Now, That's RefreshingI realize mana is very important to mage jobs. You need mana in order to cast spells.
You're mages. It's your job to cast spells.
Thus, mana is a big thing.
I totally get that. I mean, without mana, you guys are basically paperweights.
And you sometimes need help keeping your mana up.
Every post-41 Red Mage reading this knows exactly where I'm going.
Refresh is a great spell. It really is. It allows you to recover those mana points that you so desperately love and need.
Sounds great, huh?
Unfortunately, this spell has a hidden latent effect. That latent effect is that the spell refresh can cause many mages and magic users to become absolutely retarded.
It's true. It's like as soon as your party picks up a Red Mage, these people lose their freakin' minds. If they do not constantly have a Refresh effect acting on them, they start to freak out.
Imagine you're a Red Mage. During every battle it is your job enfeeble the enemy, dispel any buffs the enemy may have, watch for your enfeebles to wear off, usually main heal or back up heal, and cast refresh on anyone or anything that has mana.
And melee if you happen to be retarded yourself.
That sounds pretty busy, doesn't it? I mean, that's a lot of shit to do during a two minute battle.
So, maybe it's understandable that the Red Mage may need a second to get your refresh effect back up.
I know, I know. A whole second.
Do you know what would be helpful? Do you know how you can help your Red Mage?
Let him know when your refresh wears off. Better than that, you should start demanding refresh the very moment it wears off.
Maybe you could make a macro.
Oh, and use a lot of calls in your macros. Those never get annoying.
Then, in between battles, you can explain how refresh works and how he should cast it on you more often.
I mean he's been playing Red Mage for a long time and your Red Mage is level retarded, but I'm sure you know better than him. You've partied with a Red Mage before which means you're an expert on the subject.
Maybe you could get a job working at Brady.
I'm sure your new Red Mage friend will appreciate you helping him do his job.
Now, if any of that made sense to you or sounded even plausible, I want you to uninstall FFXI, turn off your computer, and then eat your modem.
You have no business interacting with other human beings.
A Red Mage will refresh you if he has time. He's a busy guy.
And do you know what you do?
You shut the hell up.
This comes to mind because recently I was leveling a mage job. But not my Red Mage.
Oh, no. I was leveling my Black Mage.
Susan was leveling her Red Mage.
We formed a party in Jeuno, set out for our camp, and went to work.
Immediately, I spotted a problem. It seems the Dark Knight we picked up was getting a little "critical" of Susan's refresh cycle.
DarkKnight>> Can I get refresh?
DarkKnight>> Hello? Refresh, please.
DarkKnight>> (( Refresh )) (( Do you have it? ))
I mean she was putting the White Mage, the Black Mage, and the Paladin ahead of the Dark Knight. And sometimes, she'd cast dispel on the mob while the Dark Knight was sitting there not getting free mana.
Can you imagine?
What in the hell was she thinking?
Of course the Dark Knight's spells are more important than... Oh, I don't know... The White Mage curing.
I mean, c'mon.
Still, I am not one to abuse my GM powers, so I relaxed and didn't make a big issue out of it.
That sounds just like me, doesn't it?
[GM]Dave>> Hail, Adventurer.
[GM]Dave>> I'm your new teacher, [GM]Dave.
DarkKnight>> What the...
DarkKnight>> Where am I?
[GM]Dave>> Welcome to [GM]Dave's School of Refresh Etiquette.
DarkKnight>> Why am I here?
[GM]Dave>> You're here to learn the three Rs.
[GM]Dave>> Red Mage.
[GM]Dave>> And retarded.
DarkKnight>> What does that have to do with me?
[GM]Dave>> Well, are you a Red Mage?
[GM]Dave>> Do you have Refresh?
[GM]Dave>> Then guess which one applies to you.
DarkKnight>> Are you calling me retarded?
[GM]Dave>> Of course not, sir.
[GM]Dave>> Technically, I'm implying it.
DarkKnight>> You're not allowed to call me retarded.
[GM]Dave>> I didn't call you retarded.
[GM]Dave>> I implied it.
[GM]Dave>> What are you, retarded?
DarkKnight>> There! Right there!
DarkKnight>> You called me retarded again.
[GM]Dave>> Actually, I asked a question.
[GM]Dave>> That's more suggesting it as a possibility.
[GM]Dave>> I still didn't call you retarded.
[GM]Dave>> I would never call someone retarded.
DarkKnight>> I... Oh, nevermind.
DarkKnight>> Can we just get on with it?
[GM]Dave>> No problem.
[GM]Dave>> Today's lesson is about respecting your Red Mage.
DarkKnight>> Did that Red Mage report me or something?
DarkKnight>> What a bitch.
I knew I hadn't just read that.
DarkKnight>> She sucked.
DarkKnight>> Her and that Black Mage.
Oh, it's on like Donkey Kong, now.
[GM]Dave>> For the purpose of today's lesson...
[GM]Dave>> I have made you a level 41 Red Mage.
[GM]Dave>> And I've given you the spell Refresh.
DarkKnight>> What do I do?
[GM]Dave>> Your job is to keep us refreshed.
DarkKnight>> That shouldn't be too hard.
DarkKnight>> So, I just keep the two of us refreshed.
[GM]Dave>> Who said two?
DarkKnight>> You said "us".
[GM]Dave>> Oh, silly, silly me.
[GM]Dave>> I apologize for the misunderstanding.
That's when I spawned an army of NPCs all dressed in GM gear.
All named [GM]Dave.
[GM]Dave>> I meant us.
DarkKnight>> Oh crap.
DarkKnight>> What if I fail?
[GM]Dave>> You'll be given a slight financial penalty.
DarkKnight>> ... That's no so bad.
[GM]Dave>> Followed by a perma-ban.
[GM]Dave>> There may also be a dragon involved.
[GM]Dave>> Let's just play it by ear.
DarkKnight>> This is ridiculous.
[GM]Dave>> No, this is education.
[GM]Dave>> Learning is fundamental, you know.
DarkKnight>> This is impossible.
[GM]Dave>> No, no.
[GM]Dave>> It's not improbable.
DarkKnight>> I said impossible.
[GM]Dave>> Yeah, pretty much.
[GM]Dave>> Good luck though.
DarkKnight>> Gee, thanks.
[GM]Dave>> There's just one more thing.
DarkKnight>> What's that?
Do you have any idea how annoying it would be to get a hundred tells every second asking for refresh?
Can you imagine how long it would take to drive you insane?
By my watch, about four and a half seconds.
It was almost sad to see Jormy eat him.
Except replace "almost" with "incredibly".
And "sad" with "funny".
[GM]Dave>> By the way...
[GM]Dave>> You're retarded.
Please, people. Respect your Red Mage.