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#1 Feb 28 2011 at 5:33 AM Rating: Excellent
Hello again, FINAL FANTASY XIV fans. As always, I hope you are all enjoying your adventures in Eorzea.

I have a confession to make—I hate planes. And I'm using "hate" in the strongest sense of the word here. Call me old-fashioned, but I never saw the flight of man as anything but a mathematical impossibility. Just looking out the window, I can tell these wings definitely aren't big enough! And yet here I am, writing my fourth letter at 30,000 feet. Why? Well, because FFXIV is a global endeavor, and after the recent changes to the development team, it's fallen to me to head to our offices in L.A. and London to give everybody the lowdown on the game's new direction, milestones, etc. I'll also be having a couple of interviews with representatives from some fan sites, which I hope will allow players in regions outside of Japan the opportunity to get to know me a little better.

Meanwhile, the rest of the team is safe on Japanese soil, wrapping up preparations for patch 1.16. This patch brings the long-awaited introduction of sidequests, and our localization staff has been hard at work putting their final touches on their translations in order to bring you an unforgettable linguistic experience. We originally intended for 1.16 to go live before the end of February, but unfortunately I had to make the decision to delay its release for a few days to allow our Quality Assurance teams in North America and Europe sufficient time to perform all the necessary testing, rather than rush a release of content that was not of an acceptable quality. I understand your frustration, but ask that you bear with us just a little longer.

Regarding the frequent World crashes affecting many of you, patch 1.15b introduced a measure to help address this issue. While there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of crashes, we're aware the issue has yet to be fully resolved, and so our team is continuing its efforts to improve server stability.

And now for a bit of good news! The official forums mentioned in previous posts are almost ready, with a beta version of the site ready for launch on Tuesday, March 8! Our original plan was to release a preliminary version in March that featured limited functionality, but thanks to the diligence of our web team, it looks like we'll be able to release a beta version that will closely resemble the final product. I'll be writing a message to kick off the forums, and I'm looking forward to reading all your posts. (^-^)v

Turbulence? Really!? Is the pilot trying to make me soil myself!?

To help me forget how much I hate being on planes, let me try and calm my nerves with a couple new concept designs...


Evil armor!? (name definitely not official)

From left to right (more or less):
Widen hemline in cute fashion
Make the ankle slimmer than usual in the vein of Amano
Evil Armor – Finalized
Visor hinge here
Roegadyn
Male
Female
Miqo'te
Ears extended to sides for Hyur. Back same pattern as front
Miqo'te Tail

Black mage!?

From left to right (more or less):
Black Mage Armor – Finalized
Hat material is straw or leather or undecided
Hyur male
Race-specific characterisics
Elezen male ears
When black, have hat worn low on face
Lower than normal position
Miqo'te ears
Miqo'te tail
Lalafell male ears
Hat in default position, center of the brim is slightly upturned
As some of you may have guessed, both of these are designs for some of the new items I spoke of in my last letter. As stated in the last Players' Poll, we are currently working on class-specific equipment. Though the above designs are finalized, we still have to tailor and model them to each of the five races. So while I can't promise an immediate release, I promise that the wheels of progress are in motion.

For those of you worried that your favorite class or current rank won't be represented—don't be. We're working on more than just high-level gear, and plan to gradually release items for various ranks over the course of the next year. Keep a keen eye fixed on coming patch notes to see if your class is next!

Also, in my next letter I plan to explain the "introduction of new synthesis concepts" bit from last month in a little more detail.

And finally, the second Players' Poll has come to a close. As with the first, the turnout was overwhelming, with tens of thousands of users taking the time to make their voices heard. We've compiled all the data and begun to analyze it, but I've chosen to hold off revealing the raw data and my personal interpretations of the numbers until after patch 1.16 goes live. Please understand, patch content is our top priority, and the decision to temporarily delay the unveiling of the poll results was made in order to ensure the quickest possible patch release. But fret not! The data will be made available in a few days.

That's all I've got for now. Until next time, I wish you all the best in your Eorzean endeavors.

Talk to you all again in a few days! (^-^)

FINAL FANTASY XIV Producer & Director, Naoki Yoshida
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#2 Feb 28 2011 at 5:38 AM Rating: Excellent
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OH MY GOODNESS!! THE DRK AND BLM AF!!!!

