Weekly FGO vol. 28

I actually almost forgot about this post. At least there should be some more content in few days.

JP

Apparently I managed to get a single copy of Jalter as screenshotted above. It took me 68 rolls to get her. I did another 53 but got nothing.

With Gudaguda Final rerun’s Okita Alter, I did some more rolls with whatever tickets and gems I have left and managed to get no Okita. At least I got two more Nagayoshi so he’s NP3 now.

I sure could use NP3 Okita Alter but oh well.

On the event itself, I think I’m halfway done farming. And as the extra events are just unlocked today, those are still ongoing as well. There’s about one week remaining so it shouldn’t be too difficult.

I’m not sure about the challenge quest though. I think I did clear it last time with low rarity servants but I sure don’t remember how. I hope I left some screenshots I can refer so I don’t need to find it out again.

Oh, and I cleared Olympus during the 0 AP campaign. It sure was annoying in a lot of ways. Haven’t read the story though as I’m backlogged as far back as Yuga.

NA

Oh right, there was Apocrypha event two weeks ago. With the power of Spartacus and double Waver, the challenge quest sure was easy.

I also grailed him to 80 as can be seen halfway in the screenshot above. I’ll probably get him to 90 as well here. Or maybe 100 🤔 He’s generally useful with good skills and NP, just lacking in stats because of 1☆.

Meanwhile, it’s Gudaguda Meiji Restoration here. They skipped the Holmes event for reasons (apparently they just don’t do real life collab events?). That means no NP upgrade of Taiga or Bedivere for now.

Okita banner should be coming next Thursday I think? It’d be pretty annoying if they skip Okita banner as that’s her last banner even in JP. I have 488 sq and 13 tickets which amount to 175 rolls. Combined with my previous failure with 216 rolls, I sure hope those will be enough to get at least one.

Weekly FGO vol. 27

JP

Free SSR for 20M download campaign sure wasn’t expected. Waver is in the roster so most people who want to have easier farming time and don’t have him already will probably pick him.

I got one myself as well. Now I’m only missing Skadi for support with NP charge. Pictured above is my older account which has Waver (and Skadi) already I got more Mordred instead. Blue Saber is useful as well but NP2 SSR seems better.

With this, both my JP and NA accounts have Waver. In same month \o/ April was Waver month.

There’s still no hint of next event…

And lastly, I need to remember finishing Olympus during this 0 AP story campaign.

NA

Apocrypha event is still ongoing. Main story should be ending soon, I think? I’ve emptied the store and the remaining raids don’t have that good of drops so I’ve most stopped, only doing raids when the AP naturally recharged.

I’m still lacking a lot of mats but I think I’ll save my apples for better raid or box events.

Also, it’s May! Which means Okita banner is coming soon. Or not so soon as it’s still at least three weeks away. I’ll have about 150 rolls for her. Hopefully that’ll be enough for at least NP1. NP2 sure would be nice.

Skadi and Okita Alter are coming soon as well. I’ll probably do 10 rolls for Okita Alter and Valkyrie then save the rest for Skadi. Assuming I have anything left after Okita banner, that is.

Weekly FGO vol. 26

Previous event farming

JP

Amazingly still nothing. There will be a special livestream later today so there may be a rerun of something. El Melloi collab event rerun perhaps? That would mean Waver gacha time. Or maybe Kama? We’ll find out in 18 hours.

NA

Apocrypha event has started. Unfortunately the berserker I prepared can barely manage deal enough damage. Maybe enough with LB’d event CE? It’ll still be a while until I gather enough points for it.

No particular servant I want on rate-up so I’ll be skipping that. Still hoping for NP2+ Okita next month ;-; (currently at 450-ish SQ)

Server upgrade (part 2)

So FreeBSD ran stable on my latest Ryzen setup for at least 18 hours. I guess it’s safe to say it’s stable now.

The x1 graphics card has arrived, and it works without problem. It sure is nice having a tiny graphics card. Maybe I should get more of this.

There were small hitch after I changed back the SATA cabling to connect to the HBA. Some of the drives weren’t detected properly for some reason. Fiddled with the cables a bit and thankfully everything came back up normal.

With this, the upgrade is mostly done. Apart of the ethernet card which I’m still waiting for arrival of the ones with correct bracket and ECC RAM which will be a while until I save enough money for.

There’s also SMR drives situation. I recently learned that manufacturers have started switching to SMR drives which has relatively low random write speed. That explained why the resilver time was so horrible back when I upgraded the pool. Thankfully it can buffer some burst load although it’s not always enough for ZFS operations. The read speed should be mostly fine so I’m thinking of keeping these drives until they die which then I’ll buy normal PMR drives for the replacements. Unfortunately, those will be a bit expensive.

