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#52 Apr 08 2010 at 7:45 PM Rating: Good
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As far as mob training goes since the world will be "seamless" I'm hoping mobs stop chasing after a certain amount of time or much like (sorry to say) WoW the town guard type npcs will decimate aggressive mobs.
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#53 Apr 08 2010 at 9:28 PM Rating: Good
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What were some of you all's first job quest stories?

I didn't start playing XI till '06-'07, so when I finally got high enough for an advanced job there were tons of other people out there who had them. I had my heart set on being a DRG from the moment I picked up my FFXI copy.
As soon as I reached level, I sent a /tell to a 75 DRG who guided me along the quest and helped me with the fight. I passed the favor on many times over.

However, one of my favorite tales is when I was trying to get the item for the SMN job. I must have been searching in buburimu for half an hour when a high level party passed by and asked what I was doing. They offered to help me out and all 6 of them scattered and started killing. I had the item 5 mins later.
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However, one of my favorite tales is when I was trying to get the item for the SMN job. I must have been searching in buburimu for half an hour when a high level party passed by and asked what I was doing. They offered to help me out and all 6 of them scattered and started killing. I had the item 5 mins later.


I loved random kindness in FFXI. In general, it was a great community for helping and being helped, usually simply for kindness' sake. I got Selene's Bow in a similar manner...I had gone out to try to solo it (which would have been a difficult task at my level) but an LS mate or two eventually came up to help me. We lost the spawn to a JP group, so we were sitting around as they got their RNG the bow. Afterwards, they took on the mob again, and invited me into the group to grab the drop for myself.

I ended up quitting the next week. I remember feeling guilty about it though...felt like I should get some use out of the bow since they went through all the trouble of getting it for me :P
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#55 Apr 08 2010 at 10:14 PM Rating: Decent
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First time doing the subjob quest! Ugggh
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#56 Apr 11 2010 at 7:16 PM Rating: Good
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I miss the good ol' days of FF XI. I started not too long after the game was released in the US and I thought the stories of The Dunes were a bit stretched, such as the floating orbs that shoot lasers or Death itself would come out at random intervals and just strike you down with one blow. Well they were not kidding once I made my way to the area. Nothing like being greeted upon going there on my first time with a bunch of dead bodies at the zone to town due to a Gobby Train. Right after wondering what the **** I got myself into, there was another wave coming in with a guy shouting "RUN AWAY!" "FLEE!" and of course he dies right there in front of me with the 8 Gobbies plus 2 bunnies behind him going after me. That was my introduction to the dunes.

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This thread has got me wondering what the XIV equivalent will be. I can only imagine, haha. But I'm sure it will be great.
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#58 Apr 11 2010 at 10:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Heres to doing it all over again in a new game. I can't wait! New Adventures and New friends ahead!

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I remember the first time I walked into the dunes I started trying to solo a bunny right outside Selbina... Needless to say I got my digital *** handed to me. I was dead set on never going to the Dunes ever again, but luckily I was persuaded to join a group and had a ton of fun leveling through the dunes in the process. I kind of wish level sync was available back then so I could have skipped the jungles.. lol
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#60 Apr 11 2010 at 11:30 PM Rating: Good
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Come to think of it I don't really remember my first experience in the dunes. I remember having some good parties and I remember I actually didn't have any trouble at all getting my subjob items. I didn't even know what they were FOR, haha. There was a female BLU in the PT and her boyfriend was PLing us on the beach and then they took all of us that didn't have the items to go get them. After I had them I was like.. WTF ARE THESE FOR? Haha.

Then I was mad because I had to do it all over again with a job I didn't wanna play, MNK.
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You thought it was a harmless bunny didn't you? Did you not see the bones around it from previous adventurers? That bunny is dynamite!
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I recall coming over on the boat from Windy after peeing myself several times in Bubu to get to Mhaura. Got off the boat and flagged myself. I didn't set my homepoint at Selbina because I was so busy looking around. Got a party who were on Lizards over near the Konschtat zone line. Scooted my taru BLM no subjob over and around everything since I had no clue what was aggro. Everything IT++. More urination. Got to the cave and thought, bats... can't aggro since there is no way to go around them right? God danm sand bats start squeaking and poof... I am sending tells to the party of my faceplant in the tunnel. This was what...winter of '03 and by sheer dumb luck a lvl 50ish RDM runs by and dispatches the flying rats and rezzes me. A few autotranslated messages later and I was on my way to rest at the camp, of course after running out of the tunnel and more tinkling upon seeing two roaming goblins near.

