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Azimuth Circle Event
Posted by: Mirriam - Fri Jul 29th, 2005 01:48 am EDT
Mirriam ready to go swimming. This is the second event in the Sunbreeze Festival; the first Goldfish Scooping part of the event is also still running.

This event is relatively straight-forward once you know how to do it. Head to one of the starting towns, and visit the Moogles in one of the 2 zones they're located in, within each starting city. Buddy up with a friend and talk to the Moogle. When you speak to the Moogle, the Moogle will give you directions to a checkpoint for your partner. The easiest way to do this is for both partners to start the event with the Moogle. One will stay at the Moogle and direct the other to the correct checkpoint. (Do this by speaking with the Moogle, who will give you directions each time for your partner.) The checkpoints are "invisible" - you will need to Tab around to find them. Once you have found the correct checkpoint, you will be given a doll. You can then target the checkpoint and it will give you directions for your partner. Once you have both found the correct checkpoints and received your dolls, you must trade them to each other, and then turn them in to the Moogle.

Note: You may only check a few checkpoints, so it's best to be sure of a checkpoint before you select it. Once you get to about 3 "checks" of checkpoints, you will no longer be able to check them, and both you and your partner will need to return to the Moogle to cancel the game, and start over.

Once you have finished the game in one part of the city, the next game day move to the other Moogle in the city and complete it there. Then move on to a different city and complete it in those two sections. Then move on to the third. By the time you're done, you should have the NQ version of the swimwear, as well as the HQ version, along with a few chocobo tickets. You can only trade items to the Moogle once per game day, so this will take several hours. (You can get more than 1 doll per day, but there are only two types of dolls, so it's almost impossible to horde them.)

Moogle Locations:
Southern San d'Oria
Port San d'Oria
Bastok Mines
Port Bastok
Windurst Waters
Windurst Walls

Event Specifics

Official Announcement: Azimuth Circle
Event Schedule: July 28, 2005 17:00 until August 15, 2005 0:00 (PST)
Event Item Rewards: Hume Shorts, Hume Shorts +1, Hume Top, Hume Top +1, Hume Trunks, Hume Trunks +1, Hume Gilet, Hume Gilet +1, Elvaan Shorts, Elvaan Shorts +1, Elvaan Top, Elvaan Top +1, Elvaan Trunks, Elvaan Trunks +1, Elvaan Gilet, Elvaan Gilet +1, Tarutaru Shorts, Tarutaru Shorts +1, Tarutaru Top, Tarutaru Top +1, Tarutaru Trunks, Tarutaru Trunks +1, Tarutaru Maillot, Tarutaru Maillot +1, Mithra Shorts, Mithra Shorts +1, Mithra Top, Mithra Top +1, Galka Trunks, Galka Trunks +1, Galka Gilet, Galka Gilet +1, Chocobo Tickets
Other Items Used in Event: Hopipi Doll, Pumimi Doll

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Azimuth Circle
Posted by: Cuer - Wed Jul 27th, 2005 01:08 am EDT
Azimuth Circle The Sunbreeze Festival's main event, "Azimuth Circle," will begin on July 28. According to the moogles, Azimuth Circle is to be played in pairs!

Jul. 26, 2005 17:00 [PDT]

Azimuth Circle

Master, master!
How are you holding up in this horrible heat?
You've made the Sunbreeze Festival a smashing success, kupo!
And now it's time for the main event--"Azimuth Circle"!

Azimuth Circle has rather complex rules, so I'll have to drill you beforehand, kupo.
First off, the game can only be played in pairs--everyone must be in a party of two. So you must begin by searching for a partner. Coupling with a good friend would be ideal, of course. But even if you aren't exactly the most popular master...no problem! Just ask around, kupo!

And then, um, ummm...oh yeah! After that, just talk to a moogle with your partner and say you want to start the game, kupo! Then the moogle will tell you where your partner should go. It will also tell your partner where you should go! So you and your partner have to relay information between each other to figure out where to head next, kupo. Each of you should reach your checkpoint with good teamwork!
Examine your checkpoint to find a hidden compass. The compass will point in the direction that your partner should go, so both of you should use this information to help each other out. Work together to find all of your checkpoints and each of you will find a doll at the end of the trail, kupo!

Last but not least, trade your doll with your partner and then trade the doll that he found to the moogle, kupo. End game--the moogle will give you beautiful swimwear to beat the heat as a reward for your efforts! Nothing like going for a dip in the ocean in this scorching weather, kupo!

Ah... I almost forgot! I have a message here from Azimuth of the Alchemists' Guild! Here's what the inventor of Azimuth Circle had to say, kupo:
"The name 'Azimuth Circle' comes from this gadget we set on a compass in the old days so we could verify directions proper. I'm not vain enough to name a game after myself! Anyway, I hope you and your partner become good friends while playing. Maybe you can even invite them to join you again later wearing the rewards you gained from playing. I wonder what games you could play with them then...haw haw.........!"

Ahem...yes, Ms. Azimuth is certainly a unique old... Anyway! Where was I, kupo? Oh yeah, Azimuth Circle. Please join us in the festivities, kupo! Master, master, get up and get out there! It's time to find a partner for Azimuth Circle!

-Event Details
This event is scheduled to commence at July 28, 2005 17:00 and will last until August 15, 2005 0:00 (PDT).

-Event Locations
Southern San d'Oria/Port San d'Oria
Bastok Mines/Port Bastok
Windurst Waters/Windurst Walls

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PlayOnline: FINAL FANTASY XI Update (Jul 27)
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Jul 26th, 2005 12:40 pm EDT
Jul. 26, 2005 01:30 [PDT]

FINAL FANTASY XI Update (Jul. 27)

At the following time, we will be performing a FINAL FANTASY XI(Windows) version update. This update will not be accompanied by server maintenance. Usual play may continue for FINAL FANTASY XI. Thank you.

*The client software will also be updated at this time. The client update will begin once you connect to FINAL FANTASY XI. Please follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

[Date & Time]
Jul. 27, 2005 0:00 (PDT)

[Affected Services]

[Important Update Details]
- An issue wherein FINAL FANTASY XI would terminate for users of 32MB VRAM (video memory) graphic cards or graphic chipsets will be addressed.

* This fix is not intended to make FINAL FANTASY XI compatible with PCs that do not meet the minimum spec.

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Square-Enix News: Xbox 360 FFXI Demo, New Trademarks
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Jul 26th, 2005 12:38 am EDT
At the recent Xbox Summit 2005 in Japan, Final Fantasy XI was briefly shown on the Xbox 360, in a demonstration by Square Enix producer Hiromichi Tanaka. A news article by Gamespot gives some information, with further details and gameplay videos provided by IGN:
Microsoft only had one live game demonstration at the Tokyo Xbox Summit today. Towards the end of the conference, Square Enix producer Hiromichi Tanaka took the stage, shared the E3 Final Fantasy XI trailer with the audience, then proceeded to play the game right before our eyes.

The version of the game played by Tanaka features the most recent Final Fantasy XI world updates and runs on the actually Xbox 360 hardware. If you want a first look at how FFXI will look and play on the 360, download our two gameplay videos in the video section below (Tanaka didn't play too well because he was speaking).

In closing, Tanaka assured that Final Fantasy XI's beta test is still on track to kick off with the launch of the 360 later this year. He even went so far as to say that the beta test will occur on a previously unseen scale.

Brief gameplay videos of this early version of the X360 FFXI can be seen at IGN as well.

Speculation has been running high regarding two new trademarks filed this month by Square-Enix at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The first was the trademark Treasures of Aht Urhgan, while the second was named Scars of the War. It remains to be seen if these will be used, and if so whether they are related to Final Fantasy XI, but one could possibly be the name of the next expansion.

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Goldfishies Return!
Posted by: Mirriam - Sun Jul 24th, 2005 12:53 am EDT
Mir and Mashi scooping. Come armed with your Yukata and some spare gil for scoops, and get ready to scoop, scoop, scoop! This is the first section of the Sunbreeze Festival event. Head to the area of your choice and talk to the NPC. There, you will receive a free Goldfish Bowl (last option when you talk to them), and have the opportunity to purchase super scoops at 100 gil apiece (they stack to 12). Equip the Goldfish Bowl (range) and the Super Scoop (ammo), then go wading into the water.

Don't have your Yukata from last year? That's not a problem, there are moogles in every town that are selling the Yukatas as well as assorted fireworks. You can find the moogles at these locations:
Northern San d'Oria (D-8)
Port Bastok (L-8)
Windurst Waters (G-10)

NPC to get started:
East Sarutabaruta, Kesha Shopehllok, (H-8) (sitting on the bridge)
Rabao, Mei, (F-7) (sitting against water pump)
South Gustaberg, Fish Eyes, (E-8) (by Fumaroles, sitting against a rock)
West Ronfaure, Saradorial, (G-10) (at Knightwell, by fence)

This pretty much works just like fishing. You even type /fish (or fish from your menu) to "scoop". However, the wait time in between scooping is much shorter (and the animation more amusing).

When you attempt to scoop a fish, you will get one of these four messages:
A tiny goldfish has approached!
A plump, black goldfish has approached!
A fat, juicy goldfish has approached!
There are no goldfish to be found...

