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#1 Jan 11 2010 at 8:13 PM Rating: Decent
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How will you start your adventures in FFXIV? Will you start leveling right away to see what new abilities will be opened up as you level, explore the areas to see what's around, try to find a LS/Guild right away to grow as a group, start a craft, see if there is any quests you can do, a combination of some, or something completely different?


Personally I think I'll explore the areas with my friends and level with them, while keeping our eyes open for a LS/Guild to join.
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How will you start your adventures in FFXIV? Will you start leveling right away to see what new abilities will be opened up as you level, explore the areas to see what's around, try to find a LS/Guild right away to grow as a group, start a craft, see if there is any quests you can do, a combination of some, or something completely different?


Personally I think I'll explore the areas with my friends and level with them, while keeping our eyes open for a LS/Guild to join.


I remember when I started FFXI in Bastok, it took me about 3 days just to remember how to get around town.

I'll probably get in and look around see if I know anyone from FFXI and then log on here and brag about it and try not to get in trouble. :)
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I plan on playing with a few friends, and I'll likely start Alchemy right away if I can. My friends have never played an MMO before, so I'll most likely be showing them around, leveling/skilling, and crafting whenever I can. I basically want to generate the cash in my group and start an LS or the XIV equivalent with them, get friends to join, and hopefully we can stick together long enough to accomplish a lot in the game together. I'm really looking forward to it.
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#4 Jan 11 2010 at 8:58 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm going to explore and meet as many people as I can. Not to mention getting my craft started.
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#5 Jan 11 2010 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
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I will "level", which should naturally lead me to other areas to explore.
#6 Jan 11 2010 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Craft.

And then craft some more.

And then craft yet some more.

I might actually start my "adventure" 3 months in.
#7 Jan 11 2010 at 9:06 PM Rating: Decent
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I definitely want to lvl as a war class. I bet you will see a big trend of crafters at the start to make money. I think i will take up Smithing to repair my weapons. I think it will help out in the long run of lvling. Alchemy will be my second, potions are always great to have.

Bet that can all change when i try out the beta. I would love to play it so i understand the game mechanics.
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How will I? um...


    Get that comfortable chair I use for long nights of coding work


    Turn the PC

    Log in at any preferable way SE had chosen

    Start Checking the places and tribes to see which one looks better with my intentions

    Create my character

    Hold for five minutes at the last step of creating my character only to return and edit some things I just thought

    Finish my character creation

    watch the cut scene explaining why I am there

    Laugh at the similarity I find out

    Pay attention to the NPC explaining because something interesting caught my eyes

    Cheer for the cutscene finished

    Look around the place

    talk to every NPC in the place

    Laugh when I find a funny memorable name

    Drool over the CG

    Find my first quest

    Complete my first quest

    Cheer hearing the fanfare sound

    Find my way out of the city

    Attack the first creature I find

    Get killed in my very first try

    Discover how to use the mechanics of fighting

    Get annoyed when having 1HP left the enemy kills me again

    Get the hang of it and start getting stronger

    Find more quest and completing them

    Complain about the expensive armor and weaponry

    Find a guy shouting "The enemy is behind me please help"

    Help the guy and hold my pose for five second to show off

    Get a friend request by the guy I just save

    Go exploring deeper with the guy I just met

    Getting killed again

    Hold my ground in the city until I can get better weapons and armor

    Find out how to craft

    Like crafting and waste some time doing it

    Getting better equipment and trying to explore again

    Showing off my equipment to my friend before departing

    Sulking finding out he had something better

    Finding a mission to follow up with the exploring

    Kill the same weak creature that killed me at the beginning

    Exploring some more

    find a new place

    Get a bunch of items from several monsters i kill along the way

    Complete mission 1

    /hurray

    Getting caught up in the story

    Try to complete Mission 2

    Complete mission 2

    /psych

    Try to complete mission 3

    Find out I need a party if I Want to do mission three unless I am 10x stronger than I am at that moment

    Find a group of people that already finished all the mission

    Get the mission story ruined by them

    /angry

    Go back to my city and get some crafting going until my depression wears off

    Attack monster along the way

    Get poisoned by one

    Die by poison

    Log off

    turn off the PC

    get lunch

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#9 Jan 11 2010 at 9:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Wow so many choices in XI I started by lvl'ing this time I try to learn my way around the city I start out in and crafting (since I started out smithing when things were outrageous). Brings back so many memories of going to places I had no better going to just to look up and see that familar blue crystal hahaha. Probably try few things out who knows what caps SE will have on the game like XI with 50 lvl cap and rank caps so...
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(step 1)I'm going to take up a crafter and a gatherer class right away, it depends on what will compliment the class i choose from either the DoW or DoM. I want to be able to gather my own crafting materials, craft all of my weapons and armor and make some gil for other stuff, i just want to be prepared financially. When i get to a comfortable point i'll start work on my first class from either the DoW or DoM and keep on going with that until i need more gil.

