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TEXT VERSION for mobile, bandwidth-concerned, or CTRL+F users.
SKIP to 2nd post for Community, Reviews, and Resources.

If the the format looks weird, try stretching your window or refreshing your browser after a few seconds. To make it fit in a smaller window, use CTRL and - (numpad) or mouse wheel down to zoom out. (Images are 1280px wide)

Note: This OT was designed to answer all of the most common questions and lead you to answers for the ones it can’t (cursor icons indicate links, music notes for music links). Try to use to it as the first stop for any questions or refer new players to it instead of answering one question at a time.

























































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(08-21-2013, 06:50 AM)
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Separated for easy linking, customizability, and less bandwidth strain.
Quicklink. (Isolates from image-heavy OT)
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(To run FFXIV with the steam overlay go to “Games” > “Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library” and add the executable. With the steam overlay it is easy to use steam chat and browser without tabbing out.)

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NeoGAF Linkshells and Free Companies
(By World)

Durandal (JP data center)
Linkshell: Nocturne
Leader: jijidasu (Aki Rouscelia)
Guild Website:: http://nocturne.guildwork.com/

Ragnarok (NA/EU data center, recommended for EU timezones)
Linkshell: Warriors of Chaos
Leader: Khrno (Khrno Abaddon), ebil (Ebil Elebil)
Guild Website: n/a

Sargatanas (NA/EU data center)
Linkshell: NeoBelieve
Free Company: Red Dot
Leaders: kiryogi (Eithne Rain), Ravidrath (Ravidrath Astolph), Omlet (Mishaela Aveeli), and a non-Gaffer (Mac Aroni)
Guild Website: http://reddot.guildwork.com/

Ultros (NA/EU data center)
Linkshell: Gather Against Fate
Free Company: Gather Against Fate
Leaders: androidcandy (Strawberry Shortcake), Capell (Capell Percipere), Paprikka (Safflower Amariyo), ROBOKITTYZILLA (Maple Cookie), theta11 (Xarielle Randgris)
Guild Website: http://neogaf.guildwork.com/

As described under “Getting Started” in the first post, Legacy characters are currently restricted to legacy servers. Even when the server transfer service becomes available, they will be unable to move to “new” servers for several months. New characters can be made on either new or legacy servers. The primary difference is that no character on new servers will be older than than the Phase 4 Beta. Measure the pros and cons of both, though minor and temporary, and make a decision for yourself.

(Previous FFXIV OT: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=513901)



[coming soon]



(Highly Recommended (by Riposte) ♦)

Basic Game Utility / News
http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/index.html - The Lodestone. Due for a big renovation soon. ♦
http://arrstatus.com - Server status site.
https://twitter.com/FF_XIV_EN - Official Twitter
http://www.guildm8s.com/Default.aspx?G=8 - FFXIV news timeline (covering many blogs, etc.). ♦

Fan Sites / Other Communities
http://ffxiv.zam.com/ - Long established MMO site with large forum community.
http://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv - FFXIV subreddit since 1.x.
http://www.reddit.com/r/FFXIVRECRUITMENT - Subreddit dedicated to LS/FC recruitment.
http://www.bluegartr.com/index.php - An endgame-centric forum originally known for its FFXI community.
http://bluegarter.guildwork.com/forum - The other Blue Gartr forum, also endgame-centric (long story lol.)
http://ffxivrealm.com - A new forum for ARR.
http://ffxiv-roleplayers.com - Biggest role-player forum.
http://xivpads.com - Collects Lodestone data for players to track themselves and other utilities. ♦
(NeoGAF Guildwork sites are found in Community, above.)

Databases / Wikis

http://xivdb.com - An extensive data-minded database, with game-like maps and character wardrobe. ♦
http://www.ffxivinfo.com - Similar database, with more written content.
http://www.ffxivpro.com - General database which also collects player and market data. Successor to FFXIAH.
http://home.comcast.net/~nakomaru/ffmaps - Maps
http://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Main_Page - FFXIV 1.x wiki being readapted for ARR. Successor to FFXIclopedia.
http://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/FF14_Wiki - Brand new wiki for ARR.
http://www.ffxivfate.com - FATE maps.

