On Blizzard

Look, ya’ll know how I feel about current World of Warcraft. I was thoroughly disappointed in both story and gameplay direction of BFA, and Shadowlands fixed some of those problems, but A) not enough of them and B) it added a whole bunch of new and equally bad ones. I stuck around long enough to…

Endwalker Goal List check-in

It’s been approximately three months since I made my Pre-Endwalker goal list, and this week o wanted to check in and see how everything is coming along. Oldman Franks Franks’ goals were pretty simple, given that he’s been my “main” character for most of the expansion. At the time of writing I just needed to…

5 random little things I want in Endwalker

Now that Fanfest has passed and we know a lot more info about what to expect in Endwalker, I want to talk about the little changes I’d really like to see happen, stuff that doesn’t warrant a mention during the keynote, but rather be a little surprise we see in the patch notes. Changes to…

Building Thom – Level 4

The episode isn’t out yet at the time of writing, but our characters in Plus 5 to Hit’s Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign recently achieved level 4 after killing a notorious serial killer, right before being immediately thrust into another combat against some Ice Mephits he had summoned. You all know what that means: time…

Headcanons – Soul Crystals

The exact nature of what a Soul Crystal actually is in the world of Final Fantasy XIV is mostly unexplored. We know they carry a large amount of knowledge related to the job they were created for within them and have the deeds of previous wielders carved into them (with the exception of newly-created jobs…

Weapon(s) of Choice – Rheika Aliapoh

Continuing this series with my favorite Keeper of the Moon! This time the lore text will be from her perspective. She ain’t exactly the sort to hold back, so if language is a thing that bothers you, well, now you’ve been warned. Gunbreaker – Crownsblade Recollection “Sure, I got quite a few gunblades, but this…

5 Things I feel Shadowbringers got wrong

I’ve espoused how much I love Shadowbringers a lot, enough that I’m not going to do it here. You folks get it. I don’t believe it was perfect, however. It made a few mistakes, ones I’m really hoping do not repeat with Endwalker. So let’s talk about them and exactly WHY they were so bad….

Pre-Endwalker Goal List

We don’t know exactly when, but we’ve been told this fall, we’ll be seeing Endwalker. That means we’ve only got anywhere from 5-7 months remaining for Shadowbringers. This has been my first expansion that I’ve been playing from start to finish, and it’s been one of the absolute highlights of my life’s gaming experiences. I…

How I run a D&D game, Part 2: House Rules

Most home D&D games have at least one house rule, a rule that’s not present or contradicts a rule in the official rulebooks. I’m hardly different there, although most of mine have arisen from a relative lack of familiarity with 5th Edition’s rules compared to previous ones. A situation will arise, and I will think…

How I run a D&D game, Part 1: Character Creation

Take a random sampling of D&D games, and I guarantee you that you’ll find a difference in every one of them. Some combination of house rules and preferred methods to do certain things will make every single one of them unique. In this little series, I’m going to explore my preferred options for running a…

What D&D Subclasses do you really want to try?

I challenged myself to choose a D&D Subclass for each of the game’s 13 base classes that I would really like to play and have not yet done. I invite you guys to do the same! Here’s my results. Artificer – ArtilleristHonorable Mention – Armorer Note that this choice excludes Battlesmith because I’ve played one…

Building Thom – Level 3

So at the time of writing, our most recent recording of Plus 5 to Hit saw us advancing to level 3 after completing a sidequest that ended up being a bit more challenging than any of us expected. But you all know what that means for us here at YQLIF: It’s time to talk about…

Glamour Showcase: Rheika Aliapoh

Since we have two new characters in our Final Fantasy XIV roster, I think some glamour showcases for their “canonical” assigned jobs are warranted here. So let’s have a look at what our lovely lady mooncat is wearing this go around, shall we? Bard You might remember that Rheika began life as me using a…

Torghast and how to improve it

When it comes to WoW, I care about a very small number of things; story first and foremost, followed by doing normal mode raids with my friends (alongside the traditional methods of gearing up for those). There might have been a time I cared about doing more skilled raiding, back in the days of Wrath…