Another week has flown by and we find ourselves again on a Sunday. This week I’ve not gamed  as much as I thought I would. I did however manage to get my Red Mage to level 60 so that’s a goal I can cross of my list! Next to getting Red Mage to 60 I have also picked up White Mage again. This was my original first class to max level and from playing it a bit again I can remember why I chose it. So simple and elegant and yet so fun to play. I will be focusing on getting her to 60 next and maybe all the way to 70 as a sort of queue booster. I’m not sure yet.

I finally caught up to Game of Thrones aswell and am now waiting for the new episode to be released tomorrow. However seeing the catastrophe that was the release of the first episode of the season I’m not getting my hopes up on being able to watch immediately. Still it feels nice to be on par with all the friends that watch aswell and I am really curious to see where the story is headed.

I also picked up Splatoon 2 for my Switch and have to say that my first impressions are decent. I just really need to adjust to the controls and that might take me a while. I also started a Necromancer in the new Diablo 3 season. I’m sitting on level 30 currently and am taking my time exploring the class. So far I really enjoy the corpse explosions and summoning armies of dead.

Lastly we cleared omega 1 savage with our static tonight and we got to 10 procent on omega 2 savage. I still have a lot to learn on Ninja but so far the fights are fun and interesting.

As for next week…

I intend to devote a few hours to Diablo to get my Necromancer to max level and slowly work my way through the season.

I’m going to be spending some time on my White Mage and Botanist in FFXIV and make sure my Ninja is properly melded before we continue savage progress on Wednesday.

I also hope I can find some time to play Splatoon and learn the controls properly. It seems a very fun game and I want to make sure I get my moneys’ worth.

In the real life department I have a big lung test day coming up on Tuesday and I need to devote some time to my thesis. I might post on Tuesday after I get all the stuff done because I’m quite nervous about it and I probably need to get it off my chest. Next to this it’s a normal work week so I hope I have enough energy to game in the evenings.

Ingame I’m often known for my collections. I like collecting things. Be it gear sets, mounts, pets, weapons or achievements, I always want to get the most things out of everyone. The same goes for collecting Platinum Trophies and temporary items. This has led me to a very big collection of mounts and pets in WoW and I’m aiming to get all mounts available in FFXIV aswell.

Next to ingame collecting I like collecting stuff in real life aswell. I like looking at my shelf full of physical game copies, my books and my various plushies and statues. I mostly enjoy Blizzard related things, I really love their franchise, but I also have some League of Legends statues here and there. My plushies are mostly from the Final Fantasy franchise though but equally loved.
Yesterday I went to pick up Splatoon 2 for my Switch and at the store they had “Cute but Deadly” mystery figurines. These figurines come from the Blizzard world and were picked from Diablo 3, Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Starcraft. There were 12 different ones to get, including two treasure Goblins that I’m pretty sure no one really wants to have. So I said, why not. I enjoy getting a collectible here and then, mostly because I really don’t have the room for more than a few right now. After that I went into town for a bit more untill my train departed and enjoyed walking in the sun and letting the workweek slip away from my conciousness.

So after I came home from shopping my haul looked something like this:

I bought a daycream aswell since I have very problematic skin and I had tried almost every cheaper brand of cream in existence. Rituals is more expensive as a brand, but has less artifical ingredients and a bit more natural ones that agree with my skin better. So far I’m quite pleased with the stuff and I hope it will last me a while. As you can see I opted to get Splatoon physical due to liking to collect and wanting to support my usual Game store.
Lastly there is the cute but deadly box. What was in it?
The silvery cellofane didn’t give away much. I could feel the shape of the figurine inside though and it didn’t feel like a treasure goblin. Which was the figurine I wanted to avoid.
It ended up being Pharah. Not the figurine I necessarily wanted (I could get Tyrande, Tracer or Nova) but also not one of the ones I desperatly tried to avoid (I’m looking at you Treasure Goblin). All in all I was happy with the end result. You never really know what comes in these mystery packages and they’re quite rare as it is here in the Netherlands. I was quite excited that my usual shop had ordered a box of these things and I hope that they will still have them when I get there next time.

For now I’m going to spend most of my evening playing FFXIV while my Switch charges and then dive into Splatoon 2 tomorrow and learn to be the freshest Squid in the city.

