The AIE Podcast #343 – Every night’s a fun night, C’mon Skittles!

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mkallah: THIS is what happened to all of those Left Sharks!
    Tetsemi: Mega May is on the way!
    Mewkow: Reflections in Crystal is slightly refracted
    Mkallah: Hailing frequency are open
    Tetsemi: And, we have Abovan and Kelseer here to talk to us about AIE in FFXIV

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #343 of the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mewkow: To my left is Mkallah: – (Hey, guys, there are cherry scones in the guild kitchen!). And to my right is Tetsemi: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests Kelseer and Abovan 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

Mandatory Fun Nights- no changes to the MFN schedule, but just a reminder, STO is starting in about a half an hour!

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
Tuesday – FFXIV (Casual Raiding) 9:30 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV (Fun Night) 9:00 pm Eastern
Thursday – FFXIV (Progression Raiding) 9:30 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Friday – FFXIV (Late Night Fun Night) 11:00 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 9:30 pm Eastern

Streaming and guild podcast news

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 338: Gotta Keep ‘em Decorated

We had a fun guild event on Tuesday that included playing with some of the more interesting decorations for Strongholds and Guildships.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 339: Swoop Test Drive

The Swoop Bike Racing event is in testing on the PTS so it’s time for a test drive.

Working Class Nerds
Episode 73: Two Faced with Kogass and Glitch

This week’s show Marcus is joined by 2 nightmare raiders. Kogass and Glitch. They discuss Nightmare crystals! Good,Badd, or Ugly. Find your opinion once you have listened to the show!

Diablo 3
Season 20 marches on. The new PTR previewing the next patch 2.6.9 starts on Thursday, May 21st and lasts for 2 weeks. Details for this PTR, how to participate in and what to focus on to aid in testing of the patch can be found at:

Destiny 2
Season the Worthy lasts until 9 Jun. Guardian Games have concluded with Titans dominating the event. For the events of this past week, including some community spotlighted videos you can always check the Bungie website:

The Clan does have openings, and make sure you mention in the #destiny2 channel of discord that you’ve applied and make sure you’re not currently in a clan when submitting an application. Apps can be approved but you will need to drop your current clan to accept the invite.

We have about 40 approved applications on the Virtus (alliance side) that just need to go back in and accept. I sent emails in game to let them know as well. I triple dog dare them to accept it!

Noob Raid is still doing amazing and running two groups.

@Koochikoo-Gustytail and Syreyne are hosting a new event for WoW, both Horde and Alliance.

AIE Adopt-A-Pet Day

Sunday June 7th from 12pm to 5pm ET/Server

Help us! We are being overrun by Void Beetles and Left Sharks, and all the other pets in our menagerie are going crazy! So we have decided to hold an Emergency Pet Adoption Day!

Details will be in the blog. Please help share this across WoW on both sides. We will also be creating guild event posts on the in-game calendar as well.

May the 4th brought everyone a new astromech, which Max promptly added to his dwindling supply. We also, used the fourth as an excuse for a party version of MFN. We unlocked the last rooms on both flagships, had a Hutt race, and blew each other up with huttballs. You may have seen a shot in discord of us all disguised as Hutts, filling up the ship elevator to way beyond capacity.

Friday the 15th was the first meeting of Flashpoint Fun. It’s an opportunity to run the Master Mode Flashpoints needed to achieve the Aratech Ice speeder. Maellung will be running it roughly every two weeks and will continue until everyone has their speeder. It started on the Imperial side, but depending on interest, may run on the Republic side as well.

May’s MEGA is coming up on the 22nd. Marcus is going to lead us in a datacron crawl. He has gotten people stationed at some of the trickier ones so that we can use the flagship to summon people. If you don’t have all your datacrons yet, this will be a great opportunity to fill is some gaps.

