The community is what held this game together from 2003 to 2012.
Now with the new expansion out, elitist jerks have ruined the game.
They first started out with Emp/Relic/Mystic only voidwatches around 2012, denying the person who even had three fully upgraded atmacites (ones good for their job[s]) and a 99 trial weapon. These weapons could include tp bonus +100 GK, to the raw +str +attack weapons used on warriors. (arguably the TP GK beat the EMP GK but who cares? you could make the emp in 3 days but the tp bonus one in 1 week)
Now you *have* to have delve weapons to enter a delve group even if you are a verteran at delve setups and how to fight in them! This is bluntly stupid and now people can't get in groups because of it.
Linkshells require attendence every day or you're kicked, make a simple mistake and you're booted, want to invite a friend without a delve weapon? NOPE! He's not good enough because he is a casual! (even though he has a 95 Ukon on his war!)
Community has beaten this game into a pulp and I thought I would never create a "FFXI is dying!!!" thread after 9 years of playing this game but here it is, the community has ruined this game.
I have found a far better free to play game that I wont say the name of because it would probably cause rage and is not the point of this topic but, good god at the community left behind. I'm not saying 100% of the population are mean jerks, but a good part that organize groups are.
Take care FFXI, my spark for is dimmed but is still there if you survive in the coming storms. Part of my soul will always be with it.
-Valefor server, 2003 beta - 2013. Take care all my friends. -K