Living in Eorzea Part III

So you’ve got your character created, you’ve taken your first steps into town, and you’ve arranged your UI and graphics just the way you would have liked.  You’ve accepted your first quest and now you are ready to venture out into the world.

The first thing you want to do is turn in that first quest.  Not only can you not run away and never come back to your starting city without first turning that in, you also won’t be able to see or talk to any of the other players.  You’ll notice the world is eerily quiet – and that’s because the game hasn’t shoved you into the full world.  But don’t worry – you’ll get there in a minute.

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The world is so empty – Where is everyone?

Turn in your first quest, and the guild master will have another quest available for you.  You’ll notice the icon over his or her head has changed to a “meteor” shape.  Those are the quests which drive the storyline, so you’ll want to do those when you see them – especially if you are stuck in the game and feel like there’s nothing left to do.  FFXIV is full of many quests.  Don’t worry about taking on all of them – you can cherry pick which ones you want to do and save the others for when you want to quickly level up another class later in the game.

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Oh, there everyone is!

Right now take the meteor icon-quest from your guild master.  She will give you three objectives – talking to the guild of your starting class, touching the aetherite, and learning about the markets.  You’ll also notice that now you can see and talk to other players.  At this point you can completely blow off your training and run head first into the world as far as you can before you get clobbered by an angry wild hog, or you can stay in the city and do some quests and learn a bit more.

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See these wonky things? You should go and touch all of them.

I suggest you go through these first few quests, while at the same time explore the city and attune yourself with the aetherites shown in you map.  See if you can find any other low – level quests to get you feet wet.  (For example, there are some quests that have you collect objects on the ground, or give /emotes to people).  It won’t be too long before you’re outside the city gates and slaying your first monsters, but all things in good time.  Right now enjoy learning the layout of the city, the shops, the items available, and how to access the things you need.  It will make things a lot easier later on.

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Do you know where you can buy minions in town? If you take time to explore you’ll find out soon enough!

The most important thing to remember is to read what NPC’s have to say during your quests.  Also if this is your first rodeo, don’t skip over the help menu system.  There are sure a lot of players rushing to end-game without knowing what they are doing, then complaining that the game is too hard or too boring.  Well, you don’t want to be one of those people.  You want to enjoy this game and enjoy the writing and the music and the graphics and scenery and the fine details.  You, sir, are one of the elite and you will not fall into the trap of becoming one of the much hated elitists – errr something like that.

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FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Cheating Bot

Recorded this video of a bot farming in FFXIV. Notice how he stays below the surface of the ground and has stealth mode on and teleports between farming locations. Be sure to report this activity to SE via the help desk system in-game on the main menu.

As someone who recently started gathering items, I find it very frustrating to come across a number of cheaters while on my travels who are able to gather thousands of items working around the clock where I only get a fraction of that in my short time playing. This means they can flood the market with lower-priced items which makes it very difficult to make a profit for a gathering class such as a miner or a botanist.

This also means for every bot out there gathering, some account is getting all the items and selling mass numbers of items for a huge profit, when they then try and sell on websites for real money. This type of activity is illegal both for accounts selling the gil and accounts buying the gil using real money and players can be banned for using such sites.

While this is just a small example of what goes on in-game and the SE team are working hard to eliminate botting like this as well as other threats to the economy and gameplay, I ask that players stay ever vigilant in their efforts to report illegal activity.

Living in Eorzea Part II

When we last covered living in Eorzea we went through just the character creation and all the options available.  Now that we’re done making our character and picking our server we are going to enter the world of Eorzea.  But don’t get too far ahead of yourself, there is still a ways to go before we’re ready to start our adventure.

As soon as you enter the world, you are going to see a couple of cut scenes.  Make sure you’ve packed your snacks beforehand, because your life in the real world is about to end for a good month or two while you sink all your free time into FFXIV.  And you’ll have no regrets.  Don’t be impatient with the opening movies and dialogue – these set the mood for the game.  (You also can’t skip them, I tried).

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No matter which city-state you start out in, the opening scene is going to be very similar.  You’re riding in a carriage (or boat), the carriage gets ambushed, there’s a small battle to watch, and your carriage gets away and you make it into town.  You’ll have a conversation with Bremondt here and you’ll be asked a question.  Depending on your answer to that question you’ll get a level 1 ring in your starting gear that boosts your stats slightly (by one or two points, no big deal so don’t worry too much about it).  You’ll also be asked if it is your first trip to your starting city.  If you say yes you’ll hear a description of the city’s lore.  If you say no, you’ll hear a description of the city’s lore.  So just give an answer and appreciate the ambiance of the ride.

After a voiced-over cut scene with more lore and a title card, you’ll be able to walk around and stretch your legs in your starting city.  But first, you’ll have to talk to an into-NPC who gives your first quest.

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Now I’m a let this NPC guy finish, but before I do, I want to make sure you have one of the best UI/Graphics combinations of all time.  So before you talk to him for your first quest, you should take some time to go over your settings.  You can access the main menu by using the “Esc” key.  I find this is the best time in the game to do so, because up until you turn in your first quest, there’s no other players lurking around to mess you up.  There isn’t anyone shouting in the chat, nobody running by in their underwear, and no strange noises from people cheering or crafting to distract you.

The four things you’ll want to change are your graphics, audio, key bindings, and HUD layout.

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The system configuration is where you’ll find most of the settings you want.  If you’re cool like me you’ll just set the graphics to maximum and enjoy the full force of the game’s awesome graphics engine coming right at you.  But if you’re wanting some more FPS and find a good balance for your hardware you can tweak it here.  You can also change the sound settings, which hotbars appear, screen resolution, and controller settings.

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HUD layout is a great feature to FFXIV and allows you to position items on the screen.  Each object is labeled so you know what you’re moving and where you’re moving it to.  I had a post earlier this year on some awesome HUD layout examples – but it is mostly based on what you are comfortable with.  Feel free to be creative and see if you can find a layout you like.  Starting out you probably won’t have too much to keep track of, so just one or two hotbars will be fine.  Make sure you save your settings when done using the options on-screen.

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Looks great!  I think you’re ready to accept that first quest now!

Gamespot Reviews FFXIV: A Realm Reborn

I’ve been waiting a while for Gamespot to put out their review of A Realm Reborn. I normally go to them if I want to get an informative and quick review of a game I am interested in, and I’m sure I am not alone. I feel many people looking to buy FFXIV in the future will first search for this review.

7.0 isn’t the best score, but this is an MMO and it is never going to be a finished or complete game. There will always be bugs or glitches or content that isn’t yet available. So getting a 7.0 while the video doesn’t point out anything majorly wrong is a good compromise. I also think the video captures a lot of the good aspects of FFXIV with enough detail to pique the interest of people who are undecided if they want to try this or not.