So I've been trying out FFXIV for the open beta and I'm really trying to enjoy the game but I have a few really basic questions that I can't seem to figure out..
1)What do you do in this game?? I finished the beginner quest in Ul'dah and the story seems pretty interesting but afterwards it was all over... does the story continue? In every other MMO I've played (I didn't get around to trying FFXI), its really kinda directed you to the next area but I'm not sure where to go... I've been just killing random things around the first camp area now. What's the 'point' of the game? Is there a story or is it just grinding to max level?
2)I really enjoy crafting and love gearing up my guys as I go and I picked up blacksmithing... now what? I've run around ages trying to find some ore and fire crystals just to make the bronze nugget. Where do you get fire crystals?? I have sooo many shards but 0 crystals, can I convert up? Are there places where you can find new recipes? Like a text or something ingame which tells you 'To make X, you need Y and Z" type thing? How did people even figure out the recipes that are in the database in the first place?
3)Is there an easy way to find ore? I tried using the prospect thing that tells you if theres ore around but I moved in the suggested direction and found nothing =(
4)How do you tell if a mob is too hard for you or not? I know you're supposed to look at the little color icon beside the name, but so far they haven't really been very helpful... sometimes I kill the ones with the red thing and other times they 1shot me... it's really confusing.
Like I said, I'm enjoying the game.. when I can figure out what it is I'm supposed to do. So instead of continueing to bang my head against the wall I'll ask all you more experienced people =D.