I got kicked off the server again on Day 23, a little while after I completed my Rank 1 Archer hunting targets. Fortunately, the connectivity issues were fixed the next day, and I was able to resume my adventure as normal. However, because I was outside of a safe zone before I got booted off on Friday night, my character had to be revived back in town.
I didn’t get to play as much as I wanted last night, as I got caught up in a wave of DDoS attacks and got kicked offline before I could make it to 30 minutes. Still, I got a chance to raise my Botanist level slightly…up to 14. I just hope things go a little better for my next session ,as I only have eight more of these to go before I need to pay up.
Day 21 was more of the same. Now I’m a level 9 archer and a level 14 botanist, and I still don’t have enough armor to make a full set for my archer build. I should be able to remedy this once I gain access to the market and gain the ability to sell the creations I make from carpentry (and perhaps blacksmithing or goldsmithing later.)
I could technically do more work as a Conjurer, but I don’t think I’d gain too many more levels after 20 until my subscription, so I chose to start from the bottom again as an Archer. This allowed me to do some of the lower-level levequests without penalty (I was warned that I’d LOSE experience points if I attempted them with my at-the-time level 13 Conjurer). Of course, this meant I had to fight some low-level monsters again, but it gave me an idea how to handle a non-magical class. I can attack somewhat faster as an Archer and deal more damage per second relative to my level, but I lose access to most of my Conjurer skills (although I am allowed to use cross-class skills; I did the obvious thing and chose Cure, but it doesn’t work nearly as well when I’m not a Conjurer, and it hasn’t kept me from dying).
The weird thing about switching classes is that you gain levels quite a bit faster when you’re using a class at a level below your highest class. I managed to get my Archery skills from level 1 all the way up to level 7 in less than an hour.
After the previous day’s hard-fought victory against a bunch of tough bosses, I was named as one of Elder Seedseer Kan-E-Senna’s envoys. After watching a few long cutscenes consisting of my character having flashbacks that didn’t belong to him, I got a chance to ride an airship to the two other major cities in the game where I got to talk to the other faction leaders, and register myself with the Aetheryte so that I can skip the airship process altogether and simply warp to where I need to go. The additional classes I want to undertake in order to acquire the advanced jobs (Bard for combat, and White Mage for magic) are found in other cities (Pugilist in Ul’dah, and Arcanist in Limsa Lominsa).
Day 17 comprised of very little actual questing, so it was up to me to regain ground on the following days, where I did some more levequests (on day 18) and finished off my remaining rank 2 hunting targets (on day 19) in order to hit level 20 as a Conjurer. With that done, I’ve prepared myself to start at the bottom of the ladder once again as an Archer. Unfortunately, this also means I have to go hunting for squirrels and funguars all over again, but this means I can now do those low-level levequests without penalty, and the ones I’ve already completed are oh-so-helpfully checkmarked so that I don’t have to repeat myself.
Day 19 (shortened somewhat):