Shadowbringers Story Summary Part 4 now LIVE!

The fourth part of the Story Summary for Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers is now live. The fourth part covers chapters 7 & 8 and covers the return to Kholusia, the liberation of Eulmore, and goes all the way to the end of the base game main story quest. The next update will start on the Patch MSQ content. You can find the Story Summary Here!

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LandofOdd.net is now Vrykerion.com!

A long time ago – namely around 2008 – I started this blog as a way of charting my strange and silly observations in the World of Warcraft. Be it an easter egg, an out of place detail, or just something that defied explanation. It was titled “OddCraft” because it was the Odd stuff in Warcraft. Duh.

However, as time moved on and my interests branched away from just WoW, I felt the need to expand on the site. After all, I began work on my Star Wars: The Old Republic Class Storyline Summaries which remain the second most popular thing on this entire website. I also wanted to talk about other games, share stories, and dive into various ideas I was having. This was no longer a Warcraft blog. So I changed the name to something that kept the spirit alive but also stated ‘This is its own thing’. Thus Land of Odd was born and along with it the LandOfOdd.net domain.

The fact that LandofOdd.com wasn’t available should have been a tip however that the name was far from unique. Instead of becoming its own thing, it kind of just became another thing called “Land of Odd” which was very popular it turned out. I really had no idea when I changed the name. But I liked the name enough to stick with it. Under that name, I completed the SWTOR Story Summaries, I published my most popular content – the Final Fantasy XIV Story Summaries – and I began to do other projects like livestream and YouTube content.

So now after 13 years of working on this website, I’ve decided to rebrand once more. This time to something that is wholly unique and will forever stand as a name that will be synonymous with me as a creator: MY NAME! Or more specifically, my online persona – VRYKERION. A name that dates back almost as old as this blog itself. Originally a name I thought up for a Death Knight back in the days of WoW: Wrath of the Lich King. It was derived from two words that I thought phonetically sounded, well, awesome: VRYKUL and HYPERION. Thus my online identity was cemented and has truly stuck ever since. In any game I play there’s at least ONE character dubbed Vrykerion (usually my main if I have multiple).

So it’s with this long winded explanation that I would like to formally announce that LANDOFODD.NET has become VRYKERION.COM. No worries though, the LandOfOdd.net address will remain active for about another year before it expires. Welcome to the new age of the blog! I may have dropped the ‘Odd’ from the title but rest assured, we keep it weird here.

Welcome to the (Live) Show!

I apologize for being quiet around here lately.  Between my real job picking up with a big new project and my own little side adventure I’ll be getting into in the moment, I haven’t had a lot of time to post.  It happens.  But hey, that’s just the bad news.  The good news is you’ll have a chance to see a lot more of me coming soon if you enjoy my trademark wit, dry observations, and eccentric ramblings.

We are going live on Twitch!

Previously I had been testing the waters out with the Premiere system – kind of like YouTube videos on Twitch but with the videos premiering “Live” at a set point before being added to an archive.  Now the current plan is still to do those, but augment it with nights where I’ll be broadcasting games live.  The premieres will be used for migrating my YouTube archive over to Twitch, weeks were I know I won’t be available, or for videos I need to do more post-production work on like the Sims 4 videos where I have overlays showing how much money I have and how far into my challenge I am.  That in mind, my Twitch Schedule both here and on my Twitch page will make note of when a broadcast is Live or a Premiere.

The schedule is still remaining a static every 2nd and 4th wednesday at 6pm PST.  If you’re interested, you can always go and give me a follow on Twitch.  It doesn’t cost anything (that’s ‘Subscribing’) and you can set it up to let you know when I go live with a broadcast.

The reason this has taken so long is that well, I’m a stickler for appearance.  Regardless of whether its a source of income or not, I work hard to make the visuals and flow of this website something that’s at least aesthetically pleasing to me.  I like it when I can present myself in a way that I am happy with and not just with some default slapdash thing.  So I have been working on developing overlays for my Stream – at least enough to start with, some functions are still defaults with some customization tossed in.  I’ve been building up a theme, getting music, setting up software…  I just want to be able to display something I’m proud of.

From the visuals to the text, we’re going full Carnie on this one.

After the liveshows on Twitch, they’ll be uploaded to YouTube some time within the following week and likewise posted here when they do.  So just because you miss out on the live part, doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out completely.

