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#1 Nov 22 2011 at 12:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Hi folks,

I'm planning on starting this game in a week when I my PC setup. I have some questions I was hoping to get answered to smooth my entry into the game.

1. Do people tend to take their names fairly seriously or are there a lot of silly names like you see in WoW?

2. What's the best way to pick out a server? Should I just pick out a medium population server and hope for the best?

3. What's a good way to start making money? I never got into crafting in FFXI, but I would love to change that in FFXIV. Should I expect to lose a lot of money leveling up or can I actually make money with crafting?

4. Are there high demand party classes I could start playing to help find groups? I always prefer to play in parties over soloing, and I can grow to love pretty much any class, so I'd prefer to play one that's high in demand.

Thanks for your help!
#2 Nov 22 2011 at 5:26 AM Rating: Good
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1) I've seen a lot more "serious" names than not, but I can't say it's a problem to have a "not serious" name.

2) Personally I found an Ls here and went to their server, but if you don't have a group to go to, I'd reccomend picking a server with higher population. The more people the better in my opinion.

3) You can make money crafting, but I would actually advice to just level a battle class. Sell items monsters drop (some can sell really good even from low level monsters), leves reward gil (and if lucky gear), and just have fun doing quests etc.

If you follow the story line and level up battle classes, gil won't be a problem as far as gearing correctly is concerned.

4) Nowadays there's a lot of people with many classes leveled so I don't really run into these problems. However, it's always a good advice to level a mage (since most people tend to preffer being DDs). The way it's going now is conjurer = white mage and thaumaturge = black mage, so if you really want to be wanted from parties later I'd say go conjurer since theres always a shortage of people who want to heal.
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#3 Nov 22 2011 at 12:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks I appreciate the response. A couple more questions I had if you don't mind.

5. Is there an equivalent to the sigil I should get before grinding?

6. Are races tied to a home city? As in something similar to starting in the correct city and getting that special ring when you started? I really want to play a taru equivalent and I wanted to start in the desert city and I'm hoping I won't miss out on anything with that combo.
#4 Nov 22 2011 at 2:22 PM Rating: Good
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5) Nope, that don't exist

6) Not that i know, Ul'Dah seems to be the "hub" atm like Jeuno was in ffxi and that's about it. Traveling around and changing HP is not a problem at all though, so just pick the city you think suit you the best :)

Good luck!
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#5 Nov 22 2011 at 2:28 PM Rating: Good
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The different races seem have some lore attached to them but not anything like in FFXI where your entire race in general was from one of the starter cities. In the opening CS for each city you seem to be arriving and are new in town anyway.

Design the character that pleases you and choose the city that you like the best.

That said, I would suggest you go ahead and start a character in each of the cities as the opening CS are different for each and all 3 are rather enjoyable. I just created and deleted a 2nd character a couple times to experience them all.
#6 Nov 22 2011 at 2:42 PM Rating: Decent
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1. Your name is what you make of it. If you can't pull it off, stay to a name that doesn't linger in the mind for long.

2. Depends i would personally go for a well populated server for someone just starting off.

3. Sell the trash you acquire as you level up, as well as leve's, quests. When you join a LS ask them to help you kill NM's for u/u weapons/armor. As well start mining from the get go. 0 cost to you, and anything you sell is profit.

4. Simple answer... currently you need 4 level 50 classes to be of any use as a DoW or DoM. After 1.20 in 1-2 weeks i don't know.

5. Yes and no... there's guardian aspect when you are in a leve, nothing for the grind though

6. No.
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#7 Nov 22 2011 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok, thanks for the help. Normally I just look these things up, but this game's being updated and changed so much that I don't really know where to start, or what's still accurate.

One more question:

7. Does the guardian I pick matter other than for flavor? I saw that you can invoke it while you are doing a Leve, but I can't find a place that lists any specific benefits for different ones.
#8 Nov 22 2011 at 3:50 PM Rating: Decent
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GA (guardian aspect) only effects you exp per kill.
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#9 Nov 22 2011 at 3:53 PM Rating: Good
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omeed wrote:
7. Does the guardian I pick matter other than for flavor? I saw that you can invoke it while you are doing a Leve, but I can't find a place that lists any specific benefits for different ones.

Currently it doesn't appear to have any affect.

If you happen to roll on Cornelia, look me up and I will see if I can give you a hand :)
To look someone up in game you can go to the social list and add a friend. Or you can just send a tell, just type /tell Yelta Sumasu and type your message


Edited, Nov 22nd 2011 4:54pm by Yelta
#10 Nov 22 2011 at 4:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks, I appreciate the offer. I guess I'll just pick one for flavor or let it default to my birthday one. I'm really looking forward to playing. Hopefully I can have my computer built and have all patching done in time to play by Saturday night. I'm very curious how long the patching will take.

