June 14th, 2005

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Life never changes...

So I'm back to work this morning, and boy does it suck. I arrived at 7:20. It's now 8:24 and co-worker still is not here. SIGH. Responsible adult? What's that?

Starving. I wish I had stopped for breakfast, but I was worried I'd be late if I did. Stupid me, thinking idiot co-worker might actually be here ontime to notice!

I stayed up a little late last night, but since I couldn't sleep it didn't really matter. Watched a Naruto ep (I'm like 5 behind) and ... well. I liked it, but there's way, way, way too much flashback in the eps now. I bet more than half the ep was spent in flashback! (Yay to not have to draw new animation, people!) But still, loving the storyline, what little new there is.

After Naruto it was nearly bedtime, but I spotted a new Bleach ep! The Keep group just released one a day or two ago, so I hadn't expected #26 yet! I snagged it and it downloaded fast, so I watched it before bed. Too much fighting, too little character development. But I suppose there will be lots of fighting in the series, so. And man, does it amuse me when they keep commenting on the size of each other's swords! :P

FFXI: Yesterday was blah. Boring. I spent most/much of the day trying to fish to break rods. Every time I fish my hatred for the "new" fishing system grows. (And my hands/arms still hurt! A day later!) And the best part? I got only .1 woodworking skillup and 0 fishing skillups from spending the whole day doing it! Blah.

I keep thinking I need to level a new job in the game. I need something to spend more time on. But there's really no job I want to play much... And how much farming can one do? I'm totally out of bolts to sell, but I hate making bolts and currently have more money than I need, so why force myself to do it? I'm not feeling burnt out on the game, just lacking in goals.

Very unhappy to be back at work. Tired, hungry, grumpy. Stupid co-worker, this is all your fault!
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FFXI: technical stuff (DRK/DRG, tricking)

This will be a more "technical" post than usual, so if you don't play please feel totally free to skip this.

A few days ago I read about a JP player who played as DRK/DRG. That sounds wacky at first, but apparently it worked well (he went all-out with DRK stuff, totally getting hate, then super jumped it away). I love thinking about interesting and new combos like that. I don't think this one would work better in general (why jump the hate away when you can sub THF and trick it onto the tank?), but still, it's interesting to think about. Other than the loss of being able to pin hate, the other issue is one I'm not so sure about: Don't DRGs have ACC issues? I'd really, really hate to stack one ACC-challenged job with another...

THF 30 is just around the corner, and DRK 60 not much far behind that. I hope setting this tricking stuff up won't be as much of a challenge as it seems to be in my head. The way I'm seeing it, I'll line up behind Ashn (main tank) and Ead (MNK/WAR, backup tank) will stand across the mob from him. Because Xal tends to get hate, she should stand behind Ead. How slippery does our hate tend to be? Can you get hate off Ashn with just a provoke, Ead? If not, we'll have to do the trick in the beginning, which will mean I need TP at the start of the fight... which will mean less sitting for MP for me (bah).

So Xal pulls the mob in, Ead provokes it. Xal starts the SC, I close it with SA/TA. Hate snaps onto Ashn, and he can provoke from there. I guess writing it out makes it clearer than it was in my head. It's just that we sometimes have issues with me missing SAs because the mob turns, I really worry about our ability to form a nice steady line...

See, but if Ead can pull hate off Ashn mid-fight, tricking would be more useful. I could do more stuff (SE+LR+WS/SA/TA) and lose (and pin) more hate that way... Maybe we could arrange this with both SCs, if Xal can get TP fast enough:

Fight starts as usual. Ashn has hate. Xal and Ead (standing opposite Ashn and I) have TP, so SC. Mob will likely turn and face them? (Does Ashn usually have to provoke at this point? He does, right?) Then Xal gets to 100% again , she starts her SC with me, I do as much as I can (LR/SE + WS/SA/TA) while standing behind Ashn, and he'll get my fight's worth thus far, plus the SC hate.

But maybe doing it in the beginning would be handier, since then Ead wouldn't have to tank much and Ashn would get the extra hate-help early on...
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