View Full Version : Bleys's Round Three Rubbish

Citizen Bleys
08-30-2012, 10:19 PM
Well, this round is going to be easy. I never look at the front site, so until this assignment was handed out, I was unaware of just how pitiful EoFF's FFXI content was, and I think about FFXI about as often as an 18-year-old thinks about sex. Perhaps a bit more. I am more chuffed than I could possibly have imagined before this round actually started and I saw the opportunities to do some writing. I haven't really written any fiction since my last session at tGA. True, this isn't fiction, but it's still writing with lots of room for enjoyment.

Like the FFV Revisited! thread, this will be a task that long outlives the contest. In addition to a Level 1-50 Beginner's guide for this round, I also intend to do a 50-75 Intermediate guide and an Abyssea guide. After those 3, I'll have to send an update to the article I'm doing for the contest, because getting ready for Aby starts at level 30.

It's too bad there's no Save Draft function for PMs; I'm not going to do my article in one sitting; I can't make much progress while at work, since gaming sites (except, oddly, EoFF itself) are blocked at work and I'll have to link to various wiki pages containing information related to, but outside of the scope of, my articles. Yes, I can tether my Kindle Fire to my phone and get URLs and content that way, but with 15-30 seconds of available time per session, I won't have enough time to even load the pages I need on a tablet, let alone copy URLs over by hand. I'll just have to PM each update to myself and CC Frey when ready. Seems workable.

I know I could just write up one quick article in 15-30 minutes and submit it in one day before work and still qualify, but that's not how I roll. If I do this, I'm bloody well doing it right. I'll PM each draft of the article as soon as it's finished just in case real life intervenes and causes me to miss the deadline before I have a proper article. I'd rather get judged on a proper article with slightly less polish than I might like than three or four paragraphs of pure dreck that nobody will ever care about or bother reading as anything other than a punishment for some terrible crime.

I'm operating under the assumption that the articles we're writing will be published on the front site. If not, it's a complete waste of the monumental typhoon of awesome that I will soon be stirring up. I'm also confident that at least WesLY, Sephex, and krissy will be doing articles that need to be published. Don't tell them I said that.

On the competitor front, I am legitimately gutted that we lost Lynx, but there is still enough talent arrayed against me to keep things fun. I'm a bit disappointed that my team's effort so closely parallels Shorty's, but the teamwork was enjoyable, and I got to know a couple of cool people that I never paid much attention to before -- to wit, v22 and Quin -- but will subsequently follow with more interest because they're much more awesome than I previously suspected. If you're actually going to be promoting a couple of Knights after this competition, Vivi22 and Quin have the Bleys Seal of Approval. Yes, I promise I will refrain from saying nice things about my competitors where they can read it. In public, it will be all trash-talk and mockery as the gods intended.

I'm quite glad I signed up for this contest, even though it was initially on a whim and I originally, bluster notwithstanding, expected to be cut after Round One. It's a lot more rewarding than I thought it would be.

08-31-2012, 04:35 AM
The only reason that work in this round wouldn't be published is if it is shit, honestly. You should know by now that in addition to being a fun event and a way to scout new CKs, this contest is actually about getting you all to do the hard work for a while.

Citizen Bleys
08-31-2012, 05:10 AM
It would be mad not to take advantage of what we're doing. The fact that we're having fun doing it just means we're turning out better stuff.

Well, I'm having fun, anyways. I honestly haven't had this much fun at EoFF since Wyllius was around.

08-31-2012, 05:19 AM
Eeee I'm glad you're having fun! I thought of all these task on a plane ride from florida to texas :3 But yes, what jiro said. The only way I wont publish things is if it blows. Even if I don't publish them all at once (which wont happen) I'll be publishing stuff overtime. I don't want to flood our sad frontsite! If you're writing content specifically for a section it will most likely go up there no matter what. Some sections need the love.

08-31-2012, 05:40 AM
I would also like to profess a love for you specifically because FFXI needs more love. XIV too, but we have BoB for that. I, too, am also glad that you're enjoying this task. When everybody pitches in a little bit here and there it remains fun. When the burden falls on a handful of people - or just one! - it becomes a chore, and none of us get paid enough at all to put up with that kind of effort.

Citizen Bleys
08-31-2012, 05:46 AM
The FFXI section definitely needs the love. That's what makes this round so easy for me.

