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  1. AedanBlacke

    Cost of Living, Daily Wages

    Case in point for example. The Amal'jaa in Thanalan are a fair bit lower level and easier to kill OOCly than the antelope like creatures outside of Ishgard. ICly, though, youd have a hard time convincing anyone that "Bambi" is more dangerous, and thereby worth more gil, than a massive, muscled up beastman that potentially flings fireballs. The OOC leve mechanic says that it is, though.
  2. AedanBlacke

    Cost of Living, Daily Wages

    The value of gil has been debated in the past on this (the old) forum and, iirc, the general consensus was essentially whatever you want to do. In general, looking at the prices of in game materials and such is a bit of a trap as, like with any game of this sort, prices go up as levels go up for the relatively same thing. So you're running into the OOC mechanic versus IC/lore boundary. Do the inflation mechanics (players amassing gil via questing and such while leveling, so raise the prices of the general stuff as an attempt at a small gil sink) reflect what the IC cost of living would be...? A lot of people do that, and there's nothing inherently wrong with it. As mentioned before, do as you please. But it's a bit difficult to justify then spending 1000+ gil on a meat pie... if orange juice is just 8 gil. All I can say is a lot of people tend to do ratios for gil conversions. Every 100 gil is like $1. 50:1 2:1 (the one I personally use whenever needing to discuss gil icly.) Etc. Another handful of rpers just handwave it with vague terms such as "large sum of gil" or "a fair amount of gil", etc. Edit to add: That ooc mechanic is reflected in the leves as well. As your level increases, the gil reward from leves (at your level) does as well. And its debatable if the leves are truly that much more difficult from an IC stand point than the ones you do at the beginning levels. The only reason they're more difficult is because of the ooc mechanic of the game devs giving the mobs higher stats. So, unless I've missed a bit of lore that flat out states cost of living and the like, it's difficult to pin down. You just have to go with whatever method feels most comfortable to you.
  3. AedanBlacke

    Balmung - How to find a FC?

    With regard to active FCs on Balmung here on the RPC... https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/forum/196-free-company-hall/ Just look for the Balmung tag in front of the post's title.
  4. AedanBlacke

    balmung Black Griffin Adventuring Company

    November 20, 2018 Back at it with another update! To start, a happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate! Careful not to be trampled during the Black Friday madness! We've decided to open our doors once more! That's right, recruitment is back on! We are looking for people with characters that would fit into an adventuring-themed free company. Lore-abiding, organic, "down to earth" RP is what we offer. We are looking for people who are interested in joining and being active beyond just their interview to get into the company. People that make an attempt to sign on at the very least once a week and attempt to interact with the company and its members in the game during that time. PvE is still a thing! Be it farming tomes to cap every week, or grabbing gear from Omega, maps, HoH, or even going into Eureka for the content (and drops) found in there! We have a group of people that love to be involved with this aspect of the game as well as RP and are always happy to have more join in! So if you have a character that would fit the adventuring theme, looking for harder jobs for better pay... and if you also enjoy the PvE (and PvP) side of the game as well as RP, you might just give us a try! Head to our site to learn more about us and apply if all looks good.
  5. AedanBlacke

    Monthly Updates

    November 20, 2018 Back at it with another update! To start, a happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate! Careful not to be trampled during the Black Friday madness! We've decided to open our doors once more! That's right, recruitment is back on! We are looking for people with characters that would fit into an adventuring-themed free company. Lore-abiding, organic, "down to earth" RP is what we offer. We are looking for people who are interested in joining and being active beyond just their interview to get into the company. People that make an attempt to sign on at the very least once a week and attempt to interact with the company and its members in the game during that time. PvE is still a thing! Be it farming tomes to cap every week, or grabbing gear from Omega, maps, HoH, or even going into Eureka for the content (and drops) found in there! We have a group of people that love to be involved with this aspect of the game as well as RP and are always happy to have more join in! So if you have a character that would fit the adventuring theme, looking for harder jobs for better pay... and if you also enjoy the PvE (and PvP) side of the game as well as RP, you might just give us a try! Head to our site to learn more about us and apply if all looks good.
  6. AedanBlacke

