The Early Bird catches the Wyrm, indeed.

19 06 2010

Hopefully Exeter learned his lesson. FFXI and Sleep cannot coexist.

In lighter news, we still haven’t got a Yilbegan Ring to drop in about 40 pops. Not surprising in the least, but no less infuriating. But some of the TIII’s are opening themselves up and allowing their fruits to be enjoyed. Some of the latest:

And of course, nobody bothered to take a screenshot, but Fatty (Exeter) obtained the Aquarian Abjuration: Body from a recent Nidhogg battle, for all the use it will be to a Black Mage he is never on.  Luckily, in light of not having a Screenshot, you will be treated to my amazing artist’s rendition of the glorious battle. Behold!

As always, check your corners, and keep your powder dry.


It’s been a while, thanks for coming.

15 01 2010

It’s been a while that’s for damn sure. It’s nice to take a break from Final Fantasy XI every so often, and that break isn’t going to end any time soon, however just so much has happened. I’ve popped my ugly head on every few days to see what’s what, and I got to say, what I’m about to post is quite interesting, and not even all inclusive. It’s almost as if Square Enix was in a heavy ballwash regimen for the past two months

Sever populations are starting to dwindle, and the remaining FFXI players are reaping the benefits, aside from another competing shell consisting of a good third of the ENTIRE SERVER, it’s virtually impossible to not snag a claim a day. So expect the loot pools to continue to swell, just don’t expect an update until a month or so after Mass Effect 2’s Launch, cause that’s where I’ll be!

Enjoy your update… You bastards.

For you non-EU:Adama Ore, AdamanOre, AquarianAbjuration:Body, AdamantoiseEgg.

And there’s still more. Nanolino’s Ridill in particular, but it may take some time to navigate the labyrthine archive of screenshots to find that.

The Treasure Hunter is a Lie.

26 09 2009

The Thief job (Class for those not versed in the FFXI ways, though if you’re reading this I have to wonder why) is an interesting case. Completely incompetent at Damage, absolutely worthless at hate control (Assuming your tanks don’t suck), and in no way beneficial to obtaining extra or desired loot, save for crystals. One has to sit back and ponder for a moment, then, what this job is useful for. It all inevitably leads back to the most universal of expressions, the facepalm. For Thief has no purpose. Even tools are useful, Thief is neither a tool, nor is it useful. Some bold declarations I dare say. However,Thirty odd Fafnirs without a Ridill drop, and a King Behemoth that dropped more gil items than any previous (the latter had absolutely no TH on it) speak volumes more than some idiot spamming on a blog.  But at least desired items were at least obtained, a petty victory, but a victory nonetheless. So have at this compiled screenshot to satiate your hunger for a visually stimulating medium. Gratz on Shadowkept for Assjammer hat.Events9-24

We apologize for the inconvience…

8 06 2009

JPONRYYes indeed, What was turning to be a wonderful time with kings lingering in our zone, quickly went sour, when Square decided that it was JP time. As a result, it’s been a fairly slow time for the Shell. Sure, we do Sky, Limbus and Dark Ixions, but none of that is really blog worthy, at least not without an incident of Kirin, Prototype Weapons or Freonski getting to swallow a few of his own teeth via Acheron Kick. Of course, sometimes you get lucky. On the 6th Fafnir decided to wait until the very last window to pop, and it being saturday, we oddly had more than enough to take the wyrm out. Yielding probably the lowest amount of drops ever seen in my time doing HNMs. We all blame Alaistair for forgetting Signet.faf0606

There is also a pretty lulzy Tiamat. Apparently 320 hours of ToD camping isn’t enough to drop some shoes, game breaking as they are. But hell, at least we can make a Blue Cothardie now. That’s worth something.  Approximately 30,000g On Odin server, yipee.tiagay

WoopaTroopas Declares ultimate win!

31 05 2009


Several Nidhogg’s in the last month.  Multiple Gnadbhod Helm drops. A very generous Proto-Ultima. Bahamut’s Mask and Staff in the same battle.  It indeed has been quite a month for our linkshell.  But, all that is destroyed in what is undeniably the greatest HNM achievement of the linkshell (As far as drops are concerned), and that is, yes friends, a DEFENDING RING. Since the creation of WoopaTroopas(And the various leader swap induced name changes thereafter and up until the present) we have not seen this particular drop.  Which is not uncommon, as it’s recorded on Average two defending rings drop per year on any given server. We however, were lucky enough to obtain one this day. If the glee inducing cock ring that is the defending ring were not good enough Warlike also completed his Black Belt quest with the Behemoth Tongue. And in a final declaration of ultimate, almost immediately after obtaining this, the Woopas set out for Aery and claimed Fafnir as well, though not as generous as his purple, meteor inducing comrade in Qufim, he nevertheless actually produced a desired Abjuration, arguably the second best Fafnir drop, next to the coveted Ridill.  The Neptunal Abjuration: Head. A huge congratulations goes out to Freonski for the acquisition of the Defending ring. For everything he has done for the Linkshell, this was a fitting prize indeed, and should have gone to none other. A slightly less enthusiastic Gratz to Warlike for Black belt completion and Altaiir on the Neptunal Abjuration: Head, any day Fafnir drops something someone takes is a good day, and not a waste of 3 hours.



May twenty-seventh. A day that will live in Luzly infamy.

