On this episode of The AIE Podcast…
- Mewkow: the AIE DIvision is Strong
- Tetsemi: AIE and Celebration are coming to Chicago
- Mkallah: The cake is… not a lie?
- Mewkow: We have an update from the Warfront
- Tetsemi: and Abovan is here to talk about AIE in FFXIV
All that and more coming up right now…
Mkallah: – Welcome to episode #317 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mkallah: To my left is Mewkow: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Tetsemi: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests Abovan who is here to talk to us about AIE in FFXIV. Welcome!
Ok, we’ll be digging into FFXIV shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…
Mandatory Fun Nights
Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.
A couple of games have moved days so make sure you double check when each game is running MFN.
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV 10 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern
Streaming and guild podcast newsi
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 285: Oricon Trail
This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-285 take a look at guild heraldry on the PTS and get back to some Dread Master lore with a discussion of Oricon
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 286: Something Dreadful This Way Comes
This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-286 walk through the Dreadful Entity fight… because we, along with an awesome cross guild group, did it this week!
AIE in The Division 2. The Clan is doing well and having a lot of fun in the game. We’re rank 17 (out of 30) with 27 members total.
The first post-launch content update was released this past Friday and unlocks the new World Tier 5 that features the latest Stronghold: Tidal Basin. Also, the first “Apparel Event” titled “Invasion” is running until May 2nd. During this time you can earn up to 30 apparel items. Should you earn them all during the event you’ll be awarded a special apparel item: The Black Tusk uniform. These 30 items will be available in the usual apparel caches and store after the event, but you can only earn the special Black Tusk uniform during the event. Apparel items include clothing, weapon skins, and emotes.
The first raid, an 8 player activity, will go live on April 25th, later this month and our clan members are eagerly awaiting it. Get in and gear up now. Ask about the game in AIE Discord’s #thedivision2 text channel. Receiving an invite is as simple as asking for one there for your UPlay ID. You can also look up the clan, “AIE Nomads”, and request an invite that way.
The AIE Alliance guild is growing with 119 characters currently. Reminder, you just need to submit an application in Umami, leave the Faction as Horde and the officers will correct it when reviewing the application. Don’t worry about the level either, just race/class and name and you’re set.
We are still having issue with gmail accounts, so check the LFO channel for acceptance, as the officers will announce when they’ve accepted those applications.
In game news, the Artifact Knowledge ramp up will continue for the next 4 weeks to make sure everyone is ready for the 8.2 content. A number of players have reached level 50 on their necklace and currently you do not get anything for completing WQ’s that award just azerite.
Patch 8.2 is soon to be on the PTR (encrypted currently) and several outlets have had interviews with Ion Hazzikostas on what’s to come, mostly around systems, flying and very little on content spoilers.
WoWHead and MMO-Champion both have good write-ups and links to the originals, though, be warned, some are in languages other than English and no, not Nerglish.
THE CAKE IS NO LONGER A LIE!!! The 5 year celebration started this week in ESO. Pick up a Jubilee cake Voucher for free from the Crown Store to get your 2019 Anniversary Cake. The first time each day you use the cake, you will get a 2 hour 100% XP buff and 2 event tickets. The event tickets are once per day per account, but the buff can be used for the entire duration of this 5 week celebration event. Each week of the event will involve something different.
Week 1 – do your daily crafting writes to get Gift Boxes that will contain various style pages.
Week 2 – Complete daily delves and world bosses to earn Gift Boxes.
Week 3 – ugh PVP in cyrodiil and battlegrounds.
Week 4 – The daily dungeons and trials will reward a Gift Box
Week 5 – Your choice. Do any of the daily quests in Tamriel to get Gift Boxes.
Game Update 5.10.3, “The Dantooine Incursion” has been announced, with more info coming this month.
If you, like us, know every word of A New Hope, then you will remember that Dantooine is the planet that Princess Leia told Grand Moff Tarkin was the location of the rebellion’s secret base. She was trying to keep him from blowing up Alderaan. This was a lie, of course, as the rebel base had been moved by then. The action in SWTOR takes place long before any of this, though.
We only know a little bit about this update, but we do know that it will include a new recurring event.
Also, we will be getting a double rewards week coming April 16th-23rd.
SWTOR Guild News
There was an AIE meetup in Boston on March 29th and much fun, and possibly beer, was had by all.
Star Wars Celebration!
April 11-15th in Chicago. A number of AIE’ers will be there and meeting up. Check out Max’s post in the #events channel in discord if you think you might be in the area and want to swing by. You don’t have to have SWC tickets for the meetup.
A cross-guild event that Marcus has been working on tirelessly for several weeks came to fruition this month. Members of AIE and two other guilds downed the secret boss in Terror from Beyond called the Dreadful Entity. This was a major effort because it involved getting more people together than any of the guilds had, getting them all a particular drop from a particular boss, getting an item to summon the boss, and clearing part of the Operation ahead of time. Credit goes to guildie Medullah for betting Marcus a million credits that he could not do it.
April MEGA will April 19th and is called “Ossus Takeover”.
MFN continues on Tuesday nights at 9PM Eastern, alternating weekly between the Imperial and Republic sides. If you are ever wondering which side we are on, there is always dated message posted in the Guild Message of the Day. There is no gear level requirement!
First contact day event still ongoing until the 11th.
The mfn on Sunday night 8:30pm Eastern.
