My first month of FFXIV ends on Nov. 1 so I need to decide whether to subscribe or not. I think I will, because it is definitely the "freshest" MMO I’m playing right now, although perhaps not right away. (I’ve also been on a weird WoW kick lately, but that’s another story.) There is an endless number of things to do in the game if you bounce between adventuring, gathering, and crafting, particularly since you can change classes at will. Bored with archer? Switch to pugilist for a totally different gameplay experience! It’s a lot like Rift in that way.
As of this writing, my character is a level 33 Archer, 12 Pugilist, working toward the Bard job. (I’m still not clear why it makes sense that an Archer turns into a Bard, by the way.) In the last story dungeon I did (Brayflox’s something-or-another), someone asked why I wasn’t running Bard, and at the time I hadn’t even considered it since Archer was working fine, but after some investigation it seems like the Bard is a more group-friendly class, so I decided to work toward it so I wouldn’t be seen as a terrible group player in the next instance I did. I’m not sure where to go after I get to the required 15 Pugilist though. Back to the Archer’s Guild? Or is there a Bard’s Guild somewhere? Guess I’ll have to Google it.