Last night, I visited several websites searching for optimal rotation. Most of them were written in English. I was kinda overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available online. Then, it occurred to me that it would be fun to write an article in English. I've been keeping diary in Japanese for one and half years. Why don't I put my thoughts into words in English for a change?
I play FF14 for fun. I find it amusing to organize rotation as I want and see how it works. Of course, I'm fully aware of how important it is to cooperate with group members. I obey the rule of a macro we share, use resources available to the hilt, and try to keep my GCD rolling as seamlessly as I can. That said, as far as the group can defeat the boss it would be okay for players to use skills and abilities the way they want to use them. I'm not going to say anything about other people's rotation, nor force them to change it.
The other day some people criticized my rotation of skills and abilities, saying it was inefficient. Inefficiency of my rotation comes from ease with which I can memorize or recreate it in my head after a one-week hiatus. In a sense efficiency is not my top priority. People sucked into the abyss of efficiency have not the slightest idea what I have in mind. What was worse, what most of them were doing was preaching their dogma which is baseless or just putting you down. They say players are supposed to use optimal rotation in savage raids. Who cares?
I was not able to handle their fanatic faith in efficiency well. Their ultimate goal is to spawn clones armed with invariably the same optimal rotation. And it's sad not to accommodate diverse playstyles. Nothing difficult is required. Trace optimal rotation, and you will be wholeheartedly welcomed. Just kidding, lol. I was just persuaded to follow suit. Since the pseudo-discussion I've been pushing myself into learning optimal rotation.
I'm not sure whether I will be able to have fun taking on savage raids or not in the future equipped with optimal rotation which some strange person concocted, not me. Still, it could turn out to be fun. You don't know what the future holds for you. Meanwhile, I'm dragging one foot after another towards optimal rotation.
Anyway, I move on to another topic. When I hang around in Eorzea, what strikes me the most is fluidity with which a character moves. At 60fps you can't notice any delay in character movement, at least I can't. Metaverse is a buzzword these days. And this fluidity makes Eorzea more real and attractive in a unique way, which also makes it entitled to call itself a metaverse. With covid-19 widespread and rampant, I can no longer travel abroad, experience exotic sights, sounds, and cultures, and feel refreshment. Eorzea gives all of them instead. Weird culture of efficiency is not what I want, though. I'm fed up with efficiency because efficiency is also required in real Japanese life. What a shame, you will be trapped in efficiency again in Eorzea. Anyhow, it's been a consolation since I started out as an FF14 player.
My favorite area is Elpis. Elpis reminds me of airplanes. I love to travel by plane. Seemingly unstable yet stable floating plains are just like airplanes. And ancient people there are bucolic and not rushed. I never run into ancient people in a hurry in Elpis. Soothing scenery and background music in Elpis allow my mind to relax.
Choosing a favorite character is a tall order. Each character has its own charm. Should I pick one character to talk about, I would have to pick Alisaie Leveilleur. As the story develops, I got deluded into thinking that once you become the tempered it's a done deal and you can't escape the trap no matter what. I never thought that the tempered would be cured. On the other hand, Alisaie never gave up on Ga Bu. Development of a method to cure the tempered was revolutionary. The Nobel prize of the Source and the First should no doubt go to her. Eorzeans cannot thank her enough. I wish she were properly appraised. I know she doesn't care about acclamation, though. That makes her all the more charming.
I've gotten carried away. I'm beat. Let's call it quits for today. I'd appreciate it if you could possibly have fun reading this article. For the foreseeable future I will write articles in English again. If you want to have chat with me about FF14 in English, feel free to put your comments below. See you.