Forum Settings
       
« Previous 1 2 3
This Forum is Read Only

Do you really think the 8 day head start is a advantage?Follow

#1 Aug 02 2010 at 4:05 AM Rating: Decent
*
209 posts
Do you really think the 8 day head start is a advantage? I think the only people who are going to benifit from it are the ones with cases of red bull and hot pockets and no job or on vacation. How much can you realy get done in 8 days if you have a job and a family?

P.S. I am still buying the collectors eddition mostly for the security token and the behind the scenes DVD!

Edited, Aug 2nd 2010 6:26am by TheBSTGuy
#2 Aug 02 2010 at 4:12 AM Rating: Decent
Sage
*
204 posts
To be honest, not that much. I imagine alot of the none beta players will try to get used to the controls, where places are, making the right character etc. Not only that but i will expect afew bugs here and their to crop up and cause some downtime.
____________________________
WoW: 80 Hunter - 80 Death Knight - 80 Paladin
FFXI: 75 Dragoon - 75 Samurai - 75 Paladin
FFXIV 1: 50 War/Pld/Brd/Mnk/Drg/Smn/Sch/Bsm
FFXIV 2: 50 Thm/Cnj
Tera: 60 Slayer - 60 Lancer - 60 Berserker
GW2: 80 Twilight Guardian
#3 Aug 02 2010 at 4:23 AM Rating: Good
***
2,120 posts
Not really, but yeah I wanted the security token as well. And it'll be fun being a part of the 1st wave.
#4 Aug 02 2010 at 4:28 AM Rating: Good
Sage
**
784 posts
It's not about having an advantage. It's about getting to play sooner. Sooner > later for a lot of us. Including but not limited to those of us who have a full time job, and a family.
____________________________
Amazing linkshell/guild hosting

#5 Aug 02 2010 at 4:37 AM Rating: Default
**
445 posts
One should learn how to manage time better or refine one's playing skill if one cant get any advantage in 8days even though one have a family and a job.

Edited, Aug 2nd 2010 3:38am by timmyofalex
____________________________
Timfung (Alexander) 75WHM72RDM46PUP Cooking81 (retired)
[ffxivsig]511711[/ffxivsig]
http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/rc/character/status?cicuid=1662475
#6 Aug 02 2010 at 4:44 AM Rating: Decent
**
602 posts
Do you think a 10 hour head start is an advantage? Japan will be roughly 10 hours ahead of the US when starting the game. So if your lucky enough to get the game at midnight and able to play not so much as a big deal. Some people will have to work and when they get home others will all have a whole day of playing under their belt. That's if there's not emergency server maintenance. I can already hear it,OMG or WTF there's people already at level "insert level here". I would say the good news for people starting later will be the info that will already be out and the guides to the job that you will be. I mean the term Guide as in letting you know what skills you can acquire for that class and at what level. This depends on how far someone has taken "insert class here".

I think starting a little later will be fine. People will have some great info/guides so if you get stuck or SE doesn't explain where or how to do something i bet you will be able to find out. Like how and the **** do i give my Retainer stuff, where is the Retainer markets and where is the Bell i use to call my Retainer? Just as a couple of examples.

I plan on jumping on at midnight, i guess it really depends if the Gamestop does a midnight release in my area. I'll find out if they are when the 22nd draws closer.
____________________________
BANNED
[ffxivsig]1715623[/ffxivsig]
#7 Aug 02 2010 at 4:47 AM Rating: Good
41 posts
You've got to remember, the starting areas will be packed for the first month or two of the game. If you've got a limited collector's edition with an 8 day start you'd be doing well to keep ahead of the pack that will start on the 30th. Otherwise you'll have a lot of competition for mobs in these areas. If for example 50000 people start on the 22nd and 300000 on the 30th you've got 1/6 the competition if you maintain the 8 day gap.
#8 Aug 02 2010 at 4:50 AM Rating: Decent
Sage
*
204 posts
Quote:
You've got to remember, the starting areas will be packed for the first month or two of the game. If you've got a limited collector's edition with an 8 day start you'd be doing well to keep ahead of the pack that will start on the 30th. Otherwise you'll have a lot of competition for mobs in these areas. If for example 50000 people start on the 22nd and 300000 on the 30th you've got 1/6 the competition if you maintain the 8 day gap.


