How to Float Windows and Wall Items in FFXIV

How to Float Windows and Wall Items in FFXIV

So after I posted my video about floating furniture arrangements in Final Fantasy XIV housing, I got a request to see how I’d floated the windows that I was using as a wall between the loft and the rest of the room. 

I recorded it pretty much right away, and it was super quick because it’s actually the first glitch I discovered when I was learning how to decorate in Square Enix’s needlessly restrictive housing districts. But then life happened, so I didn’t get to audio and editing until last night.

The video actually teaches two glitches:

  • The storage/subcommand glitch, which lets you place pretty much anything anywhere you want out of your storage, and
  • The wall item floating glitch, which lets you tell an item that would usually require a wall to float on its own

Both glitches will work for a lot more than just imitation square windows, so if you’re getting into decorating houses, be sure to keep them in your toolkit.

And now, without further ado, here is how to float imitation square windows (and any wall-mounted item, really) in FFXIV!

The Girly Geek’s Ultimate Guide to Instagram

The Girly Geek’s Ultimate Guide to Instagram

Have I ever told you guys the origin story of my Instagram account? I don’t think so. So here goes.

Two years ago, I was just a happy little wannabe blogger who spent a month trying to figure out WordPress and themes. I knew eventually I’d need to find a way to share what I was writing with the world, but it wasn’t until I saw that my theme had an Instagram widget that I really gave it any thought.

At the time, I didn’t really have any experience with Instagram. I had a personal account that I created just so I could upload photos of my trip to London, and that was about it. 

But man, did I want to know what that widget would look like.

In a fit of curiosity and inspiration, I decided to create an Instagram account for my not-yet-launched blog. All I put on it was a screenshot of a Dratini from Pokémon Go, followed shortly by a terrible phone picture of Whimsydale in Diablo 3. 

Then, Shane promoted it on his own profile. Overnight, I gained 1,000 followers—and I figured I was officially committed to figuring out what the heck I was doing on Instagram.

So without further ado, here’s what I’ve learned about building an Instagram profile!

Image quality matters.

In the last few years, I’ve learned a lot about image quality and how it means something different on Instagram than it does pretty much anywhere else. If you aren’t sure what I mean, check out a few feeds from popular influencers and Instagrammers. There are a few traits they usually have in common:

  • They’re physically high-quality images, usually well-framed, with good depth of field, clarity and similar lighting across the board
  • They’re usually edited to present a united, cohesive aesthetic
  • They’re usually meticulously arranged and suited perfectly to what their audience wants to see

At first, those seemed like really intimidating benchmarks for someone who had never managed to take a straight landscape picture in her life. And of the first few pictures I posted, not a single one met any of those benchmarks. They were all darkly lit, super zoomed in, and inconsistently edited.

It wasn’t until I started posting with a consistent editing style and better lighting that I started to get real engagement and traction. And as I got more comfortable working with what I already had, instead of worrying about matching all the trends, it got much, much easier!

Pro tip: Stay tuned for my upcoming book on how to build an Instagram profile and fill it with Insta-worthy photos! Plus, check out my Instagram Influencer Master Class for tips on how to avoid content overwhelm when it comes to creating content.

The algorithm…is kind of a lie.

One of the biggest things that Instagrammers talk about is The Algorithm. It’s evolved beyond a method that Instagram uses to show people content and turned into the biggest nightmare that some people have. I’ve legitimately seen people take breaks from the platform because they were depressed about things like the algorithm limiting them to 7% of their audience.

That really bothers me, because it doesn’t even do that.

In fact, most of the things we hear about the Instagram algorithm—like how it punishes us for not replying to comments, or that comments have to be more than three words to “count”—are just rumours. Some of them stemmed from the rise of pods, where people were required to leave comments on others’ posts to boost engagement, and just leaving emojis on dozens of posts in a short amount of time would get them banned for being spam accounts.

Some of them came from misinformation, because while you don’t get punished for not answering comments, you don’t get the uplift in engagement for answering them because Instagram doesn’t filter out your own comments on posts when it does its algorithm-ing.

And some of them have been actively debunked by Instagram itself

Tags matter.

The algorithm does exist, and it does affect how many people see your content. But one of the easiest ways to work with the algorithm, instead of getting stressed out about how it’s limiting you, is to use the appropriate tags on your stuff.

