This blog may be evolving into a hybrid book/gaming blog. While I’ve been reading, I’v also been gaming, and I feel more apt to blog about gaming than books right now. In part, I feel like I’m loosing my ability to speak adequately about the books I’ve been reading lately. I finished Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and picked up The Lost Daughter while I wait for The Story Of A New Name to arrive. These books have a lot going on in them, on many different levels and I feel inadequately equipped to critique/discuss them, even though I want to. I suppose, then that it’s a personal hang-up that I just need to decide to get over. Part of the issue too, I’m sure is that I’ve been writing about books less, and thus feel out of practice. But it’s so much easier to write about gaming!
I’ve leveled 3 different classes in FFXIV:ARR over the past few weeks, including a role I never thought I would play: healer. It hasn’t been so bad. The way the class/job system is currently set up in game, there is one class, Arcanist, that levels two jobs, Scholar and Summoner. That’s kind of awesome to be able to level a healer and a DPS role at the same time. The downside, of course is that they share stat points, so you have to go all the way with INT or split points into INT & MIND. This can be ok on the SCH because of Cleric Stance, which lets you freely point-swap in combat, but it can be really bad for SMN because of the lack-luster DPS if you put points into anything but INT. Honestly though, the SCH Eos fairy can do most of the healing in the 4-man dungeons, leaving the player free to do DPS, as long as you summon Eos before switching into Cleric stance. Both jobs use DoTs and it’s perfectly doable for a SCH to manage those DoTs while Eos heals, throwing in a heal as needed. The internets says to pick either SCH or SMN and allocate stats accordingly, but I’ve managed just fine playing both with INT as the primary stat. Additionally, since Rogue/Ninja DPS was just released, healers are in high demand, so I can be kind of crappy at it and still have players be grateful just to get in queue with me. That is exactly how I leveled Conjurer/WHM, the mostly straight healing job in the game. I have to work a bit harder on this healing class, but it’s still ok to play. And I got a unicorn out of it, so there’s that.
I recently discovered photoshop and screen shots on my PS3, so I have been having fun making pretty pictures in-game. Here’s my absolute favorite thus far: