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The Starlight Celebration!
Posted by: Cuer - Thu Dec 08th, 2005 08:47 pm EST
Starlight Celebration

Dec. 6, 2005 21:00 [PST]

The Starlight Celebration!

Master, Master!
The Starlight Celebration is here again, kupo!

You...you have no idea what I'm talking about?
Well...the Starlight Celebration is...
Well, it's happy and glad and busy and grand.
It's noisy and crazy and fun and then...

I...I'm so excited I can't think straight, kupo...
In any case, you're going to love it!
It's a great festival, kupo!

Up until now, those red-wearing smilebringers have stolen the show with all their joyful present-giving and laughter, kupo!

But festivals are moogle territory!
This year, the M.H.M.U. will bring you a Starlight Celebration to remember, kupo!

If those smilebringers are going to win all the children's hearts, then the moogles will focus on the adventurer population. We have presents galore for you all, kupo!

Except...we've sort of run into a snag, kupo.
As you probably know, adventurers never stay still for very long. They're always off killing some dragon, or saving the world or something, and you can never pin them down, kupo.
Even using the incredible crystal ball network of the M.H.M.U., we're finding it impossible to track every adventurer's movements!

Then we thought, "Who better to find an adventurer than another adventurer?"
We'll employ your services to deliver all the greeting cards we have prepared, which can then be exchanged for a wonderful gift, kupo!

You're telling me those smilebringers manage to deliver their presents all over Vana'diel in a single night? You must be pulling my bobble, kupo!
You couldn't accomplish that feat with all the airships in Jeuno!
Well, we're not doing this to prove who's better!
This is for the adventurers, so let's all pitch in and make it a great festival, kupo!

[Event Details]

*The schedule for the Starlight Celebration will be announced at a later time. Please check back later!

[Moogle Locations]

Southern San d'Oria
Northern San d'Oria
Bastok Mines
Bastok Markets
Windurst Waters
Windurst Woods

Official PlayOnline Announcement

Dec. 8, 2005 23:00 [PST]

The Starlight Celebration Event Schedule

Following is the schedule for The Starlight Celebration.

The event is scheduled to commence after the maintenance on December 12 and continue until 7:00(PST) on December 31.

*Festival decorations will be present from December 12, while greeting card deliveries begin at 16:00(PST), on December 15.

Official PlayOnline Announcement

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PlayOnline Viewer Update (Dec 7)
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Dec 06th, 2005 07:03 pm EST
[Updated with final details of the PlayOnline update.]

Dec. 7, 2005 07:00 [PST]

PlayOnline Viewer Update (Dec. 7)

At the following time, we performed a version update of the PlayOnline Viewer.

*The client software will also be updated at this time. The version update process will automatically begin upon login after the time stated below. Please follow the instructions that appear on your screen. Attempting to continue without performing the version update may result in an error being displayed when trying to use the Q&A search function within FINAL FANTASY XI. Please perform the version update to avoid any of these kinds of inconveniences.

[Affected Period]
From Dec. 7, 2005 7:00 (PST)

[Affected Services]
PlayOnline services

[Important Update Details]
- Some changes were made to the fonts currently in the game.

- Fixed an issue where the GM Chat window would become nearly inoperable due to lag when using a software keyboard (Only for PlayStation(R)2 version).

- Various other issues were fixed.

Official PlayOnline Announcement

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Site Updates - December 5, 2005
Posted by: Cuer - Mon Dec 05th, 2005 02:31 pm EST
The addition of Mini-Quests and a Guides overview is featured in this site update.

