The Hustler's Guide in FFXIV...
It takes work to become politically successful. Whether in real life or in an online game, you need to be savvy in order for you to have a meaningful experience (and believe me, I know exactly what it's like to have a bad reputation in a closed group of people. It is ****). Teaming up to do guildleves and behests is one thing, but what about going beyond the norm? How would you feel if I tell you right now that there is a "blueprint" in actually... (gulp)... getting yourself some free gils without having to work for it? It is possible. I have done it. Is it the one thing that I mainly do to get gils in the game? No. Far from it. Is it the one thing I do to get myself some extra cash when I want it? ABSOLUTELY.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is my official forum post in the laws of hustling players on to giving you gils the right way without irritating anyone. (It is also my response to this thread.)
The laws (in no particular order.):
1. MAKE IT AS CASUAL AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Suppose you're on a date and you now took the girl home (and if you're a chick, I'm not a sexist. I just don't wanna be too general with my examples). You two are watching a movie and you realized that now is the perfect opportunity to make your move. Would you:
A.) Massage her while progressively making your touch more and more sensual, until you reach a peak where you end it with an epic make-out session?
B.) Look her in the eye and say, " Ummm.... Uhhh... Do you mind if I kiss you? No? OMG!!! OMG!! I'm so sorry! That was offensive! Oohhhh.... ohhhhhh this is so awkward."
The point is, the more you make a small deal bigger, the bigger it gets. Asking for gils is no big deal. Keep it that way, unless you want to inflame the potential awkwardness that comes from you potentially being perceived as a greedy person. It's a game. People ***** up all the time. It's no big deal, and as long as you are not scamming, irritating, or hurting anyone, by all means, feel free to do it.
2. ASK IT BOLDLY WITH NO HESITATIONS! You must be a confident person. You must not have any fears inside of you and you must believe that you are one who has the right to ask for something whether or not you recieve what you want. In doing so, you will make yourself alot more likely to recieve something. Don't hold back.
3. LEARN WHEN TO ASK. This applies not only in hustling but also in behests, guildleves, and linkshell management. Time is gold, and timing is how you manage your gold. Unfortunately, I cannot give a detailed "blueprint" on exactly when and where you should ask for gils. It is an intuition that you gain through experience and the willingness to "attune" to it. Sometimes you can hustle friends that you have initially met within the first hour and sometimes you can hustle friends that you have known for months. What matters is that you be BOLD and CASUAL.
4. NEVER PUSH YOUR LUCK. If you are percieved by your hustlee as a greedy, gil-sucking chode who has nothing better to do with his/her life than to be a greedy, gil-sucking chode, then you will never get any gils from that person. When you ask for 80, 000 gils and your hustlee is giving you 80, 000 gils, take it and thank the person. Don't ask for 20, 000 more.
5. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT TO SHARE. This is a number's game. Deal with it. Some people can spare something, some people can't. As a good rule of thumb, if the guy or girl starts getting annoyed, STOP.
6. NEVER ASK ANYTHING FROM ANYONE WHOM YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO LOSE FRIENDSHIP WITH. Neither should you **** where you eat or date a coworker.
7. DON'T JUST THANK THE PERSON, GIVE HIM A VAGUE PROMISE. First of all, never promise anything that you can't fulfill. This is why I said "vague promises". An example is better than a long-winded explanation. It'll help you grasp things much easier:
Good promise: "Thank you so much! I'll be here when you need anything! Just holler."
Bad promise: "Thank you so much! I promise to you that I will always save my levequests for you and give you 20% of what I will be earning from them!"
In the first example, it could mean any number of things. It could simply be you helping him teleport to somewhere, help him with a levequest, repair his stuff, join his linkshell events, chat, etc. In the second example, you will be breaking your promise when you give him 1, 900 gils after doing a levequest that gives out 10, 000, or not being able to give him anything because you fell asleep after a hard day's work.
Just make sure you actually DO HELP OUT when he needs you. It is fair to say that a simple "thank you" is not good enough.
That ends this guide. Remember to be ethical in the way you leech and don't scam people. (Join my linkshell at Besaid. Contact Eliza Joran.)
Edited, Mar 29th 2011 4:24am by ViKtoricus