[Final Fantasy XI] Well, I fired up my old FFXI account around Christmas. My old character was still saved because Playonline now saves characters for up to a year. I decided I’d probably never play that character again and I’d use it as a mule and sell all its stuff. The first thing I noticed in FFXI when I went to sell my stuff is the current economy “problem.” While some would argue that it’s not a problem, there is a large inflation going on. No one really knows the cause but some attribute it to mostly the holiday season and idiots. Regardless, a lot of items have increased in price, mainly the more rare items. While some say this is bad, others would say it’s not that big of a deal because a lot of other money making items have also gone up in price; however, some haven’t. Either way, inflation in FFXI never increases your current gil supply. Someone who could buy several rare items now can only buy a couple. You either had to realize an inflation was coming on and buy items before they got too pricey and then resell or your gil is now not worth as much as it used to be.
The inflation doesn’t affect me much yet because I’m starting fresh with a new character. Mary’s Horn, an instrument for my Bard that I bought back in the day for 90k, resold for 600k on my server. My Hume RSE (race specific equipment) pants (or was it gloves?), which I got for free, sold for 300k. Needless to say, I had more gil starting fresh than I ever had when I used to play. I now had over one million gil, my old gil record being only 230k. But enough about the economy. I gave 100k to my little brother and life was good as we started our Tarutaru characters.
I started as a BLM (Black Mage) and he started as a WHM (White Mage) and we eventually made our way through the extremely boring level 1-10 phase of FFXI. This is the phase where you solo because grouping is useless, and soloing is not FFXI’s strong point. It went by painless on my end but a WHM soloing 1-10, especially with no subjob, is extremely painful, but my brother made it. We finally arrived at Valkurm Dunes, the first grouping area. Our first day, unfortunately, reminded us of the pains FFXI can cause. It took us literally all day to find a good group. Party after party we could not find a good tank. It was either a tank that didn’t want to Provoke because he was scared of dying to a tank that didn’t even look like he knew how to control the character. To top it off, I got chewed out by a couple of power-levelers that were in one of my groups for being a crappy BLM. I might admit that I wasn’t casting and managing hate efficiently, after all, it’s hard to come from playing WoW’s mage, which casts constantly, to playing BLM in FFXI, which only casts a handful of spells a battle, but when your BLM can’t even cast one spell without pulling hate, there’s something wrong other than just the BLM. We finally found a good group with a PLD (Paladin) tank and took our jobs to level 13.
The rest is mostly boring. We got our jobs to 18 and did the subjob quest and now we’re stuck trying to swell up enough will to stop playing WoW and grind levels 1-10 out again for our subjobs and then go through Valkurm Dunes.
In other news, I got my new computer and I’m happy. Peace.