The AIE Podcast #365 – Our Tank is a Chicken

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    The Nomads are coming to a dungeon near you
    SWTOR and the Terror From Beyond
    That cake is buff?!?
    LOTRO celebrates 14 with the further adventures of Bilbo
    And, we have Abovan and Kelseer who are here to talk to us about AIE in FFXIV

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #365 of 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: (Hey, folks, there are coconut cupcakes in the guild kitchen). This week we are joined by special guests Abovan and Kelseer 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…

AIE News

Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Sunday – WoW Classic 2 pm Eastern
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 – FFXIV (Maps) 9:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern

Streaming and Guild Podcast News
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast –
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 376: Vet Mode Rotations

With some of our teams doing vet modes we talk about getting to that next level with refined “rotations”.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 377: Vet Mode Gear

This week we continue our series on what it takes to get into Veteran content with talk of gear… that’s right, stat talk!

Working Class Nerds –
Episode 102: Who Broke my Game?!?

Marcus and Nick get the chance to chat with Jackie Cho!! Jackie is a game developer who currently works at Gearbox Software. Together they talk about the increasingly common phenomenon of games being broken or very buggy at launch. Enjoy!

Azeroth Round Table –
ART Ep. 415: Azeroth Hiatus Table –

Ben and Jon spend some time talking about video games! But, for the sake of this podcast, Jon spends a lot of time talking about his adventures in FFXIV along with chat room comments by Old Man Franks!


•The Friday night Baldur’s gate group has survived their encounter with a massive horde of Gibberlings, or have they?

•The Saturday night Phandelin group have made their way through their first small “dungeon” and now have been tasked by the Hobgoblin Klarg to overthrow the king of the Cragmaw goblins so that he can take over the clan promising to stop the ambushes along the road.

•The Sunday night Ravenloft group is still within the Durst Manor trying to solve its mysteries such as, where did those kids go? Will they survive the manor or will they fall prey to what lurks within? We’ll find out next Sunday at 9pm Eastern.

• If more people are interested in playing or running D&D or other TTRPGs there is a sign-up sheet pinned in the Dungeons and Dragons channel under nomads.

Diablo 3
AIE is still playing along in D3. Stop in #nomads and ask for invites to the Clan and Community.

Division 2
The Clan has seen very little activity of late, but if you’re getting into the game or need help, remember to reach out in the AIE Discord #thedivision2 channel.(edited)

Destiny 2
Guardian Games return

Light activity in the Clan, make sure to get in touch with other Guardians in the AIE Discord #destiny2 channel.

Noob Raid, after skipping Skriekwing this whole time, has now killed her back to back weekends. Go team!!

There are a lot of changes with raid teams, some new ones, old ones recruiting, and some switching into different levels of raid. Be sure to check out the two raid channels in Discord if you are interested in that part of the game.

Even after the first major guild purge for the Alliance side, we are at 739 characters in the guild! And the raid team has downed 2 bosses on Heroic!! Congrats Blue Side!!!! #QuestforCoguild

Tuesday starts World Quest week, so make sure you grab your quest in Oribos before you do anything on Tuesday!!

Since the last AIE podcast, AIE in swtor had its first Hard Mode Operations Training night and it was a big hit. Marcus took the team into Terror From Beyond and it sounded like everyone had a blast. Everyone, except the Writhing Horror, that is. Sadly, she died and was stripped of her loot. If you are interested in HM Ops training, watch the #hm-ops-training channel in discord for sign ups and updates.

Just a reminder that Friday nights now have a set rotation:

1st – Flashpoints Night – @Maellung Arrowshield
2nd – Veteran Ops Learning Night – @MarcusB814
3rd – Achievements Night – @Kehohu#0489, @bcavanagh
4th – Monthly Epic Guild Activity – @MarcusB814
5th – (if there is one) – Wildcard/Break

Come join us on Tuesday nights for MFN and Friday nights for an abundance of things! We also have Operations teams running on other nights of the week that often need fill-ins, so feel free to ask in discord if that is something you want to do.

Dungeon runs to maximize the cake experience buff
Clearing zones of Skyshards and Worldbosses
There is normally at least one death caused by gravity due to Dankinia leading people off cliffs

MFN’s activities happen each week and involve either zone clears, daily dungeon runs, and/or public dungeon clears.

In mid-June when update 30 is released, a new system called Endeavors will launch.

