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    Quintessence sisters Fashion

    The Quintessence siblings wearing fashion from their country of inspiration.
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    Alyx and Xanadu

    A simple commission between these two by an FC mate.
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    Lore Bending vs. Lore Breaking

    That really is on a case by case basis. I know there are plenty of people who would think one thing is bending or breaking lore when it is perfectly possible. Lore Bending is like taking something established and implementing something not TOO insane but still kind of on the tip (Broadsword Paladin) Lore Breaking is literally as it implies...you are breaking the Lore's rule or flow to make something happen. Like... Voidsent who does not need Aether when the whole point of a Voidsent is that they feed off of aether and cause issues for the world itself. but someone around here might know more about it. What would be the thing you are inquiring about if i might ask about this topic?
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    Balmung RP, is it dying? Has it changed?

    The other thing about Balmung RP is not even about balmung itself but atm the 'game' is feeling very stagnate to a lot of veterans and other players alike. Lately the focus of content in 14 has been the cash shop, the story for at least what i hear from most friends of mine is meh/uninteresting and their RP narratives make them more engaged in the world or they simply are just not having fun in 14 like before. And i don't blame them....and i know you are going to ask "What does this have to do with Role Playing?" It does affect some people, especially myself who likes to RP in public from time to time or wants to get out...fact of the matter is i struggle to even log in because i know all i'll be doing in the game is mostly sitting and occasional Emoting/looking for parties to interact with or plain AFKing. I don't have interest in the endgame nor gearing and Eureka i finished on Alyx by purely AFKing through it all...No joke. That said the RP if anything got bigger after some people were allowed to transfer onto Balmung. My FC in particular has had a resurgence of recruiting and some of them hailed from mateus (when they first started RP during Stormblood) or other less populated servers. We have had more activity in the last few weeks and months than 4.0-4.1. And this is just a small personal thing. I know the FC members go out and about RPing elsewhere and attending events like Grindstone which is to my knowledge still the best location to meet other RPers you want to connect with even if you are just watching the fights. Balmung RP is not dying. FAR FROM IT! Balmung RP may be stagnating or atm people are just taking breaks from the game cause...let's face it there's nothing much to do in 14 for some people besides Role Playing.
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    Parth Art

    random art from people i commissioned
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    discussion How long should a story arc last?

    As someone who is writing stories myself and learning, it all is dependant on the story you are telling. Are you making a story that has multiple bad guys instead of just one? Try multiple arcs with breaks to breathe in between and let people have time to do other things. Is the story to the point with no side plots or possible extensions? Maybe a month or two. Or shorter if you are one and done. Is this story about one or about all? Sometimes having a story that focuses not on the DM will be better for long term. Give others a chance to shine. And truthfully you just have to ask 'how long' do you want this yourself. I ran a story for a year and a half. It went through three arcs before ending with a side plot to unlock a character's past. I am currently in another, but halfway done and planning to start in January of next year again with the steaks getting higher. Pace yourself, understand some events or stories should be removed if they don't fit or work, write, write and gods sakes WRITE YOUR IDEAS AS BULLET POINTS. you don't want to forget how your story flows. Just have to find the right people. P.s: also prepare alternative paths as well depending on choices made.
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    discussion The State of Balmung's Lockdown