Guides/Strategy
http://valk.dancing-mad.com - Deep combat system analysis with calculators. ♦
http://eorzeareborn.com - Site with general guides covering duties, crafting, macros, etc. ♦
http://igoumedia.com/finalfantasy14 - Another guide site in the same fashion.
http://www.ffxivguild.com - A third guide site.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...DbW1aMHc#gid=0 - List of important food items in the game.

Tools
http://betterds3.ciebiera.net - Enables use of a PS3 controller on PC. ♦
http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-XInpu...DS2-Controller - PC Dualshock 3 support, no motioninjoy required (courtesy of Baleoce).
http://ffxiv.game-junkie.net/HUD - HUD simulator for planning customization.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...ZldoVmc#gid=16 - Google doc used to calculate Discipline of Land attributes using copy and paste on the “summary” sheet (must save doc first).
http://ffxivlogrep.com/summary - Japanese Parser. (English translation on top right corner.) ♦
http://xivmodels.com - Model viewer (Spoilers).

Story and Lore
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...0X_2SXWp8/edit - Same link found under “The Story So Far…” in the first post.

Video/Music Content
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8u8kLELS40 - YouTube channel of “Mr.Happy”, covering game mechanics, lore, and tips. ♦
http://gamerescape.com/category/aetheryteradio - Gamerescape’s podcast.
http://zantetsuken.net/sequencebreak/sbxiv - Another long running FFXIV podcast.
http://www.xivnation.com/category/xiv-reborn - GameBreaker’s new FFXIV podcast.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...weBrSbJs1PLpqL - Matt Fuss’s piano arrangments of FFXIV music. ♦

Misc.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...VUjNSNFE#gid=0 - List of “missable” items (including what ring you get for answering the prologue’s question).
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...any=true&pli=1 - List of shared skills between classes and jobs.
http://dimensionaldeath.com/index.php?page=huntinglogs - Hunting log maps.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...3QnVqZEE#gid=1 - Shows what types of equipment each discipline of hand makes.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...zZGFlQlE#gid=0 - List of fishing tackle and their uses.
http://nix80.livejournal.com/22903.html - Blog post covering materia, including maximum enhancement values.
http://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/commen...ad_link_inside - FFXIV Rainmeter skin. Themes the desktop after FFXIV’s UI.
http://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/commen...heres_a_quick/ - Reddit post detailing how to carry over macros, settings, and UI.

Graphics Modding Guide
(Courtesy of Jijidasu)

Forcing SGSSAA (Nvidia Inspector)

Step 1: Download and unzip in a safe place. http://www.techspot.com/downloads/50...inspector.html
Step 2: Open Nvidia Inspector and on the right side in the middle area is a red box with a spanner and screwdriver, click it.
Step 4: Box prompt, name the new profile whatever you like (FFXIV:ARR)
Step 5: Now you have your new profile made, click the icon two icons to the right of the yellow sun icon.
Step 6: Add ffxiv.exe from the SquareEnix/FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn (Beta Version)/game directory.
Step 7: Copy the settings in this image directly: http://i.imgur.com/V8Lvya2.png
Step 8: For Antialiasing compatibility you MUST type in 0x004012C5 as it will not show in the drop down.
Step 9: Click apply changes.
Step 10: Done.

Down-sampling

Refer to this Neogaf thread by Corky for detailed step-by-step instructions.

When using down-sampling you will notice much higher contrast, I encourage players to fiddle with the in-game screen gamma settings to fix this to your liking.

SweetFX

SweetFX works with AMD and Nvidia hardware alike.

SweetFX is a visual enhancement suite which can alter tonality, contrast add HDR and Bloom among many other things. It is in effect an active "photoshop" filter for games.

To install place unzipped files in both /SquareEnix/FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (Beta Version)/game and /SquareEnix/FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (Beta Version)/boot directories. You can alter the settings in your SweetFX_settings.txt. I also recommend adjusting your in game gamma.

Download HERE.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost...postcount=7248 (for images)

NOTE: Still need to verify the above tips work in the final release.
Last edited by ebil; 08-25-2013 at 05:11 PM.
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(08-21-2013, 06:52 AM)
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Beware 56k users!
Item Box
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(08-21-2013, 06:53 AM)
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Saturday can't get here any faster.
WonkyPanda
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(08-21-2013, 06:53 AM)
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Best MMO I've played in years. Day one.
Jijidasu
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(08-21-2013, 06:53 AM)
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phierce
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(08-21-2013, 06:54 AM)
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Very nice OT. Thanks!
linkent
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(08-21-2013, 06:54 AM)
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holy cow..
best OT i have ever seen..
raven777
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(08-21-2013, 06:54 AM)
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wow amazing OT!
chrono01
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(08-21-2013, 06:54 AM)
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This just might be the best OT I've ever seen. Nicely done!