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#3 Feb 28 2011 at 5:42 AM Rating: Good
Late post....but much appreciated :-)
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#4 Feb 28 2011 at 5:50 AM Rating: Good
so which is black mage ?

conj or thm

and does that mean they relabeling classes or an advane job ?
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Well it sounds like they're tackling the most important things.
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quilens wrote:
so which is black mage ?

conj or thm

and does that mean they relabeling classes or an advane job ?

I believe he means relabel.
Here is a interview made by French community and Yoshi P says there will be no advanced job in the near future.

http://goo.gl/4F9Ir
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#7 Feb 28 2011 at 6:23 AM Rating: Good
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Just the look of these armor sets is enough for me to keep playing!! lol




Seriously.
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#8 Feb 28 2011 at 6:24 AM Rating: Good
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Sounds like Yoshi made the difficult decision to delay patch 1.16 update from February to March because he wanted to make sure everything was right. SE took a beating for it on the forums but I agree with the decision. Good work Yoshi-P! Keep it up.

The new CSE (Class Specific Equipment) looks good and I think I might even lose a little sleep before they release this next patch wondering what the new additions will be like and how I can find a little extra time to play.
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Hey, dear ZAM team (that may or may not be having an interview~~)

Aren't you interested in knowing how exactly they are going to implement the new classes to the game so that they fit within the existing lore (Colosseums and Gambling halls) and what they are going to do with the classes that have no pre-existing lore, like Paladins? Because I sure am!
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Well it sounds like they're tackling the most important things.


Agreed.



I'm seeing some good things for the future, and I definitely want some new specialized gear!

Truth is, I'm already satisfied with the current available gears, but to add even more and BETTER stuff? Now that would really make daddy happy. ;)
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Hey, dear ZAM team (that may or may not be having an interview~~)

Aren't you interested in knowing how exactly they are going to implement the new classes to the game so that they fit within the existing lore (Colosseums and Gambling halls) and what they are going to do with the classes that have no pre-existing lore, like Paladins? Because I sure am!

Lol, and uhh >_> what about those companies...
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Also, in my next letter I plan to explain the "introduction of new synthesis concepts" bit from last month in a little more detail.

I'm curious about this one.

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We've compiled all the data and begun to analyze it, but I've chosen to hold off revealing the raw data and my personal interpretations of the numbers until after patch 1.16 goes live. Please understand, patch content is our top priority, and the decision to temporarily delay the unveiling of the poll results was made in order to ensure the quickest possible patch release. But fret not! The data will be made available in a few days.


So he says the patch will go online before the poll data is revealed and the poll data will be avaliable in a few days?
Yay, new content is just around the corner ^^
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#13 Feb 28 2011 at 6:58 AM Rating: Decent
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Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?
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Thank you Yoshi san for youre efforts and letting us know what to expect.
I never lost faith in this game, and i will be enjoying myself for years to come.
/salute <t> >>Naoki Yoshida
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#15 Feb 28 2011 at 7:07 AM Rating: Good
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Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?


I can see that, but I'm doing the whole wait and see approach. They're probably bringing some stuff back that people really liked in FFXI and to me, the more content the better. But if it becomes an exact copy of FFXI (constant grinding, relying on parties for almost everything, slow as **** auto attack) I will see myself not playing anymore.

Edited, Feb 28th 2011 8:48am by TerraSonicX
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We've compiled all the data and begun to analyze it, but I've chosen to hold off revealing the raw data and my personal interpretations of the numbers until after patch 1.16 goes live. Please understand, patch content is our top priority, and the decision to temporarily delay the unveiling of the poll results was made in order to ensure the quickest possible patch release. But fret not! The data will be made available in a few days.


Hello March 1st/2nd Update!!
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Hello March 1st/2nd Update!!

I thought we all had figured our when SE says the beginning of the month, they mean 1st or 2nd.
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#18 Feb 28 2011 at 7:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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Keylin wrote:
Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?


everything that made this game different from ffxi is getting massively shot down by players... but that's partially due to the developments fault (mostly). i'm pretty sure they are gonna have to fall back on ffxi due to their mistakes AND then move forward.
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everything that made this game different from ffxi is getting massively shot down by players... but that's partially due to the developments fault (mostly). i'm pretty sure they are gonna have to fall back on ffxi due to their mistakes AND then move forward.


Some justly, some not so. I think the problem is that players are looking at XI with it's fleshed systems vs. XIV with it's half-assed systems and coming to the conclusion that the new systems are never going to be as good. Surely if XI was filled with unfinished mechanics they would suck just as much, and by no means does it mean that if XIV team falls back to XI mechanics they will automatically be better, if not fleshed properly. So that's what they'll have to do regardless.