Hashtags are the lifeblood of Instagram, and the bane of many a content creator. They’re finicky things, and they’re surrounded by almost as many rumours as the algorithm. Here’s what I’ve learned about them:

  • Mixing up the hashtags you use is a smart idea. Using the same ones over and over limits your exposure and makes you look spammy. I keep four sets of regular hashtags that I circulate on my posts, and add image-specific ones as necessary.
  • Using account-specific hashtags, rather than image-specific hashtags, will help you reach more of the right people in the long run. Even if that one picture isn’t #gamingblog-related, people who click through to your profile will see that’s what you’re all about.
  • Using hashtags with more than 500,000 posts associated with them is a bad idea. Yes, they’re popular—but that means your content will quickly get lost in a sea of other posts. Stick to tags with over 5,000 and under 500,000 posts to get the best results.
  • Use as many hashtags as you can. Instagram lets you use 30 hashtags on each post, and I hear a lot of people saying not to use them all because people don’t want to read them. There are all kinds of ways to hide your hashtags so your readers don’t have to see them, and there’s no reason not to use a free resource like that, right?

Location tags are a relatively new thing, and although it can seem weird to do, tagging a location on your post is basically a free hashtag. It puts your post on another page, similar to what a hashtag does, and it can appear in searches for that location. 

You can take it literally and use your actual location (that option is really popular with bloggers), but I’ve also seen people use it to tag silly locations that work for the context of each post.

And most importantly…

It’s a community, not an audience.

As a full-time content marketer, I hear a lot of people talk about audiences on social media platforms. Heck, I’ve been known to think of it that way myself. But it’s important to remember that followers aren’t numbers in an audience; they’re all valuable members of a community, just like you.

Talking to your audience like it’s a community means you’ll make friends, build relationships, and ultimately enjoy using social media. Thinking of them as numbers will get you caught up worrying about the numbers, which will stress you out and make you forget about the social part of social media.

Been there. Never again.

Ready to learn more about building the Instagram profile of your dreams? Check out my Instagram Influencer Master Class, or kickstart your journey with my brand-building guide!

Tabletop Tuesday: I Made (Another) Race for Pathfinder

Tabletop Tuesday: I Made (Another) Race for Pathfinder

I’ve been pretty terrible about updating you guys about how our Pathfinder game with my created race is going. So here’s a quick update for you:

  • It’s incredibly fun to play, especially as a summoner
  • I had no idea how to play a summoner so I built her all wrong
  • We’ve party-wiped three times so far but our DM is very nice and gave us all one chance to use in situations like that

The other day, when Shane came home with a challenge from his DM to create a race with 41 RP points (which his group will have to face later, ha), I took up the challenge—and decided to sneakily create a 20-point version that I could use.

You know, just in case we party-wipe again.

Meet the Lympasi.

This new race is based really heavily on the depiction of the Greek gods in the Disney version of Hercules. Like straight-up looked at a picture and figured out how to build something just like that.

Even the name, the Lympai, is basically just a shortened form of Olympai, the Greek word for Olympian.

If you choose to use it, I hope you enjoy it—and I hope you, too, get Zero to Hero stuck in your head every time you win a fight.

Lympai Race (Lympasi)

The descendents of an ancient race of mythical gods, the Lympai carry the history and magic of their ancestors with them. They are the last connection with the beliefs of that ancient society, and although some traditions and features have been lost over the centuries, they are careful to keep their ancestry intact as much as possible. Their legends tell of a god who descended from the heavens atop a sacred mountain to protect the world from calamity, but fell in love and lived out the rest of his days on the surface as a mortal. This is believed to be the start of their race.

They can find themselves tied to tradition, which occasionally causes a youngster to abandon their home in favour of adventure, but that is a rare occurrence. For the most part, they distance themselves from other races, preferring to socialize amongst themselves. They can be rather naïve about the outside world.

Physical description: Lympasi have a very humanoid appearance. They are typically quite tall, ranging between 6’ to 7’ for women and 7’ to 8’ for men. The surface dwellers who do know of this race revere them for their classical looks; the men have strong, straight features, and women have graceful, delicate features. They are often the source of inspiration for wandering bards’ tales. The only thing that distinguishes them from tall humans is a light, otherworldly glow—they can extinguish it at will, but most do not as a sign of respect for their heritage.

Their coloration is very similar to the wide range of human populations. They tend to prefer flowing clothes that do not hinder their movement.

Society: Closed off from most of the world, Lympasi live in a society that reminds one of a much earlier time. They tend to use odd, outdated phrases, which are completely normal to them.

All Lympasi are trained as fighters until their 18th birthdays. Around this age, they tend to manifest unique powers, which can happen earlier if forced by extenuating circumstances. When this happens, they sometimes choose to pursue other callings, including scholarly and trades, although most of them do stay in martial training. Every member of the Lympai is required to act as a member of the military, which is inactive until needed. Their societal standing is based on their military standing.

