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STR returns to Eorzea

As you may be aware, FFXIV has seen a massive influx of both new & returning players just recently with a newfound popularity on Twitch and the game not only breaking its concurrent players record on Steam (repeatedly I may add) but Square Enix even managing to sell out of digital copies on both their US & UK storefronts!

With this new popularity and us being in the run-up to the new expansion pack (Endwalker) we have this week made a bit of a return ourselves as well with the return of Anubis, Isileth & myself. Not only that but joining us ingame for the very first time are Snow & Rain who some of you will remember from our days in WoW:EU! So great to have them with us!

· Have an inactive sub & fancy returning? From now until Monday 23rd August you can log in for free for up to 14 days via the Free Login Campaign

· Want to buy the game & subscribe? The Complete Edition is currently 60% off for just £14.00/€16.00/$23.99 on PC & £17.99 for PS4/PS5 too which includes everything you'll need in preparation for Endwalker's release in November & comes with 30 days of free game time.

· Also did you know that this critically acclaimed MMORPG has a free trial which includes the entirety of A Realm Reborn AND the award-winning Heavensward expansion up to level 60 & with no restrictions on playtime? Why not come join us?! You can find us on Omega (EU)! https://freetrial.finalfantasyxiv.com/


STR Pride Month Avatars

In support & celebration of Pride Month I thought it'd be nice to design a new set of LGBTQ+ STR avatars whilst I've been following all of the E3 streams. You can now find these as a permanent addition to the forum avatar gallery and viewable here. - Thanks for adding them, Anny!

If there's a particular flag colour scheme missing here (I know there are quite a few more hehe) which you'd like to see represented & turned into a matching avatar just give us a shout & I'll see what I can do!

Happy Pride Month & hope you're all enjoying this years E3/Summer Game Fest coverage! <3


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Masks available on the STR Store

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic a number of countries have made the wearing of face masks & coverings compulsory in public spaces. As they are (or should be) becoming a part of our every day life and will be for the foreessable future I thought it'd be nice to provide a few STR mask designs on our store for anyone who may fancy one.

These masks have two layers of washable 100% brushed woven polyester with over-ear elastic straps & for every mask sold, RedBubble will donate a blank cloth mask to Heart to Heart International. To see what masks we have available please click here.

Stay safe! <3


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STR (Finally) Returns to Finish Off Bahamut

If you've been following our FFXIV group, you'll know that last year we made our first forays into unsynced group content by tackling Twintania from The Binding Coil of Bahamut. Well, not before time, we've finally returned to the Coil to finish the job!

Our now much more competent band of heroes sent Bahamut packing and completed our first unsynced raid series in the process, and we dropped some screenshots in the Gallery to celebrate the event!

Congratulations to our successful party of Isileth (master tank, loremaster of mechanics), M.Steiner (almighty handler of the sacred healing arts) and Anubis (mostly just a master of dying a lot whilst flailing with his trident)! Our next trial awaits!


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The Moogle Treasure Trove

The Moogle Treasure Trove event begins on Monday which will introduce a temporary new set of tomestones to be dropped from a number of duties within FFXIV.

These tomestones can then be spent on a number of cool items - some new, some existing and some which are (until this event) no longer obtainable. Mounts (2 of which are only usually obtainable from HW extreme primals for example), minions, MGP tokens, Triple Triad cards, glamour stuff etc. There looks to be something for everybody!

The event will run from Monday (30th Sep) until the release of 5.1, which is currently slated for late October. More info here.


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15th Anniversary Website Updates

Crazy as it is to think about, we're going to be 15 years old in a month's time (in our current incarnation anyway - not counting the SSC years)!

To celebrate, we've carried out an overhaul of our website, bringing things up to date and tidying the place up a bit. Most of all though, we've gone through and given all our old group websites fresh designs and updates to bring them into 2019 - to help highlight all the great content we have and show off what exactly we get up to around here!

We hope you enjoy. Links all in the main navigation, and more detail can be found on the forum too. If you fancy leaving feedback, drop a reply on the forum or hit us up on Discord as always!

Here's to 15 more years!


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Final Fantasy XIV Group Site Launched

We've been playing FFXIV for a few months now, and we figured it was about time we had a bit of a presence for the game on the website - so welcome to our shiny new Final Fantasy XIV Group Website!

We're all currently at different stages in game - some finished the story, and some haven't, etc - but we're planning to continue our efforts to beat content unsynced as a group as soon as we can. Thus far we've progressed well with Bahamut and Alexander, and there's definitely more to come on the horizon.

If you want to join our Cross World Linkshell give one of us a shout on either the forums or Discord, and we'll get you sorted out with an invite. For now, enjoy the new website!


The STR-AO Dance Troupe Rides Again

Let our recent video unearthing trend continue! Once upon a time several of us were known in Anarchy Online for our supremely seductive dancing skills, and after an old video of those skills being brought to our attention we thought "what the hell - why not show off how we used to move"!

Head over to see our STR-AO Dance Troupe dance the night away! We bear no responsibility for any scarring it may induce...

Our thanks to JarodRah for bringing this video back to our attention again after all this time...


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Shadowbringers Goes Live!

Some happy news for our FFXIV group as at long last, Shadowbringers is upon us! Patch 5.0 was released on Friday and we're now into the early access period! Let the hype commence - especially if the reaction the MSQ is getting is anything to go by!

There are some fairly substantial changes in the patch as you'd expect, particularly in terms of abilities for some classes. There's a few links and bits of useful information that I've collected here on the forum. It's worth giving these a read before you play to hopefully give yourself an idea as to how to repair your likely broken rotations before you head ingame.

Happy patch weekend guys - catch you ingame!


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E3 2019 Schedule

Ready for this year's E3?

Here's what the main schedule looks like atm:

Sat 8th June - EA Play

Sun 9th June - Microsoft, Bethesda & Devolver Digital

Mon 10th June - UploadVR, PC Gaming Show, Limited Run Games, Ubisoft, Kinda Funny Games Showcase & Square Enix

Tue 11th June - Nintendo & E3 Coliseum (Day One)

Wed 12th June - E3 Coliseum (Day Two)

Thu 13th June - E3 Coliseum (Day Three)

For further details, times, live stream links (and later, VODs) please see the forum thread here.

There will be no conferences from Sony or EA this year (gearing up for next year's next-gen event I imagine) however we do have a couple of new additions to the schedule; UploadVR with their E3 VR Showcase & Kinda Funny Games with theirs too.

Whilst EA will not be holding a conference they will still have some coverage with their EA Play event which will include multiple live streams throughout that day, likely showing off games such as Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.

Square Enix have also decided to make use of Sony's usual timeslot (with the Kinda Funny Games Showcase comfortably sitting in between that & the Ubisoft conference) so I would expect to see us end the Monday with FFVII:Remake - fingers crossed!

Hope to see you all on Discord for the live streams!


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