I definitely am one who enjoys the challenge of a game and enduring the trials to obtain good gear.
However, it is completely ridiculous that while Black Belt is still a Monk's best waist, it is so obscenely hard to obtain while every other job can whip up the best gear possible in every slot with a paltry amount of effort.
Empy Weaps? Camp some NM's, kill some Aby NM's for drops(that are 100%+) and voila, top end weapons with NO concern of "if" only "when" guaranteed.
Best gear? Spam Abyssea. Everyone is in there so finding an LS/group to do things is cake. Drops are ridiculously easy to obtain with how easy pop sets are and triggering weakness gives a pretty high chance of drops. Oh wait, you want Epona's Ring or Hecate's Earring? Sure thing, toss a Brew at Rani and in <5min you will likely have one if not both. While I'm sure AV/PW -might- have something to say about it, the gear is likely marginally better than Aby counterparts)
Every job, except Monk, has moved on from old world gear and into Abyssea(though a rather amusing War on my server would argue Ridill/War out DD's anything, even without atma vs atma).
My suggestion is very simple. Add the Egg, Beard, and Tongue to major bosses in Abyssea of the same types. If this is too difficult, add a NEW Black Belt item with similar stats.
Black Belt is a completely game altering item for Monk and going without just because you are unable to pin down the kings(which are always camped on Shiva) and PRAY for that drop(and don't even argue HQ kings because while ANYONE can PuG up to Shinryu, not everyone can throw together a King group, even now.)
Just a very hopeful idea from a Monk, currently camping this ridiculously day ruining task.
*edit* Simple list is simple.
Just to name the ones I could think of off the top of my head. It would be incredibly simple and allow Monks to finally "finish" gearing in Aby like every other job.
Edited, Jan 16th 2011 3:01am by Dinishte