Finally got to spend a day playing. I encountered a few frustrations, but had a good time over all. I wish the UI was more responsive and you didn't have to drill thru so many menus. I do have a few questions I couldn't figure out. Hopefully someone is willing to share some answers!
- Is it possible to buy a fishing rod in Ul'dam?
- Can you change shards to crystals without alchemy?
- Is there in game mail, or must you trade directly?
- Can you stop the display of your name without turning off all names?
- Is there a way to not display headwear? My hat is, in a word, fugly.
I'll also comment that it seems there is quite a bit of stratedgy in which job class you pick to begin. If you can't get botany or fishing from Ul'Dam, for instance, it may be worth starting with one and then buying into guilds that are located in your city of choice.