I would like to thank everyone on here, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for their support in this endeavor.  It’s not a full time thing, it’s not even a replacement for this blog, but it is the most important thing – something I have fun doing.  As always, if you have comments, suggestions or even constructive criticisms I always happily welcome them.

Welcome the OddCraft Archive!

Basic Campfire Makes A Simple Statement

Long ago, in the distant past of 2008 – almost ten years now – I started blogging.  I did not however start with this blog.  The Land of Odd wasn’t even a twinkle in my eye back then.  When I first began, I had another blog titled “The World of OddCraft” or simply “OddCraft”.  It was a collection of thoughts and observations about the World of Warcraft which was pretty much the only MMO I played back then (I had a Mac, my options were quite limited.)   OddCraft slowly evolved into a series of “Oddities” that I had found in the World of Warcraft: References, strange details, weird doodads placed around the world, and unusual NPCs.  All of them organized by location, expasion, faction, etc.  Although page views rarely broke into the triple digits, I was quite proud of it and I had a small following of regular readers and commenters.

However, as time went on and more notable I grew disillusioned with the Cataclysm expansion, I withdrew from WoW and focused on other things.  Naturally, OddCraft didn’t update as much at that point.  I would still do posts here and there and it did eventually lead to the creation of the Original Version of the WoW Ironman Challenge (We didn’t include a ‘No Death’ clause.  Mostly because we were curious about what you could accomplish with the bare minimum, and the No Death thing seemed to encourage playing it safe over experimentation).  But yes, the original version with the original rules that were first laid out on Twitter by myself, Psynister and a few others were laid into stone on the OddCraft website.  It was also where we did the Warchief Election when it was announced that come Cataclysm the Horde’s leadership was gonna be shaken up.  Six different notable faces ran campaigns and debated on the blog and it ended with a big vote to decide who won to become the new Warchief of the Horde.

Ultimately, OddCraft was sadly more or less abandoned when I decided I wanted to write about far more than just Warcraft and the Land of Odd was created in its place.  But I never forgot about that old site that started things out.  That’s why I am proud to announce that we have officially imported all of the old OddCraft content right here on the Land of Odd in the ‘Warcraft’ section of the blog under ‘Oddities’.  All the old categorization still applied, and I’m working on fixing any images that were lost in the transition.  The old site isn’t gone, but this way my entire blogging history is now under one roof.

So fans of Warcraft, funny things or just people who take interest in some of the weird stuff that pops up in a big MMO, I welcome you to take a gander at the OddCraft Archive, now hosted locally on the Land of Odd!

The State of the Odd: September 2016

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Whoo! We had quite a summer didn’t we?  I set aside everything I could to try and finish out the Star Wars: The Old Republic Class Storyline Reviews and I did it!  We got’em done!  Yay us!  I mean, Yay me!  But also yay you for reading all that. It’s super cool to see the comments, return visitors, and getting linked on both the official forums and places like Reddit.  It was an amazing experience and I am glad to say that I got to share it with you all.  But that does leave the question: What’s next?  Where can Vry go after completing his ultimate project?  Well, I’m not going to be playing SWTOR for a while. Betweening burning through the last of the storyline stuff and an ending to Knights of the Fallen Empire that was both exciting and utterly disappointing in a lot of ways. I think I need a good long vacation from that game.  So don’t be expecting ‘KOTFE Chapter Reviews’ or anything like that. Not that most of them are long enough to warrant one. “You save homeless people and Jorgen won’t shut up. The end.”

So what am I playing?  Well, Legion for one.  I’m enjoying WoW more in these past weeks than I did the last two years of Warlords of Draenor.  I’m also getting back into my single player experience and diving into a bunch of Final Fantasy before Final Fantasy XV and World of Final Fantasy comes out this fall.  Starting off with the one game in the series I never played: Final Fantasy IX.  Oh it’ll be fun and I will probably be writing about that journey quite a bit in the days to come.  Add on some new entries in the ol’ Final Fantasy retrospective.  I also need to finish Type-Zero and probably go for another run through Lightning Returns and see how the New Game+ shakes down in those.

I also REALLY want to get back into making videos.  REALLY Do.  They were so fun to make and I haven’t been able to do one since I had Garrosh play Democracy.  But with the Remastered versions of BioShock HOPEFULLY fixing some of the technical issues I was  having, and more free time opening up with the whole “World Quest” system in WoW feeling way less demanding on my time, I hope to start recording more videos soon.  I also have found out that in terms of making less heavily edited videos that don’t need constant cuts or fancy overlays I can actually record both voice and video directly to my Playstation 4 and upload that.  So don’t be shocked if you see “Vry Plays The First Hour of World of Final Fantasy” or smaller weirder games that I have found on the console being uploaded since they take less work than stuff like the Sims or BioShock to set up/record/edit.  I don’t mean to stop doing those more labor intensive videos, I just mean I can do a more steady stream of content when I have other options that aren’t so time demanding.

