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 ็คพ้•ท 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 โ˜†4 or up servants. At least I got one โ˜†4 event CE and one โ˜†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.

Weekly FGO vol. 15

JP

Amazoness.com event done. There’s actually challenge quest which I should probably do without a pair of Ishtar and Gilgamesh but it was pretty horrible and finished using low rarity servants anyway so I guess it’s good enough.

Later levels sure are a bit more challenging. Mainly when figuring out how to do it in fewest number of turns. That and saving planning for the run without running out usable servants. I didn’t use any guides for the floors so that added a bit of challenge.

Next event is still at least one week away so I can focus on NA’s Valentine for now.

I did some rolls for that Saber Alter NP2 above though. 187 of them. That took out almost the entirety of my SQ savings. And I only ended up with one of her. It looks like I’m not getting NP5 of her anytime soon.

Or Skadi if her rate up ever comes up again. Probably not. That reminded me, the next GSSR is probably single mixed pool so my chance of rolling her there is even lower.

I did get a few additional โ˜†4 and โ˜†5 servants though:

  • Napoleon (?)
  • Nezha
  • Fionn
  • Lancelot

Three guys and one mostly girl. Great ๐Ÿ˜

Here’s hoping the next pulls will be better…

NA

Setsubun is over, and it’s now Valentine.

I finished Setsubun just in time and cleared the challenge quest without much problem this time around. It took me over two hours two years ago. Dealing with target focus by using area NP ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Valentine has started and I figured I should do something like 5 pulls for at least some event CEs. I got Semiramis on first pull instead. Yay?

That ended my rolls though so I have no extra CEs except for the lowest rarity one as I have a bunch of extra FPs from previous box gacha. I have four in total at the moment and I still have some more FPs to burn so I’m hoping I can get a fifth copy so I can limit break it.

On the Valentine event itself, well, I’m grinding through it as usual.

This event is actually the time I got my current JP account. I couldn’t finish it on time of course with my barely existing team at the time. And that also annoyingly left me with four copies of โ˜†3 event CEs and two shop CEs.

Well, I shouldn’t have too much problem clearing this event this time.

Weekly FGO vol. 14

JP

Currently at floor 162 at the time of writing this post. I’ve cleared the first big quest as well.

The challenge quest is not yet cleared though. I tried once and failed quite badly. I think I’ll clear everything else before trying it. Hopefully it doesn’t take too long.

No pulls or anything because there isn’t anything interesting so far. Maybe for the next summer or something.

NA

Still at floor 25. This one doesn’t have the larger quests but it’s also way shorter.

I think this is a bit easier compared to the new one in JP. I cleared it two years ago with my barely few months old account. That one did have a lot better roster though.

No pulls here either. Saving for Okita.

Realtek and Hyper-V weirdness

Earlier this morning I finally bothered to install OpenBSD VM in my main desktop to be used as main dev system. With NFS from main server as its main storage. Except it was kind of slow so that project is scrapped and now being replaced with Debian. Or maybe I’ll try FreeBSD later.

That’s not the point of this post though. The problem is soon after I boot the new VMs, my network started acting up. It randomly disconnects every once in a while. It disconnects so often it’s not even funny.

Here’s the error message in Windows Event Log:

ใƒใƒƒใƒˆใƒฏใƒผใ‚ฏ ใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ•ใ‚งใ‚คใ‚น "Realtek PCIe GbE Family Controller" ใฏใƒชใ‚ปใƒƒใƒˆใ‚’้–‹ๅง‹ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒใƒผใƒ‰ใ‚ฆใ‚งใ‚ข ใƒชใ‚ปใƒƒใƒˆใฎ้–“ใซใƒใƒƒใƒˆใƒฏใƒผใ‚ฏๆŽฅ็ถšใŒไธ€ๆ™‚็š„ใซไธญๆ–ญใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚็†็”ฑ: The network driver detected that its hardware has stopped responding to commandsใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒใƒƒใƒˆใƒฏใƒผใ‚ฏ ใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ•ใ‚งใ‚คใ‚นใฏใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใซๅˆๆœŸๅŒ–ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ 57 ๅ›žใƒชใ‚ปใƒƒใƒˆใ•ใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

I tried various drivers and none of them seem to help. It’s mostly fine if I’m only running single Windows VM.