    This is a huge issue for me, as well. I'm basically a DM in this game, since I've been a DM in tabletop games since I was 16 it just feels more comfortable for me to run things. I like when people join (Even outside of FC but I do tend to keep it contained to FC for obvious reasons) but I get "I had to be there for the beginning so I don't wanna" or "I'm not sure I can see it to the end so I don't wanna" a lot. It's not something I've really been able to solve, but I do what you do, self contained events with an over arching narrative so if they just go to one or two they won't be lost in anyway and if they feel like joining the big picture they can. I don't know, maybe people are scared? It's hard for me to get into the player mindset. It's a few things and honestly I've been in a player mindset as well. One of the complaints i had during my time running the event is that i was 'ignoring' someone while the event was taking place when they made no effort to step up and speak their character's mind or reaction well. Even when I directly addressed them or gave them a moment to shine. I was told this by a friend of mine since apparently they were too scared to tell me directly or something. Another issue i had is the 'self-insert' arc where someone literally came into my RP sessions and 'self inserted' their arc into mine as if trying to make his character look more important or foreshadowing an event he may or may not be doing...when he never even ASKED or made me aware he wanted to do this till after. I did confront him after the third time and explained politely that if he wanted to intersect his own character's story or plot with mine, he should take it with me or stop. Since that event he showed up to one more before never being seen again. Probably because i either scared him off or he felt bad which i didn't yell at him. Just politely told him how rude it was before asking me if he wanted to add things or not. (Which i was open to) So for many they want a 'reason' to join. Like 'will my character be important?' or 'will they do the final blow?' but it was rare to find those bad apples on Balmung. Other times it's people who even compliment me for the event and encouraged me to keep going. There are many factors to people not joining but most need to assure their character fits right. You can't have some Edgelord Dark Knight who broods 24/7 while blasting Void Ark music helping a cheery and happy Cait Sith Doll look for a golden popoto with comedy and wacky situations. :3 It was why i do mini-events with close friends to give them slightly more importance or share information their characters can hold or not. So they have some significance or an action that will influence the story... but i'm rambling about it. Currently i'm comfortable and i'm derailing my own thread.
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    discussion The State of Balmung's Lockdown

    I'll be frank, running an event publicly back during late ARR/Early HW was both fun but frustrating. I was trying my best to include people in these story lines and various encounters (It worked in the end cause i met certain people) but part of the frustration is that NO ONE shows up. I advertised days in advance in chat channels and linkshells before and when time came, exact location and all i see maybe 1-2 interested. I even picked non-Saturdays due to grindstone...and still not many showed. Part of the problem too is the mentality of "I have to be there from the start to be engaged/immersed" mentality of storyline RP events...even though i did self contain the events enough to be one offs without much worry and made them more call to arms. In the end 99% of them were with friends i already established with Social RP at bars or the grindstone. And even their friends join as well. I'm ALL for making another event. Another one time (After i finish this one arc) but that day is not really looking like it will happen with grindstone taking the only day i have to make/run events. Maybe i'll take the shot and give people the enjoyment of being detectives or a comical adventure where Geppetto will look for the Golden Popoto and somehow puts a crayon drawing on the board... But for now...self contained Events with my FC until I find time.
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    discussion The State of Balmung's Lockdown

    to clarify from active wow player: the Cross server issue as of this expansion was "MOSTLY" fixed with phasing different versions of a quest. Some people just can't see things like the dead whelps but you can still see your friend doing that quest. But FF14's MSQ is a giant 'attunement quest' compared to most MMO's. But yes for 90% of the Phasing, wow's CRZ issue is more problematic with RP communities and even the PVP-RP servers (who you also can get PVP players from other servers) A system like what wow did for ff14 is not going to work and will effectively kill ALL community in the coming years. While yes Battle.net lets you cross faction chat, invite people to their server (yes that's a thing for RPers who advertise in group finder) for the general audience? It's just hell and out of your control less you are with a friend who invited you to join them on Moonguard in a group...even then CRZ does not work for Major capitals on RP servers last i check purely because of RP reasons. anyways back on topic again. Just wanted to clarify the CRZ thing- -----
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    discussion The State of Balmung's Lockdown

