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#1 Jun 21 2012 at 5:41 PM Rating: Decent
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So, I have decided to check out FFXIV again and give it another chance. The game has already changed dramatically from its release and I thought now would be a great time to give it another go while I'm not teaching this summer and can devote some time to what seems to be a fairly involved game. I absolutely loved playing bard in FFXI and I see that it has made its return to this game so I started the prereq and started leveling an archer. However... just like in FFXI there is just so much to do and see.

So I guess this thread is to introduce myself to some of the community and ask a few questions...

Essentials,

Where do I begin? I mean what are the essential quests that I should be doing to make my time in the game more enjoyable, easier to get ahead etc?

The leve system, seems to be about the same but works a little bit better, I guess I get leves 8 per day 2 sets a day. Aside from leves what are other ways to level, did they fix grouping? Are there specific places that people group in like they did in FFXI?

I'm sure I'll have many many more questions as I start to delve deeper into this game and I'm excited to play again. That being said, if anyone is able to answer these questions I would love the help. Thanks so much everyone.

Garo

Edited, Jun 21st 2012 7:42pm by Garoshima
#2 Jun 21 2012 at 5:56 PM Rating: Excellent
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I've only been playing for almost two weeks now and I absolutely love the game. I do have some minor complaints here and there, but who doesn't?

Starting in FFXIV is way more straight forward than FFXI was. While it certainly isn't as linear as RIFT, WoW, or TERA, the starting quest pretty much gives you a heads up on what to do. Then I would suggest just going outside of your starting town and killing stuff! LVL 1-5 is a breeze and then 5-10 is just as fast. Opens up a lot of quests, things to do, etc etc. Uldah is most populated town I think, on all servers. It's sort of like a center hub. You can also choose which Grand Company to serve regardless of which city you decided to start at.

Guild leves are by far the best way to make gil at low levels. Do em. I am currently level 27 and have not had any difficulties leveling. People say they feel lonely because they have nobody to talk to or no parties to play with. I say just level up so that you can start doing end-game stuff and group with people. Run around Uldah shouting for an LS, I'm sure it won't be hard to find a friendly LS.

As for my complaints, it has to do with travelling methods and how some of the running distances are just... omg -falls asleep- . Scenery is nice, but how long does the scenery remain so gorgeous (if you know what I mean).

I have lots to say, I'm just kind of throwing things out of my head as they come. If you like FFXI, FFXIV is the closest big MMO out on the market, I think. I like it. I'm on Masamune server, currently no LS. But if you join Masamune and need someone to talk to, you can hit me up. In game name is Asuran Zara.

Hope you enjoy playing FFXIV!


#3 Jun 21 2012 at 6:19 PM Rating: Decent
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Great thanks so much for the info. I will definitely make my way out there. I had already started a character when the game was released so all that starter stuff I've been through, just don't remember it haha. I am playing with a friend of mine so it has already been a blast we played our old classes from like 15-19 in about an hour but since I found out bard is available I had to start over as archer haha. I will continue to play around with it.

As far as grand companies are concerned is that how you get guild leves?

As far as crafting is concerned I would love to do something that would be beneficial to the archer... I would assume that you can make higher end arrows/weapons through crafting, which crafts would you all suggest?

Edited, Jun 21st 2012 8:25pm by Garoshima
#4 Jun 22 2012 at 3:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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I don't remember what level you can start getting guild leves but I think right at the beginning they are available. You can get them at each starting city's adventure guild which usually in the same room of the inn; I believe.

Got no answer On the archer question though, sorry.
#5 Jun 22 2012 at 6:40 AM Rating: Good
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Garoshima wrote:
As far as grand companies are concerned is that how you get guild leves?

No, Guild leves are grabbed at the adventurer guild's counter. They cost 1 leve allocation as usual, but they also require "faction points". You earn a few (5-9?) faction points whenever you run a regular leve. Leves are requested by one of the three different factions, which each tally your faction points with them. Once you earn 100, 200 or 300 faction points with a faction, you can turn them into a faction leve, which is essentially a regular leve with a couple of extra mobs and rewards. Fun to do from time to time. Horn & Hand faction leves are usually mini-games of sorrt, and can be relaxing/entertaining a bit, if you're looking for a change of pace.
Garoshima wrote:
As far as crafting is concerned I would love to do something that would be beneficial to the archer... I would assume that you can make higher end arrows/weapons through crafting, which crafts would you all suggest?

Pointing out the obvious but... Carpenter and Botanist go hand in hand with archer, especially to make your own arrows. Then there's always weaver and leatherworker to consider, if you would like to make or fix your own armor. You may need pretty minimal levels of goldsmith or blacksmith to make ingots (or you can just buy them directly off the market wards) for the arrowheads.
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#6 Jun 22 2012 at 7:27 AM Rating: Good
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Docent42 wrote:
Garoshima wrote:
As far as grand companies are concerned is that how you get guild leves?

No, Guild leves are grabbed at the adventurer guild's counter. They cost 1 leve allocation as usual, but they also require "faction points". You earn a few (5-9?) faction points whenever you run a regular leve. Leves are requested by one of the three different factions, which each tally your faction points with them. Once you earn 100, 200 or 300 faction points with a faction, you can turn them into a faction leve, which is essentially a regular leve with a couple of extra mobs and rewards. Fun to do from time to time. Horn & Hand faction leves are usually mini-games of sorrt, and can be relaxing/entertaining a bit, if you're looking for a change of pace.
Garoshima wrote:
As far as crafting is concerned I would love to do something that would be beneficial to the archer... I would assume that you can make higher end arrows/weapons through crafting, which crafts would you all suggest?

Pointing out the obvious but... Carpenter and Botanist go hand in hand with archer, especially to make your own arrows. Then there's always weaver and leatherworker to consider, if you would like to make or fix your own armor. You may need pretty minimal levels of goldsmith or blacksmith to make ingots (or you can just buy them directly off the market wards) for the arrowheads.


The above poster is mistaking guild levs (battlecraft) for faction levs. They are both obtained by the same person in the adventurers guild. Guild levs can be obtained by anybody at any level. When you view a lev it will give you a brief background to what the lev is about, its reward in gil and/or equipment and some faction points. You can in turn use the faction points you have accrued by doing regular levs and get faction levs. These tend to give you higher gil rewards and better equipment. They also will be harder than the normal levs. You may also use local levs to level a craft of your choice. There are different local levs available for each craft. Explore the menus and you will quickly catch on. You obtain battlecraft and gathering levs from the same person in the adventurers guild. You obtain local levs from a separate NPC standing right next to the one who gives you the battlecraft ones. When you decide on a craft, I also highly suggest you start leveling a gathering class. They will supply you with materials with which to level your craft and also give you materials to sell in the market wards. Every person is allowed 2 retainers for free now. I'm not sure if you could get 1 or 2 at the time you decided to quit. A word of warning though, the wards are probably full and can no longer hold anymore retainers in uldah.
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#7 Jun 22 2012 at 7:37 AM Rating: Decent
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I know there are level 40 GC (Grand Company) leves, not sure if there are 20 and 30. But, since you can't join a Grand Company until 22, they don't matter until than anyways. Those are issued at the camp, and immediately activate when you choose one (you will only get offered one randomly to complete). Handy way of getting Guild points early on. Though, with the quests that are available, by the time you get to 40, you should have more GC points than you really know what to do with (ok, maybe not that much, but you will have quite a bit).

GC Leves are solo only, and are 15 minutes, and you have to go the full time to complete it (in the case of those, it's the more mobs you defeat the better the reward). Good for Exp and GC points only (don't do them for gil or gear).
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