Alright, I've gotten the game updated and all of my payment options sorted and I'm ready to begin. I've created about a dozen characters, watched the opening cinematic and deleted and started over (I don't particularly like ANY of the facial combinations... the highlanders have terrible hair and no eyebrows, all of the midlanders look like they're still in high school, etc.). What I'm wondering however, is where I should start. I know I could find information regarding the three starting zones, but I'm looking more for an up-to-date opinion of where to begin the adventure.
Is Ul'Dah still the most populace and popular choice of a starting area? I remember there being more pros than cons associated with starting in Ul'Dah when I first played a couple of years ago.
Is Gridania still an undesirable starting place? It appeals to me the most but I remember it being the least populace starting area and hearing a lot about the map being difficult to navigate or mundane or something like that.
Also, is there any statistical difference between being a midlander/highlander/elezen? I'm sure I could look that one up (will probably try after this) but I figured I'd just tack it on.
Finally, if anyone has a LS that is lowbie friendly and socially active, I would love to find an LS to get involved with and have a social aspect to my early grind. I'd be happy to start my character on your server if you would have me.