If I'm in a party as a PUG who is gonna care how good a CON I can be, what they want is to have the best available PUG because with the best members you will get more EXP/Hour. This can be as simple as taking a Taru BLM/WHM instead of a Galka but will still happen.
That is only if we are, for any given activity, only fighting against one mob type at time.
If we are, in a timespan of 6 different guildleves, fighting multiple mob types with each having their own weaknesses and strengths, whatever efficiency you'd lose by having balanced stats would quickly be offset by the fact that you could fight using the most efficient class for most monsters.
You example would work but there are no MP/HP limitations here. That is why people choose to invite taru over galka, not the INT stat.
Also, there would be no taru's in this game because that would be a gimp way to play your character. If someone has more INT than you, he also has less STR, making him more and more useless if he wanted to play a melee class. Nobody wants to restrict themselves like that.
The whole system takes min/maxing to a whole new level, which is what players need to adapt to. It offers a lot more than other games as far as strengthening your character goes for a minimal loss.
Correct me if I'm wrong but you can only allocate a certain percentage every 2 hours or something right? If that were the case you would have to wait awhile to switch out all your stats to where they would need to be to level your current job. Like switching the points from your STR to INT. Maybe I'm missing something here but again that seems kinda retarded to me.
Why do you think there is a point "where they need to be"? The system is designed in a way that the optimal way to assign your stats is to allocate them evenly. Everyone will have evened out stats, no one cares if you are not perfectly optimal at all situations stat wise because it's not possible, and those who have optimal stats for only one class are gimps in 9 out of 10 situations anyway. Edited, Aug 21st 2010 11:34am by Hyanmen