Blue Thermal

So there’s this anime movie premiered last week. I saw the trailer a few months ago and added it to my reminder. (Sail)planes! Sky! Sports anime! Drama! It seemed just like my thing.

The thing is, it tried to compress 5 whole volumes of manga into two hours. The result is a lot of things got cut off and quite confusing especially as I haven’t read the manga at the time. Not to mention the ending cut even more things short and jumped to what originally took a few years in the manga. Not enough explanation was given and stuff.

I do quite like the rest of it even though I didn’t quite get it the first time and a lot of jargon were thrown around without sufficient explanation (or maybe I just didn’t catch it). The MC’s past was just mentioned in short flashes and needed a lot of extrapolation.

After watching the movie I went of reading the whole manga set (5 volumes and 1 prequel volume and one extra one-shot). It filled up a good chunk of details missing in the movie but unfortunately it looked like the manga serialization was cut short and differently jumped off to the ending (which in the anime it looked like didn’t take actual years). And even worse the ending was kind of different! What the fuck have I gotten myself into (屮゜Д゜)屮

So, yeah, it was overall fun series but the ending left a lot to be desired. I would watch the movie again but maybe I’ll just get the blu-ray later.

I did look into it before even buying the ticket and saw it’s ended 5 years ago. I assumed it got proper ending and deemed good enough to warrant a movie. The ending part clearly isn’t the case and I have no idea why this got a movie long after the serialization ended (which was almost clearly cut short). Maybe there’s still hope for actual sequel?

Oh yeah I quite like the songs as well so I bought the CD above.

Weekly FGO vol. 123

JP

White day event! That’s one interesting Grail War they have there. Seems pretty easy so far and I’ve been just grinding the event currencies as usual along with the daily unlocked story.

Not rolling for this one. Not even Arjuna Alter. I’ve got my Morgan and others. I also just want to save for possible upcoming servants. If anything, this year may be the return of quick.

NA

White day event! As well! Or more like it’s almost ending and I haven’t quite there in term of clearing up the shop. I’ll probably have to use some apples here as I doubt it’ll be enough with just natural AP regen.

Oh and the challenge quest, it was mildly amusing clearing it with Kama. She has no problem clearing first two bars with double Skadi but the last one as expected is pretty tough. With def buff removal NP by Odysseus, I had to use guts to keep Kama alive through his NP and pray she’s not killed afterwards after the guts trigger. Atlas Mystic Code allowed her to use the guts twice although it ended up not needed. The first attempt was failed because her guts didn’t cool down in time. The second attempt worked better thanks to Emiya NP reducing Odysseus’ NP charge. Half damage def buff sucks.

As for the rolls, well, nope. Still saving for upcoming Castoria. And everyone else that come afterwards.

Weekly FGO vol. 122

JP

Valentine ended! Or not! I still need to open all those choco events. I’ll get around doing it after writing this post…

Unexpectedly there’s this Best Valentine Buddy thing. I didn’t really plan for it but thankfully Okita is mine due to me always putter on sub while I used two different farming teams so neither team members got the most point despite Okita being on the fourth slot.

Meanwhile White Day event is starting this Wednesday. From the look of it Arjuna Alter will most likely be available on banner pick up. I don’t know I’ll pull that. He’s pretty useful but Morgan will do in a pinch I think. And I want to save some sq as well.

NA

Dead week is dead. There’s hunting quest but as I mentioned last week I don’t want to use any apples so I only did the bare minimum. That said, even with bare minimum the ice cube node drop was really shit I ended up using bronze apples just to get two ice cubes.

And thus I’m done leveling up this Napoleon guy.

Aeaean event is coming up. The banner’s Enkidu and Cu Alter are pretty useful but I’m also saving my sq here. Castoria is coming up after all. Not to mention 2023 will be full of useful farming servants.

Weekly FGO vol. 121

JP

Event done! …kind of. I cleared challenge quest using the team above and practically no strategy. I probably should at least attempt something like this or this but I have no apple and raising buddy rank requires a lot of farming.

That said, with no debuff from enemy party and the NP being single target, everyone is having their field day trying various ways to clear this. If only the event is slightly longer (or the CQ is unlocked earlier).

As for farming, I still need 800k points and 600 bronze event currency. I tried not using apple but I ended up using some and will probably need a bit more.

I managed to not roll more and only did some paid rolls. Still no Bazett though. I don’t think I’ll do any more paid roll until at least next year (assuming I still play this by then).

NA

As I guessed yesterday, they shuffled events around with hunting quest starting tomorrow. I’ll just farm with natural AP as I’m still saving apples and don’t exactly need any of them at the moment. Except for ice crystals but I only need two of them so it should be easy.

Weekly FGO vol. 120

It’d suck if he hits bond 15

JP

Valentine! Bazett! Well, I tried 10 rolls for her and got nothing. I’ll do paid rolls for a bit more or maybe till the end but I don’t think I’ll do normal roll for her anymore.

As for the event itself, as usual I’m slowly going through it. This account is very low on apple anyway so I don’t have that much choices in the first place.

The battles are relatively easy which is not surprising considering the requirement is just Fuyuki as usual with Valentine (I think?). And unlike last year, there’s no choco shadow quest this time around.

I’m planning to actually check the chocolate giving/getting events this time around although I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to actually do it.

NA

So I saw Sitonai/Shounagon banner a few days ago and tried rolling on that and still got nothing.

