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Jun 9, 2010
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There are minimum and recommended requirements for playing many PC games. The Screen Space Ambient Occlusion setting is what kills the frame rate for many PCs. You might want to turn off that setting if the game is slow on your PC.

FFXIV Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
GPU: GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 4770
Disk Space: 20GB

FFXIV Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 64 bit
Processor: Intel Core i5
GPU: GeForce GTX 660 or higher, Radeon HD 7950 or higher
RAM: 4GB or higher
Disk Space: 20GB
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Might as well start using this thread instead of the other threads..

So how's everyone's progress so far? Anyone planning on purchasing this, if you haven't already...?

Currently at level 33 for Lancer. I'm pretty slow since crafting/logging is taking a lot of my time, but I'm enjoying the game so much. It visits me even in my dreams, which is pretty sad.
37 Bard is my highest although I've leveled alot of the other classes as well.

Currently at level 33 for Lancer. I'm pretty slow since crafting/logging is taking a lot of my time, but I'm enjoying the game so much. It visits me even in my dreams, which is pretty sad.

That's not sad, the game is fun so all that means is you have fun dreams. = P
Currently I'm doing Coil Raids.

Level 50 Dragoon w/ Full Darklight+ +1 Relic
Level 48 Bard
Level 25 Mar.
Level 8 Glad
Level 32 BLM
Level 20 Arcanist

So easy to level I could max all these in like 2-3 days of fate Grinding >_>

I've also got around 450,000 gil now thanks to Level IV Materia sales xD

I'm pretty much prepped for Housing when it comes out too lol

I'm hoping to lead my clans PvP Section when PvP comes out xD
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Gets a Ton of Info on Upcoming Patch 2.1


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is heading into December with high expectations on the upcoming massive patch 2.1, and Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida posted quite a lot of information across four different threads on the official forums, addressing several elements of the update and the design philosophy behind them.

First and foremost,
he explained the state of the patch, asking for the players’ forgiveness for making them wait a few more weeks, since the update was initially scheduled for November, but had to be delayed due to the server problems that hit the game at the outset of its life cycle.

The Operation and Splitting of Patches for FFXIV: ARR

This is Producer/Director Yoshida here. We’ve been receiving questions about the release date of patch 2.1 as well as requests to split patches into smaller installments. I’d like to take a moment to inform you about our policy for patches and the current status of patch 2.1.

Patch Operation and Cycle

It’s been three months since the launch of FFXIV: ARR. If you’ve have been focusing on a single job and leveled it all the way to the cap, there’s a chance that you’ve hit a dead end in content. We’ve envisioned a two and a half to three month patch cycle for FFXIV, with patch 2.1 originally scheduled for late November.

However, due to my inadequate planning for the massive congestion that occurred at launch, we’ve had to allocate nearly all of the server team’s resources to adding Worlds and data centers, and improving the stability of instance servers. As a result, we’ve fallen four weeks behind schedule.

The FFXIV team employs a “branch” method of development. Simply put, multiple versions of the game are being developed simultaneously. For example, the development team is currently working along the following development lines:

(1) Patch 2.05 Public Testing(Current)-> The exact same environment as our players.

-> Bug reports you submit are verified in this environment.

(2) Patch 2.2-2.3/PlayStation4 Version Development(Future)-> The forefront of development.

-> Includes patch 2.2 elements and PlayStation 4 version data.

(3) Patch 2.1 Testing (Near Future)-> A separate line that includes elements from 2.1 through to (2).

-> Development of all content and systems for 2.1.
-> Debugging and balance adjustments for 2.1.There are even more test lines than above, but it would get overly complicated, so I won’t touch on them.

Basically, development work on (1) flows into (2), but in order to ensure that 2.1 is properly tested and balanced prior to release, we’ve created a dedicated branch for it, that being (3).

When a patch release date draws near, we create a master branch for that patch wherein the final touches are made (2.1 has already been branched, by the way). In so doing, we prevent patches from going live with unfinished and unstable elements from future patches.

Work on 2.1 has been in progress since the launch of FFXIV: ARR. However, due to the large-scale measures we’ve had to implement to address issues in (1), the branching of (3) from (2) has been delayed.

Moving forward, we will endeavor to stick to our original plan of one patch every two and a half to three months, and commence a steady patch cycle.

