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PlayOnline: Server and POL Update, Vana'diel Tribune
Posted by: Cuer - Mon Feb 28th, 2005 07:54 pm EST
From:FINAL FANTASY XI
Feb. 28, 2005 09:00 [PST]

All Worlds Scheduled Maintenance (Mar. 2)

At the following time, we will be performing FINAL FANTASY XI server maintenance on all Worlds. During this period, FINAL FANTASY XI will be unavailable.

*The client software will also be updated at this time. Once this maintenance is completed, the client update will start automatically after logging back into FINAL FANTASY XI. Please follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Thank you for your patience.

[Affected Period]
Mar. 2, 2005 from 8:00 to 13:00 (PST)
*Maintenance completion time may be subject to change.

[Affected Services]
FINAL FANTASY XI

Offical PlayOnline Announcement



From:PlayOnline
Feb. 28, 2005 02:00 [PST]

PlayOnline Scheduled Maintenance (Mar. 2)

At the following time, we will be performing PlayOnline server maintenance. During this period, PlayOnline, Tetra Master and FINAL FANTASY XI will be unavailable.

*The client software will also be updated at this time. Once this maintenance is completed, the client update will start automatically after logging back into PlayOnline. Please follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Thank you for your patience.

[Affected Period]
Mar. 2, 2005 from 8:00 to 13:00 (PST)
*Maintenance completion time may be subject to change.

[Affected Services]
PlayOnline

[Important Update Details]
- The "Friend List" and several other features have been redesigned.
- The "Group Friend List" feature was added.
- The Friend registration process has been simplified.
- The "Comments" feature has been added to the Friend List.
- "Friends Only" has been added to Profile Privacy Settings.
- "Public Profile" and "Public Items" were removed from Profile Privacy Settings.
- "Away Message," "More Details," and "Privacy Level" settings were removed.
- The "Friend Search" and "Handle List" buttons have been moved to the Navigator sub-menu.
- The "Mail," "Chat," and "File Manager" buttons have been moved to the Navigator sub-menu.
- The icons on the Headline Bar at the top of the screen have been redesigned.
- The "Auto Gallery" feature has been added to the Options menu.
- The P2P connection test has been updated.
- Various other fixes and optimizations.

* Note that the PlayOnline Main Menu will visibly change with this version update.

* For more information regarding the changes to the Friend List and the Main Menu, please read the details at the following link.

[For users of the Windows Version]
The PlayOnline version update will modify the "pol.exe" file. Certain security/antivirus software may issue a warning, but this is a normal part of the version update process. (Windows version only.)

Official PlayOnline Announcement



Lastly, the latest Vana'diel Tribune is out: Vana'diel Tribune II, No. 04


Feb 2005 FFXI Patch Compilation of Info
Posted by: Cuer - Wed Feb 23rd, 2005 06:15 pm EST
The February 2005 Final Fantasy XI content patch marks the third addition to FFXI since the release of the Chains of Promathia expansion. The patch further adds a lot to the expansion, with many new quests and missions, as well as various gameplay changes and other tweaks. This compilation of info covers the major additions and changes provided by the content patch from February 23, 2005. (Previous patch compilations of info can be found in the News Highlights.)

Original Post: February 23, 2005
Last Updated: Monday, April 17, 2006

Latest Additions: Updated with the latest information; as more info is available regarding the additions in this patch, it will be added.

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Feb 23 FFXI Patch Notes - February 23, 2005
Posted by: Cuer - Wed Feb 23rd, 2005 02:29 pm EST
The following news items are from the Feb. 23 patch:


The full official patch notes are copied below:

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Site Updates - February 23, 2005
Posted by: Cuer - Wed Feb 23rd, 2005 10:40 am EST
A handful of updates to get out before the new patch arrives with all those changes. We will be making our standard patch compilation of info for today's patch. Check back after 7PM EST tonight for the first slew of information from the patch, with much more arriving throughout the days ahead. We'll also be detailing parts of the patch on the Discussion Board, so be sure to check that out for a lot of new info, on Thursday.
  • A new Furniture and Moghancement Guide has been added, that gives an overview of the bonuses provided by furnishings in FFXI. Accordingly, all the furniture items were updated with some new information about their placement.
  • Numerous recipes were updated, and many desynthesis recipes added.

