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Character Name: Emelin Rowntree (main), Emljn Wolt (alt)
Race: Highlander Hyur (Emelin), Viera (Emljn)
Main Server: Coeurl
Screenshot Tools: GShade, Enlight Studio
When and why did you start playing FFXIV?
I beta-tested FFXIV! I’m a long-time FFXI player, so I was super excited when FFXIV was announced. Unfortunately, some real-life circumstances prevented me from playing version 1 (or any MMO) until after version 1 had already run aground. I did watch videos of Dalamud falling and pre-ordered the physical collector’s edition of version 2 as soon as I was able. Still, real-life aggro kept me from actually playing until the first-anniversary event. At that point, my partner and I dove in.
What kind of player are you? (casual, hardcore, hardcore fat cat enthusiast maybe?)
Under Bartle’s taxonomy, I’m an Explorer. I enjoy discovering new places, stories, and details that others may miss. I love solving puzzles in-game, like figuring out on my own how to beat a tricky boss; I also love meta puzzles, like understanding the market on my server or tracking plant crossbreeds. I get burned out fast by doing the same thing repeatedly, or by not being able to do things on my own time.
What are your favorite jobs?
White Mage for life! My license plate on my car has been “WHM LFG” for almost a decade.
Currently, I’m loving Dancer when I have to DPS, and Gunbreaker or Dark Knight as a tank. Overall, I always have my healing classes capped first, then tanking, then ranged DPS. My melee DPS are floundering.
Do you enjoy crafting and gathering?
Very much, especially since the latest update to gathering! I’m also wild about desynthesis; I enjoy browsing the market board for low-cost items with big payoff potential.
What is your favorite FFXIV boss?
Do you have a favorite duty? Why is it your favorite?
Fractal Continuum. I love the natural pace of it, the music, and the setting. The bosses feel very smooth to me, like a part of the dungeon’s flow and not separate encounters.
Who is your favorite NPC and why?
Currently, I love Alisaie and her sass. I adore her character development throughout the years; it’s so satisfying to see how she really came into her own.
About FFXIV Screenshots
When and why did you join the FFXIV Snaps Community?
I was in a Free Company with Lilith Lovecraft for many years. When I transferred servers, I contacted her to ask what screenshot group she recommended so I could get started snapping.
When did you first feel inspired by taking screenshots?
The first time I was inspired to take screenshots for more than documenting my journeys was in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. You can see my favorites here: https://steamcommunity.com/id/ProbablyAimee/screenshots/
What is your favorite thing about taking screenshots?
I like trying to tell a story with my screenshots. It gives me satisfaction to arrange the shot in ways that inspire speculation about the subjects.
What are your favorite places for screenshotting?
In my house and free company rooms.
Do you have any favorite screenshotters?
Not really. I’m always impressed by other screenshotters for many different reasons. It’s hard to choose.
Time to show us some of your work!
Your best screenshot EVER:
The best screenshot from your character:
Your best group screenshot:
Your most funny/random screenshot:
Your best landscape:
Your most memorable screenshot (tell us the story behind it!):
Was pre-heavenward, when we were bored we would run level 50 dungeons with insane group configurations. This was probably my favorite, in The Wanderer’s Palace. The rules: Had to be a BLM or another DPS if you didn’t have BLM, and NO healing allowed — no spells, no potions.