This page introduces all of the management, and explains the responsibilities of each council member. Aside from these responsibilities, we all contribute to discussions and help make Ensemble a place everyone can enjoy. Feel free to contact any of us at any time!
I started playing MMOs from the release of Final Fantasy XI in 2002, and transitioned over to Final Fantasy XIV with my friends. That’s where the last name comes from too, since XI had only first names – players who moved over to XIV during the campaign back then, got their characters created with their original XI server as their last name. Hence, Ragnarok. Back then, my shift job enabled me to play on NA servers, but as that changed, I had to change to EU times as well. As one might expect, NA servers were quite dead during EU prime time, so ultimately I had to transfer over to EU servers.
My destination was Ragnarok, where I created my own FC with some of my friends. The FC was called Legends Reborn, and we had two raid teams who were able to clear up to Turn 4 of Binding Coil. Due to growing disinterest in the game, we decided to split into other FCs, and I ended up joining Blacklight, an Arabic FC, and cleared Turn 5 with them. They, too, lost interest in the game, so it was time to look for another free company yet again.
Around Second Coil, I joined Solitude, and by the time Final Coil launched I was a raid leader of my own group, and shortly afterwards, promoted to an officer along with Locrian. We started taking care of things full time a little after Gordias, as the old officers and management were taking a long break. This period taught us a lot – we made a lot of mistakes, too, but that’s how you learn. Our aim was to transition Solitude into a stronger raiding free company, together with a healthy and friendly community, and although these two goals sometimes end up clashing with one another, we still wanted to do our best to try to make both possible.
When Stormblood hit, most of the people in Solitude reached the decision to split from the free company due to some irreconcilable differences, and form our own free company which we could run more freely, implementing more changes that were not possible under the Solitude banner. It was a very difficult decision to make, but ultimately it was for the best for both parties. Together with everyone, we formed Ensemble, and together we continue to build it into a community we can all enjoy, a home for everyone to share and enjoy their time in.
I’ve met lots of great people and made a lot of good friends along the way, and Final Fantasy MMOs continue to have a special spot in my heart.
I first joined the Ensemble crew – under a different name back then – almost 3 years ago, when Midas was about to be released. I am primarily a DoH/DoL enthusiast and, surprisingly enough, not a raider. My role as council and artisan leader is to prepare and manage progression tiers from artisan perspective, often several months ahead of time, and to provide advice and direction from an artisan’s point of view. I co-lead the artisan team with my very experienced fellow, Elrohir Fefalas.
This involves quite a bit of planning in regards to gathering and crafting; to make sure the raiders are provided what they need to make the most out of the fights; thorough analyses of patch patterns, gathering feedback, and improving and finetuning the support structure from one tier to another.
Hello. I have been with Ensemble for over 2 years, initially as a raider. Over time I served as a raid leader, and eventually joining council. My main role is helping with raid preparation and coordination along with analysis for patch progression. I also assist as a general backup in cases of emergencies, organization, and recruitment.
I’ve been raiding in Final Fantasy XIV ever since 1.x, and really got into HC raiding around the start of Realm Reborn. I’ve been an officer in one form or another ever since 2.4. I’ve always been interested in progression, not just from a raiding point of view, but also the mentality and community around “the scene” as sort of a professional curiosity. The community has grown to be quite different from other progression raiding MMOs, like a clash between two worlds; one of mechanics, and one of numbers.
In Ensemble, my main responsibility is handling most of the technical things, such as managing and implementing new features on the website and Discord server. I also curate applications and help around with general planning and organization where I can.
In my 5 years of playing FFXIV, I have to admit Ensemble has one of the best community and raiding chapters in the game. I have been progression-raiding in MMOs for nearly 8 years, so have been “around the block” many times. Strict in nature, my job is to help oversee our raiding community here, participate in discussions and help guide the Council and leadership. I am team-oriented and good at coaching those who need help, so if you have a question or need to improve as a player, please reach out to me.