    balmung Black Griffin Adventuring Company

    October 31, 2018 Another October update! Busy month! First off, a Happy Halloween to those who celebrate! Stay safe out there and enjoy your candy from strangers! We've had another large influx of new recruits and applications since opening our doors once more barely even a week back. As such, the leadership has decided to temporarily close our recruitment. What this means is that, for an undetermined amount of time (probably closer to a month this time), we will not be accepting new members into our company. That being said, with the newest additions, we are reaching a number that is fast approaching a "hard cap". We don't have a specific number in mind, but we wish to avoid becoming too big to avoid the possibility of members being last in a sea of faces. As such, our recruitment may remain closed for a decent amount of time. People are still welcome to submit applications on our site if our company seems like the perfect place for you, but we will not be considering any of them until we lift this "hiring freeze". The rest remains the same. Pushing on with company events and personal stories, while also enjoying the PvE and other aspects the game has to offer! So, for the time being, our recruitment is closed. Please do still feel free to visit our site to see what we're up to and to submit an application if you would like to be considered for membership if and when our recruitment opens back up!
  7. AedanBlacke

    Monthly Updates

    October 31, 2018 Another October update! Busy month! First off, a Happy Halloween to those who celebrate! Stay safe out there and enjoy your candy from strangers! We've had another large influx of new recruits and applications since opening our doors once more barely even a week back. As such, the leadership has decided to temporarily close our recruitment. What this means is that, for an undetermined amount of time (probably closer to a month this time), we will not be accepting new members into our company. That being said, with the newest additions, we are reaching a number that is fast approaching a "hard cap". We don't have a specific number in mind, but we wish to avoid becoming too big to avoid the possibility of members being last in a sea of faces. As such, our recruitment may remain closed for a decent amount of time. People are still welcome to submit applications on our site if our company seems like the perfect place for you, but we will not be considering any of them until we lift this "hiring freeze". The rest remains the same. Pushing on with company events and personal stories, while also enjoying the PvE and other aspects the game has to offer! So, for the time being, our recruitment is closed. Please do still feel free to visit our site to see what we're up to and to submit an application if you would like to be considered for membership if and when our recruitment opens back up!
  8. AedanBlacke

    Monthly Updates

    October 22, 2018 A quick update simply to say...: Our doors are open once more! After some time getting to know new faces, and doing a bit of spring cleaning of inactive ones, we feel confident in opening our doors once more to new members! As mentioned before, we're looking for those adventurous characters that wish to take on jobs that may well be a bit harder than your typical leve, but also pays higher than a typical leve would as well! Still going strong with personal and company stories, with room for more! We tend to hold officer-led events weekly and welcome any member, be they two minutes new or an old veteran from the founding of the company, to run events of their own as well! And PvE is still a thing, pushing through raids and dungeons for tomes and gear as well as the map nights for the gil! So, for lore-abiding, adventure-themed RP... look no further. Peruse our company site and perhaps give us a shot!
  9. AedanBlacke

    balmung Black Griffin Adventuring Company

    October 22, 2018 A quick update simply to say...: Our doors are open once more! After some time getting to know new faces, and doing a bit of spring cleaning of inactive ones, we feel confident in opening our doors once more to new members! As mentioned before, we're looking for those adventurous characters that wish to take on jobs that may well be a bit harder than your typical leve, but also pays higher than a typical leve would as well! Still going strong with personal and company stories, with room for more! We tend to hold officer-led events weekly and welcome any member, be they two minutes new or an old veteran from the founding of the company, to run events of their own as well! And PvE is still a thing, pushing through raids and dungeons for tomes and gear as well as the map nights for the gil! So, for lore-abiding, adventure-themed RP... look no further. Peruse our company site and perhaps give us a shot!
  10. AedanBlacke

