I’m just a casual Final Fantasy 14 player, but even if I had more hours in the day to dedicate to my warrior of light, I still can’t imagine already have enough time to complete all the content this game has to offer. I don’t just mean because FF14 gets regular patches and expansions, but all the grind stuff as well. Farming atmas almost broke me, I don’t think I can handle anything else.
We all like to complain about the grind, but not everyone shares that sentiment. There are plenty of gamers out there who like to grind content and many are willing to help others grind too, like Twitch Partner Zuan. She first streamed World of Warcraft and Overwatch, but jumped into FF14 towards the end of the Heavensward arc and has since become a notable streamer in the community.
“Grinding in MMOs has always been a passion of mine,” Zuan tells me. “In World of Warcraft, I was a big mount/transmog farmer and wanted to collect all the stuff. So my content heavily revolves around how to get that mount, chest piece, minion, and achievement. .
“A lot of my content is focused on creating content that is meant to last an entire expansion and complement it on back-to-back streams. I prefer to do grinds that can involve other players so they can also nibble on their own progress while I finish mine. If there is not much to do, I frequently ask my community what to do and make it my mission.
Mount breeding, FATE breeding, minion breeding, etc., and Zuan did it. Of course, part of the challenge of aiming for all that FF14 has to offer also involves tackling high-end content, so you’ll occasionally find Zuan streaming his Savage Raids. However, his streams largely focus on helping others, with Zuan explaining “I love premium content, but mostly I love learning it so I can later teach it to other members of the community.”
Raids are often a daunting prospect for players, especially casual ones like me. We want to try it, we want the coveted perks you get for doing it, but we also don’t want to suck it up and let our team down. So what is the solution ?
“My advice for someone interested in raiding is that as long as you want to raid, are willing to learn your class, and improve as a player in your role, you can raid” , Zuan said. “There are plenty of content creators, just like me, ready to answer questions who are masters in their role for players with questions and they can be amazing resources if you have questions about your class.
“There are also many reading resources such as The Balance discord, SaltedXIV and AhkMorning that provide more course information. Also, my biggest piece of advice: don’t be afraid of Party Finder. There are usually many learning groups with players who are in a similar position and want to try raiding. Soon you’ll build relationships and might see recruitment in Party Finder and join your own static.
Zuan tailors her streams to beginners and encourages questions from her viewers so she or someone else in the chat can help. She explains that she tends to keep premium content out of her feed as she prefers to be available to answer any questions viewers may have, which would understandably be more difficult when it comes to staying focused. alive mid-raid. She also strives to ensure conversations remain spoiler-free when new story content drops.
“I’ve been named one of the ‘Moms’ of the FF14 community, which I think is the best way to describe how my content might be seen,” says Zuan. “My content is definitely where you can have a good laugh, do random in-game things with others, share how your day went, and also feel welcomed and protected. I really do my best to make sure everyone has fun while respecting each other and that will always be my goal.
“I think what I love most about the community is that they generally want the same things too. The FF14 community loves to laugh, help each other, create glamour, and express themselves while being aware of the Obviously the community can’t be perfect and I know that, but the majority of the community is just trying to have a good time in a game that they love and love it.
Of course, everyone needs a break from the daily routine and there are times when Zuan mixes it up and organizes in-game events to have a little fun. In the past, she has hosted a community beach glam contest and photo shoot, as well as an in-game anime convention with a cosplay contest. “The FF14 community is filled with players who want to help out and play with others and I love being one of them while giving people a place to laugh and hang out during their working days,” says- she.
Like most of us, Zuan enjoyed the recent Patch 6.1 content and explains that like a child in bed at Christmas, she has trouble sleeping and is always awake when new content drops. She usually focuses on removing quests from the main storyline so she can unlock the latest raid and party content first, that way she can enjoy blind progression and discover new mechanics with others.
“Patch 6.1 introduced new love for FF14 PVP with revamped PVP actions and Crystalline Conflict,” she tells me. “As someone who still plays Overwatch from time to time, I love this game mode. It’s fast and chaotic and a good time. The new extreme has been a lot of fun and this patch could be my introduction to the ultimate raid. 6.1 was a “firsts” patch for me, so I couldn’t ask for a better patch. It really is a new adventure!”
As an experienced WoW player, Zuan often finds that other WoW players will watch her FF14 streams and ask about the comparisons between the two games. One thing Zuan would like to see Square Enix consider in WoW is its transmog system, which is similar to FF14’s glam system. FF14 players often complain about dresser storage for glam gear, so Zuan hopes one day this can be fixed by allowing players to create glam plates based on a collection of everything our characters have equipped. before, rather than having to store items manually.
She would also like to see an additional higher difficulty version of dungeons. “There’s so much work in the dungeons and I love dealing with them, but a week after release their difficulty starts to feel insignificant. I’m still imagining how boss mechanics or junk could be tweaked slightly to add a bit more difficulty to a player who wants a bit more in their dungeon experience. It shouldn’t be for loot, maybe just an achievement or a title. I think it would be fun and a good reuse of the beautiful dungeons from FF14.
If you want to check out Zuan’s content, you can watch her streams on Twitch and follow her on Twitter.
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