(step 2)After i have my base established i'll either branch off and take up multiple crafter and gatherer classes or take up other classes from the DoW or DoM, that depends on how skills and magic are transferable to other classes and how i am financially at the time.

(step 3)Once i'm happy with step 1 and 2 i'll take my original crafter and gather classes along with my original class from the DoW or DoM to the maximum level or the highest it can go then try to get into an endgame guild. After i succeed with that i'll start taking up multiple classes from either the DoW or DoM to the highest they can go (maximum level).

In between all of that i'll do missions (once i'm at the appropriate level) to do those and constant spamming of guildleves depending on the benefits along with quests and everything else ffxiv has to offer.


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#11 Jan 11 2010 at 9:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Do some ****.

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Profit.
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#12 Jan 11 2010 at 10:16 PM Rating: Default
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I'll start by familiarizing myself with the town followed by proceedeing directly to the Guildeves hub. I believe all missions, crafting, quests, etc will begin with Guildeves so why not.
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Hopefully start with my girlfriend and my brother. Gonna start smithing from the very beginning, make my bro do alchemy or cloth, and my girlfriend cooking. Gonna explore the first nation, bastok too me a day or two to remember everything. Then go out and start lvling, pretty sure have an ls by then, bcus thats what everyone is gnna do at the get go.
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#14 Jan 11 2010 at 10:41 PM Rating: Decent
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It's interesting that quite a few people mentioned starting a craft first to get stable financially. I remember when I started XI I did the exact opposite, mostly because I had no idea crafting was what was supplying what I was buying off the AH. I'll be reading the manual voraciously while XIV downloads, so I might have to adjust my earlier post depending on game mechanics.

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#15 Jan 11 2010 at 10:48 PM Rating: Default
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I agree atka, i think if i woulda started a craft sooner in ffxi, i woulda been financially better, i found out about it to **** late and the profit it made in the beginning of the game when not many ppl were skilled at it was great. Ill b prepared this time around though.
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#16 Jan 11 2010 at 10:58 PM Rating: Default
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first thing i will do is do a /shout **** YEAH I'M IN!! WASSUP EVERYONE!!??
and the do some quests and kill mobs to buy a linkshell and gather my old friends
then we start from there
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#17 Jan 11 2010 at 11:24 PM Rating: Decent
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First thing I will do is call my long time friend and find out what server we are going to call home if the servers are not named the same. Then I will take some time to look over all the races and clans before making my character. Take a couple hours customizing my character and thinking if I should start fresh with a new name or keep the old one. Log into XIV meet up with the friend and start up our adventure, start up a craft or two ...and get all geeked out looking at all the "New".
#18 Jan 12 2010 at 6:38 AM Rating: Decent
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Sit in the middle of my starting city and absorb the new world around me.
Went straight to exploring in XI......started too late to catch up with other crafters. This time I'm going to start crafting early. Made money in
XI by gardening. Hope that's an option again.

This is the first time I'll be in at the start of a game and at the same level as everyone else and I want to take the time to enjoy it. Not going to rush things.
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I'll log in, get all excited as I start to explore the new surroundings and then BAM! Wife Agro!
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I remember when I started FFXI in Bastok, it took me about 3 days just to remember how to get around town.

I'll probably get in and look around see if I know anyone from FFXI and then log on here and brag about it and try not to get in trouble. :)


LOL that's funny.. exactly what happened to me. I remember walking around and figuring out there was no tutorial, no example, no direction nothing... I followed people and made my way outside and was just flabbergasted. It was basically my first MMO of this scale.

I found some guy and started talking to him, he invited me to his guild for new people and theres where things went.

This time around however i will have a bunch of buddies playing with me. Hopefully we will all start on the same day and we will have some fun questing it up. In my solo time however i will be doing mostly crafting. If the crafting system is actually... worth investing in i will do that. I will definatly be a cook since no matter what game you play it always brings in steady but worthy cash. But being a Final Fantasy MMO i will branch out into everything possible.. i loved the idea of being able to be just about everything on the same character.
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I am going to level as fast as I can and then start a craft. I really missed the boat in FFXI it took me around a yr to get max level. And there's no way it should have taken that long. I struggled a lot with in game money until I was max level. And I don't want to go through that again!
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#22 Jan 12 2010 at 10:19 AM Rating: Decent
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well.. during beta... i'll start by trying to do both crafting and leveling at the same time... raise them together and find out the details of each... which i feel would be more important/interesting etc.. figure out what is best for my chosen 'class' etc.. and then come the real release, i'll follow the plan i come up with. i kinda hope that i could prioritise crafting before leveling.. would be interesting being able to get my craft skill well above my leveling at the start and then using it to help finance/craft everything i need as i level ^^
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#23 Jan 12 2010 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm gonna do the same thing I did in XI (and most other games).