I'm not sure why I'm sticking up for the competition so much other than that their articles will be better if they go into it with the same level of enthusiasm I enjoy. I'm reading a lot of frustration in the posts you two are posting in the main forum; rest assured, if I'm saying it when I have more ideas I'm enthusiastic about than I need, other contestants are thinking it.

08-31-2012, 05:56 AM
That we're frustrated with them?

Citizen Bleys
08-31-2012, 09:04 AM
All the jazz I posted while I was sticking up for Merc-X and Iceglow.

08-31-2012, 02:01 PM
WHy would anyone stick up for steve :lol:

09-01-2012, 07:51 AM
You're not such a grumpy old man after all, are you? :flirt:

Del Murder
09-01-2012, 07:57 AM
Part of me wants to prolong this contest so that you don't disappear at the end of it.

Citizen Bleys
09-01-2012, 08:16 AM
You're not such a grumpy old man after all, are you? :flirt:

Up yours, Gustafson.

Madame Adequate
09-01-2012, 04:15 PM
To build on what Del said, you tend to go through considerable periods of inactivity. Would this change, if you won the contest?

Citizen Bleys
09-01-2012, 06:12 PM
Nah; I stay as long as it's interesting. The competition's keeping it interesting, to be sure, but it's not the only thing, and it's providing continuing entertainment. For example, Round 1 is over, but FFV Revisited!, made specifically for R1, continues. Sure, that has a finite limit, but if it didn't I wouldn't update 5 times a week because the sleep loss it's causing would eventually prove fatal. Nor will I be able to stop at one FFXI article for the current round.

I could get cut now and there'd be plenty going on to keep me here.

EoFF was blocked at work for a while, but now for some reason it's the only gaming site in the universe I can go to. If that were to change, it'd have a much bigger impact on my presence here or lack thereof.

Del Murder
09-01-2012, 11:06 PM
Yeah, we changed up our domain and stuff and I think that causes it to get passed work filters. It also never worked for me until a while ago too!

09-01-2012, 11:57 PM
Bleys sort of intimidates me. He'd be a good CK for that reason. He could just stare the bots into submission.

Citizen Bleys
09-02-2012, 01:21 AM
What. The Christ.

I'm not intimidating.

How can I be intimidating when the General Archive is full of examples of me being a lame-arse silly bugger?

I mean, I'm the only ex-staffer to get an in-thread retirement party at all, let alone one that gets archived. One doesn't get that through intimidation. Intimidation begets hatred and despite, not the kind of warm and fuzzies that turn what was meant to be a brief announcement into a full-blown retirement party so filled with awesome that it still brings a smile to one's face nigh on a decade later.

09-02-2012, 01:52 AM
Just embrace it, silly.

I think it's the KHAAAAN avatar. That face, man.

09-02-2012, 02:08 AM
Good that you realize that Coca-Cola is better than Pepsi. Also like that you're sticking up for people that you're competiting against. Top bloke dude.

FFXI lack of content not surprising...it's an MMO.

09-02-2012, 03:54 AM
Surely that should mean there is way more content? I saw this one place that had every single item in WoW mapped out. It was intense.

Citizen Bleys
09-02-2012, 04:34 AM
Perhaps it's specifically because there's so much content that people don't want to update it. It would be a job of intimidating proportions.

I'm not going to even try to make a complete FFXI section, that's what wikis are for. Improving it a little at a time, though, is a very attainable goal.

09-02-2012, 04:47 AM
I feel you should know.

I'm coming for your squire title.
I will replace it with a squirrel without warning and take it for my own.

Be on your guard.

09-02-2012, 07:03 AM
You could have picked a weaker target, dude.

Citizen Bleys
09-03-2012, 01:30 AM
Indeed, as we all know, I'm essentially unkillable.

Except by Wakarimasen.

09-03-2012, 01:34 AM
Fucking Wakarimasen. Is he actually even defeatable?

09-03-2012, 01:46 AM
But you forget. I robbed a candy store last night. What did I take? ALL THE RARE CANDIES.

09-03-2012, 06:17 AM
They're not that rare if they're being sold in stores.

09-03-2012, 03:10 PM
They're not that rare if they're being sold in stores.

It was a store for ninjas.

I'm not sure whether or not it was empty, but no one stopped me.

Citizen Bleys
09-03-2012, 06:53 PM
smurfing Wakarimasen. Is he actually even defeatable?

Yes. Mind Blast or 1000 Needles.