More to the OP's point, having to wait until rank 35 before things get fun or interesting in a game with a rank 50 cap is atrocious. SE is in a race against the clock. They've already lost the people (some permanently, some temporarily) who demanded awesome straight out of the box. Since then it's been a battle of attrition, and the longer it goes on without major content additions and other changes, the more it's going to hurt them.
I find it almost ironic that the OP chose to mention rank 35. I have to assume they're speaking from the point of view of someone focusing on a combat class. From a crafting point of view, rank 35 is when things start to really bog down. I've been rank 35+ armorer for over two weeks now and in that time I've come across a grand total of one rank 40 local leve. Off the top of my head, I can think of no more than 4-5 rank 35 local leves. I'm doing rank 15 leves for marks despite the fact that most of them grant 0 SP. There's no benefit whatsoever to driving the final assessment score of any given leve over 100 so I "amuse" myself trying to see how many items I have to make with a focus on Quality to hit the 100 assessment score mark and then just spam Standard on the rest to finish out the leve. Ranking up now is a case of repeating the same synth 200+ times, breathing a sigh of relief when you rank up, and then doing the same recipe 210+ times for the next rank. And then the next. And then the next. And every 3-5 ranks I get to do a different recipe.
I've had a Cavalry Haubergeon in my bazaar for the lowest price I've ever seen on my server and it has sat there since I made it a week and a half ago. There's no market for the things I'm able to make on the cutting edge of what my rank will allow because most people are trudging through the mid-ranks and rank 45+ gear is the last thing on their mind.
There's no reason to be anywhere near rank 50 right now unless ganking a half dozen faceroll NMs is your idea of endgame content. There's more in the works, but most people I know are starting to peter out. The novelty is fast wearing off and even the most optimistic are struggling to find reason to keep going. We're due for another update within the next couple of weeks and after that, SE is going to pretty much have to push new updates every month or people will continue to leave.
Edited, Dec 19th 2010 12:33pm by Aurelius
I can agree overall with your statement, but some things in particular...underranked people will buy your Cavalry Haubergeon if you put it up your character on the right spot and bazaar afk there for hours. Right spot = Ul'dah Main Stairs, or Gridania in front of adventures guild are the best spot on my server to afk bazaar stuff. Since I'm not staying online to just sell stuff I dont happen to do that very often, or even at all, but one time I was getting to nap a bit and just stood there with stuff on my bazaar I tried to sell over Shouts for over 2 weeks...2 hours later I came back and every single piece of my bazaar was gone...
Then...you're Rank 35+ Armor and do Rank 15 leves just for the Marks? Seriously, if you're 35+ and still are in dire need for marks, you do something wrong...not to mention you could use the "leftover" leves that you can't use for Armor, on the many subcrafts Armor needs, like Leatherworker, Weaver, Goldsmith, Carpenter...I'm 34 on botch my main crafts(ARM,BSM) and I've got 3 Trainings on ARM and 3 on BSM so far...and since I only do Armor and BSM leves that are 30, or 35, I guess I have a lower probabality of getting marks compared to you and I don't care for them at all right now...therefore I do Leatherworker Leves and even Weaver and Carpenter, if there is nothing better to get for either ARM or BSM, which is more often the case than I wish for...and I already got my first training on Leatherworker(which share the whole gear crafting trainings with Armor...so no marks wasted there)
But other than that, I can agree to the whole grinding sh*t...its just boring and tedious...I didn't start grinding on Iron Visors yet, but to think thats the recipe most people grind up to 50...I couldn't imagine anything more boring...but I'm not grinding the sh*t out of me...so I'm not burned out as fast as others...so I don't mind it that much.
edit: And if you(not you Aurelius, people in general) complain about the game being ******, or boring or lacking content or w/e your reason is to complain, get yourself some ******* In-game pals to play with, cause thats where the fun is...playing with others...in the end its an MMO...not a Single player RPG...if you want to play solo all the time, get yourself an offline game... Edited, Dec 20th 2010 2:34pm by Shezard Edited, Dec 20th 2010 2:37pm by Shezard