My other fond memories were of me waiting (patiently I swear!) at teh selbina zone line on the right up on the hill before the gate watching train after train and body after body accumulate at the zone line. It got to the point where a bunch of us waiting would cheer and applaud the chaos every time someone would come running.

Oh the nostalgia of that place... nothing bonded people like mass tragedy - CN zone, Garl zone line, jungles and the goblin chaos... great times and I mean GREAT.
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Ah the boat to Mhaura. I was so excited the first time I went in to Selbina and saw it that I hopped right on, I didn't care where it was taking me. When I got there I was so excited! I wandered around the entire city talking to every NPC, then I took a step out of town. I don't think I had a map at the time because I remember wandering around outside of town a bit until I saw my first mob. I assumed because I had to take a boat to get there that it would be impossible to kill so I just ran back to Mhaura! Haha.

Back then I had fun just exploring new areas. I can't wait to do that in XIV.
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I was so clueless when I walked out into the Ronfaure with my level 1 whm, mithra RSE and little wooden spoon. I poked at worms and rabbits until I was a big, bad level 4 and felt comfortable enough to venture into the forest. I saw a sheep and thought to myself "...hmm, sheep are docile creatures, this should be CAKE! Besides, I'm level 4!" Well, I poked that sheep in the backside with my wooden spoon and died faster than I knew what happened. Fun times! x]

I still remember the first time I saw an avatar. I was wondering through the Ronfaure and saw a flaming red beast floating after a small taru and heading towards me! Of course it was Ifrit, but I ran screaming towards my mog house convinced it was going to eat me alive, probably one of those "Notorious Monsters" a friend tried explaining to me!

I'm sure many of us have hilarious stories about our mistakes and noob-moments, and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that it's the irreplaceable moments and memories that made FFXI such a great experience.

FFXIV presents an opportunity to experience all that again, and it's the most excited I've been in quite a long time about any game.
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Yea, after so many jobs to 75 and this much endgame and blah blah blah you get jaded. I suppose that's what expansion packs are for. I miss thinking that if I moved around then the monster would have a hard time hitting me. I remember thinking that there was some monster that everyone kept fighting called a mob and wondering why I had never seen one. I remember my first hand out from a guy named hidalgo who needed something off the sandy AH. Thinking there were really vampires in bostinoux obliete (sp). I had an ls who would do newby runs where everyone would get on a lvl 1 job and try and run from one town to jueno. I remember rng before the first nerf, that was fun. I remember rng's who would not melee before the first nerf because it wasn't in the job description. My first Ls leader, Garth of the RoughRiders.

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LOL Dunes I remember being 11WAR no subjob in a group being told "hit your provoke macro" my reply "whats a macro" now then I didnt feel dumb because I knew that I was very new to the game at that point. It was every dunes party after that I wound up explaining macros that I noticed something, something I really didnt find in other games... FFXI players at least where I was leveling were very willing to lend a hand, I've spent hours with strangers camping an NM we both wanted to then both cast lots on the drop if it dropped. There was that competitive edge but it was friendly. Never really had the friendly feel in WoW it was very "oh you used that ability when you shouldnt diaf noob lol" anyway I am rambling but yes Valkurm 4 Life
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I remember when my wife had started playing. She wanted to use a white mage. I was running back from the Tele-Mea crystal to meet her to duo in East Sarutabaruta when she turns and says to me. Hey, this guy is gonna die fighting a crawler. I'm gonna heal him. "Sure honey, that's really polit..... No! Don't do it, he's fighting Spiny Spipi! That's gonna kill him and turn on you!"
It was too late, she had already cast cure, and it didn't do much to save that guys life. I told her to run towards the dunes, but I knew there was no hope that I'd make it in time.

