Final Fantasy XIV Role Play Directory Launch!

I’m happy to announce that the FFXIV RP Directory project is now open to visit!

Thanks to everyone who responded to the first submission request I sent out yesterday. Because of you, I was able to sit down and work on an overall flow and layout for the initial pass of the Directory pages.

A shoutout to:

  • Adamantoise
  • Balmung
  • Coeurl
  • Goblin
  • Mateus
  • Zalera
  • Excalibur

These servers were the first to represent!

So happy to have our friends on Aether and Primal show up, and hope to meet more of you!

In reviewing all the submissions, I was really overwhelmed by the amount of love and creativity everyone put into their profiles and info pages. These are all top-notch examples of what I hope to share in the Directory as it grows!

Sending a welcome to….

  • Ahlis Ildilayan
  • Allisel Daragan
  • A’vett Abendrot
  • Craft Ramsay
  • Eolyn Viera
  • Fenetrie Leveilleur
  • Iosko’li Noukai
  • Keira Vouivre
  • Merrnryn Tha’feron
  • Saphiraux Leveilleur
  • Y’karia Rhiki
  • Zeehva Belrose

Our first friends to send in character profiles!

Also a big thanks to the following RP Locations – our first listed!

  • The Cracked Cluster
  • The Shepherd’s Rest
  • Uranami Onsen

And finally, our very first RP event submission, as well!

  • NightRaid Bounty Call

Thank you once again for everyone who has helped me create the foundation of this Directory with your submissions.

Submissions are officially open from here on out and I will be adding more profiles/locations/events as I receive them. If you have something to add – multiple character profiles accepted! – please take a moment to fill out this short form and I would love to include you in the Directory!

Also, if you see an error in your submission, please let me know (you can leave a comment here if that’s easiest), and I’ll fix it right away!

FFXIV: Moogle Treasure Trove – Fan Festival 2021 Edition!

Final Fantasy XIV has hosted several Moogle Treasure Trove events over the past couple years, but this is the first one that centers around the virtual Fan Festival that’s taking place May 15 and May 16, 2021.

Starting May 14, a new set of Moogle Tomes – Irregular Tomes of Pageantry – can be earned by running specific content. In fact, this is the widest array of content that has ever awarded tomes in one of these events!

Every raid in the Alliance Raid series provides tomes, as well as every raid in the normal raid series. A couple trials and PVP are also included. And, of course, the infamous Castrum and Praetorium runs – though the interesting thing about these two are that the number of tomes rewarded for each has been doubled.

Check out the official web page to see a list of content and the tomes rewarded.

What’s even more interesting is the variety of items you can earn this time around. There’s only a couple mounts available that haven’t been featured in a Treasure Trove yet. However, of real interest are hard to get hairstyles and emotes! If you love Dancing Mad, all of the musical movements are available.

Also for the first time ever, you can also pick up full sets of gear, I’m assuming for glamour purposes. If housing is your thing, this event provides a variety of furniture, which is new to the Treasure Trove event, as well.

It looks like there’s something for everyone this run. With double drop rates from Praetorium and every Alliance Raid giving something, even if all you did was a few of these, you should be able to pick up rewards fairly easily.

Good luck and see you in Praetorium! 😉

Hatching Tide Art Party

On Sunday, Scylla, I and a few friends attended an art party hosted by the FC Baha Blast! We had a great time dancing and playing in the lovely egg ball pit they had set up. It was a good ending to a pretty social weekend for us, and I hope to continue to visit events and art parties like this more often in the future.

FFXIV: Healer Aggro – Featuring the No-Stack Tank

Scylla says I’m starting to become mean in game now that I’m a level 74 White Mage. I don’t think I’m mean, I just think I have more ability to mete out justice.

For example – yesterday’s Alliance Roulette took us to Syrcus Tower, which is obviously my favorite raid. The tank was no shining star throughout the run to begin with. He was not new to this run – he just seemed not to want to put any more effort into it than he had to. It wasn’t until the final boss when he earned my Healer Aggro.

