Fiddle Friday: Peaceful Music

Happy Friday all!

Fiddle Friday is a weekly post that I kept up over on my Tumblr. I’ve decided to make a place for it on this blog now, too!

So this week, we could all use a little relaxation and and chill time, right? So here’s a long-playing Peaceful Violin track with a chill lake background. If you need more chill in your life, you can find a lot more of these long-playing tracks at this channel!

FFXIV: Ishgard Restoration 5.4 Rankings

I wasn’t fully sure how deep I wanted to go this time around during the Restoration seeing that I’ve already got the basic title on two of my characters, including Amon.

Tad was the only other character that even had a chance to rank, though all three of the crafters I’d worked on for him were only in the 50s when the Restoration started. Since you don’t get points towards the leaderboard until you’re level 80, I decided to push his Goldsmith to 80 and give it a try.

If I’d known then what I knew now, I would have had all this prepared long in advance! He’s not my richest character, but he still ended up blowing a couple million on leveling gear and materials because I was trying to push to 80 as quickly as possible. I’m sure he’ll make it back eventually…

Anyhow, when all was said and done, Tad came in at rank 60. Considering he didn’t even start contributing to the leaderboard for the first few days, and he certainly didn’t have the gear to tackle the advanced crafts, it wasn’t too bad. He gets a title and that’s all I was after!

Well… maybe not all. I had terrible luck with Kupo O’ Fortune until this week. I was really shooting to get at least one set of Casual Attire and the Trike. I had so many failed cards in these attempts, then finally, I won the attire and the Trike back to back!

The follow up to this was I actually won a second set of Casual Attire after that. So now, both Tad and Amon have a set! I was a little conflicted when I won the first one because I couldn’t decide who to give it to. Glad that luck was on my side in the end.

Shifting Gears: Creative Gamers in MMOs

I’ve been a creative soul for just as long, or maybe longer, than I’ve been a gamer. I often find myself in the conundrum of needing a creative outlet in all the things that I do, including gaming.

Perhaps somewhere down the line, you’ve heard of the Bartle Taxonomy of player types. The one that defines gamers by four quadrants: Killers, Achievers, Socializers, Explorers.

I don’t find myself identifying with any of these, to be honest. I’m a bit of an explorer, and sometimes a socializer, but really, I need to express myself through creativity and immersion. Be that in game by designing a neat house or glamour, or outside of game through drawing art or writing stories.

I’m much more inclined to lean towards the Amy Jo Kim’s Social Interaction Matrix because of this.

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I feel like this matrix captures of how I see myself interacting with a gaming world more than the Bartle taxonomy. Namely, because it acknowledges those who “Express” and “Collaborate” – both activities that I find enjoyment in when playing a MMO.

All of this rambling is to preface this announcement that I’d like to make: This blog is undergoing a slight change in direction.

When I launched Spot of Mummery two and half years ago, I was establishing a creative outlet that I really needed to keep me engaged in my MMO of choice – Final Fantasy XIV. I’d played the game since the relaunch of ARR without a break in my sub, but after so many years, I knew I needed something more than just running roulettes or raids… or even glamour and housing.

I’m a bit of an oldskool MMO player, and immersion in a living world is a big part of what inspires me to play MMOs. I desired to make a character who was part of Eorzea. I wanted to write stories and develop my own plots with the amazing backdrop that FFXIV provides. Such a lush lore and story-driven game gave me all of the foundations to do just that.

This began as a RP interaction Tumblr. But last year, I decided to broaden my horizons, and moved it to WordPress, a platform I’m quite familiar with as a blogger. My other gaming blog just celebrated 7 years of being in existence, something I’m pretty proud of given how difficult it is to launch and maintain a blog now days. So for me, long-term blogging projects are a thing.

Now, I’ve decided to expand Spot of Mummery even more. I’ve spent over 20 years writing online stories and interacting in various role play environments over the years. I’ve also been pretty involved in the FFXIV community as a creator and a collaborator – helping to welcome players and encourage them to create, too. From all of this, I feel I have ideas that are relevant that I can share with other like-minded creative souls.

I’m going to be launching a series of post for folks who feel like me – those yearning to be part of a living online world and who want express their creativity. This is especially for folks who are shy as I am, but desire to connect, create and share with others in whatever MMO community you’re part of.

I hope you’ll join me as I explore various topics, some from the beginning level on up. Much of this will lean towards FFXIV since this is the community I know best. But I hope some of it can be an encouragement for players of any MMO.

Launching My Redbubble

Last year, I created a set of stickers to give away to followers of my Tumblr and Twitter account. It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally placed them in a Redbubble storefront for any interested individuals. These seem to be larger in size than the ones I had printed off, too!

Eventually I’ll be adding more art – stuff from my webcomic and online stories – but for now, Amon has the spotlight!

For a Low, Low Cost…

“…Of 2,000 Skybuilder Scripts, I will trade you this amazingly delicious apple!”

“‘Tis one of a kind! You’ll never find another quite like it!”

“Imagine your regret tomorrow if you don’t take me up on this incredible offer!”

“Hurry or I’m gonna bite it! I’m biting it!!”

Tad might be a WoL… but he’s also Amon’s cousin. XD