The challenge quest was pretty… interesting. Nothing too difficult with two Merlins lol. And especially Ereshkigal’s third skill came in handy as Merlin doesn’t have defensive skill beyond HP regen and one turn invulnerability. As usual I didn’t actually plan anything much after defeating Shounagon so it took a while to finish the quest.

Apple situation is better here but I’m still trying to save as well. I think I need about 10-15 more run on highest difficulty node to clear everything. With a bit over done day still remain, I can finish it without using apples. Or maybe use one just to be safe.

No news on next event yet. It should be White Day on JP but March 14th is still one month away so I don’t know what they’ll do in the mean time. They do have to speed things up a bit due to anniversary being two months earlier so maybe they’ll shuffle events around? Which means Apocrypha Collab rerun? Although strictly speaking the Odysseus event isn’t really a white day event so maybe they can just do that ahead separately from Chaldea Boys Collection thing.

Weekly FGO vol. 119

JP

Nothing much this week. There was Nero Bride pick-up few days ago and I did 47 rolls and got nothing.

Valentine is starting this Wednesday. New servant will be Bazett which is… interesting? Not sure if I’ll roll for her though. Not that I have SQ left at the moment anyway (see above).

On unrelated note, I’m running low on servant coins for creating grails. 2000 coins is a lot of coins.

NA

Valentine has started here. I’ll be going through it slowly and maybe rush around the end accordingly. I need to save apples.

I ended up doing three rolls and got nothing. Just par for the course, I guess.

Weekly FGO vol. 118

JP

Finished the second CQ (again) now with Castoria (friend support) being only higher rarity servant.

I initially tried with Caster Shuten Douji but Reines NP is quite very annoying so Medea is in her place. The strategy is of course get rid of Gray first and then Reines. Medea ended up still being pretty useful for Reines to remove the NP effect. Raising that Hundred Faces was expensive though :’)

I also noticed that while not quite Merlin useful, Andersen works quite well with Castoria in term of providing healing. And with his def buff (when it comes through), it’s slightly more useful than Merlin even (albeit without per turn NP charge).

I haven’t tried the other CQ with lower rarity servants. I don’t know if I’ll be able to spare time for that. I also don’t remember how I did it first time although considering the enemy side attacker is Alexander it’s probably just Gray with assistance from Koyanskaya.

Meanwhile on gacha news, there’s still no Faker but instead:

…yeah. I don’t know how but I ended up rolling five of her in 155 rolls total. Yay?

Also I guess I’ll just need to wait until Faker spooks me on some random rolls later.

With this event coming to a close, up next will be Valentine. There will be a stream next weekend although I’m not sure if it’ll be right after the stream or yet another Wednesday start. I hope it’s right after the stream just so I can start the event early.

NA

Cleared tower event challenge quest with that team above. It was two berserkers so I figured this should work just fine (and it did). As usual it’s just Hokusai spamming her NP with a lot of taunts.

As for the tower itself, I’m currently at floor 82. Only 18 floors left with two remaining days. Should be just enough.

Right after this tower event will be valentine. I don’t think I’ll roll there either…

Weekly FGO vol. 117

JP

Finished main story and the new challenge quest (in easy mode).

The idea is just as usual – let Morgan spam her NP every turn, backed by all the latest buster supports. Oh and taunt CEs because otherwise Morgan will die pretty quickly especially with that NP on bar break. Although now I think about it again, I could’ve used that opportunity to put Waver instead of Mash so there’s even less worry on getting enough NP and damage for Morgan.

The buff from both Morgan NP and Koyanskaya helped getting her damage break 1M. Her being NP3 probably also helped a bit.

All that’s left is finishing the missions and the event shop items and the original challenge quest.

And maybe retry the new CQ with lower rarity servants. There’s quite a lot of time this time around.

I’ve been slowly rolling daily paid SQ for Reines although nothing useful so far.

NA

Tower event has started. I’m currently at floor 84 which is just about right considering there’s still a week left.

Nothing particularly interesting so far apart of the fact I’m filling up the team with 5 servants instead of 3 for that sweet bond points.

No roll plan here and probably none until Castoria.

Weekly FGO vol. 116

JP

Reines event! Her banner! And with new Pretender!

So I did 21 roll and got one Reines. That was nice I thought so I rolled more hoping for Faker. Her 100% NP charge skill with single target arts NP with class advantage against knight classes and caster should come in handy. Except I ended up spending all my SQ with 132 rolls total and didn’t get her at all. But instead I got 4 Reines. That was weird. And annoying. And RIP my SQ stock.

Along the way I didn’t get any useful CE but at least got Percival (NP2), Heracles (NP4), and Chiron (NP2). More Percival is useful.

Raid is coming up in a few days and it would be useful. If only I have more apples.

NA

Done with the event including challenge quests.

I forgot to take screenshot for the first one but it’s the above except replace Eli with Godjuna and relocate him at 1, Orion at 4, and Merlin at 5. Godjuna first defeats all the monkeys in single turn and then after he’s defeated Orion comes in and finish Beni Enma.

As for the second challenge quest, it’s just Orion hitting Youkihi.

Tower event is coming up next week. That would be fun… if it’s longer than two weeks. I’ll need to be careful to not end up rushing on last minute.

Weekly FGO vol. 115

JP

I rolled for Scathach! She’s not exactly useful though!

