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#1 Aug 09 2009 at 4:09 AM Rating: Good
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Seeing as i am currently in the army and deployed, married and expecting my first child in December. That is quite a bit on my plate. I am leaning heavily toward some solo play but will still get my party on as much as possible. Seeing as an MMO with no kind of grouping or party play really defeats the purpose of making it an MMO. I just know i definetly wont see the amount of time i spent on FFXI (at least in one sitting happening now).


Also does anyone have any advice on how i can get my wife hooked on the game. She really just hates it because i played so much of FFXI lol. But i think if i get her to make a character (female of course because i will sell her the me and you in game thing) she might just try it when she gets bored and im not home. Maybe that might be enough to get her hooked. ::::fingers crossed:::::
#2 Aug 09 2009 at 5:41 AM Rating: Decent
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Well first off, congratulations man;

And Im hoping that I can still mainly party throughout FFXIV, even though it was a longgg grind in FFXI, I really liked the fact that you were playing with OTHER PEOPLE, which is how a MMO should be imo.

I think they need to find a balance between FFXI and every other newer MMO in terms of party vs solo play. I'd like to see where parties get you decent- best possible xp, and solo play you'd get mediocre-decent xp, so where solo play isnt completely useless, but it would leave something to be wanted.
#3 Aug 09 2009 at 6:16 AM Rating: Decent
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I'd rather I be able to XP pretty well by myself if I want to. Having to find parties is a pain. Just make sure there are plenty of quests and missions that require partying instead.
#4 Aug 09 2009 at 6:23 AM Rating: Good
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I'd rather I be able to XP pretty well by myself if I want to. Having to find parties is a pain. Just make sure there are plenty of quests and missions that require partying instead.

I think the benefits of having a party should outweigh the benefits of solo. However they should definitely make solo much easier and approachable then they did in FFXI. As long as there are benefits of partying over soloing then I think the game and its fanbase will be just fine.
#5 Aug 09 2009 at 8:34 AM Rating: Good
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Also does anyone have any advice on how i can get my wife hooked on the game. She really just hates it because i played so much of FFXI lol. But i think if i get her to make a character (female of course because i will sell her the me and you in game thing) she might just try it when she gets bored and im not home. Maybe that might be enough to get her hooked. ::::fingers crossed:::::


Well, you can pitch it as the idea of "spending time together even when we're apart".

This might get her playing but if she doesn't enjoy the game she isn't going to be very fun to play with and she won't play for long. If she does play for long she might only be playing for you and won't really enjoy it.

I've tried this before. I got my girlfriend to play two different games with me even though she doesn't like MMORPGs. She played them but, not being too good at video games, it was a steep learning curve.

I didn't mind taking the time to teach her instead of going off with my friends. I just wanted to play together.

The problem was that it was slow for her to learn and she died a lot. She always thought she was slowing me down and kept telling me to go play with my friends instead...which really defeated the purpose of playing together.

In the end she stopped playing because she felt like she was relying on me too much and felt that I really wanted to be doing something else...even though this wasn't the case.

So you'll have to be really good at convincing her to play and then even better at convincing her to stay...depending on how quickly she learns the game.
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#6 Aug 09 2009 at 8:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Seeing as i am currently in the army and deployed, married and expecting my first child in December. That is quite a bit on my plate. I am leaning heavily toward some solo play but will still get my party on as much as possible. Seeing as an MMO with no kind of grouping or party play really defeats the purpose of making it an MMO. I just know i definetly wont see the amount of time i spent on FFXI (at least in one sitting happening now).


Also does anyone have any advice on how i can get my wife hooked on the game. She really just hates it because i played so much of FFXI lol. But i think if i get her to make a character (female of course because i will sell her the me and you in game thing) she might just try it when she gets bored and im not home. Maybe that might be enough to get her hooked. ::::fingers crossed:::::


I am in the Same boat minus the baby. I don't have the time I did when I played FFXI either that's why I am hoping you don't have to play long like that said to get things accomplished. Does your wife have any interest in games at all?
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#7 Aug 09 2009 at 9:03 AM Rating: Good
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Can't say that I am in the same situation as the OP, but I understand his want for solo activity. This is my opinion, solo should be an option for you to do, when you can't group. It should never be so attractive that you would rather solo than group. Also, solo or group "xp" I would have liked to be seperate from quests. Looks like SE has already decided agianst that, so I better just suck it up and get used to it. Its not that I am against questing for "xp", its that I would rather save the quests for the solo content, when I am unable to group or more specifically do endgame or missions. To me, the things that make an MMORPG for me are the endgame activites, and also FFXIs mission style story line. I loved doing endgame, and it was fun with large groups, if only for the chaos factor. However, I have to say that there was nothing quite like low-manning Sea Gods and Sky Gods, and KSNM 99s. They even implemented some systems that were fairly low-man towards the end of my time in FFXI. I liked salvage, and a few of the other newer activities that made it possible for a small group of friends (6-10 people)to be able to go kick some ***. So for the people that love endgame, I hope maybe they have both types: low-man, and large scale.

As to getting your wife to play the game, tell me when you figure out that magical secret. Please!!!
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#8 Aug 09 2009 at 9:06 AM Rating: Excellent
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Congratulations :)

It's hard to be say without knowing your wife's tastes.

I know I'm kind of looking forward to playing dress up, as stereotypical as that is. You might want to hold off playing that card until we actually know you can have a reasonable expectation of functionality and fashion. (having armor dyes would be a good sign, being able to switch armor mid-battle would be a bad sign).

Knowing the whole baby song and dance, she's probably already heard from twelve different sources just how little time she'll have after the baby comes. So pursue that casual angle for all it's worth.

Screenshots of idyllic locales is always a crowd pleaser.



#9 Aug 09 2009 at 10:45 AM Rating: Decent
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The thing I loved that SE said about Guildleves is that you can adjust the amount of members in your party. Obviously partying is very fun and I love to cooperate with other but if I'm feeling independent and I will opt to solo or duo with a good friend. Maybe my favorite part of FFXI was when me and my friend duo'd BLU together. I was BLU/WHM and he went BLU/WAR and eventually BLU/NIN and we got to level 30 and it was incredible. It's nice doing things in an MMO that are off the beaten track, and if SE plans to provide a lot of solo play options, hopefully there will be a ton of quests and activities you can do by yourself.
#10 Aug 09 2009 at 1:29 PM Rating: Decent
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I want lots of small party content for 2-4 players. I have RL friends that will probably play with me and I'd like to be able to do things with them and not have to worry about finding a couple of reliable pickups every time we want to do something (though if enough people from my XI LS come over, that probably won't be a big problem anyway).

I'm looking forward to epic, challenging battles and story content. I'm hopeful for a good strategy card minigame within the game (not like Tetramaster or Triple Triad as much as a card game like Magic or Pokemon).

I'm also hoping there are better PVP options than XI offered. I've never been that big on PVP, but if this is going to be heavily a strategy game, then I think I'll feel differently.
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#11 Aug 09 2009 at 7:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm just hoping teaming up is not incredibly frustrating. I never had any issues with groups until about level 35 or so. Once that level was hit then thigns just sort of slowed down.

Definately going to need to get some friends into the game, and develop a good and limited groups of players to partner with. Oh, and I'll look into a supporting role this time! Hopefully something that others players appreciate having around =)
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