Dabbling in FFXI Nasomi
Like a year ago (maybe more? Edit: 2 years ago hah) I was dragged into FFXI to play on the Nasomi server with a friend, but I think for some reason or another I quit after just a couple of days. Well, I’ve been sucked into trying it again. This time what won me over was how easy the installation was compared to old FFXI. Now it’s just a single download and exe you run without having to worry about any of the PlayOnline stuff.
I remember the 1-6 experience being like pulling teeth, so not too unlike the EverQuest vanilla experience curve. Thankfully, I was somehow able to use the same account I used in the past and I was able to log right into my level 10 Red Mage! 😀
The biggest hurdle for FFXI is still the presentation. The UI is absolutely atrocious and requires a controller in order to even be usable (still very bad). If you can somehow manage to get past the frustrating controls, there’s an old school game in here somewhere for the masochists like me.
FFXI is one of those games where you meet people, form groups, kill monsters until you get some levels or get bored, then move on to the next area. The ‘camping an area to exp’ is so weirdly satisfying to me.
Nasomi has been around for a while, so most people on the server have reached that ‘let’s help the newbies so they’ll keep playing with us’ stage. According to my friend, there are still plenty of new people coming to play (like me) which is why the server in the past few months bumped from 400-600 to 600-800’ish players.
I spent 1.5 hours figuring out the controls and finding out where to go. Tomorrow, I think I’ll get some experience and actually play the game.