And you know what? Even after reading through every forum I could find, I still have a lot of hope for this game. My favorite MMO I've ever played is FFXI, and I'm not expecting an FFXI clone with updated graphics, but I'm still looking forward to some sort of atmosphere wherein leveling with a group is actually encouraged, and where it's possible for me to find a nice, friendly linkshell to group with. I actually like the sound of the fatigue system because I'm a student and I have absolutely no business playing for several hours each day (which I would be tempted to do without fatigue). As far as I can tell, the huge problems are a general lack of material (which will be remedied) and a completely worthless UI (which I hope to God will be remedied). The world seems small, but it'll get bigger, though I don't know if I want it quite as big as Vana'diel. Don't judge me for praising the game before I've played it - well, maybe you can judge me some, I deserve it - but I'm just feeling really optimistic about this one.
That being said, would anybody like to recommend me a server that has good, active linkshells and perhaps show me the ropes in-game when it finally arrives?