Finally the wait is over! The RNG Gods have spoken and the winners of the Moogle Cap Givaway are finally ready to be announced.
Winners were picked at on May 3rd using the entire Lodestone entry list and a random name picker.
With Stormblood fast approaching it’s likely Final Fantasy XIV will be well and truly under the MMO spotlight. With this in mind, we will be welcoming friends and strangers to the shores of Eorzea and beyond. This week’s article will provide Part 1 of 2 in a Beginner’s Guide, ideally for new players to the game, hopefully providing a relatively compact resource for some of the first experiences within Eorzea. This list is information I found useful when I first began my adventures in Eorzea, my hope is that you or someone you know can find something useful within!
Throughout this guide I will often refer to an ‘envoy quest’. By this, I mean “The Call of the Sea” – quest level 15 in your Main Scenario Quests (MSQ) that will unlock inter-region travel. Your character is likely to be level 17-19 by the time you get to this quest. You cannot travel inter-city until you have completed it and received your Airship Minion. It’s a quest that you may hear mentioned frequently as there is a lot of content that is locked behind it.
Final Fantasy XIV works through a launcher which keeps your game up to date. This will run each time you wish to play. The interface displays a slider that has prominent events or information along with recent news articles and server status links. Updates will only begin when you log into the launcher… Read More!
This week we take a look at one of the more creative sides of Final Fantasy XIV. As Stormblood approaches, it’s time to make sure we are fully prepared to capture the beautiful new lands, vistas and experiences we are about to encounter. If you’re new to the Group Pose or ‘GPose’ tool, or you’re just looking for some extra tips, I hope this week’s FFXIV column and screenshot tutorial can be a handy resource for you!
Getting the Most From Group Pose
This screenshot tutorial is part one in a set of creative articles looking at the in-game photography of Final Fantasy XIV. Today we will be looking at the in-game screenshot tool known as Group Pose or ‘GPose’ originally released in patch 3.4. Within this first screenshot tutorial, I will be guiding you through the basics of the Group Pose tool and then showing you how to create stunning images in-game using some of the basic settings, without the need for third party editing software. In future articles of this series, we will be taking a more in-depth approach and seeing what can be created with third party software and mobile apps… Read More!
We’re all waiting with great anticipation for June 20th, 2017 when we will be thrown into the realms of the new expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. With just under two months to go, I will be looking at my own preparations for the coming expansion along with some ideas how to spend some time in Eorzea if the main content of the game is feeling a little sparse.
During the Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXXV on April 28th we got a very exciting glimpse into the future of Final Fantasy XIV. Just over an hour into the stream the announcement was made that the benchmark for Stormblood would be available to us, along with some confusion over an actual bench.
The benchmark, a hefty 2gb download, is designed to test whether your machine will be compatible with the Stormblood system requirements. Not only does it run a score for your machine, but it gives us a glimpse into the gameplay for both the Samurai and Red Mage classes. In addition to this we can see an array of new spell animations for various classes which can only lead us to speculate about what these could entail for their respective classes… Read More!
FFXIV is a complex MMO in many ways and has a great number of aspects to experience. Although many players enjoy the game, some have not had such favorable experiences. For a long while it has been my intention to create a Final Fantasy XIV survey to ascertain opinions from the community including players both old and new.
To create factual articles regarding the pros and cons of this game it is essential that I have a wider range of views than just my own thoughts. The opinions of current and former players are crucial to gain an understanding of where the game is excelling and also the significant drawbacks that can alienate a player.
The FFXIV Player Survey has now been created and will run for a month from this date. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated if you have ever played Final Fantasy XIV, even if it was only for a short period. The survey looks at many aspects of the game such as character creation, user interface, combat and technical issues.
As an incentive to participate, I will be giving away 3 Moogle Caps on the closing date of the survey. To be entered into the giveaway you must include either your character name and server or Lodestone URL on your completed form. This will allow me to verify the account. ..Read More!
In this article I will be not only introducing myself, as your new columnist for Final Fantasy XIV, but introducing my relationship to the game and covering my first impressions of Eorzea: both good and bad.
Contrary to what you might be thinking, my first impressions of Eorzea were resoundingly poor. I remember the experience quite vividly in my mind as I’d decided to try the game out using a free trial I had been directed to during a stream. I had the impression that Final Fantasy XIV would make some nice stream content so I installed it, made my character and began my journey.
