It feels like it was just yesterday when the first adventurer stepped foot on Vana'diel, but in truth, today marks the 10th anniversary of Square Enix's first foray into the MMORPG market, Final Fantasy XI. Despite numerous trials and hardships over the years, the game has persevered and, as such, has found its way into our hearts. To celebrate a decade of service, Square Enix is re-launching the ever popular Adventurer Appreciation Campaign, spearheaded by those ever dilligent moogles from the MHMU.
Ever wish you knew how many times you were struck down in battle? Or how many times you've struck up a conversation with a Gamemaster? Then this event is for you! Of course, the moogles may have some additional gifts rather than information they're willing to dispense, so be sure to visit one of the starting cities to take part in the festivities!
We'd love to hear how you're going to be celebrating the 10th anniversary, so let us know over on the ZAM forums!
Today, May 16th, marks a marvelous milestone in the annals of FINAL FANTASY XI: ten whole years have passed since service first started in Japan!
Vana'diel would not be the thriving community it is today without ardent adventurers like you questing and crusading all across the globe, and for that you have our utmost appreciation.
Speaking of appreciation, it's that time of year again! The Adventurer Appreciation Campaign kicks off today, and in honor of the occasion, we present you with a special message from the development team in recognition of all that you have done for the realm!
It is a wonderful feeling to know that Vana'diel has thrived for so long. Ten years to the day have passed since FINAL FANTASY XI was first officially released back in 2002, and the realm continues to prosper.
We may be considered the caretakers of Vana'diel, but the realm could not have grown so vast and vibrant without the aid and enthusiasm of adventurers like you, and for that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Countless tales of indelible encounters and heart-wrenching farewells have been told through the years over Vana'diel's multiple continents, and those stories have imbued the world with a far richer history than we could ever have imagined. While there are those who have left Vana'diel for other shores, legions of gallant heroes and heroines remain to perform spectacular feats while stalwartly protecting the realm.
Through all of these trials and tribulations, however, the wind still bellows across the deserts of Gustaberg, rain gives way to rainbows over Windurst's walls, stars still illuminate the night sky above San d'Oria, and adventurers still roam the land in search of new discoveries. Should the adventuring spirit arise whithin you, myriad mysteries still need be uncovered and new chapters in the realm's history remain to be written. For as long as you can fight in defense of the realm, you will be always be welcome in your second homeland.
Thank you for all the wonderful years you have given to Vana'diel, and may there be many more to come.
-The FINAL FANTASY XI Team
Producer Hiromichi Tanaka
Illustration: Mitsuhiro Arita
The Adventurer Appreciation Campaign will run from Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. until Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the same hour. (PDT)
Participating in the Adventurer Appreciation Campaign
This year, we have taken our traditional Anniversary ring and imbued it with a decade's worth of powerful magic! Dubbed the Decennial Ring, it will surely prove to be an invaluable item to any adventurer!
*Adventurers in possession of an Anniversary or Novennial Rings may still receive a Decennial Ring.
Event Moogle Locations
Southern San d'Oria (J-9) / Northern San d'Oria (D-8) / Bastok Mines (H-9) / Bastok Markets (G-8) / Windurst Waters (north side) (F-5) / Windurst Woods (K-10)
10th Vana'versary Congratulatory Letters and Formalwear!
In keeping with the Vana'versary tradition, distinguished individuals from across the realm have sent congratulatory letters to the moogles. In addition to conveying these thankful tidings, moogles are also floating at-the-ready to deliver some elegant formalwear to any adventurer who asks. Converse with a moogle at one of the locations below to claim yours! Once you have donned your new garb, speak with the purple-winged vendor again for an opportunity to prove your gallantry to all mooglekind.
In other news, certain Aspiring Adventurers throughout the three kingdoms are in severe need of succor! Pay heed to their entreaties and you might just earn yourself something spectacular along the way...
*Moogles will be doling out Dinner Jackets, Dinner Hose and Novennial Equipment this year as well. Adventurers who missed out on these items in the past may examine the box beside the moogle that reads, "Free to take."
Southern San d'Oria (I-8) / Bastok Markets (F-8) / Windurst Waters (north side) (F-9)
Mog Tablets Unleashed!
Ordinarily, upon the discovery of all eleven mog tablets, three random Super Kupowers will take effect. For the duration of the Adventurer Appreciation Campaign, however, the full set of eleven powers will be unleashed. So go on, get out there and help your fellow adventurers scour the land in the search effort!
Brush up on details pertaining to areas hosting mog tablets and the list of Super Kupowers.
*The effects of Super Kupowers will remain active for one week (Earth time) following the discovery of all eleven mog tablets.
The 10th Anniversary Vana'diel Census
The results of Vana'diel's Tenth Anniversary census shall be presented to the public around the middle of June. We will reveal more information regarding the census as time goes on, so stray not far from the bulletin boards.