In an effort to get an idea about the general Final Fantasy XIV player's opinion on portions of the game, I plan on making a series of posts that explore systems in the game that have not been at the forefront of discussion. The purpose of this post is not to give complaints about a particular system ("dyes are terrible"), but a place express your critical views on an issue ("I like the way the dye system works because it feels realistic; if you have a Hempen Tabard dyed grey and use it to make Bronze Chainmail, the Tabard portion will be grey"), giving reasons why you like or dislike the system. Feel free to include your own ideas on what improvements could be made to the system, be it a simple user interface change or something more complex.
For those that are not aware of how the system works, here is an example: in order to create a Hempen Tabard, a player must combine a Hempen Tabard Front, Hempen Tabard Back, and Hempen Yarn. If a player wanted to create a Hempen Tabard (Grey), the player would need to combine a Hempen Tabard Front (Grey), Hempen Tabard Back (Grey), and Hempen Yarn.
The difference in these two recipes are the parts, which are already dyed. To create a Hempen Tabard Back, a player must combine two Undyed Hempen Cloth and one Hempen Yarn. To create a Hempen Tabard Back (Grey), a player must combine two Lead-grey Hempen Cloth and one Hempen Yarn. Undyed Hempen Cloth is created by combining three Hempen Yarn, while Lead-grey Hempen Cloth is created by combing three Hempen Yarn and one Lead-grey Hemp Dye.
A majority of people I spoke to thought that the dye system was poorly implemented. The major complaint was that they believed the system should have been about character customization, but the implementation made it seem like character customization was an afterthought. That is, one can customize a piece of equipment if they create it themselves, but if a player purchases a piece of equipment from another player or obtains it as a quest reward, the player is unable to customize that piece of equipment, if he or she does not like it.
- Dyes should be used to customize your character and everything should have an undyed version. It is crazy that changing a dyed component for an undyed one will create a completely different piece of equipment.
- You shouldn't be unable to make an item just because you don't have the right dye...a dye is not going to make my armor more effective in battle. It should be something you can add for customization.
- I don't get it. If you don't have the right dye, then just make the undyed version? [Me: What about items that don't have an undyed version?] Ah, yeah, very few don't have undyed; forgot about that. They probably just overlooked it, since there are items that have materials, but no finished product.
- I'm of the opinion that you should make the final product, then apply a dye to it, not require dye for each of the parts. It's just another unneeded aspect to unnecessarily complicate ****.
- You can have more than one color on your garment. [Implying, I believe, that adding a dye to a piece of equipment would not take into account pieces of the equipment that were dyed different colors.]
What is your opinion?