Apparently old habits die hard. I know that tele-taxis in FFXI were, for a time, the most reliable source of income for your average white mage given that their ability to solo even low level mobs was "meh" at best and there were always people looking for a quick trip here or there to cut down on travel time, but now we're headlong into FFXIV and I have to say, I just don't get it.
I've got anima. Right now I've got probably just over 90 anima after I did some porting around over the weekend. If I'm porting somewhere, I'm porting there. I'm porting there for me. And if I were feeling particularly patient and kind and decided to offer random strangers a lift, I can't say that it's something I would charge for. Lately, however, I'm seeing an awful lot of people looking to cash in on the onerous task of inviting someone to their party before they teleport to their destination of choice...sometimes up to 25k.
As I say, this doesn't hurt me at all. I've never dropped below 85 anima because apparently unlike some people, I knew how quickly (slowly) anima regenerates even before I started in the open beta and made a point of using it selectively instead of porting everywhere for the first week of service and then staring in disbelief at the single digit value of anima remaining...
I guess I just don't really understand a few things about the whole notion of charging (sometimes exorbitant prices) for something as simple as inviting someone to a party so they can tag along with me when I zip through the nether to my destination.
1) Are people really that broke that they need the gil?
2) Five years from now when our niche has us feeling insecure in the shadow of the latest, greatest mega-MMO, is this going to be one of the things we hold up and point to as an indication of why our game may not be the most popular, but we have the best community?
I don't wait around on anyone, really, which is why I don't offer to bring people along when I'm porting somewhere. I've been down that road too many times where your act of altruistic generosity turns into a 10-15 minute ordeal of, "brt
Just not my thing. And no amount of gil would likely change that.