Splitting Patches

In a large-scale game with simultaneous development such as ours, the meticulous management of content and programs is critical. The branch method of development allows us to prevent data from getting jumbled up.

For a single patch, 2.1 features an unprecedented amount of content, most of which will add depth and variety to the game. As such, we judged that it should be released all at once.

While it isn’t impossible to release a patch in installments, i.e. 2.1a, 2.1b, and so on, 2.1 doesn’t lend itself well to this. This is because many of the things being planned either require a long time in development, or affect a broad range of game elements. For example:

  • Housing system and related UI
  • The Wolves’ Den and related UI
  • Large-scale update for the Duty Finder
  • Full-fledged Party Finder system

If we were to release 2.1 in installments, the risk of unfinished elements accidentally finding their way in would be increased significantly.

It takes a number of days to cleanly separate a branch, and if you include the time needed for debugging and master testing, we’re looking at 7-12 days to prepare it for release. As a result, the time it takes to deliver all of patch 2.1 would be stretched out another 2-4 weeks. For this reason, we’ve decided to release everything in one batch—ultimately the shortest route in the long run.

Now, I’m aware of the requests to release minor tweaks first—improving existing functions and adjusting jobs, for instance. However, most of the functions being discussed are closely tied to the server code, and requires more work than it seems. And as for the jobs, time is needed to ensure that they are balanced, as well as test them in the context of new content. If we try to push these tweaks out too early, we risk disappointing our players.

Some of you have also expressed the concern that people will leave the game during this downtime. Naturally, we’ve also taken this risk into consideration, and have been monitoring the forums closely. But ultimately, rather than risk destroying balance by splitting the patch, we’ve decided to stay focused on the mid- and long-term enjoyment of our players. Releasing 2.1 in one batch, we believe, is the best way to do so.

2.1 will usher in sweeping improvements across the board, thus laying a solid foundation for the possibility of patch series in the future. We’ll continue to monitor the situation after patch 2.1 and review our operations policy as we go along.

2.1 is just a few weeks away, and we ask for your patience just a while longer. With countless additions and refinements to battles, crafting, and gathering, not to mention the introduction of PvP, housing, and new soloable content, I promise that it will live up to your expectations.

Secondly, he moved on
to illustrate the changes coming to the Marauder class and the Warrior job:

I understand that all our warriors out there are eager to know what patch 2.1 has in store for them. While we’re still in the testing stages, I’d like to give you a preview of what we have planned. Please keep in mind that warrior is still being tested in all encounters available in 2.1, and the following information is subject to change.

Marauder Changes

  • Brutal Swing- Recast time will be reduced from 30 to 20 seconds, increasing the frequency with which players can stun foes.
  • Overpower- Enmity generated by this skill has been increased.
  • Storm’s Eye- TP cost will be reduced from 70 to 60.
  • Storm’s Path- TP cost will be reduced from 90 to 60.- This skill will also reduce damage dealt by enemies for a period of time.
  • Holmgang- Range will be increased from 3 yalms to 6, to make the skill more effective.- This skill will now pull enemies toward your character.- When using this skill, a player’s HP cannot be reduced lower than 1.- The animation for this skill will be revised. (See screenshot above)
  • Vengeance- This skill will also reduce damage taken by 30%.
  • Mercy Stroke- Recast time will be reduced from 60 to 40 seconds, improving ease of use.
  • Thrill of Battle- Effect duration will be extended from 10 to 20 seconds.

Warrior Changes

  • Defiance- Enmity generated by this skill will be increased.- This skill will also increase HP recovery via curing magic by 20%.
  • Wrath- The improved healing effect granted by Wrath will be removed. Instead, the improved healing effect will be granted by Defiance.
  • Inner Beast- Due to overall balance changes, HP absorbed by damage dealt will be reduced from 300% to 100%- Damage taken will be reduced by 20% for 6 seconds.
  • Steel Cyclone- This skill will generate increased enmity.
  • Unchained- Recast time will be reduced from 180 to 120 seconds, improving ease of use.

The main focus of these changes—as the seasoned warriors among you have already observed— was Inner Beast and its HP absorption effect. With these changes, warriors will no longer be dependent on a single skill to recover HP, and have overall improved defense.