That took 15 rolls which wasn’t too bad. Rolling for Dark Koyanskaya on the other hand, I spent 58 rolls and didn’t get her. I did get the 5 copies of SSR CE which is mildly useful at least.

Now I’m saving for the upcoming Reines. Another upgrade for her would be nice but she got one a while back so I doubt there will be one.

NA

I spent too much for NA. 11 for Youhiki, 33 for Scathach, and 66 for Tamamo. At least I did get Tamamo but that costed me 110 rolls. Not to mention I will have chance of choosing her for the upcoming SSR ticket.

I’ll either take Saber (for NP2) or Osakabehime or Jack. Bradamante may be fun as well but she’s area and Ereshkigal should be enough for now (and upcoming Gubijin summer).

…I’ll probably just go with Saber. She’s plenty useful and more damage is more useful.

At currently 140 SQ, I sure hope I can collect enough for upcoming Castoria this summer. And Himiko and Okita in October.

Voyager and NP2 Kama would be nice but I think they can come later.

As for the new year event itself, I’m almost done with it. Just need a bit more farming to clear out the store and then challenge quest which is still locked.

Looking at event list, the next one will be tower event. That will be fun. And tiring.

PC Upgrades 2021

Actually Useful Upgrades

More Ram

More RAM more better. Main system currently at 48GiB and office at 32GiB. Could use more (especially home) but should be sufficient for now.

More SSD

Mainly for server VM use, with end configuration for home server at 4x1TB at raidz2 and office at 6x500GB also at raidz2. Should be enough for now. There’s also one extra spare 500GB drive so I guess the 500GB will stay for a longer while.

SAS Cards

Some existing SAS cards were broken and thus replacements were bought. One Fujitsu D2607-A11 which I’ve bought twice now and NEC OEM of LSI 9240-8i. The latter has ports on different place which ends up allows cleaner cable routing. It’s not as common as the former though.

Asus BD-RW

The first brand new BD drive I bought after 2013. This one supports UHD disc and MakeMKV custom firmware which allows better ripping.

Xbox Controller And Related Accessories

This is actually the first time I bought proper controller for PC ever. I also got the wireless adapter so it’s usable on Windows 8. Although now I write it I can probably connect it using bluetooth as my main system now runs Windows 10. Latency seems fine so, yay?

Also bought loads of rechargeable batteries (and the charger) while at it.

Monitor

My main display started showing ghosting so it’s time to be replaced. The replacement is an LG ultrawide 144Hz. I’ve had it in my Amazon shopping cart for a very long time and having to replace the 27″ display I figured I should just go all out. And all out I did. It replaced my whole display setup so it’s now just single display. No more annoyances of slightly different color from different displays.

Mousepad

My mousepad has gotten quite gross and broken with the main layer peeled off from its base. So I replaced it with deskpad making it easier to switch between left and right handed mouse and of course the edges are stitched. It’s also kind of water resistant. I probably should buy another one so I can swap and wash them as needed. There weren’t much choices when I shopped for it last year but there seems to be a lot of options nowadays.

Keycap Replacements

Probably my favorite upgrade for 2021 is keycap replacement. The previous one has gotten quite gross so it’s time for replacement. It’s no PBT but it’s double shot and matches perfectly with the base keyboard (Filco black).

That said I should wash the previous one so I can use it as temporary keycaps whenever I’m cleaning the main one.

Also got another set for office system. Not as good as the classic color one but still pretty good I think.

Wifi Router

The smaller one I’ve been using wasn’t quite good and has been annoying with its config sometimes reset whenever it started on network without running DHCP server. I also have another one which looks like this but the firmware is almost equally annoying. Not to mention it’s rather big and requires large adapter. Replaced them with this one. That said, I may end up needing another switch but it’ll be a 10Gbit one.

Ethernet Cards

I’ve been buying cheap Realteks new but then I realized I should’ve gotten a cheap second hand one with Intel chip which is usually more reliable. Then I got one for 750 yen and it’s been working fine, now serving as ethernet port for my internet connection.

Speakers

I’m not sure if it’s an upgrade but I got a pair of JBL 305P MkII. It’s got hiss. It’s missing accessible volume control, not to mention each unit got its own control (fixed by buying a volume knob from Fostex). Heck, it’s missing easy power switch (also the toggle is on each unit; fixed by using power board with switch). It’s also lacking subwoofer so bass isn’t as pronounced at the moment.

Thankfully the hiss isn’t usually noticeable and I can just turn it off when not needed. Subwoofer situation is a bit more annoying though I think it’s fine for now. Not like it’s completely missing and I’m not that much of basshead anyway.

As for overall quality, uh, I can’t really tell. I think it’s better. Maybe. There seems to be more details as well (which is the main reason I replaced with this).

More HDDs

I didn’t plan this one but a combination of stupid SATA cables and dying old WD Reds causing to buy three IronWolf 8TB. It wasn’t enough to replace the 4x6TB but I remade my main array from 10x8TB to 8x8TB so then I have enough for 4x8TB. The leftover drives are used for direct attach Windows backup drives.

Ryzen 5900X

After waiting a year and the price just not wanting to go down I finally got one second hand for 64k. Not the best deal but still one of the better ones.

