I think the biggest problem with the retainer system is no one wants to give it a try because they automatically assume it's going to suck because it isn't an instant gratification machine.
Go into the market wards, and find the best price for fire crystals. then imagine doing that for every purchase you make in game for the next several weeks, months, maybe years.
I'll do you one better. Here is my challenge: Think of any one weapon type (HTH, lance, sword, etc), any one armor type (head, body, leg, etc), any one type of crystal or shard, and any two other items of your choice. Write them down on a piece of paper or something, no cheating.
Now, in theory, if this was FFXI, it would take you
- less than 2 minutes to find a weapon (Is it in stock? How much is it? How many are for sale?)
- less than 2 minutes to find a specific type of equipment (Same as above)
- less than 1 minute to find a specific crystal type (Same as above)
- less than 5 minutes per item (depending on whether you know what it's listed under or not to find each of the other two items.
So in FFXI, it would have taken you less than 15 minutes, total, to find these items.
Write down your shopping list, head into the market wards, and tell me how long it takes you to find all five items. On average, I would expect it to take 30-90 minutes to do the same thing that, in FFXI, would have taken under 15. Edited, Sep 25th 2010 10:15pm by Mikhalia