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.

 

Free Company Togetherness!

Oats here!

Many people have given me feedback in game that we don’t do enough as a Free Company. In order to plan out organized raids/events, I need to know when people are available!

I’m requesting two types of availability:

1. When can you be available if called upon for raiding

2. Normal playing hours (if any)

3. How much time do you play/want to play FFXIV?

4. Special circumstances/requests

Where can you submit this availability you ask?

1. Post HERE on our forums! If you want to transcend being a “member” and actually become the core embodiment of Across, put in some effort and create an account on our site!

2. Send me an in-game mail with the requested info. This does require that you put me on your friends list, or you won’t be able to send anything!

3. On teamspeak! Tell me on our teamspeak server! This tool is not “just for raiding”. Many members rely on Teamspeak as a form of communication to grow and learn each other’s personality. Is it required? No. Would we love to see you on it? Yes.

4. Tell me in game! This is your last ditch effort. This may be difficult as I am a very active player and most likely will be occupied in one way or another. Just tell me your availability over FC chat, or whisper me if I’m out and about and not in town

WOW! So many ways! It’s almost like there’s no excuse not to be social and get involved with your free company!

This will help me plan things like Learn the Fight Night or Drinking Games to ensure there are people to play with!

It seems most people want a cohesive, active, and engaging free company, but the people responsible for making that a reality are its players! So help me help you and lets make Across grow.

Oats Tarragon

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!

New FFXIV: ARR screenshots

In the latest blog post by Square they showed some new screenshots for FFXIV:ARR.  Those who have been watching the videos being posted or even the lucky few who got to take part in the alpha may have noticed that it was day all the time. Well for the beta the programmers have worked hard to get the day/night cycles into the game, below are some screenshots taken during the night;

 

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