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#1 May 23 2012 at 4:20 AM Rating: Decent
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Hey!

I know there's been tons of threads regarding coming back to the game. I'm a long time experienced FFXI player who loved the game and the reason for quiting was lack of time and boredom due to lack of new good content and playing with people during my own timezones (started playing FFXI before the EU release which forced me to play on NA servers and didn't want to quit because of the friends I made on that server)

Anyway I got some other questions regarding FFXIV. I played from release but I quit about 1-2 weeks after release because I couldn't stand it. It wasn't at all what you would expect from an MMO and it wasn't at all like FFXI.

As I can see there's been a lot of changes since the release and I'm getting interested in playing again. Since one of my big issues in FFXI was play time I wonder. Is it easy for a casual/solo player to play the game? One of the original idea of the game, was that you could be a casual player and still enjoy the game. Because FFXI was party based in everything you did.

1. Can you do more quests/day than 8 quests? Since I have a limited play time I would like to be able to play for a longer time when I actually play. Being limited like that sucks =/

2. Can I solo AF quests and job quests? Even if it's a greater challenge, being able to solo these types of things would be nice. I remember CoP in FFXI where you would need big parties to be able to manage simple quests in the series and if you had already done them there was no need to do them again. If you didn't have any friends in the game you would get stuck. (My LS leader would arrange and LS event just so we could finish CoP xD)

I really wish they'd just make a solo/casual friendly version of FFXI and they'd be all set. That game had solid and great storyline, great system for jobs and alot of fun content (until you were looping Limbus, Dynamis, HNM fights)

I thought they'd get some inspiration from the other MMO's to make it a better version of FFXI.

Also, do you know a good guide for new players. Since it's been a while I've forgotten everything about FFXIV and it would help to catch up on quests, jobs and gameplay :-)

Thanks!

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#2 May 23 2012 at 11:20 AM Rating: Good
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Minipilen wrote:

1. Can you do more quests/day than 8 quests? Since I have a limited play time I would like to be able to play for a longer time when I actually play. Being limited like that sucks =/


There is something called a leve allowance now, it stacks to 99 and while you will start out probably finishing them faster than your allowance regens. But if you are casual you will probably have plenty saved up each time you log on. You can still only have 8 battle leves on you at one time. I just set my 2nd homepoint at Gridania, my first homepoint at the camp I am doing leves at and use the Return when I need to go back.

Minipilen wrote:
2. Can I solo AF quests and job quests? Even if it's a greater challenge, being able to solo these types of things would be nice. I remember CoP in FFXI where you would need big parties to be able to manage simple quests in the series and if you had already done them there was no need to do them again. If you didn't have any friends in the game you would get stuck. (My LS leader would arrange and LS event just so we could finish CoP xD)


You can solo most of the early parts but when you need to get to the ??? inside dungeons and you need 4 to enter and then you need a party again for at least the last instance fight. Jobs are really for party play so it makes sense to me that they require some partying up to unlock fully.

Most of the fights are pretty easy and I have done most with a PUG. I'm finding people are still doing them and still helping others do them.
#3 May 23 2012 at 1:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Welcome back btw!
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#4 May 23 2012 at 3:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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I've been running solo until I wanted to start the Grand Company quests. A simple shout in Grid and 10 minutes later a guy was running me through. I only discovered later that Fraps wasn't running so I didn't get any screenshots Smiley: motz
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#5 May 23 2012 at 3:20 PM Rating: Good
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I pretty much ran solo until I was comfortable enough to start learning the ropes of group activities myself. It's not hard, and quests that can't be completed solo can be done with one or two friends, with exceptions of perhaps the latter part of AF quests (that require dungeon raids or the final AF quests, which require a full party to complete.)

It's actually a bit more difficult to get a lower level group than a higher level group as it stands, which is fine as the solo content is fairly consistent, and quick with the rested bonuses. I tend to play a bit on the casual side myself and I find the game quite enjoyable all around. I do recommend you find a like-minded linkshell, as it makes all the difference later on.
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