Character Name: Furionstormrage
Character Race: Elvaan
Character Job(s): 75 PLD, WAR, NIN - 59 RDM (Currently leveling)
Linkshell: ElectricMayhem (Pearlholder, Endgame LS) & LaCosaNostra (Sackholder, Social LS)
Linkshell Website: http://s15.zetaboards.com/Electric_Mayhem_LS/index/
Real World Location: Raleigh, NC
Career / Employment Industry / Current Level of School: ASE Certified Machinist / Automotive Performance & Repair / Associates In Science (Transferring to North Carolina State University to work on Bachelors In Engineering)
Hobbies: Surfing, watching movies, listening to music, avid Ninja Warrior & Lost fan
Family: Married in September 2008 to the best woman in the world
Besides Final Fantasy XI, what other MMORPGs have you played and how do they compare to Final Fantasy XI?
I played WOW for about two months when I took a break from FFXI about two years ago. Although I think that it's a very well-made game, I missed my friends in FFXI and have not played any other MMORPGs since that time.
How did you find out about Final Fantasy XI, and when did you begin playing?
Two of my friends started playing at PS2 release, and I was interested and began playing about six months after that.
Do you know anyone in real life who plays Final Fantasy XI?
Two of my friends still play, Aroth and Saevel. My brother and two other friends played for awhile but have since quit.
How did you come up with your main character's name?
Ironically enough, I had no idea that it was from Warcraft. I saw the name on a friends D&D character sheet and I liked it, so I used it.
What is your favorite job and why?
I find it hard to pick a favorite job. I'm best known as a PLD, which I do play most of the time and absolutely love (and have since I started, even when PLD was very undesireable), but if was to pick a favorite job I would have to say "tank". I tank quite a bit on both PLD and WAR, and NIN to a lesser extent, and I just cannot get enough of tanking, regardless of job.
Which forum(s) do you frequent the most?
Besides my LS website, I frequently read and post on Allakhazams PLD forum and BlueGartr. I occasionally check KillingIfrit and I also post at Kevin Smiths "View Askew" forum.
About how often do you play Final Fantasy XI and how long is a typical playing session for you?
I typcially play everyday, and on average I play for 3-4 hours, although I have been known to play for ten hours at a time or not play at all for an entire weekend.
How do you spend your time in game?
I spend most of my time in game doing events with my endgame LS. We do events Monday through Thursday night, late at night EST. The rest of my in game time is spent doing Salvage with a small group, doing Assaults with a group of friends, or crafting to keep myself afloat. I recently decided to level RDM to 75 so that I can experience tanking on that job, so I have been trying to find some time to gain levels on that job.
Do you craft? If so, what are your skill levels?
My hgihest craft is Alchemy, currently at 69. I plan to eventually hit 100 on that, and at the moment it is my primary source of gil income.
Approximately how much of Vana'diel have you experienced?
I have experienced a fair amount. Beyond the mission lines, which is a question that is asked later in this interview:
What is your favorite expansion?
My favorite expansion is Aht Urghan, not for the mission line but for the sheer amount of content that it brought into the game. (Einherjar, Assaults, Nyzul Isle, Salvage, Zeni system)
What is your least favorite expansion?
I would say Wings of The Goddess but it is not finished, and so far it has brought some amazing gear for my PLD and WAR. Campaign is also an excellent system. I find it very hard to answer this question, each expansion has added some very fun content.
How far have you progressed in missions?
I have completed Zilart, COP, and Aht Urghan. I am currently on the last BC for WoTG and am planning to do that sometime this week. I have obtained Rank 10 in Bastok but have not changed nation to work on the other 2 mission lines.
What is your favorite zone?
I really like Ru'uan Gardens, I love the way it looks and I like the music up there. I'm also a big fan of Limbus, even doing zones over and over I find myself enjoying it every week.
Who is your NPC hero and why?
Prishe. I think the developers did a wonderful job with her storyline, and anyone who can one-shot me (or anybody for that matter) gets my respect.
If Shantotto was your mom, give a good excuse for coming home 6 hours after curfew.
The Playonline Viewer wouldn't update any faster. Describe your most memorable moment or proudest accomplishment in game.
My proudest accomplishment is having an Endgame LS full of people that I like, and having friends I have never met in real life that I can relate to and talk to all night long, having fun and not stressing out about gear or anything like that.
What is the largest amount of gil you have ever had at one time, and how did you go about accumulating it?
During the christmas inflation a few years ago, I sold all of my gear that skyrocketed in price, and I used all of my Beastmen Seals and harvested heavily, knowing that SE would not allow such insane inflation to remain. At the end of that I had around 25 million, but almost all of that has been used over the years gearing up my jobs, leveling crafts, and giving out gifts to friends.
What are some things you would change or implement in order to improve Final Fantasy XI?
I would lower all repop ??? NMs to 5 minute repops, and I would expand the macro system to allow for 20 lines per macro. (So that you could press one button to swap all gear and perform an action instead of 4)
If you were stranded on Purgonorgo Isle what 5 items would you most want to have with you?
I never go anywhere without my Wivre Shield +1 (Gift from my buddy, Arximiro), Antidotes, Echo Drops, and Reraise. Wow that only leaves one thing. I'll take my signal pearl so I can sit there and talk to my NPC, she already thinks I'm insane.
How do you describe Final Fantasy XI to your coworkers or computer-illiterate friends?
I stopped trying to years ago.
What is next for you in the world of Final Fantasy XI?
Continuing to run the most awesome Endgame LS in the world. XD We're focusing on Einherjar, and beyond that I would really to tank or DD other things that I have not had the chance to. (Ouryu uncapped, Dynamis-Tavnazia, Odin). I'm also looking to move from tanking everything all the time, to having our other good tanks take the lead and allow me to DD a little more, since I honestly have no idea how to play a DD on anything above Sky Gods and I'd like to. (I'm always tanking them)
Extra information that I would like to add:
I'd like to express my deepest thanks for all of the support that I have received during my years of playing. I have met some wonderful friends and I consider myself extremely lucky to have a great experience in FFXI. I'd also like to thank Rowanbael for the nomination, and everyone who voted in the poll.