I've never played any MMO besides FFXI, which had me hooked for almost four years, and I haven't played an MMO since. When I first logged into FFXI, the first wave of the newcomer American player base were into their level 30's. The Japanese players had the advantage over everyone else. I believe Square Enix made the right call by making FFXIV a worldwide release, and I thank them for it. I plan on purchasing FFXIV on the day of release, and hopefully, I'll be able to log into Eorzea that very same day.
No doubt, there will be loads of things to do, so much that it could overwhelm and confuse some players. I'm curious as to what everyone plans on doing when they first log into FFXIV, within the scenario that we will all be noobs together. And we can all rejoice in a world temporarily and blissfully free from Real Money Traders, because they'll be noobs, too.
Will it be chaos everywhere you go?
Will the starter cities lag out due to a high concentration of people shouting for help, reuniting with old friends, and party invites?
Does everyone intend to hit the killing fields right away to "skill up" via the Armoury battle system?
Will you jump into the plotline of Guildleves to see where that might carry you?
Or, would you prefer to lay back somewhere in a quiet area, and begin a profession in craftmaking, or fishing/harvesting/gardening/mining etc.?
Resisting the urge of jumping into the storyline, I plan on scurrying as quickly as I can to the killing fields, for a variety of reasons. First, I am eager to see the new animations of spellcasting. I plan on creating a magic-heavy Lalafel. At first, I'll probably play like a Red Mage, if the game mechanics allow for it. Presumably, monsters will drop items used for crafting, and I intend to craft as I go. My fear is that my fun time might be compromised by everyone else out in the noob areas killing monsters, resulting in fierce competition for precious skill ups and loot. This happened in FFXI every single time they released new job classes.
Will the first few days of playing FFXIV be a nightmare, or will it all magically work out, do you think?