Friday, February 20, 2015

[FFXIV] Crystal Tower Dragon boss

During my World of Warcraft days, I used to watch this Machinima Youtube channel where they featured videos of player encounters with bosses and some of the footages didn't have the UI visible. I didn't know how to use machinima (And I still don't (,,Ծ‸Ծ,, )) so I thought it was cool.

I tried to look for anything similar for FFXIV but I've had no luck finding a program to record fights without the UI visible.

A year ago, I shot this video of my character in Crystal tower. To do this, I memorized the commands and skill hotkeys for my bard and hid the UI for the whole fight. Nothing too fancy.

I think it turned out pretty okay. It's almost as if I knew what I was doing 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

[Food] [FFXIV] Moogle Purple latte

Whenever I'm offline and out of the house, if not on official business, you'd always find me relaxing in cozy food places or chilling with friends.

One of my go-to places for a relaxing cup of coffee is, in the heart of Ortigas, Subspace Coffee House.

The place serves pretty good pastries and coffee. They recently added more thing on their menu but I still order the usual.

Iced lemon green tea and carrot cake slice

This place is also my go-to place for good latte art too. So today, I ordered latte and I asked them to draw a moogle on it. I didn't expect anything extravagant but they made sure to deliver.

It was the most adorable thing I've had on my coffee. It's as if the barista was psychic or magic XD.

They definitely didn't fail to satiate my craving for a Final Fantasy related serving. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

30 Days of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Day 08: Least Favourite Leader.

Hrmmm Hrmmm This is a tough choice.  I love all the City leaders and I don’t know how to choose among them who is my least favorite.

I love Kan-E- Senna for her peaceful nature. She’s like a gentle mother who cares for everyone around her. And since I started out as a CNJ, most of my starting quests require me to interact with her. And I loved every moment of it. I found her nature to be calming and regal. She has the air of a composed queen and the gentleness of a fawn.

Nanamo Ul Namo is a favorite cause of her unique lalafell skin. She’s beyond adorable that I had to spend almost an hour last Halloween trying to get a disguise of her from the imp just so I could do this:

Merlwyb is the steadfast empowered woman leader in the game. Sporting 2 guns, she’s one kicka** babe you don’t want to mess with.

Out of the three, my favorite is probably nanamo since I find her adorable.  But if I have to choose a least favorite, I would probably choose... well, Nanamo.

I love her but she's my least favorite cause I'm not at all impressed by her portrayal of a leader. It feels like she's being bullied around by her council members in Ul'dah and that's not a good for a leader.

And though I enjoy the idea of Raubahn carrying her around, it creates room for the idea of dependency. Though it is not directly acknowledged in the game, there were moments where she would rely on him for emotional support and diplomatic dominance.

The fact that her subjects question her decision means that they lack faith in her as a leader. It makes me sad but I am well aware of the fact that this could be essential to the overall story line of the game. I'm still partly hopeful that they would give her more room to establish her character as a leader in future content.

Bonus video :3

Monday, February 16, 2015

[FFXIV] Chocobo Toys

I had some financial setbacks before Christmas so I needed to reconsider my gift ideas. I wanted to give presents to my FFXIV friends but I can't afford to buy a present for each one.

I used to sew small dolls and top hats in the past so I figured that I may be able to save money if I gave out handmade presents instead. 

I didn't really have any idea on what to make so I randomly searched the net for anything Final Fantasy related and majority of the pictures I liked were of the Chocobo. Chocobos are so adorable! ☆*・゜゚・*\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

So I took out my materials and drew a pattern.

My cat, Vivi, wanted to be in the shot. He started Sulking when I asked him to move XD

It took a few tries to get a good pattern. After the pattern, I created a prototype:

I was so happy when I finished my first chocobo that I decided to make different varieties of it. I think all in all, with my friend's help, I was able to make around 30 Chocobos and I gave them out to my FC mates in Ryukahn and Kids. 

Here are some of the Chocobos I gave out to my friends in Ryukahn

:3 The chocobos, packed for my friends in Kids

Since I have too many left over materials, I also made cats and gave it to my friends who didn't play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. ヾ(@°▽°@)ノ

Thursday, February 12, 2015

[FFXIV] Lala dancing with lala friends

I've once posted a video on Facebook with my lalafell character dancing. Since my profile is on private, some of my FC mates and other players on my server, who aren't on my friendlist, couldn't see the video. I uploaded it on Youtube and some friends shared it and I also posted in in FFXIV FB groups to share the lala love.

Since then, I started recording videos and uploading them on Youtube for sharing. That, coupled with my obsession with lalafells brought me to record lala dancing videos frequently.

I'm no professional when it comes to game recordings and video editing so the way I record our videos is we prepare the steps, play the music and press record. Everything is done real time.

We always face difficulties when syncing movements since Lag plays a very large role in the performance so we don't always expect perfect execution. We do this for fun and getting frustrated about lag and delays can potentially take that away.

I wanted to do a short dance video in my new lala cafe room so I invited my lala friends, Chabelita and Felorio to do a dance with me since we usually do it in our free time anyway. Chabelita is always in charge of Choreography so we let her handle the steps and we just follow.