There are definitely some good comparisons out there (like AH vs. marketplace and server-side UI vs. client-side) but I think it goes a bit too far than it should and I hope Yoshida can see the potential even if we just want to axe everything.

Edited, Feb 28th 2011 4:41pm by Hyanmen
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#20 Feb 28 2011 at 7:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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BLACK MAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is actually the first image I've ever seen that has made me spontaneously scream as I saw it ^__^

And it's not just a blm it's a Viviesque BLM gear! I hope to god this means that one of the classes becomes a dedicated black mage class. I'm going to spend the rest of the day rolling around on the floor as I know that XIV will turn out okay.

Best news ever.
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I don't see anything wrong with tapping into some XI elements and start (re)building from there.

Personally, I logged back into XIV just yesterday after 3/4 months and I'm really impressed with the improvements.. I mean the **** thing is finally playable for me without getting the urge to punch kittens.
I'm really liking Yoshi-P's work with the new dev team and I have good feelings for the near future. XIV needs something to make it stand on its own two feet, but that something has always been right here: it's the Final Fantasy feeling that Yoshi-P is talking about it these letters.

So if they can get this game up to par by looking at past FF titles, by any means DO IT.
XIV's main color is orange, orange like the Phoenix. I say it's time for it to rise from its ashes.
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Keylin wrote:
Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?



I don't see your point at all.

XI was not the first FF game with BLMs and DRKs nor was it the pioneer of special gear, chocobos, NPC-quests nor airships. Just what exactly is there that reminds you of XI so much? I'd certainly like to see it as I love XI too but these 2 games are as different as night and day in almost every aspect.
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Grand Master Alchemist StateAlchemist2 wrote:
Hello March 1st/2nd Update!!

I thought we all had figured our when SE says the beginning of the month, they mean 1st or 2nd.


They originally did not say "Beginning of March" they said "Early March" implying Week 1-2. Now with Yoshi-P's latest statement we can pinpoint it to, not only the first week, but the next couple of days.
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#24 Feb 28 2011 at 8:33 AM Rating: Excellent
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Keylin wrote:
Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?



I don't see your point at all.

XI was not the first FF game with BLMs and DRKs nor was it the pioneer of special gear, chocobos, NPC-quests nor airships. Just what exactly is there that reminds you of XI so much? I'd certainly like to see it as I love XI too but these 2 games are as different as night and day in almost every aspect.


Thank you for saying this. All the jobs in FFXI were either from an earlier appearance in a FF game, or were a metamorphoses of a previous job/class in the FF series. People are so concerned with FFXIV becoming like FFXI that they are ignoring the fact, that regardless of what they are doing with this game, it is improving. If you don't like their methods, and you are so hung up on not playing a game because there are similarities, then I recommend you stop playing MMORPGs altogether. There is no such thing anymore as a MMORPG that doesn't have something in common with another MMORPG.

The way I see it is, at least SE is pulling things from their -own- franchise, instead of cloning features from a game a different company made. What's wrong with recycling the good stuff? God forbid.
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Keylin wrote:
Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?


Like that's a problem? FFXI is exactly what an online FF game should have been like. It takes aspects from previous final fantasy games and MMOize it. Your enjoyment and preference of content is purely subjective to your personal likes/dislikes.

FFXI was basically an online FFIII/V hybrid so if you're asking if I'm worried that XIV is turning into a FF game? No I'm not.

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Keylin wrote:
Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?


I can see that, but I'm doing the whole wait and see approach. They're probably bringing some stuff back that people really liked in FFXI and to me, the more content the better. But if it becomes an exact copy of FFXI (constant grinding, relying on parties for almost everything, slow as **** auto attack) I will see myself not playing anymore.

Edited, Feb 28th 2011 8:48am by TerraSonicX


Well people already consider FFXIV's battle system slow(Not really...) so you won't see it slow down anymore. What killed FFXIV but I still play for friends and see where it goes is the fact people want it as a solo natured game like most every other MMOs coming out..why play an MMO if you dislike group play? You grind in MMORPGs period. Some hide it better than others, but leveling through quests for example? That's quest grinding.

Making armor? Grinding.


Edited, Feb 28th 2011 6:41am by Theonehio
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What's wrong with recycling the good stuff? God forbid.


