Friday, December 30, 2005

X marks the spot for Tresures: 360 degrees of Vana Diel

With the end of the Starlight Celebration what can the adventurers of Vana Diel look forward to in the new year?

For starters we'll be welcoming a host of new adventurers from the X360 console. This is the first time ever in the history of gaming that players from 3 different consoles will be playing together on the same game, online! That's correct PC, PS2 and Xbox360 players will all get to experience the wonders of FFXI online together.

Also the world of Vana Diel is about to grow again with the expansion pack The Treasures of Aht Urgan adventurers will get to uncover new lands, new monsters, new allies, and new jobs such as the mysterious Blue Mage (BLU). So with all this what has Tryptifaeris been up to? Well seeing as Krog is nearing level 70 with his Beastmaster (BST), I decided to go back to basics instead and work on some of my low level jobs such as warrior (WAR).
Krog joined me with his level 13 WAR the other day and we threw together a rag tag PT in Valkrum Dunes with a couple new adventurers, man were those guys green! "what's a DD?" "Where's the ferry go?" It was a nice change of pace using a melee character. I reached level 13 yesterday in Konschat Highlands hunting Sheep and Lizzies then ran all the way from Selbina back to Bastok to upgrade my equipment.

Bastokan Cap....10,000 gil

Bastokan Harness....15,000 gil

Republic Mittens....60,000 gil

Warriors Belt....4,000 gil

Brass Subligar....4,000 gil

Bastokan Leggings....10,000 gill

Being secure in your masculinity to wear this outfit...PRICELESS

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Starlight Celebration 05

It's that time again in Vana Diel, and this year's festivities revolve around trading greeting cards to other adventurers.

During this years Starlight Celebration I had enough gil to purchase the dream hat, but there's also a dream robe available.
In order to get the whole outfit you need to get a card from the moogles, the card needs to be traded to a specific job; War, Whm, Blm, Thf, Bst, Smn...and the cards have a level range also. So If you get a card for a BST level 60-69 you need to find a BST who has the card for your job and level. Not all that easy.

Last years Starlight Celebration I never got a chance to check out Windurst's decorations, so this year I made sure to visit.

Movie Review: King Kong

Peter Jackson's King Kong vs the 1933 original is like the Sistine Chapel to Arts & Crafts at summer camp! The movie is 3 hrs long but I felt like I was there for only an hour and a half.I have to disagree with Javen on this one The emotion that was displayed between Anne Darrow (Naomi Watts) and Kong was far superior than anything Portman and Christensen displayed. A few years back when Final Fantasy: The spirits within came out in theaters there was a lot of commotion about technology and CG characters taking jobs away from real actors, Kong not only is the star of this film he is also one of the best performers, and he never says one word! The CG character made the audience laugh, cry, cheer, grip our chairs with our mouths wide open......... not too easy a task for any actor and this digital gorilla does it effortlessly.This is most definately not some B movie monster flick that will some day get MST'd.There are some very small issues I have as well, the scene in Central Park is not one of them. First minor issue is when Kong takes Darrow the first time I think her arms might have been dislocated, and the scene shortly afterwards when he is whipping her around....can you say whiplash or snapped neck, the animation was a tad poor there.The scene where Andy Serkis (Lumpy the Chef) becomes "worm food" is borderline Hellraiser scarry. I have a strong stomach and that made my stomach turn. Oh and if you have issues with bugs.....offer to go get a refill on the soda then they fall down the chasm on that tree bridge.....The inhabitants of Skull Island are stone cold ruthless, my only quib is if they are soooo isolated and modern civilization has yet to find them, why would they be so terrified of gun shots?I will say with full confidence this movie is worth full price admission and would rock to see it in lends itself to it.The finale is pure movie magic and once again the emotion between Watts and a Digital Kong is phenomenal. It's always a good sign when the audience claps at the end of the movie, it's better (sometimes) when they walk out silent. Kong got both!


