FFXIV does explanations of game mechanics a lot better than FFXI did (at least when I played), though it's still ambiguous with where you should be going, or what you could be doing to experience all the game has to offer. Wander around your city and find out where the Market Wards, Repair NPC, common vendors areTry some of the quests that NPCs offer (you'll see an ! above their names if they have one for you)Do a few introductory Leve Quests, and once you get the hang of those, "real" Leves at the Rank 1 camp.After doing those, try out other classes, such as gathering and crafting. You get beginner weapons and tools as rewards for the Rank 1 leves
I'd suggest asking someone in-game, as they can offer quick responses to any little or more specific questions you might have.
Oh, make sure you start off as a Disciple of War/Magic. You can always buy a beginner Tool for crafting/gathering later.
To start off with:
Maybe you'll find something you enjoy, and/or a Linkshell to chat with. Exploring is generally a pretty fun use of time.
Edited, Sep 6th 2011 5:17am by Kirby