    balmung Black Griffin Adventuring Company

    ((Copying this over from the clubs section.)) October 5, 2018 Another month, another update! First off, again, we had some more members join our roster since the last update. A warm welcome to them and we look forward to making them a part of our family! Due to the sheer number of members we have accumulated, the leadership has decided to temporarily close our recruitment. What this means is that, for an undetermined amount of time (likely just a month at most), we will not be accepting new members into our company. However, during this time, people are still welcome to submit applications on our site and, once we open up recruitment once more (and we will, I promise!), we will go through the applications in the order that they were submitted. Personal and company story arcs are still going strong. And our leve system is seeing plenty of action as RP opportunities in between weekly events. We also have a "spooky times" optional event starting up as a celebration of All Saints' Wake. PvE is still going strong, especially with the latest patch giving us even more content to beat down. We're still coming together to farm tomes, pieces from omega, and even having map nights as a company. So, for the time being, our recruitment is closed, but it is only temporary and will open again in the future! Please do still feel free to visit our site to see what we're up to and to submit an application if you would like to be considered for membership once our recruitment opens back up!
  11. IC A company that was once run by two Ala Mhigans who felt their glory years had passed. They retired and, with them, the company did as well. Ownership of the company plot and rights to act as a free company passed hands for some time until, finally, it landed in the hands of Aedan Blacke. Aedan, as a friend of the original owner of Black Griffin Adventuring Company, sought to restore the company to its former glory. As such, he met with the original owner, learned the tricks of the trade, dusted the cobwebs out of the house, met with contacts to begin gathering work, and opened the doors. As such, Black Griffin Adventuring Company had been reborn.... OOC Overview Black Griffin is a company of fun-loving adults that want to have a good time playing all aspects of the game together. As a company, we strive to offer an immersive and fun environment for RP, PvE, and even PvP should the player so desire. A Home for a Broad Spectrum of Characters Black Griffin is a company that was founded to fill what we thought was a hole in the community: a lore-abiding company that offered both adventuring and slice of life for all that joined. The company not only offers adventuring through the use of the house's leveboard and contracts, but also a social atmosphere for both company members and their friends to gather. The large majority of our events will have an adventuring theme much like one would pick up from the Adventurer's Guilds and Grand Companies around the game and, as such, will take place out in the open world. Adventurers, not Warriors of Light As a company we tend to run what some might consider "lower power level" characters. What this means is that our characters are not paragons of their chosen fields. While they may well be skilled in what they do, they are not capable of leveling mountains, taking on small armies on their own, or creating craters with their powers. We like for everyone to share the spotlight while telling stories, not for one invincible character to shine brighter than all others. Transparency We're a company that offers transparency from the officer core. All things done by the officer core will be known to every member of the company. We do this for two reasons: We wish for this to be a company made by every individual member, not just a select few people with the powers to kick, invite and promote. Anything done by the officers is not meant to be secretive. If and when a decision is made, a post to inform every member of the company will follow. The post may not be verbatim what the officers said during their discussions, but it will contain every pertinent detail. This also includes our applications. All applications submitted to our company are viewable by every member of the company as we value their input on the potential applicant as well. Casual Atmosphere Looking over the various posts in the forum might give the impression that we're overly serious about everything. We're not. While we do like particular themes and environments for our RP, such as particular lore and "realism" standards, we still take a casual approach to it all. We're not looking to be a huge company filled to the brim with hundreds of players. Our aim in making this company was to provide a home for like-minded people that wanted casual-paced RP, based in lore and "realism". As such, we will never really have any large recruitment drives in the hopes of grabbing tons and tons of people, but will instead use the occasional party finder post and pokes in whispers here and there. This casual nature also flows into our event planning. We all have lives outside of the game and use this game as a way to de-stress and "escape". Having to worry over having weekly events and the like doesn't do much to serve that purpose. As such, while officer-led events will happen, they may not be on a weekly basis. We're just here to play the game as a group, enjoy some RP along the way, and get phat lewts from punching pixels. All Aspects of the Game We're a group that loves all aspects of the game, not just the RP. So, often times, you'll find many of us running dungeons and raids, pulling together groups to make money doing treasure maps, and sometimes getting together to grind out wolf marks for those sweet sweet PvP glamours (and sometimes achievements). To help facilitate this, the company has a discord that all members (and their friends, within reason) are invited to upon invitation to the company. The discord is often used to remind members of upcoming events, as a way of communication between members for both general conversation and RP when otherwise unable to get on the game, and has several voice channels to accommodate any number of groups in the game at the same time. Discord is never required, but is certainly highly encouraged. You'll often see members sitting in the general voice channel just "shooting the shit" together. To visit our company site or for more information about our company policy, click here!
  12. AedanBlacke

