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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Feb 14, 2020 - 03:50.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Blue and Yellow, Blue and Yellow, Blue and Yellow

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings & Salutations everyone,

Okieeomi here to bring you a special Valentione's Day event update. I hope you've been able to experience all the exciting activities the event has to offer!

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, this seasonal event was segmented into two phases; the voting phase and the suspenseful result phase.

During the voting period, adventurers across Eorzea were tasked with listening to the advice each of the protégés offered to lovesick individuals. After which, they were asked to cast a vote on whom they felt most fit to assume the role of emissary of love for this year's festival!

We had hoped for a fierce clash of blue, red, and yellow, but one individual shone beyond the rest and all Worlds ended up being dyed red! Astrid received an overwhelming number of votes from her adoring fans, granting her a clear victory!

The support for Astrid was far greater than we could have ever imagined, but we'd like to thank every single adventurer who cast a vote for their beloved protégés.

But hold onto your gaelicaps, I can hear your fingertips ferociously typing from beyond the rift:
"But Okieeomie... I wanted Rodrigault to win! I wanted to see the town doused in blue!"
"Oh, Okieeomie! I voted for Bert, and I love yellow. Please let me see the yellow décor!"

With a quick /flex and a flick of the wrists, I've taken a peek at what that would've looked like and have brought the images to share with you all!

First off, let's see a World doused in blue!

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The beautiful blue cool tones give off the sense of a serene environment. Those that resonated with Rodrigault's advice to meditate and turn towards nature by focusing on themselves would have experienced this option had the votes swayed in his favor.

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During the quest, adventurers head over to the Conjurers' Guild to meet up with the client.

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While thoroughly explaining the situation to Guildmaster E-Sumi-Yan...

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Sylphie appears! The guildmaster's apprentice proceeds to give us all quite a comprehensive lecture on the importance of personal hygiene and the need for a strong fashion sense. Presumably thwarted by the young girl, Rodrigault reveals it to be all simply part of the plan, and the meditation session was never to be carried out in the first place! Rodrigault admits he would rather set the pendulum in motion and let fate carry out the rest.

I guess you could say Rodrigault really knows how to plan ahead!

Moving on, let's see what a World dressed in Yellow would've looked like!

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The color theme matches Bert's playful and hot-blooded personality. This is how things would've appeared had the vote been cast in favor at Bert's request to take up woodworking and find true love alongside your own hobbies.

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Adventurers meet up with the client at the Carpenters' Guild. He's not overly thrilled to take up the task of woodworking, but Bert eagerly manages to convince him otherwise and the requestor joins the guild.

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Upon entering, we're greeted by the guildmaster, Beatin. Astonished, Beatin asks Bert if he is joking...
Why on earth he would want the Carpenters' Guild to entertain warriors at woodworking?!

The client hesitantly tells Beatin he is quite serious about joining the guild and would like to better understand l-o-v-e when...

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Wait, I'm not sure that's what our client said...

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Gods forfend, Beatin is at it again! He's deafly misheard our client's word of "love" for "lumber"!
At the request of Beatin, the client is forced into the forest to meticulously memorize all trees types and their locations found in the Twelveswood!

"Man, woman, wood...in matters of the heart, I daresay the difference is immaterial," said Bert.

Valentione's Day is ongoing until Monday, February 17. If you haven't had a chance to obtain the glamour rewards or the new fancy chocolate fountain furnishing items, you still have some time!

And since we're on the topic of the fountain, it was actually one of the winning entries from the furnishing design contest!

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Here's the cute design that was submitted during the contest~

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The best part is that you can even dye it to match whatever type of chocolate your heart desires .

Alright then, that's all the ardor and affection we have in store for today! Until we meet again~

Okieeomi
- Community Team





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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Feb 13, 2020 - 10:39.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: ABCD, Easy as 1-2-3-4

From the Dev Blog.

Hello, this is Voltenyne from the Community Team!

Patch 5.2 arrives on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and will introduce plenty of new content, as well as various improvements and features to the user interface (UI)! Today we'll be taking a quick look at some UI updates before they appear in the patch notes!

■ Waymarks
As you may have seen in the latest Letter from the Producer LIVE, new waymarks and features will be added in Patch 5.2.

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With the addition of "3" and "4", we'll now have a total of 8 waymarks!
(How odd, I could've sworn adding 3 and 4 equals 7...)

We'll also be getting a new feature that saves and loads waymark positions! Waymark positions can be saved as a preset, and from then on you can just load the preset in that duty to place the waymarks with just one click!

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I'm quite certain this will also be used as a shortcut for placing waymarks to spell 3-letter words.

■ Duty Finder
The duty commencement window will now display your current Duty Finder settings.

