Last month I didn’t commit to any goals because I didn’t know what I wanted to play. So, I started this month poking around a few games. At the beginning of the month I was all about NIMBY Rails but I didn’t play it much more than those initial first weeks. There were two games that took hold of my interest this month and have not let go since: Final Fantasy XIV and Melvor Idle.
In FFXIV, I spent my time this month starting a new character and going through A Realm Reborn again. I decided to only level one class and only go through the MSQ without stopping for side activities. Now my Black Mage is level 55 and has just started the Patch 2.4 quest line. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here this month and plan on continuing my journey in March.
Melvor Idle has captured my attention for much longer than it has any right to. Usually, I’ll get into an idle game for a week or two at most. Once the initial dopamine hits wear off and the real waiting begins I’ve checked out. But I’m still checking in to Melvor everyday on multiple devices. I’ve maxed mining this month, collected 5 pets, and have just started getting in to the combat system a bit more. I’ll be continuing this one in March as well.
March Gaming Goals
Reach Heavensward in Final Fantasy 14: This one should be an easy one as long as I continue to play the game
Obtain the Bone Necklace and Amulet of Looting in Melvor Idle: Both of these will help progression in combat in Melvor. The Bone Necklace will automatically bury bones and give 2x the prayer points which will make training Prayer easier. The Amulet of Looting will collect look automatically making idle combat training more of a set it and forget it kind of thing.
Play more NIMBY Rails: I really like this game and have some ideas for some projects to work on. I’ve been so focused on Final Fantasy XIV this month that I haven’t played much else
Non Gaming Goals
Read for at least 20 minutes before bed: Too much screen time for me lately before bed. I find it’s much easier to sleep when winding down with a book instead of TV or my phone
Make time to blog: Too often, I think of a post idea and then sit on it. By the time I’m actually motivated to write I’ve lost interest in the idea. This month I would like to find a daily time slot to write here that’s consistent and works for me. I think some time in the evening would work best. I’ve been trying to force the morning for a while but most of the time I don’t feel like writing in the mooring.
I’m still going with Melvor Idle too — although unsure for how much longer. One of the aspects I most enjoy about Idle games is the ascension/reset mechanic and the gradual (or sometimes not so gradual) increase in power that goes alongside.
…Still… Having said that, Melvor has retained a permanently open browser tab which I check in on and mess around when every so often, attempting to optimise the limited run operations (smithing, cooking, etc) with the ‘unlimited’ (mining, woodcutting, etc).
I started out perhaps a little inefficiently too, with woodcutting as a heavy focus even though I wasn’t planning on going ranged. It was a good early money maker at least. But I do now having mining up to 97, smithing to 94 and my main melee combat skills 60+. 🙂
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