SPONSOR OF THE MONTH (September ’20)

Every month we feature a sponsor at random and write up an article on them. Give a warm round of virtual applause to Cassandra Octavia who is Sponsor of the Month September ’20!

  About You:

Nickname: Cass/Cassie

Character Name: Cassandra Octavia

Race: Hellsguard Roegadyn

Main Server: Omega (Chaos)

Where do you share your screenshots: Twitter

Screenshot Tools: Pixlr for editing

   About FFXIV

Why did you choose your current race?

I started out as a Highlander, and I found it fun to play as a strong woman because I am neither of those things in real life, so I eventually fantasia’d to Elezen, then Femroe. Maybe if they release female Hrothgar I’ll swap to that. There’s also a small part of me that likes Roe because they’re under-represented, so we’re all drawn to each other.

Tell us a bit about your character (personality, what do you like most about him/her, etc).

I picture Cass as a pirate and adventurer who begrudgingly keeps saving the world so she can go back to chilling in hot springs and cooking for other pirates. She’s sarcastic, but she genuinely cares for her friends and allies, going so far as to teach the next generation because their bravery and selflessness should go rewarded. And she has next to no idea how magic works even when she’s doing it.

What is the most important part of the game for you, and why do you keep coming back to it?

It’s one of those games where there’s at least something to cater to everyone, even crafting and gathering has more-than-basic depth to it. And if a lot of it caters to you, like me, and if you pace yourself, like me, it never grows stale because there’s always something new to hop into.

What was the best experience you had in-game?

(ARR/HW/SB spoilers!) I got carried through Ultima Weapon and Thordan so my first real experience of “an end-boss” was Shinryu. And I was a tank main at the time, so I went off-tank for the first pull. Other tank was clueless, kept losing aggro, and we died. Next pull, swears they’ve got this, and they didn’t. So I provoked, held aggro the rest of the fight, and we cleared on pull 2. It was the first time I’d finished a battle and thought “Wow, I crushed that”

Which is your favorite song, and why?

It’s probably not my actual favourite, for one thing because I haven’t really listened to most of 5.0’s soundtrack yet, but my fastest-thought-first answer will always be “Rise” from the Alexander Trials. No joke, hearing that song got me to try FFXIV in the first place.

How often do you change your main jobs glamour? Do you have any preferred one?

Usually if I get a new armour piece and it looks nice, I’ll try to build a glamour around it, so I change things up fairly regularly. That being said, almost every Ninja glam has included the Tigerskin Tricorne since I found it. I like me a good hat.


 About FFXIV Screenshots

What would you describe your screenshot ‘style’ as?

I feel like any answer I give here will do a lot of heavy lifting, I don’t really put that much thought into my screenshots. It’s usually just “have idea”, “try out idea”, “take screenshots”

Please, explain to us the methods or steps you take when taking a screenshot. Any tips you can give for new screenshoters?

So normally it starts with a pose, or a glam, or a place that I want to play with. Step one is filling in whatever the other two of those are – so if I have a new glam, where will that look good, and what pose should I use. Next step is making sure the lighting and weather are good – lighting you can fix with gpose, weather might need a Plan B. After that, it’s just lining everything up and taking the shot.
My advice for new screenshotters is to not be afraid to experiment with things. Everyone does this a little differently, so finding what way works for you is the most important thing, and that’ll take a little trial and error. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Sometimes it takes two perspectives to see the best way forward.

What/who inspires you for taking screenshots?

Bit of a cop-out answer, but the screenshot community as a whole has a lot of talented people in it, so part of my inspiration to begin with was trying to emulate pictures I saw, and that continues to inspire me. My most common reply on twitter is probably “that item looks cool, what is it?”

What is your favorite emote/pose?

The default femroe /pose is god-tier, dragoon’s /vpose is a close second.

What kind of snaps do you usually take (selfy, group, landscape)?

Normally selfies, occasional landscapes. Because I’m quite spontaneous taking shots, it doesn’t lend itself well to group shots even when I have the chance to take them.

Screenshot showcase:
Share with us four of your favorite screenshots and tell us why do you like them so much.

This was my first big experiment with coloured lighting, I love the effect and sense of motion from it. Probably one of the more complex shots I’ve taken
I don’t do many purely landscape shots any more, they usually have Cass in there somewhere. I lucked into the timing of this one though, the weather wasn’t panning out so I unfroze it right as the Royal Levin popped
Another action shot here, this time I was almost directly trying to ape an action movie, slow motion battle charge. I think I pulled it off though, and the whole of Ghimlyt Dark has some great scenery for this kind of thing
A much more recent one, this is one of my favourite “showing off glamour” shots though. The weather, the outfit and the setting just managed to come together at the perfect time, the only tricky thing was choosing a pose but the spear doesn’t look too out of place I don’t think