Oh, I almost forgot one more upgrade coming whenever this pandemic situation is over. I’m thinking of taking home a pair of 500GB-ish SSD currently sitting idle in work dev server. I can use them for my home partition as the (NVMe) disk is getting full at 70% and my home directory somehow accounts for 100GB (20%) of it. Slightly slower home directory will be a bit sad but it’s better than having full disk.

Unrelated, but looking again, I considered getting X470 motherboard instead of X570. It’s a bit cheaper and doesn’t need fan. It also has better PCIe configuration at x8/x8 instead of my current X570’s x16/x4. Too bad one of the M.2 NVMe slots is only PCIe Gen 2 x2 (the cheap one). That’s a bit on the slower side for NVMe disk. Still, I probably should’ve gone with that one. I might even be able to fit x16 graphics card on the x1 slot. It’s too late now. RIP me.

There’s also the ASRock Ryzen server motherboard which price quite a lot lower than I thought at 30k. But that one is, well, more expensive. And involves buying directly overseas.

Server upgrade

Not the final form

I’ve been considering this on and off quite a long time ago as I noticed the Intel part post-Ivy Bridge isn’t going to get much cheaper. And then during my 10Gbit upgrade a while back, I learned my server could barely handle half of 10Gbit available. There’s also problem with I need a bit more RAM but I don’t want to buy any more DDR3 sticks as it’s a dead platform by now.

Thankfully Ryzen continued AMD’s tradition (?) of not locking ECC feature on most systems so I upgraded to it three years ago. And my server crashed. A lot. It was unstable. I then tried again two years ago but it’s still crashing. I ended up selling the system and bought a cheap Ivy Bridge server board from ebay last year. It held up pretty well. It even got NVMe upgrade earlier this year.

The thing is, just like for desktop, I sure could use faster CPU. Ryzen 3000 series brought along a lot of per-core performance (IPC) increase. A lot more compared to 1000 series. And it has gotten pretty cheap, at least on 6 cores realm.

I upgraded my desktop end of last year and now it’s turn for the server. Except unlike the desktop one, there’s no good deal this time around. It didn’t help I need more PCIe slots than usually available on cheap motherboard. And I actually wondered if I should wait for B550 and see how it goes especially considering X570 requires fan for its southbridge.

But I ended up getting X570 anyway because I don’t want to wait longer 🙂 I’ve resumed doing some hobby dev work recently and sure could use some upgrade. Especially as my plan for VM on desktop system with NFS-backed storage didn’t go quite well.

Anyway, I upgraded the motherboard (ASRock X570 Pro4) and CPU (AMD Ryzen 5 3500). For RAM I took two sticks from my desktop which currently has a bit too many. Those will need to be upgraded to ECC sometime later when the budget permits.

For graphics card, as this isn’t a server board and there’s no onboard GPU on the CPU, I’m getting a cheap PCIe x1 GT 710 1GiB from Zotac. It costed a bit under 5k on Amazon Outlet. It’s second hand but should be fine. I hope. It’s not arrived yet so I’m currently using another fanless GPU I have but it’s using one x16 slot as even though the PCIe x1 slots are open-ended, there isn’t enough clearance for x16 card.

With one of the only two x16 slots used by the graphics card, I stuck with using my HBA at x1 slot. Thankfully the motherboard has loads of SATA ports (8) so I only need two from the HBA. There’s no cable management though as 1) it’s temporary; and 2) it’s way more annoying with 10 SATA cables in total instead of just two SFF-8087 and two SATA. That should be fixed this weekend.

There’s also network card bracket problem. The brackets I mentioned weeks ago have finally arrived but the size didn’t match. Good job, Fujitsu. I couldn’t find the brackets for those cards either so I’m getting another pair of cards. Assuming they will actually arrive as they’ve been stuck in China for a bit over two weeks now. I just hope they actually arrive. And that they actually work. That would be nice.

The unused board and CPU and RAM will be repurposed for my work dev server. My current one is pretty similar just one generation behind (E3-1235 vs E3-1230v2). I need a new case and PSU though but those shouldn’t be too expensive. Combined, the server will have plenty of RAM (32GiB).

That said, I don’t know if this 3000 series of Ryzen is finally stable enough for FreeBSD. That’s actually the most important thing as otherwise I’ll be forced back to the old system and maybe figure out what to do with this board and CPU. I’ll report back when I got the correct graphics card, I guess. Or earlier if it still crashes.

