For some strange reason, I decided to try and install Chains of Promathia at three o'clock in the morning. Bear in mind that the reason why I hadn't done so earlier was because up to now, my CD drive had been causing me problems-- I, in fact had been trying all day, to no avail. Even the technicians were stumped. But for one reason or another, the CD drive decided to co-operate with me, and I was on my way to Chains of Promathia!
'Course, once I saw the files that needed to be downloaded, I went to sleep to the faint hum of my computer and the knowledge that the 10,600 files or so would be ready for me when I wake up...
...which for goodness knows what god-awful reason, was seven o'clock in the morning. Without an alarm clock. I was tempted to go back to sleep, but since I was awake, why not?
My first experience with Chains of Promathia was to go explore the new zones. Unfortunately, the only one I knew how to get to was Oldton Movalpolos, from the Gusgen Mines. It, also happened to be the one I was interested in, seeing as how you can get just about every single ore there, all the way up to Platinum. Exploring new places is a wonderful experience. Having to /check everything you come across, simply because you never know when something might prove to be a threat to you. Case in point: everything in Oldton Movalpolos is Too weak to be worthwhile, on the other hand, everything in Newton Movalpolos (just one zone away) was Incredibly tough!
After having to Warp out of Newton Movalpolos thanks to some aggro that would surely have killed me, I then set out to try and access Emptiness, which is basically the start of the Chains of Promathia storyline. I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it, but you need to enter the Lower Delkfutt's Tower to trigger the opening cutscene, and after that, it's eye candy. I'll say this much: Bahamut is cool. ^^
Anyway, I also managed to get a good chunk of Level 56 completed in two separate parties today, including a party that started out great since we were the first in the tree, and we chalked up 5,400 experience points in the first hour before everything dried out as more and more parties came in. I, unfortunately died twice to two accidents, once in the party, and again once we had disbanded. Let's say I decided to go coffer hunting, and at least now I have my map. :D
I'm very sleepy right now, but with any luck, I'll be Level 57 tomorrow. Only 5k experience points to go!