i've been postponing making one of these for a while now. i've been wanting to start a group again to play on an oldschool private server of the game, locked around the 2007 version. with minimal QoL changes to keep the experience as similar to the old version as possible.
Download & Install:
you can launch the game through either Ashita (default, it has SHIT in the name for a reason) or Windower (an alternative launcher thats found in the game folder), these custom game launchers allow for the installation of plugins/addons that enhance the game and customization of visuals. the server has a list of allowed/prohibited addons so check that out before just installing every addon in the list.
resources & data:
retail wiki: https://ffxiclopedia.fandom.com/ data might be inaccurate since this wiki is for the retail version, unless you change the date of each page to a version of it around 2007 by clicking the blue arrow next to the page's title
server specific wiki: https://classicffxi.fandom.com/wiki/Classic_FFXI_community
its the first final fantasy MMORPG, released in 2002 entirely different from the wow clone that discord trannies fawn over these days. its heavily group focused to the point grinding solo is nil impossible unless you focus only on enemies below your level
>why not retail?
retail server costs 13.99 a month to play and the content after 2008 became pure powercreep and a gear threadmill that never ends.
>why not -other serv-?
i've looked around for a server that was as vanilla as possible and had a decent number of players. sadly, i came out with only 2 servers. nasomi and eden. i then went to look at the rules of each and i concluded Eden was slightly
less bad. every other private server out there has too many custom changes, ridiculous xp rates, has like 20-30 players, dumb custom changes, or a combination of all of these.
>why the fuck do i need a code to register? thats some bullshit
because some pajeet couldn't stop creating accounts to spam the in-game global chat. the codes are easy to get, but since they expire 10 minutes after being generated you might want to ask in their discuck for one, alternatively, join this group https://s.team/chat/E9P6d2DJ
and i'll give you one when im online.
>i've never played before, what job/city do i start in?
its overall irrelevant, the game is designed so that your character can learn every job and eventually do every quest. there's a slight advantage to stats for each race but nothing really game-changing. you cannot fuck up your "build" like in other games.
>how do i get in touch?
i got a linkshell for us to shitpost in, post your IGN and i'll find you when im online or @ me in the steam group i posted earlier.
post any questions you got and i'll try to help.