That's a very good story, and all too true in this game...
For the LS part, I've been in my same LS since November of last year, one of the original members (since I know the owner IRL). I've seen members come and go, personally myself I've only handed out a handful of pearls, and glad that some of those regulars are still there.
As was stated in one of those posts in response to that original thread, the biggest problem in this FFXI community is that it is too easy to get / join / leave / get new linkshells. I'm not saying it should be terribly hard to get in one, but without limits or expectations, there will always be a good portion of players who only want to be in linkshells that do things for them, not with them. If this linkshell isn't high enough level to get my AFs, Coffer keys, missions ect. solo (or in a small group), or can't keep up with my leveling standards, I guess its time to for me to ditch the cooperation and get on the freeloader bandwagon. It's not like I'm terribly upset at the so called LS jumping, it just irks me.
As for the adventure part of this game, I remember that time (I still have a bit here and there, but not near on the same scale). I leveled up in Windurst, took to my first party in Shakrami Maze (most people haven't even leveled there), then at my ripe level age as 15 monk, took the boat over to the 'new world' of Selbina and Valkrum Dunes. I remember running around and checking out the new mobs in awe (never saw any fly type or sheep type mobs before). For one of the few times in my gaming in here I was enthralled with the Dunes, of course later on when I found it to be a hated workhorse for the xp driven gamer, it lost alot of its shine and luster.
The last real awe inspiring moment I've had in this game now was venturing into Zi T'ah my first time at lvl 40ish monk (I put off doing Samurai for too long, hehe). It is such a nice place, but now it seems like every new place I go I have to be in a party, and the objective is 'what can I kill?' rather than 'what can I experience?'
Overall very good story, I hope alot of people learn from that, because I know I have.
Edited, Tue Sep 7 22:11:31 2004 by smopoe
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