I am having a seriously difficult time connecting with other players in Final Fantasy XIV. Leves aren't so bad; you go to the crystal and /shout; typically you get at least 1 other person who is doing leves. Sometimes those groups will go on to grind SP. Often they do not, and just disband when the leves are completed.
When there are no leves to be done however, the situation changes drastically. Where do you go to shout? Where are the most players concentrated? There is no way to search or see the population of different zones; you have to guess where everyone is - then run there, because you sure dont want to waste anima on a wild goose chase.
The leve locations are a hint of sorts, but even then the levels are indicated as ~20, ~30, etc., meaning 'up to 20/30' ... or does that mean 'approximately 20/30'? Does that just refer to the leve difficulty or also mobs in the surrounding area? If it refers to groups, groups of how many? How can that information help me to locate other players?
I tried using the party search function. I can select 'Local/Regional Levequests' or 'Quests' as my groups purpose. I can even select 'None' - but I can't select 'Experience Points Party' or 'Skillup Group'. How can i specify to the LFG search what im looking for?
For that matter, how do I let the search engine know that I'm searching myself? I tried to form a small group, indicating to the search engine that i was looking for 2 DoW 20-22 and a DoM 20-22. I got the message 'Recruiting'. Ninety (90) minutes later I still had nothing. How can i find other players who want to play?
I'm sure some of you are saying 'Linkshell', which is all fine and good. I group with LS whenever possible. In fact i will XP with anyone, LS or not. However, the pool of available players is larger than one's LS. Why should a player be forced to limit themselves to 20, 30, 40 or even 100 players when there is a server with THOUSANDS of people to group with?
I know there are players chomping at the bit to get some battles and actually play the game, as i am. I know there are tanks that want to tank, damage dealers that want to dps and healers that want to heal (well maybe not healers) - but where? How do i find them? How do i let these people know I'm looking for them to team up and go take on some tough mobs?
Not sure how to proceed.