Items Added: Earth Fragment, Wind Fragment, Water Fragment, Lightning Fragment, Dark Fragment, Moghancement: Windurst Conquest, Moghancement: Bastok Conquest, Moghancement: San d'Oria Conquest, Moghancement: Fishing, Moghancement: Region, Moghancement: Conquest, Moghancement: Cooking Skill, Moghancement: Alchemy Skill, Moghancement: Bonecraft Skill, Moghancement: Leathercraft Skill, Moghancement: Clothcraft Skill, Moghancement: Goldsmithing Skill, Moghancement: Smithing Skill, Moghancement: Woodworking Skill, Moghancement: Fishing Skill, Moghancement: Desynthesis, Moghancement: Gardening, Moghancement: Experience, Moghancement: Dark, Moghancement: Light, Moghancement: Water, Moghancement: Lightning, Moghancement: Earth, Moghancement: Wind, Moghancement: Ice, Moghancement: Fire, Mystic Ice

Items Updated: Emperor Roe, Nikkariaoe, Miratete's Memoirs, Rivernewort, Yellow Jar, Workbench, Windurstian Tree, Windurstian Flag, Wicker Box, White Jar, Water Jug, Water Cask, Water Barrel, Wastebasket, Varistor Banner, Tea Set, Tarutaru Stool, Tarutaru M Mannequin, Tarutaru Folding Screen, Tarutaru F Mannequin, Tarutaru Desk, Tableware Set, Stationary Set, Star Globe, Simple Bed, Secretaire, San d'Orian Tree, San d'Orian Flag, Rusty Bucket, Royal Bookshelf, Royal Bed, Red Jar, Porcelain Flowerpot, Oak Table, Oak Bed, Noble's Bed, My First Magic Kit, Mithra Mannequin, Mastersmith Anvil, Maple Table, Mahogany Bed, Kaiserin Cosmetics, Kadomatsu, Hume M Mannequin, Hume F Mannequin, Golden Fleece, Gilt Tapestry, Galka Mannequin, Fool's Gold, Flower Stand, Fishing Hole Map, Elvaan M Mannequin, Elvaan F Mannequin, Earthen Flowerpot, Drogaroga's Fang, Dresser, Drawing Desk, Desk, Cupboard, Cordon Bleu Set, Commode, Coffer, Chocobo Bedding, Chiffonier, Chest, Ceramic Flowerpot, Cabinet, Bureau, Bronze Bed, Brass Flowerpot, Bookshelf, Book Holder, Bastokan Tree, Bastokan Flag, Autumn's End, Armor Box, Armoire, Arcane Flowerpot, Ancient Blood, Adventuring Certificate, Acolyte's Grief, Dobson Bandanna, Genie Huaraches, Igqira Huaraches, Gendawa +1, Gendawa, Sopa Pez Blanco, Emeralda, Ethereal Oak Lumber, Themis Orb, Lachesis Orb, Clotho Orb, Atropos Orb, Moon Orb, Comet Orb, Star Orb, Sky Orb, Cloudy Orb, Kindred's Seal, Beastmen's Seal, Water Fragment, Silver Bullet, Mercurial Pole, Mercurial Sword, Uchitake, Tsurara, Shinobi-Tabi, Shihei, Sairui-Ran, Mizu-Deppo, Makibishi, Kodoku, Kawahori-Ogi, Kaginawa, Jusatsu, Hiraishin, Amrita, Xhifhut Head, Lufaise Fly, Ground Wasabi, Apple Mint, Twinkle Powder, Koma, Goblin Doll, Millionaire Desk

NPCs Updated: Raifa, Anguysh, Glyke, Marshal, Brave Ox, Bald Aurochs, Alizabe, Deguerendars, Emaliveulaux, Dabih Jajalioh

Mobs Added: Sturmtiger

Mobs Updated: Yagudo High Priest, Yagudo High Priest, Moblin Scalpelman, Carmine Dobsonfly, Vouivre, Vrtra, Cactrot Rapido, Akselloak, Decurio I-III, Smolenkos, Bulldog Bats, Viscous Clot, Voluptuous Vivian, Masan, Xolotl, Steelfleece Baldarich, Cloud Hippogryph

Zones Updated: Tavnazian Safehold, Phomiuna Aqueducts, Temple of Uggalepih

Spells Updated: Hastega

Desynthesis Recipes Added: Warp Cudgel, Iron Mittens, War Pick, Bronze Axe, Mythril Cuisses, Himantes, Warhammer, Dragon Mask, Arhat's Hakama, Decurion's Dagger, Scarlet Ribbon, Brass Scale Mail, Bronze Hammer, Bronze Knife, Ancient Sword, Seer's Mitts, Crumhorn, Heavy Axe, Chain Belt, Poison Cesti, Amethyst Ring, Tourmaline Ring, Sardonyx Ring, Opal Ring, Amber Ring, Lapis Lazuli Ring, Scale Greaves

