The AIE Podcast #322 – Hell Froze Over: Alliance Needs You

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mewkow: The Incursion is on…. Dantooine
    Tetsemi: Countdown to Shadowbringers!
    Mkallah: Upgrade Detected!
    Mewkow: The Summer of Love is almost upon us!
    Tetsemi: And we have Syreyne and Harruq who are here to talk to us about AIE in WOW!

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode # 322 of 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 Syreyne and Harruq who is here to talk to us about AIE in WoW Welcome!

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

AIE News

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.

Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV 10 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Friday – FFXIV(Late Night) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern

Streaming and guild podcast news

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 295: Onslaught Of Information
This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-295 walk through all the Onslaught and Spoils news including the live stream, blog and forum posts

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 296: Pirate Recursion

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-296 talk all about how the Dantooine Pirate event has been going and what our plans are for week 2.

Episode 46: Norman’s Night In: The Cave (Part Deux)

Nick and Marcus are joined by Nick Iorfino from Bactrian Games, the creators Norman’s Night In: The Cave! Mr. Iorfino talks about what it’s like to develop WCN’s favorite game from Pax East, and the hosts also breakdown SWTOR’s changes in game update 5.10.3 Spoils of War.

See Game Notes

The new hotness in SWTOR this month is The Pirate Incursion event on the new planet of Dantooine. That, together with double xp week, has been a prime time for leveling, rep grinding, and grinding just about any other rank or number you’d like to raise. The heroic quests were challenging enough to require groups, so guild groups and community pugs abounded.

There are a number of achievements associated with stuff on Dantooine as well. The planet will be available for exploration and possibly even resource gathering after the event is over, but we don’t know exactly what that will look like until next week. Some of those achievements may be doable then, or may require the event to be in progress. We shall see! After this week, the pirate event will go in rotation with all the existing events.

In guild news, the June MEGA was a pvp night hosted by Marcus and coached by guildie Medullah. Medullah explained the pvp maps and gave insights into what to look for, when to use abilities, and lots of other good info. We used SWTOR’s feature that allows us to have our own instance of a warzone to duke it out between two teams of guildies. We even had a small cheering section. We closed the night with a tour of guildie Liberty’s Stronghold which was really incredible to see. Marcus wants to make Stronghold viewing a staple of MEGA, so if you’d like your Stronghold to be featured, just let him know.

MFN continues on Tuesday nights, starting at 9PM Eastern. This week we ran around on Dantooine and did some grouping up for the heroics.

In ops news after 6 months of working on Dread Fortress Hard Mode Deathstar Troopers we finally killed Brontes.

Also, SUP has cleared five ops and counting, and apparently they’re having more fun than MarcusB. I sense an operation throwdown coming …

Also, great shout out for the Escape Pod Cast on the front page of the SWTOR official site

At E3 they announced the next two DLC’s for ESO for the Season of the Dragon. They are called Scalebreaker and Dragonhold. No release dates yet though.(edited)
Other then that, MFN’s are still Friday night at 9pm EST.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is nearly here!
The 3rd (or maybe 4th) expansion of the FFXIV saga!
The Warrior of Light (that’s you, the player) will travel to The First to save that parallel world from the light consuming the world, vastly impacting all worlds. To do so, the Warrior of Light must become the Warrior of Darkness.

Launch Schedule!
Friday June 28th – Start of Early Access (*)
* Have you ever been to a MMO expansion launch before? Queues! Bugs! Impatience abroad! Expect some zaniness if you log in this day, but major MMO launches are quite an experience. Take it all in, but don’t fret if things are not perfect on day 1.

July 2nd – Official Launch of the game. Just in time for the July 4th Holiday for our U.S. members. If you didn’t pre-order, then this is when you will get access to the game.

In Approximately 2 weeks after that, July 16th(ish) –
Patch 5.01, release the story mode of Eden, the first 8 player raid. Usually prior to the first mini-patch, we have access to just Extreme primals in the current expansion. We expect to see the same, but haven’t confirmed it yet.

Another about 2 weeks again…
July 30th(ish) – Patch 5.05, release of the savage mode of Eden (this is between heroic and mythic modes for the WoW raiding comparison, with the end fights usually being on par with mythic). Also, the high end Tomestones of Phantasmagoria will become attenable. Finally, new dungeons will be available, the Dungeons of Lyhe Ghiah.

