Saturday, October 14, 2006

An Average Day In The Dunes

For 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...


At 8:48 PM, Blogger Asha`man said...

Ah Dunes,
If you could seriously look into that deleting dunes Idea, I'd appreciate it.

And as for soloing to 75?
Let me know how that goes =P

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Ace said...

Oh man haha. Thats funny at the end with the sandwhich thing.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Ichiroson said...

this sound like my warrrior friend.......
err... ex-friend

At 9:12 PM, Blogger TrueStoryGuy said...

Valkurm is always funny. I also got a tell/invite situation like that once, but it was in Qufim. I get a /tell from the Leader, and another different party invites me without a word.

I like those invites. Partically because they're most likely noobs.

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Shutat said...

Indeed. The Dunes are horrid, to say the least. Hence, why I refuse to party with any job until Lv.20. Yes, I know I'm insane to solo my first 20 levels. However, the time I spend doing solo'ing my way to Lv.20 is nothing compared to the ammount of grief and pain I save myself by not partying in Valkrum Dunes.

And who can really blame me? I mean, the place is completely overrun with countless n00bs, and countless idiots. Seriously, going to Valkrum Dunes to party may be a necessary step for many people, but I find it tends to be not only a waste of time, but a merciless assult on your mind as well.

Granted, Qufim Island and the Jungles aren't great either. However, they do seem to posess slightly less n00bs. As such, it kinda lightens the load a bit.

As for solo'ing to Lv.75, I've gotten Ninja to Lv.49 completely solo. I do plan to continue to solo it to Lv.75, if at all possible. Using NIN/WHM as my setup. So far, there's not much to it. Just mainly debuff with Ninjutsu, keep shadows up, and cure 1-2 the few hits that do come in, when needed.

Just be warned.. MNK-type monsters can be just as nasty as BLM-type monsters. ^^

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Axit said...

wait wait wait....corsair with no subjob?

how does this happen?

At 10:30 PM, Blogger luna_panshiel said...

"Axit said...

wait wait wait....corsair with no subjob?

how does this happen?"

both PL nüb and gilseller comes to mind

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Dyamalos said...

Sounds like my parties last night.

The first invite I get is from a 20RDM/8THF

second I get is from an 18RDM/9WAR... At least his sub is leveled, but the party didn't have a tank, so I assumed the RDM was going to... no one would reply when I asked where the tank was... disband and join a group that had asked a camp space away. We ended up having a SAM tanking and the level 20RDM/8THF was in the party effectively killing EXP...

god I hate the dunes....

At 12:21 AM, Blogger Music-chan said...

It would be possible to solo to level cap if you played WoW!


At 5:41 AM, Blogger Adventure Dood said...

It would also be possible to look like a retard no matter what you say or do when you play WoW.


Anyway, yes, I've seen a corsair and a blue mage in the same pt with no subjob (coincidence? Oh, sure...). It IS possible to level NIN to 20 w/o any time spent in valkurm. It takes alot of time and money for all those shihei, but it's money well spent and time well enjoyed. While you're soloing some DC/EM orcs and having no one retardify your experience, there will be people less fortunate than you getting killed by their own stupidity just a few virtual miles away

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Isaac20 said...

That warrior got fed to Jormy, right? Please tell me he did...

At 8:00 AM, Blogger ColdhartedRagnarok said...

People, dave isnt real.

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Gravios said...

what kind of sandwitch takes that much time to make,
maybe he was making the bread
growing the damm lettuce
while geting instructions on how to make the thing from a 5 year old

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Pi said...

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At 9:22 AM, Blogger Pi said...

ColdhartedRagnarok dijo...

People, dave isnt real.

And ColdhartedRagnarok isn't real either

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Myloko said...

I think most decent melee jobs like Ninja or Warrior should be lvled to 20 solo :D It's MUCH easier and with warrior, you just go around hittin things with as many weapons as you can get your hands on XD

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Cruven said...

i wouldn't know about ninja being how i have yet to even change myself to that job. and also thatjob is too expensive for me. I prefer Monk, Samurai, and Dragoon.

Well..i prefer Dragoon and make Samurai a subjob for it. In the PT i was in yesterday to get my Dagoon to level 20 (which somehow managed to helppen) some guy was in it from the LS i had left a week or two before. Level 20 War. No subjob. Most of the party wanted to move to Qufim. I found some excuse to decline (note: say the warrior needed a subjob first). After that the party automatically disbanded and left me standing there with one exp at level 20. Yay was on the secret beach in valkrum...i still have no idea how i survived the trek to the outpost.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Onionsoilder said...

I feel the same way about NIN, and it's not just the dunes. Whats more is they can't do anything other then DD well till 37 >.>

I did find something that works a little better though, is soloing in Tahongri till 15/16 then switching to Bubu. P. till 19ish. At this point you can solo worms in Korrkorla Tunnel. Those are good till you can solo Qufim worms!

after lv 30 parties are somewhat decent enough untill 37.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Taruoni said...

I HATE Dunes i wnt and level smn blu bst nin after whm and i never touc hthe dunes after whm lmao and i solo bst to 75 with no dunes I HATE THAT place only place i met a whm/war that wanted to melle instead of healing because he was going to be a pld /slap

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Dealer Man said...

Imagine the frustration of being a MNK and waiting 2.5 hours before getting the first invite, then the rest of the Dunes stupidity.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Mitsukii said...

Last time I was in the dunes we had a WAR/WHM that insited on tanking (He even yelled at the ninja to leave just so he could tank) just because he insisted that he wanted to be a Paladin and needed the practice. When I started receiving angry tells from him after immediately leaving the party the instant the Ninja left I told him that my main in a Paladin and that looking at him makes me cry.