Recipes Updated: Mythril Zaghnal, Cutlass, Errant Hat, Platinum Chain, Bastokan Targe, Tonosama Rice Ball, Salmon Rice Ball, Jack-o'-Lantern, Hyper Ether, Tuck, Ethereal Oak Lumber, Holy Breastplate, Heavy Darksteel Axe, Wool Robe, Bone Arrowheads, Rasetsu Tekko, Demon Helm, Darksteel Maul, Molybdenum Sheet, Star Globe, Orange Kuchen, Cursed Harness, Tiger Gloves, Rarab Meatball

Desynthesis Recipes Updated: Mythril Cuisses, Minnow, Kaiser Sword, Scale Finger Gauntlets, Horn, Maple Shield, Longbow, Demon's Ring, Beetle Ring, Poison Cesti, Clear Ring, Onyx Ring

BCNMs Updated: Prehistoric Pigeons, Hostile Herbivores, Wings of Fury, The Worm's Turn

Items Drops Added: Scroll of Absorb-VIT, Goblin Mask, Scroll of Absorb-INT, Goblin Mail, Moblin Armor, Moblin Mask, Scroll of Absorb-AGI, Goblin Helm, Cluster Core, Bloody Robe, Revival Tree Root, Saruta Cotton, Muddy Bar Tab


All Worlds Scheduled Maintenance Feb 23 2005, 9:00 to 12:00 (PST)
Posted by: Cuer - Mon Feb 21st, 2005 01:26 pm EST
From: FINAL FANTASY XI
Feb. 21, 2005 02:00 [PST]

All Worlds Scheduled Maintenance (Feb. 23)

At the following time, we will be performing FINAL FANTASY XI server maintenance on all worlds. During this period, FINAL FANTASY XI will be unavailable.

*The client software will also be updated at this time. Once this maintenance is completed, the client update will start automatically after logging back into FINAL FANTASY XI. Please follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Thank you for your patience.

[Affected Period]
Feb. 23, 2005 from 9:00 to 12:00 (PST)
*Maintenance completion time may be subject to change.

[Affected Services]
FINAL FANTASY XI

[Important Update Details]

- New Chains of Promathia missions will be added.

- The new region "Lumoria" and the new area "Al'Taieu" will become accessible.

- Many new quests centered in the Chains of Promathia areas will be added.

- Major improvements will be made to the fishing system.

- Bargain-priced multi-tickets for barges and manaclippers will become available.

- New routes and times will be introduced for Carpenters' Landing barges.

- Mannequins will become available for purchase.

- An NPC that will store artifact armor as a key item will be introduced.

- The limit for adjusting existing abilities using Merit Points will be raised.

- Additional categories will become available for the use of Merit Points.

- Shields will reduce the amount of damage taken instead of negating all damage.

- The white magic spell Banish will inflict more damage on undead monsters.

- The white magic spell Banish III will become available.

- A new job trait for white mages will be added.

- A new job trait for samurais will be added.

- Logging will become possible in the Misareaux Coast.

- Logging results in the Lufaise Meadows will be adjusted.

- There will be additions and changes to some of the items required to fulfill guild contracts.

- A new key item called "Alchemic Ensorcellment" will become available for purchase with alchemy guild points.

- The number of guild points required to purchase the key item Anima Synthesis will be reduced.

- The number of categories available for search comments will be expanded.

- NPC chat filter settings will be refined.

- Various other fixes.

*More details of this version update will be made available on Feb 23, 2005.

Official PlayOnline Announcement


PlayOnline: Development News
Posted by: Cuer - Fri Feb 18th, 2005 07:57 am EST
From the Official FFXI Site (Feb. 23):

Changes to Ballista

In the upcoming version update, resistance to the following spells during Ballista matches will increase: Sleep, Lullaby, Gravity, Bind, and Silence. Other aspects, such as effect duration, will also be adjusted.

A new "Ballista Ranking" system based on Ballista points, as well as extra temporary items, will be introduced. However, this ranking system will not be activated at the time of the version update. Further details will be announced in a separate news item.



From the Official FFXI Site (Feb. 21):

New battlefield types will be unlocked for the upcoming Empty Notorious Monster quests!

How are they different from current battlefields?

-An orb is not required to enter an ENM quest battlefield.
-No experience will be lost when KO'd within these battlefields.
-Characters succeeding in an ENM battle will be rewarded with large amounts of experience, as well as unique items.

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

Official PlayOnline Announcement



From the Official FFXI Site (Feb. 18):

Traveling in Vana'diel: Barge and Manaclipper Multi-tickets

Have you ever found yourself watching the barge or manaclipper drift away from the docks as you fumble for gil to purchase your ticket? Well, kiss those days goodbye with the new bargain-priced multi-tickets available only at participating Bibiki Bay and Carpenters' Landing vendors.

