Since the migration to Discord has been so successful I’ve decided to pull the plug on the ‘ol TS server. We’ve had a long history with Teamspeak. Starting with actually finding and paying for a hosting service for all these weird internet people so we could organize in games better. Having members willingly crowd fund to keep it running. (Thank you!) Constantly expanding the service to accommodate all our members and other groups for raids, 100+ people at times! Figuring out how to set up a virtual cloud server and configuring Teamspeak to be hosted off it. (So much cheaper!) And finally the wildest part was actually submitting a request for a limited Non-Profit License from Teamspeak, configuring the site to meet their standards (Across store we hardly knew ye) and actually getting approval! (Free 512 person slot server license!)
You’ve served us well for the past 8 years TeamSpeak! Thanks for the memories!
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!
As stated previously the FFXIV Open Beta is scheduled to begin this weekend. Those who participated in previous betas will gain access to the open beta at 2am PST/PDT on the 16th this Friday. If you are participating for the first time for the Open Beta you be able to access the servers at 2am PST/PDT on the 17th this Saturday. The Open Beta will end on the 19th. Download the latest Phase 4 Client
The characters created during this beta will carry over and be playable for launch on the 27th. For those that pre-ordered you will be able to resume playing on your character on the 24th for early access.
Across will be on the Diablos server for Open Beta and launch. Feel free to jump on our teamspeak and say hello. We look forward to playing with you!
A new Final Fantasy XIV video from the SquareEnix of Japan Blog has been posted at the top of the page. Please enjoy. Also a new question captcha has been put in place to hopefully lower the amount of spambot sign ups. They’re simple questions that you just answer plainly in all lowercase letters. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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!
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 beworthwhile.
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!