I'm relieved to see that my PC Collector's Edition shipped via Digital River today. Unfortunately, I live in Canada and didn't opt for the expensive [$30+!] shipping, so I probably won't receive it for a few weeks.

Regardless, I am excited!

*cue Final Fantasy Victory Fanfare music*
Very nice job. People looking for the old time FF feeling with a dash of the slickness of the new FFs should find it abundant in Eorzea now.
BananasWithGuns
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(08-21-2013, 06:55 AM)
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Wow, incredible job on the OT. Very well done.
Kagari
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(08-21-2013, 06:56 AM)
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Nice job. I can't wait for my CE to arrive.
Shinta
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(08-21-2013, 06:56 AM)
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Gorgeous OP for a gorgeous game. Nicely done!

I'll be getting this on PS4 for sure.
supergiz
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(08-21-2013, 06:56 AM)
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Wow this is the beginning of something grand! I am so hyped. Only a few more days left.
pillowtalk
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(08-21-2013, 06:56 AM)
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Hell yes. Great ot.
Kintaro
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(08-21-2013, 06:56 AM)
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I don't usually like crazy OPs but I said gotdamn. Bravo!
Emitan
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(08-21-2013, 06:56 AM)
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Aeana
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(08-21-2013, 06:57 AM)
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I am super excited, and yet I can't help but feel like my hype is waning because of the events with phase 4 and now the preorder keys. Is there really any reason to expect that early access will go smoothly? (._. )
volgihn
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(08-21-2013, 06:57 AM)
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I'm really hyped for this game. I can't wait to play it this weekend.
Negator
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(08-21-2013, 06:58 AM)
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Day -3

Originally Posted by Aeana

I am super excited, and yet I can't help but feel like my hype is waning because of the events with phase 4 and now the preorder keys. Is there really any reason to expect that early access will go smoothly? (._. )

No. There is no hope. But at least once all that stuff is over, we'll have a pretty damn good game to play.
ebil
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(08-21-2013, 06:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by Emitan

image

Try refreshing your browser, stretching your window (it's 1280px wide) or clear your cache if nothing works.
Maleko Saint
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(08-21-2013, 06:59 AM)
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Great job on that, looks great.

Still, looking forward to EA quite a bit.
Lé Blade Runner
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(08-21-2013, 06:59 AM)
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Hats off to a really nice ( and attractive ) OT.
DarthWufei
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(08-21-2013, 06:59 AM)
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Korbel Valoredge of Ultros reporting! Can't wait to play this weekend!!
Emitan
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(08-21-2013, 06:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by ebil

Try refreshing your browser, stretching your window (it's 1280px wide) or clear your cache if nothing works.

I cant stretch the window, its maximized!
Fancy Corndog
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(08-21-2013, 07:00 AM)
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Zooming out turned OP from some sort of wrapping massacre into the greatest OT of all time.
Last edited by Fancy Corndog; 08-21-2013 at 07:06 AM.
Aeana
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(08-21-2013, 07:00 AM)
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Yeah, the thread just isn't going to look good for anybody using lower resolutions or without maximized browsers, because we have code to automatically scale down images that are too wide.
Unknown Soldier
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(08-21-2013, 07:00 AM)
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Wow, this OT is pretty elaborate and impressive. Well done Riposte and ebil and jijidasu!
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Egnirys
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(08-21-2013, 07:00 AM)
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Beautiful OT. Great work!
nikos
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(08-21-2013, 07:01 AM)
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The next decade of my life is ready. A++ OT
HooYaH
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(08-21-2013, 07:01 AM)
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Sigh, still getting errors trying to redeem my key.
madmaxx350
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(08-21-2013, 07:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by Aeana

I am super excited, and yet I can't help but feel like my hype is waning because of the events with phase 4 and now the preorder keys. Is there really any reason to expect that early access will go smoothly? (._. )

faith and it's easier to just forget and enjoy the hype train lol.