Antec NE650

This one ended up probably not quite enough if I ever upgrade my GPU beyond mid range… which I probably won’t do. The most annoying part is I could’ve gotten 750W for just a little bit more but I cheaped out in the end ;_;

Questionable and Useless “Upgrade”s

ATX Case (and PSU)

To be fair, the case itself is perfectly fine. The problem is I ended up not needing it after combining server and desktop into one system (with server function running on multiple VMs).

Extra Ryzen System

Similar to above, I’ve got one extra set of Ryzen 3500 CPU and B450 motherboard. I’ve got no spare RAM so I’ll just sell them separately eventually (same with the case, I’ll probably sell just the case and PSU by itself). At least for PSU I’ll be selling a rather old one.

Too Many 10Gbit

Or more like I don’t need any of them now. I can still use a pair for between main and lab system but they’re not exactly needed. I need to get around selling them eventually. At least I think I should be able to recoup the cost here because I bought them mostly untested so they’re relatively cheap.

Sound Card (lol)

I had server board for desktop and the USB Audio I’ve been using was quite crap in term of loudness for earphones so I got a PCIe one. It works fine but the system has since been replaced by a Ryzen system so it just isn’t needed anymore. At least it was only 1800 yen.

Conclusion

Merging server and desktop makes a lot of setup I had redundant. I tried this kind of setup for office around 2015 but FreeBSD’s Hyper-V support wasn’t quite good at the time and I didn’t have enough HDD to store Windows backup (as I can’t use the VM to store it since those would be inaccessible in recovery mode). I also had the idea using Linux and passthrough devices to a Windows VM.

It took me so long to realize I just need to try my original Windows Host and FreeBSD VM setup again and see if it works. It sure seems to work fine now and I ended up with a bunch of redundant systems now.

Future Upgrades

With “Everything Server” now turned into “Everything System”, upgrade will be much cheaper although I need to make sure the motherboard have enough PCI-e and SATA slots.

On CPU, if I ever go Alder Lake, it’ll probably be ASRock H670 Steel Legend motherboard (open PCI-e notches yay!) and i7-12700. Or maybe I’ll just wait whatever AMD has in store for Zen 4. Intel limiting to 8 performance cores for consumer kinda sucks.

I almost forgot but this Ryzen 5900X is probably not adequately cooled. It’s currently cooled by Kotetsu Mark II which can barely cool the cpu at maximum load. Lack of airflow certainly isn’t helping either. Thankfully such load is rare and adding two 14cm fan (which I have spare of) at the top should help. I need to buy fan filter first though since I don’t fancy cleaning its inside.

RAM situation is pretty questionable at the moment. DDR4 is dying but DDR5 is still pretty expensive and there’s no telling when the price will normalize. I’ll try keeping current one as long as needed.

GPU is, well, WELL. I should’ve pulled trigger on RTX 2060 many years ago when it was still like 20-30k yen. At least I’ve got a GTX 1060 6GB which is quite a bit better than my previous GTX 950.

SSD situation is rather unknown. One NVMe drive I have shows remaining life of 19%. It was used for server and hit with some heavy write load but with now used for Windows system drive with no heavy load it should last longer? The number is a bit worrying and in worst case I’ll just replace it with a SATA SSD. Not like I need the performance anyway.

I also may need extra storage for my gaming drive.

NAS storage actually got a downgrade as I wrote above from 10x8TB to 8x8TB. I’ve done quite a lot of clean ups so it’s now at 9TB free which should last me for at least a year. I hope. Otherwise it’ll be… 8x12TB upgrade? I should start saving for them…

I’m running switch-less at the moment but it also means I’ve got no spare gigabit port which I can use to connect my laptop to. Alternative includes using 10Gbit port with Gigabit SFP (which means I need to disconnect the 10Gbit connection), using my ancient gigabit switch (more cables), getting a gigabit/2.5Gbit USB adapter (maybe no), or getting a 10Gbit switch (quite expensive though). Switch or SFP should make do for now at least.

Subwoofer may or may not coming. I need to free up space in my room before seriously thinking about it. The one I’m considering is pretty big though.

My mouse has started wearing out but I’ve got no good replacement for it. It needs to be symmetrical 9 buttons mouse with internal memory for profiles. Nothing much matches the requirement apart of the G300s I’m currently using but it’ll out of production eventually. Also a wireless one would be nice. Preferably with AA or AAA batteries. Closest one would be G903 but it’s got proprietary battery and quite expensive.

Monitor arm would be nice, I think. With only single monitor its usefulness is more questionable but I can use extra desk space.

There’s also laptop situation. Or maybe not. This X220 should hold up for a while. At worst I just need to replace its battery. And maybe its slowly crumbling frame (!).

Weekly FGO vol. 114

JP

New Year! GSSR!

Freed from Skadi curse, I can finally choose whatever I want this time around. After plenty considerations, it was down to either Arts Knights or Support 1.

Arts Knights contains plenty of both useful servants (Nero Bride, Beni Enma, Muramasa, Summer Saber, Summer Jeanne, Fairy Lancelot) and eyecandy servants (Ryohgi Shiki, Summer Saber, Summer Jeanne). Whereas the only miss would be Lancer Ryoma.

Support 1 has pretty much all relatively useful sevants and two eyecandies (Reines and Castoria). I already have Castoria more is always better (until 5).

As per screenshot above I went with Arts Knights in the end and thankfully got Summer Jeanne. At NP1 her usefulness is slightly limited but still useful nonetheless. Also I think I completed my Jeanne collection with this one. Except Jailter of course because there’s no way to get her at the moment.