Suddenly I was delivered by boat to the most structurally confusing coastal city I’d ever seen, confronted by NPCs with the most unpronounceable names I had ever tried to read and walls of unnecessarily wordy text for each quest I took. As this experience was being broadcast on Twitch I wanted to read everything aloud but, my goodness, it was a mission! Honestly, how am I meant to pronounce ‘Ahldsky’, ‘Wawalago’ and ‘Thubyrgeim’ at speed? At this point I had no idea what quests to take or what area to pursue first. After about two hours I still had not left the city or experienced combat for my class. This was a heavy contrast to what I was used to with other MMOs.
I really didn’t enjoy this experience and couldn’t for the life of me think why anyone would want to play this game. In short, my first impressions were very bad, so I can sympathize with others who have also had a similar first impression to my own. How did I then come to prize this game among my favorite MMOs of all? …. Read More!
If you’ve been watching over the Lodestone recently you’ll have noticed that the Stomblood Fankit is here. These include wallpapers for your PC, mobile phone and Twitter headers. Although they’re easily accessible at the Lodestone, I’ll post them in here too!
How exciting! I know which one I’ll be using!
Thank you SE for yet more beautiful art.
The time has come to announce our winners! Eep!
All names were compiled into a text document, one list for maid and one for butler. I then had a friend double check the list with me so as to make sure I wasn’t being blind. This generatorat was then used (even though the spinny wheel one looked far more fun!) to select the winners. For the bonus prize I just compiled both lists into one and let it select from there. This is my first ever time doing a competition like this so I hope I got everything right (please codes work, I will have kittens if they don’t)!
The Maid outfit winner is:
Congratulations all, your codes will be in the mail shortly! Thank you all so much for entering. I’m so sorry for those of you who weren’t lucky, I wish i could give you ALL maid and butler outfits, I really do!! I might be running another giveaway at Christmas so keep an eye on Anook and Instagram.
Many hugs, Aeyvi!
Items up for grabs:
1x Maid Attire
2x Butler Attire
Bonus: Two people who do not win will be chosen at random to receive some sparkly wings!
How to enter:
Comment on THIS POST (originally posted to Anook). IMPORTANT: Specify “Maid” OR “Butler” in your comment.
Winners will be chosen at random on the >>1st November 2016<<.
What is Anook?
In short, Facebook for gamers. Games and users have their own pages and you can pick who to follow and keep up to date with various game news and participate in the game related community. Guild forums also function through the Anook platform along with personal blogs and events systems. Support the Anook community by following your favourite games and visiting us at the Whitestar community site!
You must have a European FFXIV account (no trial accounts).
One entry per person on one item “Maid” or “Butler”.
These are EUROPEAN CODES ONLY. Please do not enter if you have a US account.
Item code MUST be redeemed by >>31 December 2016<< through the mogstation.
Your code will be sent to you by private message on Anook.
The item code shall not be used for any sales or commercial use or in any activity relating to the trade of real-world money, in-game currency or in-game virtual items. If lost or if the redemption period has passed, SE shall not re-issue a replacement code.
Please also make sure you are following either me, the FFXIV page or this blog for further updates.
This is a tiny something I’ve been meaning to get sorted for a little while and for some reason or another I didn’t get round to it. However, here it is!
Lets be honest, guild activity in FFXIV has been inconsistent lately, what with all the shiny new things coming out and people wanting to try other games or coming to a close with content. I thought it would be nice for the players who are either newer to the guild/game or old time players who are still playing, to have connections to other players from other guilds who are nice, friendly and helpful. Originally @mazza set up a linkshell to gather friendly people together so that we could all help each other and meet new people. I’ve ever so slightly hijacked this (sorry!) and expanded a bit to people who I have also come across in my travels who have always been lovely FF community members and really nice to us here in Whitestar.
In short, it’s not an official guild authorised thing.. its just a nice network of people that is there if YOU would like to take part. It also means that regardless of whether the guild is busy or not, there are always nice people around if you want to do things and stuff, even if it’s just sitting around watching the sun set!
What is a Linkshell?
Literally just a chat channel, similar to those in WoW, though you need an invite to it. Shortcut to type is Alt+L (then repeat if you already have multiple).
How do I join?
Poke me or use the player search function to look for Mazza Chronos.
Any questions feel free to PM, comment below or poke in game!
Remember this is only optional and there for you if you would want to be part of it, there is also no harm to leave whenever you like.
-Novi Rae Odin EU