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#1 Aug 22 2010 at 1:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes, you heard right, it ain't over till the fat lady sings!

I was one of the VERY fortunate individuals that received 2 betakeys. I received one from Fileplanet on the very same morning that Pikko sent me an e-mail containg my ZAM key. I would like to keep this key in the ZAM community and have turned it into a sort of make-a-wish type contest. Each individual will post to this forum in a make-a-wish type fashion. What this means is that you will state why you wish to receive a betakey. You can do this in any fashion you see fit, heartfelt, funny, serious, whatever suits your personality. You can debate a topic, you can cry, you can express feelings you never knew you had. You may make a wordy post, or a very short one, it's completely up to you.

I will base my criteria for the winner on a few things. The most important will be the post itself, funny is ok but please do not be fake. Anyone from the ZAM community that is scholar or higher will rate the posts, and this will help me see how your post affects them as well. I will consult with ZAM admin to determine if any posters are socks, so please do not go that route. This is a NA squarenix account betakey, so of course, you must meet that criteria as well, or if you feel comfortable making a NA squarenix account so you can participate in the beta, I may consider that. I will also take into consideration as criteria persons that applied to the original random drawing here at ZAM.

This is not set in stone as of yet, but I am thinking the cutoff for posts may be Monday evening. I will listen to feedback and may adjust the cutoff longer if needed. This will NOT be a random drawing, I will read through the posts and make my consideration accordingly as I said previously.

Please if you already have a betakey do not enter the contest, and also do not post if you know your computer cannot handle the beta client. Only make-a-wish posts on this thread, and only one post per account. Get crackin, if you didn't receive a betakey, I want to hear how you feel about it.

I wish all Good Luck! Have fun with it!!
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#2 Aug 22 2010 at 1:52 AM Rating: Good
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Genki neko isn't all that genki,
because genki needs a beta key,
to you a wonderful soul having 2,
wouldn't you consider sharing it too ?

Wish to only see my own face,
one that needs time to create,
If I could only get to it,
you'll be the first I am to meet!

Please do consider oh, generous one, my plea,
I'd would be so happy and shout with glee,
please oh please grant the beta key,
I'll post pretty pictures for all to see!

*edit : further clarification on the above that I'd just want to make it sound like how wishes usually do ^^ so I hope it turned out OK... Thanks for the consideration!

Edited, Aug 22nd 2010 9:47am by Genkineko
#3 Aug 22 2010 at 2:01 AM Rating: Decent
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Get crackin, if you didn't receive a betakey, I want to hear how you feel about it


I feel a sharp pain in my ***, like someone has shafted me there. Lol.

I'd really like this beta key because I have been going without so much in order to be able to purchase a new PC that is able to score "over 9,000!!" (I must play every final fantasy game at top settings o.o its wrong not to) i've been a dedicated fan for at least 12 years, since i was 7 years old :S and played every Final Fantasy that has been released. (back in my last year of school during holidays i had a holiday programme dedicated to playing through most of the Final Fantasies) haha.

Anyway, I'd really like this BETA key as I can not possibly wait another day to play this game. I'm very interested in finding the bugs and making a contribution to get the game as close as possible to perfect by release date (along with having lots of fun making my own character and messing around with the battle/leveling system etc)

Anyway, lets not make this another Zoidberg moment for me... :) ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF_hWs90Z3A&feature=related )

Well, that's it for me, please pick me!

Thanks for the opportunity Tolerance4u :)
#4 Aug 22 2010 at 2:25 AM Rating: Default
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I want to play the beta so I can test the game and help make it better.
Makes sense, right? :P
#5 Aug 22 2010 at 2:46 AM Rating: Default
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Hmmm. I suppose I will go the more serious route with this post. I had signed up to participate in the beta about 3-4 months ago when I had first heard SE was taking applications. I figured I had signed up fairly early enough to be selected at some point in time. I only ever got 1 official e-mail from SE and my heart jumped when I saw it but low and behold, it was just an official news letter :(. Early last week, I saw a post on this forum about fileplanet giving keys away if you sign up on their site from the 12-16. I figured what the ****, I can sign up for 7.00 and hope to win a beta key.

The first day the window opened I didn't have an account made yet. I was actually able to get to the first page to fill out my info which turned out to be practically impossible in the following days. However, I didn't sign up yet so I had to go through all that first. by the time I was done signing up, all the beta keys were released :sad face:. The next day, I had seen the same thread on this forum with an update that they were releasing keys again. Yet again I failed, the keys were gone in 15 seconds. The following day, I was at my g/fs and I had not really paid much attention to the give away. I missed the key give away by a half an hour but wasn't to depressed as I still had a few more days to try. I told myself, I'm going to subscribe to their twitter page so I don't miss the next give away. So, the next day I had a wedding to go to for most of the day. I held my Iphone in my hand all day figuring they would give the key out around the 3:30 time mark since that was what they had been doing the previous days. They didn't send the tweet until about 5:30 that day. Sadly, I was on 3g and there was no way I could compete with the speed demons on their home PC's. I was able to hit the submit button and I thought "**** yeah I got one!". However, when the page finished loading, I received the screen of death, the keys were already given away.

