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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 1:02PM mmark said

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All these years and people are still mentioning the Brady Guide lie about Beastmaster exp drop?

Posted: Aug 6th 2011 1:59PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah the Beastmaster only experiences a drop in EXP IF the pet he charms rates higher than "Even Match" to him, which most recently jugs are 10x better to use as a BST when soloing. Not only do jug pets hit harder and hold aggro better but you don't have to worry about them turning on you in the middle of the fight.

Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:26PM FouLu said

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Bst exp as been changed like 3 times since that guide came out. and on the turn rate ... >< after lvl 10 soloing you should know your charm duration rate by then, also know to stack on the right stats >< and 20 other things. Who uses a guild or a MMo when you need to experience most of it for yourself cause your going to play different then everyone else.
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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 2:01PM (Unverified) said

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by the way I cannot seem to get rid of the (Unverified) status on my account, can anyone help me with this?

Posted: Aug 6th 2011 2:11PM Bramen said

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It's a bug. Massively is aware. Massively is powerless to help.
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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 2:12PM (Unverified) said

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@Bramen Oh I see, much appreciated.
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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:37PM Brin Zalazar said

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I've been itching to jump back into XI for a while, but I'm having too much fun in XIV... Also, really enjoyed having you on the podcast. :)

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 5:36AM mattwo said

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I remember dying constantly trying to meet parties in the dunes >.< fun times.

Honestly I have no idea how my dad (who was a taru WHM) managed to get so far ahead of me (a hume RDM) course for him finding a team was easy. It's not like I enjoy being main healer in a team with no healers, but because I can heal sometimes I offer to do so.

It took me a while to realize that my main power lied in debuffing and buffing. Least I think RDMs make decent buffers but not as good as WHMs. RDMs do get exclusive buffs and get other buffs earlier, same with debuffs, but seeing as a RDM is a "Jack of all trades" class this is the closest to specializing as a RDM gets.

Why did I pick hume RDM? Both the class and the race are pretty much one in the same when it comes to stats. All balanced, not many better than another. It made sense to me.

However due to my dad rapidly out-leveling me, I never really got to join him. Sadface.

Now-a-days I don't even remember my password or most of the vital stuff to retrieve it.

I do wish to play again someday. What are the odds of FFXI going F2P soon?

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 10:53AM (Unverified) said

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@mattwo

FFXI going F2P? slim to none.

It is however one of the least expensive MMOs to play I think sub fees are 11.99.

The Vana'diel of 2011 is very different than the Vana'diel of 2004. There has been a 100% increase in kill exp. There are +% exp exp (rechargeable) and Fields of Valor (FoV) and Grounds of Valor (GoV) books in each zone that rewards you with bonus exp for killing certain mobs.

Leveling solo is easy, leveling duo is great. Leveling with a full PT if off the hook fast! You can even level up in dungeons with full alliances using grounds of valor (the more you complete consecutively the more bonus exp you get)

and there is more end game content than you can shake a stick at.

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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 4:30PM mattwo said

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@(Unverified) How exactly are the odds slim to none? How's the size of the player base these days?
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 4:33PM mattwo said

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@(Unverified) Oh by the way, did they make the drop system better? Because killing a thousand bees just to get a certain synth item is just about as bad as SWG's material finding system ESPECIALLY before you get a harvester >.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 6:56PM (Unverified) said

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@mattwo

I don't know exact figures, but there are 15 servers, and on mine, if you log in and do a /search all. There are usually ~3k people logged in at any one time.

The population is healthy. FFXI isn't a ghost town by any means.

They haven't touched normal drop rates greatly in open field type mobs. But, they have adjusted the way treasure hunter works on a thf. Which is the job you want to play if you are looking for increased drop rate.

And Mnk doesn't get taunt. Thats a warrior skill called "Provoke" Monk above all is a damage dealing type job until you get to end game abyssea where with the right set up of buffs you can tank.

I'm not sure if SE still offers a 2 week free trial or not, But with the way the game plays now, if you give it any chance (deal with the frustrations of the style of interface) You can level into your 30s-40's with casual play times. If you play hard core, you can get a job to lv 90 (current cap) in a couple days to a week.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 4:27PM mattwo said

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I belive the last time I played was ~2009. So you'd have to revise what you're saying here though I never pay too much attention to details like what you're talking about I DO know they made soloing somewhat easier with those books that give repeatable quests.

I seem to recall barely hitting level 18 by the way.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 4:29PM mattwo said

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@Coldbrand Yes but the orginal choice to be WAR was as a defensive WAR. So they'd probably have to change equipment and level another WS...

Honestly if you want to tank you should be a MNK anyway, they have TAUNT.

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 11:17PM mattwo said

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30s to 40s over exactly how much time? Honestly I'd have to play the quick way and not the immersive way if I wanted to do that.

I tend to enjoy doing all the little side quests on MMOs so I don't miss out on gear or a decent amount of currency. Oh well.
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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 2:28AM guitarman said

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I recommend polearm (keep up on it at least) sam/war and whatever for support for non pet-job duo (preferrably dnc, rdm or sch, less downtime). Use rice dumplings til 30ish, then marinara pizza all the way (food is very important in XI). At 35 Seigan up, spam third eye. It's a great solo/duo tank. In later exp parties (birds) dual sam/war tanks works great also, you just melt mobs before they can drop your TE (at whatever level they get penta thrust at... 50ish?).

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