Items Added:
Shaft Gate Operating Dial, Tear of Altana, Brand of Twilight, Red Card, Cosmo-Cleanse, Letters from Ulmia and Prishe

Items Updated: Tama-Hagane, Water Crystal, Silver Nugget, Ice Crystal, Brass Nugget, Wind Ore, Kazham Peppers, Darksteel Bolt Quiver, Mythril Bolt Quiver, Horn Quiver, Silver Quiver, Beetle Quiver, Iron Quiver, Darksteel Bolt, Mythril Bolt, Horn Arrow, Silver Arrow, Beetle Arrow, Iron Arrow, Carnation, Toolbag (Hira), Toolbag (Jusa), Toolbag (Kagi), Toolbag (Kawa), Toolbag (Kodo), Toolbag (Maki), Toolbag (Mizu), Toolbag (Sai), Toolbag (Shihe), Toolbag (Shino), Toolbag (Tsura), Toolbag (Uchi), Wijnruit, Hiraishin, Jusatsu, Kaginawa, Kawahori-Ogi, Kodoku, Makibishi, Mizu-Deppo, Sairui-Ran, Shihei, Shinobi-Tabi, Tsurara, Uchitake, Light Cluster, Dark Cluster, Water Cluster, Fire Cluster, Quicksand Coffer Key, Bronze Bed, Wing Gorget, Dart +1, Duel Rapier, Roast Pipira, Nebimonite Bake, Boiled Crab, Tomato Juice, Orange Juice, Carp Sushi, Distilled Water, Meat Jerky, Sky Pot, Red Rock, Purple Rock, Blue Rock, Green Rock, Yellow Rock, Faerie Apple, Earth Cluster, Windurstian Tea Leaves, Ether Holly, Twinstone Earring, Tree Saplings, Ice Cluster, Ancient Beastcoin, Cracked Mimeo Mirror, Fire Crystal, Translucent Rock, Little Worm, Dark Crystal, Ginger, White Rock, Mhaura Garlic, Rolanberry, Platinum Leaf, Wind Cluster, Copper Nugget, Rock Salt, San d'Orian Carrot, Culverin +1, Culverin, Boiled Tuna Head, Platinum Nugget, Loam, Great Bow, Leucos Voulge +1, Leucos Voulge, Lightning Crystal, Aegis, Cannon Shell, Heavy Shell, Yellow Liquid, Earth Crystal, Raw Fish Handling, Lumberjack, Frog Fishing, Anima Synthesis, Wood Ensorcellment, Metal Ensorcellment, Leather Ensorcellment, Gold Ensorcellment, Cloth Ensorcellment, Bone Ensorcellment, Alchemic Ensorcellment, Wood Purification, Metal Purification, Leather Purification, Gold Purification, Cloth Purification, Bone Purification, Kitron, Lightning Cluster, Holy Leather, Ether Leather, Beast Helm +1, Virtue Stone, Astral Pot, Spirit Lantern, Healing Feather, Antican Acid, Lizard Blood, Leech Saliva, Bird Blood, Beast Blood, Snapping Mole, Skull Locust, King Locust, Helmet Mole, Platinum Arrowhead, Laminated Ram Leather, Laminated Buffalo Leather, Carapace Powder, White Mouton, Sheep Chammy, Ether Cotton, Melanzane +1, Arrabbiato +1, Ikra Gunkan +1, Pitchfork +1, Pitchfork, Koga Tekko, Arrabbiato, Ikra Gunkan, Tentacle Sushi, Salmon Roe, Melanzane, Salmon Eggs

Items Drops Added: Mythril Beastcoin, Divine Log, Portal Charm, Airship Pass For Kazham, Sahagin Key, Rune Bangles, Arcane Flowerpot, Adaman Nugget, Cermet Chunk, Rune Arrow, Rune Axe, Rune Baghnakhs, Rune Blade, Rune Bow, Rune Chopper, Rune Halberd, Rune Rod, Rune Staff, Sardonyx, Silk Thread, Light Opal, Revival Tree Root, Beetle Jaw, Beastcoin, Scroll of Flood, Dried Mugwort, Gold Beastcoin, Newton Coffer Key, Reishi Mushroom, Manta Skin, Moblin Mask, Scroll of Sneak, Dragon Meat, Damascus Ingot, Pickaxe, Platinum Ingot, Bronze Key, Quus, Strength Potion, Ebony Log, Den Coffer Key, Raptor Gloves, Cotton Cloth, Lacquer Tree Log, Cactuar Needle, Loam, Antican Acid, Vegetable Seeds, Grain Seeds, Dragoon's Testimony, Scroll of Stun, Kuftal Coffer Key, Bag of Seeds, Toraimarai Coffer Key, Beast Blood, Lizard Blood