So yeah. My official first Sunday Summaries post. I’m gonna look back on what I did during the week and what I have planned for next! My life is ever so interesting ofcourse.

First off, I’m still struggling with some health issues. My usual doctor has kind of given up on trying to find a cause and has sent me to see a specialist, specifically one that concerns the lungs. I’m still wheezing on many occassion when I exert myself and my cough is back in full aswell. This has caused me to feel absolutely horrible over the past week or so and honestly I’m kind of done feeling this way. So off to the specialist I go. My first appointment will be July 25th for another lung capacity test, after that we’ll see.
I’ve also been hard at work on my thesis, testing my cowokers and trying to get my approval for real. It’s all been a little chaotic with lots of things happening simultaneously but I think I can pull it off and be done with this major source of stress for good.
In the work department I’ve been asked to explain how our systems work to the new IT support team. We had a first meeting last week and a second meeting tomorrow. I’m sure they’re lovely people but they’re from India and I’m having real trouble understanding their accent. I’m not sure what’s up with that but not only do they have a difficult accent, they also tend to mumble instead of speak. Really annoying but the meeting was productive nonetheless. I had gotten some praise from some of my coworkers on the other teams afterwards so that’s really nice aswell.

Now onto gaming.
I’ve actually taken it easy this week. Work had gotten me really tired plus I felt like reading more than I did gaming. We did Omega with my new FC static and got everyone their loot for the week plus I think everyone has the Exdeath minion now, so that’s good. I’m rocking ilvl 317 average on my Ninja now and the only gear I can replace still are gloves, boots and chest. Seeing as Omega Savage launches next week I hope I can get some of that sweet loot aswell. We’ll see.
I do have to say that playing, and perfecting, the Ninja has been challenging this expansion. The Ten-Chi-Jin mechanic is not one that I really enjoy and I find it hard to incorporate it in my gameplay. I finally managed to nail my opener though, so that’s a thing. Now I just need to work on my Bhavacakra timing. It’s supposed to be always done during a Trick Attack window and I’m noticing that I’m not really handling that part very well yet. So I still have tons of room for improvement.
As far as leveling goes, I’ve mostly focused on the Red Mage and have gotten her to level 55. This is done via Palace of the Dead which is the fastest level method by far. It takes 3-4 runs of floor 51-60 per level so I could just sit down for about an hour and get a level done. It’s been really nice. I’ve opted to not do the job quests untill I’m level 60 and in full level 60 caster gear. I don’t want to buy things during a time where I know I won’t touch the class outside of Palace of the Dead anyway so that will save me some gil. I’ve also realized that I’ve held on to the HQ healer gear that I had gotten leveling up during Heavensward. I think I’m going to get rid of that aswell seeing as I’m taking the only healer I have left sub 60 (White Mage) through the PotD route aswell. I don’t think I’ll need any of the gear I’ve been saving up there. Plus as added bonus it frees up a ton of space on my retainer. As far as glamour purposes go, I can always get the gear again if I want to. For now I’m just settling on not getting any “new” gear untill level 60 where Palace of the Dead becomes moot and you have to actually grind your way up again through other means.

Next to FFXIV I’ve been poking around in Diablo 3 again after buying the Necromancer pack. The new Diablo season is starting this week so I might just poke my head in for that and play Necromancer for a change. See how the class feels and if it makes the experience fresh enough again for me to stick around.

Next to all the gaming I’ve been reading a lot as I’ve mentioned earlier. I finished off the last David Eddings book that I have in my possesion and started the Lies of Locke Lamora.

Next week
I will have another busy work week. I hope to finish my testing for thesis and I have atleast one important meeting scheduled. There’s also the standard stuff that needs to get done so those will be four days well spent.
I really hope to finish the Lies of Locke Lamora. The book has me hooked, I really enjoy the story buildup and I want to read more! The only downside to finishing it will be that I will have to look for the second part, which I can obtain in various ways.
I want to get my Red Mage to level 60. It really only takes an hour of grinding Palace of the Dead per level or so, so it should be doable. I also want to focus on Miner a bit and get her to 50 and maybe beyond. We’ll see.
I’m going to dive into the new season of Diablo as Necromancer and probably make some sort of report of my journey along the way. I’ve not touched Diablo for quite some time now, enough to feel like I can sink a few hours in again without feeling the burn and frustrations that I’ve been feeling when I did the last few seasons.

