FFXIV is more of a grind than FFXI?
Around level 60, in FFXI, it took 20,000 xp to get to the next level. At that level, you could consistently get chain 5 and average around 4-5k xp an hour, which would take you about 4-5 hours to get to the next level.
Now we look at FFXIV, and i'm at level 17, and I have to grind for an equal amount of time to get to 18, and that's at level 17, out of 50, which is a lot lower than 60-75. I just think if you wanna make a casual friendly game, you should have the XP curve a little lower, and let the fatigue system do it's job.
Right now the game doesn't hold my attention long enough for me to wanna spend hours leveling, I don't think I even get close to surplus xp.