At this point, I had one more day to try for a key. I was at home and off from work so I had all day to camp. I gave up hanging out with my friends that day at a chance of getting a key. Sadly, fileplanet and SE were having problems with their servers so they didn't hand any keys out for a couple of days. I sat at my PC all day because they didn't give anyone an update on why the keys weren't being sent out. I chatted in the file planet forums throughout the day and made some new friends while I waited. After the couple days had gone by I practically gave up hope. I had started working night shift just this week and it happenes that fileplanet and SE fixed their issue. They gave out hundreds of keys and it seemed as if everyone got one. It figured that of course I was sleeping during the day since I had to go to work at night. I missed out on a key every day. All the people in the forum were so excited to join the beta but alas I was forgotten :(.

I checked on e-bay hoping that I could come across a semi-cheap key since there have been a lot of keys going out lately. All the prices on ebay are still way too much for my taste.

All in all, I really just want to test the game and see how I like it so I can make an accurate decision on if I want to purchase the game. I wasn't very confident with my benchmark scores on high so I wanted to see how it performed. I played FFXI the first day it came out but long retired. I was hoping that this game would be my new choice of game for a long time to come.....until diablo 3 is released that is ;).

I feel at this point, I won't have another chance to get into beta unless the "open beta" is actually open, which I don't believe it is. Hopefully you can help a brother out with a key :D.

TL DR: I would like a beta key.
#6 Aug 22 2010 at 2:49 AM Rating: Decent
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^^ that guy deserves it, great post
#7 Aug 22 2010 at 3:15 AM Rating: Decent
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Great posts so far! Yes, I am reading them, laughing, crying and understanding. I was there too. Keep the posts coming!
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And on the 7th day God created Miqo'te.
On the 8th day God saw that they were sad and lonely, God then threw down a Squarenix staff member and thus was born the male Miqo'te.
#8 Aug 22 2010 at 3:18 AM Rating: Default
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I've been playing FFXI for about 5 years, and it's officially my favorite game. I read all the books, and do my best to keep track of all the story. The balance of the game is AMAZING, and I'd really like to test the new one out to see how well they stayed true to the original. Thanks.


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#9 Aug 22 2010 at 3:21 AM Rating: Default
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Thats what the ZAM community is about. Very family orientated and caring about each other. Its rather nice of you to do this for those who were unfortunate in trying to get access to the beta. Once the contest started I noticed a lot of the community was complaining about people who had just the 1 post that entered the contest. I was one of them. But I had my account for over a year. I don't post a lot being everyone else is so helpful and all ready answered the question and such.

Why I deserve to get into beta over anyone else who post in this thread?? I can't think of any reason being im in the same boat as everyone else. No one is above anyone else. Like from above with people and the 1 post who posted to get a chance even though they never used the site. How many people actually went and created a account on the other sites... FP included that never use their site just to get a key. I never have and never will subscribe/use another site as this is the one I've used since day 1 of me stepping into FFXI 6 years ago.

If i get chosen than thats great, if not.... its not the end of the world... life goes on. I've all rdy paid for the CE edition and will have the 8 day head start like the thousands of others. Open beta is coming soon. The beta is a way for me to relax in between my work and school.

Again wanna thank you for doing this for everyone within the community that post on here for a shot at your extra beta key. It shows that the FF community here on ZAM is truly a special place to be.
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#10 Aug 22 2010 at 4:12 AM Rating: Decent
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First of all thanks for doing this. It says a lot that you're actually giving your extra key to a fellow Zam member rather than trying to sell it.

I've been trying to get a key ever since closed beta sign-ups opened at the official FFXIV site. I guess my luck is just terrible, because not once out of all the phases did I get an invite. That sucked. I even pre-downloaded and installed/patched the game client up to date, so here it is waiting to be played!

I was given hope again when the Zam beta give-away topic came around. Unfortunately, come the day of the key distribution, I was left with... well... this feeling (SFW video). So here I am, trying again to get a beta key, because like you said, IT AIN'T OVER TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS!!!

Other than that, I feel I have a PC beefy enough to enjoy the game, so the key will definitely not be wasted here.

Oh, and I can provide assistance with PC hardware configs if you need it. :)

Edited, Aug 22nd 2010 6:17am by Rhysen
#11 Aug 22 2010 at 4:20 AM Rating: Decent
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OK here is my go at this'

Played FXI 5 years now still do and still will along with 14. trying to get key didn't try file planet didn't really want to pay for one. I didn't try for German ones cause I thought it wasn't right to take keys from people in EU where I am from NA and that was a a EU contest. so I only applied for NA ones price i paid for following the rules that were laid out for us. I sat here from 12pm est on zam forms I think until 7-8pm that night waiting for the F's to go past me. almost took heart attack when Pikko said she was on E's and then post she was going to lunch. just to show you how much of a addict I was for ffxi here is a very old post I put in the zam forms

http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?forum=39&mid=1167012061110098080

why do I want the key cause I want to do everything I can to make the new FF serious all that it can be for us players that truly love the story, views, quests and even the grinding of all that is of FF. I guess you are my last hope of getting a chance to say down the road I had a part in helping this all be a better world in Eorzea.
#12 Aug 22 2010 at 4:28 AM Rating: Default
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Get crackin, if you didn't receive a betakey, I want to hear how you feel about it.


Hmm well, I too have been trying for a beta key since SE opened up the applications. I've been lurking various boards for some time, and have felt kind of angry at not getting a key just because of all the *****ing and moaning people have been doing over a BETA. and that people haven't even been playing the game after getting a key.

I'll be picking up the game either way next month. I have way too much time on my hands lately, so I really wanted to test everything out before the game came out. Also, just dropped 500 dollars on upgrades just to play at decent levels this past weekend. I've also been doing beta testing since EQ so I know what I'm doing on that front.
#13 Aug 22 2010 at 4:29 AM Rating: Decent
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Well I have to say you are really lucky get 2 beta keys. I myself tried to get a key from those german sites, but I wasn't too sure if I should enter, because even if I had a key I didn't know if I could play FFXIV or not.

In June my Gfx card died although I didn't know that he was dead by then. I send it back to the retailer who promptly said the GFX was defect. They would send the card back to manufacturer so they could fix it.
After 3 weeks I asked if they had any news regarding my card, and they said: "We are currently awaiting more defect products from other people to we can send them in a heap, which in turn saves us money.

I was kind of baffled by this reply, because I did not have a backup card. As weeks turn into months I finally hear that after 1.5 month they got my card back. Thinking I would get my card back at the end of the week I was relieved.
How wrong I was. Turns out that after they tested it my card was still broken, and send back to the manufacturer.

Weeks pass as I eagerly await of news towards my good ol' card. After 2 months I get a phone call: "Your GFX card is beyond repair, you can choose to get a new GFX or your money back." I thought about it and seeing as they took their own sweet pace to save some of their own precious money instead of customer satisfaction I chose to get my money back.

After 2 weeks I got my money, shopped for a new card and now waiting for 22 September to get a taste of what a real MMORPG is about.
#14 Aug 22 2010 at 5:58 AM Rating: Default
I'm not going to be able to really portray my devotion to this game with rank or post count, so instead I will relay on words. I want to beta this game because I have the time, ability, and devotion towards making FFXIV the best game it can be for launch. I am not deluded enough to think it will be perfect nor do I fall on the other spectrum where I want to whine about FFXIV's flaws. Nor do I want to play the closed beta just to see if the game is for me. No, I want to play the closed beta so I can help fix everything I can in what miniscule ways I can.
As a developer I understand how complex a project of this size is. You just do not have the time, variety of hardware, or ingenuity to find every bug yourself. However as a grad student starting a new semester, I'll at least have the time and ingenuity part to throw at it. I want to break this game. I want to know that when the beta is done I have done all I can do to make this game the best it can be for launch and to make it worth all the money I plan on spending on the game.
And I plan on spending a lot of money on this game. I have 3 copies of the CE preordered right now and I want to make sure that the game will be enjoyable for me, my friends, and everyone else who might want to play as well. I am invested in this game too much to just play the closed beta to get a feel for the game. I will make sure this game is worth the money I am spending on it.
I understand that there will be a open beta and I can do these things during the open beta. While some will say open beta will be enough to do this, honestly there will be way too many new people filling reports for anything to likely be heard beyond the most frequent complaints. Even if you don't take into account the volume of the complaints, the time frame is so close to launch I doubt they will be able to fix anything new that wasn't already being fixed. My biggest concern with open beta though is it is not guaranteed. Square Enix can talk about it all they want but it can be delayed or canceled.
So instead I'd like to seize the opportunity to get into the closed beta. I can only hope I expressed my interest and my ability to contribute to the closed beta. Even if I should be given the opportunity to beta test, best of wishes to whom is chosen and I can only hope they will take this opportunity seriously.
#15 Aug 22 2010 at 6:12 AM Rating: Default
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I know it's futile to attempt with anything less than an essay, but I may as well try. Doesn't hurt now, does it?
I'll just give you a little bit of background and what playstyle I intend.

I've been trying to get in since alpha, but apparently SE didn't like my application, so I spent the longest time scouring forums looking for people willing to give away a spare, or find one through a contest, like you. I had no luck obviously. I would be quite grateful if I could get one.
As far as playstyle goes, I want to make a pugilist, but try a few interesting things with it. As we all know, this game has a system that allows abilities to be used even if it doesn't belong to your class by default. Most people use Pugilists just for straight damage, or as an evasive tank. I plan to put a spin on the high damage pugilist, but put a large emphasis on buffing and debuffing moves. Ever since playing FFXIII, I loved classes that allowed buffs, so why not incorporate it into a class that also has high damage potential?
#16 Aug 22 2010 at 7:12 AM Rating: Good
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I if I don't find a betakey soon for my mistress then she will feed me cookies at a faster pace. My belly will hurt and eventually explode. I won't even be able to play FFXIV at the official release anymore.
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#17 Aug 22 2010 at 8:31 AM Rating: Decent
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Make the suffering end!D:
I want a key so badly! because unlike many others I wont be able to play the game at open beta nor launch! because well you see.. I got USMC bootcamp coming up real soon and ima be out for 3 months due to this. The thing is even though closed beta might be my only opportunity for a chance to play the game,its also the fact it doesnt cost money (i.e. money's tight..one of the reasons for USMC)I figured that if I can get a taste of it now then ill know what to expect when I do have money to get the chance to purchase it; as in upgrading accordingly to boost performance on my PC, and building a new pc for my bro for the game as well (Who built my first pc with a copy of FFXI years ago).Figured I could return him the favor these days because obviously FFXI was awesome blossom! I can only expect the same fun experience to be relived with FFXIV!
Please consider me D:!
#18 Aug 22 2010 at 9:01 AM Rating: Default
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i would like a beta key because frankly, i need a very good distraction right now. I am falling apart here. I am a 22 male who has been in a relationship for approaching 5 years now. as of wednesday she left for the ARMY for basic training. Until mid to end October I will not be able to talk to her almost at all(i hear tell that they MIGHT get phone priveledges but i am not really counting on it). I can't even receive any letters or send any letters to her until after shes been there for 2 weeks. I am freaking out over how hot its been and worried for her safety. She is probably fine(tired as **** but fine) but i cant get my mind off of how hard this is going to be for her. In the last week ive written 12+ letters to her. Please, I really just need the distraction.

If not I am glad someone from the ZAM community is getting it. Its a great place and I have been a lurker longer than mine and my soldiers relationship has been alive.
#19 Aug 22 2010 at 9:07 AM Rating: Decent
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nevermind i just read icarus' post. i have a great amount of respect for the type of person it takes to commmit to something like that. As long as he get's it I want to retract my statement. I want to wish you luck icarus. in boot and with the giveaway.
#20 Aug 22 2010 at 9:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Instead of telling you how sad I am that I've played FFXI since the original NA release and how I've signed up for every beta and alpha application without result, I'll tell you a bit about myself and why you should give it to me.

On my 11th birthday, my parents gave me a Playstation. Included with the playstation was "Final Fantasy VII". I had never played a Final Fantasy game before, so I popped it in and stated playing. That's when I first got hooked. I thouroughly enjoyed the game, and ever since I've been waiting for the next installment and bought it on launchday. A few years later, I found out they were in the process of making a Final Fantasy multiplayer game. Being the Final Fantasy fan I am, I jumped with joy and decided that would be a game I had to get.

In Final Fantasy XI I learned a lot - more so from the communities than the game itself - that I've had a lot of use for in real life, such as leadership skills from leading multiple end-game linkshells ranging from Dynamis, to HNM's to Salvage. But also things like culture, religion and politics due to social contacts and interactions made throughout my gaming career from all over the world. Including - but not limited to - China, Japan, Saudi-Arabia and America. Additional - due to my rather odd way of learning and unique world view - I've used communities as a learning ground for more basic things like school subjects through argumentative discussions. Anyone that knows me from Quetzalcoatl can vouch that I love to discuss various subjects, and more often than not have a rather unique look at things.

As I have played other multiplayer games throughout my gaming career (AION and World Of Warcraft to mention the most popular ones), I've also experienced what some might call more popular games. Combined with my programming skills and various other skills I've picked up throughout my life, I feel I have a valuable insight in how to provide what we - the gamers and customers - want, and what the producers know we need - and what they can provide to maximize profits. And we all know a successful game is what will maximize profits.

Sadly, as Phase 3 beta testers can't provide any insight on the beta forum, I fear it might be too late to provide any input. But I'd still like a chance to at least try in any way I can, and perhaps use that experience to provide insight if they allow us to in Open Beta.
#21 Aug 22 2010 at 9:45 AM Rating: Default
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The following is a true story. I will not be using the names of any involved parties.

I signed up on Zam a little over 7 years ago now. I came across this site shortly after I started playing FFXI. Which was the first and only MMO I've ever played to date. During that time I was happily married. My wife even started playing after seeing how fun it was. At first she used my character until she decided she wanted her own character.

After playing for three months she decided that she would rather wait until she had her own account before she got too far along. When FFXI launched for the PS2 here in America I immediately ran out and bought her a PS2, HDD and a network adapter. She remade her character and with a lot of help from me quickly gained back her levels and gil. My wife and I did everything together which included playing FFXI.

My wife and I did everything together including playing FFXI. At some point I started to notice that she was playing more than I was. That was odd considering I played almost every waking moment outside of work. I didn't think anything of it at the time.

Well here I was, almost a year and a half in and I had finally reached a point where I thought I was ready for endgame. During my first 75 job I stopped all along the way to gather the most important pieces of equipment. I farmed my **** off for +1 gear and of course I had all the AF no matter how pointless it was. My wife on the other hand was still in her 50's (level) and having a blast with her own Linkshell. At that point she was playing more than me but I had gotten more accomplished.

After joining a couple prominent NA HNM LS's I got out of the endgame. It had less to do with the endgame and more to do with how the scene was. Along the way I made many friends. Most of whom were JP. Due to my work schedule I was forced to play during prime JP hours so I figured I'd better learn some Japanese if wanted to have any shot at making or getting invited to parties.

My best friend in FFXI was actually a Japanese person. I met him early on and we became great friends and still speak to this day. Anyway, he eventually joined up with what was regarded as the best JP HNM LS on the server. After getting invited to some of their LS parties they asked me if I wanted to join. I was floored. Here was arguably the best JP HNM LS if not best overall HNM LS on the server asking me to join even though I didn't speak much Japanese and read even less. I accepted of course :)

Back to reality; I noticed somewhere along the lines that despite my being glued to my PC playing FFXI that my wife was actually playing more than me. She stopped wanting to go out on date night and all she had to talk about was FFXI. I started to worry so I made an effort to try and spend time with her even if it meant me just chilling out with her while she played FFXI. I remember watching her helping out some new player who had the ? over his head. I guess they became good friends after that.

After several months in the JP HNM LS I had fought and killed everything the game had to offer. Between my incessant farming, crafting and HNM hunting I had also become one of the richest players on the server. I had EVERY elite item and was getting dangerously close to my relic weapon.

Then it happened. I was waiting for my wife to get home from work one night. She was late which wasn't totally unusual but I was starting to wonder since we had plans to watch a movie. I called her serveral times and got no answer. When she arrived home I noticed something was wrong. I asked her if she had anything she wanted to talk about and she just said she was tired and wanted to go to bed. After some hounding she decided to talk to me and that's when she let me know she wanted a divorce. It was straight outta the blue. We hadn't been arguing, there was never any mention of a possible divorce, when we did spend time together we got along great. I knew something was up. I flat out said right then and there "Is it for another man?". She replied, "No, of course not!" Well after some straight outta the movies drama, part of which included a complete and utter break down by me, I decided that I would go stay in a hotel until she could pack up her stuff and get out.

Two weeks went by and she still had not gotten out of our house. Here I am living out of a hotel and she can't get her **** in gear to leave which is what she told me she wanted to do. I had no access to FFXI and at that point it was the least of my worries. One day I decided to go over to a friends house. When I tried to use his computer to logon to FFXI I couldn't. I had no immediate panic. I thought maybe I was just inputting the password wrong or had caps lock on. Several tries later I knew I was getting the password right but I still couldn't logon. I wasn't worried. Never did it cross my mind that my wife would mess with my account.

A day later I decided to go by the house to see how the getting out was going. I come home and find things pretty much the way I left them which was both frustrating and encouraging. I make my way through the house to my bedroom and what do I find, my wife playing on my character... I noticed she was in mid-trade with someone trading away my items. I kept my cool, this is my wife and my life we're talking about. FFXI wasn't exactly my biggest concern. After a heated discussion I decided to leave. Things would have ended badly had I stayed any longer -_-

I was still trying to talk to her, see if we could fix things. I thought that her staying at home was a good thing. I thought it meant she was having second thoughts about the divorce. Boy, was I wrong. She was just to lazy and too busy with FFXI to move out. She finally got out and afterwards came clean to me about why she was leaving. Remember that new player with the ? over his head? Well several months had passed and I guess they had formed a "bond". She said she had it planned for a while before she told me. After some hurtful words she then told me she dropped all of my "elite" items including my Kraken Club, Defending Ring, Relic Armor, all my +1 gear and all of my R/Ex weapons/armor. She took my less noticeable items and money for herself and did the delete, recover, rename thing so I couldn't find her. After knowing eachother since high school and being married for three and half years she left me for someone she met in FFXI whom she'd never met and lived nowhere near the state we live(d) in... :(

After the divorce was finalized things were pretty crappy. I tried to start over but just couldn't do it. I leveled up a few 75 jobs on other characters but I could never replace all the stuff I had; the merits, the gil, the R/Ex items, the Relics, the elite items. I even lost a lot of my American friends. She turned them against me. Saying things like I beat her and she lived in fear because I was such a tyrant. This got around and my reputation was beyond repair. If it weren't for my Japanese friend I would have left the server. Eventually I gave up. I couldn't party. I had people leave skill up parties because they'd "heard about me". Eventually I just quit and said I'd wait for FFXIV.

I love FF and have since I was a kid. I would love nothing more right now than a fresh start with a fresh FF game. I've been trying and failing to get into the beta. You're my last hope to play FFXIV before the official launch. I'd like to get familiar with the game and make some friends before the zerg.

Thank your for any possible consideration and I'm sorry about the insanely long post.








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Wow, this post is living up to it's name. It may not hit a 3k post like the random drawing, but it more than makes up for it in quality. The length of the posts do not matter as I said before. I really, really wish I had lots of keys to give away, but no, still only 1. Please do keep the posts coming, some are very moving, or funny, ppl with scholar or higher rate up your favorites.
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#23 Aug 22 2010 at 12:10 PM Rating: Decent
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I'd like to cross my fingers and make a wish that tomorrow won't be as dreadful as it seems. You see tomorrow morning i'm getting my wisdom teeth pulled and what better thing to look forward to is actually getting into beta. I'm an avid ffxi player and I've been crossing off the days till I get to finally experience ffxiv for the first time. But if I don't get chosen I'll likely be playing my trusty ol' SNES loaded with Earthbound so all hope isn't lost.

PS...Can I bribe you with some hydrocodone :p
#24 Aug 22 2010 at 12:36 PM Rating: Default
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Well, I don't believe that I deserve the Beta Key over anyone else because I'm sure that everyone wants it equally as much, and that we all have a strong connection to this series of games or we wouldn't be reading this in the first place, hehe :) So, I suppose I will just explain my connection to the game and why I am so excited to play FFXIV.

When first hearing about FFXI I was so upset thinking "Gah, a Final Fantasy I have to pay monthly for?? What a rip off!" But as time went by, and more and more information was released about it my excitement began to rise. I purchased a copy of the PS2 version for my sweet 16, and I believe that it was one of the best things that I ever did! I truly believe that FFXI saved me :) I was going through a tough time in my life -- teenage years are hard on anyone, but I did have a little rougher of a situation than most I attended school with. My family had been struggling with money for a while because my father was terminally ill for quite some time, and most of our extra cash went to paying for his medical along with the gas to get to the doctors. Since my father had been going through so many treatments it usually made him irritable and well….just plain mean to my mother and I, but we did our best to take care of him and look past his "moods". The game was a great escape from our reality for a couple of hours each day. :)

My mom believed that I needed some kind of outlet to help me feel grounded, and she knew that I loved video games so, FFXI was the one thing she tried earnestly to set enough cash aside for each month for me to have. I met so many wonderful individuals and created many strong bonds of friendship through FFXI over the years that I would have never made if not for the game, which is why I am so grateful to the game and the community I was able to play it with. Once I was able to get a job of my own I had enough extra money to purchase a copy for my mom, and I decided that I wanted her to try and play with me. She wasn't the most coordinated, and hadn't played anything since an Atari, but she loved crafting, caring for her chocobo, and soloing her BLM as much as she could.

We moved across the country to begin a fresh new life, and it was going really well but I took two jobs and didn't have as much time for FFXI as I had in the past. My mom chugged along with her crafts and such, and then not even a year had we been on the East coast my mother suddenly passed away..it was a total shock considering that my father was the terminally ill parent of mine, and I was a little "lost" for a while. I tried returning to FFXI to gain back the feeling of warmth and fun from friends, but many of them no longer played and it was hard to play knowing that my mother wasn't sitting on the computer to play alongside me. After a few months of on again off again playing I decided to call it quits, but when I heard about FFXIV the spark of excitement and interest came back to me. :) I've been reading every tid bit of information that I can find on this game, and I can not wait to meet more new wonderful friends to explore the world with. I'm just so happy that the pure feeling of excitement has returned for the game, and I would love to get started on it as soon as possible.

Good Luck to everyone :)
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#25 Aug 23 2010 at 2:25 AM Rating: Decent
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I suppose it wouldn't hurt to post, so here goes. I played FFXI from day one of the US release, pretty hard core for the first 5 years and then on and off until finally deciding not to play anymore a few months ago since my Linkshell finally disbanded in my absence, but I won't go into all the accolades of my former FFXI days, but suffice to say, one can imagine I'm excited to see FFXIV releasing.

While waiting for the release of FFXIV, I've found myself in Japan now studying abroad, and with any luck I'll be here for the next two years to finish things up. I've applied and tried contests in several places, and wasn't too surprised to find I didn't win. Still hopeful for an opportunity to play, I was surprised to find on twitter a few days ago that apparently certain manga / internet cafes here are offering the beta. Thinking I had a shot, I checked out the link, went to the region I'm in, and there are three establishments participating. The location of two of them I hadn't heard of, but the third was in Akihabara. "What luck," I thought, "its on the route I take to school." Although on my route to school, its somewhat expensive and time consuming to go (1540 yen ~ $18.02, 3 hrs round trip). But it'll be worth it, I can at least try it out on there computers for an hour or so and see what its like.

I was fortunate enough to borrow a commuter pass and was accompanied by a friend to Akihabara, but to our dismay they were apparently giving out codes, and there were no more by the time we arrived. They told us to come back at 10 a.m. the next day since that's when they start giving them out, so there was nothing we could do but go back home. But I was determined to see the game. I borrowed another commuter pass and a friend who also wanted to try the beta accompanied me the next day, and after a long commute, we arrived around 9:55 a.m. but before we even went upstairs, there was a note on the elevator going up stating all the codes had been given out again. We stood around on the first floor puzzled for a few minutes, then decided to go upstairs to try and get a little more information. And while yes, they were giving out the codes at 10:00 a.m. there was apparently a number of people already waiting so they were all gone by the time we got there. Well shoot, I was shot down again.

I pondered if I should try to go again. The next day would be Monday, today, and still having 1 more week of summer vacation people should be heading to work while I'm still free to go to the cafe. Surely there wouldn't be that many people there to take all the codes at 10:00 a.m. again. None of my friends felt in the mood to go again this time, but I was able to borrow a commuter pass one last time. I figured this time I shouldn't underestimate the people here as this game apparently seems more popular than I imagined it to be. So, I woke up extra early, left my house at 6:40 a.m. and managed to arrive in Akihabara around 8:10 a.m.. I'd forgotten to go to an ATM beforehand, so after panicking looking for an ATM, I finally withdrew a bit of money (to rent a booth as well as grocery shopping later~), and was off to the cafe confident that there shouldn't be many people there this time.

I arrived at the cafe around 8:35 and my heart almost stopped when I saw the doors were closed with a sign outside that said all the codes were gone. I was in disbelief. I refused to believe that the codes would be gone this early in the morning. I walked around the back to see if there was a specific entrance for the cafe, but as there was none, I came back around to the front feeling defeated, that is until I saw a man going up to the door, and he was taking down the signs! He took the sign off the main entrance, and I followed him inside as he took the sign off the elevator as well. Feeling more confident, I went up the elevator and entered the cafe were I was welcomed by the staff, and two of the clerks remembered me from the two previous days and were confused seeing me in the store so early. "10:00 a.m. right?" I asked them, and right I was. After struggling for a while with my limited Japanese, I registered at the cafe, but then they began trying to explain something to me I didn't quite understand. "Chuusen..."

Hmm, what's this "chuusen" they're talking about. I could sense their frustration and I felt pretty bad at this point, but luckily I had my electronic dictionary in my pocket, so I whip it out and take a look to see what this is they're talking about. When I found the meaning of the word, I knew I was in trouble. It turns out while yes you can play the beta at the designated cafes in Japan, its only if you manage to win their lottery (chuusen). Realizing now that it wasn't just the first 20 or so people who enter or a special cafe account that we can mess around with, all I could do was wait. It's about 8:50 a.m. now, and the wait began.

To my surprise I wasn't the first one to arrive, as there was a woman already upstairs who rented a room to pass the time by as she came downstairs around 9:15. We started a tiny line of two and the wait continued. As time went on, one by one, people slowly came in, and I was actually surprised to see how old everyone was. Most of the people who came in looked old enough to be my parents. I even overheard the gentleman behind me on the phone discussing taking off work, so I knew just how much these people wanted to play. Time crept by slowly and once 10:00 a.m. hit I started to get a bit antsy, but we kept waiting for something. Slowly but surely more people came in, but still we had to wait. After much waiting it was about 11:05 and I saw a man take out a box of what I presumed to be raffle tickets. And as he approached the line and began counting, I deduced that they must have been waiting for there to be enough people to draw the days worth of raffle tickets.

At about 11:15 the time was upon us and he called the first customer forward, and I started to get excited but terrified at the same time. The lady in front of me steps up and choose her ticket. The gentleman at the counter tears off one of the ends and slowly opens it, winner! She proceeds to another counter and begins signing up for a net game room to play in, and then it was my turn. I step up, sweating bullets in my head, as he tells me I'm only allowed to choose one ticket. I look about the box, choose my ticket and he picks it up. "Is it ok for me to open it?" he asks me, and I nod my head in agreement as he begins to open it. He tears off the tip and slowly begins to open it.... and to my dismay, my ticket was blank.

All I could do was smile, bow, and say thank you as I turned around and headed toward the elevator. I press the button and wait as the gentleman behind me who I believe took off from work approaches the counter, and unfortunately he didn't win either, and he stood next to me as we waited for the elevator. The elevator arrived as another lady approaches the counter to pull her ticket, and we decided to hold the elevator just in case, and sure enough she was not successful either. So the three of us enter the elevator and begin our descent back to the first floor. We all stand there in silence, and suddenly the lady standing in front of us says "kanashii rate me down ne!" ("that's pretty sad isn't it?") and we all have a small laugh as we agree with her. Although we smiled we were defeated, and as the elevator doors opened all I could do was head back home, where I arrived in defeat about 1:00 p.m.

Like everyone here, I'm pretty much up a creek without a paddle in regards to playing this game. And without a commuter pass, I do not have another 3 hrs and $18 per day to spend long arduous trips on a raffle, so I think I'm pretty stuck at this point. We all have our reasons and stories for wanting to play, so I just thought I'd share my attempts at trying to play Beta.
#26 Aug 23 2010 at 2:44 AM Rating: Default
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Please give me the key
Haikus often don't make sense
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Please give me the key
Haikus often don't make sense
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I'm so sorry
That thing is not a Haiku
Please try again

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#28 Aug 23 2010 at 4:00 AM Rating: Default
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#29 Aug 23 2010 at 6:37 AM Rating: Decent
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Make a wish? Ok.

I wish I could trade my FFXIV key for a Cataclysm beta key :D

OHMYGODIMSOFLAMED
#30 Aug 23 2010 at 2:04 PM Rating: Good
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I am wishing.
I am not a sock.
Post count matters.

or...

Key be mine.
I like the FF atmosphere.
Oh, pretty please.

or...

None for me?
I preordered the Collector's Edition.
Early play anyways.

or...

Haikus are odd.
They sometimes make no sense.
Snowing on mountains.



Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 3:05pm by PentUpAnger
#31 Aug 23 2010 at 2:31 PM Rating: Good
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I hope this doesnt sound like im being a prick but This is a little much to give away a key you wont and have already. Maybe a "Think of a number from "1-100" would be more sufficient. The beta ends in 2 days and by the time people get it downloaded it may very well be over haha. Just my two cents so people get a chance to play.
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#32 Aug 23 2010 at 2:39 PM Rating: Default
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i'd like the say the same exact thing as the best poster but x2.
#33 Aug 23 2010 at 3:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Tarutinkler wrote:
I hope this doesnt sound like im being a prick but This is a little much to give away a key you wont and have already. Maybe a "Think of a number from "1-100" would be more sufficient. The beta ends in 2 days and by the time people get it downloaded it may very well be over haha. Just my two cents so people get a chance to play.


