Hello fellow frustrated forum-goers. As I've read the laundry list of complaints against SE's latest foray into the MMO market I can't help but notice a recurring trend. Many of you seem to be Lone Wolfs (Gridania has enough problems with the ones we already have), the kinda gents/ladies that are coming at this game with a single-player mindset. Also before I get to my point, any of you that played FFXI on a regular basis and are honestly surprised with the level of difficulty they placed in doing even the simplest task, well you only have yourself to blame. 8yrs and they still gave us no indication whatsoever on how or where to go or who to talk to for a good bit of the missions/quests. They aren't going to change, yet like the gaming masochists we are, we signed up for another beating
Back on topic, some of you need to find friend. Yes, I know the interwebz are a scary place, but I assure you that if you can shout with a competently worded sentence or ask in your local Server Forums for a linkshell to call home, you'll have no trouble finding new friends to team up with to achieve your gaming goals. This is what I did from day one, except I was the linkshell owner bringing in friendly, literate folks. We have pretty much all of our gear up to date and in good repair. How can this be you say? We each contribute something different to the group, some of us craft, some harvest/mine, others share their drops with the crafters to further our skills. I know organization will take a little work, but it goes a long way into making this game alot easier and quite a bit more fun. We regularly share our crafting materials to help one another create finished products that we can all put to use. The stronger you make each of your members, the stronger the team. Keep that in mind, it's not just about what you can do for yourself. Everyone you help along the way can help you up that next step. But enough about teamwork.
If a piece of gear isn't doing you any good for the current task at hand, don't wear it. I've not seen a yellow/red icon above my head in days, I made macros for each of my jobs and while that is a small upfront time investment, it pays off in spades. There is a well written Macro Guide right here at this site. I mentioned it in another post, but synths (especially failed ones) and harvest take quite a toll on gear. Macro in what you need and macro out what you don't need and you can reduce the amount of durability loss considerably. Currently macros won't allow you to equip more than one of the same item, so you have to manually equip that second Copper Ring/Wristlet/Earring/etc, works just fine on the unequip macro. Which by the way, to unequip, just write the macro but don't put any item after the command. Also, while I'm aware that level 35 armor looks cool on your Rank 12 Marauder, it's not doing you any good as compared to gear appropriate to your level. In addition, gear that doesn't align with your rank/class will wear out at an increased rate. Also, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, these crafter friends can come in handy keeping your gear in good repair. Just make sure you help them keep stocked on the repair items needed for your favorite gear you regularly wear. If you do shout for repairs, remember to not spam and offer some manner of reward, those repair mats do not come out of thin air and as long as pay at least 1/3 of the NPC repair price I'm sure people would be a good deal more willing to assist you. Also, tipping well can lead you to making a new friend that you can come back to in the future for discount repairs.
One last bit of advice before I reach Wall-O-Text, it would greatly improve your time in the game if you think out your sentences before you type them, shout spamming poorly worded requests for free teleports is going to land you on about 20 blacklists. If any of you have any further tips, feel free to add them.
Also, I'm not suffering from any manner of fanboyism, I know SE needs to work on this game and I hope with all my heart they get these hiccups hammered out in the next couple of months. I just want to help people overcome the current obstacles in the game and get more fun out of it.