Relations: The Lympai distance themselves from most other races. However, because they live in the foothills of their sacred mountain, they do work closely with dwarves, and have great respect for their society. They also have a giddy appreciation for any other races that they perceive as magic, especially elves, sylphs, and shapeshifters. This is usually a one-sided appreciation.

Alignment and religion: Lympasi are staunch and traditional, but believe firmly in kindness and respect. Most Lympasi are lawful, and nearly all are good. Their religion is tied to the gods of their ancestry.

Standard racial traits

Ability score modifiers: Lympasi are trained fighters. They gain +4 Strength, +2 Constitution, +2 Dexterity, and -2 Intelligence. They gain +4 Charisma for their looks.
Size: Lympasi are considered Medium creatures and receive no bonuses or penalties for their size.
Type: Lympasi are Outsiders (native) with ties to Heaven.
Base speed: Lympasi have a base speed of 30 feet.
Languages: Lympasi start play speaking Common and Celestial. Those with high Intelligence scores can learn any other language, except Druidic or secret languages.

Defense racial traits

Lifebound: Lympasi gain a +2 racial bonus on all saving throws made to resist death effects, against negative energy effects, Fortitude saves made to remove negative levels, and Constitution checks made to stabilize if reduced to negative hit points.
Natural armor: All Lympasi receive a +1 natural armor bonus to their AC.

Feats and skill racial traits

Quick reactions: All Lympasi receive Improved Initiative as a bonus feat.
Nimble attacks: All Lympasi receive Weapon Finesse as a bonus feat.

Senses racial traits

Darkvision: Lympasi have darkvision 60 feet.

How to Float Entire Furniture Arrangements in FFXIV with Wooden Lofts

How to Float Entire Furniture Arrangements in FFXIV with Wooden Lofts

Since I posted about the new wooden loft item in Final Fantasy XIV a few weeks ago, a lot of you have been asking me about how to float things like furniture on top of those lofts. It was a pretty good question, because if we’re being honest here, I never even figured out how to do it on the old loft method.

So I did some digging, and after many YouTube videos, incomplete articles, FAQs, and more attempts and failures than I really want to talk about, I finally figured it out!

It’s actually a heck of a lot easier than the old methods, from what I can tell. (I tried to figure it out once. Once.) And instead of floating individual items and hoping it looks all right when you’re done, you can actually float entire furniture arrangements at once!

So for those of you who have been asking, here is how you float things on top of wooden lofts in FFXIV!

Why I Took a Break from FFXIV

Why I Took a Break from FFXIV

About three weeks ago, I signed into Final Fantasy XIV. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t really be noteworthy—except that it was the first time in a while that I did.

Surprisingly little had changed; my house was still there, my FC was still there, and—yet again—I was the only one online.

That was why I’d taken a break in the first place, and it was kind of hard for me to face again.

Why I quit FFXIV

When I started my FC back in August, I’d had this brilliant vision of creating the next big thing. I had a plan for promotions, I knew what I wanted from members, and I had all kinds of ideas for building community and creating lasting friendships.

It went really well for a couple of weeks, until one member went ballistic on me in the public Discord channel and basically ripped me apart for reasons that I still don’t understand, because every time I tried to solve an issue, they’d switch the subject to something else. Even if they hadn’t left of their own volition, they would have been gone.

After that, people stopped being social. I know more than a few of them thought it was my fault that person left. But it got to the point where Shane and I were the only ones doing anything helpful for the FC, and everyone else would just ask us for more.

That’s when I quit FFXIV.

Why I started playing again

I’m not going to lie, it was kind of nice to take a break from the game. It had become such a big thing for me when I was unemployed that it was hard to adjust to playing while I was working, and I found I had so much more spare time.

But now, I’ve had enough time to start missing the game. And with the Shadowbringers expansion coming up, and because it is a game I genuinely enjoy playing, I decided to log in again.

The game had one more little slap for me for being gone so long, though. When I logged in, I found that folks had been abandoning the FC left and right. Even one of my dearest friends waited for me to log back in, and left the next day. It wasn’t easy to see that happen.

So I came up with a plan.

Shane and I have been having issues finding a good community on our server for a while now, which is actually why we decided to try to build our own. And with everything that’s happened, we’re going to try and move to a more active server. All of our friends have left, and it’s a good day on Famfrit when there’s a handful of people logged in.

So I’m going to liquidate as much of my poor little FC as I can, pass off the house and its airships to another FC that needs a home, and we’re going to move.

I’m pretty nervous about it, but excited too. I hope we’ll be able to find another group of friends to play with, and maybe even find a new housing plot I can decorate!

Do you play FFXIV? Have any server recommendations? Let me know!