Lately in my downtime, I’ll spend it grinding in Final Fantasy V. Final Fantasy V was an SNES game, never released in the US until nostalgic ports were released for later consoles. I first played it on a poorly translated ROM in emulation in college.  It has a robust job system where each character can “master” different classes and combine skills in whatever ways you want. Want a Bard/Ninja? Go for it.

Each monster you fight gives you normal experience points, but also Ability Points. Ability Points level your job separately than your level level. The story of the game is good, but I’m enjoying the meditative quality of just walking in circles grinding my jobs. In this one desert, only one monster appears—the Dhorme Chimera, and the Dhorme Chimera lands you THREE ability points. I’ve probably fought thousands of them and it’s very, very calming.