NPCs Added: Esca, Rayochindot, Croteillard, Poudoruchant, Umberto, Gallagher, Coumaine, Olaky-Yayulaky, Kogri-Nargri, Dabido-Sorobido, Sagheera, Garridan, Diederik, Plaiaude

NPCs Updated: Amalasanda, Guilloud, Buffalostalker Dodzbraz, Nokkhi Jinjahl (Windurst), Nokkhi Jinjahl (San d'Oria), Nokkhi Jinjahl (Bastok), Ominous Cloud (Windurst), Ominous Cloud (San d'Oria), Ominous Cloud (Bastok), Ness Rugetomal, Esca, Thadiene, Croteillard, Khumo Daramasteh

Mobs Updated: Goliath Beetle, Swamfisk, Sharp-Eared Ropipi, Yara Ma Yha Who, Feeler Antlion, Shadow Dragon, Black Coney, White Coney, Bugbear Matman, Fraelissa, Kreutzet, Hellion, Mimic, Cryptonberry Assassin, Nightmare Bats, Ellyllon, Epialtes, Orcish Panzer, Nunyenunc, Bonnacon, Variable Hare, Tonberry's Elemental, Rock Lizard, Rock Lizard, Alastor Antlion, Valkurm Emperor, Sabotender Bailarina, Celphie, Mahisha, Waraxe Beak, Greenman, Island Rarab, Triarius X-XV, Silverhook, Blackbeard, Uleguerand Tiger, Tiamat

Quests Updated: Water Way To Go!, Ayame and Kaede, The Pickpocket, Past Reflections

Spells Updated: Silence, Magic Finale

Recipes Added: Boiled Tuna Head, Blizzard Toporok, Dark Adaman Sheet, Dark Adaman, Toporok

Desynthesis Recipes Added: Gold Cuisses, Shrimp Lure, Banded Helm, Broadsword, Steel Finger Gauntlets, Dragon Leggings, Kinkobo, Mythril Rod, Mythril Mace, Dragon Subligar, Silver Hose, Repeating Crossbow, Hibari, Igqira Tiara, Orc Piercer, Igqira Manillas, Field Hose, Iron Subligar, Platinum Ring, Alumine Moufles, Coral Mittens, Cursed Schaller, Sha'ir Gages, Breastplate, Mailbreaker, Gully, Steel-splitter, Silver Greaves

Recipes Updated: Austere Sabots, Cardinal Vest, Bison Warbonnet, Opaline Boots, Sha'ir Gages, Bison Kecks, Austere Cuffs, Austere Slops, Blessed Pumps, Bison Jacket, Austere Robe, Dusk Jerkin, Justaucorps, Shade Leggings, Shade Mittens, Luminous Core, Inferno Core, Bookshelf, Maple Shield, Odorous Knife, Padded Armor, Antica Broth, Blizzard Toporok, Opaline Hose, Mist Pumps, The Big One, Velvet Hat, Arhat's Sune-Ate, War Aketon, Bloody Aketon, Arhat's Gi, War Shinobi Gi, Rasetsu Jinpachi, Errant Hat, Yasha Sune-Ate, Rasetsu Sune-Ate, Yasha Tekko, Yasha Hakama, Yasha Samue, Rasetsu Hakama, Rasetsu Samue, Cursed Dalmatica, Rasetsu Tekko, Battle Hose, Bastokan Sword, Dart, Steel-splitter, Zanbato, Staurobow, Dark Adaman, Errant Houppelande, Toporok, Butachi, Barone Cosciales, Mole Broth, Tower Shield, Couse, Beverage Barrel, Oak Shield, Halberd, Mahogany Shield, Longbow, Star Globe, Cursed Togi, Primate Staff, Ox Tongue, Verdun, Cursed Schaller, Cursed Handschuhs, Sha'ir Manteel, Cursed Schuhs, Cursed Diechlings, Orichalcum Dagger, Barone Zucchetto, Barone Gambieras, Kazaridachi, Diamond Knuckles, Shotel, Wolf Fur, Darksteel Lance, Carapace Powder, Flaxseed Oil, Carapace Ring, Black Ink, Blood Broth, Kanesada +1, Steamed Catfish, Darksteel Shield, Pealing Nagan, Shiny Gold Thread, Brilliant Gold Thread, Enthralling Cotton Obi, Dull Gold Thread, Chakram, Grasshopper Broth, Platinum Arrowhead, Gold Arrowhead, Salmon Roe, Orichalcum Lance, Ikra Gunkan, Salmon Eggs, Melanzane, Dark Bronze, White Mouton, Sheep Chammy, Ponderous Manoples, Spirit Orichalcum, Pealing Buzdygan, Steel Walnut Lumber, Dark Bronze Sheet

