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#1 Jan 01 2011 at 10:56 AM Rating: Good
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I'd like to see what most people chose on today's poll and why. I feel it's pretty important to know why people feel some way about what needs to be fixed.

That said, I don't want this topic to turn into a flame fest or debate topic. Just post what you sent in on your survey on the Final Fantasy XIV Experience section and why.

Here's mine:

1. How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?

A. Less than an hour

Explanation: Really not all that much to do in game right now. I bought a metric **** ton of Steam games this holiday sale, so those are taking up most of my gaming time.

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2. How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?

A. Gathering (Including levequests)

Explanation: The gathering in this game is very relaxing for some reason, despite the mini-game every time you hit a node. I can just pop in for a little bit, hoard some more items, and log out and feel like I have gotten something accomplished.

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3. What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?

A. Increased communication with the players

Explanation: I feel this is the most important aspect for any online game. People's tastes change, other games evolve and make you go "hey I wish I had that in my game", and sometimes developers just put stupid stuff in their game. More communication between developer and customer helps us correct them and tell them what we would like, and it helps the developers make a more loyal user base. Speaking as a software engineer myself, there is no software project that suffers from MORE communication between developer and customer.

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4. Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?

A. The markets system

Explanation: Novelty aside, the market wards are making a lot of people turn away in horror. Very few people like shopping for items in video games, and I think most of the problems that the market wards were set out to solve went unsolved, while introducing a lot more. That said, don't completely erase them. Leave them as is or just devote less time developing for them. MMOs that have both an AH and a bazaar system use both; slow selling items or items that can't be AH'ed are put on a bazaar.

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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

A. Auction House

Explanation: It's the easiest and probably the most profound change that FFXIV will get. More quests and leves and crafting recipes and whatever are nice, but fixing core mechanics on a game should be top priority. I'd like to see a simple to use AH with simple rules: unlimited item posting, either a single buyout price or both bid/buyout prices, sorting by name/price/level, and knowing who's selling what for exactly how much.

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6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

A. Gameplay

Explanation: I like the relaxed pace of the game. Long travel times aside, short leves are awesome. Logging in for a bit to gather or craft is awesome. Non-twitchy combat is awesome.

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7. Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?

A. Official forums

Explanation: See above for increased developer communication. I don't buy into the whole "we don't speak English therefore we CAN'T have official forums". Tons of international development teams hire translators and community managers who are bi or tri lingual. If you want to make all of your customers happy and loyal, you have to let them know that you're actually paying attention to them. Canned messages are not the way to go about it. Official forums should be easy to set up and moderate, and are among the top communication channels between developer and customer.

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8. Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?

A. Yes

Explanation: I'm not exactly sure what they're asking here, but I assume they get altered for the better; in which case, yes. The game will still be patently FF, it will still have an FF feel and story to it, so if I can get to experience that in a "better" way, I'm all for it.
#2 Jan 01 2011 at 11:05 AM Rating: Good
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1. How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?

A. More than 8 hours
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2. How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?

A. Battle Classes
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3. What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?

A. Content
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4. Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?

A. The SP system. Moreso that grouping needs to be addressed in groups over 3
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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

A. I couldn't really choose on this question so I picked NM's
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6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

A. Gameplay
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7. Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?

A. Linkshell Content.
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8. Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?

A. No. I want them to alter things, but a drastic change isn't needed. Tweaking would do just fine + content.
#3 Jan 01 2011 at 11:29 AM Rating: Good
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Quote:
1. How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?

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2. How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?

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3. What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?

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4. Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?

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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

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6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

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7. Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?

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8. Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?

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Blank template for others to input into.

1. How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?

A. I've taken a bit of a break. Been playing some others games for a bit. But when i do play it's a few hours at a time.
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2. How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?

A. Leveling con / thm / others DoM/W
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3. What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?

A. Firstly, content. Secondly, a AH - or a much much better ward system.
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4. Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?

A. The wards, Party play, content, ect.
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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

A. AH probably. Then party play.
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6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

A. I love the freedom, just as in XI of being able to play multiple classes. Being free to switch up what you want to do day to day.
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7. Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?

A. A way to make it so you only see feeds from your server on the right. (EDIT) - Lol. Sweet this has been added!
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8. Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?

A. I'm going to keep playing either way. I just hope they don't change too much.

Edited, Jan 1st 2011 12:31pm by Darkm0d
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#4 Jan 01 2011 at 11:49 AM Rating: Excellent
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I thought the "Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?" question was rather interesting. It could imply that they have big changes planned, and are trying to judge the backlash.
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#5 Jan 01 2011 at 11:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Wint wrote:
I thought the "Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?" question was rather interesting. It could imply that they have big changes planned, and are trying to judge the backlash.


I agree. It seems they are thinking of more then just fixing battle system, but probably crafting and gathering to. Maybe removing fatigue, upping party gains and if they do change a lot then the backlash could be big.... I hope they aren't considering scrapping the armoury system or anything like that.
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#6 Jan 01 2011 at 12:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Wint wrote:
I thought the "Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?" question was rather interesting. It could imply that they have big changes planned, and are trying to judge the backlash.


Hopefully it means big changes. I just hope the changes are for the better. They've had a decade of solid MMO gameplay to pull idea's from. I hope they keep moving in proper directions.
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#7 Jan 01 2011 at 12:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the template, darkm0d!

I can't recall all of the answers I've given, so it might be off.

1. How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?

A. About 6 hours off and on the day.
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2. How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?

A. Gathering/fishing--Punching stuff is fun, but the thought of soloing past 20 isn't, and I don't have time to dedicate to parties. Fishing is perfect for when I have to go afk at random times.
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3. What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?