Also, take care to check the new routes and times being introduced for Carpenters' Landing barges. An updated schedule will be announced shortly.


PlayOnline: New Promathia Missions and a Whole Lot More!
Posted by: Cuer - Wed Feb 16th, 2005 05:27 am EST
The following additions are scheduled for the upcoming version update:

-New Scenarios

The story of the Chains of Promathia continues, opening the way to the legendary land of Al'Taieu. Tavnazia will also feature new quests that reveal more about the safehold's inhabitants.

-Logging

Logging results in the Lufaise Meadows will be adjusted. Lumberjacks will also be able to test their hatchets on the trees of the Misareaux Coast.

-Mannequin Sales

Fyi Chalmwoh, the Mhauran mannequin maker, will be opening her very own mannequin shop. Mannequins of all races and genders will be available, but prospective purchasers must first complete the quest "It's Raining Mannequins."

Official PlayOnline Announcement


PlayOnline: Final Fantasy XI Update Feb 17, 2005
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Feb 15th, 2005 06:10 pm EST
From:FINAL FANTASY XI
Feb. 15, 2005 02:00 [PST]

FINAL FANTASY XI Update (Feb. 17)

Attention Windows version users:

At the following time, a preliminary version update download will become available for the FINAL FANTASY XI Windows version only. This download will not be accompanied by server maintenance. Usual play may continue for PlayOnline, Tetra Master, and FINAL FANTASY XI.

*Please note that no changes will occur in the game until the main version update download has been completed later in February.

*After logging in, please select "Play" and follow the instructions on your screen to begin the download process. Thank you.


[Date & Time]
Feb. 17, 2005 0:00 (PST)

[Affected Services]
FINAL FANTASY XI (Windows version)


Downloadable file size: 13MB

Analog modem (56Kbps) users
Volume check: 3 minutes, 30 seconds
Download / Unzip: 52 minutes
Installation: 15 seconds Total: About 55 minutes, 45seconds

ADSL (1Mbps) users *Average download speed 512Kbps
Volume check: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
Download / Unzip: 12 minutes, 15 seconds
Installation: 15 seconds Total: About 15 minutes

* Please note that the above times are for reference only. Download times are dependent upon your individual network environment and may vary from those shown above.

Official PlayOnline Announcement


PlayOnline: Actions Taken Due to Member Agreement Violations
Posted by: Cuer - Mon Feb 14th, 2005 11:13 pm EST
From:FINAL FANTASY XI
Feb. 14, 2005 19:30 [PST]

Actions Taken Due to Member Agreement Violations

On February 14, over 800 accounts which repeatedly violated the PlayOnline Member Agreement were permanently banned from PlayOnline.

The users of these accounts would form groups to monopolize the hunting spots of notorious monsters (NM). They also repeatedly performed harassment and MPK actions against other players.

Grief tactics, including harassment, are listed in the PlayOnline Member Agreement as violations and are not allowed for any reason. Also, interfering other players' game play in order to monopolize monsters which spawn in hunting spots is not allowed.

Based on the above, we have taken strict actions against players who have violated the PlayOnline Member Agreement.

If you become a victim of harrasment, please make a GM Call and report the issue directly to a Game Master.

Your understanding and cooperation will help us provide the best experience possible to our players.

Official PlayOnline Announcement


PlayOnline: Job-related Adjustments
Posted by: Cuer - Mon Feb 14th, 2005 01:48 pm EST
FINAL FANTASY XI Development Team (2/14/2005)

The following job-related adjustments are scheduled for the next version update.

Merit Point System Additions

There will be several additions made to each job category, providing new job-specific abilities. There are two conditions for obtaining and using these abilities: the job to which the ability pertains must be set as the main job, and the main job level must be 75. The limit for adjusting existing abilities will also be raised.

Changes to the Shield System

In the current system, blocking an attack with a shield negates all damage. However, in the new system, shields will only reduce the amount of damage taken. In addition to the basic defense bonus, how often a shield is used and how much damage is reduced will depend on the type of shield equipped. Also, the frequency of shield usage in battle will increase substantially with this new system.

White Mages

-The white magic spell "Banish" will inflict more damage on undead monsters.
-The spell "Banish III" will become available.
-A new job trait will be added.
-New methods of obtaining the spell "Raise III" are being considered.

Samurai

-The effect of the samurai job ability "Third Eye" will be adjusted.
-A new job trait will be added.

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These new features are currently in the final stages of testing and will be ready for eager players to experience in the February update!

Official PlayOnline Announcement


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