First of all i will sure harm your language a lot as i'm from germany and therefore i'll sure make many mistakes, maybe even more than actual words. So please take my apologise in advance.
However, I registered some weeks ago when those beta-thing doesn't even had started and on the other hand, as i'm from EU i'm in no way eligible for some beta-key. Now, i don't even want a beta-key as i've never played FFXI before and so i think it would be sensless if i would take part in some FFXIV-Beta as there are many other (ex FFXI) players who would fill this spot a lot better. On the orther hand i rather log in to the game when all preparations are done and SE decides that they are finished. So i just wait impatiently for the official go-live.
I lurked around the forums for quiet a while and found out that nearly all people around are really friendly and helpful. So, if i am about to play XIV as well, i thought it might be the best to somehow get in touch with the future players. Sadly i'm not that big writer and if i dont know something i rather shut up/doesn't write instead of carving crap into the board. This all ends in having just a few simple posts -.-
Just some background information, just that you know who i am and what my recent experience with other games/mmo's are:
In real-life they call me Dirk (38 yrs) and yepp, i'm male, even if my avatar (which hopefully shows up) and my name are kind of female. This all started a long time ago while playing D&D via Pen&Paper where i found out that playing/being a female character give advantages when talking to "NPCs" as you are able to flirt a lot and can get some discount on goods or some useful hints from other stangers. Since this time Anthania became more and more "real" or shall i better say my "alter ego".
After D&D we changed to role-master (P&P) and tried also a few other weird systems which i cant remember the names as they were kind of crap.
regarding Final Fantasy i've played just the versions from VII to XIII (except XI as mentioned) where i for myself love FFIX more than the others - atm i'm still with XIII but it took me some time to get into it, as i found it a bit different to what i expected. But still it's a great game.
Other games i've played are spread across all kind of systems. From ZX81 to VC20, C64, CPC464, Amiga, PC and so on. Also a lot of consoles crossed my way and apart from Racing Games nearly everything i played were somekind of RPG/Adventure Games. I dont want to bore you all with this as you might stop reading then (if you not already have done so)
Talking about MMOs i've played a few but still haven't found one where i could say THIS is the game i love. I can't even remember all MMOs I've played but some "milestones" are Ultima Online, DAoC, EQ, EQ2, WAR, AoC, Aion, WoW (left after BC), LotRO, DDO, RF-Online, Archlord, PW and ESO. I have to say that from all those above EQ2 was the game i played the most and where i still got my sub running (6 yrs. - man i'm getting old)
As for FFXIV i have faith in it to be the game i'm looking for. From what i have seen (Vids, Posts, Blogs, whatever...) its really promising.
I'm just afraid of one big thing: As nearly everyone (if not all) already played the predecessor (? correct term ?) i'm afraid that i'm about to hear a lot of "Newb" and "L2P" from all around. By judging the community here i dont really think it will happen, but as said it's what i'm really afraid of.
Being a father of 3 little kids in real life (10yrs, 4yrs, 11month - all male chars *hrhr*) and having a lovely wife my playing time is limited and spread around different times what might end in being all alone again inside the game (experienced this on many games) forced to solo my way thru Eorzea which would be only half the fun i guess.
On the other hand, seeing that the server(s) are not separated into NA/EU/Asia my hopes are high to become friend with a lot of ppl from around the world instead of running with "just" the EU guys (which isn't bad at all, dont get me wrong) - Due to different Timezones and the time i can play i'm hoping to find some "Linkshell" (correct? - or do they call them different?) with sympathetic people who care less about level and stuff and are more into having Fun (and maybe RP) - As said before i've got no FFXI experience and sure need a helping hand all the way.
To sum it up: I really hope to see a lot of you in game and so FFXIV will become the ultimate experience.
Until then i wish you all the best!