Who is to say that the majority are not on the collectors edition?
____________________________
WoW: 80 Hunter - 80 Death Knight - 80 Paladin
FFXI: 75 Dragoon - 75 Samurai - 75 Paladin
FFXIV 1: 50 War/Pld/Brd/Mnk/Drg/Smn/Sch/Bsm
FFXIV 2: 50 Thm/Cnj
Tera: 60 Slayer - 60 Lancer - 60 Berserker
GW2: 80 Twilight Guardian
#9 Aug 02 2010 at 4:53 AM Rating: Good
**
602 posts
Madness pure madness...... Sept 22nd

Edited, Aug 2nd 2010 6:54am by Frebaut
____________________________
BANNED
[ffxivsig]1715623[/ffxivsig]
#10 Aug 02 2010 at 5:00 AM Rating: Decent
41 posts
warby wrote:
Who is to say that the majority are not on the collectors edition?


It's possible, but I can't remember any game that has ever sold more CE or SE versions than the standard version. CE and SE versions are usually limited in number to begin with.
#11 Aug 02 2010 at 5:04 AM Rating: Default
*
209 posts
Quote:
Madness pure madness...... Sept 22nd


I totaly agree with this message!
#12 Aug 02 2010 at 5:05 AM Rating: Decent
Sage
*
204 posts
Quote:
It's possible, but I can't remember any game that has ever sold more CE or SE versions than the standard version. CE and SE versions are usually limited in number to begin with.


The thing is, i dont rememeber many games giving you as much stuff in a CE as XIV is doing. Right now im looking at my gears of war CE for the xbox 360 and all i really got was a small booklet with artwork and a tin case, how does that compare to what Square is offering us?
____________________________
WoW: 80 Hunter - 80 Death Knight - 80 Paladin
FFXI: 75 Dragoon - 75 Samurai - 75 Paladin
FFXIV 1: 50 War/Pld/Brd/Mnk/Drg/Smn/Sch/Bsm
FFXIV 2: 50 Thm/Cnj
Tera: 60 Slayer - 60 Lancer - 60 Berserker
GW2: 80 Twilight Guardian
#13 Aug 02 2010 at 5:24 AM Rating: Decent
41 posts
warby wrote:
Quote:
It's possible, but I can't remember any game that has ever sold more CE or SE versions than the standard version. CE and SE versions are usually limited in number to begin with.


The thing is, i dont rememeber many games giving you as much stuff in a CE as XIV is doing. Right now im looking at my gears of war CE for the xbox 360 and all i really got was a small booklet with artwork and a tin case, how does that compare to what Square is offering us?


I still think only the hardcore are likely to care about the CE version. But the 8 day thing certainly brings in a lot of people who don't normally buy CE versions. I would opt for the cheaper price standard edition if it weren't for the 8 day start.
#14 Aug 02 2010 at 5:32 AM Rating: Decent
Scholar
*
163 posts
XenorVerdix wrote:
You've got to remember, the starting areas will be packed for the first month or two of the game. If you've got a limited collector's edition with an 8 day start you'd be doing well to keep ahead of the pack that will start on the 30th. Otherwise you'll have a lot of competition for mobs in these areas. If for example 50000 people start on the 22nd and 300000 on the 30th you've got 1/6 the competition if you maintain the 8 day gap.


I agree w/ this. I also preordered the CE and will be playing it non-stop for the few days head start. I have a full time job which I'm using some vacation time to get the most of out this headstart. I don't really use any vacation days for anything else as I'm a workaholic. Luckily my girlfriend is a big fan of FF14 aswell. I will probly spend most of the time learning were things are at and probly go get my first few lvls ASAP due to the rush of people on the 30th too.
____________________________
So I rated you up for no good reason, big deal. Wanna fight about it?
#15 Aug 02 2010 at 5:57 AM Rating: Excellent
**
697 posts
Even if you just get a character design you like, pick a starting city (after trying others), and get settled in to the controls and battle system, you still have a head start over the people who start on the 30th and will do the same. Yes, some of us with full time jobs may not be AS FAR ahead, and will be quickly passed up, but at least we got some heads up time.

