Oops! I was supposed to come back and post an update on my progress on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, wasn’t I? Last time I posted, I was just two back-to-back dungeons from the end, and hoped to finish the 2.0 campaign that week. Though I didn’t post, I did finish the game!

So what have I managed in the last two months? Well, I’m coming up on the end of the 2.x content patches that lead into the first expansion, Heavensward. I’m just at the start of patch 2.5, having just (literally just – as in, about two hours ago) defeated the ice primal Shiva. I’ve also finished my Augmented Ironworks gear set, but have since glamoured it to look like the Daystar set, as I really wanted a new look after months with the Ironworks gear. You can see how my character currently looks below.

I’ve also been working through the Hildibrand questline, which is genuinely quite funny. It’s made me laugh a good few times so far, as I follow around the bumbling inspector Hildibrand and his ever-faithful assistant Nashu. The last thing I did was fight, err… Greg on a… conspicuously large bridge. Ahem. It’s been a lot of fun.

I’ve also recently got a new tattoo. More on that to come.

So now I’m on the cusp of level 59 and just have patches 2.5 and 2.55 standing between me and my first expansion. My Free Company pals are still miles ahead of me – two of them have now finished Stormblood, the second expansion, while a third is partway through it – but they’re still hanging around to help me out. My plan is to finish Stormblood before the third expansion drops, which should be sometime around June next year. I really want to be able to look forward to new content releases, rather than seeing them as some far-off thing I’ll get to a year or two later. I’ve a long way to go, but I’ve picked up the pace a bit recently. So here’s to getting myself through Heavensward (and also being able to unlock some new skills, something I haven’t been able to do since hitting level 50!).

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