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Movie Review: The Chronicals of Narnia the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

When my wife and I saw Narnia , she loved it but she had also read the book as a child. I on the other hand did not, I was reading JRR Tolkien and thus have mixed feelings about the film, I'll take her word that the film is faithful to the novel. The opening sequence in WWII England was fabulous and the final battle against the White Witch had some interesting similarities. Narnia is a great fantasy movie for children, like Harry Potter I hope this movie sparks an interest in reading the books. Tilda Swinton (The Beach) was amazing as the White Witch! As good as Ian Mckellan was as Gandalf, Tilda was just as good as the White Witch. My only gripe was that I think the film should have spent a bit more time with Jadis so the connection between her and the White Witch was a little clearer. I got it but I think it might be missed by "Joe movie goer". As I stated earlier this movie is for children but there are aspects adults will catch while the kids are mezmerized by talking bevers and lions. I am extremely pleased with the casting of the four children, they could've gone all Hollywood but opted to with truer actors, these kids fit the roles perfectly. Georgie Henley (Lucy) is delightful on screen and Skandar Keynes has just the right look as Edmund and does a good job portraying the character and all Edmunds emotions. There are many sickly sweet scenes, but I don't fault the film, it's that we adults aren't used to it anymore, we're jaded and synical. Children will see this film differntly than we do.But then there are scenes that felt unbalanced, most notably the Aslan sacrafice. It resonates a specific scene in Passion of the Christ. Whether intentional or not by C.S Lewis I made that connection, for kids it may be a bit too scary in my opinion.Another scene that seemed odd for me was when Father Christmas showed up out of thin air and gave these kids weapons. This scene seemed edited and didn't work quite as the extended scene in LotR when Galadriel gives the Fellowship gifts as they depart from Lothlorien.The final scene that didn't sit well with me was Lucy's first encounter with Mr Tumnus, but as I said earlier what I saw will not be what children see. When Mr Tumnus invites Lucy to his home for tea and cake I instantly had warnings going off in my mind. I somehow doubt children would have that same forboding.As I watched the final battle I kept thinking of William Wallace.....why? HmmmmThe fight between Peter and the Witch was enjoyable to watch, the sets were all magnificent, the aerial scenes with the Gryphons were cool, Liam Neeson doing the voice of Aslan was the right choice. There were some obvious super imposures that I spotted, but didn't detract from the overall experience. In the end the thing that stuck with me the most was something Professor Kirke told Lucy, during the credits, when she asked if she could ever go back to Narnia. It was the youngest of the four who first discovered Narnia, it was then that I realized as we get older we loose our imagination, we become jaded and see the world differently. So is the case with the audience, the children in the audience will be able to believe in Aslan and Mr. Tumnus and the beauty of Narnia, we will see four kids wisked away to the counrtyside to escape war torn england and thru there boredom create a fantastic world that mirrors the real world around them.


Monday, December 12, 2005

Game Review: SOCOM 3 US Navy Seals

My first impressions of the online game is...bigger, better. Zipper has incorporated new aspects into the game engine, most notably vehicles. Many socom faithful feared that the inclusion of vehicles would change the core game, but from the time I've played online the addition of vehicles doesn't detract from the game but actually adds an new element to those who play strategically.Some other nice improvements to the online game are the multitude of filters available when making rooms, battlefield maps are now adjustable but most people will make the room max allowable players, I was in a few 32 player rooms and I experienced 0 lag! Other useful filters include the option of day or night for each map, vehicles on/off, and for me one of the best filters is the option to make any map any style from Supression, Demolition, Extraction, Escort, Convoy and Control Point. The latter is similar to SW Battlefront but with the Core Socom game it can be very strategic! The latter two being the new styles added for S3. Other changes to the Socom online game, which I like, is the idea that if you want the extra fluff; clan, friends list, ranking, ladder matches you need to verify your "account" with a credit card. (yes socom is still free) The disclaimer states clearly that you won't get charged, but I still see many complaints. Why? Are you paranoid that you'll be fined for glitching? Do I think that cheaters should be charged? Hell Yeah! If you have never played Socom before now is the best reason to pick up a copy of Sony's flagship online title. And the offline game is tough as Seals, I'll add my 2 cents on the offline game once I've played a bit of it. The interesting thing about Socom is most people buy it for the online play and the off line is secondary, where almost every other game the offline is primary.