I got the purple stack marker and brought the circle where it should be – near Xande, not overlapping other circles. The normal deal. At first, the tank and another DPS (and a few folks from another party) were in my circle, and all was well. At the last moment, before the shared damage was distributed, all of them, including my tank decided to step out of the circle, and let me die as I ate all the damage. Then, they happily stepped back in the circle to levitate.

I know this is something some folks do during this mechanic because I’ve seen it done before many times, but in this case, it resulted in the death of one of the healers in the party. Really, stepping out of the stack to avoid damage isn’t needed – the healer will heal up your damage – that’s our job.

Now this is bad sportsmanship on the part of the DPS, yes. But, to me, this is an ultimate failure of the tank to do his entire job, which is to protect the people in his party.

This is RUDE to do to anyone in your party. But letting your healer die on purpose as a tank is like biting the hand that heals you. I was of half a mind to say or do something snarky, but Scylla warned me off from it.

Anyhow, guess who didn’t get heals for the rest of the fight? Once I communicated my anger to Scylla, we both cheerfully decided to not do our jobs for the tank that couldn’t be bothered to protect his healers.

When he died, right at the end of the fight, we also didn’t rez him. I don’t know if he was lying there waiting for a rez or raging about it or what, but he also didn’t self-rez that I saw.

I’ll just state that as a healer, I will run across a boss arena to save someone if I have to – DPS included. In fact, I have a soft spot for healing DPS because I main DPS and know what it feels like to helplessly watch your life dropping with a healer that doesn’t give a care for the DPS in the party.

However, if you’re purposely rude to your party members. Yeah. You get my Healer Aggro. And a lot less heals from me.

FFXIV Role Play – Creating a RP Character Profile and Linking it in Search Info

Whether you’ve already rolled a character and ready to jump into the world of RP in FFXIV… or if you’re just taking your first steps into exploring new character development, creating a character profile is important.

Just the act of thinking through and filling out a profile is helpful for fleshing out your RP character in ways you might not have already considered. This is also very helpful in connecting with other RP players by providing them all the information about your character they need to know in one place.

Once you have this profile page, wherever you decide to put it (I’ll get into that later), you can then link it in your FFXIV Search Info within the game (more on that later, too).

Find A Template

You can make up your own profile template if you are so inclined, but it might be easiest to use an existing one to start out. You can always edit the template to cut whatever isn’t relevant to your character or add to it later if you want to expand on it.

Here’s some samples of templates to get you started. Feel free to Google “RP Character Profile Template” for more, though!

Choose a Platform

The platform where you post your profile is completely up to you. This might be determined by what social media platforms you prefer or the ease of use and access. I’ll list a few that I’ve seen, along with some samples.

FFXIV Roleplayers Wiki

Since I already noted this site in the templates section, I may as well talk about the FFXIV Roleplayers Wiki. This site has been around for as long as I can remember and hosts quite a selection of RP profiles to view. You can select from specially created templates provided on the wiki or create a page from scratch. The templates often look really nice and have interesting sections on things such as relationships, music, stories and more.

The one downside to using this site is that to get the most out of the templates and formatting, you have to have a bit of a grasp on the Wiki markup language. But if you don’t mind a little coding, this is a nice place to keep your profile.

Tumblr

If you’re a Tumblr user, you can create your profile as a post on your blog. This tends to be the foundation of the most-used template that I’ve seen going around on that site. Tumblr is easy to use and your post will be easy to update should you need to. Also, good use of tagging will help to promote your character’s profile to other RPers on Tumblr.

The downside is that the URL for a Tumblr post is too long and convoluted to use as a quick link in your FFXIV Search Info. You can always use a URL shortener if you want, or you can create a static page version on your Tumblr for a shorter URL. I’ve done that here.

Here’s some samples of character profile posts on Tumblr for you to see.

Carrd

Creating a free site at Carrd is also a popular option for many RP profiles and RP functions/events/groups/locations. I’ve never personally worked with the platform, but seeing how many people use it, it must be fairly easy to jump into.

I’m going to post a few samples of Carrds that friends have made – I hope they don’t mind! These were just very good examples!

