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Starlight Special 2017 - "Revenge of the Chefsbane" Deleted Scenes, performed by Emi and Remix Sakura

For the second year in a row, we are proud to bring our listeners a very special year-end treat! MuseCast XIV hosts Emi and Remix Sakura perform an all-original, voice-acted audio play, in the roles of Nanamo ul Namo and Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn. At the conclusion of the Level 50 Culinarian quest "Revenge of the Chefsbane," Lolorito has been thoroughly embarrassed in front of the Sultana and the Admiral both when his latest shady scheme is foiled. After he leaves the room (and Merlwyb promptly...


Episode #029 – Sharlayan and the Scions (Part Three)

In the third and final part of the series, we squeeze all the Scions we can into one last jam-packed episode. Join us as we discuss Y’shtola’s unconventional education, the many professions of Tataru, Krile’s special talent for trolling, how Thancred never ages, why Papalymo’s a cranky old man, ship-teasing, and unresolved red herrings. We also recap our Extra Life fundraiser and the Trials of Bahamut real escape game. If you've enjoyed this episode, don't forget to subscribe, share, and...


Episode #028 – Character Creation 102

Last time we met with Ryssrael Klynbahrwyn of Gilgamesh, we helped him to begin his journey into the wondrous world of in-game roleplay. Now it’s time to follow up and recap the results! Join us as we compare the habits of the different server RP communities we’ve tried so far, point out what mature content you’re actually most likely to run into (hint: it’s not ERP), how both we and our characters change with experience, and the benefits of being a filthy RP casual. If you've enjoyed...


Episode #027 – Sharlayan and the Scions (Part Two)

The members of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn are some of the most familiar and important people in the Warrior of Light's life -- and there are so many of them to boot! In this episode, we get started down the list with the legendary founder of the Circle of Knowing, Louisoux; compare and contrast the wonder twins, Alphinaud and Alisaie; and find out what's behind that strange, quiet guy Urianger, and the part Moenbryda plays in his past and present. If you've enjoyed this episode, don't...


Episode #025 – Sharlayan and the Scions (Part One)

In this episode, we’re taking our listeners to school as we study up on the undisputed center of knowledge on Hydaelyn – the nation of Sharlayan. On the surface, it seems like an enlightened utopia of learned citizens in the tradition of the Ancient Greeks. However, in a society that values information and education above all else, what becomes of the uneducated working class – and how might the government control the information its citizens receives? How did their strict moral values...


Episode #025 – Character Creation 101

Ever wondered how a roleplay-curious FFXIV player can actually get started, even with nothing more than an idea? In this episode, we’ll be breaking in Ryssrael Klynbahrwyn of Gilgamesh to the weird and wonderful world of RP. We sit down with Ryss and guide him, ELI5 style, through his first steps into serious character development, such as origins, family, personal values, and the in-character interaction options available both on his server and elsewhere online. If you've enjoyed this...


Episode #024 – The Far East (Part 2)

We continue our journey to the eastern lands of Hydaelyn introduced in Stormblood, diving in to the people and cultures of the Ruby Sea as well as the ever-popular Xaela Au Ra of the Azim Steppe. We also discuss why now more than ever, roleplayers should be aware of the concept of cultural appropriation, how to avoid it when creating original characters, and how to deal with the inevitable angry Internet discourse. SPOILER WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for the Stormblood 4.0...


Episode #023 – The Far East (Part One)

Venture with us out of Eorzea, to the other end of Hydaelyn, and into a new world of roleplay possibilities — the Far East! What do these various regions have and not have in common? What sort of circumstances could bring someone from this region to Eorzea? We begin by covering Doma and Hingashi, including the cultural exchanges and tensions of Kugane, the effects of the Time Bubble on the Doman Rebellion, and advice for choosing a warrior-class surname. SPOILER WARNING: This episode...


Episode #022 – Ala Mhigo: Past, Present, and Future (Part 2)

Though the Stormblood hype train was derailed by technical setbacks, it’s finally taken us all the way to Ala Mhigo — and what a ride it was! This episode features special guests and Ala Mhigan roleplayers Sounsyy Mirke and Avelyn Firestone of Balmung. We sit down to discuss whether Lyse is the real main character of Stormblood, the lives and world views of Fordola and the Crania Lupi (and somehow get back on to the topic of Gaius van Baelsar), what sort of government might best suit the...


Episode #021 – Ala Mhigo: Past, Present, and Future (Part 1)

Jump aboard the Stormblood hype train as we head to the fifth and final nation of Eorzea: Ala Mhigo. Join us and our special guest, "Lore Mom" Sounsyy Mirke, as we explore the historical context that led Ala Mhigo and its people to where they are today, the cultural values it actually shares with its invader Garlemald, and the many troubles and trials that the occupied nation and its diaspora face in the present day. Once you’ve listened to these heart-wrenching tales of tragedy, bravery,...


Episode #020 – Alt-aholism: Caring For All Your Characters

Muses are like potato chips — you can never have just one! The addiction to alternate characters, or alts, has spread across the entire FFXIV player base, affecting roleplayers worst of all. Creating a second (or third, or fourth…) original character, and starting the game again from scratch, can be a fun and fulfilling experience — except for the parts when it’s a long, dull grind, of course. In this episode, we share our tips and those of other alt-aholics on how to share your love...


Episode #019 – Roleplay Events

Want to get your character out of the dungeons, and out for a night on the town instead? Wondering how to get some roleplay going on your server? There’s no better place to start than with in-game RP events! In this episode, we discuss how to get the most of your experience as an attendee, including etiquette pro-tips to help things run smoothly. Can’t find any RP events on your server, but want to start some of your own? We share our advice, and that of experienced community members, for...


Episode #018 - Small Server Roleplayers

After exploring what it’s like on the big bad Balmung server, in this episode, we’re downsizing! Find out what it’s like to roleplay on servers where you might have never expected it to be. Hear from RPers from Adamantoise, Diabolos, and Famfrit as they share experiences both positive and negative, their successes and struggles with growing communities, and their hopes and wishes for future growth. Your hosts also discuss their own efforts on Lich as an inspiring small server RP success...


Episode #017 - The Perks and Pitfalls of Balmung (Part 2)

Join us for the second part of our in-depth discussion of the infamous hub of FFXIV RP: the Balmung server. We brought the sugar, and now it’s time to bring the salt! Having extolled the server’s virtues and advantages in our previous episode, hosts and guests now let loose their rants on what annoys, infuriates, disappoints and saddens them about playing and roleplaying on Balmung. Who is really to blame for these ills? Have things gotten better or worse over time? What does Gilgamesh...


Episode #016 - The Perks and Pitfalls of Balmung (Part 1)

What's the first thing that pops into your head when you hear "Balmung?" Whatever it is, you're probably wrong! Join us and our Balmungian guests for part one of our revealing exposé on the infamous hub of FFXIV RP. Hear true stores of nights in Ul'dah's Quicksand, some of the server’s countless in-jokes, and the magic that happens when everyone around you works together to create a collaborative story. You’ll even hear us give our in-game updates in haiku form. Featuring Brohamut and...


Episode 015 - NPCs and Godmodding: Seeking Equilibrium in your RP Universe

In this episode, we begin covering more meta-RP topics, touching on some of the crucial issues players experience when participating in FFXIV roleplay. Choosing an NPC as your muse comes with many unique joys and challenges, especially when it comes to in-game interactions. We discuss the issue of “godmodding,” why it’s a pet peeve of so many, and how to avoid conflict by consistently practicing mutual respect, no matter your play style. We even do some live RP wherein Merlwyb gets into a...


Episode #014 - The Garlean Empire

Our first episode of 2017 marks our final episode covering the nations of Eorzea — and who do we leave for last but the big bad Garlean Empire! We become the devils' advocates as we discuss how and why Garlemald became so imperial in the first place, what to do (and not to do) when creating a Garlean RP character, why we’re fond of even the empire’s greatest villains, and why you should always let the sprouts watch all the cutscenes in the Praetorium. If you've enjoyed this episode, don't...


2017 Heavensturn Special Edition - “The Sultana’s Seven” performed by Emi featuring Ethys Asher

As a special new year's treat for our listeners, we are proud to bring you two very special audio performances based on the “Tales from the Calamity” collection of short stories. MuseCast XIV host Emi performs “The Sultana’s Seven” in the role of Nanamo Ul Namo, with additional voices performed by Ethys Asher. It’s our way of bringing roleplay to the next level. Happy Heavensturn, adventurers! If you've enjoyed this episode, don't forget to subscribe, share, and follow us! iTunes /...


2016 Starlight Special Edition - “Where Victory and Glory Lead” performed by Remix Sakura

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Episode #013 - The Nation of Gridania

In our final episode covering the city-states of Eorzea, we delve into the deep and mysterious undergrowth of Gridania, and the complex society that lives beneath its lush green forest canopy. Join us, along with our special guest Yhrea Lasiri of Balmung, as we discuss why the elementals are like disgruntled landlords, explore the origins of anti-Duskwight racism, ponder what life is really like for the Padjal, and speculate about what Mun-Tuy brew tastes like. If you've enjoyed this...


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