So, a family member and I recently re-subbed about 3 weeks ago, and after getting our bearings and completing a few initial projects, I've been reading up on this Ambuscade thing, and it sounds like it is THE place to go for gear these days, especially if you don't have a linkshell and/or aren't really up for getting into groups.
My family member is older and is not the kind of person who is interested in difficult complex fights; she plays the game more to pass time, she likes to do crafting, farming and other "casual" activities.
I have a bit more skill than she does, though with so many changes to the game, I'm still re-learning all of my jobs and the plethora of new job abilities, spells, and other things that didn't exist the last couple times I re-subbed.
Anyways, our characters look like this:
-99 THF with 109 Reforged AF and Homestead/Eminent Daggers and Exenterator (sp?)
-99 WHM with Sparks gear and dual 117 wands (Homestead/Eminent) and Realmrazer
-99 MNK and IIRC, she either has or almost has enough Rem's Tales to upgrade her AF to 109. I don't remember if she has the fist WS or not, but that's easily gotten.
Spell and Combat skill is capped IIRC except shield.
Her WHM is likely missing spells, and she's not hugely skilled at casting spells and quickly targeting people, etc.
-11 Jobs on 99, though only my WHM, and THF have anything better than Sparks gear. My WHM has Gendewitha +1 (I used a mule's mog pells to get the wings to buy it and upgrade it) and I recently bought a melee club (that 119 morning star type club that PLD can also use, forget the name of it) but otherwise, sparks gear all the way. I recently got SMN and GEO up to 99, but their magic skills are nowhere near cap and GEO is missing spells (I didn't get the geocolures yet, and I'm missing the last few Indi plates).
We did up to, IIRC the 5th or 6th Rhapsody (the one that requires partial WoTG completion that unlocks Walk of Echoes early), but the main problem we have, is that our jewelry (rings, capes, earrings, neck) suck. They are years out of date and obsolete and the few we can see in the AH do not appear to have very good stats on them, or if they do they are crazy expensive and we're hesitant to pay that much money.
I did see a pair of earrings that we can get from Adoulin that buffs Dual-Wield that looks reasonably do-able.
That brings me to another point... we need to do more stuff in Adoulin, lol. I don't really know much of anything about the place, but then again, it's difficult to find information that tells us what we can duo and what we cannot.
I'm currently in the process of leveling DRG to get her a better throwing weapon (the 119 Unity Bird in Buburimu, do-able with our two THFs but a rather difficult fight, I figure with the upcoming Unity Campaign, if I can get my DRG on 99 by then, we should have a much easier time of it).
Otherwise, I'm just looking for some suggestions on where I should be looking, and what to expect when trying to do Ambuscade. I read BG-Wiki's Ambuscade article, but I'm wanting to wait until the 11th because what little progress we could make in 6 days, we would lose when the update happens since monthly updates erase your Hallmarks and Gallantry anyways.
I also could not find any information on how often you're permitted to do Ambuscade -- I remember in the past days, that nearly everything in the game had a lockout, some of them up to a week so I'm not entirely sure if Ambuscade is like that or not.
Any suggestions/etc muchly appreciated!