Saturday, September 24, 2011

Portia Drawing

I figured I'd leave you all with a picture I've been working on for a few days that I doodled during the update!

Without further adue.....Portia from Wings of the Goddess missions!
First colored and completed picture in a while, enjoy!
And just for fun, here's the initial doodle from my sketchbook

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September version update!

FFXI's version update, primarily featuring the level cap increase and all sorts of goodies, spells and gear has arrived. ....Which I hope explains my absence from blogging once again. I swear I don't have a problem or addiction. Honest. I am not playing as I make this post, nope.

As an avid fisherman, I hope it's not sad that I'm just as excited about the Ebisu fishing rod graphic change as all the BLM updates. It is not sad at all. Right?  To those who could care less about fishing and have no idea what I'm talking about, the graphics for Ebisu were exactly the same Lu Shang, which is like the equivalent of getting an Aegis only to have it look like a plain old Koenig shield. But moving on.....

While leveling Black Mage with some LSmates. my AF+3 finally kicked in on Blizzard V for the first time. I was very pleased with the results, though at the same time sad it was only on a stupid exp mob.
Forever will the rest of my nukes feel inferior.
And of course who can forget the fun of running out and learning new Blue Mage spells. Took me nearly 2 hours to learn Harden Shell, but totally, totally worth it. Shame it's limited to Unbridled Learning though.
Bludgeon, Bludgeon, Bludgeon!
Next post will probably be about some Blue Mage Charged Whiskering fun! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Let's pop some Land Kings!

This still irks me a bit, going to Behemoth's Dominion and having it completely empty while you pop Behemoth and King Behemoth. Though it does mean you can goof off and have more fun though instead of screaming "[Insert stream of obscenities here], WE DIDN'T CLAIM NID! SPAM CLAIM IF IT GOES YELLOW!!!!!" over voice chat at 2 in the morning.
Uh oh! Synergy Furnace aggro! HANDLE IT!
It's ok! We got this furnace link under control!
When did he start summoning frogs!?
After killing some of these... whatever they are, puppies? We decided to play with an angry dragon!

Some genius Spike Flailed him. Unfortunately no one died.
Despite not particularly liking the old HNMs being forced pops, I have to admit, it's much more fun fighting them when you didn't sit there waiting from 3am-6am waiting for it pop. (Now you just have to wait an hour for your friends to gather!)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Managing my Finances

Guest post by Jewel Cole

I have had to learn the importance of saving money. When I was in college, I took my fortune for granted. I was able to pay for school with scholarships and also had enough money at the end of the day left over for beer. When I left college and entered graduate school, I was in the same situation. Now, I have gotten married, am no longer in school, and have a bottom-level job that has forced to learn the importance of saving money. While tough at first, once you get the hang of couponing, saving, and searching for the best deals you begin to gain a sense of pride. Not only have I learned to save money at the grocery and retail stores, but I have also learned to save money on household utilities. For example, I recently looked at my cable bill and decided to go to and was able to reduce my household overhead. I have also switched gas and trash companies and saved over half of what I was spending. When you realize you have cut your costs and save money, you feel much better about spending a little on yourself.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What are these non-video game...things?

I don't know whether to say it's fortunate or unfortunate that this summer has been busier than usual. I've actually visited... friends *Gasp*. Who knew a gamer could venture out into the unknown real life realm. Only with other gamers of course.

My fellow gamers and I ventured to New York City last weekend to do battle with the almighty Hurricane Irene. The wench was reduced to a measly Tropical Storm by the time we were through with her! She completely weakened our traveling capabilities and limited our touristy options heavily, but what can you do when mother nature is PMSing?
Someone get Mother Nature some tranquilizers, she's feisty this year.
At the very least we played some old fashioned rage-educing board games like Monopoly. Monopoly is depressingly unrealistic now though; you're done when you run out of money you're done. "I landed on boardwalk... eeeehh, I don't feel like selling my own hotels, just put it on my credit." Though at the same time, it's always amusing making bank off of people landing on your houses and hotels while you're stuck in jail.

DO Collect $2,000 for your friend landing on Boardwalk though
I also went bowling for the first time last weekend. My scorecard...board... thing... makes it look like 3 different were bowling as "Rayna". And yes, we did use our game names on the scoreboard. NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRDS. And proud of it.
The final score was "We all suck at bowling without even drinking anything."

Trying to make up for lack of posting, so tomorrow there will be a guest post about finances and savings! Because you need to save money if you want to buy all those awesome video games!