Noooo, Square!!

circa 7:48 am Patch Day

UPDATE: You can *totally* log in now, so yay for that! 

Here are some notes and news flashes following this terrifying and stressful moment in time:


We have confirmed the below issues.
We ask for your patience and understanding as we strive to resolve them promptly.

【Known Issues】

■Chats of blacklisted characters are displayed in the following chat modes:
・Link Shell chat
・Free Company chat
・Novice Network 

*We are looking to quickly address this issue. However, in order to properly investigate the cause and implement a thorough fix, and in view of the large-scale housing update scheduled for next week, some time will be necessary for this issue to be resolved. This issue is planned to be addressed after the housing update, in the maintenance scheduled on or around Feb. 13. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

■There is an error in the synthesis recipe for the Moogle Wall Chronometer.

■When adjusting the prices of marketboard listings of 100 or more of an item, the listed quantity is displayed as 99, and the prices also display the price for 99 items.

*This is only a display issue. Adjusting listing prices will not actually reduce the quantity of items listed.
*Only crystal-related items can be listed in quantities over 100.

■During certain instanced content, equipment cannot be changed through gear setting or “Recommended Gear”.
*Instanced content in which job changes are possible, such as Frontline, Astragalos, and The Lost Canals of Uznair, are not affected. 

■When a monk with 5 stacks of chakra changes areas or uses the group pose, the sound effect for when a monk stacks 5 chakra will be replayed.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by these issues.

Countdown to Patch 4.2 (Final Fantasy XIV)

Just in case you hadn’t heard, we’re about to get a new patch! That’s great news, right? Right! Except for the fact that the game will be inaccessible for TWENTY-FOUR HOURS! :( :( :(

(Just because I have Monster Hunter World and the Yensa event (over at FF Brave Exvius) to keep me company does NOT mean I won’t miss this game while it’s offline.)

The new theme is Rise of a New Sun, and they brought KEFKA into everything for some reason. (A reason which we shall find out on 30 January, 2018!)

New features will include a new raid dungeon (Omega: Sigmascape, yay!), some other dungeons (one regular and one hard mode), Jade Stoa (some sidequest starring this scary tiger-looking thing), a GLAMOUR DRESSER and FASHION CHALLENGE, not to mention updates galore to that harp that bards can play. Not to mention fab new hairstyles, emotes, minions, mounts, and RECIPES! (I LIVE for crafting, yay!)

Oh, and a submarine. And a new TOME.

And, just… argh, I can’t wait for the game to be ready!! (Which, coincidentally, was the very same thing I said whined to a dear friend not 48 hours ago. About a totally different game. Speaking of which, Monster Hunter World’s canteen theme sounds a LOT like the Kugane theme in FFXIV. Then again, the evening theme in Eorzean housing wards sounds like a Muzak version of “Dilemma,” by Kelly and Nelly.

Anyway, whatever.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go back to the official Rise of a New Sun website to drool some more.



On Using Items and Huddling Under Bridges (or in Trees — FFXIV)

As I get deeper and deeper into the magnificent mess called “Stormblood,” I notice (with ever-increasing frequency) the manners in which NOTATIONS change, and uses…become less-useful (coz you don’t know HOW to use them).

For example, sometimes a quest will have an ORANGE CIRCLE to denote where your target is, but other times it’ll have that wingy thing. (This is “target to whom you must speak,” btw. Not like “kill three yaks” or “aid Furious Farmer (again).”)

The thing that inspired me to write is that, instead of right click >>> USE (under key items, and during certain quests), for instance, there was NO indication of how to use it, and I “happened to” drag the item out (as though discarding) and it worked!

Another time–a projectile was involved, but I can’t recall the quest name or number–one had to make use of GROUND TARGETING MODE, which I’d not yet encountered (at that point in the game).

The point is, sometimes you’ll be executing the SAME type of plan… but with a different set of rules (or even just “how-tos”).

Sometimes, the guy purported to be on a mountain-top is actually huddling under a bridge like a baby TROLL, instead. (I guess life’s like that, as well, eh?)


Well, GIL, for one.

But after THAT, here’s the stuff that will help you level up and make the most of your in-game journeying!

(Well, in a roundabout way, anyway…)


The Orchestrion of Doom, at which an unusually-leonine Xara is sorta-gazing.