Guildie Spicolee has started a new Ops team. They are going to meet on Monday nights (8:30PM to 10:30PM Eastern) on the Republic side. They need one more DPS and then they are ready to roll! The team’s name is WtC-? (Where’s the Cantina?)

The collections unlock sale ends tomorrow!

When Greymoor launches, Update 26 comes out as well which is a base game patch. In that patch, they have overhauled the Vampire skill line and changed the way players afflicted with that curses play. there will be new abilities along with replacements and updates to existing ones. It also changes the way you manage the four stages of the curse and to increase the stage as well as remain in stage 4 you’ll need to feed unlike now when the stage increases over time and doesn’t degrade. These changes mean a lot of players who have vampires just for the passives, might decide to cure it instead of keep it.

For MFN on May 29th we will be going into the new area together. If you plan on joining the fun, and you should, please hold off on doing the starting quests on at least one of your characters.

Like many things in our world today, Covid-19 has impacted Final Fantasy XIV’s patching schedule, delaying patch 5.3, Reflections in Crystal, by 2-4 weeks, putting the patch somewhere in the mid-July timeframe. With that said, patch 5.3 is shaping up some significant changes to the game, especially for new players.

The old MSQ, the game’s primary quest line that takes you from level 1 to max level and beyond, is being streamlined in the early game, removing about 13% of the game’s fluff quests. The MSQ experience is being revamped to provide all of the experience you need to level from 1-50 on its own. Another big change is to add the mounts to the MSQ (previously a side quest), adding the Crystal Tower Raids (Very Important to the story of Shadowbringers), and arguably the biggest change, flying in the original game lands!

For the FFXIV Vets out there, patch 5.3 will have the next installment of the highly anticipated Dark Apocalypse raid series, The Puppet’s Bunker. This will be a 24-player alliance raid. The next step of the Resistance Weapon upgrade will also be available on this patch. If you are a crafter and have your Skysteel Tool crafting relic, that will also have upgrades available as of this patch as well. A new beast tribe for the dwarves will be available for the crafters of the realm as well. In addition, a mystery trial is also available as part of the MSQ, which is FFXIV speak for “Spoilers, sweetie.”

We have a lot of community news today, which we will go over in a few!

Hailing frequency are open.
– Fleet Night is going well. We currently meet on Earth Space Dock on Sundays at 8:30 PM Eastern. Any level experience is welcome. Phasers are set to fun!
– STO is in the middle of their 2nd Event for the T6 Campaign this year. These events progress us towards getting another T6 coupon for a ship out of the Zen Store.

Nothing out of the norm. Pew pew, make isk, pew pew 🙂

The anniversary event runs through the 20th. Only a few more days to try to finish up quests with the event and also to farm those steel tokens for your monster players. Another PvMP night is coming soon, so stay tuned to #lotro for more details.

And with that, let’s get back to Kelseer and Abovan and find out what’s going on in FFXIV.

Community Events.
Monday Night MFN. Questing content, instance groups, roulettes, ect.
Tuesday, All request raid legacy raid night. Old raids, mount farming, old extremes. Request it and we will try to accommodate.

Thursday, not an AIE event, but our first raid team is off the ground running, Noobs on Demand (NoD). Look for updates in the raid updates channel.

Saturday night map nights! Very popular event where we run maps!

Late Night Fish Club. Most nights, we have a handful of us doing the ocean fishing events at 2am EST.

The FC Crafting Projects are underway to create Airships and Submarines for run missions for the FC. Some of the potential rewards are tier 3 buffs for the FC, pets, and mounts that are only acquirable via the exploration missions. The crafting logs are posted to the website periodically for interested parties.

One of the rewards that the airships and subs bring back often are crafting shards, crystals, and clusters. These items can be provided to AIE membership at 10% under the market value. See an AIE officer for details.

And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Kelseer and Abovan for joining us. And don’t forget, after the show is the AIE podcast stream, this week they are doing:

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…

Next time, we’ll be talking to Someone about Something! So until then, AIE…

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

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.