I can't help but think SE is doing everything in their power to prevent us from getting to the end game finish line to realize it was all a lie and 'epic' end game is wailing on a 'epic' crab or some such lame event without much fanfare.
Reason I say this is because every day I come across another speed bump designed by SE to prevent you from getting closer to the end of the road such as:
leve quest 36 hour limits
constant needs to repair
Multitudes of crafting classes needed for end result item
hours wasted shopping markets
slow pace of multi menu crafting
slow pace of travel and limiting teleports
more people in group = less xp (for me anyway)
I could go on and on at things put in place to get you to 'slow the F down'. I'm a semi casual player and play a few hours in the evenings after work and find I am getting nothing accomplished. Last weekend I realized my wand needed repairing and saw where carpenter repaired it so set out to repair it. Little did I know this quest would be EPIC!
Step one: Go level botney and gather mats from varying parts of the world: CHECK!
Step two: Go kill mushroom mobs for shrooms: CHECK!
Step three: Go level mining to get more mats: CHECK!
Step four: Level Alchemy to make mats and then use those mats to make Alpha Formula: CHECK!
Step five: Level carpenter to 15 to then use formula on wand: IN PROCESS!
In process because days later and many leves later I dinged 10 carpenter and now everything blows up in my face white or not because I need a chocobotail saw. I spent all night browsing retainers and shouting in cities with no luck short of a response to "Go level Blacksmith and make it yourself." Seriously? A linkshell mate finally found me one late last night and is holding it for me till I log in tonight thank the mmo gods. Now I'll just have to grind out 5 levels of carpenter...
I have a feeling this weekend will quickly approach and I will still be on my EPIC quest to simply repair my F'ing wand and my Conjurer will be the same level is was a week ago.