First off I'm going to set my keyboard config to make it as similar to my config in XI as possible. I actually try to make my keyboard config in every RPG I play to be as similar as possible.

Then the second thing I'm gonna do is check out the Inventory window, Equipment window, LS window, etc. etc. and familiarize myself with them.

I will then check out all the chat commands and learn the chat system. Then contact my friends (a bunch of friends from my old HNMLS are gonna be playing; we've already set up a forum to talk about the game).

Then I'm gonna explore the town I started off in. Every corner. Where the item store is, the AH, the exits, NPC vendors, etc.

Only then will I head out of town and check how the combat system works.

I won't be leveling aggressively. I've never been a mad leveler (4+ years in XI and only 1 level 75 that I leveled up myself all the way from 1-75). I started XI shortly after it went retail in the US but I wasn't part of the first wave of lvl 75 NA players. I'll likely do casual leveling and trying to learn about every aspect of the game as possible, just like I did in XI. :)

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#24 Jan 12 2010 at 11:48 AM Rating: Decent
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Most MMOs i go straight into leveling....and it probably won't change much here. Archer will be my path. I'll probably do a little exploring and then come back to town and start a craft so I can make my own arrows and bullets. I am planning on playing with my neighbor, so we'll probably do a couple leves together as well and possibly start a LS/guild.

I think my main goal for this game is going to be exploration and defeating the bosses, with crafting and gathering as filers (plus these will help me explore remote regions for rare mats).
#25 Jan 12 2010 at 12:31 PM Rating: Default
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I agree with Threx, the first thing I'm doing is setting up comfortable keybindings so I don't get carpentunnel syndrome. Also I probably want to make sure every action I do is as fast as possible.

B/c I'm now married, I must also help my wife set up keybindings so she doesn't suck.

Then my wife and I will begin adventuring with our LS from Odin, most likely "leveling".

I may actually not even do any crafting until endgame b/c typically getting to endgame early and farming the higher price materials is good money too, and you get to advance your character at the same time. We'll probably try a bunch of low-man strats to put some dungeons on farm status asap and once all geared, run other players who don't have an LS through difficult NMs and dungeons for a decent profit to support finances.
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Oh, wow, when did you get married? Congrats! :)
Would be cool if we ended up on the same server. :D
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I also just saw in your sig that you soloed Gration. I also tried that, but ended up duoing it.

I solo'ed it until about 50%, then I lost hate and didn't realize it until it was too late. Went back to 100%. I then soloed it again until like 60-70%, but it was taking quite a long time so I asked my friend if he wanted to join. He came down and we finished Gration together.

Oh, well, at least I know I was able to solo it if I had time. :)
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#28 Jan 12 2010 at 1:44 PM Rating: Decent
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I'll start by leveling a few different jobs to see which I really like then go from there. I'll be playing with friends so a lot will determine what they wanna do as well.
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I think I'll start my journey by driving to the closest Gamestop.....getting the new advanced bible according to Brady and then leveling up my melee skills using a crafting weapon since that will allow me to craft and fight at the same time!

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#30 Jan 12 2010 at 4:26 PM Rating: Default
I think i'll just look around a bit. It never hurts to find out where the important NPC's are.
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Threx wrote:
Oh, wow, when did you get married? Congrats! :)
Would be cool if we ended up on the same server. :D


After the gration solo, I took a break from the game and met my wife and got married :P

I heard a couple other rangers were able to do it, one just a couple weeks after me with a machine bow. Losing aggro on gration really sucks... I had to spam the macro where u can get a target's target all the time to see if he was really have aggro on me.

I hope to see you in FFXIV. I wonder how many servers they will start with. I'd definitely want to PT with you if we somehow got on the same server :P

I wonder if they will name it all the game?
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I was a bit overwhelmed when FFXI started. First thing I'll probably do is make some money to buy items, likely I'll be out killing stuff within the first hour.

Definitely want to get a craft going, I have a good feeling Smithing will be sought after this time around.
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#33 Jan 12 2010 at 5:05 PM Rating: Good
Atkascha wrote:
It's interesting that quite a few people mentioned starting a craft first to get stable financially. I remember when I started XI I did the exact opposite, mostly because I had no idea crafting was what was supplying what I was buying off the AH. I'll be reading the manual voraciously while XIV downloads, so I might have to adjust my earlier post depending on game mechanics.



Crafting is definitely up there for me on the list.

I am going to familiarize myself with the game interface and controls, explore my starter city, (all with my friend(s)), then maybe go kill a thing or two, see what drops, check out the AH. Basically learn as much about the game as I can at such an early stage.