If a fish approaches, you must press Enter in order to catch the goldfish. After you've pressed Enter, you'll have one of these four messages:
Obtained: (fish)
You lost your catch.
The paper on your super scoop ripped.
The goldfish slipped off your scoop...

After you've acquired some goldfish, bring them back to the NPC and trade them. They will count up your fishies, and award you the allotted points.

Tiny Goldfish: 1 point
Black Bubble-Eye: 2 points
Lionhead: 10 points

Prizes: 5 points: a Super Scoop
15 points: a bag of fireworks
25 points: large fans
30 points: a colored drop
50 points: a mystery box (12 Spirit Masque)
80 points: another mystery box (Goldfish Set)

Goldfish Bowl, at last!
Event Specifics

Official Announcement: The Sunbreeze Festival
Event Item Rewards: Spirit Masque, Goldfish Set, Super Scoop, Black Drop, Blue Drop, Clear Drop, Green Drop, Purple Drop, Red Drop, White Drop, Goldfish Set.
Other Items Used in Event: Goldfish Bowl, Tiny Goldfish, Black Bubble-Eye, Lionhead, Lord's Yukata, Lady's Yukata.

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Site Updates - July 21, 2005
Posted by: Cuer - Thu Jul 21st, 2005 09:55 am EDT
Everything in this site update is from the July 19 patch. The specifics of all the changes and additions can be found in the July 2005 FFXI Patch Compilation of Info, which is being constantly updated with the lastest info from the patch.

Items Added: Saltwater Aquarium, Freshwater Aquarium, Goldfish Bowl, Timepiece, Toolbag (Shino), Toolbag (Kodo), Toolbag (Sai), Toolbag (Kagi), Toolbag (Jusa), Toolbag (Shihe), Toolbag (Mizu), Toolbag (Hira), Toolbag (Maki), Toolbag (Kawa), Toolbag (Tsura), Toolbag (Uchi), Adamantoise Soup, Diatryma Meat, Tavnazian Ram Meat, Sin of Intemperance, Sin of Infatuation, Sin of Insolence, Sin of Invidiousness, Sin of Indulgence, Sin of Indolence, Sin of Indignation, Aura of Voracity, Aura of Adulation, Vice of Aspersion, Vice of Avarice, Vice of Antipathy, High-Quality Aern Organ, High-Quality Euvhi Organ, Fresh Blood, Hopipi Doll, Saltwater Set, Freshwater Set, Goldfish Set, Salinator, Desalinator, Sea Foliage, River Foliage, White Sand, Silica, Glass Sheet, Sieglinde Putty, Zincite, Zinc Oxide, Shell Powder, Flaxseed Oil, Shield Bug, Clustered Tar, Air Tank, Fomor Codex, Ghrah M Chip, High-Quality Hpemde Organ, Deed of Sensibility, Goblin Cutting, Yagudo Cutting, Quadav Parts, Orc Cutting, High-Quality Antlion Jaw, Moblin Sheep Wool, Moblin Sheep Leather, Moblin Sheepskin, Moblin Putty, Moblumin Sheet, Moblumin Ingot, Cordial Invite, Third Virtue, High-Quality Xzomit Organ, Deed of Moderation, Second Virtue, High-Quality Phuabo Organ, Deed of Placidity, First Virtue, Sixth Virtue, Fourth Virtue, Fifth Virtue, Pumimi Doll, Premium Bag, Antlion Trap, Shrimp Lantern, Luminion Chip, Shikaree Ring, Minerva's Ring, Bellona's Ring, Mars's Ring, Vilma's Ring, Fasting Ring, Tamas Ring, Sattva Ring, Rajas Ring, Peacock Amulet, Love Torque, Temperance Torque, Faith Torque, Fortitude Torque, Prudence Torque, Hope Torque, Justice Torque, Purgatory Collar, Parade Gorget, Dhalmel Whistle, Ajase Beads, Van Pendant, Astute Cape, Altruistic Cape, Merciful Cape, Gramary Cape, Bellicose Mantle, Resentment Cape, Lucent Cape, Ninurta's Sash, Swift Belt, Dash Sash, Red Sash, Galliard Trousers, Black Hose, Tarutaru Shorts +1, Tarutaru Shorts, Galka Trunks +1, Mithra Shorts +1, Tarutaru Trunks +1, Elvaan Shorts +1, Elvaan Trunks +1, Hume Shorts +1, Hume Trunks +1, Galka Trunks, Mithra Shorts, Tarutaru Trunks, Elvaan Shorts, Elvaan Trunks, Hume Shorts, Hume Trunks, Bounding Boots, Volans Greaves, Rostrum Pumps, Rutter Sabatons, Mountain Gaiters, Empress Hairpin, Ace's Helm, Spelunker's Hat, Patroclus's Helm, Rain Hat, Sinister Mask, Entrancing Ribbon, Choplix's Coif, Tsoo's Headgear, Da'Vhu's Barbut, Gadzradd's Helm, Laurel Crown, Stars Cap, Goblin Coif, Yagudo Headgear, Quadav Barbut, Orc Helm, Barbarian Mittens, Heavy Gauntlets, Sennight Bangles, Mycophile Cuffs, Signal Pearl, Novia Earring, Novio Earring, Hospitaler Earring, Intruder Earring, Heims Earring, Harvest Earring, Optical Earring, Tarutaru Top +1, Tarutaru Top, Assault Breastplate, Reverend Mail, Yinyang Robe, Archer's Jupon, Fomor Tunic, Nanban Kariginu, Trailer's Tunica, Galka Gilet +1, Mithra Top +1, Tarutaru Maillot +1, Elvaan Top +1, Elvaan Gilet +1, Hume Top +1, Hume Gilet +1, Galka Gilet, Mithra Top, Tarutaru Maillot, Elvaan Top, Elvaan Gilet, Hume Top, Hume Gilet, Light Buckler, Tortoise Shield, Clipeus, Gassan, Raphael's Rod, Prudence Rod, Sea Rob. Cudgel, Seawolf Cudgel, Pilgrim's Wand, Heavy Shell, Tiphia Sting, Musk Sachet, Civet Sachet, Sweet Sachet, Attar Sachet, Olibanum Sachet, Millefleurs Sachet, Balm Sachet, Rogetsurin, Aureole, Virtue Stone, Fortitude Axe, Z's Trident, Love Halberd, Y's Scythe, Temperance Axe, Oliphant, Raikiri, Soboro Sukehiro, Katayama, Futsuno Mitama, Hope Staff, Gelong Staff, Selene's Bow, Almogavar Bow, Garde Pick, Justice Sword, Swan Bilbo, Auriga Xiphos, X's Knife, Sirocco Kukri, Faith Baghnakhs, Boreas Cesti