The only problem here is that they are replacing good stuff with the recycled stuff. This change is only objectively beneficial for the Japanese audience that has had to deal with classes such as Spear-user, Sword-user and Bow-user. Surely anything is better than those. Yet one could easily make the argument that for the English version, this change is not beneficial and rather pointless, and depending on your preferences even worse. This shouldn't be the case.

However at least it is accompanied with making the classes more unique. No one should have any objections against that.
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Keylin wrote:
Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?



I don't see your point at all.

XI was not the first FF game with BLMs and DRKs nor was it the pioneer of special gear, chocobos, NPC-quests nor airships. Just what exactly is there that reminds you of XI so much? I'd certainly like to see it as I love XI too but these 2 games are as different as night and day in almost every aspect.


Probably the fact that everything that makes ffxiv unique is slowly being removed and replaced with more standardized systems similar to ffxi. I'm not saying this is a BAD thing, but I can certainly see the point being made.
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Keylin wrote:
Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?

that is a good thing. xi with updated graphics and some mechanical tweaks would probably be a fantastic mmo.

Edited, Feb 28th 2011 9:51am by stripesonfire
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Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?


You mean like how Final Fantasy I, III, IV, V, and IX had Black Mages, and FFIV had Dark Knights? So it's becoming like a Final Fantasy game.
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seiferdincht wrote:
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Am I the only one who's a little worried that FFXIV is going a bit too far into FFXI? That FFXIV is turning into FFXI-2?



I don't see your point at all.

XI was not the first FF game with BLMs and DRKs nor was it the pioneer of special gear, chocobos, NPC-quests nor airships. Just what exactly is there that reminds you of XI so much? I'd certainly like to see it as I love XI too but these 2 games are as different as night and day in almost every aspect.


Probably the fact that everything that makes ffxiv unique is slowly being removed and replaced with more standardized systems similar to ffxi. I'm not saying this is a BAD thing, but I can certainly see the point being made.


What was unique to FFXIV? To be honest there was very little unique to XIV beyond the lore of the world we stepped into. The Guildleve system is a hybrid Fields of Valour and Registry Hunt from XI. The classes are more like FF's Freelancer class, nothing specific about the class and can access pretty much anything. This is why he wants to hold off on adding new classes, because he wants to get these current ones into more unique and specified roles, and moving "towards XI" is a good way to do that.
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Holy crap those designs could truely only be a FF design. So original they are. The side view of the "evil armor" helmut SOO reminds me of Kain's from FF2US/FF4JP! Best news for me in awhile. I can not wait, I wonder which class it will be for. Makes me wanna smile. :)
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so which is black mage ?

conj or thm

and does that mean they relabeling classes or an advane job ?

I believe he means relabel.
Here is a interview made by French community and Yoshi P says there will be no advanced job in the near future.

http://goo.gl/4F9Ir


Thanks for the link just read it.

So yeah, he means "relabel", but he also said that they consider a considerable rework of current classes so one of them could, for example, look a lot like a black mage and another quite a lot like a dark knight
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Holy crap those designs could truely only be a FF design. So original they are. The side view of the "evil armor" helmut SOO reminds me of Kain's from FF2US/FF4JP! Best news for me in awhile. I can not wait, I wonder which class it will be for. Makes me wanna smile. :)


lol I thought this armor looked like they have thrown SAM, DRK and DRG AF armor in a blender then remolded it. Definitely like it too and looking forward to see what others will look like
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BLACK MAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is actually the first image I've ever seen that has made me spontaneously scream as I saw it ^__^

And it's not just a blm it's a Viviesque BLM gear! I hope to god this means that one of the classes becomes a dedicated black mage class. I'm going to spend the rest of the day rolling around on the floor as I know that XIV will turn out okay.

Best news ever.


This. I nearly choked on my cookie when I saw that picture, I love it the style of that armor! I only hope that if the black mage change does come, it comes for conjurer (seems to make the most sense to me) because I want to wear that gear now, and my THM is only level 20 lol.
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Is it just me or does that look like a new dagger weapon between the full figure images for the gear. And doesn't it look like its equip like a dual wielding weapon around the waste section of the last three figure images??
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Am I the only one excited about the official forums opening in just a little over a week?
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Am I the only one excited about the official forums opening in just a little over a week?


I am as much excited as I am scared. I can already imagine the cesspool of bile and trolling that will be there.
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#39 Feb 28 2011 at 10:55 AM Rating: Decent
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So he says the patch will go online before the poll data is revealed and the poll data will be avaliable in a few days?
Yay, new content is just around the corner ^^


It's weird because I also read that particular line as there's something in the patch that may affect the way they present the results.
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Am I the only one excited about the official forums opening in just a little over a week?