You have to remember, with MMO's its a marathon, not a sprint, so don't burn yourself out, but enjoy any and all advantages you can get!
____________________________
FFXI: Odin - Merylstryfe Summoner Woo Hoo!

[ffxivsig]341964[/ffxivsig]
#16 Aug 02 2010 at 6:43 AM Rating: Good
*
239 posts
I'm going to TRY to lay right away, but usually the first 48 hours of an MMO launch are pretty unstable. With any luck there won't be real launch issues until the "swarm" on the 30th and our 8 days will be AWESOME... I mean just about every player you meet will be a diehard fan, so it'll be a rockin' time to network.

I'll probably ask for the 24th/25th off myself, give the servers time to settle.
#17 Aug 02 2010 at 7:32 AM Rating: Good
*
211 posts
It won't really give individual players that much of an advantage... Like was already mentioned, the real advantage will be to everyone, in the fact that it will at least slightly spread out the amount of people all trying to level on the same enemies in the same zones on the same day.

Also, I agree that the individual pluses are the free token, novelty extras included in the CE, and of course, being able to play sooner than everyone else lol. But it's not like people will log in on the 30th to find the crafting markets monopolized and all the CE buyers standing around in relic gear or anything ridiculous like that...

And about that whole idea of people with cases of red bull playing nonstop.. Those people will shoot ahead of you even if you were the one with the head start... A little friendly competition is fine and all, but I'd suggest not trying to be the biggest and best at the game, because someone will always have better in game stuff than you. Some will get it buy playing more, some will get it by buying it, and some will just get lucky or get more help from friends or something. Just play the game at your own pace, and enjoy it. As long as you do that, you can't go wrong. ;3
____________________________
PvR fun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KYqooGHd2g

[ffxivsig]1791330[/ffxivsig]


#18 Aug 02 2010 at 9:01 AM Rating: Decent
*****
11,539 posts
XenorVerdix wrote:
warby wrote:
Who is to say that the majority are not on the collectors edition?


It's possible, but I can't remember any game that has ever sold more CE or SE versions than the standard version. CE and SE versions are usually limited in number to begin with.


CE = Collector's Edition
SE = Standard Edition.

Why would the standard edition be in limited supply?
____________________________
[ffxisig]55836[/ffxisig]

Mikhalia: and FWIW, my posts are 95% helpful, informative, or funny.
Mikhalia: only 5% or less of my posts are utter crap.
Tyapex: 393 posts of utter crap...
Mikhalia: Sounds about right.
#19 Aug 02 2010 at 9:06 AM Rating: Good
*
194 posts
I think in that case he meant "SE" as "Special Edition."
____________________________
FFXI: Edalya, Valefor Server 99WAR/99PLD/99DNC/75DRG (Retired)
FFXIV: Edalya Evenstar, Excalibur Server 46DRG
#20 Aug 02 2010 at 9:19 AM Rating: Decent
*****
11,539 posts
Edalya wrote:
I think in that case he meant "SE" as "Special Edition."


There is no special edition though; there's just Collector's and Standard *headscratch*
____________________________
[ffxisig]55836[/ffxisig]

Mikhalia: and FWIW, my posts are 95% helpful, informative, or funny.
Mikhalia: only 5% or less of my posts are utter crap.
Tyapex: 393 posts of utter crap...
Mikhalia: Sounds about right.
#21 Aug 02 2010 at 9:42 AM Rating: Decent
Guru
***
1,673 posts
TheBSTGuy wrote:
Do you really think the 8 day head start is a advantage? I think the only people who are going to benifit from it are the ones with cases of red bull and hot pockets and no job or on vacation. How much can you realy get done in 8 days if you have a job and a family?