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Now it'll be easier to tell when you've accidentally selected Minimum IL when you're trying to solo a dungeon! (shudders)

Additionally, the penalty message displayed when withdrawing from a popped duty will now be shown to all party members and not just the withdrawing player.

■ Reply in Selected Chat Mode
Have you ever tried to respond to a joke in FC chat, and accidentally replied in party chat? Or said "Thanks for the party!" in a linkshell when it was meant for your party at the end of the duty?

Whenever I do this, I have to stop and type out an explanation and end up falling behind. Ugh!

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Worry not, "Reply in Selected Chat Mode" may help with that!

Select a message in your chat log and open the subcommand menu, and "Reply to Selected Chat Mode" will be right there!

■ Duty Recorder
Duty Recorder can now be used in the following duties:
- The Dying Gasp
- The Minstrel's Ballad: Hades's Elegy
- The Copied Factory

After a direct request from Yoshi-P, Duty Recorder will now be capable of recording in alliance raids. Now I can take a good look to see if 2P is guiding me to safety each time!

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Also, up until now players were forced to leave a completed duty after 10 minutes had elapsed, but starting from Patch 5.2, you'll be able to stay in the duty until the duty timer itself expires!
* If 10 minutes or less remain in the duty, you'll still be removed from the duty in 10 minutes.

The battle against Ruby Weapon, Ocean Fishing, and more will be coming in Patch 5.2 on Tuesday, February 18! Please look forward to it!

- Voltenyne
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Feb 10, 2020 - 13:51.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Framed to Perfection

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, everyone!

Zhexos from the Community team here! Patch 5.2 is around the corner (arriving February 18!), so today I'd like to go over some updates coming to the group pose feature!

* Be sure to click each image to view the full size!

▼Control Guide has been added
While there are many seasoned "gposers" out there, there may be those who are confused by some of the settings and how features within group pose work.

We've added a control guide that will give you a basic overview on what controls to use to improve your screenshot game!

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You'll be able to go from something like this...

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To this! Yes, yes! (Wait, where did my character go...)

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*The Control Guide will automatically open when you enter Group Pose and can be turned on/off through the menu options.

The Control Guide gives you basic controls on:
■ Tilt, Pan, Twisting camera movements
■ Changing the focus target of the camera
■ Disabling motions on a target

Be sure to check out the guide if you're new to the world of taking screen shots or if you're looking to level up your skills!

▼Addition of Frames Unaffected by Camera Settings
As you may know, we've introduced various frames in the past; however, the size of these frames was affected by your camera's angle of view position. In 5.2 we're adding frames that are unaffected by these camera settings!

Confused? Let me give you some visual examples.

Frames Added up to Patch 5.1
All the previous frames changed the size of the frame based on your camera's angle of view.

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Here we can see how the size of the frame is affected between different angle of view settings.

This is useful for some specific types of screenshots, but we've received feedback asking to be able to adjust the angle without affecting the size of the actual frame.

We've got you covered!

New Frames Added in Patch 5.2
We've added new frames that aren't affected by these camera's settings!
And worry not, you can continue to use the existing frames as well!

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Here we can see how the size of the frame itself is now unaffected, but you're still able to change the angle of view.

▼Frames, Frames, Frames!
That's not all, we're also introducing some brand new frames!

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How about a Journal frame?

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Want to turn yourself, your friends, or your favorite minion into an Elite Mark? Now you can do that too!

The frames got buffed in Patch 5.2 so be sure to check them out!

▼Feature to Save and Load Camera/Lighting Settings
Those of us who have been taking a lot of screenshots with the Group Pose feature will be pleased to hear that you'll now be able to save and load your camera and lighting settings.

Got that perfect angle, zoom, and three point lighting but don't like redoing the settings every time? Or do you, like me, keep forgetting what settings you had it on? This is for you!

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Once you've got the perfect shot set up, you can now save the camera and lighting settings through the Save Settings menu located on the bottom left of the Group Pose Settings window.

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Now all you have to do is load the settings and you're ready to shoot!

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Now you can set up your perfect shot before hand, jump into Group Pose, load up the settings and take a quick snap!

Here are some screenshots taken by our QA team.

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We're excited to see what types of screenshots you all will come up with utilizing these new features! Keep on capturing those great screenshots and be sure to share it with the rest of the community!

-Zhexos
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Jan 24, 2020 - 20:18.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Viva La Valentione

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings wanderers,

Love is in the air and Valentione's day is about to begin! This is my favorite seasonal event...maybe I just really love, love. There is something special about celebrating all those that are closest to you and we make sure there's no shortage of that in Eorzea!

