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  1. What you'll find happens sometimes when folks disagree on something is that they'll agree to just not rp and leave it at that. It looks like that's what happened here. These two parties could also work things out later on OOCly, you never know. Sometimes it's best to not worry about things if you weren't directly involved. It's difficult to tell from the context provided what actually happened but I'll be honest and say disagreements can be common. Whether it be about actual events in RP, how a character reacts to them, actions they take and the perceived 'fairness' of them, lore, etc. What's uncommon is handling them in such a way to where it has a negative impact on an event or story to where it collapses. Generally (hopefully) everyone is mature enough to have mutual respect and find a cordial way to address the situation. In the end, the situation wasn't directly affecting your character so it should be easy enough to just shrug it off and carry on which is what I suggest here. If you're enjoying RP then keep doing it. Just remember it's okay to communicate OOCly about goings on in RP. Before taking an action that can affect another character a courtesy message about what your character is about to do is generally well received. Just be polite, be respectful and have fun.
  2. As far as I'm aware there are 3 or so active and big EU Heavy RP FC's swirling about at the moment on Balmung and several smaller ones. It seems to be doing well from my vantage point.
  3. Something that always helped me was remembering that this community is a lot bigger than you think it might be. No one really cares in the long run if you make that typo or cast a spell while waiting for a post or commit some other sort of faux pas. People are usually so wrapped up in what they are doing they can't pay attention anyway, especially at large events. Scroll and avatar congestion can get so bad in some areas you'd be lucky to get a post seen when you want it to be seen let alone have someone remember "Oh, that's the character that did X." Big events are always 10x more fun with friends anyway, poke someone you know or an FC member and get their character to join yours or use the events as platforms to meet other new people if you respond to LF RPs. If you're on Balmung I will totally wing(wo)man with your character sometime if you want. o/ Messaging people out of the blue gets easier the more you do it. You even start to develop a bit of a habit of it. I was nervous as hell the first time I did it and now years down the road it's just part of the game. Create a easily referenceable profile and link it: "Hey, I saw your post! I think you character might get along with/be a good enemy of/insert hook here for mine! Here is their profile and my Discord. Talk soon hopefully!" Ya there ya go I just blind messaged you. The worst that can happen is someone just doesn't reply or you two don't click and if you don't that's fine. Once you do this over and over and watch other people you begin to realize...Hey. Everyone has this anxiety to some degree. No one wants to be rejected, people get squeamish about putting themselves and their character concepts out there. But by the time I realized that I was already a veteran at the blind response to LF-RPs and starting off posts and DMing events etc. In the end, the people who actually DO end up being the ones who are doing it right. No one will ever say "Wow, you responded to my LF RP weird." or "Gee, that was a nerdy way to start a post." Going on 5 years RPing in FF now and in all my time being proactive I've never seen it and that is the very thing I think people get nervous about. Something something have to fear is fear itself etc. You can do it!
  4. I think everyone has felt frustration for one reason or another when searching for RP contacts. Try making a LF RP or a character wiki here on the site. Describe what your character is about and their interests and such. Providing hooks can also be a great way to get people involved. Make sure you note things like how you like to play and interpret lore and whatnot. When people know a little bit about the character and see how it may or may not fit with their own they can feel more comfortable messaging blind about rp and such things. When the datacenter visiting opens up it will help tons too because then you'll be able to attend Mateus as well as Balmung events to try and make contacts. I'd be willing to set up a friendly RP once the visiting is live, just send me a PM when the patch rolls around.
  5. Additionally, you can make a post about your character in the Making Connections section on these Forums. Sometimes the best FC experiences you can have is just through making organic RP connections. Browse the RP calendar linked above and check out the events. A lot have FC's attached that you might be interested in.
  6. I've only ever really noticed a skill cutoff when I want to proceed with Savage content. If you want to take it seriously (Read: repping people if they simply can't perform) you're generally better off branching away from RPers. I know a handful that are fine with that kind of environment but most aren't. The loss of Gilg players in the PF will make a dent in this department. However, even taking this into account, Turns 1-3 are generally farmable in party finder at the end of patch cycles regardless. If you want to pursue Savage casually then you're still in a good spot. I can't say I expect to have any issues whatsoever with anything below that level and I don't think anyone else should either. Your normal Omega turns, 24 man content, maps etc should proceed apace.
  7. Not yet afaik. A lot are assuming it's going to be a more fleshed out version of Doman Enclave donations. But it will basically take Ishgard from the crumbling Masonry everywhere to the glorious bastion it's supposed to be. I'm not biased. *cough* Tbh I'm hoping against hope that they'll add in 4.0 design as well in the sense that we'll get access to more of the city. Ishgard was originally created with the PS3 limitations intact. I'm hoping this will lift that and we'll get mooooore.
