i prefer the forced grouping of FFXI to this.. I enjoy EXP parties.. can't get one to save my life. Solo exp is boring and why anyone requested the ability to solo the whole game is beyond me.. Even more so why SE listened.
I have to disagree. Somewhere in the middle is a good balance. The party search function in FFXI was great; FFXIV would be better served with something like it, I think. Maybe something about our current one is better, but it has an obvious learning curve to it that is unnecessary. And it's a roadblock to using it when it's not a forced part of playing like it was in FFXI. However, one of the reasons I started playing this game was because I knew I could log on and accomplish something solo if I wanted, rather than have to wait and see if I could find others to do something with.
25LNC here, solo is bit too slow now to be viable.
The party recruit tool would be suprisingly useful if people started using it. Logged on during JP prime, pressed search for my class and out popped about 8 parties. Clicked through to see descriptions; most were JPONLY.
We must have gotten different manuals or something as I've yet to see any parties forming from it in NA prime.
Good news is, recently I've noticed a lot of players around their 20's shout for group at aetherytes and EXP spots; means there is definitely a lot of interest for EXP parties instead of solo levelling.Edited, Oct 17th 2010 1:49pm by sylph19
One part of why JP will always be in parties more than NA is just simple preference. From the things I've read, they just prefer party play to solo play and prefer certain styles as well, such as disbanding rather than replacing when someone leaves.
Aside from that, party play is always a bit more challenging simply because of communication. I personally have been only partying with LS mates, all of whom I know from FFXI, so we already have some basic understandings that we can all assume.
To the OP: My suggestion would be to explore more of the game and not see your sole goal as "leveling up." Have you tried any of the crafting classes? They really are fun, although complicated, and rewarding. Plus, they increase your physical level considerably faster than DoW classes, which then makes the DoW classes easier to play. Try to level a couple of classes that have abilities that are really useful to every class. As for "forcing" myself to grind, I actually wouldn't mind grinding a bit. I honestly haven't had time. I'm always trying to catch up on leves, both local and regional, before the next timer is up. You probably play more than I do, though.
FFXIV: Luthien Tinuviel, Elezen Female, Balmug (And will re-roll on a new server in August)
FFXI: Luthian, Elvaan Female, Bismarck (originally Luthien on Seraph):
85RDM | 80WAR | 76DRG
I've always been of the opinion that Warrior was the Swiss Army Knife of Vana'diel.