ARRgh

It’s not that I’m not having fun in FFXIV, but I was really enjoying the game before I hit 50. I tried everything the game had to offer me as a beginner (as far as I know): a DPS class, a tanking class, a healing class, crafting, more crafting, gathering, beast tribe dailies, random duty roulette – everything was fine in moderation. And new. And fun.

Then I hit 50 (with the MSQ) and had to do all the story end-game content in the original game (ARR). This page shows my struggle, but it’s misleading. Each of those quests can have 3-7 steps with trips to several towns.

  • Patch 2.1 (A Realm Awoken) – DONE
    • 19 quests, 1 dungeon
  • Patch 2.2 (Through the Maelstrom) – DONE
    • 19 quests, 1 trial (hard)
  • Patch 2.3 (Defenders of Eorzea) – DONE
    • 19 quests, 1 trial (hard)
  • Patch 2.4 (Dreams of Ice) – DONE
    • 19 quests, 1 dungeon, 1 trial (hard)
  • Patch 2.5 (Before the Fall – Part 1)
    • 8 quests…
    • no wait, go back to 2.4 – the page is missing something:
      • 1 trial (hard)
      • 1 trial (hard)
      • 1 trial (hard)
  • Patch 2.55 (Before the Fall – Part 2)

And worst of all, they are sequential – it would be a lot better if you could just queue (30 mins as dps for the first one today) for all of them at the same time. But no, that’s probably 2 hours where you have to be available for up to an hour, so a planned session. Meh.

As I wanted to get this stuff done (the above was written last night) I queued for Garuda (Hard) and waited in vain for an hour. Two awesome people in the novice network offered to help and while I was confused at first I learned something new: you can queue up unsynced and the 2 70s made quick work of Garuda and Titan (at Level 50, Hard) and not 15mins later I have this step done. Thank you, random strangers helping new players out!

2 thoughts on “ARRgh”

  1. Yeah, the post ARR patches are an horrible slog. Fortunately the post-expansion patches aren’t nearly as bad. Not even close.

    I am also surprised it took you one hour to queue for those trials, even as a DPS. Since they are story related the usual queue I get for those are 20 minutes, tops, as a DPS.

    1. Well we had the data center split recently and it least for me on Omega it seems to really make a difference. Queue times have gone 3-5 minutes for daily roulette, Tank is still mostly instant. I’m the new guy, but people on the novice network have also lamented that queue times for us went up.

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