Desynthesis Recipes Updated: Acid Claws, Steel Finger Gauntlets, Leather Trousers, Repeating Crossbow, Red Cape, Silver Greaves, Iron Subligar, Platinum Ring, Mailbreaker, Rainbow Cape, Gaiters, Gloves, Scale Cuisses, Scale Greaves, Gold Cuisses, Scimitar, Carapace Ring, Nodowa, Doublet, Coral Subligar, Brass Axe, Bolt Belt, Gold Hairpin, Reraise Hairpin, Steel-splitter

BCNMs Updated: Under Observation, Creeping Doom, Seasons Greetings, Early Bird Catches the Wyrm, Ouryu Cometh, Undying Promise, Moa Constrictors

Missions Updated: Written in the Stars, The Heir to the Light

Mini-Quests Added: Access via Sealed Portal (Horutoto Inner Ruins), Obtaining the Airship Pass For Kazham, Access via Ornamented Door (SSG), Obtaining the Promyvion Maps, Toolbags for Ninja Tools, Quivers for Arrows and Bolts, Strange Apparatuses

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Vana'diel Tribune II No13 Edition Released
Posted by: Cuer - Thu Dec 01st, 2005 02:50 pm EST
Vana'diel Tribune II No. 13 Vana'diel Tribune II No.13 Edition Released

The contents of the No.13 edition are as follows:
Official PlayOnline Announcement

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PlayOnline: Treasures of Aht Urhgan Website
Posted by: Cuer - Sat Nov 26th, 2005 06:11 pm EST
From the Official FFXI Site (November 24):

Treasures of Aht Urhgan Exclusive Website for Treasures of Aht Urhgan!

The official website for the new expansion disc Treasures of Aht Urhgan is now up and running! Focusing on the never-before-seen monsters that adventurers will encounter in the unexplored regions of Aht Urhgan, this site will build on the information released in September.

Click here to uncover the Treasures of Aht Urhgan!

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PlayOnline Development News: December Version Update
Posted by: Cuer - Thu Nov 17th, 2005 07:07 pm EST
From the Official FFXI Site (December 12):
Avatar Summon
New Summoning Magic and Quests

The thrilling climax to Chains of Promathia was finally reached in the July version update. Now delve deeper into the stories of prominent Chains of Promathia characters as you enjoy the new quests planned for release in December.

-New Summoning Magic

The quest to obtain an avatar long awaited by summoners will soon be available. The terrestrial avatar Diabolos made his first appearance in "Darkness Named," and now those able to defeat him at the height of his strength will learn to harness the power of dreams.

The Blood Pact abilities of Diabolos are quite unique when compared to those of other avatars. We have provided a list of Diabolos's abilities with brief explanations; however, we would like to allow summoners the chance to discover the full scope of these powers on their own.

-Diabolos's Blood Pact Abilities

Camisado: Deals physical damage.
Somnolence: Weighs target down.
Nightmare: Deals darkness elemental damage that puts all enemies within the area of effect to sleep and gradually reduces their HP.
Ultimate Terror: Decreases attributes of enemies within area of effect. Noctoshield: Gives party members within area of effect the effect of "Phalanx."
Dream Shroud: Enhances magic attack and magic defense of party members within area of effect.
Nether Blast: Delivers a ranged attack that deals darkness elemental damage.
Ruinous Omen (Astral Flow): Required MP: Caster's level x2. Uses all MP and reduces the HP of enemies within area of effect by a random percentage.