27 05 2009


If  Final Fantasy XI has one credible pillar to stand on, head and shoulders above all other MMO, it is the truly lulztastic HNM dramas that take place all in the name of virtual items.  The day in the title, as well as the day this post was published (PST time) will serve as possibly one of the best examples of the lulztastic escapades that come within the territory of camping HNM’s within the realm of Final Fantasy XI.  But first it may take a moment, if you are reading this blog, but are not up to speed on the strategies involved with fighting Wyrms, allow me to supplement your meager knowledge with a bit of advice stretching back from time immemorial.  For you see, fellow wanderers, Standing anywhere but on the feet (or nearish) on any of the great Wyrms of Vana’diel is tantamount to suicide. Most often resulting in a complete and total wipe of you and your fellow compatriots.  While given the fact that Wyrms and the associated strategies with them have been figured out for nearly a decade, seeing the reprecussions of a failure to position yourself and your fellow fighters correctly is almost never seen. That is, until today.  Fafnir’s retribution against those who would not dare fight him face to face is catastrophic, but no fancy words, nor proper etiquette could possibly sum up the damage, both physical and mental such an event can have on a linkshells psyche.  Please, those with weak virtual stomachs look away, what you see may shock and apall you.fafsnewfriendsedit

Painful as that is to look at, it is a testimate to the lesson of my previous entry: To underestimate an opponent has been the last mistake of far too many individuals throughout history. It is my hope that the linkshell who fell victim to this massacre learn to either take their opponent more seriously, or to not attempt what they cannot defeat.  Now, you may be looking at this screenshot and wondering if it does get better, and indeed it does.  For after Fafnir was done snacking on the first claimers, another linkshell claimed and engaged the beast.  The fight was proceeding at a usual pace, but again, underestimating the situation was the downfall again of the second claiming linkshell.  Falling prey to a swarm of angry darters that had been accidently claimed by an individual who was not paying enough attention to the battle. A swift demise these people met, and to up the ante of hilarity, the final claim LS was none other than the Woopas themselves. As always, the odds were stacked against us.  Having to make due with no Red mage and only one tank for a portion of the battle due to at least a hafl unjustified jailing, and with only approximately twenty minutes until Fafnir enterd its rage mode, we still managed to fell the foul beast for quite possibly the most abundant, though displeasing treasure pool in WoopaTroopa history.faf0527Sadly, nothing of particular value was to be had. But congrats to Algeron on LolE.hands and the Floor of Dragon’s Aery on everything else.

baha0527Though of course Fafnir was a disapointment (in drops at least) we had much better luck on the other events that occured this day.  A journey to the top of the Obelisk in Tu’Lia procured a subtsantialy useful assortment of items from the Prototype Bio-technological weapon Ultima.  The spoils of which include an item not seen in almost two years.ultima0527 And earlier, a trek to fight the Wyrmking Bahamut yielding perhaps the best assortment of items seen in our attempts thus far, truly an eventful day in the world of Final Fantasy XI.

Day 2 and 3, Maintenance woes!

10 04 2009

The version update, an event anticipated by the playerbase with great joy, usually turns out to be not quite as satisfying as the update notes promise. This time around, however, things turned out to be even worse than usual. The instant the gobbiebags were released markets were crushed without a second thought, capitalism infested the hearts of our citizens and about everyone was trying to earn some money by buying and selling items like they’re the kings of the stock exchange.

Naturally, a few managed to resist that urge, some because they’re poor, like me, and others because they had better things to do, camping Fafnir for instance, an ambition which was rewarded with a modest assortment of items, congratulations to Seig on his N. Aburation: head!
Drops 08/04/09

Considering that the maintenance had been extended by another few hours on Odin and Leviathan, our fearless, sleep-deprived mongrels were already preparing themselves for yet another all-nighter.
Knowing that, SE, being the generous company it is, decided to give maintenance another shot on the next day, this time scheduling it to finish in a humane timeframe.
Having a reason to rejoice, our morale was boosted and thus we took it upon ourselves to go to the Dragon’s Aery again, eagerly anticipating the moment the incredibly popular Play-Button would once again be dyed in the wonderful grey/black color thingy that would allow us to play again.
Of course things went well, we managed to claim Fafnir, who had been expecting us by that time and brought him down after a rather short fight:

This time around he was being rather stingy though, so we left with nothing to give to our hard-working members:
Meager drops

No reason to let sadness get the better of us though, killing him again and again is what we’re going to do!

Got another nifty chunk of advice for fellow tanks though, I hope you guys appreciate it, don’t be as foolish as I am.

No Shiheis

does not go well with this
Mog Safe

and will probably result in this

Also, something I forgot to mention, two weeks ago we finished our linkshell’s first relic weapon, congratulations on your Apocalypse, Freonski!
Took us and him quite a while to finish it but thanks to his bottomless purse as well as a certain someone’s horse-fetish (Screw you, Dark Ixion, never again) that resulted in us camping Dark Ixion for weeks on end, we eventually managed to finish it.

Needless to say, we were ecstatic and so we decided to celebrate this wonderful event in an appropriate fashion:

Apocalyptic dance

Apparently we were delighted. I guess. Got nothing to do with being half-asleep at 3 AM.

Anyway, that’s it for today, we shall brace ourselves for all the claim-wars yet to come and wish all of our rival shells the best of luck!