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Edit: In spirit of keeping the multiple threads across forums with roughly the same idea, i re-wrote the first post here, to better convey my message.
please forgive any spelling errors, this is a very rough draft meant to draw people in to the cause.
Rough Draft 1 is being written. will finish it within a day or two, and revise it from there.
Hello Allak/Zam (you will forever be Allakazham to me <3)
My name is Naeo, bard of the bismarck server, and lancer of the melmond server.
During the past two weeks, i have seen and played XIV, and am disgusted by the shoddy work put into it. Not graphically mind you, as the game is aesthetically stunning. But rather, the work that has been put into the game mechanics itself, the lack of a organized Market Ward / AH. the half-***** way they threw things together.
I know Allak has a bond with SE, and I'm hoping through that bond, change can happen in our new home, as the rating and reviews of the game lately will begin to scare future players away. Now yes, i realize it's early in the game, and things will change over time, but Square-Enix has already proven it's unwillingness to listen to their consumers. I am not looking to cause hate for XIV, but rather a peaceful solution to issues that are rampant in the new game.
I am here to ask for your help, not just the admins, but the everyday joe shmoe and jo-anna shmoe. MMO creators should at least take their players thoughts and input, and seriously consider them, not just toss them aside like so many used condom wrappers.
I am looking to gather a unified front, of EU, JP, and NA players, to try and see things get better in Eorzea, before SE decides to get off their rocker and do it because they're tired of hearing us whine. To do this, I need all of you. Some may see this as me QQing, crying because i don't like the game, when in fact it's the opposite, i see potential in XIV. the core gameplay is great, i like the class system mostly. But if change is to happen, without enduring another 8 years of being ignored while being thrown little table scraps, We must unite, individually, SE sees us as nothing, just another 15 dollars a month. together, we're their salary.
I'm not suggesting boycotting them, not at all, but rather, I intend to draft a letter, professional sounding, courteous, and above all, detailed with what we, the players, believe should be changed. If we stand together, I believe our voices may be heard, and the players for once, may see something they believe would be good for the game, come to light.
So i beseech you, help my cause, help me and those that agree with me, make Eorzea a better place.
In the near future, while i finalize the letter, i will be looking for numerous people to email, and snail mail SE, enough so they cannot simply shove it in the trash. If enough people are on this, the media will get wind, and SE will have to change things for the better, instead of taking advantage of our money, advantage of the artists who put so much effort into this game, and the story writers who have continued to inspire our creative minds since we were little.
Current things players have said they have an issue with:
AH/Lack of an organized Market Ward - the clustering of the wards is causing discord amongst players, spending hours upon hours to find an item, just to see Susie Q of Gridania is selling the only Harpoon you've found for 100k, The economy will take much longer to balance out without some form of stability. SE has already said they intend to organize it, but i still believe we need an AH, a central place to sell.
Gathering Classes secondary point - Miners, Botanists, and Fishermen have a hard time finding their secondary gathering nodes, though less harsh for fishermen, i can spend hours trying to locate a quarry point, or harvesting point. a simple ability that acts like prospect would be nice.
Item sort - we have 80 spaces, that are so crammed together with multiple types of items it's time consuming to find them, a simple item sort function would be nice
Lag - the game is hosted on the game servers, which in theory is nice, but it takes most PCs a minute or more to load the NPCs, return the NPCs and basic shops back to the user side, with the sales transacting through the server to give us our gil. 10 seconds to load your inventory, followed by another 10 for the window to load your item sale screen, followed by another 10 for the item to sell, it a tad much. it takes up to much of our time.
Mage Battle - curing while being a conjurer is difficult, the targeting is harsh, and there's no real indicator on the party screen who you're targeting, you have to change your camera around til you find the purple/blue circle, which could mean life or death in some party cases. a simple arrow like XI had on the party bars would be nice, it's a simple graphical fix.
Search Function - the search function in the party menu is a bit clunky, and there's no search commands, at the very least a seacom would be nice to sell your wares, so people can read before they run into you, at least then they'll know if you have anything of worth to them or not.
I thank you for your time, and look forward to working along side those of you who feel the same as I do.
Edited, Oct 6th 2010 11:19pm by Naeo
Edited, Oct 7th 2010 1:53am by Naeo
Edited, Oct 7th 2010 3:28am by Naeo
Edited, Oct 7th 2010 10:43am by Pikko