FFXIV: Tips on Finishing Screenshot Challenge Months

This year, I undertook two successful screenshot challenge months – MiqoMarch and FebHyurary. In a few days, I’ll be tackling Junelezen, and armed with the experiences of previous months, I’ve come prepared.

What are Challenge Months?

Challenge months are when someone creates a list of prompts for the community to respond to through art or screenshots. These are often organized by race or major theme. Art and screens are shared across social media using a common tag.

I’ve seen a number of folks get all fired up and excited about a challenge month, only to fizzle out after the first week or two. So here’s some tips on sticking it out through the whole challenge.

Tips to Successfully Finish a Challenge Month

You don’t have to have nerves of steel to finish a challenge month. But you do need to have some organization and time management. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and here’s some things I’ve learned to help you get started.

1- Explore the prompt list and formulate your ideas ahead of the month.

Usually, the prompt list is posted long before the month starts. Take advantage of that. Familiarize yourself with the list and even write out ideas for each prompt before the challenge begins.

2- Take screens in bulk before prompts are due.

Don’t wait until the day of the prompt to take a screenshot – you’ll just be scrambling every day to come up with a shot, and the quality will suffer. There’s bound to be a day where you just won’t have the time or energy to scrape something up, and that’s usually where people start falling behind or quitting.

Check the rules of the challenge. Usually they don’t say that you have to take each screenshot the day of the prompt – merely that you post the screenshot the day of the prompt. (Hopefully, the challenge creator would rather you stick it out all the way through than enforce a rule that makes the challenge less fun.)

Use your time and inspiration wisely. If you’re all fired up at the beginning of the month, take a backlog of screenshots while you have the energy to do it.

I usually try to use my weekends to block out a bit of screenshot time and take as many as I can for that following week. It’s much easier to edit and post on prompt days when you already have the screens on hand. Plus, this allows you to review what you’ve taken and make changes to them – or retake them if you need to – before you post!

3- Go for the low-hanging fruit first.

If you’re taking screenshots in bulk, work on the ones that are easiest for you to visualize, even if that means skipping over some. You can come back to the more difficult ones later, and you might come up with an idea while working on the easier ones.

4- Don’t let a few missed days set you back.

If you do happen to miss a couple days, don’t let that end the challenge for you. Post some catch-up posts to get you back on track. Unless, of course, you’re just not having fun anymore. The most important thing is the fun, after all!

If you have other ideas on how to succeed at challenge months, feel free to let me know in the comments! Best of luck to you!

May 24 – FFXIV RP Directory Update

The FFXIV RP Directory wants to add you!

Do you have a LFRP post? A character page? A RP event or location? A carrd? Do you want to share that with other folks? The FFXIV RP Directory wants to help!

Just fill out this really short Submission Form and I’ll get you listed as soon as possible!

New Directory Submissions

Please let me welcome the newest friends of the Directory:

  • Setoto Seto (Mateus)
  • Saeta Lemiscus (Zalera)

Thank you for your submissions – it’s great to meet you!

Amon’s Tea and Tomes – Now Open for May!

Submit your Tome for appraisal until May 31 to enter the May Mogstation Giveaway!

Tea and Tomes is back and better than ever! I took a month off in order to upgrade my equipment and provide better services for future clients.

Over and over, when offering appraisals back in March, I became acutely aware of the need for a data backup feature – especially in light of important content on Tomes that may be close to failure due to wear and tear. Thanks to all of the donations received, I will be able to offer this service – for free! – upon client request.

I hope that you’ll give me an opportunity to try this new feature out!

It doesn’t take very long to set up a backup, and I will happily provide you with the content on a specialized SDTome card that I’ve developed that is compatible with most modern Tomephones. You’ll find this as an option when you bring your Tome for appraisal.

May’s Mogstation Giveaway: One individual will be randomly drawn from those who participate in Tome appraisals – sending in this form before June. Choose one minion from the Mogstation (including from any of the limited edition FanFest minions).

Tome readings available to everyone – follower or not! Everyone will be entered into the giveaway (even if I don’t get to your appraisal before the end of the month). Feel free to respond to the appraisal as an RP prompt/thread with Amon if you wish – completely up to you! 🙂

May 21 – FFXIV RP Directory Updates

The FFXIV RP Directory wants to add you!

Do you have a LFRP post? A character page? A RP event or location? A carrd? Do you want to share that with other folks? The FFXIV RP Directory wants to help!

Just fill out this really short Submission Form and I’ll get you listed as soon as possible!

New Directory Submissions

Please let me welcome the newest friends of the Directory:

  • Eirja Silfjallr (Balmung)
  • Esredes Rosemond (Mateus)
  • S’aeil Akaruta (Zalera)

Stop by and check out these awesome character profiles! Thanks so much for your submissions!

FFXIV: 2 Year Anniversary Thanks!

Last year on this day, I took a moment to reflect back on Spot of Mummery and a little bit about its history. I want to do that again this year, but first, I want to thank all of you for the part you’ve played in encouraging me (and Amon) on our creative journey! 

The above screenshot was the first I ever took of Amon – from that one scene we all know and love at the beginning of the MSQ. Based on the file name, I created Amon September 19, 2017 on Mateus. Back then, Mateus was just finding its feet as an RP server, and there wasn’t a whole lot of representation on Tumblr yet. 

Trying to RP

I repurposed this Tumblr into a RP blog, and started tossing out little one-shot posts of Amon’s day-to-day discoveries in Eorzea as I leveled him. I wanted to get involved with the RP scene, but had no idea how to do so. I just started flinging stuff into the void and… 

…Eventually gave up on it a few months later when nothing seemed to stick. Only one post actually remains from that time. 

Two Years Ago

In 2018, had the itch to write, and decided to join July’s Camp NaNo. So, I started weeding through my FFXIV characters to determine who had promise for a story that I could eventually transition into a foundation for RP. 

I looked on Mateus, saw Amon, and started to delete him. I figured I’d never do anything with him. 

Yep. Amon almost got deleted. 

But then I logged on – as I tend to before I push that button – just to see if he had any special event items that would make him worth keeping. (He didn’t.)

And I saw this face: 

I couldn’t do it. 

Suffice to say, Amon worked his charm on me. Instead of deleting him, I sat down and began to plot out the story that eventually became Coming Together

Building a Tumblr

I was a little nervous about trying to connect with the RP folks, especially since I was attempting to write for an NPC. I know that’s not always embraced, but I found most people on Tumblr to be welcoming. 

I also discovered due to barrier of entry (that has now been removed), many people interacting with me on Tumblr back then had never run the Crystal Tower raids. Therefore, they didn’t know who Amon was (or that he was an NPC). I remember running a number of folks through ST their first time – after they learned he was a boss in those raids. I wonder if they just wanted to beat him up. 🙂  

Last year, when Shadowbringers dropped, Syrcus Tower suddenly became relevant again. Never did I imagine THAT would have happened when I decided to write for what I thought was an obscure NPC back in 2017. I was, and still am, really excited to see where the lore is going to take the Crystal Tower. 

It’s been a wild ride! I’m happy to still be kicking around two years later. There’s plenty more story I want to tell for Amon and friends! 

Thank you all again for your kindness and acceptance of my crazy Allagan doof, and here’s to more mummery to come!