Finally, I would really like to take this opportunity to announce my other pet project that I’ve been hinting at and have been tinkering with for some time now but wanted to wait until it was firmly on track before saying anything about.  I am – in my spare time and with no set schedule or release date – making a game.  Naturally, that’s not “easy” to do, so I am using a game making engine, in this case RPG Maker MV:

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“Oh no, a RPG Maker game? Those are always shit, Vry!”  Well, I know there isn’t a great reputation but I want to work on one anyway.  I have been compiling over 50 odd some pages of notes, charts, spreadsheets and what not for a staged release that continually expands the game world until it’s done.  The first ‘phase’ will just be the starter city and a dungeon beneath it, complete with quests, a few classes, party members, and the first tier of crafting.  I’m not going to make a stake and claim it will be a breakthrough in gaming or anything – I just want to make something I’M proud of.  Naturally, since this is a labor of love it will be released free of charge for anyone who wants to try it out as it gets released in parts.

So that’s kind of where things are for the blog right now.  I hope to make more videos, I’m gonna be talking A LOT about Final Fantasy, probably some WoW stuff, and I’m working on a little free RPG for people to try out.  Hope you all stick around and join me for the fun!

Is It Wrong To Play What Makes You Happy?

So regular readers are probably wondering where the rest of the class storyline reviews are.  After all I teased that I was playing through the Smuggler story next and true to my word I got all the way through Chapter 3 on him.  The reviews are actually outlined and in my draft pile.  I always enjoyed the smuggler and I’m looking forward to writing those soon and then hopefully moving on to the final storyline: the Imperial Agent.  However, I’m not going to lie – It may take me a while.  See, on top of Knights of the Fallen Empire now out and enjoying that (Thinking of doing a Vry Plays after my Sim’s inevitable go bankrupt and start eating each other),  I’ve also now got Metal Gear Solid V, and Fallout 4, the new patch of Final Fantasy XIV, and oddly enough among all of those things – World of Warcraft.

It’s odd.  While I did decide to join my significant other in playing catch up through the Warlords of Draenor storyline (My take? It was nice, but the whole Alternate Universe thing lessened the impact to near pillow fight levels.  Felt like it should have just been a novel.)  and I did enjoy my brief playthrough, I haven’t honestly had a “hankering” to play the game since Mists of Pandaria.  Yet, in the wake of the recent loss of a grandparent, and the depression that followed, I found myself turning to an old comfort.  My little gnome death knight, my lawful good blood elf paladin, and even some of my low level toons.  The game didn’t feel like a tedious trudge through the tides of futility like so many times before.  It just felt like silly fun.  Kind of like picking up a Mario game after a decade and just enjoying the simple run-jump mechanics.

But despite the level of comfort I felt when beating around the skulls of kobolds as Norris Brewshatter, Dwarven Shaman Extraordinaire, I found my mind pestering me.  “Didn’t we say we were done with WoW?”  “What about those Class Reviews?”  “You have like four brand new games you haven’t finished yet.”  And the thoughts hounded me as I played, and after I had logged out, and almost everything I saw or uttered the words ‘World of Warcraft’.  I was at odds.  This game was helping me.  I was feeling better.  I was starting to enjoy things again after the funeral.  Should I abandon that for other things I should play in my diminished adulthood free time?  And why only feel this way about WoW?

Maybe part of it is that World of Warcraft carries a heavy weight with it.  It’s a name that actually means something to people outside of gaming circles.  My sister may not know what Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is, or if Star Wars: The Old Republic is a game or a comic or a cartoon, but she knows World of Warcraft.  She knows it for good and for ill.  There’s stigmas associated with that game outside of gaming, and even bigger one’s inside of gaming.  MMO gamers especially are very vocal about their opinions of what they like and dislike, and the fact that my site’s biggest draw is TOR, whose forums won’t even say ‘WoW’ but only refer to it ubiquitously as ‘That Other Game’ (Or they did, I will admit I don’t frequent the TOR forums very often anymore.)  Is that why?  I’m afraid that readers will leave my blog if they found out I was playing ‘The Other Game’?  I hope not.  My subconscious would be quite the vain thing then wouldn’t it?

