• The Vana’diel Diaries (March 2007)

    Big month. Lots accomplished, and then a BIG SURPRISE ENDING!! Read on! (Or go read testgame.exe, because someday it will be the greatest game in the Cosmos. It will!) February 1 40th level and I'm s

  • The Vana’diel Diaries (February 2007)

    The continuing adventures in the world of Final Fantasy XI.

  • The Vana’diel Diaries (December 2006)

    Things are slowing down in Vana'diel, or rather I'm slowing down. The chaos of the rapidly approaching holidays combined with an onslaught of really outstanding new games has made getting consistent p

  • The Vana’diel Diaries (November 2006)

    Well, I haven't gotten to Brenner. I haven't yet made Beseiged. I'm only slowly progressing in the 30s and leveling my subjob is still worse than pulling teeth. I have, however, started to get a genui

  • The Vana’diel Diaries (October 2006)

    Subjobs are starting to become annoying. I find myself constantly having to go back and level WAR or NIN to keep up with the main jobs I'm pursuing (COR and RNG). I suppose I could just sit down for a

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    The Vana’diel Diaries (September 2006)

    Some might say I'm foundering a little, that I'm going back and forth with no real direction. They might not be wrong. I've leveled four basic jobs and three advanced. Seigrune said something after I

  • The Vana’diel Diaries (August 2006)

    As I edited this diary I've noticed they're getting longer and longer. It can only be due to more gameplay, further evidence that the hook is in place and I'm being dragged in. I think about everythin

  • The Vana’diel Diaries (July 2006)

    After nearly three months, I have a new perspective on the players of MMORPGs: They're not all obsessed assclowns bent on leveling up their character so they can be badass in at least one realm—the

  • The Vana’diel Diaries (July 2006)

    Finnegan: 23 RDM, 15 WHMGaelan: 10 WAR I've been playing FF XI for better than 60 days now, and while I am playing quite a bit, I don't feel "addicted" per se. However, I checked my total playtime ear

  • The Vana’diel Diaries (June 2006)

    I began playing Final Fantasy XI back in mid-April. Prior to then, I'd scoffed at MMOs and those who played them: It's digital crack and those who play them are naught but weak-willed addicts. I was w