Taking away the opening CS/quest isn't awful since it's easy to experience by creating a new character and deleting it. However, the lack of access to all the following quests at 10 and upward is inexcusable. It was just "stupid" when it seemed that they simply hadn't implemented it "yet." But to hear that this is an intentional decision that will likely hold for a long time (probably only changing after years of feedback given SE's track record) is truly just inexcusable.
Has anyone tried partying with someone else of a different nation and then picking up a nation quest? If so, has it let you join that person in the quest? SE mentions how most of these can be done solo or in small parties so I'm wondering if the same might apply here but with varying nations. SE did this in FFXI regarding the missions dealing with going to other nations.
In I think it was 3-3 you'd have to go up against a dragon and hecteye and people of different nations could join in providing they have either done that quest before or are on the same quest.
That said, if you've completed a nation quest I'm wondering if you might be able join someone else in the same level one but from a different nation. SE sort of did this with a different game for the Nintendo DS called "Dragon Quest XI: Sentinels of the Starry Skies". (Love the game btw but won't discuss it here.) You could bring in friends and while they couldn't progress the story themselves, if they were present with you at the time they too saw the in-game CSes but it had your character instead of theirs. If something like that existed I wouldn't see it all too bad. What's it matter if you're not the center of the cut scene? You've got your own after all and you just wanna see or experience the other quests yourself. Make me a person in the background watching all this and I'll be happy. Edited, Oct 10th 2010 11:35pm by SamusKnight
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