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Hello all! =)
I just had a few questions regarding the story quests/missions. I haven't purchased the game yet (plan to very soon), but I was already thinking about what race/class/city I wanted to start in. Originally when I was first interested in the game, I had decided to start at Gridania because it reminded me of Windurst from FFXI (and I absolutely loved that area). But upon further research throughout the internet, it seems that it is a "ghost town" of sorts on most servers which is unfortunate.
But really, what I want to know is... can you only do story quests/missions with people from the same home city as you? On another forum, I read that all 3 storylines kinda merge around level 20 and they become the same quests/missions for each area. If this is true, does that mean you can do the quests with people from other cities after this point or are you still limited to going with people from your home city? Are most of the story missions soloable, anyways?
I mainly want to know because 1) I have a friend on the server I will be going to already, and he chose Ul'dah as his starting area, so if I can't do the future story quests/missions with him, that would kind of suck, lol. and 2) if Gridania really is a "ghost town" as I've heard, this would be annoying trying to find people to do the missions with in general.
To the long-time FFXIV players: even excluding the story/quests mission stuff I mentioned earlier, would I regret starting in Gridania due to its low population? Would you advise starting in Ul'dah or the other one? It seems like one of those things where I should choose what area I like the most, but if it actually affects me (lack of people), it could make me not enjoy the game as much as I normally would, ya know?
Thanks for any help anyone can provide! I really appreciate it. =)