To put it simply, we want to ensure the role of warriors as durable tanks. This is why we’ve also adjusted the effects of Wrath and Defiance. As currently implemented, warriors are forced to lose their healing bonus when using certain skills. However, these changes will allow players to use their warrior skills without sacrificing improved healing, and also maintain the critical hit bonus of Wrath.

Although warrior will no longer recover immense amounts of HP in a single use of Inner Beast, these changes should improve the overall defensive capability of warriors and the ability to heal them using a support class or job.

Patch 2.1 may seem a long way off, but please understand that we have to test these balance changes not only in encounters to be introduced in the upcoming patch, but all existing encounters as well.

(Please refer to a previous post for details on why we cannot break up patch 2.1)

While I regret having to keep you waiting, I am confident these changes, along with the numerous additions we have planned for patch 2.1, will be well worth your patience.

He continued on with a
third post, explaining the design philosophy behind the relationship between crafting and top end equipment:

Crafting and High-Level Items

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Producer and Director Yoshi-P here with a few thoughts on crafting and high-level items.As always, I appreciate the constructive feedback that many of you have offered on this important topic. In this post, I’d like to discuss our vision for the role of crafting in Eorzea.

Crafting of High-Item-Level Gear

As you all know, the item level cap in FFXIV Version 2.0-2.1 is item level 90.

(We will be implementing a slight balance adjustment based upon our observations of item distribution within the player population.)
There are currently two ways to obtain item level 90 gear: by conquering the game’s most challenging dungeon, or by collecting and exchanging Allagan tomestones.

In contrast, the highest-item-level gear that is currently craftable is item level 70. Looking simply at the difference, this appears to a very significant gap. That said, the materia system (including advanced materia melding) allows for the crafting of gear more powerful than its item level would suggest, gear that can—when augmented with effective materia combinations—serve players well even in the most challenging battles.

That said, it is impossible to craft higher-item-level gear, or gear that is completely equal in power to the highest-item-level gear available.

This is an intentional decision that we made for a few reasons, which I would like to explain in detail.

Preserving the Appeal of Dungeons

While there are a variety of ways to enjoy FFXIV, the desire to become powerful is a great motivator for many players. In particular, the impressive weapons and armor obtainable by triumphing in high-level PvE encounters attract many players to take on these challenges.

If the same items were made craftable, some players might find it easier to save up their gil, robbing them of this motivation to undertake the game’s toughest battles.

I realize this is a worst-case scenario. In a perfect world, it would simply be another option, and players would have the choice of either fighting or saving money to obtain their desired gear. Unfortunately, this remains a concern.

Ensuring Item Rarity

We also believe that the strongest gear available at a given time should not be obtainable by all players.

As of Version 2.0-2.1, this position is held by the Allagan gear that may be won by completing the Binding Coil of Bahamut. With only the most skilled of adventurers able to complete this challenge, many others must settle for obtaining high-item-level gear via tomestones while biding their time, waiting for the difficulty of this battle to be eased.

Crafted gear plays an important role in allowing players to triumph in battle and obtain the strongest gear. Furthermore, as the item level cap is raised in patches to come, new recipes for higher-item-level gear will be added, preserving the valuable role of crafters while maintaining this intentional gap.

As our first patch has not yet arrived, it may seem as if the current state of items and crafting is static, but rest assured that subsequent patches will introduce higher-item-level gear, along with many new opportunities for crafters.

The class/job level cap will remain at 50 for the time being, meaning that gear (including crafted gear) will play an increasingly important role in character growth in the months to come.

At the moment, players are striving to improve themselves within a relatively limited range of power, but this range will gradually expand as new content is released, and as the difference in play styles between players leads to greater disparity over time. As a result, even if they lack the ability to create the highest-item-level gear, crafters will always have an essential role in Eorzea.

RMT Concerns

“What if high-item-level gear was made craftable with materials dropped in the Binding Coil of Bahamut?” is a popular argument. As I alluded to in a previous section, we believe that the prices for such gear would be high, forcing players to choose between sacrificing time to earn gil, or taking on the battles themselves.

It is nevertheless an understandable suggestion, and one which is of course possible to implement.

