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#1 Oct 15 2011 at 11:46 AM Rating: Good
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So i've been meaning to get FFXIV since before launch, but my PC was outdated. I'm getting a new PC next week and in anticipation purchased a Collectors Edition on the 13th (yea the day before they announce it going p2p)

So I am curious whats a decent server to play on, or a suggested server that could use more players. Also whats needed the most in game as far as crafters/jobs? I typically like playing a Ranged class, and I love crafting. Any suggestions would be helpful.
#2 Oct 15 2011 at 7:10 PM Rating: Decent
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bueller?
#3 Oct 15 2011 at 7:53 PM Rating: Decent
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I played on Besaid, which is the most or one of the most populated servers...but the lowbie population is a real ghostland, with the occasional guy leveling another class.

I just figured that if it was that dead with the game free to play, it will probably be even worse with a subscription.

Hope you like soloing. Good Luck.
#4 Oct 16 2011 at 6:42 AM Rating: Decent
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Dark, I would wait to play this game until they have filly completed it and released it for ps3. It's going to be going through some drastic changes also they will start charging soon. Many believe the populations on the servers will dip causing them to be pretty empty, idk. I would just recommend picking it up when it's 100% complete, unless you don't mind paying for a game monthly that is 50% complete and will be different between now and the time of rerelease. Then I say go for it. Good luck in your decision. Let is know if you have more questions!
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#5 Oct 16 2011 at 6:08 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm not against playing what it currently has, only because I can only really devote 50% of my attention to the game. I don't want something I need to focus on too much, but just something thats here I can play off and on. My wife is Ill, and I've been taking care of her since April, but with taking care of her, I find myself needing something to do again, but unlike my old WoW addiction... I cannot focus on the game like back then.

I played FFXI back in 2002/2003ish... and what I loved about the game was the environments, the music, and the thrill of chasing a hunt (NM)... What I hated about the game was the hours of wasting time trying to find a group to grind mobs with, the fact that people only went to a few locations to level up even though there were really beautiful places you could travel to grind as well, AND the experience penalty on death. what got me to quit was delivering after just buying new equipment and being screwed to have crap gear to try and re-level up with.
#6 Oct 16 2011 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
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There is a lot of people on Selbina and around Ul'dah there are lots of people in the starting areas (I am lvl 15). I went to Grid and it was pretty dead, not sure about LL.
#7 Oct 17 2011 at 10:07 AM Rating: Decent
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getting my new laptop tonight. gonna install n play
#8 Oct 17 2011 at 11:04 AM Rating: Good
Rabanastre has a healthy server, from my perspective at least.

You will enjoy playing Archer in FFXIV. It's very rewarding and sought after by SP parties and endgame activites.

Of the crafts, I would say the Leatherworking is one of the least common, and yet every class has a few pieces of Leather equip that it needs. Shoes and Pants. As Archer, even more so. Also, Carpentry will allow you to make and attach Materia to your own bows. That said, you can skip all forms of crafting with no problem if you chose. The repair NPC can now repair your gear to 99% at low cost. The best part of having a crafting class is to be able to attach your own Materia, which is mostly an end-game goal. By then you will have SL friends to assist in this.

I hope you get into an LS fairly quickly. Not having an LS icon, and joining a few parties and being polite, usually results in a player or two from the party asking you if you would like to join their LS. At the end of a party, ask if anyone would being willing to take on a new LS member. Shouldn't take long at all.

Grand Companies quests = Chocobos at Level 25+. You need to do the GC quests in all 3 cities up to the point where the GC leader gives a speech. This is a great goal for new players, and the Chocobo does not disppoint.

If you are playing Archer you will want to get the Ferocity ability from leveling Lancer. I think you get this by level 10. Easy. It's a ATT+ ability that stacks with the Archer's ATT+ ability, Raging Strike.

Another good one for soloing is Second Wind, a Pugilist ability , also obtained by level 10, that let's you self heal every minute or so.

Good Luck. Hope you enjoy.

#9 Oct 17 2011 at 10:15 PM Rating: Decent
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appreciate the information...very helpful. I'm installing as I talk. Just got an HP DV-6 laptop on sale at Bestbuy. I know it's not the BEST pc, but it's the best I could afford at the moment. Besides, if it doesn't run right, I'll just return it in 14 days and swap for something else.
#10 Oct 17 2011 at 11:31 PM Rating: Decent
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took your advice, Leatherworking. Started on Rabanastre too. Just need to dig into everything so I can get a bow/arrows and work my way up :D
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