No Shave Novembeard 2013

No Shave November

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Join us!

Post pictures on the forums/facebook and keep everyone up to date with your progress!

All you have to do is not shave for the month of November!

Wow your family with your new found manliness on Thanksgiving!

Use it to help you stare people down at the stores during Black Friday!

Save money on scarfs this winter with your own natural face heater!

Tons of benefits and nothing to lose!

No Shave Novembeard – It’s cold outside, so why not cover up in the manliest way possible?

FFXIV Letter from the Producer Live #8; Amidoingitright?

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This past Letter from the Producer Live had a wide variety of information spanning from how YoshiP role plays as a high school girl, to the dates of Phase 4 and Early Access so lets just jump right in.

For the complete Q&A translation go here

Below is a list of what I found important out of the two and a half hour live letter;

-Fishing was displayed, from the looks of things its a very basic cast and reel RNG system with little interaction like the other craft/gathering classes. It was noted that fishing will not have a big impact on the economy so if you plan on doing this for Gil I would suggest something else.

-While as a fisherman it will display spots you can fish on the map, The size of the fish will also display once your reel it in. YoshiP also stated that what type of bait you use where/when will have a big impact on your success.

-Open beta is set for the 16th-19th (starts on the 17th for those who have not played the previous betas)

-The Level cap for open beta is set at level 20

-Early Access will be the 24-26th (They do not plan on shutting the servers down before release)

-Basic PvP will be in Phase 4 however none of the PvP specific skills will be implemented at this time. Full release of the PvP content is set for patch 2.1 (October)

-Arcanist was confirmed for Phase 4
>Pet doesn’t slowly drain MP like in XI
>Arcanist is a DPS class
>You have a skill to posistion your pet where you want
>3 Summoner egi at launch are Ifrit,Garuda,Titan. Ifrit is close range DPS, Garuda is long range magic DPS, Titan is a tank.

– There will be Paid server transfers available shortly after launch

– The smartphone/tablet app they are working on is called Libra Eorzea which will work like any other database site. The app will also be free for all XIV players.

– You will be able to change your hair style/color, face mark/color and beards with the Barber they plan on adding in Patch 2.1

– Bahamut’s labyrinth was said to involve 8 players

– Crystal tower is planned to use 24 players, this instance was pushed back to the 2.1 patch due to it being too difficult.

– Classes are said to get different mounts in class quests. YoshiP showed off a unicorn that WHM seems to get.

– YoshiP stated that it should take around 6 months before they start to allow/make official add-ons for the game

-Veteran rewards are also planned based on your sub time.
(30days) A floating Cursor minion and a character remodel ticket
(60days) Black swimware/”heat resistant” gear and a black chocobo chick
(90days) gets you a floating eye bat minion and a floating airman mount along with everything above.

So if you pay for 90 days right from the start you get everything right away, other then that you will have to slowly build up to them.

This concludes all the important info I summed up out of the last live letter. The full translation of the questions was linked up above so be sure to check those out when you have the time.

Seamless changes

This weekend we officially changed hosting services for the website. Thankfully when the domain changed over to the new host everything was running flawlessly. Hopefully we’ll see less down time and database load errors with our new service compared to Networksolutions. Only time will tell, but so far webhostinghub.com has been incredibly easy to work with. They have great support for exporting and importing databases from different hosts, which was something I’ve never done before. The prices aren’t too bad either. Anyways, I’d like to thank iCup for helping me go over the website to make sure everything was working.

Also, I know the images on the teamspeak walk through are down, and that’s only because they’re out of date and have the wrong information on them. I’ll fix it and post the new steps once I find the time/will to do it.

The forums are now functioning at 100% as well so please get some use out of them!

And now some Evangelion AMV: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons – JUST BECAUSE!

FFXIV information round up

Time is ticking down and we are getting closer and closer to the official release (Aug.27th). For this blog post I will Highlight some of the important dates/things in general that you should know before hopping in to Phase 4/Early Access.
Information:
The Across Free Company/Linkshell will be moving to Diabolos, if you are planning on playing with us please keep that in mind.