Oddly enough, my wife played for 6 months and ran into Spiny Spipi and Sharp-Eared Ropipi twice. I played for 3 years and never saw them.
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I think the most memorable day for me in my entire FFXI career was leveling war/thf (thf only other job I had leveled at the time for my sub) in Dunes with a great party on the secret beach and then being led to Jueno for the first time by the whm and rng. Our same group re-geared up in Jueno, explored the town a little, and then took our party to the little pond in Qufim. That walk down the tunnel to get from Jueno to Qufim and then coming out and seeing huge green giants roaming around was unforgettable. Man I loved FFXI.
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Yea I can remember a party in the dunes where, as much as I dont want to admit it because it shows how addicted I was, I was in a party for 14 hours starting in the Dunes as an 11 war and taking it all the way up to a 42 or 43 war all in the same party. We moved together as a group, which was a hard thing to do cuz people always wanna level and leave. The entire 6 man party stayed together and I made friends that could last me the entire game....including one JPN which is rare to see good friends of NA and JPN
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Yea I can remember a party in the dunes where, as much as I dont want to admit it because it shows how addicted I was, I was in a party for 14 hours starting in the Dunes as an 11 war and taking it all the way up to a 42 or 43 war all in the same party. We moved together as a group, which was a hard thing to do cuz people always wanna level and leave. The entire 6 man party stayed together and I made friends that could last me the entire game....including one JPN which is rare to see good friends of NA and JPN


I loved getting into JPN partys! It was great. A JPN burn party was the reason I lvled MNK from 9 to 30 in a matter of hours. Haha. Thank god for JPN partys / level sync.


Another fond memory I have of the dunes is pretty much just the overall experience of being in the dunes. Walking from the Konschtat entrance to Selbina you'd see so many different things! Camps in all the major camp spots tearing apart a mob or resting, some brave soloers taking on a lizard, maybe a corpse here and there and ofcourse having to constantly bob and weave around mobs. Then ofcourse you'd hear the tell tale grumbling of a goblin and know it was time to high tail it to Selbina before you were face down chewing on sand.
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I cant imagine we'll be as naive when we start ffxiv, the learning curve may not be as steep (which is kind of sad.) I met a good friend of 5 years on my first trip to the dunes and through me she met her RL boyfriend of 2 years so it wasn't all horror :P
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I remember my first time in the dunes thinking that a RDM could tank, just because in past final fantasy games RDM-type classes could always take a hit better than most other classes. When I suggested that the RDM in our group tank, I was laughed out of that party lol.
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When I heard that beastmen appeared at night, I though that a bunch of JP players would log onto their Beastmaster job and start attacking people randomly. It makes sense because of the time difference.
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I remember my first pass through the Dunes when I was leveling up my warrior (my first job to 30 and the job that stayed at 30 for the 3-4 years that followed). I was in a group with some mouthy guy who insisted we fight in the stand of trees just after the bat tunnel as you're coming in from the Konschtat side. We really had no idea why he was so insistent but we were all new and figured it could hurt so we stood around bludgeoning crabs and such for a while until night rolled around and then all of a sudden this guy was all rabid about the ghouls. He wouldn't tell us why and even after we had a couple of partial wipes from the ghoul ugliness he still refused to explain what the obsession was.

After a couple of ghoul kills, we managed to down one by the skin of our teeth and it dropped a Skull. I had no idea what it was for. Nobody else in the party seemed to know. The guy who had so ferociously insisted we fight the ghouls started demanding that everyone pass. I asked him what it was for. No answer. I knew enough to know that Rare/Ex meant I couldn't trade it, but this guy was melee dps just like me so obviously it wasn't a component for some uber high level spell of nukalicious doom or anything...

So I rolled for it. And won.

I think the mouthy guy died. Like...seriously...massive stroke, heart attack, and suffocated in his own flatulence all at once. There was a very long pause. I think he was probably demolishing electronics or furniture or something around him. All he said before he logged out without dropping party was "WTF?!?!!?!!?!?!".