Bonus photo:

This is definitely not how to install a card. It does work though

Weekly FGO vol. 25

JP

There’s… nothing I can remember of for this week. All I did was just farming for mana prisms as usual.

NA

Journey to the west is ending soon. I finished all the quests, only need to farm.

The challenge quest was not too bad. Mainly thanks to it’s only against single servant.

As for the roll for Waver, thankfully I got one. Not in 20 rolls as I mentioned last week though. It took me 91 rolls total. Thankfully I got two Nezha and two Wu Zetian in the process. No Kaleidoscope though.

I guess with this I’m ready for the Apocrypha raid event. Mostly.

Weekly FGO vol. 24

JP

Lostbelt no. 5 part 2, Olympus, has been released. I’m somehow halfway through it at chapter 13.

Nothing much else otherwise. Chapter 11 boss fight was kind of fun. Or not. The debuff is just annoying. At least it’s doable with solo Enkidu.

NA

Journey to the west has started. It’s farming time (when is it not).

Waver banner is sometime today. I’ll spend 20 tickets this time around. Hopefully that’s enough. Probably not.

Weekly FGO vol. 23

JP

Apocrypha rerun done. Including the challenge quest which was relatively easy. The most difficult part is if Amakusa got to release his NP but that’s about it. It’s even easier with two skadi, one waver, and one zerklot (as seen above).

Apparently I did 10 pulls for Astolfo (saber) but got nothing as usual.

Up next is Olympus. I haven’t even finished reading LB4. Or Shimousa. Or Salem. Sure quite a lot of backlog I have here.

NA

I almost forgot what’s happening here but apparently Anastasia has been released. I’ve been slowly going through it.

Not pulling anything yet which means I won’t max Avicebron anytime soon. His 80% NP charge couple with non-nerfed NP sure will help farming as I have no Kaleidoscope.

I thought up next is Apocrypha except it’s first rerun of Journey to the west. I don’t have much memory of this event. I see Waver on rate up though so maybe I’ll do about 10-30 pulls on his solo banner.

Oh yeah, looking my pull log, apparently I did three pulls for class pickup campaign (caster). Still nothing.

Weekly FGO vol. 22

JP

Fate/Apocrypha collaboration event rerun tomorrow. I didn’t farm much last time and I’m not sure how I’ll do this time.

Meanwhile, I completed Lostbelt No. 5 for the gems and now clearing the free quests as it’s currently half AP until maintenance tomorrow.

NA

Finished challenge quest as per screenshot above. It was relatively easy thanks to all those damage bonus event CEs.

On farming, I’m still lacking a bit over 300k event points. I’ll wait until last minutes before using extra apples.

Next event is Lostbelt No. 1. I probably should clear Shimousa and Salem while at it. Also in JP 👀

Weekly FGO vol. 21

JP

I said 10 rolls on Waver banner. And then I did like 66 :’) And got no Waver. Fuck :’)

That sucked. At least I did get Gilgamesh caster, completing my Gilgamesh lineup. There was also that d’Eon above, one more member of unknown gender. More Circe, bringing her NP to 2. Gilles de Rais caster, completing my low rarity servants lineup. More Diarmuid, another NP2. And lastly, I did get a banner SSR servant this time for a change. Except it’s the wrong one which I don’t quite need. At least this Odysseus has useful up to 6-turns taunt skill.

Now I have almost no gems and tickets.

Next event would be… probably next week after the special broadcast.

Meanwhile, hunting quest and I didn’t get to hunt much.

NA

Saber Wars! With painful farming nodes. I finished farming the gold item but I still need quite a lot of silver and bronze items.

The event is up for another week so there’s plenty of time to finish farming. It’s just rather slow.

I did 30 rolls hoping for some event CE except I got barely any. Also no MHX. I did get Munenori though which isn’t all that useful especially at NP1.

As for the challenge quest… I think I’ll at least need to get all the event CE first. And hopefully one or two extra drops.

Weekly FGO vol. 20

JP

White day event has started. I’m still slowly farming. The overall event is relatively easy thanks to the almost no entry requirement.

The farming nodes are pretty nice as well with no stupid mixed nodes and +50% damage bonus for male servants. Which means RIP Arash.

I ran out of storage space though so I ended up using 32 each of my golden Fou for Okita-chan. And of course it’s annoyingly still 18 cards off so she’s not 2000/2000 yet. Maybe in a few months.

Talking about leveling up, I ended up grailing Jeanne Alter Summer… to 85. Mainly for the same no space reason and also because I just have been considering it for a while now. Still need one more grail for 90 though. And another lots as there are still a bunch I wanto grail to 90 and/or 100 ;_;

I’ll maybe do 10 rolls during Waver (half) banner.

