You can interpret this thread in different ways. Perhaps, basically, I need some help.
I have been playing for about a month now. I don’t play a lot, perhaps one hour everyday on average. I have tried different classes, from miner, carpenter, blacksmith, etc, to gladiator. I have traveled the land far and wide, from Limsa to Ul’dah and Gridania. I have been mauled by strange beasts in far away lands. So I think I am starting to get a sense of what the game is about. Or do I?
As of late, I have been asking myself where this is leading to. As my ranks are going up, nothing is really changing. I mostly run back and forth between Limsa Lominsa and camp Bearded Rock (soon it will be camp Skull Valley), or from Ul’dah to camp Black Brush when I feel tired of the seascape. I have calculated that if I kill about 14 more wharf rats I will attain the next level for my gladiator (10!). After that I can get started with puks, jellyfish, and dodos. In fact, everything is laid out in details in a thread posted by Azury Ariella (ZAM: Azurymber). (There are quite a few other guides as well.) I have made a fair number of friends in the game and am part of several linkshells. That’s actually really cool. Sometimes, I feel like chatting with my linkshells is the main point of this game.
In previous games I have played, there is some kind of progression. The places change. It feels like each new quest brings something new.
What am I missing here? Is the game leading somewhere or will I simply reach gladiator rank 20 after killing 100 dodos outside of Skull Valley? Is there an underlying plot I am not seeing?