-New Quest

A new quest that brings players up against the might of the Wyrmking Bahamut will be introduced. The ruler of all dragonkind has previously only appeared in Chains of Promathia mission event scenes, but in the upcoming version update, adventurers will come face to face with Bahamut on the field of battle.

*These quests can only be undertaken after progressing past a certain point in the Chains of Promathia story. Also, the key items and normal items required for the quests "Mama Mia" and "The Moonlit Path" will not be affected by the introduction of the avatar Diabolos.

In addition to those mentioned above, several more quests are scheduled for release in the upcoming version update, so be sure to check the Topics section regularly for the latest details!

From the Official FFXI Site (December 8):
Addressing MPK Issues

MPK (Monster Player Kill) is a form of player harassment that has plagued many MMORPGs. MPK involves using one's character to purposely cause damage to other players or to unfairly take another's claimed target in the midst of battle. Several measures will be introduced in the next version update to counter these issues.

The upcoming measures are intended to deal with issues regarding the acquisition of items and claiming of monsters, rather than focusing on direct involvement in player disputes.

In previous updates, we have dealt with problems between players by changing fiercely competed-for items to Ex/Rare, changing the locations of certain notorious monsters, and introducing measures against the use of third-party tools that violate the user agreement. Several types of battlefield and burning circle areas were also added to decrease disputes between players.

The following measures were introduced in the version update on August 1, 2005 to further alleviate the issue.

-The command /blockaid was added.*(1)
-"Trade" offers could no longer be received from characters on a player's blacklist.
-Players were made unable to use spells or abilities to claim a monster as soon as it appeared.*(2)

However, interaction and competition with other players are what makes an MMORPG enjoyable, and we have no desire to sacrifice those aspects of FINAL FANTASY XI. Players may be affected by situations caused by others, such as suddenly finding oneself in the midst of a train of monsters led by another player trying to escape. Player interaction can be either positive or negative and is an important part of the game. It is essential for players to realize the importance of this interaction and enjoy it, cooperating with one another to solve any minor disputes that may arise.

Unfortunately, there have been several players as of late who have used game features to harass others, particularly in the form of MPK, or taking advantage of a monster's enmity to make it attack others and disrupt the game.

It is the role of the GM team to resolve such issues, but in several cases it can be difficult to determine whether a player intentionally caused a problem after consulting only the chat and action logs. Often there is a discrepancy between both sides of the dispute's claims. In such cases, it would not be proper to choose a side based on personal opinion or to listen to only one side's claims. Therefore, the issues best resolved have been those actually witnessed by the GM. Such difficulties have caused player disputes that require third-party intervention to increase, and we realize that in-game measures must be introduced to alleviate the situation.

In the next version update, we plan to introduce the following measures.

-If a player is KO'd or moves to a new area while fighting a monster at a location in which the monster does not usually inhabit, the monster will not begin attacking others in the surrounding area. Instead, it will simply disappear.

This measure refers to the radius that the monster walks about when not engaged in battle. After being drawn out of that radius during battle and released, the monster will disappear, and then reappear after a short time in its proper location. In addition, the monster that reappears will be the exact same monster that disappeared, and not another monster of the same type. This rule will not apply to notorious monsters.

-Monsters that have been rendered immobile with the "Bind" spell will not attack anyone other than the party or alliance that it is targeting.

The GM team will continue to penalize players who purposely harass others. The GMs will not deal with player disputes after hearing only one position, but will strive to find a solution after consulting all sides. We ask for your cooperation and understanding, and hope that you enjoy interacting with other players in the world of FINAL FANTASY XI.

*(1) The /blockaid command
The command "/blockaid" was added.
"/blockaid" has the following effect:
Magical assistance (such as "Cure" and "Protect"), trades, party invites etc. from non-party/alliance characters will be blocked.
The "/blockaid" effect will be canceled if the player temporarily logs out to the PlayOnline Viewer, logs out, changes areas, or is KO'd.

