Hmm, I enjoyed the party grind in FFXI. I miss the skillchains and magic bursts. Soloing in FFXIV has been interesting so far but not as fun as partying in FFXI. I'll see what happens after level 20. Thanks for the info.
Those don't exist in XI anymore sadly. Well, they still exist, but nobody gives a Fu now.
eh, there are LSes with people who are into it - and honestly, make friends and you can have whatever kind of party you want. You won't find people generally interested in it for pickup groups - but then again I never see anyone trying to shout for a six-char party either, so maybe if people want that they should reach out to others that want that?
I like the book burn alliances if only because I get to play with classes I almost never saw in exp, and you can pretty much play
in the true sense of the word, and (this is the biggest thing) they are just usually there - ready to join - you don't have to use limited playtime to form them.
The game mechanics make traditional 6-char parties in old camps less efficient than book burning alliances, but they have also made things like soloing, duoing, and trioing way more possible than they ever were before.
Some people complain about pages - but really - they just give an extra reward for playing the way we were playing for ages - like can you really get upset about getting an extra couple thousand exp for killing crawlers you would have been burning endlessly anyway?