Meanwhile for other updates, Dark Koyanskaya doesn’t seem all that useful so I did 11 rolls and got jack shit as usual. I don’t think I’ll be rolling for other dailies either.

Pity system is, well, finally? At 330 rolls it’s pretty much business as usual though. I’ve always consider that number to be the normal worst case scenario so there isn’t much difference apart of that it’s now guaranteed instead of still having possibility of worst worst case.

Holy Grail creation is pretty interesting…? I don’t think I will get that many coins at the moment but for now I’ve exchanged all extra coins I have. I doubt I have enough for next month. That said, combined with other extra grails recently distributed, my problem of lack of grails has been solved in one go.

And lastly, the new training ground difficulty is definitely welcome. I don’t know the exact rate but the drops are pretty good from what I can tell. As usual it’s useless if wanting one specific item (apart of skill gems) but it works great for simply stockpiling mats.

Oh right, there’s Reines rerun sometime this month. Barbatos raid should also come along which would be very useful for all those bones and dusts and QP.

NA

As for NA GSSR, it’s Archers banner as it’s got the least number of misses (Moriarty). Summer Saber would be best but as per screenshot above, Orion is still quite useful in some scenarios.

Nothing else particularly interesting here so, yeah.

Beni Enma event will also start next week. I need a lot more mana prism…

Weekly FGO vol. 113

JP

So this Tunguska is pretty difficult.

Support is story Nikitch

The final fight for third raid battle (one with 6 raid targets) is especially annoying if not using Castoria which I didn’t. The key is to not kill everyone at once for the first five. The fourth enemy which brings full charge is very dangerous when combined with the fifth one which brings invulnerability piercing. All the enemies hit hard and with the last one’s area attack, it’s very dangerous to be left alone so for the last three I try getting rid of them all at once instead.

Nikitich NP charge on last hit is pretty important as well. And as I mentioned above, it’s bad to kill first three at once so I actually skip buff for first few NP and only do it once fourth and fifth enemy appear.

As for the raid itself, well, that was a lot of Oberon. And also surprisingly Skadi.

The Koyanska raid one is quite hard and involve some luck to prevent stun (or extra skill slots). I tried a few combinations and then went to one hit kill Koyanska instead of trying to clear the whole mobs. Lobo with two Skadi and one oberon work well in this case.

NA

Finally cleared the shop so I can focus on the lottery item. The team is as per screenshot above.

The lack of fast skill animation annoyed me a lot now so I don’t really farm here and probably won’t until they bring in that update. Currently at almost 25 boxes. With some luck maybe I can have 30 boxes.

Weekly FGO vol. 112

JP

Box event has ended and raid event is coming up soon. I ended up with 51 boxes total. Not too bad but I certainly can use more. I still need a lot more skill gems.

As for challenge quest, the easy one is, well, easy. Spartacus having damage bonus for this event also helped. It’s the usual taunt and NP (and face cards). Mech Eli at the back for cleaning up second wave and lastly Castoria and Robin Hood for finishing Beni Enma.

Getting buster buff from the first wave was pretty difficult but at least it’s not essential.

The hard challenge quest on the other hand, is hard. I saw the comp above on Appmedia message board and thankfully it worked wonder. A few places suggested defeating Oni first but I think Habetrot is way more dangerous because of her NP charges. It also helps she’s only got single HP bar. No I look at Appmedia page again, they do suggest Habetrot as well so I guess either I read it wrong few days ago or they updated their recommendation.

Anyway, with lack of time to experiments I didn’t try with lower rarity servants this time.

…wait, I completely forgot that I got a second Himiko, lol.

NA

Farmmmmm.

Oh and I cleared the story and challenge quest as well.

Taking hint from myself last time, it’s time for another double Merlin. I just didn’t want to think too much. Still not easy though. I should’ve used Atlas Academy Uniform instead.

Only 8 boxes so far so I definitely need to pick up pace. After a while with JP skill speedup update, the lack of it in NA is quite annoying.

Weekly FGO vol. 111

JP

Christmas 2021! Lottery box! Mats!

So, yeah, I’ve been mostly farming here. I finally finished the Cu Caster farming team and have been using them whenever Castoria/Paracelsus can’t work easily. I still prefer Castoria setup because it involves fewer skill taps but there are also more nodes which such setup couldn’t easily work.

The event is pretty short and the most efficient node still isn’t up so I’m not sure how many boxes I’ll end up with. I’m trying to get at least 50.

NA

Astraea banner was up so I did some rolls hoping for her and thankfully she came up in 3rd roll.

I think that should sum up my rolls for now. Next one would Voyager in May? Or maybe I’ll skip it and save everything for Castoria. At least I don’t plan getting more than one of her.

In the meantime, I’m slowly going through LB5 with mana prism farming in between. I forgot that the second half of LB5 is completely separate arc and will be released separately.

Weekly FGO vol. 110

JP

I ended up skipping challenge quest using slightly saner team this time. I’ll retry next year. Maybe.

On other news, I rolled Ryoma (Lancer) from the paid gacha. I also did a few tickets afterwards and got one extra Okita Summer. A bit more of her would be nice but it’ll require at least 4 more to be able to fully max here so I decided to stop instead.