First off, you need a FLAT. This costs 500k gil AND a promotion from your Grand Company. (You might even need to be Lv. 50…)

Actually, no, I’m sorry, you actually need an ORCHESTRION jukebox thingie FIRST.

Mine was around 450k (and worth every penny!).

Why do you NEEEEED one, though?

Simple: there’s a TON of paperwork and drudgery and trading and synthesising coming up, and we need to be entertained.

(Seriously. It’s almost worse than drawing magic in VIII. Very frustrating and grindy and busyworkish and, like, unnecessary-but-for-the-whole “lengthening the gaming experience” thing, sigh.)


I love this man. Even though he’s a succubus. Or maybe I feel this way BECAUSE he’s a succubus. (But wait, um… shouldn’t that be incubus? I’m pretty sure succubi are supposed to be chicks IRL.)

Then, you need a MATERIAL SUPPLIER, which can be had for a mere 5k gil in any of the housing peeps’ stores (under items).

If you have a FLAT (apartment which isn’t a mansion) or a COTTAGE, you can ONLY get TWO vendors (whose faces can’t be specified, though their races and biosexes CAN; the babe who’s about to go up in flames in the shot above is an AU RA, which–well, that’s a long story, so let’s save that for later!).


Summoning bell of *doom* to the RIGHT, and ready-to-harvest APPLE TREES to the LEFT. (YES!!)

Moving on, you also need a SUMMONING BELL. I got mine for like 145ish (grand) on the MARKET BOARD.

This means you need to have unlocked RETAINERS, which supports my conjecture about that “being over Lv 50” requirement.


WHAT are these retainers you’re obsessed with, chickadee? 


WELL, my dear friend, I’m so glad you asked!


They’re just these DUDES (well, in my case, anyway) who are basically invisible, but make themselves known in DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES.

They HELP you out, carry your junk for you, provide for you, and take care of all manner of other things that go on behind-the-scenes (stuff that MAKES your life POSSIBLE, btw–even if you don’t realise it at the time!

(Hmm. That’s kinda like the Holy Spirit, isn’t it…)


Finally, you need you some GARDENING STUFF (soil, pots/beds, fertiliser) and some SEEDS. “But, um, I’m a Lv 70 tank, I don’t wanna grow stuff unless, you know, it… makes you, like, happy, dig?”

I surely do, my peace-loving friend. And YOU’ll have to, as well. DIG, I mean.

For the, uh, crops you just grew in those, erm, pots and stuff. NOT POT, but those earthenware things that you grow STUFF in. You know? NOTHING SHADY. Ugh. Hmph. Whatever.


COZ, my friend, you need to farm some GIL. See??

This game’s economy, btw, is JUST like this world’s!

Popotoes (sic) were like 9k gil EACH last week, and it was all coz of that Moonfire Faire thing.  Now, you can get’em for a song! (La, la, la LAAAA!)

So the whole “supply and demand” and invisible hand stuff is at play here, but if you’re PLAYING the game and happen to HEAR about a particular type of specific NEED, then you can go with it, and follow your GREED.

(Oh, boy… Rhyme Time is upon us now, apparently. Pray that shall be over SOON… or else I’ll keep spouting words like a BUFFOON… and people in droves will turn into a LOOON! (All of them into ONE LOON–all for the sake of this song with NO TUNE!)


Moving on…

Actually, that’s everything.

The point here is that, as many have told me, “Crafting is the ONLY way to make money, come end-game.” And now that I’m into Stormblood (YES!), I see how true it is.

And you will, TOO, on the NEXT ISSUE of YO Magazine.




How to Share Hotbars Between Characters! FF14

As you can see, the hotbars are shared between Xara the botanist, culinarian, scholar, and machinist.

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The only thing that changes is the main toolbar (next to her left arm) and the uppest one (directly above the main one).

I accomplished this via the following in the CHARACTER > > > HOTBARS menus, which look like this:



FFXIV: ARR (The Blog!)

A warm welcome to this new blog by XARA, who was a NOOB at this game just one short month ago.

Follow her journey (struggle?) to remove the green sprouty thing which currently dangles above her flat-ironed, emo-coloured Bieber-hair.


Um, btw, in a very strange twist of fate, it would seem that the green NOOB SPROUT hath mysteriously disappeared, even though it was there not 20 minutes ago…


I’m sure there will be much wisdom and sage sagacity to follow, so, like, stay tuned, k?