I can't believe it, but 1 year ago today is the day I came home with my FFXIV physical copy!
I spent the evening of Jun 26, 2018 installing and playing into the wee hours of the 27th. I logged out at the Coffer & Coffin inn in Central Thanalan after doing the MSQ there and setting up my MMO mouse.
I'll always remember walking into Foundation for the first time and listening to the grim and proud Ishgardian theme, and arriving at Kugane at night and being awed at how bright and colorful it was.
I caught up to MSQ in mid-September just as Alphascape launched, super excited to jump into endgame.
But I got completely destroyed trying to clear Suzaku Ex, haha. Looking back, as a newbie with no raiding experience in any MMO, I lacked many basic skills.
I worked on ARR relic, farmed dungeons for tomes, and bought a house to decorate, but the game felt meaningless to me when I could not clear challenging content. My interest fell, and I played very little in Nov and Dec.
But in January I was able to clear Seiryu Ex on release!
I really feel this was my biggest Stormblood achievement. I challenged myself to grow as a player and confronted my fears.
I played tons of Rival Wings when Hidden Gorge was released in Feb and had a blast!
I cleared O9S in March. I also "cleared" (got carried through) O10S by very skilled raiders who joined a learning party, and did not master the fight.
I wanted to go back and learn it properly, but O10S parties were hard to find (everyone hates Midgardsormr. Lol). I planned to challenge both Alphascape and Baldesion Arsenal, but with less than 100 days to the expansion, I decided to focus on one at a time.
I choose BA first, as I reasoned that it was more likely to die. I spent April and May journeying through Eureka. With players from the Primal BA discord community, I cleared BA on the 28th of May after about 2 weeks of attempts.
Then... I fell sick and haven't played seriously since. Oops! (I've been sick for 5 of the last 6 weeks. It's really hard to play when I get violent coughing fits, haha.) I'm still slowly getting better and hope to be well in time for early access!
But when I started playing I didn't expect that a year later I would be on the eve of an expansion launch and more excited than ever.
I remember when I started playing I said "I want to stay a sprout forever
", and that is still true. I don't want to think of myself as being a "veteran" or "elite", blah blah. I would rather think of myself as someone who is still new and has a lot to learn, and is constantly trying to improve.
Besides, if you read this blog, you saw plenty of my derpy deaths already. Lol.
Here's to another 2 years of fun and learning!