The only other ethernet card I have is yet another Realtek but I figured might as well try it and see how it goes.

And pretty well so far it goes. No disconnect so far. Hopefully this will continue to work until my 10GbE cards arrive. Which then it’ll be FUN TIME ๐ŸŒˆ

I’m getting it from a US seller through ebay though so it’ll take a while until it arrives.

Weekly FGO vol. 13

JP

I don’t remember what I did last few days in JP. I think it’s just farming mana prism as usual.

A new event coming in two days. That should be interesting.

NA

Cleared challenge quest. Yay. Used one command spell though.

Then again NA is supposed to be effortless playthrough. Except I’m still lacking a bunch of servants and CEs to make it truly effortless.

End result for lottery boxes is 37 boxes combined. Not too bad, I guess. I still need a lot more mats and exp cards and everything though.

FGO Babylonia anime campaign in NA giving out free โ˜†4 servant is nice surprise. My shortlist at the moment is either Saber Alter (NP2), Nitocris (NP2), or Helena (NP1). Limitedness-wise I should go with Saber Alter. Maybe I’ll just do that.

Setsubun event is coming next week. I think last time I did it with a paid account NP1 Okita. No Okita or โ˜†5s this time around so I wonder how I’ll fare.

Realtek GbE performace

I tried the RTL8111C which was half the speed under FreeBSD in Windows.

Using Windows’ built-in driver (Windows 8) resulted in similar performance (900 Mbps send, 600 Mbps receive) but installing the driver from Realtek website resulted in way better performance at 900 Mbps both ways.

I got similar result under Windows 10 for a different system with onboard Realtek chip. The lesson is make sure to install manufacturer’s driver it seems.

Also interesting the driver name says TP-Link gigabit card instead of Realtek. The card is indeed a TP-Link card but I don’t often see brand-specific name come up from a generic chip driver.

Now I wonder how it performs under other operating systems. Maybe I’ll try it sometime later.

Weekly FGO vol. 12

Roll of despair

JP

Finished the challenge quests. I didn’t want to think too much about the second one so I used Merlin. The first one wasn’t too difficult though I did use Orion because I was a bit curious how he’ll perform. He sure deals a lot of damages.

Did 55 rolls and got 5 โ˜†4 CE and nothing else. That was terrible.

NA

Da Vinci event has started. Grind all day every day. Or more like this weekend because the best node isn’t open yet and I don’t have enough CEs.

Rolled Jalter banner 10 times and got nothing.

Vultr routing from JP to EU

Just a warning, if you’re planning to use Vultr VPS on JP region, its routing to Europe might be less than optimal. It certainly is on my instances (booted up another one just now and the result is the same).

Update: looks like the routing to Vultr European servers from Japan is fucked up regardless. Although with Vultr, connection to Europe is constantly fucked up instead of only sometimes with other connection (my home connection).

Update update: Sometimes it’s got better routing with Vultr while worse with home connection. I don’t know what’s going on anymore.

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Weekly FGO vol. 11

My grailed servants, JP version

JP

New Year rerun is on! I’ve finished the main quest. Now waiting for the challenge quest with some farming in between.

NA

Still continuing on farming exp cards and occasionally QP to actually use those exps.

Even more SSDs

Earlier this week I noticed the two mirrored SSDs in my main server is close to dying.

One of them has started reallocating sectors even though it’s only got a bit over 150 TB written. It’s specced at 150 TBW warranty though so I guess it’s just about time.

