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    Franz Renatus
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    Balmung
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  1. Unnamed Mercenary

    4.5 Second EU rp server?

    Unofficial server designations aren't really a RPC dictated thing. It's more like a threshold that is met by a large enough number of active roleplayers on a given server. While in 1.0 and for 2.0 launch, there were definitely pushes to coordinate people onto particular servers (Besaid/Balmung for legacy and Gilgamesh for people who didn't want legacy), this later became mostly Balmung because there's where people generally understood they'd be able to find RP with ease, even though I've known of communities as far back as 2014/2015 on Gilgamesh, Siren, Jenova, Moogle, etc that had RPers on them as well. Once congested server status became an actual thing, we saw an influx of people working to get Mateus up to a similar threshold of active RP where there was no single "RP Leader," which is a struggle that lesser populated servers can often be afflicted with. Many EU RPers were torn when the EU datacenter was opened because it meant a decision between better ping/latency or keeping their existing friend/LS/FC networks in NA servers. Because of this, Omega's RP scene hasn't quite hit off like say, Mateus. And with the EU split, that may be even more difficult. What I would recommend is determine whether a transfer or working for that coordinated effort with other players is the right choice for you. It's a lot like gardening where you have to put in a lot more effort to get things growing before it may become self-sufficient and stable without relying on any one person or group. For the RPC, we add dedicated links/filters for a server when it looks to have reached that threshold of "there are so many posts/listings for this server that one cannot find other content in the unfiltered sections." Because ultimately, the RPC is here for every server and it shouldn't be making decisions like "everyone go to X or Y or Z server" because that sort of talk in the past has led to quite some heated debates, hurt feelings, or outright disagreements because enough people didn't agree with other people.
  2. I'm not sure where in the EU you're situated, but I know a fair amount of western european players who have no difficulty connecting to the current NA servers. And doing content no less. You may want to try a VPN if the EU datacenters aren't doing it for you. Or perhaps make an alt so you have a character for RP and one for content, if you have the time to dedicate to alts.
  3. Unnamed Mercenary

    Long-time RPer making a new home in FFXIV

    Hey there! Welcome to the RPC! From what I've heard from others who've RPed in other MMOs, RP in FFXIV does have a slightly different feeling, probably stemming from our lack of official RP servers. (Everything is built by the players here!) Since we used to not have any indication of whether someone was IC or OOC in terms of actual game features, many took to having a search info stating they were a RPer. Other conventions merged in, likely from forum RP, with open/closed RP styles, and many took to stating whether they were open to random walk-up RP or not. Some people choose to use the /tell message feature before approach a group of people they haven't interacted with before as a way to ask "can I join in, or are you using this space for a closed RP?" It still very much depends on the person or the group. No strict requirements.
  4. Unnamed Mercenary

    Returning player looking to bring a friend

    Mateus is large and active! ...and also hopping on and off that congested list as well. I would recommend having your friend make a character on an existing aether world that's planned to move to Crystal in the next 3 weeks, as there will be a period of free transfers after the move. During that time, it's possible SE might all servers (but more likely they won't open Balmung, and possibly other congested servers). But the good thing is, between Cross-World features and the World Visit system coming after the moves, you will be able to visit other servers in your datacenter. (Although we're still waiting on some specifics like if congest servers will be open too).
  5. Unnamed Mercenary

    Another Noob Seeking Help

    If you're set on wanting to play on Balmung or Mateus, you could start by getting a character onto a soon to be Crystal Datacenter world. There will be open free transfers (to non-congested worlds) for each of the datacenter adjustments, but more than likely, Balmung and Mateus won't be included as destinations unless SE is being overly kind. Alternatively, Jenova, Faerie, and Siren also have smaller clusters of RPers on them as well, to my knowledge. You could poke around those servers to see if there's a group you like before settling. (Or start there and use the transfer to get into Crystal if that looks like a better option. I'd probably make a couple test characters now, to get more information before any transfers.)
  6. Unnamed Mercenary

    Balmung still a good server for european RP'ers?

    Before the NA datacenter move, the servers were on the east coast, USA. After, they're now on the west coast. There's a bit more latency than before, but the game itself isn't fully unplayable. I'd make a character on an open NA server to test out what the connection will feel like first, however!
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    staff RPC goes Invision Power - Q&A

    Looking to make a section filter AND sort in a particular way? Want to know why we're using friendlier links for the club URLs? Here are some forum trick to get the site working for YOU. Clubs: All Active: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0 All Active Balmung: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=0 All Active Gilgamesh: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=1 All Active Mateus: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=2 All Active Omega: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=3 All Active Other: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=4 All Active Free Company Clubs: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f2[0]=0 Active Balmung FC: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=0&f2[0]=0 Active Gilgamesh FC https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=1&f2[0]=0 Active Mateus FC https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=2&f2[0]=0 Active Omega FC https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=3&f2[0]=0 Active Other FC https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=4&f2[0]=0 All Active Linkshell Clubs: https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f2[0]=1 Active Balmung LS https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=0&f2[0]=1 Active Gilgamesh LS https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=1&f2[0]=1 Active Mateus LS https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=2&f2[0]=1 Active Omega LS https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=3&f2[0]=1 Active Other LS https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/clubs/&f7[0]=0&f1[0]=4&f2[0]=1 WHAT DO THE THINGS MEAN? Active: clubs/&f7[0]=0 Inactive: clubs/&f7[0]=1 Balmung: clubs/&f1[0]=0 Gilgamesh: clubs/&f1[0]=1 Mateus: clubs/&f1[0]=2 Omega: clubs/&f1[0]=3 Other: clubs/&f1[0]=4 Free: clubs/&f2[0]=0 Linkshell: clubs/&f2[0]=1 Want to adjust the sorting? Put these at the end of pretty links (ones that end in a / ) ?sort=last_activity ?sort=members ?sort=content ?sort=created ?sort=name Or these at the end of a more complicated one (stuff with ?thing=stuff&otherthings=otherstuff&morethings=morestuff: &sort=last_activity &sort=members &sort=content &sort=created &sort=name
  8. Unnamed Mercenary