Items Updated: High-Quality Pugil Scales, High-Quality Coeurl Hide, Little Comet, High-Quality Eft Skin, Egret Fishing Rod, High-Quality Bugard Skin, High-Quality Scorpion Shell, High-Quality Crab Shell, Panther Mask +1, Panther Mask, Amemet Mantle +1, Amemet Mantle, Darksteel Pick +1, Manoples +1, Manoples

Recipes Added: Goldfish Bowl, Zinc Oxide, Glass Sheet, Saltwater Set, Freshwater Set, Sieglinde Putty, Moblin Putty, Antlion Trap, Shell Powder, Yagudo Headgear, Quadav Barbut, Adamantoise Soup, Shrimp Lantern, Goblin Coif, Orc Helm, Freshwater Aquarium, Saltwater Aquarium, Flaxseed Oil

Items Drops Added: Tavnazian Ram Meat

PlayOnline: Details on Current Known Issues
Posted by: Cuer - Thu Jul 21st, 2005 09:52 am EDT
[Updated with more Current Known Issues on July 25.]

Jul. 25, 2005 03:05 [PDT]

Details on Current Known Issues (Jul. 25)

Since the implementation of the latest version update on Jul. 18, 2005, the following quest related issue has been discovered. Maintenance to address this issue was performed on Jul. 25, 2005 at 2:00 (PDT).

-After making a request to the "An Affable Adamantking?" NPC for a new quest item, and then speaking to the "A Moral Manifest?" NPC, players will obtain an incorrect item and will no longer be able to receive the correct item from the original NPC. This issue also occurs when making a new item request to the "A Moral Manifest?" NPC, then speaking to the "An Affable Adamantking?" NPC.

* For players who have obtained the incorrect item and have yet to complete the quest, the correct item may be obtained by trading the incorrect item to the original quest NPC.

Official PlayOnline Announcement

Jul. 21, 2005 04:30 [PDT]

Details on Current Known Issues (Jul. 21)

Since the implementation of the latest version update on Jul. 18, 2005, several gameplay and system related issues have been discovered. Solutions to these issues are now being tested. Players will be informed as soon as solutions are finalized.

The following issues have been discovered:

- An issue in official Ballista matches where auto-balance entries would result in unbalanced forces.
*This issue has been addressed on Jul. 21, 2005 4:15(PDT)

- An issue wherein mannequins do not pose as they are intended.

