Well, the CoP group is still in the midst of doing 5-3. Yes, I posted nearly four weeks ago about our first run through, and we’re still not quite done. Part of that being that it’s two weeks between each run, part because the Snoll Tzar wasn’t about to give us a break. We ended up 1/4 on that mission, which I’m really disappointed about, since we’ve never gone more than 1/2 before, and we were so close to winning previous times, even with nobody really going with the normal salt usage plan (i.e., using yours not long after the person before you finished using theirs). We’d discussed it prior to the first run (or so I thought), and yet the usage pattern was to not start until after the previous one wore off. But this may have mostly been the second salt user’s issue, as even after we’d discussed it again (in length, I might add) before our second time out there, he still refused to use his salt in any sort of timely manner. Not out of maliciousness, I’m sure, but still, we’d just talked about it, and it was a pretty simple thing to watch for.
In any case, we beat the snoll (on our 4th attempt and then only barely, with thanks to T for not dying before getting enough Fire II casts off). You can do it with minimal salts, apparently, but I wouldn’t recommend it. At all. To my worst enemy. We’re past that part, at least, but 6-4 is looming, and with that being three BC battles all to complete in a single 45-minute time limit, I have a large sense of dread about it, especially since everyone will need to be paying 100% attention and be able to execute to a plan (and improvise as necessary), and I’m not too confident that all six members can do so at this point. (Five of them I have confidence in, but that sixth is one of the more-key jobs….)
Should be finishing up the last bit of 5-3 tonight (which is just a bunch of dolls in 50-cap Pso’Xja, an uncapped NM fight in Delkfutt’s, and then a run through 60-cap Pso’Xja). Should go pretty well, though I suppose I need to grab some THF50 gear and some keys so we don’t have to fight quite as many guardians, hopefully.
In other news, not much is going on with DRK and THF with Machy on a “sanity break” from merits, but I’ve started recently on RDM at Blau’s playful prodding for us to duo. While THF is a good job for survivability in many cases, it’s not really fit for duoing unless the other person can survive on their own. NIN isn’t an option for several reasons (cost, lack of demonstrated ability, and valuing not having katanas stuck through me). BST could be a possibility, though I haven’t been able to level it past 6. RDM seems to have a lot of potential use both in solo and duo play, so I went ahead and started working on it.
Currently I’m just into level 21 (yay Gravity), 95% of those levels being soloed. I did get stuck around level 7 and gave up a long time ago, but pulled it out to duo some with DF on one of her lowbie jobs, and got it to 9, at which point I seemed able to solo efficiently again. There have been some slow points, and I’ll have to start partying soon to get anywhere at more than a crawl, but it’s been fun to get past Dunes level solo. ^^ While the n00bs are able to find you anywhere, at any level, it at least used to be better starting with Qufim and more so with the jungles. So here’s hoping I can get some okay parties and get up to Refresh Whore level. ;)