It was awesome. I was one of the blessed few who actually got their magicked skull long before they got their apron or worm. I was level 15 or 16 at the time. Being my first MMO, I figured that since I was right their suffering along with the rest of this party while this guy did his damndest to get his way while simultaneously going out of his way to keep us in the dark, I had as much right to roll on it as anyone else. To think he would have walked away with his skull that day if he had actually just answered the question, "What's the for?" with "It's for the subjob quest and it's the last item I need...if I get that now, I can go straight to Selbina and turn it in to get my subjob because I'm already level 18 and have the other two items."

Sneaky ******. That must have sucked.
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I'll always remember my first "Dunes" experience.

When I first started FFXI I was a MNK, I solo'd in Gustaberg and then found myself in Dangruff Wadi(SP?) happily killing mobs. Then I met another player who said "Let's group". Cool, I thought. So we both killed mobs and then he said, "Let's go to Konschat Highlands(sp), we'll get better xp there". So I followed.

Then I think it was the next day, while I was happy solo-ing in the Highlands we met again and grouped. Then he says "Lets's go to the Dune's we can party there". So I follow and adventure into more unknown areas.

After a scary trek to somewhere in the middle of the dunes, what's known as the oasis,(somehow we made it alive). I'm told "sorry, party is full". So I'm stuck in the middle of nowhere.

I watch the party for a while, hoping I can join in at some point. But told repeatedly "No room", I wander off and die.

The next day I log in (having saved at Dunes HP next to Highlands zone and being a bit lost) and get an invite to a party.

This is when the whole FFXI party experience began for me. Luckily for as a MNK all I had to do was hit the mob, but I learned about tanking, healing, pulling and skillchains etc for the first time. And met some friends along the way who I would meet again and form linkshells.

For me the Dunes was where it all started.
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I remember hitting the dunes for the first time......

Saw a PT ganging up on a Rabbit.

Sees rabbit wipe the floor with the said Party.

Confused.

Ya, it was quite a shock for me since the MMOs I used to play rabbits ain't really PT wipers.
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Whenever I hear someone talk about how hard the subjob quest is(/was), I feel kind of bad. I didn't really know what it was, so someone in my LS offered to help. I basically followed them around, half-paying attention, while they got all of the items for me. I don't think I paid enough attention to realize how hard it was and how helpful they were being.
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A lot of people have that story. Everyone in FF who had to do the subjob quest the hard way was usually willing to help newcomers get through it.
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Whenever I hear someone talk about how hard the subjob quest is(/was), I feel kind of bad. I didn't really know what it was, so someone in my LS offered to help. I basically followed them around, half-paying attention, while they got all of the items for me. I don't think I paid enough attention to realize how hard it was and how helpful they were being.


I used to run into things like that. I spent a lot of time as RNG/THF in the Dunes camping VE. If I missed a claim (or got a claim with no drop, for that matter) and I felt like sticking around for another attempt, I'd sometimes fill the time waiting for the day to roll over by doing a search for people between level 16-18 with no subjob and who weren't in a party and ask if they wanted help getting their skull. It usually involved me inviting them to a party and asking them to hang out some place safe so I could focus on finding ghouls and not have to worry too much about keeping them alive through proximity aggro. I stopped doing that after a few successful adventures mostly because of the indifference people would tend to show. I wasn't exactly expecting high praise or anything of that nature, but when you spend 20 minutes spamming Widescan and chasing down ghouls and the skull pops up only to find the group mate you've been bantering with in a mostly one-sided conversation had gone AFK, it's a bit disheartening. When they return from AFK through a slew of <call[x]>s and repeated requests to cast lots on the skull so you can get back to delicious NM camping only to lot the skull and drop party without a word, it's downright irritating.
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I remember when the economy wasn't so ****** up.

I remember when getting an advanced job was a sign of honor.

I remember when Skillchains were important, almost essential for grinding parties.

I remember the pre-WOW mmo world.
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I remember when the economy wasn't so @#%^ed up.

