Very nice ideas, and the more I think of it, the more another suggestion I made on another thread makes sense: What if the armour system is done in the form of the ffxii licencing board
? Only this time, FFXIV uses a sort of licencing "wheel"?
Say we get some kind of "weaponskill-points or score" units from using your weapon to hunt stuff, missions, quests, etc; and the more (skillchains?) we do with our weapons, the higher the amount of "points" you can earn. You then in turn spend these points on YOUR very own personal licencing board or wheel
(unique to each player) that gradually unlocks more and more armour/weapon (and even materia?) options as you continue your life in Eorzea. And as you open up better looking armour with better stats etc (which you "enhance" with materia), you are also unlocking weapons, weaponskills, crafting skills, summons (or espers?), damage skills (boosting the stats of the weapons you've already unlocked), and a whole bunch of other stuff.
Yashas idea also sounds valid and all the more possible that a licencing board/wheel) of some sorts could be employed: You pick up a sword, join a couple friends (one is using a mace and the other a greatsword). You all wack a few mobs and earn "weaponskill points" (you earn better points if you did well-timed skillchains). Then you all open up your individual "licence board/wheels" and invest those points into the path of the respective weapon your using; which in turn unlocks skills, spells etc particular to that weapon.
And after using your "points" to invest in a certain skill etc, you could continue to invest your points along a certain path on the wheel if you're trying to be, say, a Samurai with Ninja subjob skills. And perhaps, just perhaps, at the very hub or center of our licencing sheet will be "general skills" that we can gradually flesh out with points: chocobo riding, crafting skills, adventuring skills (jumping, swimming etc). What would be additionally nice is if you now decide to "change" jobs to become a white mage for instance, you could "de-invest" your points (with a penalty of sorts?) and restart your wheel along the whm path. I'm suggesting a penalty of sorts so that we can really think hard and carefully plan their character; plus it will force us to go out and gather more points if we wanted to "learn" new skills for a new job.
Like I said, the licence board thing came to me yesterday while I was posting up something else in another thread about armour/gear, so a lot of the jottings here was "cuffed" over from that thread. Yet again, if this has been suggested already on another thread, I'd be happy to continue this discussion there as well cuz I'm seriously psyched about speculating on how the ffxiv skills will work. The theories about the Last Remnant "Battle Rank" system is also very possible (I actually liked that game a lot) but I gotta rush outta the house atm so I can't give a logical comment right now until later.
Yeah, this game will be "ffxi (times five)"... hence the FFXIV
. Edited, Jun 9th 2009 1:42pm by LeoTarvion