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News Item: Development News - July 2005

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From: Cuer
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Posted: 2005-07-11 08:56:41
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News Item: Development News - July 2005

From the Official FFXI Site (July 11):

Win a Friend with the Fellowship Quest!

Have you ever wished an NPC would come to your aid in battle? Well, wish no further, because the next version update will allow you to do exactly that! All you need is to complete the new "Fellowship Quest" to receive a special item. This item will let you call an NPC to accompany you on your adventures!

The Fellowship Quest will be added in the next version update. After completing the quest, you will receive an item that will allow you to call an NPC to come to your aid!

Adventure together, defeat fearsome monsters together, and gain experience together! That's right--your NPC friend can also gain experience and level up alongside you! After you've fought a few battles together, your ally might show up wearing new gear the next time you call for it! This new feature will open up the excitement of Vana'diel like never before!

The next version update coming in mid-July is full of new adventures and features designed to maximize your enjoyment in Vana'diel. Keep your eyes peeled for more information!

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From: Xeno
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Posted: 2005-07-11 10:22:53
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Wow, I wonder if this is gonna be more trouble than help lol
From: Darkelv
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Posted: 2005-07-11 10:49:28
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I think it will be fun to fight with a NPC on your side :) !!
I will do the quest as fast as I can !!
From: Cuer
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Posted: 2005-07-11 10:50:08
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It could definitely be a big change. This is one of those "devils in the details" type of additions; some other things that they've hyped have turned out not to be that big of a change, so I guess it remains to be seen. If this is an NPC that can do more than just melee, however, it will open up solo possibilities rather dramatically. Even as a very basic melee helper, it would let characters do a little on their own. Presumably this is why there is going to be the experience tweak to lower level mobs, as well; so that players can go out with their NPC buddy and slowly gain xp by "soloing".

It should make for an interesting patch, at least!
From: Milt
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Posted: 2005-07-11 19:51:46
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Think about it, It wont be much different then a Dragoon with his pet friend. Tho my Drg in only lvl 13, when I solo I'm sure glad he's there with that last hit for the kill when my HP is low. :)
From: sir_day
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Posted: 2005-07-11 20:05:17
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It looks like it could be at least fun, it would certanly help when out farming. It would be nice if the NPC had some spells, that would open up all kinds of possibilities.
From: Lyko
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Posted: 2005-07-11 21:34:31
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i cant wait to do this.. it sounds like so much fun and will make messing around solo a lot less boring..
From: Erren
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Posted: 2005-07-12 02:15:56
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I just want to MPK my NPC buddy then turn myself in =P
From: Honeymonster
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Posted: 2005-07-12 08:08:08
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I was in Dangruf Wadi (Asura) on a quest last night when i saw this NPC called Ken who was following a PC called Bdash. When i asked Bdash was Ken his, he replied that he could not speak English. All I could do ask was >>Bdash: <What?> <Quest> ---> Ken? But he did not reply. I wonder if this quest has already been released, or maybe in a Japanese update???
From: Cuer
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Posted: 2005-07-12 08:49:13
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I was in Dangruf Wadi (Asura) on a quest last night when i saw this NPC called Ken who was following a PC called Bdash. When i asked Bdash was Ken his, he replied that he could not speak English. All I could do ask was >>Bdash: <What?> <Quest> ---> Ken? But he did not reply. I wonder if this quest has already been released, or maybe in a Japanese update???

That NPC is part of All By Myself, a low level Bastok escort quest.
From: Honeymonster
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Posted: 2005-07-12 09:43:35
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Oh I see, thank you very much for clearing that up, I thought the Friend Quest had already begun. Sorry for the false alarm.
From: warloc
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Posted: 2005-07-12 12:20:07
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way i see it..this could change the way the game has be played for 3 years....spells would be nice...but they could also spell disaster...be funny to see 500 people walking around with 1 person everywhere u go!
From: ghlinofdiabolos
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Posted: 2005-07-13 00:35:13
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This seems interesting. But I can only imagine the chore it might seem too. "Level your NPC, noob." People have enough trouble with subjobs for godsakes.
From: Force-AttunedKrogoth
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Posted: 2005-07-13 01:12:11
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I wonder what the quest will entail. Or what it will require? And yet more "Devil's in the Details" things, what of the item? Is it a one-shot, enchanted, or unlimited thing? What level is the buddy?

