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So I am a professional crafter and part-time THM/CONFollow

#1 Oct 11 2010 at 10:56 PM Rating: Good
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In FFXI, I never care much about crafting. Make my gils in the millions from camping NM and HNM. I was pretty much a kill all tank all pld. Long long hours of camping for LoO (2 drops) and such.

However in FFXIV, I find my interest shifted more towards crafting, particularly in Mining (and later on goldsmith and maybe blacksmith). There is this great pleasure in seeing the silver/copper ore stacking up...

Am I normal? Seems like my immediate goal is to horde wealth in gil or in kind. This is quite an unexpected turn of event for me.

Anyone in my shoes also?
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#2 Oct 11 2010 at 10:58 PM Rating: Good
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The thrill of digital acquisition never gets old.
#3 Oct 11 2010 at 11:00 PM Rating: Decent
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jadyness wrote:
The thrill of digital acquisition never gets old.


Well said.
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#4 Oct 11 2010 at 11:25 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm focusing on crafting and stockpiling gil, not because I love doing it above all else, but because I haven't fallen for a DoW/M yet.
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#5 Oct 11 2010 at 11:49 PM Rating: Decent
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This is how it is turning out for me also. I started this game with Gladiator as my main in mind... and maybe some fishing and goldsmithing on the side. Like you, I usually only dabble in the crafts. However, I haven't leveled my GLA in a few days (currently at 14). Leveling my fishing class is my main priority now. The accomplishment of moving up grade zones is more fun to me right now than skilling GLA.

So, in summation:

I am a professional fishermen and part-time GLA.
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#6 Oct 12 2010 at 12:00 AM Rating: Good
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Hah, tell me about it. I'm a full time leatherworker and part time weaver. I also happen to be a weekend-warrior pugilist. But only on some weekends, not all of them. Usually.

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I need to fight things more often...
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#7 Oct 12 2010 at 1:18 AM Rating: Decent
After open beta I went into CE launch with a plan in mind. Once I got the game up and running and got my character (gladiator) through the opening scenes, I was going to focus on getting tools. All of 'em. Then I was going to grind fire shards until I had 200 or so. Then I was going to power Alchemy to 10 making Distilled Water because Preserve was one of my favorite crafting abilities.

Then I was going to focus on "support" classes for my gladiator. Leveling them one by one until they were high enough to learn the goodies I wanted my gladiator to be able to learn. In most cases, that brought me to rank 10. And through it all I was accumulating shards and even some crystals in addition to stacks upon stacks of mats. Within the first week I had all DoH classes except Culinarian at rank 10.

Now I farm on my thaumaturge who seems to rank up once or twice a week if I'm lucky. THM is rank 15 (taking to 18 for ABS spells). My armorer just hit 22 tonight, and my weaver (!?!) is 3k from rank 21. I went four out of seven with Assault Sallet synths tonight. I'm keeping one for myself for mining, blacksmithing, and to wear on my gladiator. The other three are sitting in my bazaar to be had for a tidy sum.

I'm physical level 37 already. Levels cruise by when you spend most of your game time crafting. I haven't done a battlecraft leve since the first week of CE service. All of my regional leves are done as fieldcraft leves right now.

I'm looking forward to cruising around on my gladiator, decked out in his assault sallet and iron haubergeon (or better) with various other little bits and pieces put together here and there that I can afford to wear because I can repair them all myself. If you can make it, you can repair it and with the exception of a couple of pieces I picked up from fieldcraft leves, all of my gear is scratch made by me.
#8 Oct 12 2010 at 6:33 AM Rating: Decent
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I found myself in the same boat; I had intended to level PUG and maybe try to fund a craft with the loot I brought home. As it turned out I am able to turn a decent profit making jewelery and my GLD is almost two levels ahead of my PUG. Like the previous poster I find myself leaning more toward working hard at my craft and then cruising around on my decked out (though slightly lower level) PUG. :P
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Welcome to Crafting Fantasy XIV.

I'm not saying it's wrong - I'm just pointing out that the direction you have focused on is the direction for a lot of people. This game isn't much of an RPG at the moment, it's an economy MMO. I don't think that it will survive with solely that focus, but it's nice to see some positive things on the boards.
#10 Oct 12 2010 at 6:40 AM Rating: Decent
I know exactly what you mean. For me however it is getting craft to 50 as soon as possible so I can make amazing gear for myself and sell them also for profit to other people. I am addicted to crafting eventhough I didnt do it THAT much in 11.

One thing that gets to me a bit though is the fact that everyone is crafting... So me being level 50 Weaver isn't going to be anything special... or is it?
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When I first started playing, I was just going to be a Weaver, but as I got into it and started to read deeper into the recipes I started to branch out into mining, Botany, blacksmith and Archery. Now that I have read more recipes, looks like I will have to add Alchemy, fishing and Lethercraft as well. When there are recipes for a level 4 Weaver that need ingredients that only a Level 20 Alchemist can make and that ingredient needs ingredients that a Level 30 Goldsmith has to craft... paraphrasing, but you get the point. Just being a Weaver isn't going to work out.
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#12nirtsbro, Posted: Oct 12 2010 at 6:45 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) nothing beats running around in bone scale mail or a hauby, assault sallet, crazy *** gloves, etc at lvl 2 lncer
#13 Oct 12 2010 at 6:50 AM Rating: Good
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Mining is currently my highest Class >.>

With Carpenter one behind.

The only time I ever fight is to farm mats and crystals for...... crafting >.>
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#14 Oct 12 2010 at 7:16 AM Rating: Default
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Great post, glad to hear something positive here as well. A lot of players are experiencing this phenemonen.

XIV doesn't hold your hand like other MMO's, carrying you from zone-to-zone on progressive quest lines that steer you on what is essentially a linear leveling path. The min/max community hasn't figured out the definitive leveling path for adventuring (i.e. dunes --> qufim --> garlaige --> yhutunga --> etc.) And there's no endgame so-to-speak that we need to race to.

For all of these reasons, players are lost, but lost in a good way that leads to exploration and trying new aspects of the game that they haven't necessarily explored in other MMO's.


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#15 Oct 12 2010 at 8:28 AM Rating: Good
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I'm in the same boat, started as Thm, moved to Conj for the extra heal and decided to try some crafting leves for the extra cash... now I barely leave town and only for the local leves in the camps...

I like the system, not that it can't use some tweaking, but it's wierdly addictive.
Looking forward to the same enjoyment leveling up Conj/Thm with the super high Phys level from crafting.

Edited, Oct 12th 2010 10:29am by Vladislaus
#16 Oct 12 2010 at 10:41 AM Rating: Decent
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I enjoy crafting but dealing with the popups while xcrafting has deterred me kfrom doing it much
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