NA

No Saber Wars in sight yet. Maybe next week? Too bad I already have my Saber Alter which is better than Saber Lily.

Otherwise it’s mostly grinding for exp cards and interludes and strengthening quests. There are still quite a lot of things to do here. I sure wish I have Waver and Kaleidoscopes. With those two, even without other ☆4 or ☆5 servants, farming will be way easier.

I did 10 rolls on Waver (half) banner here. And got nothing. Almost. I did get Beowulf which I don’t quite need especially considering we’re getting Jeanne Alter Summer in few months.

At least he’ll do as interim single target berserker as there’s just not many of his type on low rarity servants. That said, his skills are about as useful as Lu Bu so I’m not sure if he’s that much better.

Shirobako Movie

Apparently it’s a thing. I didn’t even know about it (or forgotten about it) until a friend said they watched it. To the movie theater I went (> ‘.’)>

It has been so long since the anime aired and I pretty much forgot almost everything about it. Although I think it took me until about the end of the movie when I stop confusing who’s who. It doesn’t help there are loads of casts involved. And they added some new ones.

It’s, well, Shirobako. I think. It’s anime production. With ups and downs. With license and contract problems. It’s pretty good overall and kind of moving in some places. Nothing extraordinary like Hello World though.

Oh yeah, Hello World is great. Wait, wrong post.

Weekly FGO vol. 19

JP

New event starts tomorrow. It’s a short one and no welfare servant in sight. Who was the last welfare servant even.

In the meantime, grinding for mana prisms as usual.

EN

Cleared challenge quest. It was not too difficult. Just need some Arash and other area NP archers. Then finishing by Fujino.

Next event is Saber Wars but there’s no announcement yet.

Unlike JP, I have good amount of mana prisms here so I’m farming exp cards instead. And clearing strengthening/interludes.

Weekly FGO vol. 18

Replaying my solo Andersen play I did two years ago

JP

Nothing here. Just farming for green cubes. And slowly doing the valentine choco events.

I haven’t redone the challenge quest but there’s no time left. So, yay.

Up next is… no idea, lol. They haven’t announced any new events.

NA

Finished main quests and most of the stores. Still need to clear the challenge quest.

The event, as I said, wasn’t too difficult. It just takes a lot of CE swapping and figuring out which nodes to farm. I think I even cleared it with my few weeks old account in JP two years ago.

Weekly FGO vol. 17

Gacha of despair (not really)

JP

Valentine is done! Kind of. I finished the story and challenge quest and the main store.

Except the challenge quest was done with command seal. I still need to figure out how to do it cleanly. The buff clear and star stealing and NP charge and NP discharge and mass stun and other craps collectively make one rather difficult challenge quest.

The main store is mostly cleared with just monuments and pieces remaining. Oh and the kira kira points. I still need to collect around 1 million points more.

Lastly I still don’t have the extra event CE to max limit break it. The CE itself is pretty useful with focus attack, NP bonus damage, and starting NP charge so MLB’ing it would be pretty useful.

I also managed to pull another Salter within 11 rolls so she’s now NP3.

With all those rolls, I now barely have enough to even do an 11 rolls.

I think I’ll save for either next 社長 servant or Skadi. Or Waver. Merlin is pretty useful for challenge quest but for farming, Waver is way better. Or maybe Skadi if I ever bother maxing out my Zerklot.

NA

KnK revival has started. I did 10 rolls and got no ☆4 or up servants. At least I got one ☆4 event CE and one ☆3 event CE. Those should come in handy. I already have both Shiki and Fujino in JP anyway.

I still want Okita in NA though. Hence saving the gems and tickets.

I’ve barely started the event, just clearing up as many as my AP allows. Maybe I’ll rush it a bit during weekend or something. This event involves a lot of CE swapping and stuff but it’s otherwise relatively easy.

Weekly FGO vol. 16

JP

Nothing at all. Farming mana prisms all day everyday.

New event starts tomorrow.

NA

Almost done with the event. Only need to do the free quest 6 more times to reach 60 million chocolates.

There’s also MHXA pick-up which I did 10 rolls and got nothing from. I can’t roll more as I need to save some gems…

Kara no Kyoukai rerun event should be up next. Yay Shiki. I can certainly use a good single target Assassin. I don’t think I’ll roll for this one. Or maybe just single 10 rolls (as usual?).

Update 2020-02-11 23:21: Forgot to mention I cleared the challenge quest using hint from this video. Though a bit more searching showed it can be solo’d using Abigail as well.