The Celestia Citizen (“Happy Gaming-tine’s Day” Edition)

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Hello, my fellow Celestians! And welcome to another edition of the Celestia Citizen! It is February 2024, which means we still have another month or two ahead of winter to endure before we begin the next spring season! Although there are many things to look forward to in the coming weeks, one of which is a new slew of video games on the horizon!

As announced weeks ago, Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail has a release window of Summer 2024. Pre-orders will go live in the coming weeks as we get closer to the release window, and once a confirmed release date is announced.

Until that time, many players will be working to catch up on their main story questlines to be ready. They will also aim for enjoying current events, such as the new Valentione’s Day event, a new Moogle Tomestones event, new relics, and all other manner of things to be prepared for the upcoming new expansion.

Some, however, may find themselves branching off and enjoying other wonderful games.

For fans of the Yakuza or Like a Dragon series, Infinite Wealth had just released recently.

For Persona 5 fans, now you will be able to enjoy a full blown remake of Persona 3 in the form of Persona 3 Reload.

Granblue Fantasy: Relink has also released for those seeking to enjoy a niche anime series turned game series.

At the end of February, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will release to continue the story begun in Final Fantasy VII Remake.

In March, Dragon’s Dogma 2 will be releasing at long last.

And then in April, a new PS5 action game known as Stellar Blade is on the way.

These are just a slew of many other game titles on the way, due to make the first few months of 2024 loaded down and quite preoccupied for many players!

Final Fantasy XIV News

FFXIV Patch 6.55 (Releases 1/16/2024): Link

Moogle Treasure Trove: The First Hunt for Genesis (Begins 1/30/2024 and runs to 3/11/2024): Link

FFXIV All Worlds Maintenance (Begins 2/12/2024 and runs to 2/13/2024): Link

FFXIV Patch 6.57 (Releases 2/13/2024): No link – It will patch in following the maintenance

FFXIV Free Login Campaign (Begins 2/1/2024 and runs to 2/21/2024 – Limited to 96 hours of free game time!): Link

Valentione’s Day 2024 Event (Begins 2/7/2024 and runs to 2/21/2024): Link

Enrollment for FFXIV Xbox Series X|S Open Beta Test (Beta begins 2/21/2024): Link

FFXIV New Optional Items & Limited-Time Sale on Valentione’s Day Items (Begins 2/7/2024): Link

Free Company News and Social Events

Officer Changes

Karah Thrace – King’s Hand (Shared role with Harliqyn Mave)

Squirrel Guile – PvP Officer

Taryn Stormcrown – 24-Man/Normal Raid Officer

Majestic Eagle – General Officer (New)

Important Notice About Discord Server Changes

The Discord server has undergone a revision at the end of January for various changes, including:

-New bot implementation for automation, command usage

-Channel redistribution and grouping

-Additional changes too numerous to count! Please refer to the Discord server > News Room group > Live Letters channel > Discord Updates thread for details (This is also directly linked within #fc-announcements)!!!

Important Notice About Modded Glamour Pictures

Please refer to the #fc-announcements channel in the Discord server for general notice on this, and refer to our revised FC Charter regarding Mods & Bots section.

Beyond the Light Interview

What is your in-game character’s name?: J’remy Tea

What race are you currently in-game?: Miqo’te

What drew you into your current choice of race?: Contrary to the typical “fantasy” theme for MMO’s, I have always tried to approximate my IRL self into any game I have ever played that offered character creation. My retainers are named after my family, my Chocobo is named Tacoma and blacked out like my truck, and my glams resemble stuff I actually wear. I guess it’s just a quirk of mine. Though I currently live in South Carolina; I grew up in Texas, spent my time on ranches, exploring the woods, hunting, working with animals, etc. and I felt like Miqo’te best represented that “rustic” lifestyle and their naming conventions fit nicely with my name as well, Jeremy T. I tried out AuRa and Hyur for a bit, but it just didn’t feel right.

