Tonight I want to talk about Free Companies. I've alluded to this subject a few times in the past, I think. I'm going to apologize in advance for this post being super introspective and rambly.
I was in a free company for a very long time. I was the leader, in fact, for the vast majority of that time. We were very successful and made a ton of great memories together. But in the long run, things changed. We all stopped needing each other, and we drifted apart. Differences in play schedules and play styles became more pronounced.
After leaving my old FC, I went for almost a year without having one. But eventually, the desire to actually have a group of like-minded people to play with took hold again. And so, I formed my new FC, the Wayfarers.
I'm probably not what anyone would call a normal FFXIV player. First off, I've been around MMORPGs for a long time - and so my perspective is very different from anyone who has only started playing in the last 10 years, or someone who has only ever played a single game before this one. I started playing these games at the dawn of the genre (yeah, I'm old), and I've played dozens of them over the years - many, for multiple years. As a result of all that, I'm not here to beat things or farm things, or master every job. Don't get me wrong, I love a challenging fight, but what really keeps me in FFXIV after nearly 8 years now is the story and the world. I appreciate finding out of the way places in the world, and the beautiful art and music. I will sit on a mountain peak and watch the sunrise. I revel in little bits of NPC dialogue that other players mostly miss - anything that makes the world come more alive. But mostly, I like to take things slow. I'm not in a hurry to finish anything (even though I have finished most things). In fact, I will actively do things to slow myself down and make parts of the game last longer when I can - like pacing myself on content that I'm working on, or even just not using a mount when I'm out in the world doing quests or things.
So yeah, I'm probably not a normal player. When I formed the Wayfarers, I was hoping that maybe I could meet some other players who are like me - people who want to take things more slowly and explore, and experience. People who are not only willing to help each other out but actively want to help each other out. And if I'm being honest, people in my time zone. I love all my US east coast and European friends but nothing sucks more than getting home from work and watching my friends list all go offline 30 minutes later.
I'm a firm believer that FCs really should be about playing the game together and making the game more fun for each other - because I've seen what happens when they stop doing that. I want my FC to be a place where our members really feel like they're part of a great team. In order to accomplish that, I need to build a team first, and that's where I'm struggling a little right now. I don't really want to join the army of other "casual" or "family" FCs on Lamia spamming shout macros in the starting cities, because honestly - all of those advertisements end up looking alike for the most part, and I know the good people tend to tune them out. And I do want good people. I interview each person who joins the FC to try and make sure that we're the right fit for them, and they for us.
Anyway - if you're reading this and you're interested, hit our community finder page and let me know. I know that's probably a long shot, but I figure it's worth a try.
This weekend I'll be helping one of my FC members learn how to tank. FFXIV is his first MMORPG and he's nervous about tanking for people he doesn't know, so we're going to form a group tomorrow and go do some things to help him learn his skills and build confidence. Should be fun! I'll try to take some screenshots and post them up in my next blog.
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