I must be having deja vu. I've seen a post like this somewhere else....
#22 Aug 02 2010 at 9:50 AM Rating: Good
*****
11,539 posts
geffe wrote:
TheBSTGuy wrote:
Do you really think the 8 day head start is a advantage? I think the only people who are going to benifit from it are the ones with cases of red bull and hot pockets and no job or on vacation. How much can you realy get done in 8 days if you have a job and a family?


I must be having deja vu. I've seen a post like this somewhere else....


I'm getting annoyed with "RL" as an excuse for everything.

Yes, your job/school/college/family/friends are important. Do not completely neglect them for an MMORPG.

But many people are able to balance their work/school/family with playtime and still accomplish plenty, both ingame and IRL.

If you cannot balance the game and your life, and your real life is so hectic and busy that you cannot accomplish anything substantial in game in 8 days due to other responsibilities, then DO NOT PLAY AN MMORPG. They are not for you.

If you find a game to be so time consuming that you cannot fathom how you can possibly play it without neglecting some aspect of your family/work/school life; that you have to CONSTANTLY play the "But I have work/school/a family" card CONSTANTLY in lieu of being able to commit to anything, then you should -not- be playing that game. Your real life is more important. If you feel the need to remind everyone else that YOUR real life is more important than your game time, then take your own advice and focus on your real life.
____________________________
[ffxisig]55836[/ffxisig]

Mikhalia: and FWIW, my posts are 95% helpful, informative, or funny.
Mikhalia: only 5% or less of my posts are utter crap.
Tyapex: 393 posts of utter crap...
Mikhalia: Sounds about right.
#23 Aug 02 2010 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
Guru
***
1,673 posts
When I get home from work, I spend time with my wife and son. My wife and I take turns cooking at night. My son goes to bed about 8pm. After that, it's basically free time. I focus on chores first (dishes, laundry, etc.) before playing games because I know I won't do them after. Our 2 computers are set up next to each other so my wife and I can talk while we play games. I think the latest I stay up on a week night is maybe 11pm. Weekends are a different story.

I'm a casual gamer and don't see this game as a race. I know there will be people reaching higher levels far faster than me. I'm going to take my time and enjoy it.

Edited, Aug 2nd 2010 12:00pm by geffe
#24 Aug 02 2010 at 10:00 AM Rating: Decent
*****
11,539 posts
geffe wrote:
When I get home from work, I spend time with my wife and son. My wife and I take turns cooking at night. My son goes to bed about 8pm. After that, it's basically free time. I focus on chores first (dishes, laundry, etc.) before playing games because I know I won't do them after. Our 2 computers are set up next to each other so my wife and I can talk while we play games. I think the latest I stay up on a week night is maybe 11pm. Weekends are a different story.


Nothing wrong with that; I was referring more to people who have 24/7 commitments and can't make time for games, but try to do so anyway.
____________________________
[ffxisig]55836[/ffxisig]

Mikhalia: and FWIW, my posts are 95% helpful, informative, or funny.
Mikhalia: only 5% or less of my posts are utter crap.
Tyapex: 393 posts of utter crap...
Mikhalia: Sounds about right.
#25 Aug 02 2010 at 10:08 AM Rating: Decent
18 posts
It's certainly an advantage, but not one that will have any noticeable long lasting effects. With everyone playing at a different pace, I'd bet that a week or two into the game and it'll be impossible to tell who started 8 days earlier and who didn't. Not taking into consideration the Onion Helm of course.
#26 Aug 02 2010 at 10:12 AM Rating: Decent
*
126 posts
Quote:
I'm going to TRY to lay right away, but usually the first 48 hours of an MMO launch are pretty unstable. With any luck there won't be real launch issues until the "swarm" on the 30th and our 8 days will be AWESOME... I mean just about every player you meet will be a diehard fan, so it'll be a rockin' time to network.