However, we stand by our decision not to have the highest-level gear available for purchase. One of our primary reasons is that such a change would encourage RMT. Our team is working tirelessly to stamp out RMT entirely, closing thousands of accounts and seizing massive amounts of gil every week—this even in the game’s current state, where many believe that crafted items are in low demand.

Were the highest-item-level gear made craftable and available for purchase, it’s easy to foresee a problematic situation where RMT abusers would:

  • Overrun instances for item farming (monopolizing materials)
  • Buy high-item-level gear at excessive prices to drive up value (market manipulation)
  • More persistently solicit RMT gil purchases from players (increased spamming)

This would, in turn, lead to more players choosing to purchase gil, creating a vicious cycle that would feed further RMT abuse.

At one time, we considered the option of adding a more valuable, non-tradable currency that could be used to purchase these items on the market, but this idea was scrapped, as it made little sense from an overall gameplay perspective.

Existing Concerns and Future Plans

To summarize, in the game’s current state, the limited item level range for available gear means that many players are able to meet their needs with gear obtained in the course of leveling. Crafted gear remains useful for only a short period of time, resulting in low demand on the markets.

We are aware that this is especially true for weapons, with relic weapons becoming a sort of standard.

These issues will be eventually be dealt with by raising the level cap, but crafters need not wait that long for change. Patch 2.1 will see the addition of the Wolves’ Den and the Housing system, and the services of crafters will be in high demand for both PvP-related items and furnishings. Looking ahead to Patch 2.2, crafters will be able to alter gear designs using a “template” system (official name TBD), giving them yet another role in creating desirable gear.

Rest assured that we will not sit idly by as crafters go neglected.

In closing, I would like to emphasize that we will continue to look at the demand for crafted items in all aspects of gameplay, from PvE and PvP to housing, end-game content, and so forth. We will continue to explore options for expanding the role of crafters—if not by allowing for the crafting of the highest-item-level gear—with a close eye on that which is in the greatest demand in the ever-evolving world of Eorzea.

I hope all crafters will look forward to the changes to come!

he gave us a glimpse on the plans for offering new ways of progression and for improving the existing ones:

Upcoming Changes to Allagan Tomestone Acquisition

Producer and director Yoshi-P here.

Recently, we’ve noticed a number of threads discussing the weekly limit on Allagan tomestones of mythology. I’d like to talk about the reasons for this limit, as well as changes coming in patch 2.1 that will affect their acquisition.

Progression in FFXIV

As you’d expect, there are many more factors to consider when designing an MMORPG like FFXIV, compared to a stand-alone console game. These factors heavily influence combat design and balance.

Each encounter in FFXIV: ARR is crafted with a particular difficulty in mind. As players grow stronger by increasing their level, they will be able to complete early encounters. However, upon reaching level 50, players who wish to become even more powerful and tackle the hardest challenges must instead obtain better gear, thus increasing their item level. The time required to do so is dictated either by drop rates, or by the rate at which tomestones can be acquired, depending on the gear being sought.

Progression can therefore be described as follows:

  • Players reach level 50 while clearing the main scenario.
  • Upon reaching level 50, players begin acquiring gear to raise their item level.
  • Players take on encounters appropriate for their item level, acquiring new gear.
  • Upon acquiring new gear, players raise their item level, allowing them to challenge more difficult encounters.

Our ultimate goal is to give players the freedom to advance at their own pace. Having said that, the current design has room for improvement, which is why we will be implementing changes with patch 2.1.

Expectations for Progression Until Patch 2.1

From the initial release of FFXIV: ARR, we predicted it would take roughly a month and a half for the most dedicated players to reach the Binding of Coil of Bahamut, and roughly two months for the general player population. Furthermore, we wanted players to acquire gear using Allagan tomestones of mythology in tandem with clearing the Binding Coil. This served as the basis for determining the rate at which tomestones can be earned, which is currently limited to 300 tomestones of mythology per week. With the release of patch 2.1, this limit will be increased to about 450 tomestones per week, for reasons which will be explained at the end.