/blockaid on
Activate the blockaid effect.
/blockaid off
Cancel the blockaid effect.
Display current blockaid status.

*(2) Claiming monsters
Players are no longer able to use spells or abilities to claim a monster as soon as it appears. If players attempt to use spells or abilities to claim a monster before a set amount of time has passed since it appeared, they will be unable to use those spells or abilities again for a certain duration.

Official PlayOnline Announcement

From the Official FFXI Site (December 5):
Merit Points
Merit Points

Following the next version update, players will be able to use merit points in order to further improve their characters!

The maximum number of merit points a player may use in each adjustable status category will be increased in the next version update!

The maximum number of usable merit points will increase in all categories in the following manner.

Combo total and sub-categories:
Combat skills
Magic skills

Combo total only:
Individual job categories

With this adjustment, players may reach their maximum potential possible with the Chains of Promathia expansion disc.

Furthermore, the FINAL FANTASY XI development team is already working to expand the merit point system for "Treasures of Aht Urhgan." Adjustments to make new magic spells and abilities available through the use of merit points are planned for the new expansion disc.

More information will be released on the FINAL FANTASY XI main page as it is made available.

Official PlayOnline Announcement

From the Official FFXI Site (December 2):
Fish Ranking
Introducing the Fish Ranking System

Are you confident enough in your fishing skill to compete against other adventurers, or just looking for a diversion from battle? Grab your lures and bait and get ready for Fish Ranking!

A new competition for fishermen (and fisherwomen) is set to arrive on Vana'diel with the next version update!

We have received several requests for a fish ranking system and have debated the issue for a considerable amount of time. After seeing the positive results of the Ballista Ranking system, we decided to make Fish Ranking a reality!

Many players have already held their own private fishing contests, but now everyone will have the opportunity to participate in a larger, official ranking event!

-After the version update, Fish Ranking will be available at the Fishermen's Guild in Selbina. After specifying the variety of fish to be used in the competition, the rules will be contested.

-Contest rules are changed periodically by the Fishermen's Guild. Winners may be chosen based on the weight or the size of their fish. The heaviest, largest fish does not always win, however. There is also a ranking to see who can catch the lightest fish, and another to see who can catch the smallest. Depending on the rules, participants may seek a large, heavy fish, or a small, light fish.

-After submission, each fish will be evaluated regardless of the method in which it was acquired. If you could not catch the fish required for the contest, you may want to try working with your linkshell members or other adventurers, or even buy the fish at the auction house. Contest winners will receive a new title and a modest award.

We hope you enjoy this new, competitive angle to fishing in Vana'diel! Be sure to check the FINAL FANTASY XI main page again after the version update for further details!

Official PlayOnline Announcement

From the Official FFXI Site (November 30):
Special Event Equipment
Storing Special Equipment and More!

In the upcoming version update, the storage feature for special equipment will be expanded to allow for new event items. Additional key items will also be available for cooking enthusiasts.

-Storable equipment

The "pitchfork" and "pitchfork +1" obtained during this year's Harvest Festival event will now be added to the list of storable special equipment. Also, the "Crow Jupon" set will be eligible for exchange with a key item voucher.

Future event items will be added to the list of storable special equipment. In order to avoid confusion during the festivities, this feature will be added during the version update following the event. As always, unique pieces of equipment will be introduced in the events to come, so be sure to participate in the fun!

-Beastmaster broths

The ingredients used to synthesize the new beastmaster broths introduced in the previous version update are scheduled to become a little easier to obtain. This change will affect harvesting results in Giddeus and West Sarutabaruta, and mining results in the Zeruhn Mines. The chance for pickaxes and sickles to break may also be slightly adjusted, but only in the aforementioned areas. The number of monsters that drop the broth ingredients will also be increased, providing more opportunities to obtain the items required.