I'll probably ask for the 24th/25th off myself, give the servers time to settle


I have to agree here. I took the next week off after the launch because i always have bad luck in the beginning of new MMO's in the form of disconnects, patches, emergency maint, etc etc. I can still play during that week it just wont be omfg non-stop.
#27 Aug 02 2010 at 10:15 AM Rating: Good
*
150 posts
I know some people who stay away from the first month of an MMO just so they don't have to deal with overcrowded starter cities and quests, and lets not mention the bugs. I ordered the CE because I don't like waiting if I can get to play allready.
I don't think getting in first is an advantage because an MMO isn't a race. Everyone has differnt play styles and time restrictions, ther will allways be super hardcore players that put 20 hours in a day and block out 2 weeks of vacations just to say "I'm the first to level cap" and really who wants to compete with them?
____________________________
Windows 7 Ultima
AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core 2.50 GHz
Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H
4GBs PC3-10666 DDR3
GeForce GTS 250 512MB
Ultra LSP450 450-Watt PSU

#28 Aug 02 2010 at 10:32 AM Rating: Good
**
370 posts
Not an advantage but playing eight days earlier is HUGE.
____________________________
Thaumaturge/Archer/Marauder
http://xivpads.viion.co.uk/?id=1847776
Moogle Inc linkshell
http://www.moogleinc.com
Stand in front of me fool...I am a Thaumaturge
#29 Aug 02 2010 at 10:44 AM Rating: Good
*
198 posts
During those 8 days, youtube well have videos of all the starting zone opening movies. Guides be up on a lot of the starting quests/missions/guildleaves. People well have a few crystals to teleport around the areas quicker then others who only have the starting 1 in the hometown they picked. **** some people might even try to get to each town, so they can warp all over.

I'm sure there more of starting 8 days sooner then others, but all I can think of top of my head atm.
#30 Aug 02 2010 at 10:54 AM Rating: Decent
Avatar
*
217 posts
Do I think an 8-day head start is an advantage? Absolutely!

I plan on using that time to learn the machanics of the game and do alot of exploring. There are guilds I'd like to visit, and crafting I'd like to learn and level. I look at the additional 8-days as my breaking in period before the real madness begins.
____________________________
Aeloriel Autumnleaf - Ultros Server

Karma Zameleons - LS
The Kraken Club - Zam Free Company

It's not the destination, it's the Journey!

#31 Aug 02 2010 at 11:25 AM Rating: Decent
***
2,754 posts
not only is it advantageous but it'll help with server loads at the start. it means that the starting areas won't get completely destroyed by 1000s of people rushing into them on each server
____________________________
The Accursed Being Sent By Heaven; Jenova: The Calamity From The Skies

WoW - EU - Al'Akir - Goblin Warlock
Taoquitok

FFXI - Bismarck
Jenovaomega
#32 Aug 02 2010 at 11:45 AM Rating: Decent
Avatar
*
175 posts
Of course it's an advantage but it's not one that ultimately will make a big enough difference for those who don't want/can't afford the CE that are passionate enough for standard and will power level their way through everything.

More than anything like others said it's less about giving a incentive to players to start early and more about staggering out the release so it's not absolutely flooded I wouldn't even be surprised if that's in part the reason the PS3 version is getting delayed.

I think XIV will have that normal mmo rush of players in the first month where things will be crazy for a while but will quickly die down. Also keep in mind in Japan the home PC market is very small compared to what it is here. I'd be willing to wager the crowds won't be unbearable. I'd be more worried about the PS3 release in terms of the servers being overcrowded in areas than PC. ;)
____________________________
Gothos 75 SMN 75 WHM 68 COR 65SAM ~FFXI (Valefor)
80 Warlock - 80 Priest - 80 Shaman WoW (Moon Guard)
#33 Aug 02 2010 at 12:29 PM Rating: Excellent
MerylStryfe wrote:

You have to remember, with MMO's its a marathon, not a sprint, so don't burn yourself out, but enjoy any and all advantages you can get!



Some of the best overall MMO advice I've ever seen Smiley: cool
____________________________
XIV Campsite Wikibase - Community Built Camp List
[ffxivsig]400681[/ffxivsig]
#34 Aug 02 2010 at 1:57 PM Rating: Good
Sage
***
1,675 posts
TheBSTGuy wrote:
Do you really think the 8 day head start is a advantage? I think the only people who are going to benifit from it are the ones with cases of red bull and hot pockets and no job or on vacation. How much can you realy get done in 8 days if you have a job and a family?

