That was a fun weekend! To those of you who just joined us and took the extra step of checking out the website – Welcome! & Thank you!

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For our Company to achieve any measure of success we are going to need people; people for parties; people for raids; people for crafting; people for [please please please] PvP sieges! Our strategy for recruiting in FFXIV will be different from our previous MMOs experiences since we are recruiting early during a Test Phase Schedule – which means that there is a lot of down time between interactions with the player base.

Recruiting through the game itself is rather simple, but with the excessive down time between test phases we will need to start recruiting proactively out side of the game. We will use the normal channels for recruiting, such as the official forums and snooping around for other community sites, but there is also a new tool we can try to reach out with via The Lodestone.

On The Lodestone you can send messages to people on your in game friends list and to fellow linkshell/company members. There is also a Company page which has a built in forum as well. We’ve been provided some potentially useful tools so it would be best if all of you logged on The Lodestone and make some attempts to reach out.

The rest is the usual run down:

During our recruiting campaign members should pay extra attention to possible opportunities both in and outside of the game. PUG often, meet and assist new players when you can, recruit at your own discretion. Its always interesting meeting new people, and its great when we can make new friends.

When you recruit don’t take it personally if you get turned down. Also persistence might not be a trait that is always found endearing.

Making posts and watching the forums for responses, as well as posting new information and walk-throughs on the blog should be a priority while the game is down.

A big change is that getting new people on our Teamspeak will not be a top priority, since some people may find it invasive if we request installation of new voice chat software right away.

Recruits have no obligation to stick with us, the only thing that usually keeps new recruits around is if they find their surroundings appealing or beneficial. While we cannot make any promises as to how Across will perform in Final Fantasy XIV we will do our best to be worthwhile.

Next Beta weekend will be a Holiday weekend for those of us in the States, so turn out might be a bit erratic. Lets do our best!

New FFXIV Lodestone

The new Lodestone was finally put up today and contains many neat features. Take a look and get use to the new layout for yourselves here

The link for the current guild can be found here

The layout reminds me a lot of how Aion use to have it but the Lodestone seems to have more of a social aspect to it so enjoy poking around and getting use to everything.

Teamspeak 3 New Server!

We’ve moved to a new Teamspeak 3 Server/Host! We’re shacking up with Clarity on their 512 person server with 50% more stability and 100% more free! Our new TS3 infos:

password: numot

Update your bookmarks! Our old TS3 server will be up until funds run out, but we’ll be hanging out on our new server. Join up! We’ll be camping the TS all weekend for Final Fantasy XIV Beta!

Letter from producer Live VII

The letter from producer LIVE VII was this morning and offered up a surplus of information. If you wish to read all of the translated questions/answers then you can go here

Short Summary;
Though I do not speak Japanese I was able to find a live stream that did a decent enough job of giving a rough translation, below is some key notes of what I see as being important:

1) Scholar was confirmed to be the 8th JOB in the game (the starting class has not been announced however people believe it will be Arcanist {meaning that class could branch off into Summoner or Scholar}) – More on Scholar will be announced at E3, where Square is planning to have live streams.

2) Phase 3 beta is projected to start June 14th if all goes well, it was stated in the live letter that the start of the beta phase will be set to weekends like previous tests however they plan to make them run for longer later on in Phase 3

3) They showed off some footage of the “duty finder” aka dungeon finder, however most of this was difficult for the translator to translate. From what I got out of it you are able to select the role you wish to play and queue for an instance/quest/fate – you are also able to filter by language if you so choose to and when using the duty finder you will have a level sync to [I believe] the lowest member of the part.

4) Worlds from the 1.0 version will remain as “Legacy servers” where all the Legacy people can go to play, this will also be indicated by a tag next to the server name. It was stated that legacy members can not play on a new server for fear of ruining the economy. As for new servers, they stated to keep an eye out for more information in the developers blog.

5) Chocobo “buddies” will be available for Phase 3, it was noted that if you play as a summoner and have a summon like Carbuncle out then you will still be able to summon the chocobo. To summon the chocobo to fight you use the typical Gyashl Greens.

6) Musketeer is still getting the shaft, no new info on that class

7) For melding materia to your gear (gives bonus stats) the only class that can meld them are classes that can repair the gear type i.e weaver for your cloth gear ect.

At the end of the live letter they displayed the newly released skills video which can be found below: