What do people think about the idea of putting FFXII's gambit system into an MMO?
There's quite a divide in opinion on gambits. Personally, I loved them, but in a game like FFXII where you were managing an entire party in real time, they were essential. In something like FFXIV where you're only controlling one player, it might be a different story.
Or maybe not. If the speed of the battle system is increased significantly, it could be a very useful addition. In FFXII I think most of us used gambits even on the party leader, automating the micromanagement portion of the battle so that we could focus on the big picture. Suppose that as a mage in FFXIV you could program your character to automatically handle the tedious stuff like the buff/debuff cycle every battle, leaving you free to handle emergencies or other aspects that require more skill. It might even work to allow a WHM to automate most of their cure actions, if there were enough other things about the job to keep the player busy. Every player might be a little bit different in what they want to leave up to their gambits and what they consider interesting enough to handle personally.
I think there's a lot of potential there, even if it would have to be implemented carefully.