  8. You know. The WoL is a DRK now and they announced rebuilding Ishgard. Maybe they'll sneak in more Ishgard as part of the xpac like they snuck in with Hingashi. .....Look, I can dream, okay? ;_;
  9. When it comes to these kinds of things I think falling back to the storytelling is always how it should be done. This goes for pretty much anything. Classes, Jobs, disabilities, professions. Basically anything you can think of. What is the narrative reason for the specific things you're adding to your character? If you can't think of one and how it adds to your story then it's probably just cumbersome and you can drop it. Tacking a lot of flair onto a character doesn't make them interesting to a reader and this is a pitfall I think a lot of writers and RPers succumb to. On the other side of this coin, it's always very rewarding when you can think of ways to weave new things into your story and how they affect your character, their emotional state and why this new addition is necessary now.
  10. That's...odd. Honestly, I'd let it roll off your back. It could be a million things causing this to the point where it's hardly worth guessing at. To be frank, it's not you. If someone really wants to RP with you they'll put forth the effort and when they don't just simply move along, find new contacts. It's natural to be a little dismayed but it passes.
  11. Beast Tribe was my next thought as well for them honestly. Or making cameo appearances in Dalmascan related content as denizens of the area like the Bangaa are in the Ivalice 24 man questline.
  12. Having a passive character doesn't necessarily mean you have to be so OOCly. You can have a character who is more reserved and just be firing off OOC attempts at communication left and right. Once you and someone else decide to try RPing, this is where a good plot hook comes in. If you both decide "Yeah, they can meet for a drink." and your reserved character is too busy not realizing what is going on or is playing coy then...Welp. In my experience, if you use a boring hook you have a much higher chance of getting boring RP that lacks longevity and you're right back into the 'Looking for Contacts' bin. Look for similarities in the characters. Are they both adventurers? Scholars? Dungeon delvers? Bountry hunters? Maybe they both really hate the void and meet hunting the same void creature. Form a plot around it. Have enemies, do some combat. GO OUTSIDE. Have your characters put some boots on, run around in the woods, get dirty. A lot of the best relationships develop out of conflict, don't shy away from that either.
  13. If a player is 'offended' that your character won't hook up with theirs, for whatever reason, then eject. Immediately. As with pretty much any rp scenario, if players start treating you awkwardly or badly OOCly after your characters make choices that might not have been what their character wanted then just bounce out cause that's big a red flag. It's not clear from your description if that was occurring here but the course is pretty clear when that kind of thing happens. You're not doing anything wrong by recounting your experience. Orientation really shouldn't matter that much in general RP. It sounds like you were just in an environment with folk who really prioritized the romantic and erotic side of things, regardless of orientation, and you needed to find a better fitting group anyway.
  14. There's a few things I've noticed. A lot of people choose to play bisexual/pansexual characters because, and I've asked because I was curious, it keeps RP options open. A lot of folk tend to prioritize actually having the RP available vs the RP being of a specific flavor. Why narrow half the RP pool? So they don't. Straight characters also tend to not "advertise" their sexuality as hard for whatever reason. With bisexual or gay characters you tend to see a lot more of the gender signs in the notes indicating what they like and don't like and not so much with straight characters. This might unintentionally make you feel like you have the only straight character in the room when that probably isn't the case though you might be a minority. I've gotta be honest and also say finding a partner for my hetero characters has always been difficult, especially when starting from scratch. Also, in my experience, a lot of RPers tend to be OOCly female and they gravitate towards making straight female and gay male characters. Males that do play don't always roll male avatars and end up making female ones, resulting in the pool of characters we have. Here again, my personal observations, not blanketing this as the norm. I've heard the players of straight male characters complain of this so you're not alone but even then I don't know too many who play these characters yet they often seem frustrated they can't seem to find any hetero females around. I noticed you're on Brynhildr as well. The RP climate over there could be totally different than it is on Balmung/Mateus so take my observations with a grain of salt. The following is pretty solid advice though. Don't be afraid to just message people. Everyone's RP tags usually say something akin to "Walkups/Tells Welcome" so make use of it. Start conversations, discuss your characters. Browse RPC wikis and tumblrs. Link your profile. Get out there and meet as many characters as possible. It's a lot of work and takes a lot of time but meeting contacts is always like that. Also bear in mind that even if you meet characters that are compatible with yours orientation-wise it doesn't mean they will be in the personality, rp or time department. You should definitely have enough other things going on with your character to keep you in the game despite not being in a relationship.
  15. If Leveva is handing out soulstones there's been nothing to indicate it nor would she have any to hand out cause it was just her and Professor Mace who had permission to be in the realm. I tend to fall into the camp that the art would likely require one else you're probably looking at a lifelong journey to attune to all of the gates and have a limited spell repertoire unless you get expedited though it for main plot reasons I.E. Kyokuho. Even having a Soulstone, the WoL still had to attune. This all pretty much falls into that 'conjecture' zone, people will play it how they wish.