P.S. I am still buying the collectors eddition mostly for the security token and the behind the scenes DVD!

Edited, Aug 2nd 2010 6:26am by TheBSTGuy



I could make the argument for the opposite.

I want to play 8 days ahead because I have a job and a family. Not to mention other hobbies.

I will probably play a couple of hours a day and maybe a bit more on the weekends. However there's probably some college kid who will get the game 8 days later and play 24/7 and catch up to me in less than a day.

So I need all the pre-time I can get! :)

Yeah I am worried about overcrowding and queue and rollbacks, but as long as I can get it and play it; I'd rather have it sooner than later.

#35 Aug 02 2010 at 2:11 PM Rating: Good
***
1,218 posts
Jenovaomega wrote:
not only is it advantageous but it'll help with server loads at the start. it means that the starting areas won't get completely destroyed by 1000s of people rushing into them on each server


From what I understand, most of the pre orders so far are the CE, so you may indeed see the starting areas getting completely over-run.

I don't care though, because if it's too crowded to hunt mobs, that's just a better excuse to work on crafting or exploring.
#36 Aug 02 2010 at 2:15 PM Rating: Excellent
Scholar
*
72 posts
I dont care much about the advantage, I just care about getting the game asap :P
#37 Aug 02 2010 at 2:22 PM Rating: Excellent
***
1,457 posts
Yes. I'm playing, they're not.
____________________________
Hunter Avril
Rogue Ultra
Paladin Awhellnah
Mage Shantotto
Shaman Lakshmi
Faith (Valefor)
[ffxivsig]454125[/ffxivsig]
#38 Aug 02 2010 at 2:39 PM Rating: Decent
Scholar
*
74 posts
Nope not at all (in my case at least)
Personally i bought the CE because i want a nice box on the shelf that looks good with the rest of my games collection. the 8 day period is just an extra bonus :)
I work full time and have other RL things to take care off. So it wouldn't surprise me, no actually i expect, that the people with the regular edition will at least caught up with me or almost certainly overtaken me one week after release.
____________________________
You're never gonna feel You're never gonna heal
You're never gonna know what's fake or real
'Til you know who you are
You're lying to your face And running in a race
You're never gonna win 'til you find your place
And you know who you are
#39 Aug 02 2010 at 2:42 PM Rating: Good
**
327 posts
Adventure book, bonus DVD: meh
Security Token: not sure. Does my current one for FFXI work here? meh.
Onion Helm: I plan not to die too often, but will be cool to have just the same
8 day head start: most of that will be me poking around. It'll all balance out in the end.

Ultimately, I don't think there will be a serious advantage. Now, comparing any of the PC versions to a PS3, THAT's an advantage. Even still, not much. It's just all about the love and anticipation for the game. Why wait for tomorrow, for something you could do today?

There WILL be those who have to be "The First". They-who-have-no-life who will bust *** just to have the highest level on server, or most gil, etc. I wish I could spend that much time in front of a monitor, but I will enjoy as much of FFXIV as I can, when I can!
____________________________
[ffxivsig]639860[/ffxivsig]
FFXI - LordDVS <Bismarck> BLU75 DRK75 SAM75 BST75 PLD75


#40 Aug 02 2010 at 2:59 PM Rating: Decent
41 posts
Mikhalia wrote:
There is no special edition though; there's just Collector's and Standard *headscratch*


If you'd read my post I was talking about games in general that have a CE or SE version, they don't tend to sell more than the standard edition. That seemed clear enough for other people.
#41 Aug 02 2010 at 3:10 PM Rating: Excellent
Sage
****
8,779 posts
Quote:
Do you really think the 8 day head start is a advantage? I think the only people who are going to benifit from it are the ones with cases of red bull and hot pockets and no job or on vacation. How much can you realy get done in 8 days if you have a job and a family?


