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#1 Apr 07 2010 at 2:30 PM Rating: Excellent
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Remember fighting outside your city and getting to level 8, 9, or 10+ and thinking that you were really good cuz you could kill a crab that was decent challenge? And that you could take all your crystals and beehive chips back to town and make a killing!

Remember when you ran through Konschtat Highlands, La Theine Plateau, or any other low level path seeing other newbies and saying "hey, if we join up we'll get 50xp for killing a VT, Awesome!"

Remember your first job when you went to the Dunes and say a lizard that could almost one shot you?

Remember getting into that party with someone that had a level 35 whm as his other job and thinking "Wow! this guy is like the best player on the game, I want to level whm and be like he is!" Then finding out that whm (or any other job wasn't really what it was cracked up to be)

Remember that first powerleveler and thinking you might hit 50 on your level 10 war by the end of the day

Remember getting stuck trying to get all three subjob items when you got them and dropped them earlier because you did'nt know what they were

Remember getting your subjob and thinking how awesome RDM/WAR would be

Remember finding out RDM/WAR couldn't find parties because no one thought they made sense

I cant wait to get FFXIV and discovering all the goofy things that get my through my newbie days. The dumb combinations of equipment I put together, the awesomeness of someone that knows maybe a few extra levels than me, the feeling of not knowing what the next corner will bring me, and the comradarie of the people I learn to know and build online friendships with. I know how much I enjoyed FFXI. And although I learned to really dislike the Dunes, I can never forget the memories of discovering that first interaction with other people and feeling like I had someone to learn the game with. I think that's what FFXI was about, and I'm sure FFXIV will give us those memories in the future as well.....now time to see what the new Dunes are!

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#2 Apr 07 2010 at 2:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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I think my favorite experience of being a noob was finding foods and drinks! It was like being 2 levels higher than you actually were!

All of those were great memories as well! Thanks for the reminder of the fun we have to look forward to!

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#3 Apr 07 2010 at 2:40 PM Rating: Good
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Cheers to that.

I hope to stay ignorant and as guide/FAQ free as possible for many months. I enjoy just figuring **** out and exploring areas that I've never even heard about.

I really hope the grind is a long one, I really really do. If I see max levels 6 months after release I'm going to be sad.
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#4 Apr 07 2010 at 2:41 PM Rating: Excellent
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I remember selling all my crystals, and anything else I got to npcs, to buy a robe from the npc.
Dropping all my beastman seals because I didn't think they were worth anything.
Running to my Mog House to heal. Didn't know about /heal or R3 button(ps2).

A friend invited me to the dunes for my first dune party, and I had to take the boat. Saw the time was like 8hrs. I didn't see the (7min real life time) untell i read it like 3 times. Thought it really took 8hrs for it to show up >.>
#5 Apr 07 2010 at 2:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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#6 Apr 07 2010 at 2:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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A friend invited me to the dunes for my first dune party, and I had to take the boat. Saw the time was like 8hrs. I didn't see the (7min real life time) untell i read it like 3 times. Thought it really took 8hrs for it to show up >.>


Wouldn't that be a hoot. "Shoot! I have to get home in time so I can login or I'm going the miss the boat to the other continent!" Now that's some hardcore immersion right there. Forget RAID TIMES! it's all about BOAT TIMES!
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#7 Apr 07 2010 at 3:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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I think those were my happiest times in FFXI. My most solid friendships were made in this period of the game. As you said, the feeling of learning and exploring a whole new world with people was unique. I think never felt like this before.

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Remember when you were lv 7 and died outside Windy/Bastok/San'doria and instead of do instant warp you wait till the 55 min passed because you thought "hey, eventually a WHM will come and raise me." I love Noob naiveness lol.
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Didn't we have this same Thread already?
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#9 Apr 07 2010 at 3:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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Not that I've read, I felt nostalgic. I've been spending alot of time lately reading these posts and hearing people speculate, hope, and develop opinions and it made me remember my beginning days in FFXI. I appreciate you reading the article, because if you think there has been a post, you read it. And, I hope it created some thoughts in your head of when you began. If there was a post, I'm sorry to repeat what that writer said, but if he was like me, he would enjoy hearing memories of when I began as much as I'd like to hear his memories. That's a big part of what this game is about.
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#10 Apr 07 2010 at 3:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Yup such good memories, but then everything went to **** when everyone started to just trying to get the "Best" gear as possible instead of exploring/ or maybe they did finished exploring the area, but they should ADD a lot more areas to explore instead of adding some crappy "new add ons" that are not new at all, same area, and just a little different story. I want to feel like i'm "exploring a new world" not the same old places that i have been for the million times, and yes if they add some should make it easy to get to "SOLO" just for the fun of exploring not have to get a lot of people just so you can get there and end up not being able to find people because no one needs to go there or has anything to do there. grr i don't know if y'll get my point but thats the way i feel.
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What, nobody else threw away beastman seals to make room for more crystals and rabbit hides?
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What, nobody else threw away beastman seals to make room for more crystals and rabbit hides?



