It is still quite possbile to Power Level, but I don't see many people bothering. Why would you, when you can get just as much or more Exp in a regular party now?
Meanwhile, my Leves are just piling up. Just a heaping pile of repetition and boredom. You? Still been doing your 4 Leves consistantly? Use them for crafting only now?
I would love to hear some feedback from other people on how they are playing post 1.19a. Here's what I'm seeing:
Exp parties of late are coming out way on top. You still have to gather in Ul'dah, but I'm seeing party /shouts to be more common then ever. The level gap is very forgiving (Low level healers are fine, while low level DD struggle). Easy to create a party with just 5-6 members and start cranking out Exp chains of 800+ per mob. If some friends log on while you are partying, there is still room for more to join. If you lose a member suddenly, no big deal.
IMO, this party structure is ideal. Drop-in, drop-out, no worries. And the EXP rate is very rewarding. Perhaps a Level every hour, give or take. Maybe a bit fast, but I'm not going to complain about that.
Want to grab a few level 50's and head out to the strongholds? OK, if you have a few level 50's who want to. They really are sacrificing their time to level you. But wait, "Hey Level 50 guy, do you have a 35-45 to level? Yeah? Well, we could just all go party then."
So you just hop on level 35-45 jobs. And it turns out, now all the members of the party are getting close to the same Exp as PL'ing. But those 3 Level 50's are actually advancing instead of just sacrificing time. Does this make PL'ing officially balanced?
Real quick, run through as many Leves as you can in an hour. OK, how many did you get done? 4? 5? So that's about 1/4 of your total Exp needed to next level? What I'm seeing is that it takes about 3-4 hours of soloing leves to get one level.
We used to be able to share Leves. We would go help someone on their leves, dou or trio, and we would get decent amount of Exp(SP) for helping. Now you get a slap in the face. 650 EXP, you suck. 850 Exp, go do something else.
Is that fine with us? Yeah. Leves are boring and we have done them all at least 20 times apeice. But what about the casual player. Log on, play for 20 minutes, have fun, log off. Is it still possible? Yes, if you want to spend 3-4 hours per level, it is.
I personally think that the reward for sharing a Leve should increase (marginally) so that in those times when you can only find 1 or 2 other friends to play with, you can just share Leves. Dou or Trio, you can start to increase the Level of mobs, and after you start chaining them, Exp gets much better.
Looks mostly good. Exp party is now the most rewarding form of leveling up. To me, this is at it should be.
I feel that the current system is rewarding solo or dou teams with just a fraction of what a party is now recieving. From what I'm seeing, this is mostly due to Exp Chains, and the fact that you can just barely solo mobs your own level. I can't really argue with this, because I want party to be incentivized.
However, I no longer feel that I can just log on for 30 minutes and complete something significant. I want a party. And I need time for a party.
Does anyone have suggestions for quick activities that can be done solo for Exp? I have little experience with Escort or Company Leves. I am hearing that these are challenging for a solo as well.
(Level 16-20 have been absolutely nerfed solo wise. This is the Level range just before parties become common enough to replace your own solo effort. Friends and LS mates are getting stuck at these levels and just giving up. If you can't find a PL or some experienced party help these levels just drag on and on. They lowered mob HP levels 1-15, but 15-20 is unchanged. Anyone have a Class 16-20 that can comment on solo efforts at these levels?)
Edited, Oct 24th 2011 12:03pm by SmashingtonWho