The Two Paths for Player Progression

One unique quality of MMORPGs is that, depending on how much time they have to play, a disparity between players can easily emerge. For example, let’s say player A plays two hours per day, and player B plays five hours per day. After a week, there’s a difference of 21 hours, after five weeks a difference of 105 hours, and after ten weeks a difference of 210 hours. MMORPGs are designed to be played over a long period of time, and as such, this gap between players will only increase as time goes on. This inevitably leads to several problems:

  • It becomes difficult for new players to join.
  • Casual players are likely to lose motivation to play.
  • The community is likely to become fragmented.

In an attempt to combat these trends, and also to encourage users to continue playing, most developers of the first generation of MMORPGs decided that items should only a fraction of the time. Because the chance of obtaining items was so low, it took a relatively long amount of time to obtain gear, meaning users would play longer.

However, when considering the lifestyle of users in today’s market, the freedom to play at a more leisurely pace is essential. With no option but to continue running through instances, with no guarantee that the desired can be obtained, users are more likely to become stressed and stop playing all together.

These concerns led to the birth of the token system, which we have adopted for FFXIV: ARR. The merit of this system is that, although there is a limit on tomestone acquisition, users are guaranteed to obtain desired items after obtaining a set number of tokens.

Because every duty in ARR offers a set number of tomestones, players can easily determine how many instances they need to clear and how much time it will take. They can then play at their own pace to acquire the gear they desire. Furthermore, the more difficult encounters also incorporate a more traditional system of drop rewards. This offers players two options:

  • Play through the Binding Coil of Bahamut and obtain gear from drops.
  • Collect Allagan tomestones of mythology to exchange for gear.

Although these methods are different, each allows for the acquisition of level 90 gear.

In short, players who have ample time to play are free to collect tomestones, or challenge the Binding Coil, and those who have less time can still acquire tomestones at their leisure. Despite the difference in time available to players, the game is designed so that everyone can potentially obtain item level 90 gear.

However, please bear in mind that high-item-level gear alone may not enough to overcome some challenges. Because of the armory system’s design, end game encounters have been balanced for players who have not only leveled one job to 50, but who have also obtained abilities from other classes. That being said, we have no plans to make multiple jobs a requirement.

Providing Additional Paths for Player Progression

There’s one key problem with the encounters available in 2.0: the limited number of options leads to linear progression for battle classes, and essentially leaves crafters and gathers by the wayside.

To be more specific, players are being pressured to join a party to play through a limited selection of instances for tomestones; there are few, if any, options for those who wish to collect them leisurely, efficiently, or even alone. Patch 2.1 will serve as a means to resolve this problem, giving players many more options to collect tomestones and play as they see fit.

Here is an example of how the upcoming update will appeal to more players:

  • Beast Tribe Quests- Learn about the beast tribes in daily quests and acquire tomestones.
  • Treasure Hunts- Search for buried treasure with up to four players and obtain crafting material, consumable items, and tomestones.
  • Duty Roulette- Join a duty at random and receive bonus tomestones and experience points.
  • Housing- Build and furnish a home with the aid of Eorzea’s crafters and gatherers, or use your own skills to do the same.
  • Wolves’ Den- Test your combat skills against your fellow players, earning fame and fortune.
  • Crystal Tower- Challenge an ancient tower with 23 of your strongest allies and face the dangers within.Pharos Sirius- Explore an abandoned lighthouse to obtain new gear and tomestones.
  • Two Hard Mode Dungeons- Face greater dangers to obtain new gear and tomestones.
  • Aesthetician- Keep your characters fresh by changing their appearance.
  • Extreme Primal Battles and Good King Moggle Mog- Confront a mysterious new enemy and three familiar foes to obtain new gear and tomestones.
  • New Main Scenario Quests- Work together with the Scions of the Seventh Dawn for the sake of Eorzea.
  • New Side Quests- Take part in additional side stories to learn more about the peoples and cultures of Eorzea.As you can see, this upcoming update will add more options for adventuring alone or in a group; the means to challenge other players in PvP; more incentive to craft, gather, and collect items; and new chapters in the game’s ongoing story.

Patch 2.2 will introduce the next section of the Binding Coil of Bahamut, and we highly encourage players seeking a challenge to prepare for the new dangers ahead. To those of you have obtained all available gear in the Binding Coil, we hope you’ll give the Wolves’ Den a try and see how you fare against your fellow dungeon runners.

