So we should need to spend 3+ hours every night looking for repairs or spend hours being forced to lvl a craft we have no intrest in play at all just so we can go back out a play the part of the game we do like? All this mind you wile paying to play this game! I have a job thank you I don't need to pay SE to let me work online as well. Its not "whiners" its people wanting to play the game not spend 3-5 hours doing nothing looking for a **** repair.
In a nutshell? Yes. Like it or leave it. That's what SE intended. Stop trying to argue it. The system of having to have your gear repaired by a player...you or someone else...is not going to change. SE is highly unlikely to reduce the NPC repair costs because the NPC is there as an emergency backup,not
a mainstay. You can complain about it all day long or you can accept it.
This system adds nothing but headachs to the game. And by the way it has never not once been confirmed that items of a higher rank deterioration is faster than one of you own rank or under. Like i said above my own testing only showed a 15 min speed up in my items braking.every test thats been done on this is some jerk off (my self incloded) runing around bashing mobs for an hour with difrent weapons. this proves nothing but that people dont understand variance and the laws of avrege.
People are doing tests. The testing they're doing is leaning very strongly towards more rapid durability loss on gear significantly above your rank. You can argue that all day, too, and in the end you may turn out to be right but deep down inside, you have to know SE isn't going to allow people to just equip rank 50 gear on a rank 1 class and just have it scale nicely all the way up through 49 ranks. The bottom would fall out of the mid-tier crafting market with the quickness.
I'll say it again: FFXIV is not
focused on grinding mobs for xp. That's only one facet of a much larger picture and the sooner you accept that and get involved in the other facets in some way, the easier it's going to be for you. That could be getting to know people you can call on to repair your stuff. It could be leveling a profession to repair it yourself. It could be any number of clever and creative spins on how to get the job done but at the end of the day, if you're playing with a solo player mentality who doesn't want to craft, you're going to waste a ton of time and/or pay out the ***.
But you know what? I don't give a sh*t if you have no time for "Whinetrs" like me. I payed for a bust *** game and Im going to scream as loud as I can untill something Is done about it. You know at this point defending SE and FFXIV is like defending Ford for selling you a car that gets 2 miles to the galon and ****** on you feet every time you step in the car. Quit being fanbois and smell the sh*t flavord pie SE is selling you. It needs fixed and this only one of crap ton of other problems with this game. This just hapons to be the one that gets to me the most.
Some things need addressing in the game, yes. The actual process (ie. UI) to repair gear needs to be improved, but the system of having other players repair your gear is a fundamental component to what SE is driving at. You can adapt and overcome or you can whine. It's up to you.