Like a lot of threads these days, this is about me returning to FFXI. I know you're all likely sick to death of them, but hopefully there's something new in this post.
I'm going to start off by telling about my experience so far. But first I'll tell you about where I was when I left. I'm typing this on an iPad, so please forgive any typos. When I quit ffxi, my main was a 66 beastmaster and my next highest job was a 50 rdm. I absolutely loved the fact that I could log in at any time and grab a few thousand xp. I was almost maxed out in clothcrafting and was three ranks away from the best chocobo digging level. (man, auto-correct sucks, it keeps trying to change every second word I type). My wife also played but never got a job past 40 or so.
I noticed recently on steam that there was a sale on the full ffxi bundle, so I thought I'd give it another try. I've always loved the game, not really sure why I quit in the first place. After 9 hours of downloading I set up a new account, as I had no idea what my old account info was. (I've since retrieved it, so now I have two accounts). Logging in and hearing the San dOria music brought back so many memories! I love the fact that there are a few different intros now. I decided to start off easy and level monk first and was shocked to see how moch xp I got from killing a worm! I had done some research and quickly found the FoV book, wow do I love those! It was very strange to be using only what gear I could scrounge, as at this time I hadnt recovered my old account yet and had no gil. I resorted to one of my favorite little tricks:
TIP FOR RETURNING PLAYERS: find your nearest equipment shop and buy a few bronze harnesses. On my server the npc sells them for a little less than 300 gil and they sell for 3000 on the AH. YMMV but it should be a fairly decent return. I sold three of these my first day, enough to at least get going until you've gathered enough crystals etc to maintain a real flow of gil. There are other things to resell but on my server at least the return isn't nearly as good.
Seeing as I'm on an iPad, it would really suck if for some reason I had to fettle all this, so I'm going to throw this post up and continue in the next post. I'm going to talk about what I've experienced so far, throw in the odd tip that I've come across and finally I've got a few questions that I can't seem to find the answers to. I'm hoping that returning players will get some sort of idea of what they can look forward to and maybe convince some of the fence-sitters to come back. Maybe I'll just end up boring you all to death, but that's a chance I'm willing to take! I'm at work right now, so I'm typing this during my breaks, so the next post might take some time.
I'm having an absolute blast right now, so glad I came back!