Raising the Tomestone Cap in 2.1

As I explained previously, because there are only a few ways to acquire tomestones, players have had no choice but to run the same dungeons over and over. While there are those who are fine with the current state of affairs, there are others who dislike the limit, as well as those who feel obligated to hit the weekly cap.

A. Players who dislike the limit:-> “Once I reach the weekly cap, there’s nothing else to do. If the limit was raised or removed, I would have a reason to play more.”

B. Players who feel obligated to hit the cap-> “If I don’t hit the weekly cap, I’ll fall behind. But having only a handful of dungeons is boring. I just want it over with fast.”If we were to increase the weekly limit before patch 2.1, players who fall under category B would increase significantly. To satisfy both types of players, we feel it best to prioritize giving players more options.

I realize patch 2.1 was originally scheduled to be released in November, but due to problems with server congestion, and the need for server and system improvements, we were forced to delay the release one month. However, I assure you that the wait will be worth it, as the upcoming patch will not only include plenty of new content, but also improvements to the user interface and additional system updates.

There have been several posts asking why we have not split patch 2.1 into several smaller updates, the answer to which can be found in a recent post here on the forum.

We’re working to have everything ready in a timely fashion, and we greatly appreciate your continued patience.

As an added bonus, we also got two new screenshots showing the /doze emote that will come in patch 2.1 and will allow players to actually use the beds included in the upcoming player housing feature.

getting to form our FC second coil group next week, first group are on turn 5, i'm in group 2, a few runs away from getting my DL gear
Great post Hakumen, alotta useful information there. I like how yoshi goes into explaining WHY he does what he does instead of just saying, "This is gonna happen, and this, and this." Definitely a problem with the game right now is a tome cap of 300 but I can understand they have to implement something to keep players while they develop new content.
The house pricing is ridiculous. >.> For Lamia server...

Fifth-class PlotFourth-class PlotThird-class PlotSecond-class PlotFirst-class Plot
Adamantoise / Alexander / Anima / Atomos / Cerberus / Coeurl / Exodus / Faerie / Gobli / Hades / Ixion / Kujata / Lamia / Malboro / Moogle / Pandaemonium / Phoenix / Typhon / Ultima / Valefor

Granted, it's not as bad as Ragnarok, Balmung, Excalibur, Sargatanas, and Hyperion servers (they're starting around 20,000,000 for small plot), but still.


The Devaluation Timer

The price of a plot of land is set to be reduced 14% every six hours.

- Starting Price: 8,000,000 gil
- 10 Days Later: 7,552,000 gil
- 15 Days Later: 7,328,000 gil
- 30 Days Later: 6,656,000 gil
- 90 Days Later: 3,698,000 gil
* The price will reduce a maximum of 360 times in 90 days and will will fall to half its starting price.
* From patch 2.2 onward, a free company will automatically relinquish its land if its estate is unused for a prolonged period of time.

Lmao... Pockets, well... at least we started early...
Wow that is rediculous. I think i have 250k to my name.

The house better have some huge benefit to be costing that much.
I think they're also going by free companies that have 75+ members, in which case I can see how that would be doable without pulling your hair out too much (so long as they all contribute), but for ten members or less... that's insane, even for a small plot of land. By the time we all finally save up for a house (might have to cramp in a small teepee), the prices may have dropped by then. Hopefully.

@Bambi I see you on all the time, you must be filthy rich by now. How much Gil do you have now??

I wanna breed chocobos. :sad3:
....What. I don't even. What? They said the amount you make playing through the game two to three times.

They're high.
0.0 All these... I'm going to be so poor when I start it up tomorrow. :sad3:

Soon, it will be time to try not be shit at this game.

It may take time, but one day... One day, I will not be shit at it!
Regarding the housing price, here's a post from Yoshida.


This is FFXIV: ARR Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida. First of all, allow me to express my thanks to all of you who have offered feedback on the matter of housing prices. Needless to say, I have been following the discussion very closely.

In this post, I would like to clarify our fundamental stance toward housing prices, and offer a better picture of how players can expect prices to fall in the near future.
(My apologies in advance if this post gets a bit wordy.)

Fundamental Pricing Stance
Our fundamental stance toward housing prices was that we wanted to ensure that plots would be evenly distributed, avoiding a situation in which the wealthiest players could easily buy up all available plots of land. Please understand that while we will be adding servers and expanding housing areas as soon as we can, it is simply physically impossible for us to accomplish this easily, in a matter of one or two weeks.

