Looking through the mountain of complains, sensible ones and whiny ones too. Makes me wonder are ppl approaching this mind with a wrong mindset.
Let me make this straight so it does not turn into a monkey poo throwing completion. I know everyone have their own style of play, and I'm not tell ppl off to follow what I did.
This is what I did with FFXIV.
Firstly I plan out the game, I came to the conclusion that its gonna be insanely crafting base, since NPCs basically sell nuts. Travel time is gonna be a *****. Since time and time again, the SE peeps said they will include chocobos *cough*horsebirds*cough* and airships on a later date. Bugs, latency issues, etc, been through a few mmo release date plays, so know something will happen.
Step 1: find a LS, hopefully people I know in FFXI. Which is easy since there ain't many names to go through.
Step 2: Chose a Gatherer class Botanist. Since I knew its gonna be crafter base economy, might as well be a gatherer and have the LS crafters Power Level themselves without the worries of mats. Got mining equipment once I got enough gil.
So now, my LS crafters are providing equipment to my other LS mates and themselves, I'm basically sponsored by my LS crafters whenever I need equipment to play.
Moreover I didn't grind for levels at all. The DoW/DoM classes I played target mobs that drop needed mats, Mushroom peeps in Grid for Cotton bolls and willow logs and Cooper Cobies in Ul'dah for copper and tin.
At my free time, when I stocked up enough mats for the crafters, I used the left overs to level my own crafting. **** feathers for weavering, beehive chips for Alchemist which I'm starting soon.
The only things I hated FFXIV, are the insane lag when partying (-_-, 30sec cure spells....
UI, inventory needs work
And theres not other fast way to get to Grid from LL and Ul'dah.
Am I wrong to say this, that maybe if ppl stop and to plan out and re-search what they wanna do in FFXIV, before jumping in, might feel differently with the game?
In fact, for every new MMO ppl play, ppl shouldn't expect the same thing as the last mmo they played.