22 November 2014

[FFXI] How do I data mine?

50m milestone has been reached.

As promised, here I show a step-by-step of how to datamine in FFXI for any who are interested to know.
It's actually really simple work.

Step 1
I download the files from the new update. It doesn't have to be from POL itself. Even those that people provide on 3rd party hosts work. You'll see why in a sec.

Step 2
I run a program called ListXIUpdates. I believe it was written by Mr_Mcgregor who used to post on KillingIfrit. What it does is it searches for all new or modified files in the FFXI directory and compiles it into a .csv file, which is readable by AltanaView.

The list will look something like this.

For music files, I just go into sound/win/music/data folder and sort by Date Modified to see if any changes were made.

Step 3
I add the .csv file to the lists in AV, and then start searching manually for new dats.
I start with images, then I do a runthrough under NPCs, which will also pick up weapons and equipment (altho equipment will look weird). If I have the time, I'll record the dat numbers for those that show as equipment and then plug it into one equipment list in hopes that it'll show up properly.
I screenshot whatever I find and post it accordingly.

Images include maps and those pictures they use in SoA storyline

Occasionally when I encounter battle models I play around with the motions to see if they have stances or auras visually as they will show up as well.

This is what most equipment look like in the NPC folder. They do not display properly.

For music files, I'll rename the dat as one of those from the POL music folder (usually Dolphin) and swap it with that one to hear it in POL and record at the same time.

And thats it really. It's fairly easy to do but the process of manually scanning the dats can be tedious especially if the update is big or if they update a lot of files (which was the case during ToTM days). Equipment lists are the biggest hassle to deal with, whereas furniture afaik cannot be viewed on AV but only MV, which i don't use anymore.. so I'm not able to sniff that out.

The biggest problems I face are that of human error.. in that when there are a lot of files its always possible to miss one or two out, such as with this thing I just found in the latest dat files.

I don't think it's wearable by players at the moment, because only one of such model exists in the dats. (wearable equipment will have at least 7 copies to account for each race and gender; tarus usually share the same dat between genders)

Which is why I will typically make 2-3 passes of the dats in order to spot anything I missed out.

Moving forward I think I might upload the unsorted .csv file so that people can just download that and search the dats themselves if they prefer to, but I will still do my usual stuff of course.

11 November 2014

Arciele/Spira wants a mythic!

Hi everyone,

I trust we are well. Christmas is around the corner and tis the season for giving, so I wanted to do some good this year.

But I also have one wish, which is to get a mythic in FFXI.
For those who don't know, I no longer play FFXI regularly - my playtime has been limited to just-before to just-after version updates. However, even if I were to quit the game, I still keep my account active for two reasons - one, because I can't bear to leave this game completely, and two, because I datamine.
In any case, I would truly wish to have accomplished the feat of obtaining a mythic in this game. In particular, the Nirvana, because I love Summoner.

Anyway, here's where you come in.

For this next month or so, I'm bazaaring Sakura Cookies at 1m a pop in order to raise funds to complete my mythic. (I have everything needed to obtain a 75 mythic save for the alexandrite, which I would buy with gil. Based on my current progress and market rate, I estimate that I'd need around 200m gil in order to buy the rest that I need).

It is my (possibly naive) hope that people will donate to me out of compassion, or maybe to thank me for my service to the FFXI community in terms of the resources I put out, or the data mining that I do.

If you're not on my server (Bahamut), you can still take part by dboxing your donations to me or arranging a meet up!
Yep, any server :D and any amount is welcome!

Donations of Alexandrite are also most welcome! For the purposes of evaluating the gil value of this goal, they will be pegged to the prevailing market rate as of the start of this drive (i.e 7000gil = 1 alexandrite)

This donation drive will have targets of course.
50m - I will show everyone a step-by-step of how I mine the dats every update.
100m - I'll upload the master versions of all the resources I've created in the past.
200m - I will create maps/resources for any FFXI system based on a majority decision.
(stretch targets to be decided if I hit 100m donations)

In addition to all this, I will donate USD$10 for every 10mil donated to a yet-to-be-decided entity (*charitable or otherwise). Full transparency - pictures and all. This is REGARDLESS of whether I hit my target, and is also your chance to bleed me dry lol.
*The prevailing sentiment is I should donate to BG's server costs, so by donating to me you can support BG as well!

Do drop me a PM or a reply if you wish to donate, so that I can either arrange to meet you in person on a particular server, or so that I can free up your dbox gil sending limit. I will try dbox regularly.

My main character, Arciele, is based in Bahamut, and you can only buy the cookies there. I have realized it is not feasible for me to park somewhere to bazaar all day, so if you'd like to donate, do drop me a PM or if you see me around anyway, feel free to purchase some yummy Sakura Cookies. The dbox method also works.

I have much faith in the FFXI community. You can help make my wish come true :)

Once again, you can arrange to meet me or dbox to my character on your server, which is:

ALL SERVERS except Ragnarok




Gil raised: 102,307,000 / 200,000,000 gil (51.2% of the goal)

My Donation Pledge: USD 100
($30 to BlueGartr)
($70 to an undetermined beneficiary)

I look forward to your support and thank you for your generosity. :)
-Arciele Spira

update1 (11/11): clarified charity lol
update2 (12/11): opening up to more servers
update3 (13/11): now available on all servers. included note on alexandrite donations.

10 November 2014

[FFXI] 10 Nov 2014 update mine ***SPOILERS ABOUND***

The conclusion of the Seekers of Adoulin storyline.


09 November 2014

Yahse Hunting Grounds

Ceizak Battlegrounds

Trying out this new thing.