It’s not on the Lodestone yet but they just announced the details of the Recruit a Friend campaign for FFXIV.  It seems like if your friend subs for 30 days you both get a hairpin that increases exp gained by 20% under level 25, and the person who invited gets a pendant that lets you teleport to the nearest aetheryte of anyone on your friends list that has the New Adventurer status.

If they sub for 90 days, inviter gets the Draught Chocobo (two person mount).

More details here:

Oh neat! If anyone wants to join, I will be happy to show you the ropes! :) There is so much added content now since the game began I’m even way behind haha. Definitely worth 90 days sub!




Many of the players of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn have taken part in their own virtual Pride Parade following the decision by Square Enix to finally allow gay marriage as part of the game.

During E3 and the Patch 2.4 announcement, it was revealed that not only would their be two new classes coming to Eorzea, but it would be made possible for two characters to marry regardless of race or gender. Naoki Yoshida, the game’s Producer had only one thing to say about it: "Why should there be restrictions on who pledges their love or friendship to each other? And so we decided to go this way.

It was the Rough Trade Gaming Community on the Gilgamesh server who hosted the event, and have created a YouTube video to go with it. The video shows the players marching in a long rainbow line! Each character dressed in a different colour and standing with players of the same colour! Baby chocobos and other little minions follow along too! Green flans and Cactuars plod along in the green section, and fiery bombs light the way as darkness sets in. The whole thing is so wonderfully orchestrated and heart warming!

"Rough Trade Gaming Community (the world’s largest LGBT guild) wanted to provide a video of thanks. We also want to remember Erotes, one of our own players who was tragically murdered in the Calgary stabbings a month before this video took place. Even when tragedy affects our community, there’s still a reason to keep on marchin"

"Pixel Pride" was held in remembrance of their friend, and also as a celebration for the decision to allow same-sex marriage. I suspect that Eorzea will be a very happy place for a long time to come following this decision. It seems like something so small, but it obviously means so much to the citizens of Eorzea!

this deserves to be on both my blogs


What did you name your dog/s in Dragon Age?









I’m just curious because I feel like our dogs don’t get enough attention.

I’va named mine Azazel, Barney, Leskling, Tulip, Couscous and Sweetheart~

I named my dog Harvey, Pickles, Gorim, Dane, Greagoir, and Tathas. Oh and my Mabari in DA2 was called Max for some reason.

Daryl, Loki, Garrus, Hiddles. And I’ve repeatedly named them those 4 names

Slug, Barkspawn, Banner, Ripper, Cat, and sometimes just Dog :/

Blue and Brin

Olivia’s is Rosie or Mangy and Hawke’s is Calenhad

Cas, Fergs,Nelaros, Dragon… 

I fall back on Barkspawn a lot but I’ve used Chewy, Fang, Fenrir, Scuddlebutt, and Token.

Beans, Beans II, and Beans III… It was a joke at some point but I don’t remember the punch line anymore and now it’s just a runaway running gag. My chocobo in FFXIV is also named Beans.


Okay, so. Real talk?



I am possibly getting into the market to save up and drop some money on a new tablet, soon, from either Monoprice, Huion (either the GT-190 or GT-190S) or Yiynova brand (MSP19U is a liiittle bit at the pricier side but not out of the question..?) ‘cintiq’-like monitor is not out of the question!

But I am kind of freaking myself out trying to compare and get the best option. aaaaah DB

If anyone has good advice for my sister on her exciting possible purchase, that would be really cool!

I have a Yiynova MSP19U and it’s a pretty good tablet, but not exactly high-end like a Cintiq.

The major draw backs are that it doesn’t have any buttons on the tablet itself for function mapping and there is no “eraser” on the back of the pen.

(EDIT: I just checked Amazon and it looks like the MSP19U+ version now includes keys for function mapping and a battery indicator on the pen that was not in the regular version that I have. Nice!)

The sensitivity of the actual screen seems to suffer at the very, very bottom 5% portion of the screen. Other than that, the functionality/sensitivity is pretty great and an amazing upgrade from my Wacom Bamboo.

The tablet itself is fairly heavy and better for use on a desk than in a lap from my experience.

Sometimes if I leave it on for long periods of time it tends to flicker (but this may be due to the fact that I have to use an adapter to get it to connect to my iMac).

I’ve had to re-install my drivers a couple of times when things get wonky when I use it as a second monitor (instead of mirroring), but it seems like a quick fix every time at least.

I’ve used it for drawings in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Manga Studio and it performs well in all 3.

It’s a nice product and I’ve had an overall good experience, but it’s not as slick or polished as a Cintiq. Basically, it has some minor drawbacks, but it’s a good budget option if you don’t want to pay out the butt for a Cintiq but still want a heavy-duty drawing tablet. 



like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this

there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place

that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.

but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.

i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.

it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.

and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”

no, it’s not

it’s childish.

it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.



We knew early on that we wanted the new edition to be inclusive: inclusive of beloved material from previous editions, inclusive of different play styles, and inclusive of a varied cast of characters. We also wanted to be welcoming to as many D&D players as possible, to look at the wonderfully diverse group of people who play the game and say, “There’s a place for each of you at the game table.”

A number of RPGs over the years have featured similar inclusivity, and we thought, “
D&D is going to do it too, and is going to do it boldly.”

Dungeons & Dragons lead designer Jeremy Crawford on the thought behind D&D Next's approach to gender and sexuality in character creation. Read the whole interview here. 






Want to avoid being hunched over your work? Standing desk.

Want to be more dynamic, less asleep in your work? Standing desk.

Want to avoid cutting off blood/energy circulation? Standing desk.

Want to burn calories while doing nothing but work standing? Standing desk.

Want to dance while working? Standing fucking desk.

I don’t know if it’s for everyone, but as someone who has tried it for several months, I can say for myself that the benefits are definitely there. I’m not saying stand for 8 hours straight, but I am recommending a more dynamic way of how you could work and give your body a treat at the same time :) 

Just a personal tip I want to share!

This reminds me of this Standing Desk Kickstarter then I really wanted so much but they don’t ship outside the US T_T

I really gotta get a standing desk though. It’ll be good for my back.

I bet my butt you can easily do one yourself if you look around a bit :) me and my room-mate found each different solutions and cost us barely anything.

Oh, definitely easy to DIY that thing, I’m just a lazy sod, ‘s all ^o^ Which is ironic cos I want this thing to be less lazy, ha ha ha ha

I found a good solution using parts from Ikea that I might try out soon: