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#1 Sep 04 2010 at 1:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok so I finished the initial quest "the color of sin" in Gridania. So.. now what? Are there any other quests in open beta to complete or is it pretty much guildleves and grinding until launch? just making sure I'm not missing anything obvious. I've been known to do that.

Edited, Sep 4th 2010 3:32pm by runtheplacered
#2 Sep 04 2010 at 1:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Nothing is obvious in Final Fantasy XIV. NOTHING.
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#3 Sep 04 2010 at 1:38 PM Rating: Good
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You can do the next quest of the main storyline @ class rank10. Other than that I don't think sidequests & such are in the game now...
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#4 Sep 04 2010 at 1:42 PM Rating: Decent
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TwistedOwl wrote:
You can do the next quest of the main storyline @ class rank10. Other than that I don't think sidequests & such are in the game now...


Where do I go to initiate it? I'm not quite 10 yet, but would like to know for near future reference. Thanks for the info, too.
#5 Sep 04 2010 at 1:48 PM Rating: Good
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Same person as the initial quest for each city I think...so Miounne for Gridania
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#6 Sep 04 2010 at 2:06 PM Rating: Decent
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TwistedOwl wrote:
Same person as the initial quest for each city I think...so Miounne for Gridania


Thanks TwistedOwl.. very helpful.
#7 Sep 04 2010 at 6:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Nothing is obvious in Final Fantasy XIV. NOTHING.


This. I've never played a final fantasy title (MMO or console), but I've played most of the MMO's out there, in their beta phases, and I've never been more lost in a game.

"Go to the Botanist and talk to them". Get there, there are a half-dozen botanists, which one? So I have to randomly talk to each until I trigger something.

I've no clue how to do so many things:
How do I add a profession? I'd like to add botanist, I think that's possible, but can't for the life of me figure it out.
How do I zoom out the map? I get quests that show me snippets of a map where I'm supposed to go, but that area's on on my current map and I can't zoom the map out or scroll it around as far as I can tell.
We can't jump? And MMO that doesn't allow jumping? It allows crying, cheering, and comforting, but not jumping?

I have to assume these things are in the game and I'm just missing them, and the tribal knowledge of former FF players helps them get around, but I'm hopelessly lost.
#8 Sep 04 2010 at 6:57 PM Rating: Good
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MacAllen wrote:
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Nothing is obvious in Final Fantasy XIV. NOTHING.


This. I've never played a final fantasy title (MMO or console), but I've played most of the MMO's out there, in their beta phases, and I've never been more lost in a game.

"Go to the Botanist and talk to them". Get there, there are a half-dozen botanists, which one? So I have to randomly talk to each until I trigger something.

I've no clue how to do so many things:
How do I add a profession? I'd like to add botanist, I think that's possible, but can't for the life of me figure it out.
How do I zoom out the map? I get quests that show me snippets of a map where I'm supposed to go, but that area's on on my current map and I can't zoom the map out or scroll it around as far as I can tell.
We can't jump? And MMO that doesn't allow jumping? It allows crying, cheering, and comforting, but not jumping?

I have to assume these things are in the game and I'm just missing them, and the tribal knowledge of former FF players helps them get around, but I'm hopelessly lost.


There will be no jumping....ever...

To change to botanist you just need to buy the botanist tools and equip them.(Weathered Hatchet & Bronze Scythe) Yeah that button to show you the map in the journal isn't so great.

Edited, Sep 4th 2010 8:58pm by TwistedOwl
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#9 Sep 04 2010 at 7:05 PM Rating: Good
You can go do Guildleves which are assigned from the NPC near Miounne, but of course you can only do 8 in 48 hours which you'll be done with in about ...30 mins or so, maybe longer if you try to party it up. After that, there's some crafting/fishing. Then there's exploring other towns and leveling other jobs I suppose.

This is how MMO's usually start out, with frequent updates until an expansion pack. Like others have said, FFXI was pretty barren at release, even more so in Japan without Zilart. When you think about it that way, that's very few zones, and only the 3 main towns + Jeuno. There were only the basic job + some of the advanced, but no Ninja, Drg or Samurai, and even Summoner wasn't completely accessible. Then slowly the level cap got increased to 55, Rank missions went beyond 5, Zilart came out, they started adding things like Dynamis, new items, quests, etc. (no particular order of course).

What can be fun about joining an MMO like this, is you see it's progression, and you remember 5 years down the road how things used to be. We always get that sense that it was better when 90% of the time, it was far worse. I think it was bsphil that said there was no AH for the first month or so of FFXI. So overall, there won't be much to do at start-up, but I can almost assure you, they'll be updating the game every 2-3 months easily with new things to do.
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#10 Sep 04 2010 at 7:55 PM Rating: Decent
There are all sorts of little tutorials all over the place but most things you just have to figure out. the first few alpha tests I was completely lost, but these are the same people as behind FFXI so I expected that.

Also keyboard camera controlls pan the map around
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