Alittle off topic but related: My LS crafters took over a market ward in Gridania, one of the lesser used ones further down the list since everyone likes to just cram into the first one. They set up shop and all hang out there, and when us grinders (disciples of war/magic) need something made we drop in and visit. We also donate our spoils of war to them as they're always in need of crystals and shards. It's kind of become our LS house :)
See, this is the kind of thing that will make FFXIV stand out. I know the retainer systems needs better implementation and tools, etc, etc, I'm not debating that. But at its heart the market ward system it is an extremely ballsy move on the part of SE, designed to push the economy into something that builds organically, driven by player interactions. This choice will ultimately make FFXIV a much richer experience, even though everyone will have to deal with economic growing pains for a few months while the system takes root. Hang tight, it'll be worth it! Edited, Sep 28th 2010 1:13pm by MightyMolasses
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