As we hit the home stretch for the Shadow.. Blood.. whatever… expansion we take some time to look back on our experience with Storm..Stormy…SB1. Like a gentle restaurant manager trying to tell you that ratty jeans are not appropriate attire for a server we approach some final constructive feedback for 4.x with a hearty helping of compliment sandwiches for the expansion we hardly knew. From story beats that landed (and that didn’t) to #JusticeForFordola to our favorite game design changes we give the expansion a rousing sendoff.

There’s also a bit of chat on party finder etiquette, and some simple lifehacks for staying at your best and most fresh as you power through all that this enormous new expansion has to offer. Finally we get what is unquestionably the worst NPC name we’ve ever seen and everyone one of us just butchers it horribly. With a full 24 hour maintenance coming up you’ll need your XIV fix somehow, so why not spend an hour or so with us?


Christina Zammarrelli

Gaming has been a core part throughout Poptarts life. Though her specialty is JRPGs, she tries to branch out and try new things. Most of her time gets put into the MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV, but she still finds time to play new games.

Chip Locke

Chip has a boring adult day job and then burns as much free time as possible playing the videos james. Fond of a variety of MMOs, JRPGs, and action games without active time button mashing.

Kristen Allison

Began the gaming life with a game boy to be kept entertained during a vacation in the early 90s and forgot to put it down after that. Currently, most gaming time goes into FFXIV. Doing her best to prove she's not a robot.

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