For example, changing your class from Gladiator to Thaumaturge would result in your physical stats changing to whatever has been distributed for that class. Much like in FFXI when you change jobs, your stats automatically reconfigure to that class configuration. However, where FFXIV exceeds this mechanic is in allowing the player to configure their class to their liking by allowing them the ability to distribute their own stats. So for example, Thaumaturge "A" might prefer more INT over MP to nuke harder, where Thaumaturge "B" prefers more MP over INT to nuke longer.
This is what I was thinking. In Xi you could go to a moogle, change your job and the system would automatically remember what you had last equipped for that job (assuming the equipment is in your inventory).
I hope Xiv uses a similar system for switching between each discipline where it will remember the stats you had placed for each one. This would make perfect sense to me, I mean from the get-go it seemed like SE wanted us to be able to change discipline at will (outside of battle).
As for stat respec to change the way you have on presaved defaults (as mentioned above) I could see having to do in a town either at the crystal or an NPC (Moogle, Tavern, etc.) And I can see this is where this fee could take place. This is the only way I can see being able to freely change between jobs as described on website without a worry of respec abuse. The whole thought of changing stats seconds before a boss battle cuz of element or weaknesses makes me sick. Edit
I do still see some potential of abuse even with this system just depends on how far ppl are willing to go. For example, Player A = tank, B = mage, C = healer, D = damage. They make their way through dungeon fight their way to boss room. Outside boss room, A changes to damage, B to healer, C to mage, and D to tank (all of which they changed presets prior to leaving town specifically for boss). Now this depends on the fees of respec, but as I said its up to how far the player is willing to go, and I'm sure most will and could even make its way into common practice. This idea doesn't make me as sick as previous, but still doesn't seem right. I hope respec fees are in reasonable price range, and perhaps price will increase as PL increases. Edited, Apr 9th 2010 10:09am by Asyrian