Last Updated 12-12-2008
===============Final Fantasy XI: Online
ITT we /clap our accomplishments, /sigh about bad parties, and wwww at LS mt.
Final Fantasy XI is an MMORPG, that has cross-platform play across the PC, Xbox 360, and the workhorse PS2.
The servers are also international and shared mostly by NA and Japanese players.
The December Version Update Cometh! (12/09/2008)
The December version update, with more new content and adjustments than you can wave a stick at, is now ready for download! The following and much, much more awaits you!
- New missions for the Wings of the Goddess expansion.
- The new in-game system, "Fields of Valor."
-The addition of the Group 2 merit point category for dancers and scholars.
- More rewarding adventuring with Treasure Caskets.
- Additions and adjustments to Campaign.
- Further tweaks to the Level Sync system.
The juicy details are available for your perusal here
Final Fantasy Fan Fest 1up Interview. Dec 8th.
Announcing the "FINAL FANTASY XI 14-Day Free Trial"! (10/07/2008)
We are proud to announce the launch of the "FINAL FANTASY XI 14-Day Free Trial"! Available for download exclusively through File Planet, the new release features the award-winning FINAL FANTASY XI, along with 3 content IDs with which to create characters, that is free to play for 14 days without the need of a credit card! This is the perfect opportunity to get your friends and family to test the waters of Vana'diel alongside you!
to download the FINAL FANTASY XI 14-Day Free Trial!US trialEuro trialJap Trial
Might be more?
Includes every expansion you need to get started.
What sets this game apart?
- Jobs - 20 jobs currently in the game, all of which can be played on 1 character.
- Difficulty - Nothing in this game is handed to you.
- Grouping - Most of the time spent adventuring you will be in a group. Putting the Multiplayer back into MMO.
- Crafting - Everything dropped can be used in crafting. Game mechanics make low level item's viable on the market. Crafter's dream.
- Community - Community is made of mostly experienced players, eager to help. Very mature if not a little to heavy on emoticons.
- Atmosphere - Pointy red hats on red mages? Check. Moogle's? Check. Chocobos? Kweh?!?!
- Cutscenes - Main story is presented in cutscenes in that classic FF fashion.
More pictures from Grinnin
Can I solo?
The simple answer is "Yes and no," but it is a bit more complicated than that.
Which server should I join?
As a brand new character, fresh out of the shrink-wrap, you will be soloing until you get a job to level 10 at the minimum; sometimes upwards of level 15. From that point on, it is in your best interests to find parties, or at least one or two other people to group with, for two reasons:
The monsters get a lot tougher. The power curve goes from a gentle wading pool to an olympic swimming pool to a raging river rapids.
All higher end reward content (the stuff that gets you the cool swag) needs parties in sets of three, (usually) six, and sometimes 18. How to behave in a party is a skill set that you need to cultivate: Without it you miss the whole game.
Once you have some job levels under your belt, and some other resources, you may pursue a job combination that allows you to solo at higher levels. Be advised though, that these jobs are often lonely things, and expensive to boot: Making aquantinces and sharing risks is and always has been the fastest way to advance in the game, in the long run.
(Courtesy of our (M)Bri)
Alot of PAers are spread out on the servers. Lately though, many new players have been coming to Carbuncle.
If you are just starting out I recommend playing with a friend or joining us on Carby. There are no requirements to join the Linkshell. There are plenty of high level guys willing to help out the lower dudes, just ask nicely and give people time. There are also a good number of newer players to group with, so don't sweat it.
(PA forum name) - (FFXI character name)
Skullie - Skullie
SkannerJAT - Ramiah
SNES - Arkm
Bama - Dael
Grundlestiltskin - Treva
Kyanilis - Kyanilis
Varega - Varega
scygen - Scygen(?)
fightstrife - Paige
king awesome - Emol
Ultravisitor - Dose
Arcibi - Arcibi
The Dude With Herpes - Kingshand
Just_Bri_Thanks - Bri
Xhero - Ormi
Pb - Ancalaehte
Smashism - Samash
Trevor Goodchild - Loras
ins0mniac - Dimen
Xanarios - Rikiru
Koopa_Paratroopa - Maus
Demitri Omni - Demitrion
RawrBear - Littlebear
RooX - Lumir
Dyvion - Dyvion
ProfMoriarty - Fefron
zanmatto - Misteyy
WillisIVIIX - Gynin
Murphy - Murphie
Elimination - Vyles
EricKei - Erickei (Hiatus)
Professor Snugglesworth - Jorginus
Stryker43 - Caldyen
ProfMoriarty - Ocilus
seabass - Bassiwassi
Evil_Pig - Karli
GrinninBarrett - Ishmael
neville - Neville
UltraMantisBlack - Ultramantis
RavynBlackheart - Vehnibi
Tcheldor - Tortalius
Freebytes - Freebytes
mystic_knight - Everitt
Xhaztol - Xhaztol
Aoi - Squidge
The Laughing Man - Stompy
pm for additions or changes
Newbie FAQYou've installed the game. You plugged in your keyboard. Now what?