*hides in embarrassment* don't remind me lol
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What, nobody else threw away beastman seals to make room for more crystals and rabbit hides?


don't make me report you... hahaha

Yeah i did that because the whollleee time i played this seemingly MAJOR item was not explained to be major but yet couldn't be used anywhere.

I remember showing up in dunes and wiping multiple times from trains. I didn't know about the supply runs and was often too stupid to wait for a raise.

Although what we can all take away from this thread is we learned a lot about MMO's. WoW is a joke now because it's so ridiculously simple 8 year olds play it. We tried hard and we succeeded in a game with literally no explination or tutorials
#14 Apr 07 2010 at 4:13 PM Rating: Good
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WoW is a joke now because it's so ridiculously simple 8 year olds play it. We tried hard and we succeeded in a game with literally no explination or tutorials


Can't MMOs just live in peace? ; ;

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#15 Apr 07 2010 at 4:27 PM Rating: Good
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I think the "bad" memories we have about the dunes are really our learning curve with our jobs. We weren't very good or were playing with people who weren't very good with the jobs they were using. So we died, a lot. Not the best of times game-wise, but it sure did build some friendships.
It also made us realize that we may not have picked the best job for ourselves. Sure, I was an ok PLD when I was in a party with my wife, brother, and his wife in the tahrongi canyons, but in a party with 5 strangers... being a tank wasn't for me.
I remember finding out that "everyone" went to the dunes once you started hitting 12-15ish, but no one could really tell me why. It's just "what you did". So I did too, then I explored the other areas that no one wanted to party in. The Maze of Shakhrami, Ordelle's caves, and found other like minded people who I became friends with.
Like the OP said, I can't wait to find out what the new Dunes will be. I can't wait to have all those "first time" experiences again. I wonder what the other people playing this time around will be like.
In short ( and finally in summary) it's things like this that make me so very excited to play FFXIV. Except this time I'll get to be there from day 1.
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#16 Apr 07 2010 at 5:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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I remeber being scared to death of every new mob I'd see when entering a new zone. "Does it aggro? I bet it aggros. Yup, it aggros!!" Now when I explore new areas I'm just cautions and not really scared at all.

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#17 Apr 07 2010 at 5:33 PM Rating: Good
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boriss wrote:
don't make me report you... hahaha


Eeeek! I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry!


boriss wrote:
Although what we can all take away from this thread is we learned a lot about MMO's. WoW is a joke now because it's so ridiculously simple 8 year olds play it. We tried hard and we succeeded in a game with literally no explination or tutorials


Don't knock the simplicity, you can do some pretty amazing (crazy) things like this guy.
#18 Apr 07 2010 at 6:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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I hope there is a "the dunes" in ffxiv to begin with. Back when I first started ffxi I learned stuff in a day that I would have not for weeks playing solo, and met people I stayed friends with for years. Ok its true when I begin ffxiv there will be nobody to teach me to play as such, but discovering it all together will be an even more amazing experience for it.
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#19 Apr 07 2010 at 6:33 PM Rating: Good
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I remember leveling WHM in the dunes, and when I first got my subjob, I used WAR, didnt have it for very long, cause I was told that it was not a good subjob for WHM.
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I started in Windy as a MNK then leveled RDM to 18 or so. Never knew where the dunes were! I read about the subjob items on the net and looked for them in the AH but couldn't find them. So I read they dropped in Buburimu... went out there and offered to buy the drops for like 2 hours before this lvl 40 BST at the time sends me a tell, gets a LS member to port him to Mea, and helps me get all the items and shows me how to get to the dunes... He told me about the pirates and I hid in the hold of the ship all the way to Selbina... the Pirates actually attacked that boat ride too.