Is Cornelia a well populated server?

Edited, Nov 22nd 2011 5:17pm by omeed
#11 Nov 22 2011 at 4:32 PM Rating: Decent
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omeed wrote:
Is Cornelia a well populated server?


Good choice... i would not recommend you Palamecia, Ul's lag can crash a PC and yet 3h's of shouting is needed to get 4/8 group for anything, on a weekend.
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#12 Nov 22 2011 at 4:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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as a new player, I'm going to have to disagree with some of them answers
I have found that as a new guy (I am lvl 17 in most of my classes) that most people with a bunch of 50's next to their class have lost touch with what it takes to actually start this game from scratch. for example: a lvl 14 Glad weapon sell on the market for 100,000 + now I don't know about the rest of you, but at lvl 14 100K was 1/3 of my total bank! And I got there slow, you can burn to 14 in a day. But I could make the item for 200 gil. I'm sure that will vary from server to server. If you like crafting, invest in it.

3. This game is cash (gil) hungry, The inflation rate on gear is just ridiculous, Maybe once you have friends with deep pockets you will be OK but starting .. doing some Combat Leve's , you are going to be hurting for gear very fast. Almost nothing in the game drops gear and quest give so little gear its almost non-existent at the lower levels. Once you fight your way though the worst market system in the history of MMo's you will quickly discover you don't have enough money to buy anything. I found that by crafting you can make a lot of that gear you cant buy. Crafting at the starting levels cost nothing to level up and since the crafting change is actually easy. I suggest a weaver or blacksmith to make most your early armor and weapons. The you can feel free to join in the rampant over priced marked and propagate the problem to the next generation of players.


4. I have to agree that the Conj is a good even class, heals buffs AoE damage, the works. Do that and a damage type that you enjoy playing; I went lancer, but I like Spears

6. On my server 2 cities are empty and we all hang in Ul'Dah. The only bad part about not hanging there is the other cities markets are empty, you want some pelts? sorry go to Ul'Dah. You want some woods? Go to Ul'Dah.

lastly doing the disp of the lands is a great idea, just leveling up do you can harvest Dyes is a great source of income: And I find that raw resources sell for a highly inflated rate no matter what level that are. (really people.. 4000 gil for maple)

Just my 2 gil bro,

#13 Nov 22 2011 at 5:22 PM Rating: Good
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I'm just going to pop in here and point out that you can buy some pretty OK starter gear at the adventurers guild from NPC's for a decent price. I just went back recently and leveled up some lower jobs using that equipment up until the mid 20's.

By the time you outgrow that you should have a little nest egg from selling drops and gil rewards from leves. Grab gathering tool and just NPC the drops if you are short some gil. Or you can craft stuff from the drops if that interests you.

Also by that time you should have made a few friends and even have a LS or two. From that pool of people you should be able to find people to craft you some stuff for a decent price and then at 25 do some Toto-Rak runs and then hunt the mid level NM.

A lot of the people with multiple 50's that I know are now leveling new characters with the lower level LS mates.
#14 Nov 22 2011 at 5:24 PM Rating: Decent
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iatesand wrote:
as a new player, I'm going to have to disagree with some of them answers
I have found that as a new guy (I am lvl 17 in most of my classes) that most people with a bunch of 50's next to their class have lost touch with what it takes to actually start this game from scratch. for example: a lvl 14 Glad weapon sell on the market for 100,000 + now I don't know about the rest of you, but at lvl 14 100K was 1/3 of my total bank! And I got there slow, you can burn to 14 in a day. But I could make the item for 200 gil. I'm sure that will vary from server to server. If you like crafting, invest in it.


3. cont. Excellent point... get the materials for item you want and have it crafted [the level 14 sword mat's cost ~5k, and with a 5k tip to crafter it will cost you 10k. Then when you out grow it resell for 50k and profit]
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#15 Nov 22 2011 at 5:30 PM Rating: Decent
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@iatesand, I appreciate a fellow newbie's perspective. I want to craft, so I will probably do that just because I didn't pay attention to it in FFXI (I gardened for gil).

Yelta, thanks for the pointer to the NPCs. I'll check them out for gear as I do recall seeing a lot of posts about REALLY expensive starter gear. So hopefully I'll find them affordable. If the server selection shows Cornelia as a populated server, I'll definitely make my character there to take you up on your kind offer. I really look forward to playing.
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