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