I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to compile all this information together. ^^ It's been a mixed blessing though, I have no idea how common knowledge most of these solo campsites were before, but I've had a string of bad luck of overpopulated camps.
I started BLM solo around level 29, trying to catch up to my BLM38 friend to duo. I was so surprised when I was able to make up the difference in our levels within a few days. Experience was fast and easy, and compared to the parties at that level, relatively painless--although The Sanctuary of Zitah made me want to rip my hair out by the end.
I just wanted to leave a note that it is possible to duo. Experience caps out quicker, but as long as you're willing to grind it or to risk resists at the next campsite up, it is still a great alternative to LFP-ing. Granted, both of us are generally equipped in the best gear available at our lvl, and are Hume/Mithra respectively, so go for a straight INT build. Also, we both have RDM leveled, so have not had to worry about capping magic skills yet. I know starting at 38, we went straight to the Castle and stayed until 42, when we switched to elementals in Pso'Xja. We skipped over Cape Terrigen completely, and from the other posts in this thread, I'm glad we did. ^^ We actually went to Gustav Tunnel at 46. Leech's at that level were tricky, but honestly our main hindrance were people camping the NM or other solo'ers. Since we could not one-shot pets, we had to stay tucked back in the East camp. I ended up switching jobs at some point and helping someone camp the NM just to get them out of there (they refused to leave any of the Shepherd's up); so much traffic through there for a few days.
We are now in Pso'xja again in the 60-capped camp. However, again, our main problem has been other campers. We had planned on moving sooner than 53, but everytime I did a /sea there was always another BLM, BLU, or even BST there. We were finally able to have it for a few hours tonight, and I wanted to say that it is possible to one shot the Goblin's Bat using Tornado (did around 938 consistently). Besides for a few resists (and it really is handy to have someone else ready with ES + Sleepga for an emergency logout), the exp there has been fast and easy.
Of course, there are downsides. Capping experience out at one camp and having to move onto the next one four levels before what's recommended involves being creative and patient with resist rates and inevitable death. Honestly though, it's been enjoyable, and how else are two black mages supposed to exp together outside of a manaburn? :P Although, I must admit, it is a bit irksome to see BST's & RDM's & BLU's monopolizing the pets, who all have other solo or party opportunities. It seems BLM post Kuftal Tunnel in the new areas is only invited to party as a last resort DD or worse healer.
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had investigated any alternative campsites to Pso'xja and also Newton Movalpolos (sounds like that's going to be a popular one as well)? If I know someone's already occupying a campsite, I refuse to camp on top of them, but all too often someone else will, and push them out, and the cycle's continued. I've sat there spamming /sea PsoXja only to watch the single BLM turn into 2 BLM's & a BLU.
I hope this has been of some help to any potential duo'ers! & Again, thank you for the guide, couldn't have made it from 29 -> 54 in a week and a half without it. ^^ If anyone has any questions, feel free to send me a message or a /tell ingame.
Kujata (too lazy to make a signature, I rarely post on here)
Edited, Jun 4th 2007 10:55am by Tesar