honestly, quite a bit. for anyone who loves crafting, i imagine the eight days will just be bliss since theyll basically allow a person to help forge a new economy from square one. for other people, the eight days is a chance to familiarize oneself with the game and its areas in an environment that isnt nearly as busy as it could (and will) be.
____________________________
Quote:
The thing about me is that apparently it's very hard to tell when I'm drunk. So I feel like I'm walking sideways on a UFO and everyone else sees me doing the robot like a pro.
- MojoVIII
i have bathed in the blood of many. my life was spent well.
feral druids do it on all fours.
The One True Prophet of Tonkism.

http://therewillbebrawl.com/
#42 Aug 02 2010 at 3:26 PM Rating: Decent
*
71 posts
I want to start 8 days earlier so I:
- Explore the world maps, functions, and which character suits me
- Having the extra goodies is nice but I don't think I am crazy about it
- Jumpstart on leveling, as many other people say (I also am working full time, part time school, and doing hobbies like running)

I will still play this game but casually. I believe some of you are doing the same. I think the race to the top being some high level character is great but you know once you are so high up there it can get pretty boring. Working together in parties to do things is fun, I would say.
#43 Aug 02 2010 at 3:34 PM Rating: Decent
**
647 posts
I don't think it will a very big head start for me but I'll sure try to get ahead. Even though I will most def fall behind after. Taking off what ever remaining days I have for work during that period since my vacation doesn't roll over and I have 13days to use before the sept.27. But yeah I'm not going to rush lvling probably be getting used to controls, thinking of what to do first (plan), and try to find people a LS I could join or create. Get all the small/ or big( your point of view ) out of the way.
#44 Aug 02 2010 at 3:50 PM Rating: Good
Scholar
***
1,707 posts
Differences in play time will mean much much more than any kind of head start. I play about 2-3 hours per day. Others play like 8 hours per day. So what if I get 8 day head start? That 24 hour play time advantage will be overtaken in 5 days.

You'll never "catch" the kids who play 8 hours (or more) per day... those who don't have school or jobs or kids or anything else that limits play time to a couple of hours per day.

Not to mention the things you do in-game. Someone who spends time talking to NPC and doing things in the game that you enjoy but don't necessarily advance your character very quickly, will get passed by quickly by someone who is out there grinding hard trying to gain level after level as fast as possible.

Anyway I played FFXI for like 5+ years and people starting 3 years after me would blow by me like I was standing still. Who cares? I was fishing a lot and enjoying working on getting fishing to 100 and obtaining my Eibesu.

Do what you enjoy, focus on the few things you like most about the game and become great at them (slowly, if you don't have tons of time), and don't worry about racing to some arbitrary goal that everyone seems to feel compelled to race towards. There is no finish line.
#45 Aug 02 2010 at 3:59 PM Rating: Good
**
576 posts
I really don't give a crap about getting a leg up on the "competition". I ordered the CE because waiting till Aug.22 will be hard enough; waiting 8 more days (when I know others are already playing) would be torture.
____________________________
FFXI, Siren: Pickins BST99.:~:.BLM75.:~:.RDM56
FFXIV, Siren: Miss Pickins - Builder of the Realm
#46 Aug 02 2010 at 4:00 PM Rating: Decent
*
52 posts
I don't think anyone should worry about an 8-day start as being an "advantage". Heck, personally I wish that no one considered any length of time playing a game before a person as any kind of "advantage", and just accepted new people as being just as good as the veterans in every way as long as they're mature and thoughtful. I wish people didn't have to look at MMOs as a "race"; if you do, you'll be bored more quickly and definitely get less joy or richness out of the whole experience than someone who took their time, fully experienced the game and made friends.

That being said, I'm glad i'm gonna be in there for the 8-day head start, just so I can feel like more of a veteran myself and make some early friends, as lamentably what I "wish for" is not the case; one of the worst things in any MMO is to be looked down and spat upon by an elitist. I don't ever want to BE an elitist under any circumstance, but I'd love to be respected by the elitists, enough at least that I'd have more people to party with and less people to make me feel bad for some incomprehensibly pointless reason.

And, I really love how someone put it earlier in this thread; "the people playing in the headstart will likely be hardcore fans". That does remind me that playing in these special 8 days should make for meeting some great people that will probably stick with the game for awhile, so I'm looking forward to it.
#47 Aug 02 2010 at 4:31 PM Rating: Decent
Scholar
**
751 posts
It probably depends how you define the term advantage.

