The AIE Podcast #336 – Mandatory Map Merriment

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mewkow: Looking for a Raid Team, we got you covered!
    Mkallah: Where in the World is Sema San Diego
    Tetsemi: Way down in Harrowstorm
    Mewkow: Eve has settled in…. Again
    Mkallah: And we have Abovan and Durus

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #336 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Tetsemi: To my left is Mewkow: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Mkallah: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests Abovan and Durus who are 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…

AIE News

Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

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
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 11 pm Eastern

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 324: Our Amps Are One Louder

Class balance coming soon, Alderaan Stronghold updates on the PTS, and we talk about Amplifiers.

Working Class Nerds
Episode 63: Our Eyes See 2020

Nick and Marcus look ahead to the games their most looking forward to coming out in 2020, and of course recap what they’ve been up to in their gaming lives.

Patch 8.3 is out and the guild activity level seems to be up as people are doing daily quests, looking for groups for Horrific visions, and camping rare mount spawns.

The new raid opened on Tuesday and a number of raid teams are progressing through it while Blizzard hurriedly fixes in bugs with hotfixes and extended maintenance windows.

If you’re looking for a raid team, make sure you check the #raid-recruitment channel in AIE Discord and if you’re looking for a group to run Horrific visions or the Heroic version of Mechagon, make sure you check the #lfg channel for people looking for groups.

UMAMI applications are no longer a requirement for WoW Retail. We are opening up guild recruitment to the server with the in-game recruitment system. New and current members of AIE can continue to use Discord, aielfo in-game community, as well as the new Blizzard guild recruitment system to request guild invites. We want to thank Stigg for everything he has done with our UMAMI system and Greenwall, and we can’t wait to see what else he has in store for AIE.

AIE’s 13th Anniversary next month and 3rd Annual Ralff’s Amazing Race (details coming soon ™)

Friday Feb 7th 9pm Real world time (Eastern)
Sema San Diego!!! We will be hiding Sema on a planet. What planet you ask? You will have to come to find out. Looci and the Officers will have the clues you will need to find Sema.

Don’t miss the Monthly Epic event!

Our operations teams are thriving. Some are working through the new operation, some are working through the whole progression of all the operations, and some are doing whichever operation they feel like doing that week!

We’ve done 3 MFNs so far this year and have been extremely happy to have had some players come with us that had never seen those operations. It’s always fun when that happens.

We are looking forward to a new Stronghold–this time on the beautiful planet of Alderaan. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s still thousands of years before THAT happens. The stronghold is currently on the PTS, so watch for times when the PTS is available if you want to hop in and stroll around in it.

The next patch is 6.1 and should be coming some time in February. It will include some class changes, the Alderaan stronghold and a “story beat”.

See Game Notes

Update 25 is coming soon and will be the start of the year-long Dark Heart of Skyrim adventure. It will bring performance improvements and a patching overhaul as well as the first DLC of the year called Harrowstorm. Harrowstorm will have new item sets and collectables as well as 2 new dungeons that set up the events of the upcoming Greymoor Chapter. The dungeons will be Unhallowed Grave, a long-forgotten tomb, and Icereach, where you get to confront witches. There is no set date for Harrowstorm yet, but eta is sometime in Q1 of 2020. We know it will be out before Greymoor launches and the release date for Greymoor is May 18th for PC/Mac and June 2 for console.

Settled in the new home system. Bringing up their lil cubby holes ADM’s so they can truly start doing big boy stuff. Hoots has plans to start making stuff for corpies and corpies are helping by donating needed materials for said process and the coalition is being harassed by russians..again.

They are going to delay the start of SNL until after the podcast is over.

And with that, let’s get back to Abo and Durus and find out what’s going on in Final Fantasy 14

First off, congrats are in order for Testsemi, as he has completed the MSQ and is caught up to the current story content in FFXIV. That’s the base game with 5 patches (and some sub-patches), Heavensward, 5 patches and change, Stormblood with its handful of patches, Shadowbringers, and its one major patch.

Remember that there’s still plenty of story content to do after you finish the MSQ! Raids in all 4 expansions, trials, 24-player stuff which is heavy on the story, plot, and intrigue, maps, crafting (yes, even the crafting classes and quests have a story!), and the legend of the world’s greatest detective, Hildabrand! This game is bursting at the seams with content and character! And we’re here to help you make sense of it all.

Theresa and Viv’s Ceremony of Eternal Bonding is scheduled for Wednesday, 1/29 at 8:00 PM Eastern. Please see either of them or check the FC chest for an invitation that you must possess to enter the event space at the appointed time.

Live Letter Part LVII
Thursday, February 6 at 3:00 a.m. (PST)

Valentione’s Day
Wed, Jan 29 to Sun, Feb 9.
Vote for your colorful “emissary of Love”

In the meantime, we are running a weekly map night, Saturday nights at 8pm until we run out of maps. Map nights are using the treasure maps found from mining, botaning (picking flowers or chopping trees), fishing, or just buying them from the market boards. Using a map will consume the map, but show a little piece of the map from the game with the big red X for the treasure. You then go to that location and dig for treasure. Of course, each chest is booby-trapped, so you will need to fight off a bunch of monsters to get to your treasure. Once everyone in your party gets their loot, there is a chance that a portal to a bonus zone will appear!

This bonus zone is only available thru 8-player treasure maps. Going into the zone seems to act normal. Go in, beat up on some bad guys, get loot. But then the party has to make a choice between two doors. One door leads to the next room, with cash and fabulous prizes await. The other door will set off alarms, sirens, and kick the party out of the dungeon.

The map nights are very casual, super fun, and very profitable. Anyone level 80 can join in. You don’t have to bring a map to join in, but bringing maps helps everyone out.


FFXIV is wrapping up the current 5.1 patch cycle, and is starting up the hype machine for 5.2.

The even number patches are fun because they have a new gear tier and raid tier introduced. So, as a guild, we tend to do the story mode raids on a regular basis, as that is the difficulty that most people want to do. So, when the patch does hit, expect to have us run some fun nights thru the new Eden tier.

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


If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at 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 and our Discord server for chat at . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website !

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

Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind
Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley

Next time, we’ll return for our regularly scheduled Sunday show with SWTOR. So,i until then, AIE…

– This is Tetsemi
– This is Mewkow
– This is Mkallah

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.