Hi, hello, salutations, meow, et. cetera.
First up, allow me to say that I read (oh all right, glanced) at the stickies here, and find no rule that says, "thou shalt not make a beginner / n00b help thread". So apologies in advance if this thread breaks the forum rules and/or offends the delicate sensibilities of others.
Moving on to the important part: I am starting FFXIV. Complete newbie, no experience whatsoever in this game or FFXI. For the long story of why I'm starting FFXIV...
Me: *admiring screenshots and Mi'qotes* wow, this is nice. Maybe I'll go check out the prices this weekend
UK Bro: hey bro, I have a buddy pass. You want it?
Me: can I say "yes" fast enough?
UK Bro: here ya go
Me: HOLY CHOCOBOS IT WORKS!
And all this happened in 4chan, too. Never underestimate the kindness of strangers
That said, is there a beginner's guide somewhere, preferably one that is up-to-date? I tried to Google, this site's Wiki, etc., but some of the contents there are dubious and I don't know if it still applies with the latest patch. Some points to ponder:
a. how "newbie-friendly" is this game? I am planning to start as an Archer/Lancer first (in b4 "lol archtard", and Lancer because I like long, hard... weapons to "poke" people with), but reading the subforums here ("so you prioritize stat X... take ability from class Y.. ") makes my head spin. Is there hope for someone who needs to bash his head on rocks in order to learn new things?
b. how much of things handled server-side? I hear horror stories of the inventory screen taking 10 seconds to open; is this true, or still true?
c. same thing with (a), but with professions; if I want to take up Carpentry, do I just pick up an axe and start chopping? Are there in-game tutorials?
d. may I ask what is the best (i.e., most populated) servers in EU, US and Oceanic timezones?
e. one advice people gave me yesterday is, "don't play Mi'qote if you want to be taken seriously, 75% of characters are catgirls". So how true is this? I do want people to take me seriously (or at least, not treat me like a walking ***-a-pile), but on the other hand.. catgirls!
Thanking you guys in advance for any help and/or non-trollish replies. FOR THE HO- urm.. what do we have in place for factions here?