If the initial price of land was easily within the means of wealthy players, one can envision all available plots of land being snatched up immediately, leaving other players—even those possessing the necessary gil—unable to purchase land for an extended period of time. Seeking to avoid this, we made the difficult decision to go forward with the pricing scheme we presented, aware that many players would be unable to afford housing for a while.​
Eorzean Economy Review
Before determining the initial (or maximum) prices for land, we conducted an extensive survey of the Eorzean economy across multiple Worlds, including:

  • The total amount of gil possessed by all players
  • The total amount of gil possessed by all active players on each World
  • The number of active free companies and members on each World
  • The total amount of gil owned by all active players belonging to each free company on all Worlds
  • The amount of gil entering the economy and circulating in the market on a given day in each World
  • Distribution of the above (X% belonging to the most wealthy, Y% belonging to the middle class, Z% to the less wealthy, etc.)
Needless to say, RMT traders are served with immediate bans and their gil removed from circulation, so these figures are not included in the above. In addition, to account for gil generated by RMT abuses that might still be in circulation, an additional 10% or so was subtracted from the figures we arrived at.

What we realized from this survey was that the wealthiest players in each world had at their disposal an amount of gil that was considerably higher than one would imagine. In each legacy World, there are more than ten players in possession of over one hundred million gil. Even in non-legacy Worlds, there are a significant number of players with several million gil.​
he Future Price of Housing
In conducting this survey, we created a forecast for gil distribution in the three-month period following the release of patch 2.1. In doing so, we anticipated that:

  • Players will be seeking to earn more gil than they have thus far, and
  • The overall amount of gil generated each day will be higher (in fact, considerably higher) with the release of patch 2.1
...and adjusted our forecast accordingly.

The results of this forecast, with the necessary adjustments for differences between the various Worlds, formed the basis for the depreciated "XX Days Later" prices presented in the patch notes.

With this pricing scheme, we sought a balance in which roughly 80% of all existing free companies will be able to purchase at least a small-sized plot in three months’ time.

I understand that, in taking these measures to ensure even distribution of land, we are asking for considerable patience from those players who are eager to enjoy housing right away. While I sympathize with players concerns, we believe that this is in the best long-term interests of the game.​
The Regulation of Starting and Final Prices
As mentioned within the patch notes, we will closely monitor land purchases, and consider revising prices as necessary according to World population and economy. Please keep in mind that prices will decrease every six hours from the opening of the servers, and will continue to drop even during maintenance. Furthermore, plots of land released in the future will never be more expensive.​
Legacy World Price Adjustments
Due to the prodigious amount of gil in circulation in legacy Worlds, we regret that current housing prices may be prohibitive to the following players:

  • Those new to the game who started on legacy Worlds
  • Those returning to a legacy World after taking an extended break
  • Those on a legacy World who have been unable to save gil
Upon considering the feedback we have received since the release of the patch notes, we have decided to make the following adjustments:

  • Land prices will start at the figures indicated in the patch notes
  • From January 2014, devaluation will be adjusted every two weeks
  • After three months, final land prices will match those of World Group 3
* World Group 3 (third listed in the patch notes)
Bahamut / Behemoth / Cactuar / Carbuncle / Chocobo / Diabolos / Fenrir / Garuda / Gilgamesh / Ifrit / Leviathan / Mandragora / Midgardsormr / Odin / Ramuh / Shiva / Siren / Tiamat / Titan / Tonberry / Ultros​
Although this takes place over the course of three months, land prices in legacy Worlds will eventually fall to match those of World Group 3. In the event that pricing changes are made to this group, the same will be applied to legacy Worlds.

By adjusting devaluation at set intervals rather than in one go, we hope to prevent a sudden rash of purchases.