    i have no problem with RP. I just am wondering about others. Its kind of why i am not posting actively on the fourms because of some people im rping with lately as a group
  11. [align=center]DISCLAIMER![/align] [align=center]I am by no means trying to start a war of servers or anything to ignite a feud. This is a topic i've been asking myself and friends and felt like getting off my chest. KEEP THIS CIVIL![/align] Stormblood has been out for nearly six months or so and in that time i've seen people on Balmung and met move to other servers in the first few days (who now are regretting their choice for some reason) and overtime the effect of a server effectively contained with no way to transfer back on nor make a new character brought a slowly growing issue.... [align=left]No new blood. "WELL NO SHIT PARTH! OF COURSE NO NEW BLOOD WOULD COME TO THE SERVER!"[/align] [align=left]But this is a problem in of itself. Without new blood we might face an incoming drought of RP contacts and friends. Now i am sure majority of Balmung won't care and personally i don't mind RPing with my pals on the server since i came. My problem is when people get either tired of a character but cannot really RP on the server if they have no alt characters, or people who want to make a fresh start for some reason but find that people will most likely know who they are. New RPers are all heading to Mateus and good on them, but i feel as if without any chance to 'return' to Balmung for anyone who left or want to try the server, there's no real growth that can come from Balmung less we all suddenly hit the reset button on our RP characters and start fresh. While of course we all are caring and loving of our characters, the fact that Balmung does not seem to be opening it's gate will wane. I was lucky to get six characters on Balmung before the lockdown. I have six potential characters to RP as with varying levels of personality. Though some have exclusive items or are much more tended to. For others? Not so much...[/align] [align=left]People i have talked to on my discord who transferred their characters to mateus are kicking themselves in the ass for not keeping at least one person on Balmung for sake of talking with pals or casual RP. So i ask you all...What are your thoughts as a balmung player about the Lockdown? Do you feel like at some point you might just drop RP activity until they open the gates? Do you think Square should just update their server capacity already to accommodate more than 50k characters? (tbh i'm just joshing on the number ) [/align] I'd like to hear your concerns.
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    Ask a character 3 questions!

    Alyx Quintessence 1: Future Love. If it means to keep my mother from being an insane monster and have a proper childhood. Love is a simple sacrifice if it means changing the past. 2: Ah, the old 'can only save one' trick question...Sadly your question may say who i save but you didn't restrict me. In this case I would merely save them both using the magical wards and teleportation scrolls on hand. 3: Well as much as i love these what if scenarios, we must also discuss a few things. One, how can the alliance tell i am a Garlean Spy exactly if I have uncovered information that could remove Garlean men in an entire region? Two, if for some reason they would consider me a spy from the information i have, which frankly would be plausible, what is stopping me from just doing the deed on my own or hells, even inviting like minded individuals to do it under the cover of the authority and letting them take all the credit? See, the question you offered has holes and at first glance seems logical to just tell them and be labeled a spy for the greater good...IF it was the only method. You could plant documents and other clues without the presence being known. Thus THEY cannot even remotely link it to your own hands and take said information and do what they will. Whether they throw it away or not is left up to them and their choice. If they choose to follow it, they will win. If not, then they will miss their chance. Or...in layman terms. Third option: Hand them this information without being identified and see if they trust it or not. Thus eliminating any chance of being accused of being a Garlean spy. ----- 1: Immortality with normal lifespan or Vulnerability with no lifespan? And do explain your reason for taking it. 2: Do you believe that there are alternate timelines coexisting alongside ours? And what do you think your alternate self is doing? 3: Simple... Cats or Dogs?
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    Ask a character 3 questions!

    (Alyx Quintessence) 1. Tonberries. I never trust a moogle 2. I would change my death...so I can experience a proper childhood. 3. Why that is easy...my Archive room. Silent, many books and my sisters are there. ---- 1. What do you consider power besides physical strength and spells? 2. How far would you go to save a loved one? 3. Would you wish for anything you want even if it results in the misery or even death of another living being?
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    Thank you! Question Answered.

    I do hope we don't get too far on this topic because I know someone will start one hate bashing comment and it will escalate from there. We should make a forum rule in the future to not have server bashing (not saying this is either. It's not) Balmung is still the same if not a tad better since more people left because of impatient mentality to wait a moth or so for servers to stabilize (regular server shutdowns helped) And mateus is still growing despite their housing issue (which I say look it up instead of talk about it). Maybe in 4.1 transfers will come back but for now I advise people with at least one character on balmung to NOT transfer them off unless you REALLY want to or it's needed because you don't make alts.
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    Trying to understand *main story spoilers ahead*

    I'm sure there is at least some people who do that but...from what i see almost 95% of the RPers (At least those i've interacted) do not go that route because of the Mary Sue/Gary Stu way the Main Story Quest paints the Warrior of Light. Most of us just want to be more creative than simply the chosen one or the jesus led by god. But keep looking. I'm sure there is an FC like that somewhere. Just be careful about it. A good idea though is to start roleplaying in public areas and events casually and don't bring it up until you have met people who may share the same RP ideas later on.
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