You said any class will work with any race, which is flat out untrue.
Is this the same poster? I don't understand posting Anonymously...how can good class discussions be argued and discussed without names to actually respond to? oh well...whatever.
Look, I'm not in disagreement with you...race make a difference. My AGI and DEX is on any given time 10 pts higher then my friends who are equivalent job and level as Humes and Elvaan.
No doubt..this will make a difference. I'm not suggesting that.
However, these same Hume and Elvaan players can easily buy AGI and DEX equipment to match mine, while I can probably do the same with STR equipment.
I partied with a HUME BLM once...the natural thought is "that must suck because they don't have enough mana". But you know what? The tradeoff is that this HUME could take more hits then a Taru if he ever drew hate. It turned out to be a successful night. There is something to be said of being a non-optimized template character.
It sounds like you played EQ but perhaps not very long? Aside from the fact it's mechanically impossible to switch classes in that game, I wouldn't expect to my Wizard to suddenly equip a sword to do melee and live to talk about it....
It's also the case in EQ where you can somewhat get by with inferior equipment... you can struggle for months to camp for uber gear that will earn you enough mana for an extra nuke or two. It came to the point where players would calculate numbers down to the point where they could say "I bought all this uber gear so that I can do 10 more damage on my nukes then an Enchanter". Whooptedooo! :P
The original poster was thinking from the mindset of an EQ player...something all of us ex-EQ players did. My entire guild migrated over. EQ became more work then it was fun...
FFXI is EQ-lite. And that's what I wanted to suggest to the original poster. You can go any way you like and get by with equipment that will accomidate and adjust for your weaknesses. Equipment that won't take 5 years to get either :) Edited, Thu Jan 22 17:00:28 2004 by Kamena