No, not changing nations. We're talking about the first day too.
You can pick whatever city you want, regardless of race. It's been that way since the game launched, as far as I can remember.
But anyway, since XIV is likely to be the same, I don't think there will be considerable difficulties, except for the fact that my friends will likely want to start in different cities than I do.
Edited, Sep 12th 2009 11:14pm by Kirbster
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