    Monthly Updates

    October 5, 2018 Another month, another update! First off, again, we had some more members join our roster since the last update. A warm welcome to them and we look forward to making them a part of our family! Due to the sheer number of members we have accumulated, the leadership has decided to temporarily close our recruitment. What this means is that, for an undetermined amount of time (likely just a month at most), we will not be accepting new members into our company. However, during this time, people are still welcome to submit applications on our site and, once we open up recruitment once more (and we will, I promise!), we will go through the applications in the order that they were submitted. Personal and company story arcs are still going strong. And our leve system is seeing plenty of action as RP opportunities in between weekly events. We also have a "spooky times" optional event starting up as a celebration of All Saints' Wake. PvE is still going strong, especially with the latest patch giving us even more content to beat down. We're still coming together to farm tomes, pieces from omega, and even having map nights as a company. So, for the time being, our recruitment is closed, but it is only temporary and will open again in the future! Please do still feel free to visit our site to see what we're up to and to submit an application if you would like to be considered for membership once our recruitment opens back up!
  13. AedanBlacke

    General Lore Questions

    Gunblades. Any lore pertaining to them? Especially with regard to how plentiful they may be. From what I can tell, only "special"/high ranking Garleans seem to wield them (or a variant of them, such as the White Raven's wrist blade/gun things). Admittedly, I haven't looked at every single grunt we've encountered close enough to see if they also wield them, but I don't recall anyone but the higher ups holding them. Just curious if generic "grunts" in the empire's military also use them, or if they're reserved as a symbol of rank or some such.
  14. AedanBlacke

    Free Company & RP Trouble

    This pretty much sums up the situation for my wife and I as well. We would run a company for a while until a lull of some sort (usually a pre-patch lull or release of a newer, "better" game) would cause our members to disappear for an extended period of time without a word. At that point, we didn't feel like rebuilding so we'd let our company lie with alts in charge and try to find another company led by someone else. We'd find one or another that would claim one thing or another (namely lore "abidingness"), but then more often than not end up not being what they said. We'd join a company that claimed to be inclusive, yet despite our attempts to integrate into their premade society, of sorts, by offering to run dungeons, joining in on their events when we could, offering to run (and subsequently doing so once permission was granted) our own events for the company we were never loved. QQ Or a company that claimed to abide by the lore, then have openly practicing black mages from middle earth that didn't face any legal repercussions. (I wish I was joking) Or a company that claims they do more than just slice-of-life RP (Nothing wrong with it, we just don't want to do ONLY that), but had nothing but tavern nights and beach parties. That's not to say there isn't another company out there that actually did match what we were looking for... we just never found it. Of course, as always, everyone is welcome to RP and lead their company as they wish... those just weren't great fits for us. As such, we gave up trying to join others and just decided to stick to running our own in order to RP in an atmosphere that was more to our liking (realistic, organic, friendly, lore-abiding RP). Being open for just about three months now, I'd say we've been fairly successful and are going strong. tl;dr: Yes. We've had difficulty, too. There may be something out there that matches what you're looking for, it just may not be advertised where ever it is that you're looking. My wife and I found it easier and more effective to just lead our own FC the way we wanted one to be run.
  15. AedanBlacke

    Monthly Updates

    September 3, 2018 Time slipped away from me. It's been over a month without an update! Firstly, we had a few more names added to our roster since the last update, and they've all been welcome additions! We are still open for recruitment! We're still looking for adventurous characters willing to take on harder work for better pay. In particular, we would really like to see some characters adept in the magical disciplines join on, especially those capable of healing. That being said, we're open to the more physically oriented characters still, as well! Our RP is still apace with small company story arcs, personal stories, and RP throughout the month not necessarily related to either (though they can be). Our leve system is still in place and seeing some use which allows those members unable to attend events to still have adventure-themed RP happen on their time. OOC is still a thing as we are continually diving into dungeons and raids together for weekly clears, glamours, tomes, and so on. Our weekly map nights have also been a success, this last one seeing us to the 6th floor of a lost canal! So, as stated before, if you're interested in a lore abiding company with an adventuring theme that is open to personal story development along side company arcs, with members that also enjoy delving into the PvE portions of this game as well, we might be the company for you! Visit our site for more information!
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