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…

Darkest Before the Dawn – Part 3

Fearless was lost. She’d expected Dahkar to make his way right to the Forgotten Knight, but no one there had seen him. Not knowing where else to look, she’d simply started wandering. She’d never been the best with directions, however, and had managed to turn herself around several times. Was she still in the Foundation…

Darkest Before the Dawn – Part 2

The Skysteel Manufactory, Franks was somewhat surprised to see, appeared to still be in operations. He’d heard the sound of the machines within raising and slamming down, forging superheated metal into weaponry. He smelled the burning fuel from within. If the forges were still going, it stood to reason that people were inside manning them….

Darkest Before the Dawn – Part 1

Dramatis Personae:The Warriors of Light Aleister “Old Man” Franks – male Highlander Hyur – Summoner/ScholarRheika Aliapoh – female Keeper of the Moon Miqo’te – Bard/NinjaDahkar Darkspear – male Xaela Au Ra – White Mage/Dragoon/Black MageFearless Willow – female Sea Wolf Roegadyn – Warrior The Scions of the Seventh DawnAlphinaud Leveilleur – male ElezenTataru Taru –…

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…

Splitting the Jobs – Endwalker Screwed Everything Up Edition

“Are you freaking kidding me, Brandon? We’re doing this AGAIN??” Yes, yes we are. You wanna know why? Cause Endwalker has been announced, and it looks amazing. The final chapter of this saga of FF XIV. The ongoing story of Hydaelyn vs Zodiark comes to a conclusion. We’re also going to the moon. And perhaps…

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…

Building Thom

I don’t believe I’ve ever talked about this before on this blog, but I’m actually part of a D&D podcast called +5 to Hit. I was invited to join midway through the previous campaign, and we recently finished that up and have begun a new chapter that involves us playing through the relatively new Rime…

Heart of the Horde

“Seen a lot of strange things since coming here,” mused the orc as he stepped through the portal from Orgrimmar’s Pathfinder Den into the city of Dalaran “but this just might be the strangest”. The city was practically the antithesis to his newfound home, all bright purples and whites compared to the black, brown, and…

Shadowlands preparations

So now that I know I’m going to be employed for a least through the next year, I’ve actually felt like I can be hyped about Shadowlands and can actually make preparations for it. My current plan is playing a total of four characters, one per Covenant, to see of their possible story. Deciding which…

What I’ve been dealing with

So you might have noticed it’s been a couple of months since I was able to write anything. I thought I’d explain why. Also I thought I’d give everyone who doesn’t necessarily read this a place to learn about my job situation since it’s a bit complex. Rewind to November of 2018. I’m working at…