All in all a very busy week for me! I hope to be able to tell you guys that I’ve met all my goals next week.

I’ve recently picked up my e-reader again. I have a red Sony one that is about 4.5 years old but which still runs absolutely fine with no hiccups and a very long lasting battery.
I’ve always liked reading. I was a bright child and I read books that were meant for twelve year old kids by the age of six. I’ve always been an avid reader and I can’t really count the amount of books I’ve read. I read all the important ones. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, although not the Silmarillion since it was too much of a hassle. I grew up reading the Harry Potter books and enjoyed the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I have a few mandatory psychology books laying around and I’ve also read the Twilight series.
Then there are the Warcraft lore books and tons and tons of childrens’ books that I’ve read aswell. I had a Virginia Andrews phase and I started to get more into Fantasy after reading some of the books by Maggie Furey.
Fast forward a few years later and I still really enjoy reading mostly Fantasy novels but also Thrillers. I’ve just finished the last book of the Tamuli trilogy by David Eddings and am now starting “The Lies of Locke Lamora”. I find that reading makes me more peaceful than gaming, especially on high stress days or days like today where I’m just exhausted and want to lie down and sleep. I like being transported to another world and feeling like I’m not home for a bit. Books do that and if it’s a good book they do it well.
I have many books ready to read aswell. I have the novels by Patrick Rothfuss, the entire series of the Sword of Truth, the entire series of Percy Jackson and, if I ever feel up to the task, all the 40 odd books in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.

For now I tend to do my reading on my days off or in the evening before I go to bed. Due to the lack of background light it’s much easier on my eyes to read the last 30 mins before I fall asleep than look at my phone, tablet, PC or one of my assorted gaming devices. I’ve noticed that I sleep much easier and faster when I read and that my eyes are a lot less irritated. I also believe that reading is good to keep my written language proper, be it in English or in Dutch. Involuntarily you get propper grammar and spelling pumped into your brain and it helps with composing rational sentences later on when writing. It’s why it’s so important for kids to read at least a few books per year. It helps with language development and understanding. I know that it’s not everyone’s forte, nor should it be, but I don’t think I could live in a world without books.

The only thing that bothers me is the price of ebooks. Here in the Netherlands the prices they ask for them tend to be kind of ridiculous. I can buy a paperback for the price of an ebook. For some authors, like Oliver Sacks, I was willing to cough up the prices of his books. Mostly because psychology and neurology are my favourite things in the world and he was an amazing writer. However daring to ask €10 for an ebook and the same price for an actual book? I’m not really sure what they’re thinking.
Ofcourse I know that the authors of the books need to make money. I’m not that dumb. And I’ll gladly pay what I think is fair for a <1MB file that contains the book they’ve written. And that’s not a double digit number. I’m pretty sure that if prices weren’t as steep as they are now they would sell a lot more books and ebooks than they are doing. I know I would buy a ton more.

Anyway. I’m not really working my way through a book list nor do I feel the need to review the books that I’ve read. I just wanted to share a bit of information about what I’m currently doing and it seems that I’m reading more books than I’m playing games. Which is a nice change.

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Yesterday a plan started to slowly take shape in my head. I’m really bad when it comes to planning things and when it comes to MMO’s I’m usually very overwhelmed with all the things I can do that in the end I mostly end up doing very little or unsubscribing.
I really don’t want this to happen with Final Fantasy XIV. I’ve found an amazing free company and some of my oldest friends are still playing the game. I want to make this my permanent new main MMO and I want to be a bit more serious about the way I play it. To make sure this happens I have come up with a “Roadmap for Stormblood.”

Now I’m not really sure how this roadmap will develop over time, but I had to start somewhere. Right now I made a two stage spreadsheet mostly involving leveling and gearing my battle and profession classes. As I’ve mentioned only my Ninja is currently level 70. I have a few other battle classes level 60+ (Dragoon, Astrologian, Bard, Machinist) and the rest is sitting somewhere between level 50 and level 60. On the gatherer and crafter side of the spectrum only my Weaver made it to level 60, the rest is below.

