The AIE Podcast #236 – Heavensward CE is bigger than a Lalafell

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mkallah: One month to Nerdtacular
    Tetsemi: Developer Interviews galore
    Mkallah: Exploding is always an option
    Tetsemi: Sign up for Heroes of the Pants
    Mkallah: We have Abovan to talk about AIE in Final Fantasy XIV

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #236 of the the podcast celebrating the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has ben podcast. This is Tetsemi (lost somewhere in the Tanann Jungle) and to my left is Mkallah – (There are chocolate fig cakes in the guild kitchen). We sent Alludra out on a super secret assignment (okay let’s be honest, she’s digging in the dirt, shocking I know.). This week we are joined by special guest Abovan who is here to talk to us about AIE in Final Fantasy 14. Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be digging into Final Fantasy 14 shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

The great summer nerd family reunion, Nerdtacular, is quickly approaching. The annual celebration of all things Frogpants is just under a month away. There are still a few tickets left, so if you have been thinking about going, but were waiting for the last minute- that time is now! There is also a meetup posted on and there is plenty of chatter in the Nerdtacular section of the Frogpants forums, including people planning caravans, looking for roommates, boardgame requests and more.

Guildie of the Month – Help us recognize our outstanding guildies in all of the games that AIE plays! AIE’s Guildie of the Month program is our way to acknowledge outstanding members in our community. If you know someone that deserves to be recognized, please send an email to us at with the name of the person you are nominating in the subject line.


Developer Interviews – Cory Stockten and Ion Hazzikostas sat down with different fan sites to discuss patch 6.2 content and issues surrounding the patch.

The Instance –

WoW Head –

And there is some lively discussion about Patch on our own forums, the good, the bad, and the ugly.


Apparently politics and drama are rearing their ugly head in EvE (shocking I tell you) and Hoots has posted some Emergency Evacuation Procedures in case of losing stuff in Fountain. Fly safe and remember, as StupidGenius says, exploding really is your only option.


Jaricko has started a thread on the forums discussing the new patch and AIE activity in GW2 and Dejara posted some good information in the thread.

Jedhai has also posted a new thread listing all the patch changes and there’s a good discussion going on about them as well


A reminder of the mandatory fun nights in SWTOR, come one, come all, there’s stuff to see and do!

Arv has posted a thread discussing what to do with all the pesky Basic Commendations you have stacking up once you hit level 60.

And, on episode 96 of the SWTOR Escape Pod Cast,
Sema, Max, nd Astromech EPC-96 dive into the details on the Knights of the Fallen Empire announcement and the news and clarifications that are continuing to be announced. They give their perspective and debate a bit on the direction that BioWare seems to be taking. They also cover other game news for the week from SWTOR in general and Alea Iacta Est..

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 96: Knights of the Game-Changing Empire!


Dux has posted a new thread entitled Welcome to Osgiliath with some awesome screenshots in the new zone.

Please post your own screenshots and discuss what you enjoy about the new zones.

Imperium Ludi

Ewokpunter has started a thread discussing the Heroes of the Storm Frogpants Tournament that’s coming up. There are still plenty of rooms for teams to sign up.

Reminder from last show, AIE has it’s own Minecraft Server, more information can be found in the Nomads section of the Imperium Ludi forums

You do need to be whitelisted to join, but instructions and information about the server are


See Abovan’s notes below however, we did want to call out one special thing and a lively thread in the forums – Our First Free Company Airship!

AIE’s first airship, was built by AIE members. Pooling our resources together, we were able to christen our first Airship, Henry.

And with that, let’s get back to Abovan and find out what’s going on in Final Fantasy XIV..


Heavensward expansion released for the general public on June 23rd. This include the Mac client.

OMG is this a big expansion pack!

New story quests that is about 40 hours to do there.
Zones are OMG big! Like pre-Cataclysm Barrens big.
Free Company Workshop, to build things as a FC.
Free Company airships to build, upgrade, maintain, and send out on missions for rare crafting materials for the FC.
Future updates will allow us to accompany the airship on its missions.
New class quests and class storylines.
New classes to boot!
DX11 for increased graphical fidelity. In normal speak, it made pretty game more pretty.
Flying mounts –
Get a flying mount (get one early in story quests)
Acquire the “winds” in each zone. Some are story quests, some are side quests, some are just locations in the zone that you just click on.
Some existing mounts will fly.
Get to make your own airship.
Raids – Alexender. Get to raid inside of a living castle — When it’s released. They are giving 2 weeks to play the game without raiding available. In 2 weeks after that, savage raids will be available.

Question of the Week:
What game, GW2, WoW, and/or FFXIV will you be spending the majority of your time in this week?

Cybyl @cybyl_
@AIEPodcast Star Trek Online @ 60%, WoW @ 40%

James Bartholomeou @Iyagovos
@AIEPodcast Out of those three, WoW, but Door Kickers is really eating my time.

Saisri / Kelly @SaisriTheHealer
@AIEPodcast WoW – So. Many. Chores! And also, it’s fun exploring the new area and finding new things!

JoeBrums @JoeBrums
@AIEPodcast try hearthstone while on vacation

Kini @Dankinia
@AIEPodcast WoW has had most of my gaming time this week.

Kameron Hoffs @Ivorytiger
WoW so much to see and explore.

Tay – With me resubscribing to FFXIV this week, I am for sure that will be the game I play the most this week. WoW comes in second of course.

Kazrik – FFXIV for me!

New Question of the Week:
FFXIV Heavensward – Awesome expansion or awesomest expansion? What do you love and don’t love about it?

And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Abovan for joining us.

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And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…

Ask Miss Mulgra

We are taking next week off the celebrate the 4th of July. We will be taking to the crew from EVE on July 12th. So until then, AIE…

– This is Tetsemi
– This is Mkallah

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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