Also stopped is my paid roll. Looking back at the total, I did 271 paid rolls so far which sum up to 31k yen (excluding the bonus SQ). That’s over 10k per month which is pretty bad. Well, I did know it gets expensive over time but looking at the number it sure is expensive. I didn’t quite expect a full 10k per month either.

So for now I’m stopping it and will only be doing it for something I do actually care about.

On side note, I tried rolling Galatea with tickets and got jack shit.

As for activity, there’s nothing to do after the event so I’ve been farming the fantasy scales and QP. The former for maxing Oberon and the latter for also maxing Oberon and many other things. A 4/4/4 append skills for everyone would be nice.

NA

There’s! Nothing! Here!

Well, there’s the new Lostbelt chapter but it’s not a time limited event so I’m doing it slowly. Christmas lotto is coming up soon after all. Gotta save all those apples.

I tried rolling for Orion with like 10 tickets and didn’t get him as expected. I got a gold archer though. An Atalante. I only need two more copies of her for NP5.

Weekly FGO vol. 109

JP

I’m almost done with the event.

That said, I took easy path for the challenge quest. I’ll try that with something smarter if I can find time to.

It’s nothing 3T or NP spam or anything advanced like that. Letting Ozy spam his NP ad infinitum while protected by Castoria and Merlin cleared it just fine.

The quest is relatively easy so I shouldn’t need all that much power in the first place.

Anyway, apart of that, all that’s left for me is farming some event items. I’m rather behind at the moment and I’m not sure if I can clear it without using gold or silver apples. I’ll hold back until two or one day before end of the event which then I’ll use the apples accordingly.

NA

Apparently LB5 is coming up before Christmas here? It kinda makes sense although it also means another thing NA doing in different order compared to JP.

Apart of that, I’m still farming for mana prism. With a bit of other quests to clear the Thanksgiving missions.

Oh and I did 10 rolls for Okita (and got nothing) and then another 36 rolls for Reines. Thankfully for Reines roll I did get her and an extra Kaleidoscope along the way.

That’s a lot of rolls lost regardless so I don’t know if I’ll roll for Orion and others in the coming months until Castoria.

Diagnosing Windows Standby Problem

I’ve been having problem waking up my PC from standby. The mindless fix would be to reinstall windows and pray but I figured I should try something before resorting to that this time.

I started with the easiest way first: unplug all external devices except mouse and keyboard and monitor.

Standby worked well so I went on plugging everything back in one by one. The problem turned out to be the Xbox Wireless Adapter. Its driver has been mildly unstable and I’ve been trying to fix BSOD it occasionally causes.

In that other fix attempt, I disabled the driver option for it to be turned off to save power. I turned it back on and my PC can still resume from standby.

Cool. Now the question is will the BSOD come back.

Weekly FGO vol. 108

JP

Gudaguda after Gudaguda! Yay. The best new servant is thankfully a welfare. Her lines are rather questionable when taken out of context.

The story is still slowly unlocked every day. I think it should be ending soon? Although the talk from yesterday kinda indicates there may be some raid event involved. I have some apples but I want to save them for Christmas box gacha. Maybe if it’s got some mats I desperately need at the moment I’ll do some farm until I gathered just enough. I’m still heavily lacking skill stones and raids don’t give them out.

As for that Angra Mainyu up there, I ended up with a total of five of him when rolling for exp CE cards in friend gacha. I wish I got some SSR from paid gacha instead. One more Okita would’ve been nice so I don’t need to farm her bonds.

NA

Dead month is dead. Some login bonus stuff and that’s it. gems and tickets are nice and according to my list there is nothing for me to roll until castoria next year so that’s what I’ll do. Or maybe 11 rolls for Voyager and Kama each during their respective event.

Oh and Okita is coming up soon as well. Maybe another 11 there although I don’t think I’ll get her to 120 in NA but instead try for Morgan.

In the meantime, I’m farming for mana prisms. I still need a lot of them. At least 5000 more of them.

Weekly FGO vol. 107

JP

Cleared the event. The challenge quest was relatively easy. First get rid of Nobukatsu and then finish Nobbu.

The raid ended up pretty quickly.

A bunch of random daily bonus is ongoing as well which is nice, I guess?

And lastly during the daily paid gacha, I got one Himiko. Yay?

NA

Wow nothing. There are some daily bonus thing and that’s all.

I couldn’t do much hunting quest either due to saving apples.

It’s a Seagate

I’ve had enough bad experiences with hard drives from various manufacturers the brand stop mattered to me. The return procedure is still relevant though and so far Toshiba is the cheapest with them paying for the return shipping.

That said, I had problem with Toshiba recently with their MN06ACA800 being very slow on resilver. Thankfully their previous version is fine and I got mine all exchanged. I don’t think I’ll be touching them for a while though.

It has been a while since I bought Seagate drive with the previous one being a cheap Barracuda (SMR) 4TB. It has been since sold (still working) and the later purchases have been either WD or Toshiba.

With three of my WD dead recently, I had to replace one of them after downgrading from 6 drives RAIDZ2 to 4 drives and thus got this Seagate thing.

No problem so far and resilvering was as fast as expected.

I don’t remember last time getting this hard plastic HDD case. I didn’t even know it still exist. I thought it has all been replaced with antistatic bag and bubble wraps.

