I'm not looking for the obvious answer (which is, "Just keep playing FFXI") because I do in fact want something new.
Not that I'm giving up on FFXIV completely (like I probably should), but I have come around to the idea of at least reviewing some other games that I might consider trying out if this one doesn't get on track quickly (after all I have around $1000 into a PC upgrade that needs to be put to good use).
I'm not a huge gamer, but I did play ffxi for many years (it was my first and only mmo). The things I liked about it was that accomplishments took a lot of dedication (generally) and that there were a lot of paths you could take in the game.
I also would like a game that is not that old so that I'm not the only new person on the entire server and most newer games have better graphics than ffxi.
I noticed that Guild Wars 2 is coming out maybe next year, but that's a long time from now for a game that isn't guaranteed to be any good either. Also, it seems like too fast paced and chaotic for my taste. I think I like more of a slow, steady, deep type of game over lots of fast-paced explosions and glitz.
Maybe the game I'm looking for doesn't exist... but rather than spend countless hours on end reading all sorts of reviews and trying demos, I thought I might post here since most people seem to have tried multiple MMOs over the years.