Final Fantasy XIV: Great, when logging in happens

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (hereafter ARR) officially launched last week, aiming to make a game that was renowned for being terrible into something good. Square Enix didn’t anticipate so many people wanting to play, however, and there are not nearly enough servers for us all. There has been so much demand for the game that it took me four hours of trying to log in every five minutes before I could play yesterday. They’ve put a cap on the number of people who can be logged on to a given server at any given time, which makes it hard to actually get in to play the game… but once you do manage to log on to a character, the experience is great. By taking this route, Square Enix has managed to avoid the problem of lag, lag, lag that usually plagues highly-anticipated MMOs (and their expansions) when they are first released. This excellent gameplay experience comes, however, at the cost of angry customers.

This is a long article, so here’s my TL; DR: It’s like Final Fantasy XI, but with some modern MMO conventions. I recommend it, but if you want to play it you should wait a bit before doing so.

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Work in Progress: Final Fantasy Tissue Box Cover

In the process of working my way up in difficulty to the needlepoint projects I daydream about, I am making a tissue box cover. I’m pretty sure everyone who’s ever done plastic canvas needlepoint has done at least one of these, and by the time I finish this project I will be no exception. Mine is a simple display of characters from the original Final Fantasy for the NES. The order in which they appear on the box is semi-inspired by 8-bit Theater. I’ve got the fighter and black mage on one long side of the cover, with the white mage and monk on the other long side. The thief and the red mage each have a panel of their own. The final product will have physical and magical damage dealers alternating all the way around the box.

Clicking on any of the images will take you to a Flickr set with more and larger pictures.

pattern

The pattern I made on my computer for one of the long sides.

outline

First I drew the pattern outline on the plastic and filled it in.

white_bg

All sides outlined, filling in background.

color

Starting to add color.