I can't wait.
chrono01
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(08-21-2013, 07:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by Aeana

I am super excited, and yet I can't help but feel like my hype is waning because of the events with phase 4 and now the preorder keys. Is there really any reason to expect that early access will go smoothly? (._. )

Not only do I expect issues during Early Access but I also anticipate a rough launch [at least for the first couple days]. :(

It likely won't affect me as well as it might others, since I probably won't have my PC CE until a week after launch, but I'm really hoping that the above doesn't come to pass. I know how insufferable Open Beta/Phase 4 was, so if that process repeats itself [which it likely will]...

Let us hope that does not happen.
Hedge
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(08-21-2013, 07:01 AM)
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And so the OT emerges. Looks good!
Aeana
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(08-21-2013, 07:02 AM)
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If I can make a suggestion, remove the[indent] from the OP since it just makes it wider.
Firehead
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(08-21-2013, 07:02 AM)
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Well done with the OP. Seems I'll be getting into the early access, thanks to Zomba's help. Thanks again, Zomba! :)
Edge_Maverick
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(08-21-2013, 07:02 AM)
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Fantastic OT! Great job!
Ferrio
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(08-21-2013, 07:03 AM)
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Hope I can play...
SoopaMan2K
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(08-21-2013, 07:03 AM)
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OT is OP.
Emitan
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(08-21-2013, 07:04 AM)
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When I zoom out the OT looks amazing, it's just too darn big for my laptop.
Unknown Soldier
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(08-21-2013, 07:04 AM)
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Originally Posted by Aeana

I am super excited, and yet I can't help but feel like my hype is waning because of the events with phase 4 and now the preorder keys. Is there really any reason to expect that early access will go smoothly? (._. )

If an MMO is even remotely anticipated by players, launch will be a clusterfuck. That's just how MMO launches are. And then you compound it by being Squenix, who are just astonishingly incompetent at MMO publishing basics, and it just becomes an amazing suicide run.

The game is still amazing though, so I guess we have to put up with this crap.
ebil
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(08-21-2013, 07:05 AM)
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Originally Posted by Aeana

If I can make a suggestion, remove the[indent] from the OP since it just makes it wider.

That's a good suggestion. It's done.

For people who just can't get a good experience with the OT because lower resolution or mobile, a text-only version is coming very soon. Riposte is still writing it and I've sworn I'd stay up to post it.

(Second post might be up in a few hours because it's not done yet, it's like 8AM here and I've been up all night to get it done)
Last edited by ebil; 08-21-2013 at 07:10 AM.
PshycoNinja
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(08-21-2013, 07:05 AM)
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Aldin Shadowedge of Ultros reporting for duty.

Picking up the game at midnight at GameStop for PS3. I don't want to wait until 2014 for the PS4 version and I really wanted a collectors edition. So....
ROBOKITTYZILLA
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(08-21-2013, 07:06 AM)
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It's...it's beautiful.
The Karasumori
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(08-21-2013, 07:07 AM)
Great job on the OT you guys, looks stunning!
Lord Phol
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(08-21-2013, 07:08 AM)
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Sweet OP!

I really didn't have much interest in this until I tried the Phase 4 Beta. Now I can barely wait to explore the world of Eorzea. Everything about this games presentation and atmosphere is just perfect for drawing you into it. The music, beautiful vistas and great community. I hope this game turns out well because I haven't been this hyped for an MMO in quite a while

Also "Mad snake? Mad SNAAAAAAAKE!".
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Nags
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(08-21-2013, 07:09 AM)
Nice OT!
Should help scratch that itch until release >.<;
Rhadamanthus
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(08-21-2013, 07:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by Lord Phol

Also "Mad snake? Mad SNAAAAAAAKE!".

They will forever live on in our hearts. There's probably a Linkshell with that name.
Maleko Saint
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(08-21-2013, 07:11 AM)
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Oh, meant to ask this a bit ago. Did they ever state the specifics of what that first 30-day Veteran rewards can alter about your character? I assume it can alter appearance at base level, but mayhaps gender as well. What I'm wondering is if it'll let players change their names if it can indeed alter that and even things like race or even name as well.

Just to be sure, veteran time won't be processed till things like the 'Welcome Back' program and free month time blocks are up, correct? Figuring out when that'd be due to slightly messing up my 1.0 character when I went to change the appearance and such. Believe I saw the potion or at least some time of service being mentioned in this past Live Letter, but wasn't sure to what extent for either.

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