We shot a practice video while looking for a song. We had to cycle through several before we found Ebisu Muscat's Banana Mango High School and stuck with it. 

The video got a favorable number of views from youtube which made us happy. More lalafells wanted to join in but we're not quite sure how to handle a lot of lalafells given the challenges we already face with syncing with just us 3. (See bloopers below)

Chabs worked on fixing the steps for us to follow and edited the length of the mp3 to fit the routine. Once ready, we waited for the lalas to go online and we practiced some more. 

We figured that we should use some sort of video editing for this since we're doing a whole song and it would be difficult to just up and play it while dancing. The list of steps for the song is long and we have to record it by parts XD 

It took us some time but we were able to record all the steps and our FCmate lala joined us too, Paramint.

After recording, I started working on patching the shots together. It was pretty confusing since I have no recent experience with video editing. Splicing and creating the sequence proved to be a challenge but after some time, and youtube tutorials, I was able to produce the video.

I rendered the video while eating snacks and voila! It's done! + more time to upload it on Youtube. You can find the full video Here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

[FFXIV] Playing with Hyurs

I've been a fluffy happy lalafell since I started playing the game in Beta and I've never played any other race but last December, I used my Fantasia to turn into a hyur. My lalafell friend, Llyona joined me and we hyurred ourselves up. (not even a real word (´д`、))

This is me as a Hyur

This is me and Llyona ( ◜◡‾)(‾◡◝ )

Relaxing in bed back when my room was a mini forest (*^-^*)

For once, I looked good in a swimsuit!(*థ౪థ)

Sheep rug + Ice Chandelier = Good Bird's eve view shot

Obligatory piano shot with my lala friend, Fel

Since I've been a lala for the past year, I've encountered some things that I also didn't appreciate about being hyur. Since lalas are small, we tend to look like we move faster than other races and in some cases, I think we really do. We ran T8 and T9 with FC mates a few times and we ended up getting hit by skills since we're not used to the movements of Hyurs being a bit slower or delayed. ლ(`∀´ლ) 

It's sad, but my lala glamours don't look as cute on Hyurs. In all my outfits, I always aim for my lalafell character to look "Cute" but everything looks Sexy or seductive on Hyurs since their appearance is much more mature than the child-like lalas. So I had to re-do my glamours to make it look nicer on Hyurs.

During this time, I realized that I missed playing with my lala friends. Our FC has tons of lalas and we usually play in the front yard, taking screenshots and doing emotes. As Hyur, the emotes we do doesn't look as cute so I had to make do with /pet while targeting each lala friend.

I have to say that I had fun being a Hyur since I finally get to wear a bikini without looking a scarved potato but I'm still a lalafell at heart. After 6 days, I've decided to go back to being a lala. So Llyona and I took some pretty pictures by the beach before we used our Fantasia to change back c(・ω・`c⌒っ

(✿◕ ‿◕ฺ)ノ))。₀: *゚✲ฺβyё βyё✲゚ฺ*:₀ Hyurdom!

It's nice to be back! I love being a lala 

Juju and Llyona

Monday, February 9, 2015

[FFXIV] Ryukahn Maid Cafe

I had a dream about going to a maid cafe 2 days ago and as soon as I woke up, I felt like remodeling the interior of my room in the FC house.

I got to work and raided the market board for mats and furniture. I think I spent 2-3 hours fixing my room and my inventory to fit everything in.

This is what my room looks like now... :D

 My maids, Chabelita and Blight ^_^

My lala friends Garruk and Shana also dropped by to check the maid cafe :D 

My first customer, Helaena Selune ゚・✿ヾ╲(。◕‿◕。)╱✿・゚

Now Hiring Lala maids \o/

Also, we made a lalafell appreciation FB group. If you want to join in on the fun, please feel free to click here 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

[FFXIV] Valentione's Day Quest 2015

This was my favorite event last year. I loved the Valentione outfit that I got from the quests and for a while, it was my character's glamour set. If you missed the announcement, you can check out the quests here

This year, they made it the quest a little different. Like all seasonal quests, you will be requested to do a quest from each of the main cities.

You will be asked to find NPCs and deliver gifts but the twist is, unlike normal quest npcs, these won't have markers.

So, to help, here are the locations of the NPCs you need to find, based on the hints given to you.


Location: Bentbranch meadows
Coord: Central Shroud 21,21
Hints: Chocobos, Central Shroud


Location: Horizon
Coord: Western Thanalan 23,17
Hints:  Copper, Gates, King

Location: BlackBrush Station
Coord: Central Thanalan 21,18
Hints:  Mine, Saloon, The Sunway

Limsa Lominsa

Location: Summerford Farms
Coord: Middle La Noscea 25,16
Hints:  Fruits, Settlement, Plantation, Pirates

Location: Aleport
Coord: Western La Noscea 27,26
Hints: Lockup, Booze, The Sahagin, Tidegate

Location: Moraby Drydocks
Coord: Lower La Noscea 25,35
Hints: Construction, Lighthouse, Salt, Ships

Once you complete these quests, you will have access to the last quest where you will be rewarded a Paramore Barding.

Hope this helps!