Specialist Recipes Unlocked??! FFXIV’s Gift to Crafting Addicts in Patch 4.2

Apparently, ALL crafters possessing Master Crafting Tome V (in a given field) can AUTOMATICALLY gain access to (previously-) “Specialist” recipes!!

aka You do NOT have to have a Soul of the Whatever crystal equipped to be able to make Ala Mhigan gear anymore!

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Despite this BRILLIANT news, it would still behoove one to set all three specialists, because the crystals do give each crafter +20 Control AND +20 Craftsmanship. Again, one character can only choose (up to) three Specialists.

(If you lost your Soul of the Crafter crystals (or simply wanna switch camps), you can get them from Rowena’s store in Rhalgar’s Reach for 480 Red Crafters’ Scrips.)

A Few “Trigger” Warnings (Monster Hunter: World)

This article began as “some stuff to keep in mind so you don’t fail quests due to environmental snags,” but it quickly became obvious to me that certain artistic and/or game-play elements might stick in some of y’all’s craws, so you get to read both “warnings” below.


Collecting/gathering some items (ie poisoncup, flashbug, paratoad) will release the poison or flashylight that you could rather use against enemies.


The scoutflies can be hard-to-follow if it’s broad daylight in the game, but it could also cause problems for those with sensitive eyes when tracking them in darker conditions (like caves, for example).

“TRIGGER WARNINGS” for Unsuspecting Players

If you have trypophobia, you should avoid this game. (Trust me. I have several patients with that condition and they would definitely not stand for this.)

If you have a problem with patterns, you should really avoid this game, especially the second main part.

If you have PTSD related to being chased or having to hide from something volatile and scary, you should pass on this one.

More Quality-of-Life in MHW

  • Press TRIANGLE to identify which items you’d like to auto-craft.
  • Use the WISHLIST to set what equipment you’d like to craft, in order to be notified once you’ve 1) unlocked it, and/or 2) attained the items needed to do so.
  • Hit OPTIONS to escape from tiresome cut-scenes (like the Handler-cooks-and-tries-to-inhale-your-dinner one)
  • To RESTOCK your items, hit TRIANGLE from the item box “manage items” bit.
  • Items from the SUPPLY BOX (which is the red one with an open lid, and NOT the one in the tent at camp) are to be shared amongst party members. What this means is that you could, in fact, be left high and dry IF one of your party members naughtily makes off with the entire kit and caboodle (ahem and hmph). Tragically, you don’t keep the ones that aren’t used in the mission.
  • You can specify a target to follow by setting a PUSHPIN on the map; after that, the scoutflies will hunt him or her down, and you hunt the scoutflies down (to find the target).

Letter from the Editor (February, 2018)

Welcome to the first 2018 issue of PLAYED Magazine!

After weeks and weeks of “blah, blah, BLAH,” the past fiveish days have been “sis, boom, BAH!” what with the release of Monster Hunter: WORLD, the FFXII event over at FF Brave Exvius, and, of course, the dropping of PATCH 4.2 into the lives of Eorzeans everywhere!

Stay tuned for continuing coverage and features on these and other titles, together with up-to-the-minute news and reviews of paper-and-pencil, card-based, PC-based, iOS/Android-based, and other (sorts of) games we’ve PLAYED… (get it??)


The Editor

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.

Xara’s Patch 4.2 Checklist of YAY (Live @ 5 Edition)

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: It will be 5 am EST when the game re-opens, hence the title.)

Call me a freak, but I could NOT allow Patch 4.2 to drop without making myself a handy-dandy little checklist of Stuff to Check Out (or “Up On”) at 5 am today!

While we’re waiting, why not CHECK out the

Things I’m MOST excited about in Patch 4.2

(Get it? Check? CHECK?? Sigh.)

  • 999 STACKS (hello, I be a crafter)
  • Rewards for Gaganaskin Treasure Maps and Gazelleskin Treasure Maps have been adjusted. (Um, what? Can people please elabourate upon this morsel of goodness so certain authors of this article don’t fall over??)
  • “Any fixtures applied to the exterior or interior of an estate will become bound, while the fixture being replaced will be moved to your inventory.” FANTASTIC! I’ve been distraught over my 700k Ice Chandeliers (that’s 700 EACH btw). Now I can have them in my inventory! YES!
  • Luminous Fiber went from requiring THREE glass fibers to just ONE glass fiber. AND guess what? Glass fibers are now available from Grand Companies for 7000 seals!
  • “Ehcatl” (now called “Quick-Hardening Sealant”) can now be bought from GC! (Along with the aforementioned Glass Fibers.)
  • Apart from the 999 item stacks (YESSSSS!!!!!) there’s ALSO now a removal of the “unique” status of certain items like Crag Heart, Barb of the Whorl, etc. (primal-related)
  • New stuff can be stowed away in the Armoire!
  • BEST OF ALL, tho… NEW GATHERING POINTS HAVE BEEN ADDED!! :) :) :) x 10000!!!
  • The Submarine thing seems pretty cool, too.
  • OH, and NEW CRAFTING RECIPES (including MASTER recipes! YES! I think this even calls for a WOO HOOOOO! Which has heretofore-NEVER dropped from my lips, btw.)


Lots of names changed, too.

For example, EHCATL SEALANT is now called “Quick-Hardening Sealant.” (And the price for that particular item went from eight to THREE Ixali Oaknots.

Some of the Master Crafter Tomes have decreased in price (argh) and so have many of the Rowena-related gear and other-such-goodies for Disciples of Land and Hand.

Lots of name-switching in the TOME-stones too, btw.

Speaking of which, “Airship Repair Materials” are now called “Magitek Repair Materials,” for some reason. (Maybe they can fix submarines too? Then again, Cid wouldn’t be too happy with that name-change, seeing how he’s the premiere Airship Dude, eh?)