/blist add Retard1

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Zarquon said...

Classic Valkurm Dunes. All you can hope for out there is that you don't die TOO often trying to get to level 20.

Of course, it can be funny just standing around in valkurm watching parties self-destruct every five minutes because a WAR thought it would be a good idea to provoke a pugil to help the puller out, who is on the way back with a three-goblin train.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Eirwen said...

The Corsair doesn't even have a subjob.


I blacklist the leader and make a note to introduce him to Jormy later.

With great power comes great oppertunity to misuse and abuse that power.

Lets see now. Do I have anything to mention about my Valkurm times? {Hmmm.} Nope. I banned those memories a long time ago. I do remember I have been on lfg for about 2 hours until I decided to turn the lfg off and do some crafting.

After 3 hours of crafting, and many cokes down my system, I decided to return to my mog house and shut down the game. And just as I zoned.... PARTYINVITE!

I quickly responded with "WTF kept you so long?!?!", after which I nicely denied the invite and typed /shutdown.

Worst case was when I did Promyvion-Holla. After having played it for 5 hours, I even got 2 requests. Damn people! It was half past five in the morning!!!

The only time the lfg flag up worked for me was during my Valkurm times. For the rest, I mostly got requested to join parties when I had the flag down.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Arkaine said...

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At 7:40 PM, Blogger Arkaine said...

OMFG I really hate it when those morons on WoW invite you for no reason while you're soloing a place,and then they try to catch up to you even though you refuse to accept, and in doing so they bring many many monsters running after them... morons...

One time that happened though in Thousand Needles, it turned out I was invited by a lvl 1 Orc Warrior who was two zones away (which being dumb at the time, I accepted the invite)... Then, he /tells me "Oh alright good, you're nearby! >:D"
Then I'm wondering WTF before so a lvl 60 human warlock comes along and kills me... then I /tell the Orc Warrior I've been killed by a warlock only for him to tell me that he WAS the human warlock.

In other words, the guy was using two different comps, and two different accounts, to:
1) use the Orc warrior to locate possible victims and...
2)hunt them down with his high level human warlock.

It seems the Alliance are getting so dishonorable and underhanded that now they're resorting to CHEATING!

Why did I write all this? So I could get the point across that out-of-the-blue invites are always either irritating, noobish, or dangerous.

Bloody Alliance...



At 8:26 AM, Blogger dreamshade said...

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At 3:17 PM, Blogger Akena said...

Boy do I have a party story for you.
First lets start out with the set up.
then me...

I log on in the jungle from where my previous party was last night. Much to my enjoyment, there are a few mates of mine in the group. I ask if I can join and the party is full...
Well damn.
So I proceed to start building my party. I get a yes from my first person and the leader of my frends party sends me a tell," You're lucky."
A few things cross my mind and I blurted out," Why's that?"
"Had someone leave... You're in."
Sweet! so I regretfully tell this unlucky bum that I got a party and he had to seek for another 3 hours. I join the other party and my jaw drops as tears start to form in my eyes at the party set up. I think.. This might work.,.. this might work...
Then I get those dasterdly words from the leader..."You're tanking, Rainukun."
So I beg and plead... I dont have provoke... I can't SATA if I tank...I'm pulling too?!
For the love of everything that is pure in this world.
Ok, fine. I'll pull, tank and some how manage to sata too. Blm is over nuking, Drk is moving hate around too much... GAH I cant do this! Just after maybe 5 minutes all of a sudden the leader now has to leave.
"Give me leader.. please please please give me leader." I even go so far as to bribe him with a stack of earth crystals to ensure that he gives it to me... along with every odd and end in my inventory. HAVE IT ALL! Just give me leader!
Yes! It's mine! Who says money cant buy everything?
We'll leave it at that for now.. Everyone decided they needed to go and so now it's just me and my ls mate like I'd origonally wanted. Ahhhh a fresh start and no silly people to deal with.

At 8:24 AM, Blogger Fircefairy said...

I level most new jobs solo until at least is easy to do if you yave gil for potions.My theory is need gil to level and be able to afford to level.I am extradordinarilly lucky that I am friends with a lot of high level crafters,that make me whatever I want. As for the sucks...I am stuck doing the Jungle on SAM....I freaking hate that place but have gotten 9 jobs thru it so far.

Dunes blows for a few reasons...many just do not know their jobs...or they are 75 on another job and assume they know what the hell they are doing on the job they are currently leveling.
This is not always the may be a badass BLM...but you SUCK as WAR.... not their fault really...but a bit of practice is needed to orient to a new job. Take the time to learn it on your own ,before you kill other people.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Zcor said...

"I begin to consider deleting Valkurm from the game."
Pretty please? =P

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Guankim said...

Just in passing for the "Dunes suck because no one knows their jobs" comments...this very well may be the case, but there are those of us who would rather go there and help ACTUAL players (Read: not RMT) learn their role in parties and how to play their jobs, so the same process doesn't get just pushed back to another place or places...(Read: Korroloka & Qufim) where we have to deal with it again. Bottom line is: eventually, everyone will likely need help with the nuances of ANY job, SC timing, MB skills, etc...If people avoid them, that only prolongs the process. Then, rather than having decently educated players for their jobs, we have n00bsville everywhere. /sigh

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Marcio said...

Hm if I can solo SMN, BLM and SCH from 17 to 57 (some 75), i think you can take pretty much any other job to 75.

And of course now you have campaign!

Note: Not sure who'd read these but I certainly made my way back from the most recent post to the oldest post.

I am not sure if I wish I could nap or had the strength to keep reading. ... we'll see how this goes if I continue posting.


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