If the aim of the game in your view is to power up to the level cap as quickly as possible then yes, having a 200 hour headstart is going to assist.

IF you are a more casual player (like me), who doesnt really care about the end point, and is more interested in the journey then so what if yuo have an 8 days head start.

I have bought the collectors addition and will be logging in at 9am (AUstralia time) on teh day of release so will be one of the first online, but it will not be an "advantage", I just cant wait to play the game.

In my view, this is my game hopefully for the next 5 years +, what difference therefore does 8 days make.

My only fear is that the community is so hardcore that if you are left behind the curve with levelling you will never find a group to play with. I am hoping that the armoury system will mean that everyone developes multiple jobs so there is always someone around to group with even in a year or so's time.
____________________________
FFXIV: Crafty Hallie, Ultros




[ffxivsig]1789759[/ffxivsig]
#48 Aug 02 2010 at 4:44 PM Rating: Good
Sage
****
8,779 posts
Quote:
I really don't give a crap about getting a leg up on the "competition". I ordered the CE because waiting till Aug.22 will be hard enough; waiting 8 more days (when I know others are already playing) would be torture.


hate to be the bearer of bad news here pickins, but FF14 release day is set for the 30th (CE is 22nd). of september.
____________________________
Quote:
The thing about me is that apparently it's very hard to tell when I'm drunk. So I feel like I'm walking sideways on a UFO and everyone else sees me doing the robot like a pro.
- MojoVIII
i have bathed in the blood of many. my life was spent well.
feral druids do it on all fours.
The One True Prophet of Tonkism.

http://therewillbebrawl.com/
#49 Aug 02 2010 at 4:52 PM Rating: Decent
Avatar
*
246 posts
Starting 8 days early satisfies my desire to play, not necessarily any advantage.

For those of us not getting into the Beta it will take just as long getting used to the battle and crafting systems.

Beta + 8 days early is probably a bigger advantage.
#50 Aug 02 2010 at 5:59 PM Rating: Good
Sage
****
8,779 posts
Quote:
For those of us not getting into the Beta it will take just as long getting used to the battle and crafting systems.


youre not kidding. i felt like i was all thumbs when i started the beta backup. had to de-program my WoW-centered view on how controls work. FF14 is like in 11 in that its a game designed to be played with a gamepad; i.e. no mouse. so i had to unplug my mouse for the first day or so to re-train myself to use just the keyboard.

now it comes more naturally, but i still need some practice with the keystrokes.
____________________________
Quote:
The thing about me is that apparently it's very hard to tell when I'm drunk. So I feel like I'm walking sideways on a UFO and everyone else sees me doing the robot like a pro.
- MojoVIII
i have bathed in the blood of many. my life was spent well.
feral druids do it on all fours.
The One True Prophet of Tonkism.

http://therewillbebrawl.com/
#51 Aug 02 2010 at 7:14 PM Rating: Excellent
Scholar
*
66 posts
I'm getting CE to play 8 days earlier. Sooner to start the sooner I learn the UI and controls. Exploring and leveling up those first 8 days doesn't hurt either.

16oz Redbulls = checked
Bagel Bites = checked
Chain smoking readiness = checked
3 vacation days = checked

All I need now is the game and I'll be good for a months on end. =)
____________________________
Phoenix Server, Final Fantasy XI (Retired)
Etoh 75 Warrior, 75 White Mage, 75 Black Mage, 75 Summoner
37 Ninja, 37 Red Mage, 37 Samurai, 37 Thief, 37 Monk, 37 Blue Mage, 37 Dark Knight

Volkmar Server, Warhammer: Age of Reckoning (Retired)
Diabolos Nox R40/RR80 Sorcerer
Greasuss R40/RR68 Choppa
Rhra R40/RR63 Zealot
« Previous 1 2 3
This forum is read only
This Forum is Read Only!
Recent Visitors: 39 All times are in CDT
Anonymous Guests (39)