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#1 Sep 13 2011 at 7:03 AM Rating: Good
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Hi

I am completely new at this game. I am struggling through this world on my own. The game did not come with any instructions on basic information. I am unsure of things as how to set my action bars, when I can do quests, ( sometimes it makes me exchange I think) How to sell items..I purchased a 'retainer' but no money is coming in...

Is there some new beginners guide I can purchase to help me through this world? Graphics are great and I am enjoying that. I have seen this Chrono guide but I am not sure if that is actually for the total beginner or just some grinding guide.

Thanks for any advice.

pepper

Edited, Sep 13th 2011 9:05am by Pepperz
#2 Sep 13 2011 at 7:07 AM Rating: Good
FFXIV New Player Guide

I skimmed through it briefly before posting. Seems to have a lot of the basic information you are looking for.
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#3 Sep 13 2011 at 8:54 AM Rating: Decent
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That guide realy could use a update thoug.
#4 Sep 13 2011 at 9:11 AM Rating: Excellent
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Pepperz wrote:
Hi, I am completely new at this game.

Hi and welcome!

Pepperz wrote:
I am struggling through this world on my own. The game did not come with any instructions on basic information.

Visit Lodestone, read the in-game manual at the Aetheryte, or ask your main quest giver in the adventurer's guild for basic information. Also, always follow the main story quest until you need to gain levels to see the rest, it'll take you through all the important bits.

Pepperz wrote:
I am unsure of things as how to set my action bars

It's in the menu, Action & Skills option?

You need to learn skills, which you get automatically every even level for each class. Each skill cost points, and your current rank determines your maximum Action Point capacity, so even if you learned 80 skills, you can only set 64 points worth of them at rank50, and in a maximum of 3 bars (so 30 slots).

Some skills require specific classes to use, and some skills do not require any action points to set.

Pepperz wrote:
when I can do quests, ( sometimes it makes me exchange I think)

Those are Levequests, the equivalent of dailies that you do to grind. You get a new allocation of leves every 36 hours, and you can see how long until the next one by using the /clock command, by checking on Zam (LEVE REST IN: ##:##:## at the top of the screen) or in the TIMERS section of your character profile.

Exchanging leves will be gone in a week or two, but essentially, it serves to boost the gil/marks you earn from quest by 10% per "exchange" point. Exchange points work this way:
+1 point if the card has a different image from the leve you're picking
+1 point if the leve came from a different city.

You can only exchange 4 leves when you pick a new one, and you can only have +2 per card, so +80% rewards at best, if you really go all the way. It's mostly pointless to do, though, and as I said before, will be gone in next patch.

Pepperz wrote:
How to sell items..I purchased a 'retainer' but no money is coming in...

To players or NPC? Just find a stall and sell your junk to NPC at first, unless you know someone who wants to buy it. Or you can go to the market wards and try to learn the value of things, then have your retainer open up a shop -- but if you just give him stuff, all he'll do is hold on to it, not sell it.

Pepperz wrote:
Is there some new beginners guide I can purchase to help me through this world? Graphics are great and I am enjoying that. I have seen this Chrono guide but I am not sure if that is actually for the total beginner or just some grinding guide.

I find that there's nothing quite like figuring it out by yourself. Guides are great once you understand the game and want to check if you are missing on something, but you should really just play the game at first, imho. Anyway, State Alchemist linked one above.

Pepperz wrote:
Thanks for any advice.

Have fun!
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#5 Sep 13 2011 at 4:51 PM Rating: Good
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OP, I guess you didn't play FFXI. If you REALLY want to be thrown into a game with no given direction on what you should be doing, try that one. Of course, those of us who stuck out a bumpy start, found a wonderful game. Hopefully, some day we can say the same thing about this game.
#6 Sep 13 2011 at 7:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you all very much for your help. I will look at the beginners guide. I am glad that this exchanging of quests is going to disappear. I sort of laughed when I read that my retainer is just holding my stuff. I guess I thought he was going to go out and sell it for me. I will have to try to learn more about that. I am not sure anyways what to sell and what to keep. How do I know if it is something I might need?

I am glad that there is a resource here and people willing to answer posts. Thank you all again.

Pepper :)
#7 Sep 13 2011 at 7:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Iunno, with FFXI I felt a sense of direction. I'm actually quite lost here too. I'm nearly 18, hitting 20 very soon, an I dunno how or where to party. I read you start at 20, but I don't know how to get one, or what to do lol. I'm a lancer in Selbina btw, also desperately seeking a social ls.
#8 Sep 13 2011 at 8:21 PM Rating: Good
Pepperz wrote:
Thank you all very much for your help. I will look at the beginners guide. I am glad that this exchanging of quests is going to disappear. I sort of laughed when I read that my retainer is just holding my stuff. I guess I thought he was going to go out and sell it for me. I will have to try to learn more about that. I am not sure anyways what to sell and what to keep. How do I know if it is something I might need?

I am glad that there is a resource here and people willing to answer posts. Thank you all again.

Pepper :)


As far as basic things that might be worth keeping...for now my best recommendation is to check the Market Ward when you come back from the field, before you NPC items. Browse through...note what is sold, and for how much. Becareful about listing things though, because if you undercut the market too much, you might actually be selling for less then what an NPC would pay you. (I see this a lot and laugh because its free gil for me.)

It's kinda trial and error. YOu will get a feel for what sells quickly and what doesn't. Hopefully you will find a good LS with some friendly and helpful people that dont mind being bombarded with questions.
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