31 WHM, and going to try to increase that as applicable.
Finally got 65 DNC.
Sunday Dynamis: Ice -- last one before our leader takes three runs off for the holiday and for his classes. Killed 11 NM's (about our running average) and got 1 AF drop. Blech.
Wednesday Dynamis: Tried to low-man a Jeuno. Ouch. Funny story: Free lotted a MNK AF for myself, and checked to make sure I had the space. I had one space left in my inventory.
Just before that, I win a 1-Byne which ran on the same drop. Congratulations to Teraphim, the owner of a new MNK AF.
And it's been that kind of week RL too. My friend's surgery physically appeared to go decently.
Trying to get my friend through the next 1-6 weeks (it'll take 6 to heal the tendons -- but the right hand is completely splinted and mummified until we see the surgeon again in 1-2 weeks) without the functional use of her right hand (not even to type) is going to be the hard part.
So my playtime will be continued to be reduced.
My roommate works on Internet projects. Frankly, about the only real "joy" my friend gets due to a great loss in her life about a year ago.
It's all these goddamned frustrations that she has to deal with (griefers on the Net, shitheads outside, California deteriorating so she doesn't know when the riots might start, my court date on Tuesday versus an agent provocateur piece-of-shit excuse for a cop in this town, etc. and so forth and so on) which make her not want to wake up again.
As I keep telling her, it's the same stuff I talk about here. The same frustrations, anger, etc. and so forth.
The problem is, it's easy for doctors to say all this stuff about doing things one-handed and the like. The only problem is that one has to go through with it.
(FWIW, I just typed that last sentence one-handed. Good luck to my friend on it.)
I love my friend as a friend, and will help her as required - and a lot more will be required. The problem being: How much more does she have to put up with?
So, if you try to party with me, and I'm even more adamant about "(I'm sorry.) (I'm playing solo right now.)", please understand.
Various odds and sods from the TTTO:
-- An interview came across with the designers of the two Ultimate Monsters in the game: Pandemonium Warden and Absolute Virtue. (Several posts on the subject.) And they basically DID originally intend for PW to be a multiple-alliance fight and that some would be able to go back to town and change up as conditions permit.
If I'm a legal entity looking to limit the play on MMO's on the basis of negligent conduct on the part of their creators, I'd take a look at this. As I said during the controversy on the 18-hour PW attempt, it's too fucking long.
Of course, should this be surprising, coming from a country where there is an actual name for the addiction to MMORPG's, and, additionally, occasional stories about people dying at their computer because they just - can't - get - away.
This degree of irresponsible behavior will finish Square-Enix, if it's not addressed.
And then, of course, their testing appears to assume maxed-out equipment, including relics and mythics... *rolls eyes*
Does FFXI promote healthy or harmful competition? (http://katarzynafromcerberus.blogspot.com/2009/07/does-ffxi-promote-healthy-or-harmful.html)
Do I really need to answer that question??
I mean, the absolute requirement of a bot to do much of the ultra-level stuff is addressed in the article.
The fact is that Square-Enix needs to demand the same things it says it demands:
-- No bots or third-party software, which my roommate clearly agrees with me is infrastructurally disrupting the game.
-- Their own words asking that we not forget our jobs, school, friends, family, etc. (See above on PW/AV.)
-- Some degree of cooperation between groups of people. (By this, I am talking the likes of small groups ninjaring Dynamis (or individuals ninjaring lots) for amusement and "profit".)
More on these and others another time, as more ideas permit. I've got a roommate recovering from surgery to look after, at least as much as she'll let me.