My first goals in Stormblood, and the first phase of my roadmap, centers around leveling all these various classes to maximum level. Initially my goals is to get everything to 60 but if I enjoy a class or if it’s already 60 I can take them to 70 aswell. For now the goals is to get atleast one battle class and one gathering/crafting class to 60 per month. I know that leveling sometimes goes faster than you know, hence the “atleast”. I’m not going to be so strict to myself that I have to attain this goal every month. I know that sometimes RL will get in the way or that I will have less time due to Savage and Ex-Primals raiding on my Ninja.
Seeing the queues as they are for mostly DPS classes I will probably abuse PotD for those that aren’t level 60 yet to get there. As far as Healers/Tanks go… There are enough roulettes to do that have quite low queue times and it will be a break away from the monotony that is PotD.
For gathering/crafting I mean to make full use of the leves, collectables and GC hand-in system, next to the beast tribe dailies that are available. I will probably focus on my gatherers first, mostly miner and botanist, before I take my crafting back up again.

The second phase of my roadmap will revolve around gearing all my classes. In a way with gearing Ninja I’m automatically also gearing Bard and Machinist up to a point. I want to have decent/BiS gear for as many classes as possible and the fact that a lot of gear is shared will probably help me a lot there. This gearing will most likely happen simultaneously to leveling any class. I will have more tomestones than I can use on my Ninja anyway (I’m already rocking BiS tomestone gear on her) so I will automatically pick up other things as I progress through endgame content.
Crafting and gathering gear are a different beast. I’ve always found crafting in this game to be very complicated, but I want to really make an effort this expansion. Again I will probably focus on gearing my gatherers first, they will be the first that reach 70 and work on scrips so my crafters won’t really be gearing untill I get one or two to max level to begin with.

I know that there are meriad other things to do in FFXIV besides leveling and gearing my various classes. I will probably expand on my roadmap as the expansion goes on and the focus on leveling is less. There are a ton of mounts and minions that I still want to get. I’m also eyeing the possibility to slowly work my way through all the relic weapons from Heavensward and get the last three I need from A Realm Reborn. These are all minor things that I still need to shape into a proper mold for planning and they’re all projects that I can pick up at a later time when I feel like it.

For now my plan is to focus on doing small weekly tasks, and incorporate these into bigger monthly goals. Taking things one step at a time and making sure I don’t burn out and feel accomplished is my major goal here. Due to the shift in focus from monthly to weekly I will try to make a post every Sunday evening with what I have planned for the week as whole (inlcuding IRL things, work things and game things) and then at the end of the month I can see how far I’ve gotten. It’s a bit of a different format than what I’ve been trying to do earlier on the blog and I’m quite excited to try it out. I hope you guys enjoy going on this journey with me and I hope it will make me blog more regularly.

Now seeing as I’m already writing anyway, my plans for the week looks as followed:

  • Work on Miner in FFXIV. I’ve started to level it before I left on vacation and got my miner from level 30 to 47 in about 4 days time. I’d like to continue this growth and see how close I can get to 60 over the course of the week.
  • Work on Red Mage in FFXIV. I’ve picked up the class and am quite enjoying it. She’s level 51 at the moment and I will do PotD when I feel like it. I’ve gotten an offer to do roulettes with someone who is leveling a tank so I might just take advantage of that and see how far it gets me.
  • Work on my thesis. I need to test a few more subjects, churn results and hand in my first version. I also need to hand in something else which I need to work on today so I will get little game time in.

For the rest of the week I have 4 days of work planned and two nights of going out to dinner. My father and his partner (I refuse to call her his wife) are celebrating their partnershipday on Wednesday with going out to dinner with me and one of my uncles. Saturday evening I have another dinner with work colleagues to say goodbye to one of them who is starting work at another company. I’m also hoping to make a bit more progress of rearranging our attic over the weekend but I’m not making that a “must do” thing because I’m honestly not sure how my time will be spent. So yeah. I have a busy week ahead of me with proably not as much gaming time as I’d like to have. Nonetheless I want to progress as much as I can in FFXIV and take it from there.

