Hey there everybody! o/
So today Ave was kind enough to friend me on Discord and invite me into the TALE channel. I've been meaning to do this for months now, but catching up with Ave has given me the last bit of motivation that I needed to give you all a looong overdue catch-up post. It's probably been about two years since I've touched based with just about any of you, so here goes...
Where the Hells Have I Been?
At the time that I disappeared on you all I had just quit my previous job and moved back to my university town to look for a new one. I won't go into too much detail here just because there's a lot of negativity and self-hatred surrounding that period of time and that's not exactly the tone that I want to bring in here, but in short, I found it very difficult to find a job and it was taking a serious toll on me financially and emotionally. Because of this, I did indeed end my sub to FFXIV so that my money could stretch further and so that I could minimize the temptations that would pull me away from focusing on my job hunt.
Eventually I hit a pretty low point and I realized that I needed to change something in my life. None of the friends that I made in university are still here, so I figured I'd try to reconnect with the world a bit. I'd gotten pretty deep into Critical Role by that point, so I decided to sign up to Twitter and insinuated myself somewhat into the CR fandom. As you might imagine, this helped tremendously with my loneliness and I've made some friends through it, but to my infinite surprise I also just happened to find the woman of my dreams, and as of very nearly 6 months ago we are a very happy couple! She's a Brit living in England so needless to say it's a long-distance relationship, but through the many wonders of the internet we're making it work very well! We're even going to be meeting in person for our first time this coming April, as she'll be flying in over Easter weekend and staying for about a month. I honestly couldn't be more excited about it! :D
(Also, as I found out a couple months after we started going out, it turns out she's a former FFXIV player as well! She played through all of ARR and stopped at around the time Heavensward came out, if you're curious!)
The second bit of good news to share is that finally, after about 1.5 years of searching, I landed a job this past November! It's a good company and my boss and coworkers are super nice, so I'm enjoying it!
So in short... These past two-ish years have been pretty crazy for me. I've gone from hitting an all-time low and hating myself for a myriad reasons, to hitting a major turning point about 8-9 months ago that led me to where I am now, which without a doubt is the highest point I've ever been.
Am I Coming Back to FFXIV?
This is kind of difficult for me to answer... While it is absolutely true that I let my sub run out because of very practical reasons, I can't say that I really miss the endgame treadmill that comes with MMOs. I have dearly missed you all though, and I'm being 100% truthful when I say that I've actually thought about you all numerous times during my time away. I haven't even been able to bring myself to remove the TALE site as my browser's home page!
I guess the short answer is that I have no immediate plans to come back; that I can say for certain. With that said... The MMO Itch is real and I have felt it many, many times. I'm also quite intrigued and excited by the battle system changes that were announced for Stormblood, and their stated intentions to simplify how difficult many of the jobs have become to play (not to mention how bloated the hotbars have become). So I'll say that it's certainly not impossible that Bryg will make his glorious return some day. Also worth mentioning is that today, to my great surprise, my girlfriend ended up mentioning that she's considering eventually coming back to FFXIV, and if that happens I can tell you that I would 100% come back and have her apply to TALE. I've told her about you guys and she liked what she heard!
So am I coming back? Proooobably not, but maybe!
Who Is This Mysterious Woman That Has Stolen Me?
If you'll forgive me a little shameless promotion: Her name is Susanah Grace and she is a burgeoning freelance digital artist and Twitch streamer. If you'd like to see her work, I've linked her various sites in the spoiler tags below:
What Fun Stuff Have I Gotten Into?
While I was between jobs, albeit more during the earlier bit before the urgency started setting in, I did actually do some fun things. Off the top of my head, here's some stuff that I've enjoyed since disappearing...
To Be Continued?
I hope some of you enjoyed getting this update from me. And if not, or if you don't know me, well... Sorry for the giant wall of text! I'd love to know what you've all been up to in these past 18-24 months so by all means fill me in! Send me PMs, reply in here, I'm not picky. :D
EDIT: It looks like my spoiler tags are acting funny so let's see if I can fix that before bed.
EDIT EDIT: I think I fixed it!