OK, how many will agree that the way FFXI's economy has gone is pretty sad?
I somewhat agree. The FFXI economy was good for the way the game was played. ie, most of the gear you get is crafted. I personally like a wider variety of gear and I don't want to craft all of it or buy it from the AH. I don't mind a good portion of it being crafted though...
I hope this time around in FFXIV SE considers some of the aspects of rare/ex and items that can be sold, as well as crafting.
I never liked the idea in WoW that most of the good stuff you could craft was only good for yourself. Very poor incentive to level a craft.
IMO, if there are timed spawned NM's they should only drop rare/ex items. NO rare, NO non-rare items at all. This would stop a lot of NM manipulation for currency. If SE wants to make some items drop from NM's that are not rare/ex, then they should make them drop from "pop" NM's alone.
I would only agree to this if the NMs actually dropped stuff you could use right then and there instead of 10-20 levels ago as is the case most of the time in FFXI.
To explain a little deeper, IMO every NM that can be "popped" should require a "quest" item or something. No more waiting for Despot to spawn & fight a bunch of people for the claim just to get an item to "pop" a different NM. ALL items that are required to pop an NM should be questable by any person. To me this would minimize high priced items on the auction house by allowing anybody to quest for those items.
I'm not a fan of forced spawns. I'd much rather see the public quest system from Warhammer used for NMs.
At the same time, there will still be those items that are "exclusive" & once someone gets that NM claim and gets the drop, they can move along and let someone else try for the claim now.
You kind of already said this earlier.
What do you think can help the next games economy function better? Discuss
I'm not totally against the current economy of FFXI. The only thing I would like changed is the normal gear you get should be easier. Your first time through FFXI is pretty hard since you have to stop every once in a while and get the gil for your gear as neither the gear nor the gil comes naturally. I'm perfectly fine with the uber items costing so much as you get some sort of sense of accomplishment when you get them. Take the elemental staves. The normal ones are pretty cheap...at least you can get them without too much effort. The HQ staves are very expensive but you don't necessarily need them at level 51 (I think that's the level they're available) so saving your money to get them doesn't bother me.