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Seasonal Event Schedule  
Voting Period: From Wednesday, January 29 at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, February 9, at 6:59 a.m. (PST)
Results: From Sunday, February 9 at 7:00 a.m. to Monday, February 17 at 6:59 a.m. (PST)

We're shaking things up with this event. This time, all adventurers will see two phases of Valentione's, the voting phase and the result phase, which will vary depending on each of World. Your votes are important, so don't forget to go out and cast your vote! Somehow that rhetoric sounds familiar but I can't quite put my finger on it...hmm...

How to Participate
You may begin your love locked quest from Lisette by the Mih Khetto's Amphitheatre (X:10.2 Y:9.4)

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Quest Reward
Check out these oh so endearing five-piece outfits, representing each of our darling protégés!

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The contrast between each color and the black is really striking, don't you think?
This time, depending on who you voted for, the name of the item reward and the color will vary.

How could we forget, the most important PSA: no matter your choice, each outfit is dyeable! Be sure to check out the special Valentione website for more details!

Feel free to stay true to your protégé's color or dye it your favorite color! (Personally, I'm a Pastel Pink enthusiast). My favorite part of seasonal event outfits is mix-matching pieces with other gear to come up with unique glamours. We're definitely looking forward to seeing your glamourous screenshots on the forums and social media.

If you'd like to purchase the opposite gender outfit, you'll able to purchase them from the seasonal vendor so be sure to get them while you can!

Additional Activities and Rewards
Once you've completed the seasonal quest, you can put the strength of you and your loved one's bond to the test in the Valentione's Ceremony! Upon completion, you'll be rewarded with chocolates that can be traded for an array of delectable items!♪

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Craftily maneuver yourself through this maze with your loved one and see how high you can score! I know the surroundings of fauna and flora are beautiful, but don't let it distract you for too long! If you and your partner start to wander astray too far, your rating will start to trickle down. Remember, teamwork makes the dream work.

You can complete the ceremony as many times to your heart's content to receive more chocolates in exchange for said delectable items. Check out this grand chocolate fountain, you can dye the chocolate to the flavor you desire! White chocolate, matcha, strawberry, the possibilities are endless!

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As part of the delicious dessert set, it also features an assortment of fruits and sweets! Can't decide which one I'd like to start from, but chocolate dipped strawberries are certainly a classic. (drool)

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I'm sure this chocolate fountain will bring a big smile to you and your friends, so enjoy decorating your house with it and satiate that sweet tooth of yours!♪

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And with that, we hope you enjoy this year's festivities. I just wanted you all to know, I'm kupo nuts for you. Happy Valentione's Day!

- Ridrina
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Dec 28, 2019 - 02:48.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Rats Off To Heavensturn

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings and salutations, adventurers! How are you enjoying this year's Starlight Celebration? I hope you and your chocobo are keeping cozy in its new Saintly Barding as the year winds down. Be sure to enjoy the Starlight festivities until the end of the year!

But as we all know, the end of the Starlight Celebration also means the start of a new year, and that also means.... Heavensturn begins!

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Event Period
December 31, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. through January 14, 2020 at 6:59 a.m. (PST)

How to Participate
To begin you can speak with the Nezumi Bugyo at Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (X:11.5 Y:13.9) to accept the quest.

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Quest Details
Heavensturn marks the beginning of a new twelve moons to come. In Eorzea, we celebrate a sacred festival where one among the Twelve wins celestial favor. Coincidently, the far east also has a similar celebration where one beast is selected and honored by forging a helm in its likeness.

The Nezumi Bugyo and his mouse companions attempt to popularize the festive food, advent cakes. However, it seems that mice are disliked by the people of Eorzea...

Gather information from the people of Limsa Lominsa to succeed in spreading advent cakes.

Speaking of rats in Limsa Lominsa, a certain beast tribe comes to mind!

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New FATE
A new FATE related to the Nezumi Bugyo's advent cakes will be available!

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Event Rewards

Head Armor: Crimson Nezumi Kabuto / Cobalt Nezumi Kabuto

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This Heavensturn it's a rat-themed kabuto- quite fitting for this year! Look how you can even see its cute front teeth captured perfectly!

Furnishing: Heavensturn Bounty

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If you fancy sprucing up your home for the new year, there's this adorable nezumi furnishing piece. Isn't the little rat at the top precious?

Magicked Prism (Advent Cakes)

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Finally, for those who may want to celebrate the new year in a more traditional Japanese style, these magicked prisms go off with a bang by displaying the iconic kagami mochi decoration midair.

What an amazing firework to have when reflecting on your fondest memories with your friends this Heavensturn! (Psstt! I've heard it's wonderful when used in /gpose!)

Just as 2019 is nearing its end, so too has this blog. I sincerely hope that with not one but two seasonal events back-to-back, your time spent in Eorzea this holiday season will be forever memorable as we close out the teens and enter this new decade together ♥

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the event site! Please look forward to Heavensturn!

-Okieeomi
Community Team



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