I'm a veteran WoW player checking this game out for the first time after buying it yesterday (had to call four different Gamestops to find one that had it in stock) after watching some streams. I'm also an oldschool Final Fantasy fan from the old NES/SNES days and so far I can say I'm having a blast.
I chose to be a Gladiator since I plan to tank as a Paladin (I always end up tanking in every MMO I've played) and currently I'm around level 11 or so. Anyways, I have some basic questions about how things work in this game since I'm not used to it from other MMOs:
1) What exactly are these "leve" things and when should I look at doing them? I totally forgot they were even there because there was no quest indicator by the guy giving it, but thus far I've leveled just by doing side quests, story quests and the occasional FATE. On that note, since you start back at level 1 if you switch a class, if I go to a new city would I be able to do the starting quests there too, or would I have to grind mobs to level? It seems at some point you would run out of quests if you try to switch too many classes.
2) When can I go to the other cities, say to Gridania to pick up Conjuror? When I can do that, should I switch to Conjuror and level it to 15 in Gridania before resuming leveling as a Gladiator?
2a) How exactly do Cross Class skills work? I'd need to level to X in the other class and then I can take one of the abilities on the chart? For instance I'm going to be leveling as Conjuror anyways since I need 15 for Paladin, so when I get level 4 (I think?) I can get Cure to use as Gladiator?
3) RE: Professions, I read somewhere that it's a good idea to level all of them to at least level 15 and then specialize. I've already chosen Mining and Goldsmith from Ul'dah, should I go and get the other two and spend some time in the lower areas leveling them (I think I'm at like 4 as Miner and Goldsmith right now). When it comes to specialization as a Paladin which should I level further? I'm not really used to the profession system here where you can go into anything and everything if you want; the closest was RIFT where you could have two gathering and one crafting profession, but that was required as many of the craftable items required materials from different professions.
4) RE: Tanking, while I'm at at a level to tank an early dungeon yet (It's level 17 I think?) there doesn't seem to be any kind of AOE damage move that I've noticed (maybe at higher level) so it seems like most of my tanking at least early would be using Flash to establish aggro and then tab-target using Fast Blade -> Savage Blade, with the occasional Flash thrown in?