I’m sitting here staring at my blog, wondering what to write. It’s been a while and even though I have a lot of things to discuss I’m not sure where to really start.
Maybe I’ll start with telling you guys that I just came back from a wonderful 8 day trip to Mallorca. I’ve been needing a vacation for quite some time now and flying off to the sun for a full week was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. I managed to get some relaxation time in and tanned a little bit. I’m really white skinned so getting any sort of tan takes me a while, especially having to prevent turning lobster red instead. I’ve done a lot of things, visited a water park, aquarium and midget golf, but mostly I took the time to destress and relax away from home.
I had my 3DS with me and I managed to finally sit down and play a few games that I’ve been meaning to. I’m about 4.5 hours into Bravely Default now, playing through Chapter 1. I never got past the intro first so it’s a milestone! I also spent about 5.5 hours total playing Ever Oasis and I’ve fallen in love with that game. The combination of having to maintain a town and also dungeoning is quite refreshing and the whole atmosphere of the game is insanely cute. I might dedicate a post to it later.

Next to going on vacation I’ve been using my free time to work through the mess that is my room and the attic. My room is more or less empty right now and I’ve thrown away about 3 trash bags worth of stuff from the attic. I’ve also been giving away a lot of my old children’s books which frees up even more room. During my cleaning I’ve stumbled across my old Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in the US) and all of its’ games and the two nintendo mini classics you see on the picture at the start of my post. I’m fully intending to put batteries in atleast one of these and hang it on my bag to play. I remember having a very good time as a 9 year old with these games and I’m sure if they still work they’re still a blast to play. The silver one is Super Mario Bros. and the green one is Donkey Kong jr. It made me insanely happy to find these because well, I like my game collection and these two were “missing” for quite a while.
It feels nice to get rid of things. I’ve never been a hoarder, but a lot of my stuff got chucked up on the attic out of habit. It was and still is quite full with tons of things that I need to sift through, but for now I’m happy with my progress and I will continue a later time. Ideally I want the shelves that now hold old toys and books to be reserved for my older gaming gear, mostly so I know where it is and it’s easy to pick up whenever I would want to play it.

Speaking of games…
Ofcourse I have played the shit out of Stormblood. My Ninja is currently sitting on level 70 with a full Lakshmi Ex kitted right side and waiting on her Susano ex weapon. I am going to do Omega Normal tonight with my Free Company, something I’m quite looking forward to aswell. Leveling a DPS hasn’t been the easiest this expansion, mostly due to insane queue times. I think the longest I’ve had so far has been an hour. And that’s not even counting the queue times to get on the server itself. I really enjoyed the Stormblood story, especially the Doman part. My Ninja plays really nicely if we forget about Ten-Chi-Jin for a minute and my static will be starting up Savage raiding soon. I’ve really enjoyed Lakshmi ex aswell, although the Bollywood music tends to get kind of annoying after two straight hours of it.
As far as the new classes go I’ve mostly been exploring Red Mage. The playstyle is very refreshing and fast once you get the hang of it and I’m pretty sure I’ll level it up fast after Bard and Warrior. Samurai right now just feels very complicated. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it once I start playing properly but for now I’m leaving the class alone. Bard is a different story. I really like that they removed the casttimes and what they did with the songs. It’s my second favourite class after Ninja and I’m slowly leveling it up, being stuck at 63 right now.

I’ve also been grinding out my crafters, kicking my miner up to level 50. I notice that the game as a whole is taking up a lot of my time so I might take a bit of a step back, map out what I want to do exactly and invest a bit less time. There’s a lot of other things that need my attention right now so I want the time that I do put into FFXIV to be useful, be it through leveling another class, working on my gatherers or getting my Ninja in the best gear. I may actually make a “roadmap for Stormblood” in which I put weekly, monthly and yearly goals. I know it sounds like quite the project but it’s something I’ve been thinking about longer and I may actually just go forward with it.
Ofcourse I’ll share this on the blog aswell, hopefully somewhere the next week.

All in all the vacation time has done me good. I’m more relaxed and focused and ready to take on everything again. I hope this also means I can get a bit more structured with my routines and include blogging more again. For now though I will have to finish here and head to bed… Seeing as I’m more tired from the vacation than when I flew off to go there!