Got home from work yesterday, and actually had to wait a bit before I could download the updates. Once the servers were back up, sort of excitedly I downloaded the updates and logged into Vana’diel with the idea of exploring.
First idea was checking out the CoP stuff, so I teleported myself out to Holla and entered the crag. My solo leveling days on dancer in this zone is apparently over, with the addition of IT++ (to level 75) mobs called “Idle Wanderers”. At first they were all I saw, but after awhile I did find some of the normal Wanderers, Weepers, and Thinker’s that were still level 30, and which apparently don’t aggro at level 75. Note however that the new “Idle” mobs most assuredly aggro. Mostly I was very cautious, and followed around a group of 75’s that were in there exp’ing off of these new additions. Interesting new thought, the team I watched (and helped heal a few times) were “crag hopping”. They would work through all the “Idle Wanderers” and then they would Teleport to another crag and do it all again.
I carefully wandered about, and raised a few unfortunate 75’s who had gotten a bit too close to one of the not so “Idle” threats that now live there. I really wanted to go exploring, and go “do” something.
Surprisingly I wasn’t alone in LS though, there was actually a count of 2. >< Kinkykitty was vocally frustrated in LS, telling me their account of becoming a victim to these “Idle Wanderers” a bit earlier. Not sure if the changes made are going to make it easier for people to get help finishing out these three “Light of.. <Insert Crag here>” missions done or not. Probably too early to guess. I was kinda hoping to be able to take Kauri through and duo to finally finish Holla for her, (so I’d finally have someone to explore Tavnazia occasionally), but I’m not sure its possible now. Will have to check forums I guess to see what people say. If I understand correctly, the hard part is in getting there now, and the mission mobs are the same as they were, but I don’t know that first hand. Maybe I’ll find someone who would let me join their party and figure it out. The game has changed so much. Its even hard to find a party on Whm anymore, especially when you only have an hour or so to play.
I’ve realized a few things in my aimless exploring session yesterday.
I have to give props to SE for trying. They really have made so many adjustments to try and make it possible for people to have a bit more flexibility. That’s really what all these changes are all about. They are wanting to make it more enjoyable for their players. In the end though this game still needs to be centered around groups and teamwork, because that is what it was created for. I love the encouraged teamwork, but I’ve lost my place, and thus my ability to do much. I unfortunately no longer have a “group” to play with, and by time I can pull a group of “pick-ups” together, I barely have any time to actually play.
I’ve realized that if I hope to participate in anything I need to find a new LS. I want actual people to talk to.. to adventure with. I want to actually do something… anything.. when I log in, not aimlessly run around. It seems like there just is no one who is “alive” the same hours I am to play with that isn’t already involved in something else.
At this stage in the game are there any social linkshells out there who will accept new people? I would love to have a purpose to go assist in a bigger fight, or help others get certain things accomplished. Would love to do missions again, but have kinda almost given up on that. The very few people I know aren’t truly serious about actually doing them.
I continually fall into a trap with exciting big dreams. I’ve realized I need to scale down my ambitions for FFXI. I don’t have the time or resources to reach most of them. Its sad to kind of feel like I’m giving up on this character that I’ve adored since her creation. In all truth, its unlikely she’ll be a level 99 anything. I was lucky to have gotten her to 75 really.. A bit hard to admit, but the sad truth is that I am not the kind of player that FFXI is geared for.
If I cannot find a group to play with, I need to change my goals and focus on more attainable things, or else not worry about it and wait more patiently for FFXIV to come out. I really hope it turns out to be at least half what they are saying. I think it has the potential to be a much better fit for me.