I Fucked Up

Sunday evening as I was frantically running around Eorzea trying to get my Yo-Kai medals I realized I had fucked up. And not just a small fuck up. No a big one. Huge one. A fuck up that hasn’t happened to me in a very, very long time.
What am I talking about you mean? Well, I’m talking about the fact that I cannot, for the life of me, manage my time correctly.

I was super excited about the Yo-Kai event. Even though I’ve not played the games themselves (I tried, but felt too much like a Pokémon ripoff), I think the pets and the weapons that you could get were very cute. Being the collector that I am I set my mind to get all the pets, weapons and both the mounts on not one but two characters.
Boy did that turn out wrong.
I made a decent start with farming. I had gotten my first three weapons on Sandrian really fast. I was working on my second weapon on Sarella and everything seemed to be going fine. But then Legion launched and I completely lost track of anything else I was doing. In the back of my mind I knew the Yo-Kai event needed to be done at some point, but Legion has been all-consuming for the past month so I kept postponing it, like I do with almost everything in my life. Untill last weekend panic struck. I only had three days left to farm 9 weapons on Sandrian. I had given up on the notion of getting more than the two weapons I had obtained on Sarella.
In truth I was slowly getting back into FFXIV earlier. I had farmed a bit here and there and played with the idea to log a few nights, farm medals and breeze through the event in the last week. It should have been easily doable, were it not for the fact that I chose to sleep or play WoW instead.

I fucked up and I have no one to blame but myself. I finished the Yo-Kai event with 11 weapons on Sandrian and 2/3rds of the way to number 12. If only I had gotten started sooner, if only I could have sat down to farm. If only my head wasn’t this chaotic mess that completely lacks any commitment to plans I make.
It sucks but it’s a learning experience. With all the ingame events going in WoW, FFXIV and others I will really need to learn to plan, prioritize, schedule and stick to it. I may let some things go because I’m not that invested into a game but FFXIV is special to me and I’m heartbroken that I let WoW take over my life completely.
It’s hard to manage so many things next to having a fulltime job. It’s hard being an adult. But I guess I’ll have to suck up and learn. The days where I could carelessly do what I want because I had seas of time are over. I work with way less hours than I’m used to and I’m letting everything slip because of it. Even my blog has been completely unused for the past month. I’ve just not had the time or inclination to sit down and write up untill now. I guess I’ll have to make some sort of schedule for that aswell seeing as raiding has started up on WoW again which leaves me unable to do anything but play that on certain nights after I get home from work. I have been trying to schedule more things in my agenda and installed the Wunderlist app to make sure I get certain tasks done on certain days. It has been a bit helpful, but for me the problem isn’t really scheduling my time, it’s actually sticking to that schedule…

The Good News
I haven’t been idle over this past month. As I said Legion has sucked me in completely. I think this is probably the best expansion Launch WoW has had in a while. We are now over 6 weeks in and there is still plenty to do. I’m finally able to start considering leveling an alt to max level (I picked my Hunter who is comfortably sitting at level 105 right now) next to keeping up with everything on my Warrior. I’m almost exalted with the Nightfallen, only 2.5k off actually, and then I can turn my attention to the other factions. Seeing however that I’m currently enjoying the first week of a two week holiday and the first weekly event in WoW happens to be increased faction rep I hope I can make quite some strides in getting my rep up with all the factions, but mostly Highmountain and Valarjar. Since they have the rank 3 Blacksmithing recipes I want. Next to that I’m still lacking all the level 3 mining recipes so I’ll be working my way through that aswell as trying to level up my Cooking, First Aid and Fishing AND getting that elusive Fishing artifact. Enough to do for now!

I have also changed my blog a bit. The purple was starting to hurt my eyes so I reversed it to plain black. I’ve also adjusted my sidebar to give an accurate view of what I’m playing right now. As you can see it’s only three games. WoW is sucking up the biggest chunk of my time, but I’m also planning to reserve atleast one evening a week to play some FFXIV. I really miss that game and I haven’t seen any of the 3.4 content yet so I feel like I should make some time for that.
As for other games.. I want to focus on completing one game at a time next to my MMO’s. I have so many games that I’ve started and never finished because I started another game halfway through. The only game I finished in one go lately has been Kirby: Planet Robobot and that’s probably because I actually didn’t let myself play anything else on my 3DS while I was playing that. It paid off though since I completed the main story + all the cubes in about 20 hours. I still think the final bossfight in that game was epic and I do plan to 100% it at some point… But not now. Seeing as Pokemon Sun/Moon are coming out somewhere in November I feel like I have to finish up the previous gen games atleast. I’m about 6 badges into Alpha Sapphire and 5 badges into X. I really didn’t care which one of the two I wanted to tackle first, but considering I know the story of ORAS, I own all the original GBA games from that gen, I decided to go with X and complete that story instead. After that I will probably pick up AS where I left off and finish that, including the Delta episode. From there I’m not sure what I want to play, but I’ll tackle that when the day arrives.