Weekly FGO vol. 106

JP

Gudaguda Himiko. CE exp cards from FP gacha. I’ve spent over 2M on it and got quite a few of them now. Also some Saber Lily and Habetrot and Angra Mainyu. And of course a lot of Nobukatsu. I’ve got almost 2000 servant coin of him now.

Meanwhile on the event itself, there isn’t much interesting. The raid started out pretty badly with the server barely responding. Half of the Nobbus being down just in few hours isn’t helping either. At least the one I’m farming for, Dark Nobbu, isn’t very popular. I don’t have many apples so I can’t farm much either anyway.

As for random rolls, for some reason I ended up with three Napoleon. And 0 Jeanne Summer after 59 rolls. That was mildly annoying but my current recorded SSR servant rate is 53 out of 4714 rolls so it’s kinda expected, I guess?

NA

Dead week is dead. There’s hunting quest but there’s nothing I particularly needed at the moment so I’m just farming with natural AP.

I sure wonder what event will be after this.

Weekly FGO vol. 105

JP

Halloween is over! Kind of! I still have to farm a bit more to get all those CEs!

The farming nodes are rather interesting but thankfully I’ve got enough to replicate the teams listed here.

As for challenge quest, it’s relatively easy. I didn’t bother to do much experiment but this one worked.

Nothing fancy, just letting Kagetora hit Zenobia until she’s down. With occasional Castoria and Hans NP as needed.

Meanwhile I didn’t notice the Apocrypha BD banner includes Jeanne Summer and Mordred Summer. Threw quite a bit for Jeanne Summer but got Fran Summer instead welp. I have some more SQ but I don’t think I’ll roll more. Or will I.

NA

Also done with Saber Wars 2 here.

Challenge quest isn’t much really. It’s just having Mech Eli hit MHXX as much as possible. Now I think about it, it’s quite similar to the JP Halloween above.

As for Round Table quest, it’s a little bit lot more annoying with Tristan’s buff removal and Gareth’s piercing NP. The formation gimmick was also annoying especially quite a few of it requires command card and crit luck.

Somehow cleared it anyway thankfully. Sure is nice having Godjuna.

The event ends tomorrow and there next one for JP is hunting quest and… Christmas. Not sure how they’ll handle the long blank space until Christmas unless they do weird thing and start it mid November.

Weekly FGO vol. 104

JP

Halloween! Thankfully all the extra copies of previous Elis can be obtained from event shop using event currency instead of rare prism. Not only that they also thrown in relevant servant coins and event CEs. One extra copy of MLB Aerial Drive is always welcome.

Story is still ongoing and I’ve been slowly reading through it. At least the farming is relatively easy with up to 6 enemies at once, making it very easy to loop.

Did some paid roll everyday and so far got one Zenobia. Yay?

NA

I’m still going through the Saber Wars 2 story. I think I need to complete some bounty quests but I’m not sure which so I’m trying complete them all instead for now.

There are two notably rather difficult quests this time, one is the Elis quest.

That said, my strategy is simple; break first bar on first turn using Godjuna and then send him back and wait until all the support finish recharging and stuff. And then back to finishing them once all the taunts are dead and no more stupid buffs for the enemies.

The other one is Round Table but I haven’t reached it yet.

I also did more rolls which I probably shouldn’t. And all I got was one Munenori and one Black Grail. And there went my 44 rolls.

Windows 8 Login Profile Image

For some reason my new Windows install isn’t displaying my profile image on login screen.

After many hours of digging it turned out the settings app which handles changing profile image doesn’t update the registry correctly. Namely it’s missing Image200. There are entries for other size but for some reason this install doesn’t set that specific one.

I’m not sure what caused it but for now adding the entry manually fixes it.

The entry is located at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AccountPicture\Users\{USER-SID}

I also had to takeover ownership of the key.

Edit: WAIT NEVERMIND. My other install (which I used as reference) turned to also show exactly same problem. And so does my laptop with latest updates. There’s only one system which doesn’t have the problem but I haven’t updated it recently so it’s most likely broken by one of the recent updates.

Weekly FGO vol. 103

JP

I finally started on the journey getting Okita to level 120. At over 5000 ☆5 exp cards required, it’ll be a very long while until I reach the end. It looks like I’ll be mainly farming for exp cards with occasional QP whenever there’s no event.

Talking about event, I ended up skipping most of the Halloween Trilogy Rerun. Fetched the Elis, leveled them up, and finished their strengthening quests.

Oh, I also did as many roll as I could for Okita Alter banner and got nothing. That was mildly annoying. I hope there’s nothing interesting coming up until next year.

NA

Still dead week on NA with Saber Wars 2 coming up tomorrow. No roll is planned as I’m on saving mode here as well for next year’s Castoria and others.

With mindless QP farming, I’m currently past 500M. It’s probably the most QP I’ve ever had. Not that it’ll last long once Christmas farming comes in with its fangs and other materials. I’m still missing a lot of dust though.

Weekly FGO vol. 102

JP

Halloween main interlude! I barely progressed through. I finished the first part. Two other parts remaining. That said I’ve read most of the rest’s original event so it shouldn’t take too long.

Eli’s strengthening are… mixed bags. OG and Mech Eli got pretty nice upgrade with former making more sense between the skill and her NP and the latter potentially boosting her damage further by making it easier to crit.

Brave Eli’s 50% NP reduction for skill 3 is still pretty questionable. Being less costly to cast is nice but the effect is just too random.