That said, the other one has over 220 TB written yet it still has no problem. This one is rated for 204 TBW so it also already passed its specification.

The reason for those stupid write number is because I probably have used them as ZFS cache drives. I think I killed two other drives in similar fashion last year. I stopped doing it a while back but it was a bit too late.

I haven’t installed them yet as the server doesn’t have NVMe slots and the PCI-e to NVMe adapters I ordered have not arrived. Thanks, Amazon ๐Ÿ˜

I don’t actually know if they will work at all. I don’t think the BIOS supports NVMe boot and I’m not sure if the commonly suggested method of using Clover Boot will work for FreeBSD. It theoretically should be fine but who knows…

Weekly FGO vol. 10

Oh hey, double digit of this thing.

JP

It’s new year. It means GSSR. It’s per-class summon this time so I went with Caster hoping for Skadi.

As can be seen above, I’ve got no Skadi. At least I got the second best result and now I’ve got the whole Prillya set.

More Asclepius is welcome as I only had NP1 of him before. NP2 is pretty much all one really need for that extra gauge bar and 2000 HP. NP3+ isn’t really useful.

Those extra Caster Cu are also welcome though I still need one more for NP5.

Now I think about it, I still have no Caster Gilles. Not that he’s useful at all but it would be nice just to complete my collection.

I’ve finished almost all of existing Interludes and Strengthening Quests and now back to mana prisms as the New Year’s Da Vinci Store items cost over 2000 mana prisms total.

NA

Meanwhile GSSR here, I got the worst result ๐Ÿ˜ Even Ozy or Medb would be better.

The thing is, I have enough ST rider already. Rider Kintoki, I’ve also got Maid Alter. Heck, even Ushiwakamaru is a pretty good one as well.

Oh well.

On the farming side, I’m still farming exp cards as usual. I think I need to farm some QP sometime later though. Maybe after the half AP campaign is over.

Weekly FGO vol. 9

Late post due to various reasons.

JP

No events and I probably should be finishing EoR or reading Lostbelt 4 so I can continue to Lostbelt 5. But nope, I’ve been grinding dusts and shields for a while now.

NA

I’ve finished all the basic stuff for Christmas event. Only some pieces and monuments left and then boxes. Currently at my 12th boxes and as it’s ending in two-ish days I wonder how far I can go. I’m also still grinding for the shop so it’s not as “fast” as it could be. However fast a few months old account can be, that is.

I also finished the challenge quest. It sure was rather easy with Merlin.

Weekly FGO vol. 8

JP

Christmas has ended. I think I redid the challenge quest. No command seal but I think it was with double Merlin or something stupid like that.

Atlantis will be the last “event” this year so I guess I’ll try finishing reading Yuga before starting that one. I still need to finish Shimousa and Salem as well. One of these days maybe.

Otherwise I’m currently trying to finish free quests and interludes as they’re half AP until Wednesday. I checked it just now and apparently I have at least 15 interludes I can read…

Only three nodes for the free quests though so I guess I’ll rush the interludes tonight.

NA

Christmas has started! (?). I didn’t know it will only last 9 days until a while ago. I didn’t remember it was 10 days in JP before as well. This weekend will be fun grinding.

Oh and I did 10 rolls and that caster gil above is the only gold servant I got. Whee.

Before the event started, I made good progress on Agartha. Finished Colombus Heracles stage with a bit of difficulty. Using Merlin and Kintoki Rider sure made stuff easier.

Music CD – Weathering with You complete version

And lastly WWY complete version songs. Five tracks are included and they each extend the version used in the movie and included in the soundtracks.

My main interest, Grand Escape, sure felt a bit different with the extended version. It’s no longer slow buildup and end in high note in single run but instead with ups and downs and finally peaked at nearby the end with a bit more cooldown afterwards. The impact is reduced but still good regardless.

The rest are simple improvement over the soundtracks version.

Karaoke/instrumental version isn’t included though ๐Ÿ˜”