The AIE Podcast #344 – Ramblings and Lightning Rounds

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mkallah: Where do we start?
    Mewkow: June is wedding season, at least virtually
    Tetsemi: Help your guildies get a cute new pet!
    Mkallah: Now, that’s what I call Swoop Racing!
    Mewkow: And, we are our own guests!

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #344 of the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Tetsemi: To my left is Mkallah: – Hey, guys, there are lemon bars and apple cranberry bourbon bread pudding in the guild kitchen ). And to my right is Mewkow: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests US who are here to talk about what we are doing and what’s up in AIE. Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be digging into AIE in all the Games shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Coming June 26th-28th
1st ever AIE’s Where To Start Event!
Hosted by Fezgig and Marcus

We will be showcasing all of AIE’s games over the course of one weekend.

We will start Friday night with ESO’s MFN. Then followed by a guild town hall.

Then starting Sat June 27th at 4pm we will be streaming a game every 2 hours til Midnight. It will all be in discord live.

Then start Sunday again at the same time.

All games will be open for all to join in.

The games will all start at level 1 and help walk players through character creation and walk through the opening areas.

This event will be one for the record books. So don’t miss it!!!

Time slots will be finalized over the next week.

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
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 339: Swoop Test Drive

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

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 340: Nightlife Daily

This week we check out the latest additions to the Nightlife event on the PTS.

Working Class Nerds
Episode 74: Call of Duty RAGE!!!

Marcus and Nick are joined this week by Katerina and Venarros to chat about their newfound obsession with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare!

Animal Crossing
In the world of Animal Crossing New Horizons, if your island is the the Northern Hemisphere, the following bugs and fish are leaving today – Mole Cricket, Loach, Oarfish, and Golden Trout. Tomorrow, June 1st, the Wedding Season event starts which will involve visiting Harv’s island to do photo shoots for Cyrus and Reese to celebrate their wedding anniversary. If you played previous AC games, you will remember them as the couple that used to do the furniture alternations and crafting.

Diablo 3
* The PTR for 2.6.9 went live on May 28th and will last for two weeks. More information about the test realm can be found at

* The Nomads clan and AIE community are open for anyone who would like to join. Just ask for an invite in the AIE discord’s #lfo channel.

Division 2
* The last events of Season 1 are live, ending in a few days. The final day to conclude Season 1 activities has been extended until June 15th giving you some additional time to complete the Manhunt and season 1 rewards track.

* News about Season 2 will be released next week during the next State of the Game stream.

* AIE activity in the game continues to be light and casual. Tune in June 27th from 10AM to midnight for the AIE Livestreaming event when Durus will be walking us through the game and its story and features.

Destiny 2
* All the news of Destiny 2 for the last week can be found at

– Links to the videos on the deep dives of Season 11 including the reaction to security and cheats as well as reload perks and the world loot pool.

– Make sure to pick up the latest twitch loot for your prime membership.

– Some seasonal triumphs will no longer be available after June 9th. Get them now!

* AIE activity continues to be light, but make sure to look in the shiny new Destiny 2 text and voice channels in the AIE discord to meet up with fellow Guardians.

AIE Adopt-A-Pet

We are still looking for volunteers to help. They can contact either Syreyne or Gusty.

Noob Raid is still going strong and running with two groups.

WoW Virtus (Alliance) continues to welcome new members daily (392 characters). Hell Froze Over raid team is 9/12 in Ny’alotha Normal. They had 26 people in raid They have been extending lockout on the first 3 bosses, downed Il’gynoth on the second attempt, and have one-shot Ra-den. They are starting discussion of creating a second raid team . So, whatever class you play, you are welcome to come join. June raid calendar invites are out.

WoW – Virtus (alliance). June 6th, we are doing Battle of Dazar’alor (Normal) for the guild achievement at 12pm ET. As always we welcome cross-realm and no ilvl requirements for this run.

WoW Classic
In WoW Classic news, congratulations to Chrisi and Deadkrumpet, who were both recently promoted to the greeter role of Salutator!

Both have been welcoming to new members, offering general assistance, and are encouraging our higher level AIE guildies to get attuned and ready for raiding with our friends in United Orgrimmar.

Together Chrisi and Deadkrumpet are shining examples of what it means to be part of Alea Iacta Est!

There has been a new event up on the PTS involving swoop racing as well as some new features added to the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife Event. The Swoop Rally event is targeted for sometime in June and the Nightlife Event is set for “later this summer”. Once the Swoop Rally event hits, it will probably be up for a week. The duration of the Nightlife Event is unknown and will be both way longer and way shorter than necessary.