Meanwhile Halloween Eli’s NP charge is, well, NP charge. At just 30% it’s nothing much to write home about. There’s no shortage of Caster with NP charge skill after all. Her NP hasn’t gotten any strengthening either. Still better than Brave Eli at least, I guess.

I don’t think the date for new Halloween event has been announced. It could be as early as next week. It should be sometime this month though.

On unrelated news, I did one random roll on story gacha and nicely got Jaguarman. Finally she’s NP2. Still need 3 more. No other interesting roll so far either.

NA

Nothing week! Like, nothing. Saber Wars 2 should be coming soon. Maybe next week. It felt like I’ve done it so many times now. I don’t think it’s too difficult apart of one or two quests so it should be just some light event overall for me. I just hope I can finish it without apples although I doubt it.

In the mean time I’ve been just farming for QP. I considered farming other things as well but they’re just not very efficient and takes more time. Mana prism farming could be useful as well but more box event is coming up in November and farming QP is easier (as in it uses 40 AP compared to mana prism 30 AP).

Weekly FGO vol. 101

JP

Melty Blood release campaign! …which is Saber pick up banner.

I did paid roll just for fun and got her somehow. Yay.

Still on paid roll, I also got Achilles on his banner. Too bad I didn’t get anyone else useful on that paid roll thing.

As I mentioned last week, I redid the challenge quest with more restriction and managed to do it. I stole it from this guy here almost as is.

So, summer has ended and Halloween is coming up. The nice part is they’ll start it by having a main interlude type of rerun which is just the main story including the welfare. I don’t have Halloween Eli and Brave Eli so that’ll be some welcome addition. Oh and another copy of Mech Eli so I can have complete set of them. NP upgrade will be coming on the new Halloween event but there’s no info whether it’s free(-ish) or require rare prism like other main interludes.

Oh, I did some more rolls for Okita Alter summer and still got nothing. And I also did 10 rolls for Okita Alter and equally got nothing. Hopefully the paid roll will give me something nice this time. Or most likely not.

NA

Halloween rerun! Raid! And I’m done with everything there, including the challenge quest.

I barely paid attention to it and it just somehow cleared. It’s basically just letting Godjuna spam his NP and face card. Gudaguda Kanban is used to provide free taunt. I put Kintoki there so I can have Godjuna focus on Sitonai first and then finished by Kintoki but he ended up clearing the whole thing anyway.

Coming next is Saber Wars 2 which has no welfare but at least it’s got a Mystic Code.

I don’t think I’ll roll on this one. Or maybe just one for fun. I need all the SQ and tickets I can get for next (and following) year.

Next year top priority for me will be Castoria and Himiko. And maybe Okita if I’ve got enough spares. That’s not too bad but then the following year will be Fujino, Morgan, Koyanskaya, Oberon, and Okita Alter Summer.

Weekly FGO vol. 100

JP

I still need to finish two extra quests. And then maybe redo the challenge quest.

Otherwise I’ve been just farming the bronze treasure chest node with natural AP as I don’t have any silver and gold apples remaining.

Oh and as per screenshot above, I managed to max out one Kaleidoscope…

NA

Oniland has started. I’m slowly grinding for the points preparing for the raid. Hopefully I’ll have enough points when it starts otherwise it’ll get rather annoying especially farming for the mats and stuff.

Weekly FGO vol. 99

JP

Still summer! (although it’s almost Autumn here)

Haven’t finished the story due to busy with other stuff. I’ve unlocked the most relevant farming node for me though so I’ll be mostly doing that for now.

As for the rolls, nothing interesting showed up from daily paid rolls. Also I’m not doing Kama banner for normal rolls, just Okita.

There are still over a week left. It should be fine. At least for the main quest and store. I’m not sure if I have enough apples to clear the Treasure Points rewards. Maybe just barely.

NA

Gilfes is over. 108 boxes total for me. Still not enough exp cards to level up everyone. And I’m still missing some materials to ascend Osakabe (Summer).

As for the challenge quests…

First up is Eric. Thanks to this video linked from Gamepress wiki, I cleared it pretty quickly.

It’s just letting someone die every turn so Eric lost his buffs.

Next is Gorgon Sisters. Still sponsored by Gamepress wiki link, I followed this video. Didn’t quite match exactly but cleared anyway no problem by Godjuna.

More from linked video by same wiki, Mephisto quest was cleared in 33 turns. I don’t remember much about this one as I did it while doing something else.

As for Achilles quest, I don’t think I stole anyone’s idea. Or maybe I kinda did from this. Looking again, I should’ve tried the first turn bar break but then that’d require restarting until finding the correct cards…

But anyway the team above did it albeit taking a lot longer at 11 turns.

I vaguely remember repeating this Roman quest quite a lot last time in JP. But as there’s no restriction here, I copied this mostly as is.

I didn’t pay enough attention to the gimmick so it took a bit longer but I finished it in 14 turns.

With this, Gilfes is done and I forgot to repeat the Nero quest. Whoops.

Up next is Saber Wars 2… is what I thought but it’s Oniland rerun. Apparently it’s got raid quest with eggs and gunpowders and stakes. That’s nice.

Oh wait I forgot about the FGO Stage Banner. I did three rolls and got Bedivere (now NP3). That was nice for a change. NP5 would be the best but I’m saving my tickets and SQ for next year. If I still play the game by then.