As you can see I’m full of plans again. I’m just hoping that I can stick to them this time.

Chasing Yo-Kai

I’ve had a lovely weekend filled with games. Especially today I really got my gaming groove on and did Crystal Tower, a significant amount of FATE farming on FFXIV and finished off the fourth area of Kirby Planet Robobot. And with finished I mean I found all the cubes, thus unlocking an extra stage… Where I found all the cubes aswell! Good times indeed.

Before I discuss the main chunk of this weekend I just want to get a few words in about the 3DS game that has been sucking up almost all of my non MMO time. I got Kirby for €25 about two weeks ago and I’ve been playing it constantly ever since. I’ve never really fully played a Kirby game, but the colourful design and the good impressions it seems to elicit around the web made me cave and buy it earlier than I intended to. So far I’ve been having a blast playing, trying to get most of the stuff on my first runs in levels. Next to 5 levels and a boss level every area you can also unlock an extra level by obtaining all datacubes in every level in an area. Next to datacubes there’s also stickers to obtain in every level, some of normal (blue) quality, some of rare (golden) quality. So far I’ve managed to obtain all datacubes in Area 1, 2 and 4 and I only have 3 left in Area 3. As far as stickers go. I think I’ve gotten quite a lot, but I’m far from being complete.
The game is very happy, bright colours, cool music, not too complicated gameplay. I have died a few times, but that was due to me being a bit of a tard and falling down into the abyss in some levels. I think I have about 5 hours of gameplay in so far and I’m at about 35% completion. I know you unlock new modes after finishing the Story Mode so I’m slowly working my way through that. With only two areas to go I’m sure I’ll be able to atleast beat the endboss of Story Mode this week and then I’ll see what I unlock.

Farming Minions and Weapons
The people who follow me on Twitter already  have seen me post a few pics of me obtaining some Yo-Kai weapons over the week. So far I have the Paladin, Warrior and Ninja weapon on Sandrian and the Warrior weapon on Sarella. I also managed to obtain all 13 minions on Sandrian this afternoon so I could get the Whisper-Go mount. Even though I don’t have much with the Yo-Kai franchise in general I do think all the minions, weapons and the mount are quite cute and a must have on both my characters. Luckily the event lasts all the way untill October, meaning I don’t have to frantically grind to get everything I want. Ofcourse it will still be a lot of work to get all THIRTEEN weapons on both my characters, but seeing the current droprates for the legendary medals you trade in for the weapons, the grind isn’t that bad. I’m in the realm of needing 15 medals per weapon now so it’ll take a bit longer than the 7 I needed for my first one, but farming FATES while waiting for queues to pop has proven to be a very effective way to get my medals and not be bored while waiting for stuff. Couple it with me still having a lot of sub-60 classes and I’m also getting a good chunk of leveling done aswell. My Warrior on Sarella dinged 45 and my Machinist on Sandrian dinged 51 so I’m making some progress in that department aswell!
What’s also really nice is that you can immediatly store the weapons you obtained in your armoire so they don’t take up space in your bags. I’m not sure how many I’ll use for glamours. So far I’m using the Warrior one on Sarella and the Ninja one on Sandrian because I do like the looks of them… For now.

Next to the whole Yo-Kai event I’ve also worked my way through Crystal Tower for the week. I really want to upgrade my Kannagi so I’ll have to bite the bullet and queue up for all the old raids every week for five weeks in a row. With two weeks done I should be done with my upgrade in about three weeks from now, getting a nice glow back on my weapon.
If it wasn’t for the relic upgrade I probably never would have set foot in the old Crystal Tower raids again. I never really liked them a lot, especially World of Darkness, and with so many people rolling on a few of the things I am actually interested in it used to be a very disappointing experience for me as a whole. I can’t count how many times I’ve rolled on the Onion Knight minion and never won it. The music scrolls they added now fall under the same category. Too many people rolling on them. I did however manage to get lucky in my first run of WoD (I had to do a second one because I had forgotten to pick up the weekly quest…) and somehow won the “Puff of Darkness” minion with a very shitty roll. I can only assume that almost everyone else in the raid already had it or didn’t care about it enough to roll on it.

It makes me happy to have it though! I’m over 100 minions collected now. Also thanks to the Yo-Kai event. I still miss a lot of them but even then. More than 100 minions is a lot.
I’ve also been seriously considering ordering the two carbuncle plushies since they’re available in the Square Enix EU store again but man the prices of those things! I don’t mind paying for the plushie and the ingame minion, but with shipping costs included it’s quite expensive in the end. I do want them though, so I’ll wait for my credit card to refresh for August, I’ve limited myself to max €100 euro a month on that thing, and then I’ll probably order them anyway.

All in all I’ve had a nice weekend. Lots of games. Game streams. It was nice. And next to all of that I still got my chores done too!