I’m going down he’s going with me; even if he wasn’t willing, he’d be forced into it for forcing me into DCU:O years ago and b) I need my healer, and he’s my healer. At least Brian’s PS4 client is already up to date; the software itself was still in our library from the beta or a trial or something, so we just have to activate his service account.

So! What will we be doing, and where? I’m told by the above-referenced asshole that our server is going to be Sargantanas. It kind of defeats the purpose of being bullied encouraged to start the game but then don’t get on the same server, so Sargantanas it is. Then again, it could also be a kind of funny? Not funny enough to actually do considering my current sleep-deprived state. Anyway. I’ll be starting in Ul’dah, though I don’t know if I’m going to start with gladiator or pugilist. I know gladiator is going to be quicker overall for me, but I’m going to need pugilist leveled eventually to pair with the rogue I’m going to switch to at the first chance I get.

You know. ‘Cause ninjas.

Brian I’m assuming will be in Gridania, because of 99% chance he’s going to go healer. God, I hope he goes healer. If he doesn’t then that’s going to be awkward. I’ll meet up with him once I unlock rogue.

Anyway, I’ll post names/portraits/other details up when we have all that set up, if anyone’s interested. In the meantime, this old post has some of my beta characters. I was on PS3 at the time, so they’re just pics of the TV unfortunately. It doesn’t change how obnoxiously adorable Ria is, and since the beta it looks like freckles were added so if I make her instead of a random character, she’ll be even more adorable than in those pics.

Stream Tomorrow: Episode Gladiolus

Life wouldn’t let me start this first DLC for FFXV right away on Tuesday, but hey! By waiting ’til tomorrow, I get more uninterrupted time with it for my first go at the content.

Now then, while looking for the promo image I noticed a few headlines claiming that the DLC “isn’t as fun” as the main game. I’m not reading those specific pages to avoid spoilers, but my guess and hope is just that the difference in Gladio’s combat versus Noct’s is hard to get a handle on. In fact, no matter what the rest of the DLC is like, I fully expect my stream tomorrow to be laden with obscenities before, during, and after figuring out the new combat. So, yeah. Be prepared for that.

Anyhow, I’ll have Morning(tm) things to do first, like waking up, going to the gym, and eating. Then once all that’s done I’ll set up to start Gladio’s life changing field trip with Cor. I’m thinking maybe… noon Eastern time? I’ll put on Twitter in the morning maybe an hour, and then a fifteen minute, warning before I start.

And since no one asked but I just thought of it anyway: no, shirtless Gladio will not be joining #PrinceSpaceman. Shirtless Gladio can wait until I get to my next NG+.

A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV

I’m pretty sure most of us know of A King’s Tale already, since it was one of the pre-order bonuses for FFXV–in the U.S. it was the one for GameStop, unfortunately. I don’t like GameStop. So all I’ve had to content myself with was this trailer:

Now then, I’ve had plenty of time since November 29th (lol Squeenix pushed dates again, but what’s a two month delay after 10 years?) where I could have either watched a video of a playthrough, or even tried to Share Play it through a friend (something we’d discussed briefly but never got around to trying) but I didn’t really want to do either of those. I wanted to actually get my hands on the game.

And then? Then Squeenix announced the game would be out March 1st! For free! Until yesterday actually came around, I thought it would be as an add-on for those already with the game, at least in order to get it for free. But nope, everyone can get it for free, and everyone with even the slightest interest in FFXV and/or beat-em-ups really should.

It’s not long, so you don’t have to worry about some huge investment. I played an hour and a half last night (including not only dying a few times but also a few unfortunate distractions; without those the session would probably have been an hour, max), and I think I have one, maybe two maps left. Random YouTube video titles that I’ve seen imply that there might be multiple endings, but I don’t know about that myself and won’t for a while, since I’m only playing through it the once right now.

I’ll be back on Twitch for the second half of the game this afternoon or tonight, but if you want to see last night’s play, you can watch that here. Probably the best “bedtime story” Easter egg I’ve seen pretty much ever can be found near the end of last night’s vid; I don’t know if it triggers on any playthrough or only if you have a habit of dying like I do, but that one scene alone would have been enough for me to spend a few bucks on this quick little game if it wasn’t already free.

TL;DR: I didn’t think a beat-em-up, even an FF one, would be this much fun anymore. If I do have only two maps left, like I think I do, I’m going to be kind of sad that there’s not more to play.