So it's been a long time since I've played FFXI, Five years I believe, and I never got terribly far to begin with (my highest job level was 21 if I recall). Recently I decided I'd like to dive back in however after wasting too much of my time in WoW and discovering FFXIV is going to be a broken mess for awhile. So a friend and I started new accounts and made new characters on Diabolos.
My friend's already bailed on me. I've brought a couple jobs up to level 11 however (MNK and WAR) and I'm currently sitting in the Valkurm Dunes.
Here seems to lie the problem: There's no one here. It's a ghost town. Has the game died as far as low level progression is concerned? I understand why it would have but I'm hoping I'm just logging in at slow hours (thus far I've tried 10:00PM and 10:00AM EST). I really want to give this game a another shot. I have very fond memories of it and I'm really enjoying myself and noticing how much more I really loved this game and the world in comparison to my time spent in WoW. I don't want to be logging in and waiting for two hours to form a party though.
Am I too late? Has this ship sailed? If not what are people doing to grind low level jobs these days and when is the ideal time to logged on to do it?