  • Character Profile – See how they placed all social media links there, and grouped info by AU
  • Tavern Page – Includes RP info, event info and a menu
  • RP Group – Read about who they are and how to get involved if interested

Another plus is that the URLs for Carrds are pretty short, so linking them in Search Info isn’t a problem!

Google Docs/Sites

If you have far too much to organize about your character, you can always go with the tried and true Google Docs. Most folks are pretty comfortable using Google Docs – it’s functional even if it’s not pretty. However, the downside is, again, a very long URL for linking – a URL shortener will be needed. You’ll also have to make sure you have sharing permissions open so that folks can see your doc.

Though I’ve personally never tried Google Sites before, that’s another option. It seems easy to use and you can set a custom URL for your site, so that helps with the URL length issues. It’s more fancy than a Google Doc, so if Google is your preference, that might be a way to go.

Add the RP Profile to Your FFXIV Search Info

Now that you’ve got a public profile on the net (and hopefully a short URL), it’s time to put it in your character’s Search Info for everyone to see.

To Write a Search Comment:

  1. Click the letter O on your keyboard.
  2. Right-click your name and select Edit Search Info.
  3. Type your information in the Search Comment box. Note that you only have a limited number of characters.

And there you have it! Other RPers can now find a link to your character’s RP profile in game!

You can view other players search comments through search itself.

To View Someone’s Search Comment:

  1. In the Social menu, select Player Search.
  2. Click Search Conditions.
  3. Enter the character’s first name if you have a specific character in mind. Another good option is to toggle the RP flag and just search for people who are currently looking for RP.
  4. Click Execute.
  5. If someone has a search comment, you’ll see a talk bubble with three dots next to their name in the list.
  6. Right-click the name and select View Search Info. Their comment will show at the bottom of their search info box.

Now get out there and make yourself a profile. Or if you have one, make sure it’s linked in your search info!

FFXIV: Roleplaying a Bard – Music Performance Made Easy

It’s obvious that Bard has been one of my favorite jobs in FFXIV for years because I just like how it feels in battle. However, when you choose to roleplay as a Bard, it comes with some expectations.

On one hand, being a Bard is pretty great. You can get away with being a little eccentric, outgoing and over the top. I’ve noticed that being a well-traveled storyteller or musician serves as an icebreaker when meeting potential RP players across many different situations. Especially if you have a fancy glamour or hat!

On the other hand, if you introduce yourself as a Bard in RP, sooner or later, people are going to have the expectation that you can actually play music, recite poems or tell stories. So before you decide on roleplaying a Bard, it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeves for those occasions!

The good news: FFXIV has a music performance system in game for your Bard to use. You can unlock this feature at level 30 Bard. The quest is in Gridania near Mih Khetto’s Amphitheater.

The bad news: Unless you’re a PC keyboard music wiz or a musician who has a MIDI keyboard linked to the game (I’ve met some who do), it’s not so easy to use the music system.

BUT… let me introduce you to Bard Music Player.

This is a tool that allows you to sync MIDI music for use with the performance feature in FFXIV. I’ve used it for years and watched as it’s become a more and more robust program over time. It can now impressively handle multi-track MIDI files, which tend to sound especially nice on the Violin family instruments that were release last year.

There’s not much setup involved, and all the information you need is on the website itself. You just:

  1. Download the tool from the main page.
  2. Bind all of your performance keys in FFXIV properly – see the manual here.
  3. Wherever you place the tool’s EXE file, create a separate folder called “songs”.
  4. Put MIDI files in the songs folder.
  5. Run the Music Player in Administrator Mode and follow the manual on how to launch a song for performance.

This may seem like a lot but once you’ve set it up and tried it a few times, it’s not that difficult to use. You can make playlists of your favorite songs and just let your Bard play through the list, or you can select specific songs and impress your RP partners!

You can edit your own MIDIS or find a load of MIDIs that the BMP community has created here. You can also join their Discord server for lots more music, or for support if you run into any snags trying to use the program.

Just keep in mind that FFXIV does not allow players to upload video of Bards performing copyrighted material. This can result in a ban if you do. You can play those songs in game, just don’t record and post them anywhere.

So now that you know how to do it and what to use, go out there and make some music, Bards!