I. New Player Guides
II. Resource Links
IV. PC and third party addons
I. New Player Guides
SE's New Player Guide
II. Resource Links
These video's are hosted on the main FFXI site.
They contain easy to understand instructions for all platforms.
Watch all videos, click each section on the left column.LBR's Gigantious Beginners Guide to Vana'diel
So this is a FFXI podcast, I'll admit the hosts are kind of annoying.
This super long podcast though has a lot of useful information to a new player.
Skim through it sometime while soloing out those first levels.Forum Post New Player Guide
Kind of opinionated but lots of good macro tips and more.
These sites will help. Go here first if you have a question, a lot of basic (and advanced) info is out there for the taking, just look for it. Of course, ask away in this thread if you can't find an answer from these links.
Links by Grinnin!FFXI Auction House Database
An online AH that lets you check prices and trends from any AH on any server from your browser.FFXI Wikia
FFXI's Wiki. Just about everything you could possibly look up is in this Wiki.BG FFXI Wiki
Another FFXI Wiki just in case the other one doesn't have what you're looking for.Vana'diel Atlas
A site with all the maps and related information in the game. Useful if you're ever lost, or wondering what kind of treasure you can find in a zone.Vana'diel Bestiary
Excellent source for finding out what monsters exist where; also a handy tool for deciding where to take your party to XP.FFXI Firefox Plugin
Nifty Firefox plugin. Show FFXI times, searches, skillchains, and more.
IV. PC and third party addons
Must have a fatty PS2
Need a HDD
Must have Network Adapter
BC confirmed for consoles that allow it
Must have HDD
POL and FFXI take up about 7.5 gigs
Messenger Kit mini keyboard doesn't function correctly. "/" doesnt work.
Free Silver membership required (no need for gold)
FFXI hates steam. Demitri recommends running Apradar(mentioned later) through steam and renaming it FFXI.
Windower - Shhhhhhh
Most PC users prefer to plugin a USB controller and play mostly with that, although many players go without it. See which you are most comfortable with.
If you do use a controller, there are a few problems you may run into.
The Microsoft Xbox 360/Windows controller will have some issues. The MS drivers won't let the triggers work, which you need badly for macroes, trust me.Xbox 360 Fan Drivers
These fan made drivers let you use the 360 controller correctly with the game.
They also allow you to use budget third party controllers too. Such as, mad catz, pelican, and so on.
MUST BE THE WIRED CONTROLLER, the wireless adapter WILL NOT work with this fan driver, thus making the wireless controller useless for FFXI.
VISTA USERS: Pay close attention to the direction on your install, it is a bit trickier.
Higher Resolution Sprites - UI icon's
The first rule of windower
is you do not speak about windower (in game, ever, I am serious). SE sees all third party software as potential hacks and if they can prove you use it, they will ban you.
Windower is essentially some plugins that provide a multitude of options outside of the default game. You can view other party members TP, distance from enemy, cooldown counters, and way more.
It can also increase the graphics for the game by tweaking the registry (which you can do by yourself at your own risk), so the game appears sharp.How do you know it's safe to use?
There is no way that SE can detect you using the program, SE has never detected anyone and just banned them for using the program. Now if you run around Sandoria shouting I USE WINDOWER, I don't think I can guarantee your accounts safety.
Even if you discuss it in a party nobody will probably respond, so you are better off just not mentioning it in game, at all, ever. EVER.How do I use it?Download
the program first. Unzip it to a more permanent location.
Open up "Launcher_GUI"
Click the Advanced
box. Set the Overlay Resolution to whatever resolution you want FFXI running at (desktop resolution).
Under: Registery > Background, is where you can change the texture sharpness. Make sure they both match. If X is greater than your background resolution it will create an in game AA effect. Nifty, AND HOW!
Now launch FFXI from this launcher from now on.
I also recommend the DrawDistance plugin to cut down on the fog in game and the infobar plugin to show you enemy details.
In game map replacements
Brandson first made some higher res sprites for the game and Emiko has recently taken up where he left off. These icons
IMO are clearer than the FFXI default icons and much more clean looking. There is also a widescreen version so no more icon stretching.
Another old project of Brandson continued by Emiko. Replaces in game maps with more detailed variants that include path information, NM spawns and more.
ApRadar - The third party minimap!
If I could marry a plugin it would be this one. Simply unzip and open when you have FFXI running. It will display a minimap of your current location. Also displays maps regardless if you own them or not, so useful.