First contact day event you can get rewards like, Thompson submachine gun, launch toy, a skill point, Holo emitter Phoenix shuttle
The Pahvo event is also still going on for special rewards, though you are running out of time on it
UPDATE FROM THE WARFRONT
Test attempted a “crafty” spai technique of seeding Cyno Inhibs through a FRT spy and then transfering them to TEST just before a big fight in range of their own staging
ELO Knight (greatest of FRT FCs) bombed them into MEME category
Goon fleet got caught between two balls and a lance of power and in one reporters words “thems dudes eating the shit there”
FRT won “first” Dino fight of this war many more to come
FRT = Fratnerity (the lead alliance in the Winter Coalition)
TEST and Goons are allied against us in the Winter Coalition
And with that, let’s get back to Abo and find out what’s going on in FFXIV
Warning! Light spoilers, but we will try our hardest to avoid when we can.
After months of speculation, 3 Fan Fests, and tons of rumors, we have a pretty good take on what we will be doing in FFXIV on July 2nd, with a headstart for pre-orders on June 28th.
Where are we going? The First! A parallel universe that has some other problems. As the Warrior of Light, we fought back the darkness on Eorzea. The First has its own problems. Too much light energy, frying the world like a tater tot left in the deep fryer waaaay to long. So, as the hero, we will be sent to the First and to save Eorzea, we will need to save the First from the light, we so we will need to become the Warrior of Darkness to make things awesome again!
In terms of what it looks like, we are looking at a more “high fantasy” artstyle in Shadowbreakers. Lots of bright colors (going with the light theme), nature zones (again, 24-hour sunlight), and large, over the top cities.
What will be doing?
Questing! Saving the First! And running dungeons, which there will be 9 at launch. By comparison, Heavenward and Stormblood at 8 at launch.
New classes? You bet.
Gunbreaker! Gun wielding tank! Remember Final Fantasy 8, with Squall with his gunblade?
Well, like that, but without the self loathing.
Just announced, Dancer! Ranged DPS class! Throwing weapons at range, as well as dances to debuff the bad guys and buff the good guys.
The new classes will tentatively start at level 60.
New Races? Two of them!
The bunny-like race that lives in the trees. But where are the boy bunnies? Well, they are rare, so rare that players will not be able to be male Viera.
Newly announced new race, the Hrothgar!
A beast-like race will be playable as a male only race.
Combat changes? You betcha!
The resource TP (tech points, technicals, toilet paper, ect) will be gone!
Actions are also being reviewed and some actions will be removed, some actions gained.
Level cap will be 80, so another 10 levels to acquire in Shadowbringers.
Small folk, beards, and almost never without their helmet.
What do they look like without a helmet?
They look like a Lalafel! In fact, they are lalafels, as in the first each race will have their own name, since it is a similar, but not exact world.
High end 8-player content, Eden!
This will tell us the story of how we can restore the other elements to the light ravaged world. It will also resolve around a new character, Gaia.
These encounters, story, and character are all designed by guest designer, Tetsuya Nomura. His previous work was the Director, designer, and character artist for the Kingdom Hearts series. So if his previous work is any indication, we are in for a treat of for the 8-player raids.
For the 24-man raids, it will be called YoRHa Apocalypse. This raid will feel like a spiritual sequel to NieR Automata. These raids also have guest designers, Yosuke Saito and Yoko Taro, game designers of the NieR series.
The Reconstruction of Ishgard!
So, Ishgard is pretty messed up. 1000 years of war with dragons will do that to your town. Now that the city had about an expansion to rest up after their war, we are going to be helping with the repairs in the city. This will provide some end-game content for the crafters and gatherers of the world. Rumor has it that after a while, it will also open up a new housing area in Ishgard!
You will be able to have certain NPCs follow you along in your adventures. Details are scarce still, but the overall gist is that you can hire notable NPCs to fight alongside you.
The NA servers will be split from 2 data centers to 3 data centers. The new datacenter will have some servers from the 2 existing ones, which includes Goblin, the server that AIE plays on. This means, our datacenter that we were a part of will change to the new Datacenter, and we will have some existing servers and new servers that we will be matched with. Furthermore, we will have the ability to visit other servers within our Datacenter. This change will happen prior to release of Shadowbringers, April 23. Free transfers will also be available during this time, so, if you are not the same server with AIE and want to be, here is a chance to jump over and hang with us.
The Twitch Prime deal that will get you the starter edition is still going on until May 3rd. This will get you the base game, which is up to level 50, all A Realm Reborn content, including patch content up to the start of the 1st Expansion, and 30 days of game time. This is not a demo but the same level of content as if you shelled out the 20 bucks for the game. If you end up continuing, there are a few different subscription types, including a single character subscription if you so choose.
If you purchase the current expansion, you will get access to both Heavensward and Stormblood with a single purchase of Stormblood. Shadowbringers can be pre-ordered for the pre-order bonuses which are available today. If you do not have the expansions, getting Shadowbringers will not unlock the previous expansions until June 28th, the start of the headstart of Shadowbringers.
We’d love to have you in FFXIV with us. We have housing with stables, crafting stations, mini-games, workshops, and other items in the house to help you with your adventures. The #FFXIV channel in discord is very active and since the visual quality of the game is crazy, our folks do populate the screenshots channel in Discord frequently. If you are looking to join us, just roll up a character on Goblin, tell us the name in the Discord channel (#FFXIV) and we’ll get you in.
And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Abovan for joining us.
If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at email@example.com. You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at https://aie-guild.org/podcast-live-stream/ and our Discord server for chat at https://bit.ly/AIEPodcastDiscord . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website http://keyswithsoul.com !
And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…
Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley
Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind
Next time, we’ll be talking to Max and Guest in SWTOR. And, just a shownote- it will be a Saturday the 20th due to Easter. So until then, AIE…
– This is Mkallah
– This is Mewkow
– This is Tetsemi
And this has been… The AIE Podcast.