Am i the only one thinking they are overcomplicating all the most simple tasks in order to "try" to falter the RMT? Fishing mining gathering in general is just becoming so tedious and time consuming.
I don't think it's to try and beat RMT, though that may be a side benefit. The simplified system was fine for FFXI, but in FFXIV they're supposed to be fully realized separate classes. If that's going to happen then the method has to be more involved. That being said, they're really not as hard or complicated as they look once you really get into them.
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