But how do you use the downloaded client to play when you don't have the registration/buddy pass code? I thought that had to be linked to your Square-Enix account.
I think they torrent all of the updates. I bought the game so I'm not 100% sure. What happened to the Buddy Pass Request quarantine thread?
It was locked and un-sticked probably because no one was replying with 'here i have a code for you' and the admins try to limit the no of stickies at the forum top.
Buddy Pass Frequently Asked Questions: What is a Buddy Pass?
I can install the game with a copy my friend has but I can't register the game to my square enix account without a code. I just want to try out the game before I buy it.
Game Trial Code = a code that gives your account access to a game with certain provisos like
a) you can only reach up to a certain level before you have to buy the game and unlock your character
b) you can only use your account for a period of time (eg 30 days) before you have to buy the game to continue the account
FFXIV Buddy Code = full game code that opens your account permanently and without restriction. Once you apply a registration code to your square enix account you can create characters and play for as long as you want without level restrictions. You won't have to buy the game yourself later as there is nothing to unlock, you will already have full access to the game FFXIV Buddy Code ≠ Game Trial Code Is FFXIV free?
FFXIV is free to play right now. Until the developers reach a stage where they are happy with the systems and content, the monthly account charge and charges for characters are not applied to you. What that means is that if you get a buddy pass given to you, you can create an account and create characters without having to pay a cent. Why aren't there many codes?
Buddy passes were only given out with the collectors edition released in September 2010. It has been 9-10ish months since then. In that time there have been a lot of people who have left, probably discarding their buddy passes if they had them. There are people who gave their buddy passes away at the start. And there are people who used their buddy passes to create alternate accounts for themselves so they can have access to more retainers, more anima from transport mules and ability to have leve linking mules. All in all there are probably very few unused buddy passes floating around out there. Why don't those people who do have them give them out?
They are valuable in the sense that they are a full game. As mentioned above about the game being free, if you paid money tog et the collectors edition, for reasons like being excited over the game or being a huge fan of the series, you will most likely not be willing to give the game away free to someone who is all 'Oh I just wanna try it out and see if it is for me. I'm not committed enough to want to buy it and give money to the producers, but I want to muck around, see how it handles and then possibly leave forever, wasting your buddy pass if I don't like it.'
Also if they have held onto their buddy pass for this long, they either have plans for it, or possibly want to invite friends to the game to play with them but won't do so until the game is better in their eyes.
And thirdly you may be a RMT. It is possible to download and patch the FFXIV game client through torrents and file sharing sites. An RMT person could come onto a gaming forum like this, create a dozen accounts and spam requests for a buddy pass. If they succeed they would have complete access on an account to run around and farm gil for free. They would not have to outlay any costs in order to make money = profit for them. So someone who actually cares about the game enough to have held onto their buddy pass would not be wanting to give it out so some stranger who may be pulling a sob story to try and make a profit. Is there anything I can do to get a buddy pass?
Be patient. Be polite. If there is someone out there kind and generous enough to have a buddy pass to give out, it will be to someone who can prove they are worth it. A post from someone with a brand new account who writes in leetspeak and doesn't say please or thankyou is less likely to get a positive response than someone who asks nicely and has spend some time on the forum being helpful if they can be. What else can I do?
Look in bargain bins and places online. Some retailers have copies of the standard edition (comes with one regn code only) for less than $10. If you can spare that you can try and buy yourself a copy, so if you don't decide to play you are only wasting a little bit of your own money, rather than someone else’s buddy pass.
tl:dr The buddy pass isn't a trial. It is a full game. If someone gives you a buddy pass you wont have to buy the game, ever. The chances of you getting a buddy pass are extremely slim. You are better off finding a cheap copy somewhere online so you can play and not waste that much money should you decide not to continue.
I don't mean to come off mean or abrasive, but we have receved quite a number of requests for buddy passes (not to mention the 2 dozen or so threads made before the sticky was created), yet no one seems to understand the difference between a game trial and the FFXIV buddy pass. If you are a genuine person, best of luck to you. Edited, Jul 5th 2011 7:44pm by Magnesium02