Fun times... got my subjob items, new leveling grounds and a new LS all in that day.
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#21 Apr 07 2010 at 6:46 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, it's where I found out that a thf/whm wasn't taken to very kindly in a party. It's also where I found out that even if I was the first of my friends to use it, many people before me had tried drg/thf.
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#22 Apr 07 2010 at 7:16 PM Rating: Good
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Now that I think about it.. the time spent at Dunes maybe one of the best FFXI experience ever

Oh boy I still remember how we all "screamed" like schoolgirls when we (at lvl 10) saw the skeleton rushing towards us lol
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#23 Apr 07 2010 at 7:21 PM Rating: Good
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Oh I remember runnin' for our lives because of a skeleton.....everyone got quiet and the only reason was we did'nt have time talk and run, except the occasional <Run Away> and "I'm dead". Then seeing a group of dead people at the zone when you went back. Good times....
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#24 Apr 07 2010 at 7:22 PM Rating: Good
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I always liked dunes even though it was hellish to level through it. I usually found/made the most friends there which I guess is because everyone knew we had to work together to get through it. Also maybe because I liked helping new players with subjob items and teaching them about partying after I figured it out myself. Always a lot of good memories of dunes mixed in with the bad ones haha.
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My very first character, I finally got her up to level 16. Remembering you get a subjob quest at 18 and being the first thing in the game I was psyched about, I dragged my sis down to the dunes with me (also 16). She was on WAR, I was on RDM.

We leveled in La Theine just fine so I was thinking we could duo dunes mobs just the same. After making the trip without dying (boy was dying such a big deal back when traveling was hard!), we're checking all the mobs... "IT, IT, also IT....oh boy".

The rest of the story involved us setting our home points on the south side of the zone and then her getting mad at me later because she "couldn't get back to Sandy where her friends were". Nope, didn't know about oils and powders back then either.

Because I kept restarting my character, and she got to 25 eventually, I thought she was high level back then! Now I have 2 75's and I'm trying to see if she can hold interest in playing long enough to see her first 75 before FFXIV.
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Great times learning I took every job through the Dunes but first was my War then War/thf. I remember the first time I saw a ranger in the Dunes and was in awe. I was then that 75 Rng/thf camping VE and getting subjobs items for everybody and their grandma a year later just to pass the time between spawns of HNMs or waiting on merit parties.
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Oh my god, that literally gave me the biggest grin on my face. Thank you.
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Ahh the memories...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARghlVjBab0

Here's to being adventurers in Eorzea...

Edited, Apr 8th 2010 4:58am by shinichoco
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#29 Apr 07 2010 at 11:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ahh the memories...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARghlVjBab0

Here's to being adventurers in Eorzea...


That's a nice video. It's stories like this that set FFXI apart from other on-line games I've played. Cheers, to further adventuring!
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A sad sad video, made me remember my 1st LS with new in-game friend and even RL friends... we join up to explore the windrust mission and did subjob quest together, same thing happened LS members wants to lvl while i prefer to explore all the different jobs and complete the different quest... but unlike the white mage... i dump the shell after a week since its always empty, i will die from lonliness of an empty LS.
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I love that video. It makes me really wish that in FFXIV people will stop to smell the flowers a little more, figuratively speaking of course. Sure there are people who will grind grind grind, but I think I will want to stop and explore from time to time.
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Yes the dunes was great, That's one of my reason why I never really passed 30 on the jobs I leveled. After dunes everything wasn't the same. :(
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Shinichoco, that video brought tears to my eyes. I can relate to that and can only say, Please SE, please make whatever it was that held my imagination in XI be present in XIV.
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#34 Apr 08 2010 at 1:33 AM Rating: Excellent
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARghlVjBab0

Here's to being adventurers in Eorzea...


Ah...now THERES a great game vid.

I miss the dunes. Its where "everyone" had to go at somepoint, and was a crossroads for many.
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We all have fond memories of the Dunes. And now we all have fond memories of making fun of and hating the Do0nez. Haha.

But really the Dunes were the grounds on which your entire FFXI adventure truly started. Where would we all be without the Dunes?

Honestly I can't wait to see what kinds of places like the Dunes Eorzea has to offer.
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The dunes was where I really learned to play my role in the pt, and fell in love with being the tank. Up until then, I had only grouped up with 1 or 2 other new players, and thought we were pretty tough. I remember how bad I felt after letting my first WHM get killed in my first group. Luckily, the WHM was a good sport and taught me a few things about holding hate.