-New Cooking Key Items

"Patissier" and "Stewpot Mastery" will be added to the key items available through the Culinarians' Guild contracts. Characters will be able to set out on adventures fueled by hearty stews and tasty cakes!

Official PlayOnline Announcement

From the Official FFXI Site (November 28):
New Areas of Dynamis!

Dynamis, introduced in February 2004, is a collection of special battlefields designed for alliances with a maximum of 64 players.

As mentioned in the recently released Topics article regarding the Fellowship system, the simultaneous display of characters on screen is limited due to memory restrictions on the client side, which created fears that such expansive battles would create too great of a processing burden. However, the FINAL FANTASY XI Development Team made player enjoyment the main priority, and worked hard to make Dynamis a reality. As of now, countless players have ventured to Dynamis, but the extraordinary difficulty of the areas makes return trips a necessity.

In the last version update, we introduced the new area "Limbus" for an alliance of 18 players to enjoy as often as they wish. The area was created with comments in mind that Dynamis requires too much time and too many people, and as a result, Limbus was made comparatively less demanding. However, Limbus is rather straightforward, and players who have already conquered Dynamis may find the area lacking in excitement. Therefore, we have decided to release new Dynamis areas for advanced players.

The following areas exist but have yet to be made public:

Dynamis - Valkurm
Dynamis - Buburimu
Dynamis - Qufim

Dynamis - Tavnazia

In the next version update, we plan to release the first three areas to the public servers.

New features will also be released in accordance with the new areas.

-New story developments
-New items that can be used to improve relic armor
-New items available only in the new Dynamis areas
-Relic equipment and ancient currency that players could earn in previously released Dynamis areas will also be available in the new areas

Both the "Rise of the Zilart" and "Chains of Promathia" expansion packs must be installed in order to access the new areas. As in previously released Dynamis areas, players may enter the new areas once every three days. In addition, up to 36 players may access the new areas at a time.

We hope you enjoy the challenging new areas.

Official PlayOnline Announcement

From the Official FFXI Site (November 22):

In the next version update, major changes are scheduled for the dragoon two-hour ability.

The development team does not consider the dragoon to be particularly weak when compared to other jobs, but we are aware that a large part of a dragoon's strength depends on the presence of his or her wyvern. After taking into account the wyvern's tendency to be quickly defeated in heated battles, and the dragoon's lack of a powerful special ability for use in missions and other critical situations, it was decided that improvements were necessary.

Simply raising the wyvern's HP and defense to increase its survivability would cause balance issues in other parts of the game. However, it was judged that improving the dragoon's two-hour ability would have less of an impact on overall balance, and so the following changes have been planned for the upcoming version update:

-New two-hour ability
The dragoon will be imbued with the strength of his or her wyvern for a fixed length of time, increasing the dragoon's power and adding special effects to "Jump" abilities.

-Call Wyvern
The recast time for this ability will be reduced to twenty minutes. This ability will only be available when the main job is set to dragoon.

Wyverns will now have the equivalent of the job trait "Subtle Blow," reducing the amount of TP gained by opponents from the wyvern's attacks.

More details will be announced at the time of the version update.

Official PlayOnline Announcement

From the Official FFXI Site (November 18):
Adventuring Fellows
Fellowship System Updates

Fans of the Fellowship system will be treated to an extra helping in the next version update.

The Fellowship system was created to be enjoyable to players of a wide range of levels in response to player comments regarding features such as garrison and escort quests in past version updates. Whether adventuring with your fellow for the first time or the fiftieth, there is a Fellowship quest suited for you.

In the first stages of development, we had to carefully test how the player was affected in the presence of player-dependent NPCs such as avatars, wyverns, and chocobos. VRAM (memory used for the game's display) is not infinite, and there is a limit to the number of characters that can be shown on screen. After an assessment of the difficulties to surmount, the adventuring fellow was created.

Several additions and adjustments have been made to the Fellowship system after its introduction in July 2005, including a series of quests involving a story about legendary mirrors. The next version update will bring a new quest that will conclude the first part of the series' main story. A quest designed to further raise the adventuring fellow's level cap is also in the works.

