To begin I should introduce myself and speak a bit about my history with FFXI, as well as a bit about my real life situation in order to provide a solid context to the rest of the post. If you wish to skip right to the meat and potatoes of what I want to say feel free to do so, but I feel it is necessary to provide you guys with a thick description of my current situation in order for you all to better understand and perhaps advice me with regards to my issues.
I am a veteran FFXI player, started playing in 2003 back when I was in my first years of high school. At that point I was leveling a warrior and after that a Dragoon and Warrior to 75. I continued to play on these jobs until around 2006 when personal issues both in game and real life compelled me to delete my character and cancel that account forever.
I came back in 2008 feeling confident about my ability to handle the game at the time. I was in the middle of my summer vacation in my first year of college. Things seemed easy to get back into and I got a new character to level 60 with Dragoon before quitting again.
I made yet another return to the game in the Winter of 2009 from November - January. Got that Dragoon to 75. Some friends quit the game leaving me with about 40mil gil at the time. Bought the full barone+1 gear with some solid AH rares as well and once again quit the game. This was due to lack of time because of a part time paid internship.
Came back again with the release of the first Abyssea expansion played until level 80 and was forced to quit the game due to the high work load and pressures of my upper division courses. Obtained virtually no gear and did no end game content.
Finally I once again return to FFXI. I came back in November and have for the first time in my history with the game found a linkshell that accepted me and actually helps with end game content and gear. They are not a hard core linkshell or what would have been defined as an HNMLS back in the day. They are simply a small close family linkshell that has the potential to do Empyrean+2 AF or AF3+2. I am currently very happy with this linkshell and all the wonderful members, the new leveling style the game has taken has allowed me to play even during my limited amount of time. Making gil is not quite as hard as it used to be given the new curror exchange methods. This being said I am still very limited because of my school, classes, and now also part time internship.
I am unavailable to play the game at all on Tuesday and Thursdays, Monday's and Wednesdays I have my internship, and after work i return home and usually do catch up work for my classes or study. Truth be told the only real times I have to actually sit down and play the game for longer than 1 hour at a time is on Thursday nights when I usually play from 5pm-3am and on Friday which I usually pull a 6-10 hour playing session as well. Saturday's are usually reserved for studying and Sunday's are reserved for my ethnographic study research.
Overall my FFXI play time comes down to about 24-28 hours a week give or take 2-4 hours depending on various situations. Keeping all of this in mind I now come to the meat and potatoes of my actual post.
I now have a level 95 monk with AF3+1. Nothing special in terms of rare gear, Rare/ex equipment, no empyrean weapon or anything like that. It has taken me the past 5 weeks to get the AF3+1 and to get monk to 95. My Dragoon is 95 as well. I have always had an interest in corsair ever since the job first came out. Yet, before I was never able to even afford bullets for it. Now that I can make about 400-500k a week within my play schedule. I have been able to level corsair to 95 as well but unfortunately without the proper gear that i see many corsairs on these and the official FFXI forums say corsairs should have. Furthermore, I am unable to afford high level bullets past the Iron. Given this information, I must ask the following questions.
Am I in a position in which leveling corsair would be possible in an effective and useful manner in various contexts including the possibility of end game content in the future?
As a casual player, are there alternatives to the long term NM camping or high time consuming gear such as the Altdorf's earring, Wilhelm's Earring, aquiline belt, Armageddon, etc. ?
Some of the AH equipment for Corsair is a bit outside of my budget, such as the Stormsoul rings which run at about 1.2-1.4mil in my server each. When you include the price of ammunition those rings become quite the challenge to obtain. Is there any alternative that I could pursue on this end as well?
Lastly, considering how many breaks I have taken from the game, and how long the gaps between my breaks generally were, (between 1-2 years). Is it even possible to catch up to end game anymore, considering my full time school, part time internship, and limited hours of play schedule?
Is it possible to get to end game with corsair under these circumstances or was corsair made with the more hard core player in mind?
This is really all I wanted to ask all of you. I am trying to figure out how in the world I am going to play this job under my current circumstances. Perhaps there are things I have not thought about yet that would change my current situation in game. Maybe there are multiple ways that I am unaware of to obtain gear for the job, or maybe corsair was made for hard core players and I should choose a job more suited for some one with my limited play schedule. Whatever your reply maybe, I ask that it be constructive, and relevant to the topic at hand. I appreciate your time in reading this and will check back regularly in hopes of getting some good replies from you all.
Edited, Jan 5th 2012 7:04am by alazar14