I recently returned to FFXI after something like a two year absence. I've been all up in the game this time around, having gotten farther into the progression than I ever had before, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. At the moment, I've leveled Monk, Dancer, and Warrior to 50 (and they are my highest jobs). The latter two are leveled as sub jobs for Monk. I'm quite poor at the moment; I barely have 200K.
Puppetmaster is my favorite class in the game, bar none. It's been the one I've enjoyed most since its introduction, even more than Monk, which I enjoy immensely. However, upon returning to the game and looking at the prices of things, many of the attachments are extremely expensive, relatively speaking. As of right now, I have all the attachments from Yoyoroon plus the II versions of Yoyoroon's basic models. Additionally, I have Attuner, Strobe, Pattern Reader, Replicator, Drum Magazine, Heat Seeker, Smoke Screen, and Mana Converter. It seems, then, that I am missing most of the important ones, which is the problem I have currently.
I feel that to be effective as a Puppetmaster, I will need these attachments. However, being 'low level' distances me from the means to acquire large sums of gil with which to purchase these attachments. And farming them is also out of the question. Folks keep suggesting/recommending/commanding that I just focus on leveling Monk right now and getting it to 90 and then making the money to buy what I need or farming for the attachments. But I've gotta say, my enjoyment levels as a Puppetmaster are way higher than they are as a Monk.
So I guess what I'm asking y'all is: are those attachments that I'm missing are as crucial as they seem? Do I need them to play an effective Puppetmaster? Should I listen to folks and just level Monk first so I can make more money? Or should I throw caution to the wind and dust off Lobo and just go for it?