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#1 Dec 09 2012 at 8:05 PM Rating: Good
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Hi everyone! I just started playing FFXI and I am liking enjoying on the whole so far. Love the depth of the systems, but the interface clunkiness is driving me mad :o Which brings me to my question. With buffs/debuffs like food or signet, how do you find out what exactly they are doing? I'm sure I am missing something simple, but it mousing over doesn't seem to work. ( Mouse controls in general seem like an afterthought 0.o) Anyhoo, thank you in advance!
#2 Dec 09 2012 at 8:09 PM Rating: Good
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You can press Num+ (or F on compact) twice to get a cursor up there and see what each is by name and a little (possibly useless) description, but this is also used to 'click off' statuses and remove them, like Sneak before you recast it.

I think they're still working on unique icons for each effect on PC, which will be much more helpful than the general 'offense/defense up/down', but you'll learn a lot of them anyway.
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#3 Dec 09 2012 at 8:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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On PC, hitting F or numpad+ twice highlights the status bar and you can figure out the name of each effect.

After that, it gets tricky because you'll need to look up the effects online somewhere. You might a lot of these effects (Berserk, Paralyze, Slow) are self explanatory, but the potency of these effects can vary, so it's not always clear, even to veterans.

Food effects, check out ffxiah.com or http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/Main_Page and find your food. The effects should be listed there.

All of this is a bit of a hassle, but the game is 10 years old and standards were different back then. SE is working on an upgrade to the UI, but a lot of the details are still secret to us.
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#4 Dec 09 2012 at 8:19 PM Rating: Excellent
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(Mouse controls in general seem like an afterthought 0.o)


They probably were literally an afterthought, considering this game was originally coded for the PS2, before being ported to the PC.
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#5 Dec 09 2012 at 8:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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Oh yea, don't use a mouse. Keyboard controls and shortcuts are where it's at.

I actually wish more games would take on the FFXI configuration because I love having control over everything with my keyboard.
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#6 Dec 09 2012 at 11:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the info :) Being a PS2 port would explain the mouse controls, though the horrendous registration process was something else entirely. o.0 Almost lost me before I even started, but I'm glad I stuck with it. :)
#7 Dec 09 2012 at 11:36 PM Rating: Good
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I actually wish more games would take on the FFXI configuration because I love having control over everything with my keyboard.

This so much. WASD+Mouse is so clunky once you start wanting use more than 4 abilities while trying to move. Need to hit ctrl or alt? Lemme do this funky thumb claw thing and probably hit the wrong number in the process. x.x
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**** don't know 'bout my wicked Ctrl-palming skills.

There's a reason my standard Ctrl macros don't go much past 4 or 5 though.
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#9 Dec 10 2012 at 6:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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If you have one available you should try playing with a gamepad. SE designed it to be played with a PS2 controller as the primary input. Not everyone prefers to play with a gamepad, but I think the game's controls are a natural fit on a gamepad.

If you do try one out, don't forget to set it up in the config program outside of the game.
#10 Dec 12 2012 at 8:23 PM Rating: Good
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Don't have gamepad yet, I'll add it to my Christmas List :) On that subject, is there a list or faq, which shows useful key commands/shortcuts?
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