If you have not already, I highly suggest downloading Team Speak 3 and getting use to it (TS is not a requirement but it is extremely helpful for coordination)

Since the end of Phase three SE had posted on the beta forums “*Along with the completion of the beta test phase 3, the test client download is no longer available. The beta test client up until phase 3 will no longer come in use so please uninstall it from your system. The test client download for phase 4 will be announced at a later time.” IF you want to save your screenshots/saved character data(its appearance) then go to document > my games > FFXIV beta > copy your screenshot folder > copy the folders named FFXIV_CHR##############.

August 1st is the projected date for the “stand alone” character creator so fret not! If your are one of those OCD character creators (Excel) then this should give you plenty of time to get the look you want.

August 8th is the next Live letter where they are suppose to give us the start date of Phase 4 (Most likely going to start the following day which is a Friday)

Arcanist/Summoner/Jobs will all be included in Phase 4. This should add a bit of diversity to leveling up for the 5th+ time.

Characters created in Phase 4 WILL BE CARRIED OVER (unless they discover a game breaking bug) so be careful how you spend your time in Phase 4.

When the servers do go up and we have a list of the “officer” tiered members of the Free company we will post the list on the blog for those of you joining us and wanting an invite (can just shoot someone a message or hop in TS and ask).

As a side note, I will be doing my best to stream the game when I can (if NDA is lifted in Phase 4). I will continue the stream into the release and see where that goes, if you would like to follow the channel the URL is here

That wraps up the info I have for you all now, I look forward to seeing you all in the next beta phase!

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Phase 3 Test 5!

The next beta test for FFXIV has been announced! The upcoming beta test is scheduled for: Jul. 10th 2:00 a.m. to Jul. 15th 2:00 a.m. (PDT) / Jul. 10th 9:00 to Jul. 15th 9:00 (GMT)

This will most likely be the last test of phase 3. As stated in game/on the website/in TS we will be changing servers. The current pick is “Diabolos” but make sure to come back and check the website before P4 starts up in case there was a last minute switch.

This Week in Phase 3 – RECRUITING WITH GIANT CRABS

That was a fun weekend! To those of you who just joined us and took the extra step of checking out the website – Welcome! & Thank you!

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For our Company to achieve any measure of success we are going to need people; people for parties; people for raids; people for crafting; people for [please please please] PvP sieges! Our strategy for recruiting in FFXIV will be different from our previous MMOs experiences since we are recruiting early during a Test Phase Schedule – which means that there is a lot of down time between interactions with the player base.

Recruiting through the game itself is rather simple, but with the excessive down time between test phases we will need to start recruiting proactively out side of the game. We will use the normal channels for recruiting, such as the official forums and snooping around for other community sites, but there is also a new tool we can try to reach out with via The Lodestone.

On The Lodestone you can send messages to people on your in game friends list and to fellow linkshell/company members. There is also a Company page which has a built in forum as well. We’ve been provided some potentially useful tools so it would be best if all of you logged on The Lodestone and make some attempts to reach out.

The rest is the usual run down:

During our recruiting campaign members should pay extra attention to possible opportunities both in and outside of the game. PUG often, meet and assist new players when you can, recruit at your own discretion. Its always interesting meeting new people, and its great when we can make new friends.

When you recruit don’t take it personally if you get turned down. Also persistence might not be a trait that is always found endearing.

Making posts and watching the forums for responses, as well as posting new information and walk-throughs on the blog should be a priority while the game is down.

A big change is that getting new people on our Teamspeak will not be a top priority, since some people may find it invasive if we request installation of new voice chat software right away.

Recruits have no obligation to stick with us, the only thing that usually keeps new recruits around is if they find their surroundings appealing or beneficial. While we cannot make any promises as to how Across will perform in Final Fantasy XIV we will do our best to be worthwhile.

Next Beta weekend will be a Holiday weekend for those of us in the States, so turn out might be a bit erratic. Lets do our best!