Dreydn Cael

When did you start ffxiv, and why?

I actually tried FF14 back in 2017 but the slow start of story left me a bit unengaged, and I got bored and stopped. The reason I got back into FF14 was the announcement that Yoko Taro would be involved with a raid. That got me a bit interested since I really liked Nier Automata and wanted to see what he would do with the opportunity. A couple people I follow on Twitter also kept saying good things about the game. The final push was seeing Ryve and Todi regularly play the game on Discord. So, I really started playing in April 2019, right at the end of Stormblood.

Tell us a memorable experience in ffxiv!

A fun bit was when I had just started playing and I was playing a tank at the beginning. Coming from World of Warcraft where you are expected to just know every dungeon or raid if you don’t want to get flamed, especially as a tank. I actually read up on dungeons and watched clear videos before going in for the first time. For the Crystal Tower raids I was reading up on the Boss strategies and I remember reading the mechanics for Glasya Labolas. And when I actually got to the Boss nothing mattered and it was just a training dummy. That kind of stood out to me and afterwards I mostly just jumped in blind and learned instanced content on the fly. That’s also just more fun for me in general.

What else do you play right now or in general?

I generally play more story driven single player so it’s more game of the week for me. The only real long-term game I’m playing is FF14. But right now, I’m getting into the post-game content of Resident Evil 8, finishing the DLC of Nioh 2 (After getting to Dream of the Nioh^^) and I also play some Genshin Impact.

What was your first Final Fantasy?

That was Final Fantasy 7 on Playstation when I was a kid. I don’t actually remember much of that game or particularly liking it. It’s more of a feeling of just how much stuff there is in the game with all the mini-games and extra content outside of the main story.

And what is your favorite Final Fantasy Game?

Hands down, Final fantasy 9.

What do you enjoy doing in ffxiv?

Pretty much everything. From raiding to crafting to just doing some quests for the story. I generally like that there is some story tied to most activities in the game, so I also do some stuff I wouldn’t be that interested in otherwise.

What are you missing in ffxiv? Classes, Housing Items…?

Not much. I’ve levelled all jobs, crafters and gatherers to max. I also have max elemental level in Eureka and max rank in Bozja. Generally, if there is an exp bar I most likely have it maxed. I actually put together a small collage back when I got my last job to 80. I’m mostly still missing the parts I’m not particularly interested in like Mahjong or Big Fish. I want to get a house, but the servers tend to screw me over on patch day and I get an error and can’t log in for about 15 minutes. But hopefully I can get one when the Ishgard housing is released.

Is ffxiv your first mmo? If not, what was your first mmo?

My first MMO was World of Warcraft during The Burning Crusade. That’s also where I first learned about raiding and the holy trinity. I was actually a Paladin healer back then and switched to Deathknight when Wrath of the Lich King came out. I hardcore raided there and cleared Icecrown Citadel. But after that I burned out pretty hard. I just sometimes started playing a bit again right at the end of an expansion so I could kind of see the content and get a bit of the launch experience of a new expansion. But I never stuck around again and usually quit pretty soon after launch. But that also stopped with Battle for Azeroth where I disliked playing the new Deathknight so much I couldn’t even get to max level.

What are your RL activities that you enjoy?

Programming. I also work as programmer but it’s just fun for me in general.

What songs do you enjoy from ffxiv?

I actually like most songs in the game. I often have some raid music running in the background while I’m working. But generally, the soundtrack in the Nier raids is really good and I like “Answers” and “Dragonsong”.

Do you have pets?

Nope, I’m kind of afraid of dogs and I’m also not really a pet person in general.