Endeavors will bring new daily and weekly tasks that grant you rewards such as gold and experience along with a new currency called Seals of Endeavor

Endeavors will be available each time you log in and require tasks such as pickpocketing items, completing quests, and crafting items, among other activities. So basically things you would normally due while playing will give you additional rewards.

Seals of Endeavor can be used to purchase currently available Crown Crate items and will be account based. So no need to hope you get lucky when you open a crate, just save up those seals and buy the item you want.

See Game Notes

STO started a Delta Recruitment event. This rewards characters with a variety of in-game items for completing certain challenges, such as leveling up or crafting. Some rewards are account unlocks. A player will need to create a new character if they don’t already have a Delta recruit. We will be detailing Delta Recruits on Fleet Action Report tomorrow evening.

The monthly dungeon and more has a set schedule, 2nd Friday of the month, so the next dungeon and more night is May 14th.

SNL is still going on Saturday night from 8:30-10:30 eastern, you can even come hangout in voice with us too

14th Anniversary event runs April 21- May 11
Monday will be a patch that includes the further adventures of Bilbo

On April 24th we will be running the Anniversary stuff for SNL
There is some stuff in the planning stages please stay tuned to the lotro channel for upcoming AIE events
If you would like to run group content let us know in the lotro channel

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

Patch 5.5 is here!

Patch features:

More Main Story Quests with a new dungeon, Paglth’an.
Final 24-Player Dark Apocalypse Raid
New Chapter of The Sorrow of Werlyt including an 8 player trial.
New Housing furnishing items from the Furnishing Design contest added
New hairstyles! Want to look like an attractive android that can slay thousands of enemies without breaking a sweat (because Androids). Now you can.
Targeting reticles is now more useful for showing the target’s direction. Useful for jobs that need to attack the sides or rear, or when the bad guy is going to do something bad right in the front.
The Unreal Trial has rotated to Levithan. Good luck!
New Bozjan front stats, Notoriety. After a critical engagement (like a FATE that’s closed off), someone may be selected for a 1-on-1 duel with a major NPC. Having a higher Notoriety will increase your chances of being selected.
The Ishgard Restoration has finished, but not to the end of the events. Every 2 hours, a special “Fête” will spawn to celebrate the restoration of Ishgard.
Achievement log has their rewards listed and can be accepted right in the achievement window.
More dungeons added to explorer mode. Performance actions can be used in explorer mode.
Duty Finder roulette changes! If you queue up as a full group (4 for dungeons, 8 for trials), there is a new setting that the only dungeons you will get will be within 8 levels of the lowest member in the group. This setting is in the Duty Finder settings, Limited Leveling Roulette.
You can do a search for emotes now! Huzzah!
Open Beta for the PS5 edition starts! Free for all registered used of the PS4 version. 60fps for 1080, usually 60fps for 1440, and 30fps for 4k.
High resolution UI for windows and mac players. (Makes a huge difference!)

FC News

Maps nights are still map-tastic! Saturday at 9:30pm EST. Maps are accepted but not required. We run level 80 maps, so please be a level 80 character. You should have all of the Shadowbringers zones unlocked at this time, but if not, having them unlocked is also a requirement. Great riches, fun, and merriment await!

Thanks to the patch, the FC activity is way, way up! Don’t be afraid to ask in FC
chat or Discord if you have some activities that others can help out with. This may be just roulettes, dungeons, and any other group activity.

Dates to remember

May 14 & 15 – Digital Fan Festival 2021
FINAL FANTASY XIV Digital Fan Festival 2021
Expect tons of details of the rest of Shadwbringers and a tons more details about Endwalker, our next expansion.
Merch Store
Need a FFXIV face mask? A Moogle seat cushion for the hours of working from home, home schooling, or those long static group nights? There you go.
Digital Item Store Including the Lunar Whale
Think toward the end of FF4. Not aware of it? Well, it’s a big whale that is also an 8-PERSON MOUNT!

Fall 2021
Endwalker Expansion. We might get a more accurate date from the Fan Festival.

Still haven’t tried FFXIV yet? AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! What are you waiting for?

Free trial is a ridiculous amount of content. For free! Get going!


Free trial takes you through the base game and the first expansion, including all of the patch content in each. No time limits. You are doing a disservice by not playing this game!

And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Abovan and Kelseer 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 . And for past episodes, you can see them on our Youtube channel, ! 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…

Tetsemi: Next time, we’ll be talking to Guest in Game. So until then, AIE…

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

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.