Do you have a link to where you read this?
FC's are structured differently. They have certain goals, fees, upkeep costs etc. The leaders have certain say in drops and dispersal of gil.
I know that they have leves and quests associated with them, and are the main way to get housing, but I've never heard anything about them having fees and upkeep costs or having the leaders disperse gear and gil. Is this for sure or just rumors?
As far as the shell is concerned, I don't plan on doing anything rash. I will continue inviting players until we cap out. At that point we can make a decision on how we want to proceed. I do think a Free Company is probably the best ultimate solution since it seems to be very similar to an LS, just with more options and progression tied to it.
What I read so far. All the info is not released. The Beta Forums had massive conversations about this. http://forum.square-enix.com/ARR-Test/forums/509-Free-Companies http://eorzeareborn.com/free-company-grand-company-and-linkshells/
Free Companies – There Can Be Only One
The Free Company is the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn take on guilds. Free Companies are persistent player communities. They offer a permanent chat channel, like linkshells, but they also come with several other tools (such as forums on the Lodestone). Free Companies are designed around the idea of structured play within a fixed network of players.
You can not create a Free Company until you have reached level 25 and become a member of a Grand Company. You start the formation process by visiting the Administrator at your Grand Company Headquarters. He lets you pick a Grand Company name as well as the five-digit tag your Free Company wears in the field (e.g. Ryahl Macbannon <GUILD>).
The actual Free Company won’t form until you finish a few more procedural tasks. You need to get three other players to sign the charter and you need to pay a 15,000 gil fee to the Administrator.
Once that is accomplished, a final chat with the Administrator completes the the FC formation!
You can join a Free Company at any time, but creating one has a pretty healthy number of gates. You may also join a Free Company that is not affiliated with your Grand Company. You may, though, only be in one Free Company at a time. To join a different Free Company you must leave your present Free Company.
The Free Company UI can be accessed from the menu buttons and Free Company chat defaults as /fc. Your Free Company UI has a number of options currently available and a number we probably won’t see added until launch. You have a message of the day option on the Company Board. You can see who is online and manage promotions/demotions
on the Member tab, manage the current FC ranks and permissions
on the Rank tab and see FC records on the Activity Tab.
As of this writing, you can add ranks and manage rank hierarchy to the three default ranks
. You also have a few choices for permissions (invitations, promotions
and message of the day activity) for each rank.
There isn’t much more to FC’s at the moment, but you can clearly see that Traits, Journals and Statuses are listed in the UI. Some things are planned to enhance FC’s beyond their current state. Edited, Aug 19th 2013 6:04pm by Grandmomma
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