When I try to mentally organize what I want to accomplish in FFXIV, it seems as though some of the biggest items are so very far off — catching up on the MSQ to be with the current releases, getting a job to max level, saving up enough to buy a house — and so I can’t hang my day-to-day expectations on them.
Fortunately, there are plenty of immediate-to-mid-range goals that function better as a carrot, and one of those was hitting level 30 and switching over from an Arcanist to a Scholar. I wanted my faerie pet and the ability to heal dungeons! So along the way to this goal, I hit another, which was to get my first mount. It’s certainly made traversing the world more enjoyable.
There’s been a lot of comparison between WoW and FFXIV lately, but one thing I haven’t heard people talk about is how FFXIV possibly tops WoW in the sheer avalanche of quest titles with bad puns. Like, it’s pretty much all of them, each more groan-worthy than the last. Whether or not this is an enjoyable factor is up to you, but let’s not let FFXIV off the hook here whenever WoW gets accused of making too many pop culture jokes.
While the community as a whole is generally really nice, I’ve had problems connecting with a good free company. Either they end up not talking at all, or have too low of an active population, or they allow a few jerks to run off their mouths to my annoyance. So I’ve been shopping around.
I will say that my patience started to wear very thin on going back through the Realm Reborn storyline, streamlined as though it may be. It’s just as plodding and uneventful as it used to be, and while I could ignore that early on, by my 40s, I was ready for it to be over and done.