Refinements to the balance of fighting styles and an increase in wearable equipment are also among the new content planned for adventuring fellows in the upcoming version update.

Information about changes to the Fellowship system is released on the FINAL FANTASY XI main page on a regular basis.

Official PlayOnline Announcement

From the Official FFXI Site (November 16):
December Version Update
Eager for more areas to explore? In need of new quests? The next version update is coming soon to fulfill these wishes and more!

The next version update is currently in development and is scheduled for release in mid-December.
Planned content include:

-Additions to the Fellowship system
-New areas
-New quests
-Additions and adjustments to the battle system
-Additions to fishing
...and more additions and changes covering a wide range of activities!

In addition, this section (FINAL FANTASY XI main page "Topics") will soon undergo changes. The Topics section has traditionally been used to report version update information, as well as changes that are in development, as they are made public. Soon Topics will change to include comments from the developers on upcoming changes and more. We hope you enjoy the new format.

FINAL FANTASY XI Development Team (11/16/2005)

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Site Updates - November 8, 2005
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Nov 08th, 2005 03:14 pm EST
Additions to many site guides can be found in this site update, along with further expansion of the gardening database and new item lists.
Gardening DatabaseThe Arcane Flowerpot, one of the various pots detailed in the Gardening Database, which is full of gardening recipes.
  • The Gardening Database has been updated further, with new and updated recipes, as well as complete easy lists of all the gardening recipes. It is easy to list All Gardening Recipes, or sort them by Seed, Pot or the crystal used. The items that can be obtained through gardening have links to the individual gardening recipes, as well. Any new gardening recipes can be posted in the Gardening Discussion.
  • The Weapons Lists overview was updated dramatically, with many new quick-link lists of weapons. This now includes searches for Job-Specific Weapons.
  • Similarly, the Armor Lists overview was expanded with many new lists, including Job-Specific Armor (JSE) and Race-Specific Armor (RSE).
  • The NM Hunting Guide was updated with further NMs and drops.
  • The Map Item Acquisition Guide was revamped in the display a bit, and further info added to some maps.
  • Various gil and item drops were updated in the Chest & Coffer Guide, along with a new addition in the guide, explaining the priority of items obtained from all treasure chests.
  • The FFXI Experience Charts were updated, with new info added and the charts updated to reflect the changes to experience gained, when killing lower level mobs.

PlayOnline: iGames Tour Texas Site Updates!
Posted by: Cuer - Sat Nov 05th, 2005 05:06 am EST
From the Official FFXI Site (November 3):

iGames Tour Texas Site Updates!

Thanks to everyone that came out to make the iGames Tour Texas such a huge success! The North American debut of "Heroes' Combat" was met with thunderous applause as the first team challenged Trion, Volker and Ajido-Marujido. It was great to see team members working together to battle the three toughest Heroes in Vana'diel. The Tarutaru cure marathon was, as usual, full of extremely cute knockout after knockout. Our famous Q&A panel is now live for everyone to enjoy along with one hundred pictures taken at the event!

Now that iGames Tour 2005 is over, stay tuned to the official website for an announcement of the largest FINAL FANTASY XI event ever!

FINAL FANTASY XI Network Maintenance (Nov 3)
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Nov 01st, 2005 02:34 pm EST
Nov. 1, 2005 11:00 [PST]

FINAL FANTASY XI Network Maintenance (Nov. 3)

At the following time, we will be performing FINAL FANTASY XI network maintenance on all worlds. FINAL FANTASY XI will be available during this time.

Also during the time shown below, the use of Search and Auction House functions as well as login to FINAL FANTASY XI will be unavailable.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

[Date & Time]
Nov. 3, 2005 from 9:00 to 9:30 (PST)
*Maintenance completion time may be subject to change

[Affected Services]

Official PlayOnline Announcement

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Vana'diel Tribune II No12 Edition Released
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Nov 01st, 2005 10:13 am EST
Vana'diel Tribune II No. 12 Vana'diel Tribune II No.12 Edition Released

The contents of the No.12 edition are as follows:
Official PlayOnline Announcement

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