  16. The orchestra version of Revolutions is so much better than the version with Susan Calloway I didn't even recognize it at first. I'd ask how Baelsar survived but at this point does it even matter? Maybe it's not really him. Maybe everyone is body-snatched. It's a little too easy to summon primals these days. I remember joking with some folk that how neat it would be if Yotsuyu actually got her memories back and ended up stabbing herself and we get a seppuku emote at the end of the MSQ. So when she pulled the knife out I was like "Oh damn, I was joking." but tbh I'm really pleased in the direction it all went. I really didn't expect SE to have it in them to pull the proverbial trigger like that. Loved it. Her entire primal encounter is the best one since Thordan/Nidhogg imo. Not really because of mechanics but because of the story the fight tells while you're doing it, holy shit. I was just flat out impressed, it was beautiful. Yotsuyu woke up when she saw her parents at the Castrum. She went back because she genuinely wanted to give Gosetsu his persimmon. That slayed me. There are a few things that are clunky about her story. Pacing, delivery and all that. But gauging it alongside most of the stuff Square delivers she's one of the best characters they've written in...at least a decade in my opinion. Loved the primal fight, loved the twist at the end even if it would be nice if anyone ever stayed dead ever. The ending of Stormblood and the last 2 patches pretty much placed the bar 6ft under so it's not hard to exceed but I haven't felt this good about an MSQ since 3.3. It's not as good but it's nice to at least feel some hype again. I liked the direction they went with the player piloting Alphinaud in favor of telling more of the story vs. WoL does/is present for everything. If it makes the story more complex and opens doors for things like supporting character development and worldbuilding then I need this, give me more. On a sidenote, it's nice they expanded on wtf happened with Zeno's body because it's been a bit of a funny headcanon that while everyone was singing at the end of Stormblood, Elidibus was behind them grunting and hauling his body into a portal and hoping no one noticed him. Also how did Zenos cut his head nearly off and now he can spea...eh yanno. Whatever. Additional sidenote/edit: The villagers all tolerating Yotsuyu cause little girl says she's not scary was pretty eyerolly and made no sense considering the extent of her crimes. That was probably my least favorite part. I think it would have been much more powerful if they'd all spit on her or something but tolerated it cause Hien is their Lord. She was written to die at this point, would have added another layer of tragedy.
  17. It's never easy discussing powergaming with people and in my experience, which differs from Franz's, they take offense almost every single time. More often than not they know they're doing it but get super embarrassed about being called out, no matter how delicate you are, so they tend to flip that embarrassment it into anger at you. Clearly you're the one at fault and just squashing their character even if you're just trying to get them to tone it down a little so other characters actually have something to do. The following is just the "My Opinion/Suggestions" train with no brakes. I'm not sure of the context here but if this is your FC then establish standards and enforce them. Not everyone will like it and not everyone will be a fit, that's just the nature of the game and RP. If it's not your FC then it might be time to find one that is more in tune with your preferences. If this is just a plot you're running then hey...it's your plot. There is a caveat here, if you're in a generally lore abiding FC and want to run a FC campaign that is bending lore all over the place then don't do that. You're asking for trouble. Play that out with folk who are on board and don't push headcanons on people. I've DM'd things and had to tell people no for various reasons including the one you've cited. Like your character is a magitek engineer, why is he trying to roll for knowledge on black magic, stop it. Or sometimes someone who's shined a bunch messages me something and I'll just say "Let's give X a chance to try and figure this one out." I also actively message the quieter people, especially when I drop a clue that is of their flavor and urge them to try and speak up. Sometimes people just need a friendly nudge to get over the shyness. Personally, I'd be massively disinclined to acquiesce the specifics of what you described if only for the reason it turns a group plot into a solo campaign and that's just...the very definition of powergaming. As far as the opinion train goes, if a character gets gutted with a sword and suddenly sprouts an arm with an CNJ staff in it or something I'd...well first I'd probably stare at my screen for a few minutes. And then I'd politely tell them no and perhaps this campaign isn't for them cause we're not jiving on the same wavelength. Figure out what tastes work for you though and stick with it. Eventually, you'll find a group of people who are on the same page and these problems will generally cease to be. It does take time though.
  18. I feel like a lot of the criticism of the events other people are taking time to throw pretty much amounts to "This buffet had hash browns on it instead of sausage and now I'm mad." If you don't see a type of event happening that you want to see then spearhead it. Organize it, throw it.
  19. At that point the best thing I can suggest is set reasonable standards within your campaign for your character's power levels and what drawbacks they'd have for using this power. It sounds like you'd have to devise them and come to her for approval for them. "My character rolls X and Y to do Z but then I have to roll 123 to see how much damage I take for doing so." Something to this effect would probably go over well. At this point, FFXIV's standards don't matter because you are now inside a DnD campaign with totally different power levels and spells and whatnot. Do what is fun for you.
  20. Your question is a little confusing. What we can do here is provide you with a comprehensive explanation of the FFXIV Summoner Lore. However you wish to take it and adapt it for your DnD campaign is up to you. SE tends to treat Aether like a very very vague tropish power source that flows in everything. If you're looking for booklike math standards to help you apply it to DnD dice then you're going to find this lore wanting unless you and your DM devise the parameters and limitations yourselves. A lot of the questions you are asking have no standards or precedents set in the lore so the best lore knowledgeable people here are going to be able to do is speculate until SE Word of God's some of them.
  21. There is nothing wrong with IC Racism. Just getting that out of the way. The Xaela are a very tribal people. I think racism towards them, especially from characters from more uptight backgrounds, is totally normal. Hell, tell my Ishgardian about the Goro tribe and watch their reaction. Racism is a very real and canonical thing in the world of Eorzea and you can't really blame people for RPing that way. If you and your friends are not open to walkups at the moment but you still want to RP in a public hub then just use party. This solves 99.9% of issues in my experience. If someone is still engaging in RP with you and you're in party and you're not interested then politely let them know that you're not up for that right now but thank them for the interest. If they continue, blacklist them. Worst thing they can do then is just....jump on you on something and in my 4+ years on Balmung I've had something like that happen a grand total of maybe 2-3 times. Maybe. If you want to play a Xaela but aren't open to RP that might involve racism or friction between tribes then...you might want to pick another race, honestly. Or at the very least a less aggressive tribe. It comes with the territory.
  22. Gdamn Maril. Coming in here with a laser pointer and graphs and stuff. I can only speak purely for Balmung. But to sort of chime in, this is one of those things where it's very much "perspective vs. reality" and when to discern between the two. It's easy to feel like RP might be dying or low on a server when you have a swing of bad meetups, ghostings, a few events where you sat like a wallflower, whatever have you. I highly suggest checking the RP event calendar and even if you think an event isn't for you, even if you think the premise is dumb, even if you think it's a tad lore spotty (I had some friends cringe at the idea of disco pants) you should still go. GO. GOGOGOGOGO. Try to hop in the goings in, send characters that you think could jive with yours tells. Go say hi. Propose a toast. Go TRIP over someone. Go spill a plate of food on them. DO SOMETHING. The worst thing that could happen is you realize "Wow this is dead and nothing is working, k I'm out I guess my character stayed home reading tonight". The best case scenario is you meet cool new folk. Maybe you'll swap Discord info with someone. Maybe you'll make some new friends. Maybe you'll get invited to a LS. Now, all of a sudden, the RP is popping on the server again. I despise the word clique. Always did, always will. It's basically a word that tries to to make people feel like garbage for having an established friend group and not feeling entitled to, or simply not having the time, to reach out to every person they see. It's sort of a boogeyman people like to point fingers at when RP isn't going their way. Do group of friends that RP together exist on Balmung? Completely. Such behavior is normal. Are they closed to meeting to people? In my experience? Hell no. In fact, most RP FC's and LS's are constantly actively recruiting due to server lock. They've got RPC pages, Tumblr pages, Discords. There is a degree of pro-activity that needs to take place in searching but if you're not willing to put forth that then you can't really complain about a lack of RP. To be honest? There is more RP here that I wish I could try to join that I simply don't have time for or have a conflicting schedule. Taking that step is hard though. It can be hard to get out there and meet new people because the reality is: You're not going to jive with everyone. Sometimes you're not a match for an FC. Or maybe you join an LS and realize that the RP just doesn't interest you as much as you thought it would. Maybe they prefer to RP in Discord and you don't. Maybe you feel like you're a better writer than them or vice versa and it makes you uncomfortable. Maybe their lore make you gnash your teeth. It could be a zillion things but the reality is not every group fits all. It's not a bad thing, it doesn't mean RP is dying. Just means you gotta keep your head up and keep putting yourself and your character out there and I say that as someone who has had to do it themselves many times. The last thing I'd like to note is summer is on the horizon and a patch lull is upon us. You're going to have people going outside more (Vitamin D wtf is that can I get it in the Quicksand?) going on vacations, spending time with the partner and kids, whatever have you. There is a natural ebb and flow to populations in MMOs and the RP community isn't immune to this. It is, however, something that is only worth worrying about a very small percentage of the time. This is not one of those times. This is the stuff I always think whenever I see stuff like this so finally just putting it to paper. Or text. Hope some of it is helpful and I'm not just bloviating in your face. o7
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