Double XP continues until mid-June. If there is an extension in the works, we have not heard about it yet.

MEGA in May was a datacron crawl and Marcus managed to lead us to a ton of datacrons in one evening. June Mega will be in conjunction with “AIE’s Where to Start Event”

MFN visited Scum and Villainy this week, which is one of the game’s longest operations. We cleared 4 bosses and now have 2 left. Since we don’t have lockout extensions, BC will organize a small group to go in early on the day we plan to go back to clear a couple bosses so that the MFN group can knock out the rest and get achievements for the last two bosses.

Friday night MM runs have happened on two Friday nights so far for people to work on the Aratech Ice speeder achievement. This will continue to run every two weeks or so until people all get their speeders and will then continue on the Pub side if there is interest for that.

Grats to our newest Operations team, WtC-? (Where’s the Cantina?), which now has a full roster. They meet on Monday nights on the pub side.

Greymoor launched on Tuesday, May 26th and the opening cinematic was really good. No spoilers, but the cinematic tied nicely into the new tutorial you go through after character creation. There were a few hiccups on launch day, which was to be expected but for the most part it went fairly well in my opinion. The new zone looks great and the new Antiquities system is fun and rewarding.

For next Friday’s MFN, we plan to do a zone clear in the overland area Western Skyrim. We will grab the Skyshards, clear the delves and public dungeons, kill the world bosses, and deal with a ritual site or two as a group. The following week we will do the same in Blackreach as well as go back to the overland area to get anything we might not have had time for the following week.

The Final Fantasy XIV Crew is busy as always, always welcoming new and returning members to the FC, as well as providing tons of content for the existing members, either they are leveling their first job or running end game content.

We currently have 2 in-game events happening at this time.

The first is the Moogle Treasure Trove. This event focuses on group content, such as MSQ dungeons, 24-player raids required for the current relic weapon, and some other seldom queued events like Rival Wings. Running this content will reward you with the normal rewards plus irregular tomestones that can be used to purchase mounts, orchestral rolls, minions, and limited time cosmetic gear. Each major city has an “Itinerant Moogle” to sell you these items. This event will run until the launch of Patch 5.3.

The other event is the FFXI crossover event, The Maiden’s Rhapsody. This story based event will follow the adventures of an oddly dressed adventurer. Rewards for this event is a cosmetic set that resembles a gear set from FFXI. This event will run from now to June 22nd.

In game, we still have the many, many weekly events. The Mandatory Fun Nights are Monday at 11pm EST, Wednesday night at 9:00pm EST. The Tuesday night “Cool and Casual” raid night, which is normally an all-request legacy raid night, happens on Tuesday at 9:30pm EST. If you have a raid request to submit, please let an FFXIV officer know prior to the raid.

Thursday is our raid team’s raid night, “Noobs on Demand” or NOD. We have started to dip our toes into the savage and extreme content. There are still slots available for the raid team and interested parties can speak with a FFXIV officer for more details. Note that the raid team is separate from AIE, but it just so happens that most of the FFXIV officers are on this team.

Thank you to all of the current FFXIV players in AIE. We would not have been able to create this great community without all of you, so thank you! So, thank you, stay safe, and remember to stretch before displaying your epic /nod skills.

lil bit of PewPew going on in Vale of the silent between random enemies. Nothing that involves big block battles, but good pixel erasing fun between different alliances. Involves mostly EU and late USTZ battles so far with random AU timezone skirmishes

MFN is picking up. We have had a good turnout the last few weeks.

We are currently in the middle of a Red Alert week. All the Red Alerts are available to run. If you do it 5 times, a reward of a universal upgrade token will be yours.

The next event campaign will be starting next week, The No Win Scenario. By completing this event daily, you can work towards receiving a T6 ship token or 1000 Lobi Crystals.

Dejara has been and continues to run MFN on most Monday nights.

Did you miss the last monster play event? Want a reason to jump back into monster play with maybe an old or new monster? You are in luck. Monster play event is coming back to SNL June 13 at the same special time as last the last one 9-11 eastern (8-10 Max time). SSG also extended the all open questing through August. As usual stay tuned to #lotro for more upcoming events.

And with that, we have some round table questions!

Favorite Side Quest?

Mkallah- Pamela’s Doll

Favorite Game Mechanic?

Mkallah- saturday game- changing the spell based on the character

Favorite Thematic Class or Race Idea?

Mkallah- I like the idea of the forsaken, and would totally be one, except for the cannibalism!

And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank the chat room for being the best! 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 segment we received this week, including…

Next time, we’ll be talking to Marcus and Fezgig about AIE’s Where To Start Event! So until then, AIE…

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

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.