LeilaniWildfire, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
I liked being able to merit for an hour or two and just leave, but now in FFXI you have to merit for an hour just to build up lights and chains...
I leveled my PUP from 72 to 81 in 2 days which included only two 3 hour parties. I don't normally grind exp that long but I actually had fun doing that.
I didn't have to look for a party long, I actually just went to the abyssea area and asked if I could join the people there, I could have left after an hour with 2 levels higher job or loads of merits.
FFXI seems to have become a lot more casual friendly now which I love.
FFXI is a blast these days, I think it's the best it has ever been after a low point in 2009 to early 2010. Abyssea is remarkably well designed, and there have been a multitude of changes to make solo/lowman content very rewarding and to make exp easy to come by. The new roadmap released today looks great too... starting with massive Dynamis overhaul in next month's update (you can solo, get exp from enemies, pop new NMs, etc), new events/battlefield activities, level cap increases, etc.
I actually just logged onto XIV again last week for the first time in a few months and quickly became bored. There's just no comparison going to grind leves on XIV compared to the variety of well designed activities in XI that take LESS time than the old-style exp/merit parties or huge bore-fest events like Dynamis.
As for having to have a long time to merit in XI, that's simply not true. Last night I joined a pickup dominion exp party, partied for about two hours, and ended up with about 280,000 exp (28 merits), and about 130k of that was in hour number one. We weren't even that efficient - a mix of job levels from 75-90 with a couple leeches, not really the fastest or most on the ball party, not a full alliance (at some point running with 12 people), but it was still great exp.
The previous night I had an fun LS event where we killed a bunch of NMs in Abyssea-Grauberg for a couple hours to get gear, atma, NM wins. We brought about 12 people.
The night before that I went out in a 4 person group and we got all four people all the seal items needed to upgrade one piece of a job-specific Abyssea armor set over the course of a couple hours.
The night before that I soloed some NMs, farmed some items, and skilled up a secondary weapon.
Tonight I'll probably go solo Trials of the Magians to work on upgrading a weapon.