But definitely I want to establish myself in a craft early on.
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Same way I start every game. Find the quickest way to make money (within the rules) and exploit the **** out of it. Oh, and I might swing my sword at a Goblin or two.
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When I started XI I did a little bit of everything. That was a mistake. This time I'm going to try and get to the highest possible cap there is with the most basic gear I can get, then focus on crafting for a good long while.

Reason for this is when I first started XI I ended up trying to level a job and craft at the same time. Thing is, after I got to 75 and started farming my materials for crafting the market was already saturated.

Get to cap ASAP. Craft craft craft.
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Since I already have an LS lined up, I plan to start by crafting as well. I'm aiming for fishing and cooking. After that, I'll work on Lancer.
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Am waiting for a release date so I can request 2 weeks vacation.
Then I'll find old friends, explore, decide which craft. There's no rush for me, I figure I'll be putting years into this game too.
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Vorkosigan wrote:
Am waiting for a release date so I can request 2 weeks vacation.
Then I'll find old friends, explore, decide which craft. There's no rush for me, I figure I'll be putting years into this game too.


good idea actually haha
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#40 Jan 14 2010 at 4:09 PM Rating: Good
I'm not even kidding, first thing I'm going to do is find the closest exit from the town and run in a beeline straight out through the field until I die. Why? I figure before you get any skills trained or xp, death will probably be the least punished, so I'll get it out of the way.
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I'm not even kidding, first thing I'm going to do is find the closest exit from the town and run in a beeline straight out through the field until I die. Why? I figure before you get any skills trained or xp, death will probably be the least punished, so I'll get it out of the way.


This made me lol. xD
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FFXI was my first MMO, and I made a ton of mistakes. Ah well, it was a learning experience. I'll probably:

1. Look for/contact old friends before the game even starts -- I quit ffxi mostly because they were gone, and one of the big draws for me is starting over with people I love and miss.

2. Max out a craft as quickly as possible. When I started FFXI, I was a black mage back when that job was very popular, and I leveled much too fast to be able to support myself. Not happening this time.

3. Choose a support job -- ffxi taught me that this is my real love. I won't be wasting time with melee stuff, trying to teach myself to enjoy it...I'm just not into the punchy-punchy. And I like being popular. Sue me.

4. Focus much more on quests and missions than I did originally. There's nothing worse than being just a step or two behind your friends, and having to beg them for help with things they just completed. No one likes that.

Mostly though, this time around I want to take it easier. It was silly how much pressure I put on myself to get up to end game levels, join the best linkshells, kill the biggest stuff first, etc. I spent way too much time doing things I didn't enjoy for some imaginary status. Nowadays I just want to have fun.
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I'm really looking forward to having an opportunity to play this game much more intelligently than I did FFXI. FFXI was my first MMO, and I didn't really know what I was doing - I did fine in parties, but never really did anything else, so I was often hurt by lack of money or not having the best equipment. This time around, I want to focus more on crafting, especially since it sounds like it will be much more interesting than trying to race people for logging points.

But as for how I'll start out right in the beginning, I'll probably keep it pretty linear for at least a few hours, if not for a few days. I imagine that they'll start you out talking to an NPC, or hand you a quest pretty early on, or something to give you an activity to start out with.

I'm looking forward to exploring, and maybe I'll try and be better about meeting people. I joined FFXI a while after my friend did, so she had already met a great LS, and I think that's part of what made FFXI so great for me (and the reason no other MMO has come close) - I had a set of friends who I could talk to all the time. Usually I'm pretty bad about bothering to make friends, especially online. I'm going to try and force myself to open up so I can meet people!
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It will begin as it has begun so many times before. I will stumble through a gate, weak and clothed in garments of no protective value, wielding a weapon that only a shopkeeper will purchase so that he may add to the perpetually growing pile of chipped daggers and wooden staves that must litter the rear of his shoppe.

I will wander aimlessly through the streets and alleyways of this city, this new home I will come to know well in the days ahead. I will speak to the natives of this place. I will learn the names of those who sell things. I will learn secrets from people who have no problem telling their crimes to a random adventurer who has wandered into their home clad in almost nothing. I will be hired by member of the cities political leadership to perform an act of Civic duty, or dark betrayal, depending upon the city.

In the course of this quest of glory or infamy, depending on who hires me, I will acquire a weapon that will harm more than my sandwich, I will gather armor that covers more than the bits required by law, and I will be slain by something that was cute and harmless until I got too close. But then, I will be reborn at a location I will come to know very well, and I will set out again to battle something cute and dangerous for a cause determined by the local political climate, and when i finally complete my task I will get a pat on the back, a miniscule monetary donation to my "More than Underwear" fund, and the chance to set out on yet another quest for glory and pants.

Repeat Ad Infinitum


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I'm cool with it.
All my friends will be there.
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