I am as much excited as I am scared. I can already imagine the cesspool of bile and trolling that will be there.


If they're smart, I hope they only allow players with active accounts and character subscriptions to make posts, that will hopefully weed out a lot of that.
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I like that he's willing to delay something to assure it's done right later rather than rushed and done wrong. If only SE had done this in September...

I also [still] like that he's able to speak frankly and that his posts aren't the usual corporate drivel.

The only part that worries me:

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That.

That is not a lot of people.
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Hello March 1st/2nd Update!!

I thought we all had figured our when SE says the beginning of the month, they mean 1st or 2nd.


The old SE meant around the 14th ^.~
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That.

That is not a lot of people.


Pretty much what you would expect at this point really..
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Yeah...back to classics!

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I like that he's willing to delay something to assure it's done right later rather than rushed and done wrong. If only SE had done this in September...

Working in quality assurance myself, FFXIV's release surprised the crap out of me, they completely ignored the unanimous outcries of the beta testers saying the game was not ready.
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Wolfums wrote:
Am I the only one excited about the official forums opening in just a little over a week?


I am as much excited as I am scared. I can already imagine the cesspool of bile and trolling that will be there.


If they're smart, I hope they only allow players with active accounts and character subscriptions to make posts, that will hopefully weed out a lot of that.


I totally agree that the official forums are going to be a scary place. The beta forums were total garbage (at least in General). However, SE would be doing themselves a disservice by only allowing people to post with active characters. At this point, getting back old players has to be a huge priority for them. They'll value people's input on why they no longer play.

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That.

That is not a lot of people.


Pretty much what you would expect at this point really..


That does seem kinda worrisome Smiley: glare
But I konw a number of people who play XIV but are hardly even aware of the Lodestone. If they had advertised the poll via a game-wide login server message, I bet there would at least be a decently higher amount of poll takers.
#47 Feb 28 2011 at 11:17 AM Rating: Good
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Yay for job specific armor - the "evil" one is a little too gaudy for my taste,
but then again, they also have to cater to the "XxXSephiroth Cloudkilla" crowd.

Definitely a step in the right direction. Wrapped in a bit of quest tissue, this
might actually bring me back into the game - for some time, at least!
#48 Feb 28 2011 at 11:40 AM Rating: Excellent
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Rinsui wrote:
Yay for job specific armor - the "evil" one is a little too gaudy for my taste,
but then again, they also have to cater to the "XxXSephiroth Cloudkilla" crowd.

Definitely a step in the right direction. Wrapped in a bit of quest tissue, this
might actually bring me back into the game - for some time, at least!


Good point as Maps, Spells,teleport locations/abilities, access keys and the like aren't on the table for quest rewards because they decided to give all that away (WHY?!)there's going to be a big need for meaningful unique quest rewards.

I'd go to **** and back for that BLM gear!
#49 Feb 28 2011 at 11:40 AM Rating: Good
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Looks like the evil armor is being worn by a Pugilist. Interesting.
#50 Feb 28 2011 at 11:59 AM Rating: Good
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I start to really fall for the whole "Yoshi P" hype.
He's doing a great job so far and I pretty much loved everything he said in his letters so far.

The game is on a good way and I'm happy to see what it's gonna be like :)
#51 Feb 28 2011 at 12:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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That black mage outfit design looks amazing, but I don't see how they're going to work it in except to let both THM and CON wear it.

Except for job abilities that aren't in the game at all (Jump, summoning, etc.) black mage is probably the least well represented by any of the current classes. THM is more "dark" themed with the story following the patron deity of death and all, and they have the enfeebling magic that black mages often have like Poison, Drain, and Aspir. But they can't be true black mages without the elemental spells like Fire and Blizzard which CON has. Yet CON has a bunch of the typical white mage abilities - Cure, Protect, Shell, Raise.

I would be extremely disappointed if they tried to rename either class to "Black Mage" or even give one of them a black mage outfit over the other when neither fit the bill.


Oh, an interesting note though:
In the picture it labels it as ブラックメイジ装備, which says "black mage equipment," but "black mage" is transcribed from the English words. The traditional name for the black mage job in FF games is 黒魔道士 (kuromadoushi), written all in kanji that means the same thing.

Edited, Feb 28th 2011 10:10am by TheMoreYouKnow
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