- An item, "a spool of wool thread" that is necessary for synthesizing "Yagudo Headgear" has been found missing in the NPC dialogues.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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PlayOnline: The Sunbreeze Festival!
Posted by: Cuer - Wed Jul 20th, 2005 11:54 am EDT
Sunbreeze Festival Enjoy the Season with the Sunbreeze Festival!

Every year at about this time, a seasonal festival is held in Vana'diel where the wild and even the wacky are regular occurrences! This year, the festivities have a new name--the "Sunbreeze Festival." So what will we be celebrating this time? And what does the festival hold for curious adventurers?

Jul. 20, 2005 08:05 [PDT]

The Sunbreeze Festival!

Master, Master!
My wings are wilting wretchedly in this warm weather, kupo!
It's times like this that I wish I wasn't covered in fur...

Of course, we moogles aren't the only ones suffering, kupo!
All the craftsmen, merchants, and even the city guards are languishing listlessly while longing for a little relief from the heat.

But never fear, kupo!
Officials from each nation have joined forces with the M.H.M.U. to lift the spirits of sweltering soldiers and adventurers alike with a brand-new proposal: the Sunbreeze Festival!

While continuing the popular activities of previous festivals, this event aims to lure cool breezes from the heavens with all the fun and dancing taking place here on the ground, kupo! The officials I mentioned earlier had a slightly different idea, but it was thankfully voted down. (Casting a humongous Blizzaga V above each city and showering the citizens with shards of ice didn't seem like the safest solution, kupo...)

Fantastic fireworks and sensational goldfish scooping are slated to make a return this year, along with the introduction of the Rakapopo Dancers; a Tarutaru troupe that performs the Far Eastern Sunbreeze Shuffle! And don't miss out on the wonderful prizes to be won from the addictive new game invented by Azimuth of the Alchemists' Guild, kupo! All these absorbing activities are sure to take your mind off the heat, so join your friends and help make the Sunbreeze Festival a refreshing success!

Event Details
This event is scheduled to commence at Jul. 21, 2005 17:00 (PST).

Event Locations
The festival will take place in the following areas, with festive music and fireworks to liven up the evening from 19:00 to 6:00 (Vana'diel Time).

West Ronfaure/East Ronfaure/Northern San d'Oria/Southern San d'Oria
North Gustaberg/South Gustaberg/Bastok Mines/Bastok Markets
East Sarutabaruta/West Sarutabaruta/Windurst Waters/Windurst Walls/Windurst Woods
Western Altepa Desert/Eastern Altepa Desert/Rabao

Fireworks will be sold in these locations:*
Northern San d'Oria (D-8)
Port Bastok (L-8)
Windurst Waters (G-10)

Goldfish scooping sets can be obtained from merchants in these locations:
West Ronfaure (G-10)
South Gustaberg (E-8)
East Sarutabaruta (H-8)
Rabao (F-7)

*We confirmed that the previous information about where the fireworks will be sold were incorrect. However, the information have been corrected. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

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July-August 2005 FFXI Patch Compilation of Info
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Jul 19th, 2005 02:21 pm EDT
The July 2005 FFXI patch was the first major game update in three months, bringing a slew of additions and changes; the August patch provided more gameplay changes and a number of fixes. All the information about these patches will be eventually be found within this compilation of info. This news covers the main patch that went live on July 19, 2005, and the second patch from August 1, 2005. (Previous patch compilations of info can be found in the News Highlights.)

Original Post: July 19, 2005
Last Updated: Monday, April 17, 2006

Latest Additions: Updated with the latest information; as more info is available regarding the additions in this patch, it will be added. The main info still missing here relates to Sea, and the many drops from the mobs there; once that data is completed in the database, this Compilation of Info will be updated to reflect that info.


PlayOnline: Congestion During the Version Update
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Jul 19th, 2005 07:17 am EDT
Jul. 19, 2005 06:45 [PDT]

Congestion During the Version Update: Addition

This is an update regarding the version update error occuring since Jul. 19, 2005 2:00 (PDT).

Due to heavy server traffic, some of the users are still experiencing difficulties logging into PlayOnline contents.

We will continue to investigate and conduct every operation necessary to resolve this matter. If timeout or network error occurs, we ask that you please wait awhile and then try again.

We deeply apologize for any inconvenience.

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Jul. 19, 2005 03:50 [PDT]

Congestion During the Version Update

Due to heavy server traffic upon the completion of maintenance at 2:00 (PDT), timeout or network errors may occur when you try to log into PlayOnline contents. Access to PlayOnline.com (http://www.playonline.com/) may also be affected.

If you are unable to access the version update, we ask that you please wait a while and then try again.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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