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#1 Dec 10 2010 at 11:36 PM Rating: Good
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I bought the CE and played through the first week, but the UI lag and my old (FFXI) rig wasn't cutting it. I cancelled my sub hoping SE would make some improvements while I invested in a new machine.

The November update has made the game very playable and beautiful on my new machine, but I'm still struggling with that "ooo fun" feeling.

I will say up front that I really want to enjoy playing this game. That's where I need your help.

What tools (not 3rd party) do you use to improve your gaming experience? I'm looking for adjustments from the default UI settings and/or macros that you think have made your time in game more enjoyable. Gamepad? (I always used keyboard for FFXI)

Any tips you guys have are greatly appreciated. ^^


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#2 Dec 10 2010 at 11:45 PM Rating: Good
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gamepad makes a big difference. For me, subbing in my own music is a must. A linkshell is also necessary.
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#3 Dec 10 2010 at 11:49 PM Rating: Default
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fun?? wrong game.. this game is flop of the year. WoW this way >>>>>>>>>>>
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#4 Dec 11 2010 at 12:00 AM Rating: Good
Keyboard/Gamepad on a comfortable piece of furniture - I experimented with crafting while on the sofa and it was more comfortable than sitting in a chair :o

Music - Repetitiveness begone!

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#5 Dec 11 2010 at 12:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Not sure how to help you make a game fun. If you're not enjoting it right now you maybe in for a long ride. Think of the game in it's current state as beta testing. SE is making tons of changes. By March, what you are playing now maybe a totaly different game. By then it may have features you are looking for that makes a game fun.
#6 Dec 11 2010 at 12:07 AM Rating: Decent
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Def a linkshell helps, which I am still looking for an active one. Other than that, maximize the use of your macros to help you make it easier without an auto-attack. I use this, and change the names for my other classes. This is for my conjurer, but you get the idea.

/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Radiance” <t>
#7 Dec 11 2010 at 12:09 AM Rating: Good
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gamepad... definitely gamepad...

i used keyboard at first...

then i bought a gamepad...

THEN EVERYTHING MADE SENSE!!!
#8 Dec 11 2010 at 12:38 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the replies. I'll look into a gamepad. Those macros are the kind of things that helped me enjoy FFXI. Thanks.
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#9 Dec 11 2010 at 1:52 AM Rating: Decent
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i bought a gamepad, made playing thm ******* impossible, so i went with mouse + keybaord.
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#10 Dec 11 2010 at 2:25 AM Rating: Decent
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Buttsniffa wrote:
Def a linkshell helps, which I am still looking for an active one. Other than that, maximize the use of your macros to help you make it easier without an auto-attack. I use this, and change the names for my other classes. This is for my conjurer, but you get the idea.

/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Radiance” <t>



lol...
#11 Dec 11 2010 at 3:49 AM Rating: Decent
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try stop doing leves for a day or a few, and do something you actually want to do in game,
you might feel better.
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#12 Dec 11 2010 at 1:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you for the inputs. I made some adjustments and it feels a LOT better. (personal preferences vary)

Adjustments:

Changed from Full Screen to Windowed mode. Allows me to minimize game until SE fixes the DirectX CTD from full screen. Took some tweaking of the UI to get things in the right places, but the november patch makes that possible.

I was struggling with the keyboard inputs. I wanted it to feel like FFXI, but I just cant seem to get my hand off the mouse. I like being able to rotate the camera quickly with the right mouse button.

Keyboard remap:
NUMPAD - Camera
J - Journal
I - Inventroy
P - Paperdoll (Gear)
T - Main Menu
X - Target Lock
C - Check
V - Bazaar
L - Loot

The keyboard fixes alone have made the game a lot more enjoyable for me. I imagine gamepad is having similar effects for some people, but I'm not much of a consoler.


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#13 Dec 11 2010 at 1:35 PM Rating: Decent
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As others have said, a gamepad makes this game so much easier to play. When I first started I could get comfortable with the UI and controls for the mouse and keyboard like I did with FFXI. Getting a wired Xbox 360 controller made it much better, at least for me.

A linkshell is a 100% must. With the community being so against socialization in /say, it will get awfully quiet in you don't have a linkshell to talk with.
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#14 Dec 11 2010 at 11:19 PM Rating: Good
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Buttsniffa wrote:


/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Radiance” <t>


Y-yay...! I'm having fun already... >_>
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#15 Dec 11 2010 at 11:30 PM Rating: Decent
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KaneKitty wrote:
Buttsniffa wrote:


/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Spirit Dart” <t>
/wait 2.5
/ac “Radiance” <t>


Y-yay...! I'm having fun already... >_>


lol. The best you can atm.
#16 Dec 11 2010 at 11:49 PM Rating: Decent
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lol, the sad part is that I don't think he's kidding.
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#17 Dec 12 2010 at 10:17 AM Rating: Decent
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The spirit dart macro does help a bit in terms of auto attack. Just be careful targetting mobs after battle. I had spirit dart smack a HARD Opo last night after my easy mob went down because I still suck at targetting.

I have enjoyed macro shortcuts like:

/aoe off (or on)
/ac "fire" <t>

It helps a bit to minimize the repetitive restrokes. I really hate clicking "2" only to have to confirm two more times that I want to cast fire on the mob.

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