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Back to reality, I attack the dragon.

So after Husband found us a professional DM1 to run some games as a Fun Easter Quarantine Activity, I finally got to give the Drard a proper run! Now with 100% more naga thanks to the GM’s house rules for playable races!

Laqis is exactly as good-bad as predicted; massive utility for everything that doesn’t actually matter all that much and zero effectiveness in combat.2 But for solving all those random and non-combat encounters they’re batting like 100%. Mostly by casting combinations of speak with animals and goodberry. Thorn whip has also gotten a good run, mostly because, a) it’s great for dragging enemies into environmental hazards, and b) it triggers attacks of opportunity from the two melee players. Nice.

Also, the expression the DM makes when I say things like, “I only have 10 AC and 15 HP!” and “I cast unseen servant to build us a rope bridge to cross the rapids! It has no mass so it can totally walk across the water!” is totally worth being a one-hit-combat kill…

  1. One who, completely coincidentally, used to be in our vanilla World of Warcraft guild, Back In The Day. His sister, if I’m remembering correctly, even took over the guild when the rest of us had a rage quit somewhere in the transition between finishing uni and starting work. Adam still agreed to run games for us, even after all of that, so… whew. Tl;dr, the internet is a tiny place and, yes. You will randomly run into people you used to know like a decade and a half ago. This is like my third in three years, even! []
  2. Well… I did get to drop onto a guy’s head from a ceiling as a giant spider and rip his face off, so that was pretty fun. Then immediately got clubbed to death saves by another guy. []
2020-04-14T09:38:47+10:0014th April, 2020|Tags: dungeons and dragons, gaming, my art, tabletop rpgs|

… aa-aa-and nearly exactly two months after finishing A Realm Reborn, there’s Heavensward done!

The writing is definitely getting better, though still suffers from the problem games with unvoiced protagonists often have wherein you kind of end up feeling like a side-character in everyone else’s drama (despite doing all the “work” to fix it!).

On the plus side: flying is still awesome, and the gating requirements feel natural and manageable.1 Also I… really, really like Dancer? Like I wanted to unlock it because of (ahem) the aesthetics but I actually really enjoy how it plays, to the point where I’ve switched to it as my main (from Summoner).

And now… to slog through the 3.x content filler before the next expansion (ugh). Hopefully it won’t be as tedious as the 2.x stuff, though looking at the wiki there are still way too many Duties and way too much run-here-watch-a-cutscene-run-there-watch-a-cutscene-run-back-watch-a-cutscene.

Also: I have discovered Triple Triad. Don’t ask me why it took me this long to actually start playing it.2 I was the, like, one person who really enjoyed Triple Triad in FFVIII, and… I still really enjoy it. I’m not actually good at it, but luckily you don’t really have to be.3 So… on my way to grinding out that 100,000 MSP for those sweet sweet arch-demon horns…

  1. Basically, once you’re done with the MSQ in a zone, you should have done at least 90% of the work to unlock flying “naturally”, so it never really feels like a grind to get the last few pieces. []
  2. think the first time I went to the Saucer I got the impression it was a PvP mini game only? []
  3. Winning is like 60% what cards you have, 30% what rules are in effect, 10% skill. []
2020-03-23T08:02:21+11:0023rd March, 2020|Tags: final fantasy, gaming, mmos, video games|