The Post will officially end today at 6PM EST. I understand that open beta will end on the 25th and for that I am sorry. It was unforseen and something I had no control over. I have an extra key and I just felt it would be a good gesture to share it with someone else, and I wanted to give time for ppl to post.

I can relate to many of these stories, some of the crap that these ppl have gone through to try to get a key, I experienced also. I am not really fond of the random/luck type situation. I wanted to give ppl some form of control, they chose the best way to appeal for the key. It is not for me to judge which are true or false, which are funny or stupid. I just wanted ppl to express themselves, and at least post.

It's been hard to figure which is most deserving, so it's possible I will pick 5 or so ppl and then do a number. If anyone thinks this a good idea please post on that.
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And on the 7th day God created Miqo'te.
On the 8th day God saw that they were sad and lonely, God then threw down a Squarenix staff member and thus was born the male Miqo'te.
#34 Aug 23 2010 at 3:36 PM Rating: Default
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Sounds like a fine idea to me :) Any chance at getting a key is super exciting, and I'm sure everybody is happy that you're willing to share anyway -- not upset that the beta is coming to an end soon. :)
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#35 Aug 23 2010 at 3:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh i wish i may wish i might, say grats to who gets that beta key tonight. I already have one so dont need it myself. just a pregrats to who he gives it too.
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#36 Aug 23 2010 at 4:02 PM Rating: Default
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what ever makes it easier, just know im currently in class so may not respond back right away if you decide to go with picking 5 people and go with a number route
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#37 Aug 23 2010 at 4:04 PM Rating: Decent
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The make-a-wish contest is closed. Please stand by for my thoughts. I will make a decision within a hour.
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And on the 7th day God created Miqo'te.
On the 8th day God saw that they were sad and lonely, God then threw down a Squarenix staff member and thus was born the male Miqo'te.
#38 Aug 23 2010 at 4:23 PM Rating: Good
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whoever ya pick make sure they in NA ;)
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#39 Aug 23 2010 at 4:32 PM Rating: Default
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The decision is going to be based off of the make-a-wish idea as 1st stated. There will be no random numbers. I am currently reading the posts over and over. I am truly giving all of them serious thought, taking many things into consideration.
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And on the 7th day God created Miqo'te.
On the 8th day God saw that they were sad and lonely, God then threw down a Squarenix staff member and thus was born the male Miqo'te.
#40 Aug 23 2010 at 4:50 PM Rating: Decent
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My decision has been made.

IcarusMelody you are the proud new owner of a betakey!

I thought long and hard on all the posts. IcarusMelody it's commendable to serve your country and I understand your situation. I felt it wrong to take away something that will give you some pleasure when you are going away to do something that obviously will not. I hope you enjoy FFXIV and I wish you all the best. :)
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And on the 7th day God created Miqo'te.
On the 8th day God saw that they were sad and lonely, God then threw down a Squarenix staff member and thus was born the male Miqo'te.
#41 Aug 23 2010 at 4:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Congrats :D
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#42 Aug 23 2010 at 4:55 PM Rating: Good
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Congradulations IcarusMelody!!! While in the boot camp, dont fly to close to the sun :)
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#43 Aug 23 2010 at 5:00 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank You to all who joined this event. Congrats again to IcarusMelody!

I am sorry for those who did not win, have hope for the open beta. The release date will also come sooner than we think. Here's to making FFXIV the best it can be!

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And on the 7th day God created Miqo'te.
On the 8th day God saw that they were sad and lonely, God then threw down a Squarenix staff member and thus was born the male Miqo'te.
#44 Aug 23 2010 at 5:05 PM Rating: Default
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gratz Icar.. hope ya have fun in the beta, and ty Tole for giving out your xtra key
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#45 Aug 23 2010 at 5:11 PM Rating: Decent
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It was my pleasure. I know what it feels like not to have one, and the anticipation etc. It's why I rushed this up at the end. I wanted to give the person time to be in the beta.

At Christmas I always have more fun giving a gift that I know someone will love sooo much, than receiving something I can't live without. (usually) lol :)
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And on the 7th day God created Miqo'te.
On the 8th day God saw that they were sad and lonely, God then threw down a Squarenix staff member and thus was born the male Miqo'te.
#46 Aug 23 2010 at 5:43 PM Rating: Decent
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IcarusMelody please check your private messages.
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And on the 7th day God created Miqo'te.
On the 8th day God saw that they were sad and lonely, God then threw down a Squarenix staff member and thus was born the male Miqo'te.
#47 Aug 23 2010 at 6:00 PM Rating: Decent
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I just did. Thank you so much man I cant even begin to express how much I appreciate this. seriously Thank you all a bunch! :D
#48 Aug 23 2010 at 9:31 PM Rating: Good
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I was a close second... rah?

Heh, grats on the key Icarus. Time to stay up for 24+ hours straight. Got you Red Bull or Mountain Dew?
#49 Aug 23 2010 at 11:29 PM Rating: Good
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Grats to the winner! and thanks to Tolerance4u for the chance!

Hope the winner enjoy both testing and tasting it ^^
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Savour those 2-3 hours of play time you get before beta shuts. Who knows when you'll be able to play again?

Oh.

Nevermind.
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