An Average Day In The DunesFor some reason I don't quite understand, I decided to level Ninja.
It's not that I have anything against Ninjas. That shit just looks like a lot of damned work for me.
I like Dragoon. You hit attack, use a jump, and then you go make a sandwich. When you come back, if the thing isn't dead, you use jump again.
Ninja just looked like a pain in the ass.
Still, some strange compulsion pushed me into leveling it and, after a few blissful hours of soloing, I headed off to the dunes.
Today, we'll be taking a brief look at your average day in the dunes.
I started out in La Theine Plateau and set myself to lfg. This way, I could put off actually going into the dunes for as long as possible.
Five minutes later, I get an invite. Nice.
I'm feeling optimistic.
Turns out the invite came from a DRK/WHM three levels below me and there's no one else in his party.
Not so optimistic.
I politely decline (read: I tell him he should go jump up his own ass) and go back to looking for a party.
A few minutes later, I get a polite tell from another Ninja asking me to replace him. His party even has a second Ninja for me to work with.
Feeling optimistic again.
He tells me the leader will invite me. Seconds later, I get an invite from the leader and accept.
I check the party member list and find that there is no second Ninja.
Or a White Mage.
Or a healer of any kind.
It's three Thieves, a Black Mage, and a Corsair.
The Corsair doesn't even have a subjob.
My mind fractures and I die a short time later.
Okay... Maybe that's exaggerating. I didn't die.
I send a tell to the Ninja who first talked to me and apparently the leader hadn't sent an invite yet.
That's right. Right after he told me the leader would invite me, someone else invited me without talking to me first.
And now I'm in the party of the damned.
I make up a random excuse (side note: I think I told them I had to go wash my cat) and disband from the party.
The leader starts sending me angry tells. After I left, apparently the Black Mage woke up and realized he was going to die and also disbanded.
I blacklist the leader and make a note to introduce him to Jormy later.
I join the Ninja's former party and check the party member list. There's a second Ninja. Yay.
We set up camp and we're just about to start when the second Ninja says...
Ninja>> Gotta go.
And immediately leaves.
The leader searches for possible replacements. He mentions a certain DRK/WHM lfg in La Theine.
I ask him to give me lead.
He gives me lead and I boot him from the party.
We pick up replacements and go to work. They expect me to blink tank, so I set up some simple ground rules. My main rule: no Black Mage enemies.
The puller leaves and comes back three seconds later with a Goblin Gambler.
Yes, for those of you playing at home, that's a Black Mage enemy.
I am underwhelmed.
I hold out hope that the Gambler goes easy on the AoE spells and maybe we'll survive. With a little help from the Warrior in the party, we should be okay.
Three minutes later, we're face down in the dirt.
Also, the Warrior was afk the whole fight.
I begin to consider deleting Valkurm from the game.
The White Mage informs us that his homepoint was in Jeuno.
Two other people are suddenly "sleepy".
Two seconds later, the entire party is empty except for me and the Warrior.
Three seconds after that, the two "sleepy" people have joined another party.
I type /shutdown and prepare to go drown my anger in a sea of alcohol.
Just as I'm about to log out, I get a tell...
Warrior>> Sorry. Was making a sandwich.
Warrior>> WTF HAPPENED?!
I wonder if it's possible to solo to 75...