online: 9/10 offline: 9/10

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Movie Review: Dreamer

When my wife and I saw the trailer for Dreamer we both thought the movie was gonna be more than it was....When do you dream? When you're asleep, and that was what many in the audience were, halfway through the movie! Others actually got up and left. Dreamer is a simple story about a family struggling to get by, Ben Crane (Kurt Russel) is a horse breeder who is is responsible for a promising thoroughbred named Sonador. Dakotta Fanning plays Cale Cole, it's clear from the begining Cale and Ben's relationship is damaged. Cale is eager to see her father's work at the track and the day she finally gets go go with Ben, a series of unforunate events take place. Sonador breaks her leg and should have been put down but because Cale is there Ben decides not to and that choice costs him his job. In retrospect I find it kinda funny that a movie about a race horse moved at a snails pace. There were a select few scenes that pulled on the audiences emotional chords but for the most part the performances seemed very diluted. I also made an amazing discovery that Kurt Russel was Kris Kristofferson's secret love child! I never realized how similar the two were. I loved Kristofferson in the Blade movies but he just seemed out of his element in this movie and so did Luis Guzman! He just seemed like he wandered on set and no one told him he was in the wrong movie. Don't get me wrong I like Guzman I think he's a great actor but he was seriously mis cast in my opinion. I wasn't too impressed with Kurt Russel performance either, whether it was his character or his acting there was very little memorable scenes with him. The ending is happy and will have you feeling good but this is a forgettable movie in the long run.


Thursday, September 15, 2005

Game Review: Namco Museum 50th Anniversary

If you missed out on the Namco collection for the PS1 this is a great addition to any gamers collection! 16 classic titles for $19.99, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac Mania, Galaga, Galaga 88', Galaxian, Dig Dug, Rally X, Pole Position, Pole Position II, Xevious, Dragon Spirit, Bosconian, Rolling Thunder, Mappy, Sky Kid. That's a dollar twenty five a game! The main menu has a sweet 80's sound track set in a virtual arcade. All games are one or two player and is great when you get that old school craving. It's very nostalgic for me, I can understand how kids today will look at these games and say they suck, but without them we wouldn't have Solid Snake and Lara Croft and Master Chief. Ya gotta repect the old school.


Sunday, September 11, 2005

Going Quackers: AF2 battle

I have reached level 50 with my WHM (I put DRK on hold) Krogenar helped me attain my second piece of Artifact Equipment (AF2) for my White Mage, the healers duckbills. In order to get this footwear I went to speak to Narcheral again. Narcheral told me I needed to get a vile of Yagudo Holy Water and a pair of moccasins. The moccasins were easy to get, I bought a pair in the Jeuno AH. But the holy water is a rare ex item that cannot be bought or sold. So Krogenar and I headed to Castle Oztroja in the Meriphataud mountains to kill Yagudo Abbots. We traveled thru the castle till we came to a doorway with 4 levers, the correct combination opened the doorway to where the Yagudo Abbots were located. Krogenar Beastmaster unleashed one of his crab familiars on the yagudo and the the holy water dropped on the first kill! I was expecting a longer time getting the holy usually takes more than 1 kill to get the rare EX item you're looking for but not this time! Thanks again to Krogenar Beastmaster!

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Chaos unsheathed

Since I began playing FFXI I've been working on mage jobs, WHM and BLM. But the other day I took the Airship back to Bastok, while there I spoke to a young Galkan child in the mines district who mentioned that the legendary Dark Knight Zied was spotted in the Palboro mines. Rumor had it that Zied is the only adventurer to ever master the art of the Dark Knight.
I decided to seek out this Dark Knight, I found him in in the deep recesses of the Zehurn mines at the end of a trip down one of the underground rivers. He told me the path to mastering the power of a Dark Knight is a hard, lonely one, then he handed me an old, dull sword,

"this is chaosbringer, satiate it's thirst then return it to me after killing 100 foes".

I took Chaosbringer and returned to my Mog House to change my main job to WAR then headed to the Zehurn mines. That evening the walls of the mine were coated in blood and guts from the destruction I caused. The feeble creatures hit me with all they had but it was all for naught as I slaughtered every living thing in my path.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Gods in the Hall

August 29th 2005 I logged on for a bit and to my surprise my scroll of tele Mea had finally sold! Tryptifaeris once again has a bit of finacial freedom to loosen his force belt. To celebrate I decided to go for a hike, I left Jeuno through Port and headed out into the Sauromugue Champlain, I didn't have any specific destination. As I traveled south the sun began to sink into the west and the ruins cast a shadow across the land, to my right, sloping upward was the way to the Gariliage Citadel. The trail I was taking was littered with fallen columns and dead trees, far off to the east was the ocean, as dusk arrived my path brought me to a pass that led to the Meriphataud Mountains.