Many questions, but nobody will know until the big update.
From: Honeymonster
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Posted: 2005-07-13 04:44:58
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I guess this quest is going to be reasonably hard because otherwise if every player satisfied the requirements for it there would almost certainly be a doubling in that particular server's population. The other purpose for making it hard would be that noobs got some party experience before they could go off and do there own thing? Does anyone else think that this may be a quest similar to extra job quests?
From: Cuer
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Posted: 2005-07-13 12:20:22
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New info, listed in the news linked at the top:

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Effortless Title Selection and More!

The next version update will introduce a new fortune-telling NPC and changes to the character title selection system!

Simpler Title Selection and a New NPC Fortuneteller!

The next version update will introduce changes to the character title selection system and reveal a new NPC fortuneteller.

New Character Title Selection System
-Currently, when using the services of an NPC bard to change your title, you must pay gil to receive a list of earned titles that you can select from. However, in the next version update, you may see your list of titles without paying. It will still cost gil to change your title, but the price will be lowered.

-After altering your character's title, the surrounding adventurers will be notified by a /say message announcing the change.

-Players will now have the option to have one of their titles selected randomly for free once each day (Earth time).

New NPC Fortuneteller
-A new NPC will tell the player's fortune regarding character titles and other "elements."

Keep checking this site for the newest information regarding the version update in mid-July!

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Of course, they would do this just as I get a new Title Guide written...!
From: Ichthyos
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Posted: 2005-07-13 13:44:31
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Of course, they would do this just as I get a new Title Guide written...!

lol, i was thinking the same thing when i read the announcement this morning. /comfort Cuer ^^
From: Cuer
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Posted: 2005-07-15 10:48:43
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New info in the news:

From the Official FFXI Site (July 15):

Promathia's Story Finally Unchained!

Chains of Promathia's story will reach its stunning climax in the next version update! Click here to view images of the area where the grand finale will occur! Exciting new adventures await those with the bravery to take on Promathia's greatest challenge!
From: Falke
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Posted: 2005-07-17 21:50:53
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What do you guys think will be the answer to these questions:

1. Will the NPC lower the amount of EXP you gain, just like if it was a real person?
2. Will the NPC use Job abilities availabe to the job?
3. Will the NPC use weapon skills?
4. If the latter question's answer is yes, will you be able to choosethe WS it does?
5. Will it use current player tactics (SATA, JA+WS etc.)?
6. Will you be able you choose the NPC's job or does it just randomly generate it?
7. When you call the NPC will it appear as a member of your party or will it be shown like a pet or will it be neither?
8. To call an NPC will you have to go to a separate NPC and "order" one or will it be like the DRG's call wyvern?
9. Will the NPC stay with you until it gets killed or can it be raised?
10. Will the NPC stay with you for a set amount of time or will it only go away if it is dismissed?
From: Ronfar
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Posted: 2005-07-18 17:36:13
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This sounds pretty interesting. I'm sure the quest will be probably quite annoying/hard, in a ridiculous way no doubt (maybe, hopefully not) I hope the NPC starts off in your level, like if I'm a lev 25 blm, he/she's a lev 25 whatever, that would be nice, and being able to pick the job you want them to do, like I'm a BLM, so I'd make him a WAR to keep monsters off me, then maybe later make him a PLD (if I did the PLD quest, and let's hope the AI is smart haha, or you can at least command him/her like you'd do a pet.) I also hope you can name him/her. I was hoping they'd do something like this eversince I started playing the game back in 03 (my other character's a 75 NIN), I play the game, with my older brother, and my 2 best friends, and when we're all on it would be cool if all of us had an NPC, and could play alone together, on top of that standing around waiting for hours (happened a few times) to get into a party is so not even fun at all, so if me and my NPC could fight lower lev monsters to get decent exp while I wait to get invited, would be hot.
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