Hello, Caitsith. In-game I'm known as Shishamu. Perhaps you know me and perhaps you don't. Those of you who do know me can probably attest to the idea that I'm austere, aloof, and something of an enigma. I'm probably the only person on this server who has been playing since the NA PS2 launch and yet still hasn't dinged 75 on a single job. Why? Because my interest in the exp grind is far outstripped by my interest in the world of Vana'diel itself. To put it bluntly, I'm in it for the story more than I am for the battles.
Yes, I'm a roleplayer, and the only one I've ever met on FFXI, much to my dismay. I know others must exist and yet I've never been able to find them. So my latest project (and the main reason I am returning to FFXI after such a lengthy absence) is to try and start...a movement, of sorts. It's not difficult to notice that FFXI is slowly fading from prominence as SE's new MMO gets further along in development, and so my hope is that people will be interested in prolonging the game's life and value by creating our own ways to keep it fun.
My preferred method of keeping the game interesting is to invest myself in this world and the characters in it. Vana'diel is an expansive place with a very detailed history, and it seems like a waste not to make better use of the world we've been given to play with.
So, what am I getting at? An organized movement. The obvious incarnation of this is a linkshell devoted entirely to this purpose. A network to connect the handful of roleplayers that must surely already exist, and also to hopefully create an interest in RP for those who haven't considered it. My intention is for this to be a very casual sort of thing, with each and every player deciding the level of his or her involvement. RP is flexible. It can be as simple as merely feigning hostility towards the members of rival nations, if you so desire. Or it can be as complex as lengthy backstories, fully-realized character personalities, and plot and development arcs, if that is your fancy.
My intention is to build an avenue for RP and eventually provide a database of relevant information: plot summaries, nation histories, guides, etc. Ultimately my goal is to make RP convenient for everyone involved, regardless of their acting, writing, or game experience. Everyone should be permitted to participate.
If you are interested in helping me to realize this project, you can reply here, or message me (Shishamu) or my second-in-command (Neromo) in-game. I eagerly await your responses. Thank you for your time.