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#1 Apr 13 2009 at 8:00 AM Rating: Decent
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Hello everyone on Ragnorok!

I'm doing the free 2-week trial at the moment, but plan to pick up the game again from Gamestop ($15? Insanity).

Anyway, I started playing yesterday and am a Hume WAR from Sandy at level 11 already-- it's a lot easier to gain levels than I remember. My name is Seidra.

I'm looking for a few things.

1) Can anyone suggest a good linkshell I can join? Playing yesterday was kind of lonesome, and having friends to party with at some point would be great. I'll probably play either around 7 PM PST on the weekdays, or be on in the mornings on the weekends. I don't really have the ability to stay up late, and when I'm on on the weekends I can't play into the afternoons usually-- that's time to spend with my wife (I'm a guy playing a girl, I hope that's acceptable).

2) Would there be any goldsmiths/blacksmiths that would be willing to make me some equipment? I'd provide the crystals and materials (as well as some gil, even though I'm a little poor atm). I'm looking for a level 10 scale mail set for Seidra, but there wasn't really any to be found on the AH yesterday, so I figure this is the next best way to get what I want. I'd love to make some myself, but I can't imagine how long it'd take me to level up to the point that I can make it myself.

Thanks in advance-- I appreciate the help!
#2 Apr 13 2009 at 11:52 AM Rating: Decent
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($15? Insanity).

The way they gouge you in Content ID fees, they should be giving this game away. Glad to see that you're enjoying your comeback. As for linkshells, you may refer to my sig for my LS's Website and Forum, all are welcome, we chat about random stuff, and try to host at least 1 event weekly.

This is where I wait for Grommet to post about other LS possibilities. ;D
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#3 Apr 13 2009 at 2:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Tsk, Tom knows me too well ...

I'll give you four linkshells to consider that I have pearls in and like very much, but you should also read the stickied thread atop this forum for even more to consider. Get the best fit you can! Your linkshell is your family.

Axiom is a medium-sized shell of long standing with a mix of new, intermediate and older players. http://www.axiom-online.org/ has more information. I am a sackholder there. And by coincidence, Axiom happens to have several recently-returned, or simply brand new, players, so you would have some folks who have that in common with you.

Musketeers is a larger shell weighted towards the veteran side, but friendly, well-organized and still casual, although they do their share of endgame events along with lower-level things. http://ffxi-musketeers.com/

Triumvirate is Tom's shell. It spun off from Axiom about 2.5 years ago. Still has a nice mix of levels, and everyone is friendly. http://www.triumvirate-forum.com/ (See the taru bard on their front page? That's me!)

Moghat is a spinoff of sorts from Triumvirate, smaller but very tight-knit; everyone is super friendly. http://moghat.com/

You can shop around a bit, but generally it's best to have just one main social shell. (Heck, I wish all my friends were in just one shell ...)

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Taru male San d'Orian
95 WHM, BLM, RNG, SMN, WAR/ 64SAM/ 52DRK/ 51PLD, THF/ 49NIN, SCH, RDM, DNC
100 Woodworking and Fishing; 80 Synergy
60 in all other crafts
(Updated November 12, 2011)
#4 Apr 14 2009 at 5:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Cool, I'll check out your suggestions guys.

The great thing about FFXI is that you can always be a part of more than one linkshell, if you want to. While I played EQ2 I was stuck in a guild where people started playing less and less but didn't want to leave them because they were all good friends (I just didn't see them on much). So it's good to have choices.

#5 Apr 14 2009 at 8:39 AM Rating: Good
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I missed your question about crafting. I can make most basic things myself, but my playtime is limited (job/commute, marriage to non-FFXI player). I will try to help, though, and if I cannot make something myself, I usually know someone who can.
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Grommet

Taru male San d'Orian
95 WHM, BLM, RNG, SMN, WAR/ 64SAM/ 52DRK/ 51PLD, THF/ 49NIN, SCH, RDM, DNC
100 Woodworking and Fishing; 80 Synergy
60 in all other crafts
(Updated November 12, 2011)
#6 Apr 15 2009 at 7:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Completely understandable MJS-- I'm much the same way (minus the commute, it's a 15 minute bus ride for me at the moment). My wife is in school and this quarter is a busy one so I'll probably be on a lot on the evenings during the week and not much on Saturdays.

Mind if I friend Grommet and send you a tell if I see you on? If you can make some stuff for me, it would be awesome, but if we don't sync up on time, don't feel bad.

Also, do you think any of those LS's would be willing to take on 2 (possibly 3) new members? I have a friend who's playing too, and he might have another friend who's going to play on the PS2 with us.

And one more question-- making gil these days. Back in the day when I had a 40-something RDM I would harvest beehive chips in N. Gustaberg for cash. The game's economy has changed a lot since then apparently. Is that still a profitable business venture? Or how about moat-carp? I keep reading how profitable fishing can be, but most of those posts are from 2 or 3 years ago. I know I'd have to wait til 20 to be able to fish with the new caps and whatnot.


Edited, Apr 15th 2009 8:29am by Seidra
#7 Apr 15 2009 at 1:43 PM Rating: Good
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Befriend away! You may need to remind me, at the time, that you're the guy from Allakhazam this week. We old farts get forgetful. And I'll be happy to craft things on a time-available. Usually I just ask the person to provide the materials, with some exceptions. One proviso: I'm not much for making mass quantities of consumables, like ammo or shihei, at least not regularly.

Regarding an LS's taking you and your friends: I suspect all of the listed LSs would be fine with it, with two asterisks.

One: Musketeers's rules state that full-fledged membership there requires a sponsor (i.e., a current full-fledged member). So what they'd do, I am guessing, is make you all provisionals/ recruits for a time -- which, in fairness, is unofficially what ANY LS is gonna do with new members, it's just that Muskies make that status official.

Two: Moghat is a smaller shell -- a dozen or so good friends? -- and while it may happily accept one new person, taking three all at once may be a bit more than it can happily assimilate.

As to any of the LSs, though, it can't hurt to ask! Just be clear about what you want, including the "3 total people want to join" part.

My second-hand understanding is that, yes, the two methods you mentioned are still decent ways to make gil. I say "second hand" because, well, I make enough money from selling high-end ammo that I hardly ever farm or fish(-for-gil) and am telling you what I hear from friends who engage in those activities. (I'm not rich, I rush to point out, but I seldom want for money for really key things.) I am a big fan of fishing for moderate amounts of gil, but make no mistake, unless you stick to in-town moat fishing, it takes away from job-leveling time!, moreso than even other crafts.

I'll see you in-game.
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Grommet

Taru male San d'Orian
95 WHM, BLM, RNG, SMN, WAR/ 64SAM/ 52DRK/ 51PLD, THF/ 49NIN, SCH, RDM, DNC
100 Woodworking and Fishing; 80 Synergy
60 in all other crafts
(Updated November 12, 2011)
#8 Apr 17 2009 at 7:52 AM Rating: Decent
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I sent the request yesterday afternoon (I'm home sick due to flu, yay) but it wouldn't let me write in a message to you when I did it. So if you get a friend request from... I think my POL account might be named Necian, my character is Seidra-- that's me. =)
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