Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Frankfurt 2017 Pt.1

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt  
Square Enix held the third of it's Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festivals in February in Frankfurt, Germany. (Previously in Las Vegas, and Tokyo.) 
Myself and RA:N Editor Onyx Goggles, bring you this part one of a photo-walk coverage of the event, which celebrated Final Fantasy XIV, delved into more detail about the upcoming titanic MMO expansion- Stormblood, and featured panels by developers, artists, and even an appearance by legendary composer, Nobuo Uematsu!

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Some of the area around where Frankfurt's Fan Festival took place.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

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FFXIV Fan Festival was hosted on February 18th and 19th at the Festhalle Messe in Frankfurt at the area shown above.

Messe Frankfurt - Festhalle

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt  
You can see quite a bit of monitors set up that were running FFXIV. The festival had several events that featured challenges for players to take hold of a randomized character to complete certain tasks and work together with other players to complete trials in FFXIV.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

You can't see it too well in this photo, this shows Fan Fests schedule for the first day. Attendees got a nice bag of loot that included a replica of the in-game Quest Log or Journal which guided them through the event's lineup and more.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

A Behemoth bull-ride was set up.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

I absolutely love how the Festhalle's ceiling looks combined with Fan Fest's lighting.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt  
Miqo'te Dragoon cosplay.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Astrologian cosplay.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

A shot from the main area's floor, you can somewhat see the Samurai class on the main screen. Samurai was announced to be the second playable new class for the upcoming expansion.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Miqo'te mage, I really like this one.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Continuing the tradition of other Festivals, fans set up a memorial dedicated to some of the fallen characters in Final Fantasy XIV that have died in the game's story. 
The main story of the game has had memorable characters that fans have grown attached to, such as Lady Iceheart and Lord Haurchefant who're most notoriously loved by fans among others. 
The Las Vegas Fan Festival's fan character memorial had a Lord Haurchefant that grew over time with gifts, snacks, and other bits as the show went on.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

The tradition of the autograph wall at FFXIV events continued, allowing players to sign their character's name, sign from their free company or server, or leave a picture to mark the big signing wall. 

This wall was made for the Frankfurt Fan Festival, I imagine it is full of (mostly) names of players from EU servers. See anyone you recognize?

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt  
Here we have a Monk cosplay.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Miqo'te cosplay with the starting race gear.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Bard cosplay.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Here's a closer shot of the Behemoth bull-ride.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Mini-games like Crystal Tower Striker were present. The game involves a hammer and whacking as hard as you can to get the lights to rise on the tower. It was something similar there at Fan Fest.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Miqo'te cosplay sporting the spring dress from FFXIV. I feel that she did an excellent job nailing that specific hairstyle from the game.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

The menu for food served at Fan Fest. Sorry the shot is so small, but it says: 
Chili con Marmot - Chili con carne with a bread roll 
Dark Pretzel - Cheese pretzel 
Dravanian Paprika Chips - Paprika chips 
Popoto Tacitos - Tacitos 
Ul'dahn Peanuts - Peanuts 
Pearl Chocolate - Chocolate bar

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

King Thordan was about. Very good cosplay, and you could see him doing the Manderville dance, just like he does in game when no one is watching.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

King Thordan really wanted to play "Time of My Life", a dance-move memory game from FFXIV.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

The main stage. I love how they integrated the 8-bit characters onto the lower screens.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

'Any Way the Wind Blows' is yet another game played at the Gold Saucer in FFXIV, most similar to the game of red-light/green-light. 
The creature, Typhon, blows gusts of wind at anyone in the wrong place as everyone is stopped from movement, eliminating them, as those not in the way move on. 
It looks as if they created a way to play the game here at Fan Fest involving an electronic color floor.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt  

The magitek armor used by the Garlean Empire, set up for photo ops.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

And just as I said, the memorial began growing.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Players taking on challenges in FFXIV.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

An art gallery was set up, showcasing art from the game. 
You can see Omega Weapon on the lower left, the new primal Lakshmi in the center, the primal Ravana in the lower right, promotional art for patch 3.5, and the smaller ones are Astrologian cards.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

This wall showcased the art for the new job coming in Stormblood- Red Mage.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

The art of Estinien used for Patch 3.3, aka Revenge of the Horde.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

When Musicians Collide was a special panel featuring Composer and Sound Editor, Masayoshi Soken, and infamous composer Nobuo Uematsu, as they talked about their work and inspirations. 
Uematsu had initially worked on the FFXIV soundtrack for the failed 1.0 version of the game. Since, Soken under some tutelage and working closely with Uematsu (protege maybe??) has long since taken the FFXIV soundtrack to new heights. 

FFXIV also won an award during Fan Fest from Guiness world records for having most original compositions, at over 300 pieces. Fans and players of Final Fantasy the world over know that the series is known for it's beautiful music and adrenaline pumping battle tunes- Final Fantasy XIV is no different, filled to the brim with memorable songs (many vocal).

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

This panel was very special, as the other Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festivals did not feature Uematsu or this particular panel. 
Soken had mentioned working with Uematsu during a music panel at Las Vegas's Fan Festival in 2014, but this event truly officially fleshed out their work together and how their styles have both equally contributed to making FFXIV's soundtrack so unique and memorable.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

One of the hosts was dressed like one of the new heroes for the upcoming expansion!

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Soken (42 years old) is a very whimsical fellow, often known for his personality as being more than just a composer- a Final Fantasy fan and someone who's really lighthearted and down to earth. Soken is even sometimes seen riding on localization and co-lore builder Koji Fox's back with an almost child-like demeanor. He's also known to crack a lot of jokes while keeping a straight face during events, and always has some surprise up his sleeve. Here in this shot, he's attentively sitting and listening as the translators speak Uematsu's words of wisdom as the event rolled on.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Just before the panel ended- you can also see Koji Fox on the right next to Soken, as Uematsu smiles big in front of our camera and in sight of hundreds of loyal fans.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Frankfurt

Another shot from a few feet back. 

 Stay tuned for more of our Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Frankfurt 2017 coverage (that's a mouthful isn't it?!) coming up at RA:N. 



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