A. I can't recall what I chosen, or even what the options were. If someone posts them, I'll come back to edit!
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4. Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?

A. I think it was gameplay, but only because I remember not being satisfied with the other choices. I'm pretty content with how things are now, but I only gather so I don't know what others deal with.
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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

A. Content! I want more fun little things to do. I'd love fishing contests to even get baits and lures. (So hard to collect baskets...)
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6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

A. The world and lore. From what little we've been exposed to, I'm very intrigued. I also want to be immersed and impressed by the environments and how it all connects to the the back story.
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7. Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?

A. I don't remember what the choices were, none of them stood out.
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8. Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?

A. YES. But I understood as changing how the world/maps are made. I see nothing wrong with zones, I'm really dismayed with the copy-paste jobs. I want to see a certain rock or bridge or trees and know where I am, or figure out how to get there. If it means how the gameplay/classes are changed, I wouldn't mind so much either. I'd love different ways to gather instead of a similar variation of hot and cold.
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#8 Jan 01 2011 at 12:33 PM Rating: Excellent
1. How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?

A. 3-8 hours - Moreso on the lower half of this scale
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2. How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?

A. Crafting (lately). - I've been focusing on Weaver/Leather lately but THM is also my main.
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3. What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?

A. Increased communication with the players - I believe this to be crucial.
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4. Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?

A. Lack of in-game content - Definitely not enough quests/missions in game.
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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

A. More story-based quests/mini-quests - See above.
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6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

A. World & lore - This can be said about how I feel towards any FF game.
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7. Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?

A. Posts by the development and operations teams - Again, communication is crucial.
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8. Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?

A. Yes - A bit iffy on this, but I'll roll with the punches!
#9 Jan 01 2011 at 12:54 PM Rating: Good
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Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:

6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

A. World & lore - This can be said about how I feel towards any FF game.


I chose "The FINAL FANTASY name" for that one, because there was nothing truly compelling about the world or the lore in FFXIV for me. Some of it was neat, but there wasn't nearly enough of it to grab hold of you and make you want more. Okay, maybe there was but then in order to get more you had to grind for another few weeks to see it. And despite the fact that most of my time in game was spent crafting, I think the whole concept of missions that you could complete as a crafter or a combat class was an utter flop. "AMG! Beastmen guys that I must beat up or...parlay into submission?...to advance the story!!"

Ya, no.
#10 Jan 02 2011 at 6:44 AM Rating: Decent
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1. How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?

A. 3-8 hours (but at times I have not been logging in at all or log early from being angry.)
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2. How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?

A. Crafting (including guildleves)
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3. What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?

A. Improvement of Gameplay
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4. Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?

A. Other (For me, fixing things like making crafting less random/frustrating and making it so that I don't need 5 items from 3 different crafting classes to make one thing that I can actually use is a must. It was a nice try, really, but it's just too much and I absolutely hate having no trouble one synth to struggling to get to 50% progress on the next. I just can't get used to it and it frustrates the **** out of me that there is no reason behind it. I need rules. I need to learn from failures. I need there to be some information given to me as to why I am failing this so I can FIX it.)
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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

A. More quests and such.
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6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

A. The FINAL FANTASY name.
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7. Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?

A. More in Depth Q&A from the Developers. You told us that we need to know the rules in order to have an enjoyable experience, so tell us. What are the rules? You can start by answering the question: When can we expect the next version update?
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8. Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?

A. Yes- Provided you tell us what the new rules are as opposed to surprising us with "Guess what we changed and try to figure out how to get it to work now!" Anything that will make the game more fun and less of a headache is 100% OK with me.
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#11 Jan 02 2011 at 1:53 PM Rating: Decent
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1. How much time per sitting do you spend logged in with your main character?

A. Less than an hour

Explanation: I have very heavy work commitments that prevent me playing for much more than an hour a day.
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2. How do you spend most of your time in Eorzea?

A. Gathering (Including levequests)

Explanation: It's simple and I don't have to concentrate lol

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3. What is your biggest expectation for the newly restructured development team?

A. Increased communication with the players

Explanation: see my first thread.
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4. Which of the following issues you would like to see addressed first?

I don't remember the answers
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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

I don't remember the answers

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6. What do you find most appealing about FINAL FANTASY XIV?

A. The Final Fantasy name

Explanation: I know the series have had hiccups here and there but generally you know when you buy a final fantasy game, you ARE going to spend 40 odd hours on it even if it isn't perfect and you know you ARE going to get high quality graphics and sounds and you know you ARE going to get a story with a bit of bite.

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7. Which of the following would you like to see implemented into the Lodestone?

A. Official forums

Explanation: I've trawled the net and found many sites (like this one) with varying popularity.
A single forum would mean at least we could ***** at the developers in a place they might see lol
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8. Would you welcome changes to FINAL FANTASY XIV that would drastically alter the rules already set in Eorzea?

A. Yes

Explanation: So far i've seen no problem with the game but it wouldn't bother me if they wiped the slate clean to create a better game...as long as members get to keep all their character details. I'd sure hate to lose my character and he's only a week old
#12 Jan 02 2011 at 2:06 PM Rating: Good
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5. Which of the following would you like to see implemented first?

A. More story-based quests/mini-quests


For me this would be the only thing that would make me play more.
Currently I grind a bit in XIV and use huge amounts of time IN XI to do quests in all the cities because there are none to do in XIV.

I've quit doing leves and just lvl slower by killing random mobs because it feels less like work and more interactive because I choose my own targets.
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