I remember when getting an advanced job was a sign of honor.

I remember when Skillchains were important, almost essential for grinding parties.

I remember the pre-WOW mmo world.


I remember when an MMO was a game that people played because it was way more open ended than a standalone RPG video game, not a second life where trivial accomplishments were made out to be something more than they were. I remember back to the days of dinosaurs where if a form of entertainment wasn't entertaining, you simply looked elsewhere for your ***** and giggles. Ahhh, the fun we had lobbing raw meat at the pterodactyls until Bubba got his arm bit clean off...
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I'm gonna miss quests that take more than one day. I really enjoy quests that take a while. Not saying months, but the ones that take a while help to give the feeling of accomplishment. I do want to be able to accomplish a majority of the quests relatively quickly but i'll still yearn for longer adventures. There aren't many but one thing that is still a big accomplishment is the BB quest. That took me years after I started Monk to get mine. Then I quit...maybe there should be unaccomplishables in this game too
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I remember when I was a new BLM in the Dunes. I didn't know what area effect spells were and I kept accidentally pulling all of those leeches near the fly area. I kept thinking to myself "this group SUCKS!!!" because "someone" kept pulling all the leeches while we were fighting the flies and we were wiping over and over. I left the group all irritated, and didn't realize it was all my fault until a few weeks later. Good times... good times...
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Whenever I hear someone talk about how hard the subjob quest is(/was), I feel kind of bad. I didn't really know what it was, so someone in my LS offered to help. I basically followed them around, half-paying attention, while they got all of the items for me. I don't think I paid enough attention to realize how hard it was and how helpful they were being.


I used to run into things like that. I spent a lot of time as RNG/THF in the Dunes camping VE. If I missed a claim (or got a claim with no drop, for that matter) and I felt like sticking around for another attempt, I'd sometimes fill the time waiting for the day to roll over by doing a search for people between level 16-18 with no subjob and who weren't in a party and ask if they wanted help getting their skull. It usually involved me inviting them to a party and asking them to hang out some place safe so I could focus on finding ghouls and not have to worry too much about keeping them alive through proximity aggro. I stopped doing that after a few successful adventures mostly because of the indifference people would tend to show. I wasn't exactly expecting high praise or anything of that nature, but when you spend 20 minutes spamming Widescan and chasing down ghouls and the skull pops up only to find the group mate you've been bantering with in a mostly one-sided conversation had gone AFK, it's a bit disheartening. When they return from AFK through a slew of <call[x]>s and repeated requests to cast lots on the skull so you can get back to delicious NM camping only to lot the skull and drop party without a word, it's downright irritating.


Ugh. Valkurm Emperor. I had forgotten all about him. I used to camp that thing occasionally with my RNG as well...I think I got the drop like once, maybe.

You sit there as a RNG, spamming widescan, and everybody just watches you, hehe. I remember I'd occasionally just start sprinting in a random direction, and everyone would give chase, thinking that it had popped.
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Remember when power levels weren't rampant in the dunes, and people didn't fight naked? those were good times.


My favorite memories of this game involve the dunes from my newbie days, the sheer nativity of not knowing where to go. Back when surviving the dunes was a feat that made you a great player. ****, Back when getting into / out of Selbina was like playing Russian roulette with 5 bullets in the chamber because Goblins didn't de-spawn, or de-aggro, Back when shouts filled the Dunes with people asking if anyone needed a Skull, or people asking for raises.

Pre-FoV when to get to 20, you have to goto the secret beach and kill pugils, and pray you weren't the one getting screwdrivered because your tank "Forgot to buy provoke"

When Selbina DIDNT have moogles (though i'm glad they're there now!) and you'd have 20-30 people sitting inside Selbina fishing, or waiting for a party, half of them not knowing how to /invite. Before -any- of us knew there was a search comment.

