Graev and I are playing in the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beta. We’re not even close to a point where we can share our thoughts on the game. MMOs are a tricky beast, especially when you go as long as I have without playing one; they have a way of being really fun early on, then quickly turning 180 degrees on me. Playing has reminded me of a topic unrelated to FFXIV: Picking what class to play.
I like the conjuror class. Conjurors are a caster that can combine with another class and become a White Mage. Something about the healing in FFXIV feels really good to me. FFXIV has this old school grouping vibe to it that makes me feel really needed and appreciated as a healer. I can tell I’m going to really like being a support role.
Okay, so much for waiting to talk about FFXIV. Now the real point I was trying to make.
When I pick a class I feel like I have to take into account a ton of factors, and simply picking a class I enjoy often plays too small a role in my decision making process. I worry about picking a class that isn’t overplayed, will be wanted in a group, doesn’t suck, isn’t so strong that it gets nerfed early on, won’t get boring, etc.
Do any of you lead raids or a group of players? I am often wracked by the decision of whether or not I can ‘lead’ a raid as a healer. I feel like people expect the tank to be a person leading the raid, and I’ve had way too many issues finding competent tanks. Lots of little details pile on me when I think about picking a class.
Maybe that’s why I love skill systems so much, or why FFXIV’s class and job system sound so great: I can be what I want, when I want. If I want to be a White Mage today but a tank tomorrow, I can do that. I get to level all of the classes on one character as though I were playing alts. That works for me.
I’ll stop rambling there. Graev and I will write up some thoughts tomorrow after we play a bit further into the beta. I’m glad I found a class I enjoy, now to just forget about all of the other things that don’t matter.