You may as well come out with it because being level 90 without any end game access is mind boggling. Someone brought up money reasons but if you have enough to pay the monthly fee you can scratch together enough for the expansions.
Mind boggling? Why? Can't you conceive that there are people who aren't at all interested in the 'end-game scene' and all the **** and drama and e-peening and judgementalisation (not a word I know, but it'll do) that goes on?
I love the assumptions some are making here about me, and what I want out of a game and what I may or may not be able to afford: on the last point I have three FFXI accounts, two I dual-box while the third has mules, cook and gardeners.
I also have an LoTR:O account where I play a Lore-Master in a raiding kin (which is one of the few MMOs I actually do end-game stuff), so no, money isn't an issue, I am fortunate that I can afford whatever I need to buy.
I don't have Abyssea because it has nothing I want to do, if I HAVE to get it at some point I will, but right now what goes on in there I can happily avoid.
I can understand why someone would not want to get Abyssea since it does cost money to buy. Perhaps this excuse could be even attached to not getting sea access. I do not understand, however, why someone would take the time to get a level 90 character but not do the missions to get at least sky access. If you have an NA copy of FF11 you have Zilart (especially since pretty much everywhere suggested for crests are Zilart areas and you did not object).
If your play time is limited use your limited play time to do a few missions at a time.
I re-started from scratch early last year on Ramuh, before that I had deleted a character with 75 BST/RDM/WHM from 2005 who had Sky (no ring) and Sea (Rajas), but hadn't done much in ToAU or WoTG. which I had transferred from Phoenix where an earlier shell had disintegrated due to the leadership just quitting.
Unfortunately not long after I restarted the few friends I had began to drift away and it's 6 months now since the last one logged on. I have zero desire to join another shell now, not that there are many it seems recruiting 'noobs' who don't have AF2 (at minimum), capped Magian, etc. even if I felt inclined.
So I now play entirely on my own, dual-boxing PLD/DNC/WAR and BST/WHM/RDM in various combinations. They are up to chapter 5 in CoP (I think it's 5, the next big fight is Promy-Vazhl) and until this week they were stuck at Rank 5 due to my not being 'leet' like Rog and able to solo 5-1, I failed a couple of times dual-boxing and had no real motivation to keep trying since I don't see them getting far into RoZ at 80 anyway.
Abyssea alliances seem the eptimoy of everything I detest about end-game activities, I've always played the game for the story lines, gear doesn't interest me in the slightest, which of course makes the 'teh gimpzorz111!!!LOL' in the eyes of many: if it's good enough to let me do what I want then it's fine by me.
Some no doubt will think me sad to want to carry on pottering about in a game in which I no longer have any friends, that's fine, just keep your "why solo in an MMO" comments to yourself please.
There are still things in the original and add-on parts of the game I haven't seen since I started playing in 2005, zones I've never really explored, if I can do so even now, on my own, then I'll still have something to do.
So that's why I asked what I did, and why I have no interest in Abyssea and all the phat lewt it offers. Edited, Feb 16th 2011 3:33am by Kragorn