I really think what made FFXI such a different experience was the lack of info we had at the beginning. Most other MMOs will put up a flashy arrow thing or a big, hard to miss marker over where you need to go for questing and other stuff. In XI, we had to rely on each other to figure out what to do and where to go. I think that makes it special. I used to actually read the quests and stories of the town/city NPCs. In other MMOs, as soon as a dialog box pops up larger than 1 paragraph, if there's no key words in it, I just click through it and look for the new way point.

Thanks for starting this thread, and everybody's stories. I look forward to seeing you all in Eorzea.
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#37 Apr 08 2010 at 6:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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Didn't we have this same Thread already?


Probably ... several times. Do you want the original stickied? Or can we just get nostalgic every now and then?
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One of my most memorable times was getting my first advanced job (PLD). I did it all solo and it took me a few weeks to do everything including time spent getting xp back after getting killed a lot looking for that stupid well in Davoi.

What were some of you all's first job quest stories?
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#39 Apr 08 2010 at 9:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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Hmmmm... what was the first job quest I did...

I don't remember... I think it was DRG.... no, my RDM was 40 when I soloed the DRG quest... Maybe it was BRD. That was a fun little quest... and I got money for it!

SMN... *shudder* I remember killing leeches forEVER for that stupid ruby ><;
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARghlVjBab0

Here's to being adventurers in Eorzea...


This should be required viewing for everybody starting FFXIV this year.
I remember reading the story years ago, so sad, but still so true. I think we all experienced something like this.
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Anyone remember when you hit level 20-21 for the first time..someone nice enough would take the time to run you and the party to Lower Jeuno.
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Remember fighting outside your city and getting to level 8, 9, or 10+ and thinking that you were really good cuz you could kill a crab that was decent challenge?


I remember thinking how lame it was I couldn't kill a decent challenge... that I should be able to have about a 50/50 chance to kill an even match.
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I don't play often anymore, but when I do, I like to go back to the dunes and watch. OP warping in and seeing someone run by with a trail of goblins and flies just puts a grin on my face.

Its fun watching people make the same mistakes and seeing them slowly grow. Sort of reminds me of bambi on the frozen lake.

I like taking new players under my wings (especially the ones others do not have patience for) and teaching them how to play.

Have to say, many of my friends I met in the dunes.
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Remember fighting outside your city and getting to level 8, 9, or 10+ and thinking that you were really good cuz you could kill a crab that was decent challenge?


I remember thinking how lame it was I couldn't kill a decent challenge... that I should be able to have about a 50/50 chance to kill an even match.


I know what you mean. A lvl 3 WHM vs even match = doom
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oh man this thread really brought back some memories!
i remember being like level 13-15 and agroing ghouls by accident and everyone running for the zone! **** its too bad you wont be able to zone in this game. i hope the mobs dont chase you as long as they did in ffxi
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oh man this thread really brought back some memories!
i remember being like level 13-15 and agroing ghouls by accident and everyone running for the zone! **** its too bad you wont be able to zone in this game. i hope the mobs dont chase you as long as they did in ffxi



The dunes without zones would become a huge graveyard hahaha
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oh man this thread really brought back some memories!
i remember being like level 13-15 and agroing ghouls by accident and everyone running for the zone! **** its too bad you wont be able to zone in this game. i hope the mobs dont chase you as long as they did in ffxi

Aww yes the goul trains were always the best, or just the epic trains that had alittle bit of everything the damsel flies, banishes, ghouls, and gobs. Then having half the players that were leveling in the dunes stuck in selbina, and then the one brave person who would stick there head out to make sure it was clear for everyone else. As much as it was annoying that was one of my favorite memories in ffxi, cowering in selbina with like 30 other players.

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OMG yes, the ghoul trains were freaking annoying but hillarious... same with the fomor NM from the White Mage AF quest (there was a time when some higher level players thought it was funny to pop him and let him decimate the whole zone).

Yeah, the dunes were something... my eyes had popped the first time I got 200exp. However, it was also the first place i found Selbina, got my first boat-ride to Mhaura and was thus intoduced to one of my fav FFXI songs ever.
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I remember when my blm hit lvl 61, i went back to the dunes to help clear train and get skulls and worms for those new players... was alot of fun, till 9 or 10 ppl sent tells asking help for skulls. So i decide to go Gusgen Mines and started training ghoul there.. got myself and some of them killed in the process :( was fun tho.

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#51 Apr 08 2010 at 7:18 PM Rating: Good
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I had a lot of people ask me for help with skulls when I went around Gusgen as RDM/THF farming bone chips =)
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