New expansion features are many, and to hear about those, may I invite you to listen to the last few AIE podcasts, as we dived deep into them for the last few episodes.

But quick recap. New worlds, level cap raised for all jobs to 80 including crafting and gathering jobs, new jobs in Gunbreaker and Dancer, and Machinist got a full rework.
How do you start playing Shadowbringers?

FFXIV is a story first MMO. Meaning, to get to the content organically, you do need to play though the previous MSQ (Main Story Questline) to unlock that content. This includes the base game, “A Realm Reborn” (purchased via the Starter Edition), “Heavensward” (Free to add to your account until June 27th), and then “Stormblood”, which is available via the Stormblood expansion until July 28th, in which it will be part of the Shadowbringers purchase.

Story skips and level skips will be available soon if you want to fork over the cash to get you caught up to Stormblood.

Getting into AIE for FFXIV has never been easier! No UMAMI! No level requirement, and no factions to worry about. Just roll up a character on Goblin, in the Crystal datacenter. Drop down into the AIE discord channel for FFXIV, oddly named #ffxiv, and ask for an invite and one of our happy officers will extend a Free Company (guild) invite over to you.

Membership has been way up since the announcement of Shadowbringers, and has been growing steadily since then. Now, you may be thinking, but what about newer players or people not at Shadowbringers yet? Well, never fret, as the leveling queues will still match up people looking to do their MSQ dungeons or just the leveling queue in general. Furthermore, we have been having some success with two Mandatory Fun Nights a week, Wednesday at 9pm EST and Friday at 11pm EST. If you need something done, that’s a great time to request it to be done. Otherwise, just asking in discord and /fc chat to have some AIE folks join you in your adventures is more than welcome.

Goblin is now a preferred server, meaning if you start up a new character on Goblin, you will get the road to 60 buff, which is a 3x XP buff on all sources, all jobs, up to level 60. This includes all adventure jobs, crafting, and gathering jobs as well.
We can’t wait until we will see everyone in Shadowbringers and will be coming back to the AIE podcast soon to provide some initial thoughts and impressions of the expansion!

Fleet colony is upgrading to tier 1. We unlocked tier 1 of each of the three branches giving us a daily production of resources for the coming projects. I unlocked the coffer donation ability for everyone in the fleet, so they can now donate coming resources even if the projects are currently filled up. Crystalline event is currently going on.

Hmmmm what else….MFN is every Sunday at 8:30 pm Eastern.

And with that, let’s get back to Syreyne and Harruq and find out what’s going on in WoW.

WoW Classic Guild Poll –

Looks for input as to which side and what type of server.

WoW Battle for Azeroth –
Patch 8.2 has hit release candidate status on the PTR and if past history is any indication, it should come out around the same time (July 2nd) as the FFXIV expansion. There will be two new zones to explore, tons of daily activities to participate in, and new group content with a new Mega-Dungeon (not to be confused with SWTOR’s Mega events).

Burning Crusade Timewalking starts Tuesday.
Midsummer Fire Festival starts Friday.
Fireworks spectacular on July 4.
Luminous Luminaries is July 13.
Auction House Dance party is making a come back on July 22.

Alliance Guild Update –
The Alliance guild is still going strong. We currently have 167 characters in the guild, and we are adding new people every week.

The Alliance raid team is 4/9 in Normal BFD and we have voted on an official team name. HFO = Hell Froze Over. We raid on Friday nights from 8pm server/Eastern to 11pm. We are recruiting and accepting cross-faction friends.

Due to the generosity of some members, we were able to purchase the 7th bank tab. We used that to have the raid team join the official Raid Bank Tab system.

AIE Summer of Love –
Discussion here
-Summer of Love will be Sunday, July 28th to Saturday August 3rd.
-Syreyne is hosting a World Quest party on Alliance side on Tuesday, July 30.
-Syreyne is hosting Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl on Horde side on Wednesday, July 31.
-Remembrance Day is Friday August 2nd. Please keep an eye out in Discord for locations and times for each game division. WoW will have fireworks after the Walk.


Mkallah: And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Syreyne and Harruq for joining us.

Twitter: @SyreyneAIE

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

Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley

Mkallah: Next time, we’ll be talking to Abovan in Final Fantasy 14!. So until then, AIE…

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