OH! and when you'd be fighting lizards and see "/sh Warrior 13 looking for party!"


man...i miss the old days, i miss when everything was exciting.
When Skillchains were used in every party, and Blackmages would burst Freeze on a distortion skill chain.
and most importantly - back when colibri didn't exist -_- When Boyahda Tree was a campsite, and Quicksand Caves was used. when Aht Urghan wasn't the end all be all of places, and half the job choices weren't obsolete because people are to busy trying to achieve their next 75 than have fun, and joke with their party. 5k an hour and having fun > 9k an hour with nothing in the chat box except for macro text.

I tried to exp in the tree the other day, and some a$$hat was taking all the crabs, NIN tank, two blm, thf, whm, and myself on PUP. i asked him rather polietly if he could move, and his answer? "***** you, there's crawlers. I need my skill ups"
So we moved to the other camp (slightly more dangerous one, where a Goober spawns) and he freaking follows us, and begins running between the two rooms =/

I'm still on the fence about XIV, everything i've heard and read makes it seem like a XI-WoW love-hate child, and i'm not wanting to touch XIV if it's WoW-ish.


EDIT:

anyone remember exping in Maze of Shakrami back in the day?

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I remember when everything wasn't automatically compared to World of Warcraft
#87 Apr 19 2010 at 8:24 AM Rating: Decent
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I remember as soon as ff11 came out here in NA one of my first goals was to be a summoner. As soon as my lvl was high enough I got my ruby and unlocked the job but was bummed out that I couldn't get additional summons until I was much higher in lvl. And there weren't any NA players who where high enough in lvl or knew where the other avatars were located. Fortunately that same day a japanese lvl75 thf just out of the blue asks if I wanted to tag along with his LS mates and get Garuda! He then led the way giving me all the buffs necessary to get through all the high lvl mobs. It was so exciting, that plus being one of the only NA summoners on my server with more than just carbuncle. From then on he took me to get Titan, ifrit, leviathan and rahmu. Back then a summoner wasn't really invited into parties because NA summoner with just carby wer sorta humped whms. BUt after I got all these cool summons I got a ton of group invites if not so much for the dps but just for the cool factor of seeing the summons in action espcially at lower lvls. This plus solo killing the NM yagudo for the charm staff are some of the best memories.
#88 Apr 19 2010 at 12:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Naeo wrote:


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anyone remember exping in Maze of Shakrami back in the day?

Edited, Apr 19th 2010 8:25am by Naeo

Edited, Apr 19th 2010 8:34am by Naeo


Yes indeed. Back when you didn't have a map and there were 5 groups waiting for a worm to pop whilest avoiding the roaming goblins. And of course the mass hysteria that happened if someone were to train a ghoul or *gasp* a scorpion to zone. It was game over if it was a wight. In fact this was the first area where I grouped up on my first toon, hume monk.

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#89 Apr 19 2010 at 12:34 PM Rating: Good
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Ah, the Dunes love affair all started in La Thiene Plateau.

After killing crabs around the little pool for a few hours as a bunch of lvl9-11 it was someones great idea to go this "Sweet new area, way tough mobs and uber xp!". So, our large groups nooblets believed the leader. We ran off, laughing our way expecting loads of XP and to be lvl *gasp* 15 by the end of the day, as the leader mentioned!

As soon as we get there, we find 3 other groups sitting right in the choke. What proceeds to occur? an 18 man whipe. It was hysterical. Each group had brought a bunny rabit, they were all fighting nearly ontop of each other. When, almost simultaneously, all 3 bunnies decided to do their AoE, sandstorm or something like that. Everyone dropped. Hilarity. Needless to say, we were all so busy gawking at the cool lvl 12 and 13s fighting bunnies, that we were also in the middle of this AoE goodness, and whiped also. There ending my first venture into the dunes!

However, i have to say, the memories of the dunes are all positive. The adrenaline rush of trying to 'hide' from goblins. When hiding failed and you got aggroed and were running that omg omg omg I might make it feeling, knowing you have enough HP left for one more hit. Then, dying within a fingers reach of the zone, only to watch from your dead body the goblin you trained in massacre everyone else who was busy shouting for a party! It's these experiences in the dunes, yuhtunga, yhoater, Garliage, CN that made the game addicitive. The comradery was great.
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Refews wrote:
Naeo wrote:


EDIT:

anyone remember exping in Maze of Shakrami back in the day?

Edited, Apr 19th 2010 8:25am by Naeo

Edited, Apr 19th 2010 8:34am by Naeo


Yes indeed. Back when you didn't have a map and there were 5 groups waiting for a worm to pop whilest avoiding the roaming goblins. And of course the mass hysteria that happened if someone were to train a ghoul or *gasp* a scorpion to zone. It was game over if it was a wight. In fact this was the first area where I grouped up on my first toon, hume monk.




/tell Lomelindi HEY! I know this great place where you get a ton of exp off ONE MOB!!/ :( yea, I remember that place haha
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#91 Apr 22 2010 at 1:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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Every once in a while I'll get a comment from someone I'm grouped in whatever game I'm playing at the time:
"how do avoid getting agro from these mobs?"
and I'll reply:
"from leveling in the dunes".

So yes, I do remember the dunes. lol
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#92 Apr 22 2010 at 3:44 AM Rating: Good
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I had a blast the first time I got to the dunes. Sea, sand, goblins and flying nutsacks. Oh the memories.
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#93 Apr 22 2010 at 10:09 AM Rating: Good
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dunes 4life.
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I also remember how I never knew that Gustav Tunnel existed until I was like lvl 40+
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I had a love hate relationship with the dunes, when things were good they were great, but when the dunes got drunk and ****** and beat on me those were the nights I hated the dunes.
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Naeo wrote:


EDIT:

anyone remember exping in Maze of Shakrami back in the day?

Edited, Apr 19th 2010 8:25am by Naeo

Edited, Apr 19th 2010 8:34am by Naeo


Yes indeed. Back when you didn't have a map and there were 5 groups waiting for a worm to pop whilest avoiding the roaming goblins. And of course the mass hysteria that happened if someone were to train a ghoul or *gasp* a scorpion to zone. It was game over if it was a wight. In fact this was the first area where I grouped up on my first toon, hume monk.
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Ahhhh... that's some good memories there. BLMs were THE players to have and I had my first (and often painful) lessons in Barstonera. I xp'd there until 16 before braving the boat to Selbina.

Best memory ever was when 3 of us who never been out of Windy decided to go through Ronafure for the first time to check out Sandy. Woo Hoo! It was an adventure!

All I remember is hearing the ground thundering behind us, our brave dragoon friend jetting past us with this big white mountain of a thing chasing him. I healed, he got stuck on a fence, he died, mountain turned, I died somewhere on the road.

Never got that mountain's name.



P.S. I really missed those trains. Nothing like zoning into the Jungle or the Citadel and seeing corpses as far as the eye could see. Made being a WHM fun.


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I'll never forget that at low lvls night time is a very scary time in the Valkurm Dunes. Many a newcomer we're devoured thinking "That sheet looks harmless!"
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#98 Apr 24 2010 at 2:22 PM Rating: Good
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Greatest Dune memory, figuring out how to get onto the boat on the beach left of selbina.

Edited, Apr 24th 2010 4:22pm by sirhenrywalton
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Greatest Dune memory, figuring out how to get onto the boat on the beach left of selbina.


Or thinking "Hey I could make some nice gil by selling the Valkurm Sunsand that show up there" Yeah, that didn't last long.
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#100 Apr 28 2010 at 2:03 PM Rating: Good
I remember plenty of good and bad times in the dunes. My first time there i remember was at night and i thought that the first ghoul that I saw was the coolest thing and then I figured that soloing it would be a good idea. . . Fail... haha.

Probably the most newbish thing that I ever did in that game and was 100% convinced about was that you had to die to regenerate health. I could not for the life of my figure out how to kneel down to get my health back up, but somehow I made it to level 8 that way.
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No. I have no memory of such a place. Certainly no memory of bad party after bad party. No memory of goddamned bats in the tunnel. No memory of goblins bashing my face in, or crabs beating the crap out of me, or skeletons preying upon me when I'm at my weakest. Nope nope.







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