Hey guys, I just bought the game yesterday and have started leveling a Gladiator on Gysahl server. I have played countless MMO's (DAoC, WoW, EQ2, Aion, Warhammer, CoH, AoC, FFXI), and I honestly love this game so far, it is so different from all the cookie cutter MMO's. DAoC was my favorite MMO and FFXIV brings me back to that feeling of being totally immersed in a fantasy world, having to explore and experiment to figure out the game instead of it being shoved down your throat like so many MMOs today. That being said, it could use some polishing in areas, but I'm optimistic the kinks will be worked out in time.
Anyway, here are the questions I have so far:
1. Quests: Been doing leves and the starter quest...I know there aren't many quests, but I would imagine there are some like in FFXI for getting airship and unlocking things. Is this the case? I am Rank 14 now, are there any quests to be done or do they come later?
(I started in Limsa Lominsa if that matters at all)
2. Gear: I'm still pretty much entirely in the starter gear still at Rank 14. Is that acceptable or am I suffering from my lack of appropriate gear? Don't see any merchants for gear, been checking the market wards and found a weapon and shield that I spent ALL my gil on. Is there much in the way of gear drops in this game or is it almost entirely player crafted?
3. Guilds: Was looking at some forum posts and saw some stuff about collecting Guild Marks to purchase abilities or something? Can someone point to some info explaining this system, or just tell me the basics of it? (ie: which to join, what rank to start, how to get Marks)
4. Players: So far I've only met two other people who speak English lol. Is that normal or is Gysahl mostly Japanese? Is the best way to find other English-speaking players the server forums here on Zam?
I guess those are my main concerns as of now, I'm sure I'll run into more soon though, haha.
Thank you so much for any assistance you can send my way, it is much appreciated!