Streaming Pile: You Never Really Remember Your First Time

I’m not sure whether or not I should be surprised that Dragon Age: Inquisition has a multiplayer side-game. It seems a lot of these big-ticket games do nowadays. Fortunately this one a) is strictly cooperative multiplayer, and b) has no impact on the much larger single-player component.

I actually played this game once shortly after I bought it just to see how it played. It appears to be a simplified version of Dragon Age’s action-oriented combat, where you and up to three other players (who can drop in and out at any time) fight through a stage and try to reach the boss at the end. Each stage is broken up into five sections, with a chance to recover your health at the end of each section.

There are 12 different specializations for each of the three major classes (Warrior, Rogue, and Mage), but you can only choose from one of each when you start playing: Legionnaire, Archer, and Keeper. I picked the Archer because I figured it would be the easiest to play for newcomers.

The first time I played through, I didn’t make it to the level boss. I made it this time around, but even on Routine difficulty (which is the easiest setting), the boss and its minions were still a pain to fight off. Nevertheless, I still managed to beat it and get some experience point to survive some of the higher difficulties later on.

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Streaming Pile

It looks like my “30 Days of Eorzea” series (where I streamed for every day of my Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn) trial was a mixed success. I got some viewers, but I wasn’t able to save all of them due to technical problems near the end.

I haven’t streamed anything since then, but since it’s a brand new year, I’m going to put my PlayStation 4 Twitch function to work once again by streaming some games on the weekend.  Here’s what I have planned for the upcoming weeks:

  • Jan. 10 & 11 – Dragon Age: Inquisition (multiplayer)
  • Jan. 17 & 18 – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Edition
  • Jan. 24 & 25 – Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate
  • Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 (my birthday!) – Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (I wanted to put DW8 Empires here, but that’s not coming out until late February)

As usual, I’ll tweet out just before a stream starts, so stay tuned!

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Time to start this year off right!

Welcome to 2015!

Mine didn’t exactly get off to a great start, as I spent the first part of the year battling strep throat. I think I’m over the worst of it now, so I was able to get back to work with very few ill effects (no pun intended).

I also think I goofed trying to start over on Dragon Age: Origins so soon before starting a new game of Dragon Age: Inquisition. At least by playing it, I understand the background of Inquisition’s story a little bit better. It might also help if I tried out the second game (which most say isn’t as good as the first, since EA and Bioware set up this website called the “Dragon Age Keep” where you can manipulate the world in Inquisition based on your choices in the previous games (nowhere near as elegant or simple as the progression in the Mass Effect trilogy, but it’s better than nothing). I’m also advised to get out of the Hinterlands as soon as possible once I’m able rather than doing every available sidequest, lest I be overpowered for everything that comes afterward.

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Final Fantasy XIV: 30 Days in Eorzea, Final Days

I didn’t get a chance to transfer Day 27’s video over to YouTube due to technical difficulties. My connection dropped two minutes into my stream, and apparently YouTube can’t (or won’t) handle videos that suffer connection issues, and even when I tried to “highlight” the non-offending part, it still wouldn’t work, so the 30 Days of Eorzea series is going to be missing at least one episode.

For the last few days of my trial, I decided to go and dabble in Alchemy and Weaving while in Limsa Lominsa, as they’re also good supplemental jobs for my Conjurer, and I couldn’t learn them while I was in Gridania. My moderately good Botany skill should allow me to obtain some of the ingredients I need to make some of the lower-level potions and other alchemy supplements. After my trial ended, I warped to Ul’dah to learn the ways of the Pugilist in order to work toward becoming a Bard once my Archery level is high enough. Theoretically, I COULD take on every job in the game, but I’m already pretty heavily worked as it is. Unfortunately, I’ve already missed out on two days of play since my subscription started due to family issues, but I should hopefully be able to get my grind back on tomorrow.

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Final Fantasy XIV: 30 Days in Eorzea, Days 25 and 26

I felt that I couldn’t keep myself confined to Gridania if I ever wanted to get anywhere, so I decided to teleport myself over to Limsa Lohmisa to nudge the story ever-so-slightly forward. I think I’m starting to regret traveling by Teleport instead of by airship, because I get the feeling I could have saved time (if not money) doing it the old fashioned way. I suppose it doesn’t matter much, since there are potential new quests and levequests to be found. Unfortunately, a lot of them can be skipped at my current levels, since they’re only level 1 and my classes are around level 15-20. Fortunately, it doesn’t matter what class I’m using when I turn in for a quest reward so long as my level is high enough to accept the quest in the first place. So, with some creative class juggling, I can power up my less-used classes without actually using them (sort of like the trick you can use in the Pokemon series to quickly level up your weaker Pokemon).

Day 25:

Day 26:

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