Recruiting Update!

Welcome new friends!

Across is now on the hunt for eager new players exploring FFXIV!

With the shift in recent activity on the server, we have opened our doors and are inviting in preparation for new content.  Everyone has been given the power to invite to the Free Company at this time to help bolster our numbers.

Much of our attention has gone to new players just getting their feet wet, but all classes and levels are welcome.  If you want to recruit but aren’t sure how, feel free to ask either Excel or Kalcie for assistance as they have been recruiting with great success for the past few weeks.

 

Updates

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Well that was embarrassing, there was an issue with the captcha that prevented members from registering with the site. That’s been corrected. There is still a captcha issue with logging in through the forums which I am looking at, but may take time as I need to contact the people who actually made the forum software.

You may register and log in through the blog to post on the forums. Again I apologize and will try to get this corrected asap.

I’ve added a simple calendar to the site for a quick reference as to what Free Company bonus buff will be scheduled to be up on what day. The schedule is subject to change as more members progress and as I receive more feed back.

On another note:

If anyone is having trouble finding other Across members to organize runs at certain times we have a Facebook fan page that you can use to communicate with other members outside the game, or feel free to use our forums either on the Acrossx website, the lodestone forums or even on our Teamspeak. Last but not least, the Free Company chat is always open, you’re not bothering anyone by asking! We have many avenues of communicating with each other. So please make use of these tools.

Finally, those of you who are new to Across please take the time to read our doctrine. Its a good run down of who we are and who we strive to be. Hopefully it’ll give you a feeling that you belong.

Oops! Across turned Four years old last August – Happy late birthday!

FFXIV Letter from the Producer Live #8; Amidoingitright?

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This past Letter from the Producer Live had a wide variety of information spanning from how YoshiP role plays as a high school girl, to the dates of Phase 4 and Early Access so lets just jump right in.

For the complete Q&A translation go here

Below is a list of what I found important out of the two and a half hour live letter;

-Fishing was displayed, from the looks of things its a very basic cast and reel RNG system with little interaction like the other craft/gathering classes. It was noted that fishing will not have a big impact on the economy so if you plan on doing this for Gil I would suggest something else.

-While as a fisherman it will display spots you can fish on the map, The size of the fish will also display once your reel it in. YoshiP also stated that what type of bait you use where/when will have a big impact on your success.

-Open beta is set for the 16th-19th (starts on the 17th for those who have not played the previous betas)

-The Level cap for open beta is set at level 20

-Early Access will be the 24-26th (They do not plan on shutting the servers down before release)

-Basic PvP will be in Phase 4 however none of the PvP specific skills will be implemented at this time. Full release of the PvP content is set for patch 2.1 (October)

-Arcanist was confirmed for Phase 4
>Pet doesn’t slowly drain MP like in XI
>Arcanist is a DPS class
>You have a skill to posistion your pet where you want
>3 Summoner egi at launch are Ifrit,Garuda,Titan. Ifrit is close range DPS, Garuda is long range magic DPS, Titan is a tank.

– There will be Paid server transfers available shortly after launch

– The smartphone/tablet app they are working on is called Libra Eorzea which will work like any other database site. The app will also be free for all XIV players.

– You will be able to change your hair style/color, face mark/color and beards with the Barber they plan on adding in Patch 2.1

– Bahamut’s labyrinth was said to involve 8 players

– Crystal tower is planned to use 24 players, this instance was pushed back to the 2.1 patch due to it being too difficult.

– Classes are said to get different mounts in class quests. YoshiP showed off a unicorn that WHM seems to get.

– YoshiP stated that it should take around 6 months before they start to allow/make official add-ons for the game

-Veteran rewards are also planned based on your sub time.
(30days) A floating Cursor minion and a character remodel ticket
(60days) Black swimware/”heat resistant” gear and a black chocobo chick
(90days) gets you a floating eye bat minion and a floating airman mount along with everything above.

So if you pay for 90 days right from the start you get everything right away, other then that you will have to slowly build up to them.

This concludes all the important info I summed up out of the last live letter. The full translation of the questions was linked up above so be sure to check those out when you have the time.

FFXIV Beta P3 Auto level NPCs

For those who don’t know there are NPC’s that will auto level all the classes to 15 as long as you are far enough in the main story (I believe you need to be in the Grand Company for them to work). Below is the list that I snagged from reddit a few weeks ago.

Swaenhylt in Camp Drybone(Eastern Thanalan) for Thaumaturge
Wihtred in Hyrstmill(North Shroud) for Conjurer
Aniud in Hawthorne Hut(East Shroud) above the town for Lancer
Chechezan in Horizon Camp(Western Thanalan) for Gladiator
Zacheus in Little Solace (East Shroud) for Archer
Urswyrst in Moraby Drydocks(Lower Noscea) outside gate near Chocobo Porter for Marauder
Adelard at the South Hammer(Western Thanalan)(20,27) for Pugilist

Keep in mind you need to have that class active to auto level it, just talk to the NPC and ask to receive their blessing.

Also don’t forget you can auto level from 26-29 by speaking to the “knowledge keeper” outside any of the Grand Companies. You must be level 26 and have done the instance “a thousand maws of toto-rak”

See you this beta phase folks!

This Week in Phase 3 – RECRUITING WITH GIANT CRABS

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!