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Final Fantasy XIV Group Site Launched

We've been playing FFXIV for a few months now, and we figured it was about time we had a bit of a presence for the game on the website - so welcome to our shiny new Final Fantasy XIV Group Website!

We're all currently at different stages in game - some finished the story, and some haven't, etc - but we're planning to continue our efforts to beat content unsynced as a group as soon as we can. Thus far we've progressed well with Bahamut and Alexander, and there's definitely more to come on the horizon.

If you want to join our Cross World Linkshell give one of us a shout on either the forums or Discord, and we'll get you sorted out with an invite. For now, enjoy the new website!


The STR-AO Dance Troupe Rides Again

Let our recent video unearthing trend continue! Once upon a time several of us were known in Anarchy Online for our supremely seductive dancing skills, and after an old video of those skills being brought to our attention we thought "what the hell - why not show off how we used to move"!

Head over to see our STR-AO Dance Troupe dance the night away! We bear no responsibility for any scarring it may induce...

Our thanks to JarodRah for bringing this video back to our attention again after all this time...


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Shadowbringers Goes Live!

Some happy news for our FFXIV group as at long last, Shadowbringers is upon us! Patch 5.0 was released on Friday and we're now into the early access period! Let the hype commence - especially if the reaction the MSQ is getting is anything to go by!

There are some fairly substantial changes in the patch as you'd expect, particularly in terms of abilities for some classes. There's a few links and bits of useful information that I've collected here on the forum. It's worth giving these a read before you play to hopefully give yourself an idea as to how to repair your likely broken rotations before you head ingame.

Happy patch weekend guys - catch you ingame!


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E3 2019 Schedule

Ready for this year's E3?

Here's what the main schedule looks like atm:

Sat 8th June - EA Play

Sun 9th June - Microsoft, Bethesda & Devolver Digital

Mon 10th June - UploadVR, PC Gaming Show, Limited Run Games, Ubisoft, Kinda Funny Games Showcase & Square Enix

Tue 11th June - Nintendo & E3 Coliseum (Day One)

Wed 12th June - E3 Coliseum (Day Two)

Thu 13th June - E3 Coliseum (Day Three)

For further details, times, live stream links (and later, VODs) please see the forum thread here.

There will be no conferences from Sony or EA this year (gearing up for next year's next-gen event I imagine) however we do have a couple of new additions to the schedule; UploadVR with their E3 VR Showcase & Kinda Funny Games with theirs too.

Whilst EA will not be holding a conference they will still have some coverage with their EA Play event which will include multiple live streams throughout that day, likely showing off games such as Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.

Square Enix have also decided to make use of Sony's usual timeslot (with the Kinda Funny Games Showcase comfortably sitting in between that & the Ubisoft conference) so I would expect to see us end the Monday with FFVII:Remake - fingers crossed!

Hope to see you all on Discord for the live streams!


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STR Downs Twintania Unsynced

Within our newly formed linkshell in Final Fantasy XIV, we've started running some older raid content unsynced - to see how far we can get with it as a group without needing a full raid party. Tonight we celebrate our first major success as we down Twintania from The Binding Coil of Bahamut!

As we ready ourselves to take on The Second Coil of Bahamut, we're hoping this will be the first in a string of successes for us as a group. Congraulations to our victorious party of M.Steiner (healer, DPS, and unwilling tank extraordinaire), Isileth (wielder of encyclopedic knowledge of mechanics), and Anubis (DPS and would-be tank)!


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Fancy Joining Us In FFXIV?

If you hadn't heard Twitch Prime is running a promotion where Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn is free to play for 30 days for all subscribers. Why does this matter? Well I've been playing for the last few months, and with the promotion one or two more of us are making our way into the game - and we'd love you to join us too!

We're playing on the Omega server, and we've set up a Linkshell to allow us to chat as we play. Come join us, it'll be fun!


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2018 STR Christmas Giveaway

Hey all! I have decided to hold a special STR giveaway on the forums this Christmas where I will be giving away a bunch of free games! Whilst this giveaway is PC focused, there are a nice range of titles to pick from so even if you're more of a console gamer these days chances are there is still something you'd be able to play on PC, should anything catch your fancy!

Just a few of the titles I'm giving away include; Overwatch, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Dark Souls III, Hitman & Hollow Knight.

This giveaway is open to all existing members and to claim a game all you need to do is reply to the giveaway thread & request one of the titles still available.

Merry Christmas all!


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Old FFXI Group Videos Unearthed

FFXI? I know, it's been a while - 10 years to be exact since our group was active! But whilst doing a bit of server cleanup recently we've stumbled on some old group videos that we made back in 2006, and we've even put them live on our new Final Fantasy XI Group Videos Page! That's right, actual video content - we must be getting more modern or something...

Our thanks to BlackDove for filming all of these at the time, and they're a very cool look back into our groups of old. Feel free to take a look and enjoy!


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Blackwater Operations Demo Released

It's been a long, long time since we last updated on the progress of Blackwater Operations - you may not even remember much about it, it's been so long - but we're really happy to share that the Blackwater Operations demo has finally been fully remastered and released!

Led by our very own BlackDove since 2005, BWO has been the very definition of a slow burn project but one which puts the highest quality and standards at the heart of what it's trying to do. Packed full of incredibly detailed art and models, the long awaited demo should be a treat for any of our old FS2 players around the place.

If you're interested, head on over to the release thread on HLP and take a look! The team would really appreciate feedback from anyone who plays! If you need a reminder of what the mod is to be about you can find that over on HLP too.

Happy flying!


E3 2018 Schedule

This years E3 is fast approaching with only 31 days to go before the first conference goes live on Sat 9th June.

Here's how the schedule is looking:

Sat 9th June: Electronic Arts (11am PDT)

Sun 10th June: Microsoft (1pm PDT) | Bethesda (6:30pm PDT)

Mon 11th June: Square Enix (10am PDT) | Ubisoft (1pm PDT) | PC Gaming Show (3pm PDT) | Sony (*Expected 6pm PDT)

Tue 12th June: Nintendo (9am PDT)

There will also be three full days of E3 Coliseum this year (Tue 12th - Thu 14th June) instead of two, one confirmed panel being a 20th anniversary celebration of Grim Fandango including a live reading from the original cast, live music from Peter McConnell, Tim Schafer and more.

CD Projekt RED are confirmed to be presenting a role-playing game at E3 this year so it looks like we'll get our first look at Cyberpunk 2077 here. Excited? I know I am!

For a more detailed look at the schedule with further time zones & stream links please see my forum post here. Sony have still to announce their conference time so the time above is based on their usual timeslot from previous years. The forum schedule will of course be updated as soon as they officially announce it.

Hope to see you on Discord for the live streams!


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