Let me start by saying that this is NOT another "troll post", since I have seen quite a few people complaining about the games shortcomings already. I honestly want to like FFXIV, but it's becoming difficult to come up with reasons to play. What this thread is is a plea for help in figuring out what I am doing wrong and where I might look in the game to find stuff to do. That said, let's move on to my situation...
I started in Ul'dah, and I am currently physical level 11, Thaumaturge rank 9 & Goldsmith rank 5. I've completed all of the main storyline quests I could find, which I assume is all of them that are available. Yes, I did go back to the adventurer's guild once I reached level 10 and did the next part of the quest that unlocks then.
I've tried doing local guildleves for goldsmithing, but the things they are asking for require Wind shards/crystals to make, and I don't have any and can't figure out where to get them. I've gotten about 20 wind shards in my entire time playing, and I don't recall what they dropped from.
I've explored all of Ul'dah and spoken to every single NPC in the entire town, leading me to believe that there are currently no quests implemented other than the main story quest. If there ARE quests in the game (not guildleves, but actual quests) then please give me some guidance on where I might find them. I've also spoken to every NPC I have come across in Thanalan, which includes 4 of the 5 main camps and one of the two bazaars (golden, I believe). I've found my way to Gridania as well, but by the time I reached there I had given up on finding quests and did not waste my time speaking to all the NPCs in that town.
Also, when it comes to just grinding experience, I can't even seem to do that. Every enemy I find is either blue (which only seems to give physical experience, nothing towards class rank) or red (too difficult). I have occasionally stumbled across a yellow or an orange, but even those seem to be too difficult and end up killing me. I've seen very few green enemies, and none at my current level. Where exactly am I supposed to go at level 9 to find soloable enemies that give experience towards my class rank?
At this point all I can find to do is the region guildleves when they become available every 36 hours (or however often it is), and once I have done all 8 there is nothing else left but to explore in hopes of finding a soloable enemy. Obviously I am doing something wrong, because I can't believe that the game has nothing else for me to do, so please help me in finding more.
I suppose my problem may be my character. I have been trying to allocate my skill points in the best way for a Thaumaturge, but maybe I'm wrong? I've been putting most of my point in Intelligence and Piety, while keeping Mind as a close third and then putting a few point into Vitality in hopes of giving me a bit more survivability in soloing. If this should be done differently, please let me know. Now that I think about it, I suppose I should look around the Thaumaturge class forum a bit.
My gear could also be an issue. For the most part I am still using my starting gear, though I've added 2 rings, 2 wrist items, an earring, and a neck item, and I got a bandanna from a guildleve which I replaced my Onion Helm with. I also have the gloves from the PS3 version of FFXIII. I guess I could take up Weaver in an attempt to be able to make some better gear for myself, assuming that it doesn't require Wind shards/crystals to make anything I would need...
EDIT: Another thing... You'll probably noticed that I have not leveled any of the gatherer classes. I did try out Miner in the open beta, but I couldn't figure out how to actually get something from a mining spot. I've read the miner's guide on the wiki here, but that didn't help me much. I don't really see much point in leveling a gathering class right now as I don't really have a need for the materials (been buying stuff from vendors) and see a gatherer class as just something that would bog down my bag.
Edited, Sep 25th 2010 10:33am by Sieryuu