    Returning after some health issues! (Mateus ex. Balmung)

    Welcome back! As you've probably noticed, we've gone through a bit of a facelist in the last couple years, moving over Invision Power. All your content should be here, although some posts may need some formatting updates and things like avatars or attachments may need to be relinked. If you've got any questions regarding the site, hit me up!
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    New to FFXIV and wanting to RP

    Since others have started answering the other questions, I'll grab this technical one. Old links to our previous forum have been disabled and just go to the main page now. (We kept up access for a year to allow people to migrate stuff over that may not have gotten converted correctly). At this time, we've got two sections where people can post Linkshell/Free Company information, the "Hall" forums and in the Clubs sections. There are some basic filters for each to better help you find content by server!
  10. Unnamed Mercenary

    Balmung still a good server for european RP'ers?

    They happen on the same day, iirc. Given how we can expect SE to program, the entries are likely hardcoded per datacenter in the client scripts and I can't imagine them turning a feature like this on only to have to do major maintenance for it shortly after that isn't bug-related.
  11. Unnamed Mercenary

    Balmung still a good server for european RP'ers?

    EU RPers are mostly split between Balmung and Omega. I wouldn't transfer off of Balmung if you have a character there, but would recommend making an alt on Omega first, so you can get a better feeling for the sorts of platers on each. As far as I know, RP in FFXIV is still nothing like Argent Dawn in WoW. Cross-World visits aren't enabled yet. That feature will be getting enabled AFTER the North American data center reorganization in mid-late April. (So once Crystal DC is a thing). Once it is done though, you should be able to visit any world within that data center, although we don't know if congested worlds are going to be restricted or not.
  12. Unnamed Mercenary

    Tokyo Fanfest

    There's been a LOT of social media talk about this, but it likely boils down to a few things. 1. SE received a ton of feedback that players wanted a beastly race and they also wanted Viera. 2. Some high-up exec probably decided for them that adding "new races" was too much of a cost and that they wouldn't be doing that after 5.0. 3. Game development is absolute hell internally and these people will probably not be sleeping until after 5.0 releases. Based on the [Tokyo Fan Fest] Day 1 Media Interview with Yoshi-P , here are a couple of snipped answers. Q: Why were you so insistent on adding a beast-like race, the Hrothgar? A: The great thing about MMORPGs is that people from around the world with different values and tastes can all come together and play. FF games have good-looking men and women, but FFX is an example of a stronger look. Guin Saga may be a better example, but at any rate, since we're creating a fantasy, I want to shine a spotlight on that aspect as well. Even if we added another handsome race, it felt like the only real difference would be the ear shape. Back when we showed off a basic sketch of a wolfman, a lot of players around the world voiced their desire for a wolf race in 4.0. At our current patch rate, with that much equipment data being released, and adding a new race multiplying the amount of work required, we could probably only add one more race with our current workflow. We agonized over which race to add, and ended up with what you see now, and the lion T-shirt I'm wearing now *laughs* Q: When did you decide to implement the female-only Viera and male-only Hrothgar? A: It was during Return to Ivalice, around 3 months after 4.0. Viera was confirmed then, and Hrothgar came about at the same time when we were discussing plans with Matsuno-san. We were deciding whether to make a Hrothgar female or a Viera female, and after selecting Viera, work began right away, because otherwise we wouldn't make it in time. As mentioned before, the face parts are special and Hrothgar has big differences between its faces, like a lion face, wolf face, leopard face. It became a fixed model relatively recently. Viera was done right before Paris Fan Fest, and Hrothgar was done recently.
  13. Unnamed Mercenary

    Au Ra race/culture information

    They do have Mongolian influence! ....I know I talked about this before, but it's mostly lost to the the aether because it was over RPC chat and not in a thread. @Arashin Kujqai may remember some of the stuff I said and also runs a custom Xaela tribe iirc.
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    Au Ra race/culture information

    Clan name-wise, that's mostly a Xaela thing, but even the official SE Forums post on naming conventions encourages players to have fun with it seeing how clans can come and go and we're only shown a handful in the Azim Steppe as it is. So if one doesn't suit your interests, I wouldn't sweat it. As for Raen, they don't really do clan names as much as surnames. And also have a pretty mutual cultural contribution to Doma/Hingashi society as well, which gives you access to that lore as well, if it's something you'd want to make use of. As usual, there are also always deviations and exceptions to all the rules for adventuring folk, those who may have moved into a city, or gone abroad. "I left X clan/tribe to see the world" is always an option if there's a tidbit you like, but don't want to necessarily impact your character in the present.
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    Au Ra race/culture information

    Sounsyy's got a number of lore compilations for Au Ra as a race and the various cultures we see them a part of in-game. The most up to date index is over on tumblr http://mirkemenagerie.tumblr.com/post/167534982764/mirkemenagerie-update . If there's a specific question or questions, I can help to find some more detailed resources or see if the lore books have anything on it!
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