What server do you advice? (We wanted to start on a medium populated server)
When you load up the game and create a character, it will tell you the rough population of the various servers. I'd suggest using that as your guide and calling your friends to let them know your choice. It's hard to tell specific server populations exactly since we can no longer see how many players are online.
What classes can repair equipment?
The repairs depend on the item. Blacksmiths can repair swords and other metallic weaponry while weavers repair clothes and goldsmiths repair jewellery. There is an NPC you can visit for repairs, but they're relatively expensive and he will only repair them to 75% strength rather than to full. You will require specific materials to repair your equipment, which varies from item to item.
What should we know before we step in?
Peistes are evil. Goobbues are evil. Non-guildleve Yarzons are vicious. Morbols have bad breath. Birds are deadly. Avoid, avoid, avoid. At least until the higher ranks.
As a FFXI player, what's the FFXIV classes compared to? (Conjurer it's like BLM/WHM, Thaumaturge it's like RDM/BRD, the other's are?)
You've got CON nailed down, but THM is more like RDM/DRK, but minus the melee capabilities. They use banish and scourge spells to deal light and dark elemental damage along with their enfeebles. They also have spells such as Absorb-DEF and Siphon MP making them more closely resemble the Dark Magic set of skills from FFXI.
In truth, however, this all matters very little since you can use skills from any class in the same discipline. There are technically four disciplines but as you can mix magic/war, I consider it to be only three. These are Disciple of War/Magic, Disciple of the Land and Disciple of the Hand. The first is your combat, the second is gathering and the last is crafting. Many skills are reduced in effectiveness when cross-classed, but are still reasonably effective unlike, for example, having a 75 PLD/BLM trying to nuke.
Explain me more or less the Ward System =]
I'll leave this one since it's already been contested over in the above posts. Welcome to Eorzea! Edited, Jan 7th 2011 1:09am by Glitterhands