The introduction of housing will help to unify the perceived value of gil in each individual World. Furthermore, it has presented an opportunity for us to consider the lifting of restrictions on transfers between between legacy and non-legacy Worlds.​
Personal Housing
While I cannot give a specific date on when personal housing will be implemented, I can say that prices will be completely separate from free company housing, and, naturally, far more affordable.​
In Summary

  • The final price of land on all Worlds is subject to adjustments, and may fall lower
  • Over the course of three months, prices on legacy Worlds will fall to match those of World Group 3
  • Personal housing will be far more affordable than free company housing
We realize that these measures will not immediately satisfy all players, especially those on legacy Worlds who are either new to the game or returning from extended absences. We ask for your patience and understanding as we strive to create a balanced housing system.


Double post because no one's posting. :ryan:


For the new players (hopefully) ... while playing the game, I was trying to think of little ways to help you guys out. So I'll jot down a few tips that I personally find useful. But first off, the game will get overwhelming. Especially if you're not used to MMO games (like me)... it took some time to take a deep breath and flesh things out little by little. After you reach level 15 (or I think it's around that level anyway), more options will become available, and you'll want to explore new ideas, etc. There's tons to do in this game, that sometimes we forget it's supposed to be for fun rather than a chore. It does become a bit like a chore though (botanist, anyone?), but whenever I start to feel that mind-boggling 'chore' kick in, I'll just simply stop. Or make it a rule to do thirty minutes of this and that and move on to something else, repeat process.

So with that said...



Make good use of this early on in the game as soon as it becomes available. You get two retainers. My advice is to be mindful of stashing your items. I.e... don't just dump random items on either one and call it a day. Once it starts filling up, you'll spend some time searching for an item you want to retrieve from the retainers. (Although with the 2.1 update, the Inventory Sort helps immensely).

I have one male, one female retainers.
  • The male carries the 'bigger' load. (Lumber, Metal, Stone, Leather, Bone, Dye, Materia, etc)
  • The female carries the 'lighter' load. (Ingredient, Reagent, Cloth, Meal, Medicine, etc). I also stashed all my weapons and gears here, since there's no room in the other retainer.

So by doing it this way, I can easily note (or at least get a gist) where I can retrieve/store items. Don't have to go searching both retainers. Of course, this is what I find best for me. You might have a different way of doing it that works best for you. :)


Gear Set List:

Saves me so much time, but something I tend to forget at times... whenever I change/update a gear for one class, I'll forget to save it by updating it (triangle button for the PS3). So just be mindful to save with every update you do. Otherwise, if you change to another class and switch back to the previous class, you might be using a lesser level gear without knowing it. Happened to me a few times.

User Macros:

I can't explain this properly without getting too wordy, so I'll just link it to Stevie's thread: http://www.finalfantasyforums.net/threads/58755-Beginner-Macro-Guide

Basically, if you're planning on crafting hundreds of lumber or whatever, user macros will help a lot so that you don't have to closely look into each step. Just click a macro and let it do the work for you while you reply to someone's text real quick. I only find this useful if I'm not too worried about HQ items, really. Sometimes I'll get lucky and find that macros created some HQ stuff though. :D
Hahah you're joking right, I never have any money lol! id sell things if I could be bothered, but instead it all just hogs all the room in my retainers and my bags.

haha mits, that's exactly how I load my retainers up as well!!

il have o look in the crafting macros....I hadn't even occurred to me to set them up for crafting

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn patch 2.2 underway, Leviathan is coming

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn developer Square Enix has sent over a slight teaser for patch 2.2 and the impending PS4 beta. It seems that Leviathan is coming to Eorzea, and he sounds pissed.

In a press release sent to VG247, Square reminded us that the Final Fantasy 14 beta will hit PS4 on February 22 in Japan. It’s the same day Sony’s console launches across the country. The studio aims to provide beta access to players everywhere without the need to apply beforehand, and highlighted once again the PS Vita remote play option.

Also, patch 2.2 will bring water summon Leviathan to Eorzea, along with new quests, items and crafting recipes, as well as new content for the Binding Coil of Bahamut.

In something of a tease, the studio described the patch in one word; “Maelstrom.”

We’ll find out what that all means soon enough.

So you guys know I made a character on Lamia to play with you guys when I can, dunno if you have the LS/FC set up but if you guys are on the psn and see me on tell me to hop on and I'll join up :P

Already got my Archer to level 12, I'll be powerleveling her via fates once I get access to airships and whatnot :P
I might join Aaron on that, it getting a bit boring on my server now days with everybody in coil groups, so, might make a BLM on Lamia