On the other side of the pass I entered the Meriphataud Mountain range, the terrain is similar to Tahrongi Canyon. The most distinctive feature of the Meriphataud Mountain Range is Drogaroga's Spine that juts out of the earth and streches from the eastern most region of the range straight across to the western end, it is made of the same strange bonelike material as the crags and is about 18 feet elevated all the way across with no suports. From my knowledge I suspect that Vana Diel is a "growth" on a tremenous creature's skeleton from a time before time....perhaps some day we shall see if my theory is true.
I figured Tryp had walked this far I might as well keep walking. I headed east towards an outpost I spotted off in the distance. I past it and continued towards the Santuary of Zi Tah to the Northeast, I had never been there and by all accounts I shouldn't enter those woods, the stars illuminated the sky and a warm summerbreeze blew throughout the range, I almost thought I could hear Altana's voice whispering to me......
The path into the Sanctuary wasn't visable until I was right in front of it, I entered, not knowing what to expect. The Sanctuary was actually an ancient forest, the mists of dawn hovered around my ankles, the stars faded and the haze of the morning sun seeped through the roof top of the forest. The trunks of the trees were as wide as the tower ruins of Sauromuge, the forest floor was as soft as a taru carpet from the leaves, roots jutted thru the floor in certain areas some were large enough to act as bridges over the mysterious crystal pools I found. Tryp felt very alone in these woods, they were nothing like the woods of Ronafaure. Throughout the forest there were clusters of large crystals that also jutted out of the earth, some emitted a cold light from within them. I did not possess a map of the Sanctuary of Zi Tah so I wandered aimlessly like a mithra child in a fish market.
As I wandered through the forest I recalled Krogenar telling me of the giant Boyahda Tree he had recently been to, the tree was home to numerous types of beasts. I wondered if my feet would bring me there, but Altana had another path for me this day. I continued walking aimlessly, as morning mist had burned off as mid day approached, my elvaan instincts told me I was headed north, my lonliness changed to frustration as I wondered if my little hike would leave me lost in these woods forever. Just then I saw a clearing up ahead the light of day shone on the forest floor. My spirits lifted and I ran to the clearing, on the north end I spotted more of that strange bonelike surface hidden in the underbrush. I cleared the thorny bramble and there was the arched entrance to a place I had no knowledge of. I passed through the archway to an opening, I was suddenly very aware I was extremely far from civilization and the safety of Jeuno or Bastok.

I almost wished to be back in the forest, the wind was icey cold and the sound of life were replaced with a mechanical humming this was the Ro 'Maeve. I reassured myself that Altana was looking after me and cast sneak & Invisible and ran into this forsaken region.
Altana was certainly looking after me this day I ran with absolutely no idea where I was going and if my spells had worn off I'd be intantly dead. This is an area for level 73-75 players go for XP. I just ran up one flight of stairs after the next and I finally reached the entrance to the Hall of the Gods....
"Before one can cast a shadow you must first find the light"

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Battle for the Blessed Hammer! WHM AF1

As September aproached I continued XPing my WHM getting ever closer to level 50 and soon I would have to break my first Genkai. But that was still 5 levels away. Krogenar was rapidly leveling his BST in a new linkshell, LotB (Lords of the Beasts). I was pretty much going solo for the better part of the year without a Linkshell, getting into PT's was never a problem but when it came to missions and quests I needed the help, and Krog was the only person left from the old and dead Kontract linkshell. So when he was available he helped me with the stuff I just couldn't do alone like getting my first piece of artifact armor....the Blessed Hammer!

My quest began in the San d'Orian Cathedral where I met Narcheral, he told me to go to Valkrun Dunes and investigate the broken song monument.

I met up with Krogenar and a member of his LS and battled the spirit of Marchelute after we had defeated it I collected a Tavnazian Pass, bid Krogenar farewell and returned to Narcheral for my first piece of artifact armor.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

To the Northlands

August 10th 2005 Tryptifaeris had reached level 46 WHM, 25BLM, 7WAR, Bastok Rank5 and Fishing was at 13, the Sunbreeze Festival has been extended to Aug 22nd by popular demand, but Tryptifaeris the white had much work ahead of him...I accepted a quest from Shantotto to check on a new magic spell he'd been working on. This quest would take me to the Northlands and then to the tower of Fei'Yin. The first half of my quest had me travel thru the Ranguemont Pass to the Beaucedine Glacier, a frozen wasteland where two decades prior a fellowship of two humes; Ulrich the Warrior and Cornelia the Monk, a Galka Swordsman Raogrimm, Francmage the Elvaan Knight from the Kingdom of San d'Oria, Iru Kuiru the Tarutaru White Mage and Rabnah the Mithra Ranger had fallen to darkness.