Honestly, I can’t really say.  I’ve been mulling it over for days trying to figure it out but ultimately I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter.  I wrote this blog when it only had maybe 15 hits a day and most of those were Google Image Searches, I’ll still write it even if it gets back to there.  I write because I like writing it and I have all these crazy weird thoughts while playing games, watching movies, or reading comics that I just want to share with anyone who will listen… er… read.

No, I think the real thing to keep in mind with all of this is that you should do what makes you happy.  Even if others would turn away, or give you a weird look, or anything like that.  Don’t worry about it.  Just play what makes YOU happy.  Let them play what makes them happy.  The world can be cold, the night is dark, and we never really know how long we get to enjoy ourselves here on this big round madhouse.  So play games you enjoy, with people you enjoy when you can, and even without them if they want to play something else that doesn’t interest you.  Be happy.  We all deserve that much.  Games are supposed to be fun after all.

I’d like to dedicate this post to my departed grandmother, Carolyn, who I can never ever recall getting upset once in my life and of course to the ever cheery man my grandma loved to watch: Bob Ross.

Take care of yourself, and each other.

State of the Land: The Force Falls Asleep

Oof.  If you ever needed a reason to feel burnt out on a game, it’s trying to burn through all the class stories during a small window of 12x experience.  Holy cow.  I just finished up the bounty hunter storyline again, and don’t worry faithful readers the reviews are currently in the draft pile on that one.  But between just playing the game, and then trying to write some NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAND words or so trying to summarize each class story, I suppose burn out was inevitable.  Just like… /whew am I right?  So where does that leave us?

Well, it means I clearly need to clear my head for a bit.  Cleanse the pallet of TOR a bit before the new expansion drops and I dive head long back in.  Oh trust me, true readers.  I am far from The Old Republic.  The reviews will be done in good time.  But the Class Story Summaries ARE done, and I always considered that the more important of the two projects since they offer people an idea of what the class will be like chapter by chapter without spoiling it.  I am proud of that and it is pretty much the most visited thing on the website right now, trailed only by the occasional visit from the once HUGELY popular couple of World of Warcraft Achievement guides I did way back in another life as a blood elf.  /awkwardcough.

So what is there to look forward to?  Well, I have finally gotten set up to start delivering semi-regular Let’s Play videos.  The BioShock ones have proven to be quite popular so far.  I mean I’m not Markiplier or Pewdie Pie or anything. But I’m not trying to be.  I’m trying to be me and my usual silly self while playing games I love.  I’ve got a massive steam library of stuff to play and a bunch of console games as well.  So I plan to keep those up as long as they’re fun.  I’ve taken feed back from quite a few people and made them much shorter, usually 10-15 minutes in length.  So folks put off by my original 45 minute video of Shadowrun Returns back in the day need not worry.  You can always check out my videos by using the YouTube link at the top of the page and hey feel free to show your support and subscribe!

In the online front, I’ve hopped over to my favorite palette cleanser of choice: Final Fantasy XIV.  If you also dabble in there you might bump into me on either the Gilgamesh or Jenova worlds under the trademark name of “Vrykerion” (Shocker) or the lesser known “Puff Tanix” (My default gnome name and also the name of my chinchilla.)  There is just something wholly appealing and being at the opposite end of the spectrum of The Old Republic as a game where you can level every single class with a single character and never need to switch alts for crafting or other play experiences.  So you can probably expect some rambling from that end soon.

Also there’s one other thing in the works, but it is a sloooow burn on that one so I don’t want to say too much about it.  But the design work on it has been going on for nearly a year and it’s finally getting to a workable point, so there may some news on Vry’s Super Secret Project as well.

So worry not faithful readers and viewers, between all that and my usual yakking about offline games and movies (Speaking of which, Book of Life. Go see it.  The Hat demands it.)  There will be more then enough content to sink your teeth into during this minor vacation from the galaxy far far away.

New Address: LandOfOdd.Net

Greetings fellow Oddites!  Vry here with a little announcement.  We’ve got like a real legit web address now!  That’s right.  From this day forth you will be able to find The Land of Odd by just typing in:

LANDOFODD.NET

into your web browser and it will bring you right here.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to change your RSS feeds, or bookmarks, or anything because the old Landofodd.wordpress.com address STILL works and still brings you right here for all your Land of Odd fun.

This has been a Public Service Announcement from the Land of Odd City Council and Mayor Whositwhatsit.