When did you first start playing FFXIV?: January 2014

What drew you to pick up and play FFXIV?: I’ll start by qualifying my start date. I ORIGINALLY started FFXIV around January 2014, however I have been away from the game for awhile and recently returned in July of 2023. Now the long answer: I’m an old school gamer, my first video game EVER was Oregon Trail on a Commodore 64 with a floppy drive and then I got an Atari and played games like Pong with my dad! But the first game I ever fell in love with was an RPG. My parents gifted me an NES bundled with Super Mario Bros for Christmas. Later the next year, for my birthday, they said I could get any game I wanted. I walked into the game store, told the clerk I can have any one game I wanted and it needed to last me a long time because I’m not rich (lol kids). He said, there is this new game “The Legend of Zelda”, if you don’t love it, you aren’t a gamer. SO I bought it, and LOVED it! Anyways, RPG’s are the core of my gamer heart: Zelda, Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy(s), Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc. My first MMO was WoW towards the end of Burning Crusade, all the way through Wrath of the Lich King, and a little into Cataclysm. I quit WoW shortly into Cataclysm as it was very “meh” for me and felt like a real chore, also I had friends that were playing other games like Call of Duty and Battlefield so I became an FPS gamer for awhile but always felt the pull to come back to MMO’s. However, I had also become a console gamer at that point so my MMO hunger was seriously unfed. I had heard about FFXI and FFXIV (1.0) but I heard a lot of mixed reviews on FFXI and absolute hatred for FFXIV. Then I heard that FFXIV made major changes, re-launched, had a free trial, and was actually pretty good. Hooked! My original stint with FFXIV lasted from shortly after 2.0 launch until sometime into Stormblood (Tsukuyomi was the newest primal). I then took an extended break from gaming all-together for various reasons: kids were born, bills were paid, extra jobs were had, all the good IRL stuff we love so much! Gaming came back into my life a few years ago as my boys became pre-teens and we began to play Fortnite, Halo, and Horizon together on Xbox (their choice). To my dismay, FFXIV still had not made it to Xbox and I wasn’t willing to go back to computer gaming as I really enjoyed playing on consoles by this time and spent most of my “me” time on the Xbox anyways. So I filled the time I wasn’t playing with my boys with Elder Scrolls Online, Destiny, and a few other MMO and MMO-type games. In July 2023 something very interesting showed up on my Twitter feed: An article that said that FFXIV: Endwalker was headed towards finally wrapping up the FFXIV 2.0 storyline, that a new expansion named Dawntrail was going to begin a new storyline, come with graphics updates, new features, AND AN XBOX VERSION! OMG! Quite literally the only game I ever felt bad about being done with, was begging me to come home. I decided then that I was going to download the MAC version, pair my controller to it and be all caught up in time for Dawntrail. I started a new character (couldn’t retrieve my old PS account since I wasn’t on PS anymore), re-sub’ d, started my FFXIV journey anew, and here I am!

How far have you gotten into the MSQ (Main Story Questline) of FFXIV?: All caught up!

What was your first (job? class? role?) when you started?: Bard

What motivated you to pick that first (job? class? role?): Much along the lines of why I picked Miqo’te, an archer/bard just seemed to fit my life and personality the best.

To date, what favorite jobs/roles/classes do you have?: During my first run, I also played Dragoon, Monk, Warrior, and Machinist. Dragoon is probably my favorite out of those, but Bard is still my all time favorite and I haven’t rolled a different DoW on this character yet. I should also mention that I very much enjoy the crafting classes!

What kind of content do you enjoy?: Main Story Quest, Crafting and/or Gathering, Duty Content, Collectible Getting

What would you say is your favorite content type from FFXIV? And why?: MSQ by far. I’m here for the story and the lore, that has always been the hook for me in RPG games.

What is one thing you like about FFXIV that distinguishes them from other MMOs?: The game feels great on controller! Other MMO’s I have played felt really clunky and like you were at a disadvantage on controller, for me FFXIV on controller feels natural and smooth. I am also drawn to the fact that the MSQ is tied to pretty much everything in the game. I hated how in other MMO’s, I would save the world from certain doom, be a hero; then decide to go work on some side content and suddenly be some scrub that no one has ever heard of that’s only fit to scrub toilets…..

If you could make at least 1 change to FFXIV based on personal preference, what would you pick and why?: Housing, though the housing/decorating system in FFXIV is arguably the best there is and insanely detailed with what you can do; actually GETTING a house is ridiculousness epitomized! Fix this Square Enix!

What is your most memorable/favorite moment in FFXIV?: Way back in the day, when I first downed Bahamut while he was the new raid tier. It was a literal “jump out of your chair, pump your fists and scream” moment for me. If you know, you know!

When did you join Celestia?: December 2023

What drew you to join Celestia?: I read through the advertisement on the Lodestone Community Finder and was very interested.

What do you like about Celestia as a Free Company?: So far, it feels more like a community of friends hanging out together than anything else and I love the vibes.

What is your favorite weekly event to participate in with Celestia?: Haven’t done any yet, but I’m looking forward to maps and primals.

Thank you to our monthly newsletter participant for a wonderful interview! 🙂

Call 2 Interview (For Beyond the Light)!

We currently are in need of more FC members willing to participate in our Beyond the Light interview!

The link to the interview form is here, as well as hosted under our Discord server > #announcements channel!

Important: There is a new interview form open to ALL members, whether a Google Account is used or not. Pictures are optional, and those selected to be interviewed for newsletter will be followed up with for possible pictures.

Form Link: Link

Z’attania Tsu’s “House Tours” – Temporary Pause

Due to the holiday season, Z’attania Tsu will be temporarily pausing her House Tours coverage! For those who have enjoyed reading those sections, I do apologize for the absence of it. However, please look forward to the return of it next year. And thank you kindly for your patience and understanding!

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