Stating the obvious so apologies if I have misunderstood your post but you do know that in this game, you can play all the different jobs on the same character. It is not like WOW where you have to create a different character for each job you have. All you have to do is change weapons and you can change class/job.
So....you can have Gladiator as your first character and level it up as far as you like. If one of your friends come on and they need a healer you can just switch weapons and change your class to conjurer and have some fun leveling that.
Oh, I'm well aware of that. As I said in my second post, it's a little "role-play", and a lot of "I want it all!". In FFXI, I did the very same, and in fact had, at most, five characters at one time (waste of money, I know lol).
My main is usually a healer-type, and I basically only play them as classes that can heal. I make a tank-type with that sole purpose (who's also sorta role-play), a melee type who'll learn all the "fighting" classes, a caster-type who'll learn all the magic damage classes, etc.
As for grouping with friends...we ran into a problem in FFXI with that. I play pretty much daily with one friend, and a second friend joins in whenever he is able. The problem we ran into in FFXI, is that when we were a duo, we leveled all jobs ahead of the other guy, so now we had nothing his level to group with him with (level sync wasn't introduced yet), so he got left behind, and as a result, quit, and thus, we sorta got everything "done", and quit ourselves.
In FFXIV's case, we're paying for eight characters per server, so we mind as well make use of them. I mean, geez; I had eight characters on my main server in EQOA, plus eight on the "newest" one that opened, and at least two on every other one. Like I said, alt-a-holic...and I'm sorry... lol
*Edit*: Also, to keep the thread on it's rightful track (apologies, OP): I also thuroughly enjoyed playing Pugilist...until I inexplicably (at the time) died to a peiste. I didn't know that it had paralyzed me (nor that paralyze seemed to last a long time), and we ended up killing each other at the same time. Saddened me to the point that I didn't play my Pugilist again, but I did have a rather sizable amount of fun beating stuff up 'til that point... lol Edited, Jul 16th 2013 3:48am by Whitering