Over the last month, I’ve acquired a few new pieces of recording equipment to resume streaming and YouTube videos with higher quality production, and if all goes well, this week I’ll have my new microphone, stand, and cables needed to finish off my new audio stack. For the audio nerds, before, I was using an M-Audio Producer USB, which is a decent USB microphone but feature limited and with meh audio quality. My new stack is a Focusrite Scarlett Solo, feeding a Cloudlifter CL-1 mic activator, with a Shure SM7B microphone and a desk mounted scissor-stand. If everything gets here as planned, this weekend will be a video production smorgasbord!
Battle of Dazar’Alor Normal – Final Two Bosses
My guild keeps trucking through normal BoD, with the most recent recent pushing us to 7/9, and we had some decent pulls on Stormwall Blockade. I’m optimistic that this week will see Blockade drop and some attempts on Jaina which will hopefully yield good progress. Rastakhan was a fantastic wing 2 ender, and the Mekkatorque fight was good fun too, so I am looking forward to seeing the last two fights all the way through.
FFXIV – Leveling Alt Jobs
My progress with alt jobs in FFXIV has proceeded apace, with Scholar at 30 to match the higher level of White Mage and Astrologian I have, and all 3 tank jobs near or at 30. What I can’t decide is if I want to level DPS jobs to 30 next, or just start leveling the jobs I have up higher, which would probably mean starting with White Mage. Alongside that, I want to start collecting Aether Currents in the Heavensward and Stormblood zones. For those who don’t play FFXIV, the introduction of flying in Heavensward came with a unique unlock mechanism that sits between classic WoW “pay to unlock” and current WoW “Pathfinder” mechanisms. You need a flying mount, and then you need to collect all the Aether Currents, which unlocks flying in just that zone. Aether Currents are sprinkled around the world map, but are also rewards for certain quests in each zone, requiring a mix of normal gameplay and exploration to find them all. It is an interesting way to do it, as flying is available immediately, but requires some legwork to unlock!
Replaying the Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy
Now that I have all 3 games on PC, and upgraded recording equipment, I’ll be running through FFXIII, FFXIII-2, and Lightning Returns on video for “fun.” They’re not particularly great games, but I enjoyed enough of the story from FFXIII, actually really enjoyed FFXIII-2, and never finished Lightning Returns despite buying the collector’s edition at launch and almost buying it prior to US release while I was in Tokyo in 2014, so it will be interesting to see how they hold up. Lightning Returns in particular was a weird brand of bad, where its graphics had high-detail character models and then environmental art that was almost PS1 quality, with simple geometry and really low resolution, fuzzy textures, and its gameplay was a sort of confusing mess. Still, I am anticipating seeing how it goes!