I had no map and struggled to navigate thru the icey winds and blinding snow showers. I finally meet up with Torino-Samarino who had the scroll I needed to bring to Rukusu in the temple of Fei 'Yin. The Glacier was perilous for a White Mage traveling solo so I made sure to keep Sneak and Invis up at all times, but when I reached Torino-Samarino I needed to drop the Invis spell to talk to him....There was a Large Golem patroling the area I was in but it couldn't detect me unless I cast a magical spell. So I let my invis spell wear off, get the spell from Torino-Samarino and head a safe distance from the golem to recast Sneak and Invis but as I'm casting a Goblin spots me and begins to wail on me hard! I cast warp but it hits me before I finish casting so I try casting bind on the little SOB the spell works and I run, totally disoriented I find a spot to cast Sneak & Invis but another Gob shows up! I don't have much health left but as Altana would have it I spot a Galka BeastMaster in the hazy distance I run to him hoping he'll help, He sees me and my persuer and sics a pet on the Gobby, I cast Warp and pray, just as I disolve into the vortex I see the first Gobby emerge thru the blizzard, but it was too late I was gone! I flip the Goblin the bird and emerge safely back in Jeuno.With only half the quest complete I decide to get the map for the Beaucedine Glacier before I attempt that trek again.

Sunday, August 7, 2005

The Lion the Magicite and the Shadowlord: pt.3 Davoi

Our final destination was Davoi, once an Elvaan village, now overrun by the Orcs... In order to reach the magicite in Davoi I needed the Crest of Davoi, fortunately a boy in upper Jeuno had one but was only willing to trade for some coerl meat. The reason is a bit odd but I gave him the meat, he gave me the crest and off I went for the third and final piece of magicite. Compared to the other two this was a walk in the park I reached the magic barrier, used the crest and claimed the final piece of magicite optistone.
As with the other two I experienced a vision from the past...the king of San d'Oria,; suspicious of the Humes of Bastok and their "investigation" of the Northlands sends a delegate to oversee their findings, this ties in with the events from the first vision. After you return to conscience Lion (think Rikku but a brunette) finds you in the room and an ghostly apparition of the Shadow Lord appears and declares that because of the cowardness, rage, envy, arrogance and apathy of the 5 races of Vana Diel his return is coming, and soon! Before I leave Lion tells me to meet her at the temple of Fei 'Yin in the Beaucedine Glacier. So I rush back to Jeuno to hand over the 3 pieces of Magicite which will keep the beastmen from ressurecting the Shadow Lord over to Archduke Kam'lanaut only to discover the govenors of Bastok, San d'Oria and Windurst were all attacked, I collect my 10,000 gill, my Airship Pass and jump on the first Airship back to Bastok....

Friday, August 5, 2005

Death of Flikblix and the Magicite pt 2 Castle Oztroja

Our next stop on our mission took us to the Yagudo strong hold, Castle Oztroja in the Meriphataud Mountains. Once we reached the doors to the alter room I used the Yagudo Torch given to me by the kind-hearted Fickblix the Gobbie who befriended Humes, Elvaan, Mithra and Galka, a little beastman with a big heart (>u.u<). Inside the alter room I collected the second peice of Magicite and had a second vision from the past....a meeting between Koru Moru and the mystical Star Sybil and a confrontation between Koru Moru and Tzee Xicu atop Castle Oztroja.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Kam'lanaut: Metrosexual and the Magicite - pt. 1 Beaudeaux

As Tryp's fame throughout Vana Diel rose, I decided to pay Altair "I been mugged in Delk Tower" a visit to get my orders for mission 4. Altair hands me a letter of indroduction and sends me to visit the Archduke Kam'lanaut, this guy screams I AM EVIL & STYLISH, but I digress. It appears that word has reached the Arch-duke that the beastmen are on the rise and ol Kam wants me to "investigate" 3 areas; Beaudeaux, Castle Oztoja & Davoi and collect 3 pieces of Magicite and then return with them to Jeuno (I wonder what he's gonna do with them?). And if I succeed in said mission he'll reward me with an Air Ship pass. After recieving my mission I search for everyone's favorite Galkan BST and ask for his brute strengh to clear a path for me to claim the Magicite.....first stop Beaudeaux.

Before departing for Beaudeaux I pay a visit to Aldo in Neptune's Spire, the Tenshodo Headquarters and he gives me a silver bell to help me find the Magicite. Sattal Mansal tells me there are two other key items I'll need to reach the area where the magicite is hidden, but she'll only trade them for a Quadov charm and Quadov Augury Shield. With this in mind Krog and I traveled south from Jeuno thru Rollenberry Fields and the Pashhow Marshlands to Beaudeaux. We hunted down the NM Go'Bhu Gascon and got the Quadov Augury Shield, one of the items Sattal mentioned I needed to get into a secret area in Beaudeaux to "borrow" the Magicite. Next Krogenar and Courier Carry defeated De'Vyu Headhunter and I used the charm to free the traders (Evrard & Serafin) and then we scouted for De'Vyu Headhunter again to get another charm that I needed to trade Sattal Mansal in the Tenshodo HQ for a Coruscant Rosary. I also needed to trade in a Quadov Augury Shell to get a Black Matinee Necklace. With the Coruscant Rosary and the Black Matinee Necklace Krog and I made our way to the sealed off room in Beaudeaux and pilfered the first piece of magicite. Once I removed the Magicite the room in faded to white and I had a vision of the past, a group of adventurers in the Beaucedine Glacier; Raogrimm the Galkan swordsman, Ulrich the Hume Warrior and Cornelia the Hume Monk separated from a fellowship, the tension between Humes and Galkans in Bastok reached a shater point Ulrich unsheathes his sword but Cornelia steps between the two, red snow, a weeping Galka left to die in the blizzard, a hume with a dark secret.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

HiHo HiHo it's off to Beaudeaux we go!

Ah good ol Beaudeaux, stronghold of the Quadov and voted #1 vacation spot by Time Out Vana Diel. I've been asked by a galkan researcher (haha) to collect a soil sample so he can study (haha) if Bastok's industrial ways are effecting the environment. All High Bear need to do is take a stroll outside the city walls to find his answer, but I went any way. While there I figured I'd get some other quests completed, Zon Fobun asked me to help with some research on the effects of two magical ailments Curse and Mute. I was given a peice of Cursepaper and told to examine the Afflictor and then the Mute to get samples of these ailments. Lastly I was asked by Thunder Hawk (not from Street Fighter) in Selbina to rescue two merchants who were captured.
At the end of the day I handed in the Curse paper and the corrupted soil sample, but poor Evard and Serafin would have to wait till I could get a meatshield to help beat down De'Vyu Headhunter for the Quadov charm to unlock they cell.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Azimuth Circle: Tryp and Krogenar's quest for Bikini Bottom

The Summer Breeze Festival is still going strong and a new event has been added by the moogles, Azimuth Circle. It requires you and a partner team up and search for check points that point you in the direction of the next hint that eventually leads you to a hopipi or pomimi doll that you swap with your partner then trade to the moogle. Last night Krog and I sucessfully collected the first part of special summerfest equipment swimwear!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Sunbreeze Festival 05

The Sunbreeze Festival!

Master, Master!
My wings are wilting wretchedly in this warm weather, kupo! It's times like this
that I wish I wasn't covered in fur...Of course, we moogles aren't the only ones
suffering, kupo!All the craftsmen, merchants, and even the city guards are
languishing listlessly while longing for a little relief from the heat.But never
fear, kupo!Officials from each nation have joined forces with the M.H.M.U. to
lift the spirits of sweltering soldiers and adventurers alike with a brand-new
proposal: the Sunbreeze Festival!While continuing the popular activities of
previous festivals, this event aims to lure cool breezes from the heavens with
all the fun and dancing taking place here on the ground, kupo!The officials I
mentioned earlier had a slightly different idea, but it was thankfully voted
down.(Casting a humongous Blizzaga V above each city and showering the citizens
with shards of ice didn't seem like the safest solution, kupo...)Fantastic
fireworks and sensational goldfish scooping are slated to make a return this
year, along with the introduction of the Rakapopo Dancers; a Tarutaru troupe
that performs the Far Eastern Sunbreeze Shuffle!And don't miss out on the
wonderful prizes to be won from the addictive new game invented by Azimuth of
the Alchemists' Guild, kupo!All these absorbing activities are sure to take your
mind off the heat, so join your friends and help make the Sunbreeze Festival a
refreshing success!

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Tryps Revelation

When I'm not scooping goldfish in the fumaroles or Rabao I've been working on my WHM and BLM jobs in the Crawlers Nest. The entrance to the Nest is located in the southern end of Rolanberry fields and it's caverns twist deep below Rolanberry fields.
I was in a pretty decent PT that lasted from noon till 8:30 pm today. We started in the Crawlers nest....if you hate bugs or are claustrophobic this is not the place for you! After a few close calls with a neighboring party we packed our things and teleported to the Western Altepa Desert and set up camp at Revelation Rock. Our main prey was Sand Beetles. I'm now level 45.5